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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

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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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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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Isn’t The Priesthood Lonely And Boring?

The Awesome Gift Of The Priesthood!

Father James Farfaglia - While I was pouring myself a hot cup of coffee in the rectory kitchen a number of years ago, a priest friend who lived in the same rectory came through the kitchen, his face beaming with his characteristic joviality.  “Come here,” he said,” I need to show you something.”  Father had just celebrated his birthday and he had bought himself a little present.  As he carefully opened the box he looked at me with the anticipation of a small boy with a new toy and cheerfully said, “Look at this!”  What he was showing me was a beautifully stitched corporal and matching altar cloth that he had ordered from a liturgical supply company for his celebration of the Mass.  “This new corporal and new altar cloth will remind me to say Mass better and better,” he exclaimed.  I was profoundly moved by his words.

Similarly, Pope Paul VI prayed a beautiful prayer each time before he celebrated Mass, “Lord, grant me the grace to celebrate this Mass as if it were my first Mass, my only Mass, and my last Mass.”  When I was newly ordained, I mentioned this story to another priest friend who said, “Yes, I know about the Pope’s prayer, but I have changed the wording.  Rather than saying as if it were my first Mass, I pray that my Mass will be better than my first Mass.”

Pope Paul VI wearing the mantum.

Pope Paul VI wearing the mantum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How wonderful it is for me to be in the company of Catholic priests who passionately love Jesus, the Church and their vocation to the priesthood!
 

When I contemplate the mystery of the Eucharist, I am continually reminded of these beautiful words from the Sacred Scriptures:  “Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.  For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved” (John 3: 16-17).

We cannot even begin to fathom the depth of God’s love for us.  His love is so immense that he himself is defined as love.  “God is love” (1 John 4: 8, 16).  The Holy Eucharist is the most visible sign of God’s love for each of us.  Jesus loves us so much that he cannot leave us.  “And know that I am with you always until the end of time” (Matthew 28: 20).

As we consider the mystery of God’s unconditional love we are reminded that love defines the very purpose of our existence too.  The purpose of our life can be summed up with only one word: love.  “…since God has loved us so much, we too should love one another” (1 John 4: 11).

A few years ago I came across an acquaintance that I had not seen in a long time.  We exchanged warm greetings and she asked me how everything was going at my parish.  Are you still the only priest over there?” she asked.  When I told her that I was, she wondered if I was ever bored with saying many Masses on the weekend.  I assured her that everything was wonderful, but I thought to myself, “bored”?  I love what I do!  I did not want to embarrass my friend, but I wanted to tell her that my biggest problem on Sunday is that each Mass has to come to an end.  How could I be bored when I have been called to the Catholic priesthood?  Each time I celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, it is as though a new Bethlehem and a new Calvary have become present for me.  How could I be bored when I hold Jesus in my sinful and trembling hands?

What intimacy!  When Jesus comes to us, he comes to us as communion.  God and man become one.  He comes to us as the divine lover.  His communion with us is more intimate than the intimate union of husband and wife or a mother with her unborn child.  Let us recall then the words from the first encyclical letter written by Blessed Pope John Paul:  “Man cannot live without love.  He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it” (Redemptor Hominis, 10.1).

When we consider the vocation to fatherhood through the prism of the Eucharist, we find that fathers have been called by God to love in a very special way.  “Husbands love your wives as Christ loves the Church” (cf: Ephesians 6: 25).

 How does Christ love his Church? 

The answer to this question may be found in the Eucharist:  “This is my body; this is my blood.”  Love is total, unconditional, a complete oblation.

Married men with children are called “Father” by a select group, their families. As a priest, people call me “Father.”  I too have been called “Father” by the thousands and thousands of people that I have provided for, nourished and educated for more than twenty-six years as a priest.  It is my vocation to celibate fatherhood that allows me to stretch my heart and give of myself unconditionally with joy and love each day with renewed commitment and dedication.

Our nation needs good fathers, be they heads of families, parishes, or dioceses; furthermore, that they be true and loving men who will live out their vocation.  And what is their vocation?  It is simply this: love.  “A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends” (John 15: 13).

 Am I bored?  That question from my friend caused me to reflect. 

