Monday, April 30, 2007

Obama = Theocrat?

Check this out first. Then, read these comments from Bill Donahue:

“If the same standard that was applied to President George W. Bush were to be applied to Senator Barack Obama, then Obama must be considered a theocrat who shows no respect for separation of church and state. What else is one to conclude after seeing a color photo of him today on the front page of the New York Times preaching from the pulpit of a Christian church? The article itself is even more indicting.

“Obama’s spiritual mentor is a radical minister who blames the U.S. for the war in Iraq
. So controversial is Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. that Obama shunned him when he announced his bid for the presidency. It makes one wonder how the media will follow up on this: after all, when Mel Gibson was being criticized for making ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ his foes constantly demanded that he denounce his father’s views on the Holocaust. Surely Rev. Wright—who has played a pivotal role in shaping Obama’s thinking—should be subjected to at least the same scrutiny. And surely Obama should be asked to denounce his radical views, including Wright’s position that white racism can be found in Zionism.

“Obama can begin his presidential campaign with ‘Giving all praise and honor to God,’ and it doesn’t raise an eyebrow among the guardians of church and state. But when Bush said that Jesus was his favorite philosopher, the guardians went ballistic. Indeed, Obama can compare himself to Joshua, and no one blinks.

“Yesterday, Obama blasted the Bush administration’s handling on the war in Iraq while preaching at a Christian church. Now imagine a pro-life Republican candidate speaking at a Catholic Church denouncing the Democrats for supporting partial-birth abortions. And imagine the reaction he would receive if there were a color photo of him on the front page of the New York Times speaking at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The double standard is nauseous, and it smacks of religious and racial prejudice.”

Today's Prayer Intentions


We give thanks to God the Father for His mercy endures forever, and we pray:


For our President and Congress: that the Spirit of God will fill them with wisdom, with courage, and with a desire for justice and compassion.


For all our leaders, that they will work for peace and support legislation that will help build a culture of life, defending human life at all stages of development from the womb to the tomb.


For an end to all sins against life.


For the poor, marginalized, and neglected, that Christ who promised not to leave us orphans, will be present to them with His Father's love and care.


For Jacob, who is suffering from very serious condition call autoimmune hemolytic anemia of an unknown origin. For healing of the serious illness and for his conversion.


For continued healing for Sheryl, who has lupus and is recovering from a severe blood infection. Poor circulation caused her to contract gangrene in her fingertips, so she is going to lose them. She makes her living as a music teacher and pianist, so this is devastating. We thank God for sparing her life and continue to pray for her during her difficult recovery and for her acceptance of God’s will.


For L. who suffered a heart attack during cosmetic surgery, and is currently in a comma and on life support.

For permanent employment for Bill at a wonderful job that he enjoys which offers great benefits.


For all previous prayer intentions mentioned here and for all prayer intentions around St. Blog's.


Loving Father, Christ the Good Shepherd laid down His life for His sheep. Make us thankful and completely devoted to Your Son. For Jesus is our Lord, now and forever. Amen.

Laws in Wisconsin and Conneticut threaten religious freedom

I just finished reading these posts from CNA and Lifesite News about the Bishops in Connecticut and Wisconsin no longer opposing the Morning After Pill because it is now a law in their states that all hospitals must prescribe this medication. First of all, it seems to me that that is a flagrant violation of the law. How can the state say that a church-related (Catholic) hospital must violate its religious beliefs by administering a dangerous medication to a woman which could seriously harm her and destroy the life of her child?

I really don't understand this at all, nor do I understand how the Bishops in Connecticut or Wisconsin can simply cease opposing the "Morning After Pill". It may be the law in their states, but they still need to uphold the teachings of the Church. Perhaps I am misinterpreting this, but it all seems very bizarre and shocking!

Fortunately, I found this post from The Catholic Transcript which explains a little more, but I am still flabergasted by what is happening.

Stem Cell Research - Part II: The Benefits of Adult Stem Cell Therapy

In Part I, I summarized the basics of stem cell research and cloning, discussed the moral implications of embryonic stem cell research, and the politics involved. Here in Kansas, our bishops, in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus, have been working very hard to educate the public - especially Catholics - about stem cell research.

A new short documentary commissioned and released by the four Catholic bishops of Kansas entitled “The Science of Stem Cells: Finding Cures and Protecting Life” figures to play a key role in educating the public about what is involved. View it here.

You can read A Pastoral Letter from the Catholic Bishops of Kansas - full text to learn more.

In this post, I would like to share some of the miraculous results scientists and physicians have obtained through adult stem cell research. First, let's review the definition of an adult stem cell.

An adult stem cell is a differentiated stem cell obtained from adult tissue, blood from the umbilical cord, and other sources. Versatile stem cells have been found in bone marrow, blood, muscle, fat, nerves, amniotic fluid, and even the pulp of baby teeth. Many successful therapies have been developed using these adult stem cells. Using adult stem cells in research poses no moral problems as it does not involve the destruction of human life and it has been highly successful.

Research on adult stem cells has recently generated a great deal of enthusiasm and excitement. Scientists have found adult stem cells in many more tissues than they once thought possible. This finding has led scientists to ask whether adult stem cells could be used for transplants. In fact, adult blood forming stem cells from bone marrow have been used in transplants for 30 years.

It has now been found that adult stem cells (including umbilical cord cells) can differentiate into nerve, skin, lung, liver, cartilage, bone, and insulin-producing pancreatic islet cells. They have been used to treat leukemia, sickle cell anemia, stroke, spinal cord injuries, and more.


The advantages of Adult Stem Cells:

  • Can be extracted from umbilical cord blood with no harm to the donor.
  • Can be extracted from a number of adult tissues. Many patients can be treated with their own stem cells, providing a perfect match without the need to grow and kill a clone of the patient.
  • Are able to generate virtually all adult tissues.
  • Can multiply almost indefinitely, providing numbers sufficient for clinical treatments.
  • Have the ability to "hone in" on damage.
  • Avoid problems with tumor formation and transplant rejection.
  • Avoid ethical problems of Embryonic stem cells and Somatic cell nuclear transfer (cloning).

Here are just a few of the many examples of success cases using adult stem cell research.

  1. Ian Rosenberg, 70
  • From Great Britain
  • Heart attacks since age 38, at age 67, he was told he had two months to live.
  • Went to Germany for injections of his own bone marrow, containing adult stem cells, into his heart.
  • Called the results "a miracle". Established a charity in Britain to fund a trial with 700 patients to study repair of damaged hearts with adult stem cells (http://www.heartcellsfoundation.org/).
  • Died on August 26, 2006, three years after his treatment. His family feels that the treatment added over two years to his life.

2. Dennis Tuner, 64

  • From California
  • Onset of Parkinson's disease in 1990
  • Went to Cedars - Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in 1999, and was treated with his own neural stem cells.
  • Had an 80% reduction in symptoms for four years. Because Parkinson's is a progressive disease, his symptoms have been slowly beginning to return, and he awaits further treatments.

