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Happy Feast Day of St. John!

Today is the feast day of the patron saint of my Community -- the Congregation of St. John--and what a beautiful feast day it has been. Two women made their Oblature today in our local monastery, consecrating their lives to God, taking vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

Brief Biography of St. John

Jesus chose St. John, a fisherman, during his first year of ministry. He traveled everywhere with Jesus and became so close to Him that he became known as the "beloved disciple", "the disciple whom Jesus loved" (John 13:23). John reclined on the chest of Jesus at the Last Supper and he was the only the only one of the twelve apostles not to forsake Our Lord and Savior in the hour of His Passion, but remained with Him until the very end, standing at the foot of the cross. It was there that Jesus appointed him the "Son" of Mary, when He uttered, "Woman, behold your son.... Behold, your mother" (John 19:26b, 27b). John t…
The Meaning of the Season is the Birth of Jesus Christ

The ‘holidays’ exist because of Christmas the holy day

(Denver Catholic Register) The people of Denver elected John Hickenlooper as their mayor because they saw in him the common sense that guides every good leader. He earned their confidence last week. In the face of a strong and unhappy public response, he reversed his decision to retire the “Merry Christmas” lights on City Hall. “Merry Christmas” will remain part of Denver’s public celebration of the holidays for at least the foreseeable future.
Mayor Hickenlooper deserves the thanks of the city. He certainly has the gratitude of Denver’s Catholic community.
Looking back on the events of the last two weeks, a fight over “Merry Christmas” would have baffled our parents. Roughly 80 percent of Americans are Christians. The United States has the highest church-going rate in the developed world. The public institutions and founding documents of the country are filled with Christian l…
NEW STUDY SHOWS POST-ABORTION SUPPORT GROUPS WORK

(The Elliot Institute News Vol.2, No. 12 -- Dec. 7, 2004 )

A new study published in the journal Research on Social Work Practice has highlighted the importance of faith-based post-abortion support groups in helping women heal after abortion. The researchers found that women who went through post-abortion support groups with a spiritual component experienced a significant decrease in symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and feelings of shame. More than 80 percent of the 35 women in the study reported that their religious beliefs and spiritual intervention played a strong to very strong role in the groups they attended. The researchers recommended that social workers screen women for symptoms of post-abortion grief and make referrals to organizations offering post-abortion help.

Study Citation: SD Layer, C Roberts, K Wild, J Walters. Postabortion Grief: Evaluating the Possible Efficacy of a Spiritual Group Intervention. Research o…
THOMAS: One Vote is Too Close For Comfort on Stem Cell Legislation

OPINION - That was close. Too close for comfort.(The Leader) The Illinois Senate, by ONE vote, defeated House Bill 3589--a bill that would have allowed for government funded human cloning and experimentation on human embryos and fetuses, regardless of the age of the embryo or fetus. That means, had this passed, it would have been perfectly legal to take a 9 month old, unborn fetus, kill it, experiment with it, and harvest its "adult" stem cells for biotechnological reasons.I'll give the sponsors and supporters of this Frankenstienesque bill the benefit of the doubt. I'll presume that they never intended to provide the state funded legal basis for creating a market for mass fetus production. I'll presume they had all "good intentions" as the feel-good end that justifies the mad scientist means. But, ultimately, it is usually not the well-meaning, softhearted, well-intentioned public serv…
Evening Prayer Service for Healing of Abortion

Tonight, I attended a beautiful evening prayer service sponsored by the Rachel Network for anyone whose life has been touched by abortion – for those who have had abortions, for family members, friends, and counselors. It was open to those of all denominations, but had a distinctively Catholic flavor in that it focused on God’s inner healing, love, and forgiveness, and mercy. The candlelight service, which included scripture readings, melodic, meditative music and imagery focusing on the healing power of God’s forgiveness, individual reflection, and prayers culminated with individual prayer with a deacon and his prayer partner, counseling with a pro-life specialist, and the sacrament of Reconciliation.

This event was so touching – the answer to many prayers. Let us continue to pray for all those who attended the service tonight and for those who suffer from the pain and the trauma of abortion – that they will be healed spiritually, emotion…
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Our Lady of Fatima
"Heaven's Key to Peace"
"Heaven’s Key to Peace"is a riveting, one-hour documentary which explains how the world can achieve lasting world peace.

