24 May 2016

Scientific American blogger takes on Skeptics/Sceptics with a Capital "S"

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This may not be the sort of thing I usually post, but I found the following article fascinating as it is rare that someone 'calls out' the semi-professional evangelical-athiest Skeptics/Sceptics.

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/dear-skeptics-bash-homeopathy-and-bigfoot-less-mammograms-and-war-more/

14 May 2016

Deaconesses

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With Pope Francis' interest in the question of women deacons or deaconesses in the Roman Catholic Church, I am reposting the following article of mine from 2012 on the subject of Deaconesses in the Anglican Patrimony and Tradition.  My desire is to add to the discussion in a positive way as one who was nourished and raised in the Anglican Church before being welcomed home to the Communion of the Church of Rome.  


The question of ordaining women to the Diaconate in Christ is a separate question from that of the witness and ministry of the Deaconess.  The ordination question is being considered by some in the Orthodox Churches in light of the ministries of St. Olympia and certainly St. Phoebe (who is noted by the Apostle Paul in the Letter to the Romans).  


Now the question is being considered by the Church of Rome where there is already an existing tradition among Carthusian Nuns receiving the diaconal stole and a form of diaconal consecration (but one would note not diaconal ordination).  There is a great ancient richness to the Carthusians, and any consideration by Pope Francis and his commission on the question should begin within the Latin Church and the heritage and sacred tradition of the Carthusian Nuns. Regarding the Carthusian nuns and the question of female deacons I suggest a very interesting essay by Dr Fáinche Ryan of The Loyola Institute, Trinity College, Dublin which may be found on Page 13 of a PDF that can be found at this link. After the text of the essay is presented in English, it is then presented in Lithuanian translation. 


And now onward to the repost of my article from 2012:
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The Sainted Missionary Deaconess Harriet Bedell
O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy handmaidens who call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfill the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Elizabeth Catherine Ferard

Many Episcopalians and Anglicans, present and former, still recall with great affection the Deaconesses in their lives.  We recall some of them in their distinctive cap or distinctive cross.  Some of us recall a Deaconess dressed like a nun in a voluminous black, navy, or grey habit.  Today some will know them in a distinctive blue cassock with blue cincture.  When the Episcopalian Church in the USA decided to ordain women to the diaconate, the Deaconesses all but disappeared.  Since 2002 the Order of Deaconesses has been established canonically among the Reformed Episcopalians where the Deaconesses provide many forms of help including performing baptisms when no deacon or priest is available.  Deaconesses continue to serve in other parts of the Anglican Communion.  The duties of the Deaconess in the various Anglican Churches did indeed vary, but behind all interpretations was a desire for the Deaconess to be in the local church as St. Phoebe was in Sacred Scripture, an idea at the heart of the setting apart of Deaconess Elizabeth Catherine Ferard in the Church of England as the first Deaconess of that Church.  Deaconess Isabella Gilmore in the Diocese of Rochester, England explored a different model for the life of the Deaconess that was very influential.  And among the many Deaconesses, the first African-American Deaconess in the state of Georgia in the USA is venerated as one of sainted memory:  Deaconess Anna E.B. Alexander.  

Deaconess Isabella Gilmore
This very special Anglican form of religious life for women was a genuine gift for the whole universal Church.  It is not an ordained ministry but is a form of religious life.  Is it possible that the many ways the Anglican faithful sought to create forms of religious life could have a life in the Catholic Church?  Obviously, there is room for traditional orders like the wonderful All Saints Sisters of the Poor and Mother Angelica's Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration at Our Lady of the Atonement Anglican Use Parish in San Antonio.  But can those particular forms for consecrated Virgins and Widows be a part of that Anglican heritage and identity now welcome in the Church?  May we again offer to women the calling of Deaconess as one way of living the religious life?  (Bear in mind that I am speaking of a form of religious life not a form of ordained ministry.)

