Daily Archives: January 19, 2012

Take Me Home To Our Lord Elijah

(For some reason, I never copied this from my old blog. Well here it is)

Take me home To Our Lord Elijah
Take me to His LOVE, my Beloved
Take me to His Mansion
Take me to my room
The room He me made for me

Take me to my Father, Abba
Take me to His Mercy
Lead the way Elijah
Hold my hand and never let go

Permit me LOVE with Joy and Hope
My sisters made in Thee O Lord Jesus Christ
As you open the door on which I knock
To see Your face and know Your grace
Is with me evermore

Take me home Elijah
Lead the way to Him who Is
For I am only sorrowful
In need of Mercy from Thee

Place me where you need me Lord
My Hope is your Love embrace
In Thine hand away from harm
Where death no longer trumps

For you alone are Holy Lord
You alone are God
Most Holy Spirit be my guide
Through PEACE for evermore

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The Erosion Of Religious Freedom In The United States

Pope Benedict XVI issued a solemn warning about the erosion of religious freedom in the United States, in a January 19 address to visiting American bishops.

The Holy Father told the American prelates, who were making their ad limina visits, that “it is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres.” He added: “The seriousness of these threats needs to be clearly appreciated at every level of ecclesial life.”

The US should be a land thoroughly committed to religious freedom in light of its history and the fundamental principles of the nation’s founding, the Pope argued. He said:

At the heart of every culture, whether perceived or not, is a consensus about the nature of reality and the moral good, and thus about the conditions for human flourishing. In America, that consensus, as enshrined in your nation’s founding documents, was grounded in a worldview shaped not only by faith but a commitment to certain ethical principles deriving from nature and nature’s God. Today that consensus has eroded significantly in the face of powerful new cultural currents which are not only directly opposed to core moral teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition, but increasingly hostile to Christianity as such.

The loss of religious freedom, the Pontiff warned, is “a threat not just to Christian faith, but also to humanity itself.” He explained: “When a culture attempts to suppress the dimension of ultimate mystery, and to close the doors to transcendent truth, it inevitably becomes impoverished and falls prey, as the late Pope John Paul II so clearly saw, to reductionist and totalitarian readings of the human person and the nature of society.”

Pope Benedict urged the American bishops to take every opportunity to defend religious freedom and to promote moral reasoning based on the natural law. He reminded them that the natural-law tradition does not impose restrictions on true human freedom. That tradition, he said, should be properly understood as “a ‘language’ which enables us to understand ourselves and the truth of our being, and so to shape a more just and humane world.”

The Pope said that he was dismayed by reports from the American bishops about new threats to religious freedom. He mentioned especially the initiatives that would “deny the right of conscientious objection” to people who are morally opposed to “cooperation in intrinsically evil practices.” Here the Pontiff was obviously referring to policies that would require health-care personnel to cooperate in abortions, or force both public officials and private individuals to participate in the celebration of same-sex marriages or refer children for adoption by gay couples. The US bishops have sharply criticized the Obama administration for its unwillingness to afford “conscience clause” protections to religious believers.

An AP story on the Pope’s address accurately reported that American Catholics have been divided on the duties of Catholic lawmakers regarding policies that violate the precepts of Church teaching. The AP story concluded: “In recent years, a small but growing number of local bishops have publicly told Catholic lawmakers who support abortion rights not to present themselves for communion because of their stance on the issue.”

Hat tip to Fr-Ronald M Vierling via Facebook From CNA

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Love Jesus, Hate Religion?

Love them both….

Great post over at Pathoes by Frank Weathers titled: Love Jesus, Hate Religion? Fr. Robert Barron Fires Both Barrels. I don’t normally post links to others story’s on this blog, but in this case, I feel I must. This is the response to 22-year-old Jefferson Bethke’s “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus”

Please read the entire story HERE

From Fr. Robert Barron’s Word On Fire
“Addressing the massively popular Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus” video, Father Barron fields some questions the viral clip raised, including why the video was so popular, how religion is defined, and how Catholics are to respond.”

Video #2, wherein we learn the meaning if a few words and rediscover a few heresies that many have never heard of, and didn’t even know they were unwittingly following. (Comment kudos to Pathoes)

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