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The Liberals are up in arms again February 29, 2012

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The Libs and other Left wing Progressives have their undies tied up in knots again today. It seems that a Catholic priest in Maryland declined to allow a woman to partake of the Holy Eucharist at the funeral Mass for her mother. The reason being is the woman seems to be an avowed, practicing lesbian.

Of course, we hear the standard secular responses from self proclaimed “Catholics”.

“God loves EVERYONE !”  (Yes, He does!)

“God is a forgiving God !” (Yes, He is”)

“That priest had no right to judge her” – (Actually, he wasn’t)

Here’s the deal.  God made us the way we are. We are not perfect. It is our duty to know God, to love God and to serve Him.  He has set down rules which we are to OBEY (not a pleasant word in our society). In His wisdom, God made us male and female.  He made us in His likeness and image.

God set up the sacrament of Marriage.  He deems it to be a good thing.  In fact, God likes the sacrament of Marriage so much, that he has chosen it to mirror the relationship that He has with His Church.  He is the Groom and we are the Bride.  The ideal is to give each of ourselves to the other in a display of total and unbounded love.

The purpose of marriage (Sacramental, Roman Catholic marriage, as we understand it) is to be between male and female, and is to sustain the societal building block and to be open to life and to procreate when God desires to use us in this way.  Sexual intimacy is reserved for the married couple.  Any type of sexual intimacy outside of this bond, whether by heterosexual or homosexual individuals is fornication. Sexual intimacy between the married couple that is not open to life is also fornication. Being heterosexual and being married does not give you a free pass to use and abuse your spouse.

Same sex attraction is not a sin.  Being a homosexual or lesbian is not a sin. Being a heterosexual is not a sin.  Engaging in sexual activity (homosexual or heterosexual) outside of the domain reserved for married couples IS a sin.

To those who insist that God loves everyone – I agree, He does.  But He also hates sin, because it is the antithesis of Him.

To those who insist that God is a forgiving God – I agree, He is.  But to gain His forgiveness you must be repentant and must be willing to follow His ways, not yours.

To those who think this priest did wrong – well then, I guess you would also have to tell that to St. John the Baptist, who did the same exact thing by pointing out the inappropriate relationship between Herod and Herodias.  Personally, if I get to meet St. John the Baptist someday, they’re ain’t NO WAY that I would presume to tell him that he did something wrong.

The bottom line is this. If you are confused by any of this, I would suggest reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the early Church doctors and elders.  If you find that you cannot agree with what has been proclaimed, then I would suggest you stop calling yourself Catholic and go join some other church.  The Truth cannot change, and It won’t.

You can knock yourself out and call a duck a cat for 1000 years if you want; but even after a 1000 years, the duck will be a duck and the cat will still be a cat, no matter how badly you want it otherwise.

J+M+J

Watcha’ doin’ ? February 20, 2012

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For Lent, that is?  Ash Wednesday is the day after tomorrow.

Are you like many of us, who will make a sacrifice and give something up?  Maybe television, the Internet, chocolate or something else that is very part of your nature?  I read on a Catholic Website of a family who is going to try and do without electricity one night each week during Lent.  No, they won’t be turning off the main breaker, and they will allow small night lights so that they can navigate the house safely.  But they will try to do without the “normal” evening time artificial illumination, as well as TV and computers in order to lessen distractions.  They will use that time for prayer and Bible reading by candlelight in order to draw closer to the Lord.

But if you’re in a quandary about what to “give up”, how about not giving up anything at all?  How about doing something additional, instead?  Need some ideas?

  • Spend some time each night reading from one of the Gospels before going to bed?
  • Instead of listening to the radio during your daily commute – how about saying a rosary instead?
  • Take the money that you’d spend on that extra cup of coffee at work and place it in the Poor Box instead?
  • Take part in your parish’s Lenten program or parish mission, if your Pastor is holding one?
  • How about daily Mass, if you’re available?
  • A conscious effort to attend Stations of the Cross?
  • Go to confession if you haven’t been since you can remember?
  • All of the above and more?

