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Click and watch the whole thing.  Highly recommend it.

Share it with Evangelicals and Jewish friends. Do it now.

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God has patience for a certain term, after which He punishes the first and last sins. And the greater has been His patience, the more severe His vengeance.

The above preaching does not really fit with the current regime’s meme, does it?  It’s good old time religion where pepper made life interesting and there was an incentive to…wait for it….repent and change.

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The event’s theme is “On A Mission From God”. Tim Staples will be giving 3 talks and Patrick Sullivan will be giving one talk.

Location: St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa

Date: Saturday December 6, 2014

Schedule: Doors Open 9:30am, Event: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Check it out more detail here.

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Works for me.

Hahaha. Quickie.

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Louisiana’s Supreme Court has ruled that a priest may be compelled to testify as to what he heard in the confessional in 2008 concerning an abuse case. The priest, Fr Jeff Bayhi, faces automatic excommunication if he breaks the seal of the confessional. But he also could face jail if found to be in contempt of the court should he refuse to testify. (Source)

There goes the State again trying to impose itself on Religion.  The Catholic Church preceded all nation-states and Her doctrines and rules have served society very well. In fact, the boneheads who are trying to impose this seem to forget that the whole “client-solicitor” privilege between a lawyer and his client is based on the Catholic Church’s seal of the confessional.

But one good thing might come of it….we’re back to dark and anonymous confessionals where the priest does not get to hold your hand during “Reconciliation”.  That’s a bonus.

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At the Westglen Medical Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Dr. Chantal Barry will not prescribe artificial contraception. You know when she is on duty because of a sign that reads: The physician on duty today will not prescribe the birth control pill.

Good for her.  More courage and bravery like this is needed.

 

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Last update: July 8

Socon or Bust’s fundraiser to help the persecuted Catholic children of Pakistan needs a little boost. So far we have raised a total of $418 for Mountain of Jesus Ministries, an initiative to provide relief to children of Pakistan from persecution and poverty.  In order to help our efforts along here at Socon or Bust, we are offering the movie For Greater Glory (on DVD) for a contribution of $30 or more (shipping included).  We’ve got thirteen of these movies in stock, so it’s first-come, first-serve.  (Please let me know if you intend to take advantage of this offer BEFORE donating.)

Otherwise, please consider contributing to our efforts if you have not yet done so.
I think this film is very relevant to what Catholics around the world are experiencing, especially those Catholics who are under the boot of their Islamic oppressors.  We are starting to lose our religious freedom (Contraceptive HHS mandate in the U.S.) and the right to participate in society (Trinity Western Law School).  Outside of the West, we are on the receiving end of the Islamicists.  In the West, the secularists and homosexualists want to deny us the basic civils rights like the right of association (the anti-Christian bigots of Nanaimo City Council). And even though many of the Islamicists and the Homosexualists goals are diametrically opposed to one another, they still share one goal which is the eradication of traditional Christian culture.  Obama’s administration is a perfect example of this when they even co-operate with one another to crush Christianity and stamp it out.

Unfortunately, most North American Catholics are simply clueless about the persecution Christians are suffering, and don’t even care as long as Kathleen Wynne and the corruption she represents preserves their union jobs.  The reason for this is because we have failed to preserve our identity in many important ways.  One of the consequences of failing to preserve our identity is that we fail to recognize our own family’s cry for help.  If we think of the situation of our own families and consider what our reaction is when they are suffering and in trouble, we are not as concerned with what’s going on outside of it. We need to take care of business within our own families before we can address what’s going on the outside.  You can bet the professional aggrieved groups in our culture take care of their own.  You know what?  We need to do the same and be a much more selective in our charitable giving.  We need to build up our Catholic identity again and stop it from being compared to the porous Mexican-American border.

