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The Most Heinous Sin of All

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If I had not been working for several organisations in the USA for the past six years I might have thought Archbishop Vigano's letters referred to in the Catholic media, as way over the top, but they are not. The central  point that he was making about a powerful homosexual clique in Rome and in the USA having such influence was confirmed by Cardinal Muller. It was in an interview that he gave to EWTN the biggest Catholic television station in the world, that has its headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama.      read on..............

Ending the Partisanship! Finding Solutions!

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I don’t know about you, but I am tired of the partisanship that pervades the halls of the U.S. Government, as well as society in general. Rather than sticking to the prescribed partisan “talking points” of divisiveness, we need to find solutions that positively impact the American majority. Who cares if a good idea comes from a Democrat or a Republican, if the idea is a good one? Finding solutions can be accomplished, if we, and our lawmakers, would act as follows: Collaborate! Truly listen to each other and seek the best ideas to solve problems, regardless of the point of origin.Compromise! God never said that he would give us everything that we want. So, why do we and our lawmakers think it should be that way? We need to learn how to compromise, where both sides believe needs get met for the benefit of the common good.Collegiality! We need to see each other as human beings, friends, and fellow children of God. Our Lord meant for us to live in community with each other; to find that …

Why Our Lady of Lourdes? Prayer and Penance

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Today is February 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. There are 69 approved miracles of physical healing that occurred at Lourdes, France. (About 7,000 have been submitted.) But perhaps there are many more miracles of spiritual healing resulting from Mary's visit to Earth back in 1858. I'm willing to bet that almost every family has at least one member who is in need of a miracle, physical or spiritual. We can help heal these sick people by enlisting Mary's aid. After all, she has been declared our mother by the Church and by Jesus himself. She is the one who prompted Jesus' first public miracle when the wine had run out at Cana—and at a time when he wasn't inclined to do so! This Jewish mother has clout with her Son. Here is today's reflection from my book "Heart to Heart with Mary," which you might find meaningful right now:
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Are Women Basically Mothers at Heart?

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Women today are confused about who they are called to be. If we feel called to be full-time mothers, society seems to dismiss us as vintage models, out of step with the modern feminist agenda. I know I often felt embarrassed because I did not have a real job as I mothered nine kids.

Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) had a lot to say about the nature of women. She was a Jewish German philosopher who converted to Catholicism, became a Discalced Carmelite nun, and died in the gas chambers of Auschwitz.

Initially, she struggled intellectually with the whole idea that women were different than men. In the end, instead of denying her gender, she looked to her body as the image of her soul. Katharina Westerhorstmann discusses Stein’s view of women in On the Nature and Vocation of Women: Edith Stein’s Concept against the Background of a Radically Deconstructive Position.

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'Blessed are you who are poor.' Sunday Reflections, 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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Christ Pantocrator, Cefalù Cathedral, Italy[Web Gallery of Art] 'Pantocrator' may be translated as 'Almighty' or 'All-powerful'.


Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA)
Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)
Gospel Luke 6:17, 20-26 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition)
Jesus came down with the twelve and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. Then he looked up at his disciples and said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
‘Blessed are you who are hungry now,for you will be filled.
‘Blessed are you who weep now,for you will laugh. ‘Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is …

Is Modern Parenthood as a human right? (Spanish) Ser padre hoy, ¿Es un derecho?

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LA FAMILIA CON HIJOS NATURALES, HIJOS DEL AMOR, HIJOS QUE SE ENGENDRAN CON BESOS Y CARICIAS Y YA NACIDOS SON LO MÁS SAGRADO Y LO MÁS AMADO… YA NOS SE LLEVA, YA ESTÁN FUERA DE LO NUEVO Y LO MONDERNO O POR LO MENOS VA DISMINUYENDO POR ESTA CORRIENTE DONDE SE PREFIERE HACER UNA GESTACIÓN SUBRAGADA QUE ES LA PRACTICA POR LA QUE UNA MUJER GESTA UN HIJO PARA OTRA PERSONA O PAREJA.



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Finding Goodness in a Divisive Society

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We live in such a divisive society, here in the United States, and around the world. Satan is hard at work pitting us against each other. He wants us to forget that we all come from the same Supreme Being. As adults, why is it so easy for us to quickly notice the differences of others, rather than common ground? We weren’t like that as children. When we were young, we simply played with anyone who would play with us. We found common ground in the love of “play,” in toys shared, and in having fun together. We need to find that goodness, once again – this time as adults. Finding goodness in a divisive society can be a challenge, but only if we let it. It all starts with our own attitude. Do we trust others, until they prove themselves untrustworthy, or is it the other way around? For example: Do others need to “prove themselves” in your eyes before you will trust them? If so, then you are looking for the “difference.” Do you follow the golden rule and treat others as you would like to …

Deciding How to Pick a Lenten Devotional Journal

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It's getting harder and harder to decide what to pick for my Lenten Devotional Journal. Who's with me? There are so many to choose from and not enough time to do it all. How do you decide? For me, there's the huge issue of "FOMO" (Fear of Missing Out); I see some that look really great on social media and I want to get them all. Unfortunately, Lent is only 40 days; last year it seemed to fly by. I wasn't ready for it to end because I enjoyed my Lenten journey.
Just a few short years ago I had trouble finding a Catholic Journal. There were plenty of Protestant Journals but none that were specific for Catholics. I think the first one I found was from Blessed is She. Now it seems like I get an offer for a different one every other day. Oh, sure, you can do your own journal by reading the Daily Mass Readings and writing down your thoughts (which is basically what I've started doing) but to me, Lent is different. I want a little more guidance during that litu…

‘Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!’ Sunday Reflections, 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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Miraculous Draught of Fishes, Raphael [Web Gallery of Art]

Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA)
Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)
GospelLuke 5:1-11 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition)
Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.’ When they had done this, they caught so many…