Feast of the Annunciation Becomes National Holiday in Lebanon

The official decision to make the Feast of the Annunciation a national holiday was announced during a February 20th meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Lebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri. Shiek Nokkari remarked, “The first feeling I had was to offer this victory to Our Lady ‘Sitna Mariam’ (as she is known by Muslims), and I asked the organizers and all who participated in this not to take any credit, but to offer it to Our Lady. … Our Lady gave us this day. It is not us who is giving it to her.”

The Maronite Catholic Council of Bishops praised the government’s decision, saying it “helps in bringing hearts together.” Sheik Nokkari expressed his hope that the celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation as a national holiday would spread to other nations…

…In America, the “land of the free,” Catholic iconography is outlawed in the public sphere. In the parliamentary democracy of Lebanon, wherein the top three governmental positions must be held by (1) a Maronite Christian (President), (2) a Sunni Muslim (Prime Minister), and (3) a Shi’a Muslim (Speaker of the Parliament), the Feast of the Annunciation has become a national holiday – via the dedication of a Muslim sheik to that end.

Read the rest of the story at The Remnant

Editor’s note: There’s lots of Catholics in Lebanon – about thirty-five percent of the population – some 1,300,000 souls in all. The majority of  Lebanese are Muslim – numbering about 2,000,000 – or fifty-five percent.

Feminism v Mankind (and the Catholic Church)

“I am, in fact, convinced, that what feminism promotes in its radical form is no longer the Christianity that we know; it is another religion.”

Pope Benedict XVI
speaking (as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) on radical feminism.
Excerpt from ‘The Ratzinger Report’ (Ignatius Press)

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Aussie writer says he has the real reason for media attacks on the Church figured out

ObamaCare … or is it ObamaCide?

On some idiotic level I am certain the ravenous self-loathing media here in the USA and around the world believe what they are writing about the Catholic Church’s problems with pedophile gay priests is “art” … much like “Piss Christ” was supposed to be perceived and accepted.

But it’s not. It’s Marxist political porn.

I realize this is an Aussie writer in an Aussie news agency, and that Hitchens and the other ‘non-believer’ who are looking to have the Pope arrested in England are British … adding to the media ‘troops’ on their mission in the war against the Catholic Church here in this country … but keep in mind. The Marxists in the world are in full agreement with the Marxist regime in this country who want this country to fall. ObamaCare might have had less opposition, and growing and continuing opposition, if they could have waved the Pope and The Roman Catholic Church’s strong endorsement behind the damn thing.

But they DID NOT … and it was written, wheeled and dealt, and abortion camouflaged in order to keep it intact by the alleged “pro-life” democrats, most of whom are alleged Catholics. The whole “Hey, Bud Stupak, come on up to the White House and Obama will write an executive order taking abortion out” was a covert operation to try and FOOL the Catholic Church into stepping up and saying, ‘We now support this wonderful law that will give ALL humans healthcare …’

They did not. The Pope and the Catholic Church are not the idiots the Marxists portray them to be. And the Pope and the Church are well onto them and the movement currently in progress …

And please head over to Father Z’s blog and read what he says about this current gem in the media’s “case” against the Pope and The Holy Roman Catholic Church … because as “moral equivalency” goes, it’s down there with “Most Pathetic” … yet.

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How’s that “New Springtime” of the Catholic Church working out for you?

While attempting to survive the current arctic winter once hailed as the New Springtime of Vatican II, there is a nagging temptation to quip through chattering teeth —Yep, we told you so! It’s not the right attitude, of course, but perhaps understandable. After all, Traditional Catholics spent over four decades in virtual exile at the hands of their modernist-appeasing coreligionists who rigorously defended the indefensible—the very regime of novelty responsible for the Church’s current auto-demolition.

Clearly, Modernism’s chickens have come home to roost, exactly as the “schismatics”—e.g., Walter Matt, Michael Davies, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre—predicted they would. And lest there be any doubt in anyone’s mind, the majority of the New Springtime’s fundamentally emasculated clergy are no match for belligerents of any sort—even chickens.

Far too many of them pounded their ecclesial swords into flatware for fancy ecumenical dinner parties long ago. They laid their crowns at the feet of their enemies, and excised from their lexicons any dogmatic words that might offend the infidel. They protestantized their liturgy, stripped exorcisms from their Sacraments, and began behaving as if Hell and demons no longer exist.  The joke was on them, however, since the playing field they so expertly leveled has since been overrun by demons that not only exist but are hell-bent on taking over Christendom and lynching churchmen of every stripe.

