Saturday, January 30, 2010

Pope Remembers Auschwitz

Out of -

Pope Remembers Auschwitz: Urges Never Again

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 27, 2010 - Benedict XVI today joined with those marking "Remembrance Day," as the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp has its 65th anniversary.

At the end of the general audience in Paul VI Hall, the Pope recalled that on Jan. 27, 1945, the gates of the Nazi concentration camp "known with the German name of Auschwitz" were opened, "and the few survivors were liberated."

"Such an event and the testimony of survivors revealed to the world the horror of crimes of unheard of cruelty, committed in the extermination camps created by Nazi Germany," he said.

The Holy Father noted how today is observed as the "'Day of Remembrance,' in memory of all the victims of those crimes, especially the planned annihilation of the Jews, and in honor of all those, who at the risk of their own lives, protected the persecuted, opposing the murderous madness."

"With a moved spirit we think of the innumerable victims of a blind racial and religious hatred, who suffered deportation, imprisonment, death in those aberrant and inhuman places," he continued.

The Pontiff expressed his plea that the memory of such events, "in particular the tragedy of the Shoah that struck the Jewish people," will "awaken an ever more convinced respect of the dignity of every person, so that all men will perceive themselves as one great family."

"Almighty God," he concluded in prayer, "illumine hearts and minds, so that such tragedies will not be repeated!"

Traditional greeting

In his traditional greeting to youth, the ill and newlyweds, the Pope expressed his hope "that each one in his or her own condition will contribute with generosity to spread the joy of loving and serving Jesus Christ."


Previous post on the Holocaust HERE

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tim Tebow Defends Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad

Out of today:

"Tim Tebow Defends Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad under Fire" by Peter J. Smith

CBS is allowing a Pro-Life commercial to air during the Super Bowl.

MOBILE, Alabama – College football superstar Tim Tebow is standing fast behind a pro-life ad developed by Focus on the Family and set to air on CBS on Super Bowl Sunday. Although the ad has not been released, abortion advocacy groups are already demanding that it be scrapped, since it likely features the story of how Tebow’s mother chose life when doctors were urging her abort her now-famous son.

The college football superstar, who just ended his last season quarterbacking for the Florida Gators, has been an anomaly among top-tier athletes. Tebow makes no bones about his Christian faith, his pro-life convictions, and the fact that he wants to save himself for marriage.

But Tebow’s pro-life convictions spring from an unusually personal source: back in 1987, his mother contracted amoebic dysentery while pregnant with him in the Philippines, and doctors recommended abortion. Had Pam Tebow taken that advice, Tebow fans would never have seen the football phenomenon win the Heisman Trophy in 2007 and carry the Gators to victory in two major championships.

At a Sunday press conference in Mobile, Tebow told the gaggle of reporters: "I know some people won't agree with [the ad], but I think they can at least respect that I stand up for what I believe, and I'm never shy about that."

"I don't feel like I'm very preachy about it, but I do stand up for what I believe. Unfortunately in today's society not many athletes tend to do that. So I'm just standing for something."

But Tebow’s standing for pro-life values has outraged abortion advocacy groups, who fear the effect the Focus on the Family ad could have on millions of Super Bowl viewers on Feb. 7. Tebow’s story is already credited with having influenced a number of women to choose not to abort their babies.

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Monday, January 25, 2010


Holy Face Monastery

Every Saturday afternoon at 1:30pm, a line begins to form on the stairs. People are waiting. At 2pm the door is unlocked. We wait 30 seconds - then open the door. We walk into the small room through the foyer. In the summer, it is stifling hot. In the winter, the same. On one side, a line of chairs, the other, standing room only. The room is filling up. Mothers with their children, Nuns in full habit, men standing quietly holding their rosaries. We are waiting. From the next room comes a voice, "I'm ready." The one sitting closest to the door stands up - opens the door, and walks into the confession room. Knees fall onto the kneeler - the metal curtain is drawn to the side - and those familiar words that we remember from our childhood flow easily from our lips "Bless me Father, for I have sinned." We have come home - to Holy Mother Church - where we receive forgivness from Our All Merciful God.

