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The Voices of Millions Pray for the Sanctification of Priests
Father Patrick Peyton, CSC in the Philippines,...

Father Patrick Peyton, CSC in the Philippines, shaking hands with Filipinos who gathered for the Rosary Rally in the Archdiocese of Manila in 1953 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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NEW YORK, May 31, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — This year there is a special focus on Rome as the seventh Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests gets underway on 3 June.

The Annual Global Rosary Relay idea is a simple one. Each of the 100 participating shrines in some 50 countries prays a specific mystery of the rosary at a particular half hour on the day in thanksgiving to God for our priests and to implore the protection and loving care of Our Lady, Mother of all priests, for all her priestly sons. With the coming of midnight on the 3 June 2016, the entire world will have been encircled in prayer for our priests on this The Annual Rosary Relay Day.

It was the great Irish priest Fr. Patrick Peyton who never tired of saying that ‘The family that prays together stays together.’ As the family of the Church, you are invited to join your prayers to the prayers of millions throughout the world on 3 June this year. It is an opportunity for all of us to raise our hearts to God for all priests in the exercise of their ministry, praying that they will be blessed, through our prayers, with God’s grace for their priesthood. We ask that through this worldwide communion of prayer for them, they may experience our gratitude and support and that they will persevere in unity with Christ and his Church and shepherd the Lord’s flock to the safe pastures of his Kingdom.

Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At 10:30 on the morning of 3 June, the Feast of the Sacred Heart, a special Mass will be celebrated in St Peter’s Square by Pope Francis, which will be attended by priests, bishops and cardinals from around the globe. World Priest founder Marion Mulhall and her colleagues Niall Kennedy and Anne Brady will attend this Mass. What a wonderful way this will be to celebrate the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests day by being present in Rome, the eternal city, at a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis!

On 1 June the Jubilee for Priests, given by Pope Francis, commences in the Vatican and is a very important event on the calendar of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, marking a very special time of retreat for priests. This three-day retreat closes in St Peter’s Square on the evening of 3 June at 6 pm, the feast of the Sacred Heart with the praying of the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests, with five priests praying the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary in five languages. This represents a most historic moment in time for the World Priest Apostolate and all who have supported this Apostolate will share in the blessings of this great day.

People in Rome on the day are invited to mark the end of these days of prayer for the work of priests by joining the rosary in St. Peter’s Square. You can of course join in spiritually from wherever in the world you are with young and old people alike, from over 50 countries at over 100 shrines.

Join your prayers with the voices of millions of others for the sanctification of all priests serving throughout the world. Pray also for Pope Francis, who has imparted his Apostolic Blessing to this unique global event.

PRAY THE ROSARY,UNITE WITH YOUR COUNTRY AND HELP ENCIRCLE THE WORLD IN PRAYER

‘A world at prayer is a world at peace’ – Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton.

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The Annual Rosary Relay for Priests 2016 is organised and coordinated by World Priest.

For further information email Info.worldpriest@gmail.com or consult our website at www.worldpriest.com.

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Catholic Bishop: Florida Voters Should Vote Pro-Life First


LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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

Top Stories
Hospital Stops Abortions After Every Single Doctor Signs Pledge Refusing to Do Them
• While People Complain About Harambe the Gorilla’s Death, Thousands of Babies are Aborted
• The Life of the Child Was More Valuable Than the Life of Harambe the Gorilla

• Prominent Pro-Life Attorney David French Recruited as Conservative Alternative to Donald Trump

More Pro-Life News
• Clinton Campaign Attributes Mounting Problems to the “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy”
• My Boyfriend and I Decided to Have an Abortion, But a Simple Prayer Changed Everything
• I Was Kicked Out of My Class’ Facebook Page Because I’m Pro-Life
• Television Producer Wanted to Show an Abortion on Air, But Something Amazing Prevented It

• Abortionists Fight to Keep Dismembering Unborn Babies and Tearing Off Their Limbs
• What? Her Premature Baby Survived But That Only Made Her More Pro-Abortion
• Head of Planned Parenthood Investigation Slams Democrats: You Can’t Handle the Truth
• Late-Term Abortion Clinic That Killed Woman in 33-Week Abortion Caught Operating Without Permit
• Pro-Life Clinic Offering Women Real Choice Opens Next Door to Abortion Clinic
Jews and Atheists Say Abortion is Morally Acceptable, Protestants, Catholics and Mormons Say No
Planned Parenthood Releases New Movie That Portrays Pro-Life People in a Despicable Way
Why are British Midwives Being Forced to Assist With Abortions?

