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How Do We Solve a Problem Like Maria (oops) DOLAN? I TOLD YOU SO…

9 September 2014

9 September 2014 A.D.

Timothy Cardianl Dolan has been in the news lately and everyone who has a “Catholic” blog has taken a view on this latest round of Dolan’s quite interesting take on things. I decided to read most of the really insightful blog posts before I prayed to respond. Yes, I did pray and I know many will not like the “tone” of my response but sadly I do not care to please people. I care that they get to heaven.

Several years ago, November 27, 2010 to be exact, I wrote a post titled, “How Do We Solve a Problem Like Maria (oops) DOLAN?” about Timothy Cardinal Dolan who had been elected President of the USCCB. Many media outlets claimed it was a victory for “conservative” Catholics (I refuse to label Catholics conservative or liberal…it’s either orthodox or heterodox.) I wasn’t very sure at the time. He showed me a few things which left me feeling uncomfortable. One of which I address below. Here is part of what I wrote:

A few months back I was watching one of my beloved movies from childhood, “The Sound of Music”. I loved the part when the nuns sing “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” Maria, of course, is the main character who is as much as a handful as you can get in a monastery full of strict nuns. Her personality, as the Mother Superior realizes, was made and loved by God Himself. It was that very personality that found her true vocation.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan seems to be a more complete version of Maria von Trapp. Where Maria leaves the Religious life to answer her true vocation, Archbishop Dolan clearly knows where his vocation is. However, Dolan is like Maria in one way…His personality is larger than life and full of joy.

Believe me this is not a bad thing. To the contrary, a loving, fun, exciting personality is a joyous thing in a vocation to the priesthood and Religious Life. Only one problem (spoken from experience) there is a time for joy and laughter but there is also a time for reverence and awe.

In the movie, Maria shows her true awe and reverence at her Nuptial Mass. Ironic, since she was already living the Religious Life and had access to the Mass everyday. It took just the right place in life for Maria to understand decorum , awe and reverence.

Now given that analogy, here is my opinion : (yeah I know that and $5 will buy you a cup of coffee) wWhen the election for the President of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference took place EVERYBODY on the Catholic Blogosphere was soooo excited and I published Lisa Graas piece because she was the most sensible. Her post follows my comments)

I like Archbishop Dolan BUT (and there always is a but) I was not impressed with the very,very informal way he handled himself in the sanctuary and at the Mass. I appreciate his demeanor and it is necessary to have people like him and many like ourselves with outgoing personalities to get this orthodox Catholic thing going…

But…in the sanctuary there are no room for personalities…I prefer the Extraordinary Form of the Holy Mass because the ONLY place a priests personality comes through is at the homily. He worships facing east with us as he offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and it is not about him… Well, enough ranting about that…

I was pleased that Bishop Kincanas didn’t get it (Deo Gratias) although I still had reservations about Archbishop Dolan. Now, we will see… I hope I don’t have to come back again soon and say I told you so.

I TOLD YOU SO.

Here is why Timothy Cardinal Dolan is a problem.

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  • 1. He is a people pleaser. When he was in Milwaukee we have evidence of that from many occasions but the photo to the right should explain it all. Please notice that he is in a chasuable at the pulpit at an outdoor Mass which he was the celebrant. At the very least, the St. Louis born prelate was playing to the crowd of Packer fans. Definitely a no-no in Wisconsin. In addition, Wisconsin is very serious about their Catholicism (the majority) and stunts like this while in vestments for Mass is not looked up as appropriate.

