Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Indiana Jones Quiz

Take the Indiana Jones Quiz here. I will warn you ahead of time that this is not an easy quiz -- it requires a good memory regarding trivia. However, it was fun learning more about this movie hero.

My score: 11 0f 15 correct

Great job!

You might want to look into a career in archeology.

Second MacKillop Miracle Inquiry

The Vatican has launched a judicial inquiry into the case of an Australian woman who claims to have been cured of inoperable lung cancer in 1993 through the intercession of saint-in-waiting Mary MacKillop.

Two doctors will examine the case for evidence of a second miracle needed for sainthood. MORE

To learn more about Blessed Mary MacKillop (1842 - 1909), go here.

Feast of The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Visitation
Mariotto Albertinelli
1503 - Oil on wood, 232 x 146 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence


Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said,“Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit.He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things,and the rich he has sent away empty.He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever.” Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home. (~ Luke 1: 39 - 56)

Elizabeth has been barren all her life, but in the Annunciation Mary learned that her kinswoman is miraculously expecting a child in her old age, "For with God nothing will be impossible (Luke 1: 37). Upon hearing this good news, Mary fervently desires to share in Elizabeth's joy and serve her during the last part of her pregnancy. She goes "with haste" to visit Elizabeth and then remains with her for three months.

Imagine the meeting of these two expectant mothers. What joy and excitement they must have had for each other. Elizabeth rushes out to greet Mary saying, "Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb!" (Luke 1: 42). Filled with the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth recognizes that of all the women who ever lived, Mary is most blessed, for the child in her womb is not any ordinary son, but the Son of God himself.

In awe over this mystery, Elizabeth feels a bit unworthy to be in the presence of the Lord dwelling in Mary. She says, "why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" Even the baby John the Baptist recognizes the presence of Jesus, leaping in Elizabeth's womb as soon as Mary arrives.

Mary, Ark of the Covenant

One of the invocations in Mary’s litany is “Ark of the Covenant.” Like the Ark of the Covenant of old, Mary brings God’s presence into the lives of other people. As David danced before the Ark, John the Baptist leaps for joy. As the Ark helped to unite the 12 tribes of Israel by being placed in David’s capital, so Mary has the power to unite all Christians through her Son. To learn more about why Mary is called the Ark of the Covenant and how it relates to the mystery of the Visitation, read Steve Ray's Mary: The Ark of the New Covenant.

The Magnificat

Mary gives all the glory to the Lord for the marvelous things which are accomplished in her. From the moment of the Incarnation the Virgin Mother sings in her heart a canticle full of love and gratitude. In the presence of her cousin Elizabeth she allows the most profound sentiments of her heart to break forth in song; she intones the "Magnificat" which, in the course of centuries, her children will repeat with her to praise God for having chosen her among all women:

"My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid...Because He Who is mighty has done great things for me And holy is His name."

The Magnificat reveals Mary's humility and her gratitude that God has chosen her, a lowly servant, to be the Mother of God. In the second half of the Magnificat, Mary sees a connection between what God has done for her and what he wants to accomplish in the lives of all of his people. Mary views herself as the first recipient of God's blessings and just as God has shown favor to his handmaiden, so he will help "his servant Israel". The Magnificat tells us that what God has done for this lowly woman of Nazareth, he will do for all who humbly serve him as Mary did. God will bless our faithfulness, look mercifully on our lowliness, and exalt us in our afflictions. May we imitate Mary in thanking and praising the mighty God who does "great things" for us. May we forever sing with her, "My soul magnifies the Lord."

~ Adapted and excerpted in part from "The New Rosary in Scripture" by Edward P. Sri

Friday, May 30, 2008

Obama is Dangerous!



Obama gets scarier by the second -- he supports murdering our children via abortion. Now, he wants to destroy our weapons and protection against terrorists? I repeat this man is so stupid that he is dangerous -- he is intent on endangering the lives of US citizens.

Barack Obama's Mad World

What Obama Supports

It's all about Obama

Barack Obama: The Most Anti-Catholic Presidential Candidate

Barack Obama Promotes Abortion, Slams Abstinence in Iowa Speech

WHY JESUS WOULD NOT VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus



Via cathaustralia.

Is Abortion Tiller's "god"?

This video is a time line of events leading up to the start of George Tiller's Wichita, Kansas abortions.



Joan Appleton Former Abortion Provider from U.S.A. speaks on what happens to the mind of an abortionist from her first hand point of view. She uses Tiller as an example in her talk.


Corruption in KS under Governor Kathleen Sebelius Revealed at Last!

Everyone's talking about it throughout the blogosphere. I knew this day was bound to come when I first began blogging about the corruption here in KS about three years ago. It existed long before I moved here, but hopefully, won't continue, now that it has been publicly exposed on a national level. I am so thankful to Operation Rescue and Kansans for Life for exposing the evil and bringing it into the light.

Dennis Boyle of the National Review refers to it as "machine politics" in his article "Supremely Wrong." Here's how he describes it:

Machine politics is generally associated with cities, the cynical cronyism that is the prerequisite to wholesale corruption and urban decay. But these days it’s at its worst in, of all places, Kansas, under the governorship of leading Democratic vice-presidential contender, Kathleen Sebelius.

Just ask Phill Kline. The former state attorney general and current district attorney of Johnson County, in suburban Kansas City, Kline is that most unfortunate of political creatures — the inspired reformer. The object of his quixotic campaign is to reform the abortion laws of Kansas — not by changing them, but by simply enforcing them.
Read the entire story

Jill Stanek gives us her take on this latest escapade between Tiller and Sebelius in Sebelius hosts Tiller and staff at guv's mansion.

Leticia shares the story "Sebelius and Tiller: partners in infanticide" at causa nostrae laetitiae .

Midwest Voices reports on: Sebelius in Sebelius and her pal Dr. Tiller, as does LifeSite News in Sebelius Issues “Laughable” Defense of Secret Party at Governor's Mansion Honoring Abortionist Tiller.

Perhaps the best summary of the mess Sebelius has created comes to us in the simple words of Marybeth T. Hagan, blogger at Mother...May I...Be Born? who says, "If we are, as the saying goes, "judged by the company we keep," then Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has blood all over her hands.

What a mess this incompetent and immoral Governor has created in KS under her corrupt leadership!

Lucky for Sebelius that this is her last term in office, as Tiller's money (which has kept her in office all these years) seems to be running out as he shells it out to the lawyers defending him in the mounting criminal cases against him.

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Kansas City's Archbishop Naumann on Governor Kathleen Sebelius May 10, 2008

Governor Sebelius continues to protect Tiller by vetoing CARA May 01, 2008

New KS AG joins abortion corruption scandal February 7, 2008

Governor Sebelius appoints new Kansas attorney general: Kansans for Life reacts - Updated January 18, 2008

Abortion Madness continues in Kansas June 27, 2007

Kansas Gov. Sebelius "Not Fit To Serve" Says Bill O'Reilly June 1, 2007

Late - Term Abortionist George Tiller's Governor: Kathleen Sebelius by Jean M. Heimann -- October 23, 2006

Kansas City Archbishop Naumann Speaks out on Governor Kathleen Sebelius and Abortion -- September 12, 2006

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests



"I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment" (Jesus to St. Margaret Mary).

