Watch this year’s politically correct, social justice, slightly over the top, occasionally sappy Way of the Cross – from Rome

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(90 minutes)

Editor’s note: This wonderful annual, highly inspirational event used to be a must-see for Holy Week. But now we have various social justice groups and specially designated “victims of circumstance” competing for attention with the Passion of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior – and that’s a bit “over the top”.

I give it one and a half stars, due to shameless popery and poorly contrived social justice connotations.

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Rest In Peace AndyP/Doria2 – a most remarkable Catholic evangelist, teacher, writer, dedicated family man … and friend.

Andrew P. Piacente
1953 – 2012

Andrea Pasquale Primo Piacente, age 58, of Yonkers died Wednesday, September 5, 2012. Andrew was born October 26, 1953, at sea, on the Italian Ocean Liner, Andrea Doria, the son of the late Pietro and Alfa (Pensa) Piacente. He was employed as a mail handler for the US Postal Service since1977. Andrew became a steward in 1979, and held various positions and performed various functions for the union during his long career, also serving as the AVP/Branch President of Westchester. He also served as the New York State Executive Board member up until his retirement in August 2012.

Andrew was a parishioner and CCD teacher at St. Eugene’s Church.

He is survived by his beloved wife Marie L. (Kanych) Piacente, his loving children Christina (Paul) Dedvukaj, Andrew (Andrea) Piacente and Adam Piacente. Devoted son of Alfa Piacente and brother of George Piacente. Cherished grandfather of Angelina and Dominic.

What isn’t mentioned in his “official” bio are the thousands of comments and letters to the editors that Andy sent to various websites and newspapers, where he never failed to express God’s honest truth about all things Catholic.

There’s also no mention of the thousands of people … Catholic and non-Catholic alike … whose lives Andy regularly touched, via email.

You see, every week, Andy would read and carefully screen hundreds of faith-related Internet articles. Many of his friends would send him their favorite picks, as well. Then, two … three … sometimes four times a week … Andy would send links to the best of those articles … along with a short personal commentary … to followers located all around the world.

This was Andy’s very own, home-grown, Catholic Information Ministry, and it’s just the type of thing the late, Blessed Pope John Paul II, as well as our current Pope Benedict XVI had in mind for their “New Evangelization”.

A quick search of the Eternal Word Television Network Q&A Forums will reveal hundreds of questions and comments from AndyP/Doria2 … as his on-line friends knew him.

Andy was also a frequent commenter and contributor to Cardinal Dolan’s Blog, and to my own, where I set up a special category, just for Andy. You can read over 200 of his hand-picked selections here.

Andy’s words and deeds defined the true meaning of the term “Church Militant” in an era where you won’t even find it mentioned in the the Catholic Catechism.

One particular Old Testament passage succinctly explains the reason for Andy’s particular mission:

My people have been silent, because they had no knowledge:
because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will reject thee,
that thou shalt not do the office of priesthood to me:
and thou hast forgotten the law of thy God,
I also will forget thy children.

(Hosea 4:6)

Andy never pushed his weight around, and as far as  I know, he never offended a soul. But Andy always managed to promote and defend the Catholic faith … and stand up for the truth … in good times and bad … with style and with grace. And Lord knows … there’s not much of that going around, these days!

The liver cancer that prematurely ended his life has left a big hole in the lives of Andy’s family, friends and many followers. I know I’ll miss him. But my Catholic faith informs me that it won’t be too long before we see him again. So for now, please join me in praying one Hail Mary for the repose of the soul of Andrea Pasquale Primo Piacente a.k.a. AndyP/Doria2 … a thoroughly nice guy, a hard worker, and a good, faithful Catholic family man … who was taken from us much to soon.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of they womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Rest in the Peace of Jesus Christ, brother!

-Doug Lawrence

The Church Militant

The Church Militant (ecclesia militans).—The “saints” of Christ, His “holy nation” (1 Peter ii, 9), fight here on earth, not with loud clamor or great display, but in quiet and stillness. Their wrestling is not against men, but against sin; they seek the pearl of great price and the hidden treasure.

They are depicted in the Sermon on the Mount, in the concise and graphic phrases of our Lord.

They are the “poor in spirit,” the little ones of state and Church and society, the unappreciated and despised, who day by day go their inconspicuous way of duty, and cannot marvel enough that the great and holy God should wish to be with them also.

They are the “meek” who never grumble at life and who ever accept with great content whatever God sends them.

They are the “mourners” who in the lonely night cry plaintively to God: Lord, not my will, but Thine be done, and who at the last can thank their God with glad hearts that they are allowed to suffer with Jesus.

They are those who “hunger and thirst after justice,” those who reck nothing of comfortable piety and well-fed virtue, but on the contrary are pierced to the soul with the thought of their unworthiness, and put their whole trust constantly in the redeeming power of Jesus.

