Sunday, January 24, 2016

My Lego collection, placed here only because it is easier for me to organize this way.

Most sets are not assembled. Some instructions are missing from some sets, and some pieces might be missing from some sets. Also, I have no original packaging. Quantities are one each, unless otherwise noted. The collection consists of the following:

Highlights of the Collection: 4535 Lego Express Deluxe (2002) Disassembled, might be missing some pieces. 7641 City Corner (2009) Complete set. 9473 The Lord of the Rings: The Mines of Moria (2012) Qty: 2, Complete set. 9474 The Lord of the Rings: The Battle of Helm's Deep (2012) Complete set. 9516 Jabba's Palace (2012) Some missing pieces. I bought this in 2012, but didn't open it till late 2015, whereupon I discovered that every minifigure was missing from the box. Lego sent me what replacements they had available, but these were unavailable and are missing from the set: 6004195, Oola's hair piece; 4211124, binoculars; one of the blasters (I don't remember which); minifig Chewbacca; minifig Salacious B. Crumb.
Collectible Minifigures:
(Each individual minifig is in a sealed ziplock bag)
Series 2 Spartan Warrior Ringmaster Qty: 2 Witch Qty: 3 Traffic Cop Qty: 3 Explorer Qty: 3 Life Guard Qty: 2 Mime Qty: 3 Weightlifter Qty: 2 Pop Star Skier Qty: 2 Karate Master Qty: 2 Surfer Pharaoh Series 5 Graduate Ice Fisherman Cave Woman She is disassembled and the parts are mixed up with all the other disassembled pieces Lizard Man Zookeeper Qty: 3 Lumberjack Qty: 3 Small Clown Detective Qty: 3 Snowboarder Guy Series 8 Conquistador Lederhosen Guy Cowgirl Football Player Qty: 4 Business Man Qty: 2 Vampire Bat Qty: 3 DJ Qty: 4 Red Cheerleader Qty: 3 Pirate Captain Alien Villainess Series 10 Roman Commander Warrior Woman Qty: 4 Tomahawk Warrior Qty: 4 Skydiver Qty: 3 Grandpa Qty: 2 Paintball Player Qty: 2 Sad Clown Qty: 4 Revolutionary Soldier Qty: 3 Baseball Fielder Qty: 3 Trendsetter Decorator Qty: 3 Motorcycle Mechanic Qty: 5 Series 11 Barbarian Gingerbread Man Welder Series 13 Classic King Sheriff Qty: 2 Snake Charmer Qty: 5 Paleontologist Alien Trooper Qty: 2 Carpenter Qty: 4 Evil Wizard Qty: 3 Fencer Samurai Qty: 2 Galaxy Trooper Qty: 2 Complete Sets in Original Packaging: Juniors
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 10669 Juniors Turtle Lair (2014)
Complete Sets in ziplock Bags:
Atlantis 7976 Ocean Speeder (2011) Qty: possibly 2, but I think just 1
30042 Mini Sub (2010) Qty: 3
Bricks and More 5929 Knight and Castle Building Set (2011)
Castle: Kingdoms
6918 Blacksmith Attack (2011)
7953 Court Jester Qty: 3 7955 Wizard Qty: 2
Chima 30252 Crug's Swamp Jet (2013) 30254 Razcal's Double Crosser (2013) City 60072 City Demolition Starter Set Qty: 2 7567 Traveller Qty: 4 8398 BBQ Stand 3366 Satellite Launch Pad Qty: 2 1250 Dragster 60078 Utility Shuttle Qty: 2 30013 Police Buggy Qty: 2 3177 Small Car Qty: 4+ 3 are in ziplock bags. There is at least 1 more among the disassembled sets. 60018 Cement Mixer 6470 Mini Dump Truck 3180 Octan Tank Trunk 4433 Dirt Bike Transporter 4200 Mining 4 X 4 30222 Police Helicopter 30315 Space Utility Vehicle 3179 Repair Truck 3178 Seaplane 60079 Training Jet Transporter 6498 Go-Kart 4641 Speedboat 30015 Jet Ski 7566 Farmer Qty: 2 6463 Lunar Rover
City: Arctic

60033 Ice Crawler (2014) 60035 Arctic Outpost (2014)

City: Police
60007 High Speed Chase (2013)

City: Swamp Police
60067 Helicopter Pursuit (2015) The alligator is mixed up with the disassembled sets.
Creator 5771 Hillside House 31027 Blue Racer 31035 Beach Hut Qty: 3 31036 Toy and Grocery Shop Qty: 7 Six are completed, 1 is disassembled in a gallon sized ziplock bag.
City: Traffic
60086 LEGO City (2015) Starter Set Qty: 2
Elves 41076 Farran and the Crystal Hollow Friends 30108 Summer Picnic 41000 Water Scooter Fun Qty: 2 Galaxy Squad 30230 Mini Mech 70701 Swarm Interceptor 70706 Crater Creeper Harry Potter 30111 The Lab 30110 Trolley 40028 Mini Hogwarts Express Qty: 2
Juniors: City
10666 Digger (2014)
10680 Garbage Truck (2015)
Monster Fighters 30200 Zombie Chauffeur Coffin Car Pharaoh's Quest 7305 Scarab Attack Qty: 5 7306 Golden Staff Guardians Pirates 10679 Juniors Pirate Treasure Hunt 70411 Treasure Island 70409 Shipwreck Defense Qty: 1 Possibly 2. Prince of Persia 7569 Desert Attack Qty: 3 7570 The Ostrich Race Qty: 2 Seasonal 40090 Halloween Bat Space: Insectoids 6943 Space Sled Star Wars 9491 Geonosian Cannon 8028 Mini TIE Fighter 30051 Mini X-Wing 7111 Droid Fighter Qty: 5 9490 Droid Escape 75035 Kashyyyk Troopers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 30270 Kraang's Turtle Target Practice UltraAgents 70166 Spyclops Infiltration Qty: 2 The following are not in ziplock bags, and are disassembled with all parts mixed together. The occasional piece may be missing:
Adventurers: Desert
2541 Adventurers Car Qty: 1*
2542 Adventurers Aeroplane Qty: 1*

