Roundup Four: Better Late Than Never

One.

Purse and altar runner tops are pieced, and I happen to have thread in my stash that coordinates perfectly with each one.

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Two.

Hate to disturb all the families dwelling under our deck, but we do have a lovely tree next to it.

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Hey! We’re gestating here.

We’re redoing our deck. Mamma Robin (or it could have been Dad) didn’t like me exposing her babies and she told me about it. I saw how she chased off a squirrel the other day. Don’t mess with Mamma.

Update:

I went out of town for Father’s Day. Mike told me that the eggs were gone. No sign of them whatsoever. No opened shells in the nest or on the ground. From the time I took this picture to last weekend, there’s no way the birds could have hatched and flown away in that short of time. Did something carry them away? 

I did a tiny bit of research. I took the picture on the seventeenth, and Mike found them gone on the twentieth. The parents still came around after I took the picture. It takes baby robins about ten days to get their feathers, and they leave the nest in about 14-16 days. So, something stole them. Oh, and birds don’t relocate their eggs unless they are ground-nesting birds.

Three.

Finally getting started on the nephew’s quilt.

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Four.

Who’s up for the encyclical Laudato Si?

After the Pope’s latest encyclical came out, my Lutheran brother-in-law asks my newly Catholitized (not a real word!) hubby: Are you going to become a Socialist? 

This motivated me to read the encyclical.

It’s very long. Most people aren’t going to read it, or any encyclical for that matter. Perhaps a little explanation of what an encyclical is according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
“A pastoral letter written by the Pope and sent to the whole Church and even to the whole world, to express Church teaching on some important matter. Encyclicals are expressions of the ordinary papal magisterium (cf. 892).”

892   Divine assistance is also given to the successors of the apostles, teaching in communion with the successor of Peter, and, in a particular way, to the bishop of Rome, pastor of the whole Church, when, without arriving at an infallible definition and without pronouncing in a “definitive manner,” they propose in the exercise of the ordinary Magisterium a teaching that leads to better understanding of Revelation in matters of faith and morals. To this ordinary teaching the faithful “are to adhere to it with religious assent”422 which, though distinct from the assent of faith, is nonetheless an extension of it.

I’ve read through it only once. I didn’t take any notes. These are some things that stick out in my mind as I recall what I read, which was the day it came out:

  • In my opinion, from the Introduction and  first chapter, lefties will politicize this for their own agenda, but they won’t read any further (and, boy, do they need to)
  • The Holy Father (HF) makes extensive use of Scripture that speaks about Creation.
  • We can’t say we are concerned about the environment if we reject God, the Father and Creator. 
  • Humans are a part of nature and the most significant. We are to be stewards not abusers. Every creature has a purpose. 
  • We can’t take up environmental causes if we are for abortion, ignore human trafficking, accept transgenderism, etc., anything that abuses the dignity of humans.
  • The first thing that must be changed is the human heart. The breakdown of society must be addressed first.
  • We are not to worship the environment, technology, the marketplace. I agree.
  • In my opinion, some of the HF opinions on the environment, technology, and the marketplace are unwarranted.
  • Science and religion should not reject each other.
  • Though the HF falls for the “consensus” on the environment, he does mention there are opposing views, and there needs to be a lot of debate.

There’s a lot in this encyclical that is beautiful and true, in my opinion. Some things that are the HF’s own judgments are debatable and cringe-worthy.

Many suggest that he is a Marxist. I’m not anywhere near ready to go there, but my radar is up and running.

Socialism, Communism, Liberation Theology are not compatible with the Catholic Church. The free market system is more compatible with the Catholic Church.

Don’t take my word for it, read it for yourself.

 

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