Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New Book: How to Restore the Economy and the American Soul

Return to Order -- From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society -- Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here, and Where We Need To Go
by John Horvat II
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The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) will be publishing a new book in February titled:  Return to Order -- From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society -- Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here, and Where We Need To Go by John Horvat II.

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1. Understand the problem
Based on 20 years of exhaustive research, John Horvat II traces the source of our economic problems to a restless spirit of intemperance that throws our economy out of balance. He identifies a frenetic drive found in certain economic sectors that seek to rid themselves of restraints.
The result: “frenetic intemperance,” which is pushing the nation towards economic collapse.

2. Discover the solution
By applying the timeless principles of an organic socio-economic Christian order, we can produce an economy that is wonderfully adapted to our human nature and full of exuberant vitality, but also tempered by the calming influence of those natural regulating institutions such as custom, family, community, the Christian State and the Church.

Horvat’s original insights into both the present crisis and remedies for the future thrust Return to Order into the center of the debate over how to restore America to prominence.

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Early praise for Return to Order
The central theme of frenetic intemperance is original, interesting, and compelling. The diagnosis of contemporary social maladies must focus on moral failings, and Return to Order rightly does so. Its insightful thesis deserves wide circulation and consideration.
- Kevin E. Schmiesing, Ph.D.; Research Fellow at Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty; Book Review Editor for the Journal of Markets & Morality

Like the true cultural conservative he is, John Horvat takes on the idols of technological, economic, and political power. These powers exacerbate the human tendency toward frenetic intemperance. Return to Order demonstrates that we must be ever vigilant about the institutions we create lest they lose their moral compass.
- Richard Stivers, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Illinois State University

An ambitious book that calls for a major shift in the attitudes of those of us who live in a fast-paced world. Horvat calls for an order that combines the virtues of tested traditions with the creative potential of the free economy: a combination of a structured order based on traditional values and the spontaneous order of economic systems based on private property. He uses the term “frenetic intemperance” to describe the type of life which does not leave room for family, creative leisure, and prayer. A call for more balance in our economies and our lives.
- Dr. Alejandro Chafuen, President of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation

Poetically written, John Horvat II’s Return to Order elevates the argument about what is truly important. It’s rare that a book of this depth is also such a pleasure to read. Mr. Horvat’s critique of contemporary America’s “frenetic intemperance” rings true, laying bare modern man’s confusion and anomie amid plenty. An erudite cultural sculptor, Mr. Horvat chisels away materialism’s false promises and points toward God as the source of the higher revelation that makes beauty, heroism, nobility, sacrifice and true vocation discoverable and meaningful.
- Robert Knight, columnist and author of several books, including The Age of Consent: The Rise of Relativism and the Corruption of Popular Culture, and The Truth About Marriage

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Can true solitude be found in an increasingly wired world? - Washington Times

CHICAGO — When was the last time you were alone and unwired? Really, truly by yourself. Just you and your thoughts — no cellphone, no tablet, no laptop.

Many of us crave that kind of solitude, though in an increasingly wired world, it’s a rare commodity.
We check texts and emails and update our online status at any hour — when we’re lying in bed or sitting at stoplights or on trains.

We feel obligated, yes. But we’re also fascinated with this connectedness, constantly tinkering and checking in — an obsession that’s starting to get push-back from a small but growing legion of tech users who are feeling the need to unplug and get away.

“What might have felt like an obligation at first has become an addiction. It’s almost as if we don’t know how to be alone, or we are afraid of what we’ll find when we are alone with ourselves,” said Camille Preston, a tech and communication consultant based in Cambridge, Mass.

Can true solitude be found in an increasingly wired world? - Washington Times

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

See the Faces of the Two Newly Canonized American Saints


(Only known portrait from life of Saint Tekakwitha, circa 1690 by Father Chauchetière)

One is Kateri Tekakwitha, the Native American Indian who heroically lived a life of purity and chastity amid the terrible debauchery of the Mohawk tribe.

File:Mother Marianne Cope in her youth.jpg

The other is Mother Marianne Cope, a 19th century Franciscan nun who worked with the famous Saint Damien in Molokai to care for leprosy patients.

