Saturday, August 19, 2017

Wow Powerful, MUST See Testimony of Muslim Converted to Christianity by Reading the Koran to SHARE

“Koran Converted Me to Christianity”~Former Muslim Now Calling Himself Mario Joseph.       Powerful testimony of a former Muslim from India who was videotaped while visiting Spain. Eighteen years ago, somebody in a crowd asked, “Who is Jesus?” This prompted the young Muslim to read again the entire Koran, 114 chapters 6666 words. He discovered the prophet Mohammed is named four times, Jesus 25 times in the Koran: why more preference for Jesus? No woman is mentioned except the mother of Jesus; Chapters 3 and 19 mention (Mariam) Mary by name. Confused, the young Muslim scholar prayed to God and received as his answer Chapter 10: 94 of the Koran, a verse that referred him to the Bible. Therefore he attended a Christian retreat, where he read John 1:12, “But as many as received Him {Jesus}, to them He gave the power to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” He didn’t want to be merely God’s slave, but rather he rejoiced that Jesus enabled him to become God’s child! How wonderful to call the Father, “Daddy.” He took a new name, Mario Joseph. As a result of his conversion, his Islamic family persecuted and imprisoned him and tortured him, but the account of his miraculous empowerment and escape is truly awesome to watch! Intercessors, pray that many more Muslims will arrive at the knowledge of the truth of the Gospel as did this brave soul from Kerala, India. “But as many as received Him {Jesus}, to them He gave the power to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” (John 1: 12)
Text edited from Jerusalem Channel TV
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What is the Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3 Things to SHARE - Miracle Promises + #SacredHeart Litany + Novena + Consecration Prayers

1. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has been evident for many centuries under different forms. 
2. However, Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690), a Visitation Nun of the monastery of Paray-le-Monial, France received visions of the Sacred Heart and spread its devotion with this feast. 
3. Jesus appeared asking for a devotion of expiatory  love and frequent Communion, Communion on the First Friday of every month, and the observance of the Holy Hour.

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12 Promises of Jesus given in the Vision
1. I will give them graces necessary for their state in life.
2. I will give peace in their families.
3. I will console them in all their troubles.
4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.
5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
9. I will bless the homes in which the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honored.
10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their name written in My Heart, and it shall never be effaced.
12. I promise thee in the excess of the mercy of My Heart, that its all-powerful Love will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of Nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under My displeasure, nor without receiving the Sacraments; My Heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.


Lord Jesus Christ, we consecrate ourselves to You today, each one of us, and all of us together as a family. Your Sacred Heart, the heart of your crucified and risen Body, is the ever living source of mercy and grace, hope and love for all of us. We desire to pledge ourselves and our lives to You in return.

Teach us to be always united with You, through Your Holy Spirit in mind and heart, in all our thoughts, words, deeds, joy and sufferings. Grant that we may ever know You more clearly, love You more dearly, and follow You more nearly.

We wish to share in Your redeeming work in our world: that your Father's will may truly be done on earth as it is in heaven, that the civilization of justice and love may thus be built up in our land.

Heart of Jesus, help us to keep sin away from our lives. Help us to keep loving, serving and forgiving each other. Live in our hearts and in our homes always, Make us wholly Yours.

With Your Mother's Immaculate Heart, we renew our consecration to Your Sacred Heart, for the ever greater glory of the Father in Heaven, Amen.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, be with us and bless us now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

In 1899 Pope Leo XIII approved this Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for public use. 
Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

Christ, hear us
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven,
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God, the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, One God,
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father,
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mother,
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God,
Heart of Jesus, of Infinite Majesty,
Heart of Jesus, Sacred Temple of God,
Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High,
Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven,
Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity,
Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love,
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love,
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,
Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts,
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all treasures of wisdom and knowledge,
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells the fullness of divinity,
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased,
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received,
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,
Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful,
Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke Thee,
Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness,
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium,
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses,
Heart of Jesus, obedient to death,
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,
Heart of Jesus, our peace and our reconciliation,
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who trust in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, delight of all the Saints,

Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world,
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world,
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world,

V. Jesus, meek and humble of heart.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

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spare us, O Lord.

graciously hear us, O Lord.

have mercy on us, O Lord.

R. Make our hearts like to Thine.
Let us pray;

Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thy most beloved Son and upon the praises and satisfaction which He offers Thee in the name of sinners; and to those who implore Thy mercy, in Thy great goodness, grant forgiveness in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who livest and reignest with Thee forever and ever. Amen.
Padre Pio's Sacred Heart Novena

This powerful prayer was recited every day by Padre Pio for all those who recommended themselves to his prayers:

I. O my Jesus, You said "verily I say to You, ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you", behold I knock, I seek and I ask for the grace of...

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father. Sacred Heart of Jesus I put all my trust in Thee.

II. O my Jesus, You said, "verily I say to You, whatsoever you shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it to you", behold in your name I ask the Father for the grace of...

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father. Sacred Heart of Jesus I put all my trust in Thee.

III. O my Jesus, You said, "verily I say to You, heaven and earth shall pass away but My words shall not pass away", behold I encouraged by your infallible words, now ask for the grace of...

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father. Sacred Heart of Jesus I put all my trust in Thee.

O sacred Heart of Jesus, to whom one thing alone is impossible, namely, not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of Thee through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your and our tender Mother.

Say the Salve Regina (Hail Holy Queen) and add, St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Saturday August 19, 2017 - #Eucharist

Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 418

Reading 1JOS 24:14-29

Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,
and addressed them, saying:
"Fear the LORD and serve him completely and sincerely.
Cast out the gods your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt,
and serve the LORD.
If it does not please you to serve the LORD,
decide today whom you will serve,
the gods your fathers served beyond the River
or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are dwelling.
As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

But the people answered, "Far be it from us to forsake the LORD
for the service of other gods.
For it was the LORD, our God,
who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt,
out of a state of slavery.
He performed those great miracles before our very eyes
and protected us along our entire journey and among all the peoples
through whom we passed.
At our approach the LORD drove out all the peoples,
including the Amorites who dwelt in the land.
Therefore we also will serve the LORD, for he is our God."

Joshua in turn said to the people,
"You may not be able to serve the LORD, for he is a holy God;
he is a jealous God who will not forgive
your transgressions or your sins.
If, after the good he has done for you,
you forsake the LORD and serve strange gods,
he will do evil to you and destroy you."

But the people answered Joshua, "We will still serve the LORD."
Joshua therefore said to the people,
"You are your own witnesses that you have chosen to serve the LORD."
They replied, "We are, indeed!"
Joshua continued:
"Now, therefore, put away the strange gods that are among you
and turn your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel."
Then the people promised Joshua,
"We will serve the LORD, our God, and obey his voice."

