Sex and the 2016 Election

Below is an analysis of the 2016 election from a spiritual perspective by our friend, Dan Lynch.

This morning, I finished my first international presentation, speaking to a conference in Guadalajara, Mexico via Skype. It was wonderful! Though it was slowed down a little by the need for translation at each step, how glad it made my heart to see the faithful heart of the Mexican people. The questions were pretty much the same as I usually get in my presentations in the United States. Always and everywhere the answer is the same ordinary way: acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you. I have had one of the best jobs in the world these last few years, a job that has allowed me to see the great Christian heart rising around the world. May God richly bless and guide all of us back to Him and the joy He has prepared for us. Eye has not seen, ear has not heard…

And now, asking the Lord to create in each of us a clean, pure heart, here is Dan Lynch’s analysis:

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By Dan Lynch
It seems that the issues of the election of 2016 had much to do about sex. However, it was not about the sex of the candidates, male and female, and the potential first woman President, but about support for immoral sexual acts. “If all the fury directed at religious believers could be pressed into a single word, as it can, that word would … be sex.” (Mary Eberstadt, “The New Intolerance”, First Things).

Hillary Clinton supports the immoral sexual acts of same-sex relationships; public accommodations for those who claim to have changed their sex; abortion from conception to partial birth for the unwanted human beings conceived by sexual acts; and, against consciences and religious liberties, mandatory provision of services for celebrations of same-sex relationships; mandatory payment for contraceptive insurance coverage; mandatory payment for abortions from our taxes and mandatory requirements for doctors to perform or refer attempted sex-change operations. Mrs. Clinton said that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

Mrs. Clinton’s response to those who opposed her support of immoral acts was not reasoned argument but simple name-calling. She said, “To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it.”

Donald Trump wrote to the Catholic Leaders Conference, at which I spoke. He said:
I have a message for Catholics: I will be there for you. I will stand with you. I will fight for you. I am, and will remain, prolife. I will defend your religious liberties and the right to fully and freely practice your religion, as individuals, business owners and academic institutions.

As First Lady, US Senator, Secretary of State, and two-time presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton has been hostile to the core issues and policies of greatest concern to Catholics: life, religious liberty, Supreme Court nominations, affordable and quality healthcare, educational choice and home schooling.

You may read Donald Trump’s full letter to the Catholic Leadership Conference here.

Catholics, who comprise 25% of the voters, accepted Mr. Trump’s message and their votes, together with those of other people of goodwill, resulted in his election.

It seems that our society is divided by moral issues and not by political issues. Reasonable minds may differ on political issues and come to different, but moral, prudential judgments. Not so with moral issues which are absolute and can easily be known through the natural law that God implants in our hearts and by the exercise of right reason.

Our division is between light and darkness and between those who follow the light of God and those who stumble in the darkness of moral evil. It is a division between God and Caesar. Those who cried out for Jesus’ crucifixion said, “We have no King but Caesar!”  They did not recognize God as their true King. Neither do many today who call themselves liberals and progressives. Their king is the state and not God.

However, St. John tells us, “Anyone who is so “progressive” as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.” (2 John 9).

In fact, many “progressives” are secular humanists who believe only in this world in which humanity without God will try to make its own heaven on earth.

 “Progressivism” is ideological, coercive, and ultimately opposed to the truth about human sexuality, marriage and the family. “Progressives” replace these truths with their ideology and attempt to use the state to further it with its mandatory sanctions. They act as if God does not exist. “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever.” (Romans 1:25).

They are rebels against God who revealed himself in Jesus Christ and they will not serve him or his and his Church’ s teachings on the natural moral law about what we must do or not do in order to have eternal life and happiness with him. It seems that they are not progressing but regressing to the moral rebellion in the Garden of Eden.

The truth against the rebellious and morally evil practices of contraception, abortion, same-sex sexual relationships and transsexuality is simply revealed to us by God. In the Garden of Eden God created them male and female, two separate sexes. He did not create any so-called “transgender” sexes. He told the man and the woman, Adam and Eve, to unite and join together to become one flesh and to multiply. Union of husband and wife with an openness to new life is how he established true marriage and the family with its purpose for the procreation and education of children.

 Some of the rebellious practices against these truths cause abuse against the dignity of women, many of whom think that they are sexually liberated. However, many are in fact used and abused by men who treat them as objects and not as persons. Just one small example of this comes from the words of JayZ. He is a rapper who sang at a rally for Hillary Clinton without any later correction or comment from her about his lyrics.

His lyrics motivated my daughter, Maggie Eisenbarth, who gave birth to Fletcher, her ninth child, two days after the election, to post the following on Facebook on election eve:

Seriously! Last night I was curious enough to watch JayZ, some other rapper and Beyonce at some free Hillary concert/rally and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. A lot of “eff this and N%$#@ that”, and to really make it sweet and to get thanks from Hillary was, “…bringin’ back 5 or 6 hoe, @#$% them, then we kick em… she deserved that…” It was grotesque, dark and evil. Raise the bar country! Raise your children on the Truth.

In response to Hillary’s supporters who didn’t acknowledge his abusive lyrics, Maggie wrote:

No woman will ever be free as long as we allow and condone men referring to us as hoes and reference abusing us. It’s not complicated, it’s wrong. It is not music. If you’re not going to wonder what Hillary is all about when this is what she chooses to represent, then don’t play the same game with others. It is hypocrisy. I think our country and our children deserve the Truth, deserve light, deserve goodness, deserve to grow and be nurtured absent vulgarity, profanity and evil. I believe in a better day, a better America. Would Allison Krauss please come forward and sing for us all now, that would make me happy, that and honoring God in our country.

Maggie’s post exemplifies the division in our society between light and darkness. Let us pray a novena to Our Lady of America for her to mediate a river of the light of God to our society. May this light penetrate and melt
the hearts of the secular humanists who support moral evils. May they turn to God who lovingly waits for them to receive his mercy. His merciful arms are wide enough to embrace all repentant people of good will and to forgive them so that they may have eternal life and happiness with him.

However, it seems that their minds and hearts have been made dull and hardened and that God has placed a veil over them so that they cannot understand and accept the natural moral truths of life, marriage and the family. It seems that this veil will not be removed unless and until they turn from the idols that they have created of their own enlightenment and sexual revolution and accept these moral truths.

Let us pray that secular humanists come to know the truth, the love and the mercy of the one true God. He tells us that, “if then my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

The birth of any child, like Fletcher, my new 25th grandchild, is a sign of hope for the future. As President John Kennedy once said, “Children are our most important natural resource and our best hope for the future!”

Let us be hopeful! What St. John Paul II wrote to Europe, also applies to the United States. “Be certain! The Gospel of hope does not disappoint! Throughout the vicissitudes of your history, yesterday and today, it is the light which illumines and directs your way; it is the strength which sustains you in trials; it is the prophecy of a new world; it is the sign of a new beginning; it is the invitation to everyone to blaze new trails in order to make the continent a true common home filled with the joy of life.” (John Paul II, Ecclesia in Europa, 121).

lynch profileDan Lynch is the Director of Dan Lynch Apostolates promoting devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations, Our Lady of America and St. John Paul II. He is an author, public speaker and a former judge and lawyer in Vermont. He has appeared many times on radio and television and has spoken at conferences throughout the world. You may learn more about Dan here.    

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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226 Responses to Sex and the 2016 Election

  1. Simone says:

    Thank you for posting this, Papa Charlie. It saddens me and amazes me how so many intelligent women fall for this huge lie of radical feminism. It further enslaves them. Mary, the most perfect woman, pray for us, inflame our feminine hearts created for Love and service to others!

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  2. Fran Reddy says:

    Fabulous article. Hopefully, the election was a movement toward, or at least back to a more level playing field (for Christians), as well as being an anti-establishment wake-up call. I believe Clinton endorsed Trump as a joke and that has now backfired on her. Let’s hope Trump keeps his election promises to some extent.. but I am not holding my breath!

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  3. janet says:

    Thank you Dan…

    Everything is crumbling around us. Even the sceptics are taking notice and wondering what the heck is happening. Over here we are now hearing about literally hundreds of sport sex abuse victms. The police and the FA have said they expect more allegations to surface and that they expect reports of abuse in all sorts of different institutions.

    All ‘darkness’ is being revealed..nothing will be hidden. It’s painful but so badly needed.

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  4. Laurie says:

    Inspiring post. thank you Charlie, Dan and family. That all may be won!
    “Ephphatha.” (Mark 7:34)

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  5. nanannda2 says:

    It has been increasingly distressing to witness the eclipse of reason in the world today, which has caused such blindness and deafness to truth. I feel the frustration of trying to communicate the simplest, most obvious points of truth only to be assailed with nonsensical replies dripping with anger. I’ve been thinking a lot about the admonition to refrain from preparing ahead of time to answer those who will question your position on matters of faith and morals when discussing the social and political issues of the day. I need no convincing that I, in my humanness, cannot penetrate the darkness of deceit which permeates these discussions, whether they be had with friend or foe, stranger or even family member. The satan has used his weapons of deceit, lies, distortion, exaggeration, misinterpretation and false prognostication very well, sowing confusion, anger and frustration everywhere. But thanks be to God, his works will not survive the fire of Our Lady’s Flame of Love, the intense light of the Holy Spirit in the Pentecost that is coming, or the power of the love and mercy of God that will burst forth in our midst in the New Evangelization. The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will destroy all the evil plans of the enemy in one moment, and we will be free to pursue the life of righteousness for which we are created and for which we have prayed so long. It truly is heartening to remember that it IS darkest before the dawn. We DO have reason to proceed in joyful hope. And the people of the Kingdom and the people of Heaven shall rise together, shall rise forever, and GOD SHALL RULE.

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    • Simone says:

      May it be so!!!

