October 27, 2014

Need Free Post-Synod Video Analysis For Your Website?
        What really happened at the Synod on the Family and what’s next? 
        
EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo’s Thursday interviews are being called “the best post-Synod coverage on TV.” See for yourself at http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HSb5mNbBc3c

        
If you would like to post this on your own website, or if you need a higher resolution version of the segment, please contact me at mjohnson@ewtn.com.

October 22, 2014

Moving To Texas!

This is a move I highly recommend - and I ain't the only one:

"More Americans moved to Texas in recent years than any other state: A net gain of more than 387,000 in the latest Census for 2013. And Austin was the fastest growing major city."


Everything is better in Texas friends! Read the full article here on "CNN Money"---> CNN Money/Affordable Housing AND Jobs

Y'all have a good day now, ya'hear?
UPDATE:
P.S. By the way, did I mention that I LOVE Texas????
God bless <3

October 17, 2014

EWTN To Air 

‘The Magnificat Day’ Live From Memphis

        Irondale, AL (EWTN) – The EWTN Global Catholic Network is proud to partner with Magnificat and the Diocese of Memphis to bring you “The Magnificat Day,” a celebration of prayer, faith and beauty, on Saturday, Nov. 1  live from the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis, Tenn.
        
The event, hosted by EWTN President & COO Doug Keck and Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe, will include talks by Fr. Robert Barron of the famed “Catholicism” series and Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., Magnificat Editor-in-Chief as well as special interviews throughout the day!
        

EWTN’s coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET and ends at 8 p.m. ET following a “Magnificat” adaptation of Evening Prayer, and a Eucharistic Procession through the streets of Memphis.
        Once again, Magnificat Foundation has been entrusted with 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.
        
“EWTN’s airing of ‘Magnificat Day’ last year in Philadelphia went over so well that we decided to travel to Memphis for this year’s celebration,” Keck said. “We’ll be there for Morning and Evening Prayer; for the Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints, which will be celebrated by Bishop (J. Terry) Steib (S.V.D. of Memphis); for speeches by Father Cameron and Father Barron; and for the Eucharistic Procession. We’re also told that viewers can expect to hear some great classical music.”
        
Please check the television section of EWTN’s website, www.ewtn.com, for exact times of all the events.

        EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33nd 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 4, 2014

Rest In Peace Beloved Father Benedict Groeschel


Along with Mother Angelica, Father Benedict had a great impact on me when I returned back home to the Faith twenty years ago. Our great loss is Heavens gain. I am so happy that he will see St. Francis, on his feast day! Rest in the arms of Jesus, O beloved priest.

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September 27, 2014


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


EWTN To Air ‘The Crusades’ 
A Timely & Important Mini-Series!

Irondale, AL – When EWTN decided to produce a new docu-drama on the Crusades two years ago, most Americans had never heard of ISIS; no journalists had been beheaded in Iraq; and no Christian women and girls in Nigeria had been abducted or enslaved. Yet the Lord, with His perfect timing, knew that a mini-series on “The Crusades” needed to be ready to air in October – and so it is. (The mini-series airs 10 p.m. ET from Wednesday, Oct. 8 through Saturday, Oct. 11.)
You’ve heard the tales, now learn the truth concerning the church’s role in the Crusades and its efforts to restore the Holy Land to a place of safety for Catholic pilgrims. This powerful four-part series, shot on location in seven countries, gives viewers a well-rounded understanding of an important historical event, which has repercussions in our own time.
Each episode features original dramatizations, an original musical soundtrack recorded in Europe, and three pre-eminent, world-renowned Crusader scholars, together for the first time! They include Professor Jonathan Phillips, Professor of Crusading History at the University of London; Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith of Cambridge University, widely regarded as Britain’s leading historian on the Crusades; and Professor Thomas F. Madden, chair of the Department of History at St. Louis University, a widely recognized expert not only on the Crusades, but on Christian-Muslim conflict.
Viewers will also enjoy the many locales in which the series was shot: Istanbul; Turkey; Israel, including Jerusalem; France, Austria, England, Spain and Slovakia.
The mini-series is preceded by what is sure to be a fascinating “EWTN Live,” featuring our own Middle Eastern Scholar Father Mitch Pacwa interviewing “The Crusades” Writer, Producer and Host Stefano Mazzeo and Professor Madden, author of “A Concise History of the Crusades,” and a number of other widely acclaimed books on this topic. (Airs 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Oct. 8.)
Here’s an overview of a fascinating – and timely – series:
  • Episode 1: A look at the history and reasons for the Crusades, which were originally known as “armed pilgrimages” because they sought to protect pilgrims visiting the Holy Land against Muslim conquerors.
  • Episode 2: A look at the Crusader States, which were set up by the Crusader hierarchy after the miraculous success of the First Crusade; the formation of Military Orders such as the Knights Templars; the re-conquest of the Iberian Peninsula, as well as the rise of Sultan Saladin and his conquest of Jerusalem.
  • Episode 3: A look at the Third Crusade, which was led by King Richard the Lionheart of England, King Philip of France and German Emperor Fredrick Barbarossa; the famous meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Al-Kamil; and the role that devotion to the Apostle James and the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela played in Crusader successes.
  • Episode 4: A look at the failures and successes of the Crusades and their legacy, including the role of St. Louis IX, the rise of the Ottoman Empire; the epic Battle of Lepanto, a turning point in the war, and a triumph of faith; the final Christian victory in the Iberian Peninsula, and the loss of the Holy Land, in particular, Jerusalem.
  • Finally, don’t miss another EWTN special on this subject airing the same week! “Franciscan University Presents Myths About the Crusades,” airs at 10 p.m. ET, Sunday, Oct. 5 and 5 a.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 9, and features Dr. Paul Crawford, professor of medieval history at California University Of Pennsylvania.
Crusaders pray before entering into battle scene

If you are at all concerned about world affairs, you will not want to miss this important series. We suggest you mount a Crusade to get your family and friends to watch this important week of programming on EWTN!
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33rd 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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September 18, 2014

Cardinal Dolan Responds To "The St. Patty's Day Parade Heat."



