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May 12, 2020 @ 7:30 AM

In defense of my Bishop. 

 

Bishop Tobin tweeted the other day.  Many supported him, but many bombarded him with negative tweets.  The negative tweets were mostly by pro-choice zealots, Trump, Christian, and God-haters, all of whom do not understand the role of a sitting Bishop when it comes to church doctrine.  Bishop Tobin's job is to do just what he did.   As a Catholic, you cannot be pro-abortion or pro-choice and be a Catholic.  Abortion is unacceptable in the Catholic Church's teachings.  His job is to admonish the sin when he sees it even if he sees it in a Catholic newspaper; it doesn't make a difference.

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Many of our non-Catholic friends wonder why we Catholics pay so much attention to her. They find that loyalty is puzzling, and many times they wonder if we are guilty of some idolatry of sorts.  There are scant references for Mary the Mother God in the New Testament, but she is found in the Old Testament very many times.  Dr. Brant Pitre has authored a book that shows in scriptural detail why the Catholic faithful venerates Mary.  The title of the book is Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary.

According to Dr. Pitre’s biblical research based on Christian typology, Mary has many characters: she is the new Eve, the new Ark of the Covenant, the Mother of God.   According to Dr. Pitre, ...

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A true story…This happened to me yesterday 3.20.2020.

Bill M. called me around 11:47 yesterday to ask if I was going to Planned Parenthood with him?  Bill goes everyday Monday through Friday from 2 to 3 PM.  I have been going with Bill on Fridays for the past 3 weeks of Lent to stand at the entrances and pass out pro-life materials and pray the rosary.  It is part of my Lenten journey this season.  I asked if he was okay with me riding with him to Providence considering the Coronavirus distancing recommendation.  He said he didn’t mind, if I didn’t.  I told him I was not sick; he also said that he was not sick at all.  I agreed to .........

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March 14, 2020 @ 3:42 PM

 

The old adage of dealing with conflict was “fight or flight.” As humans, we learned about fight or flight in our anthropological heritage. When threatened, we weren’t too well equipped to fight. We learned how to run, leap and hide — flight is what saved our butts. If trapped, we had no other option but to fight it out.

What happens when you are on a break in the office coffee room, the teachers room, the doctors break room, or you are sitting outside on a bench with fellow country club members, or someone makes a derogatory comment on your Facebook or Twitter page, or you are about to have dinner with your family and the topic somehow turns to religion? Do you sit ...

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February 25, 2020 @ 3:49 PM

In an advertising campaign called #WhatsYourName, Starbucks encourages youth to embrace "transgenderism" and is giving funds to an organization known for pushing "sex reassignment" surgery for young children. According to reports:

"Starbucks U.K. has released an advertisement showing a short-haired young woman telling a server at a coffee shop that her name is James after various vignettes in which she is addressed as 'Jemma.' The sales pitch ends with Jemma striding past the Starbucks window with her coffee and the captions 'Every name's a story' and '#whatsyourname.' The latter is a reference to Starbucks's Twitter campaign in support of transgender philosophy.

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February 7, 2020 @ 9:59 AM · a matter of perspective, Catholicism

Pro-lifers: the trend is our friend.

The trend is your friend is a classic stock market pearl of wisdom.  It means that an existing trend is likely to continue and worthy of your attention.  The declining trend in the number of abortions in the USA has decidedly been in the pro-life camp.  Although the number of abortions is still much too high, the direction the trend is taking is encouraging.  

The reasons for this downward trend are still not clear, but I think the following could be considered:  prayers, the increased closures of abortion clinics, the legislative effort by many states to stiffen abortion rights by adding restrictive measures to existing laws and regulations, the work of ...

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January 21, 2020 @ 6:59 AM

Abortion: Only one question that matters.

Whenever you’re discussing abortion, there’s only one question that matters: are the unborn human? If the unborn are not human, then what’s all the fuss about. Swat it away like you would a mosquito or take some medicine like you would to kill off the flu. There is no moral consequence if the unborn are not human. 

But if the unborn are human, then there is no greater immoral act than to take an innocent human life. All the reasons to abort e.g. rape, incest, bodily choice are secondary to the primary question: are the unborn human?
If you are not sure that the unborn are human then ask yourself these questions: 

First, if it’s growing, isn’t it alive?
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January 14, 2020 @ 10:55 AM · a matter of perspective, CHRISTIANITY, Jesus Christ

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Notes: Monday January 13, 2020

At yesterday’s 10 AM Sunday Mass, Monsignor Halloran asked, “if there were a ‘wanted follower of Jesus Christ’ bulletin posted would you be arrested?”

I meditated on that yesterday and then again, this morning.  The answer I came up with was yes.  I would be arrested as a follower of Jesus Christ.

What evidence is there for the authorities to arrest me?

Well, for one it would be that when I can I attend daily Mass and Communion and that act alone would be enough to get me arrested.  But then there is much more evidence.

I publicly attest to my relationship with Jesus Christ by the content I post on my Facebook pages and on my Blog Page. &.........

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December 26, 2019 @ 9:53 AM · a matter of perspective, CHRISTIANITY

The Anchor:  A Christian Symbol

The beautiful anchor on top of St. Andrews Catholic Church located on Block Island has a long history of Christian symbolism.  It is a fitting symbol for a church that sits on a hill on an island several miles out to sea.  Block Island has been and still is a safe haven for boats who find it necessary to anchor in its harbors to wait out storms or to simply lay still in tranquil waters. 

 

Christian symbolic reference to an anchor is found in Paul’s letter to Hebrews 6:16-20: 

 

…(16) For men swear by one greater than themselves: and an oath for confirmation is the end of all their controversy…(17)Wherein God, interposed............

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Story behind the song: ‘Mary did you know?’

 

Mark Lowry, a Christian singer, songwriter and comedian, was born in Houston, Texas, June 24, 1958, to Charles Lowry, an attorney, and Bev Lowry, a singer, songwriter and pianist. He learned to love music and could sing beautifully as a young child. He graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., in 1980.

Following is Mark’s story behind his now famous song:

“In 1984, Jerry Falwell called and asked me to write the program for their next Living Christmas Tree.

As I wrote the ‘speaking parts’ I began to think about Mary. I have always been fascinated with the concept that God came to earth.  

In a conversation with my mother, I ...

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