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Hospital Stops Abortions After Every Single Doctor Signs Pledge Refusing to Do Them
A hospital in Poland has stopped doing abortions after every single physician there signed a pledge refusing to do them. This good news is a lesson for the United States and other countries where abortion is legal — that getting doctors to stand up for life and the Hippocratic Oath is a method of protecting women and unborn children even within the confines of legalized abortion.

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While People Complain About Harambe the Gorilla’s Death, Thousands of Babies are Aborted
Over the weekend, the nation became engulfed in a massive debate about a gorilla at the Cincinnati zoo who was shot and killed after a baby boy accidentally tumbled into his sanctuary.

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The Life of the Child Was More Valuable Than the Life of Harambe the Gorilla
I hoped to avoid comment on the killing of Harambe the gorilla. But I keep getting asked, so here goes.

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Prominent Pro-Life Attorney David French Recruited as Conservative Alternative to Donald Trump
The conservative leaders of the #NeverTrump movement are reportedly trying to recruit pro-life attorney David French as a conservative alternative to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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Clinton Campaign Attributes Mounting Problems to the “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy”
With the conventions of both political parties coming closer and closer, and with the infighting between Hillary Clinton and Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders growing more vituperous by the day, it can’t be a good sign for the former Secretary of State when the editorial page of the Washington Post rips into her, as does sympathetic Post columnist Dana Milbank, and even Democratic flack NBC’s Chuck Todd voices skepticism.

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My Boyfriend and I Decided to Have an Abortion, But a Simple Prayer Changed Everything
A few years ago, I met a young man who was raised Catholic. Jeremy ended up coming to our church through a mutual friend, and we became friends.

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I Was Kicked Out of My Class’ Facebook Page Because I’m Pro-Life
Abortion is mandatory at Planned Parenthood. In 2011, the abortion business began requiring that all of its affiliates do abortions; and this week, the effects of that mandate continued with a new mid-west merger.

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Judie Brown
Judie Brown
May 31, 2016

Babies lost to the slaughter of abortion, contraception, and in the science lab should not be remembered on just one day a year. If we want to change hearts and minds – and save lives – we must remember them each and every day.

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Priests and Vocations…

Ivan Prayer Group Medjugorje May 30, 2016 A.D.

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May 30, 2016 A.D.

It was a beautiful, clear night in Medjugorje, as pilgrims from all over the world slowly gathered on top of Apparition Hill to join Ivan’s prayer group in singing and prayer in preparation for Our Lady’s apparition to Ivan. The singing began at about 8:45 p.m. At about 9:30 p.m., Ivan announced that we would be praying the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. At the end of the Rosary, all grew quiet as Our Lady appeared to Ivan, around 10:00 p.m. The apparition lasted several minutes. The following is Ivan’s description of tonight’s apparition:

Also today, after the meeting together with Our Lady, I would like to bring closer to you and to describe tonight’s meeting to you. Also tonight Our Lady came to us joyful and happy and She greeted all of us, at the beginning, with Her motherly greeting, ‘Praised be Jesus my dear children.’ Then, for a longer while, she prayed over all of us here with Her arms extended, and then She prayed especially over the sick who are present here. Then Our Lady prayed especially for the priests and vocations in the Church. Then Our Lady blessed all of us with Her motherly blessing, and She also blessed everything you brought to be blessed. Then I recommended all of you, all of your needs, your intentions, your families and, in a special way, the sick. After that Our Lady continued to pray for awhile over all of us here and she left in that prayer, in an illuminated Sign of the Cross, with a greeting, Go in peace my dear children. I would like to emphasize especially that Our Lady today especially prayed for priests and vocations in the Church.

Medjugorje, Ivan Prayer Group May 30, 2016

Medjugorje, May 30, 2016, 8:05 PM

Tonight Our Lady prayed especially for priests and vocations. A Friend of Medjugorje tells us that good vocations come from good families. In a very real way tonight, Our Lady, the Mother, by Her praying for priests and vocations, is in reality praying for good families to spring up, to be renewed and to be the Church of the future. Our Lady’s children today, are the Church tomorrow.

 


St. Louis de Montfort taught that the goal of ...

