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July 28, 2006 


(Rom 8:1-2) There is now therefore no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh. For the law of the spirit of life, in Christ Jesus, hath delivered me from the law of sin and of death.

LINK: The Spiritual Life Is a Battle: Don’t Give Up!

VIA Jean Marie: The Devil and The Duck

There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play without in the woods. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner.

As he was walking back he saw Grandma's pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head, and killed it. He was shocked and grieved. In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile, only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing. 

After lunch the next day Grandma said, "Sally, let's wash the dishes." But Sally said, "Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen." Then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck?" So Johnny did the dishes.

Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grand! ma said, "I'm sorry but I need Sally to help make supper." Sally just smiled and said," Well that's all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help." She whispered again, "Remember the duck?" 

So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help. 

After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's he finally couldn't stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug, and said, "Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing. But because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you." 

Thought for the day and every day thereafter: Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done -- and the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, debt, fear, hatred , anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, etc.) whatever it is, you need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing, He has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven. He's just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you. 

The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness, He not only forgives you, but He forgets - It is by God's Grace and Mercy that we are saved.

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Non-Judgement

2. A brother sinned and the presbyter ordered him to out of church. But Besasarion got up and went out with him, saying 'I too, am a sinner.'

July 27, 2006  

(1Th 5:17) Pray without ceasing.


by Mary Heaney

The door slammed behind me. My heart pounded and I strode off, agitated, full of worries. I hardly paid attention to where I was going. All I knew was that I had to move. Soon I found myself saying, "Lord, help me; Lord help me." For more than an hour I repeated this, finding solace in the repetitions.

Despite the disturbing thoughts, I kept coming back to my short prayer and gradually felt a deep stillness in my mind. This happened many years ago, and was my first experience with what I call "prayer-walking."

It is easy to say, "When you are troubled, turn to God in prayer." But it can be extremely difficult to calm down. Physical movement helps bring the mental tranquility so necessary to prayer. Even when we are not stressed, walking affords a wonderful opportunity to think on spiritual values and seek God's guidance.

Walking and prayer seem a natural combination. Walking teaches regular relaxed breathing and sets the stage for prayer. The rhythm of breathing and footsteps helps me focus on a short prayer phrase such as "Lord, have mercy,"Holy Spirit enlighten me" or simply "Thank you, Lord." It seems a paradox that, in motion, we can "Be still, and know that I am God."

After several minutes, the mind does float free. This is the time to converse with God, to ask for blessings. Or suddenly an insight or a solution to a problem may surface. Often I simply find that I can "let go and let God."

Holy men and women of all ages combined walking with prayer. In the gospels, it seems Jesus and his apostles walk continuously. Sure, it may have been their only means of travel, but I think the walking made prayerfulness easier. In "The Way of a Pilgrim," author Walter Ciszek walks all over Russia as he follows Paul's admonition to "pray without ceasing."

Perhaps there is no greater joy than walks in nature. A pine tree silhouetted against a cobalt blue sky, white daisies tumbling across a green hillside, a robin singing his spring song -- all reflect and reveal God. Many people walk daily for fitness or to relieve stress.

Why not add spiritual fitness to these physical and emotional benefits of walking?

Connecting prayer with life's ordinary activities was spontaneous in earlier times. The ancient Celts of Ireland prayed when lighting the fire, spinning wool, planting seeds -- still practiced in remote areas of the Orkney and Hebrides Islands.

In today's chaotic world, prayer-walking may help us recapture that blessing.

Mary Heaney, formerly of Willmar, Minn., lives in Cumberland, Wis. She has been living with lung cancer for four years and said, "The Mayo Clinic and prayer-walking have saved my life."

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Nothing Done For Show

24. A hermit said, 'When you flee from the company of other people, or when you despise the world and worldlings, take care to do so as if it were you who was being idiotic.'

July 26, 2006

Save the Afflicted

We beseech thee, Master, to be our helper and protector.
Save the afflicted among us; have mercy on the lowly;
raise up the fallen; appear to the needy; heal the ungodly;
restore the wanderers of thy people;
feed the hungry; ransom our prisoners;
raise up the sick; comfort the faint-hearted.
Clement of Rome (1st Century)


The leader of Greece's Orthodox Church accused Israel Sunday of "sacrificing innocent civilians" in its bombardment of Lebanon.

