Monday, October 10, 2011

Random thoughts

  • Mormonism is not Christianity.  Yes, the Mormon's up the road from me are very nice and friendly and I feel great sympathy for the little missionaries rolling by on their mountain bikes in all kinds of weather----I wish I could hug them, give them cake slices and talk them into going home and quitting the whole thing---- but they are not Christians. Sorry. You either believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost or you don't. When Mormons deny that they do not believe that Christ was the only begotten Son,  it's either because they are trying to recruit the gullible (cult behavior)  or because they don't realize what their own church fathers wrote concerning the conception of Our Lord and the orgins of God the Father.

  • I'm wondering if student loans shouldn't be abolished unless the student is planning to major in something useful. No more 14th century French gay mime studies. My husband works 10 hours a day, six days a week. Why should his tax dollars be used for an utterly frivolous venture?

  • I'm a librarian and once again the American Library Association is having its annual celebration of banned books. I'm unmoved. My sympathies are entirely with the parents who care what their kids read. What goes into your little kid's mind is forever. Don't ever be afraid to challenge your child's teacher. She and the principal may try to portray you as a slack jawed yokel  but stand your ground.  They are doing a job. You have a God-given vocation.
    A fourth grader doesn't need to read Push, a book that horrified me at 35, and a fifth grader doesn't need to read The Awakening  and beware and give the stink eye to any teacher who thinks it's a good idea for your 12 year old to be reading,  Lolita, period.

  • So far, I've gotten my relative's rent reduced and paid it for this month. I'm still working on the cable. I won't pay for the current package but I can not drop the TV because that is my poor relative's only enjoyment and it is calming. I've spoken to social workers (they've been angels), a government nurse, got my relative a doctor's appointment, bought clothes, and household items, contacted a lawyer about getting gaurdianship and have asked the social workers to work on applications to several nursing homes.

    I've contacted housekeepers about getting my relative's apartment cleaned up and so far four people are willing to do it despite the stomach turning bed bug infestation. Still it all seems so damned slow. I'm terribly worried about my mother's health. The shock of seeing how our relative is living was huge and she hasn't has had any peace since. It's been pretty bad. Last week felt like we'd descended into hell. Yesterday Rocky got me out of the house and took me to a park. I spotted two warblers, breathed the scent of the river water and relaxed so much that I went to bed shortly after we got home.

  • Christians are being killed in Egypt and nobody seems to care. All we hear from the White House is the sound of crickets. The activists around the world have fallen silent as the Arab Spring turns into a pure red slaughter just as anybody with a brain knew it would.


Anita Moore said...

Re banned books: when I was in college, there was a great hue and cry over the banning of a book about some high school hoodlums (male and female) who kidnap their English teacher, in the course of which the teacher dies of a heart attack. I actually went to the library and looked at this book to find out what the fuss was about. I found that, among other things, the book minimizes the moral responsibility of most of the kids for the horrific deed in which they participated, and basically glosses over consequences. Plus, it is not even good from a literary or artistic standpoint.

And, of course, it turned out that the book was not "banned" due to censorship, but rather was pulled due to pressure from parents who did not want their children reading this trash. If I had kids, I wouldn't let them read it, either. Clearing school library shelves of debris like this and the two books you mentioned is not the same as bringing about Fahrenheit 451.

newguy40 said...

I recently discovered your blog.
I like it.

I will pray for you and your relative. My son has OCD and a "relatively" mild phobias. Manageable for the most part. When it's not manageable, it's really not. Mental and emotional family burdens are so difficult. It really is a cross that Christ offers us to carry. I can only offer you the recommendation to unite your suffering and your relatives suffering to Christ crucified. Sanctify you and your relatives suffering. I would also strongly recommend that you take care of yourself physically and emotionally. I sense you have noted the "drain". This advice goes for your mother, too. Please keep us posted.

Alix said...

I, too, will pray for you and your family. If you wanted to put up a donate button to help defray expenses, I'd be happy to contribute!

Baron Korf said...

Any honest Mormon who has done their homework will agree that what they mean by "Christian" and what the rest of us mean by it is totally different. The ones who don't admit that but know better are lying snakes.

cwbullets said...

I once invited 2 Mormon missionaries to revisit. They came back with their supervisor (my word). When the two young missionaries were surprised by some Mormon beliefs (which I showed them from Mormon sources and asked them to explain), the supervisor decided it was time to leave.

Gina said...

cwbullets - brilliant. Ha ha. That story has probably made my day.

Sometimes, the best way to evangelize is to confront others with their own "beliefs."

Ha ha. Wonderful.

As for you, Dymphna... you guys are in my prayers! Sounds like some guardian angels are workin' overtime. {hug}

Dymphna said...

Thanks everyone. Alix, God bless you.

Lola said...

I will keep your family in our prayers!

What your are doing for your relative is the same as helping Jesus. You know that already, but I had to say it.

Go ahead and put up that Donate button for that intention.

I think many Mormons, unfortunately like many Catholics and other Christians, don't know their own doctrine. They have a general idea. Their 'church' influences their lives. But, really really know the history and the teachings? No.

CWBULLETS is a lot braver than I am, and maybe I should keep a fact sheet at my foyer just in case some nice boys knock on the door.

I watch the Journey Home and find it amazing that so many Pastors find themselves coming home to The Church when they really study thier faith and the early Church Fathers.

japotillor said...

Praying the situation...and Amen to everything you've said.

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Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"I'm a librarian and once again the American Library Association is having its annual celebration of banned books."

Wasn't it even, once upon a time, banning LotR and Tolkien from libraries?

In Sweden there was a ban on long series books. A library might have one Famous Five or two, by Blyton, but not all the series.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"beware and give the stink eye to any teacher who thinks it's a good idea for your 12 year old to be reading, Lolita, period."

Probably the teacher wants to preserve your 12 year old from getting involved with older men. I sneaked at last page (but did not read all) and it ends with "his" telling her to get a better and younger man than himself and be happy - in other words, it's a story about a probably non-marital May-September romance that did not go so well.

It may be THE greatest cause why "pedophilia" in sense of heterosexual hebephilia is now considered with so much less leniency than 50 or 60 years ago.