frans friday forum: TECH 'TOOL' OR TECH 'RULE'...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 06/20/14 08:09 AM
As a tool lover from birth, I must confess, I still have a fascination over a new tool...
 
My Father told of the Christmas when I received my first TRICYCLE...I had the wheel off before I even rode the bike the first time...!!!
 
My beef today, is HOW WE LET THE TOOL BECOME THE ‘RULE’ INSTEAD OF THE ‘TOOL’...!!!
 
TOOLS ARE USEFUL to enable us to complete tasks efficiently...THEY should never become ‘THE OBJECTS OF OUR AFFECTION’, however, because the very tools we employ to help us in our daily work and play can soon become the ‘OBJECTS … (8 comments)

frans friday forum: NEEDED: AN MD FOR IMMIGRATION CRISIS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 06/13/14 07:59 AM
How DO we solve the continuing IMMIGRATION PROBLEM...???
 
No...We don’t need a MEDICAL DOCTOR...but we DO need MD...!!!
 
We need the wisdom of a mid 19th century doctrine adopted by The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...!!!
 
The doctrine was called:   MANIFEST DESTINY...!!!
 
NOW...I have written about this on several of my previous posts...
 
 
MANIFEST DESTINY :   
SIMPLY STATED...The political theorists of the mid 19th Century felt that since a REPUBLIC such as ours in the U.S. offered the other countries of our world the only AUTHENTIC SOLUTION TO A GOVERNMENT where TRUE FREEDOM, RELIGIOUS … (8 comments)

frans friday forum: TEACH US TO PRAY...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 06/06/14 06:01 AM
Prayer is an easy thing to define, but a challenging art to master...!!!
 
Conversation with God.......That’s probably the simplest definition of prayer...Yet, even Jesus’ closest disciples found it difficult to ‘KNOW HOW TO PRAY’ when they asked The Lord to ‘TEACH US’...Of course we then hear Jesus Himself PRAY THE ‘LORD’S PRAYER’...
 
In our daily lives we usually default to ‘ASKING GOD TO SUPPLY OUR NEEDS’ and often even squeeze in a few ‘WANTS’...BUT...
 
The more perfect prayers are ones of PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING...
 
God loves us JUST THE WAY WE ARE...And that’s reason enough to PRAISE … (6 comments)

frans friday forum: THEY THAT WAIT UPON THE LORD...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 05/30/14 08:09 AM
Yesterday, we celebrated the feast of THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD...This began the first ‘CHURCH INSPIRED NOVENA’...
 
What is a ‘NOVENA’ you say...???
 
A NOVENA is a period of NINE DAYS over which an intention is ‘KEPT IN PRAYER’...
 
AND, if you remember, The DISCIPLES OF CHRIST were asked by HIM to ‘WAIT UNTIL THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME’...AND SO, they waited prayerfully in the upper room for nine days...after which THE HOLY SPIRIT came upon them...MIGHTILY, I MIGHT ADD...
 
We refer to this event as PENTECOST...or THE BIRTHDAY OF THE CHURCH...It is better to prayerfully reflect on … (0 comments)

frans friday forum: HAIL...TO THE CLASS OF 2014...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 05/23/14 06:04 AM
If you live in or near Berks County, PA., you may have been deluged last evening with tons of ‘HAILSTONES’...Some the size of nickels, others the size of quarters, golf balls and even larger...!!!
 
Yes, I have a son graduating High School this year, and I certainly intended to write this post about some advice to the ‘CLASS OF 2014’, but in light of the devastating storms that rumbled through our area last night, I decided to digress from the usual ‘GRAD LINGO’...After all, what hasn’t already been said that is still left to say at most graduation ceremonies...???
 
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frans friday forum: MARRIAGE OR MATRIMONY...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 05/15/14 04:00 PM
As a practicing Roman Catholic I found it necessary to explore the ramifications of the latest political controversy.......So I went about reading as much as I could before reaching any conclusions regarding the legalization of 'SAME SEX MARRIAGE'...
 
