Pope Francis' Homily at the General Assembly of Synod on the Family
This is God’s dream for his beloved creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self. It is the same plan which Jesus presents in today’s Gospel: “From the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female’. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh” (Mk 10:6-8; cf. Gen 1:27; 2:24).
Pope Francis asks the UN to Uphold the Right to Life and the Natural Family
“Consequently, the defense of the environment and the fight against exclusion demand that we recognize a moral law written into human nature itself, one which includes the natural difference between man and woman (cf. Laudato Si’, 155), and absolute respect for life in all its stages and dimensions"(cf. ibid., 123, 136)."
In concluding his address, Pope Francis again invoked the sanctity of all human life. “The common home of all men and women must continue to rise on the foundations of a right understanding of universal fraternity and respect for the sacredness of every human life,” he said, “of every man and every woman, the poor, the elderly, children, the infirm, the unborn, the unemployed, the abandoned, those considered disposable because they are only considered as part of a statistic.
Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Madison Square Garden
"We are a witness to the Light of Christ"
The Mighty God: In Jesus, God himself became Emmanuel, God-with-us, the God who walks alongside us, who gets involved in our lives, in our homes, in the midst of our “pots and pans,” as St. Teresa of Jesus liked to say. The Everlasting Father: No one or anything can separate us from his love. Go out and proclaim; go out and show that God is in your midst as a merciful Father who himself goes out, morning and evening, to see if his son has returned home and, as soon as he sees him coming, runs out to embrace him: an embrace which wants to take up, purify and elevate the dignity of his children; a Father who, in his embrace, is “glad tidings to the poor, healing to the afflicted, liberty to captives, comfort to those who mourn” (Isaiah 61:1-2).
This year we celebrate 200 years of the victory of the Battle of New Orleans! The British were defeated by the good people of New Orleans, Louisiana during this Battle. On January 7-8 while all the men were fighting the battle, the women gathered in the evening with the Ursuline Sisters to pray before the statue of Our Lady of "Prompt Succor" ( Means Quick Help.) The next morning a Mass was offered and the nuns promised to have a Mass of Thanksgiving annually if they were victorious. That Thanksgiving Mass is still celebrated to this day at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor on State St. There were many odds against Andrew Jackson and his men but after winning the Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson publicly acknowledged that the American victory was won by heavenly intervention. This was the miracle of New Orleans and for our country!
Again, Our Lady interceded when a major fire broke out in New Orleans and threatened the city and the Ursuline Convent in the French Quarter. One of the sisters place a smaller statue of Our Lady called the "Sweet Heart Statue" in the window seal, knelt and prayed with great confidence, " Oh Lady of Prompt Succor, save us for we are lost." At that very instant the wind veered and the flames were blown back over their path of destruction and they soon died out.” During World War I and II many prayed to the Sweet Heart statue and she helped bring many soldiers home safely. Of course during hurricane season in Louisiana, many of the faithful pray to Our Lady for protection from the storm! Our Lady of Prompt Succor is also the patroness of Louisiana!
So today, we fight a different and new battle in New Orleans! Approximately 1/2 mile from the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Planned Parenthood is building a 7,000 square ft. center on Claiborne Ave. Planned Parenthood, the nations largest abortion provider, recently stated that New Orleans needs 2,844 abortions a year! Ben Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life stated that the number represents approximately over a million dollars a year!
Planned Parenthood's bold and shocking statement should be ringing in our ears and begging the question, "Why do we, in New Orleans, Louisiana need to take 2,844 innocent, babies lives per year?" The bottom line is that Planned Parenthood does not really care about women's health with a statement like that. They care more about the money that is generated from the 2,844 lives of the children of Louisiana!
To put those numbers in perspective, in the Battle of New Orleans there were only 304 deaths total, and according to Planned Parenthood they need 2,844 deaths annually! The sad truth is that the 2,844 number will probably grow much worse if Planned Parenthood builds their center on Claiborne Ave.
