Practical Piety

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Quotation:
I recommend to you holy simplicity. Look close before you,
and do not look at those dangers which you see afar off. You
fancy they are armies; they are only trees in the distance, and
whilst you are gazing at them you may make some false steps.
… Saint Francois de Sales (1567-1622), Practical Piety

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Submitted by Bob Stanley

The Dallas Morning News documented that year the fact that two-thirds of U.S. bishops were involved in cover-ups of sex abuse.

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There were several factors at work in the sex abuse crisis—including misguided compassion for abusive priests, a “magical” attitude toward the effects of repentance and confession, and a misguided faith in the power of pop psychology to treat incurable diseases like pedophilia and deadly sins like Lust.

But the main driver of the scandal, as the fearless Catholic journalist Philip Lawler explained in his authoritative book on the abuse crisis, The Faithful Departed, was simple worldliness: A vast and powerful Church infrastructure was built up by heroic missionaries and fiercely faithful, impoverished Catholic migrants—who came here legally when the U.S. needed an almost infinite supply of strong Sicilian ditch-diggers and chaste Irish nannies. The kind of men who founded the American church were a lot like the men who founded the U.S. government—heroes willing to risk life and limb, to face ridicule and thankless toil in a cause most people thought hopeless. (Imagine George Washington in a mitre.)

The Church continued to grow as faithful men sternly schooled in Jesuit spirituality and Thomist theology faced down hostility and anti-Catholic mobs, to build a massive network of Catholic parochial schools, and resist evil laws imposing Prohibition and eugenics. (You might think of these men as the Andrew Jacksons and Abraham Lincolns of the episcopate.)

As time went on, and Americans began to accept that Catholics really weren’t filling their church basements with dynamite and scheming to make the pope our king, life for bishops became a lot more comfortable. It started to attract a different kind of man, with another set of priorities—glad-handing, ward-heeling power brokers, more in the mold of Lyndon Johnson.

When a crisis of faith erupted over birth control, it turned out that the upper ranks of the clergy were largely composed of men like Richard Nixon or William Jefferson Clinton. Those were the kind of men who were faced with the tough choice of turning an abusive priest over to the police—and facing the public scandal and possible lawsuit—or covering up for him and either bribing or intimidating the victims into silence. The scandal was the love-child born of the world and the flesh, but the Devil did play his part. He served as matchmaker.

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The beauty of human life

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To see a baby’s development between weeks 1-25 (the time range of legal abortion in the US) click on the links below:

http://www.babycenter.com/2_inside-pregnancy-weeks-1-to-9_10302602.bc

http://www.babycenter.com/2_inside-pregnancy-weeks-10-to-14_10308108.bc

http://www.babycenter.com/2_inside-pregnancy-weeks-15-to-20_10308111.bc

http://www.babycenter.com/2_inside-pregnancy-weeks-21-to-27_10312242.bc

To hear the voices of women who have survived abortion and women who have had abortions, click on the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dawFw_fPCw8

Want to do something about this?  

Don’t forget to attend the March for Life this Friday!

March for life homepage: http://www.marchforlife.org/

Related activities: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/2013-u.s.-march-for-life-schedule-of-events

And to continue following this cause!

National Right to Life: http://www.nrlc.org/

Life News: http://www.lifenews.com/

Thanks to Maria Kaufmann, Turtle Bay and Beyond

 

Romans 1:22: For, professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. (And in public, no less!)

…I would put the life of a mother over the life of a fetus every single time — even if I still need to acknowledge my conviction that the fetus is indeed a life. A life worth sacrificing.

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Editor’s note: For, professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. And they changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of the image of a corruptible man and of birds, and of four footed beasts and of creeping things. Wherefore, God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness: to dishonor their own bodies among themselves. Who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause, God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts, one towards another: men with men, working that which is filthy and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error. And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not moral. Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness: full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity: whisperers, Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Foolish, dissolute: without affection, without fidelity, without mercy. Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death: and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them. (Romans 1:22-32)

On Friday, there will be a new face leading the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Jeanne Monahan, the president of the March for Life, talks with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez about the road ahead 40 years after the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.