Today is the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is also the day Bill and I will participate in the enthronement of the Sacred Heart in our parish and our home. Enthronement of the Sacred Heart is a solemn act of a family giving formal recognition of the kingship of Christ over their family and home and the official, ceremonial beginning of a family's commitment to live out the effects of their recognition of Christ's Kingship. During the Enthronement ceremony, a blessed image of the Sacred Heart is hung in the most prominent place in the house and Sacred Scripture is placed before it. Formal prayers are prayed and then each member of the household signs a certificate of the Covenant. You can learn more about enthronement from Archbishop Raymond L. Burke here.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has as its dogmatic foundation the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. On account of the hypostatic union, every part of our Lord's Human Nature is worthy of adoration. Hence, therefore, we adore His bodily Heart, beating in His Bosom. We also honor the Heart of Jesus as a reminder, or symbol, of His love for us, and we are moved to make Him a return of love, because He has loved us and He is not loved by men. Love, consecration, and reparation are the characteristic acts of this devotion. In this form it is now solemnly approved by the Church.

On the feast of the Sacred Heart celebrated on the Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi an act of reparation is prescribed for recitation in every church in the world. On the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King, the last Sunday of October, an act of consecration of the human race is prescribed. Though this devotion was practiced by saintly souls before 1675, it is due to the apparitions of our Lord to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque in the Visitation Monastery at Paray-le-Monial that the feast of the Sacred Heart is now kept on the day assigned by Our Lord. You can find a good history of the devotion to the Sacred Heart here and here.

The Congregation for the Clergy has also declared today to be the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests.

Here is the message to all priests explaining this important day:
It Is on Prayer That the Effectiveness of Action Depends
and the Prayers for Priests, both for priests to say for themselves, and for lay people to say for priests.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Theology of the Body, self-control



The good Cardinal talks about self-control, our necessary cooperation with God and respect for natural law as a logical step for all people of good will as he reflects some more on Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body.

Honest Talk About Casual Sex

Part I




Part II

Four Ordained to the Wichita Diocese




Bishop Michael O. Jackels talked about love of God and neighbor during the homily of three men ordained to the priesthood Saturday morning at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. "All of this is done in memory of Jesus," Bishop said from the ambo, looking down on the three deacons sitting in front of him. "The 12 apostles did all this because Jesus did."

But you can't do it, he added. "You will fail. You can't do it without the help of God...and the support and inspiration of your brother priests."

Entire text in print at the Advance website here.

* Watch video of the ordination here.

Bill Donohue Discusses Obama's Record On Abortion



Bill Donohue of the Catholic League accepts Rev. Hagee's apology for comments about Catholics, then discusses Sen. Obama's record on abortion issues.

H/T: Catholic Tube

Saint of the Day: St. Mary Magdalene de' Pazza


Born in Florence on 2 April 1566 and baptized at the "beautiful St John" font with the name Caterina, St Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi showed a particular sensitivity to the supernatural from childhood and was attracted by intimate colloquy with God.

As was the custom for children of noble families, her education was entrusted to the Dames of Malta, in whose monastery she received her First Holy Communion on 25 March 1576, and just some days later she consigned herself to the Lord for ever with a promise of virginity.

Returning to her family, she deepened her prayer life with the help of the Jesuit Fathers, who used to come to the palace. She cleverly did not allow herself to be conditioned by the worldly demands of an environment that, although Christian, was not sufficient to satisfy her desire to become more similar to her crucified Spouse.

In this context she reached the decision to leave the world and enter the Carmel of St Mary of the Angels at Borgo San Frediano, where on 30 January 1583 she received the Carmelite habit and the name of Sr Mary Magdalene.

In March of 1584, she fell gravely ill and asked to be able to make her profession prior to the time, and on 27 May, Feast of the Trinity, she was carried into the choir on her pallet, where she pronounced before the Lord her vows of chastity, poverty and obedience for ever.

From this moment an intense mystical season began which was also the source of the Saint's great ecstatic fame. The Carmelites of St Mary of the Angels have five manuscripts in which are recorded the extraordinary experiences of their young Sister.

"The Forty Days" of the summer of 1584 are followed by "The Colloquies" of the first half of the following year. The apex of the mystical knowledge that God granted of himself to Sr Mary Magdalene is found in "Revelations and Intelligences", eight days of splendid ecstacies from the vigil of Pentecost to the Feastday of the Trinity in 1585. This was an intense experience that made her able at only 19 years of age to span the whole mystery of salvation, from the Incarnation of the Word in the womb of Mary to the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.

Five long years of interior purification followed - Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi speaks of it in the book of "The Probation" - in which her Spouse, the Word, takes away the sentiment of grace and leaves her like Daniel in the lions' den, amid many trials and great temptations.

This is the context in which her ardent commitment to renew the Church takes place, after which, in the summer of 1586, splendours of light from on high came to show her the true state of the post-Tridentine era.

Like Catherine of Siena, she felt "forced" to write some letters of entreaty to the Pope, Curial Cardinals, her Archbishop and other ecclesial personages, for a decisive commitment to "The Renovation of the Church", as the title of the manuscript that contains them says. It consists of 12 letters dictated in ecstasy, perhaps never sent, but which remain as a testimony of her passion for the Sponsa Verbi.

With Pentecost of 1590 her difficult trial ended. She promised to dedicate herself with all her energy to the service of the community and in particular to the formation of novices. Sr Mary Magdalene had the gift to live communion with God in an ever more interior form, so as to become a reference point for the whole community who still today continue to consider her "mother".

The purified love that pulsated in her heart opened her to desire full conformity with Christ, her Spouse, even to sharing with him the "naked suffering" of the Cross. Her last three years of life were a true Calvary of suffering for her. Consumption began to clearly manifest itself: Sr Mary Magdalene was obliged to withdraw little by little from community life to immerse herself ever more in "naked suffering for love of God".

She was oppressed by atrocious physical and spiritual pain which lasted until her death on Friday, 25 May 1607. She passed away at 3 p.m., while an unusual joy pervaded the entire monastery.

Within 20 years of her death the Florentine Pontiff Urban VIII had already proclaimed her Blessed. Pope Clement IX inscribed her in the Roll of Saints on 28 April 1669.

Her body has remained incorrupt and is the destination of constant pilgrimages. The monastery where the Saint lived is today the seat of the Archiepiscopal Seminary of Florence, which venerates her as their Patron, and the cell where she died has become a chapel in whose silence one can still feel her presence.

St Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi continues to be an inspiring spiritual figure for the Carmelites Nuns of the Ancient Observance. They see in her the "Sister" who has travelled the entire way of transforming union with God and who finds in Mary the "star" of the way to perfection.

What Matters Most

Governor Kathleen Sebelius said yesterday that the reason she hosted George Tiller and his staff for a private dinner or party event at the Governor's Mansion on April 9, 2006, was because he won it as an auction item at the 2006 TORCH dinner given by the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus.

While the only Sebelius donation on the original list of auction items was a pewter bowl, www.kansasmeadowlark.com now reports that the KC Star Primebuzz of September 21, 2006 said under "Torch Tidbits" that " A late-arriving from Wichita Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius also was well received, particularly when she offered up as an unexpected auction item dinner for six with her and the First Dude at the Governor's Mansion."

