LITANY FOR THE CONVERSION OF AMERICA

Invocations II

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Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

Our Lady of America,
pray for us.

The Immaculate Conception,
help us not to offend God anymore.

Our Lady of Guadalupe,
help us in the will to subdue all infanticide.

Our Lady of Fatima,
help us to secure the Consecration of Russia to thine Immaculate Heart.

Our Lady of Refuge,
help us in routing the plaque of perversity.

Our Lady, Comfortress of the Afflicted,
help us in defense of that which has been left unguarded in laxity.

Our Lady, Health of the Weak,
help us in humility.

Our Lady, Morning Star,
help us in fraternal and Divine charity.

Our Lady, Gate of Heaven,
help us to seek the will of the One True God in all things.

Our Lady, Ark of the Covenant,
help us with courage to uphold the rights of God and His commandments.

Our Lady, House of Gold,
help us in the just limits of government.

Our Lady, Tower of Ivory,
help us in the love of virtue and justice.

Our Lady, Tower of David,
help us in the love of temperance and honor.

Our Lady, Mystical Rose,
help us in the virtue of holy silence.

Our Lady, Vessel of Singular Devotion,
help us in a rejection of self-love.

Our Lady, Cause of Our Joy,
help us in gratitude to God.

Our Lady, Virgin Most Faithful,
help us in the defense of our one nation under God.

Our Lady, Virgin Most Merciful,
help us in prudence in self-government.

Our Lady, Virgin Most Venerable,
help us in repentance for moral depravity.

Our Lady, Mother of Our Redeemer,
help us to convert this nation one soul at a time.

Our Lady, Mother Undefiled,
help us in the proper example of righteousness.

Our Lady, Mother Most Pure,
help us in the advocacy of Marylike standards of modesty.

Our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace,
help us in the Divine order of nature and holy motherhood.

Our Lady, Holy Mother of God,
help us to defend the most defenseless among us.

Our Lady, O Holy Mary,
help us to revere the name of the One True God.

Our Lady of Prosperity,
help us to forsake pragmatism for holy principle.

Our Lady of Consolation
help us in resisting evil whatever it costs.

Our Lady of Good Counsel,
help us in patience and persistence.

Our Lady of Good Succor,
help us in upholding Truth.

Our Lady of the Dove,
help us in rejecting the vanity of the things of this world.

Our Lady of Lourdes,
help us in resisting the culture of death.

Our Lady of the Thorn,
help us in Christian discourse and logic.

Our Lady of Victory,
help us in avoiding false compromise.

Our Lady, Mediatrix of All Graces,
help us in rejecting hypocrisy.

Our Lady of Tears,
help us in the chastisement we must endure.

Our Lady of Divine Providence,
help us in self-negation.

Our Lady of Consolation,
help us in the virtue of hope.

Our Lady of Good Remedy,
help us, not to be confounded and demoralized.

Our Lady of Deliverance,
help us to defend and uphold the traditional family.

Our Lady of Confidence,
help us to pray for and promote humble lawmakers.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
help us to exhort men of true faith to rise in leadership.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help,
help us in upholding and explaining the natural law.

Our Lady of the Poor,
help us in the restoration of property as taught by Holy Church.

Our Lady of Fire,
help us in holy zeal for the things of God.

Our Lady of the Bells,
help us in courage to be outspoken in the face of evil.

Our Lady of Great Power,
help us in resisting tyranny.

Our Lady, Star of the Sea,
help us in all our trials and coming tribulations.

Our Lady of Safety,
help us to have common sense and the nobility of simplicity.

Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy,
help us in praying for holy and humble priests and bishops.

Our Lady of Ransom,
help us in overcoming the deadly ideas of the politically correctness.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart,
help us in thinking with the mind of Church and Country Tradition.

Our Lady of the Assumption,
help us in conquering concupiscence.

Our Lady of the Holy Cross,
help us in making sacrifice for sinners.

Our Lady of Sorrows,
help us in piety.

Our Lady of the Star,
help us in withstanding false gods.

Our Lady of Good Help,
help us in pleading for the mercy of God.

Our Lady of Light,
help us in the knowledge suitable for our state of life.

Our Lady of the Rosary,
help us in true devotion to thee.

Our Lady of Life,
help us defending the sanctity of human life whatever the price.

Our Lady of Peace,
help us in our families that we be rendered unto the Holy Family.

Our Lady, Queen of Heaven and Earth,
help us into eternity.

Our Lady of America,
help us to covert our enemies.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R. And obtain for us our own conversion and that of our country.

The orginal prayer was composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and is offered for the private recitation of the faithful in accord with the decree of Inde Ab Aliquot Annis of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, September 29, 1985.

