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Prop. 8 backers make emergency effort to block same-sex ‘marriages’

Posted: 30 Jun 2013 04:44 AM PDT

ProtectMarriage, the sponsors of Proposition 8, filed an emergency petition to the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday to stop same-sex
‘marriages’ from continuing in California.

California teens forced to shill for Obamacare

Posted: 29 Jun 2013 09:01 PM PDT

The Los Angeles school system reportedly plans to use a state grant to promote ObamaCare, in part by teaching students to become “messengers” for the law.

Obama stands behind HHS contraception mandate

Posted: 29 Jun 2013 08:28 PM PDT

Despite strong resistance from religious organizations, the Obama administration said Friday that it was moving ahead with a rule forcing most employers to provide free insurance coverage of contraceptives and abortions for women, a decision that has touched off a legal and political battle likely to rage for another year.

Abortion pill RU-486 now funded by Australian taxpayers

Posted: 29 Jun 2013 07:59 PM PDT

“By offering this different option at a very difficult time in a woman’s life, I hope that we are giving more choice in what are often extraordinarily difficult circumstances,” the minister said, championing wider access for mothers seeking to murder their unborn children.

 

 
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The picture above was hand drawn by Father Peter, who is one of the many Catholic priests Opus Bono cares for in prison. It is a thank you card, signed by 42 prisoners who have benefited from Father’s love, encouragement and spiritual guidance. Even in the “monastery of the prison cell”, incarcerated Catholic priests continue their ministerial priesthood to the poor and outcast, like themselves. At Father’s request, Opus Bono provided missals for all the prisoners engaged in Father’s weekly service as a prisoner to his brother prisoners.

 

“For I was in prison, and you visited me.” (Matt 25:37)

 

What better way to answer Jesus’ call to visit Him in prison, then by helping His Alter Christus’ incarcerated in the prisons of our world? When you become a Partner In Mission with Opus Bono Sacerdotii, you receive the same exact benefit of a Corporal Act of Mercy whenever we care for a priest in prison. You fulfill Jesus’ call to visit Him in prison! It is because we represent you when we care for priests in prison and, in fact, it is because of you that we are able to do it.

 

Pope Francis wrote to one of our priests in prison when he was Cardinal in Argentina.

 

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Weekly prayer reflection for Summer
“You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence; rather, serve one another through love.”
Galatians 5:13

June 30, 2013
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,
In a very special way, citizens of the United States are called to freedom. In a few days we will celebrate that freedom and independence with the 4th of July weekend. We dare not take this freedom for granted. Glancing through newspapers will remind us of how many people live without freedom of religion, without legal systems that work for justice, and without opportunities for work and development.

We have been blessed. St. Paul challenges us to use our freedom to share and to serve one another through love. As Catholics pray on July 4th, the message and good news of Jesus Christ “lives on in our midst as our task for today and a promise for tomorrow.”

Father of all nations and ages, we recall the day when our country claimed its place among the family of nations; for what has been achieved we give You thanks, for the work that still remains we ask Your help…Grant that under Your providence our country may share Your blessings with all the peoples of the earth. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen
Rev. Peter Schineller, S.J., CMMB Board of Directors

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Why Wendy Davis isn’t a Hero

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 08:43 PM PDT

If you glance around the pro-abortion media or blogosphere, you’ll see glowing reviews of Wendy Davis for her 13-hour filibuster of Texas’ SB5. This bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks and increase safety regulations for abortion clinics, which for pro-aborts, is the worst thing ever.
Back off, Sebelius

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 08:38 PM PDT

Following on yesterday’s 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Hobby Lobby can continue its lawsuit against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate on religious grounds, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma ruled today that the federal government must halt all enforcement of the mandate (and related financial penalties) against the Christian-based company.

Senegal Cheers Its President for Standing Up to Obama on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 07:12 PM PDT

While Mr. Obama was generally welcomed here during his brief visit, his praise for the United States Supreme Court decision on gay couples was not.

You are Really God’s Little Child

My poor child, how short this life on earth is!  It is always an unfinished symphony.  Do you realize your home is elsewhere?  Why do you continue to cling to the things of the earth?  The other life is tomorrow.  Are you not longing to see Me?  To know Me better?  Ask Me for this desire.  I can give you everything you lack.  You don’t ask.  Above all do not be afraid of wearying Me or annoying Me.  You are my little child.  Nothing that concerns you ever tires Me….Don’t be afraid then.  Just ask.  Yearn for Me and thank Love.  Call yourself: God’s little child…it will give you a new feeling.

