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St. Bernadette Soubirous (1844 – 1879)

Our-Lady-of-LourdesToday, April 16th, the universal Church celebrates a most important saint, Bernadette Soubirous, the beautiful young lady whom Our Blessed Mother appeared to, which ultimately is the famous Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Bernadette was born in Lourdes, a town in Southern France, to a miller and homemaker, Her family lived in a run-down basement in an old building, experiencing great poverty. Bernadette suffered throughout her life from respiratory problems, from asthma. She was holy and virtuous and was a very bright lady, even though she found it difficult to be a student.

On one blessed day, February 11, 1858, the Blessed Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ appeared to her in a cave above the banks of the Gave River near Lourdes. Our Lady visited Bernadette on 18 occasions, with the final appearance occurring on July 16th. Bernadette said that the lady was 16 or 17 years of age, who wore a white robe with a blue sash, with yellow roses covering her feet, and a large rosary hung on her right arm. In the March 25th vision, she told Bernadette, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Bernadette indicated that the “Lady” instructed her to have a chapel built on the spot, and that the people were to come and wash in and drink of the water of the spring that had welled up from the very spot where Bernadette was instructed to dig.

These visions underwent tremendous and thorough investigations and scrutiny, not only by the Catholic Church, but by doctors and scientists and other secular individuals. The Catholic Church confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions in 1862, further setting forth that this event was worthy of faith. Indeed and in fact, Lourdes is one of the most popular Marian shrines in our world, with millions of individuals visiting this holy place. Miracles were reported at the shrine and in the waters of the spring, and approximately 64 of these miracles have been carefully and completely reviewed by doctors and scientists, confirming that there was no scientific or medical explanation for the cures. Nevertheless, there have been numerous cures attributed to the shrine but not investigated, physical and spiritual cures.

Bernadette continued to suffer from her respiratory health problems, and ultimately, she journeyed from Lourdes to Nevers and entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Sadly, within four months of her arrival at the convent, she received the last rites of the Church and she was allowed to profess her final vows. However, she recovered to a point, that allowed her to serve as infirmarian and sacristan. Yet, her chronic health issues continued, and she died on April 16, 1879, 35 years of age.

Mother Josephine Forrestier began Bernadette’s cause for canonization. As part of this process, Bernadette’s coffin was opened after 30 years in the grave. Bernadette’s rosary rusted, her habit was frayed, but Bernadette was perfectly and most astoundingly, incorrupt. It looked like she had been sleeping.

On December 8, 1933, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Pius X declared Bernadette Soubirous a Saint of the Catholic Church. Her actual feast day is February 18th, the day the Blessed Mother promised to make her happy, not in this life, but in the next. Yet, the Faithful have given her two more feast days – April 16th, the date of her death, and February 11th, the first time Our Lady appeared to her.

I have always loved St. Bernadette from my childhood up through the present day. Our Lady chose to appear to her so that people would come to love her Son, Jesus, and offering people cures of their health problems and other problems as well, through the power of Our Lord. Bernadette went through hell and back with the intense investigation and inquiries, and she answered truthfully and boldly, keeping in mind that she was sickly and fragile. I hope they are having a big party in heaven today for this most beautiful young lady, St. Bernadette. We love you and honor you today! Please pray for us, Bernadette, and help us to fight the terrible evils in the world. We thank God for you most lovely Bernadette! May we all follow your example of persistence in the Truth and your love of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother.

Respectfully,

Joan

Sources: Franciscan Media; EWTN; Vatican website

See also “Our Lady of Lourdes,” Feb. 11, 2014.

A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words

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Lucien Greaves

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How to make a palm cross

Palm Sunday

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, the beginning of the holiest week in Christianity.

If you went to Mass yesterday, you would have received a long piece of palm leaf.

This video gives very easy-to-follow instructions on how you can make a cross from your palm!

~Eowyn

Blessed Peter Gonzalez

Blessed Peter GonzalezToday, April 14th, the universal Church celebrates Blessed Peter Gonzalez, a phenomenal preacher and patron of sailors.

Peter was born in Astorga, Spain in 1190, having been educated by his uncle, the Bishop of Astorga. He was given a position as a canon whilst still very young. He went through a dramatic conversion experience, somewhat similar to St. Paul’s conversion experience on his road to Damascus. Peter was on his way to the cathedral to take up this important post, but the horse he was riding stumbled and fell, wherein Peter fell, landing in mud. People laughed at him and it occurred to Peter that there must have been a reason for this event. Accordingly, he analyzed why he was taking this position, which motivated him to take a new path in his vocation. He entered the Dominican Order and became a priest.

