Saturday, March 31, 2007

Pro-life Quote of the Day

"Yes, abortion and contraception are linked. They are linked with each other because they are linked with many other evils: the disconnection of freedom from truth. a relativistic view of morality, a positivistic view of law, a culture of hedonism, and many other problems. What lies at the solution to these problems is to rediscover the dominion of God."

~ Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life

Weekend Humor

A young boy had just gotten his driver's permit and asked his father if they could discuss his use of the car. His father said he'd make a deal with his son. "You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, get your hair cut and we'll talk about the car."

The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he'd settle for the offer and they agreed on it. After about six weeks his father said, "Son, I've been real proud. You brought your grades up and I've observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I'm real disappointed you didn't get your hair cut."

The young man paused a moment then said, "You know, Dad, I've been thinking about that, and I've noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair and there's even a strong argument that Jesus had long hair.

"To this his father replied, "Did you also notice they all walked everywhere they went?"

Friday, March 30, 2007

What Kind of Blogger are You?

You Are a Pundit Blogger!

Your blog is smart, insightful, and always a quality read.
Truly appreciated by many, surpassed by only a few

Quiz: What Poetry Form Are You?



I'm terza rima, and I talk and smile.
Where others lock their rhymes and thoughts away
I let mine out, and chatter all the while.

I'm rarely on my own - a wasted day
Is any day that's spent without a friend,
With nothing much to do or hear or say.

I like to be with people, and depend
On company for being entertained;
Which seems a good solution, in the end.
What Poetry Form Are You?

Here is the definition of terza rima. Now why didn't I remember that from the Intro to Poetry class I took 20+ years ago?

Via Julie D.

Today's Prayer Intentions

Thanks be to God for answered prayer: UkOk's Dad has converted to Christianity and will soon be baptised in the Catholic Church!


We lift up the following prayer requests to the Lord:

For Dr. John Billings who is dying, and peace for his wife Dr. Lyn and their family.

All catecumens who will be entering the Church this Easter.

Julie D.'s prayer intentions.

The safety of our military.

An end to abortion and the closing of all abortion mills.

For Bill's intentions.

For healing and conversion for family members.

For all previous prayer intentions mentioned here.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann represented the four Kansas Catholic bishops in announcing a statewide effort to stifle embryonic stem cell research

“We are not against science or providing cures,” Naumann said at the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas headquarters March 22. “There is a long history of the church helping the sick. We can do these things with the science of medicine without crossing moral boundaries."

Naumann made the announcement to support House bills 2255 and 2098. HB 2298 would define human cloning and HB 2255 would prohibit state funding for embryonic stem cell research.

The bishops do not oppose adult stem cell research but say embryonic stem cell research crosses a moral line.

“What does this do to our humanity?” Naumann asked. “We all came from human embryos and if someone had taken stem cells from us, we wouldn't be here.

”Some sources suggest a new embryo holds potential to become human life, but has not matured to that point.“

I am against embryonic research because it destroys a human life in the process,” Sister Sue Miller, community director of Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, said. “Our lives are given to healing and caring for people through all stages of life.”

Some sources suggest embryonic stem cell research could help make Kansas a bioresearch center. [Entire Post]

I applaud the KS Bishops for their foresight in taking prompt action on this threat to human life.

Books for List - Lovers

Nick Senger, Catholic teacher and Vice - Principal and blogger at Literary Compass shares some very practical and helpful lists. “101 Essential Websites for Readers of Literature” is conveniently subdivided into 18 categories: Genre Fiction, Children’s, Reading Group Resources, Fun, etc. Nick has also compiled a “Catholic Classic reading list” and “10 Best Books for New Catholics.”

What's New in the Blogosphere

Barbara Nicholosi has some great photos of The Holy Land here, here, here and even more here.

Blog - By - the Sea has an intriguing post on Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre's Testimony of Her Miraculous Healing - the nun who was miraculously cured by Pope John Paul II.

Check out the Summa Mamas' popularity dialer for some fun.

Friday Basics

Lenten Reflection for Friday, the Fifth Week of Lent

Today's Mass Readings and Homily

Today in Catholic History

Saint John Climacus (died 649)

1995 - Pope John Paul II issued an encyclical, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) promoting a "culture of life"in which human freedom will find its authentic meaning by joining forces with truth, life and love. It condemns the "culture of death"and cites abortion and euthanasia as crimes that no human laws could legitimize.

The Vatican's Summary of Evangelium Vitae

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Fr. Euteneuer: A Mini-Catechsim on Contraception

Does Contraception Prevent Abortion? A video message from Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, President, HLI
Audio transcript: Does Contraception Prevent Abortion

Today's Prayer Intentions

Thanks be to God for answered prayer for Thomas.

Please join me in praying for the following intentions:

Julie D.'s special intentions.

Employment for Bill.

Strength, peace, and healing for Lois, as she battles non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

For all previous prayer intentions mentioned here.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Former “Roe” Joins Battle To Reinstate Tiller Charges As KS House Falters

Topeka, KS – The former “Roe” of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision that decriminalized abortion in America has announced her support for the Kansas House Resolution that would require Attorney General Paul Morrison to reinstate 30 criminal charges related to illegal late-term abortions against George R. Tiller of Wichita.