3. Amy Foels, 21

  • From Iowa
  • Paralyzed from the waist down in a 2002 car accident
  • Went to Dr. Carlos Lima in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2005 to become the 38th person in the world to receive a treatment from adult stem cells in her own nasal tissue.
  • She can flex her hip muscles and her steps are improving.

4. Patrizia Durante, 31

  • From Quebec
  • Diagnosed with leukemia in 2001 while 27 weeks pregnant. Given 6 months to live.
  • Doctors at Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal collected her daughter's umbilical cord blood. It contained adult stem cells, which were used to replenish her bone marrow. Durante is in full remission.

5. Gina Rugari, 6

  • From Ohio
  • Born with Krabbe's Leukodystrophy.
  • Three weeks after her birth, she went to Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. She was treated with chemotherapy and then received umbilical cord blood from a donor.
  • Today, she is thriving.

Part III: Coming Soon ... What Can You Do?

Sources: Kansans for Life, Our Sunday Visitor

Too Funny Not to Share

What can I say?

Have you ever heard that a dog "knows" when an earthquake is about to hit?

Have you ever heard that a dog can "sense" when a tornado is stirring up, even twenty miles away?

Do you remember hearing that, before the December tsunami struck Southeast Asia, dogs started running frantically away from the seashore, at breakneck speed?

I'm a firm believer that animals - and especially dogs - have keen insights into the Truth.

And you can't tell me that dogs can't sense a potentially terrible disaster well in advance.

Simply said, a good ol' hound dog just KNOWS when something isn't right . . . when impending doom is upon us . . .




From my inbox. Thanks, Bill!

Culture of Life Quote of the Day

"We support a comprehensive ban of all human cloning. Human cloning is morally unacceptable for any reason. Human life (cloned or otherwise) is not a commodity to be used for research or for any other purpose."

~ Focus on the Family Position Statement on Human Cloning,
www.citizenlink.org

Monday Basics

Litugical Calendar / Saint of the Day:

Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter / Memorial of St. Pius V, pope; Optional Memorial Blessed Marie de l'Incarnacion, religious (Can)

Today in Catholic History:

304 The last and most punishing anti-Christian edict during Roman Emperor Diocletian's (ca. 245–ca. 312) reign was published.

418 Roman Emperor Honorius (384–423) issued a decree against Pelagianism, a teaching that a person can take the initial and fundamental steps toward salvation by one's own efforts, apart from divine grace.

1651 Roman Catholic educational reformer St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, founder of the lay order the Brothers of the Christian Schools, was born in Reims, France (d. 7 April 1719).

1658 St. Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620–1700) established the first uncloistered Catholic missionary community in the new world at Ville Marie, Canada.

Birthdays:

1721 - Roger Sherman, American statesman (d. 1793)

1908 - Eve Arden was an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning American actress, who established a lengthy career as a supporting and character actor but was best remembered for playing a sardonically engaging high school teacher in the radio and television classic Our Miss Brooks. (d. 1990)

1916 - Robert Shaw, American conductor (d. 1999)

1943 - Bobby Vee, American singer

1982 - Kirsten Dunst, American actress

NEW GOP STRAW POLL

I am including a GOP straw poll on the right side of my blog. I am not putting up a Democratic straw poll. If they ask me to put it up on my blog as the GOP have done, I will consider doing so. I do try to keep up with what's going on in both parties.

However, as a Catholic, I will not promote any candidate supporting the destruction of human life. As we know, both parties have candidates who fit this description.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Bumper Stickers: Funny, Witty, & Wise

The Wise:

"God does not believe in atheists; therefore atheists do not exist."

"Forbidden fruit makes many jams."

"PETU - People for the Ethical Treatment of the Unborn"

"Women Unite! Defeat Roe!" (Rosie the Riveter is pictured.)

"Terrorists have killed 3000 Americans since 1990. Abortionists have killed 4000 Americans since Yesterday."

"Planned Parenthood is Really Planned Barrenhood."

"Avowed Celibate: How's that for diversity?"

"You do not have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body. - C.S. Lewis"

The Witty:

"POLITICIANS & DIAPERS BOTH NEED TO BE CHANGED, AND FOR THE SAME REASON"

"I'D RATHER GO HUNTING WITH DICK CHENEY, THAN FOR A CAR RIDE WITH TED KENNEDY"

"Vote for Ted Kennedy 'A Blonde in Every Pond'"

"2008 - RUN HILLARY RUN" Democrats put it on the rear bumper. Republicans put it on the front bumper."

"ACLU - Fighting for your right to do things our way"

"Liberalism: Dysfunctional Intellectualism."

"Liberalism is a curable disease."

"Never mind the village: Where are the parents?"

The Funny:

"My child is an Honor Student at the State Correctional Facility."

"Everyone has a photographic memory...some just don't have any film."

"Official Brain Transplant Donor"

"That SUV makes you look fat."

"Work is for people who don't have Internet access.

If you are reading this, chances are you aren't paying attention to the road.

"Honk if you're ambivalent."

"If you can read this, you are too close or driving too fast. (Or maybe I am driving too slow. You decide.)"

"Your village just called - they're missing an idiot."

"We are Microsoft. Resistance is futile! You will be assimilated."

"Park elsewhere - stupidity is not a handicap."

"Heavily Medicated - For Your Safety"

"I used to live in the real world - but I got evicted."

"I do not suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it."

St. Louis Marie de Montfort: Apostle of Devotion to Our Holy Mother

Louis's life is inseparable from his efforts to promote genuine devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus and mother of the church. Totus tuus (completely yours) was Louis's personal motto; Karol Wojtyla chose it as his episcopal motto. Born in the Breton village of Montfort, close to Rennes (France), as an adult Louis identified himself by the place of his baptism instead of his family name, Grignion. After being educated by the Jesuits and the Sulpicians, he was ordained as a diocesan priest in 1700.

Soon he began preaching parish missions throughout western France. His years of ministering to the poor prompted him to travel and live very simply, sometimes getting him into trouble with church authorities. In his preaching, which attracted thousands of people back to the faith, Father Louis recommended frequent, even daily, Holy Communion (not the custom then!) and imitation of the Virgin Mary's ongoing acceptance of God's will for her life.

Louis founded the Missionaries of the Company of Mary (for priests and brothers) and the Daughters of Wisdom, who cared especially for the sick. His book, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, has become a classic explanation of Marian devotion.Louis died in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sevre, where a basilica has been erected in his honor. He was canonized in 1947.

~Excerpted from Saint of the Day, Leonard Foley, O.F.M.


A Few of My Favorite St. St. Louis de Montfort Quotes:

"Pray with great confidence, with confidence based on the goodness and infinite generosity of God and upon the promises of Jesus Christ. God is a spring of living water which flows unceasingly into the hearts of those who pray."

