Readings & Reflections: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12,2017
Fifty-five year old Juan Diego met the Virgin Mary on the morning of December 9,1531, as he hurried to Mass near Mexico City. Speaking in the native Nahuatl, she revealed herself as “Holy Mary, Mother of the True God for whom we live.” She requested that a chapel be built. After the local bishop refused to believe Juan, the Virgin herself arranged roses in Juan’s rough cloak. When opened his cloak before the bishop, a miraculous image appeared of the Virgin wearing a black maternity belt and bearing the jasmine flower over her womb. The Aztec symbolism clearly showed Mary’s unborn child to be the divine center of the cosmos. Numerous volunteers constructed Mary’s chapel in less than two weeks. In seven years, eight million native people were converted. Pope John Paul II called the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe the “Marian heart of America.” In 1999 Saint John Paul II declared Our Lady of Guadalupe the Patroness of the Unborn.read more
Leave behind grudges and complaints, and let yourselves be consoled by the Lord.
According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis gave this reminder today, Dec. 11, 2017, during his daily morning Mass in his residence Casa Santa Marta, as he reflected on the day’s first reading from the Prophet Isaiah, who says God comes to give us peace.
The Pope observed that we — similar to the first disciples– have trouble letting ourselves being consoled by the miracles God performs in our lives, just like they had trouble immediately accepting the Resurrection.
What is easier for us, the Pope noted, is to console others, rather than to let ourselves be consoled.read more
“We cannot forget the tender love and perseverance of many families in caring for their chronically sick or severely disabled children, parents and relatives,” Pope Francis has said, stressing: “The care given within families is an extraordinary witness of love for the human person; it needs to be fittingly acknowledged and supported by suitable policies.”
The Holy Father underscored this in his message for the 26th World Day of the Sick, to be held on 11 February, the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, signed on November 26, the Feast of Christ the King, and published today by the Vatican.read more
CHRISTIAN PUNISHED FOR ‘MISGENDERING’ STUDENT SUES SCHOOL
by Anita Carey • ChurchMilitant.com • December 11, 2017
Joshua Sutcliffe: “The school has jeopardized my teaching career”
OXFORD, England (ChurchMilitant.com) – A math teacher has lost his job and is forced to sue his former employer after he was blacklisted for accidentally “misgendering” a student.
Joshua Sutcliffe, an outspoken Christian pastor and math teacher at an Oxfordshire school, is out of a job and facing a black mark on his record after he accidentally said, “Well done, girls,” to a group of students that included a gender-confused girl who identifies as a boy. Sutcliffe told Church Militant he was “constructively dismissed,” adding, “The school was making things very difficult. I earnestly tried to get back into the school, but the school was being oppressive.”
Sutcliffe admitted he was looking for justice for the constructive dismissal. “The school has jeopardized my teaching career,” he said, adding, “they are more concerned with getting rid of me than they are with my math class.” He said he filed the lawsuit because he fears he will not be able to teach because the school has “manipulated the investigation” and is trying to “smear” his name.
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In November, Sutcliffe was reprimanded and isolated from students and staff while administrators investigated the incident. After media reports resulted in backlash for the school, the school postponed the disciplinary hearing and started a new investigation, alleging he was guilty of “breach of confidence and bringing the school into disrepute.”read more
“My extra chromosome makes me far more tolerant than you, sir”
DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) – An academic expert at the United Nations supported the abortion of Down syndrome babies, and a young woman with Down Syndrome pushed back.
Ben Achour, professor and expert at the U.N. Human Rights Committee (HRC), is on video saying in early November that pregnant mothers should be able to abort babies that test positive for Down syndrome.
One person with Down syndrome responded in a video of her own. Identified only as Charlotte, she begins, “Mr. Ben Achour, your comments about people with Down syndrome deeply offend me.”
“I’m a human being just like you,” she continues. “Our only difference is an extra chromosome. My extra chromosome makes me far more tolerant than you, sir.”read more
Abp. Henryk Hoser clarifies that official pilgrimages based on visions still banned
MEDJUGORJE, Bosnia-Herzegovina (ChurchMilitant.com) – The papal envoy to Medjugorje is admitting his recent comments have been “a little exaggerated.”
Various pro-Medjugorje blogs exploded with news over the weekend that pilgrimages to the controversial site, where supporters claim apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary have been taking place daily for nearly 40 years, are now allowed by Rome, with the implication that Medjugorje has now been officially approved.
Abp. Hoser: ‘The problem of the visionaries is not yet solved.’Tweet
“Today, dioceses and other institutions can organize official pilgrimages,” Polish Abp. Henryk Hoser, papal envoy to Medjugorje, said last week to Aleteia. “It’s no longer a problem.”read more
Frank Andrews: A couple of weeks ago when the Fr. James Martin firestorm hit the local media because he is the winter commencement speaker at Misericordia University, I called him, and we interviewed him. We had non-stop calls for an hour and a half. One of our listeners suggested that based on that conversation that I look up the website of a group called Church Militant, which I did. He suggested that I watch a video, which I did. And then I contacted them and asked if their director would mind doing an interview with us, and Michael Voris is on the line with us right now He is the founder and president of Saint Michael’s Media and the senior executive producer of Church Militant. Michael, thank you for taking time out of your busy day.read more
No, Pope Francis Is Not Changing the Lord’s Prayer: This is a classic case of the pope saying something and the media distorting it
James Tissot, “The Lord’s Prayer”, ca. 1890
BLOGS | DEC. 11, 2017
No, Pope Francis Is Not Changing the Lord’s Prayer
This is a classic case of the pope saying something and the media distorting it.
By Jimmy Akin
Newspapers and websites erupted over the weekend with headlines like:
They adopted a new translation of the Lord’s Prayer for use in the liturgy. It went into effect on the first Sunday of Advent (which is why Pope Francis was being asked about it).read more
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