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May 29, 2009
   

THE TRIB TIMES WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK, GOD WILLING (James 4:15).

(Act 2:1-4) And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming: and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues, as it were of fire: and it sat upon every one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost: and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak.

CATHOLIC PRWIRE: Celebration of the Solemnity of Pentecost From the Vatican on CatholicTV.com

PENTECOST LINKS

Biblical Reflection for Solemnity of Pentecost
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Reader Question: Why Holy Ghost?

CATHOLIC PRWIRE: Theologian Writes New Book with Imprimatur on Marian Prophecy

A new book on apocalyptic times, The Secrets, Chastisement, and Triumph of the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary, written by theologian and Southern Catholic College professor, Dr. Kelly Bowring, has just been released through Two Hearts Press, LLC (www.TwoHeartsPress.com).

The new book, The Secrets, Chastisement, and Triumph of the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary, has just received the official recognition of the Catholic Church in the form of an imprimatur, affirming that nothing in the book contradicts Catholic faith and teaching. Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal of the Philippines has just granted Dr. Bowring's new book on biblical and modern heavenly prophecy the Church's official imprimatur. His secretary, Rev. Fr. Mhar Vincent Balili, expressed his hope for the success of the new book, stating, "May this book reach as many people as possible that they may deepen their devotions to the two hearts of Jesus and Mary."

Covering prophecies of the latter times, a topic of increasing interest to Christians in recent years, Professor Bowring's new book seems likely to become popular and far-reaching. Bowring's book shows with mounting evidence that we are living in biblically important times, unprecedented times of apparitions, visions, and messages from Heaven, which include Lourdes, Fatima, Garabandal, and Medjugorje. Dr. Bowring says they all point to one central warning concerning the times we are quickly approaching.

Dr. Bowring's book addresses God's call to repentance and to make reparation for the sins of humanity while there is still time. Finally, he says the book also calls for hope, because God declares through His prophecies that in the end He will intervene, He will conquer, and He will bring to humanity a great era of peace for a thousand years. "God is giving us hope in the midst of our times and of those apocalyptic times to come, to help us to see that He will be with us if we remain faithful to Him," explains Dr. Bowring.

"In the end, all will work out well for the children of God and for the future of humanity, as God is always in control. This book assures us of God's mercy for our times, and that all these things to come are within His divine Providence. Thus, this is a book of warning and of hope that offers a clear and detailed heaven-revealed perspective of the time we are living in and of those to come in our times."

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 17- "On non-possessiveness"

10. Waves never leave the sea, nor do anger and grief leave the avaricious. 

May 28, 2009     

(Mat 28:19-20) Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

NEWSLINK: Pope calls for cyberspace evangelists

Pope Benedict XVI is calling upon young people to evangelize using the Internet as the Church prepares to celebrate the World Day for Social Communications.

At the end of his Wednesday general audience last week, the Holy Father launched an appeal asking that cyberspace be a place that promotes a "culture of respect, dialogue and authentic friendship where the values of truth, harmony and understanding can flourish."

Speaking English, the Holy Father recalled how in his message for this year's celebrations, "I am inviting all those who make use of the new technologies of communication, especially the young, to utilize them in a positive way and to realize the great potential of these means to build up bonds of friendship and solidarity that can contribute to a better world.

"Young people in particular, I appeal to you: bear witness to your faith through the digital world!" the Pope urged.

"Employ these new technologies to make the Gospel known, so that the Good News of God's infinite love for all people, will resound in new ways across our increasingly technological world!"

The World Day for Social Communications was held on Sunday, May 24 this year.

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FROM THE MAILBAG
VIA
Susan: This was shot in Israel during the Pope's visit. It was never shown on US Television. The video is of an event held at the House of the President, where the Pope was “entertained” by a choir singing a song for PEACE in Hebrew, English and Arabic.

The presentation of the song of peace is very moving, enjoy it!

LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut7euIUUAtk

MORE ON SPIRITUAL WARFARE: Spritual Warfare by Fr Clement Machado


A very powerful talk all Catholics should hear!  The speaker is exorcist priest Fr. Clement Machado and the topic is on Spritual Warfare.  In this eye-opening speech Fr. Machado talks at length about how the battle between Heaven and Hell is raging on around us, and how Satan is winning in our country right now.  Between the genocide of the unborn, and the election of Barack Obama, we have grown weak and need to rise up as prayer warriors, trusting in the powerful name of Jesus, our Blessed Mother, and St Michael.  This talk was given on November 22, 2008 in Chicago Heights.  Fr Machado is a true warrior for Heaven who isn't afraid to speak the truth.  The talk concludes with a very powerful prayer of exorcism and healing.

LINK: http://www.4marks.com/audio/details.html?audio_id=312

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 17- "On non-possessiveness"

8. Let us monks, then, be as trustful as the birds are; for they have no cares, neither do they gather into barns. 


May 27, 2009    

(John 16:33) These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you shall have distress. But have confidence. I have overcome the world.

LINK: To Bear Witness To the Truth: An Unequivocal Moral Obligation for All Christians by Rev. John Corapi, SOLT, STD

ESSAY: Three Secret Strategies of Satan to Destroy our Children, our Families, our Culture, and our Church by Bro. Ignatius Mary

Satan has a secret. It is the secret about his three primary strategies to destroy us. If Satan can convince our culture to adopt the philosophy precipitated by these secret strategies he can brainwash our children, disrupt our families, manipulate our culture, and bring apostasy within the Church.

