Friday, November 28, 2008

You are Blessed

If you woke up this morning
with more health than illness,
you are more blessed than the
million who won't survive the week.

If you have never experienced
the danger of battle,
the loneliness of imprisonment,
the agony of torture or
the pangs of starvation,
you are ahead of 20 million people
around the world.

If you attend a church meeting
without fear of harassment,
arrest, torture, or death,
you are more blessed than almost
three billion people in the world.

If you have food in your refrigerator,
clothes on your back,a roof over
your head and a place to sleep,
you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank,
in your wallet, and spare change
in a dish someplace, you are among
the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

If your parents are still married and alive,
you are very rare,
especially in the United States .

If you hold up your head with a smile
on your face and are truly thankful,
you are blessed because the majority can,
but most do not.

If you can hold someone's hand, hug them
or even touch them on the shoulder,
you are blessed because you can
offer God's healing touch.

If you can read this message,
you are more blessed than over
two billion people in the world
that cannot read anything at all.

You are so blessed in ways
you may never even know.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I May Never Pass this Way Again

This song is very memorable to me. This was sung
a capella by a member of the Knights of Columbus as
an intermission during the eulogy for my father, the late:

(January 16, 1933 - November 5, 2008)

Tatay (Dad) you will always be remembered.
Rest in God's Peace!

(Murray Wizel / Irving Melcher)
Perry Como - 1958
Robert Earl - 1958

I'll give my hand to those who cannot see,
The sunshine or the fallin' rain.

I'll sing my song to cheer the weary along,
For I may never pass this way again!

I'll share my faith with every troubled heart,
So I shall not have lived in vain.

I'll give my hand, I'll sing my song,
I'll share my faith, because I know,

That the time is now to fulfill each vow,
For I may never pass this way again!

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Meet Mary

Peasant Mary

She's the simple peasant girl
they call Queen of Heaven.

Strong Mary statue

She's the Lord's humble servant,
yet an icon of womanly strength.

Mary, Mother of All

She's ever-virgin
and the mother of all.

Mary full of grace

She's lowly and exalted;
filled with grace
and font of grace.

Sinners fly to her . . .


but an angel bowed.

Madonna and Child

She's Mary, the mother of Jesus:
the most recognized
woman in history.

And the most

Mary of the garden
Non-Christians paint her as an earth goddess.
Skeptics say she's a projection of male psychological needs.
And others regard her as a ordinary, sinful woman.

With all the noise about
our Blessed Mother these days

Magazines featuring stories about Mary.

it's hard to hear the Church's
sure, strong voice speaking
quietly about her.

Now comes
Dr. Mark Miravalle,

Author Mark Miravalle with the Pope.

intent on helping the Church
dispel the fog of popular nonsense
that obscures Mary today.

Dr. Miravalle describes himself as
"a card-carrying, Rosary-praying Catholic,"
ut he's also a veteran professor of theology
at Franciscan University of Steubenville,
and a Mariologist: "one who studies Mary."

To provide sure and ready answers
to the countless questions surrounding Mary
today, Dr. Miravalle has just finished
a slim volume about her:

Meet Mary
Getting to Know
the Mother of God.

Meet Mary (book cover)

Meet Mary leaves behind rumor
and speculation, giving you instead
a clear and straightforward
presentation of what the Church
actually teaches about Mary.

For believing Catholics, it's a
welcome refresher course.

For inquiring non-Catholics and even
non-believers, it's an excellent introduction
to the woman revered by hundreds of millions.

Coronation of Mary

In Meet Mary, you'll encounter:

      • Everything the Bible says about her

      • What the early Christians believed, and why

      • Every one of the key teachings the Church
        has ever proclaimed about her.

More importantly (for Mary herself desires
to be known intimately, not academically)
you'll learn how to enter into a personal
relationship with Mary.

You'll soon come to regard Mary as Jesus did:
not as a distant and unapproachable figure
in the heavens, but as a good friend
and a tender, loving mother.

Madonna and Child

Best of all, Meet Mary will help you
become a better disciple of Jesus.

For the Son commands
us to imitate Him in all
things, and that includes
perfect love of his mother.

Meet Mary (book cover)

Meet Mary
Dr. Mark Miravalle
$12.95 list 144 pgs ppbk

"It's time for you to know more
about the Mother of the Lord,
and this book will do
precisely that for you."