I realize that the older I get, the younger I feel.  With the rapid passage of time, I begin to understand Saint Paul’s dilemma: his passionate love for Jesus caused him to desire to be with him in heaven, yet that same love caused a passion to continue the work of the Lord here on earth. The daily encounter with our Eucharistic Lord allows us to be caught up in the mystery of continual and unconditional love.

Yesterday was Holy Thursday.  Let us all thank God for the awesome gift of the priesthood.  Some among our ranks have caused tremendous scandal.  There is no place in the Catholic priesthood for a modern day Judas.  Rather than focusing on what Pope Francis once called “the little monsters,” let us celebrate today the vast majority of Catholic priests who joyfully serve their people with profound dedication and joy.

From Courageous Priest

 

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J.M.J

April 18, 2014

Good Friday

 

Dear Family of Mary!

On this most solemn day we begin the Divine Mercy Novena, as requested by Our Lord to St. Faustina. (See the Dairy #699) We will pray together the novena prayers for each day, and recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet. We will also recall some of the words about Mercy given to us by Pope John Paul II, as we anticipate his canonization on Divine Mercy Sunday. We are asking for his intercession in a special way for all our needs including the needs of Mary TV! We will include a message each day from Our Lady of Medjugorje, as she is a most beautiful sign of God’s mercy in these days.

 

We begin this Good Friday and with all our hearts we kneel beneath the Holy Cross of Christ, from whence all graces flow for mankind. In union with Mary, our Mother, and with Mary Magdalene and St. John, we pray: Jesus, I trust in You!

 

St. Faustina wrote:

 

Jesus, I trust in You…Novena to The Divine Mercy – Which Jesus instructed me to write down and make before the Feast of Mercy. It begins on Good Friday.

 

I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw therefrom strength and refreshment and whatever grace they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death.

 

On each day you will bring to My Heart a different group of souls, and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy, and I will bring all these souls into the house of My Father. You will do this in this life and in the next. I will deny nothing to any soul whom you will bring to the fount of My mercy. On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My bitter Passion, for graces for these souls.

 

I answered, “Jesus, I do not know how to make this novena or which souls to bring first into Your Most Compassionate heart.” Jesus replied that He would tell me which souls to bring each day into His Heart. (1186 Diary)

 

Divine Mercy Novena Day 1


“Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.”

 

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Let us pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy! (Instructions for the chaplet are found in the PS below.)

 

We conclude with a message from Our Lady of Medjugorje, a quote from Pope John Paul II and a short prayer in honor of his canonization on April 27, 2014!

 

Our Lady of Medjugorje has said to us:

 

“Dear children! I call you to prayer. By means of prayer, little children, you obtain joy and peace. Through prayer you are richer in the mercy of God. Therefore, little children, let prayer be the life of each one of you. Especially I call you to pray so that all those who are far away from God may be converted. Then our hearts shall be richer because God will rule in the hearts of all men. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray! Let prayers begin to rule in the whole world. Thank you for having responded to my call. (August 25, 1989)

 

 

Pope John Paul II: 

 

In his encyclical “Dives In Misericordia” Pope John Paul II recognized the desperate need of mercy in the modern world. He said that all mankind is in need of mercy in these days:

 

The truth, revealed in Christ, about God the “Father of mercies,”  enables us to “see” Him as particularly close to man especially when man is suffering, when he is under threat at the very heart of his existence and dignity. And this is why, in the situation of the Church and the world today, many individuals and groups guided by a lively sense of faith are turning, I would say almost spontaneously, to the mercy of God. They are certainly being moved to do this by Christ Himself, who through His Spirit works within human hearts. For the mystery of God the “Father of mercies” revealed by Christ becomes, in the context of today’s threats to man, as it were a unique appeal addressed to the Church…

 

In fact, revelation and faith teach us not only to meditate in the abstract upon the mystery of God as “Father of mercies,” but also to have recourse to that mercy in the name of Christ and in union with Him. Did not Christ say that our Father, who “sees in secret,”  is always waiting for us to have recourse to Him in every need and always waiting for us to study His mystery: the mystery of the Father and His love?

  

I therefore wish these considerations to bring this mystery closer to everyone. At the same time I wish them to be a heartfelt appeal by the Church to mercy, which humanity and the modern world need so much. And they need mercy even though they often do not realize it.   (Dives In Misericordia. N.2)

 

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.  For those who wish, Mary TV will Pray this novena live at 3:00 pm EDT starting April 18, 2014 (today) and ending on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014!  Join us at www.marytv.tv !   

