Friday, September 29, 2006
They aren't very hard to make, but with all the distractions and things to do in a day, it took me a whole three days just to get these two done (when it should have taken, maybe 2 hours max?). They were also the first, and I made some adjustments, so I was thinking about how to do that as well, so the next ones should take less time, hopefully. I have what, oh 19 more to do to get a whole good set? (He's growing out of the ones I currently have.)
I strongly suspect this to be true myself, but I don't see it and I wish I could. There are any number of people out there (Peter Kreeft among them) who actually see good things coming out of the darkness of our present society. I have to admit, I can see at least one good thing, the whole Theology of the Body that Pope John Paul the II gave us, that we wouldn't have, had it not been for the "Culture of Death". But so few people even consider reading such a thing. Or is it just so few people around me?In fact, I strongly suspect that if we saw all the difference even the tiniest of our prayers to God make, and all the people those little prayers were destined to affect, and all the consequences of those effects down through the centuries, we would be so paralyzed with awe at the power of prayer that we would be unable to get up off our knees for the rest of our lives.Peter Kreeft, Angels and Demons, p.23. Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 1995
I have to say, I don't see any hope for present day society other than the fact that eventually they will all kill themselves off, and where is the hope is that? I wish that that ultimate sign (apparently promised at Fatima) that is supposed to show the world that God indeed does exist would hurry up and show itself, or something.
I feel so disconnected from anyone who believes like I do. I know there are people out there that do, but I don't know very many in real life. I just feel really cut off. I'm glad some people have hope, and reading these books, that gives me hope, for a couple of minutes, but mostly, I just live in something close to despair that anything will change.
At least, so far, my children are turning out quite well, although I will have much emotional and spiritual battle to do if that is to continue. If only I can get them excited about the faith, then I know things will be okay for them. I don't wnat it to be a burden for them, I want them to truely know what it is to believe, and have hope, and why we follow "the rules".
This made me smile, (from the same book) :
Naturalism is a very convenient philosophy for crooks. It means that I am not responsible for anything, for nature made me do it. (...) Naturalism flattens you out, you're only a clever ape, so why not expect people to act like apes? If you're the king's kid, you'll act kingly. If you're made in the image of King God, you'll act godly. But if you're made in the image of King Kong-well, you can read the papers as well as I can.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Everyone has a cold here, Gabriel and the baby have had it really bad, especially Nicolas. Nicolas has had a stuffy nose and temperature for the past 3-4 nights. I am getting really tired and especially cranky in the evenings. Everything seems to get on my nerves. I'm just too tired from being awake with the baby all the time.
It was actually Dominic's birthday on the 25th. We had a birthday party for him on the 22nd. (Saturday). I spent a few late evenings getting his pinata ready in time. Especially that last night, in which I went to bed at 1:30 am, got up again at 4:30 am to finish priming, and was back at work painting at around 8:30 am. I think it was worth it. But I'll let you judge for yourselves.
I'll post some more pics later, maybe, when (if) I have time. Right now, I am having some trouble just getting them up. Computers!!! Grrrr.
Just received a message from some concerned fellow-bloggers about a whole list of pedophile bloggers blogging out there in defense and support of pedophilia.
Just you wait, in 50 years, these won't be minority underground defenders of the right to be a pedophile (and how natural and good it is, blah blah blah, to be a pedophile...) If this keeps up, as long as everyone concerned (child included) is "consenting" this will become a perfectly normal, acceptable life-style and anyone who says otherwise, will be treated as a pedo-phobe and be accused of promoting hate towards pedophiles.
All of these self-proclaimed pedophiles insist that they are harming noone, that they do not molest children, that as long as the child is not forced to do anything he doesn't want to, there is no harm. You know, I have nothing against finding children beautiful, (don't we all?) but to be sexually attracted to them? That's a whole other matter. Children are not ready for sex at that age, not physically, not mentally. Not to mention immorality issues...
Kind of like these days, where society is really concerned about homophobia. Like on the radio this morning, they were talking about this new program, especially for High Schools, called Homophobia, not in my backyard.
Well, excuse me, but pro-homosexuality, not in my backyard either. 50 years ago, homosexuality was still a devient sexual behaviour, people were still allowed to try and help homosexuals get over it. Alas, now, even if you don't want to be homosexual, and you want help overcoming it, noone will help you anymore, they'll just tell you to accept it.
