Thursday, September 25, 2008

Our Lady of America Anniversary Prayer Petition

Happy Anniversary Our Lady of America! You chose to make your requests known on this very spot 52 years ago. We thank you for your continued faith in us, your children.

You have asked us on several occasions to bring you your children. The doors are open but still there are hearts that are closed. Help us to reach ALL of your children so that they may understand the depth of what it is you have asked and that all of those involved in disputes will amend their ways which have only served to impede the progress of this devotion.
Our Lord's Divine Mercy must begin from within and it must be allowed to illuminate in all directions.

In a few short months our country will elect new leaders. Please join in this novena praying that America will choose wisely and respond to the requests of Our Lady of America.

Novena Prayer:
Our Lady of America, Lily of Purity, intercede for our country during the coming elections. Since you are the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for us from the Most Holy Trinity a President and other political leaders who will support life, who will change the laws to make abortion in any form illegal, and who will protect the life of each individual at every stage.

Our Sweet Mother, intercede for us that our next President will be a man of God who will help the United States become a country of great purity and high morality. A country that will uphold family life and influence other countries throughout the world to love God above all, to serve Him and to live for Him alone.

Our Sweet Mother, time and again you have given us your gracious assistance and thus we humbly and gratefully acknowledge you as Queen of America. Intercede for us now, as we beg for the end of abortion in our country and for the uprising of a culture of life.

We place our hope and our confidence in you! Our Lady of America, pray for us and may Our Eternal Father shine His light upon this country and the whole world. Amen.

Monday, September 22, 2008

OLA Anniversary This Friday, Sept. 26

This week marks the 52nd Anniversary of The Our Lady of America apparitions which all started in the Our Lady Mother of Mercy Chapel at Sylvan Springs in Rome City, IN back on Sept 25 & 26 in 1956.


The first of the canonically-approved apparitions took place on Tuesday, September 25, 1956 when Our Lady first appeared as "Our Lady of Lourdes" near the main altar area.

The next evening, Wednesday, Sept 26, Our Lady of America made her first appearance in the same location during a private Holy Hour in front of the Tabernacle.

Original Tabernacle from 1956

Please join The Friday Night Rosary Group this Friday, September 26 at 6:00pm in the chapel at Sylvan Springs. You will be glad you did!

Free tours begin at 4:00pm or by appointment any time during the week by calling 260-854-3525.

"Bring Me My Children. Bring Me ALL of My Children!"

Saturday, September 20, 2008

K of C Takes a Stand Against Biden

Members of the Knights of Columbus Catholic organization have taken out ads to appear tomorrow in USA Today, the Washington Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and Delaware News Journal asking Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden to correct his statements about abortion.

Reminding him that under Catholic teaching, "abortion is a grave sin to be avoided at any time during a pregnancy," the organization attributes to Biden a "unique responsibility" to be correct when making public statements about the faith.

"Sen. Obama stressed your Catholic identity repeatedly when he introduced you as his running mate, and so your statements carry considerable weight, whether they are correct or not. You now have a unique responsibility when you make public statements about Catholic teaching," the letter says.

The issue of abortion has become a flashpoint in the 2008 presidential election for the Democratic nominees, Sens. Obama and Biden, at least in part because Obama is an ardent abortion proponent who has gone beyond the desires of even the National Abortion Rights Action League in advocating for the controversial procedure.

In fact, as a state lawmaker in Illinois, he declined to support a requirement that an abortionist provide necessary medical services to a baby who survives an abortion, because it would be a burden on the abortionist.

Catholic bishops also criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., when she told NBC's "Meet the Press" about the beginning of life.

The letter, signed by Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, cites Biden's comments on "Meet the Press" as well. He "appealed to the 13th Century writings of St. Thomas Aquinas to cast doubt on the consistent teaching of the Catholic Church on abortion."

That statement has several problems, Anderson wrote.

"First, Aquinas obviously had only a medieval understanding of biology, and thus could only speculate about how an unborn child develops in the womb," he said. "I doubt that there is any other area of public policy where you would appeal to a 13th Century knowledge of biology as the basis for modern law.

