Fathr Benedict Groschel: What to do when “hurt” by people in the Church.

We’ve all been hurt by people in the Church, even those in authority. When this happens, the first thing to do is to calm down. In fact, that’s a good rule when you get hurt by anyone. Take a walk and calm down. The Irish have a saying, “Take counsel with your pillow”, which means to sleep on it. Then ask yourself, when you calm down, “Is this really my problem? Did I expect too much from mortal human beings? Am I looking for something in the Church that legitimately I may hope for?” The answer is probably “Yes.” It was reasonable, even just. But I cannot absolutely demand kind and faithful treatment, because Jesus Christ himself did not find this in the Church he established. As we have seen, the Church has always been made up of weak individuals. When we are hurt by the Church we recognize that the problem is that “the Church” can be very inconsistent. The people in the Church can be nice one day and bad the next. Even on the same day and in the same parish, there are those who can be terribly charitable and terribly unkind.

Next I ask myself the question, “Am I overly dependent on the Church? Has my reliance on Church people caused me not to rely enough on God and his Son?” You know, many people have very positive experiences in the Church. They work for the Church, and it’s been a very positive experience. They went to a Catholic school, and they learned a lot. They were part of a committee or a movement or something in the Church, and it was the most positive thing they ever did in their whole lives. They think that’s going to last forever. That’s what you call a honeymoon, and it doesn’t last. All things pass away. Don’t depend on a particular part of the Church. Depend on God.

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Thanks to Matt C. Abbott

Report details the increasing violence against priests in Mexico

Mexico City (Agenzia Fides) – Last year more than one thousand priests were victims of attempted extortions (for their “protection”, amounts ranging from ten thousand to two million Mexican pesos have been demanded).

About 162 were threatened with death. Two priests were kidnapped and killed.

In the last six years, the most violent of all time, 12 men religious were killed. According to an analysis by Catholic Media Centre (CMC), criminals are seeking money in exchange for protection, while pastors are being threatened with arson against their churches.

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Woman describes her shame and hurt, after having three abortions.

If I could talk to one girl or woman who is considering abortion, I would tell them NO. Stop.

The hurt of having an abortion didn’t stop when I got up from the table after the procedure. The pain continues in my heart.

Nearly 20 years later, the pain of what I did to my unborn babies is, at times, overwhelming.

When I look at my daughter now, I wonder what my other children would look like. Would they have her smile? Would they have her sense of humor? Would they enjoy sports and hanging out at the mall with their friends? I wonder what I would have named them. Would I have a son? Or daughters that argue over clothes and makeup?

It’s been almost 18 years since I had my first abortion. 14 years since my second. 12 years since my third. I remember every detail of every one. The pain doesn’t stop.

Read more at Jill Stanek’s site

Italian Prime Minister injured. Metal statue of Milan Cathedral hurled at face.

Reuters- Berlusconi was hospitalised on Sunday with several broken teeth, a fractured nose and a scarred face after a man with a history of mental problems hurled a statuette at him as he was signing autographs at the end of a political rally.

A medical bulletin was due at midday and it was not clear how long he would need to recover. Some reports said he would stay in hospital for at least another 24 hours.

Images of his bloodied and bruised face were show on television networks around the world and splashed on the front pages of all Italian newspapers but the headlines and comments went well beyond the injuries, which were not life threatening.

Read the article. See the video.

Why are so many men pro-life?

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Q: Why are so many men pro-life?

A: Most good men that I know have a natural dislike of dismembering and then plucking helpless infants out of their mother’s womb.

Besides, there’s usually a lot of blood and pain and death, and nobody really likes that either. 

Sometimes the mother is permanently injured, scarred, or dies too, and I’ve heard that something like that can ruin your whole day.

Then there’s the dismal quality of the abortion facilities, along with the unusually poor medical qualifications of the abortionists, who typically can’t get a job anywhere else.

Better to stay the hell away!