Sunday, December 6, 2009

Happy St. Nicholas Day!

My favorite miracle of St. Nicholas (which God performed through him) from my Mom's book of saints:

"On one visitation he stayed in the house of a man into whom
Satan seemed to have entered; for when meat failed for his table he supplied it with the flesh of little children whom he stole and murdered in order to serve as meat to the travelers who were his guests. It was this
horrible repast, disguised with his best skill, that this wicked man
dared to set before the Bishop and his companions. No sooner had the man of God set his eyes upon the sumptuous table and upon the 'meat' prepared for him, that he understood the horrible fraud. He charged the host with this abominable crime, and the man, trembling confessed his sin. Then, St. Nicholas led the way to the place were the remains where the remains of the other victims had been hidden, To the horror of all, they found them salted down in a tub. Clothed with the majesty of a Bishop of God, and endowed with the power which the Almighty One gives to His Saints, no sooner had St. Nicholas made over them the sign of the cross, than the three little children were restored to life, and then given back to their Mother."

I hope everyone has/had a blessed day!

St. Nicholas, Patron Saint of children, pray for us!

A Tag

I never really get tagged or do tags but I thought this might be fun! Thanks Kathleen!

1- Have you been asked out? No I haven't - and that’s ok. :)

2 - Where was your default picture taken? What is my profile pic? It’s me. It was taken on the National Mall – that’s the Washington Monument in the background.

3 - What's your middle name? Anne (“with an “e”!)

4 - Your current relationship status? “Waiting for my knight in shining armor!” (Kathleen’s)

5 - What's the first thing you do when you wake up from a nap? Comb my hair so it doesn’t look like I was napping ;-)

6 - What is your current mood? I'm fine, thank you.

7 - What color shirt are you wearing? Navy Blue

8 - Missing something? nope

9 - Current Favorite Quote? “Being stupid is dumb.” – Fr. Pakwa

10 - If you could go back in time and change something what would be? I don’t know. God has a plan for everything….I don’t want to screw anything up!

11 - If you must be an animal for one day, what would you be? Must? Maybe a bird.

12 - Ever had a near death experience? Never!

13 - Something you do a lot? Homework!

14 - The song stuck in your head? So Sweet - Grace Ellen

15 - Least favorite household chore? Hard to say…vacuuming the stairs maybe (not that I do it often)

16 - Name someone with the same birthday as you. – My Aunt Peg

17 - When was the last time you cried? A Guisseppi Moscati movie (I usually don’t admit that I cry in movies)

18. - Have you ever sung in front of a large audience? Yeah, so, it’s been a while since then tho ;-)

19 - If you could have one super power what would it be? Running really fast.

20 - What's the first thing you notice about the opposite gender? Faces

21 - What do you usually order from Starbucks? Mocha GRANDE

22 - What's your biggest secret? Like I’d really tell you?

23- What's your favorite color? Deep pink, rose

24 - Do you still watch kiddie shows or tv shows? Not lately.

25 - What's on your walls? darkish pink/purple paint. Sacred Heart and St. Margaret Mary, a beautiful cruicifix and L Innoconce...

26 - What are you? Me?

27 - Do you speak any other language? I study Ecclesiastical Latin… so not really

28 - What's your favorite smell? fire

29 - Describe your life in one word! prosaic

30 - Have you ever kissed in the rain? Noooooo

31 - What are you thinking about right now? Submitting my history test to Seton!

32 - What should you be doing? Smiling!

33 - Who was the last person that made you upset/angry? I can’t remember

34 - How often do you talk to God? A lot. But, I'd rather listen.

35 - Do you like working in the yard? Yes I do!

36 - If you could have any last name in the world, what would you want? Umm…

37 - What is your natural hair color? blond/brown (I never color my hair, btw)

38 - Do you have many friends? “Heavenly Friends” (My brother says) and you!

39 - Who is your role-model? Our Lord, His Mother, and His Angels and His Saints...

40 - Do you like your life? Yep!

I tag:
Little Mary

Rosary Girl

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Psalm 100 Invitation to Praise God

Acclaim Yahweh, all the earth,
serve Yahweh gladly,
come into his presence with songs of joy!

