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The Gospel of Life

Pope John Paul II’s Encyclical the Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae) is a reflection on the Gospel of Life, which has its source and goal in Jesus Christ, the Beginning and the End. Life is a gift and should be defended as part of the truth about man and God. The Encyclical is an appeal to all individuals and peoples, believers and non-believers, to promote the culture of life against the culture of death. It is a summons to hearts and releases the forces of good in defense of human life. It is a call to a deep and courageous conversion that challenges the persons and institutions that promote the culture of death…

The Church in America

Pope John Paul II Names Our Lady of Guadalupe as the Mother of Hope and Mother and Evangelizer of America.

The Chastisements of Superstorm Sandy and the Election of Secularism

God brought us the chastisement of Superstorm Sandy and we brought upon ourselves the chastisement of the Election of Secularism and the continuation of the moral evils prevalent in our Culture of Death. Over 40% of practicing Catholics and over 70% of Latinos (most of whom are Catholics) voted for President Obama with his promises of support for our Culture of Death through his support of sterile same-sex relationships, tax funded abortions and infanticides and his mandate for employers to pay, against their consciences, for medical insurance coverage for contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs. Almost 50% of the voters of the state of Massachusetts, which was our country’s cradle of life, liberty and freedom of religion, voted for legal suicide.

The Call to Total Consecration from St. Louis de Montfort

“They will know the grandeurs of that Queen, and will consecrate themselves entirely to her service as subjects and slaves of love. They shall be the true apostles of the latter times.” St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, now that’s a strange sounding name – de Montfort – what’s it mean? Well, it’s not as strange as it sounds. St. John the Baptist said, “ He must increase while I must decrease” (Jn. 3:30). St. John meant that God must become more in him as he became less. As we empty ourselves, God fills us. And so it was that St. Louis emptied himself – even of his name. His middle name was Marie and his surname was Grignion. He dropped them both and preferred to be called simply le Pere de Montfort (the Father of Montfort) after his birthplace. “De” means “of” in French and that’s why we call him St. Louis de Montfort. His name is like “Joe from Kalamazoo.” He’s a nobody, so he preferred the name of a nobody.

Ted Kennedy’s Funeral and the Sacrilegious Communions Continue

The issues surrounding Ted Kennedy’s funeral are not limited to whether Cardinal O’Malley should have allowed or presided at his public funeral or whether he should have allowed the grand celebration of Kennedy’s supposed legislative accomplishments (without mention of his support for abortion, embryonic killing or same-sex marriage) or even the quasi-canonization by the priest homilist. The central issue is whether sacrilegious Communions were committed by Catholic politicians who publicly support the horrendous sin of abortion.

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne “Woman Who Prays Always”

You have come, you say, seeking the Cross. Well, you have taken exactly the right road to find it. A thousand unforeseen difficulties may arise. Your establishment may grow slowly at first. Physical privations may be added, and those more keenly felt such as lack of spiritual help under particular circumstances. Be ready for all. . . .You and I shall spend our lives in this thankless task; our successors will reap the harvest in this world, let us be content to reap it in the next. Letter from Louisiana Bishop William Du Bourg, January 1817. “This is my pleasure,” explained the young Rose Duchesne to her father. He was criticizing her for giving some of her toys and coins to poor children that he had given her for her own pleasure. The tension between Rose’s vocation and her father’s anti-Catholicism had begun.

St. Katharine Drexel

“Why not, my child, yourself become a missionary?” Pope Leo XIII to Saint Katharine Drexel The mass migrations of peoples who immigrated to the United States in the 19th and early 20th centuries dramatically changed American life and the Catholic Church in the United States. These millions of peoples, principally from Ireland, Germany, Italy and Poland, flocked to urban parishes where they preserved their native languages and cultures as they began the process of entering into the American melting pot and fulfilling the American Dream of a better life.

St. Joseph and His Oratory

The Feast of St. Joseph is celebrated on March 19. From Scripture we know that the great virtue of St. Joseph was his obedient faith. “He did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took Mary as his wife.” Mt 1:24. He did this in spite of the fact that Mary’s pregnancy was apparently visible to everyone. He took her in the mystery of her motherhood and acted in obedient faith, as did Mary when she said, “Let it be done to me according to your word.” Lk 1:38. “Blessed are they who have not seen, yet have believed.” Jn 20:29.

St. Damien de Veuster

The first Europeans to reach the Hawaiian Islands arrived in 1778 with the discovery of English Captain James Cook. There were then about 250,000 inhabitants but this number was reduced to 60,000 within 100 years because of the diseases that the Europeans brought with them such as smallpox, syphilis, tuberculosis and leprosy.

Saint Mother Elizabeth Seton

We are starting off the New Year by celebrating the feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. She was our first native born to be canonized. She was two years old in 1776 when she became a charter citizen of the United States of America. She lived on to become a mother, a widow and a foundress of the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s, the first community for religious women to be established in the United States. She also founded St. Joseph’s Catholic school, the first Catholic parish school in the United States. Like all of our American Saints, she is a model of holiness for us.

