9/20/20

Catholic Amy Coney Barrett front-runner

 

Catholic Amy Coney Barrett front-runner as Trump signals Supreme Court nomination plans

Catholic Amy Coney Barrett front-runner as Trump signals Supreme Court nomination plans

President Donald Trump on Saturday signalled he would soon nominate a potential replacement to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday evening at 87. Judge Amy Comey Barrett, a Catholic mother of seven, is widely reported to be the front-runner in the president’s deliberations regarding a nominee.

“.@GOP We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!” the president tweeted Saturday morning.

Barrett, a federal judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, has been reported to lead the president’s short list, and was also a contender for Trump’s second Supreme Court nomination in 2018, before the president nominated Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

According to Axios, Trump reportedly in 2018 told confidantes of Barrett that he was “saving her for Ginsburg” in explanation of his decision not to appoint her to the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Appointed a federal judge in 2017, Barrett had been a professor at Notre Dame’s law school until her nomination was confirmed. Barrett has twice been honoured as “Distinguished Professor of the Year” at Notre Dame, and had clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

As a nominee to the federal bench, Barrett was pointedly questioned by Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee in 2017 on how her Catholic faith would influence her decisions as a judge on cases of abortion and same-sex marriage.

Pro-life groups hailed Barrett’s 2017 appointment to the bench.

Barrett is the mother of seven children, including two adopted from Haiti; one of her children has special needs. She is also reportedly a member of the People of Praise charismatic community, which was criticized as a “cult” during her 2017 confirmation hearings.

Bishop Peter Smith, a member of a related association of priests, told CNA in 2018 that there is not anything unusual or out of the ordinary about the group, which is a “covenant community,” mostly of laity.

“We’re a lay movement in the Church,” Smith explained. “There are plenty of these. We continue to try and live out life and our calling as Catholics, as baptized Christians, in this particular way, as other people do in other callings or ways that God may lead them into the Church.”

Whether or not he selects Barrett, Trump’s likely nomination of a Supreme Court Justice to replace Ginsburg has become a matter of serious political controversy, in an already fractious U.S. political and social context.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Friday that a Trump Supreme Court nominee will be voted on for confirmation by the United States Senate, even while there are fewer than seven weeks until the November 3 presidential election.

Democratic leaders have pushed back, and pointed to McConnell’s refusal to consider Obama Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in March 2016, seven months before that year’s presidential contest. At the time, Republicans said that it would be more appropriate to wait until after the November election to fill the Court vacancy.

McConnell defended his decision Friday night, saying that “in the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.”

“By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary, we will keep our promise,” McConnell said.

Also reportedly on Trump’s short list are is 11th Circuit Court judge Britt Grant, 6th Circuit Court Judges Amul Thapar and Joan Larsen, and 10th Circuit Judge Allison Eid.

9/15/20

 

CURRENT UPDATE

8/15/20

Praise Jesus and Mary!

I am sorry to let you know that Sister Muriel Geisler died on July 21,2020 one hour before she would have turned 96.  She died in Libujski, Bosnia/Hercegovina and has been buried in Medjugorje.

With the permission of her Order (Sisters of the Cenacle), Sister Muriel went to Medjugorje  in 1992 while the war was still going on in Bosnia/Hercegovina and waited on tables to support herself. English speaking pilgrims started giving Sister Muriel money and the Irish pilgrims also gave her vans which enabled her to commence doing food deliveries to elderly and families in need. I joined Sister Muriel in 1999. Since that time, Saint Joseph The Worker, LTD has delivered food to 200 to 300 families/month and has built a 52-bed nursing home in Libujski, a 25-bed hospice in Libujski, a 50-bed nursing home in Ravno and is in the process of building a day care facility in Citluk for children and young adults with special needs.

