Pope Francis. Comment on Fr Z’s blog.Must read

I grabbed a screen shot of the comment so the young lady who made the comment can get the credit.It’s a comment worth reading.

Here is the text:

It may be misused by marxists,{Pope’scomments/Church doctrine] and sincere people who have been exposed to what is essentially marxism and are confused about the real doctrine, but the preferential option for the poor has to do with the values of the Gospel and the demands of justice, and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit going beyond justice to charity and mercy. Justice cannot be reduced to just being for the poor, and actually the “poor” doing what they can for themselves is also an essential part of justice.

Justice and mercy are not class warfare. Pope Francis has pointed out the need to preferentially direct evangelization to the poor. No one can call that marxist. Why preferentially help the poor with their natural needs? Well, we are to love everyone alike whether poor and the rich, but the poor are in greater need to be helped out of their situation. One should have in mind the development and growth of the whole person, including in virtue, not enabling dependency. The biggest problem is when Christian help to the poor is like “a pathetic N.G.O.” in Pope Francis’ words, not really evangelizing or committed to the integral good of persons.

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His Silent Awe

    I heard a message about St Joseph from Cardinal Dolan today(on EWTN).I have to blog this.It was a message that didn’t ever occur to me.I have a very special favor I’m giving over to the intercession of St Joseph so I am obligated tat that level too. At Christmas we are focused on Jesus.Rightfully.It’s what Christmas is about.The greatest moment in Human history when the Savior came into the world.We focus on Mary too because she is the woman who said yes to God and brought the redeemer into the world.As Cardinal Dolan pointed out while Jesus is our main focus let’s not forget Joseph.

    The good Cardinal pointed out that Joseph is the silent one.I didn’t pay much attention to it but there isn’t a single recorded word of St Joseph in scripture,not one.We know though that as soon as God spoke to Joseph through the dream that Joseph didn’t question-he went off and immediately obeyed.He was there for Jesus and Mary no matter what was required of him.Strong and silent,caring and Godly,humble and steady St Joseph is a model for all men-a model for fathers. Let’s not forget him this Christmas.Cardinal Dolan referred to it as the silent AWE of Joseph.
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*NOVENA PRAYER *(prayer to be said at the end of each day’s devotion)

    Saint Joseph, I, your unworthy child, greet you. You are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have special confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I place all my hope of salvation in you, for you are especially powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants. Therefore I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to abandon me during life and to assist me at the hour of my death.

    Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, obtain for me a pure, humble, charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

    Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Divine Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore:

(Mention your request). Here I am asking that my husband and I can move into our new home if it’s God’s will for us.

    Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel confident that your prayers in my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God. Amen.

    MEMORARE Remember, most pure spouse of Mary, ever Virgin, my loving protector, Saint Joseph, that no one ever had recourse to your protection or asked for your aid without obtaining relief. Confiding, therefore, in your goodness, I come before you and humbly implore you. Despise not my petitions, foster-father of the Redeemer, but graciously receive them. Amen
Prayers,Day 1 through 9
http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/novena/joseph.htm

Side Note;Not lost on me that Pope Emeritus Benedict was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

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Hell’s Bible and a Secular Apotheosis: another lesson in our “culture war”

At Hell’s Bible today (aka NYT) we have a good example of how twisted things are now.

There is a front page article about the death of a pornographer, Al Goldstein, with a photo, and a shot of his pornographic publication. Even with its placement, the NYT piece lionizes the pornographer.

So, for the New York Times and those who think in its sewer pipe, the exaltation of a libertine worldview trumps the male victimization and domination of women.

When a servant of God is to be named Venerable, the Congregation for Saints issues decrees about the fame of their holiness and their heroic virtues, proposing them for emulation.

When a perverse sleaze destroys the dignity of countless women and twists the minds and identities of men, the Bible of the Left, the New York Times, put their faithful servant on their front page.

But, remember, the catholic Left (you know who you are) would have us abandon the “culture war”.

via Fr. Z’s Blog | Once named: What Does The Prayer Really Say? – Commentary on Catholic issues & slavishly accurate liturgical translations – by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf o{]:¬).

The Flying Spaghetti Monster,FINAL

Now that we’ve gone through a brief look at the reality of Christianity in the world(very brief)from time to time each of us have personally encountered someone-Catholic,Evangelical,Fundamentalist-who will tell you the profound impact on their own lives through an encounter with Jesus. Men and women who have come through addictions,tragedies and suffering remarkably changed. Take into consideration the group Alcoholics Anonymous and their success rate.All because the first step in the 12 step program is an acknowledgement of a power higher than ourselves.

Atheism,in my opinion,has to come out of something just as mysticism comes out of Catholicism.The answer I come up with is PRIDE. The need to pat oneself on the back and figure we’re it.After all,accepting there is a God means I’m not the big enchilada and seeking pleasure is not all there is to life.It’s called SEEKING pleasure for a reason.St Augustine got it right.Our hearts are restless until they rest in God. We were made by Him,for Him for our own happiness.