So what should we do to stop this place of death? We should stand up and fight like our ancestors did. We can do several things. Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans asked all businesses to boycott this facility. This has helped tremendously because when Planned Parenthood broke ground in Spring of 2013 they promised to have their doors opened by the end of 2014, and construction has halted because of the boycott. Also, educate others about the facts of what Planned Parenthood intends to do. Most importantly, we should ask for the intercession of Our Lady of Prompt Succor as we did in the battle of New Orleans! Remember Our Lady of Prompt Succor means quick help! So let us not forget, she has been our historical victory! She is our help and trust in the Lord! By Tricia Parsons, Editor
PRAYERS TO OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR Patroness of the State of Louisiana
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, You are after Jesus our only hope. O Most Holy Virgin, whose merits have raised You high above angel choirs to the very throne of the Eternal and whose foot crushed the head of the infernal serpent, You are strong against the enemies of our salvation. O Mother of God, You are our Mediatrix most kind and loving. Hasten, then to our help, and as You once saved Your beloved City from ravaging flames and our Country from an alien foe, do now have pity on our misery, and obtain for us the graces we beg of You. Deliver us from the wiles of Satan, assist us in the many trials which beset our path in this valley of tears, and be to us truly Our Lady of Prompt Succor now and especially at the hour of our death. Amen.
O Mary, mother of God, who amid the tribulations of the world, watches over us and over the Church of Your Son, be to us and to the Church, truly, Our Lady of Prompt Succor; make haste to help us in all our necessities, that in this fleeting life You may be our succor, and obtain for us (here ask the particular favor you desire). Help us to gain life everlasting through the merits of Jesus, Your Son, Our Lord and Redeemer. Amen.
NIHIL OBSTAT PATRICK GILLESPIE CENSOR LIBORUM
IMPRIMATUR LUCIEN J. CAILLOUET, P.A. VICAR GENERAL
I am Our Lady of America. I desire that my children honor me, especially by the purity of their lives. ~The first words spoken by Our Lady of America, Sept, 26, 1956
According to Sister Mary Ephrem, Our Lady often emphasized her desire that the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., be made a place of special pilgrimage and that she be honored there under this image and this title "Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin." Strong warnings were repeated by Our Lady throughout 1957 and 1958, and there after, indicating that the hour grows late and Sister must tell the Bishops of the United States of Our Lady's desires and how she wishes them to be carried out. Our Lady spoke: "Unless my children reform their lives, they will suffer great persecution. If man himself will not take upon himself the penance necessary to atone for his sins and those of others, God in His justice will have to send upon him the punishment necessary to atone for his transgressions."
Ask Pope Francis to Advocate and to Join in that Solemn Procession ?Write a letter to Pope Francis in which you ask His Holiness to endorse personally the devotion to Our Lady of America and to invite the United States Catholic Bishops to join Him in the Solemn Procession and permanent placement of the statue of Our Lady of America into the Basilica of the National Shrine of The Immaculate Conception at Washington, D.C. whenHe visits that shrine church in September of this year (2015).
You should address your letter or postcard, as follows: His Holiness, Pope Francis c/o Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S.A. 3339 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008-3610
This devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of America enjoys complete canonical approval through former Archbishop of Cincinnati, OH, the late Paul Francis Leibold. Through his written correspondence and public actions, Archbishop Leibold approved for public devotion this private apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Sister Mary Ephrem (Mildred Neuzil)
In a Church Approved Visionary, St. Lucia of one of the Most Important Apparitions of the 20th Century said this in 1913! If you want to resolve and have peace,pay attention to the message Our Lady of Fatima July 13, 1917, "That you come the 13th of the next month, that you continue to recite the ROSARY EVERY DAY to our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace in the world and the end of the war, because only She will be able to aid you." St. Lucia "Lucy" said. The Book of Revelation Chpt. 12 " Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, robed with the sun, standing on the moon, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant, and in labour, crying aloud in the pangs of childbirth.Then a second sign appeared in the sky: there was a huge red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, and each of the seven heads crowned with a coronet.....And now war broke out in heaven, when Michael with his angels attacked the dragon. The dragon fought back with his angels, but they were defeated and driven out of heaven....Then the dragon was enraged with the woman and went away to make war on the rest of her children, who obey God's commandments and have in themselves the witness of Jesus.
