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  1. Site: Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment
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    Since the Council, an idea has been spreading that Judaism is not superseded by the New Covenant of Jesus Christ; that Jews still have available to them the Covenant of the old Law, by which they can be saved. It is therefore unnecessary for them to turn to Christ; unnecessary for anybody to convert them to faith in Christ. Indeed, attempting to do so is an act of aggression not dissimilar to theFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com11
  2. Site: Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment
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    S Paul loved his fellow Jews, his 'kinsmen' and believed "the gifts and call of God are irrevocable". He believed that at the End, those among them who had rejected Christ would be brought in to the chosen people. He believed that they were like olive branches which had been cut off so that the Gentiles, wild olive branches, could be grafted in. But, when the fulness of the Gentiles had entered Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com3
  3. Site: Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment
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    Lex orandi lex credendi. I have been examining the Two Covenant Dogma: the fashionable error that God's First Covenant, with the Jews, is still fully and salvifically valid, so that the call to saving faith in Christ Jesus is not made to them. The 'New' Covenant, it is claimed, is now only for Gentiles. I want to draw attention at this point to the witness of the post-Conciliar Magisterium of theFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com13
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    We have seen that the Two Covenant Theory, the idea that Jewry alone is guaranteed Salvation without any need to convert to Christ, is repugnant to Scripture, to the Fathers, even to the post-Conciliar liturgy of the Catholic Church. It is also subversive of the basic grammar of the relationship between the Old and the New Testaments. Throughout  two millennia, in Scripture, in Liturgy, in her Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com7
  5. Site: Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment
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    The sort of people who would violently reject the points I am making are the sort of people who would not be impressed by the the Council of Florence. So I am going to confine myself to the Magisterium from the time of Pius XII ... since it is increasingly coming to be realised that the continuum of processes which we associate with the Conciliar and post-Conciliar period was already in operationFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com0
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    In 1980, addressing a Jewish gathering in Germany, B John Paul II said (I extract this from a long sentence): " ... dialogue; that is, the meeting between the people of the Old Covenant (never revoked by God, cf Romans 11:29) and that of the New Covenant, is at the same time ..." In 2013, Pope Francis, in the course of his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium, also referred to the Old Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com10
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    Continues ...  I should add that Jesse Billett gives critical editions of three unregarded liturgical fragments, relegated to 'Appendix' status but all of them important and with each detail treated with scrupulous attention. I have not checked through the tables which are a prominent feature of the book and which make it easier to follow his discussion, but, in what I have looked at, I have not Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com2
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    I popped into the Cathedral the other day to warm my hands at what Mgr R A Kox and his chums in the SSPP would have advertised as a "Latimer and Ridley Pricket Stand". It is propped up against a modern and rather nasty statue of our Lady. Frankly, I think the flickering candles (none of that electrical technology here; modern Anglicans find Mystic Flicker more attractive) would be better placed Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com0
  9. Site: The Deus Ex Machina Blog
    36 min 41 sec ago
    Author: S. Armaticus
    We begin this week with some fantastic news. For my long time readers, you will know that your humble blogger …

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  10. Site: Roman Catholic Man
    58 min 45 sec ago
    Author: Fr Richard Heilman

    “Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.” -Pope Pius IX

    DAY 12 – MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF FORTITUDE! GOD’S WORD

    “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)

    “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4)

    “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” (Romans 8:15)

    “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)

    “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

    “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)

    HEROES’ WORDS

    “The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them” -St. Thomas Aquinas

    MEDITATION

    The Gift of Fortitude: One of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit; it gives a person a special strength of will. This gift confers an extraordinary readiness to undergo trials for love of God or in fulfillment of the divine will; unusual courage to bear difficulties even for many years; firmness in carrying arduous tasks to their completion; perseverance in a lifetime fidelity to one’s vocation in spite of heavy trials or disappointments sent by God; and gladness in being privileged to suffer persecution or humiliation in union with Christ and for the sake of his name. (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary)

    PRAY A ROSARY

    Choose either:

    1. Rosary of the Day: Sorrowful Mysteries
    2. Traditional 54 Day Rotation: Glorious Mysteries

    PRAYERS FOR TRADITIONAL 54 DAY NOVENA

    THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES OF THE HOLY ROSARY

    Prayer before the recitation: Sign of the cross. Hail Mary.

    In petition (first 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses, full-blown white roses, tinged with the red of the passion, to remind thee of thy glories, fruits of the sufferings of thy Son and thee, each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery, each 10 bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God’s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee! Thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my petition; from thy bounty thou wilt give me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly seek. I despair of nothing that I ask of thee. Show thyself my Mother!

    In thanksgiving (last 27 days):Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I gratefully kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses full blown white roses, tinged with the red of the passion, to remind thee of thy glories, fruits of the sufferings of thy Son and thee each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery; each ten bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee! thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my thanksgiving; from thy bounty thou bast given me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly sought. I despaired not of what I asked of thee, and thou hast truly shown thyself my Mother.

    Say: The Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

    For each of the following Mysteries, say: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

    The Resurrection – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

    Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of faith and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

    The Ascension – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

    Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of hope and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

    The Descent of the Holy Spirit – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

    Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of charity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

    The Assumption of Mary – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

    Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of union with Christ and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

    The Coronation of the Blessed Mother – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

    Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of union with thee and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

    Say: The Hail Holy Queen.

    In petition (first 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this spiritual communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow. O my Mother! Look with favor upon my gift, and in thy love obtain for me (specify request). Hail Mary …

    In thanksgiving (last 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this Spiritual Communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow in thanksgiving for (specify request) which thou in thy love hast obtained for me. Hail, Mary, etc.

    Oratio pro summo Pontifice

    V. Let us pray for Francis, our Pope.

    R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. [Ps 40:3]

    Our Father, Hail Mary

    O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant Pope Francis, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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  11. Site: The Catholic Thing
    2 hours 20 min ago
    Author: Emily Rolwes

    How are so many conversions taking place in oppressive countries where proselytizing can bring a death sentence?

    The post Muslims converting in record numbers appeared first on The Catholic Thing.

  12. Site: The Catholic Thing
    2 hours 20 min ago
    Author: Emily Rolwes

    Don’t allow the lucid moment to dissolve
    Let the radiant thought last in stillness
    though the page is almost filled and the flame flickers
    We haven’t risen yet to the level of ourselves
    Knowledge grows slowly like a wisdom tooth
    The stature of a man is still notched
    high up on a white door
    From far off, the joyful voice of a trumpet
    and of a song rolled up like a cat
    What passes doesn’t fall into a void
    A stoker is still feeding coal into the fire
    Don’t allow the lucid moment to dissolve
    On a hard dry substance
    you have to engrave the truth

    – trans. Renata Gorczynski

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  13. Site: The Catholic Thing
    2 hours 20 min ago
    Author: Emily Rolwes

    Fr. Solanus is most remembered for his is gentle holiness, humility and obedience to the will of God in all things. It’s why the beloved Capuchin friar was beatified this weekend in Detroit. He was a friar and simplex priest, meaning that, due to lesser academic abilities, he was not allowed to preach or to hear confessions. But this freed him up for other charisms in which he particularly thrived – including serving as the porter (doorkeeper) at St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit, from 1924-1945.

    The post Blessed Solanus Casey: Squaeky violinist, tamer of bees appeared first on The Catholic Thing.

  14. Site: The Catholic Thing
    2 hours 21 min ago
    Author: Emily Rolwes

    The film Into Great Silence (2005) offers a rare glimpse into the life of a Carthusian monastery. . . .We see the contentedness of a creature happy in his dependant, finite nature and happier still with the love of God shining in his eyes. It is a life of contemplation, of Adoration, which creates such freedom in a creature.

    The post The world desperately needs adoration appeared first on The Catholic Thing.