"Second, Aquinas' theological view is in any case entirely consistent with the long history of Catholic Church teaching in this area, holding that abortion is a grave sin to be avoided at any time during pregnancy," the letter said.

Such teaching has been consistent in the Catholic Church since as far back as the 2nd Century, the letter noted.

The problem is that Biden's statements can have an impact because of his position, the letter said.

"Statements that suggest that our church has anything less than a consistent teaching on abortion are not merely incorrect; they may lead Catholic women facing crisis pregnancies to misunderstand the moral gravity of an abortion decision," the letter warned, citing Biden's support for Roe v. Wade.

"I recognize that you struggle with your conscience on the issue, and have said that you accept the church's teaching that life begins at conception – as a matter of faith. But modern medical science leaves no doubt about the fact that each person's life begins at conception. It is not a matter of personal religious belief, but of science," Anderson wrote.

The issue over life and abortion is one that Catholics feel strongly about, according to polls. A Christian Science Monitor report said Sen. John McCain had opened a 16 percent lead among Catholics recently. Many Catholics had left their traditional Democratic Party home and become independents, but the GOP team of McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin is changing the dynamic.

"We have strong evidence that the Palin pick was the big part of it," Scott Keeter, director of survey research at Pew, told the Monitor. "Gov. Palin's large family and her decision to bear her fifth child despite a diagnosis of Down syndrome mean she embodies anti-abortion beliefs dear to many observant Catholics. But McCain's pick also reassured these voters on 'a whole constellation of values issues that are important to conservative Christians.'"

Anderson's letter also cited Abraham Lincoln's argument against slavery, which he stated this way: "He who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave."

"Lincoln's reasoning regarding slavery applies with equal force to children who are minutes, hours, days away from birth," the letter said.

"You have a choice: you can listen to your conscience and work to secure the rights of the unborn to share in the fruits of our hard-won liberty, or you can choose to turn your back on them," Anderson said.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Immaculate Conception Draws Mary Near To Us

The Virgin Mary's special protection from sin does not make her far from the rest of humanity, but rather draws her closer to us, Benedict XVI says.

The Pope affirmed this today from Lourdes, where he is marking the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to Bernadette Soubirous. In his address before praying the traditional midday Angelus, the Holy Father said the privilege of the Immaculate Conception, "which sets [Mary] apart from our common condition, does not distance her from us, but on the contrary, it brings her closer."

He explained: "While sin divides, separating us from one another, Mary's purity makes her infinitely close to our hearts, attentive to each of us and desirous of our true good. You see it here in Lourdes, as in all Marian shrines; immense crowds come thronging to Mary's feet to entrust to her their most intimate thoughts, their most heartfelt wishes.

"That which many, either because of embarrassment or modesty, do not confide to their nearest and dearest, they confide to her who is all pure, to her Immaculate Heart: with simplicity, without frills, in truth. Before Mary, by virtue of her very purity, man does not hesitate to reveal his weakness, to express his questions and his doubts, to formulate his most secret hopes and desires."

The Pontiff said that Mary thus shows man the way to come to God. "She teaches us to approach him in truth and simplicity," he said. "Thanks to her, we discover that the Christian faith is not a burden: It is like a wing which enables us to fly higher, so as to take refuge in God's embrace."

Benedict XVI went on to note that the grace of the Immaculate Conception is not given to Mary as a merely "personal grace," but is rather "a grace for all, a grace given to the entire people of God."

"In Mary," he continued, "the Church can already contemplate what she is called to become. Every believer can contemplate, here and now, the perfect fulfillment of his or her own vocation. May each of you always remain full of thanksgiving for what the Lord has chosen to reveal of his plan of salvation through the mystery of Mary: a mystery in which we are involved most intimately since, from the height of the cross which we celebrate and exalt today, it is revealed to us through the words of Jesus himself that his Mother is our Mother.

"Inasmuch as we are sons and daughters of Mary, we can profit from all the graces given to her; the incomparable dignity that came to her through her Immaculate Conception shines brightly over us, her children."