You can read his column in it's entirety here: Here's my latest column on Saint Patrick's Day Parade in 2015.

With all respect due to His Eminence from a small, member of the laity like myself who knows she is nothing compared to him: something still bothers me - I'm truly sorry.

From Cardinal Dolan's column
HERE:
"To the point: the committee’s decision allows a [gay]group to publicize its identity, not promote actions contrary to the values of the Church that are such an essential part of Irish culture." 
Should we really be referring to Gay as an "identity"? Are we now defined by "sexual attraction"? If so, if it is a disordered one  - and we know homosexuality is - should we be advertising it with a BANNER in a Catholic parade? 
Further: isn't holding a banner promotion?

Your Eminence, if you are reading this I humbly submit the words of our Blessed Lord to heterosexuals. If homosexuality is an identity - this teaching would also apply, would it not?
in Matthew 5:28:
But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.


Cardinal Dolan continued:
"So, while actions are immoral, identity is not! In fact, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, people with same-sex attraction are God’s children, deserving dignity and respect, never to be treated with discrimination or injustice."

Amen to that. We should not and I pray we do not marginalize any person. I wrote about this last week here: "The Watering down of The Catholic Faith."  However and again, when did "gay" become an identity? I'm sorry Your Eminence - this point is a big one. Referring to a disorder - and a sin - as an "identity" and allowing it to advertise under a banner does not, in fact appear to me to be loving, corrective elenchein.

May the Holy Spirit lead us all to His Truth, amen.

September 12, 2014

The Watering Down of The Catholic Faith

By Deborah Tedeschi


Jesus walked with and loved sinners - US.

Jesus said love is ALWAYS above all else. Did Jesus show love when he displayed righteous anger by overturning the tables in the temple? Answer: YES.

As a church we love and accept all. We do not marginalize or judge people. However, we do - and we are - called to judge sinful BEHAVIOR. We instruct the ignorant and admonish one another - this is an act of mercy/charity - and I see that this is something the church at large is losing.



Pope Benedict XVI was a wonderful catechist.
From his 2012 Lenten Message:

"Concern for others entails desiring what is good for them from every point of view: physical, moral and spiritual. Contemporary culture seems to have lost the sense of good and evil, yet there is a real need to reaffirm that good does exist and will prevail, because God is “generous and acts generously” (Ps 119:68). The good is whatever gives, protects and promotes life, brotherhood and communion."

Note - concern for others entails what is good for them: Physically, morally AND spiritually. This is not opinion - this is Truth: Catholic teaching based upon sacred scripture.


Image courtesy of: The Truth Movement


Pope Benedict continues to disect and explain caring for one another spiritually:

“Being concerned for each other” also entails being concerned for their spiritual well-being. Here I would like to mention an aspect of the Christian life, which I believe has been quite forgotten: fraternal correction in view of eternal salvation.   Today, in general, we are very sensitive to the idea of charity and caring about the physical and material well-being of others, but almost completely silent about our spiritual responsibility towards our brothers and sisters."

"This was not the case in the early Church or in those communities that are truly mature in faith, those which are concerned not only for the physical health of their brothers and sisters, but also for their spiritual health and ultimate destiny. The Scriptures tell us: “Rebuke the wise and he will love you for it. Be open with the wise, he grows wiser still, teach the upright, he will gain yet more” (Prov 9:8ff)




Pope Benedict continued to teach:

"Christ himself commands us to admonish a brother who is committing a sin (cf. Mt 18:15). The verb used to express fraternal correction - elenchein – is the same used to indicate the prophetic mission of Christians to speak out against a generation indulging in evil (cf. Eph 5:11). 
The Church’s tradition has included “admonishing sinners” among the spiritual works of mercy. It is important to recover this dimension of Christian charity. We must not remain silent before evil. I am thinking of all those Christians who, out of human regard or purely personal convenience, adapt to the prevailing mentality, rather than warning their brothers and sisters against ways of thinking and acting that are contrary to the truth and that do not follow the path of goodness." 

Pope Benedict gives us the tools! 
He even explains how to go about  "elenchein":

"Christian admonishment, for its part, is never motivated by a spirit of accusation or recrimination. It is always moved by love and mercy, and springs from genuine concern for the good of the other. As the Apostle Paul says: “If one of you is caught doing something wrong, those of you who are spiritual should set that person right in a spirit of gentleness; and watch yourselves that you are not put to the test in the same way” (Gal 6:1). In a world pervaded by individualism, it is essential to rediscover the importance of fraternal correction, so that together we may journey towards holiness. Scripture tells us that even “the upright falls seven times” (Prov 24:16); all of us are weak and imperfect (cf. 1 Jn 1:8). It is a great service, then, to help others and allow them to help us, so that we can be open to the whole truth about ourselves, improve our lives and walk more uprightly in the Lord’s ways. There will always be a need for a gaze which loves and admonishes, which knows and understands, which discerns and forgives (cf. Lk 22:61), as God has done and continues to do with each of us."

