Wednesday, November 28, 2012

FREE TALK tonight: How to Evangelizing Your "Homosexual-Agenda-Friendly" Family, Friends and Acquaintances

Introducing The Boot-Camp "Discovering the Real Truth about Homosexuality: The Discover How To Evangelizing Your Friends and Family" by Father John Hollowell

Fr. John Hollowell
We are so excited to invite you to a special FREE event. Fr. John Hollowell has agreed to do a teleconference Boot-Camp for the Courageous Priest Apostolate. We are calling it "Discovering the Real Truth about Homosexuality: The Ultimate Guide To Evangelizing Your Friends, Family and Acquaintances" This will be given live over a free telephone conference call. So, there will be no flying, no driving, no hotels, no expensive restaurants. All you need is a phone. Trust us this will be very simple. Please mark your calenders, as this will be your only chance to hear it live.  

Here Is What You'll Get When You Join the Free Teleconference Boot-Camp:

  • 3 biggest mistakes made when talking to your family, friends and acquaintances
  • The vital importance of understanding attractions and the real battle everyone must engage
  • Nature versus Nurture: The final answer
  • The critical mistakes made by the far left and far right
  • The key to unlocking the beauty of the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Verified facts that the mainstream refuses to publish or are unwilling to accept
  • Overcoming the most common objections like:
"But they love each other." "They were born this way!" "I don't see any reasons why 2 loving people can't adopt." "It's not my place to tell others how to live." "Why listen to some out-of-touch, celibate old man." "I personally don't see why they shouldn't be able to marry."

I am sorry, but you only have one chance to attend this special boot-camp live. Please attend, you never know when sharing the truth will change the lives of your family, friends or acquaintances.  
Here are the details needed for Fr. John Hollowell's Boot-camp
DATE: Wednesday, November 28th - Please book mark this date!
  • 9:00 PM Eastern
  • 8:00 PM Central
  • 7:00 PM Mountain
  • 6:00 PM Pacific
Who: Fr. John Hollowell, hosted by John Quinn co-founder of Courageous Priest Where: Over the phone on a conference call Cost: FREE Why: Kick-off for Fr. Hollowell's launch of his new DVD "Unnatural Law? What the Catholic Church Really Teaches About Homosexuality"  

Phone Number: 1-712- 432-3066

Pin Code: 578616

  1. Arrive early. The call is limited to 1000 telephone lines.
  2. Call the number: 1-712-432-3066
  3. Enter the pin code: 578616
  4. To mute your line press 4*
  5. You can introduce yourself, if you desire. The host will direct you. First name is sufficient.
  6. You will want to stay till the end, as Father has some special announcements to make.
 How Many People will be there? You can call us crazy, but we expect full capacity. With over 1000 dedicated phone lines this could be Fr.Hollowell's single biggest live presentation ever. We can't wait!

Who is Fr. Hollowell?

  Fr. John Hollowell is a priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, IN. Father has heeded the call of Pope Benedict XVI for all priests to call to the New Evangelization with blogging, Twitter and Facebook. Going above and beyond, Father will be creating a 20-30 minute documentary film called Unnatural Law? Through the use of a powerful story, beautiful imagery and moving music, Unnatural Law? will dispel misconceptions about homosexuality and unveil the Church's truly compassionate and forward-thinking position on the issue. He loves our Mother Mary, loves the teachings of the Catholic Church, prays his breviary and tackles the issues others are afraid to touch. We are so excited to introduce you to this Catholic  Priest

Fr. John Hollowell is Launching a new DVD: Unnatural Law? What the Catholic Church Really Teaches About Homosexuality[/caption]   We can't wait to have Father Hollowell lead us during our special Boot-Camp "Discovering the Real Truth about Homosexuality: The Ultimate Guide To Evangelizing Your Friends, Family and Acquaintances."

Please go ahead and share this with your family and friends, Facebook it, Tweet it. Let's get the word out!

God bless,
John Quinn & Jeff Gares
Founders of Courageous Priest

P.S. You only have one chance to hear this live, with like-minded Catholics.

P.P.S. Here is your chance to learn more about Fr. Hollowell. Come and discover his work on what could possibly be the greatest evangelization tool of our times, his documentary Unnatural Law?   Any questions? Just leave a comment.

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Contraceptive Pill: Let's Review the Facts

Abortifacient Contraception

     Infant Homicides through Contraceptives is a thoroughly documented 63-page booklet first published in 1994 and revised in 1998 and 2003 by the Ad Hoc Commission to Study Abortion Deaths. In this booklet the Rev. John A. Hardon, S.J. (now declared a Servant of God), one of the commission’s two spiritual directors, said, “Contraceptives themselves are homicidal drugs and devices. They are more widely lethal than the commonly known surgical forms of killing unborn children.”

    Charles E. Rice, J.S.D. (professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame Law School), one of 12 distinguished Ad Hoc Commission members, said, “Contraception is the defining evil of our time. Its legitimization leads inevitably, not only to abortion and euthanasia, but to a host of other evils, including promiscuity, divorce, pornography, and homosexual activity.”
   Another commission member, Eugene F. Diamond, M.D. (professor of pediatrics and past pediatrics department chairman at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine) explained the following:

These so-called contraceptives work primarily by their effect on the prevention of the implantation of the blastocyst. This anti-implantation is an abortifacient effect. To be truly pro-life requires that we go beyond surgical abortions to oppose those early abortions which result from pills and intrauterine devices. … these “silent” abortions.

The evidence speaks for itself
     The booklet’s major section titled “Abortifacient Drugs and Devices: A Short Review,” written by Bogomir M. Kuhar, Pharm.D., B.S. Pharm., F.A.S. C.P., provides a thorough overview of the extensive research and data supporting the above statements. Dr. Kuhar is a clinical and consultant pharmacist, a pharmacology instructor, and the founder and executive director of Pharmacists for Life International ( He explains,

Infant Homicides through Contraceptives … clearly and unequivocally [provides] the conclusion that all steroid-based so-called “contraceptives” and many other products are abortifacient in some instances, often more than has been surmised previously.... Having swallowed the poisonous lies of the pharmaceutical manufacturers and their financiers—such as the ubiquitous Rockefeller Foundation, Warren Buffet, and all their fellow travelers—many even so-called “pro-lifers” have fallen prey to the “contraceptive mentality,” which most often leads to the “abortion mentality.”

     Aided by a biostatistician and an environmental epidemiologist from the University of Pittsburgh, a technical consultant from Ohio State University, statistics from contraceptives manufacturers and federal agencies, and voluminous amounts of documented scientific research, Dr. Kuhar describes how abortifacient contraceptives and devices function and estimates approximately how many early abortions they cause.

A staggering death toll

     One of the three mechanisms of action that oral contraceptives (OCs, also known as “the pill”) have is preventing implantation/nidation of the newly conceived baby onto the lining (endometrium) of the mother’s womb. Research into the molecular biology of OC effects has recently elucidated and again confirmed [that] OCs prevent implantation by altering cell adhesion molecules called integrins, chemical receptors which are crucial for uterine receptivity of the newly conceived human being. It has been estimated by various sources that … the abortifacient mechanism of action comes into play anywhere from 2 to 10% (and at times higher) of female cycles per year.
   Dr. Kuhar has calculated the likely number of abortions caused by OCs by taking into account the estimated number of OC prescriptions written and refilled each year, data on the breakthrough ovulation rate while using OCs, and the 25-percent overall fertilization rate for “normally fertile couples of average sexual activity.” He estimates that OCs cause 600,000–3,000,000 abortions annually.

     Both Depo-Provera, an injection, and Norplant, an implant, function by the same three mechanisms of action as OCs, including the prevention of implantation. [Norplant was withdrawn from the U.S. market in 2002 and replaced by Implanon which is “a different trade mark for the same basic item” (as per correspondence with Dr. Kuhar on 8/12/12).]  Based on estimated numbers of American women using these drugs, breakthrough ovulation rates for each drug, and the overall fertilization rate, Dr. Kuhar calculates that Depo-Provera causes 1,800,000–2,700,000 abortions in the U.S. annually, and that Norplant (Implanon) causes 330,000–2,100,000 abortions annually.

    With regard to intrauterine devices (IUDs), Dr. Kuhar points out that they are “primarily” [as per correspondence with Dr. Kuhar on 4/28/2012] abortifacients, rather than contraceptives, because “IUDs do not [“primarily”] prevent ovulation (despite a disinformation campaign recently by population control groups and manufacturers.)” Instead, they “kill preborn children … via two mechanisms of action: interfering with enzymatic processes (as in the case of copper) or interfering with implantation / nidation of the 5 to 14-day old embryo (baby) by chemical or mechanical inflammation of the endometrium.” Based on the estimated number of IUD users in the U.S., the overall fertilization rate, and the known “IUD user unplanned continued pregnancy rate,” he calculates that IUDs cause 3,825,000 abortions annually.

