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Coronavirus: Criticize priests without need? People won’t go to Confession…


I heard some very cynical people the other week presenting their views to the world on the internet, you know, when lock-downs were being announced. They were saying that there are priests – OF COURSE! PRIESTS! – who will think of this time as a vacation and go off and enjoy themselves, carefree, happy to forget about their flocks.

Really? A generalization, that? Calumny of a entire class of people, that? It used to be that people would notice ever so many canonized saints severely warning people not to criticize priests unnecessarily. It seems that they are purposely selectively ignoring canonized saints so as to promote a generalized anti-clerical agenda.

The reason canonized saints insisted on not criticizing priests unnecessarily is not any double standard. It seems like it is a double standard, for we are not to criticize anyone unnecessarily. Why make not criticizing priests unnecessarily a thing? Saint Thomas Aquinas wrote at length of fraternal correction, and said that sometimes we have to criticize priests and bishops publicly if they are egregiously publicly leading people astray, etc. Great! But still, why the emphasis by canonized saints on not criticizing priests unnecessarilyThat would be a sin, as it would be for anyone, but more so. Why?

Sin… That brings us to the reason for insisting in a special manner that we are not to criticize priests unnecessarily. If people do that, what do you think the result is going to be? The result will be that people who desperately need to go to Confession will use this unnecessary criticism as their excuse that they cannot go to Confession to such a terrible, horrible priest.

Let me give you an example. Someone came up to me in church a while back (whom I’ve never seen before) and with very dark face and with grave concern told me that I was losing really a lot of weight, and that this was alarming, and that I needed to somehow stay alive.

I mentioned this to someone else who immediately said that, yes, of course, that other person surely thought that I had AIDS, because, you know, I’m a priest and all that. Actually, that was also my thought about what the first person was thinking. I mean, it could be that I have cancer, right? Or, might it just be that I’m ever so happy on my Keto diet?

To the point, with that kind of nuanced gossip going around, how many people who are desirous of integrity and honesty are going to want to go to Confession to me? Probably zero.

For the record, yes, I’ve lost a lot of weight. Today it’s just over 60 pounds I’ve lost since November 21, 2019. For the record, I don’t have cancer. I don’t have AIDS. And as far as I know, I don’t at all have any Coronavirus. It’s the Keto Diet. I recommend the Keto diet for those who are not diabetic and who have good kidneys and who can and will drink plenty of fluids every day, and who are willing to face the gossipers and all their unnecessary calumny and grave concern. I don’t know if that’s what the first concerned person meant to do, but… whatever the intention, that kind of thing doesn’t help. Not at all. And certainly the seemingly malicious group prejudice of an entire class of people is not good for the Sacrament of Confession.

Having said all that, know that there are plenty of great priests out there and that you can and must go to Confession. Look, even a terrible, bad and evil and even entirely faithless and atheist priest still gives a valid absolution. It’s Jesus who is at work in the working of the sacraments: ex opere operato and all that. That’s what you want, right?


Those who unnecessarily criticize priests are risking judgment upon themselves for all the people who would have gone to Confession but didn’t based on that unnecessary criticism.

Now, will I be attacked as if I didn’t say “unnecessary,” as if I said never to criticize any priests at all no matter what? Sigh. But, that’s fine. I signed up exactly for this, you know, the beatitudes and all that. I’m good with it, as long as people go to Confession more than ever. And what’s more to say, in this diocese we have great seminarians, and this is exactly what they also signed up for. Bring it on. We’re happy to face the unnecessary criticism for others.

This is not about pleasing others the frantic criticizers.

This is about bringing souls face to face with Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, the Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception, who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen.

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Coronavirus: Provision of Sacraments. How to be joyful, at peace, in mayhem. Update!


Apparently, the Diocese has forbidden the celebration of pretty much all the Sacraments except in the danger of death. Ha ha ha. I didn’t get that message until after the famous Monday, 30 March 2020, in my parish. Ha ha ha.

Late on Monday, there were four people in church:

  • Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
  • Yours truly
  • A young couple

What did we do, you ask?

