Modern Faces of Evil: Satanism, Nazism, Reincarnation and Various Cults of Personality.

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…in the U.S. today we have the frontal aspect of Satanism as represented by teenagers’ increasing attraction to it, and we see the more subtle form emerging from out of the goddess regions of neo-pagan New Age.

For both, the bottom line, whether one dresses it up in Jungian terminology, or scrawls a pentagram on an underpass in the suburbs, is the Satanic commandment to do whatever one wants, and to experience everything, extolling personal power and its final agent, the Devil, aver submission to moral law.

Refusing to consider oneself a sinner is the common ground of both. And both varieties, as witnessed by the suicide related  above and Whitmont’s colloquial and knowledgeable references to nazism, are no more or less than the current blossoming of the Nazi legacy, come home to roost in the good old U.S.A. not quite 50 years after its defeat in Germany.

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“I am upset that Father Howlin has been released from ministry,” (Bishop) Imesch wrote to the supporter. “… people like Father Howlin are removed from ministry for a period of time far beyond what I think is called for.”

WHITLEY CITY, Ky. — Five years after church officials ordered the Rev. Carroll Howlin to stop functioning as a missionary priest in this isolated mountain community, Joliet diocesan leaders received a letter from a suburban pastor that illuminated just how little the diocese had done to enforce its own protective measures amid a crippling sexual abuse scandal.

Howlin, an avuncular-looking priest who moved here more than 30 years ago, had been suspended in 2002 after he was accused of molesting a teenage boy — the second of four such allegations he would face in his career. The Joliet Diocese later substantiated claims involving two other victims, including one who committed suicide at 17.

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54 of 67 epidemiological studies now demonstrate a link between abortion and breast cancer.

We must constantly remind the public that abortion hurts women, and that we have the studies to back up that claim. The more the general public knows about the inherent harms of abortion, the harder it will be for abortion advocates to classify abortion as “health care.”

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Divine suicide intervention? “Your (ATM) card has been retained for an unknown reason.”

In a recent article, “If Night Befalls Your Father,” at my website  www.TheseStoneWalls.com, I wrote of a terrible tragedy in our Church. In the United States alone, some 28 Catholic priests have taken their own lives since priests became a favorite target of Satan and the news media. I wrote that I have personally known five of them, and three others who were murdered. In 1994, just months before I faced trial, I received a call from a priest asking for help. I had met with him previously and I knew he had been depressed. I also knew his depression had become critical, but he resisted seeking treatment. I’m telling this strange story without his name, of course, but with his permission.

I, too, have lived in darkness, and know its grip on the human soul. On the day this priest asked for help, he had made a decision to end his own life, though I did not know this fact until he met with me. He spent the previous two days planning this out and putting his affairs in order. He decided that using a firearm would guarantee finality. His plan was to hike as far as he could into the Northern New Mexico mountains where he would not be discovered for months or even years, and he would take his own life there. He saw no light at all beyond his dark night of the soul. Like most priests, however, he did not own a gun. New Mexico law required a waiting period for gun dealers to sell to private citizens, but private sellers were exempt from the law at that time. So my friend scoured the newspaper for a private sale, and found a prospect.

An Albuquerque man had a 9mm semi-automatic handgun for sale for $500. My priest-friend arranged to purchase the gun that evening at 6:00 PM. after retrieving the funds from his bank. So the priest drove to Albuquerque, and on the way to the seller’s address he stopped at the bank. The required $500 was just about the sum total of what he had in his account. The bank had closed for the day so he went to an ATM machine near the bank’s front door. With his mind made up and his plan in place, my friend inserted his card into the ATM to withdraw his funds as he had many times before. This time, however, the machine ate his card, then printed out this message:

“Your card has been retained for an unknown reason.
Please consult an account representative during business hours.”

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Former addict: Treatment and tough love work.

“The tough love shows you the consequences of addiction, and treatment shows you a way out. It’s not easy. I was in treatment seven times … what they call a ‘retread,’” he said. “I never want to sleep on another plastic mattress.”

He said hearing the crinkling of the plastic mattress cover takes him back to the misery of withdrawal.

Michael said his solution for staying sober is taking one day at a time and prioritizing what is important to him: God, Alcoholics Anonymous, family and service to community.

“Without the first two, I can’t have the last two, he said.

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This Week’s Ask Alice: Suicide. Dreams, Visions. What To Do About An Adulterous Relative.

