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  • Time for Pro-lifer Donald Trump to Walk the Walk – Step Up and Back the Gosnell Movie!

    04/10/2014 8:58:00 PM PDT · 1 of 8
    Diago
  • American Fakectivism: Social Media activism by small numbers of people integrated into news cycle

    04/09/2014 8:55:00 AM PDT · 2 of 3
    Diago to SeekAndFind

    Could not agree more with his guy.

    And don’t for get to #UninstallFirefox

    And let Mozilla know why: https://input.mozilla.org/en-US/

  • RedState Follows TruthRevolt's Lead, Blocks Users of Firefox

    04/08/2014 7:33:45 PM PDT · 13 of 56
    Diago to markomalley

    Winning this battle will send a powerful message concerning the strength of Conservative and Christian consumers.

    Our foe is weak and wounded already. This is an extremely winnable battle if we can stay focused on taking down Mozilla.

    Mozilla Falls to 3rd Place - Hits Lowest User Level Ever

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/mozilla-firefox-falls-to-3rd-place-hits-lowest-user-level-ever/

  • Freep this Mozilla Feedback page

    04/08/2014 5:11:43 PM PDT · 123 of 128
    Diago to MNDude

    Mozilla Falls to 3rd Place - Hits Lowest User Level Ever
    http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/mozilla-firefox-falls-to-3rd-place-hits-lowest-user-level-ever/

    #UninstallFirefox

    This is a very nice winnable battle for freedom lovers if we commit to keeping the heat on Mozilla - an already wounded foe. Do not lose focus. This will be a very powerful statement if conservatives can unite behind this cause.

  • How to hit Mozilla Financially and still keep their browser(Caveat)

    04/08/2014 5:10:02 PM PDT · 31 of 59
    Diago to Vendome
    Mozilla Falls to 3rd Place - Hits Lowest User Level Ever

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/mozilla-firefox-falls-to-3rd-place-hits-lowest-user-level-ever/

    #UninstallFirefox

    This is a very nice winnable battle for freedom lovers if we commit to keeping the heat on Mozilla - an already wounded foe. Do not lose focus. This will be a very powerful statement if conservatives can unite behind this cause.

  • Welcome to The Reign of “Gay” #UninstallFirefox

    04/08/2014 5:07:43 PM PDT · 14 of 18
    Diago to Diago

    Mozilla Falls to 3rd Place - Hits Lowest User Level Ever

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/mozilla-firefox-falls-to-3rd-place-hits-lowest-user-level-ever/

    This is a very nice winnable battle for freedom lovers if we commit to keeping the heat on Mozilla - an already wounded foe. Do not lose focus. This will be a very powerful statement if conservatives can unite behind this cause.

  • Welcome to The Reign of “Gay” #UninstallFirefox

    04/08/2014 2:36:59 PM PDT · 2 of 18
    Diago to Diago

    Uninstall firefox and then tell Mozilla why you did it:

    https://input.mozilla.org/en-US/feedback

    yesterday, we almost hit 15,000 negative comments at Mozilla site:

    https://input.mozilla.org/en-US/feedback

    And then tweet about #UninstallFirefox

  • Welcome to The Reign of “Gay” #UninstallFirefox

    04/08/2014 2:34:08 PM PDT · 1 of 18
    Diago
  • EWTN to Run TV Series About the Glory of the Latin Mass

    04/05/2014 1:49:18 PM PDT · 14 of 25
    Diago to marshmallow

    Awesome.

  • EWTN to Run TV Series About the Glory of the Latin Mass

    04/05/2014 1:49:18 PM PDT · 13 of 25
    Diago to marshmallow

    Awesome.

  • Freep this Mozilla Feedback page

    04/04/2014 7:36:36 PM PDT · 64 of 128
    Diago to Nacho Bidnith

    I agree. Twitter is also blowing up...gotta get #UninstallFirefox trending. @benshapiro has been great.
    Would also love to see a National #UninstallFirefox Day. It could be way bigger than Chik fil a Day!

  • Freep this Mozilla Feedback page

    04/04/2014 5:30:07 PM PDT · 52 of 128
    Diago to All
  • Mozilla CEO Forced Out: The “Resignation” Heard Round the World

    04/04/2014 5:25:59 PM PDT · 37 of 58
    Diago to stars & stripes forever

    Great comments here:

    https://input.mozilla.org/en-US/?selected=7d&date_start=2014-03-28

    Go post something, closing in on 5,000 today.

  • Gosnell Movie Campaign Earns $300,000 in Just Five Days

    04/04/2014 9:36:23 AM PDT · 4 of 4
    Diago to Morgana

    Really need to get this movie made:

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gosnell-movie

  • Filmmakers want to make $2.1m ‘true crime’ movie about Kermit Gosnell

    04/02/2014 5:31:06 PM PDT · 15 of 15
    Diago to Morgana

    Gotta get this movie made!

    Ann and Phelim Media posted an announcement 8 hours ago

    Dear Friend,

    It’s day 5 of our fundraising effort and we have now reached one of our milestones, we raised over $250,000! We are so grateful for all the wonderful messages of support and good wishes from so many of you.

    We still have a long way to go. For those of you who have not yet donated please do and for those who have please donate again and get your friends to donate.
    Gosnell movie will not be made without you.

    The New York Times bestselling thriller writer Brad Thor, publicly donated $1,000 yesterday and asked for people to match him on the next $900. Michelle Malkin has donated and hosted a tweetfest to help our fundraising effort, using the hashtag #gosnellmovie

    And last night on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show, Kirsten Powers told the story about how Kickstarter tried to censor our film campaign, they didn’t want us to use the words “murdered 1000s of babies” because they said it would go against their “community guidelines”: http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/04/01/kickstarter-tells-gosnell-documentary-filmmakers-remove-references-stabbing-babies

    There is a lot happening, here’s what we would love for you to do to make this campaign a success.

    Please pledge here: www.gosnellmovie.com

    Get 10 others to pledge. The power of ten could fund this project immediately.

    Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter to hear the latest updates on our crowdfunding.

    Also, Ann and Phelim will be on The Hugh Hewitt Show today, tune in if you can at 6:40p ET / 3:40p PT.

    Together we can make sure this film gets made, without you it simply never will.

    Pledge here: www.gosnellmovie.com

    Thank you all,

    Phelim

    Ann

    Magdalena

    P.S Here are just some of the stories so far about our crowdfunding campaign

    Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2546539#.Uzl1KKXwSPc.twitter

    The Blaze TV with Glenn Beck: http://www.video.theblaze.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=31742515&topic_id=24584158&v=3&tcid=tw_video_31742515

    LifeNews: http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/31/gosnell-movie-americas-biggest-serial-killer-will-tell-story-of-abortionist-who-killed-babies-born-alive/

    Weekly Standard: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/gosnell-movie-americas-biggest-serial-killer_786268.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

    Daily Caller: http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/31/filmmakers-look-to-make-movie-about-kermit-gosnell/

    National Review: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/374723/gosnell-filmmakers-quit-kickstarter-claiming-censorship-josh-encinias

  • Gosnell Filmmakers Quit Kickstarter, Claiming Censorship

    04/02/2014 5:05:07 PM PDT · 18 of 30
    Diago to DLfromthedesert

    I flipped it on. Great project, great interview.

  • Gosnell Filmmakers Quit Kickstarter, Claiming Censorship

    04/02/2014 3:15:58 PM PDT · 8 of 30
    Diago to Diago

    Ann and Phelim Media posted an announcement 6 hours ago

    Dear Friend,

    It’s day 5 of our fundraising effort and we have now reached one of our milestones, we raised over $250,000! We are so grateful for all the wonderful messages of support and good wishes from so many of you.

    We still have a long way to go. For those of you who have not yet donated please do and for those who have please donate again and get your friends to donate.
    Gosnell movie will not be made without you.

    The New York Times bestselling thriller writer Brad Thor, publicly donated $1,000 yesterday and asked for people to match him on the next $900. Michelle Malkin has donated and hosted a tweetfest to help our fundraising effort, using the hashtag #gosnellmovie

    And last night on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show, Kirsten Powers told the story about how Kickstarter tried to censor our film campaign, they didn’t want us to use the words “murdered 1000s of babies” because they said it would go against their “community guidelines”: http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/04/01/kickstarter-tells-gosnell-documentary-filmmakers-remove-references-stabbing-babies

    There is a lot happening, here’s what we would love for you to do to make this campaign a success.

    Please pledge here: www.gosnellmovie.com

    Get 10 others to pledge. The power of ten could fund this project immediately.

    Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter to hear the latest updates on our crowdfunding.

    Also, Ann and Phelim will be on The Hugh Hewitt Show today, tune in if you can at 6:40p ET / 3:40p PT.

    Together we can make sure this film gets made, without you it simply never will.

    Pledge here: www.gosnellmovie.com

    Thank you all,

    Phelim

    Ann

    Magdalena

    P.S Here are just some of the stories so far about our crowdfunding campaign

    Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2546539#.Uzl1KKXwSPc.twitter

    The Blaze TV with Glenn Beck: http://www.video.theblaze.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=31742515&topic_id=24584158&v=3&tcid=tw_video_31742515

    LifeNews: http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/31/gosnell-movie-americas-biggest-serial-killer-will-tell-story-of-abortionist-who-killed-babies-born-alive/

    Weekly Standard: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/gosnell-movie-americas-biggest-serial-killer_786268.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

    Daily Caller: http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/31/filmmakers-look-to-make-movie-about-kermit-gosnell/

    National Review: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/374723/gosnell-filmmakers-quit-kickstarter-claiming-censorship-josh-encinias

  • Gosnell Filmmakers Quit Kickstarter, Claiming Censorship

    04/02/2014 3:01:32 PM PDT · 5 of 30
    Diago to Diago

    Today we are launching the biggest ever crowd funding campaign to make a TV movie about the serial killer, abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell.

    Dr. Kermit Gosnell is the most prolific serial killer in American History, but almost no one knows who he is. 

    The Grand Jury investigating Kermit Gosnell's horrific crimes said this:

              This case is about a doctor who killed babies ... What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors .... Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it.   (Report of the Grand Jury)


    Gosnell is serving several life sentences but the media basically ignored his crimes and his trial. They ignored the facts that emerged from the trial, like the fact that the babies he murdered suffered terribly. Here is what a neonatologist told the Grand Jury:

              The neonatologist testified... If a baby moves, it is alive. Equally troubling, it feels a “tremendous amount of pain” when its spinal cord is severed. So, the fact that Baby Boy A. continued to move after his spinal cord was cut with scissors means that he did not die instantly. Maybe the cord was not completely severed. In any case, his few moments of life were spent in excruciating pain.   (Report of the Grand Jury) 

    The mainstream media or Hollywood don't think this is a story. Even though Gosnell killed more people than Gary Ridgeway, John Wayne Gacey, The Zodiac Killer and Ted Bundy combined. In a 30 year killing spree, it is thought he killed 1000s of babies. And that wasn't a national story?

