[Jesus, speaking to His disciples on Easter Sunday night]: And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained."
The Church has always understood--and has in fact defined--that Jesus Christ here conferred on the Apostles authority to forgive sins, a power which is exercised in the Sacrament of Penance. "The Lord then especially instituted the Sacrament of Penance when, after being risen from the dead, He breathed upon His disciples and said: "Receive the Holy Spirit...' The consensus of all the Fathers has always acknowledged that by this action so sublime and words so clear the power of forgiving and retaining sins was given to the Apostles and their lawful successors for reconciling the faithful who have fallen after Baptism" (Council of Trent, "De Paenitentia", Chapter 1).
The Sacrament of Penance is the most sublime __expression of God's love and mercy towards men, described so vividly in Jesus' parable of the prodigal son (cf. Luke 15:11-32). The Lord always awaits us, with His arms wide open, waiting for us to repent--and then He will forgive us and restore us to the dignity of being His sons.
The Popes have consistently recommended Christians to have regular recourse to this Sacrament: "For a constant and speedy advancement in the path of virtue we highly recommend the pious practice of frequent Confession, introduced by the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit; for by this means we grow in a true knowledge of ourselves and in Christian humility, bad habits are uprooted, spiritual negligence and apathy are prevented, the conscience is purified and the will strengthened, salutary spiritual direction is obtained, and grace is increased by the efficacy of the Sacrament itself" ([Pope] Pius XII, "Mystici Corporis").
Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries"
Mark Alessio REMNANT COLUMNIST, New York (Posted 06/20/09 www.RemnantNewspaper.com) Desiring to take a high visibility position in the promotion of the homosexual agenda, including same-sex marriage, PepsiCo has agreed to “sponsor the New York Gay Pride Parade June 27,” reports the American Family Association (May 7, 2009).
This is the latest in a series of moves made by PepsiCo which underscores its wholehearted financial commitment to the radical “gay” agenda:
• In the last two years, Pepsi has given $500,000 to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and $500,000 to the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). These funds were earmarked for the promotion of homosexuality in the workplace. (Both HRC and PFLAG supported efforts in California to defeat Proposition 8 which defined marriage as being between a man and a woman. HRC, one of the groups financially supported by Pepsi, gave $2.3 million to defeat Prop 8.
• Pepsi is a member of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, which promotes, among other things, homosexual “marriage.” • Pepsi has run a commercial featuring Carson Kressley (star of the “Queer Eye” show) ogling another man on the street, another (in Canada) in which a “bisexual” man “comes out of the closet,” and another (in the UK) in which a man passes by two women in a bar in order to ask out another man. • Pepsi requires all employees to attend pro-homosexual “sexual orientation and gender identity diversity training.”
In April of 2009, PepsiCo opposed a shareholder resolution (which was filed after it was discovered that the corporation gave a combined $1 million to HRC and PFLAG) which would have required that it provide detailed information regarding its charitable contributions (including those made to homosexual organizations). 75 million individual shares voted to make Pepsi justify their donations to activist homosexual groups.
The American Family Association has repeatedly asked PepsiCo “to be neutral in the culture war regarding the homosexual agenda and the legalization of homosexual marriage,” but the corporation has refused, unlike other high-profile companies, including Ford, McDonald's and Wal-Mart, who have withdrawn their memberships in the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce after being asked to do so by the AFA.
Comment: If one needs proof that we live in an age of unbridled hubris, one need only observe the current epidemic of adults with power or influence treating other adults like children – children who must be lectured, corrected, admonished, silenced or punished.
Nowhere has the “juvenilzation” of adult America been more pernicious than in the sensitivity training racket. It is here that adults are devolved from responsible, self-supporting men and women into clueless little boys and girls, waiting to be enlightened by “teacher.” It is understood going into these sensitivity or diversity sessions that the attendees are somehow lacking a sufficiently refined moral compass— that they are deficient as rational human beings and must be educated into a more rounded adulthood by the surrogate mommies and daddies of the sensitivity industry.
And make no mistake about it, there is a deliberate dynamic at work in these sessions aimed at creating a false “adult/child” dichotomy. The Boston Globe once ran an article titled “Diversity Training: What Is It? Who Does It?” (Mar. 7, 1994). It contained the following description of a diversity training session:
One group plays ''Diversophy,'' a $395 board game that tests knowledge of different cultures. Another group tries a ring toss game in which players explore their risk-taking tendencies. In yet another exercise, four people form a so-called ''fishbowl,'' discussing race and gender issues in front of coworkers.