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Walt Asks: I’ve heard in so many ways that, “God never gives us more (burdens)than we can handle” That he is always with us and He gives us grace to continue. Well then, what about those who commit suicide?

Alice Answers: God gifts everyone with grace. God doesn’t give anyone more burdens than he/she can handle. “My grace is enough for you.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Suicide is a heart wrenching tragedy that claims as its victims both the deceased, and the survivors who love them. Suicide is a self-centered act, and suicidal wounds are self-inflicted. The person who commits suicide has not been abandoned by God, but has refused to accept and cooperate with God’s grace.

In many cases people who commit suicide are suffering from mental illness. Sometimes they are victims of extreme physical or mental abuse. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit, He saves.”(Psalm 34:19)

People who commit suicide do not rely on the Lord to heal their pain, but choose instead, to end their own life.

For all of these reasons and more, we must be careful to avoid harshly judging a person who commits suicide, since only God is in a position to know the whole, complete story. A true God of love, he extends his infinite grace and mercy to every soul, even at the very moment of death.

We have Jesus Christ’s blessed and personal assurance that his Divine Mercy is available to anyone who repents and asks God’s forgiveness, so there is always hope.

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Moniq asks: For a couple of months I have been experiencing things related to my Christian faith, in dreams and prayers. Please help if you know the meaning of what I experienced: 1. While I was praying a week ago, I had a vision of a rose. One single, big rose, in the darkness. 2. I saw a bright golden cross, sitting on a white book shelf, in my dream last night. It looks like it’s an old, precious cross — glowing. I thought I was in a room. Bright. All in white. Thank you, and God be with you!

Alice Answers: Your spiritual experiences show your close relationship with God, since you are attentive to His signs in your life.

These are my first impressions of your vision and dream:

While praying, you saw an image of a big rose, in the darkness. The rose is a symbol through which God expresses His love for you. The rose is a sign of God’s consolation and comfort in your present circumstance, and the assurance that He has heard your prayer.

In your dream, a bright, golden cross, sitting on a white bookshelf represent God’s word in the Bible. “I am the way, and the truth and the life.”(John 14:6) Virtually all of the answers you seek are contained in Scripture.

The cross is old and glowing, as God’s words are timeless and enduring. Also, the cross means that Jesus wants to draw you closer to Himself. “Anyone who loves me will be true to my word…” (John 14:21)

The white room, Heaven, is attained by faithfully living the Gospel, thus fully embracing your very own “precious” cross. St. John of the Cross so loved his cross that he carried it with him always, enduring his personal sufferings in Jesus’ holy name, without complaint.

Moniq, how much it pleases God to speak to a heart that hears His voice!

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Joseph Asks: I have a relative who is living an adulterous life, which I know is very sinful. I’ve tried to get him some counseling, but that did not work out. Now I don’t know what to do. Because of this, I’m not even comfortable socializing with him anymore. What is your advice?

Alice replies: Please don’t abandon your relative. He has stumbled and he needs you to guide him on the path back to God. “We who are strong in faith should be patient with the scruples of those who are weak.” (Romans 15:1)

If his other friends are comfortable with his adulterous situation, you might be the only one who can still touch his heart.

If you have not already done so, speak the truth to your relative about his adulterous affair. Encourage him to change his ways, and get to Confession.

You cannot force him to do this, but you can certainly lead by example. Offer to go to Confession with him. If he resists (as he probably will) don’t argue or push. Instead, continue to gently (and diplomatically) coax and cajole.

Your good work, along with God and his abundant grace, typically need a bit of time in order to obtain the desired results, with such wayward souls.

“Christ has no body but yours,

No hands no feet on earth but yours,

Yours are the eyes with which he looks with

Compassion on this world.” (St. Teresa of Avila)

You certainly don’t have to party with your relative and his mistress, but it’s OK to meet with him for coffee, or talk with him on the phone. Don’t shun him. Continue to acknowledge him at family gatherings. And most importantly … continue to pray for him … without ceasing.

ObamaCare High School: Reading, Writing, and Suicide Assistance?

Consider the following, regarding school-based health clinics (SBHC):

A number of life-threatening (indeed, terminal) conditions can be diagnosed in a clinic or through a referral to a hospital on an outpatient basis. A student may be diagnosed through an SBHC’s clinic with acute leukemia or melanoma — all within school hours, when her parents believe she is in class or at band practice. And she could, under the state’s law, be “qualified” for assisted suicide, since, in Washington (as well as in Oregon and Montana), the crime of assisted suicide has been transformed into a “medical treatment.” That treatment is available to qualified patients who are at least 18 years old.

