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Kindergartner Told Not to Pray


Kindergartner praying at lunch says teacher told her, ‘You’re not allowed to pray’
By Charlene Sakoda
Apr 1, 2014 5:42 PM
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An Oviedo, Florida family was shocked after they heard their 5-year-old daughter’s account of an incident at the girl’s school during lunch. As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, the kindergartener (whose name is not being released) told her family that a ‘lunch teacher’ at Carillon Elementary School stopped her when she bowed her head in prayer during the meal.

Marcos Perez’s daughter explaining the lunch prayer incident. (YouTube/Marcos Perez)
Last week Marcos Perez, the girl’s father, posted a YouTube video of his daughter explaining the lunchtime interaction. In the footage she recounts the confrontation saying, “My lunch teacher told me that, when I was about to say something, she said, ‘You’re not allowed to pray.’” According to her account the girl continued the conversation with the teacher saying, “’It’s good to pray.’ And she just said, ‘It’s not good.’”

The family says the exchange happened the week of March 10. However, Seminole County Public School officials report that Carillon Elementary’s principal, AnaLynn Jones, spoke to the cafeteria staff present during that time and they do not recall the incident nor interacting with the girl.

WKMG Local 6 spoke to Michael Lawrence, the communications officer for Seminole County Schools who said, “The situation as stated by the parent has not occurred according to the school’s investigation…We’re dealing with very young children here so there’s quite a bit of an opportunity for miscommunication to occur. The timing and the issues were very odd considering that the first thing that happened was that a video was done, it was on YouTube.” The school district says the parents did not contact school officials until after posting the YouTube video, but Mr. Perez denied that claim and said he sent the district several emails before his post.

A coincidence that is too striking to ignore was pointed out by the Orlando Sentinel. The paper wrote that Marcos Perez is the “…vice president of sales at Charisma House, a Lake Mary-based Christian book publisher. The company is currently promoting the book ‘God Less America: Real Stories from the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values,’ by Fox News host Todd Starnes. Starnes reported on the lunch prayer controversy for Fox News Radio.”

The school did not interview the young student, who has since been pulled out of Carillon Elementary and will instead be home schooled. Both Lawrence and the family’s lawyer, Jeremiah Dys, senior counsel for the Texas based Liberty Institute, say that the identity of the staff member allegedly involved has not been given.

Dys has sent the school board and the Carillon principal a letter demanding an apology to the family by April 7 and assurances that steps will be taken to avoid a similar incident in the future.

Lawrence said that Principal Jones would remind Carillon Elementary staff that students are allowed to pray in school, adding, “If a student wishes to pray at lunch to herself we do not have a policy against that.”

Videos and more info: Orlando Sentinel, WKMG, YouTube/Marcos Perez

The Irresistible Novena


I took a bus trip recently. The bus was half full, with plenty of empty seats, but a woman asked if she could sit next to me.

I was reading a book called “The Wonder of Guadalupe” by Francis Johnston, and after a few minutes of small talk, she motioned to the book and asked if I was religious. I told her I was a Catholic.

She told me she had been raised as a Pentecostal, but fell away from the church when her mother died. She also said she was taught to be wary of Catholics because they changed the Bible and worshipped Mary.

I told her the Bible came from the Church, and that Catholics don’t worship Mary, but they do pray to her to intercede on their behalf.

“Suppose I had a friend whose father owned a business,” I told her. “And I wanted to get a job there. I could talk to my friend’s father myself, or I could talk to my friend and say, ‘Hey, can you put in a good word for me with your dad?’ Since the recommendation is coming from his son, the father might give it more weight than if I just asked him for a job myself. Catholics pray to Mary to ask her to put in a good word for them with her son, Jesus.”

“When you explain it that way it makes sense,” she said.

We talked for about two hours and when we parted she said she might try going to church again.

Later, thinking of Mary’s role as an intercessor, I leafed through a book called “Our Lady of Beauraing” by Don Sharkey and Joseph Debergh, O.M.I. On page 79, I discovered the Irresistible Novena.

A girl named Fortuna Agrelli was very sick and pronounced incurable. On February 16, 1884, she and her relatives began a novena of Rosaries. (In my understanding, a novena is a prayer or an act of grace repeated for nine days in a row.) On March 3, Mary appeared to Fortuna and said:

“Since you have called me by the title so pleasing to me, ‘Queen of the Holy Rosary,’ I can no longer refuse the favor you ask, for this name is most precious and dear to me. Make three novenas and you shall obtain all.”

Fortuna performed three novenas over 27 days and she was cured.

Later, Mary appeared to her again and said, “Whoever desires to obtain favors from me should make three novenas of the prayers of the Rosary in petition and three novenas in Thanksgiving.”

This has become known as the Irresistible Novena. Three novenas of Rosaries in petition, followed by three novenas of Rosaries in Thanksgiving, whether the favor is granted or not. A total of 54 days of Rosaries.

If anyone has ever performed the Irresistible Novena, please post your experiences. I would love to hear them.

Prayer Request Update From 11-2-2013

Dear Fellowship Family I’d like to thank you and update you on this prayer request.


I had asked for prayers for a 13 year old boy named Nick, and his Mom and Dad Vinny and Deanna , and his 17 yr old brother Vincent. They are family friends. Nick choked on a piece of candy on Halloween night and his Dad was unable to dislodge it. Anyway by Sunday night the Dr.’s had determined there was no brain activity and the decision was made to take him off the respirator Monday afternoon and his organs were donated.

There is no answer to why in this, but I do know that a 43 yr old man was to get his heart, someone the lungs, 4 people were to split the liver, and someone the eyes.

Today a wake will be held and tomorrow the Funeral Mass.

If you can say a Prayer for Them it would be most appreciated. I have no idea how parents can go on from here.

So maybe it was Nicks job to give life back to all these people.

If you are not an organ donor won’t you consider it. I am and it was easy. I know here in Fla. I just checked a box at Motor Vehicle when I renewed my licence. I have put 2 links below. The first is some myths about organ donation and the second is like a National registry.



Thank You,  Steve

Your Prayers Are Needed Once Again. Updated 11-4

Please allow me a personal request, but if you can please pray for a 13 yr old boy named Nick who is in hospital right now and the situation is not good.

His Mother and my Wife are good friends and my Son and Nick have played together many times.

Nick went trick or treating and afterward was eating a piece of candy and choked on it. His Father tried the Heimlich, but could not dislodge it. He was airlifted to Bayfront and from here it gets a bit sketchy.

All we know is he is/was in a coma. He is not “responsive” whatever that means. He has stabilized  but by no means is he out of the woods.

Please if you can in your busy day say a quick prayer for this little guy.

Thank you FOTM Warriors,


Updated 11-4

The Dr’s have determined there is no brain activity. As such the ventilator is keeping him going.  Vinny and Deanna have had to make the most agonizing decision ever. I believe Nick will be taken off respirator this afternoon and will probably expire.

They are planning on donating his organs. Please if you can remember Nick and his Mom and Dad and brother Vincent in a prayer today it would be appreciated.

Mysterious Priest Performs Miracle At Site of Mercedes Crash

UPDATE (Aug. 12, 2013):

The priest has come forward! He is Fr. Patrick Dowling of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri. (See Dr. Eowyn’s post here.)

The riddle of the ‘angel priest‘: Holy man appeared from nowhere to pray with trapped girl and rescuers in traffic accident, told them she would be OK and then vanished

  • Katie Lentz was hit head-on by a drunk driver on Sunday morning on an isolated stretch of Missouri highway
  • Emergency workers battled for over an hour to rescue her but they couldn’t free her from the car wreck
  • Lentz requested a moment of prayer and a priest appeared – even though the road was blocked off
  • He prayed and told the rescuers that Lentz would now be freed – and she was
  • They turned to thank him – but he was gone


7 August 2013

Pinned inside her mangled Mercedes, seriously injured and fading fast, Katie Lentz turned to her rescuers on the lonely open stretch of Missouri highway and asked them to pray.

Struck head-on by a drunk driver on Sunday morning, emergency workers had been battling for an hour and a half to free Lentz, but to no avail.

But as they joined hands a Catholic priest appeared, even though there were no bystanders and the road was blocked, who offered a prayer and an instruction to the rescuers that they would now be able to free her.

Suddenly, heavy equipment needed to cut through the metal arrived from a nearby town and Lentz was pulled from the wreck in time to be saved – but when they turned to thank the priest, he was gone.

‘He came up and approached the patient, and offered a prayer,’ Chief Raymond Reed told KHQA-TV.

‘It was a Catholic priest who had anointing oil with him. A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well.

‘I can’t be for certain how it was said, but myself and another firefighter, we very plainly heard that we should remain calm, that our tools would now work and that we would get her out of that vehicle.’

Katie Lentz

Katie Lentz

Smushed Car

Smushed Car


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2386627/The-riddle-angel-priest-Holy-man-appeared-pray-trapped-girl-rescuers-traffic-accident-told-OK-vanished.html#ixzz2bOLG6NYx
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Just found this: MYSTERY: Doesn’t appear in 70 photos of scene… 



Done with paint

Done with paint

Click here for composite sketch of the mysterious priest’s face.

Hello, God

Sometimes, a simple but heartfelt prayer is better than an elaborate formal one. Here’s a lovely prayer that’s touching in its simplicity.


Hello, God

Hello God, I called tonight
To talk a little while.
I need a friend who’ll listen
To my anxieties and trials.

You see, I can’t quite make it
Through a day just on my own.
I need your love to guide me
So I’ll never feel alone.

I want to ask you, please, to keep
My family safe and sound.
Come and fill their lives with confidence
For whatever fate they’re bound.

Give me faith, dear God, to face
Each hour throughout the day,
And not to worry over things
I can’t change in any way.

I thank you God, for being home
And listening to my call,
For giving me such good advice
When I stumble and fall.

Your number, God, is the only one
That answers every time.
I never get a busy signal,
Never had to pay a dime.

So, thank you, God, for listening
To my troubles and my sorrow.
Good night, God. I love You so,
And I’ll call again tomorrow!
P.S. Please bless all my friends and family too. 

H/t my sis-in-law Shireen.


20 tips to prevent senile dementia

A survey by Harvard University School of Public Health and the Alzheimer’s Europe consortium in February 2012 found that the second leading health concern (after cancer) among adults is Dementia.

Dementia is not a single disease, but refers to a disease syndrome  in which affected areas of cognition may be memory, attention, language, and problem solving. Some of the most common forms of dementia are: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, semantic dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. Fewer than 10% of cases of dementia are due to causes that may presently be reversed with treatment.

The above medical illustration is provided courtesy of Alzheimer’s Disease Research, a program of BrightFocus Foundation.

Too many of us start worrying about dementia after retirement – and that may be too little, too late. Experts say that if you really want to ward off dementia, you need to start taking care of your  brain in your 30s and 40s – or even earlier.

“More and more research is suggesting that lifestyle is very important to your brain’s health,” says Dr. Paul Nussbaum, a neuro-psychologist and an adjunct associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “If you want to live a long, healthy life, then many of us need to start as early as we can.”

So what can you do to beef up your brain – and possibly ward off dementia? Nussbaum, who recently gave a speech on the topic for the Winter Park (Fla.) Health Foundation, offers 20 tips that may help.

1. Join clubs or organizations that need volunteers. If you start volunteering now, you won’t feel lost and unneeded after you retire.

2. Develop a hobby or two. Hobbies help you develop a robust brain because you’re trying something new and complex.

3. Practice writing with your non-dominant hand several minutes everyday. This will exercise the opposite side of your brain and fire up those neurons.

4. Take dance lessons. In a study of nearly 500 people, dancing was the only regular physical activity associated with a significant decrease in the incidence of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The people who danced three or four times a week showed 76% less incidence of dementia than those who danced only once a week or not at all.

5. Need a hobby? Start gardening. Researchers in New Zealand found that, of 1,000 people, those who gardened regularly were less likely to suffer from dementia! Not only does gardening reduce stress, but gardeners use their brains to plan gardens; they use visual and spatial reasoning to lay out a garden.

6. Walking daily can reduce the risk of dementia because cardiovascular health is important to maintain blood flow to the brain.Or… buy a pedometer and walk 10,000 steps a day.

7. Read and write daily. Reading stimulates a wide variety of brain areas that process and store information. Likewise, writing (not copying) stimulates many areas of the brain as well.

8. Start knitting. Using both hands works both sides of your brain. And it’s a stress reducer.

9. Learn a new language. Whether it’s a foreign language or sign language, you are working your brain by making it go back and forth between one language and the other. A researcher in England found that being bilingual seemed to delay symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease for four years.  And some research suggests that the earlier a child learns sign language, the higher his IQ – and people with high IQs are less likely to have dementia. So start them early.

10. Play board games such as Scrabble and Monopoly. Not only are you taxing your brain, you’re socializing too. Playing solo games, such as solitaire or online computer brain games can be helpful, but Nussbaum prefers games that encourage you to socialize too.

11. Take classes throughout your lifetime. Learning produces structural and chemical changes in the brain, and education appears to help people live longer. Brain researchers have found that people with advanced degrees live longer – and if they do have Alzheimer’s, it often becomes apparent only in the very later stages of the disease.

12. Listen to classical music. A growing volume of research suggests that music may hard wire the brain, building links between the two hemispheres. Any kind of music may work, but there’s some research that shows positive effects for classical music, though researchers don’t understand why.

13. Learn a musical instrument. It may be harder than it was when you were a kid, but you’ll be developing a dormant part of your brain.

14. Travel. When you travel (whether it’s to a distant vacation spot or on a different route across town), you’re forcing your brain to navigate a new and complex environment. A study of London taxi drivers found experienced drivers had larger brains because they have to store lots of information about locations and how to navigate there.

15. Pray. Daily prayer appears to help your immune system. And people who attend a formal worship service regularly live longer and report happier, healthier lives.

16. Learn to meditate. It’s important for your brain that you learn to shut out the stresses of everyday life.

17. Get enough sleep. Studies have shown a link between interrupted sleep and dementia.

18. Eat more foods containing Omega-3 fatty acids: Salmon, sardines, tuna, ocean trout, mackerel or herring, plus walnuts (which are higher in omega 3s than salmon) and flaxseed. Flaxseed oil, cod liver oil and walnut oil are good sources too.

19. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants in fruits and vegetables mop up some of the damage caused by free radicals, one of the leading killers of brain cells.

20. Eat at least one meal a day with family and friends. You’ll slow down, socialize, and research shows you’ll eat healthier food than if you ate alone or on the go.

H/t my sis-in-law Shireen.


O Child Unborn, I’ll Pray For You



REAL AMERICANS: Kelleigh Nelson Lays it On the Line

As you know, my friend, Kelleigh Nelson of Knoxville, sends me many of the stories I’ve posted here.  After attending a number of Tea Party events in East Tennessee and finding they’ve been co-opted by RINOs who wrap up their destructive policies in patriotic rhetoric, she was inspired to write this, the cry of her heart .  ~LTG


The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to “create” rights. Rather they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting.””
–– Justice William J. Brennan (1906-1997) U. S. Supreme Court Justice

I know that God is still on the throne and that only He is our answer through his son, the King of Glory, Jesus the Messiah.  As for this country, my heart hurts and especially during July 4th celebrations for what we once were and what we’ve now become. 

I need to write about this…because whenever I think of what has happened to us, tears spring to my eyes.  The fact is our electorate has purposely been dumbed down and most of them haven’t a clue. Sadly that includes a lot of Tea Party folks, Oath keepers, We the People, and lesser known groups. I know that prayer is the only thing that will save us. I know that as a country we must get on our faces and plead with God for mercy. I know that the only chance we have of saving our republic and liberty is with God. I know that the enemy of freedom is satan (purposely not capitalized) and that this entity wants us in chains. I know that every day the chains grow stronger and tighter. I know that it may be too late when the rest of the sleeping giant awakes. And I know that in many hearts the knowledge of our bondage is known and rebelled against daily with every fiber of our beings. I know that many people believe it’s too late. I also know that until my dying breath I cannot give up fighting for what my country once was, the greatest bastion of freedom ever known in world history. Continue reading

You Can’t Hang This One On Me Copper…

Two little boys, ages 8 and 6, are excessively mischievous.*

They are always getting into trouble and their parents
know if any mischief occurs in their town,
the two boys are probably involved.

The boys’ mother heard that a preacher in town
had been successful in disciplining children,
so she asked if he would speak with her boys.
The preacher agreed, but he asked to see them individually.

The mother sent the 6 year old in the morning,
with the older boy to see the preacher in the afternoon.
The preacher, a huge man with a deep booming voice,

sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly,
“Do you know where God is, son?”

The boy’s mouth dropped open, but he made no response,
sitting there wide-eyed with his mouth hanging open.*

*So the preacher repeated the question in an even sterner tone,
“Where is God?
Again, the boy made no attempt to answer

The preacher raised his voice even more and shook his finger
in the boy’s face and bellowed, **/”WHERE IS GOD?”/**
The boy screamed & bolted from the room,
ran directly home & dove into his closet,
slamming the door behind him.

When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked,
“What happened?”
The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied,
“We’re in BIG trouble this time!”
“GOD is missing, and they think WE did it!”*

~Eowyn & Steve~           H/T    JosephF