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Tuesday 7 February 2012

Rosary Beads in the Sand-Box of the Irish Government

The Independent report on the argument in the Irish government on the re-opening of the Vatican embassy show the ridiculous lies of those who supposedly shut it down for financial reasons. Here is a snippet, but read the whole thing.

Mr Gilmore's rejection of the demands from within Fine Gael puts him at odds with reported commitments from Taoiseach Enda Kenny to review the embassy closure. Junior FG ministerLucinda Creighton yesterday said the embassy could be re-opened within two years.
Discontent about the Vatican embassy closure led to a series of dramatic, and sometimes farcical, clashes at a Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting last week. During the meeting, over half the TDs called for the re-opening of the embassy.
One of the most surreal moments saw TD Peter Mathews brandish a set of rosary beads at the "secularist members of the party". The meeting became so heated that senior ministers Michael Noona and James Reilly had to intervene to calm the mood.
Mr Noonan stressed "Enda's credentials as a sound Catholic" and at one point claimed that "he is a better Catholic than myself".

European Journalists Finally Respond to Crisis in America

Drudge has links to The Telegraph article this morning on the attack on Catholics in Obamacare. It is about time the international community looks at the issue. If America becomes a tyranny, Europe has no chance at all of freedom. Only the European blogs have carried such news in the past week, not the major papers. Kudos to the bloggers.

If the largest free nation in the world loses freedom of conscience, the entire global community will suffer. Look at the links, Europeans.

Army tries to silence chaplains, an article is there, and one of 167 bishops' statements is here. An article, reiterating louder calls for civil disobedience is also there.

Nice that the European press finally caught up with some real issues. Why we need freedom online is obvious.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Pray for Egypt, Pray for Iraq

Got this from the great Spencer website on a link here. Memorize this. And use it when voting. I pray for the women of the world and for children, who may never know freedom. I pray for my fellow Christians in Egypt and other places of persecution. And, did anyone notice this in the news on a
lack of cooperation" in Egypt over held Americans? Lord Jesus, have mercy on us all.

Lest we forget, Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, of the Chaldean Catholic Church, was kidnapped and killed in March of 2008. Here is the Wiki page on his life and death.

As a Christian, I may have different views on the names of the freedoms, but the ideas are clear.

This Week's Prayer for Priests-Second Week

Prayer for Priests 
  O Almighty, Eternal God, look upon the Face of your Son and for love of him, who is the Eternal  High Priest, have pity on your priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the bishop's hands. Keep them close to you, lest the enemy prevails against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest  degree unworthy of their sublime vocation. 
Richard James Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston, 1895-1970

Today's prayer is for all parish priests, pastors, associates, military chaplains of all nations who are priests, and for hermits who are priests. Also, I pray for all priests who are retired, ill, or in hiding in countries of persecution.

The first one is here

Nuns or Nones

6 Dominicans
18 Benedictines, Mary Queen of Apostles

42 Sisters of Life

Can you tell me why the more traditional orders are getting vocations and the other orders are not?

3 Franciscans
35 or so Mary, Mother of the Eucharist Dominicans

32 Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate