January 30, 2014

I'm Catholic And I Don't Agree With Everything the Church Teaches

It came to my attention recently through conversation with a friend that MANY baptized Catholics "do not 'agree' with everything the church teaches. Of course this is not the first time I've heard this. I'd like to address some of these misconceptions that many adult "Catholics" believe - most through no fault of their own!

It seems that we Catholics are sorely under catechized people. Friends, please be aware that I am not judging anybody - not in the least. I do this out of love. My intent is to help clear the misconceptions that exist.


Is it Okay to receive Holy Communion without going to confession:
Occasionally - only if it's venial sin and not mortal. If you knowingly receive communion in a state of mortal sin you add another grave sin. Venial sin is remitted when we pray the Confiteor at Mass & further when we receive the Holy Eucharist - but it is good practice to utilize the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) - even for venial sins.

How do you know if you are in mortal, or grave, sin? If you knowingly or intently break God's Law - one of the ten commandments - you are in mortal sin.  For example: missing Mass because you don't feel like going is a mortal sin. 
Link: The Third Commandment: Keep Holy The Sabbath Day



It's Okay for a Catholic "to not agree" with everything the Church teaches, right?
Noooooo.
This is commonly known as a "cafeteria Catholic," one who chooses - as if at a buffet - what they will have, and what they will not have. If you are a "Faithful Catholic" you are "Faithful" in following all Church teaching.

Church teaching can be found in the catechism and is taken  from The Holy Scriptures. If you are not following - or not "practicing" what the church and Her founder Jesus Christ teaches - you are thusly not a "practicing Catholic" or "Faithful Catholic" in the true sense of the words.
The lay Faithful or "Christifideles Laici" believe - and strive to follow/practice - 100% of Catholic teaching.

I'm Catholic AND I'm pro abortion:
You may be a baptized Catholic but you are definitely not "Faithful" or "practicing." You need to speak to your parish priest asap. Abortion is an intrinsic evil - an non-negotiable Truth of the church. Thou shalt not kill is the fifth commandment and abortion breaks it.
Links:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church: The Fifth Commandment
Article: What does the Catholic Church Teach regarding Abortion


Friends, the commandments are not restrictive or inhibiting, quite the contrary! When we follow God's Law we find true, lasting peace . . . joy beyond comprehension! Joy which the world truly cannot provide.

Helpful Sites reflecting TRUE Catholic Teaching:
EWTN.com
The Catechism Of The Catholic Church Online
Catholic Answers

Tags:
#Catholic #Catechism #CafeteriaCatholic #Abortion #RightToChoose

January 29, 2014

Review: Disney's "Frozen" Is A Frozen Treat


I'll say it outright: I LOVED "Frozen."

From the moment the theater darkens - even before an image appears on screen - a feast for the ears begins. Harmonious vocals flow from the speakers and dance through the air, delighting the hearer! The music from the start is simply lovely - and the visuals - from the first multi dimensional snowflake - are stunning. This coming from one who dislikes winter! Once again Disney lives up to its reputation: excelling at everything they do.

You won't find any real spoilers here - only a brief commentary . . . but suffice it to say this film is perfect for young and old alike. The central characters are two sisters: Princesses Elsa and Anna. The movie's overall message is timeless and one that a Christian is already familiar with - that of sacrificial love.

"Frozen" shows how difficult life can be growing up and what can occur as a result - to any one of us. The "ice" scenes are amazing. It is visually and musically stunning. A nice love story unfolds between two of the characters and there are a few "frozen treats" along the way - a really cute snowman, some adorable trolls and, well . . . you'll see!


It occurred to me that this would make a wonderful Broadway show - so I wasn't surprised when I heard that it was being considered. When "Frozen" ended I nearly danced out of the theater. The (really) frozen streets in front of the building didn't seem quite so bad anymore - the cold didn't bother me nearly as much. A Disney move is always (thus far) good for the soul! Frozen gets two thumbs up from me.

January 28, 2014

EWTN: A Pro-life Approach 

to Women's Healthcare

Plus: Documentary on The First Religious Community for African American Women,  Why Catholics Need to be Involved in the Media, & More

Irondale, ALWith God, nothing is impossible! Witness the courageous story of Mother Mary Lange, who overcame racial tensions to establish the first Catholic religious community for African-American women. See how she knew that “Providence Will Provide” when this documentary airs at 6:30 p.m. ET, on Monday, Feb. 3—exclusively on EWTN!
 
