Monday, December 22, 2008

Fr. James's Sunday Homily: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Christmas is almost here. As the fourth candle of the advent wreath is lit, we are reminded that we need to intensify our spiritual preparation for the anniversary of the birth of our Savior.

The external aspects of our Christmas celebration only make sense if we keep our attention fixed on who it is that we are celebrating. Christmas is the birthday of Jesus. This Sunday's gospel passage focuses our attention on the one central reality of Christianity: that the Word, the second person of the Blessed Trinity, became man and dwelt among us. On the last Sunday of Advent, the Church allows us to contemplate this reality through Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

Often when we attempt to get to know someone, it is always very helpful to know the person’s mother. Fr. Romano Guardini once wrote: “Anyone who would understand the nature of a tree, should examine the earth that encloses its roots, the soil from which its sap climbs into branch, blossom, and fruit. Similarly, to understand the person of Jesus Christ, one would do well to look to the soil that... (Continued here)

Yummy and Easy Christmas morning bread!

Go on over to my blog, Embracing Motherhood to check out the recipe for Overnight Christmas Blueberry-Pecan bread. just check by clicking here.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Discussing Dignitas Personae on Sacred Heart Radio

Here is my interview this morning on Sacred Heart radio with Brian Patrick. We discussed the new Vatican document called Dignitas Personae.

Just click here to listen.

God bless!


Pope Benedict calls us to contemplate God's mercy at Christmas time...

Vatican City, Dec 17, 2008 / 11:47 am (CNA).- At his weekly General Audience in the Paul VI Hall, Pope Benedict contemplated the fulfillment of the ancient prophecies in the coming of the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary in the stable of Bethlehem and reminded his audience to contemplate the mercy of God “who has come to meet humanity.”

The Holy Father told the 5,000 people present at the general audience that even nonbelievers perceive something “extraordinary and transcendent, something intimate that touches our hearts in this yearly Christian event.”

“Christmas is a feast that speaks of the gift of life. The birth of a child is always something that brings great joy, and the embrace of a newborn moves one to tenderness.”

However, the Pope continued, Christmas is in danger of losing “its spiritual significance, reduced to a mere commercial occasion to buy and exchange gifts.” The difficulties and uncertainty that many families are living in these months can serve as “a stimulus for rediscovering the warmth of the simplicity, friendship, and solidarity that are the typical values of Christmas.”

“Stripped of its materialist and consumerist trappings, Christmas can become the opportunity to welcome, as a personal gift, the message of hope that emanates from the mystery of Christ's birth," Benedict XVI explained. "Nevertheless, all of this does not suffice to capture the value of this celebration we are preparing for in all its fullness. We know that it celebrates the central event of history: the Incarnation of the Divine Word for the redemption of humanity.”

The Holy Father continued by noting that at Christmas, people do not limit themselves to commemorating the birth of a great person, they recall something that is quite concrete and important for human beings, something essential to the Christian faith. (Continued here)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Book Give-Away Tomorrow on Brian Patrick's show on Sacred Heart Radio...

Updated with link to "Listen Live"

I was invited to join Brian Patrick tomorrow morning (Thursday) to discuss Dignitas Personae, a new Vatican document just approved by Pope Benedict, and how it applies to mothers and families. I'll be on at 8:50 AM Eastern time. I hope you'll join us. You can find out more by clicking here. YOU CAN LISTEN LIVE by clicking here and then the "listen online" button on the left side of their web page.

Here are some of the details:

Sacred Heart Radio
"Son Rise Morning Show"
with Brian Patrick
Cincinnati, Ohio

I hope you'll join us! They'll be giving away copies of my books!

God bless!


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

There's still time to win my latest books!

I have extended my contest until 9:00 PM Eastern time tonight (Tuesday, December 16th) to give people a chance to enter. See this link for details about the contest to win both of my two new books in time for Christmas!

I also am running a great sale on my two new books. Check the website by clicking here to see all of my books and the sale on the new ones, Grace Cafe: Serving Up Recipes for Faithful Mothering and The Domestic Church: Room by Room: A Mother's Study Guide. You can't win if you don't enter. :)

God bless,


Monday, December 15, 2008

"The Dignity of a Person" released recently

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican hardened its opposition Friday to using embryos for stem cell research, cloning and in-vitro fertilization. But in a major new document on bioethics, it showed flexibility on some forms of gene therapy and left open questions surrounding embryo adoption.

The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued "The Dignity of a Person" to help answer bioethical questions that have emerged in the two decades since its last such document was published.

With it, the Vatican essentially confirmed in a single, authoritative instruction the opinions of the Pontifical Academy for Life, a Vatican advisory body that has debated these issues for years..." (Continued here)

Mom's Corner this morning! Book contest too!

Here's the link you'll want to have to listen to my chat this morning with my dear friend and radio host, Teresa Tomeo on our Mom's Corner segment at "Catholic Connection." I hope that you'll join us!

God bless!


I'm giving away books!

I have extended my launch sale for my two new books, Grace Cafe: Serving up Recipes for Faithful Mothering and The Domestic Church: Room by Room for Christmas gift buying. There's still time to get your autographed and inscribed books delivered by Priority Mail to you to arrive before Christmas.

Take a look at my website here and check out the book page to see all of the titles. The new books are displayed on the front web page as well.

Also, I will be running a contest today. I will be on Teresa Tomeo's show this morning at 9:15 AM Eastern time. For all of the listeners who visit any of my blogs today and leave a comment, you will be entered into a drawing to win BOTH copies of my new books! Just be sure to leave a comment at one of my three blogs by 8:00 PM Eastern time and say that you want to be entered into the contest to win the books. That's all you have to do! I will pick the winner tonight and announce it on my blogs.

I hope you get a chance to tune into the radio show this morning. Details are right here with a link to listen LIVE from your computer.

May God bless your Advent season!


Fr. Tom's reflection: The third Sunday of Advent...REJOICE!

Go on over to Fr. Tom's blog to read his reflection on the third Sunday of Advent. Just click here.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Jesus at the Post Office...What?!?

Go on over to my Embracing Motherhood blog to find about Jesus at the Post Office and my radio segment coming up this Monday morning with Teresa Tomeo on "Catholic Connection." I hope you'll be able to join us for our Advent theme and lots of fun stuff!

God bless your Advent!


Monday, December 8, 2008

The feast of the Immaculate Conception

St Anne Conceiving the Virgin Mary by Jean Bellegambe. (Flemish painter c. 1480 - c. 1535)

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2008 / 11:47 am (CNA).- In celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Pope Benedict XVI presided over the angelus prayer today at noon. The Pontiff said that this feast is a chance to "contemplate the reflection of the Beauty who saves the world: the beauty of God that shines on the face of Christ."

Thousands of pilgrims poured into St. Peter's Square today to pray the angelus with the Holy Father and hear his teaching on the Virgin Mary. Pope Benedict described her, saying, "this beauty is totally pure, humble, free from arrogance and presumption." This is how the Virgin appeared to St. Bernadette in Lourdes, where she told the saint, "I am the Immaculate Conception," he reminded the faithful.

The Pope explained that the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary recalls two truths of the faith: the existence of original sin, and especially the victory of Christ over evil, a victory that shines so sublimely in the form of the Virgin Mary.

"The existence of what the Church calls ‘original sin’ is unfortunately overwhelmingly evident, if only we look around us and within ourselves. The experience of evil is so consistent that it arouses in us the question: where did it come from?" This question becomes an "even more profound one" for the believer, the Pope noted. "If God, who is absolute Kindness, has created everything, where does evil come from?" he asked.

Benedict XVI explained that the answer is clear from the first pages of the Bible, which tell the story of creation and the fall of the first parents.