Deaconess Anna E.B. Alexander


Below is the old Office for the Setting Apart of Deaconesses from The Book of Offices 1949 of the Protestant Episcopal Church (USA).  Perhaps you have never seen this liturgical form or heard of this manner of life.  I commend it for your consideration as a gift the Catholic Church could make available to our daughters and the women of our communities.  

Perhaps even now there are women in the new Ordinariate groups and the Anglican Use parishes who are called to this manner of active religious life which developed among the Anglicans some time ago.


The Form for the Setting Apart of Deaconesses
¶ All things being in readiness, a Priest shall present to the Bishop, sitting in his chair near the Holy Table, such as are to be set apart as Deaconesses, saying,

REVEREND Father in God, I present unto you these women, to be set apart to the office and work of Deaconess.

¶ Then shall the Bishop say,
DECLARE, we pray you, unto those who are here gathered what the office and work of a Deaconess are.

¶ Then shall the Priest, addressing the People, say,
DEARLY beloved, that it is agreeable to the mind of Christ that women should do him service by offices of loving-kindness, we gather from Saint Paul, who saith to the Philippians, Help those women which laboured with me in the Gospel, and who also commendeth unto the Romans one Phoebe, a Deaconess of the Church which was at Cenchrea.

    Touching the duty of women set apart to this office and ministry, the Canons of the Church affirm that it is to assist the Ministry in the care of the poor and sick, in the religious training of the young and others, and in the work of moral reformation. That they may be duly appointed to such service, have these women come hither.

¶ Then shall the Bishop say,
BELOVED, we have good confidence that they who are now presented to be set apart to the office of Deaconess are competent thereto, for it hath been so certified unto us, as the Canons require, by them whose word we trust. Nevertheless, if there be any who can allege aught on account of which it is inexpedient that these persons be so set apart, let protest be now made openly and before all men.

¶ If no good reason be alleged by any why any should not be set apart, the following Lesson shall be read.
Romans 12.

¶ Then shall be said or sung Psalm 100, or the Magnificat.
Psalm 100. Jubilate Deo.
O BE joyful in the Lord, all ye lands: * serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his presence with a song.
    Be ye sure that the Lord he is God; it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; * we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
    O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; * be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.
    For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting; * and his truth endureth from generation to generation.
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost;
    As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, * world without end. Amen.

¶ Then, all kneeling, the Bishop shall say,
    Unto thee lift we up our eyes;
    O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
    As the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters;
    And as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress;
    Even so our eyes wait upon thee, O Lord;
    Until thou have mercy upon us.
    O Lord, have mercy upon us.
    Have mercy upon us.
    O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us;
    As our trust is in thee.

¶ The Bishop shall then say,
O ETERNAL God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hast in all times accepted and blessed the services of holy women; Look mercifully, we beseech thee, upon these thy servants, about to be set apart to the office and work of Deaconess. Protect them in the way wherein they go, and grant that in singleness of purpose and with a willing mind they may worthily accomplish the task committed to them, to thy glory and to the praise of thy Christ, to whom with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, be glory and worship for ever and ever. Amen.

¶ Then shall the Bishop ask of them the following questions, to which each Candidate shall answer for herself.
DEARLY beloved in the Lord, who are minded to take upon you this service in the Church of God, have you duly considered how weighty an undertaking this is, and are you prepared with a willing mind to take upon you this office of ministering to the suffering and needy, and in all humility and godly submission to help the Ministers of God’s Word and Sacraments?
    Answer. I have so considered it, and will do so, by the help of God.

    Bishop. Will you be obedient to those who are over you in the Lord, cheerfully and faithfully performing the service that shall be appointed to you?
    Answer. I will, by the help of God.

    Bishop. Inasmuch as this office is not to be lightly undertaken, is it your desire to give yourself to the work of the Lord as a Deaconess in singleness of heart?
    Answer. I desire to do so, by the help of God.