All the problems that we see today in society and in our church can be traced to these three fundamental strategies. It is the basis of the politically correct movement and of the heresy of individualism. These strategies are the fuel that powers feminism, the engine that drives liberalism, and the vehicle of the post-modern worldview that predominates our world today and that contaminates the Church.

These three secret strategies are:

1. All opinions are equal
2. Never judge anyone
3. Never step on toes

No one escapes the sinister tentacles of these devilish doctrines; we are all contaminated by these strategies—every one of us. The question is not whether we are immune from these strategies, for we are not; it is not whether we are indeed contaminated by them, because we are; the only question is what are we going to do about it? How are we to exorcise the contamination of this pervasive worldview from our minds? More....

LINK: Spiritual Warfare (A Catholic Perspective) 

FROM THE MAILBAG: YOUR BATTLE IS THE LORD’S

The reason I am writing this is to remind you the battle you are facing is not yours, but God’s. If you are a child of his, you can be certain that Satan will “rage against you.”

In 2 Chronicles 20, a great multitude came against God’s people. King Jehoshaphat and his people set their hearts to seek the Lord and to fast. The king cried out to God a prayer that most of us have prayed at times in our spiritual journey: “We have no might against these that come against us, neither do we know what to do; but our eyes are upon you” (20:12). “The Spirit of God came in the midst of the congregation…saying, Be not afraid nor dismayed…for the battle is not yours, but God’s (20:14-15).

Isaiah gave this warning to all satanic forces: “Who have you reproached and blasphemed? And against whom have you exalted your voice?... Even against the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 37:23).

God told his people Israel, and he tells us today: “The battle is not against you. It is Satan’s rage against me, the Lord who abides in you.” God said to Satan, “I know where you abide, and where you come and go, and your rage against me” (37:28).

I ask you: where is your battle? In your marriage? Your business or job? Your finances? Your health? Does your battle get more intense day after day? If you have a heart for Jesus and a desire to cleave to him, you will face the rage of hell. But that is still not your battle.

You can end your battle quickly if you choose – simply by quitting and giving in to your fears and doubts. Satan will not bother those who give up their confidence in the Lord.

Yes, the battle is the Lord’s, but we have a part – and that is to trust and believe his promises in the face of hopelessness and what seem to be impossibilities. “Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?” (Isaiah 40:27).

Faith demands that I turn over all my problems – all my critical situations, all my fears, all my anxieties – into the hand of the Lord. When I have done all I can do, and I know my battle is beyond my power, I must submit all into his hands.

Our Lord knows the raging of Satan, and we must truly believe he will act. He will bring us through floods and fires and put to chase all spiritual enemies. Here is God’s Word concerning what he will do: “Because of your rage against me…it has come into my ears, therefore I will put a hook in your nose, and my bridle in your lips, and I will turn you back by the way you came” (Isaiah 37:29).

If you will hold fast to your faith – trusting him, resting in his promises, rejecting all lies of Satan coming into your mind – then expect God to come by his Spirit into your situation and bring an expected end to your particular battle. He will move heaven and earth to deliver you and make a way. The way out is to trust, trust, trust! “He makes wars to cease” (Psalm 46:9).

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 17- "On non-possessiveness"

6. He who has tasted the things on high easily despises what is below. But he who has not tasted the things above finds joy in possessions. 


May 22, 2009    

THE TRIB TIMES WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK, GOD WILLING (James 4:15).

(John 17:20-22) And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me. That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou hast given me, I have given to them: that, they may be one, as we also are one.

UNITY AND THE HOLY LAND

Pope pays tribute to Eastern churches in Holy Land
Meeting Jerusalem's Eastern prelates, Pope pleads for unity
Church leaders in Holy Land: Pope has left a seed of hope
A Hebrew Catholic take on Pope's Holy Land trip

EXCERPT INSIDE THE VATICAN: A medieval Catholic prophecy states that the Eastern and Western Churches will indeed one day unite again. And, in this prophecy — which admittedly has no authority from any religious or scientific perspective — the Cistercian Abbot Joachim of Fiore, writing sometime before his death in 1202, "foresaw" that the reunion would come about through the efforts of an extraordinary Pope. (The prophecy is cited in Edward Connor, Prophecy for Today, Tan Books, Rockford, Illinois, 1984, pp. 31-32).

Here is the text from more than 800 years ago (about 150 years after the East-West schism began).

"A remarkable Pope will be seated on the pontifical throne, under special protection of the angels. Holy and full of gentleness, he shall undo all wrong, he shall recover the states of the Church, and reunite the exiled temporal powers. As the sole Pastor, he shall reunite the Eastern to the Western Church… This holy Pope shall be both pastor and reformer. Through him the East and West shall be in everlasting concord. The city of Babylon shall then be the head and guide of the world. Rome, weakened in temporal power, shall forever preserve her spiritual dominion, and shall enjoy great peace…"

FROM THE MAILBAG:

MOVIE LINK: Based on the memoirs of the oldest Seer, Lucia Santos, and many thousands of independent eye-witness accounts, The 13th Day dramatizes the TRUE story of three young shepherds who experienced six interactive apparitions with a "Lady from Heaven" between May and October 1917, which culminated into the final prophesized Miracle.