 

PPPS.  The parish will climb Krizevac doing the stations of the cross at 11:00 am Medjugorje time today, which is 5:00 am EDT!  We will stream it, but it will be early for those of us in America!   

 

“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Blessed John Paul II
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Spiritual Warfare Must Be Preached!

The Consequences Of Sin And Disobedience Are Eternal Death!

Msgr. Charles Pope - Every ancient prayer manual and guide to spirituality until about fifty years ago had at least one large section devoted to what was known as Pugna Spiritualis (spiritual battle or spiritual warfare). In more recent decades, many spiritual books have downplayed or completely deleted references to spiritual battle or spiritual warfare.

Sadly, many modern approaches to faith, religion, and spirituality prefer to emphasize exclusively consoling themes rooted in self-esteem, affirmation, etc. To be sure, the authentic faith can and does offer great consolation, but the truest and deepest consolation often comes after one has persevered along the sometimes-difficult path, along the “narrow way” of the cross.

But too many today, in the name of affirmation and pseudo-self-esteem are ready to excuse, and even affirm grave moral disorders, rather than fight them. Grace and mercy are preached, but without reference to the repentance that opens the door to these gifts. Both the possibility of Hell and any consequences of sin, are absent from many modern conceptions of faith and religious practice.

Some years ago, I was approached by a rather angry woman who, having heard my sermon on the seriousness of certain sins (which were in the readings of the day), expressed great indignation that I would preach on such topics. She said, “I come to church to be consoled and have my spirits lifted, not to hear old-fashioned warnings about judgment and sins.” She felt quite a “righteous indignation,” and was most certain that I had transgressed a fundamental norm, namely, that religion exists to console, and that any challenge to one’s moral stance, (except perhaps caring for the poor), is intolerant and way out of line.

Indeed, many today have this kind of attitude: that it is their birthright not to be troubled or vexed in any way by something people might say, especially a preacher who claims to represent God! The “God they worship” would never trouble them. They will have Jesus for their consoler and best friend, but not their Lord, and certainly not their judge. And never mind the literally thousands of verses from Scripture in which Jesus himself speaks sternly and warns of sin, death, judgment, and Hell. They will have none of it, and are certain that “the Jesus they know,” would never raise his voice at them or challenge them even for a moment. Never mind that the real Jesus says to take up our cross and follow him.

With spiritual battle having been removed from many people’s spiritual landscape, the idea that the Lord would summon us to battle, or ask us to choose sides, seems strangely foreign, intolerant, and uncompassionate.

Even more dangerous, these modern conceptions not only distort Jesus, but they downplay the presence and influence of Satan. This is a very, very bad idea. Even if we cease fighting against Satan, he will never ceases his sometimes very subtle attacks on us.

Jesus called consistently for prayerful, sober vigilance against the powers of evil and sin. Like it or not, we are in a battle. Either we will soberly and vigilantly undertake the battle, or we will be conquered and led off like sheep to the slaughter.

Despite what modern spiritual approaches would like to eliminate, Christianity has been a militant religion since its inception. Jesus was exposed to every kind of danger from the beginning. Herod sought his life; Satan tried to tempt him in the desert; many enemies plotted on all sides as he worked his public ministry, misrepresenting him, levying false charges, and conspiring to sentence him to death, and eventually even succeeding though only for a moment.

And as for Jesus, so also for his mystical Body the Church: Saul, Saul why do you persecute me!?  (Acts 9:4) Jesus warns us that the world would hate us (Luke 21:17; John 15:20); that in this world we would have tribulation (Jn 16:33), and that we should watch and pray lest we give way to temptation (Matt 26:41). He summons us to persevere to the end if we would be saved (Mk 13:13). Jesus rather vividly described the kind of struggle with which we live when he said From the time of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has suffered violence, and men of violence take it by force (Matthew 11:12). Indeed, no Christian until the time that Jesus returns, can consider himself on leave or dismissed from this great spiritual battle, from this great drama that we exist in, this battle between good and evil.

Popular theme or not, we do well to remember that we are in the midst of a great cosmic and spiritual battle. And in that battle, we must be willing to choose sides and fight with the Lord for the Kingdom of God. Either we will gather with him or we will scatter. We are to fight for our own soul, and the souls of those whom we love.