And that starts with helping our own.   What passes as “social justice” in the Catholic Church needs a complete make-over and rework.  A lot of it is backwards-political thinking.  We need to change the program. We need to direct our social justice efforts to alleviating the sufferings of Catholics and other Christians first, especially those Catholics who take the risk of evangelizing in Muslim countries like Fr. Simon does in Pakistan, despite its blasphemy laws.  Political avante-guard causes, on which most of the modern social justice industry is based, should be dead last.  Preferably dead rather than last.  There is a greater glory and we need to seek it.

 

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Here’s what we know.

We know that Catholic schools in Canada raised funds for Free the Children (FTC) to bring relief to Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010 (for example here and here).

We know that part of FTC’s help to Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake was delivered by the condom-pushing NGO called Partners in Health.

We know that both Craig and Marc Kielburger consider condom distribution to be part of “basic medicine”. So when FTC’s website says that its work with PIH in Haiti involves providing “medical care” to Haitians, it’s entirely possible that this medical care included condoms. Condoms are, after all, a major activity of PIH.

Does that sound like a stretch? What do you suppose PIH was doing in Haiti following the earthquake? Do you think they stopped distributing condoms to focus exclusively on emergencies? Not a chance. They actually intensified contraception distribution, perhaps because the increased donations gave them more resources to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

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Since it’s the Feast Day of St. Peter and St. Paul.

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When the police arrested him two days later, he was accused of allegedly saying, “Jesus is true. He is the Son of God. He will come to save me, while Muslims’ Prophet is fake.” After the accusation, based on the verbal statement of a Muslim barber Shahid Imran, more than 3,000 Pakistani Muslims rioted and torched about 100 Christian homes in a small neighbourhood of Christians called Joseph Colony. While the Christians fled, the police silently watched as the Muslim protestors destroyed the Christians’ homes and stole their possessions. (Source)

That’s what Catholics have to deal with in Pakistan. Please do your part and help me help them.

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The thing about sexual sin is that it is founded on a theological error.   And while most “gay friendly” churches don’t really focus on “old time religion” doctrines, every so often they let some doozies slip….like this one…..

The Trinity is rather different. It’s not three persons competing against each other. It’s one person manifest in three different ways. So, is God really the supreme actor, taking on three different roles, simultaneously?

Uh huh.  God is one person manifested in three ways?  No. That’s what we call modalism and it was condemned by the Church way back in the third century.

It’s not surprising that gay friendly “theologians” don’t really understand or accept the Trinity because they don’t have a proper understanding of what “family” is  —  a reflection of the Trinity!

If your conception of family is all screwed up, it is only logical that your idea of what the Trinity is will be equally erroneous.

Reflection for Trinity Sunday-June 15, 2014 by John Mark Keyes proves it.

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Very interesting.

The thing about those particular texts is that they aren’t ambiguous or prone to misinterpretation. Pretty crystal clear.

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Oh goodie. I bet you are really excited about Catholic education in Ontario, aren’t you?

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As many of our readers know, yours truly went through a bit of a rough patch over the past year.  No need to go through all of the sordid details at this time.   In fact, the drama is still playing through and might be a good write-up for a future blog post.  It has all the earmarks of a classic, I assure you.  Bastards, liars, gamblers, money laundering, the mafia.  You name it.  It’s been quite a ride, and it’s still not over!

Anyhow, around November of last year, I was at the low point in my little adventure.  One evening, I was sitting on my bed, bemoaning my fate — like one of those  “dark nights of the soul” gigs that the saints some time experience except that I am no saint but it sure was all darkness — when I heard a bling on my one of my kid’s IPADs.  It was a Facebook message from a priest in Pakistan, named Fr. Simon.

Here is how the conversation went:

Fr. Simon:  How are you John, Glad to meet you, praying for you, God bless you always, yours in Christ fr. Simon.

JP:  Thank you for your prayers, Father. May I ask what prompted you message to me?

Fr. Simon:  I just message you because I felt it you are a nice man of God, I am a parish priest my stationed is in Asia and I appointed here in Pakistan in a non-Christian nation.  I am sorry if you feel bad about send you messages.

