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Friday, August 18, 2017

Questions for Catholics

So this was going around Twitter tonight and I thought I'd take a stab at it. And I am passing this on to other Catholic bloggers to do too! ๐Ÿ˜‡

1)  Latin 
2)  Convert
3)  2007
4)  2007
5)  The Virgin Mary 
6)  The Virgin Mary 
7)  Have never been to Extraordinary, but I dream of it. 
8)  I'm a Catholic gypsy at the moment, haven't attended mass at my official parish in ages (too progressive). I attend assorted parishes around my state looking for a new home parish. Mostly I feel like the Jews in the wilderness (see more on that HERE).
9)  None currently 
10) Hail Mary, Glory Be, Hail Holy Queen, Our Father 
11) Answered above 
12) My blessed "I'm A Catholic, Please call a Priest" necklace, holy water bottle & rosary beads - never leave home without them! 
13) Advent 
14) Holy Guardian Angels (Oct.2) 
15) Consecration 
16) It's as hard to find as Bigfoot around here! 
17) 2 weeks ago 
18) Coming from Protestantism hearing "vocational life" was completely foreign to me. If only I'd been raised Catholic...
19) Too many to pick from - hate hearing new or folk type music at Mass. Give me old Gregorian Chant every time! 
20) Favorite Catholic meme...

21) I have a ton of favorite Catholic movies, love the Bernadette/Lourdes movies, "Going My Way" and "Come to the Stable" are my top favorites. 
22) Do Christmas carols count? I love "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", "Oh Come all Ye Faithful" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!" 
23) I'm no expert on encyclicals as I haven't read a whole lot of them, but I would say JPII's "Ecclesia de Eucharistia" and Benedict XVI's "Deus Caritas Est" (as they are currently sitting beside me at my desk๐Ÿ˜Ž). 
24) Blue 
25) "Ave Maria" and "Daily, Daily, Sing to Mary" 
26) The verses in John 21 where Jesus asks Peter if he loves him. 
27)  There are so many! I probably pick up St. Faustina's Divine Mercy Diary the most often (love reading this during Lent). 
28) Blogging? ๐Ÿ˜‡
29) Pope St. Gregory I, Pope Pius X, Pope St. Leo the Great 
30) ?
31) my best friend
32) Dominicans 
33) Seeing people hold hands and raise them up during the Our Father at Mass. ๐Ÿ˜•
34) The Sacraments! 

Passing this on to other bloggers...lets see you post on this. Leave a link in my comments area so I don't miss your post answers! 

God bless! 

In Christ, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 

Thanks to JenToInfinity on Twitter for inspiring this post! 

Monday, August 14, 2017

EWTN Press Release: Television Schedule

EWTN’s Best Ever Season Preview

Irondale, AL (EWTN) –  Whatever type of television program you prefer – movies, documentaries, music, talk shows, educational/inspirational/or children’s programs – this fall the Network to watch is EWTN.

Learn about the life of the soon-to-be beatified Fr. Stanley Rother, be inspired by the heroic life and death of Military Chaplain Fr. Vincent Capodanno, celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun in a dramatization of Our Lady of Fatima’s final apparitions in Portugal, enjoy on-location interviews with business owners whose faith guides their business decisions, discover how to be a force for good on the Internet – and much more!

Get a sneak peek, featuring clips from all of EWTN’s new shows, when EWTN President Doug Keck hosts the “EWTN Season Preview.” Airs 4:30 p.m. ET, Monday, Aug. 14; 1:30 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Aug. 15; 10:30 p.m. ET, Friday, Aug. 18; and 6:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, Aug. 19.

This Season’s highlights include:

Be inspired by this military chaplain's heroic life and death in EWTN's “Called and Chosen – Father Vincent R. Capodanno.” 

“Called and Chosen – Father Vincent R. Capodanno.” This powerful 90-minute EWTN original docu-drama about a military chaplain’s life and heroic death debuts at 10 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Aug. 30. But be sure to tune in at 8 p.m. ET for a special “EWTN Live” interview with Director James Kelty; Mary Preece, Vice-Postulator of Father Capodanno’s Cause for Canonization; and George Phillips of the Capodanno Guild. Encores at 3 p.m. ET, Saturday, Sept. 2; and 3 p.m. ET, Monday, Sept. 4. 

