Mary: Mediatrix? Isn’t Jesus the ONE Mediator?

July 31, 2009

Q. The Catholic Bible says there is but one mediator between God and man. But the church designates Mary as a mediator. Is this not adding to the Word of God.

A . Jesus is the ONE mediator between God and man. If a mother prays for a wayward son, she is mediating on behalf of that son. And if God hears her prayers, that does not detract from the mediation of Christ. And as she can pray for her son, the Mother of Christ and the saints can pray for us.

And when they do it, it is Jesus mediating for us, for it is Jesus in them Who is doing so. You lack understanding of Christian doctrine. Christians, whether in Heaven or on Earth, are the members of Christ. He identifies Himself with them.

When Saul persecuted the Christians, Jesus said to him, “Why do you persecute Me?” So, if the sufferings and persecutions of the saints are His sufferings; the intercession of the saints is another form of His intercession.

We Catholics believe in the Communion of the Saints; the common union of all saints in Christ. Protestants say that they believe in the Communion of Saints, but diligently exclude all actual union with them. Catholics at least are conscious of belonging to the great family of God’s children, and do not insist on being strangers to all with whom they will be associated in Heaven. (Radio Replies)

Q. That all seems reasonable but still, to me, it seems to oppose the spirit of the Gospel that proposes Christ as the only Mediator.

A. Christ is the one principal Mediator. But He Himself chooses to dispense His mediation through secondary agents.

There is but one Queen of England, but that does not deny the existence of officials to whom the royal power is delegated. If fifty officials act in the name of the Queen, that does not make fifty Queens. there is still only ONE QUEEN.

For instance, Christ delegated His power to Priests and, as the one Mediator, acts through many channels. St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Let a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ, and the dispensers of the mysteries of God.” I Cor. 4:1.


Ambrosian Rite

July 31, 2009

This came from an Italian website dedicated to the Ambrosian (Milanese) Latin Rite. I had no idea what it was all about so I enquired over at Catholic Answers Forums.

 

I am told: The flaming ball is lit during the feast of the patron saint and martyr. It is called ‘il faro” (the lighthouse???) It is a globe covered with a cotton fibers (decorated with cross, palms, and crown) and it is hung at the entrance of the presbiterium. It is the symbol of the life consumed by the love of Christ at the moment of martyrdom.

 

 

 

 

 


Blessed Michal Ozieblowski, July 31

July 31, 2009

Blessed Michal Ozieblowski

Blessed Michal Ozieblowski, Priest and Martyr
Izdebno, Poland, September 28, 1900 – Dachau, Germany, July 31, 1942

Michal Ozieblowski, priest of the Archdiocese of Warsaw, fell victim of the Nazis in the famous German concentration camp at Dachau. Pope John Paul II on June 13, 1999 raised him to the honors of the altar with 107 other victims of that persecution.

Roman Martyrology: Near Monaco of Bavaria in Germany in the prison camp at Dachau, Blessed Michael Oziębłowski, Priest and Martyr, who, deported to his faith in a foreign prison in Poland, his homeland, forced under an enemy of religion, brought to completion martyred under torture.

Source: Santi e Beati


The Cult of Personality

July 31, 2009

The Cult of Personality has struck again and I’m nervous. Obama is attempting to force through way too much legislation that nobody has read, reviewed or understands. I don’t want to be forced to die when someone decides I’m no longer necessary; on his staff is someone who at one time advocated forced sterilization even though that has already been ruled on by the courts and you can’t do it. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Sergio Pazo Cid, July 30

July 30, 2009

Blessed Pazo Cid Sergio

Blessed Sergio Pazo Cid, Salesian Priest and Martyr
Allariz, Spain, April 24, 1884 – Barcelona, Spain, July 30, 1936

Roman Martyrology: In Barcelona, Spain, Blessed Sergio Pazo Cid, a Priest of the Salesian Society and Martyr, who, during a time of persecution, died for his courageous witness of faith.

Born in Allariz (Orense) April 24, 1884. From the time he was small, he intuited his vocation. He did his seminary studies at Sarria (Barcelona), professing his vows in 1905. His was an exemplary life. All spoke of him with great respect and almost reverence for the goodness in everything he did. A tireless worker, he spent almost his entire life as a pastoral charge of Sarria. He was forced to leave his college in Sama July 22, 1936, sought refuge and was recognized and denounced. Stopped, he did not deny his condition: “Yes, I am a Salesian priest.” He was shot on July 30.

Beatified on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul II, together with 232 other Martyrs of the Diocese of Valencia.

Source: Salesians


Patriarch Kirill against Independent Ukraine Church

July 30, 2009

patriarch kirilWith regard to independent church in Ukraine, Patriarch Kirill says “I’m against it.”

By MARIA DANILOVA

The Associated Press

Monday, July 27, 2009; 1:06 PM

KIEV, Ukraine — The head of the Russian Orthodox Church rejected calls from Ukraine’s president to create a local Orthodox church that would be independent from Moscow, saying he firmly supports the status quo.

Patriarch Kirill arrived in Ukraine for a prolonged visit, which observers say is aimed at reasserting Moscow’s religious and political influence over this predominantly Orthodox nation of 46 million, which is trying to integrate with the West.

President Viktor Yushchenko has led a campaign to win recognition of a separatist church that broke away from the Moscow Patriarchate in the 1990s.

“The main aspiration of the Ukrainian people is to live in a united, self-governing Apostolic Orthodox church,” Yushchenko said in a speech, standing alongside Kirill.

Kirill was quick to stress that the dominant Orthodox church in Ukraine, which answers to Moscow, is the only legitimate church here.

“This church, Mr. President, already exists,” Kirill said. “If it didn’t exist today, Ukraine wouldn’t exist either.”

“But wounds have formed in this church and these wounds must be healed,” he said.

The two leaders made the statements after laying flowers at a memorial commemorating the victims of a 1932-33 famine that killed millions which was engineered by Soviet authorities to abolish private land ownership.

Yushchenko is also leading a campaign to win recognition of the famine as an act of genocide; Moscow counters that the campaign was not aimed specifically at Ukrainians.

Kirill said that he mourns the tragedy and prays for all those who perished, but stressed that other ethnic groups, including Russians, also suffered.

The Russian Orthodox Church, as well as the Kremlin, worry about losing dominance in Ukraine.

The mainstream, Moscow-aligned church claims about 28 million believers, while the separatist Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarchate claims about 14 million followers. Opinion polls show the splinter church’s popularity is growing.

Earlier Monday, Kirill led a service on St. Volodymyr Hill in central Kiev near the statue of Prince Volodymyr, who launched the Slavic world’s conversion to Christianity in 988. Kirill called for friendship, brotherhood and unity.

Yushchenko, who has sought to break free from Russia’s centuries-old political dominance and integrate with the European Union and NATO, has appealed to the spiritual leader of the world’s 250 million Orthodox believers, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, to recognize the separatist church.

Bartholomew, who visited Kiev last summer, has not given a clear response.

Kirill is to visit a number of Ukrainian cities during a prolonged visit that his office says is devoted strictly to pilgrimage. But observers note that his trips to such strongholds of pro-Russian support as the eastern coal-mining city of Donetsk and the port of Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula have clear political undertones.

Before Kirill led the prayers, a group of nationalist activists shouting “Moscow priest get out!” briefly scuffled with his supporters near the St. Volodymyr Hill. The scuffle was broken up by police.


Fundamenta Option Morality

July 29, 2009


Q. Isn’t it true that once we have chosen to follow God we cannot break off our relationship to him except by a direct and specific rejection of Him? For instance, we cannot commit a grave sin as long as we do not consciously say in our hearts, “I reject you God”.

A. That is not true. This error is strongly condemned in Pope John Paul II’s 1993,
The Splendor of Truth.
If we willfully and knowingly engage in a seriously sinful act, then we have deliberately disobeyed and indirectly rejected God.

CCC-1472 To understand this doctrine and practice of the Church, it is necessary to understand that sin has a double consequence. Grave sin deprives us of communion with God and therefore makes us incapable of eternal life, the privation of which is called the “eternal punishment” of sin. On the other hand every sin, even venial, entails an unhealthy attachment to creatures, which must be purified either here on earth, or after death in the state called Purgatory. This purification frees one from what is called the “temporal punishment” of sin. These two punishments must not be conceived of as a kind of vengeance inflicted by God from without, but as following from the very nature of sin. A conversion which proceeds from a fervent charity can attain the complete purification of the sinner in such a way that no punishment would remain.

CCC-1861 Mortal sin is a radical possibility of human freedom, as is love itself. It results in the loss of charity and the privation of sanctifying grace, that is, of the state of grace. If it is not redeemed by repentance and God’s forgiveness, it causes exclusion from Christ’s kingdom and the eternal death of hell, for our freedom has the power to make choices for ever, with no turning back. However, although we can judge that an act is in itself a grave offense, we must entrust judgment of persons to the justice and mercy of God.

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Witch Wanted: Apply at Wookey Hole Caves

July 29, 2009

I’d never before heard of Wookey Hole Caves, but apparently they need a new witch. I don’t know if the old one melted, went home to mother or appeared in a saucepan. I wonder who plays the abbot?

LONDON, England (CNN) — A wicked opportunity is brewing at Wookey Hole Caves in western England.

Aspiring witches audition for the job Tuesday at Wookey Hole Caves in England.

