Friday, October 31, 2008
Visit the Catholic Media Coalition for eye-opening articles on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and to download a flyer you can share with your friends. Friends don't let friends give to CCHD. The collection is on November 22-23 in most dioceses. Drop in a note saying you're giving your hard-earned money to a real charity instead of to CCHD which a witty friend defines as "Catholic Cash Helping Democrats." Since the Democratic party these days is the party of abortion, infanticide, sodomy, and perversion do you really want to be an enabler? I'm giving my money to a local crisis pregnancy center, a Poor Clare monastery, and a medical missionary group that runs a hospital in Haiti. What's your favorite charity?
A number of sources are warning about chocolate coins made by Sherwood. The product contains melamine-tainted milk and is unsafe to eat. The FDA has a webpage with a growing list of items associated with melamine contamination. Check it out and be a label reader. Avoid any food products made in China or products that use ingredients produced in China including pet foods, milk products, and certain brands like Mr. Brown instant coffees. Shop at your local farmers' market and if you are fortunate enough to live near an Amish or Mennonite farm see what products you can purchase from them. We get our milk, eggs, and beef from such a farm and we know that they don't use hormones and grow most of their animal feed themselves.
And on St. Nicholas day if you want to put those chocolate coins in your children's shoes, check the source.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I'm a movie buff; which is a hard thing to be these days because there isn't much worth seeing. Who wants to plunk down eight to ten bucks for two hours of unrelenting violence and gratuitous sex? Not me!
But the past few years have given us some refreshing new material because Hollywood's big studios no longer have a stranglehold on the film industry. Little can be better. We saw Mel Gibson think outside the box with The Passion of the Christ and produce a blockbuster. He also taught all the little guys out there how to do it. So now we've had Therese, Expelled, Bella, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, etc. which all had a respectable showing at the box office.
In fact, Fireproof, a low-budget film produced by Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, ranked number four during its release weekend. Pretty impressive for a film that only opened in 1,000 theatres and was made by 1200 volunteers including leading man, Kirk Cameron.
The movie tells the story of fire chief, Capt. Caleb Holt (played by Kirk Cameron), whose marriage is disintigrating partly due to his pornography addiction. Caleb takes a forty-day "love dare" from his dad to try to save his marriage. The movie sends a message of hope and inspiration to couples in trouble. I was particulary inspired by an interview with Cameron who says, as an actor, he promised his wife he would never kiss another woman even if it meant losing a film contract. The kissing scene in the movie was played with Kirk's wife, Chelsea, substituting for his on-screen wife wearing the same dress. The scene was shot in silouette and is very effective.
Not only that, but so many people are interested in The Love Dare that the pastors of Sherwood Baptist wrote a book after the movie was released. What started as a plot device is now taking on a life of its own with a best selling book and a website that offers help to troubled marriages.
I'm excited. A medium that has been used to do so much evil has the potential to save marriages. Testimonies coming in from couples indicate that's exactly what's happening.
Encourage your friends to see Fireproof and pray that couples in troubled marriages will be inspired to keep trying. Real love isn't for sissies. True love is not a feeling but a decision to work hard and grow in the virtues that water the garden and keep it growing: patience, kindness, perseverance, forgiveness, etc. Children need a happy home. Every married couple can have one. But it takes integrity, a commitment to keep trying, and the grace of God which is free for the asking!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Proposition 8 upholding traditional marriage, on the ballot in California, is a bellweather issue. The building block of every civilized country is the nuclear family. The family begins with the protection of marriage, a commitment of a man and woman to one another for life for the sake of the children born to the union and for their own growth in love. Pray that Proposition 8 passes.
One encouraging sign is its support by young people at American River College in Sacramento which is the largest community college in the state of California. California Catholic posted an article today about the effort to recall nine student council members because they endorsed Proposition 8. The student body soundly defeated the resolution. Kids who've grown up in solid families know that's the best place for kids. Those who've grown up in broken and dysfunctional families have the life experience to know what doesn't work. Pray for Proposition 8, for the protection of the American family, and for our poor, pitiful country. Homosexual activists have a very different plan for America than most people realize. Read Sodomizing the Culture for a wake-up call. Or go to my previous post, Same-sex Marriage and What it Means for Your Family. And vote for the traditional family on November 4th by supporting McCain/Palin. Not only does Barack Obama attack the most vulnerable member of the human family, the unborn, but he is a big supporter of same-sex "marriage," an abomination in the eyes of God. Lord Jesus, save us.
Monday, October 27, 2008
This video is so powerful I've decided to make an exception to my no YouTube rule to post it. Please pass it on to others. And please pray and fast that on election day God's will may be done.