It will air in the United StatesWednesday, December 8, 2004 on PAX TV Network at11:00 a.m. (Central/Mountain)12 Noon (Eastern/Pacific) and11:00 p.m. (Central/Mountain)12:00 Midnight (Eastern/Pacific)

It will air in Canada on Vision TV Saturday, December 4, 2004 at5:00 p.m. Pacific, 6:00 p.m. Mountain7:00 p.m. Central, 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 9:00 p.m. Atlantic, 9:30 p.m. NFLDand Wednesday, December 8, 2004 at12 noon Pacific, 1:00 p.m. Mountain2:00 p.m. Central, 3:00 p.m. Eastern, 4:00 p.m. Atlantic, 4:30 p.m. NFLD

You can honor Our Lady on The Feast of Her Immaculate Conception (and the 150th Anniversary of the Solemn Proclamation of this Dogma of Catholic Faith) by watching this all-important national TV viewing. If you have cable, please check your local listings for PAX or Vision TV in your area.

Call 1-800-263-8160 or vi…
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St. Therese, Apostle of Hope
St. Therese of Lisieux,"Apostle of Hope"
St. Therese had a simple, child-like trust in the mercy and love of Jesus and, therefore, is known as the "Apostle of Hope and Confidence". During this Advent season of hope, let us ponder on her inspiring words.

"The knowledge that it was impossible to do anything of myself greatly simplified my task. Confident that the rest would be given me over and above, the one aim of my interior life was to unite myself more and more closely with God."

"My hope has never been deceived. Each time I needed food for the souls in my charge, I have found my hands filled. Had I acted otherwise and relied on my own strength, I should very soon have been forced to surrender."

"We can never have too much confidence in the good God who is so powerful and so merciful. We obtain from Him as much as we hope for."

Scripture Passage

"I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare…
FIBROMYALGIA SYNDROME
I found the following article on the Canadian Health Network. Although fibromyalgia has been around for some time, the medical community has only recently acknowledged its existence, mainly because it is a complicated chronic disease with many symptoms and they were unaware of how to diagnose and treat it. I present this article to help educate and instruct those who may have it and be unaware of it and to aid those who may have friends, family, co-workers, or others in their lives who must deal with the chronic pain of this devastating disease. The list of symptoms below represents only a partial list of the many maladies associated with this disease. Let us pray for all those who struggle daily with chronic pain.


What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia, also known as fibromyositis and fibrositis, is a common chronic disease, characterized by widespread, constant pain throughout the body, sleeping disturbances, and abnormal exhaustion. The majority of people with fibro…
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Advent Wreath
ADVENT
The Advent wreath is a special symbol composed of a wreath of evergreen, in a circle, with 4 candles, 3 purple and one rose colored.

One candle is lit every night during Advent. One purple one during the first week of Advent, the second purple one nightly during the second week, and so on, until during the fourth week all four candles are lit. Some people also place a large white candle in the center to be lit on Christmas Day. In our home, we keep a bright red candle in the center of the wreath, which we light on Christmas, following midnight Mass.

Each of the four candles represents 1000 years that the people waited for the coming of the Messiah.

The purple candles are for the sorrow we feel for not loving Jesus enough. Purple is composed of two colors -- red and blue--red representing the Passion of Christ and blue representing the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The rose candle is for the joy surrounding the impending birth of Jesus. The rose color is a combination of red, symbolizing …
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Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving!

It is the day before Thanksgiving and I am starting the preparations for a veritable feast tomorrow -- turkey, dressing, cranberries, sweet potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower with cheese, pumpkin pie, and more. The weather outside looks more like Christmas as it is snowing quite heavily and we are predicted to have six to eight inches of the white stuff today. My husband, Bill, must have been singing "Let it Snow" again, as it usually does whenever he utters those words. Perhaps, he should have been a weatherman, rather than an industrial engineer.

A Scripture Passage for Thanksgiving

"Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
for his kindness endures forever.
Who can tell the mighty deeds of the Lord,
or proclaim all His praises?"

-- Psalm 106: 1-2



Blessed Miguel Augustin Pro

Miguel Augstin Pro was born January 13, 1891, in Mexico. From his childhood, he was known for his high spirits and happy personality. The son of an affluent mining engineer and a pious and charitable mother, Miguel had a special affinity for the working classes.