Dr. Scott Hahn

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Mary in the Bible and the early Church
Mary in the New Testament
Mary in the Old Testament
Mary in the early Church

Chapter 2
The Four Marian dogmas
Dogma versus doctrines
Mother of God
Mary's perpetual virginity
The Immaculate Conception
The Assumption

Chapter 3
Mary's spiritual motherhood
The meaning of motherhood
Giving life
Nourishing life
Sustaining life
Living communion

Chapter 4
Marian devotion
Higher than the Angels
The Rosary
History of the Rosary
Christian meditation and the Rosary
The heart of the Rosary
The Brown Scapular
Marian consecration
What about those statues?

Chapter 5
Mary in private revelation
Theology of private revelation
Now forms of private revelation
The Church and Marian apparitions
Degrees of Church approval
Mary's message to the modern world
The Miraculous Medal revelation
Lourdes, Fatima
Contemporary reported apparitions

A faithful mother

The Rosary
and other Marian prayers

The structure of the Rosary
The 20 mysteries of the Rosary
How to pray the Rosary
Other Marian prayers


Meet Mary
Dr. Mark Miravalle
$12.95 list 144 ppbk

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

New desecration video on YouTube, old videos pulled‏

America Needs Fatima

Please offer thanksgiving that the maker (fsmdude) of the 55 Host Desecration videos has finally removed them from YouTube!
I have included a thanksgiving prayer at the bottom of this email for you to say. Please say it with fervor, ardor and zeal.
But the fight to defend Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist continues. A new blasphemer who calls himself TJ has posted a video on YouTube, and he states:
"I have no respect for your Jesus-freak nonsense and I am happy to offend you and your filthy, hate mongering, sadistic, piece of c-xxx scumbag of a God!!!"
Send your protest message to YouTube-Google directors telling them this is shocking and must be pulled immediately.
Because in his new video, TJ says:
"...everyday I am going to go to Church, I am going to get my little wafer, I am going to smuggle it out after it has been blessed and it is Jesus' body, and I am going to bring it home, and I will collect them until I have about 5 of them...and then I am going to make a video and I am going to desecrate them in a very vile way. I am not exactly sure what yet, but I have a whole week to come up with my methods. So, if anyone has any ideas, let me know."
He uses pages of the Bible to blow his nose, saying it is "a stupid book, a work of fiction and if you don't like what I just did, get over it! Because believe me, I am going to do way worse in the days and weeks to come."
And he ends with: "The Eucharist has not seen desecration until TJ desecrates it."
You and I cannot accept this type of hate speech against our dearest Lord in the Blessed Eucharist.
We must protest immediately to YouTube and Google directors telling them this new video is beyond the pale and must be pulled immediately. Today. Right now. This instant.
And we must demand that TJ's account be suspended so he cannot post the vile desecrations of the Holy Eucharist that he has threatened to do.
Because YouTube-Google has pulled videos offensive to Jews and Muslims but seems slow to pull videos that attack the Catholic Church, Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, and the Bible: the inspired word of God.
This is not fair.
SEND your protest message NOW! And please offer a prayer of reparation as well. I have included one below for your convenience.
Thank you!
Robert Ritchie
Robert E. Ritchie
America Needs Fatima
P.S. -- SEND a strong protest message immediately to YouTube and Google directors telling them this new video is beyond the pale and must be pulled immediately. Today. Right now. This instant.
If you like to do more to protest these desecration threats against the Holy Eucharist, please call or send a fax to YouTube-Google.

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Google/YouTube Board Members,
This is to vehemently complain against a new video ( posted on YouTube by TJ in which he insults the Catholic Faith, blows his nose on pages of the Bible, and threatens to steal Holy Communion Hosts to desecrate in the most vile ways and post videos of himself doing it.
I don't accept this. I understand you have pulled videos offensive to Jews and Muslims. I expect you to remove any and all videos that offend the most sacred beliefs of Catholics.
As a board member of YouTube or Google, I demand you ensure that Catholics receive respect, and equal and fair treatment.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
O God, of Whose mercies there is no number, and of Whose goodness the treasure is infinite; we render thanks to Your most gracious majesty for the gifts You have bestowed upon us, evermore beseeching Your clemency, that as You grant the petitions of them that ask You, You will never forsake them, but will prepare for the reward to come. Through Christ our Lord.
Fatima Prayer of Reparation
O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore thee profoundly. I offer thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of thee the conversion of poor sinners.

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