As 9/11 approaches, I want to add my own thoughts.
This was a day of triumph for the United States as well.
The planned effect of the terrorists and what we watched were two different things. This nation did not fall to its knees in terror, it fell to its knees in prayer.
Initially, we watched in horror as the plans crashed into the Pentagon and World Trade Center. But, with hardly a breath, we watches as men and women risked, and lost, their lives trying to save strangers.
They didn’t care if they were saving Christians, Muslums, or Athiests. They struggled to save their fellow citizens. New York was not a city like many thought, but a city that banded together as brothers and sisters.
For the losses we grieve and for the heroism and American Spirit, we honor them and are united in honoring our heroes. “Let’s Roll” has become the battle cry of our nation. God Bless our fallen heroes.
I just want to tell a bit about our found puppy. In this Lenten season, what is more appropriate to hear of two selfless women that helped to return our dog safely. Linda received a call this afternoon from a woman that had seen the Craigslist listing for our lost dog. She said that an old woman, in her 70’s, was going door to door in her neighborhood trying to find the owner of our dog. She said she recognized the pictures in the ad and the dog that the woman had and called my wife. After talking to her, she tracked the woman down in her neighborhood, still going door to door, and they met up with Linda at a Vet close to their house.
Through many prayers, the intersession of St. Francis, and countless praises, Lilly is back home! Thank you friends and St. Francis, protector of animals! God Bless you all! Lilly is tired and resting after her two day adventure.
Well, I had a very good interview for an educational textbook and technology publisher on Monday. The job would be a Dedicated Account Manager for TPS and would support, sale, train, etc. products for the K-12 district. I think, with my technology and teaching experience, that I would be an excellent choice for the position.
Today is my second interview with the Hiring Manager and, tomorrow, I have an interview with the Regional Manager. Hopefully, a decision will be made after the 3rd interview tomorrow. Keeping fingers crossed and praying very hard!
This year’s Mass and March for Life was a resounding success! The speakers were fantastic, the Honor Guard was incredible, and we actually had the media there! I included a few pictures of the media that were present, notably from Channel 6, Channel 23, and KFAQ.
Abortion was legalized in the United States 38 years ago this month. Since then over 50 million babies have lost their lives to abortion. Pray for an end to abortion and join Most Rev. Bishop Edward J. Slattery who will celebrate the Mass for Life at Holy Family Cathedral at 10am on January 22, 2011. After Mass join Bishop Edward J. Slattery and participate in the 2nd Tulsa March for Life. The March starts at 11:30am at Holy Family Cathedral and ends at 6th & Boston at the Chapman Centennial Green where a rally will take place.
Well, the ‘holidays’ are fast approaching and we are already in the second week of Advent! How time flies! Linda and I are struggling to get all the lights up and, probably more than usual, worrying about what is going to go under the tree. Right now, it looks more like carpet than anything else. We are nearing the end of a tough year, the employment situation is not just a statistic here, it is the reality of day to day existence. Though I have been working as a driving instructor, that was only a part time job from the beginning to offset the difference between a teacher’s salary and where the bills end. For a bit more than a year, it has been the only salary and the distance between the bills and salary has been further and further. I have had a great empathy for those that have been looking for work, even when I have worked 7 days a week, it still is not enough. I have considered other part time work, but that has offered less than what I am making now, making it a lose-lose situation (give up hours in one part time job which pays more to take hours in another job to get less? Hmmm, what’s wrong with that picture?)
Anyway, Linda and I have our health, our family, and Faith. We pray that we will see the other side soon and can relate to those that fear the new year. I hope and pray that the new year will be a new beginning. I pray for those that have not offered me, and others of my age, a job because they see the gray hair and think we are “too old” or “we can’t afford someone with your experience”.
Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for November is: “That victims of drugs or of other dependence may, thanks to the support of the Christian community, find in the power of our saving God strength for a radical life-change”.
His mission intention is: “That the Churches of Latin America may move ahead with the continent-wide mission proposed by their bishops, making it part of the universal missionary task of the People of God”.