We have a new pope!!!!!

To be perfectly honest, when I heard about the new pope, the first thing I thought of was the Veggietales movie Esther: the girl who became queen. I was thinking of the part when the announcer was on stage with her and after the king gives him the thumbs up, he says, “Oh, we have a new queen!”

Okay, so I’m not entirely sure why I thought of that, but moving on…………….;)

So here are a few firsts with Pope Francis: firstly, he’s the first pope ever to be named Francis (hey, at least he didn’t pick Peter the Roman). He is also the first pope from South America and the first Jesuit pope. In 2005, he received the second most votes in the conclave that elected our former pope Benedict XVI. Pope Francis is strongly pro-life and he denounced abortion as “a death sentence” for the unborn. He is known among the cardinals for his humility.  During his time as an archbishop in Argentina, he lived in a simple apartment, cooked his own meals, and took the bus to work! He upholds all of the Catholic Church’s teachings on homosexuality, gay “marriage”, and euthanasia, so now the liberal media can begin weeping over their lost chance to have a liberal pope……;)

Pope pic Let us pray for our pope, Francis I!

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Well, the Catholic blogosphere is going to get crazy with new posts about Pope Francis I. And why on earth he isn’t the Petrus Romanus that so many have been hoping for. And jokes about “Papa Frankie the First”. And blog posts like mine that are basically just re-reciting the facts…….

Yawn. 10:23 PM. Time for bed.

God bless everyone!

Happy New Year, My favorite websites, and how to clean up shattered ornaments

Hello world. Its been over a month since my last post, so if you are following my blog right now, I thank you for your patience. Really, I do. The past month has been quite busy and I haven’t had the time (or the energy) to tell the world about my crazy life, but hopefully in 2013, I will be a bit more frequent in my writing.

This year has been an interesting year for me. Here are a few of the things that I have learned in the past 366 days:

1. Toddlers are smarter than you think.

If you are the parent of a toddler, then you probably know what I mean. My 2 year old sister is trouble, but in public she is a cute little angel, of course. Plus, she is smart. During the Rosary, we often list our intentions just before praying the first decade, and my little sister has become quite diligent at naming the two neighbor kids that she wants to pray for. Faith comes in all sizes.

2. When walking with God, He will surprise you……..

This spring, my Dad decided to build a bed and breakfast in our field. I know, I thought it sounded like Noah and the Ark, too, but I think it was one of those decisions that most of us don’t understand, but the one who is making it knows it inside and out. It seems that God is this way, too. Often He will do things that we cannot comprehend, but eventually all is revealed in time.

3. How to clean up shattered ornaments.

A couple weeks before Christmas, I was at home with all of my younger siblings (while Mom and Dad were at work) and it was our job to decorate the Christmas tree. As the saying goes, “while the cat is away the mice will play”.  Oh joy! Anyways, I was having a bit of a stressful day already, and then (gasp) I dropped a glass ornament on the concrete floor. So first, I went in the kitchen to get a piece of chocolate. Chocolate always helps 😉 . Then, I prayed that the 2 year old would not step in the glass while I was getting the broom. Thankfully, she didn’t. Praise the Lord!

BONUS: 4 of my favorite websites for faith and family.

LifeSiteNews

I have been reading the LifeSiteNews daily update for almost as long as I’ve had an email account. No joke. They have great articles on topics such as faith, family life, abortion, and homosexuality. They show what the Catholic Church’s position is on such topics while exposing stories that are not typically found in mainstream media.

National Catholic Register

The National Catholic Register is a faith focused website that has articles concerning matters of faith, recent canonisations and beatifications, and news concerning the Holy Father, the Pope. I particularly enjoy the witty commentaries by Simcha Fisher or Jennifer Fulwiler.

LifeNews

This site is quite similar to LifeSiteNews, but it has a few more political articles that deal with the US government. It has controversial stories about abortion and the many evils that accompany it. The articles are well written and very clear.

Catholic Answers Forum

This is a website that I discovered about three weeks ago, but it has already become my favorite website out of all of these. Basically, you sign up and you can ask questions to the other members, or if your question is a question of faith, you can ask an apologist! Plus, you can choose from hundreds of groups to join, from purity groups to rock music groups to Scapular groups. I consider this site Facebook for Catholics 😉  If you want to find me on there, I’m listed as CruceSignati.

Well, I think I have put in my two cents for the day. God bless you all, and have a Happy New Year!!!

News

Here are a few links to pro-life articles at LifeNews.com. These are things that you will likely never see in mainstream media, simply because they do not follow the world’s view on things. For the warning, the first one is slightly disturbing (that is, this homeschooled-in-a-box teenager found it disturbing).

Planned Parenthood tells teens its okay to swallow

Ending gendercide: 200 million missing girls in China, India

Former Miss America Angela Baraquio filming new pro-life commercial

God bless!

Ryan vs. Biden, Romney vs. Obama, Abortion vs. lots of abortion

Ok, since I’m a Canadian, I guess my opinion about a US election doesn’t really count, but as a Catholic, I would like to voice my opinion.

In this election, we have an incumbent pro-death president with his cut-the-opponent-off-as-soon-as-he-starts-to-speak sidekick who claims to be Catholic. Also running, a Mormon with a Catholic for VP. This should be interesting.

After the VP debates, a lot of Catholics were left divided over Paul Ryan’s “pro-life” stance: He said (qoute)”The policy of a Romney administration will be to oppose abortion, with the exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother.”(end quote). Some Catholics said that if he isn’t entirely pro-life, they won’t vote for him. Others said that he is a wonderful debater and that they are definitely voting for Romney. Why the division?

It seems to me that voting for Romney would be the better thing to do. After having a president that is completely pro-abortion, a change for the better is definitely needed. Americans have (in this election) the choice of abortion or lots of abortion. In my humble opinion, voting for Romney is the lesser of the two evils.

What do you think?