Stuff My Sisters Will Like

To Jenny, Katie and Laura, From Their Brother, Victor

Meet My Friend, Colleen Gran Schmoll April 20, 2014

Filed under: Meet My Friends,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

What song would you like to share with us?
I am liking that song “Happy” by Pharrel right now.

What is your line of work?
I have worked as a phlebotomist for 9 years.

What is a secret about your work that would surprise people?
Most people that are hard to get blood from aren’t really that upset with you when you have to poke them twice. That is very nice.

Colleen Gran Schmoll, Friend of Christ, Fashion Lover, & Phlebotomist

Colleen Gran Schmoll: Friend of Christ, Fashion Lover, & Phlebotomist

What question would you like to be asked?
I would like to be asked about my life as a Christian. How would I answer? I would tell about growing up as a Methodist and hating God because of my father’s death. Learning to love God at several evangelical churches through music and the truth that the Bible teaches. And then my move to the Catholic Church and spending 4 years “practicing” and finally deciding to become a Catholic after a young man in the choir asked me to be his sponsor for his confirmation.

What question are you tired of being asked?
I am tired of being asked if I am pregnant. Why, because I am not pregnant and it is rude.

What is some good advice that has impacted your life?
“Stop looking for a husband and you will find one.” It works!

What are your favorite websites?
I do like YouTube a lot. I am able to listen to songs that I like, learn whole musicals before I audition for them, and watch documentaries about Chernobyl and unusual medical conditions–and pretty much anything else.

What is something neat you came across recently on the internet?
I have found an interesting site with really cute dresses, including wedding and special occasion dresses called tbdres.com. Everything is 50% to 80% off right now. Also, modcloth.com is a GREAT vintage style site. I love fashion!

 

Meet My Friend, Stephanie April 18, 2014

Filed under: Catholicism,Meet My Friends,Neat,Religion,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

What song would you like to share with us?

“Prayer of Augustine”  This is one of my favorites because it is so beautiful, a good reminder of how to calm our hearts, not with things but with God, our source. Also one of my friends, Dan Purkapile, sings it and he has a beautiful voice/talent that I think everyone should hear.

What is your line of work?

Coordinator of Catholic Religious Education and Youth Ministry at my parish.

Stephanie (left) and her mom at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse

Stephanie (left) and her mom at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse

What is a secret about your occupation that would surprise people?

It is fun! My two favorite things, youth and faith. Also there is a lot of work behind the scenes and really no job description, just do what is needed to be done.

What question are you tired of being asked and why?

“Do you know what you are having?” I am pregnant and my husband and I don’t want to find out until the baby is born. There is so much joy and surprise at that moment.

What question would you like to be asked?

“Who is your favorite saint?” or something like that. To which I would respond, there are too many to count, let alone pick one but I have a few….and then tell them about our awesome brothers and sisters in Christ.

What is your favorite website?

Word on Fire—Father Barron is so smart, insightful and interesting!

What is some good advice that has impacted your life?

Go to confession regularly and to to the sacraments as often as possible. This is where our strength to live each day as Jesus disciples comes from, His presence and grace in the sacraments. Who can say no to Jesus?

 

Meet My Friend, Will Goodman April 17, 2014

Filed under: Meet My Friends,Neat,Religion,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am
Will Goodman (right) with Jesus at Whitefish Mountain in Montana.

Will Goodman (right) and Jesus at Whitefish Mountain in Montana.

Will Goodman (or William Louis Joseph Goodman to be more precise) is among the most interesting people I know. In short, he goes around doing good, like Jesus did. (Acts 10:38)

What is your line of work?

I pray, study Catholic Church teaching, and engage in efforts to defend human life, human dignity, and human rights.

What is a secret about your work that would surprise people?

I would prefer to have talks and meetings outdoors in beautiful places. I have enjoyed giving talks at State parks, campsites, and on mountains (with and without snow!) I often take my phone, laptop, notes, books, and breviary to remote places in the country or in parks (where there may or may not be a cell signal by design) to do my work. I would rather talk on the phone next to a river or cliff than in a cubicle. Cubicles are for copying machines, not people.

What question are you tired of being asked?

I often get asked the same questions over and over again, but each person asking has their own reasons—so I should not be upset or annoyed. For example, I frequently get these questions: “What about abortion in the case of rape?” or “Why do you ‘hate’ gays?”

First of all, when life begins human rights begin; and mothers who are pregnant deserve solidarity, assistance and love. Women deserve better than abortion, especially women who have experienced the horrible violence of rape. Violence will not take away violence, only mercy and charity.

Second, “hate” is a sin, but marriage and family have an objective biological and social reality related to the procreation, nurturing, and raising of children in the natural state of an intact, monogamous, heterosexual marriage/family; I don’t believe biology or philosophical ethics or justice or the common good are individually or together ever “hateful”—thus, my position respects human dignity, the natural law, human reason, and the dignity of human sexuality which is ordered to reproduction and the formation of children, the natural family is the basic foundation of all society—this is not “hate” but a simple recognition of the nature of reality, the truth is never hateful, but always brings freedom when combined with authentic love.

