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Or just be a faithful Catholic and ignore them both.

 

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Would people, even our relatives, love and communicate with us more if we told them this?

Just a friendly email to inform you that I no longer believe in – at least not all of – the teachings of the Catholic Church. I’m now pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia, pro-cohabitation of unmarried couples, pro-contraception, pro-same-sex marriage, pro-homosexual acts, pro-transgenderism. Okay, I’m not “all there” yet, I’m a work in progress, but now that I’m no longer an Independent and have finally become a Democrat, I’m sure I’ll soon be perfect. What’s really cool is that just like Nancy Pelosi, I’m still a devout Catholic.

I’m sure most of you are happy with my transformation and will probably keep in touch with me now, so let’s chat. Oh wait, I have to join Facebook first. Sorry, I’m still learning how to have friends.

Love to you all and be happy by whatever means; what else is life for?

 

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Pope Francis,

You said:

“The apparitions, the presumed current apparitions: the report has its doubts. I personally am more nasty, I prefer the Madonna as Mother, our Mother, and not a woman who’s the head of a telegraphic office, who everyday sends a message at such hour. This is not the Mother of Jesus. And these presumed apparitions don’t have a lot of value. This I say as a personal opinion. But, it’s clear. Who thinks that the Madonna says, ‘come tomorrow at this time, and at such time I will say a message to that seer?’ No.”

The one person by whom the Holy Mother of God should never be insulted is the Vicar of her Divine Son.

The Holy Spirit has the freedom to do whatever pleases Him or He deems necessary. If He chooses to send Blessed Mother Mary to convey messages to all of humanity (via apparitions or locutions) for the salvation of our souls (including yours), we should be grateful (despite your personal opinion that “these presumed apparitions don’t have a lot of value”).

One thing savvy Catholics can be sure of is that there is much more deceit perpetrated by high ranking members of the clergy than anything they should be wary of via private revelation.

Excerpt from Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s book ‘A Still, Small Voice’ regarding Medjugorje:

“In such a complex situation it is surprising to find someone [the bishop] in such a no-lose situation. The worst that can happen is that the bishop may have to make some apologies to the Virgin Mary – but then we have it on the best authority that she is very benevolent and understanding. One might assume that with a couple of Rosaries the bishop will be out of trouble with the Blessed Mother. My problem with the bishop and his advisors, as well as with everyone else except the visionaries themselves, is that they are all so sure of their respective positions. The visionaries have at least a subjective excuse for being certain. I had the opportunity to interview one of the young visionaries, Maria Paprovick, for over an hour, through an interpreter. I found her to be a rather levelheaded, sensible peasant girl. Without clear evidence of fraud or mental illness, how can anyone else be so certain in completely rejecting their accounts?

More on Medjugorje: https://fjdalessio.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/medjugorje

 

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The Venerable Pope Pius XII was the pope of my youth. His moral strength and integrity are much needed today. 

Excerpts from ‘Prophetic Speech of Pope Ven. Pius XII Warns of “a Church which Weakens the Law of God” [Source]:

Romans! The Church of Christ is following the road traced out for her by the divine Redeemer. She feels herself eternal; she knows that she cannot perish, that the most violent storms will not succeed in submerging her. She begs no favours; the threats and disfavor of earthly authorities do not intimidate her. She does not interfere in problems purely economic or political, nor does she occupy herself with debates on the usefulness or banefulness of one form of government or another. Always eager, in so far as she is able, to be at peace with all (cf. Rom 12:8), she renders unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, but she cannot betray or abandon that which belongs to God.

Now, it is well known what the totalitarian and anti-religious State requires and expects from her [the Church] as the price for her tolerance and her problematic recognition. That is, it would desire:

a Church which remains silent, when she should speak out;

a Church which weakens the law of God, adapting it to the taste of human desires, when she should loudly proclaim and defend it;

a Church which detaches herself from the unwavering foundation upon which Christ built her, in order to repose comfortably on the shifting sands of the opinions of the day or to give herself up to the passing current;

a Church which does not withstand the oppression of conscience and does not protect the legitimate rights and the just liberties of the people;

a Church which, with indecorous servility, remains enclosed within the four walls of the temple, which forgets the divine mandate received from Christ: Go forth to the street corners (Matt 22:9), teach all peoples (Matt 28:19).

Beloved sons and daughters! Spiritual heirs of an innumerable legion of confessors and martyrs!

Is this the Church whom you venerate and love? Would you recognize in such a Church the features of your Mother’s face? Can you imagine a Successor of the first Peter, who would bow to similar demands?

The Pope has the divine promises; even in his human weaknesses, he is invincible and unshakable; he is the messenger of truth and justice, the principle of the unity of the Church; his voice denounces errors, idolatries, superstitions; he condemns iniquities; he makes charity and virtue loved.

Can he [the Pope] then remain silent when in a nation the churches which are united to the center of Christendom, to Rome, are snatched away through violence or cunning; when all the Greek-Catholic bishops are imprisoned because they refuse to apostatize from their faith; when priests and the faithful are persecuted and arrested because they refuse to leave their true Mother Church?

Can the Pope remain silent, when ….

Read the rest here.

