Go Forth And Blog

Papa Benedict, you said to proclaim the Gospel –to “go forth and blog.”  And so, now I will do my part; I will begin blogging.

I don’t know where you are exactly, or what is happening to you. But our beautiful holy Church is in crisis.  You—and St. Pope John Paul II—have set down the rules to follow. Gratefully, there is a Catechism. And gratefully there are courageous priests, bishops and even lay people who are willing to be faithful to the Bride of Christ—to the true Catholic Church. It would be nice if you could come out as well and assist, but if you cannot, that is all right. Our Lady will help us.

Our greatest hope is in prayer, our greatest weapon against evil is the rosary.  And we will pray. And we will fast. And we will ask for and hopefully have the courage to stand up for what is right, to remain true to the Catholic Church, the Church founded by our Lord Jesus Christ.

And Papa Benedict, we will also go forth and blog.

Papa Benedict, Papa St. John Paul II, please pray for us!

Psalm 69: “Oh God, come to my assistance, O Lord, make haste to help me Let them be confounded and ashamed that seek my soul. Let them be turned backward and blush for shame, that desire evils to me. Let them be presently turned away blushing for shame that say to me: ‘T is well, ‘t is well. Let all that seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee. And let such as love Thy salvation say always: The Lord be magnified.

But I am needy and poor; Oh God, help me. Thou art my helper and my deliverer. Oh Lord make no delay.”

Glory be to the Father, and to the son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and very shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Memorare

Remember, O most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or south thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee O Virgin of virgins, my mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Aparecida, Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, help us now. Crush the serpent, confirm your Son as Christ the King, as the One True God, the Son of the Living God. Help us to be strong. Please pray for us and guide us all and our beautiful Church back Home and into the arms of your Divine Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.

We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

 

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God’s Not Dead

GOD’S NOT DEAD.

Consider this my “text,” Newsboys! Smilie: :-)

I just went to see a wonderful film called “God’s Not Dead.”  The story is about a young College Freshman, Josh Wheaton (played by Shane Harper), who is majoring in Pre-law–in other words, he has a lot at stake when it comes to getting good grades.

Nonetheless, he finds himself in a class with a staunch atheist teacher, Professor Radisson played by Kevin Sorbo, who wants all of his students on the first day to write “God is dead” on a piece of paper and sign it.  Completing that “assignment”  is a huge part of the semester grade, and the argumentative Professor won’t accept any alternative views by his students.

Josh, a devout Christian, could not deny his faith by writing the words.  And so, throwing down the gauntlet to a Freshie whom he was sure he could argue circles around, the atheist Professor gives him 3 20 minute sessions to prove the existence of God.

With the students who had all written “God is dead” on their papers as the jury, the Josh takes on the challenge, despite numerous obstacles, including risking his future career and closest relationships.

We see other characters in the movie, also modern day Christians, who face difficult challenges to practicing their faith as well.

It’s an engaging tale, and very well done. The acting is marvelous. And the ending had me in tears — it was really touching.

After the mega-doses of atheism we’ve had to endure in modern entertainment, not just the obvious propaganda, but others — some disguised as science as in the recent tv documentary* “Cosmos,” it’s refreshing to find a movie like this. And it’s even more inspiring that the premise is not based upon some far out theory,  but is grounded in experiences by many a Christian and numerous Christian groups who all bravely fight the good fight, finish the race and keep their faith despite it all.

For more information on “God is Not Dead,” see  http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/

*(The new Cosmos was funded by Family Guy’s Seth McFarland and written and produced by Ann Druyan, who won the 2004 Richard Dawkins Award  from the Atheist Alliance International Society and who was inspired to pursue science due to her fascination with Karl Marx.) (See Ann Druyan Wikipedia page)

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A Modern Martyr for Christ — Pastor Saeed Abedini

Please pray for Pastor Saeed as he undergoes unspeakable hardship and torture in an Iranian prison because he refuses to deny Jesus Christ.

So often we think of Martyrs as people who lived in the past — people like St. Stephen, or St. Nicholas who remained in prison for 11 years for refusing to renounce his faith in Jesus Christ, St. Philhomena, St. Maximillian Kolbe, and many others who lived so long ago. But there are those who are tortured and abused just as badly  today for refusing to deny their love and faith in Jesus Christ.

These modern day martyrs–in China,  Bishop Ma Daquin, and now in Iran, Pastor Saeed Abedini,  are a shining light in the world’s darkness —- heroes for the Faith. Their hardship only makes their love stronger, their faith greater and the light they shine brighter until it is a beacon for all to see.

“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church” wrote Tertullian in the 2st Century. That fact has not changed.  These heroes who suffer for Christ today do great good and convert many to the faith.

Please listen to Pastor Saeed’s beautiful letter to his wife, proclaiming his love for Jesus Christ despite the horrific abuse he has endured from those who are trying to torture him into denying the Lord. Even now in the letter he wrote from that hellish place he is inspiring all of us to stay strong for God’s glory…

“..See your golden opportunities in pressures and difficulties….see the Shining Morning Star in the dark times in your life…….Stay strong for His glory! He will come back soon. Be with God and give your best efforts for His kingdom.