¶ Then shall the Candidate kneel, and the Bishop shall say,
ALMIGHTY God, who hath called you to serve him in this holy life, give you the power to fulfil this your service acceptably; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ Then shall the Bishop lay his hand upon the head of the person to be made Deaconess, saying,
GOD the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve, and sanctify you; and so endow you with all faith, wisdom, and humility, that you may serve before him to the glory of his great Name, and to the benefit of his Church and people; and make you faithful unto death, and give you the crown of everlasting life. Amen.

N. I admit thee to the office of Deaconess, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Let us pray.
GOD, who didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people, by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant unto this thy servant by the same Spirit to perceive and know what things she ought to do, and to have grace and strength evermore to do the same; direct herin all times of doubt and perplexity; strengthen her to bear the trial of her faith and patience; comfort her in times of sorrow; cheer her when faint and weary in the way. May thy love, abounding towards her more and more, stir up her heart to greater deeds of love to thee, and to all who need her service. And upon all those called to the office of Deaconess in thy Church bestow thy grace and heavenly benediction; enable them to bear each other’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Make them to know and feel their oneness in the mystical Body of thy dear Son, so that their fellowship here in works of love may prove to them a blessed discipline, and thus prepare them at last for the society of thy redeemed in heaven; through Jesus Christ our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.

O GOD, who in thy holy Word dost commend above all goodly apparel the ornament of a quiet spirit; Adorn, we beseech thee, these thy servants with the meekness and the gentleness of Christ, that in all humility and singleness of heart they may run the way of thy Commandments; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

¶ It is desirable that the Service of Holy Communion should follow, the newly set apart Deaconesses communicating.

At the Communion
The Collect
O GOD, who hast prepared for those who love thee such good things as pass man’s understanding; Pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Romans 15:1-6. 
The Gospel. St. Luke 12:35-39. 
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A Hymn and the Bishop of Tulsa

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With the news of Bishop Slattery's retirement and the appointment of Fr. David Konderla of Texas A & M University as the Fourth Bishop of Tulsa in Oklahoma, I thought it would be a good time to repost the hymn text I wrote and dedicated to Bishop Slattery and Fr. Mark Daniel Kirby, OSB, during the Jubilee Annus Sacerdotalis.  The tune is a true beauty by Noel Jones.  A PDF of the hymn may be downloaded at this link.





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Heart of Mary

Bl. John Henry Newman, ora pro nobis! 

 Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
(My Personal Version for Family Recitation 
of the Litany of the Immacualte Heart of Mary of Blessed John Henry Newman 
adapted to the Sacral Language of the Anglican Patrimony)

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Lord, have mercy upon us.  
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.  
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us. 
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, hear us.  
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven,  
have mercy upon us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,  
have mercy upon us.
God the Holy Spirit,  
have mercy upon us.

Holy Trinity, + one God,  
have mercy upon us.

Heart of Mary,   ...................................… pray for us.
Heart of Mary, after God’s own Heart,
Heart of Mary, in union with the Heart of Jesus,
Heart of Mary, vessel of the Holy Spirit,
Heart of Mary, shrine of the Trinity,
Heart of Mary, home of the Word,
Heart of Mary, immaculate in your creation,
Heart of Mary, flooded with grace,
Heart of Mary, blessed of all hearts,
Heart of Mary, throne of glory,
Heart of Mary, abyss of humbleness,
Heart of Mary, victim of love,
Heart of Mary, nailed to the cross,
Heart of Mary, comfort of the sad,
Heart of Mary, refuge of the sinner,
Heart of Mary, hope of the dying,
Heart of Mary, seat of mercy,

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  
spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  
graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, 
have mercy upon us.

Christ, hear us.  
Christ, graciously hear us.

Lord, have mercy upon us. 
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us. 

Immaculate Mary, meek and humble of heart,
Conform our hearts to the Heart of Jesus.

