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Book on Mary turns runaway youngster immersed in drugs and crime into a priest
Visions of Jesus ^ | February 2004

Posted on 04/01/2008 4:23:02 PM PDT by NYer

Father Donald Calloway

February 16, 2004 - Reported in Spirit Daily.com online newspaper. "In 1992 my life changed dramatically," says Father Donald Calloway. "I had a profound conversion experience after reaching rock bottom."

Rock bottom indeed! Now a 31-year-old priest who serves as assistant rector at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Father Calloway had been a runaway youngster who was immersed in everything from drug abuse to theft.

"I had gone through all a boy could do up to the age of twenty," he says. "My mother had been married three times and we had no religion. The family was very hedonistic. There was a downward spiral in my life."

It started in Virginia Beach -- where his stepfather was based in the military -- and continued when the family moved to California. Drugs, sex, smoking, and drinking -- all by the age 11. "It escalated to the point of getting out of control," he now recounts. "We moved near Los Angeles. Then to Japan. That rocked my world."

Uprooted so continuously from friends and his environment, young Donald Calloway had decided to teach his parents a lesson. As soon as they got to Japan, he became a "living hell" for them. He tied in with the wrong crowd and started doing "unbelievable" quantities of drugs -- opium, heroin, alcohol every day, even inhaling the fumes of gasoline.

That escalated to where he ran away from the military base and fled around the foreign country, committing felonies -- stealing "massive amounts" of money, cars, mopeds. He even got involved running errands for the Japanese "mafia."

"I had no concern about anything or anybody," says Father Calloway, whose mother had a breakdown, ended up consulting a priest, and became a Catholic -- something young Donald knew nothing about. She was also forced to return to the U.S. without him. Police even tapped phones to the military base to try to get the youngster, and finally did apprehend him. When they did, Calloway spat in the face of one of the military cops. By now he was 15 with long hair and a profane mouth -- so wild that he was shackled and deported.

Thrown out of Japan, Calloway returned to the United States, where he told his mother he hated her but agreed to enter a rehabilitation center. In short order he ran away from there too and went back to drugs on an even grander scale. Heroin, crack, LSD, uppers, downers. And there were the girls. "There came a point where I started following the 'Grateful Dead' and living in places like a tree trunk," recounts the priest. "In Louisiana, I ended up in jail. It was an absolute mess."

He was a drop out, his hair down to his belt. He was tattooed. It was "a life cycle of death." There was another attempt at rehabilitation, but of course, that fell short again. In fact, the drug use got even heavier.

"Then one night in 1992 I knew that my life would radically change, that something was going to happen in my life to cause a radical change," he says. "I knew something was going to happen. Something was coming."

It was this peculiar, sudden, and powerful intuition that changed his life -- a feeling so powerful that he turned down the calls from friends to come out to party as he did on a nightly basis. He still has trouble explaining exactly what happened. The prayers of a mother?

For a while Calloway remained in his room waiting for this unknown "something" to arrive, then went to the hall looking for a magazine or book to read as he waited, guided by an amazing internal feeling. "I wanted to look at some kind of magazine with pictures while I was waiting, something like National Geographic, with pictures, and I went out there and there was a book that caught my eye," he says. "On the binding it said, The Queen of Peace Visits Medjugorje."

It was a book about the apparition site in Bosnia-Hercegovina by Father Joseph A. Pelletier and Calloway couldn't comprehend what the words meant. He wondered if his parents had taken up a foreign language! Looking at the pictures, he saw six children staring up into nothing. It was the seers during an apparition -- something he had never even heard about. He read the caption and it said they were looking at the "Blessed Virgin Mary." He was so poorly versed in religion that he didn't know who the Blessed Mother was. "I thought Jesus was like Santa Claus," he recalls. "I was a blank slate." Looking at more of the pictures, he saw other words like the Rosary, Communion, and the Eucharist that he had little idea about.

