Blessed Giuseppina Nicoli

December 31, 2008


Blessed Giuseppina Nicoli

Casatisma, November 18, 1863 – Cagliari, December 31, 1924

Giuseppina Nicoli was born in Casatisma (Pavia), in a very religious family on November 16, 1863. She was raised in a serene environment even though, unfortunately, death took a number of brothers away at an early age. The young woman studied in Voghera and Pavia, achieving better results with the degree of master in the heart and cultivating a desire to devote herself to education of the poor. Vincenzo attracted by charisma, became a Daughter of Charity. She arrived in Turin, in the house of S. Central Salvario, September 24, 1883. A few months later she took the Parigi habit, in Rue du Bac, where Madonna, fifty years earlier, had appeared to Saint Catherine Labouré. She was only twenty years old when she was sent to Sardinia that, in time, was part of the same province of religion. To reach the island took a three-day trip. Her first assignment was to teach at the Conservatory of Providence of Cagliari. She issued vows straight five on which she wrote a thought, which was then rediscovered after her death. Addressing the Lord , she promised “to want to always faithfully serve, practicing poverty, chastity, obedience and serving for your love the poor.” She was thirty years old when diagnosed withtuberculosis, a disease that silently affected her health for the rest of her life, but never curbed the desire to continue to work for the Lord. When cholera broke out in the city, Sister Josephine was employed to cook, but once the emergency passed began the mission that would mark her life: educating young people and spreading the knowledge of the Gospel. Read the rest of this entry »

What Scripture Condemns Contraception?

December 30, 2008

Q. I would be interested to see biblical proof that God is against contraception. I know that Genesis 38:8-10 talks of Onan spilling his seed, but God was mad at Onan for not obeying him, I don’t believe it was necessarily the act he committed. If you read the verse prior in 6 & 7 it says that Judah’s firstborn was wicked so God put him to death. This is what he was indicating when he said he slew him too.

A.Yes, Onan too was wicked. Onan partook of sexual pleasure with his brother’s wife but contracepted by spilling his seed. That was his explicit intent. He was not obligated to give his brother’s wife an heir upon pain of death. God did not kill him b/c he didn’t want to give offspring to his brother. This is explicitly laid down in the Law. Punishment for not giving a dead brother offspring was a ceremony of humiliation, not death.

Deut 25:5When brothers live together and one of them dies and has no son, …Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her to himself as wife and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her 6“It shall be that the firstborn whom she bears shall assume the name of his dead brother, so that his name will not be blotted out from Israel 7“But if the man does not desire to take his brother’s wife, …8“Then the elders of his city shall summon him and speak to him. And if he persists and says, ‘I do not desire to take her, 9 then his brother’s wife shall come to him in the sight of the elders, and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face; and she shall declare, ‘Thus it is done to the man who does not build up his brother’s house. 10“In Israel his name shall be called, ‘The house of him whose sandal is removed.’

That is a far cry from execution.

To summarize: God killed Onan because he contracepted by spilling his semen on the ground, the ancient preferred method of contraception before condoms, IUD’s, spermicide, and the Pill. Protestant apologists, contend, in attempt to justify their approval of contraception, that God killed Onan b/c he refused to do the right thing and give his brother an heir. But the Deut. passage I quoted above proves that the punishment for refusing to take a dead brother’s wife and raise up an heir to him was PUBLIC HUMILIATION. The punishment was NOT death. It was NOT a capital crime to refuse to do the right thing.

But God showed His displeasure with Onan for pursuing sexual pleasure with the wife of his dead brother, stripped of its procreative power by contracepting (withdrawal). In God’s eyes this was a MORTAL, as in DEADLY sin. Exactly the teaching of the Catholic Church today.

Q. I also believe that God would not look down on a woman who prevents pregnancy because she has a medical condition that would either cause harm to her or the baby.

A. I agree with you.

Q. I had a friend who had 8 miscarriages because of a medical problem. It would be unwise for her to try for any more.

A. Unwise? If she just can’t bear another miscarriage or it would truly be a threat to her life, then her husband and she must agree out of charity to either adopt in order to have a child and/or abstain from intercourse during fertile times using NFP.
Q. I also have a friend who has a rare blood clotting disorder that endangers her life each time she gets pregnant. She has come close to dying with each child. After having her second child, she threw blood clots to her lungs and legs. They cannot give her any more medication for these clots again. If she has another child, she will sentence herself and her child to death. She will also leave her other two children motherless and her husband wifeless.

A. Then both her husband and she have a duty to avoid pregnancy. They may need to live as Mary and Joseph lived–in complete chastity, devoting themselves to God and their family in order to preserve the life of the mother. They will not die from abstinence. In fact, the self denial involved in this life will undoubtedly lead them closer to God, each other, and holiness.
Q. Yes she has faith, which is the reason she did not abort when so many specialist said it was the only way she could survive.

A. A noble, and holy woman.

Q. But, although we live by faith, we have to use common sense.

A. You mean that the husband should be allowed to indulge himself ?

And which methold of contraception would you stake your life on?

Abortion as a back up? Killing an innocent child just so they can have pleasure?

Q. I have faith that God will protect me, but I will not stand in the way of a moving train and expect to be saved from death.