"Bring Me My Children. Bring me ALL of My Children!"

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Pope Drinks Water From Lourdes, Speaks of Pilgrims, Miracles, and Materialism

As millions of pilgrims do each year, Pope Benedict XVI has drunk water Saturday from the Lourdes spring famed for miraculous cures as he visited a grotto at the sanctuary he calls a "citadel of hope."

The grotto sheltered Benedict from a steady rain Saturday but didn't keep out the evening chill as the pontiff, in a red mantle over white robes, prayed and lit a candle.

Benedict later told faithful who carried torches in a procession through the town that by following in Bernadette's footsteps pilgrims enter into the "extraordinary closeness between heaven and earth."

As torch lights twinkled in the night, the pope likened this link between the heavenly and the terrestrial to a "luminous path" which "opens up in human history, even in its darkest moments."

He cited violence, war, terrorism and famine among the world's afflictions and paid tribute to Christians who die for their faith.

Speaking of the pilgrims who flock to Lourdes from around the world, Benedict wondered aloud how many come here "with the hope — secretly perhaps — of receiving some miracle" and upon their return home undergo a spiritual experience which fills them with "hope, compassion, tenderness."

More than 5 million people visit Lourdes every year — some brought to the spring in wheelchairs and stretchers — in hopes that drinking and bathing in the water will heal their ailments. The church has officially recognized 67 miracle cures linked to Lourdes over the years.

The main purpose of Benedict's first visit to France as pontiff was the pilgrimage in Lourdes as the shrine marked the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette, who later was made a saint.

In the grotto, Benedict stood on the spot where his predecessor, John Paul II, had prayed four years earlier. When John Paul visited in 2004, he was 84 and suffering the final ravages of Parkinson's disease, and he needed help from aides. It was his final trip abroad, and he died the following year.

The pope's Mass in Paris earlier in the day also evoked themes dear to John Paul II, who worried that the affluent West was turning consumerism into a kind of religion and ignoring its Christian roots.

"This is a question that all people, if they are honest with themselves, cannot help but ask," Benedict said in his homily in the French capital, renowned for its luxury goods, fashion sense and cultural riches.

"Have not money, the thirst for possessions, for power and even knowledge, diverted man from his true destiny?" the pope asked.

"Has not our modern world created its own idols?" Benedict said, wondering aloud whether people have "imitated, perhaps inadvertently, the pagans of antiquity?"

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Gospel reading for Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If your brother sins against you,
go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.
If he does not listen,
take one or two others along with you,
so that ‘every fact may be established
on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’
If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church.
If he refuses to listen even to the church,
then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.
Amen, I say to you,
whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Again, amen, I say to you,
if two of you agree on earth
about anything for which they are to pray,
it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Special Rosary For September 8 Birthday Party

The members of the Friday Night Rosary request your presence at a special rosary to be held this Monday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 in the Small Chapel of Sylvan Springs.

Bring your cameras as you might even get an opportunity to get a photo like this one which was captured on Friday, August 15 The Feast of The Assumption.

The complete photo set which shows the image actually coming down to earth will be published later.



"Bring Me My Children. Bring Me ALL of My Children."

Friday, September 5, 2008

Photos from July 11, 2008

The following photos were taken by a visitor to Sylvan Springs immediately after completion of the Friday Night Rosary on July 11, 2008 from just outside the small chapel where the rosary was recited.

All those in attendance reported that they witnessed the sun spinning and pulsing when this photo series was taken at 7:45 pm.






Wait until you see what happened on The Feast of The Assumption after the rosary on August 15, 2008 .

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Catholics Under Attack By Uninformed Sources...Again!

The following letter was published in the Elkhart Truth last week. In light of the amount of disinformation of Catholic doctrine being propogated lately (can you say "Pelosi"?), this man deserves an answer...maybe thousands of them.

Mary was a good woman but shouldn't be glorified

I was appalled by the Aug. 8 letter sent in by Sue A. Powell, "Rosary isn't entertainment." I would like Ms. Powell to show me from scripture where it says that the rosary is sacred and holy.

