Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Nowadays, fear also rules the hearts of mothers that would have their children killed by abortion.
In both cases infants show the power they hold to change lives. May we embrace this change and help those who are fearful with love.
Holy Innocents, pray for us.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned mealtime, but do not show love, I'm just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love, it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata...but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can't.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
Love never fails.
This is something I enjoyed and hope you do too.
Thank you priest's wife (Byzantine, of course) written by Sharon Jaymes by way of St. Paul.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The latest Catholic Sentinel had an article on VOZ. Day Laborers/ Our Lady of Guadalupe VOZ has anti-Catholic ideals (apart from the Catholics that might be in VOZ) Using the Blessed Mother confuses people. This organization is not as it seems and using the Blessed Mother is very sad and desperate.
|Matt Cato holding sign...|
The Archdiocese of Portland has given this organization money, publicity and credibility for ten years. It looks like Oregon Catholics have to wait for their new Archbishop to be appointed who uses our collection plate monies in a prudent, thoughtful manner "obeying" the rules of CCHD and the Church.
By the way, here is an article regarding the $64,000 on the average salaries for VOZ. Is this considered a poverty wage to the CCHD and Archdiocese of Portland? Most Oregon Catholics would love to have that as a salary.
VOZ is also visible with the Occupy Portland movement. supported the Archdiocese of Portland.
Thanks for any response.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
According to present  usage, Advent is a period beginning with the Sunday nearest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle embracing four Sundays. The first Sunday may be as early as 27 November this year, and then Advent has twenty-eight days, or as late as 3 December, giving the season only twenty-one days.
With Advent the ecclesiastical year begins in the Western churches. During this time the faithful are admonished:
- to prepare themselves worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord's coming into the world as the incarnate God of love,
- thus to make their souls fitting abodes for the Redeemer coming in Holy Communion and through grace, and
- thereby to make themselves ready for His final coming as judge, at death and at the end of the world
Saint Andrew, the first apostle The Church celebrates the feast of Saint Andrew on November 27th, an important date in the annual liturgical calendar, because it determines the date of the First Sunday of Advent, which is the Sunday nearest this Feast. Saint Andrew is the patron saint fishermen, and of both Scotland and Russia.
Andrew, the first Apostle called by Jesus, was a fisherman from Bethsaida and the brother of Simon Peter. A follower of John the Baptist, Andrew recognized Jesus as the Messiah when John baptized Our Lord in the Jordan River, and he introduced his brother Simon to Jesus. The two brothers continued as fishermen until Jesus called them as Apostles.
After Pentecost, it is believed that Andrew went to Greece to preach the Gospel of Christ Jesus.
Saint Andrew, called the "Protoclet" (or "first called") by the Greeks, was crucified at Achaia by order of Roman Governor Aegeas during the reign of Nero. He was bound, not nailed, to the X-shaped cross in order to prolong his sufferings. According to tradition, he preached from the cross for two days, and died on the third day.
- Little Lent lasts until Christmas Day.
Happy New Year and Christmas Blessings.
Friday, November 25, 2011
"Accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, U.S.A., presented by Bishop Kenneth Donald Steiner, upon having reached the age limit."
Coadjutor Bishop Impending?
Friday, November 18, 2011
Throughout the years groups like Street Roots, Sisters of the Road, Dignity Village, PhotoVoice (a Sisters of the Road project to buy cameras for the homeless so they can film their lifestyles) and anti "Sit-Lie In" have been funded by CCHD. We even gave $5,000 to Dignity Village for a lawn. We are still under the spell of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and seem to follow their lead on being progressive and liberal. Finally, Sisters was taken off the list of grantees.
A vocal Oregon Catholic said "this is the sin of Covetousness". Catholic monies have been going to many other groups that cause discontentment. These people need an answer. Evangelization. If we want to end homelessness, greed, violence...Christ and the love of Christ is the only remedy.