  • Baptism
  • Confirmation
  • Mass with First Holy Communion
  • Their natural marriage then was transformed to a Sacramental Matrimony

Elsewhere, also on Monday, same day, before sunrise, down in the hospital, I did up these Sacraments:

  • Confession
  • Last Rites: Anointing

And all that was putting Holy Orders of the Priesthood of Jesus Christ into action.

So, enacting my priesthood with the provision of six other Sacraments. Not bad in this time of Coronavirus if I do say so ever so snarkily myself. ;-)

Looky here: An order from the Diocese not to provide the sacraments except in danger of death would not be given unless people were nervous that we are in a time of generalized danger of death, right? I don’t think the intention is to make it difficult to go to Confession. That, I think, is an exception. And anyway, I did all this before that particular directive was given. And anyway, I’m sure no one is wanting at all to suspend me a divinis or to excommunicate me. I’m not in trouble. Far from it. That’s not how things work in this diocese. This is the best diocese ever. We have a great Bishop and a great Vicar General. I have a great Vicar Forane. I’m ever so happy.

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I mean, you know:

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Actually, what I’m looking for before the “peak” of Coronavirus hits with mayhem, is to have people come to the parking lot – staying in their spaced-away-from-each-other vehicles – to give them an instruction on General Absolution (the Third Rite permitted by the Church in emergency situations) upon permission of the Bishop. The conditions to receive that absolution with integrity and honesty, avoiding sacrilege, are as follows:

  • Done with the permission of the Bishop
  • The candidates must have contrition for ALL of their sins
  • The candidates must have the intention to amend their lives so as not to sin again
  • The candidates must have the intention to go to individual Sacramental Confession with a priest as soon as this is possible if they survive

At this time, anyone at anytime can come over to the rectory and bang on the door and I will don my PPE provided for my work with the PD and hear the Confession in the driveway. Yes. Easy peasy. All with joy. Be at peace. Perhaps dance for joy.

Humourous UPDATE!

That was sent in by a reader…


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Coronavirus falling through the cracks: church fundraising or taking the hit?

oliver twist

Tons of emails coming in from some of the higher-ups about strategies for doing up alternatives to the usual passing of the hat, as it were, during church services, you know, appeals through email blasts, hard-copy letters, use of the phone-call prayer chains, etc.

This is ridiculous and, I think, wrong-headed. Not now. Not at this time. There are more important things, especially in a tiny parish (the smallest!), where there are some well-to-do parishioners who are, btw, sending something in of their own accord – but there are so very many who are dirt poor who are such good souls that they would literally send in the widow’s mite and then having nothing to eat after that. I ain’t gonna ask for that. No.

Instead, I think we should be more concerned that “Oliver” gets “More gruel, please.”

Look. We don’t know how long this is going to last or how bad it will get, or not. We just don’t know. Because of that, I don’t want to deplete peoples’ resources that they might need just to survive.

It’s not about church buildings. It’s not about being served. It’s about serving. Do we remember Jesus in all of this? He’s the One. He’s the only One.

Just to be clear: this is NOT an appeal for funds. This is about appealing to all to do up the principle of subsidiarity wherever you happen to be, namely, taking care of what and who you can take care of where you are in your house, in your neighborhood, in your parish and town. At the moment, this parish in the backsides of the beyonds on the far side of the peripheries is doing just fine. Think of those you can assist where you are this very day.


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Coronavirus’ Pharmacy Canary

coal mine canary resuscitation machine

From the In Box:

“I was speaking with one of your brother priests in New York City today and he asked me to share some very important news that could affect you.

“Father’s doctor prescribed him Losartan for high blood pressure. When he visited the pharmacist today to refill the prescription, she told him that they had none available: ‘Father, it may be months before we get Losartan, please call your doctor right now for an alternative.’ She also told him that many ARBs are on back order at this time.

“According to WebMD, Losartan (Cozaar) belongs to a group of drugs called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Losartan and other ARB drugs block the effect of angiotensin II, a chemical that narrows blood vessels. By doing so, they help widen blood vessels to allow blood to flow more easily, which lowers blood pressure.

“If you are taking blood pressure medicine, you may want to check with your doctor or local pharmacist to see about supply availability.”