The rosary is nothing more than a string of beads introduced into the Catholic church, tradition says, either by Peter the Hermit in 1090 A.D. or by St. Dominic in 1214. The rosary consists of 55 beads and for each bead one prayer is offered up, five to God and 50 to Mary. Pure and simple, this is idolatry.

Mary never expected such worship to be lavished on her. Mary called herself "a bondslave of the Lord," (Luke 1:38) and she also called God her savior (Luke 1:47). If God is her savior, then that means she was a sinner. No one can pray to Mary for salvation or anything else for she has never heard a prayer, never answered a prayer, nor will she ever. Salvation is through Christ and him alone (John 3:16-17). Mary has no redemptive power. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me." (John 14:6)

The Catholic church also says that Mary is one mediator between God and men. Another error! I Timothy 2:5 says "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." I challenge all Catholics to read the scriptures and discover how little is said about Mary.

Catholic religion claims that their traditions are as binding as scripture. This is nonsense. Jesus condemned the Pharisees for forcing Old Testament law and traditions on the people (all through the New Testament).

I do agree, however, that Mary was a godly and good woman, for if she weren't God never would have chosen her as the vehicle by which he brought his son into the world. But this does not mean that we give her any special honor or glory. God said in Isaiah 42:8, "I will not give my glory to another."

ROBERT G. SPAUGH JR.

Elkhart


Please help this man understand by sending your comments to this letter to the editor to:

People’s Forum
P.O. Box 487
Elkhart, IN 46515
Fax 574-294-3895

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

USCCB Delivers One Last Blow to "Catholic" Pelosi on Abortion Remarks

By Kathleen Gilbert

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 3, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released another statement yesterday condemning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's defense of her avowedly "Catholic" pro-abortion views, this time outlining Church history in detail to prove that abortion has always been considered a grave evil, at any stage of human development.

Pelosi first drew ire from Catholic officials when, after Tom Brokaw of NBC's Meet the Press asked her when life begins in the womb, she claimed that as an "ardent, practicing Catholic" she discovered that the Catholic Church "was not able to make that definition." She said that "St. Augustine said at three months" and "we don't know" when life begins. She then went on to explain that the question doesn't matter anyway, because "it shouldn't have an impact on a woman's right to choose."

In response to the ensuing outrage of bishops and Catholic laypeople, Pelosi's spokeswoman released a statement three days later acknowledging that the Church does teach that life begins at conception, but insisting that Pelosi legitimately cited St. Augustine in support of her answer.

The statement by the USCCB cites the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which observes, "Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable."

The statement provides a detailed historical outline of Catholic teaching on abortion in support of the Catechism, in order to respond "to those who say this teaching has changed or is of recent origin."

Although "knowledge of human embryology was very limited until recent times," says the USCCB, now-antiquated theories about when life began "never changed the Church's common conviction that abortion is gravely wrong at every stage."

The USCCB notes that St. Augustine's teachings never condoned abortion, contrary to Pelosi's suggestion, but along with the Church considered abortion an evil whether or not the embryo had yet been vivified.

"[St. Augustine] knew of theories about the human soul not being present until some weeks into pregnancy. . . . But he also held that human knowledge of biology was very limited, and he wisely warned against misusing such theories to risk committing homicide."

The statement concludes: "Given the scientific fact that a human life begins at conception, the only moral norm needed to understand the Church's opposition to abortion is the principle that each and every human life has inherent dignity, and thus must be treated with the respect due to a human person."

Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, commented on the confusion that Pelosi's statements have fostered: "It is precisely because of people like Morton Kondracke of the Fox News Channel, Anthony Stevens-Arroyo of the Newsweek-Washington Post 'On Faith' blog site, and anti-Catholic groups such as Catholics for Choice, that the confusion continues to rage. All of them defend Pelosi's ignorant remarks."

Despite nineteen Catholic members of the House petitioning the Speaker to correct her statements, she has refused, and Donohue said, "Her steadfast refusal to do so is keeping this matter alive.

"One wonders what it will take to get her to retract her comments before more damage is done to the Catholic Church, to her and to the Democratic Party."