Thursday, June 26, 2014

Alabama Abortion Mill Closes due to Pro-Life Laws

 "Alabama Women's Center, the sole abortion clinic located in the northern part of the state in Huntsville, will voluntarily shut its doors on Friday after failing to meet requirements of the state's new abortion law, which goes into effect on July 1. Alabama Women's Center, the sole abortion clinic located in the northern part of the state in Huntsville, will voluntarily shut its doors on Friday after failing to meet requirements of the state's new abortion law, which goes into effect on July 1."

You can read the complete article at LifeNews.Com. HERE

James Henderson, executive director of Christian Coalition of Alabama, which has been protesting the clinic for the last 10 years along with other pro-life activists, told that they will have a memorial for all the babies killed at the clinic.

“We’re going to have a memorial service and remember the lives that should have been,” he said. “By reasonable estimates, there have been over 30,000 unborn babies killed at the various abortion clinics in Huntsville.

“It’s wiped out a city larger than Athens and almost as big as Madison.”

** PEOPLE >> Get involved in the PRO-LIFE movement, stop the killing. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fishing Quote of the Day

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.      Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and the March for Marriage

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who is the Archbishop of San Francisco, has been under fire recently by California politicians, most especially House Minority Leader Nancy Polosi (D), for his support for the upcoming "MARCH FOR MARRIAGE" on June 19th in Washington, DC.

The Archbishop is quoted on the CNA website saying “Simply for taking a stand for marriage as it has been understood in every human society for millennia, people have lost their jobs, lost their livelihoods, and have suffered other types of retribution, including physical violence."

God bless Archbishop Cordileone for having the courage to defend the Sacrament of Marriage. Let us support the Archbishop and the March for Marriage. If you are able, please attend in person or show support for the event through social media, i.e. Facebook and Twitter. Pray for this holy archbishop, write letters of support to him and let us follow him in his courage.

In the words of Pope Francis...

When a man and a woman celebrate the sacrament of marriage, God is reflected in them,” “As ‘one flesh’, they become living icons of God’s love in our world, building up the Church in unity and fidelity,” he said. “The image of God is the married couple — not just the man, not just the woman, but both.”

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

This month we commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, when more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.  We remember the heroic actions of so many - the selfless love of soldiers who sacrificed their all to protect our freedom. The writer G.K Chesterton wrote some interesting words about the soldier. He said “The true soldier fights - not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” A soldier’s story is a story of selfless love.

 I would like to share with you the story of Father Francis L. Sampson, a Catholic Priest and Chaplain, known today as the “Parachute Padre.” Father Francis was a member of the 101st Airborne Division during WW2.  He was among the many men who dropped out of planes into the dark sky of Normandy on D-Day, part of the largest air armada ever assembled. At 1:15am, June 6, 1944, when most people in German occupied Normandy were sleeping, this young Catholic chaplain made his first combat jump. Landing in a deep stream, he cut away his 120 pound pack and was dragged by the current into shallower water before he could unbuckle his chute. He then went back to the deep water, repeatedly diving to retrieve his weapons: a MASS KIT and HOLY OILS.  He then joined up with other surviving paratroopers – finding their way to a French farmhouse that was being used for soldiers severely wounded. Here Fr. Francis tended to the wounded, offered prayers, and gave last rites to the paratroopers who would soon go home to God. On the second day there, German SS troops overran the house – they dragged Fr. Francis outside - and raised their rifles to shoot him. At that moment, a German non commissioned officer stopped them.  He saluted Fr. Francis, and then showed him a religious medal hidden inside his jacket. Father Francis always said that the “universality” of the Church saved his life that day.  The Germans allowed Father to go back and tend to his wounded, which included German wounded.  After the farmhouse was retaken by the allies, Sampson heard of an American soldier whose three brothers had all been reported killed on the beaches of Normandy. He instigated the search for the fourth brother, Fritz Niland. Father Francis found him and brought him back to Utah Beach, where he was evacuated back to the States. Does that story sound familiar? It should, because it served as the plot for the movie, Saving Private Ryan, where the part of Father Sampson was played by an entire squad of rangers. After his experiences in Normandy, he took part in an airborne assault on Holland. It was there that he was seized again by the Germans, becoming a POW at Stalag 11-A, a POW camp about 50 miles south-west of Berlin. Father was the only Catholic priest among the 950 Americans in a camp that held some 26,000 prisoners of various nationalities, only 21 of whom were officers. Father was allowed to remain in the enlisted men’s prison, rather than the officer’s prison, at his own request. He had the men build a chapel in his barracks, where he held daily Mass and a non-denominational prayer service twice a week.  On Good Friday, Father Francis led the men in the Stations of the Cross, and gave an hour’s meditation on the life of Christ. On Easter Day, he joined with French, Dutch and Polish Catholic priests, who were imprisoned, to celebrate together a Solemn High Mass for several thousand prisoners. It was on this day that Father Francis recited, what he would call, his best homily. He finished with these words, “Each of us has that sacred image stamped upon his soul. Like this chapel, we are Temples of God. Now at the foot of this cross - let us renew our baptismal vows. Let us promise to shield forever His image in our hearts." 