There was all this Catholic lingo, but he began to avidly read it. He couldn't put it down. "I read that whole book by 3:30 or 4 a.m. in the morning," he says. "I ate that book like it was life. I consumed it. And I said to myself, 'That is true. Everything in that book is true.' She was saying that Jesus was God, and I thought, anything she says is true. She seemed so beautiful and flawless. She captivated my heart. And I said, 'I give myself totally to this woman.'"

The young man went to his mother the next morning and told her he wanted to see a priest. She was shocked. He knew there was a chaplain on the base, and that's where he ended up going -- skipping with joy like a little boy, his long hippie hair flowing past marching Marines.

When Calloway caught up with the Navy chaplain, the priest told him to go to church and sit in the back while he said Mass, and then they would talk to him. Donald did as he was told, waiting as a small group of Filipino women recited a repetitious prayer -- which of course was the Rosary. Then came the moment that changed his life. The priest came out with robes. Calloway thought it was some kind of performance. He had no idea what was going on. "I was amazed. All these ladies were kneeling and standing at the same time."

But it just clicked. All of a sudden, this young man -- this drug abuser, this runaway -- "knew" what was happening, that what was transpiring was a "real" re-presentation of what had happened 2,000 years ago, and that it was being poured out again. "Time ceased," he says. "I saw myself at Calvary with the faithful beholding the sacrifice of the lamb." Everything about it captivated him. He felt the Presence of Christ -- knew He was there -- as the priest held up the "white circle."

He was twenty, going on 21, and "all I knew was that I was madly in love with God and Our Savior."

So touched was he by the Mass that Calloway was ready to go door to door to tell everyone about it. The enthusiasm exploded. After Mass he went home, tore down all his posters, grabbed several big black trash bags, and threw away just about everything in his room -- replacing it all with a picture of the Pope and another of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which the priest had given to him (along with a Crucifix).

"I don't remember ever having said a prayer in my life," he says of his return to his room. "I looked at the book, the six children, who were on their knees with their hands folded, and I did the same thing and just looked. I had no idea how it worked. I didn't know what was supposed to happen next. My eyes focused on the picture of the Sacred Heart and as I looked at that image something within me knew that was the God-Man hanging on the Cross -- and that everything the Blessed Virgin Mary said was for people like me.

"I cried profusely. You could have filled a bucket. I was so remorseful for the things I had done. Everything came on me at once. It was like every fluid in my body was coming out of my eyes. Yet at the same time I knew there was hope, and I was crying tears of joy. I was almost laughing. I knew that this Jesus died for me and loved me.

"After a long time I laid on the bed and for the first time in years I felt free. An unbelievable peace came over me. Something happened to me that I don't know how to explain. Right on the verge of sleep, something came from behind me and knocked me out of my body. My soul or spirit or whatever was leaving my body. I couldn't say anything, I couldn't move. The only person I knew to cry out to was Mary, and I cried out spiritually. I was terrorized with fear. I screamed with everything I had, "Mary' -- and all of a sudden I was pushed back into my body with the force of a universe come crashing down upon me and I heard the most beautiful feminine voice I have ever heard and will ever hear say, 'Donnie, I am so happy.'

"No one called me Donnie but my mother," he notes. "It was unbelievable."

And so was what was to come next:

Instantly, Calloway had lost his craving for all his vices -- from impure thoughts about women to cigarettes. There was no more desire to do anything he had been doing! "God had simply changed me, and it was unbelievable," he says. "Christ just overwhelmed me with His love. I started 'living' in the church, saying the Stations of the Cross until I was worn out, even slept in the pews. I began reciting the Rosary, wearing a scapular, reading everything I could on the saints."

He says he experienced a supernatural "infusion of knowledge" about the faith and became a Catholic within nine months.

Shortly after, he joined the Marians of the Immaculate Conception and discerned a priestly vocation.