The Mission for the Love of God Worldwide is inviting you to our next statewide assembly on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
We will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a Communion Service at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 15615 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70817 followed by our statewide assembly and lunch in the St. John Room at MBS Church. The keynote speaker will be Carol Rivera, Head of Evangelization for the Mission from Guadalajara, Mexico and she will join us via Skype.
Many of you may of heard that our founder, of the Mission, John Rick Miller has recently passed away but he left explicit instructions for the Mission and the Mission is still going strong. Very positive and exciting things are still happening through the Mission! Just recently the Mission consecrated Miami- Dade County to the two hearts, Jesus and Mary on August 29, 2015!
Finally, I want to leave you with a few words from John Rick Miller.
"In the times that we are living in, confusion is growing in the hearts of many people who believe in God. Like scattered sheep, they stand silently watching as immorality, corruption and wickedness intensify in our towns, cities and around the world. Many now feel the overwhelming need to do something about this iniquity that surrounds us but many are unsure of what to do or how to do it. This Mission gives us a way forward that we can trust and depend on because it is based on Catholic doctrine and scripture. Its weapon is consecrated prayer. "
I hope you can join us for the next assembly for the Mission for the Love of God Worldwide.
Please RSVP Tricia Parsons, Head of Baton Rouge, La Diocese @ email@example.com
The first-ever joint presentation on the coming and present financial, social, and political "Storm" we are facing in an attempt to strengthen and encourage the faithful (Mark's additional dates in La. are in the comments below). The big picture is that the impending collapse of these structures-- which will be very hard for all of us over these next 2 1/2 years--is being allowed by God in his mercy so that they can be purified and rebuilt, ultimately ushering in an era of peace. May it be so! While the message is grave, it is ultimately one of great hope. Mark's insights come from a profound prayer life, and Charlie's come in a more extraordinary way (which I'll let him explain in the video below). They are both intelligent, seasoned warriors for the Lord with extensive experience in the secular world of politics and the media (and with delightful senses of humor, I might add). FWIW, I consider both of them to be modern-day prophets and highly credible. The bottom line for Charlie when the collapse comes (and it will):1) Acknowledge God (Jesus, I trust in You!); 2) Take the next right step; and ?3) Be a sign of hope to others. After their presentation, there will be a Q & A and reception. Charlie lives radicalpoverty and refuses any offering. Mark is also speaking for free. However, as the married father of eight in full-time ministry, there will be an offering for him. Whether you can contribute or not, you are most welcome to come. Adults only, please, due to space limitations, mature content, and the video recording that will be taking place.
THE BODY OF ST. MARIA GORETTI TO VISIT BATON ROUGE
IN CELEBRATION OF ALL SAINTS DAY AT OUR LADY OF MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH
OCTOBER 31ST- NOVEMBER 1ST
A solemn Mass in honor of St. Maria Goretti will be celebrated at noon on Saturday, Oct. 31. A public veneration will follow until 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, All Saints Day.
A special Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. that day. St. Maria Goretti, Italian virgin-martyr and patron saint of mercy, is one of the youngest canonized saints of the church. She died July 6, 1902 at the age of 11 after she was stabbed 14 times during an attempted rape. As she lay dying in the hospital, her last words were of mercy toward her attacker: “I forgive Alessandro Serenilli … and I want him with me in heaven forever.” More from the Catholic Commentator
St. Maria Goretti’s body is not incorrupt. It experienced natural degradation when it was interred in the cemetery of Nettuno, Italy, following her murder. Thus, making this pilgrimage is not her flesh but simply her skeletal remains.
It's very similar to attorney- client, or physician- patient confidentiality! Although in this case it is a much stronger blow because it's another attack on our Religious Freedoms! Please remember to pray for Fr. Bayhi and the Baton Rouge Catholic Diocese that their case will go favorably!