Aspiring witches audition for the job Tuesday at Wookey Hole Caves in England. Read the rest of this entry »


Second Somali suspect pleads guilty to aiding Terrorists

July 29, 2009

I was pleased to learn that both suspects have pleaded guilty to aiding terrorists; now if we only knew who funded them and recruited them. It’s like picking off the drug dealers and not knowing who they work for.

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Second Suspect pleads guilty to aiding Somali terrorists

Second terrorism suspect pleaded guilty today in Minneapolis.

osmanSalah Osman Ahmed

By JAMES WALSH, Star Tribune

Last update: July 28, 2009 – 4:14 PM

Salah Osman Ahmed, 26, pleaded guilty in federal court today to providing material support to terrorists, according to his attorney.

Ahmed, a part-time security guard from Brooklyn Park, is accused of traveling to Somalia in December 2007, allegedly to train with al-Shabaab, an Islamic militant group that federal officials say has links to al-Qaida. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed José Calasanz Marqués, July 29

July 29, 2009

Blessed José Calasanz Marqués

Blessed José Calasanz Marqués, Priest and Martyr
Huesca, November 23, 1872 – Valencia, July 29, 1936

Professed priest of the Salesian Society of Saint John Bosco, born in Azanuy (Huesca), Spain, November 23, 1872, died at the Bridge of St. Josephon the road to Valencia, Spain, July 29, 1936. He is buried at the cemetery Benimaclet in Valencia. Pope John Paul II beatified him on March 11, 2001 together with 232 other victims of the Spanish Civil War from the Diocese of Valencia. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed José Castell Camps, July 28

July 28, 2009

Blessed Jose Castell Camps

José Castell Camps, Salesian Priest and Martyr
Ciudadela, Minorca Island, Spain, October 12, 1902 – Barcelona, Spain, July 28, 1936

Roman Martyrology: In Barcelona, also in Spain, José Castell Camps, priest of the Salesian Society and martyr, through persecution earned his martyrdom with the glory of eternal life.

He was born in Ciudadela (Menorca) October 12, 1902, where he met the Salesians. He went with Campello (Alicante) and Carabanchel (Madrid) for his Salesian studies. His Religious profession was in 1918, his Ordination in 1927. In 1933 he was destined to the house of Tibidabo. In July of 1936, he saw them burn the temple, from a forest nearby, and went to Barcelona to seek refuge. On July 28 he was caught by a patrol of militiamen, questioned in front of another Salesian, and finally killed in the Stessanotte in a prison in Barcelona.

Beatified by Pope John Paul II, on March 11, 2001, together with 232 other Martyrs of the Diocese of Valencia, Spain, whose collective Feastday is on September 22.

Source: Santi e Beati


Speaking of Dairy Pilgrimages and The Pope

July 27, 2009

dairy cow

It belatedly occurred to me that Pope Benedict is on vacation. So what’s the point of going to Rome to see him? What were these dairy farmers thinking?


Idol Worship, Statues & the 2nd Commandment

July 27, 2009


Q. Why has the Catholic church changed the Second Commandment?…set no graven image before me nor the likeness thereoff? Is this , again, adding to the Word of God.

A. You have taken a phrase out of context from Exodus 20 and the Ten Commandments. Let’s take a look at the whole commandment first—in context. This is not adding to the Word of God. I will even put a Protestant version and a Catholic version here for you to compare. So that you can plainly see we are not adding or taking away anything from scripture. Since you used KJV I will too.

Protestant: King James Version Ex. 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God…

Catholic: Douay-Reims Version 3Thou shalt not have strange gods before me 4 Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth. 5Thou shalt not adore them, nor serve them: I am the Lord thy God, mighty, jealous..

As you can see the phrase, ” Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven image” is referring to the worship of an idol or statue. It absolutely cannot mean that all statues, of anything, are strictly forbidden in sacred places of worship. What IS forbidden is the worship of these statues. How can I be so sure? Because in the very same book, only five chapters later we find this:

Exodus 25: 18 And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover. 19 Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends. 20 The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover. 21 Place the cover on top of the ark and put in the ark the Testimony, which I will give you. 22 There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the Testimony, I will meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.

And where were these two cherubim placed? In the Holy of Holies! In the cult of Israel there was no place more sacred than the Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant was placed; the very seat of God Most High. And this was the express command of God. Therefore, we KNOW that statues were not forbidden, only and emphatically, their worship.

Later, in Solomon’s temple despite the 2nd Commandment:

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth”

As you can see below, the Temple was decorated with many different things in the likeness of things in Heaven and on Earth. The Jews clearly understood that the 2nd Commandment did NOT forbid the creation of art in the likeness of things in Heaven and Earth.

Deuteronomy 7:18 He made pomegranates in two rows19 The capitals … were in the shape of lilies, four cubits [l] high. 20 On the capitals of both pillars, a…were the two hundred pomegranates in rows all around. 22 The capitals on top were in the shape of lilies …24 Below the rim, gourds encircled it—ten to a cubit …25 The Sea stood on twelve bulls, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south and three facing east…. its rim was like the rim of a cup, like a lily blossom. …27 He also made ten movable stands of bronze; …between the uprights were lions, bulls and cherubim—and on the uprights as well. … 36 He engraved cherubim, lions and palm trees on the surfaces of the supports and on the panels, in every available space, with wreaths all around. 42 the four hundred pomegranates for the two sets of network (two rows of pomegranates for each network, decorating the bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars…44 the Sea and the twelve bulls under it …49 … the gold floral work and lamps and tongs;

The bulls are perhaps the most surprising given the Golden Calf incident in Exodus. But then again they were worshiping the Golden Calf. Catholics do not worship the statues and pictures in our churches or our homes. During all the long ages when most people could not read the Bible they could understand the language of art. The purpose of art in our Churches is instruction. They remind us of the people and events in scripture and Christian history.


Blessed Modesto Vegas Vegas, July 27

July 27, 2009

Blessed Modesto Vegas Vegas

Blessed Modesto Vegas Vegas, Priest and Martyr

La Serna, Spain, February 24, 1912 – Llisa of Amunt, Spain, July 27, 1936

Roman Martyrology: In the village of Llisa, at Barcelona in Spain, Bl Modesto Vegas Vegas, priest of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and Martyr, who in the persecution against the faith spilled his blood for Christ. Read the rest of this entry »


Deep In History Conference 2009, Columbus, OH – Mark Your Calendars!

July 27, 2009

Deep In History Conference 2009, Columbus, OH – Mark Your Calendars!

Since the Deep in History Conferences began we have journeyed together from the time of the Early Fathers to the beginning of the Catholic Church here in North America. October 23rd

2009 marks a new beginning in our journey to the past as the Deep in History Conference turns to the theme of the History of Catholic Doctrine.

Once again the focus of these weekends is to assist both Catholics and non-Catholics in their understanding what it means to be Deep in History, Deep in Scripture and Deep in Christ. In 2009, we will begin on the “rock” looking to understand the question of Authority: The Pillar and Bulwark. Read the rest of this entry »

North Korea Executes Christian Woman for Distributing Bible

July 26, 2009

Please pray for Ri Hyon Ok, executed for distributing the Bible, and her husband and children who have since been disappeared.

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Activists say North Korean woman publicly executed for distributing Bible
KWANG-TAE KIM , Star Tribune

SEOUL, South Korea – A Christian woman accused of distributing the Bible, a book banned in communist North Korea, was publicly executed last month for the crime, South Korean activists said Friday.

The 33-year-old mother of three, Ri Hyon Ok, also was accused of spying for South Korea and the United States, and of organizing dissidents, a rights group said in Seoul, citing documents obtained from the North. Read the rest of this entry »


Saint George Preca, July 26

July 26, 2009

St. George Preca

Saint George Preca, Priest
July 26
Valletta, Malta, February 12, 1880 – July 26, 1962

First Maltese Saint

He was born in Malta on February 12, 1880. As a child, according to the custom of the time, he was incorporated into the Carmelite Family through the imposition of the scapular. He was ordained a priest on December 22, 1906. In the early months of 1907 a small group of young people in their twenties gathered around him. Began as the Society of Christian Doctrine, known commonly Museum, initial letters of “Magister, utinam sequatur evangelium universus mundus” ( “Master, that the whole world follow the Gospel ‘), a work dedicated to education and religious education of children and of young people. Preca, as an adult, became a Carmelite Tertiary: July 21, 1918 then enrolled and professed his vows on September 26 the following year. When he professed, he chose the name of Franco. In 1952, as recognition of his tireless devotion to the disclosure of the Madonna del Carmine, he was affiliated with the Carmelite Order. He died July 26, 1962. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on May 9, 2001 in Malta and finally canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on June 3, 2007 in Rome. Read the rest of this entry »


Brothers and Sisters of Jesus

July 25, 2009


Q. Since Mary had other children, the brothers of Jesus, would they not be sinless also?

A. The brothers and sisters of Jesus are kinsmen of Jesus or else Joseph’s children by previous marriage.
They are not full siblings of Jesus. They are either cousins or step-siblings. Mary gave birth to only one child and remained a perpetual virgin. Even Martin Luther and John Calvin attest to this fact.

Even if Mary and Joseph had other children together, they would not have been sinless since Joseph was not sinless.

