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June 30, 2010 

(Mat 16:16-18) Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

HEADLINE: Pope Benedict XVI to 're-evangelise' West

The Pope yesterday announced he is to create a new Vatican office to fight secularisation and "re-evangelise" the West.

This was a tacit acknowledgment that his attempts to reinvigorate Christianity in Europe have not succeeded and need a new boost.

He said parts of the world were still missionary territory, where the Catholic Church was relatively unknown. But in other parts of the world, such as Europe, Christianity had existed for centuries yet "the process of secularisation has produced a serious crisis of the sense of the Christian faith and role of the church".

The new pontifical council, he said, would "promote a renewed evangelisation" in countries where the church has long existed "but which are living a progressive secularisation of society and a sort of 'eclipse of the sense of God'."


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VIA Frank Rega: Comportment at Holy Mass and Afterwards- A Letter from St. Padre Pio to Annita Rodote Pietrelcina, July 25, 1915

Beloved daughter of Jesus, May Jesus and our Mother always smile on your soul, obtaining for it, from Her most holy Son, all the heavenly charisms!

I am writing to you for two reasons: to answer some more questions from your last letter, and to wish you a very happy names-day in the most sweet Jesus, full of all the most special heavenly graces. Oh! If Jesus granted my prayers for you or, better still, if only my prayers were worthy of being granted by Jesus! However, I increase them a hundredfold for your consolation and salvation, begging Jesus to grant them, not for me but through the heart of his paternal goodness and infinite mercy. In order to avoid irreverence and imperfections in the house of God, in church - which the divine Master calls the house of prayer - I exhort you in the Lord to practice the following.

Enter the church in silence and with great respect, considering yourself unworthy to appear before the Lord's Majesty. Amongst other pious considerations, remember that our soul is the temple of God and, as such, we must keep it pure and spotless before God and his angels. Let us blush for having given access to the devil and his snares many times (with his enticements to the world, his pomp, his calling to the flesh) by not being able to keep our hearts pure and our bodies chaste; for having allowed our enemies to insinuate themselves into our hearts, thus desecrating the temple of God which we became through holy Baptism.

Then take holy water and make the sign of the cross carefully and slowly.

As soon as you are before God in the Blessed Sacrament, devoutly genuflect. Once you have found your place, kneel down and render the tribute of your presence and devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Confide all your needs to him along with those of others. Speak to him with filial abandonment, give free rein to your heart and give him complete freedom to work in you as he thinks best.

When assisting at Holy Mass and the sacred functions, be very composed when standing up, kneeling down, and sitting, and carry out every religious act with the greatest devotion. Be modest in your glances; don't turn your head here and there to see who enters and leaves. Don't laugh, out of reverence for this holy place and also out of respect for those who are near you. Try not to speak to anybody, except when charity or strict necessity requests this.

If you pray with others, say the words of the prayer distinctly, observe the pauses well and never hurry.

In short, behave in such a way that all present are edified by it and, through you, are urged to glorify and love the heavenly Father.

On leaving the church, you should be recollected and calm. Firstly take your leave of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament; ask his forgiveness for the shortcomings committed in his divine presence and do not leave him without asking for and having received his paternal blessing.

Once you are outside the church, be as every follower of the Nazarene should be. Above all, be extremely modest in everything, as this is the virtue which, more than any other, reveals the affections of the heart. Nothing represents an object more faithfully or clearly than a mirror. In the same way, nothing more widely represents the good or bad qualities of a soul than the greater or lesser regulation of the exterior, as when one appears more or less modest. You must be modest in speech, modest in laughter, modest in your bearing, modest in walking. All this must be practiced, not out of vanity in order to display one's self, nor out of hypocrisy in order to appear to be good to the eyes of others, but rather, for the internal virtue of modesty, which regulates the external workings of the body.

Therefore, be humble of heart, circumspect in words, prudent in your resolutions. Always be sparing in your speech, assiduous in good reading, attentive in your work, modest in your conversation. Don't be disgusting to anybody but be benevolent towards all and respectful towards your elders. May any sinister glance be far from you, may no daring word escape your lips, may you never carry out any immodest or somewhat free action; never a rather free action or a petulant tone of voice.

In short let your whole exterior be a vivid image of the composure of your soul.