Norma McCorvey, who was represented as Jane Roe in the landmark abortion case is now a pro-life activist and works to overturn the decision that led to abortion on demand.[More]

Culture of Life Quote of the Day

"Society is not obsessed with sex, It is afraid of it ... afraid of the total reality and power of what it represents, where it comes from and where it leads. Sex properly understood requires that we acknowledge God who made it. More than that, sex can never be separated from its purpose: to insert us into an immense powerful movement of life and love that started when God said, "Let there be light" (Genesis 1:3) and culminates when the Spirit and the Bride say "Come, Lord Jesus!" (Revelation 22:17).

~ Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life

Mini Meditation for Thursday of the Fifth Week in Lent

"Amen, amen I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM."
John 8:58

Once a group of teachers from the United States came through Calcutta. One of them asked me if I would say something that they could keep as a remembrance of the visit and that could also be useful to them. "Smile at one another. Smile at your wives." (I have the feeling that we are in such a hurry that we do not even have time to look at one another and smile.) One of them said, "Mother it is obvious that you are not married!" "Yes, I am," I answered. "Sometimes it is very difficult for me to smile at Jesus because He asks too much of me."

~ Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Today's Prayer Intentions

Today I went to Eucharistic Adoration for my Holy Hour and It seemed strange to see all the statues in the Perpetual Adoration
chapel covered with purple cloths - to not be able to glance at the statues of the Holy Family and the Infant of Prague, but it also kept my gaze and my thoughts focused on Jesus present in the Holy Eucharist and the real reason I was there - to spend time with Him. I was there to adore Him, to share my innermost thoughts and feelings with Him, to reflect on His love for me, to learn His will for me, and to submit my will to His. The time we spend together is so precious - I don't want to waste it. The covered statues reminded me to keep my focus on the One who loves me enough to nourish me with His own flesh, given up for love of me.

Today, I invite you to join me in prayer for the following intentions:

For the special intentions of the Holy Father.

For Penni.

For the repose of the souls of these two nuns and for conversion for their murderers.

For strength, peace, and healing for Lois, as she battles non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

For an end to abortion and the closing of all abortion mills.

For a greater respect for human life throughout the world.

For an increase in vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life.

For Julie D's special intentions, especially this one.

For employment for Bill.

For all previous prayer intentions listed here.

Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lent & Ratzinger : The Desert a Place of Grace

I love this reflection on Lent by Our Holy Father that I found over at Eagle and Elephant - it's just beautiful!

The desert is the place of silence, of solitude; it is the absence of the exchanges of daily life, its noise and its superficiality. The desert is the place of the absolute, the place of freedom, which sets us before the ultimate demands. Not by chance is the desert the place where monotheism began. In that sense it is a place of grace. In putting aside all preoccupations we encounter our Creator.

Great things have their beginnings in the desert, in silence, in poverty. It is not possible to share in the mission of Jesus, in the mission of the Gospel, without sharing in the desert experience, its poverty, its hunger. [Go here to read the rest.]

KS AG a “No Show” At Hearing As Pro-lifers Rally In Support Of Tiller Resolution

OR to Morrison: “Enforce the law or resign.”

Topeka, KS – A group of about 120 pro-life supporters, most wearing red t-shirts that read “Charge Tiller – It’s the Law!” supplied by Kansans for Life, rallied at the Kansas State House yesterday to persuade legislators to support a resolution that would compel Attorney General Paul Morrison to reinstate the 30 criminal charges against abortionist George Tiller that has been filed in December by Morrison’s predecessor. The charges, all related to the commission and improper reporting of illegal late-term abortions, had been dismissed, not on the merits of the case, but on shaky jurisdictional grounds. [More]

Please express opinions to:Speaker of the House Melvin Neufeldmneufeld@ink.org

View photos of Rally and Press Conference

Catholic Carnival 112

This week's Catholic Carnival #112 is up at Profound Gratitude. My thanks go out to Shellie for posting this. There are some excellent reads there, so go and check it out.

Lenten Reflection

Many people think that sinners get more, not less. One imagines that the thief, for example, receives more when he steals. But the thief in fact loses the the good of a determined social order without which human life falls apart. Another supposes that the more sexual pleasure a person procures, the more he will experience personal happiness. But the truth is that the unchaste person gets less of the good that sexual pleasure is meant to promote, that is, wedded friendship, the only sanctifiable context within which sexual pleasure unites man and woman. Still another argues that the destruction of inconvenient human life results in acquiring more liberty for individuals and society. But the reality is that the killing of the innocent forfeits a respect for the Creator that no creature can afford to live without. So Jesus admonishes us: "Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin" (John 8:34). The only remedy for sin is developing a strong filial relationship with God. Lent offers us a time of grace to deepen one's love for the heavenly Father. Our love for God grows deep the more we remain closely united with His only Son. The only way to unite ourselves to Jesus Christ is to embrace everything that His Church teaches and offers, especially the Eucharist. Then we have everything.

Reflection based on John 8: 31-42
~ Father Romanus Cessario, O.P.
Excerpted from the Magnificat Lenten Companion

Lenten Meditation with St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI

If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
~ John 8: 31 - 32



"Jesus Christ is the personified Truth who attracts the world to Himself ... every other truth is a fragment of the The Truth that He is and refers to Him. Thus, He fills our hearts, overwhelming them with joy, extending our minds toward unexplored horizon, uplifting it from the narrowness of selfishness and making it capable of authentic love."

~ Pope Benedict XVI


" Today ... even after two thousand years, we see Christ as the one who brings man freedom based on truth, frees man from what curtails, diminishes and as it were breaks off this freedom at its root, in man's soul, his heart and his conscience."