At 20, he became a Jesuit novice and shortly afterwards was exiled due to the Mexican revolution. He traveled to the United States, Spain, Nicaragua and Belgium, where he was ordained in 1925. Father Pro suffered greatly from a severe stomach disorder. When his health did not improve after several surgeries, his superiors permitted him to return to Mexico in 1926.

At this time, the revolutionary government in Mexico had banned all religious practice. The churches were closed and priests were in hiding. The government was particularly focused on finding and persecuting priests. Father Pro became a great master of disguise and spent the remainder of his life in a secret ministry to the Mexican Catholic…
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Blessed Miguel Augustin Pro, S.J.
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Symbol of Life
Rachel Network Healing After Abortion Evening of Prayer

A healing after abortion prayer service sponsored by the Rachel Network of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria, IL will take place at St. Edward Catholic Church in Chillicothe on Wednesday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m.

This prayer service is open to anyone touched by abortion in any way -- husbands, friends, parents, grandparents, counselors -- as well as women who have experienced abortion themselves. No pre-registration is required. An anonymous atmosphere with subdued lighting, scripture reading and prayer, counseling, and the opportunity to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation is available. The evening of prayer is open to those of all denominations.
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St. Cecilia
St. Cecilia

St. Cecilia, the daughter of a patrician, was the only Christian in her family. Her parents permitted her to meet with other Christians in the catacombs, despite their indifference to her faith. She continually kept a copy of the holy Gospel hidden under her clothing over her heart. Her parents obliged her, however, despite her vow of virginity, to marry the young Valerian, whom she thought of as noble and good, but who was still pagan.

During the evening of the wedding day, Cecilia, an intelligent, beautiful, and noble Roman maiden, renewed her vow. When the new couple were alone, she gently told Valerian, "Dear friend, I have a secret to confide to you, but will you promise me to keep it?" He promised her solemnly that nothing would ever make him reveal it, and she continued, "Listen: an Angel of God watches over me, for I belong to God. If he sees that you would approach me under the influence of a sensual love, his anger will be inflamed, and you will suc…
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Christ the King
Prayer to Christ The King

O Christ Jesus, I acknowledge You to be King of the Universe; all that has been made is created by You. Exercise over me all Your sovereign rights. I hereby renew the promises of my baptism, renouncing Satan and all his pomps and works and I dedicate myself to lead henceforth a truly Christian life. I will try to bring about the triumph of the rights of God and Your Church. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I offer You my poor actions to obtain the acknowledgment by every heart of Your sacred kingly power so that the kingdom of Your peace be firmly established throughout the earth. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Your Kingdom come through Mary, Your Mother. Sacred Heart of Jesus, protect our families. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Heaven and of our homes, pray for us. St. Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for us. St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us. Guardian Angels of our families, pray for us.

("Prayer to Christ the King" taken and adapted from &quo…
LET'S STOP THE ANTI-CHRISTIAN FORCES

Christians are continuing to stand up and take action against the atheistic ACLU. The latest movement to fight the good fight is StopThe ACLU.org .

((WorldNetDaily Exclusive, November 20, 2004) The ACLU, says the website StopThe ACLU.org, is "relentlessly and fiercely assaulting America's foundations by feverishly working through activist court systems to impose same-sex marriage and remove all vestiges of the Ten Commandments wherever they may be posted."

Nedd Kareiva says his two main goals are to send 1 million letters to the ACLU's headquarters in New York and to coordinate a march of 1 million Americans at each ACLU office in the nation. As WorldNetDaily reported, an ACLU lawsuit against the Pentagon resulted in an agreement announced this week to ensure military bases do not sponsor Boy Scout troops.

Kereiva told WorldNetDaily in an e-mail that while there are public-interest law groups such as the American Center for Law…
Holy Pet of the Day Becomes Celebrity

Moonshadow, a 19-year-old shaded silver Persian from Illinois, reached the pinnacle of his career today, achieving celebrity status when he appeared on Catholic - Cards Pet Cards as one of the pets of the day for November 19, 2004.
http://franciscancards.com/pet.html

His past career highlights include: therapist in long-term care facilities, professional nurse -- cuddling up to sick and moody adults -- treating them to purring sessions, and professional model -- posing for all boring and personally invasive photo sessions. He continues to volunteer as chair warmer, food tester, and lap warmer.