Crowds came to listen to Peter preach and numerous individuals converted as a result of his effective, holy and amazing presentation of the message of the Gospel. He served also as the court chaplain, attempting to spiritually guide the members of the court. King Ferdinand III and his army defeated the Muslim Moors at Cordoba, wherein Peter was successful in his message of treating the Moors with compassion, and persuading the King and his soldiers not to pillage and destroy.

Peter retired from the court, wherein he devoted the rest of his life by preaching the Gospel in northwest Spain, having effected a distinct mission to help Spanish and Portuguese seamen, wherein he instructed them and helped to convert them.

Blessed Peer died in 1246 at Tuy, and was beatified in 1254 by Innocent IV, which was confirmed in 1741 by Pope Benedict XIV.

We thank Blessed Peter for using his incredible talents to spread the Gospel among all classes of people, the rich, noble, poor, ignorant and uneducated. I take from his example to be good and compassionate to everyone we meet, even our enemies and those who give us difficulties and trouble. Also, I find his conversion experience most important, wherein his example tells us that we must go through our daily examination of ourselves and thus, effect daily conversion of ourselves, becoming closer and closer to Our Lord Jesus Christ as we become who Our Lord created in spirit and in truth.

Dear Blessed Peter, pray and intercede for us before the Triune God! We honor you today and will remember your example!

Respectfully,

Joan

Sources: Franciscan Media; Catholic Encyclopedia; Vatican website

Satanic Temple wants prayer in school to the Devil

crucifix repels vampireJust like their father, the Devil, who twists and perverts God’s words, Satanists in America are hell bent on exploiting the Constitution’s First Amendment guarantees for their purpose.

In 2009, the conservative-led Oklahoma state legislature approved a privately funded Ten Commandments monument, which was erected last year outside the state Capitol building.

While atheists and the ACLU oppose the Ten Commandment monument on the grounds of the First Amendment’s misinterpreted “separation of church and state” — a phrase not found in the First Amendment but originates in an 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson — a group of New York-based devil worshippers who call themselves the Satanic Temple, demand their right to erect a monument to Satan next to the Ten Commandments in the name of “religious parity.”

Below is the Satanic Temple’s proposed 7-foot-tall statue of Satan as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard that’s often used as a symbol of the occult. In the rendering, Satan is sitting in a pentagram-adorned throne with smiling children next to him.

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Now, the Satanic Temple, in the name of “protecting the children,” wants in on the right to pray in school – as long as they can pray to the devil.

Brownie Marie reports for Christianity Today, April 14, 2014, that the devil worshipers say they are fighting for the rights of public school students to learn in a cruelty-free classroom.

In a press release, the Temple declared May 15 as “Protect Children Day” to promote the rights of public school students to learn in a cruelty-free classroom, free of physical and mental abuse.

Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves said, “One of the fundamental tenets of The Satanic Temple is personal sovereignty and the inviolability of one’s body and mind. Hitting a child or placing them in solitary confinement goes entirely against our beliefs. We want children to know that they are permitted to pray to Satan in school and that they can even share their religious beliefs with others in accordance with certain guidelines.”

Lucien GreavesGreaves makes the devil’s horns hand-sign (Oops! Excuse me! it’s really the “I love you” sign of deaf-mutes! No, it’s really the Texas Longhorns handsign! Sarc) at a Satanic Temple rally in Tallahassee, on Jan. 25, 2013, in support of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Senate Bill 98.

Students are encouraged to register on Satanic Temple’s website, ProtectChildrenProject.com, where they are asked to submit their name, email address, and the name of their school in order to receive “help” from the Temple. The organization sanctimoniously insists that submission does not make one a Temple member, and is open to all denominations.

However, at the same time as ProtectChildrenProject.com provides fact sheets on physical and psychological abuse in schools, also available is a Satanic activity book.

Parents and grandparents, beware!!!!!!!!!

~Eowyn

Creation: So who created God?

Ring galaxyThe Ring Galaxy, with a span of 100,000 light years, is 600 million light years away from Earth. Visible in the gap (at about one o’clock) is yet another ring galaxy that likely lies even farther in the distance. [NASA]

Dr. Hugh Ross is a Christian physicist and astronomer who writes books and a terrific blog, Reasons to Believe, showing how science and Christianity can be very compatible. More than that, Dr. Ross uses science to demonstrate the truths of our Christian faith.

In his Summa Theologica, St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) famously reasoned for the existence of God by pointing to “the chains of effecting causes that exist in the world. Things here are produced by their causes; these causes in turn were produced by their causes, and so on. Ultimately, there must be a first cause….”

