Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mission accomplished...up for a day

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I made this McCain / Palin poster and put it up on my cubicle wall. I was told to remove it the next day. Guess it hit a nerve, but at least it was up for a day and obviously made an impact.
Back next week to blog.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

This is my last post until after the election.

Little Feet
that want to
run, hop, skip
and walk
little feet
no one sees
are forming in the dark
but what is that they
feel right now
something very cold and sharp
I cry
but no one
hears me
I'll die
but no one cares
aborted by my mommy
and discarded like a pair
of smelly socks
left in a dirty rag bin
my little feet are gone
I move my legs
but no one sees
I cry but no one hears me
I gasp and fight for my life
Mommy had her
but she didn't have me
she can't hold her "right"
or nurse and kiss her "right"
in the night...
how I would have loved to
be near her every night
I shiver
the light is gone
it's dark and cold in here
I can't fight anymore...
my blood cries out for justice
and one day, soon,
God's RIGHT will

susie melkus

Why, Mommy?...

I know I'm not seen by
everyone right now
but you know that I'm alive
I laugh, I stretch my legs and arms
I cry, suck my thumb, and I sigh
You've watched me grow from
many ultrasounds
felt me kick
and heard the beating
of my tiny heart
God formed me inside
your body, Mommy,
to grow safely there from
my very start
He knit me together
by His OWN Hand and
gave me my own unique soul
many don't believe that's true anymore
and some don't consider me "whole"
To Obama I'm merely a criminal. . .
but I'm your baby, Mommy, why
are you voting for him?
Why, Mommy?
Why, Mommy?

susie melkus

Monday, October 27, 2008


Let's call it what it is and stop calling it "choice!"

End the war on the unborn!...

And Her Heart... pierced by her own sons!...

The bishop Martino letter [mentioned in prior post below] a friend in Maryland also sent me. She sent it to a priest friend of ours, too. In his response to her she only heard more of the same, nothing about LIFE but the usual clap trap about the economy. This has me very sad. To think some priests, faithful in so many other ways, are more concerned about the economy than the "Right to Life" for every human being, that they're voting IN COMPLETE DISOBEDIENCE for OBAMA or some loser 3rd party guy! Do some priests really see this as all relative? I know now of 2 priests who are voting for Obama and one probably voting the other 3rd party candidate he voted for in 2004, a "pro-choice" green guy.

I've been experiencing much sorrow and pain in my heart over this. I'm uniting it to Our Blessed Mother's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart for her priests sons, who are so blinded and prideful, so lacking in humility that they've become numb to the "right to life" for babies yet to be born! How it must pierce Her heart! It's one thing for a secular person to be enamoured with the charisma of Obama, to be a humanist, or agnostic or atheist and be duped by the likes of him is sad, but understandable to some degree. They're brainwashed, but in a way, might not know any different.

HOWEVER, to be a priest and to be in disobedience to the Church, to "thumb off" the 5 NON negotiables is to be in a VERY PRECARIOUS position!! They have not only themselves to account for, but every soul in their parish! It has me very concerned, for our Lord said it is better to be hot or cold than lukewarm, for he'll vomit the lukewarm out of His mouth!! The atheist who lives what he believes and is "consistent"in his thinking will be given more mercy than a priest who is a walking contradiction! It isn't possible to live one way and teach another! That is hypocrisy and we all know how Jesus dealt with hypocrites!

Pray, pray, pray for our priests!!! Many are doing such fine and holy work and standing true to the vows of obedience they made before God. They are on the front lines, dealing with so much more than we can imagine. However, if they have been blinded to actually thinking Obama is "good for the country" then we are in BIGGER trouble than I even thought! Judgement begins in the House of God, and with his priests! This is going to separate the "men from the boys" as Fr. Corapi says. BOY, will it ever! They think they've had it hard lately? Wait until they have to answer to God!

Please keep Frs E. W. and O. in your prayers. They've been duped by the lie either out of pride or fear. Whatever the cause, I weep and pray for their souls!


These five issues are called non-negotiable because they concern actions that are always morally wrong and must never be promoted by the law. It is a serious sin to endorse or promote any of these actions, and no candidate who really wants to advance the common good will support any of the five non-negotiables.

1. Abortion

The Church teaches that, regarding a law permitting abortions, it is "never licit to obey it, or to take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or to vote for it" (EV 73). Abortion is the intentional and direct killing of an innocent human being, and therefore it is a form of homicide.

The child is always an innocent party, and no law may permit the taking of his life. Even when a child is conceived through rape or incest, the fault is not the child's, who should not suffer death for others' sins.

2. Euthanasia

Often disguised by the name "mercy killing," euthanasia also is a form of homicide. No one has a right to take his own life (suicide), and no one has the right to take the life of any innocent person.

In euthanasia, the ill or elderly are killed out of a misplaced sense of compassion, but true compassion cannot include doing something intrinsically evil to another person (cf. EV 73).

3. Fetal Stem Cell Research

Human embryos are human beings. "Respect for the dignity of the human being excludes all experimental manipulation or exploitation of the human embryo" (CRF 4b).

Recent scientific advances show that any medical cure that might arise from experimentation on fetal stem cells can be developed by using adult stem cells instead. Adult stem cells can be obtained without doing harm to the adults from whom they come. Thus there no longer is a medical argument in favor of using fetal stem cells.

4. Human Cloning

"Attempts . . . for obtaining a human being without any connection with sexuality through 'twin fission,' cloning, or parthenogenesis are to be considered contrary to the moral law, since they are in opposition to the dignity both of human procreation and of the conjugal union" (RHL I:6).

Human cloning also ends up being a form of homicide because the "rejected" or "unsuccessful" clones are destroyed, yet each clone is a human being.

