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The fruit of the womb is a reward."
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The first working day of the Synod of Bishops on the Family was due to start at 9am on Monday, but like every good host, Pope Francis was in the hall, well ahead of time, welcoming the bishops, priests, religious and lay people as they took their seats for the opening prayer. Philippa Hitchen reports..... Listen:
(Vatican Radio) The first of the daily press conferences to report on the proceedings of the Synod of the Family took place at 1pm Rome time on Monday. The Synod began on Sunday with a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica and the first session sat on Monday morning.
Dozens of pro-life groups have co-signed a letter to Republican leaders in Congress supporting an attempt to use the reconciliation process to approve legislation to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business, which has been caught selling aborted babies and their body parts.
27th Sunday OT Fr. Philip Neri Powell, OP Our Lady of the Rosary, NOLA Uncomfortable truths do not go away simply b/c we harden our hearts against them. Reality does not yield to argument or whining. Truth is truth; the Real is real, and we are thrown into both and forced to deal with each as best we can. However, better than most, we Catholics are equipped […]
The Kind of Consent Required in MatrimonyIt is most necessary that the consent be expressed in words denoting present time.MutualMarriage is not a mere donation, but a mutual agreement; and therefore the consent of one of the parties is insufficient for marriage, the consent of both being essential.ExternalTo declare this consent w
Do your best to suppress exuberant outbursts in your workplace cubicles! I am informed that, months after its release, the encyclical Laudato si’ is now available in Latin. Yes, the official version (that no one has yet quoted) is now on the Vatican website. HERE For your reading pleasure… here’s one paragraph:
Pope Francis addressed the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Monday morning -- the morning of their first full day of sessions. Below, please find Vatican Radio's full English translation ...
I admit to having Synod Fatigue™ already. I am so sick of it already, that even now I force myself to write this. I hereby commit myself to use my irritation and concern to my advantage. I will force myself to pay attention and to mutter prayers as I go about my business in the following days.
A couple weeks ago I wrote on my blog about my family’s finances and our desire – and struggle – to give 10% as first fruits to God. It’s a tough call, right? 10% of our income to God. Often, my thoughts are, ‘10%? as if we don’t have enough problems on our hands as is…’
When pro-life Republican presidential candidate Carly Florina drew national attenti9on in the last debate to the scandal of Planned Parenthood selling the body parts of aborted babies, the mainstream media went on the defense for the abortion giant and claimed Fiorina was lying.
Psalm 93 [Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition]
1 The Lord is the God to whom revenge belongeth: the God of revenge hath acted freely.
2 Lift up thyself, thou that judgest the earth: render a reward to the proud.
3 How long shall sinners, O Lord: how long shall sinners glory?
4 Shall they utter, and speak iniquity: shall all speak who work injustice?
5 Thy people, O Lord, they have brought low: and they have afflicted thy inheritance.
6 They have slain the widow and the stranger: and they have murdered the fatherless.
7 And they have said: The Lord shall not see: neither shall the God of Jacob understand.
8 Understand, ye senseless among the people: and, you fools, be wise at last.
9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? or he that formed the eye, doth he not consider?
10 He that chastiseth nations, shall he not rebuke: he that teacheth man knowledge?
11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of men, that they are vain.
12 Blessed is the man whom thou shalt instruct, O Lord: and shalt teach him out of thy law.
13 That thou mayst give him rest from the evil days: till a pit be dug for the wicked.
14 For the Lord will not cast off his people: neither will he forsake his own inheritance.
15 Until justice be turned into judgment: and they that are near it are all the upright in heart.
16 Who shall rise up for me against the evildoers? or who shall stand with me against the workers of iniquity?
17 Unless the Lord had been my helper, my soul had almost dwelt in hell.
18 If I said: My foot is moved: thy mercy, O Lord, assisted me.
19 According to the multitude of my sorrows in my heart, thy comforts have given joy to my soul.
20 Doth the seat of iniquity stick to thee, who framest labour in commandment?
21 They will hunt after the soul of the just, and will condemn innocent blood.
22 But the Lord is my refuge: and my God the help of my hope.
23 And he will render them their iniquity: and in their malice he will destroy them: the Lord our God will destroy them.