Last September, he finally made it to Medjugorje -- where he delivered the homily as forty other priests joined him on the altar. "All I knew was that I loved Jesus," he says. "I loved every minute of Medjugorje. I'm going back in March. It's the edge of Heaven, wonderful." At the seminary, he says, most of his peers had also been there. "Our Lady is building up this army, this whole new generation, layer by layer. Rank by rank they are coming out of seminaries to take their places. There's a whole generation of priests coming, and they're just like me. No nonsense. I always tell people, get ready, because it's coming to a parish near you. We've only known one Pope, and he's a saint. We've been formed by the Blessed Virgin Mary and her apparitions. So many of the guys I knew in the seminary, they loved things like Medjugorje or Betania or Amsterdam or Kibeho. They don't have a problem with it. They bite onto truth like a shark, and they're going to be the guys in the seminaries teaching. They're going to be in the parishes. One cardinal said if it were not for Medjugorje, he would have hardly any seminarians. I compare it to Guadalupe."

Hell broke open in the Church, Calloway opines, due to a lack of emphasis on both Mary and the Blessed Sacrament. "You take away the Eucharist, and you take away a priest's passion, his understanding of who he is," he says. "And when Mary was deconstructed -- made just a sister -- it tore priesthoods apart. I attribute a lot of the problems to feminism. We need to go against that."

Homosexuals in the church are the result, he believes, of "the devil twisting" priests and seminarians. "With no Mary, there is a lack of tenderness and they seek in a new way," he asserts. On the current culture, says Father Calloway: "It's not the kingdom of Heaven. We're going back to Sodom and Gomorrah, and we're there. And we better get ready for the Father's discipline. He loves us, and because He does, He's going to chastise us." With youth, the biggest problem is indifference, he notes -- the attitude of "whatever." Everything is okay.

What is the most important thing parents can do?

"The best thing that a kid can see in the parents is for a man, a father, on his knees," says Father Calloway. "That is strength. When a man is on his knees, that is stability. When a kid sees that, it's a confessional statement. It speaks volumes. And when they see a mom and dad being kind and loving to one another, that's also important -- showing kindness to each other."

As for his conversion, Father Calloway notes: "There are no accidents in life. Everything happens for a reason, because of God the Father's plans." And as for Our Lady of Medjugorje: without her, he says, "I might be dead."


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: catholic; conversion; divinemercy; marian; mary; medjugorje; priest; priesthood; testimony
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1 posted on 04/01/2008 4:23:04 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...
Fr. Don Calloway is now the Vocations Director for the Marian priests that spread the Divine Mercy message. This past Sunday, he was interviewed by EWTN. He said their vocations are booming - 12 seminarians and 7 on their way into the seminary.

God bless Fr. Don and the continued expansion of the Divine Mercy message.

2 posted on 04/01/2008 4:27:16 PM PDT by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: NYer

**Rock bottom indeed! Now a 31-year-old priest who serves as assistant rector at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Father Calloway had been a runaway youngster who was immersed in everything from drug abuse to theft.**

A lot of people are praying for him now as well as, I bet, did then.


3 posted on 04/01/2008 4:29:02 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: NYer

Another conversion story! This one is so dramatic! (Not that others aren’t.)


4 posted on 04/01/2008 4:30:17 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: NYer
The Queen of Peace Visits Medjugorje

Why does Spirit Daily continue to spread the devotion to this "apparition"? It is miraculous that this priest, with God's grace and the intercession of the saints, was able to turn his life around. But I don't think it "authenticates" Medjugorje.

5 posted on 04/01/2008 4:30:39 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: All

**What is the most important thing parents can do?

“The best thing that a kid can see in the parents is for a man, a father, on his knees,” says Father Calloway. “That is strength. When a man is on his knees, that is stability. When a kid sees that, it’s a confessional statement. It speaks volumes. And when they see a mom and dad being kind and loving to one another, that’s also important — showing kindness to each other.” **

Wise words!


6 posted on 04/01/2008 4:33:53 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: NYer

:)Keep it up Father.


