Friday, June 15, 2012

Highlights from the priests' ordination: Diocese of Charlotte

While I don't have a sound card in my computer (yeah, my computer is from the stone age, but I'm so grateful to have it!) I am still so excited to see the excellent work of The Momentum Studio in capturing so vividly such a grace-filled day!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

I'm not offended JUST by sex-selection abortion

I'm offended by abortion. Period.

Pro-life group Live Action has been behind the exposure of the prevelance of sex-selection abortions in the US, and the willingness of Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation clinics to keep the reason for the abortion hush-hush. They're calling the phenomenon "gendercide in America."

The issue has hit the news and within the past few weeks, the US House of Representatives voted on The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), H.R. 3541, which was defeated in a 246-168 vote. But, the debate is still hot, and popular opinion seems to be: gender selection abortion is more inhumane than other abortion.

Christianity Today's blogger Marian Liautaud said,
From Planned Parenthood to the 86 percent of Americans who said sex-selective abortions should be outlawed, virtually everyone agrees that aborting a child on the basis of its gender is unethical—even inhumane.
Congressman Chris Smith wrote in the Washington Post,
Sex-selection abortion is cruel, it’s discriminatory and it’s legal. It is violence against women.
Foster Freiss's blogger T. J. Haley asks,
Is Gender Based Abortion the Most Sickening Thing You’ve Ever Heard?
and he says,
We simply cannot allow this barbaric way of thinking to spread in our country. This needs to be illegal and it needed to be illegal yesterday.
LifeSite news points out that providers
break state law and perform an illegal sex-selective abortion.
With all this commotion, I'd like to disagree.

To be more precise, this issue is just one more way that people are justifying killing little people so they don't have to deal with their problems. What's their problem? Choose one of these typical reasons why a child dies:
baby is sick
baby might be sick
the pill didn't work
the condom didn't work
there are too many children already
we're moving soon
baby's mom and dad don't get along
baby's grandparents are mad at baby's mom
everyone has walked away from mom
mom just doesn't feel like having baby
baby conceived at wrong time
baby might be poor
baby might be stupid
baby's dad is also baby's uncle
baby's dad is also baby's grandfather
baby's dad is some stranger who took advantage of baby's mom
too many babies in womb
baby might cause mom health problems
no reason at all, just want to be un-pregnant
I can't understand why:
baby is a girl
baby is a boy
are more offensive than the first list. It just doesn't make sense. ANY abortion is a grave offense against the baby, a deep betrayal of the baby. It's saying to the baby:
I don't care what your future problems are; I don't care to help you solve them. I'd rather kill ya.
It's saying to mom:
I don't love you enough to help you raise your child and love your child; I'd rather leave you to deal with it, but if you don't have the abortion, I'm gone.
Really, ANY abortion produces the same result: dead baby. Why is any reason to choose abortion any more or less legal than any other reason for abortion?

If abortion is going to be legal-- despite the obvious scientific fact that life begins at the union of sperm and egg as a zygote-- then isn't any reason to do the dirty deed enough to get 'er done?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

55 years of ministry to 'God's holy people' as priest, bishop

Bishop Curlin at ordination 1957
On Friday, May 25, Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin celebrated 55 years as a priest by administering the sacrament of confirmation to 75 children at St. Thérèse Church in Mooresville.

And more recently!
"I continue to help Bishop (Peter) Jugis with confirmations throughout the diocese," Bishop Curlin says. "I am encouraged and deeply moved when people invite me to special occasions and celebrations."

As a retired priest, Bishop Curlin sees his current ministry as one of providing this spiritual support to God's people.

Continue reading on the Catholic News Herald... 

One year later: Father Joshua Voitus reflects on the ministry of the priesthood

Photo provided by the Catholic News Herald
CHARLOTTE — Last June, just one man was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Charlotte. Father Joshua Voitus, now the parochial vicar at St. Vincent de Paul in Charlotte, shares some thoughts, joys and highlights with the Catholic News Herald one year following his own ordination to the sacred priesthood.

Continue reading on the Catholic News Herald...

Monday, June 4, 2012

Pope: World Meeting of Families to be held in Philadelphia

Two dear friends Ania and Brian Wojo on the news in Philadelphia about the announcement of the 2015 World Meeting of Families which will be held in Philadelphia.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

It's not hate speech, but love-talk

This afternoon was the first Mass of newly-ordained priest Father Jason Barone. The Solemn High Mass was at St. Ann in Charlotte. The homily was given by Father Frederick Miller, STD, a priest-teacher at Mt. St. Mary's Seminary in Maryland.

photo by the Catholic News Herald
Father Miller explained the gospel, explained the priesthood, and explained the duty of the spiritual work of mercy of explaining the faith. He spoke of the necessity of forming young Catholics to understand the teachings of the Church, specifically in regard to moral issues of abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, cohabitation, contraception, etc. He said that today, you can no longer assume that someone knows right from wrong or why.

Such instruction and admonition is considered "hate speech" often in our PC culture, but Father Miller assured us:
Preaching these truths is the opposite of hate speech, but love-talk.
Indeed, when someone is in error, the goodness of God's grace in his or her conscience often tells him or her, "Stop! Watch out!" However, we have a way of ignoring good sense our gut reaction and rather turn toward sin as if it is a great new adventure. How difficult it is to see a friend take this path, especially when you've been down the path before... and wished someone had told you, "Wake up!  Don't you see you're hurting yourself and your relationships?!"

This action, as Father explained, is not hate speech, but the most loving plea to a friend: that we want his or her soul in heaven.

Let's pray for the virtue of fortitude for our priests in their priestly ministry and for ourselves as we bring Christ to the world as lay men and women.

Two other highlights from the homily are:

  • Virginity is a great gift, and it is the greatest gift a wife can give her husband and a husband can give his wife.
  • Mary the Mother of Christ is the most beautiful "church." (aka, dwelling of God)  No other Church, no matter how beautiful, is more beautiful than she is. There is more grace in Mary than evil in the world.
Read about or view the Ordination Mass at the Catholic News Herald

Friday, June 1, 2012

Viva Cristo Rey!

Tonight, I went to see "For Greater Glory" and wondered, "Will it come to this in the United States?"

After all, what was Calles so afraid of when it came to the Catholic Church?

And, what is Obama so afraid of when it comes to the Catholic Church? The Church believes in personal freedom and liberty, and those things are threatening to an oppressive regime like Calles's or Obama's.

After 17 years of Catholic school-- kindergarten through college--I am embarrassed and ashamed that I only learned of this war against Catholics in our neighbor Mexico three years ago.

But we found out just in time, for this war produced saints that we can look to for strength and courage during our own persecution which is coming.

This morning, as I read Psalm 95,
Forty years I endured that generation
struck me very hard. The day after we swear the president who will serve our Country in the next term, our Country will mark the 40th anniversary of the slaughter of the innocents by abortion.

Six months prior to the swearing in of Obama for his first term was the 40th anniversary of the document "Humanae Vitae" which prophetically outlined the horrific outcome of widespread contraception use:
conjugal infidelity
general lowering of morality
loss of respect for women
government coercion
Yes, believe it or not, Pope Paul VI calls contraception a "dangerous weapon" that would "thus be placed in the hands of those public authorities who take no heed of moral exigencies." Isn't that exactly what has happened with the HHS mandate?

Watch the trailer of "For Greater Glory" below, and access show times at a recent theater on Google.