~ Pope John Paul II

" Whoever seeks the truth seeks God, whether he is conscious of it or not."
~ St. Teresa Benedicta

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Spiritual Quote of the Day

"Holiness does not consist in never falling, but in reaching up from the pit to let the waiting hand of God bring us back to our feet."

~ Rhonda de Sola Chervin, Prayers of the Women Mystics, p. 94

Culture of Death Quote

"Jesus Christ has warned clearly within the Gospel that hell is a reality and that we are free to choose it. Catholics who separate their faith life from their professional and social activities are putting the salvation of their souls in jeopardy. They risk the possibility of hell."

~Fargo Bishop Samuel J. Aquila in North Dakota, in his address to all Catholics and especially pro-death Catholics, 2004

Culture of Life Quote of the Day

"The first right of children is that of being born and educated in a welcoming and secure family environment where their physical, psychological and spiritual growth is guaranteed, their potential is developed and where the awareness of personal dignity becomes the base for relating to others and for confronting the future."

~ Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi C.S., Holy See (Vatican) permanent observer to the United Nations at Geneva, March 23, 2007, addressing the U.N, during the 4th session of the Human Rights Council..

Today's Prayer Intentions


For the special intentions of the Holy Father.


For Penni.


For an appropiate and desirable internship for L. in her graduate social work program.




Healing for Christine from a recent accident.


Strength, peace, and healing for Lois, as she battles non-Hodgkins lymphoma.


For Larry who is in danger of losing his job.


For a man who was wrongly accused of a crime and is now in jail - that the truth will be revealed.


For an end to abortion and the closing of all abortion mills - especially Tiller's.


For the fruitfulness of Karen's work as the Director of the Helpers of God's Precious Infants.


For a correct diagnosis of Nigel's medical problems.




For Frankie, who is going through a difficult time.


For employment for Bill.






For all previous prayer intentions mentioned here.


Lord, hear our prayer.

Tuesday Basics

Lenten Reflection for Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today's Mass Readings and Homily

Today in Catholic History
1378 Gregory XI, the last French (Avignonese) pope, died (b. ca. 1336).

Monday, March 26, 2007

Breaking News: Tiller Resolution Introduced And Passed In KS House Committee

Topeka, KS - A resolution that would compel Attorney General Paul Morrison to file charges against late-term abortionist George R. Tiller was introduced today in the Kansas House, and has already passed the House Federal and State Affairs Committee.

"We are gratified that the House leaders are taking action to restore the rule of law in Kansas. We pray that the full House will act quickly to pass the resolution," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "Innocent babies that should have the protection of law continue to illegally die at Tiller's Wichita abortion mill. It is our hope that a vigorous prosecution will put an end to this needless and tragic bloodshed once and for all."

Via Operation Rescue.

Let's keep this intention in our prayers.

Fr. Groeschel on Politics and Abortion

Yesterday's issue of The New York Times has a profile of priest and author Father Benedict Groeschel (ht:Insight Scoop). It is surprisingly an exceptional piece. Here are a few excerpts:

“I wanted to live in the South Bronx with the poor,” said Father Groeschel, who teaches pastoral psychology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, “but I couldn’t say no when Cardinal Cooke asked me to head the Office of Spiritual Development here.”

Father Groeschel lives in a converted garage next to the retreat house, in a cell-like bedroom that looks out on the Long Island Sound. Beneath his long white beard and kind demeanor is a wise-cracking, street-smart Jersey boy who is unafraid of ruffling feathers. He preaches orthodox Catholicism in the retreats he leads around the world, on his popular show on the Catholic cable network, and in the three dozen religious books he has written — forums in which he is well known for outspoken attacks on hypocrisy, bureaucratic complacency and the news media. ...

Since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, fighting abortion is a top priority for Father Groeschel, who has made it a point of praying outside abortion clinics when he can. He was arrested in 1995 for praying in the driveway of the Women’s Medical Pavilion, a Dobbs Ferry clinic that offered abortions, where demonstrators on both sides of the abortion issue protested weekly for decades until it was closed in 2002.

The church’s views on issues like abortion and homosexuality put Father Groeschel on the opposite side of the political spectrum from many who support his work for social justice.

“I used to be a liberal, if liberal means concern for the other guy,” Father Groeschel said. “Now I consider myself a conservative-liberal-traditional-radical-confused person.”

I first met Fr. Groeschel in 1998 at an evangelization conference after watching him on EWTN for many years. My husband and I purchased two of his books - In the Presence of Our Lord: The History, Theology, and Psychology and Eucharistic Devotion and Arise From Darkness: What to Do When Life Doesn't Make Sense. Although there was a long line of people waiting to sign his book, he took the time to chat with us briefly and addressed his written comments in both of our names, which impressed me. He was a physically smaller man than I had expected. But what power this man of Christ conveys not only through his speech, but also through his actions. He is a man of holiness, humor, and humility - someone who has suffered greatly in union with Christ. What a wonderful example he is for all of us during this Lenten season.

Hyscience: Obama's 'Paper Chase' Suggests He May Be Constitutional 'Space Cadet'

This is an amazing post from Hyscience which expresses my sentiments so exactly and succintly.

It appears that Barack Obama may have to answer some questions regarding his views from law school about the elasticity of the Constitution. If he does in fact believe that Constitutional law can be approached in the same manner as Einsteinian physics - that the Constitution is relative, as this article suggests, then in application he'd appoint judges who have no problem twisting the Constitution for any purpose they see fit instead of forcing legislative matters back to Congress and the states where they belong, as our founders intended.

