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  2. https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2022/09/15/catholic-religious-sister-poem-243768
  3. Sliding scale fee was incredibly helpful to me at one time. They're out there.
  4. Lots of mental health professionals work with clients throughout whatever state they live in over the phone or online like Zoom. Some even work on a sliding scale fee. You can find them on here. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us
  5. Nihil Obstat

    Pagan Statues

    Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he; But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door— Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door— Perched, and sat, and nothing more.
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  7. MIKolbe

    Training Dogs and Cats to Get Along

    I guess we're lucky at our house! We have a Golden Retriever and 2 Ragdolls and 1 Nebelung. They love the dog. They will often come up and give him "head butts". He doesn't mind, but he will get up and lay somewhere else after a while. Sometimes 2 of the cats sit in his crate. He will NOT go in if they are in his crate, but will stand and look and then lay down outside the crate. The cats are unphased by this. LOLOL
  8. Rosarium

    Fiat Project

    Thank you for the kind words, SorrowfulHeart. I agree with you that the old Phatmass posts are very helpful. No, I'm just looking at different religious orders at the moment. I happened to come across the Fiat Project back in August. I read about the information and I decided to join. I liked that it's for 8 months. I have to say it was like Divine Providence came and made me read about it. Thank you for praying for me and the other women in the program. I'll pray for you and your discernment. Have a good day. Rosarium
  9. Four asteroids to fly past Earth on Yom Kippur - NASA Yom Kippur is traditionally when, according to Jewish belief, God signs our fates in the Book of Life, judging our actions and deciding who lives and who dies. Also, asteroids are flying past Earth.
  10. fides' Jack

    fides' Jack's Mega Anti-Vax Thread

    I was going to try to answer your comment, point by point, and then I came to this one. So I won't go there. I respect your earnest plea. I do believe you'll find future generations will know that "those who can best help them" will not have included anyone among the government nor any connected medical authority. You seem willing to listen to at least some reason, so I will try it this way: I think we all agree, if I am wrong about the shots, and the government response to the "pandemic" was reasonable, then so is your rebuttal to me. You're right - I am not an expert in any medical field, and learned experience, as you say, as well as humility, would seem to demand of us that we let the real experts guide others toward truth. After all, they should know truth best. With me so far? Now consider this - if I am right about the shots (just assume I am for this hypothetical), then I am absolutely justified in my comments and my presence here. Not only justified, but morally obligated. I, and everyone else, would have a moral obligation to fight this thing at every turn, and to speak out against it as vociferously as possible. That would be the least of the moral obligation. Your position is only tenable if I am wrong about the shots. Do you think I don't believe what I'm saying? Do you honestly believe I'm intentionally trying to lead people to something bad? Or that I'm just being a troll looking for fun? At the very least I would hope the tone of my comments here would convince others of my conviction on the matter. They may not agree, but I would hope they understand that I am following my conscience, and at least respect that, as I respect them for following their own. Now consider one more thing. I am not a full expert on moral theology, either, but I'm far closer to that than to the medical field. I know, as you do, that Christ said in the Gospels, "By their fruit you will know them". The people who are pushing the shots and masks and shutdowns are the very same people who are pushing the most for abortion, for sex-change surgeries, even among children, for homosexuality, for euthanasia, for Communism, for idolatry, etc.... For that reason alone, I have enough to know they shouldn't be trusted. And that's exactly why I never fully trusted Donald Trump.
  11. CS937

    Pagan Statues

    Thanks for your response! I purchased a small statue of Athena at a charity shop awhile back (I keep it in my study) for only $5! I later found out that it's made out of alabaster and handmade in Greece. You can find it online for $55. https://www.amazon.com/Estia-Creations-Goddess-Strategy-Sculpture/dp/B06XC87WBN
  12. Hna.Caridad

    He’s the groove, he’s the man.

