Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni 1972 – 2007

June 3, 2017

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Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni, 1972 – 2007


The 10th Anniversary Of The Murder Of Sister Cecilia Moshi Hanna

August 15, 2012

For the repose of the soul of the hand maid of God, Cecelia.On August 15, 2002 three armed assailants entered the Sacred Heart of Jesus Monastery in Baghdad Iraq and found a solitary Assyrian nun preparing to quietly retire to her room. Read the rest of this entry »

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Society of Saint Vincent Ferrier

November 25, 2009


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Religion and Politics

September 9, 2009

The Washington Post has an interesting piece on Gov. Bobby Jindal’s visits to Louisiana churches. And doesn’t believe it should happen. Yet, in recent memory, Barack Obama visited many churches as he was running for office. Clearly a double standard is operating here; Gov. Jindal is a Catholic but as he has Indian heritage, people question his religion. Remind you of anyone in national politics? Thought so!

The only problem I have with Jindal is that he “attends Mass when he can.”

Political Altar Egos

The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge raised questions last week about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s regular speaking appearances at Sunday church services around the state.

“I’m completely just humbled and honored that I’m asked to come and worship with Louisianians across the state,” Jindal told the newspaper. “It’s important for the governor to get out of Baton Rouge.”

No doubt it is, but should a governor or any elected official be getting out of the office to go evangelize? There’s often a fine line between politicking and preaching in America. Jindal obliterates it in one five-part, 40-plus-minute personal talk and testimonyhe gives at New Chapel Hill Baptist Church in West Monroe, La.

“I think it’s like this,” the governor says near the end of his sermon. “God has given us the book of life. He doesn’t let us always see the pages for today or tomorrow, but he let’s us look at the last page in the book of life. And here’s the amazing thing. On the last page, our God wins. Our God gets up off that cross. He beats death. He beats Satan. And because of what he’s done for us, we can have the gift of eternal life (so) let’s recommit ourselves to go plant those seeds of the gospel so that others might come to have that gift of eternal life. It may be the most important thing we do. You may change someone’s life for all of eternity and not even realize it in this life. And whatever we do let’s go plant those seeds for the Lord.”

For some, Jindal is fulfilling what evangelicals call the Great Commission — Jesus’ final instructions to his followers, as reported in Matthew 28: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” He’s also reassuring his fellow Louisianans that he is a Christian. Jindal was born in Baton Rouge shortly after his Hindu parents immigrated from India. He converted to Catholicism when he was a teenager and says he attends Catholic masses when he can. But as Rev. Gil Arthur of East Leesville Baptist Church told The Advocate, Jindal’s Indian heritage leaves some Louisianans still wondering about his personal beliefs.

President Obama, who was born in Hawaii but who’s African father was Muslim, spent a lot of time on the campaign trail talking — and in some cases preaching— about his faith in Christ.

Even though the Constitution says there is no religious test for public office, We expect our politicians to use religious rhetoric when they talk to us, and we all but demand that they tell us and reassure us about their personal religious beliefs. But when does politicking become pandering?

I was at Mason Temple in Memphis in 1993 when President Clinton paid his respects to God and the Church of God in Christ: “By the grace of God and your help last year, I was elected president of this great country,” Clinton said in what clearly is more sermon than speech.

I suspect most Republicans — and many Democrats — figure God had nothing to do with it.

There are no laws against politicians speaking, preaching or pandering at worship services. Congregations are free to invite anyone to speak from their pulpits, even governors and presidents they didn’t vote for. Public officials are people of faith, too.

But is it inappropriate or just plain wrong for our elected officials to take their faith-based, scripture-laced politicking directly to the pulpit? Should elected officials, who represent citizens of all faiths and no faiths, preach the gospel? Should governors evangelize?

Former Florida Gov. Reuben Askew, a Democrat, once said: “While I believe in separating church and state, I do not believe in separating church and statesmen.”

What do you believe?

BY David Waters

| September 4, 2009; 2:38 PM ET | Category: Under God
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Stop Killing Christians in Pakistan!

August 8, 2009

Isn’t it funny how, every time there are allegations of Christians desecrating the Koran, it incites violence, Christians are killed and forced to leave the area, their property destroyed and confiscated, police watch and do nothing, but later on, it turns out they didn’t actually desecrate anything. While arrests have been made, I’d be surprised if the perpetrators were held accountable for anything. Like murder.

stop killing christians Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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.


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 »

Good Friday

April 10, 2009

Palm Sunday!

