Well, well, well...Senator Arlen Specter (PA) announced this morning he's switching to the Democratic Party. Wasn't he a Democrat already? Sure could have fooled me. He was one of only three Republicans to support Obama's spenderocious package and he's been a pro-abort stalwart for years.
So why the switch? Last election (2004) he beat Pat Toomey by a slim margin and Toomey is running again from an even stronger position. Specter had the chance to sell himself to the Democrats who are looking for the magic number 60 for a veto-proof Senate. Rumours say he's been promised he'll keep his seniority and get some choice committee assignments. So he avoids a contentious (and expensive) primary fight and gets all the benefits of ACORN, etc. when it comes to the campaign.
Some political analysts say the Republican party is finished because of the "purists" who are too conservative on the social issues. They call for the party to abandon the unborn, stop resisting same-sex marriage, etc. Just cave in on all the social issues and all will be well. You know -- "It's the economy, stupid!" Nobody cares about those other issues.
I beg to differ. If the only way to win is to sell unborn children, the elderly, the handicapped, kids in school, etc. down the river then losing (Did Jesus lose on Good Friday?) may be the right thing to do. After all, our salvation is not in any political party, not even the party of "The One" who is so frequently pictured as a Christ figure.
The times are definitely serious and persecution is in the executive orders and legislation. Much of it is already in place and there is little to stop what's in the works unless the American people wake up. (All things are possible with God.)So keep your rosary in your pocket and use it often.
Today is the feast of St. Louis de Montfort who was a missionary of conversion. He said when he touched people with the rosary he never failed to draw them to God. It certainly wasn't some magic in the beads, but the fruit of so many hours on his knees before the Blessed Sacrament "touching" them and bringing them to Jesus through Mary before he ever spoke a word.
Catholics need to take seriously the admonition to "love your enemies, do good to those who hate you." One excellent way is to reach out and touch Arlen Specter, President Obama, and all anti-life politicians with your rosary. Invite St. Louis to join you. He leads straight to Jesus through Mary which was his motto. As the priest said today in his homily, when you say Mary, she says Jesus. St. Louis knew that.
The most fearful enemy that God has set up against the devil is Mary, his holy Mother....Satan, being so proud, suffers infinitely more in being vanquished and punished by a lowly and humble servant of God, for her humility humiliates him more than the power of God. St. Louis Marie de Montfort