AS GOD HIMSELF DOES! 

I leave you with a question . . . I do so in the spirit of humility, Christian love and charity:

Is allowing a group to promote their wrong behaviour, to literally advertise it with a banner at a Catholic parade/event; be it homosexuals, porn addicts, those who live together outside the bonds of marriage, adulterers, the list goes on and we are all in there somewhere . . . is this an act of charitable admonishment? Or is it  a nod of approval - even an endorsement to the sinful act - by which the "thumbs up" sends a misleading message to the flock by the thousands? 

Thank you for your time. May the Holy Spirit fill us with His Truth, Amen.

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MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVIFOR LENT 2012

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August 17, 2014

EWTN TO OPEN WEST COAST STUDIO AT CHRIST CATHEDRAL CAMPUS

ORANGE COUNTY STUDIO TO SUPPORT
ONGOING NEWS & TELEVISION PRODUCTION


Irondale, AL – EWTN Global Catholic Network has begun construction of its first West Coast television production facility located on the campus of Christ Cathedral in the Diocese of Orange, California. EWTN hopes to begin using the studio to transmit news, televised Masses, and inspiring stories of faith to its global audience by the end of the year. A joint announcement of the new facility was made at the annual Napa Institute gathering in Napa, California on July 24 by EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw and the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange.

 
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange acquired the former Crystal Cathedral in November 2011 and took possession of the property in September 2013. Shortly after moving onto the campus, the Diocese began an extensive renovation to restore the 34-acre campus and its seven buildings to their former magnificence - upgrading them to modern earthquake and energy efficiency standards in order to accommodate the unique needs of a large and vibrant parish, Diocesan Pastoral Office and Catholic school. As part of the renovations of the campus, the Diocese has worked to develop the capacity to share its events, liturgical celebrations, news and other topics of interest with audiences throughout Southern California and the world.
 
“As we transform the Christ Cathedral campus into a dynamic and inspirational center of Catholic worship and outreach, we are blessed to partner with EWTN to share our community’s energy and faithful witness with the world. EWTN’s partnership will profoundly benefit our Church, enabling us to share the love of Christ with millions across the world in multiple languages from the Cathedral campus, here in Orange County,” said the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange.
 
"EWTN is pleased to be able to collaborate with Bishop Vann and the Diocese of Orange on this important new project. The studio being developed there will be of great benefit to EWTN's programming efforts around the globe,” said Network CEO Michael P. Warsaw. “The location of the facility gives EWTN a presence in an area of the country where the Network will be able to execute programs that would be difficult to produce elsewhere, particularly for our Spanish-language channels.
 
“We are also pleased to develop this West Coast studio in advance of the historic renovation of the Christ Cathedral itself. We will be well positioned and prepared to share news of this closely watched transformation with our viewers,” said Warsaw.
 
As the world’s largest religious media network, EWTN transmits television programming 24 hours a day to more than 230 million homes in 140 countries and territories through cable, Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS), broadcast TV and digital media platforms. EWTN airs family and religious programming from a Catholic point of view in multiple languages. The network offers inspiring talk shows, entertaining children's animation, exclusive teaching series, live coverage of Church events, and thought-provoking documentaries. Programming originating from the Christ Cathedral campus will be included within its broadcast content mix for global audiences.
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EWTN Global Catholic Network, now in its 33rd year, transmits 11 separate television networks in multiple languages to over 230 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. EWTN also distributes a global radio service that is available through satellite radio platforms such as SiriusXM and Sky, a network of terrestrial AM & FM stations, a worldwide short-wave radio station and digital outlets such as iHeart Radio. With its Internet and digital media platforms, including the www.ewtn.com website, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world. Earlier in 2014, the network launched EWTN News Nightly, the first global daily newscast from a Catholic perspective. EWTN also recently announced its acquisition of the Denver-based Catholic News Agency and the ACI Prensa Group headquartered in Lima, Peru. ACI Prensa is the largest Spanish-language Catholic news service in the world.
 


August 16, 2014

Blog Blunder!

I must ask your forgiveness.
My blog archives have been a bit messy for a few months now. I deleted photos from my Google account and I did not realize that this action also deletes them from Blogger!!! Thusly, all of my blog graphics disappeared.

I am working on restoring them bit by bit - and I thank you for your patience! 
God bless you <3

**UPDATE:
After a very big move across the country I am working, little by little to get the blog straightened out again. I appreciate your patience :)

August 15, 2014

The Feast of The Assumption Of Blessed Virgin Mary


"The Feast of the Assumption gives each of us great hope as we contemplate this one facet of the beautiful woman of faith, our Blessed Mother. Mary moves us by example and prayer to grow in God's grace, to be receptive to His will, to convert our lives through sacrifice and penance, and seek that everlasting union in the heavenly Kingdom."
Father William Saunders

July 7, 2014

"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you." 
Jeremiah 1:5

These are the Lord God's Words to the prophet Jeremiah.
Why then do we presume to destroy what God Himself has made?


