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To offer ourselves to the Gospa

 

J.M.J

October 30, 2014

 

Dear Family of Mary!

 

“Dear children! Pray in this time of grace and seek the intercession of all the saints who are already in the light. From day to day may they be an example and encouragement to you on the way of your conversion. Little children, be aware that your life is short and passing. Therefore, yearn for eternity and keep preparing your hearts in prayer. I am with you and intercede before my Son for each of you, especially for those who have consecrated themselves to me and to my Son.   Thank you for having responded to my call.” (October 25, 2014)

 

Today we consider two more interior practices of our consecration to Mary:

 

§ 6. To offer ourselves to her, and unite ourselves with her;

§ 7. To do all our actions with the view of pleasing her;

 

When it comes to offering ourselves to Our Lady we can find no better example than St. Maximilian Koble. He founded the Militia of the Immaculata and spread consecration to Our Lady all over the world by using the most modern publishing techniques of his day as well as radio. He had plans to make movies as well. He labored to explain why it was so important to do everything for and with Our Lady. He knew it was her time, the time of her triumph and he wanted as many people as possible to join in her plan to save souls.

 

Here is his prayer of consecration to the Immaculata:

 

Official Act of Consecration to Mary

 

O Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to you.  I, (name)
, a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as your possession and property.  Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death and eternity, whatever most pleases you.

If it pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of you: “She will crush your head,” and, “You alone have destroyed all heresies in the world.”  Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus help extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  For wherever you enter, you obtain the grace of conversion and growth in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

V. Allow me to praise you, O sacred Virgin.

R. Give me strength against your enemies.

 

He also wrote a prayer asking for the grace to do all for Mary:

 

For the Grace to be an Instrument

 

 

Almighty and Eternal God, you gave us in the person of St. Maximilian an example of true devotion to the Immaculate Mother of our Savior and of unselfish love for our neighbor.  Grant we beseech you through his intercession, that we may grow in our understanding of love of the Immaculata; that we may recognize her presence, her voice, her love and her power with us and be filled with an ardent desire and will to fulfill her will in every detail, and thus become sharers and true instruments of her most perfect response to you, in the Holy Spirit through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us!

 

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2014

 

PS. Mary TV will stream the November 2, 2014 Apparition to Mirjana, live from Medjugorje! Here are the details:

 

Sunday November 2, 2014 

(Saturday night and early Sunday morning in USA) 

Our Lady’s apparition to Mirjana in Medjugorje  

will be streamed LIVE at   http://www.marytv.tv

 

8:00 am Medjugorje time (2:00 am EST) – Live streaming begins 

8:45 am Medjugorje time (2:45 am EST) – Apparition to Mirjana (approx) 

9:30 am Medjugorje time (3:30 am EST) – Live streaming ends

 

Remember that the time will change in the USA on November 2 starting at 12:00 am. We move to Standard time in most of the USA. Europe changed last weekend. Don’t forget to change your clocks!!

 

  Mirjana sees Our Lady

 Mirjana encounters Our Lady

 

 

“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Saint John Paul II
Be connected!
www.marytv.tv


 


LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

For pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.

Top Stories
• Top Democrat: Pro-Life Republicans Scarier Than Ebola and ISIS
• Mother Wins Case to Kill Her Disabled Daughter
• Couple With 12 Sons are Expecting Baby Number 13, They’ll be “Shocked” to Have a Girl
• Facebook Removes Mom’s Photo of Touching Moment She Breast-Fed for the First Time

More Pro-Life News
• Obama Admin Allows Selling U.S. Citizenship to Babies Conceived Via IVF
• These Twin Babies Seem to Be Having A Very Important Conversation
• When the Clinic Refused to Perform an Abortion, She Knew It Was a Sign
• Crazy Pro-Abortion Ad Warns of a Condom Shortage if Pro-Life Candidate Wins
• After-Birth Abortions: College Students Increasingly Support Infanticide
• Why is This Catholic College Hosting Abortion Activist Gloria Steinem?