Status of the Church at the end of Pope Pius XII’s reign:

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This year my birthday falls on Divine Mercy Sunday. A reminder that I am much in need of God’s mercy and, as all birthdays remind us seniors, my time to plead for that mercy is not far off. As a younger man, I didn’t expect to live beyond the age of sixty. More recently, I didn’t expect to live beyond my mid-seventies. Now that I’ve reached the age of seventy-one, I think I’ll give up all thoughts of my proximity to death. After all, it really doesn’t matter when I die, if my soul is ready to meet its Maker. Meeting that criterion is all that I should be concerned about. Hopefully, visitors to this site share or come to share that same concern. If we take that concern seriously and succeed in fulfilling God’s expectations of us, we can be sure that those whom we love will not be disappointed in us for putting God first in our lives. For it is through Him that we are able to serve others. Being faithful to God is the best example we can offer to others and that example is the most important service we can render them. Especially during the current crisis the Catholic Church is going through.

I have grave concerns about what is currently going on in the Church (and I do mean “in the Church), which I think may be Satan’s last battle. We all know that Satan had lost the war from the outset, but since he never knew or accepted that fact, he continues his attempt to satisfy his voracious craving for more souls to join him in hell. Only God Himself will declare when the last battle will be fought. But I have hope that it has begun and I know for certain that those who are not of the mind of Christ will lose. May his Divine Mercy save their souls from eternal damnation.

Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

 

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If you click here, you’ll find that over the years I have rarely mentioned Medjugorje. But a few moments ago, I had an impulse to make a statement regarding Medjugorje and I’ve decided that I should indeed do so.

The impulse was inspired while I was listening to a comment made by Frank Walker of stumblingblock.org as he was commenting on a headline posted at canon212.com which read: “FrancisEnvoy Abp. Hoser on Medjugorje farce: I can’t speak to the truth of the visions. That’s Card. Ruini’s job. All I can say is it’s dynamic, spiritually special, see?”

Walker made clear that he believes Medjugorje is a farce and obviously, the person who drafted the headline from which he quoted shares his opinion. The story behind the headline had to do with an interview conducted on April 5 in the village of Medjugorje with Archbishop Henryk Hoser and members of the press from various countries. Rather than read someone’s summary of or comments on the interview, you can watch and listen to it in fullness here.

My purpose for this post, as I have previously stated, is to fulfill an impulse to make a statement. It is not to expound on why I believe the apparitions are authentic or to debate with those who hold the opposite opinion.  I merely wish to state that I find it astonishing that any Catholic could believe that it is impossible for the apparitions at Medjugorje to be authentic and I find it sad that those who come across as orthodox Catholics could take such a stance.

One day, we all will be certain of what is the truth. Not necessarily by what anyone has said, but by proof positive.

 

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I don’t know if it’s because I just celebrated another birthday and have perhaps been pondering too diligently, but the question has come to mind as to why we people can think so differently regarding some very important issues. I believe that very often, perhaps most often, it has nothing to do with our level of education or intelligence. I’m not speaking about things that can be indisputably proven or disproven by virtue of one’s knowledge. I’m speaking more about points of view.  Certainly, those who have been our teachers (professional educators, parents, pastors) have significantly influenced our way of thinking. I thank God for my Catholic background. Which, by the way, truly helped me twenty-three years ago to open my heart and mind to a religious re-enlightenment when God blessed me with an opportunity to grow up and from then on strive to age well. If we are aging well, we should be able to say, as does Msgr. Charles Pope, “My body is aging, but my soul is younger and more vibrant than ever.” Since then our Blessed Triune God and his Holy Catholic Church have helped me to carefully discern between his Will, that of my own, and the influence of others and also to fervently strive to know and live my Catholic faith more deeply. I can sincerely pray this way.

My zeal for my faith and my concern for my loved ones those many years ago prompted me to establish a website, which I chose to name Thoughts and Faith to Share. That evolved into my current blog, Taking Life, Love and Faith Seriously. Why did I choose that title and why might some of my points of view be so different than so many of my fellow citizens of our shared planet? Because I cannot care less than I do about the topics presented on this blog. I must strive to have as deep a concern about important issues as does my Lord and Master – the only Teacher Who is the way, the truth and the life.

To close, I’d like to add:

If you are a non-practicing Catholic or do not embrace all of the teachings of the Catholic Church, I earnestly suggest that you wait no longer for your own religious re-enlightenment and begin your own phase of aging well. I pray you begin earlier and I did and strive even more diligently than I do. I believe you will find a great deal of helpful material and references on this blog (and do feel free to email me.)

If you are a parent, grandparent or godparent, I recommend reading A Child’s Plea for Eternal Life.

God bless you

If you didn’t click on the prayer link, see below.

O my most loving Triune God,

I love You as my Life, my Hope and my Salvation.

I adore You as the Author of my being.

I desire You as my End.

I praise You as my Perpetual Benefactor.

I invoke You as my Sovereign Protector.

I worship You as my Divine Master.

Direct me by your Wisdom.

Restrain me with your Justice.

Comfort me with your Clemency.

Protect me with your Power.

I consecrate to You my thoughts, that I may think of You,

my words, that I may speak of You,

my actions, that they may be according to your Will,

my sufferings, for your greater Glory.

I beg your Pardon for my faults.

Strengthen me with your Grace and keep me from falling.

Come and take Possession of my heart.

Live and Reign in it making it wholly yours.

Fill it with your Love, Mercy and Peace.

Amen.

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