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Heroic News: “Court Blocks Obama From Enforcing HHS Mandate Against James Dobson” plus 5 more

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Court Blocks Obama From Enforcing HHS Mandate Against James Dobson

Pro-life leader James Dobson is the latest to win a victory against the Obama HHS mandate, that forces companies and organizations to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs for their employees.

Illinois rejects ban on reparative therapy for minors with same-sex attraction

The Illinois House voted last week to reject a bill that would have banned reparative therapy for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA). It is the fifth state to vote down a ban on the practice in recent months, following high profile debates over the issue in California and New Jersey, which both instated bans last year.

Nevada Republicans drop pro-life, pro-marriage stand

Several hundred delegates of the Nevada Republican Party approved a party platform Saturday that lacks a pro-life plank and drops support for the definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

Archbishop thanks Colo. faithful for witness against abortion bill

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has voiced his gratitude to all those who spoke out against proposed Colorado legislation that could have put an end to life-affirming laws in the state.

Reviving the ‘War on Women’

Obama_and_Bill_ClintonPresident Obama is suddenly upset about the alleged wage gap between men and women, but he’s not responding to a national economic crisis. Instead, he is attempting to revive the “war on women” theme that, according to Washington wisdom, helped carry Democrats to victory in 2012 and might do again in 2014.

Stem cell research fuels more debate on cloning

A study published this week has reawakened debate over the government’s need to regulate human cloning. In a paper in the journal Cell Stem Cell, researchers took the

 

[Video] Mourning and Anticipation

 


   Mourning and Anticipation
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Reflection for 4/19/14


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Mary TV Daily Reflection 4/19/2014

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J.M.J

April 19, 2014

Holy Saturday

 

Dear Family of Mary!

 

St. Faustina wrote:

 

O my Jesus, I beg You on behalf of the whole Church: Grant it love and the light of Your Spirit, and give power to the words of priests so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance and return to You, O Lord. Lord, give us holy priests; You yourself maintain them in holiness. O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil’s traps and snares which are continually being set for the souls of priests. May the power of Your mercy, O Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priests, for You can do all things. (1052 Diary)

 

Novena to Divine Mercy Day 2


“Today bring to Me the Souls of Priests and Religious, and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind.”

 

Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service,* that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard — upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.

 

* In the original text, Saint Faustina uses the pronoun “us” since she was offering this prayer as a consecrated religious sister. The wording adapted here is intended to make the prayer suitable for universal use. 

Let us pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy….

 

Our Lady of Medjugorje has said to us:

 

“Dear children, By God’s will I am here with you in this place. I desire that you open your hearts to me and to accept me as a mother. With my love I will teach you simplicity of life and richness of mercy and I will lead you to my Son. The way to Him can be difficult and painful but do not be afraid, I will be with you. My hands will hold you to the very end, to eternal happiness; therefore do not be afraid to open yourselves to me. Thank you. Pray for priests. My Son gave them to you as a gift.” (May 2, 2008)

 

Blessed John Paul II : (Dives In Miserecordia, N. 3) (Blessed John Paul II talks about “rich in mercy” in this encyclical, much like Our Lady does in the above message. May we learn about being rich in mercy, and pray for our priests to also learn this beautiful way of being.)

 

Especially through His lifestyle and through His actions, Jesus revealed that love is present in the world in which we live – an effective love, a love that addresses itself to man and embraces everything that makes up his humanity. This love makes itself particularly noticed in contact with suffering, injustice and poverty – in contact with the whole historical “human condition,” which in various ways manifests man’s limitation and frailty, both physical and moral. It is precisely the mode and sphere in which love manifests itself that in biblical language is called “mercy.”

 

Christ, then, reveals God who is Father, who is “love,” as St. John will express it in his first letter; Christ reveals God as “rich in mercy,” as we read in St. Paul. This truth is not just the subject of a teaching; it is a reality made present to us by Christ. Making the Father present as love and mercy is, in Christ’s own consciousness, the fundamental touchstone of His mission as the Messiah; this is confirmed by the words that He uttered first in the synagogue at Nazareth and later in the presence of His disciples and of John the Baptist’s messengers.

 

On the basis of this way of manifesting the presence of God who is Father, love and mercy, Jesus makes mercy one of the principal themes of His preaching. As is His custom, He first teaches “in parables,” since these express better the very essence of things. It is sufficient to recall the parable of the prodigal son,or the parable of the Good Samaritan,but also – by contrast – the parable of the merciless servant. There are many passages in the teaching of Christ that manifest love-mercy under some ever-fresh aspect. We need only consider the Good Shepherd who goes in search of the lost sheep, or the woman who sweeps the house in search of the lost coin.The Gospel writer who particularly treats of these themes in Christ’s teaching is Luke, whose Gospel has earned the title of “the Gospel of mercy.”

 

…we must note that Christ, in revealing the love – mercy of God, at the same time demanded from people that they also should be guided in their lives by love and mercy. This requirement forms part of the very essence of the messianic message, and constitutes the heart of the Gospel ethos. The Teacher expresses this both through the medium of the commandment which He describes as “the greatest,”and also in the form of a blessing, when in the Sermon on the Mount He proclaims: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”

 

In this way, the messianic message about mercy preserves a particular divine-human dimension. Christ – the very fulfillment of the messianic prophecy – by becoming the incarnation of the love that is manifested with particular force with regard to the suffering, the unfortunate and sinners, makes present and thus more fully reveals the Father, who is God “rich in mercy.” At the same time, by becoming for people a model of merciful love for others, Christ proclaims by His actions even more than by His words that call to mercy which is one of the essential elements of the Gospel ethos. In this instance it is not just a case of fulfilling a commandment or an obligation of an ethical nature; it is also a case of satisfying a condition of major importance for God to reveal Himself in His mercy to man: “The merciful…shall obtain mercy.”

 

A prayer to Pope John Paul II:

 

O Blessed Trinity, we thank You for having graced the Church with Blessed John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of Your Fatherly care, the glory of the Cross of Christ, and the splendor of the Spirit of love, to shine through him. Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal Intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with You. Grant us, by his intercession, and according to Your will, the graces we implore, knowing that he will soon be numbered among Your saints. Amen.

 

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2014

 

PS. How pray the Chaplet (using the Rosary beads):

 

One Our Father

 

One Hail Mary

 

THE APOSTLE’S CREED

 

On the Our Father Beads say the following words:

“Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world”.

 

On the Hail Mary Beads say the following words:

“For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world”.

 

In conclusion, after the five decades say three times:

“Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world”.

 

PPS.  Constant Contact, my email service, had technical difficulties last night, so this reflection is going out now!  Have a very blessed Holy Saturday!

 

“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Blessed John Paul II
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From The Friars eLetter: Sorrowful Mysteries Holy Haiku

 

 

HolyHaiku Sorrowful Mysteries

 

 
 
 
Contradiction’s sign –
History’s diving line –
accept     Love     or not –
 
 
 
 
 
How can God be sad?
Some will freely spurn His love.
Our love consoles Him.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
sin carries burden
Eternity enters time
cross carries freedom
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
The King of Glory
Crowned in all Obedience
Humbled for us all
 
 


 
Christ had died for me
Love so great laid down for friends
Hope dies not also
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
Watching her Son die
Perfectly takes up her cross
A Mother’s heart pierced
 
 
 
 
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LifeNews Pro-Life News Report 4/18/14

 


LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Friday, April 18, 2014

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• Court Blocks Obama Admin From Enforcing HHS Mandate Against James Dobson
• Former Planned Parenthood Director Sits Next to Obama at White House Easter Prayer Breakfast
Hundreds of “Get Well” Cards Headed to Justina Pelletier After Parents Denied Easter Visit
• Alabama Court Again Rules Unborn Children Deserve Legal Protection

More Pro-Life News
• These Laughing Quadruplets Won on America’s Funniest Home Videos, Watch and See Why
• Abortion Survivor Wows Crowd With Speech on Forgiveness, Value of Human Life

