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Sunday, January 29, 2006

the title

Last night I watched the Australian open tennis. I didn't particularly "go" for anyone, because I liked them both (Roger Federer and Marcos Baghatis)
Well Roger Federer won and I got emotional for Marcos because he looked so sad.
Then I got all emotional over Roger, because he began to get emotional, and throughout the game he looked so serious. Ohhh well, as I say let the best man win.

I have been reading the new Encyclical over again, but slowly, there is so much in it that sometimes I have to read the same paragraph 3 times to totally understand it.
There is a great many things to learn about love.
Jonathan wrote a commentry about some of it, which I shall be reading, if my eyes can still focus on words!

On another note I want to write about RU-486, seriously if you are thinking of taking it, then think again, this abortive morning after pill is very unethical, and destroys the gift of life. Indeed, killing an unborn child.
When a woman is given RU-486 (also called Mifepristone), it " kills" her baby by interfering with progesterone, which is the hormone that keeps the baby implanted in the wall of the mother’s uterus.
Then after 2 days, the woman returns to the clinic to receive a prostaglandin drug which induces labour and expels the dead embryo (RU-486 is used until 7 weeks after the first day of her last menstrual period).
If the baby hasn’t been expelled by the time the woman makes her third visit to the doctor, she will require a surgical abortion procedure (5-8% likelihood). Raymond, Klein & Dumble, the pro-abortion authors of RU486 Misconceptions, Myths and Morals, (IWT Pub, 1991) stress that RU-486 is not safe for women and list the following contraindications (reasons a person should not take RU-486): under age 18 or over 35; menstrual irregularities; history of fibroids, abnormal menstrual bleeding or endometriosis cervical incompetence, previous abortion, or abnormal pregnancies; pelvic inflammatory disease; recent use of IUD or the pill 3 months.

This is some information I found on the net,, which I wanted to post up here.
I know that a baby is separate from the mothers body, only connected by the umbilical cord, so to state that aborting is the mothers right, then you are stating a severe untruth, the life simply belongs to the child and God.
Just adding, as Kristiesue posted in my comments, no one says that the mother has to keep the baby, give it to someone else! really 9 months and it's out.
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 3:30 PM 29 comments

Saturday, January 28, 2006

You have to look!

This is cute, funny, lovely and all good things, thanks for the link Starbender.
Take a look at this: sameonlydiff.blogspot.com


posted by Carmel Brizzi at 12:09 AM 6 comments

Thursday, January 26, 2006

DEUS CARITAS EST

It's brand new and it's the.....
ENCYCLICAL LETTER
DEUS CARITAS EST
OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF
BENEDICT XVI
TO THE BISHOPS
PRIESTS AND DEACONS
MEN AND WOMEN RELIGIOUS
AND ALL THE LAY FAITHFUL
ON CHRISTIAN LOVE


Don't you want to read it? (i'm sure not all of you do hehe) but I do!.......ok truth be knownst, I already did :D

*Just adding to this post today, that because this Encyclical is so very detailed and you cannot possibly take it all in with one read, you can download the PDF file (Thanks Dr. D'Ambrossio) from
CrossRoads initiative by clicking HERE
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 4:59 AM 2 comments

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Kickboxing, thinking....

Being a health and fitness worry wart, I was thinking of joining a kickboxing class or buying a DVD on it.
I read a little on martial arts but don't really want to get that involved or have one of those nasty sensae trainers yikes!(no offense to any sensae that visits my blog, don't beat me up lol) I just want to do it as an exercize.
I'm interested in what others who have done it may think of it or what benefits they noticed which might be better than your ordinary aerobics or weight training classes.
Anyway, we should all think about our fitness even though there never seems to be enough time for it.

Also i'm cat obsessed as you know, and just had to post this sign, which I found on the same site that is printed on it.


YEAH RIGHT!!!
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 8:08 PM 24 comments

Happy Australia day


Happy Australia day to all! Traditionally today is supposed to be a day of BBQ's and outdoor stuff, like going to the beach, river or anything watery, but with the 44C degree day (around 110F) I doubt there will be much outdoor stuff going on. Except for swimming of course.
As for me, i'm having a tired Australia day, I cannot sleep, i'm so wide awake at night, but make myself stay in bed. I will be going swimming and spending time with the family though.
Well....happy day!
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 3:09 PM 13 comments

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Eucharistic Miracle

Boy O Boy!
I have been looking into the "Real presence" lately. Whilst looking and studying it I have come acrross this:
(note that I do not read anything that has not been approved by the Church on these matters, especially where miracles are involved. I don't take anyones word for anything,and am not easily fooled)


Ancient Anxanum, the city of the Frentanese, has contained for over twelve centuries the first and greatest Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church. This wondrous Event took place in the 8th century A.D. in the little Church of St. Legontian, as a divine response to a Basilian monk's doubt about Jesus' Real Presence in the Eucharist.
During Holy Mass, after the two-fold consecration, the host was changed into live Flesh and the wine was changed into live Blood, which coagulated into five globules, irregular and differing in shape and size....

Read more




"So Jesus said to them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.'"
(John 6:53-55)


It's interesting that many Eucharistic miracles have occured during times of weakened faith, as I have learned.

"Then he said to Thomas, 'Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.' Thomas answered him, 'My Lord and my God!' Jesus said to him, 'Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.'" (Jn 20:27-29)



Eucharistic Miracle in Siena Italy
Physician tells of the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano (which I have written about above)
Eucharistic Miracle in Orivieto Italy

How can one deny the real presence?
Peter Kreeft wrote:
"Fundamentalists resist symbolism in considering historical events, and resist "real presence" and effects when considering sacramental signs. "This is my body" they interpret as wholly symbolic, merely symbolic; yet most of the rest of Scripture they see as not symbolic at all."

John Paul 2 said:
"The year 2000 will be intensely Eucharistic: in the Sacrament of the Eucharist the Savior, who took flesh in Mary’s womb twenty centuries ago, continues to offer himself to humanity as the source of divine life."




What the Church says about the Real presence:

The mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as "the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all sacraments tend." In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist "the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained." "This presence is called 'real' - by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be 'real' too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present."


For a directory of Chappels and Church's that have Eucharistic adoration click
here

posted by Carmel Brizzi at 3:57 PM 18 comments

Saturday, January 21, 2006

notes and other notes

I think Jonathan is turning Irish
He even has stuff like this on his blog now:

"Oh, the summertime's a comin',
And the trees are sweetly bloomin',
And the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the purple heather
Will you go, lassie, go?"





Well I know Spritey is Irish, and there is a "purple Heather" in those lyrics, which I guess makes up Spriteys fave color :)
I may have to buy him some guiness to keep him happy. :)) (I'm just kidding, I like it)

On another note I have been falling asleep to the sounds of the tennis on the TV, the sounds are moans and groans was they hit the ball, one goes "ugh" then the other "ugh" and so on.

On even another note, I want you to take a look at prolifepixels.com So I guess you are wondering what a pixel site is, well then you can take a look at milliondollarhomepage.com It sounds interesting.
Prolife Pixels is a great idea, because it raises money for Prolife and Christian Charities and more, it's certainly something I have never seen before and I really must say, I like it!

Also thanks to
St.Peter's Helpers I linked over to Recta Ratio and saw the most breathtaking image of the "Chair of Peter", looky here
Alrighty then, that was a lot of links. :)
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 3:38 AM 8 comments

Thursday, January 19, 2006

sweet rewards

Lately I have been friendly to a mentally disabled lady who goes to my Church. I make a point of saying hello to her every time I see her and that's about as far as it goes.
I decided to do that because she has a certain disability and no one really takes the time.
So this morning when I went to check my mail, I noticed a pretty envelope in my letter box and inside was a cross stitch design with my name (ok she spelled it as CAMEL but she tried) on it and a purple rose. I thought it was sweet that someone would take the time to make something for me! It would have taken her a good deal of time and effort for "me" someone she doesnt really know all that well.
So all I can say is "wow" im honoured.
So here is a picture, even though it says Camel B instead of Carmel B. hehe

posted by Carmel Brizzi at 6:57 PM 11 comments

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Wonderful things

Last sunday Owen & his family were formally recieved into the Catholic Church.
After 20 years of being a protestant Pastor, he, along with his family were called to the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church!
Go give him a warm welcome.
Horray and congratulations.

posted by Carmel Brizzi at 10:56 PM 5 comments

Monday, January 16, 2006

My new puppy



Somebuddy loves me. :D
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 6:44 PM 10 comments

Misconceptions of the Catholic Church


I have been inspired to write this post by past questions and recent questions that I have been asked since I became a Catholic.
There are many misconceptions regarding the Roman Catholic Church so I was thinking of the main questions that people have asked me and I hope to answer them clearly.
Here are just a few.