It is one thing to promote tolerance and to talk about treating people with respect, and quite another to say in the same breath that this kind of lifestyle is totally normal and totally respectful and if you say otherwise, you are a homophobe. Uh, I believe that we should not pick on prostitutes either, but to go from there to telling kids in schools that it is a perfectly normal and acceptable lifestyle? Now they can go and tell kids that homosexuality is normal and good, and that if their parents say otherwise, they are homophobes.
In 50 years, we'll become pedo-phobes for saying that pedophiles need help. Where will this craziness end? Why do I bother having kids and putting them into a world like this?
Oh wait, because in 100 years, all the Catholics/pro-life other people who have been having a bunch of kids will have finally taken over the world, due to the fact that there are only pro-life people left, since everyone else will either not be having kids, accidentally having kids with their half-siblings, (thanks to sperm-banks, women can have kids without a partner, but the same man could be the "father" to a whole bunch of different people without them knowing it... and these people could easily meet, fall in love and... oups!) or killing the kids they didn't want to have. Culture of death eh?
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
And then, suddenly I prefer the quiet of my island. I have no desire to even have a romantic relationship. I think I no longer believe in love. Or at least, I think very few men out there prefer the non-disposable kind of love. I am dis-enchanted. I prefer to be single than to even try having some kind of relationship. I believe I am better off alone.
I had a husband once. He didn't make it to the island, he couldn't swim very well. He's gone on to a better place. I hope. Yes, I had a husband once. There is a time for everything, and for everything a place. I do not believe I am called to go back to that. I do not desire to sacrifice myself for someone who misunderstands me. I think few men would understand me now.
I had a child once. That I miss. There is nothing like holding your baby for the first time. There is nothing like teaching your child to pray, holding your child when he is tired, sick or hurt. There is nothing like looking apon the angelic face of your sleeping child.
But not even for the gift of holding a child again will I give up myself.
Yes, well,... mghm-mmm...
In other news,... I went to the fabric store today and bought some cotton flannelette and other odds and ends to make diapers with. I intend on starting that soon. Hopefully. I also intend on finishing the painting of the boys' room and of course getting started on a Caillou pinata for Gabriel.
Intentions are great aren't they? Let's see how much of this stuff we actually get done...
I had better get off the computer now and stop procrastinating.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Qu'est ce que cela peut bien nous foutre qu'elles en portent ou non?!! Ce ne sont pas des armes voyons!! C'est du linge! Des vêtements!!! Qu'elles portent ce qu'elles veulent et laissez-les donc en paix!
Ah oui, il y a cette question de la "liberté de la femme". Mais ce sont surtout des gens occidentaux, blancs, et non-musulmans qui s'inquiètent le plus de la liberté des ces pauvres femmes. A-t-on simplement demandé à ces femmes ce qu'elles veulent? Aussi incroyable que cela puissent parraître, plusieurs de ces femmes (à Montréal) si ce n'est pas la majorité, veulent porter ces voiles, et ne considèrent pas que leur liberté est en péril. Il y a peut-être une raison plus profonde pour les porter, non?
Ah, ces féministes qui voudraient bien "liberer" tant de femmes qui ne demandent que d'être laissées tranquilles.
Une femme n'est pas libre si elle ne peut pas avoir des relations sexuelles sans avoir à s'inquiéter de tomber enceinte.
Une femme n'est pas libre si elle reste à la maison avec ses enfants.
Une femme n'est pas libre si elle n'a pas le goût d'aller en politique ou faire autre carrière traditionellement liée aux hommes.
Une femme n'est pas libre si elle se marie.
Une femme doit ressembler en tout à un homme.
C'est vraiment de valeur que la plupart des vraies femmes n'ont ni le temps ni le goût d'aller en politique car malheureusement nous en avons besoin pour bien nous représenter. La coalition Statut des Femmes ne représentent que des femmes qui veulent se réduire à être des copies d'homme. Qu'est-ce qu'il y a de si libérant là dedans? N'est-ce pas plus libérant d'être ce qui on est?
Friday, September 15, 2006
CAIRO (Reuters) - Muslims deplored on Friday remarks on Islam by Pope Benedict and many of them said the Catholic leader should apologize in person to dispel the impression that he had joined a campaign against their religion.
In a speech in Germany on Tuesday, the Pope appeared to endorse a Christian view, contested by most Muslims, that the early Muslims spread their religion by violence.