    "Reserved for media" - empty seats at Gosnell trial

    But Jodi Arias who was on trial at the same time as Gosnell, for killing her boyfriend, just one person, was national news.

    Hollywood think the Jodi Arias story is so important they have already made a movie about her which has been shown multiple times on TV. 

    The censorship of the Gosnell story ends now. 

    We are raising funds for this movie through a revolutionary website called Indiegogo.

    Indiegogo enables “crowdfunding” for important projects.But here’s the catch. We've set the budget. But if we fail to raise our target budget, Indiegogo will return all the funds, we will received nothing and the film will never be made.

    Indiegogo allows us to bypass the Hollywood studios and the usual funding sources for movies.

    Hollywood never would fund a movie such as this.

    We funded our last film FrackNation using crowdfunding.

    So far, the biggest “crowd funded” film of all-time is the Veronica Mars movie, a teen detective story that asked for $2.1m and raised $5.7m, we think the Gosnell movie is more important, we think you do too. So we are asking for $2.1m and we are hoping to break the record and make history. 

    With your help we're going to hire the best screenwriter, director and actors to make sure that the story of Kermit Gosnell gets into every home in America. 

    Please pledge right now. 

    We tell a lot about ourselves by the stories we choose to tell and the ones we want to cover up or ignore. Please help us tell this important story.  It's a frightening testament to the power of the media that very few people even know about Kermit Gosnell: America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer.

    This is your chance to bypass the media “information gatekeepers” to get tens of millions of Americans thinking about what happened in Philadelphia. 

    Please send a message that we don't have to wait for someone else to tell the stories that matter, we can do it ourselves.

    Please pledge right now and then please then get 10 friends to pledge. 

    Thank you so much for helping us make history.

    Ann 

    Phelim 

    Magdalena

    ABOUT US

    At the LA premiere of our last movie FrackNation

    We’re known mostly for our award-winning documentary films such as FrackNationMine Your Own BusinessNot Evil Just Wrong, and The Search for Tristan's Mum

    FrackNation was very well received by the critics. Here are just some of the positive reviews we received:

    The New York Times said FrackNation was "meticulously researched....provocative"

    Variety - the show business bible - said the FrackNation was a "briskly paced...mischievous pic" 

    In January 2013, "FrackNation" had its TV premiere on Mark Cuban's TV channel AXS TV. It has been since broadcast also on PBS Colorado and Canadian Sun News Network.

    "FrackNation" has been also screened all across US, Canada, Australia, Poland and the UK, the film had a special screening at the Houses of Parliament in London, at the European Parliament in Brussels.

  • Gosnell Filmmakers Quit Kickstarter, Claiming Censorship

    04/02/2014 2:50:58 PM PDT · 1 of 30
    Diago
    McAleer says the Gosnell project was singled out for these changes. He points to the Kickstarter campaign for a film project about the Swedish-American serial killer Belle Gunness, which he says had “a picture of a dead body on the project page.”

    Other controversial Kickstarter projects that McAleer says received funding include:

    16 projects about stabbing

    5 projects about incest

    One project with the “C” word in the project description

    44 projects about rape

    28 projects with the word F**k or F**king in the title

  • Who Will Lead the Fight to Catholicize the Summer Reading Lists at Catholic High Schools?

    03/28/2014 8:03:47 PM PDT · 27 of 32
    Diago to fatima
    I didn’t,I just called and said my kids are not reading that .I chose different books and they left us alone.

    Oh, I agree. When it comes to my own kids they would never read such garbage. But we are talking about something bigger. And that is changing the culture for the hundreds of other kids in the school whose parents just don't pay attention to such things. Trying get the great books into their hands. Trying to change their hearts and minds through great Catholic literature. It is a challenge. But it is a battle worth fighting.

  • Who Will Lead the Fight to Catholicize the Summer Reading Lists at Catholic High Schools?

    03/28/2014 7:28:54 PM PDT · 25 of 32
    Diago to Salvation

    I agree. I think the key is to offer alternatives in a friendly, positive and enthusiastic way.

  • Who Will Lead the Fight to Catholicize the Summer Reading Lists at Catholic High Schools?

    03/28/2014 7:12:48 PM PDT · 23 of 32
    Diago to taterjay
    For some reason we Christians like to expose ourselves to the spiritual diseases of this world. Increasingly our Christian leaders are making sure to expose us.

    It is crazy. Defund those who are promoting things contrary to God's will and promote and fund those who are doing God's will.

  • Who Will Lead the Fight to Catholicize the Summer Reading Lists at Catholic High Schools?

    03/28/2014 7:09:55 PM PDT · 22 of 32
    Diago to Salvation

    There are so many emerging Catholic apostolates, authors, publishing companies that would really get a deserving boost if the huge market of Catholics schools would start purchasing authentically Catholic books from them and resources from them. I really hope this picks up some steam.

  • Who Will Lead the Fight to Catholicize the Summer Reading Lists at Catholic High Schools?

