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July 30, 2004


(Act 17:30-31) The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead."


REFLECTION BY Father Ted, July 26, 2004

My Lord Jesus, You sure were blunt in the gospel passage for tomorrow, July 27th.

In Your explanation of the Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds, You declared: "The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his Kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth."

You tell us that those who cause others to sin and all evildoers will not enter into Your Kingdom but will enter into the kingdom of the evil one.

That is - unless we repent.

You remind us that we must accept the truth about what is sin - which You and the Father have clearly explained.

And we must repent of our sin.

That is why You and those whom You have sent before Your Coming and those whom You have sent after Your Return to the Father in Heaven have constantly told us what is right and what is wrong, that is, what is virtuous and what is sinful.

You want us to repent of our sins.

You offer to us consistently the grace that each one of us needs to admit our sins so that we can repent and thereby experience Your Divine Mercy.

For You have also told us through the beloved disciple: "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him."

You do not want anyone to die in their sins.

You do not want anyone to enter into the everlasting fires of hell.

That is also why You have be urging so many of Your disciples, at this time, to pray "The Chaplet of Divine Mercy"- praying for the repentance of our brothers and sisters who are living in sin - many of whom are even denying that this is so.

Have mercy on us, O Lord! Have mercy on us!

May Your Holy Spirit come upon each one of us - to enable us to accept the truth.

May Your Holy Spirit come upon each one of us - to enable us to confess our sins.

May Your Holy Spirit come upon each one of us - to enkindle within each one of us the fire of Your Love.

"O my Jesus forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell; leads all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy."

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 29- "Concerning Heaven on Earth"

9. That soul has dispassion which is immersed in the virtues as the passionate are in pleasures.

July 29, 2004

(Rev 12:12) Therefore, rejoice, O heavens, and you that dwell therein. Woe to the earth and to the sea, because the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a short time.


Chile's President Ricardo Lagos has expressed concern about anti-religious sects after a priest died in a knife attack in the nation's main cathedral.

The attack took place in one of the country's largest cathedrals. A 69-year-old priest who had just finished conducting a weekend religious service had his throat cut and was stabbed.

He was confronted as he walked from the altar towards the vestry in the metropolitan cathedral in Santiago.

A 25-year-old man is under detention following the attack. Witnesses said the man smeared the priest's blood on his face and then stabbed himself. The man is recovering in hospital following the attack.

Police have recovered inverted crosses and goats horns from the man's rented apartment in Santiago. They have also interviewed members of a secretive group from his home town in southern Chile.

Chile is a devoutly Roman Catholic country and the killing is seen as a direct attack on the Church.

In the wake of the killing the head of the Roman Catholic Church warned that anti-religious cults were attracting young people in Chile.


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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 29- "Concerning Heaven on Earth"

7. Purity too is called dispassion; and rightly, because it is the harbinger of the general resurrection and of the incorruption of the corruptible.

July 28, 2004

(1Th 5:17) Pray without ceasing.


Prayer can be both peaceful and powerful, but it's often missing in people's lives, said Bishop Robert Carlson of the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls.

Carlson focused on the importance of prayer during Sunday's concluding Mass of the Yahweh-Shalom Conference on the Mount Marty College campus.

Prayer should be a loving experience that doesn't follow a formula, Carlson said.

"It's not important how people pray, because we have different forms like formal, spontaneous and charismatic," he said. "But when we have these conversations with God, we like to do the talking. We have to let Him talk. The Lord has to be invited in on the conversation. We are here to listen once in awhile."

In today's hectic world, many people shun prayer altogether, Carlson said. Prayer needs to be made an important part of daily life, he said.

"People say they don't have time to pray, that they are too busy. I don't believe that," he said.

The absence of prayer often leads to despair, the bishop said. "When I don't feel the Father loves me, that's when I need worldly crutches," he said.

However, turning to worldly pleasures -- while enjoyable or helpful at the time -- will leave a person feeling empty, Carlson said.

"A college student said he was heavily into alcohol and sex, and now he didn't pray as much. I told him I wasn't surprised, because you have taken yourself outside the Father's protection," he said. "You have to start the healing process with confession of your sins. You have to ask the Lord to fill me with Your Holy Spirit'."

