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Monday, May 21, 2018

Study Shows 81% Increase in "Moderate to Highly Increased Risk" of Mental Health Problems for Post Aborted Women

The "sample comprised 22 studies, 36 measures of effect and 877 181 participants (163 831 
experienced an abortion)." The abstract of the study reports:
 Women who had undergone an abortion experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health problems, and nearly 10% of the incidence of mental health problems was shown to be attributable to abortion. The strongest subgroup estimates of increased risk occurred when abortion was compared with term pregnancy and when the outcomes pertained to substance use and suicidal behaviour. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Meditation: Jesus, the Man of Sorrows

Albrecht Dürer 1493
Have you ever reflected on the title of Jesus, Man of Sorrows? I have thought of little else these past ten days. God, Who made us for Himself, suffers even to the point of sacrificing every drop of His blood out of love for us, a love wrapped in suffering -- And all for our salvation.

Think of the awesomeness of that. God, in his divinity, can't suffer. He can't weep. He can't "feel sad" or be unhappy. But after the fall of man brought suffering into the world, God wanted us to realize that human suffering has meaning. It isn't pointless. It isn't a waste. It isn't the lying  mantra that, "Life's a bitch and then you die." Suffering means something. Even when our hearts rebel against it, we can embrace the pain in the knowledge that God will bring good out of it. Yes, let me say that again. No matter how heart-shattering our grief, God will bring good out of it! My Jesus, I trust in You!

The Second Person of the Blessed Trinity became a man -- "like us in all things but sin." He suffered in every way a person can suffer. He suffered physically from the wounds so eloquently witnessed to on the Shroud of Turin. He suffered mentally by the abandonment of his friends and the knowledge that so many would reject him to the point of willingly entering hell rather than accepting His love and mercy. He suffered spiritually, afflicted by the assaults and temptations of the devil with his lies and empty promises.

Friday, May 18, 2018

On My Knees, I Come to You, O Lord


There was a time when every Catholic Church in the world had some things in common, such as an altar against the wall, a tabernacle, a pulpit, and a communion rail. 

Tis the Season for Confirmation! All you Saints of God, pray for us.

Two of our grandchildren, Zack and Grace, are making Confirmation next week. Zack chose St. Benedict for his patron and Grace chose St. Teresa of Calcutta. In their honor I post these pictures with the promise that we will be praying for them to their adopted saints with the confidence that they will grow in the virtues shown so powerfully by their selected special friends among the prayer warriors of God.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Pray for Ireland! Pray the Rosary and Make Holy Hours to Defeat the Move to Gut the 8th Amendment!

Darling Brendan, please pray for the babies of Ireland! Please offer all your sufferings joined with the sufferings of Christ to defeat the Culture of Death in Ireland. Read more here...


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Little Warrior, Alfie Evans, Goes to His Final Resting Place -- Baby Alfie, Pray for Us!

Tom Evans carries his little warrior to his final resting place.
Alfie's parents bury their precious son!

It looks like one more victory for the culture of death, but it isn't! Where sin abounds, grace abounds even more. The agony of Alfie in the hospital room and his personal crucifixion ends up, like Christ's, in Resurrection and Pentecost.

I'm praying to little Alfie for the defeat of the satanic forces working to gut the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution (May 25th) that defends the right of babies in the womb. I have no doubt the little warrior is on the job!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Depression is Up -- Especially in the Young!

Electronics can't even begin to explain the rise in despair!
Major Depression Diagnoses Way Up Since 2013
  • A study has found that major depression cases have risen by 33 percent since 2013
  • Teens and millennials are showing the largest jump in diagnoses
  • Doctors are looking at increased social media and electronics use as a cause

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Easy Road to Hell


In a comment on a previous post, our editor, Mary Ann said referring to past generations, “Life was harder but it was healthier. Hard work taught valuable lessons and kept kids out of trouble.”
WOW!  That statement says a LOT.
What made life healthier?  Life was not nearly so infected with vulgar temptations on a nonstop basis.  Our government had not deprived us of the “food for thought” we all need in our lives----symbols of faith such as stone tablets with the Ten Commandments on them at our court houses,
prayer in schools, songs in music classes that echoed what we heard in church, and elected leaders who were not afraid to give credit to the Creator for the blessings we have, knowing it is from the Almighty that all things come.  Mothers were doing what mothers do best and fathers were providing for and protecting them.  Kids were reared by their parents and not the state.  They belonged to and were the responsibility of their parents and not “the village.”  Those same parents had the best interest of the child in mind and not the needs of society at large, run by men that see in youth only a future work force or a passive electorate and not a little soul in need of salvation. 
When it comes to “hard work and valuable lessons” one wonders today if the word hard has lost most of its meaning.  The Church teaches us that we should fast, but that’s hard and most resist doing it, or engage in it very seldom, and only when nearly forced to do so.  We want everything to be easy and consequently we have very little self-mastery.  When you have trouble understanding or begin to believe that doing what is hard is not worth the effort, you eventually look for the very wide path of least resistance. 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

It's Hug Your Mom Double Day!



As I was thinking about Mother's Day this morning, it occurred to me how many things have changed for moms over the years. The challenges of parenting are a lot different today than for moms raising their families in colonial times or as the country moved west in Conestoga wagons. Think of a world with no cars, no cell phones (no phones at all!), of wood-burning stoves and gas lamps. Think of a quieter time with no radio, no TV, no films, no computers, no ipods, ipads, or tablets; a world where entertainment was games: mumblety peg, jacks, red rover; play-acting, reciting, music: fiddles, harmonicas, and jews harps -- a world with no labor saving devices: no washers, dryers, microwaves or hairdryers.

And yet, the essentials of motherhood remain: loving our children and grandchildren with a word of wisdom, or encouragement or solace or just silent presence (with a cookie accompaniment) -- laughing and celebrating in the good times; crying through the hard times; sharing, loving, living, and praying through all the moments given to us by God with our families.

A Mother's Day hug to all moms today and all children of moms! What a blessing God gave us when He came to earth through a woman we call Mother Mary.


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Faith and Suffering

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.
Those of you who know me personally are aware that our family has experienced a profound tragedy that has sunk us all into deep pain and grief. It is the kind of suffering that shakes you to the core and begs for answers. There aren't any. I feel like I've been gripped by a huge wave, swirling out of control, wondering if I'll ever come up for air. As a mother and grandmother, I look at all those I love around me and suffer for myself and them. Can a person really die of a broken heart?

And so I search, not for answers, but for meaning. Why do we suffer? If there's no purpose then life is meaningless, "full of sound and fury and signifying nothing."

Sodomy is the New Catholic Marriage

"Yes, Holy Father. I told the holy sodomites, 
Soon, soon...your sin will be ok'd by the Church."
On April 24th Belgian Cardinal Jozef De Kesel, the Cardinal-Archbishop of Brussels, said, "The Church must respect homosexuals and lesbians more, also in their experience of sexuality. Twenty years ago I would have spoken differently about it than is the case now. I would then have followed the official teaching of the Church. I now look at it much more 'comprehensively' where respect is central." [He rejects "the official teaching of the Church" in favor of his own personal opinion of respecting sin.]
He went on to say that an ecclesiastical prayer from the Catholic Church is possible for a sodomite relationship between two men or two women as long as it does not start to look like an ecclesiastical marriage between one man and one woman. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Thought for the Day: The Scourge of Our Time is Nihilism

From Merriam-Webster
The answer to nihilism: faith, hope, & the example of the saints

Nihilism:

1.  a : a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless

Nihilism is a condition in which all ultimate values lose their value.
—Ronald H. Nash
     
 b : a doctrine that denies any objective ground of truth and especially of moral truths

2.  a: a doctrine or belief that conditions in the social organization are so bad as to make destruction desirable for its own sake independent of any constructive program or possibility
     
b: capitalized : the program of a 19th century Russian party advocating revolutionary reform and using terrorism and assassination

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Sooooo...did you hear about the Met Gala Featuring Fashions "Inspired" by the Catholic Church?

These must have come from the collections of sex abusers. A pretty dress for the men who like to dress as women and a bondage mask to go with your S & M kit! Fr. James Martin was on board with this and attended the gala...as did Timothy Cardinal Dolan whose statement is after the break.

Question: Isn't this cultural appropriation? Why are the liberals not screaming about secularists and Cathlic haters dressing up Catholic? Remember how they attacked the mom of the little girl who dressed like a Geisha for a birthday tea? Once again the hypocrisy of the Left is front and center!

