Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Light Blogging

Due to the upcoming holiday and my dire need for a vacation, blogging will be light for the next few days or so. I will return to put up a few posts, but lest I forget, Have a very Happy 4th!

Video: Total War

Video: Pope reminds priests of the importance of spiritual direction

The First Martyrs of the Church of Rome

The Coliseum
Rome, Italy
From My Personal Photo Collection
February, 2006

When the city of Rome had been devastated by fire in the year 64, the Emperor Nero launched a persecution against the Christians, who were soaked in tar and burned as living torches at evening banquets, fed to wild animals in the arena, or crucified. Their deaths are documented in the writings of the Roman historian Tacitus and in Pope St Clement’s letter to the Corinthians. These martyrs died before Sts. Peter and Paul, and are called “disciples of the Apostles. . . whom the Holy Roman church sent to their Lord before the Apostles’ death.”

Collect: Father, you sanctified the Church of Rome with the blood of its first martyrs. May we find strength from their courage and rejoice in their triumph. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Fr. compares partial - birth abortion to the persecution of the Roman martyrs:

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen: Servant of All - The Movie Trailer

This preview is for the powerful new one-hour documentary, "Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen: Servant of All."

To learn more about upcoming broadcasts and showings of the film -- and learn how you can get involved -- visit

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The pope gives palliums to 38 new archbishops

Kagan's Abortion Activism Makes Her Unfit for Supreme Court

American Life League President Judie Brown issued the following statement after Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan confirmed her advocacy of abortion on demand this morning. In responding to questions from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kagan stated that “Roe (v. Wade) and Doe (v. Bolton) require” that any state “regulation” of abortion protect the “health” of women seeking abortion.

“Elena Kagan has revealed herself as the pro-abortion activist she is. The ‘health of the mother’ exception has long been code for abortion on demand for any reason under the sun - including financial ‘health.’

“Kagan’s position is clearly opposed by the majority of Americans who self-identify as pro-life. While we are not shocked that an Obama nominee would be anything but rabidly pro-death, we are compelled to demand representation from our elected leaders: this pro-abortion ideologue is not fit to serve on the Supreme Court.

“At a time when the Court is already befuddled with the disconnect between recognizing the rights of one human being, the mother, while denying the most basic human right of personhood to another – the preborn child, Elena Kagan clearly does not grasp the constitutional principles that are paramount for a Supreme Court justice.

“Now is the time for a strong, organized effort across the land demanding human rights for each and every preborn baby. We do not need the Court's permission; we need action. Human personhood now.”

Kagan Reaffirms Extreme Pro-Abortion Position

Moments ago, responding to a line of questions from Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Kagan confirmed her belief that "Roe (v. Wade) and Doe (v. Bolton) require" that any state "regulation" of abortion protect the "health" of women seeking abortion. Kagan isolated the Supreme Court's holding in the 2007 case, Gonzales v. Carhart -- which upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban of 2003 without a "health" exception -- by stating that the Gonzales decision only pertained to a particular abortion procedure.

"Elena Kagan, for the benefit of her supporters in the abortion lobby, reaffirmed her support for abortion in the extreme, without limitations or restrictions," said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life. "The American people don't support this out-of-the-mainstream position and they don't want a judge who has already pre-judged the issue."

Under the Roe / Doe framework, an abortionist can offer any reason imaginable to justify performing an abortion at any time during a woman's pregnancy. However, while upholding the Partial Birth-Abortion Act of 2003 in Gonzales v. Carhart without the massive health loophole, the Court also arguably narrowed the unlimited health exception created in Doe.

Therefore, abortion law is quite confused and is far from settled. The fact that Kagan believes that the Roe / Doe health exception still applies unchanged to all laws pertaining to abortion indicates that she has not changed from the passionate ideologue who advocated against meaningful regulations of abortion while working for President Clinton.

During her time in the White House, Kagan argued for a health exception that went further than the one required in Doe. She argued that a woman should have access to a partial-birth abortion if her doctor felt it was the best procedure for her health -- regardless of whether she actually "needed" an abortion at all.

This expansive reading of a "health exception" would actually take abortion jurisprudence farther than ever before, and drastically undermine the ability of state and federal legislators to pass meaningful regulations of abortion. In light of the growing body of evidence that abortion is actually dangerous to women, and the advancement of technology that helps unborn children survive earlier outside of the womb, this is deeply troubling.


Related: Feingold and Kagan on the Doe ‘Health’ Exception

Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Martyrs and Co-Founders of the Church

Sts. Peter and Paul are the co-founders of the Church - the solid rock on which it was founded.

St. Peter

Peter's original name was Simon. He was a fisherman and the brother of Saint Andrew, the apostle who led him to Christ. As an apostle of Christ, Simon was renamed "Peter" (in Hebrew Kephas) or "rock" by Jesus to indicate that Peter would be the rock-like foundation on which the Church would be built.

Peter's house often became the scene of miracles, since Jesus would stay there whenever He was teaching in that locality. Together with his brothers John and Andrew, Peter belonged to the first of Jesus' disciples.

After the Ascension, Peter took the leading role that Christ had assigned to him and became the first Pope. He served as the first Bishop of Rome and died there as a martyr in 64 a.d. crucified with his head downward, as he was not worthy to die in the same manner as Christ.

Peter is the author of two letters, the first encyclicals. St. Peter is buried beneath the high altar of St. Peter's Basilica on the Vatican Hill in Rome. A visitor to the Vatican Basilica can go into the crypt, which is the floor of the original church built by the Emperor Constantine.

St. Paul

Paul, known as Saul (his Roman name) before his conversion, was the son of Jewish parents who belonged to the tribe of Benjamin, was raised as a Pharisee. A tent-maker by trade, Saul hated and persecuted Christians as heretics and even participated in the stoning of Stephen the martyr.

On his way to Damascus to persecute another group of Christians, Saul was knocked to the ground and struck by a heavenly light, when God gave him the message that in persecuting Christians, he was also persecuting Christ Himself. This profound experience led to his conversion to Christianity. He was baptized, changed his name to Paul, and became traveling and preaching. He met Peter in Jerusalem and was introduced to the Christian Community by Barnabus.

