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Adopt a Christian in Mosul – I just did!

by Steve Ray on August 9, 2014

Visit Asia News at http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Adopt-a-Christian-from-Mosul-to-respond-directly-to-Iraq’s-emergency-31845.html

Our brothers and sisters in Christ who now have no Mass, no home and no food.

AsiaNews is launching a fundraiser to support Christians targeted by the Islamic State, thus responding to a request by the Patriarch of Baghdad and Pope Francis’s urgent appeal “to guarantee all necessary assistance – especially the most urgently needed aid – to the great multitude of people who have been driven from their homes, whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others.”

More than 100,000 people have been forced to flee their homes leaving everything behind and now have nothing to live on. To help them, five euros a day are enough. The funds raised will be sent to the Patriarchate of Baghdad, which will distribute them according to the needs of each family.

Click here to go to news and donation site

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(Watch Reagan video below)

Not long ago we were on a boat sailing across the Sea of Galilee. The captain raised the United States flag and played the national anthem. My heart was ripped in half. I love my country, but I no longer love my country. Let me explain.

When I pull out my US Passport after flying almost 200,000 miles a year — I proudly squeeze it in my hand as one of my most prized possessions. I love Rome, Israel, the Philippines, India, Greece and the many other countries we have explored and filmed in over the globe, but I would NEVER trade my Passport for one of theirs.

I love what we have represented over the centuries. I love that we were founded on Christian principles and that our free enterprise system has brought more people out of poverty than any other in the world or in history. I am proud of the inventions, the enterprise, the freedom, the morality, the justice…

…but at the same time I wept on the boat on Galilee. We are a nation in decline. I fear our glory days are over and my grandchildren will not live in the same proud, exceptional country I have lived in. Are we exceptional? Good grief, where does everyone else want to come to? Millions want nothing more in life than to stand on our ground, to squeeze the Passport I proudly cling to.

But we have fallen. My 92-year old mother said again yesterday, “Steve, I don’t recognize my country anymore. Abortion, homosexuality, drugs and murder, the denigration of marriage and the family, huge national debt, a “gimme, gimme” society, the assault on religious liberty. Could I have ever imagined a president who is promoting these abominations in our own country and across the globe — and expecting us to pay for it?”

I weep for America. I choke up when I see the flag or hear our national anthem. Tears can flow for both joy and sorrow. When I weep for America it is for both.

Where are men and politicians like Ronald Reagan when we need him. Please dear God, have mercy on our nation. Raise up godly people, government officials, court justices…

… do not give us what we deserve but what your mercy desires. May God bless America. May God bless this land so our children may live in the freedom our ancestors knew but what it seems we are losing. 

And if that is not possible, please help our grandchildren to be strong voices for truth, religious freedom and liberty, may they love Jesus and his Church more than their very lives.

May they be a generation who love truth and liberty and who are willing to be martyrs for Jesus and his Church rather than to capitulate to culture of death and tyranny.

Good article: The Declaration of Independence Reminds Us to Put Tyrants on Notice

 

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Charlotte diocese backs nun who gave school talk promoting Church teaching on homosexuality

BY KIRSTEN ANDERSEN   Mon Apr 07, 2014 18:27 EST

CHARLOTTE, NC, April 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The bishop of Charlotte is backing a Dominican nun who has been at the center of a fiery controversy since last month when she gave a speech promoting Catholic teaching on sexuality to students at Charlotte Catholic High School. 

After a public meeting with diocesan and school officials turned ugly, with parents and students alike shouting at administrators over what they perceived as “hateful” remarks criticizing homosexual behavior, divorce and extra-marital sex, a spokesman for the diocese told LifeSiteNews that the nun in question, Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel, did nothing wrong and will be welcome to speak on the issue again if she chooses.

Whole excellent article here (LOTS of comments at the end of the article)

Fr. Kauth’s Comments here

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Who Speaks for God on Morals? Many Choose their Church Like they Choose a Restaurant

December 11, 2013

We have a “church” near our house that is making it comfortable for anyone to join no matter who they are, what they believe or what they practice. They say it is our job to accept and love, to be nice, not to judge. Celebrate Diversity is a slogan of acceptance, multiculturalism, non-judgmental inclusion. Some [...]