“We fasten our souls to Your hope, as to an abiding anchor. It is to Her that the saints who have saved themselves have been the most attached and have done their best to attach others, in order to persevere in virtue. Happy, then, a thousand times happy, are the Christians who are now fastened faithfully and entirely to Her, as to a firm anchor!” (Treatise on True Devotion, n. 175).

"Mary alone gives to the unfortunate children of unfaithful Eve entry into that earthly paradise where they may walk pleasantly with God and be safely hidden from their enemies. There they can feed without fear of death on the delicious fruit of the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They can drink copiously the heavenly waters of that beauteous fountain which gushes forth in such abundance."

'She [Mother Mary] is an echo of God, speaking and repeating only God. If you say "Mary" she says 'God'."

"If you put all the love of all the mothers into one heart it still would not equal the love of the Heart of Mary for her children."

St. Joseph the Worker Novena: Days 5 - 9

You can find the novena prayers here.

On A Personal Note



Contrary to rumors that I have died, nothing could be further than the truth. I have been involved in rather adventurous and exciting escapades (of a personal nature) lately, which have taken up quite a bit of my time. The Lord has recently opened the doors for new spiritual growth and many changes/adjustments in my life at this time. It has all been very challenging and healthy for me spiritually, but the stubborn, independent part of me has been resisting these changes. I am of the mind that there cannot be growth without pain and suffering ("No pain, no gain" as the athletes' mantra goes) and this I am trying to accept and surrender to my Holy Mother, who knows the meaning of suffering far better than I ever could. To all who have been praying for me: Please accept my heartfelt thanks and gratitude for your prayers. I can't tell you how much they have helped me and my family. To those who have sent memes - thanks for the tags. I will get to them ASAP. The MEME QUEEN is still alive and kicking. Be prepared for lots of posts coming your way soon - there is so much I need to opine on that I am nearly ready to burst.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Friday Basics

Friday of the Third Week of Easter

Saint of the Day - St. Zita. patron saint of domestic workers

Today in Catholic History:

155 Tertullian, Latin ecclesiastical writer, was born, probably at Carthage, the son of a pagan centurion (d. ca. 230).

1565 Blessed Osanna of Cattaro (also Hosanna, known in Croatian as Ozana Kotorska), a Catholic Montenegrin Dominican tertiary, visionary, anchoress and convert from Greek Orthodoxy, died (b. 25 November 1493).

Birthdays:

1822 - Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States (d. 1885)

1900 - Walter Lantz, American cartoonist (d. 1994)

1975 - Chris Carpenter, American baseball player

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Archbishop Burke Quits Catholic Group Featuring Pro-abortion Singer

St. Louis, MO (LifeNews.com) -- Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis has resigned from the board of directors of the Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation over its decision to let pro-abortion rock star Sheryl Crow sing at the event. Crow has been a longtime abortion advocate who founded the Rock for Choice events to promote pro-abortion politics. The group plans to hold its 19th annual benefit for the Bob Costas Cancer Center on Saturday and Crow will provide musical entertainment at the event. Burke told the Associated Press he had tried to get the board to delist Crow from the schedule of events but it refused. "They didn't accept my concerns," Burke said. "It's very painful for me," Burke told a news conference Wednesday calling it a "scandal" allowing Crow to sing because of her position in favor of abortion and forcing taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research that destroys human life. "But I have to answer to God for the responsibility I have as archbishop," he said. "A Catholic institution featuring a performer who promotes moral evil gives the impression that the church is somehow inconsistent in its teaching." Crow was a headliner at the April 2004 pro-abortion march in Washington and helped the groups putting it on when they realized they were not going to have as many participants as they thought. ACTION: Contact the Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation with your thoughts: 1465 South Grand Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63104, 314-577-5605 or 800-269-0552. Read the complete story.

My Comments:

I am proud of Archbishop Burke for his courage in standing up for the faith and for human life. He is a wonderful model for all of us to emulate. I pray that those on the board of this "Catholic" institution will reconsider their decision and have a change of heart. I am praying that they will make a decision based on their Catholic faith and God's laws, realizing that they will all have to answer to Him for their actions one day.

Novena to St. Joseph, the Worker: Day 4


Go here for the novena prayers.

Thursday Basics



On This Day in Catholic History

1467 - The miraculous image of Our Lady of Good Counsel appears in Genazzano, Italy.

1955 - The Roman Catholic television program Life Is Worth Living was broadcast for the last time on Dumont television. Premiering 12 February 1952, it was one of the most successful religious programs ever to air on television. It won its host, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895–1979), an Emmy Award in 1952 for "the most outstanding personality" on television.

Birthdays:

1878 - Saint Rafael Guízar Valencia, Mexican Catholic bishop

1798 - Eugène Delacroix, French painter (d. 1863)

1900 - Hack Wilson, American baseball player (d. 1948)

1917 - Sal Maglie, baseball player (d. 1992)

1938 - Duane Eddy, American musician

1933 - Carol Burnett, American comedian

1942 - Bobby Rydell, American singer

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Today's Prayer Intentions

The Lord is our portion and cup. With confidence in His care we pray:

For the special intentions of the Holy Father.

For an end to the culture of death.

Adoro te Devote's job application.

Julie D.'s special intention.

For Esther's prayer intentions.

For Bill as he starts his new consulting job.

For all previous prayer intentions mentioned here and for those around St. Blog's.

Loving Father, our heart is glad and our soul rejoices because You never abandon us. Hear and answer our petitions. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday Basics

Liturgical Calendar/Saint of the Day:

St. Mark, the Evangelist

On This Day in Catholic History:

387 Saint Augustine (354–430) was baptized.

799 Pope Saint Leo III (perhaps ca. 750-816) was attacked, his eyes stabbed and his tongue torn. He recovered and crowned Charlemagne emperor. He was pope from 795 to 816.

1214 Louis IX, king of France and saint, was born (d. 25 August 1270). Leader of the Seventh and Eighth Crusades (he died in the latter), he was known for his humility.

1982, John Cardinal Cody, American cardinal died.

Birthdays:

1874 - Guglielmo Marconi, Italian inventor, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics (d. 1937)

1915 - Frederick William Seward, United States Assistant Secretary of State (b. 1830)

1939 - Ted Kooser, American poet and US Poet Laureate

1969 - Renée Zellweger, American actress

1969 - Joe Buck, American sports broadcaster

A Sad Time For Mexico: Abortion Approved in the Land of Guadalupe

From Catholic News Agency:

Tuesday evening the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City, dominated by members of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, voted to legalize abortion in the Mexican capital up to the twelfth week of pregnancy. The vote came despite a majority of Mexicans expressing their opposition to the proposed law in recent months, with thousands signing a petition calling for a referendum. Debate on the new law ran into the night and was finally passed by a vote of 49-19. Police officers stood outside to keep protesters away from the assembly building.

The new law defines illegal abortion in Mexico City as “the interruption of pregnancy after the twelfth week of pregnancy.”

