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Pope Francis Cracks Down on Abortion - Leaves No Doubt On Doctrine!
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered an olive branch of sorts to the doctrine-minded, conservative wing of the Catholic Church on Friday as he denounced abortions as a symptom of today's "throw-away culture" and encouraged Catholic doctors to refuse to perform them.
Francis issued a strong anti-abortion message and cited Vatican teaching on the need to defend the unborn during an audience with Catholic gynecologists. More >
AL QAEDA-LINKED TERRORISTS KILL AT LEAST 39 IN ATTACK ON KENYAN MALL: ‘TOLD MUSLIMS TO STAND UP AND LEAVE’
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Terrified shoppers huddled in back hallways and prayed they would not be found by the Islamic extremist gunmen lobbing grenades and firing assault rifles inside Nairobi’s top mall Saturday. When the coast was thought to be clear, crying mothers clutching small children and blood-splattered men sprinted out of the four-story mall.
At least 39 people were killed and more than 150 wounded in the assault, Kenya’s president announced on national TV, while disclosing that his close family members were among the dead. More >
Abortion Clinics Closing at Record Rate
(BP) For Abby Johnson, the closing of a single Planned Parenthood center demonstrated her dramatic reversal from abortion clinic director to leading pro-life advocate.
But for pro-lifers throughout the United States, it marked another exhibit in a hopeful trend—abortion centers are shutting down at an unprecedented rate. The total so far this year is 44, according to a pro-life organization that tracks clinic operations. More >
Click herePolice believe Navy vet acted alone in DC shooting rampage that killed 12
Aaron Alexis, believed to be the lone gunman in the killing of 12 people at a Navy building in Washington Monday morning, was a Navy veteran from New York with a troubled past who was arrested in two previous shooting incidents.
Alexis, who was discharged from the Navy two years ago after serving hitches in Texas and Illinois, sprayed bullets from the fourth floor down to the cafeteria area in the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in southeast Washington in an attack that began just after 8 a.m. Alexis died later as he traded shots with responding police, though it was not clear if he killed himself or was brought down by cops. More >
Francis: “A good Catholic meddles in politics”
“You can’t govern without loving the people and without humility!” At this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House the Pope urged Catholics not to be indifferent to politics. Humility and love are key attributes one must have as a leader, while citizens, particularly Catholics, must not be disinterested in politics. This was the Pope’s message at this morning’s mass celebration in St. Martha’s House. The Pope also prayed for the world’s leaders. “The Gospel of the centurion who, with humility and confidence, asks for the healing of his servant; and the letter of Saint Paul to Timothy with the invitation to pray for those who govern, inspired the Pope to “reflect on the service of authority.” Those who govern “have to love their people,” because “a leader who doesn’t love, cannot govern – at best they can discipline, they can give a little bit of order, but they can’t govern.” More >
Dolan Treads Lightly In Criticizing CHA over HHS Mandate
The Catholic Health Association’s decision to accept the Obama administration’s implementation of the HHS mandate has been “less than helpful,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said at a September 11 press conference. More >
Prayer Vigil for Peace - Words of Pope Francis
Words of His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vigil of Prayer for Peace in Saint Peter's Square, Saturday 7 September 2013
“And God saw that it was good” (Gen 1:12, 18, 21, 25). The biblical account of the beginning of the history of the world and of humanity speaks to us of a God who looks at creation, in a sense contemplating it, and declares: “It is good”. This allows us to enter into God’s heart and, precisely from within him, to receive his message. We can ask ourselves: what does this message mean? What does it say to me, to you, to all of us? More >
‘We are empty’: Police storm German homeschooling family’s house, seize children
DARMSTADT, Germany, August 30, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – At 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, a team of 20 social workers, police officers, and special agents stormed a homeschooling family’s residence near Darmstadt, Germany, forcibly removing all four of the family’s children (ages 7–14). The sole grounds for removal were that the parents, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, continued to homeschool their children in defiance of a German ban on home education. The Wunderlich family, October 2012.
As the family quietly began their homeschool day, they were interrupted by a ring at the door. Dirk Wunderlich described the frightening turn of events. More >
See also the article explaining how the Obama administration denied asylum to another German family, the Romeike's - you have to read it to believe it. Click here.
Monk who lives a life of virtual solitude on top of a 131ft pillar and has to have food winched up to him
When he wants to leave Katskhi Pillar, he spends 20 minutes getting down a 131ft ladder.
Supplies are winched up to him by his followers and he only comes down twice a week to pray with his followers.
But having worked as a crane operator before taking his orders in 1993, Maxime has always had a head for heights. He said: 'It is up here in the silence that you can feel God's presence.' More >
Al-Qaeda Plans To Massacre Christians After U.S. Helps Them Defeat Assad
Arabic news agency Al Hadath gives more information concerning this latest terror attack on Syria’s Christians, specifically how the al-Qaeda linked rebels “terrorized the Christians, threatening to be avenged on them after the triumph of the revolution.” More >
Buchanan: Who's War Is This??
(WND.com) But the idea of launching missiles based on evidence we will not reveal about Syria’s use of chemical weapons, strikes that will advance the cause of the al-Qaida terrorists who killed 3,000 of us and are anxious to kill more, would be an act of such paralyzing stupidity one cannot believe that even this crowd would consciously commit it. More >
Pope urges G20 leaders to seek Syria peace talks
Pope Francis has urged world leaders meeting at the G20 summit in St Petersburg to overcome their differences on Syria and agree to abandon "the futile pursuit of a military solution".
In a letter addressed to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, reiterated his strong opposition to any military intervention in the country, writing that "armed conflicts … create profound divisions and deep wounds which require many years to heal". More >
Military Leaders Anonymously Express Deep Reservations About U.S. Military Action in Syria
(BLAZE.com) Since the U.S. has started serious discussions about taking military action against Syria, many have publicly spoken out against a possible military strike. And now it appears that some of our uniformed service personnel have come forward to express their disagreement with an attack, any attack on Syria. More than 2,000 people have “liked” this image that was posted on Sunday. More >
CONGRESS SHOULD VETO OBAMA'S WAR
“Congress doesn’t have a whole lot of core responsibilities,” said Barack Obama last week in an astonishing remark.
For in the Constitution, Congress appears as the first branch of government. And among its enumerated powers are the power to tax, coin money, create courts, provide for the common defense, raise and support an army, maintain a navy and declare war. But, then, perhaps Obama’s contempt is justified.For consider Congress’ broad assent to news that Obama has decided to attack Syria, a nation that has not attacked us and against which Congress has never authorized a war.Why is Obama making plans to launch cruise missiles on Syria? More >
The Muslim World Needs Conversion, Not Understanding
The world burns because nobody is willing to burn for it. The world is on fire. This you know. But the one thing that could douse the flames is the one thing of which we Catholics are afraid to speak.
Look at particularly the middle east, the Muslim world. That part of the world is on fire. Riots in the streets, civil war, mass murders, Christian pogroms, political unrest, WMDs, and rampant terrorism are all parts of our daily news for at least as long as it takes to turn the channel or close the page.
As Catholics, what are we to do?
Well, if we listen to many Church leaders, we hear that we should seek to understand them better. We should encourage countries to send foreign aid to their corrupt governments in futile attempts to eliminate the unrest. And of course, we should seek to dialogue with them. Dialogue, dialogue solves everything.
Baloney... More >
Quebec contemplates ban on religious garb, crucifixes for doctors, teachers
Quebec Premier Pauline Marois has lent support to a “Charter of Quebec Values” that would ban the wearing of religious garb and crucifixes by public employees.