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We Had a Health Plan We Liked

November 19, 2013

We had a great health insurance plan since 2009 and we liked it, but the cancellation letter told us it did not meet Obamacare (ACA) requirements. The new plans offered sterilization, abortifacients and other gravely sinful matter. We are switching to Medishare a Christian medical bill sharing organization. It’s not for everyone because they are stringent [...]

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What is Real Tolerance?

October 29, 2013

This video deserves a Million views. Watch it, like it, share it.  

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Immoral Silence regarding Slaughter of Christians Around the World

October 8, 2013

Janet and I have been to parts of the world where it is dangerous to be a Christian: India, southern Philippines, Muslim countries, China, Egypt and more. It is distressing that the free world is silent about this massive persecution of our brothers and sisters in Christ. I hope their plight is made known and [...]

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My Friend Al Kresta: Story of an Unsung Hero and Modern-day Prophet

September 30, 2013

This article is a great read and inspires one to hope for the faith and country. Al Kresta and I have been good friends since 1983 when I first met him upon my return from living in Switzerland. Al was dressed in knickers and a goutee at the time, playing the part of my then [...]

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When will Pope John Paul II be canonized?

August 3, 2013

There are a few dates floating around: one is December 8th of 2013, the other is Divine Mercy Sunday, April 24, 2014. Either way we are prepared with flights and hotel rooms reserved for any scenario. We are building another amazing itinerary that no one else will replicate. We are lining up special guests and [...]

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For those who thought religion was dead or the Catholic Church irrelevant: Feast your eyes on this!

July 30, 2013

For over a hundred years we’ve heard the foolish obituary, “God is dead!” The Enlightenment enlightened us to this truth and told us we were alone in the Universe. No God! We men are in charge and the center of all things. We shape our destiny, we create meaning for our existence, we can rid [...]

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Defending Marriage in an Age of Unreason (Zenit Article)

July 21, 2013

Have you ever tried to argue with a telephone pole or maybe a hysterical person? That is often what it is like trying to reason with some people invested in the new a-moral world of gay politics and the dissolution of traditional marriage. Rarely can you have a real conversation since on one hand it [...]

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In Light of the Zimmerman Acquittal – Self-Defense?

July 14, 2013

There will be many opinions and the discussion and wrangling will go on for quite a while, I suppose. Unhappily, this promises to further divide our country, especially along racial lines. However, I am not getting into that discussion here. Rather, it is important to understand the teaching of the Church on the matter of [...]

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The Good News about Egypt from it’s Coptic Patriarch, Leader of Egyptian Christians

July 5, 2013

Coptic Patriarch Hopeful After Egyptian President Deposed Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak Believes Country is Now On The Right Track By Junno Arocho Esteves CAIRO, July 04, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Patriarch of Alexandria of the Catholic Copts Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak expressed his support for the ouster of Mohamed Morsy as president of Egypt by the Egyptian [...]

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The Ugly Truth of Racism in America: What the Zimmerman Trial is Again Revealing – link fixed

July 5, 2013

This article by Fred Reed entitled “Riots” is a sad but all to accurate read.  Watching the Zimmerman trial, I wonder whether we may not be in for big trouble. Racial hostility is much higher in the United States than it is allowed to appear. In the Twittersphere there is much traffic from blacks, saying [...]

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Imperial President Promises Christians: “I Won’t Make You Marry Gays”…

June 26, 2013

…he won’t MAKE us marry gays? Oh, how kind of his majesty. So considerate of his subjects, especially us misguided and intolerant Christians. Obama the merciful! But before you bow in thanks to his Royal Highness beware that his anti-Christian, anti-conservative minions in the IRS might just remove tax-exempt status for any group refusing to marry [...]

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Congressman Attacks “Anemic” US Response to Christian Persecution

June 25, 2013

Rep. Frank Wolf, co-chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, urges the appointment of an envoy to protect religious minorities. by CNA/EWTN NEWS  06/21/2013  WASHINGTON — Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., has criticized the U.S. government’s “anemic and at times outright baffling” response to the persecution of Christians in the Mideast, urging the appointment of an envoy [...]

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