5. Homosexual "Marriage"

True marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Legal recognition of any other form of "marriage" undermines true marriage, and legal recognition of homosexual unions actually does homosexual persons a disfavor by encouraging them to persist in what is an objectively immoral arrangement.

"When legislation in favor of the recognition of homosexual unions is proposed for the first time in a legislative assembly, the Catholic lawmaker has a moral duty to express his opposition clearly and publicly and to vote against it. To vote in favor of a law so harmful to the common good is gravely immoral" (UHP 10).


from my good friends at UNBORN WORD ALLIANCE

El Greco Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple. The episode is described in all four Gospels: St. Matthew (21:12-13), St. Mark (11:15-18), St. Luke (19:45-46), St. John (2:14-17).

There is a scene in the Gospel, one of the most vivid scenes, one that probably scandalized many of the religious and secular leaders but was secretly loved by all of the little ones of the flock. I'm speaking about when Christ went into the Temple and overturned the money changers driving them from the Temple.

Bishop Martino of Scranton did just that last Sunday. He went into one of those Church forums that many of us detest so much where questions of faith and morals are debated. Often at parish events like this Catholics leave not altogether sure what the Church is teaching. At this particular forum some panel members were trying to make the case for it being OK as a Catholic to vote for the most pro-abortion presidential candidate in the history of our country.

And then Bishop Martino overturned their applecart.

"No social issue has caused the death of 50 million people," he said, noting that he no longer supports the Democratic Party.* "This is madness people." Bishop Martino also said that he had wanted to persuade Father Martin Boylan, of St. John's, to cancel the forum.

After his comments, most of the audience stood and clapped loudly.

The forum had handed out literature from the USCCB that was ambiguous.

Here is what Bishop Martino had to say about that:

"No USCCB document is relevant in this diocese," said Bishop Martino. "The USCCB doesn't speak for me." "The only relevant document ... is my letter," he said. "There is one teacher in this diocese, and these points are not debatable." Click here to read his letter.

Some people might take issue with that statement but he is correct. In 1998 Pope John Paul II issued an : APOSTOLIC LETTER "MOTU PROPRIO" APOSTOLOS SUOS, ON THE THEOLOGICAL AND JURIDICAL NATURE OF EPISCOPAL CONFERENCES (1) 21 May, 1998 Here follows an excerpt:

20. In the Episcopal Conference the Bishops jointly exercise the episcopal ministry for the good of the faithful of the territory of the Conference; but, for that exercise to be legitimate and binding on the individual Bishops, there is needed the intervention of the supreme authority of the Church which, through universal law or particular mandates, entrusts determined questions to the deliberation of the Episcopal Conference. Bishops, whether individually or united in Conference, cannot autonomously limit their own sacred power in favour of the Episcopal Conference, and even less can they do so in favour of one of its parts, whether the permanent council or a commission or the president. This logic is quite explicit in the canonical norm concerning the exercise of the legislative power of the Bishops assembled in the Episcopal Conference: "The Conference of Bishops can issue general decrees only in those cases in which the common law prescribes it, or a special mandate of the Apostolic See, given either motu proprio or at the request of the Conference, determines it". (77) In other cases "the competence of individual diocesan Bishops remains intact; and neither the Conference nor its president may act in the name of all the Bishops unless each and every Bishop has given his consent". (78)

See also Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, 27 and The Code of Canon Law, canon 381.

*I imagine this is the reason that Bishop Martino no longer supports the Democratic Party. From the 2008 Democratic Party Platform: "The Democratic Party stronly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right."

Visit the website: Unborn Word Alliance
Visit the blog version of: Unborn Word of the day

Sums it up perfectly....

I got this in an email and thought it was spot on. Jesus never said we're to steal from others, i.e. 'the rich' to give to the poor. Jesus wasn't Robin Hood!

This redistribution plan is going to take a while.....

Yesterday on my way to lunch, I passed one of the homeless guys in the
area, with a sign that read "Vote Obama, I need the money." Once in the
restaurant, my waiter had on a "Obama 08" tee shirt.

When the bill came, I decided not to tip the waiter and explained to him
while he had given me exceptional service, that his tee shirt made me
feel he obviously believes in Senator Obama's plan to redistribute the
wealth. I told him I was going to redistribute his tip to someone that
I deemed more in need--the homeless guy outside. He stood there in
disbelief and angrily stormed away.

I went outside, gave the homeless guy $3 and told him to thank the
waiter inside, as I had decided he could use the money more. The
homeless guy looked at me in disbelief but seemed grateful.

As I got in my car, I realized this rather unscientific redistribution
experiment had left the homeless guy quite happy for the money he did
not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he
did earn. Well, I guess this redistribution of wealth is going to take
a while to catch on with those doing the work

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Communist America?...

Well, it's uh, well, uh uh whether uh...

Students for Life...we all should be!

Artists have their saint...

After commenting on TJ's blog about St. Luke, and patron saints, I began to wonder "who is the patron for artists?" I'm no pro when it comes to drawing, but I dabble now and then. So, I found with a few clicks, this nice post and who the patron saint is,St. Catherine of Bologna. Click
It's not for me to "judge" the site where I found the post on St. Catherine, but it's very "curious" and though maybe not the best place to go, it's where I ended up. Some interesting things, and some things probably not worth a peek. In other words, I'm not "promoting" this website, but I do like the art and some of the stories/posts.

Like I've said before so many times, I miss voting for this man...

He gave straight answers. He looked us in the eye and DID NOT LIE! He never was hungry for power or popularity. He was a man of faith, a gentleman and how I wish we had a man like this running for president now. But rather than just wish, I pray that all will truly look deep in their hearts when they stand in that booth, behind that curtain with a stylus or a lever or a pencil. Vote for Life, for babies to have a fighting chance to just be BORN! That won't happen with Obama as president. He will sign for "Free Choice" first thing in office. Free choice for whom? Free choice for a woman to murder her baby? Government is NOT the answer. Government is NOT our Savior. Wake up. Vote for Life. Or watch our freedoms fall by the wayside. The CHOICE is ours. Either we'll get mercy or we'll get what we deserve. God help us all to follow the LAW written on our hearts. Amen.

Beatification of the Martins...

Louis and Zélie Martin

Parents of Thérèse of Lisieux

Redmond, Fr Paulinus

The father and mother of a great saint.

Thérèse of Lisieux is one of the world’s best known saints and a Doctor of the Church. Her four surviving sisters all also entered into convents. What kind of family life fostered so many vocations and such a great saint? Thérèse’s parents Louis and Zélie Martin lived a full life: they were business people, experienced joys and tragedies, including the loss of children, of a wife to cancer and the suffering of mental illness. They made mistakes but lived a life deeply grounded in prayer, faith and a great love for the Church. Fr Redmond uses letters and many biographical details to describe the soil in which the ‘Little Flower’ grew

Louis and Zélie Martin

I don't know about you, but I say it's "high time" for this beatification of this magnificent couple, who gave us St Therese and all of her saintly sisters! I love them all. I've come to know them by reading and this is definitely a well deserved honor for these two beloved parents. We don't have saints if we don't have mothers and fathers who raised them in the confines of the 3 theological virtues that obviously flourished in their home - faith hope and love make saints and parents who were graced and lived so piously are to be honored and what a lovely Mass I'm watching now. I'd love to be at Lisieux but how nice to have t.v. to see the faithful gather to honor this precious couple. How we thank you, Louis and Zelie for your faithfulness and piety giving us a Dr. of the Church and her dear and precious sisters to learn about and grow closer to Jesus by their stories.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Learned this today about our Mama Most Holy...

I wondered why Mary was called the...


and discovered this wonderful website and the powerful litany of Loreto, which I'd only prayed a couple of times since my deep conversion to Catholicism. This is just beautiful. Enjoy the site, too.

(1) MARY, you are called the Tower of David because the Church applies to you these words of the Canticle: "Thy neck is as the tower of David, which is built with bulwarks; a thousand bucklers hang upon it, all the armor of valiant men" (4,4).

The towers which David built to the walls of Jerusalem rose above all the other buildings. From them one could obtain a clear view of the surrounding country and observe every movement of the enemy. As the tower of David surpassed all other buildings of Jerusalem, so you, the daughter of David, excel all angels and men in dignity and sanctity. The angels and saints are servants and friends of God, but you are the Mother of God. No dignity is higher than this. Consequently God has endowed you with a higher degree of sanctity than that which all angels and men could possess.

Tower of David, you were the most humble of all; hence the Lord did great things for you. He chose you to become the Mother of His Son and made you the Queen of heaven. Help me to become daily more humble, that I may be great in the eyes of God.

(2) MARY, the tower of David was so strong and provided with so many means of defense that it could resist the attacks of the enemy. Greeting you as the Tower of David, I acknowledge that the devil could not prevail against you and that you overcame all his attacks. Though he lay in wait for your heel, you crushed his head (Gen. 3,15). By an extraordinary grace God preserved you from the stain of original sin and thereby prevented you from falling into the power of Satan in the very first moment of your life.

The weapons you used in your struggles against Satan were those which your divine Son recommended to His disciples and to us: "Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation" (Matt. 26,41). You were watchful over your heart, over your senses, over your surroundings. Where you could not escape the attacks of the enemy, you met them with courage and confidence in God, with your eyes fixed upon God, and asking His help in prayer.

Let me also be like a tower of David in the struggle with my spiritual enemies. With the help of divine grace I can conquer evil. Help me to be watchful over myself; for the devil often makes use of the inclinations of my heart and my external senses in order to tempt me to sin. Make me watchful in dealing with the world, so that I may avoid all occasions of temptations. Like you I wish to place my entire confidence in God and to pray frequently, especially in the hour of temptation.

(3) MARY, the tower of David afforded protection and safety to all on account of its firmness and its powerful means of defense. You are such a tower for me. You afford me the most powerful protection and will permit no harm to befall me, if I have recourse to you in my struggle against evil. I hope to be saved for certain, because a firm trust in you is my weapon. I shall face my enemies courageously when I can count on your help as a shield in my hands.

Tower of David, protect my soul from sin. I turn to you for aid when the battle is heaviest. With your help I shall be victorious.


Lord, we beg You, may we be helped by the prayers of Your most holy Mother, whose Rosary we are honoring, that we may draw strength from the mysteries which we reverence, and obtain the effect of the sacraments which we have received. Who live and reign forever. Amen. (Feast of the Most Holy Rosary, Oct. 7

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us. We are your children in need of your love.
We ask your forgiveness for our apathy, our ingratitude toward the blasphemies directed at your Son, our very own Savior. Amen.

1 Corinthians 10:15

The chalice of benediction, which we bless,
is it not the communion of the blood of Christ?
And the bread, which we break,
is it not the partaking of the body of the Lord?
For we, being many, are one bread, one body,
all that partake of one bread.

1 Corinthians 10:21

You cannot drink the chalice of the Lord,
and the chalice of devils:
you cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord,
and of the table of devils.

(Douay Rhiems)

Nice little video and touching story...

Found a great artist's blog..

Nice paintings. They really do speak to my soul. Perhaps yours as well. While roving around the blogosphere, it was refreshing to find "less words" and some beautiful scenes. I may or may not share the man's politics or religion, (I have no idea about that) but my religion, Catholic, does appreciate art and the gifts of artists in our life, much more than my former evangelical fellowship did. God has gifted this man and I was pleased to find his blog.

Global warming, ice caps melting and greehouse gasses oh my!