     According to Dr. Kuhar’s estimates, which he describes as conservative, in the U.S., between 1973 and 1996, the total number of abortions caused each year by the use of OCs, Depo-Provera, Norplant (Implanon), and IUDs ranges between 6,555,000 and 11,625,000. This figure is significantly higher than the total number of surgical, prostaglandin, and saline abortions committed each year during the same time period (1,350,000–1,400,000, based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Guttmacher Institute).
Now multiply these figures for contraceptive- and IUD-induced abortions by the number of years since 1973, and you will see the staggering death toll resulting from the intrinsic evil of contraception!

Personalizing the data
     On January 9, 2012, the following email was sent to Dr. Kuhar: “Would you write for me the expected (average?) abortion rate for an individual who uses any of these drugs or any of these devices? This information will personalize/individualize the data for an individual using or considering using them.”
     Dr. Kuhar’s answer came later in the day:

The estimate we developed when writing the original piece in the 1990s was approximately 0.8 chemical/mechanical abortions per year per female user, [which,] rounded up, means approximately 1/abortion/year/user It is only an estimate [emphasis added]. I hope that helps.

     To reiterate: There is approximately one contraceptive or IUD-induced abortion each year among those who use these abortifacient contraceptives or IUDs. There could be more or fewer for each user, depending on the chemicals or devices used, and other factors such as hormonal variations, disease states, nutrition, and use of other drugs. 
     Are the scales falling from our eyes? If not, please reread the previous two paragraphs. Given these facts, the relative silence among most Catholics (both clergy and laity) regarding the intrinsic evil of contraception must be reversed. Our vulnerable young people—our unaware and unsuspecting lambs—must be educated about these realities in every available forum. There’s no time to waste! This is a matter of life and death!

     [This article appeared in large part in Celebrate Life as “The unheard-of holocaust: Abortifacient contraception”, July-August 2012.  Infant Homicides through Contraceptives is available from American Life League (see or call 866-538-5483). For more information on the tremendous harm caused by contraception, see also ]  

Monday, September 17, 2012

St. Robert Bellarmine: He Preached the Truth

"in those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in their own sight."

By Fr. Tim Henderson:  It must have been very difficult for St. Robert Bellarmine to be the rock solid man that he was.  He defended the Church against the Protestant Rebellion when the Protestants could level credible Charges against the priests and bishops of the day.  Luther and his theology of corruption must have been difficult for Cardinal Bellarmine to refute when the bishops and priests of the Luther’s day were pretty corrupt, and the Church was only then beginning to come out of its malaise.

    Then there is the other side of this: the Church was coming down pretty hard on just about anyone who had a thought that was different from what she was teaching at the time.  Galileo Galilei is a much celebrated case, but the Truth is that Cardinal Bellarmine had long since exonerated Galileo Galilei of any wrong doing, much to the surprise of the people trying Galileo in the Ecclesiastical courts.

    One of the secondary infections of the Protestant Rebellion was that anyone could believe what they wanted… and did.  The Church began its slow and painful disintegration that continues to this day.

    St. Paul tells us it was occurring in his day, ‘First of all, I hear that when you meet as a Church there are divisions among you, and to a degree I believe it; there have to be factions among you in order that also those who are approved among you may become known. When you meet in one place, then, it is not to eat the Lord's supper, for in eating, each one goes ahead with his own supper it is.’   

St. Paul is complaining about a surface, superficial unity, as was occurring during the Protestant Rebellion, as was occurring at the end of the Book of Judges, when the writer tells us, ‘in those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in their own sight.’  Surface, superficial unity.  It occurs to this day…

    In the day of St. Robert Bellarmine, people were trying to pull the Church right or left or up or down.  St. Robert Bellarmine and men like him, like Pius V, kept it on the straight and narrow, and kept Holy Mother Church from imploding completely.  How?  Because they preached Truth.  Sure people did not like it and people stepped away from the Church.  One cannot stop that.  But St. Robert Bellarmine spoke the Truth gently and let the chips fall where they may, as Christ Himself did, as the Venerable Pope Paul VI did, as this Church has need to do.

    Unity based on superficial things will fail; unity based on falsehood and sin will fail.  History has shown us this; Salvation History has shown us this.  In the example of St. Robert Bellarmine, we see how we as a Church have need to proceed… St. Robert Bellarmine was not afraid of Truth, and that was ultimately what saved Galileo from being invited to a barbeque when he was tried in ecclesiastical court later on, but St. Robert Bellarmine also stood strong with the Truth, and did not live the lie that everybody’s private version of the truth was okay.  He upheld that there is a capital ‘T’ Truth and stood for nothing less.

