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14113  Forums / Archive / Good News: Bishop on Denying Pelosi Communion: “We’ve Been Patient Enough" on: January 27, 2010, 09:12:08 AM
Kentucky Bishop on Denying Pelosi Communion: “We’ve Been Patient Enough”


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By John-Henry Westen

WASHINGTON, January 26, 2010 ( – Speaking with (LSN) after the Vigil for Life Mass last week, Lexington Bishop Ronald Gainer said that the Church has been “patient enough” with outspokenly pro-abortion Catholic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

LSN questioned Bishop Gainer on whether Pelosi should be denied communion due to her public stance as a ‘pro-choice’ Catholic. While acknowledging that it was up to her local bishop, the Lexington prelate did say that “something should be done.”

Pelosi’s latest salvo claiming to support abortion and yet be a faithful Catholic came in a December Newsweek interview. "I am a practicing Catholic,” she said, while suggesting that this made the U.S. bishops uncomfortable.  "I practically mourn this difference of opinion,” she said regarding her conflict with the Church over abortion, “because I feel what I was raised to believe is consistent with what I profess, and that is that we are all endowed with, a free will and a responsibility to answer for our actions.” She added: “And that women should have that opportunity to exercise their free will."

Reacting to Pelosi’s stance, Bishop Gainer said, “to make these public statements is a betrayal of our Catholic faith and discipline.” The bishop noted that her position was a “contradiction” and stressed that “our Church is clear on what the teachings are regarding the sanctity of life, on the inviolability of human life.”

On the question of denying Pelosi communion for her betrayals, Bishop Gainer said he understood that such actions on the part of the Church are often spun to make a martyr of those denied communion, by falsely painting the Church as being heavy-handed.

Nevertheless, he said, “the bishops have an obligation to stand up for the Church’s teaching and when we have such a broad and public consistent denial of our Church’s moral position it would seem to indicate that we’ve been patient enough and something should be done.”

Bishop Gainer noted more than once that such actions were the responsibility of Pelosi’s local bishop. “I’m grateful that we’re in Kentucky where certainly our national senators have been very pro-life – we’re blessed,” he added.

Pelosi’s bishop, Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco, did publicly correct the House speaker after the Newsweek interview.  "It is entirely incompatible with Catholic teaching to conclude that our freedom of will justifies choices that are radically contrary to the Gospel — racism, infidelity, abortion, theft," he said in a column for his diocesan newspaper.  "Freedom of will is the capacity to act with moral responsibility; it is not the ability to determine arbitrarily what constitutes moral right."
14114  Forums / Technical Support / Re: New Smilies! on: January 26, 2010, 10:50:40 PM
If there are any smilies people feel are missing, point me to them and I will see.  Grin
14115  Forums / Technical Support / New Smilies! on: January 26, 2010, 10:44:02 PM
There's a new batch of smilies now uploaded everyone!

In case you didn't notice the 'more' button!

 angel bell
14116  Forums / Technical Support / Re: Try it Out! on: January 26, 2010, 10:35:36 PM
More on the 'notification' option.  rejoice

Click on your profile button!

Click on 'notifications and email' on the left sidebar!

And check the notify boxes that you prefer to keep up to date!

Try it out! Smiley

I like checking the top three!  Cheesy
14117  Forums / Everything Else / Re: Suggestion Box on: January 26, 2010, 10:31:22 PM
Okay, I have a song and dance routine uploaded. . .

But I don't have all your requests. Smiley If you find them, point me towards them and I will add them.

I think in the meantime there should be enough critters to make people happy.

Go on check the 'more' button' and see!

 rejoice tiny angel cross prayer  angel bell cross prayer tiny angel rejoice
14118  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Quote for the Day: Even While Cooking on: January 26, 2010, 09:50:03 PM
'It is possible to offer fervent prayer even while walking in public or strolling alone, or seated in your shop, . . . while buying or selling, . . . or even while cooking.'

St. John Chrysostom
14119  Forums / Catholic General Discussion / Re: Word for the Day: Agitprop on: January 26, 2010, 09:17:40 PM
Well, I intend to talk about it more with news analysis.