We pray You,
O almighty and eternal God!
Who through Jesus Christ
hast revealed Your glory to all nations,
to preserve the works of Your mercy,
that Your Church,
being spread through the whole world,
may continue with unchanging faith
in the confession of your name.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales
b: 1567 d: 1622
Patron Saint of Journalists, Writers

Born in France in 1567, Francis was a patient man. He knew for thirteen years that he had a vocation to the priesthood before he mentioned it to his family. When his father said that he wanted Francis to be a soldier and sent him to Paris to study, Francis said nothing. Then when he went to Padua to get a doctorate in law, he still kept quiet, but he studied theology and practiced mental prayer while getting into swordfights and going to parties. Even when his bishop told him if he wanted to be a priest that he thought that he would have a miter waiting for him someday, Francis uttered not a word. Why did Francis wait so long? Throughout his life he waited for God's will to be clear. He never wanted to push his wishes on God, to the point where most of us would have been afraid that God would give up!

From "The Introduction to the Devout Life"

OUR Saviour has bequeathed the Sacrament of Penitence and Confession to His Church, in order that therein we may be cleansed from all our sins, however and whenever we may have been soiled thereby. Therefore, my child, never allow your heart to abide heavy with sin, seeing that there is so sure and safe a remedy at hand. If the lioness has been in the neighbourhood of other beasts she hastens to wash away their scent, lest it should be displeasing to her lord; and so the soul which has ever so little consented to sin, ought to abhor itself and make haste to seek purification, out of respect to His Divine Gaze Who beholds it always. Why should we die a spiritual death when there is a sovereign remedy available?

Make your confession humbly and devoutly every week, and always, if you can, before communicating, even although your conscience is not burdened with mortal sin; for in confession you do not only receive absolution for your venial sins, but you also receive great strength to help you in avoiding them henceforth, clearer light to discover your failings, and abundant grace to make up whatever loss you have incurred through those faults. You exercise the graces of humility, obedience, simplicity and love, and by this one act of confession you practise more virtue than in any other.

Media Malpractice at March For Life

Our of the American

Impressive Media Malpractice at March For Life by Jack Cashill.

In January 2009 we brought a six-man camera crew to Washington to create a documentary on the subject of the annual March for Life called Thine Eyes.

What motivated Steve Sanborn, the organizer of the project and a March veteran, was the media's historic failure to capture the numbers, the demographics or the spirit of the marchers.

With the advantage of rooftop cameras, we estimated there were about 350,000 participants, about 75 percent of whom were under 25, with more females than males among the young people. I also assigned our six cameramen to find as many pro-abortion protestors as they could. Although we looked hard, none of us could identify a single such protestor. USA Today found a rag tag handful and gave them equal billing.

In covering the 2010 March, the media have morphed from laziness and incompetence to outright fraud. Someone should be fired.

Let us start with Krista Gesaman writing for Newsweek. Her headline sums up the utter absurdity of her thesis, "Missing at the 'Roe v. Wade' Anniversary Demonstrations? Young Women." Twisting the words of a police organizer, she informs the reader that "a majority of the participants are in their 60s."

This leads Gesaman to conclude, "So this raises the question: where are the young, vibrant women supporting their pro-life or pro-choice positions? Likely, they're at home." All Gesaman had to do was stick her head out the window to know otherwise.

Having been in Washington for the March this year, I can assure Gesaman that the demographics matched last year's, Young women were everywhere and unavoidable. They filled every hotel lobby in town. Many of them had spent countless hours on busses to get there.

CNN's Rick Sanchez also deserves sacking for malpractice. During the 3PM ET hour of CNN's Rick's List on Friday, Sanchez acknowledged that it was the 37th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade, then asked, "both sides being represented today, but it does appear to me, as I look at these signs that - which side is represented the most. . . . Do we know?"

As Sanchez deliberated, CNN's cameras seemed to have found the same disgruntled crew of pro-abortion protestors that USA Today had found the year before. After the commercial break, Sanchez finally conceded that although he had not "gone out and counted signs individually," most of the protestors "seem to be anti-abortion activists."