When it comes to respect, modesty is the best policy! 
Drawing from St. John of the Cross’ “Dark Night of the Soul,” Author and Philosopher Dr. Alice Von Hildebrand explores how observing modesty in physical relationships reveals the beauty of a person’s spirituality.  Find out why she believes our culture is experiencing “The Dark Night of the Body” when Doug Keck hosts “EWTN Bookmark” at 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 2—only on EWTN!
 
Doctors you can count on for life! Dr. Thomas Hilgers joins “EWTN Live” Host Fr. Mitch to discuss the pro-life mission of the Pope Paul VI institute, and how its medical research aims to improve women’s health care by offering alternatives to contraceptives and abortions.
Don’t miss “EWTN Live” at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 29—exclusively on EWTN!
 
Become proactive in the pro-life movement! Guest Bryan Kempler wants you to do more than just say you’re pro-life—he wants you to live it! Watch as he explains how “Stand True Ministries” encourages people to get actively involved in helping the world recognize life from “womb to tomb”  when “Life on the Rock” airs LIVE at 10 p.m. ET, on Thursday, Jan. 30—exclusively on EWTN! 
 
They’re not running away from the abortion fight! Lace up and join the Crossroads runners as they literally aid the pro-life movement by running cross-country. Join them in getting the country back on the right track and see how “Crossroads” is “Taking Steps to Save Lives” at 6:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 28—exclusively on EWTN!
 
An installation definitely “Worth” celebrating! Join us LIVE for the Ordination and Installation of Msgr. Michael F. Olson as the 4th Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 29—exclusively on EWTN!
 
It was her child, not a choice! Despite doctors telling her to abort, Physician, Saint, and Mother Gianna Beretta carried a high risk pregnancy to full term, even though she knew the price was  her life. Witness her brave story of faith and sacrifice, and find out why St. Gianna Beretta is truly a  “Modern Day Hero of Divine Love!” Airs at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 30—only on EWTN!
 
Looking for real leadership in a virtual age? EWTN President and COO Doug Keck discusses the long standing relationship between the Church and the media, and how Catholics need to embrace both present and future means of communication in order to share the truth with the world. Find out more when “Franciscan University Presents: Faith and Media” at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 2—exclusively on EWTN!
 
Freedom does not mean free of consequence: Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens join together in a thirteen part series to discuss how society often confuses “freedom” with “license,” and discuss what it truly means to be “Authentically Free At Last.” Catch this inspiring series throughout the month of February beginning at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb 3—exclusively on EWTN! 
 
TAGS:
#AfricanAmerican #ProLife #EWTN #Catholic

January 25, 2014

EWTN CEO Michael P. Warsaw on SCOTUS decision favoring Little Sisters of the Poor


Statement of Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network in response to the January 24, 2014 decision by the US Supreme Court  in the HHS Mandate case brought by the Little Sisters of the Poor:

“It is certainly very encouraging that the U.S. Supreme Court has granted an injunction in the HHS contraceptive mandate case brought by the Little Sisters of the Poor.  This decision to intervene, reached after a full court review, provides welcome relief to the Sisters and encouragement to the other plaintiffs who continue to challenge the mandate.  The fact that organizations like EWTN or the Little Sisters of the Poor are not deemed to be religious enough to qualify for a full exemption from the mandate shows how senseless the government’s rules have become.  Instead, we are faced with the prospect of millions of dollars in fines for refusing to cooperate with the government’s mandate.



Shortly before midnight on New Year’s eve, EWTN and the State of Alabama filed a petition with the US District Court in Mobile, Alabama seeking a summary judgment in our own lawsuit.    While the decision of the Supreme Court in the Little Sisters’ case has no direct impact on the current legal challenge of the mandate by EWTN and the State of Alabama, it is very helpful that the Court has seen fit to intervene in the matter.  We continue to await a decision in our case and remain hopeful that the courts will ultimately provide EWTN with relief from this unjust government action.



We ask our EWTN Family to continue to  keep this matter in your prayers.”

Tags:
#EWTN #Catholic #Little Sisters Of The Poor #HHSMandate

January 24, 2014

Pope Francis to Visit U.S. In 2015



Papa :)

According to Vatican sources, Pope Francis is planning a trip to the United States in September 2015.

From HuffPo Religion:

"Vatican sources said the pope intends to visit Philadelphia in late September 2015 during the Catholic church's World Meeting of Families. The international gathering takes place every three years."

A CNN Source also states that The Holy Father would like to visit the United States, but that no formal plan has been made. Pope Francis is beloved world wide, not only by the Catholic Faithful but by Christians and those of other religions, even atheists.