“Beatification of Father Stanley Rother:” In the week leading up to this priest’s Sept. 23 beatification, EWTN will air a special documentary about the life of the first U.S.-born priest to be beatified. This Oklahoma-born priest turned Guatemalan missionary was warned not to return to his mission while on a home visit – but this shepherd refused to leave his flock and was martyred. Father Charles Connor hosts the special as well as EWTN’s live coverage of the beatification. 

“The Message of Fatima”: The conclusion of this popular EWTN original mini-series celebrating the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima culminates this fall. Episodes with the final two apparitions will air at 6:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Sept. 13, and 8:30 p.m. ET, Friday, Oct. 13, the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun! But don’t miss the Nov. 4 episode, which recreates subsequent apparitions to Lucia dos Santos in which Our Lady requested the First Saturdays Devotion. 
“MASSterpiece Donut Shop:” This high-end EWTN’s children’s program with “Donut Man” Host Rob Wahl explains the Mass so children – and adults! – can learn to understand and love it. Airs 4:30 p.m. ET, Mondays, beginning Sept. 4, with an encore at 9 a.m. Saturdays, beginning Sept. 9. 

A Force for Good: Enjoy on location interviews with business owners who rely on their Catholic faith to manage their businesses, their employees, and their lives. This EWTN co-production with The Catholic University of America, hosted by Dr. Jay Richards, debuts weekly beginning 10 p.m. ET, Friday, Sept. 8. Encores at 5:30 a.m. ET Mondays, and 1 p.m. ET Tuesdays. 

“Life on the Rock”: This completely revamped weekly half-hour show, which debuts in October, features the priests of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word in different segments that help viewers rock the New Evangelization. 

“Digital Catholics:” Sister Helena Burns helps young people use their social media prowess to become a force for good on the Internet. 
“An EWTN Holy Land Experience:” Travel to the Holy Land with Fr. Joseph and Fr. Mark in these special programs that will not only air on EWTN television, but live on EWTN’s Facebook page, Join EWTN’s Holy Land Facebook Group for behind-the-scenes photos, videos, and Q&A’s with the hosts! 
There’s much more in store for viewers this fall! For a complete listing of programs, go to and search under the “Television” tab. Note: Times and dates are subject to change so please check for updates at

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 37th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 268 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Catholic body prayer?

Why do the Catholic laity insist on adding things to the Mass that aren't there? And why don't priests correct them? 

Coming into the Church from Protestantism, I had a very clear (and apparently wrong) idea that Mass was Mass, and it would be the same at any Catholic parish I attended. I wanted order, uniformity, a truly universal Church where all Masses were alike. I wanted the Catholic Church I had fallen in love with- the one that didn't resemble Protestantism where everyone did their own thing because everyone is their own pope. 

I expected priests to follow the same rubrics in all parishes and I expected the laity to follow the instructions set down in the missal for Mass. The missal isn't complicated. The readings are there and it tells you when to stand, sit or kneel. Easy-peasy right? Not for some folks.

What the missal never says is to hold hands or lift your hands in the air during the Our Father (except for the celebrants of the Mass- but I am talking about the laity). My interpretation (for what its worth) is that if it doesn't say "do this...", you don't simply stick something in there you want to do. Others see things differently and have decided to either hold hands, stretch out their hands like the priest, or combine the two as we see here from St. Raymond Parish, Philadelphia from earlier this month.

I know why I used to lift my hands in the air when I was a Protestant during services. It is a verse from the New Testament (there are several other verses as well, some in the Old Testament) and encouraged by the ministers to join them in raising our hands (the only 'priesthood' is among all the believers). This was done to show the congregation was the same as the minister- mere believers. Ministers were nothing special.
1 Timothy 2:8 "I will therefore that men pray in every place, lifting up pure hands, without anger and contention."
But that isn't how a Catholic Mass works...or so I thought when I first became Catholic a decade ago. The missal said "stand" and I stood, the missal said "sit" and I sat, the missal said "kneel" and I knelt. The missal never said "hold hands" or "raise your hands in the air" etc., so I didn't, but others do. I don't get that. 

What are these people trying to do? Put their own personal stamp on the Mass? By gesture attempt to show the priest he's nothing special, that they are all equally members of the 'priesthood' as happens in Protestantism? Or maybe they just want to let Protestantism creep into the Mass?