Although I'm not a lawyer , this sounds an awful lot like constitutional relativism run amuck, and yet another reason I'd never vote for Obama or any other liberal. It's clear to me from his "spacey" article that like other liberals, Obama believes that activist Supreme Court judges should be encouraged to ignore the original intentions of the nation's forefathers so long as the judges are advancing a left-wing agenda.

However Obama tries to portray himself and his political positions, like Burt Prelutsky puts it in his piece at WorldNetDaily, Obama strikes me as just another snake oil salesman trying to charisma his way into the Oval Office with a smile and a shoeshine.

Personally, I see Obama as the snake.

Today's Prayer Intentions

For the special intentions of the Holy Father.

For those preparing to be received into the Church this Easter, especially for Becky and Al.

For an end to abortion and the closing of all abortion mills.

For the conversion of those ensnared in the culture of death and the darkness of sin.

That the graces of this Lenten season will sanctify and renew all of us.

That the Crucified Christ will bring strength and healing to all those who are weak and powerless.

That Moneybags will do well on his 6 hour examination today - the final step for acceptance to the seminary by his diocese.

For Julie D.'s special intentions.

For employment for my husband, Bill.

For a friend's daughter who continues to struggle with unhealthy ways of coping with emotional pain. This is after she has been in residential treatment for almost 1½ years. She is need of divine help.

For Gloria whose cancer is in her liver and continues with chemotherapy.

For all previous intentions mentioned here.

Lord, hear our prayer. Amen.

Monday Basics

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Lenten Reflection

Today's Scripture Readings & Homily

Today in Catholic History

752 Stephen II (d. 27 April 757) became bishop of Rome after a priest named Stephen had died three days after his election and before he was ordained a bishop.

1026 - Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor.

A Mini- Meditation for The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord


"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."
~ Luke 1

A "yes" in imitation of Mary, such a yes creates joy, a new life, a breath, a blessing. A yes like Mary's: what a blessing! What fullness of good in the world! A yes from Mary: how much blessing! What joy, what felicity! What salvation! What hope...
~ Pope John Paul II

Sunday, March 25, 2007

My Baby



Here she is - my Jasmine. As you can see she is a long-haired calico, 3 years old. She will be four in August. Since we don't know exactly when she was born, we celebrate our birthdays together. She's being quietly obedient in the first photo and is singing to me in the second one. She's very funny and very affectionate.

Anyone care to submit a funny caption for the second photo?

Construction Site

Please pardon the mess - I'm making some changes to my blog. This look is very similar to the one I had starting out in December, 2003. I like the "fiery" orange look which matches the blog title as well as having more space to post. I also think this is a more cheerful look.

What do you think? I would love to have some sunflowers or daffodils here and may look into that in the future.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Saint of the Day: St. Catherine of Sweden, Patron Saint Against Abortion


St. Catherine of Sweden is the patron saint against abortion and miscarriages. She was born in 1331, the fourth of eight children, to Saint Bridget of Sweden and Ulf Gudmarsson.

At the age of seven, Catherine was sent to Risberg Convent to be educated. She desired to remain in the convent to pursue a religious vocation, but she was promised in marriage to the virtuous and pious German noble Eggard Lydersson von Kürnen, a lifelong invalid. At age 13, the two were united in the sacrament of matrimony. Although Catherine was very beautiful, she and Eggard took a mutual vow of perpetual chastity. They devoted themselves to a life of Christian perfection and active charity.


In 1348, Catherine's father died. With Eggard’s permission, Catherine joined her mother on various pilgrimages. During these pilgrimages, they visited the tombs of the martyrs the churches, and together practiced works of piety, caring for the poor and the sick. In 1349, Catherine traveled with her mother to Rome for the Jubilee; it was at this time that Eggard died. Following his death, Catherine turned down numerous marriage proposals.

When her mother died in 1373, she returned to Sweden, taking the mortal remains of Saint Bridget with her for burial. Catherine entered a monastery at Vatzan, where she lived a very austere life. For the last twenty-five years of her life, Catherine participated in the Sacrament of Reconciliation daily to purify her soul. She died on March 24, 1381. At the time of her death, Catherine was the superior of the convent of Wadstena, founded by her mother; hence the name, Catherine Vastanensis, by which she is occasionally called. She was canonized in 1484 by Pope Innocent VIII.

St. Catherine wrote a devotional work entitled "Consolation of the Soul." In art, Saint Catherine is commonly depicted as an abbess with a female deer, which, according to legend, protected her from attacks on her chastity. She may also be shown (1) holding a lily; (2) dressing a poor man's wounds; or (3) as the Blessed Sacrament is brought to her after her death.

Saturday Basics

Lenten Reflection for the 4th Saturday in Lent

Scripture Readings for Today

Homily of the Day

Catholic History

1267 King Louis IX of France (St. Louis IX) (1215–1270) called his knights to Paris in preparation for the Eighth Crusade (his second) directed against Tunis in North Africa.

Favorite One Liners and Jokes

I had amnesia once -- or twice.

They told me I was gullible ... and I believed them.

The shampoo promised me extra body, and I gained three pounds.

I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.

Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

I'm so old my birth certificate is in Roman Numerals!

I bought a million lottery tickets. I won a dollar.

