Thanksgiving AD MMXIV

That’s right, Bing my man, I have plenty to be thankful for as well this year of Our Lord 2014! Here are some of them in no particular order:

  1. As I was at Holy Mass this morning, I was reminded (as he sat behind me) on being grateful for my friend, The Major, for inviting me to his house some 9-10 years ago to walk me through the Mass. I learned much from that discussion.  I value our friendship to this day very highly.
  2. I am thankful for gainful employment.  Said employment provided the necessary benefits for Pinger’s surgeries this year (which would have easily bankrupted us had I not had it). Plus it also provides our temporal needs just nicely.
  3. Once again, I thank all of the doctors and nurses at Cardinal Glennon for taking such good care of Pinger.  It’s almost bittersweet that we do not have to be there anymore (barring any emergencies) because the care and relationships were so good.  Because of them, he can sit on my lap as I write this post.
  4. Related to #3…I am very grateful for all y’all for your prayers for these surgeries and subsequent life-threatening complications.  It is very clear that they were answered!
  5. Cardinal Burke…what else can I say here.  May his intra-Church continued purification bring us saintly examples and for him, a very high place in heaven.  I thank him for the four new priests he brought to us in August.
  6. My mom and dad for choosing life.
  7. For my wife’s FLAGRANT disobedience once again.  I order her, under holy obedience, to make turkey hotdogs for Thanksgiving dinner to keep things on the simple and cheap. She ignores.  Tsk tsk tsk…
  8. Our beloved clergy.  Two were re-assigned domestically and we have two new to us, including a newly ordained!
  9. For these guys to keep me from being too selfish


    My offspring

  10. Many thanks to my wife who puts up with me and who manages the day-to-day ops of our busy household.  I got a taste of her job when she was away with Pinger at the hospital.  I do not want it.  My job of a corporate perpetual crisis manager is a cake walk compared to managing the home.


I’d like to close with a clip from St Louis Catholic’s post last year on Gratitude, revolving around his reflections a sermon from Canon Wiener. I love the prayer from St. Francis de Sales at the end…

Which leads me to Canon Wiener’s sermon.  The topic was Gratitude.  It struck me that gratitude provides the glue, the reason, the motivation we need at this time.

I think it is in being actively grateful to God that we can best steer through the current doldrums and do His will.  It is in being grateful that we will find the daily joy of our duties.  We have been given so much.  It is pride to look to outsmart the daily grind.  We must be patient, and wait on the Lord.

Though problems obviously remain, it is undeniable that access to the Mass has increased around the world, especially in this country.  In St. Louis, there are at least three places where the Mass is celebrated in the ancient rite every single day.  And if you are so blessed as to have St. Francis de Sales Oratory, so ably manned by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, how can you not be grateful?

The best way to secure future blessings is to be grateful for those that God has already given us.

St. Francis de Sales says it well, as usual.  I leave you with this prayer because this great saint speaks to us, right now, on how to handle all of this.  In gratitude we can find peace and joy:

The Prayer of St. Francis DeSales For Complete Trust in God

Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life with fear. Rather, look to them with full confidence as they arise. God has guided you thus far in life. If you hold fast to God’s hand, you will be led safely through all trials. Whenever you cannot stand, God will carry you lovingly in his arms.

Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. The same eternal father who takes care of you today will take care of you tomorrow, and every day of your life. Either God will shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.

Be at peace then, and put aside all useless thoughts, all vain dreads and all anxious imaginations. Amen.

May each of you have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

In Christo Rege,


TONIGHT – Tuesday at 5:00PM- Mass for Peace at Cathedral Basilica

This is from the Archdiocese’s Facebook site:

In response to the violence in our community last night, Archbishop Robert Carlson will celebrate another Mass for Peace and Justice at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis this evening at 5:00pm. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Mass will be live streamed at

Let’s pray that some tranquility comes to all of this mess.  I have to regularly drive through the South Grand (now) damaged area for some charity work and I don’t want to have to stop because of the rebel-rousers.

I have got to add this to my exercise routine

So, I am trying to keep some routine of running this fall and winter so I may have a good chance at completing half-marathons* next year in the 2:10-2:15 range. Which means I’ll have to be able to run the whole thing without much, if any, walking. But I’ve recently been more reluctant to hit it as much with the cold weather. Yeah, I know, call the waaaaaahmbulance.

Anyway, the good doctor sent a short version this classic to me last week. When I grew up, like back in the 70s, I remember that my mom had this diddy on a 45rpm record album and it had been suppressed in my memory over the decades since.

Not any more!

Who needs P90X, CrossFit, or even Richard Simmons when you can have Robert Preston and Chicken Fat!

Lyrics here: Look for the School Version to follow along with the song.

Certainly this will help propel my fitness to the….next….level.

Sub-2:00 half-marathons, here I come!

Next year...this photo will be BLURRY!  ZOOOOOM!! :)

ZOOM!  Next year…this photo will be BLURRY because I’ll be at LUDICROUS SPEED!!   Thanks, Chicken Fat!!  Photo courtesy of the St Louis Life Runners Facebook Page

The doctor made one further comment that this here song is why we won the Cold War. I’m sure because it came out before the advent of political correctness!  I’m sure there is no fitness song these days that would say, “Nuts to the flabby guys,” or “All right girls, you’re in this too.”

To your good health!

* The races I’m considering are the Indy Half Marathon, a rerun of the Hero Run and / or the Vitae Foundation Pro-life Half Marathon next fall in Jefferson City.