Adventurers: Dino Island
5911 Johnny Thunder's Plane (2000)*
5912 Mike's Swamp Boat* (2000) 5913 Dr. Kilroy's Car (2000)
5914 Sam Sanister and Baby T (2000) Qty: 2**

Adventurers: Jungle
5902 River Raft Qty: 2**

Adventurers: Orient Expedition 7412 Yeti's Hideout (2003) 7414 Elephant Caravan (2003)
Alpha Team 4790 Robot Diver Qty: 2, although 1 is definitely missing pieces. 4791 Sub-Surface Scooter Aquazone 6110 Solo Sub
Bricks and More 4636 Police Building Set (2012) Complete set. Castle: Black Knights 6034 Black Monarch's Ghost (1990)

Castle: Fright Knights
2539 Flying Machine
2540 Catapult Cart (1998) Qty: 2**

Castle: Ninja
6083 Samurai Stronghold (1998)
City 2535 Formula 1 Racing Car 2537 Extreme Team Raft Qty: 2** 6400 Go-Kart Qty: 2 6445 Emergency Evac 6465 Spaceport Jet

Harry Potter
4731 Dobby's Release (2002) Qty: 2

Island Extreme Stunts 6731 Skateboarding Pepper 6732 Brickster's Trike

Rock Raiders
4920 The Rapid Rider (1999)
Soccer 3402 Stand with Lights Qty: 2** 3403 Fans' Grandstand with Scoreboard* 3406 Blue Team Transport
3408 Super Sports Coverage (2000) Qty: 1* 3416 Women's Team 3424 Target Practice
3425-2 Grand Championship Cup (2002)

Space: Insectoids
6903 Bug Blaster (1998)

Space: Life on Mars
7311 Red Planet Cruiser (2001)

Space: Roboforce
2152 Robo Raptor (1997)

Space: UFO
2543 Spacecraft (1998)
6800 Cyber Blaster (1997) Qty: 2
6818 Cyborg Scout (1997)
6829 Radon Rover (1997)

Star Wars: Episode I
7141 Naboo Fighter (1999)
7151 Sith Infiltrator (2001)
7171 Mos Espa Podrace (1999)
Star Wars: Episode II 7103 Jedi Duel (2002)

Star Wars: Episode IV
7106 Droid Escape (2001)
7110 Landspeeder (1999)

Star Wars: Episode V
7144 Slave I (2000)

Star Wars: Episode VI 7128 Speeder Bikes (1999) Qty: 2 7166 Imperial Shuttle (2001)
7180 B-Wing at Rebel Control Center (2000)
Star Wars: Mini Building Set
4484 X-Wing Fighter and TIE Advanced (2003)
Studios 1357 Cameraman (2001)

Town
2536 Divers Jet Ski (1998) Qty: 2**

Town: City
1241 Helicopter (1999)
1249 Tri-motorbike (1999)
6437 Beach Buggy (1999)

Town: Vehicles
6424 Rig Racers (1998) The black rig is built and in a ziplock bag. Nothing else is.

Sets to be listed above:
7110 landspeeder, 6580, 7133, 6586, 1376, 6458, 5902, 1248, 6452, 10027,, 1251, 1247, 5918, 2544 missing rubber piece, 4850, 1099, 6107, 6324, 6424, 7119 twin pod cloud car, 6579, 6520, 6573, 1370, 1381, 6736, 1383, 1354, 6740, 7415, 7124 flash speeder, 7127 Imperial AT-ST, 7310, 7121 Naboo Swamp X 2 (maybe 3 or more), 7200 Final Duel I, 7115 A-Wing fighter, 7130 snowspeeder, 7104 desert skiff, 7201 Final Duel II, 12374, 7204 Jedi defense II, 7128 speeder bikes X 2, 6626, 6494, 6578, 1380, 1356, 6734, 7409, 4711, 7101 lightsaber duel, 1606, 5921, 5975, 1371, 7411, 4705, 6790, 6007, 6599
*There is at least 1 of this set, but there might be 2 or 3 more. I don't know that for sure, so I'm not counting them. **There are at least 2 of this set, but there might be 1 or 2 more.

Friday, January 15, 2016

My Two Year Bible Reading Plan (post and plan in progress)

I designed this plan so that I can read the Bible as follows:

1) Each Gospel 4 times in a year.
2) The rest of the New Testament twice in a year.
3) The books of Psalms once each month.
4) The books of Proverbs once each month.
5) The rest of the Old Testament once in a two year period.