Do Catholics think the the Pope is God? Why do Catholics believe that the Pope is infallible in his teachings?
No Catholics do not believe that the Pope is God, or should be worshipped. The Pope is indeed the chief Shepherd of the Catholic fold and Catholics believe that the Pope is divinely protected from error when he acts officially. (ex Cathedra)
But Catholics do know that he is a human being and makes mistakes in his personal choices like we all do.

In order for the Pope to be infallible on a particular statement these conditions must apply some are: He must be speaking "ex Cathedra" (from the chair of Peter)or just officially.
Decisions must be for the whole Church, It must be a matter of faith and morals etc.
Remember that his ex cathedra teachings are not from personal choices made out of the blue, but they are a result of many years of consultations with other Bishops and theologians of the Church.
He is the head of the Church, and we know he is not Christ.

Do Catholics worship Mary?
I don't know how many times I have answered this one. No Catholics do not worship Mary. Addressing prayer to Mary is like asking a close friend for help, so when you ask someone for prayer, you are not calling them God.
So when you see a rosary, don't worry, it's not a worship tool, it's an inspirational way to pray, or as some say a prayer aid.

Catholics worship pictures and statues..

Oh yeah, sure...NOT ! Of course that is not true. Statues and pictures are just reminders of those who have pleased God, they are inspirational people who we can learn a lot from, so if a picture helps you remember I don't see the harm. I keep pictures of my dad (who passed away) so I can be reminded of him, and I look at one particular picture every day!

Only got time for 3 today, I hope to slowly post more from time to time. If I have made a mistake on any of my answers, hopefully some kind person can set me straight :D
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 12:55 AM 11 comments

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Are they racist?

I was reading an article about 13 year old twin singers, Lynx and Lamb (if my parents called me Lynx or Lamb i would not speak to them) from
Prussian Blue.
These girls wear tshirts with Aldolf Hitler smiley faces on them, and praised the Australian racist riots, they even dedicated a song to them.
Their mother says "I'm proud of my racist daughters" and that because of their beauty, it can be used to lead young American men into their society type thing.
They also state on their site that they are white and proud to be white, ok well it's good to be proud of your heritage, but if you read their lyrics, you will see that there is more to it than that.
They girls are quoted as saying : "We're proud of being white, we want to keep being white," said Lynx. "We want our people to stay white ,we don't want to just be, you know, a big muddle. We just want to preserve our race."

What message is that? To "preserve our race"?
It seems that this comes from their parents, since these girls are only 13years old.
apparentlyy they have been nurtured on racist beliefs since they were born.
Songs like "Sacrifice" a tribute to Nazi Rudolf Hess, clearly show the effect of the girls' upbringing. The lyrics praise Hess as a "man of peace who wouldn't give up."
The girls left this message to the Australian (riot) fighters, and I quote it from their blog
"Prussian Blue would like to salute our fellow White Patriots in Australia for their fighting spirit!!! We would like to dedicate the song Ocean of Warriors from our new CD to those of you down under ".
You can read it here

That is very heartbreaking to say the least.
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 5:42 PM 16 comments

Friday, January 13, 2006

De lurking week


By reading Happy Catholic I found out that it is National De Lurking week. These buttons were designed by Paper Napkin
So don't be a lurker, don't be shy, be heard!!


posted by Carmel Brizzi at 5:07 PM 6 comments

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Who do you look like?

Well thanks to my darling Jonathan
I have found this site called My heritiage where you can do a "face recognition" Jonathan submitted his photo and got Gene Kelly See Jonathan and Gene here personally I think Jonathan is more handsome than Gene Kelly, but anyway.....
I got Keira Knightley, I also got the little girl from Harry Potter, I can't remember her name.