St. Louis de Montfort taught that the goal of Marian consecration is “holiness”: the gradual sanctification of the soul, so focus turns away from self-love and towards the love of God through Mary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

     
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J.M.J.

May 31, 2016
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Consecration Day
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
We have made it to our day of consecration!! Thank you for sticking with us throughout these 33 days. I believe that Our Lady and the Holy Spirit have been active during this time, helping each of us to know ourselves with all our wounds and sorrows, all our joys and gifts; to know Our Lady in all her beauty and goodness; and to know Jesus, who is our ultimate end, our only Lord. We now can place ourselves in the hands of Mary and her Spouse, the Holy Spirit, as we ask to be Consecrated to Jesus through Mary’s Maternal Heart.
 
St. Louis de Montfort suggests:
 
Day 34
Day of Consecration
 
On the day of consecration, either fast, give alms, or offer a votive candle for the good of another (or all of the above); do some spiritual penance and approach consecration in the spirit of mortification.
 
Now go to Confession (or, if that is not possible, go during the 8 days prior) and then receive Communion with the intention of giving yourself to Jesus, as a slave [a child] of love, by the hands of Mary.
 
Now pray the words of the consecration. Copy them and have them with you at church, read them after the Mass (in front of the tabernacle would be nice), and sign your copy of the Act of Consecration.
 
 
Of course, if you cannot make it to Mass, you can arrange to pray the prayers at home, and make a fervent spiritual communion! Our Lady understands our limits.
 
Here is a message Our Lady gave us about consecration:
 
“Dear children! My invitation that you live the messages which I am giving you is a daily one, specially, little children, because I want to draw you closer to the Heart of Jesus. Therefore, little children, I am inviting you today to the prayer of consecration to Jesus, my dear Son, so that each of you may be His. And then I am inviting you to the consecration of my Immaculate Heart. I want you to consecrate yourselves as parents, as families and as parishioners so that all belong to God through my heart. Therefore, little children, pray that you comprehend the greatness of this message which I am giving you. I do not want anything for myself, rather all for the salvation of your soul. Satan is strong and therefore, you, little children, by constant prayer, press tightly against my motherly heart. Thank you for having responded to my call.”  (October 25, 1988)
 
Our Lady wants only to draw us closer to the Heart of Jesus. We want to surrender ourselves to her so that she can do just that!
 
Here is the prayer of consecration, as Fr. Michael Gaitley composed it:
 
I, ___________________________  , a repentant sinner, renew and ratify today in your hands, O, Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism. I renounce Satan and resolve to follow Jesus Christ even more closely than before.

Mary, I give you my heart. Please set it on fire with love for Jesus. Make it always attentive to his burning thirst for love and for souls. Keep my heart in your most pure Heart that I may love Jesus and the members of his Body with your own perfect love.

Mary, I entrust myself totally to you: my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions. Please make of me, of all that I am and have, whatever most pleases you. Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for bringing the greatest possible glory to God.

If I fall, please lead me back to Jesus. Wash me in the blood and water that flow from his pierced side, and help me never to lose my trust in this fountain of love and mercy.

With you, O Immaculate Mother – you who always do the will of God – I unite myself to the perfect consecration of Jesus as he offers himself in the Spirit to the Father for the life of the world. Amen.
 
 
You might like to add our daily consecration prayer:
 
TOTUS TUUS  (Totally Yours)
 
Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother, Live in me, Act in me, Speak in me and through me, Think your thoughts in my mind, Love through my heart, Give me your dispositions and feelings, Teach, lead me and guide me to Jesus, Correct, enlighten and expand my thoughts and behavior, Possess my soul, Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with Yourself, Incline me to constant adoration, Pray in me and through me, Let me live in you and keep me in this union always.  © 1956, Mother Immaculata, OCD

Thank you everyone, for joining in the wonderful time of prayer!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan
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  (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016

J.M.J.

May 30, 2016
Day 33
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
This is our last day of preparation for Consecration to Jesus through Mary! Today we listen to St. Louis de Montfort explain how we can do everything in Mary and for Mary!
 