In his post of April 7, 2014, Dr. Ross answers a very good question from a non-believer on who/what created that first cause. Here’s the question:

Hello,

Let me start by saying I’m not actually a believer at this moment. When listening to the lectures, I hear a lot of talk about the complexity of things being a big proponent for creation or design because somebody created it. But at some point in the paradigm you’re at least admitting that, somewhere, something just existed that was at least as complex as, or more complex than, us….If we couldn’t have just existed, how could you say God just existed without something creating him. I’d like to hear your answer on that.

— Submitted by an attendee of an RTB event in San Antonio, TX

Dr. Ross gave a brilliant answer, pointing out that cause-and-effect can only happen in our Universe of space and time.

For if we say that X caused Y, X must have happened some time before Y.

But the Creator of the Universe cannot Himself be contained in that Universe. That means the Creator is outside our Universe of space and time, which in turn means that the Creator, the First Cause, is outside of time and, therefore, has no cause.

As St. Thomas Aquinas put it:

Where there is motion, there is a mover, and ultimately a first mover, itself unmoved. This is God.Ultimately, there must be a first cause which is itself uncaused. This is God.

Here is Dr. Ross’s answer:

Dear not-yet-a-believer,

Your question is one of the most important any human being could ask—and one that most Christians are ill prepared to answer.

As I understand your query, if explaining the natural realm’s ability to support life, especially human life, requires extreme levels of complexity and design, then would not the cause of all this complexity and design need a cause that is even greater than Him? As Richard Dawkins puts it, the problem with Christianity is accounting for who “designed the Designer?”1

The question of who created God was the heart of my debate with Lewis Wolpert at Imperial College in London. (You can listen to the debate here). In a nutshell, I explained that, today, physicists across the philosophical spectrum acknowledge that the space-time theorems are unassailable. If the universe contains mass and if general relativity reliably describes the movements of bodies in the universe, the theorems are valid. Those theorems establish that space and time had a beginning at the origin of the universe. They imply that the causal agent of the universe is not subject to space and time—thus, that agent can create space-time dimensions at will.

Of course, any entity—such as the universe and everything subject to the laws and dimensions of the universe—that is constrained to a single dimension of time, where time cannot be stopped or reversed, must have a beginning. Ultimately, such entities must be traceable back to a creation event. However, an entity not constrained by time need not have been created.

The Bible declares in multiple passages that God created time (e.g., John 1:3; Colossians 1:16–17). Psalm 90 adds that God can arbitrarily compress or expand time as we know it. In my book Beyond the Cosmos (3rd edition), I include diagrams illustrating that this compression and expansion of time is only possible for beings with access to the equivalent of at least two dimensions of time. Scripture also declares that God has no beginning, no ending, and is not created (e.g., Psalm 90:2; Hebrews 7:3). These declarations could be true only of a Being who created time, rather than one who is subject to time.

Philosophers responding to Dawkins have pointed out that he made a category error. God is in a different category than the universe or humans in that He is not subject to the physical laws of the universe or to its space-time dimensionality.

For a more thorough answer to this question, I suggest reading Beyond the Cosmos. The book includes a description of scientific evidence for the existence of nine dimensions of space and for a Being who brought into existence ten space-time dimensions.

~Eowyn

Sunday Devotional: I Believe

EyeOfGod-1Nicknamed the Eye of God, the Helix Nebula is a large planetary nebula located in the constellation Aquarius. Discovered sometime before 1824, this object is one of the closest to the Earth of all the bright planetary nebulae, a mere 700 light-years away. 

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
consubstantial with the Father,
through Him all things were made.

For us men and for our salvation
He came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit
was incarnate of the Virgin Mary
and became man.
For our sake
He was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
He suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge and living and the dead
and His kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

Peace and Love of Christ,

~Eowyn

Breaking!! BLM Pulls Out Of Conflict With Clive Bundy

 

Folks we may have one the first round. Keep standing your ground!!

Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins ‘Range War’ With Feds

On Saturday, Clark County Sheriff Douglas C. Gillespie announced that the Bureau of Land Management would cease their persecution of cattle rancher Cliven Bundy. He also stated that Bundy’s cattle would be allowed to graze on the land.

In an emotional response, Bundy presented the Sheriff with an ultimatum, stating he had one hour to disarm the federal agency, to bring the arms to the protest site to be destroyed, and to remove their barricades.