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    • Kay says:

      So beautifully said. Thank you, your words hit very close to my heart too, with grateful faith I pray for patience. “The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will destroy all the evil plans of the enemy in one moment, and we will be free to pursue the life of righteousness for which we are created and for which we have prayed so long.” Amen! 🙏🏻🙏🏻💒😇

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      • nanannda2 says:

        Somehow it no longer seems impossible to patiently wait for what we know is coming quickly. . . .Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus! Come Holy Spirit, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well-beloved Spouse!

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    • caelids says:

      Midnight.

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    • LB says:

      Your first line hit the nail on its head! We truly are experiencing an eclipse of reason! The justifications for abortion alone (what if woman’s life is in danger? What about rape/incest) is a line of argument used to shut down any reasoning on why we should protect life. What worries me is that it’s from Christians and even Catholics who I know love the church and gonto mass and confession etc, but have fallen into that trap of reasoning. Even when you point out that over 98% of abortions are healthy women who were not assaulted, it just glosses over. And when people get ANGRY, as you alluded to, it’s hard to have a conversation.
      It makes me so sad that people are being mislead by misinformation and contradictions. I rely so much on prayer now and less on my skills of expression/explaining and it is less frustrating now . I just recognize a “fog” or haze that has taken our communities at large.
      It’s sad that we try to export the consequences of our eclipses in reasoning to poorer countries that still value family, life, marriage etc much more than we we “sophisticated” and “developed” cultures do. May our Lady protect us !

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  6. Kati says:

    More than half of our citizens believe these lies…which makes it understandable why God has to awaken us all through suffering the consequences of our choices. I am happy to know though…that many more than before have turned back to God and will provide comfort, encouragement, hope , love…and a new vibrant witness of evangelization that, empowered by the Holy Spirit, will unify us once again under the banner of Truth!

    PS You really spoke a word of wisdom regarding reaching out to our families over Thanksgiving, Charlie. This may have been the BEST Thanksgiving ever in our family and it has sparked much closer ongoing connections. Even long far away relatives plan to be here for Christmas this year. God and our Blessed Mother are GATHERING …. ;-D

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  7. I think there are those of us who have recognized this evil of sexual perversion for a long time before this election. I am glad Donald Trump wrote to the Catholics in defense of our rights. I caution though too much rejoicing in his win as he is a man who openly embraces mammon. To be sure Hillary embraces intrinsic evil, and that cannot be tolerated. Donald seems to embrace the culture too much though. It’s why I still believe Charlie is correct about what is to come. We are so far off course and our candidate choices showed that. Even good Christians accept these cultural and moral evils (like birth control). How many times have I heard a Christian say, abortion would be less if people knew how to use birth control. Thankfully and hopefully Donald won’t make us pay for it. One of the greatest evils of our time is birth control. Man thought a god of himself and disrupted the natural order of things. In the name of “mercy” we did this — a lie from the evil one. Why are so many children born with so many new problems not seen before? You cannot disrupt the natural order without consequences. Especially on the children. Science will not look for the connection because science has branded this evil a, “gift”. It is not. Existence is a gift. Satan would like to annihilate our existence. At least that’s what I feel like God tells me. I constantly hear God speak to me of purity of mind, body and heart. So yes, as Dan says, let us pray, pray for the secular humanists, and for those Christians who have a veil over their eyes because God help us if Donald Trump is the best we can do for moral high ground. But it’s a start I suppose. Hope always in Jesus Christ.

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    • Beckita says:

      Amen, Susan. Well said.

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    • Mick says:

      Amen, sister.

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    • Judith says:

      Susan, agree with you totally.
      Sadly women are not aware of NaProTECHNOLOGY, an approach in line with Church teaching on human sexuality and procreation. The National Gianna Center for Women’s Health and Fertility is the affiliate that physicians practice under [I think that is how it works, I just volunteer for a physician in my area]. There are a small number of doctors who work with women in this manner – total respect for the natural hormonal/reproductive cycle. This approach works with the woman, or both spouses, to understand the natural cycle.
      [even rescued a couple of pregnancies after the taking of the morning-after abortive pill]

      The program is quite complex, no room here to explain, but good info is available at http://www.giannaofalbany.com/services Women come from as far as 4 hours away. Our local bishop is very supportive.

      What I am trying to say in a long winded way is that there is natural health care for women that has wonderful success but finding a service is the difficult part. Pray more physicians will choose this manner of practice. St Gianna Molla, pray for us.

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      • Do you work with Dr. Nolte? I know her. My sister in law is good friends with her.

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        • Judith says:

          Susan, I have met Dr Nolte on several occasions thru Dr Patterson. what a great gift these women/doctors are, and those who work with them. Far to few of them. This is work of the heart because their compensation is little in the eyes of the world.
          Me, I do very little but I get out of bed to do what little I can [few hours a week] ’cause He has given this for me to do. There are days when I say to myself, “Nah, I’m not going”. Then I think, “Just who are you serving?” And I go, and tell Him I do it for love of Him and for those moms,dads and kids. God has blessed me greatly.

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    • usafriendofgoodwordofgod says:

      The full evils of birth control have yet to be revealed. Amen.

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  8. God Bless You, Dan Lynch. What courage it takes during these times to speak up for the minority and proclaim the Truth.

    And Charlie, how wonderful it is to hear that you have had “…one of the best jobs in the world these last few years…” It must be because you’ve been living in God’s Will. Even if a job is extremely grueling and requires a great deal of self-sacrifice – which, no doubt this one has for you – I believe the closer we are to living in God’s Will, the more Joy and fulfillment it brings us.

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  9. zeniazenia says:

    Good evening, I read Dan’s posting and can only think of the Fatima message.
    Fatima visionary predicted ‘final battle’ would be over marriage, family –Mexico City, Mexico, Jul 8, 2016 / 03:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).-
    ‘Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima, died in 2005. But before her death, she predicted that the final battle between Christ and Satan would be over marriage and the family.
    So says Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, who reports that the visionary sent him a letter with this prediction when he was Archbishop of Bologna, Italy.
    This reported statement by Sister Lucia, expressed during the pontificate of Saint John Paul II, was recently revisited by the Desde la Fe (From the Faith) weekly of the Archdiocese of Mexico, in the midst of the debate generated by President Enrique Pena Nieto, who announced his intention to promote gay marriage in this country.
    The Mexican weekly recalled the statements that Cardinal Caffarra made to the Italian press in 2008, three years after the death of Sister Lucia.
    On February 16, 2008, the Italian cardinal had celebrated a Mass at the tomb of Padre Pio, after which he gave an interview with Tele Radio Padre Pio. He was asked about the prophecy of Sister Lucia dos Santos that speaks about “the final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan.”
    Cardinal Caffarra explained that Saint John Paul II had commissioned him to plan and establish the Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. At the beginning of this work, the cardinal wrote a letter to Sister Lucia of Fatima through her bishop, since he could not do it directly.
    “Inexplicably, since I did not expect a reply, seeing as I had only asked for her prayers, I received a long letter with her signature, which is now in the archives of the Institute,” the Italian cardinal said.
    “In that letter we find written: ‘The final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will be about Marriage and the Family.’ Don’t be afraid, she added, because whoever works for the sanctity of Marriage and the Family will always be fought against and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. Then she concluded: ‘nevertheless, Our Lady has already crushed his head’.”
    Cardinal Caffarra added that “speaking again with John Paul II, you could feel that the family was the core, since it has to do with the supporting pillar of creation, the truth of the relationship between man and woman, between the generations. If the foundational pillar is damaged, the entire building collapses and we’re seeing this now, because we are right at this point and we know it.”
    “And I am moved when I read the best biographies of Padre Pio,” the cardinal concluded, “about how this man was so attentive to the sanctity of marriage and the holiness of the spouses, even with justifiable rigor at times.”
    On November 20th Fr. Apostoli presented an hour on the ‘Consecration of Russia to our Lady of Fatima (was done) ‘: ) Next Saturday is a First Saturday.
    http://www.ewtn.com/tv/live/sundaynightlive.asp

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  10. the phoenix says:

    I’ve actually come across the following question from young Catholic / non-Catholic Christian males on other forums, and as a middle-aged single lady, am not sure how to answer this, although I’ve tried. By saying things like don’t give up hope, God has a plan, … (I’m way older compared to them, so it seems really awkward and like they don’t want to listen to me maybe for that reason, which doesn’t help matters.)

    These guys tend to be socially awkward, and are watching the world collapse around them, frightened that a nuclear bomb will go off at any moment, and are bringing up the Bible passage about how in Heaven, there’s no marrying or being given in marriage because we will all be like angels … (In other words, you will never for all eternity get to experience sex if you die as a virgin, such that some of these guys see it as being punished in heaven for having lived the virtue of chastity on earth?). This concept does not appeal to certain people that I’ve come across, and they tend to start questioning their faith and looking at giving in to temptation if not outright rejecting Christianity.

    Anyone have any good suggestions on the best way to deal with this? (Of course I can pray for them without their knowing it …)

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    • charliej373 says:

      I would suggest they read “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis, which does cover this subject quite nicely.

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    • I would suggest heaven is better than sex.

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      • charliej373 says:

        That is largely C.S. Lewis’ point – but he says it in some very striking ways. We are as blind and silly as children who can’t imagine sex being any good since it doesn’t involve the jelly beans we like. Eye has not seen, ear has not heard…

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        • Yes. I had an experience in adoration before. It is not explainable. It was this intense feeling of love. So intense, I know nothing else like it. Indescribable. But it was AWESOME. I felt like I had a mere glimpse of heaven. So I guess the question of sex … it just made me giggle that that is what they are worried about. They have no idea that what awaits us is just so so so much better.
          Incidentally and on a totally different note I had a very weird dream last night. https://veilofveronica.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/dreamssuicide-and-gregorian-masses/
          Wondering about the groundhog in my dream. Groundhogs are part of the squirrel family right?