    It could not have been easy for St. Robert Bellarmine to hold that line, but then that is why he is a Saint and a Doctor of the Church.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sins That Cry Out To Heaven:

A Scriptural Look 

Douay Catholic Catechism of 1649:
CHAPTER XX – The sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance
Q. 925. HOW many such sins are there?
A. Four.

Q. 926. What is the first of them?
A. Wilful murder, which is a voluntary and unjust taking away another’s life.

Q. 927. How show you the depravity of this sin?
A. Out of Gen. iv. 10. Where it is said to Cain “What hast thou done? the voice of the blood of thy brother crieth to me from the earth: now, therefore shalt thou be cursed upon the earth.” And Matt. xxvi 52, “All that take the sword, shall perish with the sword.”

Q. 928. What is the second?
A. The sin of Sodom, or carnal sin against nature, which is a voluntary shedding of the seed of nature, out of the due use of marriage, or lust with a different sex.

Q. 929. What is the scripture proof of this?
A. Out of Gen. xix. 13. where we read of the Sodomites, and their sin. “We will destroy this place because the cry of them hath increased before our Lord, who hath sent us to destroy them,” (and they were burnt with fire from heaven.)

Q. 930. What is the third?
A. Oppressing of the poor, which is a cruel, tyrannical, and unjust dealing with inferiors.

Q. 931. What other proof have you of that?
A. Out of Exod. xxii. 21. “Ye shall not hurt the widow and the fatherless: If you do hurt them, they will cry unto me, and I will hear them cry, and my fury shall take indignation, and I will strike thee with the sword.” And out of Isa. x. 1, 2. “Wo to them that make unjust laws, that they might oppress the poor in judgment, and do violence to the cause of the humble of my people.”
Q. 932. What is the fourth?
A. To defraud working men of their wages, which is to lessen, or detain it from them.

Q. 933. What proof have you of it?
A. Out of Eccl. xxxiv. 37. “He that sheddeth blood and he that defraudeth the hired man, are brethren,” and out of James v. 4. “Behold the hire of the workmen that have reaped your fields, which is defrauded by you, crieth, and their cry hath entered into the ears of the Lord God of Sabbath.”
Do they apply to us, today?

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
1867 The catechetical tradition also recalls that there are “sins that cry to heaven”: the blood of Abel, the sin of the Sodomites, the cry of the people oppressed in Egypt, the cry of the foreigner, the widow, and the orphan, injustice to the wage earner.

HT: Fr. Z

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Twelve Reasons Why To Spend One Hour With Jesus In The Blessed Sacrament

1. You are greatly needed! 
  • "The Church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic Adoration." (Pope John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae)
2. This is a personal invitation to you from Jesus.
  • "Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of Love." (Pope John Paul II, Dominicae Canae)

3. Jesus is counting on you because the Eucharist is the center of life.
  • "Every member of the Church must be vigilant in seeing that the sacrament of Love shall be at the center of the life of the people of God so that through all the manifestations of worship due Him shall be given back love for love and truly become the life of our souls." (Pope John Paul II, Redeemer of Man)

4. Your hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will repair for evils of the world and bring about peace on earth.
  • "Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Jesus and ready to make reparation for the great evils of the world. Let your adoration never cease." (Pope John Paul II, Dominicai Cenae)

5. Day and night Jesus dwells in the Blessed Sacrament because you are the most important person in the world to Him!
  • "Christ is reserved in our churches as the spiritual center of the heart of the community, the universal Church and all humanity, since within the veil of the species, Christ is contained, the Invisible Heart of the Church, the Redeemer of the world, the center of all hearts, by Him all things are and of whom we exist." (Pope Paul IV, Mysterium Fidei)

6. Jesus wants you to do more than to go to Mass on Sunday.
  • "Our communal worship at Mass must go together with our personal worship of Jesus in Eucharistic adoration in order that our love may be complete." (Pope John Paul II, Redeemer of Man)

7. You grow spiritually with each moment you spend with Jesus!
  • "Our essential commitment in life is to preserve and advance constantly in Eucharistic life and Eucharistic piety and to grow spiritually in the climate of the Holy Eucharist." (Pope John Paul II, Redeemer of Man)

8. The best time you spend on earth is with Jesus, your Best Friend, in the Blessed Sacrament!
  • "How great is the value of conversation with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, for there is nothing more consoling on earth, nothing more efficacious for advancing along the road of holiness!" (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)

