Showing posts with label God. Show all posts
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A Massive Crowd in Des Plaines, Illinois



Hundreds of thousands of worshipers from across the country are making their annual pilgrimage to The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines.

It's the first pilgrimage since the shrine's priest survived a fiery plane crash.

They are expecting between 200-and-300-thousand people to attend the feast celebration. They come from all over Chicago, Illinois and the country, with many making the cold pilgrimage on foot and traveling for days.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines is the most visited shrine in the country and for the next 24 hours will host a massive celebration, called The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.


Leading the charge is Father Esequiel Sanchez. Father Sanchez survived a plane crash this summer in Mexico and says he reflects on it daily.

“I go from one who preached about miracles to one who is giving testimony about them,” he said. “Miraculous you don't go through plane crash like that and no one died.”

On Tuesday night and Wednesday, he will lead several masses to pilgrims looking for hope. He says this celebration is especially important to immigrants.

The popular Catholic feast marks the appearance of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego in Mexico nearly 500 years ago. Worshippers come bearing roses and gifts, placing those items at the feet of the shrine and praying, thanking the virgin for many blessings.

“I just feel something really special in my heart and I know that every time I’m here, she's listening to me,” said Silvy Perez.

The Rodriguez family traveled from Michigan.

“She help us a lot and keep my family together, that way we say thanks to Guadalupe,” said Salvador Rodriguez.

Security is beefed up and there will be more police officers watching the services and parking lots all due to an increase in attacks on places of worship.

There will be several mass services throughout the night and into Wednesday until 7 p.m.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Sacred Heart Parish - Pat Hickey

I am off to my Church - Sacred Heart Parish. Worship here reminds me why Christ invites us to the table with simple, humble, contrite, but welcoming hearts. I see people from every phase of my life from packed Little Flower Church to the empty pews of our sprawling modernist globalist episcoplian lite situation. 
Sacred Heart, like St. Odilo's in Berwyn, reminds Chicago Catholics to have faith in the Faith.
There are manly priests like Fr. Gallagher, Fr. Brankin and Fr. Vanecko still being true shepherds and not slick sociologists in hard-collars waiting for their next meal at Gibsons. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Is Facebook at war with Christianity?

Franciscan University Claims Facebook Rejected Ad Because It Shows Jesus on the Cross



BY: Cameron Cawthorne
April 2, 2018 5:19 pm


Franciscan University posted a series of ads on Facebook Friday to promote some of its online theology programs, but it says one of them was rejected because it included the Crucifixion of Christ on the San Damiano Cross.

The Catholic university in Steubenville, Ohio sent out a tweet on Friday saying its ad was rejected for content that is "shocking, sensational, and excessively violent."

"An ad we placed was rejected by Facebook today for content that is "shocking, sensational, and excessively violent," said the tweet, which included a link to a blog post."We must agree with them."

In the blog post, the university acknowledges that Facebook is correct to say that the Crucifixion of Christ was "sensational and excessively violent," but they castigated Facebook for rejecting the image. They used multiple Bible verses to describe the Crucifixion:

And it was certainly excessively violent: a man scourged to within an inch of his life, nailed naked to a cross and left to die, all the hate of all the sin in the world poured out its wrath upon his humanity.

"but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews, an absurdity to Gentiles. But to those who are called, both Jew and Gentile, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God." (1 Corinthians 1:23-24)

As Father Mike Schmitz points out in today’s #ShareJesus message, it was not the nails that held Jesus to the cross: he was God, he could have descended from the Cross at any moment. No, it was love that kept him there. Love for you and for me, that we might not be eternally condemned for our sins but might have life eternal with him and his Father in heaven.

This is sensational, this is shocking. This is only possible because of the excessive violence that he endured for us.

"He was despised and rejected of men." It was ever thus and will ever be, for those who do not see with the eyes of faith, and love with a love unquenchable.

Is it time to consider the breakup of Facebook? Are they too big?

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Fr. Martin’s pro-LGBT propaganda .....

Fr. Martin’s pro-LGBT propaganda is creeping into the Church and the pro-life movement. Reject it.

January 25, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – As a same-sex attracted man, I can say categorically—explicitly and unambiguously: Pay no attention to the purveyors of gay liberation theology who promote the infiltration and metastasization of LGBT ideology within the Church.
Fr. James Martin, S.J., is perhaps its most visible proponent, interpreting Scripture—and more broadly, all Church teaching—in light of the LGBT experience. He sees Catholicism through an LGBT prism and speaks in an LGBT tongue, presenting an LGBT-infused Gospel.  
This is a Gospel foreign to most Catholic ears, but through constant repetition, his message is being mainstreamed. This is a tactic meant to normalize and bring

Christ the King Parish

How can you get families to come to Mass? Check out what this parish did.