7 posted on 04/01/2008 4:35:38 PM PDT by fatima
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To: Salvation
“The best thing that a kid can see in the parents is for a man, a father, on his knees,” says Father Calloway. “That is strength. When a man is on his knees, that is stability. When a kid sees that, it’s a confessional statement. It speaks volumes. And when they see a mom and dad being kind and loving to one another, that’s also important — showing kindness to each other.”

I know a woman who has 5 kids from 5 different guys. She said to one friend that she couldn't imagine how horrible it would be to be forced by marriage to stay with one man her whole life. With her a man's shelf life is about 3 years, then she starts looking for someone else to impregnate her. The 4 boys have lost father after father and have said that no one knows how horrible it is to lose one yet again. Yet the mother will declaim about how she has no man and has to be "mother/father" to the kids. She talks about how she has kept them all together and nothing would separate them from her; they would all be together in jail or in the morgue. She wakes them up with a slap and a curse. They eat if she's happened to have cooked. For her the kids are called "good" to the degree they don't bother her or cause her trouble and "bad" to the degree they do. She still holds it against two of them that they cried almost incessantly as infants. And she doesn't seem to be able to understand why they would rather be with any of their previous fathers than with her. To her that seems like ingratitude. After all, as she loudly yells at them any time she wants to silence any question or observation, she is "the one who borned them".
8 posted on 04/01/2008 4:46:38 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: ladtx
“The best thing that a kid can see in the parents is for a man, a father, on his knees,” says Father Calloway. “That is strength. When a man is on his knees, that is stability. When a kid sees that, it’s a confessional statement. It speaks volumes. And when they see a mom and dad being kind and loving to one another, that’s also important — showing kindness to each other.”

This works doubly well in grandparents :-)

9 posted on 04/01/2008 4:47:04 PM PDT by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: annalex

Ping!


10 posted on 04/01/2008 4:50:54 PM PDT by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: aruanan

What a sad story. The children, undoubtedly, have gone through the phases of grief each time.

Denial
Bargaining
Depression
Anger
Acceptance

and finally moving on.

Let’s just pray that when they move on they do not repeat their Mother’s behavior.

It would do well for her to be on her knees. Perhaps these children could set an example for HER!!!


11 posted on 04/01/2008 4:53:31 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: 353FMG; AlaskaErik; Always Right; Antoninus; ArrogantBustard; CTK YKC; dan1123; DogwoodSouth; ...
50 Days of Easter 2008 Celebration ping, dedicated to converts to the Catholic faith. If you want to be on the list but are not on it already, or if you are on it but do not want to be, let me know either publicly or privately.

Happy Easter. Christ is risen!

Alex.


Previously posted conversion stories:

Anti-Catholicism, Hypocrisy and Double Standards
Why I Returned to the Catholic Church. Part I: Darkness
Why I Returned to the Catholic Church. Part II: Doubts
Why I Returned to the Catholic Church. Part III: Tradition and Church
Why I Returned to the Catholic Church. Part IV: Crucifix and Altar
Why I Returned to the Catholic Church. Part V: The Catholics and the Pope
Why I Returned to the Catholic Church. Part VI: The Biblical Reality
His Open Arms Welcomed Me
Catholic Conversion Stories & Resources
My Personal Conversion Story
My (Imminent) Reception into the Roman Catholic Church
Catholics Come Home
My Journey of Faith
LOGIC AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF PROTESTANTISM
"What is Truth?" An Examination of Sola Scriptura
"Have you not read?" The Authority behind Biblical Interpretation
The Crisis of Authority in the Reformation

12 posted on 04/01/2008 5:05:03 PM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: Salvation

There are no such clearly defined stages in a case like this. But what it does do is to teach them that as men they are to be used and tossed aside. It also makes them fearful of loving because of the certainty that it’s all going to end in a way outside their control. And as they look out across their socio-economic group, they see the same behavior of the other mothers who treat their kids in the same way. I know that the older two have said that on their 18th birthday they’re not even going to stick around for the cake—not that their mom’s ever gotten them a cake for their birthday. Of the more than 20 families that I know, there is an actual father living at home in only 3 of them (and these fathers have one or two other women on the side).


