frans friday forum: DEUCES ARE WILD...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 04/24/15 12:47 AM
Don’t be confused by the title.......TODAY IS OUR 22ND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY...
 
SO...I’m cheating by composing this post a day early...BUT I’M BOUND AND DETERMINED TO MEMORIALIZE EACH ANNIVERSARY WE ARE BLESSED TO SHARE...
 
Some of you may remember (I’m sure I have mentioned in some previous posts) how I totally forgot our 10th Anniversary...
 
When you forget something that important you learn a ‘LIFE LESSON’...
 
You can NEVER really makeup for a missed event that significant...!!!
 
LIKE OUR LORD, however, ‘WHO FORGETS ALL OUR INIQUITIES’.......(Definition of INIQUITY. 1 : gross injustice : wickedness. 2 : a wicked act or thing : sin)........We make the best of … (10 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...BEAUTY...SKIN DEEP...??? - 04/16/15 10:33 PM
I got to thinking the other day, as my nephew, BRENNEN was married to his lovely new wife, ESTEFANIA...
 
As I perused pictures that the couple uploaded to their special ‘WEDDING WEBSITE’, I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful BRENNEN’S bride to be was...
 
The more I observed, the more I became enchanted...UNTIL...
 
It dawned on me that ‘BEAUTY IS NOT SKIN DEEP’ as the old adage ascribes...NO...TRUE BEAUTY RUNS TO A PERSON’S CORE...
 
FROM DICTIONARY.COM:
noun, plural beauties.
the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: SINGLE PARENTING 101...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 04/09/15 11:13 PM

My nephew Brennen will be getting married this Saturday...!!! Unfortunately, I couldn’t make attending the wedding (to be celebrated in Quito, Ecuador, 7 hours of flight time away), but my heart and prayers go out to the newlyweds...
 
I wish I could attend the sacred event, but I will be tending to our 5 still at home children while my wife will represent the both of us there...
 
May ESTEFANIA & BRENNEN have a long, loving, blessed, and fruitful marriage...!!!
 
With a little help from my caring kids, we should be able to survive through the next 5 days, though I’m already beginning to … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: HAPPY EASTER...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 04/03/15 05:04 AM

 
MAY YOU AND YOUR FAMILY BE BLESSED THIS EASTER SEASON AND MAY THE PEACE OF EASTER REIGN IN YOUR HEART FOREVER...!!!
 
 

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frans friday forum: PANORAMA OF HOLY WEEK...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 03/26/15 11:43 PM
HOLY WEEK, beginning with PALM SUNDAY and ending with EASTER SUNDAY is much more than a ‘COLLAGE’ of snapshots...It is more like a living PANORAMA of THE LAST DAYS OF JESUS...
 
Yes, we will celebrate and remember those events as they unfold, day by day, moment by moment...from HIS TRIUMPHAL ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM to THE LAST SUPPER WITH HIS FRIENDS to HIS AGONIZING CRUCIFIXION to JESUS’ FINAL TRIUMPH OVER DEATH ON EASTER SUNDAY...
 
We will see EXALTATION, SUBVERSION, JEALOUSY, BETRAYAL, SELFISHNESS, SELFLESSNESS, DENIAL, FEAR, INJUSTICE, SUPREME SACRIFICE, REMORSE, FORGIVENESS, and ULTIMATE VICTORY...
 
I share these thoughts with you … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: LIVING LIFE WITH POTHOLES...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 03/19/15 11:08 PM
It is the season of Lent...It is the first day of Spring...It is the SEASON OF POTHOLES...!!!
 

Knowing how harsh a winter it has been for most of the Northeast, and even our friends to the south, more than the usual number of POTHOLES have popped up and continue to invade our roads today...
 
Road crews in our area can’t even keep up with timely repairs and are working day and night to even TRY TO KEEP UP...but are losing ground...the POTHOLES seem to be winning...!!!
 
For those unfamiliar with POTHOLES...they can be as small as a … (8 comments)

frans friday forum: GREENING OF AMERICA...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 03/12/15 10:53 PM
With Saint Patrick’s Day next Tuesday, the color ‘GREEN’ has been bouncing around in my head...
 
Visions of Irish potatoes, shamrock shakes, corned beef and cabbage, three and four leaf clovers, and the like...
 
Then I thought of how we are divided as a nation into ‘BLUE’ and ‘RED’ states...Conservative and Liberal...poor and middle class...white collar and blue collar...
 