"Israel's actions within its right to self defense have long exceeded any rational limit," Archbishop Christodoulos said. "(They are) sacrificing innocent civilians by the hundreds, and creating refugees by the thousands," he added, telling the Israeli authorities, "Do not provoke our consciences. Do not feed the world condemnation against you. It is not in your interest. ... Fear God's wrath."

The church has played a lead role in sheltering Greek evacuees from Lebanon who have no home or close relatives here. Greece's Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis also repeated her criticism of the Israeli attacks. "The developments in the Middle East are the epitome of senselessness," Bakoyannis wrote in an article published in Sunday's Eleftherotypia newspaper. "Children are being killed, families torn apart, towns are being destroyed and the infrastructure of a country razed," she wrote. "It's the civilian population that is being attacked in both countries - Lebanon and Israel."


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Zakaria Alamiddine's face is heavily bandaged and badly burned, yet his youthful eyes beam bright and full of life.

There's relief in his 18-year-old voice when he describes surviving the Israeli bombing of the basement shelter in south Lebanon where he and his family — and 50 other civilians — had gathered to wait out the conflict.

It's the relief of a young man whose older sister has so far spared him the news that his father and 14-year-old brother were killed in the attack.

"I'm waiting until he gets better. It will hurt him so much," his sister Kawsar, 24, warned the Star before entering his room at the Beirut Government University Hospital.

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Nothing Done For Show

23. A hermit said, 'If a man prepares for the next day, it cuts away the fruit of his spirit and leaves him dry.'

July 25, 2006

POPE BENEDICT XVI: "Lord, free us from all evil and grant us peace; not tomorrow or the day after, grant us peace today!"

VATICAN NEWSPAPER: "Cease-fire Immediately"


Catholic churches across the Washington DC region responded Sunday to Pope Benedict XVI's international call for prayers of peace in the Middle East.

More than 1,100 worshippers attended a noon Mass in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast that was celebrated by Archbishop of Washington Donald W. Wuerl.

"Today we can all be justifiably alarmed that the violence so visible in Lebanon and Israel is qualitatively different from just a year ago because of a new level of weaponry and the wider range of destruction," the archbishop said.

Archbishop Wuerl met Tuesday in the District with Cardinal Nasrallah P. Sfeir, a leader of the Christian community in Lebanon. "We came together to pray, to pray for our sisters and brothers in Lebanon, and to pray that God's grace would touch the hearts of all of those who have the power to bring an end to the suffering, the violence, the division and hatred," Archbishop Wuerl said.

The pope asked followers Thursday to implore from God the "precious gift of peace" and designated Sunday as a day of prayer and penance for peace in the Middle East.


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Catholic relief agencies respond with aid, fight fear on both Mideast conflict fronts

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Nothing Done For Show

20. She also said, 'The same thing cannot at once be seed and a full-grown bush. So men with a worldly reputation cannot bear heavenly fruit.'

July 21, 2006


(Phi 4:6-7) Be nothing solicitous: but in every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

TIMELY REMINDER: Catechesis of Fasting


Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday issued a fresh appeal for an end to the latest conflict in the Middle East, proclaiming next Sunday a day of prayers for peace.

The pope issued a statement saying that Sunday would be a "special day of prayer and penitence" for believers of all faiths in the hope of an "immediate ceasefire" between Israel and Lebanon.

"We must implore God for the precious gift of peace," he said.

"The Lebanese have the right to see their country's sovereignty respected, the Israelis have the right to live in peace in their state and the Palestinians have the right to their own free and sovereign state," the German-born pontiff said.

The 79-year-old pope also urged aid organisations to "help the people hit by this ruthless conflict".

"Humanitarian corridors must immediately be established to bring aid to the suffering populations," he said. He called for the opening of "reasonable and responsible negotiations to end objective situations of injustice existing in the region".

SPREAD THE WORD!: Pope calls for a Day of Prayer and Penance for Peace in the Middle East Sunday July 23


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Maronite archbishop calls refugee problem in Lebanon huge, dire

PRESS RELEASE: Caritas Lebanon's overwhelming task of caring for civilians

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Nothing Done For Show

19. Syncletica said, 'An open treasury is quickly spent; any virtue will be lost if it is published abroad and is known about everywhere.  If you put wax in front of a fire it melts; and if you pour vain praises on the soul it goes soft and weak in seeking goodness.'

July 20, 2006 

(Pro 3:5-6) Have confidence in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not upon thy own prudence. In all thy ways think on him, and he will direct thy steps.

