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The reason this blog is called "Iceman for Christ" is I was a member of Navel Mobile Construction Battalion that complete construction of the South Pole Station in 1974. At that time there was only one priest in Antarctica and I was asked by him to give the eucharistic to my fellow Catholics at a protestant service celebrated by the Battalion Chaplin on Sundays. At that time only priestly consecrated hands could give the eucharist. There were not eucharist ministers at that time. I was given permission by a letter from the bishop to handled our Lord. Years later I was reading the bible and read "and you shall take me to the ends of the earth." I reflected on it for a second and thought Yes, been there done that. Be not afraid and serve Christ King. Greater is HE; than he who is in the world.

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1 Corinthians, Chapter 14, Verse 32-33

32 Indeed, the spirits of prophets are under the prophets’ control, 33 since he is not the God of disorder but of PEACE. 

Peace is not maintained in anarchy. Paul is expressing the need for order in church meetings and for rules of order. Paul concludes with specific directives regarding exercise of the gifts in their assemblies and enunciates the basic criterion in the use of any gift: it must contribute to “building up.” 

Leaders Organize not Hesitate[1] 

He that hesitates is lost. Yet, to act to quickly is also to be rash. Paul wrote to bring order to a church in chaos. Like our modern world churches can be in chaos when there is no leadership. The Corinthian’s were abusing their gifts and calling attention to themselves rather than to Christ. Paul therefore suggests for them to do everything “decently and in order.” John Maxwell submits that there is a leadership lesson that can bring peace to chaos. 

  1. Identify and pursue your top priorities (v.1).
  2. Seek to practice what will benefit the most people (v.2-12).
  3. Communicate clearly (v. 7-8).
  4. See things through the eyes of an outsider (v. 23-25).
  5. Order activities simply for the purpose of adding value to others (v. 26-33).
  6. Make sure everything is done in an appropriate manner (v. 40). 

St. Michael Helper of the Sick and Dying[2] 

Saint Michael the Archangel was the protector of Israel and is also traditionally known as “The Medicine of God.” Saint Michael as the military captain of the church of God has a great interest in the happenings of his people, their calamities and he does not overlook their calls for his aid. Let us therefore have recourse to him in times of sickness. He will most certainly come to our assistance bringing the healing graces of the Redeeming Blood. Yet, if it is the will of the father that we depart from this world Saint Michael does not abandon us for he is especially our advocate at our hour of death and assists at every deathbed for it is part of his office to receive the souls of the elect on their quitting the flesh. When the last hour of our earthly career draws near we are confronted by that awful moment when our soul must leave the body which it has loved so much, to pass through the narrow portal of death, satanic hosts like raving lions will make a last attack upon our souls. But we need not fear (but be at peace) if during life we have had devotion to the Precious Blood and have been faithful in venerating St. Michael and imploring his aid. He will cover us with his strong shield and lead us safely through the midst of our enemies.

 

Fitness Friday-chronic kidney disease

 

I Just found out from my doctor that I have chronic kidney disease. So here is my plan. 

·       Exercise. Focus on daily exercise which includes 20 minutes of cardio followed by 20 minutes resistance training using a modified Universal Man Plan.


o   The morbidity and mortality associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are primarily caused by atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, which may be in part caused by inflammation and oxidative stress. Aerobic exercise and resistance training have been proposed as measures to combat obesity, inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, oxidative stress, insulin resistance, and progression of CKD.[3]

·       Cold Therapy. Inflammatory cytokines play a pivotal role in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and innovative non-pharmacological therapies aimed at limiting cytokine production are highly warranted. Recently, our group showed that healthy volunteers trained in an intervention developed by 'Iceman' Wim Hof were able to voluntarily attenuate the pro-inflammatory response during experimental human endotoxemia (a model of systemic inflammation elicited by administration of lipopolysaccharide [LPS] in healthy volunteers). Subjects trained in the intervention exhibited profound increases in plasma adrenaline levels, a rapid increase of an anti-inflammatory cytokine and subsequent attenuation of the pro-inflammatory response.[4]

o   Wim Hof Method-Free Mini Course


·       Eat less Meat. Plan to eat 60/20/20. 60% fruits and vegetables. 20% fats. 20% protein. (Note: protein is hard on kidneys)[5]


o   Eat Fish[6]


o   Make Soup[7]


·       Have a drink. The link between the quantity consumed per drinking day and getting CKD was U-shaped. Those who had about five or more drinks per drinking day had risk levels about as high non-drinkers. Similar categories of quantity per drinking day were examined. The risks of CKD were lower in the four to seven drinking days per week group than in the one to three drinking days per week group.[8]

·       Daily Rosary. Prayer can provide multiple beneficial effects, such as reduction of mortality in patients with bloodstream infections, reduction of anxiety, and depression and better physical functioning.[9]

·       Sleep 7-8 hours. "Short sleep and fragmented sleep are significant yet unappreciated risk factors for chronic kidney disease progression," said study author Dr. Ana Ricardo, of the University of Illinois at Chicago.[10]


Catechism of the Catholic Church

PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST

SECTION ONE-MAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE SPIRIT

CHAPTER TWO-THE HUMAN COMMUNION

Article 2-PARTICIPATION IN SOCIAL LIFE

Article 3-SOCIAL JUSTICE

1928 Society ensures social justice when it provides the conditions that allow associations or individuals to obtain what is their due, according to their nature and their vocation. Social justice is linked to the common good and the exercise of authority.

Daily Devotions/Practice

·       Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: Absent Fathers (Physically & Spiritually)

·       Rosary. Fast too today is “Occult Day” for the confused

·       Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·       Drops of Christ’s Blood

·       Friday Fish: Fish Curry

·       Universal Man Plan




[1] John Maxwell, The Maxwell Leadership Bible.

[2] St. Michael and the Angels, Tan Books, 1983.

[3] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18155113/

[4] https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03240497

[5]https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/kidney-disease/chronic-kidney-disease-ckd/eating-nutrition

[6]https://www.kidneycoach.com/kidney-nutrients/fish-oil-omega-3-and-its-use-in-kidney-disease/

[7]https://blogs.davita.com/kidney-diet-tips/six-soups-make-season/

[10]https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/news/20161119/poor-sleep-linked-to-worsening-kidney-disease 


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