Wednesday, June 29, 2011
They may look like bargains at first glance, but Braunholtz warns that many of these properties require extensive renovation. Real estate agent Anne Chassaigne-De La Sauzay of Agence Internationale Mercure estimates that total property taxes run about $5,500 to $9,600 per year, insurance costs range from $2,700 to $6,800, and heating for year-round residents costs $4,100 to $9,600.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
How very bizarre! Nevermind the fact that they look like q-tips, I'd be afraid I would run into something. And what about getting overheated. I don't think this look will make it.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Every week in our bulletin we have a section titled "Catholic Faith Facts" by Father Eric Underwood, where he answers questions asked by parishioners. This was in the bulletin yesterday and I think he did such a great job explaining what we as Catholics believe.
A: As Catholics, we find it challenging to comprehend how someone could not believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. After all, Jesus said it himself: "This is my body. This is my blood." He continued to say that "unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man... you will not have life in you." It would seem obvious, therefore, that Jesus meant what he said. In order to best understand our faith, we need to turn prayerfully to the Sacred Scriptures and contemplate Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22, and John 6. In prayer, we come to understand that:
2.) His disciples took him literally, and
3.) The Apostles took him literally.
If people believe everything else that Jesus said why do people not believe this statement?
The feast of Corpus Christi is one time when our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is exposed not just to faithful Catholics but to all the world. This is a time when Catholics can show their love for Christ in the Real Presence by honoring Him in a very public way. It is also a wonderful way in which we can show our love for our neighbors by bringing Our Lord and Savior closer to them. So many conversions are a result of Eucharistic Adoration experienced from inside the Church. How many more there would be if we could reach those who only drive by the church in worldly pursuits.
Here are some photos of different outside processions:
And then my friend Von shared this video with me. It's a long video but worth the time. I hope that you will be able to watch all of it. But if you can't, I hope whatever portion you can watch will make you think about the gift that we have been given in the Eucharist. I love it because when the people passing by realize what they are seeing, many of them kneel down before our Lord. Some don't recognize Him and pass on by, but you never know what miracles He is performing at that moment. Maybe He will bring a non-believer or someone who as left the Church, back to Him. You never know. He can do all things.
Technically, this doesn’t quite qualify as a flash mob, but I love it nonetheless. The video features two Capuchin Franciscan friars who bring the body of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist right into the center of Preston, England’s marketplace. While one friar recites a litany of Christ’s titles, the other friar holds up Christ in the monstrance. The monk who is speaking into the amplifier repeatedly says, “Come and kneel before Him now,” and it’s truly beautiful to see people in the midst of their shopping, stopping to kneel before the Lord. Others laugh, while still others stand with puzzled looks on their faces.
It’s an appropriate video before the Feast of Corpus Christi, a feast upon which many parish priests still lead public Eucharistic processions. We desperately need to bring Christ back out into the streets and the marketplaces and the public square.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The penguin could have caught a disease by swimming through warmer climes, and wildlife officials would not want to be responsible for introducing illnesses into the insulated Antarctic penguin colony, said Peter Simpson, a program manager for New Zealand's Department of Conservation.
Then there are the logistics.
Right now, it is dark almost 24 hours a day in Antarctica. Virtually no one travels there this time of year, Simpson said, and even if they did, there would be no simple way to transport and cool a bird that stands almost three 3 feet (1 meter) high and is well insulated with fat.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
When I read this story about a lost baby penguin it made me sad. He, or she, was all alone. Only 10 months old. How did this happen?!?!?! It's like "Finding Nemo" only with penguins.
In a lot of the pictures I've seen of these Emperor Penguins, it appears that they are very family oriented. Isn't this a beautiful picture?
Here's the story . . . . .
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A young Emperor penguin took a rare wrong turn from the Antarctic and ended up stranded on a New Zealand beach — the first time in 44 years the aquatic bird has been sighted in the wild in the South Pacific country.
Emperor penguins are the tallest and largest species of penguin and can grow up to 4 feet high and weigh more than 75 pounds.
Their amazing journey to breeding grounds deep in the Antarctic was chronicled in the 2005 documentary "March of the Penguins," which highlighted their ability to survive the brutal winter.
