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Pray for Nancy Pelosi
First Things ^ | 6/1/2010 | Elizabeth Scalia

Posted on 06/01/2010 11:25:50 AM PDT by markomalley

Just pray for her.

Pelosi’s office did not respond to CNSNews.com’s follow-up questions regarding the speaker’s statement that she seeks to make policy in conformance with the values of the Word made flesh.


It takes a special kind of cognitive dissonance
to speak fervently of the Word Made Flesh, and to understand that by his Incarnation God has ennobled all mortal flesh with a sanctity and a holiness relative to his own, and yet to consistently vote–as Nancy Pelosi did in 2003–against legislation that would have banned the most savage of abortion procedures, the so-called “partial-birth abortion.”

Let us refresh our memories for a moment about what occurs during such an abortion:

In a so-called late-term abortion, a baby is delivered vaginally, and feet first. The body and shoulders are delivered, but the infant’s head is held within the birth canal, until the doctor can slip a scissor into its skull and suction out its brains, at which point he will deliver a dead child and avoid a charge of infanticide. We are told that these abortions are necessary to spare the life or mental health of a fragile mother who may not be able to endure the physical or psychological rigors of childbirth.

The American Medical Association has quietly conceded that—as we do not live in the nineteenth or even the early twentieth century, when a cesarean section was all but a death sentence for a woman—there really is no medical reason for such an abortion. One may additionally argue that delivering a baby feet first, then shoulders, is by no means a simple or easy sort of delivery, so the dangers it purports to spare a woman are not obvious.

A vacuum or D&C abortion shreds human life within the deepest part of a woman’s body. That is awful enough to contemplate (and even Buddhists and Taoists will tell you, from a different perspective than the Christian’s, that the event leaves a lasting mark upon the woman in many ways) but partial-birth abortion plays with the notion of human life and death the way a lawyer parses language in order to live between the lines. The child living within the womb would very likely be viable if allowed to be delivered normally and to take that first breath–becoming known to us, as the babe is already known to the Creator–and so, as a lawyer contorts words and meanings, the abortion-provider twists the flesh that incarnates that known-to-God-spirit. He manipulates that flesh most unnaturally before completely dishonoring both created creature and Source by savage means.

Nancy Pelosi, who has made something of a habit of calling upon the saints and the bishops of her faith to assist her in moving her legislation, receives a 100% approval rating from the Americans United for Separation of Church and State. She heads a party and an ideology that routinely freaks out with paranoid cries of “theocracy! Theocracy!” whenever a conservative dares to invoke God, or discuss matters of faith, and yet she feels perfectly justified in using religious language when it suits her, or for the promulgation of her own propaganda. And neither the press nor her political tribe calls her out on it; they do not even appear to notice the incongruity of a woman speaking with eyes aglow about the Incarnation, and the Word Made Flesh, while offering unswerving support to the shredding of the tenderest and most innocent flesh.

No one asks her about it, not even those Catholic reporters and Catholic Democrats who (presumably) understand just how profoundly and regularly Catholics ponder this greatest and most humbling of mysteries: that the Creator would condescend to enflesh via his own creation, be subject to it, in order to serve and save it. We are wholly in wonder at this. This particular moment of Incarnation is one we strive to keep before our eyes daily; we ponder it in the Angelus which some of us pray at least once a day; we recall it within the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary and remember John’s Gospel at the end of Mass, after we have partaken of that very flesh, for the life of the world. “…the Word was made flesh, and set his tent with us; we have seen his glory . . . of his fullness, we all have a share, love following upon love…”

These are serious words, invoking a serious idea and deep mystification; they are not words to be hauled out and thrown into a muddle of politics, for base expediency.

Mrs. Pelosi may seem confused to some; perhaps she is. I prefer to believe that her seeming inability to stop herself from conflating her religion and her politics is evidence that the Holy Spirit is working upon her–that perhaps her photo-op free meeting with Pope Benedict, and with her bishop (or her public communion-taking) have flicked her conscience in such a way that we are now watching a woman try to reconcile her faith and her politics in a very public manner.

One can certainly serve the World by first being faithful to the Word; the great saints have proven this time and again. But can one serve the Word by employing the wisdom and sensibilities of the Worldly, without falling into and inconsistency (and spiritual chaos) that may cast one into mortal error?

