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The Nun’s Story

MOBILE, Alabama — In her teen years, in Catholic school in Philadelphia, Mary Theresa Casey felt she wanted to pursue a religious vocation, but neither teaching nor nursing appealed to her.

When she heard about the Order of the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel — a contemplative order devoted to prayer — she says she “felt something stir in me.”

She read about the devout members of the order who had helped shape it, including St. Teresa of Avila of Spain and St. Therese of Lisieux, “the Little Flower” of 19th century France.

After hiding a book on the Carmelites “under my pillow,” she recalls, she let her desires be known.

“I needed to be close to God,” she says.

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Massive 38th March for Life Reflects Youthful Resolve to Stop Abortion

When abortion activist Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL, saw last year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. she was utterly astounded: “I just thought, my gosh, they are so young,” she told Newsweek. “There are so many of them, and they are so young.”

Abortion advocates like Keenan must be uneasy with the “so-many-so-young” trend.  However, as leaders of the pro-abortion movement get older and focus on retirement, the pro-life movement is ever more youthful, numerous and vibrant.  And nowhere is the resilience and vitality of the pro-life movement more apparent than at the annual March for Life, where hundreds of thousands of Americans stand against the slaughter of the unborn.

On Monday morning, January 24, busload after busload of pro-lifers rolled into the Capitol eager to peacefully oppose abortion and roll back the culture of death.  Bishops, priests and religious were also there as parishes and schools came to protest the slaughter of the innocents.

As the march proceeded up Constitution Ave., its sheer size was massive.  The crowd – estimated at 300,000 – filled the width of the avenue from side to side and stretched into the horizon as far as the eye could see.  What a sight.

Why don’t the major media networks give this any real attention?  The reason is simple:  Like a barometer, the march indicates that the pro-life movement is alive and well.  The liberal media would rather ignore this fact.

But marchers brave the cold not for media attention but to make reparation before the throne of God for the sin of abortion. Many recite the rosary.  Banners and signs fill the esplanade.  The event, so ably organized by March for Life president Nellie Gray, also brings together a veritable who’s who in pro-life America with cardinals and bishops, senators and congressmen.

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Editor’s note: The pro-death crowd has been killing off huge numbers of “their” side for more than a generation. What do they expect?

At least Oprah’s mom got it right!

The recent announcement that Oprah Winfree has a here-to-fore unknown half sister, raises an interesting point.

Oprah’s mom found herself in a tough spot, yet she did the right thing by putting her daughter up for adoption.

Makes you wonder if recent events have affected Oprah’s position on abortion rights? And if not … why not?

“Catholic Yoga” – Latest new age danger to the true faith, takes root at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral.


The Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, IL, once a “small wooden church,” is now offering yoga classes on Wednesday nights that “coincide with the liturgical calendar.”

According to the church website, the yoga classes will be taught by experienced yoga instructors who are “part of the Catholic community in Chicago.” Ali Niederkom, one of the instructors, is experienced in yoga and prayer programs in Chicago area churches and “offers faith-based yoga classes” in the Catholic community.

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Editor’s note: Acts 20:29-30  I know that after my departure ravening wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock. And of your own selves shall arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Abortion: An abomination that mocks 200 years of American history.

What women have is not a right but a license to rid them of any of their unborn off-spring.

It is a privilege that was granted to them by seven men, ultimately for the benefit of men and to the detriment of women.

You don’t believe me?

Just ask Hugh Hefner, one of the most consistent supporters of a woman’s right to choose, both financially and ideologically.

The next big push on our freedoms and out civilization of freedom is ObamaCare.  This virtual take-over of one sixth of our economy is designed to force Americans to buy a product that we might not want.

Like Brown if this does eventually pass Court muster, the government can force us to buy or maybe even sell anything they feel might not be good for the general welfare.

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Satanically possessed? Fire the exorcist! (Father Euteneuer)

The Catholic Church recently silenced one of its most eloquent voices and suppressed his two books on exorcism. This is more evidence that the church has been subverted by satanists.

Since 2000, Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, 48, was the president Human Life International, the world’s largest pro-life organization with affiliate offices in seventy-five countries. On Aug. 27, 2010 Bishop Gerald Barbarito ordered Euteneuer to resign and return to Parish duties in Palm Beach FL.

He is bound not to discuss the reasons for his “resignation” nor the fact that he still has no diocesan assignments. His two books, Exorcism and the Church Militant, and Demonic Abortion have been pulled from shelves and sell for as much as $1000 on the Internet.

