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  • Heaven's Newest Angel

    06/06/2018 5:09:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | June 6, 2018 | Brent Bozell
    There are those who believe he should never have been allowed to be born. He came into this world prematurely with severe spina bifida, Chiari II malformation, hydrocephalus, autonomic dysreflexia, central sleep apnea, dysphagia, hypotonia and paralyzed vocal cords. He would develop chronic lung disease, anemia, kyphosis, knee contractures, osteopenia and so much more. In layman's terms, he was paralyzed, except for partial movement of his arms. He couldn't speak because his vocal cords were paralyzed, nor could he eat or even breathe on his own. His own family can't remember how many times the ambulance raced him to the...
  • Do Not Abandon the Church

    12/30/2017 4:18:26 AM PST · by JosephJames · 372 replies
    Spiritual Food Blogspot ^ | December 12, 2017 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    Recently I wrote to the people in a group in which we meet every Friday to pray and to encourage each other in the period of great confusion in the Church. Today the world and the Church is on the left side, liberal, with the presumption of the love and mercy of God, with no obligation to live what we say in the Act of Contrition: “I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more, and to avoid the near occasion of sin” (“Who Decides The Truth?”;;! Thus there is the tendency to go...
  • Why We Can't Bow to the New Established Religion

    04/13/2015 9:28:02 AM PDT · by xzins · 21 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | April 13, 2015 | Eric Metaxas
    It's almost become a part of the weekly news cycle: American citizens publicly tarred and feathered for professing their sincerely held religious beliefs. Just this month, we watched a family-owned pizzeria close its doors after its owners received hate mail and death threats from around the country. Their offense? Giving the wrong answer to a question about whether they'd cater a gay wedding. Keep in mind that the restaurant had never actually turned down a gay customer. They were hammered for holding the wrong beliefs about a hypothetical scenario! Major corporations are getting into the bullying act, as well. At...
  • Directions for Disciples When Dealing With Difficulties -- A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year

    02/08/2015 7:27:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Directions for Disciples When Dealing With Difficulties – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn life we face many difficulties, and these difficulties challenge not only us, but our faith. Deep struggle can lead us to question God, His love, or even His existence. The readings today speak to us of these sorts of difficulties and prophetically interpret them for us. Let’s take a look at these readings in three stages.(This homily is recorded here: Recorded Sermon mp3.)I. The Disillusionment of Deep Despair – The reading from the book of Job articulates clearly...
  • "Praying Through" by R.A. Torrey [Devotional]

    02/08/2014 1:06:20 PM PST · by xzins · 30 replies
    Herald of His Coming ^ | R. A. Torrey
    Praying Through  By R. A. TorreyThere are two passages in the Gospel of Luke which throw a flood of light upon the question, What sort of praying it is that prevails with God and obtains what it seeks from Him; and also upon the question, Why it is that many prayers of God’s own children come short of obtaining that which we seek of God? The first of these two passages you will find in Luke 11:5-8; our Lord Jesus Himself is the speaker:“And He said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him...
  • Jude [Read this short book of the New Testament; does it fit today or not?]

    11/30/2012 6:24:23 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Bible Gateway, NIV 1984 ^ | circa 65 AD | Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James
    Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. The Sin and Doom of Godless Men Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They...
  • Photographer Carli Davidson Captures 'Differently Abled Pets'

    03/06/2012 7:05:58 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 16 replies
    Inspiring photos of pets keepin' on keepin' on.
  • The truth about grit - Modern science builds the case for an old-fashioned virtue - and...