Right now there's 28.7% more ice in the Artic Sea than there was at this time last year. (Or maybe it's 24.9% more. You can see the technical data, and the reasons for the difference in measurements, here.) So states Phil Lawler in "Cold Comfort" and I like Phil, so greenies, untie your knotted knickers and try to calm down, okey dokey?

Which is most important to us? ...

This was found at this site.

Which of these issues ought to be the most important politically?
War on Terror
Homosexual "Marriage"
Death Penalty
Human Cloning
Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Number of Voters : 1457
First Vote : Friday, 02 November 2007 13:16
Last Vote : Saturday, 18 October 2008 16:00

Sounds familiar...

At this point, the Beautiful Lady, who was entrancing me, for a moment did not make herself heard. I could see, however, that she was continuing, as if speaking, to move graciously her kindly lips. At this moment, Maximin was receiving his secret. Then, turning to me, the Most Holy Virgin spoke to me and gave me a secret in French. Here is this secret in its entirety as she gave it to me: "Mélanie, what I am going to tell you now will not always be a secret; you can publish it in 1858. "Priests, my Son's ministers, priests, by their evil life, by their irreverences and their impiety in celebrating the holy mysteries, love of money, love of honor and pleasures, priests have become sewers of impurity. Yes, priests call forth vengeance, and vengeance is suspended over their heads. Woe to priests, and to persons consecrated to God, who by their infidelities and their evil life are crucifying my son anew! The sins of persons consecrated to God cry to heaven and call for vengeance, and now here is vengeance at their very doors, for no longer is anyone found to beg mercy and pardon for the people; there are no more generous souls, there is now no one worthy of offering the spotless Victim to the Eternal on the worlds behalf. "God will strike in an unparalleled manner. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! God will exhaust His anger, and no one will be able to escape so many evils at once. The heads, the leaders of the people of God, have neglected prayer and penance, and the devil has darkened their minds; they have become those wandering stars which the ancient devil will drag with his tail to destruction. God will permit the ancient serpent to sow divisions among rulers, in all societies and in all families; both physical and moral punishments will be suffered. God will abandon men to themselves and will send chastisements one after the other for over 35 years. "Society is on the very eve of most terrible scourges and greatest events; one must expect to be governed by a rod of iron and to drink the chalice of God's wrath.

That was part of the messages Our Lady of La Salette gave to two children in France, in September, 1846. This apparition is approved by the Church. I've been drawn to this message and Our Lady of La Salette lately. I never knew about her until a few weeks ago. I wondered why, and now it's evident. To pray to Our Lady of the Rosary for our country, our leaders, and our election for president. To beg God's mercy. But with the USCCB giving over 1.1 million dollars to makes me shiver with fear for many souls, but most especially the souls of priests and dissident and prideful clergy.

I pray to remain faithful to God, to cling to Our Lady, to Jesus, to the Trinity, to the Church. But what of priests who are prideful? Well, as our Lady of Fatima told the children in 1917, "priests are falling into hell like snowflakes!" If the USCCB giving one cent to ACORN let alone over one MILLION dollars to this fraudulent and evil organization isn't proof of "priests lining the walls of hell" as was also shown those children, what is? We're going to get copious mercy or we'll get what we deserve starting November 4. Either Our Blessed Mother will be able to hold the right arm of her Son back a little longer, or it will come down, first and swiftly upon his own priest sons. Judgment begins in the House of God.

Read more of the message of La Salette.

And here.

More reason to pray for our Bishops and Priests, read watch and comment here. I left a comment here after reading the appalling article and encourage any of you to take the time to do so, too.

One comment read by one person might change one heart and one vote and make one big difference.

Pray, pray, pray, the rosary! It's our only hope for real change we can believe in and trust. All else is empty promises, spoken by "empty suits" to empty faith in God from our lives and replacing it with faith in Man. Dangerous for us, our country and our souls! Strengthen the things that remain - faith hope and love - because all else is going to be wiped away from a Son who can no longer stand by to see his Mother's Immaculate Heart stabbed by injustice, ingratitude and pride and arrogance! He resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble people can admit when they're wrong. The proud soul cannot. I think "the one" proud soul, vociferously proclaiming his agenda for "hope and change," has duped many and more sadly, some otherwise faithful Catholics and Christians. This has broken the heart of Our Blessed Mother, stabbing it again and again. How long will our Lord tolerate such blasphemous insults against Mary?

If Catholics vote for Obama, and he wins this election, all of her many messages will come true right here in our streets. For they already have to some extent. However, what will come is terrifying enough to those WITH faith. What will it be like for those without faith? Those who bought the lie of not only Obama, but socialism in general. I dread to think, let alone see, but see it we will. Grab your rosaries, have many with you to hand out to others and pray for mercy to Our Mother of Mercy, our Life our Sweetnes and our HOPE. Even she cannot keep his arm from falling, for how long could any of us watch our own mothers suffer? Personally, I've had that "vision" in my own life for weeks now and it came to me Thursday night at an all night adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament as our Lady was near Him in the image of the Pilgrim Statue of Fatima, up in Osmond NE. at the church of Our Lady's Seven Dolors!