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Youth Mass at Verizon Center expanded to the Washington D.C. Armory. 27,000 attended.

The Youth Rally and Mass for Life, hosted by the Archdiocese of Washington, marked the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Annual events tend to focus on mobilizing the young, and Catholic high schools, youth groups and colleges were out in force Monday in Washington.

For the first time, a morning Mass at Verizon Center was expanded to the D.C. Armory, where a parallel event was held. More than 27,000 young people attended the events, which began after dawn and included readings by youths in hooded sweatshirts and jeans, contemporary praise music and dozens of priests hearing confessions in the sports arena’s dining area.

The Rev. Mark Ivany of the Catholic Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, who delivered the homily at Verizon Center, compared attendees to activists from previous eras who fought against slavery and for women’s right to vote.

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5 Cardinals, 39 Bishops, 10,000 faithful pack basilica for Vigil for Life Mass


WASHINGTON, DC, January 23, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Since early afternoon Sunday the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception had begun to fill for the 6:30 pm. National Prayer Vigil for Life Mass in anticipation of the March for Life.  By 6 pm. every nook and cranny of the giant basilica was packed with people.  The booming pipe organ and majestic choir signaled the commencement of the Mass, which began with a massive procession of hundreds of seminarians, deacons and priests followed by 39 bishops and five cardinals.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, was the principal celebrant and homilist, joined at the altar by Cardinals Donald Wuerl of Washington, Francis George of Chicago, Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, and Sean O’Malley of Boston.

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Crass, insensitive, but necessary questions for President Obama.


President Obama: Do Sasha and Malia have any aborted brothers or sisters? If so, how many? Is that the reason for your unqualified support for abortion rights? Did the First Lady consult with you about that? Are you in denial? Do you have any regrets? Does Mrs. Obama?

One of the most revealing — and tragic — statements made by any political figure in our times.


This past Saturday, on the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the President issued a statement that is remarkable, even for presidents who support legalized abortion. The President’s statement included not one word that indicated any recognition that abortion is in any case or in any sense a tragedy. There was not even a passing reference to the unborn child. President Obama did not even use the language used disingenuously by President Bill Clinton — the pledge that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.”

“Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters,” the President stated. That “fundamental principle” was not actually the principle claimed by the Supreme Court, which located the “right” to abortion with the woman, not with a family.

The President continued: “I am committed to protecting this constitutional right. I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.” So, the President of the United States puts his high office behind his hope to “encourage healthy relationships,” but not behind any effort even to reduce the number of abortions in this country. Currently, in America one out of five pregnancies ends in abortion.

As he concluded his brief statement, the President said: “And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”

That paragraph is just a recitation of the feminist argument that was enshrined in Roe v. Wade — that women, no more than men, should be encumbered by the professional and personal limitations required by a pregnancy. That logic is enshrined as orthodoxy within the Democratic Party, and President Obama is one of its most ardent defenders.

Ever since Barack Obama emerged on the national political scene, he has been promoted and protected by a corps of preachers and religious leaders who have tried their best to explain that he is not so pro-abortion as he seems. Nevertheless, his record is all too clear — as is this most recent statement. There was not one expression of abortion as a national tragedy, even as a report recently indicated that almost 60 percent of all pregnancies among African American women in New York City end in abortion.

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2013: Year of Divine Judgment for Roe vs. Wade (and the world).


The number 40 is the “prime” biblical number of probation and trial.

The year 2013 will mark the 40th anniversary of the bloodiest, most inhuman, most corrupt court decision that the world has ever known.

And while there’s no doubt that abortion is an abomination in the eyes of God, the question remains: What is God going to do about it?

Throughout the scriptures, we read of God declaring various “trial” periods of 40 days or 40 years, with the fate of mankind often hanging in the balance.

If we pay attention and change our evil ways, life goes on, often better than ever. If not … there is the prospect (more like a promise) of divine judgment (and subsequent chastisement).

The fact is: Due to Roe vs. Wade (and its gruesome aftermath) we’re collectively guilty of some FIFTY MILLION innocent deaths, in the United States, alone!

Some maintain these “Wrath of God” types of things were “strictly” relegated to Old Testament times, and that in this age of superabundant grace … courtesy of our Divine Savior, Jesus Christ … the only thing we need be concerned with is our own personal Judgment Day.

I say: Take a good look at what happened to Jerusalem in 70 AD ( New Testament times) exactly 40 years from the day Jesus pronounced its coming destruction. Then, take careful stock of what’s going on in today’s world … where the economy, the political system, the fate of nations, the state of human morality … and virtually everything else we used to take for granted … is hanging by a virtual thread.