So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day
and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem,
which he recorded in the book of the law of God.
Then he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak
that was in the sanctuary of the LORD.
And Joshua said to all the people, "This stone shall be our witness,
for it has heard all the words which the LORD spoke to us.
It shall be a witness against you, should you wish to deny your God."
Then Joshua dismissed the people, each to his own heritage.

After these events, Joshua, son of Nun, servant of the LORD,
died at the age of a hundred and ten.

Responsorial PsalmPS 16:1-2A AND 5, 7-8, 11

R. (see 5a) You are my inheritance, O Lord.
Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, "My Lord are you."
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.

AlleluiaSEE MT 11:25

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 19:13-15

Children were brought to Jesus
that he might lay his hands on them and pray.
The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said,
"Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them;
for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
After he placed his hands on them, he went away.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Saint August 19 : St. John Eudes : Promoter of the #SacredHeart of #Jesus

November 14, 1601, Ri, France
August 19, 1680, Caen, France
1925 by Pope Pius XI
French missionary and founder of the Eudists and of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity; author of the liturgical worship of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary; b. at Ri, France, 14 Nov., 1601; d. at Caen, 19 Aug., 1680. He was a brother of the French historian, François Eudes de Nézeray. At the age of fourteen he took a vow of chastity. After brilliant studies with the Jesuits at Caen, he entered the Oratory, 25 March, 1623. His masters and models in the spiritual life were Fathers de Bérulle and de Condren. He was ordained priest 20 Dec., 1625, and began his sacerdotal life with heroic labours for the victims of the plague, then ravaging the country. As a missionary, Father Eudes became famous. Since the time of St. Vincent Ferrer, France had probably not seen a greater. He was called by Olier "the prodigy of his age". In 1641 he founded the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge, to provide a refuge for women of ill-fame who wished to do penance. The society was approved by Alexander VII, 2 Jan., 1666. With the approbation of Cardinal de Richelieu and a great number of others, Father Eudes severed his connection with the Oratory to establish the Society of Jesus and Mary for the education of priests and for missionary work. This congregation was founded at Caen, 25 March, 1643, and was considered a most important and urgent work (see EUDISTS). Father Eudes, during his long life, preached not less than one hundred and ten missions, three at Paris, one at Versailles, one at St-Germaine-en-Laye, and the others in different parts of France. Normandy was the principal theatre of his apostolic labours. In 1674 he obtained from Clement X six Bulls of indulgences for the Confraternities of the Sacred Heart already erected or to be erected in the seminaries. He also established the Society of the Heart of the Mother Most Admirable — which resembles the Third Orders of St. Francis and St. Dominic. This society now numbers from 20,000 to 25,000 members. Father Eudes dedicated the seminary chapels of Caen and Coutances to the Sacred Hearts. The feast of the Holy Heart of Mary was celebrated for the first time in 1648, and that of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1672, each as a double of the first class with an octave. The Mass and Office proper to these were composed by Father Eudes, who thus had the honour of preceding the Blessed Margaret Mary in establishing the devotion to the Sacred Hearts. For this reason, Pope Leo XIII, in proclaiming his virtues heroic in 1903, gave him the title of "Author of the Liturgical Worship of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Holy Heart of Mary". Father Eudes wrote a number of books remarkable for elevation of doctrine and simplicity of style. His principal works are:--"Le Royaume de Jésus"; "Le contrat de l'homme avec Dieu par le Saint Baptême"; "Le Mémorial de la vie Ecclésiastique"; "Le Bon Confesseur"; "Le Prédicateur Apostolique"; "Le Cœur Admirable de la Très Sainte Mère de Dieu". This last is the first book ever written on the devotion to the Sacred Hearts. His virtues were declared heroic by Leo XIII, 6 Jan., 1903. The miracles proposed for his beatification were approved by Pius X, 3 May, 1908, and he was beatified 25 April, 1909. [St. John Eudes was beatified April 25, 1909 and canonized in 1925. His feast day is August 19. --Ed.] Text from the Catholic Encyclopedia

#BreakingNews Nun Killed on her Bicycle by hit-and-run - RIP Sr. Joseph Age 64

Police are searching for driver after local nun killed in hit-and-run Sister Joseph was killed in hit-and-run. Authorities are investigating after they say a local nun was killed in a hit-and-run crash while riding her bike. It happened in the early morning hours of Thursday, Aug. 17 near Michigan and Williams in Alma. Sister Joseph Marie Ruessmann, 64, with the Religious Sisters of Mercy, was riding her bike back to the convent when she was hit by a vehicle. Police said the vehicle did not stop and the Sister was found by two people passing by. One of them was Delores Gardner. “All I said is don’t move, whatever you do, don’t move. Help is on the way just don’t move. She was all twisted up. And I just kept saying to her don’t move.” Sister Joseph Marie died Thursday evening at the hospital surrounded by her Sisters. Mother Mary McGreevy with the Sisters of Mercy said Sister Joseph Marie had been with the convent for so long she couldn’t remember a time without her.
 “She was tender, she was considerate of people. She was very kind and very patient.” 
 Mother Mary said told TV5 that while they are stunned by the loss, the Sisters were happy they could be with Sister Joseph Marie when she died. They also aren’t mad at the person who hit her, but they do have a message. “This must be a terrible burden to bear. We’re praying with them and just hope they have the strength to do what they need to do.” Alma Police are asking anyone with information to call Det. Biehl at 989-463-8317 or “I mean it’s bad enough to happen to any human, but somebody that gives their life to God to be left on the side of the road like trash,” Gardner told TV5. The viewing for Sister Joseph Marie will be held at Our Lady of Grace Education Center, 1965 Michigan Avenue, Alma, on Saturday, August 19 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on Sunday, August 20 from 12- 4 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Grace Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 21.
Edited from : WNEM TV 5

Free Movie : Constantine and the Cross : 1962 - Story of #Constantine the #Emperor

Biopic of Constantine the Great, set between 293-312 AD, from his days as Tribune to his accession as Roman Emperor of Gaul under the tetrarchy system and ending with his battle against the usurper Roman Emperor Maxentius in Rome. Director: Lionello De Felice Writers: Michael Audley (dialogue), Ennio De Concini | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Belinda Lee, Massimo Serato |

RIP Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo at Age 75 of Richmond, Viginia - who served for 49 years

By Katherine Hafner
The Virginian-Pilot Report:
The Most Reverend Francis Xavier DiLorenzo is installed as the twelfth Bishop of Richmond on Monday, May 24, 2004 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, Va. Bishop DiLorenzo sits with Pastoral staff in hand, the staff associated with leading the flock as a shepherd might.
 The Most Reverend Francis X. DiLorenzo, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond, was the keynote speaker at the groundbreaking ceremony of Saint Patrick Catholic School in Norfolk on Friday afternoon.