I mean to pray for Mrs. Pelosi. I have no doubt that her identification as a Catholic is a sincere one, and I know firsthand how difficult it can be to form a conscience in the midst of sometimes pernicious influences. If she is being schooled and ravished by the Holy Spirit while also being pulled by all of her worldly attachments, then something will have to give, in God’s own time.

Meanwhile, Jay Nordlinger notes quite correctly:

Whoa, baby. [Conservatives] can’t say that — no one right of center can say that; but [Democrats] can. A curious fact about a strange place, America.

Yes. One need not have any imagination at all to realize that if a Sarah Palin or a George W. Bush, or a Chris Christie had said, “we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the Word,” the outcry would be swift, vast and paranoid. And if any of them had dared to “tell” the bishops “I want you to speak about it from the pulpit,” as Pelosi has done, we would be hearing a debate about tax-exemptions and the churches.

Writes Ed Morrissey:

When conservatives talk about religious values informing public policy goals, the Left shrieks about the separation of church and state and usually refers to the Right as an American Taliban. Pelosi will get a pass, however, because she uses the religious language to argue for their pet causes. It’s a good idea to capture this moment anyway, for the next time someone argues that “Christianists” are attempting a theocratic takeover of America.

Because everyone knows, only Democrats can be trusted to discuss politics from the pulpit.



TOPICS: Catholic
KEYWORDS: 111th; pelosi
That is a challenging task. It is very hard to really put into action the words of the Apostle,

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them…Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends upon you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." No, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

St. Paul, Letter to the Romans, 12:14,17-21

Of course, it is a whole lot easier when we remember that we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Eph 6:12)

But that still doesn't make it easy.

1 posted on 06/01/2010 11:25:50 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Pelosi is batshit crazy.


2 posted on 06/01/2010 11:27:18 AM PDT by y6162
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To: markomalley

Exactly, Mark. We are fighting with powers in the spiritual realm. This lady is not experiencing cognitive dissonance. She is experiencing the blindness that comes when one repeatedly dismisses the voice of the Holy Spirit. At some point, the person is no longer reachable. Only God knows that point.


3 posted on 06/01/2010 11:28:44 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: markomalley

Though I would pray for her soul ... here on earth ... “F” her


4 posted on 06/01/2010 11:29:33 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Would you hold my hand ... If I saw you in heaven ... to my angel in heaven)
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To: markomalley

Psalm 109:8 (King James Version)

Let his(her) days be few; and let another take his(her) office.


5 posted on 06/01/2010 11:31:09 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty (In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they're not.)
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To: markomalley; Graybeard58; JLLH; Outlaw Woman; StarCMC; AZ .44 MAG; prairiebreeze; ...

Baptist ping


6 posted on 06/01/2010 11:31:57 AM PDT by WKB
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To: markomalley

O Dear God,
I pray that you make Sister Pelosi face lifts go awry
That her breasts sag down to her knees
that her buttocks get so wide that she cannot walk down the halls of Congress
That her tongue may shrivel so that she may not further impart such leftist drivel
Oh God open Sister Pelosi’s ears, that she may hear some wisdom that comes from Americans who are concerned where this counntry is heading.
Open up her eyes so that she may see the road that the Obamabots are leading us down.
Oh God, are you capable of such a miracle!


7 posted on 06/01/2010 11:32:06 AM PDT by brooklyn dave (this is a NO-BAMA zone)
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To: markomalley

I pray for her, all right... for her to be STOPPED.


8 posted on 06/01/2010 11:32:17 AM PDT by ScottinVA (RIP to the country I love...)
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To: markomalley
I'll pray for the conversion of her soul to Christianity.

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
9 posted on 06/01/2010 11:33:57 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: y6162

I was thinking more along the lines of ‘certifiably insane’ but, yeah ......


10 posted on 06/01/2010 11:34:01 AM PDT by tgusa (Investment plan: blued steel, brass, lead, copper)
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To: markomalley

I pray that she will soon meet God.


11 posted on 06/01/2010 11:35:00 AM PDT by Gator113 (OBAMA THAT IS NOT SUSTAINABLE..... IMPEACH Obama NOW..)
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To: markomalley
God got Paul's attention, and he can get hers too. Yes, He is THAT mighty. I will pray for anyone who is two heartbeats away from the presidency.