Global Warming Real or Fake

http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/is-global-warming-real.php

∗Global Warming is Real
Scientists who argue for global warming being real base most of their evidence on the interpretation of the change in the levels of gases in the atmosphere and the ocean. The actual warming of temperature is something they say they can document, but the primary evidence is drawn from detecting what precedes a temperature rise – the change, and effect of atmospheric gases on the Earth’s environment.
• Argument 1 – Rise in Sea Level – Sea level is rising in many areas of the world. This is partially attributed to the melting of ice caps and glaciers, but more to the changes in the gases contained within the sea. In the past decade, the global mean sea levels have doubled compared to the 20th century trend of 1.6 mm per year. The global sea levels rose about 6.7 inches in the last century.
• Argument 2 – Rise in Earth’s Average Temperature – Global temperature rise during past century and half continues. Tracking global atmospheric temperatures since the 1800s, scientists point to a steady rise with a stronger period in the 70s, lull in the 90s and a return to the rising pattern in the 2000s.
Argument 3 – Rise in Ocean Temperature – The rise in the number of vehicles and industries has resulted in greenhouse gases getting trapped in the atmosphere. The increased heat in the atmosphere have been absorbed by the oceans. There is over 50 years of documented temperature records for the oceans that have recorded a steady rise in its temperature since 1969.
Argument 4 – Shrinking Glaciers – The glaciers on several mountain ranges, particularly in Greenland and Antarctica, are decreasing in size due to reduction in gases that help to maintain temperatures, and changes in the regions climate. Studies conducted by NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment show Greenland lost 36 to 60 cubic miles of ice every year between 2000 and 2006.
Argument 5 – Ocean Acidification – Acid level in ocean is increasing which is making the oceans of the world more acidic. This is due to emission of more harmful gases in the atmosphere by humans which is getting absorbed by the oceans. This is resulting in an increase of algae blooms and mass fish deaths, as well as a change to the chemical composition of the water.

Global Warming isn’t Real
Many scientists make a strong case against global warming being real. They often look towards the same evidence as those in favor of proving its existence, but draw different conclusions. They also look at some evidence not considered in other arguments. These scientists hold to a strict definition of global warming as being defined as a rise in atmospheric temperature, they do not consider the atmospheric precursors as valid evidence.

Argument 1 – No Significant and Prolonged Temperature Changes Since 1997 – Scientists who argue against global warming say global warming isn’t real because since the 90s there hasn’t been a significant temperature change. The upswing in the temperature started from 1975, continued till 1997 and the temperature has been flat since then which clearly states that there isn’t any significant change in temperature in last 17 years.
Argument 2 – Not Enough Historical Data Available – There is no consensus about global warming being real among scientists. Advocates also point towards the fact that a recent gathering of 31,000 scientists in the field of environmental science couldn’t reach a consensus on whether or not global warming is real. They believe that they don’t have long term historical climate data or the data they have isn’t clear.
Argument 3 – Arctic Ice Increased by 50% Since 2012 – Arctic Ice increased in volume 50% in 2012 alone. Core measures of the Arctic Ice show that it has increased in volume since 2012, which argues against global warming causing ice caps to melt. Few people have even predicted that global warming would cause whole Arctic ice to melt which contradicts their version.
Argument 4 – Climate Models used are Proven to be Unreliable – The climate model calculations used to predict the effect of global warming have been proven to be flawed which means that the long term predictions that they have been making are meaningless. Some scientists even argue that any increase in global temperatures could be a natural climate shift.
Argument 5 – Early Predictions About the Effects of Warming Have Been Proven Wrong – Advocates who promote arguments against global warming being real, point towards all the dates having come and gone where predictions were made about effects that never happened. For example:- Al Gore predicted that all Arctic ice would be gone by 2013. But, on contrary Arctic ice is up by 50% since 2012.

Which Argument to Believe?
The main part of the problem lies in the two groups using different definitions of how global warming appears in the climate. This is one of the reasons that those advocating that global warming is real now use the term “climate change,” since it is more reflective of the real issue. The other problem lies in proof, and in studies that try to prove whether or not global warming is real. Contrary to public belief, the results of all scientific studies aren’t conclusive.

To be considered proof of a hypothesis, the studies have to be able to be replicated by others and produce the same results. With the global warming studies, analysis of decades of weather data is often used. The first problem is that weather data from 100 years ago wasn’t kept to modern standards of evidence. The second problem is that analysis is interpretation; you can really put any spin on it. This is why some of the arguments for and against whether global warming is real can use the same data and come to different conclusions.

Note: Last summer, a minority staff report from the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works gave details on a *“Billionaire’s Club” — a shadowy network of charitable foundations that distribute billions to advance climate alarmism. Shadowy nonprofits such as the Energy Foundation and Tides Foundation distributed billions to far-left green groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, which in turn send staff to the EPA who then direct federal grants back to the same green groups. It is incestuous. It is opaque. Major media ignored the report.