I took a course in speed waiting. Now I can wait an hour in only ten minutes.

Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before.

I put tape on the mirrors in my house so I don't accidentally walk through into another dimension.

I've been doing a lot of abstract painting lately, extremely abstract. No brush, no paint, no canvas, I just think about it.

I like to reminisce with people I don't know.

A friend of mine once sent me a post card with a picture of the entire planet Earth taken from space. On the back it said,"Wish you were here."

Every so often, I like to stick my head out the window, look up,and smile for a satellite picture.

I'm moving to Mars next week, so if you have any boxes...

Sorry, my mind was wandering.

One time my mind went all the way to Venus on mail order and I couldn't pay for it.

Last time I went to the movies I was thrown out for bringing my own food. My argument was that the concession stand prices are outrageous. Besides, I haven't had a Bar-B-Que in a long time.

I went to a restaurant that serves "breakfast at any time." So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.

There was a power outage at a department store yesterday. Twenty people were trapped on the escalators.

I got tired of calling the movies to listen to what is playing so I bought the album.

I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.

What's another word for Thesaurus?

I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done, so now I just have to fill in the rest.

I'm writing an unauthorized autobiography.

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and doesn't stop until you get to work.

Source

Weekend Humor

Did you hear that Xerox and Wurlitzer are merging?

They're going to make reproductive organs.

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Prayer Positions

Three priests sat discussing the best positions for prayer while a telephone repairman worked nearby.

"Kneeling is definitely best," claimed one.

"No," another contended. "I get the best results standing with my hands outstretched to Heaven."

"You're both wrong," the third insisted. "The most effective prayer position is lying prostrate, face down on the floor."

The repairman could contain himself no longer. "Fellas," he interrupted, "the best prayin' I ever did was hangin' upside down from a telephone pole."'

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An old Irish Priest's Dying Wish

The old Irish priest lay dying in the hospital. For years he had faithfully served the people of the nation's capital. He motioned for his nurse to come near.

"Yes, Father?" said the nurse.

"I would really like to see Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton before I die." whispered the priest.

"I'll see what I can do, Father" replied the nurse.

The nurse sent the request to the Senate and waited for a response.

Soon the word arrived. Kennedy and Clinton would be delighted to visit the priest.

As they went to the hospital, Clinton commented to Kennedy, "I don't know why the old priest wants to see us, but it will certainly help our images."

Kennedy couldn't help but agree.

When they arrived at the priest's room, the priest took Kennedy's hand in his right hand and Clinton's hand in his left. There was silence and a look of serenity on the old priest's face.

Finally Senator Kennedy spoke. "Father, of all the people you could have chosen, why did you choose us to be with you as you near the end?"

The old priest slowly replied "I have always tried to pattern my life after our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

"Amen" said Kennedy.

"Amen" said Clinton.

The old priest continued..."He died between two lying thieves. I would like to do the same."

Friday, March 23, 2007

Evidence Tiller Is Openly Flaunting KS Late Abortion Ban

He's at again - violating Kansas law - with no consequences for his illegal act. Operation Rescue reports that a woman in her eighth month of pregnancy entered Tiller’s Wichita late-term abortion mill this afternoon, and began the process to abort her baby even though the woman admitted to pro-life supporters outside the clinic that she is perfectly healthy, physically and mentally, and that her baby is also healthy. Kansas law prohibits such abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy.

It is entirely illegal in the State of Kansas for a healthy woman to obtain an abortion in her eighth month of a healthy pregnancy for convenience reasons,” said Operation Rescue spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger. “Women simply don’t have a legal right to do that.”

Read details of Tuesday’s Capitol Rally and Press Conference

Sign a national petition to reinstate Tiller charges of illegal late-term abortions.

Today's Prayer Intentions

Thanks be to God for answered prayer!

From Moneybags: I want to thank you for my prayers. My great grandmother is slightly improving, and my midterms were a huge success. Thank you!

Today's Petitions:

Continued healing for Lucille.

For C. who is dealing with many issues right now - may the seeds that the Holy Spirit implanted in her move her return her to the Lord, encourage her to follow through on making a Rachel's Vineyard weekend, and bring forth life to the baby growing within her. Lord, I surrender her to you for healing in all the ways she needs your healing.

For M. who is raising her 4 children alone and is now pregnant with her fifth child while her husband resides outside the country. For her many needs and for the life of the baby growing within her.

For an end to abortion and the closing of all abortion mills, especially Tiller's late-term abortion mill in Wichita, KS.

For the conversion of those living in the culture of death.

For speedy employment for my husband, who was laid off recently due to organizational changes within the company.

For the needs of the poor, the lonely, the sick, the mentally ill, the terminally ill, and the unemployed.

For an increase in vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life.

For my cat, Jasmine, who has been ill and is staying at the veterinarian's overnight for observation.

For all previous prayer intentions mentioned here.

We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Today's Saint: St. Turibius of Mongrovejo

Together with Rose of Lima, Turibius is the first known saint of the New World, serving the Lord in Peru, South America, for 26 years.

Born in Spain and educated for the law, he became so brilliant a scholar that he was made professor of law at the University of Salamanca and eventually became chief judge of the Inquisition at Granada. He succeeded too well. But he was not sharp enough a lawyer to prevent a surprising sequence of events.