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in his, easy reading inspirational, book Way to Happiness says,
"One of the greatest mistakes is to think that contentment comes from something outside us rather than the quality of the soul. There was once a boy who only wanted a marble; when he had the marble he wanted a ball; when he had the ball, he only wanted a top; when he had a top, he only wanted a kite, when he had the marble, the ball, the top and the kite, he was still not happy. Trying to make a discontented person happy is like trying to fill a sieve with water. However much you pour into it, it runs out too rapidly for you to catch up."
- History - It's All Who You Know in the Office of Justice and Peace Which Starts the Chain Reaction.
"Frank Fromherz of the Archdiocese of Portland's Office of Justice and Peace, one of the key organizers of the action, explains through an interview taped two weeks later the reasons for the action, its historical context, and the spiritual (and political) motivations for taking such a step. Days after the interview was conducted, Fromherz was fired from his job by the Archdiocese. He was let go at least in part for his outspoken activism against the war, despite the fact that the Pope himself was against the war."
(A letter he wrote sealed his fate, will add soon)
The "founder" of "Dignity Village" was Frank Tafari a friend of Fromherz's.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
- Archbishop Vlazny and Bishop Steiner will be retiring in early to mid 2012.
- With the 2011 USCCB fall meeting in session our two Archbishops:one known and one unknown are in Baltimore, Maryland from November 14-16.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) collection will be starting in mid-November this year. Progressive groups have been the recipients for decades in Oregon.
Their tangled web, or "fiscal incest" as coined by economist John Kenneth Galbraith is a "long chain of holdings by one company in another." Alinzky organizations are used for leverage and and control of ideals that are not in keeping with the Catholic Church.
This list shows some "allies" of Oregon Action, a Communistic collection of groups that CCHD in Oregon has been involved with for decades,who has changed it's website but this was saved a while ago. Today, some names have been changed from "ACORN" but they are still Saul Alinskyian organizations. Oregon Action Works with:
- "The projects must be by the poor, not just for the poor," said Matt Cato (Office of Justice and Peace), who emphasized that grants go only to projects that fit into principles of Catholic social teaching, including respect for the dignity of human life, from conception to natural death."
- How can a staff making over $64,000 even be considered when the CCHD guidelines have been violated for ten years?
- OVERSIGHT and apologies from the "invisible Oregon CCHD committee"
- Those on the committee that choose VOZ for ten years should be investigated and fired.
- We should be privy to who is on this committee.
- There is in-house funny business at the Archdiocese of Portland and it should be exposed.
- There is "fiscal incest" to ACORN type groups that promote anti-Catholic values.
- There salaries are not in line with Matt Cato's statement above. What does he get if this is poverty wages?
- Our collection plate money is being used with political motivations and leverage to continue anti-Catholic values.
- The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is NOT mandatory.
- We can donate our hard earned money to organizations we believe in without being told what to do. They must think we're so hard-hearted that the Holy Spirit in our lives only comes from CCHD.
- IDEA! Post organizations deemed worthy of financing on the USCCB website. This eliminates the need for administration costs, banquets to congratulate themselves and"fiscal incest".
- IDEA! CCHD, start respecting the laity and stop feeling so superior. We're all here to serve the Lord and be with Him forever in Heaven.
A few weeks ago I started doing a little poking around on the ACORN website. I had heard many times about all the connections between Soros, Acorn and the Administration. However, I guess I wanted to see for myself. I found some interesting things that prompted me to dig a little further. Some of this information may be old news but I thought it was worth sharing. I think this shows the complete circle. First I have provided a summary of how I see things. Further down are links and other information I found.
ACORN: Organization with Not-for-Profit Status that hides behind the "non-partisan" facade so as to continue receiving tax payer funding. Exposed for corrupt practices including facilitating prostitution and voter fraud aligations.
GEORGE SOROS - Ultra Liberal and Ultra Rich financier of ACORN, Barack Obama Campaign, Media Matters, Open Society Institute, and a spider web of other organizations and causes. Owns much of the media.
