Archive for October, 2012

See:  http://www.dennyburk.com/its-okay-to-fight-against-homosexuality/

I loved the article above it helps me understand the subject of Same Sex more closely.  I hope that it will help all of us understand this subject better as time goes by.


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“Salt + Light TV’s Deacon Pedro visits the Motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters in Syracuse where Sr. Grace Anne Dillenschneider tells him about Saint Marinanne Cope.”

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See:  http://catholic.org/politics/story.php?id=48081&page=1

See:  http://catholic.org/politics/story.php?id=48081&page=2

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October 18, 2012
Vatican City — “Ever ancient, ever new”: It’s hard not to think of St. Augustine’s paean to the lord when you’re walking past a synod of bishops, on the way up to meet the pope in Rome, as I was one recent morning.

I was in Rome to receive, as a representative of the United States and “women of the world,” a message first delivered by Pope Paul VI at the closing of the Second Vatican Council in 1965.

“Women, you do know how to make truth sweet, tender and accessible; make it your task to bring the spirit of this council into institutions, schools, homes and daily life,” the message concludes, after a celebration of women in all states of life. “Women of the entire universe, whether Christian or non-believing, you to whom life is entrusted at this grave moment in history, it is for you to save the peace of the world.”

No small task! But can anyone deny our culture is in dire need of just such a thing? Women and men need to work together without the hostility all too often inherent in our conversations about life, liberty and happiness.

It’s a notion we’ve gotten so far away from that we’ve reached the point where the federal government has by regulatory diktat declared fertility to be a disease, a source of oppression for women, one that must be suppressed if women’s freedom is to be achieved. That’s exactly why we find ourselves confronted by the Department of Health and Human Services‘ abortion, sterilization and contraception mandate that has Americans — Protestants and Catholics together — suing for their religious liberties.

It’s a situation that the women of Verily, a new Catholic magazine, are helping to make better. A few fashionable young women came up with the concept for the magazine over brunch in New York. Verily intends to bring a positive, integrated message about being authentically feminine in the 21st century.

“It’s no secret that the old rules and roles between men and women in relationships have largely gone by the wayside in today’s culture,” the gals tell me in a collaborative statement, via email. “There can be advantages to this, and yet, without any social ‘scripts’ or guideposts, many young adults — men and women alike –tend to find themselves without a clear sense of how to navigate relationships.

“Advice such as ‘Just do what feels right’ may not be the compass we need to chart our relationship course. There are many reasons that could account for this — many of the social revolutions and cultural shifts in the past decades brought us to our current situation. Still, we cannot go back in time, but must live in the present. So, we are trying to pull from the best lessons handed down to us –tried and true advice we’ve gleaned from our friends, parents, social scientists and scholars … By doing this, we hope to truly thrive and have the best relationships — friendships, families, romance — possible!”

“By building up strong, savvy women of integrity,” they contend, “We will help promote healthier, happier communities and stronger friendships and relationships between men and women.”

With more women like these trying to help us better understand what true freedom and liberation is — not a battle of the sexes or a conflict of rights between a mother and child — any of the resonance of the “war on women” rhetoric thrown at Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney for simply daring to defend the dignity of human life and religious liberty starts to crumble.

As was first stated in 1965: “The hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of woman is being achieved in its fullness, the hour in which woman acquires in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why at this moment when the human race is undergoing such a deep transformation, women impregnated with the spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid mankind in not falling.” When we start to look at one another, and ourselves, with a deep respect for who we are and why, there is liberation to be found.

It’s easy to buy into hurtful untruths about men and women and how they relate to one another. It’s easy to fail to properly treasure the gift of procreation and life. And it’s all too easy to suppose that the editors and readers of Verily don’t have a friend in Rome. But there’s no war; they’re not enemies. Together, they’re making progress.

(Bloggers Note:  Humbly we need to start reading and learning from the Saints even now in these times.  Its never too late to find some good reading material even here on the Web for those of us who have been a little busy and a little rusty.  Happy reading.)

Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association. TOWNHALL DAILY: Sign up today and receive Townhall.com daily lineup delivered each morning to your inbox.

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God Bless You Malala Yousafzai and may you survive and live long enough to enjoy your life.

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By Andrew Gans

October 10, 2012

St. Malachy’s – The Actors Chapel will present Voices United, a star-studded musical extravaganza with The Voices United Choral Festival, Nov. 12 at 7:30 PM at The Beacon Theatre.

Raymond Arroyo will host the evening, which will feature over 600 performers, including Broadway’s Ryan Silverman. Eric Knapp will conduct.

Attendees can expect young metropolitan-area musicians singing in a festival chorus along with an orchestra and conga ensemble. Also on the bill will be performers from many tri-state area choirs, including The Choir at St. Malachy’s, Connecticut Choral Society and New Jersey Choral Society. The program will include “Hope for Resolution” by Caldwell Ivory and more.

The evening will also celebrate two dedicated leaders, Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel CFR, recipient of The Father George Moore Award – Religious Leader Award, and David Higgs, who will receive The Paul Creston Award.

The concert will benefit the outreach ministries of The Actor’s Chapel, as well as Covenant House New York.

The Beacon Theatre is located at 2124 Broadway (West 74th Street). Tickets range from $25 – $250 and are available at Ticketmaster. For more information visit http://www.VoicesUnited.com.

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