"God created all that exists, in particular he has created human beings in his own image, he did not cause death, but it entered the world through the envy of the devil (Wisdom 1:13-14; 2,23-24), who rebelled against God, and also deceived men, causing them to rebel." (Continued here)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Petition the United Nations

PETITION THE United Nations

On December 10th, pro-abortion groups will present petitions asking the United Nation's General Assembly to make abortion a universally recognized human right. The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute created an alternate petition drive that calls for government to interpret the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as protecting the unborn child from abortion. They need at least 100,000 signatures by December 10th, the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Please go to the Website: and sign the petition. It takes only a minute to do. Please help. It's our duty.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Fr. James's Sunday Homily: The First Sunday of Advent

Advent and our preparation for Christmas

The first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. It is interesting to note how the liturgical year ends with the theme of the Second Coming, while at the same time, the new liturgical year also focuses on the same theme.

Since we are about to celebrate Christmas, we would suppose that the new liturgical year would begin chronologically with a reflection on the Incarnation. However, that is not the case. The reason why the liturgical year ends and begins with the same theme is clear: if we have already embraced Jesus in his first coming, we will have no fear of his second coming.

What is a personal relationship with Jesus?

We need to understand that Jesus is really alive. He is both divine and human. He is really with us. Because he is truly a living person, he can be our best friend. This why Christianity is about a whom rather than a what.

It is also interesting to note that the new liturgical year begins with a penitential season; i.e. the season of Advent. The priest and deacon now use purple colored vestments. As the world around us prepares for Christmas with an ever increasing emphasis on material things, the Church directs our gaze toward the spiritual. The liturgical calendar begins differently from the secular calendar precisely because the Church, while in the world, is not of the world. Advent is a penitential season because Christmas is about our personal relationship with Jesus Christ, not about external celebrations. "God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1: 9) The external celebrations should be seen as a visible manifestation of our joy of being disciples of Jesus Christ.

However, during the later part of November... (Continued here)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The "Crew" on Thanksgiving...

YES, I was in my glory having all of my "kids" around me! We have a few other pics too. I had to choose one that didn't have "bunny ears" over my head and that everyone basically had their eyes open and were facing the camera!

A side note to Joseph: there were other pics with a better smile from you, however the "bunny ears" over my head, (which I can't even imagine how that happened) prevented me from using at least that photo.

Friday, November 28, 2008

My review of Prince Caspian at Catholic Exchange today...

Based on one of C. S. Lewis’s classic and religiously symbolic novels in his Chronicles of Narnia series, the film, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, hit movie theatres in May of this year. Produced by Walt Disney Studios and Walden Media, directed by Andrew Adamson, and written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely and Andrew Adamson, it will soon debut on DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def, as well as a special two-disc Collector’s Edition. Interviews and deleted scene extras are featured. Included is a special Disney File, a digital copy of the movie that can be viewed on a variety of portable devices. A release date of December 2, 2008 is anticipated for the United States and Canada.

The Chronicles of Narnia novels are considered classic children’s literature and also C. S. Lewis’s best known work. Lewis uses traditional Christian themes and symbolism to enhance the messages of his stories with the help of some ideas from Greek and Roman mythology, as well as traditional British and Irish fairy tales.

As we sit down with our popcorn and prepare to become engrossed in another of C. S. Lewis’s brilliant creative visions and anticipate being drawn into this timeless fantasy coming to life, we... (Continued here at Catholic Exchange)

With Advent around the corner..."Blessed are they who hope in the Lord,"

Go on over to my blog, "Embracing Motherhood" to read my article on hope which appeared yesterday in Barry Michael's "Festival on Hope." Just click here for Embracing Motherhood.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving and COOL contest to recieve my books!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy the day. Try not to strive for perfection, rather, BE with your loved ones and try not to DO so much! It's difficult, I know. However, you'll regret late in the day that you didn't stop to enjoy a game with the kids or a walk with the family because you were too busy trying to make everything PERFECT! There's no such thing as perfection on Thanksgiving day! It will all come out wonderful...take a breath...say a prayer and BE TOGETHER!!

Oh, and by the way, go on over to Barry Michael's special Festival of Hope when you have a moment to read my piece on HOPE and where he is giving out copies of my two new books, Grace Cafe and The Domestic Church. If you leave a comment, you'll be put in his drawing!

Check out Barry's Festival of Hope and introduction of my piece by clicking here

And the article I wrote on HOPE by clicking here.

This is from Barry's blog about his cool contest and giving away my books TODAY...

"Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle’s two newest books are Grace Cafe: Serving Up Recipes for Faithful Mothering and The Domestic Church: Room by Room. And they’re both going to one fortunate visitor this Thanksgiving Day. But feel free not to enter to win them, because we’d love to keep them in this house. I’m kidding, come get them, you’ll be glad you did. (Or one visitor will, anyway.)

To enter, leave a comment in this comment box of this post, naming one thing for which you are thankful today (of course!). As usual, you’ll have to include your e-mail address so that I can contact you if you win, but it will not be viewable publicly. The winner will not be chosen randomly this time; rather, my kids will pick the response they like best."

So, go over to Barry's blog (link above) and leave a thankful comment!

God bless your day!



Monday, November 24, 2008

My recent interview on the Catholic Spotlight

When you have time to sit with a cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate, pull up your chair or rocker and click here to hear my recent interview with Chris Cash on the Catholic Spotlight talking about my two new books, Grace Cafe: Serving Up Recipes for Faithful Mothering and The Domestic Church: Room By Room

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Fr. James's Sunday Homily

The Feast of Christ the King

God wants you to be happy and overflowing with joy. He wants you to fulfill your destiny and purpose in life by reaching eternal life in heaven. He is so interested in you that he sent his only begotten Son to save you from sin. Remember, God’s love for you is unconditional. Think about this for a moment: God’s love for you is unconditional. In reality, Christianity is a love story: God loves you unconditionally and he calls you to love him unconditionally.

Up until the time of the first Christmas when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the road to salvation was rather confusing, but now, with the coming of Jesus, the way that leads to eternal life is clear. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.

In this Sunday’s gospel passage Jesus tells us exactly what we need to do to enter into the glory of heaven: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and visit those who are in prison. Christianity is very practical and it is to be lived within the ordinary circumstances of every day life.

Too many times we might fall into the trap that Christianity is lived out only in the special moments, like when you see someone in need on the side of the street, or when there are natural disasters. But, we can only respond to those special moments if we are living the gospel each and every day, and in a very practical and concrete manner.

We are called to love. This is the meaning of our lives. Every act of service, every act of kindness, every act of self giving must be seen as an act of love.

And who do we love? “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Matthew 25: 40).

Before his conversion, Francis of Assisi was riding his horse through the countryside. Suddenly he came upon a leper. Despite the ugliness of the terrible disease, Francis was so moved with pity, that he jumped off of his horse and flung his arms around the unfortunate man. As Francis looked at the leper, the man’s face changed and it appeared as the face of Jesus.

Is Christianity really possible? Yes, of course it is. We need to show the world that love is possible and that we believe in love.

I think one of the greatest acts of charity that you can do when you get up in the morning, or when you go to work, or to school, or to church, or even when you do your shopping, is to do something so simple: just smile and say hello to people. Show everyone that you are a living member of the kingdom. Yes, you are a member of a beautiful kingdom, a kingdom that God has prepared for you “from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25: 34).

The kingdom that we belong to is “a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love, and peace” (Preface). Show everyone that you are happy to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Let everyone know that you are excited about the Kingdom of Christ.

Selfishness can be our biggest obstacle from truly experiencing the exuberant joy of Christianity. We need to forget ourselves completely. The Second Vatican Council said, “It follows, then, that if human beings are the only creatures on earth that God has wanted for their own sake, they can fully discover their true selves only in sincere self-giving (Gaudium et Spes, 24).

John Paul II echoed these words when he said, “Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it” (Redemptor Hominis, 10.1)

This Sunday’s gospel narrative also teaches us that sins are not only the bad things that we do, but that sin also consists of those things that we should have done. This type of sin is called sin of omission.

Then he will say to those at his left hand, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me” (Matthew 25: 41-43).

Selfishness, when it is deeply rooted in our souls, prevents us from loving the way we should. It keeps us from being aware of the needs of others.

