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Life is winning in America - Vice President fired up March for Life in Washington

posted Jan 27, 2017, 11:12 AM by HK Ninh   [ updated Jan 27, 2017, 11:12 AM ]

Vice President Mike Pence fired up the crowd at Friday's March for Life in Washington, telling the pro-life throng their movement is succeeding.

"Life is winning in America and today is a celebration in that progress," Pence said, speaking at the Washgton Monument, before the march stepped off just after noon. "We’ve come to a historic moment in the cause of life and we must approach it with with compassion for every American. Life is winning in America because of you.

"Let this movement be known for love," he added to thunderous applause. "Not anger. For compassion. Not confrontation."

How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard

posted Dec 9, 2016, 12:27 PM by HK Ninh   [ updated Dec 9, 2016, 12:33 PM ]

... every Christian must be a "disciple." Or, as Blessed John Henry Newman says in many places, every Christian serious about his faith must commit to living "under a rule."

Aurora Griffin, the author of "How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard" (Ignatius Press, 2016), studied classics at Harvard, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, where she studied theology, and has accepted a job offer with the prestigious consulting firm, McKinsey. That is quite a series of credentials. And now she has written her first book.

By its title you might suppose that the book is another offering in the genre of "how to stay Catholic in a hostile secular environment." Yet it is not that, but rather an enthusiastic recommendation for the way that she and her Catholic friends lived the faith while they were undergraduates. Her core idea, although she does not express quite it this way, is that every Christian must be a "disciple." Or, as Blessed John Henry Newman says in many places, every Christian serious about his faith must commit to living "under a rule."

The book embraces the lesson of Psalm 1, "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, ... Rather, the law of the LORD is his joy; and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted near streams of water, that yields its fruit in season; Its leaves never wither; whatever he does prospers." Griffin wants to tell a young person starting out in adult life is that if you come to know, love and serve the Lord, not vaguely, but through definite practices, you will prosper. 

Why we should address Jesus as ‘thou’

posted Dec 6, 2016, 7:08 PM by HK Ninh   [ updated Dec 6, 2016, 7:10 PM ]

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December 5th, 2016
By Bishop Robert Barron

On the final morning of the November meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, we were treated to a fine sermon by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain. The leader of the church in Seattle spent a good deal of time discussing Pier Giorgio Frassati, a saint from the early-20th century to whom he and I both have a strong devotion. But what particularly struck me in his homily was a reference to the great St. Catherine of Siena. One of the most remarkable things about that remarkable woman was the intimacy which she regularly experienced with Mary, the saints, and the Lord Jesus himself. Archbishop Sartain relayed a story reported by Catherine’s spiritual director, Raymond of Capua. According to Raymond, Catherine would often recite the office while walking along a cloister in the company of Jesus, mystically visible to the saint. When she came to the conclusion of a psalm, she would, according to liturgical custom, speak the words of the Glory Be, but her version was as follows, “Glory be to the Father, and to Thee, and to the Holy Ghost!” For her, Christ was not a distant figure, and prayer was not an abstract exercise. Rather, the Lord was at her side, and prayer was conversation between friends.

Archbishop Sartain invited us to muse on Catherine’s use of the intimate form of the pronoun, in her Latin “tibi” (to you), and rightly rendered in English as “to Thee.” As is the case with many other languages, Latin distinguishes between more formal and more informal use of the second person pronoun, and it is the familiar “tu” that Catherine employs when speaking to Jesus. It is an oddity of the evolution of spoken English that today “thou, thine, thy, and thee” seem more rarified, more regal and distant, when in fact just the contrary was the case up until fairly modern times. These were the words used to address family members, children, and intimate friends, in contradistinction to the more formal “you” and “yours.” How wonderful, Archbishop Sartain reminded us, that this intimate usage is preserved in some of our most beloved prayers. We say, “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done …” and we pray, “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.” Again, I realize that to our ears, this language sounds less rather than more intimate, but it is in fact meant to convey the same easy familiarity with the Father and the Blessed Mother that Catherine of Siena enjoyed with Christ.