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  • 2. Cardinal Dolan and his backslapping routine with Mr.Obama at the Al Smith Dinner. As much as I would like to just say no to the function, it is a charity that is Catholic and that truly helps the neediest among us. He could have smiled and acted appropriately for his office instead of acting like he was hanging out at the bar with the guys. His laxity in decorum constantly reaffirms an approval when it shouldn’t.
  • 3.The flap over body of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen.Here is a topic being a ardent follower of Venerable Fulton J Sheen that I will not elaborate on because I have been accused by some on Twitter of being biased against Dolan. Well, all things considered, I could be, but that’s not the case. There’s alot behind this, trust me it has nothing to do with my opinion of Dolan. Things ain’t kosher in the Archdiocese of NY to start with. Again, part of the problem, not the solution.
  • 4. The ridiculous situation with the possible closing of Holy Innocents Church in Manhattan. Besides being the only place in the city to be able to attend the Extraordinary Form, the parish is booming, in the black financially and that’s after a $700k restoration on not only a beautiful church, but an historic landmark in NYC.When is a parish which has no debt, has been completely restored from the private donations of Mass attendees and is packing them in even on Holy Days of Obligation would ever be considered for closure? Obviously only in the Archdiocese of NY where problems continue to fester year after year. (Hint: Many, many priests have asked to be incardinated elsewhere.)
  • 5.The naive belief of Dolan believing that after having a meeting with Mr. Obama concerning the HHS Mandate that Religious Liberty would not be sacrificed over the Mandate. Really, Your Eminence, did you really believe that? I can’t believe you were picked to be the Cardinal in New York of all places if you believe that.
  • 6.The best reason of all now has surfaced to make my point about Cardinal Dolan being “a problem”. Hs inane, milquetoast response to the press release concerning the Hibernians allowing homosexuals to march in the age-old Irish parade which is not run by the Church but identifies with Catholic culture from the very name of the Saint it honors to the Catholic faith of the Irish which is inseparable from this show of so-called, unity. Read it for yourself here:

 

Dolan at ParadeCardinal Dolan Statement on St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2015September 3, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2014

CARDINAL DOLAN STATEMENT ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 2015

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, released the following comment today on the 2015 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade:

“The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee continues to have my confidence and support. Neither my predecessors as Archbishop of New York nor I have ever determined who would or would not march in this parade (or any of the other parades that march along Fifth Avenue, for that matter), but have always appreciated the cooperation of parade organizers in keeping the parade close to its Catholic heritage. My predecessors and I have always left decisions on who would march to the organizers of the individual parades. As I do each year, I look forward to celebrating Mass in honor of Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, and the Patron Saint of this Archdiocese, to begin the feast, and pray that the parade would continue to be a source of unity for all of us.”

IT GETS BETTER!!! Timothy Cardinal Dolan is scheduled to be the Grand Marshal at this very event March 17, 2015! Will someone tell him he is in deep trouble spiritually (I don’t care if he is a Cardinal, I’m not judging him, I’m judging his behavior which is a breeding ground for serious sin.) Why? Because I have been there and because Thomas Aquinas has written voluminously on the subject) No kidding. If I am criticized for this, oh well, I care about his soul.

 

  • As if that’s not enough, a good priest (whom I am familiar with from living in Washington DC years ago) made the critical mistake of trying to help the faithful with a blogpost concerning ending the association with the parade from a Catholic standpoint. Monsignor Charles Pope, a pastor in DC and who writes regularly for the blog of the Archdiocese of Washington was censored summarily after his honest post concerning the behavior associated with the parade. Probably his boss got a whiff of Cardinal Dolan being upset with the post. Dolan has a history of being thin-skinned whether the faithful believe it or not. He is long known for getting irritated with anyone who dares to criticize or in good faith fraternally correct him on anything. Here’s the now-famously scrubbed post, saved by the guys over at Rorate Caeli so we can see for ourselves what Monsignor Pope really said. Thanks, guys!From Rorate Caeli:

    From Now, a mere commonsensical post apparently (apparently) brought down the entire website of the Archdiocese of Washington. [Update: removal confirmed.] So, here is the text, dated September 3, 2014, once available here:

    Time to End the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Al Smith Dinner?
    By: Msgr. Charles Pope

    The time for happy-clappy, lighthearted engagement of our culture may be nearing an end. Sometimes it takes a while to understand that what used to work no longer works. Let me get more specific.

    Decades ago the “Al Smith Dinner” was a time for Republicans and Democrats to bury the hatchet (even if only temporarily) and come together to raise money for the poor and to emphasize what unites us rather than what divides us. But in the old days the death of 50 million infants was not what divided us. We were divided about lesser things such as how much of the budget should go to defense and how much to social spending. Reasonable men might differ over that.

    But now we are being asked to raise toasts and to enjoy a night of frivolity with those who think it is acceptable to abort children by the millions each year, with those who think anal sex is to be celebrated as an expression of love and that LGBTQIA… (I=intersexual, A= Asexual) is actually a form of sanity to which we should tip our hat, and with those who stand four-square against us over religious liberty.

    Now the St. Patrick’s Parade is becoming of parade of disorder, chaos, and fake unity. Let’s be honest: St. Patrick’s Day nationally has become a disgraceful display of drunkenness and foolishness in the middle of Lent that more often embarrasses the memory of Patrick than honors it.