Watch the trailer: http://www.the13thday.com/the-film/trailers/

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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 17- "On non-possessiveness"

4. A non-possessive man is pure during prayer, but an acquisitive man prays to material images. 


May 21, 2009    

(Act 1:7-9) He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Sama'ria and to the end of the earth." And when he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

EXCERPT: SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD HOMILY OF JOHN PAUL II 24 May 1979

After having undergone the humiliation of his passion and death, Jesus took his place at the right-hand of God; he took his place with his eternal Father. But he also entered heaven as our Head. Whereupon, in the expression of Leo the Great, the glory of the Head became the hope of the body. For all eternity Christ takes is place as the firstborn among many brethren: our nature is with God in Christ. And as man, the Lord Jesus lives for ever to intercede for us with Father. At the same time, from his throne of glory, Jesus sends out to the whole Church a message of hope and a call to holiness.

Because of Christ's merits, because of his intercession with the Father, we are able to attain justice and holiness of life, in him. The Church may indeed experience difficulties, the Gospel may suffer setbacks, but because Jesus is at the right-hand of the Father the Church will never know defeat. Christ's victory is ours. The power of the glorified Christ, the beloved Son of the eternal Father, is superabundant, to sustain each of us and all of us in the fidelity of our dedication to God's Kingdom and in the generosity of our celibacy. The efficacy of Christ's Ascension touches all us in the concrete reality of our daily lives. Because of this mystery it is the vocation of the whole Church to wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Dear sons, be imbued with the hope that is so much a part of the mystery of the Ascension of Jesus. Be deeply conscious of Christ's victory and triumph over sin and death. Realize that the strength of Chist is greater than our weakness, greater than the weakness of the whole world. Try to understand and share the joy that Mary experienced in knowing that her Son had taken his place with his Father, whom he loved infinitely. And renew your faith today in the promise of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has gone to prepare a place for us, so that he can come back again and take us to himself.

This is the mystery of the Ascension of our Head. Let us always remember: Jesus gave instructions, and then Jesus took his place. Amen.

MORE: A Homily for the Feast of the Ascension by Saint Leo the Great (c. 400-461)

EXCERPT POPE BENEDICT GENERAL AUDIENCE
(12 November 2008): And now, after examining the various aspects of the expectation of Christ's parusia, let us ask ourselves: what are the basic convictions of Christians as regards the last things: death, the end of the world? Their first conviction is the certainty that Jesus is Risen and is with the Father and thus is with us forever. And no one is stronger than Christ, for he is with the Father, he is with us. We are consequently safe, free of fear. This was an essential effect of Christian preaching. Fear of spirits and divinities was widespread in the ancient world. Today too, missionaries alongside many good elements in natural religions encounter fear of the spirits, of evil powers that threaten us. Christ lives, he has overcome death, he has overcome all these powers. We live in this certainty, in this freedom, and in this joy. This is the first aspect of our living with regard to the future.

The second is the certainty that Christ is with me. And just as the future world in Christ has already begun, this also provides the certainty of hope. The future is not darkness in which no one can find his way. It is not like this. Without Christ, even today the world's future is dark, and fear of the future is so common. Christians know that Christ's light is stronger and therefore they live with a hope that is not vague, with a hope that gives them certainty and courage to face the future.

Lastly, their third conviction is that the Judge who returns at the same time as Judge and Saviour has left us the duty to live in this world in accordance with his way of living. He has entrusted his talents to us. Our third conviction, therefore, is responsibility before Christ for the world, for our brethren and at the same time also for the certainty of his mercy. Both these things are important. Since God can only be merciful we do not live as if good and evil were the same thing. This would be a deception. In reality, we live with a great responsibility. We have talents, and our responsibility is to work so that this world may be open to Christ, that it be renewed. Yet even as we work responsibly, we realize that God is the true Judge. We are also certain that this Judge is good; we know his Face, the Face of the Risen Christ, of Christ crucified for us. Therefore we can be certain of his goodness and advance with great courage.

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 17- "On non-possessiveness"

3. The non-possessive ascetic is a son of detachment, and thinks of what he has as if it were nothing. When he becomes a solitary, he regards everything as refuse. But if he worries about something, he has not yet become non-possessive. 


May 20, 2009    

(Rom 16:17-18) Now I beseech you, brethren, to mark them who make dissensions and offences contrary to the doctrine which you have learned and avoid them. For they that are such serve not Christ our Lord but their own belly: and by pleasing speeches and good words seduce the hearts of the innocent.

ARCHDIOCESE OF DENVER: Archbishop Chaput on Notre Dame and the issues that remain

LIFENEWS.COM: President Barack Obama's Pro-Abortion Record: A Pro-Life Compilation

EXCERPT VIA INSIDE THE VATICAN:  The Larger Picture

The Catholic tradition, the Jewish tradition, the Muslim tradition, the entire ethical tradition of mankind, the natural law tradition, all unanimously have held that the unborn child should be protected, cherished, nourished, cared for, loved.

This is the common conviction of all mankind at all times, except, it would appear, our own.

This ethic is a true "seamless garment" — protect the unborn child (no intentional abortion), protect the newborn infant (no infanticide), protect the child (no abuse of children), protect the young (educate them and nourish them and confer on them all the hopes for a better future), protect the middle-aged (so that they can care for their parents and their children, by ensuring good work at decent pay), and protect the old — honor the old (no euthanasia).

This is an ethic of life.

And it is not right-wing or left-wing. It is radical, rooted in what all of us know to be true and just and right. And a society that goes against what all of us know to be true and just and right cannot thrive and flourish.

And the beginning of the ethic, the starting point of the seamless garment, is in the womb, that place of all places which ought to be sacred, and secure, and respected, and not doused with drugs, probed by pincers, cut open, poisoned, scraped, or otherwise disrupted and invaded.

This is true respect for the woman — true feminism.

This is true respect for the human person — true humanism.

And if it took the smooth but ultimately unjust — ultimately unreasonable — words of Obama at Our Lady's university, Notre Dame, to make this crystal clear, then so be it.

The pro-life movement has not lost.

Sometime, generations hence, our descendants will look back in puzzlement and shame at what we have done, and justified, with specious arguments.

Obama could reflect more deeply, and become a true unifier — uniting with the wise and holy men of previous and coming generations, and not with the utilitarians of the present — if he would embrace the ethic of life.

As it is, Obama — like the University of Notre Dame itself — sounds an uncertain trumpet, and is destined, barring a change, to leave a legacy of injustice defended.

Reason and sanity and good sense and love of life will return once again, and human life will be embraced and cherished as a mysterious, priceless treasure, and the civilization which will spring from that cherishing will outshine our present one as the sun outshines the most distant stars.

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 17- "On non-possessiveness"

2. A non-possessive monk is lord of the world. He has entrusted his cares to God, and by faith has obtained all men as his servants. He will not tell his need to man, and he receives what comes to him as from the hand of the Lord. 


May 19, 2009    

(1Pe 3:15-16) But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready always to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you. But with modesty and fear, having a good conscience: that whereas they speak evil of you, they may be ashamed who falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

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EMAIL FROM EDITOR TO LOCAL PRIEST:

Dear Father Rivero,


I hope that this email reaches you, as I could not find an email address for you at St. Timothy's website.  I am going to cc the secretary at St. Raymond as she assuredly will know how to pass this on to you.

As a Catholic priest I am certain that you don't need anything to boost your faith, but perhaps you might share this email with someone who does.

I am sure that you have asked the Lord many times why he has sent you to St. Timothy from St. Raymond.  I don't know all the reasons, as I presume there are many, but I do know one.

My mother was very anxious and excited on Friday, as she was at the beauty parlor getting prepared for her oldest granddaughter's graduation from Law School on Sunday.  Suddenly she began having a severe pain in her chest reminiscent (but more intense) of the pain she had in 2007 that resulted in cardiac catheterization and stenting.  I immediately picked her up and drove her to Baptist Hospital.  Her cardiologist saw her and scheduled an emergency catheterization for Saturday morning.  The rest of the evening passed uneventfully as I spent the night with her in her hospital room.

The procedure was scheduled for 8:15 am and I found myself in somewhat of a quandary.  Should I accompany her until she was taken into the procedure room, or should I attend daily Mass, as is my custom?  I decided that I would do her more good at Mass than in a waiting room, so, leaving my wife with her, I proceeded to the nearest Catholic Church, St. Timothy, for 8:00 Mass.

Then the Lord touched me, through you.  You began the Mass by offering It for all mothers, and in particular for your own mother who was in the ICU.  Instantly all doubt about my decision to attend Mass and the outcome of my mother's procedure was gone.  Once again the Lord showed His great kindness and love in reinforcing a message that He constantly tries to teach me but I am so reluctant to believe. 

I matter.  I matter to Him.

Needless to say, I made it back to the hospital in time to meet the cardiologist as soon as the procedure was over.  My mom's coronary arteries were fine.

Four hours later, we are home, with plenty of time to celebrate my birthday.  Ironically I spent part of it in the hospital with my mother just as I did fifty one years ago.

I pray that your mother, too, will have a full recovery of her health.

God bless you and your ministry, wz

RELATED NEWS ITEM:  Pastor cleared of wrongdoing steps down at St. Timothy

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 17- "On non-possessiveness"

1. Non-possessiveness is the resignation of cares, life without anxiety, an unencumbered wayfarer, alienation from sorrow, fidelity to the commandments. 


May 14, 2009    

THE TRIB TIMES WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK, GOD WILLING (James 4:15).

(Jos 24:15) And if you be unwilling to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

VIDEO: Fr. Corapi on Notre Dame Scandal

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ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT
: Media culture and compromise undermining Christian life

EXCERPT
ADDRESS ARCHBISHOP BURKE: Before the fundamental and great challenges which we as a nation are facing, how better to express our patriotism than by celebrating the teachings of our Catholic faith. The most treasured gift which we as citizens of the United States of America can offer to our country is a faithful Catholic life. It is the gift which, even though it has often been misunderstood, has brought great strength to our nation, from the time of its founding. Today more than ever, our nation is in need of Catholics who know their faith deeply and express their faith, with integrity, by their daily living.

