Oh my dear Jesus, what hast Thou done to mankind that they put Thee aside with such ingratitude & such indifference? What hast thou done to humankind, my beloved Catholic Church, that they turn sullenly away from thee & clamor for separation? Has not Christianity destroyed the barbarity of paganism, spread culture & civilization over the world, sanctified matrimony & family life, taught us to know & practice all those virtues which bring peace to man, & the blessings to nations?”St. John Vianney
In North Africa during the reign of Diocletian, at Abitina, a group of 49 Christians were convicted of celebrating Mass.
The local bishop had caved in to Diocletian’s anti-Christian edicts, but some Christians went ahead and worshiped on Sunday with their priest Saturninus. They were arrested, tortured – including the children – and tried in Carthage. They were sentenced to death.
One of the martyrs, in whose house they were meeting – Emeritus, by name, when challenged about why they violated the Emperor’s edicts, responded “Sine dominico non possumus … We are not able [to live] without the ‘lordly thing’”, meaning without the Eucharist and Its celebration. In Latin we use adjectives a little differently than in English. In English we spin out, for example, Dies dominica, the ‘lord-ly day’ or the day having a characteristic pertaining to the Lord, as the Lord’s Day (Sunday). The Lord’s Prayer is called the Oratio dominica. Etc.
That was then, with Diocletian.
This is now, with the Religion of Peace.
Iran gives Christians 80 lashes for communion wine as UN blasts human rights record
Four Iranian Christians were reportedly sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion, a shocking punishment meted out even as a new United Nations report blasted the Islamic republic for its systematic persecution of non-Muslims.
The four men were sentenced Oct. 6 after being arrested in a house church last December and charged with consuming alcohol in violation of the theocracy’s strict laws, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide. They were among several Christians punished for their faith in a nation where converting from Islam to Christianity can bring the death penalty. According to a new October UN report by Ahmed Shaheed, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, such persecution is common, despite new President Hasan Rouhani’s pledge to be a moderate.
America is under assault. Liberty is under assault. The family is under assault. Our Catholic faith is under assault. The time for easy Christianity has passed. We have returned to an age of persecution. Of course living the Christian life was never really easy, but we were lulled into a false sense of security because of the religious freedoms we enjoyed in America. Now, those religious liberties are being taken away. At the same time, America is becoming harder and more perverted. Our values are being attacked. We will be attacked for our faith in mainstream society every day.
While political action is certainly appropriate during these dark times, the single most important thing we can do is pray. We must pray for our nation and pray for our faith. We must also find ways to calm the anxiety we feel and give ourselves the strength to carry on and not give in to fear or hopelessness. I have never found any form of prayer or meditation as effective at reducing anxiety and opening me up to God\’s grace than the Holy Rosary. Also, as we learn from reading about the first miracle Jesus performed, his mom will go to him with our earthly concerns. Some of the greatest moments of grace and being filled with the Holy Spirit, have occurred while or just after I prayed the Rosary.
I have created a recording of me praying the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary and giving guided meditation. I have uploaded this recording to my BlogTalkRadio show so that it is available in the archives any time you wish to pray the Rosary with the Refugee.
Let us turn to Mary, our Mother, and ask her to pray for us and for our nation. Ask her to comfort us as only a mother can. Ask St. Michael, the Archangel, to be with us as we do battle against the forces of Satan now aligned against us in this country. Ask Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior to make his presence in our hearts known and help us live a Christian Life so that we may join with Him for all eternity. Ask Jesus to fill us with His Holy Spirit. Ask him to show us the will of the Father in our daily lives.
I can’t believe the American people voted for you.I can’t believe ppl didn’t think the last election was important enough to vote in and stayed home.
When are we going to get out of the latest news on celebrities and the garbage that’s on tv and start paying attention to what is going on in our own country?
When will it matter?
Every time Obama and his cronies are caught in a scandal the first thing he says is he didn’t know or he read it in the papers.
The American people get their news from the paper. Evidently Obama doesn’t care enough about the American ppl to give a hoot about what’s going on and he’s SUPPOSED to be Potus or he knows exactly what’s going on and LIES.
It doesn’t matter which way it is does it?.He should never have been elected. We can only hope the American people open their eyes, ears and brains and figure things out soon.
Wev’e been through Fast and Furious,The IRS, The NSA, The Health Care Scam and the mess in the MIddle East.
So what is Obama tweeting about today? He and Harry Reid are tweeting over the LGBT community.People are out of work.People are struggling. People are losing their health insurance and he’s tweeting about the LGBT community w/ Harry Reid.
Lady Gaga goes nude on stage.That’s entertainment?Must be she felt outdone by another persons outrageous headline grabbing behavior. I also heard about a good dead a popular singer did according to Bill O Reilly. Katy Perry basically said she’s selective about getting nude.WOW. That’s a real role model. She’s willing to go nude in public but not all the time. Promiscuity,sick lifestyles,porn are the norm.Did we fall asleep here? Kids are having kids-they’re encouraged to make bad choices.I’m sorry but i just don’t see where these popular figures are doing kids much good.They’re exhibitionists who get paid big money for it. To me that’s as close to prostitution as you can get. This is REAL talent:
Real talent is uplifting.
Kids are drinking on campus-underage.The colleges look the other way. We’ve had some girls using very poor judgement and ending up sexually assaulted.If you’re on campus,underage and drinking-you’re breaking the law.
We’re surrounded by corruption from TOP to bottom.
Planned Parenthood is indoctrinating the kids in school,Common Core is getting the hooks of government into school (even Catholic schools) more.Silence.
It’s as if all the worst about our culture is becoming the norm.We’re being lulled into tolerating the most despicable crap i have seen in yrs.
A football players home was trashed by teens he helped and the parents stuck up for the kids. The parents actually threatened to sue the football player?Something is wrong here.
We’ve got 14 to 16 yr olds committing assaults and murder.
If the American people ever wake up maybe we can actually drain the swamp if we’re not trapped it in so deep we never get out.
The other truth is that we can’t afford to tolerate the trash we’ve been fed by the culture.
We don’t have to tolerate it.There’s no reason to be silent anymore.