25 February 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday…

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Ok so the last time i did 7 takes a a while back… as in way back nearly a year… but this Friday I just had to….it’s been a deluge… as in it doesn't rain it pours… no it doesn't pour its a downright deluge, kind of deluge….

1. Our oven exploded image

2. Had bad days at work the whole week, and haven't gone to confession and because I’m not in a state of grace haven’t communion in 12 days…. not good – i’m old school like that

3. My car went in for repairs – they said it would take 10 days… 10 days!!!! so i wont be able to teach Shona this weekend

4. I had a mini accident … which i cant afford – whilst driving nya’s car… wanted to cry – of course the car i was driving is fine… the other car will need work…

5. I received another speeding ticket in the mail… tripled because I’m a foreigner…. i now owe over R3000 in ticket fines over the space of two weeks… for person who never got speeding fines i must be wanting to break a record or something.. and these tickets are from the end of last year and of course i’m only getting them now

6. My pm says i’m playing games and leave work in a a huff

7. We now owe so much money…  i think i’m gonna play the lotto… and the siblings all want to do things that will drain us… i cant even pay into our stokvel…

For more 7 Quick Takes, be sure and stop by Jennifer's Conversion Diary.

24 February 2011

TOB Tuesday: Humanae Vitae

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OK so this post is late Smile kinda got busy then forgot and then… oh well. again this follows our weekly Monday discussion and we are using Christopher West’s Into the Heart series.

So the session focused on Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI's encyclical of human life. We went into what it covers that it focuses on the problems of birth regulation, that they separate the bossy from the soul, that it focuses only on the biological aspects of a hum which is by no way nearly enough. it outlines how God gave us the law of life as our inheritance.

we are called to responsible parenting , which does not mean rendering the sexual act sterile  -> which would  be a violation of the sacramental sign of marriage – that it be both unitive and procreative. The unitive part most of us understand and Christopher west explained that the very nature of the communion within the conjugal ac, activates the process in which God has chosen to bring forth human life! Again here we are partaking in the great creative glorious power of the Lord, and this, THIS is the method He chose!!! when the unitive and procreative meanings are separated there is no union of persons and who would one that in a one flesh union?

When we deprive the conjugal act of this very inner truth, it also ceases to be an act of love. we spay and neuter ourselves which just serves to say that we cannot control ourselves and have reduced ourselves to the level of base animals. Artificial Birth control is not in keeping with human dignity – self control is the only birth control that is keeping with human dignity.

One other point I found fascinating was that the seed of the man is not just biological fluid, it is the very essence of the masculine soul, which i think infers it is the essence of fatherhood. Yesterday evening we went to another talk which was centred on Humanae Vitae and the speaker mentioned that every time a mans seed was spilt it was a potential of fatherhood, every single time, there is never a time when one could say oh well only at certain times… its every time, so it matters not what contraception is used, because only abstinence is 100% effective, each act should be treated with the responsibility of fathering and mothering, it has to come with the understanding that there is a possibility that this act will result in a child even if it 0.01%. But humanity has decided to do away with that, to take responsibility out of the sexual act, to make it an act of lust, of using.

This does not mean the church want everyone to have 100 babies, as for a man every act is fertile this is not so for women. The Church says for just reason spouses may abstain from sex, it is not a obligation to have sex, and spacing children according to needs and circumstances is a couples duty. CW said the church here is elevating biology the level of love, for what we do with our bodies we do with our spirits and sexuality has never been just biological so why treat it thus? Its about receiving the gift of a couple periodic infertility (through a woman's cycle) from God than grasping infertility for pleasure and to try and separate our bodies from our spirits.

Yesterdays talk, (boring though it was) had some marvellous points, the speaker said that artificial birth control is like biochemical violence that take s over a woman's body and programs it from her natural ebbs and floes into a fixed 28 day cycle, that is any other medication had caused as many deaths and side effects as this one has, it would have been banned long ago, but not the pill; after all people cant control themselves, have a right to pleasure etc. and they should not be punished with a baby…

I pray for a new understanding of how rejecting humane Vitae has affected our church, of understanding that self mastery is a good thing, of understanding how abstinence is not only practical but a great party of chastity no matter which vocation or stage of life and for living pure and holy lives. Now none of this is possible without the grace of God, so dear Lord, shower your grace upon us….

21 February 2011

my oven door exploded!!!!!!!

yep it did… as in kaplooi kaboom!!! so much for being fixed!!! ‘nuff said

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19 February 2011

valentines soiree!

so we had one at church on Friday for WYD fundraising and nya and i were to bake cakes… which we did and they really liked the way one looked, heart shaped with chocolate glaze so they auctioned it!!! for R400 rand nochal!!!! and the other one, caramel peaks,  Father J. stole from the team as they were eating it…

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and i wore my sari! any chance i get hey Smileand here i am in it with my dear new friend mari!!!!!

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18 February 2011

my soul proclaims

the greatness of the Lord!!!

There is this beautiful site called mysoulproclaims.com, which is like a video blog of the vocations within the catholic church, and i chose the one on marriage first of course Smile

final exam!

imageYay!!! i am finally finished with my honours exams! and I have no plans to do my masters…at least not in information systems… now to wait for the results… there is one paper I’m not too confident I did well so I’m praying to the Lord that the markers be lenient Smile

15 February 2011

TOB Tuesdays: Valentines

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I though the song of Solomon would be most appropriate for todays TOB Tuesday post. and I chose Chapter 6 because of the verse 3 “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine…”  and it felt apt for celebrating valentines. Love poetry at its best…

1“Where has your beloved gone,
         O most beautiful among women?
         Where has your beloved turned,
         That we may seek him with you?”

