Prayer For My Family and Friends

May today be all you need it to be.
May the peace of God and the freshness of the Holy Spirit rest in your thoughts, rule in your dreams tonight, and conquer all your fears.
May God manifest himself today in ways you have never experienced.
May your joys be fulfilled, your dreams be closer, and your prayers be answered.
I pray that faith enters a new height for you.
I pray that your territory is enlarged.
I pray for peace, healing, health, happiness, prosperity, joy, true and undying love for God.
I pray for You.

At a very difficult time in my life, a friend sent this prayer to me. I pray this prayer today for my family and friends. (Thinking especially about JoAnn Lacy.)

Image from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Community


No Excuses

This morning I read yet another news article that blamed a young lady because she was raped.

Really? No woman asks to be raped. Rape is about power and has nothing to do with circumstances. If a man has no self-control and makes excuses that use words such as, flirting, drinking, clothing, reputation, or being alone, he is profoundly immoral, malevolent, and incapable of the restraint required for living in a civilized society.

In 2012, FBI statistics reported 36,606 completed rapes in the United States (most recent stats). How can a society that aggressively prosecutes hate speech invent excuses for those who rape women and leave them physically and mentally traumatized?

My dad used to say, “Your rights end where my nose begins.” This also applies to any other part of the anatomy.

Another saying my dad used: “That makes me mad enough to eat fried chicken.” There are no words that can adequately relate how much “madder” than that I am about this issue. Regardless of position or family connections, a rapist is a violent criminal and should be prosecuted as such. Period.