‘You see, Jan, all you must do is be available and do the work.’

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From the “Jesus” Film Project:

Jan Schlebusch, a wonderful man of God from South Africa, is one of the tens of thousands of volunteers who have shown ‘JESUS,’ using either 16-mm or on video. Jan had taken a most risky step. He was about to show ‘Jesus’ to a small group of hardened criminals in a maximum security prison in South Africa. He was alone in a room with the ‘toughest of the tough’ – robbers, rapists and murderers. Several of them were ‘lifers.’ Jan knew that any one of the prisoners could easily slit his throat with a knife when he dimmed the lights to show ‘Jesus.’

However, despite the pressure he felt, Jan was obedient. As the story unfolded many of the prisoners mocked and swore at the screen. Their language was foul and offensive. Gradually, they quieted down and became more interested in the story. Then an astounding thing happened.

During the crucifixion, several began to weep. By the time the prayer of invitation was completed, hardened criminals — every one of them — were on their knees, sobbing, asking God to forgive them, praying to invite Christ into their lives.

Shocked and amazed, Jan wasn’t sure of what had just happened.

He turned his head to the corner of the room…startled by the sight.

Standing before him was an awesome being, ten-feet tall, robed in brilliant white…an angel.

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Mitt Romney: Is he lying to the right … or to the left … or both?

Mitt Romney was firm and direct with the abortion rights advocates sitting in his office nine years ago, assuring the group that if elected Massachusetts governor, he would protect the state’s abortion laws.Then, as the meeting drew to a close, the businessman offered an intriguing suggestion — that he would rise to national prominence in the Republican Party as a victor in a liberal state and could use his influence to soften the GOP’s hard-line opposition to abortion.

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51-foot-high gate, criticized as wasteful public works project, successfully protected Japanese town from tsunami.

In the rubble of Japan’s northeast coast, one small village stands as tall as ever after the tsunami. No homes were swept away. In fact, they barely got wet.

Fudai is the village that survived — thanks to a huge wall once deemed a mayor’s expensive folly and now vindicated as the community’s salvation.

The 3,000 residents living between mountains behind a cove owe their lives to a late leader who saw the devastation of an earlier tsunami and made it the priority of his four-decade tenure to defend his people from the next one.

His 51-foot (15.5-meter) floodgate between mountainsides took a dozen years to build and meant spending more than $30 million in today’s dollars.

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Let the Angels Guide You, Recommends Pope

St. Michael the Archangel
Prince of the Heavenly Hosts

(Satan underfoot)

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 29, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is encouraging the faithful to take advantage of the help of the angels, noting today’s feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.

In his traditional closing remarks at the general audience, the Pope spoke of today’s feast, as well as the Oct. 2 feast of the guardian angels.

He said the two celebrations “move us to think of the provident care with which God looks after each human person.”

The Holy Father recommended that youth should “feel the presence of the angels beside you” and “let yourselves be guided by them, so that your whole life is enlightened by the Word of God.”

He encouraged the sick to avail of the help of their guardian angels and thus “unite your sufferings to those of Christ for the spiritual renewal of human society.”

Finally, the Pontiff suggested that newlyweds should “often take recourse to your guardian angels, so that you can grow in the constant witness of an authentic love.”

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St. Michael – Patron Saint of Soldiers

St. Raphael – OT Book of Tobit

St. Gabriel – NT Gospel of St. Luke

A true angel story

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen.

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