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Quick Movie Reviews: When I Find the Ocean, Call of the Wild

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Bill and I have been watching DVD’s at a reduced price from a local video store nearby. Here are two I believe that you and your family will enjoy.


When I Find the Ocean (2006) is the childhood drama of young Lily Strickland who sets out on the journey of a lifetime not out of her love for adventure but out of heartache. Longing for the father she lost to the ocean (a sailor lost at sea who was never found) and having no way to say goodbye, Lily strikes out on her own, beginning a journey of the spirit and of the heart.

The year is 1965: Lily Strickland lives in Alabama with her loving mother Jenny (Redford) and her caring grandparents (Lee Majors and Diane Ladd). Lily's father disappeared at sea years ago, yet his independent spirit lives on in the young girl who never lost her belief in dreams. Lily’s mother has now found a new man to share her life with and Lily is the bearer of unpleasant secrets in his life which only she knows. With her faith and belief that her father will …

Abortionist Tiller Snaps, Runs His Jeep into Pro-lifer: DA Refuses to Charge Him

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Nola Foulston


Wichita, KS -- On Wednesday, August 27, 2008, the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office informed Mark Gietzen, Chairman of KCFL, (The Kansas Coalition for Life), that they would NOT bring any charges against Abortionist Tiller, in connection with the vehicular assault that occurred on April 5, 2006.
Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston is the close personal friend of Wichita's late-term abortionist George Tiller.

The decision was made in spite of the fact that Wichita Police obtained security camera images of the incident, which clearly show Tiller running his vehicle into Gietzen on the evening of April 5th, while Gietzen and a KCFL on-site volunteer, Randy Blasi, were standing at the edge of Tiller’s driveway, on the east gutter of Bleckley Street.
The District Attorney’s Office gave no logical explanation for their decision. However, Assistant District Attorney, Kim Parker, told Mark that she had no way of knowing whether Tiller hit him, or whether…

Faith and Culture: Mulieris Dignitatem

Colleen Carroll Campbell interviews Teresa Tomeo, author Dale O'Leary, author Genevieve Kineke, author Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, and former law professor of Notre Dame, Elizabeth Kirk all whom were delegates at the Rome Congress dedicated to the 20th anniversary of John Paul the Second's Letter to Women "Mulieris Dignitatem."

(1/3) Faith and Culture: 8/3/2008 Mulieris Dignitatem - Part 1



This video is split up into 3 parts. You can find the links to the other parts here.

New Directions in Christian Psychology

This is fascinating! If you have the time, be sure to watch this!

EWTN Original Production - Father Benedict Groeschel and Dr. Gladys Sweeny explore the recent efforts to bring Catholic and Christian values into the realm of professional psychology. View all three parts below.





Sarah Palin: Energy, Biden, and National Security

Sarah Palin is interviewed on CNBC. Listen to what she has to say about Biden and Obama.Related Posts:John McCain Selects Sarah Palin as VP Running MateSarah Palin's Edge: She's Exactly Who We Need!

Sarah Palin's Edge: She's Exactly Who We Need!

Watch these brief videos -- they convey who Governor Sarah Palin is -- she is exactly the person our country needs right now. She is a strong Christian mother of five who values and respects human life. She cares about this country and wants to change things for the better. Just watching these videos and listening to her makes me feel hopeful for our families and the future of our country. She is an authentic person - not a phony like so many politicians out there today who are only seeking money, power, and prestige. Unlike Barack Obama, she cares about our US troops, supports them, and has actually visited them in Iraq. In addition, her son who is in the National Guard will soon be deployed to Iraq. Check out this video: John McCain - Sarah Palin Visit Troops in Iraq.

Unlike Obama and Biden, who are entrenched in the culture of death, deception, and destruction, Sarah, a governor with executive experience (something Obama doesn't have), is a maverick, a woman with strong morals w…

9News coverage of huge pro-life sign protest at DNC

Denver NBC affiliate 9News gave fair and detailed coverage of the "Sheets of Shame" pro-life sign protest on a mountainside overlooking the Democrat National Convention on August 28.

