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…a plenary indulgence [will be] granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honour of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!”) —Apostolic Penitentiary Decree, Indulgences attached to devotions in honour of Divine Mercy; Archbishop Luigi De Magistris, Tit. Archbishop of Nova Major Pro-Penitentiary;

Do it.  Wipe the slate clean.  Start again. Don’t wait. Because tomorrow may never come and your eternity is a long time to spend somewhere you really don’t want to be.

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Where’s my axe, when I need it? WTF is this?

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Suppose a scientific conference on cancer prevention never addressed smoking, on the grounds that in a free society you can’t change private behavior, and anyway, maybe the statistical relationships between smoking and cancer are really caused by some other third variable. Wouldn’t some suspect that the scientists who raised these claims were driven by something—ideology, tobacco money—other than science?

Yet in the current discussions about increased inequality, few researchers, fewer reporters, and no one in the executive branch of government directly addresses what seems to be the strongest statistical correlate of inequality in the United States: the rise of single-parent families during the past half century. (Source)

The same holds true in Canada.Statistics Canada’s own figures show that single-parent families are a huge source of poverty and fare much worse than two-parent families. Check this out:

About 571,000 children aged 17 and under, or 8.5% lived in low income in 2011, also unchanged from 2010. For children in lone-parent families headed by a woman, the incidence was 23.0%, while for children living in two-parent families, the incidence was 5.9%, both unchanged from 2010. (Source)

So children in lone-parent families headed by a woman, virtually the only type of single-parent family, have a poverty incidence roughly four times as high as families with two parents (note: it’s two parents, not two income-earners, although many may have two income-earners). These single parents are almost always the result of broken families, with the father often abandoning his responsibilities and leaving the mother to fend by herself with the kids.

This is a huge poverty burden on women. Yet, the media, policymakers and politicians choose to ignore the matter. They pretend that more government programs will solve the problem. Well, here’s a news flash for you: we already have tons of programs in place, and we keep adding more, but the problem isn’t going away because we’re not attacking the root cause.

We need to start a discussion on the complex issue of how to fix our families. Just because there’s no simple solution doesn’t mean we should bury our heads in the dirt as to what the causes are.

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Easter is so central because it has two practical and fundamental implications for humans:

1. It confirms that Jesus is God, since no human can resurrect himself from the dead.

2. It confirms that we will also resurrect from the dead and have eternal life if we correspond to His plan for us.

Good Friday and Easter Sunday provide the answer to the age-old question of suffering. Why do bad things happen to good people? How can a good God allow suffering? Quite simply, because we can reap a greater good that way, if we respond properly.

God didn’t merely pronounce this baffling truth from the height of some ivory tower. He got down and dirty Himself, being tortured and crucified, to bring home this point more powerfully and lead by example. Indeed, Christ’s death and resurrection are the ultimate illustration: the greatest possible evil — deicide — led to the greatest possible good — the redemption of humankind.

Do you have problems? Fear not, for God has been there and has even died, something you have yet to do. He can relate and sympathize.

Even more, just as he turned His suffering and death into a great good, He wants to do the same for you, if you’ll cooperate and let Him go to work. Being God, He has turned suffering on its head. Instead of being incomprehensible and a despairing source of frustration, it has now become our most powerful ally, even our slave, because in spite of itself, it serves our good and salvation.

I’m not talking merely about growing in character and perseverance by overcoming adversity, even though those are important benefits. It goes much deeper. Suffering that is patiently united to Jesus’ Cross draws down supernatural grace from God, which acts more powerfully for our good and that of our loved ones than we could ever fathom.

In this light, the Christian no longer views suffering as an absolute evil. It is a mighty weapon at our disposal to overcome our mediocrity and to improve the world around us.

In short, Easter shows us that a Christian need never be discouraged or despondent. We’re never down for long, because we know that our times of suffering can be the most fruitful moments of our lives.

If you’re not a Christian, contact us to discover how Christ can put suffering at your service.

If you are a Christian, don’t let the power of suffering be lost by whining and complaining. Unite your suffering to Christ’s, and then watch the power flow.

Your own Easter awaits, but it is always preceded by Good Friday.

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Alabama Democrat: It’s OK for a Man to Marry a Mule


I always thought they were jackasses.

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A Catholic group called Tradition Family Property, Student Action is sponsoring a free book on Amazon. The free edition is only available electronically, which you can read on your PC, tablet or phone. The book is called Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society–Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here, and Where We Need to Go. It was written by John Horvat.

I haven’t read it yet, but it has been endorsed by some heavy hitters, like Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life; Joseph M. Scheidler, National Director of Pro-Life Action League; Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis; as well as a collection of economists, military men, and other intellectuals.