• Three Young Princesses Battling Cancer Have Their Picture Taken Together
• Planned Parenthood Closes Abortion Business in McMinnville, Oregon
• Planned Parenthood Board Chair Claims Christians Can Support Abortion Biz
• Man Smothers His Infant Son to Death So He Can Keep Playing Video Games

• Some Pro-Life People Should Stop Hating Women Who Have Abortions

• Why is Hollywood Afraid of the Kermit Gosnell Movie?
• Pennsylvania Gov to Investigate Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic Dodging Inspections
• She Was Born Deaf But Today She is Hearing for the First Time

• Two Men Cloned for Stem Cells by Company Destroying Human Embryos
• Alaska Governor Signs Bill to Help Stop Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

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Court Blocks Obama Admin From Enforcing HHS Mandate Against James Dobson
Pro-life leader James Dobson is the latest to win a victory against the Obama HHS mandate, that forces companies and organizations to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs for their employees.

Alliance Defending Freedom, the pro-life legal group, helped Dobson and hailed the federal court’s order blocking enforcement of the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate against Dr. James Dobson and his “Family Talk” radio show and ministry in Dobson v. Sebelius. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/18/court-blocks-obama-admin-from-enforcing-hhs-mandate-against-james-dobson/

Former Planned Parenthood Director Sits Next to Obama at White House Easter Prayer Breakfast
Ordained Unitarian Universalist minister Debra Haffner was invited to President Obama’s White House Easter Prayer Breakfast.

Haffner is the co-founder and President of the Religious Institute. Founded in 2001, the Religious Institute has emerged as the national leadership organization working at the intersection of sexuality and religion. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/18/former-planned-parenthood-director-sits-next-to-obama-at-white-house-easter-prayer-breakfast/

Hundreds of “Get Well” Cards Headed to Justina Pelletier After Parents Denied Easter Visit
Her parents may have been denied a chance to visit Justina Pelletier on Easter Sunday, but that hasn’t stopped hundreds of supporters from sending the teenager “Get Well” cards.

Justina is the sick teenager who state officials wrongfully took custody of away from her parents. The family will not be allowed to visit their daughter on Easter Sunday. The news comes after attorneys working with her family released a letter Justina reportedly wrote saying she is not being treated well. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/18/hundreds-of-get-well-cards-headed-to-justina-pelletier-after-parents-denied-easter-visit/

Alabama Court Again Rules Unborn Children Deserve Legal Protection
Today, in an 8-1 decision authored by Justice Tom Parker, the Alabama Supreme Court held that the word “child” in Alabama’s chemical-endangerment statute applies to the born and unborn in Ex parte Sarah Janie Hicks.

This decision follows a similar one handed down last year by the Alabama Supreme Court in Ankrom v. State, where Alabama’s highest court also ruled that the word “child” includes the “unborn child.” In that case, Liberty Counsel’s amicus brief arguing that the protection of the unborn is in keeping with the protections afforded the born in various areas of the law. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/18/alabama-court-again-rules-unborn-children-deserve-legal-protection/



These Laughing Quadruplets Won on America’s Funniest Home Videos, Watch and See Why
The Matthias Quadruplets have appeared on multiple shows ranging from Oprah to the Tonight Show and they even won $250,000 on America’s Funniest Home videos. That’s because father Steve Matthias knows how to keep Mary Claire, Anna, Grace and Emily in stitches.

Sitting around a conference table made just for them, these South Carolina quadruplets think their father is quite the comedian. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/18/these-laughing-quadruplets-won-on-americas-funniest-home-videos-watch-and-see-why/

Abortion Survivor Wows Crowd With Speech on Forgiveness, Value of Human Life
An 18-year old abortion survivor brought a packed Convention for Life in Dublin to its feet with a moving and inspiring testimony on forgiveness and the value of every human life. (Video at bottom).