Our Lord to Gabrielle Bossis from the classic “He and I”

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Judie Brown
Judie Brown
June 29, 2013

As our country slides deeper into a moral abyss, many stand by either gaping at these changes or passively watching them happen. Neither of these things is effective in teaching morality or the truths of the Catholic Church. To effect change, we must first understand why these things are happening. Today’s commentary addresses the tumult and the immorality our society is experiencing, and we must listen well. The future of marriage, of family, and of our society depends upon us.

To read the article, click here:
http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/brown/130629
 
 
 

     
                                             

The Bishop of Rome
Reflection for 6/29/13

www.apostleshipofprayer.org

 
 
 




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Polygamists thrilled by SCOTUS ruling

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 12:39 PM PDT

Despite two very disappointing rulings, 38 states still define marriage as the union of a man and woman — including California, where Proposition 8 is still the law of the land. Until an appeals court says otherwise, the reports that the amendment has been struck down are untrue.

Obama admin makes yet another act of false accommodation in HHS mandate

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 12:27 PM PDT

Unfortunately the final rule announced today is the same old, same old. As we said when the proposed rule was issued, this doesn’t solve the religious conscience problem because it still makes our non-profit clients the gatekeepers to abortion and provides no protection to religious businesses”

One baby, four grandparents, big problem

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 04:50 AM PDT

China’s family planning department—which sets limits on how many children families can have—is learning the downsides of public exposure.

Let’s divorce marriage from the government

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 03:01 AM PDT

Liberals were more open to this “separation” idea back when conservative pro-family types were ascendant. Now, some conservatives are understanding its merits as a more liberal view is ascendant.

Religious Liberty and the Gay ‘Marriage’ Endgame

Posted: 27 Jun 2013 01:16 PM PDT

For now, the right to define marriage is still reserved to the states, which means that the political battle can continue — albeit amid a flood of new lawsuits inspired by some of Kennedy’s arguments — in jurisdictions where the national trend toward support for gay ‘wedlock’ hasn’t yet overwhelmed the traditional view.

spiritlifeHLI LogoThis week’s Spirit & Life is by Father Shenan J. Boquet, president of Human Life International.


Spirit & Life is the weekly e-column of

Human Life International. 

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From Words to Flesh and Blood

Dear deaconjohn,

Earlier this month, Human Life International sponsored a pro-life conference for clergy in Mexico City where some of my brother priests were confronted with the true horror of abortion for the first time in their lives. In many parts of Latin America unborn life is protected, so the daily struggle to expose abortion we face here in the United States just isn’t the same. Though we’ve been wrapped up in news about court cases and legislative disputes recently, it’s important to keep in mind that the assault on faith, reason and freedom we are seeing here at home is playing out in very different ways around the world.

 

A large part of HLI’s mission is to communicate the essence of this struggle, and the urgency of responding to it, to priests and seminarians here at home and around the world. That is why Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, Archbishop of Mexico, invited us to host our conference in his archdiocese, which is home to the Patroness of the Americas, and of the pro-life movement, Our Lady of Guadalupe.

 

As with much of HLI’s efforts to sustain and nourish a Culture of Life, the conference’s primary focus was to provide our bishops, priests and seminarians with the tools necessary to confront the threats against life, faith and family. The opening address was presented by the Most Reverend Rodrigo Aguilar, president of the Commission on Life for the Mexican Bishops’ Conference. His Excellency’s presentation focused on human dignity and Christian anthropology in contrast to the secular anthropology, which anchors man’s identity and purpose in the temporal sphere. As noted by the bishop, a proper Christian anthropology leads to transformation and authentic freedom, while the other leads to virtual enslavement to one’s senses, passions and appetites — a spiritual impoverishment.

 

Quoting the great champion of human dignity, John Paul II, Bishop Aguilar recalled the opening sentences of Evangelium Vitae:

 

Man is called to a fullness of life, which far exceeds the dimensions of his earthly existence, because it consists in sharing the very life of God. The loftiness of this supernatural vocation reveals the greatness and the inestimable value of human life even in its temporal phase.

 

Bishop Aguilar made it clear that only within a proper Christian anthropology could man and woman bear fruit that will last unto eternal life. “The Gospel of Life is at the heart of Jesus’ message…and it is precisely in this life that all the aspects and stages of human life achieve their full significance” (EV 1). His remarks and reflections challenged us in Holy Orders and those discerning the priesthood to preach the full message of the Gospel of Life, which leads to freedom. Silence and complacency, on the other hand, further deepens the reigning spiritual impoverishment, threatening God’s people.  

