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Monday, April 20, 2015

Archbishop Cordileone isn't the only one under fire in San Francisco....

Remember Fr. Joseph Illo of Star of the Sea parish who had the media and some parishioners after him for changing the policy of his parish to allow only altar boys? He has been under attack ever since.

Well, faithful Catholics are coming to his support with what they are calling a "Mass Mob Miracle."

This coming Saturday, April 25th they invite everyone in the Bay area to join them at the 4:30 vigil Mass to pray for the priests of Star of the Sea, Fr. Joseph Illo and Fr. Patrick Driscoll,and for Archbishop Cordileone. If you are able please help make this a successful event by attending and inviting your family and friends. Mass will be followed by a reception.

See more here and at Facebook.

And We Should Give to Catholic Relief Services...Why?

Vice President of Catholic Relief Services is legally "married" to same-sex partner.

Pray for the Lord to increase your faith, because with this kind of scandal, many (those who put their trust in men in Roman collars) will abandon the Church.

The failure of our shepherds is why faithful Catholics have an obligation to speak out. Clerics who fail to exercise their authority to watch over Holy Mother Church and the flock are derelict in their duty and they will answer for it.

Think of it -- Christians are losing their secular livelihood for refusing to cooperate in the evil of sodomite relationships masquerading as marriage. Meanwhile, Church leaders, who know the truth, exercise so little oversight that they provide high level jobs in the Church to those who actively scandalize and lead many into the sin of calling what is intrinsically evil a moral good.

Go figure!

And while you're figuring, boycott CRS and every other Church special collection. You cannot trust the bishops to exercise moral oversight of your money to be sure it is going to advance good rather than buying condoms and promoting birth control and sex ed in the third world. It's shameful, but don't let it shake your faith.

Church Mice Roar to Defend Archbishop Cordileone from the Dissenters' Snare!

The Church Mouse That Roared!
The "progressive" Catholic elite who hate Church doctrine might want to get their claws into Archbishop Cordileone, but their efforts appear to be backfiring. While 100 prominent, dissenting Catholics signed a full page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle stabbing the archbishop with their long knives and calling for his removal, a poll at SFGate found 86% supporting the archbishop. (The number of voters isn't revealed.)


What's particularly exciting is that faithful Catholics are organizing an Archbishop Cordileone Support Day Family Picnic at a popular park. The Missionaries of Charity are providing games for the children. There will be a mariachi band, a puppet show, and a bounce house. Attendees are urged to wear blue (for the Blessed Mother?) as a sign of solidarity. The group is providing drinks and asking families to bring their own picnic lunch. Videographers will be on hand to record messages of support for the archbishop or families can pen written messages instead.

What an exciting event! Makes me (almost) wish I lived on the West Coast.

Thank God for the wonderful Catholics who used evil to create an opportunity for good (just like our Blessed Lord does).

Pray for the success of this event and please sign their support petition!

Remember the fable about the mouse and the lion? The lion releases the little mouse when he begs for mercy and the mouse promises to help the lion sometime in the future? The lion laughs. What could a mouse possibly do for a lion? But when the lion is caught in the hunter's net, it is the little mouse who comes to the rescue gnawing the cords that ensnare the lion. Well...the mice are gnawing the snare set by the dissenters. Let us pray that the park is so full of "mice" on May 16th that the whole world hears their roar!


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Thought for the Day: Who Do You Trust?

"Put not your trust in princes, in man, in whom there is no salvation. When his spirit departs he returns to his earth; on that day his plans perish."  Psalm 146:3-4

Where do you put your trust? Are you a "science person" who thinks only those things that can be tested and verified are real? I know some people like that. A few are atheists. Many are evolutionists. They accept uncritically the belief (faith?) that nothing created everything.

Well, consider some of these facts about scientists and their honesty. Rampant fraud seems to be a characteristic flooding the scientific community. Ethics? Well...let's just say many scientists seem to have the same level of integrity as politicians.

Here are just a few examples to consider before you put your blind trust in the scientific princes of the world:
Scientific Fraud is Rife: "A recent paper in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that since 1973, nearly a thousand biomedical papers have been retracted because someone cheated the system. That's a massive 67% of all biomedical retractions. And the situation is getting worse - last year, Nature reported that the rise in retraction rates has overtaken the rise in the number of papers being published." 
Can Medical Research be Trusted? "The resounding verdict—much as our own five-part series, America’s Healthcare Crisis—is that medical research, medical journals, medical practice guidelines, FDA advisory panels, and doctors—all of who are bankrolled by the pharmaceutical industry—cannot be trusted!"
Science is great. Many of us wouldn't be alive today without antibiotics. I would probably not have my five children and twenty-three grandchildren because I'm Rh negative and required rhogam after each preganncy. But science has its limits and can become a monster in the hands of those who think they have the unlimited right to do whatever happens to be possible. Science without the hand of God is satanic.

