Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Call To Political Responsibility

I am posting the link to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' document on political responsibility. As the election draws near and voting commences, we need to know what we are really doing when we cast a vote.

You may also want to prayerfully consider some form of extra prayer and fasting in the three days before the election on Nov. 6th.

As Queen Esther prayed and fasted for three days before approaching the king, her courage opened the king's heart and her people were spared from certain destruction.

May our prayers to God be heard and may the grace from our sacrifices overflow to open the hearts of the American people.

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/upload/Forming-Consciences-for-Faithful-Citizenship-2011.pdf



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Michelle Obama Calls Partial-Birth Abortion a 'Legitimate Medical Procedure' While Taxpayers in Indiana Still Fund Planned Parenthood...

God help us all. Talk about a "war on women". Abortion is pure evil.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/have-you-seen-the-2004-michelle-obama-letter-endorsing-partial-birth-abortion/


http://www.theblaze.com/stories/federal-court-blocks-indiana-from-cutting-funding-to-planned-parenthood/

Bruno Mars is 'Locked Out of Heaven'...Perhaps Because of the 'Young, Wild Girls'?

The young singing sensation Bruno Mars is blazing up the charts with his new hit "Locked Out of Heaven." Why is this song popular?

It's a rather crude but catchy tune about the desire to go out of oneself and enter into ecstatic union with another through the marital union.

If you look closely at the lyrics, Bruno almost imitates the Song of Songs as he sings about becoming one with a woman in a deep way; asking her to "open the gates" so he "can see the light." Deep stuff for a Top 40 song. He sings that her love "could make a sinner change his ways."

Of course, it becomes distorted and crude because he isn't singing about a marital union in a covenant relationship but more likely through a carnal union with whomever is available. Yet, the longing is there in his heart for something more.

It seems to fit with another up and coming tune of his in which he sings about a desire for a wife and exclusive union but that he cant seem to shake the immediate gratification of the young women who surround him. The song is called "Young, Wild Girls" and its a sad ballad about the desire and struggle to break free. He knows that even though they "will be the death" of him, he can't seem to break away from temptation.

Herein lies the enigma of desire and chastity. The marital union is called to be an earthly sign of the deep intimate union with which God loves us. The marital union isn't just some random act that people engage in- it is deep with spiritual, physical and emotional meaning. It means something profound. It's a reflection of something more than this world can offer.

God's love for us eternal, exclusive and life-giving. It doesn't fade when things get tough and it doesn't waver even when we are unfaithful. We all long for this kind of love because that's what we are made for. We desire this kind of union.

It will never be attained, though, through means that are sinful and out of order. The kind of union that Bruno is singing about will only leave a person thirsty and dissatisfied. The kind of union Bruno is longing for is lasting and eternal. He was made for that.

Pop culture is often popular for a reason. So often in a distorted way pop culture reveals the deepest longings of the human heart. May God bless us all on our journey toward Him and may He heal all our distorted desires and the ways we grasp at love. He wishes to come and fill us. May we be open to receive the love that truly satisfies.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Scary Commercial...

Saw this commercial today. Read that it was produced a couple of years ago but deemed "too offensive" for many networks so it was pulled. Maybe we as Americans just dont want to face the facts?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Planned Parenthood Wants To Be Believed...

ah, yes, the people who willingly murder children, cover up rape and work with sex traffickers now want us to believe that Mitt Romney will mislead the American people on the issue of abortion....*sigh*

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/planned-parenthood-president-romney-trying-so-hard-to-mislead-people-on-abortion-stance/

Bad Lip Reading Does The Debate

This group of people who apparently have WAY too much time on their hands have put together their version of the debate from last week.

Bad Lip Reading does voice over work with what it looks like people are saying and it can be completely hysterical and nonsensical. Some of their stuff can be a bit off-color and I am not recommending all their other stuff but this video of the debate made me laugh.

Get ready for a few minutes of entire nonsense (outside of MSNBC)  :)




Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The Real "War On Women"

Below is another excellent reflection by our General Superior, Sr. Anne Marie Walsh.

Please pass this on to all the women you know! We as women need to wake up to the lies of society and embrace our true and life-changing femininity.