Rest here…      http://www.infowars.com/breaking-cliven-bundy-to-meet-with-clark-co-sheriff/

Wayne Allyn Root on the Nevada Standoff

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WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, MAY SPARK AN AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Posted by Wayne Root on April 12, 2014

By Wayne Allyn Root

Forget the Ukraine. The real revolution is happening right now north of Las Vegas where a rancher is under assault by the U.S. government.

Remember that famous Las Vegas advertising slogan, “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas.” Well when it comes to big government stealing our property and violating our rights, it’s just not true. What’s happening in Vegas is symbolic of what’s happening across this once great country.

This federal government assault on a Nevada ranching family looks a lot like the Gestapo, the Stasi, or any other authoritarian Big Brother force that persecutes, intimidates and controls the people with an iron boot. Think I’m exaggerating? How about a Las Vegas elected official (County Commissioner Tom Collins) warning out of state protestors “to make funeral plans.” This isn’t Ukraine, or Moscow. That was a Las Vegas politician threatening to have government agents murder law-abiding protesters. https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/water-environment/collins-manages-insult-utahns-comments-bundy-roundup

My Jewish grandparents told me “Never forget.” What they meant was, “We must never forget the Holocaust and what happened to our people.” Well it’s time to remember, before America is no longer the land of the free! Before your free speech is corralled into a “First Amendment Area.” Before government can steal your land and take away your rights based on trumped up charges. Before government can use force to taser legal non-violent protesters. Before someone is killed by masked government snipers with AK47’s trained on American citizens.

Don’t look now. It’s happening. This is an offshoot of Obama’s plan for America- an open distaste and disgust for ranchers, farmers, hunters, capitalist owners of land. Obama hates independence. Under this administration we have record numbers of welfare, food stamp, disability and unemployment insurance. We have a government spending record money advertising to entice more Americans – even illegal immigrants- to accept food stamps and entitlement checks. We’ve given up on enforcing illegal immigration.

Obama treasures a nation filled with people who are desperate, helpless and dependent on government checks. He desperately needs to stamp out independent and self-reliant Americans who want nothing to do with the government. Look no further than this declaration of war upon a productive, taxpaying Nevada rancher family.

Obama always shows his hand with the three-letter government organizations- IRS, NSA, EPA, ATF, FDA, SEC. Obama uses them to target, intimidate and persecute his critics and political opponents. Now it’s time for a new 3-letter threat: BLM (Bureau of Land Management).

The federal government has surrounded the Bundy family ranch outside Las Vegas with snipers, heavily militarized police, vicious police dogs, black SUV’s, helicopters, low flying airplanes and automatic weapons. Cliven Bundy, is a patriotic rancher whose family has had the right to graze his cattle on this land since the 1870’s. Since before there was a BLM. Bundy does not believe he owes fees to the BLM. He recognizes this as a States’ Rights issue. http://danaloeschradio.com/the-real-story-of-the-bundy-ranch/

After well over a century with grazing rights on this land, suddenly in the 1990’s the federal government demanded rent to allow the Bundy family’s cattle to graze on it. Bundy claims his rights to graze came from the State of Nevada, not the BLM, and has already paid fees to Clark County, Nevada. Bundy already owns the water and forage rights to the land. http://danaloeschradio.com/the-real-story-of-the-bundy-ranch/

The feds blame this assault on the fact that desert tortoises reside on this land. The government is now using the tortoise as their “cover” for an armed assault on an American ranching family. Yet it is important to note that this same BLM has waived rules protecting the desert tortoise on numerous occasions to support wind and solar projects favored by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. http://www.defenders.org/press-release/bureau-land-management-solar-plan-guides-energy-development-lower-conflict-areas.

http://www.windaction.org/posts/36964-lawsuit-searchlight-wind-energy-project-complaint#.U0jKnFzlQ-B

The BLM says Bundy owes $1.1 million in grazing fees (ostensibly to protest the desert tortoise) and has decided to use lethal force, positioning snipers on hilltops to perhaps shoot our own citizens. They’ve sicced vicious guard dogs on a pregnant woman. http://drleonardcoldwell.com/2014/04/10/feds-assault-cancer-victim-pregnant-woman-in-clash-with-bundy-supporters/

They’ve tasered and arrested members of the Bundy family for standing up to a force killing and stealing their property. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/04/10/tense-video-feds-taser-pro-nevada-rancher-protester-during-clash/

Bundy’s sister (a cancer victim) was thrown to the ground. Son Dave Bundy was beaten, bruised and arrested by this Gestapo-like force for the crime of…taking photos outside “the First Amendment Area.” http://mvprogress.com/2014/04/09/bundy’s-son-arrested-in-roundup-incident-public-protest-results/

And they’ve tried to banish protestors to a “First Amendment Area” where free speech is “allowed.” Funny, I thought free speech was a right everywhere on American soil? http://www.americasfreedomfighters.com/2014/04/11/blm-feds-assault-more-protesters-as-first-amendment-area-taken-down/

This is happening in America. Our country.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (a very moderate Republican) is angered by the federal government assault on property and States’ Rights. Sandoval said, “No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists, nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans. The BLM needs to reconsider its approach to this matter and act accordingly.”

