Thursday, March 27, 2008

Monthly Message from Our Lady

Message of March 25, 2008 "Dear children! I call you to work on your personal conversion. You are still far from meeting with God in your heart. Therefore, spend all the more time in prayer and Adoration of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, for Him to change you and to put into your hearts a living faith and a desire for eternal life. Everything is passing, little children, only God is not passing. I am with you and I encourage you with love. Thank you for having responded to my call." 03/2008

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I can't believe this!

From WorldNetDaily:

University newspaper: God tells Mary, 'You're f----d'Cartoon mocking Christians met 'publishing' criteria

The student newspaper at the University of Virginia published a cartoon mocking Christians and Christianity after determining it met its own "criteria" but later removed it and has been backpedaling ever since.
The illustration – and another previous cartoon – were the subject of an alert from the American Family Association, which urged readers to use its website to send an e-mail to Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, with a copy to Daniel LaVista, the executive director of the state Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
"Last week, the University of Virginia's student paper, The Cavalier Daily, ran a cartoon depicting a naked man smoking a cigarette in bed. Standing beside the bed, a woman in her underwear buttons up her shirt and asks, 'Come on God, be honest – Did you really get a vasectomy? I can't let Joseph find out about this.' The man replies, 'Well, Mary, you're f----d," the AFA said.
A previous cartoon portrayed a crucified Jesus telling jokes onstage, AFA said.

"It is sad to see students at the University of Virginia's newspaper, The Cavalier Daily, use such a low level of intelligence to express their anti-Christian bigotry," the suggested e-mail to state officials says. "It leaves one wondering what the taxpayers of Virginia get in return for the millions of dollars the state uses to educate the students."
The AFA e-mail continues: "The paper has posted on its website that it 'regrets any offense readers may have taken to two recent comics in the strip...' So, no apology is offered. In other words, they regret the fact that Christians are taking offense at the blasphemous cartoons.
"Unfortunately, this bigotry is more of a reflection on the newspaper and university than the Christians the paper is belittling. It appears that a public apology is in order. Or do the views of the editorial staff at The Cavalier Daily represent the views of the administration at UVA?" AFA asked.
A WND telephone message seeking comment left with the office of University President John T. Casteen III was not returned.
On its website, the newspaper posted in boldfaced type: "Cavalier Daily statement regarding recent comics (UPDATED)."
The student-run publication contact page lists no individual names, only titles such as "editor." On the website, the newspaper said, in an unsigned statement, that the comics were reviewed, and approved, before publication.
"When the comics were considered for publication, they were deemed to have met The Cavalier Daily's censorship criteria," the newspaper said.
But it added, "In light of recent and previous concerns, The Cavalier Daily will be reviewing its comics policy."
It is only on a separate page, listing "Staff," that names are included. There Elizabeth Mills is identified as the editor-in-chief, with Daniel Colbert the executive editor, Kristin Hawkins the managing editor and opinion editors including Stephen Parsley, Lindsay Huggins, Christa Byker, Sam Shirazi and James Rogers.
The newspaper's policies in place at the time, under which the cartoons were approved, officials said, included, "Does the author truthfully depict a verifiable historical or contemporary situation? If not, and the context of the work is creative, we ask two more questions. Does the author make a serious, intentional point, the censoring of which would constitute viewpoint discrimination? Also, does the author criticize or make light of a group of people for any reason other than their own opinions or actions?"
"While it is more than appropriate to criticize or satirize opinions, including religious ones, this policy seeks to limit material that criticizes people for traits or situations they cannot change. Recent decisions we have made rest on our judgment that the material in question has passed the previous test," the editors wrote.
The cartoons, which ran March 13 and 14, were taken down shortly later, and a statement regarding the source posted: "THE COMIC ARTISTS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MARCH 13 AND 14 TCB COMIC STRIPS DECLINE TO COMMENT ON THEIR WORK AT THIS TIME."
But a former student, Wendy Turner, class of 1995, was unashamed of her opinions, expressed in a letter to the editor.
"I have never been embarrassed to be a Wahoo – until now. While at the university I would have snickered at the provocative cartoons mocking Christ. I had no reverence for Jesus and only disdain for Christians," she wrote.
"I speak now from a different perspective, as one who understands that 'poking fun at Christianity' is no different than 'poking fun at someone's mother."
Turner continued, "Let me explain: Being a Christian means completely identifying yourself with the person of Jesus Christ; not following an organized religion or observing certain holidays or rituals. It means that Jesus means more to your heart than your own mother. So envision instead of Christ being mocked, a photograph of the reader's (or author's) mother being f----- – and laughed at – and you have an idea of what it feels like for a Christian to see Christ being mocked. "
She said she did not even condemn the creators of the cartoons. "They are allowed to be angry at God … that is between the cartoonist and Jesus."
"However, I admonish the newspaper for publishing material that is not merely 'offensive' but hurtful. Personally hurtful (in the way that it would hurt to have a picture of your mother being gang-raped published in the newspaper). Let that image guide your future 'censorship policy,'" Turner said.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

From Catholic Online:

St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints. Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461.
Along with St. Nicholas and St. Valentine, the secular world shares our love of these saints. This is also a day when everyone's Irish.
There are many legends and stories of St. Patrick, but this is his story.
Patrick was born around 385 in Scotland, probably Kilpatrick. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living in Britian in charge of the colonies.
As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him.
During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. He wrote
"The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same." "I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain."
Patrick's captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britian, where he reunited with his family.
He had another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him "We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more."
He began his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years.
Later, Patrick was ordained a bishop, and was sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. He arrived in Ireland March 25, 433, at Slane. One legend says that he met a chieftain of one of the tribes, who tried to kill Patrick. Patrick converted Dichu (the chieftain) after he was unable to move his arm until he became friendly to Patrick.
Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick's message.
Patrick by now had many disciples, among them Beningnus, Auxilius, Iserninus, and Fiaac, (all later canonized as well).
Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461.
He died at Saul, where he had built the first church. Why a shamrock?
Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and has been associated with him and the Irish since that time. In His Footsteps:
Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love and total devotion to and trust in God should be a shining example to each of us. He feared nothing, not even death, so complete was his trust in God, and of the importance of his mission.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Message from Our Lady for February

Message of February 25, 2008 "Dear children! In this time of grace, I call you anew to prayer and renunciation. May your day be interwoven with little ardent prayers for all those who have not come to know God's love. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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