"The Pope of the Vatican joins in the Zionist-American alliance against Islam,"
said the leading Moroccan daily Attajdid, the main Islamist newspaper in the
kingdom."We demand that he apologizes personally, and not through (Vatican) sources, to all Muslims for such a wrong interpretation," said Beirut-based Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, one of the world's top Shi'ite Muslim clerics.
Well, gee, duh. Didn't they? Do these Muslims not learn any history in the schools they go to? Or have they just conveniently forgotten? How about the invasion of Spain in 711 for one? How about the taking of Jerusalem and the attacking of christian pilgrims for another (which was the real cause of the crusades). Half of what used to be Christian lands was taken over by muslims before the Crusades finally started up. Look it up in the history books. Places like Turkey used to be Christian.
All of which does not mean that all muslims are war-mongerers. I happen to know a few peace-loving muslims myself.
Catholics and Protestants don't cut off each other's heads, or burn each other at the stake anymore either,... and I'm willing to bet not all of them were for doing all that at the time either.
It's time to get a grip. Society has changed. We might be ashamed of things in our history, but everyone has things in their history, that's how the world was. You can't just make them go away.
Monday, September 11, 2006
No matter our political background, no matter our faith, no matter our opinion, on events that have happened since, this should never have happened. This was not the answer.
I just pray today: For those who were left behind, for those who believe terrorism is an option, for those who make them believe such a thing, directly or indirectly, and for true peace and justice in our world.
Editing (after reading some of what is out there):
Terrorism is wrong. It is evil. It does not solve your problems, it makes them worse and it hurts a lot of innocent people in the crossfire.
But what to do about terrorism? Liberals call for dialogue while conservatives snort at the idea and ask how can you dialogue with someone who wants to kill you?
But, I ask, how does one go to war on terrorism? Isn't that like going to war on rape? Are you going to invade countries that seem to be hotspots for rape? How does one go to war on terrorism without hurting a lot of innocent people in the crossfire. It's all fine and dandy when the innocent civilians (the necessary casualties of war) are people over there, but what if we had to invade say, the state of North Carolina or the province of Nova Scotia to get at some terrorist group. Would we feel the same way about bombing our own cities for the sake of war on terrorism?
And what is terrorism anyway? Why does a person become a terrorist? Assuming that these are gratuitous, unprovoked attacks on a virtuous and blameless nation I suppose then, there would be nothing to dialogue about, because quite frankly these terrorists would just be really crazy people and any conversation with them would be absolutely pointless.
Assuming this, is like assuming that palestinians are attacking Israel for absolutely no good reason. It is like forgetting that the Israelis are actually occupying Palestine and not treating the palestinians much better than say the Nazis treated the Polish people.
Palestinian terrorists are DESPERATE people. So desperate, they are willing to do ANYTHING to try to change things. I prefer the Ghandi method of getting rid of an occupying force myself, and it seemed to work quite a bit better too, but perhaps the British were a tad easier to convince to leave?
Terrorist groups in Latin America are DESPERATE people willing to go any distance to change their horrible lives. Unfortunately, terrorism only makes things worse. Instead of liberating the oppressed people, they usually end up oppressing the people too, and then civilians have to watch out not only for the government's oppressive forces but for one or more terrorist forces as well.
So, these terrorists that attacked the twin towers, are they some exception? Are they just crazy people that are jealous of the grand, benevolent, successful and of course totally innocent United States? Or could it be that they too, are DESPERATE people willing to do anything to get rid of oppression.
Here is where dialogue might come in handy. We might not want to actually walk into some terrorist camp and ask them why they want to kill us. But maybe KNOWING why they want to kill us would actually be a good idea. The civilians who live in Iraq and Afghanistan and Iran and all those countries... what do they have to say? Not the terrorists, just the regular people. Perhaps if we dialogued with people who are actually willing to dialogue, we might end up understanding why some people feel the need to resort to terrorism.
Until we realize that terrorism is actually NOT some gratuitous, unprovoked attack and recognize that in fact perhaps it is a reaction to things WE have done, terrorism will go on. The simple facts of the matter are these:
- People feel oppressed by some group/nation/government (their own or some other country's). They become desperate. They see no way out. They resort to terrorism.
- The Powers that be react to the terrorism with more violence, oppressing the people further. This makes the people even more desperate and puts fuel on the fire of terrorism. It is a vicious circle.
We need to find out why people are feeling oppressed enough to resort to terrorism and do something about it.