May these two new American saints help us to value true virtue and especially heroic chastity in a world that flaunts every type of vice.  Also, may they obtain graces for us to reject the cowardice and shame that is practiced today by which people who should be speaking up against the spread of vice remain silent, which allows these vices to advance unchallenged.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Never Allow Kindness to Degenerate Into Weakness

Written by Saint Therese of the Child Jesus

  We should never allow kindness to degenerate into weakness. When we have scolded someone with just reason, we must leave the matter there, without allowing ourselves to be touched to the point of tormenting ourselves for having caused pain or at seeing one suffer and cry. To run after the afflicted one to console her does more harm than good. Leaving her to herself forces her to have recourse to God in order to see her faults and humble herself. Otherwise, accustomed to receiving consolation after a merited reprimand, she will always act, in the same circumstances, like a spoiled child, stamping her feet and crying until her mother comes to dry her tears.

St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Her Last Conversations
 (Washington, D.C. Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1977)

Friday, October 19, 2012

I Was There at the 2012 Public Square Rosary Rally!

  I could have found plenty of reasons not to the go to the Public Square Rosary Rally this October 13. But as the date approached, I was determined that I would not miss it for anything in the world. All across the country, tens of thousands of Catholics would be gathering at 9,077 public places and praying for our nation in these troubled times. This was an historic event and I wanted to be part of it.

What made my rally particularly exciting was that I was going to one of America’s premier public places—Fifth Avenue. We were situated in a small square in front of Rockefeller Center and across from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The place was so full of foreign tourists that we can say that it is really the world’s public square. We could not have asked for a busier and more representative place to pray the rosary.

What I like about Public Square Rosary Rallies is that they have impact. If you pray a Rosary inside a church, no one is especially surprised. But when you are at a busy intersection or on Fifth Avenue, people are shocked, intrigued, edified or consoled. No one expects to see two hundred people standing—some even kneeling—on the sidewalk affirming our Catholic Faith. Thousands of people are impacted by the spectacle. Many leave the scene changed.

Of course, we want to cause impact. Rosary Rally Captains are encouraged to be conspicuous. At our rally, I could sense the maximum impact caused by our banners, signs and bagpipes as tens of thousands passed by. Our voices were loud as we proudly prayed and sang hymns to Our Lady, which echoed off the glass and concrete canyons of midtown Manhattan. The sight of people praying for the nation in face of abortion, same-sex “marriage,” blasphemy and so many other ills is very strong.

What is impressive is that few think it strange that we are out there. Many think it is logical that we pray since the state of the nation is such that it merits prayer. The dramatic circumstances of our times demand that we do something of this nature. So compelling are the reasons for prayer that some people actually came up and joined us. I saw several others praying rather timidly from afar but who gradually made their way to the prayerful crowd and became part of our rally. Still others prayed a few Hail Marys at a distance. Some dared not even pray, but took out their cameras, cell phones and iPads, snapping plenty of pictures which found their way into the social media.   

I cannot say that everyone was edified by our appearance there. There were definitely people who did not like it. I saw the smirks, the patronizing looks and the scowls of the enlightened ones who despise religion. Nor is this surprising, since as faithful followers of Our Lady, we can expect the scorn of the world.  These poor figures acted as if our prayers were hopelessly out of time and place as they watched our invasion of “their” world. They feigned a disregard for our action but in the back of their heads, we shook their certainties. You could tell that that we disturbed their smug complacency by our lively, proud and public witness to the Faith. Who knows? Maybe we planted a seed of grace in their souls that might sprout in the future.

There were also those who were indifferent. For them, our presence on the street was an inconvenience. We got in their way as they jogged down the street. We hardly existed to others inside their cyber-cocoons tethered to their electronic devices.

The most important part of the Public Square Rosary Rallies for me was the fact that Our Lady was queen at all 9,077 locations for a full hour. Even the police were there to protect our right to proclaim her as queen. It was truly an historic event. We do not know how many people were reached by the rallies. We cannot gauge the immense impact these rallies had on souls. We do know that the pleas of faithful Catholics across America and the world were heard by God in Heaven. We can be consoled by the fact that we heeded the requests of Our Lady at Fatima to pray the Rosary for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the sins of man.  