From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 261-265

In Mary
We must do everything in Mary. To understand this we must realise that the Blessed Virgin is the true earthly paradise of the new Adam and that the ancient paradise was only a symbol of her. There are in this earthly paradise untold riches, beauties, rarities and delights, which the new Adam, Jesus Christ, has left there. It is in this paradise that he “took his delights” for nine months, worked his wonders and displayed his riches with the magnificence of God himself. In this earthly paradise grows the real Tree of Life which bore our Lord, the fruit of Life, the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which bore the Light of the world. In this divine place there are trees planted by the hand of God and watered by his divine unction which have borne and continue to bear fruit that is pleasing to him. Only the Holy Spirit can teach us the truths that these material objects symbolise. 262. The Holy Spirit speaking through the Fathers of the Church, also calls our Lady the Eastern Gate, through which the High Priest, Jesus Christ, enters and goes out into the world. Through this gate he entered the world the first time and through this same gate he will come the second time.
 
For Mary
Finally, we must do everything for Mary. We take Mary for our proximate end, our mysterious intermediary and the easiest way of reaching him. Relying on her protection, we should undertake and carry out great things for our noble Queen. We must defend her privileges when they are questioned and uphold her good name when it is under attack. We must attract everyone, if possible, to her service and to this true and sound devotion. As a reward for these little services, we should expect nothing in return save the honour of belonging to such a lovable Queen and the joy of being united through her to Jesus, her Son, by a bond that is indissoluble in time and in eternity.

Our Lady recognizes that we live in her. She is happy that we have responded to her call and live in her and for her:
 
March 02, 2015 “Dear children! You are my strength. You, my apostles, who with your love, humility and silence of prayer are making it possible for one to come to know my Son. You live in me. You carry me in your heart. You know that you have a mother who loves you and who has come to bring love. I am looking at you in the Heavenly Father – your thoughts, your pains, your sufferings – and I offer them to my Son. Do not be afraid and do not lose hope, because my Son listens to his mother. Since he was born he loves and I desire for all of my children to come to know that love. I desire that all those who left him because of their pain and misunderstanding may return to him and that all those who have never known him may come to know him. That is why you are here, my apostles, and I as a mother am with you. Pray for the firmness of faith, because love and mercy come from firm faith. Through love and mercy you will help all those who are not aware that they are choosing darkness instead of light. Pray for your shepherds because they are the strength of the Church which my Son left to you. Through my Son, they are the shepherds of souls. Thank you.”
 
September 18, 1986 “Dear children! Today again I thank you for all that you have accomplished for me in these days. Especially, dear children, I thank you in the Name of Jesus for the sacrifices which you offered in this past week. Dear children, you are forgetting that I desire sacrifices from you so I can help you and drive satan away from you. Therefore, I am calling you again to offer sacrifices with a special reverence toward God. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
 
Tomorrow we will pray our consecration prayer to Jesus through Mary!! I will send the prayer for us to print and sign, and offer to Mary, as a sign of our offering to her. I believe we will make her very happy tomorrow! She needs and and wants us to follow her in this great plan of salvation that God has given her. Thank you for responding to her call!!
 
Let us pray:
 
TOTUS TUUS
(Totally Yours)
 
Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother, Live in me, Act in me, Speak in me and through me, Think your thoughts in my mind, Love through my heart, Give me your dispositions and feelings, Teach, lead me and guide me to Jesus, Correct, enlighten and expand my thoughts and behavior, Possess my soul, Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with Yourself, Incline me to constant adoration, Pray in me and through me, Let me live in you and keep me in this union always.  © 1956, Mother Immaculata, OCD

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2016

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Saint John Paul II
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St. Louis de Montfort taught that the goal of ...

St. Louis de Montfort taught that the goal of Marian consecration is “holiness”: the gradual sanctification of the soul, so focus turns away from self-love and towards the love of God through Mary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


  (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016

J.M.J.

May 29, 2016
Feast of Corpus Christi (US)
Day 32
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
We are nearing our day of Consecration! Today and tomorrow we listen to St. Louis de Montfort explain how we can best love and serve Jesus, Our Lord. This is the heart of his method. Today we ponder doing everything through Mary and with Mary:
 
From True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 257-260
There are some very sanctifying interior practices for those souls who feel called by the Holy Spirit to a high degree of perfection. They may be expressed in four words, doing everything through Mary, with Mary, in Mary, and for Mary, in order to do it more perfectly through Jesus, with Jesus, in Jesus, and for Jesus.
 