Paul was eventually seized by the Jews and accused of condemning the Law. After being held as a prisoner for two years at Caesarea, he appealed to Caesar and was sent by sea to Rome (60 A.D.). Shipwrecked and delayed on the island of Malta, he arrived at Rome in the spring of 61 and passed the next two years in confinement before being released.The last years of the saint's life were devoted to missionary work. In 66 he returned to Rome, was taken prisoner, and beheaded a year later. His fourteen letters are a precious legacy.

We learn through the selection of these men to lead the Church, Christ teaches us that he chooses ordinary men and women to do his work and to be His leaders. Peter was a simple fisherman whom he chose in an official way, while Paul was a tent maker chosen in a very unconventional manner. Both men were imperfect - Peter denied Jesus three times; Saul persecuted Christians before his conversion. Neither of the men were trained in their work for the Lord, but the Lord provided them with all the graces necessary to spread the Good News. Christ works in a powerful way through weak, imperfect people, if we come to him with humble hearts and surrender to His will. "For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Cor. 12, 10)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Kagan Video: Its Fine if The Law Bans Books ...

Kagan Argued Before Supreme Court: its Fine if The Law Bans Books Because Government Won't Really Enforce It

Video: Catholic Business

Marriage: Unique for a Reason

 The family is at the heart of the parish and should be the focus of all ministries as the Church seeks to grow, evangelize and build the kingdom of God.  Realizing that the most basic aspects of the family are being challenged and denigrated, the U.S. bishops have formed the Ad Hoc Committee in Defense of Marriage, headed by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville (Kentucky).

Watch a new 12-minute video that explains why marriage is uniquely between a man and a woman, from the US bishops. The video provides natural and common sense reasons for upholding marriage as a union between one man and one woman, as well as some basic theological conclusions drawn from the Bible. The message is given by a married couple (actors named Josh and Carrie) who exhibit the virtues they speak about. The DVD comes with a study/discussion guide for parish or small group use. It is well worth your time to view the video through the link given above.

Learn more at Fathers for Good.

Pope confirms Vatican office for 'new evangelization'

 The rumors that have been circulating over the past several weeks are true. CWN reports:

Pope Benedict XVI has confirmed his plan to create a new office of the Roman Curia: the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization.

Speaking on June 28 at a Vespers service in the basilica of St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls, on the vigil of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the Pope said that the new council would be devoted to spreading the Gospel message in regions where the faith has suffered from the inroads of secularism and the “eclipse of God.” In a reference to his coming patronal feast, the Holy Father said that he, as successor to St. Peter, had an obligation to continue the apostolic mission that the apostles began, bringing the faith to every part of the earth—including those parts where Christendom once flourished but has now been weakened.

The Pope’s plan to create the new dicastery had been reported several weeks ago, but never formally announced. In his Monday-evening statement the Pontiff did not reveal any more detailed plans for the office. Vatican insiders predict that the first president of the new pontifical council will be Archbishop Renato Fisichella, currently the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

The Trouble with Twilight and Eclipse

On June 30, the movie Eclipse based on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight novels will suck millions of dollars at box offices worldwide from the pockets of young and old alike -- especially teenage girls. When the evil vampiress Victoria seeks revenge for the death of her lover James, romantic rivals Edward Cullen and Jacob Black unite the forces of vampire and werewolf to defeat her, and to protect Bella.

It's a wholesome love story, right?

Wrong! warns occult researcher and bestselling author of 24 books Steve Wohlberg in The Trouble with Twilight: Why Today's Vampire Craze is Hazardous to Your Health (Destiny Image, July 2010). "Twilight has positive features," notes Wohlberg, "but it is laced with occultism, contains mixed moral messages, and is now fueling the dangerous practice of sipping real blood among teens and adults." Major media have reported on this bizarre phenomenon:

ABC News: Coming Out of the Coffin: Vampires Among Us
The Washington Post: A Vampire's Life: It's Really Draining
Fox News: Night Neighbors: Members of America's vampire subculture could be living right under your nose

One popular teen vampire website offers "Advice on the problems and issues teen vamps face: school, parents, coping with awakening, how to enter the vampiric community without looking like a fool, and more." Included is this quote:

"I am turning 17 in a month, and I find it is very hard to find a donor because people either think that you are some stupid child or that you are too young. Too young? It's not really our choice that we were awakened, especially not at this time when so much is going on. It's yet another thing to add to the list of teenage problems!" -- Anonymous

This teen has been "awakened" to vampirism. Wohlberg hopes his new book will "awaken" God's people to these perilous times.

"Pop culture has fallen under the hypnotic trance of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga. Thank God for Steve Wohlberg!" -- Adam McManus, Radio Talk Show Host, AM 630, KSLR

Steve Wohlberg is the Speaker/Director of White Horse Media (Newport, WA) and has been a guest on over 500 radio and television shows, including CNN Radio, Cable Radio Network, Focus on the Family, American Family Radio, and The Harvest Show. He has been cited in The Washington Post, has spoken by special invitation inside the Pentagon and U.S. Senate.


A Clear-cut Case of Religious Discrimination: Catholics Need Not Apply

Leticia writes: Today my daughter and I faced religious discrimination beacause of our Catholic faith in a Northestern Connecticut community hospital. She was denied access to a summer  internship because of our religious objections to a vaccine.

Read the rest of the story.

Saint of the Day: St. Irenaeus, bishop and martyr

 Irenaeus was born in Smyrna, in Asia Minor (now Izmir in Turkey) and emigrated to Lyons, in France, where he eventually became the bishop. It is not known for certain whether he was martyred or died a natural death.

Whenever we take up a Bible we touch Irenaeus’s work, for he played a decisive role in fixing the canon of the New Testament. It is easy for us, now, to think of Scripture – and the New Testament in particular – as the basis of the Church, and harder to remember that it was the Church that had to decide, early on, what was scriptural and what was not.