One can only imagine the embarrassment of adults forced to play “psychological ring-toss” in front of their co-workers. In fact, there is almost a “subjugation” aspect to the whole thing. Most workers do not attend such workshops by choice. They are required to do so by their employers, and must thus subject themselves to whatever juvenile buffoonery is imposed upon them by their moral superiors. “Role playing,” in particular, appears to be a popular game imposed on sensitivity training attendees.
The radical homosexual agenda has turned sensitivity/diversity training into a quite useful tool. In one fell swoop, the adult who is sent to a forced pro-homosexual diversity camp is both (1) deemed, by common consent, to be in need of mental “adjustment,” and (2) symbolically emasculated by being required (i.e., coerced) to participate, whatever his own personal reservations or philosophy.
In today’s “Age of Social Engineering,” politicians, celebrities and even corporations are not content merely to ply their trades. No, they must also play Dr. Frankenstein, trying to cobble together a new progressive society from out of their own patchwork of misguided ideas on morality, “right” and “wrong.” Thus, corporations like PepsiCo are not content merely to hawk their colored sugar-water and count profits. They must be also agents for “change,” and exactly the kind of change that is rejected by the majority of Americans. For, while polls can be manipulated to indicate either pubic support for or opposition to homosexual “marriage,” Americans vote against it when they have the opportunity to do so.
In 2004, voters in 11 states (Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and Utah) upheld homosexual “marriage” bans when the topic appeared on the ballot. In 2008, homosexual “marriages” were banned in California, Florida and Arizona. Revealingly, when we look at those few states which have legalized “gay marriage” (Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine), we find that it was the machinations of politicians, judges and courts, and not popular opinion, which settled the matter.
Yet, corporations like PepsiCo forge ahead with their backwards agendas, hoping that impressionable adults will willingly revert to wide-eyed children before their superior insight.
In a November 18, 2008 letter to the American Family Association, PepsiCo’s Director of Public Policy, Paul Boykas, wrote, “Among the values promoted by the PepsiCo Foundation is ensuring a work environment that is respectful and where associates are valued for their contributions.” What does this have to do with unbridled support for the radical “gay” agenda? Nothing, of course.
And yet, in the face of all reason, the “sensitivity and diversity” juggernaut continues, an effective social engineering tool masquerading as a means of attaining “mutual respect?” Mutual respect? What about the blasphemy and hatred against the Church routinely exhibited at the type of “gay” parades supported by PepsiCo? Maybe those attendees didn’t get the memo?
How absurd has the situation become? In 2001, recruits in the San Francisco Police Department had to attend training sessions to insure that they would be sensitive to “transgender” people. In 2004, the American Civil Liberties Union, in cooperation with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, won a $1.1 million settlement against the Morgan Hill, California school district over an alleged 1998 failure to protect six homosexual students from bullying. The settlement required that all school district administrators, teachers, campus monitors, custodians, school safety officers and bus drivers attend a pro-homosexual “sensitivity training” program. In addition, 9th graders were required to receive training on “anti-gay harassment."
Apparently, the cure for bullying is not the application of common-sense anti-harassment measures already in place, but ..... pro-homosexual indoctrination. Is anyone surprised? In a 1999 article titled, “What is Sensitivity Training,” retired Navy Commander and author, Dr. Gerald L. Atkinson, traces such training back to the 1920’s, when German psychologist Kurt Lewin experimented with “an artificial disruption of the psyche.” Upon his arrival in America in 1933, Lewin and a group of prominent social psychologists formed The Topology Group:
Under the cover of studying prejudice in children, primarily anti-Semitism (which was a hot topic, with World War II in progress), he [Lewin] launched a host of well-funded studies that eventually led to the first American-based high-stress, spirit-breaking, encounter-style, behavior modification facility, the National Training Laboratory (NTL) in Bethel, Maine. The NTL later became formally aligned with the National Education Association (NEA). This and Lewin's 'sensitivity training' changed America's educational system and civil society forever, as acceptance of 'encounter' techniques by supposed bastions of the education establishment like the NEA, the Education Department, and even many churches served as further incentive to produce a new kind of child of the future, in which the rights of the child, as set forth in the famous document by the United Nations, superseded the rights of the parent and other adults.
Thus, “sensitivity training” was originally conceived as a means of “changing a person's world view, that is, his or her values, fundamental beliefs, and even religious convictions.” From supporting radical school curriculum changes, females in combat, workplace quotas, abortion and homosexual “marriage,” to influencing the spending habits of consumers, those with an agenda or an axe to grind have found behavior modification a useful tool, indeed.