I think just a little maybe but mainly I WISH. I thought I didn't know who she was but now I remember her from Pirates of the Carribean.
I don't know how to make my picture as big as keiras, but you get the idea i'm sure.
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 6:55 PM 14 comments

Seeking the answers

Today I read an article which you can find
here
It is regarding the questions children seek, who are born from sperm donations.
I think we have a natural urge to find our roots and think it's a very serious question when a person wants to know "who am I?".
I understand the desire for a child, but knowing that this child will have some serious questions and wants, should be taken highly into account.
Having a child from a strange persons sperm should raise huge concerns, how do you know this sperm doesnt come from a rapist or worse!
I hope people who are choosing this option seriously consider the after effects.
Children do have a right to a mother and father, and it seems to me that sperm donations take from that, and will leave the child with emptiness.
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 4:01 PM 2 comments

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Been reading

Thanks to Antonia I have been reading Natural Family Planning - natures way, Gods way.
My nose has been stuck there for a while, I love it and it's a free online book.

posted by Carmel Brizzi at 4:30 PM 11 comments

That face gets me!


I have to post my kitty cat again, she is just so cute. Today it was really hot and she was resting on some hard cold floor. She is Charlie and is also muh baby. I call her baibee.
Cal the wonderdog if you see this, be nice!

posted by Carmel Brizzi at 1:38 AM 10 comments

Monday, January 09, 2006

I heard John Heard

Last night I watched a television program that I have been watching for a few weeks called Speaking in tongues I haven't quite worked it out totally but I have enjoyed it a lot.

Last night I watched it especially to see a man by the name of John Heard (check the blog out) he is a young Catholic, gay , conservative, called to be chaste man who was being interviewed about just that. I enjoyed it and found him to be so inspiring, the strength that it would take to follow God the way he has is amazing and i'm sure it gets terribly hard as it does for all of us.

Update, I accidently called John Heard celibate, thinking celibate meant the same as chaste, but it's different, sorry John.
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 4:50 PM 9 comments

Friday, January 06, 2006

I feel so..tagged

Yes I do feel so very tagged, the person responsible for this is a lovely friend named: Marie-Linda
(she did hers half French!)

What was your favorite movie in 2005? The Chronicles of Narnia, I loved it.
What was your favorite book in 2005? I go on about this book, I'm sure people hate hearing it, but my favorite book was "Fools Rush In" by Bill Carter
What was your favorite music album in 2005? I haven't listened to many full albums, I would say though Bill Malonee was the only full album I heard for 2005, it was great, I listen to so much music, great music that I have enjoyed this year are from:
Bill Malonee
Coldplay
Green day
James Blunt
Missy Higgins
Richer or Poorer? A little richer, but have very high bills coming up, so it's going to be short lived.
Thinner or fatter? The same, although I didnt weight myself on december 31st and then on Jan 1st.
What kept you sane this past year? So you are assuming I'm sane? Well nothing but the pure grace of God, 2005 was like being in a washing machine.
Jonathans love keeps me sane too and my lovely dear friends.
Which personal accomplishment in 2005 are you most pleased with? Sticking someone with a needle and drawing blood, I loved it!!
What resolutions have you made for '06? To be more graceful in my heart and actions.
Which bad habit are you most motivated to break? None
Which resolutions do you expect to keep? All one of them
What are you most looking forward to in 2006? Our wedding

Alrighty?
Ok, well gosh I hate tagging you innocent victims, which one of you shall victimize today?
Oh yes one innocent reader by the name of
Jessica
Now to pick on the youngest and most vulnerable of you
Alex
and the miraculous drug herself
Stef

sorry guys, but you are just "ITS"
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 7:47 PM 11 comments

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Just a post

I hope your 2006 has been going along nicely. Mine has been rather nice.
Lessons and Carols was a great service, it went along really nicely,and was a great way to end the 12 days of Christmas, I hope to see more.
Work shall be getting super busy for the next few months, but I don't mind because soon after that I shall be going to spend some time with
Jonathan, my next visit after this one will be for our wedding so that's going to be fantastic. No, we don't have a date yet, but shall be getting one organized as soon as possible.
That's all from me... here is a mouse that every woman would want:

posted by Carmel Brizzi at 8:10 PM 7 comments

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Lessons & Carols

Ancient & Future Catholics and ChurchYear.Net are promoting an online service of Lessons & Carols tommorow January 5th at 9.00pm EST. SO if you are interested, check out the bulletin.
It will be done on Paltalk which is an online discussion program.
To join in, go to Paltalks website, and download it and sign up with a handle if you don't have it already. You will need speakers on your PC to hear it.
At 9.00pm EST go to the Christianity rooms and look for "Catholics building bridges" join in this room. The service will occur live and they have invited all to participate in their homes at their computer.
If this sounds like something you will enjoy come on over! All are welcome. See you there!

posted by Carmel Brizzi at 4:34 PM 6 comments

Blogs to read..