There IS Hope


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July 1, 2014

EWTN Granted Injunctive Relief
In HHS Mandate Case

Court of Appeals Acts Following
Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision



Irondale, AL – The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Atlanta has granted the EWTN Global Catholic Network an injunction preventing the government from enforcing the HHS contraceptive services mandate against the Network. The appeals court released its twenty-nine page order just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case. The injunction allows EWTN to continue its court challenge of the mandate without incurring the fines of $35,000 per day that would have begun on July 1.
 
“This has been a very good day for religious liberty in America,” said EWTN Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. “The Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case was a great affirmation of the constitutional right to freedom of religious expression. While the Hobby Lobby decision did not directly resolve EWTN’s case, this afternoon’s injunction from the appellate court allows us to press forward without facing the government’s crushing fines.
 
“As we have said repeatedly, contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and voluntary sterilization are not health care and the government should not force EWTN to provide them as part of our employer-sponsored health plan.
 
“The Hobby Lobby decision recognizes that business owners don’t give up their religious freedom when they start a business,” continued Warsaw. “The fact that the Supreme Court believes that the government has an obligation to use the least restrictive means of accomplishing its goals is very helpful to the EWTN case. EWTN has raised similar arguments with regard to the government’s ‘accommodation’ scheme for faith-based organizations. We are both relieved and encouraged by the action taken by the courts today and look forward to making our case before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in the coming months.”
 
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33rd 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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June 30, 2014

EWTN Chairman & CEO Michael Warsaw Reacts To Hobby Lobby Decision


Irondale, AL – Statement of Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network on June 30, 2014 US Supreme Court Decision in the Hobby Lobby Case:
 
“EWTN is extremely pleased with today’s Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case.  The fact that the Court believes that the government has less restrictive means of accomplishing it’s goals is very helpful.  However, it remains unclear whether this decision addresses the serious objections that EWTN has raised with regard to the government’s “accommodation” scheme for nonprofit faith-based organizations. We are consulting with our legal team to determine how this significant decision applies to EWTN and our pending case before the courts.” 

#HobbyLobby #ReligiousFreedom #Catholic #Christian

June 28, 2014

Secular Entertainment: What is a Christian to do?


It's funny how many of us are careful about what we put into our mouths. We know that if we eat high calorie, high fat foods we will gain weight. Worse than that we can become obese and even worse: unhealthy . . .  possibly developing adult onset diabetes, high cholesterol . . . the list goes on.

So,why aren't we as concerned about our spiritual health - which is eternal? Just as we try not to choose foods that destroy the body just imagine if we said, "No, I won't watch that violent, sexually explicit film . . . I'm striving for sainthood!"






I'm not a fan of the "brainwashing box" to begin with. But we all enjoy a good movie. You may be happy to know that there are MANY excellent Christian (non-secular) movies out there.  If you'd like to try a few on for size my top recommendations are: Courageous, War room, God's Not Dead, Fireproof, Seven days in Utopia, The Five people you meet in heaven, The Mighty Macs, Pilgrims Progress,  Facing the Giants, The Encounter, Flywheel - and you've probably heard of "The Passion of the Christ" . . . just to name a few. Some Christian movies don't have a huge Hollywood budget - but they are still terrific.

If I do watch a secular movie - it's rated PG or under. Tragically "worldly" content in our present "R" rated culture includes instances of sexual interactions, full nudity, vulgar language, homosexuality, violence, gore, rape, adultery . . . you get the picture. This is not really "entertainment" but corrupt seed planting.

So WHAT is a Christian to do - not only as an adult but even more so to protect the purity and innocence of children?
 I recommend this site for secular movie reviews: 


Television is a hot mess too. Most "music videos" are nothing more than soft core porn. T.V. shows, news sites with illicit thumbnails . . . books . . . and then we have magazines - covers featuring scantily clad models on display for all to see! It's disgraceful and clearly un-Godly. It's all meant to change our thinking "Maybe it's not that bad."  Friends, we ain't gonna walk with God and hold hands with the devil - nuh-uh, no-way. We cannot serve two masters!

Our Blessed Lord tells us that when one "lusts with the eye he has already committed adultery." Adultery - either to a spouse - or to a chaste, single life. Unfortunately there are many Christian adults who believe they can watch/look at/read this stuff with a "filter," somehow stopping it from seeping into their spirit. Incorrect -  evil is insidious.


THE ENEMY WANTS YOU TO FALL
The enemy looks for ANY pinhole to stick a claw in - to to get a hold on you. You're not outsmarting him. Even the most "holy" can and will fall by thinking "oh, just a little," or "some" won't hurt. Would you drink "a little" poison???



Guard yourselves my dear friends - and your precious offspring. Now more than ever the devil is "prowling, seeking whom he can devour." We must be vigilant in ALL things, lest we become spiritually unhealthy or worse - spiritually dead - which leads us to eternal perdition.

Let us be mindful of always asking ourselves:
WWJD? 
Would Jesus watch/listen/read --->_________?  Pray on it. Thank you and God bless.

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June 18, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 Wednesday, June 18, 2014

EWTN Denied Protection
Against Contraception Mandate

Network Filing Appeal of US District Court Decision



Irondale, AL – U.S. District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade of Mobile, Ala. issued an opinion on June 17 denying EWTN Global Catholic Network protection from the government mandate that it must provide coverage of contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization as part of its employee health care coverage.

“We are extremely disappointed with the decision reached by the court in this case,” said EWTN Chairman and CEO Michael P. Warsaw.  “The opinion issued is clearly inconsistent with the decisions reached in nearly all of the cases decided to date.  The fact that the court has dismissed the serious issues of conscience and religious freedom that EWTN has raised is very troubling.”

“As an organization that was founded to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church, we do not believe that contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and voluntary sterilization should be defined as health care.  We simply cannot facilitate these immoral practices,” said Warsaw.  “We have no other option but to continue our legal challenge of the mandate,” Warsaw continued. “We are making an immediate appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.”
 
EWTN filed its original lawsuit on Feb. 9, 2012 after the government issued the first set of rules for the mandate. That first suit was dismissed on technical grounds by Federal Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn of Birmingham, Ala. on March 25, 2013.  EWTN filed its current lawsuit October 28, 2013 against the Department of Health & Human Services and other federal agencies seeking to stop the government from imposing the HHS contraception mandate and protect EWTN’s constitutional rights.  The State of Alabama, through its Attorney General Luther Strange joined EWTN as a co-plaintiff in the new lawsuit.
 
“Alabama has a proud history of protecting our First Freedom,” said General Strange.  “We have been honored to continue that tradition by standing with EWTN and protecting rights of conscience for all Alabama citizens, and we will continue to support EWTN as it appeals the district court’s disappointing decision.”
 
“This decision is out of step with the overwhelming majority of decisions in similar cases nationwide,” said Lori Windham, Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which filed both lawsuits on EWTN’s behalf. “Over 80% of cases have protected religious objectors from this mandate.”
 
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33nd 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.
 
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions. The Becket Fund has a 17-year history of defending religious liberty for people of all faiths. Its attorneys are recognized as experts in the field of church-state law, and won a 9-0 victory against the federal government at the U.S. Supreme Court in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC.

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June 14, 2014

Will you join me as I Cry For Life?

I am not an academically trained writer.

I write from the heart.
I pray from the heart.
I cry out against the grave injustices of this world from the heart.



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Through a connection I made online  I've been blessed and invited to write for the new "Cry for Life" blog. I will institute the Cry For Life prayer online cenacle. Please accept this blessing and help me to bless others by sharing the crucial work of this ministry. By sharing the Light of Christ together - we can illuminate the ever increasing darkness of this torn and tattered world. This is the time. We don't stand together to defend against the darkness, we march forward on the offensive - front lines, spiritual battle.  

I pray that "Cry For Life" will bless you, and all whom we may serve. I pray that the founders of this ministry (who were kind enough to ask me to write for them) will be blessed. Godspeed.

Link: Cry For Life: There is Hope

#Catholic #Christian #CryForLife #Hope #Salvation #Healing #ProLife

May 22, 2014

The Most Important Thing You Will EVER Learn

I'll even spell it out:




Yes - YOU - reading this.
There is nothing He won't forgive a contrite Heart! 
His mercy knows no bounds and His Love for you is inexhaustible. Take His hand. +



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EWTN : Country Music Legend Collin Raye
Shares His Conversion Story

Plus, Jason Evert’s New Book on St. John Paul,
Take a Virtual Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, & More


Irondale, AL – Gimme Five! Chastity Speaker Jason Evert is on the set of “Life on the Rock” with Co-Hosts Fr. Mark & Doug Barry to discuss his new book, “Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Great Loves.” Find out what Jason says are the five greatest devotions of the newly canonized St. John Paul when “Life on the Rock” airs at 9 p.m. ET, Friday, May 23—exclusively on #EWTN!  Title also available through @EWTN Religious Catalogue: http://bit.ly/RQ1KMi
 
A faith that’s a “Raye” of sunshine! Former Southern Baptist and Country Music Legend Collin Raye shines a light on what made him seek out the Catholic Church, despite the allure of the wealth and fame that came from his successful musical career. You’ll be singing the praises of Host Marcus Grodi’s fantastic interview with Collin Raye about his “Journey Home” when this interview airs at 8 p.m. ET, Monday, May 26—exclusively on EWTN!  Find #EWTN near you by using www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.
 
 Better grab your Catechism! Church historian Fr. Charles Connor is here with “EWTN Live” Host Fr. Mitch Pacwa to discuss his new EWTN series, “Grab Your Catechism,” which challenges Catholics to deepen their understanding of Church teachings. Don’t miss your behind-the-scenes look at this series when “EWTN Live” airs at 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, May 21—exclusively on #EWTN! Find #EWTN near you by using www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.
 
“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it" (Mark 10:15). Physicist Dr. Anthony Rizzi believes that understanding modern physical science is pivotal to understanding God. In this one of a kind guide, designed specifically with middle school kids in mind, he makes it easier than ever for children to understand how we can find proof of God in the physical world. Join Host Doug Keck as he spotlights “A Kid’s Introduction to Physics (And Beyond)” when “EWTN Bookmark” airs at 9:30 a.m. 11:30 p.m. ET, Sunday May 25—exclusively on #EWTN!  You can also find the book @EWTN Religious Catalogue: http://bit.ly/1mOZtN3 
 
Though her name is now more commonly known as a popular resort destination, the life of Santa Barbara was hardly a paradise! As the daughter of a wealthy pagan, Barbara spent much of her life keeping her conversion to Christianity a secret from her father. After he uncovered her secret, she continued to practice her faith even after he threatened to have her executed. Witness this cinematic recreation of the life and martyrdom of one of the most courageous saints in early Church history when “Santa Barbara” airs at 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, May 24—exclusively on #EWTN! Find #EWTN near you by using www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.
 