With empty scabbards and heads uncrowned, our princes can scarcely command obedience from aging priests and nuns much less crusaders for whose noble legacy they’ve been apologizing ad nauseam for decades. Open dialogue paved the way for open season on all things Catholic, including popes, and there are few Catholics left standing who are willing or able to defend the holy city or the hollow men inside.

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Alleged schismatic bishop “gets it right” on the diabolical disorientation of many in today’s church

An Open Letter to Confused Catholics

By the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (written in 1983)

1. Why are Catholics Confused?

Who can deny that Catholics in the latter part of the twentieth century are confused? A glance at what has happened in the Church over the past twenty years is enough to convince anyone that this is a relatively recent phenomenon. Only a short time ago the path was clearly marked: either one followed it or one did not. One had the Faith–or perhaps had lost it–or had never had it. But he who had it–who had entered the Church through baptism, who had renewed his baptismal promises around the age of twelve and had received the Holy Ghost on the day of his confirmation–such a person knew what he had to believe and what he had to do.

Many today no longer know.  They hear all sorts of astonishing statements in the churches, they read things contrary to what was always taught, and doubt has crept into their minds.

On June 30, 1968, at the close of the Year of Faith, His Holiness Pope Paul VI made a profession of the Catholic Faith, in the presence of all the bishops in Rome and hundreds of thousands of the faithful. In his introductory remarks, he put us on guard against attacks on Catholic doctrine which, he said, “give rise, as we regretfully see today, to trouble and confusion in many faithful souls.”

The same words crop up in an allocution of His Holiness Pope John Paul II on February 6, 1981: “Christians today, in large part, feel lost, perplexed, confused, and even deceived.” The Holy Father summarized the underlying causes of the trouble as follows:

“We see spread abroad ideas contrary to the truth which God has revealed and which the Church has always taught.  Real heresies have appeared in dogma and moral theology, stirring doubt, confusion, rebellion.  Even the liturgy has been harmed. Christians have been plunged into an intellectual and moral illuminism, a sociological Christianity, without clear dogma or objective morality.”

This confusion is seen everywhere–in conversations, in books, in newspapers, in radio and television broadcasts, in the behavior of Catholics, which shows up as a sharp decline in the practice of the faith as statistics reveal, a dissatisfaction with the Mass and the sacraments, a general relaxation of morals.

We naturally ask,  therefore, what brought on this state of things? For every effect there is a cause. Has faith been weakened by a disappearance of generosity of soul, by a taste for enjoyment, an attraction to the pleasures of life and the manifold distractions which the modern world offers? These cannot be the real reasons, because they have always been with us in one way or another. The rapid decline in religious practice comes rather from the new spirit which has been introduced into the Church and which has cast suspicion over all past teachings and life of the Church.  All this was based on the unchangeable faith of the Church, handed down by catechisms which were recognized by all bishops.

The faith was based on certitudes. The certitudes have been overturned and confusion has resulted. Let us take one example: the Church taught–and the faithful believed–that the Catholic religion was the one true religion. It was, in fact, established by God Himself, while other religions are the work of men. Consequently, the Christian must avoid all contact with false religions and, furthermore, do all he can to bring adherents of false religions to the religion of Christ.

Is this still true? Indeed it is! Truth cannot change–else it never was the truth. No new fact, no theological or scientific discovery–if there can be such a thing as a theological discovery–can ever make the Catholic religion any less the only means of salvation.

But now we have the Pope himself attending religious ceremonies in false religions, praying and preaching in the churches of heretical sects.  Television conveys to the whole world pictures of these astonishing events. The faithful no longer understand.

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After McCarthy, Communism “morphed” into the New Left, Counter Culture, Big Labor, Civil Rights, Anti War and Woman’s Liberation Movements, and plethora of NGO’s, Liberal, Zionist, and Gay Rights groups.

“A SECRET WELL-ORGANIZED WORLD POWER”

Bella Dodd was circumspect about the people behind the Communist Party. She once was told to phone two multi-millionaires who live in the Waldorf Towers if she lost contact with Moscow. Elsewhere, she refers to “a secret well organized world power.” She is obviously afraid to be candid. She suspects that one CPUSA leader’s “suicide” was in fact murder. (172)

But she does drop a possible clue. She says that each of the nine floors of the party-owned headquarters at 35 E. 12th St. was devoted to CPUSA business. The Sixth Floor held “the publication offices of the Yiddish newspaper, the Freiheit, and the “Jewish Commission.” (162) Indeed Jews were prominent among Communist dupes.