  15. Site: The Catholic Thing
    2 hours 21 min ago
    Author: Emily Rolwes

    Ahead of his late November visit to Myanmar, Pope Francis has sent a video to the local population, saying he’s coming to proclaim the Gospel, featuring a message of “reconciliation, forgiveness, and peace.”

    The post Papal trip to Myanmar to foster reconciliation appeared first on The Catholic Thing.

  16. Site: Sunlit Uplands
    2 hours 22 min ago
    Author: noreply@blogger.com (Daniel Cassidy)

    When a whole nation, 16 realms, and a Commonwealth of 54 nations pray in song for 65 years for blessings upon one and for a long life, the results are astonishing!
    To mark the 70th Wedding Anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, new photographic portraits have been released worldwide. 
    The Queen and His Royal Highness will celebrate their Wedding Anniverary on Monday, 20th November 2017.
    The portraits, by British photographer Matt Holyoak of Camera Press, were taken in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle in early November. 
    In this first release, The Queen and His Royal Highness are framed by Thomas Gainsborough's 1781 portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte, who were married for 57 years.
    The marriage of the then Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten took place at Westminster Abbey on 20th November 1947.
    Find out about The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh's wedding day here: http://bit.ly/2jCD1Pc
  17. Site: The Catholic Thing
    2 hours 22 min ago
    Author: Robert Royal

    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) held its annual Fall meeting in Baltimore last week. There was good news on several fronts: Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann, longtime defender of the unborn, was elected head of the pro-life committee; the bishops chose (in descending order), Bishop Robert Barron, Archbishop Chaput, Cardinal di Nardo, and Archbishop Gomez – all serious characters – as delegates to next year’s Synod on “Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” (TCT will, Deo volente, be there). Those chosen for other leadership posts were equally solid. All in all, a good week’s work and nothing earth-shaking, which is all to the good these, and most, days.

    Watching these events unfold made me recall from the misty corners of memory the time when I briefly wrote a “USCCB Watch” column in the early years of Crisis magazine. In the 1980s, Reagan was president, JPII was pope, and Margaret Thatcher was prime minister in England. And the bishops’ conference – then differently structured and badly listing to port, to a degree hard to imagine now – waded in trying to develop a model for U.S. nuclear policy; a bit later, the bishops tried their hand at economic reform; and staff were for a long time after even known to issue statements on questions like homosexuality without their being fully vetted by the bishops.

    In my judgment, these efforts had little real effect. The United States continued to press the Soviet Union, causing its collapse; the American economy boomed after Reagan’s pro-market reforms and the tech revolution; homosexuality has been normalized, though not because of an uncertain trumpet at the Conference.

    Those tussles at least clarified what bishops can and cannot speak about, usefully. Michael Novak organized a group of us who presented alternatives to the bishops’ statements on nukes and the economy. But for me, the most memorable moment in all of those controversies was an exchange between a prominent Dutch philosopher and Fr. Brian Hehir at one of our meetings:

    “Fr. Hehir, the work you have produced is quite serious. But I don’t see why the bishops should put their moral authority behind this particular set of proposals when there are a dozen others equally ethical. It would have been better to stick to moral and social principles.”

    “Well, if we did that, it would have been a very short document.”

    Indeed, and the bishops haven’t much tried large-scale policy statements since those days. They’re commenting on tax reform just now as if it were a straightforward moral question – though by nature all such proposals will have positives and negatives, hard choices and tradeoffs, for everyone.

    Christ Blessing the Children by Lucas Cranach the Younger, c. 1550 [The Met, New York]

    The interest in this year’s bishops meeting for many who follow Church affairs closely was the possible election of Cardinal Cupich to lead the pro-life committee. Cupich was a personal choice of Pope Francis for Chicago – and many think he speaks for him. Some have read his defeat as a vote against Francis’s reform efforts, but that is only partly the case. Because he was an odd candidate, especially compared to Archbishop Naumann. In Spokane, he had actually asked priests, who were gung-ho about opposing abortion, not to pray in front of clinics. In Chicago, he has revived the “seamless garment” approach that one of his predecessors, Cardinal Bernardin, had popularized in the 1980s. That approach says there are other life questions – war, poverty, inequality, racism, etc. that are also part of a “consistent ethic of life.”

    And so they are – and no thinking person, let alone a Catholic – has ever denied it, except when the seamless garment has been used as a cloak to hide Catholic politicians who support abortion – sad to say, almost always Democrats.

    Numbers don’t always tell the whole tale, but: 732 people were murdered in Chicago in 2016, a horrible death toll. That’s about an average day’s work for Planned Parenthood – and they “only” do one-third of the abortions in America. Estimates vary widely, but let’s say 200,000 people (a generous figure) have died in Iraq, that too is terrible. America aborts five times that many children every year. If 1,000,000 yearly were being killed by urban gangs or in an American war, there would be rioting all over the country. It’s only right to be agitated first about that slaughter of the innocents, without losing sight of other matters.

    The selections for the Synod on the Youth, however, may reflect a greater wariness among American bishops about the accompaniment-discernment-mercy side of the current papacy. All four are intelligent, orthodox, sensitive men (and still must be confirmed by Rome as delegates), but it’s fair to say that none of them would agree – as Cardinal Cupich asserted recently – that Fr. James Martin is the best evangelizer of young people in America. It’s more likely that they would want to ask questions such as: what’s the attraction and where is the evangelizer leading them?

    A wise priest just wrote me that, given the state of young people in our society, the central question now is, “How can they be brought to Christ and his Church without a lot of their world being destroyed?” You can talk with young people – or “listen” as some prefer – about environment, poverty, inequality, sex, war, etc., but these are, so to speak, all on the horizontal axis. The world outside of the Faith is already treating such questions, even sex to a certain degree, to judge from recent events.

    Jesus is something different. It’s not simply a linguistic convention that we talk about the depths and heights of human experience. There is something that we sense deep within us and high above us that – truth be told – gives the fullest meaning and direction even to our worldly concerns. The big political questions, whether in the 1980s or 2017, may seem more important, but they wither and fade. Then there’s Genesis: “Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the everlasting hills.” (49:26)

    The post Remembering Depths and Heights appeared first on The Catholic Thing.

  18. Site: RT - News
    3 hours 16 min ago
    Author: RT
    The pro-business Free Democratic Party abruptly announced its exit from three-way talks to form the German government on Sunday, citing a lack of common ground. The setback may see Germany hold new elections, challenging Merkel’s all but secured chancellorship.
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  19. Site: Edward Feser
    4 hours 10 min ago

    In a recent series of articles at Public Discourse, E. Christian Brugger (hereand here) and Christopher Tollefsen (here and here) have criticized By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment.  This week, Public Discourse is running my three-part reply.  Part 1 has now been posted.
    My reply to Robert Fastiggi’s most recent Catholic World Report article will also appear this week at CWR.  Replies to Paul Griffiths’ review in First Things and David Bentley Hart’s review in Commonweal are also forthcoming.  Stay tuned.
  20. Site: Restore-DC-Catholicism
    5 hours 4 min ago
    Author: noreply@blogger.com (Restore-DC-Catholicism)
  21. Site: Truth and Charity Forum
    5 hours 17 min ago
    Author: editor
    By Allison LeDoux

    Nobody likes to be deceived. Most people are justifiably hurt or angry when a grave injustice is done to them, and perhaps even moved to do something constructive about the situation, to make things right. When it comes to the issue of contraception however, our culture has been deceiving people for decades, yet we see very few people confronting the world’s lies, or trying to correct the injustice that is perpetrated by a seriously flawed understanding of the human person.

    Blessed Pope Paul VI exhibited great courage and conviction when he wrote Humanae Vitae in 1968. As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of this profound encyclical, we owe the Holy Father a great debt of gratitude and we should make every effort to come to know this teaching more deeply and to make this beautiful message On Human Life more widely known. Despite strong currents of opposition, Pope Paul stood firm and spoke the unchanging truth with clarity and wisdom. How tragic then, that so many people have turned a blind eye to this message of life, love, and freedom, rejecting it outright, often not even bothering to read it to see what it actually says.