April 5, 2009


April 3, 2009

Indulgences becoming more widely publicized these days; both plenary and partial indulgences are available, so long as one meets the requirements; in addition to performing the indulgenced act, one must do the following:

  1. Sacramental Confession,
  2. Communion, and
  3. Prayer for the intention of the Holy Father, all to be performed within days of each other if not at the same time

One must also be detached from all sin, even venial sin.

Some indulgences are always available, such as the Plenary indulgence for Eucharistic Adoration (for at least one half hour, partial indulgence granted for a shorter time), some are for limited periods such as an Indulgence for the Souls in Purgatory for visiting a cemetery with devotion and praying for the dead on All Soul’s Day or a week thereafter; Nov. 1-8.

Several churches in my Archdiocese, including the Cathedral, have been declared Pilgrimage Sites for the remainder of the Pauline Year which entails the above-listed requirements plus making a  pious visit to one of the designated Pilgrimage Sites and the participation in a religious function or pious public exercise of devotion in honor of the Apostle Paul while visiting the site.

My normal place of worship is a Pilgrimage site so my biggest requirement is to detach myself from sin;  I confess regularly, receive communion regularly and pray a rosary for the intentions of the Holy Father every day.

Indulgences may be applied to oneself or to the dead. Only one Plenary Indulgence may be earned a day but multiple Partial Indulgences may be earned.

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Third Order Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate

December 9, 2008

The Third Order Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate is an offshoot of the Franciscans Tertiaries of the Immaculate founded by Fr. Stefano Manelli, FI. They are totally dedicated to Our Lady sealed by the Marian vow of total consecration to the Immaculate, after the recent example of St. Maximilian Kolbe. They live a penitential life of prayer in community; have made private vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.


Starting the day with Morning Prayer, the Sisters go out to work in a variety of church related occupations centered in the parish. They also make and sell rosaries, rosary bracelets, and a variety of craft items to help support the FI missions. Spiritually united with the other Sisters, each sister prays the Angelus, Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and other community prayers. Living a life of love and joy in the Immaculate, the Sisters seek to make Our lady known and loved and to bring all to Christ through the Immaculate. Coming together for meals, the Sisters are spiritually renewed with readings from a variety of pious works.

The Sisters live in community, wear a traditional habit, and are in total conformity with the church magisterium. Under the guidance of the FI priests, the Sisters share the same charism and spirituality as the FI missionary friars and Sisters, and also evangelize through mission appeals to support the FI missions. The formation program consists of aspirancy, postulancy, novitiate, and profession. The Sisters accept candidates beginning with the age of 18, as well as delayed vocations. They have one retreat Sunday a month, make a variety of novenas during the year, pray the Stations of the Cross, Franciscan crown and have choir practice as well as other spiritual exercises throughout the month.

After coming together for evening prayer, the Sisters enjoy each other’s company at recreation. Closing the day with night prayers, the Sisters retire after singing a hymn to Our Lady enclosing themselves under her mantle with the knowledge that they have brought joy and solace to mission lands through their prayer and support of Our Lady’s missionaries.

If you are interested of knowing more about these sisters, please write or contact:

Franciscan Tertiary Sisters of the Immaculate
E-Mail: maryqueenofapostles@cox.net
Telephone (401) 725-8417

SOURCE: http://www.marymediatrix.com/religious-life/franciscan-tertiary-sisters-of-the-immaculate/

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A Non-Mosaic Torah

November 21, 2008
“From that tree you shall not eat; the moment you eat from it you are surely doomed to die.”  Of course God was not lying to Adam.  The price for sin is blood.  When Paul said, “According to the law almost everything is purified by blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness,” he was not presenting new information to the Jews, he was simply emphasizing what they already knew to be true.  Getting there was a long road though.  The first time God purified the world was in Noah’s Flood.  Shortly after Noah’s flood God brought Abram into the world and promised him to make a great nation of him because of his faith.  Three generations later He saved Abraham’s family from starvation by placing one of the children in a position of authority in Egypt, where he had knowledge of the coming famine and the prudence and position to prepare for it.  Four hundred years later the Israelites needed salvation from their gracious hosts of old.  With Read the rest of this entry »

The 6th Anniversary Of The Murder Of Sister Cecilia Moshi Hanna

August 15, 2008

For the repose of the soul of the hand maid of God, Cecelia.On August 15, 2002 three armed assailants entered the Sacred Heart of Jesus Monastery in Baghdad Iraq and found a solitary Assyrian nun preparing to quietly retire to her room. Read the rest of this entry »

Peter Kreeft: The Existence Of God

July 19, 2008

What do you think?

