Pro-life success story: Dad realizes – just in time – the true meaning of heroism.

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One for our side!

ATLANTA – A nationally-recognized pro-life organization posted video footage on Monday of a man who went inside an abortion facility in Georgia to save the life of his unborn baby at the urging of a Christian sidewalk counselor.

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By their fruits you will know them: In 92 years of life, “Stan the Man” Musial never let anyone down.

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Broadcaster Bob Costas, his voice cracking with emotion at times, pointed out during a two-hour Mass that in 92 years of life, Stan the Man never let anyone down.

Costas noted that even though Musial, who died Jan. 19, was a three-time NL MVP and seven-time batting champion, the pride of Donora, Pa., lacked a singular achievement. Joe DiMaggio had a 56-game hitting streak, Ted Williams was the last major leaguer to hit .400, and Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle soared to stardom in the New York spotlight. Musial didn’t quite reach the 500-homer club – he finished with 475 – and played in his final World Series in 1946, ”wouldn’t you know it, the year before they started televising the Fall Classic!”

”What was the hook with Stan Musial other than the distinctive stance and the role of one of baseball’s best hitters?” Costas said. ”It seems that all Stan had going for him was more than two decades of sustained excellence as a ballplayer and more than nine decades as a thoroughly decent human being.

”Where is the single person to truthfully say a bad word about him?”

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1 X 1 X 1 = 1: The Mystery of Our Triune God … Who IS One

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

I. “IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT”

232 Christians are baptized “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”53 Before receiving the sacrament, they respond to a three-part question when asked to confess the Father, the Son and the Spirit: “I do.” “The faith of all Christians rests on the Trinity.”54

233 Christians are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: not in their names,55 for there is only one God, the almighty Father, his only Son and the Holy Spirit: the Most Holy Trinity.

234 The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. It is the most fundamental and essential teaching in the “hierarchy of the truths of faith”.56 The whole history of salvation is identical with the history of the way and the means by which the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, reveals himself to men “and reconciles and unites with himself those who turn away from sin”.57

235 This paragraph expounds briefly (I) how the mystery of the Blessed Trinity was revealed, (II) how the Church has articulated the doctrine of the faith regarding this mystery, and (III) how, by the divine missions of the Son and the Holy Spirit, God the Father fulfills the “plan of his loving goodness” of creation, redemption and sanctification.

236 The Fathers of the Church distinguish between theology (theologia) and economy (oikonomia). “Theology” refers to the mystery of God’s inmost life within the Blessed Trinity and “economy” to all the works by which God reveals himself and communicates his life. Through the oikonomia the theologia is revealed to us; but conversely, the theologia illuminates the whole oikonomia. God’s works reveal who he is in himself; the mystery of his inmost being enlightens our understanding of all his works. So it is, analogously, among human persons. A person discloses himself in his actions, and the better we know a person, the better we understand his actions.

237 The Trinity is a mystery of faith in the strict sense, one of the “mysteries that are hidden in God, which can never be known unless they are revealed by God”.58To be sure, God has left traces of his Trinitarian being in his work of creation and in his Revelation throughout the Old Testament. But his inmost Being as Holy Trinity is a mystery that is inaccessible to reason alone or even to Israel’s faith before the Incarnation of God’s Son and the sending of the Holy Spirit.

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Shocker: Newly ordained New York priest already was a “father”.

The priest, the Rev. Casmir Manyonyi Mung’aho, 34, was ordained in May after graduating from St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers. He had not told his superiors that he had fathered a child in a consensual relationship with an adult woman, “which he certainly should have done,” Bishop Dominick J. Lagonegro, the regional bishop, told parishioners in a statement read at Mass on Jan. 7 and 8.

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On the Solemnity of St. Joseph: Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical on devotions to the saint.

