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Heroism and sacrifice: The Catholic history of Auschwitz
"Pope Francis sat quietly in one of Auschwitz's most ominous prison cells, praying in what had been the inhumane living space of St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Catholic priest martyred during the Holocaust"
The happiest day of Mother Teresa's life
Please take the time to read the below article from EWTN News from October 21, 2016, on the happiest day of Mother Teresa's life.
As battle for Mosul rages, Pope appeals for an end to violence in Iraq
"Pope Francis Sunday offered prayers for an end to violence in the country so it can move forward on the path of hope and reconciliation"
We are trying to get our grandchildren to write by joining an online writing group where they can share their stories, articles or poems .
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — There is no such thing as a soul that is lost forever, only people who are waiting to be found, Pope Francis said.
God is not part of humanity’s “throwaway culture” and does not shut out the sinner and those most in need, the pope said May 4 during his weekly general audience.
Because of his immense love for everyone, God takes the illogical step of leaving his faithful flock behind in the harsh desert to seek out the one who has gone missing, he told those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.
The pope reflected on the Gospel parable of the good shepherd, which, he said, reflects Jesus’ concern for sinners and God’s commitment to never give up on anyone.
Jesus uses the parable to explain how “his closeness to sinners must not scandalize, but, on the contrary, encourage everyone to seriously reflect on how we live our faith,” the pope said.
The parable, he said, responds to the doctors of the law and the Pharisees, who “were proud, arrogant, believed themselves just,” and, therefore, became suspicious or shocked seeing Jesus welcome and eat with sinners.
The parable according to the Gospel of Luke begins, “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the 99 in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?”
The query, the pope said, introduces a paradox that questions how smart this shepherd could be when he abandons his precious flock, not in a safe pen, but in the dangerous desert just for one sheep.
“He could have reasoned, ‘Well, let’s look at the numbers: I have 99, I lost one, oh well,'” the pope said. But, “no. He goes looking for it because everyone is very important to him and that (sheep) is the one most in need, the most abandoned, the most rejected and he goes out to find it.”
The story might make people think that the good shepherd doesn’t care about the ones he leaves behind, the pope said, “But in actuality it’s not like that. The lesson Jesus wants to give us instead is that no sheep can be lost. The Lord cannot resign himself to the fact that even one single person may be lost.”
God’s desire to save all his children is so “unstoppable, not even 99 sheep can hold the shepherd back and keep him locked up in the pen.”
“We are all forewarned — mercy toward sinners is the way God works” and “nothing and no one will be able to take away his will of salvation” for all of humanity, the pope said.
“God doesn’t know our current throwaway culture,” he said. “God throws nobody away. God loves everyone, seeks out everyone, everybody — one by one.”
The parable shows how everything depends on the shepherd and his willingness to look for the lost ones.
But it also tells the faithful flock that they will always be on the move, that they “do not possess the Lord, they cannot fool themselves keeping him imprisoned in our mindset and game plans,” Pope Francis said.
“The shepherd will be found where the lost sheep is,” he said, and it is up to the flock to follow the shepherd’s same journey of mercy so all 100 may be reunited again and rejoice.
The church needs to reflect often on the parable of the lost sheep, he said, because there is always someone who has strayed from the fold.
Sometimes seeing that empty place at the table, the pope said, “is discouraging and makes us believe that the loss is inevitable, an illness without a cure. And then we run the risk of closing ourselves up in the pen where there will be no smell of sheep, but the stink of stale air.”
Christians, he said, must never have the musty smell of confinement, which happens when a parish or community loses its missionary zeal and cuts itself off from others, seeing itself as “we — quote unquote — the righteous.”
Christians must understand that in Jesus’ eyes, no one is ever lost for good; there “are only sheep that must be found.” God waits up until the very end, like he did for the good thief, who repented before he died on the cross next to Jesus, the pope said.
No distance is too far to keep the shepherd away, and “no flock can give up on a brother” because the joy of finding what was lost belongs both to the faithful and the shepherd, he said.
“We are all sheep who have been found again and welcomed by the Lord’s mercy, called to gather the whole flock together with him,” Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis was critical of politicians who propose building a wall to keep people out of the United States. It is not Christian!