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          • charliej373 says:

            I am not sure about the groundhogs – but I will gladly accept them as squirrel cousins along with chipmonks.

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          • the phoenix says:

            What a fascinating dream you had, veilofveronica! (And I also want to point out that I put up my post about the afterlife before reading about your dream … re: having birds as pets or friends) … I will pray for the repose of the soul of your friend.

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          • VV, (sorry for the pop culture reference) I always viewed “Groundhog Day” as a story about Purgatory. Seems Bill Murray’s character had to learn and perfect in love, reliving the same day over and over, until he finally got there from the dismal place he started. By some accounts he might have spent just under 34 years at it, though the movie gives no indication. Praying for your friend.

            Rest assured on the squirrel connection, the groundhog does indeed belong to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots.

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          • Love it Michael Patrick– the movie reference!! So adept. And that groundhogs count in the squirrel family.

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          • Mary Kathryn says:

            I have been praying at adoration for eleven years and once I also experienced a love that washed over me in a way that surpasses marital love. I wasn’t sure it was real, so I am glad to hear someone else try to explain the feeling of ecstasy. Thank you, Veil, for sharing your experience.

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          • It’s the Divine Spouse. There’s nothing like it.

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          • I can’t see the word “groundhog” without it reminding me of a Dennis the Menace comic I had when I was a kid where he misquoted the old saying as “how much ground could a groundhog grind if a groundhog could grind ground?”

            Totally irrelevant to anything here, but I still find it funny and I use it whenever I can.

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          • justsayin392 says:

            On Gregorian Masses, reading your post at VofV, I remembered the peace I experienced upon subscribing Gregorian Masses the week my ex-husband died. He had suffered from alcoholism and died a sudden death at age 60. His secular reputation brought 400 people to his ‘memorial’ including the then current Mayor, City Attorney (and predecessors too), all of whom knew us both. I comforted all, including his distraught ‘other widow’. The power of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (and the Divine Mercy promises) never meant more to me than at that time when no other prayers were being invoked. I rarely recall dreams but a few weeks afterwards, I awoke to the image of him wearing a royal blue jogging suit, standing in the Legal Department lobby, arms crossed, contentedly surveying the goings-on it seemed.
            May your friend’s soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Sometimes that New Zealand humor hits just the right spot!

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          • Beckita says:

            Hahaha! Jelly beans definitely hit the spot and are much more than meets the eye. I could devise several lesson plans for young children based on one big bag of jelly beans alone: We’d count them, weigh them, sort them (by more than just color as I always had sophisticated students), make graphs with them, compare their weight with other objects, measure length with them, trade with them, create computation problems with them, hypothesize and experiment with them and draw conclusions about our discoveries. We’d intergrate language arts into this study as we’d brainstorm descriptive words and write all manner of sentences and stories related to them. We’d read many children’s books with a jelly bean theme and go on to compare and contrast all sorts of elements from both non-fiction and fiction literature. We’d even create art with them. We’d certainly compose songs with them. Our grand finale would be a field trip to New Zealand where we would perform a Corporal Work of Mercy by refilling the candy jars at a certain clinic where an osteopath, sweeter than a jelly bean, has candy on hand for the children who visit there.

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          • Joe Crozier says:

            Hi Beckita
            You do realize that this was in response to Charlie? Thank you for your kind words at the end but “Jelly beans definitely hit the spot” was the best bit for me!

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          • Beckita says:

            Yah, Joe. I did get your drift and then went drifting off on my own tangent. It’s a given for me when it comes to kids and stuff like jelly beans… irrepressibly so… Why, totally off point now, there’s even a National Jelly Bean Day.

            Maybe I can redeem myself with this wonderful video which uses two additional sweet treats. It’s entitled “Worth Waiting For.” It was produced by some LDS friends and when I first viewed it this week, I thought I can hardly wait until we’re all One Flock under One Shepherd.

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          • Doug says:

            Oh Beckita, this is so precious and drives the point home well!

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          • I like the quirky bent, Joe. Makes me wonder what YD is up to.

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          • Doug says:

            I think you have too much time on your hands Joe 😊

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          • Doug says:

            And when you are all done Beckita, you can eat them!

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          • Beckita says:

            Better than that, Doug, I’ll share them all around!😉

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          • Doug says:

            Melt, melt, melt…..

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      • This made me laugh, and it’s a great point. But this mindset goes beyond sex. It is about the pleasures of this world – even the good things like enjoyment of God’s creation. People get it in their heads that they need to experience all sorts of things before they die (i.e. “the bucket list”) and if they don’t they will somehow have missed out on something that can never be replaced. Now, I’m not saying it’s a bad thing to try and experience life in a multitude of ways, but the mindset needs to be a balanced perspective. We will not all see, hear, and do everything this world has to offer in any of our lifetimes. To try and make this our goal is self-defeating. And while it may be difficult to understand and embrace, the more we can be satisfied with the simple joy of the relationships we do have (God, Family, Friends), the more fulfilled we will be whether or not we experience sex, scuba diving, the Grand Canyon, or Packers Fantasy camp.

        To somehow think that any of us will be in heaven and desiring the things of this world more than what we will have there is a silly notion, but it’s not easily arrived at simply because we cannot fathom in our present state how that could possibly be. It’s part of that faith and trust we need to place into the hands of Christ and ask him to help take those doubts away so we don’t talk ourselves into doing something stupid.

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    • bthanntrm says:

      Always remind the chaste not to buy into the lie that sexual pleasure is all that great. Also giving into it causes lots of pain with it. That is why I gave it up after my husband left me. I wish I had been totally chaste my whole life because those that have will have so much more (than a short lived sexual pleasure) in heaven and their pleasure will last for eternity.
      God Bless you and them
      Beth

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      • the phoenix says:

        Thank you for your kind advice, Beth

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      • While I get your point, I still kind of find sex to be pretty great… and while I’m saying that in part to be humorous, I’m also serious. Trying to convince someone that something that’s pretty great isn’t really all that great could be looked at as disingenuous. It all needs to be relative to the ultimate goal of salvation and the greatness of heaven and trust in a God that has much more in store for us. There is a reason why chastity is viewed as a sacrifice and considered to be meritorious, and it isn’t because sex isn’t all that great.

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    • Robert Cunningham says:

      Phoenix

      Sex is a gift from God within holy matrimony but it is only a very small shadow of the union with God in Heaven that all of the blessed with enjoy. It is for this reason that satan attacks marriage and tries to disfigure sex.

      A friend asked for some thoughts for his prayer group a few years ago on this subject.

      Robert

      Throughout the scriptures God gives us marital images to symbolize his desire of unity with us and some saints have had experiences of a mystical marriage with our dear Lord. So great is God’s love for us that it is symbolized as a burning fire, even as the Apostle says, “Our God is a consuming fire” (Heb 12:29). In the Old Testament, the book Song of Songs speaks in many ways of our Lady but also of our relationship to God. Our own Bishops would say in the preface of this book, “In Christian tradition, the Song has been interpreted in terms of the union between Christ and the Church and, particularly by St. Bernard, of the union between Christ and the individual soul” (New Jerusalem Bible 1999). It is in this mystical sense of marriage with our God that I speak.

      The most intimate expression that mankind knows of self-giving love is the marital union. When the man gives all that he has to the woman and the woman gives all that she has to the man, the love between them (by the grace of God) is a new life. Indeed, the fruit of that love has a name and is a person. So too the Father gives all that he has to the Son, the Son gives all that he has to the Father and the love between them is so powerful that is a third divine person – the Holy and Life-Giving Spirit of God. He is as St. Maximilian Kolbe said, “The Uncreated Immaculate Conception”. Indeed, God is a family of divine persons. He is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, co-equal and eternal and one in the essence of unity. The family is the reflection of the Holy Trinity. Marital love therefore is not just feelings of romance, it is the full giving of self between one man and one woman even to the point of self-sacrifice for the benefit of the other that bears life.

      The first act of love outside of the Holy Trinity was creation and it is therein that we find the sole reason for creation: He would create them “male and female” and “rest” in them. When we had sinned and fallen, the Lord promised us a savior (Gen. 3:15). He is “Faithful and True” (Rev 19:11) and like a faithful man dealing with an unfaithful wife whom he loves he begins to draw her back little by little according to her capacity. In the end, she will say, “I love you my husband”. We see this in the book of Hosea. God tells Hosea to take a prostitute for his wife. She is not faithful to him yet he does not leave her. Instead he loves her and she returns. He is faithful even though she was not. So too Christ is always faithful to his Bride even though we are not.

      This imagery of God being the Bridegroom is to show us just how much he loves us. God says to the prophet, “For he who has become your husband is your Maker, and his name is the LORD of Hosts” (YHWH Sabbaoth Is. 54:5) and again he says, “For the LORD delights in you and makes you his spouse. As a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you” (Is. 62:5). Our Lord starts his ministry at the Wedding at Cana (John 2) and refers to himself as the Bridegroom in the parable of the ten virgins (Matt 25-13). Again in the book of Revelations he refers to himself as the Bridegroom as we read, “Blessed are those who are called to the wedding feast of the Lamb”. God inspired the psalmist to write, “High above, he set his tabernacle for the sun, who comes forth like a bridegroom, leaving his chamber” (Ps 19).

      This intimacy that God wills with us individually and collectively is symbolized in the marital union but finds its full realization in the Holy Eucharist where “the two become one flesh”. The Second Vatican Council said that the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our faith. It is where God chooses to not just be spiritually united with us, but also physically united with us. He can say of his beloved, “At last this is bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh”. The Eucharist is a foretaste of Heaven where we will eternally be united to the Bridegroom in a glorious and mysterious way. Does he not say, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me” (Rev 3:20). We say in the Mass in the Latin Rite, “may we come to share in his divinity as he humbled himself to share in our humanity” and our first Pope tells us, “He has bestowed on us the very precious and very great promises, so that through them you may come to share in the divine nature . . . (II Pet. 1:4). St. Irenaeus, one of the Fathers of the Church, said in the 2nd century, “God passed into man so that man might pass over to God”. We can only image what God wills for His Bride! Indeed as the Apostle says “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”(I Cor 2:9).

