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  • Bernie Sanders Decries The Lack of Poor People At The Polls

    04/23/2016 7:01:29 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 26 replies
    Red State ^ | 23 Apr, 2016 | Susan Wright
    “Poor people don’t vote,” Sanders says on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. “I mean, that’s just a fact.” “That’s a sad reality of American society,” Sanders tells Chuck Todd, the show’s host. “And that’s what we have to transform. We have one, as you know, one of the lowest voter turnouts of any major country on Earth.” I’m sure the fact that the Democrat contest is between an aged, future felon, with all the personal warmth and charm of a viper, and an addled, old Socialist has nothing to do with the low turnout. Nope. It’s all those poor people...
  • Mother Angelica’s passion: How the EWTN foundress embraced suffering in her final days as a gift..

    04/01/2016 7:35:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies ^ | March 30, 2014 | Pete Baklinski
    FULL TITLE: Mother Angelica’s passion: How the EWTN foundress embraced suffering in her final days as a gift to God IRONDALE, Alabama, March 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Even in her final moments of life, Mother Angelica continued to teach the world about the Catholic faith she loved and lived so well, but this time about the redemptive meaning of suffering. At a Tuesday memorial sermon for the foundress of Catholic TV network who died Easter Sunday, EWTN Chaplain Fr. Joseph Wolfe described the final days of Mother’s life. According to Fr. Wolfe, Mother Angelica gave instructions to her caregivers to...
  • What We Can Learn About Suffering in the Story of Joseph the Patriarch

    01/13/2016 7:07:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-12-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What We Can Learn About Suffering in the Story of Joseph the Patriarch Msgr. Charles Pope January 12, 2016 One of the greatest (but most painful) of mysteries is that of suffering and evil in the world. I was meditating with my Sunday school parents this past weekend on the Old Testament patriarch Joseph. His story is rich with lessons about family struggles, envy, jealousy, pride, mercy, and forgiveness. But it also has a lot to say about suffering and the way that God can use it to bring blessings.While there are many layers to Joseph's story, both personal...
  • Jospeh;Prison to Throne...miracle nation pt 14

    And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed:.. Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day: Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard’s house, both me and the chief baker: And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream.(Genesis 40:1-8)We have been looking at the story of Joseph, in Genesis. One of the miraculous things about the chosen people, is that the stories...
  • The Victor's Portion...Isaiah 52-53 pt 8

    04/03/2015 6:42:36 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles
    04-03-15 | Bill Randles
    Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.(Isaiah 53:12)The last verse of this fourth Servant Song has always struck me as anti-climatic. But this is because I believe the King James version confuses the meaning somewhat, for it reads as though the Servant takes his place among other great and strong ones. But the according to evangelical scholar Alec Motyer,...
  • He Was Oppressed And He Was Afflicted...Isaiah 52-53 pt 6

    He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth....
  • The High Price of the Faith, and Gratitude That Someone Paid That Price

    02/09/2015 7:55:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-08-15 | Msgr. Chalres Pope
    The High Price of the Faith, and Gratitude That Someone Paid That Price By: Msgr. Charles Pope I wonder if many of us have considered the true cost of the faith that has been delivered to us. We so easily complain if the Church is not air-conditioned, or the P.A. system is poor, or the service too long.But have you or I ever really considered the difficulties endured by those who went before us and labored to hand down the faith to us? Every time you read the Creed, consider that martyrs died for the truths we so easily declare.This Sunday, at the...
  • 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...
  • A Sunday Encouragement

    10/26/2014 7:47:09 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 1 replies
    And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.(John 11:43-44)Lazarus had died. He had been buried four days, embalmed and laid in the family grave. But now at the command of Jesus He stands at the door of the same tomb, fully alive. Everything around and behind him is death. He till wears the same rotting clothes he was buried in, and...
  • North Korean Christians Embrace Suffering and Don't Feel Country Is Worst Place to Be a Christian

    06/05/2014 9:25:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/04/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    North Korean Christians do not actually view their country as the worst place in the world to be a Christian, a ministry argues, and instead embrace their suffering as a means to show they are ambassadors of Christ. "Our reckoning that North Korea is the worst place to be a Christian says more about our own understanding of Christianity than it does about North Korea," the Rev. Eric Foley, CEO of Seoul USA, said Tuesday. The ministry, founded as a nonprofit in the U.S. and a non-governmental organization in South Korea, mobilizes people to reach out to underground churches in...
  • President Vows “No Fixes” to Obamacare until GOP Changes Attitude

    04/20/2014 11:11:41 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 April 2014 | John Semmens
    Despite heart-breaking stories of critically ill patients being denied treatments under Obamacare, President Obama steadfastly refuses to offer any relief “until the GOP changes its attitude.” “Those who are suffering need to know that I stand ready to fix all their problems as soon as the Republicans cease their criticism of the Affordable Care Act and get behind the effort to implement it nationwide,” the President said. “The Republicans are harping on the theme that these people are suffering because provisions in the ACA caused their previous insurance to be canceled. Well, I can abolish those provisions, but the price...
  • Conservatives deserve what is happening to them

    02/04/2014 4:21:44 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 39 replies
    4 February 2014 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    All of this constant talk of corruption, wrongdoing, markets going bad, etc. ad nauseum is ridiculous. Conservatives (i.e. Those who stand for what is right.) deserve what is happening to them and I mean every word of it. If people who know what is right will not pull together and do something about all of this mess, then why complain about it or even talk about it? It accomplishes absolutely nothing. You're not going to convince anyone who is liberal to come his/her senses nor are you going to win converts. Either do something active about what is going on...
  • John Kerry on His Return to Christian Faith: Suffering Is Part of God's Plan

    12/18/2013 6:45:33 AM PST · by Biggirl · 73 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | December 18, 2013 | Napp Nazworth
    Sec. of State John Kerry spoke Sunday about losing his faith in God while a soldier in the Vietnam War, then returning to his Catholic faith after an "epiphany" that suffering is part of God's plan. After the Vietnam War shook his faith, correspondent Martha Raddatz asked on ABC's "This Week," "how did you get that back?"
  • Your Daily Sacrifice of Love

    10/27/2013 6:01:37 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 5 replies
    Tiber Judy ^ | 10-27-13 | Tiber Judy
    Here are a few things that make me crazy: being stuck in traffic; poor customer service; unloading the dishwasher; those cards that fall out of magazines; littering (possibly including those cards that fall out of magazines); and people who don’t listen. Here are a few things that can make me holy: being stuck in traffic; poor customer service; unloading the dishwasher; those cards that fall out of magazines; littering (possibly including those cards that fall out of magazines); and people who don’t listen. Seeing a pattern here? Good. Whatever causes me to suffer, a little or a lot, can be...
  • President Hugo Chavez Has Died

    03/05/2013 1:59:16 PM PST · by wideawake · 363 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3/5/2013 | AP
    President Hugo Chavez Has Died
  • Providence and Suffering [Habakkuk Faced what the People of God are facing in the USA]

    01/07/2013 4:14:19 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Ligonier ^ | R.C. Sproul The Psalmist asked, “Why do the wicked prosper, while the righteous suffer?” The prophet Habakkuk asked virtually the same question in his day as he witnessed his homeland overrun with the invading armies of the Chaldeans. Initially, from Habakkuk’s perspective, he did not see God’s hand in the suffering of his people. Where was the Judge of all the earth during this time of injustice, he wondered. Here Dr. Sproul explains how God’s providence and suffering go hand and hand.
  • Congressmen: Jackson Jr. suffering tremendously (too much toil)

    11/24/2012 6:52:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 43 replies
    Congressmen: Jackson Jr. suffering tremendouslyAssociated Press 3:54 p.m. CST, November 24, 2012 **SNIP** After Saturday's service, Davis and Rush said they have not seen Jackson and don't know where he is. But they said they understand why he has not yet spoken publicly about his resignation. "He can't take the pressure," Rush said. Rush said when he and Davis visited with Jackson a few weeks ago, the 47-year-old son of a civil rights icon broke down in tears several times. They said they don't want others to see him that way. "He's suffering under a tremendous, tremendous toil," Rush said....
  • Oregon man suffering from the plague is in critical condition

