Archive for August, 2017

#ShortNews: Salesian missionary in Ethiopia has baptized over 7,500

A Salesian missionary priest has baptized more than 7,500 people in the Ethiopian village where he works.

Father Giorgio Pontiggia has been stationed for years in a village outside Gambella. “When I arrived eleven years ago, I found about 40 Catholics,” he recalls. He began offering instruction, bringing residents into the Church, a few at a time. This year, the total number of baptisms reached 7,569, he says. He has been joined by another Salesian missionary, and together with their parishioners they have built several chapels around the village.

#ShortNews: Over 200 Christians detained in Eritrea since May

The death of a Christian woman in a prison camp in Eritrea has called attention to the arrests of scores of Christians.

More than 200 people have been detained in camps in recent weeks—including 23 who were arrested during the first week of August. Most were arrested during raids on “illegal” prayer meetings. The government of Eritrea has strict limitations on unregistered houses of worship.

#ShortNews: Catholic marriages in Scotland plunge to 1941 level

A prominent Scottish priest has called for “systematic and intensified preaching and catechesis on marriage,” noting that the number of Catholic marriages in Scotland has dropped to its lowest level in more than 70 years.

Msgr. Peter Magee, the head of Scotland’s interdiocesan tribunal, reported that there were only 1,346 Catholic marriages in the country in 2016. The annual total had not been that low in Scotland since 1941; the all-time high, set in 1970, was 7,066.

Msgr. Magee said that pastors should seek help from experts in all fields in conveying the Church’s vision of marriage, which should be “a source of inspiration.”

Lessons from Mother Mary

Why is it when we were younger we thought we knew everything, yet the older we get the more we realize we don’t know what we thought we knew?

Thank God that He gave us such a good mother that can teach us in simple and quiet ways. These are the lessons I’ve learned from Mother Mary:

Perseverance in hope

I once had a young teenager come up to me after my presentation on chastity. She was six months pregnant. With tears of joy in her eyes she thanked me for the encouragement to practice chastity and live a pure life with Christ. She shared that after she became pregnant, even when no one else knew of her situation, she rededicated herself to purity. She was made fun of in school, teased by people on Facebook and suffered the emotional pain of the breakup with the boyfriend.

Her peers called her a walking contradiction with her new outlook on purity, offering no support and tortured her with hateful comments. Even still, she went on with her new mission in life – to be a mother to this unborn baby with a rededicated heart to purity. She accepted her responsibility but also believed that God had a plan for her child. Since then, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl who was adopted by a couple, and the young girl is still dedicated to purity. Read more…

Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort

Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort was born in January 31, 1673 in Montfort-sur-Meu, the eldest surviving child of eighteen born to Jean-Baptiste and Jeanne Robert Grignion. St. Louis-Marie possessed a strong devotion to the Blessed Sacrament as a child, and was also intimately devoted to the Blessed Virgin, especially through the Rosary. He took the name Marie at his confirmation.

The saint manifested a love for the poor while he was at school and joined a society of young men who ministered to the poor and the sick on school holidays. When he was 19, he walked 130 miles to Paris to study theology, gave all he had to the poor that he met along the way and made a vow to live only on alms. He was ordained priest at the age of 27, and for some time fulfilled the duties of chaplain in a hospital. In 1705, when he was 32, he discovered his great gift for preaching and committed himself to it for the rest of his life. During sixteen years he preached the Gospel in countless towns and villages. As an orator he was highly gifted, his language being simple but replete with fire and divine love. His whole life was conspicuous for virtues difficult for modern degeneracy to comprehend: constant prayer, love of the poor, poverty carried to an unheard-of degree, joy in humiliations and persecutions.

But he also met with opposition, especially from the Jansenists, a heretical movement within the Church that believed in absolute Predestination, in which only a chosen few are saved, and the rest damned. Much of France was influenced by Jansenism, including many bishops, who banished Loius-Marie from preaching in their dioceses. He was even poisoned by Jansenists in La Rochelle, but survived, though he suffered ill health after. Read more…

“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.”

“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.” ~ Saint Maximilian Kolbe

#MoralStory: Rosary Saved A Child’s Life

I am a 40 year old who recently married and renewed Catholic faith through my wife. She taught me how to properly say the Rosary and Novena.

My neice Christie, a neice who I had dismissed from the family after she moved to L.A, had 2 children with a man who went to jail for murder in Texas. That was 14 years ago. June 2010 Christie notified the extended family that her 9 year old daughter had received a most horrible diagnosis. She had noticed a lump in the neck of her daughter, sought medical attention, it was on the MRI that the radiologist diagnosed the lump to be angiosarcoma (a very aggressive cancer). I immediately texted her (Christie) and told her to be strong, her daughter needed to know she was in control.

Our research on the net found that this type of tumor was very brittle and spreads very easily, I found only 7 cases or so documented in children (most under the age of 2). In these cases the tumor was unusually aggresive (compared to adult versions). Only 7% survived after 5 years. Even worse the tumor was attached to the carotid artery (bloodflow in the direction of the brain would allow easy spread there, the child would loose her mind) and attached to the jugular vein (which would provide conduit for spread to the rest of the body). Read more…