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ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII
ON DEVOTION TO ST. JOSEPH

…The special motives for which St. Joseph has been proclaimed Patron of the Church, and from which the Church looks for singular benefit from his patronage and protection, are that Joseph was the spouse of Mary and that he was reputed the Father of Jesus Christ.

From these sources have sprung his dignity, his holiness, his glory. In truth, the dignity of the Mother of God is so lofty that naught created can rank above it. But as Joseph has been united to the Blessed Virgin by the ties of marriage, it may not be doubted that he approached nearer than any to the eminent dignity by which the Mother of God surpasses so nobly all created natures. For marriage is the most intimate of all unions which from its essence imparts a community of gifts between those that by it are joined together. Thus in giving Joseph the Blessed Virgin as spouse, God appointed him to be not only her life’s companion, the witness of her maidenhood, the protector of her honour, but also, by virtue of the conjugal tie, a participator in her sublime dignity.

And Joseph shines among all mankind by the most august dignity, since by divine will, he was the guardian of the Son of God and reputed as His father among men. Hence it came about that the Word of God was humbly subject to Joseph, that He obeyed him, and that He rendered to him all those offices that children are bound to render to their parents. From this two-fold dignity flowed the obligation which nature lays upon the head of families, so that Joseph became the guardian, the administrator, and the legal defender of the divine house whose chief he was. And during the whole course of his life he fulfilled those charges and those duties. He set himself to protect with a mighty love and a daily solicitude his spouse and the Divine Infant; regularly by his work he earned what was necessary for the one and the other for nourishment and clothing; he guarded from death the Child threatened by a monarch’s jealousy, and found for Him a refuge; in the miseries of the journey and in the bitternesses of exile he was ever the companion, the assistance, and the upholder of the Virgin and of Jesus.

Now the divine house which Joseph ruled with the authority of a father, contained within its limits the scarce-born Church. From the same fact that the most holy Virgin is the mother of Jesus Christ is she the mother of all Christians whom she bore on Mount Calvary amid the supreme throes of the Redemption; Jesus Christ is, in a manner, the first-born of Christians, who by the adoption and Redemption are his brothers.

And for such reasons the Blessed Patriarch looks upon the multitude of Christians who make up the Church as confided specially to his trust – this limitless family spread over the earth, over which, because he is the spouse of Mary and the Father of Jesus Christ he holds, as it were, a paternal authority. It is, then, natural and worthy that as the Blessed Joseph ministered to all the needs of the family at Nazareth and girt it about with his protection, he should now cover with the cloak of his heavenly patronage and defend the Church of Jesus Christ.

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Former “Bad Boy” Actor Now Family Man, Attends Mass, Receives Holy Communion Every Day

Mark Wahlberg was a boy raised by a single mother and one of few (if not the only) positive, strong, male role model in his life was a parish priest who came to his court appearance, visited him in prison, and believed in him through it all.

Now he’s receiving Our Lord at every opportunity and doing what he can to bring a new hope for a better life to so many others in his home community.

Father Flavin had an inestimable role in bringing it about. That is a redemption story–another story of Christ working in one’s heart, drawing that heart to come closer to His own.

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“Abba”. “Daddy”. The love of God and the Beauty Movement.

by Doug Lawrence

As adopted Children of God we Christians have the right to claim our brother Jesus’ Father as our very own.

One would think, for most people, that would be sufficient. Yet how many living today truly “know” God well enough to be comfortable calling him “Father” … let alone the more familiar “Abba” (Daddy) that is preferred by Christ?

The motto of this site has always been “God loves you. God will provide. Relax!

I firmly believe the truth of it, and constantly draw on that divine assurance to obtain enduring sustenance, joy and peace.

Of course, if you aren’t comfortable basking in the reality of God’s abiding love, it’s quite easy to reject such logic and promptly descend into the infernal depths of self loathing and fear.

The Beauty Movement is a new website, evidently designed primarily for women, to help dispel the doubts, fears and insecurities that continue to trouble so many women (and men, too) in today’s world.