• One Twin’s Rescue Hug Saves the Life of Her Sister

• Pro-Choice Psychologist Witnessed Abortion: “It’s the Smallest Human Head I’ve Ever Seen”
• Minnesota Lt. Governor Candidate Presided Over 10,000 Abortions as Planned Parenthood Activist
• “My Unborn Baby Saved My Life:” Pregnancy Helps Reveal Mom’s Ovarian Cancer

• Fact: 94% of Pregnant Women Who Went to Planned Parenthood Got an Abortion

• These Pro-Life People Pray at the First-Ever Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic
• Caught Red-Handed: New Mexico Abortion Business Was Operating Illegally



Top Democrat: Pro-Life Republicans Scarier Than Ebola and ISIS
The chairman of the Democratic National Committee is no stranger to making over the top comments attacking pro-life Republicans. Now, she’s taken those scary statements to the next level by making a claim that Republicans are scarier than either the Ebola virus or ISIS, the terrorist group that is taking over large portions of the Middle East.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/29/top-democrat-pro-life-republicans-scarier-than-ebola-and-isis/

Mother Wins Case to Kill Her Disabled Daughter
The ethical problems with euthanasia have been detailed at Live Action News extensively. People with disabilities, people suffering from mental illness, people who were just lonely or old but otherwise healthy, even children — all can be euthanized in countries like Belgium and the Netherlands.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/29/mother-wins-case-to-kill-her-disabled-daughter/



Couple With 12 Sons are Expecting Baby Number 13, They’ll be “Shocked” to Have a Girl
A Michigan couple is a mathematical impossibility. Jay and Kateri Schwandt don’t want to know the sex of their baby before birth because they’ve already go 12 sons and they’re thinking is that lucky number 13 is on the way.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/29/couple-with-12-sons-are-expecting-baby-number-13-theyll-be-shocked-to-have-a-girl/

Facebook Removes Mom’s Photo of Touching Moment She Breast-Fed for the First Time
Facebook is coming under fire for removing a touching photo showing the mother of a premature baby breastfeeding her newborn for the first time. Emma Bond posted image with Carene, who was born 12 weeks early, but Facebook deleted photo after someone reported it as ‘offensive.”

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/29/facebook-removes-moms-photo-of-touching-moment-she-breast-fed-for-the-first-time/

 


Obama Admin Allows Selling U.S. Citizenship to Babies Conceived Via IVF
Reverse biological colonialism! I have written about this before, but now the Obama Administration has given its imprimatur to foreigners buying U.S. Citizenship for their babies.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/29/obama-admin-allows-selling-u-s-citizenship-to-babies-conceived-via-ivf/

These Twin Babies Seem to Be Having A Very Important Conversation
In 2011, a YouTube video went viral of twin babies “having a conversation.” With over 107 million views, they garnered media coverage on CNN, The New York Times, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Good Morning America.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/29/these-twin-babies-seem-to-be-having-a-very-important-conversation/



When the Clinic Refused to Perform an Abortion, She Knew It Was a Sign
I saw a patient in the office recently, and we had the most inspiring conversation. She gave me permission to share her story; I will refer to her as Jane, although that is not her real name. Jane shared with me that she has now had control over her drug addiction for a few years.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/29/when-the-clinic-refused-to-perform-an-abortion-she-knew-it-was-a-sign/

Crazy Pro-Abortion Ad Warns of a Condom Shortage if Pro-Life Candidate Wins
The pro-abortion group NARAL has released a new ad that takes the cake when it comes to the phony war on women tactics the pro-abortion side has launched against the pro-life Senate candidate Cory Gardner in Colorado.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/29/crazy-pro-abortion-ad-warns-of-a-condom-shortage-if-pro-life-candidate-wins/

After-Birth Abortions: College Students Increasingly Support Infanticide
Abortion proponents like to paint pro-lifers as extremists who go to great lengths to take away the rights of women. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/29/after-birth-abortions-college-students-increasingly-support-infanticide/

