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?
Christian Father Commits Suicide After ISIS Members Rape Wife and Daughter in Front of Him Because He Couldn’t Pay Poll TaxPosted on June 26th, 2014 by Paycheck in Islam, Religious Persecution
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.
Paycheck in Catholicism, Islam, Religious Persecution, Violent Crime
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:
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.
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.
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!)
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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Squeaker in Abortion
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:
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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Praise be to God! Now let’s pray she doesn’t get killed by a lynch mob.
She really did call it. But wait! That’s not the end of the story….
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.
More on Our Lady of Good Success here.
Squeaker in Catholicism
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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Paycheck in Abortion, Canadian Politics
Poor, Pierre, he wouldn’t make the cut in the new Liberal Party. His son would kick him out. Progressives eventually eat their own.
Paycheck in Marriage
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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I wonder if he has repented of his tragic witness against the Unborn?
Let’s pray that he does and finds eternal peace.
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.
Paycheck in Religious Freedom, Religious Persecution
That basically sums up our leftist culture, doesn’t it?