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The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is signaling its intention to dominate the national sex education agenda.

Specifically, Planned Parenthood’s Web site announced the group is preparing to launch a nationwide “social change initiative” to end the “stigma and shame about sex” in American culture.
read more here: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/planned-parenthood-launches-social-chang

These people are perverted and sick and should stay out of what parents are supposed to do: teach their own children! Every parent will be judged by God on how they taught and guided the children God gave them. PP and big Government, stay out of our family business!


VATICAN CITY, 29 DEC 2010 (VIS) – The Holy Father dedicated his catechesis during today’s general audience, held in the Paul VI Hall in the presence of 8,000 people, to St. Catherine of Bologna (1413-1463).

Born to a noble family in the Italian city of Bologna, at the age of ten she moved to Ferrara where she entered the court of Niccolo III d’Este as a maid of honour. There she received a very careful education which would later serve her during her monastic life when “she used the cultural and artistic knowledge acquired over those years to great advantage”, the Pope said.

In 1427, at the age of fourteen, she left the court to dedicate herself to religious life in a community of young women. Two years later the leader of this group founded an Augustinian convent, but Catherine and a number of others preferred Franciscan spirituality and transformed the community into Poor Clares.

The saint “made great spiritual progress in this new phase of her life, though she also had to face great trails”, the Pope explained. “She experienced the night of the spirit, tormented even by the temptation of disbelief in the Eucharist. After much suffering, the Lord consoled her. In a vision He gave her the clear awareness of the real Eucharistic presence”. In another vision God revealed the forgiveness of her sins, giving Catherine a “powerful experience of divine mercy”.

In 1431 the saint had yet another vision, this time of the Final Judgement, which led her “to intensify her prayers and penance for the salvation of sinners. Satan continued to assail her as she increasingly entrusted herself to the Lord and the Virgin Mary. In her writings, Catherine left us essential notes on this mysterious struggle, from which, by the grace of God, she emerged victorious”.

These notes are contained in her one written work, the “Treatise on the Seven Spiritual Weapons” in which Catherine teaches that to combat evil it is necessary: “(1) to be careful always to do good; (2) to believe that we can never achieve anything truly good by ourselves; (3) to trust in God and, for His love, never to fear the battle against evil, either in the world or in ourselves; (4) to meditate frequently on the events and words of Jesus’ life, especially His passion and death; (5) to remember that we must die; (6) to keep the benefits of heaven firmly in our minds, (7) to be familiar with Holy Scripture, keeping it in our hearts to guide all our thoughts and actions”.

“In her convent Catherine, though used to the court of Ferrara, … performed even the most humble tasks with love and ready obedience”, said the Holy Father, recalling also that, out of obedience, the saint “accepted the job of mistress of novices, although she felt she was incapable of carrying out the role”. In the same spirit she agreed to move to Bologna as abbess of a new monastery though she would have preferred to end her days in Ferrara.

Catherine died on 9 March 1463 and was canonised by Pope Clement XI in 1712. “With her words and life”, Benedict XVI concluded, “she strongly invites us always to allow ourselves to be guided by God, to do His will every day even if it does not always correspond to our own plans, and to trust in His Providence which never abandons us. In this perspective, St. Catherine also invites us to rediscover the value of the virtue of obedience”.
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'God is come among men; he who cannot be contained is contained in a womb. The timeless enters time.' Great Compline of the Annunication, Byzantine Catholic Church.

‘God is come among men; he who cannot be contained is contained in a womb. The timeless enters time.’ Great Compline of the Annunication, Byzantine Catholic Church.

Saturday marks the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

The Mother of God – what a marvelous yet serious responsibility she carried. Indeed, this was an incredible trust given by God. Only His Sanctifying Grace which kept her from the stain of sin could prepare her for this. And, revealing the mystery of human freedom, her “Yes” participated in His loving plan.

Continue reading here: http://www.catholic.org/hf/faith/story.php?id=39765


Hollywood Celebs Helped Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz in 2010

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 12/31/10 12:19 PM

The Planned Parenthood abortion business reported making more than $1 billion in income in 2010, but they achieved that with a little help from their Hollywood friends.