Get ready to “chow” down! Fr. James Mallon and his furry friend Monsi explain how reading Scripture provides the nourishment we need to keep our souls healthy! So sit; stay—you’re in for a treat when “Dogmatic Theology” airs at 10 p.m.ET, Sunday, May 25—exclusively on EWTN! Find EWTN on a channel near you: www.ewtn.com/channelfinder 
 
Embark on a holy pilgrimage without ever leaving home!  Traverse the Holy Land with Dianna von Glahn in her six-part miniseries as she tours from Mount Carmel to the Dead Sea and beyond! Journey with the “Faithful Traveler in the Holy Land” every day this week, beginning at 4 p.m. ET, Sunday May 25 through Friday, May 30—only on EWTN! Find EWTN on a channel near you: www.ewtn.com/channelfinder
 

In times of war, they bring hope: Follow in the footsteps of these soldiers of Christ as they devote their lives to administering the Sacraments to soldiers serving their country. See these courageous military chaplains risk their lives to remind those overseas that we’re “Never Far From Home.”  Airs 6 p.m. ET, Monday, May 26—exclusively on #EWTN! Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder

May 20, 2014

EWTN Travels to the Holy Land with Pope Francis!

Turn to EWTN for a Catholic Perspective On the Pope’s May 24-26 Trip to the Holy Land


Irondale, AL – This Memorial Day Weekend, join the EWTN Global Catholic Network as we travel to the Holy Land with Pope Francis! The journey begins Saturday, May 24 and continues through Monday, May 26.
“World Over Live” Host Raymond Arroyo will anchor the event with on-site commentary by Fr. Peter Vasko; Rome Correspondent Alan Holdren will report from the Holy Land for “EWTN News Nightly;” and EWTN Rome Bureau Chief Joan Lewis will not only provide EWTN Global Catholic Radio with exclusive reports from the Holy Land, but will also serve up some sure-to-be-memorable blogs with lots of photos for viewers to share!
Watch EWTN via television, radio, live stream, or your mobile device (http://www.ewtn.com/everywhere/) so you don’t miss a moment of the Pope’s historic pilgrimage!
The official motto of this Holy Land trip is “ut unum sint,” which is Latin for “that they may be one.” It’s a fitting choice for a trip that falls on the 50th Anniversary of the famous meeting between Pope Paul VI & Patriarch Athenagoras, then Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church. In addition to meeting with current Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the papal delegation will, for the first time, include a Jewish rabbi and a Muslim leader, who have been personal friends of the Pope since his days as Cardinal of Buenos Aires.
The Pope is also scheduled to pray with refugees and youth with disabilities and to meet with religious leaders from the Jewish, Muslim and Orthodox faiths as well as heads of state and ordinary citizens from Jordan, Israel, and Palestine.
Expectations for this ecumenical trip are high and, if the past is prologue, we can expect a great deal of news. Instead of getting the secular media’s interpretation of events, watch it live on EWTN for a truly Catholic perspective!
For the latest updates on events and specials surrounding this event, please visit www.ewtn.com/holyland2014/.
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33rd 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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Can I Choose to Sin and THEN Go to Confession?




In a word: no. 

Well, you shouldn't. It is part and parcel of "the sin of presumption" when we knowingly choose to sin and say that God must forgive us. This is grievous or "mortal" sin.

But of course - we CAN. God granted us the beautiful gift of "free will." As always we are free to send ourselves down the path of eternal perdition if we so choose. 

But don't take my word for it. Let's take it to the Bible (RSV):

A Psalm of David: 
Psalm19:13
"Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins, let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression"

Numbers 15:30-31
"But the person who does anything with a high hand (deliberately) whether he is a native or a sojourner reviles the Lord, and that person shall be cut off from among his people. Because he has despised the word of the Lord and has broken His commandment, that person shall be utterly cut off"

Deuteronomy 17:12-13
"The man who acts presumptuously,  by not obeying the Priest who stands to minister there before the Lord your God, or the judge, that man shall die; so you shall purge the evil from Israel. And the people shall hear, and fear, and shall not act presumptuously again."

And here is a link to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
Vatican va Catechism #2091


I found a great resource for us all: an extensive examination of conscience and guide to reconciliation that breaks everything down. You can view of print the PDF file here: 
Father Robert Altier: Examination Of Conscience PDF

I leave you with a phenomenal teaching on confession from Franciscan Friar Father Isaac Mary Relyea. It is lengthy and in depth but RIVETING once you begin listening. I promise - you will be blown away! He is amazing and I suggest that if you can't listen all in one shot that you listen in segments. Be blessed!


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April 8, 2014

Speak the Truth and Grow Up - into HIM




If you never try -  you'll never know. 
Brothers and sisters I've said it before and I say it again -  we are called to be bold in our Faith! If we don't . . . if we won't . . . the missed opportunities can be tragic.

It's amazing how many Catholics - through no fault of their own - have been improperly or under catechized. I've written about it before - I'm seeing it more and more in this crazy world of ours.