It is a work in progress, and I will post the February's readings by January 31.

The books of the Old Testament are as follows:

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I Samuel, II Samuel, I Kings, II Kings, I Chronicles, II Chronicles (includes the Prayer of Manasseh), I Ezra (there is some confusion about the books names Ezra/Esdras, which I won't go into here), II Ezra (this is the book of Ezra in Protestant Bibles), IV Ezra (also called II Esdras), Nehemiah, Tobit, Judith, Esther (the full version, following the chapter and verse divisions beginning here), 

Bible Reading Plan – Year One

January
 1:     Genesis 1, 2  Matthew 1
 Psalms 1-8 Proverbs 1
 Acts 1:1-14
 2:     Genesis 3, 4  Matthew 2, 3
 Psalms 9-15 Proverbs 2
 Acts 1:15-26
 3:     Genesis 5  Matthew 4
 Psalms 16-18 Proverbs 3
 Acts 2:1-41
 4:     Genesis 6  Matthew 5
 Psalms 19-23 Proverbs 4
 Acts 2:42-47
 5:     Genesis 7, 8  Matthew 6
 Psalms 24-29 Proverbs 5
 Acts 3
 6:     Genesis 9  Matthew 27
 Psalms 30-34 Proverbs 6
 Acts 4
 7:     Genesis 10  Matthew 8
 Psalms 35-37 Proverbs 7
 Acts 5:1-16
 8:    Genesis 11  Matthew 9
 Psalms 38-41 Proverbs 8
 Acts 5:17-42
 9:     Genesis 12, 13  Matthew 10
 Psalms 42-47 Proverbs 9
 Acts 6
 10:  Genesis 14, 15  Matthew 11
 Psalms 48-51 Proverbs 10
 Acts 7:1-19
 11:  Genesis 16, 17  Matthew 12
 Psalms 52-58 Proverbs 11
 Acts 7:20-45
 12:  Genesis 18  Matthew 13
 Psalms 59-65 Proverbs 12
 Acts 7:46-60
 13:  Genesis 19  Matthew 14
 Psalms 66-68 Proverbs 13
 Acts 8
 14:  Genesis 20  Matthew 15
 Psalms 69-71 Proverbs 14
 Acts 9
 15:  Genesis 21  Matthew 16
 Psalms 72-74 Proverbs 15
 Acts 10:1-8
 16:  Genesis 22, 23  Matthew 17
 Psalms 75-77 Proverbs 16
 Acts 10:9-23
 17:  Genesis 24  Matthew 18
 Psalms 78-80 Proverbs 17
 Acts 10:24-48
 18:  Genesis 25  Matthew 19
 Psalms 81-86 Proverbs 18
 Acts 11
 19:  Genesis 26  Matthew 20
 Psalms 87-89 Proverbs 19
 Acts 12
 20:  Genesis 27  Matthew  21
 Psalms 90-95 Proverbs 20
 Acts 13:1-12
 21:  Genesis 28  Matthew 22
 Psalms 96-101 Proverbs 21
 Acts 13:13-52
 22:  Genesis 29  Matthew 23
 Psalms 102-104
Proverbs 22  Acts 14
 23:  Genesis 30  Matthew 24
 Psalms 105-106 Proverbs 23
 Acts 15
 24:  Genesis 31  Matthew 25
 Psalms 107-109 Proverbs 24
 Acts 16
 25:  Genesis 32  Matthew 26
 Psalms 110-116 Proverbs 25
 Acts 17
 26:  Genesis 33  Matthew 27
 Psalms 117-118 Proverbs 26
 Acts 18
 27:  Genesis 34  Matthew 28
 Psalms 119 Proverbs 27
 Acts 19
 28:  Genesis 35  Mark 1
 Psalms 120-132 Proverbs 28
 Acts 20
 29:  Genesis 36  Mark 2
 Psalms 133-139 Proverbs 29
 Acts 21
 30:  Genesis 37  Mark 3
 Psalms 140-145 Proverbs 30
 Acts 22
 31:  Genesis 38  Mark 4
 Psalms 146-151 Proverbs 31
 Acts 23

Saturday, April 18, 2015

My mother has reposed in the Lord



She passed from this world peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, March 19, 2015 sometime between the hours of 11 am and 2 pm.

I love her and miss her, and ask that all who find this page on my blog to please pray for soul.

Psalm 121 TMB
A song of ascents.

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
     from whence cometh my help!
My help cometh from the LORD,
     who made heaven and earth.
He will not permit thy foot to be moved;
     He that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is thy keeper;
     the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day,
     nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil;
     He shall preserve thy soul.
The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in
     from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

We beseech Thee, O Lord, according to Thy loving-kindness,
have mercy upon the soul of Thy handmaiden LuAnn,
and now that she is set free from the defilements of this mortal flesh,
restore her to her heritage of everlasting salvation.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Partial List of the 804 Books I've Read Since March of 2004