Before Irenaeus, there was vague general agreement on what scripture was, but a system based on this kind of common consent was too weak. As people meditated on the intolerable event of the Redemption, dissensions and heresies inevitably arose, and reference to scripture was the obvious way of trying to settle what the truth really was. But in the absence of an agreed canon of scripture it was all to easy to attack one’s opponent’s arguments by saying that his texts were corrupt or unscriptural; and easy, too, to do a little fine-tuning of texts on one’s own behalf.

So Irenaeus went through all the books of the New Testament, and all the candidates (such as the magical pseudo-Gospels, and the entertaining and uplifting novel the Shepherd of Hermas). He did not simply accept or reject each book, because his enemies could have said that he was doing it to bolster his own arguments: he gave reasons for and against the canonicity of each book. Irenaeus’s canon of scripture is very nearly the modern one (he does not quote from three of the short universal epistles), but more important is the fact that he started the tradition of biblical scholarship.

Irenaeus had to fight against the Gnostics, who believed that the world was irredeemably wicked, and against the Valentinians, who claimed to be possessors of a secret tradition that had never been written down but passed from master to disciple through the ages. This pessimism and this arcane élitism remain with us even today, and each generation must renew the fight against them. Let us pray for the inspiration of St Irenaeus in our battle.


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"For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God."

~ St. Irenaeus

Prayer for Various Types of Christians

Father, give perfection to beginners,understanding to the little ones, and help to those who are running their course.Give sorrow to the negligent, fervor to the lukewarm,and a good consummation to the perfect.

~St Irenaeus of Lyons, Bishop, Defender of the Faith and Martyr

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Happy 18th Anniversary, Darling!

Today is our 18th wedding anniversary -- this post is for you Bill:

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Video: What is Freedom?

Saint of the Day: St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer

You can read his biography here.

A Few of My Favorite Quotes:

"You go to pray; to become a bonfire, a living flame, giving light and heat."

"The world thrives on lies even twenty centuries after the Truth came among men.—We have to tell the truth! This is precisely what we have to do as children of God. When men get used to proclaiming and hearing the truth, there will be more understanding in this world of ours."

"We are children of God, bearers of the only flame that can light up the paths of the earth for souls, of the only brightness which can never be darkened, dimmed or overshadowed. The Lord uses us as torches, to make that light shine out. Much depends on us; if we respond many people will remain in darkness no longer, but will walk instead along paths that lead to eternal life."

"No Christian married couple can want to block the well-springs of life. For their love is based on the love of Christ, which entails dedication and sacrifice. . . Moreover, as Tobias reminded Sara, a husband and wife know that 'we are children of saints, and we cannot come together in the way of the gentiles, who do not know God.'"

" live the virtue of chastity, one doesn´t have to wait until they are old, or without strength. Purity is born of love, and for a pure/clean love the robustness and joy of youth aren´t obstacles..."

"Whoever gives himself to work for Christ cannot expect to have a free moment, for even to rest is not to do nothing: it is to relax with activities that require less effort."

"We live poverty by filling the hours of the day usefully, doing everything as well as we can, and living little details of order, punctuality and good humor."
"Love our Lady. And she will obtain abundant grace to help you conquer in your daily struggle.When you see the storm coming, if you seek safety in that firm refuge which is Mary, there will be no danger of your wavering or going down."

Priests as seen by Italian cinema (video)

 The cinema has used the image of a Catholic priest on numerous occasions throughout history. Now a photographic exhibit brings together priests in Italian cinema, from the years of silent movies to the present.

Video: Fake Catholics

 This is powerful!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Saint of the Day: Saint William of Vercelli

Today's saint is William of Vercelli also known as William of Monte Vergine.

Saint William was born in Vercelli, Italy in 1085. He lost his father and mother in his infancy and was raised by a relative. At age fifteen, he made a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. When he returned, he became a hermit in Naples and lived there in an uninhabited mountain.

After a miracle was obtained by his prayers, he was discovered and his contemplation interrupted, so he decided to move to another mountain, where he built a beautiful church in honor of Our Lady. His holiness attracted many followers and, in 1119, he established the Congregation of Monte Vergine, or Mount of the Virgin. These sons of Our Lady lived in great poverty. Saint William founded several more monasteries, both for men and women, in various places in the kingdom of Naples. He assisted the king of Naples in practicing all the Christian virtues of a worthy sovereign, and in gratitude, the king had a house of the Order built at Salerno directly across from his palace, to have him near for spiritual advice.

When Saint William died on the June 25, 1142, he had not yet written a Rule for his religious; his second successor, Robert, fearing the dissolution of a community without constitutions, placed them under that of Saint Benedict, and is regarded as the first abbot of the Benedictine Congregation of Monte-Vergine. Although his other foundations did not survive, the monastery at Monte Vergine still exists today.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

US Bishops Back Olmstead in Arizona Abortion Drama

CNA/EWTN news reports:

After Bishop Thomas Olmsted publicly condemned an abortion authorized by Sr. Margaret McBride in a Catholic hospital in Arizona, and after much public outcry, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine has released a statement supporting the Phoenix bishop's decision. 

A June 23 statement from the USCCB Committee on Doctrine addresses the Arizona controversy, and calls upon the teachings of the Holy Fathers to explain the issue at hand. “The Distinction between Direct Abortion and Legitimate Medical Procedures” clarifies Church teaching, and applies it succinctly to the Arizona case.

Read the entire story.

Pope visits Dominican monastery, praises cloistered religious life

CWN reports that Pope Benedict XVI visited a Dominican monastery in Rome today, joined the nuns for the Liturgy of the Hours, and spoke about the importance of prayer of cloistered religious in the life of the Church.

The Pope told the nuns that their vocation to contemplative life is a “sublime and gratuitous gift” which makes them “living and vital members in the heart of the Lord’s Mystical Body which is the Church.” He paid tribute to the women who have "chosen to live in obscurity" in pursuit of a higher good: union with Christ.

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Pope blesses 9-meter high 'Madonnina' from one of Rome's hills

Commercial for the World Youth Day 2011 highlights the "soul of Madrid"

St. John Chrysostom's advice to husbands

"Never call your wife merely by her name. Call her with terms of endearment, with honor, and with much love...Always begin by telling her how much you love her...tell her that you love her more than your own life."

~ St. John Chrysostom (Homily XX on Ephesians)

Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist

The Birth of John the Baptist

The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Jesus called John the greatest of all those who had preceded him: “I tell you, among those born of women, no one is greater than John....” But John would have agreed completely with what Jesus added: “[Y]et the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he” (Luke 7:28).

John spent his time in the desert, an ascetic. He began to announce the coming of the Kingdom, and to call everyone to a fundamental reformation of life.

His purpose was to prepare the way for Jesus. His Baptism, he said, was for repentance. But One would come who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. John is not worthy even to carry his sandals. His attitude toward Jesus was: “He must increase; I must decrease” (John 3:30).

John was humbled to find among the crowd of sinners who came to be baptized the one whom he already knew to be the Messiah. “I need to be baptized by you” (Matthew 3:14b). But Jesus insisted, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15b). Jesus, true and humble human as well as eternal God, was eager to do what was required of any good Jew. John thus publicly entered the community of those awaiting the Messiah. But making himself part of that community, he made it truly messianic.

The greatness of John, his pivotal place in the history of salvation, is seen in the great emphasis Luke gives to the announcement of his birth and the event itself—both made prominently parallel to the same occurrences in the life of Jesus. John attracted countless people (“all Judea”) to the banks of the Jordan, and it occurred to some people that he might be the Messiah. But he constantly deferred to Jesus, even to sending away some of his followers to become the first disciples of Jesus.

Perhaps John’s idea of the coming of the Kingdom of God was not being perfectly fulfilled in the public ministry of Jesus. For whatever reason, he sent his disciples (when he was in prison) to ask Jesus if he was the Messiah. Jesus’ answer showed that the Messiah was to be a figure like that of the Suffering Servant in Isaiah. John himself would share in the pattern of messianic suffering, losing his life to the revenge of Herodias.

"And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways" (Lk 1,76)

Rightly, then, did the birth of this child make many rejoice then and does make many rejoice today: born in the old age of his parents he was to preach the grace of rebirth to an aging world. Rightly does the Church solemnly venerate this birth, which is wonderfully brought about by grace and at which nature wonders. To me certainly the birth of the world's Lamp (Jn 5,35) brings fresh joy, for it enabled me to recognize the true Light shining in the darkness but not mastered by the darkness, (Jn1,5.9). His birth brings me a joy utterly unspeakable, for so many outstanding benefits accrue to the world through it. He is the first to give the Church instruction, to initiate it by penance, to prepare it by baptism. When it is prepared he delivers it to Christ and unites it with him, (Jn 3,29). He both trains it to live temperately and, by his own death, gives it the strength to die with fortitude. In all these ways he prepares for the Lord a perfect people, (Lk 1,17).

~Blessed Guerric of Igny (c.1080-1157), Cistercian abbot, Sermon 1 for Saint John the Baptist, §4 (©Cistercian publications)

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Symbols: Lamb; lamb on a book of seven seals; locust; camel's hair tunic; girdle; his head on a charger; scroll with words Ecce Agnus Dei or with Vox Clamantis in deserto; long, slender cross-tipped staff; open Bible; banner of victory.

Millions of dollars missing: What’s PP doing with our taxpayer money?

 I blogged about this problem a few days ago, but here's an update from the latest STOPP bulletin:

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) showed that Planned Parenthood Federation of America spent $657.1 million between 2002-2008 from federal grants and programs, but PP’s own annual reports show that it took in $2 billion from government grants and programs during the same time period. Where is the remaining 1.3 billion dollars?

There is nothing in the report that will explain why, according to a 2001 GAO report, PPFA spent $162 million in federal dollars -- 79% of its government income; yet for the years 2002-2008 it spent a total of 657.1 million government dollars -- only 32% of its government income.

American Life League broke the story on Planned Parenthood’s missing millions with Rita Diller’s June 18 editorial in The Washington Times.

As Rita explains, the report was released in response to a request from 31 U.S. senators and representatives and in an atmosphere increasingly hostile to abortion. Not surprisingly then, its findings are fueling an escalating outcry to defund Planned Parenthood.

It is time to defund Planned Parenthood. If you haven’t signed our petition yet, please do so now and pass it on to everyone on your e-mail list. Educate the people in your community by writing letters to the editor, talking to the different churches, forming a STOPP group, and building a solid wall of resistance to Planned Parenthood.

We have produced a flyer for your use in educating your community about Planned Parenthood’s missing millions: Click here

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Video: The Bishop and the Bishops

 When it comes to being a bishop, the bishop of Rome is telling the other bishops to get in line and do it now.

Pope calls for imitation of St. Thomas Aquinas' devotion to Eucharist

 Basing his catechesis for a third and final time on the legacy of St. Thomas Aquinas, Pope Benedict highlighted Aquinas’ “masterpiece,” the “Summa Theologica.” He referred to the saint's devotion to the Eucharist, making the call for all people to "fall in love" with the Blessed Sacrament.

Referring to the "masterpiece" of the “Summa Theologica,” Benedict XVI noted the saint’s “serene confidence in the harmony of faith and reason, and in the ability of reason, enlightened by faith, to come to an understanding of God and his saving plan.”

Through the work, said the Pope, the saint “illustrates the working of divine grace, which perfects our natural gifts and enables us, through the practice of the virtues and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, to attain the eternal happiness for which we were created.”

Read the full story at CNA.

CHA reaffirms support for health care bill

 I think it's about time the USCCB stepped up to the plate regarding CHA -- which supports abortion, and as such, can no longer be considered a Catholic organization.