IT AIN’T SUPPOSED TO BE THAT WAY...!!!
 
We are now more than halfway through LENT, and our focus should be on PRAYER and UNITY, not fracture and divisiveness...
 
Let us then use this day of celebration, TUESDAY, … (4 comments)

frans friday forum: FINALLY FIGURING OUR PRESIDENT...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 03/05/15 10:15 PM
For all you ‘POLITICAL JUNKIES’ out there...I’ve finally figured out what motivates President Obama to consistently act against THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE...
 
Ever since I voted for his opponent the first time...I have promised myself to do two things: PRAY FOR HIM TO SUCCEED...and...PRAY FOR A SUCCESSFUL SUCCESSOR...!!!
 
It was evident going in that he was not PRO LIFE, he didn’t support our 2nd Amendment, he had little or no experience running anything, let alone the largest economy in the world, his faith was questionable, his senate voting record was deplorable, he was the antithesis of his claim … (11 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...WHO SAID WHAT...??? - 02/26/15 01:57 PM
How far must we as a Nation drift away from the PROVIDENCE OF GOD before we come to OUR
SENSES...???
 
Just to illustrate my point.......Play a short ‘GAME’ with me...WHO SAID THE FAMOUS QUOTES BELOW (answers to follow in comment section)...!!!
 
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
“Democracy cannot be sustained without morality, and morality cannot be sustained without religion.”
“No government on the face of the earth has the capacity to restrain the power of unbridled human passions without the aid of religion.”
“Liberty can only endure … (5 comments)

frans friday forum: CHRISTIAN 24/7 OR 1/168...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 02/20/15 12:10 AM
It should be clear to all that the numbers in THE ABOVE TITLE represent HOURS IN A DAY, DAYS IN A WEEK, HOURS AT SUNDAY MASS, and HOURS IN A WEEK...
 
Putting it more simply...We often hear companies or groups, eager to impress the outside world, tout the fact that they are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week...in other words...ALL THE TIME...!!!
 
Some businesses or organizations claim to be available EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR (some with the exception of CHRISTMAS)...
 
The focus of this post, however, is the amount of ‘GOD TIME’ we … (4 comments)

frans friday forum: PHILLY...NEW GROUND ZERO FOR LIFE...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 02/12/15 11:24 PM
In just 10 months from September 2015 to July 2016, PHILADELPHIA, The City Of Brotherly Love, will host TWO MAJOR EVENTS...one will represent ALL THAT IS GOOD ABOUT THE FAMILY and the other ALL THAT IS INTENDED TO KILL THE FAMILY...LET ME EXPLAIN...!!!
 
This September, Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Philly in CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES...actually the celebrations and preparations have already begun and will continue through the PAPAL VISIT...click here for further info...!!!
 
THE FAMILY, the most important unit of society and one which is being sorely attacked and degraded, will be CELEBRATED AND … (4 comments)

frans friday forum: BLAMING THE GROUNDHOG...Fran’s Friday Forum...!!! - 02/05/15 09:55 PM
CONFESSION IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL...!!!
 
NOW, even though I’m a practicing Catholic and fervently believe in the graces of The Sacrament of Confession (some call it Reconciliation nowadays), I’m more concerned with the necessity to speak to God directly in PRAYER, especially acknowledging our faults and owning up to our shortcomings...FLASH: WE ALL HAVE SHORTCOMINGS (READ: SIN)...!!!
 
If we are serious about growing in our Faith in God, we must learn the art of accepting those faults and IDENTIFYING AND OWNING THEM...!!! AND, of course, our ALL KNOWING FATHER already knows our condition, but desires, like the GOOD … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...FEBRUARY FAITH FUTURES...!!! - 01/29/15 09:02 PM
Those familiar with the STOCK MARKET may understand how THE MARKET moves up or down with what investors FEEL certain commodities may cost in the future...
 
YES, if it sounds like GAMBLING it is much closer to that ‘ART FORM’ than to any scientific formulas...If it seems like RISKY BUSINESS that’s because IT IS RISKY BUSINESS...
 
But with February on the very near horizon I can make that shortest of Months something to really look forward to.......YES, regardless of WEATHER, STOCKS, INCOME, GAS PRICES,  TEMPERATURE, BUSINESS CONDITIONS, ETC. FEBRUARY CAN BE A MONTH FULL OF PROMISE...
 