Q. Why was Joseph not sinless?

A. Joseph was not preserved from the stain of original sin by the power of God—Mary was.

Q. But, Mary came from the seed of David who himself was a sinner and murderer.

A. Mary was preserved from the sin of Adam
and her ancestor David by the power and miraculous intervention of God the Father at the first moment of her conception. She was free from all sin and a sin nature. Remember, both Adam and Eve were created immaculate also. They were not doomed to sin like all of us. They lost this great grace, the fullness of human perfection, when they chose to rebel against their God. So, they were unable to pass on the fullness of grace to their offspring.


Long-lost Mosaic Seraphim Uncovered at Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia

July 25, 2009

Note: Below image is the Archangel Gabriel, not one of the newly uncovered images.

GabrielOfficial: Long-lost mosaic seraphim uncovered at Istanbul’s Haghia Sophia

SUZAN FRASER, Star Tribune

ANKARA, Turkey – Restoration workers have uncovered a well-preserved, long-hidden mosaic face of an angel at the former Byzantine cathedral of Haghia Sophia in Istanbul, an official said Friday.

The seraphim figure — one of two located on the side of a dome — had been covered up along with the building’s other Christian mosaics shortly after Constantinople — the former name for Istanbul — fell to the Ottomans in 1453 and the cathedral was turned into a mosque. Read the rest of this entry »


Judge Dhimmi clears the so-called ‘Flying Imams’ to sue

July 25, 2009

I have a problem with this judge’s ruling; when the country is jittery and people go out of their way to make others nervous, which is what happened here, the police have an obligation to investigate. The only way to investigate without disrupting the civil aviation schedule in its entirety was to remove the men from the plane. Under the principle in which it’s illegal to shout “Fire” in a crowded theatre, it should also be illegal to take actions you know are going to scare others.

Additionally, threatening to add those who complained about the imams to the airlines employees to their lawsuit was a cheap ploy to intimidate the country at large. At least that part was quashed. Please join me in praying that the suit is dismissed.

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Imams’ suit cleared for trial

“Flying imams” claim their rights were violated.

By JAMES WALSH, Star Tribune

Last update: July 24, 2009 – 10:03 PM

In a strongly worded ruling, a federal judge on Friday cleared the way for a lawsuit by six Muslim men who claim they were falsely arrested on a US Airways jet in Minneapolis three years ago to move forward.

“The right not to be arrested in the absence of probable cause is clearly established and, based on the allegations … no reasonable officer could have believed that the arrest of the Plaintiffs was proper,” U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery ruled Friday. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Father Eduardo of Child Jesus (Farre), July 25

July 25, 2009

freduardo Blessed Eduardo of Child Jesus (Farre)

April 3, 1897 Torms, Lerida, Spain-July 25, 1936 Montcada, Spain

Parish priest of Santa Cruz Parish and Holy Family Parish Tucson, AZ, USA

Fr. Eduardo of the Child Jesus (Eduardo Farre Masip y Soler) was born April 20, 1897, in Torms in the Province of Lerida. The last-born of three, his mother died upon giving birth to him. He was known to be a very serious child and was not as playful as other children his age. It seemed that growing up without a mother’s love had affected him. This could have contributed to his introverted personality and character. His intelligence made him apt for studies. Read the rest of this entry »


Tractor Pilgrimage to Rome

July 24, 2009

I’m not sure why these farmers would go to Rome; the one who is supposedly Catholic doesn’t practice and the others aren’t Catholic at all. How can the Pope help?

Maybe there’ll be a follow-up article somewhere.

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TRACTOR PILGRIMAGE TO ROME

Dairy Farmers Place Faith in Pope

A quartet of German dairy farmers is on a pilgrimage to Rome — via tractor. With milk prices plummeting, the men have lost their faith in politicians. Instead they hope to gain an audience with Pope Benedict XVI. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Xavier (Javier) Piferer Bordas, July 24

July 24, 2009

Blessed Xavier (Javier) Piferer Bordas

Blessed Xavier (Javier) Piferer Bordas Salesian Priest and Martyr
July 24
San Pol de Mar, Spain, September 4, 1914 – Barcelona, Spain, July 23, 1936

Roman Martyrology: Still in Barcelona, Blessed Xavier Bordas Piferrer, religious of the Salesian Society and Martyr who, with his martyrdom witnessed the example of Christ’s life master.

He was born in San Poi de Mar (Barcelona) on September 24, 1914 to a deeply Christian family. His childhood was spent in a very Salesian lifestyle. For six years he studied at the College of Mataro. He took his Religious vows in 1932 and was sent to Rome to study philosophy at the Gregorian University. Together with Don Félix Vivet he went to Spain on holiday on July 17, 1936. In Sarria (Barcelona)he was surprised by the outbreak of civil war. On July 23, he tried to take refuge at a property his parents owned, but was recognized by some people; finding his passport and the identity card of a religious, he was shot on the spot.

He was Beatified on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul II, as one of the 201 Blessed Martyrs of Valencia, 42 of which were Spanish Salesians.

Source: Www.sdb.org


Confession to God Alone? Scripture Alone?

July 23, 2009

A discussion from a comment on the post Bare Minimum for Salvation

Lena: I just want to say that Jesus did in fact die for the sins of mankind. No matter what “works” you do it is not enough to get you into the kingdom.

BFHU: AMEN!

Lena: Thankfully though, there is hope and you can have that hope. God offers His grace as a gift for the taking, should you so choose to accept it. How do you accept this gift? You have to BELIEVE that Jesus died for you—and yes—He paid the WHOLE price!

BFHU: Protestants do not believe in the necessity of reparation for their sins. Therefore, they believe that every sinner, no matter how evil their past life will be saved and rewarded in Heaven exactly the same as a person who lived their whole life loving God and trying to please Him. The Catholic Church believes that the Death and Resurrection of Christ is all that is needed for every single human being to be saved, and make it to Heaven, if they will to be saved. Jesus opened the gates to Heaven which no mere human being is or ever was capable of doing. But, in justice, the goodness or the evilness of our lives WILL have consequences and these will be administered to us by the Justice and the Mercy of God. So it is worthwhile to do our best to live a holy life. So, we have nothing to fear but must commend ourselves into the loving hands of God. No matter how evil our life might be however, we can be saved by throwing ourselves upon the mercy of God, even with our last breath.

Lena: We have been bought with the blood of Jesus. How can you begin to believe? You can have faith by reading the Holy Bible—word for word (Romans 10:17).

BFHU: AMEN!

Lena: The Holy Word of God is ALL YOU NEED to know of His truth and of His gift of grace.

BFHU: The Sacred Scriptures are very precious indeed and full of Truth for Salvation. Protestants believe that all they need and should trust is what can be found in Sacred Scripture. They reject any religious teaching they cannot see in scripture. This is a very appealing doctrine because, if it is true ,then I have all I need right in black and white in my Bible. But, there is a problem that even Martin Luther, the founder of the Protestant sects found out about very early in the history of Protestantism. That problem is:

The words of scripture are not self interpreting.

If they were, everyone who ever read them would all come to exactly the same conclusion as to their meaning. However, after 500 years of Protestants believing that every individual is able, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to read Scripture and come to all truth, the fact is, there is NO UNITY. There are over 40,000 different Protestant denominations. And every single one of them proclaim their church to be led by the Holy Spirit. But, since God is not a God of confusion something is wrong.

1 Corinthians 14:33 for God is not a God of confusion but of peace

Either the Holy Spirit has been falling down on the job or the Protestant idea that each person can read the Bible and accurately interpret it is flawed.

Lena: If you choose to decide on accepting His gift of salvation, then you REPENT your sins to Him and to Him ONLY. It is, after all, a private matter that you take up with God. Its no body’s business what your sins are—NOBODY. God can hear you and He knows your heart—so if you are not sincere—He will know it (Acts 1:24).

BFHU: We of course believe that we must repent and turn away from sin in order to accept the gift of salvation as you explain. And there is no fooling God with insincerity. But we would have to disagree about confessing our sins to no one but God because i”t is a private matter.” This clearly contradicts sacred scripture.

James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another.

In the early church confession was made before the priest and the whole assembly. You really had to humble yourself. But, this was changed to confession privately to the priest to graciously accommodate those weaker souls with the graces of confession, who could not bring themselves to confess before the whole church. The priest, after all, was the one ordained by Jesus to hear confessions with the power to bind and loose in John 20.

John 20: 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Since it is impossible for a man, even though a priest of God Most High, to forgive or not forgive sin unless he actually hears the confession of sin the Catholic Church sees in this verse of Sacred Scripture the institution of the sacrament of confession.

Lena: And if anybody tells you that God cannot hear you, are themselves going against God—woe to them!. God can hear the prayer of one who wants to repent because it is HIS WILL that you ask for forgiveness (1 John 1:8-9).

BFHU: Amen!

Lena: This is about you and Him—so you need only to pray to HIM and no one else.

BFHU: This is true. We are not obligated to pray to the Saints to ask for their intercession.

Lena: Then go to a “bible following” church which has no doctrines other than following the Word of God and ONLY the Word of God.

BFHU: I know that Lena truly believes what she just said but is unaware of all that every Protestant church actually adopted from the Catholic Church with no questions asked. The table of contents for the New Testament was decided by the Catholic Church. The Doctrine of the Incarnation and the Doctrine of the Trinity was hammered out over centuries by the Catholic Church. The date to celebrate the “Sabbath “, Christmas, and Easter was decided by the Catholic Church.