Letter to Women: A Word Regarding the Real War on Women

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  PBS recently aired a documentary on women in 6 different countries called, “Half the Sky,” based on the book of the same name, by Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn.  Countries featured in the documentary were Sierra Leon, where rape as a weapon of choice during the civil war there has now become mainstream; Cambodia, where sex-trafficking brothels are filled with younger and younger girls who are locked up and even caged, made to take "clients" non-stop; Viet Nam where girls, especially from the countryside, are discriminated out of educations and left with little hope for much of a future;  Somaliland where genital mutilation still goes on, causing chronic pain and complications, and where a huge percentage of women die in child birth because of these complications and the lack of medical care;  India, where the caste system and dire poverty still creates a conducive environment for parents to sell their young girls into brothels, traumatizing them for life and where generational prostitution is an entrenched way of life for many women; Kenya where violence against women is so prevalent that women have begun initiatives of education and microfinance to begin to bring change to their situations.  And then there's China, which wasn't mentioned, with its one-child policy that has resulted in forced abortions, sterilizations, infanticide (of girls) and a huge gender imbalance which creates fertile ground for human trafficking.
 
There's another country where women have been victimized by a powerful propaganda that has brought them to be ashamed of their bodies and the meaning of their bodies.  Because of this propaganda, they have sterilized themselves in great numbers and had 50 million of their babies killed in the last 40 years.  All this has been done under a euphemism called "women's reproductive health."  How it is exactly that women’s healthcare becomes synonymous with ending newly conceived life and mutilating reproductive capacity, is the unasked question.  But the underlying falsehood is that women can't be equal to men unless they are able to kill their offspring and sterilize themselves.


 This country of course is the United States of America; and many countries in the West now promote this propaganda.  The hidden lie is that women cannot have control of their destiny unless they can get rid of actually what makes them women.  So they must have free access.

 
People say this is a non-issue in this election, that there is no real war against women in this country.  Yet, if we don't get this fundamental question right, everything else is skewed.  The question of how we understand woman is a question of primary importance because it affects one half of our population and how that population participates in bringing this country to true greatness. 


 Make no mistake about this.  The current propaganda has been just as lethal to women and children in the US as anything that goes on in any country in Asia or Africa or Latin America.  Any man (or woman) who encourages a woman to think that access to sterilization and abortion will make her equal to men, has rejected her womanhood, and therefore has rejected her as a real person.  Are there injustices against women?  Of course.  Are there things that need to change?  Of course.  Do women need support in times of crisis and difficulty?  Without question.  But is this the best answer we are able to come up with?

 
We have the responsibility to vote for the men (and women) who truly support us as women and who do not encourage us to sterilize ourselves and deny who we are as women, expecting us to believe that only this will allow us to participate on an equal footing with men.  Let's vote for those who respect the feminine genius as it was given to us by God and who gladly  and gratefully receive our gifts first in family, and then in every other area of human activity.    We cannot vote for any man, woman or party that rejects us in the very gift of our womanhood. 

In the countries mentioned above, incredible, selfless people, many of them victims themselves, are doing tremendous outreach and helping to change things.  They are women (and men) of real courage.  They are fighting to bring about real change, raising the standard of women’s lives to what they should be.  Some of the answers will need to be rethought.  But the positive movement is there.  As the documentary says: “ women and girls are part of the solution, not the problem.”

In this country, let us shake off the propaganda daze and stand up.  Let us say, “No more” to the  lies that drive so much of the political machine!  We are a gift precisely as women.  Let's take back control over our own destinies and rid ourselves of these deceptions so we can stand in the light of the Truth about our dignity and the greatness of our calling, precisely as women, to the whole of humanity.  And let's embrace the men who understand this and respect it and move with us, not against us, in the great crisis of this hour!

For women who have been used and deceived by this present culture, take heart!  We all have participated in this lie in one way or another.  But the good thing is that repentance and change is a movement of the heart, and women are creatures of the heart.  And once we realize the deception that has been foisted upon us, the lies that have been used for our own destruction can be stripped of their power, and the feminine genius can then be unleashed for the building up of a true civilization of life and love.

 

-Sramw 10/2012

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

The Wine That Dazes...


Featured below is an outstanding reflection by our General Superior, Sr. Anne Marie Walsh, on "the wine that dazes us."

I think we can all agree that our country seems to be paralyzed in so many areas. What is really going on? Sr. Anne explains the crisis--

May God give us keen insight and awaken our sleeping hearts as this election draws near.

Pass this on to everyone you know--

The Wine That Dazes Us

Recently, while speaking with a dear friend, I found myself sharing some of my personal experiences of growing up during the 60’s and 70’s.  I lived my grade school, high school and college, during the great movements and turmoil of that time:  the civil rights movement with its urban riots,  massive and active anti-war, anti-establishment activity especially on the campuses, women’s liberation, changes in the Church with Vatican II and shortly thereafter, the exodus of thousands of Priests and Sisters from their vocations.  I vividly recall the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy, from the impressionable and uncomprehending  perspective of youth.  

