*From the Archives of Just Us Owls*
From Sue a letter written for all of us Fibro-Warriors!
Fibromyalgia? Because you asked…
From Sue a letter written for all of us Fibro-Warriors!
Fibromyalgia? Because you asked…
The Second Sunday of Advent
One small voice can start a revolution!
Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah 40:1-11
Comfort, O comfort my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that she has served her term,
that her penalty is paid,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.
A voice cries out:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
A voice says, “Cry out!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All people are grass,
their constancy is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades;
but the word of our God will stand for ever.
Get you up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
lift it up, do not fear;
say to the cities of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
See, the Lord God comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms,
and carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead the mother sheep.
The Word of the Lord.
Response Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
1 You have been gracious to your land, O Lord, *
you have restored the good fortune of Jacob.
2 You have forgiven the iniquity of your people *
and blotted out all their sins.
8 I will listen to what the Lord God is saying, *
for he is speaking peace to his faithful people
and to those who turn their hearts to him.
9 Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, *
that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth have met together; *
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth shall spring up from the earth, *
and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed grant prosperity, *
and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him, *
and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.
A Reading from The Epistle 2 Peter 3:8-15a
Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.
Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.
Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.
The Word of the Lord.
A Reading from the Holy Gospel of Mark 1:1-8
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;
the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
John the Baptist was a small but great voice which began a great revolution of faith! He was prophesied by Isaiah to bare witness to the coming of the Christ King.
In 2004 Victor Yushchenko stood for the presidency of the Ukraine. Vehemently opposed by the ruling party Yushchenko’s face was disfigured and he almost lost his life when he was mysteriously poisoned. This was not enough to deter him from standing for the presidency.
On the day of the election Yushchenko was comfortably in the lead. The ruling party, not to be denied, tampered with the results. The state-run television station reported “ladies and gentlemen, we announce that the challenger Victor Yushchenko has been decisively defeated.”
In the lower right-hand corner of the screen a woman by the name of Natalia Dmitruk was providing a translation service for the deaf community. As the news presenter regurgitated the lies of the regime, Natalia Dmitruk refused to translate them. “I’m addressing all the deaf citizens of Ukraine” she signed. “They are lying and I’m ashamed to translate those lies. Yushchenko is our president.”
The deaf community sprang into gear. They text messaged their friends about the fraudulent result and as news spread of Dmitruk’s act of defiance increasing numbers of journalists were inspired to likewise tell the truth. Over the coming weeks the “Orange Revolution” occurred as a million people wearing orange made their way to the capital city of Kiev demanding a new election. The government was forced to meet their demands, a new election was held and Victor Yushchenko became president.
Philip Yancey writes
“When I heard the story behind the orange revolution, the image of a small screen of truth in the corner of the big screen became for me an ideal picture of the church. You see we as a church do not control the big screen. (When we do, we usually mess it up.) Go to any magazine rack or turn on the television and you see a consistent message. What matters is how beautiful you are, how much money or power you have. Similarly, though the world includes many poor people, they rarely make the magazine covers or the news shows. Instead we focus on the superrich, names like Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey.… Our society is hardly unique. Throughout history nations have always glorified winners, not losers. Then, like the sign language translator in the lower right-hand corner of the screen, along comes a person named Jesus who says in effect, Don’t believe the big screen – they’re lying. It’s the poor who are blessed, not the rich. Mourners are blessed too, as well as those who hunger and thirst, and the persecuted. Those who go through life thinking they’re on top end up on the bottom. And those who go through life feeling they’re on the bottom end up on the top. After all, what does it profit a person to gain the whole world and lose his soul?”
Source: Philip Yancey, What Good Is God, pages 184-186
It’s time once again for all of our small voices to start a revolution and bring people the Truth of God and I mean the truth…not some sugar coated Social Gospel that seems to be all to prevalent today! Remember as the Lord said in the Book of Malachi 3:6a “For I the LORD do not change.”
Will you step up this Advent season and Prepare the Way of the Lord? I say call people to repentance and to be true of heart and in love of God. Bring them the Message of everlasting life with a journey that starts in Bethlehem and ends in an empty tomb! Prepare ye the way of the Lord!
I am bringing you my readers a great book that I feel will be an interesting read.
I just finished reading Killing Jesus, a historical (not religious) look at the life of Jesus of Nazareth, our Lord and Savior. Do not be put off by the books author many don’t know but Bill O’Reilly was a history teacher and an accomplished historian.
This book is full of interesting facts some which I was unaware. For those that are Christians I feel this book will bring a greater understanding of our faith from a historical point of view.
Yes I know we just started the season of Advent and are looking forward to celebrating the Manager but the Manager and the Cross go hand in hand. Go out and read this book or get the audio book and I really think you’ll get some good knowledge.
My beautiful bride never ceases from making me feel so proud. As most of you should know by now Snowie passed not only her Technician Class but also her General Class Amateur Radio Operator Exam.
She was originally issued the following call sign from the FCC: KN4GWP. However she didn’t like how it felt on the mouth so she applied for and was approved a vanity call sign, and the part that makes me proudest is she did it without my help. So my XYL is now K1NAT!
I’m one very happy and proud OM/Hubby.
After reading something on an Amateur Radio forum, I penned the following reply and thought the blogosphere would get some insight into it as well.
The post was another Amateur Radio Operator complaining that we as a hobby are to slow to embrace newer technology. Here is my reply to him and all like him.
“New technology does have its place. I love learning both the older and the new. They both have good and interesting properties.
However, the thing is even though technology has advanced what would we do in the event we couldn’t access certain parts of it. How would we communicate if all we had was SDR or echo link? Have to be able to make an antenna at least and know how to use a manual tunner. Remember when all else fails there will always be Amateur Radio!