However, the controversial norm also includes lighter penalties for women who decide to undergo an abortion after twelve weeks. Public health care facilities will also be required to provide abortion to those who request it, and the Mexico City government will enact programs to promote “sexual health” and “reproductive rights.”

Many analysts believe the new law could lead to the legalization of abortion throughout Mexico.

Reading this almost brought tears to my eyes and I know Our Lady of Guadalupe must be crying, too, for the people of Mexico. What will it take to make people realize the horror and tragedy of abortion? This is only the beginning of the downfall of a culture that is predominately Catholic and it sickens me that this is happening. Currently, it is abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy in the capital city of Mexico that has been approved, but how long will it be before all of Mexico is infected by the culture of death?

We must continue to pray to end abortion. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

St. Joseph the Worker Novena: Day 3

Go here for the novena prayers.

St. Mark, the Evangelist


The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New Testament, is also called John Mark. St. Mark and his mother, Mary, were highly regarded in the early Church, and his mother's house in Jerusalem served as a meeting place for Christians there. It was to her house that St. Peter fled following his miraculous escape from prison.
St. Mark is believed to be the young man who ran away when Jesus was arrested (Mark 14:51-52), and the "John whose other name was Mark" (Acts 12:25).

St. Mark, a cousin of Barnabas, accompanied Saint Paul on his first missionary journey and later went with him to Rome. He was a disciple of Saint Peter whose teaching was the basis for Mark's gospel. Mark is said to be the founder of the church of Alexandria.

St. Mark is the patron saint of attorneys and notaries.

"Go out into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature."
~Mark 16:15

Prayer
Lord, help me to follow in the footsteps of St. Mark and to fall in love with You completely, desiring only Your will in my life. Help me to hear your voice and to be guided by the Holy Spirit to do all that You ask of me. Amen.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Senior Vatican Official: Abortion Clinics are “Slaughterhouses of Human Beings”

VATICAN CITY, April 24, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Abortion and euthanasia are “terrorism with a human face,” said Vatican leader Archbishop Angelo Amato, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in an address to chaplains April 23.

In his address on the theme ‘The problem of evil: theological and philosophical reflections,’ Archbishop Amato condemned the media for glossing over the reality of social evils with language games, saying abortion, homosexual marriage and euthanasia “remain almost invisible” in media reports that present them as an “expression of human progress,” Spero News reported earlier today.

“When we read papers, or browse the internet, or turn on our TVs and radios, we are presented with what could be likened to a perverse film on evil, which is 'filmed' each and every day in all four corners of the world, focusing on scenes of an increasingly cruel nature depicting the thousands of daily provocations from international terrorism”.

Archbishop Amato referred to abortion clinics as “slaughterhouses of human beings,” and included as evils those parliaments of “so-called civilized nations where laws contrary to the nature of the human being are being promulgated, such as the approval of marriage between people of the same sex..." [More]

Catholic Carnival 116: Pearls of Wisdom


This week's Catholic Carnival is up at Cause of Our Joy.

CLICK HERE.

Novena to St. Joseph, the Worker: Day 2


Go here for the novena prayers.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Novena: Day 9

Prayer to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all. Obtain from the heart of Jesus ...(the finances for a Catholic Women's Crisis Pregnancy Center). Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and Love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

Tuesday, April 24 ~ Ninth Day – Holiness is Jesus Living and Acting in Me

Thought for the day: “Charity for each other is the surest way to great holiness.”

Ask for the grace to become a saint.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

Today's Prayer Intentions

The Lord is our portion and our cup. With confidence in His care we pray:

Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of this new seminarian!

For Adoro te Devote's job application.

For Bill, as he begins his consultation work and for a permament, full-time position soon.

For healing for Patty, who was in a serious bicycle accident recently and is currently in the trauma unit of the hospital.

For Birgitta's special intentions.

For Julie D.'s special intention.

That the power of Christ's Resurrection will put an end to the culture of death.

For all previous intentions mentioned here and for those mentioned in St. Blog's parish.

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

Loving Father, the resurrection of your Son gives us a new birth to a living hope. Let us live in that hope always, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday Basics

Liturgical Calendar/Saint of the Day:

Optional Memorial of St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, priest and martyr

On This Day in Catholic History:

1870 The First Vatican Council of the Roman Catholic church, in its third public session, published "Dei Filius." Beginning with an attack on pantheism, materialism and atheism of the day, it focused on the relationship between faith and reason. In essence it proclaimed that God can be known through human thought. It adopted "the dogmatic constitution on the Catholic faith."

2005 - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.

Birthdays:

1581 - St. Vincent de Paul, French Founder of the Congregation of Priests of the Mission (d.1660)

1706 - Giovanni Battista Martini, Italian musician (d. 1780)

1905 - Robert Penn Warren, American poet (d.1989)

1936 - Jill Ireland, British actress (d. 1990)

1967 - Omar Vizquel, Major League Baseball shortstop

1982 - Kelly Clarkson, American singer

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest, Religious, and Martyr


Known as Mark Rey and the "Poor Man's Lawyer," Fidelis was born in 1577 at Sigmaringen, Prussia. His studies took him to the University of Freiburg and eventually to the position of tutor for Wilhelm von Stotzingen. Fidelis traveled with Wilhelm extensively throughout France and Italy before returning to Freiburg and earning a doctorate in canon and civil law. He became a prominent lawyer. However, he felt that this career endangered the salvation of his soul and he abandoned law.

He joined the Capuchin Friars Minor, changed his name to Fidelis, and gave away his worldly wealth to the poor. As a Franciscan priest, he served his friary as guardian, and worked in epidemics, especially healing soldiers.

He had a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Trusting in her intercession, he often begged God for the grace of sacrificing his life in vindication of the Catholic faith.

Fidelis was tireless in his efforts to convert heretics and wrote several pamphlets against Calvanism and Zwinglianism. He was eventually appointed to undertake a mission in the country of the Grisons and to bring that district back to the Catholic faith. He met with terrible opposition, including many cries of, "Death to the Capuchins!" Despite this opposition however, he was extremely successful in bringing many people back to the Catholic faith. It was for this reason that he was bludgeoned to death while saying Mass at Sevins. His body was carried outside the Church where the heretics offered to save his life, if only he would renounce his religious beliefs. He replied, "I came to extirpate heresy, not embrace it." He died on April 24, 1622. He was canonized by Pope Benedict XIV in 1746.

"It is because of faith that we exchange the present for the future."~ St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Collect: Father, you filled St. Fidelis with the fire of your love and gave him the privilege of dying that the faith might live. Let his prayers keep us firmly grounded in your love, and help us to come to know the power of Christ's resurrection.

Lesson: If we desire to please God and give Him the gifts he truly desires, we will bring souls to Him, like St. Fidelis. We can do this through prayer, preaching, penance, and living out our daily lives as good Catholic Christians. We must seek to save souls who but for us would otherwise be lost. By offering God these souls, we offer God the jewels of paradise. "And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'" (Romans 10:15).