And all of this signals something of crucial significance regarding the nature of biblical Christianity. Many mysticisms and philosophies of the ancient world – Platonism, Plotinianism, and Gnosticism come readily to mind – indeed spoke of God or the sacred, but they meant a force or a value or an ontological source, impersonal and at an infinite remove from the world of ordinary experience. These ancient schools find an echo, moreover, in many modern and contemporary theologies. Think of the deism popular in the 18th century and so influential on the founders of the United States; or think of Schleiermacher’s and Emerson’s pantheist mysticisms in the nineteenth century; or consider even the new age philosophy of our time. All of these would speak of a “divine” principle or power, but one would never dream of addressing such a force as “thou,” or of engaging with it in intimate conversation.

Then there is the Bible. The Scriptures obviously present God as overwhelming, transcendent, uncontrollable, inscrutable, the creator of the heavens and the earth, but they insist that this sublime and frightening power is a person who deigns to speak to us, to guide us, and to invite us into his life. They even make bold to speak of the awesome God “pitching his tent among us,” becoming one of us, taking to himself our frail humanity. And this implies that we can speak to God as we speak to an intimate colleague. Conversing with his disciples the night before he died, Jesus said, “I no longer call you slaves, but friends,” and in making that utterance, he turned all of religious philosophy and mysticism on its head.

I believe that one of the major problems we have in evangelizing our culture is that many Christians don’t walk with Jesus personally. Finally, evangelization is not a sharing of ideas – though this can be very important at the level of pre-evangelization or clearing the ground – but rather the sharing of a relationship. But as the old adage has it, “nemo dat quod non habet” (no one gives what he doesn’t have). If we don’t speak to Jesus as “thou,” we won’t draw others into a real friendship with him, and the establishment of that friendship is the “terminus ad quem” of real evangelizing.

Vatican and Vietnam close to normalizing ties

posted Dec 4, 2016, 3:50 PM by HK Ninh

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Overshadowed by current secret talks — and a possible breakthrough agreement — between the Vatican and China after 65 years of estrangement, Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang’s trip to the Vatican last Wednesday (Nov. 23) did not attract a good deal of international attention.

Mr. Quang’s Vatican visit — during which he was privately received by Pope Francis and held talks with the Holy See’s Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Secretary for Relations with the States Archbishop Paul Gallagher — was the sixth by a Vietnamese leader since 2007.

All of this shows, while Beijing has just secretly entered talks with the Vatican this year, its communist comrades in Hanoi have long established high-level dialogue with the latter.

Significant improvements

Vietnam’s first communist leader to meet and hold talks with the head of the Catholic Church was Nguyen Tan Dung. In 2007, Mr. Dung, then Prime Minister, was received by now retired Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

Another landmark meeting came two years later when Pope Benedict received Vietnam’s then President Nguyen Minh Triet.

In 2013, the German Pope accorded Nguyen Phu Trong a reception generally reserved for heads of state/government. The audience was the first ever between a Roman Pontiff and the head of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV). Mr. Trong came to the Vatican accompanied by a high-level delegation, which included Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Vietnam’s then deputy Prime Minister and current Prime Minister.


New film highlights the ‘Face of Mercy’

posted Nov 24, 2016, 1:39 PM by HK Ninh

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - “The Face of Mercy,” a new Knights of Columbus documentary that tells personal stories about the impact of God’s mercy on people’s lives, is airing on ABC affiliates nationwide as U.S. Catholics prepare to celebrate the conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy Nov. 20.

Narrated by actor Jim Caviezel, the 60-minute documentary is scheduled to be broadcast through Dec. 16. Broadcast dates and times and other information about the film are available here.

The one-hour film The Face of Mercy depicts mercy as the antidote to evil even in great difficulty. The film interweaves history, theology and testimonials about the importance of mercy in people’s lives.

Testimonies come from Immaculée Ilibagiza, who forgave those who murdered her family in the Rwandan genocide; a New York police officer who works for peace despite having been shot and paralyzed from the waist down; a young widow who forgave the killer of her husband; a baseball player who became a priest; and a former NFL linebacker who now shares Christ’s mercy with the homeless.

Pope Francis called for a Year of Mercy to direct Catholics’ attention and actions “on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s actions in our lives … a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.”

The first Thanksgiving in America was a Catholic Mass

posted Nov 24, 2016, 12:44 PM by HK Ninh

Did you know that the first “thanksgiving” meal in the United States was not celebrated by the Pilgrims in Plymouth, but by Spanish settlers, in what became Florida? And that first “Thanksgiving” was Eucharistic!

Historian Dr. Michael Gannon narrates the events that took place on September 8, 1565.

“When the first Spanish settlers landed in what is now St. Augustine on September 8, 1565, to build a settlement, their first act was to hold a religious service to thank God for the safe arrival of the Spanish fleet… After the Mass, Father Francisco Lopez, the Chaplin of the Spanish ships and the first pastor of St. Augustine, stipulated that the natives from the Timucua tribe be fed along with the Spanish settlers, including Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, the leader of the expedition. It was the very first Thanksgiving and the first Thanksgiving meal in the United States.”

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Father Morris: Clinton camp mocking Catholics is 'bigotry'

posted Nov 5, 2016, 6:42 PM by HK Ninh

Roman Catholic priest shocked by 'anti-American talk' in leaked emails

Priest blasts Clinton for not apologizing for staff emails

posted Nov 5, 2016, 5:44 PM by HK Ninh   [ updated Nov 5, 2016, 5:50 PM ]

October 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Once again a leading opponent of Catholic moral teachings, this time Hillary Clinton, has cited Pope Francis to give credibility to her actions. In a Fox news interview, Fr. Gerald Murray gives clear reasons why some of Clinton's remarks at the Al Smith dinner were highly inappropriate and that she should have used the event to publicly disown the anti-Catholic bigotry in her staff emails revealed by Wikileaks.

Priest blasts Clinton for not apologizing for staff emails

Pope to Georgian Catholics: imitate St. Therese's 'little way'

posted Oct 30, 2016, 8:14 PM by HK Ninh

Vatican City, Oct 1, 2016 / 01:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It’s important to follow the example of St. Therese's “little way,” trusting in God and his consolation with the faith a small child, Pope Francis said Saturday, which marked the feast of the young saint and Doctor of the Church.

Quoting from her autobiography, he said St. Therese “shows her 'little way' to God, the trust of a little child who falls asleep without fear in his Father’s arms, because 'Jesus does not demand great actions from us, but simply surrender and gratitude.'”

“To receive God’s love we need this littleness of heart: only little ones can be held in their mothers’ arms,” the Pope said during his homily at M. Meskhi Stadium in Tbilisi, Georgia Oct. 1.

“Here in Georgia there are a great number of grandmothers and mothers who unceasingly defend and pass on the faith,” he said, adding that they “bring the fresh water of God’s consolation to countless situations of barrenness and conflict.”

The Greatest Story Never Told: Modern Christian Martyrdom

posted Oct 30, 2016, 8:05 PM by HK Ninh

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (The Catholic Standard and Times) - Samuel Masih was a simple street cleaner. One day, while cleaning a garden in Lahore, the twenty-seven-year-old Pakistani Catholic was accused of deliberately piling garbage against the wall of a mosque. He was arrested and thrown in jail, where he was repeatedly tortured for his faith. While being treated for tuberculosis, which he contracted in prison, a police constable decided to earn a place in Janna' (Paradise) by killing him with a brick-cutting hammer. 

Thousands of miles away, on a beautiful mid-August day, thirty-two-year-old Fr. Jesus Adrian Sanchez was giving religious instruction at a school in the rural area of Chaparral (Tolima), Colombia. An armed man burst into the classroom, ordered him outside, and shot him dead. 

Deep in the Brazilian rainforest, a seventy-three-year-old Sister of Notre Dame, Dorothy Stang, was used to living among people who wanted her dead. She had long been trying to protect peasant laborers from exploitation by logging firms and ranchers. One day, while walking to a meeting of poor farmers near the town of Anapu in the western Brazilian state of Parŕ, two armed men intercepted her on the path. She knew what they were there to do. Taking out her Bible, she began reading to them and, for a precious few minutes, they listened before opening fire. Sr. Stang was shot six times in the head, throat, and body. 

These are only three of the more than 100 Catholics who bear the unique distinction of being the first martyrs of the twenty-first century. 

According to the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the official martyrology contains the names of 132 Catholics who have died for the faith since 2001. But this is not a complete list. Its 2005 report acknowledges that there are "many more possible 'unknown soldiers of the faith' in remote corners of the planet whose deaths may never be reported."

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