frans friday forum: BEGINNINGS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 05/24/13 04:49 AM
Each NEW YEARS EVE millions of Americans stay awake until after midnight to celebrate the end of an old year and THE BEGINNING of a new one...!!!
 
My wise but illiterate mentor and Grandmother used to remind all who would listen that the WAY WE LIVED THE FIRST DAY OF EACH YEAR WAS THE WAY OUR ENTIRE YEAR WOULD UNRAVEL...!!!
 
That same ‘GRANDMOM’ would always rise early, very early, each and every day, accomplish her various household chores (dusting, sweeping, cleaning kitchenware, putting on the coffee, and of course, quietly saying her daily prayers) long before anyone else in … (6 comments)

frans friday forum: DAYLIGHT SHAVING TIME...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 05/17/13 05:07 AM
The days are getting noticeably longer and the ‘BEARD’ of large government is getting much too long...!!!
 
It’s time to SHAVE...!!!
 
It seems that democrat and republican alike are reluctant to decrease the size of government...
 
Are they trying to achieve the building of an empire...???
 
Well, I and many others have had enough...It seems that big government creates more problems than it solves...AND at an exorbitant expense to the taxpayers...whose ranks are decreasing as we speak...!!!
 
What better time than now to reform and simplify our tax code...get rid of the IRS, which, unfortunately is … (9 comments)

frans friday forum: ARE MEN AND WOMEN EQUAL...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 05/10/13 04:16 AM
ARE MEN AND WOMEN EQUAL...???
 
The debate on this question has yet to be answered to the satisfaction of EVERYONE...
 
Yes, our Constitution says so...at least that we were created by God as equals, and as such we were given certain inalienable rights by that same God...LIFE, LIBERTY, and THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS...as equals...BUT...
 
I asked myself recently how is it that so many of our serial murderers, rapists, terrorists, burglars, abusers, and others seem to be almost exclusively...MEN...!!!
 
But then I thought of ‘suicide bombers’ in the middle east...a MIXTURE of men AND women...
 
AND … (13 comments)

frans friday forum: THE CULTURE OF DEATH IS ALIVE...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 05/03/13 07:53 AM
 
Even though the MASS MEDIA isn’t exactly covering the GOSNELL case like professional journalists should, any searcher of TRUTH can’t help but be focused upon this great tragedy of social humanism...and right in our own neighborhoods...!!!
 
Actually the details of the case are so disgusting that a peace loving person is apt to shy away from following its progress on a day to day basis...
 
I was such a person, but out of a sense of guilt or fear of being exposed as an uncaring soul I decided to read the GRAND JURY REPORT on GOSNELL (I purposely … (12 comments)

frans friday forum: SPRING FEVER...AND OTHER ALLERGIES...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 04/26/13 12:33 PM
I apologize for the lateness of this post...!!!
 
No, I don’t have SPRING FEVER, but my allergies, which took almost 70 years to perfect, are kicking in...BUT...
 
That is not why my post is late either...
 
I was just released from the local hospital after a procedure to insert a stent into one of my coronary arteries to relieve a partial blockage...
 
What a way to celebrate a twentieth wedding anniversary...!!!
 
The good news is that THE LORD got me through yet another physical crisis, and the medical professionals said my chances of stretching my lifetime … (16 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran’s Friday Forum...WERE THE MAGI REGIFTERS...??? - 04/12/13 06:53 AM
WERE THE MAGI REGIFTERS...???
 
Over the recent Easter Season holidays I was watching one of the TV specials depicting the life of Jesus...
 
Later, while contemplating the scene showing the visit of the Magi, the three wise men from the East who came to Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth bearing gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh to be bestowed on the newborn ‘King Of Kings’...it dawned on me.......THE MAGI WERE ‘REGIFTERS’...
 
For those of you who don’t know about ‘REGIFTING’....... It is the ancient and often frowned upon art of giving to someone else a gift … (6 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...TIME TO CRY UNCLE...??? - 04/05/13 07:26 AM
I don’t believe in QUITTING...I don’t admire QUITTERS...I believe in 'STICKTOITIVENESS'...!!!
 
That’s a word coined by the fantastic Sisters, Servants of The Immaculate Heart Of Mary, who formed me during the first eight  years of my primary education...!!! To those wonderful Sisters I am eternally indebted...
 
But...The Sisters also reminded us often of God’s MERCY, and the need to keep HIM first in all things...
 
And now, the more secular our nation becomes, the more we NEED GOD’S MERCY...
 
Yes, we have brought our Country to the point of NO RETURN...
 