The plan would “prohibit people like doctors, teachers, and public daycare workers from donning turbans, kippas, hijabs, and visible crucifixes,” the Canadian Press reported. More >
Syria: Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo says “no” to military intervention
“This is what we hope for: An international effort that will help dialogue and not make war,” the Chaldean Catholic Bishop of Aleppo told “Vatican Radio”. Meanwhile, Italy’s foreign affairs minister says there has been some faint contact with missing Jesuit priest Paolo Dall’Oglio and Italian journalist Domenico Quirico"If there were a military intervention, I think this would lead to a world war," said Mgr. Antoine Audo, Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo and President of Caritas Syria in an interview with Vatican Radio. The bishop stressed that this risk is palpable again in Syria and that things are not that easy. More >
Moscow Patriarchate: acting as "international executioners," the US is sacrificing Muslims and Christians in Syria
Moscow (AsiaNews) - As a Western military intervention against the regime of Bashar al-Assad appears increasingly likely, the Russian Orthodox Church expresses "strong concern" about possible developments of the crisis, this following US charges that the regime used chemical weapons against civilians.
"Once again, as was the case in Iraq, the United States is acting as an international executioner", said , head of the Department for External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate. More >
CRS ended major contract with printer over ties to pro-life group that criticized it
Bishop Gerald Kicanas, CRS' chairman, told the bishops last year that the Catholic agency would not renew its multi-million dollar contracts with AKA Printing and Mailing because it is owned by the family of American Life League president Judie Brown. More >
Deacon D's Dicta :-)\\
I have come to the realization of how bad the leadership of our country must be when I've found myself agreeing with Vladimir Putin on Syria. I won't recount the plethora of great articles on The Blaze and FOX, even the New York Times ... regarding the insanity of bombing Assad's regime in Syria, based on flimsy evidence and even less articulation about what the goal of such a strike would be. Are we not growing tired of war, especially war that involves the U.S. sticking our nose into a futile conflict?
Pope Francis has urged world leaders meeting at the G20 summit in St Petersburg to overcome their differences on Syria and agree to abandon "the futile pursuit of a military solution". The Pope also said to the G20 Summit: "To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution."
It is quite remarkable that we have reached the level of incompetence presently manifest in our country's leadership - in particular, the president. There seems little question that there is no U.S. interest at stake in Syria and even more importantly ... there is no objective to be accomplished in bombing a few Syrian regime targets, especially when the result of toppling Assad would simply be to open the door for Al Qaeda to step into power and use WMD's on their opposition and neighboring Israel. The "rebels" are not a democracy-loving bunch of people. They are driven by terrorists... bad-guy vs. bad guy comprises the Syrian civil war. We have no business there, even for those hawkish on regime change in favor of moderate, quasi-democratic governments ... this is simply not in the Syrian equation. Even if it were, it would not justify our bombing Assad.
The straw man argument put forward by Obama's administration is that Assad gassed his people and this must meet with consequences. First, the evidence has not been shared with the UN because it would not withstand scrutiny. Second, even if he did, Obama assumes that this "red line" is the ONLY interest to be considered in whether we strike with military force. What he is not taking into account is how such a strike, symbolic as it is, would actually exacerbate the situation and potentially set off a chain reaction of events that could escalate into a grave crisis and Middle East war. This risk outweighs Obama's ego, in my view. The fact people were killed with nerve gas is gravely concerning and must be addressed. But the administration is refusing to consider any alternative other than firing missiles into Syria, because Obama warned Syria not to cross the so called "red line", which Obama pathologically denies saying ... attributing his statement as not his, but representative of "the world". Well, so far, the UN, the UN Security Council, the UK, Nato and essentially every other nation... has NOT supported Obama's plan to bomb Syria. So, how can he claim the "red line" was drawn by the international community? Why is he holding onto this rather disturbing fixation?
The mainstream media and liberal-progressive democrats, usually so anti-war ... have not raised a peep of question about Obama's proposed war. They were anti-war activists when Bush wanted to depose Sadaam. With all of his caveats and limitations about "no boots on the ground", etc. the problem with this is that Obama will not be launching missiles into Syria without cascading consequences, which could cause our involvement to escalate towards a ground war. Hence, his claim for "limited" intervention is merely aspirational and not reality. It would be immoral to bomb Syria, because it does not satisfy just war principles in Catholic teaching. Pray that Congress will not approve of this attack on Syria and that Obama will abide by that Constitutional authority. We have no interest there which merits this kind of intervention.