9. Just as you can be exposed to the sun without receiving its rays, neither can you come to Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament without receiving the Divine Rays of His Grace, His Love, His Peace.
  • "Christ is truly the Emmanuel, that is, God with us, day and night, He is in our midst. He dwells with us full of grace and truth. He restores morality, nourishes virtue, consoles the afflicted, strengthens the weak." (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)

10. If Jesus were actually visible in church, everyone would run to welcome Him, but He remains hidden in the Sacred Host under the appearance of Bread, because He is calling us to faith, that we many come to Him in humility.
  • "The Blessed Sacrament is the Living Heart of each of our churches and it is our very sweet duty to honor and adore the Blessed Host, which our eyes see, the Incarnate Word, Whom they cannot see." (Pope Paul VI, Credo of the People of God)

11. With transforming mercy, Jesus makes our heart one with His.
  • "He proposes His own example to those who come to Him, that all may learn to be like Himself, gentle and humble of heart, and to seek not their own interest but those of God." (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)

12. If the Pope himself would give you a special invitation to visit him in the Vatican, this honor would be nothing in comparison to the honor and dignity that Jesus Himself bestows upon you with the Invitation of spending one hour with Him in the Blessed Sacrament.
  • "The Divine Eucharist bestows upon the Christian people the incomparable dignity." (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)

[resources: Eucharistic Adoration Rosary and Secrets of the Eucharist]

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The True Story of the Our Lady of Fatima Pilgrimage Statue

Traveling Missionary for Our Lady of Fatima 

Pilgrimage Statue Shares A Powerful Story

Read the story below.  The pictures are from a friend.  Be sure to share with a friend.  I love these pictures!

Salve Maria!

Since we are sharing stories on this line, I'd like to share one that happened a week leading to Holy Week.

There was three Italian ladies who I had visited many years ago.  As visits go, this was one where you felt like it was a waste of time.  People didn't seem to pay attention.  All of them smoked like chimneys.  It didn't seem like anyone took advantage of the visit.

At any rate, fast forward to March of 2012, one of these ladies was dying of cancer.  She was diagnosed in the 4th stage.  The cancer had metastasized and therefore all over her body. At this stage, I hear the person suffers a lot because generalized cancer gives the impression that all your cells are burning away.  Her doctor gave her only weeks to live.

For a whole month or so, one of the other ladies (a sister-in-law) had been calling the Kansas office requesting for the statue to visit.  She insisted so much sometimes, according to this lady's tale, she called several times during the day.  But the schedule just didn't work out.  This slave of Mary was still in Spring Grove and the schedule was full, the second week, being in Iowa and they lived in Chicago.

At one point, I noticed someone had suddenly canceled out.  I found myself in the middle of Chicago trying to figure how to spend my next 4 free hours and decided to give the lady a call.  At once she accepted and a few hours later I appeared at the home of the dying lady.  The sister-in-law had called of the relatives in the area and all those who could, came to be there when the statue arrived.

Leading to this visit, it seems that at a certain point they asked her what else they could for her.  Her only request was to see the statue of Our Lady of Fatima one last time.  It was then that they started calling the Kansas office.  Repeatedly, she asked when Our Lady was coming and again they were embarrassed to tell her they didn't know.  Because of her repeated insistence, one of the sisters decided to buy her a 22 inch statue of Our Lady of Fatima.  When the dying woman saw this, she just smiled at the sister and said; "Thank you. But if you don't mind, I'll wait for the other one."

When I came in, she was heavily medicated but they woke her.  When she looked around she smiled at everybody but when her eyes fell upon Our Lady her gaze changed.  I've never seen anyone look at Our Lady with such intensity something I can only compare to a few times I saw SDP gazing at a statue of Our Lady.  She struggled in and out of consciousness because of the medication but every time she opened her eyes.  She gazed at Our Lady in a way that only a dying woman could.  What was clear was that she had accepted that she was dying and had let go of all of her attachments.  It's impressive to see.

After the rosary--probably the only time the whole family prayed a rosary together--they asked me to come forward to say something to her.  I just asked to offer her sufferings for the conversion of sinners.  She nodded and asked if we could do this again (the short visit and rosary).

Well, two days later she died.

It's always edifying to take the statue of Our Lady to the sick and dying.  There's more to the story but I'm pretty sure I've belabored it way too much already.

