Aug 31, 2009

For little girls: Pole Dancing or Purity



If we don't train our daughters in purity, modesty and chastity, the world will teach our little girls how to pole dance.

For starters, we can talk about two modern day saints who excelled in purity e.g. Saint Maria Goretti and Blessed Laura Vicuna.

Blessed Laura Vicuna (1891-1904)

Saint Maria Goretti (movie scenes)

Sex ed for teens: fornicate & abort (video)

From the video, watch for:

Their goal is to have every girl between 13 & 18 procure 3 to5 abortions.

The industry follows these steps to prepare their customers.
1. break down their natural modesty
2. separate them from their parents and values
3. become the sex experts in their lives
4. give them birth control pills or condoms that won't work to get them pregnant
5. offer them abortion as a fix

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYaTywSDmls


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Aug 29, 2009

If u text & drive, this video will change u

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGE8LzRaySk

The lot of Ted Kennedy & pro-aborts

+ Minimum requirement for Catholic burial
Last Thurs, I offered a 6:30 a.m. Mass for Sen. Kennedy praying for his last minute conversion - even after the fact. I am not quite sure how that will work but in God's economy of Salvation, one never knows. Later, I've read that a priest was summoned to his side as he died. And that fulfilled the minimum requirement for him to get a Catholic burial.

+ The gospel was damning
Whatever was said by Church representatives during his wake & burial is significant because of his prominent role in legalizing abortion in the USA. The gospel from Mt:25 states, "Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, you do unto me." That is damning because Jesus can say, "When I was in my mother's womb, you allowed me to get murdered. Now go into the eternal fire..." And in this case, he might say it 50 million times; that's the approximate number of murders that were allowed since Roe V. Wade was adjudicated.

+ but focus shifted away from abortion
But the focus was shifted to his works for the poor as if that negated the 50+ million murders of the aborted fetuses. No wonder many think that it is morally acceptable to support the right to choose and consequently the legal protection of murdering the unborn. But the Church has always taught the contrary i.e. abortion is intrinsically evil.
+ Cafeteria spirituality is not salvific
Consequently, people can go away with the mistaken perception that as long as one does some good, then other transgression will be excused. Or that one does not have to follow all the 10 commandments and still make it. I heard part of Obama's eulogy about Ted sailing into a happy place as though he knew that for a fact. But the Catechism and the Gospels insist on following every commandment. Even the summarized form of loving God and neighbor will bring the aborted person as a counter-witness because he has been murdered and the Creator has been offended. So, the cafeteria spirituality where one picks and chooses what to follow is not salvific e.g. one cannot commit adultery and simply make up for it by praying the Rosary and giving a $100 to the poor.
+ Laws expel pro-abortion lawmakers
And if that is not clear enough, the Church's "chief justice" interprets canon 915 as excommunicating public officials who support abortion and denying them holy communion. http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/may/09050613.html That puts the parishioner on notice i.e. "You're outside the Church and so you cannot be saved unless you change." How much clearer can the Church get? So at death, canon 1184 §1.3 would prohibit a Catholic burial as a likely consequence. Then again, not all the bishops follow the Church's laws and that is a problem - specially for the bishop who caused his flock to be lost.
+ Forgiveness of sin
As Jesus died he forgave those who killed him "for they did not know that they did." And he forgave sinners who knew what they did e.g. the tax collector and the prostitutes who repented. What about those who despite the Church's teaching against abortion persisted freely and knowingly to support the legalization of this atrocity? The last recourse is the conscience because, that is tribunal where God will judge everyone. But that is not an instant "Get out of Hell card" because conscience may say that an evil thing is good. So, the Church teaches that one must ensure the correct formation of conscience. To be honest, I doubt whether someone as intelligent as the senator can be confused with what is morally right and wrong hence the fear that his sentence is severe.

Fresh catch of fish in the Fed Reserve



Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJqM2tFOxLQ

Description:
This is a high quality version of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing of May 5, 2009.

Rep. Alan Grayson asks the Federal Reserve Inspector General about the trillions of dollars lent or spent by the Federal Reserve and where it went, and the trillions of off balance sheet obligations. Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman responds that the IG does not know and is not tracking where this money is.

