We can start the one month countdown now! In one month we'll be in the midst of orientation. It's hard to believe.
"Lifestyles of the Strange and Holy:" An illustrious saint had a feast day a few days ago, on the 17th. A few of us on this blog learned his interesting story whilst in Rome. On his wedding night he told his bride that he was leaving to be a hermit, and went to the desert. Strange timing...it must be a medieval thing. But when he got too famous he came back home disguised as a beggar and lived under the stairs in his house for years and years incognito (Harry Potter inspiration, perhaps?), before he died. His family did not recognize him until after he was dead. Dr. O'Donnell is right, Catholics are weird. Oh well. St. Alexius, pray for us.
Work has been great lately. I've been able to get a jumping lesson about every week, as a sort of fringe benefit. And, one of the girls who has an incredible, athletic mare took a long vacation, so I've been able to ride her whenever I have time. It is rare to have the opportunity to to train with such a nice horse for so long. The girls just finished their last show, so the riding theme now is go back to basics and get rid of any bad habits that crept in during competative training. In other words, we'll be jumping without stirrups for about a month. I don't mind though. While jumping with stirrups gives the illusion of being carried by the wind, jumping without is like being in the middle of a surging wave.
I read Bush's statements about embryonic stem cell research today. God bless the man; he hasn't won many supporters on this one, yet he is standing firm. Oh, but the bill was supported by Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, a pro-death Republican who was owes his election to the endorsement by the Catholic Rick Santorum, the same Santorum who spoke at Christendom's graduation a few years ago and encouraged students to bring their faith to the world or something. Christendom should take back its honorary degree. Anyways, it is incredible how the media thorougly masks the scientific facts of the situation, like the fact that all the successes acheived by stem cell research were from non-embryonic stem cells, even in countries without legal restrictions.
I read another medically-related article two days ago in our paper. A boy named Starchild Abraham Cherrix from Virginia was diagnosed with Hodgkins disease. He had chemo treatment and it went on remission, but it has returned. This teen has decided to try a natural treatment this time, and a social worker turned his parents in to the authorities for negligence. The parents face losing custody of their own son because they have decided to forego traditional medicine. (More here: http://www.wtop.com/?nid=25&sid=844640) Scary. The totalitarians in this country just get more and more brazen, and the medical field gets more and more corrupt.
Speaking of a corrupt medical field, I also read that Dr. Kavorkian's health is failing, and he probably won't live long. It would be good if we could offer up some sacrifices for his conversion. He is having some regrets about what he did, but I'm sure Satan is working hard to keep him defiant to the last. Please keep him in prayer; his would be a wonderful conversion.