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It has been quite the year-nearly 2 yrs!

Since the last post-Herman Cain was shoved out of the race. Romney won the nomination and lost the race.Or at least we think he lost the race.We’re not too sure how much fraud went on and if he was cheated;but here we are. Catholics-SOME Catholics i should qualify-voted for Obama. I’m not sure what happened there. Do Catholics not understand Church teaching? Don’t care? Or these were lapsed Catholics anyway? Israel is being attacked by terrorists. The corrupt media is totally in the tank for Obama. They are an enemy of the people. Obama is an enemy of the country. We are in deep trouble. Stay strong,pray. This is all i can say for now. We will pick up from there.

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My apologies for not keeping up here

I have been supporting Republican candidate Herman Cain for some time.
He is pro life and pro family and after much research realized Mr Cain is THE best choice for POTUS in 2012.

This is taking a considerable amount of the time i have. Once the dust settles and we’re done working for Herman Cain to win the nomination i will have the time i want to put into this blog.For now i think supporting Cain is of the utmost importance. We all know that this will be the most important election we have ever participated in. We all know too if we wake up on Nov 7th and Obama is re-elected we will never see the America we knew for years to come.
You are welcome to join us at our group Catholics for Cain.

http://caiiniac2012.wall.fm/groups/11
In the coming weeks I will get back here as often as possible and take up the topics i’ve been hoping to discuss.
Slavu Isusu Christu,Slava Na Viki!

Why We Honor Mary Pt I

and should never apologize for doing so. Someone will come up to you sooner or later and ask, “why do Catholics worship Mary?” Stunned because you know we don’t but not sure how to respond.They’re begging the question. The question itself is a trap and the best we can do is point out that the highest honor we give a human being because she is the Mother of God by design is not worship.The Mass is our form of worship. For a non Catholic they call their service praise and worship.Many are not liturgical so they take our honor of Mary as worship.When we take Mass as our form of worship. We see this differently.

Yes,we call her Mother of God. Theotokos.It is a right title and says as much about Jesus as it does about Mary.She is titled Mother of God because Jesus is God-not because she created God.She conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit(her spouse)and gave birth to Jesus,true God and true man. Spouse in the sense of union in the spiritual realm. Marriage between Jesus and His Church reflects the union of marriage but it is not sexual. Mary and the Holy Spirit did not have a sexual union. We will be united with God in the end and it will not be a sexual union.We are not married in heaven to our earthly partner.We become,not angels but LIKE angels in that we are not married nor given in marriage.Heaven is beyond the necessity of procreation.

Mary is spared from sin(Immaculate Conception)by the death of her Son on the Cross before He is crucified just as we are saved from our sins by His death on the cross before we are even born.God is outside time and space.
Mary gets nothing that God didn’t deem her to get. She acknowledges this in her Magnificat.The Magnificat (Latin: [My soul] magnifies) — also known as the Song of Mary or the Canticle of Mary — is a canticle frequently sung (or spoken) liturgically in Christian church services. It is one of the eight most ancient Christian hymns and perhaps the earliest Marian hymn.[1][2] Its name comes from the first word of the Latin version of the canticle’s text.

The text of the canticle is taken directly from the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:46-55) where it is spoken by the Virgin Mary upon the occasion of her Visitation to her cousin Elizabeth.[1] In the narrative, after Mary greets Elizabeth, who is pregnant with the future John the Baptist, the child moves within Elizabeth’s womb. When Elizabeth praises Mary for her faith, Mary sings what is now known as the Magnificat in response.

The canticle echoes several Old Testament biblical passages, but the most pronounced allusions are to the Song of Hannah, from the Books of Samuel (1Samuel 2:1-10). Along with the Benedictus, as well as several Old Testament canticles, the Magnificat is included in the Book of Odes, an ancient liturgical collection found in some manuscripts of the Septuagint.

Within Christianity, the Magnificat is most frequently recited within the Liturgy of the Hours.
You will see how Mary glorifies and praises God for what HE has done for her:
My soul doth magnify the Lord.
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid;
for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
Because he that is mighty,
hath done great things to me;
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is from generation unto generations,
to them that fear him.
He hath shewed might in his arm:
he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat,
and hath exalted the humble.
He hath filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He hath received Israel his servant,
being mindful of his mercy:
As he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his seed for ever.