One thing I am always proud to admit is that I am a Ham Radio Operator and when a youngster or a coworker asks what that is I can explain what we do and a little of how we do it. Then I watch the sparks take hold.
Remember this is not 11M (and even that has its place) we study and learn theory to pass our exams. We are ready at a moments notice to give aid to our communities and we are ambassadors of good will.
Ham Radio Operators have been some of the nicest people I have ever met and I’ve never met one that wouldn’t stop and help teach me something new. Our hobby is growing and slowly embracing the new technologies yet we need to hold on to the older parts of it too. That is what made us a great institution and hobby.
We are a family and not always does family get along but we all have something to teach someone else. Let’s put hostility aside and come to the table and learn a little from each other. Just my two cents de KC1FLG.”
Meet the newest member of the Tatro Family. This is “Trixie” a late model 2017 Kia Forte 5, we took delivery of her on 13th of November and she only had 24 miles on her. Snowie’s Murano and my Convertible both decided to give up the ghost about three/four weeks apart.
We were blessed to get approved for this beautiful little car. She gets great gas mileage which is good for me with all the traveling I do.
If you are looking for a great place to buy a car in the Melbourne Florida area, stop by Boniface-Hiers Kia. See Ron Wilcox and let him know Padre Eddie Tatro sent you. They work hard to get you into a vehicle that you are happy with and that you can also afford.
After a few weeks will write a better review of Trixie.
Thoughts about gun control from President Ronald Regan:
My thoughts on the cries of/for tougher gun control laws. Gun control will not stop criminals from using guns or having guns. Gun control is not the answer.
The answer is a better mental health system in this country. The answer is more help for social disorders and social diseases. The answer is parents teaching right from wrong and instilling pride and when Necessary discipline. The answer is not gun control.
Look at the City Chicago to see how the toughest laws on gun control in the country doesn’t still the gun violence. Law abiding citizens follow laws…criminals DO NOT!
if people look beyond the worn-out progressive slogans to the facts, they’ll see that passing restrictive gun laws does not create the promised reductions in crime. In fact, statistics show thousands of lives are saved every year because of legal gun ownership.
Stop crying for gun control and start crying for mental health reform and better access to mental health providers and medications. Start working to end poverty and hunger.
KN4GWP K1NAT (Snowie) and I went to the PCARS Club Station where I operated the club HF radio (under the club call sign W4MLB) for a few hours during this contest (CQ World Wide Single Side Band) that started yesterday and ends tomorrow. This is the largest contest for amateur radio in the year. Even though Snowie didn’t get on the radio she did assist me…she was an extra set of ears that helped me pick out the stations calling. We had a good time.
Today at the bi-monthly VE Test Exam for Amateur Radio sponsored by PCARS at the Melbourne Library. Snowie having completed taking the Element 2 (Technician) Class this past Thursday, sat today for the Licensing exam. The other student from the Technician Class also passed his Tech Exam today. I am a proud and happy Amateur Radio Instructor.
I’m so very proud of Snowie, she not only passed the Technician Class with only one incorrect answer but she also passed the General Class exam. She is now waiting for the FCC to issue her call sign.
Now it is going to be a race to see who gets their Amateur Extra Class (Element 4 the highest class Amateur Radio License) first, then the next competition will be who will learn CW first!
CQ! CQ! CQ! This is KC1FLG. Today marks the start of the:
52nd Annual Melbourne HAMFEST
ARRL State Convention
Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society (PCARS)
October 13 & 14 2017
Note: The Hamfest is Friday and Saturday ONLY!
Friday: 1 PM – 7PM Saturday: 9AM – 3PM
Setup: Fri, Oct 13th – 9AM to 1PM, Sat, Oct 14th 7:00AM to 9:00AM
Admission Tickets: $7 and Age 12 and Under Free.
· GREAT Outside TAILGATE Area
$10.00 per designated parking space – first come, first served after 12:00 Noon Friday. Tailgate areas not designated as regular parking are $2.00/linear foot, good for both days. These areas will only be assigned by special request. Come early – open at 6:00AM on Saturday! Admission tickets required in tailgate area. Continue reading
I was going to write on last nights tragedy in Las Vegas but my dear friend put into much better words than I ever could.
My heart is shattered today at the news of the pure evil demonstrated last night in Las Vegas.
My prayers and deepest sympathies are with our hurting nation right now, and especially the victims and their loved ones.
I’ve been hard pressed to peel myself away from the news to write this post.
The level of atrocity and horror that is belching across our television airwaves today is enough to make you want to build a bunker and not come out until the second coming.
There was one thing I was not expecting today though: and that’s what I found when I scanned social media today.
Honestly, I have been so sickened at the response by much of the public – and much of my Facebook newsfeed.
Instead of calls for prayer and compassion for the victims of the shooting, there is outcry for gun control reform.
Instead of numbers…
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This one dish that I am asked to make.
Padre Eddie’s Beef Stroganoff
1 to 2 lbs. London broil or Stew Beef
1 lb. Wide egg noodles
2 Containers of sour cream
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Large onion
5 cloves of garlic (chopped)
2 Tablespoons of Oregano and thyme
1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt
1lb of fresh sliced mushroom or two cans of mushrooms
Fresh Ground Pepper
Cut the London broil into stew size chunks (disregard if using stew beef). Brown in a frying pan the London broil, onion, garlic, mushroom, spices and Olive Oil. When the beef is almost done add one container of the sour cream and slowly simmer till the beef is to desired doneness.
In a separate pan cook the egg noodles as directed, drain and put back in pan and add about 2 tablespoons of butter.
When beef, mushrooms and onions and sour cream mixture is finished, add it to the egg noodles and add more sour cream to taste.
Add the fresh ground pepper to taste.
If you like wine, serve with Zinfandel Port Wine (if you can find it) and enjoy!