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED TO ME:
The watering down of the Faith has been tremendous. One example: in a recent conversation with a Catholic neighbor of mine he asked me, "Do you go to church EVERY Sunday?" to which I replied "yes." He looked amazed. "Wow, that's pretty good!" he said, eyes open wide. "And if I don't," I reiterated, "I go to confession." He was sincerely amazed."You do? why?" he asked. I tried to answer gently. "Because missing Mass is a mortal or 'grievous' sin." He was incredulous. "Are you serious?? NO IT'S NOT!" He really had no idea."Yes . . . it is . . . it's one of the ten commandments . . . Keep holy the sabbath day. When we break a commandment we are in mortal sin" I carefully explained. He was INCREDULOUS. I could see this had a profound impact on him. 
(I also briefly explained how being sick or having a sick child etc to attend to is not mortal sin - but choosing sports, a BBQ or shopping over Mass IS.)




As we all know, it's not always easy to point out God's Truth to others - because we don't want to be misconstrued or labeled "judgemental" - but as Pope Benedict said during his pontificate we are called to judge - the sin - and to instruct/advise (admonish) is an "act of charity" or "act of mercy." There is a difference Pope Benedict pointed out, between condemning and judging. Wise words from a wise pope! To remain silent is to do an injustice to our brothers and sisters - and to water down the Faith brings us to where we stand this very day! We must - as scripture teaches us in Ephesians 4:15 - "speak the truth in love" and "grow up [into him.]"





We know God's Word always bears fruit . . . how glad my heart is that after the conversation I had with my neighbor I've seen HIM, his wife, HIS MOTHER AND their children at Mass nearly each and every Sunday!! If I hadn't spoken the truth - an opportunity would have been missed and those children . . . that family . . . would  most likely not be blessed with the joy of participating in Mass and the Sacraments at this time!! If I chose to remain silent the Holy Spirit would not have been able to work through me to reach this family - and perhaps they wouldn't be growing in their Faith right now.

We are His hands! We know we are doing His work by the fruit it bears. Christians if you never try - you'll never know. Let's be the missionary church He calls us to be.

Church teaching and the works of Mercy: USCCB The Catechism of the Catholic Church
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April 4, 2014

Friday Lenten Reflection




Have you experienced the joy of confession yet?
If not . . . why not?

The Sacraments are there to bring us closer to God - Lent is a great time for this!
If you are afraid to confess your sin never fear -  the priest has heard it before.
Seventeen years ago when I returned to the Sacrament after 20 years it was a "face to face"confession . . . and I felt so wonderfully cleansed! The priest told me the angels in heaven were dancing because I had returned to the church - they rejoiced for the "one!" 


If face to face makes you uncomfortable - or if you prefer the old way - you can still go behind the screen - never fear. So go for it - what have you got to lose - but the weight on your shoulders?Celebrate the Sacrament of reconciliation today and experience His mercy and His Love for you.

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April 2, 2014


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



EWTN’s News Teams Will Be Live in Rome
For The April Canonization of Two Popes


Irondale, AL – EWTN Global Catholic Network’s news teams will be on the ground in Rome for the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Coverage will be available around the world in English, Spanish, and German and on all platforms. The highlight of Team EWTN’s coverage will be the Canonization Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. The Mass is scheduled to air live at 3:30 a.m. ET Sunday, April 27, with primetime encores of the event that same evening at 7 p.m. ET Sunday night, and again at 11 p.m. ET, Monday, April 28.
For the complete lineup of programs, including dates and times, please go to www.ewtn.com/canonization. (You will want to check back frequently as times are subject to change.)
 
Highlights of our coverage will include “World Over Live” Host Raymond Arroyo, who will anchor a one-hour “World Over Live” special at 4 p.m. ET, April 25, as well as a special “Live From the Vatican With Raymond Arroyo” at 6:30 p.m. ET, April 26.
 
“EWTN News Nightly” (ENN) Executive Producer Brian Patrick will not only provide commentary as part of the canonization team, he will also anchor two special episodes of ENN from Rome at 11 a.m. ET, April 25 and 26, as well as a one-hour wrap-up of all of EWTN’s special coverage at 6 p.m. ET, Monday, April 28.
 
In addition, Rome Bureau Chief Joan Lewis, EWTN’s own “Vaticanista,” will host a special episode of “Rome Dispatch” at 10 a.m. ET, April 26, which will focus on the lives and works of the Church’s two new saints.
 
Also, look for special spots featuring Fr. Joseph Mary and Fr. John Paul, which will air exclusively on EWTN’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/ewtnonline) and Twitter pages (www.twitter.com/ewtn), and for photos from Rome on EWTN’s Pinterest page (www.pinterest.com/ewtn), which you can easily share with your friends.
 
In the week leading up to the canonization, you will also want to tune in for a cascade of specials, including an April 23rd “EWTN Live” with Papal Biographer George Weigel, as well as a slew of brand new movies, documentaries and series!
 
Programs may be watched or listened to live on EWTN television by cable or satellite (www.ewtn.com/channelfinder), streaming audio or video on the Internet (http://origin.ewtn.com/audiovideo/index.asp), shortwave (http://www.ewtn.com/radio/freq.htm), EWTN mobile (http://www.ewtnapps.com/), on the EWTN Radio Network via our affiliates, (http://www.ewtn.com/radio/radioaffiliatemap), on SIRIUS satellite radio channel #130 (http://www.sirius.com/ewtn), or on iHeartRadio (www.ewtn.com/radio), and on EWTN’s own YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/ewtn).
 

