Daughter of the King
“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament… . There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament… . There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

by-grace-of-god:

Mary, Mother of Our Saviour, pray for us.
St. Joseph, Watchful Defender of Christ, pray for us.

by-grace-of-god:

Mary, Mother of Our Saviour, pray for us.

St. Joseph, Watchful Defender of Christ, pray for us.

It was only the third time it had happened to me in my nearly thirty-five happy years as a priest, all three times over the last nine-and-a-half years.

Other priests tell me it has happened to them a lot more.
Three is enough. Each time has left me so shaken I was near nausea.
It happened last Friday …
I had just arrived at the Denver Airport, there to speak at their popular annual “Living Our Catholic Faith” conference.
As I was waiting with the others for the electronic train to take me to the terminal, a man, maybe in his mid-forties, waiting as well, came closer to me.
“Are you a Catholic priest?” he kindly asked.
“Sure am. Nice to meet you,” says I, as I offered my hand.
He ignored it. “I was raised a Catholic,” he replied, almost always a hint of a cut to come, but I was not prepared for the razor sharpness of the stiletto, as he went on, “and now, as a father of two boys, I can’t look at you or any other priest without thinking of a sexual abuser.”
What to respond? Yell at him? Cuss him out? Apologize? Deck him? Express understanding? I must admit all such reactions came to mind as I staggered with shame and anger from the damage of the wound he had inflicted with those stinging words.
“Well,” I recovered enough to remark, “I’m sure sorry you feel that way. But, let me ask you, do you automatically presume a sexual abuser when you see a Rabbi or Protestant minister?”
“Not at all,” he came back through gritted teeth as we both boarded the train.
“How about when you see a coach, or a boy scout leader, or a foster parent, or a counsellor, or physician?” I continued.
“Of course not!” he came back. “What’s all that got to do with it?”
“A lot,” I stayed with him, “because each of those professions have as high a percentage of sexual abuse, if not even higher, than that of priests.”
“Well, that may be,” he retorted. “But the Church is the only group that knew it was going on, did nothing about it, and kept transferring the perverts around.”
“You obviously never heard the stats on public school teachers,” I observed. “In my home town of New York City alone, experts say the rate of sexual abuse among public school teachers is ten times higher than that of priests, and these abusers just get transferred around.” (Had I known at that time the news in in last Sunday’s New York Times about the high rate of abuse of the most helpless in state supervised homes, with reported abusers simply transferred to another home, I would have mentioned that, too.)
To that he said nothing, so I went in for a further charge.

Notwithstanding the happy ending, I was still trembling … and almost felt like I needed an exorcism to expel my shattered soul, as I had to confront again the horror this whole mess has been to victims and their families, our Catholic people like the man I had just met … and to us priests.

“Pardon me for being so blunt, but you sure were with me, so, let me ask: when you look at yourself in a mirror, do you see a sex abuser?”
Now he was as taken aback as I had been two-minutes before. “What the hell are you talking about?”
“Sadly,” I answered, “studies tell us that most children sexually abused are victims of their own fathers or other family members.”
Enough of the debate, I concluded, as I saw him dazed. So I tried to calm it down.
“So, I tell you what: when I look at you, I won’t see a sex abuser, and I would appreciate the same consideration from you.”
The train had arrived at baggage claim, and we both exited together.
“Well then, why do we only hear this garbage about you priests,” he inquired, as he got a bit more pensive.
“We priests wonder the same thing. I’ve got a few reasons if you’re interested.”
He nodded his head as we slowly walked to the carousel.
“For one,” I continued, “we priests deserve the more intense scrutiny, because people trust us more as we dare claim to represent God, so, when on of us do it – even if only a tiny minority of us ever have – it is more disgusting.”
“Two, I’m afraid there are many out there who have no love for the Church, and are itching to ruin us. This is the issue they love to endlessly scourge us with.”
“And, three, I hate to say it,” as I wrapped it up, “there’s a lot of money to be made in suing the Catholic Church, while it’s hardly worth suing any of the other groups I mentioned before.”
We both by then had our luggage, and headed for the door. He then put his hand out, the hand he had not extended five minutes earlier when I had put mine out to him. We shook.
“Thanks. Glad I met you.”
He halted a minute. “You know, I think of the great priests I knew when I was a kid. And now, because I work in IT at Regis University, I know some devoted Jesuits. Shouldn’t judge all you guys because of the horrible sins of a few.”
“Thanks!,” I smiled.
I guess things were patched-up, because, as he walked away, he added, “At least I owe you a joke: What happens when you can’t pay your exorcist?”
“Got me,” I answered.
“You get ‘re-possessed’!”
We both laughed and separated.
Notwithstanding the happy ending, I was still trembling … and almost felt like I needed an exorcism to expel my shattered soul, as I had to confront again the horror this whole mess has been to victims and their families, our Catholic people like the man I had just met … and to us priests.