The thing is, it may not be all that obvious. The US/Canada/Europe do not have to physically occupy any one country with their armies to oppress the people in it. It is in fact a lot more discreet than that, so dicreet that most of their citizens don't even know it. But not holding mega-corporations accountable for their actions in other countries is one way people are oppressed. And where do most (if not all) mega-corporations come from? The US. When you can knowingly pay people next to nothing to work for you, and on top of it get away with making them use products hazardous to their health with no security measures, because their own governments don't care either, you are oppressing people. When you can displace native peoples from their homes and take over their resources because noone will stop you, and in so doing, take away from them their only livelihood and their only source of food (short of begging in the streets) then you are oppressing people. When people get shot in the streets for speaking out against injustice, then you are oppressing people. And this is only the tip of the iceberg. You have to talk to people who live in these countries whose governments cater to big foreign countries and "disappear" their own people, to get what it is like. I can't describe it, only having spent 6 months in a third world country and not being all that informed myself, but sometimes you just have to see it to understand the desperation.
Why do so many people elsewhere in the world hate what is "American"? Not because they are JEALOUS of the wealth of the United States as so many Americans wrongly suppose, but because so many of them have lost their lives, their dignity, their blood, their freedom, their land so that these American Corporations could get richer. Big business is seen as American. And therefore the US is seen as the source of their problems. And here is where you start to get an inkling of the problem.
No, terrorist attacks are not unprovoked. What was attacked on September 11, 2001? Among others, the Twin Towers, the most obvious symbols of Business in the US. The other building attacked? The Pentagon.
Why the Pentagon? How many times has the US government, through the CIA, meddled in the affairs of other countries? Supporting this group or that group with arms or money or whatnot, to make sure that the governments that came to power would be ones that would go along with what the US wanted, even if it were injust to the common people. If you are selling arms to groups that oppress their own people, if you give money to support groups who will sell out their own people, if you start up a school that teaches soldiers how to terrorize their own people, you are oppressing people. Directly or indirectly, it doesn't matter.
Again, most Americans have no idea this is even going on. Therefore, I can understand the shock, the rage at what seems to be ridiculous, unprovoked anger and violence. I can understand the desire to declare war on terrorists. I can understand that there is seemingly no dialogue to be had, for when you do not know what is pushing terrorists to such extremes, they appear to be no more than madmen.
On the other hand, I agree that there is no dialogue to be had. We are way past the stage of dialogue. Action is definitely needed. Just perhaps not the kind of action the US government has in mind. Governments and big businesses need to be held accountable. People need to be put before profit.
It isn't the United States of America that is oppressing the world, it is the pursuit of profit at all costs. It is pure coincidence that the biggest perpetrators have their headquarters in the US. Home used to be the British Empire, now it is the US. Tommorrow it will be...?
Terrorizing the US (and its allies) will not get rid of greed. How do you go to war on greed? Do you pinpoint the countries that seem to be hotspots for greed and invade them? (Oh wait, I guess that is exactly what they were doing) That is as illogical as hoping that war on terrorism will get rid of terrorism.
It all seems rather hopeless doesn't it? It seems we can only powerlessly sit back and watch. After all, money talks, and who has the money? So who has the power? But we must not underestimate the power of education. Let us educate ourselves and educate others. We also have the power of choice. If I know that a certain company is unethical, I can choose not to buy their products. Hit them where it hurts the most, the moneybags. The more people are aware of what unethical practices go on, the more they will be able to choose to refuse to do business with unethical companies. The more aware of the facts we are as a nation, the more accountability of companies will become an issue in government. Pass the word, educate yourselves, and above all,... CHOOSE.
I just finished Arms of Love by Carmen Marcoux. I am currently reading A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon. I have yet to read Au Pays des Roseaux (French version of Place of Reeds) by Caitlin Davies and Fighting for Dear Life by David Gibbs. I am waiting for Escape from Slavery by Francis Bok and In Contempt of Fate by Beatrice Fernando to arrive.
There you have it, my reading list. As we say in Moose Factory: "Ever good me eh?"
Sunday, September 10, 2006
For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.
"I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house."
The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."
Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them. So, to all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Saturday, September 02, 2006
... to (ahem) have relations with their spouse when there is this?
Yes it really is all that. (Almost) Ahhhhhhh....
Although I must still encourage all good catholic couples (er... make that all good pro-life couples, because we'll need the help of protestants, muslims etc, too) to continue relating with their spouses, and to have as many children as possible, because otherwise we won't be able to take the world back.
Oops did I just reveal our secret conspiracy back there?