    There is a strange false perception many people have that the Church is always saying “no”, and that her teachings about sexuality are “outdated”. They could not be more wrong. The Church’s view of the human person, of marriage, and of human sexuality expresses the fullness of truth. Great goods are being protected by the Church’s teaching. This is a beautiful vision! and one that rightly values the human person created as male and female in the image and likeness of God. Why wouldn’t we say yes to that? Our Creator loves us infinitely and He wants what’s best for us. He offers us every grace necessary to fulfill our call to love. But how well do we take Him up on His offer? Marriage and the conjugal union are meant to image God’s love. Thus we say the body has a “nuptial meaning”. When people witness the truth and beauty of authentic love, how can they not be drawn to the Creator of that love? After all, deep down, true love is what every human heart seeks. True love does not deceive.

    Pope Paul’s prophetic vision of what would happen if contraceptive use became widespread, which he articulates in Humanae Vitae, n. 17, have been proven true again and again. Many have seen firsthand, and been hurt by, the increase in infidelity, the objectification and loss of respect for women, the coercion of populations by government entities, and the view of our bodies as machines to be manipulated rather than as gifts to be cherished.

    Despite Humanae Vitae’s warnings of the potential fallout, as well as its compelling presentation of the true, good, and beautiful vision of the Church’s teaching on life and love, few have paid heed. When you violate the natural law, things go awry. They have. How so? In what ways has society’s widespread acceptance of contraception deceived us? Many will find that some of the more familiar examples resonate with people’s experience – whether it be their own, or that of people they know. These would include the high divorce rate, an increase in sex outside of marriage, cohabitation, a dramatic drop in the number of marriages, a rise in the rate of out-of-wedlock births, and the destruction of innocent human life at the rate of 1.3 million abortions per year in the U.S. alone. At the root of these and other evils are broken relationships and wounded hearts.

    One aspect of the ill effects of contraception that we don’t hear about as often as we should, is the scientific evidence of its harm. If the moral law weren’t enough (and it certainly should be sufficient to convince the skeptic, though we regrettably live in a world where there is a serious lack of proper formation of conscience), the facts of science tell a compelling story that should make the even the naysayers re-think their views about contraception.

    First there are the side effects. We’ve all seen the endless run of television commercials that in the course of advertising drugs for a variety of conditions while showing healthy looking people supposedly enjoying life, at the same time offer the expanded disclaimer that goes something like, “the use of [XYZ drug] can cause [litany of conditions]…and even death…consult your doctor to see if this drug is right for you”. Yikes!

    Just as you can read the side effects, contraindications and more in the fine print of any prescription drug’s pharmaceutical insert, or read about it in the Physician’s Desk Reference, so too are horrific effects found in hormonal contraceptives. These drugs too pose serious health risks including blood clots, high blood pressure, heart disease, increased cancer risk – particularly breast cancer, infertility, increased irritability, increased propensity to depression, weight gain, and reduced libido. Even the World Health Organization classifies them as Class 1 carcinogens. In an increasingly health-conscious society, women should think twice about what they are putting into their bodies.

    And there’s more. Hormonal contraceptives can also act as abortifacients. People commonly assume that they just prevent ovulation, but that is only part of the story. The drugs are specifically designed to have multiple mechanisms of action, so depending on a variety of factors having to do with the woman’s cycle, the drugs may sometimes prevent ovulation but when that mechanism doesn’t kick in they can also cause the death of a newly conceived embryo when it can’t implant in the mother’s womb because the uterine lining has been chemically altered by the drugs, making it hostile to the new life. Many women are unwittingly, and probably unintentionally, losing their pre-born children. Scientists have demonstrated that this effect is more common than people might think. The landmark research of Doctors Chris Kahlenborn, Joseph Stanford, and Walter Larimore explains the post-fertilization effects of hormonal contraception in a very compelling way. It is worth reading their studies found at the website of The Polycarp Research Institute. Once again sound science supports Church teaching and confirms object truth.

    In Fides et Ratio (On Faith and Reason) Saint John Paul II famously says, “Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.” (n. 1) If we are to cultivate a society where life and love are valued, the truth we uncover through both faith and reason will be the catalyst for turning hearts and minds to God once again.

    Many people have borne witness to the fact that their eyes have been opened and their consciences illuminated thanks to reading Humanae Vitae. It is truly a life-changing document and one that can transform the world. Let us make it our mission to proclaim its beauty and teach its truth.

    Allison LeDoux is the director of the Respect Life Office and the Office of Marriage and Family for the Diocese of Worcester, MA. Mrs. LeDoux serves as coordinator for the New England region of Diocesan Pro-Life Directors and is a member of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference’s Pro-Life/Pro-Family and Health Care Subcommittees. She received her certification in Catholic Health Care Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center in 2007.Mrs. LeDoux and her husband, John, a permanent deacon, are the parents of eight children. Articles by Allison:
  22. Site: Truth and Charity Forum
    5 hours 17 min ago
    Author: editor
    By Allison LeDoux

    Nobody likes to be deceived. Most people are justifiably hurt or angry when a grave injustice is done to them, and perhaps even moved to do something constructive about the situation, to make things right. When it comes to the issue of contraception however, our culture has been deceiving people for decades, yet we see very few people confronting the world’s lies, or trying to correct the injustice that is perpetrated by a seriously flawed understanding of the human person.

    Blessed Pope Paul VI exhibited great courage and conviction when he wrote Humanae Vitae in 1968. As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of this profound encyclical, we owe the Holy Father a great debt of gratitude and we should make every effort to come to know this teaching more deeply and to make this beautiful message On Human Life more widely known. Despite strong currents of opposition, Pope Paul stood firm and spoke the unchanging truth with clarity and wisdom. How tragic then, that so many people have turned a blind eye to this message of life, love, and freedom, rejecting it outright, often not even bothering to read it to see what it actually says.

    There is a strange false perception many people have that the Church is always saying “no”, and that her teachings about sexuality are “outdated”. They could not be more wrong. The Church’s view of the human person, of marriage, and of human sexuality expresses the fullness of truth. Great goods are being protected by the Church’s teaching. This is a beautiful vision! and one that rightly values the human person created as male and female in the image and likeness of God. Why wouldn’t we say yes to that? Our Creator loves us infinitely and He wants what’s best for us. He offers us every grace necessary to fulfill our call to love. But how well do we take Him up on His offer? Marriage and the conjugal union are meant to image God’s love. Thus we say the body has a “nuptial meaning”. When people witness the truth and beauty of authentic love, how can they not be drawn to the Creator of that love? After all, deep down, true love is what every human heart seeks. True love does not deceive.

    Pope Paul’s prophetic vision of what would happen if contraceptive use became widespread, which he articulates in Humanae Vitae, n. 17, have been proven true again and again. Many have seen firsthand, and been hurt by, the increase in infidelity, the objectification and loss of respect for women, the coercion of populations by government entities, and the view of our bodies as machines to be manipulated rather than as gifts to be cherished.

    Despite Humanae Vitae’s warnings of the potential fallout, as well as its compelling presentation of the true, good, and beautiful vision of the Church’s teaching on life and love, few have paid heed. When you violate the natural law, things go awry. They have. How so? In what ways has society’s widespread acceptance of contraception deceived us? Many will find that some of the more familiar examples resonate with people’s experience – whether it be their own, or that of people they know. These would include the high divorce rate, an increase in sex outside of marriage, cohabitation, a dramatic drop in the number of marriages, a rise in the rate of out-of-wedlock births, and the destruction of innocent human life at the rate of 1.3 million abortions per year in the U.S. alone. At the root of these and other evils are broken relationships and wounded hearts.

