Cherokee Wisdom – Two Wolves

“Two Wolves” {Cherokee Wisdom}

What a great story to pass on to our kids and a lesson to be learned by us all!

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:

 “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

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40 Days For Life Begins February 17!

40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program:

  • Prayer and fasting
  • Constant vigil
  • Community outreach

40 Days for Life takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion in America.

The 40-day campaign tracks Biblical history, where God used 40-day periods to transform individuals, communities … and the entire world. From Noah in the flood to Moses on the mountain to the disciples after Christ’s resurrection, it is clear that God sees the transformative value of His people accepting and meeting a 40-day challenge.

Vision and mission

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion in America.

The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion in America.

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Help Enact Regulations To Protect Pro-Life Health Care Workers

Help Enact Regulations To Protect Pro-Life Health Care Workers

You must act now.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed regulations to protect health care workers’ right of conscience.  In short, if a person or entity (e.g. hospital) refuses to particiapte in any event surrounding an abortion, the person or entity cannot be retaliated against.

It is imperative that HHS hears from you.  The regulations have an open comment period that ends this Thursday, September 25th.  Pro-abortion forces have rallied their troops to fight this just cause.  Now we have to rally too!

Go here and complete the HHS form.  Tell them it is important that health care workers are able to live out their values.

Laws are already on the books that protect freedom of conscience.  The proposed regulations are intended to clarify this issue, so that existing rights are better known and enforced.

Feel free to copy, paste and edit the letter below into the comments section of the HHS website:

I am writing in support of the proposed Provider Conscience Regulation submitted by Secretary Leavitt.

The proposed regulation will reinforce current laws protecting health care workers who have a right to follow their conscience. They merely preserve the rights of individuals to refuse participation in abortion-related health care.  Clarity of the current law is needed so people know their rights.  

In the face of increasing shortages of qualified health care personnel, these regulations will also help ensure that pro-life doctors, nurses and hospitals continue to provide valuable services to needy communities around the country.

 [Your name]

 Thank you for your quick action regarding this important issue.

For Life,

Marjorie Dannenfelser
Susan B. Anthony List President
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AFA Releases New Voters Guide

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Are all sins equal?

Q: Are all sins equal?
It doesn’t seem possible or fair. Am I missing something?

A: Only in the Old Testament, under the old law, were all sins essentially equal, because when you broke any part of the law … even the smallest part … you broke it all … and you were condemned as a result, with no hope of recovery … except for Jesus, the Messiah.

Under the new covenant, we operate under the grace of God, not by law.

Jesus is our judge, and he is capable of determining the seriousness of our infractions, without fail … and in a perfect way that the old law was completely incapable of doing.

So no, you’re not missing a thing. It’s the guys that fail to understand the importance of grace, and who read their Bibles lacking true discernment, who are missing something.

Some questions …


Q: Some questions …
OK i have heard, on judgement day we will be judged, but then i have also heard we have already been forgiven and we wont be judged we will be judges and God will ask us to participate in judgement i dont understand, im trying to but im confused and two, do you have to be baptized, because in one of the verses it says that you should be baptized, by water no one will enter the kingdom of heaven if he is not reborn i need help understanding this. And tell me about the rapture.

A: There is no divine judgment for sins that have already been duly forgiven by God.

And while God may forgive those who apologize to him and who repent of their sins, the only Christians who absolutely know for sure that they’ve been forgiven (while still alive, here on earth) are Catholics, since Jesus gave the Catholic Church alone the power to forgive sins when he instituted the sacrament of reconciliation, as his very first official act, after he raised himself up from the dead.

That this was obviously on his mind as Jesus departed his tomb should give you an indication of how much Jesus wanted us all to have the grace and the peace of mind that absolute forgiveness of sins can truly provide.

Unfortunately, non-Catholics will have to wait until Judgment Day to find out if they’ve been forgiven (or not) and that typically means that they will indeed be judged.

Regarding baptism … It was absolutely clear, for the first 1500 years of Christianity that baptism was typically required for salvation, and that baptism was “the door” to the church, and to all that the church had to offer, for the care of souls.

And while the protestant reformers had some valid disputes with the Catholic church and the way the clerics were running things (just as we still do today) nothing has ever successfully challenged the truth and the consistency of Catholic doctrine, since it comes directly from Jesus and the apostles, and so cannot be refuted.