    06/13/2012 7:57:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 97 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | June 13, 2012 | Philip Caulfield
    An Oregon man is at death's door in a hospital battling a rare case of the infamous “Black Death” plague, health officials said. The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, was bitten on the hand while trying to pull a mouse away from a stray cat on June 2 and got sick several days later, doctors at St. Charles Medical Center-Bend told The Oregonian newspaper. The man was thought to be suffering from septicemic plague — meaning the ruthless bacteria was spreading in his bloodstream — and was in critical condition on Tuesday, doctors said. Karen Yeargain, the county...
  • Oregon man suffering from the plague is in critical condition

    06/14/2012 1:48:19 PM PDT · by kingattax · 15 replies
    An Oregon man is at death's door in a hospital battling a rare case of the infamous “Black Death” plague, health officials said. The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, was bitten on the hand while trying to pull a mouse away from a stray cat on June 2 and got sick several days later, doctors at St. Charles Medical Center-Bend told The Oregonian newspaper. The man was thought to be suffering from septicemic plague — meaning the ruthless bacteria was spreading in his bloodstream — and was in critical condition on Tuesday, doctors said. Karen Yeargain, the county...
  • Following the Truth: Don’t Just Feel Sorry For Jesus… [Catholic and Open]

    04/06/2012 6:52:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    FollowingtheTruth ^ | Apr 4th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Don’t Just Feel Sorry For Jesus… Apr 4th, 2012by Gary Zimak  For several years, my reaction to Our Lord’s Passion was the same:How could the authorities do this to Jesus?How could people cry out “Crucify Him”?What did He ever do to deserve this?How could Peter and Judas betray their friend?These people were really nasty!But eventually the sadness passed (usually by the evening of Good Friday) and nothing really changed in my life. As I started to learn more about my faith, however, I realized that my sins were responsible for the Lord’s suffering. Although that was a big revelation, the...
  • Indecision 2012 - Endless Suffrage 2012 - Santorum and Romney Against "Gotcha" Media (VIDEO)

    03/28/2012 8:57:30 AM PDT · by God'sgrrl · 1 replies
    Daily Show ^ | Tuesday March 27, 2012 | Daily Show
    Jon Stewart On Rick Santorum Cursing Out NYT Reporter: 'This Is How He Should Talk From Now On!' (VIDEO) watch...
  • Not Worthy To Be Compared...

    For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.(Romans 8:18)And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.(John 11:43)Being a Christian in this fallen world is a lot like the experience of Lazarus, in John chapter 11. He had died and was already buried, when Jesus commanded that his tomb be opened, so that He could call Lazarus back from the grave! “Lazarus, come forth!”Suddenly the onlookers are amazed, for there in the mouth of the tomb stood...

    12/24/2011 7:01:47 PM PST · by TheRobb7 · 25 replies
    ESPN ^ | 12-24-11 | Associated Press
    DETROIT -- Matthew Stafford led a victory-lap parade around the perimeter of Ford Field, high-fiving fans that have been waiting since 1999 for the Detroit Lions to make the playoffs. With the crowd chanting "Play-offs! Play-offs!" as the final few minutes ticked away, Detroit clinched a postseason spot thanks to Stafford's three touchdown passes in a 38-10 win over the San Diego Chargers on Saturday. Stafford appeared to be touched by the face-to-face interaction with fans hanging over the railing to reach his raised right hand. "You could just get a sense of how much it meant to them," Stafford...
  • Bless the Beasts (Should conservatives care about animal suffering?)