“What now became clear to me was the collusion of these two forces: the Communists with their timetable for world control, and certain mercenary forces in the free world bent on making profits from blood.” (229)

As “one piece of the puzzle that finally became a picture,” Dodd tells the story of the ship “Erica Reed” typical of “hundreds of other stories.” During the Spanish Civil War, Americans donated money to load the ship with medical supplies and food for Spain. The Communists diverted the ship to Russia instead. (89)

Censorship is crucial to Communists, Dodd says. “I have often seen leaders pull books from shelves in homes and warn members to destroy them.”(223)

Communism is essentially a deceitful system of international elite control. It was not suppressed during the McCarthy era. Rather it morphed into the New Left, Counter Culture, Civil Rights, Anti War and Woman’s Liberation Movements, and later into a plethora of elite-sponsored NGO’s, and media, Democratic and Republican party factions, Liberal, Zionist, Labor, and Gay Rights groups. Like the CPUSA itself, these groups are controlled from the top so their memberships are unaware of being used.

To the objection that some of the above mentioned groups oppose globalization, Dodd refers to examples where the CPUSA ostensibly supported causes they wished to sabotage. (205)

In conclusion, Communism was/is a plot designed to substitute a cabal of the rich for the rule of God. It is a utopian fraud hatched by the rich to thwart the dreams of ordinary people and stunt human progress. The same cabal is behind most wars including the impending attack on Iraq.

A precursor to the new world order, Communism espouses brotherhood, peace and equality in order to deceive us. It has taken over society’s eyes, ears, mind and spirit. Much of what passes for truth in the media and schools is part of this monstrous con job. The expression “politically correct” in widespread use in America is an old Communist Party term. Our politicians are mostly traitors.

Feminism is Communist both in origin and spirit. It pretends to champion women but in fact neuters both sexes and destroys the basic social unit, the family. The promotion of homosexuality as a “lifestyle choice” for heterosexuals is also part of this brazen elitist fraud designed to “create new types of human beings who would conform…”

Western Civilization is like a ship floundering in a sea of evil, yet the passengers are too duped and distracted to realize it. Bella Dodd had the courage to sound the alarm 50 years ago. It is never too late to begin to resist tyranny.

There are no lifeboats.

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Promo photo for new book speaks volumes

Problems with Islam today pretty much the same as in the 13th century, according to writings of Marco Polo

Polo clearly had no problem being blunt about Islam (political correctness being nonexistent in the Middle Ages). Whereas he praised the Brahmins for their “hatred for cheating or of taking the goods of other persons,” regarding the Muslims of Tauris, (modern day Iraq), he wrote:

According to their doctrine, whatever is stolen or plundered from others of a different faith, is properly taken, and the theft is no crime; whilst those who suffer death or injury by the hands of Christians, are considered as martyrs. If, therefore, they were not prohibited and restrained by the powers who now govern them, they would commit many outrages. These principles are common to all Saracens (p.63).

In fact, based on the Muslim prophet Muhammad’s numerous raiding expeditions, plundering infidels is quite standard in Islam and treated regularly in legal manuals; the Koran has an entire chapter dedicated to and named after plunder (Surat al-Anfal). As for being a martyr simply by dying at the hands of the infidel enemy, this too has ample support in Islam’s texts and enjoys consensus among the ulema. The authoritative Hans Wehr Arabic-English Dictionary translates shahid (martyr) as “one killed in battle with infidels.”

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Federal court says church bells ARE constitutional

by Eleanor Goldberg
Religion News Service

WASHINGTON (RNS) A federal court on Monday (April 19) ruled an ordinance in Phoenix, Ariz., trying to limit the sound of church bells is an unconstitutional impingement on religious expression.

In 2007, one day after Christ the King Cathedral moved two miles from its former location to a space near a fire station, neighbors complained the church’s electronic bells — rung every hour, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. — violated the city’s noise ordinance.

The ordinance, which prohibits “any unusual or disturbing” sound, also allows ice cream trucks to ring at 70 decibels. The church’s bells rang at 67 decibels.

