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A Message of Hope From Fr. Joe Hennessy

October 27th, 2012

I had the great privilege of attending Mass tonight with this gentle priest and found his blog to be very inspirational.

From Fr. Joe Hennessy’s “Aisling on Earth” File:Rho Ophiuchi.jpg

“Climb the mountain and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The wind will blow their freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like falling leaves.” John Muir one of the wildernesses greatest champion penned this many years ago. Today, more than ever we desperately need to take his advice. We as individuals, families and nation are in great need of a source of peace. A source that will touch our, hearts, souls and minds. A source that will be available to all and at a great price. Mother nature surrounds us with her many, many gifts. These vivifying, transforming gifts are offered to each of us free of charge. Are these gifts always accepted? Unfortunately, no, is the sad answer. As human beings we are endowed with the gift of free will. We for our part , have been given the freedom to enjoy, celebrate or ignore. Why is it that these gifts are so ignored? Very simple these wonder-full gifts have become so familiar, we have lost the ability and the desire to delve into the wonder, The Mystery both hidden and revealed in that which is real. We, as members of the human race ,of our essence, are religious. (Again, this is what I had to learn early on in the priesthood: “You do not put religion into humankind, you create that which will free that which is already within. As it was so it is, and ever shall be.) We all called to encounter The Mystery, The Real. Because of this encounter we are slowly led to an ever deepening awareness of the sacredness of, the real. We will be drawn into an ever deeper encounter with the mystery that lies deep within. If it lies deep within, then it only stands to reason we will have to go deep. Nothing of value will come to us unless the take that risk of plunging into the depths.”

Check out Fr.’s  blog at http://aislingonearth.blogspot.com/

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Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin’s Speech Before He was Kidnapped

July 16th, 2012

Please pray for Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin! He was taken from his parish after his ordination and has not been heard from since.  He may be China’s latest Catholic martyr! Below is an English translation of his ordination speech, as translated by Asia News.  May God bless this brave and holy Bishop!!

From: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Brave-Shanghai-auxiliary-takes-%E2%80%9Cperiod-of-rest%E2%80%9D-in-seminary-25234.html

CHINA – VATICAN
Brave Shanghai auxiliary takes “period of rest” in seminary
by Jian Mei

Full text of Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin of Shanghai’s Vote of thanks:

 “Most Respectful His Excellency Bishop Jin, All the brothers and sisters:

Greetings to all of you.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your blessing. You have given me countless grace, and today you have chosen me, a very humble man, a weak one.

I thank God for His grace. Today, thank you Bishop Jin, under such hot weather (34 degree Celsius), came to ordain me. I also thank the other two co-consecrators Bishop Xu and Bishop Shen. Bishop Jin, I wholeheartedly accept your laying of hands and your blessings.

Thank you for all bishops and priests, as well as all the seminarians, sisters and the faithful in the church, especially those traveled here from afar. Your presence has given me confidence and strength. During this time, you have incessantly prayed for our diocese and for me, a humble and small one with shallow knowledge. My parents and the elderly in the family have nurtured me since childhood with our Church tradition and faith. Since I entered the seminary, I have been following the traditional Church education that our ancestors and predecessors observed. I will work hard and dedicate my whole life to follow the example of Jesus and to become a Good Shepherd.

May I also thank those priests, sisters, seminarians and laypeople who have not been in this Eucharist, because of limitation of seats or of other reasons. God does not see the appearance but understand one’s heart, and justice is revealed there. Man proposes, but it is God who will make things happen. I would like to let you know: I love you! Please pray for each other! (Long applause.)

The motto of my coat-of-arms came from two famous quotations. The first one is what Bishop Jin always taught us during our seminary days. It is a quote borrowed from Saint Ignatius – “For the Greater Glory of God” (Ad majorem Dei gloriam). In this present moment, in this place, we have to choose a way that will serve God with greater glory.

The second quotation I selected is “We are one”. I hope everyone, in our heart, will respond to Jesus Christ’s teachings to the Apostles: “May all be one!” I will spend my whole life to strive for unity.

In the light of the teaching of Our Mother Church, as I now serve as a bishop, I should focus on the pastoral work and evangelization. It is inconvenient for me to take on certain responsibilities. Therefore, from this day of consecration, I will no longer be convenient to be a member of the Patriotic Association. (Warm applause resounded through the church, over and over again; many participants were moved to tears!)”

 May we be one. For the Greater Glory of God!”

For more information, also see:

http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2012/s12070086.htm

and

http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/homepage/world-news/detail/articolo/cina-china-vaticano-vatican-16706/

 

 

 

 

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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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Fortnight for Religous Freedom

June 23rd, 2012

Please join us in prayer from now until July 4th for religious freedom in America!

From the USCCB site:

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator,

Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be “one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Prayer Resources

For daily reflections, go to http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/fortnight-for-freedom-reflections.cfm

For more information http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection/

and http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/

 

Quote for the Day

“The challenge facing you, dear friends, is to increase people’s awareness of the importance for society of religious freedom; to defend that freedom against those who would take religion out of the public domain and establish secularism as America’s official faith.  And it is vitally necessary for the very survival of the American experience, to transmit to the next generation the precious legacy of religious freedom and the convictions which sustain it.”—  Blessed John Paul II, 1995 Baltimore, Basilica of the Assumption 


 

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Stand Up for Religious Freedom Today at Noon!

June 8th, 2012

Please join us today at noon and stand up for religious freedom in America!!

For locations nearest you go to: http://standupforreligiousfreedom.com/locations/

(In Arizona, we will meet at the Sandra Day O’Connor Building at 401 W. Washington St.  in Phoenix)

If you can’t come, please pray for us and for our great country–that our heritage of freedom—the freedom we have enjoyed for hundreds of years—remains in tact and that we continue to flourish as a nation!

 

Thank you–and God bless you! :-)

 

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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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To Father Corapi

September 19th, 2011

  I didn’t know if you had seen these yet, but they are worth a listen.  These people say it better than I ever could, so not to waste your time, here they are….

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watch?v=VZNUKpWfhoc&NR=1

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May God bless and protect you.                                                                                                        

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Father Robert Barron on Being a Priest Today

July 16th, 2010

Here is Fr. Robert Barron on being a priest today: 

 http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2010/05/fr-robert-barron-on-being-priest-today.html

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Why Become a Priest?

May 16th, 2010

 Why Become a Priest?

The always insightful Fr. John Bonavitacola, pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish in Tempe, Az. shares his story here:

http://www.olmctempe.com/fr_john_letter.html (May 9, 2010)

An excerpt from Fr. John’s Letter:

 

“So often people ask, “why did you become a priest?” After all these years (22 and counting) I can hardly remember. Because I look good in black? There was nothing else really to do? The Eagles didn’t offer me a contract?! I guess when God speaks to your soul it is hard for the mind to put it into words. I just knew seems to be the best way to describe the reason.

But the more important question is why do you remain a priest?  After all the grandeur of the image of Bing Crosby in “Going My Way” has long since lost its luster. So why stay? Well it is for the same reason that all of you stay, all of you continue to not excuse yourselves from the Body of Christ. It’s because we are all gripped with the love of Jesus Christ and he will not let go. “Lord to whom shall we go…?”

 

 

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