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THE MANSIONS OF THE LORD (MUSIC VIDEO) - Beautiful tribute to our fallen soldiers! (Includes additional videos). As a veteran, (Berlin Wall Crisis - Vietnam) it brought tears to my eyes when I thought about the sufferings of my fallen brothers and their families. I hope it also touches your heart! AMAZING GRACE - Another beautiful music video! (Includes additional videos) "We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through.
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Boris Nemtsov Joins a Long List of Murdered Putin Critics - "I moved in the same circles as Paul Khlebnikov, an American and the editor of Forbes in Russia until he was gunned down in 2004 for an exposé of corruption. Anna Politikovskaya was shot in 2006 for writing against Russian policy in Chechnya. That same year Alexander Litvinenko on his death bed openly accused Putin of ordering two agents to poison him with radioactive material. Sergei Magnitsky was tortured to death in the dungeons of the Lubyanka in 2009 for exposing corruption among officials. Clement of Rome (died 110 A.D.) - "St. Clement of Rome was the third successor of Peter the Apostle as bishop of Rome, and therefore, our fourth Pope. St. Irenaeus, himself a Father of the Early Church, tells us that Clement 'saw the blessed Apostles and conversed with them, and had yet ringing in his ears the preaching of the Apostles and had their tradition before his eyes, and not he only for many were then surviving who had been taught by the Apostles." Is Confession Dead? - "Why have we forgotten these things? Have we been so misguided by warped interpretations of Vatican II that we think that serious sin has disappeared? Do we even know what is venial and what is mortal? Do we think that examination of conscience and an act of contrition are always enough to prepare for the Eucharist? Do we really understand what is sin and what isn’t? Are we so naive as to think that secular psychobabble can replace doctrinal truth?" How Vietnam Haunts the Democrats - "The decision to retaliate would for all intents and purposes mark the beginning of the American war in Vietnam—a conflict that would last eight more years, take the lives of 58,000 Americans and millions more Vietnamese. At home it would create a permanent rift within the Democratic Party." Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links - "THE internet is stuffed with garbage. Anti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free "news" stories spread like wildfire. Google has devised a fix – rank websites according to their truthfulness." Irrational Disbelief: The Hypocrisy of Scientific Atheism - "We are confronted with atheists who claim that science, rather than faith, has sole claim to real knowledge. Atheism, they claim, is a more reasonable and informed position than faith. Faith is portrayed as superstition; something that stands purely above reason. We have faith, they say, because we prefer being faithful to being reasonable. Some atheists claim that people of faith would rather be told what to believe than to use intelligence to determine truth for themselves." Antarctica's spectacular glaciers melting faster - "Water is eating away at the Antarctic ice, melting it where it hits the oceans. As the ice sheets slowly thaw, water pours into the sea, 130 billion tons of ice (118 billion metric tons) per year for the past decade, according to NASA satellite calculations. That's enough ice melt to fill more than 1.3 million Olympic swimming pools. And the melting is accelerating." The Warming World: Is Capitalism Destroying Our Planet? - "Since 1880, when global temperatures began to be systematically collected, no year has been warmer than 2014. The 15 warmest years, with one single exception, have come during the first 15 years of the new millennium." Ted Cruz: ‘We Should Repeal Every Word of Common Core’ - "Cruz believed that the only way to stop Common Core, or even change the direction of the United States from the lawless path it is currently on under the Obama administration, may rest with the grassroots. He reiterated a comment he has said before, 'If we look to Washington for the solution, these problems will not be solved.' Soberingly, he stated, 'Washington is fundamentally broken.'” Renewing Catholic Culture Starts With The Mass - "The Tridentine Latin Mass brings forth a genuine uniformity and unites us as Catholics in its eloquent beauty and tradition. One in which we all share that same faith and where we can all feel at home. Whether we are in France or in Spain and are not familiar with the language, we can always know what is going on in the Mass. That is that Heaven has just come down to earth."
CASTING OUT THE DEVILS FROM YOUR LIFE - "Saint Ignatius of Loyola, in his rules for discernment (Rule 13, first week of Rules for discernment) states that devil likes to work in secrecy and strives to get us to keep our interior lives secret to everybody. This secrecy even includes hiding our state of soul to our Confessor or Spiritual Director." Angels & Dragons - "In these dark times we must contemplate and understand the spiritual battle we are facing. We must take a step back and ask ourselves, 'What is happening to the world and to us?' The answer is that mankind is at the threshold of the greatest combat we have ever faced. The Church and the world are at crossroads. We are under siege! In the words of Pope Benedict XVI on February 17, 2013, 'The time of testing is here!'” The ‘Easter duty’ is still applicable - "Q: I am an elderly person, and I remember having to fulfill the Easter Duty. Does that still apply? My younger relatives look at me like, 'What are you talking about?'” Boris Nemtsov, Putin Foe, Is Shot Dead in Shadow of Kremlin - "The shooting, on a bridge near Red Square, under the towering domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, ended Mr. Nemtsov’s two-decade career as a champion of democratic reforms, beginning in the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, and just days before he was to lead a rally to protest the war in Ukraine." Abortion Clinics: An Inside Look - "The following are portions of an interview with a woman who used to work at an abortion clinic. Her story is a look into another world where abuse has become an industry, and extermination a daily routine." A lawmaker who believes saltwater and baking soda can cure cancer - "'Treatment is based on the theory that cancer is caused by a form of yeast infection and that sodium bicarbonate can kill the yeast,' the post reads. 'This claim is not supported by science or clinical evidence and is contrary to widely-accepted basic facts of oncology and microbiology.'" Walker got it exactly right - "Unions are like terrorists - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday that his experience taking on thousands of protesters in his state helped prepare him to take on terrorists across the world." Sarah Palin: Obama responsible for rise of ISIS - "Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, a Republican, has said the main reason for the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to pull American troops out of Iraq." Obama the radical - "Our presidents were an unusually diverse group. But, despite their differences, all of them agreed that America was an exceptional nation and all of them extolled the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. All, that is, except Barack Obama." MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH in the Case of Barack Obama and his Muslim Brother Malik - "There has been a major breakthrough in the case of Malik Obama. It may also help to explain why members of Congress, mainstream media, and shockingly, even the attorneys for Tea Party groups targeted by the IRS have chosen to ignore the earth-shattering scandal involving the President’s eldest brother. This new discovery reveals a mosaic of intrigue that has never before been presented. It’s a scandal with everything… and more."
