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Compendium of the Gospel [May. 3rd, 2011|09:54 pm]
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ephraemsyrus
Another picture, this time in honor of now-Blessed JP2:

Compendium Evangelii (2012)

"The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium...With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love." -- Blessed John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, para. 1
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The King of Glory [Apr. 16th, 2011|09:38 pm]
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ephraemsyrus
Gloria, laus, et honor tibi sit


A blessed Holy Week to everyone.
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Learning What I Thought I Knew [Mar. 20th, 2011|08:02 pm]
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wrenel

Confused about fish? I was until half an hour ago. And here all this time I assumed that I had a firm grasp of the Church’s abstinence requirements! My understanding has been that, in the United States, you must do penance on Friday, and "no meat" is the default if you haven’t chosen something else.

But after reading comments in the previous post about Lenten recipes, I wasn’t so sure anymore and thought I’d better do some fact checking. I was a bit surprised

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(no subject) [Mar. 18th, 2011|01:11 pm]
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ktdid525
What are some meatless meals you eat during lent?

We do fish on occassion, tuna casserole, grilled cheese, veggie soup.... however we no longer eat out so we need to find some more things to fix at home.
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Favorite Catholic Newspapers and Magazines [Jan. 29th, 2011|08:38 pm]
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sephiroth9611
For the moment, I'm only subscribed to New Oxford Review. It has excellent articles on a variety of subjects. Of interest in the last few years was its series of articles and columns in spiritual warfare including a series by a trained exorcist.

I recommend it highly.
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Revitalization... [Jan. 27th, 2011|06:26 pm]
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magdalene74
I am a poor one to speak, as i havent posted anywhere in so long ive almost forgotten how, but its sad to me to see this community so quiet. In my own defense my disability means that often i can read, but cannot post or comment. Even now my joints are seizing, but i truly miss the comraderie and feeling of family that this community used to possess. Now we get applicants in here every day, usually several a day, if each one of you would make a post, and answer one, this would be a thriving community! I will start with a (re) introduction.

Hi, my name is Marie, and i am a Catholic. ...

no wait, wrong type of community..

heh. Ok seriously. Im Marie and i am one of your friendly neighborhood moderators. I know there are others that are actually active because everytime i check my email to admit someone, they are already in ::grin:: so someone is on the ball a lot better than I.

This community distinguishes itself from other catholic communities in Livejournal because it has a distinctly orthodox slant. We stand up for the teachings of the Church and the magistarium in every instance and allow no false teachings to be spread here, this allows for more honest discussion and helps keep us all on the path to sainthood.. a path that never ends till death, and even then may have a ways to go (purgatory). We know that we will all stumble and fall many times on that path since none of us is perfect, well none of us currently on the internet anyway ;).

This is a place for us all to learn and grow, you can post articles, questions, and answers. We can have friendly debates on things that are currently UP for debate, but things that are clearly answered by our Church, we will simply attempt to provide and explain if necessary, those answers.

So pull up a chair, settle in, and lets have a meet and greet! God bless us all!
With Love,
Marie
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NFP article [Oct. 5th, 2010|05:01 pm]
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agapeflower117
Hey yall - Mods, feel free to delete if this isn't okay!

I'm a freelance writer who is working on an article about natural family planning (NFP), and am looking for folks willing to be interviewed about their experiences with it - likes, dislikes, reactions from friends & family & partners, that sort of thing. All names will be kept confidential, and it would only be a matter of answering a few questions through e-mail. If you're interested, feel free to send an email to openthoseojos@gmail.com.


Thanks so much for your help (and the help the comm has given me on prior occasions!)

Christy (agapeflower117)
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(no subject) [Aug. 26th, 2010|08:52 pm]
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ktdid525
Prayers please.... my husband is suppose to find out about a job tomorrow. He had two interviews with them and they went well but we really need this job.

Also my coworkers father is having open heart surgery tomorrow, and we are very worried and yet hopeful for a full and fast recovery.

Thanks!
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Images of Mary [Jun. 23rd, 2010|10:00 pm]
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ktdid525
What is your favorite image of Mary?

Our theme next year is Mary, Seat of Wisdom and each grade is picking an image of Mary to focus on. Mary, our mother...Our Lady of the Holy Family...Our Lady of the Rosary...Our Lady of the Presentation... and Our Lady of Fatima have already been chosen, so they aren't options.

I have been searching around trying to find my favorite, and I thought you guys might have some favorites. I love Our Lady of the Southern Cross, but am still looking.
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IUI [Jun. 5th, 2010|01:36 pm]
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ktdid525
I have some friends who have had trouble getting pregnant. They would make excellent parents and have been trying a couple years on their own, and suffered one miscarriage. After undergoing some testing they found out the guys sperm isn't great and that there is only about a 1-2% chance of them getting pregnant on their own and the pregnancy lasting. The doctors think they are excellent candidates for IUI, where the sperm would be inserted directly into her cervix, from there things would either happen on their own or they wouldn't.

However, they are unsure if this goes against the church? They are going to try to go in and meet with a Priest, but since they recently moved it might be a little while. So anyone know about this or have thoughts or opinions?

Thanks!
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Good news to share..... [Apr. 13th, 2010|06:50 pm]
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littleflower518
This afternoon, my youngest son called to share that he was OFFICIALLY accepted as a Seminarian for the Austin, Texas Diocese!! My husband and I are so happy and proud of him!! He will graduate from Southwestern University in about 3 weeks and then start up in the Fall!! Please keep Alex in your prayers! (Can you tell that I'm a VERY, VERY proud Mama!!)
Thanks!
Lindy
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(no subject) [Mar. 11th, 2010|11:53 am]
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ktdid525
I was asked about the churches views on annulment recently and I am kind of unsure.

When a person is ending their marriage can they get an annulment at that time or do they only get it when they are wanting to marry someone else?

Do both people in the marriage need to agree to the annulment process, what if one person isn't Catholic and does not wish to participate?
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Study guide.... [Jan. 21st, 2010|01:48 pm]
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littleflower518
I'm looking for a Study guide/booklet for a small group of ladies at my church, that has the Scripture Readings for the upcoming Mass and some discussion questions. I know they are around because I've used them, but can't remember the name!! It's just a little book with reflections/ and discussion. Does anyone know what I'm talking about??? Thank you kindly!
Lindy
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Year for Priests [Jun. 20th, 2009|07:30 pm]
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camomiletea
As you may know, yesterday was the beginning of the Year for Priests. I'd like to share this wonderful pastoral letter proclaiming the Year for Priests, written by Pope benedict XVI on June 16th.
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Symbol [May. 30th, 2009|11:17 pm]
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camomiletea
Hi! Can anyone shed light on what this symbol is and what it means? It looks to me like a mix between cross and sword, but I really don't know. This symbol appears on the Imitation of Christ book.



Edit: Haha, this happens to me all the time. As soon as I ask, I have an insight. I've been wondering this question for years! Maybe it's just the cross and the letter ρ (rho) superimposed - standing for Christ.
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Urgent Prayer Request [May. 6th, 2009|06:47 am]
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hallyluia
Dear Friends,
Please pray for a woman named Eileen who just had emergency surgery yesterday for a brain hemorrhage. She also happens to be the mother of a young woman with cancer who needs very much for her mom to be healthy.

Share this with any prayer networks you know please. She survived the surgery but the next 2 days are very critical for what life will ultimately be like for that family.

Thank you all so much and God bless you.
Hally
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More Attacks on Religious Liberties in the progressive State of Connecticut [Apr. 20th, 2009|10:27 pm]
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hallyluia
Legislative Alert

The values held by a vast majority of Connecticut’s citizens are being challenged right now at the State Capitol in Hartford.

In the next few weeks, members of the legislature will vote on a measure (Bill 899) that shreds our First Amendment protection of religious liberty.

Take Action Now. Tell your legislators to oppose Bill 899.

If you are from Connecticut or know someone in CT, please go to "actnowct.org" for a very easy to use form to contact your state legislators.
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Complete and Utter Religious Intolerance - Coming to a State Near You [Mar. 8th, 2009|08:10 pm]
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hallyluia
A Direct Attack on our Church and Faith
Sunday, March 8th, 2009


This past Thursday, March 5, the Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut State Legislature, which is chaired by Sen. Andrew McDonald of Stamford and Rep. Michael Lawlor of East Haven, introduced a bill (#1098) that directly attacks the Roman Catholic Church and our Faith.

This bill violates the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. It forces a radical reorganization of the legal, financial, and administrative structure of our parishes. This is contrary to the Apostolic nature of the Catholic Church because it disconnects parishes from their Pastors and their Bishop. Parishes would be run by boards from which Pastors and the Bishop would be effectively excluded.

This bill, moreover, is a thinly-veiled attempt to silence the Catholic Church on the important issues of the day, such as same-sex marriage.

The State has no right to interfere in the internal affairs and structure of the Catholic Church. This bill is directed only at the Catholic Church but could someday be forced on other denominations. The State has no business controlling religion.