    In New York City in particular, the “parade” is devolving into a farcical and hateful ridicule of the faith that St. Patrick preached.

    It’s time to cancel the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Al Smith Dinner and all the other “Catholic” traditions that have been hijacked by the world. Better for Catholics to enter their churches and get down on their knees on St. Patrick’s Day to pray in reparation for the foolishness, and to pray for this confused world to return to its senses. Let’s do adoration and pray the rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet unceasingly for this poor old world.

    But don’t go to the parade; stay away from the Al Smith Dinner and all that “old school” stuff that hangs on in a darkened world. And as for St Patrick’s Day, it’s time to stop wearin’ the green and instead take up the purple of Lent and mean it. Enough of the celebration of stupidity, frivolity, and drunkenness that St Paddy’s day has become. We need penance now, not foolishness. We don’t need parades and dinner with people who scoff at our teachings, insist we compromise, use us for publicity, and make money off of us. We’re being played for (and are?) fools.

    End the St Patrick’s parade. End the Al Smith Dinner and all other such compromised events. Enough now, back to Church! Wear the purple of Lent and if there is going to be a procession, let it be Eucharistic and penitential for the sins of this age.

    For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world!

    How say you?

    Well, well, well. A priest who isn’t afraid to preach the TRUTH. Reminds me of a Saint who preached centuries ago who converted an island of pagans to be a Catholic force to be reckoned with. Hmmmm? Can we all guess who that Saint is?

    I guess the powers that be over at the Archdiocese of Washington have a hard time with the TRUTH. Monsignor Pope apologized online, in humility and obedience and that’s part of what makes a priest holy. Cardinal Dolan are you listening?

    I will be shredded I am sure for ranting on about Cardinal Dolan but you know what? Too bad. I have to stand alone before Christ when I am judged and if I stand silent while priest, nuns and the hierarchy sin and lead the faithful astray, I am as guilty with them and deserve judgement on my soul. Blind obedience is truly heresy. It is. We were given free will but we are also called to form our conscience with that free will to obey God and to live the Truth. From nuns to even the Pope, if we are lead astray it is our duty to first pray (which I have done for Dolan since he has been in Milwaukee and continue to do even today) and then to fraternally correct. Yes, even those who are entrusted with the care of our souls. Perhaps many have confused being uncharitable with fraternal correction. This is something I struggle with. I am sure there’s a problem with my charity here and it is my weakness, this lack of charity but I LOVE MY CHURCH AND I WILL DEFEND HER! Even against those left with the responsibility of her.

    Here is a post from Monsignor Pope from Sunday Sept 7th after the saint Patrick’s post was deleted by the Archdiocese. Ironically the Gospel for this past Sunday deals with fraternal correction. Oh my! How the Holy Spirit provides!

    The Call to Fraternal Correction – A Homily for the 23rd Sunday of the Year

    By: Msgr. Charles Pope

    e live in times in which there is a widespread notion that to correct sinners is to “judge” them. Never mind that it is sin that we judge, not the sinner. Never mind that in accusing us of judging, the worldly-minded are themselves doing the very judging they condemn. Never mind any of that; the point of the charge is to seek to shame us into silence. And despite the fact that Scripture consistently directs us to correct the sinner, many Catholics have bought into the notion that correcting the sinner is “judging” him. In this, the devil, who orchestrates the “correcting is judging” campaign, rejoices; for if he can keep us from correcting one another, sin can and does flourish.

    Today’s gospel is an important reminder and instruction on why and how we should correct the sinner and be open to correction ourselves. Let’s look at in four steps.

    I. PRESCRIPTION – The text says, Jesus said to his disciples: “If your brother sins (against you), go and tell him.” I placed “against you” in parentheses because many ancient manuscripts do not contain this phrase, while others do. While some may want to limit this gospel to commanding correction only when someone sins “against you,” none of the other texts we will review contain this restriction and so the phrase seems superfluous. For the purpose of this reflection, I will favor those manuscripts that do not include the phrase “against you.”

    Now, therefore, observe the brief but clear advice that when we see someone in sin, we ought to talk with him or her about it. Many prefer, probably due to sloth, to say, “It’s none of my business what other people do.” But Jesus clearly teaches otherwise.