The USSBC statement reads: 
"Q: Some people hold hands during the Lord's Prayer, while others hold their hands out like the priest.  Is there a prescribed posture for the Our Father?A: No position is prescribed in the Roman Missal for an assembly gesture during the Lord's Prayer."
To a person who likes order at Mass, this is chaotic and in some cases actually causes division in some parishes between the hands clasped in prayer folks ๐Ÿ™, the raise your hands in the air folks ๐Ÿ™Œ, and the hold hands folks, and the hold hands while raising them in the air folks.๐Ÿ˜• 

When Canon Law states: 
Can.  907 In the eucharistic celebration deacons and lay persons are not permitted to offer prayers, especially the eucharistic prayer, or to perform actions which are proper to the celebrating priest.
I guess I'm a dope, but to me that means I don't get to raise my hands in the air, as that is proper only to the priest. To others Canon 907 has nothing to do with the Our Father at Mass or any hand position. 

With no clear direction from our Bishops, we get confusion in the pews with everyone doing their own thing. No unity in this prayer at the moment. 

The Bishops/priests could at the very least tell people to put their arms down, even if the hand holding continues.  

Orans position (hands raised in the air): 
"Among the laity this practice began with the charismatic renewal. Used in private prayer it has worked its way into the Liturgy. It is a legitimate gesture to use when praying, as history shows, however, it is a private gesture when used in the Mass and in some cases conflicts with the system of signs which the rubrics are intended to protect. The Mass is not a private or merely human ceremony. The symbology of the actions, including such gestures, is definite and precise, and reflects the sacramental character of the Church's prayer. As the Holy See has recently pointed out, confusion has entered the Church about the hierarchical nature of her worship, and this gesture certainly contributes to that confusion when it conflicts with the ordered sign language of the Mass."
If all that hand-holding, arms in the air stuff isn't bad enough, where does it stop? We all know from history that the progressives in the Church never stop pushing the limits and often reach into new age areas for their next gimmick- like sand in the holy water fonts during Lent.๐Ÿ˜ฉ  

But about those assorted positions for prayer...what if a dozen people decided they wanted to lay prostrate during the Our Father? Or worse, assume some loony yoga position? Since the USSBC states "no position is prescribed" what's to stop the next new thing from making its way into our Mass? 

Don't laugh! It could happen! 

From the Society for the Propagation of the Faith the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago I found some instructions on numerous different types of prayer, including the new to me "body prayer"
Quote: One way to think about the many different types of prayer is to look at it as a kind of communication with God. There are different ways to communicate with God.  Consider these types of prayers:
Rote Prayers: These are prayers that you memorize and repeat.  These are prayers that the church tradition has passed down for many years.  Sometimes they are said over and over so that the meaning goes far beyond just the words.  With rote prayers we are telling God that we believe.  The Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Creed are examples of this.
Spontaneous Prayer: These are prayers that come straight from the heart.  The words are all your own.  When you pray this way you can tell God about what ever is on your mind. Sometimes you will say thank you, sometimes pray for someone you know or sometimes you want to ask for something.
Meditation: This kind of prayer involves our imaginations. When you meditate you envision yourself there with Jesus.  You need to focus your thoughts on the scene or story.  You could also meditate on the life of a saint or another event in your life where God spoke to you. 
Contemplation: This is a difficult form of prayer!  It requires you to only think about God.  You need to not only focus your mind, but you focus only on God!  Go somewhere quiet and sit comfortably, then think “I am in the presence of God.” (it really is difficult) 
Body Prayer: This kind of prayer uses your whole body posture.  The way we move also comunicates with God.  Some people like to kneel, some like to dance, and some like to walk (in a labrynth).  This helps you to think and pray about how God is a part of your life.  Give this one a try, look at the example below! [end quote]


This Catholic "body prayer" is quite similar to what I see at my local Novus Ordo Mass during the Our Father! So is all this hand-holding, hands in the air stuff during the Our Father what the Archdiocese of Chicago calls "body prayer"

Is "body prayer" with all these assorted prayer positions as seen in the diagram the next craze to infiltrate the Novus Ordo Mass?๐Ÿ˜ž As if the hand holding and hands in the air wasn't bad enough. Now we've got "body prayer" diagrams (why encourage the ding-bats?). You just know some flake is going to do this stuff at Mass (probably a liturgical dancer). It's only a matter of time. 