Pray for scientists that they will always use their gifts and talents for the good of mankind. "First do no harm" should be the watchword, not only of physicians, but of all scientists.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Back to (Quiet) Normal -- After a Memory-Making Week

As you may have noticed by my posts today, all our grandchildren have gone home and we are back to our (too) quiet normal. We waved off our Pittsburgh family early this afternoon. This evening I wanted to post the photos of our princess (and little prince) tea party. If you'd like to see them visit Camp Kreitzer. 

Family times are sacred times. We pray together and play together, and, as parents and grandparents, we create memories. Hopefully they are happy ones. When I read about children who are abused and neglected I want even more to embrace my grandchildren and create for them and for my children and their spouses joyful times with family.

We moved around so much when I was a child and our relatives lived so far away that I had almost no relationship with any of my cousins or my grandparents. I don't want that to be the case for our grandchildren. And so, when they visit Camp Kreitzer, we consider it memory-making time. I think this summer we will buy some extra bee veils so the next time our grandchildren visit we can give them the memory of "playing" with the bees.

And speaking of memories, our oldest (We call her "Julie" after the Love Boat activity director because she always thinks of great activities during family gatherings.) on Easter separated us all into groups (adults and children mixed) and we had to come up with questions to ask our partners and then report back. Some shared what they like best about Camp Kreitzer, some asked what super power you'd choose if you could. The questions and answers were serious, funny, and imaginative and we all learned a little more about each other. It was great fun! Thanks, Alice.

And after we were done we all said night prayers together with everyone articulating what they were thankful for. I am certainly thankful for our five children, their spouses and our 23 grandchildren living and the six little angels in heaven. God has certainly richly fulfilled the blessing of the marriage covenant that we might see our children and our children's children. Thank you, Lord.

What memories are you making with your children or grandchildren this week?

RIP, Gilbert Blythe... real life - actor Jonathan Crombie. Only 48, he died April 15th of a brain hemorrhage. Anne of Green Gables fans will miss him, me included. Anne and the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice are my favorite films ever.

So many of the actors who made Anne so memorable are gone: Colleen Dewhurst so perfectly cast as the somewhat crusty Marilla Cuthbert; Richard Farnsworth as her brother Matthew, shy and sweet and absolutely smitten with a talkative little girl; Charmiion King as the rich and bossy Aunt Josephine. Ah...what joy these creative souls continue to bring to those who love Anne and her life on Prince Edward Island.

It's Enough to Make You Despair of the Intelligence of College Students

Really? You'd vote for Hillary just because she's a woman? How about Minnie Mouse for Pres? But, let's face it, college these days isn't about encouraging rational thinking. It's all about the focus on feelings. Rational thinking and decisions making is almost a lost art. Sad...the mind is a beautiful thing to waste. And this video show a lot of wasted minds reflecting the mindless wasteland of college campuses these days.

March for Marriage Next Weekend - Saturday, April 25th, 11:30 AM

Participants will gather on the mall side of the Capitol at 11:30 with by a rally and speakers beginning at noon. The March to the Supreme Court starts at 1:00 p.m. If you can't be there physically, be sure to be there spiritually. A twenty decade rosary in honor of the Holy Family can certainly magnify the success of the March. And please sign the petition here.

Every successful society has been build on the nuclear family. When the family collapses, so does the culture. Look at Rome in its later years filled with sexual corruption, prostitution, child killing, and family dissolution and you'll have a microcosm of the U.S. today.

If you love your children and grandchildren, you will fight for the family. Moms and dads matter despite the lie of the same sex establishment that they don't. No man can take the place of a mother; no woman can take the place of a father. Love your spouse and resist the siren call that you'll find paradise in the next relationship or the one after that. Read 1 Corinthians 13; in fact, memorize it. If you practice that kind of love, and you can be sure of being blessed no matter how difficult the struggle. O Lord, help me to imitate Your love for me, especially in my marriage relationship. Amen.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Faux Man May Be First "Trans-Man" on Cover of "Men's" Health

Check her DNA. She's not really a man biologically. She's a woman who mutilated her body by having her breasts cut off and pumped what was left with male hormones to produce body hair and a more muscular build. She's in a lesbian relationship with her "wife" and is likely to be the icon for "men's" health. (See article and photos here. Note that regardless of all the hormones Dowling still has a woman's hip structure. You can't fool mother nature.)