So, here’s a call for widespread repentance and reparations … not just by the Catholic faithful … but by all men of goodwill, everywhere.

The Judgment clock is ticking … and unlike the widely popular but phony “2012” Mayan calendar fiasco … this 2013 Day of Divine Judgment might just come to pass.

Unless … like the ancient Assyrians … we choose to heed Jonah’s prophetic words*… wake up … and change our evil ways.

*Jonah 3:1-10  And the word of the Lord came to Jonas the second time saying: Arise, and go to Niniveh, the great city: and preach in it the preaching that I bid thee. And Jonas arose, and went to Niniveh, according to the word of the Lord: now Niniveh was a great city of three days’ journey.  And Jonas began to enter into the city one day’s journey: and he cried and said: Yet forty days and Niniveh shall be destroyed. And the men of Niniveh believed in God: and they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least. And the word came to the king of Niniveh: and he rose up out of his throne, and cast away his robe from him, and was clothed in sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published in Niniveh, from the mouth of the king and of his princes, saying: Let neither men nor beasts, oxen, nor sheep taste anything: let them not feed, nor drink water. And let men and beasts be covered with sackcloth, and cry to the Lord with all their strength, and let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the iniquity that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn, and forgive: and will turn away from his fierce anger, and we shall not perish? And God saw their works, that they were turned from their evil way: and God had mercy with regard to the evil which he had said that he would do to them, and he did it not.

Networks Ignore 300,000+ Washington, DC Pro-Life Marchers (Again).

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Fr. Z explains Heroic Virtue

We live in this fallen world, in this vale of tears, with wounds to our intellects and will, constantly dealing with the world, the flesh and the devil.

We are called to holiness.  We are actually called to holiness in a heroic degree.  Let’s understand “heroic” properly.

The “heroism” to which we are called does not consist mainly in great or famous or dramatic acts or accomplishments.  It might include those, but it does not mainly consist of those.  Every person has the possibility of this sort of heroism, even if he does nothing spectacular.  When it comes to the causes of saints, very often people with more dramatic or famous lives comes to the attention of others, and therefore they are more likely to be the subjects of causes.

Living a virtuous life even in the tedium of routine or the obscurity of everyday living can be heroic.

Accepting God’s will, living in conformity with God’s will is the true test of a Christian.  That is the essence of “heroic” virtue, not what appears outwardly to be heroic (though that may also be heroic, as in the dramatic case of the martyr).

Furthermore, people don’t, except by a rare gift from God, instantly or easily attain the state of living a life of virtue heroically.  Virtues are habits.  Some virtues, the theological virtues, are infused into us by God with baptism and sacraments.  They “dwell” in us “habitually” (“dwell” and “habit” are etymologically related… think of a “habitat” where critters “dwell”).  Virtues are habits, good practices and attitudes which are in us to a degree that it is easy for us to do them rather than hard.  This usually takes time and maturity.  We don’t suddenly, except by a special grace, become virtuous.  It can take a whole lifetime and many stumbles along the way.

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The Miracle of Life – A Meditation on Mystery and Beauty of Life as we March

By: Msgr. Charles Pope

The magnificence of life is really too wonderful too describe. But I found this description some years ago which summons reverence by its very ability to baffle the mind:

MIRACLE OF LIFE– Consider the miracle of the human body.  Its chemistry is just as extraordinarily well tuned as is the physics of the cosmos.  Our world on bothsides of the divide that separates life from lifelessness is filled with wonder.  Each human cell has a double helix library of three billion base pairs providing fifty thousand genes.  These three billion base pairs and fifty thousand genes somehow engineer 100 trillion neural connections in the brain—-enough points of information to store all the data and information contained in a fifty-million-volume encyclopedia.  And then after that, these fifty thousand genes set forth a million fibers in the optic nerves, retinae having ten million pixels per centimeter, some ten billion in all, ten thousand taste buds, ten million nerve endings for smell, cells that exude a chemical come-on to lure an embryo’s lengthening neurons from spinal cord to target cell, each one of the millions of target cells attracting the proper nerve from the particular needed function.  And all this three-dimensional structure arises somehow from the linear, one-dimensional information contained along the DNA helix. Did all this happen by chance or do you see the hand of God?

