Thursday, October 30, 2008
in time of crisis-it's back to basics:
so much did he LOVE this world
his ONLY SON
In order that
Whoever Believes in Him
Will NOT Perish (Die)- But Will Have Eternal Life
.....and Whoever Calls Upon the Name Of The Lord Will Be Saved.
WHO IS HE?
The NAME OF THE LORD
JESUS FROM NAZARETH, THE CHRIST
FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT
...and it is worth repeating this pre-election prayer-say it with me Nation:
WHO IS IN HEAVEN
HOLY IS YOUR NAME
YOUR KINGDOM COME
YOUR WILL BE DONE
ON EARTH AS IT IS
GIVE US THIS DAY
OUR DAILY BREAD
AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES
AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS
AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION
BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL
FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM
And the Government Shall Be Upon His Shoulders, and His Name Shall Be Called Emmanuel, WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, Prince of Peace, Almighty God.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
as reported in the AP wire to Aol today....
A couple who already had one child got a nice BIG surprise:
Sextuplets, -- the second set ever born in New York City.
Four boys and two girls were born earlier this month to 31-year-old Digna Carpio and her 36-year-old husband, Victor, a maintenance worker with the city's Housing Authority.
Digna and Victor Carpio gave son Jhan Carlos, 7, four brothers and two sisters Oct. 6 when Digna gave birth to sextuplets. Justin, Danelia, Jezreel, Genesis, Joel and Jadon Carpio were born at 25 weeks and weighed 1 1/2 to 2 pounds each.
After some heart valvue surgeries babies are all fine- and Mom's comment
"Life is beautiful, and we're so thankful."
The sextuplets were born at Manhattan's Mount Sinai Medical Center, weighing 1 1/2 to 2 pounds each.
City Council member Tony Avella gets BIG applause- he started a collection for baby supplies.
Anyone can donate to this wonderful family through Avella's city counsel office- I am sure they would be so happy to be blessed with your kids gently used left overs.
Friday, October 24, 2008
(apparently a Human One)
(that's why it's still "the economy stupid...")
If a woman can't keep or get a job to keep or get a roof over her head how far do you think she can carry a pregnancy?
(that's why it's still about equal non-discriminatory employment, and affordable housing.)
What do you propose to do to a woman who is terrified that she is pregnant, dumped by her lover, homeless, jobless and without parental support?
Handcuff her to the bed in the psych ward kicking and screaming and feed her intervenously until she delivers?
(That's why it's still about abstinence education, job training, educational grants, student loans, affordable housing, non-predatory mortgage fairness.)
And because of absentee fathers and a 50% divorce rate....
... It Still Takes A Village.
So note to Bishops- start a program where you adopt a single pregnant woman without any means for ten months and provide her with everything she needs so she can carry a child to healthy term without ending up in the psych ward and more people will listen to you. I don't mean start a program where your flock takes the burden- you do it. You adopt a woman and care for her for ten months. You might even find yourself falling in love with her- some people might even call that "marriage." (heaven forbid?)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
A sermon/homily by Tom Reese, S.J--a very beloved Jesuit Priest
A Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center, and a former Editor of Americas Jesuit Magazine,
(who gets in trouble with Rome now and again for being so smart).
On the subject of the
Gospel: Matthew 22:15-21
The relationship between religion and politics has always been controversial. In many ancient countries like Egypt and Mexico, the kings were treated as gods. The Jewish religion, especially through the prophets, took political leaders off their pedestals and opened them to criticism.
In the time of Jesus, Israel was a colony of the Roman Empire and some argued that paying taxes to the empire was traitorous, even blasphemous. In the temple, the Pharisees set a trap for Jesus because if he said he favored paying the Roman tax, then he was a traitor. If he opposed the tax, then he was a revolutionary. It was a classic gotcha question.
Jesus was too smart for them. He asks them for the coin that was used to pay the tax. They showed him a coin and he points to the image of Caesar on the coin, and since it was against the law to bring a graven image into the temple, he showed them up as violators of the law. He then tells them that if you benefit from the reign of Caesar, then pay the tax. Oliver Wendell Holmes said something similar when he said that "Taxes are the price we pay for civilization."
As we approach Election Day, we can be happy that the Catholic Church in the United States does not endorse political parties or candidates.
Many centuries of entanglement of the church and political elites in Europe damaged both the church and the state. Evangelical churches are making the same mistake that the Catholic Church made in Europe for centuries.
At the same time, like the prophets of old, the church has the right and duty to preach justice and peace. To speak on behalf of the poor, the unborn, the homeless, immigrants and refugees is not interfering in politics, it is continuing a prophetic tradition that reminds the powerful that they are not gods--they have obligations and responsibilities and will be judged by God.
