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God, help our country to follow what our forefathers established: One nation under God with liberty and justice for all–all Christians of all faiths. What we see and hear in the media . . . to be cont.


The Words of St. Francis
His words for Politicians and other leaders


The Words of our Holy father, Pope Francis
We are a church of martyrs, Pope says
Jesus cannot be understood without his mother
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I find many toiling for the body and few for the soul, for many toil for the body by breaking rocks, razing mountains, and performing other works fatiguing to the body, but who is there that labors so courageously and fervently for his soul? —
Brother Giles, follower of St. Francis of Assisi

“Silence implies consent.” St. Thomas More, OFS


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A Christian can never remain silent in the face of violence, poverty, hunger, corruption or abuse of power. – Pope Benedict XVI

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Saint Clare, Virgin

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Saint Clare was born in the 12th century in Assisi, Italy. The eldest daughter of the Count of Sasso-Rosso, her upbringing was sophisticated yet pious. In her late teens, Saint Clare heard Saint Francis of Assisi preach and it ignited in her a desire to follow Christ in a similar way. Shortly after, she left her family home in the night and consecrated her life to Christ.

Her rich garments were laid down, her hair cut off, and vows taken. Saint Francis took Saint Clare to San Paolo and placed her in the care of Benedictine nuns. When her father found out, he was furious. Saint Clare transferred to another monastery, with the help of Saint Francis, and her sister joined her in holy vows within a month. Saint Francis established a community for them, and other women, at San Damiano and the Second Order of Saint Francis was born; later called the Poor Clares. Initially, a Benedictine rule was established for these daughters but to Saint Clare, it lacked an essential element prominent within the Franciscan charism, absolute poverty.

Throughout her life, Saint Clare championed for ‘Lady Poverty’ and in 1253, Pope Innocent IV granted her unique community rule approval. As abbess, Saint Clare nurtured women in Christ and sent daughters planting convents all throughout Europe. Saint Clare was canonized two years after her death by Pope Alexander IV and the Church of Santa Chiara was built in her honor. [1]
Written by Sarah Ciotti

[1] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St. Clare of Assisi”

Avoid ‘sins of the media,’ Pope urges

Pope urges Italian TV personnel
Catholic World News – December 15, 2014
Catholics in the media should have the “courage to speak directly, telling the truth and working to “preserve it from all that distorts and twists it for other purposes.” That was the message of Pope Francis on December 15, 2015

Formation by Bret Thoman, O.F.S.

Franciscan Poverty

What is Franciscan Poverty


We are a church of martyrs, Pope says

Jesus cannot be understood without his mother: Pope Francis

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Divisions between Christians Wound Christ: Pope Francis

 


Ecumenical dialogue
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning,

Pilgrims Giving Thanks

In 1607 pilgrims from England settled the first English colony in America. Jamestown, Virginia was the site of a colony that suffered many hardships. The first years were very difficult because of disease, poor water, food shortages, dissension, disillusionment, and Indian hostility. So many people died in those early years that, in April of 1609, the settlement in Jamestown was temporarily abandoned. Other settlements were begun, one being in Plymouth; but here too, there were serious problems.

At Plymouth they entered “their own starving time that winter of 1621-22 (with all the extra people to feed and shelter), and were ultimately reduced to a daily ration of five kernels of corn a piece. (Five kernels of corn – it is almost inconceivable how life could be supported on this.) But as always, they had a choice: either to give in to bitterness and despair or to go deeper into Christ. They chose Christ. And in contrast to what happened at Jamestown, not one of them died of starvation.”

After that year, the pilgrims, at their Thanksgiving feast, would place 5 kernels of corn by their plates as a reminder of that winter.

(We do this as well, and during dinner, each person tells the 5 things they are most thankful for that God has done for them that year. Quote taken from: The Light and the Glory, p. 139, Peter Marshall and David Manuel).

Insurers to cover abortions

Obama mandate, HHS: California is permitted to force insurers to cover abortions
June 23, 2016

The US Department of Health and Human Services has determined that California’s decision to force insurers to cover abortions does not violate federal legislation designed to protect conscience rights.

The Weldon amendment, which protects the rights of health-care officials to avoid involvement in abortion, applies “only to health care entities and not to individuals who are patients of, or institutions or individuals that are insured by, such entities,” stated the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Catholic colleges in California had invoked the Weldon Amendment to justify excluding abortion coverage from their employees’ health-care plans. That policy was challenged by faculty members at two Catholic universities: Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara University. The universitie agreed to add abortion coverage, but the Catholic bishops of California joined several groups in challenging the California law. Under the new HHS ruling, all religious institutions would appear to be legally required to offer abortion coverage.

“It is shocking that HHS has allowed the State of California to force all employers – even churches – to fund and facilitate elective abortions in their health insurance plans,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop William Lori, chairman of the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. 

“This administrative ruling fails to respect not only the rights to life and religious freedom, but also the will of Congress and the rule of law,” they added. “As a remedy to the Administration’s unwillingness to fulfill its responsibilities, we urge Congress to pass the Conscience Protection Act and stop further discrimination against people of faith and against all who respect unborn human life.”

References:
• In ‘shocking’ move, California churches forced to cover abortions (Catholic World Report)
• Obama Administration Forces California Churches to Pay for Abortions (LifeNews.com)
• Obama’s health advisors reject ‘right of conscience’ challenge to California’s required abortion

coverage (Los Angeles Times)
• HHS Rules That California Did Not Violate Weldon Amendment (Religion Clause)
• USCCB Committee Chairmen Say Federal Agency Fails to Protect Churches from California Elective Abortion Mandate (USCCB)