Rick, we counted the protestors last year. The numbers broke out roughly 350,000 pro-life to 5 pro-abort. Krista, at least 100.000 of these protestors were young women. To verify, please check You don't even have to leave your offices -- not that you would.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

March For Life 2010 - Join Us!

Our Lady of Guadalupe,
we turn to you who are the protectress of unborn children and ask that you intercede for us, so that we may more firmly resolve to join you in protecting all human life.

Let our prayers be united to your perpetual motherly intercession on behalf of those whose lives are threatened, be they in the womb of their mother, on the bed of infirmity,
or in the latter years of their life.

May our prayers also be coupled with peaceful action which witnesses to the goodness and dignity of all human life, so that our firmness of purpose may give courage to those who are fearful and bring light to those who are blinded by sin.

Encourage those who will be involved in the March for Life;
help them to walk closely with God and to give voice to the cry of the oppressed, in order to remind out nation of its commitment to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all people.

O Virgin Mother of God, present our petitions to your Son and ask Him to bless us with abundant life.


These "Life Principles" express the ideals motivating prolife Americans and indicate the purpose of the MARCH FOR LIFE:

We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all human beings are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among which is the right to life, and Therefore

The right to life of each human being shall be preserved and protected by every human being in the society and by the society as a whole, and

The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected from that human being's biological beginning when the Father's sperm fertilizes the Mother's ovum, and

The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected from the biological beginning throughout the natural continuum of that human being's life by all available ordinary means and reasonable efforts, and

The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected at each stage of the life continuum to the same extent as at each and every other stage regardless of state of health or condition of dependency, and

The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected to the same extent as the life of each and every other human being regardless of state of health or condition of dependency, and

When there is any doubt that there exists a human being's life to preserve and protect, such doubt shall be resolved In favor of the existence of a human being, and

When two or more human beings are in a situation in which their lives are mutually endangered, all available ordinary means and reasonable efforts shall be used to preserve and protect the life of each and every human being so endangered:

WHEREFORE, Pursuant To These Principles, we recommend and urge the adoption of a Mandatory HUMAN LIFE AMENDMENT to the Constitution of the United States of America.

March for Life website HERE

Religious Groups Helping in Haiti

In the Wall Street Journal online today there is a very good article by Charles Forelle, with contribution by Suzanne Sataline, concerning various religious groups filling in government gaps. It is awesome to see all these good people coming to Haiti to give all for their fellow brothers and sisters. This is the call of Christ "What you have done to the least of my brothers, you have done to me."

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti— Outside a red and gray Coleman tent, a boy sat mute in a wheelchair holding a dented metal bowl of yellow gruel. His arms were laced with pus-filled wounds, flies swarmed around his grotesquely swollen ankles, and his right foot was missing its littlest toe—but he was lucky. Not only had he escaped the school for the disabled, where many of his handicapped classmates were crushed to death, but he had found his way to what passes for an oasis in this city of death and ruin: a camp run by the Episcopal church. In a country whose government has all but stopped functioning, in a city whose crowded shanties remain largely unreached by aid cargoes, it has fallen to communities on the ground to fill the gap as best they can.

Religious missions, with their deep community connections, are proving to be particularly critical conduits of help, both spiritual and material.

Catholic Relief Services has started turning a golf course in the neighborhood of Pétionville into one of the first formal camps for the homeless.

Some Haitian government officials say between one million to three million people may have been displaced by the quake. Thousands of tons of food and medical supplies have been shipped to Haiti, but much of it remains trapped in warehouses, or diverted to the neighboring Dominican Republic.

Despite serious damage to St. François de Sales Hospital, one of the oldest Catholic hospitals in Haiti, its workers trucked in supplies from the Dominican Republic and commandeered two medical teams from Europe. The first surgery there since the quake was performed Sunday.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I Was A Kind Of Day That Takes Forever. Congrats to Scott Brown!

As it says in Robert Penn Warren's Poem, "If Snakes were Blue", it was a kind of day that takes forever. It certainly was.

Congrats to Scott Brown!

If Snakes Were Blue
Robert Penn Warren

If snakes were blue, it was the kind of day
That would uncoil in a luxurious ease
As each mica-bright scale exposed a flange of gold,
And slowly, slowly, the golden eyes blinked.