    In teaching this way, Jesus is obviously speaking to the general situation. Some distinctions are helpful and admissible in specific situations. For example, one is generally more obliged to correct people in grave matters than in less serious ones. One is more compelled to correct those who are younger than those who are older. One is more obligated to correct subordinates, less so superiors. Parents are strongly duty-bound to correct their children, but children are seldom obligated to correct their parents. And so on. But the general rule remains: all other things being equal, there is an obligation to engage in Christian correction. Jesus says, “If your brother sins, talk to him about it.”

    For the rest of the homily from Monsignor Pope, please click HERE

    In closing, to those who will be happy that I wrote this and will attack me for being intolerant, I say: :P


The Battle Over Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s Body via @CatholicLisa

5 September 2014

posted at LisaGraas.com
5 September 2014 A.D.

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Yesterday, I posted Bishop Jenky’s statement about the suspension of the cause for the canonization of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. The Vatican has weighed in saying that the suspension is expected to be temporary, and so has the Archdiocese of New York. What jumps out at me in the statement from the Archdiocese of New York are the conditions set forth which all appear to be based ultimately on the fact that “Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen expressly stated his desire that his remains be buried in New York.”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan did express a hesitance in exhuming the body, unless the Congregation for the Causes of Saints directed that it be done, unless the process was approved by the family, that it be done modestly and reverently, and that the exhumation met the requirements of New York State law. He consulted with the family, who gave their approval if it would help advance the cause.

Cardinal Dolan is personally hesitant, ultimately based on Sheen’s “expressly stated desire,” and that is actually where the disagreement on the matter is rooted, as I will explain below.
First, let’s look over Cardinal Dolan’s specific conditions. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints certainly has no objection to the body being moved. Archbishop Sheen was ordained in the Diocese of Peoria and it is the Diocese of Peoria which is leading his cause for sainthood. According to the Archdiocese of New York, the family does not object to moving his body “if it would help advance the cause.” New York State law cannot trump religious freedom, so citing New York State law seems both erroneous and dangerous to the cause of religious freedom. I imagine that the Vatican is not ordering the body to be moved because they believe that Cardinal Dolan should decide on his own that it is the right thing to do and is just waiting for him to come to that realization in his own time. The rest of us are quite impatient with him because it is so clearly the right thing to do.

The reason that it is the right thing to do and the reason that the faithful are so angry at Cardinal Dolan over this has to do with how we weigh “right” and “wrong” in the context of Church teaching on sainthood, sacrifice and the human body.

For the rest of the best post please click HERE


The BEST reporting on the Catholic Bishops & the Border Crisis from @CatholicLisa

22 July 2014

 

Obama admin admits to preparation for 60K illegal immigrant children; Catholic Church complicit?

by Lisa Graas at her blog,LisaGraas.com
on July 20, 2014

Cardinal O’Malley poses for cameras at a seemingly secure, but objectively insecure, southern U.S. border as the Church is paid to care for immigrants who are pouring through it illegally in the tens of thousands. Photo: Matt York / AP

Cardinal O’Malley poses for cameras at a seemingly secure, but objectively insecure, southern U.S. border as the Church is paid to care for immigrants who are pouring through it illegally in the tens of thousands. Photo: Matt York / AP

We find at the Washington Post, that the Obama Administration essentially facilitated an open door at the U.S.-Mexican border for an influx of illegal immigrant children, prepared for an influx of 60,000 of them, and ostensibly believed it would stop at that number. As more information becomes available, we also find that at least some of our Catholic bishops may have been involved in covering up this reality of an open border while some dioceses were reportedly being paid millions of dollars to care for those who were pouring through it, and while holding themselves up as models of holiness for the media, presenting to us an image of a “closed” (ostensibly unjust) border. It pains me to say that, but there it is.

<em>Nearly a year before President Obama declared a humanitarian crisis on the border, a team of experts arrived at the Fort Brown patrol station in Brownsville, Tex., and discovered a makeshift transportation depot for a deluge of foreign children.
Thirty Border Patrol agents were assigned in August 2013 to drive the children to off-site showers, wash their clothes and make them sandwiches. As soon as those children were placed in temporary shelters, more arrived.
An average of 66 were apprehended each day on the border and more than 24,000 cycled through Texas patrol stations in 2013. In a 41-page report to the Department of Homeland Security, the team from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) raised alarms about the federal government’s capacity to manage a situation that was expected to grow worse.
The researchers’ observations were among the warning signs conveyed to the Obama administration over the past two years as a surge of Central American minors has crossed into south Texas illegally. More than 57,000 have entered the United States this year, swamping federal resources and catching the government unprepared.
The administration did too little to heed those warnings, according to interviews with former government officials, outside experts and immigrant advocates, leading to an inadequate response that contributed to this summer’s escalating crisis.