    One aspect of the ill effects of contraception that we don’t hear about as often as we should, is the scientific evidence of its harm. If the moral law weren’t enough (and it certainly should be sufficient to convince the skeptic, though we regrettably live in a world where there is a serious lack of proper formation of conscience), the facts of science tell a compelling story that should make the even the naysayers re-think their views about contraception.

    First there are the side effects. We’ve all seen the endless run of television commercials that in the course of advertising drugs for a variety of conditions while showing healthy looking people supposedly enjoying life, at the same time offer the expanded disclaimer that goes something like, “the use of [XYZ drug] can cause [litany of conditions]…and even death…consult your doctor to see if this drug is right for you”. Yikes!

    Just as you can read the side effects, contraindications and more in the fine print of any prescription drug’s pharmaceutical insert, or read about it in the Physician’s Desk Reference, so too are horrific effects found in hormonal contraceptives. These drugs too pose serious health risks including blood clots, high blood pressure, heart disease, increased cancer risk – particularly breast cancer, infertility, increased irritability, increased propensity to depression, weight gain, and reduced libido. Even the World Health Organization classifies them as Class 1 carcinogens. In an increasingly health-conscious society, women should think twice about what they are putting into their bodies.

    And there’s more. Hormonal contraceptives can also act as abortifacients. People commonly assume that they just prevent ovulation, but that is only part of the story. The drugs are specifically designed to have multiple mechanisms of action, so depending on a variety of factors having to do with the woman’s cycle, the drugs may sometimes prevent ovulation but when that mechanism doesn’t kick in they can also cause the death of a newly conceived embryo when it can’t implant in the mother’s womb because the uterine lining has been chemically altered by the drugs, making it hostile to the new life. Many women are unwittingly, and probably unintentionally, losing their pre-born children. Scientists have demonstrated that this effect is more common than people might think. The landmark research of Doctors Chris Kahlenborn, Joseph Stanford, and Walter Larimore explains the post-fertilization effects of hormonal contraception in a very compelling way. It is worth reading their studies found at the website of The Polycarp Research Institute. Once again sound science supports Church teaching and confirms object truth.

    In Fides et Ratio (On Faith and Reason) Saint John Paul II famously says, “Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.” (n. 1) If we are to cultivate a society where life and love are valued, the truth we uncover through both faith and reason will be the catalyst for turning hearts and minds to God once again.

    Many people have borne witness to the fact that their eyes have been opened and their consciences illuminated thanks to reading Humanae Vitae. It is truly a life-changing document and one that can transform the world. Let us make it our mission to proclaim its beauty and teach its truth.

    Allison LeDoux is the director of the Respect Life Office and the Office of Marriage and Family for the Diocese of Worcester, MA. Mrs. LeDoux serves as coordinator for the New England region of Diocesan Pro-Life Directors and is a member of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference’s Pro-Life/Pro-Family and Health Care Subcommittees. She received her certification in Catholic Health Care Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center in 2007.Mrs. LeDoux and her husband, John, a permanent deacon, are the parents of eight children. Articles by Allison:
  23. Site: Sunlit Uplands
    5 hours 18 min ago
    Author: noreply@blogger.com (Daniel Cassidy)
    THANKSGIVING DAY, 2017


    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION
    On Thanksgiving Day,
    as we have for nearly four centuries, Americans give thanks to Almighty God for our abundant blessings.  We gather with the people we love to show gratitude for our freedom, for our friends and families, and for the prosperous Nation we call home.

    In July 1620, more than 100 Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower, fleeing religious persecution and seeking freedom and opportunity in a new and unfamiliar place.  These dauntless souls arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in the freezing cold of December 1620.  They were greeted by sickness and severe weather, and quickly lost 46 of their fellow travelers.  Those who endured the incredible hardship of their first year in America, however, had many reasons for gratitude.  They had survived.  They were free.  And, with the help of the Wampanoag tribe, and a bountiful harvest, they were regaining their health and strength.  In thanks to God for these blessings, the new governor of the Plymouth Colony, William Bradford, proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and gathered with the Wampanoag tribe for three days of celebration.

    For the next two centuries, many individual colonies and states, primarily in the Northeast, carried on the tradition of fall Thanksgiving festivities.  But each state celebrated it on a different day, and sometime on an occasional basis.  It was not until 1863 that the holiday was celebrated on one day, nationwide.  In the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg, of one of the bloodiest battles of our Nation's Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that the country would set aside one day to remember its many blessings.  "In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity," President Lincoln proclaimed, we recall the "bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come."  As President Lincoln recognized: "No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things.  They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy."

    Today, we continue to celebrate Thanksgiving with a grateful and charitable spirit.  When we open our hearts and extend our hands to those in need, we show humility for the bountiful gifts we have received.  In the aftermath of a succession of tragedies that have stunned and shocked our Nation -- Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria; the wildfires that ravaged the West; and, the horrific acts of violence and terror in Las Vegas, New York City, and Sutherland Springs -- we have witnessed the generous nature of the American people.  In the midst of heartache and turmoil, we are grateful for the swift action of the first responders, law enforcement personnel, military and medical professionals, volunteers, and everyday heroes who embodied our infinite capacity to extend compassion and humanity to our fellow man.  As we mourn these painful events, we are ever confident that the perseverance and optimism of the American people will prevail.

    We can see, in the courageous Pilgrims who stood on Plymouth Rock in new land, the intrepidness that lies at the core of our American spirit.  Just as the Pilgrims did, today Americans stand strong, willing to fight for their families and their futures, to uphold our values, and to confront any challenge.

    This Thanksgiving, in addition to rejoicing in precious time spent with loved ones, let us find ways to serve and encourage each other in both word and deed.  We also offer a special word of thanks for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces, many of whom must celebrate this holiday separated from the ones for whom they are most thankful.  As one people, we seek God's protection, guidance, and wisdom, as we stand humbled by the abundance of our great Nation and the blessings of freedom, family, and faith.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 23, 2017, as a National Day of Thanksgiving.  I encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

    DONALD J. TRUMP



  24. Site: RT - News
    6 hours 46 min ago
    Author: RT
    Scientists warn that fluctuations in the speed of Earth's rotation could trigger a swarm of devastating earthquakes across the globe, particularly in heavily populated tropical regions.
    Read Full Article at RT.com
  25. Site: Mundabor's blog
    6 hours 46 min ago
    Author: Mundabor
    If you had been at the head of a Vatican organisation defending the persecuted in the Thirties, would you have invited Dr Goebbels to “dialogue” about euthanasia and abortion? No. Why not? Firstly because in non-negotiables there is no need of any dialogue, and secondly because by just having the bastard talk you would give […]
  26. Site: Catholic Herald
    7 hours 20 min ago
    Author: Luke Coppen

    We “must have immense trust” in God, Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video). The needy are “our passport to paradise”, the Pope said at Mass on the World Day of the Poor (full text, full video). A court has awarded Katy Perry $1.6 million following a legal battle over the sale of a convent. Austen Ivereigh hails a “dazzling” new biography of Pope Francis. Bishop Michael...

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  27. Site: What Is Up With The Synod?
    7 hours 50 min ago
    Author: Hilary White
    I’ll just start by saying, yes, I know this is a year old. But it’s quite interesting, since Douthat, the New York Times’ token conservative Catholic, is showing rather strong signs of Tradding. Ross Douthat is possibly the most prominent member of the “conservative” class
  28. Site: Community in Mission
    7 hours 58 min ago
    Author: Msgr. Charles Pope

    This is the eleventh in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell.

    Today we come to the final of the Four Last Things: Hell. I have written extensively on this topic over the years, largely in response to the widespread dismissal of the revealed doctrine of Hell. In contradiction to Scripture, many presume that Hell is an unlikely destination for most. Never mind that Jesus taught just the opposite (e.g., Matt 7:13-14). In my own small way, I have tried to keep people more rooted in the sobriety of the Gospel than in the wishful thinking of the modern age. No one warned of Hell more than did Jesus. Arguably, 21 of the 38 parables amount to warnings about Hell and the need to be ready for judgment day. (I have written more on that here: Jesus Who Loves You Warned Frequently of Hell.)