Monday, April 23, 2007

Two Papal Quotes for the Day

""Love is the heart of Church life and of her pastoral activity. ... Only those who have a personal experience of the Lord's love are able to exercise the task of guiding and accompanying others on the road of following Christ. ... Following Christ is above all a question of love."


"Following the footsteps of St. Augustine, you too must be a Church that frankly announces the 'good news' of Christ. ... The Church is not simply an organization for collective expression nor, at the other extreme, is she the sum of individuals living a private religion. The Church is a community of people who believe in the God of Jesus Christ and commit themselves to living in the world the commandment of love that He left us."

~ Pope Benedict XVI, at the patio of the convent of St. Augustine, outside the basilica of San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro, where he blessed the cornerstone of a new Augustinian cultural center, which the Order intends to dedicate to him. April 22, 2007

Culture of Life Quote of the Day: Fr. Richard John Neuhaus

"Remember this, the greatest, moral, political, cultural contest of our time is…the contest between the culture of Life and the culture of Death...God has put us here in America and He has put us here not to be like everybody else. He has put us here not to be American Catholics but Catholic Americans and in this moment of history – to exemplify that most boldly, courageously, persuasively, persistently, in contending for the culture of life."

~ Fr. Richard John Neuhaus at the Fourth Annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., April 13, 2007

Novena to St. Joseph, the Worker: Day 1



Joseph, by the work of your hands and the sweat of your brow, you supported Jesus and Mary, and had the Son of God as your fellow worker. Teach me to work as you did, with patience and perseverance, for God and for those whom God has given me to support. Teach me to see in my fellow workers the Christ who desires to be in them, that I may always be charitable and forbearing towards all. Grant me to look upon work with the eyes of faith, so that I shall recognize in it my share in God's own creative activity and in Christ's work of our redemption, and so take pride in it. When it is pleasant and productive, remind me to give thanks to God for it. And when it is burdensome, teach me to offer it to God, in reparation for my sins and the sins of the world.

Novena Prayer

O good father Joseph! I beg you, by all your sufferings, sorrows and joys, to obtain for me what I ask.

(Here name your petition).

Obtain for all those who have asked my prayers, everything that is useful to them in the plan of God. Be near to me in my last moments, that I may eternally sing the praises of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Amen.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be)

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Novena: Day 8



Prayer to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all. Obtain from the heart of Jesus ...(the finances for a Catholic Women's Crisis Pregnancy Center). Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and Love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

Monday, April 23 ~ Eighth Day – Jesus Made Himself the Bread of Life and the Hungry One

Thought for the day: “Believe that He, Jesus, is in the appearance of Bread and that He, Jesus, is in the hungry, naked, sick, lonely, unloved, homeless, helpless and hopeless.”

Ask for the grace of a deep faith to see Jesus in the Bread of Life and to serve Him in the distressing disguise of the poor.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

Today's Prayer Intentions

The Lord is our portion and our cup. With confidence in His care we pray:

That, allowing themselves to be enlightened and gudied by the Holy Spirit, all Christians may answer enthusiastically and faithfully to the universal call to sanctity. (Holy Father's General Intention).

For blessings on all priests and clergy.

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

For an end to abortion and for an increased respect for all human life.

That the Lord will let His face shine upon the poor, the sick, the lonely, and all those who suffer.

For this special intention as requested by Moneybags.

Julie D.'s special intention.

For full-time employment for Bill.

For healing for Harry and his family.

For all previous prayer intentions mentioned here and for those around St. Blog's.

Loving Father, our heart is glad and our soul rejoices because You never abandon us. Hear and answer our petitions. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Monday Basics: Liturgical Calendar, Saint of the Day, Catholic History, Highlight in History, Birthdays

Optional Memorial of St. George, Martyr, and St. Adalbert, bishop and martyr

On This Day in Catholic History:

303 Saint George, Christian martyr, died.

997 Adalbert of Prague, "Apostle of Prussia," was martyred.

1725 Saint Gerard Majella, was born.

Today's Highlight in History:

April 23, 1564, is believed to be the birthdate of English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare; he died 52 years later, also on April 23.

Birthdays:

1791 - James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States (d. 1868)

1813 - Frédéric Ozanam, French scholar (Society of Saint Vincent de Paul) (d.1853)

1928 - Shirley Temple, American actress and politician

1960 - Valerie Bertinelli, American actress

Sunday, April 22, 2007

St. Teresa of Avila: Favorite Quotes and Prayers


"It is love alone that gives worth to all things."

“To have courage for whatever comes in life - everything lies in that.”

“What a great favor God does to those He places in the company of good people!”

“Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.”

"God has been very good to me, for I never dwell upon anything wrong which a person has done, so as to remember it afterwards. If I do remember it, I always see some other virtue in that person."

"To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience."

"We shall never learn to know ourselves except by endeavoring to know God; for, beholding His greatness, we realize our own littleness; His purity shows us our foulness; and by meditating upon His humility we find how very far we are from being humble."

"There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers."

"The tree that is beside the running water is fresher and gives more fruit."

"Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds. "

"The most potent and acceptable prayer is the prayer that leaves the best effects. I don't mean it must immediately fill the soul with desire . . . The best effects [are] those that are followed up by actions-----when the soul not only desires the honor of God, but really strives for it. "

"I would never want any prayer that would not make the virtues grow within me."

"Vocal prayer . . . must be accompanied by reflection. A prayer in which a person is not aware of Whom he is speaking to, what he is asking, who it is who is asking and of Whom, I don't call prayer-----however much the lips may move."

"Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us."

"You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him."

'One must not think that a person who is suffering is not praying. He is offering up his sufferings to God, and many a time he is praying much more truly than one who goes away by himself and meditates his head off, and, if he has squeezed out a few tears, thinks that is prayer. "

"Suffering is a great favor. Remember that everything soon comes to an end . . . and take courage. Think of how our gain is eternal."

"Pain is never permanent."

"Truth suffers, but never dies."

"I am afraid that if we begin to put our trust in human help, some of our Divine help will fail us."

"Our greatest gain is to lose the wealth that is of such brief duration and, by comparison with eternal things, of such little worth; yet we get upset about it and our gain turns to loss."

"We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can - namely, surrender our will and fulfill God's will in us."

"Remember that you have only one soul; that you have only one death to die; that you have only one life, which is short and has to be lived by you alone; and there is only one Glory, which is eternal. If you do this, there will be many things about which you care nothing. "

"Christ has no body now, but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth, but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which
Christ looks compassion into the world.
Yours are the feet
with which Christ walks to do good.
Yours are the hands
with which Christ blesses the world."


Let nothing trouble you,
let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing;
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who possesses God lacks nothing:
God alone suffices.

