Monthly Archives: August 2013

Woody Allen and Rev. Billy Graham

It is so nice to see a discussion with a Christian and an Atheist/Agnostic, which is so civilized and cordial, without the malice, shouting and name-calling, which have become the standard on TV political shows.
For a time early in his career, Woody Allen had a TV talk show. In this clip, he speaks with the Evangelical leader Rev. Billy Graham. In a calm, friendly discussion, both men politely disagree, and both show themselves to be very intelligent and very witty.
Also, it is noteworthy how Graham represents himself and his staunch Fundamentalist views intelligently, not screeching that those who disagree with him will burn in Hell, but explaining his view of how God set up rules for us to live by, so we can have good lives, and that when we go against what God says, such as through sexual promiscuity, we bring problems for ourselves.

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August 31, 2013 · 5:32 pm

Pope Francis urges Catholics to pray the Rosary in the fight against evil

I love the humility and simple goodness of Pope Francis!

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Archdiocese for the Military Ordains two Ordinariate Priests for Service

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Civil rights movement carried on by ‘great souls’

Not enough people know about the good things the Church has done, including fighting for Civil Rights and the rights of working people.

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Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, a 15-year-old seminarian in Chicago during the March on Washington 50 years ago, said he “realized that history was being made” when he watched the event on television.

In an interview with the Georgia Bulletin, archdiocesan newspaper, the archbishop talks about his own brushes with discrimination as a seminarian and a young priest. He also notes how the civil rights movement has made huge strides but can still make stronger inroads.

He said the movement has always been “much larger than any single individual” even Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., pointing out that “all of the great souls who spoke, wrote, sat-in, endured water hoses and vicious dogs” contributed to its success.

“The civil rights movement is a testimony of the courage of a pantheon of martyrs from Medgar Evers, to Malcolm X, to Viola Liuzzo, to James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman…

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Pope’s Prayer Intentions for September 2013

I love, love, love the new Pope!

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Google Earth & the reunion of an Adoptee and his Indian family

I’m so glad that Casper Andersen @ http://adoptedfromindia.wordpress.com/brought this to my attention because I don’t have a TV and would not have known about this. It’s a perfect example about how ever-increasing technology is continuing to change the world of adoption.

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This is so wrong!

When is it right to demonize people for their religious beliefs?
When is it right to go to a house of worship and yell profanity and hatred toward the religion of that house of worship?
When is bigotry against people due to their gender, race, ethnicity or religion OK?
Never.

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August 28, 2013 · 10:52 pm

Authentic Renewal, Enlightenment, and Strength through the Waters of Baptism (Topic 26)

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Single Mothers of Mary                              Topic 26

Goal: To learn about the nature of authentic renewal and enlightenment

Topics that will be covered in this post:

  • Inspirational Women: Mary and Edith Stein (St. Teresia Benedicta of the Cross, 1891-1942)
  • First Luminous Mystery: The Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist
  • Guidance on how to assess when temptation becomes sinful, on the dignity of woman, and conversing with God.
  • Questions on how women are devalued, on how to be a good mom despite being a single mom, and on how to discern authentic enlightenment.

 

†    Born in Breslau to a Jewish family, the youngest of eleven children.

†    Quiet and thoughtful, at a young age she decided she wanted to become an atheist in 1904.

†    When she went to the University of Göttingen, she studied philosophy, earning her doctorate in 1916. She concentrated her studies on theories of women, empathy, human…

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Saints and Relics

THE VIEW FROM MY GARDEN

Scan10003A casket containing a remarkable relic of a 17th century nun, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, is stolen from a devout society in France by one of its members, a priest from Sydney. The priest, Father James, secretly entrusts the casket to two women in Monterey Creek, a small country town in New South Wales. The Society immediately sends Monsignor Henri Pascal from Paris to Australia to recover both the relic and a manuscript written by the nun, which describes her final revelation. When one of the women dies suddenly, and her house is ransacked, the Monsignor becomes embroiled in the town’s affairs, including the young parish priest’s involvement with a single mother whose daughter claims to have had a vision of the Virgin Mary. When tragedy strikes during the Monterey Creek annual Festival of the Flowers, events threaten the Monsignor’s quest to find both the relic and the manuscript.

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