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We remember Nathan Aguirre (1984-2006)

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On Memorial Day, we remember Nathan Aguirre, the young man from our church killed in Iraq.     

This is from the obituary:   

Nathan was born December 11, 1984, in San Antonio, Texas. His family later moved to Carrollton, where Nathan met his best friend, Joseph Posenecker, at a church gathering. Joseph described Nathan as a leader and a responsible person. “Always keeping us in line,” Joseph said of his friend, “He was very outgoing and wanted to be the best at everything.” Nathan’s family remembers his always adventurous spirit. 
He enjoyed rock climbing so much so that he volunteered at his local climbing gym in order to climb for free. He later became a rock climbing instructor at the gym. Nathan was also passionate about being a Boy Scout, said his mother, Mary. He even designated the Boy Scouts as one of his life insurance beneficiaries. “Boy Scouts presented him with structured adventures and learning along with teaching him leadership skills, responsibility, integrity and loyalty that he embraced with such happiness,” his mother said.
Nathan always longed to serve his country. He joined the Army Reserves while still in high school, putting off plans to attend Texas A&M University to study architecture. 
“He didn’t want to wait four years to go into the service,” Nathan’s father, Louis, said about his son. “He wanted to serve.” 
SPC Aguirre blogged about his experiences in Iraq on his MySpace page. Since his death, his page on the social networking site has turned into an online memorial. 

Nathan’s death reminds us that we live in a dangerous world. We are grateful that young men like Nathan are willing to serve their country.

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May 28, 2018 at 10:15 pm

Fathers is what our kids need!

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As we approach Father’s Day, let’s chat about the “father crisis” in many communities in the US.

Years ago, Juan Williams, author and Fox News contributor, wroteThe Tragedy of America’s Disappearing Fathers:

“The extent of the problem is clear.

The nation’s out-of-wedlock birth rate is 38%.

Among white children, 28% are now born to a single mother; among Hispanic children it is 50% and reaches a chilling, disorienting peak of 71% for black children.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, nearly a quarter of America’s white children (22%) do not have any male in their homes; nearly a third (31%) of Hispanic children and over half of black children (56%) are fatherless.
This represents a dramatic shift in American life.

In the early 1960s, only 2.3% of white children and 24% of black children were born to a single mom.

Having a dad, in short, is now a privilege, a ticket to middle-class status on par with getting into a good college.” 

Fathers’ Day is around the corner.   Let’s remember a simple truth:  We need men to be responsible fathers.

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May 28, 2018 at 10:00 pm

Remember when Chelsea Clinton thought that Donald Trump was really cool for donating $ 100,000 to The Clinton Foundation?

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Remember when Chelsea Clinton thought that Donald Trump was really cool for donating $ 100,000 to The Clinton Foundation?

Well, those were the days my friend, as the song goes.   This is what she is saying now:   “Trump ‘Degrading What It Means to Be an American’

Maybe Chelsea should call on President & Mrs. Clinton to return the money.    On further thought, should any Clinton ever accuse anyone of degrading what it means to be an American?

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May 28, 2018 at 9:45 pm

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Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty and mothers

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Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty of Hungary is one of the great heroes of the 20th century. His life was amazing, from standing up to Hitler and then the communists.

We recall today the Cardinal’spoem:

“MOTHER The Most Important Person on earth is a mother.

She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not.

She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral-a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body. . . The angels have not been blessed with such a grace.

They cannot share in God’s creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven.

Only a human mother can.

Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creature; God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation. .. What on God’s good earth is more glorious than this: to be a mother?

Celebrate Mother’s Day every day of the year.


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May 28, 2018 at 9:30 pm

Bloody weekend in Chicago but does anyone care?

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It happens every weekend but no one seems to care:   “8 people killed, 25 wounded in bloody weekend in Chicago“.

It happened on the heels of a conflict of words between the police union and Mayor Emanuel.    

Many fear that the violence and shootings will increase with summer on its way.

By the way:   “In December 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau released data confirming Illinois had dropped below Pennsylvania as the sixth most populous state in the country, due to four consecutive years of population decline.  Even more troubling was the fact that Illinois’ population loss was primarily driven by Illinoisans relocating to other states at the rate of 1 person every 4.6 minutes.

That’s a lot of people and taxes heading out!

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May 28, 2018 at 9:00 pm

The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda

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Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda……We will look at Memorial Day 2018 and the alarming ignorance of US history among young people…..President Trump and North Korea…….What is James Clapper talking about and the so called ‘spy gate’ scandal?……Iran nuclear deal and Germany……Dave Hogg and Publix……Pelosi is GOP friend # 1………Ireland approves abortion and the reaction raises questions…….and other stories………….

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Source: The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda 05/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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May 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Monday’s video: Cautiously optimistic about Colombia

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May 28, 2018 at 9:15 am