The point is to not Lent go to waste!  It is a precious gift from God where we spend time getting ready to contemplate the Mystery of Salvation and to prepare for  season of Easter.  Make an effort for this not to be just another “normal” time of the year for you. Jesus came down to earth to suffer the cruelest kind of death, to restore the rift between God and man, that WE caused! When you receive Holy Eucharist this Easter-tide, know that He is truly present, and is coming to you as the food necessary in order to receive eternal life. How awesome is that?

There is no one, NO ONE who loves you more than God.

J+M+J

The Creed February 17, 2012

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And I believe what I believe
Is what makes me what I am
I did not make it, no it is making me
It is the very truth of God and not
The invention of any man

As we begin Lent, next Wednesday, I hope we will all use the season to make the above refrain a statement about our lives. My we be what we believe and may the Truth be so ingrained in us as to shine forth to all we know.

Rich Mullins who is the artist who wrote and is performing in this video, died in September 1997 in a tragic traffic accident.  He had recently completed RCIA and was scheduled to receive his First Eucharist that weekend.

J+M+J

I just don’t understand February 7, 2012

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You can’t pray in a public school – separation of Church and State.

You can’t display a Nativity Scene on public property – separation of Church and State.

You can’t hang a copy of the Ten Commandments in a public building – separation of Church and State.

Kids can’t pray before a game that’s held on public school property – separation of Church and State.

BUT …….

the Obama Administration is going to force businesses and organizations run by Catholic entities to pay for abortion and sterilization services.

WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED TO THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE ???!!!???

 

J+M+J

Bad Catholic January 19, 2012

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Many might say that that is what I am.

But really, “Bad Catholic” is a blog that I have begun reading last year.  It is written by Marc Barnes who is a student at Franciscan University.  I would encourage you to become a regular reader.  Marc writes with logic and yet with passion at the same time.

I fell in love with his writing style and his message; and I think you might too. I have added it to the blogroll which appears to the right.

J+M+J

Happy New Year !!! January 19, 2012

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Hey, I’m only 19 days late!

I want to make this blog fruitful this coming year.  Have you seen the “I Love Jesus – but I hate religion” video on YouTube? Someone, a very brave Catholic priest had the guts to answer it.  We need more REAL men like this!

 

J+M+J

The coming Persecution is here November 4, 2011

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If you read the Bible on a regular basis; or go to Mass on a regular basis (which I hope you do), the following should sound familiar.  It is from the Gospel according to St. Matthew – Chapter 5 – the Sermon on the Mount – the Beatitudes.  This comes at the end:
“Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”
Well folks, the days of Persecution are here; and they’ve returned with a vengeance.
All you have to do is look around you; and pay attention to the media.  Christians and Jews (particularly Catholics) are reviled, ridiculed and mocked with gleeful abandon.  We are scorned, litigated against, and have violence done against us, because of Jesus and our faith in Him.
Examples:
Catholic University in Washington D.C is being sued over Muslim student’s rights.  Yep, that’s correct.  A law professor has filed a human rights complaint against Catholic University in Washngton D.C because the rooms they meet in for prayer have too many Catholic symbols in them and these students “feel uncomfortable”.  Can you imagine?  A Catholic school is being sued because it has crucifixes and statues of the saints in it’s room.  I kid you not, I am not making this up!
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/cu-sued-over-muslim-worship/2011/10/27/gIQAidsMNM_story.html
This one is not particularly Catholic in nature – but is just as important as it is against a brother Christian.  Tim Tebow, a quarterback for the Denver Broncos is a very devout Evangelical Christian.  When he had a good game a few weeks ago, after a good play, he would fall down to one knee and give thanks.  Obviously, that’s not allowed in our Great Society.  It makes too many people feel uncomfortable.  So the following week, when playing against the Detroit Lions, whenever he was sacked, the Detroit players who were responsible for the sack, mimiced his gesture in turn.
http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/low_blows_on_tebow_effkuiTBivtro7ZPZSVilJ
There’s other examples too.  With Obamacare coming close to being enacted, Catholics and Catholic institutions are being forced into situations where they will have to quit their jobs of stop offering services altogether, rather than be forced into partaking in providing abortions or other healthcare practices deemed sinful by our Faith.
This kind of thing was unthinkable just 20 – 30 years ago!  When I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s, the Catholic Church and other denominations were respected and were held in high regard. No one had a problem with mentioning God in the public square – reverence was admired.  Just goes to show you how far we have fallen.
 
