When the literal words of Jesus Christ simply aren’t good enough…

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Our Mother Who is Within Us

The father of a 13-year-old girl in Kansas is upset about a poster in his daughter’s classroom listing explicit sexual acts.

The poster, entitled, “How Do People Express Their Sexual Feelings?” lists sex acts such as: Oral Sex, Sexual Fantasy, Caressing, Anal Sex, Dancing, Hugging, Touching Each Other’s Genitals, Kissing, Grinding, and Masturbation.

Ellis said after being told by the school principal the poster was “teaching material,” he is now concerned about what his daughter is being taught in school.

“It upsets me,” he said. “And again, it goes back to who approved this? You know this had to pass through enough hands that someone should have said, ‘Wait a minute, these are 13-year-old kids, we do not need to be this in-depth with this sexual education type of program.’”

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The egalitarian ideology of our time cuts the human heart and soul out of the profession of the teacher.

Forty years ago, a few wise men at the college where I teach, motivated both by that acknowledgment of authority and by their belief in the ontological equality of all mankind, embarked on a brave reform.

At the time when the elite colleges were scrapping their curricula, effectively burning the books of three thousand years of our Western heritage, our faculty dedicated themselves to something beyond themselves, deserving of their honor. What if the elites at Harvard no longer honored and studied Dante? The students at our college would do so—the children of ordinary people, not rich, and perhaps not destined for riches, either.

What if the technicians of education no longer saw any use for the political wisdom of Aristotle and Plato? The faculty at our school, not exalted technicians with conveniently reductive equations, but rather human beings asking the human questions, would try to recover and hand on something of their wisdom.

They welcomed those young people with equal heartiness into a world of glorious inequality. I cannot say we have always succeeded at the task. But it has at least been a human enterprise. And that is more than I can say for most of what goes on in the egalitarian prison house that goes by the name of “school.”

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Time for the national debate on banning umbrellas?

Police in Ridgefield, Conn., have determined a local school safe after checking out a report of a suspicious and possibly armed man.

Buses have begun bringing students to Branchville School after police declared the school safe.

“After an extensive police search, no dangerous activity was discovered,” school officials said.

The school was locked down after a caller reported seeing a man with what looked like a rifle walking along a road. Students were to be diverted to another school and all local schools were locked down.

There are now unconfirmed reports that the man turned out to be a worker at a store in Branchville, on his way to his job with an umbrella over his shoulder, according to the Ridgefield Press.

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Newtown school shooter killed because he wanted to … and it was convenient.

The exact same rationale applies

to purveyors of Planned Parenthood abortion “services” where

329,445 innocents were slaughtered

by abortion

in the year 2011

with U.S. Government approval

and various financial subsidies.

Sex education as child abuse

Because of the sex education class given students last week, parent Curtis Pannkuk said, “Our daughter did not want to go back to school, she cried all the way to school today.”

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Editor’s note: This type of state mandated “sex education” not only robs little children of their innocence, but it is also a type of mental sexual assault … virtual child rape … if you will.

In principle and in application, it’s not that far removed from China’s government mandated one child policy … or Barack Obama’s ill-conceived HHS Abortion/Contraception Mandate.

Why do those who claim to advocate “choice” almost invariably attempt to enforce draconian, “one size fits all” programs on the innocent and the unsuspecting?

Shameless ideologues just can’t help it!

“Amplify” website offers help for parents and teens

Amplify Youth Development is a nonprofit, healthy lifestyle education program of DuPage County, Illinois. Our interactive presentations encourage students in grades 6-12 to consider the benefits of abstaining from sexual activity before marriage, while also discussing goals and healthy relationships.

Our mission is to prevent unplanned pregnancies in DuPage County through education, leadership, parent support, and community collaboration.

Amplify Youth Development offers five-lesson programs for schools and after-school orgazinations. Our middle school presentations complement Abstinence and Marriage Partnership’s Game Plan curriculum. High school students receive a program focused on healthy relationships based on the book How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk by Dr. John Van Epp. Other programs include summer internships for high school students, an after-school program for Spanish-speaking students, training workshops for parents, and an interactive parenting blog.