12 posted on 06/01/2010 11:37:36 AM PDT by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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To: markomalley
I'll pray she falls down a hole. How's that?


13 posted on 06/01/2010 11:38:09 AM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: y6162

“Pelosi is batshit crazy.”

I’ll second that opinion.


14 posted on 06/01/2010 11:38:48 AM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: markomalley

If her priest, bishop, and pope cared anything about her eternal soul, they ought to excommunicate her forthwith. To not do so allows her to continue in her blindness and so, also, by her example to help harden others in their blindness and lead still others into such blindness.

This is public and obvious defiance of clear divine, moral law. But she will never be able to see it without it being brought to her attention in the appropriate and scriptural way. Excommunication is for the purpose of leading to repentance.


15 posted on 06/01/2010 11:41:06 AM PDT by Belteshazzar
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To: markomalley

If Nancy Pelosi is nominally still a Catholic, then she should take some time out and quietly contemplate the Second Decade of the Joyful Mysteries. It will give her a wealth of information on the evils of abortion.


16 posted on 06/01/2010 11:42:05 AM PDT by 353FMG (ISLAM -- America's road to destruction.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Amen


17 posted on 06/01/2010 11:43:28 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: markomalley

No kidding......


18 posted on 06/01/2010 11:47:26 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Paved Paradise
"Exactly, Mark. We are fighting with powers in the spiritual realm. This lady is not experiencing cognitive dissonance. She is experiencing the blindness that comes when one repeatedly dismisses the voice of the Holy Spirit. At some point, the person is no longer reachable. Only God knows that point."

I agree with you completely, but I also like the post just previous to yours which says: "The lady is batshit crazy". I get a creepy feeling inside when people like Pelosi and Obama attempt to talk down on us from the pinnacle of the Stairway to Heaven, with their narcissistic God complex. Wittingly or unwittingly, they're setting up a false religion that a great many liberals believe in, the religion of humanism and statism. They seem to mock God Himself with their egotistical projection of "illumination" and authority, and they are a real danger to all freedom loving Americans. I really believe that underneath it all liberals are the most angry, vile people on earth.

Liberals are the embodiment of socialism, communism, statism, humanism, feminism, atheism, homosexualism, racism and LIES. So you are right my friend, it is a spiritual battle that rages in the U.S. All I can say is pray, pray, pray, and "REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER". Let's kick their asses out of power with the vote in November, and repeal every single thing they've acheived under Obama and the reign of liberalism.

19 posted on 06/01/2010 11:49:45 AM PDT by jiminycricket000
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To: Gator113

Me too.
I’m also heavy into “Hope and Change” also.
I pray for HOPE that our country will CHANGE back to normal.


20 posted on 06/01/2010 11:52:28 AM PDT by donhunt (I used to have a US senator who lived in a compound. He's dead now.)
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To: markomalley
Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Matthew 7:6

--just saying

21 posted on 06/01/2010 11:52:43 AM PDT by two23 (Everything About Them Is a Lie)
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To: markomalley

> she seeks to make policy in conformance with the values
> of the Word made flesh.

Yes, I’m sure Jesus would approve of prenatal infanticide as well as taking money and property by threat of force to give to others.

She must be confusing Anton Le Vey’s Satanic Bible with God’s Bible.


22 posted on 06/01/2010 11:56:19 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: markomalley

Dear Lord, it is very obvious that Nancy Pelosi is way over her head serving as Senate Majority Leader. She’s stressed out and cracking up. Please Lord, remove her from office so that she can have some peace.


23 posted on 06/01/2010 11:57:08 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: y6162
Pelosi is batshit crazy.

And the following quote from her pretty much says it all,

"The Word. Isn’t it a beautiful word when you think of it? It just covers everything. The Word. Fill it in with anything you want."
24 posted on 06/01/2010 11:58:38 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Belteshazzar
"If her priest, bishop, and pope cared anything about her eternal soul, they ought to excommunicate her forthwith."

They have, she's been reminded by her bishop about the "ipso facto", ('latae sententiae') excommunication that takes place when a Catholic politician fosters legalized abortion, or a Catholic procures an abortion.