Always keep the modesty of the divine Master before your eyes, as an example; this Master who, according to the words of the Apostle to the Corinthians, placing the modesty of Jesus Christ on an equal footing with meekness, which was his one particular virtue and almost his characteristic: "Now I Paul myself beseech you, by the mildness and modesty of Christ" [Douay-Rheims, 2 Cor. 10:1], and according to such a perfect model reform all your external operations, which should be faithful reflections revealing the affections of your interior.

Never forget this divine model, Annita. Try to see a certain lovable majesty in his presence, a certain pleasant authority in his manner of speaking, a certain pleasant dignity in walking, in contemplating, speaking, conversing; a certain sweet serenity of face. Imagine that extremely composed and sweet expression with which he drew the crowds, making them leave cities and castles, leading them to the mountains, the forests, to the solitude and deserted beaches of the sea, totally forgetting food, drink and their domestic duties.

Thus let us try to imitate, as far as we possibly can, such modest and dignified actions. And let us do our utmost to be, as far as possible, similar to him on this earth, in order that we might be more perfect and more similar to him for the whole of eternity in the heavenly Jerusalem.

I end here as I am unable to continue, recommending that you never forget me before Jesus, especially during these days of extreme affliction for me. I expect the same charity from the excellent Francesca to whom you will have the kindness to give, in my name, assurances of my extreme interest in seeing her grow always more in divine love. I hope she will do me the charity of making a novena of Communions for my intentions.

Don't worry if you are unable to answer my letter for the moment. I know everything so don't worry.

I take my leave of you in the holy kiss of the Lord. I am always your servant.

Fra Pio, Capuchin 

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 26- "On discernment of thoughts, passions, and virtues"

61. No one, I think, would doubt that the demons and passions leave the soul either for a time or entirely; but few know the reasons why they go away from us. 

June 29, 2010 

(Eph 4:11-12) And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and other some evangelists, and other some pastors and doctors: For the perfecting of the saints, for the word of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 

Bud CopeWhen I read your write-up, asking for prayers for the people of Louisiana, I thought it would be well to send you our appeal for prayers and needs of the St. Dismas Prison Ministry in LA. . We are scheduled to go back to the Women's state prison (LCIW) for the 3rd time during September 10-11-12, 2010. We were very successful with our Catholic retreat at the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail this past year. We are probing a Metanoia for a jail in the Cajan Country for the future.

Notice the following write-up in the "Catholic Register":

Excerpt from ‘In Prison and You Visited Me’

His name is St. Dismas, but he is better known as the Good Thief. His cry of repentance while hanging next to Jesus at Calvary guaranteed him eternity in paradise. This patron saint of prisoners and reformed thieves gives hope to inmates across America through St. Dismas Holy Name Society Prison Ministry.

“The prisoners are really touched by St. Dismas,” says ministry founder Harry “Bud” Cope. “They identify with him.” Cope has been leading Catholic retreats for inmates — from hardened convicts in maximum-security facilities to young “prodigals” in juvenile detention centers — for more than 30 years.

The 80-year-old from the Epiphany of our Lord Church, Monessen, Pa., told the Register he was first inspired to take action after making a Cursillo retreat in 1970. After asking God how he could live out his newfound Christian fervor, Cope felt the Lord leading him to answer the invitation of a neighbor who was working at a nearby prison.

Cope, a former wholesale grocer, became a volunteer at the State Correctional Institute in Greensburg in 1974. At that time, he was allowed to take inmates outside the prison walls for weekend retreats. That lasted for about five years before the state of Pennsylvania rescinded the privilege.

While leading a prison retreat, Cope himself experienced a deep conversion: God showed him his own sinfulness and the Lord’s power. “It was there,” Cope recalls, “that I knew God was calling me.” Retreats inside prisons became his “life’s calling.” In 2008, Cope and his prison-ministry group conducted 11 retreats at 11 different prisons across the nation. Prisoners sign up for a four-day retreat that runs Thursday through Sunday. Local volunteers help Cope and his co-leaders run the retreats. Called metanoia retreats (the word is Greek for change of heart), these weekends are packed with inspirational talks, small-group sharing, prayer, Mass and confession.