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Moonshadow with his winter coat
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Moonshadow performing his lap warming duties
MISSOURI COURT UPHOLDS PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION

'life or health of the mother' myth prevails again

ST. LOUIS, November 20, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Missouri appeals court has ruled against a state law banning partial-birth abortions because it does not make exceptions for the so-called "life or health of the mother", a requirement imposed two years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a Nebraska case and a familiar liberal canard in upholding partial-birth abortion. It now remains for the federal court to rule if the law is unconstitutional.

Planned Parenthood welcomed the ruling and is pressing the higher court to declare the state law unconstitutional, according to Paula Gianino of Planned Parenthood in St. Louis. "We had great concerns because the bill never included an exception for women getting an abortion if they needed one for a serious or dire health condition," she claimed."We're still very much alive constitutionally when it comes to …
Silent No More Awareness

"Absolutely I regret my abortion, but I am also so very grateful that God has turned it around and has used it to hopefully help another woman."

From the pamphlet Silent No More Awareness.

http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org/
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Holy Pet of the Day - Moonshadow in the arms of Jesus
A Victory for Pro-lifers

House Bill 3589 (Stem Cell Research "Clone and Kill Bill") did not pass with amendments in the Illinois Senate, the vote was 28 yea, to 29 nay with one voting present. This is a victory for pro-lifers in Illinois. For more on this bill visit the IFRL webpage at: http://ifrl.org

Quote for the Day

The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.

~ Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Saint Rose Philippine Duschene

Saint Rose was born on August 29, 1769 at Grenoble, France to a family of wealth and political connections. When she was eight years old, she heard a Jesuit missionary speak of his missionary work in America, which sparked a strong desire within her to evangelize. She was educated at home until she was 12 years old, when she was sent to the convent of the Visitation nuns in Grenoble to continue her studies. She joined them when she was 19 without the permission or knowledge of her family.

Her convent closed quite abruptly during the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution. She spent the next ten years living as a laywoman, but continued to live as if she were still with her Order. She established a school for poor children, cared for the sick and hid priests from the Revolutionaries. When the Reign of Terror ended, she reclaimed her convent and attempted to reestablish it with a small group of sisters. However, most were long gone, and in 1804, the group…
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St. Rose Phillipine Duschene
MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH

Safety warnings added to abortion pill
Pro-life groups insist labels for potentially lethal drug not enough

November 17, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern
2000 WorldNetDaily.com

Pro-life groups say the Food and Drug Administration's new warning label on the "morning after" abortion pill is a small step in the right direction but not enough.

"Women's lives are at stake, while the FDA is fretting over political correctness," said Kurt Entsminger, president of Care Net, a group that supports a network of 800 crisis pregnancy centers in the U.S. and Canada.

The pill, RU-486, was implicated in the death of 18-year-old Holly Patterson of California last year, who died of septic shock caused by inflammation of the uterus.

Danco Laboratories' product, Mifeprex, now requires an expanded warning, informing consumers of rare, but potentially life-threatening complications that can follow any abortion.
But that is not enough for Entsminger and other…
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St. Elizabeth of Hungary
St. Elizabeth of Hungary

St. Elizabeth was born in 1207 A.D., the daughter of King Andrew of Hungary. At age 14, Elizabeth was married to Louis of Thuringia, whom she loved deeply; she bore three children. She led a simple life of prayer, sacrifice and service to the poor and sick. Seeking to become one with the poor, she wore simple clothing. Daily she distributed bread to hundreds of the poorest in the land.

After six years of marriage, her husband died in the Crusades. She became a Third Order Franciscan and dedicated her life to serving the poor. St. Elizabeth died at the age of 24 in 1231 A.D.

St. Elizabeth is the patron saint of bakers, countesses, death of children, falsely accused, the homeless, nursing services, Catholic charities, tertiaries, widows, and young brides. Her symbols are alms, flowers, bread, the poor, and a pitcher.

