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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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Thanksgiving Antarctica 1973

Growing up in Arizona and living in the desert Thanksgiving was always sunny and usually warm as well as a little disappointing because of no snow. In school we would sing, “Over the river and through the woods to Grandmothers house we would go…through the white and wintery snow.” I had visions but no real experience. All that change when I joined the Navy and became a structural steelworker and was assigned to build a station for the National Science Foundation at the geographic South Pole in October 1973. It was the summertime in Antarctic and the sun stayed up and would not set March 1974. Although it was the summer the temperatures still were belong zero and averaged around 45 below zero. We worked two 12 hour shifts 24 hours a day. We were in a hurry to complete the project before the sun went down. Sundays were half days so we could attend religious services. We were not going to stop work for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Then all that changed.

The evening of November 21st there was a big party that night—because by of a proclamation from President Nixon we were having the entire Thanksgiving Day off!  The guys were excited. Some of the guys were planning to go over to the Old South Pole Station club but I was a little tired I thought I would just take it easy. 

Proclamation 4255 - Thanksgiving Day, 1973


November 16, 1973


By the President of the United States of America


A Proclamation


In the first Thanksgiving, man affirmed his determination to live in God’s grace and to act in God’s will on the shores of a new land of promise. In this Thanksgiving season we reaffirm that determination.


Time has not dimmed, not circumstance diminished the need for God’s hand in all that America may justly endeavor. In times of trial and of triumph that single truth reasserts itself, and a people who have never bowed before men go gladly to their knees in submission to divine power, and in thanks for divine sustenance.


On this Thanksgiving Day we mark the 10th anniversary of the tragic death of President John F. Kennedy. As we give thanks for the bounty and goodness of our land, therefore, let us also pause to reflect on President Kennedy’s contributions to the life of this Nation we love so dearly.


Those who celebrated the first thanksgiving had endured hardship and loss, but they kept alive their hope and their faith. Throughout our history, each generation has endured hardship and loss, but our faith and trust in God’s providence has remained undiminished. At this first thanksgiving in twelve years in which the United States will have been at peace, we see that God’s grace also remain undiminished. For this we give thanks.


Now, Therefore, I, Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States of America, in accordance with the wish of the Congress as expressed in Section 6103 of Title 5 of the United States Code, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 22, 1973, as a day of national thanksgiving, and concurrently, a day of prayer for the memory of John F. Kennedy. Let all Americans unite on this day, giving thanks for the manifold blessings vouchsafed our people, and inviting all of those less fortunate than ourselves to share in those blessings in God’s name, for His sake, and for our own.


In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred seventy-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred ninety-eight.

Club 250

Brillo, my best friend, and I decided to use the day off to head on over to the Old South Pole ourselves.  It was about a half a mile away, but it took us a lot longer than we thought.  It was slow trekking the distance through the loose snow.  Along the way, we passed a railroad sign that some humorous people put up out there.  When we got there, our intent was to get in the sauna, which was about 200 degrees.  We stripped and got in.  It was about the first time I had felt warm the whole time I had been there.

While we were in the sauna, we decided today was the day we were going to join club 250.  As soon as we got so warm, we couldn’t stand it anymore; we jumped out of the sauna with nothing but our boots on and started running the distance from the sauna; up a 100-foot ramp to the outside of the station where it was about 50 below zero.  Thus, the name, club 250, we went from plus 200 to minus 50 and made a 250-degree temperature change. We ran over to the international marker for the South Pole with signs to all the different places and flags from many nations.  It was interesting because even though Brillo was right next to me all I saw was a cloud because his body was giving off so much steam.  When we got to the international marker, we ran around the pole three times and then headed back to the sauna.  I mean think about it we just ran around the world naked three times. Brillo and I quickly headed back to the sauna as we were just beginning to lose our steam.

After we had, had a good warm up, we headed back on up to the international marker this time with our clothes on, to take pictures.  Brillo mentioned that the other day a guy brought his golf balls and club over here and putted around the world in two strokes. 


After our outing we then we headed back to our camp for our Thanksgiving dinner meticulously prepared for our delights. It was a great feast. After we ate our Thanksgiving meal, watched movies, and we then of course stopped off at the Last Chance Saloon where we sang, “Over the river and through the woods to Grandmothers house we would go…through the white and wintery snow.” It was indeed a Thanksgiving to remember.



Thanksgiving Day[1]

Thanksgiving Day is a celebration of giving thanks for the harvest and blessings of the past year. It is a day of giving thanks to God for his many blessings and expressing our gratitude to friends and family members. It is celebrated in the United States. Thanksgiving Day dates back to the Reformation Period and is accompanied by prayers, special ceremonies, and feasts. Thanksgiving is observed on the fourth Thursday in November each year.

Thanksgiving Day Facts & Quotes

·       The first Thanksgiving Day feast was held in 1621 between the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians.

·       In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

·       According to the US Government Census, in 2014, 242 million turkeys were raised in the United States.

·       President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the fourth Thursday in November as the official Thanksgiving Day in 1941.

·       Thanksgiving is almost here.  It's my favorite holiday, which is surprising since I'm no fan of giving or saying thanks. - Stephen Colbert

Thanksgiving Day Top Events and Things to Do

·       Watch or attend a Parade.  The largest are the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York and the McDonalds Thanksgiving parade in Chicago.

·       Eat lots of traditional Thanksgiving food including turkey, cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes.

·       Watch or attend a football game.  Besides NFL, there are many college and high school football games on this day.

