by baldilocks

Today was one of those days when I didn’t know what I was going to write about until the last second. Then, “out of the blue,” God gave me something.

My deadline is always 400PM PST and I was a little panicky in my search for a topic, though the boss is very lenient about the deadline. Okay, he’s a lot lenient.

Nevertheless, I don’t like to take advantage of Peter’s easy-going nature.

Right in mid-search, someone knocks on my door. I’ll spare you my inner monologue in response. I get up to look through my door’s peephole and it’s my upstairs neighbor, Melinda — a very nice lady who never knocks on my door.

“Can you help me?” And before she tells me what she needs help with, I make my deadline excuse.

“Okay, she says, good-naturedly. She’s so nice about it that I feel bad.

“What do you need?”

“Can you help me take my groceries upstairs?”

That I could do. So, I come out into the foyer of the building and there are her two bags on the floor. I pick them up and they’re heavy, but not unsupportable. So, Melinda goes up the stairs in front of me carrying two bags also.

Melinda is a few years older than I am, but she is also more overweight than I am and can barely navigate the short one-flight stairway carrying two bags. But I had no problem whatsoever getting my two up the stairs. I just turned 57.

So, the points of this blurb is this: always help your neighbors, be thankful for your health and, most importantly, that God provides in mysterious ways if you let Him.

Thanks, God.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Hit Da Tech Guy Blog’s Tip Jar for his new not-GoDaddy host!

Or hit Juliette’s!

I speak to Anne Feaster Co-Author of Spiritual Deceptions specifically about Yoga and eastern practices at the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show in Lancaster PA

You can buy her book here


Sept 1st Voices of CMN 2018 Anne Feaster Co-Author of Spiritual Deceptions

Aug 31st Voices of CMN 2018 AJ Cattapan Author 7 Riddles to Nowhere

Aug 30th Voices of CMN 2018 Virginia Lieto Author Finding Patience

Aug 29th Voices of CMN 2018 Tony Agnesi: Author: A Storytellers Guide to Joyful Service

Aug 28th Voices of CMN 2018 Steven Ryan Author The Madonna Files and Mystic Post blog

Aug 27th Michael Manley Author: The Resurrection Network

Aug 26th Voices of CMN 2018 Maurice Prater Author: Saved by the Alphabet

Aug 25th Voices of CMN 2018 Catholic Author Marge Fenelon

Aug 24th: Voices of CMN 2018 Linda Rose Author: Strength for your Journey

Aug 23rd Voices at CMN 2018 Kevin Rush Author: The Lance and the Veil

Aug 22nd Voices of CMN 2018 Kendra Von Esh Author: Am I Catholic

Aug 21st Voices of CMN 2018 Jennifer Angelle Hugs from Heaven

Aug 20th Voices of CMN 2018 John and Claire Grabowski Authors of One Body

Aug 19th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr. Bill McCarthy Author: God Bless America

Aug 18th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr. Chris Alar Author: After Suicide

Aug 17th Voices of CMN 2018 Dr Hellen Hoffner Author Catholic Traditions and Treasures

Aug 16th Voices of CMN 2018 Chris Faddis Author: It is well Life in the Storm

Aug 15th Voices of CMN 2018 Bud McFarlane and Ginny Mooney on the Messiah mini series

Aug 14th Voices of CMN 2018 Virginia Pillars Author Broken Brain Fortified Faith

Aug 13th Voices of CMN 2018 David Tittle Musicians for Life new CD “It’s a Life”

Aug 12th Voices of CMN 2018 Novena for Our Nation Starting Aug 15th & Rosary Coast to Coast Oct 7th

Aug 11th Voices at the 2018 CMN Moria Noonan Co-Author: Spiritual Deceptions

Aug 10th Voices of CMN 2018 Lesliea Wahl Author: An Unexpected Role

Aug 9th Voices of CMN 2018 Gerard Hasenhuetti Compassionate Capitalism The Intersection of Economic Growth and Social Justice

Aug 8th
Voices at CMN 2018 Ruth Apollonia Author of Annabelle of Anchony

Voices at CMN 2018 Kimberly Cook My Hand in Yours Yours in Mine Catholic Authors

Aug 6th Voices at CMN 2018 August Turak Author: Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life

Aug 5th Voices at CMN 2018 Fr. Edward Looney Author A Heart Like Mary’s

Aug 4th: Karina Fabian of the Catholic Writers Guild or A Preview of Blogging Attractions


My pay for this comes from the voluntary contributions of readers.  If you think this work is worth your while and wish to support it and my writers please subscribe to the site below.