Kansans for Life Executive Director, Mary Kay Culp said:
"It doesn't matter if the Tiller party was an extension of the TORCH auction dinner for six, or another event altogether as the source of the pictures claims. What matters most is that late-term abortionist George Tiller and his entire staff got to party-hardy at our tax-funded Governor's mansion while he was under criminal investigation by the attorney general! That ought to matter to every citizen, no matter what their abortion stance.

Information and image via Kansans for Life.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Barack Obama's Mad World

Warning: Contains some explicit images




Barack Obama fought against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act which would have provided basic medical care to any infants that survive an abortion attempt. He wants to kill those infants born alive.

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Governor Sebelius' Response to Secret Tiller Party Called Laughable by OR

Earlier today I posted on Governor Kathleen Sebelius' office covering up a secret party honoring late - term abortionist George Tiller, who has pumped huge amounts of money into her campaign. Some rather shocking photos of Sebelius and Tiller were included. Sebelius' office, attempting to do "damage control", stated that the Tiller party depicted in a dozen photographs was a prize in a charity auction in which Sebelius had no control over who would attend.

Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, responded by saying," “According to our source, who attended the event at Cedar Crest, the party was ‘by special invitation only.’ It was obvious to this person that Tiller was on a very friendly basis with Sebelius and took the time to personally introduce each member of his abortion clinic staff to the governor. Our source was very specific that the event’s purpose was to ‘honor’ Tiller and his staff. The pictures, especially the ones that include the political t-shirts produced by Tiller, back up our source’s claims.”

“It is laughable for Sebelius to now say she has no control over who she parties with. The Women’s Political Caucus is a radical leftist feminist organization that is providing the smoke and mirrors to cover for the Tiller party,” said Newman. “We don’t buy it.”

Receipts obtained by Operation Rescue from the Governor’s office show that that taxpayers paid for the April 9, 2007, event.

Source

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From Operation Rescue: KS Governor’s Office Covers Up Secret Party Honoring Abortionist Tiller - Photos show "Catholic in name only" Governor Sebelius honoring late-term abortionist George Tiller (the Killer), who pumped huge amounts of money into her campaign.

From Jill Stanek:

Breaking news: Mother of 13-year-old suing DC Planned Parenthood for $50 mil: botched abortion; infertility

Obama's Confusion about the Holocaust From Jill: "..I am disgusted that Obama would decry the Holocaust on one hand while promoting the most atrocious of abortions on the other. He understands the concept of humans committing atrocities against other humans. He just cherry-picks applications."

Selling Babies Online

Leticia at Causa Nostrae Laetitae:
Defending the Dignity of the Unborn in Bioethics Circles

Genevieve Kineke at Feminine-Genius:
Shouting into a maelstrom

Saint of the Day: Blessed Margaret Pole, Martyr


Margaret was born on August 14, 1473 at Farleigh Castle, Bath, Wiltshire, England, to George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence and Isabella Neville. Her father was a brother of both Kings Edward IV and Richard III of England. When she was about 20 years old, she married Sir Richard Pole and bore him five children.

Margaret was widowed, named countess of Salisbury, and appointed governess to Princess Mary, daughter of Hemy VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon, Spain. She opposed Henry’s mar­riage to Anne Boleyn, and the king exiled her from court, although he called her “the holiest woman in England.”

When her son, Cardinal Pole, denied Henry’s Act of Supremacy, the king imprisoned Margaret in the Tower of London for two years and then beheaded her on May 28. In 1538, her other two sons were executed. She was never given a legal trial. She was seventy when she was martyred. Margaret was beatified in 1886 by Pope Leo VIII.

Chant Music for Paradise



A group of Austrian monks have hit the top 10 of the pop charts.

The Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (Holy Cross) were signed by Universal Music following a worldwide search for the best practitioners of the ancient art of Gregorian chant.

The monks submitted their winning entry as a YouTube link to the record company.

The resulting album, Chant - Music For Paradise, was released on Monday, and came in the charts at number nine.

The monks themselves are astounded. More used to the quieter practices of prayer and contemplation, they are unaccustomed to the spotlight of the showbiz world.

"We're overjoyed, and really did not think that so many people would like the album so much. We hope that all who listen to it find calm and strength in those thousand-year-old melodies," said Father Karl from their monastery just outside Vienna.

"The income we receive from this project will all be used to further the education of our Cistercian brothers from Vietnam and other poor countries, and for that we are eternally grateful."

The record company placed adverts in religious papers several months ago, asking for singers of plainsong to submit entries in order to be considered for a record contract.

HMV spokesman Gennaro Castaldo said: "This sort of recording very rarely makes it to the top of the charts, but at the moment it's close to outselling the likes of Madonna in our stores, which would be an incredible feat given the massive following and profile she enjoys. Monastic chanting has to be the ultimate chill music."

A spokeswoman for the record company said: "These monks are singing stars who are in bed by 9pm, have their days filled with prayer, contemplation and good deeds: what better pop idol for 2008?"

Source: The Press Association

In the Mood for Annie

A video of God's desire to sanctify us through the power of the Holy Spirit. Music is "Sanctify", written and sung by the gifted Catholic singer/songwriter, Annie Karto.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Born Alive Infant Protection Needs to be Protected


Until a whistle-blower blew the lid off a little-known practice, babies that survived abortions lacked clear legal rights and protection. Jill Stanek, once a nurse at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL, entered the abortion battle in 1999 when she discovered that babies that “accidentally” survived abortions were placed in a closet and left to die. In 2000 and 2001 she testified about her experience to the US House Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution on behalf of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.

Her credible eye-witness testimony thrust this practice before lawmakers and helped pass a federal law defining that a baby who is born alive is in fact a person deserving respect. She now faces the challenge of ensuring that this law is enforced.

Stanek’s public stance eventually cost her job at Christ Hospital, but their loss was the pro-life community’s gain. She is currently an activist, columnist and blogger (http://www.jillstanek.com/).

Congress passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (BAIPA) and it was signed by President Bush in 2002. More than 30 states had already passed similar measures beforehand.

But legislation is just empty words without enforcement.

A little research renders stories of breathing infants being smothered in biohazard bags or refusal by clinic workers to administer emergency care as in the case of baby Rowan. Both of these situations occurred after the passage of the Act and there are no doubt countless other violations of BAIPA that have gone unreported.

Why does this barbaric activity continue? One answer lies in the legislation itself. BAIPA lacks penalties for violations. Thankfully, there are possible avenues for enforcement. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have been charged with this task. More

By: Marian L. Ward
Source: Concerned Women for America
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The Catholic Carnival is up!

This week it is being hosted by Ebeth at A Catholic Mom Climbing the Pillars. Be sure to take a look at all the great posts there.

Today's Saint: St. Augustine of Canterbury, 'Apostle of England'


St. Augustine was the agent of a greater man than himself, Pope St Gregory the Great. In Gregory's time, except for the Irish monks, missionary activity was unknown in the western Church, and it is Gregory's glory to have revived it.

Gregory decided to begin with a mission to the pagan English, for they had cut off the Christian Celts from the rest of Christendom. The time was favorable for a mission since the ruler of the whole of southern England, Ethelbert of Kent, had married a Christian wife and had received a Gaulish bishop at his court. Gregory himself wished to come to Britain, but his election as pope put an end to any such idea, and in 596 he decided to send an Italian monk following the comparatively new Rule of St Benedict.