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Washington D.C. 2013 March for Life to Protest 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

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Thousands to March to Supreme Court on January 25

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, January 25 the March for Life Education and Defense Fund will host its annual Washington, D.C. event to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on abortion.

Each year the March draws thousands of pro-life activists and supporters from around the country to rally at the National Mall and march to the steps of the Supreme Court.

More information at www.marchforlife.org.

While the marchers will mourn the loss of the event’s founder and longtime leader, Nellie Gray, the latest news such as a recent TIME Magazine cover story indicate that the pro-life position is winning at the state and local level. A majority of Americans now self-identify as pro-life—the ‘new normal’—and many of the thousands of supporters from around the country who will travel to Washington are young people.

“The March for Life is a demonstration of unity that we need
to continue the fight to win over
 the hearts and minds
of all Americans,” said Jeanne Monahan,
President of the March for 
Life Education and Defense Fund.
“We are energized by the increasingly pro-life youth who

are keenly aware that abortion is the human rights issue of today.”

WHO: Jeanne Monahan, President of the March for Life
Pro-life leaders
Elected officials
WHERE: National Mall – Washington, D.C.

WHEN: 12:00-1:30 P.M. Rally
followed immediately by March to Supreme Court

“This year‘s March will be a significant meeting place
where pro-life Members of Congress,
leaders, students and clergymen unite
to stand up for the unborn,” said Monahan.

For further information, please contact Jameson Cunningham
or Vanessa Oblinger with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
at (703) 739-5920 or (800) 536-5920.

www.marchforlife.org

Most Americans are not militant secularists. Instead, they set themselves up as their own spiritual authorities freed from creed, canon, catechism, or confession.

In other words, they are heretics — generally warmed-over Transcendentalists.

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Solution to the gun violence problem: Ban liberals. Not guns.

And just how bad are the big cities, which tend to be liberal? Here’s the Atlantic, with a spiffy map that compares the rate of gun murders to foreign countries and finds

  • If it were a country, New Orleans (with a rate 62.1 gun murders per 100,000 people) would rank second in the world.
  • Detroit’s gun homicide rate (35.9) is just a bit less than El Salvador (39.9).
  • Baltimore’s rate (29.7) is not too far off that of Guatemala (34.8).
  • Gun murder in Newark (25.4) and Miami (23.7) is comparable to Colombia (27.1).
  • Washington D.C. (19) has a higher rate of gun homicide than Brazil (18.1).
  • Atlanta’s rate (17.2) is about the same as South Africa (17).
  • Cleveland (17.4) has a higher rate than the Dominican Republic (16.3).
  • Gun murder in Buffalo (16.5) is similar to Panama (16.2).
  • Houston’s rate (12.9) is slightly higher than Ecuador’s (12.7).
  • Gun homicide in Chicago (11.6) is similar to Guyana (11.5).
  • Phoenix’s rate (10.6) is slightly higher than Mexico (10).
  • Los Angeles (9.2) is comparable to the Philippines (8.9).
  • Boston rate (6.2) is higher than Nicaragua (5.9).
  • New York, where gun murders have declined to just four per 100,000, is still higher than Argentina (3).
  • Even the cities with the lowest homicide rates by American standards, like San Jose and Austin, compare to Albania and Cambodia respectively.

Strange. All those places tend to be hives of Progressive ideals. Even big cities like Houston and Phoenix tend to lean left. Perhaps we should simply restrict those who vote Democrat from owning guns. Oh, wait, in most of those areas they are restricted, along with everyone else. Except criminals.

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Evil mainly works by getting good people to believe in lies.