Father Tom Hayes in the Diocese of San Francisco, Calif., seconds the importance of Catholic retreats for Catholic inmates. He serves as the spiritual director for the national office of the Holy Name Society, under whose auspices the St. Dismas Prison Ministry operates.

“When you offer an authentic presentation of the Gospel, there is a positive result,” says Father Hayes, who will celebrate his 50th year as a Dominican this year.

He notes that, frequently, in prison ministry the depth of Catholic spirituality and teaching depends on the dedication of the prison chaplain. In many cases, he says, the chaplain in charge can be someone who misunderstands or misrepresents the Catholic Church.

When a St. Dismas retreat is offered, he adds, Catholic prisoners know what they are getting.

“This is a work that is bringing the love of Jesus to the people,” says Father Hayes. “The weekends are energetic and have an evangelizing effect on everyone involved.”

Beyond Sunday

Cope explains that a successful metanoia weekend is one during which hearts really do change. He calls the process “self-evangelization.” “When these men come on these retreats, they are more often than not at the bottom of the pit in terms of their lives,” he says. “It’s there that they start to turn to God.” The St. Dismas website confirms the power of these spiritual exercises. Numerous testimonies from prisoners attest to the retreats’ life-changing power.

From the moment the metanoia (retreat) started and especially after the first weekend, something dramatic had taken place in my heart,” writes Kevin, a 33-year-old prisoner who attended a metanoia retreat several years ago at the Lawtey State Correctional Institution in Lawtey, FL.. “It seemed my burdens and negativity had greatly subsided. My belief and faith in the Catholic way of life has been fully restored.:

Sometimes prison employees are affected as much as inmates. Cope says that, regardless of the workers’ personal response, nearly all welcome the positive changes in the prison environment that the retreats invariably bring.

Cope is adamant that a good retreat must go beyond the time he and his team are there. St. Dismas Holy Name Society outreach groups are often established to assist the retreatants with their ongoing spiritual growth.

“After the retreat, we have a very good follow-up and ongoing spiritual-growth program,” Cope says. “We find that you can’t set their hearts on fire and then just say, ‘See you next year.’” With close to four decades of bringing the word of God to inmates near and far, Cope has no plans of slowing down. He is always on the search for a new prison where Christ’s love and mercy can become a reality, just as it did for St. Dismas on that Friday at Calvary.

* With your help, we will probe new prisons, letting the Holy Spirit open the doors
* Pray for our uniquely Catholic prison movement, as all expenses are paid for by donations – and we are growing faster than contributions
* We are part of the National Holy Name Society, and under the umbrella of the American Catholic Bishops, any donations to our non-profit qualify for a tax deduction

Harry “Bud” Cope, Chair of Saint Dismas Holy Name Society Prison Ministry (724)684-4990

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 26- "On discernment of thoughts, passions, and virtues"

60. All who ask and do not obtain their requests from God, are denied for one of the following reasons: because they ask at the wrong time, or because they ask unworthily and vaingloriously, or because if they received they would become conceited, or finally because they would become negligent after obtaining their request. 

June 18, 2010 


(Mat 9:37-38) Then he saith to his disciples, The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth labourers into his harvest.

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REFLECTION by Father Ted
June 16, 2010:

My dearest Lord Jesus, thank You for allowing me to take part in the Meeting for Priests in Rome last week – in preparation for the ending of the Year for the Priest.

Thank You for allowing me to join over 10,000 priests for this meeting - held in two of Your great Basilicas in Rome, namely Saint John Lateran and Saint Paul Outside the Wall.

Thank You for allowing us to join our Holy Father on Thursday night for the Vigil Service at the Vatican Plaza.

Thank You for allowing us to concelebrate Holy Mass with the Holy Father on Friday, June 11th, the Solemnity of Your Most Sacred Heart.

You have reminded us not only of Your tremendous love for us, but also of the incredible dignity that You have given to us who share in Your Holy Priesthood; as well as the awesome responsibility that we have received to sanctify Your Holy People.

You have revealed to us the incredible love that You, Your Father, and Your Holy Spirit have for us.

As You have so often reminded me – we are not only made in Your image, after Your likeness, but we have been chosen to share in Your Divine life – not only here on earth but also in heaven.