 RICHMOND Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, a leader who drew both devotion and controversy, died Thursday night at age 75, officials said in a statement. DiLorenzo, who served as bishop for more than a decade and announced his resignation earlier this year, died at St. Mary's Hospital. "He was an exceedingly gracious and thoughtful bishop for the diocese," said Father Dan Beeman, pastor at Norfolk's Holy Trinity Catholic Church and chaplain at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia Beach.
 The diocese announced DiLorenzo's death in a statement Friday morning. "He was a faithful servant of the Church for 49 years and a Shepherd of the Diocese of Richmond for 13 years," Mark Lane, the diocese's vicar general, wrote in the statement. DiLorenzo was named bishop by Pope John Paul II in March 2004, according to the church's website. He announced his resignation earlier this year, because of a canon law that when a diocesan bishop reaches his 75th birthday, he must start the retirement process, The Pilot reported. The church is still searching for his replacement. DiLorenzo made a return to conservative values his top priority throughout his tenure and vowed to bring back practices in line with the Scriptures, according to the Associated Press.
 Within a few months of being named bishop, he appointed a diocesan theologian and began rolling back some of the more liberal policies put in effect by his progressive predecessor, the former Bishop Walter E. Sullivan, the AP reported. "If you are welcomed into a family, there is a culture or set of values you need to be comfortable with," DiLorenzo said in a 2004 interview. He also suspended the diocese's first official group that reached out to LGBT Catholics, the Sexual Minorities Commission and dismissed an advocate for ordaining female priests, according to the AP. But Beeman said he didn't see DiLorenzo as controversial. "The diversity of bishops is one of the gifts of the church, so I don't see (his differences from his predecessor) as a negative," Beeman said. "He loved the people." DiLorenzo had a strong relationship with his priests, "and he was always open. You could be honest with him," said Beeman, who was ordained by DiLorenzo. "He wanted our Catholic parishes to be warm and welcoming but he wanted them to be faithfully Catholic." The bishop was also passionate about Catholic schools and youth ministry, Beeman said, including starting an educational endowment fund and creating the Segura Initiative, an outreach effort to expand Catholic education for Hispanic students. The Catholic Diocese of Richmond encompasses 33,000 square miles, including the Eastern Shore, stretching from the Chesapeake Bay west to West Virginia and Kentucky. It includes 153 parishes and about 220,000 Catholics. DiLorenzo made local headlines over the years. He fired the Rev. Leo Manalo, a founder and leader of the San Lorenzo Spiritual Center who was beloved by many local Filipino Catholics, according to Pilot archives, spurring protests from the community. He also removed the Rev. James Parke from Virginia Beach's Church of the Holy Apostles – the nation's first combined Episcopal and Catholic parish – worrying parishioners who thought it could be the end of the ecumenical experiment. Father Joseph Metzger, pastor at Norfolk's Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, remembers that DiLorenzo "liked to laugh and liked to know what was going on." He said in addition to making Catholic education more affordable, the bishop was successful in building relationships with his counterparts across the globe, making the Richmond diocese home to many international priests, such as some in Hampton Roads from Africa and the Philippines. "He will be missed," Metzger said.
 DiLorenzo was born in Philadelphia in 1942 and was the oldest of three children, the diocese website said. He served in a variety of roles for the Catholic Church, including as a chaplain and biology and religion professor at a high school. He studied moral theology in Rome and earned a doctorate in sacred theology, according to the website. He served as bishop in Honolulu for a decade before coming to Richmond. In 2015, DiLorenzo came to Norfolk for a symposium on climate change. He stressed that he and other "religionists" deal with matters of faith and spiritual belief but are not in conflict with scientists who deal with facts and physical evidence. "We are not fighting with each other," he told the audience. "Right now, it's important for us to zero in on what the science is saying and pay attention." The bishop was speaking out as recently as last week, when he released a statement on the violence in Charlottesville. 
"Hatred, and its manifestations of racism, neo-Nazism and white supremacy, are sins against God and profoundly wound the children of God," DiLorenzo wrote. "We ask (God's) mercy, pardon and wisdom as we root out these long-standing evils, strands of which, tragically, remain woven within the fabric of our society." 
 Michael Cistola, a member of St. Benedict's Church in Chesapeake, said he didn't know DiLorenzo personally but remembers him as a "middle of the road type of guy." When the bishop visited Hampton Roads years ago, Cistola recalled him saying the church was kind of "like a box of chocolates. There's some fruit and some nuts, but it was his job to keep everyone inside the box."
Text from the Virginia Pilot Online

#PopeFrancis sends Prayers and Condolences for Victims of Terrorist attack in #Barcelona - FULL TEXT + Video

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday sent a telegram expressing his condolences for the victims of the terrorist attack on Barcelona, in which at least 13 people died and more than a hundred were injured. Pope Francis expressed his “deepest sympathy” for the victims of Thursday’s terrorist attack on Barcelona “Las Ramblas Boulevard” with a telegram to the city’s Archbishop, Cardinal Juan José Omella. The telegram was signed by Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin. Pope Francis condemned the “blind violence” manifested in the attack, saying it is “a grave offense to the Creator”. He prayed for those who “lost their lives to such an inhuman act”. “In these moments of sorrow and pain,” the Pope “wishes also to offer his support and closeness to the many injured, to their families, and to all Catalan and Spanish society,” it read. Turning to the future, Pope Francis said he raises his “prayers to the Most High that He help us continue to work with determination for peace and harmony in the world.” Finally, the Holy Father imparted his Apostolic Blessing “upon all the victims, their families, and the beloved Spanish people”. Please find below the official English translation of the telegram: CARDINAL JUAN JOSÉ OMELLA Y OMELLA ARCHBISHOP OF BARCELONA FOLLOWING THE NEWS OF THE CRUEL TERRORIST ATTACK THAT HAS SOWN DEATH AND PAIN IN LAS RAMBLAS IN BARCELONA, POPE FRANCIS WISHES TO EXPRESS HIS DEEPEST SYMPATHY FOR THE VICTIMS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES TO SUCH AN INHUMAN ACT, AND OFFERS PRAYERS FOR THEIR ETERNAL REPOSE. IN THESE MOMENTS OF SORROW AND PAIN, HE WISHES ALSO TO OFFER HIS SUPPORT AND CLOSENESS TO THE MANY INJURED, TO THEIR FAMILIES, AND TO ALL CATALAN AND SPANISH SOCIETY. THE HOLY FATHER ONCE AGAIN CONDEMNS BLIND VIOLENCE, WHICH IS A GRAVE OFFENCE TO THE CREATOR, AND RAISES PRAYERS TO THE MOST HIGH THAT HE HELP US CONTINUE TO WORK WITH DETERMINATION FOR PEACE AND HARMONY IN THE WORLD. WITH THESE WISHES, HIS HOLINESS INVOKES UPON ALL THE VICTIMS, THEIR FAMILIES AND THE BELOVED SPANISH PEOPLE HIS APOSTOLIC BLESSING. CARDINAL PIETRO PAROLIN SECRETARY OF STATE OF HIS HOLINESS (Devin Sean Watkins)

Wow Famous Actress becomes a Sister - enters the #Carmelite Convent - SHARE this Amazing Story!