Blessed Mother Theresa certainly showed the modern world how to love. She once said, “What I can do, you cannot. What you can do, I cannot. But together we can do something beautiful for God. Yes, you must live life beautifully and not allow the spirit of the world that makes gods out of power, riches, and pleasure make you to forget that you have been created for greater things – to love and to be loved”.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Praise God, a Life Saved!

Washington DC, Nov 20, 2008 / 03:39 am (CNA).- Following international attention which included the protests of U.S. Congressmen, China has released a detained ethnic minority Uyghur woman who was scheduled to undergo a coerced abortion.

Arzigul Tursun, who lives in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region, is about 26 weeks pregnant with her third child. Chinese authorities tried to pressure her to have an abortion, but she refused and fled her home. According to a backgrounder from the office of Rep. Joe Pitts, authorities interrogated and threatened her relatives.

After fleeing from population control authorities, Arzigul was taken into custody on November 11. A relative was reportedly forced to sign a document authorizing the abortion, which was originally scheduled for November 13.

She then fled Gulja's municipal Water Gate Hospital, after which authorities found her at a friend’s house, Radio Free Asia reports.

Tursun’s father Hasan Tursunjan told Radio Free Asia that between 20 and 30 police cars came to the family home to search for his daughter and take her to the hospital to undergo an abortion.

“It was a big operation—and they treated us very rudely,” he said. “They confiscated all our cell phones, but I hid one. One of them was pushing my forehead and saying, ‘You have connections with the separatists in America—see if they can come and rescue your daughter or not.’”

“I was very upset at what he did to me and said, ‘I believe they will rescue us, if not today then tomorrow, and if not tomorrow then the day after tomorrow—they will eventually rescue us,’” Tursunjan said.

“My youngest son was upset and rushed to us and shouted… ‘Don't touch my father!’ The [official] immediately called a few police over and they arrested him. They took him away with a car.”

He and some family members left for a relative’s house in the city, but police afterwards took him to a neighborhood where his daughter was found at a friend’s house.

“I saw many police cars,” Tursunjan reported to Radio Free Asia. “Many people from the neighborhood were watching. My daughter was leaning against the wall of one the buildings and crying. I was very sad…I rushed... (Continued here)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Vatican Cardinal comments on Obama's stem cell research...

Rome, Nov 12, 2008 / 07:16 am (CNA).- Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, the President of the Pontifical Council of Health Care, has responded to reports that President-elect Obama’s future administration will reverse a federal ban on human embryonic stem cell research funding. Saying that the stem cells produced by the destruction of embryos “serve no purpose,” he argued that embryonic stem cell research has not resulted in any significant cures so far and was “good for nothing.”

In comments made to reporters at the presentation of a conference on protecting children from diseases, Cardinal Lozano Barragan added that research on adult stem cells and umbilical cords has been shown to have “positive value,” though he recognized they too were not a “panacea.”

Professor Alberto Ugazio, Coordinator of the Department of Pediatrics in the Child Jesus Hospital of Rome, supported the cardinal’s remarks, saying according to SIR:

“In the medical field, we are always amazed at the excessive fuss ‘the media’ are making over fetal stem cells whose ineffectiveness is proved.”
(Continued here at the Catholic News Agency)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I'll be on "Kresta in the Afternoon" tomorrow

I will be chatting with Al Kresta on his show "Kresta in the Afternoon" on Ave Maria radio tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at 3:20 until 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. I hope you will join us LIVE tomorrow. I had the distinct pleasure of being a guest on Al's show earlier this year when I was signing my new saints' book, Catholic Saints Prayer Book at the Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit (RBTE) near Chicago, IL. It was great to be with Al then and I am looking forward to conversing with him again tomorrow.

To tune in from your computer, just click here on the Ave Maria website and then click the "listen live" button at the top of the screen.

Talk to you then!



PS Here's a bit about Al Kresta:

"Al Kresta is a broadcaster, journalist and author who is, first of all, a missionary. He draws upon his unique faith background to create what is, arguably, the most fascinating — and most spiritually constructive — talk show on radio today.

A 1976 honors graduate of Michigan State University, Al has also done graduate work in theology at both Catholic and Protestant seminaries. He became well known in the Detroit area for his program, “Talk from the Heart,” one of the top-rated Christian talk shows during the 1980s and 90s. When he began the program, Al was a Protestant pastor. The questions forced upon him as pastor, however, led him to return to the Catholic Church. His profound personal conversion to Christ and return to the Catholic Church is told in the best-selling anthology Surprised By Truth."

To learn more go to Ave Maria here and see more of his amazing Bio

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Obama's tranistion team prepares first actions...

Washington DC, Nov 11, 2008 / 05:02 am (CNA).- President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team is preparing the first actions of his presidency, planning to lift embryonic stem cell research funding restrictions and rules which prevent international organizations that receive U.S. aid from counseling women about the availability of abortion.

The latter rules, known as the “Mexico City Policy,” were developed under the Reagan administration, revoked by the Clinton administration, and restored by President George W. Bush’s administration.

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America said her organization had been communicating with Obama’s transition staff almost daily. “We expect to see a real change,” the Washington Post reports.

John Podesta, Obama’s transition team co-chair, spoke about these changes on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.

“I would say that as a candidate, Senator Obama said that he wanted all the Bush executive orders reviewed, and decide which ones should be kept, and which ones should be repealed, and which ones should be amended,” Podesta said.

Podesta characterized Bush’s stem cell research policy as “probably not in the interest of our country,” also naming oil and gas drilling policy and health care.

“There's a lot that the president can do using his executive authority without waiting for congressional action,” Podesta continued, “and I think we'll see the president do that to try to restore the — a sense that the country is working on behalf of the common good, that we're going to try to restore wages, give people the right kind of ways that they can build on their own lives, and when they work hard that they'll be rewarded for it.”

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, responded to the reversal of the “life affirming executive orders” with a “profound sense of disappointment.” (Continued here)

If you didn't catch it can listen here

Here's a link to listen to Teresa Tomeo and me on our "Mom's Corner" segment yesterday. We chatted about various Catholic and current topics including a prayer table I suggested to draw your family together in prayer in your domestic churches.

Teresa and I also chatted a bit about my new books too.

Just click here to listen.
Enjoy the show!


PS I will be posting my long segment with Dina Marie Hale from Oregon a bit later this week after I receive the CD or mp3 of the show.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The USCCB's meeting...

Baltimore, Nov 9, 2008 / 11:08 pm (CNA).- Since the election of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States, several Catholic commentators have speculated on how the original agenda of the annual Fall General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will change.

According to bishops involved in the organization of the three-day meeting, which starts this Monday, the agenda, including a public discussion of abortion and politics, is fully on track.

Speculation that the agenda might change came late last week when several prominent Catholic commentators argued that the bishops had "lost authority" by speaking out strongly against Catholics voting for pro-abortion politicians, like Sen. Barack Obama and other mostly Democratic candidates, who were elected to office last Tuesday.

On Friday, Religion News Service reported that the USCCB “has scuttled plans to discuss abortion and politics next week in Baltimore,” citing the bishops' spokeswoman, Sister Mary Ann Walsh. RNS also quoted Sister Walsh saying that the agenda had yet to be finalized.

Moreover, according to the National Catholic Reporter's John Allen Jr., “some analysts, especially those of a more liberal bent, are spinning the election of Barak Obama as a ‘repudiation’ of what they see as an overly strident and partisan tone from the bishops, especially on abortion. A few ardently pro-life Catholics, meanwhile, actually believe that what they call ‘silence and treachery’ from the bishops on abortion helped pave the way for Obama’s success.”

On Friday, Peter Steinfels argued in his regular New York Times column that "anyone constructing a list of the big losers on Tuesday would probably include the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops."

Steinfels served as editor of “Commonweal” magazine before landing a job at The New York Times in 1988 and still frequently contributes to the magazine that he and his wife, former editor Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, have helped shape since 1964.

During the election season, Commonweal's blog openly wooed Catholics to vote for Obama and harshly criticized bishops who took a strong stand on life and family issues.

Steinfels supported his assertion that the bishops were “defeated” on the grounds that nominal Catholics voted 52 percent to 45 percent for Obama.

“Will that fact be candidly addressed when the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops meets next week in Baltimore?,” he asked, suggesting that the bishops should “change strategy.”

A similar suggestion was made by Fr. Thomas Reese S.J. of Georgetown University in an article published by the Dallas Morning News on Sunday... (Continued here at the Catholic News Agency)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Free Books and Inspiring Fun Monday Morning!

I think you'd better get a steaming cup of coffee or tea ready and give yourself a treat to listen in to some good Catholic stuff to get your Monday morning going!

Tune in on Monday morning TWICE! I will be interviewed by the inspiring Dina Marie at 8:00 Central time and for me it's 11:00 Eastern time.

I will also be doing my "Mom's Corner" radio segment with Teresa Tomeo on her show on "Catholic Connection" Ave Maria Radio at 9:15 AM Eastern time. It should be informational, inspiring, and lots of fun! It always is! Teresa and I are really like Lucy and Ethel and recount the story every once in a while about our trip to the Vatican congress earlier this year and all of the bloopers and blunders we experienced together - all good stuff! It was at that point that we nicknamed ourselves Lucy and Ethel. She's Lucy and I am Ethel.

As a matter of fact, one time Teresa surprised me when I was about to come on her show with the theme song to the "I Love Lucy" show. She's a riot! You can hear the segment by checking the archives I have posted on my blogs and website.

I hope that you will tune in to both shows! Did I mention that we are giving away books?? I will be giving away a lot of my saints' books, Catholic Saints Prayer Book on Dina Marie's show since November is a great month for the saints. We may be giving out some of my other titles as well. You'll have to tune in to find out. I hope you may be one of the fortunate callers who wins! :)

Who knows, I may give out some more books on Teresa's show, our "Mom's Corner" too! Tune in to find out!

So here are the details for the shows:

November 10, 2008, 8:00 AM (Pacific Time)
Catholic Radio
click here at “KBVM Live” (88.3 FM)
with Dina Marie Hale
Portland, Oregon

Also November 10, 2008 9:15 AM Eastern time
"Mom's Corner" on "Catholic Connection"
with Teresa Tomeo
click here at

You can tune in LIVE to each of these shows by clicking on the links and then hit the "listen live" button on the websites.

Talk to you soon!

God bless!


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Vatican has high hopes that Obama will have respect for human life

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2008 / 11:45 am (CNA).- Speaking to Vatican Radio on Wednesday, the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, announced that Pope Benedict XVI has sent his greetings to President-elect Barack Obama, the content of which will not be made public "because of its personal nature."

“The duty that the President of the United States has is a task of the highest responsibility not only for his country but for the whole world, given the importance that the U.S. has in every field of the world scene," Fr. Lombardi said in Spanish.

“For this reason, we all hope the new President Obama will be able to respond to the expectations and hopes placed in him, by effectively serving what is right and just, finding adequate ways to promote world peace, favoring the growth and dignity of the human person, in full respect of the essential human and spiritual values,” the Vatican spokesman remarked.

“Believers pray that God may enlighten and assist him in this greatest responsibility," Lombardi concluded.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Jane Roe's video - please watch now!

From the Catholic news Agency:

CNA STAFF, Nov 4, 2008 / 11:26 am (CNA).- Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff in the Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion 35 years ago, has released a video encouraging Americans to cast their ballot for a candidate who will appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices.

In the video, produced by Just ONE Judge, McCorvey emphasizes the importance of today’s election as the next president’s Supreme Court nominations will likely have far-reaching effects on life issues. “This is the first time I’ve felt really had a voice in what was going on in terms of really reversing the decision of the Supreme Court,” said McCorvey. “I’m proud to be pro-life now rather than pro-abortion.”

According to a press release from Just ONE Judge, McCorvey began speaking out against abortion nearly ten years ago after a conversion to Christianity.

Just ONE Judge, a non-partisan, non-denominational group, is working to educate voters and is asking them to support candidates who support the nomination of Supreme Court Justices who are pro-life. In McCorvey’s video, the group emphasizes the importance of each individual’s vote for life and encourages voters to sign an online petition which will be presented to the new U.S. president and Senate to demonstrate that citizens are passionate about life issues.

“I’m working as a catalyst to assist other pro-life individuals and organizations in their particular areas of expertise. Just ONE Judge is so important because it emphasizes how one person can make a difference. I know how important one person is and I want to do what I can to get 2 million individuals to sign the pledge,” said McCorvey.

The National Grassroots Director of Just ONE Judge, Joe Condit, also noted that today’s election is not just about politics, “but something far more important. It’s about preserving Life, from natural conception to natural death. And it is about redeeming America as a nation committed to life and liberty and justice for all.”

Monday, November 3, 2008

Get ready for the Festival of Hope

Be looking for the Festival of Hope and Barry Michael's launch of his new book...

Your Guide to Spe Salvi: Saved in Hope

By Barry Michaels

"If you are considering a journey through Pope Benedict XVI’s second encyclical, Spe Salvi, you will find no better companion than Barry Michaels. Spe Salvi is a challenging but nonetheless truly rewarding endeavor for any reader. Michaels’ convenient guide breaks down each of the encyclical’s complex topics, providing essential background information and clear explanations. An essential reading companion that makes the profound thought of Benedict XVI simple and accessible for readers everywhere." (from Pauline website)

Go to Barry's website for information on the Festival of Hope here.

check this out...

Check out this short video.

The Hour of Decision from Mark Mallett on Vimeo.

Please pass this on to help others in voting their decision.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Brief Catechism for Catholic Voters...

Brief Catechism for Catholic Voters

Fr. Stephen F. Torraco, PhD

1. Isn’t conscience the same as my own opinions and feelings? And doesn’t everyone have the right to his or her own conscience?

Conscience is NOT the same as your opinions or feelings. Conscience cannot be identical with your feelings because conscience is the activity of your intellect in judging the rightness or wrongness of your actions or omissions, past, present, or future, while your feelings come from another part of your soul and should be governed by your intellect and will. Conscience is not identical with your opinions because your intellect bases its judgment upon the natural moral law, which is inherent in your human nature and is identical with the Ten Commandments. Unlike the civil laws made by legislators, or the opinions that you hold, the natural moral law is not anything that you invent, but rather discover within yourself and is the governing norm of your conscience. In short, Conscience is the voice of truth within you, and your opinions need to be in harmony with that truth. As a Catholic, you have the benefit... (Continued here)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Vote as if lives depended on it..because they do!

Please take a moment to read this and then go to the link below to read the remainder. Pass it on to your friends and family.

"On Tuesday, we will participate in a historic election.
The stakes are high, and the campaign hard-fought. Already, in states like North Carolina and Florida, early
voting has drawn record-smashing crowds. The nation’s voters are engaged in this election to a degree rare in
American history, and pro-life voters must play their part. It is of paramount importance that values voters go to
the voting booth on November 4th, and that they bring their pro-life convictions with them.
There are stark differences between the two candidates on the life issues. John McCain has a perfect pro-life
voting record in his years in the Senate, and has chosen a committed social conservative as his running mate.
Barack Obama, for his part, has a record of consistently voting against the unborn. His radical stance in favor
of abortion is illustrated by his insistence, at a Planned Parenthood function, that on the "fundamental issue" of
choice, he 'will not yield and Planned Parenthood will not yield.'" Continued here to read more on each candidate.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Festival of HOPE!

Wow, Catholic author, Barry Michaels is giving us what we need right about now and "just what the doctor ordered." What am I talking about? Well, I'll let you listen to Barry himself in just a moment describe this awesome festival that will run all through the month of November to celebrate HOPE and the release of his new book, Your Guide to Spe Salvi: Saved in Hope. Barry has a whole line up of Catholic authors (myself included!) who will be bringing you messages of hope throughout the month of November.

From Barry:

"The Festival of Hope will be a month-long blog event that will be dedicated to and celebrate the theme of Christian hope.