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A Prophet Is Not Accepted In His Native Place
Divinity is almost always hidden - unrecognized because of ordinary appearances.
In the Gospel for Monday of the 22nd week in ordinary time, Jesus' hometown crowd is not ready to recognize how close God really is to them.
This is true today. We do not adequately recognize the presence of God in our lives or indeed even in our own hearts ...just as the people in Nazareth failed recognize Christ in their midst.
Why? Because we are easily dazzled by all that glitters. Because of the blindness of sin. Because we lack of faith. But how do we come to recognize Gods presence in our lives? Usually God is crowded out of our souls and minds and hearts because we are filled them with things other than God and given them the attention that is due God.
It really is that simple. The people at Nazareth had their own ideas about the Messiah, just as we have our own ideas of how things should go. And when God manifests himself to us, we, like the people of Nazareth… reject or at least fail to recognize His presence and his will for us because we have our own priorities and ideas about what we THINK will make us happy. In fact, there can be no happiness apart from a life dedicated to God. Such a life is a house built on rock.
If we come to truly believe that great holiness and happiness are to be experienced by doing God's will in our daily lives… in very concrete and simple ways … including our work, which we celebrate today ("Labor Day"). Christ Himself spent the majority of his life in humble labor in a tiny village. As God and man, Jesus did everything impeccably and perfectly ... according to the will of His Father. Even his seemingly insignificant work in Nazareth as a carpenter until age 30 ... became sanctified because Jesus united all that he did with the love of the Father and in the love of the Father.
The same is true for us today. No matter how insignificant or even unrewarding our work may appear to be ... it can become an occasion of grace and perfection if we recognize the presence of God in the present moment, in ordinary ... even mundane circumstances. As St. Therese taught with her life and writings, sanctity consists in "doing little things with great love."
This is especially true in our faithfulness to our vocations of raising a family and our daily obligations … when we unite our work with the prayer of our hearts offered to God in love ... then we will begin to experience the deep joy and peace of God in our hearts and realize He is dwelling there. As St. Paul says "pray always"!
If we would practice renunciation of our sinful attachments and constant preoccupations we would begin to recognize the hidden presence of God in the simple and ordinary things in our lives. Often, it requires some kind of suffering or other discontent with things of the world for us to finally begin to turn to God more intentionally and seriously.
Daily prayer, taking time daily for silence, turning to the indwelling presence of God … Eucharist and confession as well as devotion to our Blessed mother are essential for us to recognize the presence of God in our lives and in our hearts. By making these acts of faith, we will come to understand with divine wisdom, the height the depth and the greatness of God.
Let us not miss the divinity that is hidden within us. God alone suffices. In possessing God, we possess everything. We want for nothing. God will provide all else if we seek first His Kingdom within us - by our seeking and embracing His will above all else! Let us recognize the humility of God, who condescends to us, hidden … under the appearance of ordinary bread. If he comes to us this way, as we are bound to believe … how can he not be coming to us in hidden ways in our daily lives? How could he not be dwelling within us as he promised if we love Him and keep His commandments?
Lord, help us to turn away from undue attachment to things, to pleasures, to our own pride, our own immediate comfort and whims and turn to you, who alone can fill our yearning, desolate hearts. By your grace given in Holy Communion, do not let us follow our finite, limited, tiny and absurd notions of happiness… so obscured by sin. Move us to offer ourselves and our very lives to you, free us from our captivity and let the light of your hidden glory and divinity… dispel our blindness.
Here are two of seven spiritual conferences I delivered at St. John's in Collegeville to the deacon candidates for the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Mpls. These conferences focus especially on Carmelite mysticism. Follow the "Spiritual Conferences" link above for the full retreat. Peace+ DD