Content or Complacent?

1939557_672443232836962_4367597049024377475_nThe world is changing rather quickly, of late, and not always in a good way. The sun still shines, night follows day, but things don’t always seem as certain in many ways. The reports on the news aren’t helpful in giving one a sense of well-being.

I got to thinking about my life here on earth and mulling over the many blessings I have in my life. I started to wonder, however, if my feelings of well being come from feeling complacent or content. I realized it could be so easy to mix the two and forget that what we receive in life comes from God. When you sigh, sit back, and think, “Yeah, this is the way it should be!” you might be getting complacent and forgetting life can be a struggle and you need to appreciate what good has been dealt you and face the troubles. You can’t rely on what you have now will be there for you in the future.

Contentment, to me, is smiling on a good day and praying for another one and working towards that goal. Contentment is only momentary as life continues to throw us curves.

I’m trying to forego the ease of being merely complacent but appreciate the contentment I find and do what I can to help others have moments like that in their lives. You have to give credit where credit is due and sprinkling your day with heartfelt, “Thank You, God!” keeps your focus on the important.

A Prayer for World Peace – 1978

DivineMercyCloudsOn September 17, 1978, after thirteen days of negotiations at Camp David, two framework agreements were signed by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israel Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The two framework agreements were signed at the White House and witnessed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter. The first framework (A Framework for Peace in the Middle East) dealt with the Palestinian territories and was written without the participation of the Palestinians and had little impact and was condemned by the United Nations. The second of the frameworks (A Framework for the Conclusion of a Peace Treaty Between Egypt and Israel) led to the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.

Thirty-six years later, many of the reasons for the treaties have returned and history repeats itself only on a more powerful, dangerous scale. The 1970 Prayer for World Peace is needed even more today.

Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle; For the strength to be forgiving; the patience to be understanding; and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to what we believe to be right. May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil and the power of love to overcome hatred. We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe in a world emancipated from violence, a new world where fear shall no longer lead men to commit injustice, nor selfishness make them bring suffering to others. Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy to the task of making peace, praying always for the inspiration and the power to fulfill the destiny for which we and all men were created.

 

Humanitarian is Defined . . . How?

e158f2d4d41d38e9fdcc5655e83eea7b“Lack of action in Syria, even after 170,000 people were killed, helped ISIS grow. The plight of Iraqi Christians predates ISIS. There were 1.5 million Christians in Iraq before the invasion. Now there are less than 400,000.”

ISIS terrorists have murdered Christians, women and children in Iraq and Syria but President Obama admitted “we don’t have a strategy yet” to deal with the threat ISIS poses.

Warm Cat Food Day?

P1060245You are probably wondering exactly what ‘warm cat food day entails! We have two cats that only like cat food. One might consider nibbling on a sliver of cooked chicken but the other one turns her nose up at people food in general. They each have their bowl of dry kitty kibble and only complain if they can see the bottom of the bowl. Even if they aren’t hungry, they don’t want the bowl to ever look anything less than full and ready for whenever they want to nibble.

Every morning, however, they get a couple teaspoons each of tinned cat food, the stinkier the better. They have inner clocks in their stomachs and are awaiting this treat excitedly. No matter that it is just a little bit. It is their treat for the day and they make a production of licking up every bit. Their frugal appetites make a small can of food last a week between them. After it is first opened, naturally we keep the remainder in the refrigerator.

Our one cat happily gobbles down her treat regardless of food temperature. Our other cat does not like cold cat food, thank you very much, and will let it sit out for half the day before she deems it worthy of consumption. Every Friday, it is time to open a new can of food and the cats seem to know that it is WARM CAT FOOD DAY! The minute they see me go to the cupboard for a fresh tin of food, the purring starts and they tangle themselves in and around my legs in happy anticipation of WARM food! I don’t get this attention any other day of the week!

Today, was warm food day and the feistier of the two cats didn’t even bother to smack the other one on the nose in passing her in route to her bit of WARM food. Complacent, happy cats all around!

Reckoning With War – Words of Truth from Pope Pius XII in 1953

 

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“The community of nations must reckon with unprincipled criminals who, in order to realize their ambitious plans, are not afraid to unleash total war. This is the reason why other countries, if they wish to preserve their very existence and their most precious possession, and unless they are prepared to accord free action to international criminals, have no alternative but to get ready for the day when they must defend themselves. This right to be prepared for self-defense cannot be denied, even I these day, to any state. That however does not in any ay alter the fact that unjust war is to be accounted as one of the very gravest crimes which international penal law must proscribe, must punish with the heaviest penalties, and the authors of which are in every case guilty and liable to the punishment that has been agreed upon.”

Pope Pius XII: Address to the 6th International Congress of Penal Law – October 3, 1953

Not a Cat? Hello, Kitty is Good Bye Kitty?

For years, we’ve been enjoying that little Japanese cat called Hello, Kitty. We’ve seen it everywhere and if we have a young daughter or niece, you can be sure that anything with Hello, Kitty is sure to be on their wish list for Christmas and birthdays. Well, today, a news article informs us that Hello, Kitty is not a feline of the meowing variety. Hello, Kitty is a little girl evidenced by the fact that she is always upright and never scampering around on all fours like a . . . cat. In fact, I’ve come to find out that her name is Kitty White and is a Scorpio if that makes a difference on whether some people can bond with her or not.

Next thing you know, we will find out the Tooth Fairy doesn’t exist and the Easter Bunny isn’t capable of coloring and hiding Easter Eggs.

Breakfast Scones . . . Your Way!

I’ve never met a recipe that I couldn’t change to suit my mood or what was available in the cupboard at the time of baking. These scones are no exception. The 1/3 cup of raisins listed in the recipe can be substituted for finely diced dates, chopped dried apricots, toasted nuts, chocolate chips . . . You get the idea!

Breakfast Scones . . . Your Way!

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Pinch of salt

3 rounded tablespoons granulated sugar

1/3 cup butter NOT margarine

1/2 cup sour cream

1 large egg, slightly beaten

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a light coating of vegetable oil spray.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar, stirring to combine. Blend in butter until mixture resembles crumbs. Mix in sour cream, egg, and vanilla extract into the dry ingredients. Mixture should just be moistened. Don’t over mix. Stir in your choice of dry ingredients.

Place dough onto a lightly-floured surface and knead just to smooth our a bit, not more than five or six turns. Pat out dough into two or three circles depending on the size you want for your end result. Brush the tops with milk and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Cut the circles of dough into six wedges and slightly separate them from each other but don’t break the circles.

Bake for approximately 12 to 15 minutes until lightly browned. Serve warm to impress and cold when you want that mid-morning snack!