We will all be judged by how we treat the least among us.
Some have implied that Catholics should be single issue voters and that the bishops have endorsed a particular candidate. This is not true. In their document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the bishops explicitly say, “As Catholics we are not single-issue voters.”
They also state, “Church’s leaders are to avoid endorsing or opposing candidates or telling people how to vote.” Rather, voter “should take into account a candidate’s commitments, character, integrity, and ability to influence a given issue. In the end, this is a decision to be made by each Catholic guided by a conscience formed by Catholic moral teaching.”
As we continue our Eucharist, we pray to the Lord of history that both voters and political leaders in our country realize their responsibility to work for justice and peace. We also pray that our church leaders realize their responsibilities to promote justice while staying out of partisan politics.
By: Cynthia L. Butler
An Attorney in Washington, DC
There have been the wildest forms of character assassination levelled against people who do not firmly tote the Republican rhetorical line and inscription of some church leaders to do the condemning at the highest levels, including directly or inferentially calling them unchristian, against or anti- Families, even Baby Killers or conspirators with evil for supporting Democratic politicians all of whom are lumped together in the perception of abortion opponents within the planned parenthood abortion mill infantocidal rubric.
As Obama stated at the last debate "No One Is For Abortion" (whom have you asked lately whether they prefer infant life to death and they said "death.")- it is a question of what policy approach you believe is more effective in terms of eliminating the evils of abortion and creating a society where life can flourish and is chosen and encouraged over the destructive path. Which policy path is going to work better to do the same desired outcome; which is to eliminate the abortion plague on the country.
If you ask Nancy Pelosi or any democrat if they are more for live births or more for abortions of course they are going to state the apple pie response that everyone loves babies, everyone hates abortion and no one thinks it is anything other than a social "evil", a "tragedy" and even a "crime against humanity."
So how do you stop crime? How do you legislate effectively against crimes against humanity and who is responsible for them? The person who caused it? The person who suffers from it? The man who had zero respect for a woman and even less sexual responsibility in a sexual con scam? The woman who tragically was dumped by an abusive lover? Who do you punish to stop the crime against humanity? And is what happens to the woman part of the crime?
Is it more effective to take a legislative approach such as has been forwarded by Republicans previously or the one that appreciates the socio-economic realities of women's psychological make-up, hormonal upsets, stresses in
bearing and raising children, including paying attention to issues of housing, heath care, addictions, homelessness, sub-prime mortgage meltdown, economic crisis and issues of abuse against women. Who has a handle on and pays attention to the issues and factors that feature strongly into positive life decisions? Who is going to do more for women so that they can make the better choice? Who understands that some abortions are done to women who have already children who need them mentally functional and physically present. Who understands better that abusive men who "love them and leave them" have to be accountable in equal degree to the woman left with the agonizing reality that she is unable to support alone a child?
Women know that women really do have authority over their bodies whether it is legislatively given to them or not. A woman who does not want to be pregnant will devise a way-legal or not-to not be pregnant. There are ways that no one would even necessarily know, and there are ways that would do serious permanent injury to her. So who has the better understanding of how to stop a woman from doing that to herself and her offspring? If you just lock her up after the fact is that going to stop her? If you threaten her in advance will that stop her? What will cause her to create the environment necessary in her womb for a healthy pregnancy to develop and sustain for nine months?
Abortions existed at the time of Christ. People were taking poisons and toxic concoctions to expel foetuses well before Christ's advent on the earth. Yet, there is not one mention about it in scripture. What there is multi fold mention of is how much Jesus departed from tradition in elevating women to a place of non-condemning love and respect theretofore alien. The First Evangelist is a woman- the woman at Jacob's well whom Jesus told all her family secrets to and she ran to tell the whole town that there was a prophet who told her all about herself.
Jesus appeared first to a woman at the Tomb who witnessed to his resurrection-Mary Magdalene- who became the first to tell of his Resurrection to Peter and others. Jesus saved a Mary from seven demons. He saved a woman being stoned for adultery. He scolded others when a woman dumped expensive perfume on him, kissed him and washed him with her hair.
Jesus loves and respects women. He especially loves his Mother.
He never condemned any of them. For anything. Most of the condemning he did was against the "Scribes and Pharisees"- guys who put burdens too heavy to bear on people and love to parade about in fine robes and be saluted in the marketplaces and seated at the head table at banquets- Those guys- the full of their self-righteous selves guys-
Those guys he ripped a new one.
Women he just loved.
Jesus never took a poll on the hillside before distributing loaves and fishes to 5,000 people concerning their political views on abortion before feeding them. He never asked their political views before healing them.
When the woman with the hemorrhage touched his cloak and he felt the power exude from him to heal her instantaneously he didn't say "did you have an abortion and thus deserve to bleed to death?" He never put a qualifier on his healing.