Miskelly said Emperor penguins can spend months at a time in the ocean, coming ashore only to molt or rest. He doesn't know what might have caused this particular one to become disoriented. Miskelly said the penguin appeared healthy and well-fed, with plenty of body fat, and probably came ashore for a rest.
However, Miskelly said the penguin would need to find its way back south soon if it were to survive. Despite the onset of the New Zealand winter, the bird was probably hot and thirsty, he said, and it had been eating wet sand.
"It doesn't realize that the sand isn't going to melt inside it," Miskelly said. "They typically eat snow, because it's their only liquid."
However, he said the bird was in no immediate danger from dehydration because Emperor penguins can also drink salt water in the summer.
Peter Simpson, a program manager for New Zealand's Department of Conservation, said officials are asking people to stand back about 30 feet from the creature and to avoid letting dogs near it.
Other than that, he said, officials plan to let nature take its course. Simpson said the bird could live several weeks before needing another meal.
The last confirmed sighting of a wild Emperor in New Zealand was in 1967 at the southern Oreti Beach, Simpson said.
Miskelly, the curator, said the bird appears to weigh about 22 pounds — healthy for its age, but only about one-third of the weight the penguin would need to reach before it could survive a breeding cycle on the Antarctic ice.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
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The Assumption Cathedral of the 1,000-year-old Monastery of Caves is seen at sunset in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. Kiev is one of Ukraine's four host cities for the Euro 2012 soccer tournament.
Cathedral of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - one of the oldest churches of Kievan Rus, a unique monument of architecture, as well as the tomb of many prominent personalities. For many centuries it was one of the most revered shrines of the Orthodox Church
During its long history of the church was repeatedly destroyed.
In 1722 - 1729 years the cathedral was rebuilt and re-decorated. Cathedral walls were plastered and painted.
After restoring the Cathedral of the Assumption in 1729 the architecture remained essentially unchanged until 1941 during the occupation of Kiev. Nazis looted the Assumption Cathedral, and on Nov. 3, 1941, it was blown up by the Red Army. During the war, shipped to Germany were a lot of material and artistic treasures, including the Silver King's Gate, 120 silver vestments, precious glasses that adorned the altar and the altar, 3 silver and a few tombs of the Gospels in salaries. Only a small fraction of these unique works of art were returned.
The destruction of the cathedral has caused irreparable damage not only to the architectural ensemble of the Reserve, but the historical appearance of Kiev. According to Presidential Decree of 9 November 1995 the Assumption Cathedral was built in 1999-2000.
Rebuilt Uspensky cathedral was consecrated by the Primate of the Orthodox Church, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Vladimir in Ukraine Independence Day August 24, 2000.
Gorgeous at night. Wow.
Monday, June 6, 2011
In an interview with Laura Story about the story behind the song she says:
"I think we have to have a different definition for blessing than just "health, wealth and prosperity." It has to be something different, because there's too many people that don't fear God that are living seemingly prosperous lives, and there's too many people that walk with the Lord that suffer."
Friday, June 3, 2011
Well, today it all comes down to money! Today I'm posting "Deal of the Day".
I get daily emails from Groupon (www.groupon.com) with discounts on different services. I mentioned one of the deals in my post of May 13 titled "This Made Me Laugh". It was a Groupon Coupon for a romantic gondola ride . . . . in INDIANAPOLIS!!!!
Katelyn and a group of friends had mentioned a couple of weeks ago that they wanted to plan a trip there this summer so when I saw this I thought, WOW, look at the money they will be saving!!!!! So I sent her a text (yes, that's how I now communicate with my daughter) and she said "Heck YES!!!!!!"
So, eight people will be able to go to Indiana Beach, both waterpark and rides, for
$152.00 instead of $319.60.
I say WOW!!!!!!!
Check out Groupon. You put in your zip code and then you get deals that are area specific and at the same time all around deals. And if you decide to purchase a deal, somehow, if you mention me, I get a $10 credit with them.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
On Saturday, Katelyn's friends Danny, Nate and Sam graduated from Faith Christian. They decided to have their party together so everyone went out to Sam's house. Katelyn and Erica helped with putting together the photo collages and there was lots of good food. Congratulations guys!!!
To the left is Katelyn & Danny
Suzanne, Erica & Katelyn
Drew & Katelyn