    03/28/2014 6:07:30 PM PDT · 11 of 32
    Diago to GeronL

    I know a few of the better bishops have come out against Common care, but then there is this from Cleveland.

    From the Diocese of Cleveland website:

    http://www.ocfecleveland.org/index.php/teachers/common-core-home

    The Office of Catechetical Formation and Education (OCFE) supports the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative adopted by Ohio, forty-four other states, the District of Columbia, four territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity. The mission of this initiative clearly states “the standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.”* The shift to the CCSS is motivated by the need to make sure that American students are better prepared to successfully compete in a world economy that affects the lives of all.

  • Who Will Lead the Fight to Catholicize the Summer Reading Lists at Catholic High Schools?

    03/28/2014 5:56:59 PM PDT · 9 of 32
    Diago to savagesusie
    Just

    Exactly. I went to Catholic schools for 16 years and didn't discover Chesterton until my mid-twenties. What a crime!

  • Who Will Lead the Fight to Catholicize the Summer Reading Lists at Catholic High Schools?

    03/28/2014 5:54:15 PM PDT · 7 of 32
    Diago to taterjay
    How can we continue to put our hand in the fire and expect not to get burned?

    Its even crazier when folks pay thousands of dollars to get their kids out of godless public schools and a rotting culture only to have their Catholic school peddling the same garbage. (There of course exceptions.)

  • Who Will Lead the Fight to Catholicize the Summer Reading Lists at Catholic High Schools?

    03/28/2014 5:23:17 PM PDT · 2 of 32
    Diago to Pyro7480; Salvation; markomalley; marshmallow; NYer; don-o; livius; savagesusie; Cicero; NKP_Vet; ..
    One of the saddest and most mystifying aspects of this whole thing is that Catholic students are being assigned to read drivel when there is such a rich treasure trove of Catholic literature out there.
  • Who Will Lead the Fight to Catholicize the Summer Reading Lists at Catholic High Schools?

    03/28/2014 5:07:59 PM PDT · 1 of 32
    Diago
    One of the saddest and most mystifying aspects of this whole thing is that Catholic students are being assigned to read drivel when there is such a rich treasure trove of Catholic literature out there.
  • Losing My Religion: Student Thanks Boston College for making him an Atheist

    03/23/2014 8:36:32 AM PDT · 112 of 165
    Diago to nd76

    I had never heard that one about “Fredo,” but just googled it, and it sure is out there:

    https://www.google.com/#q=%22boston+college+%22+fredo

  • Losing My Religion: Student Thanks Boston College for making him an Atheist

    03/22/2014 5:46:52 PM PDT · 1 of 165
    Diago
    Any Catholic parent who pays to send his child to a Jesuit college (e.g. Boston College, Holy Cross, Georgetown, John Carroll ect...) is nuts.

    Check with the cardinal newman society or you will regret it.

  • Benedictine Monks from Oklahoma Become Missionaries to the Irish Church

    03/22/2014 8:54:06 AM PDT · 3 of 5
    Diago to Salvation; markomalley; marshmallow; NYer; don-o; livius; savagesusie; Cicero; NKP_Vet; dangus; ...

    This is how we can save Western Civilization.

  • Benedictine Monks from Oklahoma Become Missionaries to the Irish Church

    03/22/2014 8:23:25 AM PDT · 2 of 5
    Diago to Diago
  • Benedictine Monks from Oklahoma Become Missionaries to the Irish Church

    03/22/2014 8:20:53 AM PDT · 1 of 5
    Diago

    Monday, August 19, 2013

    Q & A with Dom Mark Daniel Kirby on Silverstream Priory

    Dom Mark Daniel Kirby, prior of Silverstream Priory, recently gave NLM some Q & A that might might be of interest to our readers here. I'd encourage you to read below about their community.

    Dom Mark Daniel Kirby, prior of Silverstream
    Father Prior, could you briefly describe for us the origins of your community?

    The seed of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle, now known as Silverstream Priory, was planted in my heart during the Year of the Eucharist (2004-2005).  Profoundly moved by Bl. John Paul II's apostolic letter Mane nobiscum Domine, I resolved to live the mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist with a special intensity and to preach that mystery (insofar as possible) every day during that year.

    The death of Bl. John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI coincided with a trial affecting my health.  That trial turned out to be (in effect) a grace, because it obliged me to enter more deeply into the designs of God upon my life, as a monk and a priest.

    Providentially, I was able to spend the Feast of Corpus Christi 2005 in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  I understood then that Our Lord was calling me to a "vocation within a vocation": not only to the pursuit of the traditional Benedictine life, to which I had made profession as a monk of the Order of Cîteaux many years before, but also to adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, in a spirit of reparation and intercession for the sanctification of priests.

    A series of opportunities (orchestrated, I think, by the Holy Ghost) led me to begin very humbly living this "vocation within a vocation", in the company of a few good men, under the protection of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Edward J. Slattery of Tulsa.

    An indult from the Holy See dispensed me from my obligations to the abbey of my profession, and freed me to renew my vows, under the Rule of St Benedict, into the hands of Bishop Slattery in view of a new monastery dedicated to adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

    How did it come about that your community moved from Tulsa to Ireland? 