Through Mary
258. We must do everything through Mary, that is, we must obey her always and be led in all things by her spirit, which is the Holy Spirit of God. “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God,” says St. Paul. Those who are led by the spirit of Mary are children of Mary, and, consequently children of God, as we have already shown. Among the many servants of Mary only those who are truly and faithfully devoted to her are led by her spirit. I have said that the spirit of Mary is the spirit of God because she was never led by her own spirit, but always by the spirit of God, who made himself master of her to such an extent that he became her very spirit. That is why St. Ambrose says, “May the soul of Mary be in each one of us to glorify the Lord. May the spirit of Mary be in each one of us to rejoice in God.” Happy is the man who follows the example of the good Jesuit Brother Rodriguez, who died a holy death, because he will be completely possessed and governed by the spirit of Mary, a spirit which is gentle yet strong, zealous yet prudent, humble yet courageous, pure yet fruitful.
 
With Mary
We must do everything with Mary, that is to say, in all our actions we must look upon Mary, although a simple human being, as the perfect model of every virtue and perfection, fashioned by the Holy Spirit for us to imitate, as far as our limited capacity allows. In every action then we should consider how Mary performed it or how she would perform it if she were in our place. For this reason, we must examine and meditate on the great virtues she practiced during her life, especially: 1) Her lively faith, by which she believed the angel’s word without the least hesitation, and believed faithfully and constantly even to the foot of the Cross on Calvary. 2) Her deep humility, which made her prefer seclusion, maintain silence, submit to every eventuality and put herself in the last place.

Our Lady spoke to us about how much she wants to work through us and with us!  We can respond by wanting to do everything through her and with her!

March 25, 1990 “Dear children! I am with you even if you are not conscious of it. I want to protect you from everything that satan offers you and through which he wants to destroy you. As I bore Jesus in my womb, so also, dear children, do I wish to bear you into holiness. God wants to save you and sends you messages through men, nature, and so many things which can only help you to understand that you must change the direction of your life. Therefore, little children, understand also the greatness of the gift which God is giving you through me, so that I may protect you with my mantle and lead you to the joy of life. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
 
November 25, 1995 “Dear Children! Today I invite you that each of you begin again to love, in the first place, God who saved and redeemed each of you, and then brothers and sisters in your proximity. Without love, little children, you cannot grow in holiness and cannot do good deeds. Therefore, little children, pray without ceasing that God reveals His love to you. I have invited all of you to unite yourselves with me and to love. Today I am with you and invite you to discover love in your hearts and in the families. For God to live in your hearts, you must love. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
 
Let’s ponder what it means to do everything through Mary and with Mary. She is inviting us to immerse ourselves in Her presence, through prayer, so that she can be intimately involved in our lives. We are the most blessed of children!


Let us pray:
 
TOTUS TUUS
(Totally Yours)
 
Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother, Live in me, Act in me, Speak in me and through me, Think your thoughts in my mind, Love through my heart, Give me your dispositions and feelings, Teach, lead me and guide me to Jesus, Correct, enlighten and expand my thoughts and behavior, Possess my soul, Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with Yourself, Incline me to constant adoration, Pray in me and through me, Let me live in you and keep me in this union always.  © 1956, Mother Immaculata, OCD

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2016

“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Saint John Paul II
Be connected!
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After decades of catastrophic birth rates — the consequence of birth control and abortion, disdain for the natural family, the rejection of God and natural law, and population decline paralleled by an aging society — Europe is facing a cultural, demographic, and economic crisis. This does not only impact the lives of Europeans; it also has far reaching global repercussions.
It is said that North America is 10-15 years behind Europe. What we see dramatically unfolding in Europe is a potential forecast of what we are to face, if unchanged. The United States is on a collision course with reality if we don’t learn from Europe’s mistakes. The U.S., for example, has seen the total fertility rate in the last several years sink below replacement level.
In February 2003, the first 15 draft articles of the constitution for the European Union were released. They contained references to member countries’ national identity and to human rights, as well as commitments to social justice and the environment, but they contained no mention of God or religion. As Pope St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict, and others pointed out, it was a clear rejection of Europe’s fundamental root in Christianity.
Pope John Paul was not surprised at the draft. Like millions in Europe, he experienced first hand the consequences of an ideology that rejected God, the Church, and Christian anthropology. In November of 1982 he called upon Europe to reclaim its identity:
I, Bishop of Rome and Shepherd of the universal Church, from Santiago, utter to you, Europe of the ages, a cry full of love: Find yourself again. Be yourself. Discover your origins. Revive your roots. Return to those authentic values which made your history a glorious one and your presence so beneficent in the other continents.
– Santiago de Compostela, Spain November 9, 1982
These challenging words of Saint John Paul II addressed to King Juan Carlos of Spain and representatives of European organizations and universities reminded them that Europe could still be a beacon of civilization to the world if she reclaimed her proper identity. Europe’s history is fundamentally rooted in the spread of the Gospel. Her history is incomprehensible without Christianity, which shaped her culture, expansion, and global influence. Her soul is Christian, and her land eventually became the home of religious freedom, justice, liberty, respect for life, and the dignity of the human person.
Sadly, western and central Europe, as recently witnessed with Ireland’s legalization of homosexual unions and allowance of abortion in certain cases, continues to reject its Christian roots and embrace secularism. She places excessive weight upon economic “progress” through individualism, materialism, and hedonism.
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Eastern Europe, on the other hand, continues to show signs of transformation. In Romania, a petition was submitted recently with three million signatures demanding that natural marriage be protected in law. Poland has elected a Christian and patriotic government, and finds itself under attack from the West for exercising its democratic rights. My own recent mission trips to Slovakia and Belarus also reveal hopeful signs of a culture radically attempting to reclaim its root identity in Christianity and the centrality of life and the natural family. Having had radical atheism and the evils of contraception and abortion imposed upon them by ideological systems opposed to God, Eastern Europe is emerging from under this shadow.