EXCERPT HOMILY BISHOP WENSKI MASS OF REPARATION: But, today, too often Catholics are being told that in order to play in America one must pay the price of surrendering one's own convictions and principles. Catholics who want to enter public life more often than not have to pay the price "privatizing" their religious faith and convictions to play roles of significance in the halls of power.  You can be sure that President Obama would not consider a Catholic for the position of Supreme Court justice – unless that Catholic "bracketed" his beliefs on the dignity and the rights of the unborn.

The options before us are not just between flight and capitulation:  we need not retreat into a Catholic ghetto – for Christ calls us to be in the world; nor, must we necessarily surrender to the culture around us and accept to be absorbed by and assimilated into the ascendant secularism – for Christ tells us not to be of the world.  There is a third option, to be for the world.  We are best for the world, when we preach and live the gospel coherently. In a world which pretends that God doesn't matter, we must witness that life is meaningful and joyful only when we live in a way that shows that God does matter.

Jesus in the gospel says:  I am the good shepherd: I know mine and mine know me. The challenge is not how to change the gospel message to make it more palatable, more relevant to the world, but to allow the gospel message to change the world.  But, it will not change the world unless the gospel changes us first.

In today's first reading, Peter says: "There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved."  This is a rather bold statement – but because Peter and those who share Peter's faith believed it – it inspired an equally bold evangelical movement to bring the gospel to the ends of the earth.

As Christian Catholics, we need not flee from the world, nor should we surrender to the world; rather we need to recover that bold conviction of Peter and the early disciples that will make it possible for us to change the world – not by imposing our beliefs but by making our proposal, informed by gospel values, about what constitutes the best conditions for human flourishing in our society..  Peter, in our first reading, spoke truth to power; today we need that the truth be spoken to our complacency.

GEORGE BARNA:  "The enemy of America today is not Iraq. It is not Afghanistan or communism. It is not Somalian pirates. It's the moral degradation and spiritual complacency of Americans," contended Barna, founder of the research firm The Barna Group. "In essence it is the willingness of Americans to become victims of the imposition of values and objectives that defy our common good."

"Just think about the shift in mottos that characterize our nation," Barna noted. "We talked about one nation under God, but today really we are one nation under self, sometimes aided by one or more gods.

"We shifted from a nation that said 'In God We Trust' to 'Reality and self we trust,'" he continued. "We transitioned from being a land of the free and the home of the brave, to now we are the land of the indebted and the home of the self-indulgent. We also shifted from a land that believes you can be all you can be to now it's get all you can get."


FACT
: The Fifty States Reference God in their Constitutions

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 16- "On love of money, or avarice"

7. He who has conquered this passon has cut out care; but he who is bound by it never attains to pure prayer. 


May 13, 2009    

(John 2:5) His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."

FATIMA "MIRACLE" REVISITED: Turkish gunman wants to be baptised at the Vatican

MANILLA BULLETIN
: Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on Wednesday

The Catholic Church and Marian devotees will celebrate Wednesday the feast of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima 92 years ago to three shepherd children — Lucia dos Santos and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto — at the Cova de Ira, Fatima, Portugal.

Thousands of pilgrims are expected to gather in Fatima today as well as in Marian shrines all over the world as the Catholic Church urges the faithful to pray the Holy Rosary and make special devotions and offerings to the Holy Mother.

Considered as the most important series of Marian apparitions in the Catholic Church, the Blessed Mother appeared on the same day each month for six months from May 13 to Oct. 13, 1917.

In her first apparition, she requested the children to pray the Holy Rosary, urged works of mortification for the conversion of sinners, and called for devotion to herself under the title Immaculate Conception.

In response, Pope Pius XII consecrated the world to Mary under the title of Immaculate Conception.

The series of apparitions were declared as worthy of belief by the Holy See in October 1930.

EXCERPT: Living the Fatima Message by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

If we were to synthesize the Fatima message, it could be expressed in one sentence of the Blessed Virgin's: "Do whatever He (my Son) tells you" and you will be happy, already in this life and perfectly happy in the eternal life to come. The Fatima message is both a promise and a condition. Our Lady understands how the human heart is made to be happy. She also understands that our happiness is conditional.

What is the core of the Fatima message? The heart of the Fatima message is a divine imperative. Sin leads to unhappiness. Stop sinning, repent of your sins and you will enjoy God's blessings in time and eternity.

The revelations of Fatima are especially grounded on revelations that we find in the New Testament. If there is one theme that runs through the New Testament, it is the covenant or contract between Jesus Christ and those who believe in his name.

By actual count there are over one hundred and fifty promises in the New Testament, mainly in the four Gospels. A few of them follow: If you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you shall have life within you and I will raise you up on the last day. Be converted and become as little children and you shall enter the kingdom of heaven. Be merciful and you shall obtain mercy.

A Bilateral Agreement

The New Testament would not be a covenant, would not be a contract, unless it was bilateral. We must respond to God's conditions to enjoy his promise of peace in this life and everlasting joy in the life to come. We must want to repent—we must want to pray—we must want to forgive—we must want to be humble—we must want to be chaste—we must want to believe—we must want to trust—we must want to love even unto death those who may not only not love us, but oppose us, persecute us, indeed, even hate us. We must use our free will—that's why we have a free will—to choose to surrender what we want in order to do what God wants. That in one single declarative sentence is the New Testament—the new covenant—the new contract.