Yes,we as Catholics pray to Mary.To pray means to ask.
The Hail Mary:
Hail Mary full of grace(the angels greeting from God)
the Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou among women(Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary)
and Blessed is the fruit of they womb,(again Elizabeth)
JESUS(the center of this prayer)
Holy Mary(she is)
Mother of God(her title)
pray FOR us sinners
now and at the hour of our death.Amen.
Coronation of Mary

I don’t hate “gays”

I don’t hate “gays”- don’t even like the term gay but it will do because we’re going to see why we should not redefine marriage(not argue about terms). People with same sex attraction do not need beat up,harassed,run out of town or murdered.They can be given the same protections we have but we can’t redefine marriage to indulge someone’s sexual proclivities.Marriage is a thousand year old institution that has always been understood to be male/female.It makes sense. The Human Race would not exist were it not for male/female. The sexual union is meant for marriage for a host of reasons and now marriage and family are under attack.
It began with artificial contraception,in particular birth control. From this we get unwed pregnancies,abortion and the acceptance of same sex relations as well as the failure of marriages-and a decline in marriage itself. What does contraception have to do with any of this? Plenty.How does redefining marriage harm marriage? There are consequences to everything that is part of society-we can’t even begin to see the far reaching implications of redefining marriage.

We have to first understand the meaning of the sexual act in marriage.For this i am going to turn to excerpts from MORALS AND MARRIAGE,The Catholic Background to Sex.by T. G. WAYNE.

All of the excerpts from Mr Wayne’s publication will be in quotes.
Source:
http://www.ewtn.com/library/marriage/mormar.txt

“Sex divides average human nature into two halves, male and female, each relative to the other. There are other sides to human nature, but in this regard man is made for woman and woman

for man, and both for the race. This relationship is fulfilled when they join themselves together, not only by physical communion but in their whole lives, not only in an action but in a lasting companionship.”
We get from this that the human race is evenly divided between the 2 genders.You’re either male or female.One or the other.We are meant for each other.It is complementary.We owe the existence of the human race to this.
If it had been male/male or female/female that would have been it.We would not be here.With humans of the same gender,it’s not complementary and the bodies are not meant for union.
Furthermore, it’s not just about having sex to gratify ourselves nor just about creating life either.
“Indulgence cheapens and even tends to destroy the bodily pleasure itself. Sex is too
good to be an easy joy.”
It’s meant be enjoyed in the marital union.The Church considers it sacramental but most people-even non Catholics who don’t see it as sacramental- at least recognize that there is an ideal in marriage to be reached for.Society has gone from puritanical-sex is evil to depraved-sex is utilitarian or put another way,what’s in it for me?
“Only through an ungrudging acceptance of its nature can sex love normally develop from desire to responsibility and maturity, through self-discipline and unselfish care of the other and the
mutual acceptance of the duties of the marriage state.”
Another words,it’s a free gift of self where 2 people do not make each other an object.
Treated with respect the union brings life-if not it brings death.Redefined it totally destroys what marriage is.

“In point of fact pleasure itself is neither right nor wrong. It
all depends on whether the antecedent action is right or wrong.
That an action is pleasurable is, if anything, an indication that
the action is sound and in accordance with human nature. Pleasure is congenial to good action.”
We can view the sexual act as evil itself,which it’s not or we can view sex as mere self gratification for our own pleasure which makes us objects.
“The complete pleasure of human sex intercourse is not morally
shady; the action in itself is natural and rational when it fits
in with the divine plan of the world. Taking into account the
great power of the impulse and its profound effects on the
individual and on society and the dangers of its excess and
abuse, it is not surprising that the right exercise of sex is
limited to certain situations. As a matter of fact restricting
conditions surround every desire, for ruin would result if
immediate satisfaction were open and granted to every one of
them.”
Same sex relations is nothing more than masturbation;it can try to mimic the sexual love intended for male/female in marriage but that’s all it can do. It’s a perversion.
As harsh as that sounds it is the reality.
It makes people objects.Married persons who do this destroy their own marriage. Pornography also makes people-men and women-objects.When artificial birth control was introduced it opened the door.
Children became less wanted-not more.People became objects and sexual pleasure alone became the whole purpose of marriage.You can’t give the gift of self-which we speak with our bodies-and not be open to the other person.It’s about being a person.
Does this make people with same sex attraction less human or persona non grata? If i meet Bob and he has same sex attraction i greet him as Bob.Someone doesn’t meet me and see me as my sexual activities-if they did i would think they were sick. I would hope Bob would recognize that he’s a whole person and at least admit his attraction is perverted.There are some things that are perverted and sexual attraction or interests can be perverted.That means there is a norm.We have to be able to say that is fitting for human dignity and this is not.
Now that they’ve tried to redefine marriage in NYS what do they think they have redefined it to?

