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CMO19: 042521 A HIGHER CALLING?

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  Hello Friends, A Higher Calling Do you ever take a moment through any part of each new day that you are blessed with and for that moment think about God? I do. Many times. In that moment, what is it that I am thinking about? I am always thinking about all three persons of the Blessed Trinity worshipping and bowing before their enormous majesty, glory, beauty, truth, goodness, love, and mercy. I marvel at the idea that the Father Creater thought about and knew me long before I came into existence. I fall to the ground on bended knee in the face of such power. I then think about sin and my sinful nature and how that sin often times separates me from the grace of this marvelous God. I hate sin. I hate my sins. I become angry with myself each and every time I commit the very sin that I only just recently confessed in the sacrament of reconciliation.  My heart, mind, and soul are both grieved and tortured because it is a sin I no longer wish to commit, and yet, there am I, throwing myself

CMO18: 041921 SUNDAY MADNESS

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  Hello Friends, Please note, I originally began writing this blog on April 17, 2021. However, due to other pressing needs, I was not able to complete this entry until today. -- A few days have passed since receiving my first Covid-19 vaccination. With the exception of Friday when I experienced a slight pain around the injection site, I have not experienced any complications or side effects. I pray that will be my experience on May 5th, when I receive my second vaccination. I uploaded  episode 8  of Coffee Break with Carlos Michael  to the Coffee Break   YouTube Channel . Two years in the making and the show is still a work in progress.  I remain grateful to the Lord and to those  Coffee Breakers  who continue to support the show by watching. I just wish a way could be found to increase our viewership. Any suggestions or recommendations would be welcomed. Sunday Madness We had a bit of a scare on Sunday. On my return from 8:00 Mass, Mr. Man mentioned to me that he thought perhaps he ha

CMO17: 041221 TOO MUCH THINKING?

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  Hello Friends, How did I spend my Sunday? I attended Mass at St. Thomas More in Tulsa. It was Divine Mercy Sunday,  a major feast day in the Church that was instituted by the late Pope St. John Paul II  in accordance with a request made by Christ Himself, who is reported to have appeared to a simple nun,  St. Faustina Kowalska,  in Poland prior to the outbreak of World War II. According to Faustina's diaries, this  feast day  is to take place on the second Sunday following Easter  and is to be known as Divine Mercy Sunday. On the way home I stopped at Daylight Donuts  and ordered three maple bars and five sausage roles for Mr. Man, myself, and Matthew. Sunday is the only day I allow myself to enjoy sweets. I spent the rest of Sunday in front of the television set watching two Avenger and Ant Man/Wasp movies. One I watched alone, two with my son, Matthew. That was followed by two westerns  that I watched with Mr. Man. Random Thinking I heard someone mention recently how they wish

CMO16: 040521 "THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!"

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  Hello Friends! I pray that you experienced a joyful and meaningful Lent and Easter Sunday. I hope your journey across the desert during your 40 days of Lent brought you to a closer, deeper, more meaningful relationship with the Lord. I am embarrassed to admit that my season of Lent was less than what I had hoped it would be but have only myself to blame. I, through the grace of Christ do not intend to make that mistake in 2022. God must always come first. I heard or read somewhere that if what you are doing ( e.g., Lenten sacrifices ) is not bringing you into a much deeper and profound relationship with Christ then maybe you should not be doing it -- until it does. I could not agree more. As a rule, I do my best during the 40 days of Lent to watch all of my favorite Easter movies such as The Ten Commandments, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Risen, Son of God, Ben Hur, The Robe, King of Kings, etc.  However, this year I only watched two: The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), starring Max

CMO15: 040221 WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE?

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  Today is Good Friday.   I suppose I should focus my thoughts on the events that took place on this day over 2,000 years ago when Jesus died on the cross rather than on myself. I can show my gratitude by not being angry with and forgiving the persons that I am, to say the least, frustrated with at the moment. Not to mention the fact that five years have passed since I last worked, earned a paycheck or had the ability to pay my bills. FIVE YEARS! When I consider what I have accomplished since moving to Oklahoma in contrast to where I was before moving to Oklahoma and where I am today, I am not certain that maybe I should have stayed in California. "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?"  (Mark 8:36 NIV). I suppose I would most likely be in the same boat (there) that I am (here). Pax!