Maria Carminia Lourdes Cynthia Arnaldo Gutierrez (born August 22, 1969 in Manila, Philippines), better known as Chin-Chin Gutierrez, was a Filipino actress and environmentalist. Chin Chin Gutierrez entered a Carmelite Convent to become a Sister. The award-winning actress is now Sister Lourdes.  Chin Chin was often vocal about her faith; when her house burnt down in 2010 she said: 
“God’s primacy and will for me is of utmost importance. We are unified in prayer. Right now, my focus is on taking care of the immediate concerns and obligations that this unfortunate incident has brought. I really cannot make any long-term plans at this point, yet certainly there is Divine Plan. I know everything has a purpose,” 
the actress said. 
At the age of 42 years she decided to embrace the vocation that not many women are consider.  Gutierrez is now living within the quarters of the Carmelite Sisters. Her mother was an inspiration to enter the convent. Her mother was one vow away from final vows as a Nun before marrying and giving birth to her. Gutierrez is a niece of a former actress Lita Gutierrez, from the 1960s. Gutierrez entered showbiz after she obtained her college degree from Maryknoll College, now Miriam College. It was 1991 when she did her first movie ‘Onyong Majikero.’ Her first TV role was as Maria Clara in the CCP-produced mini-series ‘Noli me Tangere,’ aired over then ABC-5, now TV5. In 1995, she won the Best Supporting Actress award from Gawad Urian for her role in the 1994 Manila Filmfest entry ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya: The Movie.’ In 1996, she won the Best Actress award from the first ever Asian Television Award. In 1998, she won another Asian Television Award as Best Supporting Actress. . Gutierrez is not the first actress who has turned her back on showbiz to enter the convent. Gutierrez is in environmentalism and is a vegetarian. She made the cover of TIME magazine as an Asia hero. (Edited from Pinoy)
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Friday August 18, 2017 - #Eucharist

Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 417

Reading 1JOS 24:1-13

Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,
summoning their elders, their leaders,
their judges and their officers.
When they stood in ranks before God, Joshua addressed all the people:
"Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel:
In times past your fathers, down to Terah,
father of Abraham and Nahor,
dwelt beyond the River and served other gods.
But I brought your father Abraham from the region beyond the River
and led him through the entire land of Canaan.
I made his descendants numerous, and gave him Isaac.
To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau.
To Esau I assigned the mountain region of Seir in which to settle,
while Jacob and his children went down to Egypt.

"Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and smote Egypt with the prodigies
which I wrought in her midst.
Afterward I led you out of Egypt, and when you reached the sea,
the Egyptians pursued your fathers to the Red Sea
with chariots and horsemen.
Because they cried out to the LORD,
he put darkness between your people and the Egyptians,
upon whom he brought the sea so that it engulfed them.
After you witnessed what I did to Egypt,
and dwelt a long time in the desert,
I brought you into the land of the Amorites
who lived east of the Jordan.
They fought against you, but I delivered them into your power.
You took possession of their land, and I destroyed them,
the two kings of the Amorites, before you.
Then Balak, son of Zippor, king of Moab,
prepared to war against Israel.
He summoned Balaam, son of Beor, to curse you;
but I would not listen to Balaam.
On the contrary, he had to bless you, and I saved you from him.
Once you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho,
the men of Jericho fought against you,
but I delivered them also into your power.
And I sent the hornets ahead of you that drove them
(the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites,
Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites)
out of your way; it was not your sword or your bow.

"I gave you a land that you had not tilled
and cities that you had not built, to dwell in;
you have eaten of vineyards and olive groves
which you did not plant."

Responsorial PsalmPS 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22 AND 24

R. His mercy endures forever.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the LORD of lords,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.
Who led his people through the wilderness,
for his mercy endures forever;
Who smote great kings,
for his mercy endures forever;
And slew powerful kings,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.
And made their land a heritage,
for his mercy endures forever;
The heritage of Israel his servant,
for his mercy endures forever;
And freed us from our foes,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.

AlleluiaSEE 1 THES 2:13

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Receive the word of God, not as the word of men,
but, as it truly is, the word of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 19:3-12

Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying,
"Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?"
He said in reply, "Have you not read that from the beginning
the Creator made them male and female and said,
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh
So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate."
They said to him, "Then why did Moses command
that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss her?"
He said to them, "Because of the hardness of your hearts
Moses allowed you to divorce your wives,
but from the beginning it was not so.
I say to you, whoever divorces his wife
(unless the marriage is unlawful)
and marries another commits adultery."
His disciples said to him,
"If that is the case of a man with his wife,
it is better not to marry."
He answered, "Not all can accept this word,
but only those to whom that is granted.
Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so;
some, because they were made so by others;
some, because they have renounced marriage
for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever can accept this ought to accept it."

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Saint August 18 : St. Helena : Patron of #Converts, #Divorced : Mother of #Constantine

