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Politics

Feb 08 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The UN and Child Abuse

Saturday, February 8th, 2014
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Homily #140208n ( 22min) Play – Fr. Matthias tells us today’s homily is not a defense of the Catholic Church’s response to the child abuse crisis nor an intellectual analysis of the subject at hand, but a pastoral sermon, one warning the sheep of the wolves. The subject at hand is the volley of “recommendations” from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and Fr. Matthias fires back by first examining the incredible suggestions from the Committee, and then examining what exactly the Committee itself is promoting in the name of “protecting children.” Ave Maria! Mass: Saturday 4th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF Readings:  1st: 1ki 3:4-13 Resp: psa 119:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Gsp: mar 6:30-34 Audio (MP3) +++

Dr. Miravalle: Peace Not Through Politics

Monday, November 5th, 2012

It is the day before the election.

If we choose the candidate that is pro-life, pro-traditional family, and pro-religious freedom to be the next President of the United States, then a window of God’s Mercy will be granted to America. (more…)

A Prayer for America

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord, not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.  We thank you for the privilege of being able to organize ourselves politically and of knowing that political loyalty does not have to mean disloyalty to you. (more…)

FI News: A Courageous Bishop Speaks Out

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Ave Maria!

This is great stuff from Bishop Thomas John Paprocki!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJwJ9C_0Csg&sns=em

Ave Maria!

Oct 07 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: Cast Your Vote for the Human Family

Sunday, October 7th, 2012
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Homily #121007 ( 40min) Play- Fr. Bonaventure explains how adamant our Lord was in defense of matrimony and the protection of children. Father encourages us to vote according to the economy of the human family, not so much in material goods, but in defense of the family which is being attacked through marriage, contraception, and abortion. Ave Maria!

Mass: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 2:18-24
Resp: psa 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6
2nd: heb 2:9-11
Gsp: mar 10:2-16

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Christians in the World

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

“Christians are indistinguishable from other men either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit separate cities of their own, or speak a strange dialect, or follow some outlandish way of life. Their teaching is not based upon reveries inspired by the curiosity of men. Unlike some other people, they champion no purely human doctrine. With regard to dress, food and manner of life in general, they follow the customs of whatever city they happen to be living in, whether it is Greek or foreign.

And yet there is something extraordinary about their lives. They live in their own countries as though they were only passing through. They play their full role as citizens, but labor under all the disabilities of aliens. Any country can be their homeland, but for them their homeland, wherever it may be, is a foreign country. Like others, they marry and have children, but they do not expose them. They share their meals, but not their wives.

They live in the flesh, but they are not governed by the desires of the flesh. They pass their days upon earth, but they are citizens of heaven. Obedient to the laws, they yet live on a level that transcends the law. Christians love all men, but all men persecute them. Condemned because they are not understood, they are put to death, but raised to life again. (more…)

Video – Variety #204: 2012 Rally For Life Perth Parliament House

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
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Variety #204 - 2012 Rally For Life Perth Parliament House( 19min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

May 22nd 2012 Rally For Life organized by the Coalition for the Defense of Human Life in Perth, Western Australia.

Ave Maria!

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Video – Variety #198: 40 Days For Life Perth Western Australia

Thursday, April 5th, 2012
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Variety #198 – 40 Days For Life Perth Western Australia ( 06min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Joanne Cichini coordinator of 40 Days For Life here in Perth, Western Australia gives us the scoop for this past Lenten Season endeavour and success in saving 10 babies from death.

Ave Maria!

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The 40 Days for Life begins Ash Wednesday

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

Almighty Father and Lord of life,

You have entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding and protecting human life with the utmost care from the moment of conception to natural death (Gaudium et Spes No. 51). During this holy season of Lent, a time of both penance and great hope, stir in our hearts a greater love for you and for each other.  During these 40 days of spiritual renewal, lead us (more…)

Contracepting Religious Freedom

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Thank God the bishops are using their clout against the attempt of the Obama administration to force Catholic institutions to pay for contraception. Although I do not agree with Paul Moses entirely, I believe he has a point in suggesting that the effort could backfire.  But that is a risk we have to take. Unfortunately, politics today is largely part of our sound bite culture.  So many people are more interested in the outcome of the Twitter war than they are about having an in-depth and clear understanding of the problem at hand.  Political persuasion is to a great extent about perception. Winning a debate  seems more important than dealing with the fundamental issues. Clarifying first principles often clouds the particular agenda and appeals more to the intellect than it does to the emotions. Emotional arguments work better. (more…)

Ten Years Later: Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

At 8:46 a.m., five hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the World Trade Center’s North Tower (1 WTC) and at 9:03 a.m. another five hijackers crashed United Airlines Flight 175 into the South Tower (2 WTC). There were a total of 2,996 deaths, including the 19 hijackers and 2,977 victims. The victims that day included one Franciscan Priest, while he was performing his priestly duties on the injured and dead.

Living your Faith in the Public Square

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Ave Maria Meditations

Today is the Feast of the Patron of the Third Order of St. Francis, St. Louis the King.  He lived his faith with conviction and publicly.  Here is a meditation on this topic  from a modern Franciscan who is presently the Archbishop of Denver and soon to be the Archbishop of Philadelphia:

“Speak in the light”

Cardinal Henri de Lubac: once wrote that “It is not true … that man cannot organize the world without God. What is true is that, without God, [man] can ultimately only organize it against man. Exclusive humanism is inhuman humanism … ”

Living within the truth means (more…)

St. Thomas More: Franciscan Saint and Martyr

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Ave Maria Meditations

THE KING’S GOOD SERVANT BUT GOD’S FIRST…

St. Thomas More, a Franciscan Tertiary, has been named the patron for lawyers and politicians.  This holy and wholly Catholic man was a husband and father in addition to being a lawyer and became Lord Chancellor of England so much was he respected and regarded in his own time. He was beheaded in witness of the Truths of the Faith in 1535.

Blessed Pope John Paul II would write of him: “Precisely because (more…)

“They will persecute you…”

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Ave Maria Meditations

No, I was not helpless or worthless or useless in that prison. I was not terribly humiliated because I was rejected as a priest. These men around me were suffering, they needed help. They needed someone to listen to them with sympathy, someone to comfort them, someone to give them courage to carry on. They needed someone who was not feeling sorry for himself but who could truly share in their sorrow. They needed someone who was not looking for consolation but who could console. They needed someone who was not looking for respect and admi­ration because of what he was but someone who could show them love and respect even if spurned and rejected himself.

As Christ had set the example for me, so could I be to them an example of Christian charity and concern. If nothing else, if they insisted upon shunning me, I could at least pray for them and offer up for them to the Father of us all the suffering and anguish that their rejection of me as a priest caused me. Christ had prayed for his persecutors, “Father, forgive them.” If I could do nothing else at this moment in the prison at Perm, I could do that. (more…)

Vatican denounces the “intransigent religious intolerance” of the Chinese Government

Monday, December 20th, 2010


December 17, 2010. The Vatican has accused China of oppressing religious freedom and says that attempts to control the conscience of its citizens and interfere in the internal affairs of the Catholic Church does no credit to Beijing. In a strongly worded statement, the Vatican said their attitude is a sign of fear, weakness and intransigent intolerance. The report also states that Beijing has “unilaterally damaged the climate of trust and dialogue” that had developed between the Vatican and the government.

via Vatican denounces the “intransigent religious intolerance” of the Chinese Government.