In other words, take all the news articles you read in a single day, and analyze them through the filter of: agitprop.

Ask yourself: Is the news article agitprop?

How does it seek to agitate me?

What 'moral' truth does it seek me to believe is the solution to this agitation?

Do it enough times, and see where it gets you. Smiley

After that, it may indeed become a new word you use at the dinner table.

"Did you realize how much of our news is agitprop?" you might say. Or, "Look at how this article is trying to make me believe this or that!"

When before, you just believed this or that, because naturally, the news articles led you to believe this sort of moral truth must be reasonable and true and the solution to problem 'x'.

Agitprop is very prevalent today, and is one of the primary means propaganda about various issues is spread everywhere.

Every day there are millions of potential news stories throughout the world.

Yet many people complain that the TV news and newspapers have the same old stories regurgitated all the time.

But they don't have to have these same old stories. It is their choice to have these same old stories.

Why do they have the same old stories?

What different kind of stories could they have but choose not to?

What would a newspaper story look like flipped upside down?

These are good questions to ask.  Grin
14120  Forums / Pro-Life News & Talk / The Deadly Dozen on: January 26, 2010, 09:12:18 PM
The American Life League has produced a brochure entitled 'The Deadly Dozen' of 'Catholic' public figures in the U.S. government and called for their public excommunication.

The brochure is available here.

In big bold lettering underneath are the words: YOU CAN’T BE CATHOLIC AND PRO-ABORTION!

Let's hope this receives wide publicity and makes it clear. Smiley

I'd like to see it in every parish foyer.
14121  Forums / Prayer Requests / Re: Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on: January 26, 2010, 07:24:28 PM
She has the gravest expression I've ever seen in a Marian picture. Probably because none other than Her feels the fear and sorrow of Her Son as He sees the instruments of His death. Mary suffered everyday because of the knowledge of the manner of Her Son's death.

Very true! Something we should meditate on when we think of her.  We should share her sorrow.

I'm a true Latin Catholics, but I appreciate icons. However, I have always had to get past the initial barrier that many of them are not as pleasing as works of art are in the West. When you approach them as symbolic puzzles, then you begin to appreciate them. But of course, it is harder to do so until you start learning the basics of what is in their symbolism -- still you can meditate and wonder, and this is what is great, because just wondering and thinking about the possibilities is a form of meditation, and let me tell you material for meditation is wonderful to have.
14122  Forums / Prayer Requests / Re: Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on: January 26, 2010, 07:12:52 PM
Do you know the significance of what the two angels are holding?

The top of the cross, has 'This is the King of the Jews' in Greek, Latin and Hebrew.'   Little Angel
The other angel is holding two of the 'instruments of the passion', and one is the lance of Longinus, and the other the sponge on a stick.

Tradition says that the solider who pierced Christ's side with a spear converted and he is named St. Longinus.

The bitter gall Christ tasted at last is full of significance for those of us learning to mortify ourselves!

14123  Forums / Prayer Requests / Re: Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on: January 26, 2010, 06:36:47 PM
I find this explanation of the icon interesting and enjoyable except it does not in fact seem as if the image is looking at the viewer directly. Or does it? It's hard to tell. What do you think? Smiley

It seems to change personalities to me. One time I look at it and Mary looks extremely sorrowful and the next time I look at it she's looking at me disdainfully. Huh? I'm very Marian and have never, ever felt that from Mary!

I do feel the image is looking at me, although not straight-on.

The eyes look like they're looking slightly upwards to me, and not quite even in the same directions! Don't say disdainfully, that's all black. How about distractedly?

Or rather one eye appears to be looking away and up, the other somewhat -through- and perhaps at the viewer.
14124  Forums / Submissions / Re: Submissions on: January 26, 2010, 03:38:12 PM
Hello,  Smiley
I just wanted to suggestest the book  The Secret of the Rosary,  by St Louis de Montfort.  It is very small but very sweet. The Saint's love for Our Lady really comes forth.  It might be a nice book to share with a younger person, because it is broken up into
small parts that way someone won't get bored.  It's just so full of love! Kiss
God Bless,

The good news is that it's already there!  Grin I love that book!