VIA Jim McCrea: Trust the Lord

There was a scene in the movie "The Hunt for Red October" where a torpedo was fired at their submarine.

The captain orders the sub to head towards the oncoming torpedo and move at full speed.

Now that seems to make no sense, because it seems as if in that situation, one should be escaping from the torpedo.

But the crew trusts the captain.

When the sub hits the torpedo, the torpedo simply bursts apart without detonating, leaving the sub unharmed.

The captain explains that he did what he did because the detonator of the torpedo was on a timing mechanism, and he ran the sub into it before it had a chance to arm itself.

In light of such a "parable" we should always trust the Lord, no matter what happens in our lives.

Often the Lord takes us along a path that seems to lead away from our happiness and well-being.

Sometimes it makes no sense, but we have to trust the Lord.

But in the end, when the situation turns out well, we can see the wisdom of the Lord in bringing us along that path, for often what we were denied, which we desired, would bring great calamity, and the course that God sets for us, brings us to a great blessing.

VIA Holy Souls: The Joy of the Lord is my Strength.

Joy is our ticket through life. It's what we should strive for. It's difficult and sometimes just about impossible, but if we can approach every aggravation with a smile, if we find happiness in each struggle, if we transcend gloominess, we place shields around us. Joy is the halo of brightness that plows through darkness.

How can we possibly be happy through the trials on earth?

Upon clinical "death," said a person who had a near-death experience, one of the first lessons was that "there is a reason for everything that happens, no matter how awful it appeared in the physical realm."

In Heaven, nothing on earth seems like such a big deal. Great suffering is little in terms of eternity. When we die, we'll say, "Of course!" or "I should have known!" as we review those things that were learning experiences but once seemed like tragedies. It is the harmony with God's laws that gives us purpose and joy.

"It is always springtime in the heart that loves God," the Cure of Ars declared. And he spoke from experience. We get this from the marvelous book, A Bedside Book of Saints.

"The soul of one who serves God," said St. John of the Cross, "always swims in joy, always keeps holiday, and is always in a mood for singing"!

Joy chases away evil. Look at how radiant John Paul II was right to the end!

"Laugh and grow strong," was a saying from St. Ignatius.

St. Teresa prayed to be delivered from "sour-faced saints."

Joy heals. Joy sweeps away pessimism. Joy transcends the little trials we each encounter each week and sometimes every hour.

Joy calls your soul to heal your body, over which it rules. Even death should not daunt us. "The perfect love of God," said St. John of the Cross, "makes death welcome and most sweet to the soul."

Perfect love casts out fear and it is fear that so often robs us of joy!
Everything that happens does so for a purpose, and God is in charge; truly, He is everywhere. He knows your smallest discomfort.

During tribulation, the saints were happier yet because tribulation brings us closer to God. There is joy in everything!

Fighting evil? "They wage war on the devil as though they were amusing themselves," said Chrysostom of monks in his time. "They have no sadness."

What were some names of the early monasteries? "The Bright Place." "The Delights." "The Gate of Heaven." "The Happy Meadow."

Can you smile in difficulty? Can you be happy when everything is going wrong? Can you be glad even when your schedule has been upset?

Be generous. Be full of love. Joy is the measure of our generosity. And it makes life what it should be: a trial, yes, a fight against evil, but one with such a happy ending if we serve Christ that we rise above any sorrow of this passing world with the delight of God's love.

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Nothing Done For Show

16. Ammon (of the place called Raithu) brought this question to Sisois: 'When I read Scripture, I am tempted to make elaborate commentaries and prepare myself to answer questions on it. '  He replied, 'You don't need to do that.  It is better to speak simply, with a good conscience and a pure mind.'

July 19, 2006

VATICAN RADIO: Vatican Re-iterates Calls for Peace in Middle East

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Pray for the innocent victims of war!

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Conflict to Expand

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Israel, Syria and Iran

The Syrian Option
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ANALYSIS EXCERPT: An Israeli attack on Iran -- or on Iran's ally, Syria -- will be instantly perceived, in Tehran and throughout the Muslim world, as an attack in which the United States is complicit, even if the U.S. military does not directly participate. Such an attack will place American troops and ships at risk of instant retaliation in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, and for that matter throughout the Middle East, not to mention the special ops forces already in Iran itself. No Israeli leader would even contemplate such a strike without a green light from Washington, and no Israeli leader would launch it without notifying Washington first.