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      • charliej373 says:

        Marvelous, Robert. I have often thought of the full, joyful intimacy of marital union as a foreshadowing of the joyful intimacy of heaven.

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      • the phoenix says:

        Thanks, Robert Cunningham,

        Having been single all my life, it’s hard for me to relate to the words that you shared with your prayer group.

        I guess the closest I can come is that I enjoy being an imaginative, creative person … and love to express that through creating artwork (painting or taking photos), playing music (piano or other keyboards), dancing, singing, creative writing, acting on stage (even stand-up comedy) … sort of like J.R.R. Tolkien’s concept of sub-creation, I suppose.

        And I love seeing and admiring God’s creation … especially birds, cats, horses, the countryside, winter, and all things astronomy … stars, planets, nebulae, galaxies, comets, meteors, aurora borealis. So I’m hoping that in heaven I can have birds as pets or as friends, and that I can explore the universe and see a comet up close. And also visit family and my best friend whom I lost to heart disease.

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      • Beckita says:

        SO beautiful, Robert! Thank you.

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        • Robert Cunningham says:

          Thank you Charlie and Beckita. When I read some time last year that Sister Lucia of Fatima had commented that the final battle with satan would be over marriage and the family I thought that is fitting as that is what best represents the heart of our relationship with God.

          I also thought it was fitting Charlie that you said Our Lady would perform a miracle late in 2017 for the Rescue. Does not the Mother of the Bride prepare the Bride for her wedding day? She gently and lovingly tucks the veil a bit here and adjusts the dress a bit there. In fact, I would even speculate that the Mother sews the wedding dress herself. The Jews believe that one’s acts in this life make up the garment that one will wear in eternity. So perhaps, the acts, prayers and sacrifices of all the faithful might be the cloth that Our Lady uses to sew that garment.

          Robert

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    • Sean Sullivan says:

      Todays second reading (November 29, 2016) in the Divine Office:

      Second Reading
      St Gregory Nazianzen
      The wonder of the Incarnation

      The very Son of God, older than the ages, the invisible, the incomprehensible, the incorporeal, the beginning of beginning, the light of light, the fountain of life and immortality, the image of the archetype, the immovable seal, the perfect likeness, the definition and word of the Father: he it is who comes to his own image and takes our nature for the good of our nature, and unites himself to an intelligent soul for the good of my soul, to purify like by like. He takes to himself all that is human, except for sin. He was conceived by the Virgin Mary, who had been first prepared in soul and body by the Spirit; his coming to birth had to be treated with honour, virginity had to receive new honour. He comes forth as God, in the human nature he has taken, one being, made of two contrary elements, flesh and spirit. Spirit gave divinity, flesh received it.

      He who makes rich is made poor; he takes on the poverty of my flesh, that I may gain the riches of his divinity. He who is full is made empty; he is emptied for a brief space of his glory, that I may share in his fullness. What is this wealth of goodness? What is this mystery that surrounds me? I received the likeness of God, but failed to keep it. He takes on my flesh, to bring salvation to the image, immortality to the flesh. He enters into a second union with us, a union far more wonderful than the first.

      Holiness had to be brought to man by the humanity assumed by one who was God, so that God might overcome the tyrant by force and so deliver us and lead us back to himself through the mediation of his Son. The Son arranged this for the honour of the Father, to whom the Son is clearly obedient in all things.

      The Good Shepherd, who lays down his life for the sheep, came in search of the straying sheep to the mountains and hills on which you used to offer sacrifice. When he found it, he took it on the shoulders that bore the wood of the cross, and led it back to the life of heaven.

      Christ, the light of all lights, follows John, the lamp that goes before him. The Word of God follows the voice in the wilderness; the bridegroom follows the bridegroom’s friend, who prepares a worthy people for the Lord by cleansing them by water in preparation for the Spirit.

      We needed God to take our flesh and die, that we might live. We have died with him, that we may be purified. We have risen again with him, because we have died with him. We have been glorified with him, because we have risen again with him.

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    • The Phoenix the problem is–and I have not read too much C.S. Lewis after struggling with the type set of my copy of Mere Christianity–that Many state that one has the “Right” to experience everything that one possibly can, such as Zip-Lining, Skydiving, [I am lacking creative thought this evening for other examples].

      One Route to Seminary, I was asked by several chaste Female Friends: But won’t you miss having a Baby (a question oddly invariably accompanied by their placing their hands on their lower abdomen–which I found particularly beautiful in their Maternal Instinct).

      No, I don’t miss having a Baby or having Children. (Of course, I have a Slew of Children back in the Orphanages I was involved in taking care of.) I simply don’t. Do I see Children and do I see Families and at times feel lonely? Of course! But I don’t miss it or them.

      Rather, I see Heaven. I can’t explain what I mean by I see Heaven. I just see Heaven. I see everything–or almost everything–in the Context of Heaven, even if I sin and stumble around and struggle with myself or with other and even forget about Heaven for hours on end–therefore, I see everything in the Context of a Greater Hope of Love and Freedom and Unity.

      Nothing can compare to that reward. There is no missing. There is no emptiness–even though the Path is strewn with thorns and bramble and tar pits and the unrelenting sun burning pouring down…

      The “Rights” of this Body (from a morsel of food or draft of drink to a lingering hug or an embrace) are so transient, so fleeting, so nothing compared to that Boundless Eternity that Everything, Every Sacrifice or Every Dream is worth it.

      And for those who are called to give up certain Good and Healthy Rights, such as Marriage and Family and Sex, are only doing so realising that it serves in serving — in reality or in example or both — helping others to reach that End.

      And for those deprived, not by Choice, but by Circumstance,s ugly, unfortunate, due to happenstance or their own fault or others, they should not despair and should not be angry that they are deprived of those Rights nor seek out those Rights at all cost to their Integrity, rather they should take a look inside themselves and realise that their Good, their Goodness, their Integrity is in no way determined by their Depravity or by that which serves to deprive them.

      And that is quite hard to do as the Devil, the World and the Flesh likes to see the World in terms of Achievement, Merit (Meritocracy), and determine one’s value based upon false and fleeting Experiences or Utility (Utilitarianism).

      So, why? Only God and only Love can fill the Void in our Hearts. We are made for Love. Not Experiences. We are made to Love. To rebound, redound, resound unto Love: Love given, received, shared: Reciprocal, Intra- and Interpenetrating Love.

      Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing can ever compare to that… Nothing!

      Yet where do we find true Love?

      That is the Answer… not in Empty Experiences, Thrills or Definitions, or Indelible Tattoos. I am naked before God and I want to be humble and simple and pure before others so that I can be Love…

      Love, Pure and Simple.
      +勇德

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      • charliej373 says:

        Funny, the thing that we always desire is joy…or happiness. Yet when we focus on things, happiness almost always flees after some brief pleasure. So we chase after what does not avail to achieve happiness while spurning what does. It is one of the devil’s most successful gambits to get us to destroy ourselves. To live what God authentically calls you to brings unspeakable joy and many hurdles. Good to seek what God calls us to and not be discouraged by the hurdles. YD and I have different callings, but share the same joy. Thanks, YD.

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      • MarieUrsula says:

        Your contemplations are very beautiful, YD. Thank you.

        I have often thought that living the vow of celibate chastity with truthful joy is a prophetic witness especially in a culture that exploits sexuality in every possible way.

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      • Mick says:

        This is amazing, YD. Thank you. (P.S. Good to have you back.)🙂

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      • Doug says:

        A beautiful morsel worth digesting YD. Thank you!

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      • moreen67 says:

        Thank you for this YD as a single woman who never married and was always compared to married folks (like why didn’t she get married) this hit home to me. A single woman has more time to contemplate God so that is a blessing too. May God bless you and all that you do for Him all the days of your life. Maureen

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  11. Joe Crozier says:

    “And now, asking the Lord to create in each of us a clean, pure heart” : the heart of a little child perhaps! But there again maybe not – they can be too honest. Before mass I had a close encounter of the third kind – with a three year old. He casually glanced over the pew at me and without any introduction asked in a fairly loud voice, without any cheeky look on his face – only one of solicitude and curiosity (maybe like the 4 Cardinals) “Why are you so fat?” I could have made excuses like ‘medication’ and ‘debility’ but his mothers face (I have met his mother at mass before) was bright red as she apologised. I tried to ease her discomfort by keeping it simple and cutting the exchange short and explained with good humour to the little bread snapper that I like pies. He pondered these words in his heart as he contemplated my poku (Maori for belly) and I related to his mum, sad to say truthfully, that this was not the first time a child had commented on my girth.

    I keep candy in my clinic for the children and one occasion I was teasing a child that there was not enough for him and that I needed it all for myself. The instant response was “That’s why you’re fat.” Again from the tone and expression on his sweet little face, God love him, not cheek – just a statement of fact. Brutal – like the Aviso will be! That time the mother laughed and said I had asked for that for teasing him. I had to agree.

    Back to today – after due consideration the three nearly 4 year old commented in his loud little voice with a wise look on his face “Lots of pies.” Again the mother’s face went bright red. Anyway things settled down at church but at the sign of peace I could not resist saying to the mother “Pies be with you.” The mother laughed. From now on for her it will be the sign of pies.

    I do not know if her child heard this but instead of offering me the sign of peace he asked innocently and unexpectedly, “Are you having a baby.?” This time the people all around heard. The mother’s face again went red but everyone laughed and she suggested that the encounter with her child was an early Christmas for me. I could not have agreed more.