We have been called to be holy, all of us.

We have been given the ability to become holy - through Your Holy Church.

You have given to us the Way and the Means to become holy ourselves and to help others to become holy as well.

This is our vocation.  This is our calling.  This is the purpose why You have created each one of us.

Lord Jesus, help us each day to realize what a gift each day is – to know You, to love You, and to serve You.

Jesus, help us each day to make time to be with You.

Jesus, help us each day to recognize all the helps and graces that You provide for us.

Jesus, help us each day to take advantage of all these helps and all these graces that You offer to us to love You and to love our brothers and sisters by serving them.

Through the intercession of Your Mother, the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, and through the intercession of all the saints in heaven, may we sanctify Your World and assist all of mankind to live under the banner of Your Infinite Love.

May Your Will be done by each one of us, now and forever.

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 26- "On discernment of thoughts, passions, and virtues"

59. We should not be distressed if, in asking the Lord for something, we remain for a time unheard. It would have pleased the Lord if all men in a single moment had become dispassionate; however, His foreknowledge told Him that this would not be for their good. 

June 17, 2010 

(Mat 24:12-13) And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold. But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved.

HEADLINE: Pope on European crisis: save human 'capital'

Pope Benedict XVI told European banking and development officials Saturday to keep families' needs paramount as they devise solutions to the continent's financial crises.

Economy and finance "are no more than tools, means" to safeguard human "capital, the only capital worth saving," Benedict said.

Benedict told representatives of the European Council's Development Bank during a Vatican audience that their task was to make the "human person, and even more particularly, families and those in great need, the center and the aim" of economic policies.

He urged experts to draw on what he called Europe's tradition of "generous fraternity" in coming up with rescue plans.

Benedict named no country, but efforts to help bail out Greece from its financial disaster exposed tensions in Europe over how much countries should help a fellow European Union nation.

Many European nations are grappling with dwindling revenues and budget shortfalls amid the euro's plunge against the dollar and other currencies, a stubborn recession and chronic unemployment. Generous social welfare plans like early pensions and heavily subsidized health care are at risk as their costs are being scrutinized.


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As much as I want to be optimistic, I have to believe that one thing is certain in all this: It will not end well. Indeed, it cannot. One way or another, whether by choice or by force, government is inevitably going on a massive crash diet very soon. A lot of promises have long since been broken and can no longer be redeemed. Only the form and severity of the reaction remains to be seen…

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 26- "On discernment of thoughts, passions, and virtues"

55. When our good and all-gracious Lord and Master sees people too lazy in their exercises, He lays their flesh low with sickness, an asceticism with less toil; and sometimes it also cleanses the soul from evil thoughts or passions.

June 16, 2010 

(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.

PHOTOS: Lightning strikes Jesus statue

EXCERPT LIFESITENEWS.COM: Pro-Life Exorcist: "Never in All of History Have We Seen Evil Promoted So Effectively"

In the newly released book, Fr. Euteneuer warns: “Never in all of history have we seen evil promoted so effectively and the true good so roundly mocked and rejected as in this age of extreme technological prowess.” He explains, “the difference between the modern world and past generations is that Satan has a greater ability to use groups and institutions for increasing his wicked reach into human life and society.”

Far from hidden, suggests the exorcist, “Nowadays, objective evil is displayed out in the open air with impunity, celebrated in the public forum and strategized in plush board rooms.”

Fr. Euteneuer presents the case that “the devil's spiritual warfare on our flocks will intensify as the years proceed and that all Christians, but especially priests, will have no choice but to engage more deeply in the spiritual battle for souls.”

CALIFORNIA CATHOLIC DAILY: "The coming anti-Catholic storm"

An “anti-Catholic storm” is looming in the United States because of the Church’s stance against “postmodern ideologies” and because well-funded Catholic supporters of President Obama provide cover for Catholic politicians who dissent from Church teaching, says Catholic analyst Deal Hudson.

Hudson, who has served as an advisor to Republican leaders on Catholic issues, wrote at that a “relentless barrage” of reporting in the mainstream media is intended to force changes demanded by dissenting Catholic groups.