Sources:
Huffington Post Religion: Pope Francis U.S. Visit Planned for 2015
CNN: Pope wants to visit U.S. in 2015

Tags:
#PopeFrancis #Vatican #Catholic 


January 23, 2014

Devastating clashes in Kiev, Ukraine

These photographs of several courageous, Orthodox priests spoke straight to my heart. Please, pray for them as place themselves in grave danger - risking their very lives for their people. The photos below illustrate the escalating violence and the courage of the priests better than I ever could.









According to an article in the NY Post:
"Talks that opened Wednesday afternoon between President Viktor Yanukovych and the three main leaders of the political opposition are likely to be the last chance to head off a nation-shaking physical confrontation."






 This is my favorite statue of St. Michael, ironically located in Kiev, Ukraine.


Please pray for a peaceful solution and for the safety of all.
St. Michael the archangel, defend us in battle.

Links:
AP News
NY Post Article

January 20, 2014

The Third Commandment: Keep Holy The Sabbath

Many Catholics do not understand the meaning of the third commandment. I invite you to join me for a look at  "Keep Holy The Sabbath" and what it means to us as Catholics.

Attending Sunday Mass is an honor and a privilege. We receive special graces when we avail ourselves of the Sacraments, particularly receiving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist (if we are spiritually prepared to do so.)



From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
"2181 The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor.119 Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin."

What does this mean? If we blow off Mass to go shopping, watch t.v., relax, attend a sporting event or a party, etc. - we are committing a  "grave" or "mortal" sin. (Breaking any of the ten commandments constitutes grave/mortal sin.) 

This applies to Sunday Mass as well as a missed Holy day of obligation. However: if we miss Mass because we are injured, ill, attending to an ill family member, weather conditions are dangerous, etc it is considered an excusable absence and not a mortal sin. (If you want to be certain, ask your parish priest - he may give you a dispensation for your situation.)


One who misses Mass for a non serious reason will need to make use of the Sacrament of reconciliation (confession). If you haven't been to confession in 20 years - never fear. The angels in heaven rejoice at your return! Priests deal with this all the time and they will not be offended or shocked. Rather, they will guide you gently through the process - which by the way is cleansing and wonderful! 

We may still attend Mass with unconfessed mortal sin, but may not receive holy communion. Knowingly receiving communion with mortal sin on the soul is also a grave sin to be confessed. The good news is - you may still approach the priest for a blessing! Simply cross your hands over your chest when you get to the front of the line, and he will bless you.


I find that although attending Sunday Mass is an "obligation" of our Faith it does not feel like one! It is *I* who is enriched by attending. I also attend daily Mass when I can. There is no better way to start the day, than to receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Not to mention the awesome feeling of being in community with fellow believers - uniting our voices in prayer! Right now, in Syria, Egypt and most of the middle east - our Christian brothers and sisters are being killed for their Faith - many beheaded. What they wouldn't give to attend Mass without risking their very lives - but still they do. We don't realize how blessed we are.

So I encourage  you to learn more about your Catholic Faith and to live it - and experience the great, unsurpassed joy that comes when we do. And remember the most important thing: Jesus love YOU. His mercy waits . . . especially for YOU.




Vatican Website: Catechism Of The Catholic Church: The Third Commandment

#Sabbath, #Mass, #Sin

January 18, 2014

NY Catholic Gov. Cuomo Publicly Denounces His Own Church

According to Breitbart News: 
"On Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), who has been widely discussed as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, told Susan Arbetter of The Capitol Pressroom that “extreme conservatives” should leave the state. He said that “extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay” have “no place in the state of New York.”

In one fell swoop the "Catholic" N.Y. Governor has publicly denounced the Church of which he is a member - and effectively alienated every conservative living in the state.

Let's break it down, beginning with "conservatives who are right to life." Abortion is an intrinsic evil, a non-negotiable truth of the Catholic Faith - which he himself was baptized into (and continues to attend and receive the Holy Eucharist.)

"Pro assault weapon."  Regarding the NYS letter which was sent to law abiding citizens to confiscate guns "holding more than five rounds" of ammo. Question for Mr. Cuomo: Do the criminals - you know - the ones who  buy their weapons on the street and don't register them - do they provide you with an address where they can be reached??

"Anti-gay." 
Really? Antagonistic much? The Catholic Church supports Traditional marriage. The church does not support homosexual "acts" or "unions." The church does provide support and counsel for individuals who experience same sex attraction (link provided below.) Here the devisive Mr Cuomo both misrepresents AND again - denounces the church.

How DARE this man tell N.Y. Catholics - that there is no place for them in their own towns, their own homes! That there there is no place in NYS for the Catholic Church! The divisive governor's words are nothing less than outrageous - even diabolical. If this situation were reversed the liberals would be pounding on Governor Cuomo's door until an apology was issued. My question is this: When will HIS apology be forthcoming to the Catholic church?