We can thank artificial contraception for opening the door.
You see it really is a matter of life and death.
I also HIGHLY recommend for further reading John Paul Ii’s Theology of the Body and his encyclical Evagelium Vitae(Human Life)

Tribute,Blessed John Paul II

Anti Catholicism,Pt 1

“Anti-Catholicism persists today in two primary forms. Traditional anti-Catholicism – fundamentalist attacks on the Church as the Scriptural “whore of Babylon” – bubbles just below the surface in many areas of our society. This traditional anti-Catholicism created many of the myths of anti-Catholicism that linger within the culture: the church as solely interested in power; Catholicism as an “alien” religion in America; Catholicism as the enemy of separation of Church and State (as well as the public school system); the Catholic Church as oppressor. This traditional anti-Catholicism sees the Church as unchristian and derived from paganism. Catholic ritual is portrayed as medieval superstition masquerading as belief. This is a Church portrayed as the enemy of the Bible, as well as the enemy of freedom.

This traditional anti-Catholicism laid the foundation for the common secular anti-Catholicism of contemporary culture. Stripped of its theological foundation, this is the bigotry of the so-called enlightened. It portrays the Church as a medieval relic, the enemy of science and individual freedom. Born in the pseudo-scientism of the 19th Century – with its mix of nationalism, racism and class warfare – it focused on the Church as the enemy of modern thought and progress. Developed during the eugenics, birth control and pro-abortion crusades of the 20th century, it reached its contemporary culmination in various theories of sexual liberation. It is widespread in contemporary thought and sees anti-Catholicism not as a prejudice, but as a legitimate tool to be utilized to denigrate Church teaching in the public arena.

Both these forms of anti-Catholicism thrive on the Internet. In the confusing world of the Internet, however, these two expressions of anti-Catholicism mix together. The aptly-named morons.org is an obscenity-laced screed that accuses the Church of ongoing campaigns that “slaughtered millions.” The website is primarily based on an agenda of sexual liberation, though it’s focus is wider in attacking any traditional expression of values or beliefs. Yet, it provides “anti-Catholic links” which are essentially traditional old-Protestant attacks on the Catholic Church. Most of the links listed would be horrified to be associated with the gutter language and anti-Christian commentary on morons.org.”
Source:
<a href="Anti-Catholicism persists today in two primary forms. Traditional anti-Catholicism – fundamentalist attacks on the Church as the Scriptural "whore of Babylon" – bubbles just below the surface in many areas of our society. This traditional anti-Catholicism created many of the myths of anti-Catholicism that linger within the culture: the church as solely interested in power; Catholicism as an "alien" religion in America; Catholicism as the enemy of separation of Church and State (as well as the public school system); the Catholic Church as oppressor. This traditional anti-Catholicism sees the Church as unchristian and derived from paganism. Catholic ritual is portrayed as medieval superstition masquerading as belief. This is a Church portrayed as the enemy of the Bible, as well as the enemy of freedom. This traditional anti-Catholicism laid the foundation for the common secular anti-Catholicism of contemporary culture. Stripped of its theological foundation, this is the bigotry of the so-called enlightened. It portrays the Church as a medieval relic, the enemy of science and individual freedom. Born in the pseudo-scientism of the 19th Century – with its mix of nationalism, racism and class warfare – it focused on the Church as the enemy of modern thought and progress. Developed during the eugenics, birth control and pro-abortion crusades of the 20th century, it reached its contemporary culmination in various theories of sexual liberation. It is widespread in contemporary thought and sees anti-Catholicism not as a prejudice, but as a legitimate tool to be utilized to denigrate Church teaching in the public arena. Both these forms of anti-Catholicism thrive on the Internet. In the confusing world of the Internet, however, these two expressions of anti-Catholicism mix together. The aptly-named morons.org is an obscenity-laced screed that accuses the Church of ongoing campaigns that "slaughtered millions." The website is primarily based on an agenda of sexual liberation, though it’s focus is wider in attacking any traditional expression of values or beliefs. Yet, it provides "anti-Catholic links" which are essentially traditional old-Protestant attacks on the Catholic Church. Most of the links listed would be horrified to be associated with the gutter language and anti-Christian commentary on morons.org.