 J + M + J

Wow! October 20, 2011

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Silly me!  And here I thought the days of anti-Catholic bigotry were over.

Some background.  I recently friended a fellow Ham Radio operator on Facebook.  So far so good, right?  Then I see some decidedly anti-Catholic posts and my dander fires up.  I make a few posts in defense of the Faith and then all of a sudden I feel like I’m sitting in Jack Chick’s living room!

The Roman Catholic Church is unBiblical, we’re a sect dedicated to genocide (Inquisition), the Mary bashing started, and the next thing you know, I was hearing how I worship a “false” Jesus.  I have to admit, I’ll be darned because all these years I thought there was only One.

I apologized to my friend and told him that he could “unfriend” me if he wanted to; but there’s no way that he would ever be able to shake my faith.  What’s really, really, really, REALLY sad is that he admitted to me that he’s a lapsed Catholic; but that he now belongs to a “True Christian” denomination.

When you argue logically, based on fact and all you get hit with is weird conspiracy theories – all you can do is pray for folks like these.  They’re still seeking.

J+M+J

Everyone should see this October 13, 2011

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It’s 33 minutes long; but is sobering.  If you are “Pro-Choice” and don’t have second thoughts after watching this, something is wrong!

This can be found on YouTube – share it with your friends – share it with your friends who are “Pro-Choice” especially the ones who are that way because they think it’s “the right way” to be.

J+M+J

New at this October 13, 2011

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I am not new to blogging, as I have a blog that is devoted to Amateur Radio that is coming up on 7 years of existence now.  But this is my first real attempt at blogging about my Faith and issues that are Catholic in nature.

For the record, I am not a theologian nor a catechist.  I am not Mark Shea, Mary Kochan, Marcellino D’Ambrosio or like any of the really talented Catholic writers out there.  I am just your average, Joe Everyman who sits in the pew every Sunday.  That is not to say I am not active in my parish and community, as I am.  But I am nothing special.  I am not what I would consider to be exceptionally wise or educated.  But I do think I have a modicum of common sense; and I do know that for the most part, I know what’s right and what’s wrong.  I am a member of the Knights of Columbus and I am a member of their 4th Degree – the Patriotic Degree.  Being a member of the Knights, I am undoubtedly, unabashedly, unapologetically Pro-Choice.  Does that surprise you?

Let me clarify that by stating my “Choice” is Life; and not death.  My choice is Life; and not murder. My Choice is Life and not euthanasia or capital punishment.

And I am very opinionated!  Yes, I know what they say about everyone having an opinion.

I will try in the upcoming weeks and months to express my feelings in the space.  I feel I was called to do that.  If you disagree with what I post here – that’s all well and good.  But the last time I checked, the “Progressive” element in our country was still not successful in removing the First Amendment from the Bill of Rights.  So if you don’t like what you see here, I invite you to move on.

Now, on to the meat of this first post ………

Can someone please tell me why this woman has not been excommunicated?

She has to be one of the worst Catholics in politics.  How this woman can call herself Catholic and be such an advocate for death is beyond me.  As I understand it, excommunication is an act of mercy. It was designed to kind of shock Catholics into realizing that they are on the wrong road and are putting their souls into eternal peril.  Nancy Pelosi seems to be travelling that road with her unwavering, stubborn stance supporting abortion.

I am hoping that praying for her will cause her to repent and change her ways.  But maybe a strong nudge from her Bishop is what’s needed to get her to wake up and smell the coffee.

Can you imagine what a crushing blow it would be to the abortion industry to have one of their most visible proponents repent and change ways?

From this page to God’s eye!

Thanks for reading this.

J+M+J