I don’t normally recommend books here, but once again I’m making an exception for this one. It’s excellent and addresses Catholic Social Doctrine praxis and Christian leadership in today’s world, especially in the face of disaster and the abdication of genuine leadership. In brief, read the book, learn from it, and put things into practice.
We are experiencing a moment of the annihilation of man as the image of God . . . In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa, and in some countries of Asia, there are genuine forms of ideological colonization taking place. And one of these – I will call it clearly by its name – is [the ideology of] “gender.” Today children – children! – are taught in school that everyone can choose his or her sex. Why are they teaching this? Because the books are provided by the persons and institutions that give you money. These forms of ideological colonization are also supported by influential countries. And this terrible!
In a conversation with Pope Benedict, who is in good health and very perceptive, he said to me: “Holiness, this is the age of sin against God the Creator.” He is very perceptive. God created man and woman. God created the world in a certain way… and we are doing the exact opposite. God gave us things in a “raw” state, so that we could shape a culture; and then with this culture, we are shaping things that bring us back to the “raw” state! Pope Benedict’s observation should make us think: “This is the age of sin against God the Creator.”
(Source: Address to the Polish Bishops, 27 July, 2016).
Although the priests who were stationed there [Most Holy Redeemer Church, San Francisco, CA] kindly buried the lifeless and wasted bodies of our friends, in an age when few were willing to do so, they confused a compassion for the sick and the dead with a total renunciation of any semblance to Catholic teaching about homosexuality. They wanted to be our friends, not our fathers.
Mea Culpa: Should the Catholic Church apologize to gays? is the response to Pope Francis of Joseph Sciambra, a man who is also Catholic and homosexual, in relation to the Pope’s call a few days ago during a plane presser that Christians should apologize to gays. Please click on the link to read about the plain, hard, cold reality that so many still deny even within the Church.
It is demonic idolatry that says children do not need mothers and fathers – Robert, Cardinal Sarah
The words of keynote speaker Robert, Cardinal Sarah; Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship, Vatican City State, during the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Washington, D.C. (May 17, 2016).
All manner of immorality is not only accepted and tolerated today in advanced societies, it is even promoted as a social good . . . This is not an ideological war between competing ideas. This is about defending ourselves, children and future generations from the demonic idolatry that says children do not need mothers and fathers. It denies human nature and wants to cut off an entire generation from God.
The entire world looks to you, waiting and praying to see what America resolves on the present unprecedented challenges the world faces today. Such is your influence and responsibility . . . make use of the freedom willed by your founding fathers lest you lost it . . . should not a biological man use the men’s restroom? How simpler can that concept be? George Washington wrote that the establishment of civil and religious liberty was the motive that induced him into the field of battle. Today we find ourselves before the battle of sickness . . . The battle to preserve the roots of mankind is perhaps the greatest challenge the world has faced since its origins. Be prophetic, be faithful, pray for the soul of America and to help stem the tide of evil that spreading throughout the world. For in the end, it is God or nothing.
As you all know, I do not ever endorse books here by contemporary writers of whatever stamp or genre. However, as both a Christian and a writer, I am going to make a very public exception in this one case. Below is the preview video of a nonfiction book titled The Storm: A Time of Mercy, Choices and Hope. It is written by Catholic American entrepreneur, speaker, and writer James A. Toups, who is also a survivor of Hurricane Katrina.
I have read this book twice already and declare without reservation that its content is inspired. It is spot on in relation to the global storm we are presently going through and the wisdom contained within is much needed by the lost souls, boys, and men of today’s world, so that they do not despair in what is coming our way. Watch the video and read the book. You will be thankful you did.
When the sense of God is lost, “enclosed in the narrow horizon of his physical nature, man is somehow reduced to being ‘a thing,’ and no longer grasps the transcendent character of his existence as man. He no longer considers life as a splendid gift of God, something ‘sacred’ entrusted to this responsibility, thus also to his loving care and ‘veneration.’ Life itself becomes a mere ‘thing,’ which man claims as his exclusive property, completely subject to his control and manipulation.
“In relation to life at birth and death, man is no longer capable of posing the question of the truest meaning of his own existence, nor can he assimilate with genuine freedom these crucial moments of his own history. He is concerned only with ‘doing,’ and using all kinds of technology, he busies himself with programming, controlling, and dominating birth and death. Birth and death, instead of being primary experiences demanding to be lived, become things to be merely ‘possessed’ or ‘rejected'” (John Paul II, 1995, Evangelium Vitae, 22).
“When the sense of God is lost, the sense of man is also threatened and poisoned . . . when God is forgotten, the creature itself grows unintelligible. Man is no longer able to see himself as mysteriously different from other earthly creatures; he regards himself merely as one more living being, as an organism which, at most, has reached a very high stage of perfection” (John Paul II, 1995, Evangelium Vitae, 22).
For those it may concern, the American College of Pediatricians has recently released an initial official statement about the objective reality of gender ideology as none other than the abuse of children. You can read more about it here: Gender Ideology Harms Children. A full statement will reportedly be published in summer.
Happy Easter, Christ is risen!
Here is the basic drawing of a new icon that I am presently working on, of Our Lady as the Woman Clothed With the Sun (Gn 3:15 / Rv 12:1). Saint Michael can be seen blowing the trumpet of the apocalypse in the top right corner. Size of the panel icon is 12″ x 16.”
Now is the time to portray beauty in actions and in art, not in words. For as the world descends increasingly and unfailingly into darkness and despair, it is beauty, not words, that is going to give hope to humankind and light up the path to Him Who is Beauty, Hope and Light; thus saving and restoring our dying world to the fullness of grace.
Son of the Republic, look and learn (The Blessed Virgin Mary at Valley Forge).
Many have been those who have tried to find an explanation for the three visions reportedly received by George Washington, the first president of the United States of America, at Valley Forge. Several things have, in fact, been said throughout the years about these visions; both in favor and against. However, it is now time to speak openly and say the following, despite the possible reactions of some believers, unbelievers, and nonbelievers:
Those visions were, indeed, genuine – although many interpretations of them have been ‘off’ – and the “singularly beautiful being…[and] mysterious visitor” who had appeared to Washington was none other than the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.
It should be remembered that the United States (US), as a Union, had been consecrated to God at the time of its formation precisely at what has become Ground Zero. And the Virgin Mary, under her title and role as the Immaculate Conception, is the patroness of the US as a nation.
Below is the narrative of the third vision granted by Our Lady to George Washington, especially for those who may not know about it. This vision relates precisely to our present times and will soon be fulfilled. Continue reading “The Coming Fulfillment of George Washington’s Third Vision”
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God (Mt 5:8)
The image of God is reflected in a pure soul, like the sun in the water. A pure soul is the admiration of the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity. The Father contemplates His work: There is My creature! . . . The Son, the price of His Blood: the beauty of an object is shown by the price it has cost. . . The Holy Spirit dwells in it as in a temple . . . We cannot comprehend the power that a pure soul has over the good God. It is not he who does the will of God; it is God who does his will (Saint John Vianney).
Just take a moment to look at the blue sky and marvel at its pristine beauty, together with the slowly moving clouds and the singing birds, and you will get a small glimpse of the immeasurable and unverbalisable beauty of the One, True God.