It was the kind of day that takes forever—
As though minutes, minutes, could never be counted—to slide
Among the clouds like pink lily-pads floating
In a crystal liquid pure enough to drink.

And there was no distinction now between
Light and shadow except the mystic and faint
Sense of adaptation of the iris,
As light diminished and the first star shone,

And the last veery, hidden in a thicket of alder,
Thought it would break its heart perhaps—or yours.
Let it be yours, then. For such gentle breaking
In that ambiguous moment could not be

Less than a blessing, or the king of promise
We give ourselves in childhood when first dawn
Makes curtains go gold, and all night's dreams flood back.
They had guaranteed our happiness forever.

And in such a way promises come true
In spite of all our evil days and ways.
True, few fulfillments—but look! In the distance lift peaks
Of glittering white above the wrath-torn land.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Scott Brown and Martin Luther King - A Very Interesting Day!

This has certainly been an interesting day. All over the Internet are the stories of the Massachusetts Senate race between Scott Brown and Martha Coakley. The polls have tilted the win towards Scott Brown. It makes sense. The good people of Massachusetts are tired of high taxes, and are not willing to subject themselves and the country to Obamacare. Most importantly, many of the good people of Massachusetts are Pro-life - and hope that a vote for Scott Brown is a vote to secure the rights of the unborn. I pray that it is.

Today I read the "Letter From Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963", by Dr. Martin Luther King. I believe that this letter offers the very essence of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., his beliefs, his character, his courage, his love of humanity, his love for America, and his love of Jesus. Where are his disciples today? Certainly not Jesse Jackson, certainly not Al Sharpton. No, today his devoted disciple is his niece, Dr. Alveda King. Dr. Alveda King is carrying on the legacy of her famous uncle - Dr. King is a PRO-LIFE activist. Protecting the rights of the most vulnerable human beings in society, the unborn. I believe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be doing the same work if he were with us today.

Here is an excerpt from "
Letter From Birmingham Jail."

"You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court's decision of 1954 outlawing segregation in the public schools, at first glance it may seem rather paradoxical for us consciously to break laws. One may won ask: "How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?" The answer lies in the fact that there fire two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the Brat to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that "an unjust law is no law at all".

Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distort the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority. Segregation, to use the terminology of the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber, substitutes an "I-it" relationship for an "I-thou" relationship and ends up relegating persons to the status of things. Hence segregation is not only politically, economically and sociologically unsound, it is morally wrong and awful. Paul Tillich said that sin is separation. Is not segregation an existential expression 'of man's tragic separation, his awful estrangement, his terrible sinfulness? Thus it is that I can urge men to obey the 1954 decision of the Supreme Court, for it is morally right; and I can urge them to disobey segregation ordinances, for they are morally wrong."

Today President Obama spoke on behalf of Martha Coakley in Massachusetts. During his speech, a man, now known as the heckler, raised a sign that said "Jesus Loves All Babies." For this non-violent act he was escorted by a policeman out of the hall. The law that allows the killing of unborn children is unjust. I think Dr. King would have been proud of this man. As St. Augustine said "An unjust law is no law at all."

Martin Luther King Day

Today in the United Sates we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King, a disciple of Jesus Christ, a modern day Christian martyr, offered up his life in the struggle for the equal rights, for all of God's children. Although his life ended by violence, Dr. King believed that the only way to change minds and hearts was in a non-violent manner. Today Dr. King's work continues with the efforts of his niece, Dr. Alveda King, who perseveres in the struggle to save the unborn. We all must be willing to suffer persecution to protect the God given rights of the unborn.

Excerpt "I Have A Dream." -

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

A video by Dr. Alveda King - "Latter Rain"

Above "Martin Luther King Icon" by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM, ©1984

Info for "2010 March For Life" HERE

Sunday, January 17, 2010

St. Anthony of Egypt


St. Anthony was born in 251 in a small village in Egypt. When he was twenty years old, his parents died. They left him a large estate and placed him in charge of the care of his younger sister. Anthony felt overwhelmed and turned to God in prayer. Gradually he became more and more aware of the power of God in his life. About six months later, he heard this quotation of Jesus from the Gospel: "Go, sell what you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven" (Mark 10:21). He took the words as a personal message in answer to his prayer for guidance. He sold most of his possessions keeping only enough to support his sister and himself. Then he gave the rest of the money to people who needed it.