    Another series of providential circumstances led our embryonic community from Tulsa to County Meath in Ireland, where we found a property and buildings suitable to our particular expression of Benedictine life.  Although we had looked long and hard for suitable property within the Diocese of Tulsa, we found nothing corresponding to our needs and to our limited means.

    It was while speaking at an international conference on Eucharistic Adoration (Adoratio 2011) in Rome, that I encountered several Irish priests, seminarians, and layfolk who suggested that what could not be found in Tulsa might be readily available in Ireland.

    This invitation to consider Ireland touched me deeply, because for several years I had felt a growing desire to respond to the needs of the Church in Ireland with a humble love, principally by prayer, never thinking that I would be led to implant a new monastery there.

    How did you find the property of Silverstream in County Meath? 

    In our search for a suitable property, we made a novena to St Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face, and also prayed confidently to Blessed Columba Marmion.  To my astonishment, upon arriving at Silverstream, I discovered in the sacristy hanging above the vesting cabinet, a framed document in Latin attesting to the dedication of the little church and its altar to St Thérèse!  The dedication of the little priory church to St Thérèse took place during the tenancy of the Brothers of St John of God, previous owners of Silverstream.

    On October 19, 2011, I met with His Lordship, the Most Reverend Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath, and laid our monastic project before him.  His Lordship graciously and magnanimously welcomed us to the Diocese of Meath.  And so, upon His Lordship of Meath's invitation, and with the fatherly blessing of Bishop Slattery, Dom Benedict Andersen and I set out for the Isle of Saints and Scholars.

    Silverstream House, built 1843
    Tell us a bit more about your "vocation within a vocation" as you described it? 

    Essentially, our goal is to implant traditional Benedictine life at Silverstream.  This means a close adhesion to the letter and spirit of the Rule, and a commitment to the traditional forms of the sacred Liturgy, celebrated worthily, in Latin and Gregorian chant.  Like all Benedictine monks, we open the sacred Scriptures daily, in lectio divina, to discover there, shining through every page, as if through the "lattice-work" of the text (Cant. 2:10), the adorable Face of Christ.

    Our "vocation within a vocation" flows from the discovery of the Face of Christ that illumines the sacred Scriptures.  Just as the disciples, on the road to Emmaus, passed from the opening of the Scriptures to the recognition of the Risen Christ in the Breaking of the Bread, so too do we pass continuously from the hearing and chanting of the Word, notably in the choral celebration of the Divine Office, to the contemplation and adoration of the Face of Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

    This particular focus on the radiant Countenance of Jesus, both revealed and concealed in the Eucharist, is rooted in the expression coined Blessed John Paul II in the encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, wherein he enjoined the faithful to tarry before the "Eucharistic Face of Christ."

    At Silverstream Priory, we do this in relationship to the Liturgy, source and summit of the adoration that flows out of the Mass and returns to it.  And we do it specifically for the sake of those men whom our Lord called "not servants, but friends" (John 15:15), his priests, and in particular for those priests who, for one reason or another, are unable or unwilling to linger in the company of Our Lord in the Sacrament of his Divine Friendship.



    People don't usually associate Benedictines with the cultus of the Most Holy Eucharist outside of Mass.  What are the sources or precedents for this way of life? 

    The fountain-head of all monastic life is, of course, the Gospels and all of sacred Scripture.  And I think we would have a predilection for the Fourth Gospel, which according to tradition, John drew out of the Heart of Jesus at the Last Supper in the Cenacle.

    After Scripture, we would, like all Benedictines, refer to the Fathers of the Desert, and to the ancient monastic traditions of East and West.  One cannot lay claim to a Benedictine identity without loving the Fathers of the Church, and drinking deeply of the living water they transmit to every generation.

    At Silverstream Priory, we also take to heart the teaching of a seventeenth-century Benedictine reformer and mystic, Catherine Mectilde de Bar (1614-1698). Mother Mectilde is, to the Benedictine Order, what St Teresa of Avila, la Madre, is to the Order of Carmel.  Mother Mectilde deserves to be better known.  She has, I think, all the makings of a Doctor of the Church!  Closely associated with the Benedictine monks of the Congregation of St Maur (Maurists), she gave expression to a charism of Eucharistic Adoration and Reparation that revitalized Benedictine life in the seventeenth century, and that continues to do so.

    Abbot Celestino Maria Colombo OSB (1874-1935) believed passionately in the Mectildian charism, and hoped to see it flourish among monks of the Order.  At Silverstream Priory we are, in some way, carrying out Abbot Colombo's dream.

    Belltower of the monastery Church of St Thérèse
    Could you describe for us your horarium and liturgical life, and how Eucharistic Adoration fits into it? 

    Our horarium does not differ essentially from the horarium of any other traditional Benedictine monastery.  We pray the entire Psalter, 150 Psalms, in a single week, thereby respecting the injunction of St Benedict in the Holy Rule.  We rise at 4:35 am to be in choir for Matins at 5 am.  Following Matins, there is ample time for lectio divina.  At 8 am, we return to choir for Lauds.

    After Prime there is the daily chapter. We listen to the portion of the Holy Rule appointed for the day, and I give a brief commentary on it. The daily chapter is of capital importance.  It is the transmission of the living tradition by which the brethren, and men aspiring to the monastic life, are encouraged and stimulated to become, according to an expression one of the Desert Fathers, "all fire".