The “motto” of the Beauty Movement site is “You are loved. You are accepted. You are beautiful. You are mine.”

Here’s one of the more recent posts, which should serve to help illustrate the authentic context of that divine, never ending, redemptive love:

Currently, I’m reading his book, The Furious Longing of God. Below, you will find an excerpt from this sacred work of art. It needs no introduction; I just encourage you to soak in every word. May you find such beauty in the midst of ashes!

The Furious Longing of God, Chapter Two:

Since moving to New Orleans, I’ve gotten deeply involved in the only leper colony in the United Sates. It’s found in Carville, Louisiana, about twenty miles southwest of Baton Rouge. I’ve been there many, many times. I go from room to room visiting the lepers, victims of Hansen’s disease.

On one occasion, as I was coming up the front steps, a nurse came running toward me and said, “Brennan, can you come quick and pray with Yolanda? She’s dying, Brennan.”

… I went up to Yolanda’s room on the second floor and sat on the edge of the bed. Yolanda is a woman thirty-seven years old. Five years ago, before the leprosy began to ravage, she must have been one of the most stunningly beautiful creatures God ever made. I do not mean just a cute, pretty, or even attractive woman. I mean the kind of blinding physical beauty that causes men and women on the street to stop and stare. In pictures, Yolanda had the largest, most mesmerizing, most translucent brown eyes I’ve ever seen, set in the exquisitely chiseled face with high cheekbones, long brown hair down to a slender waist, and a perfectly proportioned bust. But that was then.

Now her nose is pressed into her face. Her mouth is severely contorted. Both ears are distended. She has no fingers on either hand, just tow little stumps. One of the first effects of leprosy is losing all sensitivity in your extremities, toes and fingers. A leper can rest her hand on a burning hot stove and feel absolutely nothing; this often leads to gangrene and eventually demands amputation. Yolanda just had these two little stumps.

Two years earlier, her husband divorced her because of the social stigma attached to leprosy, and he had forbidden their two sons, boys fourteen and sixteen, from ever visiting their mother. The father was an alcoholic, complete with frequent violent mood swings. The boys were terrified of him, so they dutifully obeyed; as a result, Yolanda was dying an abandoned, forsaken woman.

Those doves below, the ones utterly cared for, never endangered ones, cannot know tenderness. – Rilke

I… prayed with her [Yolanda]. As I turned around… the room was filled with a brilliant light. It had been raining when I came in; I didn’t even look up, but said, “Thanks, Abba, for the sunshine. I bet that’ll cheer her up.”

As I turned to look back at Yolanda – and if I live to be three hundred years old I’ll never be able to find the words to describe what I saw – her face was like a sunburst over the mountains, like one thousand sunbeams streaming out of her face literally so brilliant I had to shield my eyes.

I said, Yolanda, you appear to be very happy.”

With her slight Mexican-American accent she said, “Oh, Father, I am so happy.”

I then asked her, “Will you tell me why you’re so happy?”

She said, “Yes, the Abba of Jesus just told me that He would take me home today.”

I vividly remember the hot tears that began rolling down my cheeks. After a lengthy pause, I asked just what the Abba of Jesus said.

Yolanda said:

“Come now, My love. My lovely one, come.

For you, the winter has passed, the snows are over and gone, the flowers appear in the land, the season of joyful songs has come.

The cooing of the turtledove is heard in our land.

Come now, My love. My Yolanda, come.

Let Me see your face. And let Me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet and your face is beautiful.

Come now, My love, My lovely one, come.”*

Six hours later her little leprous body was swept up into the furious love of her Abba. Later that same day, I learned from the staff that Yolanda was illiterate. She had never read the Bible, or any book for that matter, in her entire life. I surely had never repeated those words to her in any of my visits. I was, as they say, a man undone.

*Song of Solomon 2:10-13 NJB

-Submitted by Bob Stanley