There are several important aspects to this event:

– I’ll be reflecting on hope and offering some interesting resources for further reflection, understanding, and prayer.

– (More exiting to me) I’ll be hosting a series of guest bloggers, talented Christian (both Catholic and non-Catholic) authors and artists, all offering some rich and helpful reflections on the theme of hope.

– Finally (and also exciting to a book-nut like me), you’ll also have the chance to win some very worthwhile prizes while you’re here! I’m reluctant to proceed with this one, because there’s a great collection of books and other items sitting in a box in my office, ready to be given away to you and other visitors, and the more I look at them, the more I want to keep them for myself. They’re excellent! (Don’t worry, I promised the authors I’d give them away to you.)

Our Guest Bloggers

Let me tell you about those guest bloggers, because you’re going to be interested. As of today, our Festival of Hope guest-blogger line-up (authors who have agreed to serve as a guest blogger for a day) includes:

– Mike Aquilina, vice-president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and author of a list of extraordinary books, including Signs and Mysteries: Revealing Ancient Christian Symbols, The Fathers of the Church, and The Resilient Church

– Tim Drake, one of the premier Catholic journalists in the United States, longtime reporter for the National Catholic Register, and author of the new book Behind Bella, as well as Young and Catholic: The Face of Tomorrow’s Church

– Pete Vere, a canon lawyer and the co-author of several popular books for Catholic readers, including Surprised by Canon Law: 150 Questions Laypeople Ask about Canon Law, Surprised by Canon Law 2, Pied Piper of Atheism: Philip Pullman and Children’s Fantasy, and More Catholic than the Pope: An Inside Look at Extreme Traditionalism

– Sr. Kathryn James Hermes, FSP, the author of Making Peace with Yourself: 15 Steps to Spiritual Healing, The Surviving Depression Journal: A Companion through the Tough Times, and Prayers for Surviving Depression, and a member of the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Paul

– Nancy Carpentier Brown, author of The Mysteries of Harry Potter and The Father Brown Reader and Catholic education expert

– Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, a participant in the Pontifical Council for the Laity’s recent international congress on the dignity of women, and author of The Domestic Church: Room by Room and The Heart of Motherhood

– Dr. Heath White, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Postmodernism 101: A First Course for Curious Christians

– Mary DeTurris Poust, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Catholic Catechism and Parenting a Grieving Child: Helping Children Find Faith, Hope, and Healing after the Loss of a Loved One

– Regina Doman, Catholic artist and author of Angel in the Waters (a personal favorite children’s book of mine) and The Shadow of the Bear

– Karina Fabian, science fiction author of Infinite Space, Infinite God and Firestorm of Dragons, and president of the Catholic Writers Guild

– Lawrence Klimecki, Catholic artist and illustrator of S Is for Saints

– Ellen Gable Hrkach, author of the novel Emily’s Hope, a columnist on the new website for Catholic catechists,, and a frequent contributor to Family Foundations magazine

You will be hearing from all of them on the topic of Christian hope on this blog during the Festival of Hope! Is that cool, or what? (That’s where the list is at now; I hope and expect that it will expand a bit before November 1 rolls around. I’ll keep you posted.)

Books and More for You

Not only will you get the insightful contributions from that gang of contributors; you’ll also have an opportunity to win something from a long list of prizes I’ll be giving away that mostly includes a bunch of excellent books, plus a few other great things thrown in for fun. (Many of these books have been donated by the authors themselves, some have been donated by my publisher Pauline Books and Media, and a few are on me.)"
(Continued here on Barry Michael's blog)

Be sure to visit Barry's blog by clicking on the link above to see what else Barry has to say about this event and the month of November. There's much more. I have only teased your appetite for books and inspiration!

God bless!


Monday, October 27, 2008

A Call to Action Starting Today!

"What issue outweighs more than 40 million unborn children killed by abortion and the many millions of women deeply wounded by the loss and regret abortion creates?"~ Most Rev. Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Denver

A Call for a Rosary Novena

Fr. John Corapi has asked us all to partake in a rosary novena which begins today, October 27th and ends nine days later on Election Day, November 4th.

Here are Fr. Corapi's words:
"No other issue, not all other issues taken together, can constitute a proportionate reason for voting for candidates that intend to preserve and defend this holocaust of innocent human life that is abortion. I strongly urge every one of you to make a Novena and pray the Rosary to Our Lady of Victory between October 27th and Election Day, November 4th. Pray that God's will be done and the most innocent and utterly vulnerable of our brothers and sisters will be protected from this barbaric and grossly sinful blight on society that is abortion. No woman, and no man, has the right to choose to murder an innocent human being.
God Bless You"
Fr. John Corapi
For Election Novena click here.

Take a look at the story of the battle of Lapanto below and see how the power of the Rosary crusade changed the outcome of the battle.


Battle of Lepanto On October 7, 1571, a great victory over the mighty Turkish fleet was won by Catholic naval forces primarily from Spain, Venice, and Genoa under the command of Don Juan of Austria. It was the last battle at sea between "oared" ships, which featured the most powerful navy in the world, a Moslem force with between 12,000 to 15,000 Christian slaves as rowers. The patchwork team of Catholic ships was powered by the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Knowing that the Christian forces were at a distinct material disadvantage, the holy pontiff, St. Pope Pius V called for all of Europe to pray the Rosary for victory. We know today that the victory was decisive, prevented the Islamic invasion of Europe, and evidenced the Hand of God working throughOur Lady. At the hour of victory, St. Pope Pius V, who was hundreds of miles away at the Vatican, is said to have gotten up from a meeting, went over to a window, and exclaimed with supernatural radiance: "The Christian fleet is victorious!" and shed tears of thanksgiving to God.

What you may not know is that one of three admirals commanding the Catholic forces at Lepanto was Andrea Doria. He carried a small copy of Mexico's Our Lady of Guadalupe into battle. This image is now enshrined in the Church of San Stefano in Aveto, Italy. Not many know that at the Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Spain, one can view a huge warship lantern that was captured from the Moslems in the Battle of Lepanto. In Rome, look up to the ceiling of S. Maria in Aracoeli and behold decorations in gold taken from the Turkish galleys. In the Doges' Palace in Venice, Italy, one can witness a giant Islamic flag that is now a trophy from a vanquished Turkish ship from the Victory. At Saint Mary Major Basilica in Rome, close to the tomb of the great St. Pope Pius V, one was once able to view yet another Islamic flag from the Battle, until 1965, when it was returned to Istanbul in an intended friendly token of concord. The Rosary At Lepanto, the Victory over the Moslems was won by the faithful praying the Rosary. Even though they had superior numbers, the Turks really were overmatched. Blessed Padre Pio, the Spiritual Father of the Blue Army, said: "The Rosary is the weapon," and how right he was!

The Battle of Lepanto was at first celebrated liturgically as "Our Lady of Victory." Later, the feast of October 7th was renamed "Our Lady of the Rosary" and extended throughout the Universal Church by Pope Clement XI in 1716 (who canonized Pope Pius V in 1712).

And with that we are back to Fatima, Portugal where Our Lady, when asked her name, said: "I am the Lady of the Rosary." At Fatima, Our Lady taught us to pray the Rosary every day. Heaven presented its peace plan at Fatima and truly gave us hope for the world. Conversions were promised at Fatima: the conversion of sinners; the conversion of Russia; and what also appears to be the conversion of Islam. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
Taken from:
Soul Magazine
© 2001 The Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima, U.S.A., Inc.
September - October 2001, page 6

Friday, October 24, 2008

George Weigel and Obama

Washington DC, Oct 24, 2008 / 07:09 am (CNA).- The discussion over Catholic support for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama continued this past week as professors Nick Cafardi, Cathy Kaveny, and Doug Kmiec—all Obama backers—debated the topic with political commentator George Weigel in the pages of Newsweek. Obama’s Catholic supporters argued that Obama would serve the pro-life cause in other aspects, while Weigel charged that such arguments ignore or minimize Obama’s vigorous support for abortion rights.