Know that he, Yahweh, is God,
he made us and we belong to him,
we are his people, the flock that he pastures.

Walk through his porticos giving thanks,
enter his courts praising him,
give thanks to him, bless his name!

Yes, Yahweh is good,
his love is everlasting,
his faithfulness endures from age to age.




Hey! Check it out! I’m actually posting early instead of posting late! I was reading over the Psalter (Book of Psalms) for Religion last week and I found this one which was short and sweet and had “use me for a Thanksgiving post” all over it. Thus, there it is and Hope you all have a good one!

Our plans are as follows; hopefully we’ll get to Church but then we’ll be going to my Uncle’s house (Dad’s brother) who dosen’t live too far away but far away enough that we don’t see them much. Anyway, it should be fun. Might post pictures…if I have time…and if there are any good ones of me ;-) Highly doubt it ;-)

So, I just finished baking Turkey Shaped sugar cookies and CRANBERRY SAUCE. Great fun! I flipped on the “secular” radio station and listened to some Christmas music -and ok and a little country. I don’t know what it is but I love baking with music on. So, I listened, sang and baked (dare I say danced?) all at once and my family can’t stand it! Patty came in to help, which she did really nicely, but kept trying to sing religious songs over me. The nerve. :-)

Well, have a blessed Thanksgiving, everyone! God Bless America – and those who defend our great nation – Thank YOU!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Dear Congressman Kennedy,

“The fact that I disagree with the hierarchy on some issues does not make me any less of a Catholic.” (Congressman Patrick Kennedy)

Since our recent correspondence has been rather public, I hope you don’t mind if I share a few reflections about your practice of the faith in this public forum. I usually wouldn’t do that – that is speak about someone’s faith in a public setting – but in our well-documented exchange of letters about health care and abortion, it has emerged as an issue. I also share these words publicly with the thought that they might be instructive to other Catholics, including those in prominent positions of leadership.

For the moment I’d like to set aside the discussion of health care reform, as important and relevant as it is, and focus on one statement contained in your letter of October 29, 2009, in which you write, “The fact that I disagree with the hierarchy on some issues does not make me any less of a Catholic.” That sentence certainly caught my attention and deserves a public response, lest it go unchallenged and lead others to believe it’s true. And it raises an important question: What does it mean to be a Catholic?

“The fact that I disagree with the hierarchy on some issues does not make me any less of a Catholic.” Well, in fact, Congressman, in a way it does. Although I wouldn’t choose those particular words, when someone rejects the teachings of the Church, especially on a grave matter, a life-and-death issue like abortion, it certainly does diminish their ecclesial communion, their unity with the Church. This principle is based on the Sacred Scripture and Tradition of the Church and is made more explicit in recent documents.

For example, the “Code of Canon Law” says, “Lay persons are bound by an obligation and possess the right to acquire a knowledge of Christian doctrine adapted to their capacity and condition so that they can live in accord with that doctrine.” (Canon 229, #1)

The “Catechism of the Catholic Church” says this: “Mindful of Christ’s words to his apostles, ‘He who hears you, hears me,’ the faithful receive with docility the teaching and directives that their pastors give them in different forms.” (#87)

Or consider this statement of the Church: “It would be a mistake to confuse the proper autonomy exercised by Catholics in political life with the claim of a principle that prescinds from the moral and social teaching of the Church.” (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 2002)

There’s lots of canonical and theological verbiage there, Congressman, but what it means is that if you don’t accept the teachings of the Church your communion with the Church is flawed, or in your own words, makes you “less of a Catholic.”

But let’s get down to a more practical question; let’s approach it this way: What does it mean, really, to be a Catholic? After all, being a Catholic has to mean something, right?

Well, in simple terms – and here I refer only to those more visible, structural elements of Church membership – being a Catholic means that you’re part of a faith community that possesses a clearly defined authority and doctrine, obligations and expectations. It means that you believe and accept the teachings of the Church, especially on essential matters of faith and morals; that you belong to a local Catholic community, a parish; that you attend Mass on Sundays and receive the sacraments regularly; that you support the Church, personally, publicly, spiritually and financially.