Tehran knows this, as does the entire Muslim world. If Israel widens this war, Iran will retaliate, the United States will be at war with Iran, all sides will have one or another "unprovoked" attack they can point to an enemy as having perpetrated, and we will suddenly be in the thick of a war that at minimum involves Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Palestine, and abuts the Persian Gulf, the Gulf emirates, and oil-rich Saudi Arabia. The military options for American success are virtually negligible, the scenarios for military disaster are numerous, the economic impact on oil markets alone will be inevitably global and dire, and I haven't even gotten to the fact that Bush might himself launch an attack, or that not only the U.S. but Israel, too, has a full nuclear arsenal. And that beyond Iran's terrorist connections around the world, other terror groups (Al Qaeda, for one) are unlikely to stand idly by while this nightmare unfolds.

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Nothing Done For Show

14. Poemen also said, 'Teach your heart to follow what your tongue is saying to others.' He also said, 'Men try to appear excellent in preaching but they are less excellent in practicing what they preach.'

July 18, 2006


Pope Benedict XVI is expressing serious concern over the escalation of violence in the Middle East. He was spoke from his mountain retreat in the Italian Alps, where he is on vacation until the end of this month.

In recent days, the pope said, the news coming from the Holy Land is for everyone a reason for new and serious preoccupation.

The pope said that, neither terrorist attacks, nor reprisals, particularly when there are tragic consequences for the civilian population, can in any way be justified.

Pope Benedict said the causes of such fierce confrontation are, unfortunately, violation of law and justice. “Let us pray to Mary Queen of Peace that she may implore from God the fundamental gift of harmony, bringing political leaders back to the way of reason and opening new possibilities of dialogue and understanding. In this perspective, I invite local churches to offer special prayers for peace in the Holy Land and in all the Middle East.”


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EDITORIAL: Where Are The Christians? By Patrick J. Buchanan


1. Calls on Israel to cease immediately its indiscriminate assault on the people of Lebanon, and in the near future, to open talks with Palestinian representatives on the equitable and just resolution of the long-running conflict with Palestine. The continuing Administrative Detention of hundreds of Palestinian citizens and the collective punishment of the Palestinian people is at the root of the ongoing violence against the people of Israel.

2. Calls on Hizbollah and Hamas, or whoever hold them, to release at once the captured Israeli soldiers, held in violation of international law, and to cease immediately their indiscriminate rocket attacks on the people of Israel.

3. We affirm the message of Pope Benedict XVI, "neither terrorist acts nor reprisals, especially when they entail tragic consequences for the civilian population, can be justified, by such paths, as bitter experience shows, positive results are not achieved."

4. Calls on all people of faith to pray that those everywhere, including those in the government of our country, who take the path of violence, will come to see that violence solves no problems. It only generates more violence and creates deeper divisions between communities.

'Peace is the fruit of anxious daily care to see that everyone lives in the justice that God intends'. (Pope Paul VI Populorum Progression 1967)

PRESS RELEASE: Middle East: Caritas calls for a ceasefire

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Nothing Done For Show

12. When Nesteros the Great was walking in the desert with a brother, they saw a dragon and ran away. The brother said, 'Were you afraid, abba?' Nesteros answered, 'I wasn't afraid, my son. But it was right to run away from the dragon, otherwise I shoul have had to run away from conceit.'

July 14, 2006


(Jer 31:15-17) Thus saith the Lord: A voice was heard on high of lamentation, of mourning, and weeping, of Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted for them, because they are not. Thus saith the Lord: Let thy voice cease from weeping, and thy eyes tears: for there is a reward for thy work, saith the Lord: and they shall return out of the land of the enemy. And there is hope for thy last end, saith the Lord: and the children shall return to their own borders.

LINK: There Is Hope After Abortion- Project Rachel USA

MORE: Project Rachel- Australia

VIA Anne Lastman: Thank you for the beautiful prayers for the aborted babies published in Tribulation Times. May I ask would you publish this other prayer also please. It has been composed by myself and has ecclesistical approval. When I composed this prayer it had been my hope that a million people will pray this prayer once a day for a whole year.

It is for healing of post abortion grief/wounds. Perhaps with your readership it might help towards that number. I have printed thousands of copies and placed them in back of churches, but it still is far short of the number. Imagine, 365 x 1,000,000, perhaps we could get a healing of women who would then fight against the demon abortion.

I have been a post abortion/sexual abuse grief counsellor for ten years now and I have seen (even from my own personal experience) the damage that abortion does. We need to heal our society.