In 1580 the archbishopric of Lima, capital of Spain's colony in Peru, became vacant. He was the one person with the strength of character and holiness of spirit to heal those who had infected that area. He protested the assignment, but was overruled. He was ordained priest and bishop and sent to Peru, where he found colonialism at its worst. The Spanish conquerors were guilty of every sort of oppression of the native population. Abuses among the clergy were flagrant, and he devoted his energies (and suffering) to this area first.

He began the long and arduous visitation of an immense archdiocese, studying the language, staying two or three days in each place, often with neither sleep nor food. He confessed every morning to his chaplain, and celebrated Mass with intense fervor.

His people, though very poor, were sensitive, dreading to accept public charity from others. Turibius solved the problem by helping them anonymously. After serving as Bishop of Lima for 26 years, he died in 1606. He was canonized in 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII.

St. Turibius is the patron saint of: Native rights, Latin American bishops, and Peru.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Friday Basics: Lenten Reflection, Scripture Readings, Homily, Catholic History

Lenten Reflection for the 4th Friday in Lent

Scripture Readings for today

Homily of the Day

Catholic History on this day

752 - Stephen is elected Pope. He died three days later, before being ordained bishop, and is not considered a legitimate pope.

1966 The Archbishop of Canterbury, Arthur Michael Ramsey visited Rome and met with Pope Paul VI. This was the first such meeting between the heads of these two churches since Henry VIII broke from Rome to form the Church of England over four hundred years before.

My Kind of Priest!

"A human law can legalize abortion, but it will always remain an absolute immoral act. Neither the Catholic Church, nor the society in which women and men of good will actively participate, has been defeated by those who promote an unjust, irresponsible and criminal law that tries to terminate the life of innocent and defenseless beings in the maternal womb, beings who have the right to be born and to live their own life."

"The Church and civil society have not experienced a loss in the battle for human life that, in fact, has only just begun. The Church will not keep quiet. The Church has a prophetic duty to denounce sin, evil and injustice. … The Church has to warn of the fatal consequences of a perverse proceeding ruled by egotism and subjectivism that tries to disguise as a right what is in fact licentiousness. The law of God is clear when it categorically states: Do not kill!"

~Father Hugo Valdemar Romero, communications director for the Archdiocese of Mexico in The Church Has Not Been Defeated, March 21, 2007 in response to a proposed law that would allow abortion in the capital city area--Mexico City.

National Pro-Life Leaders Join With KS Legislator In Complaint Against Judge Clark

Groups request discipline for Judge who dismissed Tiller abortion charges because he failed to reveal campaign finance links.

Topeka, KS – Kansas State Senator Tim Huelskamp has filed a formal complaint with the Kansas Commission on Judicial Qualifications (KCJQ) against Judge Paul W. Clark for failing to disclose on the record his financial ties to abortionist George R. Tiller’s attorney Dan Monnat, and Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston while ruling in their favor. The financial links were first reported by Operation Rescue. [More]

Adult Stem Cell Initiative in New Jersey Catholic Hospitals a "Model in the State and Throughout the Country"

The first stage of a strategic healthcare initiative to encourage New Jersey's Catholic hospitals to donate umbilical cord and placenta blood to further adult stem-cell research has been accomplished.

During a March 9 press conference at The Elie Katz Umbilical Cord Blood Program facility, Archbishop John J. Myers, from the Archdiocese of Newark, and Father Joseph Kukura, president of the Princeton-based Catholic HealthCare Partnership of New Jersey (CHCPNJ), reported that that 10 Catholic hospitals have signed contracts with Community Blood Services or the Coriell Institute for Medical Research to donate umbilical cord and placenta blood for adult stem-cell research.

Archbishop Myers considers the initiative "a model in the state and throughout the country" for adult stem-cell research. Father Kukura has been invited to Rome by the Holy Father to address the calling to "provide innovative ways to preserve human life."

STATEMENT OF THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF NEW JERSEY ON HUMAN STEM CELL RESEARCH

This is great news and with Bishop Myers at the helm, I'm sure it will be a successful project, as he is a strong pro-life advocate. Thanks be to God!

He's Back! (Updated)

The whole thing seems rather bizarre to me, but Fr. Fessio who was asked to resign from his position at Ave Maria University immediately yesterday due to "irreconcilable difference over administrative policies and practices" has now been rehired.

Officials say Fessio will now be a designated theologian in residence and will maintain a room on campus, he will join in for the commencement exercises, and he will explore a semester abroad program in Rome and also how the study abroad program might continue in the future. It is expected that he will spend a significant amount of time in Europe.

They also anticipate that Fessio will resume teaching at Ave Maria in the spring.

What happened? It's a mystery.

Thanks be to God for answered prayer.

Related Post: Shocker

*** Ave Maria resurrects fired Father Fessio with new job - This post provides more detailed information.

Today's Prayer Intentions

For an end to abortion - that children on their way to birth will be loved and protected rather than feared and rejected.

For the closing of all abortion mills - especially Tiller's late-term abortion mill in Wichita, Kansas.

For all our leaders that they will protect the sanctity of life, support marriage between one man and one woman, and protect the traditional family.

For healing for Gloria as she continues chemotherapy and for the cancer in her liver.

For Moneybag's great grandmother.

For Moneybag's mid-term exams.

For Ukok's special intentions.

For Julie D.'s special intentions.


For employment for Bill.

For all previous intentions mentioned here.