Sarah Palin, Allen West and others are right that this was an impeachable offense even before we had confirmation that the administration was both aware of and complicit in the crisis…but of course, he won’t be impeached because there are not enough votes in the Senate to remove him from office. Impeachment would be an exercise in futility, politically speaking, along the lines of the government shutdown. Our first priority should be to find out what the truth is and to expose the truth. Until we learn the truth, expose it, and educate people about it, we will not have the political wherewithal to address it.

Democrats have continually insisted that the border is “so, so secure.” Nothing could be further from the truth, but lying isn’t just a presidential problem anymore. It’s a problem with everyone who is sympathetic to the cause of toal amnesty and a completely open border. We should include our Catholic bishops in that group. The activity of our bishops has suggested that the border is akin to the Berlin Wall and that Catholics have a moral obligation to call for an open border, even as the border was already open, and even as Catholic dioceses were being paid millions of dollars in taxpayer money to be care for those who were pouring through it.

In April, Cardinal O’Malley led a delegation of bishops to the border to convince us all that the border is not only “secure” but that it is immoral that it is secure. The claim was that the border, not the openness of the border, is causing deaths.

At that April 1 outdoor mass next to the border fence between Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Mexico, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of the Boston Archdiocese and a delegation of bishops called attention to people who have died trying to cross the border.
Religious leaders often describe the deaths, which most often happen in harsh desert terrain during the scorching summer months, as a humanitarian crisis that has resulted from a flawed immigration system.

“We know the border is lined with unmarked graves,” Cardinal O’Malley said. “They call them illegal aliens. We are here to say they are not forgotten. They are our neighbors. Our brothers. Our sisters.”

In this, the Church was sending the message that there is a moral obligation to open a border that was already open and that they knew was open. The border is lined with unmarked graves precisely because it is open and people are dying to get to that opening. Why are they dying to get to the border? They are dying to get to the border because we have created what Rick Santorum rightly calls a “defector obligation.”

Continue by clicking HERE to the rest of this informative and honest post. Great job, Lisa!

Please read Lisa’s additional posts on this topic at LisaGraas.com below:

Should Obama put immigrant children on planes to the Vatican?

The Culture of Impunity in the United States and Central America, and the failure of our Catholic bishops


Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage to End Abortion DAY NINE!

26 January 2014

Posted by Sarah Campbell
26 January 2014 A.D.

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January 18-26 2014

Pray with the bishops to end abortion!

On January 22 our nation will mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S.
Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence.
Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a “culture of life” from Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 26!

4 Ways to Join

HERE to go to the Bishops site to signup for emails, text alerts and an APP!

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Day Nine: Sunday, January 26, 2014

Intercession:

For repentance, healing and peace, in every heart and every nation.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection:

In today’s Gospel Jesus preaches, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” And after calling the first apostles, he went around all of Galilee, “proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people” (Mt 4:23). Repentance is necessary for healing, but the Lord doesn’t want us to remain stuck in misery over our sins. With healing comes peace and the joy of knowing we are loved and forgiven by God. The message of the Gospel of Life is one of great joy! Our call to live this Gospel is not marked with sadness and despair, but with hope, expectation and exuberant joy. “It is up to you, young followers of Christ, to show the world that faith brings happiness and a joy which is true, full and enduring. … The Gospel is the “good news” that God loves us and that each of us is important to him. Show the world that this is true!” (Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the 27th World Youth Day, March 15, 2012).

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

Spend quality time with a family member or friend; ask them if they would like to help out at a local charity with you.

Say three Hail Mary’s for your parish priest. Without our priests, we could not have the sacraments.

Make a “quiet hour” today, turning off all electronic devices (cell phone, iPod, computer, television, radio, video game system), and retreat to your room.


Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage to End Abortion DAY EIGHT!

25 January 2014

Posted by Sarah Campbell
25 January 2014 A.D.

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January 18-26 2014

Pray with the bishops to end abortion!

On January 22 our nation will mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S.
Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence.
Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a “culture of life” from Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 26!