The bottom line on baptism is this: Why would anyone take a chance with their own salvation by forgoing baptism, when it’s so easy and so simple to get baptized … especially when we have Jesus’ personal example in the matter .. as well as his great commission … neither of which leaves room for any doubt about the critical necessity of baptism?

As for the rapture: Until about 200 years ago, absolutely no one even mentioned the possibilty of a “rapture” that might pluck Christians out of the world, prior to the return of Jesus Christ.

Catholics and most other Christians still think the idea of the “rapture” is pure bunk … since God has always demonstrated his ability to save his people, while they remain planted firmly here on earth.

The critical thing to understand about the end times is that the antichrist comes first, claiming to be God, and deceiving the world, then 7 years or so of trouble follows, culminating in the return of the real Jesus, with all the angels and all the saints, who finally put Satan and all his minions in hell, leaving the rest of us to get on with eternity, in the presence of God.

I hope this has been helpful.

Cardinal George – “Good law defends the defenseless.”

Misreading Cardinal George

By Richard W. Garnett

Monday, September 15, 2008, 8:08 AM

My friend and former colleague, Prof. Douglas Kmiec, opened his September 9, 2008 Chicago Tribune op-ed (“How Catholics can oppose abortion, back Obama”) with an endearing expression of respect for Chicago’s cardinal archbishop, Francis George. He then continued with his ongoing, tenacious effort to convince Catholics that a vote for Sen. Obama is, notwithstanding his unswerving and emphatic support for expanding abortion rights, actually a pro-life vote. Unfortunately, in so doing, he appears to have misunderstood the cardinal he so admires.

On September 2, Cardinal George reminded Chicago Catholics that “one cannot favor the legal status quo on abortion and also be working for the common good.” He said this out of concern for the fact that “matters of public policy that are also moral issues sometimes are misrepresented or are presented in a partial or manipulative fashion.”

The cardinal also wrote: “Our present laws permit unborn children to be privately killed. Laws that place unborn children outside the protection of law destroy both the children killed and the common good, which is the controlling principle of Catholic social teaching.” “The unborn child,” he emphasized, “who is alive and is a member of the human family, cannot defend himself or herself. Good law defends the defenseless.” That last sentence is worth reading again: “Good law” does not merely permit us to hope that the defenseless will be well; it “defends” them.

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Head Knight of Columbus’ open letter challenges Sen. Biden on abortion remarks

Head Knight of Columbus’ open letter challenges Sen. Biden on abortion remarks


Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

.- Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, has published an open letter to Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Joseph Biden in several major newspapers, chastising his support for abortion and correcting his erroneous claims about historical Catholic teaching on abortion.

Warning that Biden’s public remarks could confuse Catholic women in crisis pregnancies about the morality of abortion, Anderson’s letter also invites Biden to meet with him to discuss the issue in person.

The open letter to Biden, a U.S. Senator from Delaware, was published in USA Today, the Washington Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Delaware News Journal on September 19. Anderson says he writes the letter “on behalf of 1.28 million members of the Knights of Columbus and their families in the United States.”

Anderson begins his letter to Biden by saying he writes as “a fellow Catholic layman.” Commenting that the bishops who have publicly corrected Biden’s remarks on historical Catholic teaching on abortion are “far from alone,” Anderson tells Biden his statements “carry considerable weight” because of Sen. Barack Obama’s emphasis of Biden’s Catholic identity.

“You now have a unique responsibility when you make public statements about Catholic teaching,” Anderson writes.

Echoing many Catholic bishops’ responses to Biden’s remarks, Anderson says modern medical science “leaves no doubt” about when life begins.

“It is not a matter of personal religious belief, but of science,” he writes.

Anderson’s letter addresses Biden’s appeal to St. Thomas Aquinas, which the senator used to justify his pro-abortion rights views. Anderson says that the learned saint had “only a medieval understanding of biology” and questions whether any other appeal to medieval biology would be made to justify modern law and policy.

Regardless of St. Thomas’ understanding of biology, Anderson continues, the saint’s view is “in any case entirely consistent with the long history of Catholic Church teaching in this area, holding that abortion is a grave sin to be avoided at any time during pregnancy.”

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Is the Roman Catholic Church the one true holy church of Jesus Christ?

Q: Is the Roman Catholic Church the one true holy church of Jesus Christ?