Related Post: Prayer for a Busy Life by St. Teresa of Avila

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Novena: Day 7


Prayer to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all. Obtain from the heart of Jesus ...(the finances for a Catholic Women's Crisis Pregnancy Center). Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and Love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

Sunday, April 22 ~ Seventh Day – God Loves a Cheerful Giver

Thought for the day: “Joy is the sign of union with God, of God’s presence. Joy is love, the normal result of a heart burning with love.”

Ask for the grace to find joy in loving and to share this joy with all you meet.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Novena: Day 6

Prayer to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all. Obtain from the heart of Jesus ...(the finances for a Catholic Women's Crisis Pregnancy Center). Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and Love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

Saturday, April 21 ~ Sixth Day - True Love is Surrender

Thought for the day: “Allow God to use you without consulting you.”

Ask for the grace to surrender your whole life to God.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

Weekend Humor

A wandering monk walked barefoot everywhere he went, to the point that the soles of his feet eventually became quite thick and leathery. And because he ate very little, he gradually became very frail. Several days often passed between opportunities to brush his teeth, so he usually had bad breath. Therefore, throughout the region, he came to be known as the super-calloused fragile mystic plagued with halitosis.

What do monks get when the laundry machine breaks down?

Dirty Habits.

A certain monastery was home to monks who had vowed, not the usual vow of silence, but one of plainchant. They communicated only in Gregorian tones. Each morning, they assembled in the chapel and the Abbot would chant"Good morning assembled brethren." The monks dutifully replied "Good morning, Father Abbot." One morning, an irreverent reverend (a mocking monk) instead chanted "Good evening, Father Abbot". The Abbot fixed them all with a steely-eyed gaze ... and sang "Someone chanted evening!"

Favorite Quotes, Prayers, and Writings of St. Anselm of Canterbury

Today is the optional memorial of St. Anslem of Canterbury, Benedictine Monk, Bishop, Theologian, Philosopher, and Doctor of the Church. St. Anslem (b. 1033, Aosta, Lombardy; d. 1109, Canterbury, Kent) is generally considered to be the founder of the philosophical school of Scholasticism, for his attempt to analyze and illumine the truths of faith through the aid of reason. He was a major figure in the intellectual life of the Middle Ages, and a major political and ecclesiastical force as well. To learn more about him, go here.

Here are a few of his gems:

"O God, let me know you and love you so that I may find joy in you; and if I cannot do so fully in this life, let me at least make some progress every day, until at last that knowledge, love and joy come to me in all their plenitude. While I am here on earth let me know you fully; let my love for you grow deeper here, so that there I may love you fully. On earth then I shall have great joy in hope, and in heaven complete joy in the fulfillment of my hope. "


"From the moment of her fiat Mary began to carry all of us in her womb."

"The Mother of God is our mother. May the good mother ask and beg for us, may she request and obtain what is good for us."


"No one will have any other desire in heaven than what God wills; and the desire of one will be the desire of all; and the desire of all and of each one will also be the desire of God."


"I have written the little work that follows... in the role of one who strives to raise his mind to the contemplation of God and one who seeks to understand what he believes."

"I acknowledge, Lord, and I give thanks that you have created your image in me, so that I may remember you, think of you, love you. But this image is so obliterated and worn away by wickedness, it is so obscured by the smoke of sins, that it cannot do what it was created to do, unless you renew and reform it. I am not attempting, O Lord, to penetrate your loftiness, for I cannot begin to match my understanding with it, but I desire in some measure to understand your truth, which my heart believes and loves. For I do not seek to undertand in order that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this too I believe, that "unless I believe, I shall not understand." (Isa. 7:9)

~ From the Preface to the Proslogium, in St. Anselm: Basic Writings (La Salle: Open Court Publishing, 1962)


A Prayer Of Anselm My God,
I pray that I may so know you and love you
that I may rejoice in you.
And if I may not do so fully in this life
let me go steadily on
to the day when I come to that fullness ...
Let me receive
That which you promised through your truth,
that my joy may be full

A Song Of Anselm

Jesus, as a mother you gather your people to you:
you are gentle with us as a mother with her children;
Often you weep over our sins and our pride:
tenderly you draw us from hatred and judgement.
You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds:
in sickness you nurse us,
and with pure milk you feed us.
Jesus, by your dying we are born to new life:
by your anguish and labour we come forth in joy.
Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness:
through your gentleness we find comfort in fear.
Your warmth gives life to the dead:
your touch makes sinners righteous.
Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us:
in your love and tenderness remake us.
In your compassion bring grace and forgiveness:
for the beauty of heaven may your love prepare us.

Prayer (traditional language)
Almighty God, who didst raise up thy servant Anselm to teach the Church of his day to understand its faith in thine eternal Being, perfect justice, and saving mercy: Provide thy Church in every age with devout and learned scholars and teachers, that we may be able to give a reason for the hope that is in us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Prayer (contemporary language)
Almighty God, who raised up your servant Anselm to teach the Church of his day to understand its faith in your eternal Being, perfect justice, and saving mercy: Provide your Church in every age with devout and learned scholars and teachers, that we may be able to give a reason for the hope that is in us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Deo Gratias!

My thanks go out to whoever nominated Catholic Fire for best religion blog. I deeply appreciate your thoughtfulness. Thanks also to all who are voting for me. This came as a complete surprise to me. Deo Gratias!

CATHOLIC LEAGUE: BIGOTS ASSAIL CATHOLICS ON HIGH COURT

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on those who are unhappy with Catholics on the Supreme Court:

“On Wednesday, when the U.S. Supreme Court said no to partial-birth abortion, I wrote, ‘We are waiting for the anti-Catholic bigots to go bonkers over the fact that all five of the justices who voted against infanticide are Roman Catholic.’ I didn’t have to wait long before Rosie O’Donnell made yet another splash bitching about all the Catholics on the high court. Now she has been joined by American Atheist bloggers, Tony Auth and Julianne Malveaux.

“American Atheist bloggers are saying that outlawing some instances of infanticide is ‘very bad news for all women in the United States, all gays and lesbians in the United States, and of course, anyone else not Catholic, especially Freethinkers, Agnostics, and Atheists.’ Blogger Dave assumes that everyone who is not Catholic is upset with the Supreme Court’s decision. Has he not heard of Nancy Pelosi? And don’t gays want gay kids to live?

“Tony Auth is a Pulitzer Prize winning bigot for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His cartoon today—which is also posted in the New York Times online—shows the five Catholic judges wearing a papal hat. He evidently forgot to put a yarmulke on Ginsburg and Breyer.

“The only thing Julianne Malveaux likes better than abortion is Catholic bashing. ‘You’re taking us back to the Catholic days of you kill the mother to bring the baby into the world,’ said the NPR screamer. What this black woman cannot explain is why more black babies lived during those awful Catholic days than is true today. Makes one wonder if she is a self-hating black.

“We need more, not fewer, Catholics on the Supreme Court. But not of the Ted Kennedy kind. We need more loyal sons and daughters.”