·       Go running or do some other form of exercise in the morning - so you won't feel so guilty indulging a grand Thanksgiving meal.

·       Talk to relatives and friends by phone, email, or internet to remind them how thankful you are that they are all part of your life.

Thanksgiving: Plimoth Plantation Plymouth, Massachusetts[2]

At Plimoth Plantation, it’s always 1627. The living museum and its costumed “residents” re-create New England’s first successful European settlement as well as a Native village. Thanksgiving dinner has its roots in a harvest celebration that 52 Pilgrims shared with 90 members of the Wampanoag tribe in 1621, one year after the settlers sailed from England. It included fowl (probably ducks and geese rather than turkey), venison, corn, and most likely fresh and dried fruits and vegetables. Every fall Plimoth Plantation re-creates a harvest meal from that period as well as serving a classic American Thanksgiving dinner.

The Mass: The Perfect Thanksgiving[3]

Men have not only prayed in thanksgiving but have offered in thanksgiving: something that was a sign of themselves, to show they were thankful for life, were sorry for their sins against the Giver of life, would give their lives in return, if they might, to the One they owe so much. They made offerings in thanks for the things that sustain life, for the preservation of life. "Abel also offered of the firstlings of his flock, and of their fat.”.. "So Noe went out, he and his sons, his wife and the wives of his sons.... all living things went out of the ark. And Noe built an altar unto the Lord: and taking of all cattle and fowl that were dean, offered holocausts upon the altar.... ." They made bloody offerings, because the offering is a symbol of the offerer, and blood is the essence of life. Blood is life. There were other offerings... . . "Melchidesech, the king of Salem, bringing forth bread and wine, for he was the priest of the most high God, blessed him and said: Blessed be Abram by the most high God, who created heaven and earth.”. . . Because bread maintains life, and wine enhances life. God told them what to sacrifice, and how to sacrifice; but especially He told them to make the sacrifice of the Pasch, because it was a memorial to their freedom and their protection, a memorial of thanksgiving to the God who loved them. ". . . and it shall be a lamb without blemish, a male, one year. . . and the whole multitude of the children of Israel shall sacrifice it in the evening.”, "And this day shall be a memorial unto you: and you shall keep it a feast to the Lord. . . for with a strong hand the Lord hath brought you out of this place." He brought them through water, led them by fire, fed them with manna, and when they sinned against Him, He chastised them and accepted their sacrifices of expiation. He made it part of their Law, their Covenant, that they were to offer sacrifice: of reparation, of petition, of praise, of thanksgiving.

Then Christ came.

When it was time for the thing to happen for which He came, He said to the Apostles: "This is My body, which is being given for you; do this, in remembrance of Me." And He said: "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which shall be shed for you." This was the new covenant, the new Pasch. . . "in My blood," He said. From that moment on they were to make sacrifice "in My blood." The offering is a symbol of the offerer. Blood is the essence of life. This is our gift to offer: His Body and Blood, every day. Think of all the things the Redemption accomplished, and do not forget this last: to put into our hands the perfect Gift, the pure Victim — "holy and spotless, the holy bread of everlasting life and the chalice of everlasting salvation." With the sacrifice of Holy Mass, Catholics make their thanksgiving. 

Sardine Day[4] 

As an amazing source of B12 and Omega Fatty Acids, turning your nose up at sardines could be preventing you from enjoying a delicious addition to your meal. Sardine Day is your opportunity to learn about these little fish and how you may already have been enjoying them without knowing. Sardines originally got their name from the Mediterranean Island of Sardinia. The English got this term from Grecian history, where the word was used to describe the red color of the fish and the region of the sea where they were popularized. A large number of nutrients found in this fish, combined with the efficacy with which they could be packaged and shipped turned them into an important trade item in the region for centuries. 

Sardines are used in many dishes and are closely related to the anchovies that are served with Caesar Salad and as a base flavor in Worcestershire sauce. They’re also one of the main ingredients in “Gentleman’s Relish” a popular sardine-based spread used in England for many dishes, or just served up on buttered bread. 

How to celebrate Sardines Day 

The best way to celebrate Sardines Day is to attempt to overcome your fear of this delicious fish. They typically come in tins, pickled or packed in oil, or even packed in with mustard to preserve them. Thousands of recipes exist that call for these fish in either their fresh or canned form. A traditional Caesar Salad starts with a sardine being pressed into the wood of the bowl it’s served in to provide a slightly fishy flavor, with those who prefer a stronger flavor having two sardines used. 

They’re popularly served as part of a lunch-time snack, often with tomato and fresh avocado on top of a crisp cracker and a sardine. They’re also commonly added to soups and sandwiches to bolster their flavor. In fact, if you’ve ever had soup with a fish-based broth, it is likely the sardine that was used to create the fish stock. You’ve been enjoying sardines for ages, and Sardines Day is a great opportunity for you to find out how much you love sardines!


Catechism of the Catholic Church

PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST

SECTION ONE-MAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE SPIRIT

CHAPTER THREE-GOD'S SALVATION: LAW AND GRACE

1949 Called to beatitude but wounded by sin, man stands in need of salvation from God. Divine help comes to him in Christ through the law that guides him and the grace that sustains him:

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Daily Devotions/Practice

·       Today's Fast: Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: An end to the use of contraceptives.

·       do a personal eucharistic stations of the cross.

·       Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·       Drops of Christ’s Blood

·       Universal Man Plan

·       Rosary.



[2]Schultz, Patricia. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die

[4] https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/sardines-day/





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