The Gospel of Life

Pope John Paul II’s Encyclical the Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae) is a reflection on the Gospel of Life, which has its source and goal in Jesus Christ, the Beginning and the End. Life is a gift and should be defended as part of the truth about man and God. The Encyclical is an appeal to all individuals and peoples, believers and non-believers, to promote the culture of life against the culture of death. It is a summons to hearts and releases the forces of good in defense of human life. It is a call to a deep and courageous conversion that challenges the persons and institutions that promote the culture of death…

The Church in America

Pope John Paul II Names Our Lady of Guadalupe as the Mother of Hope and Mother and Evangelizer of America.

The Chastisements of Superstorm Sandy and the Election of Secularism

God brought us the chastisement of Superstorm Sandy and we brought upon ourselves the chastisement of the Election of Secularism and the continuation of the moral evils prevalent in our Culture of Death. Over 40% of practicing Catholics and over 70% of Latinos (most of whom are Catholics) voted for President Obama with his promises of support for our Culture of Death through his support of sterile same-sex relationships, tax funded abortions and infanticides and his mandate for employers to pay, against their consciences, for medical insurance coverage for contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs. Almost 50% of the voters of the state of Massachusetts, which was our country’s cradle of life, liberty and freedom of religion, voted for legal suicide.

The Call to Total Consecration from St. Louis de Montfort

“They will know the grandeurs of that Queen, and will consecrate themselves entirely to her service as subjects and slaves of love. They shall be the true apostles of the latter times.” St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, now that’s a strange sounding name – de Montfort – what’s it mean? Well, it’s not as strange as it sounds. St. John the Baptist said, “ He must increase while I must decrease” (Jn. 3:30). St. John meant that God must become more in him as he became less. As we empty ourselves, God fills us. And so it was that St. Louis emptied himself – even of his name. His middle name was Marie and his surname was Grignion. He dropped them both and preferred to be called simply le Pere de Montfort (the Father of Montfort) after his birthplace. “De” means “of” in French and that’s why we call him St. Louis de Montfort. His name is like “Joe from Kalamazoo.” He’s a nobody, so he preferred the name of a nobody.

Ted Kennedy’s Funeral and the Sacrilegious Communions Continue

The issues surrounding Ted Kennedy’s funeral are not limited to whether Cardinal O’Malley should have allowed or presided at his public funeral or whether he should have allowed the grand celebration of Kennedy’s supposed legislative accomplishments (without mention of his support for abortion, embryonic killing or same-sex marriage) or even the quasi-canonization by the priest homilist. The central issue is whether sacrilegious Communions were committed by Catholic politicians who publicly support the horrendous sin of abortion.

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne “Woman Who Prays Always”

You have come, you say, seeking the Cross. Well, you have taken exactly the right road to find it. A thousand unforeseen difficulties may arise. Your establishment may grow slowly at first. Physical privations may be added, and those more keenly felt such as lack of spiritual help under particular circumstances. Be ready for all. . . .You and I shall spend our lives in this thankless task; our successors will reap the harvest in this world, let us be content to reap it in the next. Letter from Louisiana Bishop William Du Bourg, January 1817. “This is my pleasure,” explained the young Rose Duchesne to her father. He was criticizing her for giving some of her toys and coins to poor children that he had given her for her own pleasure. The tension between Rose’s vocation and her father’s anti-Catholicism had begun.

St. Katharine Drexel

“Why not, my child, yourself become a missionary?” Pope Leo XIII to Saint Katharine Drexel The mass migrations of peoples who immigrated to the United States in the 19th and early 20th centuries dramatically changed American life and the Catholic Church in the United States. These millions of peoples, principally from Ireland, Germany, Italy and Poland, flocked to urban parishes where they preserved their native languages and cultures as they began the process of entering into the American melting pot and fulfilling the American Dream of a better life.

St. Joseph and His Oratory

The Feast of St. Joseph is celebrated on March 19. From Scripture we know that the great virtue of St. Joseph was his obedient faith. “He did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took Mary as his wife.” Mt 1:24. He did this in spite of the fact that Mary’s pregnancy was apparently visible to everyone. He took her in the mystery of her motherhood and acted in obedient faith, as did Mary when she said, “Let it be done to me according to your word.” Lk 1:38. “Blessed are they who have not seen, yet have believed.” Jn 20:29.

St. Damien de Veuster

The first Europeans to reach the Hawaiian Islands arrived in 1778 with the discovery of English Captain James Cook. There were then about 250,000 inhabitants but this number was reduced to 60,000 within 100 years because of the diseases that the Europeans brought with them such as smallpox, syphilis, tuberculosis and leprosy.

Saint Mother Elizabeth Seton

We are starting off the New Year by celebrating the feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. She was our first native born to be canonized. She was two years old in 1776 when she became a charter citizen of the United States of America. She lived on to become a mother, a widow and a foundress of the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s, the first community for religious women to be established in the United States. She also founded St. Joseph’s Catholic school, the first Catholic parish school in the United States. Like all of our American Saints, she is a model of holiness for us.

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