  1. Through Gates of Splendor – Elisabeth Elliot
  2. The White Mountains – John Christopher
  3. Rome, Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism – Scott and Kimberly Hahn
  4. Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic – Dave Currie
  5. The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. Classic Catholic Converts – Fr. Charles P. Connor
  7. The City of Gold and Lead – John Christopher
  8. Habits of the Mind: The Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling – James W. Sire
  9. Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words – Rod Bennett
  10. Anthology of Best-Loved Poems – Andrew Lang, compiler
  11. The Pool of Fire – John Christopher
  12. C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church – Joseph Pearce
  13. Heretics – G.K. Chesterton
  14. Hickory, Dickory, Death – Agatha Christie
  15. Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific Research in the Church's Moral Debate – Stanton L. Jones and Mark A. Yarhouse (finished 05-04)
  16. Professors Who Believe: The Spiritual Journeys of Christian Faculty – Paul M. Anderson, editor
  17. Orthodoxy – G.K. Chesterton
  18. Faith on the Edge: Daring to Follow Jesus – Paul Tokunaga, Kevin Blue, Amy Brooke, Robbie Castleman, Bobby Gross, and Jon Tran
  19. Understanding the Bible – John R.W. Stott
  20. Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina – Michael Casey
  21. Peril at End House – Agatha Christie
  22. The Body in the Library – Agatha Christie
  23. War in Heaven – Charles Williams
  24. Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Seuss
  25. Murder in the Mews – Agatha Christie
  26. Many Dimensions – Charles Williams
  27. Descent into Hell – Charles Williams
  28. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
  29. The Courage to be Chaste – Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R.
  30. Mountain Breezes: The Collected Poems of Amy Carmichael – Robert Delancy, Elinor Rogers, Joann Longton, compilers
  31. Father Brown of the Church of Rome: Selected Mystery Stories by G.K. Chesterton – John Peterson, editor
  32. Well With My Soul: Four Dramatic Stories of Great Hymn Writers – Rachel Phillips
  33. Making Senses Out of Scripture: Reading the Bible as the First Christians Did – Mark Shea
  34. The Currents of Space – Isaac Asimov
  35. Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly on Prayer – C.S. Lewis
  36. Little House in the Big Woods – Laura Ingalls-Wilder
  37. Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie
  38. Pocket Catholic Catechism – Fr. John Hardon S.J.
  39. The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 1, Family Letters, 1905-1931 – Walter Hooper, editor
  40. Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls-Wilder
  41. Prophetic Untimeliness: A Challenge to the Idol of Relevance – Os Guinness
  42. Little House on Plum Creek – Laura Ingalls-Wilder
  43. Mary Slessor: Heroine of Calabar – Basil Miller
  44. The Bible in Translation: Ancient and English Versions – Bruce Metzger
  45. On Being Catholic – Thomas Howard
  46. The Uncollected Wodehouse – David A. Jasen, editor
  47. Evangelical is Not Enough: Worship of God in Liturgy and Sacrament – Thomas Howard
  48. Death in the Air – Agatha Christie
  49. Disavowed: A Twentieth-Century Jew and His Experience with Jesus – Steve Cohen
  50. Tales of a Seasick Doctor: Life Aboard a Mercy Ship – Christine Aroney-Sine
  51. The Man in the Brown Suit – Agatha Christie
  52. There Are No Accidents: In All Things Trust God – Fr. Benedict Groeschel and John Bishop
  53. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  54. A Matter of Days: Resolving a Creation Controversy – Hugh Ross
  55. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint – David Gerrold
  56. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Vendetta – Peter David
  57. The Murder at the Vicarage – Agatha Christie
  58. Charles Spurgeon: Boy Preacher to Christian Theologian – Kathy Triggs
  59. Partners in Crime – Agatha Christie
  60. Star Trek: The Vulcan Academy Murders – Jean Lorrah
  61. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  62. Monarch Notes: Madame Bovary – Arthur Rozen
  63. The Narrow Road: Stories of Those Who Walk This Road Together – Brother Andrew with John and Elizabeth Sherrill
  64. Star Trek: Final Frontier – Diane Carey
  65. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Trials and Tribble-ations – Diane Carey
  66. Lead Kindly Light: My Journey to Rome – Thomas Howard
  67. Star Trek: The Motion Picture – Gene Roddenberry
  68. Eternity in Their Hearts: Startling Evidence of Belief in the One True God in Hundreds of Cultures Throughout the World – Don Richardson
  69. Star Trek: The Wounded Sky – Diane Duane
  70. The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God – Robert Louis Wilken
  71. Catechism of the Catholic Church – Libreria Editrice Vaticana
  72. At the Back of the North Wind – George MacDonald
  73. By the Pricking of My Thumbs – Agatha Christie
  74. Bunnicula – James Howe
  75. Howliday Inn – James Howe
  76. The Celery Stalks at Midnight – James Howe
  77. Nighty-Nightmare – James Howe
  78. Return to Howliday Inn – James Howe
  79. Philothea, or An Introduction to the Devout Life – Saint Francis de Sales
  80. The Mysterious Affair at Styles – Agatha Christie
  81. Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories – Agatha Christie
  82. The Hundred Secret Senses – Amy Tan
  83. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – Vonda N. McIntyre
  84. Murder in Three Acts – Agatha Christie
  85. Abbot Francis Pfanner, 1825-1909: A Missionary who Made History – A.L. Balling
  86. Easy to Kill – Agatha Christie
  87. Eusebius, The Church History: A New Translation with Commentary – Paul L. Maier
  88. The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II, Books, Broadcasts, and the War 1931-1946 – Walter Hooper, editor
  89. My Beloved: The Story of a Carmelite Nun – Mother Catherine ThomasThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Classical Mythology (Second Edition) – Kevin Osborn and Dana L. Burgess, Ph.D.
  90. The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation – Frederica Mathewes-Green
  91. The Magician's Nephew – C.S. Lewis
  92. St. Francis of Assisi – G.K. Chesterton
  93. The New World of Faith – Avery Cardinal Dulles
  94. A Student's Guide to Liberal Learning – James V. Schall
  95. Worldwalk: One Man's Four-Year Journey Around the World – Steven M. Newman
  96. The Man with the Bird on His Head: The Amazing Fulfillment of a Mysterious Island Prophecy – John Rush and Abbe Anderson
  97. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
  98. A Student's Guide to the Core Curriculum – Mark C. Henrie
  99. Crimson Seeds: Eighteen Pime Martyrs – Mariagrazia Zambon
  100. Poking Holes in the Darkness – Jaki Parlier
  101. A Student's Guide to Literature – R.V. Young
  102. A Student's Guide to the Study of History – John Lukacs
  103. A Priest Forever: The Life of Father Eugene Hamilton – Fr. Benedict Groeschel
  104. Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on Some Aspects of Christian Meditation – Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
  105. Star Trek: New Frontier: House of Cards – Peter David
  106. Star Trek: New Frontier: Into the Void – Peter David
  107. Star Trek: New Frontier: The Two-Front War – Peter David