The Pope Emeritus experiment is working - "Two years ago Benedict XVI became the first Pope Emeritus in the Catholic Church’s history. Thanks to his wisdom and restraint the historic innovation hasn’t led to disaster." Pope Francis Defends Human Nature Against Gender Radicals - "Pope Francis appears to reject the postmodern conceptualization of gender as a moveable point along a spectrum that is fluid and changeable. He does not accept the progressive claim that gender is socially constructed rather than God-given and instead appears to embrace gender in a traditional “binary” category of male and female. For progressives, (permissive liberals) this is heresy." Liberal bias - "The essence of liberal bias is to dismiss or even to censor opposing views. For liberals, to allow the airing or publishing of an opposing view creates the risk that people might discover errors in the liberal viewpoint." Beyond My Comfort (Food) Zone - "Initially, when I started to see that I could go without some of my favorite foods, I realized that there are so many things in this world that we become so attached to, so many 'needs' that aren’t really needs at all." Strengthening Experiences from Patients while Dying - "Death is a great part of the human experience. Through these experiences that I shared and others, I am convinced it is an experience that we will not go through alone. I have seen many patients of all religions, races, and backgrounds receive great peace and comfort from these spiritual visits at the end of their lives. I cannot explain them fully based upon any scientific principles, but I am grateful that they occur." What Is Hell? - "Some people cannot fathom howHellcould be a reality if God is truly an “all-loving” and “merciful God.” Yet, Hell could be said to be both the definitive expression of God’s justice and of the lofty calling and dignity of man. What do I mean by this?" World Christianity by the Numbers - "The annual “Status of Global Christianity” survey published by the International Bulletin of Missionary Research is a cornucopia of numbers: Some are encouraging; others are discouraging; many of them are important for grasping the nature of this particular moment in Christian history." New Dietary Guidelines Reverse Flawed Recommendations on Cholesterol - "Cholesterol is also important for brain health, and helps with the formation of your memories. Low levels of HDL cholesterol have been linked to memory loss and Alzheimer's disease, and may also increase your risk of depression, stroke, violent behavior, and even suicide." Austria is taking controversial steps to tighten a 100-year-old ‘Law on Islam’ - "Lawmakers made the changes to a 1912 law that codified Islam as an official religion in Austria. Now, Austria's roughly 450 Muslim organizations face new limits on foreign funding, a move that has generated criticism from around the world, since other religious communities can still receive international support. Many of Austria's roughly 500,000 Muslims hail from Turkey, which finances and sends imams to the European nation." The Jew-hatred behind the world’s problems - "Evidence that society’s oldest prejudice endures after a post-Nazi dormancy, Elias’ letter to the editor reflects the bigotry that’s inciting lethal anti-Jewishness in Europe and existential threats to Israel, the only nation-state of the Jewish people and the sole democracy in the Middle East’s radicalized swamp." U.S. Tornado Count at Its Lowest 3-Year Total Since 1950, and Here's Why - "In the three years since then, the United States hasn't seen a tornado count above 1,000 in any single year. We're able to report more tornadoes than ever due to technology advancements and an increase in spotters, yet the numbers have remained lower than average over the last 36 months." Scott Walker: I will not take the media's bait - "Gov. Scott Walker refuses to let the media dictate the conversation. 'There has been much discussion about a media double standard where Republicans are covered differently than Democrats, asked to weigh in on issues the Democrats don't face,' the potential GOP presidential candidate wrote Wednesday in an op-ed for USA Today. 'As a result, when we refuse to take the media's bait, we suffer.'" Giuliani was right about Barack Obama. “End of story!” - "Reporter Charles C. Johnson remarks that, 'His father (Obama's) still left him with his radically left-wing views.' The unintended consequence of the revelation concerning the very close father-son relationship may come back to haunt both David and Barack Obama who must now deal with questions about how much he loves our country." Russia is the only center of non-slaved civilization, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin believes - "'Russia is the third Rome. Russia is the only center of non-slaved civilization, which is capable to reveal itself as Christian. Thus, our patriotism is not chauvinism, not a call of the blood, not emotional passion for native land alien to any criticism, first of all, it is understanding the importance of the unique Christian mission which, I believe, our people live for,' the priest (Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin) said in his interview with Politrussia.com.
8 Quick Tips for Getting More Out of Mass - "Many people go to Mass with the expectation that they are supposed to “get” a lot out of it. But, what you get out of Mass is dependent on what kind of changes you are willing to make in your efforts before, during and after Mass, because what you put into Mass determines what you get out of it." Last Night I had the Strangest Dream - "I confronted one of the atheists. I said, 'the prayer is not hurting you, why won’t you have some respect for a dying man, what happened to your chant of live and let live, have some respect.'” Walker breaks out in national GOP race - "PPP's newest national Republican poll finds a clear leader in the race for the first time: Scott Walker is at 25% to 18% for Ben Carson, 17% for Jeb Bush, and 10% for Mike Huckabee. Rounding out the field of contenders are Chris Christie and Ted Cruz at 5%, Rand Paul at 4%, and Rick Perry and Marco Rubio at 3%." Cardinal Dolan Must Step Down as Parade Grand Marshal - "I wonder if the parade committee—that bastion of integrity—has reassured the Cardinal that any additional groups it chooses to march will also not promote “an agenda” contrary to Church teaching. It’s hard to believe Dolan is so naïve as to think that groups with names like Irish Queersand the Lavender and Green Alliance seek nothing more politically potent than a moment in the sun on Fifth Avenue." Also see:Homosexuality The Left's War on White America - "A WMD of the Left's assault is the hate and violence generating lie that white men, particularly police, routinely murder young black males. When you teach black youths that criticizing the president is racist, that Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown were murdered by whites, than black flash mobattacks, the knockout game, polar bearing hunting, and assassinations of police are to be expected."
Italy and Vatican on guard after ISIL threat - "The Italian government is on high alert after threats from the Islamic State called Italy "the nation signed with the blood of the cross." And the country would probably need help to confront the militant group." SUICIDE BOMBERS - "Some claim that "suicide bombers" are against Islam, since SUICIDE is forbidden in Islam, even one of the major sins. Why then do these attacks happen on such a regular basis? Why are those people celebrated as martyrs?" Obama sued Louisiana to keep low income blacks trapped in bad schools, and lied about why he did it - "In response to Obama’s claim that the vouchers discriminated against blacks, Louisiana Education Superintendent John White pointed out that almost all of the students using the vouchers were black, and said that “it’s a little ridiculous” for Obama to claim that these vouchers caused discrimination against blacks. The Washington Post reported that 90% of the students who receive the vouchers are black." Good for you, Rudy. Don’t back down - "Rudy revealed the fears of many Americans; fears our national media won’t discuss. If President Barack Hussein Obama has nothing to hide, then why was the first Executive Order he issued, right after his swearing in, an order sealing his biographical and academic records. Why won’t he show the American people what he has kept from us?" If Obama Loves America, Why Did He Transform It? - "'We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,' candidate Barack Hussein Obama said on Oct. 30, 2008, just before his election as our 44th president. Was it just rhetoric?" Scott Walker Is a Threat to the Existing Social Order - "You can see now what is fueling the reaction on the left. If Scott Walker can run for president, he is challenging the basic cultural class identity of the mainstream left. He is more than a threat to the Democrats’ hold on political power. He is a threat to the existing social order." Jindal: Obama ‘Not Qualified’ to be Commander-in-Chief - "'For some reason our President, doesn’t seem to want or doesn’t seem to be capable of recognizing that what we’re at war with is a set of evil beliefs. These individuals, they want to kill us, they want to enslave us, they want to treat women as second-class citizens. We’re not going to fight this with a jobs program. We need to understand what’s at stake here,' said Jindal." Radical-in-Chief - "When I finally reconstructed what had gone on at these Socialist conferences that Barack Obama attended, I truly was amazed because what I saw was a kind of map of Barack Obama’s entire subsequent political career. It was at this Socialist conferences in New York in the mid-’80s that Barack Obama encountered the groups, the strategies, and the mentors who would guide him throughout his entire political career. Now, what do I mean? Well, for one thing, these Socialist conferences touted community organizing as the key to the future for American Socialism." HOLY MATRIMONY - "The Catholic teaching on Matrimony - The book of Tobias and the Catholic ideal of Matrimony - How to be Good Parents - How to have a Happy Marriage - The Nature of Marriage - The Sins Against Marriage." Obama’s Multipronged Assault on Truth and Reality - "Obama a truly post-modern president, in which there is no objective truth but simply narrative. Mr. Obama doesn’t just distort the facts; he inverts them. He makes things up as he goes along." How Thomas Jefferson Responded to Islam in 1801 Puts Current Administration to Shame - "The radical Islamic jihadists that make up the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are engaged in a war to reestablish the former Islamic Caliphate and spread their version of fundamentalist Islam around the world. This is really nothing new, as radical Islamists have been waging jihad against 'infidel unbelievers' since their inception in 800 AD." Indicting Christ With the Atrocities of Islam - "The Bible is a threat to liberal, leftist dogma because it is truth that diametrically opposes the humanist statism that is the utopia of the American left. Atrocities committed by Islamists are met with only nervous smiles or with blathering inanities about jobs for ISIS because Islam is not an American institution to be dismantled. Liberals rush to smear all of Christendom with the ancient history of the Inquisition because Christian doctrine opposes their deification of the state. And, dredging up the corpse of the Crusades is intellectual so long as it bashes the faith of countless Christians." Also see: The Battle over the Crusades - "The Crusades, of course, are a far more complicated series of events in history than the anti-Catholic statements of early Protestant historians would suggest. The Crusades should be understood within the context of the times and by their reality, rather than through the myths created for purposes of propaganda."
