Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Fr. Shaughnessy's Homily 1-03-07

Under the previous posting -"The Name of JESUS", Father's homily from this a.m. is now available -click "homily".

Update on Baptist & Catholic Conversations

My last post on the situation. I could only find a few brief news items and one was basically a press release. Tho, during the holidays this week I was able to find this one: Baptists and Catholics end 2006 Conversation - look forward to 2007.
I think this is more informative as it provides a better list of those that attended and a list of topics that were discussed. I'm disappointed that it does not provide enough information about their actual discussions-the outcome of the conversations. Maybe they solved the world's problems?!

The Name of JESUS

"That in the name of JESUS every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth" (Phil., 2:10).
Per Fr. Angelus Shaughnessy's homily this a.m. on EWTN...when you have "issues" with others-family, friends, etc. claim HIS HOLY NAME with their names:
JESUS Pres. Bush
JESUS U.S. Congress
JESUS Mexico (see today's previous postings)
Two of the greatest promoters of this devotion are St. Bernardine of Siena and St. John Capistran.
They carried with them on their missions in the turbulent cities of Italy a copy of the monogram of the Holy Name, surrounded by rays, painted on a wooden tablet, wherewith they blessed the sick and wrought great miracles. At the close of their sermons they exhibited this emblem to the faithful and asked them to prostrate themselves, to adore the Redeemer of mankind. They recommended their hearers to have the monogram of Jesus placed over the gates of their cities and above the doors of their dwelling (cf. Seeberger, "Key to the Spiritual Treasures", 1897, 102). Because the manner in which St. Bernardine preached this devotion was new, he was accused by his enemies, and brought before the tribunal of Pope Martin V. But St. John Capistran defended his master so successfully that the pope not only permitted the worship of the Holy Name, but also assisted at a procession in which the holy monogram was carried. The tablet used by St. Bernardine is venerated at Santa Maria in Ara Coeli at Rome.

The emblem or monogram representing the Holy Name of Jesus consists of the three letters: IHS. In the Middle Ages the Name of Jesus was written: IHESUS; the monogram contains the first and last letter of the Holy Name. It is first found on a gold coin of the eight century: DN IHS CHS REX REGNANTIUM (The Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings). Some erroneously say that the three letters are the initials of: "Jesus Hominum Salvator" (Jesus Saviour of Men). The Jesuits made this monogram the emblem of their Society, adding a cross over the H and three nails under it. Consequently a new explanation of the emblem was invented, pretending that the nails originally were a "V", and that the monogram stands for "In Hoc Signo Vinces" (In This Sign you shall Conquer), the words which, according to a legendary account, Constantine saw in the heavens under the Sign of the Cross before the battle at the Milvian bridge (312).

Mexico, GPS, & Illegals

Sat Nav for Mexicans illegally entering US

Mexico is handing out GPS systems to illegals to make sure they arrive in the U.S. safely and correctly to their "destinations".

"Alerting frontier police"? Why hand them out if there's a chance that they'll have to be located then detained, arrested, or deported? And they have to register their intentions before they leave? Yea right!

Those who get lost or fall sick during the dangerous four-day crossing will be able to activate the device, to alert frontier police on both sides of the border.

The satellite tracking service will require would-be illegals to register their intentions before setting off — a paradoxical move, given that secrecy is necessary for success — but Mexican authorities are predicting that about 200,000 devices will be handed out when the project is launched formally in the coming year.

"Totalization Agreement" - Social Security for Illegal Immigrants

"Fox & Friends" talked about this news item this morning.
A word of thanks to TREA Senior Citizens League -one of the nation's largest nonpartisan seniors groups!

If you haven't heard about this agreement today here's some info for review:
Social Security Agreement With Mexico Released After 3 1/2 Year Freedom of Information Act Battle

The Totalization Agreement could allow millions of illegal Mexican workers to draw billions of dollars from the U.S. Social Security Trust Fund.The agreement between the U.S. and Mexico was signed in June 2004, and is awaiting President Bush's signature. Once President Bush approves the agreement, which would be done without Congressional vote, either House of Congress would have 60 days to disapprove the agreement by voting to reject it.