Anthony's sister joined a group of women living a life of prayer and contemplation. Anthony decided to become a hermit. He begged an elderly hermit to teach him the spiritual life. Anthony also visited other hermits so he could learn each one's most outstanding virtue. Then he began his own life of prayer and penance alone with God.

When he was fifty-five, Anthony built a monastery to help others. Many people heard of him and sought his advice. He would give them practical advice such as: "The devil is afraid of us when we pray and make sacrifices. He is also afraid when we are humble and good. He is especially afraid when we love Jesus very much. He runs away when we make the Sign of the Cross."

St. Anthony visited Paul the hermit whose feast is celebrated on January 15. He felt enriched by the example of Paul's holy life. Anthony died after a long, prayerful life. He was 105. St. Athanasius wrote a well-known biography of St. Anthony of Egypt. St. Athanasius' feast day is May 2.

We should never become discouraged when the devil tempts us to do wrong. Remember that Jesus is right beside us. If we pray, he will help us. He will reward us for our love and faithfulness.

Saint Anthony, you spoke of the importance of persevering in our faith and our practice. Help us to wake up each day with new zeal for the Christian life and a desire to take the next challenge instead of just sitting still. Amen

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Words of Jesus by Br. Jeremiah Myriam Shryock, CFR

E-letter from the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

The Words of Jesus

Perhaps one of the greatest struggles in embracing the gospel is the command of Jesus to let go of our entire life. The control we think we have, the anxiety we often create, our disordered desires that only serve to hurt us, our ideas about ourselves and others and our own will often reveal themselves in the light of the gospel as an illusion, a mask that is surrounded in unreality.

Jesus reminds us that everything that is true and beautiful about life comes from Him. His words alone remove the veil that we so often remain trapped behind. "Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock." Mt 7:24-25

A wise person is one who looks at their life and realizes that by himself they are incomplete and in need of an "other." Jesus Christ is therefore not a crux for "weak" people but the cure and the remedy for the blindness and sickness we live in without Him. Those who listen to His words and build their life upon Him will not be moved despite the trends and fashions that blow through society and leave so many people lost and wandering aimlessly for direction in their life.

Br. Jeremiah Myriam Shryock, CFR
St. Leopold Friary, Yonkers, NY > link

** For very good information regarding the crisis in Haiti, and what YOU can do, check out the website for "The Anchoress" HERE

Thursday, January 14, 2010

CRISIS IN HAITI - A Message From Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I. and the Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan

To the United States Catholic Bishops:

Your Eminence/Excellency:

Our Church mourns the terrible suffering of our brothers and sisters in Haiti. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that ravaged Haiti on January 12, 2010 has already claimed thousands of lives including the Archbishop of Port-au-Prince. It has destroyed countless homes, churches, seminaries, schools, and other buildings and has left millions without the most basic necessities of life. Our faith compels us to pray for and reach out to our brothers and sisters in their time of suffering.

We invite you to encourage your pastors to take up a second collection for the people and Church of Haiti this weekend, January 16 and 17, 2010. These funds will be used to support the efforts of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, as they respond to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter and medical care, as well as to the long term need to rebuild after widespread destruction, and to the pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church in Haiti.

Catholic Relief Services is already mounting a major emergency response to this severe disaster and has committed an initial $5 million to fund relief efforts which are likely to go on for some time. Your help and the help of the Catholic people of the United States are urgently needed.

Next weekend January 23-24, many dioceses are scheduled to take up the Collection for the Church in Latin America. This Collection is vitally important for our ability to respond to the pastoral needs of the Church in Haiti and other parts of Latin America in the weeks and months ahead. We urge that you use both of these opportunities to express our solidarity and our loving support for our brothers and sisters in Haiti and ask you not to substitute one collection for the other.