Within two weeks of her initial diagnosis, the student who had been looking forward to going to the prom could instead be referred to Compassion & Choices, the assisted suicide advocacy organization formerly called the Hemlock Society. (Compassion & Choices is the go-to group for assisted suicide services, responsible for facilitating most reported assisted suicide deaths in Washington and Oregon.)

Before her parents even knew she was ill, she could be given a prescription for a lethal drug overdose. She could take it. And die.

And her parents would be completely unaware of her condition — until it’s too late.

Will this happen? No one can know for sure.

Can it happen? Yes.

And if it does, the school district could say, “From a legal/procedural standpoint, it’s a non-issue.”

Welcome to full-service school-based health clinics — ObamaCare style.

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Have you signed on to the Manhattan Declaration yet?

“We are Christians who have joined together across historic lines of ecclesial differences to affirm our right — and, more importantly, to embrace our obligation — to speak and act in defense of these truths. We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence… We recognize the duty to comply with laws whether we happen to like them or not, unless the laws are gravely unjust or require those subject to them to do something unjust or otherwise immoral… We will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia or any other anti-life act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriage or the equivalent or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality and marriage and the family.”

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Seen on the web: “There’s value in having children learn and even memorize the basic tenants of their faith.”

There’s a story of a man who was deeply depressed, felt that life was pointless, and decided to commit suicide. He had been raised a Catholic but had left the Church years before. As he was about to overdose, his last thoughts were “Why did God even make me?” The words of the old Baltimore Catechism suddenly were in his head: “God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next”.

He was so startled that he dropped the pills. Then he started thinking and remembering what he had learned in Catholic school, all those many years ago. He decided to go see a priest and talk things over. He never tried to commit suicide again.

The point here is that there’s value in having children learn and even memorize the basic tenants of their faith. Often, in moments of distress, we can’t think clearly. It’s then that the prayers and teachings we learned as children can come to our aid and get us through those desperate moments to a safer place. The Catechism’s been like a rock, for those who were raised with it. It taught us the basics in a very simple language. And it’s always there, even if on the back burner, to be brought forward when needed.

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Read the “old” Baltimore Catechism here

Hard Evidence: Proof that abortion hurts women

Women who have had abortions suffer an increased risk of anxiety, depression, and suicide. A study published in a 2005 edition of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders found that women who aborted their unintended pregnancies were 30 percent more likely to subsequently report all the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder than those women who had carried their unintended pregnancies to term. A study of a state-funded medical insurance program in California published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry in 2002 showed that the rate of mental health claims for women who aborted was 17 percent higher than those who had carried their children to term. And, according to a 1996 article in the British Medical Journal and a 2002 article in the Southern Medical Journal, the risk of death from suicide is two to six times higher for women who have had abortions when compared, again, with women who have given birth.

Several studies analyzed in a landmark 2003 article in the Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey show that induced abortion also increases the risk of placenta previa by 50 percent and doubles the risk of pre-term birth in later pregnancies. Placenta previa — where the placenta implants at the bottom of the uterus and covers the cervix — places the lives of both mother and child at risk in that later pregnancy. Pre-term birth is associated with low birth-weight babies, and very low birth-weight babies (those born between 20 and 27 weeks) have 38 times the risk of having cerebral palsy — not to mention medical costs 28 times greater — than full-term babies. According to Dr. Byron Calhoun, director of the Antenatal Diagnostic Center at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Illinois, approximately 30 percent of pre-term births — which now account for 6 percent of all births — are attributable to prior abortions.

But that’s just the beginning. The link between abortion and breast cancer has attracted much media attention. It is important to understand that there are two different mechanisms by which abortion can increase the risk of breast cancer — one is beyond dispute, the other hotly contested. It is now common medical knowledge that a full-term pregnancy, especially before the age of 32, acts as a protective mechanism against breast cancer. Thus, research shows that teenagers with a family history of breast cancer who have abortions before their 18th birthday have an incalculably high risk of developing breast cancer. Indeed, an abortion clinic in Portland, Oregon, recently settled a lawsuit with a 19-year-old woman who claimed the clinic had failed to inform her of this link between abortion and breast cancer — especially since she’d indicated a family history of breast cancer on her intake form.

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