Champion of the poor and oppressed


Video Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WY1rJjqjao

"The martyred Archishop of San Salvador, gunned down at the altar in 1980 after denouncing injustices and army oppression, was formally accepted as a candidate for sainthood in 1997, when he was declared a "Servant of God". He survived a theological audit by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2005, and there was talk of beatification following swiftly -- especially if he was declared a martyr." by Austen Ivereigh http://www.americamagazine.org/blog/entry.cfm?blog_id=2&id=94689713-3048-741E-8340422179000755

News report on 29th anniversary of martyrdom & state of the cause of canonization. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuSWVtfPXOU

Dedicated web site for Arch. Romero http://kellogg.nd.edu/romero/Biography.htm

Aug 27, 2009

video: girls progressively groomed to procure multiple abortions

From the video, watch for:

Their goal is to have every girl between 13 & 18 procure 3 to5 abortions.

The industry follows these steps to prepare their customers.
1. break down their natural modesty
2. separate them from their parents and values
3. become the sex experts in their lives
4. give them birth control pills or condoms that won't work to get them pregnant
5. offer them abortion as a fix

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYaTywSDmls


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Should abortion supporters be denied a Catholic burial?

Should abortion supporters be denied a Catholic burial? Yes. Jjust as canon law excludes law makers who support abortion from Holy Communion during life, then it follows that these people are still subject to excommunication during death.

Here are the Church laws that are on point:
A funeral Mass can be celebrated for most Catholics, but there are some specific cases in which canon law requires the denial of a funeral Mass. Canons 1184-1185 say:
"Canon 1184 §1. Unless they gave some signs of repentance before death, the following must be deprived of ecclesiastical funerals:1/ notorious apostates, heretics, and schismatics;2/ those who chose the cremation of their bodies for reasons contrary to Christian faith;3/ other manifest sinners who cannot be granted ecclesiastical funerals without public scandal of the faithful.
"§2. If any doubt occurs, the local ordinary is to be consulted, and his judgment must be followed.
"Canon 1185. Any funeral Mass must also be denied a person who is excluded from ecclesiastical funerals."
In fact, these strictures are rarely applied. In part, this is because many sinners do show signs of repentance before death.
Likewise, the canons are open to some interpretation. In No. 1184 §1 notorious would mean publicly known. Therefore someone who had abandoned the faith and joined some other group would be denied a funeral; someone who harbored private doubts or disagreements would not.
Cases of those who choose cremation for reasons contrary to the faith are extremely rare and are hard to prove (see the follow-up in our column of Nov. 29, 2005).
The most delicate cases are those in No. 1184 §1.3. Many canonists say that for denial of a funeral the person must be both widely known to be living in a state of grave sin and that holding a Church funeral would cause scandal.
About a year ago in Italy the Church denied an ecclesiastical funeral for a nationally known campaigner for euthanasia who requested and obtained the removal of his life-support system. In this case the request for a funeral for someone who was only nominally Catholic was in itself a publicity stunt for the organization behind the campaign. Likewise, someone subject to excommunication or interdict (for example, a Catholic abortionist) would be denied a funeral.
Given the severity of the requirements for denial of an ecclesiastical funeral, people in irregular marriages and suicides should not usually be denied a funeral. In such cases denial of the funeral is more likely than not to be counterproductive and cause unnecessary misunderstanding and bitterness. The Church intercedes for the soul and leaves final judgment to God.
Analogous to the funeral Mass are anniversary Masses which are somewhat in between an intention and a funeral Mass. Although, strictly speaking, these would not fall under the prohibitions mentioned in Canon 1184, such Masses should not be given publicity if the person had been denied a funeral.
With respect to non-Catholic Christians the local bishop may permit a funeral in some cases as specified in the Ecumenical Directory 120: "In the prudent judgment of the local Ordinary, the funeral rites of the Catholic Church may be granted to members of a non-Catholic Church or ecclesial Community, unless it is evidently contrary to their will and provided that their own minister is unavailable, and that the general provisions of Canon Law do not forbid it (see Can. 1183,3)."
Regarding the first and third cases presented by our reader, we can also refer to Canon 1183:
"Canon 1183 §1. When it concerns funerals, catechumens must be counted among the Christian faithful.
"§2. The local ordinary can permit children whom the parents intended to baptize but who died before baptism to be given ecclesiastical funerals."
This would apply both to the person who had intended to receive baptism but was prevented by death as well as to the person whose baptism was uncertain but was active in the Church.
In the first case the funeral liturgy may be celebrated as usual, only omitting language referring directly to the sacrament. The same would apply to the second case, but omission of mentioning the sacrament should be done only if the fact that the person had never been baptized could be established with some degree of certainty.
The foundation for this is the doctrine of baptism of desire in which the Church believes that a soul who explicitly desired the sacrament will receive all the graces of baptism at the moment of death, except for the sacramental character. This last is not given because it is directly orientated toward the exercise of worship during the course of life.