Each person must recognize his own sinfulness and need for prayer, Carlson said. The bishop said he is no different than anyone else and needs continuous prayer and renewal.

"I have to wish for healing every single day because I have sinned. Sin wounds us," he said. "God has a special gift that he is willing to give us."

God only requires that we reach out to Him, Carlson said.

"When we are hurting, we need to pray. Jesus was in deep conversation with the Father, and we must be in conversation with the Father," he said. "When we do not know the Father's love, we can't enter into a deep experience."

Prayer involves faith and the ability to ask for help, the bishop said. "Believe, and you will receive. Knock, and it shall open. Seek, and you shall find. The Lord is patiently waiting for each of us to bring our cares."

While the spirit may be willing, the flesh is often weak and falls prey to Satan and temptation, Carlson said.

"In the movie The Passion of the Christ,' the opening scene when Jesus was in prayer, and Satan was present," he said. "Satan always tell us, You don't need to pray.' The devil is always present, so we must pray."

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 29- "Concerning Heaven on Earth"

6. There is a dispassionate man, and there is one who is more dispassionate than the dispassionate. The one strongly hates what is evil, but the other has an inexhaustible store of virtues.

July 27, 2004

(Rev 6:9-10) And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying: How long, O Lord (Holy and True), dost thou not judge and revenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?


Pope John Paul on Sunday urged the international community to help put a stop to the bloody conflicts in Sudan and Uganda that have claimed thousands of lives and turned children into soldiers.

"The war (in Sudan's Darfur region), which has intensified in these months, has brought more poverty, desperation and death," the Pontiff told pilgrims gathered at his summer residence at Castelgandolfo, south of Rome.

"How can we remain indifferent? I appeal again to the authorities responsible and to international organizations so that they don't forget these, our sorely tested brothers."

The United Nations estimates at least 30,000 people have been killed and 1.5 million made homeless in the western Darfur region in what it calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The Pope sent an envoy to visit the region last week and urged the international community to provide aid.

John Paul also raised the alarm over the long-running conflict in Uganda.

"For more than 18 years, northern Uganda has been torn apart by an inhuman conflict, which has involved millions of people, above all children ... who, gripped by fear and deprived of any future, feel compelled to become soldiers," he said.

The bloody 18-year conflict between government troops and the shadowy Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), has left some 1.6 million homeless and countless others dead and maimed.

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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 29- "Concerning Heaven on Earth"

4. Some say, moreover, that dispassion is the resurrection of the soul before the body; but others, that it is the perfect knowledge of God, second only to that of the angels.

July 23, 2004


Pope John Paul II: "Time given to Christ is never time lost, but is rather time gained, so that our relationship and indeed our whole life may become more profoundly human.”

Father Robert Altier: "No one has an excuse for not praying – no one. If you were to object right now and say, “But I’m too busy; I have all these things I have to do,” I will say, “That’s right, Martha, you’re too busy and anxious and upset about many things.” As the old saying goes, “If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy.” Remember the greatest commandment in the law is to love God first with your whole heart and soul and strength. To put the Lord first means that we have to put the time aside to pray and seek His Will so that we know what we are doing is what God wants us to do. It means that we have to die to self, and that is not easy."

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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 29- "Concerning Heaven on Earth"

3. And so he is pre-eminently dispassionate, and is recognized as dispassionate, who has made his flesh incorruptible, who has raised his mind above creatures and has subdued all his senses to it, and who keeps his soul before the face of the Lord, ever reaching out to Him even beyond his strength.

July 22, 2004

(Isa 6:8) And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: Whom shall I send? and who shall go for us? And I said: Lo, here am I, send me.


He's got a smile that can kill. But 22-year-old Dan Dury has his sights set on healing.

What began as a childhood game for this Columbus-born seminary student became reality in the form of a lifetime vocation.

"When I was younger I wanted to be either a police officer or a priest," he said.

Dury chose the latter.

It all began for Dury as a kid when he and his brother "played mass" in the basement of their childhood home.

Using Neco wafers as the host for communion, they pretended to say the Catholic Mass.

Dury's "game" transcended into a profession, but not before he tested other courses in life.

"In high school it was always in the back of my mind," he said. "But I had other things I wanted to do."

Dury studied business administration at The Ohio State University for two years and philosophy for one before coming to the decision to enroll in a Columbus seminary.

"It took me a little longer to hear God's calling," he said. "I finally decided to answer His call and stop putting it off."

Dury described "God's calling" as indiscernible.

"He's not going to call you up on the phone," he said. "It's just something you feel."

The decision to become a Catholic priest is not always an easy one, said Dury, who must commit to a life of celibacy.

"It's hard to give marriage up," he confessed. "But it's something I feel like I can do to serve God. For me, there's no greater vocation than a Catholic priest."

And what does Dury look forward to the most about becoming an ordained priest?

It all goes back to his childhood and those handy Neco wafers.

"Saying the Mass is the ultimate thing," he said. "Only he (the priest) can change the wine into blood."


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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 29- "Concerning Heaven on Earth"

2. The firmament has the stars for its beauty, and dispassion has the virtues for its adornments; for by dispassion, I mean nothing other than the Heaven of the mind within the heart, which regards the wiles of the demons as mere pranks.

July 21, 2004


Moving to contain a scandal that has deeply embarrassed the Roman Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II appointed a special inspector Tuesday to investigate a seminary where authorities uncovered 40,000 pornographic photos, including child porn.

The pope named Austrian Bishop Klaus Kueng as an "apostolic visitor" for the embattled diocese of St. Poelten and its seminary.

Austrian authorities have launched a separate criminal investigation into the recent discovery of some 40,000 photographs and numerous videos at the seminary about 50 miles west of Vienna.

Kueng will have "comprehensive authority" to review all operations at the seminary and within the St. Poelten diocese, and will report directly to the pope, the Archdiocese of Vienna said. He was to begin his inquiry Wednesday.

The Vatican inquiry will examine the child porn issue as well as the discovery of photos of candidates for the priesthood kissing and fondling each other and their older religious instructors. The police investigation has avoided the priest sex issues.

The Vatican issued a one-line announcement but made no comment on the case, which has become highly embarrassing for the Vatican and the church in overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Austria.

The special inspector appointment came amid demands in Austria that the bishop in charge of the seminary, Kurt Krenn, resign or be ousted. Krenn, 68, has acknowledged overall responsibility for the seminary but has refused to step down, dismissing the porn stash as part of a "schoolboy prank."

The seminary's director and his deputy have resigned.

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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 29- "Concerning Heaven on Earth"

1. Here are we who lie in the deepest pit of ignorance, in the dark passions of this body and in the shadow of death, having the temerity to begin to philosophize about Heaven on earth.

July 20, 2004

(Exo 20:8-11) Remember that thou keep holy the sabbath day. Six days shalt thou labour, and shalt do all thy works. But on the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: thou shalt do no work on it, thou nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy beast, nor the stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things that are in them, and rested on the seventh day: therefore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.


Listening to the word of God is the most important thing in our lives and holidays are the ideal for rediscovering the primacy of our inner life. Although reading slowly, a tanned and in shape John Paul II was back in Castel Gandolfo after his short vacation in Valle d’Aosta (Italy). His thoughts were for the people of this region and those of the Lazio town that now welcomed him.

“On this Sunday,” the Pope went on to say, “the liturgy lets us reflect on the episode in the Gospels in which Mary and Martha welcomed Jesus in their home. Even as Martha was cumbered about much serving, Mary sat at the teacher’s feet listening to his words. Christ said that ‘Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.’ Listening to the word of God is accordingly the most important thing in our lives.”

“Christ is always among us and his wish is to speak to our hearts,” the Pope added. “We can listen to him and meditate the Holy Scriptures, absorbed alone or with others in prayer, lingering in silence before the tabernacle from which He tells us his love. Sunday in particular is for Christians the day on which they are called to meet and listen to the Lord. This happens in its fullest sense when partaking in the Holy Mass in which Christ sets the Table of the Word and Bread of Life for the faithful. But other moments of prayer and meditation, rest and fraternity, also play a part in blessing the Lord’s Day.”

“When,” the Pope said, “God dwells in the hearts of the faithful because of the intervention of the Holy Spirit, it becomes easier to serve our brothers and sisters. In a unique and perfect way, this is what happened to Mary Most Holy. We commend this time of holiday to her that it may encourage us to rediscover the primacy of our inner life.”

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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 28- "On holy and blessed prayer"

43. The assurance of every petition becomes evident during prayer. Assurance is loss of doubt. Assurance is sure proof of the unprovable.

July 16, 2004


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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 28- "On holy and blessed prayer"

41. He who possesses the Lord will no longer express his object in prayer, for then, within him, the Spirit maketh intercession for him with groanings that cannot be uttered (Vid. Rom 8:26).

July 15, 2004

(John 13:35) By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.


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The victims of this war are – for the most part – women, children, the elderly, and the physically and mentally handicapped. They have been removed from all that is familiar...and have very little.

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REFLECTION BY Father Ted, July 12, 2004

My Lord Jesus Christ, thank You again for the blessings that You have given to me.

Tonight I leave for the Philippines - to assist my brothers and sisters in Our Lady’s Ministry with some of their apostolic works.

I still am not certain why Your Mother invited me to join them.

But that does not matter.

I have been asked to go.

I am going.

What is important is that I and they do what You ask of me and of them - no more and no less.

We are to radiate Your love and Your Presence to others according to Your Plans.

We are to communicate to our brothers and sisters in various regions of the Philippines the love and the concern of their brothers and sisters who are part of Our Lady’s Prayer Group.

Yesterday, You reminded us of the importance of loving You and the Father and the Holy Spirit with all our hearts, with all our beings (souls), with all our minds, and with all our strength.

This is the most important activity that You have called us to do.

Nothing is more important than this.

Yet only to love You and the Father and the Holy Spirit is not enough. You want us to love ourselves and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

These two commands summerize the entire Law and the Prophets.

And yet You want even more - for You want us to love ourselves as You and the Father and the Holy Spirit love us.

You want us to love our neighbors as You and the Father and the Holy Spirit love them.

You want us to meet their needs - according to Your promptings.

We are able to bring to some of our brothers and sisters in the Philippines some of the clothing and religious articles that You prompted some others - connected with Our Lady’s Prayer Group to provide.

And we are to give to them also some financial assistance - for them to carry out other apostolic activities - that You and Your Mother have prompted them to do.

Everything is meant to be - according to Your Most Holy Plan.

Thank You Jesus, for allowing me, for allowing us to share in Your Holy Work.

May we do Your Will each and every day.

Praise You Jesus!

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 28- "On holy and blessed prayer"

40. What is obtained by frequent and prolonged prayer is lasting.

July 14, 2004

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Letters to Gabriel: The True Story of Gabriel Michael Santorum
Santorum, Karen Garver

This book is a series of letters to a baby who never had the remotest chance to read them. Gabriel Michael Santorum had a fatal birth defect and lived only two hours. Liberals would cry that such a child was a useless drain of resources -- a candidate for partial birth abortion. But for Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) and his wife Karen, this tiny baby revitalized their appreciation for life and dedication to the pro-life cause. Little Gabriel will do the same for you, too, as you read his mother's heartrending Letters to Gabriel.

If you're a parent, you'll put down Letters to Gabriel only to rush to hug your children and thank God for them. No matter what your state in life, these letters will fill you with new energy to fight for life -- and with gratitude that God has placed people like the Santorums in the public arena.

Karen Garver Santorum began writing these letters when she found out she was pregnant, months before a heartless radiologist announced in front of the Santorums' three small children, "Your baby has a fatal defect and is going to die." She kept up the letters through her difficult pregnancy, little Gabriel's precious hours of life, and beyond -- amid the twilight struggle against the death-dealing advocates of partial birth abortion.

Although she hadn't meant for the letters to be published, her family and friends realized how inspiring and encouraging they'd be for every parent -- and every pro-lifer. Karen rediscovered, through Gabriel's terrible illness and brief minutes of life, how precious all life is, and how God can bring blessings even in the midst of tragedy.

"Losing you, Gabriel," wrote Karen, "has reinforced in Daddy and me the desire to capture all the moments with our children because life here on earth passes by so quickly." She writes movingly of the bitter paradox of being in the same situation as many who choose partial birth abortion -- so movingly, in fact, that a desperately ill Mother Teresa of Calcutta contributed a forward to this book shortly before she died.

Place these letters in the hands of your friends who've been fooled by the liberal line that partial birth abortion is the compassionate choice.

"I highly recommend this beautifully written book to any expectant parent. What I found so moving is that, unlike many books which try to tell us how to grieve, this book quietly and lovingly reminds us why, and for what, we truly grieve: not for our own lives, but for the loss of others." -- Gary Bauer, President, Family Research Council

"Courageous and deeply moving ... a story filled with hope, faith and courage. Any parent, or hopeful parent-to-be, will respond to it." -- Charlton Heston

"This is a short book which can be finished in a few hours. But its impact is likely to remain with the reader for a long time. Karen Santorum has shared with us a moving story which will enrich everyone who reads it. It is a celebration of Christian marriage and the sacredness of life. It is also a faith story of great beauty. No wonder Mother Teresa endorsed the book by writing a forward to it shortly before her death." -- Joseph A. Esposito

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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 28- "On holy and blessed prayer"

39. We should always perform every virtue, especially prayer, with great feeling. A soul prays with feeling when it gets the better of bad temper and anger.

July 13, 2004

(Jude 1:17-19) But you, my dearly beloved, be mindful of the words which have been spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who told you that in the last time there should come mockers, walking according to their own desires in ungodlinesses. These are they who separate themselves, sensual men, having not the Spirit.

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Senate Begins Jostling Over Constitutional Amendment to Protect Marriage

Debate, press conferences and unseemly tactics all related to the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) have gone into full gear since last Thursday in preparation for a Senate vote on the amendment expected tomorrow at noon. The proposed Constitutional amendment would define marriage to be the union of one woman and one man and would make that definition the law of the land for all 50 states.

The Federal Marriage Amendment is sponsored by Colorado Republican Sen. Wayne Allard and is cosponsored by 18 additional senators. The proposed amendment consists of only two sentences. “Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.”

Action item: If you support marriage between a man and a woman, contact your US Senators immediately and let them know. LINK:

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VIA Arch of Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: On this 87th anniversary of Our Lady's warning and earnest plea delivered at Fatima, "Pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace in the world . . . for she alone can save it." (Our Lady—July 13, 1917), and in this sad time of war and of threats from anti-Christian terrorists, we must redouble our prayers for peace in the world—and for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. America's and the world's sins of abortion, immorality, unjust discrimination, greed, divorce and more, weigh heavily in the balance of divine justice.

On this same date, 87 years ago, Mary prophesied, "In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph, and the world will know a certain period of peace." For a succinct summary of the Fatima messages, visit The Dominican Fathers at The Rosary Center offer a truly wonderful, free monthly newsletter; I urge you to subscribe.

We are pleased to announce a new 2-part article, "The Roots of the Triumph in Scripture and Prophecy" (read and print from our Web site,, which appeared in the most recent issues of Queen of All Hearts Magazine, published by the Montfort Missionaries. We trace the "origins" of Mary, and of her vital role in God's plan of salvation, in the OT starting with "the first Mary," Miriam the sister of Moses, and continuing through the great female heroes of the Bible. Our constant prayer is that our "separated brethren" who have yet to know Mary as we are blessed to, soon will recognize God's plan and design, and that Mary our Queen will reign forever with Christ, our Eternal King! If you have Protestant friends (we all do!), you may wish to give them our "Roots" article, for discussion and reflection. (Please support and subscribe to "Queen of All Hearts," carrying on the holy mission of St. Louis de Montfort, author of "True Devotion to Mary"; visit, and search "Queen.")

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 28- "On holy and blessed prayer"

37. Do not be puffed up if you have prayed for another and been heard, for it is his faith that has been strong and effective.

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