    08/02/2009 2:43:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 952+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 2, 2009 | Jonah Lehrer
    Modern science builds the case for an old-fashioned virtue - and uncovers new secrets to success It’s the single most famous story of scientific discovery: in 1666, Isaac Newton was walking in his garden outside Cambridge, England - he was avoiding the city because of the plague - when he saw an apple fall from a tree. The fruit fell straight to the earth, as if tugged by an invisible force. (Subsequent versions of the story had the apple hitting Newton on the head.) This mundane observation led Newton to devise the concept of universal gravitation, which explained everything from...
  • "I'll Get Back Up"

    03/01/2009 2:45:38 PM PST · by mft112345 · 360+ views
    Poem about perseverance. Click here to watch performance. "Hit me, kick me, throw me on the ground, Burn my house, lock me up. Things will turn around. Drag my name through the gutter, kick me out of town. I'll get back up. You won't keep me down. Bills piled sky high on our friend named Bob. Kids got sick, wife got worse. Next, his house got robbed. "No, I won't be a quitter, just lay here and sob. Family needs me.' Found an extra job. Prom date raped her, left her in the cold. Pregnancy soon arrived, prom date got...
  • Cheney Praises Fort Hood Troops, Pledges Perseverance in Iraq

    02/26/2008 3:33:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 113+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2008 – U.S. troops in Iraq will go down in military history as purveyors of democracy in the region, Vice President Richard B. Cheney told a cheering crowd today at Fort Hood, Texas. “Because of you, the people of Iraq can see a better day ahead,” he said. Before addressing 1st Cavalry Division soldiers and their families, Cheney helped uncase the colors of the Army’s 3rd Corps, which recently turned over control of Multinational Corps Iraq to 18th Airborne Corps. “On the ground in Iraq in all of 2007, you amassed a superb record,” Cheney told...

    11/09/2006 4:10:14 AM PST · by alpha-8-25-02 · 20 replies · 473+ views
    11/09/06 | ALPHA-8-25-02
    - President Bush: The events of the past month have been a serious concern to me, and a serious concern to the American people … It's my responsibility to provide the American people with a candid assessment on the way forward. There is tough fighting ahead. The road to victory will not be easy. We should not expect a simple solution. The fact that the fighting is tough does not mean our efforts in Iraq are not worth it. To the contrary; the consequences in Iraq will have a decisive impact on the security of our country, because defeating the...
  • Conversion of the Will is the Effect of Divine Grace Inwardly Bestowed

    05/26/2006 4:36:59 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 27 replies · 254+ views
    6. Men's inability to do good manifests itself above all in the work of redemption, which God does quite alone. On the other hand, it may be proper to consider what the remedy is which divine grace provides for the correction and cure of natural corruption. Since the Lord, in bringing assistance, supplies us with what is lacking, the nature of that assistance will immediately make manifest its converse, viz., our penury. When the Apostle says to the Philippians, "Being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good work in you, will perform it until the...
  • Teen meets challenges to become Eagle Scout

    07/23/2004 9:13:14 AM PDT · by Melpomene · 10 replies · 616+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | July 23, 2004 | Rachel Tuinstra
    EVERETT — If the Boy Scouts gave out merit badges for perseverance, Sam Roe would have one more for his collection. As it stands, the newly minted Eagle Scout has 31, more than enough to earn Scouting's highest honor. But the badge-covered sash the 15-year-old wore yesterday during his Eagle Scout ceremony aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln told only part of the story. A very small part. Under Boy Scout rules, Roe, who was born with cerebral palsy, could have had special accommodations made for his physical disabilities while he fulfilled the requirements for Eagle Scout. But Roe, who wears...
  • The Mountain Grows No Smaller

    02/28/2004 5:30:55 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 6 replies · 132+ views ^ | 02/24/2004 | By Joe O'Loughlin
    Whenever I am faced with a daunting task, I recall a saying the picture that accompanies it. The drawing shows a person looking at an enormous mountain in the distance. Underneath it the caption reads, "The mountain grows no smaller the longer you look at it." I have carried that simple yet profound image with me every day since. Whenever I feel overwhelmed by an upcoming task, I think of that saying. It heartens and encourages me. It is painful to admit how many times I have procrastinated because of intimidation about some monumental undertaking. Like the individual in that...
  • The Value of Persistence (Blankley)