Mr Trumo fired back;
Where do you stand on the issue of illegal immigration? What should the government’s response be?
Beautiful story about the Mass celebrated in the snow. Truly an inspiration to us all.
Love and prayers,
Muslims are praying weekly in the streets of Paris, and New York, blocking traffic and causing difficulties for pedestrians. How should the community respond? Watch this video for a good discussion. http://downloads.cbn.com/cbnnewsplayer/cbnplayer.swf?aid=17933
Much of the unrest is being caused by the waves of refugees pouring in from the Middle East.
What is the thinking that underlies this mass migration,
This is from the Wayne Madsen Report today Nov 2nd about what the real story is with Angel Merkel and the influx of refugees ….
November 2-3, 2015 – Merkel’s weapon of mass migration borne out of Pentagon plan
By Silvija Germek with Wayne Madsen
The current invasion of Europe by migrants escaping civil war in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan and economic ills in North and sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia was planned by an adviser to the U.S. Defense Department, Ford Foundation, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). (more…)
Ponder the depth and nature of Purpose…. Our collective and individual WHY????
Great presentation by Andy Stanley … Pondering “Self evident versus counter the innate nature of man” …
Pope Benedict will attend the formal opening of the Mercy door at the Vatican.
the Pope in Bangui: Opens the Doors of Mercy. Wants Christians to counter violence with love
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/4368/pope_francis_paris_terrorist_attacks_are_part_of_piecemeal_wwiii.aspx Pope Francis: Paris terrorist attacks are part of “piecemeal WWIII”
At least 128 people are confirmed dead and more than 180 wounded in terrorist attacks which targeted bars, restaurants, a concert hall, and a football stadium in the heart of Paris yesterday
The acts of terrorism which took place in Paris Friday night are the latest part in what Pope Francis has called a “piecemeal World War III,” describing the attacks as “inhuman.”
“There is no justification
Marriage is between a man and a woman.
Marriage is about equality and diversity. It’s about joining the two equally important and diverse halves of humanity represented in men and women. And it’s about forming a lifelong bond—for the good of society and the foundation of the family.
The creative capacity of the union between a man and a woman links marriage to family. A man and a woman give themselves to one another, and from that, a child is conceived and born. This forms a family, and it’s where children first learn how to interact with others. Marriage and family, therefore, are the foundation of society. But when culture fails to respect and promote marriage, countless individuals, particularly women, children, and the underprivileged, suffer needless emotional and material hardships.
What foundation do you want to build the future on?
A culture interested in strengthening the future with a commitment to others.
In this society, marriage is defined as the lifelong union between a man and a woman, placing the needs of others, especially children, first.
Strong marriages produce strong families, which create a healthy, free, and stable society.
China’s one child policy is being dropped
China’s one child policy is being dropped…because of the low birth rate which means the population is rapidly aging and too few new workers are coming up. This is having a negative impact on their economy—they are getting old quickly before they get rich
The Desires of the Individual:
A culture where individual desires trump what is best for society.
- In this society, marriage is defined as the emotional union of two or more consenting adults, and the well-being of children and the benefit to society are an afterthought.
- Disagreement with this view is seen as a threat—some rights, such as sexual rights, are considered more important than rights such as religious freedom.
Marriage benefits society in ways no other relationship does. That’s why government is involved and why Alliance Defending Freedom defends marriage policies that give children the opportunity to have a married mother and father. But this isn’t just about children. It’s about your future.
Ponder – Does Russia have the spiritual high ground and moral imperative over other countries?
Russian army introduces the flying Orthodox church-in-a-box. Click here for the article.
Priest are parachuted in with the church.
Priests are blessing the bombs in order to have the aid from God to successfully guiding them to their target.
Ponder – what can we do with our seniors to make them valued members of society?
Imagine integrating a preschool with a nursing home. It is truly an interesting idea and approach. Each generation supplying the Love and Attention to each other.
While the above addresses the ends of the generational spectrum. The following is truly inspirational.
Ponder – Is there an alternative for kids other than CPS and foster care?
The following is a Greek Orthodox institution supported by the women of the community with bake sales (that’s a lot of Greek Pastry).