Here is the prayer:

A Prayer for Healing of Abortion Wounds.
Eternal Father,
We come before you
bearing the wounds of your Son, Jesus,
Who, by His passion and death
we know has forgiven us.
We thank you Father for creating a special place
in heaven for our precious infants
who now surround your Holy Altar.
Father, on our journey home,
bearing the scars of our sin
grant to us mothers and fathers
the grace of healing, courage and peace,
so that we may be true witnesses to the world
of your love and endless mercy.
Through the intercession of Our Lady
The mother of all mothers,
we ask You this, Our Father
in the name of Jesus Your Son
and in the unity of the Holy Spirit.

Nihil Obstat: Very Rev. Peter J. Kenny, D.D. Diocesan Censor.
Imprimatur: Monsignor Les Tomlinson Vicar General Date: 21st April, 2005.

Anne Lastman Founder Victims of Abortion Trauma Counselling & Info Services P O Box 6094, Vermont South, 3133.
Mob: 0408 175 033.

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Nothing Done For Show

8. Another brother spoke with the same Theodore, and he began to talk about matters of which he had noe experience. Theodore said to him, 'You've not yet found a ship to sail in, nor put your luggage aboard, nor puto ot to sea, and you're already acting as if you were in the city which you mean to reach. If you make some attempt to do the things you are discussing, then you can talk about them with understanding.'

July 13, 2006

(2Co 12:7-10) And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.


VIA Jim McCrea:  John of God - Three Reasons why God allows SUFFERING via

Meditation on Psalm 119 SUFFERING

Suffering, like fire-tried gold, transforms us into the Heart of Christ. God never intended nor wanted man to suffer. Man fell through disobedience from the paradise God created. Christ?s sufferings on the cross give our sufferings value, purpose, and meaning until the day when paradise is restored.

We unite our sufferings now, no matter how great or small, to Jesus truly present before us in the Blessed Sacrament. He takes them and offers them to His Heavenly Father in union with those He suffered for us on Calvary. He purifies them with His Blood and gives them unspeakable beauty by offering them with the love with which He endured His Passion.

God uses sufferings for three purposes. One is to purify us from self-love, ego, and pride so that our disposition may always be that of the psalmist:
"I bind myself to do Your Will." The freedom of heart is given when we "run the way" of God?s Holy Will. Otherwise we are enslaved by our own selfishness.

Just before he died, Bishop Sheen was asked by a television reporter what the difference was between the young Father Fulton Sheen, just ordained, and the eighty-year-old Bishop with whom he was talking. The answer was "wisdom acquired through suffering."

The second purpose of suffering is that it creates a compassionate heart. Through suffering, one bcomes sensitive to the cries and needs of others.

The third purpose is that it has a redemptive value when we accept it and offer it to God in union with the Passion of our Lord. The Will of God is that all His children be saved. For this end, He allows human suffering in order that one man may merit necessary graces for another who otherwise would be lost. Like St. Paul, through our suffering we make up for what is wanting in the Mystical Body of Christ.

The word that revives us is the Person of Christ, the Incarnate Word of God, continuing His saving mysteries in the Blessed Sacrament.

The threefold purpose of suffering therefore is: purification of self, creates a compassionate heart and is redemptive in that it causes propitiation for sins in union with Christ's passion and thereby enables another soul to gain the graces necessary for salvation - purification, compassion, salvation.

Psalm 119:25-32 Keep me from the way of error and teach me Your law.

I have chosen the way of truth with Your decrees before me.

I bind myself to do Your Will; Lord, do not disappoint me.

I will run the way of Your commands; You give freedom to my heart.

My soul lies in the dust; by Your word revive me.

I declared my ways and You answered me; teach me Your statues.

Make me grasp the way of Your precepts and I will muse on Your wonders.

My soul pines away with grief; by Your word raise me up.

VIA Sadie Jaramillo: "Your Cross"

The everlasting God has in His wisdom foreseen from eternity the cross that He now presents to you as a gift from His inmost heart. This cross He now sends you He has considered with His all-knowing eyes, understood with His divine mind, tested with His wise justice, warmed with loving arms and weighed with His own hands to see that it not be not one inch too large and not one ounce too heavy for you. He has blessed it with His holy name, anointed it with His grace, perfumed it with His consolation, taken one last glance at you and your courage and then sent it to you from heaven, a special greeting from God to you, an alms of the all-merciful love of God

-Saint Francis de Sales

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Nothing Done For Show

6. Once a brother came to Theodore of Pherme, and spent three days asking him for advice. Theodore did not answer, and he went sadly away. So Theodore's disciple asked him, 'Abba, why didn't you speak to him? Look, he has gone away sad.' He replied, 'As a matter of fact, I said nothing to him because he's only interested in getting credit by repeating what others have said to him.'  

