Wednesday, July 30, 2014

TFP Video of the Funeral of Jeremiah Denton, Catholic Hero

One of America's finest men, Admiral Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr., US Navy (Ret) was laid to rest on July 22, 2014 at Arlington National Cemetery.  His noble, courageous and patriotic conduct under extreme torture as a POW in Vietnam continues to inspire a nation that is grateful to God for having given America such a hero.  As a U.S. Senator, staunch anti-communist, and faithful Catholic, he firmly opposed abortion and stood up for traditional moral values and defended the cornerstone of society: the family.

Monday, July 28, 2014

"They Laid Their Hands on Our Lady…”

July 27 - Canonization of Catherine Labouré by Pius XII (1947)

In March 1848, during the uprising of the Paris Commune, Catherine Labouré was running the Reuilly hospital near Picpus street almost by herself, after most of the nuns had fled on account of the violence in the streets. She distributed Miraculous Medals all the way to the barricades.

When the insurgents conducted searches and raids, she tried to cheer up the people around her. Miraculously, all the sisters in her community were preserved from harm by the protection of the Virgin, whom she constantly invoked.

As the news reached Catherine that the insurgents had ransacked Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, she declared: "They laid their hands on Our Lady, they will not go any further." As she predicted, the rebellion died down that spring.

The Mary of Nazareth Team

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Seal of Confession: Tell them absolutely NOT under any circumstances!

We are in very troublesome times for the Catholic Church, as you can tell by a speical case in Louisiana. What is happening is that the Louisiana Supreme Court is attempting to force the Church to break the seal of Confession.

The Louisiana Supreme Court is trying to compel a Baton Rouge priest to testify in court about what he may have heard in the confessions of a minor girl who was sexually abused by another church parishioner.

This would break of the seal of confession.

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What happened is this: A 12 year old girl in Fr. Jeff Bayhi's parish in Baton Rouge was sexually abused by another parishioner. So, she told Rev. Bayhi about it in confession, so she claims. Thus, the Louisiana Supreme Court is ordering Rev. Bayhi to testify whether he did hear her confession, and, if so what she said.

No priest, even under the pain of death, may violate the seal of confession, no matter who is compelling him to.

The Louisiana Supreme Court knows very well that what they are asking of Rev. Bayhi is a breaking of the seal of confession which is an inherent part of the Catholic Church. This is an attack on the Catholic Faith.

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Thankfully, the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana has denounced the ruling.

Responding to the court’s error, the Baton Rouge diocese said that “the seal of confession is absolute and inviolable,” and Father Bayhi is prohibited by canon law from divulging anything that he heard in the course of a confession. The court’s decision “assaults the heart of a fundamental doctrine of the Catholic faith,” the diocesan statement said.

“This matter cuts to the core of the Catholic faith, and for a civil court to inquire as to whether or not a factual situation establishes the Sacrament of Confession is a clear and unfettered violation of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution of the United States,” the diocese charged.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What Is Wrong with This Story?

Written by John Horvat II

Is there a need to teach people how to dress?

A good friend of mine was commenting on a local business luncheon with the town mayor that reveals something of the state of the economy and the nation.

He reported:

“There are no pre-determined topics. Attendees can discuss any issue they like concerning challenges to their business and/or governmental issues that they would like to discuss.

“The first, and pretty much only, topic of the day was the difficulty in finding employees with a good work ethic. At this point in our culture, this is kind of like discussing the need for a cure for the common cold: everyone agrees on the need; few if any have a viable solution; fewer are willing to take initiative and try.

“At a certain point, a woman at the table mentioned her frustration with the lack of proper dress among her employees. She is the manager of a senior assisted health care facility and many of her employees are high school or college students who work part-time. She said in spite of her discussions with and counseling of the employees, they continue to arrive for work dressed like they were about to climb into bed. If that isn’t enough, she said she is also challenged with having them (men and women) wear enough clothing, if you know what I mean.

“As the discussion continued, the mayor was fully engaged in the topic and in complete agreement with the woman and others on the panel. He stressed the need to teach young people “how to dress for interviews.” Throughout the luncheon, as he was nodding in agreement,the mayor sat at our table wearing a golf shirt, untucked, and shorts that matched the color of his flip flops!”

What is wrong with this story?

Of course, it is wrong that there are not more employees with a strong work ethic and a sense of presenting themselves appropriately at work.

However, what we need much more are Americans who can step up to the plate and be examples or representative characters to others both inside and outside the workplace. It is one thing to complain about how workers present themselves and yet another to look at yourself and ask how you might better present yourself so as to inspire others to greater respect and responsibility.

Today’s culture teaches that it does not matter how one dresses as long as one feelsSubscription8.11 comfortable. However, as the business luncheon indicated, how one dresses does matter and it does have an effect on the work that is being done. What is missing is that sense of honor whereby one holds oneself to high standards despite the sacrifice or discomfort involved. A resolution that might have come out of this luncheon would be: let us dress in a manner that will serve as an example to those whom we employ. Let us defy our “everything-goes” culture and be ourselves the model that is missing. Because presentation does matter.

Do you have any examples that illustrate presentation matters?