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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

St. Bridget

Ordinary Time: July 23rd

Patron saint of Sweden, Bridget married a young prince and lived happily with him for 28 years, bearing him eight children. St. Catherine of Sweden was their daughter. After her husband died, Bridget founded the Order of the Most Holy Savior, erecting at Vadstena a double monastery for monks and nuns. Following the guidance of the Holy Spirit, she later went to Rome, where she worked for the return of the popes from Avignon. This Scandinavian mystic is famous for her Revelations concerning the sufferings of our Redeemer.


Scientists, doctors write an open letter condemning violence in Gaza

CHENNAI, July 23, 2014

A strongly worded open letter signed by 24 doctors and scientists condemning Israel’s continued aggression of Gaza and the unspeakable atrocities committed on innocent people, including women and children, was published by The Lancet on July 22. (...)

“We ask our colleagues, old and young professionals, to denounce this Israeli aggression. We challenge the perversity of a propaganda that justifies the creation of an emergency to masquerade a massacre, a so-called "defensive aggression". In reality it is a ruthless assault of unlimited duration, extent, and intensity,” they write.  (...)

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My To-Do List for this Week

1. Survive through the rest of Vacation Bible School.
I never realized how exhausting a morning could be. Only two more days - and then volunteer picnic Friday afternoon!

2. Keep chugging away at French.
I despise my teacher because she's making me dislike French. Why? BECAUSE SHE WON'T HELP ME AT ALL. When something confuses me, I'm doomed. And the thing is, I need to pass this level so I can do the next. My dad's paying for it, so I want to do well. But it's hard when most of my day is just spent on slaving over French.

3. Spend some time in relaxation to keep my sanity.
I don't want to go insane just in time for my dad's vacation, do I?

Writing OR reading OR watching Supernatural or Merlin = relaxation. Well, Supernatural isn't that relaxing. It is, but it isn't. I think I'm getting used to the creepy stuff.

Oh my gosh...the little girl is going to die! Noooo I don't want her to die!

Oh, her dad died. Okay, well she's fine. Now we've gotten over the part where the person dies at the beginning of the episode. Now I can relax.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Dream List

I know, I know... I missed yesterday's 101 Blog Party post. I apologize, but you'll need to get used to it because these next two weeks, I'll be either out of the house for half of the day or the whole day. Sorry about that. :-/

Anyway, I thought I would make a list of my dreams/wishes - both the possible and pretty much impossible ones... because who knows? ;)

1. Learn new languages.
I'm learning French now. I also want to learn Polish, Italian, Hungarian, and Russian.

2. Travel.
I want to travel all over my native country Canada (well, okay, maybe not up north haha). I also want to travel in Europe - especially to those warmer countries! I'd like to spend a short amount of time just seeing the wild nature in Africa, too. And, of course, Australia and New Zealand. :) :)

3. Learning/practicing artistic things.
Making better music videos. Improving my singing (range?). Being able to knit more than just a straight line, and perhaps learning more about sewing and crocheting, too. Being able to make nice graphics. Being able to play the piano. Dance (especially ballet and ballroom dancing). Does cooking new recipes count as artistry? ;)

4. Improve my spiritual life
Spend more time on praying and reading spiritual books. See #5.

5. Get my own place
The reason that I want to do this is because I want to be able to schedule things in my own time. Main reason - in the privacy of my own house (as well as not having to cater to other's wishes), I'll have more time to write in my prayer journal, read religious books, pray the Rosary, etc.

St. Mary Magdalen

Ordinary Time: July 22nd

Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, wasted the great beauty that God had given her in a life of sin, but one day she saw Christ and was touched by grace. On the day of our Lord's crucifixion, she stood with the Mother of Jesus at the foot of the cross. At early dawn on the first Easter morning, Mary Magdalene and other women who had ministered to Jesus went to the Lord's sepulcher. Two angels said to them, "He is not here, but is risen....Go, tell his disciples." Mary Magdalene ran to tell the Apostles what she had seen and heard. Then Peter and John, hastening to the sepulcher, saw and believed.


Expel Palestinians, populate Gaza with Jews, says Knesset deputy speaker

Submitted by Ali Abunimah
on Sat, 07/19/2014

Israel must attack Gaza even more mercilessly, expel the population and resettle the territory with Jews, the deputy speaker of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, has said.

Moshe Feiglin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party, makes the call in an article for the Israeli news website Arutz Sheva. (...)

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