It might happen in November, it might be years down the road, but it will happen, physical and moral and spiritual disasters. I want as many to repent and convert as possible. I pray for deeper conversion every day for my own soul/heart. Ingraittude is killing us and will destroy our country. Don't think we're in the clear anymore. Don't think for a minute that there won't be a rush to end religion by an Obama regime! Already priests are going to jail in Canada, across our very border for proclaiming truth! The aim of the Serpent is to "kill Christ" and His Church! He knows he can't ulitimately, but he can take as many blinded souls with him as possible and how better than to cause us, Catholics and Christians to be deemed as "hate mongers" "homophobes" "biggots" "racists" etc. by just speaking the Truth. Shut us up. Then move us out, put us away, kill us? The hate and vitriol from his campaigners and supporters is loud and clear. Political Correctness has kept too many priests silent in the pulpits, and so Catholics 'buy the lie' becoming afraid to offend ANYONE, they don't speak out but water down the truth to mere fluff. Nobody squirms in their pews, for no one can ever be made to feel "guilty!" The collection baskets keep getting envelopes tossed into them, and no one leaves "offended" just more in danger of being 'lukewarm' ...and Jesus watches his mother cry tears of blood Sunday after Sunday here in America as we get fatter, lazier, more intolerant of Truth, and more tolerant of Sin, in our lives and of those we love and the population in general declines into moral decay, as the stench rises and stings Mary's eyes, full of tears. The night is far spent, Judgement Day is close at hand. It's right now for all of us, to make right choices every day about every thing. A wrong choice in the voters booth will affect many more souls than our own, and the blood of Holy Innocents cries out for justice! We ignore the cries to our own peril. Lord, have mercy.

I can't imagine the sheer panic and fear that might flood the streets when all hell breaks loose in our land if we ignore so great a time of mercy as RIGHT NOW.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Curiouser and curiouser....

Hey, Peggy Noonan,read this!...,

Can a Catholic Vote in Support of Abortion?
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by Bishop Robert W. Finn

The recent Pastoral Letter, Our Moral Responsibility as Catholic Citizens, which I co-wrote with Archbishop Joseph Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, attempts to give guidance on this issue. I urge you to read it.

There the Archbishop and I acknowledge that we are often faced with “imperfect candidates.” Specifically we offered the example of two candidates who were permissive on abortion. We taught that, in such an instance, we should choose the candidate whose position will likely do the least grave evil, or whose position will do the most to limit the specific grave evil of abortion. But, again and again, I am asked, “Can a Catholic vote for the candidate who is perhaps the most extreme in favor of abortion, even if they promote other policies which we judge to be good?”

I must say that there is another question I would pose. What is the effect on Catholics of a candidate who has been consistently supportive of abortion?

When a candidate supports ready access to abortion on demand, they are inviting Catholics to put aside their conscience on this life and death issue. Such a candidate is inviting conscientious Catholics to look elsewhere for moral leadership.

When a candidate promotes total unhindered “choice,” he or she discourages the Catholic vote, and at the same time tempts the voter to betray one of the most obvious intuitions of our humanity and to support the continuation of the willful destruction of human life.

If the candidate has supported partial birth abortion, he or she asks the voter to affirm the continuation of an act that 75% of the population has rejected as repulsive.

When a candidate regards the unborn child as unworthy of the defense of law, then he or she asks us to join them in ignoring the lessons of history by which African Americans in this country were once regarded as non-persons; or the Jews of Europe were once marked for genocide or racial purification. Had we known, would we have supported the “choice” to enslave or destroy these brothers and sisters of ours? Can a candidate expect us as Catholics to ignore the classification of the unborn as non-persons? Will he or she expect us to look aside while these babies are quietly exterminated at a rate of 4000 per day? This is precisely what they are asking us to do.

Some groups calling themselves “Catholic” have suggested that generous programs for the poor will reduce abortions more than the repeal of Roe v. Wade. But a candidate who pledges that he or she will seek to immediately ratify the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), signals to voters that the reduction of abortions is not a goal. They are asking voters to suspend the effort to constitutionally protect human life, and – at the same time — to discard all the good progress we have made to actually reduce the number of abortions in the last thirty-five years. Such a candidate is asking Catholics to “give up” on abortion. They want us to deny our conscience and ignore their callous disregard for the most vulnerable human life.

If the candidate has addressed their legislative assembly, urging opposition to the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, then it must be concluded that this candidate wishes Catholic voters to be complicit in infanticide. Rejection of this Act, which would require that a baby who survived an unsuccessful abortion attempt be cared for and not laid aside to die with no medical assistance, is a convincing example of the numbing of our moral sensibility. The candidate who supports this fatal neglect of life and asks our vote, asks too much of any fellow human being.

Our country is at the edge of the precipice concerning the protection of the life and dignity of the human person. A significant new attack on innocent human life will likely send us into a moral freefall that would rival any financial decline. The price for such a “walk over the cliff” is millions more human lives for many more years to come.

A candidate who asks us to add our weight to such a destructive momentum in our society, asks us to be participants in their own gravely immoral act. This is something which, in good conscience, we can never justify. Despite hardship, beyond partisanship, for the sake of our eternal salvation: This we should never do.

© The Catholic Key

Peggy Noonan's bought the lie....

She writes in her column: "Palin's Failin'"

'In the end the Palin candidacy is a symptom and expression of a new vulgarization in American politics. It's no good, not for conservatism and not for the country. And yes, it is a
mark against John McCain, against his judgment and idealism'

Gee, I think Peggy Noonan's gone crackers! She has had a resurgence of faith, she wrote the best-selling book, John Paul II the Great, which was a tender and moving book, full of her brilliant writing. I wonder what JPII the Great would have to say to Peggy Noonan about her loss of brilliance in voting for Obama?!!!! I am so deeply disturbed by this and her decision to vote for a Marxist for president. How does one reconcile a man who thinks it's fine to kill babies with JPII the Great's call for us to be a CULTURE OF LIFE?!?!?!?!?!? Peggy, you've been duped big time, and your in "grave error" if you vote for this lying socialist snob.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

St Gerard, Pray for us, for our country and all pregnant mothers...

Icon by Fr. William McNichols

Dearest Saint Gerard
You are the Patron of pregnant mothers
and childbirth
please pray for our nation
that has now made
the womb
a killing field
pray for all Catholics
to vote for Life
there's no perfect candidate
but we implore you to pray
for your brothers and sisters
here in America and all
over the world
to "choose life!"
and not fear
fear has brought us a
culture of death
and so many millions of babies
have not been given
the right to life
Please go before our
Blessed Mother Mary,
"Mama Most Holy"
as I read you called her
and plead for us
for Mercy
Thank you, St. Gerard

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on us...