My deepest prayer and solution for all this nonsense happening at Mass is to simply put away the Novus Ordo Mass and return to the Tridentine Mass. ๐Ÿ™

Please Lord, have mercy on us!

In Christ, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 


Monday, August 7, 2017

Reverend Hillary Clinton?

When Hillary declared "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed." I had no idea she'd decide to become a preacher and start her own religion! 
Quote: "After losing to President Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton has reportedly indicated what she would like her next endeavor to be.
At a recent photo shoot for his new book, the former secretary of state reportedly told her pastor, Bill Shillady, that she wants to follow in his footsteps and become a pastor, as she now believes that it is time to speak out about her faith, according to The Atlantic." 

Just what the world needs the morally bankrupt Hillary spreading her delusional faith beliefs to the masses in some mega church somewhere. 

In Christ, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 


Friday, August 4, 2017

Nothing like celebrating a Catholic Saint with paganism

This is a Catholic celebration in honor of Saint Kateri's feast day.

And what's a good old Catholic feast day without Native American smudging? 

Quote: "Guests and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament gathered July 15 at the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel in Bensalem to celebrate the feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha and Native American cultures.
The event on the shrine grounds was attended by members of the Southeastern Cherokee Confederacy and the St. Kateri Circle led by Chief Buffy Red Feather Brown. The day included prayers, hymns, craft-making and a presentation on St. Kateri’s life."
Not to worry, its all Bishop approved. 
Liturgy and inculturation are major topics of conversation
at all levels in ministry to Native American
Catholics. No attempt was made in this survey to
assess the degree of inculturation that is envisaged
or attempted, but the survey asked, “Do the Native
people in your arch/diocese use their religious symbols
and rituals in their communal prayer life?”
Fifty-one dioceses (just under 30 percent of the
total) replied “Yes” to this question and described
the symbols and how they are used. A number of
dioceses stressed that these symbols and rituals are
used only on special occasions; others indicated that
they are incorporated into the ongoing worship of
the community. Among the most common symbols/rituals
are the following:
• Smudging (blessing, purifying) with cedar, sage,
sweetgrass, and tobacco
• Eagle feather used in blessings
• Dance and drums used for liturgies
• Indian music in liturgy (one diocese noted that
Br. Martin Fenerty, FSC, has composed five
Masses based on Native American melodies)
• Indian naming ceremony in conjunction
with Baptism
• Native attire used in local and diocesan
• Four-directional prayer
• Sweat lodge
• Statues, relics of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha
• Medicine wheel
• Native crucifix and cross
• Sacred vessels, decorations, and vestments
with Native designs
• Sacred pipe
The incorporation of Native symbols and rituals in
communal worship is much more common in
parishes/ministries serving Native Americans on
reservations or in rural communities than in urban
settings. Some of those ministering to Native
Americans noted that the diversity of tribes, and thus
symbols, in urban areas makes it difficult to find symbols
relevant to all the groups to whom they minister.[clipped]
Even Archbishop Chaput has prayed in sweat lodges and gone on vision quests. ๐Ÿ˜• 

I don't get it and I'm part Native American, so is my ex-husband so my kids get it from both sides of the family. I've been to Pow-wow's, many of them over the years (prior to becoming Catholic) and Native American celebrations. It is part of my family's heritage, that doesn't change the fact that scared pipes, medicine wheels, smudging, sweat lodges (used to talk to entities) etc., are all part of Native American paganism. 

How can you be Catholic while still clinging to pagan "scared" objects and practices like the medicine wheel? 

What's a medicine wheel you might be wondering? 
Quote: "We believe that the Medicine Wheel creates a vortex of healing energy that comes out of the ground and spirals out into the surrounding area, thus benefiting all living things. It is mirrored by another Wheel in the Spirit World.  Heaven and Earth are joined together by a tube of energy that flows between the two Wheels and to stand in The Wheel is to be part of that joining. The more we do ceremony in the Wheel, the stronger its energy and connection become. It is a beacon of Light shining out to illuminate the darkness and radiate healing and understanding into our community and to all the Earth."  

How about that sacred pipe?
Quote: "The pipe ceremony is a sacred ritual for connecting physical and spiritual worlds. "The pipe is a link between the earth and the sky," explains White Deer of Autumn. "Nothing is more sacred. The pipe is our prayers in physical form. Smoke becomes our words; it goes out, touches everything, and becomes a part of all there is. The fire in the pipe is the same fire in the sun, which is the source of life." The reason why tobacco is used to connect the worlds is that the plant's roots go deep into the earth, and its smoke rises high into the heavens."
Does any of that sound compatible with Catholicism to you? 

