Readings & Reflections: Saturday of Second Week of Easter & St. Catherine of Siena, April 29,2017

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of Second Week of Easter & St. Catherine of Siena, April 29,2017

Born the twenty-fourth of twenty-five children, Catherine experienced vision from an early age. Angered by her decision not to marry, her parents treated her like a servant. In 1365 A.D., she joined the Dominican tertiaries, took the habit, and remained at home in prayer for three years. Jesus joined her to himself in a “mystical marriage,” and bade her express her love through action. She attended in plague victims, brokered peace between warring factions in Italy, and dictated The Decalogue, a conversation between the soul and God. She died at the age of thirty-three. Catherine was the first woman and the first lay person to be named a Doctor of the Church.

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The Sexual Revolution and the Do-Nothing Church

The Sexual Revolution and the Do-Nothing Church

Head in Sand

“Abandonment of Christian sexual morality is the core of the Church’s self-secularization.”  ∼ Gabriele Kuby, The Global Sexual Revolution

From time to time, the church finds itself with egg on its face because of its failure to speak out in the face of grievous injustices. The Nazi episode, the Civil Rights movement in the United States and Apartheid in South Africa—in each case the church (or at least large parts of it) tried to avert its eyes from evil and resisted facing the truth. “The church” of course is not monolithic, and the heroism of a few could redeem the diffidence and indifference of the many. (And I am using “the church” here to mean the collectivity of Christian denominations, not any one.) But the fact remains that the few faced enormous opposition and resistance even and sometimes especially when they tried to open the eyes of their fellow believers. As Martin Luther King used to say, “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.”

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Pope Francis with Tawadros II: The martyrs of Egypt have lived the faith heroically

Pope Francis with Tawadros II: The martyrs of Egypt have lived the faith heroically

Published on Apr 28, 2017

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April 28, 2017. The pope left flowers in memory of the victims of the December 2016 suicide bombing.

Address of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: “Religions and Peace” at Al-Azhar and Muslim Council of Elders’ Global Peace Conference

‘The credibility of religions today depends on their attitude towards the protection of human freedom and dignity, as well as on their contribution to peace’

Below is the address given yesterday, April 27, 2017, by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: “Religions and Peace” at Al-Azhar and Muslim Council of Elders’ Global Peace Conference in Egypt’s capital of Cairo. The text was published by the World Council of Churches:

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Pope Francis in Al-Azhar: Violence is the negation of every authentic religious expression

Pope Francis in Al-Azhar: Violence is the negation of every authentic religious expression

Published on Apr 28, 2017

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April 28, 2017. He invited religious leaders to unmask those who instrumentalize religion.

Published on Apr 28, 2017

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An unprecedented invitation turns his trip to Egypt into a unique event.

Published on Apr 28, 2017

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OREGON BILL LEGALIZES STARVING DEMENTIA PATIENTS

OREGON BILL LEGALIZES STARVING DEMENTIA PATIENTS


by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  April 28, 2017

Allows natural feeding to be withheld from conscious patients

PORTLAND, Ore. (ChurchMilitant.com) – A bill in Oregon’s senate is crafted to allow mentally ill patients to be starved to death.

Oregon law mandates that healthcare providers give food and water to all conscious patients, who can receive it naturally such as by spoon feeding. SB 494, which is currently in the Senate Judiciary Committee, would remove this mandate for patients suffering from dementia and other mental illnesses.

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THE ONE TRUE FAITH REVISITED: THE GREAT SCHISM

THE ONE TRUE FAITH REVISITED: THE GREAT SCHISM

Print Friendly and PDF by Church Militant  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  April 28, 2017

Matthew 16:18: “You are Peter; and upon this rock I will build my Church”

The One True Faith is the flagship show of Church Militant, the series that started it all 10 years ago. It’s getting a facelift via digital remastering, and in this episode, The Download panel revisits Season 2, Episode 8 on “The Great Schism,” where Michael Voris explains how Christ’s Vicar is needed to protect Christians from all divisions — which find their ultimate source in the diabolical.

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This past week’s topics include Church Militant polls, the death penalty, patron saints and the Armenian genocide, among other things. Tune in daily to watch The Download live at ChurchMilitant.com at 10:30 a.m. EST Monday–Friday for the best panel discussion in the Catholic media world.

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CHURCH MILITANT HEADLINES, APRIL 28, 2017

CHURCH MILITANT HEADLINES, APRIL 28, 2017

Get briefed on today’s top stories with Christine Niles.

April 28, 2017

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Treachery Among the Knights of Malta 
Greed, cover-ups, betrayal, corruption surround ancient military order. FULL STORY

Greek Orthodox Bishop to Turkey’s Pres: Convert or End up in Hell With Mohammed 
Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus wrote Erdogan urging him to embrace Christ. FULL STORY

Michigan Senate Okays Pro-Life License Plate 
Democrats outraged. FULL STORY

Judge Strikes Down Louisiana Pro-Life Law 
Law would’ve imposed health and safety standards for abortion mills. FULL STORY

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THE VORTEX: LAND O ‘LIES – The left coast has left the rest of the country

THE VORTEX: LAND O ‘LIES – The left coast has left the rest of the country

April 28, 2017

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This Vortex comes to you from the land of lies — California. Specifically Southern California where the state’s largest concentration of Catholics is located. Lots of similarities here in Southern California between the Church and the State. Most of California is unfaithful to the original notion of America, and most Catholics in California are unfaithful to the Church.

Let’s go political first. Hillary won the popular vote across the country by less than 3,000,000 votes, a fact that the party of death can’t stop going on about. It was in fact a national popular vote margin of 2,800,000. Keep that number in mind. But when you get just below the surface of those numbers, you get a much clearer picture.

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Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Second Week of Easter & St. Peter Chanel, April 28,2017

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Second Week of Easter & St. Peter Chanel, April 28,2017

“A large crowd followed” Jesus because “they saw the signs he was performing.” However, when the Sanhedrin members see similar signs in the Apostles who speak “in the name of Jesus,” it makes them want to “destroy” the Apostles. Thank God for the hunger in our life that moves us to proclaim of “Christ, Jesus:” “This is truly the Prophet.”

AMDG+

Opening Prayer

“Lord, you satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts and you feed us with the finest of wheat (Ps 81:16). Fill us with gratitude and give us a generous heart that we may freely share with others what you have given to us.” In Jesus’ Mighty Name, we pray. Amen.

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Pope Francis in Santa Marta: Being a Christian is not a social status or being better than others

Pope Francis in Santa Marta: Being a Christian is not a social status or being better than others

Published on Apr 27, 2017

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Pope Francis said that following Jesus is not a decision that should be taken lightly.

Pope’s Morning Homily: Crosses Cannot Be Taken Away From the Life of a Christian

At Casa Santa Marta, Francis Reminds Faithful We Are Called to Be Witnesses of Obedience Like Jesus Was

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Santa Marta

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Like Jesus, we are to be witnesses of obedience.

According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis urged this today, April 27, 2017, during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, his last before departing for his Apostolic Visit to Egypt, April  28-29.

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