PepsiCo has overstepped its bounds by presuming to view itself as anything other than a provider of goods. It possesses the financial resources to back numerous initiatives in support of the radical “gay” agenda, and it does so without the least regard for its own customers and shareholders. Anyone interested in further information on PepsiCo’s doe-eyed infatuation with the radical “gay” agenda, or who wishes to support a boycott of the company, can go to http://www.boycottpepsico.com/
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The first Sunday after Pentecost, instituted to honour the Most Holy Trinity. In the early Church no special Office or day was assigned for the Holy Trinity. When the Arian heresy was spreading the Fathers prepared an Office with canticles, responses, a Preface, and hymns, to be recited on Sundays. In the Sacramentary of St. Gregory the Great (P.L., LXXVIII, 116) there are prayers and the Preface of the Trinity. The Micrologies (P.L., CLI, 1020), written during the pontificate of Gregory VII (Nilles, II, 460), call the Sunday after Pentecost a Dominica vacans, with no special Office, but add that in some places they recited the Office of the Holy Trinity composed by Bishop Stephen of Liège (903-20) By other the Office was said on the Sunday before Advent. Alexander II (1061-1073), not III (Nilles, 1. c.), refused a petition for a special feast on the plea, that such a feast was not customary in the Roman Church which daily honoured the Holy Trinity by the Gloria, Patri, etc., but he did not forbid the celebration where it already existed. John XXII (1316-1334) ordered the feast for the entire Church on the first Sunday after Pentecost. A new Office had been made by the Franciscan John Peckham, Canon of Lyons, later Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1292). The feast ranked as a double of the second class but was raised to the dignity of a primary of the first class, 24 July 1911, by Pius X (Acta Ap. Sedis, III, 351). The Greeks have no special feast. Since it was after the first great Pentecost that the doctrine of the Trinity was proclaimed to the world, the feast becomingly follows that of Pentecost.
Archbishop Pilarczyk states, “The only way to be in touch with the Resurrection of Jesus is to be in touch with the realm of God through faith, to have handed ourselves over to God’s realities, to have offered ourselves to play our part in God’s story...” What difference does the Resurrection of Jesus make in what you believe? In how you live your life?
The Resurrection gives us the hope that in the end we ourselves will be resurrected and join Jesus in heaven. But you cannot hope without faith -- faith in God’s plan for us for our souls and eventually our bodies. It is because of Jesus’ Resurrection that I have both the faith and the hope in joining Him in His kingdom. Having that hope is an amazing gift. I start every day knowing that how I choose to live my life will determine where I will spend eternity. It is the hope of heaven that makes tough choices easier.
In the wake of the shooting of late-term abortionist George Tiller, President Barack Obama sent out a welcome message that this nation would not tolerate attacks on pro-lifers or any other Americans because of their religion or beliefs.Ha ha! Just kidding. That was the lead sentence -- with minor edits -- of a New York Times editorial warning about theoretical hate crimes against Muslims published eight months after 9/11. Can pro-lifers get a hate crimes bill passed and oceans of ink devoted to assuring Americans that "most pro-lifers are peaceful"?For years, we've had to hear about the grave threat that Americans might overreact to a terrorist attack committed by 19 Muslims shouting "Allahu akbar" as they flew commercial jets into American skyscrapers. That would be the equivalent of 19 pro-lifers shouting "Abortion kills a beating heart!" as they gunned down thousands of innocent citizens in Wichita, Kan. Why aren't liberals rushing to assure us this time that "most pro-lifers are peaceful"? Unlike Muslims, pro-lifers actually are peaceful.According to recent polling, a majority of Americans oppose abortion -- which is consistent with liberals' hysterical refusal to allow us to vote on the subject. In a country with approximately 150 million pro-lifers, five abortionists have been killed since Roe v. Wade.In that same 36 years, more than 49 million babies have been killed by abortionists. Let's recap that halftime score, sports fans: 49 million to five.Meanwhile, fewer than 2 million Muslims live in America and, while Muslims are less murderous than abortionists, I'm fairly certain they've killed more than five people in the United States in the last 36 years. For some reason, the number "3,000" keeps popping into my head.So in a country that is more than 50 percent pro-life -- and 80 percent opposed to the late-term abortions of the sort performed by Tiller -- only five abortionists have been killed. And in a country that is less than 0.5 percent Muslim, several dozen Muslims have killed thousands of Americans.But the killing of about one abortionist per decade leads liberals to condemn the entire pro-life movement as "domestic terrorists." At least liberals have finally found some terrorists they'd like to send to Guantanamo.Tiller bragged about performing 60,000 abortions, including abortions of viable babies, able to survive outside the mother's womb. He made millions of dollars performing late-term abortions