Why is This Catholic College Hosting Abortion Activist Gloria Steinem?
While dedicated pro-lifers work to save babies, St. Norbert College will be doing something oddly different: welcoming radical pro-abortionist Gloria Steinem to speak on campus. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/29/why-is-this-catholic-college-hosting-abortion-activist-gloria-steinem/



One Twin’s Rescue Hug Saves the Life of Her Sister
Brielle and Kyrie Jackson were born premature on October 17, 1995, a full 12 weeks ahead of their due date. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/29/one-twins-rescue-hug-saves-the-life-of-her-sister/

Pro-Choice Psychologist Witnessed Abortion: “It’s the Smallest Human Head I’ve Ever Seen”
Dr. Magda Denes was a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who died in 1996. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/29/pro-choice-psychologist-witnessed-abortion-its-the-smallest-human-head-ive-ever-seen/

Minnesota Lt. Governor Candidate Presided Over 10,000 Abortions as Planned Parenthood Activist
Who is Tina Smith? Most Minnesotans have no idea. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/29/minnesota-lt-governor-candidate-presided-over-10000-abortions-as-planned-parenthood-activist/

Looking for an inspiring and motivating speaker for your pro-life event? 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.


Court Allows Continued Harassment of Pro-Life Advocates in Mississippi
Life Legal Defense Foundation’s request that pro-life advocates receive injunctive relief from harassment by the City of Jackson. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/29/court-allows-continued-harassment-of-pro-life-advocates-in-mississippi/

“My Unborn Baby Saved My Life:” Pregnancy Helps Reveal Mom’s Ovarian Cancer
A Georgia woman calls her baby “Miracle Mae” because she saved her life. Jenny Purvis, 29, was due to give birth in September; however, a 27-week doctor visit revealed that the mom had high blood pressure. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/29/my-unborn-baby-saved-my-life-pregnancy-helps-reveal-moms-ovarian-cancer/

Fact: 94% of Pregnant Women Who Went to Planned Parenthood Got an Abortion
So Planned Parenthood says that that only three percent of all Planned Parenthood health services are abortion serviceshttp://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/29/fact-94-of-pregnant-women-who-went-to-planned-parenthood-got-an-abortion/

These Pro-Life People Pray at the First-Ever Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic
We never know how God will plant seeds. That hit me during a recent visit to the 40 Days for Life campaign in Syracuse, New York.We just need to answer His call and be there! http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/29/these-pro-life-people-pray-at-the-first-ever-planned-parenthood-abortion-clinic/

Caught Red-Handed: New Mexico Abortion Business Was Operating Illegally
A new abortion facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico, operated by the Texas-based Whole Women’s Health abortion chain, was caught “red-handed” operating without a valid business permit in an area that may not be properly zoned for that business. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/29/caught-red-handed-new-mexico-abortion-business-was-operating-illegally/

Pro-Life Irish LifeNews Blogger Named to BBC’s 100 Women of 2014
Cora Sherlock is an attorney and a leading pro-life advocate in Ireland and LifeNews is privileged to have her as one of our guest bloggers. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/29/pro-life-irish-lifenews-blogger-named-to-bbcs-100-women-of-2014/

 

   
   
 


 


 

Houston Mayor Withdraws Subpoenas of Pastors — Emergency Delegation Commends a Good Decision

Contact: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, 540-538-4741

HOUSTON, Oct. 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Today Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced she has directed her legal team to drop the subpoenas of city pastors who opposed a pro-gay city ordinance. The decision comes one day after an emergency delegation of seven pastors from across the country met privately with the mayor for an hour. The meeting followed a prayer vigil held by the group in front of Houston City Hall.

“Mayor Parker made the right decision and deserves to be commended for it,” said Rev. Rob Schenck, president of the National Clergy Council and one of the organizers of the delegation. “Our meeting with the mayor was cordial and very productive. While showing her all due respect, we never relaxed or compromised our demand for her to unequivocally withdraw the subpoenas. We’re thankful to her and we are supremely thankful to God for this positive outcome.”