When the "ultimate man" is a woman, you have to wonder how much nuttier the culture can get.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Putting First Things First

I like to blog in defense of the faith and western culture, but it isn't a major priority in my life. That belongs to God and my family. I'll probably be blogging intermittently and shortly the next few days because we have four little granddaughters visiting at present and, when their parents return on Friday, they will bring four cousins who are staying through the weekend while their mom and dad travel to Massachusetts so mom can run in the Boston marathon.

To be honest I am never happier than when I'm surrounded by family and I always try to make things fun. So we are planning a princess tea party this week and today we made pine cone fairies as favors for the six little princesses who will participate. You can check out the fairies at Camp Kreitzer. But here's a preview. I call these the fairies with the crazy wings. We used some foam sea creatures to make coral and crab wings and a crab crown. The green "hands" started life as frog legs. But if you could see this fairy up close she looks like she has her hands on her hips, so she's the fairy with attitude.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Abortionists are cavalier about murdering babies and just as cavalier about killing their moms!

This video saved a baby in Little Rock. When the child's mom saw this video, she cancelled her appointment. Women who abort are taking their lives in their hands. Abortionists are the bottom feeders of the medical industry. Many are circuit riders who travel around the country and abort at multiple facilities with no hospital privileges in case of complications. And the reality is that many women feel coerced into abortion. I've seen some of those women when I sidewalk counseled. Guys dragged women along the sidewalk blocking their little sex toys from hearing anything that might influence them to choose life. I wonder if this latest victim felt she had no choice because everyone in her life was pushing her into abortion. If she died from the abortion which seems likely from the fact a mill worker said, "She would have died anyway," she never has to worry about being coerced into anything again.

Fr. Tom's Comment on a Hillary Presidency: Get Ready for a Laugh!

We apparently need a woman in her twilight years with a degraded sense of reality and accountability to guide America through her own twilight years, as the Democratic leadership continues to promote the decline of our nation's stamina through the degradation of an increasingly crippling debt, the blindness of amoral gratification, and the paralysis engendered by the festering resentments of political correctness.


Prayer Intention for the Kolbe Center -- Please Join

I received this email today and urge you to join in praying for this event. I recently attended a Kolbe one-day conference and it was outstanding. All the Fathers of the Church believed in fiat creation, not evolution. Why so many in the Church have jumped on the evolutionary bandwagon is beyond me. It flies in the face of not only science (where are the "missing links" in the fossil record?) but it seems to me to fly in the face of metaphysical realities. Would God who sent his Son into the womb of a human mother really make the first humans the children of apes? 

Dear Friends of the Kolbe Center,

Christ is risen!

Tonight, April 13, at 8 p.m. EST, Dr. Thomas Seiler and I will be involved in an internet debate with two atheists in a forum that gets almost 200,000 views.

Please pray that Our Lord will give us the right words to say that will open the hearts and minds of our debate partners and our mostly atheist audience to the Truth and Charity of God.

Yours in Christ through the Immaculata,  

Hugh Owen 

Unintended Consequences: Shift in Morbidity from Chicken Pox to Shingles....

...which has a much higher morbidity rate. Here's a fascinating article on chickenpox in the U.S. where vaccination is widespread vs. the U.K. where it's considered a normal childhood disease and vaccination is not recommended. There is a mounting body of evidence that the shingles epidemic is the unintended consequence of the chicken pox vaccine. When children got the chicken pox they exposed family and friends who already had chicken pox to a booster effect. So shingles was rarely seen even in the elderly if they had regular contact with children. Now shingles is being seen even in children which was unheard of before the vaccine.

But it's all a boon to big pharma: millions for the chicken pox vaccine and now a vaccine for shingles to deal with the unintended consequences of the chicken pox vaccine.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

"Love, love, and once again, love" God!

Pray today that God's divine mercy will fall on this vale of tears.

"God has given me to understand that there is but one thing that is of infinite value in His eyes, and that is love of God; love, love and once again, love; and nothing can compare with a single act of pure love of God. Oh, with what inconceivable favors God gifts a soul that loves Him sincerely! Oh, how happy is the soul who already here on earth enjoys His special favors! And of such are the little and humble souls."                                      
                                                                   Sr. Faustina's Diary #778

What will you do today for love of God?

(Note: This is the original image of Divine Mercy painted by E. Kazimierowski in Vilnius in 1934. I prefer it to the more modern image because it has more of the look of an icon and Jesus is more masculine in appearance.)