Lenten Journey 2017

Lent is vastly approaching us; this year it begins on St. Valentine’s Day. I know most of you my beloved readers look forward to the daily devotional and homily I post during the journey. Are y’all looking forward to it this year? What do you want to see it included.

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It’s all in your head.

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/americas-heroin-epidemic/americans-are-abusing-over-counter-drugs-well-opioids-study-shows-n846401

This is my reaction to the above article.

The problem is people with chronic pain such fibromyalgia (which I happen to have) are told the pain is all in our heads. A good many of doctors refuse to treat the pain and label us as drug seekers.

Doctors have to listen more to their patients. I’m in pain 24/7 and all I have to rely on is Motrin and Aleeve, as well as BioFreeze and IcyHot (all which barely touch the surface of the pain). While I understand the addiction epidemic there is also a pandemic of pain and physicians are not treating people with pain disorders correctly. It’s time that doctors got a little more education in the sufferings of their patients. End the stigma. We are not drug seekers! We are pain warriors who just want a little relief from pain to live and function like the average person does!

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Lighthouse Mission Update

We are praying for the Lighthouse Mission.

Amateur Radio Communications Team (ACT)

26168363_1142928059176577_4669868403622399045_nThe #LighthouseMission is in desperate need of Winter Coats of all sizes for disadvantaged folks. If you can donate clothes, please contact:

Lighthouse Mission (feeding 3200 folks weekly)
1543 Montauk Hwy
North Bellport, New York
Call (631) 758-7584
Follow The Mission on Facebook

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Pet Peeves

My beloved friend Phil over at www.excuseusforliving.com wrote about pet peeves the other day. So I’m going to follow his lead.

First how do we define pet peeve? Well the Oxford dictionary defines it as “Something that a particular person finds especially annoying.”

My pet peevesI have many. These listed below are the tip of the iceberg.

1. Lack of Respect. The lack of respect in today’s society…respect of military…respect of patriotism…respect of all religious leaders (while I’m at it religion as a whole)…the respect of personal morals and ethics…just respect as a whole I guess.

2. History! The lack of appreciation and comprehension of history. Those who refuse to acknowledge and learn from history will indeed suffer to repeat the sins of the past. But it must be the historical truth not a fantasy history. Dig, research and learn true history.

3. Not being looked in the eye when someone speaks to me.

4. People chewing with their mouths open.

5. People being late, not arriving on time.

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Bible Challenge

My Dear Friends,

I’m constantly asked which version (translation) of the Bible do I recommend, I’m now answering with this challenge. I hereby challenge you to Read the Bible in each of the Word for Word Translations (Amplified, ESV, KJV, NAB, NASB) then make note at which one inspires you the best! After you have found the one that speaks to your heart go out and get a study edition of that translation.

Now you are going to ask why I only suggest word for word translation or the paraphrase translations. Let me put it to you this way the Thought for Thought translations are beautiful but they change the Authors meaning, edit His words as an afterthought. I know I would not want someone to edit my work after it has been presented to the people, so I can imagine how God feels.

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MAC & HAM

Note: this is not my Shack

Calling all Amateur Radio Operators who use Apple/MAC computers! I came across this nice resource for us. Go to: http://macham.club/macham-club/

They are providing for us something completely free. “Free email service for ham radio operators who work with Apple/Mac.”

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Advent Reminder

As we approach the end of Advent I wanted to check in and see what you remember of this time.

The Advent Season and then The Christmastide season are about preparation for the coming of the Christ and then celebrating his joyful birth among us. Have you remembered this or have you gotten mixed up in the secular side of this Holy Season!

What gifts have you gotten to give unto the King of Kings this year? Don’t be so wrapped up in exchanging gifts with each other that you loose sight that we celebrate the gift of the greatest Gift God gave mankind this season.

It is Christ the newborn King that should be remembered first and foremost and we need to flourish with the gifts the Holy Spirit gave to us to further His Kingdom and Glorify Him.

Remember without the manger we can not have the Cross and Empty Tomb! Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord! Veni, Veni, Emmanuel!

Let us pray!

Father, just as You sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus, help me to clear the path in my heart, too. Show me the distractions in my life that block me from all-out worship of You this Advent. Lord, I await Your coming! As I celebrate the first Advent––the first coming––I look toward the day where I will see You face to face. I imagine what it will be like. Give me a heart, Lord, that looks for Your coming on a daily basis. Help me to live my life where I’m constantly seeking Your presence. My offering to You today is my righteous life for I know I am only clean because of Jesus. Show me today how I need to be refined, purified, forgiven. Give me the strength to ask for forgiveness and to then change my ways.

~Sarah Martin, from “The Awe & Wonder of Advent: Day 18

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Men with Fibromyalgia

I’ve carried this cross of pain for nearly a decade and some days have been easier to get through than others, especially with no real pain control. Yes we men do make up a good number of people with chronic pain.

I moved to Florida one year and three months ago and since that time I have yet to find a doctor that believe in Fibromyalgia or that men get this disease as well as women.

Just like I haven’t found a physician here that believe that men get migraines, I was told that is purely a women’s disease. I call bullshit on the medical community here in Brevard County Florida. I think all of you doctors need to go back to medical school. Also those of you doctors that are not from the United States and whose native tongue is not English, please try learning the language here a little better you are very difficult to understand.

I’ve been asked a few times why I don’t try natural route ie medical marijuana, even if I wanted to I cannot. The drug is still a Class I Narcotic according to the federal government and as I have a mental health license I have zero tolerance clause. Until such time that the federal government and my secular employer allow such a treatment I can’t even think to get it.

What’s the point of this post…it’s more of a venting rambling while I’m sitting here at work.

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Small Voice

The Second Sunday of Advent

One small voice can start a revolution!

Processional Hymn:

The Collect:

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

Benedixisti, Domine

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.

Gospel Hymn:

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.

Sequence Hymn:

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.

Story Time

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!

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Killing Jesus: A History

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.

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Check out one of my dear followers and online parishioners blog post on a delicious Italian dish!

8th PastaPost

http://excuseusforliving.com/2017/11/29/8th-pastapost/

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K1NAT

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.

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My Two Cents

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.”

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Trixie

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.

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