    12/17/2003 9:38:42 AM PST · by bdeaner · 3 replies · 163+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/17/03 | Tony Blankley
    <p>So, what does the capture of Saddam Hussein mean for Iraq, America, Howard Dean and the price of tea in China? The specialists came out of their spider holes in Washington and elsewhere to start weaving their intricate webs of analysis. For allegedly thoughtful people, it is wondrous how little thought they needed to precede commentary. By about 9 a.m. Sunday, every network had panels of these specialists explaining this remarkable event so that even we simple-minded non area specialists could know for certain what the future would hold.</p>
  • Raising Up Priests for the New Millennium

    06/20/2003 8:12:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies · 482+ views
    Catholics United for the Faith/Lay Witness ^ | N/A | Most Rev. Timothy Dolan
    Raising Up Priests for the New Millenniumby Most Rev. Timothy DolanWhen I was Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis last year, I resided at a wonderful parish that was particularly hard hit by the current scandal of sexual abuse by priests. The popular pastor of this vibrant parish had to resign, acknowledging an incident of abuse from years before. The parish was devastated: Many were angry with the priest for his past sin, many were angry with the archdiocese for requiring his resignation. In the midst of this sadness, scandal, and shock, I returned one evening to the rectory, to be...

    04/01/2003 8:47:43 PM PST · by ABrit · 8 replies · 176+ views
    The Mirror (UK) ^ | Apr 2 2003 | Christopher Hitchens
    HITCHENS: WHY OUR TROOPS MUST STAY STRONG Apr 2 2003 Christopher Hitchens IT's almost the perfect combination of a military and a political campaign. A popular movement of Iraqi rebels sends the forces of Saddam Hussein scuttling into retreat. It then cleans up a nest of bubonic rats, with open links to Osama bin Laden. From the sky, precision-guided weapons assist the local insurgents with pinpoint strikes, while on the ground 1,000 elite coalition troops provide some muscle and back-up. Chemical-biological kits are discovered in the abandoned camp of the foe. Soon, oilfields will be secured and much-needed medical and...
  • Imitating the Holy Family; Four Traits that Make It Possible

    02/23/2003 8:53:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies · 1,025+ views ^ | 2-2003 | Jeff Smith
    Imitating the Holy FamilyFour Traits that Make It PossibleBy Jeff SmithLike many parents, every day my wife and I face real and challenging issues in our family. We have two teenage sons and three younger children. Like many families, our children fight and bicker. Sometimes they are loving and kind, but at other times they are disrespectful. Sometimes they resist doing chores and homework.In addition to these very common problems with our children, my wife and I have to balance work and family life, make educational decisions for our kids, track our finances, and work through marital disagreements. This is...
  • Off the course and stuck in a swamp trap

    04/09/2002 5:18:31 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies · 242+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | April9, 2002 | MATTHEW WAITE
    HOLIDAY -- Two or three times a week, Santo Bonventre follows up a morning round of golf at Forest Hills Golf and Country Club by looking for lost balls. On Saturday afternoon, he set off with a driver and a ball retriever in hand. Soon, he was lost. "I got off track," the 89-year-old said Monday afternoon from a hospital bed at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital in Tarpon Springs. "It's a tricky woods. It's a tricky, rough woods back in there." Bonventre searched near the 550-yard par-5 sixth hole, a slicer's nightmare because of a swamp to the right that...
  • Teaching Perseverance Through Adversity-A History Lesson

    04/02/2002 6:33:18 AM PST · by Lawrence Roberge · 7 replies · 1,167+ views
    Teachers.Net Gazette ^ | April 1, 2002 | Lawrence F. Roberge
    Teaching Perseverance Through Adversity-A History Lesson by Lawrence F. Roberge M.S. Editors note: Mr. Roberge resides and teaches in Middletown, NY-60 miles from the World Trade Center Ground Zero. I recently had a discussion with a colleague that reminded me of a lesson in perspective. Under the present shadow of the September 11th terrorism as well as the discord aroused from the news of bioterrorism, I was wondering out loud whether our nation would have the resolve to handle this crisis. And then, a more senior colleague, reminded me (and chided me a little) of our nation's history at handling...