"I have seen “After Tiller.” It is very well done. The producers did a great job of drawing you in quickly. It is, of course, sympathetic to the abortion movement. But honestly, if you aren’t careful, you could totally forget about that part and find yourself struggling with misguided sympathy. So that’s my first word of advice.

The reason this documentary was even able to be made was because of the prolife movement. Yes, you read that correctly. You see, we give them the material. A self-proclaimed prolifer killed Dr. Tiller. Self-proclaimed prolifers bomb abortion facilities. Self-proclaimed prolifers celebrated the deaths of abortionists. Self-proclaimed prolifers protested Dr. Tiller’s funeral with signs that said “Tiller rot in hell” and “Thank God Tiller’s dead.” I remember. I saw them with my own eyes. We do it when we, as prolifers, call abortion providers “baby killers” and “murderers.” We do it when we use crazy, inflammatory language like “death chamber” and “slaughter house” when referring to abortion facilities. We make ourselves look weird. We become unrelatable. We fit the stereotype that prochoicers are SO desperate to stick on all of us. We make it so easy for them to say, “Look. They are ALL like that.” In my mind, those who promote violence against abortion providers are NOT prolife people. But my opinion doesn’t really matter. It’s all about perception. We would do well to ask ourselves, “How are we perceived by our opposition?” Are we someone that an abortion minded woman or an abortion worker would trust to help them? Or have we become so verbally aggressive that they wouldn’t come near us? I am thankful every day that I had rational, kind prolifers to turn to in my crisis of conscience.

…I admit that I’ve only been a prolifer for four and a half years. But I have been a student of this debate for 12 and half years. I’m no expert on all things prolife. But I know what worked for me…a person who was ENTRENCHED in the abortion lifestyle. And I also know what has worked for the 122 former abortion facility workers who have come through our ministry, And Then There Were None. None of them left because someone called them names. Not one of them left because people yelled at them and told them that they were going to hell. I remember that someone was attempting to criticizing me one time and they said, “Good grief, Abby, it’s like you think that if we love these baby killers enough, they will convert.” Um, yeah…that’s kind of exactly what I believe.

Action item: Since PBS is paid for with our tax dollars and they are showing this on their “Point of View” program, then it only makes sense that they would show the opposing point of view related to “After Tiller.” We are asking that they show the awesome prolife film “40” as part of their programming. After all, PBS certainly doesn’t want to appear that they are being biased, right? Here’s what you do. Go to this link http://www.change.org/p/petition-pbs-for-equal-voice-on-the-abortion-debate and sign the petition. I also encourage you to go to PBS’s website and let them know what you think of this decision. http://www.pbs.org/ombudsman/feedback.html Make your voice heard.

Read Abby’s article in full

gymgiraffe88:

by-grace-of-god:

Just a reminder for those pro-choicers who maintain that it’s “just a clump of cells”. 
Even when it IS just a couple of cells, it is a human life worthy of the right to life.

Except it’s not. At 8 weeks, a fetus does not have a brain, a set of lungs or nerves. It also has not got it’s own set of RBCs.

Week 5 - brain and nerve cells develop
Week 8 - lungs begin to form

gymgiraffe88:

by-grace-of-god:

Just a reminder for those pro-choicers who maintain that it’s “just a clump of cells”. 

Even when it IS just a couple of cells, it is a human life worthy of the right to life.

Except it’s not.
At 8 weeks, a fetus does not have a brain, a set of lungs or nerves. It also has not got it’s own set of RBCs.

