Holy Family in the Desert at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Some of my favorite meditations during the Rosary focus on the Holy Family. I find many lessons in their lives, mostly unsaid, which help us understand how we need to live our lives in this fallen world. When God gave them each a unique mission for our salvation, each member of the family did as requested. Take in a bride and adopt a baby as your own…St Joseph check. Flee to Egypt and leave EVERYTHING behind in the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT…Check. Watch your child die on the cross, innocent of everything except being our just and holy savior…check.
In our faith community of Regina Caeli Academy we had two mothers pass away during the past month in Texas. One from cancer, and the other suddenly during delivery of her third child. Each woman left behind a family lead my faithful men of the church. For them I pray the example of the Holy Family provides a path to continued holiness, and reunion in heaven. These husbands had strong families of faith, and now face a period where they may feel the heat and cold of a desert journey until they reach safety of peace in understanding the will of God. In some ways it reminds me of Joseph and Mary as they carried their child Jesus to from Bethlehem to Egypt and back to Nazareth. A long journey which must occur under the guidance of faith to succeed.
As we gather for Thanksgiving, remember families like these two around the country. Pray the light of Christ stays strong in them and their children. May it be lit by their desire to obtain the graces of heaven, and rejoin their mother in eternal life. It should be a prayer for all of us as well. God wants us all to come home.
Today’s I want to challenge each of us to look at the house of cards we live in. Are the cards built from God’s playing deck or of man’s? This rather simple examination of our personal lives can save our souls.
If I was to look at the United States right now, I would say our house definitely plays with man’s deck of cards. Here are three examples. The continued promotion of abortion by elites means we pay to kill people at the rate of over one million a year! With a birthrate in the US of native born below replacement levels, you can effectively say we are committing genocide to ourselves. The continued promotion of Keynesian economics says we play God with money, making something out of nothing. The debts racked up, and increased economic burden they place on the economy also mean we are placing a noose around our future capabilities. Finally the rewriting of history to remove the need of God to keep order in society removes a key component to our national system of laws. Our legal basis for existence in the Declaration of Independence states we must act under Natural law or Nature’s God for final authority in what we do. Yes this is a Christian concept, when discarded allows us to convolute any decision to meet our personal tastes. This allows materialism to sweep the nation, selfish leaders, and promotes issues one and two.
I am just a fallen man, but I would say the house of cards photographed above provides abetter example of living life well. St Joseph, the chaste spouse who cared for Mary and Jesus through years of exile and threat of death by the King of Judea silently following the will of God. St Peter, the man who’s Holy Spirit powered faith sustained him through trial, torment, and the creation of a church enroute to his own cross of crucifixion. St Sebastian, who guarded the Emperor until he received the choice to burn incense to a false God. St Francis of Assisi who gave us a great example of working towards peace, and always knew God creates things from nothing not man. St Augustine who’s writings illuminated the scripture, and demonstrated why he needed to turn from sin filled life to become one with God’s will. Finally St Boniface, who demonstrated to Druids their trees served the one God’s will when he cut their biggest down to make a church from the lumber.
We have a choice of cards to build our lives. If we want the life eternal, it is best to pick the cards God designed, and the examples of those who followed God to eternal life in heaven as role models. Following the example of Margret Sanger, Keyes or Stalin, Mao, Hitler and current history rewriters only leads to a life which ends with death and self chosen life of separation from the eternal paradise.
The older Brothers
This morning, before the raindrops came falling down around us…I got to spend some time with two legendary cars (as well as two younger siblings). Yes I visited a Shelby Cobra collector and it was fantastic.
These are a ’67 Shelby (number 500) and a ’68 Shelby KR. They are wonderful automobiles. True museum pieces if I ever saw one…except these are working samples. Both got back inside before the rain started coming down to protect their original coats of paint. Hearing the engines was also a wonderful experience. I wish I could give you a sample of the sounds along with the photos. The owners were fabulous hosts!
I’d just like to extend my thanks to the owner and his family for welcoming me into their home today. I am excited to return soon and complete the job on a drier fall day. I’d also like to thank them for letting me add these to my public portfolio!
Thats right, the work you shall see in coming days is now part of my portfolio, and therefore available to you through EHW Photography.
The orange VW Bug
My parents were not hippies (not my Army officer Dad!), but we did have this type of camper back in the 70’s. Since the statue of limitations is over I can tell you we sat five in a car with only three seat belts for several years. My sister and brother both slept on a hammock over the driver’s seat as toddlers. I can’t remember if I was in the tent or not. I think I did, at least once. We also went to see the first Superman movie at the drive through in this big bug as a family. That was a fun night. I also remember holding the check from the back used to pay for it…and as an adult I drove past that spot and memory every day for two years 30 years later.
This automobile may not be a horse, but it does foster bonds between who we are today and our past. Maybe it is because we associate travel with growth and freedom here in the USA. I know this is a poor way to explain an American and their automobiles. I just had to get those stories out. The car made me do it!
P.S. X-E1 with HDR Efex Pro2, Slight color treatment in Nik Color Efex 4.