Obama’s Own Prayer Breakfast Words Echoed By ISIS In Gruesome Christian Beheadings Video - "The black-clad terrorist used the word 'crusaders' to describe the enemies of the Islamic State. The use of 'crusaders' in the ISIS video recalled that less than two weeks earlier, Obama referred to the Crusades of many centuries ago in apparently trying to compare the actions of Christians with the murderous brutality of present-day radical Islamists… though Obama never used the words 'radical Islam.'" Also, if you have time (it is very lengthily) please review this explanation of the Crusades. vtb It Doesn’t Matter One Bit What Obama Thinks ‘True Islam’ Is - "In the United States, the president is Barack Obama, a non-Muslim. His childhood experience of Islam, which ended when he was just ten, occurred in Indonesia — the world’s most populous Muslim country, but a non-Arabic one where the teaching and practice of Islam is very different from what it is in the Middle East." Remember when Obama called Bush “unpatriotic”? - "There has been much harrumphing and hand wringing about Rudy Giuliani’s comments about Barack Obama not loving this country. The NY Slimes, (New York Times) as usual, went right after Giuliani instead of even considering the content of Giuliani’s words... (Giuliani) face adverse consequences? For WHAT? I remember a candidate named Barack Obama calling a sitting US President 'unpatriotic.' Here it is. See for yourself (Video)."
Commentary: Obama never admits his faults unless he gets some attention from biased TV interviewers, who while agreeing with his attacks against Republicans, laugh off any personal faults he chooses to reveal due to the false humility he often displays to viewers & the general public. The arrogant Obama, (The King of Hypocrites) continues to get a free pass from much of the media because it is controlled by dysfunctional, permissive, immoral Democrats. vtb
What Scott Walker Actually Said - "Yes, believe it or not, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker actually spoke at some length at the dinner (sponsored by the Committee to Unleash American Prosperity) this past week where Rudy Giuliani charged that President Obama doesn’t love America. All the hullabaloo went to Giuliani, but in terms of the Republican presidential race, a number of Scott Walker’s pointed comments about policy and politicians are not to be missed." Scott Walker Doesn’t Need a Degree — and Neither Do You - "The pundit class is raising questions about whether Scott Walker’s lack of a college degree is qualifies him from being America’s 45th president. This is what educators call a “teachable moment,” because the issue goes much deeper than Governor Walker’s biography. Of course a college credential shouldn’t be a prerequisite for the presidency, but that’s also true for many jobs that today require a degree even when it’s not really necessary." Are You Ready For Total Currency War? - "The real war is economic, financial and currency related and the empire is already over-extended in debt, military operations and financial manipulation. Surely the near-term dollar strength is evidence that while defeat is not imminent and that all markets can be manipulated for a season, ultimately real global market forces will prevail. The Islamist Spring and the West’s Decline - "As the Arab Spring has toppled regimes in the region, it has created a situation of instability and great uncertainty in many countries. There is a power vacuum slowly being filled by new groups. What’s coming next?"
Commentary: Whats it going to take before Pit Bulls are banned in the United States? More severe injuries? More deaths? Those monsters need to be banned or put to death, and their owners heavily fined. vtb
10 Things Catholics Are Tired of Hearing - "Despite the many stereotypes that hang over our faith, the important thing to remember is our Church has stood the test of time and remained for more than 2,000 years. Whether you are Catholic or Protestant-- we are all followers of Christ, and He is the ultimate goal." How a supporter of women’s ordination left the Anglican Church to become a Catholic - "Six years later she recognizes 'how essential [conversion] was for me.' She explains it thus: 'It was not until I came to be enclosed in the Catholic Church – making it impossible for me to carry out the public ministry of a woman priest in the Church of England – that I understood that confinement within this anchorage not of my making could ultimately lead to freedom.' Indeed, she discovered that she could point towards the mystery of unconditional love “without insisting that my views were right and everyone else’s wrong.” The Blessed Eucharist - "The sacrament of the Blessed Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ under the appearances, or accidents, of bread and wine. Unlike the other sacraments, it not only bestows grace, but contains the Author of Grace Himself. According to St. Thomas Aquinas (S.T. III, q.65 a. 3, C.), all the other Sacraments point to, or are servants of, the Blessed Eucharist." The Gift of Sorrow for Sin – A Meditation on the "Mass for the Gift of Tears" in the Missal - "Most Catholics have lived so long in a culture that dismisses, excuses, or makes light of sin that they have very little notion of just how serious sin can be. That God had to send His only Son to die in order rescue us from our sins shows just how serious they are; weeping for our sins is not some 'extreme' reaction."
Pope: Don’t let meatless Fridays be selfish, soulless, seafood splurge - "'There might be someone who thinks, Today is Friday, I can’t eat meat, but I’m going to have a nice plate of seafood, a real banquet, which, while appearing to be an abstinence from meat, is the sin of gluttony,' the pope said." HHS Messed Up 800,000 Obamacare Tax Forms - "The errors occurred on a new form that helps Obamacare enrollees figure out whether they qualify for a subsidy that would pay all or part of their premiums, and how big that subsidy should be. Information used to calculate those subsidies was wrong on about 20 percent of tax forms, HHSofficials said. The errors would cause some taxpayers to claim too large a subsidy and others to claim less than they’re actually eligible for." Race for Chicago mayor splitting Democrats apart over economic issues - "Garcia (Mexican American, Cook County commissioner) has emerged as a nothing-to-lose dissenting liberal voice who has channeled frustration with Emanuel’s rocky first term into an aggressive campaign against the mayor. The Chicago fight has become the latest front in a simmering nationwide battle between the establishment governing wing of the Democratic Party and a more restive, populist wing that is demanding a more openly liberal agenda."
Commentary: Although the above is an interesting article, some foolish scientists are always looking for ways to justify their lack of belief that Almighty God is our Creator. So we have to take some of their far-out theories & assumptions with a grain of salt. vtb
'I had hunger, I had thirst, I was in prison, I was sick, I was naked and you helped me: dressed me, visited me, you took care of me.'"
Commentary: Pope Paul VI has often been unfairly criticized for "allowing the new Mass and doing away with the Traditional Mass said in Latin." However, from a number of different sources we learn that he greatly suffered from all that happened during his time as Pope. The many priests who left their vocation and the many other priests & bishops who wrongly interpreted the documents of Vatican IIand turned the Mass into a "show," caused Pope Paul VI a great amount of suffering. He was indeed, a very holy man and his memory deserves a place of honor in the minds of the members of the Church. vtb Fluoride is 'The Devil's Poison' - "'The Devil’s Poison' became fluorine’s nickname in the 17th and 18th centuries. After studying volumes on the subject, spanning several centuries, from here and abroad, it has become clear to me that fluorine and its fluoride compounds have probably caused more disease and death than any other substance known to mankind. This information has been cataloged in my book titled 'The Devil’s Poison: How Fluoride is Killing You.'”
I Gave It Up for Lent - "None of our sacrifices are worth the effort if the intention that drives them is not the correct one. Father Edward Leen, very likely my favorite spiritual writer (I strongly recommend his In the Likeness of Christ), points out that our service to God “consists not in our actions and doings but in the mode of our actions and doings. Our service consists not in what we do, but in the spirit in which we do it.” The secret of life, Fr. Leen declares, is doing all that we do out of love for Jesus Christ." The Synod, the Faith and the ‘Reluctantly Divorced’ - "What I cannot understand, however, are the priests and prelates who are suggesting the Church is somehow going to change her doctrine concerning the reception of Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. Their public speculations and hand wringing — no doubt motivated by a sincere (but nonetheless false) sense of compassion — does nothing to actually assist those truly affected by the issue. Indeed, they only undermine the efforts of divorced Catholics struggling to remain faithful to their wedding vows while waiting to receive a decision on the validity of their marriage. Furthermore, they will certainly be the cause of additional suffering for the divorced and remarried when the false hope they’ve created is inevitably dashed, because the Church will not — because she cannot — change her teaching on the reception of Communion. Finally, they may actually weaken the resolve of those who are thinking about beginning the annulment process." New map shows America's quietest places - "Craving some silence? Head (quietly) toward the blue regions on the map... Based on 1.5 million hours of acoustical monitoring from places as remote as Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and as urban as New York City, scientists have created a map of noise levels across the country on an average summer day." Vatican security 'very high' Alfano says - "The Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin suggested there were no serious concerns despite threats issued frequently by Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists." Beheadings Sign of Gathering Genocide in Middle East - "While ISIS has claimed responsibility for the beheading of the 21 Copts, in effect, the targeting of Copts is part of a more systematic targeting of Christians in Libya since 2012 which corresponds to the rise of Islamist militant groups taking over of large parts of the country." Pro-Vaccine but Afraid to Vaccinate: Inside One Family's Doubts - "Sophie Beglinger has hundreds of seizures every day and walks unsteadily, here supported by her mother, Elizabeth Aquino, in their Los Angeles backyard. Aquino says the seizures began shortly after Sophie was vaccinated as a baby, raising fears about vaccinating their other children." Scott Walker to attend private dinner with supply-siders in New York - "The gathering, set for the upscale “21” Club in Manhattan, is the latest effort by the potential Republican presidential contender to bolster his relationships with the GOP’s anti-tax wing. It also reflects the interest business-friendly conservatives have in his possible candidacy, in spite of the recent ascent of former Florida governor Jeb Bush." The Permissive Liberal Left: Scott Walker Must Be Destroyed - "Governor Scott Walker has the Left quaking in fear in a way not seen since Ronald Reagan. Every time Walker appears, they hyperventilate, and feign a lightheaded sort of dizziness, as if they are about to pass out or double over in nausea." How Scott Walker Brings Out the Worst in the Left - "Those who have followed Walker’s career know this is nothing new. Over the past four years, he has won three political races in a largely blue state, including a contentious union-led recall effort. Things often got ugly. At January’s Iowa Freedom Summit, Walker described how left-leaning labor activists threatened to 'gut' his wife 'like a deer.' Walker’s victories in this hostile environment—with progressive groups devoting major resources to try to take him down—have gained him major buzz as a GOP frontrunner for 2016." Did Governor Scott Walker Graduate? - "For starters, he left after three and a half years “in good standing,” according to all accounts. That would put him just a half year shy of graduation, with roughly five courses to make up." He’s a Raging Partisan - The big lie of Obama’s presidency - "Obama hasn’t governed like Ike, a unifying national leader. Almost instantly, he became a highly partisan president. He had promised to consult Republicans in Congress and listen to their ideas. Yet he’s done that rarely and then usually in a false show of bipartisanship. He insinuates Republicans have nothing worthwhile to tell him." Rudy Giuliani: President Obama doesn’t love America - "'I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,' Giuliani said during the dinner at the 21 Club, a former Prohibition-era speakeasy in midtown Manhattan. 'He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.'”