Our only HOPE now is … (11 comments)

frans friday forum: WHY HOLY WEEK...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 03/22/13 09:26 AM
Every year Christians are given the opportunity to celebrate the season of lent, a time of ‘sacrifice’ or reconciliation, culminating in the celebration of the EASTER MYSTERIES...The suffering, death, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST...
 
The intent of our celebrations is not to reenact or recrucify Our Lord, but to commemorate, or bring to memory, those events of Jesus which accomplished once and for all time the salvation and redemption of the universe wrought by HIM...!!!
 
It is necessary, from time to time to renew or rejuvenate our Faith by such practices...
 
Recall how Peter, … (10 comments)

frans friday forum: WELCOME POPE FRANCIS...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 03/15/13 06:53 AM
These days of March, when we are reminded of the coming of spring as daylight lengthens and the winds of March signal the advent of warm weather and blossoming flora, also remind us of the final days of lent, winter, and the ongoing need of renewal, revival, and restoration...!!!
In the midst of all this ‘NATURAL’ changing, we have recently witnessed a changing of the guard in the Roman Catholic Papacy...
An unusual changing inasmuch as the change did not involve the death of our former Pope Benedict XVI, but his renunciation of the office and decision to remove himself voluntarily from authority … (8 comments)

frans friday forum: CHANGING TIMES...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 03/01/13 06:32 AM
Change in most forms makes us uneasy...!!!
Human nature seems to be comforted by the STATUS QUO...!!!
Even if we suffer physically, mentally, spiritually, or emotionally, sometimes we seem to be able to tolerate these rather than welcome change to heal us...
I think the reason for this, for people of faith, is that WE BELIEVE IN AN UNCHANGING GOD...
Not a God Who can’t adapt to our needs or supply His graces to us, but a God Who is in CONSTANT AWARENESS of His Creation...
Respecting man’s free will, yet always desiring to establish a loving relationship with all people because of His great love … (9 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...MORE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER...!!! - 02/22/13 01:19 PM
It was sometime in the early 1950’s...I’m not sure the exact date...BUT...
We were the first home on the block to get a TELEVISION...A General Electric table model with about a 10 inch screen...of course it was black and white television and we received only 3 broadcast stations...There was NBC channel 3, ABC channel 6, and CBS channel 10...Really...only channel 3 and 6 came in acceptably clear enough to watch without eye strain...channel 10 was a hit or miss toss up (depending on weather and antenna angle)...!!!
Dad and Mom often reminded us that the TV set, which weighed a ton, cost a … (6 comments)

frans friday forum: GRAMMATICALLY SPEAKING...Fran’s Friday Forum...!!! - 02/15/13 06:21 AM
The message for today is KEEP HOPE ALIVE...!!!
I recall my early days in grade school when the dedicated and persistent nuns drilled into us the basic fundamentals of GRAMMAR...
Over and over we would diagram sentences distinguishing the various elements of the structure of our ENGLISH LANGUAGE...NOUNS, VERBS, SUBJECTS, OBJECTS, PREPOSITIONS, PARTICIPLES, ADJECTIVES, ADVERBS, CONJUNCTIONS, etc...
I remember back then, and for many years after, thinking, ‘WHAT USE IS ALL THIS’...’WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW THIS’...‘WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT ALL THIS’...‘WHAT A WASTE OF TIME’...
I was wrong...THEY WERE RIGHT...!!!
As I look back on my life, I have been all of those elements … (12 comments)

frans friday forum: A GENTLE MEDITATION...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 02/08/13 06:01 AM
I have often spoke of the late Pope (now BLESSED) John Paul II’s references to THE CULTURE OF DEATH...
For true Christians, that means our work is to convert our society into a CULTURE OF LIFE...
But...It occurs to me that THE CULTURE OF DEATH is ‘married’ to a CULTURE OF MATERIALITY, and the two of them make an unholy and irreligious alliance which attacks every vestige of CHRISTIAN MORALITY...
Communism, Pragmatism, Statism, Relativism, Hedonism, and other isms all contain elements of those two cultures opposed to CHRISTIANITY, and indeed, any other religion which seeks to follow the one true God of the Jews … (8 comments)

frans friday forum: PHILOSOPHY AND PRAYER...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 01/31/13 04:42 PM
Last week’s post created an exhaustive comment string of well thought out and informatively created questions and comments...from both sides of the ‘gun’ issue...!!!
This week’s post, I thought, should be a kind of refreshing ‘mind break’, a kind of retreat from the front lines, a respite, a ‘laying down of arms’ for the purpose of renewing and rejuvenating our minds...AND SO...
In that Spirit I invite all who read this to meditate or think about the difference between a person’s PHILOSOPHY and a person’s PRAYER...
From the dictionary:   PHILOSOPHY, 1. a pursuit of wisdom, a search for general understanding of values and reality … (7 comments)

