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NEWS AND VIEWS

 The GuardianKidnapped 16-year-old California girl says her captor ‘tricked’ family, deserved to die  Washington Post ‎- 1 hour ago SAN DIEGO — The 16-year-old California girl kidnapped by a close family friend suspected of killing her mother and 8-year-old brother says he …

Egypt protests: Bloodshed as Pro-Morsi camps cleared

The BBC’s Hugh Sykes says a great cloud of black smoke is hanging over the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque area
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Egyptian security forces have stormed two protest camps occupied by supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, with reports of many killed.Witnesses said they saw at least 40 bodies, but the Muslim Brotherhood says hundreds died.
Armoured bulldozers moved deep into the main camp outside the eastern Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque.
Officials say the other protest camp, at Nahda Square, has also been cleared.
Graphic accounts of bloodshed emerged from the protest camps as reporters described wounded protesters being treated next to the dead in makeshift field hospitals.
The 17-year-old daughter of leading Muslim Brotherhood figure Mohamed el-Beltagy was among the dead. Asmaa el-Beltagy was shot in the back and chest, her brother said.
A cameraman working for Sky News, Mick Deane, has also been killed in the violence.
There were reports of unrest elsewhere in Egypt.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER- The latest in daily news around the world.
TODAY’S GOSPEL-
Matthew 18: 15-20
If your brother listens to you, you have won him over
Dealing With Sin in the Church
15“If your brother or sisterb sins,c go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’d 17If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
18“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will bee bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will bef loosed in heaven.
19“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Biblos.com NIV Version
PRAYER -A Prayer for America

Father, we beg Your blessing for the Right to Life, the Unborn, the weak, the sick and the old; all who are finding themselves being targets of the vicious culture of death; that our Lord Jesus bless and protect all who stand up for the Christian dignity of persons. That God enlighten those who are traveling down death’s highway by their involvement, in any way, with either the contemporary death culture, self ism, relativism, or any of the new age errors of our times, that God envelop our culture with His Divine protection and help us both individually and as a nation to true enlightenment, conversion and repentance of our selves and our culture. Help us to turn from our national sin of abortion, and return to, and once again become a Christian nation, on the narrow road, that is, the path to becoming a nation and culture, under God. Amen.

Fake FactsThe moral of this story could be “Don’t believe everything you read,” because not only do writers make occasional mistakes, some writers intentionally insert fake facts into their works of non-fiction.
Authors or publishers have a lot of reasons for inserting the occasional fake fact in an otherwise rigorously researched reference book—they may be laying a “copyright trap” to see if anybody uses their book without giving credit. Or sometimes they just do it because it’s fun to trick people.

FAKE SONG.
Joel Whitburn compiles music chart history books based on Billboard’s many charts, which go back to the 1930s. A number of his books note a very obscure song called “The Song of Love” recorded by bandleader Ralph Marterie. Whitburn says the song debuted and peaked at #84 on the pop chart for the week of December 26, 1955.  However, Marterie never recorded “The Song of Love.” Nor did Billboard put out a chart the week of December 26, 1955. Whitburn included it to track just how far and by whom his research goes. (Ralph Marterie, however, was a real bandleader and made several recordings in the 1950s.)

FAKE FACT. In 1977, Fred L. Worth wrote The Complete Unabridged Super Trivia Encyclopedia. Since there are lots of other trivia books out there (Really?), Worth wanted to protect the hard work he’d done compiling his book, so he included one fake fact in his book—a “gotcha” in case he ever saw that “fact” in another book. Seven years later, Trivial Pursuit became a huge fad, selling more than $200 million worth of games. Worth noticed that a lot of the material on the cards was very similar to the stuff that in his book, and sued the makers of the game for copyright infringement. His smoking gun: a Trivial Pursuit card claimed that the rarely-spoken first name of ‘70s TV detective Columbo was Philip. Except that it wasn’t true—Worth made it up for just such a reason. The case was thrown of court; the judge ruled that facts cannot be copyrighted—fake ones notwithstanding. (By the way, Columbo’s name was never actually revealed on the show—although lots of TV trivia websites and books out there still insist that it was Philip.)