Lena: Then out of obedience, get BAPTIZED. In baptism you are buried with Christ—when you come out of the water you are rising to a new life (Romans 6:4). You live for Him. The best way to thank Jesus for what He has done is to “serve” Him. And how does one serve our Lord? By doing “works” but this time, it will be under HIS grace through faith and in love with a willingness behind it. There is hope in Jesus.

BFHU: Amen!

Lena: The doctrines and Precepts of the Catholic Church are the doctrines of man. Thankfully, God did not write those doctrines.

BFHU: Well, we of course, believe that our Doctrines and Precepts were infallibly imparted by God through men, exactly as the sacred writing of Holy Scripture were the physical work of man by the infallible power of God. So, if God could write scripture using the hands of men He could write Doctrine and Precepts, Dogma and encyclicals all by the hands of mere men.

Lena: The doctrines of man will change as people and cultures change.

BFHU: This is absolutely true. The English Protestant Church in America (Anglican/Episcopalian) now ordains active homosexuals to their office of Bishop. Many Protestant denominations now ordain women under the pressure of our western culture and some even advocate and authorize homosexual “marriage”. Until the turn of the last century all Christians both Protestant and Catholic denounced contraception as evil. But, the same denomination that ordained a homosexual bishop, was the first to renounce this belief and give the A-OK to the use of contraception. As far as I know every single other Protestant denomination approves of artificial contraception.

It is only the Catholic Church that has not changed her doctrines to suit the prevailing winds of culture for 2000 years. Protestant churches do change. The reason they don’t think they do is because when their church starts going down the road of accommodating the culture and compromising Truth, a remnant will leave the decadent church and start a new one. But, because there is no final authority that speaks for God it is just a matter of time before the new and faithful church will be corrupted by Our Enemy. But Jesus promised that the Gates of Hell would not overcome His Church-The Catholic Church.

Lena: God however, is the same today as He was yesterday, and He will be the same tomorrow. Thats why you can count on HIS WORD—IT NEVER CHANGES.

BFHU: Amen! Thank you .


Keith Ellison’s trip to Mecca paid for by Muslim Group

July 23, 2009

Keith Ellison didn’t disclose the cost of his trip to Mecca last year, since it was a “private” trip; now we learn it was paid for by a Muslim nonprofit that is being sued by the ACLU and should’ve been disclosed as a gift to a public official. It wasn’t a private trip at all. The GOP is calling for him to apologize, pay for it and disclose the cost. Because the provider of the trip receives state funding, it is especially important to have full disclosure. Non-profits pay for congressional trips because they expect to benefit in some fashion.

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Islamic nonprofit paid for Rep. Ellison’s pilgrimage to Mecca

The cost of his Mecca trip was covered by a group that got taxpayer funds in a rental arrangement for TiZA school.

By KEVIN DIAZ, Star Tribune

Last update: July 22, 2009 – 6:51 AM

WASHINGTON – Days after his return from an unannounced pilgrimage to the Islamic holy site of Mecca, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison talked about it as a transformational personal experience, saying “I didn’t want to turn it into a politics thing.”

Nearly eight months later, the Minneapolis DFLer faces a House Ethics Committee review of his decision to keep the trip’s costs under wraps — even though it was paid for by a local Islamic nonprofit and typically would be reported as a gift to a public official. Read the rest of this entry »


One Year Ago: Eritrea: Christian Woman In Prison Dies Of Malaria

July 23, 2009

ERITREA: CHRISTIAN WOMAN IN PRISON DIES OF MALARIA – Weakened by torture, Azib Simon succumbs to disease only a week after contracting it.

LOS ANGELES, July 23 (Compass Direct News) – Imprisoned and tortured for her Christian faith since December, 37-year-old Azib Simon died of malaria in Eritrea’s Wi’a Military Training Center last week. Weakened by ongoing torture, sources said, Simon contracted malaria only a week before she died. Christians in the prison are rarely given medical attention, and the sources said authorities refused to provide treatment for Simon’s malaria. She had attended the Kale-Hiwet Church in Assab, one of the independent evangelical churches that have been targeted by the country’s Marxist-leaning authoritarian regime. She was held at the notorious Wi’a Military Training Center, 20 miles south of the Red Sea port of Massawa, since her arrest in December 2007. On June 8 Compass learned that eight Christian brothers held at the Adi-Quala prison were taken to the medical emergency facilities as a result of torture by military personnel at the camp. Simon’s death makes a total of five Christians whom Compass has confirmed have died in Eritrean prisons after being tortured for refusing to recant their faith.


Blessed Vasil Hopko, July 23

July 23, 2009

Blessed Vasil Hopko

Blessed Bishop Vasil Hopko Greek-Catholic martyr
July 23
Hrabske (Bardejov), April 21, 1904 – Prešov (Slovakia), July 23, 1976

Born of poor family, he decided to enter the seminary in 1923. He was ordained a priest by the Greek-Catholic Bishop of Presov on February 3, 1929. He graduated in theology in 1940 he was ordained as a bishop on May 11, 1947. Between 1950 and 1964, he was jailed by the Communist regime, undergoing torture. After his release, despite the precarious state of his health, Hopko actively contributed to the renewal of the Greek-Catholic Church. He died on July 23, 1976.
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St John Lloyd, July 22

July 22, 2009

Saint John Lloyd

St John Lloyd Priest and Martyr
July 22
+ Cardiff, Wales, 22 July 1679

Roman Martyrology: At Cardiff, Wales, Saint John Lloyd, priest and martyr, who under King Charles II was hanged for having exercised the priesthood in his homeland.

He was a native of Brecknockshire and belonged to an ancient Welsh family, very little information is available about his life. We do know that he entered the English College in Valladolid, Spain, in1649, under the fictitious name of Floyd, where he received the sacred order on July 7, 1653 (cf. Bnglish Registers of the College at Valladolid 11589-1862, ed. E. Henson, London 1930, p. 164). He studied philosophy and theology, and was immediately launched on a mission to England, so he returned on April 17, 1654, going to his native Wales, whhere, for almost twenty-five years he continued his activities. We don’t have much information abou his missionary work or the circumstances of his capture, which occurred on the end of 1678 in the house of Turberville at Penllyne in the county of Glamorgan.

St. John Lloyd is one of the many victims of the merciless persecution caused by the alleged Papist plot conceived by the evil English adventurer Titus Oates. Locked in a secret castle of Cardano for over five months before the persecutors were able to induce someone to testify against him, he was finally tried on May 5, 1679, and declared guilty of high treason to be ordained a priest abroad and have practiced at home the functions of the ministry against the prohibition of the law then in force, thus condemned to death by hanging and subsequent rendering. The execution of the sentence, however, was held over two and a half months later, in Cardiff on July 22, 1679. Before being executed, Saint John Lloyd, exposed the real reasons for their deaths in a short speech, the text of which is reported by R. Challoner (see op. Cit.).

Beatified by Pope Pius XI on 15 December. 1929 (cf. AAS, XXII [1930], p. 18, n. CXLVI), St. John Lloyd is commemorated July 22, together with the Jesuit Priest, Philip Evans who was captured shortly before he was and met the same fate.

Canononized on October 29, 1970 by Pope Paul VI, as one of 40 Martyrs of England and Wales.

Source: Santi e Beati


La Trappe – Isid’or; Drink Beer for a Good Cause

July 21, 2009

While I’m not a beer drinker myself, I know that beer is important to many others. Check out The Catholic Spirit’s interview of Father Isaac Majoor, prior of the Abbey of Our Lady of Konings­hoeven in The Netherlands, which took place at The Happy Gnome.

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Mary Can’t Hear Your Prayers

July 21, 2009


NAV: Prayer is only to be directed to our God, who can listen and hear my prayer…

BFHU: Could you please support this with Scripture?

NAV: If we pray to Mary at the same time at different parts of this world do you think she could hear us?… only God could hear us all at the same time anywhere, any place in this universe for our God is all present all at the same time… Can Mary or any other saint do that?…

BFHU: Not by their own power. But God could make it possible for them.

NAV: they are not God but just man a sinful man like you and me…

BFHU: True we know they are human and not divine. And yes, of course, the Saints did sin, some more than others, except Mary who was free from all sin from the first moment of her conception.

NAV: we have already a mediator between man and God that is Jesus Christ who died for us,

BFHU:
Then do you think asking friends to pray for you is wrong? If asking Mary and the Saints to pray for us makes them other mediators then anyone who prays for us is also another mediator. And yet scripture commands us to pray for one another. So, I would like to suggest that intercessory prayer is not a form of mediation that would somehow usurp the uniqueness of Christ being The One Mediator between God and men.

NAV: So our prayer or anything we will ask should and should only be directed directly to Jesus Christ our God and redeemer alone, and to no one for He has not commanded us to do so..

BFHU:
I would have to see where God has commanded us Not to ask for the intercessory prayer of the Saints in Sacred Scripturre. Actually, He has, in fact, commanded us to pray for one another. And the Saints in Heaven and on Earth and in Purgatory are all a part of the Body of Christ. And we all commune with each other through our prayers. We don’t “pray” to them as gods but as brothers and sisters in Christ.

NAV: But to Him alone we ask or pray… For our God is a jealous God He want all our prayer to be directed only to Him alone not to Mary or to any other saint or person whom He has just created…

BFHU: Scripture support, please?

NAV: Regarding, James instructing us to pray for one another the instruction is for a live person not dead …

BFHU: True, I guess the difference between Protestants and Catholics is that we don’t see our Saints as dead but alive in Christ and in Heaven. Only their bodies are dead but their souls are very much alive.