2“My beloved has gone down to his garden,
         To the beds of balsam,
         To pasture his flock in the gardens
         And gather lilies.

3“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,
         He who pastures his flock among the lilies.”

4“You are as beautiful as Tirzah, my darling,
         As lovely as Jerusalem,
         As awesome as an army with banners.

5“Turn your eyes away from me,
         For they have confused me;
         Your hair is like a flock of goats
         That have descended from Gilead.

6“Your teeth are like a flock of ewes
         Which have come up from their washing,
         All of which bear twins,
         And not one among them has lost her young.

7“Your temples are like a slice of a pomegranate
         Behind your veil.

8“There are sixty queens and eighty concubines,
         And maidens without number;

9But my dove, my perfect one, is unique:
         She is her mother’s only daughter;
         She is the pure child of the one who bore her.
         The maidens saw her and called her blessed,
         The queens and the concubines also, and they praised her, saying,

10‘Who is this that grows like the dawn,
         As beautiful as the full moon,
         As pure as the sun,
         As awesome as an army with banners?’

11“I went down to the orchard of nut trees
         To see the blossoms of the valley,
         To see whether the vine had budded
Or the pomegranates had bloomed.

12“Before I was aware, my soul set me
Over the chariots of my noble people.”

13“Come back, come back, O Shulammite;
         Come back, come back, that we may gaze at you!”
      “Why should you gaze at the Shulammite,
         As at the dance of the two companies?

8 February 2011

TOB Tuesdays

imageOk so I'm beginning a new thing on my blog –> TOB Tuesdays. On Mondays we have our TOB meetings at MA’s house were we basically watch a vid discuss it, talk about what happened in our weeks relating to TOB, act at being theologians and socialise.

So I’m going to be writing what we would have talked about, what I found profound etc. on Tuesday! hence TOB Tuesdays!

Hence here is instalment one:

We watched Christopher West’s series ‘Into the heart’ and yesterdays vid was the one on the Song of Songs and the marriage of Tobias and Sarah. So one of the parts I found profound was the mentioning of eros and agape. He said god loves us not only with agape but also with eros, that Jesus is the agape of man and the eros of God. And a whole bunch of us were like but how?

We hashed it out and the following conclusion based a lot on what he said and how we have experienced love and TOB came through. It is an understanding that we experience everything through our senses. He says the Song of songs witnesses to a love that is physical and divine, sensual and spiritual… our physical senses can awake our spiritual senses, bringing us to a tasting of God, hearing god, feeling God, seeing God…. that is experiencing the love that is God in all our ‘bodiliness’, that God reaches down into our vocabulary of sensual love in order to elevate in us the understanding of a great love that is God, for us to understand how w e can burn with love for the divine. Jesus came to awake the sensual ( i.e. that which we feel with our body senses) love of our lives in order that we  can fully experience the spiritual love in our lives. And this culminates in bring in that extra essence of holiness in the conjugal embrace that we have talked about, that we begin to transform sex from something that is worshipped to it being worship of the glory of God, that marital love is a liturgy, an act of worship of God.

Another part we found ‘deep’ was that the essence of love is sacrificial and not always about what do I get. It’s about what we give, the giving of all, being ready to do everything in order that good may conquer. imageTobias and Sarah's marriage showed that great pain may be involved within a marriage and highlights how we can’t live without God’s mercy. In Him we live and move and have our being. They prayed for their marriage and were in one accord with God, with no lust between their love.  So Lord we surrender all and pray Tobias’ prayer for our future spouses:

“Blessed are you, O God of our fathers; praised be your name forever and ever. Let the heavens and all your creation praise you forever. You made Adam and you gave him his wife Eve to be his help and support; and from these two the human race descended. You said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone; let us make him a partner like himself.’ Now, Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine not because of lust, but for a noble purpose. Call down your mercy on me and on her, and allow us to live together to a happy old age.”

Amen and Amen!

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dry season…

...spiritually that is. I have been having problems praying... i mean last year i imagehad gotten to a rosary a day a divine mercy in there family prayer and was working my way up to morning devotion. But it's all gone south somehow. so i need to get out of this dry season funk that i'm in and i was blog surfing instead of studying.. as usual.. and i came across two posts. one is 7 Reason I Stink at Praying over at NCRegister, and i got 6 out of 7, maybe 7 out of 7 coz when have i ever lacked pride. The main ones are that I am lazy to the point of being slothful sometimes, I am a thinker, I get super distracted and everything seems honkey dory in control right now. There is so much i should pray for and i have every intention of doing so, but the prayer is very nearly none existent or very distracted if i’m not saying it aloud in some group or the other.

At TOB yesterday we did the son of songs and the marriage of Tobias and Sarah and i read out Tobias prayer, he was so in touch with what the Lord willed. and i need that to be in touch to know what He wants, but i’m very nearly apathetic at the moment it would be scary if not for the apathy.

and the other post was by Fr. Longenecker called The Problems With Possession. closer to the bottom he mentions that the first demonic level is temptation and the second level is obsession. to say i have an addictive obsessive personality well… lets say its goes without saying. the apathy does not help much and when the temptation comes… and yes it comes… it’s not even a struggle to say no coz it seems like i don't even try to say no… i accept it for the temptation it is and all my Jedi temptation fighting techniques i put on the side and just give in to the temptation.

so it made me realise that not only do i need to pray, but to try and overcome these 7 reasons that make me stink at it. i mean i don't wanna become demon possessed now do i…

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