JP:  No need to apologize, Father. I thank you for your timely prayer as I was feeling rather low and it is a depressing period in my life. So I thank you very, very much for your prayer. God Bless You. I will pray for the Christians in Pakistan. I know things are tough there, and makes my problems look miniscule by comparison.

Fr. Simon: Yes, life is very hard especially for our abused, neglected, rejected and hungry children who suffering very hard here in a non-Christian nation and we need to save them to the human trafficking and to the slavery. I am involved with a small registered ministry who working for children here for save them, life is very hard here and under much persecution than all over the 3rd word, so tell a little bit about your family and about your mission or work? God bless you.

And so the conversation between Fr. Simon and I continued over the next several months, as Fr. Simon related to me the struggles and challenges he faces to minister to the Christian community in Pakistan, and the uplifting zeal he has for evangelization even in the midst of great persecution and suffering.  It puts us all to shame here in the West.  It really does.

Bishop Joseph Coutts, blessing the dead bodies of victims of Islamic violence.

His bishop, Bishop Joseph Coutts, even called me on my cell phone asking for my help.

Many of you have heard of the famous case of Meriam Ibrahim.  Well, Islamic persecution of Christians is becoming more and more common place all over the world.  In Pakistan, the persecution is particularly vicious in recent years, as Islamic militancy is turning to violence to conquer any profession that is not Islamic.  For the most part, that means Christians are on the receiving end of this terrorism which includes human trafficking, sexual slavery, hard labour, and lethal violence.

After hearing about Fr. Simon’s accounts, I thought to myself, “Enough of this.  I can do something.  I have a blog. I have readers.  I have an e-mail list. I have a mouth.  I’m going to use them all.”  I felt moved to do something about the plight of our Catholic children (and other Christians) in Pakistan.  I hope other bloggers will join me.

I’ve set up the website for our relief organization called, Mountain of Jesus Ministries.  You can read more about us there.

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Fr. Simon Felix with some of his children at the rented school Socon or Bust is trying to support.

So here we go, folks, I’m hoping to raise about $1,000 to get us started.  Please help me.  If you are a blogger, I need your help to spread what I - ahem what we Catholic and other Christian bloggers – are trying to do because I want this to be a blogger-based initiative (although other sources and means of generating funds are gratefully accepted).  As bloggers and blog readers, we have an incredible resource to do a lot of good.  We don’t need a big bureaucracy.  We just need the will and the determination to do our part and to right an injustice.

All money raised goes directly to Fr. Simon’s efforts to save our Christian children there.  There is no overhead expenses here.  The money is going directly into my PayPal Account (The Catholic Legate) and then to the Ministry’s bank account.  He has promised a full accounting of the expenditures.   Eventually the plan is to register Mountain of Jesus Ministries as a charitable organization here in Canada, but that is likely 6-12 months away.  In the mean time, they still need our help.

So this is what I need from you all:

1. Prayer for the success of this venture.

2. Prayer for the success of this venture.

3. Prayer for the success of this venture.

4.  A PayPal donation, if possible.

2. Please e-mail your friends about our initiative (yes, you can really believe this is ***your ministry***.  It’s just started, so you have first dibs!)

3. Please like and share our Facebook page, and let people know about the website.  Fr. Simon is going to be posting regularly on what’s going on in Pakistan and the challenges he faces there.

On behalf of Fr. Simon, Bishop Coutts, Mountain of Jesus Ministries, and Socon or Bust, I thank you for your support and prayers. – John Pacheco

 

 

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Right on.

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Early in the morning of January 21, 1610, the Archangels St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael appeared to Mother Mariana. Then Our Lady appeared to her and predicted many things about our own times: this is part of what Mother Mariana afterwards related that she told her:

“…. I make it known to you that from the end of the 19th century and shortly after the middle of the 20th century…. the passions will erupt and there will be a total corruption of customs (morals)….

“They will focus principally on the children in order to sustain this general corruption. Woe to the children of these times! It will be difficult to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, and also that of Confirmation…

“As for the Sacrament of Matrimony… it will be attacked and deeply profaned… The Catholic spirit will rapidly decay; the precious light of the Faith will gradually be extinguished… Added to this will be the effects of secular education, which will be one reason for the dearth of priestly and religious vocations.