    As I have shared before that my avatar is no longer an accurate representation of me. I must decrease so that He can increase. There is too much of me and not enough of Him. Not enough room for Him to expand. Our priest commented that is is strange that at the start of Advent the gospel is always about the end of time.So much of this finds reflection in the human experience. The end of pregnancy is the start of life in the outside world. The end of life here is the start of life in heaven. The end of times the start of a new era.

    As the second reading says, “Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” As if all this was not enough to remind me that I need to be lighter I was gently admonished by the end of the second reading “make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” I really must fast and not just from food but all that is compromising my ability to carry the message of the gospel. Pies will be a good start.

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    • Snowy Owl says:

      Oh my gosh Joe, I just love you…you keep cracking me up tonight! Don’t you just love kids (…and geese😉 ) hahaha! God sure does!
      When I was little, maybe about 7, my Gandma had this beautiful leather Bible with a hand carved cover and I was completely in love with it. I asked her if I could have it when she died..Oh boy…she was so angry with me for mentioning this, she stormed into the kitchen and gave my mom a lecture! I was clueless! She lived till she was 101 and made dang sure I never got that Bible.. haha! Germans lol…such hot-heads!

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        That made me laugh Snowy. God bless your Grandma. One day my neieces when they were very young went through mum’s rings and things and asked for them to which mum said “I”m not dead yet.” They then decided to pick hymns for her funeral and sang them for her as a rehearsal. Mum loved their little show. I look forward to seeing them all at Christmas.

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    • The simple fact that you worked pies into the conversation at Mass makes this a gem.

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    • Beckita says:

      Joe, thank you for this beautiful reflection. I LOVE the Advent liturgical season so very much. I love the enviroment, the readings and the music which bespeak endings and beginnings, highlight the integral role of Our Lady in our salvation, encourage greater focus on Christ and compel us to turn from darkness and embrace Christ’s Light. Thanks for the reminder that He must increase.

      May this intercessor pray for us to do so. May Pope St. John Paul II also intercede for Pope Francis, the hierarchy and all the Church in these days which bring the end of these times and a New Beginning:

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    • zeniazenia says:

      Coming to our Advent Prayer Corner Soon!! :0) — The ‘O’ Antiphons take us prayerfully into the Christmas Season
      https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/activities/view.cfm?id=958
      ‘December 17 marks the beginning of the “O” Antiphons– an ancient part of our liturgy, dating back to the fourth century, one for each day until Christmas Eve. These antiphons address Christ with seven magnificent Messianic titles, based on the Old Testament prophecies and types of Christ. The Church recalls the variety of the ills of man before the coming of the Redeemer.’
      ‘The “O” Antiphons are the verses for the ancient hymn O Come, O Come Emmanuel. The first letter of the Messianic titles: Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia—spell out Latin words ERO CRAS, meaning, “Tomorrow, I will come.”🙂

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      • jaykay says:

        Beckita & zeniazenia, yes, I’ve always liked Advent as well, with its atmosphere of joyful – yet recollected – anticipation, right from the first notes of the organ at Mass introducing the “Veni Emmanuel”. I say “recollected” because the Advent texts remind us of our need to repent, to clean house and get ourselves in order – it’s a lot more than just drawing breath before the party season kicks off in earnest! And I love the “O” Antiphons as well, tradition is so great when it serves us and doesn’t become a fetish in itself. God bless all. J.

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    • justsayin392 says:

      Oh my goodness, Joe, I laughed ’til I cried and then held my breath as the Lord spoke in the stillness of your heart. Now, hours later, I can smile at how deftly the Lord of the Universe spins us ’round in the ballroom of His Heart, where Truth Breathes new life into our souls. Thank you. Thank you.

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      • Beckita says:

        How poetic, justsayin! Beautifully said!

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Thanks for painting that picture for us justsayin. A master stroke, with a light touch and inspirational vision. It brought to mind the Scottish ballad “The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen” which are the aurora borealis “the heavenly dancers.”

        “When I was a lad, a tiny wee lad
        My mother said to me
        Come see the northern lights my boy
        They’re bright as they can be
        She called them the heavenly dancers
        Merry dancers in the sky
        I’ll never forget that wonderful sight
        They made the heavens bright

        Thanks for the memory.

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    • Doug says:

      Joe, I am having a good laugh. “Pies be with you”. Ironically, I am just about to have a left over piece of mince meat pie from Thanksgiving. I will think of you as I enjoy every last bite with vanilla ice cream on top 😊

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Hi Doug
        Ever since my encounter with the wee boy I have been more careful what I eat and am already feeling better for it. Out of the mouths of babes …….
        As for your thoughts on me and time I wish I had a bit more energy – the days work I run out of steam and so the paper work builds up. So if you are stuck for something to do for Advent a wee prayer for help for me to deal with the backlog woukd be much appreciated. Perhaps to St Joseph the worker. Definitely to his Apprentice.
        I am too occupied with online stuff which gives me justification for procrastination. It still amazes me how quickly rationalisation kicks in for everything I do or do not want to do. So despite being exhausted, time management and use of time could be greatly improved.
        As I said “out of the mouths of babes and bloggers…….”
        Cheers Doug!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Ah, we have much in common on this, Joe.

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        • Beckita says:

          More than a few wee prayers going up to St. Joseph the Worker for Joe and Charlie.

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        • Doug says:

          I hear you Joe. There just never seems to be enough time in a day. But then, I have heard God has ordered time so that we have the right amount of time and that it is about our priorities. What ever we spend our time doing is really what is important to us. It seems to take a lot of discipline to change this or a nice move of the Holy Spirit to motivate us to change direction. Maybe the wee one in church was a subtle move of the Holy Spirit in him. Oh how God speaks to us in so many gentle and loving ways! I suspect we are all going to be dramatically moved by the Holy Spirit within the next month and a half. God’s blessing to you. As an aside, I’m not ready to give up my pie yet. Although, it my be decided for me. I will say a wee prayer for you Joe! Pies be with you!

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        • Doug says:

          Hi Joe, here is a prayer I pray out loud every morning before work. It was written by the Eastern rite priest I mentioned recently in another comment. I’m waiting in an airport now to go to CA to meet my daughter. We plan on going to a West coast storm dinner tomorrow. I am excited that I can do this with my daughter. Here is the prayer:

          Prayer to St. Joseph

          O Blessed St. Joseph, loving and chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, and beloved protector and guardian of Jesus our Savior, protect and guide me. You are a splendid model of justice, humility, and chastity. Your burning love for God the Father motivated you to surrender yourself totally to his will. Your gentleness, purity of heart, and obedience were fortified by your interior life of prayer, fidelity to the word of God, and openness to the Holy Spirit. Teach me to be transparent so that I may always obey the moving of the Spirit in my life. Holy Spirit, renew and soften my heart, and transform and enlighten my mind that I may only seek Jesus and desire all that he wants for me. May I grow in all those virtues so evident in the life of Saint Joseph. May I die to sin, pride, and my false self so that I may live in Christ Jesus and discover my true self in him. May I be filled with a love of God and loyalty to my family. Bless me with a joyful and steadfast life and a peaceful and holy death. I offer this prayer in the name of Jesus, my Savior, whose heart is burning with love for me and through the intersession of Saint Joseph. Amen

          Usually Lambzie is listening.

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  12. MarieUrsula says:

    I have thought along these lines, too. In my experience, some people have become irrationally and powerfully angry when even gentle information is presented that counters their views on such things.

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    • justsayin392 says:

      For me, the veritable tsunami of outrage/anger that swept across the USA in wake of Trump’s impending victory during the waning hours of Election Night proved the enemy’s involvement. When the tsunami roared across my own threshold, I instantly knew the enemy had visited my loved ones. He stole Thanksgiving from my daughter and there’s no indication that Christmas will be different. Trump’s election for me, signals the opening salvo in the ground war, where the real blood is let. I’ve already promised God that even if this ‘radio silence’ continues until the Rescue , or even beyond, I will continue to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to all.

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      • charliej373 says:

        It will not continue beyond.

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      • Barb H says:

        I work in an enrichment kindergarten center and was shocked and strangely fascinated at a conversation I just heard going on amongst the 5 year olds. The conversation ranged from how ‘Trump cheated by voting for himself,’ to ‘Mommy woke me up crying the morning Trump won.’ All of the comments were so negative and obviously regurgitated from what they heard at home and in the world, spoken angrily around the little table where they were playing. A conversation that started on their own and without any adult participation.

        It saddened me that 5 year olds were having the burden of having to worry about these adult things. I wished they knew more about God and his love than any of this worldly stuff.

        Fascinating and troubling to hear even babies talking about the election weeks after the event.

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        • It just goes to show how much damage has been and is being done to our youngins and youth.

          The State (the Polis) is good.
          The Family is good.
          The Individual is good.
          …or are supposed to be, were meant to be integrally.

          The sense of security and pride in one’s culture and homeland should be theready ideally…

          Our focus should be creating that, fostering that, nurturing that sense in our Children for their spiritual and psychic and physical advantage, their integral development, even when not being in ideal circumstances.

          Yet how often our egos prevail, our need to be right, to prevail, routing for the right team even. Sportsmanship. Statemanship. Shepherdmanship.

          I don’t think many of you would be shocked by the fact that deep spiritual wounds are created athe very early ages due to problems in the family. The fester. We see the results.

          Adults have a grave responsibility!

          Thankfully, they can be healed. Love. Then Education on those Goods. The Integral Ideals. Prayed for. Hoped for. All in Right Worship.

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        • homesteading heart says:

          I was also struck by this, Barb. A couple of weeks before the election, my 8 year old daughter told me that her friend at school told her that if Trump won the election, he would send all the black people back to Africa. The look of consternation on her face was heartbreaking. Another day, my 6 year old daughter asked me with tears in her eyes what we would do if Hillary won the election, and stated that she was afraid. As you said, even the babies were greatly affected by this election cycle. I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto.