Repost & note on >> Total Consecration to Our Lady as an Advent Resolution

NOTE: I received the first installment of this devotion this morning and it is a lighter version than what I was expecting.  Although the prayers are the same (Veni Creator, Ave Maris Stella, etc.), it does not contain the gospel, Imitation of Christ or other readings as my version from the iPieta or from this version from the St. Benedict Center. I’m not an expert on this devotion, so maybe there are varying ‘rubrics’ on it. So I’ll refrain from any further commentary.


I wanted to pass this resource along to my dear readers.

Over at, they are running a service to provide the 33-day consecration to Mary in a handy email-per-day manner to assist you in making the consecration.

I’ve signed up and it starts tomorrow, Sat Nov 22nd and ends on Christmas Day.  Won’t you join me and their goal of 10,000 others?!

Watch the video below and if you want to join, you can go to his sister site,

Total Consecration to Our Lady as an Advent Resolution

I wanted to pass this resource along to my dear readers.

Over at, they are running a service to provide the 33-day consecration to Mary in a handy email-per-day manner to assist you in making the consecration.

I’ve signed up and it starts tomorrow, Sat Nov 22nd and ends on Christmas Day.  Won’t you join me and their goal of 10,000 others?!

Watch the video below and if you want to join, you can go to his sister site,

Five Wounds Centennial TLM photos


This is from last week where our dear former vicar, Canon Ueda now serves
Holy Mother Church.

Brick by brick…

Originally posted on :


Photos from the Oratory of the Immaculate Heart at Five Wounds Centennial Sung High Mass in the Extraordinary Form last November 15, 2014, can now be viewed by clicking on the picture. It was also the very first time that the Pastor, Rev. António A. Silveira, celebrated the Traditional Latin Mass. Kudos to Fr. Silveria for pulling it off!

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A Special Appeal via Special Guest Post

Hello everyone!  Today, I am pleased to present a special guest post from my dear bride.  Please read it and pass it on to your friends and family if you are able to help.

Without any further ado…


Looking for a way to give or pay it forward this holiday season?

Hi there, I am The Wife, a.k.a. Mama Bear, a.k.a. Jenny. I wanted to write this guest post on Marc’s blog to help get the word out about some very important things going on for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center here in St. Louis, Missouri. This is the hospital that Pinger/The Deductible Slayer was at for all of his heart related surgeries, procedures and subsequent complications.

Right now, volunteers are in the process of gathering toiletry and snack food items for the families at Cardinal Glennon who stay with their children at bedside 24/7. Speaking as someone who really benefited from this endeavor this past year while I stayed for a total of about a month and a half with Pinger/The Deductible Slayer, this is a wonderful project and one that will touch many people in very positive ways.

My experience was having my baby at 4-8 weeks old, 4 months old and 10 months old, going through some major heart procedures, surgeries and life-threatening complications. As a Mom, I did not want to leave my baby’s side for a minute. I rarely did. I would leave to shower, get food (they don’t allow room service in the PICU), and talk with my family. (I didn’t want to wake a resting baby or interfere with the medical professionals.) Therefore, heading out to grab toiletry items and food was the last thing on my list of things “to do.”

The Glennon Ambassador’s program (a group of volunteers who are grateful families giving back to the hospital) offered donated food and snack items for FREE and their coordinator came room to room! The toiletry bag donation is a new program that is “rolling out” January 1st, 2015 and it’s going to do a lot of good for the families at the hospital.

I was one of the more fortunate Mom’s who lived close by and my husband could come from time to time to drop off anything I might be needing. Many families come from all over the country and some have even traveled internationally to receive care at this hospital. Let’s be honest too, cafeteria food can get expensive as well as toiletry items purchased in the gift shop.

Knowing all of this, I am happy and proud to be giving back in this way, or rather paying it forward, to the families that are there at the hospital going through some pretty rough stuff. Won’t you join me?

Here are the items that are being collected:

Food items:

Fun size chocolate
Protein bars
Individual packs peanuts/cashews/almonds
Nature Valley Granola bars
Assorted chips (pretzels, Doritos, Fritos)
Baked chips (Doritos, Lays, Sun Chips, Cheetos)
Individual beef jerky sticks
Individual packs: Reg. and sour Skittles, Swedish Fish, Licorice
Individual packs: Nutty Bars
Individual packs: Oreo cookies
Original Rice Krispy Treats
Individual packs: Peanut Butter
Canned Soda (Coke – reg and diet; Pepsi – reg and diet; Mountain Dew – reg and diet; Dr. Pepper – reg and diet)
Canned (not bottled) water
Pop Tarts
Mini-muffins (blueberry and chocolate)
Life saver mints and/or gum

Toiletry items (all trial/travel sized):
Soaps/body washes,

Finally, I’m making these bags that the toiletry items are going in along with my children and some friends who sew. The bags are very simple: a drawstring bag made with basic fabric (purple in color), and ribbon (also purple). If you have a stash of fabric, I’m putting out a plea for purple! For one bag, I need 18 x 22 inches or a “fat quarter” of fabric and 25 inches of ribbon. Fabric store gift cards would be welcome as well.

Please let us know if and how you can help. Also, feel free to pass this along to anyone you may know who would like to help! For those of you not in the St. Louis area, donations can be sent to us or the Foundation Office:

Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation
3800 Park Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63110

Thanks so much for your consideration, your prayers for our family and especially Pinger/TDS! We’ve had quite a year and the future looks bright. May you all have a blessed Thanksgiving, a joyous Advent and a Merry Christmas.

In the Infant King,

The Wife/Mama Bear/Jenny :)

Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center website:
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