For more info go to www.jillstanek.com.

Husband Test: Ladies, how well do you know your husband?

I found this test at Thoughts of a Regular Guy and decided to turn it into a meme. So here goes:

1. Sitting in front of the TV, what's on the screen?
The History Channel, Discovery, or a Cardinals Baseball game

2. You're out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad?
Ranch

3. What's one food he doesn't like?
He likes all foods.

4. You go out to the bar. What does he order?
Either a Michelob Ultra or a Bud Light

5. Where did he go to high school?
I know where, but prefer not to mention it online.

6. What size shoe does he wear?
12 DD

7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be?
German beer steins

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich?
Ham and Cheese on whole grain bread

9. What would this person eat every day if he could?
Pork and cabbage

10. What is his favorite cereal?
oatmeal

11. What would he never wear?
anything pink, a shirt with no pockets

12. What is his favorite sports team?
St. Louis Cardinals

13. Who will he vote for?
Not Obama - Biden, but the same candidates I…

John McCain Selects Sarah Palin as VP Running Mate

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What a gutsy and wise move on McCain's part to select pro-life Sarah Palin, aka as "Sarah Barracuda" -- I love that nickname! Sarah has it all! Here is a quick overview of her qualifications:

44 - year -old mom with five childrenStrong Pro-life Christian who has a Down Syndrome babyhas challenged the influence of the big oil companies while fighting for the development of new energy resourcesAs Governor of Alaska, she has challenged a corrupt system and passed a landmark ethics reform bill. has used her veto and cut budgetary spendingAs the head of Alaska's National Guard and as the mother of a soldier herself who is about to be deployed to Iraq, Governor Palin understands what it takes to lead our nation and she understands the importance of supporting our troops. has a record of bipartisan reformA life-long member of the NRA who enjoys hunting, fishing, and Alaska history.Sarah has served on numerous boards and commissions throughout the State, and stays active as …

The Super Commenter Award

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Therese from Aussie Coffee Shop has bestowed upon me the prestigious Super Commenter Award. Thanks so much, Therese! This is an honor, coming from you, dear lady, friend and advocate for human life.The 'rules' of acceptance are that you nominate 7 other bloggers to receive the award.My seven are:1. Esther of A Catholic Mom in Hawaii2. Marie of View from the Pews3. Rosemary at A Catholic Mother's Thoughts4. Owen at Luminous Mysteries5. Leticia at Causas Nostra Laetitiae.6 Sarah at Another Day of Catholic Pondering7. Teófilo de Jesús at Vivificat!

MORE POLICE BRUTALITY IN DENVER AT DNC

ABC Reporter Arrested for taking Photo's of DNC top donors

Asa Eslocker Was Investigating the Role of Lobbyists and Top Donors at the Convention




DENVER -- Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown Palace Hotel. Police on the scene refused to tell ABC lawyers the charges against the producer, Asa Eslocker, who works with the ABC News investigative unit.

A cigar-smoking Denver police sergeant, accompanied by a team of five other officers, first put his hands on Eslocker's neck, then twisted the producer's arm behind him to put on handcuffs.

Get the story from ABC here.

Powerful: Alan Keyes in Denver

Alan Keyes addresses the crowd at "Power in the Park" in Denver, CO coinciding with the Democratic National Convention. I especially like the part where he talks about St. Thomas Aquinas.

This is powerful!

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist

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The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
1608
Oil on canvas, 361 x 520 cm
Saint John Museum, La Valletta
Shortly after he had baptized Jesus, John the Baptist began to denounce Herod Antipas, the tetrarch of Galilee. Herod had divorced his own wife and taken Herodias, the wife of his half- brother Philip and also his own niece. John the Baptist declared, "It is not lawful for you to have her," so Herod threw him into prison.
Not only did Herod fear John and his disciples, he also knew him to be a righteous man, so he did not kill him. Herodias was determined to bring about John's death. From prison John followed Jesus's ministry, and sent messengers to question him (Luke 7:19-29). One day Herod gave an eloquent banquet to celebrate his birthday. His entire court was present as well as other powerful and influential Palestinians. Herodias's daughter Salome so pleased Herod when she danced to entertain the company that he promised her wha…

Priests and Other Pro-lifers Arrested at DNC

Thirteen people (including two Catholic priests) were arrested for blocking access to the Democratic National Convention in Denver.The police begin issuing warnings and making arrests about two minutes into this raw video.(The arrestees include Randall Terry, Fr. Norman Weslin of Nebraska, and Fr. Joseph Klee of Ohio.)