Week 5 - brain and nerve cells develop

Week 8 - lungs begin to form

We need to proclaim the Gospel with humility not with ‘wise words’ because Jesus Himself is the power of the Word of God

Mother Angelica - inspiring as always! via pinterest

Mother Angelica - inspiring as always! via pinterest

magadoo:

This isn’t going to sit well with the Beyonce-as-feminist fans on this site, but it’s so dead on. You can call yourself a feminist in letters 100 feet tall, but that’s never going to be true as long as you sing about exchanging sexual favors for power.

I’ve lost respect for Beyonce a long time ago. Why women look up to her as a role model is beyond me.

This rap speaks truth.

Where are the voices?? Cardinal Wuerl reminds us that we cannot remain silent as atrocities unfold across the world. 

A stirring call to action.

thenewdisciple:

by-grace-of-god:

Quoted from Bishop Paprocki’s homily

This being said, the key is in the quote from Galatians, i.e. to do it “in a spirit of gentleness”.

I agree. We only have to think of how compassionate and merciful God is with us. He convicts us of our sins and calls us to repentance but His mercy is more than we deserve. 
From the article, Pope Francis said, “The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you. And the ministers of the church must be ministers of mercy above all…In pastoral ministry we must accompany people, and we must heal their wounds.”  
Bishop Paprocki: This is a key point which the secularists are missing: they think that stressing God’s mercy means that sins are no longer sins. On the contrary, God’s mercy is a great gift of grace precisely because sins are sins and they call for repentance and forgiveness. 

thenewdisciple:

by-grace-of-god:

Quoted from Bishop Paprocki’s homily

This being said, the key is in the quote from Galatians, i.e. to do it “in a spirit of gentleness”.

I agree. We only have to think of how compassionate and merciful God is with us. He convicts us of our sins and calls us to repentance but His mercy is more than we deserve. 

From the article, Pope Francis said, “The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you. And the ministers of the church must be ministers of mercy above all…In pastoral ministry we must accompany people, and we must heal their wounds.”  

Bishop Paprocki: This is a key point which the secularists are missing: they think that stressing God’s mercy means that sins are no longer sins. On the contrary, God’s mercy is a great gift of grace precisely because sins are sins and they call for repentance and forgiveness. 

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)

princessfknpeach:

by-grace-of-god:

Yes, because what America needs more of are wealthy elitists who prey on women and profit from the mutilation of the most defenseless among us.

Lol yeah cause abortion doctors make sooo much money!

Some abortion doctors DO have lucrative businesses but they’re not the only ones who make money from the slaughter of the unborn. Let’s not forget the executives of Planned Parenthood who have the most to gain:
Cecile Richards, President: $353,819
Maryana Iskander, Chief Operating Officer: $288,886
Maria Acosta, Chief Financial Officer: $263,443
Vanessa Cullins, VP of Medical Affairs: $257,115
Barbara Otten, VP of General Counsel: $251,379
Laurie Rubiner, VP of Public Policy: $248,438
Karen Ruffatto, VP of Operations: $247,932
Lisa David, VP of Affiliates: $245,322
The average annual salary of a Planned Parenthood affiliate CEO is $158,797. Twenty-two (27%) made over $200,000 in 2010. (via Jill Stanek)

princessfknpeach:

by-grace-of-god:

Yes, because what America needs more of are wealthy elitists who prey on women and profit from the mutilation of the most defenseless among us.

Lol yeah cause abortion doctors make sooo much money!

Some abortion doctors DO have lucrative businesses but they’re not the only ones who make money from the slaughter of the unborn. Let’s not forget the executives of Planned Parenthood who have the most to gain:

  • Cecile Richards, President: $353,819
  • Maryana Iskander, Chief Operating Officer: $288,886
  • Maria Acosta, Chief Financial Officer: $263,443
  • Vanessa Cullins, VP of Medical Affairs: $257,115
  • Barbara Otten, VP of General Counsel: $251,379
  • Laurie Rubiner, VP of Public Policy: $248,438
  • Karen Ruffatto, VP of Operations: $247,932
  • Lisa David, VP of Affiliates: $245,322

The average annual salary of a Planned Parenthood affiliate CEO is $158,797. Twenty-two (27%) made over $200,000 in 2010. (via Jill Stanek)