For Quieting Body, Mind, and Spirit
There is a lot of confusion going around in the media concerning the Pope’s recent statement on compassion in immigration management. To truly understand what the Pope said and what he was responding to in any instance, it is essential to find the transcript of the actual conversation the Pope had and look at his words in context (transcript for this particular conversation here http://www.nytimes.com/…/ap-us-rel-pope-trump-transcript.ht… ) because the secular media is all too happy to make Christianity look bad by misrepresenting and misinterpreting. As a Catholic from the Diocese of Phoenix in Arizona, which is closer to the border than most of the USA, I’m pretty familiar with the Church’s sentiment on immigration management. You will find that the bottom line in all the Church’s words on the subject is that yes immigration management is important, but above all remember the dignity of the person (because whether you’re an illegal alien or not, you’re still a human being beloved by God) and make sure your perspective in border control is not lacking in mercy and compassion or contradictory to the immigrants’ human rights. Reading the transcript you will find that really all the Pope said was that separating families would not be in keeping with Christian charity and that he didn’t want to get involved in a political discussion. The link below will also help clarify the situation.
Here I have created a “Love letter” from God to all sinners, by combining the words of various private revelations (without changing their true meaning) of Jesus to: St. Faustina, Sr. Josefa Menendez, Sr. Mary of the Trinity and Sr. Benigna Consolata Ferrero (all revelations have been taken from reliable Catholic books with an imprimatur):
“You know that it is the property of fire to destroy and to enkindle. In the same way, My Heart’s property is to pardon, love, and purify. Never think that I shall cease to love you because of your miseries… No, My Heart loves you and will never forsake you… Each soul is a matchless treasure to Me!… My love has no limits… My mercy is more abundant for sinners than the just… they have a right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy… I pursue sinners as justice pursues criminals. But justice…
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Even though election day is still a while away, it seems like as good a time as any to discuss this topic.
As a passionate Catholic, I vote Catholic. It doesn’t matter to me what the political party in question is, and my priorities are arranged according to my Faith. (That being said, I don’t tend to vote in favor of liberal Democrats since they almost never support authentic Catholic values and I do tend to favor conservative Republicans because they usually support some key Catholic values. I have to do my homework, though because every once in a while a “conservative Republican” will turn out to have a secret anti-Catholic values agenda.) What matters is that the candidate values religious liberty and doesn’t support any of the five “non-negotiables” that we Catholics are obliged to vote against in order to remain in God’s grace. http://www.stjoseph-marysville.org/faqnonnegotiables.html It is, in fact, it is a grave sin to vote for someone who promotes these non-negotiables.
Note of warning: Not all politicians who claim to be Catholic or Christian live that faith or support the values Christ would want him/her to. Another reason research is key.
Here are some links I find helpful when researching candidates:
Catholics and Protestants–what we have in common:
We believe in the Trinity.
We believe in a personal relationship with Jesus.
We don’t worship Mary or the Saints.
We believe grace can’t be earned.
We believe Jesus rose from the dead.
We believe marriage and having children are good things.
We believe in praying from the heart.
We believe Jesus died to save us.
We are Christians.
We love the Bible.
We participate in community worship and Bible reading on Sundays.
We believe in the sanctity of human life, traditional marriage, the humanity of the unborn, and only voting for those who will respect these truths.
We believe in serving the poor and all the “least of these”.
We believe in the Two Great Commandments and the Ten Commandments.
We believe God is the Creator of all things.
We have a passion for evangelization.
We believe faith in Christ is necessary for salvation.
We celebrate Christmas and Easter.
We believe in living a virtuous life.
We believe in Heaven and Hell.
We believe in angels and devils.
We believe in the Virgin birth.
We believe in miracles.
These are simply a few of our many common grounds.