Archbishop Chaput on FNC Cavuto Program on Pelosi, Biden

FNC's Neil Cavuto interviewed Catholic Archbishop Chaput of Denver on August 28, 2008 about Nancy Pelosi's misrepresentation of Catholic teaching on abortion and Joe Biden's reception of Communion. Related Posts:Denver archbishop slams Pelosi on Church teachings and abortion"Ardent, Practising Catholic" Pelosi's Expert Comments on Human Life

Biden in the Confessional

After watching his speech on TV last night, Biden has many, many more sins to Confess as he told numerous lies. I couldn't believe the number of outrageous lies he told about both Obama and John McCain that slid so easily across his tongue. He certainly needs our prayers!


Aug 28 - Homily: St Augustine

Let us declare with the great St. Augustine that we have been late in loving God and yet we know that are hearts will be restless until they rest in HIm .
Ave Maria!

Mary, Lady of the prophecy of Simeon

This video is done as a decade of the rosary, ten statements, each to help you meditate on the mystery of the presentation of Jesus in the Temple. Here we find Mary listening to the prophecy of Simeon.

Abortion survivors protest the 2008 Democrat Convention

The group Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust (www.survivors.la) staged a protest at the 2008 Democrat National Convention in Denver on August 27, 2008.

They first replaced flowers on The Children's Wall as they have done every day of the convention. The flowers have remained untouched.

They then staged a "Die In," to emulate abortion deaths against a backdrop of large graphic photos of aborted babies with the caption, "Barack Obama Change This."

~ Via Jill Stanek.

Police Brutality at the DNC in Denver

Two young girls were brutally attacked by police Wednesday evening without warning as they were chalking the sidewalk with pro-life messages outside the Westin Hotel, where Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama is staying. The girls were knocked to the ground, kneed in the back, handcuffed, and painfully dragged away.

Go here for the rest of the story.

MORE IMPORTANT THAN VOTING: NATIONWIDE PRO-LIFE SIGNATURE AD PETITION

Abortion is the most pressing moral issue of our time. Like slavery once did, abortion unjustifiably denies the legal personhood of an entire segment of human society, and again like slavery, abortion is intrinsically evil. Abortion always takes the innocent life of an unborn child, and it almost always degrades and demeans the life of the mother, long-term. Abortion is completely against human nature, particularly against the nurturing nature of most women. Abortion causes more societal problems than it solves. Every human being is created by God, and has an inherent right to life and liberty. Therefore, like William Wilberforce and those who signed the petition to stop the English Slave Trade 200 years ago, we the undersigned urge those in public office, or in any position of power and influence, to stop taxpayer funding of organizations that promote abortion, and to help build a world where all human life is treated with justice, dignity, and love.

Please help tostop abortion by sig…

St. Augustine: A saint who is dear to my heart

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St. Augustine is one of my favorite saints. At age 12, I read his Confessions and was fascinated with his great love and passion for the Lord. Little did I realize at that time that eleven years later, I would stop practicing my Catholic faith and, like Augustine, it would be the long-suffering and persistent prayers of my mother that would draw me to the heart of Jesus and bring me home to my faith.
St. Augustine was a Western Father of the Church and his conversion to Christianity is well-known as one of the most important events in the history of the Church.
Augustine was born in Tagaste, Africa in 354 to Patrcius, a pagan Roman official, and to Monica, a devout Christian. Monica raised Augustine in the Christian faith, but when he went to study law in Carthage, he turned away from his Christian beliefs and led a life of immorality and hedonism.
At age 15, he took a took a mistress who bore him a son, Adoedatus, which means “the gift of God,” and at age 18, he and his friend, Honorat…

Barack Obama Cartoon: It's Never too late to Choose!