What question would you like to be asked?

I like to be asked about what schools of philosophy I most appreciate. And I answer thus: Aspects of Platonism and Aristotelianism from the ancient age; the thought and method of St. Anselm and St. Thomas Aquinas from the medieval period; the Personalism of Bl. [Blessed] John Paul II and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross in the contemporary time.

I also like to be asked what books I enjoy: and I often will say “Anything by Chesterton.” But I also like the “Space Trilogy” by C.S. Lewis and “The Fellowship of the Ring” by J.R.R. Tolkien.

I am also very fond of those who ask me where I like to ski, mountain bike, surf/boogie-board, sail, and hike. [See this GoogleMap of Will Goodman's Favorite Outdoor Playgrounds] So much world… so little time.

What is some good advice that has impacted your life?

Well, I like the advice of the saints:

“Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” +St. Padre Pio

“Serve Christ in the distressing disguise of the poorest of the poor.” +Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“Remember—you are not the sum of your sins, mistakes or shortcomings, no, you are a beloved child of the Almighty Father.” +Bl. John Paul II

Verso l’ alto!” +Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati

And the advice of a great pro-life, world-class physician friend:

“Pray, don’t sin, and picket, picket, picket! (in defense of life)” -Dr. Thomas Warner, aka “the Green Shadow”

But most of all, the Words of God, beyond all mere ‘advice’:

“I came that they might have life, and have life to the full.” +Jesus Christ, the Resurrection and the Life

What song would you like to share with us?

I would like to share a song by U2 and Green Day “The Saints are Coming”. I share this because U2 is Christian and pro-life, and Green Day is pro-abortion and more pagan—yet they are both singing together about the importance of humanitarian efforts to help those in need.

It speaks to me of our common humanity, no matter our beliefs, and our innate desire to do what is right, and respect what is true, good and beautiful. I also can’t help thinking about the holy saints in heaven and on earth who rejoice at acts of virtue done out of love, and ultimately, the joy they will have when Christ the King comes in glory!

This song always motivates me, despite the lyrics indication of the inner human struggle to believe and have hope in the face of difficult situations—and believe that goodness is “a lie.” But through the theological virtues, faith, hope and charity, we discover truly, in many ways: “the saints are coming.” So I call upon them in prayer, and just like that… they are coming to the aid of the Church. 0:)

What are your favorite websites?

I like many websites.

Streaming music sites—sacred music, classical baroque, electronic.

The Holy See—for documents.

The USCCB—for info on the defense of religious liberty and the liturgical calendar.

New Advent—for apologetics.

ADF—for keeping up with legal battles in the culture war.

Facebook—for chatting and debating.

Powder & Freeski—for, well, ski videos.

YouTube & Vimeo—for videos.

Weatherunderground—for sports. JK. Weather. Duh.

Sports sites—right now the NHL site for Stanley Cup stuff.

Google Earth—for planning outdoor adventures, and just exploring. Lol.

What is something neat you came across recently on the internet?

Here are three recent favorites:

  • For maximum effect, watch this on a big screen tv, with the lights out, lying down on your back and looking up at it.
  • This one is fun.
  • And finally, the miracle of life with some sweet CG animation and killer soundtrack… lol… the beauty of God’s creation!
  • …and one for the road….
 

The April Madness Weather Challenge April 12, 2014

Filed under: Games,History,Neat,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

With the NCAA’s March Madness Basketball Tournament behind us, and crazy spring weather upon us, perhaps you are in the mood to fill out another bracket.

The April Madness Weather Challenge is to correctly pick which U.S. cities had the higher high-temperatures on given days in the (arbitrarily-chosen) month of April, 1984. Without cheating by searching the internet, print and compete your bracket, and then click “more” below to reveal the answer key. Then finally, score your bracket and post a proud or humble comment.

April Weather Madness BracketNotes: In matches with tied temperatures, the lower seed advances. Cities are seeded according to their all-time average temperatures for April (with the better seed awarded to the more southern city wherever average April temperatures are equal.) The source for all historical temperature data is Wunderground.com.

Click to reveal the answer key:

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My Prediction: Six “Seasons” and “a Movie” April 11, 2014

Filed under: Funny,Neat,Stuff,TV — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

The good news is that six “seasons” and “a movie” (somewhere and of some kind) are quite likely for the delightful TV series Community.

 

 

 

The Power of 2′s April 7, 2014

Filed under: Games,Neat,Silly Studies,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

Try a game, or two, of  “2048” (if you can stop at just two games.)
Then, click to reveal the secret of why you think you are really good at playing it. (more…)

 

A Generic Technology Company Commercial April 3, 2014

Filed under: Commercials,Economics,Funny — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

They’re bringing you today tomorrow’s future now.

 

 
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