Asking everyone for their prayers,

In Domina, Rex

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Obama Does It Again

Obama Administration Violate Catholics First Admendment Rights

Dear Friend in Christ,

Source: Right now we are witnessing troubling times in the Catholic Church here in America. As you know or may not be aware of, the Obama administration made a decision to proceed with their new mandate which forces all Americans (including the Catholic Church) to fund birth control, sterilization, and some abortion-inducing drugs.

What does this mean? Simply put, the Catholic faith teaches that birth control, sterilization and abortion are wrong. And in our country, the government has respected our religious beliefs in these matters…not just the beliefs of Catholics but of all religions.

With this new mandate, the government is forcing Catholic institutions to provide insurance coverage for birth control, sterilization, and some abortion-inducing drugs…this goes against our religious beliefs…it also goes against the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

Here is a refresher of the 1st Amendment:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Basically, there may be differences between the laws of government and the laws of religions….but there is a respect for those differences and the government cannot force us to do something if it goes against our religious beliefs or conscience.

Our very own Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan said this recently about this mandate:

"This latest erosion of our first freedom should make all Americans pause. When the government tampers with a freedom so fundamental to the life of our nation, one shudders to think what lies ahead."

This is an assault on our religious freedom. This is not about birth control, or abortion or whether you agree or disagree on the Church’s teachings on these subjects…it is about our religious freedom and being able to follow our conscience freely.

We as Catholics cannot accept this new mandate, and we will not rest until it is overturned.

Here is how you can help:

1) Write to your local congressman or congresswoman and senators asking them to overturn this mandate. Click here to be taken to the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and click on the link to write to Congress:

2) Speak out about this issue to other Catholics and those of other faiths about the severity of this mandate. If the government can make this mandate on the Catholic Church, imagine what they can do to our fellow brothers and sisters of other faiths.

3) Pray, fast and fight back!
Remember: this is not about the Catholic Church’s teachings on the issues mentioned above. This concerns all religions and their right to freely live out their beliefs without approval or disapproval from our government.

We are Catholics and we will be united in this fight to protect our first freedom granted to us by our U.S. Constitution.

"Have great confidence in God's goodness and mercy, and He will never abandon you; but don't neglect to embrace His holy cross because of this." (Padre Pio of Pietrelcina)

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Friday, November 11, 2011

11:11 Seen With New Eyes

Discovering A Deeper Meaning of 11:11, Complete With
Every 11:11 Verse from the Bible

11:11 has been a number that I personally have noticed for a long time now, long before I ever realized that so many people consider it a doomsday number.

Ironically, my first connection to 11:11 comes from my sister, Mary. My uncle Chris loved Mary very much and would chauffeur her around town. One day, the clock in his car stopped at 11: 11, and he never fixed it. For some peculiar reason, Mary would get all excited when she saw the number, because of her experience with uncle Chris. She would excitedly say, "11:11 make a wish!"

Her tragic car accident some 13 years ago turned out to be the biggest blessing I could have ever been given.


Because without her dying, I still would be hopping and skipping my way straight to hell. Her death forced me to evaluate my life and admit that I was living in mortal sin. This was not easy for me. After all, I went to Mass every Sunday, most Holy Days and confession during Lent and Advent. I considered myself part of the choir.

My deep, paralyzing depression remained with me until my conversion and my healing came mainly through the sacrament of penance and living a sacramental life.

During this healing process (and to this day) the number 11:11 would pop up frequently. As God gave me new, holier friends, they too noticed the number 11:11 frequently. They directed me to Michael Brown's writings on the number 11:11. I was blown away.

Today, the number 11:11 brings me great joy. It reminds me to pray for Mary's soul, whose death brought this prideful man to his knees. Now I am teaching my children a joyful slogan that I have adapted from my sister.

"11: 11, say a prayer!"

One should never allow the doom of the number 11:11 to overshadow them. Remember the doom of the crucifixion is always followed by the resurrection.

Review the following Scripture passages. They contain every verse in Scripture that has a Chapter 11 and verse 11. You will notice doom in some of the Scripture passages, while others contain hope.

Yes, I truly believe the number 11:11 has a very strong message connected to it. Let's focus on the very last 11:11 passage in the Bible. It comes from the book of Revelation.

Rev 11:11 But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.

Every Scripture Verse Containing
Chapter 11 and Verse 11


    [11] and Shem lived after the birth of Arpach'shad five hundred years, and had other sons and daughters.


    [11] They shall remain an abomination to you; of their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall have in abomination.


    [11] Moses said to the LORD, "Why hast thou dealt ill with thy servant? And why have I not found favor in thy sight, that thou dost lay the burden of all this people upon me?