FAKE MOVIE.
The 1980 book The Golden Turkey Awards was one of the first ever to celebrate bad movies for being bad—for example, it renewed interest in the work of ’50s B-movie director Ed Wood, whom authors Michael and Harry Medved say directed the worst movie of all time, Plan 9 From Outer Space. Many of the movies detailed in the book were well-known but others were obscure, particularly Dog of Norway, a terrible animal movie starring Muki the Wonder Hound. But Dog of Norway, it turned out, was a hoax, and two clues to that fact were in book: A dog named Muki is included in the author’s photo, and the book is dedicated to Muki. Source: Uncle Johns Bathroom Reader
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NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE Advance praise for: Proof of Heaven Dr. Eben Alexander’s near-death experience is the most astounding I have heard in my whole life. He is living proof to me of an afterlife. As hard as the idea is to believe this doctor relates his experiences clinically from the doctors and nurses who treated him those many days he was brain-dead. Dr. Alexander has been an academic neurosurgeon for the last 25 years, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women’s and the Children’s Hospitals and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Visit him at www.lifebeyondeath.net

First, he saw white-pink clouds against a blue-black backdrop (purportedly the sky). Above the clouds, he claims to have observed “flocks of transparent, shimmering beings arced across the sky.” While he isn’t able to define exactly what he observed, he called them advanced, higher forms of being. The creatures were so content and overjoyed, Alexander recalls, that they created a “glorious chant” as they moved. He also stressed the interconnectedness of everything he observed, writing, “Everything was distinct, yet everything was also a part of everything else, like the rich and intermingled designs on a Persian carpet … or a butterfly’s wing.” On this journey, Alexander said a woman was with him and that she delivered to him very pointed messages. While she didn’t speak in the traditional sense, Alexander was able to understand her every word. The general messages were: “You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever,” “You have nothing to fear” and “There is nothing you can do wrong.”

The woman also told him that she (and others) would show him many things in this new world, but that he would inevitably return to earth. These are only a few of the elements that he described seeing. Just as surprising as what he observed is the change-of-heart that  Alexander has had as a resul t of the experience:

Always remember the Lord.

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Pope Benedict XVI discuses the new media and its application for evangelization.

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Saint Thomas Aquinas on Islam, Shahbaz Bhatti’s Funeral, and the Social Kingship of Christ…

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Spiritual Reflection: A Spiritual Thought from Saint Paul

Dove of the Holy Spirit

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By Charlie Courtois
Forsyth, Georgia –

Saint Paul writing
” If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but handed Him over to us all, how will he not give us everything else along with Him?” (Rom 8:31-32)
 

While Paul wrote many words in his epistles this passage after the skilled introduction to Romans which presents his case claiming that all of God’s people are violators of God’s law, Paul offers a solution—the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Those who believe in Jesus Christ receive forgiveness for sin and gain new life in the Holy Spirit.

As each one of us try to imagine and grasp the enormity of God, that in and of itself being almost unimaginable, Paul wants the Romans to ask themselves who it is that could be against them? Certainly it is not God who is tormenting them in their worldly travails, and the sinful excesses which were making their everyday lives intolerable through oppression, taxation, war, territorial power struggles and greed. 

This being the very same God who gave the world His only Son, Jesus Christ, as an offering to demonstrate the love and understanding he had for mankind.

Is it not quite clear that that act of selfless love and caring by God is ample evidence of the enormous goodness and promise for the things to come?

Whereas the Romans were mired in all the same iniquities then that our world is subsumed by today, there is tremendous reason for hope, in the life, the death, and the resurrection of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, for all those alive.

These few words of Paul’s witness tell all mankind, past and future, of the wonderful optimism God’s actions leave as an example to all believers in the world.

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Mass Readings for Today, Wed, Feb, 2, 2011

Wednesday, February 02, 2011


The Presentation of the Lord (Feast) – Through E.W.T.N.  

First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 24:7-10
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22-32

Be assured that abuses are done away with by teaching rather than by commanding. If we make threats, let it be done sorrowfuly, in the words of Scripture, and in terms of the world to come. In this way it is not we who are feared because of our power, but God because of our words.  – St Augustine
Malachi 3: 1 – 4  


1 “Behold, I send my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? “For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap;
3 he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, till they present right offerings to the LORD.
4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.

Psalms 24: 7 – 10  


7 Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is the King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle!
9 Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! [Selah] ————————————————————————

Hebrews 2: 14 – 18  


14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same nature, that through death he might destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil,
15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong bondage.
16 For surely it is not with angels that he is concerned but with the descendants of Abraham.
17 Therefore he had to be made like his brethren in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make expiation for the sins of the people.
18 For because he himself has suffered and been tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.