Additional information on the U.S. Catholic community’s response to this emergency and how U.S. Catholics can help can be found at and

Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Chicago

Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan
Catholic Relief Services

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Prayer for Haiti

Haiti has experienced the worst earthquake disaster in its history. Please keep in your prayers all the good people of Haiti, the Missionaries of Charity, and all the missionaries who are serving the poorest of the poor. Haiti needs our help - we must be generous with our prayers, and all the good gifts God has given us.

Merciful Father, Praise Your Holy Name. Lord, I pray for Mercy for the people of Haiti, and all around her. Put Your Angels around this country, so many are suffering tonight. The only help is You, many are trapped, hurt, dead tonight. There is no outside help tonight, they only have You. Strengthen them, comfort them. Thank You that as soon as possible the U.S. will be there. Thank You for the generous, compassion heart of this country. My heart is breaking for all those suffering. Your Perfect Will be done. Praying in the Merciful, Precious Name of Jesus. Amen!!

Image "BBC"
Prayer by
Sherry Wiesner

Donate to Haiti Relief at Catholic Relief Services HERE

Monday, January 11, 2010

Winter - A Short Reflection

I love the winter. How everything dark and dirty is covered with white. Maybe this is what heaven will be like - heaven will be as white as snow. No, I think whiter than snow. The snow is a cushion, it makes everything quiet. A walk in the white covered woods moves one to silent prayer, a meditation, maybe contemplation. Thomas Merton says that "modern man needs a certain interior silence and discipline" - simply to keep himself together. Yes, when one walks in the silent woods, one may discover his own identity. Maybe find out the very reason he was born.

Lord, may I always dwell in your woods, in your silence, in your sweet peace. I long to hear your voice, and learn your song. You are my all in all, my Dear Sweet Jesus.

All images©bjm

President George W. Bush to Get Cardinal O'Connor Pro-Life Award

I found this article in Our previous President, George W. Bush, is going to receive the Cardinal O'Connor Pro-Life Award from the Catholic business group Legatus. President Bush believes in the sanctity of human life. Let's pray that our new President Obama has a conversion of heart, so that more innocent children will not have to die.

Here is the article...

Washington, DC ( -- Former President George W. Bush will receive the prestigious Cardinal John J. O’Connor Pro-Life Award from the Catholic business group Legatus at a February gala event. The organization says Bush was consistent in his promotion of the pro-life ethic as president.

The group noted that, in one of his last acts as president, before pro-abortion Barack Obama took over the White House, Bush declared Jan. 18, 2009, as “National Sanctity of Human Life Day."

In that proclamation, Bush said “the most basic duty of government is to protect the life of the innocent.”

Kathleen Eaton, the chair of the Legatus summit, where Bush will receive the award, said the proclamation "was the culmination of eight years of pro-life policies."

She hailed Bush for "opposition to embryonic stem-cell research, the appointment of two pro-life Supreme Court Justices, an executive order barring federal funds to be used for abortion-related projects abroad, and a rule protecting federally funded health employees from taking part in abortion or practices that conflict with their faith."

Bush will accept the award and address Legatus members for the first time since leaving office one year ago, Eaton noted on the group's web site.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Baptism Of The Lord

Father in heaven, you revealed Christ as your Son by the voice that spoke over the waters of the Jordan. May all who share in the sonship of Christ follow in his path of service to man, and reflect the glory of his kingdom even to the ends of the earth, for he is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Marriage Wins In New Jersey!

Good news out of NC


Friday, January 08, 2010

Supporters of traditional marriage won another important victory Jan. 7 as the New Jersey Senate rejected a bill that would have made same-sex “marriage” legal.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that after nearly two hours of pleas for and against, 14 senators voted in favor of homosexual “marriage” when 21 were needed for passage. Six Democrats voted against the legislation while one Republican voted in favor.

Advocates on both sides of the issue flocked to the statehouse Jan. 7. When the final vote was announced, there was applause in the Senate chambers.

Governor-elect Christopher Christie, a Republican, had said he would veto the legislation if it had passed. Supporters of same-sex “marriage” will have to wait at least four years to bring the subject to the Legislature again.