4 Ways to Join

HERE to go to the Bishops site to signup for emails, text alerts and an APP!

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Day Eight: Saturday, January 25, 2014

Intercession:

For scientists and pharmaceutical employees who help create and manufacture contraceptive and abortifacient drugs: that the Lord will open their eyes to the moral danger and health risks these drugs pose for women and prompt them to work only on medications that benefit human life.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection:

Today’s reading from Acts tells the story of St. Paul’s conversion. Before, he was “breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord.” After encountering Christ, Paul became a “chosen instrument,” filled with the Holy Spirit, and ready to suffer for Jesus’ name. There is absolutely nothing and no one outside of the power of God’s loving embrace. Today we remember the children, the mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and all those who have been involved in or affected by abortion. We entrust them to the unfathomable healing mercy of God, recalling the words of Jesus to St. Faustina: “The greater the misery of a soul, the greater its right to My mercy” (Diary, 1182).

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

Read about a Church teaching you don’t understand in the Catechism.

Make an honest assessment of your “giving finances” – are you giving too little? Make a resolution to give a set weekly or monthly donation to your parish or favorite local charity.

Do you love your cup of tea or coffee in the morning? Fast from caffeine today or try your coffee black.


Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage to End Abortion DAY SEVEN!

24 January 2014

Posted by Sarah Campbell
24 January 2014 A.D.

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January 18-26 2014

Pray with the bishops to end abortion!

On January 22 our nation will mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S.
Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence.
Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a “culture of life” from Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 26!

4 Ways to Join

HERE to go to the Bishops site to signup for emails, text alerts and an APP!

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Day Seven: Friday, January 24, 2014

Intercession:

For elected leaders who oppose any restriction on the abortion license: may God allow them to grasp the brutal violence of abortion and the reality of post-abortion suffering experienced by countless women and men.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection:

On this feast of St. Francis de Sales, let us consider these words of the great saint: “All that we do must be motivated by love and not force. We must love to obey rather than fear to disobey.” St. Francis reminds us that all of our actions must be borne of a spirit of love, and that we find our freedom in living the truth. As we defend the dignity of human life, let us ask St. Francis de Sales to pray for us so that everything we say and do for unborn children and their grieving parents is imbued with both compassion and truth.

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

Go to Confession—today, if possible—or during this week.

Fast from snacking today. Eat three meals only.

Today, go visit an adoration chapel and spend an hour with Jesus.


Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage to End Abortion DAY FIVE!

22 January 2014

Posted by Sarah Campbell
22 January 2014 A.D.

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January 18-26 2014

Pray with the bishops to end abortion!

On January 22 our nation will mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S.
Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence.
Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a “culture of life” from Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 26!

4 Ways to Join

HERE to go to the Bishops site to signup for emails, text alerts and an APP!

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Day Five: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Intercession:

For an end to legal abortion in our nation and for the conversion of all hearts, so that the inherent rights of every human being—especially those most at risk of abuse and rejection—will be upheld.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection:

Today, on this 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we consider the past four decades in which our society has legally permitted abortion and wandered far from God. Instead of accepting children in joy and hope, many hearts seem hardened against making commitments to others, fearing the demands others may make on our time or our freedom. We are becoming a culture marked by rejection, by loneliness and sorrow. In today’s Gospel, we hear how Jesus grieved over the Pharisees’ hardness of heart, as he heals the man with the withered hand. They remained silent when Jesus pointedly asked them: “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” Our laws now make it legal to destroy life by abortion, by abortifacient drugs, in destructive embryo research, in the course of in vitro fertilization procedures, and in some states by assisted suicide and the death penalty. How Jesus must grieve over this culture of death! Let us open our hearts in faith, entrusting our culture to the healing power of Christ, the One who has overcome sin and the power of evil.

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

Today is a day of prayer and penance for restoration of the right to life. Step out of your comfort zone and witness publicly to life in a march or rally, or call your elected representatives to ask them to promote policies and laws that respect life.

Gratitude helps us love God and neighbor. Today try to not complain or be negative. Say a prayer of thanksgiving instead.

Don’t push the snooze button. Get right out of bed and offer your day in prayer to God. “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light” (Ephesians 5:14).


Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage to End Abortion DAY FOUR!

21 January 2014

Posted by Sarah Campbell
21 January 2014 A.D.

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January 18-26 2014

Pray with the bishops to end abortion!

