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Thursday 8 May 2014

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No Catholic can support CC. Others are revolting for various reasons...

Chicago Teachers Union Breaks With Common Core

Yesterday, in a vote that shows democracy is alive in the American Federation of Teachers, members of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates voted -- reportedly unanimously -- to join the growing national resistance to the Common Core standards.
Now that the resolution has passed, the CTU will lobby the Illinois Board of Education to eliminate the use of the Common Core for teaching and assessment; and be it further and will work to organize other members and affiliates to increase opposition to the law that increases the expansion of nationwide controls over educational issues.
Local president Karen Lewis said,
Common Core eliminates creativity in the classroom and impedes collaboration. We also know that high-stakes standardized testing is designed to rank and sort our children and it contributes significantly to racial discrimination and the achievement gap among students in America's schools.

One prayer answered..

Little baby girl is home and getting better. Thanks for all your prayers. Keep praying of the woman who is considering the abortion. Also, pray for me.


On A Serious Matter

The Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Boston expresses its deep sadness and strong opposition to the plan to stage a “black mass” on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge.
For the good of the Catholic faithful and all people, the Church provides clear teaching concerning Satanic worship. This activity separates people from God and the human community, it is contrary to charity and goodness, and it places participants dangerously close to destructive works of evil.
In a recent statement, Pope Francis warned of the danger of being naïve about or underestimating the power of Satan, whose evil is too often tragically present in our midst. We call upon all believers and people of good will to join us in prayer for those who are involved in this event, that they may come to appreciate the gravity of their actions, and in asking Harvard to disassociate itself from this activity.

See also

Abortions in 2014-Will God Ignore This?

James Toups@Toupsfamily
 no He won't. We are approaching the 500,000 and 15,000,000 point this year in the US and worldwide.

Note from another blog

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Welcome for decision not to fund abortion of Northern Ireland babies

Pro-life campaigners in Northern Ireland have welcomed the decision by the High Court in  London to reject claims that women from the Province should be  entitled to "free" NHS abortions in Britain. The Court ruled that there is no legal obligation on health services in England and Wales  to provide publicly funded abortions which would be unlawful within  Northern Ireland.

Liam Gibson, the development officer for SPUC in Northern Ireland told the media earlier today:
"While this result is what we  would have expected had it gone the other way it would not only have led to more children being killed but it would had serious implications for the rule of law and the value of Northern Ireland's devolved institutions. This case is merely the latest effort of abortion advocates in Britain to undermine our law. We have every right to defend our unborn children by law and the High Court recognised that.”
Liam said he believed that the real motivation behind the case was the potential increase in revenue for English abortion providers:
"Over the years it has been the strategy of abortion providers to  make money from the tax-payer by billing the NHS for abortions. This case was about organisations like Marie Stopes International angling for more money from the NHS. Despite enormous pressure from the pro-abortion lobby the number of women  seeking abortions in Britain has continued to decline. The figure for 2012 was down by about one third of what it was 10 years earlier.

More and more people, and not just in Northern Ireland, are appalled by the culture of abortion which has taken root in Britain where around 98 percent of abortions performed fail even to meet the legal criteria. Under the Abortion Act disabled children in Britain can be legally aborted right up to birth but the British Government has even been ambivalent about ending the scandal of sex-selective abortions where babies are targeted simply because they're girls. Nor has the health department taken action against doctors who break the law by pre-signing abortion forms. To see what liberal abortion laws can do to a society the people of Northern Ireland only need to look across the water to Britain. We are determined that that's not going to happen to our country," said Mr Gibson. “Women in crisis pregnancies don’t need free abortions, they need  help and support so that they don’t feel they have no choice but to kill their babies.”
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Where Were Your Ancestors In....

...the English persecution of Catholics, the English Civil War, the French Revolution, the Marxist take-overs, the Nazi regime?

When your children grow up, will they be able to look back and say with pride, "My parents lost their jobs, their houses, their status for the Faith."  Or, "My parents are martyrs."

Read about the recusant families, like the Throckmortons or the Mores or people like Henry Vaux.

Where will you stand when the crunch time comes?

Check out this blog for recusant houses.

And this article....

If someone has this book and would like to part with it, or can find a less expensive one, please consider sending one to me. Thanks.

Pray for Sems Today

Many are taking exams this week. Please remember these good men in your prayers.

Have you removed yourself from the protection of Rome?

I am a daughter of the Church. I do not think I am better or holier than any bishop or cardinal. How could I think that and still be pursuing holiness? Yes, I can point out errors in actions, but I cannot judge anyone's soul.