Well, I don’t take Losartan, but I have a question mark about the availability of another that I take for HBP, but – HEY! – because of the Keto diet, having now lost 60 pounds and the BP down, I may be able to just drop any BP meds altogether. Yay. But, let’s pray for those who are running out of meds because of the big pharmaceutical companies having so much of our meds manufactured in China.

Just a note on that China bit: as I’m told, these USA do all the research and development; China merely does the busy-work of manufacturing the meds. We can take that back in a nanosecond… and we are. I mean, that’s fair, right, after China threatened to cut us off? Yes, that’s totally right and just, dignum et iustum est. ;-)

We’re learning a lot from these Coronavirus exercises. And whatever your cynicism is about the Coronavirus (that will wear off, soon), the benefits are many regarding learning about our state of preparedness or lack thereof. In a fallen state, humanity is simply not capable of sustaining a perfect liberté, égalité, fraternité. I’m so happy to be an American.


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Coronavirus for cynics


Excuse the language. It doesn’t bother me. Also, this is a week old. But it’s good on the process of the sickness. 10M views in a week… He appropriately throws a much needed guilt trip on narcissistic Spring Breakers. I would add Cruise Line clients.


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Coronavirus advice for criminals


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Coronavirus humor & Law Enforcement


Sister is far too kind. When I was a kid, rulers had metal edges so as to permit super-straight lines, perfection and otherwise striving for excellence being the norm. Imagine that: the norm, what is expected, what is elicited, what is produced.

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Coronavirus quarantine road blocks, checkpoints, thinly veiled threats: part 1

coronavirus cherohala skyway closure

I am impressed. The cement barrier on the left is resting on a vertical cement wall holding up the road. The mountain at that point is impossibly steep, not able to be traversed. The barrier on the right also makes it impossible for motorcycles, ATVs, etc. No one in or out.

A bit too enthusiastic up in Graham County, the entirety of which lies in my parish, which also comprises half of Cherokee County and half of Macon County. Graham, jumping the gun, went a bit too far, and the County was forced to remove the impossibility factor of the barrier in favor of emergency vehicles being able to pass by.

In lieu of such extremes, we have such as this at the Topton entrance to Graham County, which only has something like four roads in and out of the entire county:


This setup is quite well thought out. There are warning signs, cones, plank-stands, plastic barriers, concrete barriers, a tent with table and chairs for nasty weather conditions. And for personnel, we have three:

  • One deputy in a slime-green vest who checks ID
  • Two deputies to provide security for the interface officer, as well as enforcement, and, I’m sure transportation of rebellious sovereign citizens, anti-government militia members, et alii.

I had to have a chat with our Vicar Forane in Bryson City yesterday, before the Governor’s lock-down of the entire state of North Carolina went into effect at 5:00 PM. I got to talking with the checkpoint crowd to and fro. Very friendly. The identical set-up is to be found at the Swain-Graham border up on Highway 28.

On my way back, I stopped at the tax assessors office at the courthouse in Robbinsville, County Seat of Graham County, and got me a Green Card, so to speak, a non-resident pass to enter Graham County (where our mission church lies) even though the rectory is in Cherokee County. I wonder if I’ll have to do the same for Clay and Macon Counties. I want to be able to pass freely throughout the region in order to do up the Last Rites for my parishioners and those of surrounding parishes when their priests, for whatever reason, are not able to respond to calls. Here’s the placard to be placed visibly up front of the vehicle:


I’m compliant. Some think that’s a good idea. Some think it’s downright anti-American. Whatever you think, it’s good for me in that I’m interested in doing the priest-thing, providing the sacraments to those whom I am able to reach. Clever as a snake and – hopefully – as innocent as a dove. (I’ll have to work on the latter with Jesus!)

There are, apparently – rumors being what they are – some who are saying with, um, a bit of an edge to it, that they are sick and tired, just really, really fed up with any restriction whatsoever in favor of public safety. “IT’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL!”

Here’s the deal: Law Enforcement is at risk enough without people ramping it up. If someone attacks Law Enforcement, you gotta know that pretty much all LEOs in a region are gonna hunt the knucklehead down, rightly so. At that point, it’s no longer about discussion of policy. It’s about whether one guy can take out all Law Enforcement of a region. Hint: It can’t be done.

