Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Vice President Biden-by-the-Sea

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Vice President Biden by the Sea
June 20, 2012

Excitement came to Carmel-by-the-Sea today, as streets were closed off and a long convoy of Highway Patrol Officers rolled down Ocean Avenue on their BMW motorcycles leading a motorcade carrying Vice President Joe Biden in the second decorated limousine.  Vice President Biden was scheduled to speak at a fundraiser for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.  Tickets to this sold out event ranged from $100 to $15,000.   

Last week, a large Air Force C-17 parked on the Monterey Peninsula Airport tarmac.  This plane carried the Secret Service agents who would spend the next few days preparing for the vice presidents appearance, quite a daunting task. 

As we waited with others at the corner of Mission & 8th (the leaked entrance route) we considered the huge undertaking and responsibility that the Secret Service, California Highway Patrol, and Carmel Police Department had in order to coordinate a one hour visit for Vice President Biden to visit Carmel. 

Air Force Two landed at the Monterey Peninsula Airport Tuesday evening and the vice president went by motorcade to the Hyatt Regency Monterey.  Wednesday morning his motorcade brought him down Highway One (all overpasses, on and off ramps were cleared in front and behind the convoy).  As the motorcade turned right onto Ocean Avenue, the CHP motorcycles ran ahead and blocked each entrance to Ocean Avenue all the way down to Mission. As the motorcade turned left on to Mission the Carmel Police Officers blocking all entrance to Mission Street behind the Sunset Center yelled, “Do not enter the street, they will be going 40 miles an hour and they will not stop for you.” We obeyed their command.
Before Vice President Biden's arrival we witnessed a few protesters. 
Many dogs and their families. 
The press. 

Channel 8 out of Salinas and Jon Chown of the Monterey Bay News & Views (left).

Bomb sniffing dogs and their handlers.

Mom's bringing their daughter's to a dress rehearsal for this weekend's dance recital.

California Highway Patrol  

Carmel Police Department

More mom's with daughters going to dance.

And finally a glimpse of Vice President Biden in the second decorated limousine.

Enough excitement for one day.  In all seriousness in order for the vice president to visit this sleepy community, nothing was left to chance.  For this we are truly thankful.  Thank you to the Secret Service of the United States of America, the California Highway Patrol, and the Carmel Police Department.  You all did a great job in such a friendly manner. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Morning Rosary-by-the-Sea

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Morning Rosary-by-the-Sea  

“From the rising of the sun to its setting
let the name of the Lord be praised.”  Psalms 113:3
The rosary is made up of 20 decades of Hail Mary’s, every 5 decades makes up a Mystery of the life of Jesus. Though we do a have biblical reference for repetitive prayer with “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty..” said day and night without stopping (Revelation 4:8), the rosary should not be seen only as a repetitive prayer, but as a way to meditate on the life of Jesus Christ. When we pray the prayers of the rosary we pray the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The Joyful Mysteries, commonly said on Mondays and Saturdays, help us to meditate on the great mystery of the incarnation of God among us in and through the person of Jesus, his birth and early life.  Pray the Joyful Mysteries with classical art and Real Catholic TV here.

The Sorrowful Mysteries are commonly said on Tuesday and Friday.
Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries with classical art and Real Catholic TV

The Glorious Mysteries, commonly said on Sundays and Wednesdays, call to mind Christ’s sacrifice for the redemption of the world, and our sharing in the fruits of this sacrifice. Pray the Glorious Mysteries with classical art and Real Catholic TV here 

The Luminous Mysteries are prayed Thursday. Each one of the Luminous mysteries sheds light on an important aspect of Christ’s mission. Pray the Luminous Mysteries with classical art and Real Catholic TV here.

"This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice in it and be glad."  Psalms 118:24

Thursday, June 7, 2012


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The Adventure Begins

"May the Lord of peace give you his peace
at all times and in every way.
The Lord be with all of us." (2 Thessalonians 3:16)