It's paganism!

Quit straddling the fence. Either you're Catholic or you're not. Give up the pagan sacred items and embrace Catholicism. 

In Christ, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Is Pope Francis Catholic?

Honestly, I wonder sometimes if Pope Francis is truly Catholic. I know I am certainly not the first to bring this up, and tragically, more than likely won't be the last.

Maybe it's me. Maybe I have the wrong idea of what being Catholic means. 

Has the Church changed so much that what She used to teach and ask of all the Faithful is no more?

Our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the Great Commission... 
Matthew 28 [18] "And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. [19] Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world." 
Yet we have a pope who has stated on more than one occasion and proven on more occasions than I can count at the moment, that he has ZERO interest in converting anyone to the Catholic Faith. 


Should not our Holy Father be like the disciples in the Bible and so many of our wonderful Saints who risked all to convert people in order to save their souls? 

What's the point in being pope if you don't save souls? 

Should not soul saving be a pope's primary duty in order to do what Christ asked of us all? 

I just don't understand this pope. 

Perhaps Francis thinks that the "spirit of dialogue and friendship which allows the followers of the world’s religions to work together to open new paths for peace in our human family" is how people become Catholic these days. 

That quote is part of a letter Pope Francis sent to Venerable Koei Morikawa, the Supreme Priest of the Tendai Buddhist Denomination recently. 

Is the "spirit of dialogue" anything like the "spirit of Vatican II"? ๐Ÿ˜•

Why would we want to "open new paths for peace in our human family" without conversion? Isn't the point of our lives here on earth to get us and all those we can to eternal life with Christ in Heaven? 

Who gives a rats ass about our "new path for peace in our human family" on earth if we end up in Hell? 

I have to ask (and I'd love to one day hear Pope Francis' answer)... does Pope Francis believe the Catholic Church is necessary for salvation? 

If he does, he's sure got a funny way of showing it... 

I truly believe that Pope Francis doesn't want to bring anyone into the Catholic Church. I think he believes the watered down, protestantized version of "catholicism" that is being toted about these days. The "Jesus is all love, and he'd never allow anyone to go to hell- and if he did, it would only be for a short time" crowd. 

That's not Catholic, its Protestant.

Pope Francis' definition of prayer is off-kilter too. 
Quote: “[prayer]inspires and sustains our efforts for peace, because it helps to deepen our reciprocal respect for each other as persons, strengthens the bonds of love between us, and spurs us to make decisive efforts towards promoting just relations and fraternal solidarity.”
Pope Francis' definition of prayer replaces God with men! It's all about men getting along for peace with other men and the love between them. Where's God? Shouldn't interfaith prayer be about people coming together to God, rather than "just relations and fraternal solidarity" among themselves? Again, where is God in all this? What's the point without God?

How is that definition of prayer even Catholic? Heck, that's not even mainline Protestantism! It's New Age! 

Where is Our Lord's Great Commission that He entrusted to His Catholic Church? 

Shouldn't all our "dialogue" be about converting people...saving souls? If they don't want to hear it, we do what Our Lord said and "shake the dust" off our feet [Matthew 10:14] and move on to the next. Time is short and souls are being lost while we embrace "the spirit of dialogue and friendship" minus God! Pointless! 

Has the Catholic Church under Pope Francis become the Church of Dialogue for Just Relations with no Conversion? What about souls going to Hell? 
"When you see a condemned man on his way to the gallows, it moves you to pity. If you could do something to free him, you would do it. Well, brothers and sisters, when I see a person in mortal sin, I see someone drawing nearer with every step to the gallows of hell. And seeing him in this unhappy state, I happen to know the way to free him: that he be converted to God, ask God's pardon, and make a good confession. Woe betide me if he does not." - St. Anthony Mary Claret
Our pope speaks bluntly and aggressively about the woes of our planet. He writes encyclicals warning us about global warming and the need to save our planet, yet says NOTHING about converting people and saving souls from eternal damnation. Why?
I want to know why our pope works so hard to save the planet yet refuses to tell the world we must be about Our Lord's business of saving souls. 