I can only give the impressions for my rally, but I suspect from speaking with others that similar considerations apply to all the rallies. Nine thousand points of light dared to pierce the moral darkness of our days. This veritable flood of light was invisible to the media but not to God who looked down upon us. All sensed the blessing of Our Lady who took comfort to see literally hundreds of thousands of her children honoring her on this special day, the 95th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima.

Many years hence, when the present confusion in men’s minds is dispelled, history will record that there were those who braved the scorn of men and gathered in public squares to pray for our nation. While others went about their affairs, I can say that I was there, making history on the public square. And I would have it no other way.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Sea of Roses: Rally Captains Remembered at Fatima

Your name and rose was taken to Fatima, Portugal, just as we promised.
In fact, on October 12, 9,077 red roses were taken to Fatima, one for each Rosary Rally Captain in the 2012 Public Square Rosary Crusade.  And there were 4,482 white roses taken, one for each of sponsors of the already mentioned rosary crusade. 

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ANF volunteers Michael Gorre and Michael Shibler, and Spanish correspondent Felipe Barandiaran arrived in Fatima on October 11, the bearers of eleven massive bundles of roses. It was a rainy day, but Don Felipe, who has been delivering ANF’s roses to Fatima since 2007, had an inkling the overcast wouldn’t last, “in all the years we’ve been arranging the delivery of roses, there has never been rain on the day of the delivery.”

“On October 12,” writes Michael Gorre, “the clouds parted and we had bright sunshine for the eve of the miracle of the sun”. And it was certainly a glorious day for photos with the two banners celebrating all the Rosary Captains and generous sponsors who made this year’s 9,077 Rosary Rallies possible across America.

Pilgrims to Fatima were impressed with the multitude of flowers and the number of Rosary Rallies being held in the U.S. and all over the world on October 13.

After the group photo in the Cova da Iria, the flowers were distributed among the various altars around the Fatima Shrine. The messengers then presented the thousands of petitions, intentions and consecration pledges to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the chapel of the apparitions. These weighed almost fifty pounds. A special bouquet was also offered in the name of those who made special requests.

From the small red candles which ANF members sent in from several Fatima mailings, fourteen great candles were made. These were lit at the shrine with a special prayer for America, for the work of America Needs Fatima and its supporters, and for the intentions of each and every person represented in the bouquets, in the petitions and in the candles.

The three ANF messengers also prayed for ANF members at the tombs of Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto, at the place of the apparitions of the Angel, and in Aljustrel, the three seers’ hamlet.
May increasing public devotion to the Rosary rise to heaven as an earnest plea for Our Lady’s words at Fatima to become a reality, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Official Recognition of the 68th miracle of Lourdes -- Video


A new miracle has been officially recognised at Lourdes today. The unexplained cure of Italian nun, Sister Luigina Traverso, has been officialy declared a ‘miracle’ today by Mgr Alceste Catella, Bishop of Casale Monferrato in Italy, the diocese in which the Salesian Sister resides.

The case of a nun who started walking after being paralysed for years has become the 68th miracle to be recognised at the fabled French shrine of Lourdes, Catholic officials said Thursday.

The priest at Traverso's diocese of Casale Monferrato officially recognised it as a miracle at a mass Thursday, the Sanctuary administering the shrine said.

The incident happened in July 1965, when the nun, Luigina Traverso, started walking during a visit to the holy site. Born in 1934, the nun had been wheelchair-bound despite several operations for lumbar sciatica.

She "was overwhelmed by a sensation of warmth and well-being and warm sensation and felt the sudden impulse to get up," said the Catholic Silesian Sisters order, the Filles de Marie-Auxiliatrice.

"She started moving her paralyzed limbs," the order said.