Of course, my initial reactions were, ‘Well, here go the media liberals trumping up yet another nonsensical issue trying to disguise the REAL PROBLEMS in our Society’...Nevertheless, in an attempt to LOVE MY NEIGHBOR AND PRAY FOR MY PERSECUTORS I did my due diligence, and, after prayer and reflection, here are some of the conclusions I reached:
 
1) It has been unprecedented in former civilized … (10 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...WHAT WE NEED MOST...!!! - 05/02/14 08:55 AM

I was raised a Roman Catholic Italian American, and like it or not, that is where I got my VALUES, VIRTUES, and VICES...
 
At least, that is where the seeds were planted that helped shape who I am today and how I’ve become who I am...!!!
 
That is certainly not to blame my parents and grandparents...they gave me the best they had to give...
As I learned later, it was up to me to exert my own FREE WILL to make the choices necessary to follow the path THE LORD had laid out for me...!!!
 
Enough about … (4 comments)

frans friday forum: SING YOUR WAY TO THE TRUTH...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 04/25/14 08:17 AM
As I get older I try to lengthen the religious Holydays to more than 24 hours...!!!
 
So it was with this Easter...From the Holy Week services to the traditional family food preparations to trying to fit in my personal prayer time and spiritual reading...there are many distractions that attempt to draw us away from the TRUTH OF EASTER...!!!
 
One way I have found that helps to keep me focused and ‘GOD CENTERED’ is SINGING, or if you are a ‘JOHNNY ONE NOTE’, at least listening to some spiritually uplifting music...
 
One of the books I have enjoyed reading … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...CLEAN DESK POLICY...??? - 04/11/14 06:43 AM
Rattling around in my brain all week has been a ‘CASUAL’ suggestion made at Old Republic Title’s annual Spring Seminar for agents...!!!
 
You may be familiar with this suggestion inasmuch as several banks in our area have adopted it as policy...It is often referred to as ‘A CLEAN DESK POLICY’, and it basically is self explanatory...simply put, it means that everyone in the office maintains a desk free of ‘anything except the file one is currently working on’...when they are finished with the file all papers or info pertaining to that file are removed from the top of the desk...thus … (10 comments)

frans friday forum: QUIET TIME WITH THE LORD...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 04/04/14 08:59 AM
While under the weather much of this week, I spent much of my time at home catching up with my reading, Christian programming, and QUIET TIME WITH THE LORD...
Let me say right off, after getting caught up on the latest local and world news, my QUIET TIME WITH THE LORD was the most productive of all activities...
Let me explain...
I think, most would agree, the world is in bad straits...and even the experts can’t agree on solutions anymore...the emotions go from great grief for those inundated by mudslides, to the Malaysian airliner lost for weeks without a clue and … (4 comments)

frans friday forum: EXORCIZING DEMONS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 03/28/14 06:40 AM
“BE PERFECT AS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS PERFECT...”

So Jesus exhorts His hearers and through His Disciples all who claim to follow Jesus...
 
EVERY human being is a sinner, so how are we to achieve perfection in light of our innate imperfection...??? Jesus asks us to STRIVE for perfection, knowing full well ‘achievement of perfection’ is nearly impossible...St. Paul says, ’Be imitators of me, as I imitate Christ’...1 COR 11:1
 
We will not receive a ‘MARK’ or ‘GRADE’ for our life’s work, but make no mistake about it, ALL will be judged...and judged justly...!!!
 
Someone recently told … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...DO I STILL TRUST IN GOD...??? - 03/21/14 08:02 AM
My post last week asked the question, ‘Does America Still Trust In God’ ?...

This week, I would like to pose the question, ‘Do You Trust In God’???
 
My inspiration for this post came from spending some quiet time with The Lord where I asked the question, ‘HOW do I trust you, Lord’?
 
My mind immediately came up with a LAUNDRY LIST of ways to prove to the Lord that I TRUSTED HIM...As I waited for a response, my mind was full of the clutter of usual noise, distractions, confusing thoughts, etc., that are typical of many prayer … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...DOES AMERICA STILL TRUST IN GOD...??? - 03/14/14 07:28 AM
United States coinage and currency has perennially carried the expression “IN GOD WE TRUST”...!!!
From the time of the writing of Our Constitution in the post Colonial ERA, through the 19th Century, especially after the CIVIL WAR as elucidated in Lincoln’s GETTYSBURG ADDRESS,  until the present when some atheist groups and others are trying to erase “IN GOD WE TRUST” from our currency, the USA has been a Country founded on Judeo Christian values and unafraid to boldly proclaim those values even through its currency...!!!
Now, I wonder, if we yet believe that God is still at the helm of our … (12 comments)

frans friday forum: THE ANSWER: ONLY IN GOD...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 03/06/14 09:00 PM
“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for The Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak for me.”
 
