October 31, 2013

Pray for America and ALL World Leaders




Our world is in a state of turmoil. It is tantamount that here in America, and throughout the world we pray for our leaders in order to enact real and lasting change.


St. Paul stresses this in Scripture. 1Timothy 2:1-3 tells us:
"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way. This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."
I am currently participating in a Bible study and this is one of the readings we meditated upon recently - and it spoke strongly to my heart - prompting me to sit at my computer and write this immediately after my morning prayer.


Christians are experiencing horrific persecution in the world at large - and although it's not physically violent here in America - it's all out spiritual warfare.


Morality and values are under attack and the government infringes upon our religious and personal freedoms ie: HHS Mandate/Obamacare, NSA spying, etc. Catholics in positions of power have completely ignored and turned against the teachings of Mother Church and her Founder to aggressively promote and institute intrinsic/non negotiable evils - particularly abortion.

When we attend Mass Catholics  do pray for world leaders - and I'm sure other Christians do at services. We must also remember to do so in our daily prayers. We need to follow the Holy Scriptures and remember to pray for "kings" and "those in high places" that we may experience "quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way." I leave you to ponder another verse as well. May the Lord speak to your heart. James 4:1-2:
"What causes wars, and what causes fightings among you? Is it not your passions that are at war in your members? You desire and do not have; so you kill. And you covet and cannot obtain; so you fight and wage war. You do not have, because you do not ask."

A nation that turns her back on God will not continue to be blessed.
Please . . . do it now . . . let us pray.

October 30, 2013

BREAKING: Watch 'Magnificat Day' LIVE on EWTN

EWTN To Air ‘The Magnificat Day’
Live From Philadelphia

Irondale, AL The EWTN Global Catholic Network is proud to partner with Magnificat and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to bring you “The Magnificat Day,” a celebration of the graces of the Year of Faith, on Saturday, Nov. 9. The event, hosted by Doug Keck and Johnnette Benkovic live from the Philadelphia Convention Center, will feature Fr. Robert Barron of the famed “Catholicism” series and Dr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., Magnificat Editor-in-Chief.
 
EWTN’s coverage will begin at 7 a.m. ET and end at 6:30 p.m. ET with the Eucharistic Procession through the streets of Philadelphia.

“We are thrilled to be working with Magnificat to bring EWTN’s viewers this special day,” said EWTN President & Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw.
 
EWTN Executive Vice President & COO Doug Keck agreed. “So many of our viewers use ‘Magnificat’ magazine to follow the Mass, and have benefitted from its many special features including the art, the prayers, the profiles of saints, and especially the daily devotions.”
 
“I believe this day will be specially blessed,” said Johnnette Benkovic, host of “Women of Grace” on EWTN. “Magnificat Foundation has been entrusted with the U.S. pilgrimage of the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux and her parents, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, and these relics will be available for veneration at the venue. How important is the witness of the saints to us in this our day and time! Their example inspires all of us to be men and women of heroic virtue 'for such a time as this.'”
 
For more information about “The Magnificat Day,” please go to http://www.magnificatday.com/. And please check EWTN’s website, www.ewtn.com, for further information about our coverage as we get closer to the event!
 
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 32nd year, is available in over 230 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.

October 28, 2013

EWTN PRESS RELEASE

EWTN Files New Suit
Against Contraception Mandate


State of Alabama Joins as Co-Plaintiff

Irondale, AL – EWTN Global Catholic Network filed a new lawsuit October 28 in Federal Court against the Department of Health & Human Services, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and other federal agencies seeking to stop the government from imposing the HHS contraception mandate as well as asking the court to find that it is unconstitutional. The State of Alabama, through its Attorney General Luther Strange, has joined EWTN as a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit.
“EWTN has no other option but to continue our legal challenge to the mandate,” said EWTN Chairman and CEO Michael P. Warsaw. “The revised rules, published by the government in July, have done nothing to address the serious issues of conscience and religious freedom that EWTN has been raising since the mandate was first published last year. The government has decided that EWTN is apparently not religious enough to be exempt from the rule. It has still placed us in a situation where we are forced to offer contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs as part of our employee health plan or to offer our employees and their families no insurance at all. Neither of these options is acceptable. The mission of EWTN is not negotiable.”


