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About me

My name is Jonathan Craft. I have what they call cerebral palsy. Which really means that they don’t know how much of my disease will progress and there really is not that much out there on how to treat an adult with my handicap. So already I have over proceeded my life expectancy. And I have come to realize my days may be numbered. I have tried to make the best of my life. I think I know a lot about everything, but the truth is I just know a little bit about a bunch of stuff which sometimes can be a little dangerous. I have a college degree in organizational leadership and an associates degree in social work. I now have a problem getting a job because my handicap is so involved that I need some adaptations to even apply for a job. And I am having trouble with that, because the stuff( the technology) isn’t where I need it to be so that I could be successful at any job. So I am stuck in the waiting game. So that’s where this is what I consider my job until I can get a job. So any posts that you want me to research that relates to a handicap or to a current event in this world let me know and I will do it but the kicker is not everything is going to pass my approval. So I won’t research everything unless it passes my approval. So if your stuff doesn’t get pass my approval just change it a little bit and then try again. If you want me to research something contact me at and leave any suggestions or comments. Thank you for reading my blog.

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Prayer for Vocations

Prayer for Vocations

Almighty Father,

You have created us for some definite purpose.

Grant us the grace to know the path

You have planned for us in this life

and to respond with a generous “Yes.”

Make our archdiocese, parishes, homes and hearts

fruitful ground for Your gift of vocations.

May our young people respond to Your call

with courage and zeal.

Stir among our men a desire and the strength

to be good and holy priests.

Bless us with consecrated religious and those called to a

chaste single life, permanent deacons,

and faithful husbands and wives,

who are a sign of Christ’s love for His Church.

We commend our prayer for vocations to You, Father,

through the intercession of Mary our Mother,

in the Holy Spirit,

through Christ our Lord. Amen.

– Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr

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Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle Lectionary: 629

Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle
Lectionary: 629

Reading 1REV 21:9B-14

The angel spoke to me, saying,
“Come here.
I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
He took me in spirit to a great, high mountain
and showed me the holy city Jerusalem
coming down out of heaven from God.
It gleamed with the splendor of God.
Its radiance was like that of a precious stone,
like jasper, clear as crystal.
It had a massive, high wall,
with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationed
and on which names were inscribed,
the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.
There were three gates facing east,
three north, three south, and three west.
The wall of the city had twelve courses of stones as its foundation,
on which were inscribed the twelve names
of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb.

Responsorial PsalmPS 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18

R. (12) Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
The LORD is just in all his ways
and holy in all his works.
The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

AlleluiaJN 1:49B

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Rabbi, you are the Son of God;
you are the King of Israel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 1:45-51

Philip found Nathanael and told him,
“We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law,
and also the prophets, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”
But Nathanael said to him,
“Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
“Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.”
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than this.”
And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened and the angels of God
ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

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What Makes A Christian A Christian?

THE RIVER WALK

what makes a christian

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

Read: Job 8:1-11:20, 1 Corinthians 15:1-28, Psalm 38:1-22, Proverbs 21:28-29

Relate: What makes a Christian a Christian? Even a cursory glance at history or sociology shows that this question can be much more complex than what first seems. What resemblance exists between a modern country pentecostal church in Alabama and the twelfth century Irish monks? Is there a commonality between today’s persecuted Egyptian Coptic church and the accusation Augustine made of his contemporaries when he wrote: “the church is a whore, but she is our mother”? Eighteenth century Russian Orthodox, nineteenth century Latin catholic, the early pioneer American Methodist churches, Scots Presbyterian…

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Puppy Merial Goes Adventuring

This is an organization that touches lives everyday and will continue to touch lives everyday, mine included.

Help is a Four-Legged Word™

Canine Companions Puppy Merial has been very busy the last couple of months! She’s visited the local vet clinic, shops, attended presentations and even a summer camp thatIMG_3745 serves kids with disabilities. But that’s not all, she was able to march in the 4th of July parade to share our mission with her community and celebrate independence! These outings play a very active role in her socialization as she learns new commands and tries to perfect them in different and distracting environments.