“The Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed, and despised… The Devil will try to persecute the ministers of the Lord in every possible way; he will labor with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate them from the spirit of their vocation and will corrupt many of them. These depraved priests, who will scandalize the Christian people, will make the hatred of bad Catholics and the enemies of the Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church fall upon all priests…

“Further, in these unhappy times, there will be unbridled luxury, which will ensnare the rest into sin and conquer innumerable frivolous souls, who will be lost. Innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor modesty in women. In this supreme moment of need of the Church, the one who should speak will fall silent.” In a subsequent apparition, Our Lady told Mother Mariana that these apparitions were not to become generally known until the twentieth century. (Source)

She really did call it.  But wait!  That’s not the end of the story….

The most important thing to understand is that it would be just wrong to despair at all this. The fightback is underway. For, in the end, Our Lady of Quito’s prophecies do not end with spiritual catastrophe. In a later apparition she foretold that “In order to free men from bondage to these heresies, those whom the merciful love of My Most Holy Son will destine for that restoration will need great strength of will, constancy, valor and much confidence in God. To test this faith and confidence of the just, there will be occasions when everything will seem to be lost and paralyzed. This, then, will be the happy beginning of the complete restoration.”

Bring it!  My dear fellow warriors in the trenches.  Be not afraid. Understand that we are facing the greatest fight in the Church’s history and that everything we do for Holy Mother Church, even the slightest thing, becomes amplified in eternity to the Glory of the Risen Christ.

Fight!

 

More on Our Lady of Good Success here.

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Archbishop Christian Lepine led thousands of the faithful through the streets of Montreal last night in this year’s annual Corpus Christi eucharistic procession.

The feast of the body and blood of Christ began with a Mass at Cathédrale Marie- Reine-du-Monde and ended four hours later after benediction at St. Patrick’s Basilica.

In his homily, Archbishop Lepine told an overflow congregation in the Cathedral that it takes courage to publicly witness our faith in the Blessed Sacrament. He challenged the faithful to ask themselves how they organize their lives in front of Jesus, and reminded them that Christian life is not only about solitary prayer but equally about loving service to neighbor and community. (Source)

It’s a glorious thing to see an Apostle of the Church processing our Eucharistic Lord through the streets.

We had a procession at my parish too. It was beautiful. About 100 people took part. Even though I was having a crappy weekend, I got a definite boost by the experience. I felt like I was back in Palestine 2,000 years ago, when Jesus would walk from town to town and his disciples would eagerly follow him, proud to be part of his posse.

Surprised onlookers were stopping to take a peek. There’s one scruffy looking guy who dropped down on his knees and put his forehead on the sidewalk when the Blessed Sacrament passed in front of him. Unbelievable.  Other people did a sign of the cross. This confirms what I have long suspected: there are so many fallen away Catholics out there. You probably meet them every day at work, at the grocery store, at the gym. They just need a nudge.

The other thing that struck me was just how different this is from other major religions, even the other Christian denominations. We’re literally worshiping a tangible and visible object (in actuality a person under the guise of Bread), like the heathens would do with statues or animals. To an outsider, our procession would definitely appear like a religious act, a very primitive one, like you see in the movies about African tribes or something.  Other major religions and Christian denominations worship a somewhat disembodied God that you can’t touch or see. Catholics are unique in recognizing how God wished to remain visibly and tangibly present to us. The Blessed Sacrament stands as a special challenge to the modern world. It’s easier to dismiss a God that nobody can see as a figment of someone’s delusions. But when the largest religion in the world starts processing a piece of Bread with great solemnity and devotion, you have to take notice and confront yourself with this disturbing reality. Gut check time.

I sincerely believe that processions of the Blessed Sacrament shower down graces upon our neighbourhoods in ways that would baffle the learned. We should do this more often.

 

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