 The Catholic Health Association (CHA) has issued a statement reaffirming its support for the health-care reform legislation that was opposed by the US bishops’ conference. Just days after Cardinal Francis George, the president of the US bishops’ conference, reportedly laid heavy blame on the CHA for the passage of the bill, the CHA approved a statement applauding the Obama reform. Without mentioning the concerns expressed by the bishops and by pro-life groups that the legislation will expand public support for abortion, the CHA said:
Once fully enacted, we are confident that the Affordable Care Act will provide access to more affordable insurance products and a greater sense of security for over 32 million people in this country that current lack these protections.
~ Via CWN.

Please Help This Single Mom Who Fought Abortion Workers to Keep Her Baby

I am writing to tell you the dramatic story of a single mom who fought abortion facility workers in order to save the life of her baby and to request your help.

On the morning of May 22, Precious was brought to the “Aid- For-Women” Abortion Facility in Kansas City, Kansas by her older sister, and was scheduled to be the first abortion-client.  However, when her older sister came out to smoke, she saw the large photo of an 8-week old baby that a Kansas Coalition for Life volunteer was holding, and the 10-week-old aborted baby photograph on the Truth-truck. These photos emotionally stirred the older sister, and she sent a text message to Precious about the graphic photos. This caused Precious to have second thoughts about having her abortion. Precious was 7½ weeks pregnant at the time. Mark Gietzen, president of KCFL, and a volunteer sidewalk counselor, spoke to the older sister, offering her financial help, even though the pro-life organization did not and still does not have much money in their account.

When Precious heard that there was “A CRAZY MAN” outside who said that he would help her financially, she decided to come out and talk about it. However, before she could leave the room, Abortionist Ronald Yoemens walked in to begin the abortion.

Since Precious had just then decided against having the abortion, she refused to lay down on the abortion-gurney. When she refused the stern verbal orders to do so, two female abortion-nurses and one male abortion-nurse, grabbed Precious by her shoulders and arms, and tried to force her to mount the gurney. This was clearly an illegal physical assault.

A fight ensued, and a Security Guard went in to break up the fight inside. Fortunately, Precious was able to escape and to talk to KCFL counselors. Emotionally distraught from the fight which had ensued inside the abortion facility, Precious talked to KCFL for nearly an hour before she was able to calm down following the trauma.

Precious is a 23-year-old student who works two jobs. She is unmarried, and has two other young children whom she loves dearly. Her ONLY reason for scheduling an abortion was her financial concerns. Precious refuses to accept welfare, even though she is struggling to feed and care for her other two children.

The following message is from Mark Geitzen, KCFL President:

Precious is not our first such save. We have had about a dozen of this kind of save at Tiller’s gate in Wichita, and one previous one in Kansas City. Normally, their financial need is immediate and short-term. Even though we offer help “until the child turns 18 years old” most of these ladies just want the reassurance that WE WILL BE THERE AS A LAST RESORT for them, in their future possible dire financial need.

In fact, we once saved a baby’s life by paying only a $47 electric bill and nothing more! Once that woman was convinced that we were serious about our offer to help her, she was satisfied, and she has yet to ask for more financial help! Others have indeed asked for on-going help, but never, in my opinion, unreasonably so. Mostly, the woman wants us to be there for her in an emergency.

I am writing to ask you for a financial donation of $50. If you can afford more, that would be helpful …if less, that is equally appreciated. To donate, go here.

Also, if it is feasible for you to do so, I want you to consider taking a shift at the Aid-For-Women Abortion Facility, in Kansas City. Babies are dying that could easily be saved! If you can take even a once-per-month shift in Kansas City, please write to me at:

Thank you for all that you have done in the past at Tiller’s gate, and thanks in advance for helping us in our current financial needs.

~ © Jean M. Heimann  June, 2010

The Rosary: Our Weapon

H/T: Michelle

Saint of the Day: St. Joseph Cafasso

He was born on January 15, 1811 at Castelnuovo d'Asti, now Castelnuovo Don Bosco, in the Province of Piedmont about twenty miles from Turin.

Joseph Cafasso was the third child of a family of four. His parents, who were known for their charity to the poor, were small farmers who had to supplement their scanty income by working on neighboring farms.

Joseph was a saint from his infancy; his sanctity was the result of victories gained over himself and it increased with his years. Although he was born with a deformed spine, he did not allow this defect to influence his need to do penance. Even in his childhood he had certain days set apart for mortification, and he fasted every Saturday in honor of Our Blessed Lady. He also attended daily Mass, at which he often served. He was gifted with a keen intellect and a good memory, and was first in his class at school.

He was ordained a priest in 1833 at the age of twenty-two. After Ordination, he was selected to be an assistant professor of moral theology at ecclesiastical college in Turin. He was a brilliant lecturer. His fame soon spread and attracted students not only from Turin but from the surrounding dioceses.

Jansenism was rampant at the time. A large number of the clergy were tainted with it; they held rigorous views and deterred people from approaching the sacraments, but their lives were far from virtuous. Don Cafasso was the apostle of hope and confidence and advocated frequent and even daily Communion. By correct explanation of the principles of moral theology, by preaching the mercy of God, and by training the young priests to work with him in the prisons among men considered by the Jansenists as unworthy of the Sacraments, he fortified them against the errors of that heresy.

When the College Rector became old and infirm, Don Cafasso took charge and was appointed as his successor when he died. There was a church dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi attached to the college, of which the Rector was Pastor. Don Cafasso had charge of the Church and spent long hours each day hearing Confessions in it.

Besides performing all his duties as Professor and Pastor, he found time for other forms of apostolate in Turin, the chief of which were teaching catechism to poor children, visiting the sick and the various prisons of the city, and giving missions and retreats.

The prisons in Don Cafasso's time were gloomy places infested with vermin. Don Cafasso visited each prison at least once a week, and some of them once a day, and spent long hours there, usually four or five hours at a time. He returned home each night bringing with him on his person, the vermin of the prison, which he jocularly called "living silver and moving riches."

He instructed the prisoners in the truths of religion, and not being in any hurry to leave, he did that work thoroughly. He prepared them for the Sacraments and heard their Confessions. There is no case on record in which he failed to convert even the most hardened sinners among them.

