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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Things are disintegrating everywhere as we let these militants loose.

Where is the U.S.?

For everyone who is just stupid enough to believe we are not in a religious war, please stop drinking the Koolaid.

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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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City workers found the lower half of a newborn baby’s body in a sewer drain at a North York park on Monday morning, according to Toronto police.

The remains, found at Heathrow Park near the intersection of the 401 and 400 highways, are believed to be a newborn, no more than a month old. (Source)

It still amazes me how nobody clues into the double standard between the tragedy of a newborn’s death vs. the collective yawn over abortion.

This part of the article is my fave:

Toronto police were appealing to anyone who may know a woman who suddenly stopped being pregnant without producing a child, Const. Kwong said.

Uh, officer… It happens about 100,000 times a year in this country, including a few hundred in the third trimester when a woman is clearly showing. Can you give me anything more to go on?

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Right on.

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Praise be to God! Now let’s pray she doesn’t get killed by a lynch mob.

A Christian woman on death row in a Sudanese prison has been released on the orders of a court in Khartoum after her case became the focus of an international campaign.

Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery and to be hanged for apostasy after refusing to renounce her faith last month.

The Sudanese state news agency Suna said: “The appeal court ordered the release of [Ibrahim] and the cancellation of the [earlier] court ruling.” (Source)

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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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By Squeaker

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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“You know, at some point you are killing life in the foetus in self-defence – of what?  Of the mother’s health or her happiness or of her social rights or her privilege as a human being?  I think she should have to answer for it and explain.  Now, whether it should be to three doctors or one doctor or to a priest or a bishop or to her mother-in-law is a question you might want to argue …. You do have a right over your own body – it is your body.  But the foetus is not your body; it’s someone else’s body.  And if you kill it, you’ll have to explain.”

The Rt. Hon. Pierre E. Trudeau, PC, QC, MP Prime Minister of Canada The Montreal Star, Thursday, May 25, 1972

Poor, Pierre, he wouldn’t make the cut in the new Liberal Party. His son would kick him out.  Progressives eventually eat their own.

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We can take heart from what we see happening now in the pro-life movement.  Back in the early 1970’s, just before the Court issued its infamous Roe vs. Wade ruling, public support for abortion was growing rapidly.  And as with marriage redefinition today, a generation gap opened up in the polls, leading many to predict that opposition to abortion would literally die off.  That was the future; before long, it would not even be an issue.  Instead, something unexpected happened.  A relatively small band of faithful believers held the line on the sanctity of human life in the womb, and today, two generations later, the pro-life movement is flourishing like never before.  We now have the most pro-life generation of young adults since the infamous Roe decision.  People have figured out that it is a human life that is within the mother’s womb, and that abortion, yes, really does harm women; they’ve figured out that it’s good to cherish that human life and surround the mother with love and support so a truly happy choice can be made, the choice for life. People, too, will figure out that a child comes from a father and a mother, and it’s good for the child to be connected to his or her father and mother.  These truths may seem obvious to us, but they aren’t to everyone while in the heat of controversy.  They will figure out this truth about marriage, though, because it, too, is in our nature, and it is a key to individual and societal flourishing.  All we have to do is look around and see that our society is broken and hurting in so many ways; there is so much work to do to fix it and bring healing.  Yes, it is very complex, and many different things need to be done: we need to fix our economy; we especially need to pay a living wage to working class families; we need to fix our broken immigration system; we need to improve our schools, especially those that are failing children from poorer families.  Yes, we need to do all this and more.  But none of these solutions will have a lasting effect if we do not rebuild a marriage culture, a culture which recognizes and supports the good of intact families, built on the marriage between a man and a woman committed to loving faithfulness to each other and to their children.  No justice, no peace, no end to poverty, without a strong culture of marriage and the family.  This noble cause is a call to love we cannot abandon, that we will not give up on, and that in the end we know will triumph.

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Very sad.

I wonder if he has repented of his tragic witness against the Unborn?

Let’s pray that he does and finds eternal peace.

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We are always hearing about how Catholics and other Christians just keep losing membership. Well, the best kept secret among the atheists is that they are the worst at keeping their recruits.

Just goes to show…that where there is no hope, there are few people.

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Proud of Socon or Bust’s godson.  Whatcha think of me now!

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It’s the new pogrom against Christians: lawyers who think Christians are second-class citizens because the Chrisians remind them of just how sexually corrupt they really are.

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That basically sums up our leftist culture, doesn’t it?

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