Of course, it’s not all work for Merial, she loves to play and cool off during these hot summer months. “She spends time playing in the puppy pool and frequently has the neighbor dogs over for a pool party,” says her volunteer puppy raiser Cecilia. Even the pool parties and exposure to other dogs that look and act differently help Merial adjust and adapt to the world around…

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When YOU’RE ASKED TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE UNSHAKABLE! Thriving No Matter What They Throw At You — Part 4 Rick Warren August 20-21, 2016

Dear Saddleback Family,

Use the Message Action Plan below to help put the things you learned this weekend into practice. If you missed last weekend’s message, click here to watch it online.


When YOU’RE ASKED TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE
UNSHAKABLE! Thriving No Matter What They Throw At You — Part 4
Rick Warren
August 20-21, 2016

Nobody can do what you ask! . . . What you’re asking is impossible . . .”  Daniel 2:10-11 (Mes)

WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT PREDICTING THE FUTURE

    1. NO ONE KNOWS THE FUTURE EXCEPT GOD 

      “No one can tell the future!”  Ecclesiastes 8:7 (CEV)Note: God reveals only what I need to obey Him in that moment.  He wants me to trust Him for all the rest.

    2. All psychic & mediums ARE FRAUDS AND FAKES 

      God: “I make fools of psychics and fortunetellers and I frustrate the predictions of astrologers . . .  their ‘wisdom’ is foolishness.”  Isaiah 44:25God: “I am against anyone who goes to mediums or fortune-tellers for advice, because that person is being unfaithful to me. So I will cut him off.”  Leviticus 20:6 (NCV)

    3. The test of a true prophet of God is 100% accuracy 

      “If you want to know if a prophet’s message is really from God, here’s how to test him: If any part doesn’t come true, that prophecy is false and not from God. He was presumptuously speaking his own ideas and you should pay him no attention nor fear him.”Deuteronomy 18:21-22“‘Check their predictions against my Word,’ says the Lord. ‘If their predictions are different from my Word, it is because there is no light or truth in them.’”  Isaiah 8:20

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU’RE ASKED TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE

    1. DON’T PANIC OR BE AFRAID 

      “When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, came to kill them, Daniel handled the situation with wisdom and discretion.”  Daniel 2:14 (NLT)ACTION PLAN:  Name one thing you are panicking about right now.  Get on your knees and spend at least 5 minutes every day this week talking to God about it.

    2. ASK WHY: LEARN THE FACTS AND MOTIVATION 

      “Daniel asked the king’s captain, ‘Why has the king issued such a harsh decree?’ So Arioch told him all that had happened.”  Daniel 2:15

    3. ASK FOR TIME TO CREATE A SOLUTION 

      “Daniel went at once to see the king and requested more time so he could interpret the meaning of the dream for the king.”  Daniel 2:16

    4. ENLIST PRAYER SUPPORT FROM FRIENDS 

      “Then Daniel went home and told his 3 friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah what had happened. Then he said, ‘Pray that the God who rules from heavenwill be merciful and explain this mystery, so that we and the other advisors won’t be put to death.’”  Daniel 2:17-18ACTION PLAN:  Create a contact list of people that you will reach out to for prayer support. This could be in your phone, as an email group, whatever is your preferred way to communicate. Have this group ready so that you can contact them at any time you need prayer support.