Commentary: There is one thing that the vain Obama does love more than anything else, and that is, himself. vtb
CONFESSION - "Questions and Answers on Confession - Confession and Sacred Scripture - How to make a good confession - Examination of Conscience for Adults - Importance of Examination of Conscience and how to examine - Examination of Conscience Going to Confession - The Church Father speak on Confession - Living In The World, But Not Of The World." Jane Fonda on Vietnam War comments: 'I made a huge, huge mistake' - "'Whenever possible I try to sit down with vets and talk with them, because I understand and it makes me sad,' Fonda told a relatively full theater, responding to a submitted question. 'It hurts me and it will to my grave that I made a huge, huge mistake that made a lot of people think I was against the soldiers.'” Obama 'an apologist for radical Islamic terrorists' - "Cruz praised al-Sisi, a Muslim, who used the occasion of his New Year’s Day speech to speak out against religious extremism. 'Why don’t we see the president of the United States demonstrating that same courage just to speak the truth about the face of evil we’re facing right now?' he asked." Geology documents dinosaurs fleeing Noah’s Flood - "Swim tracks are found all over the world, including dinosaur tracks in northern Spain, which consist of claw marks made on the sand surface as the animal was on tip-toes trying to move through deep flowing water."
Cardinal Wuerl attacks "brother bishops" as "dissenters" - "It is an open secret in Washington, D.C., that Donald Cardinal Wuerl has effectively bannedRaymond Cardinal Burke from entering the Archdiocese of Washington... stemming from Wuerl's disdain for any priest or bishop who opposes giving Communion to Catholics who publicly dissent from Church teachings. Since Summorum Pontificum was issued by Benedict XVI in 2007, Cardinal Wuerl has instituted numerous obstacles to priests who wish to offer the traditional Latin Mass and sacraments using the 1962 books. Traditional confirmations have been denied, even requests from priests offering to administer the sacrament themselves."
Commentary: Cardinal Wuerl is a rather narrow minded Cardinal who wants things his way and no other way. He is very articulate, but does not have the wisdom to be believed by those who have a knowledge of Church doctrine. Like some others in the Church, he "uses" Pope Francis to justify his lack of faith and trust in some of the traditional teachings of the Church. vtb
An Exorcist and his Deliverance Team Comment on Fifty Shades - " Leaders from the Catholic Church warn it is immoral. Domestic violence groups warn that it dangerously glorifies sexual violence against women." The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office for Film & Broadcasting has reviewed this film as follows:
(Fifty Shades of Grey) contains excessive sexual content, including graphic deviant behavior
and non-marital sexual activity with much nudity, a benign view of casual
sex and contraception, several uses of rough language and at least one
crude term. The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally
offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R --
restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian."
In honour of our 21 martyrs of Libya - "What faith! What courage! What valiance! What heroism! What tongue can find enough words to praise these men who laid down their lives before them, and who went to their Creator crying out and proclaiming, 'O my Lord, Jesus!' to the last breath?!" Panel approves $7.8 billion for Amtrak - "'This is a good reform bill that firmly moves passenger rail towards greater transparency and accountability, and forces Amtrak to operate like a true business,'" Opinion: Why the U.S. will have to bail out Greece - "The U.S. doesn’t want Greece to turn into a failed state — there are already too many of those on the other side of the Mediterranean. Nor does it care one way or the other whether the euro succeeds as a currency or not. Indeed, as a long-term rival to the dollar, it would probably prefer if it didn’t." Is the Administration legitimizing ISIS’ acts of terror? - "This is what the Obama Administration doesn’t understand—and it could end up tanking what’s left of their strategy in the fight against ISIS. They don’t understand the idea of asserting their power, because they’re too busy worrying about all the ways that their power may or may not be offending the rest of the world." A Bloody Retreat From Debaltseve as Ukrainian Forces Suddenly Withdraw - "Mr. Poroshenko (President) sought to cast the retreat in a positive light, but the loss of the town was clearly a devastating setback for the army at the hands of the separatists. Still, by avoiding capture, the soldiers who made it out also avoided handing the rebels a powerful bargaining chip." Natural Gas: Saving More and Emitting Less - "Customers are deriving financial savings from using natural gas. For instance, households that use natural gas for space heating, water heating, cooking and clothes drying save an average of $693 per year compared to customers who use electricity to power these activities." BAPTISM - "Baptism is the First Sacrament, without it, no other sacrament can be validly received. The Old Covenant was entered into through circumcision; the New Covenant is entered into through Baptism." West Virginia Combined Cycle Plant Will Be First to Burn Ethane and Natural Gas - "The West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the siting certificate for Moundsville Power LLC to construct a 549-MW combined cycle natural gas power plant in Marshall County. It will be the first to also burn ethane. The company is also touting the project’s role in helping to offset the effect of area coal plant closings."
“Their blood confesses Christ”: Pope Francis on the murder of Egyptian Christians by ISIS - "'They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians. … The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard.' Pope Francis responded today to the news that 21 Egyptian Christians have been beheaded by Islamic State militants. 'Their blood confesses Christ,' the Holy Father said to a visiting delegation representing the Church of Scotland. 'The martyrs belong to all Christians.'”
Commentary: Please pray for the Holy Father, Pope Francis. He may be in great danger for speaking out against the ISIS and defending Christians. Thank you. vtb
On the "Reform" of Islam - "If violence, terror, beheadings, forced conversions, subjection of women, and intolerance of others are removed or “transformed” in Islam, is it still Islam?" Iraqi bishop: 'We are hated because we persist in wanting to exist as Christians' - "During the past year, more than 125,000 Christians have been forced to flee from their villages only because they chose to remain Christians and refused the conditions ISIS imposed on them. They had to leave at night, under the cover of darkness. Many of them trod their own path of Golgotha for long hours, having left everything behind, other than their bare clothes." What ISIS Really Wants - "The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it." 5 Saints Who Totally Had Superpowers - "God acts in mysterious ways. That truth is made particularly evident in the types of things he does with those who are especially close to Him." Disarm young Blacks says Bloomberg. It’s for their own good - "Blacks are bound to be seen and heard when 400 to 500 murders are committed each year on Chicago’s West and South sides. That’s the sort of trend that causes panic in the Mayor’s office, for although the vast majority of victims of black criminals are also black, it is only a matter of time until white neighborhoods are affected." And God Saw That It Was Good - "The deep reason why the Church has been a friend to natural science is to be found in Genesis and the Gospel of John. For God in the beginning created all things and declared them each to be good, and the whole of the world together, very good." Homosexual movement threatens these freedoms - "It is pointless to answer the insincere, bully arguments of militant homosexual activists, because they will not accept the truth, no matter how plainly, simply and in small words it is presented to them." Moscow’s helping hand - "Topping the list is an agreement in the energy sector, where Egypt is currently facing a crisis that led to recurrent nationwide blackouts last summer. The two sides have agreed to cooperate in the construction of a nuclear power plant in Dabaa, on the northwestern coast overlooking the Mediterranean." Why does income equality exist? - "Because we are uniquely created, we are endowed by Christ with a specific set of gifts. We can further the Kingdom of Christ by knowing our gifts and pursuing them with excellence. Economists refer to this as comparative advantage." Playing the Race Card Against Israel - "With the White House campaign against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu running out of steam, the administration’s supporters scraped the bottom of the barrel last week, suggesting that the Israeli leader is a racist for accepting the invitation from Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner (R-Ohio)."