NAV: (prayers of a righteous man avails much) because it avails much and we ask it thru Jesus’ name as Jesus instructed us to ask anything in His name it shall be given… And not thru Mary’s name because she is not God and can do nothing to hear us or intercede in behalf of us…

BFHU: We only ask Mary and the Saints to pray FOR us. We don’t ask our prayers in the name of Mary or in the name of St. Francis. We ask in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And because of the heroic virtue of Mary and the Saints, we know they are righteous and that their prayers avail much. This is why we ask for their intercession.


Saint Arbogast, July 21

July 21, 2009

St. Arbogast

Saint Arbogast, Bishop
July 21
m. About 600

Roman Martyrology: In Strasbourg in Burgundy, Saint Arbogast, Bishop.

Ireland and Scotland compete for being designated as the birthplace of this saint who lived in the sixth century, even if the name Arbogast suggests rather an origin Aquilana or French. The rest of his life has come down to us through his “Life” largely legendary, done by his successor on the Episcopal chair, which seems to have some historical basis. But its existence and the reputation of the manufacturer of churches that are spread about him are attested by the detection of some bricks bearing an engraving of the name of Arbogast.

Since its the holy country, he therefore moved to Alsace to devote himself to the hermitic life; according to tradition, he resurrected a young prince, the son of King Dagobert, who was killed during a hunt, which took place near his cell. The king, full of gratitude to the saint, then appointed him bishop of Strasbourg. Undertaking the construction of the first Cathedral of the city, Arbogast then devoted his whole life to the care of the portion of the People of God entrusted to become unparalleled example of humility. He was always traditionally given the will to be buried in a hillside intended only for criminals. His desire was fulfilled when he died around 660 and this was followed by the construction of a church.

Saint Arbogast is revered as the main patron of the diocese of Strasbourg, as well as Co-patron of some nearby cities. He is also called on for relief in moments of fatigue.

Source: Santi e Beati


Jean Dixon, Devout Catholic? I don’t think so!

July 21, 2009

Jean_DixonJean Dixon

Famed Astrologer and Seer. Dead for several years but her things are up for auction. The Washington Post has an article alleging she was a devout Catholic. How could she have been when the First Commandment, You Shall Worship The Lord Your God And Him Only You Shall Serve, leaves no wiggle room? In case that isn’t clear, it’s spelled out in the Third Commandment; You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me, which rules out all forms of Divination including Horoscopes as they’re a subset of Astrology, which is proscribed together with palm reading, mediums, clairvoyance and any other form of divination. Your Examination of Conscience, may list these sorts of activities may under the First Commandment.

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Prophet Margin

Karma For Sale: Auctioning Jeane Dixon’s Possessions

Sloans & Kenyon Auctioneers and Appraisers are holding an auction of the possessions of noted Washington psychic Jeane Dixon, who died in 1997. Hundreds of items will be auctioned, including Dixon’s jewelry, furniture, crystal ball and Mike the Magicat’s wardrobe.

Of course you are dying to see Jeane Dixon’s crystal ball first. And here it is. It made the trip to the auction house in someone’s lap and then was placed in an illuminated vitrine for safekeeping. It was the celebrated seer’s most powerful tool, or prop, if you don’t believe in soothsaying, astrology and other hocus-pocus.

But so many do believe, and that’s why we’re here at Sloans & Kenyon Auctioneers and Appraisers in Chevy Chase, watching them sort through 500 boxes of Dixon’s worldly (and otherworldly) possessions, which just arrived on five trucks.

Dixon, who died in Washington in 1997, was at one time the most celebrated psychic in America, if not the English-speaking world. She was also a fixture in Washington, a grand doyenne who corresponded with presidents and was one of Nancy Reagan’s astrologers. She grew wealthy as a nationally syndicated columnist and author of seven books. Her most famous prediction was the assassination of John F. Kennedy. (Okay, she also said that we would be in World War III with China in 1958 and that we’d have a female president by now.)

On July 26, virtually everything the prognosticator owned in her Dupont Circle townhouse will be sold to the highest bidder. After a five-day exhibition starting Tuesday, all of the items — Dixon’s 19th-century alms box, files of typed transcripts of her visions, her Chanel hats, 80 pieces of furniture and her 1993 datebook filled with celebrity birthdays and astrological notations — will be sold to the highest bidder.

“This discovery is fused with spiritual essence,” says Stephanie Kenyon, president of the auction house, sounding a bit like Emma Thompson as Sybil Trelawney, the divination teacher from the “Harry Potter” movies. Kenyon has spent 32 years in the auction business, sorting through possessions of Washington’s rich and famous and not-so-famous. For this sale she didn’t just hope the stars would align — she researched the most auspicious date to hold it.

“We are supposed to be levelheaded people,” she says, “but we have to get into the spirit of this.”

The auction is likely to bring out antique collectors and bidders who want a piece of anything Dixon may have touched, whether a cat show ribbon, a Victorian chair or a creepy, enormous, 18th-century Italian gilded mirror with two carved satyrs with cloven feet.

Kenyon points out a navy parasol with a silver handle engraved with Dixon’s name.

“Let’s not polish it,” she instructs her staff. “We may wipe away some of her karma.”

Dixon kept everything. There are several letters from Ronald Reagan to Dixon and her husband, James, a Washington real estate executive who died in 1984, plus books, letters and telegrams from Billy Graham, Brigitte Bardot, Betty Ford, John Glenn, Joan Crawford, Richard Nixon and Harry Truman. There is a framed copy of a 1991 Senate roll-call vote on the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with a cryptic notation, “Dear Mrs. Dixon, Wow. You hit it right on the head. Many heartfelt thanks. Love, J.P.”

“It seems like the whole world was consulting her,” Kenyon says.

Dixon died of a heart attack at either 79 or 93, depending on whom you believe. She had no children. Many of her possessions ended up with Washington investor and banker Leo M. Bernstein. In 2002, he put them on display at the Jeane Dixon Museum and Library in Strasburg, Va., which he founded. Bernstein, who had a yen for psychic phenomena himself and happened to be Dixon’s banker, died last year. Members of Bernstein’s family involved in his arts and history foundation, in consultation with Dixon’s own children’s foundation, decided to sell her possessions, according to Kenyon.

Dixon’s spirit seems to be everywhere in the auction house. A life-size portrait of the psychic oversees the staff as they treasure-hunt through boxes, unpacking and cataloguing items. Early on, they unearthed a mother lode of religious/mystical ephemera tied up with scapulars between the mattress and box spring in Dixon’s own bed — which she said was owned by Empress Eugénie of France — where she experienced some of her famous visions. Tucked in the bundle: a dried rose from Fátima, the Portuguese city famous as the site of religious visions; a document in Latin folded around a religious relic; and a white handkerchief with an embroidered cat and hieroglyphic-type symbols.

Dixon, who was born in Wisconsin, was a child when she was told by a Gypsy (of course) that she had amazing patterns in her palms. She shared her psychic visions and telepathic messages with a vast public. In 1956, she was quoted by Parade magazine as saying a tall, blue-eyed young Democrat with thick brown hair would be elected president in 1960, and would die in office. Dixon insisted that she told her interviewer that the president would be assassinated but that detail was withheld.

Her fame was sealed when Kennedy was shot. Ruth Montgomery’s 1965 biography of Dixon, “A Gift of Prophecy,” sold more than 3 million copies. A household name in the 1960s and 1970s, Dixon was an afternoon talk show regular. Her annual predictions on Dolly, Burt and Jackie were splashed across tabloids and digested over breakfast.

Thirty years ago, she predicted that Prince Charles would have a long wait before he became king. In 1981, she annoyed Sissy Spacek by predicting the actress would give birth to a baby girl the following year. Spacek retorted that she would make that decision, “not Jeane Dixon.” Spacek gave birth to a daughter in July 1982.

The sale has Sloans & Kenyon cranking. Bean, a 27-pound Maine coon cat, was brought in to model the chunky rhinestone collar of Dixon’s mystical pet “Mike the MajiCat” for the $15 auction catalogue. Document consultant Dale Sorenson is sifting through boxes labeled “Dog Horoscopes” and “Nostradamus.” He’s found a Playboy magazine tagged for Dixon to use in trying to figure out where Jimmy Hoffa was buried. The Dickensian warren of storage rooms is bursting with her Bob Mackie sequined evening gown in what looks like a size 2; books on astronomy and paranormal studies, files of fan mail; and Laura Ashley bed linens. Dixon’s personal desk, an oak Renaissance-style model, is said by those in the supernatural know to be “pulsating with energy.”

Dixon was a devout Catholic who worshiped at St. Matthew’s Cathedral downtown. She amassed Madonnas, busts of cardinals and a curious plastic bottle of holy water from San Damiano, Italy, with a taped handwritten label: “the most powerful water the earth has ever seen.” (It also warns you to say three Hail Marys before giving it to anyone.)

Some of Kenyon’s employees are having fitful nights after hours of unwrapping unicorns, candelabra and tangled rosaries. “I had a dream about wars and natural disasters,” says Lisa Jones, director of silver and decorative arts, as she unpacks another porcelain cherub.