My friend asked me what I thought, out of all that, had had the greatest impact on our culture, our society today.  While there is a case to be made for the progress we’ve made in civil rights, and while I believe the Church  has been tremendously blessed by Vatican II yet is also still reeling from the effect of the thousands who left their vocations, I responded without hesitation that the sexual revolution, to my mind, has had the greatest impact on where we are today. 

Shortly after this conversation, I was praying the Divine Office and was particularly struck by Psalm 60.  Psalm 60 speaks about what happens when God’s people are unfaithful.  In Vs. 5, it says:


“You have inflicted hardships on your people

        and made us drink a wine that dazed us.”

But then it says: 

       

“You have given those who fear you a sign

To flee from the enemy’s bow.”

I was moved to ask what is the wine that dazes us?  In my prayer, it clearly seemed to me that the wine we tasted in the sexual revolution was the wine of sexual permissiveness.  And now we crave this wine.  We, as a people, have become addicted to this wine and over these last decades have brewed some very potent varieties of it.  Some are so potent that they say one taste (pornography comes to mind), immediately hooks you. 

 
In the space of a relatively short time, we have become like the chronic alcoholic who rationalizes his use and denies the devastation and destruction all around him, because he wants free and unfettered access.  Never mind that marriages and families are destroyed, babies aborted, children traumatized and stripped of their innocence.  Never mind that violence against women increases, along with every other imaginable form of degradation and perversion.  Never mind that disease, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, can be directly traced to the devastating effects of this addiction.  We just have to have it.  We tell ourselves this makes us free, adult, normal, uninhibited.  Exactly what the alcoholic says. 

Our denial with regard to what we are drinking, is so strong now, that we are blind to our own enslavement, except when the despair this creates in us sometimes seeps through to the surface.  We can no longer help ourselves.  And because we do not want to be judged, we try to convince everyone else this is a good thing.  “Try it, you’ll like it.”  Thus have we exported the wine of our own lewdness to the nations, or as the book of Revelation puts it:  the “maddening wine of her adulteries.”   (Aren’t we the biggest exporter of pornography in the world?)

This is one addiction that also helps paralyze this country, that makes it passive, indifferent in the face of the grave moral challenges we face.  It’s as though people are collectively saying:  “As long as you leave me free to do what I want, go ahead and do whatever you want.”  That seems to be the thinking of so many.  It accounts for the apathy that exists in place of a vigorous defense of justice and right and all that is good, truly good.  How can there be moral indignation in a people who are not living moral lives?  Could this be why so many people are silent in the face of the gross attacks on human life and dignity that exist in our world today? 

Psalm 60 says that God gives those who fear Him a sign to flee from the enemy’s bow.  Perhaps one sign can be found in the Wedding Feast of Cana.

Jesus wants to give us a different kind of wine, the wine from this wedding feast.   This wine is given to those who are rightly ordered in the gift of their sexuality and who celebrate it in the context in which it was given to us by Our Heavenly Father.  This wine, the best wine, fills us with love for life, excitement at the promise it holds, joy in the divine love it expresses.   It is a wine which is available to all, and which can be had by following Our Lady’s counsel:  “Do whatever He tells you.” 

This is the wine the world truly craves, the wine we were created to drink freely.  This is the wine that will not enslave but will bring all of us into the true freedom of the sons and daughters of God.  May the Most Holy Trinity and Our Lady heal us and bring us to be worthy to receive this wine.

Sr. Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT



Tuesday, October 02, 2012

A Pastor Speaks Out...

Thank God more and more people are speaking out. Let us pray for those who fearlessly speak the truth in spite of society's "consequences."


Nuns Get Involved In Election

Check out this video regarding Catholic nuns getting involved in politics- especially regarding this upcoming presidential election.

Marketing campaign?

Not on my side of the fence....

http://video.foxnews.com/v/1866967451001/

Breakthrough Conference

For those of you in the Tallahassee, FL area (and beyond), check out this AWESOME upcoming conference hosted by Bart Schuchts.

Wanna make a breakthrough in your life? Come and See!

Details:

Breakthrough Conference
October 19-20
With DR. BOB SCHUCHTS and BART SCHUCHTS
Worship Led by Chandler Collins.

LifePoint Church
1224 Pedrick Rd
Tallahassee, Fl 32317
http://thelifepointchurch.org

Contact:
Bart Schuchts
Bartschuchts@ymail.com


Meetings are led by Bart Schuchts, Dr Bob Schuchts and a gifted team of leaders equipped to launch you past barriers into your destiny.
Friday night: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Saturday: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM  (with breaks)

Lunch and dinner are provided Saturday (on the grill!)

Price: $75 per person (meals included), $125 per married couple

***Make check payable to LifePoint Church with "Breakthrough Conf" on memo line.
***Please confirm attendance via email: Bartschuchts@ymail.com