Did You Know This About Christopher Columbus….?

This Monday, 10/9/2017,  the United States celebrates Columbus Day. In recent decades the rewriting of history has depicted Columbus as a blood thirsty scoundrel. This has left some states to rename Columbus day Indigenous Peoples Day.

Worse yet, violent left-wing activists have promised to destroy Christopher Columbus statues on Monday.

While Christopher Columbus was certainly no Saint much of this new history is a distortion and some of it down right lies.

One central problem with re-writing any part of history is that it is often re-written through a contemporary lens. Even Tony Soprano realized this as he teaches his son  A.J. in this clip from the HBO series “The Sopranos”.  

Imagine criticizing a doctor from the early 20th century for not having an MRI performed on a patient. MRI machines were not invented until 1977.

In her book “Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem”, Stanford Anthropologist Carol Delaney, explains Columbus’s apocalyptic beliefs.  Watch this interview with Professor Delaney as she explains how she discovered this little unknown fact about Columbus

Michael Knowles from the Daily Wire points out  just a few things many do not know about about Christopher Columbus and why many are seeking to no longer celebrate Columbus Day. Watch the video for much more detail. Here are a few takeaways …

Columbus adopted the son of a native American Indian

There was never a portrait of Columbus made all images of him are based on descriptions

A devout Catholic who said confession and took the Eucharist before leaving Spain.

He instructed his crew to Pray the our Father, Apostles Creed, Hail Mary, Hail Holy Queen all during their voyage

Christopher Columbus died on the Feast of the Ascension

 

The Playboy Philosophy

Huge Hefner passed away 9/27/2017 at the age of 91. Mr. Hefner and his Playboy empire are considered one of the leaders in ushering a sexual revolution. A revolution that sought to liberate men and women from “puritanical” religious views as they pertain to sexual relations and sexuality in general. This is an in-depth interview into the —Philosophy— behind the founding of the Playboy empire.

The Catholic Church has always taught that sexual relationships are best left within the confines of marriage. William F. Buckley, a Catholic, challenges Huge Hefner, the founder of Playboy, on his revolutionary views and were his new ideas imitate from. The Catholic Church teaches that Gods laws, the natural laws, are immutable and permanent throughout the variations of history. Catechism of the Catholic Church 

Today we know the sexual revolution has been a complete failure and the destruction it left in its path was predicted by Pope Paul VI  in his encyclical letter Humana Vitae that reiterated the Church’s opposition to contraception. There are no more prophetic documents in the modern age than that one.

Mr. Buckley also challenges Mr. Hefner as to whether or not he believes that sex, simply because it is such a strong human drive, should not be refrained at all, and if there is to be any refrain, than were is the line drawn. Mr. Hefner could not offer a definitive and repeated his claim that old religious teachings  were not healthy.

The Playboy Philosophy

The Blind Leading The Blind

Ollie was a Big Brother with Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters twice and his Little’s have succeeded because of his friendship and selfless mentoring. He was the California Big Brother of the Year in 2005. He continues to be a role-model and more to his adopted sons and a friend to countless others. Congrats Ollie!

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Lady Gaga Cancels Tour ….. Sooner or Later We All Face The Music

Although she was met with criticism, Lady Gaga (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) has not been shy to talk about her faith in the past.

Lady Gaga Posts her Praying the Rosary and Cancels Tour

A brief look at the Rosary

The Hail Mary is a prayer to Mary, many Protestants assume it’s unbiblical. Quite the contrary, actually. Let’s look at it.

The prayer begins, “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.” This is nothing other than the greeting the angel Gabriel gave Mary in Luke 1:28 (Confraternity Version). The next part reads this way:

“Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.” This was exactly what Mary’s cousin Elizabeth said to her in Luke 1:42. The only thing that has been added to these two verses are the names “Jesus” and “Mary,” to make clear who is being referred to. So the first part of the Hail Mary is entirely biblical.

The second part of the Hail Mary is not taken straight from Scripture, but it is entirely biblical in the thoughts it expresses. It reads:

“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”

Let’s look at the first words. Some Protestants do object to saying “Holy Mary” because they claim Mary was a sinner like the rest of us. But Mary was a Christian (the first Christian, actually, the first to accept Jesus; cf. Luke 1:45), and the Bible describes Christians in general as holy. In fact, they are called saints, which means “holy ones” (Eph. 1:1, Phil. 1:1, Col. 1:2). Furthermore, as the mother of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, Mary was certainly a very holy woman.

Some Protestants object to the title “Mother of God,” but suffice it to say that the title doesn’t mean Mary is older than God; it means the person who was born of her was a divine person, not a human person. (Jesus is one person, the divine, but has two natures, the divine and the human; it is incorrect to say he is a human person.) The denial that Mary had God in her womb is a heresy known as Nestorianism (which claims that Jesus was two persons, one divine and one human), which has been condemned since the early 400s and which the Reformers and Protestant Bible scholars have always rejected.


Another Mediator?


