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Culture Of Life


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Is to see to it, that euthanasia and abortion are not only illegal, but unthinkable. For the love of the next generations..

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The problem today is average souls have been brainwashed to believe that just because someone has a degree, they are right and just. They are just human as you and I. If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong…

EVANGELIUM VITAE


To the Bishops
Priests and Deacons
Men and Women religious
lay Faithful
and all People of Good Will
on the Value and Inviolability
of Human Life

DECLARATION ON EUTHANASIA

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The Carpenters Supply


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A 2 by 4.

Building…

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Living Proof All Around


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With the release of Pope Francis encyclica, Lumen Fidei, (PDF HERE) today, which he worked with the help of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the Consecration to St. Michael the Archangel, along with the news of the Beatification of Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, I can say its been a busy faith full day, and not business as usual.

I had announced on July 1 via my Facebook page:

In 1998, I had a very amazing encounter, in which I was asked questions about things only God knew about me. In this encounter, events were mentioned and I was asked about them… I thought it was just a “Conversation”. Most everything that has been told to me, has come to pass. The only thing I can say about this with true understanding is this: It brought me back home to our Lord. I do not fear the things taking place. I only have fear of the Lord.

I stand by this, because:

“The entire conversation is etched on my soul, and I remember it and the events that took place during, and after as if they are being read back to me, and pointed out as they occur. I have lived like this since that day, watching, sometimes in the past, trembling in fear, and now, in love and understanding. The very fact I am saying this today, is in direct correlation to when I was told to reveal this about me. I do not fear what others may say, as I know without a doubt, this could only be done by God, and the things He has done to my soul only He could do. Glory to God. Repent. Today I know I am not alone.”

You see, when my conversion began in full swing, my family and even for a moment, thought I was crazy, because I did not have the gift of “Understanding” from the Holy Spirit in order to “See” where I was in my sinfulness, when God had called my name. I knew in my heart, no one could know the things in my heart, but God. And He did and still does. This brings an entirely different meaning to the words spoken to me back then: “The men in the “White Suits” are going to help you”. I had taken this to mean that I should place my faith in the medicine the world was giving me, and to the worldly, the men in the white suits are not a good thing. I am a repentant sinner who fully understands that I am not home yet. With the grace and mercy of God, through our Lord, He will lead me there one day.

I know without a doubt today, after reading Lumen Fidei, I have lived this faith and continue to do just that through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Glory to God. Good and merciful Lord, THANK YOU!

Through my faith in You O LORD, today! I declare, You created me, You touched me, You saved me, You redeemed me, and I know, You love me! You O Lord are my God. There is no other, you O Lord, are God. You O Lord are whom I love above all things. With your grace O Lord, may I stay with you in Your light, to do they will, and pull closer to you every day, through hope, love and mercy. AMEN

NOTHING that I have said here should give glory to me, nor do I seek any, but only to give everything to God. “Be not afraid”.

Consecration to St. Michael:
Saint Michael the Archangel, invincible Prince of the Angelic hosts and glorious protector of the universal Church, I greet thee and praise thee for that splendour with which God has adorned thee so richly. I thank God for the great graces He hast bestowed upon thee, especially to remain faithful when Satan and his followers rebelled, and to battle victoriously for the honour of God and the Divinity of the Son of Man.

Saint Michael, I consecrate to thee __________________. I choose thee as our patron and protector and entrust the salvation of my soul to thy care. Be the guardian of my obligation as a child of God and of the Catholic Church as again I renounce Satan, his works and pomps.
Assist me by thy powerful intercession in the fulfilment of these sacred promises, so that imitating thy courage and loyalty to God, and trusting in thy kind help and protection, I may be victorious over the enemies of my soul and be united with God in Heaven forever. Amen.

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Pope Francis says Pope Benedict’s conscience told him to resign


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Sometimes, God asks us to step aside, so His will can be done. Its only through humility that we can say yes. It’s not that He is saying leave Me and the Church, but rather to not be attached to anything including that which I give to you, but only to Me. As His plans for us and what He needs us to do, even stepping aside, gives glory to God and fulfills His plan, His will, not what we hope to be ours.

When we stand in the way of God’s will, we end up becoming a “Stumbling block” in the same way our Lord said to St. Peter –

“From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

When we receive blessings from God, especially in the form of ministry’s and the grace to help others, we must understand that when He calls us to give up the things He allows us to have, it is also a blessing and not a curse.