In the holy week that is about to unfold, we are reminded once again of the great cosmic battle that the Lord waged, and that is still being waged in our time. Though already victorious, in his mystical Body the Church, the Lord in his faithful members still suffers violence, rejection, and ridicule. It is also for us to reclaim territory from the evil one, to take back what the devil stole from us. We are to advance the glory of God’s Kingdom through the fruits of great spiritual struggle, sacrifice, prayer, fasting, preaching, and an extensive missionary campaign to which the Lord has summoned and commissioned us.

The battle is on; the struggle is engaged! To spiritual arms one and all! Fight the good fight for the Lord.

Still not convinced we are at war? Let the Lord pull back the veil just a bit and let you look at what’s really going on. The final words of this article will not be mine; they will be the Lord’s. Here is described the cosmic battle that is responsible for most of the suffering and confusion you experience:

 

English: "And the serpent cast out of his...

English: “And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood” (Rev 12:15) Русский: “И пустил змей из пасти своей вслед жены воду как реку, дабы увлечь ее рекою” (Откр. 12:15) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days. Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers who accuses them before our God day and night,has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach. Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus. (Rev 12)

 

Originally posted at:  Archdiocese of Washington adw.org

 from Courageous Priest

 

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Pope Francis Highlights Worth and Dignity of the Disabled, Washes Feet of 12 Disabled Patients
In preparation for Easter Sunday, Pope Francis decided today to highlight the worth and dignity of disabled people — including washing the feet of 12 disabled patients at a care center.

At the Don Gnocchi Centre in Rome, the leader of the Catholic Church washed the feet of 12 people in a ceremony hearkening back to the number if disciples Jesus had. He and the elderly and disabled people celebrate the “In Coena Domini Mass” together before he washed their feet in a gesture of humility, recognition and respect. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/17/pope-francis-highlights-worth-and-dignity-of-the-disabled-washes-feet-of-12-disabled-patients/

Abortion Backer Chelsea Clinton Announces She’s Pregnant With a “Child”
Abortion supporter Chelsea Clinton announced today that she’s pregnant — not with a fetus or clump of cells but with a “child.”

This is the same Chelsea Clinton who lamented last year that her grandmother didn’t have access to Planned Parenthood. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/17/abortion-backer-chelsea-clinton-announces-she-pregnant-with-a-child/

Justina Pelletier’s Family Not Allowed to Visit Their Daughter on Easter Sunday
The family of Justina Pelletier 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.

Jennifer Pelletier, Justina’s oldest sister, alerted supported of Justina on the family’s Facebook page: “There are 75 young people in the Wayside Youth Facility. 74 of them will be able to spend Easter Sunday with their families. The one who will not is Justina Pelletier!” http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/16/teen-girl-asphyxiated-newborn-baby-to-death-put-infant-in-her-shopping-bag/

Ex-Boyfriend of Woman Who Killed Her Babies and Packed Them in Boxes is Shocked
The former boyfriend of the woman who allegedly killed seven of her babies and packed six of them in cardboard boxes is stunned.

Jimmy Brady, of Salt Lake City, says he was shocked to hear about what Megan Huntsman reportedly did and told a newspaper he had no idea about her past. He said he has been left depressed to hear about someone he cared about and how she killed her own children in such a gruesome manner. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/17/ex-boyfriend-of-woman-who-killed-her-babies-and-packed-them-in-boxes-is-shocked/



Chris Christie: I’m Pro-Life and Believe in the Sanctity of Human Life Before and After Birth
New Jersey Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie said during a speech at a forum on drug and alcohol abuse that he is pro-life and he tied his opposition to abortion to his respect for human life, chrischristie4saying he is pro-life both before and after birth.

Christie was a featured speaker at the conference, held at Saint Peter’s University. His comments on abortion came during a conversation with former Gov. Jim McGreevey. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/17/chris-christie-im-pro-life-and-believe-in-the-sanctity-of-human-life-before-and-after-birth/

Gosnell Movie Smashes Crowdfunding Record, Raises $900,000 at Indiegogo
The movie on Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has just become the most successful film ever on the Indiegogo crowdfunding website.

Gosnell, a made for TV project on the doctor who is America’s most prolific serial killer, has just smashed through the $900,000 mark – overtaking the previous record holder which had raised $898,000. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/17/gosnell-movie-smashes-crowdfunding-record-raises-900000-at-indiegogo/



Teen Born With One Leg Uses Crutches To Become Star Soccer Player
A19-year-old Nico Calabria was born with one leg, but started playing soccer at an early age, using crutches. In this video, Nico journeys from a little boy to a grown man, constantly striving to be the best he can be in his favorite sport.