EWTN’s original lawsuit opposing the mandate was filed Feb. 9, 2012, but was dismissed by Federal Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn on March 25, 2013. In her order dismissing the original suit, Judge Blackburn noted that the government had promised to implement a new rule addressing the issues raised by EWTN. Blackburn’s opinion stated that “common sense weighs in favor of withholding judicial review until new regulations are created and finalized. At that point, if EWTN still has objections, it may then file suit.”
The Department of Health and Human Services issued a new set of rules on July 23, 2013 which Secretary Sebelius claimed addressed the concerns of EWTN and other similar organizations. 
“When the government opened up a period for public comment earlier this year in advance of publishing its revised rules, EWTN submitted extensive remarks and an explanation of its moral objections to the mandate,” Warsaw continued. “We sincerely hoped that our concerns would be addressed. Instead, the government ignored our comments entirely and pressed forward with a rule that changed nothing. We are in the same position today as we were when the mandate was first published. 
“As an organization that was founded to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church, we do not believe that contraception, voluntary sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs constitute health care.  We simply cannot facilitate these immoral practices,” said Warsaw.
“Version 2.0 of the mandate is just as bad as version 1.0,” said Lori Windham, Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund, which filed both the original and new lawsuits on EWTN’s behalf. “It would still force the world’s preeminent Catholic network to betray publicly the very teachings it was founded to promote, and which it promotes on a daily basis.”
In 2012, shortly after the first EWTN lawsuit was filed, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange petitioned the court to join the EWTN complaint. In this new lawsuit, the State of Alabama has joined EWTN as a co-plaintiff from the start.
Commenting on this new lawsuit, Attorney General Strange said, “I am proud to stand with EWTN to oppose this unconscionable mandate. … The freedom of religion, and to believe as one sees fit, is our ‘first freedom’ under the United States Constitution. The people of Alabama have recognized the importance of this freedom and have enshrined it in their Constitution as well. Alabama law does not allow anyone to be forced to offer a product that is against his or her religious beliefs or conscience.”
“EWTN is extremely grateful to Attorney General Strange for his support on this important issue. The Attorney General clearly understands what is at stake here, not just for EWTN, but for all people who feel that government cannot take away the right to religious freedom,” said Warsaw.
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 32nd year, is available in over 230 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.
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October 19, 2013

What Does The Catechism Teach About Abortion?



Many Catholics do not know what their Church teaches, or why - but most of us do know the difference between right and wrong. Always - we are to "Speak the Truth in Love" Ephesians 4:15.

So what is the truth regarding Church teaching on abortion? All Church teaching is garnered from Scripture - the Word of God.
Let's take a look at an excerpt from The Catechism Part Three - Life in Christ:

2273 The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and it's legislation:  The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority.

Since this is true - how can any Catholic justify supporting or voting for a politician who advocates for abortion legislation?

The catechism continues:
"These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by society and the state; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin. Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being's right of life and physical integrity from the moment of conception until death."

The creative act from which we take our origin - YOUR LIFE - is from God - it is not a right granted by the government! Further:

"The moment a positive law deprives a category of human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law. When the state does not place its power at the service of the rights of each citizen, and in particular of the more vulnerable, the very foundations of a state based on law are undermined . . . As a consequence of the respect and protection which must be ensured for the unborn child from the moment of conception, the law must provide appropriate penal sanctions for every deliberate violation of the child's rights."


Not only do most of our elected politicians NOT respect, protect and provide FOR the unborn child from the moment of conception - they have advocated against what God has created - by pursuing and enacting legislation to provide for the destruction of life in the womb! 
In conclusion:
2274 "Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being."
With knowledge comes responsibility - and so now that we know - WE are responsible for acting in accordance with God's natural law. For those who may say: I don't agree with everything the Church teaches - then you disagree with the Holy Spirit - with God Himself - because the Church is led by The Holy Spirit of God.  As Catholics we have a responsibility to act in accordance with God's natural law and defend unborn life - all life - from the womb to the tomb.

Please, pray on it and ask the Author of Life to guide you to His Truth. If you do . . . He will!