    12/16/2011 7:29:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 133 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/16/2011 | Claire Berlinski
    Some virtues are by accidents of history associated with utopianism, hostility to private property, anti-clericalism, and other core beliefs of the Left. I can scandalize a yoga instructor anywhere in the world by declaring myself an avid admirer of Margaret Thatcher, though I challenge you to read the yoga sutras and conclude from them that devotees must favor an overregulated financial sector. Concern for the welfare and dignity of animals is such an issue, associated with nihilist leftists such as Peter Singer and local totalitarians who seek to regulate pets out of existence. But one need not believe that animals...
  • Hard Times and Liberalism’s Dream of a Painless World

    12/13/2011 7:58:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/13/2011 | Michael Knox Beran
    In his devotion to the pursuit of happiness, modern man has forgotten how to suffer. During hard times, it is only natural that we should spend a good deal of time blaming the villains. For the Left, the authors of the present discontents are (a) President Bush, and (b) the free market. Those on the Right finger (a) politicians who favor tax-and-spend policies that will ensure continued stagnation, and (b) bankers who benefit from self-serving regulation that not only insulates them from the consequences of their greed and stupidity but actually rewards them for it with taxpayer-subsidized bailouts. Reasonable though...
  • Today's Uplifter - You hurting, feeling down, want a reminder?

    11/16/2011 12:40:56 PM PST · by Scythian · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | Josh Wilson
    Sometimes we all need an uplifter ... Click here
  • Obama Compares His 'Suffering' to Martin Luther King Jr.

    08/13/2011 11:29:02 AM PDT · by Freemarkets101 · 41 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 8/13/11 | Brian Koenig
    While whining about his incessant criticism from conservatives and Tea Partiers at a fundraiser in Manhattan on Friday night, Obama played the MLK card. Indeed, he compared his suffering to Martin Luther King Jr.'s suffering. From Politcker: Standing in Weinstein’s basement, Obama said his troubles are like the ones facing Cuomo. “When I ran in 2008, I think that a lot of folks believed we elect Obama and suddenly we’re going to fix politics in Washington,” Obama said. “And Andrew is familiar with this, because everybody figures, well, we’re going to fix politics in Albany.” “And then it turns out...
  • [Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Suffering and Its Role

    05/06/2011 9:52:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | Website-1987 | SaintFaustina-1931
    Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts   Jesus's words are in italics.  St. Faustina's words are in regular print.   "Your task is to write down everything that I make known to you about My mercy, for the benefit of those who by reading these things will be comforted in their souls and will have the courage to approach Me." (1693)     "Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy." (300)     
  • “Even when He hated us, He loved us”

    04/21/2011 12:42:44 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 1 replies
    In Thy Light ^ | 04/21/2011 | Laurence O'Donnell
    The love, therefore, wherewith God loveth, is incomprehensible and immutable. For it was not from the time that we were reconciled unto Him by the blood of His Son that He began to love us; but He did so before the foundation of the world, that we also might be His sons along with His Only-begotten, before as yet we had any existence of our own. Let not the fact, then, of our having been reconciled unto God through the death of His Son be so listened to or so understood, as if the Son reconciled us to Him in...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LONGANIMITY. 03-16-11

    03/16/2011 9:54:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 03-16-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LONGANIMITY Extraordinary patience under provocation or trial. Also called long suffering. It is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. It includes forbearance, which adds to long suffering the implication of restraint in expressing one's feelings or in demanding punishment or one's due. Longanimity suggests toleration, moved by love and the desire for peace, of something painful that deserves to be rejected or opposed. (Etym. Latin longus, long + animus, soul, spirit, mind: longanimitas, long suffering, patience, forbearance.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used...
  • The “Weakness” of God is Stronger than Satan’s Power

    11/11/2010 8:27:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of ^ | November 10, 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The “Weakness” of God is Stronger than Satan’s PowerBy: Msgr. Charles Pope There is a line in the Letter to the Hebrews which reads:You made [Jesus] for a little while lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, subjecting all things under his feet.” In “subjecting” all things (to him), he left nothing not “subject to him.” Yet at present we do not see “all things subject to him,” but we do see Jesus “crowned with glory and honor” because he suffered death,  (Heb 2:7-9)Now this text is clear about two things. First, All things are subject to...
  • Gaza Mall Seeks to Make Statement of Resolve