Objectivity is part of holiness. It means that one sees one's own sins first.

To point out the sins of others without humility and love is hubris.

I am very concerned with the growing rebellion against this pope, about which I have written on the blog many times. Here are a few posts on this subject.

Too many Catholic bloggers are so concerned with the evils of certain churchmen, that they are forgetting about their own road to holiness.

We now all know the serious problems of the Church and in the Church. Those who romanticize about a Church without heresies, heretics or problems do not know their history of the Church.

Ask yourselves these hard questions and I give some answers.

1) Are you calling Francis a false pope? If so, you have removed yourself from the Church and are in serious sin.

2) Are you claiming that you are as holy as Catherine of Siena or Bernard of Clairvaux and therefore, in a position to constantly point out the sins of others? If so, you are sinning with the sin of presumption and possibly pride?

3) Are you forgetting that all the heretics thought they were holier than Rome? If so, you are identifying with the wrong group and possibly risking your own salvation because you think you are holier than those in Rome.

4) Are you working hard in your own parishes to bring about God's Kingdom, or at work? If not, your own salvation is at risk, as that is the call of the laity.

5) Do you pray for those you criticize? If not, you are sinning against charity.

6) Is your own house in order? Are the members of your immediate family pursuing holiness because of you? If not and your are blogging as a mom or dad, you are a hypocrite if you constantly throw stones at the clergy.

Living in History

As a child, we would travel to the Hennepin Canal area and hike. My dad would fish there with his brothers. Father Hennepin was a local hero of mine and you can read about him here.

The Hennepin Canal Trail.

Another piece of history is this dam, which spans the River (and if you live next to the Mississippi, it is always referred to as "the River", right at Davenport.

I always need to live near is in the psyche of us who grow up on the Mississippi.

Lock and Dam No. 15 is a lock and dam located on the Upper Mississippi River. It spans the river between Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa. Lock and Dam 15 is the largest roller dam in the world, its dam is 1,203 feet (366.7 m) long and consists of nine 109 feet (33.2 m) non-submersible, non-overflow roller gates and two 109 feet (33.2 m) non-submersible overflow roller gates. It is unusual among the upper Mississippi River dams in that it has only roller gates, has different sizes and types of roller gates, it is not perpendicular to the flow of the river and is one of the few facilities that has a completed auxiliary lock. The main lock is 110 feet (33.5 m) wide by 600 feet (180 m) long and its auxiliary lock is 110 feet (34 m) wide by 360 feet (110 m) long.[2] In 2004, the facility was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as Lock and Dam No. 15 Historic District, #04000175 covering 3,590 acres (1,450 ha), 2 buildings, 9 structures, and 1 object.

Thanks to Wiki for photo and text:

Yeah, Francis!

Pope Francis, whom conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church have accused of not speaking out forcefully enough against abortion, on Monday called the practice "horrific."
'Unfortunately, what is thrown away is not only food and dispensable objects, but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as unnecessary.'- Pope Francis
The pope made his toughest remarks to date on abortion in his yearly address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, a speech known as his "State of the World" address.
"It is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day," he said in a section of the speech about the rights of children around the world.
  • Abortion, he said, was part of a "throwaway culture" that had enveloped many parts of the world.
"Unfortunately, what is thrown away is not only food and dispensable objects, but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as unnecessary," he said.

Can You Move Fast?

Acts 8:26-40

26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying: Arise, go towards the south, to the way that goeth down from Jerusalem into Gaza: this is desert.
27 And rising up, he went. And behold a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch, of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge over all her treasures, had come to Jerusalem to adore.
28 And he was returning, sitting in his chariot, and reading Isaias the prophet.
29 And the Spirit said to Philip: Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
30 And Philip running thither, heard him reading the prophet Isaias. And he said: Thinkest thou that thou understandest what thou readest?
31 Who said: And how can I, unless some man shew me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
32 And the place of the scripture which he was reading was this: He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb without voice before his shearer, so openeth he not his mouth.
33 In humility his judgment was taken away. His generation who shall declare, for his life shall be taken from the earth?
34 And the eunuch answering Philip, said: I beseech thee, of whom doth the prophet speak this? of himself, or of some other man?
35 Then Philip, opening his mouth, and beginning at this scripture, preached unto him Jesus.
36 And as they went on their way, they came to a certain water; and the eunuch said: See, here is water: what doth hinder me from being baptized?
37 And Philip said: If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answering, said: I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still; and they went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch: and he baptized him.
39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more. And he went on his way rejoicing.
40 But Philip was found in Azotus; and passing through, he preached the gospel to all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.
I love this passage for many reasons. The first is that Philip was free enough to be used by God wherever God wanted to put him. Second, Philip was in the Illuminative State, so that he could explain the Scriptures with infused knowledge. Third, God chose a Eunich to bring the Gospel to others in Africa. Fourth, Philip was obedience and pliable enough to end up in Azotus.
It is 4,033 km from Ethiopia to Azotus. Would you be free enough and willing enough to let God take you where He wants the Gospel to be preached?
Too many of us get bogged down with where we think God wants us to convert and evangelize.
We stick around too long, as I wrote yesterday and last week and in February, when we should move on.
Pray for discernment and an obedient heart.
Where is God telling you to go, now?
Learn to move fast in the Spirit.