Luke 2: 22 – 40  


22 And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”)
24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
27 And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law,
28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
29 “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word;
30 for mine eyes have seen thy salvation
31 which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel.”
33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him;
34 and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against
35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.”
36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phan’u-el, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity,
37 and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.
38 And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
39 And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.
40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

Jesus is presented at the Temple in Jerusalem at the proscribed time

Spiritual Reflection-The Conversion of St. Paul, the Apostle

The Conversion of Saint Paul

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By Charlie Courtois, Jan, 25, 2011

The conversion of Saul of Tarsus while he was on his way to Damascus is one of the most touching miracles in the history of the early Church. It shows how faith comes from grace and from one’s free cooperation. The doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ receives proof and a clear illustration when Christ says, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” We should realize that the best way to hasten unity of all Christians is to foster our own daily conversion.

As a new revert, a term to describe someone like me, who fell away from the faith and the church at twelve, I was amazed over Saul of Tarsus’s conversion story, and how humble he became, when he encountered Jesus, and was made blind by him. To me, this miracle stands out as the most unbelievable of all of Christ’s miracles. Paul’s memory and evangelicalism are what help make Christianity what it is today. Paul certainly went out and did what Mark said in his gospel, (Mark 16:15), “Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.”

The Lord never wrote but once in his ministry that history records, and for sure he never told the apostles or disciples to go out and write a bible, but several centuries after his death, the bishops and priests loyal to Christ and tradition compiled the inspired words we have today, to remember some of the things Christ wanted to be preserved for all mankind.

What Was My Greatest Accomplishment in 2010?

Angels & Shepherds, by Carl Bloch

By Charlie Courtois
January 23, 2011

I increased my spirituality and prayer life significantly. This included Bible reading, praying the rosary, spiritual devotions, prayer in the Adoration Chapel, weekly, along with my various ministries which I had already been doing all along. It was the prayer part that had been neglecting. I also added a Wednesday morning Bible study group to my routine. During my illness my travel was limited but as soon as I am healed I will continue.

WHAT

It sounds funny to say I did it by prayer, but that’s how I was able to increase my focus to become more like Christ this past year, along with prayer in the morning,  that led to reading more Scripture day by day.

Since I am Catholic, we have readings from the Old Testament, the Psalms, something Pauline, and a Gospel reading. This is not a lot of Scripture to read,  but the point is that I do it daily and it sort of sets the foundation for the day.

HOW

After I read the daily readings, I usually write a spiritual reflection about those readings. You can go here to E.W.T. N. to peruse for the daily readings. No extra books, just a note pad gets the job done. At 8:00 A.M., E.W.T.N,  plays the Mass daily, and if you miss it you can see it at noon, or again in the evening at 7:00 P.M.

WHY

I want to grow closer to our Lord and praying to Him everyday, regularly, keeps me in tune with putting him first.

I often tell some of the inmates that I minister to inside, that if you claim to have a friend, what will happen if you don’t talk to him everyday?  Probably, he  won’t be a very good friend, no?  But, God is still forgiving, and full of mercy, so why not talk to Him everyday.

WHEN

All the time, all day, everyday!

WHERE

Church, Adoration Chapel, in a quiet place in your house, anytime, and anywhere; it all counts the same. And, if you sing in the choir, it counts for praying twice.

Today is the day the Lord has made. May God bless you!

The Story of the Pearl Necklace

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By Charlie Courtois, Jan 17, 2011

A story about  things in our lives, The Pearl Necklace.

This is a short story about Ashley, and her mom, and Ashley’s burning desire to get a pearl necklace. Ashley finally got up the nerve, to ask her mom for this secret wish deep in her heart.

Without any forethought Ashley went to her mom and just blurted out, “Can you buy me a real pearl necklace, pretty please, mom, I really need one?”

Mom was a little taken aback as she gathered herself to make her reply to Ashley, because her youngest’s request was quite unusual, so she chose her words cautiously, “Well honey, you are very young for something as expensive as a pearl necklace..”

Ashley: “But, mom, why not? I can  help out with the cost, and you don’t know it but  I have been saving my allowance for weeks now. I have saved $1.09. I didn’t tell you about it, but I have really been thinking a lot about getting a pearl necklace, all my own.”

Mom: That’s very good that you saved so much from your allowance, Ashley. But you can’t buy a real pearl necklace for a dollar, and I am not sure we can buy any necklaces for a dollar.