And if Militias ramp it up, that’s when the full force of the National Guard will come into play. Thinking of smacking down Law Enforcement? Ain’t gonna happen. Don’t do it.


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Coronavirus: How many will die?

In these USA, say, about 61,000 die of influenza annually. Stats change by the minute, but as of this writing, deaths divided by numbers of cases just for the Coronavirus gives us a 1.75% mortality rate, a bit of a jump regardless of more testing. That’s 17.5 times the mortality rate of the average influenza, which stands at 0.1%. [[ Oops! Looks like I got that decimal point wrong. ]] It’s different in every country. The rate jumped down after testing to about 1.1 to 1.4. That will jump up a little as more cases tested can also mean more deaths, hyperbolically so.

The contagion rate as gleaned from different sources, also continuously fluctuating, stands at about just 2 more infections for each person who already has it. With social distancing etc the numbers can go down. Most could otherwise get it, that is – another variable – until herd immunity is reached or most get an innoculation. Timing on that is a game changer.

So, how many will die? God only knows. And, speaking of God, going to your inner room to pray, figuratively and literally, where Our Heavenly Father sees in secret, will bring you rewards on all levels and in every way.


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Coranavirus: We have all been exposed – by Lisa Cherry


– March 25,2020 by Lisa Cherry, Frontline Family Ministries

Expose our junk, Lord, lay it bare before You.
We’ve all been exposed.
Not necessarily to the virus.
(maybe…who even knows)
We’ve all been exposed BY the virus.

Corona is exposing us.
Exposing our weak sides.
Exposing our dark sides.
Exposing what normally lays far beneath the surface of our souls,
hidden by the invisible masks we wear.
Now exposed by the paper masks we can’t hide far enough behind.

Corona is exposing our addiction of comfort.
Our obsession with control.
Our compulsion to hoard.
Our protection of self.

Corona is peeling back our layers.
Tearing down our walls.
Revealing our illusions.
Leveling our best-laid plans.

Corona is exposing the gods we worship:
Our health
Our hurry
Our sense of security.
Our favorite lies
Our secret lusts
Our misplaced trust.

Corona is calling everything into question:
What is the church without a building?
What is my worth without an income?
How do we plan without certainty?
How do we love despite risk?

Corona is exposing me.
My mindless numbing
My endless scrolling
My careless words
My fragile nerves.

We’ve all been exposed.
Our junk laid bare.
Our fears made known.
The band-aid torn.
The masquerade done.

So what now? What’s left?
Clean hands
Clear eyes
Tender hearts.

What Corona reveals, God can heal.
Come Lord Jesus.
Have mercy on us.


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Coronavirus: 27 March Pope Francis Plenary Indulgence Urbi et Orbi Blessing

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The Pope announced that on the following Friday, 27 March, he will preside over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church. “I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication”, he said.

Church grants special indulgence to coronavirus patients and caregivers

The ceremony will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live through the various forms of communication. The blessing “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” is normally only given on Christmas and Easter.

The Director of the Holy See Press Office confirmed that the moment of prayer on Friday will be broadcast live from the Vatican, beginning at 6 pm Rome time.

  • [[ 6:00 PM Rome time
  • 1:00 PM USA Eastern Time (taking Daylight Savings Time into account)
  • 12:00 Noon USA Central Time (taking Daylight Savings Time into account)
  • 11:00 AM USA Mountain Time (taking Daylight Savings Time into account)
  • 10:00 AM USA Pacific Time (taking Daylight Savings Time into account) ]]

[The Director] noted that the plenary indulgence attached to the Urbi et orbi blessing is subject to the conditions foreseen by the recent Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary [included immediately below]:

Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the granting of special Indulgences to the faithful in the current pandemic, 20.03.2020

The gift of special Indulgences is granted to the faithful suffering from COVID-19 disease, commonly known as Coronavirus, as well as to health care workers, family members and all those who in any capacity, including through prayer, care for them.

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Rom 12: 12). The words written by Saint Paul to the Church of Rome resonate throughout the entire history of the Church and guide the judgment of the faithful in the face of all suffering, sickness and calamity.

The present moment in which the whole of humanity, threatened by an invisible and insidious disease, which for some time now has become part of all our lives, is marked day after day by anguished fears, new uncertainties and above all widespread physical and moral suffering.