Looking back on 2010, in its recently-released annual report, Planned Parenthood racked up a stunning number of celebrity endorsements from musicians, writers, actors and other big-named people.

JoAnna Garcia, best known for her portrayal of Cheyenne Hart-Montgomery on The CW sitcom Reba participated in an awareness campaign for Planned Parenthood that it co-sponsored with MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Obama administration. She wasn’t alone as celebrities like Big Boi, Joy Bryant, Flo Rida, Keri Hilson, Perez Hilton, Kid Sister, Benji and Joel Madden, Method Man, N.E.R.D., Redman, and Asher Roth joined her.

At an annual benefit for the abortion business, members of the show Private Practice donated a script to auction off signed by Paul Adelstein, Amy Brenneman, Tim Daly, Taye Diggs, Chris Lowell, Audra McDonald, KaDee Strickland, and Kate Walsh.

Kathleen Turner donated her book Send Yourself Roses for the event, Alan Cumming donated his book Tommy’s Tales, and Jon Stewart donated tickets to The Daily Show. Heather Tom donated a tour of The Bold and the Beautiful set and lunch, while Bree Williamson treated winners of an auction to a private tour of the One Life to Live set and lunch.

Walsh, the actress known for her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on the ABC dramas Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice and a member of Planned Parenthood’s Board of Advisors, sent out a specific fundraiser for Planned Parenthood over Twitter this month.

Amber Tamblyn, who had a starring role on the television series Joan of Arcadia, discussed her role as a Planned Parenthood spokesperson in an April interview in New York Magazine. Olympia Dukakis, cousin of former Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, and Julianne Moore, the soap opera and movie actress, spoke at the Planned Parenthood Leadership Council reception during the Art 20 event in New York City.

Hector Elizondo lent his name and photo and provided a quote in support of an initiative by the abortion business to target Hispanics while Blythe Danner and daughter Gwyneth Paltrow continued their longstanding fundraising for the abortion business.

Carol Leifer, the comedian, spoke about her work with Planned Parenthood on the Bill Maher Show and Aisha Tyler, known for her regular role in the first seasons of Ghost Whisperer and Archer, also spoke for Planned Parenthood.

Judy Blume and Cynthia Nixon lent their names to Planned Parenthood fundraising appeals in honor of Mother’s Day and received significant criticism in doing so while BETTY’s Amy Ziff donated a table to Planned Parenthood at her performance in New York City.

Gretchen Peters performed her song “Independence Day” and announced she would donate the royalties to Planned Parenthood at an event attended by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now fame. Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, author of My Little Red Book, donated proceeds from her advance to Planned Parenthood and its Planned Parenthood of Connecticut affiliate.

Earlier this year, four actors from the acclaimed television series Law and Order: Criminal Intent recorded a video endorsing the nation’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood. They specifically endorse its efforts to force Americans to pay for abortions in a government-run health care plan.

Actors Eric Bogosian, Vincent D’Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, and Julianne Nicholson lend their faces, voices and names to the pro-abortion effort and specifically endorsed taxpayer funding of abortions and abortion coverage in health care insurance.

Dr. Kenneth Edelin, David Eigenberg, Jane Fonda, Janis Ian, Shelby Knox, Wendie Malick, Regina Spektor, Heather Tom, and Kathleen Turner are some of the other celebrities Planned Parenthood cited in its report as providing financial and promotional support during the year.

Also, Planned Parenthood gave awards to The CW Television Network, Deborah Kotz of U.S. News & World Report, editors and writers of Glamour magazine, and Jennifer Wolff Perrine of Self magazine.