13 posted on 04/01/2008 5:06:57 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: annalex
I have no idea why you've put me on a ping list, but please take me off.

Thank you.

14 posted on 04/01/2008 5:12:10 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Hachodesh hazeh lakhem ro'sh chodashim; ri'shon hu' lakhem lechodshei hashanah.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator
why you've put me on a ping list

Because for the first several threads I was seeding the ping list with whoever responded, and you did. You are off now.

15 posted on 04/01/2008 5:16:26 PM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: annalex
Dear annalex,

Please add me to your ping list for this purpose.

Thanks,


sitetest

16 posted on 04/01/2008 5:20:49 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: NYer

I can highly recommend a movie “The Song Of Bernadette” (1943) about the peasant girl Bernadette’s visitation by Our Lady Of Lourdes.

Also, the book “The Incorruptibles” about saints whose bodies remain, without decomposition, through the ages (this is the case with Bernadette).

Lastly, Pope Benedict has been welcoming of the renewal of the Latin mass; if you can find a service in your area, it is a profoundly moving and contemplative rite.


17 posted on 04/01/2008 6:24:59 PM PDT by bt_dooftlook (Democrats - the "No Child/Left/Behind" Party)
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To: NYer

I can highly recommend a movie “The Song Of Bernadette” (1943) about the peasant girl Bernadette’s visitation by Our Lady Of Lourdes.

Also, the book “The Incorruptibles” about saints whose bodies remain, without decomposition, through the ages (this is the case with Bernadette).

Lastly, Pope Benedict has been welcoming of the renewal of the Latin mass; if you can find a service in your area, it is a profoundly moving and contemplative rite.


18 posted on 04/01/2008 6:28:39 PM PDT by bt_dooftlook (Democrats - the "No Child/Left/Behind" Party)
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To: Quix
If this guy started from the same place and ended up an evangelical Protestant, you'd call it a "great testimony" and the "work of the Holy Spirit".

But because he ended up a Catholic priest, you think it's the result of a book and a psychological disorder.

That's just really sad.

20 posted on 04/01/2008 9:23:49 PM PDT by Campion
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To: NYer
Cruel times call for strong me.

God frequently chooses broken vessels.

21 posted on 04/01/2008 9:37:22 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: Campion

I don’t think so.

I’ve noted that ATTACHMENT DISORDER slices across all our various reference group identities.

And, it is often a root of many good and not so good life choices and affiliations.

I’ve said such things many times.


22 posted on 04/01/2008 9:45:33 PM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: Campion; xzins
If this guy started from the same place and ended up an evangelical Protestant, you'd call it a "great testimony" and the "work of the Holy Spirit".

The difference, of course, is that a Protestant would say it was by God's grace through the Holy Scriptures that he came to know his salvation was by Christ alone.

As we read, this priest says his enlightenment came from a book on Mary.

That's like comparing the encyclopedia to Grimm's fairy tales.

23 posted on 04/01/2008 10:11:19 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: annalex

Please add me to your ping list!

thank you


24 posted on 04/01/2008 10:12:56 PM PDT by notaliberal
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To: Dr. Eckleburg

I wouldn’t mock Our Lord’s Mother if ya know what I mean!


25 posted on 04/01/2008 10:18:16 PM PDT by notaliberal
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To: Dr. Eckleburg

I wouldn’t mock Our Lord’s Mother if ya know what I mean!


26 posted on 04/01/2008 10:19:05 PM PDT by notaliberal
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To: NYer

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27 posted on 04/01/2008 10:37:57 PM PDT by It's me
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To: NYer

The founder of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, this priest’s order, was recently beatified. Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski was Polish, born in 1631, and particularly advocated devotion to the Immaculate Conception and intercessory prayer for the souls in Purgatory.