The Church, following the example of her Divine Master, has always had the care of the sick at heart. As Saint John Paul II points out, the value of human suffering is twofold: “It is supernatural because it is rooted in the divine mystery of the Redemption of the world, and it is likewise deeply human, because in it the person discovers himself, his own humanity, his own dignity, his own mission” (Apostolic Letter Salvifici Doloris, 31).

Pope Francis, too, in these recent days, has shown his paternal closeness and renewed his invitation to pray incessantly for those who are sick with the Coronavirus.

So that all those who suffer because of COVID-19, precisely in the mystery of this suffering, may rediscover “the same redemptive suffering of Christ” (ibid., 30), this Apostolic Penitentiary, ex auctoritate Summi Pontificis, trusting in the word of Christ the Lord and considering with a spirit of faith the epidemic currently underway, to be lived in a spirit of personal conversion, grants the gift of Indulgences in accordance with the following disposition.

The Plenary Indulgence is granted to the faithful suffering from Coronavirus, who are subject to quarantine by order of the health authority in hospitals or in their own homes if, with a spirit detached from any sin, they unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion, or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the will to fulfil the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the Holy Father’s intentions), as soon as possible.
[[ NOTA BENE: “…the will to fulfil”… In other words, if you cannot fulfill these conditions in person, you get the indulgence anyway. Note that the will to fulfill isn’t just about a vague desire for, say, sacramental confession, but rather about a real intention to go to sacramental confession as soon as possible, that is, if and when that is possible. ]]

Health care workers, family members and all those who, following the example of the Good Samaritan, exposing themselves to the risk of contagion, care for the sick of Coronavirus according to the words of the divine Redeemer: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15: 13), will obtain the same gift of the Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions.

This Apostolic Penitentiary also willingly grants a Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions on the occasion of the current world epidemic, also to those faithful who offer a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharistic adoration, or reading the Holy Scriptures for at least half an hour, or the recitation of the Holy Rosary, or the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross, or the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, to implore from Almighty God the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to Himself.
[[ NOTA BENE: There are also dispensations from normal conditions in the above. For instance, this just says, for instance, recitation of the rosary, while normally the condition for the plenary indulgence for the recitation of the rosary is that this be done with others or in front of the Blessed Sacrament. But we are living in social distancing times, right? Yes. ]]

The Church prays for those who find themselves unable to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and of the Viaticum, entrusting each and every one to divine Mercy by virtue of the communion of saints and granting the faithful a Plenary Indulgence on the point of death, provided that they are duly disposed and have recited a few prayers during their lifetime (in this case the Church makes up for the three usual conditions required). For the attainment of this indulgence the use of the crucifix or the cross is recommended (cf. Enchiridion indulgentiarum, no.12).

May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and of the Church, Health of the Sick and Help of Christians, our Advocate, help suffering humanity, saving us from the evil of this pandemic and obtaining for us every good necessary for our salvation and sanctification.

The present Decree is valid notwithstanding any provision to the contrary.

Given in Rome, from the seat of the Apostolic Penitentiary, on 19 March 2020.
Mauro Cardinal Piacenza
Major Penitentiary — Krzysztof Nykiel, Regent


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Coronavirus and church attendance: from Cartersville GA to you…


So, here’s the real story of the Coronavirus church in Cartersville GA. As of yesterday 25 March, a second church member died after coronavirus diagnosis, with five others testing positive. That’s seven total. I bet the higher number reported earlier was simply about the numbers of members told to self-quarantine because a definitive diagnosis could not be given until the tests went to State and then to the Federal CDC in Atlanta to be confirmed.

That church service – choir – was on March 1. That’s quite sad. Just one event. At church. Seven deathly sick, two of whom have now died.

People say that the latest guy to die was elderly and had underlying conditions, so, like, big deal. Well… Um… I happen to think that the elderly with underlying conditions are also precious in the eyes of the Lord. My parish is largely constituted of elderly parishioners with underlying health conditions.