Not all items are from another plane, such as the Dortmunder beer glasses and hideous hand-knitted afghan. Much of that will be sold in box lots. Kenyon declines to put a price estimate on Dixon’s primary crystal ball (there are several others), but thinks it will get a lot of action. She says the 376 lots might normally be worth $100,000 to $200,000, but it’s difficult to determine how much Dixon’s provenance could add.

She isn’t making predictions about what the most coveted Dixonalia will turn out to be, but says, “I trust she will direct the items to the proper buyer.”


Saint Apollinare, July 20

July 20, 2009

Saint Apollinaire July 20JPGSaint Apollinare of Ravenna, Bishop and Martyr
July 20
ca. II-III century

Saint Apollinare, a native of Antioch, became a Bishop in the imperial city of Ravenna, perhaps instructed by the apostle St. Peter, of whom we’re told he was a disciple. He devoted himself to the work of evangelization of the Emilia-Romagna, finally to die as a martyr. The Basilica of Saint Apollinare in Class and Saint Apollinare’s New Basilica have passed to memories. His cult spread quickly, however, beyond the city limits. The pontiffs Simmaco (498-514) and Honorius I (625-638) promoted its to Rome, while the ex-king Clovis dedicated a church to him at Dijon. In Germany,his cult was probably spread by the Benedictine monasteries, and Camaldolese Avellana. A church was also dedicated to him in Bologna in the Palazzo del Podestà, but since it was demolished in 1250, Cardinal Lambertini dedicated an altar in the cathedral town. Saint Apollinare is considered the patron saint of the city where he was the first pastor, and the region Emilia-Romagna. Read the rest of this entry »


Episcopal Bishops May now Bless Gay Unions

July 20, 2009

Speaking of inclusiveness…won’t this lead to more divisiveness? If people were upset at the gay bishop, won’t they be more upset at the gay blessings? Especially since they may create liturgy for gay marriages, which should be  simple; revise their existing marriage formula so instead of  man/woman, it could merely indicate man/woman; man/man; woman/woman and the minister would choose which to use based on who he was blessing or “marrying.”

It seems absurd, when gays call for equality, that a religious group would create a special gay liturgy; that indicates that gays don’t want equality, they want to be more equal. Hello, Animal Farm? Some animals are more equal.

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Pope Preaches in Public after breaking wrist

July 19, 2009

You didn’t think a little thing like a broken wrist would slow him down, did you? Please join me in praying that Pope Benedict may heal easily and remain in good health.

The pope celebrates mass with his broken wrist in plaster.

ROME, Italy (CNN) — Pope Benedict XVI preached and greeted well-wishers Sunday, three days after breaking his wrist in a fall. Read the rest of this entry »


The “New ” Dogma of the Immaculate Conception

July 19, 2009


J: First of all my friend, I am not anti_Catholic. The word is a bit harsh as it forments hatred, but let me assure you that i am not an anti-Catholic. My wife in fact is a Catholic.

BFHU: I apologize, I did not in any way mean to imply that you were anti-Catholic. And I also did not mean anti Catholic people but people who are anti-the-Catholic-Church. They truly believe the Catholic Church is leading people astray and they trust the misinformation they have been taught about the Catholic Church without making sure it is true.

The errors of the “Reformation” had begun to confuse the faithful to such an extent that the declaration of the Immaculate Conception of Mary needed to be clearly and finally proclaimed. So this was done in 1859 in oppostition to the heresy that Mary was a sinner.

J: the basis of the “Reformation” movement is only the Bible. So are you saying that the Bible has erred in its teaching as this has confused the Catholic faithful?

BFHU: Not at all. Protestant interpretation of the Bible is in error. And based on these errors the Catholic Faithful became confused so the Church clearly states what is to be believed by Catholic Christians based on the authentic and historic Christian Faith. This is especially true in England and America where the culture has been more influenced by Protestantism than by Catholicism.

For instance, it has always been believed that marriage is between one man and one woman. We have no dogma on this but it is foreseeable that in the not too distant future we may need to make a dogmatic declaration of this doctrine because of the confusion our culture is injecting into the minds and hearts of the faithful. The date of that dogmatic declaration, if it becomes necessary, will not be the date it was first believed that marriage is between a man and a woman, but the date it was dogmatically defined. There is a big difference.

J: marriage between man and woman only is emphatically taught by the Scriptures as the only way to go.

BFHU: Yes you are correct it is clearly taught in scripture. But we are beginning to have Protestant churches accepting homosexual marriage. And the whole culture is pressing towards this acceptance by everyone. Many people of good will become confused by the cultural assertions of discrimination and unfairness and begin to wonder if maybe the Bible is wrong or the Church’s teaching is wrong. The English Protestant Church in America (Episcopalian) ordained an active homosexual a bishop!

J. Marriage between a man and a woman in the Biblical context, is a dogma.

BFHU:I agree it must be believed but a dogma in the Catholic Church is a juridical proclamation from the Holy See. It is more than just an interpretation of Sacred Scripture. It has more authority because it comes from the official and final teaching of the Church.

J. It is unbelievable that the Catholic church does not have any stand on this yet… that marriage is only between a man and a woman

BFHU: You are misunderstanding me. The Catholic Church does have a stand on this and has always had a stand on it. The Catholic Church has always taught that marriage is between a man and a woman. This has never been seriously questioned for 2000 years of the Church’s existence. But, today, that is no longer the case. Our culture is mounting an aggressive attack upon this belief. And they are making headway among those without faith, which is not as surprising as the fact that they are beginning to convince or at least confuse many people who are Christian. If this heresy begins to make serious inroads of confusion and acceptance among the baptized THEN the Church will issue the teaching as a DOGMA. This makes the teaching absolute, binding, forceful, with no more debate or calling it into question by anyone who is a faithful Catholic.

The purpose of defining a teaching or belief as a dogma of the faith is NOT to propose something new, or change anything at all. Its purpose is to END HERESY.

J: Again, this is not an apple to apple comparison, marriage between man and woman is scriptural while immaculate conception is not.

BFHU: I was not saying the two teachings were equivalent scripturally. I was trying to use a modern example to explain why Catholic teachings are made dogmatic at dates late in history. The immaculate conception of Mary had always been a tenent of the Historic Christian Faith. But when the heresy first arose that Mary was a sinner (1500’s) the Church did nothing. But after the heresy had been around for 300 years the Catholic Faithful were beginning to fall prey to this heresy and so in 1859 the Catholic Church dogmatically defined the Immaculate Conception of Mary once and for all.

The Doctrine of the Holy Trinity was defined as Dogma at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. Nearly 300 years after Jesus died. The Church did not invent the Doctrine of the Trinity , for the very first time, at the Council of Nicea. The Church made it a Dogma and clearly defined it in response to the Arian heresy that denied the divinity of Christ. It was not a new belief; it was defined dogamatically to stem the tide of heresy.


Episcopal Church looking to Lead Through Inclusivity

July 19, 2009
The Episcopal church is trying to replace the conservative membership that bailed out, by becoming more inclusive and more liberal.  Their chief bishop is a woman, and they are now open to openly gay bishops.  Because Gene Robinson, the existing openly gay bishop is in a relationship, it appears that bishops may be in relationships, whether or not they’re married.
In contrast, the Catholic and Orthodox churches limit the Episcopacy to celibate men; while in the Orthodox Church and in some Eastern Catholic Churches, married men may be ordained, in none of those Churches may married men become Bishops, nor may priests get married.
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Pared-Down Episcopal Church looking to lead through ‘Inclusivity’
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
Published: July 18, 2009

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Episcopal Church is betting its future on the hope that there are more young people out there like Will Hay.

Mr. Hay, 17, was one of the youngest voting delegates at the church’s 10-day triennial convention, which ended Friday. He has stuck with his church, even when the priest and most of the parishioners in his conservative San Diego parish quit the Episcopal Church two years ago in protest of its liberal moves, particularly the approval in 2003 of an openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson. Mr. Hay has helped rebuild his parish, which was left with 48 people and has since drawn nearly 100 new members. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Father Lucas of St. Joseph (Tristany), July 19

July 19, 2009

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Blessed Father Lucas of St. Joseph (Tristany), O.C.D.

First Pastor of Holy Family Parish, Tucson, Arizona, USA

December 14, 1872 Su, Lerida- July 20, 1936 Barcelona

Fr. Lucas of St. Joseph (José Tristany Pujol) was born on December 14, 1872. He was only six months old when his father died. It became such a hardship that his mother, Rosa, had to ask her older sons and daughter to live on their own. She took with her the two younger boys to live near a hermitage on the estate called Saint Justin. Read the rest of this entry »


On Politicians, Then and Now

July 19, 2009

The Digital Hairshirt posted something that should frighten us all. Pray for our poor, deluded country.

Who Am I?