    In this post, however, I would like to consider why Hell has to be. Frequently, those who doubt Jesus’ biblical teaching ask this: If God is love, then why is there Hell and why is it eternal?

    In short, there is Hell because of God’s respect for our freedom. God has made us free and our freedom is absolutely necessary if we are to love. Suppose that a young man wanted a young lady to love him. Suppose again that he found a magic potion with which to lace her drink. After drinking it, Presto, she “loves” him! Is it real love? No it’s the effect of chemicals. Love must be freely given. The yes of love is only meaningful if we are free to say no. God invites us to love him. There must be a Hell because there has to be a real alternative to Heaven. God will not force us to love Him or to come to Heaven with Him.

    But wait a minute; doesn’t everyone want to go to Heaven? Yes, but it is often a “heaven” as they define it, not the real Heaven. Many people understand Heaven egocentrically: It’s a place where they will be happy on their own terms, where what pleases them will be available in abundance. The real Heaven is the Kingdom of God in all its fullness. So while everyone wants to go to a “heaven” as they define it, not everyone wants to live in the Kingdom of God in all its fullness. Consider the following examples:

    1. The Kingdom of God is about mercy and forgiveness. Not everyone wants to show mercy or forgive. Some prefer revenge. Others favor severe justice. Some prefer to cling to their anger and nurse resentments or bigotry. Further, not everyone wants to receive mercy and forgiveness. Some cannot possibly fathom why anyone would need to forgive them since they are right! Recall the second son in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Instead of entering the feast at the pleading of his father, he refuses to enter because that wretched brother of his is in there. He will not forgive or love his brother as the father does. In so doing, he excludes himself from the feast. Despite his father’s pleading, he will not enter through forgiveness and mercy. The feast is not a feast at all for him. Similarly, Heaven will not be “heaven” for those who refuse the grace to forgive and love their enemies and those who have harmed them.
    2. The Kingdom of God is about chastity. God is very clear with us that His Kingdom values chastity. For the unmarried, this means no genital sexual contact. For the married, this means complete fidelity to each other. Further, things such as pornography, lewd conduct, and immodesty are excluded from the Kingdom. Many people today do not prefer chastity. They would rather be unchaste and immodest. Many celebrate fornication and homosexual acts as a kind of liberation from “repressive” norms. Many people like to consume pornography and do not want to limit their sexual conduct. It is one thing to fail in some of these matters through weakness, but it is quite another to insist that there is nothing wrong with such behavior.
    3. The Kingdom of God is about Liturgy. All of the descriptions of Heaven emphasize liturgy. There are hymns being sung. There is the praise of God. There is standing, sitting, and prostrating at certain times. There are candles, incense, and long robes. There is a scroll or book that is opened, read, and appreciated. There is the Lamb on a throne-like altar. It’s all very much like the Mass—but many are not interested in things like the They stay away because the say it’s “boring.” Perhaps they don’t like the hymns and all the praise. Perhaps the scroll (the Lectionary) and its contents do not interest them or agree with their moral preferences. Having God at the center rather than themselves is unappealing.

    The point is this: If Heaven isn’t just of our own design; if Heaven—the real Kingdom of God—is about these things, then doesn’t it seem clear that there actually are many who don’t want to go to Heaven? You see, everyone wants to go to a “heaven” of their own design, but not everyone wants to live in the real Kingdom of Heaven. God will not force any one to live in Heaven if he doesn’t want to live there. He will not force anyone to love Him or what He loves or whom He loves. We are free to choose His Kingdom or not.

    Perhaps a brief story will illustrate my point:

    I once knew a woman in one of my parishes who in many ways was very devout. She went to daily Mass and prayed the rosary on most days. There was one thing about her, however, that was very troubling: she couldn’t stand African-Americans.

    She would often comment to me, “I can’t stand Black people! They’re moving into this neighborhood and ruining everything! I wish they’d go away.” I remember scolding her a number of times for this sort of talk, but it seemed to have seeming effect.

    One day I decided to try to make it more clear: “You know you don’t really want to go to Heaven,” I challenged.

    “Of course I do, Father,” she replied. “God and the Blessed Mother are there; I want to go.”

    “No, you won’t be happy there,” I responded.

    “Why?” she asked, “What are you talking about, Father?”

    “Well you see there are Black people in Heaven and you’ve said that you can’t stand to be around them, so I’m afraid you wouldn’t be happy there. God won’t force you to live in Heaven if you won’t be happy there. That’s why I think that you don’t really want to go to Heaven.”

    I think she got the message because I noticed that her attitude started to improve.

    That’s just it, isn’t it? God will not force us to live in the Kingdom if we really don’t want it or like what that Kingdom is. We can’t just invent our own “heaven.” Heaven is a real place. It has contours and realities of its own that we can’t just brush aside. Either we accept Heaven as it is or we ipso facto choose to live apart from it and God. So, Hell has to be. It is not a pleasant place, but I suppose the saddest thing about the souls in Hell is that they wouldn’t be happy in Heaven anyway. It’s a tragic plight, not to be happy anywhere.

    Understand this, too: God has not utterly rejected even the souls in Hell. Somehow, He still provides for their basic needs. They continue to exist and thus God continues to sustain them with whatever is required for that existence. He does not annihilate them or snuff them out.

    God respects their wish to live apart from the Kingdom and its values. He loves them but respects their choice.

    Why is Hell eternal? Here I think we encounter a mystery about ourselves. God seems to be teaching us that there comes a day when our decisions are fixed forever. In this world we always have the possibility of changing our mind so the idea of a permanent decision seems strange to us. Those of us who are older can testify that as we age we get more and more set in our ways; it’s harder and harder to change. Perhaps this is a little foretaste of a time when our decisions will be forever fixed and we will never change. The Fathers of the Church used an image of pottery to teach on this. Think of wet clay on a potter’s wheel. As long as the clay is moist and still on the wheel it can be shaped and reshaped, but once it is put in the kiln, in the fire, its shape is fixed forever. So it is with us that when we appear before God, who is a Holy Fire, our fundamental shape will be forever fixed, our decisions will be final. This is mysterious to us and we only sense it vaguely, but because Heaven and Hell are eternal, it seems that this forever-fixed state is in our future.

    This is the best I can do on a difficult topic: Hell has to be. It’s about God’s respect for us. It’s about our freedom and summons to love. It’s about the real Heaven. It’s about what we really want in the end. We know what God wants: to save us. The real judgment in question is what we want.

    The post Hell Has to Be appeared first on Community in Mission.

  29. Site: LES FEMMES - THE TRUTH
    8 hours 14 min ago
    Author: noreply@blogger.com (Mary Ann Kreitzer)
  30. Site: RT - News
    8 hours 14 min ago
    Author: RT
    A magnitude 7.0 earthquake has struck in the Pacific near the overseas French territory of New Caledonia, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reports. Tsunami waves have been observed after the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) reports.
    Read Full Article at RT.com
  31. Site: RT - News
    9 hours 9 min ago
    Author: RT
    Iran’s foreign minister has said Saudi Arabia accusing Tehran of "destabilization" can only be described as "ironic," as his nation is involved in successful talks on the Syrian peace process, while the Saudis are provoking new regional crises.
    Read Full Article at RT.com
  32. Site: Unam Sanctam Catholicam
    9 hours 57 min ago

    So, I pretty much suck as a blogger. I remember the good old days when I used to post three times a week. Ah, yes, the blogging possibilities are endless when one does not have a life. 
    But alas, life changes, and as mine has changed I have less and less time for this labor of love. I haven't even been able to write anything for over a month. I barely have time to be doing this post. I'm so swamped I don't know when I can get to this...I have books I am under contract for that are unwritten or behind, proposals piling in for more, Power Point presentations by the dozen that I have to get ready for next semester...meanwhile, my firewood sits uncut in a dreary pile in the yard, I haven't replaced the tail light I busted out two weeks ago, I haven;t yet reattached the gutter that fell off my house last summer, my inbox is full of emails I have not responded to, in addition to a whole host of other personal issues that need my attention.