On January 22 our nation will mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S.
Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence.
Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a “culture of life” from Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 26!

4 Ways to Join

This year, you have more ways than ever to get involved!

Click HERE to go to the Bishops site to signup for emails, text alerts and an APP!

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Day Four: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Intercession:

For the doctors, nurses and counselors who now know they were wrong in cooperating with abortion: may God grant them the courage to renounce their involvement in the abortion industry and open their hearts to doing his will from now on.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection:

Today we honor the life of St. Agnes, a 12-year-old girl martyred in Rome in 304 AD, during the Diocletian persecution. Agnes never wavered in her commitment to remain a virgin and to give her whole life to the Lord, refusing proposals to marry. Her innocence and heroism facing death helped bring an end to the persecution of Christians in Rome. Following the example of St. Agnes, let us remain steadfast in recognizing Christ, who is Love Incarnate, as the source and summit of our lives. May his love give us the determination and courage to live for him and for others, especially the most vulnerable among us.

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

Go to an abortion clinic and pray, or set aside an hour today to pray for those who are struggling with a decision of life or death for their unborn child.

Pray the Rosary today for someone who has hurt or disappointed you, and ask for the grace to forgive that person.

Instead of donating “old clothes,” offer to buy a new piece of clothing or item a charity is seeking.


Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage to End Abortion DAY THREE!

20 January 2014

Posted by Sarah Campbell
20 January 2014 A.D.

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January 18-26 2014

Pray with the bishops to end abortion!

On January 22 our nation will mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S.
Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence.
Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a “culture of life” from Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 26!

4 Ways to Join

This year, you have more ways than ever to get involved!

Click HERE to go to the Bishops site to signup for emails, text alerts and an APP!

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Day Three: Monday, January 20, 2014

Intercession:

For the parents who influenced their child’s choice to abort their grandchild: that they may have the humility and wisdom to see the wrong they’ve done and to seek forgiveness from God and from their child.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection:

Today is the memorial of St. Sebastian, the famous martyr and patron of athletes, who lived his faith courageously in the midst of intense Roman persecution. St. Sebastian’s life reminds us that in the midst of threats to the faith, living and dying for Christ is the ultimate witness – one that changes others. In today’s Mass readings, the prophet Samuel chastises King Saul for failing to obey the Lord’s command, reminding him that God values our obedience more than sacrificial offerings. The Psalm, too, reminds us that an upright life is more pleasing to God than empty professions of faith. Are our actions always consistent with what we profess as Catholics? Do we sometimes hope that God will overlook our disobedient hearts by distracting him with rote prayers?

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

It’s easy to put our headphones on and ignore our siblings or parents in the car. Instead, enjoy the opportunity you have to talk to them, ask them how they are doing.

Smile. Ask God today for the grace to be extra joyful and share your love for Christ with those who need that encouragement the most today. “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” –Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

We can sometimes forget how blessed we are to have many of our daily comforts. Give up sleeping with your pillow tonight.


Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage to End Abortion DAY TWO!

19 January 2014

Posted by Sarah Campbell
19 January 2014 A.D.

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January 18-26 2014

Pray with the bishops to end abortion!

On January 22 our nation will mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S.
Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence.
Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a “culture of life” from Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 26!

4 Ways to Join

This year, you have more ways than ever to get involved!

Click HERE to go to the Bishops site to signup for emails, text alerts and an APP!

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DAY TWO – Sunday, January 19th

Intercession:

For the father whose child died with his cooperation and consent: that the Lord grant him the grace to repent and be reconciled with God.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection:

In today’s Gospel reading (Jn 1:29-34), John the Baptist testifies that Jesus is both the Son of God and “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” At every Mass we repeat these words, but how often do we meditate on this great mystery? There is nothing we could ever accomplish on our own that could atone for our daily failures to love others with the merciful and sacrificial love of Christ. But in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, he forgives our faults, wipes the stain of sin from our souls and gives us the strength to begin anew with the help of his grace. Let us live each day in gratitude for the mercy God has shown us!

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

When others are speaking uncharitably about someone else, change the conversation, leave, or offer a counter opinion that is kind and charitable.

Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. . . for mothers and fathers who’ve lost a child through abortion, asking that they find the courage to seek Reconciliation and counseling through Project Rachel Ministry.

Read about the life of a modern (19th or 20th century) saint. You might be surprised by how much you have in common with them.


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