More than 5,000 miraculous cures have been documented but the Catholic church has so far validated a mere 67. Traverso's case was yet to be officially recognised by the church.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Photos and Reports Start Arriving from the 9,077 Rosary Rallies

I had the honor to join the TFP-America Needs Fatima’s flagship rosary rally today in Manhattan in front of Rockefeller Center on 5th Avenue.  It was so very blessed!!!  People from all over the world passed by and some even joined the praying.
Upon arriving back to the ANF headquarters in Spring Grove, PA, I did a quick search on the internet for pictures and news of other rallies and this is what I fund so far, and they are from all over the USA: 
Levittown, PA.
Tomball, TX.
44197_10151200280529814_751693461_n[1] Burbank, CA.
Marion, OH.
150-200 people were at this Rosary Rally in Michigan. See the newspaper article on it:
Rosary Rally in Kansas City
From Miami, Florida.
York, PA.
New Rochelle, NY.
Yuma, AZ.
Keystone Heights, FL.
    Northglenn, CO.    
It’s interesting to remember how the idea of doing a public square rosary crusade came from a group of German students in the city of Mainz.  That idea was conveyed to America Needs Fatima in 2006 by Duke Paul of Oldenburg who used to attend this rally with his family.  Here’s a picture of that rally:

We picked up on that idea and thanks to Our Lady that idea keep on growing from year to year and today in 2012 we have 9,077 public square rosary rallies.
May Our Lady use our poor efforts to help convert America from the terrible sins that are spreading and becoming the norm in our beloved country.

Friday, October 12, 2012

9,077 Rosary Rallies to Blanket America on Oct. 13

HANOVER, Penn., October 10, 2012 -- In town squares across America and in 35 foreign countries, members and volunteers of America Needs Fatima will hold a record-breaking 9,077 Public Square Rosary Rallies on October 13, 2012.

The rallies will celebrate the 95th anniversary of Mary’s apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, and focus on the importance of prayer and conversion.

Rally Locations by State are Online Here

“The people I talk to are anxious about the future,” remarked Robert Ritchie, executive director of America Needs Fatima.
Over 8,000 Public Square Rosary Rallies to Blanket United States on October 13
“Our institutions are failing. The economy is sliding. Society is crumbling. We’re seeing the effects of abortion, same-sex ‘marriage,’ pornography, euthanasia, moral indifference and terrorism,” Ritchie said.

“Trust in human solutions is fading. That’s why people are turning to God and His Blessed Mother for courage and hope. The need for conversion, prayer and penance is more pressing today than it was in 1917 when Our Lady appeared to the three shepherd children, Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia.”

In over 9,000 locations in the United States, rally captains are preparing for the 2012 Public Square Rosary Crusade, which will be held simultaneously on October 13, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM local time. Everyone is welcome to attend one of the events sponsored by The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) and its America Needs Fatima campaign.

Rosary rallies are also planned in 35 additional countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, Germany, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, Spain, South Africa and Venezuela.
Over 8,000 Rosary Rallies to Blanket America on October 13, 2012

“Prayer is our hope. And our society needs hope. The Blessed Mother gave us the Rosary at Fatima as a sign of hope and courage to fight on. She can solve our apparently unsolvable problems,” said Mr. Ritchie. “Over 9,000 Public Square Rosary Rallies give hope and direction to our troubled society.”

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Obamacare Subsidizes Abortions for Women Making $90,000 |

How rich do you have to be in Barack Obama's America to pay the whole tab for your own abortion? What about a divorced 38-year-old public school principal who has three children and earns $90,000 per year? Would she need to personally pay the full fare to have a doctor kill her fourth child while that child was still in her womb?

Under Obamacare, the federal government will force taxpayers to help her buy insurance that pays for abortions.

Back in March, the Obama administration published the 166-page regulation governing the establishment of Obamacare's state health-insurance exchanges. A few weeks later, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) published a two-page analysis explaining what this regulation means for American taxpayers who do not want to pay for someone to kill a child.

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Obamacare Subsidizes Abortions for Women Making $90,000 |

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Deadly Socialized Medicine in the U.K.: Is This What We Want Here?

The death toll was disclosed by the Government amid mounting concern over the dignity of patients on NHS wards.
They will also fuel concerns about care homes, as it was disclosed that eight people starved to death and 21 people died of thirst while in care.

Last night there were warnings that they must prompt action by the NHS and care home regulators to prevent further deaths among patients.