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  13. Mary says:

    While I am in agreement with much of this column, I don’t think that sex–and the morality of the many issues surrounding it–was any more a Clinton issue than a Trump issue . He just sang the right tune…this time. His attitudes, clearly still present, only served to give a foothold to those who would like to vilify him in his objectification of women. I’m no radical feminist, and while I wholly believe in the conversion of one’s heart, I’ve yet to see any real evidence that Donald Trump doesn’t share in some of the same values that have led to the state of affairs (no pun intended) we currently find ourselves in. I’m surprised that so many Christian men and women, perhaps because he is the lesser of evils, have conveniently forgotten the pro-choice Donald Trump, the adulterer Donald Trump, and the bully, especially when it comes to women, Donald Trump. I read a statement somewhere, and wish I had the attribution for it, that struck a chord in my heart when I was trying to decide how I would vote–and no, I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton–that made me think: “Why would we think that Donald Trump would be any more faithful to Americans than he has been to people named Mrs. Trump?” I hope we don’t find that the emperor wears no clothes.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I pretty much agree with you, Mary. I want to believe the best, but I have to see it first. I will say that he brought the best pro-life position forward I have ever seen a modern candidate come up with – and I know this happened after he had some heavy meetings with pro-life leaders, where he was really shocked at some of the raw facts. But it is still early for Christians to be jumping in with both feet – though I do think much of it is celebration over having dodged the unique threat which was Hillary Clinton, who made it clear in public and private she did not just intend to suppress, but to effectively outlaw as “hate speech” any orthodox expression of Christian faith. We did dodge a BIG bullet there.

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      • wpsahm says:

        We MAY have dodged a big bullet. The people of the Culture of Death have clearly not given up. Should they finagle a win through a cheating re-count, remote a possibility as it seems, the election of Trump was indeed a false dawn.

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        • charliej373 says:

          No, wpsahm, even if that came to pass, it would simply reveal the moral and intellectual bankruptcy at the heart of leftism. People would rise in resistance to such a thing.

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        • For all of Trump’s faults, I take comfort in his HHS pick – a pro-life doctor – and the fact that he selected Mike Pence to be his running mate. Also, the conservative block will demand adherence to the appointment of pro-life justices even if he feels inclined to stray from that promise. When GWB floated Harriet Meier he had to withdraw her name because it was clear that conservatives were willing to kill that nomination. Trump is not a dictator – we need to hold his feet to the fire, but we also need to make sure all our legislators hear from us as well to ensure we can take full advantage of the current opportunity in steering this ship in the right direction.

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      • Lucy wheelwe says:

        Charlie, I am still terrified that she may be our president. Iam physically sick thinking this could happen. Been dealing with the Clinton’s since 92. Thought we were through iwith them 2000 but they keep coming on. Trying hard to stay focused on The Lord, taking the next right step and hoping to get through these times.

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    • Simone says:

      yeah, that certainly is food for thought. I’m undecided if he would be a champion for marriage.

      I also can’t unsee that emperor wearing no clothes. ewwww.🙂

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    • Father Aerts says:

      … better that we find trump with no clothes than hillary…the evils and their enshrinement would be far larger and longer, if Heaven had not heard the pleas of the little ones…

      but remember the Beloved has said, do not be alarmed, these things must come to pass….I have overcome the world….My Peace be with YOU!!!

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  14. Deacon Steve Minninger says:

    Thank you Charlie and Thank you Dan!

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  15. BD says:

    Thanks Charlie…Your posts are much appreciated… God Bless…

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  16. Maribel says:

    Charlie, I am so happy that you had a presentation via skype in Mexico. Guadalajara is the capital of the state of Jalisco, land of martyrs during the religous persecution in Mexico,, the cristero war. It is one of the most conservative and religous state in our country: Guadalajara was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart and the Sacred Heart in a mass where all the bishops were present. A magnificent church is being constructed in honor of all of those Mexican martyrs who died at that terrible war when the president wanted to elimnate the Catholic church. There were thousands and thousands of people who died defending our religion. Although my grandparents lived in Mexico City and did not die in war, they risked their lives and of all my uncles , aunts, and my mother , because they were brave enough to offer their home so that a priest could celebrate mass there, when religous cults were forbidden and all churches were closed. I am so proud of them, even though I never met them.. Those were terrible times but at the same time, they were glorious times becausemaribelcareaga faith flourished more than ever. Although Mexico is still a country of faith, many people, especially in the upper middle class are leaving the faith. It´s so sad to see many of the people I know getting involved with new age activities.. That´s why your message really gives me hope!

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    • charliej373 says:

      They were a wonderful and lively crowd. It was certainly a different pace making a statement, then waiting for it to be translated. I much enjoyed it – and knew how Christians there had suffered over the years at the hand of their government – and how heroic they have been.

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    • Beckita says:

      God bless you, Maribel, and your beautiful country. One of my favorite Mexican intercessors is Venerable Concepcion Cabrera de Armida, “Conchita.” May she, and all the holy ones of Mexico, pray for us.

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    • Mick says:

      God bless the Mexican people, Maribel.🙂

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      • yes, may God bless you and let Mexico lead our continental return to God through Our Lady of Tepayac/Guadalupe. Next door our friends and neighbors here innFl hail from Mexico and Our Lady of Guadalupe statue is in front of their house while Our Lady of Grace in front of our home…this cul de sac is preparing for the storm with a faithful people.😊 Our Vigen de Guadalupe 5am mass on Dec 12 is a beautiful thing to take part in. The reenactment of Juan Diego with a Hispanic family is an act of love for the parish. The mariachi band plays the music and our pastor plays the bishop. Oh the tamales, pastries and hit chocolate afterwards is a community celebration of culture and Our Lady

        Mary Advent to all TNRS!

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  17. God bless Dan Lynch and all such minded Men and women

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  18. Murf says:

    Great analysis on where we are today Deacon Murf

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  19. zeniazenia says:

    On November 22, 2016 under the Beginning of Wisdom post, we commented on The Saint Andrew Christmas Novena. Here we are at that time of year again, Praise God!
    The Novena is prayed 15 times every day from the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle (November 30) until Christmas. Jlynnbyrd found an audio/video of the novena to pray along with that will help keep us focused and stay on course.
    St. Andrew Christmas Novena https://youtu.be/6UMZeJWcQRY
    People who have seen the resulting miracles for their loved ones tell amazing tales of blessings.

    REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

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  20. Joan says:

    This is so very true and relevant. And learning recently of the possibility of a recount sends chills up my spine. I think most votes for Trump were actually votes against Hillary and her business as usual crowd. Looking at Spiritdaily this morning, it looks like Michael Brown , whom I like and respect, may be revisiting his views on a certain “alleged” seer. Although time will tell it’s time to armor up and do the next right thing. God bless us all!

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  21. JudyM says:

    Charlie, you are on Spirit Daily again.
    What if they overturned an election?
    http://spiritdaily.org/blog/uncategorized/4204

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  22. Beckita says:

    Thank you, Dan! So well said.

    On another note, I read this overview from Spirit Daily today and paused at the first mention of a mystic from Illinois, scanning my brain files, really puzzling over who this could be. I then read on and started laughing. Perhaps more frightening than anything this mystic has ever done was to allow the likes of this reader to be part of his team. Geesh!
    http://spiritdaily.org/blog/uncategorized/4204

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  23. Barb421 says:

    I found this version a few years ago, and ebjoy it every advent season;

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  24. Father Aerts says:

    It is the Immaculate Advent of the New Dawn,let the Heavens reign the Holy One of the Living God and Beloved! Blessed and Fruitful Advent to everyone in Christ Jesus!

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  25. Father Aerts says:

    Keep vigilant, staying awake, for you know not the hour!<i/)

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  26. smac says:

    Charlie, where can I find your specific messages? Thank you! Sister Margaret

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  27. Anne says:

    The shaking started sometime ago and I can see people are being shaken out of their comfort zones. The New Kingdom is rising but most people prefer to adapt and stay in the pigsty. So everyone is trying to keep their little kingdom…. Doing everything to survive.
    God is trying to show us to let go in Trust and walk over the threshold which is into the new and Unknown. Like toddlers we have to hold the hands of Jesus and Mary. It is a difficult journey.
    We cling to the worldly graces of money, holidays, materialism….. Etc. however as Mark Mallett it is Grace that wifi take us through. Lord….. Be gentle and merciful with the babies and toddlers!!!

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  28. Barbara Dore says:

    Trump already asked us to pray for him.

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  29. jj says:

    We certainly live in a crazy world, here in Texas, the Lt. Gov is proposing legislation to prohibit Men from using Women’s restrooms. Just the idea of having to have a law to this effect is repugnant, but to make matters worse, polling shows that a significant number of “texans” oppose the legislation.
    I’m sorta old, not as old as some and older than others but I remember when a man going into the women’s restroom would not require a law for justice, it would have resulted in a right quick ass whoopin.
    “Sixty-nine percent (69%) of all Texas voters believe it should be illegal for a man to enter a women’s restroom. That includes 56 percent of Democrats. There is little difference in response to this question between male and female voters, and very little difference among African-American and Hispanics. Just one in five (21 percent) oppose this proposal. Opponents are primarily Anglos who identify themselves as liberals.”

    AND even worse, in my view…
    “Specifically, when Texans were asked if elementary, middle school or high school girls should be forced to use the same restrooms, lockers or showers at the same time as boys, 77 percent of Texans voters said no. This view is held by equal numbers of men and women and by all racial and ethnic groups. Opposition to boys and girls sharing bathrooms in public schools is highest among African-American, 86 percent of whom are opposed.”

    How can any reasonable human being even think about allowing high school boys in the girls locker and shower rooms, much less the restroom.