We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Eucharistic Adoration: Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen


"In medicine, when a patient is suffering from anemia, blood will be transferred from a healthy person to cure the sick of that condition. Skin is grafted from the back to the face to repair a burn. If blood can be transfused and skin grafted, then prayers and sacrifices can be transmitted to the sick members of the Mystical Body of Christ. The Motivation for a Holy Hour is reparation. We pray for those who do not pray, we make acts of faith in the Real Presence for those who have lost faith. In a word, we are the victims, like Christ, innocent but one with their guilt in the progressive redemption of mankind."


~ Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, from Those Mysterious Priests

Thursday Basics: Lenten Reflection, Today's Scripture Readings, Homily of the Day, & Catholic History

Lenten Reflection for Thursday, the 4th Week in Lent

Today's Scripture Readings

Homily of the Day

Catholic History

1544 - Johannes Magnus, last Catholic Archbishop of Sweden died. (b. 1488)

My Visual DNA


Via Julie D.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Shocker

Via Open Book:Fr. Fessio asked to resign

The provost at Ave Maria University, once a student of the current pope, has been asked to resign his position immediately.

Provost Joseph Fessio sent an e-mail shortly after 2 p.m. today to members of the Ave Maria community, saying he’s been asked to resign and leave the campus immediately.


His brief e-mail reads:
"To the Ave Maria University community: I have been asked to resign my position as provost and leave the campus immediately.
I will miss Ave Maria and the many of you whom I hold dear.
Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J."


In a statement, university officials said Fessio was asked to step down as a result of "irreconcilable difference over administrative policies and practices."

"There has never been any difference in our commitment to our mission or to the Magisterium of the Church. Nor is there any diminishment in our commitment to maintaining the highest quality of scholarship," according to the statement.

University officials would like Fessio to serve the university in an advisory capacity in the future, according to the statement.

"We are grateful for the enormous contributions Father Fessio has made to the development of Ave Maria University, especially to the liturgical and intellectual development of the institution," it reads.

Fessio was unavailable for comment this afternoon.
A 4:30 p.m. private convocation was planned today, where students and faculty were expecting to learn more about Fessio's dismissal.


This is indeed a shocker! Let's keep Fr. Fessio in our prayers.

Midweek Humor

A writer dies and arrives at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter says, “We offer a special deal to writers here. You can choose whether you go to Heaven or Hell. Let’s look at Hell first.”

He leads the author downstairs, and opens the door to a large room, where a number of writers toil away at word processors. They are scowling and sweating. Whenever they pause, a devil comes along and whacks them with a whip.

“This isn’t very pleasant,” says the writer. “Let’s see what Heaven looks like.”

St. Peter leads him up to Heaven, and opens a door to a large room precisely like the first one. Here also a large number of writers sit hunched over word processors, scowling and sweating. Whenever they pause, an angel comes along and whacks them with a whip.

“I don’t get it,” says the writer. “What’s the difference between Heaven and Hell?”

“The difference,” says St. Peter, “is that here you get published.”

Humorous Quote of the Day

Diplomacy is the art of saying "nice doggie" until you can find a rock.

~G.K. Chesterton

The Fourth Pro-life Station of the Cross: Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother



There is no deeper relationship than that of mother and child. They belong together. When one suffers, the other suffers. To love and defend one means to love and defend the other. To be pro-life means to serve both the child and the mother. It means to ask our society, "Why can't we love them both?"

Contraception, the Love Killer

Far too many Catholics think of the Church in terms of laxity or strictness, when in fact to do so is to miss the whole point. Morality is the fruit of love. Love of Christ, who said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments” (Cf. John 14:15). This was not a threat or some divine arm-twisting, but a statement of fact. Religious obedience is an act of great spiritual maturity and love. It is not that we love Him but that He first loved us (Cf. 1 John 4:19). He is our Bridegroom.

I would be worried about any engaged couple that was caught up in worry about fidelity instead of being so dizzy—or sanely—in love that infidelity was unthinkable. In theological terms we speak of fear of the Lord as a virtue—which of course it is—but it is not a craven timorousness, nor is it simply “awe,” as some proposed in the 60s and 70s to soften the blow of the word “fear.”

Proper fear of the Lord is the horror one feels at the thought of hurting, harming or even simply displeasing our beloved, be it a human love or God. This is called filial fear. Another kind of fear is called “servile fear” based more in fear of getting caught or being punished. While this is not altogether a bad thing, filial fear is superior as it speaks of a higher love.


Little girls do not grow up dreaming of hopping from bed to bed and contraception, they dream of a man who will sweep them off their feet, love them forever and having his many children. A cynicism born of the sexual revolution has brought emptiness to the hearts, wombs and lives of far too many modern women. This emptiness and pain can be avoided or redeemed and healed by the love of Christ and adherence to His teachings. The Catholic Church believes in such dreams because God wrote them on the human heart. And there are men who long for such a woman to love and cherish.

Real lovers want to give without reserve in God’s own superabundance creating more hearts and lives to love. Contraception is like kissing through a screen door and real love cannot tolerate obstacles. Contraception breeds selfishness and separation that drives a wedge between husband and wife that kills love. Real lovers want their love to explode into the posterity of future generations for all eternity. This is the kind of passion and fulfillment God wants for His children. Contraception limits what should be boundless. It spits in the face of this glorious passion and love’s true abandon; and that is why it is a sin. It seeks to “tame” love, thus killing it. The Catholic Church is the last bastion on earth of true romance. The modern world has suffocated love and made sex a thing of deadness. [Read more of John Mallon's excellent post]

Via Human Life International.