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Obama warns stations not to air radical ad

Sen. Barack Obama is warning TV stations and asking the Justice Department to intervene in an attempt to block the airing of an ad by a non-profit group that links him to an unrepentant domestic terrorist.

The spot by the American Issues Project questions Obama's ties to William Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground organization who boasted of a series of bomb attacks at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol four decades ago. MORE



My Comments: This video has been going around for awhile now -- I believe that most people have seen it. There were 175,993 views on You Tube alone when I last checked and it's been in the email. Once again, Obama is trying to cover up the truth about his past and who he really is.

August 27 - Homily: Purity of Intention

We must do all things well and in order to do all things well we must have the right intention - purity of intention, and we must look to the Blessed Virgin Mary who had the purest of intentions and ask Her for this gift.
Ave Maria!

Reflection on St. Monica

For more information on getting your family back to the Catholic faith, go to the Marian Mantle Group here.

St. Monica, Patron of Married Women and Mothers

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Today is the memorial of St. Monica, one of my favorite saints. She was a tenacious, patient and persistent prayer warrior who never gave up on her son, Augustine, a great sinner, who later became so strongly drawn to the faith that he was eventually canonized, as one of the Church's greatest teachers and philosophers and was designated as a doctor of the Church.

Monica was born in 332 to Christian parents in present day Algeria to Christian parents and married at the age 13 or 14 to an older man named Patricius, who was neither wealthy nor Christian. He has also been described as an ill tempered man who was unfaithful to her. In addition, she had to deal with a live-in mother-in-law who was constantly criticizing her. She sought refuge in God through an intimate prayer life and in her three children: Augustine, Navigius, and Perpetua. (It is believed that two other children died in infancy.) In answer to her constant prayers, both her mother-in-law and her husband Patricius conv…

Instruments of Peace (Prayer)

The prayer I recite daily set to music...



Though St. Francis-a thoroughly Roman Catholic man, did not actually compose this prayer, which first appeared in France around the year 1915 A.D., still,it embodies his spirit and vocation.

"Jesus Christ, the Liberator of mankind, is the everlasting and ever flowing source of all the good things that come to us from the infinite bounty of God; so that He who has once saved the world is He who will save it throughout all ages; "for there is no other name under heaven given to men whereby we must be saved."(Acts 4:12) If then the human race fall into sin, either through its natural propensities or through the faults of men,it is absolutely indispensable to have recourse to Jesus Christ and to recognize in Him the most powerful and the most sure means of salvation. For so great and so efficacious is the divine virtue of Christ's teachings that it is at once a refuge from all dangers and a remedy for all evils.And the cure is cer…

Catholic Carnival 187 is up!

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It's being hosted once again by Ebeth at Catholic Mom Climbing the Pillars. There are a wide variety of interesting posts there.

Here are just a few of my favorites:

1. Lionel's "Lord, How do I serve you?"

2. Jane Marcoux's The Cat Who Came To Bible Study posted at Building the Ark.

3. Sarah's post, "Difficult People at Just Another Day of Catholic Pondering.

4. Christine's post "Nancy Pelosi denies Catholicism Opposes Abortion."

5. Michelle's Grace In the Dust at Quantum Theology.

Archbishop Chaput and Alveda King Lead Vigil at New Denver PP Clinic

Vigil held at new Planned Parenthood clinic

About 2,500 people circled the new Planned Parenthood clinic Monday night as part of a vigil organized by the Archdiocese of Denver.

A niece of the late Marin Luther King. Jr., Alveda King, and Denver's Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput led the marchers in calling for an end to abortion and the closing of the clinic. Some of the marchers recited the rosary while others marched silently on sidewalks that had been previously chalked with anti-abortion messages. MORE

Best of the Blogosphere: The Democratic Convention

Jill Stanek: Breaking news: Pro-lifers unfurl world's largest sign at DNC


Go here for photos and commentary.