The New Doctor in Town

Just recently, a physician from New York relocated to Illinois to replace another doctor in his thriving medical practice. This is how the new doctor describes her "work":

"As I went through medical school, I knew that I wanted to work with women in ways that would empower them. My introduction to reproductive health was when I worked with B. H. as a fourth-year medical student, which was an amazing experience for me. On this rotation, I was surprised, however, to see that abortions were performed in the operating room, where the experience for the patients seemed so lonely, impersonal, and detached. As a family physician, I wanted to offer this procedure in ways that were more personal, caring, and supportive for the patient. I chose to do a fellowship in reproductive health so that I could learn not only how to perform terminations but also other aspects of family planning. I wanted to have training with which I could afford all women the right t…
Saint Gertrude the Great

Today, is the feast of two special saints – St. Margaret of Scotland and St. Gertrude the Great. I chose to write about St. Gertrude, who has a special place in my heart because my mother (who went to her Eternal Reward not long ago) selected Gertrude as her Confirmation name and, when she shared this with me, as a child, I wondered why she had chosen this particular saint’s name. I learned that both she and my mother had many things in common – a strong devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a fervent love for the Eucharist, and much compassion for the poor souls in Purgatory.

St. Gertrude was born in born in Germany, January 6, 1256. We know nothing of her family background. We do know, however, that she was educated at the Abbey at Halfta from the age of five. She was an intellectually gifted student and a gentle, sensitive person. She had a charming personality and others drew to her like a magnet, yet she maintained a deep sense of humility.

She later join…
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St. Gertrude the Great
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St. Albert the Great and St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Albert the Great

St. Albert the Great, a Doctor of the Church, and brilliant scientist, was born in Germany in the early 1200’s. He was educated at the University of Padua, a scientific center, and joined the Dominicans as a young man. He taught theology at several schools, including the University of Paris, where he also earned his doctorate. He was teacher, guide, and mentor to St. Thomas Aquinas and became a defender of Thomas’s writings.
Albert had a reputation for possessing a broad range of knowledge and expertise in several areas of learning; hence, he was known as "Albert the Great". In addition to theology and biblical studies, he excelled in biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geography, metaphysics, and mathematics. It was in Cologne that he became a famous scientist. There, he conducted experiments in chemistry and physics in his laboratory and built up a collection of plants, insects, and chemical compounds that gave substance to his reputation.
Albert die…
Scott Peterson Proclaims His Own "Death" Sentence

There seems to be much misplaced sympathy for a man who cheated on his wife, lied to her, lied to his girlfriend, lied to his mother, was an avid addict of pornography, and murdered his wife and his unborn son.

The people I have sympathy for are his family, Laci's family, Amber Frey, and all those whom he has deceived and hurt through his evil behavior. How outrageous that he put them through this horrible tragedy! Why did it happen? Was it pure selfishness? Is he a sociopath? Is he remorseful? What caused him to "lose it"?

I don't have answers to any of these questions, but I have been praying daily, asking God for His justice to prevail in this trial. Whether or not Scott gets the death sentence will be determined by the people on that jury and I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide them in making this difficult decision.

Either way, Scott Peterson has proclaimed his own death sentence. He was a man who sought…
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Laci Peterson with her dog
Pro-Life Groups Applaud Guilty Verdict in Scott Peterson Murder Trial

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
November 12, 2004

Redwood City, CA (LifeNews.com) -- Pro-life groups on Friday applauded the guilty verdict that convicted Scott Peterson of double murder in the trial over the deaths of his wife and unborn son, Laci and Conner Peterson. The Peterson case and controversy generated additional support for laws that protect pregnant women from acts of violence.

Carrie Gordon Earll of Focus on the Family said the Peterson verdict, "is further evidence of the growing shift in U.S. law regarding protection for all human life, including young humans who still reside in their mother's wombs."

California has an unborn victims law that allows prosecutors to charge criminals with two crimes when they kill or injure an unborn child in the course of an attack against the pregnant mother.

The outcry over the deaths of Laci and Conner also prompted Congress to pass the Unborn Victi…
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St. Josaphat
St. Josaphat

St. Josaphat, an Eastern Rite bishop, is held up as a martyr to church unity because he died trying to bring part of the Orthodox Church into union with Rome.