This Week’s Catholic Carnival is Up!

Hosted by Edward at To Jesus Through Mary. Check it out - lots of interesting reading there!

Capitol Rally To Urge KS Legislators To Charge Tiller

Topeka, KS – Kansas’ top lobbying group, Kansans for Life, is organizing an urgent rally and press conference at the Capitol in Topeka on Tuesday, March 27, to urge legislators to pass a resolution that would force Attorney General Paul Morrison to prosecute Wichita abortionist George R. Tiller for committing illegal late-term abortions and other crimes.

“Operation Rescue will certainly be attending and supporting this effort 100%. We encourage everyone who can, even if you have to take a vacation day off work, to get to the Capitol on Tuesday in support of the Tiller Resolution,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “As a citizen, I look forward to the opportunity to meet with my representative and have a frank discussion about why Tiller is able to violate Kansas law at the cost of the innocent lives of viable babies.”

What: Urgent Rally To Urge KS Legislators To Charge Tiller
Where: Kansas State Capitol Building, Topeka, Kansas
When: Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 10 AM to 2 PM
Press Conference will be held at Noon

Since signs are not allowed inside the Capitol, participants are encouraged to wear red or pick up a “Charge Tiller: It’s The Law” T-shirt that will be available at the rally through Kansans for Life.

“We urgently need to take our message to the legislature, which is legally endowed with the authority to order the attorney general to prosecute cases,” said Newman. “Tiller should not be allowed to flaunt the law. The investigation has been done. The charges have been made. Now it is time to bring him to justice. We elected pro-life men and women for just such a time as this, and now it is time to hold their feet to the fire. Lives literally depend on it.”

“There’s a time to pray and there is a time to act. Tuesday is the time to act.”

For those outside Kansas, we encourage you to visit ChargeTiller.com to sign the petition and e-mail the key legislators.

Via Operation Rescue.

Today's Prayer Intentions

Thanks be to God for these answered prayers:

A reprieve has been granted for Baby Emilio. Thanks be to God for Jerri Ward! We pray that the Lord will continue to guide his actions in this case.

Yesterday's surgery showed that Amanda's tumors were not cancerous, but rather caused by something else.

Prayer Petitions:

For Lucille, Moneybag's great grandmother.

For the fruitfulness of the upcoming prayer vigil at Tiller's late-term abortion mill.

For employment for my husband Bill, who was recently laid off.

For employment for others who were laid off from the same company.

For the safety of our military, an end to terrorrism and war.

For the conversion of those who are trapped in the culture of death.

For an end to embryonic stem cell research, cloning, same sex relationships, IVF, and abortion.

For the closing of all abortion mills.

For the Holy Father's special intentions.

For holy priests, Bushops, and Cardinals faithful to the Magesterium of the Church.

For all previous prayer petitions mentioned here.

We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Wednesday Basics: Today's Lenten Reflection, Scripture Readings, Homily, & Catholic History

Lenten Reflection for Wednesday, Fourth Week of Lent

Today's Scripture readings

Homily of the Day

Today in Catholic History

543 The Italian monk Benedict of Nursia (b. ca. 480), author of the Benedictine rule (which established the pattern for European monastic life through the Middle Ages), died at Monte Cassino.

1098 The monastery in Citeaux, France, was founded by Saint Robert, abbot of Molesme and a Benedictine monk. This was the origin of the Roman Catholic religious order known as the Cistercians.

1146 Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153), one of the most famous theologians and monks of his day, had been preaching for a second crusade, and King Louis VII of France took up the cause and led the ill-fated mission to regain the crusader capital of Edessa.

1800 Pius VII (1742–1823) was crowned Pope in Venice with a temporary papal tiara made of papier-mâché.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The True Meaning of Love

" So the divine love is sacrificial love. Love does not mean to have and to own and to possess. It means to be had and to be owned and to be possessed. It is not a circle circumscribed by self, it is arms outstretched to embrace all humanity within its grasp."

~ Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

"Intense love does not measure . . . it just gives."

~ Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it. This is why Christ the Redeemer 'fully reveals man to himself.'"

~ Pope John Paul II

"Love... becomes concern and care for the other. No longer is it self-seeking, a sinking in the intoxication of happiness; instead it seeks the good of the beloved: it becomes renunciation and it is ready, and even willing, for sacrifice."

~ Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est

Catholics Descend on Tiller's Abortion Mill

Watch out, Tiller, now here they come! The powerful prayer intercessors from Our Lady of Guadalupe Rosary Crusade For Life, led by Rich Mahoney and based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana will hold a 72-hour prayer vigil outside the infamous Wichita abortion mill beginning this Friday, March 23, and running through Sunday, March 25. This dedicated group holds round the clock vigils and have commited themselves to prayer vigils in Wichita twice a year until Women's Health Care Services closes.

While this group is predominately Catholic, Christians from all denominations are invited to stop by Tiller's during the prayer event and offer their own prayers for an end to abortion, and that Tiller will be brought to justice for the commission of illegal late-term abortions. For more information go here.

Via Operation Rescue.

Saint Quotes for Lent: St. Therese of Lisieux

Look at His adorable face.
Look at His glazed and sunken eyes.
Look at His wombs.
Look Jesus in the Face.
There, you will see how He loves us.

~ St. Therese of Lisieux

How can we complain when He Himself was considered 'as one struck by God and afflicted' (Isa. 53:4)
~ St. Therese of Lisieux