A. Just don’t do it, then.

This just in: January 13, 2009

New study links oral contraceptives to increased incidence of breast cancer. But will we hear about this in the politically correct press?

Click HERE for the aticle at American Journal of Epidemiology

Blessed Eugenia Ravasco

December 30, 2008


Blessed Eugenia Ravasco Founder
Milan, Jan 4, 1845 – Genoa, December 30, 1900

Roman Martyrology: In Genoa, Eugenia Ravasco Blessed Virgin, who founded the Institute of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary, whose care entrusted the education of female youth and the dedication to the needs of the sick and children.

Eugenia Ravasco was born in Milan on January 4, 1845 into a noble family and wealthy, healthy principles of Christian, but knew from childhood suffering.

In fact, since girl was orphaned by parents, being entrusted to the aunt Marietta Anselmi in Genoa, by uncles who treated her to a great love for the poor and already had in those years as spiritual director Salvatore Magnasco the canon, who later become archbishop of Genoa.

Heir to a large fortune, her father was a banker, she was promised in marriage to a marquis, but Eugenia wanted to consecrate the Sacred Heart of Jesus, beginning to lend her work in parishes and hospitals in the city, under the guidance of the priest Giuseppe Como, then the Jesuit Luigi Persoglio.
After the death of her sister, in 1868 she hosted at home, with the consent of the vicar of the diocese Bishop Genovese. Magnasco, the “Association for the Good”, whose members would become the Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the congregation she founded with the aim of creating schools, and workshops for youth, education adolescents, especially the poor children and assistance of the sick.

Together with the first 18 sisters, Eugenia Ravasco issued perpetual vows, while with the help of Jesuit Persoglio, she formulated the rules for the institution. In 1882 came the canonical recognition and in 1883 the aggregate came to the Capuchin, bishops and ministers involved in the progression of the Opera, traveled to her, word spread throughout Italy and Europe; she wrote over two thousand letters.

She was a woman, who in the melee of historic and cultural change of the second nineteenth century, wanted to promote the status of women, say a true feminist, and the life of the mother Eugenia was all for the Church, young and the poor, drew its strength in the Eucharist, taking as models the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

The nuns of the Congregation of the “Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary” are now more than 500. The founding mother died in Genoa on December 30, 1900, was first buried in the cemetery in Staglieno citizen and then subsequently transferred ton the crypt of the House-mother of the Institute.

In 1945 the canonical process for his beatification began and finally on April 27, 2003, Pope John Paul II beatified her in Piazza S. Peter’s in Rome.

Author: Antonio Borrelli

SOURCE: Santi e Beati

Blessed Juan Bautista Ferreres Boluda

December 29, 2008

blessed-juan-bautista-ferreres-boluda-dec-29Blessed Juan Bautista Ferreres Boluda

Martyr of the Spanish Civil War

Ollería, Spain, Nov 27, 1861 – Picadero de Paterna, Spain, December 29, 1936

Father Juan Bautista Ferreres Boluda in Olleira was born (Valencia) on November 27, 1861 and entered the Society of Jesus in 1888, where he became a priest. He was professor of moral theology and canon law in theological Sarriá. He died in Valencia in “Picadero de Paterna” December 29, 1936 as a result of ill treatment received. He was 75.

Roman Martyrology: In the village of San Miguel de los Reyes in the same territory, Blessed Juan Bautista Ferreres Boluda, a priest of the Society of Jesus and martyr who, in the same persecution, imitating the Passion of Christ, deserved to achieve the palm of glory.

Beatified by John Paul II on March 11, 2001

Source: Santi e Beati

Mary Was Not Sinless.

December 28, 2008

Bread From Heaven: If all (all have sinned Rom 3:23) means, absolutely all, no exceptions, then in order for Jesus to be fully human He would have sinned. But we all agree that Jesus’ humanity is an exception to this verse. But, if there is one exception, why not two? or three? Nothing in scripture specifically says Jesus is the only exception. In general it is certainly true that most people, nearly all people have sinned. But the passage does not state that there are absolutely NO EXCEPTIONS.)

Q. Nothing is scripture points to anyone other than Jesus being sinless.

A. Actually there is. See this POST & this POST.

Q. And to use the justification that the Bible doesn’t say there aren’t exceptions to the rule as your logic is ridiculous.

A. That is your opinion. And I agree, an argument from silence is not a good argument. But, you are the one who only accepts Scripture. But we accept scripture and the teaching of the Apostles as taught orally. So for us this is not an argument from silence but you will not accept our documents. So, based on what we know about the Faith as believed and taught from the beginning, we are not swayed to abandon our beliefs just because they are not explicitly stated in Scripture. They are explicitly stated or alluded to in the ancient prayers, songs, and writings of the Church Fathers.

Q. Jesus is God and God is Jesus. God is perfect and has no darkness that dwells within him which means that Jesus doesn’t as well.

A. We agree. One other small point. Despite the fact that the rest of us are born with the stain of Original Sin, babies and children, before the age of reason, and people with mental deficiencies cannot sin.

December 28: Blessed Caterina Volpicelli

December 28, 2008

Blessed Caterina Volpicelli 
1839 – 1894 Read the rest of this entry »

December 27: Blessed Alfredo Parte, New Martyr Of Spain

December 27, 2008

Blessed Alfredo Parte
1899 – 1936 Read the rest of this entry »