What is the core of the Fatima message? Love God with your whole heart and you will be happy. Refuse to obey God and you will be unhappy. Sin leads to unhappiness. Doing God's will is a precondition for peace until death and everlasting joy in heaven with God.

Why is it so difficult to live the Fatima message today? Why should the Blessed Virgin have given us the Fatima message in our century? Why has our century had more death casualties in wars fought than in all the wars of human history up to 1900? Why has the Church had more martyrs since 1900 than in all the nineteen centuries since the first martyrdom of the founder of Christianity on Calvary? Why, in this age of world upheaval is the Church going through the most severe crisis in all her centuries of history? Why is it so important in our day to be told by Mary—Do what my Son tells you and you will be happy?

The underlying reason is that modern man has reached a point in history that I do not hesitate to call self-idolatry. The ancient Egyptians and Babylonians with their idol worship, with their golden calves, had nothing on us. Even once-Christian countries are becoming rapidly paganized. After thirty years of teaching non-Christian religions, 1 can assure you the essence of paganism is idolatry. The modern world is practicing the most insidious form of idolatry, the worship of self.

In the name of choice, over 60 million unborn children are murdered every year throughout the world. This global genocide is protected by what used to be called civil law. A better word would be uncivilized anarchy. In the name of liberty, the whole moral order is being subverted. It is as if the Ten Commandments were now outdated. The heart of a new morality has become the opposition of a created will to the divine will of God.

Demonic Pressure

Why is it so hard in our present day, to live up to the demands of Jesus Christ and the directives of Our Lady to do everything which her Son tells us to do? The reason is painfully obvious. The followers of Christ and the lovers of Mary are under superhuman pressure. I call it demonic pressure to conform to the Christless infidelity of our times. It is this Christless infidelity that is at the root of modern immorality. It is the abandonment of faith in Jesus Christ, the living God. Especially in living up to the demands of Jesus, in mastering our passions and not conforming to the sins of the flesh, which in our age have been elevated to a mystical morality. Those who in their pride refuse to submit their minds in humble faith to Jesus Christ always end up by losing their power of will, to control the passions of their bodies. Pride is a parent of lust. We find ourselves under constant demonic pressure to conform to the selfishness and unbelief and lechery of our age.

How are we to live up to the Fatima message today? What we are called upon to do is humanly impossible. We must, therefore, as a condition for survival, have access to and use superhuman means. We must use the sources of supernatural grace provided by Christ to obtain the light we need for our minds and the strength we need for our wills. Without this supernatural means to do the superhuman, the Fatima message will become the Fatima fable. Either we have recourse to the sources of divine grace available through prayer and the sacraments or we shall become casualties in the ongoing war between the followers of Satan and the followers of Jesus Christ.

Only heroic families will survive this war. Only heroic bishops, only heroic priests will survive this global conflict between the powers of darkness and the powers of light. Only heroic religious will be able to last. Only heroic men, women and children will remain Catholics and Christians and faithful followers of the Son of Mary by the year 2000.

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 16- "On love of money, or avarice"

4. He who mourns for himself has also renounced his body; and, at the appropriate time, he does not spare it. 


May 12, 2009    

(John 20:21) Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you."

TEXT OF NOTE PLACED BY POPE BENEDICT XVI IN WAILING WALL: "I bring before you the joys, the hopes and the aspirations, the trials, the suffering and the pain of all your people throughout the world," and ask for peace in "this Holy Land, the Middle East, [and upon] the entire human family."

IN PICTURES: 'Pope Benedict XVI Continues Visit to Israel'

FACTBOX - Holy sites on the papal tour

HEADLINE
: Pope Celebrates Mass Near Jerusalem

Pope Benedict has celebrated an outdoor mass in the valley of Kidron near Jerusalem.

The site is near the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed the night before he was crucified.

Earlier Tuesday, he visited sites that are sacred to Christians, Jews and Muslims, including the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City. He became the first leader of the Roman Catholic Church to enter the sacred Islamic shrine.

The pontiff arrived Tuesday at the hilltop known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. The pope took off his shoes before entering the Dome of the Rock, as is custom when entering a Muslim holy place.

The area is both Judaism's holiest site and Islam's third-holiest. It is a significant point of contention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with both groups demanding ownership.

Pope Benedict later prayed below the mosque at the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall. The structure is a top pilgrimage destination for Jews, and includes remnants of a retaining wall that helped support Jerusalem's Second Temple, built about 2,030 years ago.

LINK: Text of Pope Benedict XVI's Homily at Mass in Josaphat Valley

MORE
: An Intimate Public Mass with the Pope

INTERESTING: Language of Jesus keeps memories alive in Israel

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 16- "On love of money, or avarice"

3. The lover of money sneers at the Gospel, and is a willful transgressor. He who has attained to love scatters his money. But he who says that he lives for love and for money has deceived himself. 


May 11, 2009    

(Jam 1:3-4) Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience And patience hath a perfect work: that you may be perfect and entire, failing in nothing.

HEADLINE: Pope praises Mideast Christians for persevering

Pope Benedict XVI praised Sunday the courage of Middle East Christians who cling to their faith despite war and adversity, addressing a crowd of 20,000 who filled a sports stadium where he celebrated the first open-air Mass of his Holy Land pilgrimage.

For years, the church has been alarmed by the declining presence of Christians in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East, ancient communities driven out by conflict and poverty.

