Ven. Archbishop Sheen’s Spiritual Adoption of an Unborn Child

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These prayers are said daily for nine months.  God will not refuse them!

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion. Amen.

The name I wish to give my baby is ______.

Jesus, may Your peace and Your love embrace the hearts, minds, and souls of the family, friends, and loved ones who encourage this abortion and lead  them all to Your Sacred and Eucharistic Heart. Amen.

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Voting the Faith

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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:

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Understanding Catholicism

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Catholics and Protestants–what we have in common:

We believe in the Trinity.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p1s2c1p2.htm

We believe in a personal relationship with Jesus.

http://www.catholicbasictraining.com/apologetics/coursetexts/2k.htm

We don’t worship Mary or the Saints.

http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/customs/rosary/mary_worship.asp

We believe grace can’t be earned.

A Clarification of Good Works

We believe Jesus rose from the dead.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p122a5p2.htm

We believe marriage and having children are good things.

http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/controversy/common-misconceptions/why-not-married-priests-the-case-for-clerical-celibacy.html

We believe in praying from the heart.

http://www.fromtheabbey.com/keys-chapel-christian-prayer/christian-spirituality-rote-prayer-vs-spontaneous-prayer/

We believe Jesus died to save us.

http://www.uscatholic.org/church/2012/03/us-and-our-salvation

We are Christians.

http://catholicbridge.com/catholic/are_catholics_christian.php

We love the Bible.

http://catholicbridge.com/catholic/bible_catholics.php

We participate in community worship and Bible reading on Sundays.

https://stpaulcenter.com/studies/lesson/lesson-one-a-biblical-introduction-to-the-mass

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.

http://www.stjoseph-marysville.org/faqnonnegotiables.html

We believe in serving the poor and all the “least of these”.

http://www.loyolapress.com/corporal-and-spiritual-works-of-mercy.htm

We believe in the Two Great Commandments and the Ten Commandments.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2.htm

We believe God is the Creator of all things.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p1s2c1p4.htm

We have a passion for evangelization.

http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/evangelization/

We believe faith in Christ is necessary for salvation.

http://www.shsu-catholic.org/are-catholics-saved.html

We celebrate Christmas and Easter.

http://www.aquinasandmore.com/catholic-articles/the-catholic-liturgical-year/article/208/sort/relevance/productsperpage/12/layout/grid/currentpage/1/keywords/calendar

We believe in living a virtuous life.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s1c1a7.htm

We believe in Heaven and Hell.

What are the Four Last Things?

We believe in angels and devils.

Catholic Teaching on Angels

We believe in the Virgin birth.

http://www.catholic.com/encyclopedia/virgin-birth-of-christ

We believe in miracles.

http://catholicism.org/category/miracles-and-apparitions

These are simply a few of our many common grounds.

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Happy Independence Day!

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Considering our flag we find two virgin saints begging us to accept their patronage. In the thirteen red and white stripes we find St. Philomena. (Thirteen is her number and red and white are her colors.) In the blue square with fifty white stars we find Our Lady, Queen of Virgins and of Saints. (Blue is her color, she is often symbolized by stars, and there are fifty Hail Marys in the Rosary.) In these two Virgins we see what our country must become once again:

  • They are Virgins and call our country to repent of its many impurities (sodomy, sexual abuse, mistreating of women, fornication, pornography, divorce and remarriage, etc.).
  • Our Lady, who conceived the Christ Child by the Holy Spirit while yet an unmarried virgin and therefore experienced a sort of “unplanned pregnancy”, risked being stoned to death and yet welcomed the life of her Divine Child. (Though abortion wasn’t a legal and common practice in her society as it is in ours, there were those who found ways of ending the life of their unborn child anyway.) She calls to us to take courage and defend our unborn children through thick and thin.
  • St. Philomena refused to compromise her Faith even when tortured and martyred by the emperor of Rome. She reminds us of the value of religious liberty and calls us to be uncompromising Catholics who vote their Faith and will “obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29) no matter the consequences.

Holy Mary and St. Philomena, pray that we may once again be a nation that respects life, true marriage, and religious freedom!

god bless america

In Faith and Hope and Love!
Together we fight on!
For one nation in God!
And His most flawless law!
Of Truth and Purity!
Life for ev’rybody!
And liberty to be
Ever growing holy!
To Saint Philomena
and the Virgin Mary,
We pray for our country
to be what it should be!

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Immaculate Conception, Patroness of America, pray for us!

Immaculate Conception Novena https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/novena/immaculate.htm

Novena Prayer to St. Philomena O Faithful Virgin and glorious martyr, St. Philomena, who works so many miracles on behalf of the poor and sorrowing, have pity on me. Thou knowest the multitude and diversity of my needs. Behold me at thy feet, full of misery, but full of hope. I entreat thy charity, O great Saint! Graciously hear me and obtain from God a favorable answer to the request which I now humbly lay before thee… (Here specify your petition.) I am firmly convinced that through thy merits, through the scorn, the sufferings and the death thou didst endure, united to the merits of the Passion and death of Jesus, thy Spouse, I shall obtain what I ask of thee, and in the joy of my heart I will bless God, who is admirable in His Saints. Amen.

This post is dedicated to St. Maximilian Kolbe.

Would I have met you today?

The sorrow of abortion! Could this be one of the causes of our priesthood shortage?

I Want to See God

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(This map represents states which have a combined population of  57 million, the number of babies aborted in the United States since 1973. Will the map someday all be blacked out?)

I’m so sorry that I didn’t get to meet them…the 57 million who were slaughtered before they were even born. No doubt they would have been much like all of us….some brilliant and gifted, bringing wonders to the world:  another Louis Pasteur or Steve Jobs (almost aborted) or Albert Einstein for example.. I’m sure there were Saints among them too…maybe like Blessed Mother Teresa, or perhaps St. Augustine or our beloved St John Paul.

Surely there were priests as well…priests who will never offer the Holy Mass or raise their hands in blessing, priests called by God from all eternity and yet, never ordained.

Probably, most of the 57 million were destined for ordinary lives like me, and…

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