So is it more humane and effective to create a social environment wherein women want to choose life, or is it more humane and effective to legislate coercive penalty structures ? It is more humane to heal a heart or legislate a penalty?
What is more effective to save life. Which side is going to make women more cognizant and appreciative of the fact that whenever she makes a "choice" about a pregnancy there is someone else's well being she is dealing with? Which side is going to Love not Condemn women, elevate their dignity in work, elevate their stature and respect, and provide the nurturing environment wherein they can choose Life with willing eagerness and Joy?
These are the questions that we should be asking.
And regardless of what side you come down on- the sort of strident judgmental character assassination levelled at people who have differing views or strategies for promoting Life should find no place in this election or anywhere in the civil political dialogue.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
American Guild of Organists
Potomac, Washington D.C. And Northern Virginia Chapters
PIPESPECTACULAR IX 2008
at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Sunday October 19, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.
“L'Orgue Symphonique et Liturgique”
Celebrating the AGO International Year of the Organ and its related activities in chapters across the country and Europe, the three chapters of the Washington area invite all to enjoy dramatic and colorful music for the pipe organ in the French symphonic and liturgical tradition, featuring noted Washington area organists performing on the magnificent four-manual, 172-rank Moller organ in one of America's great sacred spaces, the Basilica and National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
The Program will include:
Principal Organist, Basilica of the National Shrine
Litanies; Deux Danses a Agni Yavishta
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (transcribed by Jeremy Filsell)
First Presbyterian Church, Annandale, VA
Julie Vidrick Evans
Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, Chevy Chase, MD
Carillon de Westminster
St. Patrick's Church, Washington D.C.
Improvisation in French style on the Kyrie from Messe Cum Jubilo
Organist, Washington National Cathedral
Prelude, Adagio et Chorale Varié sur le Veni Creator
Director of Music, Basilica of the National Shrine
Sortie: Le Vent de L-Esprit (Messe de la Pentecôte)
Master of Ceremonies
Dr. Eileen Guenther
American Guild of Organists
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
So now the US Government will control seven to nine partially nationalized US major banks (which will dictate policy on how many European and other World Central Banks?). How long before we all get Bar Codes stamped under the skannable skin of our wrists for all retail check-out with the mark prefix 666?
Hope the Rapture Captures me before the sub-cutaneal lasered tatoos are more mandatory than a DMV ID.
I'll meet you in the sky in the twinking of an eye.
Friday, October 10, 2008
He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on."
- Mark 12:41-44
Thursday, October 09, 2008
...Because Pro-Creating reflects the very essential nature of God's tender power in creating the whole earth, and man in and as his Spirit and Image.
Pro-Creating is the essential worth of the Blessed Womb that brought forth salvation to mankind.
This is why it is the saddest wrong-headed man made dichotomy of the modern catholic church, that it pridefully elevates the later over the former, and considers them mutually exclusive in Kingdom virtues- even while God existed from the beginning as a family- Father, Son and Holy Spirit and took an earthly bride to manifest his tender mercies.
God's nature is intrinsically Family- and every human creation is a DNA image of part of Him. That is why it is a profound perpetuation of the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven to pro-create another image of the Creator (from whom all blessings flow including the ability to create another Image of Him) in physical form as the temple of the Holy Spirit itself and a mirror of the Creator. This is a more profound powerful manifestation of heaven to and on earth than lecturing on virtue.
Here is a group fighting to provide all the needs of women (emotional, physical, material, etc...) so they choose LIFE. Can't we all agree at least that a coerced choice is not a real choice.
Combined Federal Campaign & United Way Giving
If you are a federal civilian employee, employed by the postal service or in the U.S. Military, please contribute to Feminists for Life via the Combined Federal Campaign. We are listed in the Women, Children, and Family Service Charities portion of the directory.
Feminists for Life's CFC number is 10499.
Corporate employees in Washington, DC, may participate in the United Way campaign, and those in other areas may be able to write us in. Ask your on-site campaign coordinator for more information.
We really need your support this year as we work to systematically eliminate the reasons that drive women to abortion. On behalf of women and children, please accept our heartfelt thanks.
Have you checked out FFL's new video?
"Abortion is a reflection that we have not met the needs of women. Women deserve better than abortion.
"Say NO to the Status QuoTM
REFUSE TO CHOOSE®
WOMEN DESERVE BETTER® ............................................
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By Hilary White
BELFAST, October 9, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Attempts by Westminster to force legalised abortion onto the province of Northern Ireland could spark a constitutional crisis, say MLAs. Assembly Member, Pat Ramsey (SDLP), called it "outrageous that British MPs are attempting to impose abortion against the clear wishes of the people of Northern Ireland."