Visit the site

Thanks to Illinois Family Institute

Mary had a little lamb…updated


Mary Had A Little Lamb (updated)

Mary had a little lamb,
his fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went,
the lamb was sure to go.
He followed her to school each day,
Twasn’t even in the rule.
He made the children laugh and play
to have a lamb at school.
And then the rules all changed one day,
illegal it became;
To bring the Lamb of God to school,
or even speak his name.
Every day got worse and worse,
and days turned into years.
Instead of hearing children laugh,
we heard gunshots and tears.
What must we do to stop the crime
that’s in our schools today?
Let the lamb come back to school
and teach the kids to pray!

Submitted by Joan V.

Keeping the “W” in Christmas?

Read all the way to the bottom, even if you 

THINK you know what it’s going to say…

Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm

and peaceful experience.

I had cut back on nonessential obligations – extensive

card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even

overspending.

Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate

the precious family moments, and of course, the true

meaning of Christmas.

My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was

an exciting season for a six year old.

For weeks, he’d been memorizing songs for his school’s

“Winter Pageant.”

I didn’t have the heart to tell him I’d be working the

night of the production. Unwilling to miss his shining moment,

I spoke with his teacher. She assured me there’d be a dress

rehearsal the morning of the presentation. All parents unable

to attend that evening were welcome to come then.

Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.

So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes

early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. Around

the room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering to

their seats.

As I waited, the students were led into the room. Each class,

accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor.

Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their song.

Because the public school system had long stopped referring to

the holiday as “Christmas,” I didn’t expect anything other than

fun, commercial entertainment songs of reindeer, Santa Claus,

snowflakes and good cheer.

So, when my son’s class rose to sing, “Christmas Love,” I was

slightly taken aback by its bold title.

Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy

mittens, red sweaters, and bright snowcaps upon their heads.

Those in the front row- center stage – held up large letters, one

by one, to spell out the title of the song.

As the class would sing “C is for Christmas,” a child would hold

up the letter C. Then, “H is for Happy,” and on and on, until

each child holding up his portion had presented the complete

message, “Christmas Love.”

The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her;

a small, quiet, girl in the front row holding the letter “M” upside

down – totally unaware her letter “M” appeared as a “W”.

The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at this little

one’s mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her,

so she stood tall, proudly holding her “W”.

Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter

continued until the last letter was raised,
and we all saw it together.

A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen.

In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we

celebrated the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos,

there was a purpose for our festivities.

For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud

and clear:

“C  H  R  I  S  T  W  A  S  L  O  V  E”

And, I believe, He still is.

Amazed in His presence… .humbled by His love.

Again, HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS SEASON!

Submitted by Bob Stanley

Knew it all along: Eucharistic miracle reported in Michigan.

Out of the mouths of babes; also, into their eyes.

At least, that was the case, it seems, last February 4 at St. John the Evangelist School in Jackson, Michigan.

That was a First Friday, and as per custom, the children — from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade — file into the chapel of the middle school for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

It was right off the bat that the children, in the first class, began expressing to staff that they “saw” Jesus in the Host.

“This was relayed to the principal, Mrs. Kathy Tarnacki, and her response was, ‘Oh, that’s nice,'” recounts Sister Margaret Mary Schissler in the Voice of Providence, which is the publication of the Servants of Charity. “When it came time for the principal to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, she entered the chapel, gave Jesus her reverence, and as she looked up at the monstrance her breath was taken away; she was shocked! The principal actually saw what her children were referring to, an image that resembled a pencil sketch of the face and Hair of Jesus.”

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Submitted by Alice H.

Replacement for School Prayer and the “Old” Pledge of Allegiance

BY A 15 yr. OLD SCHOOL KID

who got an A+ for this entry

(TOTALLY AWESOME)!

Since the Pledge of Allegiance

And

The Lord’s Prayer

Are not allowed in most

Public schools anymore

Because the word ‘God’ is mentioned…..

A kid in Arizona wrote the attached

NEW School prayer:

“New Pledge of Allegiance”

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Now I sit me down in school

Where praying is against the rule

For this great nation under God

Finds mention of Him very odd.

If scripture now the class recites,

It violates the Bill of Rights.