Revelations of clerical sexual abuse in Europe have provided “Catholic bashers” the opportunity to attack Church teachings about abortion and same-sex “marriage,” he added. A call to arrest Pope Benedict XVI in the United Kingdom should have been regarded as “a crank call” but has led to speculation about whether the papal trip to Britain should be canceled.

While Iraqi Christians are being expelled from their homelands, this only receives “occasional mention” in the New York Times, whose reporters “dig through Vatican documents” hoping to link the Pope with clerical sexual abuse, Hudson wrote.

“The use of courts and commissions to harass and threaten Catholics and other Christians has already been auditioned in Canada,” noted Hudson. “And the expansion of hate-speech laws signed by President Barack Obama last October sets the stage for similar tussles here when a minister, priest, or voluble layperson too heatedly denounces homosexual sex.” While the Church is not the only institution insisting on universal moral standards, it is the largest and therefore stands in the way of “postmodern ideologies achieving complete dominance in the West,” he said. Those who hold the “postmodern” belief that all truth is power “don't hesitate to use the power of the media, government, and the courts to attack any institution thwarting their influence.” According to Hudson, political donors have combined resources with labor unions, which once had a “vital” relationship with the Church, to support “faux Catholic groups that provide cover for politicians who don’t vote Catholic.” He suggested that it is these groups’ fault that the majority of candidates who oppose abortion and same-sex marriage are Republican.

“The coming anti-Catholic storm will be linked, sadly, to the reelection campaign of President Barack Obama,” he predicted. Though the president is out of favor at the moment, his supporters will “quickly recover” enthusiasm in the face of a Republican opponent.

“There will be a furious and well-funded effort by Catholic Obama supporters to keep Obama in office,” Hudson wrote. “By 2010, the storm will be felt throughout the Church, and those who blithely claim that the Church and politics are not connected will be as helpless as a fallen leaf caught in a tornado.”

BLOG: Catholics Push Hyundai To Cancel Commercial

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 26- "On discernment of thoughts, passions, and virtues"

54. Sickness is sometimes for the cleansing of sins, and sometime to humble our mind.

June 11, 2010 


(John 19:33-34) But after they were come to Jesus, when they saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers with a spear opened his side: and immediately there came out blood and water.

COMMENTARY: Loving Jesus In The Night

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

While we honor the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on the First Friday of every month of the year, today (Friday) we celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On this feast, we focus our attention on Jesus truly present in the Holy Eucharist and reflect on God's unconditional love and boundless mercy as symbolized by his heart.

The devotion to the Sacred Heart is closely linked to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. When the Church instituted this celebration in 1856, it placed it on the Friday following the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.

The institution for the Feast of the Sacred Heart was a result of the appearances of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in 1675. In these appearances, Our Lord gave Margaret 12 promises that He would give special graces, such as establishing peace in their families and consoling them in their moments of troubles, to anyone devoted to His Sacred Heart. According to St. Margaret Mary, Our Lord requested three things from the people: Frequent reception of Holy Communion, receiving Holy Communion especially on the first Friday of each month, and observing a Holy Hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

In our country, the devotion to the Sacred Heart has become one of the most popular devotions of Catholics. First Friday masses are offered not only in churches but also in workplaces.

In many parishes, Holy Hour observances and vigils are being held.

There are countless organizations in the Philippines whose main task is to propagate the devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

These practices are laudable. But more importantly, our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus must lead us to practice charity – a charity that comes of Jesus Christ who loved us first. "The Love of Christ urges us" (2 Cor 5:14), Saint Paul tells us. If we are loved by Jesus, then we must also show that same love to others, especially to those who are in most need of that love.

As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, may our hearts be like this. May our hearts also be inflamed with a burning desire to reach out to the lost and give healing to the broken hearted. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 26- "On discernment of thoughts, passions, and virtues"

53. When we see one of our athletes in Christ in bodily suffering and infirmity, let us not maliciously seek to learn the explanation of his illness, but rather with simple and genuine love, let us try to heal him as though he were part of our own body, and as a fellow warrior wounded in the fray.

June 10, 2010 

(Rev 8:8-9) And the second angel sounded the trumpet: and, as it were, a great mountain, burning with fire, was cast into the sea. And the third part of the sea became blood. And the third part of those creatures died which had life in the sea: and the third part of the ships was destroyed.

HEADLINE: Catholic Charities USA Reports Major Assistance Being Provided in Gulf Coast Areas"

As the Gulf oil spill continues unabated, Catholic Charities agencies along the Gulf Coast are serving thousands of people and families who have felt the effects of the economic impact almost overnight.

Food, household supplies and clothing have been the primary needs to date, but increasingly Catholic Charities' disaster response and case management services are focusing on employment assistance, anger and stress management, and crisis counseling.  "Livelihoods and ways of life have been halted just like that, with very little recourse for other options to generate any income to pay the bills and put food on the table," said Rev.  Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA.  "While homes and other personal property have not been destroyed by rising waters or raging fires, nonetheless the economic toll is equally immediate and devastating."

Catholic Charities initial assessment of the situation indicates long-term impact with growing need for case management services.  Success in stopping the oil spill will not result in an immediate economic turn-around.  While much initial response has been centered with Catholic Charities of New Orleans and the $1 million grant it received from BP, other Catholic Charities agencies along the coast in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are either already serving many in need or prepared with plans to serve populations that may be impacted in coming days or weeks. 

"As we all know all too well, this part of our country has been rising out of earlier disaster," added Fr.  Snyder.  "We must meet this present disaster head-on and quickly address the need so that we avert any prolonged impact across the region."

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EXCERPT: Thousands of south Louisianians praying in face of massive Gulf oil spill

"You hate to beat a dead horse," said the Rev. John Arnone, who pastors two Catholic parishes in St. Bernard, one of them with a substantial number of hard-hit fishing families. "You've got to mention it, even though it's on everybody's mind. You don't want to wear them down, but we have to be mindful that we are here to support one another. That's why I keep doing it."

VIA Dr. Stephen Rhinehart: I have been in email contact with Dr Samantha Joye ( who is measuring properties of underwater plumes.
What BP/EPA/Government have done with the dispersant used in underwater plumes is to make an underwater emulsion that is impossible to stop with oil boom.  as 70% is underwater.  Need absorbent and weighted cloth to pickup underwater component in fighting oil spill.  These people have spread this mess everywhere with dispersant and it is intentional.

We have already lost the battle for the Eastern GOM and National Command Center is setting up office in downtown Miami (Brickell St) with already 50 employees to track the incoming oil.  I think that Key West will be inundated with oil in next 120 days and it will destro the reefs and beaches and move into Atlantic Loop Current.

Matt Simmons is now quoted as saying there is already a "lake of oil one hundred miles long beneath the GOM whichis 400 feet deep" ?!  I have no idea where the reality lies at this point - wild.  Trying to obtain as much real truth as I can but whatever has happened is "biblical in scope" at this point.  Seems like Sen Nelson finally woke up to the impending disaster.

Thanks for sending emials - send to everybody you know in Broward/Miami we need to go to pointwise defense of all canals/intercoastal in Broward/Dade even if it maens the home owners buy the boom.  However, the boom needs to have weighted cloth to pickup underwater emulsion.

My brother-in-law in Pensacola already says the emulsion is in Perdido Key meaning its heading for Intercoastal next.  Government no help in stopping anything. 

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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 26- "On discernment of thoughts, passions, and virtues"

52. The present generation is seriously corrupt and all full of pride and hypocrisy. In bodily labours, it perhaps reaches the level of our ancient Fathers, but it is not graced with their gifts, though I think nature never had such need of spiritual gifts as now. And we have received our due. For God is manifested not in labours, but in simplicity and humilty. And if the power of the Lord is made perfect in weakness, the Lord will certainly not reject a humble worker.

June 9, 2010 

(1Co 1:20-24) Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For, seeing that in the wisdom of God, the world, by wisdom, knew not God, it pleased God, by the foolishness of our preaching, to save them that believe. For both the Jews require signs: and the Greeks seek after wisdom. But we preach Christ crucified: unto the Jews indeed a stumblingblock, and unto the Gentiles foolishness: But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God.


In his homily during the votive Mass for the Holy Cross, the Holy Father affirmed that the Cross "is something far greater and more mysterious than it at first appears. It is indeed an instrument of torture, suffering and defeat, but at the same time it expresses the complete transformation, the definitive reversal of these evils: that is what makes it the most eloquent symbol of hope that the world has ever seen.
"It speaks to all who suffer - the oppressed, the sick, the poor, the outcast, the victims of violence - and it offers them hope that God can transform their suffering into joy, their isolation into communion, their death into life. It offers unlimited hope to our fallen world."