Note the bondage mask with the crosses and beads mimicking the rosary.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Thank God for Poland!

Remember all the old "Polak" jokes. Well the joke's on us. Poland appears to be one of the few countries in the world that hasn't gone completely insane, which is no doubt why the Left has Poland in its crosshairs. Can't let Poland influence or obstruct the agenda, eh? -- especially using the rosary!
The left’s new target is Poland & Polish Americans. Here is why...
Here's just a bit from the article:

Thank God for a Few Good Priests! Like Alfie's Defender Don Gabriele Brusco

This photo of Fr. Brusco is on the parish website of Our Lady of Lourdes in London where he serves as an associate pastor. He was ordered by Archbishop McMahon of lIverpool to leave Alder Hey and the bedside of Alfie Evans and return to the parish. Why? For daring to warn the staff about their culpability in cooperating with evil. Watch for further punishent of this good priest.
If you've followed Alfie's story, you know that there was one heroic spiritual presence accompanying (to use Pope Francis' word) the family. Fr. Gabriele Brusco never wavered in his support of Baby Alfie. He gave the toddler the sacraments of Confirmation and the Anointing of the Sick and challenged the staff at Alder Hey not to cooperate with evil. I read this testimonial to Father's heroic witness at Torch of the Faith:

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Heartbeat Bill Passes in Iowa: Court Challenge Inevitable

Iowa governor Kim Reynolds signs abortion bill
flanked by pro-life supporters. 
Iowa Governor Signs Bill Banning Most Abortions after Six Weeks

I remember back in 1973 after Roe v. Wade when all the dim bulbs on the left predicted the issue was over and abortion would be accepted within a few months. Little did they know they had lit a fuse that would create one of the longest civil wars in American history.

While feminists and gays joined ranks under the slogan "my body, my choice," pro-life Americans opened centers for women and began sidewalk counseling outside abortion mills. The technology advanced and ultrasound opened a window to the womb.

Priest Who Ministered to Alfie and His Family Denied Attendance at the Baby's Funeral

Fr. Gabriele Brusco, Alfie's good shepherd
Fr. Gabriele Brusco has been forced out of England by the UK bishops and refused incardination in the Diocese of Westminster. That's what happens when you speak the truth.

And it also appears that Father was an eyewitness to the hospital's dosing the child with the drug cocktail followed by his death two hours later.

Read the report here and please continue to pray for Alfie's family. The bishops' behavior brings to mind another bench of English bishops who bowed to the will of another tyrant.

St. John Fisher, faithful shepherd who died for refusing to cooperate with evil, please pray for all those clerics who walk in the footsteps of Christ.

Lord, Jesus Christ, give us shepherds after your own heart. Remove the false shepherds from our midst! Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Guest Post: On the Unraveling of Mark Shea

All Mark Shea fans,
follow me!
by Antigon

Editor's Note: I received this response to yesterday's post about Mark Shea and baby Alfie Evans. I think it warrants its own post.

Mark Shea is a genuinely sad case. Deciding to become a virulent Bergoglio man, he has pretty clearly abandoned what he would have called, back when he still had some wit, the-thing-that-used-to-be-Catholicism. So, however painfully depressing, it's not surprising he also seems fairly well to have lost his mind.
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His constant and truly frenzied rants are now, in substance, little different from folk like Kathy Griffin or Kurt Eichenwald, however occasionally dressed with an unconvincing RC veneer. He claims still to be against abortion, but writes post after post denouncing any who seriously fight it; didn't just oppose Trump, but openly promoted the election of Hillary Clinton; insists we are obliged to accept Roe is forever, and work instead for the destruction of the Republican (but not Democratic) Party; and that we can only seriously be 'more pro-life' (his regular refrain) if we first embrace and effectively support the manic left positions of the Dem Party - complete open borders, gun confiscation with relevant pretenses, criticism of Soros is anti-semitic, Russia elected Trump, God wants him impeached, now!, the whole crazy shtick.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Keep Talking about Alfie's Murder! It's an Atrocity that Should NEVER be Repeated!

The Italian press that says Alfie was administered four drugs shortly before he died stand by their story and will not retract saying they have an eye witness.
Mark Shea may look like
 Santa Claus, but........... 