    This is a very catchy tune and agreeing with Seven77 here: ridiculously dope. (Can you do the genuflect?) Nice find!
  13. mommas_boy

    fides' Jack's Mega Anti-Vax Thread

    Galileo was sentenced not because he disagreed, but because he zealously proclaimed as dogma what was then still uncertain. Despite his horrible scientific method and data to suggest otherwise, he was only later proven correct and, I might add, in spite of himself (He had, after all, no evidence that the earth went around the sun. He could not answer why there was no evidence of annual parallax shift. He had evidence only that Jupiter had moons and that Venus went around the Sun. He could not rule out a Tychonic model of the solar system). It was his pride, not his disagreement, that led to his downfall. Likewise, any disagreement regarding the COVID vaccines should have been kept to internal discussions where it could have done some good, and not shouted from the rooftops for personal fame where it could only result in panic and confusion. Because I, like you, am not qualified to read them. I have not read the totality of studies on the topic in order to come to a conclusion regarding even one study. I do not have the required coursework nor clinical experience to come to a fulsome understanding of the data. On review of the data, I have no way of knowing if I am "cherry picking" data to suit my arguments. My only recourse to both report data as well as to place those data in their proper context is to rely on the experts who have that understanding. I'm sorry that you believe that this is a fallacy. Simply put, there is a difference between knowledge and understanding, knowledge and expertise. That difference is experience. That difference is, as I like to call it, "seeing the shape of the bell curve", because one has the benefit of thousands of data points to know what the bell curve is shaped like. As a disability adjudicator, I make decisions not just about medical conditions and impairments, but also about work and the ability to perform work. In order to do the latter, I use a book published by the Dept of Labor called the Dictionary of Occupational Titles ("DOT"), amongst other books. A central theme of the book, and of the disability program as a whole, is whether or not someone has worked in a job long enough to have learned it. We don't argue that someone can "return" to their past work unless they worked in it long enough to have learned it. For my job, I know that I had to go through 6 mos of classroom education to initially "learn" the job: the medicine, the law, etc. But even that wasn't enough. I didn't really "understand" my job when I was done with class. Similarly, when I graduated from college with my degree in Chemistry Education, I "knew" the job, but I sure wasn't an expert. I wouldn't even count myself as a novice. What was missing was experience, not knowledge. How much experience? Well, the DOT tells us the answer: for teaching and adjudication, the answer is two-to-four years. For doctors: four-to-eight. For surgeons: eight-to-ten. And that's as high as the scale goes. Ultimately, what I'm asking for is a modicum of humility. You're not an expert in this topic. You are, undoubtedly, an expert in others. You run the risk of causing real harm when pontificating in this topic. Please, direct the Lord's sheep toward those who can best help them.
  14. cruciatacara

    fides' Jack's Mega Anti-Vax Thread

    I didn't say people couldn't state their opinion, but in matters of public health, they should not set themselves up as medical experts, which you seem to do. I think the medical and scientific professionals made it quite clear that the vaccine was of benefit in fighting the COVID virus. Anything you say is just opinion, not fact.
  15. I debated whether I ought to reply here, or privately via a DM. Ultimately, I decided to err on the side of helping subsequent readers, in addition to yourself. Unfortunately, when you say that "that sort of help isn't readily accessible to [you]" ... I believe you. Much has been written on the topic of "healthcare deserts" in the media, with special attention paid to those healthcare deserts of the mental health variety. But, there is still some hope. You need not just "help", but also "help to find help". Here's what I can recommend. Insurance Concierge: This is the phone number on the back of your insurance card. They should be able to connect you to a couple of places locally who take your insurance. Sometimes they work off of old data, though. Social Workers: You can find these folks at hospitals and other community centers. Some of them are actual counselors, sure. But for many of them, their sole job is to connect people with services in the community. Some of them go by the title of "Case Managers". Once they connect you with someone, you'll want to make sure that the provider that they connect you with takes your insurance. Internet Providers: These seem to be new with the onset of COVID. Obviously, since they're available on the internet, geographical location isn't an issue. Some take insurance, and others don't, so be wary. BetterHelp comes to mind, but I know that they don't take insurance. Others include Cerebral, Talkspace, Teladoc. Forbes has a good list here. Healthline, which as memory serves is a government website, has a good ranking here. @tinytheresegave you a good list of Catholic or Christian providers above. A quick Google search can return many more options.
  16. chrysostom

    fides' Jack's Mega Anti-Vax Thread

    By that token, no one aside from doctors should have been promoting getting the shot.
  17. fides' Jack