BARACK OBAMA/Democrat Party - Benefits by ACORN's eagerness to keep the money flowing by using voter registration to build their membership and thus their donations. Supports (or did) ACORN so as to please the one holding the purse strings (SOROS), the motor behind his campaign.
ACORN uses Soros funded "organizing" software (democracy in action) to compile their databases and collect donations. A COMPLETE CIRCLE!
VOCAL says. Check out web addresses and you'll find
orgon Anti-Death Penalty groups endorsed and promoted by the Archdiocese of Portland. SOROS money
Someone wanting to make a Donation would click on a link that re-directs them here... https://salsa.wiredforchange.
What is “Salsa Wired for Change? http://salsa.wiredforchange.
It is software for organizers and not-for-profits “organize and energize people”
“Democracy in Action”… “Wiring the Progressive Movement” at: http://www2.democracyinaction.
This site leads to a link for. Open Society Institute http://www.soros.org Open Society’s Institute Annual Report: http://www.soros.org/
resources/articles_ publications/publications/ ar08_20090720/i_osi_exp_ credits.pdf
Soros is also behind a political fundraising group called Democracy Alliance which supported the goals of the U.S. Democratic Party. Democracy Alliance is also backed by SEIU. According to Matthew Vadum, a senior editor at the conservative Capital Research Center, Democracy Alliance members gave more than $100 million to liberal nonprofit groups:
• Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)
• America Votes
• Center for Community Change
• EMILY's List
• Sierra Club
• Air America Radio
• Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
• Media Matters for America
• Center for Independent Media
• People for the American Way
• Center for American Progress
• Economic Policy Institute
• Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
• Center for Progressive Leadership
• New Democrat Network
• Progressive Majority
"Catholic" Political Groups Being Financed by George Soros
New York, Oct 20, 2008 (CNA).- The Catholic League’s president Bill Donohue has come out swinging at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United for having ties to the left-wing financier George Soros.
Donohue charges that Soros’ liberal credentials couldn’t be more clear, citing a 2005 campaign by Soros-financed Moveon.org to convince Americans that they should back Democrats efforts to filibuster President George W. Bush’s judicial nominees to the Supreme Court.
At the time of Moveon.org's effort Donohue described it in a statement as: “a picture of a smiling Pope Benedict XVI holding a gavel outside the U.S. Supreme Court, along with the following inscription: ‘God Already Has a Job…He does not need one on the Supreme Court’.”
Although the incident occurred in 2005, Donohue now says that Soros is financing two organizations that have close ties to the Democrat Party and are “apologists for abortion rights.”
According to The Catholic Key, Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, the Chair of the Board of Directors for Catholics in Alliance is the wife of former Democratic National Committee finance chair, Smith Bagley. “Ambassador Bagley has herself given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the DNC, as well as to numerous stridently pro-choice Democratic candidates including, Barack Obama, Al Franken, Barbara Boxer, Claire McCaskill, Charles Schumer and The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund," The Catholic Key reported.
Catholics United also has ties to the Democrat Party, according to the group's web site. Catholics United Director of Organizing, James Salt, "oversaw the Kansas Democratic Party's faith outreach efforts, including messaging work for Governor Sebelius and development of faith-based messaging resources," the site says. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is currently in hot water with Archbishop Joseph Naumann for her close ties to abortionist George Tiller and her support for abortion.
Donohue alleges that these groups also have monetary links to George Soros. “In 2006, Soros’ Open Society Institute gave Catholics in Alliance $100,000 (double the amount he gave in 2005), and in the same year Catholics in Alliance listed Catholics United on its 990 (line 80b) as an organization with which it has a formal relationship,” Donohue asserts in documentation the Catholic League provided to CNA.
As further proof of a link, the Catholic League president cites a May 20, 2006 Washington Post article in which John Podesta, who runs the Soros-funded organization, Center for American Progress, “admits that he works closely with Catholics in Alliance and Catholics United.”