A: Jesus founded only one Church for the purpose of our salvation … the Church that has been known as Catholic since at least 107 AD.

Jesus authorized, empowered, and eternally guaranteed the Catholic Church until the end of time, and he did it personally, while he still walked the earth.

Not surprisingly, the Catholic Church remains constituted precisely as Jesus originally set it up … one, holy, catholic, and apostolic … in spite of the 50 or so generations of more or less corrupt men who governed it.

The Catholic Church survived the destruction of Jerusalem, the fall of Rome, and every other type of challenge and persecution the world could throw at it, while it literally converted the whole world for Christ.
The Catholic Church compiled, wrote, translated, and certified the Bible, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and it continues to preserve and defend the entire sacred deposit of faith today.

It is also the longest reigning world government of any kind on earth, responsible for saving the world after the fall of Rome, and for contributing all that’s good to modern western civilization.

The Catholic Church has led countless souls to Heaven by witnessing for Christ, baptizing, and faithfully preaching the Gospel to people of every nation and every generation.

None of this was done in secret. Not even one small part of Catholic doctrine is less than fully documented, not properly explained, or less than completely correlated with the holy scriptures.

Indeed, the Catholic Church maintains a tradition of the world’s finest and most complete theological scholarship and practical philosophy, available freely to all, the likes of which is unrivaled by any other group or faith tradition, anywhere.

Finally, and since the very beginning, the Catholic Church has enjoyed the real and substantial presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist … body, blood, soul and divinity … the one time, once for all, eternal sacrifice for the sins of the world … available to all … right here and right now … not to mention all the other sacraments, which are in themselves close, personal, and intimate encounters with the risen Christ.

I could go on.

Let anyone who chooses to try to refute any or all of the above lodge his objections with Jesus Christ, who remains the head of the Catholic Church .. the only Church for which he suffered and died, and the only Church which is betrothed to him, as his bride.…

Catholics, why is it considered bigotry to question post-scriptural doctrine?

Q: Catholics, why is it considered bigotry to question post-scriptural doctrine?

A: The Catholic Church already had things quite right on the day of Pentecost. And by Pentecost the Catholic church had already been given all of the divine mandates it presently enjoys, directly from Jesus Christ, while he still walked the earth.

All the New Testament scriptures are simply authentic Catholic tradition reduced to writing, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit … and tradition is the way the Holy Spirit has always guided … and always will guide … the authentic church, from age to age.

As for questions … the Catholic Church maintains a unique collection of 50 generations of the best, most consistent, most scholarly, extremely well documented, systematic theology and practical religious philosophy that the world has ever known … produced by the most brilliant, God inspired theologians and scholars from every country, and from every generation.

There is no equivalent or parallel, in any other faith tradition or denomination, anywhere on the planet.

Go ahead and question whatever you like … but ignoring all this out of hand isn’t necessarily bigotry … it’s just stupid.

Investigation “directly contradicts the negative perception of the pope’s war time activities”.


Pope says Pius XII “spared no effort” to help Jews

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict on Thursday forcefully defended his wartime predecessor Pius XII against accusations he did not do enough to help the Jews, saying Pius “spared no effort” on their behalf during World War II.

The pope spoke to members of the U.S.-based Pave the Way Foundation, a mixed Jewish-Catholic group which held a symposium in Rome on the papacy of Pius, who reigned from 1939 to 1958.

The symposium prepared a 200-page compilation of documents, diplomatic cables and newspaper clippings from the period — some of them previously unpublished — showing Pius did much to help Jews during the war and was thanked by Jewish leaders.

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I Don’t Believe in Gravity!


I Don’t Believe in Gravity!

by Rabbi Daniel Lapin

Don’t you agree that gravity is a nuisance? Think of the dropped items that wouldn’t break, and of the tumbles we would never take, if only Sir Isaac Newton, the 17th century British scientist who stated the Law of Gravity, had never been born. Life would be so much better without gravity, right?



Does anyone really think that until Newton stated the Law of Gravity, Englishman were free to float around above the countryside like untethered children’s balloons?

Of course not. Newton described gravity; he didn’t invent it. Gravity was never optional. Through Newton we understood it. There are spiritual laws of reality, as well, that are not optional. Those of us who believe that the good Lord created us regard Him as the expert in human nature. Therefore the instruction book He gave us, the Bible, is filled with guidance that matches our inborn natures.

