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Thank you, Dear Pope Benedict!

March 4th, 2013

Photo of Pope Benedict taken by Marian LambertWe will miss you, Holy Father!

Thank you, dear Pope Benedict, for the blessing that you have been to all of us, and may God bless you richly in the days ahead!

Here are the words of our beloved Pope Benedict XVI as he gave his final address as Pope:

“Dear friends, I’m happy to be with you, surrounded by the beauty of creation and your well-wishes which do me such good. Thank you for your friendship, and your affection. You know this day is different for me than the preceding ones: I am no longer the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church, or I will be until 8 o’clock this evening and then no more.

I am simply a pilgrim beginning the last leg of his pilgrimage on this Earth. But I would still … thank you … I would still with my heart, with my love, with my prayers, with my reflection, and with all my inner strength, like to work for the common good and the good of the church and of humanity. I feel very supported by your sympathy.

Let us go forward with the Lord for the good of the church and the world. Thank you, I now wholeheartedly impart my blessing. Blessed be God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Good night! Thank you all!”

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And now … well, this website sums it all up … www.isthereapope.com

450px-St_Peter_Basilica_light_streams We now wait with great anticipation for the new leader of our beautiful Church  — I can hardly wait until I hear the words — Habemus Papam!

Dear Lord, please continue to bless Your Church and please guide with great care those who are entrusted with the duty of choosing the one who will shepherd Your flock.

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STAY TUNED………………………….

 

 

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Where is Bishop Ma Daqin? Is He Catholic China’s Latest Martyr?

July 10th, 2012

Bishop Ma’s Announcement

Where is China’s Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin?  He has been missing since he showed extraordinary courage and made the above announcement.  He has been removed by Chinese officials, and is not in the place where they told reporters that they placed him.  Where is he? Has he been harmed?

We pray that he has not been martyred by Chinese officials!

Please save face, Chinese officials, and return him unharmed to the people!  Let us see him and know that he has not been harmed! The West is watching very intently and we are evaluating what is really going on in China.  What kind of people are ruling China? Let us know that evil is not being done to this brave and honorable Bishop! Let us know that he has not been made a martyr for his Faith!

Thank you!

May God bless him! And God bless all of the brave and honorable  Catholics in China!

Here are more links:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/11/world/asia/ordination-of-bishops-increases-tensions-between-china-and-vatican.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18778655 China “Detains” Bishop

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18779032  Mystery of China’s Missing Bishop

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/0c132c88-ca83-11e1-89be-00144feabdc0.html#axzz20GAuLCIT

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Happy Birthday, Holy Father!

April 16th, 2012
From Pope Benedict XVI:
“I find myself on the last stretch of my journey in life, and I don’t know what is awaiting me.”

“I know, however, that the light of God exists, that he is risen, that his light is stronger than any darkness and that God’s goodness is stronger than any evil in this world, and this helps me go forward with certainty.”

Happy 85th  Birthday, Holy Father!!!!

 

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One of the Best Movies of the Year: October Baby

March 28th, 2012

http://octoberbabymovie.net/

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I didn’t expect to be blown away. But I was.

Apparently I wasn’t the only one.  This movie was rejected by the major studios and yet it has become a sleeper hit — blitzing the box offices and coming in second only to Hunger Games.

It’s a complete blockbuster of a movie.  And it deserves every bit of its success.

I was mesmerized from the start of the movie and couldn’t take my eyes off of the screen until the end. I haven’t cried this much since “Les Miserables,” and haven’t seen this good a movie in a long, long time.

I imagine that you’ve heard the premise.  A young girl discovers a secret about her past which shakes her world.  She then takes a journey to find out who she really is.

Or as one viewer (Jan Scruggs) eloquently put it:

“As the mother of three adopted children,I think this film is a must-see for all that want to understand more about the heart-ripping journey that all adopted children must take as they come to terms with being rejected by one family and wanted by another……………There was not a “dry eye in the house” because all ages were touched by this hurting teenager searching for meaning to her life. We have all been there.”

See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1720182/reviews

It’s an incredible story, and if you watch it you won’t be disappointed.

Movie viewers at Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 94%

Some of the professional reviewers hated it.

I couldn’t figure out what in the world they could find wrong with it.  But then I saw their reviews, and realized that what they said told me more about the reviewers than it did about the movie. It appears that others had the same impression.*

I urge you to go and see the movie for yourself.  You won’t regret it.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/03/27/pro-life-october-baby-rejected-by-major-studios-blitzes-box-office/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/conservative-liberal-movies-politics-profit-study-287816

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* http://hotair.com/archives/2012/03/27/october-baby-brings-out-movie-reviewers-bias/

http://piadesolenni.com/october-baby-touches-a-nerve/

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Other great reviews….

http://www.statepress.com/2012/03/27/october-baby-inspires-touches-heart/

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2012/03/makers-of-october-baby-look-to-build-on-its-success.html

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1720182/reviews

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This Friday, March 23rd at Noon, We are Standing Up for Religious Freedom

March 18th, 2012

  Check out http://standupforreligiousfreedom.com/ for more details! Stand up for  religious  freedom!

Join us as we stand up for the First Amendment and religious freedom and against Pres. Obama’s oppressive HHS mandate at Federal Buildings in cities all across the country.

From 12 to 1pm — at the Sandra Day O’Connor Building in downtown Phoenix, Arizona 401 W. Washington

And I’ll try to get more times and locations as I go along.

Here is the link for rally locations in your area! It is a nationwide event!!

See you there!

May God bless you and may God bless America!!!

Click here for more on the HHS Mandate

Where are the women? Here we are! Stand up and be counted!

Twitter #standupforreligousfreedom

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Today’s Gospel: Do What is Right, Trust God, Be Concerned for One Another

March 6th, 2012

 

Readings for Today:

Isaiah 1:10, 16-20

Psalms 50; 8-9, 16-17, 21-23

Gospel:  Matthew 23: 1-12

See http://www.catholic.org/bible/daily_reading/

 

Here is the link to Pope Benedict’s Message for Lent 2012

http://www.vatican.va/liturgical_year/lent/2012/index_en.htm

May God bless you today and keep you in the palm of His hand.

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The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, which called for a central financial authority, does not have Papal authority

October 24th, 2011

This is the origin of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace — it is a Catholic Think Tank of Sorts. The bottom line is that this statement is not — I repeat, NOT — from the Pope

See…. http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/index.htm

So when news agencies purport that the VATICAN issued a statement regarding  “Reforming the international financial system with a view toward a general public Authority, “  what they’re talking about is a Catholic agency, and NOT the POPE!

It is all right to try to analyze solutions to combat poverty, but a central financial authority is nothing but bad news.  It doesn’t take into consideration that (by analyzing those who aspire to the position), all indications point towards an ironic conundrum, that the very thing that is supposed to protect everyone from the bad guys will inevitably be a  “Big Brother” – the biggest baddest guy of all. It doesn’t take into consideration how power corrupts. It doesn’t take into consideration that at its core the kind of political machine that would result, Communism,  is by its nature envy-driven, historically antithetical to Christianity and ultimately evil.

And it doesn’t take into consideration that there is a serious deception behind the Occupy protests — they are not what they claim to be. 

We are all for justice. But liberal Catholicism and this kind of reckless statement is naive at best and quite damaging at its worst. It is not what the Catholic church believes. It is not what the Pope says.

The Catholic Church has always spoken the Truth. Popular or unpopular, the True Church has always been on the side of Life and of the kind of goodness that built America.   So this misconception, that the Church is calling for a central financial authority, must be challenged.

The statement is from an agency — NOT from the Pope. And that is the Truth.

