The First Cookie

    I bet you don’t remember your first cookie…it must be a magical moment though.  Normally Momma does not let the kiddos get a cookie or serious sweet until they have their first birthday…but there is something to be said about being child number five!  Momma gives in to the magic of the moment a little more than with the first four!

   Oh he loved it!  What a joy to see!  Uncle Micheal thought he’d have these all to himself….not anymore!

Earned not Given: Lesson for the 4th

    This year the capstone challenge of my boys Blue Knight year was the annual board of review at Regina Caeli Academy.  (The full story of the event itself is here BOARD OF REVIEW) For the weeks leading up to the board I reinforced to the boys and their parents their awards were earned not given by saying:”When your friends ask about your awards you will be able to tell them in Blue Knights everything is earned not given.”

    This is a hard task we all must learn, and one fathers must teach repeatedly.  In my case I had one boy who was able to discuss each question for five minutes each in great detail.  The other son took a pretest in the kitchen as we cleaned up from dinner, and smugly thought his 80% was enough to stop studying….ah not in my house.  After a very serious discussion on how the name Wojtkun was the only thing I would ever give him, and how he was not going to drag it into the gutter he go serious.  So he was on cloud nine when he scored a 100% at the review, and earned the rank of Sergeant for next year the next week.

    So what does this have to do with the 4th of July?  Well everything.

    In 1776 our Continental Army was in the field for over a year, dying for American Independence. The men in Philadelphia used the words of Thomas Jefferson to define what we stood for as a nation, knowing by doing so they signed their own death warrant.  After years of fighting (remember the war went on past Yorktown in 1781) the Founders created a document forming a government which used checks and balances to keep the worst human failings in check.  

    Despite all the Founders did did generations ago, Benjamin Franklin responded prophetically to the question: “Well, Doctor, what have we got-a Republic or a Monarchy?” with “A Republic if you can keep it.”  Dr. Franklin knew human nature, and knew the lessons in his generation could not be passed on through our DNA.  A republic could only be passed on through teaching each generation the cold hard facts of our history, human nature, and the balancing grace of applying natural law.  Even with lessons learned, each generation must still earn a republic through application of those lessons to the events of their times.

    In today’s world we have a tendency to throw away the ideas of the past, thinking modern science can solve all problems.  The news reports today show the natural tendency for people to crave the warm security blanket of authoritarian rulers (if they agree with us).  These trends are disturbing, for they show people discarding the philosophical lessons (probably never learned and many times purposefully corrupted) of the founders.

   So today we must again decide if we want to continue earning our Republic, or throw it away and again come under authoritarian rule…from inside or outside our nation.  The threat is real, and only the willfully ignorant can’t see it.  

   Time to go pray for our nation and its people…that the light of freedom ignite in our souls once more.

-ehw 

Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse

The evening food adventure

The evening food adventure

    We went on a nice food adventure this evening to Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse this evening.   This is the Inwood Road location in Dallas, Texas.  The manager even helped me to get a few behind the scenes shots in real quick.  Food was good, and the company nice.  Nice Americana feel to the restaurant, and the warm dry evening made it a wonderful night to sit and eat in the open air.  Again the people of Texas keep being pretty nice to me!  That is a huge blessing in today’s day and age where meeting people can be a business full of bruises.

The Knife selection....

The Knife selection….

The Tea Selection

The Tea Selection

Old School Seating section...

Old School Seating section…

Open and fun....nice combo for an evening with friends.

Open and fun….nice combo for an evening with friends.

-ehw

Praying for Divine Mercy

Ash Wendseday a lifetime ago.... 

Ash Wendseday a lifetime ago…. 

   Today Lord you make the perfect sacrifice for me a sinner.  I know you offer grace freely if I but ask. I know I must accept justice for my sins against my fellow man and your creation.  I know my sacrifices here can never be as perfect as your was in antonement for my sins.  So I humbly beg for your Devine Mercy, to which I am not entitled but can only receive through your devine will. 

  I also ask you provide this final gift to the all souls in purgatory…so they can participate in glory of the eternal mass in heaven today.  

St. Faustina pray for us! 

-ehw