These people are so blind, they have their heads in the sand. Human life is sacred and we have no right to destroy it! We’re praying for the conversion of all pro-aborts. May the Divine Mercy be in their souls!
Deacon John


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Volume 05, Number 48 | Friday, December 31, 2010

 
Epiphany

Christmastide is completed by the feast of the Epiphany, which is the manifestation of the Lord to the whole world. Following an ancient tradition that originated in the Eastern Church, in this feast we celebrate not only the adoration of the child Jesus by the three wise kings, but also the baptism of Christ in the Jordan and the first miracle of Christ, the transformation of water into wine at the wedding of Cana. In this feast we see Christ as the Light of World, the only light that can illuminate the way for those who are walking in darkness and in the shadow of death, as Saint Gregory Nazianzeno reminds us. For the Greek Fathers of the Church, the worse tragedy of man is the ignorance of Christ. This ancient and valuable insight, which is part of the traditional wisdom of the Church, is confirmed by the darkness that we experience in the contemporary world. Sadly, many in the world today do not really know about Christ and His saving power, or have only a sad caricature of who Christ really is.    

At Christmas, the child Jesus was adored by a small group of shepherds, but at the Epiphany he is adored by the three wise kings who represent the whole of humanity. This is why we believe that with this feast we celebrate the manifestation of the saving grace of the Lord to the whole world. The three kings are depicted in Catholic tradition as being Caucasian, African and Asian, so in them we have represented the main ethnic groups of the world. Also, another tradition sees the kinds at varying ages, one being very young, another being a mature man and the third being a man of senior years. So in them the three ages of mankind are reflected.

In the gifts of the wise kings we have a very important insight into the nature of the Divine Child; an insight based on a message they received before they saw Christ, before they started their voyage, when they were guided by God to select their gifts. So before adoring the visible Lord, they started to adore Him in their minds and hearts with the hope of seeing him in person, and their three gifts have great significance for the faithful even today.

Incense proclaims the divinity of the child Jesus, as incense is traditionally offered primarily to God. Remember how many Christians in the early Roman persecutions suffered martyrdom because they refused to offer a pinch of incense to the infamous idols that St. Augustine describes so well in The City of God. This is also reminder to us that the increasingly tyrannical world in which we live is ready to persecute us because we refuse to pander to what is politically correct. Myrrh was offered to Him signifying His human nature: it is a prophetic reminder of the mix of herbs that would be prepared to preserve the body of Christ by the women who loved Him. Gold represents the regality of Christ, as it is clearly proclaimed in the liturgy of this feast and has been taught by many Popes. It comes from the tributes that are due to earthly kings or to other civil authorities. Also it makes a reference to the obligation that Christians have to support in a material way the Church and other Christian works of charity in proportion to their economics means and the duties they have towards their families.    

These symbolic gifts lead us to meditate on the gifts that we Christians ought to offer to Christ, as Saint Leo the Great reminds us in his Second Homily on the Epiphany. The Lord wants our serious commitment and our work, because the Kingdom of God is not given to the ones who sleep, but instead to the persons that make a serious and constant effort to practice the Commandments. In our particular case, besides practicing the Commandments, the Lord has given us the particular vocation to proclaim the Gospel of Life, so in this Epiphany our gift to the newly born King is to strengthen our efforts to proclaim the integral truth of the Church, especially those teachings on life and family.

The Lord manifested Himself to the world, but after two thousand years this presence seems to have been muted. The Lord established His Church to carry on His manifestation until the end of the world, so the Church, and ourselves as members of the Church, have to find ways to continue to present Christ's saving message in all possible ways. We have to present this message in such a way that it will create the same admiration and marvel that it caused in its first listeners. At the same time, this message should be accompanied by the liturgical beauty that led the delegates of Kiev to convert after experiencing the Divine Liturgy at Santa Sofia in Constantinople. The grace of the Lord in the same way that converted the hearts of the wise men before they saw the child Jesus, also works in the hearts and minds of many men today. Still, in same way that those wise men were confirmed in their interior faith by seeing the Child, the men of our days need to see our convincing testimony so that the interior movement of the soul might be confirmed.        

On behalf of everyone at HLI, I wish you a happy and prosperous new year. 2011 will be happy and prosperous, we can be sure, if we follow the ways of the Lord. So what I sincerely wish to all you is that you truly accept the Reign of our Lord in your hearts and minds, then all the rest that you need will be granted to you, because no one defeats the generosity of the Lord!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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