Augustine set out with some companions, but when they reached southern Gaul a crisis occurred and Augustine was sent back to the pope for help. In reply the pope made Augustine their abbot and subjected the rest of the party to him in all things, and with this authority Augustine successfully reached England in 597, landing in Kent on the Isle of Thanet.

Ethelbert and the men of Kent refused to accept Christianity at first, although an ancient British church dedicated to St Martin was restored for Augustine's use; but very shortly afterwards Ethelbert was baptized and, the pope having been consulted, a plan was prepared for the removal of the chief see from Canterbury to London and the establishment of another province at York. Events prevented either of these projects from being fulfilled, but the progress of the mission was continuous until Augustine's death, somewhere between 604 and 609.

The only defeat Augustine met with after he came to England was in his attempt to reconcile the Welsh Christians, to persuade them to adopt the Roman custom of reckoning the date of Easter, to correct certain minor irregularities of rite and to submit to his authority. Augustine met the leaders of the Welsh church in conference but he unfavorably impressed them by remaining seated when they came into his presence — it is likely that in this he unfavorably impressed St Bede too.

Augustine was neither the most heroic of missionaries, nor the most tactful, but he did a great work, and he was one of the very few men in Gaul or Italy who, at that time, was prepared to give up everything to preach the gospel in a far country.

St. Augustine has been called "Apostle of England" because of his missionary efforts.

Patron: England. Symbols: Banner of the crucifixion; King Ethelbert rising out of a font (Bishop baptizing a king); fountain; cross fitchée pastoral staff and book; cope, mitre and pallium.

Quote:
"God, in his promises to hear our prayers, is desirous to bestow Himself upon us; if you find anything better than Him, ask it; but if you ask anything beneath Him, you put an affront upon Him, and hurt yourself by preferring to Him a creature which He framed: Pray in the spirit and sentiment of love, in which the royal prophet said to Him, 'Thou, O Lord, are my portion.' Let others choose to themselves portions among creatures, for my part, You are my portion, You alone I have chosen for my whole inheritance."

The Procrastination Meme

I found this at Some Have Hats and I was in the mood for a procrastination break, so I decided to go for it.
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What time is your alarm clock set to? I rarely set my alarm, but usually awaken about the same time everyday, unless I stayed up late the night before.

What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex? I always notice a person's eyes and their expression first, no matter sex they are.

Do you think people talk about you behind your back? I don't really think about it -- If they do, I don't care. I have more important things to be concerned about.

What movie do you know every line to? Every line? None. But I know most of the lines and all of the songs in The Sound of Music, which I have watched umpteen times.

What is your favorite movie? Just one? Probably The Sound of Music.

Is anyone in love with you? My dh is -- that's all as far as I know. That's enough for me.

Do you sleep on your side, stomach or back? All three.

Who was the last person to make you mad? A customer rep who had no idea of what he was talking about. (I've forgiven him -- it was a case of mere stupidity.)

Are you a lover or a fighter? Both

Are you a morning or evening person? I’m a middle of the day person.

Are you a cuddler? Only to a select and highly privileged few.

Are you a perfectionist? At times, but I am trying to curb my perfectionistic tendencies.

Have you ever written a poem? I’ve written several poems.

Do you have more guy or girl friends? I have both, but probably have a few more girlfriends at this point in time.

How many tickets have you gotten? One for speeding 16 years ago.

Piercings? Two. Normal, in plain view.

Do you have a tattoo? No

Are you patient? Not really -- but it's something I'm working on.

Do you miss anyone right now? Yes, I have family living in other states.

Tea or coffee? Neither -- I'm a spring water drinker.

Regularly burn incense? No

Ever been in love? I thought I was a few times, but have only discovered what true love is all about in the past 16 years.

Best room for a fireplace? Family room -- that's where ours is located.

What do you do when you’re sad or upset? Cry

Afraid of heights? No.

Can you change the oil in your car? No. I leave that up to people who are more capable.

Favorite flower? Roses, but I also love gardenias.

Favorite hangout? My home

Middle name? Marie

Most romantic sounding language? French, of course.

Ever been overseas? Italy and France.

I am taging:

Esther

Deb

Ebeth

Therese

The Curt Jester

Paul

Also, if you're looking for a procrastination break, feel free to give it a go. Just Let me know in the combox.

Women Injured by Abortion Confront Florida Barack Obama Supporters

Tampa, FL (LifeNews.com) -- Four women who were injured emotionally and spiritually by their abortions and regret their decisions confronted supporters of Barack Obama at a rally this week in Florida. The members of the post-abortion group Operation Outcry stood on the sidewalk holding signs that read “My Abortion Hurt Me." MORE

LifeNews also reports one of the members of the post-abortion group as saying: "What surprised me the most was that many people that spoke to us were pro-life and didn't have a clue about Barack Obama’s liberal voting record."

I found this to be true when Barack Obama was running for U.S. Senator as well. At that time, I was a resident of IL and served on a community voter's board for a local newspaper (which was very liberal.) I was the token conservative. No one there seemed to know what Barack Obama stood for, yet they were impressed with his charisma, his looks, and the canned speech he gave at the Democratic National Convention. That's all it took -- just one look at this man--who was being groomed for the Presidency -- and they fell for him. I remember one young woman who declared that she was definitely voting for him. She was a senior at a reputable local university majoring in political science and I was interested in her reasoning for selecting him as a choice. Her response was, "He is soooo cute." It was almost as if she was describing a Ken doll when she spoke about him. I asked her, "Do you know where he stands on the issues?" She replied, "No, but I don't care. He's cute." And it was thinking like this that got him elected to the U.S. Senate in IL. This is scary -- there are so many people who are totally unaware that he has no respect for human life whatsoever -- that they are going to support this pro-death champion for President. And, I 'm not referring to people who are illiterate, but many are well-educated, yet totally ignorant, as to what's at stake if someone like this is elected as our President.

I'm glad these women have they courage to do the right thing and share the truth with the public. It's something we all need to do.

Operation Rescue Releases New Timeline in Efforts to Prosecute Planned Parenthood

Operation Rescue has released a handy new resource to help members of the media and the public better understand and track events surrounding efforts to prosecute a Planned Parenthood abortion mill in Overland Park, Kansas. Click here to view.

Last month, Operation Rescue released a similar timeline concerning efforts to bring late-term abortionist George R. Tiller of Wichita, Kansas, to justice. Click here to view the Tiller Case Timeline.

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Unborn's Silent Suffering

Zenit's has a book review of: "Neonatal Pain: Suffering, Pain and the Risk of Brain Damage in the Fetus and Unborn" (Springer) edited by Giuseppe Buonocore and Carlo Bellieni, who are both members of the department of pediatrics, obstetrics and reproductive medicine at the University of Siena.

A Memorial Day Tribute



Poem: "These Heroes All" by Kelly Kirkpatrick

Standing guard o'ver Heaven's bounds, to duty called by God,
Harkening when the trumpets sound Saint Michael's call aloud,
Is a holy, brave brigade of men and women bold,
Though their earthly life they've paid, o'er none has death a hold.
Heroes all, in virtue steeped, immune to evil's touch,
They now with angels vigil keep and still watch over us.
Partnered with Almighty God, alive for evermore,
Members of His Honor Squad and free on wings to soar.
Each fell in bloody battle hard that we might e'er live free,
Sacrificed on razored shards of cruel destiny.
Let not the banner they held proud, their caskets now which grace,
Lie in tatters as a shroud: forgotten, soiled, disgraced.
Raise it high and in their names join those who carry on,
Those still battling Satan's flames, their numbers few but strong.
Keep alive their legacy as they would wish it done,
Their sacrifice to keep us free uniting us as one.
Fight on for them, these heroes all, and with each setting sun,
Pray for those who still stand tall and from no evil run.
Remember as Taps softly plays and peaceful evening comes,
The price so many dearly paid, as many will to come.
Let we for whom they shed their blood e'er hold their memory dear,
Champion well their fight for good and keep them ever near,
Comfort those who brave their tears, protect their sacred cause,
In their darkest hours draw near and to their foes give pause.
Each time a comrade in their ranks is torn from earth's safe keep,
Pay full your debt of lasting thanks as for each loss they weep.
And for the soldiers left behind to carry bravely on,
Let us honor each in kind until the final down,
Until the fight in victory ends and they may finally rest,
To each your sworn support extend: these finest, bravest, best.

A Prayer for Memorial Day

Remember, Lord, the fallen

Who died in fields of war,

In flaming clouds,

in screaming crowds,

On streets that are no more,

That we today might waken

And greet this day in peace

With grateful prayer for those who bear

The storms that never cease.

Remember friends and strangers,

And those forgotten now,

Whose names are known to you alone,

Before whose love we bow

And ask that you surround them

With mercy’s endless light

That they may live,

and we forgive

The foe they went to fight.

Remember, Lord, the living,

Who bear the pain of loss-

A death she died who stood beside

Her Son upon the cross.

Remember all your children

The dead and those who weep,

And make us one beneath the sun

Where love will never sleep.

Text: 7686D; Genevieve Glen, OSB; © 2005, Abbey of St. Walburga, Virginia Dale, CO. Published by OCP Publications.

This post is dedicated to those military heroes in my own family -- my dad, my brother, Michael, and my sister, Susan.

St. Phillip Neri, Priest, 'The Humorous Saint', 'The Apostle of Rome'

The Virgin Appearing to Saint Philip
Neri
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
1740
Oil on canvas, 360 x 182 cm
Museo Diocesano, Camerino


St. Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy on July 22, 1515. He was one of four children of the notary Francesco Neri. His mother died when he was very young, but a very capable and competent stepmother filled her place. Although they were related to Italian nobility, the family was quite poor. Philip was a cheerful and friendly boy, and was popular with all who knew him.

At eighteen, Philip was sent to the town of San Germano, where he lived with a childless relative who had a business there to train as an apprentice and heir. Philip had a strong aptitude for business. Soon after his arrival, Philip began speaking of his conversion, which dramatically changed his life. He left his relative’s home and set out for Rome, as he had a vision that he had a mission to fulfill there. He left without money or a specific plan, trusting in God’s providence.

In Rome, he found shelter in the home of Galeotto Caccia who offered him an attic and a few basic necessities in exchange for tutoring his two sons. During his first two years there, he lived as a recluse, spending time in prayer and eating small meals. Then, for the next three years, he studied philosophy and theology at the Sapienza and St. Augustine’s Monastery, where he was a brilliant student. Quite suddenly, he stopped taking classes, sold all his books and gave his money to the poor. Philip now set about on a new venture – to evangelize the people of Rome.

He started out in a very direct manner, making friends with people on street corners and in the public squares. His warm, friendly manner, his cheerfulness, and his wonderful sense of humor would catch the attention of passersby, and once caught, they found it difficult to escape. He had a magnetic personality and an appeal that drew others to him and held their interest. His usual question, “Well brothers, when shall we begin to do some good?” frequently brought a positive response. Without hesitation, he would take them with him to visit and care for the poor in the hospitals or to pray in the Seven Churches. His days were given up totally for others, but his nights were filled with solitude as he spent them either in a church porch or in the catacombs along the Appian Way.

During the Easter season of 1544, while praying in one of the grottos along the Appian Way, he received a vision of a globe of fire, which first entered his mouth and then his chest. He felt a dilation of the chest. He was filled with such strong divine love, that he fell to the ground, crying out in joy, “Enough, enough, Lord, I can bear no more!” When he stood up, he discovered a swelling over his heart, which gave him no pain.In the year 1548, when Philip had been carrying on his mission for ten years, he founded the Confraternity of the Most Holy Trinity – a group of laymen who met regularly for spiritual growth. He also popularized the devotion of the forty hours – exposing the Blessed Sacrament for forty hours, on three successive days, in honor of the forty hours Christ spent in the tomb. Philip had accomplished much by the time he was thirty-four, but his spiritual director felt he could be even more effective as a priest.

On May 23, 1551, he was ordained. He carried on his mission mainly through the confessional. He started hearing confessions before dawn and continued for hours, while men of women of all ages and social rank flocked to him. In his later years, Philip became weak and suffered from many illnesses, each of which was cured through prayer.

On the feast of Corpus Christi, May 25, 1595, Philip was in a radiantly happy mood. All day he had heard confessions and met with visitors. About midnight, he had a severe hemorrhage and the other priests were called to his bedside. They prayed over him and then he raised his hand in Benediction to bless them one last time. As he raised his hand, he passed to his eternal reward.

Six years later, he was beatified and Pope Gregory XV canonized him in 1622. He was known not only as “The Humorous Saint”, but also as the “Apostle of Rome.”

Quotes From St. Philip Neri

“Bear the cross and do not make the cross bear you.”

“There is no purgatory in this world. Nothing but heaven or hell.”

“Sufferings are a kind of paradise to him who suffers them with patience, while they are a hell to him who has no patience.”

“The greatness of our love for God may be tested by the desire we have of suffering for His sake.”

"Cheerfulness strengthens the heart and makes us persevere in a good life. Therefore the servant of God ought always to be in good spirits."

~ Excerpted from Gold in the Furnace, Jean M. Heimann, copyright 2004

Sunday, May 25, 2008

TV Picks for Memorial Day Weekend

I'm not a big TV watcher, but with the price of gas as high as it is, TV seems like a good option if you can find something worthwhile to watch. And, there are some good movies and special programs scheduled for this weekend.

Sunday: 7:00 PM CST--SPIKE Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi (1983, Science Fiction, trailer)

Monday: 4:00 PM CST --TCM The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, Romance) trailer

Monday: 7:00 PM CST --AMC The Longest Day (1962, War) John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, trailer

EWTN:

ARCHDIOCESE FOR THE MILITARY SERVICES MEMORIAL MASS 2 hrs.
Mass in honor of Memorial Day, celebrated by the Most Reverend Timothy Broglio, Archdiocese for the Military Services USA.
Mon 05/26/08 12:00 PM ET & 9 AM PT

FRONTLINE FAMILIES: CAPTAIN & MRS. GUY GRUTERS, VIETNAM 1 hr
Captain Guy Gruters talks about his experience in a POW camp in Vietnam, and his wife talks about what it was like for her, waiting back home.
Mon 5/26/08 5:30 PM ET & 2:30 PM PT

My Favorite Eucharistic Quotes


For every Christian generation, the Eucharist is indispensable food that sustains us as we cross the desert of this world, dried by ideological and economic systems that do not promote life, but repress it. A world in which the logic of power and possession dominates, instead of the logic of service and love; a world in which the culture of violence and death often triumphs."