St. Josaphat was born in Lithuania about 1580 into a Catholic family and early promoted Catholic unity in a country divided between Orthodox and Catholic. He entered the Byzantine monastery of Holy Trinity in Vilna in 1604 and was elected Catholic archbishop of Polotsk in 1614. While clinging firmly to unity with Rome, he firmly opposed those Latins who saw unity only in Latin terms and would suppress Byzantine traditions in the name of Catholic unity. He firmly opposed the Latinization of his people and made enemies and severe critics among the Latin clergy of Poland.

Politically, the Catholic and Orthodox clergy were rivals in Lithuania, and the archbishopric of Polotsk was one of the contested sees. An Orthodox archbishop of Polotsk was appointed, and Josaphat was accused of taking office invalidly. Many of his By…
Bishop Doran Speaks out For Life

Bishop Doran from the Diocese of Rockford, IL is someone I can relate to when it comes to sharing his thoughts on abortion. Wouldn’t it be great if all our Bishops and priests would give a homily like this on Sundays? I have a little trouble understanding why they can’t. Is it out of fear of losing their parishioners or of losing their tithe? All I can say is that I am glad there are clergy out there who do speak up for life and I am especially thankful for Father Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life, and for Msgr. Reilly, Founder of the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. Both have taught me what it means to stand at the foot of the Cross. Both have saved countless lives and souls. I pray that one day they will be united with those souls in Heaven.

The Observer
(Rockford, IL, November5, 2004)

Bishop Doran's Column

The disconnects plummet us into an unreal state

One of the regional newspapers in the diocese recently had an article about an increa…
Prayer to Continue to Fight for God

Lord, if your people still have need of my services, I will not avoid the toil. Your will be done. I have fought the good fight long enough. Yet if you bid me continue to hold the battle line in defense of your camp, I will never beg to be excused from failing strength. I will do the work you entrust to me. While you command, I will fight beneath your banner.

~ St Martin of Tours, Italian Soldier, Hermit, Bishop
The Sad Consequences of Submitting to the Culture of DeathNot long ago, I received an unusual email from a homosexual male who was living with his "partner" who, for some strange reason, felt he had to justify his relationship to me. I suppose all my talk about the Bible, my Catholic pro-life views on the election, and my support of pro-life candidate Alan Keyes, made him feel a bit uneasy about his lifestyle. I also told him that the Christian hates the sin but loves the sinner, which he found difficult to grasp. In response to my comments, he wrote me an email a couple of weeks later, explaining that his relationship with his partner was based on "love", that they shared "love". His comments made me feel ill and I immediately said a prayer for him. I must be honest in saying that I feel sorry for someone who believes this lie and lives out this "sad" and "sinful" lifestyle which is so devoid of the beauty and sanctity of the covenant…
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St. Theodore Tyro
St. Theodore Tyro

St. Theodore was a Roman soldier who converted to Christianity. Exposed as a Christian, the military tribunal decided he was a good soldier who had made a mistake, asked him to reconsider, and then set him free.

Theodore then promptly set fire to the pagan temple of the mother-goddess Cybele at Amasea (303 A.D.). When arrested again, he was ordered to renounce his Christian faith, but refused and persevered bravely; accordingly he was cast into a dungeon and his flesh ripped by iron hooks so that his ribs were exposed.

Here, during prayer one night, he was consoled by a miraculous appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus reassured Him, "Take courage, my servant Theodore, because I am with you." Our Lord also told Theodore that He Himself would nourish him invisibly. This visit filled him with such joy that he began to sing; and at the same moment, Angels in white robes appeared in his prison, to sing hymns of joy with him. The jailers and guardians all wit…
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Human Cloning
IFRL ACTION ALERT! BILL PROMOTES THE KILLING OF NEW HUMAN LIVES AND HUMAN CLONING!

Please contact your state senator, today and throughout the veto session and urge her/him to vote NO on HB 3589- a bill to create the Stem Cell Research Act. This bill would set a state public policy to support the killing of new human embryos for research and in support of human cloning. As you may know, research from adult stem cells and newborn umbilical cord blood stem cells currently is helping treat dozens of diseases without destroying human lives and should be promoted instead!Call your State Senator at their Springfield office. You can reach your Senator by calling the State Operator at (217) 782-2000 and asking to be connected to their office or by going to this web address: www.legis.state.il.us/senate

Again, urge her/him to vote NO on HB 3589. Tell her/him you oppose the killing of live human embryos and the promotion of human cloning in Illinois. With the elections over, the Illinois Senate b…