Source: http://www.catholicleague.org/research/anticat_internet.htm

So called “Catholic” groups to Avoid(like the plague)

First and foremost examine where a so called “Catholic” group stands on the teachings of the Church.If they advocate gay marriage,abortion,contraception,Planned Parenthood you can be 100% sure they need to be avoided.They are using the word Catholic.

The Catholic Church teaches that we have an obligation to follow our conscience but by this they mean an INFORMED conscience.Everyone has a conscience but it could be a dead or misinformed.We,as Catholics,are informed by the teachings of the Church.We are not a democracy and we don’t have a vote.

We need to be informed and stay informed.It is common knowledge,even among NON Catholics,what the Church teaches re these moral matters.

Maybe someone doesn’t like the teachings of the Church.If you’re one of those people you might want to ask yourself the question WHY and face the answer honestly.Sometimes the teachings seem difficult. At this point at least try to understand the teaching.There are many documents,books and even the Catechism to read and help us understand even difficult teachings. Let’s take a look at one of these dissident groups to avoid,Catholics united which opposes the Church on her non negotiable teachings particularly abortion.The word Catholics might attract the unsuspecting.

The pro-Obama group Catholics United has announced it is trying to raise $500,000 to support Democratic Congressional candidates who backed the health care legislation passed earlier this year. It aims to fund the monitoring of the activities of “the religious right” and to defend the candidates from campaigns by “Republican-affiliated” pro-life groups.

The group will support Democratic Reps. John Boccieri of Ohio, Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania, Steve Driehaus of Ohio and Tom Perriello of Virginia. Perriello was a co-founder of the group Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, which has shared connections and personnel with Catholics United.

Catholics United executive director Chris Korzen announced the group’s “Set the Record Straight” campaign in a Wednesday statement. He accused “many political operatives” of “dishonesty” in attacks on candidates.

“These groups are engaging in scare tactics and misusing the language of faith to score cheap political points and lead voters astray,” he charged.

Catholics United reported that paid organizers and volunteers will work in each targeted congressional district to “monitor the religious right’s activities, educate faith leaders, and provide the media with local voices to speak on behalf of social justice issues.” The campaign is reportedly a direct response to advertising campaigns by “Republican-affiliated” groups such as the Susan B. Anthony List, the Family Research Council, the National Right to Life Committee, and the Republican National Campaign Committee.

In announcing its “Set the Record Straight” campaign, Catholics United criticized an “abortion funding myth” and claimed that expert analysis shows that abortion funding is prohibited by both the health care legislation and a subsequent executive order signed by President Barack Obama.

However, following recent media reports that some states were planning on using federal funds to pay for abortion, the U.S. bishops’ pro-life chairman Cardinal Daniel DiNardo said, “ the U.S. bishops were “gravely concerned” because a correction “was not issued until after some states had announced that pro-abortion health plans were approved and had begun to enroll patients.”

The health care legislation was opposed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and many pro-life groups who objected that its statutory limits on abortion funding were insufficient. The USCCB backed the Stupak Amendment to supply these restrictions and has also argued that the executive order is similarly insufficient.

For Catholic United’s part, Korzen said his organization opposed both the Stupak Amendment and the Senate’s Nelson-Hatch Amendment. In a March 2010 interview with Catholic News Agency, he claimed these provisions changed existing policies in federal health care legislation.