And anytime my head I bow

Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,

That’s no offense; it’s a freedom scene..

The law is specific, the law is precise.

Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall

Might offend someone with no faith at all..

In silence alone we must meditate,

God’s name is prohibited by the state.

We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,

And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks…

They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.

To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,

And the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.

It’s ‘inappropriate’ to teach right from wrong,

We’re taught that such ‘judgments’ do not belong..

We can get our condoms and birth controls,

Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles..

But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,

No word of God must reach this crowd.

It’s scary here I must confess,

When chaos reigns the school’s a mess.

So, Lord, this silent plea I make:

Should I be shot; My soul please take!

Amen

Not ashamed? Pass this on!

-Submitted by Bob Stanley with thanks to the Wheeler Family.

Film Critic Roger Ebert waxes fondly about his Catholic roots

…In my childhood the Church arched high above everything. I was awed by its ceremonies. Years later I agreed completely with Pauline Kael when she said that the three greatest American directors of the 1970s–Scorsese, Altman and Coppola–had derived much of their artistic richness from having grown up in the pre-Vatican Two era of Latin, incense, mortal sins, indulgences, dire sufferings in hell, Gregorian chant, and so on. Protestants and even Jews were victims, I suppose, of sensory deprivation.

The parish priest was the greatest man in the town. Our priest was Fr. J. W. McGinn, who was a good and kind man and not given to issuing fiery declarations from the pulpit. Of course in Catholic grade school I took the classes for altar boys. We learned by heart all the Latin of the Mass, and I believe I could serve Mass to this day. There was something satisfying about the sound of Latin.

Introibo ad altare Dei.
Ad Deum qui laitificat juventutem meum.

“I will go to the altar of God. The God who gives joy to my youth.” There was a “thunk” to the syllables, measured and confident, said aloud the way they looked. We learned in those classes when you stood. When you knelt. When you sat during the reading of scripture and the sermon. When you rang the bell, when you brought the water and wine. How to carefully hold the paten under the chins of communicants so a fragment of Holy Eucharist would not go astray. Later, there were dress rehearsals on the St. Pat’s altar.

For years I served early Mass one morning a week, riding my bike to church and then onward to St. Mary’s for the start of the school day. On First Fridays, the Altar and Rosary Society supplied coffee, hot chocolate and sweet rolls in the basement of the rectory. When you served at a wedding, the best man was expected to tip you fifty cents. When you served at a funeral you kept a very straight face. During Lent there were the Stations of the Cross, the priest and servers moving around the church to pause in front of artworks depicting Christ’s progress toward Calvary. Walking from one station to the next, we intoned the verses of a dirge.

At the cross, her station keeping,
Stood the mournful mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last.

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Denver archbishop explains why lesbian couple’s child not admitted to school

The Church does not claim that people with a homosexual orientation are “bad,” or that their children are less loved by God.  Quite the opposite.  But what the Church does teach is that sexual intimacy by anyone outside marriage is wrong; that marriage is a sacramental covenant; and that marriage can only occur between a man and a woman.  These beliefs are central to a Catholic understanding of human nature, family and happiness, and the organization of society.  The Church cannot change these teachings because, in the faith of Catholics, they are the teachings of Jesus Christ.

The policies of our Catholic school system exist to protect all parties involved, including the children of homosexual couples and the couples themselves.  Our schools are meant to be “partners in faith” with parents.  If parents don’t respect the beliefs of the Church, or live in a manner that openly rejects those beliefs, then partnering with those parents becomes very difficult, if not impossible.  It also places unfair stress on the children, who find themselves caught in the middle, and on their teachers, who have an obligation to teach the authentic faith of the Church.

Most parents who send their children to Catholic schools want an environment where the Catholic faith is fully taught and practiced.  That simply can’t be done if teachers need to worry about wounding the feelings of their students or about alienating students from their parents.  That isn’t fair to anyone—including the wider school community.  Persons who have an understanding of marriage and family life sharply different from Catholic belief are often people of sincerity and good will.  They have other, excellent options for education and should see in them the better course for their children.

Read more at the Denver Catholic Register

Cult of enviornmentalism taught at St. Mary’s Resurrection Elementary School in New Jersey

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