    [11] but the land which you are going over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water by the rain from heaven,


    [11] And they put to the sword all who were in it, utterly destroying them; there was none left that breathed, and he burned Hazor with fire.


    [11] So Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and leader over them; and Jephthah spoke all his words before the LORD at Mizpah.


    [11] And on the morrow Saul put the people in three companies; and they came into the midst of the camp in the morning watch, and cut down the Ammonites until the heat of the day; and those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.


    [11] Uri'ah said to David, "The ark and Israel and Judah dwell in booths; and my lord Jo'ab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing."

1Kgs.11 Note: this is the 11th book of the bible

    [11] Therefore the LORD said to Solomon, "Since this has been your mind and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant.


    [11] and the guards stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, from the south side of the house to the north side of the house, around the altar and the house.


    [11] This is an account of David's mighty men: Jasho'be-am, a Hach'monite, was chief of the three; he wielded his spear against three hundred whom he slew at one time.


    [11] He made the fortresses strong, and put commanders in them, and stores of food, oil, and wine.


    [11] Serai'ah the son of Hilki'ah, son of Meshul'lam, son of Zadok, son of Merai'oth, son of Ahi'tub, ruler of the house of God,


    [11] For he knows worthless men; when he sees iniquity, will he not consider it?


    [11] By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
    but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.


    [11] In that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant which is left of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Ethiopia, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea.


    [11] Therefore, thus says the LORD, Behold, I am bringing evil upon them which they cannot escape; though they cry to me, I will not listen to them.


    [11] This city shall not be your caldron, nor shall you be the flesh in the midst of it; I will judge you at the border of Israel;


    [11] Then the king of the south, moved with anger, shall come out and fight with the king of the north; and he shall raise a great multitude, but it shall be given into his hand.


    [11] they shall come trembling like birds from Egypt,
    and like doves from the land of Assyria;
    and I will return them to their homes, says the LORD.


    [11] So it was annulled on that day, and the traffickers in the sheep, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the LORD.
11:11 In the New Testament


    [11] Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.


    [11] And he entered Jerusalem, and went into the temple; and when he had looked round at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.


    [11] What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent;


    [11] Thus he spoke, and then he said to them, "Our friend Laz'arus has fallen asleep, but I go to awake him out of sleep."


    [11] At that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesare'a.


    [11] So I ask, have they stumbled so as to fall? By no means! But through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous.


    [11] (Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman;


    [11] And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!


    [11] By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.


    [11] But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

News Release: Plan Now for Up-coming Plenary Indulgences

Written by Fr. Z: During November Holy Church promotes prayers for the souls in purgatory. The souls in Purgatory are members of the Church just like we are but of the Church “Suffering”. We are members of the Church “Militant”, and we are like soldiers on the march through the world on the way with our Great Captain towards our heavenly home to join the members of the Church “Triumphant”. We can help the souls in Purgatory through our good works as assigned by the Church, who has the authority from Christ to apply to them the merits of His Passion and death, and the merits of the saints.

Here is how you can obtaining a Plenary Indulgence on 2 November 2, All Souls:

  • make a good confession within a week before or after All Souls
  • be free from all attachment to sin, even venial sin, for a plenary indulgence
  • visit a church to pray for the faithful departed
  • say one “Our Father” and the “Creed” during a visit to the church
  • say one “Our Father” and one “Hail Mary” for the Pope’s monthly intentions
  • receive Holy Communion, on the same day or soon after

To obtain a Plenary Indulgence from 1-8 November

  • make a good Confession within a week of before or after All Souls Day
  • be free from all attachment to sin, even venial sin, for a plenary indulgence
  • visit a cemetery and pray for the dead
  • say one “Our Father” and one “Hail Mary” for the monthly intentions set by the Pope
  • receive Holy Communion worthily on the same day or soon after

Several indulgences may be gained on the basis of a single confession but only one may be gained after a single good reception Communion and prayer for the Pope’s intentions.

If you are not correctly disposed or if you don’t fulfill the prescribed works and/or the three conditions the indulgence will be partial and not plenary.

Anyway, have a plan for gaining your indulgences for the poor souls.

Monday, September 19, 2011

St. Januarius Feast Day Miracle

This is one you need to show the kids and forward to your friends.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Thank You St. Robert Bellarmine!

Two Unexpected Answered Prayers on St. Robert Bellarmine's Feast Day

We were very pleasantly surprised to have two long-standing electrical issues resolved today. The first was the clicking noise in the car, which finally stopped clicking and made a loud boom! When we located the area of the problem, our neighbor comes running up to help us. He fixed it in under 15 minutes! It would have taken me all day to not figure out the problem, much less how to fix it....