Congressman, I’m not sure whether or not you fulfill the basic requirements of being a Catholic, so let me ask: Do you accept the teachings of the Church on essential matters of faith and morals, including our stance on abortion? Do you belong to a local Catholic community, a parish? Do you attend Mass on Sundays and receive the sacraments regularly? Do you support the Church, personally, publicly, spiritually and financially?

In your letter you say that you “embrace your faith.” Terrific. But if you don’t fulfill the basic requirements of membership, what is it exactly that makes you a Catholic? Your baptism as an infant? Your family ties? Your cultural heritage?

Your letter also says that your faith “acknowledges the existence of an imperfect humanity.” Absolutely true. But in confronting your rejection of the Church’s teaching, we’re not dealing just with “an imperfect humanity” – as we do when we wrestle with sins such as anger, pride, greed, impurity or dishonesty. We all struggle with those things, and often fail.

Your rejection of the Church’s teaching on abortion falls into a different category – it’s a deliberate and obstinate act of the will; a conscious decision that you’ve re-affirmed on many occasions. Sorry, you can’t chalk it up to an “imperfect humanity.” Your position is unacceptable to the Church and scandalous to many of our members. It absolutely diminishes your communion with the Church.

Congressman Kennedy, I write these words not to embarrass you or to judge the state of your conscience or soul. That’s ultimately between you and God. But your description of your relationship with the Church is now a matter of public record, and it needs to be challenged. I invite you, as your bishop and brother in Christ, to enter into a sincere process of discernment, conversion and repentance. It’s not too late for you to repair your relationship with the Church, redeem your public image, and emerge as an authentic “profile in courage,” especially by defending the sanctity of human life for all people, including unborn children. And if I can ever be of assistance as you travel the road of faith, I would be honored and happy to do so.

Sincerely yours,

Thomas J. Tobin

Bishop of Providence


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Bravo, Your Excellency!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

40 Days for Life


Last week we participated in the 40 Days for Life campaign in Chicago...

About 15 pro-abort college aged students were there when we arrived but left a little bit before us.

Our friend took this video and I put some clips together too in the second video:



Sunday, November 1, 2009

All Saints Day!

"What does it take to become a saint?............




-St. John Vianney - giving clues to the other children regarding who he is dressed as-

-St. Joan of Arc helping St. Denis give clues (St. Denis won the contest - winning a rosary blessed by the Holy Father)

(St. Denis was an early Archbishop, beheaded in Paris in 258AD. After the beheading he picked up his head and walked 2 miles preaching a sermon. The place where he stopped and laid is head is now a Cathedral.)


...Will it." - St. Thomas Aquinas

Blessed Feast Day, everyone!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Re: Pro-Lifer's First Ammendment Rights Violated

Update!

You may remember my post about the unjust arrest we witnessed at Planned Parenthood in Aurora. Our pro-life friend, Randy,was arrested at Planned Parenthood in March for trying to evangelize to one of the clinic workers from on public property. If you don't remember you can read the post here.

Anyway, the case has been dismissed. So, "they got the City to drop disorderly conduct charges against a peaceful picketer of Planned Parenthood!"

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Dear Dixi,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


Love ,

Your "freaking annoying" little sister .

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Right Here!



This is quite an oldie but a goodie. Conservative Jason Mattera goes undercover at an ObamaCare rally. It's both funny and sad at the same time. People are so misinformed!

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Hopefully I'll be doing a "real" post next week!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Our Lady of Sorrows



Prayer to the Sorrowful Mother

Most holy Mother of Sorrows, by that soul-piercing martyrdom thou didst undergo at the foot of the Cross during the three hours' agony of Jesus, deign to assist me also, who am the child of thy Sorrows, in my agony, so that by thine intercession I may be found worthy to pass from my deathbed to thy blessed society in Paradise.

V. From a sudden and unprovided death,
R. Deliver me, O Lord.
V. From the snares of the devil,
R. Deliver me, O Lord.
V. From everlasting death,
R. Deliver me, O Lord.