When the Obama kids song came out showing darling youngsters singing their praises to "the one," Lori Kalner watched the video and remembered. Read her article, Hymn to Hitler below. And after you read it commit to praying the rosary novena. Say the five decade rosary every day and the prayer for our country:
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and all the instruments of His Holy Passion that Thou mayest put division in the camp of Thine enemies, for as Thy beloved Son hath said, "a kingdom divided against itself shall fail".
And now read Lori Kalner's article and take her warning to heart. Will we live in a country founded on the Judeo-Christian ethic with citizens who continue to put their trust in the Holy Trinity? Or will we become one country under godless values that moves inexorably toward a socialistic police state? The choice is yours.
"In Germany, when Hitler came to power, it was a time of terrible financial depression. Money was worth nothing. In Germany people lost homes and jobs, just like in the American Depression in the 1930s, which we have read about in Thoene's Shiloh books. In those days, in my homeland, Adolph Hitler was elected to power by promising "Change."
He blamed the "Zionists" around the world for all our problems. He told everyone it was greedy Zionist Bankers who had caused every problem we had. He promised when he was leader, the greedy Zionist bankers would be punished. The Zionists, he promised, would be wiped off the face of the earth.
So Hitler was elected to power by only 1/3 the popular vote. A coalition of other political parties in parliament made him supreme leader. Then, when he was leader, he disgraced and expelled everyone in parliament who did not go along with him.
Yes. Change came to my homeland as the new leader promised it would.
The teachers in German schools began to teach the children to sing songs in praise of Hitler. This was the beginning of the Hitler Youth movement. It began with praise of the Fuhrer's programs on the lips of innocent children. Hymns in praise of Hitler and his programs were being sung in the schoolrooms and in the playyard. Little girls and boys joined hands and sang these songs as they walked home from school.
My brother came home and told Papa what was happening at school. The political hymns of children proclaimed Change was coming to our homeland and the Fuhrer was a leader we could trust.
I will never forget my father's face. Grief and fear. He knew that the best propaganda of the Nazis was song on the lips of little children.
That evening before he said grace at the dinner table, he placed his hands upon the heads of my brothers and me and prayed the Living Word upon us from Jeremiah 1:4-5…
'Now the Word of the Lord came to me, saying,
"Before I formed you in the
womb I knew you,
and before you were born I
I appointed you a prophet to
Soon the children's songs praising the Fuhrer were heard everywhere on the streets and over the radio. "With our Fuhrer to lead us, we can do it! We can change the world!"
Soon after that Papa, a pastor, was turned away from visiting elderly parishioners in hospitals. The people he had come to bring comfort of God's Word, were "no longer there."
Where had they vanished to while under nationalized health care? It became an open secret. The elderly and sick began to disappear from hospitals feet first as "mercy killing" became the policy. Children with disabilities and those who had Down syndrome were euthanized.
People whispered, "Maybe it is better for them now. Put them out of misery. They are no longer suffering…And, of course, their death is better for the treasury of our nation. Our taxes no longer must be spent to care for such a burden."
And so murder was called mercy.
The government took over private business. Industry and health care were "nationalized." (NA-ZI means National Socialist Party) The businesses of all Jews were seized. (Perhaps you remember our story in Berlin on Krystalnacht in the book Munich Signature)
The world and God's word were turned upside down. Hitler promised the people economic Change?
Not change. It was, rather, Lucifer's very ancient Delusion leading to Destruction.
What began with the propaganda of children singing a catchy tune ended in the deaths of millions of children. The reality of what came upon us is so horrible that you in this present generation cannot imagine it.
Our suffering is too great to ever tell in a book or show in a black and white newsreel.
When I spoke to Bodie about some of these things, she wept and said she could not bear to write them. Perhaps one day she will, but I asked her, "who could bear to read our suffering?"
Yet with my last breaths I warn every Christian and Jew now in the name of the Lord,
Unless your course of the church in America is spiritually changed now, returning to the Lord, there are new horrors yet to come.
I trembled last night when I heard the voices of American children raised in song, praising the name of Obama, the charismatic fellow who claims he is the American Messiah.
Yet I have heard what this man Obama says about abortion and the "mercy killing" of tiny babies who are not wanted.
There are so few of us left to warn you.
I have heard that there are 69 million Catholics in America and 70 million Evangelical Christians.
Where are your voices? Where is your outrage? Where is passion and your vote?
Do you vote based on an abortionist's empty promises and economics? Or do you vote according to the Bible?
Thus says the Lord about every living child still in the womb…
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you…"
I have experienced the signs of the politics of Death in my youth.
I see them again now.
Christians! Unless you stand up now, you will lose your freedom of religion.