("A person who procures a successful abortion incurs an automatic (latae sententiae) excommunication." [Code of Canon Law 1398].

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

"Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. "A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae," [CIC, can. 1398] "by the very commission of the offense," [CIC, can. 1314] and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. [Cf. CIC, cann. 1323-1324] The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society." (C.C.C. # 2272) NOTE: "Formal cooperation includes the doctor, nurses, clinic, and politicians who have made abortions possible.

25 posted on 06/01/2010 12:06:23 PM PDT by jiminycricket000
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To: jiminycricket000

Theory.

Is she still being communed in her home parish and elsewhere?

Theory means nothing. Theory is like the fenceless border with Mexico.

Rules that can be defied without consequence are worse than no rules at all.


26 posted on 06/01/2010 12:26:54 PM PDT by Belteshazzar
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To: markomalley
St. John Cantius
But that still doesn't make it easy.
Mark, it actually IS easy. In fact, nothing could be easier, especially for a Catholic! Christ is not a wimp; He is a hero, and has already attested to the fact that the faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain (Matt 17:20). Nancy Pelosi seems a perpetual cheerleader, wanting to "lead" the nation with hurrahs; can you not (as a Catholic) also "hear" her cries for help? A prayer for Nancy Pelosi, is a prayer for the United States. A prayer for Nancy Pelosi, constitutes *real* belief in Christ.
27 posted on 06/01/2010 12:29:30 PM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy
Mark, it actually IS easy. In fact, nothing could be easier, especially for a Catholic! Christ is not a wimp; He is a hero, and has already attested to the fact that the faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain (Matt 17:20). Nancy Pelosi seems a perpetual cheerleader, wanting to "lead" the nation with hurrahs; can you not (as a Catholic) also "hear" her cries for help? A prayer for Nancy Pelosi, is a prayer for the United States. A prayer for Nancy Pelosi, constitutes *real* belief in Christ.

Oh, I know. But it sure is a lot more satisfying to authentically pray Ps 109 for her than Rom 12. Just the flesh talking, that's all.

28 posted on 06/01/2010 12:36:38 PM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: jiminycricket000

I’ll add something else... when Bush said he sought guidance and that God spoke to him, the Lefties and Libs went nutso. I think she’s hearing the Word alright and it’s not God’s words at all. Satan can recite scripture perfectly.


29 posted on 06/01/2010 12:42:58 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: markomalley

I like you.


30 posted on 06/01/2010 12:44:42 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: jiminycricket000

Well I am working with the Ohio Project to get signatures on a petition so we can fight the health care bill. I don’t know what will come of it but I am involved.


31 posted on 06/01/2010 12:48:25 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: markomalley

Praying for your enemies is one of the hardest things to do. My priest suggested that I put someone’s name (she had scandalized me by telling lies) on the back of a holy picture. Then every time I walked past it — I could say a prayer. Subconciously it got so that the prayer was for that person even though I was touching the picture of Christ or the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Not easy — but doable. I no longer have ill feelings for that person and can be congenial to her.


32 posted on 06/01/2010 1:42:55 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: markomalley
Pray for Nancy Pelosi

Bachmann: Prayer and fasting will help defeat health care reform (Freeper Prayer Thread)

Prayer Campaign Started to Convert Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians to Pro-Life

[Catholic Caucus] One Million Rosaries

Non-stop Rosary vigil to defeat ObamaCare

From an Obama bumper sticker on a car:

"Pray for Obama.  Psalm 109:8"

Psalm 109:8

    "Let his days be few; and let another take his place of leadership."

PLEASE JOIN US -

Evening Prayer
Someone has said that if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless.
Did you know that during WWII there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace?  


There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America. If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (7:00 PM Mountain) (6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation. If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.    Please forward this to your praying friends.


33 posted on 06/01/2010 1:48:29 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: markomalley
Oh, I know. But it sure is a lot more satisfying to authentically pray Ps 109 for her than Rom 12. Just the flesh talking, that's all.
Not being satisfied is a positive; it can be worked into the prayer session well (as sacrifice) ...
34 posted on 06/01/2010 2:19:53 PM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: markomalley

Love it.


35 posted on 06/25/2011 5:43:05 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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