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I am the Bread of Life

dolly parton- those were the days

Janet Smith: Love and Responsibility and Hormones

One Bread One Body.

Ann Widdecombe as you've never seen her

The Daily Mail reports:

Ann, the daughter of a senior civil servant at the Admiralty, attended a convent before reading Latin at Birmingham University and then Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford. She entered Parliament in 1987 and has never married.
Reports have revealed that the former Conservative Minister has found an unlikely friend and would be fan on the show - actress Patsy Kensit.
The incongruous pair are said to have bonded over their shared Catholicism, and are said to pray together before the start of each show.
Ms Widdecombe may well be saying her prayers before this Saturday's 'flying' stunt.

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Tomorrow night the 63-year-old and her partner Anton du Beke will become the first Strictly Come Dancing couple to ‘fly’.
Strapped into a harness, Miss Widdecombe will perform her Peter Pan impersonation, as part o…

Planned Parenthood's Business Model Depends On Delivering Death

Important piece on Planned Parenthood
by Tina Mahar on Friday, October 22, 2010 at 1:46am While Planned Parenthood continues to sit on its annual report for 2008-2009, new documents found hidden on its labyrinthine website give taxpayers an insider's look into the beleaguered abortion monopoly it is helping fund.The numbers paint the grisly picture of an organization beset by financial problems yet determined to increase income by killing more preborn human beings.But that's not the surprising part. The shocking thing about these numbers is that they are finally dispelling the ubiquitous Planned Parenthood lie that the organization is about something other than abortion.Planned Parenthood's own numbers dispel the myths:Myth 1: Planned Parenthood offers "choices"to women. While Planned Parenthood claims it is all about "choice,"a look at its maternity-related services to pregnant women paints a horrific picture of death and destruction ins…


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The Call to a New Evangelization

by Frank Pavone on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 4:16pm The Holy Father has created a new Vatican office called the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. The term “New Evangelization,” of which Pope John Paul the Second was very fond, means that the unchanging Gospel of Christ has to be reannounced in those parts of the world where, although the faith has been rooted for a long time, secularism has made people forget its meaning. In starting this new Council, Pope Benedict said that some of the things whose meaning we forget are birth, life and death. The practice of abortion is a perfect example of that. If we forget God and His love for humanity, we forget why we have to love humanity. As this Council for New Evangelization begins, let us become the People of the New Evangelization, announcing new respect for life.

Video speaks for itself - what Church should not be on Sunday!

Sad Story for Chinese Woman

China forces woman into abortion at EIGHT months for breaching one-child policy

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An eight-months pregnant woman was dragged from her home and forced to have an abortion because she had broken China’s one-child-per-family law.

Twelve government officials entered Xiao Aiying’s house where they hit and kicked her in the stomach, before taking her kicking and screaming to hospital.

There, the 36-year-old was restrained as doctors injected her with a drug to kill the unborn baby.

Xiao Aiying allowed cameras to film her in the hospital. The bruise on her arm is from the alleged beating she received before offficials injected her baby. She may require surgery to remove pieces of placenta still in her uterus

Xiao Aiying allowed cameras to film her in the hospital. The bruise on her arm is from the alleged beating she received before offficials injected her bab…

Old Birkenhead Pictures my home town in the 50s

Father Benedict Groeschel's 50th Anniversary

Coffee, Cake & Catholicism

Calling all Ladies who would like to get together over coffee and discuss their Catholic faith and develop a deeper spirituality. Different articles and ideas each week. Especially for new Catholics, Catholic converts, those interested in knowing more about their faith or coming in to the Church and for Catholics thinking of ‘Coming Home’ to the Church.

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Converted by the Family Rosary

Louis François Budenz, one of the principal leaders of Communism in the USA, was born in a very fervent Catholic home in the State of Indiana. At 20 years of age, he left home, because he had fallen in love with a divorced woman. Later, the social question moved him to passion. He became a powerful orator of the proletarian claims and strategist of the struggles of the working class. He was arrested and imprisoned more than twenty times. From 1935 to 1945, he wrote for the Daily Worker, the big New York Communist party newspaper. He was also an active member of the National Committee of the Communist Party in the United States.