In America priests and preachers have already lost their freedom to speak openly from their pulpits of moral danger in political candidates. They cannot legally instruct you of which candidate holds fast to the precepts of scripture! American law forbids this freedom of speech to conservative pastors or they will lose their "tax exempt" status.
And yet I have heard the words of Obama's pastor Damning America! I have heard the words of Obama damning and mocking all of you in small towns because you "Cling to your religion…"
But I am a woman whose name is unknown. My life is recorded as a work of fiction. I have no fear of reprisal when I speak truth to you from the pages of a book. (Though the Zion Covenant books are mocked and condemned by the Left in America.)
I am an old woman and will soon go to be with my Lord. I have no fear for myself, but for all of you and for your children, I tremble.
I tremble at the hymns to a political leaders which your children will sing at school. (Though even now a hymn or a prayer to God and our Lord Jesus is against the law in public school!)
Your vote must put a stop to what will come upon America if Barrack Obama is elected.
I pray you will personally heed this warning for the sake of your children and your grandchildren. Do not be deceived.
The Lord in Jeremiah 1:7-8 commands every believer to speak up!
"Do not say, 'I am only a youth,' for to all whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them for I am with you, declares the Lord!"
I am in Prayer for you, and for the Church!
Spoken to you in the authority of Jesus the Christ,
the Name Above All Names,"
Copyright © 2008 Thoenebooks.com
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Authors Bodie and Brock Thoene are best-selling authors who have written over 45 works of historical fiction. One of their series, Zion Covenant, focuses on World War II. In the course of researching and writing the series, they told the story of a German woman, Lori Kalner, who was a child when Hitler came to power, the daughter of a pastor. Lori wrote a letter in September warning Americans not to vote for Barack Obama. I've quoted excerpts below but urge you to read her entire powerful warning:
"I was a young girl in Germany and lived through difficult times.The world...for many years remembered what happened politically in Germany with the Depression in the 1930s. You remember how it began and thus progressed with the horrors of war which followed.
The battle was at the beginning a Spiritual battle....
"Here is my warning to all: Perhaps it will be my last warning. (I wake up each day surprised that I am still here and not in heaven with those who wait for me!)
America and the whole world hangs in the balance now. I believe that America will stand or fall depending on who is elected President this year. Good Americans, like the good Germans of my youth, may think that the issues of their nation center around the economy. I tell you now that the fate of the greatest nation on earth does not depend on money.
"Every issue must only be judged worthy and true by the Word of God. Prosperity comes to a nation and a people who serves the Lord first. That is a basic spiritual principle which is seen in every book of Holy Scripture....
"This is where the healing of America begins: Friend, you must begin with examination of your own life first and the confession of your sins. Then pray for your nation. Ask yourself now: who supports the rights of the unborn babies and also of those who are handicapped?...
"Now, today, I hear the words and know the deeds of this Barack Obama and I know that he is a 'gifted,' convincing, fellow. He is telling you how bad you have it and saying to Americans he is their messiah and the answer to all problems. The propaganda machine loves Obama. The power of the media is much greater than in my childhood; a frightening thought. But here is TRUTH: of all men in the US government this Obama has most strongly encouraged and urged the on-going slaughter of the unborn 'the useless mouths' of America. This slaughter is performed in the name of 'A woman's reproductive rights.'
"In the land of my birth, the Holocaust all began with the first step of legalized abortion. Abortion was ENCOURAGED by a downturn in the world economics....
"I warn you, my dear American friends, with love in my heart and with my last breaths that no man or woman, Protestant or Catholic, can remain in God's favor or blessing if they vote for this Obama.... Now I say that you who are Catholic must not follow after this man Obama who is gifted in his words but NOT speaking the TRUE WORDS OF OUR LORD OR THE CHURCH! You cannot be a true Catholic Christian and vote for Obama. To vote for him is to vote for continued infanticide. To Protestant Christians, I say, you are not a Christian if you support the slaughter of the unborn!
"Christianity and abortion are spiritually impossible companions....
"Do you feel you cannot vote for Mr. McCain and Mrs. Palin, who are for the LIFE of the unborn and handicapped? If you cannot support these leaders, then for the sake of your soul, I, who have seen the spiritual destruction of many good people, Protestants and Catholics, urge you NOT TO VOTE for Obama or anyone who does not support protection of LIFE!...
"Most of my generation is gone now. You who are taking control of the world have a fight ahead of you as the memory of our peril dims. I have heard and listened closely to the voices of Sarah Palin and John McCain, and my spirit bears witness that they speak truth and are the true Hope-Bearers of your generation. Sarah is a true Deborah. Pray for her and her family and also for John McCain. You must all remember what happened to us and not repeat the same mistake of apathy. If I cannot write to you again I pray we will meet in heaven and you will tell me I helped you encourage others to do the right thing for the sake of your soul and for the nation."