For instance, when the Good Book labels promiscuity as a sin, believers understand that God is not merely indicating His displeasure at this behavior. Just as importantly, He is assuring us that it runs counter to our human needs. Promiscuity violates the spiritual laws of reality and causes just as much damage as diving out of a 20th floor window.

Consider taxation, whose first Biblical mention appears in Genesis 41.

Bewildered by his disturbing dreams, Pharaoh unsuccessfully seeks explanations from his courtiers. Finally his butler remembers the dream interpreting Joseph, who has been unjustly imprisoned for alleged sexual harassment. Joseph interprets the king’s dreams to be God’s forewarning of seven years of plenty to be followed by seven years of famine.

In verse 34 Joseph recommends applying a tax upon the Egyptian economy during the good years. “Let Pharaoh appoint officers over the land and collect up a fifth part during the seven years of plenty.” He very specifically suggests a figure of one fifth -or 20%-as the total tax on the country’s gross domestic product. Although he was an outsider to Pharaoh’s court, an alien jailbird, his counsel was acceptable not only to Pharaoh, but even more surprisingly:

“…the thing was good in the eyes of all his (Pharaoh’s) servants” (verse 37).

That a Jewish outsider’s recommendation to tax an entire country should please the monarch stretches credibility. That his subjects also found the recommendation pleasing can mean only one thing: Joseph was not imposing a new tax; he was reducing an existing one.

The tax rate they were all paying according to ancient Jewish wisdom was considerably higher than Joseph’s twenty percent. Being allowed to retain eighty percent of the fruits of their labors threw them into work with renewed energy. This tax reduction invigorated the Egyptians and, as one would expect, their economy thrived. Verse 47 confirms that”the earth brought forth by heaps.”

Most everyone accepts the need for some taxation. But when rates exceed certain limits, even law-abiding folks rebel by whatever means they can. This is no stain on their characters. They are responding to human nature. On tax rates, as on so many other issues, the Torah does not proscribe as much as it describes. It tells us about the immutable laws of human affairs.

Similarly when the Book of Numbers, 36:8 insists:
“the children of Israel shall enjoy, each man, the inheritance of his fathers,”

it is also telling us something of enduring importance: how to link consecutive generations.

Societies build healthy economies over time when citizens continue building upon the foundations constructed by their parents. People will labor and create tirelessly if they know that in so doing, they are bettering the lives of their children and their grandchildren. Men and women legitimately seek immortality through their children, which is why the Bible devotes so much space to the complexities of inheritance law.
When deciding whether to walk down a few flights of stairs or whether to take the quick route out the window, it helps to accept gravity as a fact.

When deciding rates of taxation, whether to live promiscuously, or whether a deceased parent’s wealth should belong to society or to his children, it is just as helpful to accept the Bible’s laws of human nature as fact.

Submitted by Doria2 

Watch this video all the way to the end

A President with no compassion for the least of us cannot be good, even for the best of us.

Barack Obama voted three times to permit babies born alive to be left out to die.

Barack Obama is a strident supporter of Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and other pro-death groups, everywhere.

Barack Obama’s position on abortion and infanticide is more radical and more liberal than any of the above.

Compare this to the personal actions of both the Republican presidential and vice-presidential candidates, who have acted decisively to respect and preserve life (except for McCain’s misguided support for embryonic stem cell research).

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What’s your stance on abortion?

Q: What’s your stance on abortion?

A: Abortion is a crime against humanity that has been decriminalized and promoted by governments all around the world, simply because it is politically expedient and cost effective.

As a matter of man’s inhumanity to man, the scourge of abortion rivals the debauchery of the infamous biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, whose sins cried out to Heaven for vengeance.

Abortion is without equal in demonstrating massive and blatant disrespect for the sanctity of life, and concurrently, a profound lack of respect for God, who is the sole author of life.

Many years ago, the late Mother Teresa declared the advent of global terrorism to be a divine chastisement for the world wide practice of abortion.

Since then, things have only gotten worse.

God may be running out of patience.



September 17, 2008





Gianna Jessen and Jill Stanek of have released a video that features an appeal by Jessen to Sen. Barack Obama asking him to support health care for infants who have been born alive following a botched abortion. Jessen is a 31 year-old who survived a saline abortion; Stanek is the nurse who blew the whistle on infants being allowed to die in a utility room following induced-labor abortions (she was fired from Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois for doing so).