Amy Proctor reports: At the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, Barack Obama’s wife Michelle gave a moving speech to kick off the week long political event. She brought grown women to tears. It was great, although many political analysts thought the entire day, not only Mrs. Obama’s speech, failed to accomplish the task of healing the many fractures created in the Obama campaign over the last 19 months. Read the rest of Michelle Obama Makes the Women Cry with DNC Speech.

From Operation Rescue: Denver, CO – Operation Rescue’s Truth Truck fleet continues to roll through the congested streets of Denver, garnering reaction from media celebrities, delegates, and the “man on the street.”

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman reports that he saw reactions from Democratic Commentator James Carville and television reporter Sam Donaldson, among others. Newman also joine…

TAKE ACTION: PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS

The United States Department of Health and Human Services has publicized new proposed regulations to protect the conscience rights of health care providers. They are inviting comments from the public from now through September 19. Go there today!

The HHS press release announcing can be found here.

Comments can be submitted at http://www.regulations.gov/ or via e-mail to consciencecomment@hhs.gov.

Related Posts:

Catholic Fire: Cardinal Rigali Defends conscience protections for pro-life health workers

Jill Stanek: Action needed NOW on DHHS conscience protection regs

Christian Newswire: Proposed Regulation Would Protect Health Care Workers' Rights Says Fr. Pavone

Stop Pro-abortionists Obama and Biden: Prayer Novena for the Elections

Please join in the daily Novena Prayer for our Nation as we Prepare to Elect our Leaders at Priests for Life which begins on Monday, September 1 and lasts for nine weeks, until election day, Tuesday, November 4. The prayer is available in both English and Spanish.

Fr. Frank Pavone: "Above My Pay Grade"

We were recently treated to the remark by Barack Obama that the question of when a baby receives human rights was beyond his pay grade. At the public forum at Saddleback Church, he said: “… whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity … is above my pay grade.”

That, of course, is exactly what the Supreme Court said in Roe vs. Wade, the decision that legalized abortion in American throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Faced with a question it found too uncomfortable, the majority said the following:

“We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man's knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer” [410 U.S. 113, 159].

So what are we to think of those who speak this way? Is it vice or virtue?…

Best of the Blogosphere: Faith and Politics

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The Curt Jester's Responding to Nancy Pelosi provides some satisfaction to the confusion she created on Meet The Press.
American Papist asks the question we want to know: How will Pelosi respond?
(I'm wondering what crazy story she'll concoct next? As long as it corresponds to the Democratic pro-death agenda, she'll be OK with it. Who cares how ridiculous and outlandish it is? No one has the expert knowledge about the faith that she does after studying it so diligently.)

Jill Stanek's Democratic National Convention: Prequel
Pro-life activists from everywhere have descended upon Denver to remind Democrats what their party stands for.

Jill Stanek's Democrat National Convention: Day 1
"...a Planned Parenthood rep gave me my own "Protect Yourself from John McCain" condom, 1 of 10 varieties listing the "10 things everyone should know about John McCain"..."
Catholic and GOP's
Biden and Abortion gives us the scoop on his abortion record.
Est…

Pill Goggles

A scientific report from the University of Liverpool suggests birth control pills alter a woman's perception of who she finds attractive. ~ Via American Life League.

Denver archbishop slams Pelosi on Church teachings and abortion

In a statement eloquently titled “On the Separation of Sense and State,” the Archbishop of Denver, Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., and his Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley harshly criticized Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, for giving a confusing view of the Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion, during a Sunday interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“Catholic public leaders inconvenienced by the abortion debate” –says the statement- “tend to take a hard line in talking about the ‘separation of Church and state.’ But their idea of separation often seems to work one way.”