Don Cafasso was friend and spiritual advisor to St. John Bosco, who gave the homily at his funeral.

St. Joseph Cafasso died on June 23, 1860 at Turin, Italy. He was canonized in 1947 by Pope Pius XII. He is the patron saint of prisoners.


"We are born to love, we live to love, and we will die to love still more."

~Saint Joseph Cafasso

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Video: Sign of Peace -- Various Styles

The seminarians at St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia have a little fun with the various styles of the sign of peace.

This video depicts a parody of the sign of peace used at Mass. However, as with most parodies, this also brings out and exaggerates the reactions of some in day to day liturgies.

H/T: Creative Minority Report

Retired Bishop: Biden's Kenya Constitution Support 'Invites Canonical Censure'

Bishop Rene Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi, has called for a canonical reprimand against U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. Biden, a Catholic, recently travelled to Kenya to lobby for the country's proposed constitution, which has been strenuously opposed by pro-life groups due to its pro-abortion language.

Biden told a crowd earlier this month that the Kenya government should adopt the new constitution in order "to allow money to flow" to Kenya from other countries.

When asked about the lobbying of U.S. pro-life groups against the document, Biden told religious leaders that the Obama administration did not share the position of such groups, and said that their activities are "one of the drawbacks of democracy."

Bishop Gracida wrote on his blog Saturday that Biden "has crossed the line as a Catholic" by supporting the document.

"Now he has taken a stand on Kenya’s proposed new constitution, a stand which is probably a violation of US law and a stand that is certainly immoral," wrote the retired bishop. "Perhaps God, who knows whether or not Biden’s brain was permanently damaged by his brain surgery, will not judge him too harshly, but the Church, which does not have that kind of knowledge should certainly speak out and reprimand him."

Read the entire article at LifeSiteNews.Com.

Video: Ave verum Corpus~Hail, true Body

 This is just beautiful!


~Via Catholiques1  

A translation into English is:

Hail, true Body, born
of the Virgin Mary,
truly suffering, sacrificed
on the cross for mankind,
whose pierced side
flowed with water and blood:
May it be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet]
in the trial of death.
Oh sweet , Oh merciful , Oh Jesus, son of Mary,
have mercy on me.
Ave verum corpus is a short Eucharistic hymn that has been set to music by various composers. It dates from the early 14th century and has been attributed to Pope Innocent IV.
During the Middle Ages it was sung at the elevation of the host during the consecration. It was also used frequently during Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

The hymn's title means "Hail, true body", and is based on a poem deriving from a 14th-century manuscript from the Abbey of Reichenau, Lake Constance.[citation needed] The poem is a meditation on the Catholic belief in Jesus's Real Divine Presence in the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, and ties it to the Catholic conception of the redemptive meaning of suffering in the life of all believers.

Another singable translation may be:
Hail to Thee! true Body sprung From the Virgin Mary's womb!

The same that on the cross was hung And bore for man the bitter doom.
Thou whose side was pierc'd, and flow'd Both with water and with blood;
Suffer us to taste of Thee In our life's last agony.

O Jesu sweet!
O loving one!
O Jesu, Mary's Son!

Video: Armies Gathering

  Lucifer heads one Army while the Mother of God stands at the head of the other. You must choose, now!

Catholic Families for America Announces Endorsements for 2010 Midterm Elections

On the Feast Day of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, whose courage in the face of apostasy and government corruption should be a model for American Catholics, Catholic Families for America announced its endorsements in more than 30 U.S. House and 12 U.S. Senate races. Endorsed candidates had to fulfill a strict set of guidelines that cover every major public policy issue facing the United States today.

"For all people of faith, not just Roman Catholics, we recognize that our republic is at a crossroads," said Dr. Kevin Roberts, executive director of the group. "We can continue the politics of self-promotion, high taxation, and the insidious undermining of the culture of life, or we can get back on the road to virtuous, limited government."

Roberts also commented that his organization is purposefully targeting Catholic members of Congress who voted for pro-abortion Obamacare. He said, "Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, who the Church honors today, provide poignant examples for modern-day Catholics in fighting apostasy and government corruption."

All of the endorsed candidates fit with CFA's key policy objectives, which include preservation of the sanctity of life, pro-family tax policies, traditional marriage, and education reform. Candidates need not be Catholic in order to secure the organization's endorsement.

U.S. House:
FL-8 Dan Fanelli
FL-24 Karen Diebel
IA-5 Steve King
ID-1 Raul Labrador
IL-11 Adam Kinsinger
IN-2 Jackie Walorski
KS-1 Rob Wasinger
KS-2 Dennis Pyle
KS-3 Patricia Lightner and John Rysavy
KS-4 Jim Anderson
LA-1 Joseph Cao
MD-1 Andy Harris
MI-7 Brian Rooney
MI-10 Candice Miller
MN-6 Michelle Bachmann
NC-9 Sue Myrick
NH-2 Jennifer Horn
OH-1 Steve Chabot
OH-8 John Boehner
PA-3 Mike Kelly
PA-16 Joseph Pitts
TX-15 Eddie Zamora
TX-16 Tim Besco
TX-18 John Faulk
TX-20 Clayton Trotter
TX-23 Francisco Canseco
TX-25 Donna Campbell
TX-28 Bryan Underwood
VA-5 Robert Hurt
VA-11 Keith Fimian

U.S. Senate:
CA – Carly Fiorina
CO – Ken Buck
DE – Christine O’Donnell
FL – Marco Rubio
IN – Dan Coats
KS – Todd Tiahrt
LA – David Vitter
MO – Roy Blunt
NV – Sharron Angle
OH – Rob Portman
PA – Pat Toomey
WA – Clint Didier

Brown Renews Call For Denial of Communion to Biden After His Statement On Kenyan Constitution

 Once again, Catholic in Name Only Joe Biden is making a mockery of the Catholic faith and scandalizing the world by his public actions not only endorsing, but also pushing, the murder of pre-born children both in this country and in Kenya. What the world sees is not only scandalous, but sacrilegious, as well.