Currently, Saint Joseph The Worker, LTD is delivering food to 195 destitute elderly and families in the nearby villages and mountains of Bosnia/Hercegovina on a monthly basis. The day care facility should be completed by the end of 2020 or very early in 2021. With the assistance of 2 local volunteers, I intend on continuing our food delivery until mid-2021 at which point Saint Joseph The Worker, LTD will cease delivering food and will cease operations in Bosnia/Hercegovina. At that time, it was Sister’s wish that we give our list of destitute elderly and families to Jakov of Mary’s Hand, Medjugorje. Mary’s Hand is a local operation that delivers food and assistance to those in need.  Their website is www.marijine-ruke.ba.  Donations may be made to:  Raiffeisen Bank,  Zmaja od Bosne bb Sarajevo.  SWIFT CODE: RZBABA2S.  IBAN CODE:  BA391610000163330066.

We are fortunate that we currently have sufficient funds to finish the day care facility and to continue our food delivery operations until I leave Bosnia/Hercegovina in mid-2021. As a result, effective immediately, we are not accepting new donations.

I want you to know that your prayers and support over the years of Sister Muriel and Saint Joseph The Worker, LTD have been greatly appreciated.

Prayerfully in Our Lady of Medjugorje

Mary Walsh, Director

8/27/20

Sister Deirdre Byrne's full remarks at the GOP Convention

Medjugorje Message from Our Lady

 August 25, 2020

“Dear children! This is a time of grace. I am with you and anew am calling you, little children: return to God and to prayer until prayer will be a joy for you. Little children, you do not have a future or peace until your life begins with a personal conversion and a change to the good. Evil will cease and peace will begin to reign in your hearts and in the world. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray. I am with you and intercede before my Son Jesus for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


8/17/20

 

Dear children, this is a time of thanksgiving.

Today, I am looking for love from you. Do not look for imperfections in others and do not judge others. I want you to love and that you transmit the truth, because truth is eternal, unchangeable and always genuine.

Be the carriers of the light of my Son and break the dark which wants to take you over and take you far away from my Son. Do not have fear. I am with you.

Thank you for having responded to my call. (May 4, 2020, Ivan)

8/16/20

 

An ‘Evil’ Virus


“There’s a great deal of celebration that occurs when people are leaving the hospital, and for good reason, but the journey to recovery still has a long way to go,” Reg Blaber, chief clinical officer for Virtua Health, recently told a newspaper. “This virus is just so evil. It wreaks so much havoc.”

And so it is: evil. Life-destroying. The very word is “live” spelled backward, just as this virus seems capable of halting life at every level, of reversing the course of society.

It is the real thing — a warning morphing into an incipient chastisement.

Emphasize “incipient.”

It is not a full-blown chastisement, at least up to this point.

Is it truly evil, or did God send it? Or both? Does He allow evil a longer leash when men have strayed? Or is it that we simply have meandered into the devil’s backyard?

Some argue that God doesn’t send punishment. It is unclear what Bible they read. One can start with Noah or the plagues of Egypt. Major approved apparition sites such as Fatima, LaSalette, Pontmain, Kibeho, Miraculous Medal, Akita, Champion (Wisconsin), Cuapa (Nicaragua), San Nicolas (Argentina), Amsterdam (Holland), Mosul (Iraq), Damascus (Syria) and others bore messages linked to unfortunate events. For decades, even over the course of centuries, during the Middle Ages, Mary appeared or in some way manifested in town after town when bubonic plague threatened, promising to protect the community from disease if the people would turn to her, to Jesus, to God. (We see how a germ can come in waves for a very long time, surging and resurging almost endlessly, without intervention, for many years.) She often has mentioned “holding back His arm.”

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At Medjugorje, not only has the Virgin Mother given secrets that involve “Divine chastisements,” but has explicitly said such things as: “You cannot imagine what is going to happen nor what the Eternal Father will send to earth” (June 24, 1983). And: “Repeated prayers and fasting reduce punishments from God, but it is not possible to avoid entirely the chastisement” (November 6, 1982, to cite just two quotes from there relevant to God’s involvement).

Might God want the societies of men to reverse course? And might things like pandemic be the only way? The city of Salem dreads the possibility of an October without Halloween this year (praise God)!