The above is a quote by MARTIN NIEMOLLER,
a Lutheran Pastor who died in 1984, but during his lifetime he once was anti-communist, supported Adolph Hitler before WWII, … (2 comments)

frans friday forum: HISTORY-CHANGE ITS COURSE...CHANGE ITS FACTS-Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 02/28/14 07:51 AM
“Great people change the course of history while demagogues change the facts of history. The latter find their prey among the witless that never were taught the facts.”
 
The above is a quote from a book entitled ‘COINCIDENTALLY’ written about 8 years ago by Father George W. Rutler, Pastor of OUR SAVIOR CHURCH in  MID MANHATTAN.
 
Now you can consider this quote from many angles...Those who never had a liking for the study of History can become students of History before the REVISIONISTS get a hold of it...Those who were witless or ignorant of history, and who relied on … (4 comments)

frans friday forum: CLOUD OF WITNESSES...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 02/21/14 07:15 AM
“The twentieth century was the American Century or more correctly dominated culturally, financially, and militarily by the United States. I suspect that this century too will belong to the U.S.A. but that China will be a more enduring rival than Japan or Germany or Russia. But that is another story and life is often surprising.”   George Cardinal Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, December 16, 2009
The above quote was taken from a FOREWORD to the book I am now reading, written by GEORGE WILLIAM RUTLER, entitled CLOUD of WITNESSES...
Father Rutler, pastor of a mid Manhattan Church, writes about ‘Dead People … (7 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL...!!! - 02/14/14 07:35 AM
For those of you ‘GRAMMAR CHALLENGED’, HOPE, in my title, is THE VERB, SPRING, is THE OBJECT...
 
I could easily have RE-BLOGGED last week’s POST, but in the interest of keeping ‘HOPE ALIVE’ as we wait patiently for Spring to arrive, here goes...
 
This Winter has climbed to fourth, and may easily make third before the season ends, in total inches of snowfall...Keep in mind, we live in PENNSYLVANIA, not Buffalo, N.Y. or Chicago, ILL., or Cleveland, Ohio...
 
Yes, we’re used to heavy snowfalls and winter storms, and we know how to prepare for them, but this winter … (3 comments)

frans friday forum: Brrrrrrr...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 02/07/14 05:50 AM
It seems these days that many are talking and complaining about the severity of weather so far this winter...
 
The severe drought in the far west, the deep cold in the south, the snow and ice storms of the northeast...all have kept the center of our conversation BRRRRRRISK...!!!
 
Since there is little we can do to change the weather, I have chosen to focus on the positives...
 
As a family, we are spending more time together, helping one another to cope with adverse weather conditions, and simply taking advantage of this ‘down time’ by eating and conversing together...
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frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...BUILDING THE CITY...!!! - 01/24/14 08:09 AM
Watching The March For Life in D.C. this past Wednesday got me thinking...
 
In a country where our cities have been going to pot for decades now, we Christians have our work cut out for us if we are to achieve the goal Saint Paul first set for us ‘TO RESTORE ALL THINGS IN CHRIST’...
 
In fact, St. Augustine, centuries later referred to ‘BUILDING THE CITY OF GOD’, and wrote extensively on that subject...
 
Here we are, especially those of us in the REAL ESTATE PROFESSION, over a millenium and a half later, and we still haven’t got … (9 comments)

frans friday forum: HOW TIMELESS AND TIMELY IS OUR GOD...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 01/17/14 08:16 AM
 
How timeless and timely is our God...!!! Alleluia...!!!
 
It never ceases to amaze me how ‘on time’ God always is...!!!
 
A perfect, all powerful, all knowing, supernatural and all loving Being, who is before and above and beyond all time, yet loves each one of us so much that HE dispenses HIS Graces just at the right perfect time for us...
 
Oh, make no mistake about it, our impatience sometimes clouds our view of the present situation(s), and often strongly doubts His work IN and AROUND us...
 
But like the recent Christmas celebrations reminded us...He is … (6 comments)

 
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