 

The culmination of the conference was powerful. Because the Federal District is the only state within Mexico where abortion is legalized (up to the 12th week), we felt it was important for the bishops, priests and seminarians to see the graphic images of abortion — putting the word of the relevant teaching and discussion in a true flesh and blood context. On the evening of the second day, we showed a video of two abortions: one early-term and one late-term. Seeing the reality of abortion for the first time changes a person, especially considering that this form of murder is protected in law in so many places.

 

The next day, we invited all attendees to pray at three abortion facilities early Friday morning. Because the abortion facilities open at 6:30 AM, the day began at 4:00 AM with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. My heart was moved to see the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe filled. At 5:15 AM we boarded four buses.

 

I traveled with two of the buses to one of the abortion facilities nearer to the airport; I had prayed there before. We arrived at 6:00 AM and the sidewalks were filled with men and women. They seemed to be mostly young teenagers, though some were clearly parents with daughters. Sixty mothers are allowed to enter the facility. Though the air was cool, it was heavy with the reality of what was soon to happen — the murder of little boys and girls.

 

We gathered together in front of the main gate and prayed aloud. Our presence could not be ignored. It was clear that many of those gathered for an abortion were very uncomfortable with our presence. I would also say the lives of my brother priests and seminarians were deeply affected as well. As with those who witness an abortion, no one who keeps vigil in front of an abortion facility walks away the same. One cannot look into the eyes and faces of their sisters and be unaffected. Again, it was no longer mere words, power point presentations, videos and handouts, it was flesh and blood.

 

Between the three abortion facilities we visited that morning, 11 mothers and their babies were saved. Praise God!

 

As we pray for strength and guidance in how we can best act to defend marriage and life here at home, let’s remember that we do so in solidarity with the faithful around the world. Let Our Lord’s will be done through us, with our full assent, trust, love and hope.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr Boquet signature
Father Shenan J. Boquet
President, Human Life International



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Dear Friends for Life,

Planned Parenthood and domestic abuse: There is a common thread that binds Planned Parenthood with sexual and domestic abuse. That thread is total lack of respect for the wholeness, wonder, and sacred mystery of human sexuality and of the human person. STOPP featured an article that caused a firestorm among Planned Parenthood supporters because it implicated Planned Parenthood in teaching young people how to put on makeup to cover abuse.

Read more here

A former abortionist implores the Church to stop abortion: For many of us, our testing ground has been and continues to be Planned Parenthood. It is here that we are daily challenged with the brutal reality that the consequence of sin is death. We witness with all our senses the wrath of hell manifested in the vitriolic attacks by abortion workers unleashed on us – and much worse, on the tiny, innocent babies they kill and throw in the trash.

But by God’s grace, in the midst of all that spiritual turmoil and killing, it is very common for abortion workers to walk away from Planned Parenthood once the Church comes to the sidewalk. Those of us who have been active in pro-life work for decades can point to many who have walked away because of our presence on the sidewalks outside Planned Parenthood.

Read more here

God Bless,
Jerry Novotny, OMI

 

(The Difference is LIFE) “When we do not profess Jesus Christ, the saying of Léon Bloy comes to mind: “Anyone who does not pray to the Lord prays to the devil.” When we do not profess Jesus Christ, we profess the worldliness of the devil, a demonic worldliness.” – Pope Francis.


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Lifeissues.net Newsletter #634
June 30, 2013
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(TABLE OF CONTENTS):

1. US Supreme Court overturns gay marriage provision
2. On the Dignity of Human Life
3. Looking at the Bottom Line on Marriage
4. From Gay Sex to Marriage Equality
5. …or How I stop worrying and learned to love the (Demographic) Bomb, NOT!
6. Quebec euthanasia bill blasted for enshrining ‘power to kill’
7. Men having sex with men at far greater risk for cancer, STDs, infections: Systematic review
8. Is ‘mercy-killing’ really merciful?
9. The Worldwide Advance of the Gay Agenda, And What We Can Do About It
10. The Ancient Christian Wisdom on Marriage
11. Contemplative Fatherhood
12. Fathers Hidden and Revealed


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(Abortion): “NEW Investigative Video! Putting A Face On Abortion” –  Every human being is unique and precious from the moment of conception. But abortionists will not give even these babies – 24 weeks, 27 weeks, viable, capable of surviving outside the womb – the dignity of humanity. So we want to put the question in every American’s head: if not even these babies are worthy of humanity in the abortionist’s eyes, then what is human? What does “human” even mean? Please watch and share our video. Americans need to know the atrocious acts being committed against our pre-born brothers and sisters – to people, entitled to the right to life – across the country.

 

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ITEM #1: US Supreme Court overturns gay marriage provision

The US Supreme Court has struck down a law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman only, in a landmark ruling.