Meanwhile, Mark Shea wrote on his blog at Patheos that anyone who doesn't just shut up and pray is "using" Alfie Evans, not caring about him. (I won't link to Shea's blog because I understand Patheos pays by click count -- Hmm...does that mean Shea "used" Alfie's controversial story as click bait?)

After taking a shot at Fr. Peter West of Priests for Life who decried the silence of the Left on what was happening to Alfie, Shea goes on to aim his verbal AK-15 rapid fire at the "right wing base." He characterizes people like me as crazies and nut jobs who "stampede" over the latest "panic du jour" being stirred up (not sure by whom). In transparency, in case you haven't noticed by what I write, I do consider myself both an orthodox, practicing Catholic and a conservative who hates the deconstruction of Western culture! Nevertheless, I didn't fit into many of his bullet points about conservatives. Earth to Mark, we are NOT all cut from the same cookie cutter.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Cooperating with Evil is a Sin -- Especially When You're Wearing a Roman Collar!

Is this wolf in sheep's skin
wearing a roman collar?
My colleague Janet at Restore DC Catholicism posted a great video on the nine ways individuals participate in the sins of others. Cooperation with evil is, in fact, evil.

You don't have to commit a murder to be a party to it. The boyfriend who urges and pays for his girlfriend's abortion is every bit as guilty of killing their baby (perhaps more so) as the mother who agrees to it. The nurse who neglects a patient at the order of a doctor, participates in the death that follows. All those silent staff members complicit in the starvation and dehydration of Terri Schiavo were cooperators in her deliberate murder including Bishop Lynch of St. Petersburg, FL who aided and abetted it using his bully pulpit to endorse it. In 2007 when Lynch retired, Bobby Schindler wrote an open letter decrying the bishop's support for Terri's euthanasia saying, "When bishops don't do their job, innocent people die."

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Was Alfie Euthanized with a Drug Cocktail?

Disturbing new details about Alfie's final hours.

What's being reported is that, "Within two hours of being administered a cocktail of unknown drugs, the toddler was dead." According to an Italian website his oxygen level was at 98 before the drugs and quickly dropped to 15 within 30 minutes of the injections. There is some question about whether this is true, although the original article remains on the website. 

The original death plan involved giving Alfie drugs to suppress his respiration so this scenario is certainly plausible. A toxicology screen on the baby ought to be done to see if his death really was "natural" or induced.

And give two big thumbs down to Cardinal Nichols who is now castigating anyone questioning the hospital and talking about what great care Alder Hey provided.  His Liverpool associate Archbishop McMahon who apparently never made one visit or sent a local priest to minister to Alfie's parents is singing the same song. The Italian priest who was providing support to the family was REMOVED leaving them without spiritual consolation. 

As for the "professional care" at Alder Hey read what Benedetta Frigerio writes about the mold in Alfie's ventilator tube and the deliberate failure to feed an already stressed infant for over a day which Tom Evans protested in a press conference. And there were other signs of neglect as well. 

But we're assured by the honorable bishops that the honorable hospital had Alfie's "best interests" at heart, their honorable hearts, of course. 

My take on all this? -- let Alder Hey treat the bishops the way they treated Alfie. The bishops appear to be brain dead after all. And what a scandal they are to the Church!

Remember Uncle Tom's Cabin? Will Alfie and Charlie's Stories Start Another Great War?

Kate the commoner with her little one, slaves
 of a totalitarian regime exercising raw power!
There's a popular story, which may be apocryphal, about Abraham Lincoln meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe, the Connecticut-born writer and abolitionist who wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin. Lincoln supposedly greeted her saying, "so you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war." Whether or not the story is true, the book did, in fact, influence northern attitudes toward slavery which, at least in part, contributed to the conflict.

Today we fight another great war, and, once again, slavery plays its part. Alan Keyes, in an eloquent piece on LifeSiteNews writes: 

Two Pathetic Archbishops Affirmed the Killing of Alfie Evans!

One of the most scandalous aspect of Little Alfie Evans murder was the behavior of Liverpool
archbishop, Malcolm McMahon and President of the Vatican Academy for Life, Vencenzo Paglia. Both undermined Alfie's parents and affirmed the hospital's neglect. A good Italian priest stationed in London who ministered to the parents dared to prick the consciences of the medical staff at Alder Hey reminding them they would have to answer to God. He was removed through the efforts of the pathetic Liverpool archbishop. LifeSiteNews reported: