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December 31, 2015 A.D.

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December 31, 2015 A.D.

Are you memory“ing” your transition from 2015 to 2016?

Caritas Community New Years 2014

Caritas Community New Years 2014/2015 at the Cross on Penitentiary Mountain, sending up their prayers by lighting sky lanterns, and watching their prayers and the lanterns go up to the heavens…

Every year, the Caritas Community gathers in prayer to transition in the new year. This is a tradition that the founder of Caritas began with his family before the Community was started. When you gather for a holy purpose, you not only receive the grace of prayer, but, God also gives you joy, for you will never experience togetherness like you can when you gather for a holy reason in prayer. It is like Medjugorje visionary Ivan said about prayer groups, a principle that is true for any relationship, that you grow closer to each other by praying together, than by talking to each other.

While many spend their New Year’s eve in party“ing” in a worldly way, Our Lady is showing in Her messages to be memory“ing” these moments in prayer. Our Lady of Medjugorje said on December 31, 1984:

“When you hear the bells at midnight, you will fall on your knees, bow your head to the ground so that the King of Peace will come. This year I will offer my peace to the world. But afterwards, I will ask you where you were when I offered you my peace.”

We are being offered Mercy this year. Tonight, New Year’s Eve, in this Year of Mercy, think of when 2016 ends. Will you have memoried this evening tonight in a holy way? The founder of Caritas, his family and the Caritas Community will be remembering all of you in prayer tonight as we memory this moment together in prayer and love.

In the Love of Our Lady,
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Katie
Wisconsin, Wisconsin – USA
Although we will likely not make it to midnight, we will be in unity with Caritas, saying our rosary together for peace and Our Lady’s intentions for all. Hugs to the Community from your ‘family’ in WI. Katie and Pat

* December 31 – Holy Mary Odigitria (Italy) – Saint Catherine Labouré (d.1876)  * 63 children gathered to recite the Litany of Our Lady —-- A Moment with Mary --
Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Mary of Nazareth Association

December 31 – Holy Mary Odigitria (Italy) – Saint Catherine Labouré (d.1876)

63 children gathered to recite the Litany of Our Lady


[Wikipedia]
Catherine Labouré was born in 1806 into a large family of well-to-do farmers from Burgundy, in France. Around the age of 14 she began to consider a religious vocation, but had to face the persistent opposition of her father. She was eventually able to enter the Daughters of Charity at the age of 23. In April 1830, Catherine arrived at the mother house of the Rue du Bac in Paris to start her novitiate.

As early as July 1830, she revealed to her confessor that she had received apparitions of Our Lady: the Virgin Mary appeared to her, with beams of light flowing out of her open hands, illuminating the globe on which she stood. She asked Catherine to have a medal made and distributed everywhere, bearing her image and the special invocation: “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”

On the day she died Catherine asked to have 63 children recite each invocation of the Litany of Our Lady from the Office of the Immaculate Conception, at her bedside… Catherine saw in the number 63 an illustration of the oral tradition that gave the age of 63 to the Virgin: fifteen years before and after the thirty-three years of Christ’s life.

The Mary of Nazareth Team


The uncorrupted body of Saint Catherine [Wikipedia]

 


(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2015

J.M.J.

December 31, 2015
St. Sylvester I
New Year’s Eve
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
October 25, 2014 “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.”
 
Tonight we say good bye to another year. So much has happened during 2015. Many trials have come upon the world, but also many graces have been given. We know that God is with us, that Our Lady is by our side, and that good will win. Our Lady has told us so.
 
As we enter 2016, many of us enter into prayer, putting God is the first place in our lives and in this New Year. We can take part in a beautiful tradition tonight or tomorrow, that of asking the Lord to give us a saint as a companion for this New Year! It is a wonderful tradition! Each year we are given a new saint to be our guide and protector. Year after year these saints gather around us, praying for us and encouraging us to holiness. We experience their companionship and it is a comfort.
 
St. Faustina’s community observed this tradition. One year she wrote:
 
Jesus likes to intervene in the smallest details of our life, and He often fulfills secret wishes of mine that I sometimes hide from Him, although I know that from Him nothing can be hidden.
 
There is a custom among us of drawing by lot, on New Year’s Day, special Patrons for ourselves for the whole year. In the morning during meditation, there arose within me a secret desire that the Eucharistic Jesus be my special Patron for this year also, as in the past. But, hiding this desire from my Beloved, I spoke to Him about everything else but that. When we came to refectory for breakfast, we blessed ourselves and began drawing our patrons. When I approached the holy cards on which the names of the patrons were written, without hesitation I took one, but I didn’t read the name immediately (152) as I wanted to mortify myself for a few minutes. Suddenly, I heard a voice in my soul: I am your patron. Read. I looked at once at the inscription and read, “Patron for the Year 1935 – the Most Blessed Eucharist.” My heart leapt with joy, and I slipped quietly away from the sisters and went for a short visit before the Blessed Sacrament, where I poured out my heart. But Jesus sweetly admonished me that I should be, at that moment, together with the sisters. I went immediately in obedience to the rule. (360 Diary)

Saint Faustina understood how very much Jesus was listening to her every desire when she received Him as her saint for the year! What a confirmation of the nearness of God!! We too will find consolation when we pick our saints for this coming year. The Lord knows just how to show us He is listening to our hearts and is answering our secret prayers.
 
We have an updated list of saints on our web page at this link: http://www.marytv.tv/saints-list
 
I suggest you download the PDF of the saints list, by clicking on the read link at the top of the page. This PDF file will print out easily, and you can cut up the squares with saint’s names easily. Then, during a short prayer time, you and your family and friends can choose a saint.
 
God bless you, and may the Saints be with us in 2016!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2015
 
Here is the PDF Document of our list of Saints for 2016.  You can download it from here:

2016 List of Saints PDF

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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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

Top Stories
• Founder of Feminist Group That Goes Topless to Protest Abortion Becomes Pro-Life, Apologizes
• Historic Selma, Alabama Now Abortion Free as Local Abortion Clinic Closes Down
• One of the Smallest Surviving Babies in the World Has Been Born, Meet 10 Ounce E’layah Faith
• 13 Pro-Abortion Celebrities Who Pro-Life People Should Boycott

More Pro-Life News
• Six Celebrities Who are Pro-Life on Abortion
• Doctors Were Ready to Take His Son Off Life Support and Harvest His Organs Until He Pulled a Gun
• Doctors Offered to Abort Quinn, Who Has Two Rare Diseases. Parents Said “Give Him a Chance at Life”
• Speaker Paul Ryan: We’re Sending Obama a Bill Next Week That De-Funds Planned Parenthood

• Spokeswoman for Donald Trump: We Need to “Bring Awareness to the 50 Million Aborted People”
• Mei Survived Three Abortions as Chinese Population Control Officials Tried Repeatedly to Kill Her
• Abortion Activists Blast Bill to Stop Planned Parenthood From Dumping Aborted Babies in Landfills
• She Was Considering Abortion Until She Read Something That Completely Changed Her Mind
• Activist Says Assisted Suicide Should be a “Fundamental Right” for People Not Wanting to Grow Old
• Kermit Gosnell Wants His Sentence Overturned for Running a Pill Mill Out of His Gory Abortion Clinic

• Illinois Law for Parental Notification on Abortion Saves Over 500 Unborn Babies From Abortion
• 40,000 Abortions Take Place Every Year in Israel, This Group is Doing Something to Stop It

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Founder of Feminist Group That Goes Topless to Protest Abortion Becomes Pro-Life, Apologizes
Chances are you’ve heard of the pro-abortion feminists who protest topless for abortion at The Vatican or infiltrate Catholic Churches to push their radical abortion agenda. In Spain, once time, as the Spanish government pushes a pro-life proposal to roll back some of Europe’s most pro-abortion laws, extreme feminists from Femen showed their anger by hurling objects at Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela as he attempted to enter a local Catholic Church before Mass.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/30/founder-of-feminist-group-that-goes-topless-to-protest-abortion-becomes-pro-life-apologizes/

Historic Selma, Alabama Now Abortion Free as Local Abortion Clinic Closes Down
An Alabama-based abortion clinic that local pro-life advocates said was operating illegally, without a proper state license, has closed down. That makes the historic town of Selma, Alabama — home of the venerable civil rights activists –abortion free.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/30/historic-selma-alabama-now-abortion-free-as-local-abortion-clinic-closes-down/

One of the Smallest Surviving Babies in the World Has Been Born, Meet 10 Ounce E’layah Faith
Second-trimester and late-term abortions are legal in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and other nations around the world. So when a very premature baby is born, it’s a clear indication of what a baby at that gestational age looks like when he or she is subjected to an abortion.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/30/one-of-the-smallest-surviving-babies-in-the-world-has-been-born-meet-10-ounce-elayah-faith/

13 Pro-Abortion Celebrities Who Pro-Life People Should Boycott
2015 revealed a lot about the abortion industry and its supporters. The 11 videos released by the Center for Medical Progress uncovered shocking details about the abortion industry and prompted numerous investigations and efforts to de-fund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/30/13-pro-abortion-celebrities-who-pro-life-people-should-boycott/