    I am going on extended vacation from blogging. I don't know how long it will be. I need to focus on making some space for myself and getting my priorities in order. This blog has been here for ten years and its not going anywhere; I am not retiring, but I am stepping away to bring some order to my chaos. In the meantime I will continue to monitor comments and update the USC Facebook page from time to time I can be reached at uscatholicam[at]gmail.com if you need me.

    Please pray for me, that the day may swiftly come when I have time to attend to this amateur passion again.

    God bless you.
    ~Boniface
  33. Site: RT - News
    9 hours 59 min ago
    Author: RT
    Saudi Arabia urged fellow Arab League nations to find a “non-compromise” solution to deal with “Iran’s aggression” and “disregard for international law” during a specially-summoned foreign ministers’ meeting in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
    Read Full Article at RT.com
  34. Site: Padre Peregrino
    10 hours 21 min ago
    Author: Father David Nix

    The Office is not a particularly edifying TV show that I would recommend for anyone seeking union with God.  I’ve never seen the UK version of The Office and I’ve only seen a few episodes of the American version of the hit TV series from 2005 to 2013, but it struck me this past week that the personalities (not the religious or political views) but the personalities of The Office characters seem to reflect the same type of personalities attracted to various movements of American Catholicism.

    Jim≈JPII Catholics

    These are the young Catholics who want to make Catholicism look cool and relevant. Jim Halpert is not a neo-conservative in the TV show, of course, but his personality is exactly what young neo-conservative Catholics like to be: “contagious” yet normal.  Perhaps he is even hip, when compared to the stranger breeds who surround him.

    Phyllis≈Baby boomer Catholics

    Again, Phyllis Vance is not a Catholic in the TV show, but Wikia’s “The Office” describes her like this: “Phyllis is very depressed, lacks self-esteem and is somewhat eccentric.” Ah, typical baby-boomer Catholic.  Add a dash of harmless SJW in there, and you got it.

    Angela≈charismatics

    Angela Martin is mildly self-righteous and shallow…but still a believer.

    Dwight≈rad-trads

    Although Dwight Schrute does not go to the Latin Mass, he has what all Latin Mass men do: Weapons and conspiracy theories.

    Michael≈Ex-Catholics

    Michael Scott thinks he’s figured out something no one else has, but really, he has not.

    The post “The Office” Catholics appeared first on Padre Peregrino.

  35. Site: RT - News
    10 hours 31 min ago
    Author: RT
    A senior Israeli official has said Tel Aviv has "partly covert" ties with "many Muslim and Arab countries," including Riyadh. With the absolutist kingdom, Israel is now working on common concerns over Iran, the cabinet minister said.
    Read Full Article at RT.com
  36. Site: Roman Catholic Man
    10 hours 53 min ago
    Author: Fr Richard Heilman

    I’ve been a priest for going on 30 years. I’ve seen a lot, and patterns begin to emerge. I have become particularly attuned to snarky and negative behavior, since I have a big huge target on my back for daring to speak the truth (always with love), and for choosing to stand against the big monster called “modernism,” by loving and advocating “all” of the beautiful jewels of our Catholic faith. Yes, even those prior to 1965. For those who do not take the risk of speaking the truth or advocating pre-1965 Catholicism, I’m fairly certain they go unscathed … the devil leaves them alone, because they pose him no threat.

    Through all of this, I have noticed that the “harassment” (persecution) seems to come in waves or periods or “seasons.” There can be long periods of time when most everyone seems to be floating on a spiritual high, as they spend most of their time counting their blessings and try their best to “be a blessing” to those around them. Then, “WHAM!” All of sudden, everything is “wrong” or “bad.” What was once counted as a blessing, is now seen as an irritation or major problem.

    I’ve come to call these “Sneeze Seasons,” not because people have colds or allergies, but because, no matter what you do, it is wrong or bad. During this time, I say, “It’s as though if I sneeze to the right, I should have sneezed to the left.” Everything that was once seen as a positive and a blessing (or, at least, neutral, like a sneeze) is scrutinized and demonized. And, it seems to come, one after another after another. It reminds me of the scene from the movie, “Airplane,” where the poor woman has a line of people ready to deal her the next blow.

    The other thing I have noticed is that it is not just happening to “poor little ole me” during these “Sneeze Seasons.” It just seems to be in the air. And, I hear of conflicts everywhere … marriages, families, workplace … everywhere.

    I believe there may be a certain truth to these occurring at different times of year. Like, I noticed toward the tail end of Winter, I start begging for sunshine and warm weather to melt away all of the mountains that, for most people, were molehills at any other time.

    But, I think there is more to it than that. For whatever reason, I think the devil gets especially busy at times. Then what he does is “use weak people.” These are people who may simply be suffering from depression (maybe undiagnosed), or maybe they were raised in households that modeled aggressive and negative behavior, or maybe they are locked in some kind of repetitive sin (no true contrition in their Confessions), or maybe they are just people choosing to live outside of God’s grace … people living lifestyles contrary to the teachings of the Church are especially vulnerable for being used by Satan. Whatever makes them vulnerable, they seem to be appropriate for long periods of time, and then a “spirit of negativity and attack” seems to usher in like a black cloud of a mighty storm.

    The reason I titled this article, We’re in a “Super Sneeze Season.” Please Pray for Priests, is because I believe this is a particularly severe season we are going through right now. All one has to do is see what is going on in the world – Hollywood, Government, Nations, Church – to see their is a wildfire of consternation and division, especially in the past few weeks. Fr. Z even warned of this by way of a dream he had (See HERE). This past Friday night, Fr. Andy McAlpin spoke about this spirit of attack and persecution (particularly toward priests) at our Ladies of Divine Mercy evening and, just this morning, our Vicar General, Msgr. Bartylla talked about this very thing in his sermon at the Traditional Latin Mass here at St. Mary of Opine Bluff. I thought it was just me, until it was confirmed over and over again.

    Here’s what I am asking. First, pray for priests. All of the priests I just mentioned, called for the same. Pray, especially, for traditional priests who speak the truth. Satan hates them the most, and he is using weak people to destroy them. Second, know this “Sneeze Season” is occurring and, PLEASE, don’t participate. In other words, don’t let yourself be used by Satan to “tear down” … “build up” instead! Third, the holidays are here and so are family gatherings. You are going to be baited by weak people. Don’t take the bait!! Lead people to Christ by being a blessing in their life, not by “trying to win the argument.”

    Lastly, consider ramping up your prayer during this “Super Sneeze Season.” I am. I have spent the past two days praying about how I will begin on Monday with an intensive period of seeking God’s strength through prayer, fasting, etc.. When the devil is running wild, we must grow stronger.

    “Draw your strength from the Lord and his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. Our battle is not against human forces but against the principalities and powers, the rulers of this world of darkness, the evil spirits in regions above. You must put on the armor of God if you are to resist on the evil day; do all that your duty requires, and hold your ground” (Eph 6:10-12)

    The post We’re in a “Super Sneeze Season.” Please Pray for Priests. appeared first on Roman Catholic Man.

  37. Site: Padre Peregrino
    11 hours 27 min ago
    Author: Father David Nix

    Today is the Sixth Sunday which remains after Epiphany.  “Superfuit” is Latin for “remain” or “survive,” because these readings remain from the Sundays of the calendar year prior to Septuagesima Sunday earlier this year.  This is so we can get through all the readings before the last Sunday of the ecclesial year (next week.) Most of today’s sermon is actually taken from St. John Chrysostom’s words on St. Matthew chapter 13, the Gospel for today.  The other person in the feature-image is St. Gregory the Wonderworker.  Both are early Turkish saints, mentioned in this sermon.