One day in a New York bar in 1936, he found himself face to face with Bishop Fulton Sheen. He started a heated debate with the priest, when suddenly Sheen retorted, “And now let’s talk a little about the Blessed Virgin!" This long “Marian” hour gave Louis-François a moment of the inner peace that reminded him briefly of his First Communion, but the true ret…

Breast Cancer Surgeon Explains How Abortion Elevates Risk for Women reports: As breast cancer awareness month winds down, one leading breast cancer surgeon and professor has written a full explanation of one of the risks women need to keep in mind when talking with friends and family about the deadline disease -- abortion.

Dr. Angela Lanfranchi is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey.

She is a surgeon who, as the co-director of the Sanofi-aventis Breast Care Program at the Steeplechase Cancer Center, has treated countless women facing a breast cancer diagnosis. Lanfranchi was named a 2010 Castle Connolly NY Metro Area “Top Doc” in breast surgery.

In an article she wrote for the medical journal Linacre Quarterly, Lanfranchi talks about why abortion presents women problems and increases their breast cancer risk:

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Nick Vujicic: Life without Limbs

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo is one of mine and my grandson's favourite books and so I was pleased to see that it tops the list of children's books. The BBC reports that:
Gruffalo tops list of children's favourite booksThe Gruffalo was the favourite book of 18% of children surveyed The Gruffalo has come out top in a survey of children's favourite books.Almost one in five children (18%) picked the Julia Donaldson tale, while Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Peppa Pig, by Ladybird books, came joint second with 11%.Check out the Gruffalo site here:

The Monastery 2005 part 8

Mysterious Lights Over East El Paso, News Channel 9

Daily Prayers

These eight hours are known by the following names:
• Vigils/Matins (during the night), sometimes referred to as Nocturns, or in monastic usage the Night Office; in the Breviary of Paul VI it has been replaced by the Office of Readings midnight
• Lauds or Dawn Prayer (at Dawn) – 3am
• Prime or Early Morning Prayer (First Hour = 6 a.m.)
• Terce or Mid-Morning Prayer (Third Hour = 9 a.m.)
• Sext or Midday Prayer (Sixth Hour = 12 noon)
• None or Mid-Afternoon Prayer (Ninth Hour = 3 p.m.)
• Vespers or Evening Prayer ("at the lighting of the lamps") 6pm
• Compline or Night Prayer (before retiring) 9 pm
Saint Benedict of Nursia (c. 480 – 543) is credited with having given this organization to the Liturgy of the Hours. However, his scheme was taken from that described by John Cassian, in his two major spiritual works, the Institutes and the Conferences, in which he described the monastic practices of the Desert Fathers of Egypt. Taylor Marshall has demonstrated how these Christ…

The Monastery 2005 part 1 of 18

Ann Widdecombe

I have been enjoying watching Ann Widdecombe on Strictly and I was saddended to hear that her brother died. She did some excellent footwork on last night's show! The Mail reports:

Read more: Behind the jaunty flourishes of her stately-as-a-galleon performances on Strictly Come Dancing, Ann Widdecombe has been nursing a secret heartache - her beloved only brother, a retired ­Anglican priest, has been dying of cancer.
Last night, the former Tory ­minister was in mourning after her worst fears materialised.
Ann learned of her brother’s death while training with Anton Du Beke on Tuesday. Canon ­Malcolm Widdecombe passed away at his home in ­Bristol just two days after his sister had visited him.
But any fears from the producers of the show that Ann would pull out have been allayed. She is ­staying on, say friends - not least b…

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008)

Anglican congregation plans to convert to Catholicism

An Anglican congregation in Kent has become the first to take up the Pope's offer to leave the Church of England to convert to Catholicism. The Pope has created a special enclave in the Roman Catholic Church for Anglicans unhappy with their church's decision to let women become bishops.Last month the church council of St Peter's in Folkestone voted to take the first formal steps towards converting.At a conference of Forward in Faith, a group representing traditionalist Catholic Anglicans, its chairman the Bishop of Fulham John Broadhurst announced his intention to convert to Catholicism.He becomes the fourth Anglican bishop to take up the Pope's offer. The moves by St Peter's and the Bishop of Fulham come despite a stronger than expected showing by traditionalists in elections to the Church of England's General Synod.Read more here:

The parish of St Peter in Folkestone has announced at its website the following lay i…

Gregorian - I still haven´t found

Taizé Song - In manus tuas, Pater

Brother Alois

Brother Alois, (born June 11, 1954 ) is the Prior of the Taize Community who succeeded Brother Roger after the latter's death on August 16, 2005.BiographyBrother Alois was born in 1954. Unlike his predecessor, Brother Roger, Brother Alois is a Catholic. As a teenager he was an altar-boy and a youth leader in St. Nikolaus parish in eastern Stuttgart. Later he studied Theology though he never became a priest. When he first visited Taize, it impressed him deeply. He soon became a so-called permanent (a lay person living in Taizé for an extended period), then, in 1974, a member of the community.Brother Alois was chosen by Brother Roger as his successor in 1998. He became the prior of the community after the death of Brother Roger in 2005. In recent years, Brother Alois has represented the community in numerous public events and has given a large number of interviews. He is known for his musical talent and has written many of the newer Taizé songs which are sung throughout the…


Brother Roger was the founder of Taize, the community which was an ecumenical monastic community. Since the late 1950s, many thousands of young adults from many countries have found their way to Taizé to take part in weekly meetings of prayer and reflection. In addition, Taizé brothers make visits and lead meetings, large and small, in Africa, North and South America, Asia, and in Europe, as part of a “pilgrimage of trust on earth”. The spiritual leader always kept a low profile, rarely giving interviews and refusing to permit any "cult" to grow up around himself. Prior to his death, he was due to give up his community functions because of his advanced age and ill-health which had seen him suffer from fatigue and often use a wheelchair.

From a Protestant background, Brother Roger undertook a step that was without precedent since the Reformation: entering progressively into a full communion with the faith of the Catholic Church without a “conversion” that would im…

Daily Word

"Let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfector of faith."
Hebrews 12 1-2

Taize song and prayer

Claire Rayner - another view

Claire Rayner, ex-nurse and agony aunt, is dead. May she rest in peace.

The Catholic Herald reports another side to this very public figure.

They report: Amid all the eulogies and panegyrics there is no mention of a much publicised dispute between Claire Rayner and editor and journalist Dominic Lawson in 1995. In that year his wife had given birth to a daughter, Domenica, who has Down’s Syndrome. Lawson, an atheist, had written memorably about his love for her and his hostility towards those in the medical profession who put pressure on pregnant women to take tests and then to abort babies found to have defect. He concluded, “When I look at Domenica I see someone with a vast joy in just being alive and I am indescribably happy that she is.”

Responding to this with an article in the Independent, ex-agony aunt said in her usual fashion that the Lawsons had behaved selfishly in their decision because of the “misery” and cost to society of such children. Entitled “A Duty to Choose Unselfishl…

Women in the Church

We are called to embrace the gifts that God has given us as women-- developing them to their fullest in society and in the life of the Church.

The Church perceived an urgent need to remain engaged with society and culture, bringing its message of abundant Christian life to what was rapidly becoming a “culture of death.” For this purpose, the Council issued a document in 1965 that outlined the role of the laity, “Apostolicam Actuositatem” – the Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People.

Here is what the Church says in her wisdom about the lay apostolate and women:"The laity carry out their manifold apostolate both in the Church and in the world. In both areas there are various opportunities for apostolic activity. We wish to list here the more important fields of action, namely, church communities, the family, youth, the social milieu, and national and international levels. Since in our times women have an ever more active share in the whole life of society, it is very impo…

Words for Today

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 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

EWTN Live - Protestant Theology - Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. with David Ander...