frans friday forum: GUNS & AUTOMOBILES...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 01/25/13 08:57 AM
In the wake of the tragedy in Sandy Hook the ‘KEYSTONE COPS’ in Congress are scurrying around using that chapter of Connecticut violence and misfortune as a ploy to rush through their ideas of just legislation to lay the ax to the head of the second amendment rights in the United States Constitution...!!!
Remember when one of their leftist henchmen suggested, "We should ‘take advantage’ of every tragic event’, or Never let a good Catastrophe go to waste"...
We hear repeatedly about ending ‘GUN VIOLENCE’.......Why just ‘GUN’ violence...why not ‘ALL VIOLENCE’...beginning with BULLYING in our schools and ending with MASS MURDERS and all … (30 comments)

frans friday forum: Fran's Friday Forum...FISH AND CHIPS...!!! - 01/18/13 06:40 AM
When we were in grade school the nuns reminded us that ‘FISH’ was brain food, and even today nutritionists encourage the eating of fish as beneficial to good health, and if YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT...
LISTEN UP...
All the debate about GUN CONTROL, DEBT LIMITS, RUNAWAY GOVERNMENT SPENDING, LEGALIZED ABORTION, and THE NEW HEALTH ‘CARE’ LAW, etc., contain the same flawed logic which is running rampant in today’s society in America...
We have been taken over by THE MASS MEDIA, ACADEMIA, and THE INTELLIGENTSIA  of our Country...basically, supposedly smart people who think they know everything and are always right...NOW...
I’m not saying ALL intelligent people … (10 comments)

frans friday forum: SLEEPING IN THE RAIN...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 01/11/13 06:25 AM
About a week before Christmas I spent a Saturday night at a SLEEP STUDY CENTER to be evaluated for any SLEEP APNEA problems...
And at the risk of this post sounding ‘FACEBOOKISH’.......Let me continue...
Now, anyone who knows me even slightly, knows that I can sleep or ‘nap’ at the drop of a hat...ANYTIME...ANYWHERE...Day, night, sitting, standing, watching TV, reading, praying...Well...
I’m sure you get the picture...!!!
In any event, at that pre Christmas sleep study I was only able to have recorded a little over an hour’s worth of sleep...NEEDING TO NOD OFF...I simply could not get my body to cooperate in the simple … (12 comments)

frans friday forum: WAR ON...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 01/04/13 07:46 AM
I’ve lived through so many attempts to end war, that this very serious social implication to defeat all that ails us is actually becoming HUMOROUS...!!!
There has been a WAR ON POVERTY, a WAR ON DRUGS, a WAR ON TERROR, a WAR ON KIDS, a WAR ON WANT, a WAR ON GUNS, a WAR ON CANCER.......AND NOW WE ARE ABOUT TO CALL FOR A WAR ON WEALTH...
Yet we still have WARS, GLOBAL UNREST, POVERTY, DRUG PROBLEMS, TERROR, CANCER, ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE, etc.......
What we need is a WAR ON WORDS...
I’m joking, of course...what we need more than anything is peace and quiet, … (8 comments)

frans friday forum: GOOD AND EVIL...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 12/28/12 06:48 AM
Ever since the beginning of recorded history we hear stories based on the INCORRECT dualistic belief of Good and Evil...Many of these stories would lead you to believe that there exist two great motivators...GOOD AND EVIL...and more often than not they are given equal time and equal effect...BUT...That is not what our Christian heritage teaches us...We believe in ONE GOD...Who created everything that is from NOTHING...AND especially mankind in His own Image...!!!Therefore He, Who, by definition, is ALL GOOD is far superior than any ‘EVIL INFLUENCES’...Evil entered the world because of God’s gift of FREE WILL...God desiring that all return to … (8 comments)

frans friday forum: TAKING BACK AMERICA...Fran's Friday Forum...!!! - 12/21/12 07:24 AM
For more years than I care to count now I have witnessed my Country slowly drifting away from the Country I knew as a kid and as an adult trying to establish a wholesome family legacy...After all, that is what the good nuns of the IHM taught us, that is what our faith led us to believe, and that is what all the mentors and role models in my life suggested was necessary to ‘live happily ever after’...(remember when all good stories ended on that note)...If it’s not already too late, if indeed we have not already entered the slippery slope, … (15 comments)

 
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