The Pastors of our Diocese are doing an exemplary job of sound stewardship and financial accountability, in full cooperation with their parishioners.

For the State Legislature — which has not reversed a $1 billion deficit in this fiscal year — to try to manage the Catholic Church makes no sense. The Catholic Church not only lives within her means but stretches her resources to provide more social, charitable, and educational services than any other private institution in the State. This bill threatens those services at a time when the State is cutting services. The Catholic Church is needed now more than ever.

We reject this irrational, unlawful, and bigoted bill that jeopardizes the religious liberty of our Church.

It is up to us to stop this unbridled abuse of governmental power.

It is time for us to defend our First Amendment rights.

It is time for us to defend our Church!

We need your support! For more information, to send a protest e-mail, and to learn more about the upcoming hearing in Hartford and how to attend, click here.

I apologize in advance for cross-posting this. This hate filled abuse of governmental power has to be nipped in the bud. Please join with your church in Connecticut in opposing this legislation. If we stand by, we can only expect more of this to follow.
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Pope Admonishes Sp. Pelosi [Feb. 18th, 2009|11:12 am]
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jsinger
Today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, well-known for her pro-abortion career in politics despite her profession of Catholic faith, met  with His Holiness Pope Benedict.

Here is a statement from the Press Office:

Following the General Audience the Holy Father briefly greeted Mrs Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, together with her entourage.

His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church’s consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in cooperation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development.

Now she's heard it from the horse's mouth (so to speak). But this could've been cleared up long ago if she would've met with her Archbishop as she claimed she would after her Meet the Press fiasco.

A spokesman for Archbp. Niederauer of San Francisco said on 13 Feb:

“While she initially accepted the archbishop’s invitation to a pastoral meeting, she has not been able to arrange such a meeting on her schedule, despite our putting forward several available dates,”

...sounds like Mrs. Pelosi isn't really all that interested in what the Church teaches and why.

I am glad for the Holy Father's rebuke of Mrs. Pelosi's stance on abortion, but I wish the media would understand it needs to be publicized just as much as Bishop Williamson's (SSPX) views on the Holocaust of the Jews. Bishop Williamson denied the deaths of millions of Jews. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (and all pro-choice persons) SUPPORT the deaths of many more unborn children.

Holocaust: 6 million tragic deaths.
Abortion: 50 million (and counting) tragic deaths.

WAKE UP! How many more innocent babies have to die in the American Holocaust before we realize that our society has done far worse than Hitler ever dreamed?
 
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I Really Thought It Was A Joke At First [Feb. 13th, 2009|01:51 pm]
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nightingal_echo
[Current Mood |crankycranky]



So apparently it's evil to hang crucifixes  at Boston College. A Catholic College, a Jesuit College nonetheless.  
By the wayBoston College has one of the largest Jesuit Community . The Weston Jesuit School of Theology is is affliliated with BC: Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

"Patrick Reilly, head of The Cardinal Newman Society, said he was “thrilled” by the action of Boston College, which too often “seemed to shy away from any overt affiliation as Catholic.”
“Catholic colleges across the country will be grateful for Boston College’s taking such a clear stand in support of its Catholic identity,” he said.
Many students agreed.
“Boston College welcomes students, faculty and staff from all religious persuasions with welcome arms,” said senior Patrick Fouhy, 21. “But at the end of the day, we are still a Jesuit, Catholic university and that is a core part of our identity. Putting crucifixes up is a nice reminder of that.”
But sophomore Alex LoVerde, 20, believes a crucifix “pushes the Catholic religion” and does not belong in a classroom. “I think the Jesuit tradition is more of openness and tolerance,” LoVerde said. “I think that an overt display of crucifixes is not what the Jesuits would have had in mind.”

x-posted in other CATHOLIC groups. oh noes!
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Ugh, straight from the horse's mouth [Jan. 23rd, 2009|02:27 pm]
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dushamoya
http://www.dianedew.com/sanger.htm
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Anti-Catholic Bigot steals a senate seat.... [Jan. 6th, 2009|09:24 pm]
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hallyluia
The Anti-Catholic Al Franken

Tuesday, November 04, 2008 1:09 PM

If any political candidate in this year’s elections can be fairly accused of harboring deep-seated prejudice against the Church, it’s Al Franken.

The Minnesota Democrat, who is challenging Republican incumbent Norm Coleman in this year’s U.S. Senate election, has a lengthy history of anti-Catholic diatribes.