~ Pope Benedict XVI, in his homily on the feast of Corpus Christi

"Every time we celebrate the Eucharist in the Church, we recall the death of the Savior, we proclaim his Resurrection as we await his return. Thus no sacrament is greater or more precious than that of the Eucharist; and when we receive Communion, we are incorporated into Christ. Our life is transformed and taken up by the Lord."

"The Eucharistic mystery is in fact the "summit of evangelization" (Lumen gentium, n. 28), for it is the most eminent testimony to Christ's Resurrection. "

~ Pope John Paul II, May 28, 1996
"God is as really present in the consecrated Host as He is in the glory of Heaven."

~ St. Paschal Baylon, the Saint of the Holy Eucharist

"What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation."
~ St. Francis of Assisi

"Each time we look upon Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, He raises us up into deeper union with Himself, opens up the floodgates of His merciful love to the whole world, and brings us closer to the day of His final victory "where every knee will bend and proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord".

"The reign of God is already in your midst." The coming of Jesus to us in the Eucharist is assurance of His promise of final victory: "BEHOLD, I COME TO MAKE ALL THINGS NEW."

~Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"When the Sisters are exhausted, up to their eyes in work; when all seems to go awry, they spend an hour in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. This practice has never failed to bear fruit: they experience peace and strength."

~Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"Neither theological knowledge nor social action alone is enough to keep us in love with Christ unless both are proceeded by a personal encounter with Him. Theological insights are gained not only from between two covers of a book, but from two bent knees before an altar. The Holy Hour becomes like an oxygen tank to revive the breath of the Holy Spirit in the midst of the foul and fetid atmosphere of the world."

~Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Find more of my favorite Eucharistic Quotes here.

For more information on the Holy Eucharist and the Real Presence, go here.

Happy Feast of Corpus Christi!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – A Movie Review



Rated: PG-13 for adventure, violence, and scary images

This is the fun film of the summer – one that you won’t want to miss. It has been nineteen years since we last saw him, but Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) hasn’t lost his touch – a bit grayer – he is as handsome, daring, and as adventurous as he ever was.

When we last saw Indiana Jones on screen, it was 1938, and the world stood on the brink of war as Dr. Jones chased down evildoers to find the Holy Grail. Nineteen years have passed -- Indy's enemies are now the Communists and his struggle is once again to ensure that a precious, mysterious object remains safe from those bent on destroying humanity. Set in 1957, during the peak of the Cold War, this fourth film in the Indiana Jones film series pits an older and wiser Indiana Jones against Soviet agents in the search for a crystal skull.

Indiana and his sidekick Mac McHale (Ray Winstone) are taken to a huge warehouse by the Soviet villainess Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) to find a crate he viewed years ago. The contents of the crate are hyper-magnetic and the crate reveals itself after Indy throws handfuls of gun powder into the air.

Managing to escape from the Russians, Indy meets up with Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf), a handsome young biker whose mother and surrogate father have been kidnapped by the Communists. The surrogate father is Professor Oxley (John Hurt), a professional colleague of Indy's and Mutt's mother is Marion, whom Indy later discovers is Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), his former flame from "Raiders of the Lost Ark”.

In the quest for the crystal skull, Mutt and Indy end up traveling to South America where they experience the most incredible adventures involving: man-eating red ants, sword fights between two people on the back of speeding jeeps, cliff diving in a car, and more. If you’re like me, you love this kind of action – it is so utterly ridiculous and so much fun!

This film exhilarated and exhausted me at the same time. If you want your spirits lifted and want to laugh out loud, see this film. It will certainly do the trick.

My Rating: A -

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Feast of Corpus Christi - "We cannot live without Sunday"




A reflection by Fr. Tom Rosica, csb, on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ - Corpus Christi.

God Lives Under the Bed

I envy Kevin. My brother Kevin thinks God lives under his bed. At least that's what I heard him say one night.

He was praying out loud in his dark bedroom, and I stopped to listen, 'Are you there, God?' he said. 'Where are you? Oh, I see. Under the bed...'

I giggled softly and tiptoed off to my own room. Kevin's unique perspectives are often a source of amusement. But that night something else lingered long after the humor. I realized for the first time the very different world Kevin lives in.

He was born 30 years ago, mentally disabled as a result of difficulties during labor. Apart from his size (he's 6-foot-2), there are few ways in which he is an adult.

He reasons and communicates with the capabilities of a 7-year-old, and he always will. He will probably always believe that God lives under his bed, that Santa Claus is the one who fills the space under our tree every Christmas and that airplanes stay up in the sky because angels carry them.

I remember wondering if Kevin realizes he is different. Is he ever dissatisfied with his monotonous life?

Up before dawn each day, off to work at a workshop for the disabled, home to walk our cocker spaniel, return to eat his favorite macaroni-and-cheese for dinner, and later to bed.

The only variation in the entire scheme is laundry, when he hovers excitedly over the washing machine like a mother with her newborn child.

He does not seem dissatisfied.

He lopes out to the bus every morning at 7:05, eager for a day of simple work. He wrings his hands excitedly while the water boils on the stove before dinner, and he stays up late twice a week to gather our dirty laundry for his next day's laundry chores.

And Saturdays-oh, the bliss of Saturdays! That's the day my Dad takes Kevin to the airport to have a soft drink, watch the planes land, and speculate loudly on the destination of each passenger inside. 'That one's goin' to Chi-car-go!' Kevin shouts as he claps his hands.

His anticipation is so great he can hardly sleep on Friday nights.

And so goes his world of daily rituals and weekend field trips.

He doesn't know what it means to be discontent.

His life is simple.

He will never know the entanglements of wealth of power, and he does not care what brand of clothing he wears or what kind of food he eats. His needs have always been met, and he never worries that one day they may not be. His hands are diligent. Kevin is never so happy as when he is working. When he unloads the dishwasher or vacuums the carpet, his heart is completely in it. He does not shrink from a job when it is begun, and he does not leave a job until it is finished But when his tasks are done, Kevin knows how to relax.

He is not obsessed with his work or the work of others. His heart is pure..

He still believes everyone tells the truth, promises must be kept, and when you are wrong, you apologize instead of argue.

Free from pride and unconcerned with appearances, Kevin is not afraid to cry when he is hurt, angry or sorry. He is always transparent, always sincere. And he trusts God.

Not confined by intellectual reasoning, when he comes to Christ, he comes as a child. Kevin seems to know God - to really be friends with Him in a way that is difficult for an 'educated' person to grasp. God seems like his closest companion.

In my moments of doubt and frustrations with my Christianity I envy the security Kevin has in his simple faith.

It is then that I am most willing to admit that he has some divine knowledge that rises above my mortal questions.

It is then I realize that perhaps he is not the one with the handicap -- I am. My obligations, my fear, my pride, my circumstances - they all become disabilities when I do not trust them to God's care.

Who knows if Kevin comprehends things I can never learn? After all, he has spent his whole life in that kind of innocence, praying after dark and soaking up the goodness and love of God.

And one day, when the mysteries of heaven are opened, and we are all amazed at how close God really is to our hearts, I'll realize that God heard the simple prayers of a boy who believed that God lived under his bed.

Kevin won't be surprised at all!

~ Author Unknown

This touched my heart -- thanks, Bill!