Pro Life Scriptural References From 
Priests For Life: ****The Bible's teachings Against Abortion:
Gen. 1:1-2,26-28 Creation of man Gen. 2:7-8,18,21-24 Creation of man and woman Gen. 4:8-16 The first killing of the innocent Ex. 20:1-17 The Decalogue Lev. 19:15-18 Love of your neighbor's life Deut. 30:15-20 Choose Life! Jeremiah 7:27-31 The rebuke of child sacrifice Ezekiel 23:36-39 Child sacrifice Wisdom 1:12-15 God did not make death. Wisdom 7:1-6 I was formed in the womb. 2 Kings 24:1-4 The exile occurred because innocent blood was shed. Proverbs 6:16-19 The Lord hates six things. Jeremiah 1:4-8 I called you from the womb. Isaiah 49:1-6 The Lord called me from the womb. Isaiah 49:14-17 Can a mother forget her infant? Isaiah 1:10-17 Do justice! Amos 5:21-24 Let justice roll down like a river! Psalm 72 He will save the weak from violence! Psalm 82 Rescue the weak! Psalm 139 You knit me together in the womb! Proverbs 24:8-12 Rescue those taken to death! Matt. 18:1-6,10-14 Do not despise the little ones. Matt. 25:31-46 Whatsoever you do to the least... Mark 10:13-16 He blessed children. Luke 1:39-45 The babe leapt in the womb. Luke 6:20-26 Beatitudes and woes Luke 10:29-37 The Good Samaritan is neighbor to anyone in need. Luke 16:19-31 The Lazarus of the 20th Century: The Unborn Child John 1:1-5 All things, all life, comes through Christ. John 10:7-15 The Good Shepherd came to give us life. John 11:17-27 Christ is the Life. John 14:1-6 Christ is the Life. 1 Cor. 15:51-58 The victory belongs to life; you do not labor in vain. Eph. 6:10-20 Be strong in this battle! James 1:22-27 Religion requires us to help the helpless. 1 John 3:11-18 Love rather than kill. Rev. 4:8-11 You have created all things. Rev. 21:1-5 Death shall be no more!

Click Here to access The Catechism Of The Catholic Church via the Vatican Website

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October 14, 2013

Interview with Founder of One Million Vet March: We will NEVER Forget!

We Are The Salt conducted a telephone interview this morning with Larry Ward, political director for special operations groups in Washington D.C.

Larry is responsible for organizing and implementing yesterdays "One Million Vet March" on Washington. The following is our conversation.


Larry, how did this all begin? Who contacted you? 
I was initially contacted by the group "Special Operations Speaks" to help build the action committee to oppose the leaks of the Bin laden raid. When Navy Seal Team 6 was named as the team that got Bin laden they were outraged. They operate in the shadows, they didn't want to be known. This leak put their lives at risk. Then when the 2012 Benghazi attack occurred this group began leading the charge on getting the select committee for the congressional investigation.

"Special Operations Speaks"? Who are they?
The group is made up of Green Berets, Navy Seals and more, you wouldn't believe it. 1000 special op veterans put their name, rank and serial number on the petition to demand a select committee for Benghazi. It's landmark. Nothing like this has ever happened before. This past August we unrolled a 60x4 foot scroll - the longest petition ever delivered to the White House.

Larry, what was the atmosphere like yesterday, during the One Million Vet march?
Electric. The veterans were peaceful, they were there to make a strong point. When the vets spontaneously tore down the memorial barricades, they neatly stacked them like the trash that they are in front of the White House. It was very emotional, and I announced that "now we need to take down the barricades from the Vietnam memorial and the Lincoln memorial and storm the White House," and they did. Park Police were shouting and threatening the assembled veterans, but I have sympathy for them. They don't typically "guard" memorials, that's not their job.

Is there anything else you'd like to add, Larry?
YES. The media and the government keep changing topic to distract the public from the Benghazi attack. "Special Operations Speaks" want them to know it will NEVER be forgotten and they will NEVER desist in demanding answers.

I'd like to note that in the course of my phone interview with Larry - we were disconnected THREE times. We had no doubts in our minds that it was the NSA.


October 13, 2013

THEY STILL FIGHT FOR FREEDOM! 1 MILLION VET MARCH




One Million United States Veterans marched on Washington today to make their voices heard - with little to no media coverage.

