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Through The Virgin Mary

God came to us through the Virgin Mary. It seems logical that we can go to Him the same way.

Mother Mary, pray for us and bring  us to your Divine Son, as you brought Him to us. Amen.


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Forgive Me, Father…

No, you do not have to confess this…

If we did, I would have to have my own designated confessional.

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Even More On Truth…

Truth is its own argument, its own proof.

You can rail against it. You can vote against it. You can deny it. You can attempt to redefine it. You can accuse it of falsehood. You can stretch it. You can mis-interpret it. You can discriminate against it. You can try to hide it. You can try to hide FROM it. You can write letters to the editor proclaiming it as a lie. You can call it hatred. You can march against it. You can call it intolerant. You can try to shut it down. You can start enormous movements in society to fight it. You can bully against it. You can sue against it.

You can even point to as the ultimate test of truth and have it be wrong. 

The one thing you cannot do is change it. Therefore, you cannot defeat it. 

Truth doesn’t have to argue back. It simply needs to exist.

Because, in the end, only truth will survive. 



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The Road To Hell

The prize behind the prettiest curtain isn’t always what you are looking for… 

Glamour and glitz may look good on the outside, but you probably don’t have to look too deeply before it starts to get ugly…

Fast living eventually comes to a screeching halt…



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When You Are Empty Of Christ

If you take a bottle and pour the contents down the sink, is it empty?

No. That’s because the the liquid that was discarded has been replaced by atmosphere. 

likewise, if you take an “empty” bottle and half fill it with liquid, half of the atmosphere is displaced by the liquid, and the bottle remains “full”. 

Not “half full”, but completely full. That’s because half of the bottle is full of liquid and the other half is full of atmosphere. It doesn’t matter that you can only see the liquid part, the atmosphere is still there (unless you “suck” the air out of the bottle).

Nature abhors a vacuum, so anytime something is removed from something else, it gets replaced by something other than whatever it was full of in the first place. Pour milk out of a bottle and air rushes in. 

If you drink a soda pop through a straw, you are, essentially, reducing the air pressure inside your mouth and the soda is being pushed up into your mouth to replace whatever was in there in the first place (air). 

Reduce the air pressure inside of a vacuum cleaner (create a partial vacuum) and more air (and dirt) is pushed (not sucked) into the machine to replace the air and equalize the pressure. The more air that is forced out of the vacuum cleaner the more air and dirt is pushed back in to replace it.

The same thing can be said of your soul…

The more you ignore Christ, the more room there is for other things to get pushed in and fill up the void…

Try to fill your soul with Christ so that it is not empty.

When you are empty of Christ

*H/T Fr. Michael Thomas for the quote/meme

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The Visitation Reveals the Mother of God – Tim Staples

Mary, the Mother of God. Where do we get that? “How could Mary be God’s mother?”, we often hear.

“Mary is only the Mother of Jesus the human!”?

Our mothers are not the mothers of our nature, they are the mothers of US – the PERSONS.

No, Mary is not the Mother of Jesus’ NATURE – She is the Mother of Jesus the PERSON. 

Jesus is ONE PERSON with two natures – human and Divine. 



The Visitation Reveals the Mother of God

 May 31, 2018
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The phrase Mother of God is not in Scripture, but…
“Not so fast,” say many of our Protestant friends
So how is kurios is being used in regard to Christ
The parallels are unmistakable. Elizabeth and the Gospel author (plus the unborn John the Baptist!), inspired by the Holy Spirit, recognize that Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant and bearer of the fulfillment of all that the old ark contained: not a mere man but divinity in the flesh, alive within her. She is the Mother of God.
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Civilization And The Catholic Church

New page on the blog site.  Started out with the series by Dr. Thomas Woods: 

The Catholic Church – Builder of Civilization

I have gathered the entire series here to make it easier to find the episodes you  are looking for without searching through Youtube. 

Hope you find it helpful!


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Image And Likeness…

We are made in the image and likeness of God. In His image, we are spiritual. In His likeness, we are able to create, in cooperation with God, new life – we are “like” Him. The devil cannot create life. To render ourselves incapable – even temporarily – of creating life, we take on the likeness of the devil and forsake our “likeness” of God. So, yes, contraception is in opposition to God’s will, ergo, sinful.