“This is almost unheard of in American law,” said Gary McCaleb, an attorney with the conservative Alliance Defense Fund legal firm, who worked on the case.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department agreed that the complaint was fairly “unusual,” but said the hourly ringing of the bells made Christ the King perhaps a bit different from other churches.

“We value the First Amendment,” Thompson said Wednesday. “But then we have the city ordinance. We were stuck in the middle.”

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Washington, DC homily: all about truth, obedience, sacrifice, mystery, love and glory.

Bishop Edward Slattery, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, stepped up and made himself available to be celebrant for the Pontifical Mass in the older, traditional Extraordinary Form for the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the beginning of Pope Benedict’s pontificate, at the National  Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

Here’s how he wrapped up his 17-minute homily. Hear or read all of it using the link below.

Christ’s Sacred Heart is the image of the obedience which Christ showed by his sacrificial love on Calvary. The Sacrifice of Calvary is also for us the means by which we are made obedient and this is a point which you must never forget: at Mass, we offer ourselves to the Father in union with Christ, who offers Himself in perfect obedience to the Father. We make this offering in obedience to Christ who commanded us to “Do this in memory of me” and our obediential offering is perfected in the love with which the Father receives the gift of His Son.

Do not be surprised then that here at Mass, our bloodless offering of the bloody sacrifice of Calvary is a triple act of obedience. First, Christ is obedient to the Father, and offers Himself as a sacrifice of reconciliation. Secondly, we are obedient to Christ and offer ourselves to the Father with Jesus the Son; and thirdly, in sharing Christ’s obedience to the Father, we are made obedient to a new order of reality, in which love is supreme and life reigns eternal, in which suffering and death have been defeated by becoming for us the means by which Christ’s final victory, his future coming, is made manifest and real today.

Suffering then, yours, mine, the Pontiffs, is at the heart of personal holiness, because it is our sharing in the obedience of Jesus which reveals his glory. It is the means by which we are made witnesses of his suffering and sharers in the glory to come.

Do not be dismayed that there are many in the Church who have not yet grasped this point, and fewer yet still in the world will even dare to consider it. But you – you know this to be true – and it is enough. For ten men who whisper the truth speak louder than a hundred million who lie.

If, then, someone asks of what we spoke today, tell them we spoke only of the truth. If someone asks why it is you came here to Mass, say that it was so that you could be obedient with Christ. If someone asks about the homily, tell them it was about a mystery. And if someone asks what I said to the present situation, tell them only that we must – all of us – become saints through what we suffer.

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Studies show hormonal contraceptives—the oral pill and Depo-Provera—increase almost all known risk factors for HIV

The world’s deadliest killer, HIV/AIDS, and the Birth Control Pill have been carrying on a secret and deadly “love affair” for decades. While women swallowed their “freedom” with the morning orange juice, studies that should have made global headlines yellowed in medical journals, unknown to the general public. Only doctors learned about the pills deadly affair with HIV/AIDS, and they were too busy writing prescriptions for hormonal contraceptives to talk.

More than 50 medical studies, to date, have investigated the association of hormonal contraceptive use and HIV/AIDS infection. The studies show that hormonal contraceptives—the oral pill and Depo-Provera—increase almost all known risk factors for HIV, from upping a woman’s risk of infection, to increasing the replication of the HIV virus, to speeding the debilitating and deadly progression of the disease.1

A medical trial published in the journal AIDS in 2009—monitoring HIV progression by the need for antiretroviral drugs (ART)—saw “the risk of becoming eligible for ART was almost 70% higher in women taking the pills and more than 50% higher in women using DMPA [Depo-Provera] than in women using IUDS.”2

Studies aside, it is well known that HIV/AIDS strikes more women than men. Some would argue that this is a result of the desire of men for young—and presumably uninfected, sexual partners. Few are willing to discuss a more obvious explanation, namely, that the Pill and Injectables render women particularly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.

How serious is the problem? Oral contraceptives and Depo-Provera are among the world’s most popular and prevalent contraceptive methods. According to one study, “Globally, at least 150 million women currently use hormonal contraceptive methods.”3 In America, hormonal contraceptive rates are over 52% in unmarried women—those at greatest risk of HIV/AIDS. Moreover, in the interest of lowering the birth rate, the UNFPA and USAID continue unloading boatloads of hormonal contraceptives on Africa, Haiti and other AIDS-ravaged developing nations.