The United States has, even at the local level, unfortunately embraced the secular mentality of western and central Europe.
– At East Liverpool High School in Ohio, graduating students were refused the ability to pray the Lord’s Prayer in their commencement ceremony – a 70-year tradition. The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation, forced the removal of the prayer from the program. Courageously, Valedictorian Jonathan Montgomery ignored the totalitarian mandate and led his classmates in the prayer. The response of the school board president is to have a non-denominational service next year.
– To honor the fallen heroes remembered during the up-coming Memorial Day celebration, a display of 79 handmade crosses were erected in Hiram, Georgia, representing the 79 Paulding County residents who died defending America’s freedom. One anonymous caller voiced discontent with the Christian display – the use of crosses – prompting the City Manager to have them removed.

– Even the mighty State of Texas is not exempt from the onslaught against religious freedom. Abundant Life Fellowship Church in Corpus Christi wanted to build the tallest cross in America on their campus, but an atheist activist, Patrick Greene, objected. Greene filed suit in district Court, insisting that the 230-foot cross to be erected off of Interstate 37 gave preference to religion. Abundant Life Fellowship had to explain in court why it was perfectly constitutional to build a cross on church grounds; fortunately, Judge Missy Medary agreed and tossed out the claim.

From these local battles to President Obama’s insane Soviet-like diktat forcing all public schools to allow boys to use girls’ bathrooms or lose funding, we have ample reason for grave concern. The ultimate consequences of such bombardments are unknown; however, we have seen through the US judicial system, state and federal legislation, and executive mandates from the President, a rejection of constitutional rights to religious freedom. The Obama administration’s legal war against the Little Sisters of the Poor may have failed, for now, but the intention of our political class is clear.

As we celebrate Memorial Day this weekend we rightly give thanks for the sacrifices of those who gave all to defend our country and our freedoms. Gratitude and humility are the only just responses when one learns of the tremendous sacrifices of our military and their families. A further response demanded of us, however, is courage and perseverance. We owe it to those who died for these freedoms, those who enjoy what remains of them today, and those who will come after us, to fight for them however we can, given our state in life. Let us first, however, pray for wisdom and peace — the true peace of Our Lord, Jesus Christ — to be our goals.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Shenan J. Boquet
President, Human Life International
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As Augustine discovered, the restlessness of the human heart is not satisfied by the lusts of this world, but rather by the burning love of Christ, for He longs for each person to be one with Him, a union that can only be realized fully in Heaven. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who is an Augustinian theologian, discusses this divine burning love in the first part of his encyclical, Deus Caritas Est. Benedict opens his encyclical by noting the problem of using the word “love” in a multitude of ways, to the point that it is impossible to know the differences between the definitions. – continue
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Bishop Paprocki: We Ask You to Use the Correct Bathroom

Bathrooms Now Legislated? Who knew?

by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, Catholic Times:

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Once again common sense has been turned on its head in our culture, this time by transgender activists agitating for people to be able to use the bathroom that they feel corresponds emotionally to their self-identified gender rather than the anatomical gender of their biological sex. The issue has emerged prominently in recent national and local news.