    A monastery in which the flame of fervent love burns low quickly becomes a dark and cold place.  I see the Abbot, or conventual Prior, of a monastery as being, before all else, the keeper and guardian of the flame, charged with transmitting the living fire from one generation to the next.  Thus do monks become, in the Church, "friends of the Bridegroom", like St John the Baptist whom Our Lord described as ardens ac lucens, a man burning and giving light (John 5:35).
    Conventual Mass at Silverstream Priory

    What happens after Chapter? 

    After chapter, there is a period of work.  We perform a great variety of tasks here: hospitality, spiritual direction for priests, running a bookstore, desktop publishing, gardening, maintenance, and renovations of the buildings we currently occupy.

    Then, at 9:45 am, we sing Terce, the Hour traditionally associated with the descent of the Holy Ghost, and objectively the most perfect immediate preparation for Holy Mass.  Even though we are few in number, we sing the Mass, using the Graduale Romanum, nearly every day.

    Sung Mass, in the Usus Antiquior, is for many Irish Catholics something of a discovery.  Young people, particularly, have expressed joy and gratitude at the first experience of what was for them a treasure hidden in the field, a pearl of great price.

    Shortly after midday, we have the Office of Sext and go to the refectory for dinner.  Following St Benedict's injunction, we have reading at both dinner and supper, principally biographies which provide intellectual stimulation, spiritual nourishment, and sometimes comic relief.

    After a siesta in the afternoon, we have the Office of None, then another work period, and Vespers at 5 pm.  Supper is a light collation, and Compline follows. With one last filial homage to the Mother of God, we enter the great silence until the following day after Prime.
    Conventual Mass at Silverstream Priory

    As Benedictines of Perpetual Adoration, do you have any distinctive practices? 

    We keep every Thursday as a kind of weekly Corpus Christi, giving greater solemnity to the Mass and having solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and Adoration all day.

    On other days, given our small number, a few hours in the afternoon, between None and Vespers, are dedicated to Adoration.  The length of time given to Adoration will increase as the community grows until all the hours of the day and night are covered.  I often say to Our Lord, "Multiply us, give Thyself adorers, and provide for us!"

    Every day after Mass, one of us, kneeling at a column in the middle of the choir, recites an Act of Reparation by which we seek to make up for the coldness, indifference, irreverence, and sacrileges that grieve the Heart of Our Lord in the Sacrament of Love.

    You mentioned that a major part of your charism is hospitality and the spiritual care of priests.  Can you tell us more about that? 

    When we came to the Diocese of Meath, Bishop Smith shared with us his own long-standing desire for a place where his priests could find spiritual refreshment and give themselves over to prayer.  Our arrival in his Diocese, by God's Providence, fulfilled that desire of his.

    Priests labouring in the vineyard have always been drawn to the silence of the cloister, as to a safe harbour in which their friendship with Jesus Christ can be experienced more intimately or rekindled.  We are happy to offer priests a place of silence, natural beauty, and liturgical prayer, all in the radiance of the Lord's Eucharistic Face.  The priests who have spent time with us thus far have told us they have benefited greatly from their experience.
    Monastic recreation

    How many members are there in your community at present?  

    Currently we are four. There are two professed monks, myself, and Dom Benedict Andersen, who came with me from Tulsa.  Dom Benedict, by the way, when he pronounced his vows last September, was the first Benedictine monk to be professed in the Diocese of Meath since the dissolution of the Abbey of Fore by the commissioners of Henry VIII in 1539!  Then we have two men in formation, as well as a number of others in the early stages of inquiry with us.

    Are you currently welcoming vocational inquiries? 

    Yes, indeed.  I've learned from experience that the most promising candidates are between 21 and 30 years of age, and (if I may use the expression) untainted by a previous experience of religious life.  In a new foundation it is important that men arrive with a certain freshness of vision, without preconceived notions of what the life "ought" to be, and above all with a capacity to be flexible.  I encourage men interested in our life to read the great Benedictine classic, Christ the Ideal of the Monk by Ireland’s most famous Benedictine, Blessed Columba Marmion.

    What are you looking for in candidates? 

    We are looking for men willing to be formed in a truly Benedictine way.  That means a number of things.  First of all, humility: the frank admission that one comes to the monastery as a learner to submit to a doctrine of life; obedience, a readiness to listen and to be changed by what one hears.

    Then, our monks must have zeal for the Sacred Liturgy and love of the Word of God, particularly the Psalms, and the desire to adore Our Lord in the Sacrament of His Love, and to make reparation for coldness, irreverence, and indifference towards the Most Holy Eucharist.

    As mentioned before, they must have reverence for the Fathers of the Church and the great monastic teachers of East and West. Sympathy for the traditions of the Christian East (for what is the Rule but an adaptation of Eastern monasticism for Western monks?).

    Above all else, a candidate must have a certain passion to seek God, and a firm resolve never to despair of his mercy.  Of course, no man will have developed all these qualities when he seeks admission.  The monastery is school of the Lord's service, not an academy of experts; it is a hospital for sinners, not a stadium for athletes of asceticism.
    Postulants at recreation

    What are the stages of formation a man would pass through to become a monk? 

    After some initial exchange of correspondence, a man may be invited to visit the monastery.  Several short visits are the ideal, but given that men may come from great distances, a single longer visit may be the best practical option.  If we see in a man elements of a vocation to Silverstream Priory, I will invite him to spend a month observing our life while we observe him.  If the indications are favourable, the candidate may complete an application and request to begin the postulancy.