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God's Brush, Paint and Canvas; Hammer, Chisel and Stone…

What this meme tells me is that millions of people, have no clue of how God works. God rarely, though sometimes does (to specific people at specific times), scream out his existence. Rather, He whispers to us, and those who are listening will hear Him. He hides in plain sight. If we look for Him, He’s easy to find.

The Catholic Me

I was recently involved in an exchange with the friend of a friend, an atheist. He’s a good guy, and I have enjoyed going back and forth with him. At one point during our back and forth, he stated that  he realized that I suffered from ‘cognizant dissonance’ but that he is used to that and so he didn’t mind too much. Made me smile. He also included this meme:

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And this meme is what I decided to do my annual Lenten project on. Thanks Jim! See? God even works through atheists!

What this meme tells me is that millions of people, have no clue of how God works. God rarely, though sometimes does (to specific people at specific times), scream out his existence. Rather, He whispers to us, and those who are listening will hear Him. He hides in plain sight. If we look for Him, He’s…

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Case For Christs Resurrection by Lee Strobel

This is a terrific presentation on the scientific and historical evidence pertaining to the Shroud of Turin. 

And see more on this page: The Shroud Of Turin

A very scientific approach to substantiate the reality of the resurrection of THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

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Fruits Of The Contraceptive Mindset – Part 1: Abortion: The Contraceptive of Last Resort – William H. Kammerer, Jr.

It is a little known fact that until 1930, every Christian denomination condemned artificial contraception. Not just the Catholic Church. All of them. No exceptions. Even the Protestant Reformers condemned the practice –

The Catholic Me

“Judah said to Onan, ‘Go in to your brother’s wife, and perform the duty of a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother.’ But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife he spilled the semen on the ground, lest he should give offspring to his brother. And what he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord, and he slew him also” (Gen. 38:8–10)…

It is a little known fact that until 1930, every Christian denomination condemned artificial contraception. Not just the Catholic Church. All of them. No exceptions. Even the Protestant Reformers condemned the practice –

Martin Luther:

* “[T]he exceedingly foul deed of Onan, the basest of wretches . . . is a most disgraceful sin. It is far more atrocious than incest and adultery (emphasis mine). We call it unchastity, yes, a…

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The Badge of Courage – True Story From Christine Kildare

You REALLY don’t want to not read this amazing account…

This is an amazing true story from one of my Facebook friends, Christine Kildare. She has granted me permission to re-post it here. And, yes, this is a first hand accounty about her brother. 

And one other person…

The Badge of Courage

In the spring of 1967, my younger brother Mike was reported missing in action in Vietnam. Although it was just a clerical error on the part of the Marines, it gave us all a horrible fright. First, we received a telegram stating Mike was missing in action. Then another informing us Mike had lost his legs and was critical. Then followed the nightmare of a Marine officer and chaplain arriving on my parent’s doorstep with the news Mike had died.
It turned out Mike was actually recuperating from a minor wound in Tokyo, Japan. He called soon after we received the mistaken report. At this point, my older brother Bill put college on hold and re-joined the Marines. He asked for duty in Vietnam to be with our brother Mike. His hope was to convince Mike to file under the Sullivan ruling which states that no more than one family member has to serve in a life-threatening situation at a time.
Bill wanted Mike in a safer place–out of the combat zone– while he served in ‘Nam himself. Bill always looked out for his three younger siblings, and he was determined to do so again. If Mike refused to leave, Bill figured they could at least support one another.
On the day he was to leave for retraining, the last thing my father did was to make sure Bill was wearing his Sacred Heart badge. My parents had my sister, two brothers, and me consecrated to the Sacred Heart while were babies. They made sure we made the First Friday devotions, which were given to St. Margaret Mary. It was to her that Jesus revealed his promises concerning devotion to His Most Sacred Heart.

Daddy jokingly told Bill: “It might not stop a bullet, but it can keep you safe along the way. Just remember it is only as good as the faith you put with it. If you wear it as a scrap of material and don’t follow Christ, it will be no help at all. Remember what’s important–trust Christ and follow him. He will get you home. Ask St. Margaret to help you too. That’s all the protection you really need.”