    08/23/2010 8:41:19 AM PDT · by HearMe · 8 replies
    N Y Times ^ | 8/23/2010 | Ethan Bronner
    GAZA CITY — Colognes by Hugo Boss, Dunhill and Givenchy line the shelves of the cosmetics shop. One of the two women’s clothing stores features a window mannequin in a hot pink T-shirt and low-slung jeans. In the supermarket freezer is Nestlé ice cream and on its shelves are salty and cheesy chips and doodles that well-off societies consume by the bagful. Gaza, famous for its misery, has a shopping mall. It opened a month ago to considerable fanfare, with Palestinian television cameras trailing Hamas government officials meandering proudly around the bright new stores filled with imported goods. For Hamas,...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The Apostolate of Suffering Redux

    08/21/2010 3:48:22 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 5 replies
    Reflections of a Paralytic ^ | 8-20-10 | Chelsea Zimmerman
    I just started reading Brian J. Gail’s novel Fatherless about men in the “post-Pill generation.” I’m only a chapter in, but I was just struck by a paragraph at the very end of Ch. 1 that reminded me of something I’ve been wanting to re-post since I talked about it when I was on Life on the Rock last month. In the book the character Fr. John Sweeney is visiting a deathly ill parishioner and giving her the “Anointing of the Sick”: As John Sweeney prayed, he anointed, and as he anointed, he invoked his deceased father’s intercession on behalf...
  • Iran Suffering from $19 Billion Drop in Energy Revenue

    06/30/2010 10:09:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    inn ^ | 6/30/10 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Iran’s oil exports plummeted 24 percent over the 12-month period ending last February and energy revenues dropped by $19 billion, according to reports published by the semi-official Fars News Agency. Oil production also has dropped, primarily due to the international sanctions that make it harder for other countries to invest in the Islamic Republic’s gas and oil industry. The Financial Times reported in May that oil production dropped by 300,000 barrels a day.
  • NHS suffering devastating cuts to jobs and services, warns BMA

    06/27/2010 11:02:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies ^ | 6/27/10 | Kate Devlin, Medical Correspondent
    The NHS is suffering potentially devastating cuts to jobs and patient services as the Government’s austerity drive hits the health service, doctors’ leaders have warned. Thousands of doctors and nurses face being made redundant or not replaced if they leave, while many hospitals have cut treatments, the British Medical Association has found. Despite ministers’ assurances that the health service would not face the same cuts as other departments, many hospitals are feeling the strain, according to the BMA.
  • What 24's Jack Bauer Taught Me About Revenge

    05/12/2010 3:37:30 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 50 replies · 1,513+ views ^ | 05/12/2010 | Julie Arduini
    Monday night I watched with hands over half open eyes the torturous scene the character Jack Bauer inflicted on the villain of the episode. The bad guy was a Russian terrorist involved with the murder of Jack’s love interest and colleague, Renee Walker. If I had been watching the episode in a movie theater, I’m pretty sure it would have been Rated “R”. It was a gruesome and difficult scene. During the climax of the scene, Jack needs a SD card that the terrorist swallowed. In what appeared to be a psychotic rage, the episode ends with a very dead...
  • Redemptive Suffering

    03/14/2010 1:05:59 PM PDT · by stfassisi · 89 replies · 721+ views
    A Summary: Redemptive suffering is the belief that human suffering, when accepted and offered up in union with the Passion of Jesus, can remit the just punishment for one's sins or for the sins of another. Like an indulgence, redemptive suffering does not gain the individual forgiveness for their sin; forgiveness results from God’s grace, freely given through Christ, which cannot be earned. After one's sins are forgiven, the individual's suffering can reduce the penalty due for sin. We believe God loves mankind so much that He made Himself human in Jesus in order to redeem mankind. "For God so...
  • Speaking Truth to God

