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Up and At Um


It’s another day and a chili one at that but why complain when God has given us an opportunity for another day. It has been said many times that we should live everyday as it is our last. I think it is a great philosophy to start out with each morning, because I would hope that it would intensify our faith. Although it is sad to say that many would be trying to accomplish there so called, “bucket list”. You may ask, what’s the problem with that? Well the problem is we are thinking from a worldly view and not focusing on the the big prize which is Heaven. Do you realize how long eternity is? It is forever and our minds just can’t comprehend forever.

So wake up and make a contentious effort to focus on God. Intensify your pray life and the peace the of Christ will become a part of your life. So up and at um.


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The House is Alive


This is exactly the case with seven children. Between hungry children, diaper changes and just general maintenance, the house is alive and thriving. One of the greatest opportunities we have is the ability to homeschool our children. My wife was homeschooled and I went to the public school.
The great advantage of homeschool is flexibility and curriculum. We can use any curriculum that we choose. With the impeding common core situation in the public school system many parents have opted to homeschool there children.
My wife and I are blessed to have our seven children and we are open to what ever God will give us. We don’t have the right to interfere with Gods plan by some artificial preventive methods. We don’t have the right to go against God, our Creator. We must live the commandments in our daily lives and pick up our cross and follow Him. We all have crosses that we deal with on a daily basis and it is only through God’s grace and mercy that we overcome it. If you think you can do it alone your wrong.
My house is alive because we are alive in Christ. We have our imperfections but we try to strive daily to live for Him. He is always there for you, just ask Him when that cross gets to heavy, He will alleviate your troubles.


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Reflection on Christ the King


John Preiss
Feast of Christ the King
Cycle A Year 2041
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17; Psalm 23: 1-3, 5-6; 1 Corinthians 15:-20-26, 28; Matthew 25: 31-46
King Jesus
This is the last Sunday of the Liturgical year and it is fitting that the Church closes it with a reminder of the Kingship of Jesus. Jesus became a man for love of us all and wishes all us to reign forever with Him in Paradise. We are reminded in today’s first reading that He is also the Good Shepherd who goes after the strayed sheep to bring them back into the fold. The injured He will bind up and heal but the sleek he will destroy: This is followed by the encouraging words of the Psalm. Jesus is the Good Shepherd for all those who wish to belong to His Kingdom: He is also Lord of all! He spreads a table before us where He feeds us with His own Body and Blood in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This is a Shepherd who has laid down His life for His sheep, but He is also Lord of Lords and King of Kings, the Alpha and the Omega.

Paul tells in the second reading that just as through Adam all die, so in Jesus our King, all will be brought to life again. Whether we want it or not, we are all destined to live forever, either in the kingdom of Jesus or to be cast out into eternal darkness. The choice is ours to make while we still have a chance. Don’t let any past sins keep you from His loving embrace for He is seeking you for a restoration to His Kingdom. If our sins shall be scarlet they shall become whiter than snow. As far as they East is from the West, so shall our sins be taken from us if we repent to allow Him to heal us as we make a good confession and receive absolution from all sin: then the greatest sinners may become the greatest saints. Jesus our King will love us back into life so that we may reign with Him forever. The choice is ours to make. He wills it.

In the Gospel we are told, King Jesus will sit upon His Glorious throne and all the nations will be assembled before Him. Jesus will then separate the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on His right and the goats on His left: the goats are those who didn’t recognize Him in this life because they will have met Him in a distressing disguise. Everyday King Jesus gives us ample opportunities to meet Him and discover Him in those we are not naturally drawn toward. It could be that beggar on the street corner holding up a card seeking food; the neighbor we can’t stand; the person who constantly causes us to be uncharitable, or the one who whose general appearance revolts us. Have you ever met such a person? It could have been Jesus who was testing us, and you and I flunked the test. Let us be on the look out for Him this week because if we miss recognizing Him we might miss entering the Kingdom of Jesus to be cast out among the goats where there will be darkness and gnashing of teeth. Remember Jesus is the Good Shepherd and a King who died for our sins. He wants us all to be with Him forever in Heaven where there will be no more suffering and no more sadness. King Jesus has provided us with a Church Community and given us a succession of Prime Ministers to govern it in the successors of St. Peter. He has told us what they have joined upon earth He will join in Heaven. Hear and obey the teachings of the Church and be assured of being among the sheep on His right on that final day of judgement.


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Good Morning Cold Weather


Wow! Baby it’s cold outside. What can we really do about it? Nothing, I guess except put on more clothing, crank up the heat inside and grab a hot cup of Joe.
Isn’t it interesting that as Christians we complain a lot. An example would be I can’t believe we are allowing homosexual marriages or issues that pertain to the Church. We complain and that’s about it! I would suggest if you have a problem with something address it. Fight it! As Christians we are living in a time of persecution where are values are being degraded every day. Our government has totally pushed by the wayside the beliefs of our founding fathers. What do we do? Nothing but complain.
One may ask, what can we do? You can, let’s see….um, write a blog and voice your opinions with solutions. You can write government officials and share literature with friends and family members. We are all called to evangelize. As Christians no one is exempt from this task. Evangelization is a key component to our Christian faith. We must realize that we all have the ability to make a difference. Don’t be cold in your faith get out there and make something happen. God Bless!


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“Family Matters” with John Preiss


Several weeks ago I started to tread in unchartered waters as a radio show host for Radio Maria. Talk about a total 360. If you had known me ten years ago you would not believe it! It is hard for me to grasp. For me, it is a great experience to grow into something and gain knowledge in a particular field.
The show seems to be going really well and I have had some great guests on including, Father Kevin Barrett, Father Donald Calloway, Michael Voris, John Clark, Michael LaCorte. You can listen to the re-broadcast of these shows at radiomaria.us also the show is live every Friday at 1:00 P.M. Central and 2:00P.M. Eastern.
I thank God and our Blessed Mother for this great honor because I know that I am not worthy. If you are open He will use you for things that you know nothing about. With His grace you are capable to do whatever you want.


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Daddy and a lot More!


My wife had our seventh child four weeks ago. What a great blessing to be co-creators with God in this journey. Everything went really well and that is good because I am somewhat of a hypochondriac. God has truly blessed our family in so many ways and with then birth of our little guy Luke He has shown us what miracles are like.
It is interesting as Christians sometimes we get caught up into looking for miracles, when after all they are right in front of our face. My wife and I have examined Luke and just look at him and all his little toes, fingers etc. What a miracle! Life is precious at all stages and it is God who gives us life and it is He who takes it away. Never forget this precious gift, the gift to live with Him for all eternity in total happiness.


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Go Phil


It is amazing to see such a positive response to the comments by Duck Commander Phil Robertson.  This is what it takes to take back our country from those who are living contrary to God.  This gives us hope.

What I next? We must not stop at this point as Christians we have to continue to stand up for our beliefs and quit getting pushed around by the liberal, feminized socialist culture that lives for self and not for God.

The time has come and we must continue to share our faith in a compassionate way. In the way our Lord would, but we must be firm.  Pray often for strength and courage.  We know the outcome of this battle.  “Be not afraid”.

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