  The push for ratification of the new Kenyan constitution is exposing, once again, the pro-abortion scandal perpetrated by “Catholic” Vice President Joe Biden. Biden promised Kenyan officials he would work to “allow money to flow” if the struggling African nation passed the new pro-abortion constitution.

Judie Brown, president of American Life League, the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization is calling on Biden’s bishops in both Washington, D.C., and his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, to deny him Holy Communion until he renounces the measure.

“As Catholics, each and every one of us is bound to protect and defend the sanctity of every human being’s life,” said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. “Vice President Biden’s plan to funnel money into already bleeding Africa, should they abide by his pro-abortion plan, is scandalous, sacrilegious and murderous.”

Brown continued by calling specifically on Bishop Francis Malooly of Wilmington, DE, and Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., to deny Holy Communion to Biden.

According to Catholic Canon Law 915, those persisting in a state of grave manifest public sin are to be denied Holy Communion. It has long been held that those promoting and providing abortion access are complicit in the completion of an abortion – which the Catholic Church teaches is a grave, intrinsic evil.
“As one of the most prominent Catholics in the country, the vice president’s acts are scandalizing the entire body of the faithful,”

Brown said. “His reception of Jesus Christ’s body, blood, soul and divinity in the Blessed Sacrament cannot do other than to appear as a tacit approval from the bishops of Biden’s outspoken abortion work.”

“If Vice President Biden cannot see Christ in the Eucharist, he will never see the dignity of the child in the womb.”

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Missing Millions: Planned Parenthood has some explaining to do to taxpayers

Rita Diller from the Washington Times writes:

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on federal tax money funneled into Planned Parenthood and similar organizations raises more questions than it answers about the nation's largest abortion chain.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America's (PPFA) audits show the organization spent just $657.1 million between 2002 and 2008 from federal government grants and programs, but the abortion behemoth's own annual reports show that it took in $2.3 billion from government grants and programs during the same time period.

That's not pocket change. Why the discrepancy?

The report (the first of its kind since 2002) was released in response to a request from 31 U.S. senators and representatives and in an atmosphere increasingly hostile to abortion. Not surprisingly. then, its findings are fueling an escalating outcry to defund Planned Parenthood.

Since 2009, at least five nationwide polls have confirmed that a majority of Americans consider themselves pro-life.

Someone, then, needs to explain to all those people why $2.3 billion in tax dollars have been doled out to an organization that admits to systematically having killed more than 1.8 million pre-born babies between 2002 and 2008 and then reports it only spent $657.1 million in federal dollars.

Has Planned Parenthood managed to tuck away megamillions of our tax dollars, seemingly unnoticed? Or is that much of its government funding coming from sources other than the federal government? Or is there a problem with the way Planned Parenthood is reporting its expenditure of our federal monies?

In just two weeks, Planned Parenthood will complete its 2009-10 fiscal year. Yet it still has not released its annual report for its 2008-09 fiscal year. In light of the discrepancy revealed in this GAO report, we must ask: What is Planned Parenthood trying to keep secret?

It's time for Planned Parenthood to come clean - if such a thing is possible.

Read the entire article.

Pope John Paul II musical staged in Rome

A new musical production in Rome compresses the life story of Pope John Paul II into a 2-hour show, including 18 songs. The musical, Non Abbiate Paura (Do Not Be Afraid) was written by two Italian priests. Reviews have been mixed. You can view a video of the play here.

More Information:

NCReg. --Pope John Paul II the Musical 

Pope John Paul II -- The Musical, in Rome


St. Thomas More: My Favorite Quotes

Thomas More - saint, knight, Lord Chancellor of England, author and martyr, born in London February 7, 1477 - 78; executed at Tower Hill, July 6, 1535.

"We cannot go to heaven in feather beds."

"Every tribulation which ever comes our way either is sent to be medicinal, if we will take it as such, or may become medicinal, if we will make it such, or is better than medicinal, unless we forsake it."

"What does it avail to know that there is a God, which you not only believe by Faith, but also know by reason: what does it avail that you know Him if you think little of Him?"

"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

"But no matter how high in the clouds this arrow of pride may fly, and no matter how exuberant one may feel while being carried up so high, let us remember that the lightest of these arrows still has a heavy iron head. High as it may fly, therefore, it inevitably has to come down and hit the ground. And sometimes it lands in a not very clean place.”

"As Boethius says: For one man to be proud that he has rule over other men is much like one mouse being proud to have rule over other mice in a barn."

"What men call fame is, after all, but a very windy thing. A man things that many are praising him, and talking of him alone, and yet they spend but a very small part of the day thinking of him, being occupied with things of their own."

"Your reasons for wanting me to stay away from Holy Communion are exactly the ones which cause me to go so often. My distractions are great, but it is in Communion that I recollect myself. I have temptations many times a day; by daily Communion I get the strength to overcome them. I have much very important business to handle and I need light and wisdom; it is for this reason that I go to Holy Communion every day to consult Jesus about them." (St. Thomas More's response when friends reproached him for going to Holy Communion so often.)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Home Depot exposes children to homosexuality in celebrated style

According to the 2010 Southern Maine Pride website, Home Depot signed on as a major sponsor of its 2010 Gay Pride events. But simply financing and marching in the parade wasn't enough for the big box chain.

Home Depot also signed on as a "festival" vendor, conducting Kid's Craft Workshops for children in the midst of loud and boisterous gay activities.

To this end, Home Depot is basically encouraging the attendance of children at events which openly expose them to transvestites, cross-dressers, and homosexual activists.

Unfortunately, Home Depot's participation in the Southern Maine Pride Festival doesn't stand alone. It has also sponsored and participated in the 2010 Boston Gay Pride parade.

Gay pride events have a long track record for offensive public displays of homosexual conduct. Obviously, Home Depot is OK with the idea of exposing children to an unhealthy and risky environment. So much so, it is willing to also celebrate it by participating in its promotion, as demonstrated in these photos from the 2010 Maine and Boston events.