The best meta-analysis done to date, done by Dr. Chia Wang and her colleagues, surveyed the consensus results of the 28 best published studies since 1985. They found that the “significant association between oral contraceptive use and HIV-1 seroprevalence or seroincidence … increased as study quality increased.” In fact, “Of the best studies, 6 of 8 detected an increased risk of HIV infection associated with OC [oral contraceptive] use.”4

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Political Correctness exists to support the Culture of Death.

Political Correctness exists to support the Culture of Death.

It exists to run interference for the Culture of Death and introduce red herrings wherever necessary whenever the discussion starts to approach the truth.

I first heard the terms “diversity” and “multiculturalism” as a theology student at Boston College, “a Catholic University in the Jesuit Tradition.”

These shibboleths were thrown around, and I remember thinking, “Who is not diverse? Who is not multicultural? This is a university, and a Catholic university, at that, and all people are welcome. Catholic means universal.” Then I caught on. It was not about race, ethnicity, national origin or creed, but about ideology — radical feminism in its intense advocacy of abortion, and the “gay agenda.” Quite naturally both by implication and in rhetoric, the Catholic Church was portrayed as an “oppressor.”

It was deliberately blurred that the Catholic Church accepts all of God’s children with love, because of what they are: God’s children. Matters of ethnicity and race are part of what they are. Abortion and homosexual activity are acts: things which people do, acts which they have a free will to do or not do.

Homosexual acts and abortion are acts which the Church condemns as contrary to God’s law and harmful to those who commit them and to society in general.

Political correctness deliberately attempts to blur this distinction and conflate opposition to certain immoral activities with unjust discrimination against people of various races and cultures.

Political correctness attempts to argue that apples and oranges are the same, and anyone who disagrees is called a bigot.

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“The blowtorch directed at the Church on this (abuse) issue reveals something unhealthy about society around us.”

The statistics are scattered about, but not hard to find. Professor Charol Shakeshaft of Virginia University studied 290,000 cases of alleged abuse in the ten years between 1991 and 2000. Out of a sample of 225 teachers who admitted to sexually abusing a pupil, not a single case was reported to the authorities.

Yet the John Jay College of Criminal Justice study of 2004 – independent auditors commissioned by the US bishops — found 10,667 people who made allegations about sexual abuse by priests and religious in the 52 years between 1950 and 2002 (roughly 200 a year compared to the 29,000 a year in public schools). The allegations were made against 4,392 priests, of whom 56 per cent were accused of only a single incident, some of which were never proved.

As a result of the Dallas norms introduced by the US Catholic Church in 2002, last year the entire Catholic Church in the US – which has 65m members – received six contemporary allegations of clerical abuse. In the UK, where the Nolan Report of 2001 led to strict guidelines, the Catholic Church is unique among institutions for making public each year the number of allegations of sexual abuse by priests. For 2007 the number of such contemporary allegations was precisely four for the whole of the UK – in a Church of about 5m.

At least in the UK and the US we can now state with confidence that the Catholic Church in the UK is one of the safest environments for children and young people.

Who else can claim this?

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British government document “disses” the pope, illustrates level of official anti-Catholicism there

The Government has apologised to the Pope over official documents that mocked his forthcoming visit to Britain by suggesting he should bless a gay marriage and even launch Papal-branded condoms.

The astonishing proposals, leaked to The Sunday Telegraph, were contained in secret papers drawn up earlier this month by civil servants following a ‘brainstorm’.

The ideas, included in a memo headed ‘The ideal visit would see …’, ridiculed the Catholic Church’s teachings including its opposition to abortion, homosexual behaviour and contraception. Many appeared to be deliberately provocative rather than a serious attempt to plan an itinerary for the September visit.

The proposals, which were then circulated among key officials in Downing Street and Whitehall, also include the Pope opening an abortion ward; spending the night in a council flat in Bradford; doing forward rolls with children to promote healthy living; and even performing a duet with the Queen.

In reference to the hugely sensitive issue of child abuse engulfing the Catholic Church, the Government document suggests that the Pope should take a “harder line on child abuse – announce sacking of dodgy bishops” and “launch helpline for abused children”.

The document was sent out by a junior Foreign Office civil servant with a covering note admitting that some of the plans were “far-fetched”.

Recipients of the memo were furious at its content and an investigation was launched. One senior official was found responsible and has been transferred to other duties.