Born: 248, Drepanum, Bithynia, Asia Minor 
Died: 328, Constantinople, Roman 
Major Shrine: The shrine to Saint Helena in St. Peter's Basilica Patron of: archeologists, converts, difficult marriages, divorced people, empresses, Helena, the capital of Montana.
The mother of Constantine the Great, born about the middle of the third century, possibly in Drepanum (later known as Helenopolis) on the Nicomedian Gulf; died about 330. She was of humble parentage; St. Ambrose, in his "Oratio de obitu Theodosii", referred to her as a stabularia, or inn-keeper. Nevertheless, she became the lawful wife of Constantius Chlorus. Her first and only son, Constantine, was born in Naissus in Upper Moesia, in the year 274. The statement made by English chroniclers of the Middle Ages, according to which Helena was supposed to have been the daughter of a British prince, is entirely without historical foundation. It may arise from the misinterpretation of a term used in the fourth chapter of the panegyric on Constantine's marriage with Fausta, that Constantine, oriendo (i.e., "by his beginnings," "from the outset") had honoured Britain, which was taken as an allusion to his birth, whereas the reference was really to the beginning of his reign.
In the year 292 Constantius, having become co-Regent of the West, gave himself up to considerations of a political nature and forsook Helena in order to marry Theodora, the step-daughter of Emperor Maximinianus Herculius, his patron, and well-wisher. But her son remained faithful and loyal to her. On the death of Constantius Chlorus, in 308, Constantine, who succeeded him, summoned his mother to the imperial court, conferred on her the title of Augusta, ordered that all honour should be paid her as the mother of the sovereign, and had coins struck bearing her effigy. Her son's influence caused her to embrace Christianity after his victory over Maxentius. This is directly attested by Eusebius (Vita Constantini, III, xlvii): "She (his mother) became under his (Constantine's) influence such a devout servant of God, that one might believe her to have been from her very childhood a disciple of the Redeemer of mankind". It is also clear from the declaration of the contemporary historian of the Church that Helena, from the time of her conversion had an earnestly Christian life and by her influence and liberality favoured the wider spread of Christianity. Tradition links her name with the building of Christian churches in the cities of the West, where the imperial court resided, notably at Rome and Trier, and there is no reason for rejecting this tradition, for we know positively through Eusebius that Helena erected churches on the hallowed spots of Palestine. Despite her advanced age she undertook a journey to Palestine when Constantine, through his victory over Licinius, had become sole master of the Roman Empire, subsequently, therefore, to the year 324. It was in Palestine, as we learn from Eusebius (loc. cit., xlii), that she had resolved to bring to God, the King of kings, the homage and tribute of her devotion. She lavished on that land her bounties and good deeds, she "explored it with remarkable discernment", and "visited it with the care and solicitude of the emperor himself". Then, when she "had shown due veneration to the footsteps of the Saviour", she had two churches erected for the worship of God: one was raised in Bethlehem near the Grotto of the Nativity, the other on the Mount of the Ascension, near Jerusalem. She also embellished the sacred grotto with rich ornaments. This sojourn in Jerusalem proved the starting-point of the legend first recorded by Rufinus as to the discovery of the Cross of Christ.
Her princely munificence was such that, according to Eusebius, she assisted not only individuals but entire communities. The poor and destitute were the special objects of her charity. She visited the churches everywhere with pious zeal and made them rich donations. It was thus that, in fulfilment of the Saviour's precept, she brought forth abundant fruit in word and deed. If Helena conducted herself in this manner while in the Holy Land, which is indeed testified to by Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine, we should not doubt that she manifested the same piety and benevolence in those other cities of the empire in which she resided after her conversion. Her memory in Rome is chiefly identified with the church of S. Croce in Gerusalemme. On the present location of this church formerly stood the Palatium Sessorianum, and near by were the Thermae Helenianae, which baths derived their name from the empress. Here two inscriptions were found composed in honour of Helena. The Sessorium, which was near the site of the Lateran, probably served as Helena's residence when she stayed in Rome; so that it is quite possible for a Christian basilica to have been erected on this spot by Constantine, at her suggestion and in honour of the true Cross. Helena was still living in the year 326, when Constantine ordered the execution of his son Crispus. When, according to Socrates' account (Church History I.17), the emperor in 327 improved Drepanum, his mother's native town, and decreed that it should be called Helenopolis, it is probable that the latter returned from Palestine to her son who was then residing in the Orient. Constantine was with her when she died, at the advanced age of eighty years or thereabouts (Eusebius, Life of Constantine III.46). This must have been about the year 330, for the last coins which are known to have been stamped with her name bore this date. Her body was brought to Constantinople and laid to rest in the imperial vault of the church of the Apostles. It is presumed that her remains were transferred in 849 to the Abbey of Hautvillers, in the French Archdiocese of Reims, as recorded by the monk Altmann in his "Translatio". She was revered as a saint, and the veneration spread, early in the ninth century, even to Western countries. Her feast falls on 18 August.
Text from the Catholic Encyclopedia

#BreakingNews 13 Killed and many Injured as Terrorists run Van into Crowds in Barcelona - Please PRAY

A van has run over dozens of pedestrians on the Rambla in Barcelona, Spain, near the city's famous Plaça Catalunya this Thursday afternoon. The area is one of the most popular with tourists in the Catalan capital. Police sources say at least thirteen are dead and dozens of injured. The Mossos d'Esquadra, the Catalan police, have confirmed that it was a terrorist attack. There were at least two attackers. Spain's National Audience court has taken on the investigation.
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The vehicle started the attack from plaça Catalunya at the top of the Rambla and slalomed down the street to the mosaic by Joan Miró outside the famous Boqueria market, around 600 metres. A chase along the pedestrianised area of la Rambla followed. When they abandoned the van, there was a burst of gunfire near the history Boqueria market, also very popular with tourists. Police were looking for a second white van, hired by the same company, also involved in the attack. One of the alleged attackers was Driss Oukabir, from north Africa. According to police sources, he collected the rental van in Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, a small town 18km from Barcelona. Numerous ambulances have arrived at the scene and businesses have closed their shutters. The area has been cordoned off and the metro and trains stations in plaça Catalunya have been shut for security reasons.
Since July 2016, vehicle attacks have been the weapon of choice of Islamic militants in Europe, which has led to the deaths of around a hundred people in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm. According to Spanish newspaper El Periódico, the CIA warned the Mossos two months ago that Barcelona, and the Rambla specifically, could be the scene of a terrorist attack like the one that has taken place this Thursday afternoon.
Edited from El

#BreakingNews Death Toll at over 400 in Sierra Leone over 600 missing - Please PRAY as President calls for Help for over 600 still missing

A torrential rain caused a landslide in the mountainous region of the western part of the Capital city, Freetown, which recorded initial death toll of over 450.
President Ernest Bai Koroma fought back tears as he described the devastation. Rescue workers have been searching for survivors amid the hundreds of homes that were engulfed by mud when a mountainside collapsed early on Monday. The disaster came after three days of heavy rains, and struck when many people were still sleeping.
According to reports over 600 are still missing and entire villages are destroyed. 
(Edited from All
Please Pray for the victims.  

Quote to SHARE by #MotherTeresa "Do not let the past disturb you, just leave everything in the Sacred Heart and begin again with joy"

"Do not let the past disturb you, just leave everything in the Sacred Heart and begin again with joy." 
Mother Teresa

Dissent from Catholic teaching at Land O' Lakes and Elsewhere an Analysis by Dr. Gary Knight

Which Land O’ Lakes ?

mid-60’s Catholic dissent wasn’t centered in Wisconsin

Gary D. Knight, Ph.D.