The most problematic line for non-Catholics is usually the last: “pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.” Many non-Catholics think such a request denies the teaching of 1 Timothy 2:5: “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” But in the preceding four verses (1 Tim. 2:1-4), Paul instructs Christians to pray for each other, meaning it cannot interfere with Christ’s mediatorship: “I urge that prayers, supplications, petitions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone. . . . This is good, and pleasing to God our Savior.”

We know this exhortation to pray for others applies to the saints in heaven who, as Revelation 5:8 reveals, intercede for us by offering our prayers to God: “The twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

Both Catholics and non-Catholics, as they learn more about the rosary and make more frequent use of it, come to see how its meditations bring to mind the sweet fragrance not only of the Mother of God, but of Christ himself.

 

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What Are You Planting Today ?

He planted one tree everyday and ended up with a Tropical Paradise. Proving small acts can make a big difference.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law Galatians 5:22-23

One small act each day can build a forest ….What are you planting today?

Who are you being nice to?

Who are you forgiving?

Who are you helping?

Who have you shown patience towards ?

Are you building a paradise or complaining about the things you don’t have ?

August 15th 2017 The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tuesday August 15th 2017 we celebrate—The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary — a Holy Day of Obligation.  Holy Days of Obligation are NOT —optional —they are obligatory it is a sin to miss Mass on these days

On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: “We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.” The pope proclaimed this dogma only after a broad consultation of bishops, theologians and laity. There were few dissenting voices. What the pope solemnly declared was already a common belief in the Catholic Church.

We find homilies on the Assumption going back to the sixth century. In following centuries, the Eastern Churches held steadily to the doctrine, but some authors in the West were hesitant. However by the 13th century there was universal agreement. The feast was celebrated under various names–Commemoration, Dormition, Passing, Assumption–from at least the fifth or sixth century. Today it is celebrated as a solemnity.

Scripture does not give an account of Mary’s Assumption into heaven. Nevertheless, Revelation 12 speaks of a woman who is caught up in the battle between good and evil. Many see this woman as God’s people. Since Mary best embodies the people of both Old and New Testaments, her Assumption can be seen as an exemplification of the woman’s victory.

Furthermore, in 1 Corinthians 15:20, Paul speaks of Christ’s resurrection as the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Since Mary is closely associated with all the mysteries of Jesus’ life, it is not surprising that the Holy Spirit has led the Church to believe in Mary’s share in his glorification. So close was she to Jesus on earth, she must be with him body and soul in heaven.

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Holy Days of Obligation 2017

January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter, the solemnity of the Ascension
August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
November 1, the solemnity of All Saints
December 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
December 25, the solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Jim Carrey Explains Suffering

Your being here is an indication that you’ve made that decision already. You’ve made the decision to walk through the gate of forgiveness to grace. Just as Christ did on the cross. He suffered terribly and He was broken by it, to the point of doubt and a feeling of absolutely abandonment, which all of you have felt. Then there was a decision to be made. And the decision was to look upon the people who were causing that suffering with compassion and with forgiveness, and that’s what opens the gates of heaven for all of us. I wish that for all of you. I wish that for myself.

While Carrey’s, a former Catholic, speech was not totally inline with Catholic theology he captures the he captured an essential truth that many do not, the transformative power of suffering and the transformative nature of grace.

The Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. More on Homeboy: click here

 

 

He Begged God To Help His Marriage Here Is What God Told Him

“Real love is not to desire a person, but to truly desire their happiness–sometimes, even, at the expense of our own happiness….I am incredibly grateful for the inspiration that came to me that day so long ago.”

On the outside Richard Paul Evans seemed like he had everything. A highly successful fiction writer, often on the New York Times bestseller list and father of five healthy children.

Evans and his wife were miserable in their marriage — something he recently shared on his official website.

Evans pleaded with God to help him click here to learn the very simple solution God revealed to him

The Only Catholic To Sign The Declaration of Independence

Charles Carroll of Carrollton was one of four Marylanders to sign the Declaration of Independence. Carroll was the only Roman Catholic and the last survivor of all 56 signers dying in 1832 in his 96th year. Charles Carroll and his family played a major role in the framing of the governance of Maryland and the emerging United States. Carroll’s accomplishments and persistent efforts to promote and establish the concept of religious toleration were embodied in the founding documents and laws of our country still used today for “all men who are created equal.”

 

 

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That Time When Sting & Pavarotti Sang About The Eucharist

Panis Angelicus was written by Saint Thomas Aquinas for the Feast of Corpus Christi

In 1872 Ceasr Franck set it to music for a tenor voice.

Panis angelicus
fit panis hominum;
Dat panis cœlicus
figuris terminum:
O res mirabilis!
Manducat Dominum
Pauper, servus et humilis.

Te trina Deitas
unaque poscimus:
Sic nos tu visita,
sicut te colimus;
Per tuas semitas
duc nos quo tendimus,
Ad lucem quam inhabitas.
Amen.

May the Bread of Angels
Become bread for mankind;
The Bread of Heaven puts
All foreshadowings to an end;
Oh, thing miraculous!
The body of the Lord will nourish
the poor, the servile, and the humble.

You God, Three
And One, we beseech;
That You visit us,
As we worship You.
By Your ways,
lead us where we are heading,
to the light that You inhabitest.
Amen.