I was invited to contribute to 2 new blogs on the same day. I jumped at the challenge, and am interested in what will come of them both.

One of these blogs being Per Christum
which will most probably contain a lot of theological related posts, I don't know all yet since both are new, but
I shall contribute along with Jonathan, David, Jason Nicene Hobbit and Jennifer

The other blog is God Conference
For this one I shall be contributing along with Infinigeist (aka I'm Patrick), Johnny Dragon and Seenie
At this blog we shall begin at exploring each others beliefs, opinions and so on.
At the moment we are looking at "how did we get here?" My opinion is obvious, as most of you know me to be Christian. But we all have our own opinions, questions and here we will look into what we can. I can't speak too much for either of these blogs yet, in terms of what we will cover because I didn't start them and since they are new and I don't know everything , but anyway, come and check out what's going on over there!
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 1:13 PM 5 comments

Monday, January 02, 2006

The Theorum



The Theorum ~ a complete answer to human behaviour , is on my wish list! I got an email about this recently and have decided to check out what is so special about it. Here is what they are saying:

"Arguably the genius of any great discovery lies in it's originality -a fresh idea that is set to challenge traditional modes of thinking, while advancing mans march along the path of progress. The work before us fits neatly into this criteria..." ~B. Abolade MD; MRCP (UK)

The International media:
The Theorem: "An American scientist is set to publish a crucial new book on the pre-natal behavior of babies that is expected to have a profound impact on the issue of abortion". Source: Catholic News Agency. To read full article go to http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=5641


This is what the Medical and Scientific Community is saying about The Theorem: "Arguably the genius of any great discovery lies in its originality-a fresh idea that is set to challenge traditional modes of thinking while advancing man’s march along the path of progress. The work before us fits neatly into these criteria... Far from the idea that the human foetus is cocooned from the cares and woes of existence, our first experience of fear, joy and sorrow actually precedes our birth. This in a nutshell is what this book is set to tell the world. (The author) has accomplished his task with exceptional brilliance". - B.K. Abolade MD; MRCP (UK), Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Alabama

"The argument presented in this book is unique and well worth reading... In my opinion, this book raises some important questions..." - Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama, Ph.D. (Philosophy), Ph.D. (Physiological Psychology), Professor and President, California Institute for Human Science

This is what the Publisher's Website is saying about The Theorem: "When does consciousness begin? When does life start? When do we start to dream, and why? When do we know our mother? Much earlier think,... Pulling together evidence from recent research from a wide range of disciplines like neurobiology, neuro-immunology, neuro-anatomy, neurochemistry and others he( the author) comes to an astonishing conclusion; we are conscious in the womb..."

According to the author, "It is simply impossible to read The Theorem and not understand that the fetus is not only conscious, but that this consciousness is extremely advanced."



This book does not only cover "fetal behavior" but being 100% pro life sparked up the interest. The book covers many behaviors such as:

Autism
Dreams
Manic depression
Panic disorder
Why we talk
Schizophrenia
The subconcious
Obsessive compulsive
Fetal behavior
Suicide
and more...

To find the book visit
HERE

* UPDATE: The previous link I had didn't work, I hope this new one does!
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 4:28 PM 8 comments

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Weird town names, a Shrine and a cow

I found this thanks to Samantha Burns
it's
Weird town names some of them are pretty weird like "elephant butte" and "Pi Pi's river"
Check them out, hope you get a laugh.
Also Jonathan posted a great prayer and some neat photos of his visit to Our Lady of Consolation Shrine in Carey Ohio. The Christmas decorations are jaw dropping!
David and Jennifer also went.
I have visited there before and know what a special place it is.
You won't see the true beauty unless you click on the photos he took and enlarge them, I certainly got a surprise.

Also, look at this cow! I thought it was pretty cool, it is not real at all, but it looks like it has the world map on it


lkk
Ps: my cat just stood on my keyboard (just one paw) and the "lkk" is her little print on the screen, so let that be her message to the net world!!
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 9:01 PM 6 comments