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33rd 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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Lenten Activity


When you see that hand out . . . Give.
If you don't want to give money, give a sandwich.
We are called to this act of charity not only during lent - but always! Blessings.

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March 12, 2014

Do Your Feet Match Your Faith?


Think about it. 
Do they match? Do we really TRY to walk the walk of Faith - to LIVE the message of the Gospel . . . or do we merely sit in the pews and listen?
"Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his own face in the mirror. 
He sees himself, then goes off promptly and forgets what he looked like.  
But the one who peers into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres, and is not a hearer who forgets but a hearer who acts, such a one shall be blessed in what he does."
James 1:22-25
Read more Scripture here: http://usccb.org/bible/james/1:19



The Faith has been watered down for  too long. The pull of the enemy - the secular world - is strong. Immoral, hedonistic practices have not only become acceptable - they are expected. Those who stand for Truth are labeled "extremists." #WrongIsRightAndRightIsWrong - or so they are trying to make it!

It's all turned upside down - but disregarding truth does not change it. Remember: Truth is objective - not subjective! Strong talk is needed for strong times - reason being: salvation. Thousands upon thousands of immortal souls are on the line.

Secularism is insidious in the way that it infliltrates Faith and separates people from God. Let's talk media. Through the years I've been on a few bus trips/attended events with various ministries and churches in the surrounding metro area. In the past couple of years I've noticed an alarming trend: inappropriate movies being shown on the bus - and at events!


Christians watching violence and listening to profanity - including the Lord's Name being taken in vain - without batting an eyelash! Gruesome violence, immodest dress, sexual inuendo and even sex scenes - all in the name of "entertainment." The second commandment instructs us not to take the Lord's Name in vain - and In 1st Corinthians 6:18  we are instructed to "shun immorality." Are we? Living the Faith. It all starts here my friends. When we remain silent and allow this insidious poison to seep into our souls we do a grave injustice to God, ourselves and others. We can be led astray - and lead others astray. It is so easy to be led off the path and before we know it - we are no longer walking the walk.

I love my brothers and sisters in Christ - and I must speak the truth! Whether we are in the home, at an event,within a ministry or at a friend's house - with all due respect: SLEEPERS, WAKE UP!! We should not be entertaining ourselves with media that is un-Godly - even offensive to God. You do NOT have a "filter" that can outsmart the evil one!! The only way to outsmart him is not to hold his hand - stay clear of him. Friends, the enemy only needs a pinpoint to stick a claw into your soul and Hollywood/the media/magazines/books/tv are more than happy to provide it. 
Be aware . . . PLEASE be aware.



None of us are perfect - present company at the front of the line. 
But we must TRY to live the Faith in our daily lives. If we are not even attempting to live the Gospel - can we really call ourselves Disciples? God calls us to be pure in spirit - we know this from the mouth of our Blessed Lord Himself! We cannot and will not be pure - if we fill our minds and hearts with filth. 
Think about it . . . please pray on it.  WWJD?

I pray that I have in some, small way blessed you with this truth.

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March 3, 2014

BRAND NEW LENTEN APP FROM EWTN!

Take EWTN’s Lenten Scripture Challenge!



Irondale, AL
EWTN is launching a brand new app to help you prepare for Lent – and it’s available now! If you download our free app and take our “Daily Lenten Scripture Reading Challenge,” at the end of Lent, you will able to say that you read all four Gospels! It’s easier than you think!

You can download EWTN’s free app at www.ewtnapps.com/challenge or get it directly from iTunes, Google Play or Amazon apps for Kindle Fire. If you already have the EWTN app, the Scripture Challenge is included with the update.
 
To access the Challenge, simply open the app and click on the Bible icon, which will take you to your free RSV-CE Bible. From inside the Bible, click or tap on the menu (the three white bars on the top left hand corner of the screen), and from the resulting drop down menu, choose “Playlists” and then “The Four Gospels During Lent” to begin your Challenge.
 
In addition to the daily reading challenge, we’ve included a free audio version of the Gospel of Mark, which is read by world-renowned actors and contains realistic sound effects! (To find it, go to the menu, as above, click on “contents,” then “New Testament,” and then “Mark”, where you will be able to click on “download.") If you choose, you can purchase audio for the entire Bible for $19.99. This will not only enhance your experience, but help support your favorite Network!

Note: If this is your first time inside the EWTN app, don’t miss all the other great features. With this one app, you will be able to watch what’s on EWTN anywhere in the world, view all our program schedules, enjoy video or audio on demand, and stay up-to-date with EWTN News.
 
Insider secret! By the way, look for another new app featuring Cardinal Timothy Dolan, coming soon! EWTN traveled to the New York office of Cardinal Dolan to tape a series of one-minute reflections, which will air on the Network every day during Lent. You do not want to miss these fabulous bits of inspiration and encouragement – and, with our soon-to-be-released app – “EWTN Daily Lenten Reflections with Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan” – you will be able to get them directly on your iOS or Android device! You’ll even get a reminder to watch them! Keep checking EWTN’s home page, www.ewtn.com, for the announcement!
 
These are just two more (free!) ways EWTN is planning to help make 2014 your best Lent ever! Please spread the word!
 
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33rd 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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