Friday, May 23, 2008

The Cost of Abortion





St. Michael's Media: Some promo clips from our excting new show "The Cost of Abortion". For more details, visit http://www.thecostofabortion.com/


Via Catholic Tube.

St. John Baptist de Rossi, Confessor, 'The Apostle of the Abandoned'

John was born in Voltaggio, diocese of Genoa, Italy, in 1698. He was one of four children of Carlo de Rossi and Francesca Anfosi, who were poor, but pious parents. At the age of ten, he was taken in by wealthy friends of the family who saw to it that he was well-educated.

At the suggestion of his uncle, Lorenzo de Rossi, a Church Canon, John travelled to Rome to study at the Collegium Romanum, under the Jesuits. He entered the Roman College at 13 and completed the classical course of studies but began practicing severe mortification. This practice, combined with a heavy course load and a bout of epilepsy, led to a breakdown, and he was forced to leave the college. He recuperated and completed his training at Minerva but never fully regained his former strength.

At the age of 23 he was ordained (with dispensation, due to his poor health),and celebrated his first Mass in the Roman College. He was assigned to Rome, where he worked with the poor and the sick. He concentrated especially on the hospice of Saint Galla, an overnight shelter for paupers that had been founded by Pope Celestine III. John also helped start a nearby hospice for homeless women, which he placed under the protection of St. Aloysius Gonzaga - one of his favorite saints.

For many years, John avoided hearing confessions for fear he would have a seizure in the confessional, but the bishop of Civitá Castellana convinced him it was part of his vocation; he relented, and soon became one of the most sought after confessors in Rome. He worked tirelessly, spending many hours a day hearing confessions, particularly those of prisoners, the poor and illiterate in the hospitals or in their homes. He preached to them five and six times a day in churches, chapels convents, hospitals, barracks, and prison cells, so that he became known as "the apostle of the abandoned", a second Philip Neri.

John's frail health compelled him in 1763 to move to the Trinita dei Pellegrini, where he suffered a stroke that same year and received the last sacraments. He recovered enough to resume celebrating Mass, but, in 1764, he had another stroke and died at the age of 66. He was buried at the altar of the Blessed Virgin in the Church of Trinita de Pelleghrini. He was canonized by Pope Leo XIII on December 8,1881.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Last Lion of Abortion

By Father Thomas J. Enteneur, President of Human Life International

Sen. John McCain responded to the news of Sen. Edward Kennedy’s brain tumor saying that Ted Kennedy was the “last lion of the Senate.” Nice words, but hollow. Clearly Kennedy has been a forty year force to reckon with in the US Senate, but lionizing him for his headstrong political partisanship over four decades is a little like saying that sticking around for a long time and being opinionated qualifies as a “legacy.” That very record of anti-life advocacy is the measure by which his soul will be judged.

While I pray for Sen. Kennedy’s recovery from a brain tumor, I pray more for his recovery from the cancerous metastasis of abortion ideology in his soul. MORE

One of My Favorites From JMT




John Michael Talbot Live in Concert performing one of his best-known songs, "Holy is His Name".

John Michael Talbott Speaks About Fire at Little Portion



A video message from John Michael about the recent fire at Little Portion Hermitage. http://www.johnmichaeltalbot.com

Grace Before Meals - Green Pesto Sauce



I hope that he is using whole grain pasta -- brown rice, whole wheat, kamut, or corn -- which is much healthier and more nutritious for you. The green sauce is perfect for Ordinary time.

The Flip Flop Test




What Your Flip Flops Say About You



You are an outdoorsy person. You feel most comfortable in nature.

Beautiful scenery and good weather always brighten up your day.



Being outside allows you to feel calm and connected to the world.

Problems don't seem so big when you realize how small you are in the scheme of things.



Your ideal warm weather place: Costa Rica

What Your Taste in Music Says About You




What Your Taste in Music Says About You



Your musical tastes are upbeat and conventional.

You are an easy going, optimistic person.



Family and friends are very important to you.

You enjoy caring for and helping other people.



You thrive in a tranquil environment, and you do your best to keep things peaceful.

You enjoy your life. You have your priorities straight.

What Your Fridge Says About You




What Your Fridge Says About You



You aren't greedy, but you don't really deprive yourself either. You strike a good balance with the stuff you buy.



You tend to be a fairly thrifty person. You splurge occasionally, but you're mostly a saver.



You are a very adventurous person. You love to try new things, and you get bored very easily.



You are responsible, together, and mature. You act like an adult, even when you don't feel like it.



You are likely to be married - and very busy.

What Obama Supports

Jill Stanek tells us: As we've been discussing the past couple days, Barack and Michelle Obama fully support partial birth abortion.

In fact, they've gone so far as to attempt to raise money by fear-mongering about the Partial Birth Abortion Ban, calling it a "legitimate medical procedure." Read More here. (Graphic Image contained in this link.)

If you are unfamiliar with this procedure, please refer to this video demonstration (warning: graphic images) for further information.

President Bush Signs Genetic Nondiscrimination Act Protecting Both Born and Unborn

Act protects women from financial pressure to abort children with genetic disorders

- In an important blow to the eugenics movement, President George Bush yesterday signed into law a bill preventing health insurance companies and employers from discriminating against born or unborn individuals on the basis of genetic information.

"It protects our citizens from having genetic information misused, and this bill does so without undermining the basic premise of the insurance industry," said Bush of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

Proponents of the GINA have expressed fears that healthy individuals with genetic dispositions toward certain diseases could end up paying more for insurance. They also fear that employers would only hire or retain individuals without genetic dispositions towards disease in order to avoid future instances of an unhealthy workforce.

The version of the GINA signed yesterday included important language protecting families from discrimination based upon genetic abnormalities found in their unborn children or in those they were about to adopt. MORE from LifeSiteNews.

I'm happy to see this finally passed. Those who have genetic abnormalities have been discriminated against in the worst ways.

Today's Saint: St. Rita of Cascia, Religious, Patron Saint of Desperate Causes


St. Rita was born at Rocca Porena in the Diocese of Spoleto in 1386 to Antonio and Amata Lotti, who were quite advanced in years. Rita’s birth was an answer to their prayers. The family was well-known for their charity, which merited them the surname of "Peacemakers of Jesus Christ".

Rita brought much joy to her parents. She was a cheerful, amiable, pious and devout child who spent much of her time in prayer. At the age of twelve, she desired to consecrate herself to God in the religious state. Pious though her parents were, they refused her pleas, but instead gave her away in marriage, at the age of eighteen, to an ill-tempered young man who was the town watchman. The couple had two sons, who inherited their father's temperament.

After 18 years of marriage, Rita’s husband was murdered by an old enemy. Her sons swore vengeance on their father’s killers, but through Rita's intercessory prayers, they forgave the offenders. Both of her sons died shortly afterwards.

Rita's former desire to consecrate herself to God in the religious life returned. On three separate occasions, she asked to be admitted to the Augustinian Nuns, but her request was refused each time, and she returned home to Rocca Porrena.

One night, as Rita was praying, she heard someone call her name and a knock on the door. Miraculously she was instantly transported to the Augustinian monastery. Astonished at the miracle, the Nuns received Rita, and accepted her as one of their own.