Calabria, born with one leg, has defied expectations on the pitch and exemplifies what it means to power through. Nico’s done more with it than most people do with two. He plays soccer, wrestles, has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and lives his life like any other person, without limitations. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/17/teen-born-with-one-leg-uses-crutches-to-grow-into-a-star-soccer-player/

Study: “Significant Number” of Patients Wrongly Diagnosed as in “Vegetative” State
Lindsay Cochran was born with spinal muscular atrophy, and has been bound to a wheelchair since she was two years old. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/17/study-significant-number-of-patients-wrongly-diagnosed-as-in-vegetative-state/

A Big Brother Shows His Unconditional Love For His Wheelchair Bound Sister
Lou Pelletier, Justina’s father, has released a photo of a portion o. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/17/a-big-brother-shows-his-unconditional-love-for-his-wheelchair-bound-sister/

Planned Parenthood Reschedules Abortions to Dodge Clinic Inspections
An informant from the Planned Parenthood Keystone affiliate in Pennsylvania has slipped me some fascinating new documents. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/17/planned-parenthood-reschedules-abortions-to-dodge-clinic-inspections/



Texas Clinic Stops Abortions After Judge Won’t Grant Exception to Pro-Life Law
In yet another example of how pro-life laws actually work in terms of stopping abortions and protecting the lives of unborn children, an abortion clinic in Texas has stopped doing abortions after a judge refused to grant it an exemption to a pro-life law. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/17/texas-clinic-stops-abortions-after-judge-wont-grant-exception-to-pro-life-law/

People With Disabilities Don’t Want Your Pity and Don’t Want Your Death
The following letter was published by the Hamilton Spectator on April 15, 2014. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/17/people-with-disabilities-dont-want-your-pity-and-dont-want-your-death/

Mad Scientists Take Another Step Towards Human Cloning, Ban It Before It’s Too Late
Once Dolly the sheep was cloned, human cloning was always primarily a matter of developing the right technique. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/17/mad-scientists-take-another-step-towards-human-cloning-ban-it-before-its-too-late/

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Abortion Activists at University of Washington Trash Pro-Life Display
This morning, Wednesday April 16th, a pro-life “Cemetery of the Innocents” was torn down and thrown in the trash at the University of Washington. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/17/abortion-activists-at-university-of-washington-trash-pro-life-display/

MSNBC Ignores Poll Showing Texas Women Oppose Pro-Abortion Wendy Davis
The liberal journalists at MSNBC have been quite enamored with Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, constantly promoting her Democratic campaign. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/17/msnbc-ignores-poll-showing-texas-women-oppose-pro-abortion-wendy-davis/

In Canada, Tax Dollars Will Pay for an Abortion But Not Some of Your Health Care Needs
Here in Eastern Canada, where I live, the abortion debate has been reignited by news that the Morgentaler Clinic, a private abortion clinic in the province of New Brunswick, will close this summer. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/17/in-canada-tax-dollars-will-pay-for-an-abortion-but-not-some-of-your-health-care-needs/

Louisiana House Passes Bill Banning Abortion Clinic Staff From Instructing in Schools
On Wednesday, H.B. 305, authored by Representative Frank Hoffmann (R-Monroe), passed through the Louisiana House of Representatives by a bi-partisan vote of 91-6. The bill had 35 Representatives join as co-authors. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/17/louisiana-house-passes-bill-banning-abortion-clinic-staff-from-instructing-in-schools/

Abortionist Just Gets 3-Month License Suspension for Illegal Late-Term Abortions
Maryland abortionist Harold O. Alexander has once again had his medical license suspended for three months, according to a consent order issued by the Maryland Board of Physicians (MDBP) on April 16, 2014. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/17/abortionist-just-gets-3-month-license-suspension-for-illegal-late-term-abortions/

May Rally Will Remind Government That Ireland Doesn’t Want Abortion
The Pro Life Campaign has released a new video with the aim of promoting its upcoming National Vigil for Life which is due to take place on May 3rd in Dublin’s city centre. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/17/may-rally-will-remind-government-that-ireland-doesnt-want-abortion/

 
   
   


 



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