Christ speaks to St. Margaret Mary: "Behold this Heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming itself, in order to testify its love. In return, I receive from the greater part only ingratitude, by their irreverence and sacrileges, and by the coldness and contempt they have for me in this sacrament of love.... I come into the heart I have given you in order that through your fervor you may atone for the offenses which I have received from lukewarm and slothful hearts that dishonor me in the Blessed Sacrament" (Third apparition).

more here.

Mr. Obama, I AM a PERSON!...

this poster found here.

The miracle of the sun...91 years ago

October 13, 1917, Fatima

"On October 13, 1917, the crowds had increased to 70,000. Many newspaper reporters and photographers were there to record the miracle or prove the children were lying. The crowd was standing in the relentless, pouring rain with mud up to their ankles. Many were praying the Rosary as the Blessed Mother made her final appearance to the children and told them: "I am the Lady of the Rosary, I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it everyday.”

quote found here

If only....

Saint Edward the Confessor The line that jumps out [at me] upon reading about Edward is:
"Being devoid of personal ambtition, Edward's one aim was the welfare of his people."

If only we could have a politician like St. Edward!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Precious Blood...

Precious Blood
covers the
Body of the Lamb
Love hangs
in the blackened sky
darkened by sin
pours out from Love's side
to humanity
scattered by pride
Divine Mercy
given to all
who will only
humbly fall
at His feet

©susie melkus
Oct. 12, 2008

To receive or not to receive...

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

It would be refreshing if we could find candidates whose records, party
platforms, and personal commitments embody the full range of the Church's
social teaching, reasonable as that teaching is. Unfortunately that seldom
happens. That is why we must have a well-formed conscience capable of giving
each issue its proper moral weight and making other important distinctions
and judgments. For example, a Catholic may never vote for candidates
precisely because they advocate and advance intrinsic moral evils like
abortion; to do so is to cooperate formally (intentionally) with a grave
evil. And while Faithful Citizenship acknowledges that one may vote for a
politician who supports pro-abortion policies "only for truly grave moral
reasons," a conscientious voter must question what grave moral issue rises
to the level of nearly 49 million lives lost to the evil of abortion.

In Scranton, Pa., every Catholic attending Mass this weekend will hear a
special homily about the election next month: Bishop Joseph Martino has
ordered every priest in the diocese to read a letter warning that voting for
a supporter of abortion rights amounts to endorsing "homicide." "Being
`right' on taxes, education, health care, immigration and the economy fails
to make up for the error of disregarding the value of a human life," the
bishop wrote. "It is a tragic irony that `pro-choice' candidates have come
to support homicide " the gravest injustice a society can tolerate " in the
name of 'social justice.' " --- 5/Oct/2008

So, from Holy Scripture and from church statements it is apparent that those
who promote, support or vote for a politician who is pro- abortion are in a
state of grave sin and should not receive the Lord in the Eucharist. Some
Catholics however disagree with this and do not accept what the church says
or what is said in the Holy Word of God. Some say it is their right to
receive communion, however receiving The Lord is not a right but a privilege
that God offers people in His love. This privilege should not be abused for
as St. Paul states there are serious consequences for doing so. Those who
are in a state of grave sin must have a good confession before receiving The
Lord and must, after that confession, not return to their old ways. To go to
confession with the intention of once having confessed to continue the bad
behaviour or beliefs does not make the confession valid. Some cannot accept
this and in their pride believe they know better than
the church and the Word of God not seeing that this arrogance is a serious
sin in itself as the person is placing their will before that of the will of
God and the will of His holy church. The person is saying that their
knowledge is greater than that of the church and the person is rejecting the
commandment of God 'Thou shalt not kill' and saying that they or those they
support or follow can decide if life is valuable or not and that God has no
say in this. Today many Catholics demand their rights which in truth are
their wrongs but they are so blind they cannot see this as they believe more
in the word of the world instead of The Word of God.

To come to communion in a state of grave sin makes true union with God
impossible as the person holds on to a barrier between them and God which
blocks unity with Christ, Our Lord. To be one with Him means to be one in
the truth of His love, to be obedient to His will and to reject all sin.
While the world and people's pride may make many arguments against this none
of them change this eternal truth. People should think about how it hurts
Our Lord, that those who profess to love Him, come with that on their hearts
which is of the dark and not of the light of His love. No Catholic in a
state of grave sin should ever consider partaking of The Body, Blood, Soul
and Divinity of The Lord, Jesus, in the Eucharist for doing so in itself is
an insult to God and to all those who live or have lived as God asks. It is
time for those who support abortion in any way to realize the wrong they
embrace excludes them from receiving The Divine Lord, Jesus, in the
Eucharist and in humility confess their wrong and reject it from then on
and in true love come and be one with and in Him in communion in the state
of grace they are supposed to be in.

God bless,

Alan Ames

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Just what I needed!...

Beautiful and timely reflection, by Marie.

There is an element of self seeking in each of us, that little voice that says 'what's in it for me' or when we do something good we want others to know about it and expect congratulations to follow. Faith is the exact opposite it is the realisation that whatever good we do is not on behalf of God but because God has empowered us and given particular Gifts to each of us individually. It is this Gift flowing from God's Grace that we put into effect when helping others or when we stand for what we believe in the face of persecution. Faith is in essence a spilling out of God's Love through us and towards all we meet. The measure of the Faith we have is the level in which we love.

This Sacred Heart doesn't beat for Himself, alone, but for us. When our hearts are beating in gratitude, then we will be able to love as we have been loved, to give of ourselves as we have received from Him, LOVE. ~ susie

Beyond the pale!!

Friday October 10, 2008

Host Desecration Videos Back on YouTube

October 10, 2008 ( - Host desecration videos originally pulled from YouTube have been reposted.

