Monday, August 6, 2018

First Day in Ireland -Land of Saints & Scholars

by Steve Ray on August 6, 2018

Everyone arrived on time along with their luggage. We drove across Ireland to Clanmacnoise which was the ancient monastery built by Saint Caíron in the 500’s. We had Mass along the Shannon River in the same place Saint John Paul II celebrated Mass.

Fr. James Conlon’s excellent  introduction, opening comments and homily here.

Enjoy the video of our opening day in Ireland!

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Now I know there are some Democrats who visit this site and I don’t want to offend, but this story is pretty funny. I think we could change “democrat” to liberal and “republican” to conservative.

I don’t necessarily consider myself “Republican,” though I have always voted Republican since they are the lesser of two evils and they tend to agree more with my thoughts on things — such as pro-life issues, national defense, religious liberty, law and order, illegal immigration and the economy.

But anyway, enjoy this in good humor and don’t be put off by it. I know Conservatives can laugh at themselves and liberals tend not to do so, but…

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624851048-612x612A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a sailor in a boat below. She shouted to him, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”

The sailor consulted his portable GPS and replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.”

She rolled her eyes and yelled down, “You must be a Republican.”

“I am,” replied the man. “How did you know?”

“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve been no help to me.”

The man smiled and responded, “Then you must be a Democrat.”

“I am,” replied the balloonist. “How did you know?”

“Well,” said the man, “you don’t know where you are or where you’re going. You’ve risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but, somehow, now it’s my fault.”

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