This is how it's done: 
[1] And having called his twelve disciples together, he gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of diseases, and all manner of infirmities. [2] And the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, [3] James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the publican, and James the son of Alpheus, and Thaddeus, [4] Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. [5] These twelve Jesus sent: commanding them, saying: Go ye not into the way of the Gentiles, and into the city of the Samaritans enter ye not.
[6] But go ye rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. [7] And going, preach, saying: The kingdom of heaven is at hand. [8] Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils: freely have you received, freely give. [9] Do not possess gold, nor silver, nor money in your purses: [10] Nor scrip for your journey, nor two coats, nor shoes, nor a staff; for the workman is worthy of his meat.
[11] And into whatsoever city or town you shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and there abide till you go thence. [12] And when you come into the house, salute it, saying: Peace be to this house. [13] And if that house be worthy, your peace shall come upon it; but if it be not worthy, your peace shall return to you. [14] And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words: going forth out of that house or city shake off the dust from your feet. [15] Amen I say to you, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
[16] Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves. [17] But beware of men. For they will deliver you up in councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues. [18] And you shall be brought before governors, and before kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the Gentiles: [19] But when they shall deliver you up, take no thought how or what to speak: for it shall be given you in that hour what to speak. [20] For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father that speaketh in you."-Matthew 10

That is what Our Lord taught us. Go out and save souls.
Saint John of the Cross quote: "I am also driven to preach without ceasing by the sight of the throngs of souls who are falling into hell - for it is of faith that all who die in mortal sin are damned. It is estimated that about eighty thousand die each day, and how many of them die in mortal sin and hence are damned? As the saying goes, "talis vita, finis ita" - your death will be as your life has been. Behold how many there are who are called, and how few who are chosen! And behold, if you have no care for yourself, your perdition is more certain than your amendment, especially since the way that leads to eternal life is so narrow."
I wish our Holy Father would remember that Great Commission wasn't about saving the planet, its about saving souls from eternal damnation.

In Christ, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 

Catholic Catechism2559 "Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God." 2 But when we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or "out of the depths" of a humble and contrite heart? 3 He who humbles himself will be exalted; 4 humility is the foundation of prayer. Only when we humbly acknowledge that "we do not know how to pray as we ought," 5 are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. "Man is a beggar before God." 6


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

EWTN Names J.D. Flynn as Editor-in-Chief

EWTN’s Catholic News Agency Names J.D. Flynn As Editor-in-Chief

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN, has announced the appointment of J.D. Flynn as Editor-in-Chief of Catholic News Agency.

With news bureaus across the United States, Europe, and in South America, CNA is one of the largest and fastest growing independent Catholic media outlets in the world. EWTN acquired CNA, and its Spanish language sister agency ACI Prensa, in 2014.

As Editor-in-Chief, Flynn will manage CNA’s reporting for its news syndication service, and its extensive social media news audience. Flynn will also seek to foster greater collaboration between CNA’s news coverage, and the reporting of the National Catholic Register and EWTN News Nightly, both major news outlets within EWTN.

“J.D.’s extensive background in diocesan administration and communications, and his work and training as a canon lawyer, bring a unique perspective to Catholic News Agency,” said Warsaw, adding, “I’m very glad to have him on board."

Alejandro Bermรบdez, Executive Director of CNA and ACI Prensa, said that Flynn has been a long-time friend and collaborator. “J.D. is a very talented writer and editor, and has very broad experience with the Church in the United States. This will be great for CNA and for the Church.

Flynn said: “Both Michael Warsaw and Alejandro Bermรบdez are remarkable leaders – and CNA’s writers and editors are a talented and dynamic team. This is a group of people writing and thinking from the heart of the Church, telling important stories through the eyes of faith. I’m humbled to be offered this opportunity.

“I also want to express gratitude to Bishop James Conley, my friend and mentor, with whom I have had the pleasure of working for most of the last 10 years,” Flynn continued.  “It has been a privilege to serve his ministry in the Diocese of Lincoln, and I look forward to continued collaboration with him.”

Flynn presently serves as Special Assistant to Bishop James Conley and as Communications Director of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. Prior to that, he served as Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Denver.

Flynn’s writing has appeared in First Things, National Review, the National Catholic Register, Catholic Vote, and elsewhere. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and a licentiate in canon law from The Catholic University of America.