  108. Star Trek: New Frontier: End Game – Peter David
  109. Star Trek: The Romulan Way – Diane Duane and Peter Morwood
  110. Good News at 7:18 – Fr. Piero Gheddo, Pime
  111. Coming Out of Homosexuality: New Freedom for Men & Women – Bob Davies & Lori Rentzel
  112. Dune – Frank Herbert
  113. Charity and Sex and the Young Man – Fr. Herbert J. Raterman, S.J.
  114. Loving Homosexuals as Jesus Would: A Fresh Christian Approach – Chad W. Thompson
  115. Star Trek: The Final Nexus – Gene DeWeese
  116. An Introduction to: The Promise of Saint Joseph: The Challenge of Chastity for Teenagers and Young Adults – Rev. Bartholomew Joseph O'Brien
  117. Socrates Meets Jesus: History's Greatest Questioner Confronts the Claims of Christ – Peter Kreeft
  118. Superstition – Fr. Herbert Thurston, S.J.
  119. St. Anthony of the Desert – Saint Athanasius (translated by Dom J.B. McLaughlin, O.S.B.)
  120. Nuts and Bolts: A Practical, How-to Guide for Explaining and Defending the Catholic Faith – Tim Staples
  121. Catholic Book of Prayers – Rev. Maurius Fitzgerald, O.F.M.
  122. In the Spirit of Happiness – The Monks of New Skete
  123. Teaching the Spirit of Mission: Ad Gentes, Continuing Pentecost Today – United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  124. Dune Messiah – Frank Herbert
  125. Children of Dune – Frank Herbert
  126. Paradoxes of Catholicism – Fr. Robert Hugh Benson
  127. Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
  128. Surprised by Joy – C.S. Lewis
  129. Smoke on the Mountain: An Interpretation of the Ten Commandments – Joy Davidman
  130. How to Avoid Purgatory – Fr. Paul O'Sullivan, O.P. (E.D.M.)
  131. Reflections on the Psalms – C.S. Lewis
  132. Heretics of Dune – Frank Herbert
  133. Wise Blood – Flannery O'Connor
  134. The Growth of the Gospels – Neil L. McEleny, C.S.P.
  135. The Holy Ghost, Our Greatest Friend: He Who Loves Us Best – Fr. Paul O'Sullivan, O.P. (E.D.M.)
  136. Bunnicula Strikes Again – James Howe
  137. Favorite Prayers to Saint Joseph – TAN Books and Publishers
  138. The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind – Mark A. Noll
  139. We Signed Away Our Lives: How One Family Gave Everything for the Gospel – Kari Torjesen Malcolm
  140. Love Has a Price Tag – Elisabeth Elliot
  141. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
  142. Heroes of the Faith: David Livingston: From Africa to Eternity – Sam Wellman
  143. Desert Pilgrim: The Story of Mildred Cable's Venture for God in Central Asia – Phyllis Thompson
  144. Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia – C.S. Lewis
  145. Living on the Devil's Doorstep – Floyd McClung
  146. God Emperor of Dune – Frank Herbert
  147. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
  148. The Compendium to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  149. Perpetual Novena in honor of Saint Joseph and Saint Joseph Marello – The Oblates of Saint Joseph
  150. Monganga Paul: The Congo Ministry and Martyrdom of Paul Carlson, M.D. – Lois Carlson
  151. Surprised by Truth: 11 Converts Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic – Patrick Madrid, editor
  152. London After Midnight: A Tour of Its Criminal Haunts – Barnes & Noble Books
  153. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
  154. The Innocence of Father Brown – G.K. Chesterton
  155. Saints Behaving Badly: The Cutthroats, Crooks, Trollops, Con Men, and Devil Worshippers Who Became Saints – Thomas J. Craughwell
  156. Brief Memories of the Life of Joseph Marello, Bishop of Acqui, and of the Congregation He Founded – Fr. John Baptist Cortona, O.S.J
  157. Lives of Saints: With Excerpts from Their Writings – Fr. Joseph Vann
  158. Emma – Jane Austen
  159. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
  160. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  161. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  162. Step Up Close to Jesus: Stations of the Cross for Young People – Sister Mary Terese Donze, ASC
  163. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – J.R.R. Tolkien
  164. Be Still My Soul – Elisabeth Elliot
  165. The Truth about Homosexuality: The Cry of the Faithful – Father John Harvey, O.S.F.S.
  166. Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on "Romanism" by Bible Christians" – Karl Keating
  167. The Mystery of the Blue Train – Agatha Christie
  168. The Bible Jesus Read – Philip Yancey
  169. A  Murder is Announced – Agatha Christie
  170. Ships of Mercy:  The Remarkable Fleet Bringing Hope to the World's Forgotten Poor – Don Stephens with Lynda Rutledge Stephenson
  171. Secure in the Everlasting Arms – Elisabeth Elliot
  172. Under the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America – Mike Yankoski
  173. The Magic Bicycle – John Bibee
  174. The A.B.C. Murders – Agatha Christie
  175. The Toy Campaign – John Bibee
  176. The Only Game in Town – John Bibee
  177. The Wisdom of Father Brown – G.K. Chesterton
  178. Sad Cypress – Agatha Christie
  179. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  180. Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati: An Ordinary Christian – Maria Di Lorenzo
  181. Poirot Investigates – Agatha Christie
  182. Bruchko: The Astonishing True Story of a 19-year-old American, His Capture by the Motilone Indians, and His Adventures in Christianizing the Stone Age Tribe – Bruce Olson
  183. The Tuesday Club Murders – Agatha Christie
  184. Gulliver's Travels – Jonathan Swift
  185. The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III: Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy 1950-1963 – Walter Hooper, editor
  186. Beyond Gay – David Morrison
  187. Murder for Christmas – various
  188. Walking from East to West – Ravi Zacharias with R.S.B. Sawyer
  189. At Bertram's Hotel – Agatha Christie
  190. Hercule Poirot's Christmas – Agatha Christie
  191. After the Funeral – Agatha Christie
  192. The Hollow – Agatha Christie
  193. The Musician's Quest – George MacDonald
  194. Post-Rapture Radio: Lost Writings from a Failed Revolution – Russel Rathbun
  195. Lights in the Sky & Little Green Men: A Rational Christian Look at UFOs and Extraterrestrials – Hugh Ross, Kenneth Samples, and Mark Clark
  196. Honey for a Child's Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life – Gladys Hunt
  197. The Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux: The Story of a Soul – Saint Therese of Lisieux, John Beevers, translator
  198. Christian Faith and Same-Sex Attraction: Eastern Orthodox Reflections – Thomas Hopko
  199. Mariannehill and its Apostolate – St. Joseph Mission Press
  200. The Adventurer Monk Among Turks and Zulus – Adalbert Ludwig Balling
  201. Mary Poppins – P.L. Travers
  202. Mary Poppins Comes Back – P.L. Travers
  203. A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
  204. Another Sort of Learning. Selected Contrary Essays on How Finally to Acquire an Education While Still in College or Anywhere Else: Containing Some Belated Advice about How to Employ Your Leisure Time When Ultimate Questions Remain Perplexing in Spite of Your Highest Earned Academic Degree, Together with Sundry Lists Nowhere Else in Captivity to Be Found – James W. Schall, S.J.
  205. A Wind in the Door – Madeleine L'Engle
  206. A Swiftly Tilting Planet – Madeleine L'Engle
  207. Behind the Story: Memoirs, Reflections, and Anecdotes from Wycliffe Author Hugh Steven – Hugh Steven