Should I bait the elderly with underlying health conditions into church to kill them off just to please those who say that one can’t be a real believer unless one tests God, mocks God? God gave us faith, yes. But God also gave us reason. Yes, really, reason, from God. Reason is also God’s gift and God expects us to use reason as well as faith. Fideism is a heresy which rejects reason, but when one self-righteously bullies others from high-ground of “faith”, oooh!, one is king of the mountain and “right” even while people die because of that bullying. And that’s the point. It’s all about raw power devoid of justice, devoid of mercy.

Let’s be graphic about my F-E-E-L-I-N-G-S: If anyone dies anywhere because of going to church during a lockdown just because some ever so self-congratulatedly “pious” anti-Catholic bully-mocker on the internet says that those who are vulnerable persons must test God so as to prove that they are good Christians, good Catholics, by breaking the law to gather in large groups, well, I’d like to stick the faces of those anti-Catholics into the rotted corpses of those they baited to be imprudent right unto death.

I bet that these same idiots will change their tune if and when they get sick and perhaps some of them die off. Will they still be saying that pretty much all priests in the world are damned because of not baiting their elderly with compromised health into large groups of people? What is the matter with them? Perhaps they will play the martyr and say everyone else should be the martyr by testing and mocking God. This is a kind of suicide mentality, like a cult, like Jonestown. But people are still drinking the Kool-Aid of Jonestown now 42 years later.

Oh… I think I might know the rest of the story…

As I find out, there are among the mockers of the Coronavirus – the it’s-no-big-deal crowd – those who are quietly taking hydroxycloroquine and a Zithromax Z-Pak as a continuous prophylactic even though they have no symptoms, didn’t have symptoms, were not tested, have no reason to be tested, and who at the same time are trying to force those who are prudent to knock-it-off with the prudence as a cover for what they are really doing behind the scenes. Just. Wow. And now there are shortages of that drug for those whose lives it could save. Get it? “There’s no such thing as Coronavirus” they say, so that they can stockpile more for themselves. Just. Wow.


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Coronavirus trying something new: baking raisin nut loaf. Yum!


Even during the Coronavirus 15 Day Presidential Social Distancing Program, I’ve only had some minutes of extra time at home. I’m guessing that I’ve been successful at keeping my mission-of-mercy mileage down to somewhere less than 3,500 miles in the last ten days or so. Today I haven’t gone anywhere outside of the supermarket to get some flour. Super-expensive as the only thing left was organic. Fine.

It’s important when having an extra few minutes at home to do stuff. I know I should be writing something on Genesis, but I found two other things with which to put that off for at least a few more hours.

  • Yard work. The neighbor donated his rubbish twigs and branches to me for filling up the huge holes that Shadow-dog has been wearing into the ground on his rounds. It’s not digging, mind you. Just his wearing out the ground. He’s got energy. So I threw those in the Shadow-dog pits and then got my branch-cutter and went to work first on the Jasmine, ripping it all off the interior fence to make room for new growth, and then off cut off all branches higher than three feet off a bush-tree that grows some ten to fifteen feet every year, threatening the car-port. I threw all that into the Shadow-dog pits as well. Ha!
  • Baking. I haven’t done this in – like – forever. Result: really, really good. I had two full slices, which is 75% more than my Keto diet allow for in carbs. But I figured if lots of other things were fatty and I did up all that exercise above, and then more, I might just continue in the Keto. We shall see tomorrow morning.

That’s a 9″x5″ bread pan. The cooling rack is actually from inside the toaster oven. The space between the wires is exactly 0.75″. That will give me 12 slices at 0.75″ thick. Perfect. And that’s what the recipe calls for, giving the nutrition info for each slice:

  • 273 calories
  • 11.8 g total fat
  • 39.3 g carbohydrates
  • 4.9 g protein

Half of each slice, the amount intend to eat each morning toasted in the toaster over and then adding an ounce of butter – Mmmmm! – comes to:

  • 136.5 calories
  • 5.9 g total fat
  • 19.9 g carbohydrates
  • 2.45 g protein


Ingredients and measurements. I’ve seen this recipe on any number of sites. No copyright infringement intended. If it’s truly yours and you want we to take it down, drop a comment. This site doesn’t garner anything from this…:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1.3 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup raisins


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Lightly grease 9×5″ loaf pan
  • In large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon
  • In a separate bowl, beat together egg, applesauce and butter
  • Stir applesauce mixture into flour mixture just until combined
  • Fold in walnuts and raisins
  • Pour batter into prepared loaf pan
  • Bake in preheated oven 45 minutes, until a toothpick in center comes out clean
  • Allow to cool before slicing


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Coronavirus “Last Meal”, or not!