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Christ the King Parish in Chicago reported a whopping 64% increase in parish attendance last fall. What did they do? Catechist’s Journey quotes a note from the pastor, Father Larry Sullivan, who wrote that he took a multi-faceted approach :
  • Sent weekly e-mails to all of our parishioners inviting them to celebrate the Eucharist.
  • Put a flyer in everyone’s mailbox.
  • Each week, at one of the Masses, we had a well-known parishioner give a short presentation on “What CK Means to Me.”
  • Sports Mass and pizza party.
  • One of the organizations sponsored Saturday night Mass and pizza separate from the Sports Mass.
  • Debut of our new student choir.
  • Each week offered anyone in the school a special prize if they had a picture taken with one of the priests at Sunday Mass: out-of-uniform pass or homework pass.
  • On the last Sunday of October, if 75% of a particular classroom came to Mass, the classroom was given a treat and game time with Fr. Matt or me. If 90% of the class came to Mass, then the whole classroom got a pizza party. It was great to see the kids encouraging each other to go to Mass.
A number of families told me that after 4–5 weeks of going to Mass, that future attendance was moving from a “hope to” to a priority.
Read more here. 
And check out Rita Ferrone’s analysis of this phenomenon over atPrayTell. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Keenum

Vikings quarterback lists winning pass as 3rd best life-moment, behind finding Jesus

January 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) –  Vikings Quarterback Case Keenum said throwing the game-winning pass in the last few seconds of Sunday's championship game against the New Orleans Saints was only the third best moment in his life. 
Keenum's first best moment was finding Jesus. The second was marrying his wife. 
“That was the third best moment of my life, behind giving my life to Jesus Christ and marrying my wife,” said Keenum about his game-winning throw that is being called the “Minnesota Miracle” in a postgame interview. 
It was one of the most exciting NFL games in postseason history. Certainly one of the most thrilling finishes.  The Saints and Vikings traded the lead a few times in the final minutes of the game.
Watch the “Minnesota Miracle” here

Monday, December 25, 2017

WAR ON CHRISTMAS

DEMocratic LEADERS IGNORE HOLIDAY WHILE GOP CELEBRATES

Leftists despise holiday because it celebrates tradition, family, & Christianity

Monday, December 11, 2017

After a century, the largest Catholic church in North America is finally complete

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WASHINGTON (RNS) — The largest Catholic church in North America is now complete.
After 100 years of construction, thousands of worshippers Friday witnessed the blessing of 24 tons of Venetian glass that embellish the dome of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Called the “Trinity Dome,” the glass mosaic is the final architectural element of the church, a shrine to Mary which sits next to the Catholic University of America and is visited by nearly 1 million people a year.
A 10-minute procession of cardinals, bishops, and priests preceded the two-hour ceremony and Mass to mark the dedication of the dome.
Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl who celebrated the Mass called the basilica a “modern-day masterpiece.” Faith, he said, was the reason why so many people, for so many years, sacrificed to finish the church.
“Mary believed that nothing is impossible with God,” Wuerl said in his homily. “She is the supreme model of what it means to believe.”
The Trinity Dome is one of the largest mosaic installations of its kind in the world, composed of more than 14 million pieces of glass. It depicts the Holy Trinity, the Virgin Mary, a procession of saints and angels, the four evangelists and the Nicene Creed. It also includes stained-glass windows dedicated to the many donors to the dome.
The church for years has had scaffolding in the central nave to support work on the dome. Carol Wyble, a Catholic University graduate, once climbed it to watch her husband James, a mechanical engineer, work to bring things to a finish.
“It was quite a process,” said Wyble, who invited friends from New Hampshire to join in celebrating the newly completed basilica.
The dedication took place on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which celebrates the belief that the conception of the Virgin Mary was free from original sin. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the merits of Jesus kept Mary’s soul “immaculate.” The feast is a public holiday in many countries.
Pope Francis, who visited the basilica in 2015, sent a letter marking the dedication in which he expressed hope that all who look at the depiction of Mary in the dome may “with new vigor and new ardor of charity, show forth special love for the Church of Christ and the Gospel, even in our own age.”
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Wuerl recalled that as a student in the 1960s he came to the basilica and all the walls except for one were simply brick.
“I thought it was magnificent then,” Wuerl told RNS, and said he was overcome with emotion during the procession. “Joy and thanks to God. I’m so joyful.”
Lawrence “Larry” Boesch of Potomac, Md., did not have to travel far to attend the Mass and dedication. A member of the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, he said he has watched the church grow since 1957. “It’s a place to come back to,” he said.
Others came from much farther to see the completed church.
Eric Gianforcaro, a religious studies major and senior at Cabrini University in Pennsylvania, said he has come many times before but he wanted to see Mother Cabrini depicted in the dome.
Chinyere Odoemene came from New Jersey with her sister-in-law who was visiting from Nigeria. Odoemene’s brother, a priest, brought her to the church in the 1990s, to help her heal from the loss of her husband. She said she returns as often as she can.
With the Washington basilica completed, the Basilica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, designed by the world famous architect Antoni Gaudi, is now the largest unfinished Roman Catholic church.
Next up for the basilica? Preparations have already begun for the upcoming 2020 celebration of the 100th anniversary of the placing of its foundation stone.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Hiroshima Eight


The Story of the Hiroshima Eight


The Amazing Story of the Hiroshima EightEarly on August 6, 1945, a lone American B-29 Superfortress bomber circled in a vividly blue sky over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The unsuspecting inhabitants on the ground barely glanced at the plane. They were unaware of the deadly payload it was about to unleash on them, ushering in the atomic age with unimaginable death and destruction.
As one single bomb neared the ground, a city died in an instant. Houses crumbled, people evaporated, an immense ball of fire shot skywards, and a terrible wave of super-heated gas bulged out from ground zero, flattening buildings for miles.
Amongst the unsuspecting inhabitants of Hiroshima was Fr. Schiffer, a Jesuit missionary assisting the many Catholics of that city. On the morning of August 6, 1945, he had just finished Mass and sat down at the breakfast table. As he plunged his spoon into a freshly sliced grapefruit, there was a bright flash of light. His first thought was that a fuel tanker had exploded in the harbor, as Hiroshima