    fides' Jack's Mega Anti-Vax Thread

    Then it's not real science, is it, when people lose their jobs because they disagree. And if it's not based on real science, it's probably based on politics, or worse. I'm not even qualified to read them? Give me a break. Why don't you judge the studies yourself then. There are many linked in this thread. I've seen many more I haven't linked here. That's a fallacy you've fallen into, and a real one, not one made up by some gen z kids on the internet. I guess you also think because I'm not a woman I should have no say in whether abortion is legal in my state. Or because I've never messed with a ouija board I can't say that it's sinful and harmful to play with one. Amen! And God also bless those who act according to their consciences, regardless of the consequences. And God always give us all the strength to do so.
  18. little2add

    fides' Jack's Mega Anti-Vax Thread

    God bless the men and women who work in healthcare. pray for those who selfishly sacrificed so much to care for the sick and dying souls.
  19. mommas_boy

    fides' Jack's Mega Anti-Vax Thread

    Why do you think that they have lost their jobs? Because of some grand conspiracy? Or because they broke their Oaths, and did harm? These folks are not heroes. You are not qualified to read these studies. You do not have the degree, the coursework, nor the background in following the totality of all of these studies in order to put each individual study into its proper context. You are not a medical professional.
  20. fides' Jack

    fides' Jack's Mega Anti-Vax Thread

    That doesn't mean I'm judging them or condemning them. Maybe you need a refresher on what judgment actually means. All Catholics are called to judge actions. We are warned against judging persons. But even Fauci I don't judge. Only God truly knows the state of his soul. And I pray that God has mercy on him.
  21. little2add

    fides' Jack's Mega Anti-Vax Thread

    You stated repeatedly that taking the covid vaccine is immoral. Maybe this vid will help you comprehend the meaning of “immoral”
  22. fides' Jack

    fides' Jack's Mega Anti-Vax Thread

    I don't condemn anyone. Nor do I judge them in any way whatsoever. I can judge actions, though. I don't judge your wife's actions. I judge the actions of people like Fauci, who should be charged with crimes against humanity. But this is not the first time I've made this claim on this forum. I guess it's the first time you've read it. Why? Lying is a sin, and it's one that most people commit with some regularity. I'm sure you've lied before in your life. But I don't think you would say "shame on you" because I called lying a sin - even though, like the covid shots, most people in the world would say that some lies are not sins at all. Relax. I'm not judging anyone. I'm not condemning anyone. As I said, there were probably, originally, some valid reasons to take the shot. As I don't know you or your wife, I can't say whether it was immoral for her to take it. I can just say it is my opinion that most people who took the shot acted immorally. I don't need to apologize for my opinion. The fact that they were required to be vaccinated and boosted in order to render care to the sick and the elderly speaks to the severity of the health industry. It is completely corrupt at all but the lowest levels, the individual doctors and nurses who truly care about their patients. That fact reveals an egregious violation of the Nuremburg Code.
  23. little2add

    fides' Jack's Mega Anti-Vax Thread

    Are you suggesting that getting the vacine is immoral? Yes. For multiple reasons Do you so condemn people working in the medical fields (doctors, nurses, EPM’s, who Have been vaccinated and boosted in order to render care to The sick and elderly regardless of their status? my wife is an RN she was vaccinated and boosted and exposed herself Along with her coworkers to this deadly virus. Mind you that the real possibility of exposing her elderly parents, her children, her grandchildren and me, her husband to Covid is ever present but she goes into work every day. Her actions to takec the Covid vaccine is not immoral, In any way shape or form. i’m sorry but you are an apology to not only her but to the medical professions who have exposed themselves to this deadly disease to save life and comfort the families who have lost loved one’s, etc. shame on you
  24. I've always wondered: why do you use so many question marks in a row????????????????
  25. Lady Grey, Hot

    How do you deal with prayer when it causes intense anxiety?

    I'm quite sure I would. Unfortunately, that sort of help isn't readily accessible to me, or I wouldn't have turned to the Internet in the first place.
  26. Could be any length for non broadcast, but keeping them at :30 requires real self control. Like writing a haiku. So, decided to keep to :30 and produce a series, keeping some continuity, balancing older and newer footage, and conveying the joy of living our Franciscan Charism. Here's the first:
  27. fides' Jack

    fides' Jack's Mega Anti-Vax Thread

    This is actually incorrect. I meant "almost anyone". Those who were the most susceptible to covid originally probably had enough cause that the morality of both the prudence and abortion arguments were overcome.
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