Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time & St. Marianne Cope, January 23,2018
Marianne Cope was one of ten children in a German immigrant family that settled in upstate New York. She joined the Sisters of Saint Francis in Syracuse. At the age of forty-six she went to Hawaii, where leprosy was ravaging the native islanders. Marianne sought not only to relieve their physical sufferings, but also to surround them with touches of beauty. “My heart bled for the children,” she said, “and I was anxious and hungry to help put a little more sunshine into their dreary lives.” After visiting the leper colony, man of letters Robert Louis Stevenson lauded her in verse. Marianne died in 1918 after serving the lepers for over thirty years.read more
Returning from his visit to Peru and Chile, Jan. 15-22, 2018, Pope Francis held his traditional inflight “press conference” with journalists onboard the papal plane touching on a wide range of issues.
The first questions related to his just-concluded Apostolic Visit to South America, on his visit, the Holy Father reflected in Spanish on the fruits of the journey, its developments, and its difficulties.read more
Cdl. Dolan: “Things don’t happen in a vacuum — especially a moral vacuum”
Church Militant viewers understand the connection between abortion and contraception. So why is the pro-life movement silent on contraception?
A recent poll by Church Militant found that 92 percent of the more than 2,200 viewers, who responded, believe “contraception leads to abortion.” When Church Militant asked those attending the 2014 March For Life in D.C. if such a connection existed, an overwhelming majority said there was no connection. What’s more, the pro-life movement deliberately prescinds from bringing up the relation between the two intrinsic evils.read more
BRAGA, Portugal (ChurchMilitant.com) – The archbishop of Braga is leaving it up to civilly divorced and remarried Catholics to decide for themselves if they are “integrated” into the Church and can receive Holy Communion.
A January 17 document [English translation], titled, “Guidance Document of the Family Pastoral Care,” is outlining how Abp. Jorge Ortiga intents to implement Amoris Laetitia (AL) in the diocese.read more
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have once again written to Congress requesting “robust funding” for two agencies deeply committed to the promotion and distribution of contraception, one of which provides millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood.
In a December 1, 2017 joint letter to the director for the Office of Management and Budget, and copied to all members of Congress, Abp. Timothy Broglio, the USCCB’s chairman for the Committee on International Justice and Peace, and Sean Callahan, the president of Catholic Relief Services, urged Congress to “fully fund” both the President’s Emergency Plan for Funding AIDS Research (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund).read more
The real problem with the Church of Nice, which is demonic in its deceit, is that it does not prepare you for your death. It lulls you into a false hope of security and comfort. This is why it’s demonic. It cooperates with the plan of the enemy to have you ill-prepared to stand before your Maker. Want to know why you so seldom if ever hear a word about Hell in homilies or talks or communiques from the USCCB? Because they are doing the will of their father — the Devil — in keeping your eye off the target and your mind out of the game. Satan wants you dying in a state of mortal sin. Period.read more
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump proclaimed Monday, January 22, 2018, “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.” The proclamation comes on the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. throughout the entire nine months of a mother’s pregnancy.
Trump made the proclamation on Friday, as hundreds of thousands of pro-life pilgrims converged upon Washington D.C. for the annual March for Life.
“Today, we focus our attention on the love and protection each person, born and unborn, deserves regardless of disability, gender, appearance, or ethnicity,” begins Trump’s proclamation.read more
Early on the morning of January 21, 1793, King Louis XVI heard his last Mass. Following Mass, the king was taken from his prison to the Palace Louis XV, where he would suffer the same fate on the same date as Agnes of Rome, the ancient martyr commemorated in the Mass of the day. This January marks the 225th anniversary of the beheading of King Louis XVI of France.
Louis is not a celebrated historical figure. He is commonly regarded as weak, indecisive or frivolous, unequal to the task of managing the French Revolution that took his life three and a half years after it began when the king summoned the Estates General in May 1789. But, in truth, Louis was a man of remarkable courage whose “mistakes” were largely the product of his Christian piety and refusal to engage in Machiavellian tactics and violence even to the peril of his power and, ultimately, his life.read more
Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time & Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children & St. Vincent of Zaragossa, January 22,2018
In all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion. The liturgical celebrations for this day may be the Mass “For Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life” (no. 48/1 of the Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions), celebrated with white vestments, or the Mass “For the Preservation of Peace and Justice” (no. 30 of the Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions), celebrated with violet vestments (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 373).read more
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