Will the real Pope Francis please stand up? - "The surface tension in the pope's rhetoric on subjects such as family size is part of a larger pattern, which has been especially intense lately, of Francis doing or saying things that leave lots of people deeply confused." The photo is of the Blessed Virgin Mary statue at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs - "With the snow covering the statue, it almost appears that Mary is carrying a young person on her back. Interestingly, the statue rests outside the hospital's Cancer Treatment Center."
Poll: Troops Turn on Obama; Deeply Unpopular - "Military Times asked active-duty service members, 'Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling his job as commander in chief?' 55 percent of active-duty personnel said they 'disapprove' while only 15 percent said they 'approve.' Similarly, Obama’s popularity fell from 35 percent in 2009 to just 15 percent this year among active-duty soldiers."
Commentary: This is not surprising. Obama has never been popular with our military. They, because they know what true patriotism really is, easily see through the false image Obama presents to the general public. Our armed forces know what sacrifice is, they know what duty is, they know what honor is. And they know that President Obama lacks all of these qualities. vtb
U.S. Bishops: 'No such thing as an illegal human being' - "'Migrants –including children, immigrants, refugees, and victims of human trafficking– are our spiritual brothers and sisters,' said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration. 'They often find themselves isolated, alone and separated from family, their ability to live out their lives in fullness severely restricted. Often family members are separated from one another because of deportation, detention, or related immigration laws that inhibit family reunification.'”
Commentary: The bishops are not approving of violence or vandalism, but are simply restating a belief based upon the Holy Bible and the teachings of the Church. However, they also believe that those who choose to enter our country must do so lawfully. The main point is that no matter how they get here, they must be treated with respect because they are our brothers and sisters in Christ. vtb
"And Jesus beholding, said to them: With men this is impossible: but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)
Paris anti-terrorism rally draws millions - "At least 3.7 million people, including world leaders, marched in an anti-terrorism rally in Paris on Sunday, the French Mission to the United Nations said, calling the massive gathering the largest in France's history."
Commentary: Their fears can be understood, but can you imagine what Our Lord would do if those 3.7 million people prayed to Him for peace? vtb
I tell you this, I am not addressing myself strictly to you, child, but
I am making this appeal to the world. Today, man empties things of
their true value. Those who are continually committing sins are doing so
without any acceptance that what they are doing is wrong."
"Beloved, do not
trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to
God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is
how you can know the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges Jesus
Christ come in the flesh belongs to God, and every spirit that does not
acknowledge Jesus does not belong to God. This is the spirit of the
antichrist ..." (1 John 4:1-3).
LIFE BECOMES FREE AND FULL OF JOY WHEN WE BREAK FROM THE 'CAGE' AND SEEK GOD'S 'ANOINTING' - "A "higher anointing" is when the Lord decides it's time for you to change, to move, to operate at a higher level, in a higher place, in a more potent role, with more opportunities (to progress, to do good), and with a bit more ease (even a lot more ease). It means you are in His power, His favor (instead of that of the world). Things start falling into place. Suddenly, there are favorable conditions." 4 Literally Awesome Facts About Our Lady of Guadalupe - "Seeing an apparition of Mary, having her grow roses in the middle of winter and use them to create a miraculous image to prove it to the archbishop, then converting 9 million Aztecs within seven years. That would be… awesome."
Commentary: Black lives matter? Hillary denounces torture? Oh really? What about the pain unborn black human beings experience when they are aborted? Do their lives matter? The two faced, pro-abortion, hypocrite Hillary Clinton again confirms that she lacks the moral qualifications to be President of the United States. vtb
Black America’s real problem isn’t white racism - "Though blacks are outnumbered 5-to-1 in the population by whites, they commit eight times as many crimes against whites as the reverse. By those 2007 numbers, a black male was 40 times as likely to assault a white person as the reverse."
Commentary: I have met many dignified African Americans and they will be the first to tell you that to solve our race problem blacks must first look inward at themselves rather than point fingers at the white population. But in addition, without a strong faith in Our Lord, we as a nation will never experience true peace. You cannot approve of, or actually murder an unborn human being through a deliberate abortion and expect to experience peace and understanding between the races in our country or any other country. vtb
Obama Announces U.S. and Cuba Will Resume Relations - "Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey and the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, was also sharply critical. 'Let’s be clear, this was not a "humanitarian" act by the Castro regime. It was a swap of convicted spies for an innocent American,' Mr. Menendez said in a written statement. 'President Obama’s actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.'” Gov. Scott Walker of WI critical of U.S. moves to normalize relations with Cuba - "I think it's a bad idea," Walker told reporters Wednesday. 'I don’t think there’s been any noticeable change towards making that a more free and prosperous country. There’s a reason why we had the policy in the first place.' Walker said he hasn't seen solid evidence that Cuba has made changes that would warrant a shift in U.S. policy, which has remained in place through administrations of both parties."
Pope Francis & Canada brokered Cuba deal - "'Pope Francis personally issued an appeal thorough a letter that he sent to President Obama and to President Raul Castro, calling on them to resolve the case of Alan Gross and the cases of the three Cubans who have been imprisoned here in the United States and also encouraging the United States and Cuba to pursue a closer relationship,' the official noted."
Commentary: The key point is that in the process of pursuing a "closer relationship," the United States must do so in a cautious, step by step manner. Cuba must first be tested as to its sincerity and its willingness to cooperate in a fair and meaningful manner each step along the way. If they refuse to do this, it would be foolish to continue to resume normal relations with that outlaw country. vtb
We Are Not Darren Wilson - "America is preoccupied with setting standards for China, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Africa; for the world,” Kagumba adds. “Standards that are too high to attain, even for itself…. When America fails to practice what it preaches, it loses its moral authority. It loses its relevance on the global stage.”
Commentary: Again, the main fault lies with the dysfunctional President Obama who continues to use the "race card" whenever it fits his viewpoint. He is the number one instigator of all the protests, riots, and vandalism that are occurring in various parts of the USA and the world. Obama more than anyone else, is responsible for destroying the moral image and leadership the United States once gave to the world. vtb
Isis: the inside story - "One of the Islamic State’s senior commanders reveals exclusive details of the terror group’s origins inside an Iraqi prison – right under the noses of their American jailers."
- "The media invariably sugarcoat black behavior. Even the news reports of the very crimes I dealt with in court were slanted. Television news intentionally leaves out unflattering facts about the accused, and sometimes omits names that are obviously black. All this rocked my liberal, tolerant beliefs, but it took me years to set aside my illusions and accept the reality of what I see every day. I have now served thousands of blacks and their families, protecting their rights and defending them in court. What follows are my observations."
Commentary: In spite of all the vandalism we have seen and read about in St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere, we know that there are many good, dignified African Americans. However, there is also a rather large number of African Americans who are not very dignified. They choose to further divide our country, and try to justify their unruly behavior by accusing the white population of being "racist." Unfortunately, many others with the black population agree with that accusation.