"That", he added, "is why the world needs the Cross. The Cross is not just a private symbol of devotion, it is not just a badge of membership of a certain group within society, and in its deepest meaning it has nothing to do with the imposition of a creed or a philosophy by force. It speaks of hope, it speaks of love, it speaks of the victory of non-violence over oppression, it speaks of God raising up the lowly, empowering the weak,conquering division, and overcoming hatred with love.
"A world without the Cross would be a world without hope, a world in which torture and brutality would go unchecked, the weak would be exploited and greed would have the final word. Man's inhumanity to man would be manifested in ever more horrific ways, and there would be no end to the vicious cycle of violence. Only the Cross puts an end to it".

The Holy Father went on: "While no earthly power can save us from the consequences of our sins, and no earthly power can defeat injustice at its source, nevertheless the saving intervention of our loving God has transformed the reality of sin and death into its opposite. That is what we celebrate when we glory in the Cross of our Redeemer".

VIDEO: Pope calls for Christian unity in Cyprus

HEADLINE: Pope: Respect Mideast Christians' rights

"The Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories is creating difficulties in everyday life, inhibiting freedom of movement, the economy and religious life -- access to the holy places is dependent on military permission, which is granted to some and denied to others on security grounds," it said. "Moreover, certain Christian fundamentalist theologies use sacred Scripture to justify Israel's occupation of Palestine, making the position of Christian Arabs an even more sensitive issue."

The document called for dialogue among all faiths in the region and also highlighted the Christian minority's difficulties with Islam.

"Oftentimes, relations between Christians and Muslims are difficult, principally because Muslims make no distinction between religion and politics, thereby relegating Christians to the precarious position of being considered non-citizens," the document said.

MORE: Pope calls for 'urgent, concerted effort' to resolve tensions in Middle East

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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 26- "On discernment of thoughts, passions, and virtues"

51. As an example of the fear of the Lord, let us take the fear that we feel in the presence of rulers and wild beasts; and as an example of desire for God, let carnal love serve as a model for you. There is nothing against taking examples of the virtues from what is contrary.

June 2, 2010 


(2Ti 1:12) and therefore I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.

Cyprus Trip a Political Minefield for the Pope

Pope Benedict XVI, often under fire for political missteps on foreign trips, is heading into a potential diplomatic storm when he visits Cyprus this week, a pilgrimage to a divided island that could anger Turkey and the rest of the Muslim world.

Divisions between Greeks and ethnic Turks, splits in the Orthodox Christian community, and concerns over damaged Christian and Muslim houses of worship will be come under scrutiny during Benedict's three-day trip starting Friday.

The Cyprus trip comes just days after the island's leaders — Greek Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias and the newly elected president of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots, Dervis Eroglu — resumed peace talks after a two-month pause.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the rival leaders to ensure that the reunification talks do not fall apart, warning that time is working against them.

Cyprus police say that although they are aware of possible protests by some religious groups against the pope's trip, there have been no credible threats to his safety.

"We are continuing our planning regarding the pope's safety and all necessary measures will be taken to ensure that not even the slightest incident will take place," said police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos.

Some hardline Orthodox clerics, who view the pope as a heretic, say Benedict should stay in Rome to avoid provoking the island's 800,000 Orthodox.

Benedict on Sunday said he was "making an apostolic journey to Cyprus, to meet and pray with the Catholic and Orthodox faithful there."

VATICAN RADIO: Fr Lombardi Editorial : Why Cyprus?

“Many people wonder why the Pope is going to Cyprus to meet with the Bishops of the Middle East and give them the working guidelines for the next Synod, the great ecclesial meeting scheduled for next October. The answer is quite simple. We only have to read the Acts of the Apostles, the account of the first steps in proclaiming the Gospel to the world after the Resurrection of Jesus.