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Novena to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: Fifth Day

Prayer to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all. Obtain from the heart of Jesus ...(the finances for a Catholic Women's Crisis Pregnancy Center). Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and Love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

Friday, April 20 ~ Fifth Day – Trust Jesus Blindly

Thought for the day: “Confidence in God can do all things. It is our emptiness and lowliness that God needs and not our plenitude.”

Ask for the grace to have an unshakeable trust in the God’s power and love for you and for all.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

Today's Prayer Intentions

We give thanks to the Lord because He is good and we turn now to the Father with our prayers:

Thank you, Lord, for Bill's temporary contract position until he can find a permanent job.

Thank you, Lord, for the blessing Mother Angelica has been in our lives and for the beautiful example she is to all of us in her knowledge, love, and service to You.

We pray for special blessings for Mother Angelica today on her 78th birthday.

We pray for the for the 156 Catholic Charities foster care workers in Chicago and Lake County and the 900 foster children they serve as they suddenly close their doors after 90 years of service on June 30th. [Due to a $12 million lawsuit following three children being abused in a foster home in 2001, no one will insure them and they must close down. All agencies have unfortunately experienced abuse of a child while in foster care at some point in time, not just Catholic Charities, but luckily lawsuits have not completely shut the system down.] Please help people understand this is an extremely rare occurrence and continue to support the foster children in the state of IL and those who serve them.

For an end to abuse.

For the needs of the homeless, the unemployed, and the mentally ill.

For an end to abortion and the closing of all abortion mills. May the culture of life prevail in our hearts, our homes, our cities, our country, and our world.

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

For Julie D.'s special intention.

For all previous intentions mentioned here and for the intentions mentioned around St. Blog's Parish.

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

Loving Father, the resurrection of your Son gives us a new birth to a living hope. Let us live in that hope always, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Friday Basics

Friday of the Second Week of Easter

Today's Mass Readings and Homily

Saint of the Day

On This Day in Catholic History

1303 - The University of Rome La Sapienza is instituted by Pope Boniface VIII.

1884 - Pope Leo XIII publishes the encyclical, Humanum Genus.

1923 - Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, (Rita Antoinette Rizzo), the founder of the Eternal Word Media Network worldwide, was born to John and Mae Helen Gianfransisco in Canton, Ohio.

Birthdays

1586 - Saint Rose of Lima, Peruvian saint (d. 1617)

1818 - Heinrich Göbel, German-born inventor (d. 1893)

1923 - Mother Angelica, American nun and broadcaster

1961 - Don Mattingly, American baseball player

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Dawn Eden: "Rebel Rouser"

Check out our beloved Dawn Eden's latest interview on LifesiteNews here. John-Henry Weston asks her about her conversion to Catholicism. Great story! I loved it!

Dawn Eden's book The Thrill of the Chaste is available from Amazon here.

Thanks, Dawn.

And Your Candidate is?

This was a fun quiz with amazing results.

FYI: You do have to set up a profile for this.

It was very helpful and informative and provides a great deal of information on each of the candidates, which are matched up to your views on the issues.

Via And Rightly So.

Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer: Reflection on The Partial Birth Abortion Ban

"The ruling of the US Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Partial Birth Abortion ban is a mixed blessing. “[The Ruling] is a small moral victory for the pro-life side because the high court has decreed that there can be some restrictions placed on an abortion procedure. We recognize, however, that not one baby will be saved by this decision because the abortion industry will just alter their procedures for killing late-term babies and call it by a different name. All defenders of life should be emboldened by this decision to work even harder to end any type of abortion, the greatest injustice of our time...“The day after a madman went on a rampage at a Virginia university killing 33 innocent adults, the Supreme Court has said that we should stop killing innocent children by this procedure. America needs to be consistent with our own values and say that all killing of innocent human beings should stop."

~ Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer, President of Human Life International

Source

My Comments: I feel grateful and thankful to God that this ban was finally passed, but I agree that there is a long road ahead and we need to keep fighting the good fight to stop the killing of our innocent and voiceless brothers and sisters through continued perseverance in prayer, fasting, almsgiving, educating the public, evangelization,and peaceful protests. The passage of this ban has enlivened me with new hope and strengthened my resolve to work even harder to end abortion. In the city of Wichita alone there are at least 30 babies murdered every week at Tiller's abortion clinic. Let us persevere in prayer, fasting, and all our peaceful efforts to end this holocaust of the innocents in all of our cities in the U.S., Canada, and throughout the world.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!
Pope John Paul II, pray for us!
St. Gianna, pray for us!
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!
St. Catherine of Sweden, pray for us!

CATHOLIC LEAGUE: DISNEY/ABC NEEDS TO REIGN ROSIE IN

On today’s edition of the ABC show, “The View,” the discussion turned to the Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday affirming the partial-birth abortion ban. In an angry tone, Rosie O’Donnell asked, “You know what concerns me? How many of the Supreme Court judges are Catholic, Barbara?” Walters responded, “Five.” O’Donnell: “Five. Five are Catholic. Separation of church and state, America.” Walters then said that when the Catholic justices were vetted, they said they would not vote in a particular way because of their religion. But she then said, “It is interesting they’re Catholic.” After others spoke, Walters said she thought the justices were able to separate their faith from everyday life. To which O’Donnell replied, “From your everyday life but not hopefully from the foundation of our government. Separation of church and state.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue addressed this issue today:

“This is O’Donnell’s eighth attack on Catholics since September. She has said there is no difference between radical Christians and radical Muslims (9-12-06); she has ridiculed the Eucharist (9-28-06); she has falsely claimed that the pope was in charge of policing miscreant priests since the 1980s and did nothing about them (10-2-06); she repeated the lie about the pope again (10-27-06); she has mocked priestly celibacy (2-7-07); she ridiculed the Eucharist again (2-27-07); she mocked Catholic teaching on the Bible and the Virgin Birth (3-26-07); and now she is complaining about too many Catholics on the high court.

“On December 8, 2006, O’Donnell apologized for offending the Chinese after Chinese-American groups protested the way she ridiculed them the week before. On January 18, 2007, ABC said of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Isaiah Washington’s anti-gay slur, ‘We take this situation very seriously, and his actions are unacceptable and are being addressed.’

“Accordingly, we are asking Anne Sweeney, Co-Chair Disney Media Networks and President, Disney-ABC Television Group, to demand that O’Donnell apologize to Catholics and that O’Donnell be treated with as much seriousness as was shown Washington.”

Contact her at anne.sweeney@disney.com

NB: It appears that the address above has been disabled due to a high volume of e-mails. Please phone your complaints into 818-569-7700.

Please let Anne Sweeney know we are sick and tired of the Catholic bashing. Rosie has been very offensive and verbally abusive in regard to that which we hold sacred in our Catholic faith and this needs to stop. We need to demand that she apologize for these abuses.

Saint Quote of the Day: St. Faustina



"If souls would put themselves completely in my care, I myself would undertake the task of sanctifying them, and I would lavish even greater graces on them. There are souls who thwart My efforts, but I have not given up on them; as often as they turn to Me, I hurry to their aid, sheilding them with My mercy, and I give them the first place in My compassionate Heart.