The miracle that finally allowed his beatification after hundreds of years occurred in Poland, a woman was told the child in her womb was dead, no heart beat, etc, and her cousin prayed to Stanislaus. When she went to the doctor to have the fetal body removed, the child was alive (now a healthy four year old boy).

Very interesting all the connections God has interwoven through Poland. Pope John Paul worked on St. Faustina’s cause as a bishop, never knowing he would one day become pope and declare her a saint and institute Divine Mercy Sunday.

Then the priests that are charged with worldwide responsibility for the Divine Mercy Message suddenly have their Polish founder pulled from obscurity by a miracle in Poland.

And a miracle that involves the most critical issue of our time, the sanctity of life, especially the unborn.

Poland is currently the only country opposing the EU pressure to make abortion a “right.”

And this comes full circle back to Mary, whom Blessed Stanislaus honored as the Immaculate Conception two centuries before the dogma was declared. Mary, who is a greater advocate for life than the woman who carried the God-Man in her womb for 9 months?


28 posted on 04/01/2008 11:48:37 PM PDT by baa39 ('Whoever spares the bad injures the good.' - Syrus)
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To: Salvation

The MIC’s Divine Mercy website is my homepage, it has daily quotations, inspirational stories, and orthodox answers. Something pleasant online for a change, just FYI:

http://www.thedivinemercy.org/


29 posted on 04/02/2008 12:00:12 AM PDT by baa39 ('Whoever spares the bad injures the good.' - Syrus)
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To: Pyro7480

You’re correct that Medjugorje has not been authenticated, which is true for about 99% of Marian apparitions. However, the Church has also not gone to the other extreme, as has been necessary in some cases, of declaring it false or fraudulent. So it’s in that limbo (pardon the pun) where it’s permissible as a “private devotion” yet without any official status. Therefore I think you’re right to reserve a bit of caution, as I do as well, but on the other hand, I hesitate to throw any cold water on others’ enthusiam, because isn’t what happened to this one man a miracle in itself?


30 posted on 04/02/2008 12:07:30 AM PDT by baa39 ('Whoever spares the bad injures the good.' - Syrus)
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To: NYer

Homosexuals in the church are the result, he believes, of “the devil twisting” priests and seminarians. “With no Mary, there is a lack of tenderness and they seek in a new way.”

This is quite a profound statement, and it makes sense psychologically and spiritually. Look at the orders with the greatest homosexual problem, and where is Mary? I was recently in a Jesuit retreat center chapel. The statue of “Mary” seemed to be a wooden tribal carving of some Asian goddess (and not a very pretty one).

He may have hit on the one truth that can save the Jesuits from their path of utter self-destruction, they need to turn in humility to the Blessed Mother (before it’s too late).


31 posted on 04/02/2008 12:19:48 AM PDT by baa39 ('Whoever spares the bad injures the good.' - Syrus)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg

Wow, do you really feel the need to mock Christ’s Mother by comparing Her to Grimm’s fairy tales. Last time I checked She was real, and the holy Mother of our Lord. Or do you believe the Bible is a fairy tale?


32 posted on 04/02/2008 2:41:28 AM PDT by beachdweller
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To: beachdweller
I was, of course, referring to the fiction the FCC has woven around Mary which includes her now being regarded as a "co-redeemer" and a "dispensatrix of all grace."

Both titles are blasphemous fiction. I pray for Catholics to have the spiritual discernment to realize Jesus Christ is our the only Redeemer and God the only dispenser of grace.

For Bible-believing Christians, that is basic Christianity 101, and Rome flunks the course.

33 posted on 04/02/2008 6:15:18 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg; Campion; xzins; notaliberal; beachdweller; baa39
As we read, this priest says his enlightenment came from a book on Mary. That's like comparing the encyclopedia to Grimm's fairy tales.

Why do Catholics honor Mary? We are called to imitate Jesus for He is the Way, the Truth, and Life. We are called to love what Jesus  loves and to hate what Jesus hates (sin). We are also called to honor whoever he honors. Jesus honored his mother otherwise he would have broken the 4th commandment (honor your father & mother).

