British soldier in Afghanistan saved by his ROSARY… just like his great-grandfather was, in WWII.

Glenn Hockton, 19, who is now home from a seven-month tour of duty with the Coldstream Guards in Helmand Province, was on patrol when his rosary suddenly fell from his neck.

His mother Sheri Jones said today: ‘He felt like he had a slap on the back. He bent down to pick up his rosary to see if it was broken. As he bent down he realised he was on a landmine.’

Glenn had to stand there for 45 terrifying minutes while his colleagues successfully managed to get to him.

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How do I continue getting closer to God?

Q: How do I continue getting closer to God?
I don’t need to be saved – I’m already there. But I am at a point where I feel like I should be doing more besides simply reading the Bible and listening to sermons and Christian music (which have helped me come a long way) – but I feel the need to do/experience more.

A: You redouble your efforts to remain faithfully and charitably involved in all of the work, worship, sacraments, and devotions of the authentic and universal Christian Church.

The fact that you believe you’re already “saved” is a good indication that you need to get to work on that as soon as possible.

Amazing Grace: From Abortion Mill to Baptismal Font

From Abortion Mill to Baptismal Font

by Father Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life

“God chose us in Christ, before the world began, to be holy and blameless in his sight” (See Ephesians 1:5).

On Saturday, July 12, I had the joy of baptizing three babies, chosen by God from all eternity to live. A cause of particular joy and celebration was that two of these babies were rescued from abortion. Their mothers had gone to an abortion mill in Allentown, PA, but sidewalk counselors intervened and helped them to find the strength to say “No” to abortion and “Yes” to life.

The Church was filled with pro-life advocates, including the sidewalk counselors who intervened, and all were immersed in the joy of the victory of life. Once this ceremony was scheduled, I announced it nationally, not only so that as many people as possible could come, but also so that the whole pro-life movement could be encouraged by this celebration of victory.

Yadira, one of the mothers who turned away from abortion had already gone into the facility. But a few moments later she found the strength to come out, because she looked at an image on a brochure that one of the sidewalk counselors gave her. That image showed an aborted child. It revealed the reality of what abortion does to a baby, and Yadira knew she could not do that to her baby.

And so her baby Shaelyn, along with baby Brandon, also rescued from abortion, were blessed, anointed, and bathed in the waters that make an end of sin and a beginning of eternal life. (You can see photos of this joyful event at http://www.priestsforlife.org).

These babies, once marked for abortion and inscribed in a scroll of death, now have their names inscribed in the Book of Life.

During the ceremony, I preached about how the Church and the pro-life movement say to these mothers and fathers, “I am with you.” We come to their side, rescuing them from despair and giving them the strength to do what is right.

We help them to see through the lies of the devil. In fact, in the baptism ceremony, everyone renews the vows of their own baptism. The question resounded through the Church: “Do you reject Satan?” “I do!”, the response thundered back. “And all his works?” “I do!” “And all his empty promises?” “I do!”

Jesus taught that the works of the devil are lies and murder. Abortion continues because of the lie, the empty promise, that freedom can be found by killing a baby.

We renounced this lie together, and we baptized the babies together. There is no such thing as a private baptism. The Church’s ritual calls for baptism to be celebrated as a communal event. The whole Church welcomes the lives that God has chosen from all eternity. His choice is more important than ours, and comes before ours. We choose life because God has already chosen to entrust us to the care of each other. On July 12, we joyfully affirmed God’s choice for Shaelyn and Brandon.

Listen to or download Fr. Frank’s homily from the Baptism. (in MP3 format)

This column can be found online at
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If we are all sinners? Than how can we be saved?

Q: If we are all sinners? Than how can we be saved?

A: Sinners are saved by Jesus Christ, through his Church, which is the universal sacrament of salvation, for all.

What’s the difference between saved and truly saved?

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Q: What’s the difference between saved and truly saved? I hear that a lot here.

A: Hear this:

The difference is grace, which is a share in God’s very own divine life.

God is love. Love is just another word for charity.

Anyone who departs this sphere of existence with at least some charity remaining in their soul, is not likely to see eternal damnation.

1Co 13:1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
1Co 13:2 And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
1Co 13:3 And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
1Co 13:4 Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely, is not puffed up,
1Co 13:5 Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil:
1Co 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth:
1Co 13:7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
1Co 13:8 Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void or tongues shall cease or knowledge shall be destroyed.
1Co 13:9 For we know in part: and we prophesy in part.
1Co 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.
1Co 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child.
1Co 13:12 We see now through a glass in a dark manner: but then face to face. Now I know in part: but then I shall know even as I am known.
1Co 13:13 And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.

The most effective way to remove the doubt about your eternal destiny is through a lifetime of full, active, and charitable participation in all of the work, worship, sacraments, and devotions of the Church.

Preferably, the Catholic Church … since it’s the only Church that Jesus ever founded, and eternally guaranteed, for the purpose of our salvation.

And lest any man should boast … the Church is not a work of man … but a manifestation of God’s love and supernatural provision.

Our participation in the Church is no more of a “work” than that of a patient who goes into the hospital to have life-saving heart surgery.