“I applaud Mayor Parker for embracing religious freedom and the First Amendment in her withdrawal of these subpoenas against five local pastors. We have always maintained this was not just an affront against the Houston pastors but against every church and pulpit in America,” said Rev. Pat Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition and the principle organizer of the delegation. “We are thankful for the meaningful dialogue we had with Mayor Parker yesterday. Today’s development demonstrates that the biblical way of going to our opponents in person and sharing concerns in Christian love, civility, and transparency is the effective path to resolving conflict.”

Other members of the emergency delegation included:

Rev. Keith Tucci
President, The League in Defense of Christian Pastors
Senior Pastor, Living Hope Church, LaTrobe, PA

Rev. Myke Crowder, D.D.
Member, Executive Committee, National Clergy Council
Senior Pastor, Christian Life Center, Layton, Utah

Pastor David Anderson, D.Ed.
Executive Committee, National Clergy Council
Senior Pastor, Faith Baptist Church, Sarasota, FL

Archpriest Alexander Webster, Ph.D.
Member, Executive Committee, National Clergy Council
U.S. Army Chaplain

Professor of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University
Pastor, St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, Stafford, VA

Rev. Sean Sloan
Associate Pastor, Harvest Time Tabernacle, Ft. Smith, AR


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A special teacher connects with students through music

Straight talk about assisted suicide

Recently there has been a lot of talk about a 29 year old woman named Brittany Maynard who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She intends on ending her own life by means of assisted suicide on November 1st. Her story breaks my heart and hits so close to home and I hope that the following may shed some perspective to those who regard the “need” for assisted suicide in their hearts.
The potty-mouthed princesses are doing nothing for feminism

“The video itself is exploitative. In a video that claims to be about empowering women, these little girls are being used. I can’t help but wonder whether these girls grasp the weight of what they are saying about rape. Did someone explain it to them? How much do they know—and how much should they know? How empowering is it to just be someone else’s mouthpiece?”
What if we’re wrong about sex?

A thoughtful look at what the sexual revolution really does to the hearts of people, and how the Bible paints a much more fulfilling picture of sex as a beautiful gift from God.
‘Did you know you’re my mama?’

It’s the most painful part of Alzheimer’s, when your own parent can’t remember your face, let alone your name. But for one daughter of a dementia patient, she got to experience the joy of having her mother recognize her, if only for a moment.
Real love is a choice

In speaking about my grandma, Grandpa once told my mom, “It hurts me to see her like this. You know, when I got married I thought that everything would be smooth sailing. I never imagined that I would have to help her change her catheter every day. But I do it and I don’t mind it–because I love her.”
The Real War on Women

Even though abortion can be controversial and divisive, most Americans from Hillary Clinton to President Obama agree that abortions should be rare. Sadly, Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the world, disagrees.
Ave Maria granted injunction against HHS mandate

Facing the prospect of more than $50,000 in daily fines, Ave Maria University and Ave Maria School of Law received reprieves Tuesday in their fight against Obama’s government mandates related to contraceptive coverage.

 

These Stone Walls


Love Through the Tempest

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Editor’s Note: The following is an original guest post for These Stone Walls by Carlos Caso-Rosendi. Carlos was the subject of the TSW post, “From the Pope’s End of the World, a Voice Not Lost in Translation” by Father Gordon MacRae. Writing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Carlos recently launched the Catholic website, DELUMEN.org.

The title above is taken from Shakespeare’s Sonnet CXVI written by the Bard to muse about the steadfastness of true love.

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
Oh no! It is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken.
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.

Earlier in the day I learned about a new book by Antonio Socci that attacks the legality of the papal conclave that elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio on March 13, 2013, after the historic abdication of our beloved Benedict XVI on February 11 of the same year.

Most curiously Shakespeare’s sonnet compares true love to a vessel that has to endure the storms of life. In the days of the Bard boats were built for different purposes. Most of them, if not all, were made of wood. The good ones were carefully crafted to stay afloat even if they sustained heavy damage. One could go romantically punting down the River Cam on a nice breezeless sunny day, but to go fishing on the Northern Sea definitely demanded a well-built ship. The same is true of steadfast love that simply sticks to the beloved through thick and thin. That kind of love is steady and sturdy like a rock.

