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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Media is Quick to Cast the First Stone



"Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone"
--John 8:7 NAB


This Bible verse has been swimming in my head lately. It seems that the media is ready to cast stones at the Catholic Church based on issues from the cleregy sex scandal to the Bishop's opposition to the Obama Health Care Bill. We need to remember the Church is the Bride of Christ. To attack the Church is to attack Jesus. Had he not suffered enough through his Passion and Crucifixion? Our duty as Christians is to spread the good news,  and take care of the Church.

The sex scandal is a horrible thing and no child should ever have to endure such evil. What is disturbing is this doesn't just happen with the Catholic Church. This happens in other groups, with other Christians, in our families, in other religous groups, etc. The group with the least occurance? Believe it or not - the Catholic Church. It is UNCOMMON in the church, but you would never believe it based on the news reports. 
To get a better perspective, check out these articles defending Mother Church:

Defense of Catholic Clergy 

and

Here Comes Everybody

These points reiterate the bible verse mentioned in the beginning of this post:  Let those who are without sin cast the first stone.  Instead of creating more problems, we should pray. Pray for the victims. Pray for the parish priests, pray for the clergy involved. God heals.  Yes - those involved in committing the crimes will be punished by the law - but even worse - they will have to face God with these sins. God is a loving God - and a just God. But what everyone involved needs is not MORE hurt - but more HEALING.  Rid yourselves of the stones and arm yourselves with prayer. It's much more effective.

God Bless.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Feast of Saint Joseph

On this feast of St. Joseph, the feast of the foster father of Jesus and a member of the Holy Family, America is battling laws on abortion. Is it fitting? Or is it a sign of hope from God? Only He knows this very minute.
Inspired by the world's events, I offer this prayer:

St. Joseph, pray for us.

St. Joseph, long ago you protected your son, Jesus, from the Slaughter of the Innocents. You risked your home and life in protection of your family and the Son whom God entrusted into your care.
Come to our aid now, where we are also facing the Slaughter of the Innocents. Protect our unborn children as you protected Jesus. Those who are lost in this battle, present them to our Lord to enjoy eternity forever. Guide decision makers and voters in choosing to respect life. I ask this through Christ our Lord, AMEN.

St. Joseph, pray for us.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fr. Frank Pavone's Prayer for our Nathon's Health Care Reform

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Prayer for our Nation's Health Care Reform



by Fr. Frank Pavone






Lord, Jesus, you are the Divine Physician,


And the source of all life and health.



Guide our nation at this critical moment,


As our government seeks health care reform.



Giver our elected officials the humility to know


That they are servants, not masters.


Give them the wisdom to realize


That every life has equal value.


Give them the strength to resist the idea


That some lives can be sacrificed to save others


Or that killing the unborn is a part of health care.




Give your people the courage to speak up


And to hold public officials accountable for their actions.



Save us, Lord Jesus, from a culture of death.


And let every reform in our public policy


Be based on the reform of our hearts and minds


In the light of your Gospel.


For you are Lord forever and ever. Amen



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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Divine Mercy Chaplet

One of my favorite devotions other than the Rosary and talking to God in my own words is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The prayer itself is miraculous. Of course it is - it was given to Saint Faustina from Jesus himself.   

One day, I was listening to EWTN Catholic Radio and the Divine Mercy Chaplet in song came on. It was and is the most beautiful song I've ever heard. It is produced by Trish Short and a sample of the song and a video can be found on www.divinemercyinsong.com

The images in the video were wonderful. Some brought me to tears, others brought great comfort. Viewing the short part of the video reminded me of what Jesus did for us. Who else would love us that much? If we, His people, really reflect on what Jesus did to save us from ourselves, we would detest all sin. From the most minor ones to the most serious.  

This Lenten season. let us reflect on what Jesus did for us. Let us remember it most when we are about to sin so that we can avoid that temptation. And while we're at it, we could always offer a chaplet. The greatest distraction from sin is prayer.




                                                    JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU!