Wednesday, October 19, 2016

On Generational Spirits

I spent a most enjoyable hour petting the kittens as I listened to Fr. Chad Rippenger (sorry, but I can't seem to make a direct audio link)expand upon the article he'd written a couple of years ago in the Latin Mass Magazine on generational spirits through the last hundred years. It's a fascinating account of both social and spiritual history, and a reasonable explanation of how we've managed to sink so low. Here's a summary as part of Fr. Anderson's homily.

The generation that came of age during WWI suffered a great deal but did not express it, especially talking about the virtue of embracing the cross. Their children, who grew up during the Great Depression and fought in WWII are called the Greatest Generation (remember Tom Brokow's book?) and although they did what had to be done, they lacked a "spirit of mortification." They never wanted their children to suffer as they had and so they indulged their children. These are the Baby Boomers (Michael and I are both in this generation and the way we spent our 20s and 30s reflects what follows). Their parents “did not pass on the traditions of their fathers which required discipline and self-denial," which led to lack of temperance. This made them indocile (not following authority, people who know more, their betters). Yup. That was definitely us: we were our own gods. 

The children of Baby Boomers are known as Generation X and Y (born in the 70s and 80s), also called the 'me-generation' because they are noted for sense of entitlement. They are not necessarily immoral, but rather, amoral. Their children are known as Generation Z (our children fall in this category given that we had our kids later). "It is the generation that has gone without a coherent moral code, religious doctrine, or societal norms." This describes our children up until the time of our conversion and in fact, it was the lack of anything authoritative beyond us that made us realize we needed God desperately. Thank GOD! However, we still suffer from all the generational sins because it is very difficult to uproot what you've sown. Only by the grace of God are we growing in faith and virtue. And we hope and pray to keep the faith until the very end.

I will never forget this pivotal moment in our lives: Michael and the children receiving baptism and with it sanctifying grace. Tears of joy!

The Sixth Generation is the one being born now. “This generation will have a spirit that is not like any of the other generations. It is a spirit of paganism, fueled by the licentiousness and depravity passed down from the last couple of generations."

Depressing, no?

As you can see, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree for a reason, and the sins are compounded. From a "spirit on non-communication" we have reached a "spirit of depravity." Note that not everyone is affected by these. Those who try to live a sacramental life, doing their duty in their state of life, obedient to God do not succumb to the spirit of the ages.

Have hope.

Fr. Anderson says: "The Holy Spirit is at work among the young generation today. Many who are coming of age today recognize the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith in all its richness. They readily see how the rejection of traditional, orthodox Catholicism has deprived them of their spiritual inheritance, but they are claiming it back. Each generation is called by God to accomplish certain tasks, to fight off certain evils, and to achieve certain perfection. The Holy Spirit is now giving this generation what was not passed down to them. They are receiving Catholic tradition and they love it."

I have copied a prayer from Sensus Tradionis website. They have others as well.

Binding Prayer

Spirit of N., I bind you in the Name of Jesus, by the power of the most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ and by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Michael the Archangel, the blessed Apostles, Peter and Paul and all of the saints, and I command you to leave N. (Name of person or object) and go to the foot of the Holy Cross to receive your sentence, in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

I like to sing St. Patrick's Breastplate and I hope someone will sing it for me when I die.

Three generations of Bodachs -- Greatest, Baby Boomers, and Gen X, Y, Z. Parce Domine! 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

On Voting, Conscience, and Holy Communion

I have refrained from discussing politics here mostly because I found a new avenue: Facebook :) But I want to share a homily from a Catholic priest, who concerned with our souls, tells us not to present ourselves to receive the most Holy Body and Blood or our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ if we vote for certain political party that promotes abortion. This is serious folks. Listen to him.   

Today is the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood's existence, which is responsible for the majority of abortions in the US. And our tax dollars fund this. We are all complicit in this evil. It is the leading cause of death (not heart disease). Each day 3,000 babies are slaughtered in our abortuaries under the guise of women's rights and choice. We should weep.

What we sow, we reap. Now the children are killing the parents. It's called euthanasia. Mercy killing. "And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?" asked Mother Teresa, now a canonized saint! Indeed. The entire transcript of her speech given at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1994 is worth reading.

Even if abortion were the only non-negotiable item, what many people think amounts to single-issue voting, you have to consider that the right to life precedes any other right. The Catholic Church has listed five non-negotiables because they are intrinsically evil. This means we cannot support any political party that advocates abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, cloning, and same-sex "marriage." The DNC espouses all of these. One has to wonder whether the leaders of the DNC are sleeping with the devil himself.

Wake up Catholics! We can make a difference. We can change the course this country has taken. Remember there is a vacant Supreme Court seat and several of the justices are old. Whom you vote for will have consequences that will last many decades. Even if you have voted for the DNC in the past, it's time to take a hard look at the issues now and awaken your conscience. Don't be a bad Catholic.

I have made my choice. I will vote for Trump/Pence. From the time I turned 18, I have always voted for the GOP because of their policies: pro-life, pro-family, fiscally conservative, smaller govt., stronger military. But now, as a convert I find it even more important to do my part in defeating the DNC.