Flynn will begin the position with CNA on August 28.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Sheep 3, Shepherd 0

A visual warning to all the Catholic clergy out there who fail to properly care for your flocks. 

The flock aren't going to take it any more. ๐Ÿ˜‰


I actually laughed out loud at this. ๐Ÿ˜„

In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Catholic events in Connecticut


Their Stories, Their Characters, and Their Influence 

Women do not always figure prominently in the writings of the Old Testament. Yet, sometimes they made their presence known, even in powerful ways. 

Join us for a series of talks by Br. Aquinas Beale, O.P., on Thursday July 27th at 7:30pm in St Mary's Church Hall (5 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven)  as we explore the stories and personalities of six women and how they influenced the history of Ancient Israel. 

This week, we will look at two prominent foreigners in Israel’s History: Ruth and Jezebel. These women offer contrasting mod- els of virtue and vice. This talk will also explore the personifi- cation of Wisdom and Folly in the Book of Proverbs. 


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Hope to see you in July.  If not, may God hold you in the palm of His hand until we meet again.  Have a safe summer, with a bit of relaxation, peace, and family time.  

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

This weeks Surfing the Internet

One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is make a huge mug of Black English Breakfast tea with honey (heavenly stuff), lock myself in my home office for a few hours and surf the Internet in my pajamas. ๐Ÿ˜Ž 

I laugh, I cry and I rage at my computer screen while my fingers click from one news story to another. I am a creature of habit and this is a must for me on the weekends. My family knows to leave me alone until the tea pot is empty and my weekend ritual is finished. 

One of the first news stories I found this weekend was over on Aljazeera about Pope Francis, titled "Is Pope Francis a real reformer?". The interview was between Austen Ivereigh who believes Catholics who love the pre-Vatican II Church are delusional because that Church is dead and gone and isn't coming back, and Matthew Schmitz from First Things, who has to fight to get a word in. 

No one who reads my blog will be surprised when I say Ivereigh makes me want to scream. We clearly do not see the Catholic Church nor Pope Francis at all in the same ways. 
It saddens me to see Ivereigh and those like him who think the Church needs to "move with the times" as host Mehdi Hasan states. Why? Look around you. Are the times we are living in so wonderful and wholesome and holy that the Church needs to embrace our modern society? Of course not! So why, oh why would anyone want to the Catholic Church to "move with the times" and change Her doctrines to fit our morally bankrupt society? Ridiculous! 

This is precisely why I love the pre-Vatican II Church so much. They spoke clearly and in definite terms. No grey areas to give people false hope that one day...this or that will happen. It's misleading. Even if you love Pope Francis, you have to admit he is misleading. He does it all the time, he will state (on occasion) authentic Church teaching, and then come out with statements that are misleading like his "Who am I to judge?" comment, and when Francis said don't focus so much on abortion and gay marriage, and his letter to the Argentine Bishops to allow Holy Communion to people in mortal sin and his refusal to answer the dubia. All misleading people into thinking something has or is about to change in Catholic teaching. 

It's infuriating to me. 


The next story that caught my eye falls into my "Just shoot me now" category. 

Over at The Washington Post, I found the article "Hundreds pack DC hall to discuss podcast exploring Harry Potter as a sacred text" by Julie Zauzmer and Michelle Boorstein. 


Harry Potter as "sacred text"? Oh how far humanity and faith has fallen. 
Quote: "Mark Kennedy grew up a Catholic, and a Harry Potter fanatic. Only one stuck.
“I considered myself a non-spiritual person,” he said. He thought he was done with religion. And then he stumbled on the podcast “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.”
The podcast told him that the Harry Potter series — the books that he always turned to for solace when he was angry or stressed or in need of an escape — could be a source of spiritual sustenance.
“I feel like I’m born again,” he said."
Born again from a Harry Potter podcast? Harry Potter as "spiritual sustenance"? Sustaining what exactly? Not the soul! Clearly the "new evangelization" the Church continually promotes is a complete failure if this is the result! 