The pro-Obama professors made their case in an October 17 essay on Newsweek Online. They argued that an Obama presidency would reduce the abortion rate and they advocated an “interconnected” approach to promote a “culture of life” through policies favoring a family wage, universal health care, and better parenting and education for youth.

“This greater appreciation for the totality of Catholic teaching is at the very heart of the Obama campaign,” they asserted. “It is scarcely a McCain footnote.”

The professors said Weigel’s recent criticism of their positions is “unassailable” in a perfect world, but they charged that the legal path to preventing abortion “has not worked to date, and it may never work.”

They claimed in their Newsweek essay that Obama recognizes abortion as “a tragic moral choice” but would implement other policies to help women in “adverse economic and social circumstances.”

“Is Obama the perfect pro-life candidate? No.” they conceded, but... (Continued here)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Embryos are destroyed or frozen in the process

Madrid, Oct 21, 2008 / 10:53 am (CNA).- The recent birth of Javier Mariscal, the first “medicinal baby” to be born in Spain since a new law on assisted reproduction was passed by the Socialist government in June of 2006, has led the Bishops’ Conference of Spain to issue a statement warning that the healing of the infirm should not come at the cost of the lives of other human begins.

The statement published last weekend, the bishops noted that on October 12, the first baby conceived for the purpose of healing another person was born in Sevilla. The baby’s brother suffers from a hereditary disease which forces him to undergo constant blood transfusions.

The bishops explained that with the technique that was used, “the embryos obtained through in vitro fertilization are examined to select those that are not carriers of the gene that causes the hereditary disease. From the selected group, an embryo that has the closest genetic profile to the ill sibling is implanted in the uterus. The rest are either destroyed or frozen.”

The bishops pointed out that the Spanish media “has emphasized the good news of the birth of the child and the possibility of curing the illness of his brother.” “Put like this, the news ought to be a source of joy for all. However, the dramatic fact that the sick embryos, and eventually the healthy ones that were not genetically compatible were destroyed has been silenced.”

“The Church wants to lend her voice to the voiceless and to those who have been deprived of the fundamental right to life. These statements are not a judgment upon the conscience or the intentions of anyone. They are meant to draw attention to the objective ethical principles that protect the dignity of all human beings,” the statement indicated.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Teresa Tomeo's series about NOISE on EWTN

Teresa Tomeo recently asked, "Have you ever wondered why the secular press tilts so heavily to the left of center? Are you concerned about the continued attacks on the Catholic Church? Would you like to know just how much impact the culture is having on children, families, and the country? With the help of moral theologians, law enforcement experts, media specialists, and pro-life leaders, I will attempt to answer these questions. And if you're looking for some practical ways to make a difference in the media in your home as well as ways to engage the culture, you may also be interested in watching this special series. You'll also learn just how much wisdom and common sense advise the Church has when it comes to how to using the media wisely.

Join me and my guests including Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Doug Keck of EWTN TV, Moral Theologian Dr. Janet Smith, and others as we try to help you make some sense out of all of the "Noise" in our lives. That's Monday through Friday at 6:30pm ET, October 20th through the 24th on EWTN Global Catholic TV. For more information go to or www.teresatomeo,com and please pray that this series helps encourage more Catholics to take a stand for decency on the air waves."

Program Dates & Times

Find your local EWTN station to see "NOISE"!

Episodes 1- 5 air Oct 20 - Oct 24
ET: 3:00 AM & 6:30 PM
PT: 12 AM & 3:30 PM

My interview on EWTN's Bookmark segment is now available on audio here

If you didn't get a chance to watch the recent EWTN's Bookmark segment in which Doug Keck interviewed me about four of my books: Prayerfully Expecting, The Heart of Motherhood, Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers and Catholic Saints Prayer Book, you can listen by clicking here. Just scrolll down to audio # 212.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sunday Homily...

"In this Sunday’s gospel passage, we see that Jesus is caught in a real predicament. The dilemma is compounded by the fact that two bitterly opposing sects, the Pharisees and the Herodians, have joined forces to attack Jesus.

Had Jesus said that paying the tax was unlawful, the Pharisees and the Herodians would promptly have reported the matter to the Roman officials and his arrest would have quickly followed. Had he answered that it was lawful to pay the tax, he would have damaged his reputation before the Jewish people who resented paying tax to an invading government.

“Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God” (Matthew 22: 21). With this distinctive answer Jesus establishes a teaching which goes beyond the needs and circumstances of his own times and serves as a guiding principle for all generations.

All of the baptized enjoy a dual citizenship. We are citizens of the country of our birth or political allegiance, and we are citizens of the kingdom of heaven. Ideally, these two citizenships should not clash, but sometimes they do. Jesus calls us to be good citizens of both kingdoms, but many times conflicts do arise which cause the citizens of the heavenly kingdom to take a stand in defense of the truth... (Continued here at Fr. James's blog).

Sunday, October 12, 2008

My interview on EWTN's Bookmark this week

In case you didn't get a chance to catch this morning's episode of EWTN's Bookmark in which I was interviewed, you can see it at another time this week. These are the show times listed on the EWTN's Bookmark website: "Sun 9:30 am ET • Mon 5:00 am ET • Wed 5:30 pm ET • Sat 9:00 pm ET." For more information click here at the EWTN's Bookmark website.

God bless your day!


Fr. James's Sunday Homily

Aside from the abortion issue, the issue of homosexual marriages is also in the forefront of the culture wars during this presidential election. Let us take a clear look at the issue according to the mind of the Catholic Church.

The Conference of American Bishops has already given a clear and comprehensive teaching on the issue of same-sex marriages ( Here is a brief summary.

Marriage, as instituted by God, is a faithful, exclusive, lifelong union of a man and a woman joined in an intimate community of life and love. Man and woman are equal. However, as created, they are different from but made for each other. This complementarity, including sexual difference, draws them together in a mutually loving union that should be always open to the procreation of children.

Marriage is both a natural institution and a... (Continued here)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Fr. James's Daily Homily

Dear Friends,

Please take a few moments to read Fr. James's Daily Homily which is about his experience yesterday at his local abortion clinic in which the police were involved...

America at the crossroads

"I am back online today with a daily homily. Yesterday, I was unable to provide an online daily homily because the time that I had allotted for this kind of apostolate was lost at the local abortion clinic.

For almost two years, I have been leading the Rosary at the local abortion clinic every Tuesday morning at 9:30 AM. A nutritive group of wonderful people, young and old, join me for this weekly pro-life apostolate. Presently, other parishes have been taking turns during the week for the 40 Days Campaign. The increased presence at the clinic is causing the son of the abortion doctor to become quite angry and frustrated. Moreover, vivid pro-life signs facing the busy street are making him quite upset. The son of the abortion doctor is the business manager of the clinic and he is losing business. Abortions are down. Last week, there was not a single abortion at the clinic. This is a huge difference compared to the 40 - 50 abortions that were going on there prior to January, 2007..." (Continued here)

Recent "Mom's Corner" Segment on Ave Maria Radio

To hear a recent segment of "Mom's Corner" with Teresa Tomeo and I discussing my new books and other topics brought up by the callers who called in to the show and won copies of my books, just click here.

Pope Pius XII and the Jews

Rome, Oct 2, 2008 / 01:16 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- A new book by the Italian-American nun and expert in literature Sister Margherita Marchione entitled, “Pius XII: The Truth Will Set You Free,” has hit book stands in Italy as the 50th anniversary of the death of the late Pontiff approaches on October 9.

Through direct testimonies, documents and photographs, the book rehabilitates the figure of Pius XII and shows his active commitment in support of the Jewish people during World War II.

Speaking about the new book, Sr. Marchione stressed the need to “speak the truth” about the work the Catholic Church carried out during the papacy of Pius XII to defend and save the Jews from the Nazi persecution.

“In Rome alone some 5,000 Jews were saved” by taking refuge in monasteries, churches and even inside the Vatican, she said.