Let us pray:
O most merciful God, who for the salvation of sinners and the refuge of the wretched, has made the Immaculate Heart of Mary most like in tenderness and pity to the Heart of Jesus, grant that we, who now commemorate her most sweet and loving heart, may by her merits and intercession, ever live in the fellowship of the hearts of both Mother and Son, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

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For USA Citizens: F. William Engdahl


I am adding this post in order to expose readers who live in the USA or are citizens of the USA abroad to the research and thought of F. William Engdahl.  Please do not assume that I am endorsing everything that Engdahl says or writes.  He possesses a perspective one would never encounter via the ordinary mainstream entertainment-news media in the USA.  He is able to speak from years of serious research and more often than not he has been proven to be largely correct.  Few US Americans have heard of him or read one of his books or articles.   He largely falls into the category of critical thinkers who have run afoul of the oligarchs in the USA like Sibbel Edmonds, Catherine Austin Fitts, or Sharyl Atkisson.

So... I post the interview below simply for the purpose of exposing others to the thinking of F. William Engdahl.  If you are a citizen of the USA and wave flags for the Democratic Party or the Republican Party, it is likely that you will not like what you hear.  You truly will not like what you hear.  

As for me I only wave the standard of God and the Lamb, but I refuse to live in a religious ghetto of silence.  His voice deserves to be heard.  The following interview is from a radio station in St. George, Utah, USA:

13 May 2016

Our Lady of Fátima

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Our Lady of Fátima, pray for us
to the Lord of Hosts.







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Actor Aidan Quinn and His Daughter's Vaccine Induced Autism

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Aidan Quinn speaks about his oldest daughter's development of autism after being vaccinated.

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11 May 2016

Anglican Patrimony: Office of the Holy Spirit

Tuesday at the Third Hour: The Spirit of Fellowship

        O God, make speed to save us;
        O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Alleluia.

HYMN

        O HOLY Spirit, Lord of grace,
        Eternal source of love,
        Inflame, we pray, our inmost hearts
        With fire from heaven above.

        As thou dost join with holiest bonds
        The Father and the Son,
        So fill thy saints with mutual love
        And link their hearts in one.

        To God the Father, God the Son,
        And God the Holy Ghost.
        Eternal Glory be from man,
        And from the Angel-host. Amen. 
(English Hymnal 453).


Antiphon.
The multitude of them that believed: were of one heart and of one soul.


PSALM CXXII.
Laetatus sum.

I WAS glad when they said unto me : We will go into the house of the Lord.
2 Our feet shall stand in thy gates : O Jerusalem.
3 Jerusalem is built as a city : that is at unity in itself.
4 For thither the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord : to testify unto Israel, to give thanks unto the Name of the Lord.
5 For there is the seat of judgement : even the seat of the house of David.
6 O pray for the peace of Jerusalem : they shall prosper that love thee.
7 Peace be within thy walls : and plenteousness within thy palaces.
8 For my brethren and companions' sakes : I will wish thee properity.
9 Yea, because fo the house of the Lord our God I will seek to do thee good.V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost :
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Antiphon.
The multitude fo them that believed : were of one heart and of one soul.


CHAPTER. (EPHESIANS iv. 1-6)

WALK worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Thanks be to God.

If there be any fellwoship of the Spirit : be ye likeminded, having the same love;
If there be any fellowship of the Spirit: be ye likeminded, haveing the same love.

If any tender mercies and compassions ;

Be ye likeminded having the same love.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

If there be any fellowship of the Spirit : be ye likeminded, having the same love.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts;

To the which also ye were called in one body.

The Lord be with you;

And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

VOUCHSAFE, we beseech thee, Almighty God, to grant to the whole Christian people unity, peace, and true concord, both visible and invisible : through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

        The Lord be with you;
        And with thy spirit.
        Let us bless the Lord;
        Thanks be to God.
Cambridge Offices and Orisons
E. Milner-White, B.T.D. Smith
1921

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Segatashya: The Boy who Spoke with Jesus

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This is the first message that the Lord Jesus Christ gave to Segatashya to share with the world while he was still a young boy in his native Rwanda in Africa:



“Jesus Christ sent me here today to tell you, 
and all men to renew your hearts. 
The day is coming 
when things will really get hard for humanity. 

You must change your heart while there is still time. 

Soon those who have refused to repent 
will not be able to do so. 