Deservedly, much is said about the 100 th anniversary of Fatima and its
warnings for the sex-saturated future (Fatima also marked 33 years after
Leo XIII heard satan’s boast to destroy the Church). It’s now also 50 years
since the dissemination in English of the divisive Dutch Catechism, and of
dissent from blessed Paul VI’s exhortation on Catholic education by
selected delegates of Catholic higher education, convened in Wisconsin’s
Land o’ Lakes (LoL). That dissent was a signal move against the Church’s
upcoming teaching on contraception and duly informed conscience.
The LoL retrenchment came only weeks after heretic Charles Curran was
reinstated at CUA, his lapse of contract being protested by many including
the AAUP (founded in 1915 to defend a dismissed Stanford professor’s
eugenic views against Chinese workers). Curran’s support for the Dutch
Jesuits’ permissive stance on contraception was well known, and it is fair to
surmise that the cabalist intentions at LoL were to immunize Catholic
scholars of the Americas from the Church authority soon anticipated.
Truth really is stranger than fiction, because fiction is the product of only
one feverish mind. Some of the vignettes that emerge from the LoL cabal
and its context look like Edvard Munch’s 1884 Skrik , an apocalyptic wail.
Munch (1) was seemingly inspired by a Peruvian mummy. Hey … even Peru
was in this conclave (I suppose to represent all of South America).

1 For colouration, Munch recollected a lake as if aflame under a glowering sky. A
decade later he painted a flushed Madonna, whose sensuality could have been the root
inspiration of that timeless McCartney sendup of motives for family planning.

The signatory roster suggests LoL might be better styled an ‘Indiana
Desideratum’. Indiana is represented by six delegates with the convener,
president of Notre Dame. They equal in number if not weight three each
from Washington (DC) and from Quebec. Well, Land o’ Lakes borders
Michigan-Wisconsin’s ‘Quebec National Forest’ and boasts a nearby Montreal,
so let space-warp allow a denizen of Quebec to look in on this curious
borderland convocation near the most liberal of Catholic universities.
Six isn’t the only plurality in the flock near Lac du Flambeau (flaming lake
– Munch would be proud). Jesuits comprise ten of the 26 alpha-betas. With
four Holy Cross delegates (convener included) and four non-clerical
associates it may well be deemed a SJ-CSC putsch. ‘Rome’ was present in
the persons of a Jesuit and a CSC principal, who likely flew in together.
Now, Indiana is home to the earliest Holy Cross priests in America, and
they run shrines in Quebec too: St. Joseph in Montreal and Cap de Madeleine,
the Trois Riviere Marian shrine. Like some Jesuits in my experience, they’ll
boot a penitent for confessing ‘frivolous’ sin. I grew up in Guelph Ontario,
by the St. Joseph provincial Loyola mother house, where I learned ‘jesuitical’
hair-splitting tricks. Regrettably so did Canada’s late 1960’s prime minister
Pierre Trudeau, who kept Catholicity at arm’s length and legalized abortion
in 1969: right after Canadian bishops were pressured by consultators in
Winnipeg to equivocate on Humanae Vitae. They did that too, by splicing
hairs (‘acting as seems right’ is made the same as ‘good conscience’).
I heard of the LoL declaration in Catholic highschool. “Land o’ Lakes” is
also a popular Ontario holiday region, so the teachers’ eager, furtive tones
gave the suggestion they’d found there a nudist retreat. Those days
dissidence stood for identity, and many of the same teachers would in due
course embrace the Winnipeg statement’s thumbing noses at blessed Paul
VI. Let not Mr. Trudeau solely be faulted for being the first lay primate of a
Common Law country to deny the innate rights of future subjects.

The atmosphere of parallel magisteriae, or nascent ‘national churchism’
(new to the New World), impressed this pubescent pupil of pedagogues
primed with neo-Marxist ideas in cold-war 1960’s. That was the era when
Garp would have been raising a family writing works for feminists like his
mother (bound to backfire, bud). I, as anachronistic younger brother to
Garp (he not penned yet), would say more cavalierly “the author of
feminism is no friend of women”. But I doubt even John Irving would
suppose the words of Paul VI, or mine for that matter, implied the devil.
Anyway, my teachers didn’t, and 1984 was still a generation away.
In the latter ‘60s a sexual revolution did run on prurient interests titillated
by lyrical antics of Stones, Beatles, Who and Led Zeppelin (a virtual fugue
from Aristotle through Plato or Zeno to Dada). But the revolt of secular
modernity against Christian tradition was not rooted there: rather, it made
keen use of it. After all, the gathering in the woods of Wisconsin was no
drum-circle of winsome witches: it was warlocks or wannabe’s envisioning
a national church more immune from disciplines that were due to befall
their friend Chuck, and Canadian counterpart Greg (Baum).
This move was quite clever. Hunkering down over pastoral concerns, like
how to accompany the contracepting faithful, could sell like fawning
paternalism. It was collegial and academic and bespoke a movement for a
changed Church worldwide. The ‘Americas’ cohort of 24 plus Peru and
Puerto Rico might be seen in global intelligentsia as standing for dissidence
on papal rule. Dutch dissidence dates from ca. 1884’s Union of Utrecht,
which opened a path of false irenicism under cover of ecumenism.
In the generation after LoL, the contraceptive mentality took complete
ascendancy – for which reason pregnancies were both unwanted and
disposable. Catholic schools produced a long line of public figures who
would undermine all the Church stood for, including natural marriage. Paul
Martin was the first primate of a Common Law country to have no

problems with a largely Catholic Liberal caucus legalizing same-sex marriage.
That was 2004. The New Dutch catechism would not be fully answered
until 1992 when a generation of budding politicians had already gone
through school in a Church that was caught with her frocks down.
I began to wonder how it was that two prevalent things had so soon come
to pass – one in Ontario, another in Quebec – that led to the more intense
demise of the Church than even American commentators have grasped
from their Pew statistics. The first was the foisting of teaching authority by
bishops onto pedagogues associated in a trade-union structure with
managerial clout (quite like having the fox in a hen-house). The second was
the nearly total desertification of the Catholic identity of former Quebec.
At LoL, Canada was represented entirely by Quebec. At least the Latinics
had both Costa Rica and Peru. The Jesuit Assistant General – a Fordham
man till 1965 -- had offices in Rome, as did the Holy Cross superior
general, another Quebec man. The ‘Indiana Disideratum’ would have
meant little without signature from Curran’s employer, and a CUA second
in command was ready; but why in 1967 was it so important to have a
Sherbrooke bishop, CSC superior and several clerics from Quebec?
Several times in Canada’s short history, civil war (eg. the Louis Riel
rebellion) nearly broke out over the determination of francophones to have
Catholic schools, and Quebec or ‘lower Canada’ in British days wrested this
right from a Westminster government that had even expelled Catholics
from Acadia. All the more remarkable it is, that Quebec took a faith
nosedive so that by 1996 the confession of her schools could be removed
at the stroke of a pen with not the least outcry. What had happened?
Jean LeSage (‘The Wise’) was premier of Quebec in 1965, when Canadian
prime minister Lester Pearson parlayed contraception to the public. That
would’ve been unthinkable only a trice before, for Quebec demographically
made or unmade federal governments. And Quebec was very Catholic: so

