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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Most Special of Names

Names, what are they actually? Names are titles or labels given to people, objects, places, things, et cetera to denote what they are. For instance, my name is Heidi. The name Heidi is either French or German and it means “nobility”, or of “noble kind”, though its bearer tries to live up to that meaning. :) 
Owners usually have names for their pets and some are unusual.  Our family once had a canary that was named “Jose” who sang along with the canary song tapes; a pet rabbit that was called “Thumper” who just liked to be ornery; as well as a Collie by the name of “Burne” that barked and herded us around outside when we were kids; an observant green chameleon named “Mr. Spock”; a gigantic Koi fish named “Golde” with whom you could hand feed; and a currently-living Black Labrador named Penny who is the best dog I have ever had. It’s unclear why people name their pets the way they do, but oddly enough the pets seem to match their names in the long run, just like people, which leads me to my next point. 

Saints have names too, like St. Gregory the Great, St. Augustine, St. Philomena, St. Erasmus, St. Lawrence, St. John Bosco, St. Raphael Arnaiz Baron, Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, the list is endless. Even in the Bible, there existed plenty of names for all sorts of things. Names are not given by half-chance or without a mere thought because a person can define their God-given name. Names usually describe a person, but a person can define their own name.

Image result for Quotes About Names in the Namesake and IdentityOur Lady’s name is Mary, but she can go by different titles too such as Star of the Sea, Mystical Rose, Blessed Virgin, The Madonna, Our Lady, etc.  What sets her name apart from the mundane names in the world is how she lived her life. She herself was (is) very holy in the way of being simple, pure, docile and humble, ever willing to obey the will of God out of love for Him.
Her name, when reverently and truly spoken by a soul, chases away demons. After the most Holy Name of Jesus, her name is also holy. She defined her God-given name whilst on Earth, the Saints and martyrs defined theirs through their holy lives, we must define ours in like manner so we can hopefully be counted among the ranks in Heaven and be recognized by the name which we humbly bear out of love for the holiest of names, Jesus.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

On the Flipside

I apologize to my readers if I haven't been writing much lately about what has been going on in this person's life. As most of my readers know, a dramatic shift in my life happened last August when I moved to Minnesota and began teaching in a Catholic private school. I discovered I actually enjoy teaching and being with the kids, not to mention it taught me many things and am looking forward to being the student in that regard. :) I had no idea what to expect then and sometimes I think I still have no idea what to expect in the future. It is common knowledge that those who teach in SSPX schools aren't compensated much financially, though it can be a very rewarding position if one looks past the money part of it. I know I had to and a good thing this opportunity came by, because at one time, all I really cared about was having lots of money and appearing successful in the eyes of the world and among my extremely worldly peers, but I really wasn't satisfied in the long run. There is much more to life than making $$$$, sure it helps one to survive better, giving one a tad bit more flexibility in living, but it is not the end-all in life Society and modern culture wants to have us believe. 
Really, God will provide us with the temporal and spiritual graces and means to live in this world that would best assist us in attaining Heaven. Like the sparrows and the lilies in the field that do not worry- we shouldn't either. 

As far as I know, I will be teaching the same gamut of subjects and grades as this last year. It was definitely a surprising shift in career prospects. The teaching decision had surprised many people, family and friends included. Perhaps it was a Providential move on His part? I thought so at the time and I still strongly think so. The common adage, 'things happen for a reason' proves this point excellently. I am not sure where this fleeting life is heading, but in the sights of things it looks really remarkable compared to where I have been in the past few years. I hope and pray to always do the will of God in all things and remain open to His graces and love.

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Jungle Book movie review


There have been a few adaptations of the story, most notably the Disney animated movie; however, I think this new one rivals all the others if not surpassing them and here’s why I think so.

  • The animations/visual effects were stunning. I wasn’t sure what was real verses what was animated. The attributes and movements of the animals were strikingly lifelike.
  • The cast is a varied one featuring Bill Murray (Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, etc..) as Baloo, Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler’s List etc…) as Bagheera. The voice of Ben Kingsley as Bagheera is noble, wise and strong in sound which makes the character of the panther more pronounced. I had thought it belonged to David Burke who has a perfect gentleman-like sonorous voice.
  • Monkey City was presented in all of its glory complete with an over-sized King Louie voiced by the one and only Christopher Walken.
  • The character development in this movie was superb! Mowgli realizes his place and duty and fulfills it well.
  • I wished the infamous marching song of the elephants was highlighted in this movie, but the natural and simple, purposeful, majesty of the elephants made up for the song.
  • I liked how the other animals were ultimately helping to defend Mowgli and the freedom of the forest from that tyrannical and vindictive tiger which eventually brought the animals closer to each other than they were before.   

There are probably more reasons why I really like this movie, but these are the ones that stood out to me. I wholeheartedly recommend this movie to anyone. I give a solid A+. 
Nothing to worry about in this movie, except if you’re sensitive to animations of animals fighting.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Blog Challenge....Several days later

Are you good at setting boundaries? 

Personal boundaries? It depends on people, places, and circumstances. People tend to gravitate towards others who are like themselves- ‘birds of a feather flock together’ or ‘dogs on the same street bark alike.’  It’s only natural for us to do so, while sometimes we turn a blind eye, a closed mind and a deaf ear to those who are completely different from us, or those don’t fit in with our mold; a certain tearing down of boundaries is at times necessary for our growth and change- cathartic at times. I suppose that in order to have boundaries, one must respect and hold themselves with a healthy amount of esteem so as to not let unbecoming associations, attractions, events, life, friendships, etc…… “ruffle” or even lose their feathers-so to speak. When I think of personal boundaries and what comes to mind, is not letting certain people or circumstances drain me or affect me. While at the same time, those who don’t have any boundaries, usually have the suggestion of a weak character, or worse, no self-respect....
Like most things in life, experiences are relatively easy to acquire and wisdom is hard to come by at half the chance.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Blog Challenge

Question 3
What is essential for your happiness?

To be candid, I have not really thought about this. I have had memories, friends, and circumstances in life that have added to my happiness, but whether if any of those things are essential to my happiness are left to be desired. I suppose the ‘little things in life’ add to my happiness. It doesn’t take much for me to be happy or enthusiastic about something or anything for that matter. I guess one could say I am easy to please. I try not to be picky or rigid. Teaching has been an excellent exercise in remaining flexible and allowing things to happen when they happen.
Once we realize that we shouldn’t have control over what happens in life, living seems to be successively easier. Having faith and trust in God and in His divine goodness assists us immensely with helping us to have more of an untroubled attitude towards life and death. As far as I am concerned, this is an essential concept for my happiness- in this life anyways.

Question 4
If you could relive one day in your life, which one would it be?
Ooohh. I don’t know. That would be such a difficult decision. The question is actually lacking some details, though an effort will be made to answer. I suppose the question would allow more than one response.  One of the days or series of days I would like to relive over again would most likely be the trip to France. It remains as a very unforgettable memory. The other time or times would include the time spent at Crater Lake NP. Well, there you have it.