Link to Breitbart News Article: NY Gov. Cuomo: Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Pro-Marriage Conservatives 'Have No Place In The State' 

Catholic Church Teaching on Abortion: What does the Catechism Say? 

Courage, an apostolate of the Catholic Church, ministers to persons with same-sex attractions and their loved ones. 

EWTN: Send Us Your March for Life/
Walk for Life Videos, Pics & Posts


Irondale, ALBe part of EWTN’s 2014 March for Live/Walk for Life coverage!
 
There are lots of ways your voice can be heard on the EWTN Global Catholic Network, the only Network to provide complete live coverage of the March!
  • Post your comments on our Facebook (www.facebook.com/ewtnonline) page, (almost 344,000 strong and growing), using the hashtags #ewtn, #ProLife, #WhyWeMarch, and #marchforlife or #walkforlife.
  • Post your tweets on our Twitter (www.twitter.com/ewtn) site, using the same hashtags as above.
  • Send photos of your pro-life banners as well as SHORT videos to marchforlife@ewtn.com. We’re looking for short pre-March/Walk videos about why you or your group is going to the event as well as videos from the venue. (Caution: Please huddle around your microphone or speaker so your voices won’t be drowned out by the crowd.) Some of these may appear on-air!
  • Send us your pictures from the “March for Life” and the “Walk for Life” as well as your pro-life banners for possible posting on the “March for Life” or “Walk for Life” board on EWTN’s Pinterest site. View them at www.pinterest.com/ewtn.
  • Also, Facebook fans, the EWTN 360 technology that was introduced during World Youth Day is back! The app will allow you, the viewer, to click on an event for a 360 degree view of the venue just by moving your cursor! (If you missed WYD360, click here: http://www.ewtn.com/rio2013/wyd360.asp.) This means that you will be able to see MFL events on our website and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ewtnonline) just as if you were standing in the crowd listening to the speakers or marching down Constitution Avenue.
  • Finally, check out EWTN’s pro-life page, http://www.ewtn.com/prolife, for news, resources, and more ways to get involved! 
Let’s tell the world why we’re marching; let’s tell the world why it makes a difference; let’s tell the world what we’re seeing as we march and about the difference it makes in the lives of women around the world.
 
Coverage of the 2014 March for Life begins at 9 a.m. ET, Wednesday, Jan. 22, with encores at 10 p.m. ET, Wednesday night, and 9:30 a.m. ET, Sunday, Jan. 26. Coverage of the Walk for Life begins at 2:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, Jan. 25. For a complete schedule of all the events, please go to www.ewtn.com.
 
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.

January 9, 2014

Correction: Who Is Pope Francis?

Release below corrects time of first airing:
 
Irondale, AL – Since stepping onto the world stage, Pope Francis has fascinated Catholics and non-Catholics alike, as evidenced by his recent selection as “Man of the Year” by Time Magazine. But how much do you really know about the man who became Pope? What do his close friends, fellow priests, co-workers, his biographer, and the poor of Buenos Aires have to say about the first pope from the Americas?
 
Find out when EWTN airs “Francis: The Pope From the New World” at 9:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Jan. 15; 10 a.m. ET, Thursday, Jan. 16, and 6 p.m. ET, Saturday, Jan. 18. Much of the footage from this hour-long documentary, which traces the remarkable rise of this humble priest, was shot on location in Argentina. The first airing of the documentary will be preceded at 8 p.m. ET by a special “EWTN Live,” featuring Executive Producers Andrew T. Walther and Alejandro Bermudez.
 
“This documentary arrives as the world realizes that a very special man has assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church, and this begins — but does not end — with his gestures of humility and care for everyone,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus, one of the documentary’s executive producers. “Still, what remain largely unknown to the public are many details of Pope Francis’ life, the work he has done and the ways in which he has defended the voiceless and Catholic principles. This documentary delves into those stories.”
 
The program begins with the electrifying moment when the new pope stands before the crowd in St. Peter’s Square on March 13, the day of his election. It then takes viewers through both the ordinary and climactic events of his life, from family dynamics, to his call to the priesthood, to his support for the San Lorenzo soccer team, to his care for those in the slums of Buenos Aires.
 
It traces his work for those threatened in Argentina’s Dirty War that coincided with Fr. Bergoglio’s time as Jesuit provincial, his advocacy for those affected by economic and political turmoil, and the opposition he sometimes encountered from Argentina’s political elites.
 
You will not want to miss of a moment of this film, which is as engaging as its protagonist!
 