    5. PRAY AND EXPECT GOD TO GIVE SUPERNATURAL HELP 

      God: “Call to me and I’ll answer you, and I’ll show you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own!” Jeremiah 33:3 (Mes)“If you need wisdom, ask God, and he will gladly give it to you. He won’t resent you asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” James 1:5-7

    6. WORSHIP GOD 

      “During the night God revealed and explained the mystery of the dream to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven.”  Daniel 2:19

        • Praise God for who He is 

          “Then Daniel praised God saying, ‘Our God, your name will be praised forever and forever! You are all-powerful, and you know everything!’”  Daniel 2:19b-20 (CEV)

        • Honor God for what He does 

          “YOU control human events. YOU give rulers their power and YOU take it away. YOU are the source of wisdom and knowledge. YOU explain deep mysteries, because even the dark is light to you! YOU are the God worshiped by my ancestors.”  Daniel 2:21-23a (CEV)

        • Thank God for helping me 

          “Now I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors, for you have given me wisdom and strength. You have told me what I asked for and revealed to me what the king demanded.”  Daniel 2:23 (NLT)ACTION PLAN:  Write down these three steps and use them when you pray. Share with your small group any insights you may gain on how these steps affect your prayer life.

      • USE WHAT GOD SHOWS ME TO SAVE OTHERS 

        “Then Daniel rushed to see Arioch, who’d been ordered to execute all the king’s advisors. He said ‘Call off the execution, and take me to the king and I’ll explain the meaning of his dream.’”  Daniel 2:24

      • POINT PEOPLE TO GOD 

        Daniel replied, “No wise man or psychic or fortune teller or astrologer can explain the mystery of your dream. BUT there is a God in heaven who
        reveals mysteries and he has chosen to show you what will happen in the future . . . And now, God has revealed this mystery to me, not because I’m smarter than everyone else, but for your benefit, so that you O king may understand it.”     Daniel 2:27-30ACTION PLAN:  Make it a point this week to look for ways to point people to God. Give God the credit for something that gets accomplished, tell somebody about how God has been working in your life, etc.

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Jesus Laughing

You life is not a life without friends.
JESUS LAUGHING!

When friends went to a seminary in Florida this past March, they saw an artist sketching a huge work (the size of a door). He used nothing more than a pencil on paper, worked quickly, and was finished in about 30-45 minutes. The artist prefers anonymity and says he wants the works to speak for themselves.

Look carefully and see the drawings were signed, ‘Jesus Painter…’


Jesus smiling! It’s a concept I hadn’t seen before.

Beautiful pencil drawings…


God closes doors no man can open and God opens doors no man can close.

If you need God to open some doors for you… send this to ten people…
…and if you don’t need God to open some doors for you, just delete it.

There are Big ships and little ships, but the best ship of all is your Friendship.

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What I think Christians should do.

Christians should not be afraid to help people no matter what their consequences are, if it is the right thing to do, it is the right thing to do. No matter if they are going to get in trouble for it or not. We should do the right thing to do by God because after all he is our creator, he is the one judging us. He is the one with our true paycheck at the end especially if we are going to save a life. Any punishment is worth that because after all you will be punished by God, you will be rewarded by him. If you don’t do it you may be punished by God, who knows it might be eternity.

This is totally off the subject of one thing I didn’t realize, the think I didn’t realize I knew it but I didn’t truly comprehend was God lives outside of time. So everything we do is like putting him on the cross again. And it also for that matter, he can go back in time and save people from purgatory or hell. Sometimes we just have to say the Divine Mercy for that person, and he will show his Divine Mercy over that person and they will be lucky enough to go to Heaven, if they are not in Heaven already. We do not know who is in Heaven and who is not. God is the only person that knows that, we don’t totally understand how that works and we shouldn’t have to but we want to. We shouldn’t dwell on it either if we truly believe in Christ we didn’t dwell on it. Also if we truly believe in Christ, like so many people say they do our churches should truly be packed on Sunday. And I mean every Mass we offer and for that matter our weekly masses should be like our Sunday Masses are now. All the front pews should be full on Sunday every seat should be full. Some of the ushers should have to go down and get more seats, if we showed up to Mass like we should as we believe in Christ. That should be the way it should go.

Your Loving Brother in Christ,

Jon