Let us pray.
O God, Who for the salvation of mankind hast made for us in the most bitter death of Thy Son both an example and a refuge; grant, we beseech Thee, that we may be found worthy to obtain the fruit of His great love in our final peril at the hour of death, and to be made partakers of our Redeemer's glory. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Post!


Twas the last annual pro-life night at Kiddie Land. Sniff sniff...but us kiddies had fun while it lasted! Nice pictures, eh?

The day after Labor day I started another year of high school! Woot! At the beginning of almost every the year I find myself really excited about my new books, organizing and schedueling but weeks later or minutes later I find myself not following my own scheduel....

Day Two of school and guess where I am?! The fair, of course! I was obligated to go becuase my talented little violin virtuoso brother was in a "Fiddle Contest." The song on "My Playlist" thing is the beautiful song he played and guess what?! He came in 3rd place! Not bad for his first contest! Congrats, Jacob! Then, after he performed he won the "fire truck red" music stand they were raffling off. Lucky!....A loto ticket for his birthday next week dosen't sound like a bad idea right now. Oh, and I decided to post a picture of our adorable pet bunny who died a month or two ago. Almost every year the "Easter Bunny" leaves a bunny for my family. This bunny obviously didn't last very long. We don't know how or why it died. Dad said he fed it in the morning and that evning he found the poor thing dead in its cage- the rest of us were conveniently out of town that day. His name was "Paul Harvey." Paul, the year of St. Paul and Harvey, the movie. RIP, Paul!



Friday, September 11, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

"it's getting Crowdered in here."



I've been meaning to post one of these Steven Crowder YouTube's for a while and found this one to be somewhat relevant to the Health Care battle that's going on. Anyway, he's a pretty funny guy and he uploads a new video on YouTube just about every Thursday! Some videos are better than others so check 'em out!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Wowza!

Realizing it's already August...I'm back!....sorta!

Well, July came and gone but it was packed with fun. The way Summer is supposed to be! If only it slowed down just a little bit....

The highlight of our summer is and was the annual "Face the Truth Tour" with the Pro-life Action League. Mostly good reactions this year. People seemed to be very happy to see us this year though there were some counter protesters one day but they only invigorate us. ;-) Here are a few pictures:
The Kennedy Overpass
Slackers!...Nope! They were great and enjoyed it!Ooo...that's small....

That same weekend we went to Louisville, Kentucky for the Eternal Life Conference sponsored by the Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation. It was very enjoyable as Archbishop Burke was one of the key-note speakers. We had a pleasant walk around Louisville too.

Can you guess who Louisville is named after? Louis XVI (....and Marie Antoinette hehe)


We attended a High Mass at St. Martin of Tours Parish which was awesome. It had the first-class relics (skeletons) of Sts. Bonosa (Virgin and Martyr) and Magnus (Roman Centurion, Martyr) from 200 AD. Unfortunately, I lack pictures and can't seem to find much about them.
Then, on Thursday, my very excellent mother drove us up to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse. Wisconsin is beautiful and so is the Shrine!




Enjoy your summer!~

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

in Corde Regis


Today, Friday June 19, 2009 is the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus!




Traditional Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thy altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart. Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy towards the children of that race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may It now descend upon them, a laver of redemption and of life. Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: "Praise be to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be glory and honor for ever." Amen.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come!


Please see the following link for many more beautiful prayers to the Sacred Heart


[HT: Patricia]

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Killer Tiller

Pro-Life Action League Condmned the shooting and also posted this entertaing story :

Joe Scheidler has a long history with George Tiller, going back to the 1980s. He once shared a long cab ride with Tiller when they both showed up late at the New Orleans airport for a National Abortion Federaration (NAF) meeting.
Not realizing that Scheidler was a pro-life activist, Tiller told him about the utility of ultrasound technology for performing late-term abortions—the subject of a talk he was giving at the NAF meeting—and invited him to visit his Wichita, Kansas clinic. Once the NAF meeting began, Tiller realized who Scheidler was and refused to show the footage of how he was using ultrasound in abortions until Scheidler left the room.
Scheidler later took Tiller up on his invitation and visited Tiller's abortuary in Wichita—with cameras and reporters from the local media. No abortions were performed that day.