Source http://www.zenit.org/rssenglish-26626

Aug 26, 2009

Eucharistic Miracle in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Video has english subtitles. Medical testimony and scientific findings on a consecrated host. If you believe in the Eucharist, I guarantee that this is worth 9 minutes of your time.




Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbg_dhI4XCs

Video description:
En Buenos Aires, Argentina se ha puesto de moda el recibir la Eucaristía en la mano (la obra sacrílega de satanás), y a una persona que recibió la eucaristía en la mano se le cae la Hostia Consagrada al suelo y no la quiere tomar porque decía que estaba sucia, y se rehusó a tomar esa eucaristía del suelo. Otra persona más piadosa la colocó a un lado con más cuidado y le avisó al sacerdote lo ocurrido.

El sacerdote siguió el procedimiento para estos casos y colocó la Hostia en un recipiente con agua para que se disuelva, para luego echar dicha agua en una planta (como es el procedimiento a seguir), y la coloca dentro del Sagrario. Pasado un tiempo abre el Sagrario para desechar dicha agua donde se debía haber disuelto la Hostia y lo que vió fue que la Hostia no se disolvió sino que tenía manchas rojas de diversos tamaños.

Cuando dichas manchas rojas se llevan a un laboratorio para ser analizadas, el laboratorista confirma que contienen sangre humana del tipo AB, y que el tejido que se le ha entregado (era un pedazo de Hostia) corresponde a tejidos del miocardio de un corazón humano; pero lo que más sorprendió al laboratorista fue que el tejido humano latía, las células humanas seguían vivas (a pesar que todo científico sabe que los glóbulos rojos empiezan a morir a los 5 minutos de la muerte del ser humano).

Esta es la historia del milagro eucarístico de Buenos Aires.

Aug 24, 2009

Despite what Obama said, the House bill would allow abortions to be covered by a federal plan and by federally subsidized private plans.

Abortion: Which Side Is Fabricating?

Despite what Obama said, the House bill would allow abortions to be covered by a federal plan and by federally subsidized private plans.

August 21, 2009



Summary
Will health care legislation mean "government funding of abortion"?
President Obama said Wednesday that’s "not true" and among several "fabrications" being spread by "people who are bearing false witness." But abortion foes say it’s the president who’s making a false claim. "President Obama today brazenly misrepresented the abortion-related component" of health care legislation, said Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee. So which side is right?
The truth is that bills now before Congress don’t require federal money to be used for supporting abortion coverage. So the president is right to that limited extent. But it’s equally true that House and Senate legislation would allow a new "public" insurance plan to cover abortions, despite language added to the House bill that technically forbids using public funds to pay for them. Obama has said in the past that "reproductive services" would be covered by his public plan, so it’s likely that any new federal insurance plan would cover abortion unless Congress expressly prohibits that. Low- and moderate-income persons who would choose the "public plan" would qualify for federal subsidies to purchase it. Private plans that cover abortion also could be purchased with the help of federal subsidies. Therefore, we judge that the president goes too far when he calls the statements that government would be funding abortions "fabrications."