Twin foetuses reach out to each other at 14 weeks

Twin fetuses learn how to be social in the womb
October 13, 2010 by Lin Edwards Twin fetuses learn how to be social in the womb

Types of movements. a, Video frame representing a self-directed movement towards the mouth. b, Video frame representing a self-directed movement towards the eye. c, Video frame representing the foetus reaching towards and “caressing” the back of the sibling. d, Video frame representing the foetus reaching towards and “caressing” the head of the sibling. Image credit: PLoS ONE doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013199

( -- Humans have a deep-seated urge to be social, and new research on the interactions of twins in the womb suggests this begins even before babies are born.

The study, which was published in the Public Library of Science One (PLoS One), used four-dimensional ultrasonography to make 3D videos of twins at 14 and 18 weeks of gestation. The five pairs of twins were found to be reaching for each other even at 14 weeks, and making a range of contacts…

Miners trapped in Chile receive 33 rosaries blessed by Pope

It was surely praying at their ‘makeshift shrine’ that kept the Chilean miners sane

The Catholic Herald reports: One of their first requests, after a crucifix, was for statues of Our Lady and the saints.
Consider the following from Santiago, which appeared on August 27: “The 33 miners trapped in the San Jose mine in Atacama, Chile, have requested that statues and religious pictures be sent down to them as they wait to be rescued… Chilean officials say the rescue could take months but that they hope to reach the miners by Christmas… A small passageway has already been put in place so messages and supplies can be sent to the trapped miners.“Although a crucifix has already been sent down, the miners are continuing to request more statues of Mary and the saints… to construct a makeshift chapel. ‘The miners want to set up a section of the chamber they are in as a shrine,’ Chilean’s Minister of Health, Jaime Manalich, told CNN.“This week, President Sebastian Pinera spoke with the miners by phone and then placed a statue of St Lorenzo, the patron of miners, in th…


Babies seem to be the news this week:

First there is the baby that broke into a smile :
The foetus who broke into a big smile... aged only 17 weeks

By Sophie Borland

Transformed by a beaming smile, this is the tiny face of a foetus just 17 weeks old.

The scan implies that a baby can experience feelings such as happiness and pain much earlier in its development than previously thought.

It will prompt further calls from doctors and campaigners to lower the upper abortion limit from 24 weeks.

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Dr Yehudi Gordon, who runs the private Viveka gynaecology clinic in London, said: 'All the emotional centres that we will ever have during our lives are fully formed by the time we are born.

'At 17 weeks the baby could be smiling or it could be the facial muscles getting together in preparation for sucking and feeding.'

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Exclusive: Michelle McManus sings From A Distance

Liam McNally, finalist from Britain's Got Talent, performs on prayerful ...

Noah's Ark Found in Turkey?

'We've found Noah's Ark!'... claim evangelical explorers on mission to snow-capped Ararat (but British scientists say 'show us your evidence')

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 2:50 PM on 28th April 2010

As believers in the literal truth of the Bible, they knew it was there.

Even so, the explorers who say they found seven large wooden compartments beneath snow and volcanic debris near the peak of Mount Ararat can be forgiven their excitement.

'It's not 100 per cent that it is Noah's Ark, but we think it is 99.9 per cent that this is it,' said Yeung Wing-cheung, a filmmaker working with the 15-strong team of fundamentalist Christians exploring the Turkish mountain.

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Five News | The Dutch "Noah's Ark", Ark Van Noach

The Journey Home: Fr. Donald Calloway

Feast Of St Francis of Assisi

4th October 2010 - Feast Of St Francis of Assisi

"Praised be you, my Lord, with all your creatures, especially Brother Sun, who is the day through whom you give us light."

This excerpt from The Canticle of Brother Sun, written by St. Francis of Assisi in 1225, is best sung or recited. In it, Francis invokes all of creation to praise the Creator. Francis' teachings about creation as a manifestation of God have impacted the Church's theology about creation such that Pope John Paul II declared St. Francis the patron saint of ecology in 1980.

Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181 or 1182 — the exact year is uncertain; died there, 3 October, 1226.

He is known as the patron saint of animals, the environment and one of the two patrons of Italy (with Catherine of Siena), and it is customary for Anglican and Roman Catholic churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of 4 October.

It is said that, one day, while Francis was traveling …