    The post Superfuit Sunday appeared first on Padre Peregrino.

  38. Site: RT - News
    11 hours 45 min ago
    Author: RT
  39. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    11 hours 46 min ago
    Author: Adam Dick
    A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Saturday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

    Listen to the new episode here:



    Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

    The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

    Starting in five four three two one.

    Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

    Let’s start.

    Issue one.

    In a new Gallup poll nearly half of surveyed Americans support bringing back slavery, at least if those enslaved are “young Americans” and the master is the United States government. Forty-nine percent of individuals asked in November said they support “requiring all young men and young women in the US to give one year of service to the nation — either in the military forces or in nonmilitary work here or abroad.” Forty-five present said they are opposed.

    The Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution says slavery is permitted only as punishment after conviction of a crime. Of course, the US government has violated that clear limitation through conscription both during peacetime and wars including World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

    Issue two.

    On Monday, RT complied with a US government demand that it register as a foreign agent with the US Department of Justice.

    Investigative reporter Robert Parry provided a reason why the US government would be so unhappy with RT that it made the unusual demand on the media company. Parry writes: The U.S. government’s real beef with RT seems to be that it allows on air some Americans who have been blacklisted from the mainstream media – including highly credentialed former U.S. intelligence analysts and well-informed American journalists – because they have challenged various Official Narratives.

    In other words, Americans are not supposed to hear the other side of the story on important international conflicts, such as the proxy war in Syria or the civil war in Ukraine or Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinians. Only the State Department’s versions of those events are permitted even when those versions are themselves propagandistic if not outright false. Issue three.

    Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) announced Wednesday his introduction of five articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

    The impeachment resolution includes some laughable reasons such as that Trump undermined freedom of the press by calling press organizations “fake news.”

    Unmentioned is Trump’s waging of wars overseas.

    Cohen’s resolution brings to mind comments of then-Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) in a press conference when impeachment proceedings were taking place against President Bill Clinton. Paul said that Congress should have been addressing “the unconstitutionality of presidents waging wars” without congressional approval, which Paul called “a lot more serious” than Clinton’s scandal involving Monica Lewinsky that the impeachment dealt with.

    Issue four.

    In the October 13, 2016 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) backing off on plans to quickly put kratom in Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act and instead pursuing a slower process including a public comment period and a scientific and medical review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    On Tuesday, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced an FDA “public health advisory related to the FDA’s mounting concerns regarding risks associated with the use of kratom.” He also noted that the FDA is working, including through seizures, to prevent kratom from entering America.

    While the seizures are bad enough, Mike Riggs writes at Reason that Gottlieb’s tone in the announcement suggests the FDA will be working with the DEA “to put kratom in Schedule I—the most tightly regulated category of drugs.”

    Issue five.

    In the April 28, June 10, and October 6 episodes of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the sheriff’s department of Worth County, Georgia having frisked 900-plus students at a high school, purportedly in an effort to find illegal drugs, as well as a lawsuit by students against the sheriff’s department in response and the indictment of the sheriff and two deputies on charges related to the friskings.

    Here is an update. WALB-TV reported that there was a Tuesday announcement by the students’ lawyers that the sheriff’s department has agreed to pay a three million dollars settlement for the lawsuit. The story also noted that this week the state’s governor has suspended the county sheriff and appointed an interim replacement.

    -----

    That’s a wrap.

    Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

    Five four three two one.
  40. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    11 hours 46 min ago
    Author: Adam Dick
    A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Saturday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

    Listen to the new episode here:



    Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

    The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

    Starting in five four three two one.

    Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

    Let’s start.

    Issue one.

    In a new Gallup poll nearly half of surveyed Americans support bringing back slavery, at least if those enslaved are “young Americans” and the master is the United States government. Forty-nine percent of individuals asked in November said they support “requiring all young men and young women in the US to give one year of service to the nation — either in the military forces or in nonmilitary work here or abroad.” Forty-five present said they are opposed.

    The Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution says slavery is permitted only as punishment after conviction of a crime. Of course, the US government has violated that clear limitation through conscription both during peacetime and wars including World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

    Issue two.

    On Monday, RT complied with a US government demand that it register as a foreign agent with the US Department of Justice.

    Investigative reporter Robert Parry provided a reason why the US government would be so unhappy with RT that it made the unusual demand on the media company. Parry writes: The U.S. government’s real beef with RT seems to be that it allows on air some Americans who have been blacklisted from the mainstream media – including highly credentialed former U.S. intelligence analysts and well-informed American journalists – because they have challenged various Official Narratives.

    In other words, Americans are not supposed to hear the other side of the story on important international conflicts, such as the proxy war in Syria or the civil war in Ukraine or Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinians. Only the State Department’s versions of those events are permitted even when those versions are themselves propagandistic if not outright false. Issue three.

    Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) announced Wednesday his introduction of five articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

    The impeachment resolution includes some laughable reasons such as that Trump undermined freedom of the press by calling press organizations “fake news.”

    Unmentioned is Trump’s waging of wars overseas.

    Cohen’s resolution brings to mind comments of then-Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) in a press conference when impeachment proceedings were taking place against President Bill Clinton. Paul said that Congress should have been addressing “the unconstitutionality of presidents waging wars” without congressional approval, which Paul called “a lot more serious” than Clinton’s scandal involving Monica Lewinsky that the impeachment dealt with.

    Issue four.

    In the October 13, 2016 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) backing off on plans to quickly put kratom in Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act and instead pursuing a slower process including a public comment period and a scientific and medical review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    On Tuesday, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced an FDA “public health advisory related to the FDA’s mounting concerns regarding risks associated with the use of kratom.” He also noted that the FDA is working, including through seizures, to prevent kratom from entering America.

    While the seizures are bad enough, Mike Riggs writes at Reason that Gottlieb’s tone in the announcement suggests the FDA will be working with the DEA “to put kratom in Schedule I—the most tightly regulated category of drugs.”

    Issue five.

    In the April 28, June 10, and October 6 episodes of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the sheriff’s department of Worth County, Georgia having frisked 900-plus students at a high school, purportedly in an effort to find illegal drugs, as well as a lawsuit by students against the sheriff’s department in response and the indictment of the sheriff and two deputies on charges related to the friskings.

    Here is an update. WALB-TV reported that there was a Tuesday announcement by the students’ lawyers that the sheriff’s department has agreed to pay a three million dollars settlement for the lawsuit. The story also noted that this week the state’s governor has suspended the county sheriff and appointed an interim replacement.

    -----

    That’s a wrap.

    Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

    Five four three two one.
  41. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    11 hours 46 min ago
    Author: Adam Dick
    A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Saturday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

    Listen to the new episode here:



    Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

    The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

    Starting in five four three two one.

    Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

    Let’s start.

    Issue one.

    In a new Gallup poll nearly half of surveyed Americans support bringing back slavery, at least if those enslaved are “young Americans” and the master is the United States government. Forty-nine percent of individuals asked in November said they support “requiring all young men and young women in the US to give one year of service to the nation — either in the military forces or in nonmilitary work here or abroad.” Forty-five present said they are opposed.

    The Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution says slavery is permitted only as punishment after conviction of a crime. Of course, the US government has violated that clear limitation through conscription both during peacetime and wars including World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

    Issue two.

    On Monday, RT complied with a US government demand that it register as a foreign agent with the US Department of Justice.

    Investigative reporter Robert Parry provided a reason why the US government would be so unhappy with RT that it made the unusual demand on the media company. Parry writes: The U.S. government’s real beef with RT seems to be that it allows on air some Americans who have been blacklisted from the mainstream media – including highly credentialed former U.S. intelligence analysts and well-informed American journalists – because they have challenged various Official Narratives.

    In other words, Americans are not supposed to hear the other side of the story on important international conflicts, such as the proxy war in Syria or the civil war in Ukraine or Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinians. Only the State Department’s versions of those events are permitted even when those versions are themselves propagandistic if not outright false. Issue three.

    Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) announced Wednesday his introduction of five articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

    The impeachment resolution includes some laughable reasons such as that Trump undermined freedom of the press by calling press organizations “fake news.”

    Unmentioned is Trump’s waging of wars overseas.

    Cohen’s resolution brings to mind comments of then-Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) in a press conference when impeachment proceedings were taking place against President Bill Clinton. Paul said that Congress should have been addressing “the unconstitutionality of presidents waging wars” without congressional approval, which Paul called “a lot more serious” than Clinton’s scandal involving Monica Lewinsky that the impeachment dealt with.

    Issue four.

    In the October 13, 2016 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) backing off on plans to quickly put kratom in Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act and instead pursuing a slower process including a public comment period and a scientific and medical review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    On Tuesday, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced an FDA “public health advisory related to the FDA’s mounting concerns regarding risks associated with the use of kratom.” He also noted that the FDA is working, including through seizures, to prevent kratom from entering America.

    While the seizures are bad enough, Mike Riggs writes at Reason that Gottlieb’s tone in the announcement suggests the FDA will be working with the DEA “to put kratom in Schedule I—the most tightly regulated category of drugs.”

    Issue five.

    In the April 28, June 10, and October 6 episodes of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the sheriff’s department of Worth County, Georgia having frisked 900-plus students at a high school, purportedly in an effort to find illegal drugs, as well as a lawsuit by students against the sheriff’s department in response and the indictment of the sheriff and two deputies on charges related to the friskings.

    Here is an update. WALB-TV reported that there was a Tuesday announcement by the students’ lawyers that the sheriff’s department has agreed to pay a three million dollars settlement for the lawsuit. The story also noted that this week the state’s governor has suspended the county sheriff and appointed an interim replacement.

    -----

    That’s a wrap.

    Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

    Five four three two one.
  42. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    11 hours 46 min ago
    Author: Adam Dick
    A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Saturday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

    Listen to the new episode here:



    Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

    The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

    Starting in five four three two one.

    Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

    Let’s start.

    Issue one.

    In a new Gallup poll nearly half of surveyed Americans support bringing back slavery, at least if those enslaved are “young Americans” and the master is the United States government. Forty-nine percent of individuals asked in November said they support “requiring all young men and young women in the US to give one year of service to the nation — either in the military forces or in nonmilitary work here or abroad.” Forty-five present said they are opposed.

    The Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution says slavery is permitted only as punishment after conviction of a crime. Of course, the US government has violated that clear limitation through conscription both during peacetime and wars including World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

    Issue two.

    On Monday, RT complied with a US government demand that it register as a foreign agent with the US Department of Justice.

    Investigative reporter Robert Parry provided a reason why the US government would be so unhappy with RT that it made the unusual demand on the media company. Parry writes: The U.S. government’s real beef with RT seems to be that it allows on air some Americans who have been blacklisted from the mainstream media – including highly credentialed former U.S. intelligence analysts and well-informed American journalists – because they have challenged various Official Narratives.

    In other words, Americans are not supposed to hear the other side of the story on important international conflicts, such as the proxy war in Syria or the civil war in Ukraine or Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinians. Only the State Department’s versions of those events are permitted even when those versions are themselves propagandistic if not outright false. Issue three.

    Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) announced Wednesday his introduction of five articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

    The impeachment resolution includes some laughable reasons such as that Trump undermined freedom of the press by calling press organizations “fake news.”

    Unmentioned is Trump’s waging of wars overseas.

    Cohen’s resolution brings to mind comments of then-Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) in a press conference when impeachment proceedings were taking place against President Bill Clinton. Paul said that Congress should have been addressing “the unconstitutionality of presidents waging wars” without congressional approval, which Paul called “a lot more serious” than Clinton’s scandal involving Monica Lewinsky that the impeachment dealt with.

    Issue four.

    In the October 13, 2016 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) backing off on plans to quickly put kratom in Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act and instead pursuing a slower process including a public comment period and a scientific and medical review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    On Tuesday, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced an FDA “public health advisory related to the FDA’s mounting concerns regarding risks associated with the use of kratom.” He also noted that the FDA is working, including through seizures, to prevent kratom from entering America.

    While the seizures are bad enough, Mike Riggs writes at Reason that Gottlieb’s tone in the announcement suggests the FDA will be working with the DEA “to put kratom in Schedule I—the most tightly regulated category of drugs.”

    Issue five.

    In the April 28, June 10, and October 6 episodes of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the sheriff’s department of Worth County, Georgia having frisked 900-plus students at a high school, purportedly in an effort to find illegal drugs, as well as a lawsuit by students against the sheriff’s department in response and the indictment of the sheriff and two deputies on charges related to the friskings.

    Here is an update. WALB-TV reported that there was a Tuesday announcement by the students’ lawyers that the sheriff’s department has agreed to pay a three million dollars settlement for the lawsuit. The story also noted that this week the state’s governor has suspended the county sheriff and appointed an interim replacement.

    -----

    That’s a wrap.

    Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

    Five four three two one.
  43. Site: Mundabor's blog
    12 hours 51 min ago
    Author: Mundabor
    Gotta admire a Mr Ed Conlon, writing for the EWTN owned CNA. Mr Conlon has some kind of superpowers.  He sees something no one else seem to notice. besides the rubbish about how bad the opponent of TheFrancis are, what is most amusing is Mr Conlon’s assured assertion that the Pope is clearly against communion […]
  44. Site: Rorate Caeli
    12 hours 58 min ago
    There's no point in even comparing the good Don Minutella with every wretched heretical priest -- even some speaking on behalf of the Vatican -- who bring countless souls to Hell through their preaching and television appearances. Not only do these priests not not face excommunication, but are widely praised, and are empower by Pope Francis himself. But the names are too endless to even start Adfero.http://www.blogger.com/profile/06375285203091937596noreply@blogger.com
  45. Site: RT - News
    13 hours 42 min ago
    Author: RT
    Since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls over 70 years ago, numerous theories have abounded about who wrote the ancient manuscripts. Now over 30 newly-excavated skeletons may finally provide an answer.
    Read Full Article at RT.com
  46. Site: RT - News
    13 hours 46 min ago
    Author: RT
    Somalia has been gripped by a perpetual cycle of drought, famine, and violence for decades, but 2017 could mark a tipping point in the nation’s fortunes, as the twin threats of climate change and an Islamist insurgency threaten an impending cataclysm.
    Read Full Article at RT.com
  47. Site: RT - News
    14 hours 11 min ago
    Author: RT
    Thousands of people carrying torches gathered in the Latvian capital, Riga to celebrate Independence Day. Praised as a “beautiful” march by the organizers, anti-fascist activists claim the rally has clear signs of the torchlight processions of Nazi Germany.
    Read Full Article at RT.com
  48. Site: Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment
    14 hours 16 min ago
    Readers will be in no doubt about my enthusiasm for our Ordinariate Missal. I affirm all of what I have said previously as I go on to suggest an improvement which could be made without any need for changes in the printed Missal. Our Missal does not include the Readings, which are to be taken from the Novus Ordo. I would very much welcome the authorisation of the old Sarum Readings for Sundays. Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com3
  49. Site: RT - News
    15 hours 3 min ago
    Author: RT
    The first man-free music event organized in response to sexual offences at concerts in Sweden will be held at the end of next summer. Tickets will be available in just two weeks, according to an announcement ironically released on International Men’s Day.
    Read Full Article at RT.com
  50. Site: Catholic Collar And Tie
    15 hours 40 min ago
    I offer apologies for the lull in posting in recent months. Father's health has not been so great, and I have been kept very busy by studies.


    However, I now urgently ask your prayers for Father Dickson: he is currently in hospital, seriously ill with pneumonia.

    I will keep you as updated as possible.

    Many thanks,

    Andrew.

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