  208. The Smoke of a Thousand Villages…and Other Stories of Real Life Heroes of the Faith – David and Naomi Shibley
  209. Philosophers Who Believe: The Spiritual Journeys of 11 Leading Thinkers – Kelly James Clark, editor
  210. No One Noticed the Cat – Ann McCaffrey
  211. The Man Who Was Thursday – G.K. Chesterton
  212. Could You Ever Become a Catholic? – Lorene Hanley Duquin
  213. Christianity Rediscovered – Father Vincent J. Donovan
  214. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien
  215. An Acceptable Time – Madeleine L'Engle
  216. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  217. Appointment with Death – Agatha Christie
  218. Murder in Mesopotamia – Agatha Christie
  219. The Canterville Ghost – Oscar Wilde
  220. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
  221. Death Comes as the End – Agatha Christie
  222. The Boomerang Clue – Agatha Christie
  223. Mrs. McGinty's Dread – Agatha Christie
  224. Trixie Belden and the Mysterious Visitor – Julie Campbell
  225. Space Vulture – Gary K. Wolf and Archbishop John J. Myers
  226. A Man of the Beatitudes: Pier Giorgio Frassati – Luciana Frassati
  227. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  228. Lady Susan – Jane Austen
  229. The Children of Hurin – J.R.R. Tolkien
  230. The Great Divorce – C.S. Lewis
  231. The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
  232. Christian Reflections – C.S. Lewis
  233. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle – Betty MacDonald
  234. Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle – Betty MacDonald
  235. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic – Betty MacDonald
  236. Murder on the Links – Agatha Christie
  237. Meet the Austins – Madeleine L'Engle
  238. Black Coffee – Agatha Christie, adapted by Charles Osborne
  239. The Moon by Night – Madeleine L'Engle
  240. The Young Unicorns – Madeleine L'Engle
  241. Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales – Barnes & Noble Books
  242. The Club of Queer Trades – G.K. Chesterton
  243. Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction – Thomas R. Flynn
  244. Searching for God Knows What – Donald Miller
  245. The Sari Shop: A Novel – Rupa Bajwa
  246. Everyman's Theology – Leo Rudolph, O.S.B.
  247. The Big Four – Agatha Christie
  248. The Secret Adversary – Agatha Christie
  249. Barchester Towers – Anthony Trollope
  250. The Secret of Chimneys – Agatha Christie
  251. The Seven Dials Mystery – Agatha Christie
  252. A Ring of Endless Light – Madeleine L'Engle
  253. Troubling a Star – Madeleine L'Engle
  254. The Mysterious Mr. Quinn – Agatha Christie
  255. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  256. The Sittaford Mystery – Agatha Christie
  257. Murder in the Mews – Agatha Christie
  258. The Labors of Hercules – Agatha Christie
  259. Out of the Silent Planet – C.S. Lewis
  260. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  261. Mysterious Skin: A Novel – Scott Heim
  262. Rumpole and the Reign of Terror: A Novel – John Mortimer
  263. Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
  264. Perelandra: A Novel – C.S. Lewis
  265. That Hideous Strength – C.S. Lewis
  266. Lord Edgeware Dies – Agatha Christie
  267. Farmer Boy – Laura Ingalls-Wilder
  268. The Listerdale Mystery and Eleven Other Stories – Agatha Christie
  269. Homer Price – Robert McCloskey
  270. The Inimitable Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse
  271. Thank You, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse
  272. Henry Huggins – Beverly Cleary
  273. Henry and Beezus – Beverly Cleary
  274. Leave it to Psmith – P.G. Wodehouse
  275. Henry and Ribsy – Beverly Cleary
  276. The Misfits – James Howe
  277. The Happy Hollisters and the Old Clipper Ship – Jerry West
  278. An Incautious Man: The Life of Gouverneur Morris – Melanie Randolph Miller
  279. A Student's Guide to Religious Studies – D.G. Hart
  280. Tales of the City – Armistead Maupin
  281. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  282. More Tales of the City – Armistead Maupin
  283. The Story of the Trapp Family Singers – Maria Augusta Trapp
  284. Further Tales of the City – Armistead Maupin
  285. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 10 – Dean Wesley Smith and Paula M. Block, editors
  286. The Borrowers – Mary Norton
  287. Cards on the Table – Agatha Christie
  288. Dumb Witness – Agatha Christie
  289. Murder is Easy – Agatha Christie
  290. The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University – Kevin Roose
  291. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe – Agatha Christie
  292. Third Girl – Agatha Christie
  293. Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit – P.G. Wodehouse
  294. Towards Zero – Agatha Christie
  295. Nemesis – Agatha Christie
  296. Star Trek: The Valiant – Michael Jan Friedman
  297. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q-Space – Greg Cox
  298. Star Trek: Starfleet Corps. of Engineers: No Surrender – Mike Collins, Ian Edginton, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, and Jeff Mariotte
  299. Star Trek: Enterprise: What Price Honor? – Dave Stern
  300. A Pocket Full of Rye – Agatha Christie
  301. Passenger to Frankfurt – Agatha Christie
  302. Dread Man's Folly – Agatha Christie
  303. A Separate Peace – John Knowles
  304. Saints Behaving Badly: The Cutthroats, Crooks, Trollops, Con Men, and Devil Worshippers Who Became Saints – Thomas J. Craughwell
  305. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Lives of Dax – Marco Palmieri, editor
  306. The Cricket in Times Square – George Selden
  307. Rapture Ready: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture – Daniel Radosh
  308. Holidays on Ice – David Sedaris
  309. The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor – Flannery O'Connor
  310. The Complete Stories – Flannery O'Connor
  311. Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of it Back – Frank Schaefer
  312. Patience with God: Faith for People Who Don't Like Religion {or Atheism} – Frank Schaefer
  313. The Violent Bear it Away – Flannery O'Connor
  314. The Web of the Romulans – M.S. Murdock
  315. Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose – Flannery O'Connor
  316. Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible – David Plotz
  317. Carry On, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse
  318. Evil Under the Sun – Agatha Christie
  319. Why Catholic Bibles are Bigger: The Untold Story of the Lost Books of the Protestant Bible – Gary G. Michuta
  320. Journeys Home – Marcus Grodi, editor and compiler
  321. The Chimes – Charles Dickens
  322. The Abbess of Andalusia: Flannery O'Connor's Spiritual Journey – Lorraine V. Murray
  323. The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible – A.J. Jacobs
  324. Portofino – Frank Schaefer
  325. Saving Grandma – Frank Schaefer
  326. God in the Dock – C.S. Lewis
  327. Babycakes – Armistead Maupin
  328. Significant Others – Armistead Maupin
  329. Sure of You – Armistead Maupin
  330. Endless Night – Agatha Christie
  331. There is No A God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind – Antony Flew with Roy Abraham Varghese
  332. They Came to Baghdad – Agatha Christie
  333. Maurice – E. M. Forster
  334. Reasons to Believe: One Man's Journey Among the Evangelicals and the Faith He Left Behind – John Marks
  335. Postern of Fate – Agatha Christie
  336. N or M? – Agatha Christie


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Desire of the Everlasting Hills

What a movie! It moves me to pursue chastity ever more faithfully. Honestly, I don't do a very good job of that. I have slacked off terribly in recent years, and allowed lust to master me. One day I hope to be as faithful as Paul, Dan, and Rilene. May it be soon! May God have mercy on me, a sinner, and, through the intercession of St. Joseph the Betrothed, St. Joseph the All-Comely, St. Charles Lwanga, St. Mary of Egypt, St. Augustine of Hippo, and all the saints, may He grant me the grace to live a chaste and celibate life in peace and happiness. And do you, my reading public, also pray for me.


'Desire of the Everlasting Hills is a very well-made documentary, produced by Courage, about the lives of 3 people who experience sexual attractions towards their own sex, and who are seeking to live out Catholic Church teaching on homosexuality in obedience to Jesus Christ. They begin by telling of their early experiences of their sexuality, and tell how they began to live in their twenties and beyond. They discuss what their views on religion were, how they felt about God, their partners, etc. How they began to recognize that their lives were unfulfilling, and how they began to seek peace and answers to their questions in the Catholic Church. Each of them had experience with the Catholic Church, each left, and each came back to Her. Their stories are compelling, and certain of each of their experiences resonate with me. I want to write about this, but I don't have time right now. So let me provide the link, and encourage those who have not yet seen it to do so. It's a little over an hour, and can be viewed for free online.


