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Catholic Bishop Denies Communion to Pro-Abortion Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin: “Until He Repents of His Sin”

Pro-life Catholics who wish Catholic Church leaders would step up and deny communion to leading politicians who support abortion are getting good news today.
One Catholic bishop is denying communion to pro-abortion Democrat Dick Durbin, a top Democrat in the Senate who has long supported and promoted abortion. Durbin joined other Democrats to block a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks. …

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Syria: Nuns Have Narrow Escape from Death

A religious Sister in Damascus has told how she, fellow nuns and students narrowly escaped death February 20, 2018, when the sky “turned black” on one of the deadliest days of the conflict in the Syrian capital.
Describing the situation at her convent in the Bab Touma district of Damascus’s Old City, Sister Annie Demerjian said that a rocket landed very close by and that had it exploded she and some of the university students “would have been wounded or killed”. …

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Bible: Acts of the Apostles 8

In Chapter 13, Paul and Barnabas are told to go to on a mission (v2). How did they get this mission? How was it that God spoke to them and they knew that they had a specific mission to accomplish? They prayed. They worshiped and listened. They also fasted.

Some people may say that fasting is something done in the past; that Jesus would not want us to fast any more. But here we see at least six believers fasting. The fruit of this fasting and worship is clarity in God’s will. The fasting was a gift of self to God. Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, worship is now an act of thanksgiving for His goodness and mercy towards us. When united to worship, this fasting takes on the disposition of the worship that it accompanies. Gift giving assumes a relationship between the giver and the one receiving the gift. So the first Catholics saw themselves as having a relationship with Jesus. Continue reading

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I Sunday of Lent year B 2018

El Espíritu empujó a Jesús al desierto. Es éste un lugar ambivalente: prueba y purificación, tentación y encuentro con Dios y con uno mismo. La estancia de Jesús en el desierto tal como la relata Marcos tuvo su lado tenebroso, Satanás y las alimañas, pero también su gloria y su luz, pues “los ángeles le servían”. En el desierto pudo Jesús vivir su iluminación particular sobre la meta y los medios para anunciar el Reinado de Dios. Jesús, triunfa y la causa de Dios se impone sobre lo meramente humano. El evangelio de Marcos propugna un cristianismo más radical, más conforme con los orígenes, se centra en la esencia del evangelio, como dice el Papa Francisco. Es un evangelio exigente: quiere acabar con las disculpas de que “es lo que siempre se ha hecho”, “lo que todos hacen”, “mañana lo haré”… Necesitamos pasar por la situación de desierto para reforzar nuestra experiencia de Dios. Jesús salió también reforzado en el desierto. Continue reading