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Come to Jesus

restAre you tired of all the bad news every day?

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

– Jesus Christ
Matthew 11:28-30 


Can you imagine seeing Jesus?

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Image in the shroud of Turin (the birth of photography? )

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St. Stephen sees JESUS standing on the right hand of the Father

What would you do?

I’ve often thought I’ll say this or that, but who knows? I might fall down completely undone by the wonder and glory of His presence.


Imagine

 

NY State Assembly approves bill to inject poison into hearts of babies in the womb

For years, the New York state legislature has been embroiled in a battle over a package of bills called the Women’s Equality Act (WEA) that supposedly promotes the interests of women. The 10-point WEA is held up in part because the legislature has resisted the 10th point — a late-term abortion measure, AB 6221, which allows abortionists killing the unborn by shooting poison into their little beating hearts.

NY State AB 6221

Since 2013, abortion advocates have been holding the Women’s Equality Act hostage to this single AB 6221, refusing to break the 10-point bill up. The legislature resisted passing AB 6221 despite strenuous support from the supposedly Catholic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The position of the Catholic Church is and consistently has been that abortion is an “intrinsic evil,” which means it is not subject to negotiation. Being an intrinsic evil, abortion also takes precedence before any of the Church’s other concerns, including the darling of the Left — “social justice.”

On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in a vote of 94-49 the New York State Assembly approved passage of AB 6221, which will expand third-trimester abortions and allow non-doctors to perform abortions.

Third-trimester abortion is also called late-term abortion — the deliberate murder of babies who are 7 to 9 months old, who feel pain, and who are viable if allowed to live outside their mothers’ wombs.

New York State law currently allows for late-term abortion, i.e., abortion in the third trimester, only when the mother’s life is in danger. AB 6221, sponsored by Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, will instead allow abortion on-demand throughout all nine months, i.e., up until the 9th month. The law would be changed to allow abortion for any reason deemed “relevant to the well-being of the patient” including physical, emotional, psychological, and familial factors, and the mother’s age.

Lori Kehoe, New York State Right to Life executive director, said:

“Expanding cruel and brutal third-trimester abortions has long been a goal of the anti-life lobby who never met an abortion they didn’t like. With no regard for the fully developed unborn baby who is violently dismembered, or otherwise killed, the New York State Assembly once again put the abortion lobby above New York State women and their children. We now look once again to the Senate to hold the line in defense of the children which happens to also be in accordance with the will of the rest of the people. It is ridiculous that in 2015, with all the technology at our disposal, we are still arguing whether or not an eight month old baby in the womb deserves protection. It is doubtful that our descendants will look kindly upon this period in our history, when we fought for the right to dismember babies weeks, days and even minutes before birth.

New York State Right to Life will be discussing this and other attacks on members of the human family at their free-to-the-public Lobby for Life Day on April 29 at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

NY Assemblywoman Deborah Glick

New York State Assemblywoman Deborah J. Glick represents District 66 in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Her official bio says “Deborah is the first openly lesbian or gay member of the New York State legislature” and that “As an elected official, she has focused on civil rights, reproductive freedom, health care, lesbian and gay rights, the environment, housing, higher education, social justice, animal rights and funding for the arts.”

Clearly, for Glick, “animal rights” do not include the rights of the human unborn, even up to 9 months old.

For her contact information, click here.

H/t LifeNews and FOTM’s CSM.

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~Éowyn

Jesus associated with sinners!

The calling of Matthew, by Caravaggio

The calling of Matthew, by Caravaggio

The Calling of Matthew

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

– Matthew 9:9-13


The artist who painted the picture above, Caravaggio, would have deeply understood the meaning of the scene. Caravaggio was hot headed and notorious for getting into fights. His sexuality was also in question (note the fact he had very few attractive women in his art, but a lot of girlish looking boys). None of us can draw any conclusions about the artist’s relationship to God, but we can see he was moved by the Lord’s statement,  “‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” 

Associating with notoriously wicked people often indicates a person’s wrong intentions. But it can also mean that person is going where God has sent them and sewing the seeds of redemption.

Shot 8 times, R&B musician saw his guardian angel

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Marcus Stanley

Charlene Aaron reports for CBN News, Dec. 2, 2014, that pianist Marcus Stanley had played for some of the biggest names in the music industry, but his career almost came to a tragic end when he was shot eight times at close range. Thanks to divine intervention, he’s now playing music set to a different tune.