Let those who know that I set foot on earth, 
know that I am on my way back 
to take those who have worked well for Me 
to heaven for their eternal reward.”





Neither Segatashya nor his parents had ever been in a school or a church. While not yet approved by the Catholic Church, I am a firm believer in the veracity of Emmanuel Segatashya and all that he said and did in his too short life.



Emmanuel Segatashya, pray for us.
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08 May 2016

MMR vaccine from Hell

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“The bigger the lie, the bigger the truth it is concealing. The truth is what people are afraid to accept.” 
(The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

Information not reported in the mainstream news media regarding the cases of Mumps at Harvard among individuals who were vaccinated with the MMR vaccine:

http://www.naturalhealth365.com/mumps-MMR-vaccine-dangers-1834.html

http://healthimpactnews.com/2016/harvard-mumps-outbreak-the-real-story-mainstream-media-wont-tell-you/

http://www.activistpost.com/2016/05/two-more-mmr-vaccine-whistleblowers-theyre-suing.html

http://sanevax.org/vaccinations-dilemma-unsafe-dose/


There is not one vaccine manufactured in the USA that I would put in my own body.  That is not to say that it is not possible to create a safe and useful vaccine ... it is.  But in my opinion the vaccines produced in the USA and most of the world are dangerous to human life and especially the life and development of children.


It is far easier to trust "the experts" and vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, but after years of study I would not recommend any currently produced vaccine to anyone.  There is one vaccine in Sweden that is perhaps one of the safest, but in general none of the vaccines can be considered safe because people who are in love with "population control" and "population reduction" have been caught time and again using vaccinations to sterilise unsuspecting populations around the world.  Other vaccines have been demonstrated not to work at all.  And mounting evidence shows grave problems with several of the vaccines routinely given to children.



(It has been anecdotally observed that children vaccinated before 12 noon do much better than those vaccinated in the afternoon.  While I find this interesting, it is far more important to review the science behind the vaccines, and it is vital to replace the FDA and CDC with independent bodies that are not held in thrall by the pharmaceutical industry and associated allopathic medical doctors.)



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26 April 2016

Life of St. Serafim of Sarov

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An animation of the life of Saint Seraphim of Sarov in Russian with English subtitles.  Although this was intended for children, it is a lovely way to introduce Saint Seraphim of Sarov to those who do not know of him.  

Saint Seraphim of Sarov, intercede for us with the Lord our God.

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22 April 2016

St. Cyprian: "The Day of Our Own Struggle"

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Saint Cyprian writes:


"Divine Providence has now prepared us. God's merciful design has warned us that the day of our own struggle, our own contest, is at hand. 


"By that shared love which binds us close together, we are doing all we can to exhort our congregation, to give ourselves unceasingly to fastings, vigils and prayers in common.



"These are the heavenly weapons which give us the strength to stand firm and endure; they are the spiritual defences, the God-given armaments that protect us. Let us then remember one another, united in mind and heart. 



"Let us pray without ceasing, you for us, we for you; by the love we share we shall thus relieve the strain of these great trials."



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15 April 2016

St. Isaac of Nineveh: The Gift of Tears

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Saint Isaac the Syrian writes:

Perpetual tears during prayer 
are a sign of divine mercy 
of which the soul is deemed worthy 
because of her repentance 
which has been accepted: 
and with tears 
she begins to enter the plain of sincerity, 
the plain of purity.

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05 April 2016

Gregg: Regensburg Revisited

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Dr. Samuel Gregg
Dear Reader, today there is an article posted to the internet that is both timely and insightful regarding Pope Benedict's Regensburg lecture of ten years ago. 
        
The article by Dr. Samuel Gregg is a "must read" to my way of thinking, and I commend it to you.  Below you will find the opening paragraphs of the article and then a link taking you to the article itself:


Regensburg Revisited: 
Ten Years Later, A West Still in Denial
April 04, 2016
Dr. Samuel Gregg

Irrationality not only manifests itself in violence 
but also in an inability to apply authentic reason 
to the many pressing challenges of our age.

A decade ago, a 79 year-old soft-spoken, white-haired German theologian returned to visit a university at which he had spent much of his academic career. On such occasions, it’s not unusual for a distinguished professor-emeritus to offer some formal remarks. Such reflections rarely receive much attention, and are often seen as exercises in reminiscing by scholars whose most substantial achievements are behind them.


In this instance, however, the speech delivered at the University of Regensburg on 12 September 2006 by the theologian Joseph Ratzinger, better known as Pope Benedict XVI, had immediate global impact. For weeks, even months afterwards, newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, and even entire books attacked, defended, and analyzed the almost 4,000 words which came to be known as the Regensburg Address. Copies of the text and effigies of its author, however, were also ripped up, trampled on, and publicly burnt throughout the Islamic world. Television screens were dominated by images of enraged Muslim mobs and passionate denunciations by Muslim leaders, most of whom had clearly not read the text.

Also noticeable, however, was the frosty reception accorded to Pope Benedict’s remarks in much of the West. Descriptions such as “provocative,” “ill-timed,” “insensitive,” “un-feeling,” and “undiplomatic” appeared in religious and secular media outlets. Certainly the Pope had plenty of vocal defenders in North America and Europe. Among other things, they suggested that some Muslims’ frenzied reaction to the Regensburg Address proved that Benedict’s gentle query about the place of reason in Islamic belief and practice was dead on-target.

Yet there’s no doubt that Benedict’s words at Regensburg touched a nerve—perhaps even several nerves—in the Western world. For while the Regensburg Address received so much attention because of nine paragraphs in which Benedict analyzed a fourteenth-century exchange between a Byzantine Emperor and his Persian Muslim interlocutor, the text’s primary focus concerned deep problems of faith and reason that characterize the West and Christianity today. And many of these pathologies quickly surface whenever and wherever Islamist terrorism rears its head. They continue to enfeeble the West’s response to people whose acts in locations ranging from Brussels to Paris, Beirut to Jakarta, Jerusalem to San Bernardino, Abuja to London, and Lahore to New York reflect many things, including a particular understanding of the nature of the Divine.

Click here for the entire article at Catholic World Report.

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03 April 2016

Divine Mercy

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Jezu ufam Tobie
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02 April 2016

01 April 2016

Requiescat in Pace

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May Mother Mary Angelica 
 
rest in peace
 
and rise in the Glory 
 
of Jesus Christ
 
Our Living Lord and Saviour.

Amen.

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31 March 2016

Mother Angelica

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It is true that at a very crucial moment in my life I did not lose my way because of Mother Angelica's counsel and prayer for me.  To have been prayed for by Mother Angelica and to have felt her hands upon me as she prayed was one of the greatest moments in my life in this natural world as that time of prayer overflowed with the love and compassion of Jesus for me in my suffering. I simply do not have adequate words to state how much I feel I owe Mother Angelica for her wisdom, her teaching, her joy, and her uncompromising witness to Jesus and His Church.

The following prayer is an old one put it into English and modified by me as a way of asking Saint Mary the Blessed Mother of Jesus to guide Mother Angelica home to Jesus her Belovèd:


                May Mary the most merciful Virgin Mother of God, 
                   kindest comforter of them that mourn, 
                commend to her Divine Son 
                the soul of His bride, Mary Angelica; 
                that, by the maternal intercession of Mary, 
                   the Spouse of the Holy Ghost, 
                this her daughter Mary Angelica 
                may overcome the pains of death and, 
                   with the Blessed Mother as guide, 
                joyfully reach her longed-for home 
                   within the heavenly realm of God the Father 
                   in the arms of Jesus her belovèd Lord and Saviour. Amen.




Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, pray for us to the Lord.


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28 March 2016

Mother Angelica, pray for us.

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Mother Mary Angelica, pray for us to the Lord.

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Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation

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There is no doubt in my mind that Mother Angelica is one of God's great saints.  I pray that her soul finds perfect respose in the Lord.







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