Obama and the Civil Rights of Transgender People

In North Carolina, in response to an ordinance adopted in Charlotte that would have allowed transgender people to use whatever bathroom they wanted, the state legislature passed a law in March blocking local governments from enacting rules that grant such privileges to transgender people. A similar law recently passed in Mississippi allows people to withhold services from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals on religious grounds. In response, President Barack Obama has said that these laws in North Carolina and Mississippi are “wrong” and “should be overturned.” The Obama administration used the Department of Justice to warn the state of North Carolina that its new law limiting bathroom access violated the civil rights of transgender people.

Here in Illinois, in response to a federal complaint, the Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 in suburban Chicago earlier this year granted a transgender student, who was born male but identifies as female, limited access to the girls locker room at Fremd High School. Similarly, a transgender student at a Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 school has been granted access to a locker room designated for the opposite sex. The Chicago Public Schools have announced that their students, teachers and staff could use whichever restroom matches their self-selected gender identity.

Nearby in central Illinois, a transgender student at Williamsville High School who was born with female anatomy but identifies as a male recently resolved a complaint filed in October with the Illinois Department of Human Rights. The school had previously provided a private bathroom for the transgender student, who complained that this was unacceptable, saying, “It made me feel like I was being treated differently and ostracized.” So now all transgender students at Williamsville High School will have access to the restroom and locker room facilities of the gender they identify with emotionally, not the biological gender that they were born with.

Earlier this month, a group of Illinois students and parents sued the Obama administration over its stance on transgender students’ access to school bathrooms and locker rooms, arguing that the U.S. Department of Education is illegally forcing local authorities to let children use facilities that correspond to their subjectively chosen gender identity. The complaint alleges that the federal government has violated students’ fundamental right to privacy and parents’ constitutional right to instill moral standards and values in their children.

It is a Mental Illness

The transgender activists would have you believe that their politically correct ideology is based on science; however, the American College of Pediatricians has pointed out that transgenderism is classified as a mental illness and therefore has warned legislators and educators that conditioning children to accept transgenderism as normal is child abuse. They advised, “When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind, not the body, and it should be treated as such.”

Dr. Paul McHugh, psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, was so concerned about the psychological origins of gender-identity disorder that he halted the practice of sex-reassignment surgery at his institution. He concluded that the research demonstrated that Johns Hopkins should no longer participate in what he called “unusual and radical treatment” for “mental disorders.”

Destroying the Very Essence of the Human Creature

The Catholic Church has some clear teachings on transgender issues. Catholics are called to treat everyone with compassion. Yet the church maintains that people may not change what Pope Benedict XVI called “their very essence.” In a speech at the Vatican on Dec. 23, 2008, Benedict directly addressed transgender issues by cautioning Catholics about “destroying the very essence of the human creature through manipulating their God-given gender to suit their sexual choices.”

Your Gender is a Gift from God

Similarly, in his encyclical Laudato Si, issued last year on the environment, Pope Francis called for men and women to acknowledge their bodies as a gift from God which should not be manipulated. “The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home,” the pope wrote, “whereas thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation” (no. 155).

In his recent apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), Pope Francis warns that gender ideology “denies the difference and reciprocity in nature of a man and a woman and envisages a society without sexual differences … It is one thing to be understanding of human weakness and the complexities of life, and another to accept ideologies that attempt to sunder what are inseparable aspects of reality. Let us not fall into the sin of trying to replace the Creator. We are creatures, and not omnipotent. Creation is prior to us and must be received as a gift. At the same time, we are called to protect our humanity, and this means, in the first place, accepting it and respecting it as it was created” (no. 56).

Here in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, we ask that people respect these teachings of the Catholic Church in their use of facilities in our churches and schools. People who are confused about their gender identity — especially children and adolescents — should be treated with compassion and provided counseling rather than being further confused by activists promoting their political ideology.

May God give us this grace. Amen.

 




Judie Brown
Judie Brown
May 28, 2016
In today’s world, we don’t often see men fighting for the truth at great personal cost. Let us keep this real hero in our prayers.

The story of David Daleiden, founder of The Center for Medical Progress, has recently developed a new twist. Best known for his investigative journalism, Daleiden, with the help of collaborators, used hidden cameras to document the untold story of Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts business. The CMP document How Planned Parenthood Profits from Fetal Tissue ‘Donation’contains copious footnotes and reads like a textbook case of discovery regarding how the business is conducted.

To read the article, click here:
http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/brown/160528