Yet, again, chastisements can be netherworld-like, even alluded to as “evils” at places like Medjugorje and LaSalette — “like a demon on a rampage,” to quote an evangelistic prophet from Africa on the current contagion.

There is more than coronavirus on the horizon. This shouldn’t cause the faithful fear; it should excite us to deeper prayer. Fear solves nothing. And the Blessed Mother can protect us from anything (witness the Jesuits who survived just a mile away from ground zero in Hiroshima, or the shrine that survived the greatest wildfire in U.S. history (at Champion, Wisconsin).

Let us begin to realize that sin goes far beyond abortion, that while that is at the top of the list, there are also genetic manipulation, materialism, wanton sexuality, selfishness, blasphemy, hateful talk, gender manipulation, drug use, lying, anger, disobedience, using God’s Name in vain, destruction of nature, lewd fashion (which the Virgin of Fatima said sends a great many to hell), and pornography, to name some serious transgressions.

Our Lady of all Gods

But this covid thing: Its very strangeness speaks of the diabolical. It is elusive. One cannot escape it. Yet it rarely causes effects the average person has seen. When it does, the effects are very odd. It is not the flu. We have never seen anything quite like it. “I think that most people kind of understand that this is a brand new illness, a brand new phenomenon, that we’re dealing with, and we’re just doing the best that we can,” said Jason Pan, a Penn Medicine physiatrist, a doctor who specializes in rehabilitation.

“Long before COVID-19, doctors knew that patients who needed intensive care were at high risk for long-term physical, cognitive and mental health problems, a condition that was named post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) in 2012,” said a report. “Survivors of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a severe form of lung infection that is often the reason people with diseases like COVID-19 need a ventilator, were especially likely to struggle.

“Dale Needham, a critical care physician at Johns Hopkins University, has been studying how patients fare after ICU stays and ARDS for more than 17 years. Up to 70% of ARDS patients, he said, still have severe fatigue six months to a year after hospital discharge. A year after an ICU stay, a third of people who were working before they got sick are jobless. Joint problems and muscle weakness can last for months or years. A third of survivors of respiratory failure or shock have cognitive impairment a year later. Anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are common years later in people who’ve had an ICU stay regardless of how sick they were.

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“The coronavirus, Needham said, has led to a huge increase in ARDS, so some health professionals are seeing such patients for the first time. They may not know, for example, that hair loss is a common reaction to the physical stress of severe illness, or that steep changes in heart rate and oxygen levels with minimal activity occurred in ARDS patients before the coronavirus.

Hair loss? Memory diminution? Here is an article about long-term effects that should be read by those who want to honestly evaluate this illness (as opposed to relying solely on Youtube or Facebook, where flashes in the pan, many implausible, seem to rule the day).

Pray for what you should do, where you should go, what you should eat. Mostly, and joyfully, in accordance with Mary’s endless admonitions, simply pray.

6/28/20

Our Lady's Message to Marija 
on June 25, 2020
"Dear children! 
I am listening to your cries and prayers, and am interceding for you before my Son Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. 
Return, little children, to prayer and open your hearts in this time of grace and set out on the way of conversion. Your life is passing and, without God, does not have meaning. This is why I am with you to lead you towards holiness of life, so that each of you may discover the joy of living. 
I love you all, little children, and am blessing you with my motherly blessing. 
Thank you for having responded to my call."

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6/1/20

Come, Holy Spirit

“Come Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit.” 
We can never repeat that enough. It’s the most fundamental of prayers. You can even ask the Holy Spirit to tell you what you need and how to pray for it!
“Peace does not come from you, but from God,” the Blessed Virgin said in 1984 at Medjugorje.
“I call you always to bring harmony and peace.”
“Raise your hands, yearn for Jesus, because in His Resurrection He wants to fill you with graces. Be enthusiastic about the Resurrection. All of us in Heaven are happy, but we seek the joy of your hearts.”
The most important thing in the spiritual life is to ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes, the peace will be established. When that occurs, everything changes around you.”
“I have come to call the world to conversion for the last time” (1982).
“Let the Holy Mass be your life.”
For it is the Holy Spirit Who grants guidance, heals sickness, strengthens our bodies, and protects us against all untoward events. It’s the Holy Spirit Who imbues Mass with Christ’s Presence. When there are miracles or revelations, these are accomplished through the Holy Spirit. During Mass He is especially strong. He is especially willing to pervade our spirits.
And we should invite that. We should beg for His arrival. We should beg Him to pray through our minds and lips. Again, we should ask Him to reveal to us what it is we should be praying about.
He is the Spirit of Truth. He is the Spirit of prayerfulness.
When the priest gives us the opportunity to reflect upon our sins, we should ask the Holy Spirit to tell us what sins we most need to purge. We should ask Him to reach deep into our pasts and expunge any evil. We should ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten us as to what we need for spiritual development.
And we should cover ourselves with the whiteness of His protection.
Such is crucial in our time, when evil spirits (which we’ll be discussing more this week) are more numerous than ever– when they continue to climb in a horde from the pit, when they antagonize and anger and divide us. We need special protection, and that protection is given by the Holy Spirit. He draws us to the Father. He draws us to Jesus. As part of the Holy Trinity, He has the power to grant us health (if such is the Will of God) and shield us from demonism.
At Mass we should ask the Holy Spirit to protect us and our loved ones from accidents and disease. We should ask for protection from any unfortunate events. We should ask the Spirit to send special angels and further empower those angels we have. We should ask Him to guide our every thought and action. We should ask for a long, healthy life, a holy death, and the sure route to Heaven.
Come Holy Spirit of truth. Come Holy Spirit of Health. Come Holy Spirit of holiness. Come Holy Spirit of purity. Come Holy Spirit of discernment. Come Holy Spirit of peace.
Nothing brings the Holy Spirit like the Eucharist, and with God, anything is possible. Anything can change. Anything can be accomplished. As the Virgin of Medjugorje said, “The most important thing in the spiritual life is to ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes, then peace will be established. When that occurs, everything around you changes. Pray for the Holy Spirit for enlightenment. Ask the Holy Spirit to renew your souls, to renew the entire world. Raise your hands, yearn for Jesus because in His Resurrection He wants to fill you with graces.”
When that happens, when we have the Holy Spirit, then, according to Our Blessed Mother, we have everything.

5/29/20

HAPPY PENTECOST SUNDAY


Happy Penecost Sunday. After Jesus rose from the dead, he appeared to the apostles and, breath­ing on them, said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22).

“Lord Jesus, breathe on me and make me more alive to God. Come, Holy Spirit, and fill me with your life!”

The Holy Spirit is POWER

The Holy Spirit Has Been Given To Us

“God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5)