Desire of the Everlasting Hills



Saturday, August 2, 2014

A Scriptural Rosary continued: The Fifth Joyful Mystery.

Review here and here. Another review here, along with the first Joyful mystery.

Let us pray the fifth Joyful Mystery.

Begin
"The fifth Joyful Mystery: Mary and Joseph find Jesus in the temple."

Now, pray one Our Father on bead 52, and pray one Hail Mary with its Bible verse(s)* on each of the beads marked 53-62.

Our Father

Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.  And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the Feast. (Luke 2:41, 42 TMB)
Hail Mary…

And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and His mother knew not of it.  But they, supposing Him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought Him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances. (Luke 2:43, 44 TMB)
Hail Mary

And when they found Him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking Him. (Luke 2:45 TMB)
Hail Mary

And it came to pass that after three days they found Him in the Temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them and asking them questions. (Luke 2:46 TMB)
Hail Mary

And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. (Luke 2:47 TMB)
Hail Mary

And when they saw Him they were amazed, and His mother said unto Him, "Son, why hast Thou thus dealt with us?  Behold, Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing." (Luke 2:48 TMB)
Hail Mary

And He said unto them, "How is it that ye sought Me?  Knew ye not that I must be about My Father's business?" (Luke 2:49 TMB)
Hail Mary

And they understood not the saying which He spake unto them. (Luke 2:50 TMB)
Hail Mary

And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them.  But His mother kept all these things in her heart. (Luke 2:51 TMB)
Hail Mary

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:52 KJV)
Hail Mary

After you've said the above, either keep your fingers on the last bead (#62), or move them to the space between this and the next position (77, 78, 79, 80, 81and pray the Glory Be:

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.

To close, make the sign of the cross. (In the future, I'll have the closing prayers of the rosary listed.)

*In a traditional rosary, one prays 10 Hail Mary's in a decade, which is why some of these have two or three verses listed. But you can pray 1 verse and 1 Hail Mary at a time. If you did so with the above, you would have a "decade" of 12, which is fine. The rosary is an aid to prayer. It is a means, not an end, and you can alter it to make it a more useful aid.

A Scriptural Rosary continued: The Fourth Joyful Mystery.

Review here and here. Another review here, along with the first Joyful mystery.

Let us pray the fourth Joyful Mystery.

Announce the mystery by saying:
"The fourth Joyful Mystery: Jesus is presented in the temple."

Now, pray one Our Father and the following Hail Marys with their Bible verses

Our Father

And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the Child, His name was called Jesus, who was so named by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
(Luke 2:21 TMB)
Hail Mary…

And when the days of her purification according to the Law of Moses were accomplished, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord
(Luke 2:22 TMB)
Hail Mary…

(as it is written in the law of the Lord: "Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord")
(Luke 2:23 TMB)
Hail Mary

and to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord: "A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons."
(Luke 2:24 TMB)
Hail Mary

And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Ghost was upon him
(Luke 2:25 TMB)
Hail Mary

And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
(Luke 2:26 TMB)
Hail Mary

And he came by the Spirit into the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for Him after the custom of the Law,
(Luke 2:27 TMB)
Hail Mary…

then took he Him up in his arms, and blessed God...
(Luke 2:28a TMB)
Hail Mary

…and said, "Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word;"
(Luke 2:28b, 29 TMB)
Hail Mary

"for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation,
(Luke 2:30 TMB)
Hail Mary…

which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people,"
(Luke 2:30 TMB)
Hail Mary

"a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel."
(Luke 2:32 TMB)
Hail Mary

And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him.
(Luke 2:33 TMB)
Hail Mary

And Simeon blessed them and said unto Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be spoken against
(Luke 2:34 TMB)
Hail Mary…

"(yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."
(Luke 2:35 KJV)
Hail Mary

Now pray the Glory Be:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.

To close, make the sign of the cross. (In a future post, I'll list the full closing prayers of the rosary.)