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Rick Santorum, a Catholic who is also a Republican presidential candidate, says that Pope Francis should stop buying into global warming or climate change and “leave the science to the scientists.”

I agree that global warming is junk science, a tool of political propaganda, and there is very little if any evidence to suggest that it exists but I don’t think Rick Santorum should necessarily talk to Pope Francis as he did.

In the Vatican the Pope can turn to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences for questions regarding science.  In addition, the Pope probably has other advisers to guide him on the various science subjects so in my opinion treating the Pope as if he is clueless on matters to do with science is not the way to handle the situation or treat the Pope.

Obviously the Pope’s science advisers have bought into man-made climate change (global warming) and that is a shame but I just don’t think Santorum should treat Pope Francis’ positions on science in a similar manner as the Left treat the Pope’s views with regards to issues of morality.

What do you think?

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The other day my mom said “I hope there is no dust in heaven.”  To that I said, isn’t heaven supposed to be perfect?  How can there be dust in heaven if heaven is perfect?  Plus we don’t know how heaven is physically.  Aren’t we outside of our bodies in heaven?  Aren’t we in heaven in spirit only?  I don’t know.  What are your thoughts on heaven?

Right now due to circumstances I am living with my parents apart from my husband.  I don’t want to be but maybe that is best for me and for us for now.  Kevin and I are rebuilding.  I think it is good that I am able to spend time with my parents, especially my mom since she is having trouble with her health.  This also gives me time to focus on me and I think I need that for now.  It is so hard being apart from Kevin.  Somehow this is part of God’s plan and I am trusting Him but this is so hard.

I have tried to keep up on what happened at the recent Synod on the Family but I need to read up on it a bit.  I am waiting for the English version of the final synod report to be released.

A friend suggested that I read James in the Bible so I have started reading James.  In chapter 1 James talks about having perseverance when going through trials.  Even in trials we are called to trust in God and have faith.  We need to lean on God in these tough times.

I have started my own jewelry shop on Etsy.  I am excited and will be posting more items to sell soon.

Have a blessed Sunday!

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I had hoped to finish my first post in a series where I will explain Catholic beliefs to non-Catholics but I haven’t been feeling well the past few days.

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I enjoy reading and writing poetry.  About a week ago I started searching for Catholic, Christian, and Saints who have written poems.  So far, I have found some written by St. Therese of Lisieux. I am posting one of her poems below.

MY HEAVEN ON EARTH

To bear my exile now, within this world of tears,

The holy tender glance of Christ, my Lord, I need.

That glance, surcharged with love, consoles me through the years;

His loveliness displays foretaste of heaven indeed.

On me my Jesus smiles, when toward Him I aspire,

The trial of my faith then weighs no more on me.

That love glance of my God, that smile of holy fire,

Oh, this is heaven for me!

‘Tis heaven to have the power, great grace from Christ to win

For Holy Mother Church, for all my Sisters dear,

For every soul on earth that He may enter in,

Enflame our sinful hearts, and grant us joy and cheer.

All things my love can gain when, heart to heart, I pray,

Alone with Jesus Christ in speechless ecstasy.

Beside His altar blest with Him I gladly stay,

Oh, this is heaven for me!

My heaven within the Host safe hid and peaceful, lies,

Where Jesus Christ abides, divinest, fairest Fair.

From that great fount of love doth endless life arise;

There, day and night, my Lord doth hearken to my prayer.

When, in Thy perfect love (O moment blest and bright!)

Thou comest, Spouse most pure, me to transform in Thee,

That union of our hearts, that rapture of delight,

Oh, this is heaven for me!

My heaven it is to feel in me some likeness blest

To Him Who made me and my soul hath recon­ciled;

My heaven it is always beneath His eye to rest.

To call Him Father dear, and be His loving child.

Safe shielded in His arms, no storm my soul can fear;

Complete abandonment my only law shall be.

To sleep upon His Heart, with His blest Face so near,

Oh, this is heaven for me!

My heaven is God alone, the Trinity Divine,

Who dwells within my heart, the Prisoner of my love.

There, contemplating Thee, I tell Thee Thou art mine;

Thee will I love and serve until we meet above.

My heaven it is to smile on Thee whom I adore,

E’en when, to try my faith, from me Thou hidest Thee;

Calmly on Thee to smile, until Thou smil’st once more,

Oh, this is heaven to me!

                                                                                June 7, 1896.

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Seeking wisdom to know what is the best path for us to take can take a long time, can be frustrating, can be complex when you get mixed signals or a variety of suggestions, and can take a toll on the body physically and emotionally.  How do we know we are following God’s plan for us?  How do we know we are making the correct decisions?

Since my physical pain hasn’t decreased I have been thinking and praying on what God could possibly be calling me to do.  First, I had to take an assessment of myself, of what I am able and unable to do.  I can no longer do the types of jobs I have worked for the past 18 years since they would involve standing constantly.  Then I had to dig deep down inside me to figure out what I enjoy, love to do, and have a passion for that I would like to have as a career.  Third, I had to make sure my plan is feasible.

After thinking and praying lots and lots I have decided that I want and need to go back to college.  I have decided that I want to major in journalism and theology.  I have a number of credits already so depending on whether I attend school full-time or part-time it should only take me at most 2 years to finish my degree.

Now I have to apply to colleges.  I have two in mind – Duquesne University and Franciscan University.  Duquesne is much closer but I’m not sure how many of my credits they will accept.  Franciscan is about 45 minutes to an hour from where I live but I would only have to commute their 2 or 3 times a week.  Plus, most if not all of my credits would be accepted there. I already have an associate degree and additional credits from Franciscan.  I am going to apply to both and see what happens. It’s in God’s hands.

In praying to the Father, Son, and Holy spirit for guidance God sent me to this scripture passage:

Wisdom 7: 7-12

Therefore I prayed, and prudence was given me;

I pleaded and the spirit of Wisdom came to me.

I preferred her to scepter and throne,

And deemed riches nothing in comparison with her,

nor did I liken any priceless gem to her;

Because all gold, in view of her, is a bit of sand,

and before her, silver is to be accounted mire.

Beyond health and beauty I loved her,

And I chose to have her rather than the light,

because her radiance never ceases.

Yet all good things together came to me with her,

and countless riches at her hands;

I rejoiced in them all, because Wisdom is their leader,

though I had not known that she is their mother.

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