The GOOD … (4 comments)

frans friday forum: STATE OF THE 'ONION'...AND 'LIFE'...Fran’s Friday Forum...!!! - 01/22/15 09:22 PM
 
Like some, especially when preparing onions, Tuesday’s State Of The Union Address nearly brought me
to tears...
 
Watching the usual ‘musical-chairs-like’ sitting and standing, the phoney structured applauses, the pious platitudes uttered by our President, and the belittling tone intended for any and all who disagree with the President...has to sicken the stomachs of those NOT FALLING UNDER THE PRESIDENT’S UMBRELLA...
 
Rather than pore over line for line the misrepresentations, the obvious omissions, the lack of concern for the excluded many, the utter disregard for recent election results, and a gross  misunderstanding of economic principles as well as … (4 comments)

frans friday forum: START TO FINISH...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 01/15/15 10:03 PM
Over the years I have started many books, many endeavors and many tasks, and, for the most part I have seen these to their completion...
 
Do you remember, like me, beginning to read THE BIBLE from start to finish only to have gotten bogged down somewhere between Leviticus and Numbers...
 
Or perhaps reading St. Augustine’s ‘CONFESSIONS’ and not advancing very far there either...Fortunately, in THE CONFESSIONS, St. Augustine’s most often quoted line is on one of the very first pages of the book...’Lord...you have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.’
 
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frans friday forum: NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 01/08/15 11:17 PM
 
NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!
 
What would I like to see change in 2015...???
 
Fewer taxes, more income, smaller government, real healthcare reform, humane and just immigration policy, better border security, a bipartisan Congress, judicious use of our God given natural resources, neighborly love, higher moral standards, school vouchers, good jobs for everyone, more help for the less fortunate among us, simpler living, more time to read, a thankful heart...
 
AW HECK.......I CAN GO ON AND ON...BUT...
 
Feel free to add your own in the comments section below...!!!
 
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND A PROSPEROUS … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's First Friday Forum For '15...GETTING CAUGHT UP...!!! - 01/02/15 06:49 AM
 
OK.......I must admit...the last two weeks have found me ‘idly’ getting caught up on my reading...
 
I mostly read non-fiction and mostly spiritual classics...
 
Over the years I’ve gotten tired of SEARCHING for something worthwhile to read...NOW I usually only read HIGHLY RECOMMENDED books...!!!
 
In the spirit of true TRANSPARENCY (not the kind promised by politicians), I’ll share what I have been reading these past two weeks:
 
PRAYER OF THE WARRIOR...by MICHAEL H. BROWN...If you’re not sure evil exists (and are brave and strong in your faith in God) try this one...!!!
 
LIFE, LIBERTY AND … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: TWAS THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 12/25/14 10:29 PM
TWAS THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS...!!!
 
 
Twas the day after Christmas
When all through the place,
Not a creature was stirring
Twas the end of the race...
 
No more packages to wrap,
All hectic time gone
Tis Jesus we exalt
Him and Him alone.
 
Let us recall these next twelve days
That Christmas is a season
With Jesus’ birth the reason
And celebrate joy very pleasin’.
 
Now bid you I must
In the still of this morn
Merry Christmas to all
Now that Jesus is born...!!!
 
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AS YOU CARRY THE SPIRIT OF … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: GREETING THE SEASON...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 12/18/14 09:25 PM
One of the more popular expressions of greeting we hear this time of year is “SEASON’S GREETINGS”...Of course, WE CHRISTIANS prefer “MERRY CHRISTMAS”...BUT...
 
Including our brother and sister Jews, Muslims, and even atheists in a wish for BLESSINGS FROM OUR LORD by the use of SEASON’S GREETINGS is admirable...
 
That’s NOT where I’m going with this post, however...!!!
 
Is it me, or am I just imagining, that there seem to be many family members, friends, business associates, etc., walking around grouchy, irritable, and grumbling...
 
THIS IS NOT THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON...!!!
 
Before you wish someone … (0 comments)

frans friday forum: MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 12/11/14 09:23 PM
It was last Monday, December 8, in Roman Catholicism the Feast of The Immaculate Conception, when, while at Mass, I happened to notice well to my left, in a pew way in the back, a young lady carrying a little boy dressed in blue and about 5 months old...
 
I kept watching the boy, all the while listening to the readings and prayers at Mass, and I couldn’t help but notice how the boy would raise his arms, clap his hands, and express joy in his countenance, seemingly in tune with what was going on at the Mass...
 
Then, … (3 comments)

 
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