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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Life and Family groups unite to back Extraordinary Synod on the Family

I am delighted to tell you about a growing coalition of pro-family and pro-life groups gathered under the name of Voice of the Family to offer our expertise and resources before, during and after the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. The Synod will be held in Rome between 5 and 19 October.Voice of the Family team will be working throughout that period at the Salvatorian Motherhouse on Via della Conciliazione.

Our position paper released yesterday, on the Feast of St Michael, states:
“The Synod provides an important opportunity to take concrete steps to address this crisis and give renewed impetus to the “New Evangelisation”. If the Synod is to be effective it is essential that the teaching of the Church is affirmed clearly and without ambiguity. All proposals which result from the Synod must be founded on the truths of the natural moral law and Divine Revelation.”
Voice of the Family aims to assist individual Synod participants as well as to serve the faithful by sharing our research and analysis via our media and contacts. At the heart of all our considerations are the following key principles:
1. Marriage, the exclusive, life-long union of one man and one woman, is the fundamental foundation of a stable and flourishing society and is the greatest protector of children, born and unborn.
2. The separation of the unitive and procreative ends of the sexual act, which is intrinsic to the use of contraception, has acted as a major catalyst of the culture of death.
3. Parents are the primary educators of their children:
“It will be impossible to engage in a ‘New Evangelisation’, or to build a new ‘culture of life’,” the position paper concludes, “if the true understanding of marriage and human sexuality is no longer understood and if parents are no longer free to educate their children according to the natural moral law and the teachings of the Catholic Church. There are many men and women of good will, who have the truths of the natural moral law “written on their hearts” (Rm 2:15), who are open to hearing the message of the Church when it is presented with clarity and confidence. It is our hope that the Synod will use this opportunity to help bring the good news of Jesus Christ to families across the world.”
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Too many priests and lay pundits are fantasizing on the possible changes in Holy Mother Church's stance on marriage.

I have given up reading this morning the myriad posts and articles from Australia to New York, from London to Rome, on the redefinition of marriage in the Catholic Church.

One comment I need to make is that I am absolutely ashamed of several cardinals and bishops in the States who are pushing the envelope for a drastic undermining of the long traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church.

Remember, the Holy Spirit is in charge, not liberals. Just pray and be humble.

Let The Great Saint Sing-Happy Feast Day


   "If any man love Me, he will keep My word and My Father will love him
   and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. . . My peace I
   give unto you . . . Abide in My love."

   (St. John 14:23, 27, -- 15:9)


   The eve His life of love drew near its end,

   Thus Jesus spoke: "Whoever loveth Me,

   And keeps My word as Mine own faithful friend,

   My Father, then and I his guests will be;

   Within his heart will make Our dwelling above.

   Our palace home, true type of heaven above.

   There, filled with peace, We will that he shall rest,

   With us, in love.


   Incarnate Word! Thou Word of God alone!

   To live of love, tis to abide with Thee.

   Thou knowest I love Thee, Jesus Christ, my Own!

   Thy Spirit's fire of love enkindleth me.

   By loving Thee, I draw the Father here

   Down to my heart, to stay with me always.

   Blest Trinity! Thou art my prisoner dear,

   Of love, to-day.


   To live of love, 'tis by Thy life to live,

   O glorious King, my chosen, sole Delight!

   Hid in the Host, how often Thou dost give

   Thyself to those who seek Thy radiant light.

   Then hid shall be my life, unmarked, unknown,

   That I may have Thee heart to heart with me;

   For loving souls desire to be alone,

   With love, and Thee!


   To live of love, 'tis not to fix one's tent

   On Tabor's height and there with Thee remain.

   Tis to climb Calvary with strength nigh spent,

   And count Thy heavy cross our truest gain.

   In heaven, my life a life of joy shall be,

   The heavy cross shall then be gone for aye.

   Here upon earth, in suffering with Thee,

   Love! let me stay.


   To live of love, 'tis without stint to give,

   An never count the cost, nor ask reward;

   So, counting not the cost, I long to live

   And show my dauntless love for Thee, dear Lord!

   O Heart Divine, o'erflowing with tenderness,

   How swift I run, who all to Thee has given!

   Naught but Thy love I need, my life to bless.

   That love is heaven!


   To live of love, it is to know no fear;

   No memory of past faults can I recall;

   No imprint of my sins remaineth here;

   The fire of Love divine effaces all.

   O sacred flames! O furnace of delight!

   I sing my safe sweet happiness to prove.

   In these mild fires I dwell by day, by night.

   I live of love!


   To live of love, 'tis in my heart to guard

   A mighty treasure in a fragile vase.

   Weak, weak, am I, O well-beloved Lord!

   Nor have I yet an angel's perfect grace.

   But, if I fall each hour that hurries by,

   Thou com'st to me from Thy bright home above,

   And, raising me, dost give me strength to cry:

   I live of love!


   To live of love it is to sail afar

   And bring both peace and joy where'er I be.

   O Pilot blest! love is my guiding star;

   In every soul I meet, Thyself I see.

   Safe sail I on, through wind or rain or ice;

   Love urges me, love conquers every gale.

   High on my mast behold is my device:

   "By love I sail!"


   To live of love, it is when Jesus sleeps

   To sleep near Him, though stormy waves beat nigh.

   Deem not I shall awake Him! On these deeps

   Peace reigns, like that the Blessed know on high.

   To Hope, the voyage seems one little day;

   Faith's hand shall soon the veil between remove;

   Tis Charity that swells my sail alway.

   I live of love!


   To live of love, O Master dearest, best!

   It is to beg Thee light Thy holiest fires

   Within the soul of each anointed priest,

   Till he shall feel the Seraphim's desires;

   It is to beg Thee guard Thy Church, O Christ!

   For this I plead with Thee by night, by day;

   And give myself, in sacrifice unpriced,

   With love alway!


   To live of love, it is to dry Thy tears,

   To seek for pardon for each sinful soul,

   To strive to save all men from doubts and fears,

   And bring them home to Thy benign control.

   Comes to my ear sin's wild and blasphemous roar;

   So, to efface each day, that burning shame,

   I cry: " O Jesus Christ! I Thee adore.

   I love Thy Name!"


   To live of love, 'tis Mary's part to share,

   To bathe with tears and odorous perfume

   Thy holy feet, to wipe them with my hair,

   To kiss them; then still loftier lot assume, --

   To rise, and by Thy side to take my place,

   And pour my ointments on Thy holy head.

   But with no balsams I embalm Thy Face!

   'Tis love, instead!


   "To live of love, -- what foolishness she sings!"

   So cries the world. "Renounce such idle joy!

   Waste not thy perfumes on such trivial things.

   In useful arts thy talents now employ!"

   To love Thee, Jesus! Ah, this loss is gain;

   For all my perfumes no reward seek I.

   Quitting the world, I sing in death's sweet pain:

   Of love I die!


   To die of love, O martyrdom most blest!

   For this I long, this is my heart's desire;

   My exile ends; I soon will be at rest.

   Ye Cherubim, lend, lend to me your lyre!

   O dart of Seraphim, O flame of love,

   Consume me wholly; hear my ardent cry!

   Jesu, make real my dream! Come Holy Dove!

   Of love I die!


   To die of love, behold my life's long hope!

   God is my one exceeding great reward.

   He of my wishes forms the end and scope;

   Him only do I seek; my dearest Lord.

   With passionate love for Him my heart is riven.

   O may He quickly come! He draweth nigh!

   Behold my destiny, behold my heaven, --


   February 25, 1895

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