With that last bit of unassuming faith from my father, Bill left for boot camp wearing the banner of Christ–His Sacred Heart badge. He landed in Vietnam on August the 21. Sadly, the very day Bill landed, Mike was again wounded. This time his wounds were more serious. A land mine struck his amphibious mobile unit and he was badly burned.
Because of the severity of Mike’s wounds, he was soon transported stateside for medical treatment and the two brothers never saw one another. Bill’s plans were now just to do his duty and return home to finish college. He had a sense of duty to serve his country, and strove to follow Christ even under difficult circumstances. In order not to worry the rest of us, Bill wrote letters home telling us he was assigned in Da Nang as a clerk. That was our Bill; always protecting others. His ploy worked, and we believed that he was fairly safe in DaNang.
But then, during the night of Sept. 21, 1967, I had a terrible dream. I was standing on a small incline and I saw my brother Billy carrying a machine gun. I heard a horrible sound of rockets and mortar going off. In my dream I screamed: “Run, Billy, run!” And then a big flash and explosion landed close to him. Through the smoke and fire I saw him lying wounded. Both of his hands were gone and there was blood everywhere. He was moaning in pain but I could not reach him. My heart broke as I watched and tried to run to him. My beloved Billy was all alone. I was so close to him and yet so far.
Then, suddenly, I saw a Catholic chaplain sprint over to Bill. He too appeared to be wounded also but leaned over Bill and comforted him. He prayed and anointed Bill as best he could. He was so calm and reassuring to my brother. He said: “Don’t worry son. God is with us this good day.” I was crying so hard by this time, I woke up from this awful nightmare. As I always did as a child, I wanted my Dad to sooth me from the nightmare. I got out of bed and called him at 1:30 am.
The phone barely rang once before Dad picked it up. He was crying softly when he answered. To this day I don’t remember which one of us said it first: “Billy is dead.” Dad and I related the exact same dream and the exact details. We consoled one another, and clung to the hope that it was just a warning. “Maybe it is just a sign we need to pray harder for Bill,” Dad said. We both so desperately wanted to believe that. 
One week later, Sept. 28, the Marines again paid a visit to my parent’s home. This time there would be no phone call saying it was a mistake. Instead, our nightmare was confirmed. Billy was dead.
The Marines reported that on September 21, while on night patrol, Bill’s entire unit was caught in an ambush. They were trapped in crossfire of rocket and mortar fire, which claimed the life of every man in the unit. My brother Bill managed to survive alone until another unit found him. One of the letters we received later, related how the Marines, who ministered first aid to Bill before he died, had promised to honor Bill’s request: “Please thank the Padre for helping me die well.” They unfortunately did not know the name of the priest who had administered the last rites of the Church to Bill. There wasn’t one in their unit.
We were told Bill was at peace when he died on September 21, exactly one month from the day that he had landed in Vietnam. Christ kept his promise to protect those devoted to His Most Sacred Heart even deep in the jungles of Vietnam. We never could locate the chaplain who helped my brother. As time passed, we decided we would never be able to thank the mysterious priest in this life.
My beloved father went home to meet his Lord on Valentine’s Day, 1985. Before he died, he gave me His most treasured possession– the tattered and bloodstained Sacred Heart badge that the Marines had returned after Bill’s death. He asked that if I should ever find that wonderful priest who had helped Bill, to thank him personally.
Many years had passed when I received an email one day from a friend who had also served in Vietnam. He wanted me to read about a wonderful chaplain from Vietnam who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his extraordinary service. The chaplain was known as the “Grunt Padre.” As I opened the attachment and saw the picture of the priest, my heart skipped a beat. It was the priest from my dream of Bill’s death, all those years before. My father and I had both described him to each other in the same exact detail. His name was Father Vincent Robert Capodanno. He also had died in Vietnam in 1967.

Fr. Vince Capodanno
Reading the attachment, I learned that Fr. Capodanno died of severe wounds. He was missing part of his right hand. The story explained the extent of his injuries. They were the same wounds of the priest in my dream. 
The article stated that Fr. Capodanno was well known for his council to his beloved troops. He was known to say: “God is with us this good day.” It was unbelievable–those were the words he had said in my dream. Then reading the date of his death, I held my breath, blinked, and looked at the date again. A shiver shot through me from head to toe. Fr. Capodanno died seventeen days before Bill did.
As part of the communion of saints, Father Capodanno was truly “A priest forever in the order of Melchezidec.” Father Capodanno was the man whom Christ sent to fulfill the promise of the Sacred Heart Devotion revealed to St. Margaret Mary: “I promise thee in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to those who communicate on the first Friday in nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.”

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New Page – The Shroud Of Turin

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