Today, many of us march for life, here in Washington, on the West Coast,  and in other communities. Today we ponder the great mystery that is expressed in the 139th psalm:

For it was you who created my being,  knit me together in my mother’s womb. I thank you for the wonder of my being…Already you knew my soul my body held no secret from you when I was being fashioned in secret….every one of my days was decreed before one of them came into being. To me, how mysterious your thoughts, the sum of them not to be numbered! (Psalm 139 varia)

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Record-breaking turnout at Walk for Life West Coast

Under flawless skies and amid warm temperatures, the Seventh Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on Saturday, Jan. 22, exceeded even the organizers’ expectations. KTVU television reported that at least 50,000 pro-lifers attended the event, and the San Francisco Police Department confirmed that the 2011 Walk was the largest ever.

Although Catholic in origin, the Walk attracts members of many religious denominations, as well as pro-life non-believers.

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Philadelphia abortion holocaust: They all stood by and did nothing.

“This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths. Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it.”

Echoing the same kind of dark euphemisms plied by Planned Parenthood propagandists who refer to unborn life as “fetal and uterine material,” Gosnell referred to his deadly trade as “ensuring fetal demise.” Reminiscent of the word wizards who refer to the skull-crushing partial-birth abortion procedure as “intact dilation and evacuation” and “intrauterine cranial decompression,” Gosnell described his destruction of babies’ spinal cords as “snipping.”

He rationalized his macabre habit of cutting off dead babies’ feet and saving them in rows and rows of specimen jars as “research.”

His guilt-ridden employees then took photos of some of the victims before dumping them in shoe-boxes, paper bags, one-gallon spring-water bottles, and glass jars.

They weren’t the only ones who adopted a see-no-evil stance:

*The Pennsylvania Department of Health knew of clinic violations dating back decades, but did nothing;

*The Pennsylvania Department of State was “repeatedly confronted with evidence about Gosnell” – including the clinic’s unclean, unsterile conditions, unlicensed workers, unsupervised sedation, underage abortion patients, and over-prescribing of pain pills with high resale value on the street – “and repeatedly chose to do nothing.”

*Philadelphia Department of Public Health officials who regularly visited Gosnell’s human waste-clogged offices did nothing;

*Nearby hospital officials who treated some of the pregnant mothers who suffered grave complications from Gosnell’s butchery did nothing; and

*The National Abortion Federation, the leading association of abortion providers that is supposed to uphold strict health and legal standards, determined that Gosnell’s chamber of horrors was “the worst abortion clinic she had ever inspected” – but did nothing.

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How Roe v. Wade aborted America’s economy

As former Jack Kemp aide John D. Mueller quantifies in his groundbreaking new book, Redeeming Economics, the Court’s construction of an unrestricted right to abortion muffled American economic performance by profoundly disrupting marriage and fertility patterns.

Mueller likens the effects of Roe on baby boomers to the impact of World War II on their parents, only in reverse. Unlike the war, whose aftermath produced a boom in family life and child-packed neighborhoods –creating, per French writer R. L. Bruckberger, a “humane economy” that made America the envy of the West — Roe ushered in a marriage and baby bust that has sucked the life-blood out of the economy.

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Astronaut on the moon: “God I need your help right now.”


“I was just amazed to see the earth,” he said. “It reminded me of a Christmas tree ornament – a very fragile one, hanging majestically in space. It was very touching to see earth from that perspective.”

At one point, Irwin had trouble with a planned experiment. “He was erecting an experiment that wouldn’t erect, due to a cotter pin or something of that nature,” Mary recalls.

Frustrated in his attempts to get the experiment to work, Irwin decided he would pray.

While raised in a Christian home – and a believer and churchgoer since age 10, he was a nominal Christian at this stage of his life. “Maybe he walked away from his walk with the Lord a little,” Mary suggests. “He described himself as a ‘bump on a log Christian.’”

But he really needed wisdom due to this problem and he said, “God I need your help right now.”

Suddenly Irwin experienced the presence of Jesus Christ in a remarkable way, unlike anything he ever felt on earth. “The Lord showed him the solution to the problem and the experiment erected before him like a little altar,” Mary says.

“He was so overwhelmed at seeing and feeling God’s presence so close,” she says. “At one point he turned around and looked over his shoulder as if He was standing there.”

This unusual encounter with Jesus – some 238,000 miles from earth, changed Irwin’s life forever.

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Senior Anglicans: Pope’s Anglican Initiative “Insensitive”. (I Wonder How They Classify Henry VIII’s?)

Senior Church of England figures have attacked Pope Benedict XVI’s offer to disillusioned Anglicans to convert to Catholicism, describing it as “predatory” and “insensitive”.

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Editor’s note: These guys ain’t seen nothin’ yet!