Please, Catholics, take note. Lori Kalner calls on you to begin with CONFESSION. I also read an exhortation from a priest recently who said the same thing. Before the election get right with God. Go to confession and join the rosary novena that begins Monday October 27th to pray daily for God's will to be done on November 4th.
"The priest who ascends the altar in a state of mortal sin does not offer a sacrifice. He commits a murder." Fr. Leo Trese
It's Sunday morning and I hope you went to church and were fed with a wise sermon that you'll reflect on and share with others during the week. If you didn't, if your priest or pastor gave you pabluum from the pulpit, make up for it with some roast beef and mashed potatoes from one of the wonderful priests below:
Fr. Paul Weinberger
Fr. Joseph Wilson
Fr. Robert Altier
Fr. Noah Waldman
Don't keep the Good News to yourself....Pass it on!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
A friend sent me an email this morning. Read what she said. I think she's onto something. Poor baby Joey. What's on your bumper?
"Recently (since 'Joe the plumber') my husband came up behind me in the kitchen and put on the counter a little 3x5 card I have had for a few years with the picture of a medically-gloved hand holding the remains of a poor little aborted baby. RW said, 'This is Joe the baby'. It struck me so hard--I had liked that photo but the name gave it even more power. So I arranged for a sign company to make 2 magnetic signs with the photo to go on the side of our vans.... I had them make 1"x12" strips which read, "Joe the Baby" and have been driving around with that poor little baby on my door for almost a week now. No one has stolen it, and although it has not gotten much exposure because we live in a very rural area and not on a busy street, it has been in parking lots several times. No persecution yet. I guess we must decide to take the risk of persecution and this we can do if we are doing what we are doing for the sake of God in charity. May He help us Soon and very soon, maybe. God Bless. Magnificat!"
Friday, October 24, 2008
Fr. John Corapi is calling for a rosary crusade like the one that defeated the Islamic assault on Europe in 1571 at the Battle of Lepanto. If you aren't praying the rosary daily for the election please at least join the crusade for the last nine days, October 27 to November 4.
Fr. Corapi says:
"The moral demise of a nation results in the ultimate demise of a nation. God is not a disinterested spectator to the affairs of man. Life begins at conception. This is an unalterable formal teaching of the Catholic Church.
"If you do not accept this you are a heretic in plain English. A single abortion is homicide. The more than 48,000,000 abortions since Roe v.Wade in the United States constitute genocide by definition. The group singled out for death unwanted unborn children.
"No other issue, not all other issues taken together, can constitute a
proportionate reason for voting for candidates that intend to preserve and
defend this holocaust of innocent human life that is abortion.
"I strongly urge every one of you to make a Novena and pray the Rosary to Our
Lady of Victory between October 27th and Election Day, November 4th. Pray that God's will be done and the most innocent and utterly vulnerable of our brothers and sisters will be protected from this barbaric and grossly sinful blight on society that is abortion."
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Well, the indoctrination isn't just happening outside the school these days. The propaganda is inside the classroom, up close and personal. Did you think little Sally was learning to get along, be line leader, learn her letters, etc.? We can't vouch for that, but be assured that she knows what "coming out" is. Here's what a mother in Haywood, CA learned about her daughter's "education."
When one mother asked her daughter earlier this week what she was learning in kindergarten at the school, the 5-year-old replied, "We're learning to be allies [with homosexuals]." The mother also learned that her daughter's kindergarten classroom is regularly used during lunchtime for meetings of a Gay Straight Alliance club.
We're talking elementary school here, folks. That means the school is teaching kids in sixth grade (eleven and twelve-year-olds) that they're homosexuals. Talk about sick!
Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, commented, "Do we need any further proof that gay activists will target children as early as possible? Opponents of traditional marriage keep telling us that Prop. 8 has nothing to do with education. In reality, they want to push the gay lifestyle on kindergartners, and we can only imagine how much worse it will be if Prop. 8 is defeated. This is not a scenario most Californians want replayed in their elementary schools."
Any other parents whose elementary-age children have been subjected to pro-homosexual propaganda should contact Pacific Justice Institute for counsel and possible representation: Phone:(916) 857-6900, Fax:(916) 857-6902.
Read the complete article at California Catholic Daily. And pray the rosary daily for the innocence of our children.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Who is in the best position these days to know what the impact of same-sex marriage is on a culture? Massachusetts and California where citizens are living the reality. What are the eyewitnesses telling us? Mass Resistance recently posted the devastating impact on their website and I encourage you to read the whole sordid story. But here's a thumbnail of what you can expect if it comes to your home town -- and it will if Barack Obama has his way.