Ann Coulter said it best though:

As long as we're deciding who does and doesn't have an "absolute right to be
born," who's to say late-term abortionists have an "absolute right" to live?I
wouldn't kill an abortionist myself, but I wouldn't want to impose my moral
values on others. No one is for shooting abortionists. But how will
criminalizing men making difficult, often tragic, decisions be an effective
means of achieving the goal of reducing the shootings of abortionists? Following
the moral precepts of liberals, I believe the correct position is: If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, then don't shoot
one.

Hello!


For all of those who regularly read my blog, I apologize for not posting in a while. I can't believe it's already June, the month of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus!


Last month was a busy month. (news flash!) Some highlights! (Besides the Notre Dame controversy):

We attended a rally with Americans for Life.
Jill Stanek, "the Worst Person in the World"

Mr. Scheidler also spoke


Then, the day after that, we made a pilgrimage up to Holy Hill near Milwaukee, Wisconsin with some of the Institute of Christ the King Apostalates. Canon Talarico gave a dynamic homily, you can read it here.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Notre Dame Scandal




"The fort is betrayed even of them that should have defended it." - St. John Fisher


After my mother saw the holy pro-life Fr. Westlin (yes, a Catholic priest!) get arrested at Notre Dame Friday - on a video from Jill Stanek's website- my (cool!) mother wanted to drive to Notre Dame as soon as possible. Thus, we arrived there on Saturday afternoon.








Outside the main entrance to the campus stood about 50-100 Pro-Lifers. There were at least 15 of us on each corner.



The Pro-Life plane was flying above us all day Sat. & Sunday.The "Truth Trucks" were out in full force too! Awesome drivers!





"A nation that kills it's own children is a nation WITHOUT HOPE" - Pope John Paul II




"Our tax $ funding abortions world wide - Mexico City Policy"



Prayer warriors! I took this picture while I was kneeling on the corner holding a Malachi sign with my sister. :)We decided to spend the night rather then driving back and forth from IL to South Bend. Anyway, we went to a rally with Dr. Keyes shortly after he was released from jail Sat. night. Mr. Randall Terry and Dr. Monica Miller also spoke and we saw Jill Stanek.





We ended our day with Eucharistic adoration with Bishop D'Arcy back on Notre Dame's campus.
Sunday- We found Fr.Pavone and attended the ND Response (on Campus) Outdoor Mass.




Walking back from Mass we wittnessed two arrests, one, the lady in white. While being escorted the second person, a man, said "Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever!"

The Pro-Life plane hovering over Notre Dame Grads!


Unfortunatly we didn't get the chance to protest with the Pro-Life Action League instead we stayed at the Main gate (Angela and Notre Dame Dr.) for most of the day.


Sunday night we went to a another gathering with Fr. Corapi and Dr. Keyes.
Here is some of the video I took:


There may have been other speakers but we had to get home. It was a great ending to a busy week!
Jill Stanek has great posts on the protests on her website too!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

May Crowning/Happy Mother's Day!



O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Holy Mary,
pray for us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our
death. Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation! Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for
us! ~Aspiration to Mary By St. Alphonsus Liguori

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Happy Mother's Day to all our "Earthly Mothers"...especially my Mother! I love you!

Video of the Week

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5000003n

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009

Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest Meets with Holy Father

At a Wednesday audience in early April, Monsignor Wach presented Reverend
Mother Mary of the Love of God of the Adorers of the
Royal Heart
to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. The other Sisters Adorers of
the Royal Heart were also present. Engaging the Reverend Mother in conversation
for several minutes, the Holy Father graciously granted the Apostolic Blessing
upon our young and ever-growing community of Sisters, as well as upon all
members of the Institute and the faithful of its apostolates.

See the pictures here.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Miss California

I'm not really into polls but, according to the following AT&T/Yahoo News Poll, Miss California has a lot of supporters!

Q. Carrie Prejean caused a stir on the Miss USA stage when she said marriage should only be between a man and a woman. Judge Perez Hilton and others in the pageant slammed the response, which may have cost her the crown. On the talk-show circuit Prejan has stood by her response and garnered praise from opponents of same-sex marriage. What do you think? Does Prejean deserve criticism or praise for her response?