Catholic that it took a turn to ultramontanism – more Catholic than popes
-- which required correction. Papal delegate Merry Del Val’s turn-of-
century visit to remove ultra-montanist bishops was resented, and Quebec
became more ‘clericalist’ than ever. Local family decisions of note were
ruled by the village curE. All that changed when LeSage came to power.
After taking leadership of the Liberal party in 1958 LeSage campaigned
for provincial election on the slogan “now is when it changes!”, a challenge
to the pro-Church hegemony. The upset was narrow, but cracked a
floodgate of radical social change: the Quiet Revolution of which LeSage is
deemed the father. The flight from clericalism ran quickly to an embrace of
national socialism: sort of a mini French Revolution, which Quebec had
sorely missed. Quebec is now so socialist, one can’t fix a car in the
driveway without municipal approval; and yes, the police will show up.
So then, Lester Pearson, popular for the US-Canada Auto Pact, not long
since awarded a Nobel Peace prize for brokering a UN intervention in
Suez, had penned a mean little promo on population control. He well knew
his course must collide with the Church. The ascendancy of LeSage and the
furor with which all things Catholic were being gutted gave the platinum
opportunity: Lester needed only the accession of the most influential
prelate in Quebec, Montreal’s Cardinal Paul-Emile Leger.
Cardinal Leger was one of the liberal voices (along with Gregory Baum
and Remi DeRoo( 2) ) at the just-closing 2nd Vatican Council. Well aware that
priestly congregations in his province were seeking a new ‘superior’ identity
outside of clericalism, he was not eager to have contraception preached-
against. This was very remarkable, as Quebec’s pride had been styled the
revenge of the cradle. Her great celebrities had been the Dion sister quintuplet,

2 Bishop DeRoo was co-consecrated by Georges Cabana, archbishop of Sherbrooke,
who oddly enough resigned his office after LoL.

and Mr. Pearson was having none of that hyperfertility even if Canada was
virtually barren.
It is easy to see how conscience was compromised in the legal access to
chemical steroidal hormones that act as often to abort a pregnancy as to
inhibit one. When state-sanctioned ‘medical’ recourse fails, responsibility
shifts from the individuals, with resulting pregnancy seen as the state’s
onus. Demands for access to abortion escalated into a virtual mass
movement, providing the main engine of a Marxist-feminist ground-shift.
This narrative glosses the neo-Marxist ‘higher criticism’ sophistry then
rooting in academic institutions. The ‘era’ of senator McCarthy was roundly
dissed in 1954, and the effect of that trouncing on open critique of socialist
thought retains its chill today (3) . LoL’s Wisconsin conclave could play to the
distaste for that state’s most forgettable bulldog. Participant John Cogley
(Religion editor at NY Times and founder of CDSI), had written the
scathing 1956 “Report on Blacklisting”, to be republished in 1971.
Senator McCarthy’s intel was far better than hearsay; but with verbal
recklessness even the most trenchant and unrefuted observations lose
street cred. McCarthy shot the wad too soon to be taken seriously after. In
opposing supreme court nominee Bill Brennan, whose liberalism would in
fact be key to the Roe v. Wade pro-abortion ruling, he was isolated.
One unrefuted bit of intel was soviet influence on broadcaster Edward
Murrow, who coined the memorable hair-split: “we must not confuse
dissent with disloyalty”. Verbatim these words betoken the Chuck and
Greg mantra that national church dissent from papal teaching does not
amount to disowning the faith. This doctrine, a reverse ultramontanism
that makes of local bishops national popes, the LoL desideratum would
immunize from Church censure under cover of academic freedom.

3 Evidence that the cold war was won by the frosted side, contrary to wishful belief.

Only 45 years later over 200 dissident international theologians could (at
Utrecht no less) openly sign a declaration of “loyal dissent”: John
Wijngaards’ Catholic Scholars’ Declaration on Authority, with staged
endorsements at the London House of Parliament (4) . Two years before, Der
Spiegel could ink a screed (50 openly hostile to pope Benedict’s intelligent and
sensitive pastoring of a keeling boat.
Back to heady 1967, Toronto ran a love-in featuring Catholic educators
and advisors who to a man favoured Curran’s style of “loyal dissent” from
the Church’s rescript against unnatural birth spacing. One was at variance
with the dissenting theologians who’d been sending missives through
bishops to pope Paul, prior to his dreaded encyclical, and she was admitted
to the Mensa-like club because her paper’s title “You can have sex without
babies” was thought to support contraception. But it prophesied the value
of natural family planning, no darling of athose preferring infecund sex.
Catholic schools in Ontario are union-run, but that structure was not
securely entrenched in 1967, so its heads pursued mid-level degrees from
the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. In 1965 OISE (6) congealed
out of Toronto’s backroom ‘Department of Education Research’ which
aired much new radicalist theory from U.S. sources whose left-wingery was
not quite so embraced as some hoped after McCarthy. In the heyday of
breakneck spending by the minister of Education and University Affairs,
DER morphed into OISE. In two years it founded the Feminist Party of
Canada, and hosted the above back-slapping camaraderie of dupes.

4 The BBC reported “Catholic scholars from around the world [are] pushing for the
new Pontiff, who will be appointed this month, to embrace a more open, accountable
and democratic approach to the running of the church.” [my emphasis: to whom?]
5 The Pope’s Difficult Visit to his Homeland [Sept. 20, 2011] written by four ‘staff’.
6 The OISE edifice was erected in 1970 just before minister Davis took the
premiership. Key graduates would stakehold in Catholic schools (albeit in doctrinal
dissent): long after Davis’ initial opposition to full separate school funding, in 1984
they prevailed to change his mind. Now the vixens really were in with the chics.

