June 28, 2012

Saint Teresa of Avila Prayer


God alone is enough.
Let nothing upset you,
let nothing startle you.
All things pass;
God does not change.
Patience wins
all it seeks.
Whoever has God
lacks nothing:
God alone is enough

-- St Teresa Avila

Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen is Now “Venerable”

Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen is now “Venerable” after the Vatican announced today that Benedict XVI had signed a decree recognising that the archbishop heroically lived Christian virtues.

The announcement of the decree marks a significant step in the canonization cause of Peoria, Ill.-born Archbishop Sheen (1895-1979), the Emmy award-winning televangelist whose program, “Life is Worth Living,” was broadcast from 1951 to 1957.

The Vatican now has to recognise a miracle has occurred through his intercession for him to be beatified, the penultimate step to canonization. Alleged miracles have been reported, which are now being assessed by experts in Rome.

June 25, 2012

Fortnight for Freedom



Two weeks of prayer in support of our sacred and civil right
                         to practice our religious beliefs!

June 19, 2012

Catholicism for Cradle Catholics w/ Fr. John Riccardo

Catholicism for Cradle Catholics from Renewal Ministries on Vimeo.

Introducing the Pro-Life Movie '40'



40 is a film that will take on the heated issue of abortion in our nation that refuses to go away. Is abortion merely a religious or political issue or is it the most important fundamental human rights issue of our times? The film will take on the arguments of young people who believe in "a woman's right to choose," countered by pro-life answers from a wide and diverse array of pro-life activists, leaders and youth. 40 will also feature inspiring stories and deeply personal interviews with leaders of the Pro-Life movement.

40 will investigate some of the difficult questions in the abortion debate such as: Doesn't a woman have the right to choose what she does with "her body"? Is there a dispute about when human life begins or does human life begin at conception? Is the fetus just a glob of tissue or a person with inalienable rights? Can morality be legislated and if abortion is outlawed, will it still go on in back alleys? Was the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion good for women? 40 will answer these and many other important questions about abortion.

http://the40film.com

June 15, 2012

June 15th: Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

"I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final persever- ance; they shall not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment" (Jesus to St. Margaret Mary).

Sixteenth century Calvinism and seventeenth century Jansenism preached a distorted Christianity that substituted for God's love and sacrifice of His Son for all men the fearful idea that a whole section of humanity was inexorably damned.

The Church always countered this view with the infinite love of our Savior who died on the cross for all men. The institution of the feast of the Sacred Heart was soon to contribute to the creation among the faithful of a powerful current of devotion which since then has grown steadily stronger. The first Office and Mass of the Sacred Heart were composed by St. John Eudes, but the institution of the feast was a result of the appearances of our Lord to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in 1675. The celebration of the feast was extended to the general calendar of the Church by Pius IX in 1856.

June 12, 2012

‘God Is Dead’: Catholic Priest Slams Atheism in New Spoken-Word Video Performance



This video is in response to the claims of the "New Atheism." One that has been presented by the likes of Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens. One who holds faith is NOT irrational. Science and reason are not incompatible with faith in fact they compliment each other very well because they come from the same source, God. We hope that this video touches the hearts of many people. If you seek to dialogue in the commentary below please be respectful of those you are communicating with. Slander, foul language and the like will not be tolerated. May God, who is fully alive, bless each viewer.

Mary Immaculate, Patroness of Our Country, Pray for Us

O GOD OUR CREATOR,
from your provident hand we have received
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,
and your Son, Jesus Christ.
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

Copyright © 2012, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved.

June 5, 2012

Questioning the Timing on the Times' Attack on Cardinal Dolan

It's hard not to see the invisible hand of progressive punishment behind a recent NY Times story attacking Cardinal Timothy Dolan. You only have to look at the timeline to wonder if this is really just a coincidence that this old story is suddenly news again.

The White House has been in a months-long battle with the Catholic Church over the issue of providing contraceptives. Sandra Fluke and the "war on women" were all White House driven media plays designed to spin a losing political battle into a win. It hasn't been working very well if polls are to be believed.

Two weeks ago, the Catholic Church took the issue to a new level when it sued the administration on religious liberty grounds. Right there in the forefront of the Times' coverage is Cardinal Dolan, "We have tried negotiations with the administration and legislation with the Congress — and we’ll keep at it — but there’s still no fix."

The next day, May 22nd, the Times published a Maureen Dowd column titled "Father Doesn't Know Best" which attacked the Catholic Church in general and the "pugnacious" Cardinal Dolan in particular. The gist of the piece is straight from DNC talking points, i.e. the lawsuit is part of a war on women by the bishops.

For more go here

Good Website for Info About the Attack on the Church Through the HHS Mandate

Religious liberty group launches massive HHS mandate site By Michelle Bauman Washington D.C., May 30, 2012 / 02:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).

A legal group that aims to defend religious freedom has launched a new website offering a wealth of resources on the contraception mandate, and the various lawsuits that have been filed against it. “There was a lot of misinformation out there on the mandate,” said Emily Hardman, attorney and communications director for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a D.C.-based organization. Hardman told CNA on May 29 that the Becket Fund “wanted to provide an accurate, concise and useful resource for reporters and the general public.” She explained that when the information “is laid out clearly in one place,” it is evident that the mandate’s requirements violate the First Amendment’s protections of religious freedom. On May 22, the Becket Fund launched a webpage to serve as a centralized resource for information surrounding the contraception mandate. The webpage tracks the lawsuits that have been filed against the mandate by plaintiffs ranging from EWTN to seven U.S. states to two private business owners.

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Read the rest there.