According to the Inquirer, Sen. Gerald Cardinale, R-Bergen, said that by choosing Christie over Corzine, voters made clear where they stand on same-sex “marriage.”

The Garden State’s decision followed similar votes in Maine, New York and California that maintain the cultural and social status of traditional marriage.

Five states have legalized same-sex “marriage” since 2002: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire.

“We have known for many, many months that this would fail,” said John Tomicki, president of the New Jersey Coalition to Preserve and Protect Marriage. “The votes were not there; the votes were never going to be there.”


Friday, January 8, 2010

St. Peter Julian on Daily Mass

St. Peter Julian Eymard

Hear Mass daily; it will prosper the whole day. All your duties will be performed the better for it, and your soul will be stronger to bear its daily cross. The Mass is the most holy act of religion; you can do nothing that can give greater glory to God or be more profitable for your soul than to hear Mass both frequently and devoutly. It is the favorite devotion of the saints.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A Morning Rant

Here we are today, January 7Th, 2010. The events of the day are hard to fathom. Islamic terrorists on the attack, our government making secret plans behind closed doors - plans that will effect every American and their descendants. Over the New Years weekend, our president was vacationing with his family in Hawaii. The pictures of his vacation were all over the net and newspapers. Our president has a beautiful wife and lovely children. I know he loves them dearly as we all love our families. What is it then, how can you be pro-abortion and love your children? Something is twisted here. We all know that the unborn are children - human children. We do not need faith to tell us this, science has already agreed. If we keep up this attack on human life, what will become of our souls, what will become of America? Think about it. Mother Teresa spoke the same sentiment - "what can we do when a mother is willing to take the life of her own child"? You know that the Roman Empire lasted for many years, but it fell. The Roman society did not recognize the dignity of the human person. The United States has not existed for long. How long will it be until we fall? And do we really want to be like countries in Europe? Where euthanasia not only takes the life of the sick and elderly, but also children? I hope not.

To all good people of life - we have the votes to stop the "culture of death" from progressing in our country. We are heading down a dangerous road. Please please please - use your influence. Speak to your families, your neighbors, your co-workers. Let them know the truth. Do not be afraid! Speak to the children. Teach them the truth. They are lost. The children are the hope of America.

God bless you!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Dust of Snow

A Dust of Snow
by Robert Frost

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

Above image "Snow Walk"©bjm

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Health Care Bill - A Rotton Tree by Jennifer Hartline

It is now 2010. Many of you, including myself, have made resolutions for change during this new year. I hope we all include in our list the resolution to end the sin of abortion. We must not relent in this cause. God is on our side - how can we fail.

On January 2nd, Jennifer Hartline posted an important article concerning the so called "Health Care" bill. If the bill is a bad bill, providing federal funding for abortion (killing children), how can we expect it to grow into a better bill?

Abortion and Health Care: The Rotten Tree
By Jennifer Hartline

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - I guess I'm a simpleton. I listen to all this intellectual bickering about the health care legislation and public funding of abortion and I feel like one of those cartoon drawings with steam coming out my ears. People who are supposed to be pro-life, who claim to be Catholic, are trying to make the argument that it's actually anti-life and anti-Catholic to oppose this Senate bill – even though it mandates public funding of abortion – because defeating this health care reform will mean denying health care services to millions of people who don't have health care and the Church is clearly in favor of making sure everyone has access to medical care so Catholics must support this health care reform. What?!?

It seems the root of their reasoning is that in this instance, the ends justify the means. “Yeah, it's a flawed bill, and we'd really prefer it didn't fund abortion, but other than that, it's a good thing and it will help a lot of people so the needs of the many outweigh the rights of those little ones who can't vote and don't pay taxes anyway. The true pro-life position here is to pass the bill so multitudes of people will finally have the health care they deserve. Later on we can worry about dealing with the abortion issue.”

That just doesn't compute for me. My simple little brain says, “Wait a minute. We're planting a rotten tree, and we seriously expect it to yield good fruit? We're starting with something that is fundamentally corrupt from the outset, and we think that over time it will get better or we'll be able to diminish the effects of the corruption?” How can something that is against life be good for life?

