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To: trollcrusher
Beautiful prayer! St. Joseph seems to be on the lay-low in the Catholic Church, so seeing his inclusion was particularly wonderful. (I've already said your prayer!) If we only knew how much prayer benefited the world, we'd start upon rising and not stop until we slept.

As far as The Catholic Knight goes, that's a site I used to visit a long time ago, but then some things were troubling, most of all, the fact he does not identify himself which is like receiving the Body of Christ from a priest with a mask on. Not trustworthy and even a little creepy. And I understand what you are saying in regard to the Anglican faith being included in a positive light on his blog. (The Catholic Knight IS a convert, I'm almost certain, but I can't remember from which faith.)

He does have lovely articles on the wearing of the mantilla and shawls, but he's a little close to the edge on his dislike for the NO mass, however, because, of course, Jesus comes to us through the Eucharist, even if the Host is consecrated in a closet.

Coach Ray Meyer, 2-12-00In my husband's book, he has a chapter on Coach Ray Meyer (of the DePaul Blue Demons). I'll include a blurb:

And if there was one thing that separated Ray's career from that of the other Hall of Fame coaches, it was prayer. No matter where they were playing, Ray made sure he went to Mass the day of a game---which created some interesting scenarios ... "Once we got in late to Terre Haute for a game against Indiana State, and when an attending priest found out I hadn't been to Mass yet, I sent the team out for warm-ups with the assistant coach, and he said Mass for me in the rest room. And then there was the time we were waiting for a flight at O'Hare, and Joey found out I hadn't gotten to Mass yet, so he had the team chaplain say it for us in the middle of the airport. Although we didn't intend it at the time, it must have been quite a witness." And, of course, there was the rosary. "The players used to call me 'the man with the beads,' as I was never without one. Before each game, I'd send the team out of the locker room, but I'd join them only after I said a few decades. Then right before tip-off, I'd gather the team around me and we'd say a Hail Mary--even in the late '70s when there were not Catholics among Depaul's starting five. Now ... I say the rosary to ask my wife, Marge [who died in 1986] and my daughter Mariann [who died of cancer in 1996] to help me through each day." He paused, "It's tough now ... tough without Marge. Even at camp ... which I still love ... there are more kids who get in trouble, but that's only because there are more kids from broken homes. But I still try."

Are you familiar with Coach Ray Meyer? I was able to accompany Tom on the interview at Coach's home and that's where the photograph shown was taken. Although it's difficult to see, Coach has a rosary in his hands.

Coach Ray Meyer passed away at the age of 92 in March of 2006. It wouldn't surprise me to find out he died a saint. He was that good of a guy! (brilliant sense of humor as well).

27 posted on 01/08/2010 6:52:06 AM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy

Yup ...

You hit the nail on the head regarding the “Catholic Knight” ... the first thing that I chose to focus in on was “who IS this guy” ... no name, no slogan, no ID, just advice / commentary, etc.

Now if I really wanted to befuddle a group of people, the best way to do it is to do it with the sweetness of honey rather than the putridness of crapola ... sort of indoctrinate them to MY way of thinking under the guise of being knowledgeable of the Faith, etc. I like to have an Imprimatur and / or a Nihil Obsat from a trusted source when it comes to info / teachings.

On a side note here ... I remember one time several years ago that the Diocese in which I reside in had a group meeting for interested Catholics that discussed topics that varied from meeting to meeting. I got invited to this one and didn’t really know what to expect. They held it in a basement of a convent and once everyone had arrived, they settled in on the topic ... Human Sexuality. There were about maybe two dozen people there ranging from teens to older adults. The group was overseen by a somewhat charismatic guy who was a little too friendly and came across as one of those Evangelical group leaders in Anabaptist churches. Well, they jumped into the main topic and as the discussion revolved around the circle, people put their two cents in, got a response, and then moved on to the next person / couple in sequence.

I sat there aghast as people were recounting their attempts at trying to conceive a child (they had adopted a child already) “We try MANY times a week” [*oof*] and so on and so forth. I thought to myself, where the bloody heck is a priest to be found to LEAD this group. I don’t want some bozo whose credentials I do not know or whom he was vetted by instructing me or others on tender (but needed) topics such as this. Call me paranoid or just oversensitive, but I had to go with what my intuition told me and never went back. Just kept on thinking “WHERE IS THE PRIEST? Couldn’t they find a priest to lead a late evening once-a-month group like this?” Bummer.

OK, enough of my whining (I’m known to do that). Yes, I do remember coach Ray Meyer from my days of living up in Chicago. I wasn’t a follower of sports / basketball, but I do remember him as being a passionate and well respected coach by not only his team, but the school, the city of Chicago, and other teams / schools that they played.

I was not aware of how devout Mr. Meyers was. Reading the snippet from your husband’s book, I was rather moved by his devotion to serving at Mass and to the Holy Rosary. Pretty cool.

Now if only we could get the head of Notre Dame University (I forget the name of the priest, but he is the top guy) to show a bit more backbone like Coach Meyers, then maybe, just maybe, they’d start turning the direction that they are heading around.

No more Vagina Monologues. No more Obammy accolades. No more arrests of 80-something priests who are carried away for protesting what the school should have been promoting to the modern-world-at-large [”Be in it, but not OF it”] -and- (i.e. Fruit of the 3rd Sorrowful Mystery, The Crowning with Thorns, “I desire MORAL courage”). Yes moral courage is in great need in our world.

In closing here, I do thank you for your kind comment on the prayer that I posted here. I am glad that you prayed it and that the inclusion of St. Joseph was to your liking. Very underrated Saint since we know very little about him, but a VERY honourable one indeed who is a prime role model for us to follow by his example. Imagine, to be entrusted with both the care of the Virgin Mother and the example / vocation of being a human father to Jesus. Oh, the graces that he must have had course through his soul. :-)

OK, gonna scoot. If you could (in a private reply), would it be possible for you to just briefly teach me how to post images here on FR? I noticed that you’ve got the process down pat, and I’d like to possibly post some pics that I have on my hard drive.

Mainly, I want to add some pics to my FR profile page. If it is too complicated, then don’t worry about it. I’ll try and find out one way or another ... I know that the HTML is like learning Swahili from a Swede, but once you get the hang of it, it falls into place. [No offense to the citizens of East Africa or to Sweden]. :-P

Take care,


30 posted on 01/08/2010 7:05:01 PM PST by trollcrusher (Like a moon without a tide ...)
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