For more details:
http://factcheck.org/2009/08/abortion-which-side-is-fabricating/

Aug 21, 2009

earthworms eat dirt but kids shouldn't have to


Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wHiYkcm-Ro

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Aug 20, 2009

Need to act now more than ever

We need to act now otherwise there will be more abortions. Let us save the soul of our nation and defend our unborn siblings.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RD7hJhwy5g

The extraordinary became ordinary & vice-versa; the big & little ways

My novice master mentioned that the one pushing for the canonization of St. John Bosco resented the fact that St. John Bosco performed too many miracles. I forgot why. Was it supposed to be done for special occasions only - for big stuff like cancer? I know that if I have a gift to heal, I would quit my job and just heal all day long. I think everyone I know will do the same. So, I don’t get it. If you want to read about St. John Bosco, you can go to Salesiana Publishers on the web. He died at 1888, so there are actual photos of him. He was also ordered by the pope to write his memoirs. The accounts about his encounters with the devil is not far from what is shown in the movies – except that they’re real.
(Picture: St. John Bosco (1888) hearing confessions.)

I don’t have any miracles to report, only “coincidences” that I’ve blogged about earlier. My model, Bo, has a lot more and he has published them at http://bosanchez.ph/category/blogs/ It appears that miracles happened because he followed God’s leadings - no matter how impractical e.g. he felt that God wanted him to buy this woman a ticket. He was ready to do it at the cost of being stranded in Israel. And the stories go on.

In the video, Bo talks about just that – inviting everyone to stop being indifferent and to dedicate oneself to service.

(Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFpHfhjGs2A )

(Video: Bo Sanchez on a talk about overcoming indifference.)

I have friends like Ed Tiong who organizes a Filipino Ministry in VA and Ed Deausen leads a prayer group of couples and calls every one once a week to encourage them in the faith. Then there are my former companions in the Salesian Congregation who dedicated themselves with vows to educate and evangelize the young. I think they’re making miracles too – not just as awe-inspiring. For me, I am down to driving my kids to Catechism and bringing them to Mass on Sundays and confessions every now and then. I lead the prayers and teach them the ways of God. But between that and putting bread on the table, I have a few hours keeping in touch with friends over the internet. Somehow, I feel that to be acceptable too.

I remember on the last day of my Novitiate, my novice master suggested that we make 3 resolutions. I made 2 and asked him to suggest a third. He said, “Be extra-ordinarily ordinary.” It does not mean to be mediocre or so-so; rather, it means to do ordinary things with extraordinary love. I guess that’s the “little way” of St. Therese of the Child Jesus; it’s not as awesome and earth shaking as St. Francis or St. Peter.

So if the extra-ordinary became ordinary for St. John Bosco, we can make the ordinary extra-ordinary.

Aug 17, 2009

Cool saint, not a sour puss

Source: http://www.lolsaints.com/saints/2009/holiness-then-fun

This guy, the Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, had a family with wealth and political prestige while he was growing up in Rome. His father wanted him to be another influential and rich man, but Pier wanted to live a life of virtue and charity.

He secretly gave much to the poor and the sick around his house, and he often helped those who couldn't help themselves. He did all of these things while living a life full of joy and friendship (as can be seen in the picture above!). He died, sadly, of Polio at a young age, and his father (and likely many others who didn't know Pier as well as they should've) was surprised to witness thousands of mourners lining the city streets, in honor of Blessed Frassati's humble service to them.

He was beatified (made a Blessed) by Pope John Paul II in 1990, and is especially honored by those who like to live their Catholic faith filled with fun, joy and humility... including all the Saints ;-)

More at: http://www.bettnet.com/frassati/

Aug 16, 2009

You will feel God's love if you ask.

We all need to be loved and feel loved. But love cannot be bought or demanded. It has to be given freely and consciously to be real. It is tragic when people cannot find others to love them.

But there are always two around. The first is God, whom the Lord Jesus taught to be "The" Father. A friend of mine asks God for some love saying, "Hey Dad, can you give me a hug?" I'm sure it works because I do the same. The second is yourself. How can others love us if we do not even care for ourselves?