Pastor Saeed, Servant of Jesus Christ in chains for endurance of the Gospel. I love you all.”

Please then go to ACLJ.org to sign the petition for Pastor Saeed’s  release so that he may return home to his beautiful family. 

God bless you! And God bless Pastor Saeed!

 

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Blessed is the Nation Whose God is the Lord

Hobby Lobby, a great American Christian business, has been threatened with fines of 1.3 million dollars a day if they do not pay for the abortifacient, the “morning after” pill, via Obama’s HHS Mandate. Essentially, this company is required to choose between following their conscience or keeping their doors open.

According to David Green, founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby,

“These abortion-causing drugs go against our faith…. We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”

Please pray for them and for America as they fight this issue in court.  Just as they have put their heart and soul into their business, they are not willing to lose their soul to follow this unjust and unconstitutional order.

We are at a moment of crisis in this country.  America has provided Religious Freedom to all of its citizens for over 200 years.  But because of Obama, that may all come to an end very soon.  President Obama refuses to respect the religious freedom of American citizens with whom he disagrees.  His mandates force them to choose to violate their consciences or to violate an unjust law in the country they love and pay millions of dollars in fines until their businesses are shut down.

Our country may soon lose its most precious freedoms. Please pray for America, and please vote for American freedom!

On Sept 17, 2012 as America commemorated 225 years since the signing of the U.S. Constitution, Hobby Lobby put this wonderful ad in the paper:

FFRF Responds to Hobby Lobby With Constitution Day Ad | Albuquerque Journal

Other Holiday messages can be found here:

At http://www.hobbylobby.com/holiday_messages/holiday_messages.cfm

http://www.hobbylobby.com/assets/images/holiday_messages/messages/2008i.jpg

Thank God for these faithful Americans! And please pray for America! May God bless America once again!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Please Pray for China’s Missing Bishop, Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin!

Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin has been “detained” by the Chinese government after making this courageous speech and declaring his loyalty to the true Catholic Church in China.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIuMdFIxasI

He is now missing and there is fear that he is being harmed or has even been martyred for his Faith!

Please pray for him and join the twitter conversation #whereisbishopma?

See this BBC article about China’s missing Bishop http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18779032

Thank you and may God bless you!!!

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Fortnight for Religious Freedom

Please pray with us from now until July 4th!

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator,

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

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

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

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Prayer Resources


 

 

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

(From the USCCB site)

The fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this “fortnight for freedom”—a great hymn of prayer for our country. Our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome.  Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action will emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. Dioceses and parishes around the country have scheduled special events that support a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty.

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/upload/Fortnight-for-Freedom-Bulletin-Insert.pdf

For more information, go to www.fortnight4freedom.org

Thank you, and God Bless You!!

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For Greater Glory

I saw “For Greater Glory” today, and it was a wonderful movie. Out in theaters now, this beautiful, spectacularly-filmed movie had me moved to tears many times. Based upon a true story, the film highlights the true heroes and tragedies in Mexico’s war for religious freedom in the early 1900.  Hurry up and see it — the film may not be out for much longer and it is definitely worth a look.

For more information, go to http://www.forgreaterglory.com/

And here are a few more reviews. Go see it and let me know what you think!Smilie: :-)

http://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/movies/item/11601-for-greater-glory-portrays-the-cristeros-fight-for-religious-freedom

http://www.ldsmag.com/1/article/10935

http://catholicmom.com/2012/05/30/for-greater-glory-timely-and-remarkable/

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Big Surprise

I have a lovely Kindle Fire and recently discovered a remarkable free “App” called “Laudate.” (See http://www.amazon.com/AJ-Laudate/dp/B005YH5R7A/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_i/191-4105238-6932448 ).

In any case, I was browsing around and began to read the Catholic Catechism, which can be found as a link on the “app.”

Big surprise.  I had always thought of the Catechism as a book of rules, and had never before thought of reading it through like a regular book.  To me that would have been as silly as reading the Arizona Revised Statutes from cover to cover.  Who wants to read a book of rules?

But what a shock!  The Catechism is not a book of rules.  It is sheer unadulterated absolutely exquisite poetry.  It is just beautiful.  In fact, I was blown away by its beauty.

As an example, let’s start with Chapter One:

“CHAPTER ONE

MAN’S CAPACITY FOR GOD

I. The Desire for God

27 The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for……..”

(see http://www.scborromeo.org/mobileccc/p1s1c1.htm or http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P9.HTM )

Why had I never done this before? Why had I never tried?  What more could I read on a daily basis that could possibly matter more than the first things that this book talks about? This book holds the key to the meaning of existence — why had I not bothered to look before?

Check it out the “app” online at http://www.amazon.com/AJ-Laudate/dp/B005YH5R7A/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_i/191-4105238-6932448

or go here for the Catholic Catechism online: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM

Happy Reading! Smilie: :-)

 

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