September 30, 2010
In a time when moral relativism seems to have taken over, we look to the past at practices and wonder if they are any indication of what the future has in store. While some practices may have been extreme, even horrifying by most standards, are we doomed to continue these practices? To most people, the slaughtering of innocent babies is horrifying, yet our country accepts that as normal. What more could the future hold?
‘The immediate process which brings us to this historic moment began with a Vestry retreat in October 2007, where it was decided unanimously that Mount Calvary should explore the possibility of becoming part of the Roman Catholic Church.’ – Rev’d Jason Cantania
I love this kind of Church news. Welcome home dear friends in Christ. May Mother Mary take you all under her mantle of protection. Amen.
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Our Lady is the Queen of Peace! She said in one apparition that she “would appear in every home if she has to!” Show thyself, my Mother and my Queen! Bring us to conversion and to your Divine Son, Jesus Christ! We are awaiting the triumph of your Immaculate Heart and the reign of Christ in our hearts! Amen.
Front Royal, Va., Sep 30, 2010 / 01:07 pm (CNA).- Commenting on a recent analysis which shows a jump in the number of cohabitating couples in the U.S., relationship expert and father of seven Anthony Buono said the figures are evidence of individual selfishness and a contraceptive mentality in our culture. Buono argued in remarks to CNA that those who avoid or postpone marriage while living together fail to experience true happiness.
The Denver Post reported last week that the Census Bureau showed a 13 percent increase in the number of opposite-sex unmarried couples who shared living arrangements. The number rose to 7.5 million couples this year as opposed to a 2 percent decrease between 2008 and 2009. According to the Denver paper, demographers suggested that a suffering economy may be contributing to boyfriends and girlfriends seeking to increase financial help from one another.
In commentsto CNA on Wednesday, father of seven and founder of Ave Maria Singles Anthony Buono said that more and more couples living together show how individuals are seeking to enjoy all the benefits of marriage, without the commitment required of marriage.
Im sure none of us have any illusions of couples having the conviction or strength to live together simply to share expenses in a down economy, or to save money together before marriage, or to get to know each other as people so they can determine if they will work out in the long run, Buono added.
Lets face it, couples living together are fornicating, he asserted. Living together falsely legitimizes their ability to have sex whenever they wish.
The cohabitation mentality completely includes a contraceptive mentality, Buono wrote. It is individual selfishness disguised as a good idea that seems to care about the other.
There is so much to be said about how much cohabitation, pre-marital sex, and the use of artificial contraception destroys the person and breaks down society as a whole, he noted. It is a historical fact that the family is the heart of society.
Getting married and having children is what life is all about for the majority of people. Supporting marriage and the children of marriage is what life is about for the rest. Everything else has its place, but they are secondary to this.
Buono continued to say that those avoiding it, preventing it, postponing it, or committed to never do it are really missing the boat to true happiness. Living together has a track record of couples ending their relationship, not getting married.
Let me end by sharing a big plug for marriage and children, since there are so many who feel lifes financial struggles make it an excuse for cohabitating, Buono said. I am married and have seven children. At tax time, I save a bundle because of all the deductions I have due to all the dependents I have.
I know a family with 12 children who dont even pay income taxes. The large family is the most economical way to go. The older children help take care of the younger children, and the gift of siblings cannot be underestimated.
Do yourself and society a favor, he stated. Get married and have lots of babies. Become great parents and raise your children to become exceptional adults capable of making a positive difference in the world.
Excellent article! Needs to be sent to all those we know who are not married but living together and also those who are putting off having children. Let’s have more babies!
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September 24, 1994
Title: Trust Me
To Father Carter and Rita
Jesus: I call you to be united and working together in intimacy. This will help My work be done, as you grow in greater oneness – as you work as one mind and one heart with the same plan I give you. The devil will try to divide you, he will plant thoughts of division in your mind. Trust Me. You are both to lead one another to greater intimacy with Me through My Mother's most tender heart. Your support for one another is crucial to the deeds you must both accomplish. I am leading you both, separately, and jointly, to accomplish My task, to promote devotion to My Heart through My Mother's Heart.
Your support and love of each other is important for this endeavor. Your love of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit will grow as you trust one another and open up to the experiences you are having, growing in your relationship with Me. Each person will help the other see the whole picture you need to do this work. Hold not back your experiences with Me. Tell one another your intimate experiences with God. You will both grow in your relationship with Me as you share your experiences with Me. You will lead so many to My Most Sacred Heart. Trust one another and do not give into any promptings of Satan to divide you. Come to My Heart and rest forever there. I am your most loving Jesus, through My Mother's tender heart you will accomplish this task and lead so many to My Heart.
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I love you so much. I am the Sacred Heart of Jesus. You are My apostles. I will lead you to such intense union with Me, the Father and Holy Spirit. I love you so much.
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow and Mary's Meals
September 30, 2010
St. Jerome Dear Family of Mary! "Dear children! Today I am with you and bless you all with my motherly blessing of peace, and I urge you to live your life of faith even more, because you are still weak and are not humble. I urge you, little children, to speak less and to work more on your personal conversion so that your witness may be fruitful. And may your life be unceasing prayer. Thank you for having responded to my call."
(September 25, 2010)
"Work more on your personal conversion so that your witness may be fruitful." We don't always associate our witness with our personal conversion. Our witness seems public, but our conversion seems more private, between me and God. And yet our witness will bear good fruit only if our conversion is real. So they are tied together. One such conversion that is bearing incredible fruit is Craig Lodge in Scotland. The MacFarlane-Barrow family went to Medjugorje in the early 80's and their whole life changed. They began a house of prayer on their property, and soon hundreds of people were coming to Craig Lodge to pray and find the peace they lacked. Out of this prayer and peace came an initiative called "Mary's Meals". Today through SIR (Scotland International Relief) over ½ million starving children all over the world are fed at school every day. Talk about fruit. You can read about this remarkable family at www.marysmeals.org! Also, I want to include a news flash they just sent out in which you can help.
Mary's Meals Extra
Welcome to the Autumn Issue of Mary's Meals Extra, our quarterly e-bulletin for supporters, keeping you up to date with the latest Mary's Meals events and activities.
We want to start by sharing some news that we have only just heard. Magnus, our founder, has been named one of the Top Ten Heroes of 2010 by the TV station CNN.
This international recognition of our work is an honour, and presents a wonderful opportunity to tell more people around the world about the importance of a meal a day, in school, for a hungry child.
We hope that you will help us by sharing the link to the film about Magnus at www.cnn.com/heroes and casting your vote for the Hero of the Year.
The CNN Heroes programme aims to promote "everyday people who are doing extraordinary things". Magnus' initial nomination in the summer had a big impact on Mary's Meals which you can read more about that in this issue of Mary's Meals Extra. http://www.marysmeals.org/PDF/Marys-Meals-EXTRA-Issue7.pdf
Please vote for Magnus, because if he wins, Mary's Meals will receive a big donation! I see in Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow a good example of a personal conversion that is bearing fruit in his witness. You can read about Magnus and his family on their website also.
God bless you all and please say a quick prayer for me, I have a bad cold!! In Jesus and Mary!
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