It is disgraceful that the men and women who served their country - many now in wheelchairs - have been treated in such a vile manner by their own government. Every American citizen should be outraged. Since the so called "Government shutdown" military veterans have been denied benefits, Mass on military bases (chapels locked up) and access to their own war memorials - yet 85% of the government has remained operational. This move is sheer spite work on the part of a prideful, arrogant POTUS and administration. Nobody needs God more than they do.

As they marched in the rain today these great patriots sang songs including the National Anthem and God bless America. What has this country been reduced to, where the commander in chief so greatly disrespects and dishonors those who have served this nation?

Opening Remarks were given by march organizer Larry Ward for "Special Operations Speaks." Interview: Green Berets and Navy Seals behind Million Vet March

I ask for your prayers for these courageous war veterans and while we're at it - for an administration that is sore in need - and for our country.  May God greatly bless every veteran, friend and family member who marched for freedom today.  


October 11, 2013

What's Missing From Your Life? Find The Answer HERE

Have you ever experienced any of the following?

Failed Relationships
An endless quest for material things
Some form of addiction
Depression/Desperation


If so, have you ever wondered WHY?
Have you ever asked yourself why this endless search for things, status, money, people/relationships keeps resulting in failure and frustration - or even sadness and depression?

I KNOW WHY
There is only one perfect love - and we cannot find it in people or material things.

THE LOVE OF GOD
True, unconditional, Fatherly love. Love that you and I cannot even fathom! This is not the false, deceptive concept of love that the world offers. 



From the Catechism:
221 But St. John goes even further when he affirms that "God is love": God's very being is love. By sending his only Son and the Spirit of Love in the fullness of time, God has revealed his innermost secret: God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that exchange.

Since God has imprinted His Love upon us and "destined" us to share it - we can NEVER be satisfied without it. 

We would always feel that something is missing - this is why the quest is endless. 
So please - for your own sake - don't rely upon the things or imperfect people of this world! There is a perfect love - the Love of God - just waiting for YOU to accept it. 

I know this from personal experience. I returned to Church 17 years ago and I'm here to tell 'ya - the holy water didn't boil and the steeple did not cave in lol - and I found a peace I had never, ever, known before.

The Catechism says:
27 The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for.

We can all feel the truth of this within our innermost being - because God has written it there. I leave you with a short meditation from Scripture. Please try  - if only for a few minutes. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

Sit in  a moment of silence. Read this short excerpt of God's Word slowly - then read it again (this is know as Lectio Divina.) Let the Word of God - Your loving Father - sink into your soul. Seek Him - turn to HIM - and you will know lasting peace and joy that this world can never give.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love
Therefore I have drawn you with loving kindness."
Jeremiah 31:3


 
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October 9, 2013

OFFICIAL EWTN PRESS RELEASE: AIRING IN OCTOBER!

EWTN: Discover the Devastating Impact
Socialist Abortion Policies Have Had on Europe

Plus, Pro-life Photographer Monica Miller,
How to Combat Sin & Temptation & More


Irondale, ALCan we win against sin?  Watch as EWTN Favorite Fr. Mitch Pacwa unveils his battle plan for the fight against temptation to “EWTN Bookmark” Host Doug Keck, and discusses how the Holy Spirit is a necessary ally in this on-going spiritual battle. Arm yourself and learn more about “Winning the Battle Against Sin” when “EWTN Bookmark” airs at 9 :30 a.m. ET, Sunday October 3—only on EWTN!  http://bit.ly/1bccEjG
 
Picture a world without abortion! “Women of Grace ”Host Johnette Benkovic and Pro-Life Photographer and Activist Monica Miller are on “Women of Grace” all this week discussing the latest in the Pro-Life movement!  The battle for the unborn rages all week long on “Women of Grace,” Weekdays at 11 a.m. ET—only on EWTN!
 
It’s the matchup of the millennia! “Saints vs. Scoundrels” is Guest Ben Wilker’s newest series now being filmed at EWTN’s studios, and Host Fr. Mitch Pacwa is ready for him to hash out the details on the set of this week’s “EWTN Live!” We have a guess at what side you’ll (hopefully) be rooting for, but don’t miss this special preview of “Saints vs. Scoundrels” on “EWTN Live!” Airs at 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, October 9---only on EWTN! 
 
