Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Yes, I am being a pest about this...

Here's more information on the eBay situation. Catholics are speaking out in a big way. I hope eBay starts listening.

The National Catholic Register has an article highlighting this situation.

Here's the Catholic League's response to the situation.

Here's a link to

Sign the online petition requesting eBay removie the Eucharist from its items allowed to be sold.

Alternatives to eBay:

Yahoo Auctions Auctions

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Update on eBay situation

I have sent 3 e-mails to them: the first was a complaint on the whole selling of the Eucharist issue, to which they responded with a pathetic form letter. The second was another complaint and a request to close my account, to which I got no response. The third was a stronger complaint and adamant request to close my account. This was responded to with the exact same pathetic response I got to e-mail #1! Word for word, exactly the same. And no indication of closing my account either! They really are pathetic, and now I can say they are officially stupid as well. If you are going to have automated form letters sent out to all Catholics in response to this complaint, at least make sure the same one isn't sent to the same person twice!

And, for all of you who saw my friend's brilliant response to eBay: well, eBay has officially closed her auction down. She was auctioning off eBay's morals, because it was obvious they weren't worth much due to this scandal. EBay finally noticed her and shut her auction down saying that she was auctioning something that wasn't an actual item. Hey, so they agree with her; eBay's morals don't actually exist!

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

It just isn't enough to just stop shopping on eBay....

For those of you following the story regarding the selling of the Eucharist on eBay, the latest sale, which was pulled by eBay, was not pulled out of respect for Catholics or the Eucharist, but rather because the bidding had gotten out of control (it had hit almost 2 million dollars). EBay does not plan on changing its policies regarding the sale of sacred religious items and will continue to allow any auctions of the Eucharist to go forward in the future. The Washington Times has an article that will explain it all.

I am encouraging all of you to take a stand against eBay's complete disrespect for our Catholic faith. Please, don't just say that you won't shop there or list items there anymore. Cancel your accounts, and write to eBay telling them why. They just don't care about the lettes of complaints or petitions being sent out in protest of their tastelessness. But hopefully they will respond to actions that negatively impact their business.

We must remember that the Eucharist being sold on eBay can certainly be considered a stolen item, since it is not supposed to leave the Church and must be consumed according to Church law. We must remember that by selling the Eucharist online, the doors are opened for Satanists and other people who hate the Catholic faith to buy these hosts and desecrate them (and don't think I'm cazy because it really happens). And by allowing these sacred items to be sold, eBay is opening the doors for many people to steal the Eucharist from churches, shrines, and even the Vatican in order to make profit. Please, join me in taking a very strong stand against this.

I know many of you enjoy eBay very much, as did I. With me being pregnant, I was looking forward to getting a whole lot of stuff there for a great price. But we as Catholics must not allow Jesus to be bought and sold in this manner, and we must be willing to make some sacrifices in honor of our Lord.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

God Bless Pope Benedict XVI

Praise God, our Church is safe! I am so happy Cardinal Ratzinger is our new Pope. I know Pope John Paul II is smiling down on us from Heaven. Prayers for our new Papa.

E-bay's morals up for sale (but they aren't worth much...)

A friend of mine at CMOMC had a great response to E-bay's total lack of respect for the most Holy Eucharist. Way to go!

EBay's Morals for sale! Attention Catholics!

Update: The Communion hosts have been removed! E-bay hopefully has come to its senses and will make a permanent change in their policies.

Monday, April 18, 2005

So I've been scarce...

I just haven't had a whole lot to say. I don't know why, because being speechless is a highly unusual thing for me. But I thought I'd just ramble today just to let you all know I'm still alive.

First of all, if you haven't heard about the two occasions in which E-bay has allowed the Eucharist to be sold, then you really need to get on the ball and start getting those angry complaints in to them. After the first instance (which fortunately ended well), they responded to complaints (including mine) with a "sympathetic" indifference. And they refused to change their policy on letting the Eucharist or other sacred items be sold. The latest desecration is already at close to $10,000 US dollars. Here is a step-by-step on how to complain to E-bay. We need to get our voices out there! They will respond, and hopefully this time they will change their policy:

Sign in on Ebay and got to "Help" at the top.
On the left side, click "Contact Us"
Click "Report problems with other eBay members"
Click "Problems with sellers"
Click "The problem you're having with your seller isn't listed"
Click Continue...
Under Customer Support Option(s): Click "Email"
Enter ID # 6171703649
and write in your concern
Click Submit and then on the next page you may have to click submit again.

And thanks to Happy Catholic for linking to Bettnet who has other ways to voice any complaints you may have.

More ramblings...

Today I LOVE Cardinal Ratzinger!

In his homily, Ratzinger, 78, spoke in unusually blunt terms against “a dictatorship of relativism” — the ideology that there are no absolute truths.

“Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the church, is often labeled today as fundamentalism,” said Ratzinger, who is the Vatican’s doctrinal chief and dean of the College of Cardinals. “Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and ’swept along by every wind of teaching,’ looks like the only attitude acceptable to today’s standards.

“We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires.”

And as far as TV goes...

WHY AREN'T MORE OF YOU WATCHING VERONICA MARS YET?! It really is a great show; Julie at Happy Catholic can attest to that. Tuesdays...9:00 p.m....UPN.....WATCH!

Monday, April 04, 2005

It's Official!

My husband and I can now say we are the parents of FIVE children! Yes, yes, we just found out via two pink lines that we are expecting another bundle of joy, probably in December. I am SO excited. For some reason, I am experiencing very little anxiety or nervousness or fear. I am completely overjoyed at this news and am really looking forward to having a newborn in the house again (my youngest is 2 and a half and will be 3 when the new baby comes). Please pray for me. I have always had healthy pregnancies and have never lost a baby, but I would appreciate the prayers to God that this trend in my life would continue. I know I can't take anything for granted.

My husband and I have been married eight years this upcoming July. Our other four children (2 boys, 2 girls) were very excited at the news. Except their response when I told them there was a baby in my tummy was, "Maybe there's TWO babies in your tummy!" What, like one isn't enough? I guess you can't please them all.

My husband's first response was, "Oh, if we have a little boy we'll have a little John Paul!" It certainly would be appropriate.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Bobby's Feast Day

Today is my nephew's feast day. Seven years ago today he died, at the age of six. A few years earlier, he had been in an automobile accident with the rest of his family due to the actions of a drunk driver. Bobby's spinal cord was severed and he was a quadrapilegic from the time he was 3 years old until his death.

But my nephew's story is not a tragedy at all. In fact, his story ties in very well to current events, because his story is one of the value of human life and that "quality of life" does not depend upon one's physical capabilities.

Bobby was one of the smartest, most charming boys many had ever met. He had an incredible smile and a special love for his family, partiularly his younger brothers and sisters. I clearly remember that he had not lost the ability to be a typical older brother. There he would be, laying still on his hospital bead, neck flinging from side to side watching his little sister run around him. His mom tells the story of how he would yell out, "Got you, Katie, you're in a cage!" And she, being a year younger and highly impressionable, would sit still and cry because Bobby had put her in a cage. She would beg her mom, "Help me, Mommy!" Her mom would tell her to just get up, nothing was stopping her! But no, she insisted that she was in a cage because Bobby put her there. And there laid Bobby, snickering over his clever move.

His mom also reiterates the stories of the many nurses who cared for him being wrapped around his little finger. It would be 2:00 a.m. and a nurse would quietly knock on her bedroom door, saying, "I'm just going to run to Taco Bell. Bobby wants some." My sister-in-law would get up and say, "What? Tell him no, he can't have any!" But his nurses just didn't want to say no to the charmer they had in their patient.

Family gatherings always had Bobby present in the center of the room, with Bobby laid out on his Jurassic Park sleeping bag. He would be carried or dragged from room to room on that sleeping bag, loving every minute of it. I remember every family meal his mom or dad would be right beside him, spoon or hand feeding him the different meals offered.

Bobby was the ringbearer in my wedding. His mom wheeled him down the aisle and he held the pillow in his lap. He was so proud, and so were we. He loved dinosaurs, and was very smart in school. He loved to paint pictures...holding the paintbrush in his teeth. His pictures are really very good, better than those of other kids his age who painted with their hands.

Sure it was a struggle. There were many boughts with pneumonia and many stays in the hospital. His breathing tube had to be cleared out of mucus regularly, and sometimes infections would take over. For a period of 5 weeks he was in a coma, with his family wondering if he would come out and be their little boy again. He eventually did, giving testament to the virtues of patience and hope in his doctors.

Bobby died on this day in 1998, and as his life proved to be valuable, redeeming, and hopeful, so was his death. Whereas many families fall apart after the death of a child, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law were proof that a life of faith can provide strength never before seen or known. His funeral Mass was one of celebration because we knew he was in Heaven, running into the arms of Jesus.

Today I went to my in-laws house to give them a card and to give my sister-in-law some butterfly earrings. On my way out to their house, through some miraculous miracle of the season, we saw at least 500 butterflies flying through the air. Bobby loved butterflies, and so his family always thinks of him when they see butterflies. But it was actually on the day of his funeral that his love of butterflies was revealed to be so significant. On the inside of his memorial card, was this poem:

Consider the Butterfly...

A message of Hope
A gentle reminder
Of God's unfailing love.

Does the Caterpillar ever dream
That one day he will
Break the bounds of earth
And soar above in a brand new,
Transformed body
A body far more glorious
Than the one he formerly inhabited?

