Jesus, please reveal to the minds and hearts of your persecutors the intense, burning love of your Sacred Heart in a way that will inspire them to turn to you. Amen.
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Fr William Casey of the Fathers of Mercy recently preached a retreat in Bloomington, Indiana. Below are his three homilies. All three are excellent, but the one on “Christian Bravery” really drove me to prayer. If I am burdened with fear and anxiety from having passed the 6-month mark of my unemployment, what would I be like in the face of the type of persecution Fr Casey describes? Lord, help me to attain that perfect love for you that will cast out all fear!
Michelle and I join with Christians here and around the world in marking Ash Wednesday. This is a day of both reflection and joy, a time to ponder the meaning of repentance and restoration. As we enter Lent, we join millions in renewing our faith and remembering our commitment to love and serve one another.
With the start of the sacred month of Ramadan, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world.
For the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims, Ramadan is a time for thoughtful reflection, fasting and devotion. It is also an opportunity for family and friends to come together and celebrate the principles that bind people of different faiths – a commitment to peace, justice, equality and compassion towards our fellow human beings. These bonds are far stronger than the differences that too often drive us apart.
This month also reminds us that freedom, dignity and opportunity are the undeniable rights of all mankind. We reflect on these universal values at a time when many citizens across the Middle East and North Africa continue to strive for these basic rights and as millions of refugees mark Ramadan far from their homes. The United States stands with those who are working to build a world where all people can write their own future and practice their faith freely, without fear of violence.
In the United States, Ramadan is a reminder that millions of Muslim Americans enrich our nation each day—serving in our government, leading scientific breakthroughs, generating jobs and caring for our neighbors in need. I have been honored to host an iftar dinner at the White House each of the past four years, and this year I look forward to welcoming Muslim Americans who are contributing to our country as entrepreneurs, activists and artists.
I wish Muslims across America and around the world a month blessed with the joys of family, peace and understanding. Ramadan Kareem.
He doesn’t even try to hide his bias.
Even though the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy may no longer apply to homosexuals in the military, if this article is accurate, it may soon apply to Christians in the military.
This article contains excerpts from the testimony of Romanian Greek Catholic Bishop Ioan Ploscaru describing some of what he had to endure while imprisoned by the communist government.
Can’t. Even. Imagine.
I posted about it here last year.
Let’s see if anything has changed.
Here’s the complete statement issued by POTUS BHO regarding the beginning of the holy season of Lent this year, 2012:
Today, Michelle and I honor Ash Wednesday with Christians around the country and across the world. This is at once a solemn and joyous occasion, an opportunity to remember both the depths of sacrifice and the height of redemption. We join millions in entering the Lenten Season with truly thankful hearts, mindful of our faith and our obligations to one another.
On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to Muslim Americans and Muslims around the world at the start of Ramadan. For Muslims, Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer, and reflection; a time of joy and celebration. It’s a time to cherish family, friends, and neighbors, and to help those in need.
This year, Ramadan holds special meaning for those citizens in the Middle East and North Africa who are courageously achieving democracy and self-determination and for those who are still struggling to achieve their universal rights. The United States continues to stand with those who seek the chance to decide their own destiny, to live free from fear and violence, and to practice their faith freely. Here in the United States, Ramadan reminds us that Islam is part of the fabric of our Nation, and that—from public service to business, from healthcare and science to the arts—Muslim Americans help strengthen our country and enrich our lives.
Even as Ramadan holds profound meaning for the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims, it is also a reminder to people of all faiths of our common humanity and the commitment to justice, equality, and compassion shared by all great faiths. In that spirit, I wish Muslims across America and around the world a blessed month, and I look forward to again hosting an iftar dinner here at the White House. Ramadan Kareem.
You be the judge.
About which season does he seem more enthusiastic?
About which religion does he seem more enthusiastic?
Our Guardian group in the Back Mountain will be studying the virtue of Fortitude (or Courage) today in our first session of our “Crossing the Goal” series on the virtues. We need to develop this virtue in times like these when the cause of Christ is unpopular in many quarters. If we proclaim the Gospel we may have to risk ridicule, disapproval, maybe economic loss as has happened before to Christians like Dietrick Bonhoffer, the Cristeros in Mexico and Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko of Poland – loss of freedom and life. The following quote by Blessed Jerzy appeared in a meditation of the day in the Magnificat this week. Something to consider as we prepare for the ‘Fortnight of Freedom” promoted by the Bishops of the United States to demonstrate our opposition to the infringement of Christians’ Freedom of Religion and Conscience by the State:
A Christian fulfills his duties only when he is stalwart, when he professes his principles courageously, when he is neither ashamed of them nor renounces them because of fear or material needs. Woe betide a society whose citizens do not live by their fortitude. They cease to be citizens and become more like slaves. It is fortitude which creates citizens, for only a courageous man is conscious of all his rights and duties. If a citizen lacks fortitude, he becomes a slave and causes immeasurable harm not only to himself but to his family, his country and the Church…Fortitude is an essential part of one’s life as a citizen. That is why fortitude is, for a Christian, the most important duty after love.