- Schools at every level will celebrate homosexual marriage and will brainwash children to believe it's normal. In Mass high schools have assemblies, clubs, pass out tracts, etc. celebrating homosexuality. Middle schools have homosexual teachers discussing the most graphic details of gay sex in the classroom "because it's legal." Elementary schools use gay books like "King and King" to brainwash babies in Kindergarten.
- Libraries (both school and community) will carry books advancing and celebrating homosexuality including some that are nothing but pornography. Kids browsing the stacks will be exposed the worst kind of filth.
- Public health departments will downplay the devastating impact of same-sex practices.
- Businesses will be forced to provide insurance for perverted behavior that causes catastrophic health problems. All types of businesses (restaurants, caterers, wedding photographers, etc.) will be forced to accept clients against their consciences or be accused of discrimination
- Your tax dollars will fund homosexual activists groups (they already do) to a greater extend than ever. Public service employees will be forced to attend sensitivity training brainwashing sessions.
- Lawyers will be tested on their knowledge of same-sex law issues.
- "Gay pride" events will become more and more blatant and pervasive on Main Street U.S.A. If you want to see what this means, check out the Folsom Street Fair. (warning: photos have been sanitized but are still graphic)
The answer to this is pray and fight! Ephesians 6 tells us to put on the armour of God and hold our ground. We've already lost so much ground in the last 40 years that we've been pushed to the wall. But when the wall is the cross of Christ we can withstand anything and fight back with the truth in love. Spiritually adopt a homosexual activist. Pray for him (or her) every day. Defeat evil with good. And please support groups like Mass Resistance and Americans for Truth.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
"We have a disagreement on that issue [abortion], but I do think there’s a lot of common ground that can be achieved. … I think that when you look at both candidates, I think there’s no question that Sen. Obama will be a much more effective president to help pregnant women, which is not only the right thing to do, but I think is one of the ways – maybe the only way in the short run – where you can actually reduce the number of abortions, which is something everyone agrees on.”
Let's see...here's how Obama plans to reduce abortion and assist women:
Sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) eliminating every shred of legislative protection for the unborn gained over 35 years of fighting. That means:
- eliminating parental consent/notification laws
- eliminating laws that protect minors from being taken over state lines for abortion
- eliminating laws banning federal/state/local funding for abortion
- eliminating laws requiring abortion mills to abide by the same health regulations governing other freestanding health facilities
- eliminating all laws protecting health professionals from being forced to participate in child-killing
- overturning the ban on partial birth abortion
Catholics in the Public Square describes it this way:
The bill flatly invalidates any "statute, ordinance, regulation, administrative order, decision, policy, practice, or other action" of any federal, state, or local government or governmental official (or any person acting under government authority) that would "deny or interfere with a woman's right to choose" abortion, or that would "discriminate against the exercise of the right . . . in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information."
This no-restriction policy would establish, in Senator Boxer's words, "the absolute right to choose" prior to fetal "viability."
The no-restriction policy would also apply after "viability" to any abortion sought on grounds of "health."
Anyone familiar with Roe's companion, Doe vs. Bolton, knows that "health" was defined to include not only medical issues, but the family situation, the woman's emotional state, and her age, a loophole big enough to allow abortion for any reason or no reason.
So exactly how is Sen. Obama going to reduce abortion? He isn't! He will advance it and force taxpayers to fund it. But listen to him yourself:
Barack Obama (in his Statement on 35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Decision):
"Throughout my career, I've been a consistent and strong supporter of reproductive justice, and have consistently had a 100% pro-choice rating with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.
When South Dakota passed a law banning all abortions in a direct effort to have Roe overruled, I was the only candidate for President to raise money to help the citizens of South Dakota repeal that law. When anti-choice protesters blocked the opening of an Illinois Planned Parenthood clinic in a community where affordable health care is in short supply, I was the only candidate for President who spoke out against it. And I will continue to defend this right by passing the Freedom of Choice Act as president."
So is Bob Casey delusional or just part of the flimflam snake oil salesmen crowd surrounding Obama? Barack Obama -- champion of the culture of death!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
1. Please pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet three times in a row. If you can, please put a high priority on doing this every day through Election Day.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Gays in California are working hard to sink Proposition 8, the defend traditional marriage bill. They call arguments that homosexuality will be taught to little ones in elementary school a scare tactic. Well folks, wake up and smell the coffee. Earlier this month 18 first-graders from the Creative Arts Charter School, a public school in San Francisco were taken to the lesbian "wedding" of their teacher at City Hall. Mayor Gavin Newsom who marches in gay parades and supports the gay orgy called the Folsom Street Fair (warning: graphic photos) officiated. The Protect Marriage organization supporting Proposition 8 sent out a press release alerting parents of what's coming. But will it matter? Only two parents opted their children out of this "field trip" to celebrate perversion where the innocent babies tossed rose petals and blew bubbles.