~ God speaking to St. M. Faustina Kowalska, The Divine Mercy in My Soul Diary, 1682 (59) May 1, 1938.

Quiz: Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

This was fun, but I thought I might score as Yoda, as I did in a similar quiz awhile back. Does this mean I am getting younger and prettier?

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Thanks, Esther.

Novena to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: 4th Day

Prayer to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all. Obtain from the heart of Jesus ...(the finances for a Catholic Women's Crisis Pregnancy Center). Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and Love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

Thursday, April 19 ~ Fourth Day – Our Lady Will Help You

Thought for the day: “How close we must keep to Our Lady who understood what depth of Divine Love was being revealed as she stood at the foot of the Cross and heard Jesus cry out: ‘I thirst.’ ”

Ask for the grace to learn from Our Lady to quench Jesus’ thirst as she did.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

Today's Prayer Intentions

We give thanks to the Lord because He is good and we turn now to the Father with our prayers:

Alleluia! Thank you, Lord, for Nigel's healing. Nigel who was in ICU and on oxygen has suddenly recovered. Tomorrow they will discharge him. He is coming home! Alleluia!

Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of Pope Benedict XVI and today on the second anniversary of his election as Pope. We pray for an abundance of special blessings and graces for him.

For the Holy Father's special intentions.

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

For peace in our world and for the safety of our soldiers.

That the leaders of all governments will work to insure that all people can live in full freedom.

That the power of Christ's ressurection will put an end to the culture of death.

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

For those who live in confusion, ignorance, or skepticism: that they may know the truth and the light of the risen Christ.

For peace, healing, and comfort for a newborn full-term baby girl who is hospitalized with underdeveloped lungs and for her parents.

For the repose of the Annie, who was killed in an auto accident and for her 7 year-old twins (whose condition is currently unknown) who were with her.

For M.'s special intentions.

For D. & K.'s and their baby.

For full-time permanent employment for Bill.

For all previous prayer intentions mentioned here and for those around St. Blog's.

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

Loving Father, the resurrection of your Son gives us a new birth to a living hope. Let us live in that hope always, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Thursday Basics

Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

Today's Mass Readings and Homily

Saint of the Day

On This Day in Catholic History

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Today's Prayer Intentions

We give thanks to the Lord because He is good and we turn now to the Father with our prayers:

We thank you, Lord, for the Supreme Court decision upholding the ban against partial - birth abortion.

We ask for the grace to replace all our doubts with the certainty of the gospel message.

We pray that the power of Christ's resurrection will put an end to the culture of death.

We pray for an end to abortion and the closing of all abortion mills.

We pray for all for all those involved in the Virginia massacre - the victims, their families, and the Virginia Tech community. We pray for peace and healing for those who mourn and for the repose of the souls of those who have died.

We pray for Ron's special intention.

We pray for a good, permanent job for Bill.

We pray for D.& K. and their baby.

For all previous intentions mentioned here and for all prayer intentions in St. Blog's.

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

Loving Father, the resurrection of your Son gives us a new birth to a living hope. Let us live in that hope always, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION:REACTIONS FROM THE CANDIDATES

Here are the 2008 Presidential candidates' reactions via Jill Stanek:

By Valerie Jane

What is a candidate to do with this new ruling?

Some have already reacted. Here are just a few quotes:

Barack Obama:
"I am extremely concerned that this ruling will embolden state legislatures to enact further measures to restrict a woman's right to choose, and that the conservative Supreme Court justices will look for other opportunities to erode Roe v. Wade, which is established federal law and a matter of equal rights for women."

Rudy Giuliani :
"The Supreme Court reached the correct conclusion in upholding the congressional ban on partial birth abortion. I agree with it."

John Edwards:
"I could not disagree more strongly with today's Supreme Court decision. The ban upheld by the Court is an ill-considered and sweeping prohibition that does not even take account for serious threats to the health of individual women."

Mitt Romney:
"Today, our nation's highest court reaffirmed the value of life in America by upholding a ban on a practice that offends basic human decency. This decision represents a step forward in protecting the weakest and most innocent among us."

Hillary Clinton:
"This decision marks a dramatic departure from four decades of Supreme Court rulings that upheld a woman's right to choose and recognized the importance of women's health. Today's decision blatantly defies the Court's recent decision in 2000 striking down a state partial-birth abortion law because of its failure to provide an exception for the health of the mother."
According to many of the pro-choicers who visit us, this ruling is "not a big deal".

I think some people disagree.

My Comments:
Here is what Senator Sam Brownback had to say. Thank God for Senator Brownback!

Fr. Frank Pavone: The State’s Interest in Life

Today the Supreme Court upheld the ban on partial-birth abortion that was enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Bush in 2003. This is a day of historic progress for the pro-life cause, whose ultimate goal is to restore protection to every unborn child, at every stage of development. Today, for the first time since Roe vs. Wade, the United States of America has actually banned an abortion procedure, rather than just regulated it.

The pro-abortion forces attempted to strike down the ban because it does not have a health exception. The Court, however, said that the ban’s opponents failed to demonstrate that the need for a health exception was extensive enough to render the law unconstitutional. The Court also rejected the arguments that the ban is too broad or too vague. The wording of the ban is clear enough for abortionists to know when they are and are not violating the law.

The decision in this case is refreshing to read, because it emphasizes that the state has a legitimate interest in the life of the unborn child throughout pregnancy. Nor is this the first time the Court has recognized this interest. The decision refers to the state’s right to “express profound respect for the life of the unborn,” and affirms “that the government has a legitimate, substantial interest in preserving and promoting fetal life.” The partial-birth abortion procedure differs from other abortion procedures in that it actually hijacks the delivery process and turns it into a method of killing, and hence obscures the role of the physician in the birth process. The Court today reaffirmed the state’s “legitimate interest in regulating the medical profession in order to promote respect for life, including life of the unborn.” The decision also asserts, “The State has an interest in ensuring so grave a choice is well informed.” In reaffirming these legitimate state interests in defense of the partial-birth abortion ban, the Court is also pointing the way for continued pro-life legislative activity at the state and federal level.

Today’s decision also reminds us that elections matter. The work done by so many pro-life people in the elections of 2000, 2002, and 2004 made this decision possible. The lawmakers who passed the ban were elected, as was the President who signed it into law. The Senators who confirmed the two new Supreme Court Justices were elected, as was the President who nominated those Justices. Today’s fruit of these elections should lead us to renew our commitment to elect pro-life candidates in 2008.

As we give thanks for the ban on partial-birth abortion, we call for a vigorous and faithful enforcement of it. Moreover, state bans on the procedure should likewise be put into effect in a manner consistent with the federal ban upheld by today’s decision.

This decision draws a significant and necessary line that stops the momentum of the abortion movement that believes it can justify any and every method of killing the unborn. The ban will indeed save lives.

~ Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life

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