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33rd year, is available in over 225 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.

Who Is Pope Francis?
Find Out In New Documentary To Air on EWTN

Irondale, AL – Since stepping onto the world stage, Pope Francis has fascinated Catholics and non-Catholics alike, as evidenced by his recent selection as “Man of the Year” by Time Magazine. But how much do you really know about the man who became Pope? What do his close friends, fellow priests, co-workers, his biographer, and the poor of Buenos Aires have to say about the first pope from the Americas?
 
Find out when EWTN airs “Francis: The Pope From the New World” at 9:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, Jan. 15; 10 a.m. ET, Thursday, Jan. 16, and 6 p.m. ET, Saturday, Jan. 18. Much of the footage from this hour-long documentary, which traces the remarkable rise of this humble priest, was shot on location in Argentina. The first airing of the documentary will be preceded at 8 p.m. ET by a special “EWTN Live,” featuring Executive Producers Andrew T. Walther and Alejandro Bermudez.
 
“This documentary arrives as the world realizes that a very special man has assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church, and this begins — but does not end — with his gestures of humility and care for everyone,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus, one of the documentary’s executive producers. “Still, what remain largely unknown to the public are many details of Pope Francis’ life, the work he has done and the ways in which he has defended the voiceless and Catholic principles. This documentary delves into those stories.”
 
The program begins with the electrifying moment when the new pope stands before the crowd in St. Peter’s Square on March 13, the day of his election. It then takes viewers through both the ordinary and climactic events of his life, from family dynamics, to his call to the priesthood, to his support for the San Lorenzo soccer team, to his care for those in the slums of Buenos Aires.
 
It traces his work for those threatened in Argentina’s Dirty War that coincided with Fr. Bergoglio’s time as Jesuit provincial, his advocacy for those affected by economic and political turmoil, and the opposition he sometimes encountered from Argentina’s political elites.
 
You will not want to miss of a moment of this film, which is as engaging as its protagonist!
 
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33rd year, is available in over 225 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.

January 2, 2014

The Desolation of "SMUT" at the New Hobbit Movie



On new years eve - also the eve of the feast day of "The solemnity of Mary" -  I saw the newest Hobbit movie. I went with my bff's twin girls, their dad and my husband. The twins are 15 years old. I've known them since the day they were born. Being big "Lord of the Rings" fans, we were excited to go see the new movie together. My husband and I usually rent movies (I don't like to view the secular poison darts flying off the big screen these days.) This was my first "movie theater" movie in about 3 years.

The theater wasn't crowded - a few little boys, an elderly couple, a few families. Sitting in the theater "pre" previews - the room darkened and the commercials began to run.

"BOOBIES!!!!" an ear shattering voice shouted from the speakers. Images of scantily clad females flooded the big screen. One lay down on a bar and put a shot glass on her chest while a young male began to do something totally inappropriate. What? I couldn't believe my eyes! My blood BOILED.

"ARE YOU KIDDING ME?" I shouted, jumping up. "This is SO inappropriate!!" I looked at the girls. They were giggling & watching the screen - not good! Everybody else stared straight ahead - mesmerized, being brainwashed.  "Excuse me PLEASE!" I climbed over my husband, out the door and to the snack counter. "May I see a manager?" With a polite "sure" and a grin, the cashier went off to get him.

What appeared to be an 18 year old kid approached me. "Yeah?" he artfully said. I took a deep breath. "Do you have a different preview to air? A REALLY inappropriate commercial along the lines of 'girls gone wild' is on - it's disgraceful. I'm with a couple of teenage girls and honestly, I don't want to see it either!" He thought for a second. "I'll just shut it down until the movie begins." He was as good as his word - a few seconds later the screen went dark.

Out of all the people in that theater only ONE  found it outrageous that we were exposed to such vulgarity! It boggles my mind how desensitized this culture is. I began to speak quietly to the girls. I told them of the need to speak out. I explained why we were exposed to media that poisons the mind and soul - because while the wrong squeaky wheels were loudly complaining about the wrong things - we remained silent. "We cannot remain silent any longer, we must speak up for what is right and good" I advised.



We must speak up - each in our own way - for what is right and good - and Godly. If not us - then who? If not YOU - then who? We are on the front lines of a spiritual battle. When the enemy fires his poison darts - meant for the ruination of souls -  we must put on the armor and fight. I promise I have your back - you're covered in prayer! (Drop me a line on twitter anytime!)

As we continue to fight the good fight let's remember these words from Scripture:
If God is for us, who can be against us? See you on the front lines!
Oh, and the movie? It was GREAT!!