'Poor men and women who are sinners, I, a greater sinner than you, wish to give you this rose, a crimson one, because the precious blood of our Lord has fallen upon it.'

St. Louis de Montfort

14125  Forums / Prayer Requests / Re: Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on: January 26, 2010, 03:29:25 PM
I find this explanation of the icon interesting and enjoyable except it does not in fact seem as if the image is looking at the viewer directly. Or does it? It's hard to tell. What do you think? Smiley
14126  Forums / Prayer Requests / Re: Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on: January 26, 2010, 03:27:55 PM
The meaning of the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
an article from the Redemptorists
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This beloved picture may look strange to modern Western eyes. It doesn't portray Mary as a delicate maiden with downcast eyes. Her direct gaze and strong features command our attention. We are struck by the unrealistic qualities of the figures. Jesus is the size of toddler, but his features are those of an older child. Mary and Jesus aren't set in a scene but float against a background of gold.

This picture was painted in the Byzantine style of the Eastern Church. The purpose of this style of art is not to show a beautiful scene or person but to convey a beautiful spiritual message. Because the artist is trying to communicate something more glorious than anything in this world, the picture isn't a realistic portrayal. A Byzantine painting is like a door. Seeing a beautiful door is nice, but who wants to just stand there looking at the door? We want to open the door and go beyond it. The door might be attractive or unattractive, but it is only a door, there to lead us into a new world.

That's how we must approach this picture. The artist, realizing that no one on earth would ever know what Mary or Jesus really looked like, and that their holiness could never be depicted in purely human terms, has portrayed their beauty and their message in symbols.

What do you see when you look at this picture?

First of all you see Mary, because she dominates the picture and because she looks straight at you - not at Jesus, not at heaven, not at the angels above her head. She looks at you as if to tell you something very important. Her eyes seem serious, even sad, but they command attention.

This is an important woman, one of power and position. She is set on a gold background, a symbol of heaven in the middle ages. She is dressed in dark blue robes with a green lining and red tunic. Blue, green, and red were the colors of royalty. Only the Empress was allowed to wear those colors.

The eight-point star on her forehead was probably added by a later artist to represent the Eastern idea that Mary is the star that leads us to Jesus. To reinforce the symbolism, there is an ornamental four-point cross to the left of the star on her headdress.

The letters above her head proclaim her the Mother of God (in Greek).
Looking at the painting, we know that she has the power to intercede for us in heaven.

Mary's gaze is fixed on you, but her arms hold Jesus. In Byzantine icons, Mary is never shown without Jesus because Jesus is central to the faith. Jesus too is wearing the clothes of royalty. Only an Emperor could wear the green tunic, red sash, and gold brocade portrayed in the picture. The Greek initials to the right of the child and his halo decorated with a cross proclaim that he is "Jesus Christ."

Jesus isn't looking at us, or at Mary, or at the angels. Though he clings to his mother, he's looking away, at something we can't see - something that made him run so fast to his mother that one of his sandals has almost fallen off, something that makes him cling to her for protection and love.

What would frighten a little boy, even the Son of God, so much

The figures that hover on either side of Jesus and Mary - the Greek letters above them identify them as Archangels Gabriel and Michael - provide us with the answer. Rather than carrying harps or trumpets of praise, they bear the instruments of Christ's Passion.

On the left, Michael holds an urn filled with the gall that the soldiers offered to Jesus on the cross, the lance that pierced his side, and the reed with the sponge.

To the right, Gabriel carries the cross and four nails.

Jesus has seen part of his destiny - the suffering and death he will undergo. Though he is God, he is human as well and afraid of this terrifying future. He has run to his mother, who holds him close in this moment of panic, the same way she will be close by his side through his life and death. While she can't spare him his suffering, she can love and comfort him.

So why is Mary looking so intently at us instead of her child in need? Her gaze brings us into the story, makes us part of the painting and the pain. Her gaze tells us that just as Jesus ran to his mother and found refuge, so too may we run to Mary.
Her hand does not clasp the hands of her frightened son in a protective grip, but remains open, inviting us to put our hands in hers and join with Jesus.