    God Help Us and Mother Mary protect us, because we are driving over the cliff at full speed ahead. The link to the article is:
    https://www.scribd.com/document/332572987/PR-16-11-28

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  30. Please accept my apologies: I have been traveling about the Metropolitan Region.

    You have all been very much in my prayers, especially those who wrote through Charlie.

    Not that anyone’s life is altered, but also my apologies being behind on reading posts and comments and such. I may catch up by Week’s End and pull a Doug-better-late-to-the-Party.

    Peace and Blessings and Happy Advent and All!
    +YD

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  31. You wrote: “It seems that our society is divided by moral issues and not by political issues. Reasonable minds may differ on political issues and come to different, but moral, prudential judgments. Not so with moral issues which are absolute and can easily be known through the natural law that God implants in our hearts and by the exercise of right reason.”

    This seems clear enough to you and me, but in the minds of many it isn’t. I am convinced that this is usually a purposeful confusion. I have been frustrated for years now that other Christians (and I don’t put a question mark, they are Christians even though they drive me crazy) take political issues and create a moral equivalence to pure moral issues. While I do agree that there is usually some moral component to all political issues, there is still a clear divide in my mind between moral issues and political issues.

    For example, there is a moral obligation to protect innocent life from acts of violence. This is a moral question. One side may argue that tougher sentencing will help while others may argue that tougher sentencing perpetuates the problem and we need more vocational solutions. One may argue for gun rights while another may argue for stricter gun control. While there is an underlying moral concern by both parties, they may be of goodwill while believing that the polar opposite approach is the right way to go.

    A pure moral issue is whether or not you support something that is an immoral act. Abortion, same-sex marriage, assisted suicide, etc. are moral issues because there are not two approaches to solving a moral dilemma, instead there is simply one side supporting an immoral act while the other side is against it.

    What I cannot understand are the Christians who decide that tax policy, or educational policy, or stance on social programs, or on gun control rise to the level of moral equivalence. In order to make this flawed argument, one has to say that taking an opposing position on any of these policy issues is intrinsically morally wrong. Someone of this viewpoint has convinced themselves, for example, that those who favor fewer social programs because they believe these programs are creating a state of dependency on the state and are woefully inefficient and expensive cannot reasonably take this position on moral grounds. It’s utterly ridiculous on its face, but this is what I see.

    In reality, I believe most of these people have evolved and talked themselves into this position because they have a particular interest to be served by supporting the other candidate, and the actually know that they are by default supporting someone who directly promotes immoral behavior. They would never admit that this is an act of appeasing conscience, but that is exactly what it is. Whether it’s because they are a teacher and education is their god, or a union is their god, or there is a misplaced sense that “Republicans hate the poor” or whatever, good people are deluding themselves into making bad decisions.

    It would seem that this time around – ironically enough, considering Trump was far from being a member of the “religious right” – that more people realized the direct moral questions had to be addressed.

    I pray for the day once again where both parties agree on these moral issues, so we can have good and legitimate debate on policy issues.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well stated, Diatribe!

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    • Diatribe, the problem is really a question of moral formation–in the sense of looking at logic and the formation of one’s conscience.

      I may be skimming your comment a bit too quickly and my head is ready to move beyond Trump and the Other Camps, but if you really look at the issue–several aspects of which you bring up–it is simply a question of moral formation.

      For a well-trained, well-formed Catholic it is like hitting a glass wall often: What don’t you understand? While it is black and white, it can include shades of grey. The Fundamental Rests on the Simple Truth that the End is the most important, the intention towards that End and the Circumstance of reaching that End, etc.

      Our End is God. God and the Good and the Choice for the Good and the Prudent Choice at the Right Time all inform our Minds and our Actions and have to. Right there is much of the core of the Problem: The Good is not always the Best at the Right Time; therefore, Laxity and Permissiveness have seeped into the Equation.

      Any one who has taught knows of the Student who keeps asking for wiggle room. The Teacher sees through the guise, knows what he is asking, but the Student keeps pressing for “Extenuating Circumstances” that allows a certain action or behaviour.

      It really instead comes down to classic Catholic Moral Theology of Faith and Reason.

      That, Faith and Reason, was thrown out or was lost and therefore the Deficit has infiltrate Society and has allowed all sorts of contortions and abuses.

      Hence, Common Grounds of Discussion are no longer there. Good vs. Evil are Relative, as one Reductionism of Good determined by Circumstance as the means to prove Relativism, as opposed to saying: No, Good remains, but Prudence is a Factor that must be cultivated in Choosing or Determining the Action for a Good. (Or perhaps it is that such an Action of the Application of the Virtue of Prudence is judged by Society as being a Judgmental/Overbearing Attitude or Grave Character Flaw.)

      Anyway… I diverge, digress and wane eloquently yet again,
      +YD

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      • Doug says:

        I have mentioned this before, but this reminds me if a talk by an Eastern rite priest. He was working with teenagers and always got questions: How far can I go with my girlfriend? Can I kiss her? Can I do certain things (well, use your imagination)? His response has stuck with me to this day almost 20 years later. He said “you are asking the wrong questions”. “These questions show selfishness in that you are looking at what you can get and not what you can give”. The questions you should be asking are “How can I help you maintain your purity?”, “How can I respect you?”, “How can I make you more Holy?”. But then, we are a wounded culture now. We need healing in our souls so we can give love. Lord heal us!

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    • Barb421 says:

      remember when it was this “easy”?!

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        I love this Barb. This was how I learned what conscience is. When I was a wee boy I had some friends who were young villains and would get up to all sorts of petty crime like stealing candy from the local sweet shop. (candy store) The fact that were doing something wrong never seemed to bother then at all. They were having a great time with all those freebies.

        I used to feel real bad even about taking sweets and biscuits (candy or cookies) from the pantry at home without asking. I figured our the problem was having a conscience; if I didn’t have a conscience I would be able to enjoy being bad. No more guilt, no more remorse.

        So I asked God to take away my conscience. No more Jiminy Cricket.

        As I write this from my lonely prison cell I now see where I went wrong ….of course I am joking but it might have been a different story if God had granted my request.

        He left me with my conscience in the form of two angels that mum told me she could see. When I was naughty she would pull along sad face and tell me me my good angel sitting on one shoulder was very sad. My bad angel was happy and I did not like the sound of that. I did not want to make the devil happy. I knew the devil wanted to take us to hell. And I really did not want to upset my good angel.

        So the great philosophical questions of right and wrong did not play a huge part in my choices. It really was that simple. Jiminy Cricket was the best. He still is.

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      • Doug says:

        Wow! This was neat Barb, a movie that talked about conscience and temptation. Unfortunately, we have come a long way away from this.

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      • Doug says:

        Of course, we need a properly formed conscience.

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  32. wpsahm says:

    Well I am pretty excited and wanted to share. After Mass and the Rosary today I stopped to see a girlfriend and she had a friend over. So during the course of the conversation, at the prodding of my friend, I told her about Charlie and the Next Right Step. Well! She was the BEST person to tell, today anyway, because she is the head of an urgent response team for Staten Island, NY. She is part of a 60 person team that heads up all emergency responses, working hand-in-hand with the local authorities, for all of Staten Island.

    She is Catholic, says a daily rosary and already knew a lot…..about Fatima, etc. She’s quite an amazing person and an IDEAL person to share all the info with. I gave her Charlie’s name and this website and told her to go to the “start here” tab and hopefully I didn’t do too badly a butchering of everything. She is in a position to ‘be a sign of hope to those around you’ to a much greater degree than I am. I’m SO glad I stopped by my friend’s house today!

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  33. Sarge says:

    Immaculate Heart of Mary, please wrap these brave souls in your mantle

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/11/28/underground-church-movement-grows-in-iran-despite-regimes-efforts.html

    Keep praying everyone…Triumph and Rescue is possibly within a year…

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  34. al chandanais says:

    Charlie, am I missing something here? Mr. Trump won the electoral vote, is it not true the electoral votes are not permitted by most states to be changed by the electoral voter less proven they were coerced by an outside source? This ballot recount is feudal in it’s attempt to change the outcome of the election for that very reason. We are a republic not a democracy. When the hanging chad caused such controversy in Florida in 2000 the electoral votes had already gone to the State Attorney giving the win to Mr. Bush. The theatrics of the next few weeks were nothing more than a facade. Mr. Trump won the election, if he see’s the inside of the Whitehouse as Commander in Chief is yet to be seen if we are truly in the last days of darkness.
    Lets not be afraid, God is still on the Throne and we are to pray for the world.

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    • 1) If the recount extends to a point where Wisconsin or any other state cannot appoint Electors, the 12th Amendment clearly says the majority of APPOINTED Electors is what determines the next President. So, even if all three states are not able to appoint Electors, the total Electoral College will be 492 rather than 538, and 247 Electors will be needed to vote for Trump, not 270. He would still win without a mass revolt of Electors.

      2) Many states have laws against faithless Electors, but the penalty is not large for not sticking to your vote. Presumably, someone would promise to pay any fines. So it could theoretically happen even if states try to protect against it. A state cannot actually prevent a faithless Elector from casting a different vote, they just may impose a penalty after the fact.

      3) It is highly unlikely that Electors will change en masse. The party that wins the state gets to appoint the Electors. Presumably they have vetted the Electors to minimize the chance that they could be swayed.

      4) Intimidation and death threats are generally illegal under any circumstance. I’m unaware of any special laws specific to Electors. And even if it were, that wouldn’t stop it from happening. I am not aware that proof of intimidation would be grounds for changing the vote. Bribery should be outlawed if it isn’t, but I’m not aware that an Elector’s vote could be challenged on this basis either.

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  35. Judith says:

    I love this TNRS family. You help build up my faith.
    This morning as I was chatting with God it struck me that it is best now to sing St Francis’ song- “make me a channel of your peace…” along with our victory hymn. At the end of Mass, the priest prayed for us to be a channel of God’s peace. Then, shock to me, the people closed with, yep!, “make me a channel of your peace”. Gee, thanks God. I hear you, now help me to live it.