God promises us brand new bodies
Far more beautiful, far more glorious
Than the ones we formerly inhabited
To live forever when we believe
in Jesus Christ.


Happy Feast Day, Bobby! We love you.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

I am so frustrated by the networks' choices for commentary on the death of our Pope

May the soul of our Holy Father rest in peace! He has our love and our prayers. His presence on earth was a true blessing to those living in this time.

I'm sorry if this post has a negative tone from this point on, but I get so frustrated by network news calling upon priests and theologians who don't adhere to Church teaching and who show disrespect for our Pope to make commentary. It has already happened on ABC. They asked Fr. Richard McBrien from Notre Dame to comment, and he was so disrespectful, saying we shouldn't ellevate or exaggerate the Pope's influence to something it wasn't, because he really had no impact on our country, despite the emotional visits he paid to America. OOOH, I was so mad! I wrote ABC a letter telling them that I will no longer watch their network for coverage on the Pope's death and that I get increasingly frustrated with national media turning to heterodox Catholics to make commentary. This isn't the time for Catholic debate on doctrinal teachings. This isn't the time for disagreeing priests to come out with their agendas. This sure isn't the time to gloat over our Holy Father's death in hopes for changes.

Here's my letter, if you'd like to read it:

I am incredibly dissapointed that in your coverage of the death of Pope John Paul II, you included commentary from Fr. Richard McBrien from Notre Dame. I have found that whenever stories revolving around the Catholic faith air on national TV, the news media seeks out priests and theologians who teach and adhere to ideas contrary to authentic Catholic teaching, and Fr. Mc Brien is one of them. As a Roman Catholic, I get increasingly frustrated by the lack of sources faithful to Catholic teaching who make commentary regarding Catholic news. I care nothing about what Fr. McBrien has to say and will turn my TV station as a result of your news network consulting him for commentary on the Pope's death. His comments were so offensive and inappropriate to make at this time. But above all things, they were wrong!

As a 26 year old Catholic, I can honestly say the the Pope strongly affected my faith a a young, AMERICAN Catholic. His strong adherence to the traditions of the Church were comforting and inspirational to me, and many other young Catholics I know, because we live in a time where anything and everything is considered acceptable. We live in a time of moral relativism. It was so comforting to see that there was someone out there willing to stand firm to what we as Catholics have always believed. Pope John Paul II was a solidifying force to many young Catholics who are searching for any institution willing to stand up against the moral decline of this age rather than bend to the pressures of those who claim that traditional values are "outdated" or "old fashioned".

Fr. McBrien claims we should not "elevate" the Pope's influence in this country to something it wasn't, but trust me, there is no exaggeration in saying that Pope John Paul II profoundly impacted the American Church. I think that if anything, Fr. McBrien needs to be careful not to MINIMIZE the Pope's lasting impression on our country and the world, motivated by a jealous heart or a spirit of dissent.

I really hope ABC is more conscientious in their choices of who to seek out for legitimate, authentic, CATHOLIC commentary from this point forward. You've already lost one viewer in me, and if you continue to broadcast disrespectful commentary, or just plain innacurate commentary, you will lose many more viewers. The fact that this Pope is so popular is not a myth or illusion. Disrepecting him and his adherence to traditional Catholic teaching isn't the way to go in your coverage of his death.

My name,
26 year old Roman Catholic
my city, CA

Friday, April 01, 2005

Some Spring Break!

Well, on Easter my Angel-Baby decided to display her vomiting skills off to me and the 30+ people at my house for the holiday. Fortunately, everyone there has kids so everyone was very understanding. However, the first half of the week was spent tending to her, and I just figured that we would eventually make it outside at the end of the week. But of course the stomach bug then had to travel to two of my other children. Did I get it? No, but my husband was kind enough to give me the major head cold he has been battling. So our spring break in sunny, 70 degree California has been spent inside, watching TV, and resting. I think I've seen The Incredibles about 15 times now.

Oh well, that's how it goes. I have been online a bit, mostly checking out the new location the message board I frequent has moved to. I've been playing with the new features and watching the tansition go smoothly. Kudos to the ladies running CMOMC for their hard work.

I am having some ladies over for a Franciscan prayer group tonight, so I will have to muster out of the house to go to the store. I think that will be the second time I've been out of the house all week. Sigh. Is that enough of a pity-party for you all? Anyways, I hope you all have wonderful, blessed weekends relaxing, praying for our Pope, and celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday.

By the way, I gave up on potty training late last week. I figured that when I said, "Time to go potty!" and my Angel-Baby started running away screaming, "No, no, I don't wanoooo", and then once I put her on the potty she'd cry and scream, "No, mommy, all done, ALL DONE!" then that might've been the clue to wait until she's a bit older. Maybe God was telling me something, because I don't think potty-training during the stomach bug would've been a good idea AT ALL.