The 40 separate desecration videos - originally posted in mid-August - showed the Host being flushed down a toilet, stomped on and fed to ducks.

In response to a petition spearheaded by America Needs Fatima, the desecration videos were pulled from YouTube on October 1, but were then reposted the same day.

Robert Ritchie, director of America Needs Fatima, explained: "As Catholics, we believe the Host is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ. Witnessing the desecration of the Host causes anguish to Catholics all over the world."

Ritchie added: "In the past, YouTube has removed videos offensive to Jews and members of other religions, including one showing a teenager urinating on a Holocaust memorial. Why can't Catholics be afforded the same respect for our deeply held beliefs? "

"The desecration of the Host is not an acceptable form of free speech. The only message it conveys is one of unremitting hatred," Ritchie said.

Go to to sign and send a petition protest to YouTube.

Or call Youtube at (650) 253-0000
Fax: (650) 253-0001.


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St. Padre Pio, pray for us!...

Read here and scroll to Father's newest article about
Padre Pio, Humanae Vitae,and Mandatory Abortion
Padre Pio is patron of the unborn.

St. Pio defended the controversial encyclical, praising its “lofty teachings” and “eternal truths.”

An aspect of the document often overlooked today is its grim warning that governments might “impose” contraceptive methods on citizens.

In the light of the Humanae Vitae’s other accurate predictions,
are mandatory birth control and abortion on the horizon for America?

frightening finds

Racing for the cure? Maybe not...

Komen Race for the Cure isn't helping breast cancer research, but actually supporting Planned Parenthood which doles out contraceptives that are KNOWN to cause...breast cancer.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Our Lady of La Leche Church...

I'm finding out some fun facts today.

St. Augustine was founded by the Spanish in 1565, and is the oldest city in the present-day United States of America. The first Christian worship service held in a permanent settlement in the current United States was a Catholic Mass celebrated in St. Augustine. A few settlements were founded prior to St. Augustine but all failed, including the original Pensacola colony in West Florida, founded by Tristán de Luna y Arellano in 1559, with the area abandoned in 1561 due to hurricanes, famine and warring tribes, and Fort Caroline in what is today Jacksonville, Florida in 1564. The city was founded by the Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés on September 8, 1565. Menéndez first sighted land on August 28, the feast day of Augustine of Hippo, and consequently named the settlement San Agustín. Martin de Arguelles was born here one year later in 1566, the first child of European ancestry to be born in what is now the United States. This came 21 years before the English settlement at Roanoke Island in Virginia Colony, and 42 years before the successful settlements of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Jamestown, Virginia. In all the territory under the jurisdiction of the United States, only settlements in Puerto Rico are older than St. Augustine, with the oldest being San Juan, founded in 1512.

Who knew? I sure didn't...

You just gotta love the Catholic Church, don't you? I mean, this is really cool! My son, Steve, played Rugby and I had no idea I'd find anything like this! Yep, it's true, Our Lady loves her kids...
This is a very nicely written article on the blending of faith and sport.

A most Ignorant dupe... nothing new under the sun

Bear in mind that, in recounting these things, I am still dealing with those ignorant dupes who gave birth and popular currency to the saying: "If there is draught, blame the Christians."
St. Augustine - City of God

Unfortunately, however, there prevails a major and malignant malady of fools, the victims of which mistake their irrational impulses for truth and reason, even when confronted with as much evidence as any man has a right to expect from another. It may be an excess of blindness which prevents them from seeing the most glaring facts, or a perverse obstinacy which prevents them from accepting the facts when seen. St Augustine - City of God

He [St. Augustine (354-430 AD)] dealt with obstreperous fools back then as we deal with them now. Bill, you cute little ignoramus you. Don't ya know, God loves you? I hope you'll come to believe that one day. I love you, too, even if you annoy the snot out of me. I can't hate you, for that would be a waste of time, breath and energy. You're a smug and a very little, little man. Where did you go to college? Was it a university? Oh let's just see....Yep it was Cornell. Well, Billy-boy, THANK THE CATHOLIC CHURCH and the RELIGIOUS communities of centuries ago who FOUNDED UNIVERSITIES for fools like you. You're a spoiled, obnoxious, whiny brat. Grow up. Get some religion before hatred kills you. Oh yeah, if your hatred for "religion" makes you very sick down the road, as hatred tends to do, I'd venture to guess you'd probably go to a hospital. Right? Once again, THANK THE CATHOLICS for those, too, for it is the CATHOLIC CHURCH which founded those places of healing, later other Christians then followed their lead and built many, too.

If nothing else, Billy, you'd better pray, or hope or rub your crystal or whatever it is you do when you're alone, and fear invades you as it does us all at'd better hope you're right! If we're wrong, we're just fools and idiots as you say. If you're wrong, well, Hell is a LONG TIME to find out how wrong you were. There's Divine Mercy for all right now, so if I were you, I'd consider returning to the faith you shrugged off or left or perhaps lost, for in the end it's either Heaven or Hell that is our destiny. God in his mercy won't make you "come to heaven" if you're hell-bent shall we say on choosing Hell. But don't think you'll be giddy there, Bill, in a place where religion is 'no more.' I don't think it's a place you want to be. But you've got your God-given free will, so I pray you choose wisely, while you can still bend your knee in repentance and not unmitigated fear. I pray that for myself as well, because there but by the grace of God, go I. Grace. Receive it, and cling to it, or reject it and spend eternity (again a LONG TIME that NEVER ends) finding out how WRONG you are.