They are the “merciful,” for whom the need of others is their need, whom no obstacle, no sin or foulness can hinder from succoring their starving brother, and whose hands are closed by no ingratitude.

They are the “pure of heart,” men of a childlike simplicity and singleness of aim, kindhearted, guileless and always cheerful, for whom life is all sunshine, a constant loving cry of Abba, Father!

They are the “peace-makers,” men of the Holy Spirit, of inward maturity and serene equipoise of mind, from whom quiet and peace flow forth as from a sanctuary, before whom all discord is ashamed and dumb.

And lastly they are those who are persecuted “for justice sake,” “for His sake,” those apostolic souls and tireless workers in the vineyard, who proclaim His truth by speech and writing, by teaching and example, “in season and out of season” (2 Tim. iv, 2). They seek not their own advantage, neither recognition from the world, nor honors from the Church; they seek only souls. And commonly their lot is abuse, persecution and hatred. For their life is a special challenge to the world, and draws down the scorn and laughter of its wise ones.

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Gloves should come off when Protestants assist dissident Catholics in sacrilegious acts

Look. We either take ecumensim seriously or we don’t. If we do – and I believe we must –  we have to react strongly when ecumencial ideals are so grossly violated by Protesants who invite or permit these “women priest” ceremonies in their churches.

The most sacred rites of the Catholic Church are Holy Mass and ordination to Holy Orders. These are sine quibus non for our Catholic identity and the continuance of Holy Church Herself.  They are of divine origin.  They are for us most sacred.  To treat sacred things with lack of due respect or reverence is the sin of sacrilege.

From our point of view as Catholics, these women-priest supporters are committing sacrilege in simulating Mass and Orders.

The Protestants who host them are also, objectively speaking, committing a sacrilege.  They are permitting or inviting a mockery of our Holy Mass and a mockery of the priesthood.

When Protestants allow dissident Catholics to commit sacrileges in their churches, they effectively wave their middle-digit directly in the face of the Catholic Church.

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Dangerous Flirting: Russian Wonders Why West Is Enamored With Socialism

He explains that he finds the Obama administration’s socialist leanings particularly disturbing, and draws attention to a hero of President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: Saul Alinsky, a neo-Marxist writer who dedicated his first book to none other than the Devil, whom he saw as the first successful revolutionary to overthrow the “oppressive regime of God.” (Alinsky’s exact words were: “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history… the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”).

Komov believes that if you “dig deep enough into the ideological roots of these socialist movements, you end up finding satanic roots in them.” And although only a softer version is prevalent now, “it is still very dangerous,” he says. “I would warn all those people fascinated by socialist ideas that they have never worked in human history — never worked.”

The traditional nuclear family is a particular enemy of socialism, he says, because it is the basic institution that preserves values and passes them on to the next generation. “The state, if it wants to dominate life and the individual from birth to death, needs to destroy the family, because the family is independent of the state,” he argues. “As Marx and Engels said, the family is a repressive, bourgeois institution that needs to be destroyed; they need to get rid of its patriarchal power and that of Christianity because they are the main obstacles of the social revolution.”

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Inspirational Catholic Website: Pray the Mass.Org

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A totally sexist story about fathers

When the good Lord was creating fathers, he started with a tall frame.

A female angel nearby said, “What kind of a father is that? If you’re going to make children so close to the ground, why have you put the father up so high? He won’t be able to shoot marbles without kneeling, tuck a child in bed without bending, or even kiss a child without stooping”

God smiled and said, “Yes, but if I make him child size, who would children have to look up to?”

And when God made a father’s hands, they were large. The angel shook her head and said, “Large hands can’t manage diaper pins, small buttons, rubber bands on pony tails, or even remove splinters caused from baseball bats.”

Again God smiled and said, “I know, but they’re large enough to hold everything a small boy empties from his pockets, yet small enough to cup a child’s face in them.”

Then God molded long slim legs and broad shoulders, “Do you realize you just made a father without a lap?” The angel chuckled.

God said, “A mother needs a lap. A father needs strong shoulders to pull a sled, to balance a boy on a bicycle, or to hold a sleepy head on the way home from the circus.”

When God was in the middle of creating the biggest feet any one had ever seen, the angel could not contain herself any longer. “That’s not fair. Do you honestly think those feet are going to get out of bed early in the morning when the baby cries, or walk through a birthday party without crushing one or two of the guests?”

God again smiled and said, “They will work. You will see. They will support a small child who wants to ride to Branbury Cross or scare mice away from a summer cabin, or display shoes that will be a challenge to fill.”

God worked throughout the night, giving the father few words, but a firm authoritative voice; eyes that see everything, but remain calm and tolerant.

Finally, almost as an after thought, He added tears. Then he turned to the angel and said, “Now are you satisfied he can love as much as a mother can?”

The angel said nothing more.

by Erma Bombeck

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