St. Rita lived a very austere life and performed many severe penances. After hearing a homily on the Passion of Christ she returned to her cell; kneeling before her crucifix, she prayed: "Let me, my Jesus share in Thy suffering, at least of one of Thy thorns". Her prayer was answered. Suddenly one of the thorns detached itself from Christ’s crown of thorns and fastened itself on her forehead so deeply that she could not remove it. The wound became worse, and gangrene set in. Because of the foul odor emanating from the wound, she was denied the companionship of the other Sisters for fifteen years.

As St. Rita was dying, she requested a relative to bring her a rose from her old home at Rocca Porrena. Although it was not the season for roses, the relative went and found a rose in full bloom. For this reason roses are blessed in the Saint's honor. She died May 22, 1456, and both in life and after death has worked many miracles.

After St. Rita's death, her face became beautifully radiant, while the odor from her wound was as fragrant as that of the roses she loved so much. The sweet odor spread through the convent and into the church, where it has continued ever since. Her body has remained incorrupt to this day; the face is beautiful and well preserved.

When St. Rita died her cell was aglow with heavenly light, while the great bell of the monastery rang of itself. A relative with a paralyzed arm, upon touching her sacred remains, was cured. A carpenter, who had known the Saint, offered to make the coffin. Immediately, he recovered the use of his long stiffened hands.St. Rita of Cascia was the first woman to be canonized in the Great Jubilee at the beginning of the 20th century, on May 24, 1900.

Rita is well-known as a patron of desperate, seemingly impossible causes and situations. She is also the patron saint of abuse victims, difficult marriages, infertility, impossible causes, parenthood, sterility, and widows.

Quote:

The saint of Cascia belongs to the great host of Christian women who "have had a significant impact on the life of the Church as well as of society" (Apostolic Letter Mulieris dignitatem, n. 27). Rita well interpreted the "feminine genius" by living it intensely in both physical and spiritual motherhood.

~ Pope John Paul II

Prayer to Saint Rita

Holy Patroness of those in need, Saint Rita, you were humble, pure and patient. Your pleadings with your divine Spouse are irresistible, so please obtain for me from our risen Jesus the request I make of you: {mention your petition}. Be kind to me for the greater glory of God, and I shall honor you and sing your praises forever. Glorious Saint Rita, you miraculously participated in the sorrowful passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Obtain for me now the grace to suffer with resignation the troubles of this life, and protect me in all my needs. Amen.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Fr. Frank Pavone: Through the Church


Abortion will end.

The premise of Priests for Life is that abortion will end through the Church, because Christ has conquered death, and it is He who works through each of us to bring this victory to every segment of our society.

By the “Church,” I mean the entire Body of Christ. Pope John Paul II, in The Gospel of Life, told us, “No single person or group has a monopoly on the defense and promotion of life. These are everyone’s task and responsibility” (EV 91). He says this after asserting that the effort must be ecumenical and, in fact, must include the involvement of all people of good will.

The United States Catholic Bishops have provided marvelous guidance on how the pro-life effort of the Catholic Church should be undertaken, and at the conclusion of their national Pastoral Plan for Pro-life Activities, they echo what John Paul II said in the quote above. They write, “We hold in high esteem all who proclaim and serve the Gospel of life. Through their peaceful activism, education, prayer, and service, they witness to God’s truth and embody our Lord’s command to love one another as he loves us. We assure them of our continuing prayers. And we renew our appeal to all in the Catholic community to join with them and with us in building a ‘culture of life.’”

That openness to others, that esteem for those who work for life in every denomination, and even outside the realm of Christianity, is essential for success - and that attitude is inherently a Catholic attitude. The word “Catholic,” after all, means “universal.”

Those of you who follow my work know that we begin by energizing and activating the priests, who are called, by their ordination, to reach out well beyond the boundaries of the Catholic Church, and in fact to be spiritual fathers.

Back in 1994, I gave a talk to priests and lay leaders in the Philippines at the invitation of the local bishops. In that talk I said the following:

“It’s not any easier to raise up a spiritual family than a physical family. Some people say: “Priests don’t have any children, their lives must be easier.” But that thinking tends toward materialism, which sees physical realities as the only realities. Spiritual realities are real ones too, and priests have spiritual children! Think of those who hear the preaching and embrace Christ and His Church, or receive new life by the sacraments. These are our spiritual children! If we are not of the mind that we are to be generative, that we are to bring spiritual children into the world, then we are practicing what might be called a clerical contraception. We are ordained to bring forth life and to do so generously.” (For the full talk, see www.priestsforlife.org/articles/Role.html)

That’s where we need to start. Let’s pray that our priests be spiritual fathers bringing forth many children who will work hand in hand with all people to build the culture of life!

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Praise for our Work!

In Jan 07 I found out I was pregnant with my second child...I lost my first to miscarriage...well I wasn't prepared at all for being a single parent...so I was 8 weeks pregnant looking up things on abortion....and I came across this site...and saw what would happen to the child inside me....because of your site, the pictures the information and everything..On September 5, 2007 I had a beautiful little girl...healthy as could be! She is now 8 months old...and she has beautiful blue eyes...brown hair with blond and red highlights...and the sweetest grin ever...thank you for making this site and putting the pictures up....I will be spreading the word about what good you do for the aborted babies.... Thank you so much again!

-- Amanda and Graclyn

PTL! Another Human Life Saved! Ongoing Prayers Needed

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

At about 10:10 am, when C.S., and her son, were on-site at the gate of the Tiller Abortion Facility, a young black lady in her 20's came walking across Bleckley Street toward Tiller's gate, intending to go into his facility.

C.S. approached her before she got to Tiller's gate, and encouraged her to talk. She is six weeks pregnant, and she told C.S. that her boyfriend, (who was not with her) wants her to have an abortion… because he does not want a baby.

C.S. was able to re-direct her to the ProLife Choices Medical Clinic, next door to Tiller's for a free sonogram, and she kept her from going into Tillers. C.S. walked with her to Choices' door, and introduced her to the receptionist at Choices Medical Clinic. She remained there at Choices beyond the end of C.S.'s shift.

C.S. describes her as a beautiful black lady in her early 20's, well dressed, alone, and in an emotionally distressed mood. C.S. shared this event with J. D., when J.D. replaced C.S. and her son on-site. Then J.D. shared the events with R. M., when he showed up on-site for his shift at about noon.

Then at approximately 12:40 pm, when R.M. was the volunteer on-site, the pregnant young black lady came back to the gate again, and began talking to R.M. According to R.M., she seemed scared and agitated, and she was holding information from Choices Medical clinic in her hand. However, she was very willing to talk to R.M. and to let him know what was going on.

She told R.M. that she wanted to keep the baby, and that it was her boyfriend who did not want the child. She now intends to keep this baby. She also told R.M., that her car was in the shop, that she needed a ride to the SRS office, to apply for benefits, as the counselor at Choices Medical Clinic advised her to do. Unfortunately, R.M. was the only volunteer on-site at that time, and he explained to her that he could not leave until his replacement showed up at 1:30 pm.

Providentially, at about that time, F. K. showed up on-site unexpectedly, and she offered to help. At the time of this posting, this young would-be abortion client is with F. K. at the SRS Office in Wichita, making arrangements to keep her child.

Prayers of thanksgiving for the chain of events that led to this successful outcome, and on-going prayers for this young lady are requested.

~Via The Kansas Coalition for Life.