In an email to CNA on Monday, Catholics United president Chris Korzen denied any links to Soros. “Catholics United has no connection with Mr. Soros. We have taken money from neither him nor OSI,” he said.
The Catholic League’s Director of Communications, Susan Fani, responded to Korzen's denial by telling CNA that the League stands by its statement and that the evidence is well documented.
For his part, Donohue believes that George Soros, who is Jewish, is driven to fund Catholic groups because he has an agenda to normalize Catholic support for abortion.
“The reason Soros funds the Catholic Left is the same reason he lavishly funds Catholics for Choice, the pro-abortion group that has twice been condemned as a fraud by Catholic bishops: they all service his agenda, namely, to make support for abortion rights a respectable Catholic position,” Donohue stated on Monday.
As reported by CNA last Friday, Catholics in Alliance and Catholics United both came under fire from Archbishop Chaput of Denver, who said that the groups are doing a “disservice” to the Catholic Church.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
The money for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is generally taken up each year the Sunday before Thanksgiving. It is then distributed to various groups that claim to fight poverty and here’s where the problem comes in.
Many of these groups either DIRECTLY contribute to the culture of death by openly supporting abortion, same sex so-called marriage, contraception, etc. Many others INDIRECTLY contribute to the culture of death by belonging to groups and associations that band together to promote the above referenced evils. In both cases, dozens of these groups are getting money that YOU throw in the plate thinking you are helping poor people.
These revelations a couple of years ago sparked an angry response on the part of many leaders in the Church as they lashed out at the messengers who were exposing these corruptions. And it’s important to realize that these charges of diverting much of this money to liberal pro-culture of death forces did not start just two years ago. This behavior has been going on for decades and every time in the past the CCHD has ducked and bobbed and weaved and accused those asserting the charges of ridiculous things like lying being uncharitable and so forth.
But this latest round has ignited a flurry of research over the past two years with the CCHD finally on the defensive. After numerous meetings with their accusers that they were essentially shamed into the CCHD agreed to revise their policies and guidelines which they did. The problem is that the problems got EVEN worse, with even MORE pro-death groups getting YOUR money.
When this was uncovered by the American Life League (ALL), after months and months of intensive research, the group collected all its information into one report and sent a copy of the damning information to every single bishop in the United States.
The response from the CCHD was, “Oh, these are nothing but the same old charges and recycled accusations. Don’t be silly. We’ve reformed and everything is perfectly fine.” This is the same message that was relayed to the bishops when they began asking questions and reading the reports. The CCHD denies that there are pro-culture of death groups getting YOUR collection plate money.
The CCHD is wrong. They have been disingenuous in their responses both to the laity and to the bishops. This outfit has its own agenda and has been pushing it for years and now after reluctantly being shamed into revising their own guidelines and they hide their continued practices behind the fact that they have produced a new set of guidelines, but they clearly don’t follow them in many cases. The problems at the CCHD have actually gotten worse in terms of the number of bad groups getting your money. This problem has gone on for so that its time to bring the CCHD to a close. Shut down the whole operation.
If the Church wants to, as it should, engage in the corporal work of mercy of helping the poor, then it should do it though solely solidly Catholic groups and organizations.
If the people in charge won’t end this then the people in the pews needs to.
Do not contribute to the CCHD.
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- "The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus. When you see a priest, think of our Lord Jesus Christ."
- "O, how great is the priest! ... If he realized what he is, he would die."
- "If we had faith, we would see God hidden in the priest like a light behind glass, like wine mixed with water."
- "Without the priest, the passion and death of our Lord would be of no avail. It is the priest who continues the work of redemption here on earth...What use would be a house filled with gold, were there no one to open its door? The priest holds the key to the treasures of heaven: it is he who opens the door: he is the steward of the good Lord; the administrator of His goods...Leave a parish for twenty years without a priest and they will end by worshiping the beasts there..The priest is not a priest for himself, he is a priest for you."
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
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|We are His children, the Fruit of His Suffering|