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For me, and for many other I knew, being pro-choice was actually motivated out of love: I didn’t want women to have to suffer with these unwanted pregnancies that were so totally out of their control. Because it was an inherent part of my worldview that everyone except people with hang-ups eventually has sex, and that sex is, under normal circumstances, only about the relationship between the two people involved, I got lured into one of the oldest, biggest, most tempting lies in human history: To dehumanize the enemy. Babies had become the enemy because of their tendencies to pop up out of the blue and ruin everything; and just as societies are tempted to dehumanize the fellow human beings who are on the other side of the lines in wartime, so had I, and we as a society, dehumanized the enemy of sex.

It was when I was reading up on the Catholic view of sex and new life that everything changed.

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Protestantism at its heart is divorced from history.

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True Christians Follow the Pope

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Laudate – Free Catholic App for Android and iPhones

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Daily Mass Readings, Order of Mass, Liturgy of Hours, New American Bible, Rosary and Latin Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy (on Rosary screen), Stations of the Cross, Saint of the Day, Catechism of Catholic Church, Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), various prayers and prayers in Latin with English translation. Podcast for Rosary and Stations. Daily Meditations. Podcasts of Daily Readings and meditations. Ability to bookmark prayers and create own categorized prayers. Export/Import for prayers. Edit prayers on your Mac or PC and Import into Laudate. Douay-Rheims Bible for offline use. Second Vatican documents, Code of Canon Law and papal encyclical letters.

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It will be a very eventful week in the nation’s capital – a week of tremendously sharp contrasts, as two opposing events occur at the beginning and end of the week.

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Tomorrow, at the beginning of the week, we will be observing the second inauguration of a President who has shown himself to be unflaggingly and aggressively pro-abortion {there are numerous examples of this, including his appearance at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser, indicating he supports their agenda}.

As is the custom for the office of President, he will spend the day with great fanfare.   Chauffeured around in limousines with endless press coverage and fine foods and wining and dining and speeches about how much he will do for the nation.

Contrast that with what will happen at the end of the week, on Thursday and Friday.  With almost no media publicity whatsoever, because of their self-imposed blackout, hundreds and hundreds of thousands of pro life people from around the nation will converge on Washington to observe with tremendous sorrow the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized the killing of children in the womb for virtually any reason at virtually any time in pregnancy.  To pray, to march, to witness.

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Editor’s note: Behold I set forth in your sight this day a blessing and a curse: A blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: A curse, if you obey not the commandments of the Lord your God, but revolt from the way which now I show you, and walk after strange gods which you know not.  (Deuteronomy 11:26-28)

The Pope condemns abortion, in no uncertain terms.

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“Noticing that frequently by various Apostolic Constitutions the audacity and daring of most profligate men, who know no restraint, of sinning with license against the commandment “do not kill” was repressed; We who are placed by the Lord in the supreme throne of justice, being counseled by a most just reason, are in part renewing old laws and in part extending them in order to restrain with just punishment the monstrous and atrocious brutality of those who have no fear to kill most cruelly fetuses still hiding in the maternal viscera. Who will not detest such an abhorrent and evil act, by which are lost not only the bodies but also the souls?”

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Justice Scalia: Wearing the cap of a statesman who defended liberty of church and integrity of Christian conscience to the inauguration of a president whose policies have imperiled both.

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How… did the tiniest of minorities — no more than 2% of the population — get in a position to silence the beliefs and punish the practices of hundreds of millions?

In free societies, pornography largely remains an often frowned upon matter of private adult autonomy while the global homosexual movement is increasingly gaining acceptance of its agenda as a civil rights issue demanding public approval. While pornographers like Hugh Hefner in the Playboy Mansion have historically been content with being unhindered by otherwise disapproving individuals in a “live and let live” libertarian legal regime, Ruse writes that modern homosexuals will brook no such agreement to disagree, but rather “want Christians” (and all others) “prostrate before them and before the law.”

Ruse’s article in the end indicates the reason for these differing demands for autonomy and approval. “What we know,” he writes, is this. No matter how many Christians they persecute and prosecute, no matter how much society tolerates or even celebrates their sexual proclivities, no matter how many Gay-Straight Alliances are foisted upon our public schools, none of that will still in them the nagging feeling that what they do in bed is unnatural, and their attraction to their own sex is morally wrong. That nagging voice will never go entirely away.