The founders of the podcast are Harvard Divinity School graduates Casper ter Kuile and Vanessa Zoltan, and they are as confused and lost as those "born again" by their New Age nonsensical efforts. 
Quote: Zoltan and ter Kuile are complicated evangelists for
their own cause. Even as their following grows, they are still pondering some big questions: Can non-traditional types of meaning-making build community? Can texts that are deeply moving to readers truly hold them to account in the way Scripture has among the God-fearing? Neither one of them puts much faith in Humanism, though Zoltan tried working as a chaplain at the lively, cutting-edge secularism center at Harvard called the Humanist Hub, where there is a Sunday school for kids based on ethics. People who don’t want to join an organized religion aren’t looking to label themselves part of a religion for atheists either, ter Kuile said.
“That’s all being unbundled. You might get your ecstatic experience at Soul Cycle, and your community in your book group, and your [spiritual] formation in Harry Potter or ‘On Being,'” he said. 

The podcasters said they worry that these disparate experiences leave people much lonelier than experiences that are all tied up within one faith community.
“I’m scared what we’re going to do without the buildings. Some of the best things in the world happen in church basements,” Zoltan said. “That’s where you have sex ed classes, and that’s where you have kids on their church trip to build houses, and that’s where you house the new immigrant, and that’s where you register to vote…. I’m terrified if there aren’t these designated spaces. They’re called sanctuaries for a reason.”
I am as appalled at their definition of what a church sanctuary is as I am at their promoting Harry Potter as some sort of new religion that of course, won't use the word "religion" to describe it's self because "religion" is a bad word now. 

It gets worse. 

This is how they put their Scripture studies education to work. 
Quote: "They said that their podcast doesn’t aim to offer all the benefits of a religious community, but does strive to provide the moral insights that seekers gain from study of Scripture. In their podcast, they use the rigorous methods they learned in divinity school, like the Benedictine monks’ practice of lectio divina and the medieval florilegium, to parse the lines of Harry Potter, which they typically refer to as “the text.”

And it continues... 
Quote: Following a Jewish study method called Pardes, they analyzed the sole sentence on four levels, leading from the actual events of the story — a professor, looking at a moving map to see if it reveals that his students are in trouble — to an eventual sermonic conclusion. “I think what I would preach is that everybody needs to be taken care of in different ways. You should take care of the person in the form they need to be taken care of, not in the way that works for you. We have to teach each other how to take care of each other,” Zoltan said.
She said in an interview that she hopes this sort of close reading teaches moral values.
“To me, the goal of treating the text as sacred is that we can learn to treat each other as sacred. If you can learn to love these characters, to love Draco Malfoy, then you can learn to love the cousin you haven’t spoken to for 30 years, then the refugee down the street,” Zoltan said."
What's wrong with actual sacred text and the Good Samaritan story in the Bible?  

Where do you even begin with people like this? It's tragic really. 


This last story, was personally refreshing for me to read. 

Having known a few Mormon's and several Seventh-Day Adventists, I was always lucky not to be spit on by them in their rabid attempts to save me from my idol worshiping paganized Mary church (A.K.A. Christ's Holy Catholic Church) that was damning my soul. (Yes, they actually told me things like that and worse.) 

So reading a story about Catholics, Mormons and SDA people coming together to help the less fortunate was really quite nice.๐Ÿ˜‡

"Working across faiths, three churches shift 200 beds for homeless families" - By Rachel Alexander
Quote: What happens when a Mormon, a Catholic and a Seventh-day Adventist walk into an apartment complex?
On Thursday, the answer was: Something good.
Members of the three churches did some heavy lifting Thursday evening, moving 200 bed frames and mattresses into a new 50-unit apartment building for homeless families in Spokane Valley.
Teenagers, retirees and plenty in between marched lines of boxes and rolled-up mattresses into apartments as coordinators with clipboards managed the chaos and tracked the flow of furniture.
The project started when Cheloye Penwell, community service director for the Spokane Valley Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, called Catholic Charities in early June asking how they could help with that group’s latest effort to build houses for homeless people.
The project, Pope Francis Haven, finished construction earlier in the summer and Catholic Charities was readying units for families to move in.
“I said, here’s what we don’t have. We don’t have mattresses and we don’t have bed frames,” said Monique Kolonko, Catholic Charities’ executive vice president of stabilization and housing.
Penwell decided she’d take care of it. The local stake applied for $50,200 through the church’s humanitarian fund in Salt Lake City. She got word the request had been approved one week ago, and found out the following day that the truck would be delivering the goods July 20.[clipped] 
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What stories caught your eye or got your goat this week? Please share them in the comments area below or send me an email! I'd love to hear about them.

God bless! 

In Christ, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 


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