For evidence, take a look at this recent article by Katherine Kersten in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, entitled “Vulgar mockery of Christians: Is this what we want in a U.S. senator?” Kersten’s article cites examples of Franken’s anti-Christian and anti-Catholic slurs, most of which are too vulgar to repeat here.

Comments Kersten, “If a 12-year-old kid spouted this stuff in a schoolyard, he’d be hauled to the principal’s office and told to grow up. But in today’s surreal political climate, a guy who lobs insults like these has a shot at one the highest political offices in the land.”

In an Oct. 27 press release, Catholic League president Bill Donohue agreed that “Franken has a long and ugly history of Catholic bashing.”

Said Donohue, “Franken’s diatribes against Catholics are not in jest. As Hillary Clinton said about him last week, he tells ‘truth through jokes.’ And the truth is that when Franken mocks the Body and Blood of Jesus, and jokes about the discovery of ‘the complete skeleton of Jesus Christ still nailed to the cross,’ his mean-spirited digs are designed to be injurious.”

In her Star Tribune column, Kersten suggests that Franken’s hostility toward Christians in general, and Catholics in particular, disqualifies him from holding high political office. That sounds like an accurate assessment to us.

— Tom McFeely
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Prayers please. [Jan. 3rd, 2009|08:52 pm]
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littleflower518

This is Nonnie, my husbands 103 Grandmother. This picture is for her 100th. Birthday. Nonnie died last night, and even though in my HEAD, I realize that she lived a grand  life and that she couldn't live forever, but, in my heart, I am sooooooooooo sad!!!!!  This beautiful little woman has recited the Rosary, TWICE a day, MOST OF HER WHOLE LIFE!!! She was *THE* most devout Catholic I know!!  Nonnie was very sharp, down to the last minute and was ready for death the last few years.  My husband would say things like, "Oh, Nonnie, you're going to outlive all of us."  And she would answer, "Please don't wish that for me."  I want to  believe that, due to her love for the Rosary, that our Blessed Mother Herself, was there to greet our sweet Nonnie!! This woman was a saint and even though I should have expected this, my heart feels so much sorrow!!!   I think that a HUGE part of my sorrow is that, my 20 year old son is discerning the Priesthood, and she didn't know!!!  For the last several months, I've asked my son to call her from college(out of state) and tell Nonnie his plans.  It's not that he didn't want to, he just didn't and I feel very bad about this, as does he!!  Again...in my heart, I *know* that Nonnie, now knows this, but I wanted her to know while living!!!  My son and I talked alot today, and I told him that Nonnie is soooooooooooooooooo happy about his discernment, and that because she was SO devout, that he should pray to her, concerning his discernment.   I have to say that I'm dreading next week, as far as the wake and funeral goes....Nonnie was soooooo loved by all!!!  Please say a little prayer for her, as well as my son Alex.  Thank you!

Alex and Nonnie.  We love you Nonnie!  God Bless You!!!


Lindy
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Question about attending a non Catholic wedding [Jan. 2nd, 2009|09:23 pm]
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dushamoya
I think I jave read in a few places where it's advised that Catholics should not attend the weddings of non Catholics. I'm not certain how dead set this is, and if it is indeed the case I will follow it, I'm still a bit hazy on all the reasoning. I *think* it's something along the lines of pretty much not advocating the idea of a true marriage outside the Church.

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Thoughts and reflections [Dec. 29th, 2008|01:18 am]
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pepsquad
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7797269.stm

on what the pope had to say? I'm currently confused as to why this came up right before christmas. Please help me understand I've tried to contact a local priest and no one has gotten back to me and i'm currently out of town.
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THEY WOULD NOT GIVE IN by Fr. William Grimm [Dec. 23rd, 2008|10:58 am]
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hallyluia
TOKYO (UCAN) -- On Nov. 24, around 30,000 pilgrims including bishops and groups from other Asian nations gathered in a baseball stadium in Nagasaki for a celebration marking the beatification of 188 Japanese martyrs who died between 1603 and 1639.

The newly beatified were chosen to represent perhaps as many as 50,000 Japanese Catholics who died in persecution that began in 1597 (though Christianity was outlawed 10 years earlier) and did not end until 1873, when Western nations pressured the Japanese government to recognize freedom of religion.

In order to be representative, the chosen are mostly lay men and women from various parts of the country as well as four priests and a Religious brother. They range in age from two 1-year-old babies to an 80-year-old samurai and his wife. Among them are members of the aristocracy and poor folk, families and individuals.

The martyrs were executed in various ways -- beheaded, drowned, crucified, burned at the stake, boiled alive, starved in prisons and hung upside-down in a pit of sewage. That last torture was especially used on priests.