July 12, 2006 

VATICAN RADIO: Tensions Rise in Holy Land


Israeli tanks and troops have pushed into the central Gaza Strip, expanding a two-week-old offensive aimed at recovering a captured soldier and stopping rocket attacks by Palestinian militants.

Israel has rejected international criticism of its biggest operation in the Gaza Strip since abandoning the territory last year after 38 years of occupation, vowing to continue the offensive indefinitely.

A Palestinian policeman was killed after clashes erupted between gunmen and Israeli forces near the town of Deir el Balah, residents said.

Militants tried to fire makeshift rockets towards the Kissufim border crossing as a column of dozens of armoured vehicles and hundreds of soldiers pushed into central Gaza, but the rockets appeared to fall short of the troops.

"Our main target is the terrorist infrastructure – the rocket crews, the gunmen, the arms caches," said Israeli commander Colonel Yoel, who could not give his last name.

"But of course we are here to show that if, God forbid, any of us is captured by the enemy, the army will do everything to secure his return."

Israel sent a force into southern Gaza on June 28, three days after Corporal Gilad Shalit was abducted by militants who tunnelled their way under the border fence. Later, Israeli tanks entered northern Gaza after rockets fired from the area fell on a major city. Israel has repeatedly rejected demands from militants of the ruling Hamas Islamist group to free Palestinian prisoners from its jails in exchange for Shilat's release. Hamas fighters helped capture the 19-year-old tank gunner.

About 60 Palestinians, at least 20 of them civilians, have been killed since the Israeli offensive began.

The European Union and United Nations have criticised the Israeli operation and said they fear a humanitarian crisis in the densely populated seaside territory of 1.4 million.


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The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Nothing Done For Show

5. Zeno (the disciple of Silvanus) said, 'Never stay in a well-known place nor sit with a famous man, nor lay a foundation on which you might sometime build yourself a cell.'  

July 11, 2006

(Deu 30:19) I call heaven and earth to witness this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose therefore life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
POPE BENEDICT XVI: "At the origin of every human being there is not something haphazard or chance, but a loving plan of God."

HEADLINE: Director of Priests for Life requests prayers for abortion practitioners

MORE: Chapel of unborn provides comfort

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, Protectress of the Unborn- A Prayer for Abortion Victims

RELATED: The following prayer was given to Barnabas Nwoye (1) by Jesus.


(Jesus said: "Today the blood of innocent children has filled Heaven. Their number is too great, too great; the wrath of the Eternal Father is about to fall on mankind -- Their blood disturbs My Agonizing Heart and increases My agony --- Through this prayer, large numbers of innocent unborn babies will be saved; pray it daily and make it known to the world. Anyone who teaches it will not be lost. Innocent souls in Heaven will not let them become lost. I, with My Love and Mercy, will protect them from falling into mortal sin.")

Heavenly Father, Your love is eternal. In Your ocean of love, You saved the world through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Now look at Your only Son on the Cross Who is constantly bleeding for love of His people, and forgive Your world. Purify and baptize aborted children with the Precious Blood and Water from the Sacred Side of Your Son, Who hung dead on the Cross for their salvation, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. May they, through the Holy Death of Jesus Christ gain everlasting life, through His Wounds be healed, and through His Precious Blood be freed. There to rejoice with the Saints in Heaven. Amen.

Rev. Fr. Stephen Obiukwu Censor Deputatus Chairman, Doctrine and Faith Committee Archdiocese of Onitsha, Anambra State 430001 NIGERIA
1st July, 1999.

Ayo-Maria Atoyebi, O.P.
Bishop of Ilorin Diocese Ilorin, Kwara State 240001 NIGERIA
17th June, 2001.

Footnotes (1) The mystical occurrences of Barnabas Nwoye have yet-to-be-approved by the Church. 

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3. They said of Arsenius and Theodore of Pherme that they hated fame and praise more than anything. Arsenius avoided people likely to praise him. Theodore did not avoid them, but their words were like daggers to him.
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