The next solution involved my asking my brother-in-law about how to install an electrical outlet on our back porch. Next thing I know, he asks a few questions and says he'll be over shortly. The bonus is that he just so happened to have all of the necessary supplies on hand. This sort of saddens me, I was becoming accustomed to the orange extension cord run under the back door and into our kitchen.

The best part of the day was being able to share our son's Name Day brownies and ice cream with my sister, brother-in-law and their children! And a picture of our little Robert, who is all-too-rapidly approaching his first birthday!

These are my two St. Ignatius babies. Gianna was born on St. Ignatius' Feast Day and... well, you can probably figure out where we came up with Robert's name.

God bless you all and may St. Robert Bellarmine's intercession keep us all plugged in to the Divine Light.

God bless you!
John Michael

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Warning: No Hooters Shirts During Mass

By TERRY MATTINGLY: Scripps Howard News Service

Blogger Note: I was trying to decide what picture to use, but had to scrap that idea for obvious reasons.

Deacon Greg Kandra was well aware that modern Americans were getting more casual and that these laid-back attitudes were filtering into Catholic pews.

Still, was that woman who was approaching the altar to receive Holy Communion really wearing a Hooters shirt?

Yes, she was.

When did Catholics, he thought to himself, start coming to Mass dressed for a Britney Spears concert? Had he missed a memo or something?

"Somewhere along the way, we went from neckties to tank tops, and from fasting to fast food. And it's getting worse," noted Kandra, a former CBS News writer with 26 years, two Emmys and two Peabody Awards to his credit. He is now a deacon assigned to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, a 3,000-member parish in Forest Hills, just north of New York City.

"I recently had to tell a couple that no, they could not have their Chihuahua in a tuxedo as part of their wedding party,"he added, in a commentary. "An auxiliary bishop in Indianapolis recently complained about people who tweet during funerals. Casual Catholics, it seems, have taken 'casual' to a new level."

After the Hooters incident, he decided it was time to stop whining about the rising tide of irreverence and immodesty and to start griping about it right out in the open. Thus, Kandra and the parish's other clergy have resorted to appealing — in the parish bulletin and in public remarks — for a hint of sanity or even some old-fashioned decorum.

One bulletin item proclaimed, with a gag headline: "PLANS FOR PARISH SWIMMING POOL SCRAPPED! After much study, our finance committee has determined it would not be feasible to construct an indoor swimming pool in our church. ... As a result, we can now announce with certainty that those who have been arriving for Mass as if dressed for the pool need not do so. Also, we hope to keep the air conditioning cranking all summer long. So you do not need to wear shorts, halter tops or bikinis to Mass."

Other missives in this series warned that late-arriving parishioners with allegedly faulty alarm clocks might be injured during their attempts to "find a seat by climbing over the rope strung across the aisle. This can result in falls or — in some cases — embarrassing displays of underwear."

And about the many active cellphones: "New research indicates that people who bring cellphones to church are more likely to suffer serious head trauma, usually caused by the priest throwing the lectionary at them. Such people are also more likely to be wounded by hurled umbrellas and rolled-up missals."

It's easy to determine what is going on in his parish and elsewhere, said 74-year-old Monsignor Joseph Funaro. Decades ago, worshippers would dress up to go to church and then would return home to change into more casual clothing before heading to picnics, baseball games, the pool or away to the coast.

Today, the sprawl of suburban life and omnipresent traffic jams — especially close to Labor Day and beach-friendly weekends — have tempted Catholics to abandon the old church-first schedule. The clothes symbolize larger changes.

"We have reached the point that just about anything goes,"said Funaro. "We keep making appeals to our people, but it doesn't seem that anyone is paying much attention. ... Some of the ladies, well, you just have to wonder if they looked in a mirror before coming to church."

The key, he said, is not that formal attire has evolved into casual attire. That change took place several decades ago for most baby boomer adults and their children. Now, more and more Catholics have moved past casual clothing and have started wearing clothing that is distracting, at best, or is often aggressively immodest.

As a priest, Funaro said that he now worries that some of his parishioners are not really focusing on the Mass at all. Instead, they are stopping by the church while on their way to other activities they consider more important than Mass.

"I often ask people this question: 'Would you dress like that if you were going to meet the queen of England?' Of course, they always say, 'No, of course not.' Then I remind them that they are coming to Mass in order to meet someone more special than the queen. They are coming to meet their king."

(Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Contact him at or