Marchione said she hopes the book will remove the shadows that have surrounded the figure of Pius XII, who has been criticized for his alleged silence in the face of the Nazi holocaust. No “historically objective and well-documented method of research” supports such a claim which, she added, “is the result of prejudice and of precipitous and superficial analysis.”

“In reality Pius XII saved the lives of thousands and thousands of Jews and other persecuted people. Many church buildings, including his residence at Castel Gandolfo, were transformed into places of refuge. Everything took place not only thanks to his consent, but also by order of Pius XII,” the book’s publisher, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, said in a statement... (Continued here)

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

"Airplanes must have runways before they can fly. What the runway is to the airplane, the Rosary beads are to prayer - the physical start to gain spiritual altitude."--Fulton J. Sheen

"The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, which gradually took form in the second millennium under the guidance of the Spirit of God, is a prayer loved by countless Saints and encouraged by the Magisterium. Simple yet profound, it still remains, at the dawn of this third millennium, a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness. It blends easily into the spiritual journey of the Christian life, which, after two thousand years, has lost none of the freshness of its beginnings and feels drawn by the Spirit of God to “set out into the deep” (duc in altum!) in order once more to proclaim, and even cry out, before the world that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour, “the way, and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6), “the goal of human history and the point on which the desires of history and civilization turn”.(1)

The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium.(2) It is an echo of the prayerof Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb. With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer..."

Click here for Pope John Paul II's APOSTOLIC LETTER: ROSARIUM VIRGINIS MARIAE which is quoted above.

Monday, October 6, 2008

This morning's "Mom's Corner" segment

To hear this morning's segment of "Mom's Corner" with Teresa Tomeo and me discussing my new books and other topics brought up by the callers who called in to the show and won copies of my books, just click here.

Win a copy of my new book, Grace Cafe this morning!

Tune in this morning to my "Mom's Corner" segment on "Catholic Connection" with Teresa Tomeo. Four lucky call ins will receive a copy of my book, Grace Cafe: Serving Up Recipes for Faithful Mothering!

Tune in at 9:15 AM Eastern Standard Time by clicking here at and then click "listen live." Talk to you soon. :)

I hope you'll join us!

God bless!


Sunday, October 5, 2008

Fr. James's Sunday Homily

"This Sunday’s passage from the Gospel helps us to understand stewardship. We are all given a part of the vineyard to cultivate. God gives us a part of the vineyard because he trusts us. God gives us a vocation and a mission. He gives us gifts that enable us to complete our purpose in this life and reach eternal life. Our journey takes place within the mysterious gift of freedom that God bestows upon every human person. We are called to love him freely. This means that we can also reject God.

As living members of the Church, we are each responsible for the part of the vineyard that has been entrusted to us. In the parable, we find that the vineyard has come equipped with everything that is necessary: the hedge, the wine press, and the tower. These elements make the work of the cultivators easy to accomplish. Thus God not only has entrusted us with a mission, he has also given us the means to fulfill the mission. The sacraments provide us with all of the graces that we need to fulfill the duties that correspond to our state in life. Our personal gifts and talents enable us to carry out and develop our particular daily tasks.

Most of people who worship on Sunday at their parish church are married and have children. The parish is a family comprised of many families. The parish must be at the service of the family. Especially today, when there are so many difficulties and dangers for family life, most particularly today, parishes must do all that they can to help families be family..." (Continued here)

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Join me on Monday morning!

Join me on Monday to sit down with your cup of coffee or tea and sit in on my "Mom's Corner" segment with Teresa Tomeo "Catholic Connection." You'll have an opportunity to call in too. I hope you will join us for a lively discussion about the Catholic faith, my new books coming out in a little over a week and some fun too!

Tune in at 9:15 AM Eastern Standard Time by clicking here at and then click "listen live." Talk to you soon. :)

God bless your day!


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Tune in Friday morning to "WISP Live"

I'll be on the radio with Patrick...
October 3, 2008, 10:15 to 10:55 AM (EST)
Holy Spirit Radio
“WISP Live” with Patrick McCabe and Janet Napoli
Doylestown, PA

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Pope Benedict's Prayer Intentions for October

Vatican City, October 1 (CNA).-This morning Pope Benedict XVI's prayer intentions for the month of October were announced by the Holy See's Press Office.

Pope Benedict XVI's general prayer intention is: "That the Synod of Bishops may help the pastors and theologians, the catechists and promoters who are engaged in the service of the Word of God to courageously transmit the truth of faith in communion with the entire Church."

His mission intention is: "That in this month dedicated to the missions, through the promotional activities of the Pontifical Missionary Works and other organisms, every Christian community may feel the need to participate in the Church's universal mission with prayer, sacrifice and concrete help."

Pope Benedict's brother Msgr. Georg Ratzinger speaks about the Pope

Pope’s brother reveals unknown details of Benedict XVI's life

Rome, Sep 30, 2008 / 10:58 am (CNA).- In an interview by Andrea Tornielli for the Italian newspaper Il Giornale, Pope Benedict XVI’s brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, revealed several unknown details from the childhood of the Pontiff, such as when he said one time that Benedict would be a good name for a pope, and that he never attended Hitler Youth meetings he was obliged to sign up for.

During the interview in Ratisbona, Germany, Msgr. Ratzinger said his brother was “a lively child, but not an earthquake. I remember him as always being joyful. From the time he was a child he showed a great sensitivity to animals, flowers and in general to all nature. Perhaps that’s why he was always given pets as Christmas gifts. His care for nature and for living beings was characteristic of him.”

Speaking later about their family, Msgr. Ratzinger said his family was “very united” and his father was a “police commissioner who came from an old family of farmers from lower Bavaria. My mother was a daughter of artisans, and before getting married she had worked as a cook. When it was possible, as kids we went to daily Mass.”

After noting that their father considered Nazism to be “a catastrophe and not only the great enemy of the Church but also of all faiths and of human life in general,” Msgr. Ratzinger said he and his brother were forced to join the Hitler Youth because “the State ordered all school-age kids, according to their age, to be signed up for certain youth groups. When it was obligatory, we were registered as a block. There was no freedom to choose, and not showing up would have brought very negative consequences.”

He said his brother Joseph “did not attend the meetings” and that that “brought economic harm to my family because by not doing so we could not receive the discounts for school tuition.”

He said that both were altar boys and that their vocations became clear early on, “first to... (Continued here)

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Barack Obama calls ad a "despicable lie."

Washington DC, September 20 (CNA).-The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama has responded to an ad which features abortion survivor Gianna Jessen asking Obama to support protecting those infants who survive abortions. In its own ad, the Obama campaign calls the Jessen ad "a despicable lie" and claims it takes out of context Obama's repeated votes against the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act.

The new advertisement also implies that the original advertisement, which was produced by the 527 organization, is connected to the McCain campaign.

In the Obama advertisement, the narrator says:

"John McCain's Attacks: 'the sleaziest ads ever,' 'truly vile'

"Now, votes taken out of context accusing Obama of letting infants die?

"It's a despicable lie.

"Even the bill's Republican sponsor said it's untrue.

"Obama's always supported medical care to protect infants.

"McCain? He's running on a platform to ban abortion, even in cases of rape and incest.

"Sleazy ads.


"That's John McCain."

The advertisement begins with a brief appearance of Obama, who says "I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message."

The advertisement features Gianna Jessen, was the victim of an attempted saline solution abortion which was performed on her then-17-year-old mother in the third trimester of Jessen's gestation. The saline solution burned Jessen's body for eighteen hours until she was delivered at a Los Angeles County abortion clinic at a weight of 2 lbs.

Jessen suffers cerebral palsy as a result of the abortion attempt.

In the original advertisement, she cited Barack Obama's opposition to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act in the Illinois state senate.

She charged: "if Barack Obama had his way, I wouldn't be here. Four times, Barack Obama voted to oppose a law to protect babies left to die after a failed abortion. Senator Obama, please support born alive infant protections. I'm living proof these babies have a right to live."

In a response to the new Obama campaign ad, Jessen wrote on
"Mr. Obama is clearly blinded by political ambition given his attack on me this week. All I asked of him was to do the right thing: support medical care and protection for babies who survive abortion – as I did 31 years ago.