The above link represents the testimony of a public defender who has a lot of experience concerning the conduct of African Americans who break the law. The media usually only presents one side. You are asked to study another viewpoint and decide for yourself what is actually the truth. Thank you. vtb
Strangers send greeting cards to help dying girl celebrate her last Christmas - "'It angers me that they can't figure out what's wrong, what's taking my little girl,' said Fausett, who quit her job to take care of Addie. 'I know even if they found out what it was, they wouldn't be able to stop it. I would just love to know what it was, because it's hard to know your kid's sick but to not know what it is.'" Like Lower Gas Prices? Give Credit to Bush - "Despite claims from some Democrats that Obama deserves the credit for the oil boom, his administration has done nothing to earn such praise. In fact, Obama’s policies are stunting oil production and preventing billions of dollars of development and the creation of millions of jobs from occurring in order to appease his leftist base... It was Bush — not Obama — who enacted policies that encouraged the development of lands in North Dakota, South Dakota and elsewhere. It was Bush who allowed companies to attain vital permits to drill offshore and onshore, creating countless jobs and generating billions of dollars of revenue. It was Bush that prevented the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing unreasonable and burdensome regulations on drillers while he was in office."
Commentary: President George W. Bush unjustly got blamed for many things the Democrats were actually responsible for. President Bush was a good man and greatly loved by our troops. In his term of office, we had good relations with Russia. And although it is believed that going to war with Iraq was based on incorrect information from our intelligence agencies, there is still good reason to believe nuclear weapons were actually in Iraq, but were moved out before the inspections were made (see below link).
Bush also got blamed for the slow reaction to the hurricane damage in New Orleans, but these questions remain:
* Why didn't those people listen to all the warnings they were given?
* Why weren't they prepared and have food, water, and medicine on hand like they do in Florida when warned of a hurricane?
* Why didn't they leave when they had the chance?
While it is true the recession happened under Bush's watch, he certainly did not create it and if we had followed his advice and enacted a much smaller Stimulus Package, we would not be in the terrible financial situation we are now in. Bush placed his trust in the American people's ability to contribute to the recovery, Obama places his trust in big government and wasteful spending.
Obama has tried to take credit for some of the good things President Bush initiated, but more and more people are beginning to see that Obama's false smile reveals an insincere man who loves himself far more than he loves his country. The only real things Obama can assume responsibility for is our country's loss of power & prestige, turning our country into a huge "welfare state," and our country's 18 TRILLION dollar debt that could eventually cause great harm to our economy and hardships for many citizens for generations to come.
However, his greatest "legacy" will be giving (along with his fellow Democrats) approval to the killing of millions upon millions of unborn human beings through deliberate abortions. vtb
Iraq's WMD Secreted in Syria, Iraqi general, Georges Sada Says - "Mr. Sada, 65, told the Sun that the pilots of the two airliners that transported the weapons of mass destruction to Syria from Iraq approached him in the middle of 2004, after Saddam was captured by American troops. 'I know them very well. They are very good friends of mine. We trust each other. We are friends as pilots,' Mr. Sada said of the two pilots. He declined to disclose their names, saying they are concerned for their safety. But he said they are now employed by other airlines outside Iraq.
The pilots told Mr. Sada that two Iraqi Airways Boeings were converted to cargo planes by removing the seats, Mr. Sada said. Then Special Republican Guard brigades loaded materials onto the planes, he said, including 'yellow barrels with skull and crossbones on each barrel.' The pilots said there was also a ground convoy of trucks.
The flights - 56 in total, Mr. Sada said - attracted little notice because they were thought to be civilian flights providing relief from Iraq to Syria, which had suffered a flood after a dam collapse in June of 2002. 'Saddam realized, this time, the Americans are coming,' Mr. Sada said. 'They handed over the weapons of mass destruction to the Syrians.'"
Commentary: You no doubt did not see General Sada's testimony of what actually happened to those weapons of mass destruction on any major TV news broadcast because they are very biased and produced by people belonging to, or sympathizing with the morally corrupt US Democratic Party. vtb
Love, American Style: Iraq's Kurds fans of all things US, Bush - "The roots of the Kurdish affection for America lie in the U.S.-led operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. While the first, under President George H.W. Bush, did not topple the hated Hussein, it served notice that America was his enemy. U.S. military forces ousted Hussein in 2003 and brought him to ultimate justice in 2006, when he was executed on orders of an Iraqi tribunal.
Tens of thousands of Kurds were murdered, many with chemical weapons, on orders of the former Baath Party leader. Once Hussein was gone, the oil-rich Kurdish region began to prosper. Kurds openly express their hope that the United States will help them become a completely independent country."
- the growing immorality throughout the world is not going unnoticed by the Lord
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CATHOLIC PROPHECY, REVELATIONS & VISIONS
Pope St John Paul II: The Spark from Poland - "'As I was praying for Poland, I heard the words:' 'I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming.' (The Diary of St. Faustina, 1732)."
ST. POPE JOHN PAUL II - PROPHECY FOR THE CHURCH
"We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through.
I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of
the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the FINAL
confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel
versus the anti-Gospel."
---Karol Cardinal Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II), November 9, 1976
who rebels against the Church is a rotten member, and what is done to
His Vicar on earth, (the Pope) be it reverence or insult, is done to God
in Heaven. Think not that God is sleeping over the injuries that have
been done to His Spouse" (the Church)."
----ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
What Catholics believe: 10 truths about purgatory - "Does purgatory still exist? Even though we don’t hear about it as much as in earlier times, Catholics do believe in purgatory. It is a matter of faith, supported by the Bible and tradition, clarified at the Council of Florence in 1439 and the Council of Trent (1545-1563) and explained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church."
What does Our Lady say about Purgatory? - "There are many souls in Purgatory. There are also persons who have been consecrated to God – some priests, some religious. Pray for their intentions, at least the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be, seven times each, and the Creed. I recommend it to you. There is a large number of souls who have been in Purgatory a long time because no one prays for them."
We should love the poor and love the unborn child. Service to the oppressed and service to the family; defense of the weak and defense of the unborn child; belief in the value of business and belief in restraints on predatory business practices — all these things spring from the same Catholic commitment to human dignity.
There’s nothing 'progressive' about killing an unborn human child or allowing it to happen. And there’s nothing 'conservative' about ignoring the cries of the poor."
DEATH OF LONG ISLAND MAN TIED TO ALLEGED SPANISH APPARITIONS PUTS ACCENT ON A HOST OF MYSTERIES - "Garabandal has always been a supreme mystery. I visited there in the early 1990s, staying at a bed-and-breakfast owned by the uncle of reputed seer Conchita Gonzalez -- a wonderful man in this exquisitely beautiful, towering spot in the Cantabrian Mountains of north-central Spain. At one point during the day, I was the only pilgrim there (later joined by an American). Something surely happened here."
Saving Catholic Culture from Destruction - "In centuries past, those seeking to level or confiscate sacred edifices were the Church’s sworn adversaries, who tried to storm her fortresses and attack her from without. In this, our own day, however, there are Catholics in many places whose biggest perennial fear is not savage invasion, but the euthanizing of their parish at the hands of their very own bishops and pastors. Is it not time for an honest recognition and acknowledgement of the deep spiritual and psychological harm caused by this phenomenon?"
Fatima Still Matters - "In Fatima, two anti-Catholic socialist newspapers sent reporters to witness how foolish it was that so many people came out believing there would be a miracle. Instead, the papers carried reports of an amazing miracle witnessed by all who were there."
THE "SMOKE OF SATAN" IS BECOMING A RAGING FIRE! - "For the good of the Catholic faithful and all people, the Church provides clear teaching concerning Satanic worship. This activity separates people from God and the human community, it is contrary to charity and goodness, and it places participants dangerously close to destructive works of evil."
When sufferings come, offer them up as a sacrifice to God. (03/29/1984)
By means of the cross God is glorified through every person. (11/29/1984)
Dear children, during these days my Lord is allowing me to intercede for more graces for you... With these graces, dear children, I want your sufferings to be joy. (06/19/1986)
I desire also that your cross be a joy for you. Especially, dear children, pray that you may be able to accept sickness, and sufferings with love - the way Jesus accepted them [sufferings]. Only in that way will I be able, with joy, to give to you the graces and healings which Jesus permits me. (09/11/1986)
Today I invite you to offer your crosses and sufferings for my intentions... Little children, offer your sufferings as a gift to God so that they may become a most beautiful flower of joy. Therefore, little children, pray that you may understand that suffering can become joy, and the cross a way of joy. (09/25/1996)
When you are tired and sick and you do not know the meaning of your life, take the rosary and pray; pray until prayer becomes for you a joyful meeting with your Savour. I am with you, little children, and I intercede and pray for you. (04/25/2001)
Courage, little children!... Through each of your tribulations and sufferings, God will find the way of joy for you. Therefore, little children, pray. We are close to you with our love. (03/25/2006)
Let your suffering be united in his [Jesus'] suffering and love will win. (03/25/2013)."