"The Catholic community here is deeply touched by the difficulties and uncertainties which affect the people of the Middle East," Benedict said, speaking in English at the Mass. "May you never forget the great dignity which derives from your Christian heritage, or fail to sense the loving solidarity of all your brothers and sisters in the church throughout the world."

He said fidelity to the church's mission in the Middle East "demands of each of you a particular kind of courage" that requires building ties with people of other religions and cultures.

MORE: Pope leads 'historic' Mass in Amman

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CATHOLIC MEDIA LINKS TO PAPAL PILGRIMMAGE:

CNA: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/holyland09/

EWTN: http://www.ewtn.com/holyland2009/

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 16- "On love of money, or avarice"

1. After the tyrant just described, many learend teachers next treat of the thousand-headed demon of avarice. We, unlearned as we are, did not wish to change the order of the learned, and we have therefore followed the same convention and rule. So let us first say a little about the disease, and then speak briefly about the remedy. 


May 8, 2009    

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(Psa 122:6) Pray ye for the things that are for the peace of Jerusalem: and abundance for them that love thee.

A LOOK AHEAD: Pope: I go to Holy Land as 'pilgrim of peace'

Pope Benedict XVI said Saturday that he is going to the Holy Land next week as a pilgrim of peace in a region marked by injustice, mistrust and fear.

Benedict's eight-day pilgrimage, which begins Friday, will take him to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories.

The pope told members of a charitable group in a speech at the Vatican that he was asking for prayers for all the peoples of the Holy Land.

"In just a few days I will have the privilege of visiting the Holy Land. I go as a pilgrim of peace," the pontiff said of his first papal trip to the Middle East.

He said the region "land of our Lord's birth, death and resurrection, a sacred place for the world's three great monotheistic religions — has been plagued by violence and injustice" for 60 years.

"This has led to a general atmosphere of mistrust, uncertainty and fear -- often pitting neighbor against neighbor, brother against brother," Benedict said.

"As I prepare for this significant journey, I ask in a special way that you join me in prayer for all the peoples of the Holy Land and the region. May they receive the gifts of reconciliation, hope and peace," the pontiff said.

Among Benedict's stops on the trips will be Jerusalem, Nazareth and Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, where the pontiff will celebrate Mass and visit a Palestinian refugee camp.

Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, described the pilgrimage as the "most awaited and perhaps most challenging trip so far" of Benedict's papacy.

"We know how uncertain the political situation is in the area, how fragile are the prospects for pacification," Lombardi said on Vatican Radio. "But the pope sets out all the same, with admirable courage grounded in faith, to speak about reconciliation and peace," Lombardi said.

PRAYER REQUEST: Benedict XVI Requests Prayers for Holy Land Trip

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Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 15- "On incorruptible purity and chastity"

46. When the devil wishes to tie two people to each other by a shameful bond, he works on the inclinations of both of them, and then lights the fire of passion. 


May 7, 2009    

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(Php 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.

LINK: National Day of Prayer Website

EXCERPT EDITORIAL: Prayer is an integral part of the country

Since the founding of the country, prayer has been an integral part of our history and heritage. Since Washington's prayers for an infant nation and Jefferson's assertion that the new government should separate itself from infringing its laws on religious freedom, prayer has knitted a divine strength into the fabric of America.

Firmly rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition, the National Day of Prayer Task Force seeks to promote an awareness of prayer, not only on this significant event, but on an ongoing basis. The first Thursday in May is a significant day when Americans lay aside differences and join hearts in acknowledging God. As a nation, we come together to humble ourselves and turn to the Lord on behalf of our country, knowing that it is in Him we trust, not ourselves, and it is through our prayers that we rely on Him to face the many issues which we have no other answers but in Him.

In 1775 the first Continental Congress called for a National Day of Prayer. In 1863 Abraham Lincoln called for such a day. In 1952 Congress established National Day of Prayer as an annual event by a joint resolution, signed into law by President Truman. In 1988 the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May. President Ronald Reagan stated, "If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under."

The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans. It is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens from all backgrounds. Mrs. Shirley Dobson, NDP chairman, reminds us: "We have lost many of our freedoms in America because we have been asleep. I feel if we do not become involved and support the annual National Day of Prayer, we could end of forgetting this freedom, too."

MORE: Remember Godly heritage

NEWSLINK: No White House ceremony to be held on Nat'l Day of Prayer

This Thursday, for the first time in nine years, there won't be a White House ceremony in observance of the National Day of Prayer.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says President Barack Obama will pray privately as he does every day, but his only public acknowledgement will be to issue a White House proclamation.

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 15- "On incorruptible purity and chastity"

40. He who attempts to stop this war by temperance, and by that alone, is like a man who has the idea of escaping the sea by swimming with one hand. Join humility to temperance, because without the former the latter is useless. 


May 6, 2009
 

(1Pe 5:8-9) Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist ye, strong in faith: knowing that the same affliction befalls, your brethren who are in the world.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations (05/03/09): Pope ordains priests, warns of worldly spirit in the church

EXCERPT: "Here we need to pay attention to a reality: that this 'world,' in the evangelical sense, threatens even the church, infecting its members and the ordained ministers themselves," he said. "The 'world' is a mentality, a manner of thinking and living that can pollute even the church, and in fact does pollute it, and therefore requires constant vigilance and purification," the pope said. The Christian vocation, he said, is to be free from evil and different from the world, though living in the world.