Really conflicted, Mom decided it would be best if they went and shopped together. She and Ashely  scoured  all of the local shops without success. There was, however,  one more possibility, and by chance they spied  a store that had a jewelery sign in the window. This encouraged them, there was still hope. Going directly to the necklaces, Ashely rummaged through the costume jewelry section, checking carefully, and to her utter amazement, there it was, an imitation pearl necklace for $2.50. I thought you said mom, we couldn’t buy a necklace that cheap?

Mom was letting Ashley figure out what she would do, and she finally pled with her mom to lend her the difference. With some consternation in her expression, mom, smiled and said, “OK.”

As they approached the cashier, mom could tell Ashley had already taken a liking to the necklace. Days past, while Ashley left all her other toys and games alone, and spent much of her free time adoring her possession. This began to worry mom who decided to do something to divert attention from the necklace. This is going to be a problem thought, mom. Ashely is really affected by this imitation pearl necklace; later, at the appropriate time, when Ashley was relaxed in the living-room, mom sat down next to her and said reluctantly:

“Ashley, I think the time has come when I should take your necklace away from you.”

And Ashley quickly responded with a tremor in her voice, “But mom, I love my new necklace, and I will make a deal with you. I have my favorite doll, which I can give you if you will let me keep my necklace.”

With smile and the nob of her head, mom said, “I will gladly accept you offer.” and you could see the tension disappear from Ashley’s face.

Over the next week Ashley continued to focus on her necklace unduly much, which was bordering on compulsion, and mom decided to make another demand for her necklace. This brought on the same reaction as the first time, the only difference being, this time,  Ashley, volunteered her bear. And, like the last time, mom gladly accepted.

But, as expected Ashley continued her shenanigans. Her necklace was like gold to her.

So, Mom, asked Ashley for the third time, “Honey will you give up your necklace now?”

Ashley is now on the verge of tears, and she says with a tone of desperation, “Mom, I have nothing else give you to keep you from taking my necklace, so, I will give to you as you request.” Doing so with a look of hopeless disdain.

Mom smiles from ear to ear and says, “I have a wonderful surprise for you, Ashley! Since you, willingly,  gave up your old necklace, I am going to give you a real pearl necklace, and this one cannot be treated like a toy because it is valuable and is only to be worn for special occasions!”

Ashley was ecstatic and overjoyed over her mom’s words, rushing up to her to hug her and kiss her with all the emotion a joyful young girl could give.

This story is what happens when anyone of us is asked to give up something we love on this earth, not knowing or trusting in what our Lord has in store for us. The next time you are faced with giving up the things that you love on this earth, think about Ashley’s pearl necklace. Did Ashley not do, unwittingly, exactly what Christ taught, and what St. Anthony did when he gave his earthly possessions up for the Lord?

“If you wish to be perfect, go and sell your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, then come, follow me” (Mt 19:21 NJB)

Saint Anthony of Egypt 

Ascetic Monk

Today the church recognizes:  St. Anthony of Egypt (251-356)
At twenty St. Anthony had inherited his parents’ estate near Memphis, Egypt. One Sunday at mass, the gospel spoke directly to the wealthy young man: “If you wish to be perfect, go and sell your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, then come, follow me” (Mt 19:21 NJB). The youth took Christ’s words literally. He disposed of everything and moved to a hut outside of town. He stayed there practicing the asceticism he learned from hermits who lived nearby. Then, because he desired uninterrupted solitude, he withdrew to an isolated mountain in the Egyptian desert.

My rendition of Fr. Joseph Mary’s story from the homily on www.EWTN.com today.

A Spiritual Reflection on: John 8:3

Return to Jerusalem

FORSYTH, Georgia, “The word of the Lord endures forever.” Isiah 40.8

“The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is
born of the Spirit.”

It is easy to ponder the mystery of the wind and recall the many times in life where it was frightening because you never know when, or if, it would stop. And, then it’s destruction is upon you. Its power is inexplicable! Worse yet, there is nowhere to hide. That is the wind of the great storm; but there is also the everyday wind when you are just walking along—when it drives into your face and impedes the movement—while you are helpless to control it. On the other hand when it’s at your back it lifts you up and makes you feel you are much stronger than you really are.

As, John says, “so it was with everyone born of the Spirit,” We can all see the earth, the moon, the stars, and the sun; but, only the Spirit controls how and when or how strong it comes and goes.

This 2nd Easter Week we are reminded that, “Jesus came and stood among his disciples and said to
them: ‘Peace be with you, alleluia,'” (John 20:19) during the week after he was crucified, he died and he rose into heaven; then returning to appear to his disciples to teach them in person the truth that we now know in the world today.

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