Six Celebrities Who are Pro-Life on Abortion
2015 will go down as monumental year for pro-life movement after a series of undercover videos exposed the nation’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood, selling aborted babies’ body parts.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/30/six-celebrities-who-are-pro-life-on-abortion/

Doctors Were Ready to Take His Son Off Life Support and Harvest His Organs Until He Pulled a Gun
Nearly a year ago, George Pickering III was lying in a hospital bed on life support. He had suffered a massive stroke after a history of seizures, and had been declared brain-dead. Doctors determined that care was futile and ordered a “terminal wean,” which means they planned to gradually remove George’s life support.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/30/doctors-were-ready-to-take-his-son-off-life-support-and-harvest-his-organs-until-he-pulled-a-gun/




Doctors Offered to Abort Quinn, Who Has Two Rare Diseases. Parents Said “Give Him a Chance at Life”
Quinn Avis is lucky to be alive. This little fighter has two of the rarest diseases on Earth — ones that normally claim the lives of children younger than him. But Quinn was lucky to just be here in the first place. Doctors said those two disease were so horrific that Quinn’s parents should consider aborting him.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/30/doctors-offered-to-abort-quinn-who-has-two-rare-diseases-parents-said-give-him-a-chance-at-life/

Speaker Paul Ryan: We’re Sending Obama a Bill Next Week That De-Funds Planned Parenthood
The House of Representatives will vote in a matter of days to confirm the changes the Senate made to the reconciliation bill that would de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business, which was caught selling the body parts of aborted babies. Hearings have exposed how the abortion company likely violated federal laws to sell the body parts.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/30/speaker-paul-ryan-were-sending-obama-a-bill-next-week-that-de-funds-planned-parenthood/


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Spokeswoman for Donald Trump: We Need to “Bring Awareness to the 50 Million Aborted People”
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/30/spokeswoman-for-donald-trump-we-need-to-bring-awareness-to-the-50-million-aborted-people/

Mei Survived Three Abortions as Chinese Population Control Officials Tried Repeatedly to Kill Her
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/30/mei-survived-three-abortions-as-chinese-population-control-officials-tried-repeatedly-to-kill-her/

Abortion Activists Blast Bill to Stop Planned Parenthood From Dumping Aborted Babies in Landfills
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/30/abortion-activists-blast-bill-to-stop-planned-parenthood-from-dumping-aborted-babies-in-landfills/

She Was Considering Abortion Until She Read Something That Completely Changed Her Mind
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/30/she-was-considering-abortion-until-she-read-something-that-completely-changed-her-mind/



Activist Says Assisted Suicide Should be a “Fundamental Right” for People Not Wanting to Grow Old
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/30/activist-says-assisted-suicide-should-be-a-fundamental-right-for-people-not-wanting-to-grow-old/

Kermit Gosnell Wants His Sentence Overturned for Running a Pill Mill Out of His Gory Abortion Clinic
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/30/kermit-gosnell-wants-his-sentenced-overturned-for-running-a-pill-mill-out-of-his-gory-abortion-clinic/

Illinois Law for Parental Notification on Abortion Saves Over 500 Unborn Babies From Abortion
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/30/illinois-law-for-parental-notification-on-abortion-saves-over-500-unborn-babies-from-abortion/

40,000 Abortions Take Place Every Year in Israel, This Group is Doing Something to Stop It
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/30/activist-says-assisted-suicide-should-be-a-fundamental-right-for-people-not-wanting-to-grow-old/

 
 
   
   

 

 


 

These Stone Walls- The Hits and Misses of 2015

Eric Metaxas, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Pornchai Moontri, Fr George David Byers, Fr Andrew Pinsent, Fr Georges Lemaitre. These and more are TSW’s Hits and Misses of 2015.



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Dear Friends
I wonder how many have heard about the strange “condom controversy” underway in Kenya.

It began when Doctor Nelson Muiru of the National AIDS Control Council made a strange series of claims. He admits that his organization is in possession of a banner that was stolen from Human Life International’s Kenyan affiliate, adding that the NACC will remove any other such banners placed in public places. Yet, NACC Regional Director Muiru also tells reporters “I heard they are saying we confiscated their banner, that is not the case we are just holding it.”

We had hoped that the journalists of Kenya would have a field day with this, yet it has only been challenged by our affiliate. When an official like Dr. Muiru feels free to openly contradict himself in public, he expects some help from the media in covering it up.

Nor is this the NACC’s only contradiction. The more serious one has to do with Dr. Muiru’s odd statement: “We have made a great step towards achieving ‘Zero Infection’ but the church seems to be pulling us back to 1980s. We won’t allow this to happen anywhere in this country.”