“In fact, some officials also seem comfortable in the role of theologian. And that warrants some interest, not as a ‘political’ issue, but as a matter of accuracy and justice.” Archbishop Chaput’s statement recognizes Pelosi as “a gifted public servant of strong convictions and many professional skills” but adds that “regrettably, knowledge of Catholic history and teaching does not seem to be one of them.” MORE

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Saint Quote of the Day: St. Louis IX

"Be kindhearted to the poor, the unfortunate and the afflicted. Give them as much help and consolation as you can. Thank God for all the benefits he has bestowed upon you, that you may be worthy to receive greater. Always side with the poor rather than with the rich, until you are certain of the truth."

~ St. Louis IX

"Ardent, Practising Catholic" Pelosi's Expert Comments on Human Life

On yesterday’s NBC-TV show, “Meet the Press,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked to comment on when life begins. Here is what she said: “I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have studied for a long time. And what I know is, over the centuries, the doctors of the Church have not been able to make that definition.”

When Tom Brokaw told her that the Catholic Church “feels very strongly” that life begins at conception, Pelosi said, “I understand. And this is like maybe 50 years or something like that. So again, over the history of the Church, this is an issue of controversy.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded as follows:
“Here is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: ‘Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception.’ It also says, ‘Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.’ Looks like Pel…

St. Louis IX, Confessor, King of France

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Louis IX, King of France, son of Louis VIII and Blanche of Castile, was born at Poissy, April 25, 1215. Louis was eleven years old when his father's death made him king.
At that time, his mother Queen Blanche of Castile, was declared regent and remained an important influence in his life.
Louis had tutors who made him a master of Latin, taught him to speak easily in public and write with dignity and grace. But Blanche's primary concern was to implant in him a deep regard and awe for everything related to religion. She used often to say to him as he was growing up, "I love you my dear son, as much as a mother can love her child; but I would rather see you dead at my feet than that you should commit a mortal sin."
At nineteen, he married Marguerite of Provence and the couple had eleven children. Louis was a model father and his children received careful instruction from him in the Christian life.
Louis brought justice to France. When, for example, a baron hanged three s…

August 25: The Simple Woman's Daybook

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Please visit Peggy to learn what the other women are thinking and feeling today.

For Today...

Outside my Window...it's very warm and humid...sunny skies... subtle signs of autumn approaching...the chrysanthemums are up and it won't be long until they're in bloom. A pumpkin plant in the backyard has blooms...

I am thinking...that it would be nice to take a cruise to Mexico and lay on the beach and do nothing. Perhaps I can escape for a daydream or a brief nap later on today -- there's too much to do right now.

I am thankful for...my husband Bill, who is so helpful to me at home and in my business. I am so thankful that the Lord provides for us in so many ways.

From the kitchen...pork chops and stir fry from fresh veggies we purchased at the farmer's market.

I am wearing...a light blue sleeveless dress and am barefoot while sitting here... sandals otherwise.

I am reading...a new book to be reviewed soon.

I am creating...a new invitation list for my Juice Plus+ wellness prese…

Catholics Against Joe Biden

I have added a new blog to my sidebar -- one that is crucially important at this time in our history. I encourage all Catholics to join and to add Catholics Against Joe Biden to their blogroll.

We all know that Joe Biden -- Obama's VP running mate is not a true Catholic -- but is a strong pro-abort who received a 100% approval rating from NARAL and a 0% rating from the National Right to Life. We need to strongly oppose him and to pray for his conversion as well.

Be sure to read: Why should Catholics oppose Senator Joe Biden?

Related posts on Catholic Fire:

Joe Biden Should Be Excommunicated

Obama Selects Fake Catholic Biden as VP Mate

A Beauty Contest for Nuns?

An Italian priest who says Sophia Loren is his ideal woman is launching a beauty contest for nuns to prove that there are pretty nuns.

The Times Online reports Fr Antonio Rungi, from Mondragone in the province of Caserta, near Naples, said he expected at least a thousand nuns to enter the "Sister Italia" contest. It would at first run online, but he hoped it would then become a "real pageant" on the lines of the annual Miss Italy contest, complete with a parade and interviews.

