My first post on this blog… Some of my thoughts on life from way back when. Not much has changed…
Being a life long Catholic, I have never had a problem agreeing with, supporting or defending the right of the unborn person to become a “born” person. This, naturally, stems from my religious upbringing, which has played no small part in shaping my sense of “what makes sense”. When debating the “right and wrong” of abortion with someone who shares a basic belief in Christian principles, even though they may support abortion, it’s not too difficult to get them to see that a change in direction might be worth looking into.
However, there have been times when I have been engaged in discussion with someone who does not share my Christian faith. At times like these, I have found that most spiritually based points don’t make much of a dent in my opponent’s point of view at all.
Perhaps I am the only pro-life guy out here who has noticed this, but I think not.
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Sometimes you just have to back away…
The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen. (2 Timothy 4:18)
Recently, I was having a conversation with a friend about their difficult family situation. They explained that several close relatives have chosen paths which could lead to the ultimate destruction of their souls and have been verbally attacking this person calling them a bigot, judgmental and other far more offensive slurs. Their attacks are all indicators of the poor choices they have made in their private and public lives.
I believe many of us can relate to these attacks. It is only by willingly accepting the grace of God that we avoid the fall. However, the devil lurks, waiting to tempt us toward his evil path.
But by the grace of God I am what I am…
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Luke 2:34-35 “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many may be revealed – and a sword will pierce your own soul, too.”
Yes, prayer is IMPORTANT!!! I found this at Saintly Sages.
Father Girardey offers this potpourri of thoughts on the subject of prayer:
“Whether we pray vocally or mentally, it is our heart that should speak to God.” -St. Augustine
“Prayer is the food of our soul, for on it depends our preservation in the state of grace and our eternal life in heaven.”
Source: Saints and Sages on Prayer
In memory of those lost…
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them…
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
(Thank you, Rose Delgado, for the photo…)
We have all heard of redemptive suffering. But did you know that you can also offer up your temptations?
I guess that this could be called “redemptive temptation”, and I suspect that most all of us can participate in it…
Have you ever been stumped or frustrated when speaking with a pro-choice friend or associate? This is the app for you…
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And it’s free…
Is being Catholic too easy? Have we “eased” people out of the practice of the faith? Instead of “carrying our crosses”, are we throwing them into the trunk of the car and toting them around that way – removing all of the effort of supporting them? Have we simply forgotten them and just left them at home – or in the pews?
I don’t know, for sure, but it makes sense to me. And Brian Holdsworth makes some very good points in this short video.
Maybe you will agree…
For example, in Canada, we used to be expected to attend mass on feast days of the liturgical calendar but they’ve since just moved those all over to the nearest Sunday. Many churches don’t even have kneelers any more because, I don’t know, we don’t want to be uncomfortable? Pro tip, that was the entire point of having kneelers. And instead of fasting during Lent, we’re often encouraged to just do something nice for somebody. I can understand the instinct for doing this. I think well intentioned pastors believed that aspects of the faith were too difficult for the faithful and so if we compromise and accommodate, we’ll retain members but what they essentially did, was reduced the cost of what it means to be a Christian.
The Redemptorist Father Ferreol Girardey addresses the question of when one ought to pray. There is daily prayer, prayer on particular occasions, morning and night prayer, and constant prayer. In this post, we shall review his thoughts on daily prayer.
Read more at Saintly Sages…
This story will blow you away. Completely…
Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, says of the book TRANSFIGURED: “Are you ready for one of the most powerful conversion stories ever written? I couldn’t put this book down! . . .This story is made for the big screen. It’s that incredible.” Endorsed by Archbishop Salvatore Cordilieone and Bishop Michael Barber, TRANSFIGURED is a game-changer for our culture and our world today.
Patricia Sandoval has a life story that is saving lives and healing souls around the globe. Her story of three abortions, work behind the hidden doors of Planned Parenthood, where they told her not to tell a soul what she witnessed, followed by nearly three years as a homeless drug addict, is a testament to the saving love and mercy of Jesus Christ. The half-hour broadcast television version of this video will soon be available on DVD through http://QueenofPeaceMedia.com/. Patricia is an international pro-life and chastity speaker in high demand, speaking to audiences of up to 12,000, who travel for hours, sometimes across countries, just to see her. See http://patriciasandoval.com/. Ms. Sandoval’s testimony contains the power of the Holy Spirit. Her book, co-authored by Christine Watkins, TRANSFIGURED: PATRICIA SANDOVAL’S ESCAPE FROM DRUGS, HOMELESSNESS, AND THE BACK DOORS OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD is available through amazon.com. Countless lives and souls have been saved through her story. Pro-life movements and organizations have been formed across the world due to the fire her testimony ignites within hearers. Youth are choosing chastity as a lifestyle and people who were once contrary, disinterested, or lukewarm in their Catholic faith and pro-life issues are returning to the Church and fighting for chastity and the right to life.
She was heavily into new age. She learned about “safe sex” in school from Planned Parenthood. She practiced what she learned in school from Planned Parenthood. She had three abortions. She went to work for Planned Parenthood. She was a drug addict. She lived on the streets. She was ridden with guilt and confusion. She was suicidal.
We often hear tell of “The Mark Of The Beast” – the number 666 – being associated with the Pope and, by extension, the Catholic Church. This is used in an effort to show the ‘true satanic nature of the Church of Rome’.
Before I get to my point, I think it would be interesting to learn exactly how that number is arrived at.
Jimmy Akin tells us the origin in an article on Catholic Answers:
…we are told that the number of the beast is 666 and that this is the number of a man’s name (13:18). Not coincidentally, the persecuting, pagan Roman Empire was headed in the A.D. 60s by Caesar Nero, whose name happened to add up to 666 in the Hebrew system of letters and numbers. (In Hebrew, “Caesar Nero” = “NRWN QSR” = N 50 + R 200 + W 6 + N 50 + Q 100 + S 60 + R 200 = 666; a variant spelling of the name, NRW QSR, adds up to 616, which some manuscripts have in place of 666).
You can read the whole article by clicking on this link… It’s pretty enlightening.
There are lots of explanations and accusations flying around regarding to whom the number 666 points, but I, just today, noticed a possibility of which I had not previously been aware…
In the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel, where Jesus is is giving the Bread of Life discourse, many (if not most) of the disciples to whom He is speaking suddenly abandon him. They cannot accept His teaching on the subject and leave in disgust.
“How can this man give us His flesh to eat?”
Jn 6:50 “this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die.”
Jn 6:51 “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
Jn 6:52 “The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jn 6:53 “Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.”
Jn 6:54 “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.
Jn 6:54 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.”
Jn 6:55 “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.”
Jn 6:60 “Then many of his disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”
They could not accept the reality of The Eucharist – that He really and truly gives us His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity to eat...
And now to the point of this post…
John 6:66 “As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.”
Anyway, I thought it was kind of thought provoking…