Grandparents

Dear Friends,

Here I am with my Nana

Grandparents are very important part of a family structure.

I just wanted to write a quick post about my grandparents, Les and Anne.  These two have an interesting history but I will not go into that here.  They have been there for me and the entire family in good and bad. They have helped me when I have needed help. I’d like to think that they are the glue that keeps the family together. My family has seen a lot of joyful and sorrowful moments and we are definitely not perfect but in the midst of a crisis, we know how to come together for love and family.

Since my mom passed away, my grandparents have been a source of strength for me because I know that when they are present, everything feels like it with be okay.  My grandparents have always been like second parents to my siblings and I. They helped my mom raise us at times when my mom was not feeling well.

I would like to thank my grandparents for loving me unconditionally even when I’ve done wrong. I’ve done many things growing up that I am not proud of but I know at the end of the day they are there with open arms ready to embrace me to love me and forgive me.

Here I am with my Grandpa

As I write this post, I think of my grandfather especially as this coming Friday will be celebrating his 90th birthday. My grandfather has seen some bad days health wise but many great days as well so I am grateful for each day he is with us.  Everyday he is with us is a blessing and a gift.  However, I know whenever that time does come when he does leave this earthly life behind, it will be because God said so.

With that being said, I had been having nightmares of my grandfather’s death for the last couple of weeks or so.  It’s been the same thing night after night.  The last time something like this happened, my mom passed away, However, I’ve learned to focus on other things and not trying to remember these nightmares. I believe things will happen in God’s time. As my sister reminded me during a talk we had this evening, Take things one day at a time.

One final thought: Grandparents are awesome!

Love you Nana and Grandpa always. Thank you for all you have done and for what you continue to do.

 

A step forward with Pebble

Dear Friends,

Since March, I had been an active Fitbit user. Unfortunately due to problems out of my control and overall bad experience I had with Fitbit, I started looking elsewhere for my Fitness Tracking/Smartwatch needs.

 With that being said, I am happy to say that I am no longer with Fitbit and have moved on to being a Pebble owner.

The device I had chosen was the Black Pebble Time Smartwatch. I finally had set it up today and so far it works like a charm with no issues.  With this specific device, I receive emails, text messages, social media notifications, call notifications,etc… I can also respond to texts and emails via voice recorder. That’s just the beginning.  There is so much more I need to explore about my device.

I can say that I am a proud Pebble Time Smartwatch owner and I don’t regret leaving Fitbit behind. I invite you to look at Pebble for your fitness tracking and smartwatch needs. Although I got my device through exchange, I believe the price is right especially for what people will get with their Pebble device.  It is compatible with i0S and Android devices.

I am excited about being a Pebble owner because I get to stay fit and connected to my family and friends at the same time.

Are you read to take a step forward with Pebble? Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

[Update: Since writing this post, my device has been lost and I’ve been in conversation with Pebble about getting a new replacement device, they are not willing to work with me and offer a new replacement. Their answer to my request for a replacement was the following:

Unfortunately we are unable accommodate your request as the warranty on your watch does not cover a lost or stolen watch.

I’ve never heard of this with other companies. Most companies would go above and beyond to make their customers happy. Their response may be legit but I’ve heard of others in similar situations as myself and they’ve been able to get replacements with no problem from Pebble. To me, this does not seem fair especially for those who like myself who’ve had their device lost or stolen.  I’ve been a strong supporter of Pebble since I had first got this device but due to the recent experience,  I do not know if I want to come back. Because of the recent bad experience and Pebble not willing to offer a new replacement, I dont think I can show my support for this company any more. However, if they were willing to offer a new replacement Black Pebble Time device, then I might reconsider. I caution those who are looking for smartwatches, be very careful when dealing with Pebble. I recommend you look at other options first and do research into the company and product you’re looking into]

The Cross: A Source of Hope

Dear Friends,

As I sit here on this early Wednesday morning reflecting on the suffering of Our Lord, Jesus Christ , I am reminded of the suffering of many around the world.  One example is a family who very recently had to say farewell to their new baby son just shortly after he was born. Suffering can be seen all around us in many ways whether it be like this family who is mourning a loss, people who’ve lost their homes to wildfires, people dealing with addictions, facing jail time for crimes committed, people who deal with mental illness, persecution for defending the faith, etc….

In times like this, There are many who are left to put the pieces back together in their lives after situations like those listed above and are asking what if questions and sometimes will resort to making bad decisions without even realizing it. This is why we must look to the Cross.

We must remember that someone greater than us had to suffer and die for the entire world and our sins. It is in this moment where we find hope. Let us look to the Cross and experience the love, hope, grace, and mercy that Our Lord, Jesus Christ offers us in these difficult times.

Let us not forget the Cross of Christ when we are carrying our own crosses in life. Yes, it will be tough and we may fall but we must not give up.  God loved all of us which is why he gave the world his only son.