    01/24/2010 9:53:43 AM PST · by j_marie · 2 replies · 179+ views
    Articlesbase ^ | January 16, 2010 | Richard Jarzynka
    From the realm of politics I sometimes hear the phrase, "Speak truth to power." It sounds like a battle cry of the oppressed or somebody standing up to authorities and holding them accountable. In the scriptures for the daily Catholic Mass on January 12, we see two people "speaking truth to God." That sounds rough - even as I write it - and not a whole lot like the kind of prayer God might want.
  • The End Is Not Near, But It Can Get A Whole Lot Worse

    01/10/2010 12:50:40 AM PST · by Wanpeirui · 30 replies · 1,053+ views
    The Tree of Mamre ^ | Jan 10, 2010 | Wanpeirui
    Back when I had easy access to bookstores that sold books in a language I could actually understand (English), I would often buy books on Medieval history. One of my favorites was Barbara Tuchman's history of 14th century Europe, A Distant Mirror. Times were dark back then. This was the start of the Hundred Years War, a bloody conflict that actually lasted 116 years. The war was ruinous to the economy of Europe, as people were taxed to the point of death to pay for it. Meanwhile, every able-bodied man was marched off to fight, usually never to return. Without...
  • Why Does God Allow Christians to Suffer?

    11/08/2009 8:11:33 AM PST · by OneVike · 93 replies · 7,222+ views
    Post Scripts ^ | 11/8/09 | One Vike
    Why does God allow there to be evil in the world? Are we not all created in the image of God? Many ask, and few seem to have good answers, for the question of, "Why God didn’t just create us so that we would never have to experience pain, suffering, and sadness?" After all, He has the power to make the world free of evil, yet He chose instead to make us creatures with free will. Thus, free will was the door left open for the possibility of evil to exist. If we have the right to chose between...
  • Learning to Live under the Broom Tree

    08/09/2009 11:32:36 AM PDT · by tcg · 1 replies · 558+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 8/09/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    I seem to be spending more time under the broom tree as I get older. I have finally come to see that place as a holy place, a place of invitation, in an unfolding loving plan of God in my own life. It is under those “broom trees”, when I feel the least able to continue the struggle and surrender myself to the One who always sends His messengers, that I find the sustenance I need for the journey of life and learn the ways of living faith. Many people have heard of the dramatic encounter between the great Old...
  • Why Must I Suffer?

    07/22/2009 7:54:17 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 24 replies · 662+ views
    American Catholic ^ | 7/22/09 |
    Tears streamed down the little boy's face. He had just emerged from a memorial service for the crew of the space shuttle Challenger a few days after it had exploded in the sky over Florida, January 28, 1986, killing all seven astronauts. "I just don't understand," he told the TV reporter, "why God wanted to take them now." The young boy expresses our tendency to picture God as wanting human beings to suffer and die. But do we really buy this idea? Deep down we believe that God is all good and not to be blamed for space tragedies,...
  • Why we call it 'Good' Friday

    04/10/2009 6:44:48 PM PDT · by tcg · 5 replies · 519+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/10/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    I served as Deacon at the solemn “Celebration of the Lords Passion”. This frail couple approached. The wife could barely walk without her husband’s loving firm support. As they drew closer, I could see that the husband’s face was filled with deep wrinkles, the kind of love lines etched in the face from suffering borne with grace. His head was covered with unkempt white hair and framed with a coarse white beard. His eyes were filled with pure love for his beloved wife whom he assisted so tenderly as she came forward to venerate the Holy Cross.Her eyes were distant...
  • Why we call it 'Good' Friday

    04/10/2009 9:54:57 AM PDT · by tcg · 17 replies · 816+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/10/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    I served as Deacon at the solemn “Celebration of the Lords Passion”. I had just carried the Cross into the waiting assembly chanting three times: “This is the wood of the Cross, on which hung the Savior of the world,” at which the assembly responded, “Come Let us worship.” This frail couple approached. The wife could barely walk without her husband’s loving firm support. As they drew closer, I could see that the husband’s face was filled with deep wrinkles, the kind of love lines etched in the face from suffering borne with grace. His head was covered with unkempt...
  • Bernanke: economy suffering 'severe contraction' (USA about to deliver 'Socialist Republic" baby?)