I was born in one country, raised in another. My father was born in another country. I was not his only child. He fathered several children with numerous women.
I became very close to my mother, as my father showed no interest in me. My mother died at an early age from cancer. Later in life, questions arose over my real name. My birth records were sketchy and no one was able toproduce a legitimate, reliable birth certificate.
I worked and lived among lower-class people as a young adult, disguising myself as someone who really cared about them. That was before I decided it was time to get serious about my life and I embarked on a new career.
I wrote a book about my struggles growing up. It was clear to those who read my memoirs that I had difficulties accepting that my father abandoned me as a child.
I became active in local politics in my 30′s then with help behind the scenes, I literally burst onto the scene as a candidate for national office in my 40s. They said I had a golden tongue and could talk anyone into anything.
I had a virtually non-existent resume, little work history, and no experience in leading a single organization. Yet I was a powerful speaker and citizens were drawn to me as though I were a magnet and they were small roofing tacks. I drew incredibly large crowds during my public appearances. This bolstered my ego.
At first, my political campaign focused on my country’s foreign policy…… I was very critical of my country in the last war and seized every opportunity to bash my country. But what launched my rise to national prominence were my views on the country’s economy. I pretended to have a really good plan on how we could do better and every poor person would be fed and housed for free. I knew which group was responsible for getting us into this mess. It was the free market, banks, and corporations. I decided to start making citizens hate them and if they were envious of others who did well, the plan was clinched tight.
I called mine “A People’s Campaign” and that sounded good to all people. I was the surprise candidate because I emerged from outside the traditional path of politics and was able to gain widespread popular support. I knew that, if I merely offered the people ‘hope’, together we could change our country and the world.
So, I started to make my speeches sound like they were on behalf of the downtrodden, poor, ignorant, and to include”persecuted minorities”. My true views were not widely known and I kept them unknown, until after I became my nation’s leader.
I had to carefully guard reality, as anybody could have easily found out what I really believed, if they had simply read my writings and examined those people I associated with. I’m glad they didn’t. Then I became the most powerful man in the world. And the world learned the truth.
Who am I?
ADOLF HITLER
WHO WERE YOU THINKING OF?
Scary isn’t it?

(Thanks to Buzz Bannister’s friend, Erick)


Proper attire for a Vatican Visit

July 18, 2009

While it’s unlikely that anyone these days can compete with Jackie Kennedy, who wore a floor-length gown to the Vatican, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s wife dressed well, though I’m not excited about the Babushka look! Following you will find an article on proper attire for your Vatican visit, from Catholic News Service.

Canadian Prime Minister and Pope

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen with Pope Benedict XVI Read the rest of this entry »


Pierluigi Molla, son of St. Gianna Beretta Molla to visit the Cathedral/Shrine of St. Paul on Aug. 3.

July 18, 2009

Five Bob to the Vicar.

Son of Italian saint is coming next month to St. Paul
By The Catholic Spirit
Thursday, 16 July 2009
The public is invited to a presentation next month at the Cathedral of St. Paul by Pierluigi Molla, son of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, who was canonized in 2004.

News Notes


The Catholic Spirit Staff

Afterward, attendees will have an opportunity to venerate a third-class relic of the saint. Pierluigi Molla’s presentation is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3. The St. Paul and Minneapolis Guild of the Catholic Medical Association, the cathedral and the archdiocesan Office for Marriage, Family and Life are sponsoring the event. Read the rest of this entry »


Saint Simon of Lipnicza, July 18

July 18, 2009

Saint Simon of Lipnica

Saint Simon of Lipnica

1437, Lipnica, Murowana, Malopolskie, Poland-July 18, 1482, Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland

Simon early felt drawn to religious life. After hearing a sermon by Saint John Capistran, he joined the Franciscan Friars Minors (Observants). Priest. Known as a powerful preacher. He died tending the sick during a plague epidemic.

He was Beatified on February 24, 1685 (cultus confirmed) by Blessed Pope Innocent XI and re-confirmed on 20 December 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI.

He was Canonized on June 3, 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI at Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy

Additional Information
15th-Century Franciscan to Be Canonized
Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
For All The Saints, by Katherine Rabenstein
Kirken i Norge - norwegian
Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson

Source: Saints


Dogma of the Immaculate Conception

July 17, 2009


Jeronie: I appreciate your response. However, I have some comments as well.
First, the Bible prophesied that the Messiah shall come from the line of David,
which means Mary could have been a distant relative of David. Now take note that
David has once been an adulterer and murderer, in short he has sinned.
Therefore, if Mary came from the line of David then perhaps she too is a sinner
as we all have inherited the sins of our fathers.

BFHU And she certainly would have been a sinner if God had not saved her from inheriting the fallen human nature of Adam at her conception. It is only by this saving before sin and graces all through her life that she was able to live a sinless life. It was all by the power and grace of God and her cooperation with the graces she received.

Another thing is that the
dogma of “Immaculate Conception” was solemnized by Pope Pius IX on December 8,
1854. My question is, why was it declared that time only? Isn’t it too late to
declare such doctrine you suppose is so important to you? Where was that dogma
based?


It was not first invented at that time as many anti-Catholics want to claim. It was always believed as historical fact. It was solemnly declared to be dogma because the errors of the “Reformation” had begun to confuse the faithful to such an extent that the declaration needed to be clearly and finally proclaimed. Doctrine is not proclaimed dogmatically until confusion becomes widespread.

For instance, it has always been believed that marriage is between one man and one woman. We have no dogma on this but it is foreseeable that in the not too distant future we may need to make a dogmatic declaration of this doctrine because of the confusion our culture is injecting into the minds and hearts of the faithful. The date of that dogmatic declaration, if it becomes necessary, will not be the date it was first believed that marriage is between a man and a woman, but the date it was dogmatically defined. There is a big difference.

The Bible? I don’t think so. If Mary is sinless then she should have not
died a natural death,


The Church does not declare that Mary died only that God brought her to Heaven at the end of her earthly life. Mary may have died, in union and imitation of her divine son, despite the fact that she was not under the curse of death due to her sinlessness. Or, she skipped death and was assumed directly into Heaven b/c of her sinlessness.

again no where in the Scripture does it account that Mary
ascended to heaven like Jesus.

This is true but Scripture does not contain all the information of everything that happened at that time. See John 21 where the apostle clearly states this fact.

There are only two accounts in the Bible about
ascension, that of Jesus and Enoch.


You forgot Elijah. But the Church makes a distinction between Jesus and others. Only Jesus ascended into Heaven by His own power but Enoch, Elijah and Mary were “assumed” into Heaven by the power of God.

It is not a question of whether God will use a sinful woman or an immaculate one

True. He has used more sinful people than sinless people down through history.

but the question is if
God will use a sinner who is willing to bend to God’s will or a sinner who so much pride in his/her heart. Remember that God has used the greatest sinners in the history of the earth who were transformed by His saving grace.

Agreed.

Paul was a Christian persecutor but was used mightily by God for Evangelization. David was a murderer and an adulterer but he was called as the Bible says, “a man close to God’s own heart.

Very true. But let me say that it is our Tradition (teaching of the Apostles) that Mary was immaculate. It is your tradition that Mary sinned. But there is no Bible verse that explicitly says “Mary was a sinner or that she sinned.” It is merely your Protestant culture that has steeped you in the idea that Mary was a sinner. So, since neither of us has explicit scripture passages that clearly teach our view we need to see what Christians in the earliest days of the apostles and shortly thereafter believed. Catholics have believed in the immaculate conception for 2000 years. Protestants have believed Mary was a sinner for only 500 years. I would like to know upon what concrete authority Protestants dropped belief in the immaculate conception?—Even Luther believed it.

Other Post on the Immaculate Conception –>All Have Sinned and Immaculate Conception


Blessed Pavol Gojdic, July 17

July 17, 2009

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Blessed Pavol Gojdic

July 17, 1888, Ruské Peklany near Prešov-July 17, 1960,  Leopoldov

Son of the Greek-Catholic priest Štefan Gojdic and Anna Gerberyová. Attended elementary school at Cigelka, Bardejov and Prešov, finishing in 1907. Studied theology at Prešov and then Budapest where he consecrated himself and his work to the Sacred Heart. Finishing his studies on 27 August 1911, he was ordained soon after. Worked briefly as assistant parish priest with his father. Prefect of the eparchial seminary, and taught religion in a higher secondary school. Supervised protocol and the archives in the diocesan curia. Assistant parish priest in Sabinov. Director of the episcopal office in 1919. Read the rest of this entry »


Two Somali Men Indicted for Recruitment and Training of Terrorists

July 17, 2009

Two Somali men were indicted for aid to terrorists. Predictably, they approached the men at a mosque; so far, their other ties have not been revealed. It seems fairly certain that, as these men don’t have a network within Somalia, that they were not the instigators. The mosque has always denied involvement, and I’m not making any statements in that regard; clearly the mosque was the recruiter hunting ground for young men who could be radicalized and convinced to go to Somalia, as one might expect.

Hopefully we’ll be getting more answers soon.

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Court records, and the cooperation of one of two Somali men charged, detail recruitment and training.

By JAMES WALSH, Star Tribune

Last update: July 15, 2009 – 9:24 AM

Abdifitah Yusef Isse
Salah Ahmed

First-ever details of Minnesota men training with terrorists in Somalia — learning to fire weapons, building training camps — came to light in court documents released Tuesday.

One of the two Somali men indicted for providing support to those terrorists pleaded guilty months ago and has been cooperating with the FBI, according to those same documents.

Papers filed by the attorney for Abdifatah Yusuf Isse, 25, of Seattle also provide the first clue to how Isse and other young Somalis were recruited to fight, saying he was approached “at a house of worship.”

The motion provides no other details about the place of recruitment. Up to 20 Twin Cities men of Somali descent have disappeared over the past two years, and many of them worshipped or socialized at Abubakar as-Saddique, the largest Somali mosque in Minneapolis.

Farhan (Omar) Hurre, the mosque director, has consistently said that the mosque does not preach violence and didn’t play a role in the disappearances.

At least four of the missing men have died since returning to Somalia — three since early June — and community members say there are reports of other deaths.

