11.23.2008

The Real Meaning Of Thanksgiving

Once again we have a national holiday based on a religious occasion. And once again, we have people who are all too ready to reap the reward of a vacation day (long weekend) based on religion. Yet, many of those do not even acknowledge the One who has blessed them with so much., cherish these days of rest and relaxation.
In a recent discussion this very topic came up. In a world where believers have to weigh what they say and do at every turn out of "secular-correctness", why is it that the non-practicing contingent still takes the priviledge of such holidays? For example, why does the atheist or agnostic not demand that on such holidays they want to work. Yes, I know, who wants to work when there is an option to do otherwise.
The politically correct world forces us to remove all references to God out of the public arena, but no one seems to challenge the holidays based on Him. Fools! Celebrate God's blessings in your life, not just today, but everyday. Happy Thanksgiving!

11.11.2008

Catholic Bishops Will Fight Obama On Abortion


BALTIMORE - The nation's Roman Catholic bishops vowed Tuesday to forcefully confront the Obama administration over its support for abortion rights, saying the church and religious freedom could be under attack in the new presidential administration.

In an impassioned discussion on Catholics in public life, several bishops said they would accept no compromise on abortion policy. Many condemned Catholics who had argued it was morally acceptable to back President-elect Obama because he pledged to reduce abortion rates.

And several prelates promised to call out Catholic policy makers on their failures to follow church teaching. Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton, Pa., singled out Vice President-elect Biden, a Catholic, Scranton native who supports abortion rights.

"I cannot have a vice president-elect coming to Scranton to say he's learned his values there when those values are utterly against the teachings of the Catholic Church," Martino said. The Obama-Biden press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of the Diocese of Kansas City in Kansas said politicians "can't check your principles at the door of the legislature."

Naumann has said repeatedly that Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic Democrat who supports abortion rights, should stop taking Holy Communion until she changes her stance. "They cannot call themselves Catholic when they violate such a core belief as the dignity of the unborn," Naumann said Tuesday.

The discussion occurred on the same day the bishops approved a new "Blessing of a Child in the Womb." The prayer seeks a healthy pregnancy for the mother and makes a plea that "our civic rulers" perform their duties "while respecting the gift of human life."

Chicago Cardinal Francis George, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is preparing a statement during the bishops' fall meeting that will press Obama on abortion. The bishops suggested that the final document include the message that "aggressively pro-abortion policies" would be viewed "as an attack on the church."

Along with their theological opposition to the procedure, church leaders say they worry that any expansion in abortion rights could require Catholic hospitals to perform abortions or lose federal funding. Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Chicago said the hospitals would close rather than comply.

During the campaign, many prelates had spoken out on abortion more boldly than they had in 2004, telling Catholic politicians and voters that the issue should be the most important consideration in setting policy and deciding which candidate to back.

Yet, according to exit polls, 54 percent of Catholics chose Obama, who is Protestant. The new bishops' statement is meant to drive home the point in a way that cannot be misconstrued. "We have a very important thing to say. I think we should say it clearly and with a punch," said New York Cardinal Edward Egan.

But some bishops said church leaders should take care with the tone of the statement. Bishops differ on whether Catholic lawmakers should refrain from receiving Communion if they diverge from central church beliefs. Each bishop sets policy in his own diocese.

"We must act and be perceived as acting as caring pastors and faithful teachers," said Bishop Blase Cupich of Rapid City, S.D. Dr. Patrick Whelan, a pediatrician and president of Catholic Democrats, said angry statements from church leaders were counterproductive and would only alienate Catholics.

"We're calling on the bishops to move away from the more vicious language," Whelan said. He said the church needs to act "in a more creative, constructive way," to end abortion. Catholics United was among the groups that argued in direct mail and TV ads during the campaign that taking the "pro-life" position means more than opposing abortion rights. Chris Korzen, the group's executive director, said, "we honestly want to move past the deadlock" on abortion. He said church leaders were making that task harder.

"What are the bishops going to do now?" Korzen said. "`They have burned a lot of bridges with the Democrats and the new administration."

Associated Press

11.07.2008

Barack Obama Promises to Sign FOCA

What Choice will you make? http://www.FightFOCA.com

11.04.2008

Prayer for Election Day

O God, we acknowledge You today as Lord,Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.

We thank You for the privilege
Of being able to organize ourselves politically

And of knowing that political loyaltyDoes not have to mean disloyalty to You.

We thank You for Your law,
Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged

And recognized as higher than any human law.
We thank You for the opportunity that this yearputs before us,
To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote,
But to influence countless others to vote,
And to vote correctly.

Lord, we pray that Your people may be awakened.
Let them realize that while politics is not theirsalvation,
Their response to You requires that they be politicallyactive.
Awaken Your people to know that they are not called to bea sect fleeing the world

But rather a community of faith renewing the world.
Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to You in prayer
Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth;
That the same eyes that read Your Word
Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot,
And that they do not cease to be Christians
When they enter the voting booth.

Awaken Your people to a commitment to justice,
To the sanctity of marriage and the family,
To the dignity of each individual human life,
And to the truth that human rights begin when Human LivesBegin,
And not one moment later.

Lord, we rejoice today
That we are citizens of Your kingdom.
May that make us all the more committed

To being faithful citizens on earth.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.
From Catholic Online Prayers