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  36. Bob says:

    A slight diversion here but with another terrorist attack yesterday this is a good read:
    http://www.crisismagazine.com/2016/enemy-wont-named

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  37. jj says:

    If we think the division in the Church is bad here, what the Magisterium is doing to the Dutch Church is astonishing and has apparently been going on for decades…
    Recently…
    “Dutch Catholics who still attend weekly Mass heard a newly-worded Our Father last Sunday that no longer asked God the Father, as Jesus taught, “to lead us not into temptation” but, instead, “not into trial.””
    Over the last 2 or 3 decades…
    “The mistranslation will surprise no one who has observed the steady liberalization of the Dutch church. As reported in a 1996 presentation by J.P.M. van der Ploeg, a professor of Old Testament Studies at the Catholic University at Nijmegen, its first outward manifestation came with the Dutch Catechism, which, he said, simply removed the supernatural element from the Church. God was manifest not in sacraments, not in the Eucharist, but simply in good deeds.”

    Just, Wow…

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/dutch-catholic-church-replaces-temptation-with-trial-in-our-father-prayer

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    • Lifesitenews does a lot of good things, but they can also overstate the case of what the reality of the situation is. I find it difficult to believe that the magesterium is complicit in eliminating the fundamentals of Catholic faith from a singular country. Perhaps a rogue council of bishops, or select Priests or bishops maybe, but the official magesterium? Doubtful.

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    • On the Our Father, I think there might be an exaggeration of trial vs. temptation and the differences in the linguistics here.

      The Aramaic, confer the Syriac, has “forgetfulness” as the root of the word and Jesus spoke Aramaic…

      I would like to see One in One Hundred Catholics to be able to Articulate what it means to say to the Father: Lead us not into Temptation.

      On the other points, others can delve into them.

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      • Doug says:

        Would you be so kind as to indulge us further on this YD? I always thought that odd and heard it more as “trials”. The thought that we would pray for God to not lead us into anything that would harm us (our souls?) just seems odd as this is what appears on the surface. I think, “of course God would not lead us into something that would harm our souls”. Why would he do that? Then, I trust God that there is something deeper here that I yet do not understand.

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        • Mick says:

          Doug, I’ve also wondered about this for years. This is especially so since I learned the Our Father in Spanish, in which “no nos dejes caer en (la) tentacion” translates as “do not allow us to fall into temptation.” Insights, anyone?

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          • Simone says:

            Hi Mick. I found it odd too especially where we are to flee temptation. The French seems to have followed the Spanish in that they used to say don’t let us succumb to temptation but now they say do not submit us to temptation. Again, why would Our Father submit us to temptation?

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          • Sarge says:

            I’m no theologian, but I always interpreted it in the positive sense (give us the grace to avoid temptation to sin, which is overbearingly difficult for me at times, or perhaps don’t let me be confronted with a temptation that you know I’m not strong enough to resist), not so much as in the negative that God would lead us into temptation.

            The final line is also interesting. Being married into a Greek Orthodox family, I’ve attended a few Divine Liturgies. The Greek priests always made a big point that we do not pray to be “delivered from evil” but we should say “deliver us from the evil one”. I don’t have my Bible handy right now, but I believe they are literally correct on that point. It is an interesting distinction that we do not pray that no calamity ever befalls us (surely, earthly trials can be good for our souls), we pray that Our Lord protect us from satan, who would devour us were it not for God’s grace.

            The Greek preists, of course, sort of good naturedly, but maybe not so much so, always pointed out that the Catholics got that part wrong.

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        • Snowy Owl says:

          I would also love to hear this, Doug, I always saw this as us doing this to ourselves- we lead ourselves into the dangers of temptation by losing our fervor and love for God, by forgetting Him and allowing ourselves to be lured away from Him and become distracted by worldly things… and then falling into temptations and sin.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Here is what St. Teresa of Avila had to say about this part of the prayer~
            *Lead us not into temptation*: “I consider it quite certain that those who attain perfection do not ask the Lord to deliver them from trials, temptations, persecutions and conflicts — and that is another sure and striking sign that these favors and this contemplation which His Majesty gives them are coming from the Spirit of the Lord and are not illusions. For, as I said a little way back, perfect souls are in no way repelled by trials, but rather desire them and pray for them and love them.” (Way 38:1)

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          • Beckita says:

            Nice research, Snowy! Great find. Thank you.

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        • I think it’s a humble plea and submission to depend on God in all things. Do not put us to the test, but save us from the evil one. I am weak, Lord, and don’t stand a chance against temptation without You… humbly knowing ourselves for what we are, without losing heart. Jesus not only gave us this prayer. He prayed this too.

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      • I guess I always just thought of this as a more formal way of asking God to protect us from temptation.

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  38. CrewDog says:

    YUP!! ;-(
    “THE POLITICS OF HATE CRIMES”
    http://www.catholicleague.org/the-politics-of-hate-crimes/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  39. Christene says:

    Here I go again, Charlie. Ms. Contrarian with her dissenting voice. Sorry.

    You know, when the adulteress woman was brought before Jesus, Scripture and Jewish law was clear…….she was to be put to death. PERIOD. There was no wiggle room, no “yes, buts” or “what ifs”, yet what did Jesus do? Well, in the eyes of the Pharisees, he trashed thousands of years of Jewish law and DIRECTLY repudiated scripture. But in reality, Jesus was forcing those who stood ready to cast stones to examine their OWN hearts and confront THEIR sinfulness so that he could teach them a greater Truth. I can’t help but think that this is the moment the Church is caught up in with Pope Francis. We all have our stones in hand…..

    Before I begin my comment, let me be clear; I think Dan Lynch is correct to point out the rampant sexual immorality in our culture and the devastating consequences it has on each and every person and society at large. I am NOT diminishing his arguments. But it is also clear from scripture that there are other EQUALLY devastating sins that threaten our eternal salvation and are ruinous to the Church and society as a whole and I think it is way past the time that certain corners of the Church should be called to task for almost universally ignoring them;

    Gal. 5:19-21
     19The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    1 Cor. 6:9-10
    9
    * Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes* nor sodomitesc
    10
    nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.

    Eph.5:3-7
    3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.[a] 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.7 Therefore do not be partners with them.

    So let’s take a look at the NON-sexual sins that are listed in scripture that also merit our attention and maybe some passionate debate, as they too keep us from entering the Kingdom of God;
    Debauchery, which is the excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures, which include
    food ( hello bazillion dollar diet industry) and drink (hello bazillion dollar rehab industry) and a whole host of temptations other than sex, hatred, discord, factions, jealousy, envy, dissensions, fits of rage, selfish ambition, drunkenness, slander, GREED, and IDOLATRY.

    The greatest sins in the Bible are not sexual sins, the greatest sins are sins of idolatry.
    And hand-in-hand with idolatry goes greed. We live in a culture in which we are absolutely saturated in temptations that lead us to indulge in both. We live in a culture that constantly feeds us messages that focus our attention on ourselves; OUR wants, OUR needs, OUR opinions, OUR perspectives, OUR well-being, OUR WILL…..ways WE are being victimized, how WE are being discriminated against…… all reign supreme we are told ……me, me, me, me,me. Most of us in this country live lives of absolute wretched excess, soaked in materialism (and if you don’t include yourself in that category, then I think you need to take a look at how 90% of the people in this world live) and materialism doesn’t just encompass the buy, buy, buying of things, it also encompasses how we choose to spend our time, direct our energy, and share ourselves and our resources. Gluttony wears many faces.

    So why aren’t we as a Church railing about that?? Why aren’t we hearing from every pulpit about the scourges of greed and idolatry?? Why are we being challenged to resist the seductive siren call of comfortableness and complacency? Why do we not have Cardinals writing letters about the cancerous, soul-sucking, insidious dangers of putting ourselves, our will, and ANY other thing before God and the myriad of ways Satan tempts us to do just that?
    Why??

    It is very easy and very tempting (and may I say, very Satan-like) to find ways to divert the focus from ourselves to others. Finger pointing is as old as Adam and Eve. We can go fifty rounds discussing the horrors of how OTHER people are living, how OTHER people think, how OTHER people have turned from God, but there never seems to be much enthusiasm to reflect on our own attitudes and actions.

    Perhaps that is why Pope Francis has not answered Cardinal Burke and his associates. Maybe he is trying to give us, the Church, the clear message that the days of pick, pick, picking specks from our brothers eyes are over because the planks in our own have grown into cancerous tumors that threaten the entire body. Just a thought.

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    • Christine,

      I’m looking at this facet: Jesus’ enemies and detractors were repeatedly trying to trip Him up in PUBLIC. Sure, they were probably eager to stone that woman, but probably much more eager to condemn Jesus and crucify Him.

      The Law is clear, and I don’t have an objection to folks discussing it in public, but I would say that the public place has become THE place not simply to discuss it, but to wield it as a weapon of condemnation (obviously agreeing with you on your closing point). That would apply not only to The Law, but secular laws as well as any other thing folks want to publicize to condemn their brethren.

      Love them. Pray for them. Take them aside in private to reason with them. Bring a friend or two to help bear witness to the truth of the matter if necessary. Pray some more.

      God hates all sin but perhaps stripping children of purity is among the most grievous. Were there children present on that dusty road, or was it just Jesus, the adulterous woman, and her condemners? I wonder.

      And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. — Matthew 18:3

      We make it messy and complicated, but there it is. Jesus gives us the simple and sure path as always.

      Become like children.

      God Bless,

      MP

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  40. Barb421 says:

    saw this on facebook, with some people “all for it” and “how cute”…what a sick world, come Lord, save us!!
    http://shareably.net/boy-reacts-to-meeting-gay-couple-first-time-v1/?utm_source=iroi&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=people

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