34 posted on 04/02/2008 6:15:24 AM PDT by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: NYer
To "honor" Mary does not include blasphemously regarding her as a "co-redeemer" and a "dispensatrix of all grace."

"And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.

And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?

And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother." -- Mark 3:32-35


35 posted on 04/02/2008 6:21:32 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg

There is a Spiritual family of which Mary has a significant role. Remember that Jesus was transformed in the presence of Moses and Elijah. God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are the God Head with all others in Christ being the Body.


36 posted on 04/02/2008 6:37:40 AM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: NYer

May God continue to bless this man. Satan, I’m sure, wants him back.


37 posted on 04/02/2008 6:38:51 AM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: NYer
"Time ceased," he says. "I saw myself at Calvary with the faithful beholding the sacrifice of the lamb." Everything about it captivated him. He felt the Presence of Christ -- knew He was there -- as the priest held up the "white circle."

He was twenty, going on 21, and "all I knew was that I was madly in love with God and Our Savior."

THAT, friends and neighbours, is "wonderful testimony".

38 posted on 04/02/2008 6:48:58 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: NYer
It was like every fluid in my body was coming out of my eyes. Yet at the same time I knew there was hope, and I was crying tears of joy. I was almost laughing. I knew that this Jesus died for me and loved me.

It just gets better.

39 posted on 04/02/2008 6:50:22 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: NYer
With youth, the biggest problem is indifference, he notes -- the attitude of "whatever." Everything is okay.

How can we expect our kids to take Faith seriously if we don't? Again, wonderful testimony from this servant of God.

40 posted on 04/02/2008 6:53:33 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: stevio

Satan desires to destroy this man’s testimony to the Grace of God and repentance of sins. I’m sure that the Enemy would do anything to belittle him and his preaching of the Gospel.


41 posted on 04/02/2008 6:55:12 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
Both titles are blasphemous fiction. I pray for Catholics to have the spiritual discernment to realize Jesus Christ is our the only Redeemer and God the only dispenser of grace. For Bible-believing Christians, that is basic Christianity 101, and Rome flunks the course.

Well thanks for clearing that up for us, Doc.

We likewise pray for "Bible-believing Christians" that they might come to understand the Scriptures in which they so fervently profess belief. In particular we pray that they come to know the intimacy between Jesus and His Mother and to realize that Jesus is not threatened by nor jealous of the regard in which we hold His Mother.

Indeed it adds a depth and richness to the story of salvation on which so many miss out.

42 posted on 04/02/2008 6:56:14 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: Quix
"What am I missing?"

A sense of decency.

43 posted on 04/02/2008 7:04:09 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: ArrogantBustard

Excellent comments!


45 posted on 04/02/2008 8:22:51 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Everything is either willed or permitted by God, and nothing can hurt me." Bl. Charles de Foucauld)
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To: Admin Moderator

I am thanking you.


46 posted on 04/02/2008 8:26:41 AM PDT by Running On Empty ((The three sorriest words:"It's too late"))
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To: notaliberal

Thanks, done.


47 posted on 04/02/2008 8:50:06 AM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
I'm sorry? FCC? Florida Chess Championship? Formation in Christian Chastity? Federal Communications Commission?

Please enlighten me.

48 posted on 04/02/2008 8:50:11 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Mammalia Primatia Hominidae Homo sapiens. Still working on the "sapiens" part.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

FCC?

Frankie’s Calvinist Conundrums.


49 posted on 04/02/2008 8:58:22 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Dr. Eckleburg; NYer

Mark 3:32-35 confirms the Blessed Virgin Mary’s identification witht he holy Mother Church and therefore scripturally proves her to be a co-redeemer and dispensatrix of all grace, “doctor”.

Thinkest thou that thou understandest what thou quotest?


50 posted on 04/02/2008 8:58:51 AM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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