This convert was a “shoe-in” for becoming Catholic! After being a part of several different Protestant denominations, Guest Jeff Barefoot shares with “Journey Home” Host Marcus Grodi what it was that finally led him home! Follow in his footsteps when “The Journey Home” airs LIVE at 8 p.m. ET, Monday, October 14—only on EWTN! 
 
 “But it could never happen here…right?” The sad truth surrounding the effects socialist abortion policies have had on the former Soviet Union come to light as many European countries now must take their the first steps towards healing. Don’t miss your chance to see Central and Eastern Europe “Return to Life” at 5:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, October 12.
 
Bakhita is at a “cross”-road in her life! After regaining her freedom for the first time in years, former slave Bakhita must now decide what she should do with her life, especially now that she believes she has a calling to become a religious sister! Find out what happens in the conclusion of “Bahkita: From Slave to Saint!” Airs at 8 p.m. ET Saturday October 12—only on EWTN! http://bit.ly/18QdSQn
 
Fatima is a light in the darkness! Join EWTN for our LIVE coverage of the International Rosary and Candlelight Procession, in honor of Our Lady of Fatima. Watch as it live at 4:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, October 12, with an encore at 10 p.m. ET —only on EWTN!

October 7, 2013

What Exactly IS Gossip and How Can We Avoid It?



"It is better to bite your tongue than to gossip" because "your tongue will be swollen and then you will not be able to speak." Wise words from Pope Francis - who frequently addresses gossip without pulling any punches. As always Papa drives the point home - challenging us to become better people and stronger disciples of Jesus Christ.

The truth is that Gossiping is a SIN, leads to even more sin - and hurts others. It falls under the Eighth commandment: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

From "The Catechism Explained":
"We ought to refrain from everything that may wound our neighbor's honor. Thus suspicion, detraction, slander and abuse are forbidden, also listening with pleasure when our neighbor is spoken against."
AND:
"Detraction, slander (both of which are directed against the absent) and abuse (which is directed against one who is present), are sins of the tongue; listening with gratification when another is evilly spoken of, is a sin, if it is in the evil speaking that we take pleasure."
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 
2479 "Detraction and calumny (lying) destroy the reputation and honor of ones neighbor. Honor and witness given to human dignity, and everyone enjoys a natural right to the honor of his name and reputation and to respect. Thus, detraction and calumny offend against the virtues of justice and charity."
We know what lying is, but what exactly is detraction? I'll unpack it a bit:

From "The Catechism Explained"
"Detraction consists in disclosing the fault committed by another without necessity. This sin, the lessening of our neighbor's reputation, is an act of injustice towards him. For if he is really guilty of some secret sin, still he has not lost the good opinion of others and of this we rob him if we publish his misdeeds, even though he has no right to it"

WOW.  Even if he is guilty. What does this mean? Many times if somebody wrongs us (sins against us) we "vent" to a friend. So is "venting" just a convenient way to rationalize gossip? We are never justified when we "detract" another by telling an unkind truth - even if the other person is in the wrong. Thankfully Our Blessed Lord Himself gave us the formula to follow when He addresses how to handle such a situation within the Church community. We can apply to our personal lives too:
"If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector."   Matthew 18:15-20
So what's next if we speak directly to the person and they still won't listen? In a family this could involve siblings calling in their parents as mediators - or even a married couple calling in good, Christian counsel. For me this would mean calling in one of my parish priests, deacons - or a trusted Christian friend. (For some this would also be"taking it to the Church.")

Treating one as gentile or a tax collector within the Church means excommunication - a grave matter and last resort. For a personal relationship this could mean distancing oneself or even moving on depending on the situation - something that will take prayerful discernment on ones own part.

I'm grateful that Jesus Christ laid it all out for us in The Scriptures! Being human we may still be tempted to wag our tongue  - perhaps then we should take the advice of Pope Francis and bite it "so it will be swollen" and then - we cannot speak at all.
"He who goes about gossiping reveals secrets;
therefore do not associate with one who speaks foolishly."
Proverbs 20:19

"The Catechism Explained" by Reverends Spirago & Clark Tan Books and Publishers
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October 3, 2013

There's A Battle Going On! Whose Side Are You On?