Cyprus is mentioned at least six times. Barnabas comes from Cyprus, one of the first to join the community of the apostles in Jerusalem. Cyprus is the first stop – both troubled and fertile – on the first missionary journey of Paul, Barnabas and the future evangelist Mark. Barnabas returns to evangelize Cyprus when he is separated from Paul. Paul passes back and forth along the coasts of Cyprus on his travels, even on his final journey, which brings him to Malta and then to Rome.

Moreover, we only have to glance at the map to see that Cyprus is a strategic crossroads, and therefore also a cultural and spiritual one, in a region with a history that is closely connected to the Holy Land. It lay on the route of Jewish and Christian pilgrims on their way to and from Jerusalem, of travellers between East and West, between Asia and Europe. While on the one hand it surprises us that John Paul II never set foot there, it is no surprise that Benedict XVI has gladly accepted the invitation to go there, as a visitor and a pilgrim, on a journey that is an ideal continuation of his visit to Malta, travelling along the Mediterranean towards the East. It is a journey that also recalls last years fundamental voyage to the Holy Land itself.

Cyprus, therefore, invites us to look around, to pray and hope for an announcement and service of the Gospel that is a source of dialogue, of ecclesial communion, human growth and peace for all, in a region that is dear to all believers, but which is still experiencing too much suffering and division”.


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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 26- "On discernment of thoughts, passions, and virtues"

50. The mother of all the vices is pleasure and guile. He who has them within him will not see the Lord; and abstinence from the first will bring but little benefit without abstinence from the second.

June 1, 2010 

(John 16:13-15) But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth. For he shall not speak of himself: but what things soever he shall hear, he shall speak. And the things that are to come, he shall shew you. He shall glorify me: because he shall receive of mine and shall shew it to you. All things whatsoever the Father hath are mine. Therefore I said that he shall receive of me and shew it to you.

CATHOLIC SAN FRANCISCO ONLINE: Sign of the cross is reminder of the Trinity dwelling in us, teaches Benedict XVI

REFLECTION by Father Ted:
May dearest Lord Jesus, today on this feast of the Most Holy Trinity You remind me, and others, about Who You are and Who God is – namely Love.

In the past You have reminded us that God is not only Your “Abba”, that is “Daddy” but that He is also our “Abba – Daddy”.

Also in the past You have told us that You are The Image of the Father. You did this especially when Philip asked You to show him the Father and You replied to him that he who sees You sees the Father. You told him in other words that You are the “spitting image” of the Father.

You have likewise indicated to us that the Holy Spirit is just like You and just like the Father.

Yes, You are three persons and yet one God – The God who is Love.

In the first reading of today’s Mass Your Holy Spirit inspired King Solomon to write that You delight in us men. You delight in us; so too does the Father and the Holy Spirit because You are one.

In the Book of Genesis You reminded us that You created us in Your image, after Your likeness.

You made us, as I have so frequently declared in my reflections, to know You, to love You and to serve You on earth so that we can be with You in Your home in heaven.

You who are The Holy Family have invited us to become members of Your Holy Family – to enjoy the delights of The Holy Family.

Today, especially at the two Masses You enabled me to offer this morning You impelled me to tell others that on Holy Thursday night, before You offered Yourself to the Father for us, on Good Friday afternoon before You completed Your Perfect offering of Yourself, on Easter Sunday night when You appeared to the ten apostles, and on Ascension Thursday before You returned to the Father in heaven, You gave and promised to us four special gifts – perfect gifts of love.

They were: Yourself in the Holy Eucharist - on Holy Thursday; Your Mother – on Good Friday; the forgiveness of our sins through confession – on Easter Sunday; and the Holy Spirit – on Ascension Thursday who came on Pentecost Sunday.

Such incredible gifts of love You give to us so that we can live each day in Your love by loving one another as You love each one of us.

Thank You Jesus for revealing to us who You are. Thank You Jesus for giving to us such marvelous gifts of love. Thank You Jesus for allowing us to share Your love, Your Life, You peace and Your joy with each other.

May we do each day all that You ask of us dearest Jesus.

May we become more and more like You, like the Father, and like the Holy Spirit – holy.

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 26- "On discernment of thoughts, passions, and virtues"

49. All the contrary virtues are born of parents contrary to these. But without enlarging on the subject, I will merely say that for all the passions mentioned above, the remedy is humility. Those who have obtained that virtue have overcome all.
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