She should be criticized. That sort of prejudice should never be tolerated.
11%
She should be praised for expressing her opinion.
87%
Not sure/No opinion.
2%

17295 votes
Vote here

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Pope Benedict XVI!


Last year my family and I went to DC during the Papal visit. Here is the video my sister made with some of our pictures:


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

Holy Week Pictures

Holy Thursday


Altar of Repose





The Stripping of the Altar








Good Friday



Hopefully we'll go to the Holy Saturday service tonight!

WWII Army Chaplin



From The Windsor Star/Fr. Z's blog:


He was a soldier to the end. His threadbare army tunic hung on the wall, and his room was filled with religious icons, rosaries and holy pictures. And when you spoke to him, his words were about the men he knew on the battlefields of France when he rigged up a makeshift altar on the hood of his jeep and said mass for them. The photos from the Second World War show these anxious men kneeling, their heads bowed, silent in the muddy fields just hours before they were sent into battle. And when age finally wore him down -- long after the war and years of serving parishes all over the London diocese including Windsor, Woodslee and Kingsville -- this old priest told me it wouldn't stop him from saying mass in his bed at the nursing home. It would never stop him from being a priest. And there was no way he would ever lose his faith in his religion or people. I'm speaking about an old friend, Rev. Mike Dalton, who passed away Monday afternoon at Sacred Heart Nursing Home in Courtland, Ont. He was 106, a month shy of his 107th birthday. This son of a Goderich farmer is the most decorated padre who ever served in the Canadian Army. He marched at the front lines with his fellow soldiers, often carrying their weapons when they tired of battle. Besides the Military Cross for bravery, Father Dalton was the first Catholic priest to receive the Member of the British Empire. The day King George VI pinned the decoration on his tunic at Buckingham Palace, he dug deep into his pockets and handed the monarch a Catholic religious medal. When I met Father Dalton in the mid-1990s, this legendary padre with the Essex Scottish, who landed at Normandy in 1944, complained of sitting in a wheelchair. His legs had given out on him. He prayed for God to give him back his strength, so he could stand up again and say mass. TWINKLE IN HIS EYES
Deep down, he knew better. He told me so. The day I met him, Father Dalton wore the Roman collar, and had a twinkle in those slate-grey eyes and a wit and a humour that bubbled out in the stories he spun for me. He loved to talk. He loved people. He loved life. He loved God. He loved being a soldier. He loved being a priest. If there was anything he didn't like, it was losing those fathers and sons to war. He had sensed their inner fears. It didn't matter if the orders were to stay clear of the front lines -- he listened instead to his own heart, and drove his jeep to the brink of battle. And he would sit there in the open jeep -- its windshield festooned with flowers -- and hear the laboured, disturbed confessions of terrified soldiers. Or sometimes he would join a soldier on a road to a battle and try to ease their woes and lift their spirits.
Somehow Father Dalton believed he was invincible. He said he feared nothing. He figured he had a purpose, a reason to be. He felt lucky. He felt destined and blessed for some higher purpose. How else, he asked, do you explain how twice his truck was hit with shrapnel, and men died all around him? "I didn't have a scratch. I couldn't even get a cold," he said.
And sometimes he was so lost in the reverie of saying mass on the hood of his jeep that he would suddenly turn to give a blessing, "and there was no one there ... I was all alone. The soldiers had jumped for cover, and shrapnel was flying everywhere. I hadn't heard a thing."
Rev. Matthew George, a longtime friend of Father Dalton, in hearing of his death, said the biggest regret of this priest's life was discovering too late the botched Dieppe invasion. "He had been at a chaplain's meeting and when he found out, he wanted to be put ashore, but they wouldn't let him. "He cared about those men -- and never forgot them," said George.
It reminded me of what Dalton told me years ago when I asked why he joined the army. He said that when he served at St. Alphonsus in downtown Windsor, he realized those same kids who had made their First Communion in that church were now running off to war.
"I had to go with them," he said.
Now with his passing, I'm speculating the old padre is catching up to them, once again.
[HT: Patricia]