What We Have Lost

All my posts on community and podding seem to have fallen on deaf ears. Some people have written to me that they cannot find others in their area who want community. Some women have written to me that they want community, but their husbands do not.

I think the problem is simply this. It is much harder to resurrect a cultural identity which has been lost than to create one from a rush of zeal and good will.

Sadly, Catholics seem to be living either in a denial of the times to come, or in fear of losing the little they do have.

I encourage all again to read my many posts on community and to pray that God show you what to do before it is too late.

"Too late" would look like this:

1) Financial ruin and a depression which would interfere with movement of people.

2) Restrictions, such as curfews or martial law because of looting or even false security problems.

3) The lack of communication, caused by the restrictions of tweets, cell phones or other means of communication.

4) Pressures not to be openly Christian, but to hide one's Faith.

5) A false optimism that as things fall apart, "things will just get better."

Perhaps it is good that I grew up with stories in my family of the Austrian-Hungarian wars which caused such upheavals among people.

Displacement can happen naturally or by force.

Please consider these things.

The Sleep which Leads to Death

Today, I had a long talk with a friend of mine about the dangers of the Common Core Curriculum. Catholics who are not paying attention are culpable, as there is enough information out there to avoid this.

ACT is now the official testing group for the Common Core Curriculum and therefore, no longer separate from the government plan to both take over the minds of your children and to separate them from you spiritually.

ACT is no longer an independent testing group. This is on their own website, or was last time I looked at it.

If it is true that 100 diocesan school systems have accepted CC, you parents in those dioceses must not send your kids to those schools.

I would like readers to comment and help me make a list of the Catholic school districts which have given in to the evil of CC.

If you want your children's lives to be in a database from kindergarten until the day they die, go ahead and send them to a CC school.

I would not want to explain to God on the day of my particular judgement how I colluded in the loss of faith in my children.

By the way, is it coincidence that the initials for the Common Core are the same as for the Catechism of the Catholic Church? CCC

You may has missed this article in October.

Here is a snippet, and go back and look at the video on my blog.

In mid-October, a letter from over 130 Catholic scholars, initiated by University of Notre Dame law professor Gerard Bradley, was sent to the United States Catholic bishops, requesting that they abandon any implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
The letter states that the new standards do “a grave disservice to Catholic education” in that they are “contrary to tradition and academic studies on reading and human formation.”
Bradley and his fellow scholars also accused proponents of the Common Core of seeking to “transform ‘literacy’ into a ‘critical’ skill set, at the expense of sustained and heartfelt encounters with great works of literature.”
“In fact, we are convinced that Common Core is so deeply flawed that it should not be adopted by Catholic schools which have yet to approve it,” the letter reads, “and that those schools which have already endorsed it should seek an orderly withdrawal now.”
Promoters of Common Core say that it is designed to make America’s children “college and career ready.” We instead judge Common Core to be a recipe for standardized workforce preparation. Common Core shortchanges the central goals of all sound education and surely those of Catholic education: to grow in the virtues necessary to know, love, and serve the Lord, to mature into a responsible, flourishing adult, and to contribute as a citizen to the process of responsible democratic self-government.

And more here:

 Anthony Esolen, an English professor at Providence College in Rhode Island and co-signer of Bradley’s letter, described the Common Core literary standards as teaching “the humanities without the humanity.”
Esolen said that changing Catholic education in response to state or government expectations for public schools has never been positive. He added that the type of student who is generally set apart in his class is not the Catholic school student, but a homeschooler.
“Homeschoolers clean everybody else’s clock, but they are not being taught with the AP test in mind,” he said.
Catholic educators, Esolen said, “need to go back to the roots: What is a human education, and what is a Catholic education? We have plenty of Catholic writers on that subject, going back for centuries.