Mary knows there are many things in our lives that are dangerous and terrifying, and that we need someone to turn to in times of suffering and dread. She offers us the same comfort and love she gave to Jesus. She tells us to run to her as fast as Jesus did, so fast that we don't even think about what we wear or how we go, just so we get there.

What are you waiting for?

The History of the Icon

or many centuries throughout the world, this picture has been revered as an icon of hope and inspiration.

The original picture of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is a product of Byzantine art. It is known to be at least five hundred years old in its present form. Painted in tempera on hard nutwood and only 17 by 21 inches, the picture may date back another 1,000 years to the ancient madonnas of Constantinople. Some church legends even date the picture to the first century and the hand and brush of St. Luke the Evangelist.

It is only in the past 125 years that devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help has increased dramatically. In 1866, Pope Pius IX entrusted the miraculous icon to the Redemptorists and told them to "Make Her Known Throughout the World."

As they have criss-crossed the globe bringing the Good News of Salvation, Redemptorist priests and brothers have also erected churches and shrines to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. They have encouraged people to gather each week to pray the novena prayers and then to pray daily in their homes to Mary, Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

Countless miracles, healings, and conversions are attributed to Mary by those who pray to her as Our Mother of Perpetual Help. There's even a bit of the miraculous in the way the Redemptorists received the picture in the first place.

Historical records indicate that around the year 1490, the picture was located in St. Matthew's Church in Rome. Although it was a relatively small church located on the Via Merulana between the great Roman basilicas of St. John Lateran and St. Mary Major, people came from miles around to pray before the picture because of the many miracles attributed to this sacred icon.

For three hundred years the picture hung over the main altar in the church of St. Matthew the Apostle and the miracles continued to occur. In 1798, the picture was taken into hiding by the monks who fled the city of Rome to avoid being captured by Napoleon's invading armies. The picture resurfaced some years later in an Augustinian monastery chapel.

Meanwhile the Redemptorists had built the new church of San Alfonso near the site of St. Matthew's which had been destroyed by Napoleon's invasion force. In time the Redemptorists learned about the miraculous picture of Our Mother of Perpetual Help that had been enshrined on that site for several centuries. They requested that the picture be placed there once again.

The Holy Father Pope Pius IX agreed and on April 26, 1866, the original icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help was placed above the high altar in the Church of San Alfonso. To this day, the miraculous picture is there for all to see.

Millions of copies of the picture can be seen around the world in churches and homes. Each week hundreds of thousands of people gather to pray the novena prayers to Our Mother of Perpetual Help while in their homes each day millions of people invoke the assistance of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

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14127  Forums / Prayer Requests / Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on: January 26, 2010, 03:17:35 PM

Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

O Mother of Perpetual Help
Imploring aid we come to Thee
Look down on us from far and near
Thy Mother's care will calm all fear
Perpetual Help, we beg of thee
Our souls from sin and sorrow free
Thou fairest flower of heavenly grace
O turn to earth Thy sinless face.
14128  Forums / Everything Else / Joke of the Day on: January 26, 2010, 01:53:19 PM
An elderly lady won a ticket to the Stanley Cup finals. When she entered the gigantic arena she noticed her seat was way up in the top level. She said to herself, "I could never climb all those stairs - and even if I could I would be too far away from the action to see anything."

So she started looking around and was surprised to see an empty seat just a few feet away beside a man sitting at ice-level. "Excuse me sir, is anyone sitting in that seat?" , she asked.

"Well my wife was going to...but I guess you could sit here" , the man answered.
"Oh no !" , the lady countered," I couldn't take the place reserved for your wife."

" don't understand " , smiled the man ," We bought these tickets when they were first available - some time back, and we were supposed to come together...but my wife just died three days she can't come."

"Oh, you poor dear", the lady replied, "Don't you have any friends?"

"Sure", said the man, "I have lots of friends."

"But none of them could even come with you to the hockey game?", the lady asked.

"No", replied the man, "They're all at my wife's funeral."
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