In his great Epistle on justification, Saint Paul presents the Holy Spirit as the hero of the Christian life, whose full power has been unleashed by Jesus’ death and resurrection! The overarching theme of Paul’s letter to the Romans (chapters 1-8) is POWER leading to LIFE. Thus Paul says at Romans 1:16:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”
This POWER flows from Christ’s resurrection:
“[Jesus] who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1:4).
The general condition of humanity before the Gospel is powerlessness, both for Jew and Gentile. “We have already brought the charge against Jew and Greek alike that they are under the domination of sin” (Romans 3:9). Even compliance with the “works of the law” in the Old Testament economy is insufficient for justification: “a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law” (Romans 3:28).
Our reconciliation and justification comes from faith in Jesus Christ (chapters 4-5). “At the appointed time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for us godless men” (Romans 5:6). This justification by faith flows not only from Jesus’ sacrificial, atoning death, but also from the power flowing from his resurrection! “Jesus who was handed over to death for our sins and raised for our justification” (Romans 4:25).
Moreover, flowing from this gift of justifying faith is HOLY SPIRIT POWER! “We have gained access by faith to the grace in which we now stand, and we boast of our hope for the glory of God….And this hope will not leave us disappointed, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5).
Paul then asks: does this grace of justification give us immunity from sin?, to which he essentially answers: absolutely not! “Are we to say, ‘Let us continue in sin that grace may abound?’ Certainly not!” (Romans 6:1-2). Why is this? Because through faith we have been baptized into the sin-forgiving death of Jesus and the new life giving resurrection of Jesus. “Through baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life” (Romans 6:4). “Do not, therefore, let sin rule your mortal body” (Romans 6:12).
We then come to chapter seven of Romans where we encounter this mysterious, representative man who is struggling so mightily with the power of sin in his flesh. He cries out: “For I do not what I want, but the very thing I hate (7:15), and, “when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand” (7: 21). Is Paul speaking of himself here, or of Israel, or of the “universal plight of all men” (ICSB)? Whichever the case may be, the powerlessness this man feels in the flesh (in his human weakness) has a solution: it is the HOLY SPIRIT who will give him – give us – victory over sin through our new life in the Spirit!
The flesh may be weak, but the Holy Spirit is POWER! And as Paul foreshadowed at Romans 5:5, the Holy Spirit has been given to us! We are not on our own in our fight against sin. We have a most powerful ally: the indwelling Holy Spirit. Here is the solution to the man’s problem in Romans 7: through faith in Jesus Christ, received in baptism, we have access to the Holy Spirit.
“Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin” (7:24-25). “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death” (8:1-2).
And if you think Paul is being subtle in pointing out the Holy Spirit as the solution to this man’s problem, think again! In chapter 8 of Romans, Paul makes reference to the Holy Spirit some 18 times! He uses the didactic method of repetition in order to drill into our minds that we have victory over sin in the power of the Holy Spirit! The following verses are representative:

“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life  because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of  his Spirit who lives in you.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God” (Romans 8: 5-14).

Conclusion: Do you know why St. Paul never allows even a shade of unethical conduct in his Epistles? Because the Holy Spirit empowers you to lead a holy life. Paul is utterly taken up by the reality of the Christian life. He is ablaze to the core with the Holy Spirit. The hero of the Christian life is the Holy Spirit. His full power has been unleashed, as Paul points out, by Jesus’ death and resurrection. This is a radical quality of Christian morality. God has given you the Holy Spirit! This is a supernatural reality made possible by Jesus’ death and resurrection. It is a reality perceived by faith, and received in baptism. Holiness is a POWER. The Gospel has come to you in POWER! You are justified, you are set right with God, because Jesus has given you access to the full power of the Holy Spirit, who gives you victory over sin, because of His indwelling, sanctifying presence in your soul. The power of the Holy Spirit is the principle of LIFE! The death and resurrection of Jesus is therefore the engine which carries us along to the state of justification. “Romans 8 unveils the solution to the problem laid out in Romans 7. It is a divine solution orchestrated by the Trinity. The Father sent the Son to redeem the world from sin (8:3) and sent the Spirit to raise the world from death to new life (8:9-13)” (ICSB). See the source for this conclusion under References below.
Thomas L. Mulcahy, M.A.
References: As you can see, I am relying on the notes in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. But primarily I am relying on notes I typed up years ago from a class on the Epistles of Saint Paul. I don’t even remember the name of the professor, but the entire conclusion above, and the whole theme of power leading to life, and of the Holy Spirit being the hero of the Christian life, comes directly from his lectures, and the notes I took. He was a Jewish convert, teaching at the St. Mary’s Campus in Orchard Lake Village, MI. Finally, I have also relied extensively on Dr. Scott Hahn’s excellent audio series on Romans.
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
“The grace of the Holy Spirit has the power to justify us, that is, to cleanse us from our sins and to communicate to us “the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ” and through Baptism:
‘But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves as dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus’ [Romans 6: 8-11].
Through the power of the Holy Spirit we take part in Christ’s Passion by dying to sin, and in his Resurrection by being born to a new life; we are members of his Body which is the Church, branches grafted onto the vine which is himself:
‘[God] gave himself to us through his Spirit. By the participation of the Spirit, we become communicants in the divine nature. . . . For this reason, those in whom the Spirit dwells are divinized’ [Saint Athanasius].”   (nos. 1987-1988)