Homosexual demands for public approval thus manifest a vain, twisted effort to achieve public moral compensation from society for private behavior that simply cannot be right. Falsehood cannot coexist with freedom, as the latter will expose the former. Thus advocates of a false agenda must suppress freedom with force.

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Best advice: Don’t start viewing pornography.

Jason King, chair of the theology department at Saint Vincent’s College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, wrote about the accessibility and damage of pornography in his latest piece at Catholic Moral Theology. King summed up the situation well when he wrote that people used to have to exert an effort to view pornography. Now you have to exert an effort to NOT view it.

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“After Tiller” – an intimate and heartfelt look at four doctors performing third-trimester abortions.

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“We tried to frame it as clearly as possible as being a part of these doctors and seeing it from their point of view,” said Wilson, “and for them, the protesters are there kind of buzzing in the background all the time, but they are not a big presence in their lives, other than a possible threat lurking there. I think we wanted to represent the protesters in a way that was true to the doctors’ experiences of them, but we also didn’t want to make them look crazy or one-dimensional. Even though they are a small part of the doctors’ lives, we tried to treat them fairly when they are in the film.”

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More about Tiller and his gruesome pals

Editor’s note: This pro-abortion propaganda piece is just too disgusting for words! The filmmakers said they didn’t want to make the PROTESTERS look crazy! What about the filmmakers themselves? Are they nuts? Couldn’t they see the wanton slaughter that was taking place, all around them? Couldn’t they smell the stench of death in those places? Didn’t they realize they were dealing with monsters? And then there’s the part where the “caring and conscientious” abortionist turns down a woman’s request for an abortion! Does anyone want to bet how many times that ever (never) happened before? Give us a break, will you?

The Miracles of St. Padre Pio (Saint Pio of Pietrelcina)

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A characteristic of many of the miraculous cures effected through Padre Pio’s intercession was that the damaged organ would remain damaged, but would begin to function perfectly after his intervention.

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A bit of light, inspirational reading from Saint Bonaventure

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THE MIND’S ROAD TO GOD
Saint Bonaventura: 1221-1274

Introductory Material

Prologue

THE MENDICANT’S VISION IN THE WILDERNESS

I. Of the Stages in the Ascent to God and of His Reflection in His Traces in the Universe

II. Of the Reflection of God in His Traces in the Sensible World

III. Of the Reflection of God in His Image Stamped upon Our Natural Powers

IV. Of the Reflection of God in His Image Reformed by the Gifts of Grace

V. Of the Reflection of the Divine Unity in Its Primary Name, Which Is Being

VI. Of the Reflection of the Most Blessed Trinity in Its Name, Which Is Good

VII. Of the Mental and Mystical Elevation, in Which Repose Is Given to the Intellect When the Affections Pass Entirely into God through Elevation

Courtesy of Roman Catholic Resource Index

De facto schism: Year by year the dissenters have moved farther and farther from Catholic orthodoxy.

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For fifty years in this country the dissenters and accomodationists have traveled along the corridors of the Church without much serious interference from the hierarchy, living in a kind of parallel church or church within a church, with its own rules and answerable only to itself, all the while funded with money donated (in many cases) by misled and victimized faithful Catholics. Which is to say that we have something that is very close to a de facto schism.

Year by year the dissenters’ theology has moved farther and farther from Catholic orthodoxy, and with few exceptions no one has been calling them out. Unlike their dissenting cousins on the other end of the theological spectrum, the Lefebvrists, who left the Church in formal schism, the liberal dissenters have been clever and officially stayed inside the Church… and in control of their institutions and positions of power. Of course, this could only happen because the hierarchy has allowed it to happen, and in some instances even promoted it by placing dissenters and accomodationists in positions of influence in chancery offices and Catholic schools, and in the departments of the United States Catholic Conference itself.

In some cases entire institutions are in open defiance of Church teaching.

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