Let us continue to pray for one another in our difficult times and Don’t be afraid to look at Our Lord on the Cross.

The Struggle of Being Catholic

Dear Friends,

I was preparing a status on Facebook while all of a sudden I was inspired to write this blog post. I hope it comes out the way I want.

Being a Catholic is not easy in today’s society. No matter where one lives, our rights as Catholics are being taken away by those in power.  The Right to pray, to life, to health care, to defend issues that matter most  are just some of the things being taken away.

When it comes to the liturgy, For those who like myself are attached to the Tridentine Rite,We’d love to see the Mass of All time available everywhere.  In some cases, people will have to travel long distance to attend the Tridentine Rite so getting to a Latin Mass is not always possible.  The Tridentine Rite is not as accessible now a days as it was back in the days of our parents, grandparents, and those before them.

Now a days, There are Traditional Catholic parishes as well as  diocesan Indult Masses where one can find the Tridentine Rite. However one who is attached to the Tridentine Rite must be careful if he or she is in a situation like this where they find that there are many options of places to attend for the Tridentine Rite. I believe that a Catholic must find a true Catholic Mass. There are liturgies and/or parishes out there that appear to be Catholic but are not.

There have been so many changes in the liturgy, I can understand how one would get confused on what is a true Catholic Mass. In some cases, the liturgy and the Church in today’s society has become filled with liberalism, modernism, and heresy.

This can be a difficult struggle for Catholics. I know because I’ve been there and have experienced it first hand.

My advice for Catholics who are in this situation is do your research and study the faith so you can become aware of what is Catholic and what is not.

Ultimately the right thing to do in any situation such as this, is to do what is right for your soul. Your friends, family, and the World may not think it’s cool to be Catholic and to do what’s right for your soul, but it’s your life and faith we’re talking about here.  We all will have to give an accounting of our lives one day in God’s time.

The question is easy. Do you want to go to heaven or hell?  As Catholics, we hope that by striving for holiness in life, faith, and everything in between, we will receive the grace for our soul to reach heaven.  Only God knows.

If you’re struggling, Increase your prayers, attend a true Catholic Mass,  Make use of the Sacraments, and surround yourself with good people who share in your beliefs. If you know of someone who doesn’t agree with something you’ve done or said, pray for them.

Joe

90’s superheroes

Dear Friends,

As some of you know I’ve been a huge fan of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers which was a tv show from the 90’s,  Growing up in this era, I did not have many MMPR toys that other kids my age had back then. However, I am very grateful to my grandparents and Mom who did all they could to make sure my brother, sister, and I had things to play with when we were younger.

Through out the years various Power Rangers products have come out with each series that have aired. My personal favorite is the legacy line because a lot of the original MMPR toys are being re-released.

With that being said, I recommend the following businesses for your Power Ranger needs: Henshin Vault , 11th Hour Toys, My Custom Paracord, and Starlight Studios   If you’re looking for action figures, props,etc.. You can search on Etsy, Ebay, or Amazon.

morpherThe above mentioned businesses have been a real pleasure to work with and I high recommend their work as it is high quality.  I know some may think it’s silly for a 30 year old man such as myself to collect items like mentioned in this post. To be honest, this is something I enjoy and I am not the only one in the world who collects Power Rangers items.

There is a large fan base out there for the Power Rangers especially the original series, MMPR. Speaking of Power Rangers, I am looking forward to the new movie in March 2017.

Joe

 

Being Catholic

Dear Friends,

A lot has been on my mind and on my heart. I figured a blog post would be a great way to share with you some thoughts on how my journey in Catholicism is going so far.

Recently, I had spent some brief time away from social media just so I can refocus and pray. This time of being away from social media was a real blessing because it taught me a lot and it helped me understand some of what’s been going on in my own spiritual life.

First of all, I’d like to thank my dearly departed mother (+RIP), as well as my grandparents and other family members who helped me journey in Catholicism especially when I was young. You have taught me so much which I continue to carry with me to this very day the many lessons learned.

I have to be honest, my journey in Catholicism has not been easy. Twice in my life I had actually left the Church for brief periods of time to do some soul searching and to find God. I realized that I can’t find God in the distractions and temptations of the world. It was in these moments where Satan has tried to get my soul.

In my life, I have done many things for which I am not proud of but I have come to know God’s love and mercy through the Sacraments of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.  I admit that I am a sinner who has fallen many times and continues to fall but with God’s hand guiding me along the way, I can get back up and continue on the right path.

In my journey in Catholicism, I have been fortunate to attend retreats and go on pilgrimages. Retreats and Pilgrimages tend to create a high or mountaintop experience as some people like to refer to them as. However I have learned that the Catholic faith in my life and family doesn’t stop just because the retreat or pilgrimage is over. It is something that must be lived daily.

At different times in my life, I have had various people try to tell me how I should be living my life or my faith. How I choose to live out my life and faith is between myself and God.