I can’t guarantee you’ll like it, but you might as well download it now while it’s free and give it a try. You have nothing to lose. The free offer won’t last forever.

To install Kindle on your PC, tablet or phone, click here and select your type of device. Once you’ve downloaded and installed it, click here if you live in Canada, or click here if you live in the U.S. Then click on the orange button that says Buy now with 1-Click. Follow the prompts.



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Here’s a little bit of humor to spruce up your Triduum.

My parents live in the suburbs of Montreal. They attend a good parish that celebrates the Mass reverently, with a nice choir, a pipe organ, incense, etc. The building itself is very old and beautiful. Their Good Friday service was very well done and very reverent. However they had a glitch in their liturgy for Holy Thursday with respect to the washing of the feet, because they tried an “innovation.” The outcome is sad but kinda funny. Read the rest of this entry »

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If you do nothing else today, at least take a moment to thank Jesus for dying for you. Talk about taking one for the team.

Tell Him you love Him.

 14I am poured out like water,
   and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
   it is melted within my breast; 
15 my mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
   and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
   you lay me in the dust of death. 

16 For dogs are all around me;
   a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shrivelled; 
17 I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me; 
18 they divide my clothes among themselves,
   and for my clothing they cast lots.

(Psalm 22)


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Bahahaha.  Hey, this is just priceless.

The problem with atheism is that honest people hearing its loudest mouths end up in the other camp.

How those Martians doing, Dick? (Starts at 2:50)

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The Triduum starts on Thursday night and lasts until the Easter Vigil on Saturday night. This is the most holy time of the year. Even though it only spans three days, it’s considered its own liturgical season. If you’ve never participated in the entire Triduum in your life, this is a good time to start. The Triduum is a single worship service that lasts three days. It’s not three services. Read the rest of this entry »

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On the same day Pope Francis called abortion “an abominable crime,” a Catholic school in Ontario raised over $1,100 for a secular organization that heavily promotes “family planning” to teens, advocates for abortion access, and promotes the abortifacient “morning-after pill.” (Source)

Free the Children, Save the Children, Empower the Children, Liberate the Children….

It’s all for the children, don’t you know!

Actually, what it’s for is for all us useful idiots out there who are very willing to be taken advantage of.  Why not?  Even when they’re outed, the lidless eye crowd gives us the same look they always do, “what’s the problem?”

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There’s a better chance of the bishops gutting Development & Peace….which is to say none at all.

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Modernism threatens the Church like no other heresy because modernism refuses to argue the Church’s doctrines openly and directly.  Instead, modernism attempts to sap the Church of its relevance.   Rather than attack the doctrines of God openly like previous heresies, modernism simply distracts the modern man by offering the allure of materialism. For example, instead of flatly denying the existence of God with philosophical arguments, moderns learn to embrace agnosticism by asserting that religion is not as important as other things in life like patriotism or “making a better world for our children.”  (Source)

When you just can’t put your finger on the foundation of movements like Free the Children, it all comes into focus when you remember what modernism really is.  Without Christ at the Center and focus of all our corporal acts of mercy, the social justice movements just become an exercise in philanthropy (which is fine in and of itself but that is NOT what the Catholic Church or its Mission is about)….and when you throw in family planning and promoting abortion…it becomes diabolical.

The devil is no dummy.  He knows how to mix water and wine.

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Details here.

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…when it’s all said and done, don’t think you can hide behind the State for your justification of what you supported.

One day…abortion will be illegal again and declared a crime against humanity.

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“But, clearly, what people say and what people do are different,” he says. “Of course, I knew that. But I didn’t think it would apply in this case.”  He adds, “I’ve decided to ask the Internet. I want to hear from the people who didn’t buy the paper because of that picture. Tell me why. I ask only that you are reasoned and honest. But I want to start a dialogue and genuinely understand why the picture put you off.” (Source)

Is it really that difficult for you to guess?  Homosexual acts are a perversion against the natural order.  People are naturally put off by it.  That’s why your sales plummeted, despite all the political spin on how great homosexuality is.  But don’t believe me. Please!  Keep doing it and keep learning this hard truth through an objective measure like money….and the loss of it.  Knock yourself out.

Most people conform and don’t tell you what they really think because they FEAR the Gay Jackboot…because they have a family to support and don’t what the Boot on their neck, threatening their livelihood.  Is that really too hard for you to understand?  Or do we need to draw you a picture?

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This is something out of a movie.  Only in America.

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Assault with a deadly weapon. Vandalism. Disturbing the peace. Worse still, intolerance.

Well, when you put it that way….Socon or Bust is more in love with the Lord than ever.  More grist for our Mill.

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