Archive for October, 2008

Rosary Novena for this Crucial Election

October 26, 2008

Thanks to “Unborn Word of the Day” for this information. Please visit that site at
http://unbornwordoftheday.com/2008/10/25/rosary-novena-to-our-lady-of-victory-october-27th-to-election-day-november-4th/

Here is Father Corapi’s letter from
http://www.fathercorapi.com/PDF/ElectionNovena.pdf:

A Call for a Rosary Novena by Fr. John Corapi

 

Among the most important titles we have in the Catholic Church for the Blessed Virgin Mary are Our Lady of Victory and Our Lady of the Rosary. These titles can be traced back to one of the most decisive times in the history of the world and Christendom. The Battle of Lepanto took place on October 7 (date of feast of Our Lady of Rosary), 1571. This proved to be the most crucial battle for the Christian forces against the radical Muslim navy of Turkey. Pope Pius V led a procession around St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City praying the Rosary. He showed true pastoral leadership in recognizing the danger posed to Christendom by the radical Muslim forces, and in using the means necessary to defeat it. Spiritual battles require spiritual weapons, and this more than anything was a battle that had its origins in the spiritual order—a true battle between good and evil.

Today we have a similar spiritual battle in progress—a battle between the forces of good and evil, light and darkness, truth and lies, life and death. If we do not soon stop the genocide of abortion in the United States, we shall run the course of all those that prove by their actions that they are enemies of God—total collapse, economic, social, and national. The moral demise of a nation results in the ultimate demise of a nation. God is not a disinterested spectator to the affairs of man. Life begins at conception.

This is an unalterable formal teaching of the Catholic Church. If you do not accept this you are a heretic in plain English. A single abortion is homicide. The more than 48,000,000 abortions since Roe v. Wade in the United States constitute genocide by definition. The group singled out for death—unwanted, unborn children.

No other issue, not all other issues taken together, can constitute a proportionate reason for voting for candidates that intend to preserve and defend this holocaust of innocent human life that is abortion.

I strongly urge every one of you to make a Novena and pray the Rosary to Our Lady of Victory between October 27th and Election Day, November 4th. Pray that God’s will be done and the most innocent and utterly vulnerable of our brothers and sisters will be protected from this barbaric and grossly sinful blight on society that is abortion. No woman, and no man, has the right to choose to murder an innocent human being.

May God grant us the wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and counsel to form our conscience in accordance with authentic Catholic teaching, and then vote that well‐formed Catholic conscience.

Please copy, email, link and distribute this article freely.

God Bless You

Fr. John Corapi

www.fathercorapi.com 

Prayer warriors unite!

October 25, 2008

From rosaryworkshop.com

PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH AND FOR SOULS
(Recommended for frequent recitation
in the present critical times)

 “O glorious Prince of the heavenly host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle and in the fearful warfare we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come to the assistance of men, whom Almighty God created immortal, making them in  His own image and likeness and redeeming them at a great price from the tyranny of Satan.
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Fight this day the battle of the Lord with your legions of holy angels, even as of old you fought against his rebel angels, who were powerless to stand against you. Neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that apostate angel, transformed into an angel of darkness who still creeps about the earth to encompass our ruin, was cast headlong in to the abyss together with his followers.
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But behold, that first enemy of mankind, and a murderer from the beginning, has regained his confidence. Changing himself into an angel of light, he goes about with the whole multitude of wicked spirits to invade the earth and blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to plunder, to slay and to consign to eternal damnation the souls that have been destined for a crown of everlasting life.
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This wicked serpent, like an unclean torrent, pours into men of depraved minds and corrupt hearts the poison of his malice, the spirit of lying, godlessness and blasphemy, and the deadly breath of impurity and every form of vice and iniquity. These crafty enemies of mankind have filled to overflowing with gall and wormwood the Church, which is the Bride of the Lamb without spot; they have laid profane hands upon her most sacred treasures.
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Make haste, therefore, O invincible Prince, to help the people of God against the inroads of the lost spirits and grant us the victory. Amen.”

