I'm a holy man minus the holiness.--E. M. Forster

(Hat tip to The Ironic Catholic"!)

Sancte Michael Archangele,

Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio;
contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium.
Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur:
tuque, Princeps militiae Caelestis,
satanam aliosque spiritus malignos,
qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo,
divina virtute in infernum detrude.

(Hat tip to The American Catholic!)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A day late

Celebrated my 57th birthday yesterday. This was the first one since my father died. I didn't realize how much it affected my mother till I talked to her...
Sancti Patricii Hymnus ad Temoriam.
Ad Temoriam hodia potentiam praepollentem invoco Trinitatis,
Credo in Trinitatem sub unitate numinis elementorum.
Apud Temoriam hodie virtutem nativitatis Christi cum ea ejus baptismi,
Virtutem crucifixionis cum ea ejus sepulturae,
Virtutem resurrectionis cum ea ascensionis,
Virtutem adventus ad judicium aeternum.
Apud Temoriam hodie virtutem amoris Seraphim in obsequio angelorum,
In spe resurrectionis ad adipiscendum praemium.
In orationibus nobilium Patrum,
In praedictionibus prophetarum,
In praedicationibus apostolorum,
In fide confessorum,
In castitate sanctarum virginum,
In actis justorum virorum.
Apud Temoriam hodie potentiam coeli,
Lucem solis,
Candorem nivis,
Vim ignis,
Rapiditatem fulguris,
Velocitatem venti,
Profunditatem maris,
Stabilitatem terrae,
Duritiam petrarum.
Ad Temoriam hodie potentia Dei me dirigat,
Potestas Dei me conservet,
Sapientia Dei me edoceat,
Oculus Dei mihi provideat,
Auris Dei me exaudiat,
Verbum Dei me disertum faciat,
Manus Dei me protegat,
Via Dei mihi patefiat,
Scutum Dei me protegat,
Exercitus Dei me defendat,
Contra insidias daemonum,
Contra illecebras vitiorum,
Contra inclinationes animi,
Contra omnem hominem qui meditetur injuriam mihi,
Procul et prope,
Cum paucis et cum multis.
Posui circa me sane omnes potentias has
Contra omnem potentiam hostilem saevam
Excogitatam meo corpori et meae animae;
Contra incantamenta pseudo-vatum,
Contra nigras leges gentilitatis,
Contra pseudo-leges haereseos,
Contra dolum idololatriae,
Contra incantamenta mulierum,
Et fabrorum ferrariorum et druidum,
Contra omnem scientiam quae occaecat animum hominis.
Christus me protegat hodie
Contra venenum,
Contra combustionem,
Contra demersionem,
Contra vulnera,
Donec meritus essem multum praemii.
Christus mecum,
Christus ante me,
Christus me pone,
Christus in me,
Christus infra me,
Christus supra me,
Christus ad dextram meam,
Christus ad laevam meam,
Christus hine,
Christus illine,
Christus a tergo.
Christus in corde omnis hominis quem alloquar,
Christus in ore cujusvis qui me alloquatur,
Christus in omni oculo qui me videat,
Christus in omni aure quae me audiat.
Ad Temoriam hodie potentiam praepollentem invoco Trinitatis.
Credo in Trinitatem sub Unitate numinis elementorum.
Domini est salus,
Domini est salus,
Christi est salus,
Salus tua, Domine, sit semper nobiscum.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Another Ash Wednesday...

This is the first Ash Wednesday since my father passed away.

I wasn't able to get ashes, oh well. My schedule has been extremely busy yet I feel I will get nothing from it. Spent time working out.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Another one...

Well, it looks like one more of my "Ruthless Brood" has left the roost.

Benedict, the farthest on the left has left to start a journey to Parris Island. I pray he will do well and that the Marines will be good for him. It's hard to bring a child into this world, raise him the best you can and before you know it, they are out the door trying new adventures...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

RIP Neil Armstrong

I remember this watching in at my grandfather's Summer Bungalow in Massepequa, NY back in 1969! Too bad the era ended SO quickly!!

Réquiem ætérnam dona ei  Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat ei. Requiéscat in pace. Amen. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

He's out of my life...

Thursday morning my daughter's boyfriend, died in his sleep of heart failure. I first met him on Thanksgiving 2006. It was an Ann Landers moment, where your daughter brings home a person you rather she didn't. I kept my mouth shut while he acted like he shouldn't. I felt like Archie Bunker must've felt when he first met the meathead. (Heck, I had him in my phone as "Carne Cabeza"!)

He did enjoy Thanksgivings with us. I remember a time on the Thanksgiving of 2008 when we played a family football game in the front yard ala the Kennedys. He enjoyed it as did we all.

He was an only child and was 14 years older than my daughter. He wasn't a bad sort, just undisciplined and goofy. At times, he was a pain in the neck. His passing was a shock for someone so young yet it was something you could see coming!

Here's a video of him messing around with dead lifts this past July 4th.


Anyway, I hope he's at some form of peace. I think he wanted to do the Catholic thing, but found it hard.

Réquiem ætérnam dona ei  Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat ei. Requiéscat in pace. Amen.

(They say death comes in threes. First, my brother-in-law, now him. Who's next?)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

And when I die...

PLEASE do NOT have OLD women being altar servers at any Mass or memorial service for me!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

These dreams...

Funny how when someone dies, you start seeing them while walking around in thar faces of people you come across. Also in dreams...

Had a dream last night that was very vivid. My brother-in-law was going to be a consultant on a project I was working on, It was so real. I did not realize that he was dead until I woke up. Weird!

Monday, July 23, 2012

We are be flowers in the summer sun...

Today my eldest brother-in-law passed away. He had been suffering from CADASIL for the better part of 40 years. For the past four years he had suffered from heart attack, multiple strokes, and Kidney cancer. This was very tough on his family. He was an intelligent vibrant man who was cut down in the prime of life. We didn't agree on all that much out side of family and the Faith being important. All in all, he was a nice man who will be greatly missed.