so gruesome that only two other abortionists -- not a squeamish bunch -- in the entire country would perform them.Kansas law allows late-term abortions only to save the mother's life or to prevent "irreversible physical damage" to the mother. But Tiller was more than happy to kill viable babies, provided the mothers: (1) forked over $5,000; and (2) mentioned "substantial and irreversible conditions," which, in Tiller's view, apparently included not being able to go to concerts or rodeos or being "temporarily depressed" on account of their pregnancies.In return for blood money from Tiller's profitable abattoir, Democrats ran a political protection racket for the late-term abortionist.In 1997, The Washington Post reported that Tiller attended one of Bill Clinton's White House coffees for major campaign contributors. In addition to a $25,000 donation to Clinton, Tiller wanted to thank him personally for 30 months of U.S. Marshals' protection paid for by the U.S. taxpayer.Kansas Democrats who received hundreds of thousands of campaign dollars from Tiller repeatedly intervened to block any interference with Tiller's abortion mill.Kathleen Sebelius, who was the governor of Kansas until Obama made her Health and Human Services Secretary, received hundreds of thousands of campaign dollars from Tiller. Sebelius vetoed one bill restricting late-term abortions and another one that would have required Tiller to turn over his records pertaining to "substantial and irreversible conditions" justifying his late-term abortions.Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison also got elected with the help of Tiller's blood money, replacing a Republican attorney general who was in the middle of an investigation of Tiller for various crimes including his failure to report statutory rapes, despite performing abortions on pregnant girls as young as 11.But soon after Morrison replaced the Republican attorney general, the charges against Tiller were reduced and, in short order, he was acquitted of a few misdemeanors. In what is a not uncommon cost of doing business with Democrats, Morrison is now gone, having been forced to resign when his mistress charged him with sexual harassment and corruption.Tiller was protected not only by a praetorian guard of elected Democrats, but also by the protective coloration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America -- coincidentally, the same church belonged to by Tiller's fellow Wichita executioner, the BTK killer.The official Web page of the ELCA instructs: "A developing life in the womb does not have an absolute right to be born." As long as we're deciding who does and doesn't have an "absolute right to be born," who's to say late-term abortionists have an "absolute right" to live?I wouldn't kill an abortionist myself, but I wouldn't want to impose my moral values on others. No one is for shooting abortionists. But how will criminalizing men making difficult, often tragic, decisions be an effective means of achieving the goal of reducing the shootings of abortionists?Following the moral precepts of liberals, I believe the correct position is: If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, then don't shoot one.
Mother of Christ, you had influence with your divine son while upon earth. You have the same influence now in Heaven. Pray for us; obtain for us from your Divine Son our special requests if it be the Divine Will. Amen.
"All of the pope’s misgivings have come true. The Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Savior is frequently being treated with disdain and irreverence; communion-in-the-hand opened the door to trivialization, sacrilege, abuse and indifference. The vast majority of Roman Catholics no longer kneel to receive Him, and a significant percentage of Catholics no longer recognize the Holy Eucharist as the Real Presence."
Oh Saint Maria Goretti who, strengthened by God's grace, did not hesitate at the age of twelve to shed thy blood and sacrifice life itself to defend thy virginal purity, look graciously on the human race which has strayed far from the path of eternal salvation. Teach us all, and especially youth, with what courage and promptitude we should flee for the love of Jesus anything that could offend Him or stain our souls with sin. Amen.
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- Blessed Mother Teresa
We are at Jesus' disposal. If he wants you to be sick in bed, if he wants you to proclaim His work in the street, if he wants you to clean the toilets all day, that's all right, everything is all right. We must say, "I belong to you. You can do whatever you like." And this ..is our strength, and this is the joy of the Lord.
Joy, with peace, is the sister of charity... Serve the Lord with laughter. - St. Padre Pio
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Heavenly Father, source of all holiness, You raise up within the Church in every age men and women who serve with heroic love and dedication. You have blessed Your Church through the life and ministry of Your faithful servant, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. He has written and spoken well of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and was a true instrument of the Holy Spirit in touching the hearts of countless people. If it be according to Your Will, for the honor and glory of the Most Holy Trinity and for the salvation of souls, we ask You to move the Church to proclaim him a saint. We ask this prayer through Christ, our Lord. Amen.