Fr Rungi, a moral theologian, said the nuns would not wear swimsuits or revealing outfits. He said what he valued most in a woman was "inner beauty".

Asked for his feminine ideal however, he replied "Well, I would say Sophia Loren". MORE

Via CathNews. H/T to Esther.

It's Gold!

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Esther has honored me by awarding me with the GOLD. Thank you so much Esther!! I'm so happy you received this award because you truly deserve it. Your blog is so warm and welcoming! I enjoy reading all your uplifting spiritual and inspirational posts, and particularly enjoy your Fine Art Fridays, which contain such beautiful art and wonderful commentary. Please drop by and visit A Catholic Mom in Hawaii and see if what I say isn't true.
Since I was privileged to receive this award, there are also responsibilities that come with it. One must share the "wealth." I will be awarding this prestigious award to the following bloggers:
1. Leticia
2. Deb
3. Marie
4. Ebeth

5. Sarah R.
The Blogging Friends Forever Rules are:
1. Only five people allowed.
2. Four have to be dedicated followers of your blog.
3. One has to be someone new, or recently new to your blog, or live in another part of the world.
4. You must link back to whoever gave you the 'Blogging Friends Forever' award.

Monastic Brothers of Bethlehem... part 1

The 'Monastic Family of Bethlehem and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary'took birth in 1950, following the promulgation of the dogma of the Assumption of the Virgin. The Sisters were founded on France, soon after, and the Brothers in France in 1976. They are 2 geographically distinct Lavras of Hermits,one Congregation men, the other of women, though with similar charism lifestyle and foundation.The life of the Monks is to love Jesus through Mary, and adore the Blessed Trinity in silence and solitude . It is Saint Bruno that the religious confide in to guide them toward the hermit life. The life of the monastic family of Bethlehem is inspired by the model lauras or skites in Egyptian beginnings of Christian monasticism, where the monks lived in solitude through the week and gathered for the Holy Synaxis on Sunday. The monks (and nuns) of Bethlehem pray, work, study, eat and sleep in their cells and hermitages. The monastic day begins with evening vespers celebrated in common in …

Joe Scheidler: The Father of Pro-Life

Ave Maria! Fra Roderic recently caught up with Joe Scheidler in Chicago, the National Director of the Pro-Life Action League. In this interview, Joe speaks about his heroic fight against Planned Parenthood and the RICO laws. Ave Maria!

Who is Joe Scheidler?
Joseph M. Scheidler is National Director of the Pro-Life Action League, a national pro-life educational and activist organization headquartered in Chicago. The League is dedicated to saving lives through activism and to bringing the abortion issue to the public via the media. It has been said that Joseph Scheidler defined pro-life direct action.

Father of Pro-Life Activism
Joe Scheidler was called the Green Beret of the pro-life movement by syndicated columnist Patrick Buchanan. His book on his methods of fighting abortion, CLOSED: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion, was updated in 1993, and he has produced the videos Meet the Abortion Providers and Abortion: The Inside Story, featuring former abortionists who are now telling the truth about wha…

Love for Love

St. Therese of the Child Jesus has said, "Love is repaid by love alone." Elsewhere it is said in simpler form: Love for love, meaning God first offers us His love in the hope that we will respond by giving Him ours. This principle of action and reaction is the heart of Bl. John Duns Scotus' teaching. God first acts by willing Christ, the God-man, and the God-man responds with His Heart aflame for the love and glory of the Father. We also see God's principle of action and reaction in the predestination of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Listen now as Father explains this eye-opening principle of Love for love, action and reaction, and how it plays out in all of creation, and in our lives. Ave Maria!

Laurel and Hardy: Pack up Your Troubles

Stan & Ollie attempt to reunite a young orphaned girl with her grandparents. Be sure to watch until the end.

Catholic Conversion Story

Anna Dickey relates how Jesus Christ led her to the Catholic Church. She started out with many misconceptions about the Church and in this video she explains how God revealed Himself and showed the misconceptions to be false.

Joe Biden Should Be Excommunicated