"The Social Security Administration itself warns that Social Security is within decades of bankruptcy -- yet, they seem to have no problem making agreements that hasten its demise," said Ralph McCutchen, Chairman of the TREA Senior Citizens League.

Totalization Agreement - Social Security (actual doc. pdf. file)-
From the Internal Revenue Service
U.S. International Social Security Agreements

News Items & Commentary:

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

More on the North American Union

Michael Medved Loses His Cool Over North America Union

And while I'm at it...Did you know about this proposal that Rev. Moon is pushing?
"The Bering Strait Peace Tunnel"

Moon: 'Time to Beat Swords Into Plowshares'; Proposes Bering Strait 'Peace Tunnel,' Addresses Divisions in America, UN Reform

The Bering Strait Tunnel & Railroad Group

Now, you are aware of what's happening in the world! Tho, I think it's nothing more than a "pipe dream" pun intended...= ) you can't count these guys out. They have a following...more then likely a following of a lot of $ too. And now, let's not forget Archbishop Milingo who has received support from Rev. Moon too. Trouble, deep trouble.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Construction of Chapel at Sacred Heart Univ. in Fairfield,Connecticut

Over at "Shrine of the Holy Whapping" a reader alerted him to the planning construction of a chapel at Sacred Heart Univ. I cannot but help think that it is another feeble attempt at creating another "gathering space". It should be a temple in which to lead all - our thoughts, hearts, praise, thanksgiving, and worship to OUR FATHER. It looks again more about the "me" and "us" culture.

Les Femmes - Mary Ann Kreitzer

Mary Ann Kreitzer is also President of Catholic Media Coalition (CMC).

Diocese rejects non-orthodox spirituality classes

Former priest William Tobin had been given green light by Arlington VA diocese to each his Continuing Christian Development Institute despite being banned at seminaries and religious institutes.

Happy New Year!

Fullscreen 360 degree QuickTime VR Panoramas of New Year's Celebrations - 2007 From Around the World!

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Fr. John Hardon

A "veil tip" to Te Deum laudamus! for this entry-December 30: Archbishop Burke returns to Grotto for Fr. John A. Hardon Remembrance! The pictures are awesome! Archbishop Burke in Detroit: Photo Post 1 & Archbishop Burke in Detroit: Photo Post 2

And this entry too...St. John Hardon?

An Update on the Future Cause for Beatification of Father John A. Hardon, S.J.

Can you assist in his Beatification? (Please pass the word!)
Questionnaire for Life and Virtues Cause of Servant of God Father John A. Hardon, S.J.

If you're not familiar with Fr. John Hardon, S.J. read Eucharistic Adoration (an opportunity tonight to make a resolution to visit HIM in Eucharistic Adoration at least once a week-whatever your vocation will allow) and his many other listed sites that are mentioned in this link (scroll down to see all his teachings...etc. WHAT BLESSINGS!)


Why and how do these items appear on eBay?

A "veil tip" to Whispers in the Loggia for this entry Desperately Seeking... Pallium as it led me to check out eBay just in case the thief decided to sell Archbishop of Mobile Oscar Lipscomb's pallium. I have an idea why someone would steal this, but I don't want to go there.


First National Pro-Life Organization - American Citizens Concerned for Life,Inc.

My husband posed a "trivia" question -"Who was Pres. Ford's VP?" I didn't remember that it was Nelson Rockefeller. So, while "hunting" the VP info I found this information. While in Gerald R. Ford's Presidential Library & Museum I found these documents on the AMERICAN CITIZENS CONCERNED FOR LIFE, Inc. (ACCL) 50 linear feet (ca. 100,000 pages) for the entire collection (I had no idea this is how they measure the amount of information-in stack/or stacks...whoa!...go and look at the other "stacks" of info here

I was rather young and unaware of what was taking place so this info. is pretty interesting, tho unfortunate that an organization such as this had to be formed in order to battle the culture of death.