*Lawless “Billionaire Club” Behind Green Scam, Senate Study Finds Written by  Alex Newman
Source: New American Wednesday, 06 August 2014
A shadowy network identified as the “Billionaires Club” is showering funds on the environmentalist so-called “green movement.” In addition, this network may be violating federal laws in its controversial efforts to elect its operatives, seize control of the federal regulatory regime, and push its radical agenda on America, according to a new report by Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Now that the Billionaires Club has purchased so much power, it is using its agents in the bureaucracy to further fleece taxpayers to advance its own goals by granting its front groups even more money, the Senate investigators found. Top insiders such as David Rockefeller and Bill Gates are deeply involved.
Operating under the bogus guise of “philanthropy” with little scrutiny from the IRS, the network also goes to great lengths to conceal its activities and insulate itself from the damage it is doing

Pray to God that we will find the truth.

You are called to become a saint

Whether you Like it or not. (Editor’s comment)

Canon Law Made Easy
COMMENTARY: 
by FATHER DWIGHT LONGENECKER 10/30/2013

One of the reasons we celebrate ‘All Saints Day’ and ‘All Souls Day’ one day after the other is a reminder that all souls are called to be saints.
 
In ministering as a Catholic priest, I sometimes get the impression that Catholics are more interested in the minimum than the maximum.

What I mean is that too many Catholics seem to have heard that what is required to be a good Catholic is to go to Mass once a week and confession once a year. That’s it.

Therefore, they do their duty. They check the boxes. They complete the test. They reckon they’ve done just enough to stay out of hell, that God will forgive them the rest, and they’ll coast into heaven having done what’s required.

They seem, to me, like the high-school kid who was told by his teacher that his term paper needed to be five pages long with footnotes, so he turns in a mediocre effort that is five pages of mush with a few footnotes.

This isn’t what a term paper is for. The term paper is a set part of the coursework so the student will not just learn how to write a five-page paper, but also learn something in the process. The term paper was a means to an end. It was not an end in itself. 

So it is with the practice of the Catholic faith. The rules and regulations of the Catholic faith — going to Mass each Sunday and confession once a year, the precepts of the Church and the Ten Commandments — these strictures and structures are a means to an end, not an end in themselves.

They are the rules for the game of sainthood. They are the map for the journey.

The game and the journey are far greater. The destination of the journey and the goal of the game is sanctity. To put it plainly: All of us are supposed to become saints.
Our hearts should burn with the words of St. Thérèse of Lisieux: “You must be a whole saint or no saint at all!”

Once we have entered into the body of Christ through baptism, our destiny is total sanctity. In the Eastern Church, they call this theosis. It means becoming transformed into the full image of Christ.

In St. Paul’s words to the Ephesians, it means “growing up into the full humanity of Jesus.” A saint is not simply a person who is more pious than anyone else. A saint is a person who has become more himself than anyone else.

A saint is an ordinary person who has been made complete and whole and has become the fully alive person God created him to be.

I get the feeling, however, that most Catholics find such an idea to be excessive or extreme. It is as if they are saying to God, “You know, I’m not such a great person. I’m not ambitious. I know you are preparing all those mansions in heaven. Well, I’ll be content with a little shed down in the lower gardens. That’s all right for me. Just as long as I squeeze through the pearly gates, I’ll be fine.”

God has much greater things prepared for us than we can ever dare to hope or imagine. He wants nothing less than our total transformation. He created us to be shining stars in the heavens — brilliant examples of his complete, creative love. He wants us to enjoy the fullness of life in Christ, and many seem content with just getting by.
One of the reasons we celebrate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day one day after the other is a reminder that all souls are called to be saints. We pray for the repose of the souls of our loved ones on All Souls’ Day, but why do we do this?

Saying that we pray “for their repose” makes it sounds passive. Are we simply praying that they will rest in peace? There is more to it than that. We are also praying that God will continue his work of grace in their lives and bring them to the full state of holiness and sanctity for which they were created.

Purgatory is not simply a place of rest. When we die, if we are not in mortal sin, we do not simply go to a retirement home in the sky. Purgatory is not a place of hammocks on the beach, where we can finally put up our feet and have a well-deserved rest.

Purgatory is the place where we finish the work we have left undone on this earth. In purgatory, our remaining weakness, cowardice, lust, greed and selfishness are burned away. Purgatory is a place of progress, not simply a place of peace.

When we pray for our loved ones on All Souls’ Day and throughout the month of November, we should be praying in an active way, not only that they will find peace, but that they will grow up into the full stature of Christ Jesus and rapidly rid themselves of every weight that holds them back — so they might become the radiant images of Christ they were created to be.

As for ourselves, there is a beautiful prayer in the funeral service: “That God might help us to use aright the time that is left to us here on earth.”

The work of becoming a saint is easier here than it is in purgatory. All of us still have plenty of work to do as we cooperate with God’s grace in the great adventure of sanctity. This work requires a courageous and joyful spirit. It requires discipline and the spirit of the warrior.

Again, we hear the call of little St. Thérèse, who said to her novices, “Sanctity: It must be won at the point of a sword!”

Father Dwight Longenecker’s latest book, The Romance of Religion, will be published in February 2014 by Thomas Nelson. Visit his blog, browse his books and be in touch at DwightLongenecker.com.