INTERVIEw
(Sunday, April 26, 2009): OUTSPOKEN- A Conversation With Alberto Cutiť, Multimedia priest

They call him Padre Oprah. And Alberto Cutiť -- a telegenic 39-year-old Cuban American priest, advice columnist, radio and television personality, best-selling author and pastor of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Miami's trendy South Beach -- certainly fits the bill. Hispanic Magazine has hailed Cutiť as one of the most influential Latinos in the United States, and celebrity friends such as Shakira, Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan don't hurt his image, either.

But beyond the hype, this son of Cuban exiles touches the lives of millions of listeners, readers and viewers, many of whom, like him, grew up on stories of how the Castro regime would end. Cutiť spoke last week with Outlook's Carlos Lozada about whether Obama should drop the embargo, whether Fidel will go to heaven or hell, and how to find God in South Beach.

HEADLINE (05/05/09): Miami Priest and Media Personality, Father Alberto Cutie, Steps Down Amid Photo Scandal

The career of a 39-year-old priest and media personality in Miami came crashing down today, after photos published in a Spanish-language magazine allegedly captured him having a romantic interlude with a woman on the beach.

Cuban-American Father Alberto Cutie resigned as the head of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Miami Beach, the Archdiocese of Miami announced today. He also stepped down as president of Radio Paz and Radio Peace, Catholic 24-hour radio stations run by the diocese, a diocese spokeswoman told the Associated Press.

The photos ran in TVnotas, a Spanish-language magazine, which featured the priest in blue shorts, lying on his back next to a woman in a bathing suit on Miami Beach. One of the roughly two dozen images -- which were taken over a three-day period -- shows him kissing the woman, and another shows him sticking a hand inside the woman's bathing suit, the Miami Herald reported.

PLEASE JOIN ME IN PRAYING FOR FATHER ALBERTO AND FOR ALL PRIESTS!

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 15- "On incorruptible purity and chastity"

39. He who wants to overcome the demon of fornication with gluttony and surfeiting is like a man who puts out a fire with oil. 


May 5, 2009
   

VIA FATHER CORAPI: Cultivating Our Relationship with the Blessed Mother

As we enter another month of May we can't help but turn our thoughts to Mary, the Mother of the Lord and our dear spiritual Mother. For whatever reason some people have difficulty relating to the Blessed Mother. On the other hand, tens of millions of us love her dearly and can't understand why anyone wouldn't. I have always thought, "If she's good enough for Jesus, She's good enough for you!"

We find ourselves caught in a violent spiritual war today. We need all of the help we can get. One of the greatest aids God has given us is the gift of His own Mother. We are foolhardy indeed if we refuse or fail to avail ourselves of this powerful gift.

Pray the Rosary every day. If we do not do this I'm afraid we'll bear much of the responsibility for the state of the world—which is catastrophic. Can God bless a country that formally and legally embraces such human rights abuses as the genocide of abortion? Can God look fondly on a world that sanctions things such as fetal stem cell research, human cloning, and gay marriage? These things constitute an assault on life itself, yet the average person is apparently too dull witted or morally blind to see this.

At decisive times in human history, when all seemed dark, desperate, and nearly lost, the Church turned to Mary, the Mother of the Lord and our Mother, the Woman Clothed with the Sun. She interceded for poor humanity with her Son and won the day. We are at such crossroads now and this May let's not fail to turn to her in all of our needs. Everything we give to her, all of our prayers, go immediately to Jesus, Who gives them to the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit.

I strongly urge you to totally consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary, pray the Rosary every day, and have confidence in her maternal intercession. Above all love your Mother, for I promise you—your Mother

MORE ON MARY AND THE MONTH OF MAY

Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J: Devotion of the Blessed Virgin Today

UDayton: May, Mary's Month, Marian Coronation

The Consecration of the Month of May to Mary

Already in the 13th century, the King of Castile, Alfonso X the Wise, had compared the beauty of Mary with the month of May in one of his songs. In the following century, the Dominican Blessed Henry Suso, during the time of flowers, used to weave crowns to offer to the Holy Virgin on the First of May.

In 1549, a Benedictine, Seidl, published a book entitled "The Spiritual Month of May," while St Philip Neri urged young people to show devotion to the Virgin Mary during the month of May, when he gathered children around the altar of the Blessed Virgin to offer her spring flowers.

A few years later, the Jesuits recommended that on the eve of the first of May, families set up an altar to the Blessed Virgin Mary in their homes, decorated with flowers and candles. The idea is that every day of the month, the family would meet to recite some prayers in honor of the Blessed Virgin and then draw lots for a piece of paper indicating the virtue to practice the next day. This Marian devotion is perpetuated throughout the world to this very day. So during this month of May, do not hesitate to act like the children of the middle ages and to offer flowers and prayers to Mary!

MORE FROM "A MOMENT WITH MARY": Where Does the Name "Rosary" Come From?

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 15- "On incorruptible purity and chastity"

38. I have seen pride lead to humility. And I remembered him who said: Who hath known the mind of the Lord (Rom 11:34)? The pit and offspring of conceit is a fall; but a fall is often an occasion of humility for those who are willing to use it to their advantage. 
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