Such a move "could collapse the entire Assembly," he told the Irish Catholic newspaper. "I don't think there'd be much point in having an assembly where all the parties are opposed to abortion, but the British Government imposes it anyway."
Jeffrey Donaldson (DUP) agreed, saying that if Westminster forces abortion on Northern Ireland, it would certainly trigger a constitutional crisis and would "put an end" to the Northern Ireland Assembly.
In July this year, a group of pro-abortion MPs, none of whom represent Northern Ireland, proposed an amendment to the government's Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) bill that would extend Britain's 1967 Abortion Act into Northern Ireland.
This followed an assurance only last year from Secretary of State (Minister) of Northern Ireland, Paul Goggins, that no attempts would be made by the Labour government to force legal abortion on Northern Ireland. But trust was not high and in May, the leaders of all four main parties of Northern Ireland wrote to the government opposing any possible attempts to force the Abortion Act into the province.
Almost exactly one year later, however, a group of six abortion-promoting MPs, at the behest of various abortion organisations such as Marie Stopes International and the Family Planning Association, tabled the motion. The MPs, Diane Abbott, Dr. Evan Harris, John Bercow, Jacqui Lait, John McDonnell, and Katy Clark, are known to be among the British Parliament's most zealous campaigners for abortion and the anti-life ideologies.
Northern Ireland's foremost pro-life lobbying organisation, Precious Life, is coordinating the public campaign of opposition and expects to see "tens of thousands" at a rally set for October 18th, just four days before the HFE bill is scheduled to be brought back to the UK House of Commons for a vote on amendments.
Bernadette Smyth, director of Precious Life, told LifeSiteNews.com that the brazen attempt to impose an ideological view on Northern Ireland, as well as the obvious media bias by the BBC in its coverage of the issue, has angered the people of Northern Ireland who are flooding her phone lines.
When asked what the response has been, Smyth responded, "We don't have enough phone lines. We're very encouraged by the response from the churches. There is a real sense of urgency. A real concern that this is the battle of all battles, and that the decision to protect the next generation will be made now."
Smyth, who also serves as the communications secretary to the Northern Ireland All Party Pro-life Group, said that the response from the public to Precious Life's billboard campaign has been "phenomenal." She said, "People who have never been actively involved in pro-life issues before are contacting us with offers of help to distribute boxes of leaflets and posters." Public opposition to legal abortion in the province has been steady with 120,000 signatures on a petition sent to Westminster late last year.
"The message of the rally," Smyth said, "will be that the people of Northern Ireland stand united with their churches and their politicians." All the churches, Church of Ireland (Anglican), Methodist and Catholic Churches, have expressed their support and are participating actively in organising the rally. Many are arranging bus transport for their congregations.
A news program by BBC Northern Ireland featured what Smyth characterised as a strongly pro-abortion bias in their coverage, but this has helped the pro-life side, she said. "We've been receiving calls daily from people saying they are outraged." Callers say also that they are contacting the BBC to complain of the biased coverage given to the pro-life movement.
"It's not doing us any harm but is raising the profile and causing people to react to the hypocrisy of the media and the pro-abortion movement," Smyth said.
A group of pro-life people will be travelling to Westminster from Northern Ireland to rally at Parliament and present a petition asking for the anti-life amendments to be scrapped.
"Our Goliath is Westminster," Smyth said. "We don't have rights with the abortion law, which has not been devolved. Which is why Westminster can make decisions over our heads. England seems to think they can just ignore us and railroad over the democratic process."
P.O. Box 425 Belfast N. Ireland BT1 4YF
LWWDC Yahoo! Group
Homeless Outreach This Sunday!
Sunday October 12, 2008
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
McPherson Square, Washington DC
McPherson Square, K Street & 15th St. NW
Hi Volunteers,Our next homeless outreach is coming up this Sunday, October 12th at 1:30PM. We are still in need of food for Sunday (main dish, side dish, dessert, and drinks), so if you would like to serve by bringing something, please let Kristin know at firstname.lastname@example.org. As a reminder, our outreach schedule is the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month.We hope you can serve with us this Sunday!UPCOMING OUTREACHESOCTOBER 12OCTOBER 26
"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich." (2 Corinthians 8:9)
- Hosea 2:18
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy. -Francis of Assisi
Sheriff in Chicago refuses to Evict Tenants in Foreclosed homes:
BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A FIVER?
What is the country coming to---
did you know that the guys panhandling on the street make more money per hour than a lot of folks. AOL has a few creative signs from guys looking for spare change.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
et que tu ne me merit pas.
Ask The Rabbi:
"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen,” says the prophet, “to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” (Isaiah 58:6-7).