Source: http://www.rosaryworkshop.com/PRAYER-St-Michael.html

Don’t be swayed by mainstream media polls

October 24, 2008

Found this on
http://causa-nostrae-laetitiae.blogspot.com/2008/10/dont-believe-polls-here-are-true.html#links and will copy it all here.

Don’t believe the polls; here are the true numbers

The liberal media wants us to concede the race. I admit they have me depressed. I am praying, but I can barely listen to the news. This is because, since I moved, we no longer have Fox News, and the mainstream media are simply fawning over Obama. I should know better!

Investors Business Daily was the one who correctly predicted the results of the 2004 election. We can trust them again. They say: “McCain has cut into Obama’s lead for a second day and is now just 1.1 points behind,” Investor’s Business Daily indicates.

Its poll, conducted by the TechnoMetrica Institute of Policy and Politics, shows Obama at 44.8 percent, McCain at 43.7 percent and a large 11.6 percent of Americans still undecided.

“The spread was 3.7 Wednesday and 6.0 Tuesday” but McCain is making headway, IBD says, with middle- and working-class voters, and has surged 10 points in two days among those earning between $30,000 and $75,000.”

“He has also gone from an 11-point defecit to a 9-point lead among Catholics,” IBDD adds.

Kudos to the Catholic blogosphere, and good Catholic periodicals like National Catholic Register for keeping life issues in the forefront, and getting 19 points out of the Catholic vote.

Here [link is on the causa nostrae laetitiae site] is the American Family Association video which attempts to do the same with Evangelicals. It’s good to be allied in trying to same this nation from the worst political candidate ever to run for office. United we will overcome!!

Read the entire story here.
[http://www.lifenews.com/nat4490.html]

Thanks to Leticia at the blog “Causa Nostrae Laetitiae”! She has other good articles to read, so try to spend time there, especially in these days when I am not able to post as regularly as I’d like to do.

Pray for more than we can imagine!

October 24, 2008

This is from yesterday’s Mass readings:

Ephesians 3:21

Now to him who is able to accomplish
far more than all we ask or imagine,
by the power at work within us,
to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus
to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

It reinforces what we already know: that God can work a miracle in this election. Let us pray earnestly for the election of a president who will defend life and marriage.  Let’s beg God for a president who will nominate judges (for the Supreme Court but also many other courts) who will properly evaluate cases and a president who will not sign the “Freedom of Choice Act” or other legislation that threatens innocent human life.

Faithful Shepherds!

October 21, 2008

This seems to be a wonderful collection of the words of the U.S. bishops who have spoken/written about the meaning of “Faithful Citizenship” in this election. PLEASE READ! I’ve only been able to skim it so far, but recognize most of the names as those whose words I’ve already learned about. And the source site (http://unbornwordoftheday.com) has been well on track before.

Election 2008: Catholic Bishops come out fighting

“This year the Catholic Bishops have really stepped up to the plate.  First, around 50 Bishops across the U.S. came out and soundly corrected Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden when these two ‘Catholic’ politicians deliberately distorted the Catholic position on abortion earlier this year.

During Respect LIfe month this year many Bishops around the country are clearly speaking to Catholics about their voting choices this November.  What they are pointing out is that abortion should be the most important issue as Catholics step into the voting booth.”

That’s just the introduction…. please go to the link below and find the quotes from these bishops: Chaput, Hermann, Farrell, Vann, Holley, Martino, Finn.

http://unbornwordoftheday.com/2008/10/20/election-2008-catholic-bishops-come-out-fighting/

Rising above media “Noise”

October 20, 2008

From the email newsletter of
“Teresa Tomeo Communications”
teresa@att.net

Breaking News: EWTN to Air Special Series on “Noise”!

“If you’re anything like me, you just might be getting increasingly frustrated with the blatant liberal media bias that is plaguing the current election coverage. The secular media are focusing little if anything on the issues we as a people of life and family are concerned about and when they do even attempt to cover key issues of concern to faith-filled folks, those topics and the politicians with similar view points are not exactly portrayed accurately or in a positive light. In addition to the media bias, we are bombarded 24/7 with messages from movies, TV programming, shock-jock radio, the Internet and much more. These messages attempt to tear down core tenets of Church teaching.

Join me and my guests including Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Doug Keck of EWTN TV, Moral Theologian Dr. Janet Smith, and others as we try to help you make some sense out of all of the “Noise” in our lives. That’s Monday through Friday at 6:30pm ET, October 20th through the 24th on EWTN Global Catholic TV. For more information go to www.ewtn.com or www.teresatomeo.com and please pray that this series helps encourage more Catholics to take a stand for decency on the air waves.

That’s why I am hoping that you will tune out some of the noise of the secular media and tune in closely to EWTN Television this week. EWTN will be running a five part mini series based on my book “Noise: How Our Media Saturated Culture Dominates Lives and Dismantles Families.” The 30 minute special reports will air at 6:30pm ET beginning Monday evening October 20th, and ending Friday evening October 24th.

Have you ever wondered why the secular press tilts so heavily to the left of center? Are you concerned about the continued attacks on the Catholic Church? Would you like to know just how much impact the culture is having on children, families, and the country? With the help of moral theologians, law enforcement experts, media specialists, and pro-life leaders, I will attempt to answer these questions. And if you’re looking for some practical ways to make a difference in the media in your home as well as ways to engage the culture, you may also be interested in watching this special series. You’ll also learn just how much wisdom and common sense advise the Church has when it comes to how to using the media wisely.”

Watch episodes 1- 5 on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) this week: Oct 20 – Oct 24  at  3:00 AM & 6:30 PM (ET), 12 AM & 3:30 PM (PT)

 

  • Episode 1:
    Media expert Teresa Tomeo begins her study of Catholicism and the media with a look at the problems created by the negative media-saturation of our culture.
  • Episode 2:
    Media expert Teresa Tomeo continues her study of Catholicism and the media with a look at the cultural problems created by the saturation of violent imagery in the media.
  • Episode 3:
    Media expert Teresa Tomeo continues her study of Catholicism and the media with a look at what the Church teaches about the proper use of the media.
  • Episode 4:
    Media expert Teresa Tomeo continues her study of Catholicism and the media with a look at the various ways the media can be used as a tool of evangelization.
  • Episode 5:
    Media expert Teresa Tomeo continues her study of Catholicism and the media with a look at various ways to combat the negative media saturation in our culture, and make a positive difference.

More bishops to admire

October 17, 2008

Dallas and Fort Worth

http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/oct/08101509.html

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That’s as far as I got when drafting this post (was that yesterday?). I see that another blogger has written something more, so I’ll refer you to her post at http://causa-nostrae-laetitiae.blogspot.com/2008/10/texas-bishops-are-straight-shooters-on.html#links.

Debate Followups

October 16, 2008

Here are some stories regarding last night’s debate. My time is quite limited now, so I have only skimmed them and am hoping you will find them useful. Maybe I’ll be able to add more later.

http://www.lifenews.com/nat4454.html (which includes a reference to http://www.lifenews.com/nat4206.html)

http://www.lifenews.com/nat4456.html

http://www.lifenews.com/nat4453.html

http://www.lifenews.com/nat4455.html

Beatification of Married Couple

October 15, 2008

Found this post and comment at “Catholic Fire”
(http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2008/10/mark-your-calendar.html#links).

Post:

Sunday, October 19th EWTN will be showing the beatification for the parents of St.Thérèse, Louis Martin and Marie Zelie Guerin. Just added to the TV Schedule. No time set yet.

Comment:

Thank you for posting the news of the broadcast of the Mass of Beatification for Zelie and Louis Martin. EWTN’s TV grid says that it will broadcast live at 4:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and then rebroadcast at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
http://www.ewtn.com/tv/NA_101908.asp.

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Related Programming (http://www.ewtn.com/tv/NAadv1008.asp):

EWTN Global Showcase:
Thursday, October 16th at 1:00 PM (ET), 10 AM (PT)
“MIRACLE OF SAINT THERESE” 1hr30mins.

“This acclaimed feature film made in 1960’s France tells the story of the Carmelite nun St. Therese of Lisieux and her famous little way of spiritual childhood.”

The beatification of the parents of our dear St. Therese will be a fitting prelude to the celebration of All Saints Day (Nov. 1)!

Here’s an image of St. Therese
from the “Catholic Fire” blog sidebar.

Economy is not top issue for all voters

October 15, 2008

Despite whatever we will hear during tonight’s presidential debate, not all voters place economic concerns at the top of their lists of priorities. Remember that without life, nothing else matters!

We must work and pray that in this election, enough people place the sanctity of human life and marriage as their highest priorities. While I can understand how the worries of this world can overwhelm us, I am grateful to have the teaching of the Church to make it clear that the protection of human life is non-negotiable when deciding how to cast my ballot. I pray for those who try to find a way around that teaching. And I pray for our country to be spared from the changes that will occur if the deceptively-named “Freedom of Choice Act” (FOCA) becomes law, which Senator Obama is determined to promote if he becomes President. I’m not pleased with many things about Senator McCain, but he will do far more to protect innocent human life than to harm it.

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Here is the opening paragraph of the article (“This Will Kill Us”) that prompted this post. The article is by Fr. Tom Euteneuer, President of Human Life International.

“More is at stake than just the economy in this presidential election season. In fact, the manufactured economic woes of our country are in some ways a smokescreen to keep our minds off the weightier moral issues that are not being talked about to any significant degree or in any depth. There real issues upon which our future as a nation depends are the life issues! To that effect, euthanasia, euphemistically called “physician-assisted suicide,” is on the ballot in Washington State, and if we don’t support those who are valiantly fighting this pernicious movement, this new virus of the culture of death could kill us all.”

Later in the article he lists ways that abortion is connected to euthanasia. You can read the full article at http://catholicexchange.com/2008/10/11/114131/ and learn more about Fr. Euteneuer’s organization at http://hli.org/.

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Here is another article reminding us that the eternal quality of the “life issues” far outweighs the temporal nature of the economy. It’s brief enough that I’ll paste the whole article here:

Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today said that people cannot lose sight of moral priorities in the face of economic stress.

“No doubt, these are troubled times,” said Dr. King, “but it’s in troubled times that we especially need to remember what’s important. What the current economic meltdown should teach us is that our hope is not in the things of this earth, but in God.”

“If financial pressures cause us to stop loving our neighbors, to think only of ourselves, we have lost much more than money,” added Dr. King. “If we stop giving to charity, cease donating our time to help others, or, in the extreme, abort a baby for financial reasons, we literally sacrifice the eternal for the temporary.”

“Ultimately, what bring us the greatest rewards or the worst scars are the choices we make that have spiritual consequences,” said Dr. King. “In the end, we don’t look back at our lives and think of refinanced mortgages or stock trades, but of those we loved. Let us trust God and love Him by loving others in good times and bad. As my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ‘The time is always right to do what is right’.”

The article is actually a press release titled “Dr. Alveda King: The Economy Is Temporary, Life Is Eternal” and is from Priests for Life. You can read it on their site at http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/08-10-09-alveda-economy.htm. You can also read it at at least one blog site: http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2008/10/dr-alveda-king-economy-is-temporary.html.

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And here’s a portion of an article that reminds us how to handle these difficult times: “Stop, Drop, and Pray” by Mary Biever at http://catholicexchange.com/2008/10/15/114144/.

“…What do we teach our kids to do if they ever, God forbid, catch fire?  We tell them not to run blindly.  That will make the fire go faster.  We don’t tell them to ignore the flames – they still burn, and they still hurt.

We instead teach them three steps that we can all do now as our financial world tilts awry.  Those steps can be modified for our financial fire:

Stop.

Drop.

Pray.”

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“Fast for Hope” and “Pray for Palin” are two Web sites focused on prayer for this election. Try them out as well as others in the “Prayer Resources” page of this blog and the various voting-related links in the sidebar.

http://www.fastforhope.com

http://www.prayforpalin.us

http://www.faithfulcitizenship.org/resources/podcasts

http://www.priestsforlife.org/novenas/election-day-novena.aspx

http://www.catholicvote.com/prayer.aspx