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    Mildred Loving

    Saturday, May 17, 2008, 12:48 PM [General]

    I just heard the other day of the passing of Mildred Loving.  This is a person that I never met but a person who had an influence on my.  When I was in grade school I had to do a report on a current topic.  I looked through a magazine and saw an article, "The Crime of Being Married."  Mildred and her husband lived in Virginia.  She was black and her husband was white.  In Virginia interracial marriage was illegal.  Police came in the middle of the night and roused them out of bed and threw them in jail for being married.  They avoided a jail term by agreeing to leave the state.  They sued and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court which ruled that anti-miscegnation laws were unconstitutional.  As a child I could not believe that people could be treated like this.  I could not believe that the government could tell people who they could and could not love.  I lived in a what was then a mostly white community and didn't real have any black friends at the time.  I suppose I was somewhat prejudiced but this article really made me think about what a terrible thing prejudice was.  This beautiful young couple were being punished for who they were.  I found it so hard to believe.  As I follow Barack Obama's campaign and how he may very well be our next President it makes me understand how far our country has come since the 1960's and how brave the people were who fought back then to make this country a better place, a country where there truly is liberty and justice for all.  It is a continuing struggle I know but we are getting there. 

    Peace to all - Mark     

     

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    Good Friday

    Saturday, March 22, 2008, 10:08 PM [General]

    I had a quiet Good Friday.  I fasted in the morning and didn't eat anything until after noon.  I went to Polish Stations of the Cross at 8 PM.  My friend Marek and I shared a book as they ran out.  It was very nice.  After Stations we venerated the cross.  Before Stations I read the Passion.  After that I helped with the flowers in church.  I saw Father Bryan, our young priest.  He is doing better after his accident.  He is such a great guy and has a holiness to him.  The young priests are so priceless to the Church and are greatly needed.

    Peace - Mareczku 

     

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    Holy Thursday

    Saturday, March 22, 2008, 10:05 PM [General]

    I went to the Polish Mass for Holy Thursday. I was asked if I wanted to have my feet washed and I said yes.  My son thought that this was embarrassing but I was honored.  I even understood the sermon pretty well.  The priest talked about Peter, and Jesus washing the feet.  He said that there is no Eucharist with the priest and no priest without the Eucharist.  I thought that was profound.  I was touched by this Mass.

    Peace - Mareczku 

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    A Sad Day

    Monday, February 11, 2008, 9:01 PM [General]

    I felt sad today.  We had sad news.  Four young men were found dead in a home from carbon monoxide poisoning.  We found out that we knew 2 of the young men.  They were 19 and 20.  Two of the guys were best friends of my son from Catholic grade school. The one boy he went through 12 years of school with.  Both boys were often at our house when my son was in grade school or junior high.  They went to a big high school and he didn't see them often in high school and didn't see them much since graduation.  Still it is very upsetting.  We feel so sad for their families.  It is such a horrible tragedy for a young person to die.  The one boy's grandmother died last year and I know that he is with her and they are reunited.  I pray for the repose of their souls.  May God bless these beautiful young men that were lost way too soon. 

     Peace - Mark

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    Rainbow Thoughts

    Saturday, February 9, 2008, 12:22 PM [General]

    It is interesting that many people see the rainbow as a sign of diversity, a sign of beauty. But some in the Catholic faith don't like the rainbow. Some see it as a sign of acceptance for people that are inferior or disordered. Some are so filled with hate that they have refused communion to people wearing representations of rainbows. I was stunned to hear of this. Why would some in the Church stand behind the hatred communities and against those who fight discrimination? WWJD? Peace - Mark
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    Our Diverse Parish

    Thursday, February 7, 2008, 10:42 PM [General]

    I went to an Ash Wedneday service at my church yesterday evening.  At the service I saw people that I knew from the Spanish Mass that I go to, I also saw people from the Polish Mass that I go to.  I sat next to an East Asian family and also saw many black people at the service.  It made me think of how lucky I was to belong to such a diverse parish.  Our parish is like a small slice of America.  We are a rainbow of peoples.  God's blessings to all.

     Peace - Mareczku

     

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    Ash Wednesday

    Thursday, February 7, 2008, 10:38 PM [General]

    I took a little time off from the computer on Ash Wednesday.  I fasted and got ashes.  I didn't e-mail anyone or post on any of the blogs or Belief-net either.  Now if I was really good I'd give up the internet!

    Peace to all - Mareczku 

     

     

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    A Nice Compliment

    Tuesday, February 5, 2008, 5:45 PM [General]

    My son and I went to Mass together on Sunday.  After Mass was over the woman who sat in from of me turned around and told me that I had a beautiful voice and that everyone should sing like me.  I told her that when I was singing I was also praying and I was glad to be able to raise my voice in praise of God.  It is so nice to be affirmed. 

     

    Peace - Mark

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    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Wednesday, January 2, 2008, 8:04 PM [General]

    Happy New Year!  Scczesliwego Nowego Roku!  to all readers.  I hope that this year is better than last year.  I told someone that my resolution was to be a better person.  I am a good person I know but I want to be better.  I want to try to go to Confession more but this is a challenge for me as a Catholic.  I am thankful that I have Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist to give me strength.  May God give me peace in 2008.

     Peace & Love to All

    Mark  

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    Goodbye to 2007

    Monday, December 31, 2007, 7:48 PM [General]

    Well, the year is coming to an end.  The last year has been filled with sadness and prayers.  But I have met a lot of new friends through the power of the internet and for that I am thankful.  I have learned a lot about myself too.  I have learned to accept myself more.  Now, if I can learn how to stand up for myself more and have more self-confidence and self-esteem.  The search for my better self continues. 

    Peace to all - Mark    

     

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