    02/24/2009 8:42:06 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 907+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/24/09 | Jeannine Aversa - ap
    WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Tuesday the economy is suffering through a "severe contraction" and pledged to use all available tools to lift the country out of the recession that already has cost millions of Americans their jobs. In testimony to the Senate Banking Committee, Bernanke said the economy is likely to keep shrinking in the first six months of this year. Housing, credit and financial crises — the worst since the 1930s — plunged the economy into its worst slide in a quarter-century at the end of last year. Bernanke hoped that the current recession...
  • Reflection: Beware the Friends of Job

    02/08/2009 4:01:58 PM PST · by tcg · 5 replies · 416+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 02/09/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The Book of Job is one of the treasures of the Bible. It reveals a truth about authentic spirituality to every age. The background of the Book is a dispute between Satan, whom the New Testament rightly refers to as the “accuser of the brethren” (Rev. 12:10), and God. Satan contends that Job served God for what He got from Him not for who God is. How rampant is this kind of self interested service of God in some of the Christian circles in our own time? How many self styled teachers seek to reduce Christian living to formulas? At...
  • Excerpts from THE FRUITS OF HIS LOVE - The Value Of Suffering - Mother M. Angelica

    01/16/2009 5:20:48 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies · 253+ views
    EWTN .com ^ | 1999 | Mother M. Angelica
    Excerpts from THE FRUITS OF HIS LOVE Mother M. Angelica The Value Of SufferingSuffering in any form was, from the beginning of time, a mystery, and a blot on the human race. It was feared, dreaded, and shunned—a sign of contradiction and a curse. Jesus came as man and, because He accepted the consequences of our fall and suffered as we all suffer, He elevated suffering, transformed it, gave it power, and considers the pain of each member of the human race His pain. So much so that when I alleviate the pain of my brother, or am compassionate...
  • Obama signals radical break with Bush on US environmental policy

    11/12/2008 1:51:47 PM PST · by Kukai · 51 replies · 2,006+ views
    Guardian ^ | November 12, 2008 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    Barack Obama, who has spent much of the time since his election closeted with his advisers in Chicago, sent a strong signal today that he intends to make a decisive break with George Bush on environmental policy once he moves into the White House The move was part of a carefully coded series of messages from Obama meant to reassure America and the world about the shape of his administration, which does not assume power until January 20. Also today, Obama appointed Madeleine Albright, who served as Bill Clinton's secretary of state, and Jim Leach, a former Republican member of...
  • The Toll of Human Suffering During the Great Depression

    09/25/2008 12:25:31 AM PDT · by Freedom_Is_Not_Free · 112 replies · 2,036+ views ^ | August 19, 2008 | Joanna Lenae
    Human suffering became a reality for millions of Americans as the depression continued. Many died of disease resulting from malnutrition. Thousands lost their home because they could not pay the mortgage. In 1932,at least 25,000 families,and more than 200,000 young people wandered through the country seeking food,clothing,shelter,and a job. Many of the young people traveled in freight trains,and lived near train yards called hobo jungles. The homeless,jobless travelers obtained food from welfare agencies,or religious missions in town along the way. Most of their meals consisted of soup,beans,or stew and had very little nourishment. The travelers begged for food,or stole it...
  • Study reveals Australia suffering from 'man drought'

    09/04/2008 2:28:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 803+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/4/08 | Madeleine Coorey
    SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia is in the grip of a "man drought" where women increasingly outnumber men and a good bachelor is hard to find, according to new research from a leading demographer. From its founding as a British penal colony more than 200 years ago, Australia has traditionally suffered from a gender imbalance where men were more likely to be more numerous than the fairer sex Down Under. But what was once an oversupply of testosterone began to move in the other direction in the 1990s, and single women in their thirties are beginning to wonder where all the...