The message on the stolen banner is completely factual, a graphic representation of the condom producers’ own admission and other researchers’ well known claim that, on average, one in twelve condoms fails. There is little factual debate over this, as Dr. Muiru and every knowledgeable public health journalist know. And if one in twelve condoms is likely to fail, how safe will you feel using one if you are with a person who has Aids? Should you feel safe?

Would you eat at a restaurant if every twelfth customer was poisoned?

Dr. Muiru’s continued employment with the NACC depends on you answering “yes” to these questions. A large part of his job is to get as many Kenyans as possible to feel “safe” using a product with a one-in-twelve failure rate, even when the failure of the product can lead to death. His agency, as every knowledgeable public health journalist in Kenya knows but has yet to report, receives a great deal of its funding from Western sources – the exact same groups who think that there are too many Africans and that “overpopulation” threatens the lifestyle of “elites” in the West.

Dr. Muiru knows that the HIV/Aids pandemic began not because people followed the ancient and very well-known position of the Catholic Church: that sex should occur only within the exclusive, lifelong, sacramental union of marriage between one man and one woman. Indeed, if men and women only had sexual relations with one person their entire life, every scientist knows that the disease would never have been able to spread. The disease was spread by those who clearly rejected this teaching and chose multiple sexual partners. Every epidemiologist knows this is true, yet they continue to blame the Church for the actions of those who reject Church teaching.

So Dr. Muiru’s most serious contradiction is not his nonsensical claim that his organization did not confiscate the banner that it now possesses and will not return. His most serious contradiction is in his propaganda that would have Kenyans feel “safe” using a product that fails, on average, with every twelfth use. Further, his attempt to blame the Church for the actions of those who obviously rejected Church teaching is common but flagrantly dishonest. Like his Western funders, he needs a “bad guy” to campaign against, even if he has to grossly misrepresent the facts. If he fails, he may well lose his job, and his sponsors will find someone who is better at getting Kenyans to feel safe as they engage in risky behavior with inadequate protection.

Our affiliate has gladly offered to hold a debate with Dr. Muiru and see if he can publicly address why he is telling Kenyans that they should feel safe using a product that fails as often as condoms do. They also hope to discuss the sources of funding, which are not listed on the NACC’s web site, but are easy enough to find with a basic web search. Let us discuss the incredible reversal of HIV infection rate in Uganda in the 1990s as the emphasis was shifted from a condoms-first policy to one of abstinence and fidelity, and why, as condoms are again being given priority in Uganda, their HIV infection rate is again on the rise.

By all means, let us have this conversation, even if the journalists of Kenya will not cover both sides of this very strange story. Our affiliate, their perspective mostly ignored in the press, has taken to the streets with their message of responsibility and chastity as the best way forward for a nation that wants to flourish.
Let us also further discuss all that the Catholic Church has done for Aids victims all over Africa, with corporal works of mercy performed by those whose love for Jesus Christ moves them naturally and joyfully to serve those most in need. These heroes see the on-the-ground truth of what sadly happens when the Church’s prophetic moral and social doctrines are ignored and hidden,  even as the Church is blamed for not accommodating the pathologies of the mainstream culture.

We must be unafraid to proclaim that sin – including sexual sin – has eternal consequences for those who do not repent and turn back toward God. That these same sins have destructive earthly consequences will not surprise anyone who knows that we were made by the same loving Creator who created all of nature, who Himself continues to call us to accept his mercy and forgiveness if we will only seek it out and act accordingly, in truth.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Shenan J. Boquet
President, Human Life International
 PS. – You did it! We have surpassed our fundraising goal for December, with a total thus far of $363,955! This will help us start 2016 on full steam, and we could not do this without your support and prayers! For the missionaries and staff of Human Life International, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Now let’s get to work! You can still support our missionaries by clicking here, as any amount we make only strengthens the fight for life and family in the upcoming year.
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God speaks to man’s reason as well as his heart and conscience by depositing His truth or logos in the Church and providing a Magisterium — the teaching authority of the Pope — always to proclaim the eternal truths that Christ said would never “pass away.” Christ called this great light “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”-God’s all-wise plan for human and eternal happiness that depends on revealed knowledge as clear as sunlight and on the light of man’s intelligence to see self evident truths that shine like stars and suns. Just as sight is impossible without a source of light and the power of eyesight, the discovery of truth never occurs without God’s logos creating an intelligible world and man’s mind exercising its desire to know.  – continue
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Judie Brown
Judie Brown
December 30, 2015

As both the new year and the March for Life approach, we reprint a popular commentary that reminds us not only of the atrocities of Planned Parenthood, but also of the destruction caused by abortion.

The 1970’s Sesame Street jingle “One of these things is not like the other” seems appropriate to the current situation in Washington, D.C.

 
To read the article, click here:
http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/brown/151230