Send an email to Home Depot and let them know you are opposed to their support and approval of children at homosexual events. If you are a customer, please add an additional personal line to our prepared letter to Home Depot.
After sending your email, make an extra effort to protect children by calling Home Depot personally. Brad Shaw is the Vice President of Public Relations. His direct number is 770-384-5350.

Care Net on EllaOne: 'Not Just Another Morning-After Pill'

 This is one scary pill and I hope and pray that no one will take this dangerous death drug. In spite of what the FDA has said, it is not safe for mother or child.

On June 17th, an advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made a recommendation that the FDA should approve EllaOne (Ulipristal), a new drug closely related to Mifiprex (Mifepristone, the RU-486 abortion pill). Like Mifiprex, EllaOne has the potential to cause the death and abortion of an established pregnancy growing in the womb. Care Net, a national network of more than 1,100 pregnancy resource centers, strongly recommends that EllaOne not be granted FDA approval. Its ability to destroy established pregnancies, as well as prevent implantation, makes it an embryocidal drug. FDA approval without making this clear to the public would violate the public trust.
HRA Pharma, the company that manufactures EllaOne, claims that it is not an abortion pill. Care Net joins other life-affirming organizations, such as American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), who have clearly stated that EllaOne is an abortifacient of the same type as Mifepristone and its approval as an emergency contraceptive raises serious health and ethical issues.
Care Net issued the following concerns regarding approval of EllaOne as an emergency contraceptive:
1.       EllaOne can cause the death of an embryo growing in the uterus. Women seeking pregnancy "prevention" need to be adequately informed of this potential - the FDA should include a "Black Box" warning.
2.       There is an unknown impact on existing pregnancies exposed to the drug. Women who do not know they are pregnant will take EllaOne, and there are inadequate studies on toxicity to the developing embryo.
3.       Off-label use includes the potential to induce an abortion. As with Mifiprex and Plan B, this drug will no doubt be used in a manner that is outside FDA approval. The potential exists for it to be used to abort pregnancies.
4.       Taking EllaOne multiple times during a menstrual cycle carries unknown safety risks.

5.       EllaOne is unstudied among:
·         Women over age 35
·         Women who are on concomitant hormonal contraceptives
·         Lactating women
·         Adolescent females

6.       Potential for criminal abuse of drug. EllaOne could be used on an unsuspecting, pregnant woman. FDA needs to put in place proper restrictions to prevent this abuse.

Video: The Blame Game

Abortion May Increase the Risk of Autoimmune Diseases

Surgical abortion may increase the likelihood of certain autoimmune diseases, according to a new report by Dr. Ralph P. Miech of Brown University.

Fetal microchimerism - the transfer of fetal cells into the bloodstream of the mother, whence they may be grafted on to bone marrow or other tissues - is the key link between abortion and autoimmune disease, says Miech.

The researcher pointed out that as the placenta is destroyed during a surgical abortion, there is an increased "fetal-to-maternal transfer of fetal ... cells." These fetal cells may persist in the mother’s body for decades.

Read the entire article.

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Cardinal DiNardo warns against FDA plans to approve abortifacient Ulipristal

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, warned of the abortifacient nature of a new drug, Ulipristal, in a June 17 letter. 

“I am writing because of grave concern over the FDA’s current process for approving the drug Ulipristal (with the proposed trade name of Ella) for use as an ‘emergency contraceptive,’” the cardinal wrote. “Ulipristal is a close analogue to the abortion drug RU-486, with the same biological effect-- that is, it can disrupt an established pregnancy weeks after conception has taken place.”

“This drug is contraindicated for women who are or may be pregnant,” he continued. “Yet its proposed use here is targeted precisely at women who may already have conceived, as it would be administered within five days after ‘unprotected’ sex or contraceptive failure. No existing pregnancy test can exclude the possibility that a new life has been conceived in this time frame. Indeed, advocates praise this drug as an advance precisely because it seems to retain its full efficacy five days after intercourse-- that is, after the opportunity to prevent fertilization has passed.”

“Millions of American women, even those willing to use a contraceptive to prevent fertilization in various circumstances, would personally never choose to have an abortion,” the cardinal added. “They would be ill served by a misleading campaign to present Ulipristal simply as a ‘contraceptive.’ In fact, FDA approval for that purpose would likely make the drug available for ‘off-label’ use simply as an abortion drug-- including its use by unscrupulous men with the intent of causing an early abortion without a woman's knowledge or consent.”

“The Administration’s support for broad access to contraception has been defended as serving the goal of reducing abortions,” he concluded. “Plans for approving a known abortion-causing drug as a ‘contraceptive’ for American women is not consistent with the stated policy of the Administration on these matters.”



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Saint of the Day: St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Today is the Memorial of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, confessor.

St. Aloysius had a great desire to serve and know God as a young boy but his family life was not always aligned with his desire. He was born into a noble Italian family and his father was a compulsive gambler. He grew up in a castle and was trained from a very young age to be a soldier and courtier. Despite the exigencies of his family, he taught catechism to poor boys.

He encountered many holy people in his lifetime, receiving first Communion from St. Charles Borromeo and studying under St. Robert Bellarmine. As a teen, he suffered from kidney disease which he considered a blessing as it left him with time for prayer.

At 18 he signed away his legal claim to his title and his family's lands, and entered the Jesuits. He died shortly thereafter of the plague at the age of 23, having devotedly cared for plague victims in Rome in the outbreak of 1591.

He was canonized in 1726.


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"There is no more evident sign that anyone is a saint and of the number of the elect, than to see him leading a good life and at the same time a prey to desolation, suffering, and trials."

Prayer of Self-Commendation to Mary

O Holy Mary, my Lady, into your blessed trust and safe keeping and into the depths of your mercy, I commend my soul and body this day, every day of my life, and at the hour of my death. To you I entrust all my hopes and consolations, all my trials and miseries, my life and the end of my life. By your most holy intercession and by your merits, may all my actions be directed and disposed according to your will and the Will of your divine Son. Amen.

~ Saint Aloysius Gonzaga