The Protest of a Protestant Minister Against Birth Control

July 19, 2008

The Protest of a Protestant Minister Against Birth Control

by Rev. Matthew Trewhella

Sunlight was just beginning to break over the darkness of the morning as my wife and I headed toward the entrance of the cold brick-faced building. Fear and apprehension gripped me each step of the way. A thousand questions and thoughts raced through my mind. “How much pain will there be? Why the heck did I ever do this in the first place? Maybe I should just leave.” Read the rest of this entry »

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Portsmouth Poor Claires

July 15, 2008

5 bob to: Roman Catholic Vocations which reprints:

“Poor Clares discuss their religious vocations”

By Tim Puet
Catholic Times of Coumbus

CLOISTER – Sister Marie Therese (far left) Sister Imelda Marie (center) and Sister Marie St. Claire (right)pray at St. Joseph Monastery in Portsmouth, Ohio. (Catholic Times/Jack Kuston)

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Catholic Times) – Any notion that cloistered nuns who constantly pray before the Blessed Sacrament and spend much of their lives in silence must live a solemn, somewhat grim existence quickly disappears on a visit to St. Joseph Monastery in Portsmouth. Read the rest of this entry »


July 1, 2008

(Pictured with Father Mitch Pacwa, SJ after he lead a retreat for them.)


The Fathers of Mercy is a Roman Catholic Congregation of Priests. Our primary Apostolate is to preach parish missions Read the rest of this entry »

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Institute of the Good Shepherd

June 24, 2008

5 bob to Traditional Vocations Blog which writes:

Institute of the Good Shepherd


ego sum pastor bonus: et cognosco meas, et cognoscunt me meæ
I am the good Shepherd: and I know Mine, and Mine know Me (
Jn. 10:14)

Under the Roman calendar of 1962, yesterday was often called “Good Shepherd Sunday”, so called because the Gospel tells us of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. As pointed out on The New Liturgical Movement this also means it was a feast day for the Institute of the Good Shepherd.

The Institute of the Good Shepherd is a Society of Apostolic Life of traditionalist Priests in full communion with the Holy See. Founded only in September 2006, the Institute has grown quickly. Read the rest of this entry »

John 6 in Our Day

May 16, 2008

I have been carrying around this thought for over a decade:

As a result of this hard teaching [just pick one], many of the Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, Lutherans and Evangelicals returned to their former pagan way of life and no longer accompanied him.

Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Read the rest of this entry »

May 10: Blessed Enrico Rebuschini

May 10, 2008


Blessed Enrico Rebuschini, 1860 – 1938 Read the rest of this entry »

Pope left off Time’s list of influential people

May 2, 2008

Hmmm… Time Magazine’s 2008 list of the “100 Most Influential People” has quite a few familiar and not so familiar faces on it this year.  A rather interesting mix.

Conspicuous by his absesnse from the list is an octegenarian German cleric who has his own micro-state in Europe.  Not all that well known, but you might have seen brief glimpses of coverage (if you were watching closesly) of his recent visit to America.  Rumor has it, he signed up and took a White House tour when he was here. (Maybe he was in the group of Girl Scouts rumored to have also toured that day…)

I suppose it is possible that a man who has made the cover and front page of newspapers and magazines around the world who leads a church of 1.1B, and got constant coverage for a visit he made to America ranks as the 101st most influential person in the world.

(BTW, the Dalai Lama was here at the same time the Pope was… Maybe I just don’t get the cable channels his all-day coverage was on.)

I can’t say I particularly covet secular accolades for the Pope in the secular media. It doesn’t bother me that they don’t.

More to the point, I am rather embarassed for Time which is either demonstrating a great deal of ideological bias or perhaps it is the case that the writers of this magazine don’t themselves actually read Time on a regular basis… If they did, they would likely begin to notice that Benedict XVI seems to get a lot more press than such a supposedly uninfluential person would otherwise garner.

How odd.

When Pope Benedict passes unto his eternal reward, we will see what sort of TV coverage his funeral gets around the world.  And than we will compare it one day to:

I bet the next time Shinya Yamanaka & James Thomson visit Washington and New York, half a million people will try to get tickets to go to any event they hold at the nearest baseball stadium!

Oh Time, how silly and uninfluential you have made yourself look!

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

April 29, 2008

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