If we look back on the contributions of Christianity to the world and the woeful record of atheism the only conclusion you can reach  that belief in God is rational.Atheism is not.

However, if you ever run into an atheist or for that matter an anti Catholic(not necessarily an atheist),as i have any number of times, it is  always the same arguments against God or the Church or both.Over and over. So I have to bring them up here.I was definitely planning on it from the beginning anyway.

Galileo was a Catholic.Be sure to go through the list of Catholic scientists i posted.There are TONS of them.A Jesuit priest gave science the Big Bang Theory. The Church persecutes scientists? I don’t think so. Galileo was NOT at odds with the Catholic Church over science.I recommend the following articles re the Galileo controversy.If the Church was at loggerheads with one scientist and gave the world the extensive list of notable scientists I posted it’s highly unlikely the Church is in the business of persecuting scientists. It doesn’t add up. Give one or all of these a read:

http://www.catholicfidelity.com/apologetics-topics/galileo/

Next, are those horrible Crusades proving again beyond a shadow of a doubt that atheism committing genocide is nowhere’s near as bad as the Catholic Church setting off on those Crusades. FACT: The Crusades were a defense to protect Christians and the Holy Land.

This  article- by a non Catholic no less-  takes an objective,factual look at the Crusades. If people would only take the time to do the research.

He sums it up:

“They were not the brainchild of an ambitious pope or rapacious knights but a response to more than four centuries of conquests in which Muslims had already captured two-thirds of the old Christian world. At some point, Christianity as a faith and a culture had to defend itself or be consumed by Islam. The Crusades were that defense.”

The whole article is worth reading http://www.christian-community.org/library/crusades.html

Now go through history and look at all the atheistic states.A good track record? Any comparison?

Free thinkers? Really.

I will wrap this up by mentioning one of the great Doctors of the Catholic Church. St Augustine. A pagan,taking after his father to the dismay of his Christian mother. He was worldly,ambitious and pleasure seeking. He became a Manichean. His mother,St Monica, prayed for him for 30 yrs.

He had his encounter with Jesus through the preaching of St Ambrose and converted.

If you don’t read anything else I highly recommend his autobiography Confessions. It is the story of every sinner who encounters the love of God.

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Now you were saying how great atheism is and why there should be a display for the Flying Spaghetti Monster near the display of the birth of a baby(the good,the true and the beautiful) in Bethlehem? It’s not offensive as much as it is SILLY.

The Flying Spaghetti Monster,Part III

Of all the accomplishments of Christianity none is more profound than the men and women through the ages who reached a level of sanctity and heroic virtue known as the saints.

We have to begin with Jesus. Jesus chose 12 men,called apostles.He didn’t have an army,power,wealth or prestige. His life ended being put to death as a criminal. For all intents and purposes the mission He set out with was over,done,a failure. All the commands He gave-preach the gospel to all nations,baptize in the name of the Father,Son and Holy Spirit, and the promise He made-that hell would not prevail over His Church looked doomed the day they took him down from the Cross.All a waste of time and effort.Jesus was just another man making a claim to be the Messiah,like many of that time. The 12 common men hid in fear that they would be next.

Something they witnessed changed the whole scenario. His commands,which seemed so unlikely to be fulfilled, were beginning with  this little group of not so special people.His Church survived and the great Roman Empire fell.

Down through the ages the message of Jesus has turned people’s lives around.Whole continents went from the barbaric to the civilized. The Church has given us people like Saint Father Damien-he worked among the lepers when nobody else would go near them.

Saint Father Maximilian Kolbe who gave up his life for a married prisoner of Auschwitz  so the man could  go back to his family.Father Kolbe died in his place.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, a convert to Catholicism,she started  the first free Catholic school in America.http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=180

Mother Therese founded the Sisters of Charity and served the poorest of the poor in India.It is now active in 133 countries. A member of the Congregation takes a 4th vow in addition to the vows of poverty,chastity and obedience.They  must adhere to giving”Wholehearted and Free service to the poorest of the poor.”

http://sistersofcharity.com/

I could go on.I’m not even mentioning the numerous charities,hospitals and services the Catholic Church has in the United States and around the world.

The “annual risk of a person under Soviet control being murdered by the regime was 1 out of 222” according to http://democraticpeace.wordpress.com/2009/06/10/how-many-did-stalin-really-murder/

The Soviet Union was just one of several atheistic communist regimes to murder its own citizens let alone citizens of other countries.

The article includes other estimates.Let’s put it this way; the Soviet Communist regime was responsible for genocide on a large scale of its own citizens. I can’t think of one hospital founded by an atheist group.One group going among the poorest of the poor.

One atheist willing to act out of heroic virtue as the saints did.

Atheism, as far as i can tell,has not had a profound influence on any culture for the good.

Flying Spaghetti Monster,Part II

List of Catholic scientists…and ,we will be taking a look at the Galileo controversy.We’re getting to that.Along with a few other stabs I KNEW would eventually come up.

For now, this is quite extensive.Consider the contributions they made:

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Catholic_scientists