So, a little while back, a neighboring priest who is hosting a seminarian for the Diocese since the Seminary in Columbus closed down, invited me over for a “last meal” so to speak, before any more stringent quarantines are put into place, like road blocks, some of which, in our area, are truly draconian.

As you can see, the meal was Keto friendly. I ate about a zillion calories and still lost weight. Keto is amazing. I’ve now lost 58 pounds.

What I don’t want to do is get the Coronavirus. Talk about losing plenty of weight! Fever, stomach cramps, etc. I. Don’t. Want. To. Go. Through. That.

I wear my N-95 mask, like this morning. I was out at 4:30 AM helping finish off a night shift with our great law enforcement. I have plenty of energy after that great meal.

In other words: take care of yourselves, making sure you’re getting enough to eat.

Today, this very day, I’m going to do up a not-so-Keto-friendly loaf of nut-raison-bread. Homemade. I haven’t even attempted to do this kind of thing in years. This is not machine bread. This is oven bread.

More on this later, if there is any success, but just to say, a half-slice of a 3/4″ thick slice is still Keto friendly:

  • 136.5 calories
  • 5.9 g total fat
  • 19.9 g carbohydrates
  • 2.45 g protein

But I need a bag of all purpose flour. I don’t think there is any in the stores at all.

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Coronavirus: Pope Francis asks for Lord’s Prayer at Noon 25 March 2020


Do it then, for sure. But do it right now just in case you forget and let it go.

But just make sure you pay attention to the words, especially – as our Lord Himself emphasized in His instruction – to the part about forgiving others so that we might be forgiven.


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Coronavirus humor gone malicious

The above humor? Great!

But then there’s the guy who was purposely coughing on food, then saying he’s tested positive for the Coronavirus (regardless of whether it’s true or not). That guy is up on terrorist charges and is set to go before a judge.

Meanwhile, two, say, 19-21 year old guys were in the supermarket the other day. I was going into the store just behind them and surmised (sorry for the profiling of behavior) that they were up to no good. About 15 minutes later I’m in the dairy section of the store trying to buy groceries for some of our elderly and health compromised parishioners. I was busy looking at the food prices, having stupidly let my situational awareness go down, and these guys walk up quietly behind me and loudly sneeze. When I turn to face them, they are laughing away. Hahaha. Very clever. I just looked at them, bored with such antics. It’s not easy to get me worked up over such stupidities. But we will see what happens with me in the next few days.

These are the kind of idiots, it seems to me, who will be carriers, and then spread the virus to, say, their vulnerable grandparents, who might get sick and die. Entitled narcissistic brats. That’s my “No” vote for that kind of non-humor.

Oh, and by the way… Yes, my sister had a Schnauzer like the one pictured above when I was a little, little kid. This was sent in by a reader who didn’t know that. Nice coincidence. I like that. Our Schnauzer was named Patsy. Good to see good humor.

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Sacred Heart to St Margaret analogy for Coronavirus times



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Coronavirus Pangolins? Nope

In February 2020, university researchers in China employing genomic sequencing found a 99% match between a coronavirus found in pangolins and SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. Though a 99% similarity is not necessarily enough to link them, a subsequent whole-genome comparison found that the pangolin and human viruses in fact share only 90.3% of their RNA, thus ruling out the animals as a direct source. The initial speculation about pangolins being the origin of the virus may have led to mass slaughters, similar to what happened to civets during the SARS outbreak. — Wikipedia

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Coronavirus humor and our weakness

coronavirus humor conversation with God




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Coronavirus: Cherokee Nation Easter Band Qualla Boundary sealed off

Roads entering and exiting the Qualla Boundary will be closed, except for travel to provide critical services. Entrance will be limited to essential services.

Access to the Qualla Boundary will be limited to three points:

Highway 441 at Casino Trail Junction
Highway 19 South at Birdtown
Highway 19 North at Soco

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