When our need to be loved has been filled - as least for today, then we can truly love. Our love will not be a trick to get others to love us back, but will be free and real, not manipulative and business like - waiting for pay back. It will be just like the love that our heavenly Father has given. One cannot give what one does not have. Nemo dat quod non habet.

May you feel God's love today I pray. (But you have to ask.)

Aug 15, 2009

This "Fishy" site is flagged.

This "Fishy" site is flagged.


Image source: http://media.photobucket.com/image/american%20flag%20pictures/kortny0602/I_Am_The_American_Flag.jpg

Where Reagan succeeded & Obama failed

Obama's like Reagan is some ways - but not where it counts. Newt's opinion below can help anyone in a leadership role succeed even if they're not from Harvard Law.

Excerpt:
"But unlike Reagan, seven months into his presidency, Obama's program for change is foundering, while Reagan's was triumphant.
:
While Reagan had enough confidence in his ideas to leave their fate to the American people, Obama has time and again tried to cut the people out of the democratic process.
Instead of having the confidence to defend its ideas, Obama has tried to rush his agenda through Congress with little or no debate, attempted to demonize those who disagree with it, and even asked Americans to inform on their fellow Americans who disagree.
Reagan is often damned with feint praise as "the great communicator" - as if his speaking style, not his ideas, was responsible for his success.
Obama first seven months is turning into proof that the gift of oratory isn't enough.
The lesson Reagan understood so well in 1981 is still true today.
Trust the people."

Click link for complete article:
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/The-Great-Communicator-and-the-Great-Obfuscator-8102941-53165292.html

Source:
The Great Communicator and the Great ObfuscatorBy:
Newt Gingrich
Examiner ColumnistAugust 14, 2009

Aug 14, 2009

Christian Art: "Stop that!"

Suggested title for mosaic: "Stop that!"



Image Source: http://www.lolsaints.com/saints/2009/stop

Aug 13, 2009

Video of B.O. on single-payer plan (Ipse dixit.)

Ipse dixit. He himself said it.

Blog source: http://divine-ripples.blogspot.com/2009_08_01_archive.html#839522994486677211

Video source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-bY92mcOdk

Video Description: Obama admitting his Health Care Plan will ELIMINATE private insurance
OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS HEATH CARE GOAL IS A PUBLIC OPTION THAT WILL ULTIMATELY ELIMINATE PRIVATE EMPLOYER PROVIDED INSURANCE

(Obama S.E.I.U. forum on health care 3/24/07, Barney Frank, Jan Schakowsky all admitting a public option will put the private insurance industry out of business) NAKED EMPEROR NEWS (Hat tip to Morgen at Verum Serum for the 2003 clip)

Dems caused economic meltdown ?

Could it be that the Democrats were the cause of the economic meltdown when they pushed Freddie Mac into the hole. Because Freddie is a trillion dollar industry, the US economy will catch a cold whenever it sneezes.
My sources tell me that during the real estate boom, some bigwig from the legislature phoned the exec(s) there and yelled at him to buy more loans; because, Freddie Mac is a GSE with a mission to make home ownership affordable. That is why it took unprofitable loans . You recall how their officers were grilled at Congress after the debacle and were found blameless.
Freddie has the best risk-assessment models in the secondary mortgage industry and that can be proven. So, it knew that it was going into a slippery slope when it caved in. This direction had been opposed by the other officers and that is documented.
Going back to the bigwig who forced Freddie to buy sub-prime loans, is he likely to be a friend of the rich shareholders or the people with bad credits? Why don’t you search the web, but it stands to reason that the one who pushed Freddie in the hole is not from the party that sides with big business.
So when somebody goes around blaming “W” and the GOP for the economic mess, I get disappointed. I had hoped that this person would be honest and fair.

Aug 12, 2009

Untold stories about Card. Jaime Sin, Marcos the commies & his chance to become president


Cardinal Jaime Sin with President Corazon Aquino

At a party, Pres. Marcos made small talk saying, "The Americans are admirable in their efficiency. Only hours after the polls have closed and they already know the results." The Cardinal responded without any expression, "You need to admire your people Mr. President. Even before the elections, they already know the results."