POPE FRANCIS ON THE END TIMES
Commentary: Some believe we are at the BEGINNING of the end times and a Great Chastisement awaits us if we do not turn back to the Lord. The intensity of that Chastisement depends upon the number who repent and try to live by God's Word and the teachings of His Church, rather than living by man's word and the teachings of the world. I share their belief. vtb
ANOTHER WARNING FOR CATHOLICS
Pope Benedict XVI stated: "The attacks on the Pope and the Church do not just come from outside, but the sufferings of the Church come precisely from within the Church, from the sin that is in the Church. This has always been known, but today we see it in a really terrifying way:
The greatest persecution of the Church does not come from external enemies, but is born from the sin in the Church.
The Church, therefore, has the profound need to learn penance again, to accept purification, to learn on one hand forgiveness, as well as the need for justice. Forgiveness does not replace justice."
Lisbon, Portugal, MAY 11, 2010 (Zenit.org)
THE FALSE TEACHINGS OF THE WORLD VERSUS THE TRUTH
"Love not the world, nor the things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the charity of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, is the concupiscence of the flesh, & the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life, which is not of the Father, but is of the world."
(1 John 2:15)
"We adore Thee, we bless Thee, & we thank Thee O Christ, because by Thy Holy Cross & Thy great sufferings, Thou has redeemed the world!"
GRAVE WARNINGS FROM THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
"Who changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error.
And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers, Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents.
God delivered them up: Not by being author of their sins, but by withdrawing his grace, and so permitting them, in punishment of their pride, to fall into those shameful sins.
Foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy. Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death; and not only they that do them, but they also that consent (approve of their actions) to them that do them."
"O how good an sweet is thy spirit, O Lord, in all things! And therefore thou chastisest them that err, by little and little; and admonish them, and speakest to them, concerning the things wherein they offend; that leaving their wickedness, they may believe in thee, O Lord...
Because they did works hateful to thee... merciless MURDERERS OF THEIR OWN CHILDREN... (ABORTION). Wherefore thou hast also greatly tormented them who in their life have lived foolishly and unjustly, by the same things which they worshiped. For they went astray for a long time in the ways of error, holding those things for gods (material things) which are the most worthless among beasts, living after the manner of children without understanding.
Therefore thou hast sent a judgment upon them... they suffered by those very things which they took for gods..." (the loss of material things).
"Know also this, that, in the LAST DAYS, shall come dangerous times. Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked, Without affection, without peace, slanderers, incontinent, unmerciful, without kindness. Traitors, stubborn, puffed up, and lovers of pleasures more than of God: Having an appearance indeed of godliness, (like President Obama) but denying the power thereof. Now these (people) AVOID."
(2 Timothy 3:1-5)
I feel it very important that I share this spiritual information and I hope that you will not be offended by my efforts. No matter what the level of your faith or your religion, please take the time to listen to this man whether you believe all that he says or not. As it did mine, It will greatly benefit your soul and make it much easier to understand the holy path we all must take to be worthy of Heaven. Thank you and God bless you!
Vincent T. Bemowski
Editor - Catholic Messages USA.com
Whatever passing pleasures come with sin, they are in fact passing. Great and accumulated suffering eventually comes with almost all sinful activity. Yet, despite this experience, we human beings remain very gullible, we seem to love empty promises and put all sorts of false hopes of them....
So many things help drive this division, and the devil surely taps into them all: anger, past hurts, resentments, fears, misunderstandings, greed, pride, and arrogance. There is also the impatience that we so easily develop regarding those we love, and the flawed notion that somehow, other more perfect and desirable people should be sought.
And thus many abandon their marriages, family, churches and communities, always in search of the elusive goal of finding better and more perfect people and situations...
The devil causes us to fixate on fears about passing things, and thereby not to have a proper fear of the judgment which awaits us.
Jesus says: "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matt 10:28)
Satan temps us to impatience with our self or others. And, in our aspirations, expected in unreasonably quick time, there comes a lack of charity toward our self or others. Some grow discouraged with themselves or others and give up on the pursuit of holiness. Others give up on the Church because of the imperfections found there."
* Prophecy given for "Saint" Loretta ("A fragile flower loved by the Lord") & I - Nov. 13, 1988 (I believe It is meant to be shared with as many people as possible).
* Warning from Our Lady at Akita, Japan.
* Garabandal - The Warning - Punishment - Messages of Hope - Interview with Bishop Del Val Gallo.
* Prophecy of Therese Neumann for the USA in 1946, just after the end of World War II.
* The Message and Secret of La Salette - Includes end times prophecy.
HEALINGS, POWERFUL PROPHECY, WHAT IS COMING FOR THE JUST AND FOR SINNERS.
GRAVE PREDICTIONS FOR THE USA
The following are not my original thoughts. They are based upon prophecies and revelations that I have read over a period of many years and they are offered here for your discernment:
Our once great nation will continue it's moral decline, destroy itself economically, and lose the respect of many other nations throughout the world. True wisdom will continue to disappear from the mouths of our leaders. Moral corruption will be everywhere - a great number of our citizens will be looking for a free hand-out.
Promises will be broken - with the exception of those who place their trust in the Lord, fear and confusion, rather than love and peace, will dominate the hearts and minds of men and women.
Those who possess true faith will become rare, even among those who call themselves "Christians." But through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the power of the Holy Rosary, Almighty God will act, and after a period of wide-spread immorality, people throughout the world will be cleansed and again be made pleasing to God. vtb
St. Benedict and the popes who took his name have often been associated with peace-making (the olive branch) and St. Benedict's very order, the Benedictines, are also known as 'Olivetans' and has an olive branch as its symbol."
THE TRIBULATION (GREAT CHASTISEMENT)
Therese Neumann was a German stigmatist and mystic, who for many years did not sleep and lived without food or liquids except for the daily Eucharist.
When asked by an American GI if the United States would ever be destroyed or invaded in a war, her answer was: "No, but at the end of this century America will be destroyed economically by a series of NATURAL DISASTERS."
"Told by Our Lord that her gift of seeing the past, present, and future in mystic visions was greater than that possessed by anyone else in history."
The Servant of God - Luisa Piccarreta, Little Daughter of The Divine Will - The highest spiritual state you can achieve here on earth. "Everything is in the Divine Will; therefore It wants to love together with you, and if you call It, It gives you Its Love in your power in order to be loved; It gives you Its sanctity to make yourself a saint, Its light to make Itself known and to eclipse your weaknesses, miseries and passions, so that they may no longer have life in you, but only Its Will, laying and forming Its Life in your little act…"
(From the Letters of Luisa – January, 2, 1939)
Center for the Divine Will - "Information on the writings of Luisa Piccarreta - We pray, dear pilgrim, that whatever benefits are received from reading the information contained in this site will redound to the greater glory of the Most Holy Trinity and hasten the coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will to Reign on earth as in Heaven."
Luisa Piccarreta being Slandered - Commentary: There is some controversy concerning the promotion and/or spiritual practices connected with the Luisa Piccarreta's writings about the Kingdom of the Divine Will. Luisa's Cause for Beatification is now being investigated through the Magisterium of the Church. Unfortunately, her good name is being slandered and her "Cause" being scandalized by numbers of "Catholics" through various means, such as websites and articles in Catholic magazines or other news sources. vtb
YOU GOTTA HAVE HOPE!
Feeling down, discouraged, or depressed? Turn on your sound & see: Four Candles
Healing Messages - Designed to bring you encouragement and increase your self-esteem and hope.
THE EXISTENCE AND PERSON OF JESUS - EVIDENCE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT CONFIRMED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. - His birth, life, sufferings, Resurrection, Second Coming. Plus Scripture for those going through difficult trials and sufferings.
OUR HEAVENLY MOTHER - THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. The Holy Rosary, Fatima, Association of the Miraculous Medal, Doctors of the Church, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Queen of the Divine Will, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Garabandal, Apparitions, La Salette.