Little ones love their teachers. It's long overdue for parents to realize that the perverted public school system is beyond repair. Let the teacher your children love be you. Home school or send your children to a good private Catholic school.
I recommend Holy Family in Manassas Virginia for those fortunate enough to live nearby. They are sponsoring a fundraiser with Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz. I've printed their ad for the event below. Support faithful independent Catholic schools. They are a lifeline for families.
"Come and Enjoy a Festive Evening with Bishop Bruskewitz of Nebraska...to be held at the Officers' Club at Ft. Belvoir on Sunday, November 9 at 5:00 pm. The dinner will benefit the building of the St. Pio Chapel for Holy Family Academy. The evening will include dinner, a talk from the Bishop and the Holy Family Choir. Cost is $100 per seat or $150 per couple. Register through email@example.com or call Sue Francis at 703-830-2135."
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
"Could a Catholic in good conscience vote for a candidate who supports legalized abortion when there is a choice of another candidate who does not support abortion or any other intrinsically evil policy? Could a voter’s preference for the candidate’s positions on the pursuit of peace, economic policies benefiting the poor, support for universal health care, a more just immigration policy, etc. overcome a candidate’s support for legalized abortion? In such a case, the Catholic voter must ask and answer the question: What could possibly be a proportionate reason for the more than 45 million children killed by abortion in the past 35 years? Personally, we cannot conceive of such a proportionate reason. "
"When there is no choice of a candidate that avoids supporting intrinsically evil actions, especially elective abortion, we should vote in such a way as to allow the least harm to innocent human life and dignity. We would not be acting immorally therefore if we were to vote for a candidate who is not totally acceptable in order to defeat one who poses an even greater threat to human life and dignity."
Sunday, October 12, 2008
A friend of mine who was at the Cathedral both in the morning and in the afternoon when the arrests took place said that Fr. Lundberg, the associate pastor, did not want to have the leafletters arrested. The diocesan policy was explained to them and they were asked to move to the public sidewalk off the property where they could have continued giving out their fliers. (Incidentally, the pastor, Fr. Robert Rippy, was away and the associate is very pro-life.)But moving to the public sidewalk would have meant no publicity and without it Terry can't raise the big bucks to keep himself going. The press release was on the internet immediately after the arrests. Clearly, it was written and ready to go. So the leafletters WANTED THE ARRESTS.
I was involved in some of the earliest sit-ins at abortion mills back in the 1970s. I also participated in Operation Rescue in the 80s. I admired Randall Terry at the time. But his actions since then have cast a serious shadow on his credibility: his abandonment of his wife of 18 years, his Las Vegas divorce and remarriage to a staffer who worked on his Senate campaign, his claiming to have no money for child support while he was fundraising from the pro-life movement to build a $400,000+ house in a gated Florida community, his lawsuit over the name Operation Rescue, his use of confrontational tactics to gain publicity and use it for fundraising. All these things are seriously problematical.
I urge readers to look into Randall Terry's background and ask themselves what's really motivating these actions at churches. Is Randall Terry's first concern the defense of the unborn? Or is he looking for a new cash cow and media attention to rebuild his empire as a leader in the pro-life movement? The bishops certainly deserve plenty of criticism, but not for this I think.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
A few states around the country are now experimenting with a new definition of "marriage" that is so alien to its true nature that it will destroy that building block of the family --- I'm talking, of course, about same-sex marriage. That this perverse idea is growing is frightening for the future consequences to the moral values of the United States. People have been manipulated to see this as a civil rights issue, when, in fact, it is not. Gays no more have the right to marry than a man has a "right" to be a mother. In both cases the reality conflicts with the desire. Normally, when someone creates his own reality, unrelated to the truth, (e.g., the person who insists he is Napoleon or an alien from outer space) we consider him insane. And that's exactly what this entire movement toward same-sex marriage is -- insane.
Jesus blessed marriage at Cana because the stability of the family protects the love between husband and wife and the love between parents and children who bless the union. Same-sex "marriages" or civil unions between homosexuals do not contribute to the common good; in fact they undermine it. Children need both a mother and a father. The distortion to a child's view of life and relationships is clear from those raised in same-sex households. Dawn Stefanowicz has testified powerfully to the damage of being raised by her homosexual father and his partner.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
October 8, 2008
The upcoming election is the most critical election in the history of our nation. The very future of our nation’s foundation is at stake. Every person will be affected. If the liberals win, then our foundation will no longer be based on the traditional Judeo-Christian morality. It will gradually but assuredly be based on an ever shifting, ever moving foundation. If the liberals win, the damage can’t be stopped with elections two, four or forty years from now. America will forever be changed. We will keep seeing a gradual and growing hostility toward people of faith, especially Christians. The morals of our nation will continue to decline. Our children and grandchildren will pay the price.
In case you may think I’m a “the sky is falling” type of person, you should know: When it comes to predictions, I am a very reserved person. But not on this one. I cannot overstate the damage a liberal victory will do to our country. The upcoming election is the most important in the history of our nation. Yes, if the liberals win you will lose some of your religious freedoms and free speech rights. Churches and pastors will not be exempt. You will not be allowed to say certain things about a particular group. Every item of the homosexual agenda will be approved. All the laws protecting the unborn will be wiped away.
I cannot overemphasize the importance of the Nov. 4 election. That is why I urge you to vote and encourage your family members, friends, Sunday School class and church members to vote. America’s future – the future of your children and grandchildren – is at stake.
Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman American Family Association
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The message of Akita is a solemn warning. We need to take it seriously and pray and do penance for our good shepherds and for the conversion of our many false shepherds. On this feast of the holy rosary please pray in reparation and ask the Blessed Mother to continue to intercede for her Son to withhold our well-deserved chastisement.
"As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead.
"The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests."The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres...churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord."The demon will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them.
With courage, speak to your superior. He will know how to encourage each one of you to pray and to accomplish works of reparation."
Monday, October 6, 2008
OUR LADY AND ISLAM: HEAVEN’S PEACE PLAN
Fr Ladis J. Cizik, Blue Army National Executive Director
Islam is an Arabic word that can be defined as "to make peace." Islam is the religion founded by Mohammed, which considers the Koran as its holy book. In addition, Islam accepts the New Testament of the Christians and the Old Testament of the Jews as Divinely inspired works. Followers of Islam are known as Muslims (also: Moors, Turks, and Moslems) and, just as Jews and Christians, believe in only one God. Yet, over the centuries, Muslims have engaged in tremendous wars with Christians and Jews. It would seem that there is little hope for peace. However, Heaven's Peace Plan, involving Our Lady, is evidenced at Fatima, Portugal as well as other places around the world.
The Moors once occupied Portugal. The village of Fatima was given the Islamic name of the well-loved Princess of the nearby Castle of Ourem. She died at an early age after marrying the Count of Ourem and converting to Catholicism. Baptized with the Christian name of Oureana, she was named at birth "Fatima," like many other Moslem girls, in honor of the daughter of Mohammed. Of his daughter, Fatima, the founder of Islam, Mohammed, said: "She has the highest place in heaven after the Virgin Mary."
It is a fact that Moslems from various nations, especially from the Middle East, make so many pilgrimages to Our Lady of Fatima's Shrine in Portugal that Portuguese officials have expressed concern. The combination of an Islamic name and Islamic devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is a great attraction to Moslems. God is writing straight with crooked lines, as we will see. Fatima is a part of Heaven's Peace Plan. It is hope for the world.
In the Koran, the holy name of the Blessed Virgin Mary is mentioned no less than thirty times. No other woman's name is even mentioned, not even that of Mohammed's daughter, Fatima. Among men, only Abraham, Moses, and Noah are mentioned more times than Our Lady. In the Koran, Our Blessed Mother is described as "Virgin, ever Virgin." The Islamic belief in the virginity of Mary puts to shame the heretical beliefs of those who call themselves Christian, while denying the perpetual virginity of Mary. Make no mistake about it, there is a very special relationship between the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Moslems!
The Holy Land
The Holy Land has been a real battleground between the Islamic peoples and Christianity over the centuries. Evidence of this are the numerous churches and basilicas that have been built by the Church, destroyed by, the Moslems, rebuilt by Catholic Crusaders, leveled again by the followers of Islam, and so on over the course of history. However, there is one remarkable exception: the Basilica of Saint Anne in Jerusalem.
The Crusaders built this church and named it in honor of the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the Crypt of St. Anne's Basilica, a statue of the Infant Mary is venerated on what is believed to be the exact spot where Our Lady was born. Their great reverence for Our Lady precluded the Moslems from destroying her birthplace. The foundation for Heaven's Peace Plan at Fatima, Portugal, can be found in the Land of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
As the Moslems swept through Spain in the 8th century, a great religious treasure was buried for safe-keeping in the earth, high in the Estremadura Mountains. It was a much venerated statue of Our Lady holding the Divine Child Jesus that was a gift of Pope Gregory the Great to Bishop Leander of Seville. After the overthrow of Moorish occupation, the image was uncovered in the year 1326, subsequent to a vision of Our Lady to a humble shepherd by the name of Gil. Our Lady's very special statue was enshrined in a nearby Franciscan Monastery next to the "Wolf River."
The Moslems, during their Spanish occupation, had actually named the river. The Islamic term for Wolf River is "Guadalupe" (Guada = River; Lupe = Wolf). Hence, the famous Catholic image in Spain has been known, since the 14th century, by the Islamic name of "Our Lady of Guadalupe."
In the fullness of time, we can be sure that Almighty God knew that the Islamic religion would pose a serious threat to Christianity. God also knew that the Spanish missionaries would face grave resistance in the "new world" from the mighty Aztec Indians. The Aztecs worshipped an evil stone "serpent god" that demanded human sacrifice. It was extremely difficult to win souls for Christ from these bloodthirsty savages. However, with God all things are possible. Our Lady appeared to a humble Aztec Indian convert by the name of Juan Diego in 1531. When asked her name by Juan Diego, at the request of the local bishop, Our Lady's response, in the Aztec language, included the words "te coatlaxopeuh" (pronounced: "te quatlasupe") and meant "one who crushes the head of the stone serpent."
To Juan Diego and his fellow Aztecs, this revelation had great meaning, coupled with the miraculous image of Our Lady standing on top of a "crescent," the symbol of this evil serpent god. A tidal wave of conversions to Catholicism ensued. However, Bishop Zumarraga, who was from Spain, made what was no doubt a "heavenly mistake" that one day may lead to the mass conversion of Moslems. To the Bishop's Spanish ears, Our Lady's Aztec name of "Te Quatlasupe" sounded just like the name of the revered Madonna from Spain with the Islamic name, "Guadalupe." Hence, the bishop named the Mexican Madonna "Our Lady of Guadalupe." It is interesting that the "crescent" is also the symbol for Islam and that America's Shrine to Our Lady has an Islamic name.
Battle of Lepanto
On October 7, 1571, a great victory over the mighty Turkish fleet was won by Catholic naval forces primarily from Spain, Venice, and Genoa under the command of Don Juan of Austria. It was the last battle at sea between "oared" ships, which featured the most powerful navy in the world, a Moslem force with between 12,000 to 15,000 Christian slaves as rowers. The patchwork team of Catholic ships was powered by the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Knowing that the Christian forces were at a distinct material disadvantage, the holy pontiff, St. Pope Pius V called for all of Europe to pray the Rosary for victory. We know today that the victory was decisive, prevented the Islamic invasion of Europe, and evidenced the Hand of God working through Our Lady. At the hour of victory, St. Pope Pius V, who was hundreds of miles away at the Vatican, is said to have gotten up from a meeting, went over to a window, and exclaimed with supernatural radiance: "The Christian fleet is victorious!" and shed tears of thanksgiving to God.
What you may not know is that one of three admirals commanding the Catholic forces at Lepanto was Andrea Doria. He carried a small copy of Mexico's Our Lady of Guadalupe into battle. This image is now enshrined in the Church of San Stefano in Aveto, Italy. Not many know that at the Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Spain, one can view a huge warship lantern that was captured from the Moslems in the Battle of Lepanto. In Rome, look up to the ceiling of S. Maria in Aracoeli and behold decorations in gold taken from the Turkish galleys. In the Doges' Palace in Venice, Italy, one can witness a giant Islamic flag that is now a trophy from a vanquished Turkish ship from the Victory. At Saint Mary Major Basilica in Rome, close to the tomb of the great St. Pope Pius V, one was once able to view yet another Islamic flag from the Battle, until 1965, when it was returned to Istanbul in an intended friendly token of concord.
At Lepanto, the Victory over the Moslems was won by the faithful praying the Rosary. Even though they had superior numbers, the Turks really were overmatched. Blessed Padre Pio, the Spiritual Father of the Blue Army, said: "The Rosary is the weapon," and how right he was!
The Battle of Lepanto was at first celebrated liturgically as "Our Lady of Victory." Later, the feast of October 7th was renamed "Our Lady of the Rosary" and extended throughout the Universal Church by Pope Clement XI in 1716 (who canonized Pope Pius V in 1712).
And with that we are back to Fatima, Portugal where Our Lady, when asked her name, said: "I am the Lady of the Rosary." At Fatima, Our Lady taught us to pray the Rosary every day. Heaven presented its peace plan at Fatima and truly gave us hope for the world. Conversions were promised at Fatima: the conversion of sinners; the conversion of Russia; and what also appears to be the conversion of Islam. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
Taken from:Soul Magazine © 2001 The Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima, U.S.A., Inc.September - October 2001, page 6
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