Notwithstanding the conspicuous absence from LoL of these anglophone
Canadian sycophants of Baum and Curran, the bigger surprise is absence of
academics (7) who, at St. Francis Xavier university in Nova Scotia (Acadia),
would sign an intent of dissent the same year.
The Acadians were not teachers at elementary and secondary schools, but
university academics, from a Jesuit foundation too. Perhaps they were
overly far away by ferry (always too costly to Maine). Also, LoL was in July,
and StFX may have been on a trimester system for its historic school of
extension and cooperative education (8) . Even mavericks can find themselves
too busy to lend legitimacy of numbers to a rogue happening.
This background groundswell of dissent and local-church self justification
was something the LoL cabalists knew, as well they did that its root was
less ‘highbrow’ academic than it was a child of ‘critical theory’: code for
creeping socialist thought dressed up with the airs of higher learning and
the Frankfurt School of neo-enlightenment. It did not take more than a
generation afterwards for Marxist-feminist theory to be hugely touted
throughout academia in North America and beyond.
The etiology of revolution – even quiet revolution (the ‘silent scream’ of
Munch or of Bernard Nathanson’s film) – manifests in social dynamics cast
as innate conflict. Woodenly applying a Hegelian dialectic, the sophisticate
projects conflict, contrives vying parties or ‘hard cases’, caricatures their
war, and agitates for synthetic change. That was the feminist method
(conflict with ‘male dominance’ – now extending to a tension of gender
identities) and it was readily generalized to conflict between a mother’s
privacy and child’s existence (Roe v. Wade 1972) or between a mother’s
person and child’s prenatal development (Morgentaler 1988).

7 The local bishop gave these 58 scholars an epithet: “the cream of Antigonish”.
8 One of the first North-American education co-ops, the program had won the name
“Antigonish movement” spurred by a booklet called The Antigonish Way.

A marker of ‘higher’ critical method was construal of conflict between
faith and obedience, synthesized by Baum and Curran or Kuhn and
Wijngaards into ‘loyal dissent’. The proof of method worked, in so far as it
hoodwinked many bishops (9) in Canada, the United States and the world.
An example was the Winnipeg Statement: out of an impasse between what
is objectively wrong and what free wills are going to want to do, the
sophisticate synthesizes that good conscience consists in doing whatever
seems right. The one shepherd pushing this specious splice embraced neo-
Marxist liberation theology: a ‘critical’ construct that puts social justice –
expressed in socialist terms (10) – ahead of the peace of Christ when seen as
bourgeois luxury or downright insensitivity, or at best an ‘opiate’.
The liberation mantra is in effect “give us justice and then we’ll give you
peace”, emerging with force from the conflict construed to exist systemically
between what is just and what is peaceable. For polarizing caricature, the
conflicting ‘systemic sin’ (capitalism), and ‘complicity’ (due process or
democratic restraints) are repudiated. Where ‘preferential option for the
poor’ or fair distributivism should emerge, what comes instead is activism
on intimate terms with socialism’s other trophies: abortion, ‘free love’,
gender-bending identity, and now euthanasia and same-sex marriage.
Abortion is a ‘trophy’ of Marxist-feminism, which recently expressed itself
at a Planned Parenthood congress by chanting “abortion is sacred”. I heard
words of similar gravity uttered in 1984 when leaders in the Ontario
Catholic teachers’ union (who require teachers to pass their indoctrination
course to obtain a contract) insisted that women should be priests because
‘only women bleed’ (to quote Alice Cooper). Already they were saying,
before we heard it from Hillary Clinton, that abortion is a human right.
9 Some of these bishops, to be fair, were not hoodwinked but themselves fully
embraced the ‘dialectical’ method of revisionism.
10 Remi De Roo saw capitalism as systemic evil, and bilked his diocese of millions of
dollars on luxury investments. Cynics who decry the free market will often abuse it.

Not many years later, as the indoctrination is now also taught at a former pontifical institute in Canada, several star women students got themselves ordained
in schism, on a boat on the St. Lawrence seaway. Female ordination
motivated by feminist theory has been the primary battering ram (priestly
non-celibacy is secondary by far) by dissident Catholics claiming to be in
“loyal disobedience” ever since 1965-7. One of the main exponents from
Ontario (a major player in the teachers union and OISE) opted to become
Anglican when Benedict XVI was elected, in order to be ordained.
About the innocuous sound of “loyal dissent”, what is most chilling is
that it leads by degrees to a claim that one has a right to sin. The will’s
freedom to sin is lightyears from the position advocating the choice of the
will that is disobedience. Saint John Paul made it clear in Dominum et
Vivificantem (46,47) that declaring sin as a right is equivalent to the
unpardonable: by its nature it blocks salvific - even prevenient - grace.
One would be rather dull not to take the slogan “abortion is sacred” or
“jesus be damned” (11) as intended blasphemy. It is perhaps less obvious that
all the justices of Canada’s supreme court in 2015 made an egregious error
against natural law by taking as given that someone has an inalienable right
to commit suicide. In effect ‘higher’ criticism led them to conclude in Carter
2015 that being delayed in your quest to die may impede the quality of your
life – a right to quality brought into dialectical ‘conflict’ with quantity. But as
Charlie Gard has shown us, life isn’t a quantity: it is a sacred behest.
The Carter argument that reaches this far into the abyss of quantifying and
qualifying life was constructed out of hypothetical outcomes of a hard case
(a patient who went to Switzerland to be terminated (12 ). A principle that hard
cases make bad law was set aside to achieve the desired result: bad law.

11 Chanted by Josef Ratzinger’s 1968 students: the shock and dismay woke him up.
12 In the Canadian abortion context, when in 1989 a Chantal Daigle went to New York
to be aborted, Borowski’s case for the unborn was declared moot. Not Carter’s .

Two years before, Ireland declared same-sex marriage a constitutional
right: a tacit declaration of moral war against the Church. Many of the silent
(a third stayed home on the day of vote ) were churchgoers who’d been
given to think they had a right to abstain – a right to be loyal, if dissenting.
There is another natural law expression: “for justice to be done, it must be
seen to be done”: to oppose an immoral law is a duty, not a freedom. This
too is a principle that will now be lost, in the cauldron of ‘loyal dissent’.
Much else must go out with the tide. ‘Sober second thought’ will be
stifled. As in 1938 Munich, courts will determine – and settle - the
contentions of politics. To cover for turpitude in prejudicial benches,
media will silence expressions of informed conscience because savvy
protest upsets the ‘conscience’ to do ‘as one sees fit’. A legal architect of
Carter and of subsequent euthanasia law, persuaded the Ontario college of
physicians and surgeons that ‘conscience’ should be renormalized as
professional ‘conscientiousness’ to do as one is told by public policy.
Coincident threats are hissed by the premier of Ontario: since Catholic
schools embraced radicalized sex-ed propaganda 13 there’s no further reason
to fund them separately. This is logical; but she has also criminalized home-
schooling parents as first educators and speakers in general (from pulpits)
who contradict the ‘critical’ theory of gender identity. Coming online are
thought police, spreading like a squall, a skrik over the Americas and
abroad. These, my lands o’ lakes, spew not their feisty blue or fiery waters,
but the ochre pall of sightless cloud. And so, Hail Mary, full of grace …

13 Whose roots are entrenched in the unratified principles of the UN Yogyakarta
‘agreement’, another example of a rogue cabal wagging the dog.