Stanley learned to play the piano with little training — something he calls a gift from above. “I would really hear stuff on the radio and I would play things that I heard other people do. It was all God-given because I hadn’t had the training or anything. It was because I really wanted to play.”

He started out in church but longed for a bigger stage. His big break came after dropping out of high school. “I got discovered just being at a concert and I actually filled in for someone,” Stanley recalled. “The guy was a music director for the group and he gave me a card and told me to call him, so I started touring really at the age of 16 and went around actually about 42 states out of the 50.”

Stanley played for some of the biggest names in the music industry, including R&B singer Chris Brown. He later began traveling with gospel artists such as Donnie McClurkin, but he said he wasn’t interested in the message in their music at that time. “I was not focused on the people,” he explained. “I was not focused on the message. I was not focused on Christ. I was really focused on just making it — being a musician, being a popular musician, and playing for a great artist. Oh yeah, the money, too. That would probably be No. 1 ’cause it was fast money.”

Enjoying success, Stanley lived extravagantly, traveling the country with well-known musicians.

All of that changed the night of April 2, 2004.

“We got in late every night,” Stanely said. “I was actually walking to the store. I realized I didn’t have my wallet and hadn’t reached the store yet, but I turned around and started walking back to go get my wallet and I saw these guys standing on the corner that night and they were watching.”

One of the men then approached him. “When he said, ‘What are you doing out here,’ I said, ‘I’m just chillin,'” Stanely recalled. “He said, ‘Well, you gotta roll out.’ That’s when he pulled out a gun from his jacket. He had a leather jack on and a hoodie and he pulled it out and pointed at me, shot it one time.”

After falling to the ground, Stanley was shot seven more times — up close.

Stanley recounts:

“When I first saw the flash I didn’t know I got shot. I just remember hitting the ground and then when he stood over top of me that’s when I saw an angel get in front of me. And I remember it because I didn’t have time to think about that. It was an instantaneous thing.

It was probably — I mean I’m 6 foot 7 — and the angel was probably like 7-foot something. It was just a transparent figure. I couldn’t tell if it was a male or female. I didn’t see wings or anything like that. I saw it was clear, transparent and it was in front of me.

I knew it was an angel just because the protection. It got into a position like this [arms crossed] in front of me and I remember seeing that.”

Stanley’s assailants stood over Stanley, laughing, thinking they had just killed him. Police later told him that a gang initiation led to his shooting. They caught the men but witnesses wouldn’t testify against them, allowing them to go free.

Still barely alive, Stanley managed to dial 911. By the time paramedics arrived, they offered little hope he would survive.

“I was like ‘God help me. Help me make it,'” Stanley recalled. “I just remember trying to stay awake. I thought that would be the key. It was like a movie. You see that stuff in a movie. You see the light up. You see people see their life flashing before their eyes. It was like that for me except that I started thinking what would happen if I did die. And I was like nobody’s going to know what happened to me.”

At the hospital, Stanley went immediately into surgery where he recalled seeing a familiar face — the face of his angel: “Saw a lot of doctors and nurses kind of standing and I remember looking as I’m getting ready for surgery, I remember looking and seeing the same angel that was on the street and the angel was just kind of like arms crossed… It didn’t do anything or say anything. It was kind of like nodding its head.”

Stanley’s surgeons faced a major challenge while operating. “I had my colon reattached, half my stomach got removed, my spleen got removed completely, half of my pancreas,” Stanley told CBN News. “I had some very intensive surgery. There are certain things about my body that are not the same.”

That meant months in rehab, including learning to walk again. Another major change — nerve damage in his right arm left him without feeling in his hand.

Doctors told Stanley his piano playing days were over. But he proved them wrong, making it back to touring within months. The amazing recovery came with a price, however, as he popped pain killers for relief. Thankful to be alive, his relationship with God was still shallow.

Five years later, he hit rock bottom, struggling with drug addiction and depression. “I got to a point where in desperation I was like, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ And that’s when everything changed for me as far as me pursuing, saying, ‘I need Jesus.’ Took me a long time to get there,” Stanley said.

Today, Stanley travels the world sharing his story. He says his love of music is now part of his life’s mission, which includes talking with youth groups and high school students.

“It’s not really about the music,” he explained. “It’s more about what God’s done in my life and I aim to make him famous at everything I do and to show his glory.”

See also FOTM’s other angelic and miraculous accounts:

~Éowyn

Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven

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Blessed is the one 
whose transgressions are forgiven, 
whose sins are covered.

Blessed is the one 
whose sin the Lord does not count against them 
and in whose spirit is no deceit.

When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away 
through my groaning all day long.

For day and night 
your hand was heavy on me; 
my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. 

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin.

Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
will not reach them.

You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.

Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in him.

Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!
– Psalm 132


hands_to_doubting_thomas“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
– Matthew 11:28

Catholics are leaving the Democratic Party

It seems that every day, we are inundated by bad news, including posts published on FOTM.

It gets depressing.

But never fear! I bring you a piece of good news for a refreshing change!

Though U.S. Catholics are not a monolithic voting bloc, their votes are very important because in election after election, Catholics consistently voted the way that the majority in the election voted. In other words, the Catholic vote is a swing vote.

But the term “Catholic Democrats” should be and is an oxymoron. Despite church teachings on the sanctity of (heterosexual) marriage and on abortion being an un-negotiable “intrinsic evil,” too many American Catholics are and vote Democrat. Even worse, they remained Democrats despite their party openly and publicly denying God three times at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

But that is beginning to change. Catholics, especially white Catholics, are leaving the Democratic Party.

Hallelujah!

~Éowyn

Armor of God I can do all things through Christ

From California Catholic Daily, March 19, 2015:

It’s one of the central contradictions of American politics: that there’s no such thing as the “Catholic vote,” yet the Catholics vote still matters.

There’s no “Catholic vote” in terms of Catholics representing an electoral bloc that votes according to what their bishops tell them, or in lockstep with the tenets of their religion. Yet winning Catholic voters has been essential to almost every presidential victory in modern times. And the defection of Catholics voters has played a role in some of the most consequential congressional turnovers in recent history — from 1994 to 2014 — making Catholics the ultimate swing voters. And for Democrats, that could be bad news.

While Catholics have been swing voters since Richard Nixon’s second term, white Catholics are now identifying as Republican by historic margins. According to the most recent polling from the Pew Research Center, 53 percent of white Catholics now favor the GOP, versus 39 percent who favor the Democrats—the largest point spread in the history of the Pew poll. And for the first time, white Catholics are more Republican than the voting group usually considered the ultimate Republicans: white Protestants (a designation that includes both mainline and evangelical Protestants).

These are ominous signs for the Democrats, evincing a new and growing allegiance with the Republican Party that has long-term implications.

So why are white Catholics abandoning the Democratic Party? There are some long-term trends at play. Steve Krueger, head of the group Catholic Democrats, notes that conservative bishops have been beating the war drums since the George W. Bush administration, even going so far in some cases as to argue that “good” Catholics can’t vote for Democrats because of their support for abortion rights and, more recently, same-sex marriage — which has resulted in an increased politicization of the church.

Stephen Schneck of Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies has noted that there’s been a certain “distillation” of the Catholic vote as a record number of presumably more liberal-leaning Catholics — some one-third of those raised Catholic — have left the faith altogether. “More and more of those who remain are those who actively choose to embrace the church and its teachings,” he wrote.

But neither of these trends explains why white Catholics have abandoned the Democratic Party so suddenly and so dramatically. After all, in 2008 Barack Obama managed to keep his margin of loss of white Catholic voters to John McCain to just 5 points. But four years later, he lost the white Catholic vote to Mitt Romney by a stunning 19 points.

Krueger points to the Catholic bishop’s demonization in 2011 of the “contraceptive mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, and their subsequent ginning up of the war on “religious liberty” — which was joined by elements of the religious right and fused with its war on Obamacare — as another factor helping to drive Catholics toward the GOP. And the numbers bear Krueger out. According to Pew, between 2009 and 2014, the number of white Catholics who said the Obama administration — and by inference the Democratic Party — was “unfriendly to religion” more than doubled from 17 percent to 36 percent. 

“The shift in the Catholic vote should really be a wakeup call to the Democrats,” says Krueger. “White Catholics are 18 percent of the electorate and Catholics vote 1 to 2 percentage points above their representation in the overall population. This is a significant voting bloc that now perceives Republicans as being more welcoming to people of faith.”