People tend to have high expectations for their loved ones and friends. I believe that it is important to allow your family and friends to experience life and faith at their own pace in God’s time. Yes, we may not agree with how a person chooses to live their life or express their faith but it’s not our job to force others to align with our way of thinking. My advice if you are ever in this situation, pray for the person, gently encourage them, and offer to be there if they have questions or concerns.

When looking back on when I was young, I realized that my mom, grandparents, and other family members only wanted what is best for me. They did their best to make sure that I experienced life and faith at my own pace.

In my adult years, Catholicism still is a very important part of my life and it is something I will never turn my back on. I have attended various parishes throughout the years but the current parish I attend is a traditional Catholic parish.  At my parish, the Traditional Latin Mass is celebrated daily. I have also attended the Latin Mass that is offered through the London Latin Mass Apostolate.  I am very grateful for access to the Latin Mass because I get to experience the liturgy in a way that would have been celebrated when my grandparents were younger and those before them. The traditional liturgy has become an important part of my life as a Catholic. When attending a Traditional Latin Mass, there is reverence and beauty within the liturgy. You’d find women veiling, large families with their children praying and following in their missals. To me, this is what Catholicism is all about. Not the watered down faith you find in some parishes.  Please know I am not judging those who choose to attend Novus Ordo parishes. Either way, when the liturgy is done right, it can be a beautiful experience for one and all.

I know that there have been people who have shared their concerns over my decision to attend a traditional Catholic parish. I am never going to turn my back on the Church. In my years of being a Catholic, I have come to learn that we each experience it differently whether it be liturgy or language. I just choose to experience Catholicism according to it’s traditions pre-Vatican II. Those of you who know me will know that I am not a supporter of modernism, liberalism, or heresy in the Church.

Some have accused me of being a sedevacantist just because I favor the way the Catholic Church was pre-Vatican II.  I will be honest, I do not fully understand Sedevacantism. I continue to learn and grow in my Catholic faith while studying all aspects of the faith while listening to those in favor and those against life before and after Vatican II.  Does this mean I am a sedevacantist? No.  I believe it’s important to be educated. What I am though is……..

Catholic

Where I choose to attend Mass or how I live out my Catholic faith is between me and God. I believe that one day I will be in front of God and I will have to account for my entire life. Please do not judge me for how I choose to live out my Catholic faith. God is the only judge. However, I do ask for continued prayer and support as I continue to search for truth.

What I will say is that I am very careful when it comes to my faith.  The devil can attack at any time so I do my best to guard myself with the faith through liturgy, private prayer, discussions with clergy and fellow Catholics whether it be local or abroad, and being involved in the life of my parish.

I am very grateful for my Catholic friends and family who continue to journey alongside me as I continue to search for truth.

One thing I’ve learned is that I need to stop worrying about what other people think of me or my decisions.  I am my own person and if I need help along the way, I will ask.

Our Lady of Fatima and St Pope Pius X, ora pro nobis.

 

 

The Past Life of Michael Voris

Dear Friends,

A couple days ago, I began a social media fast which will be done Monday or Tuesday. I just wanted to take some time to speak to the story that many Catholics seem to be discussing online.

Michael Voris of ChurchMilitant.com has recently revealed about his past lifestyle and that the Archdiocese of New York is out to get him. You can click on the link to read the story in more detail.  So many people have already reported on the story: VoxCantoris, AKACatholic, and many others.

I don’t know what else I can say except that as a friend of Michael and a brother in Christ, I stand with him and ChurchMilitant as they march forward in dealing with this matter.  Michael, I don’t know if you will read this but I am very proud of you of standing up and defending yourself against those who wish to do you wrong.  Although I do not condone what happened in your past, I believe it should’ve stayed there in the past. You have already come so far. It is such a shame that you have been forced to drag all of this out in the open now. However, I think you made the right move.

Please be assured of my prayers for you and ChurchMilitant as you continue to march on forward in defending your name and credibility.

As mentioned earlier, I’ve been been on a social media fast so I don’t know exactly everything that has been said about this matter but I do know there are people out there who have aligned themselves with Michael and ChurchMilitant for so many years but are now turning their backs on him in his darkest hour. What a way to twist the knife.

As Catholics, We may not always agree with one another but we need to stand by our brother in Christ and pray for him during this time. I invite you to continue supporting him in any way possible.

To Michael, In the words of Vox on his blog post about this matter,

God Love You . God Keep You. God Bless You.

The fact the Archdiocese of New York wants to ruin the credibility and name of this brother in Christ makes me disgusted. To me this seems really low. Doesn’t the Archdiocese have better things to do?

Something tells me that unfortunately this will not be the end of the story.

One final thought and if you’d like, I invite you to pray this:

St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

I better get back to my social media fast. I will see you in a few days.

Sincerely in the Immaculatae,

Joe Sales