"He voted against such protection and care four times even though the U.S. Senate voted 98-0 in favor of a bill identical to the one Obama opposed. In the words of his own false and misleading ad, his position is downright vile.

"Mr. Obama said at the recent Saddleback Forum that the question of when babies should get human rights was above his pay grade. Such vacillation and cowardice in public policy almost left me to die and no one should have to go through what I went through."

Jill Stanek, a nurse who pushed for BAIPA after discovering infants who survived abortions at an Illinois hospital were being left to die in a soiled utility room, also replied to the Obama campaign's attack ad.

"It is despicable, repulsive and beneath contempt that Barack Obama would attack Gianna Jessen," Stanek said in a statement on "She is a courageous abortion survivor and living miracle who would not be with us today if Obama's policies had been in place when she was born."

She charged that Obama "continues to mislead the American people on this issue" and said he voted four times in the Illinois state senate against "medical care and protection for babies who survive abortions."

"Mr. Obama needs to come forward and tell the American people that he understands people like Gianna Jessen, and that he will support and enforce Born Alive Infant protections -- that these are living, breathing human beings who have come into our world and deserve protection in the law and should receive medical care at health care facilities," Stanek continued.

"These babies have the same rights as the rest of us."

Monday, September 29, 2008

From the Complaint Department: Gum Chewing at Mass and Other Signs of Disrespect

At Mass yesterday, I was blessed to sit behind a family in which the Mom AND the Dad chewed gum all the way through Mass! It was very noticeable because they kept turning their heads sideways to monitor their children. Each one was chewing away. I wonder what they do with the gum at Communion time. Move it to the side of their mouths?! Our priest has written about this in the bulletin. He basically let everyone know that he can see EVERYTHING from the Altar!!

What kind of a message is this gum chewing by the parents, no less, speaking to the children? I might expect to see a few teens chomping away, but ADULTS? I was also blessed to be in front of a family whose mother constantly chatted with the children. I am not talking about explaining the Mass to them, or correcting their behavior. I am talking about all kinds of crazy subjects that have nothing to do with Mass. Basically, they were having a little visit with one another during Mass, talking about all kinds of random things. I tried to tune it all out and continued to pray. Of course, when we witness this sort of behavior, we can offer prayers for the people as well as prayers of reparation to Our Lord because He is treated so poorly.

I haven't even touched upon another situation that hurts my heart, and that is people running into Church and just sitting down in the pew with no form of reverence to Jesus in the tabernacle. No genuflection or even a bow to the Altar. These same people usually hightail it out of the Church after Communion time before the final blessing. Yes, at least they have come to Mass, but what does Our Lord think? Remember what He said about being lukewarm and spewing the lukewarm out of His mouth?

Have you seen any of this? What are your thoughts?

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tomorrow's post from the complaint department

Watch tomorrow (hopefully) for a post from the "complaint department." I meant to write it today but ran out of time.

Until then, have a good night!

God bless and hugs,


Fr. James's Sunday Homily

This Sunday, our attention is being directed toward an understanding of the reality of sin. Let us recall the words of this Sunday's responsorial psalm: "Remember that your compassion, O Lord, and your love are from of old. The sins of my youth and my frailties remember not; in your kindness remember me, because of your goodness, O Lord".

What is sin? The Catechism of the Catholic Church gives us a concise definition. "Sin is an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods. It wounds the nature of man and injures human solidarity. It has been defined as an utterance, a deed, or a desire contrary to the eternal law" (CCC #1849).

Scripture tells us that actual sin is divided into two classifications: mortal sin and venial sin.
"There is a sin that leads to death…"
(1John 5:16).
"Every kind of wickedness is sin, but not all sin leads to death" (1John 5:17).

Mortal sin is forgiven through the Sacrament of Confession. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches: "Confession to a priest is an essential part of the sacrament of Penance. All mortal sins of which penitents after a diligent self-examination are conscious must be recounted by them in confession…" (CCC #1456).

Just like all the other sacraments of the Church, Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Confession. The Church has always understood the Scriptural reference for the Sacrament of Confession to be John 20: 22-23: "Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained".

What an immense gift we have been given! The Sacrament of Confession is an enormous source of interior peace. The priest raises his hand, and then with a blessing pronounces those amazing words: I absolve you from your sins. At that moment, we know that God has heard our cry for forgiveness, and we have been pardoned of our sins. "God, who is rich in mercy…" (Ephesians 2: 4).

For me, the Sacrament of Reconciliation has been, along with the Eucharist, my greatest source of strength and peace during my journey with the Lord Jesus. As a parish priest, my greatest joys are celebrating the Eucharist for my people and hearing confessions. I am overjoyed when people go to confession on a regular basis, and one of my heaviest crosses as a priest has been the rejection of confession by many people. If they only knew what would give them such peace and happiness.

A few years ago a priest friend of mine from another diocese told me that his bishop recently made an ad limina visit to the Holy Father. Bishops meet with the Pope every five years in order to give him a report on their respective dioceses.

The bishop was very honest with the Holy Father. He told him that his biggest concern is the fact that his priests, religious and laity are not going to confession.

The greatest sin for many people is the denial of sin. How sad this is, and how dangerous this is for the acquisition of eternal life. Despite the constant and clear teaching of the Catholic Church, many people reject the truth.

Once again, let us return to this Sunday's responsorial psalm: "Good and upright is the Lord; thus he shows sinners the way. He guides the humble to justice, and teaches the humble his way".

Continual spiritual progress is essential. The habitual practice of the sacrament of confession must not be just a practice that takes place before Christmas and Easter. This is a huge mistake. Monthly confession, or whenever necessary, is a fundamental tool to maintain and persevere in the life of grace. Spiritual laziness is very dangerous for any soul.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Dropping off "unruly" teens - getting rid of your kids!?

Here is an article about the subject I brought up the other day regarding permission given to parents to just drop off their unruly teen because they feel they can't deal with them. The information I provided regarding the state of Kansas allowing this was incorrect, apparently it is Nebraska. Here is an article about it:

By Nathaniel Weixel - "Nebraska this year became the last state in the nation to pass a so-called "safe haven" law designed to protect unwanted infants by allowing parents to legally surrender them at a hospital.

But the law, which took effect July 18, is unlike any other. It allows parents to give up a minor of any age - possibly an unruly teenager - instead of just infants.

Passed in February by the state's nonpartisan Legislature, the law specifies that no person can be prosecuted for leaving any child in the custody of any on-duty hospital employee. While other states set a much lower age limit for children to be left under safe haven laws - the oldest is a year in North Dakota - Nebraska law defines a "child" as anyone up to 19 years old.

State Sen. Pete Pirsch, whose compromise amendment eventually became the law, said using the broad language was intentional, because several senators felt strongly that the safe haven protection needed to be extended to all children.

"In my opinion, the need to pass a safe haven bill outweighed the need for perfect language," Pirsch told "The risk to babies' lives far outweighed the possibility of a few inconvenient circumstances with older children."

Texas passed the first safe haven law in 1999 to protect babies from unsafe abandonment and the possibility of death at the hands of an unfit parent. Since then, safe haven advocates have successfully brought the law to the rest of the nation, with Nebraska and Alaska being the lone holdouts. Both states had safe haven bills signed into law last February, with Nebraska's the last to take effect.

Pirsch said the passage of safe haven bills across the country shows a consensus not often seen in politics.

"It's a clear indication that there are some things that we all agree are critically important," he said. "We love and value the lives of our babies ...we will do what it takes to keep them safe and healthy."

Opponents of safe haven laws - mainly adoption rights advocates and child welfare experts - say they are bothered by how easy the laws make it to abandon children. Adam Pertman, head of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute in New York, said the laws can give "impressionable young women" the idea that dumping a child on someone else is a solution.

"Safe havens are where good intentions have gone awry," Pertman said. "The evidence is they have not, and are not, solving the problem they went out to solve." (Continued here)