Josiah Presley, originally from South Korea but now living in Oklahoma, said that when he first found out that his mother had wanted to abort him he was devastated and felt deep hurt and anger towards his birth parents. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/18/abortion-survivor-wows-crowd-with-speech-on-forgiveness-value-of-human-life/



Three Young Princesses Battling Cancer Have Their Picture Taken Together
These three little girls, Rylie, Rheann, and Ainsley met for the first time when they took a group photo for Scantling Photography and Goodger Photography. The photographers wanted to capture the strength and spirit of the cancer survivors.

From a local report on them (video at bottom): If most pictures are worth a thousand words, one in particular is worth a million. Three Oklahoma girls, seemingly so peaceful in the image, are all battling cancer. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/18/three-young-princesses-battling-cancer-have-their-picture-taken-together/

Planned Parenthood Closes Abortion Business in McMinnville, Oregon
The Planned Parenthood abortion business has closed another abortion facility, this time in Oregon. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/18/planned-parenthood-closes-abortion-business-in-mcminnville-oregon/

Planned Parenthood Board Chair Claims Christians Can Support Abortion Biz
A recent shocking Christian Post article, “Christian Planned Parenthood Executive Challenges Misconceptions About Nation’s Leading Abortion Provider” allows the new Chair of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Alexis McGill Johnson, to regurgitate a statistics-free litany of talking points. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/18/planned-parenthood-board-chair-claims-christians-can-support-abortion-biz/

Man Smothers His Infant Son to Death So He Can Keep Playing Video Games
A 24-year-old Florida man confessed to killing his crying infant so he could continue playing video games, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/18/man-smothers-his-infant-son-to-death-so-he-can-keep-playing-video-games/



Some Pro-Life People Should Stop Hating Women Who Have Abortions
Steven Ertelt from LifeNews.com discusses his list of Top 5 Pro-Life Pet Peeves with me in the studio. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/18/pro-life-people-should-stop-hating-women-who-have-abortions/

Why is Hollywood Afraid of the Kermit Gosnell Movie?
Hollywood usually has no qualms about showing graphic violence or making films about human tragedies. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/18/why-is-hollywood-afraid-of-the-kermit-gosnell-movie/

Pennsylvania Gov to Investigate Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic Dodging Inspections
Documents from an abortion center in Allentown have prompted state officials to investigate whether the center may be dodging unannounced state inspections. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/18/pennsylvania-gov-to-investigate-planned-parenthood-abortion-clinic-dodging-inspections/

Looking for an inspiring and motivating speaker for your pro-life event in 2014? Don’t have much to spend on a high-priced speaker costing several thousand dollars? Contact LifeNews at news@lifenews.com about having LifeNews Editor Steven Ertelt speak at your event.


She Was Born Deaf But Today She is Hearing for the First Time
Sarah Churman was born deaf, but you’ll be elated when you see her response to hearing for the first time after getting cochlear implants. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/18/she-was-born-deaf-but-today-she-is-hearing-for-the-first-time/

Two Men Cloned for Stem Cells by Company Destroying Human Embryos
For years Massachusetts company Advanced Cell Technology (ACT) has been trying to clone human embryos. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/18/two-men-cloned-for-stem-cells-by-company-destroying-human-embryos/

Alaska Governor Signs Bill to Help Stop Taxpayer-Funded Abortions
Gov. Sean Parnell signed Senate Bill 49 into law on Thursday in an effort to stop the state from paying for abortions with taxpayer dollars. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/18/alaska-governor-signs-bill-to-help-stop-taxpayer-funded-abortions/

 
   
   


 

[Video] THE CROSS

 


  The Cross
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Reflection for 4/18/14

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Heroic News: “Malta legalizes gay ‘marriage’” plus 2 more

 

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Malta legalizes gay ‘marriage’

The Maltese parliament approved a law late on Monday to recognise same-sex partnerships on a legal par with marriage, including allowing gay couples to adopt.

NY councilman: marriage supporters ‘not welcome’ in NYC

A New York City councilman has effectively told traditional marriage supporters they are “not welcome” in the Big Apple.

Researchers Clone Cells From Two Adult Men

After years of failed attempts, researchers have successfully generated stem cells from adults. The process could provide a new way for scientists to generate healthy replacements for diseased or damaged cells in patients

 


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