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Saturday, March 8, 2014

The part of the body with the least fitting name

Wisdom teeth. Really? They're called "wisdom teeth," and yet it seems like everybody gets them yanked out. How wise can something be if it just gets inflamed, impacted, or infected or alternatively pried out of one's skull? Yeesh.

Anyway, I got them out yesterday. Super fun stuff.

My surgery was at 10:30 in the morning, so I couldn't eat or drink from 2:30 AM (I had an NPO for the general anesthetic). It was actually kind of nice; it was a Lenten Friday, so I made the most of it by looking it as a spiritually beneficial fast, as well. I actually had to write "NPO" all over my hands to remind myself to not eat or drink anything! After all, I like to stay hydrated throughout the day, so I needed those memory kicks.

Anyway, my wisdom teeth looked eerily like one of Wikipedia's examples, only I don't have fillings:

My bottom right w-tooth was seriously off course, like the bottom left one in the picture. Since I would need general anesthesia and a sedative for that one alone, we decided it would be best to just get all four out at the same time.

The operation itself went very well. I got knocked out very gently, and apparently I was talking coherently to the anesthetist. Of course, I have no memory of any conversation :-P and when I woke up I was super disoriented. It was...how do they say..."trippy." My tongue felt like it was wrapped with a cotton sock (not that I know how that feels).

I then proceeded to come home, take a prescribed narcotic, and conk out watching Top Gear.

I also am taking a steroid for swelling. I have recovered really well; according to my dad, better than my siblings did after having theirs removed. I just want to get back to eating hearty foods! I've had to offer up as a mortification my constant eating of soup, pudding, and ice cream for the last two days. Having pudding and ice cream is penance, you say??? Surprisingly, yes! That kind of a diet can quickly become tiresomely pabulumatic.

I'm honestly still a bit woozy, so if this post seems a bit odd, that's why :-) so long for now!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

From natural conception to natural death? --ADDENDUM

After thinking about it more, and after a thoughtful comment from a reader, I've decided to clarify a previous post in which I discussed the need to pray for the protection of life from "natural conception to natural death."

I didn't say this meaning that those embryos who are conceived unnaturally, i.e., outside of the conjugal union of husband and wife, don't have the right to life. If anything, their rights must be protected more fiercely, as they may easily be put in cold storage for years and forgotten about, or even be outright destroyed simply because their parents didn't want them!

The core of what I was trying to say was that we should pray that every child may be conceived in the marital act, according to their dignity as humans.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

From natural conception until natural death?

There's something that's been rolling around in my head for a little while now. At many Masses I have been to, we pray for the protection of life from "conception until natural death." However, such methods of conception and gestation as IVF and surrogacy degrade human dignity just as euthanasia does. So I think, to avoid any confusion on the "Catholic stance" regarding life, we should change our prayer to "natural conception until natural death."

P.S. Yes, I know I haven't posted for over 4 months. Things have been busy, okay?! :-P

Monday, May 27, 2013

Various things...

So, after taking an unofficial hiatus, I think I may be back to semi-regular blogging. The last couple months have been very busy...first of all, my spiritual life has begun to take up more of my time, which is a good thing...I've had an ACT, SAT, AP tests, and finals, projects, work, preparation for a teen retreat in which I have a rather significant role...there hasn't been much spare time for sleep, much less blogging!

But there are some things I would like to take a stab it, if only briefly.

It's Memorial Day. Not National BBQ Day, not let's-let-the-politicians-take-away-our-rights Day...Memorial Day. The day we thank all the servicemen and women who have died to preserve our freedoms. And as Catholics, we pray...May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

I'm visiting a religious community in less then a week. I'm getting really excited about it :-) I have been in contact with the vocations director, various members of the congregation, and a wonderful married couple who contacted me on the Catholic Answers Forum (Forums? I don't know) who are experienced with the group. The order does great things: they manage parishes in rural areas, they preach parish missions and retreats, and they are, most importantly, 100% Catholic. I honestly don't know where God will take me in the next 5 years or so. To this community? God willing, I think I would fit in there! But only He really knows.

Well, after 10 or so years in the Cub Scouts, then Boy Scouts of America...I think I'm hanging up the uniform. They now seem to think it's a good thing for boys to declare their homosexuality...and openly homosexual leaders will soon follow. Many see this as a good change, as the Scouts moving into the "20th century"; but I disagree. Older boys, some of whom will now be openly homosexual, will be in positions of authority over younger boys. How can this be a good thing? Another thing: BS of A rules state that, on campouts, 2 or more boys must be in each tent. What happens if there is only one homosexual kid in the troop? Will a "straight" kid be forced to sleep in very close proximity to him? What's the solution? And, allowing homosexual men to have authority over young boys is very dangerous, as demonstrated by the sexual abuse atrocities committed by perverted priests during the 1980s and '90s. You see, many of the cases did not involve pedophilia...many involved post-pubescent boys. So these priests had homosexual attractions. Have we not learned? This isn't a step forward...this a big step backwards.

I just want to protect the youth, honestly. The Boy Scouts should not be turned into some politically correct, politically motivated branch of the liberal secular left. Instead, I look to help Dr. Marshall with the Scouts of St. George in any way possible. If you are concerned with the rule changes, you should look into helping him, as well.

Pope Francis is pretty great! While I do miss Pope Benedict's liturgical aesthetic, our current Holy Father doesn't waffle around with fancy "pastorally-minded" words...he just says it like it is! I think, given some time to work, he will do great things! And the best thing is, he calls us out for having faces like "pickled peppers"! He calls us to go out, work in the world, evangelize, bring people to Jesus Christ...I like the way this picture sums up the last 3 popes:

Possibly the only time you'll hear anything negative from me about him is when he doesn't wear the red papal slippers...grrr! He'll destroy the Church doing stuff like that! Jk, jk :-P

I'm sure I have more to say (read: rant), but I'll leave things where they lie now. Ta ta for now!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Still here

Yup, I know I haven't blogged in almost 3 months. I'm still here though! I occasionally check in and look at the blogs I follow, lurking mostly. Sometimes I do leave a comment, but I stay silent.

I'm still Catholic and lovin' it :) also, I'm becoming more and more traditional by the day... :) :)

Just some eye candy:

Monday, February 11, 2013

Up All Night

St. Peter's Square, in Vatican City, earlier tonight. The papal apartment is on the top right, the one with the lights on. I don't think I can add to that.

Another h/t to Fr. John at On This Rock

Exciting Times

Somewhat continued from my previous post:

This an incredible time for a Catholic such as myself (or any Catholic, really) to be living. This is historical...these times just--I don't even know the word...how shall I say it--are ineffable. There is just so much happening; we are witnessing history in the making.

While I am sad to see His Holiness Benedict XVI resign--for he is the first pope I can really remember; I have learned much from his writings, his speeches, and his behavior; and he, even from afar, has been such a helpful, servant-like spiritual father and brother in Christ--I am excited to see where we will go next! Under all the emotions I feel, there is an optimism, a knowing that everything will work out according to God's plan.

Could this be a sign from God?? :-D
And then there's the video I posted at the end of this post (go watch it!!!!). Seeing the Holy Father smile, interact with young people, lead the Church in liturgies...it almost makes me wish he could have been younger, so he could have led for a longer time. Then, i remember that it is all in God's time.

And so, to close: the times, they are a'changin' and we don't know what's coming next! But everybody pay attention, this next month or so could be very significant for the future of Catholic life everywhere!