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New York Times sadly notes the strength of the Catholic faith in Poland

The New York Times “damns with faint praise” the faith of the Polish people, and the resilience of the Catholic church there, woefully comparing it to the “norm” in nearby Germany, where things are much more secular and “comfortable” … and where the people have the “guts” to speak out against abuse.

The Times infers that if it wasn’t for the reverence and faith of the Polish people, there would be many more reported cases of priestly abuse there. Then they trot out their own “expert” to make the point again, along with an alleged abuse victim, who is not really identified (or willing to come forward.)

How can the Times know this? They first go to great lengths explaining how Poland is NOT like every other country in Europe. Then they reject their own premise and ASSUME that it must be!

Obviously disappointed, the article closes with : For now, at least, the church still has a refuge in Poland.

As if the Catholic Church needs a “refuge” in Poland … or anywhere else … when we have Jesus Christ!

What the New York Times should do is simply admit that they do not understand the Polish people, the Catholic Church, and the Christian faith, in general. Then, we might be getting somewhere!

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When man can one-day create life artificially, will you then admit that your god doesn’t exist?

Q: When man can one-day create life artificially, will you then admit that your god doesn’t exist?

A: Perhaps, but only when that new life is created ex nihilo (from absolutely nothing at all.) It just wouldn’t be fair to start out using the raw materials that God had already provided.

Why do Christians focus their attention on Jesus’ death when it was really his life’s examples that “saved” us?

Q: Why do Christians focus their attention on Jesus’ death when it was really his life’s examples that “saved” us? Why focus so much on the crucification when it was his life that influenced western society, not death?

A: Your premise couldn’t be more wrong!
Without the crucifixion, Jesus’ human existence would have been essentially pointless, since no matter what else he might have achieved, if Jesus had not died on the cross, we (and all of mankind) would still be eternally and hopelessly enslaved to Satan, sin, and death. In short, knowing what we know (for sure) about God’s plan for our salvation, a Jesus who was never crucified would have been little different than any other man, no matter how well (or for what) he might have been otherwise remembered.

Saint Perigrine – Patron Saint of those who suffer from cancer, AIDS, skin diseases

St. Peregrine’s cancerous leg was miraculously healed
by Jesus during a mystical vision

Prayer to Saint Perigrine

Dear St. Peregrine, I need your help. I feel so uncertain of my life right now. This serious illness makes me long for a sign of God’s love.

Help me to imitate your enduring faith when you faced the ugliness of cancer and surgery. Allow me to trust the Lord the way you did in this moment of distress.

I want to be healed, but right now I ask God for the strength to bear the cross in my life. I seek the power to proclaim God’s presence in my life despite the hardship, anguish and fear I now experience.

O Glorious St. Peregrine, be an inspiration to me and petitioner of those needed graces from our loving Father.

Amen.

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What is the purpose of salvation?

Q: What is the purpose of salvation?

What do you get from salvation in Christ? What do you get out of it? Do you live a good life and go to heaven? I mean, is that it? What about in Revelation, where they talk about the new heaven and the new earth, where humans will have new bodies? Anyone know about this? How can people come back from the dead and live on earth, when on the earth you are temporal beings, that will eventually die? What is the point of coming back from the dead?

A: Salvation is a form of eternal life. The BEST form.

God promises to share everything he is and everything he has with those who love him, subject to virtually NO limitations.

At the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ, the earth as we now know it, will be transformed into something like the glory of heaven, as will our mortal bodies.

The dead will be instantly resurrected. The living will be instantly transformed.

Suitably equipped and provisioned by God, man will be judged, and the “saved” will exist for eternity with God on the newly renovated earth, in glorified bodies (thought to be much like Jesus’ resurrected body) that are compatible with both heavenly and earthly realities.

No more sin. No more death. No more suffering. Eternal life in the Kingdom of God, just as was always intended.

The Catholic Church has been a consistent supporter of stem-cell research using (only) adult stem cells.

The Catholic Church opposes embryonic stem-cell research,
and supports adult stem-cell research.

By Paul McMullen
pmcmullen@CatholicReview.org

The Vatican is expected to contribute several million dollars to an international consortium for adult stem-cell research, an effort that will be led by the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

The Associated Press reported the Vatican’s anticipated initial contribution as being 2 million euros ($2.7 million).

The new venture was announced April 23 at a news conference in Rome.

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