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Update Feb 24, 2012

 You know, I knew that something was wrong with this

agency (The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace) and wrong with this idea when I first heard it.  I wasn’t sure exactly why it was advocating for such things — it just didn’t ring true. But after reading a little bit more about the group, now I understand.

Not everything that sounds good is good.  There’s this saying that the devil can quote scripture for his own purposes.  I’ve been reading a lot about George Soros lately, and how he’s been pouring money into lots of terrific sounding agencies, including the so called “America’s Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good,” which supported Barack Obama for President.  That sounds so great, doesn’t it? So does everything this agency says in the way it phrases things.

But check out this article, actually written in 2009, about the council that issued this statement regarding a Central Global Financial Authority:

http://romancatholicworld.wordpress.com/2009/10/23/the-vatican-and-the-growing-salesian-presence/

The Secretary of ” The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace” praises and quotes billionaire George Soros.  I’ll list a few links here as to why this is a problem (to say the least) that an agency that admires George Soros is calling for a Central Global Financial Authority, but suffice to say that George Soros is not pro-Catholic in any way shape or form. He is also (to say the least) not someone you want monkeying around in your financial system. Just ask London, the Eastern Bloc and in a few years, the United States. Better yet, Google the guy and find out who he really is.  We are in a day and age when we can’t just take what is said to us at face value or as the truth.  We have to find that out for ourselves — do our own research. 

Here’s just a little bit about Soros, in case you were wondering. Soros pours millions of dollars into numerous, sometimes ironically named agencies designed to support — be the backbone in fact– of the culture of death agenda.  George’s nice-sounding named agencies, as well as the less nice sounding ones like Planned Parenthood, Naral, and the Project on Death (supporting euthanasia), are virulently anti-Catholic and anti Christian.  With him the end justifies the means. He is probably chuckling that his very own “Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good” was instrumental in bringing down the Catholic church’s most fundamental religious freedoms. I am referring to the recent persecution and possible annihilation of  American Catholic agencies due to fellow “Catholic” Kathleen Sebelius’ demand that Catholics do what they consider a mortal sin or be severely punished by law. See http://michellemalkin.com/2012/01/31/first-they-came-for-the-catholics/

But despite the assault on Catholics, the idea presented by this Vatican agency is not a good one. Check out just a few of these links to see why (esp. the first link which will give you the story about how George Soros influenced the  London, European economies etc., made out like a bandit, and left behind quite a disastrous financial wake):

https://www.capitalresearch.org/pubs/pdf/FW0904.pdf

http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Party-Hillary-Radicals-Democratic/dp/1595550445

http://www.soros.org/resources/articles_publications/publications/report_20041122

 

 

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Do Not Lose Heart! Never Despair, but Always Persevere in Prayer

October 24th, 2010

From Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI:

“God is generosity itself.  He is merciful, and so He is always willing to listen to prayers.

Therefore, we must never despair, but always persevere in prayer.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23O0UFVn-lw

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Happy Easter!!! He is Risen!!!

April 4th, 2010

From Pope Benedict XVI– “Love is the Only Force Able to Change the World”

4/04/2010 12.17.02



“Urbi et Orbi” Message and Blessing (From Vatican Radio*)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I bring you the Easter proclamation in these words of the Liturgy, which echo the ancient hymn of praise sung by the Israelites after crossing the Red Sea. It is recounted in the Book of Exodus (cf 15:19-21) that when they had crossed the sea on dry land, and saw the Egyptians submerged by the waters, Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron, and the other women sang and danced to this song of joy: “Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed wonderfully: horse and rider he has thrown into the sea!” Christians throughout the world repeat this canticle at the Easter Vigil, and a special prayer explains its meaning; a prayer that now, in the full light of the resurrection, we joyfully make our own: “Father, even today we see the wonders of the miracles you worked long ago. You once saved a single nation from slavery, and now you offer that salvation to all through baptism. May the peoples of the world become true sons of Abraham and prove worthy of the heritage of Israel.”