But above all, I pray for our country. I know that whoever is elected reflects the will of the people. May God help us. Parce Domine.

Friday, October 14, 2016


About a month ago, fathers and sons gathered for a meal. They each shared letters with one another. Yesterday evening, mothers and sons shared dinner catered by Iacofanos.

I am so proud of Max for sticking with football. I still remember the year he began, when he was nine, how worried I was given the football injuries I'd read about. I told him: protect your head. A year later after our conversion, I quit worrying and placed him under Mary's protection. I am so thankful to the wonderful coaches and teammates he's had throughout the years.

Many of my friends are surprised to learn he plays because he's more known for his brains. But he loves the game and has grown so much, both in stature and character. I love you Max and I hope you will always use your strength, both moral and physical, to care for the ones who are weaker.

Tonight: Homecoming. Bishops are undefeated. Pray they are victorious!


Monday, October 10, 2016

Greater than Gold
GREATER THAN GOLD: From Olympic Heartbreak toUltimate Redemption by David Boudia and Tim Ellsworth was such a joy to read, especially since we watched some of the 2016 Olympics, including diving. It is astonishing to me that someone would choose to hurtle towards the water from 10 meters (3-story building). Yikes! David recounts his life in an easy and engaging manner. I enjoyed learning about his family, how much his parents sacrificed for him so that he could pursue his passion (he switched from gymnastics to diving). Ultimately though, it was a story about spiritual awakening. Until he had a personal relationship with Christ, David was pursuing Olympic gold for his own glory. He doesn’t shy away from telling us the kind of person he was: self-serving. But all the material things, praise from others, left him hollow. In fact, so empty, that he even considered ending his life. But a call to his coach changed it all. They introduced him to Jesus and for the first time David was praying to God, not just going through the motions. Of course, it’s not all hunky-dory once you meet Jesus. Every day is a battle. And David wrote about those too, how to keep his eyes fixed on Jesus when all he wanted was to keep his focus on himself. It really showed me the importance of having a spiritual director, of surrounding yourself with friends who also know Jesus, who can pray with you and for you when you are weak. You all know the results. He won GOLD. But what he possesses is something greater than gold, and that is Jesus! I highly recommend this book to any teenager who is interested in sports and the Olympics (it gives an insider’s view of what it’s like being a star athlete). Thanks to BookLook for a review copy. I've also crossposted this on Amazon 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Hanging Out at Home with Hurricane Matthew Raging Outside

The cooler waters of the Carolinas lessened Matthew's impact. Water level got to the grass yesterday evening but even with high tide at 1 pm today, with the wind direction changing, it looks much like yesterday. Water is being pushed out to sea. Daniel island will not be flooded. Thank God. Of course, downtown Charleston and other lowlying areas are again flooded. Praying for all for a safe journey home.

We had a relaxing time at home. A fish fry dinner, movie, rosary, music, and kitty-cuddles.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Hurricane Matthew

The calm before the storm. Hello, my bloggy friends. You might appreciate a break from all that I post ... thanks to Matthew :) We are preparing as best as we can. Michael is grilling some chicken and after another lovely meal outside, we'll button up the porch, sit tight, read, write, play and pray. We are so thankful to live in the US. I feel especially bad for the poor in Haiti, Cuba and Bahamas. And it looks like Florida is going to be nailed just as hard. We are praying for all to be safe in Matthew's path. Please pray for us too. And if I drop off the web, it's probably because we lost power. Please do not worry. Sending you all our love and prayers. NB: the satellite image is beautiful though, no, despite the destruction it causes?


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Reading and Writing

I've been reading a LOT of great books: DAD IS FAT by Jim Gaffigan is such a hoot. I was thinking, the guy is crazy living in NYC with his big family, but he loves it. I propose you get this for the fathers in your lives.  

Thanks to Faith Hough for introducing me to historical fiction by Michaela McColl. Prisoners of the Palace: How Princess Victoria became Queen with the Help of her Maid, a Reporter, and a Scoundrel was especially good. I learned so much about the teenaged Victoria from her diaries! Can you imagine having to write in pencil before your mother approves it? I have some of her other books but they need to wait ...

I purchased a couple of books for my research for a little book I'm working on and loving it. My head is full of little facts that I've been telling Michael and the kids and they know just to say uh-huh. I've taken to reading to the kittens as well. But working on a manuscript is hard with them demanding attention, sitting on my notes and pouncing upon the screen. I have come upon a trick since they prefer to sit on my papers where my attention is, instead of the blanket -- I have two sets of papers, one from on old research project and the one I currently need and get them settled on the old papers :) 

And last but not least, I am loving Lisa Cron's Story Genius. A proper review will follow, but for now, I just want to say that if you are writing a novel, do yourself a favor and get a copy (because I am not parting with mine). I love her method of identifying misbeliefs of a character early on. I've been using it to revise my historical and it's given me so much more to think about with regard to my main character's emotional arc, her belief system. 

Wishing you all happy reading and writing days. Remember: everything is research :)