To my readers: Bill says he "used to be a Catholic." We must pray for him. Our Lady wants him back, near her forgiving and Immaculate Heart, where so many of us who were lost souls have come to find peace. Let us hope for him who seems to have lost hope. I can be a bit sarcastic, but many Saints were, too, and called many folks names worse than I have done. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck... or in this case, a little, dolt, albeit a cute blathering dolt. Saint Augustine pray for us all. Pray for Bill who, like you, has left with a restless and angry heart. We do pray you come back Home to the Church, Bill. Stop wasting your time bashing people of faith...or I mean, Christians. I'm pretty sure you don't bash Muslims or Hindus much...or you might lose your head, eh Bill? Rest assured you can bash us all you want, us "idiot Catholics," but we won't pull out a sword and swipe it across your neck as most radical, extremist Muslims, and extreme Hindus who've hi-jacked their faiths, tend to do when made fun of by anyone. You're making hay and much cashola now, so knock yourself out, just make peace with God before your "day is done."

Saturday, October 04, 2008

How long . . .

How long will you keep murdering Me?
What you do to the least of these
you do unto Me!
Holy Maria baby Jesus  icon (red)

Here is He whom we will answer to one day, for. . .

Above the Shrine's main altar is Christ in Majesty. The world’s largest mosaic image of Christ is the centerpiece of the Great Upper Church. The icon is over 3,600 square feet and contains nearly 3 million tiles. Eminence inspires veneration.

God will not be mocked.

He's lavished us with such great love,
but we shrug Him off
Those 10 commandments of His are so darn ancient
Religion is so stupid and "old fashioned"

God will not be mocked

We don't need God!
God's for feeble old ladies
and weak people who
can't think for themselves

God will not be mocked

I don't want or need another
baby at this point in my life
I will choose abortion
for it is "MY RIGHT"

God will not be mocked

45 million aborted babies
45 million killed in the wombs of their mothers
since Roe v. Wade
How many more will die
because of such a heinous law?
Their blood cries out day and night...

God will not be mocked

This baby boy is...

This is for some of my commenters who are a bit "thick of skull" "hard of heart" "blind of eye" and "missing at least one ear." Those who fail to think about anything BEYOND and bigger than themselves and their wallets.
you can click here
to see more babies, i.e. baby HUMANS...
like you once were.
Did you know you used to be
an embryo and even a
Hey, I'm just here to help y'all out, "doggone it." What are friends for, anyway?
wink wink nudge nudge
"God love 'em"

14 big fat lies...

Joe Biden's 14 Lies

1. TAX VOTE: Biden said McCain voted “the exact same way” as Obama to increase taxes on Americans earning just $42,000, but McCain DID NOT VOTE THAT WAY.

2. AHMEDINIJAD MEETING: Joe Biden lied when he said that Barack Obama never said that he would sit down unconditionally with Mahmoud Ahmedinijad of Iran. Barack Obama did say specifically, and Joe Biden attacked him for it.

3. OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING: Biden said, “Drill we must.” But Biden has opposed offshore drilling and even compared offshore drilling to “raping” the Outer Continental Shelf.”

4. TROOP FUNDING: Joe Biden lied when he indicated that John McCain and Barack Obama voted the same way against funding the troops in the field. John McCain opposed a bill that included a timeline, that the President of the United States had already said he would veto regardless of it’s passage.

5. OPPOSING CLEAN COAL: Biden says he’s always been for clean coal, but he just told a voter that he is against clean coal and any new coal plants in America and has a record of voting against clean coal and coal in the U.S. Senate.

6. ALERNATIVE ENERGY VOTES: According to, Biden is exaggerating and overstating John McCain’s record voting for alternative energy when he says he voted against it 23 times.

7. HEALTH INSURANCE: Biden falsely said McCain will raise taxes on people's health insurance coverage -- they get a tax credit to offset any tax hike. Independent fact checkers have confirmed this attack is false

8. OIL TAXES: Biden falsely said Palin supported a windfall profits tax in Alaska -- she reformed the state tax and revenue system, it's not a windfall profits tax.

9. AFGHANISTAN / GEN. MCKIERNAN COMMENTS: Biden said that top military commander in Iraq said the principles of the surge could not be applied to Afghanistan, but the commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force Gen. David D. McKiernan said that there were principles of the surge strategy, including working with tribes, that could be applied in Afghanistan.

10. REGULATION: Biden falsely said McCain weakened regulation -- he actually called for more regulation on Fannie and Freddie.

11. IRAQ: When Joe Biden lied when he said that John McCain was “dead wrong on Iraq”, because Joe Biden shared the same vote to authorize the war and differed on the surge strategy where they John McCain has been proven right.

12. TAX INCREASES: Biden said Americans earning less than $250,000 wouldn’t see higher taxes, but the Obama-Biden tax plan would raise taxes on individuals making $200,000 or more.

13. BAILOUT: Biden said the economic rescue legislation matches the four principles that Obama laid out, but in reality it doesn’t meet two of the four principles that Obama outlined on Sept. 19, which were that it include an emergency economic stimulus package, and that it be part of “part of a globally coordinated effort with our partners in the G-20.”

14. REAGAN TAX RATES: Biden is wrong in saying that under Obama, Americans won't pay any more in taxes then they did under Reagan.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

On this the Little Flower's feast....

My dearest Saint Therese, pray for us!
Send us a shower of roses
to know you've heard us
roses of grace
the grace of Jesus
falling on us poor souls
who grow weary in our struggle
Pray for us to be strong and courageous
as you were, Little Flower.
Little Flower of God's tender garden
pray that we'll remain faithful to the end
of our lives, doing little things
with great love.
Show us your Little Way every day
and may we finally join you in heaven
at the feet of our beloved Jesus
to be lifted up to his most Sacred Heart
as you were lifted in his arms
to nestle there near his Heart.
Take our prayers there, Saint Therese,
and tell Jesus we are grateful
for his Divine Mercy and
we will offer our sufferings, great and small,
for the poor souls who are not grateful.
For as you said,
"Love can only be repaid by Love."