Choose a Subscription level


Of course one time tip jar hits are welcome as well



Or buying my book Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer

Either way it’s most appreciated.

By DonkeyHotey (Donald Trump Is Not Going to Sue Pope Francis) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
President Trump and Pope Francis are about as far apart on the spectrum as you can get. Both men lead large organizations and have tried to implement big change. Most importantly, both are renegotiating deals. Let’s compare those results.

Pope Francis has been working to reunite a breakaway faction, called SSPX, most of his time in office. He has also been working to restore relationship with China and begin appointing bishops there. President Trump declared his intent to renegotiate trade deals, specifically with the European Union, Mexico and Canada.

These negotiations are tough. Both sides were fairly entrenched. Yet today we are reading about President Trumps successes and (not reading) Pope Francis’ failures. Why is that?

Continue reading “A tale of two negotiators”

Amy Kaine: You don’t have to be a hero, not for me.
Wil Kaine: I’m not not trying to be a hero. If you think I like this, you’re crazy.

High Noon 1952

Father Karras: I think it might be helpful if I gave you some background on the different personalities Regan has manifested. So far, I’d say there seem to be three. She’s convinced…
Father Merrin: There is only one.

The Exorcist 1973

Looking at the fallout from both the Vigano letter and the PA grand jury report that preceded it that amazingly has suddenly become a back burner issue it seems to be that everyone has lost sight of what’s going on here.

If you go to the media and the net all of this has become about competing narratives within the church depending on your political or religious view.

For the left/media it’s become all about protecting a liberal pope who they see as the key to remaking the church in their image for the right it’s exactly the opposite.

I’m not going to debate the merits of Pope Francis, here, but I want to point out something, the idea that the Pope was covering up for a group of serial predators and may have been involved in some financial irregularities so outrageous that it caused a wave of resignations at the Papal foundation, is a not a cause for celebration because of political advantage.  That any Pope might do such a thing is as much a cause for shame and embarrassment as the idea of princes of the church repeatedly covering for priests and bishops who have made a mockery of their vows.

Furthermore this isn’t the first church scandal we’ve seen and it isn’t the last.  Since the days of Susanna was accused of adultery when she refused the advances of two Elder Judges (Daniel Chapter 13)  and Simon the Magician tried to buy the gifts of the Holy Spirit for gain (Acts Chapter 8) there have been those who tied to use the gifts of the spirit and church to satisfy their lusts and power, but in the end the Church endures.

There should be one primary focus for any faithful Catholic in this crisis and any Catholic Priest, Bishop or Cardinal faithful to his vows:  What is the best path for the salvation of souls?

As lay people, we can do this best by prayer and the sacraments and acts consistent with paying for the sins of ourselves and the church and I’ll be the first to admit this is a goal that to my embarrassment I’ve fallen short of on a regular basis.

As faithful members of the clergy this can best be done by carrying themselves consistent with their vows, fearlessly proclaiming the truths of the faith, and addressing the sins of the church directly and fearlessly with both truth and acts of reparation.

For those who have disgraced the church this can best be done repentance, confession and contrition for the sins of cowardice in covering up the sins of the church and giving up those who have committed civil crimes to civil authorities.

I submit and suggest we, the church and souls would be better served by remember that our opponents online are not the enemy.  The real enemy is Satan and the would like nothing better than us ignoring the real fight rather than  concentrating on what we can do and can control in terms of saving souls.

This is spiritual warfare and the sooner we understand that and act accordingly the sooner we will win.