Most of us realize that we are embroiled in a daily spiritual battle. Even if you don't know it, or worse yet, you think you're not - you are. The tragedy is that by denying it you leave yourself unarmed . . . but that's a topic for another day.

Peter is a "Fisher of men" as mandated by the founder of the Church Himself: Jesus Christ. Pope Francis has been in the boat  - rocking it - and casting his reel into the raging ocean of our disordered culture.


When Papa starts fishing - ie: reaching outside of the church to those in need - and yes they are in need (as are we all) - we the Church have been grumbling. 


Father Matthew (a priest friend of mine) called Pope Francis a "pot stirrer." Amen! Papa knows how to stir things up. He knows how to reach out - to atheists and to aggressive secularists. Papa said the other day in the "La Repubblica" interview that "the spark of Divine Light shines within us all." The Holy Father is attempting to uncover this light in everyone . . . not an exclusive FEW - but all.  Pope Francis said a few key things yesterday that clarify everything he has been saying and doing. 

Courtesy of "Catholic News Service" Here are a few snippets of his statements:

"If the church excluded sinners, it would pretty much be empty" 
"The church, which is holy, does not reject sinners, it does not reject all of us

 
I love this one from the Holy Father:
"In the church sinners don't encounter a judge ready to throw the book at them, but the father portrayed in the Gospel parable of the Prodigal Son, a father ready to throw a party when his son comes home after "hitting bottom." 
And just as God waits with open arms - God wants "a church that knows how to open its arms to welcome everyone. It is not the house of a few, but of everyone"

 And Most Importantly:
"God is always waiting for you."


In addition Pope Francis posed a question for all Catholics:
"Catholics should ask themselves, "Are we a church that calls and welcomes sinners with open arms and gives them courage and hope? Or are we a church closed in on itself?"

The Pope has not strayed from Catholic teaching. Not at all. Not an iota. It's all in Scripture, it's all in the catechism. And if we know anything about our Blessed Lord - he's fulfilling the mission of the Church as mandated by Jesus Christ Himself. See Here: Understand the Catechism to Understand The Holy Father

 A few days ago the Holy Father consecrated the Vatican to Saint Michael the Archangel. My guess is this: he knew this was needed.

So I pose another question to the Catholics who grumble, point fingers and label the Holy Father as a progressive and a liberal:  
Whose side are you - WE - on? Jesus came for sinners. Papa is trying to save sinners - and so the Church grumbles and gossips.  Pope Francis is fighting the good fight on the very front lines of this spiritual battle - grabbing souls from the clutches of the enemy! So are we going to join him on the front lines - follow his example and help him fight - as disciples of Christ - or are we going to grumble, debate and argue among the ranks?

And so I leave you with this from the Holy Father's Sept. 25th, 2013 address :
"Badmouthing seriously harms the Church. People don't realize how much it hurts, how it can wound others. It is better to bite your tongue: when you do that, your tongue swells up and you can no longer talk".
Amen.
 
Photo of St. Michael statue Kiev, Ukraine (thanks Jim!)
To read CNS article in it's entirety:
"Church welcomes sinners, shows them the path to holiness, Pope says"

October 1, 2013

POPE FRANCIS: "I'm not Francis of Assisi and I Do Not Have His Strength And His Holiness."

BREAKING:
According to "Patheos" Catholic Blog - Pope Francis has not only reached out to the most anti-Catholic publication in Italy "La Repubblica," but personally offered and granted it's founder Eugenio Scalfari one of the mind blowing interviews the Holy Father is becoming famous for.

I'm still digesting the Holy Father's most recent interview  - arranged by Papa himself down to the telephone call - much to the surprise even of  Scalfari. The interview  is straight forward and easily understood - and they cover A LOT of territory.

LINK: English Translation of Pope Francis Interview

Read what Deacon Greg and Rocco Palmo have to say here: Patheos Blog: Pope Francis Bombshell Interview

Papa keeps VERY busy reaching out - to those who are most in need, to the most aggressively secular - even to those who are the most anti-Catholic. Not only that - it is apparent in from his homilies and addresses that he holds the already established Faithful to a higher standard . . . which is as it should be.

Papa most definitely reminds me of someone. Jesus <3