The Gospel has revealed to us the fulfilment of the ancient figures: in his death and resurrection, Jesus Christ has freed us from the radical slavery of sin and opened for us the way towards the promised land, the Kingdom of God, the universal Kingdom of justice, love and peace. This “exodus” takes place first of all within man himself, and it consists in a new birth in the Holy Spirit, the effect of the baptism that Christ has given us in his Paschal Mystery. The old man yields his place to the new man; the old life is left behind, and a new life can begin (cf. Rom 6:4). But this spiritual “exodus” is the beginning of an integral liberation, capable of renewing us in every dimension – human, personal and social.

Yes, my brothers and sisters, Easter is the true salvation of humanity! If Christ – the Lamb of God – had not poured out his blood for us, we would be without hope, our destiny and the destiny of the whole world would inevitably be death. But Easter has reversed that trend: Christ’s resurrection is a new creation, like a graft that can regenerate the whole plant. It is an event that has profoundly changed the course of history, tipping the scales once and for all on the side of good, of life, of pardon. We are free, we are saved! Hence from deep within our hearts we cry out: “Let us sing to the Lord: glorious his triumph!”

The Christian people, having emerged from the waters of baptism, is sent out to the whole world to bear witness to this salvation, to bring to all people the fruit of Easter, which consists in a new life, freed from sin and restored to its original beauty, to its goodness and truth. Continually, in the course of two thousand years, Christians – especially saints – have made history fruitful with their lived experience of Easter. The Church is the people of the Exodus, because she constantly lives the Paschal Mystery and disseminates its renewing power in every time and place. In our days too, humanity needs an “exodus”, not just superficial adjustment, but a spiritual and moral conversion. It needs the salvation of the Gospel, so as to emerge from a profound crisis, one which requires deep change, beginning with consciences.

I pray to the Lord Jesus that in the Middle East, and especially in the land sanctified by his death and resurrection, the peoples will accomplish a true and definitive “exodus” from war and violence to peace and concord. To the Christian communities who are experiencing trials and sufferings, especially in Iraq, the Risen Lord repeats those consoling and encouraging words that he addressed to the Apostles in the Upper Room: “Peace be with you!” (Jn 20:21).

For the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean that are seeing a dangerous resurgence of crimes linked to drug trafficking, let Easter signal the victory of peaceful coexistence and respect for the common good. May the beloved people of Haiti, devastated by the appalling tragedy of the earthquake, accomplish their own “exodus” from mourning and from despair to a new hope, supported by international solidarity. May the beloved citizens of Chile, who have had to endure another grave catastrophe, set about the task of reconstruction with tenacity, supported by their faith.

In the strength of the risen Jesus, may the conflicts in Africa come to an end, conflicts which continue to cause destruction and suffering, and may peace and reconciliation be attained, as guarantees of development. In particular I entrust to the Lord the future of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea and Nigeria.

May the Risen Lord sustain the Christians who suffer persecution and even death for their faith, as for example in Pakistan. To the countries afflicted by terrorism and by social and religious discrimination, may He grant the strength to undertake the work of building dialogue and serene coexistence. To the leaders of nations, may Easter bring light and strength, so that economic and financial activity may finally be driven by the criteria of truth, justice and fraternal aid. May the saving power of Christ’s resurrection fill all of humanity, so that it may overcome the multiple tragic expressions of a “culture of death” which are becoming increasingly widespread, so as to build a future of love and truth in which every human life is respected and welcomed.

Dear brothers and sisters, Easter does not work magic. Just as the Israelites found the desert awaiting them on the far side of the Red Sea, so the Church, after the resurrection, always finds history filled with joy and hope, grief and anguish. And yet, this history is changed, it is marked by a new and eternal covenant, it is truly open to the future. For this reason, saved by hope, let us continue our pilgrimage, bearing in our hearts the song that is ancient and yet ever new: “Let us sing to the Lord: glorious his triumph!”

(* http://www.radiovaticana.org/en1/Articolo.asp?c=368893 )

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