    The postulancy may be as short as three months and as long as nine.  Men arrive at monastic life from different backgrounds; some would not even be familiar with the Catechism, while others may have an adequate understanding of the Faith through personal reading, or through a course of theological studies.  At the end of the postulancy, a man may petition to receive the novice's habit, and enter into the year and a half of the novitiate.

    At this point, I help a man discern whether he is called to be a choir monk, or a converse monk (conversus monachus, sometimes called a "lay brother").  The converse monk seeks God in a life marked by manual labour, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and a limited participation in the choral Office.

    Monastic formation in the novitiate begins, of course, with the Gospels and the Psalms.  The young brother will also become familiar with the Rule of St Benedict and our monastic forefathers in East and West; he will acquire a working knowledge of Holy Mass and the Divine Office; and he will read the works of Blessed Columba Marmion.

    At the end of this time, he may request to be admitted to temporary profession for three years.  At the end of his triennial vows, the junior monk may ask to make perpetual profession and receive the monastic consecration.
    Holy Mass at Silverstream

    What about monastic priesthood? 

    The Prior can call a perpetually professed choir monk to studies in preparation for Holy Orders.  The monastic priesthood, as we live it at Silverstream, does not involve pastoral ministry.  It is, rather, a sacramental configuration to Christ, Priest and Victim, in his oblation to the Father; and this, in the context of a hidden life, marked by silence and in effective separation from the world.

    You mentioned Oblates earlier.  Could you tell us something about your community of Oblates?

    Oblates are layfolk, men and women, or diocesan clergy, who offer themselves to God in the spirit of the Rule of St Benedict.  We consider our Oblates members of the extended monastic family.  We have, at the present, about two dozen Oblates living in North America and Europe, including a priest and a permanent deacon.  Geographical proximity to the monastery is not a requirement of the Oblateship.

    Are you engaged in any specific work at the moment, or do you have any specific work in view for the future?

    Responsible stewardship of the land is a primary monastic work.  We are blessed with meadows, forest, and a stream.  There are plans for a small orchard and herb gardens. Dom Benedict has a professional background in book design.  I have done a fair amount of writing.  We are planning to set up a small monastic publishing house.  The bookshop and guesthouse already require a significant investment of time and labour.
    Initial iconography proposal for the east wall of the monastic church

    Finally, what can you tell us about the current status of your renovation projects and your current needs? 

    I have to raise funds for the purchase of the Silverstream Property.  The purchase will be effected in two phases: first, the core of the property, that is the present buildings on 15 acres, and second, the remaining 160 acres, which are indispensable for the preservation of silence and separation from the world.

    At the moment we are engaged in the renovation of the guesthouse; there will be 6 en-suite guestrooms, a small oratory (dedicated to the Holy Angels), a library, a conference hall, and a kitchen and dining area.  We also have a beautiful hermitage (dedicated to the Holy Souls) which we would like to "do up" (as the Irish say) for those who would desire a more secluded retreat.

    It is urgent that we begin and complete the renovation of the existing priory church; it was built in 1952.  We have had to gut the interior; it needs a new roof, heating, insulation and, of course, furnishings.

    Please God, eventually, we will be able to adorn the church with iconography suitable for the House of God; we have a beautiful plan which has been drawn up by the English iconographer Aidan Hart, who is proficient not only in the Byzantine style but also in early Christian and Romanesque styles.

    Finally, we foresee twelve monastic cells in the main building.  The kitchen is in desperate condition.  It needs to be totally renovated and a flooding problem there must be corrected as soon as possible.

    Father Prior, thank you for taking time out of your busy monastic day to answer these questions.  There is one last question.  How can people help Silverstream Priory? 

    First of all, pray for us. Second, make our specific vocation known to men who may be drawn to it.  Third, contribute something according to your means.  You can find information on how to donate on our website, and you can contact us here.  The foundation of Silverstream Priory is an ongoing act of faith in Divine Providence.  Divine Providence makes use of human instruments.  We pray for our benefactors every day.

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  • The racist underpinnings of the abortion movement #BlackHistoryMonth

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    “I thought it was done very well. http://vimeo.com/75374699

    Great video.

  • The racist underpinnings of the abortion movement #BlackHistoryMonth

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  • Inside the Racist Mind of an Abortionist #blackhistorymonth

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  • Black Journalist Lucky Rosenbloom on Content of Margaret Sanger KKK Speech #blackhistorymonth

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    Diago to Engedi
    But, like I said, if Republicans were smart....

    Correct, and "KKK" would be used as Margaret Sanger's middle name; and no republican would ever mention Planned Parenthood without saying "the government funded entity which was founded by KKK rally speaker Margaret Sanger"

  • Black Journalist Lucky Rosenbloom on Content of Margaret Sanger KKK Speech #blackhistorymonth

    01/30/2014 6:32:44 PM PST · 6 of 20
    Diago to Zionist Conspirator

    From http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/childress/080315

    The strategy:

    Convince the targeted community to accept their eugenic racist plan by selecting one from their ethnicity to promote it. One of Planned Parenthood’s earliest known projects was in 1939. It was called the “Negro Project” — a project designed to control the birth of “human weeds” which was how Margaret Sanger referred to colored people; a project designed to introduce abortion, sterilization and different forms of birth control. This is what a co-eugenic wrote to Margaret Sanger to make sure the “Negro Project” was a success:

    Clarence Gamble, heir of Proctor and Gamble, wrote a memorandum in November, 1939 entitled: “Suggestions for the Negro Project.” In the letter he suggested black leaders “be placed in positions where it would appear they were in charge.”