At the end of many of his masses, I've heard him say, "We are not afraid to face the firing squad." And when stopped at the airport because he was black-listed he threatened, "I am not a subversive, but I can become one."

I've heard that he cried when he heard about the impending civil war. And he was given a chance to stop it with a proposal that if he would lead the nation, then the rebels and the government will unite behind him and stop the hostilities. He declined, "I don't want to become another Ayatollah Khomeini." He was the country's servant, but God's first.

Aug 11, 2009

The poor here are set; give abroad instead.

Blog source: http://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=4375505699500077798

My apologies to the Churches in the US but, I think people need to send their donations to the churches in the third world. Over here, the poor have food stamps, rental subsidy, unemployment benefits and other government programs. The churches here are air-conditioned with fresh cut flowers artistically arranged. The priest's vestments have golden threads and the statues are commisoned art works. My parish built a belfry with bells that play a tune. And the churches here have millions e.g. in CT the priests stole 2 million. (Sorry for airing the dirty laundry.)

Abroad, the children forage in the trash for food. When they're sick, they cry in anguish with their guardians who weep helplessly with them. Their shelter is from cardboards, their clothes from tattered rags. Later, they become parents and the vicious cycle gets perpetuated unless someone intervenes to cross out that pattern.
For details about the video, search the web for the ANCOP foundation. Donations there are tax deductable and fully documented.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K-NP8pTzXQ

Another charity can be found at. www.foodforthepoor.org

Argumentum ad baculum

BTW, I am not a Republican. I used to be a Democrat (in spirit) back in the 60s with JFK. I would have marched with MLK because I am colored too. But now, I cannot be a Democrat because of their support of abortion rights. It is immoral and godless to murder people - no matter how small.

The video below shows how they try to muscle their version of the health care reform.
Also, I don't remember the GOP using thugs to push their agenda; that's called "argumentum ad baculum" or make a muscle. It is a fallacy because you don't reason things out anymore. Is this Obama's way?

Source http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTXBOgPCh9w

Aug 10, 2009

Church Positions on Proposed Healthcare - NOGO

Washington D.C., Aug 8, 2009 / 08:00 am (CNA).- Tom Grenchik, director of the U.S. bishops’ Pro-Life Secretariat, has said that mandated abortion health care coverage and funding is “a line we can never cross,” charging that some U.S. leaders are threatening health care reform by forcing Americans to accept such mandates in proposed reform bills. Writing in a Friday column on the U.S. bishops’ web site, Grenchik said that health care proposals need to be examined during the congressional recess to see how well they provide affordable quality health care and how they impact immigrants and the poor.
(Entire article at: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=16798 )

“Health care reform is a good thing,” New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan told CNA on Wednesday during in interview in Phoenix, Arizona. However, if it “leads to the destruction of life, then we say it’s no longer health care at all - it’s unhealthy care and we can’t be part of that.” Responding to a question about the Catholic Church’s view health care reform, Archbishop Dolan explained to CNA that the Church regards health care reform as a good thing. ( Entire article at: http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2009/08/church-will-have-no-part-in-health-care.html )

Aug 9, 2009

Bloodbath continues; Abp. Wuerl washes hands: "Not my people, not the law"

As soon as the dissidents barricaded themselves in a fort, government tanks headed towards it. Cardinal Jaime Sin came on the radio and called on the Church - the People of God to stop the impending bloodbath. Soon priests, nuns and lay folks blocked the streets and faced off with the advancing troops. And the rest is history.

Today, a different form of violence continues specially here in the USA as babies get aborted every minute. Church leaders like Arch. Wuerl are even willing to give Holy Communion to the politicians responsible for laws that support this in spite of a canon law prohibition. In an interview, Arch. Wuerl excuses his inaction by saying that the politicians in D.C. are just visitors and that he does not interpret the Church law in that way - even if the Vatican holds the contrary position. Read the entire interview here: http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/05/06/archbishop-wuerl-why-i-won-t-deny-pelosi-communion/

Aug 8, 2009

Just a Publican, not a Republican

With the Church, I take the preferential option for the poor when the choice between them and the rich has to be made. So, I am more like the DNC that way. However, I cannot in good faith be part of a party that supports the murder of babies. But that's not a GOP thing nor is it a Catholic pet peeve; it is a basic human right. So when I oppose Obama's health care plan, it is not because I am GOP.

I think the DNC is not being honest with the American people when they portray protestors as GOP. What is scary is that the DNC may use that pretext to bulldoze their agenda and railroad over all opposition. At that point, the administration will have ceased to serve all the people.

Aug 6, 2009

Work, dogs, law, neighbors, bishop, babies & praise

Are you unemployed, underemployed, furloughed, exploited or unfairly treated at work? Visit http://www.foodforthepoor.org for perspective.

Three days ago, I rearranged my lawn furniture and that got my dog all tangled up. Guess what, someone called the cops who took my dog. Since I worked late, I had to pick the dog the next day and pay close to a $100 for the dogs stay, transport and paperwork. I felt like donating the dog were it not for my kids. Now I keep the dog in the house when I leave and smile more at my neighbors.

Also, I didn't know that my dog had a chip implanted in her that let the cops scan her info. She was a gift but can you imagine that on a dog. It's wierd because over here, if a child has not yet taken a breath through the mouth, then it is OK for the doctors to crush her skull. And, there were cases when a child had been born then placed in a shoe box and left in the closet to die.
Back where I came from, the Church would have gone ballistic, nuclear even. But here, my dear Archbishop Wuerl is willing to give Holy Communion to legislators who support abortion despite a standing canon law prohibition. Search the web and see if I am making this up. I know it is hard to believe. It's even harder to put that in perspective. This closing song provides a way to cope.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHdcyue0bSw

Joy, golf, clunkers and hamstrings

Man comes home from a golf game exhausted and despondent. His wife asked, “What happened?” “It’s terrible”, the man says “Harry died at the 10th hole.” The wife exclaimed, “That’s horrible!” “It is” the man continued, “Can you imagine, I had to hit the ball then drag Harry, hit the ball then drag Harry.”
That was from Bo’s video in my post last month illustrating how the past can hamstring the present. Dwelling on past sins keep us from seeing the needs of others and prevent us from loving God in them. So, he says “Bury Harry, so that we can hit the ball, hit the ball, hit the ball.” You know what he means – repent the fall, renounce the sin, avoid the occasions that go there then move forward.
Going to confession is not like going to a body shop where the dings and dangs get tapped back into place, spackled, sanded and painted over. Going to confession is like going to the dealership and getting a brand new car. So if you have a clunker sitting in the garage, if you have given up on God’s forgiveness or on yourself because of repeated falls, then drive over for a new car and do it right next time.
Maybe you’ll recover if you focus on Jesus first, on others next and lastly on yourself last. If you forget, think of J-O-Y – Jesus first letter, Others next letter, Yourself last letter.

Aug 5, 2009

Best to stand down to help Iranian protestors

Acc. to this article, it is best to stand down and do nothing to help the Iranians.

" Yet, doing nothing seems better than the alternatives. The millions of people in the streets of Teheran
and other cities protesting the fraudulent election testify to the fact that the regime is far from stable.
And, the one way to strengthen the regime is to appear that we are backing its opponents. It is
troublesome to think that we must sit by and do nothing. But, it is less trouble than strengthening
Ahmadinejad and his fellow thugs." ( Source
http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/iran-do-nothing )

And this seems to be confirmed from the chatter in Iran where one of the administration's talking points include the oppositions' collaboration with foreigners. Moreover, I saw videos where the ex-patriates seems not to want or expect a high-profile involvement from Westerners - like it would hurt their cause rather than help it. I'll bounce this to the Iranian sympathizers for confirmation.

For now, one can always pray.

More Macho to Heal than Kill

Whenever I write about Christians' love for enemies, I get feedback that questions my manliness - like I need to grow a pair. There had been 3 soldiers and 2 lawyers in my family tree, so the killer instinct runs through my blood. (The soldiers were with the Spanish Guardia Civil, the Resistance against the Japanese and the US Armny,.) And since I did not go to a junior seminary, I spent a few afternoons during my adolescent years trying to Kung-fu someone at the school backyard. I am now ashamed of what I have done and if I can do things over, I would walk away. So, I am not a wus nor am I gay. I want to be like Jesus; check him out then you'll get it.

Christians do not love their enemies as a cop out - like the "slave morality". Where I come from, Christians can obliterate all the Muslim villages because they have the upper hand and a rich uncle with lots of fire power. The government actually started an all out offensive with the war on terror after 9/11. (You do know that there are christians and there are Christians. Those who know Christ personally vs. those who take on the Christian culture.) That campaign stopped for whatever reason. After that, the real Christians went to the Muslim villages to rebuild homes and mosques and provide medical assistance.

Video source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=equPto3vcoU
Other reference: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleid=458555



It takes more gumption to restrain oneself in the face of someone who hurt your own. It takes self-mastery to pay back with good. So, when Christians love their enemies, they go above and beyond the natural tendency for revenge; they do something "super" natural. That takes more strength and power - more "machismo".

Aug 2, 2009

Can you direct me to find the Church's teaching about


The Church is my family and I love her. If ever I ask questions or criticize, it is because I feel that I can be real and authentic with my family and I want her to be her better self always.

That said, I think that whenever people are being kidnapped, tortured, unjustly detained and murdered, the Church needs to speak out and up, loud and clear, in no uncertain terms. So I searched the Vatican web site for articles , http://www.vatican.va/ , about the Church's position on the human rights violations in Iran and found nothing. Then I went to the Bishops Conference site, http://www.usccb.org/ , and still found nothing. If you see something, please send it my way.

My second question is why? I know a little about the Shah, SAVAK, the Baath party and what went on in the last 4 decades that complicates the US-Iran relations. However, the Catholic Church is universal, transcending nations, cultures and peoples. So the American experience on Iran should not in any way restrain the Church.

Is it none of the Church's business? Back in the seminary, I studied the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church (Lumen Gentium) and the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World and it pretty much states that Muslims and even agnostics and atheists (the good ones) are related to, if not part of, the People of God - the Church. If they're related or part of the Church, then we must hurt whenever our relatives are hurt or if a part of us is injured. But I don't hear a cry of pain and anguish. And that silence sounds like apathy.

Is it because some Muslims hate and persecute Christians in their lands? You all know the Gospel verses to address that and a glance at the crucifix is enough to remind us of who we are supposed to imitate, follow and morph into. So, I think we need to contact our bishops and raise this concern because it is evil, wicked and sinful not to say or do anything when others are being oppressed - even if they're Muslims or Jews.

Later the Lord will say, "I was tortured and you turned a blind eye or hardened your heart." To find out when, just note the present date.

(Cross posted from

The good Samaritan and 9/11

Christians have 2 great commandments. The second is to love their neighbor. When asked to define "neighbor", the Lord Jesus told the story of how a Samaritan helped the man who belonged to the religion that hated him.

I know what the Koran states about Christians. But true Christians do not hate back not even after 9/11. Our leader was also tortured, but he loved back instead. We have a chance to do the same by supporting the Iranians' present struggle and cross out the circle of hate.

Aug 1, 2009

Inspiration for Philippine Velvet Revolution Dies

In prayerful remembrance of Mrs. Corazon Aquino - the servant leader of an oppressed people.



A people led by a simple housewife and the Spirit of God has overcome a powerful and oppressive government. That housewife in the person of Cory Aquino has gone to her heavenly home. Our hearts & prayers are with her.

The video depicts the historic bloodless revolution with the song about unity in the background. It is the paradigm used by Mahatma Gandhi to free India from Britain and by Lech Walesa to free Poland from Russia. It is inspired by the Lord Jesus Christ who died to free us from the reign of Satan.

As we recall the past, we look to the future and see where oppression needs to be overcome by unity - this time by the unity not just of one nation but of the whole world. Let us now support the Iranians in their struggle.

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