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ITEM #2: On the Dignity of Human Life

When one re-reads Blessed Pope John Paul II’s encyclical on life, he needs to keep these statistics in mind: Since 1980, some 1,295,830,000 abortions were performed throughout the world. That is about one-seventh of the present world population. In this context, the famous phrase, “I feel lucky just to be alive!” takes on new meaning. The number of abortions per year in the world is between forty and fifty million. That is, in six or seven years, we kill roughly the population of the United States. Since Roe v. Wade (1973), some 56 million abortions took place in America.

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ITEM #3:  Looking at the Bottom Line on Marriage

There are those who attack traditional marriage and say this sacred institution should no longer be defined in terms of the procreation of the human race and the mutual love and support of a man and a woman. Such advocates of “redefining” marriage fail to understand that we do so at great risk.

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ITEM #4: From Gay Sex to Marriage Equality

When I was growing up (I’m almost 50 years old now), there were few more hurtful and shameful insults that could be hurled at oneself than “gay” or “homo.” Moreover, the visceral reaction against homosexuality was so strong at the time, the thought that the terms “gay” and “marriage” would be used in the same sentence would have seemed preposterous – even to many people with a same-sex attraction.

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ITEM #5: …or How I stop worrying and learned to love the (Demographic) Bomb, NOT!

A stranger came into the sacristy after Sunday Mass. In an incriminating huff he said, “I have been away from the area for fifteen years; where are the people? And now you are tearing down the school? I went there as a kid.” I put my hands up to quiet him from further talking and I calmly said, “Let me ask you a question: How many kids did you have?” He said, “Two.” Then I said, “So did everyone else. When you only have two kids per family there is no growth.” His demeanor changed, and then he dropped his head and said, “And they aren’t even going to Mass anymore.”

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ITEM #6: Quebec euthanasia bill blasted for enshrining ‘power to kill’

The bill would allow a doctor to administer fatal drugs to a mentally sound patient who repeatedly gives written consent, CBC News reports. Two physicians would have to approve a suicide request.

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ITEM #7 Men having sex with men at far greater risk for cancer, STDs, infections: Systematic review

As the homosexual movement makes gains in public opinion and politics, the dissenting voice of science continues to unearth health problem after health problem associated with gay sexual behavior.

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ITEM #8: Is ‘mercy-killing’ really merciful?

In a society where murder of the pre-born (and infanticide) is widely accepted, it is tragically unsurprising that the next step, child euthanasia, may soon take hold in a new way. This sad news comes out of the country of Belgium, where legislators are likely to approve a measure that will allow children who are “gravely ill” to be euthanized.

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ITEM #9: The Worldwide Advance of the Gay Agenda, And What We Can Do About It

The culture of life must fight back on all fronts, including law, news coverage, and professional organizations.

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ITEM #10: The Ancient Christian Wisdom on Marriage

Have you ever heard comments like these? “People oppose gay marriage only for religious reasons, because there really aren’t any rational non-religious reasons to oppose gay marriage.” “You are fighting for a lost cause. Marriage was lost a long time ago.” And finally, how about this one, “It is time to throw in the towel, and accept the inevitable.”

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ITEM #11: Contemplative Fatherhood

By demoting fatherhood’s centrality in our public philosophy, we demote in turn the deepest and most formative essence of fatherhood – one that personifies the capacity of humans to form deep and lasting bonds on the basis of human reflexivity, particularly embodied reason and faith.

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Patrick Deneen has written beautifully about the obviousness of motherhood, and the hiddenness of fatherhood. He observes a distinction between becoming a biological and an ontological father – both are acts, as he puts it, of “embodied faith and embodied reason.” What a fecund observation to help us contemplate fatherhood.


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YOU CAN CHANGE SOCIETY:

1. BE INFORMED: “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6. Visit Lifeissues.net Website for insights into current Life Issues www.lifeissues.net. Access to all prior Newsletters is located in the Archives on main page.

2. PRAY DAILY: for the courage to be God’s presence in society and to strongly support those who are deemed “unworthy of life”. “If My people who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

3. BECOME INVOLVED: Several years ago Fr. Jerry created a project entitled, “Journey for Life into the Heart of Asia”. The project appeals for donations to help finance plane travel for lectures and seminars to developing countries in Asia. Strong focus is centered on reaching Asian Catholic Major Seminaries, Universities, Parishes, Hospitals and Family/Pro Life related groups. The lectures place emphasis on “The Asian Family at Crossroads: Life Issues, Trends and Challenges”.

For information about no-cost Pro Life Talks to your group in Asia: contact Fr. Jerry at jerry@shirt.ocn.ne.jp.

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