Vatican City–
Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation was “a great example” of what it means to follow one’s conscience through prayer, Pope Francis said during his Sunday Angelus address to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

Following one’s conscience doesn’t mean chasing after one’s own self-interests; it calls for listening to God, understanding his will and carrying out his plan with determination, Pope Francis said.

Pope Benedict provided a “recent marvelous example” of following one’s conscience, Pope Francis said, evidently referring to the retired pope’s decision to leave office.

“Pope Benedict XVI gave us this great example when the Lord led him to understand, in prayer, what was the step he should take,” Pope Francis said. “He followed, with a great sense of discernment and courage, his conscience, that is, the will of God, who spoke to his heart.”

Continue reading here by Carol Glatz , Catholic News Service

Pope Francis has given us a homework assignment: spend 5 minutes slowly reading Psalm 103: ‘Praise of Divine Goodness.’ It teaches how to pray for grace

Psalms, chapter 103
1 Of David.

I

Bless the LORD, my soul;

all my being, bless his holy name!

2 Bless the LORD, my soul;

and do not forget all his gifts,

3 Who pardons all your sins,

and heals all your ills,

4 Who redeems your life from the pit,

and crowns you with mercy and compassion,

5 Who fills your days with good things,

so your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

II

6 The LORD does righteous deeds,

brings justice to all the oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses,

to the Israelites his deeds.

8 Merciful and gracious is the LORD,

slow to anger, abounding in mercy.

9 He will not always accuse,

and nurses no lasting anger;

10 He has not dealt with us as our sins merit,

nor requited us as our wrongs deserve.

III

11 For as the heavens tower over the earth,

so his mercy towers over those who fear him.

12 far as the east is from the west,

so far has he removed our sins from us.

13 a father has compassion on his children,

so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.

14 For he knows how we are formed,

remembers that we are dust.

15 for man, his days are like the grass;

he blossoms like a flower in the field.

16 wind sweeps over it and it is gone;

its place knows it no more.

17 But the LORD’s mercy is from age to age,

toward those who fear him.

His salvation is for the children’s children

18 of those who keep his covenant,

and remember to carry out his precepts.

IV

19 The LORD has set his throne in heaven;

his dominion extends over all.

20 Bless the LORD, all you his angels,

mighty in strength, acting at his behest,

obedient to his command.

21 Bless the LORD, all you his hosts,

his ministers who carry out his will.

22 Bless the LORD, all his creatures,

everywhere in his domain.

Bless the LORD, my soul!

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“The Church Belongs to Christ”


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Today, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his last public mass as pope.

“What sustains and illuminates me is the certainty that the Church belongs to Christ, whose care and guidance will never be lacking” – Pope Benedict XVI

The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI: A commentary by Fr. Barron

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Pope Benedict XVI


The cross of Pope Benedict XVI

Upon hearing the news this morning about Pope Benedict XVI, after the shock has settled quickly, I take to heart and understand our Holy Father has taken everything into account and has made his decision in the best interest of the entire Catholic Church. My personal words to him:

Your Holiness Pope Benedict XVI,

I love you and thank you for leading us through one of the most trying times in history. It is as if we have come to the juncture where the road once again become steep and another is needed for this part of the travel. The famine of faith in the world is raging in the golden years of your life. I take the words of our Lord seriously and trust in Him and your decision. “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” I keep you in my prayers and trust in the Holy Spirit to bring us another, not to fill your shoes, but rather to fill the shoes of our Lord and what He needs from us and what He is asking of us for now.

Most Holy Father I love you and thank you.

Full text of Pope’s declaration:

Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is. Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.
From the Vatican, 10 February 2013
BENEDICTUS PP XVI

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Faith And The Future


“The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes . . . she will lose many of her social privileges. . . As a small society, [the Church] will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members…. It will be hard-going for the Church, for the process of crystallization and clarification will cost her much valuable energy. It will make her poor and cause her to become the Church of the meek . . . The process will be long and wearisome as was the road from the false progressivism on the eve of the French Revolution — when a bishop might be thought smart if he made fun of dogmas and even insinuated that the existence of God was by no means certain . . . But when the trial of this sifting is past, a great power will flow from a more spiritualized and simplified Church. Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret. And so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith. She may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but she will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.

-Fr. Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI), from his book Faith and the Future

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