Isse, who has family in the Twin Cities, has admitted to investigators that he trained with terrorists in Somalia, traveled and stayed in houses with Shirwa Ahmed, the Minneapolis man who blew himself up in a suicide bombing last October in northern Somalia. Isse even helped construct a terrorist training camp, according to a previously sealed federal response to motions filed by his attorney, Paul Engh.

The documents detailing Isse’s admitted involvement in terrorist training were unsealed after the first appearance in court Monday by the other man indicted on charges of supporting terrorists, Salah Osman Ahmed, 26, of Brooklyn Park.

The men are the first to be publicly charged in the sweeping probe — one of the most far-reaching U.S. counterterrorism efforts since 9/11. Special Agent E.K. Wilson said Tuesday that these initial indictments are just the beginning of an “ongoing investigation.”

Isse pleaded guilty April 17 to a single count of providing material support to terrorists.

In his motion to amend the conditions of Isse’s detention Engh writes: “Mr. Isse will not be the last defendant indicted. The individuals who recruited him to go to Somalia have been targeted for prosecution. Once charged, they will face a life sentence. Recruiting young men to blow themselves up while killing the innocent at a crowded marketplace is a definition of evil. And this recruitment happened at a house of worship.”

The motion was denied.

Engh has declined to comment on the case, other than to acknowledge that he represents Isse, citing national security rules.

Stephen L. Smith, an attorney who has represented five or six people who testified before the grand jury investigating the case, said though many of the missing men spent time at Abubakar, he does not believe anyone in a leadership position there recruited men to fight for al-Shabaab, the Somali group with links to Al-Qaida.

“There have certainly been questions along those lines,” Smith said of the grand jury investigation. “But every client I have represented has not in any way suggested there was any nefarious exposure to this kind of stuff, this type of ideology, from the mosque.”

Isse’s story

According to documents filed by the U.S. Attorney, Isse was arrested at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Feb. 24. He said he was on his way to Tanzania to participate in an internship with his uncle.

He had previously left Minneapolis in December 2007 for Somalia, traveling as part of “an agreement with several other individuals from the Minneapolis area to travel to Somalia and fight against Ethiopian soldiers whom they believed to be occupying the country.”

Isse traveled with one Minneapolis man and met with two others in Dubai.

While in Somalia, Isse “learned that his conspiracy was affiliated with al-Shabaab,” the U.S. Attorney’s office wrote. Al-Shabaab is considered a “militant jihadist organization” by federal officials that has waged war to impose Sharia, or strict Islamic law, in Somalia.

Isse and the others lived in houses provided by al-Shabaab, trained with weapons and traveled and lived with other al-Shabaab members. One of those men was Shirwa Ahmed. Isse even spent a couple weeks helping build a training camp.

After a week or two at the camp, the U.S. Attorney said, Isse decided he did not want to stay. He and another man from Minnesota left, while other Minnesotans stayed to continue their training.

After visiting family members in Somalia, Isse returned to the U.S. in May 2008. Even after Shirwa Ahmed’s death, Isse stayed in contact with “other individuals who had knowledge of the ongoing conspiracy to recruit al-Shabaab members from among the Somali-American population in Minneapolis,” according to court papers.

Ayan Isse, Abdifatah Isse’s cousin, said the entire family was shocked to hear of his arrest. Isse, an engineering student in his home state of Washington, was “always one of the good kids,” she said. “He never smoked, he never did anything.”

The family didn’t even know Isse had been arrested until a few months ago, she said. Until then, they had frantically tried to find him.

“When he came to America, he was willing to study to become somebody. He was willing to help his family, his brothers and sisters. Whoever talked him into this stuff, it’s no good, because now he is paying the price,” Ayan Isse said.

Maruf’s role

Zakaria Maruf, one of the Somali men said to have been involved in recruiting others in Minneapolis, was killed last weekend in Mogadishu. It is not clear how he died.

Somalis who grew up with Maruf recall an angry young man who seemed to mellow in recent years after getting involved at Abubakar as-Saddique, where he sometimes volunteered at mosque conventions.

A community activist who works with Somali youth said that although Maruf was prone to fights, he “had a leadership presence where people used to follow him.”

Gandi Mohamed, who grew up in the same neighborhood as Maruf and who worships at Abubakar, said he doubts Maruf acted alone.

Mohamed said Maruf was a hothead who often picked fights he couldn’t win. Although “he did calm down and mature” in recent years, Mohamed said, Maruf lacked the “personality, intellect and temperament” to mastermind an extensive recruiting effort.

“For me to go to Somalia right now, I would need my elders to get up there and make connections for me to be safe,” he said. “For him to get there and be connected and be a leader in al-Shabaab, he’d have to have someone influential to make the connection for him.”

Staff writers Richard Meryhew and Allie Shah contributed to this report. James Walsh • 612-673-7428

Source: Startribune


Bishop Piché Confirms!

July 16, 2009

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I know, I posted this same photo a few weeks ago, on the day of Bishop Piché’s Ordination.

He has achieved another milestone; today, at 5:15 Mass at the Cathedral/Shrine of St. Paul, Bishop Piché Confirmed for the first time as a Bishop.

The young man who was Confirmed and received his First Holy Eucharist is in the armed forces and will be deployed. Please pray for his safety as well as the safety of all our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.

And when I say airmen? Like the word ‘mankind’,’ airmen’ includes the girls!


Blessed Bartholemew of Braga, July 16

July 16, 2009

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May 1514, Verdela, Portugal-Viana do Castelo, Portugal, July 16, 1590.

If you have information relevant to the canonization of Blessed Bartolomeu, contact:

Dominicanos – Casa Provincial

Travessa do Corpo Santo, 32

1200-131 Lisboa, PORTUGAL

Blessed Bartholomew of Braga, later known as Bartolomeus a Martyribus (Bartolomeu dos Mártires in Portuguese), out of veneration for the church in which he was baptized, was a Portuguese Dominican theologian and Archbishop of Braga. Read the rest of this entry »


Burhan Hassan’s Mom speaks

July 16, 2009

BurhanBurhan Hassan

Burhan Hassan was the second Somali kid to leave Minneapolis and die in Somalia; he was shot in the head, most likely because someone overheard him on the phone with his mom, who wanted to send him money to return to the US.

He was just a baby.

I know that in Somalia and other countries, babies of this age are hardened warriors; this kid has more in common with Urkel than with any type of warrior.

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Tormented mother grieves son who heeded a fatal call

By RICHARD MERYHEW and ALLIE SHAH, Star Tribune staff writers

Last update: July 13, 2009 – 12:14 PM

In the dark of early morning, when heartache precludes sleep, Zienab Bihie grabs a pen and a journal and begins to write.

She writes of her youngest son’s passion for basketball and soccer. Of his dreams of becoming a doctor or lawyer and possibly, attending Harvard. Of his love for the close-knit family he left behind.

“Sometimes, when I am writing, my tears are running into the book,” Bihie said the other day, wiping tears from her cheeks in the tiny high-rise apartment where she lives in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. Read the rest of this entry »


The Jihad is Alive and Well, at a College near you

July 15, 2009

True in Minneapolis, where it’s reported that a second young Somali man has been killed after having gone home to be part of the Jihad; he is the third who has gone home and died, the first one took part in a homicide bombing, the second was also killed.

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Jamal Bana is one of several Somali youth who returned to their homeland in November; he was shot, most likely by Abu Shabaad, the terrorist group he went to join. Are they being killed because they’re not Jihadist enough? For planning to return to Minneapolis and their decadent Western lifestyles? Because a return home implies availability to the FBI who will then know the identities of the local recruiters?

While the Somali community has been disgruntled about the investigation, the FBI has the obligation to investigate ties to terrorism as the young men who wen to Somalia have the potential to wreak havoc if they return home.


Where Does Scripture Say Mary was Sinless?

July 15, 2009


Jeronie Frias: “Jesus and Mary were sinless…” whose teaching is this that Mary is sinless?

BFHU: This is taught by the Catholic Church, the Church that Jesus Christ founded.

JF:There’s no verse anywhere else in the Scriptures that says Mary is sinless.

Are you aware that you are clinging to a Protestant tradition? There is no verse in Sacred Scripture that says all religious truth must be found explicitly in Scripture.
So we all believe in things that are not in Scripture. Your belief in Sola Scriptura was begun about 500 years ago. And it never would have taken hold if it was not begun after the printing press was invented which made Bibles more available and reading became more common. Before that most people were dependant upon the oral teachings of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

However the Catholic Church has believed in the sinlessness of Mary since the beginning. Even Martin Luther believed in Mary’s sinlessness see my post HERE

JF: In fact she callled out to her God, her ‘Savior’.

And He certainly was her savior click HERE

JF:Why do you consider Mary as sinless?

Please see this post HERE

JF:Why do you equate Mary to Jesus?

We absolutely do not equate Mary with or to Jesus. Jesus is Divine. Mary is a mere human. Adam and Eve were created without a sin nature, Jesus and Mary were also conceived and born without a sin nature. Adam and Eve sinned. Jesus and Mary did not sin. That does not make her divine. She is fully human exactly as God intended all mankind to be. But due to the sin of our first parents, mankind is fallen.

JF:(Jesus) has shed His blood for man’s salvation? Certainly it’s not Mary.

Not sure what you mean by, Certainly it’s not Mary.
If you mean “Mary did not shed her blood for man’s salvation” …that is true of course
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