When Obama was in the Illinois State Senate, he blocked all legislation designed to provide health care for infants who survived an abortion. The language of the Illinois bill, in its final version, was identical to the language of the federal bill that was passed unanimously and signed into law by President Bush. Though that bill made it clear that nothing in the legislation could be construed to overturn Roe v. Wade, it still wasn’t enough to satisfy Obama.


To see this 30-second video, click here.


On May 15, Catholic League president Bill Donohue appeared on “Fox and Friends” saying there had been a media cover-up of this issue. He now sounds off about this classic video:


“Abortion is not just another issue for Catholics. As Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput has said, it is a ‘foundational issue.’ Amazingly, the issue that this video addresses is beyond abortion—it is infanticide. Why Obama, who advocates universal heath care, would exclude babies who survive an abortion from his plan is mind-boggling. Guess the politics of inclusion draws a line when it comes to these kids.


“Moreover, if anyone wants to continue to deny that abortion involves human life, let him take a good look at Gianna Jessen: She is living proof that the entire pro-abortion agenda is based on a lie. Perversely, those who support ‘choice’ are the very ones who continue to deny the Jessens of this world that very right. And there are millions of such Jessens.”

Pope highlights liturgical excellence during recent trip to France

Pope highlights liturgical excellence during recent trip to France

By John Thavis
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — One of the subthemes of Pope Benedict XVI’s recent visit to France was liturgical excellence, a lifelong concern of the German pontiff that has carried over into his papal agenda.

The pope didn’t zero in on specific liturgical problems in France, but he repeatedly reminded his audiences in Paris and Lourdes why quality matters when it comes to worship.

Speaking Sept. 12 in Notre Dame Cathedral, which he called “a living hymn of stone and light,” the pope used the setting to illustrate the Christian community’s age-old effort to reach for splendor when praying to God.

“Certainly, the beauty of our celebrations can never be sufficiently cultivated, fostered and refined, for nothing can be too beautiful for God, who is himself infinite beauty,” he said.But he said church liturgies should be carried out in order to offer, as closely as possible, “a foretaste” of eternal salvation …        

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Father Walter’s Library of Letters

Father Walter’s Library of Letters

Father Walter is the pastor at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church
in Darien, Illinois.

He tries to publish a new pastoral letter in each week’s church bulletin.
The collection is growing rapidly. Here’s an excerpt from a recent one:

Advantages of Spiritual Growth

Nothing motivates us like having a goal. The motivation gained from having goals comes specifically from the fact that we now have good reasons to do something. Isn’t it fair to say that following Christ is our goal? Allowing for our assent to this question, what can we say then are some good reasons for being spiritual? I am going to try to respond to this question from the perspective of a family person.

The first reason is the one people most commonly share with me. “I want to insure that I and my family go to heaven.” I cannot be anymore simple in discussing this one. I want to be saved. I want my family to be saved. I want to be with them when we die. The very thought of one
of my loved ones being lost to God is repulsive. So, on this basis
I and my family attend Mass and go to Confession …

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Pope Benedict XVI to Bishops at Lourdes, France – “Your Mission”

On Sunday evening Pope Benedict XVI gathered all of the bishops of France in the Hemicycle of Bernadette Hall and addressed the numerous issues facing the Church in France.

“Man is always in need of liberation from his fears and his sins.

Man must ceaselessly learn or relearn that God is not his enemy, but his infinitely good Creator.

Man needs to know that his life has a meaning, and that he is awaited, at the conclusion of his earthly sojourn, so as to share for ever in Christ’s glory in heaven.

Your mission is to bring the portion of the People of God entrusted to your care to recognize this glorious destiny.”

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Great New Catholic Weblog

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The Foundation of Israel in 1948 … Prophecy fulfilled?

Q: The Foundation of Israel in 1948 … Prophecy fulfilled?

A: Many would think so, and many have gone to great lengths to make it so, but the fact remains that the artificially reconstituted modern day nation of Israel has little in common with the original “Chosen People” of God … except for their continuing persecution of Christians.

Fact is, all the promises God made to Israel were kept when he conducted them into the promised land, gave them their sovereignty, and eventually their Messiah, Jesus Christ.

God “owes” them nothing more.

The Christian Church is now the “People of God” in the world, heir to all the promises of Christ … and the only “holy nation” worth being part of … for Jew and Gentile, alike.