Nevada U.S. Senator Dean Heller told BLM Director Neil Kornze, “…law-abiding Nevadans must not be penalized by an over-reaching BLM.”

Between you and me, I think these are both very weak statements for government overreach this dramatic.

Clive Bundy used to have 52 rancher neighbors. They are all gone. He is the last man standing because the BLM has regulated ranchers out of business in favor of tortoises and green energy projects.

Government isn’t just brutal, vicious and over-reaching. Government is hypocritical. This same government that is supposedly acting to protect desert tortoises, killed hundreds of these same tortoises only a year ago because they didn’t have the funding to take care of them. http://www.infowars.com/before-nevada-cattle-rancher-dispute-blm-was-euthanizing-endangered-desert-tortoise/

Even more to the point, why protect desert tortoises if you’re killing cattle? Rendering trucks have been spotted at the government assault. For you city folk, rendering trucks are used to transport dead cattle. Bundy believes cattle are dropping dead in 90 degree heat after being chased by government helicopters.

http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/feds-charged-with-killing-cattle-in-nevada-range-war/

Then there’s the glaring conflicts of interest in this case. Is the Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie refusing to intervene on behalf of a Nevada family because he is afraid of losing Homeland Security funding? The Sheriff is on the Board of Directors of The Nevada Commission on Homeland Security. http://dem.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/demnvgov/content/homeland_security/APPROVED%20MINUTES_NCHS_062113_klh.pdf

And there are now reports that U.S. Senator Harry Reid and his powerful attorney son Rory Reid want Bundy’s cattle off the land to make room for a $5 billion dollar Chinese solar project.

http://www.infowars.com/breaking-sen-harry-reid-behind-blm-land-grab-of-bundy-ranch/

After Cliven Bundy’s property and rights are taken away, who will be next? Who knows what justification the BLM or corrupt government bullies like Harry Reid will use to steal your property, or beat your son for daring to take photos, or taser your pregnant daughter, or push to the ground your cancer-surviving wife.

Wake up America. Either we stand up to Big Brother, or everything our great Founding Fathers fought for will soon be gone.
– See more at: http://www.rootforamerica.com/webroot/blog/#sthash.vByTm8wn.dpuf

Priest stuns wedding with beautiful song

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Meet Meath’s ‘Singing Priest’…our new YouTube sensation

A young couple were given the ultimate wedding surprise when their priest, Father Ray Kelly gifted them with an impromptu song.

Chris and Leah O’Kane wed in his parish in Oldcastle, Co Meath, when Fr Kelly (60) burst into a customised rendition of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ and has become an overnight YouTube sensation.

The video of him performing this version of the classing song has gone viral, receiving more than 130,000 hits on the vi site.

“I like to sing, music is part of the family, it’s always been in the genes,” he told Ryan Tubridy on 2FM.

“I worked in Dublin for awhile and had the voice trained there and I stuck at it. I was part of the priest show in Dublin may years ago in Dublin.”

Fr Kelly, from Tyrrelstown, Co Westmeath, has been singing since ‘he was a lad’ and said that he is well known throughout the parish for his songs at wedding,s funerals of while performing mass on Sunday if the mood strikes.

“This was a girl from Dublin, Leah, and her husband was from Cookstown, Co Tyrone; they weren’t from the parish at all.

“Normally for a local, couple, they’d ask me to sing at the wedding and I’d oblige, but this couple had no idea,” he told the show.

“I put on my track for Leonard Cohen [at the altar] and that’s where it took off. The wedding ceremony was over, we were about to have the final prayer and do the civil part of the ceremony.

“The responses was quite amazing – there were some standing ovations and there was a big cheer and roar.

“I wanted to make it as comfortable and enjoyable in the church for the couple.”

Fr Kelly will celebrate his 25th year as a priest this year having joined the priest later in life, after working as a civil servant in Dublin for more than a decade.

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“It was a decision made over a couple of years. A few of us went to Rome in 1980 with the Irish Catholic Youth Council, about 50 in my group and three or four of us went on to become priests,” he explained.

Meanwhile, he told the Ray D’Arcy show on Today FM he believes there is a positive shift in Ireland towards the Catholic Church.