It's not complex. It's simple – we cannot destroy innocent human life. It's wrong – period. Human life begins at conception – period. Abortion is always immoral and gravely evil. It isn't justifiable or acceptable – it is most definitely not a choice or a right. And it certainly is not healthcare.

We should at least be able to agree on that! Yet clearly we don't, since many “Catholic” groups are doing their darnedest to make plausible-sounding arguments in favor of passing a new federal law that will mandate public funding of a grave evil. Suddenly instead of insisting that evil is evil and we cannot make deals with it, they're “overlooking” evil in order to advance the “greater good.” That makes no sense spiritually or logically.

The whole tree is spoiled at the root. The fruit may look shiny and ripe and appetizing, but it is rotten. It simply can't be otherwise. You cannot plant a rotten tree and yield good fruit.

Read the rest of the article

Jennifer Hartline is a Catholic Army wife and stay-at-home mother of three precious kids who writes frequently on topics of Catholic faith and daily living. She is a contributing writer for Catholic Online.

* image of the unborn from Catholic Online

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Feast of the Epiphany

The Feast of the Epiphany

Today is the feast of the Epiphany, the self manifestation of God to the world. It is a good day to remember that we are also called to be an Epiphany. How will others come to know Jesus through us? In the way we love. We must be Jesus to others, and see Jesus in others.

Jesus is the Hungry - to be fed.
Jesus is the Thirsty - to be satiated.
Jesus is the Naked - to be clothed.
Jesus is the Homeless - to be taken in.
Jesus is the Sick - to be healed.
Jesus is the Lonely - to be loved.
Jesus is the Unwanted - to be wanted.
Jesus is the Leper - to wash his wounds.
Jesus is the Beggar - to give him a smile.
Jesus is the Drunkard - to listen to him.
Jesus is the Mental - to protect him.
Jesus is the Little One - to embrace him.
Jesus is the Blind - to lead him.
Jesus is the Dumb - to speak for him.
Jesus is the Crippled - to walk with him.
Jesus is the Drug Addict - to befriend him.
Jesus is the Prostitute - to remove from danger and befriend her.
Jesus is the Prisoner - to be visited.
Jesus is the Old - to be served.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Mary, Mother of God

Mary, Mother of God

A letter of St Athanasius

"The Word took our nature from Mary"

The Word took to himself the sons of Abraham, says the Apostle, and so had to be like his brothers in all things. He had then to take a body like ours. This explains the fact of Mary’s presence: she is to provide him with a body of his own, to be offered for our sake. Scripture records her giving birth, and says: She wrapped him in swaddling clothes. Her breasts, which fed him, were called blessed. Sacrifice was offered
because the child was her firstborn. Gabriel used careful and prudent language when he announced his birth. He did not speak of “what will be born in you” to avoid the impression that a body would be introduced into her womb from outside; he spoke of “what will be born from you,” so that we might know by faith that her child originated within her and from her.
By taking our nature and offering it in sacrifice, the Word was to destroy it completely and then invest it with his own nature, and so prompt the Apostle to say: This corruptible body must put on incorruption; this mortal body must put on immortality.
This was not done in outward show only, as some have imagined. This is not so. Our Saviour truly became man, and from this has followed the salvation of man as a whole. Our salvation is in no way fictitious, nor does it apply only to the body. The salvation of the whole man, that is, of soul and body, has really been achieved in the Word himself.
What was born of Mary was therefore human by nature, in accordance with the inspired Scriptures, and the body of the Lord was a true body: It was a true body because it was the same as ours. Mary, you see, is our sister, for we are all born from Adam.
The words of St John, the Word was made flesh, bear the same meaning, as we may see from a similar turn of phrase in St Paul: Christ was made a curse for our sake. Man’s body has acquired something great through its communion and union with the Word. From being mortal it has been made immortal; though it was a living body it has become a spiritual one; though it was made from the earth it has passed through the gates of heaven.
Even when the Word takes a body from Mary, the Trinity remains a Trinity, with neither increase nor decrease. It is for ever perfect. In the Trinity we acknowledge one Godhead, and thus one God, the Father of the Word, is proclaimed in the Church.