This reminds me of the time when the resurrected Lord appeared to the disciples by the shore of Gennesaret, as related by the Beloved Disciple in John 21: 4-19.

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish.

That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the lake. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.

When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord.

Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

The scene can be used as a representation of the history and mission of the Church and the ministry of Peter, and how God’s love for mankind ties both together. The seven disciples have been working all night but caught nothing. Then at daybreak someone appears on the shore: it is Jesus, penetrating the darkness of the world.

He tells them to try one more time and that is, to persevere in their mission. Perhaps Jesus had done that before in one of their many trips across the lake and that led John to recognize the Lord. He had been the first to reach the empty tomb just a few days earlier and was the only disciple to remain with Mary and Jesus at Calvary. This time John was again the first to recognize the Lord with the certainty of one who heard the Sacred Heart beating when his head was resting on the Lord’s chest. Here heart spoke to heart and John was moved to shout, “It is the Lord!”

Peter girds himself “for he was naked” before jumping into the water and swimming the short distance to shore. His reaction is the exact opposite of Adam’s: “I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Peter did not hide in spite of having denied the Lord three times and (unlike John) being absent at Calvary. Peter’s love was stronger than his shame. The charcoal fire waiting for him on the shore surely reminded Peter of a similar fire he had approached looking for warmth just a few weeks before. It was before that fire that he denied the Lord three times.

The Lord had breakfast ready for them, fish and bread, your flesh and My Flesh. He invites the disciples to bring more fish. They all know that man is the Lord, they don’t need to ask. If any confirmation is needed that is provided when Jesus parts the bread in his own peculiar manner, the same manner that allowed them to recognize Him at the inn of Emmaus three weeks before. They eat in silence.

When Jesus has finished feeding them He asks Peter the first question, then the second, then the third as a painful reminder to Peter who must affirm his love for Jesus three times, just as he had denied his Master three times in the darkness of the night before the Cross. But now he declares his love three times in the morning light, and he is confirmed on his mission: be a shepherd to Christ’s sheep.

Then the ominous prophecy comes: Peter will have to give his life for Jesus just as Jesus has given His life for Peter. He will have to follow the Lord to another Calvary where he will glorify Him with steadfastness so foreign to Peter’s character that only the Lord Himself could have planted it there. Peter the reluctant will be transformed to Peter the steadfast. Peter’s barc will go through tempests but it will not be shaken; the Lord will make of him a steadfast sign.

St John Bosco's DreamSaint John Bosco’s Dream

St. Malachi predicted that the last Pope before the dreadful judgment “will pasture his sheep in many tribulations.” This Peter is Romanus, Roman as opposed to the first Peter, Simon the son of Jonah, the Jew. Is Pope Francis this second Peter? That I cannot answer with any certainty. Yet I know that this Pope’s mission is already to shepherd the Church through new and terrible tribulations.

We must remember that the first Peter professed the doctrine of Christ not taught by flesh and blood but by God the Father (Matthew 16:13-20), and yet by his actions Peter many times failed to reflect the perfect light of Christ. The Lord may have selected imperfect, cowardly, thickheaded Peter to show us our own imperfections and assure us that He was determined to save us in spite of them.

The fact that He can work to save the world with such blunt tools as Peter and ourselves is also a measure of His awesome power and glory. For anyone can win the Super Bowl with a great team but the glory will go to the Coach if he wins with a team of crippled, slow, untalented players. So it must be: all the glory goes to Him. All we have to do is what His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5).

TSW 2014 10 29 pic for Carlos Caso Rosendi postAntonio Socci believes Francis was elected unduly and therefore he is not a lawful Pope. In my opinion the Lord anticipated those claims and gave us some assurance so we don’t end up being confused.

It was by no external or human design that our beloved Benedict XVI abdicated on the 11th of February, on the anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes through whom many miraculous cures have been effected. The Lord is thus telling us He is working to heal the Church.

Then Francis was elected on March 13, the first day of Lent. That seems to indicate that the Church will experience a purifying penance during the reign of Francis.

Finally, Pope Francis ascended to the throne of Peter on the Feast of St. Joseph, guardian of the Church. That gives us the assurance that the Lord will restore the Church to purity and holiness. The Lord will see that Pope Francis fulfills his mission without failing. There is simply no other way.

Going back to Shakespeare’s sonnet, let us remember that we have a promise from the Lord that His Church will not teach error or confuse the obedient. If one thinks about it the promise of our Lord to sustain the faith of Peter protects the Church and the Magisterium from teaching error. Additionally the Lord has given us His word that the Church will not disappear and her enemies will not prevail against her. We must count on persevering until the end. Shakespeare also wrote in the same sonnet:

Love… bears it out even to the edge of doom.

We may see defections under pressure, we may have to face suffering and persecutions that will test our endurance. Yet when we meet the Lord at the other side of this dreadful time we must be holding on to our faith in Him. “However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). In our hearts there must be no other answer than “yes” to that question.

Pope Francis

 

 

CARLOS CASO ROSENDICarlos Caso-Rosendi was born 1954 in Esquel, a small town in the western Patagonia region of Argentina. His parents, fallen away Catholics, involved the family with the Jehovah’s Witnesses when Carlos was 13 years old. That very year he entered a prestigious technical school in Buenos Aires. There he studied English, Math, Physics, and various other technical disciplines. Later on his parents discontinued his schooling on the advise of the sectarian leaders who shunned superior education for their youths. On reaching the age of majority Carlos left the sect and eventually immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts where he completed his technical studies. He worked in the U.S. as a systems analyst until 2006.

Having lost interest in religious matters, he continued steadily to read Classics on his own, seeking to somehow enrich his interrupted education. In 1996 he had a completely unexpected personal experience that convinced him of the existence of God. A friend recommended him to read C. S. Lewis and later, guided by Lewis and other contemporary Christian writers he set to read all the classic works of Christianity. In doing so he further convinced himself that the Catholic Church was the original Church founded by Jesus Christ having Christ’s authority to teach the truth about God’s purpose and man’s destiny.

He was received in the Church on Assumption Day 2001, at the Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood of Christ, London under the auspices of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, receiving Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion on that day.

In October 2004 he launched the website PRIMERALUZ.ORG (originally called VoxFidei.org) where he published his own translations of articles by well-known British and American Catholic writers. The site was blessed with many readers and conversions including the striking conversion of a family of 33 former Jehovah’s Witnesses that returned to the Catholic Church after decades in that cult.

While living in Charlottesville, Virginia, on September 8, 2005, he received an invitation to appear at EWTN’s The Journey Home and later on he appeared at several other EWTN programs. In 2006, he presented The Native World. Religion in the Americas Before Columbus that was very well received by his American Catholic readership both as an essay and a public talk.

In 2008, he returned to Virginia where he completed two books: Ark of Grace. Our Blessed Mother in Holy Scripture  also published in Spanish and Portuguese.

Carlos continues to be actively involved in the defense of the faith as a writer and apologist. He is currently developing DELUMEN.ORG, which was launched in October 2014.

 

thermometerTo the readers of These Stone Walls from Ryan A. MacDonald: Readers have been especially generous and kind in responding to our appeal for assistance with legal costs at the Federal level. It has come to my attention that State officials have filed objections to Father MacRae’s appeal in the Federal courts, and these objections required lengthy and highly detailed responses from the attorney’s representing Father MacRae. One such exchange cost $15,000 that seriously depleted available funds as the appeal continues. So, to compensate, we have raised the bar in our fundraising effort. I know that Father MacRae is most appreciative to all who have aided this effort, and that he would much prefer that many people do a little instead of just a few doing a lot. Let us hope that this could be an undertaking of the whole church. For information on how to assist, please see my post “News Alert: New Federal Appeal Filed in Father Gordon MacRae Case.”

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Watch Collins use clean, running water for the first time.

What happens when you provide a child with clean water for the first time?

As many as three and a half million people die every year from diseases that come from unsafe water. Diarrhea—which is easily prevented with clean water and basic sanitation—is the second-leading cause of death in children under the age of five.

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40 Days for Life

Dear Deacon John,

 

Wisconsin native Steve Karlen, our 40 Days for Life North American outreach director, continues to add to his “road warrior” status through five weeks of travel.

Steve led multiple campaigns in Wisconsin, including one that helped prevent late-term abortions from happening in Madison.

I’ve heard Steve speak many times and know why so many have been inspired at every one of his stops. For his part, Steve is seeing how God is using you as we sprint towards Day 40.

 

Here’s the latest from Steve … starting out with a video update!

 

Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa

 

I visited several locations … including one of the most notorious abortion centers in the United States. Click the image below to see the video report:

 

 

… or you may click here.

 

Bloomington, Indiana

When I arrived in Bloomington, I was told that the 40 Days for Life vigil sometimes has its critics. Sure enough, I experienced that firsthand as I spoke to the volunteers. A man drove into the parking lot blaring heavy-metal music, trying to disrupt the event. We ignored him, though, and he went away.

Earlier that day, vigil participants had spent quite a bit of time with a client outside the abortion center. They suggested that she should insist on seeing an ultrasound. But she said it wouldn’t make any difference – she was having an abortion.

When she went in, however, she was told she was too far along in her pregnancy to have the abortion.

She went back outside to talk with the volunteers … and ended up hugging one of them. They are now working with her to help her get through her pregnancy and beyond.

It was a moving and emotional scene, and one man who had been talking with this client for several hours was crying toward the end of my visit. It goes to show how much 40 Days for Life participants really care about these women … and their babies!

 

Muncie, Indiana

 

 

Tom has led a great campaign in front of a Planned Parenthood referral site in Muncie. Over the last three campaigns they have not missed a single hour of vigil coverage.

The event was an exciting candlelight vigil with tea lights and lanterns … and there were 40 Days for Life signs everywhere.

One of the volunteers said a woman was coming for an abortion referral appointment. However, after talking with the volunteers, she did not go into Planned Parenthood. The work of Tom and his crew are proof positive that vigils make a difference, not only at surgical abortion centers, but also at referral sites!

Thanks again to Steve Karlen for today’s report!

 

Here’s today’s devotional from Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life.

Day 36 intention

We are the defenders of true freedom. May our witness unveil the deception of the “pro-choice” slogan.

Scripture

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

 

— 2 Corinthians 3:17

 

Reflection

Norma McCorvey (the former Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade) used to work at an abortion mill named “A Choice for Women.” She now realizes what a cruel irony that title was.

She saw first hand, just as pregnancy resource center counselors see, that women don’t get abortions because of freedom of choice, but rather because they feel they have no freedom and no choice.

They feel trapped, abandoned, desperate and afraid, and have been led to believe that abortion is their only option.

As Frederica Mathewes-Green has written, no want wants an abortion like she wants a Porsche or an ice cream; rather, she wants it like an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg.

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” That doesn’t mean that the Spirit allows us to do whatever we want or to decide for ourselves what’s right and wrong.

Rather, it means that the Spirit gives us the freedom to do what is right, the power to choose what is good, when we see it before us and yet feel pulled in the opposite direction. Liberty means that we no longer have to feel doomed to do what we know is wrong.

We are the people of the Spirit of the Lord, and when we take action on behalf of life, especially by being present at abortion mills, we are acting on behalf of true freedom, and imparting to those who are in bondage the power to do what is right.

Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit. You are the Spirit of freedom, the source of all that is good, the power to do what is right. Fill us, and fill those who are in bondage today, feeling doomed to do what is wrong. Set them free, and help us to hasten them on the road to freedom, where your grace overcomes every temptation. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Printable devotional

To download today’s devotional as a printable PDF to share with friends:

http://40daysforlife.com/media/fall2014day36print.pdf

 

For Life,
 Shawn Carney

SHAWN CARNEY

Campaign Director

40 Days for Life

www.40daysforlife.com



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