The Office for National Statistics figures also showed that:

* as well as 43 people who starved to death, 287 people were recorded by doctors as being malnourished when they died in hospitals;

For more disturbing facts, click here

Monday, October 8, 2012

Video: NFL Football Player Defends Traditional Marriage

Roman Catholic, Minnesota born and NFL all-pro football player, Matt Birk, urges listeners to support and defend traditional marriage. If we could only hear things like this from the pulpit

May God grant him many graces for his brave stand!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Head covering is thinly veiled patriarchy | National Catholic Reporter

The National Catholic Reporter just can't take the popularity of the church veil...and its new popularity...among young women.

See link below
Head covering is thinly veiled patriarchy | National Catholic Reporter

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Why October is the Month of the Holy Rosary

The feast of the Holy Rosary was established by Saint Pius V on the anniversary of the naval victory won by the Catholic fleet over Islam at Lepanto, October 7, 1571.  The victory was attributed to the direct intervention of the Blessed Mother, through the prayers of the Holy Rosary.

The power of the Rosary and the courage of the Catholic navies obtained a historic triumph over the Turks, and saved Christendom from the advancing Turkish power.

Today, we desperately need Our Lady’s intervention through the Holy Rosary to turn back the moral, spiritual and physical threat we face as a nation.

Our Lady will overcome all these threats if we turn to Her in confident prayer and courageous action, just like She saved Christendom in 1571

To order a FREE prayer card with the "15 promises of Our Lady to those who say the Rosary" or "The Five First Saturdays Devotion", call toll-free 1-888-317-5571.
To help spread the Fatima message or have a Fatima Visit in your home, call toll-free 1-888-460-7371 or contact America Needs Fatima by clicking here.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

VIDEO: Fighting for Traditional Marriage in Maryland: "Wake up America!

VIDEO: Fighting for Traditional Marriage in Maryland: "Wake up America!

TFP volunteers toured the state of Maryland for a 10-day caravan in support of traditional marriage. From the outset we expected the issue to be quite heated, and this expectation proved true from day one.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Why Does Love Arouse Hatred?

Why Does Love Arouse Hatred

Written by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
A friendly reader asked me to explain why the Church has been fought so fiercely throughout her history even though she is the preacher of the Truth. He also wants to know why true Catholics, who do not compromise with present-day errors and remain faithful to the immutable teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ are so relentlessly attacked.

It seems to me that the reader could have broadened the scope of his question even further. Persecutions against the Church and today’s true Catholics are historic prolongations of those carried out against Our Lord Jesus Christ. How to explain that the Man-God, who is the Truth, the Way and the Life was persecuted to the point of being crucified between two vulgar thieves?

This question was given a luminous answer by one of the greatest Church Doctors of all time, Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hyppo. To facilitate the readers’ understanding, I reproduce here, slightly adapted, the teaching of the great Doctor of the fourth and fifth centuries.

Commenting on the famous phrase of Terentius, “truth engenders hatred,” Saint Augustine[1] asks himself how to explain such an illogical fact.

Indeed, he says, man naturally loves happiness. Now, happiness is the joy born of the truth.

Thus, it is an aberration for anyone to see the man who preaches truth in the name of God as an enemy.

Having thus enunciated the issue, the holy doctor goes on to explain it. Human nature has such a propensity to the truth that when man loves something contrary to the truth he still wants that something to be true. In so doing he falls into error by persuading himself of something which in reality is false.

Therefore, someone must open his eyes. Now then, since man does not allow anyone to show him that he was mistaken, for the same reason he tolerates no one to show him the error in which he finds himself.

And the Doctor of Hyppo notes: In so doing, some men hate the truth for the sake of that which they have taken as true! They love the light of truth but not being reprehended by it… They love it when it shows itself to them; they hate it when it makes them see who they are.

This is how such men are punished for their disloyalty: they do not want to be unveiled by it and nevertheless it blows their cover. And yet, it — the truth — remains hidden to their eyes. “This is precisely how the human heart is shaped. Blind and slothful, unworthy and dishonest, it hides while not allowing anything to be hidden from it. So it happens to be unable to flee from the eyes of the truth, but the truth flees from its eyes.” With these words, Saint Augustine concludes his masterly commentary.