I share this story with you because it has correlation with today’s solemnity, the “TRINITY”. 

This is a story of selfless love – of one giving all for the other. Why do we give our all for the other?  Because we are made in the “image of God.” To understand this, we have to ask ourselves the question, who is God? Is God some vague supreme being? No.  Christians rest their faith on the Doctrine of the Trinity.  God is Trinity. Three divine persons in ONE God.  This is the great mystery that is so difficult – even impossible to fully grasp.  Yet, let’s think of the Trinity as an ocean. We could never wrap our arms around an ocean, but we can enter into it.” God – The Trinity – is a communion of love. A play of lover, beloved and love. The Father loves the Son, the Son loves the Father, and the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son, in the manner of love. Pope Benedict explains “God is not solitude, but perfect communion. This “communion” is a loving relationship – so God IS LOVE. “For this reason the human person, made in the image of God, realizes himself or herself in love, which is a sincere gift of self.”  You and I are made in the image of a “Supreme relationship”, made in the image of the “highest family and community”, made in the image of Love itself. We share in God’s divine power, with an intellect patterned after the intellect of God; of loving others - similar to the eternal love of God, who is the divine community of the Holy Trinity. We were made to love.

When young Father Francis climbed into that plane in England, he did not know the future – if he would live, or if he would die in France.  He would go on to serve in Korea and Vietnam. At the end of his life, he had inscribed on his tombstone “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.”

Fathers, today is OUR special day - we were made to love. To protect our families, to serve them, and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of our homes - to bless our children and teach them to love God with all of their hearts, all of their minds, and all of their strength. Like Father Francis Sampson, who 70 years ago was called by God to risk all, we are made in the image of God – the God that "so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life."

Homily - Deacon Brian J. Murphy

 * Holy Trinity, Central Panel from the High Altar of the Trinity Church, Mosóc

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Find Your Identity , Go on Retreat

“First of all, although men have a common destiny, each individual also has to work out his own personal salvation for himself in fear and trembling. We can help one another to find the meaning of life no doubt. But in the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for "finding himself." If he persists in shifting his responsibility to somebody else, he fails to find out the meaning of his own existence. You cannot tell me who I am and I cannot tell you who you are. If you do not know your own identity, who is going to identify you?”  -  Thomas Merton

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Pope Francis Celebrates Pentecost

Out of Vatican Radio..

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, the Solemnity of Pentecost. His homily focused on the Holy Spirit as Master of Life. The Holy Father identified four principal ways in which the Spirit is active in the life of every Christian and in the Church.

“The Holy Spirit reaches us the way,” said Pope Francis, “the Spirit reminds us of the words of Jesus and explains them to us, He enables us to pray and to call God ‘Father’, He enables us to speak to our fellows in fraternal dialogue and enables us to speak in prophecy.”

It was a theme to which Pope Francis returned in his remarks to the faithful gathered in the Square ahead of the Regina coeli. “The event of Pentecost,” said Pope Francis, “marks the birth of the Church and the Church’s public manifestation: two things strike us [about the Church]: the Church is one that surprises us and stirs things up.”

Friday, June 6, 2014

D-Day 70 years

For a moment in time, FDR became our pastor ....

"Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith..." 
And, O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; Faith in each other; Faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.”
Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen.”

Sunday, June 1, 2014

7th Sunday of Easter

From a homily on the Song of Songs by Saint Gregory of Nyssa, bishop

The glory you gave to me, I have given to them

When love has entirely cast out fear, and fear has been transformed into love, then the unity brought us by our Saviour will be fully realized, for all men will be united with one another through their union with the one supreme Good. They will possess the perfection ascribed to the dove, according to our interpretation of the text: One alone is my dove, my perfect one. She is the only child of her mother, her chosen one.
  Our Lord’s words in the gospel bring out the meaning of this text more clearly. After having conferred all power on his disciples by his blessing, he obtained many other gifts for them by his prayer to the Father. Among these was included the greatest gift of all, which was that they were no longer to be divided in their judgement of what was right and good, for they were all to be united to the one supreme Good. As the Apostle says, they were to be bound together with the bonds of peace in the unity that comes from the Holy Spirit. They were to be made one body and one spirit by the one hope to which they were all called. We shall do better, however, to quote the sacred words of the gospel itself. I pray, the Lord says, that they all may be one; that as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, so they also may be one in us.
  Now the bond that creates this unity is glory. That the Holy Spirit is called glory no one can deny if he thinks carefully about the Lord’s words: The glory you gave to me, I have given to them. In fact, he gave this glory to his disciples when he said to them: Receive the Holy Spirit. Although he had always possessed it, even before the world existed, he himself received this glory when he put on human nature. Then, when his human nature had been glorified by the Spirit, the glory of the Spirit was passed on to all his kin, beginning with his disciples. This is why he said: The glory you gave to me, I have given to them, so that they may be one as we are one. With me in them and you in me, I want them to be perfectly one.
  Whoever has grown from infancy to manhood and attained to spiritual maturity possesses the mastery over his passions and the purity that makes it possible for him to receive the glory of the Spirit. He is that perfect dove upon whom the eyes of the bridegroom rest when he says: One alone is my dove, my perfect one.