    This is a letter to Clarence Gamble, from Margaret Sanger, in which she wrote,

    “We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

  • Black Journalist Lucky Rosenbloom on Content of Margaret Sanger KKK Speech #blackhistorymonth

    01/30/2014 6:15:12 PM PST · 1 of 20
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  • The Catholic Supreme Court’s War on Women [It's Over! Most bigoted column of 2014]

    01/08/2014 5:35:06 PM PST · 26 of 26
    Diago to Diago

    Robert Schlesinger is managing editor for opinion at U.S. News and World Report, overseeing all opinion editorial content. He is the author of “White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters.” E-mail him at rschlesinger@usnews.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rschles.

    Jaime Stiehm on Twitter @gypsyinme

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    David Yontz, Managing Editor at Creators Syndicate syndicates her column: @davidyontz

    All these folks need to hear from us.

  • US News & World Report publishes ridiculous anti-Catholic screed

    01/08/2014 5:33:11 PM PST · 14 of 14
    Diago to Diago

    Robert Schlesinger is managing editor for opinion at U.S. News and World Report, overseeing all opinion editorial content. He is the author of “White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters.” E-mail him at rschlesinger@usnews.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rschles.

  • US News: Catholics have taken over the Supreme Court, or something

    01/08/2014 5:32:10 PM PST · 8 of 8
    Diago to Diago

    Robert Schlesinger is managing editor for opinion at U.S. News and World Report, overseeing all opinion editorial content. He is the author of “White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters.” E-mail him at rschlesinger@usnews.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rschles.

  • US News: Catholics have taken over the Supreme Court, or something

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    Diago to Diago

    The Catholic League responds:

    http://www.catholicleague.org/open-letter-creators-syndicate/

    OPEN LETTER TO CREATORS SYNDICATE

    January 8, 2014 by Bill
    Filed under Latest News Releases

    Donohue faxed and mailed the following letter today to David Yontz, Managing Editor at Creators Syndicate:

    In doing this job for over 20 years, I don’t believe I have read a more anti-Catholic screed from a mainstream media source than Jamie Stiehm’s piece from January 7, “The Catholic Supreme Court’s War on Women.” Every vintage stereotype from the 19th century is featured: Catholics can’t think for themselves; they take their marching orders from the Vatican; they let their religion drive their professional opinions (even when they are called to be objective); they are anti-women; they seek to impose their agenda on others; they don’t believe in separation of church and state; the bishops “meddle” in politics; the Vatican dictates Catholic outcomes abroad; and freedom is jeopardized by the Catholic Church.

    When it comes to bigotry, I draw a distinction between a critique and insult, between disagreement and disdain, and between pointed criticism and invidious stereotypes. Stiehm’s article is strewn with insult, disdain and invidious stereotypes. If this piece had been written about any other segment of the population, it would not have been disseminated by Creators Syndicate. Now that it has, the most just outcome is to drop her column from your list.

    Contact Yontz: dyontz@creators.com

    Jaime Stiehm on Twitter @gypsyinme

    US News & World Report @usnews

    David Yontz, Managing Editor at Creators Syndicate syndicates her column: @davidyontz

    All these folks need to hear from us.

  • US News & World Report publishes ridiculous anti-Catholic screed

    01/08/2014 3:29:48 PM PST · 11 of 14
    Diago to crusader71

    Jaime Stiehm on Twitter @gypsyinme

    US News & World Report @usnews

    David Yontz, Managing Editor at Creators Syndicate syndicates her column: @davidyontz

    All these folks need to hear from us.

  • US News: Catholics have taken over the Supreme Court, or something

    01/08/2014 9:53:44 AM PST · 5 of 8
    Diago to Trailerpark Badass

    Very sad and not surprising. But isn’t there an editor at US News & World to say, “Jamie, you better take your meds and then try to rewrite this in the morning. It is rubish”

  • US News: Catholics have taken over the Supreme Court, or something

    01/08/2014 9:43:44 AM PST · 2 of 8
    Diago to Diago

    Jaime Stiehm on Twitter @gypsyinme

    US News & World Report @usnews

  • US News: Catholics have taken over the Supreme Court, or something

    01/08/2014 9:41:52 AM PST · 1 of 8
    Diago
    Jamie Stiehm is outright nuts, but how does the US News & World report actually publish this?
  • The Catholic Supreme Court’s War on Women [It's Over! Most bigoted column of 2014]

    01/07/2014 5:23:26 PM PST · 17 of 26
    Diago to babygene
    What is wrong with these people...

    I can't imagine how this gets by an editor unless this lady's editor simply hates her, and thought it would be funny to see her commit career suicide.

  • The Catholic Supreme Court’s War on Women [It's Over! Most bigoted column of 2014]

    01/07/2014 4:58:49 PM PST · 8 of 26
    Diago to stanne; hope; Salvation; NYer; GonzoII; narses; Arthur McGowan; piusv; marshmallow; Coleus; ...
    Catholics often try to impose their beliefs on you, me, public discourse and institutions. Especially if "you" are female.

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    This is just nuts. How could US News print this garbage???