He granted that the proposed amendments might be “the only acceptable solution” from a Catholic moral perspective, but said the political agreement on abortion was supposed to be formed “in a way that upholds existing precedent.”

Most of the candidates backed by Catholics United’s “Set the Record Straight” campaign have an inconsistent record on abortion.

NARAL Pro-Choice America, formerly known as the National Abortion Rights Action League, gave Perriello a 50 percent rating for his year 2009 votes, which included a vote against banning the use of local taxpayer funds for abortion in Washington, D.C.

Reps. Boccieri and Driehaus received a 25 percent rating from NARAL, while only Dahlkemper consistently did not vote according to the pro-abortion group’s 2009 recommendations. However, all four voted in favor of the Stupak Amendment to the health care legislation.

Catholics United says it will expand its activities to other Congressional districts throughout the summer and fall.

Source:

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/catholics-united-raising-500000-to-monitor-religious-right-defend-against-pro-life-groups/

Pastor Comments on Fox News re Beatification JPII

A non Catholic pastor commenting on the upcoming Beatification of John Paul II said that he didn’t begrudge the Catholic Church honoring JPII but he had to disagree with the Church. His point was that all are saints not just folks like John Paul II.The Catholic Church has never taught that folks who aren’t canonized or beatified are NOT saints.

Why Fox had a non Catholic comment on beatification/canonization makes no sense. It would have made more sense to have someone who understood what the Church actually teaches and what this process is all about.

To sum up:

1. we are all called to holiness

2. from the Catechism of Catholic Church
Significance of Canonization
828

By canonizing some of the faithful, i.e., by solemnly proclaiming that they practiced heroic virtue and lived in fidelity to Gods grace, the Church recognizes the power of the Spirit of holiness within her and sustains the hope of believers by proposing the saints to them as models and intercessor. “The saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church’s history.” Indeed, “holiness is the hidden source and infallible measure of her apostolic activity and missionary zeal.”

3. The liturgical calender includes All Saints Day, a solemnity celebrated on 1 November by parts of Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity, in honor of all the saints, known and unknown.Followed by All Souls Day which commemorates the  faithful  departed who have not yet been purified and reached heaven. Catholics celebrate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day in the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual communion between those in the state of grace who have died and are either being purified in purgatory or are in heaven.While the pastor may not believe in purgatory he could have at least understood that the Catholic Church isn’t teaching that ONLY the canonized are saints.The Fox news anchor didn’t question the pastor’s comment.


John Paul II Will Be Beatified

ROME (Catholic Online) – It began with a Polish News Report in the Polish daily “Dziennik” and spread throughout the blogosphere within hours, the late beloved Servant of God John Paul II will be beatified on April 2, 2010. He died on April 2, 2005 at 9:37 p.m. in his private apartment shortly after asking “Let me go to my Father’s House”.

The whole world wept.

At the funeral of this extraordinary ‘Servant of the Servants of God’ the faithful shouted and carried signs. Both expressed the same “sense of the faithful”, “Santo Subito” – a saint immediately.

His beloved friend Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakowwho co-authored the touching book “Let Me Go to the Father’s House: John Paul II’s Strength in Weakness”, told reporters that the process of beatification would be over soon. His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI has also indicated his desire to conclude the rigorous process soon because that “is what the world is asking for.”

The reliable Polish Daily report indicates that the Congregation for the Cause of the Saints has already concluded the process. It began by special dispensation on June 28, 2005, a mere two months after John Paul’s death rather than the standard five years. The “sense of the faithful” concerning the sanctity of the late Pope is clear. The miracles attributed to his intercession are multiple.

The Polish newspaper was not the only print source to make this claim of a pending beatification. The Italian Daily “La Stampa”, another reliable source, in an article written by Giacomo Galeazzi, carried a similar report. It indicated that the position paper has already been forwarded by the theologians who carefully examined the life, message and alleged miracles.Msgr. Tadeusz Pieronek is the polish priest who served as the postulator for the cause of the late pope at the Diocesan level. He commented to La Stampa, “This is very good news”.

Indeed it is! April 2, 2010, five years after the Servant of God John Paul II went to His Father’s House, the world may once again pause to remember a life well lived and a death that opened the portal of heaven to the eyes of a watching world.
Source:
http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=32729