Spiritual Guide For Daily Living - Due to your current state of health, daily duties, or your other responsibilities, you may not be able to accomplish all of these things each day, but it is good to set daily goals that will not only spiritually benefit your own soul and the souls of those in your care, but the entire Church.
OUR HOPE COMES THROUGH THE CHURCH!
Commentary: Knowing the mental and physical condition of Pope John Paul II in the months preceding his death, it appears that Pope Benedict XVI drew a comparison to his own mental and physical condition.
This does not mean he felt Pope John was not efficiently carrying out his duties because his illness was of a different nature. It means that although Pope John Paul II may have assumed he had little time left, Pope Benedict feels his remaining time on this earth is unknown.
Therefore he feels he can best serve the Church in a different capacity while allowing another, who is in a far better state of health, to assume the heavy responsibilities of his Holy Office.
We owe it to this humble man (Pope Benedict XVI) to pray for him so he will have peace and strength in his remaining days on earth.
However, we are especially grateful that God has granted us another holy Pope to continue to bring about the renewal of His Church in these dangerous times where the light of true faith is growing dimmer and dimmer. vtb
'Let us trust in the intercession of the Virgin Mary in this time of testing,' he added. 'Through her we will feel the powerful presence of His Divine Son, so we may ward off temptation with the Word of Christ and place God at the centre of our lives.
We must reject the false images of the Messiah as Jesus did when faced with the temptations the Temptor presented him with, the most serious of which is using God for one’s own ends,' Benedict XVI said during the course of the Angelus prayer."
Padre Pio Foundation of America - "Padre Pio's Early Life - The Stigmata - The Sacraments - His Teachings - His Life - People Who Knew Padre Pio - The Padre Pio Foundation of America - Fr. Bob's Stories of Mercy - Everyday Intercessions." Saint Padre Pio Devotions - "Contains the prayers of Padre Pio, his voice, 35 testimonials, 45 of his spiritual maxims, 50 photographs, and more."
CATHOLIC LITURGICAL CALENDAR & COMING SPECIAL FEAST DAYS
Saint by Date - Monthly listing - "Most saints and holy people have specially designated feast days. On those days we remember these holy men and women in a special way."
"CHRIST IS THE UNSEEN HEAD OF EVERY HOUSE, THE UNSEEN GUEST AT EVERY MEAL, AND THE SILENT LISTENER TO EVERY CONVERSATION."
About/Contact - Apostolic blessings - endorsements - spiritual guidance & counseling - healing prayers - prayer requests.
"We adore Thee, we bless Thee, & we thank Thee O Christ, because by Thy Holy Cross, Thou has redeemed the world!"
Charismatic Gifts - Spiritual value of Charismatic Gifts and how they benefit the Church.
Devotions & Feast Days - Christmas, Epiphany, Holy Week, Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, First Friday Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Feast of the Ascension, the Shroud of Turin, Stations of the Cross, First Saturday Devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, The Marian Movement of Priests, Spiritual Guide for Daily Living, Holy Relics.
Dignity of Women - APOSTOLIC LETTER - MULIERIS DIGNITATEM OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF, JOHN PAUL II - AUGUST 15, 1988
Miracles in Catholic Church - Although they are to us, "miracles" to Almighty God are of course not extraordinary, for "With God, all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26).
Shown & explained here are of some of the thousands of great miracles that have occurred in, and through members of the Catholic Church.
However, as you may be aware, miracles can, and do occur through members of other Churches, primarily in the way of healings, although other forms of miracles also take place. All believers are aware that a solid faith and sincere prayers are the main ingredients that allow great and little miracles to happen in our daily lives. vtb
Spiritual Advice - "Spiritual resources designed to offer prayer, encouragement, & personal support for those suffering from spiritual confusion, the loss of a loved one, a bad relationship, health problems, abuse, abandonment, a divorce, a physical or mental illness, suicidal tendencies, or from depression."
Testimonials - Some of the responses I have received from those who needed spiritual advice or just needed someone to listen while they shared their burdens.
Designed to bring you encouragement and increase your self-esteem and hope.
* Difficult Trials and Sufferings
* Encouragement and Lessons of Christian Virtues
* An Army Is Needed To Help The "Poor In Spirit"
* God Is Love
* The Glory of Heaven
* We Need Christ In Our Lives
* Comfort for those who Mourn
* Possessed, Morally Corrupted, or Mentally Ill?
* A Poem for those who are Suffering
* Giving Thanks and Giving to Others
* Becoming More Like Jesus
* Random Acts of Kindness
* Christ is "The Way, The Truth, and The Life"
* The Power Of Our Word
* Crying In My Heart
* After the Rain
* Measure Everything in Relation to Heaven
* A Dream We Can Believe In
* The Fear of Death
* Random Thoughts
* The Tragedy of Suicide (Sadness, Discouragement, and Depression)
* Remember When....
* Do you live in an Oasis or the Desert?
* Sometimes You Just Need Someone To Talk To
Spiritual State of Catholic Church - "Thou therefore gird up thy loins and arise, and speak to them all that I command thee. Be not afraid at their presence, for I will make thee not to fear their countenance... And they shall fight against thee and shall not prevail, for I am with thee saith the Lord, to deliver thee." (Jeremias 1:17,19).
The Catholic Man - This is a spiritually beautiful letter that should be read by all Catholic men & their families.
Worldly Diocese - Bishop Ricken of the Green Bay Diocese refuses to study and address the causes of these grave moral issues. You will find that many of these issues reflect the spiritual state of the average diocese in the USA and other nations of the West. Therefore this letter is just as timely today as the day it was written.
OTHER SPIRITUAL RESOURCES
Angels & Saints - A variety of information about great saints & the activity of angels.
Bride of Christ - WHEN GOD CALLS A WOMAN TO THE CONSECRATED LIFE - Mother Assumpta Long on Divine Courtship.
Foreign Countries (Catholic Spirituality) - CATHOLIC SPIRITUAL ACTIVITY IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES - General Information - Australia - China - England & Wales - Italy - Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands - Russia - Ukraine - United Kingdom Holy Priests? - IS THE AVERAGE PRIEST IN TODAY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH TRULY HOLY? - It is essential that for the good of the Church the clergy become more aware of the reasons why the laity have a right to expect that their priests are truly seeking holiness. Letters - I have received & written many letters over the years and I believe it would be beneficial to you if I shared some of them. You may not agree with all of the conclusions I have arrived at, but hopefully they will provide you with some "food for thought." Lukewarm Priests - Do you love the Church? Or are you among the lukewarm who defend those who create scandal in the Church? Catholic Messages USA.com contains letters and a booklet sent to Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI that reveal the lukewarm spiritual state of today's Church in America and the West. Ministry & Life of Priests - "In order to be a good guide of his People, the priest must also be attentive to the signs of the times: those larger and deeper ones which concern the universal Church and Its sojourn in the history of man, and those which more closely affect the specific situation of a particular community." Motherhood - Choices About Child Rearing & Careers by Helen Alvare - How John Paul II Helped Women Understand Their Vocations
Pregnancy - INCLUDES RESOURCES FOR WOMEN & THE GREAT NEED FOR PRAYER - SPIRITUALITY FOR PREGNANT MOTHERS by AGNES PENNY - Pregnant Pause: Spirituality for Expectant Moms - Agnes Penny Pens a Guide to Help With the Joys and Trials Spiritual Inspirations - Some thoughts I felt inspired to write down. I hope to add to them from time to time. I also hope they will be of benefit to you and someone you love. Transitory Things of This World - THE PRIEST, ST. JOSEPH CAFASSO TELLS US WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A HOLY PRIEST and POPE JOHN PAUL II WRITES OF THE GOOD EXAMPLE SET BY ST. JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO. Vocations - SANCTITY IN MARRIAGE & THE SINGLE LIFE - A CALLING TO THE RELIGIOUS LIFE. Webmaster's Mission - It is part of my Mission to "awaken" our shepherds and their sheep as to the Lord's Word for today's Church, for the good of their souls and for the good of the Church from which all mankind benefits. Woman of God - THE JOY OF BEING A WOMAN OF GOD by RONDA CHERVIN - A Divine Plan for Happiness.
*** Sacred Heart Picture - Receive beautiful and uplifting messages for your soul. (This category also contains a recap of all of the spiritual resources offered on this website).
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THE U.S. ECONOMY & MANAGING YOUR MONEY
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- the growing immorality throughout the world is not going unnoticed by the Lord