The Japanese persecution may have been the worst in the history of the Church. The Roman persecution, which lasted about the same number of years, probably took 15,000 or so lives. The Romans focused mainly on the Church's leaders, which is why so many of the martyrs from that time were bishops and deacons. The authorities assumed that if they destroyed the heads, the members would give in and abandon their faith. But they would not give in.

The Japanese persecution did not focus on any particular group. Any and every Catholic was a potential victim. For nearly 280 years, they hid, they gathered in secret, they prayed, they passed on their faith to the generations that followed, and when they were discovered, they suffered and died. But they would not give in.

Such persecution, whether it be in Rome or Japan in the past, or India or Iraq today, can be easily ended. All it requires is that Christians be willing to abandon Christ who lived and died for them. Burn incense to the divine emperor, trample on an icon and register at a Buddhist temple, undergo a Hindu conversion ritual or declare that Muhammad is God's prophet, and the danger will pass. In other words, Christians in every age have held the means to end persecution. But they would not give in.

The word "martyr" comes from a Greek word that means a witness. In English, "witness" has two meanings. The first is a spectator, one who sees something happening. In that sense, the officials who oversaw the execution of Catholics were witnesses. However, the Greek word refers to the second English meaning, one who gives testimony.

Today in Japan we no longer face death for following Christ, but we are still called to bear witness to him, to testify that faithfulness to him is more important than life itself. We are called to a kind of martyrdom that does not entail physical suffering and death, though it may entail strange looks and derogatory comments from those around us.

The Japanese martyrs force us to face some difficult questions. Have I ever said at work, at school, among friends, at home or even in the Church: "No, I cannot do that. I will not do that (because I am a Christian)"? In this time of economic uncertainty, have I ever said to myself or my family, "We will have to change our plans, because money is tight and we must not cut back on the time and money we have budgeted to help others"? When work, school or neighborhood events are scheduled for Sunday morning (a common occurrence in Japan), do I ever say, "I will be late or absent because there is nothing more important than gathering with my fellow Catholics to hear the word of God and share the Eucharist"?

In other words, in a world that does not understand or make allowances for my faith, do I testify to that faith? Am I a fitting member of this Church of martyrs? When the time comes for me, for us, to meet the Lord and the martyrs face to face, will they say of us, "They would not give in"?

(Note: If the community maintainers would like me to insert an lj-cut please let me know. Thanks. Merry Christmas)
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Celebrating the beauty of each and every unborn child. [Dec. 22nd, 2008|06:38 pm]
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hallyluia
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The Christmas story chronicling Jesus’ life in the womb
of Mary and birth in a stable draws our attention to the
humanity of the unborn child and God’s great love and
plans for each and every human baby, regardless of the
circumstances of the child’s conception or birth.
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Proposition 8 Backlash - Catholic Response [Nov. 13th, 2008|10:35 pm]
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hallyluia
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Election Day is here. [Nov. 4th, 2008|06:41 am]
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hallyluia
Peace, discernment, wisdom, right judgment, and knowledge to all American's today as they make a decision that will greatly impact our country and the world.

God bless and guide us all.
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The Pope's Encyclicals, views and links borrowed from the Conservacorner community [Nov. 3rd, 2008|06:59 am]
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hallyluia
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. -- Winston Churchill

The U.S. Constitution articulates our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness . . . not the pursuit of the fruits of someone else's labor.

The Pope’s encyclical on the rights of man to the fruits of his own labor clearly establishes that socialism is against the laws of nature and the laws of God. It offers solutions to problems of inequality that societies naturally face, for individuals (such as promoting a strong work ethic and personal choice and responsibility to share or give alms), and groups (such as hard work and formation of unions and other societies to promote fairness and other reasonable group interests). It also establishes that families, as small yet legitimate societies, have rights and duties independent of the State, and the State’s interference by endeavoring to transfer the possessions of individuals to the community deprive individuals of the hope and possibility of bettering their circumstances. A clear and authoritative message cautioning against the path to socialism that is being promoted by Barack Obama on the pretense of its aim to help the poor better their status. (Unfortunately, the aim of socialism is to prey on the poor and make them falsely believe the solution to their struggles lies in this ideology that destroys incentive.) The first encyclical and a second encyclical further exploring the problem are long but a worthy read. Here are two links to the encyclicals, which are posted on the Vatican Library site.

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/leo_xiii/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_15051891_rerum-novarum_en.html

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/pius_xi/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-xi_enc_19310515_quadragesimo-anno_en.html
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