Friday, September 3, 2021

Covid vs Abortion

In the year (12 months) 2018 there were 619,591 abortions in the US. In the 18 months of COVID we have had 664,831 COVID deaths.

In New York State there have been 53,925 deaths from COVID. In 2017 there were 105,380 abortions.

In California there have been 66,247 deaths from COVID and in 2017 California had 132,680 abortions.

When one looks at these numbers we have to ask why we are not putting as much effort into stopping abortion as we are trying to stop COVID? Some in our government seem to think we should even be paying to put the unborn to death. We can see that many of those who want to close down cities and states to save lives that could be lost to COVID are the same ones who want to take the lives of the unborn.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Remembering those who have died in battle

This Memorial Day I'd like to especially remember the following who gave all fighting for their country.  I've been updating this list on Facebook each year as I make new discoveries. 

Sergeant William W. Smith was born about 1825 in Pennsylvania
4th great-grandfather
Died January 18, 1863 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee of wounds received at Stones River, Tennessee on December 31, 1862.

Private James Edward Mackerel was born in 1836 in Cork, Ireland
husband of 3rd great-grandmother
Died on August 3, 1864, in Andersonville, Georgia. He was 28.

Sergeant Washington Lafayette McCollam was born on August 1, 1842 in Middlesex, Pennsylvania 
4th great uncle
Died on May 22, 1864, in Andersonville, Georgia. He was 21.

Private John T Hanlon was born on April 3, 1898 in Hermosa, South Dakota
1st Cousin 2x removed
Died November 7, 1917, in Belgium. He was 19.
He was part of the Canadian Forces

Private 1st Class Charles Crawford Walker was born on March 28, 1918 in Chamberlain, South Dakota
2nd Cousin 2x removed
Died on June 15, 1944, in Manche, France. He was 26

Private 1st Class Donald Dean Peckman was born March 3, 1924 in Kearney, Nebraska
Husband of my 2nd Cousin 1x removed
Died November 3, 1944 in France. He was 20

Aviation Radioman 3rd Class Donald Davis Crawford was born about 1925 in South Dakota
2nd Cousin 2x removed
MIA, declared dead November 25, 1944 in the Pacific Theater. He was 19.

Private Thomas Maynard Black was born on November 11, 1925 in Davenport, Iowa
3rd Cousin 2x removed
Died March 3, 1945, in the Pacific Theater. He was 19.

TSgt Jack Highland Maltsberger was born on September 17, 1928 in Lake Stevens, Washington
Husband of 2nd cousin 2x removed
Died March 18,  1953 Plane crash Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. He was 24.

Captain Thomas Edward Nichols was born on April 1, 1938, in Abilene, Texas
3rd cousin 2x removed
Died on February 1, 1969, in Tân An, Long An, Vietnam. He was 30.

Lieutenant, Junior Grade Thomas Edward Brown was born on September 26, 1941 in Davenport, Iowa
4th Cousin 1x removed
MIA, declared dead April 29, 1966 in North Vietnam. He was 24.

Monday, April 12, 2021

New assignment

On the weekend of April 11, 2021 Father Robert Grosch, the parish priest at Saint Patrick Co-Cathedral in Billings announced his upcoming retirement, effective June 30th.   I am excited to announce that I'll be appointed as the new pastor, effective July 1. I am excited to be returning to Saint Patrick. This was my first assignment as a newly ordained priest.  Please pray for Father Bob as he transitions away from active parish ministry.  Please pray for me as I prepare to make the move to return to Saint Patrick. Pray for Deacon John Pankratz who will be ordained to the priesthood on June 24th and will become the parochial vicar at Saint Patrick.  Father Garrett Nelson will assume the role of pastor at our present assignment at Saint Mary in Livingston.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Armed With the Faith

 The connection between the Knights of Columbus and the Military has existed over a long period of years.  I am proud to say I've been a chaplain for both.  Please check out this video produced by the Knights of Columbus.

Monday, March 8, 2021

I've Been Gone for a While - Genealogy Update

It's been a while since I last posted to my blog.  I had a random thought to share.

One of the things I've been working on is my family tree. I can go back at least as far as all eight sets of my great-great-grandparents. Some lines have gone back even further. 

It's been interesting looking at my DNA. I've had test submitted to three different organizations. They've come up with different backgrounds. I thought I show you a comparison 


Ireland 56% 
England and Northwestern Europe 30% 
Scotland 12% 
Wales 2% 

My Heritage 

Scandinavian 37.8% 
Irish, Scottish, and Welsh 21.0% 
North and West European 19.5% 
Iberian 17.5% 
English 3.3% 
Central Asian 0.9% 

Family Tree DNA 

England, Wales, and Scotland 54% 
Ireland 35% 
Central Europe 9% 
Baltic >2%

As I look at the variations, it makes me wonder if the My Heritage results are showing results of the Viking invasions of the British Isles and Ireland.  

I hope I remember to hope on here a little more frequently again.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Windy Day

The wind can create some fun for drivers in the Livingston area.

Friday, December 4, 2015

The facts shoot holes in Obama's claim that US is only host to mass killings | Fox News

Here are some interesting facts about the US being the only place that mass killings take place on a regular basis.  One has to remember our area and population when computing the reality of the situation.

The facts shoot holes in Obama's claim that US is only host to mass killings | Fox News:

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Obama says response to shootings has become too routine in wake of Oregon college shooting | Fox News

"I'd ask the American people to think about how they can get our government to change these laws and to save lives and to let young people grow up, and that will require a change of politics on this issue," Obama said.

He states in his speech, "We've become numb to this."

How easily he ignores the fact that over 3000 babies are aborted each day.  We have become numb, and it starts with letting those babies be murdered every day.  It continues when we see videos of Planned Parenthood selling body parts and think that it is no big deal. We are numb to the who business because it happens in a room, outside of the reports from the press.

Obama says response to shootings has become too routine in wake of Oregon college shooting | Fox News: ""We've become numb to this," Obama said."

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Life matters

Another police officer was killed last night. I just say a video of a group of people who attacked a carnival ride operator because the line was not moving fast enough. People ask the question, "Why is this happening?"

I'd like to offer a few suggestions about why this may be happening.

Let's start with abortion. When we think that it is ok the kill the most defenseless in our society, is it any wonder that we care little about others as well.

What about the break down of the family? A family should be made up of a male father, a female mother, and children. Today there are many families that are fatherless because of a lack of commitment on the part of fathers. Without a mother and a father to form and discipline children, they are often adrift in their formation into caring adults.

Oh, and then there is contraception. Families are limiting themselves to one, maybe two children, and then spoil them excessively. The children tend to think that everything is about them and their wants. Children from larger families, with a mother and a father, tend to learn a little bit more about sacrifice and service instead of being pampered.

These are just a few quick thoughts. It is not a well developed blog post, but if I don't post what I've typed now, I might not get back to finish it.

Pray for our families, pray for life, pray for holy marriages, pray for our country.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Protecting the innocent?

In light of the recent shooting at a church in South Carolina, I've heard the following from various politicians.

According the the Huffington Post online, President Obama said the following:

"Any death of this sort is a tragedy, any shooting involving multiple victims is a tragedy," he said. "There is something particularly heartbreaking about death happening at a place in which we seek solace and we seek peace.
"I've had to make statements like this too many times. Communities have had to endure tragedies like this too many times," he continued. "Once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun. ... We as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries."
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, again according to the Huffington Post, said the following:

"We can have common sense gun reforms that keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and the violently unstable while respecting responsible gun owners," she said. "The stakes are too high, the costs are too dear, and I am not and will not be afraid to keep fighting for common sense reforms, and along with you, achieve those on behalf of all who have been lost because of this senseless gun violence in this country."

As I have asked before after shootings, where is the outrage for the 3,000+ babies aborted every day, most of whom are black?