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Think Abortion is Okay in Cases of Rape? Consider This: She Was Conceived in Rape

The so-called “exception” to allow for abortion in the case of rape and incest is an intellectual carve-out Crystal Surbey takes personally. Now a mother of four in Northwest Ohio, Surbey’s mother was just a teenager when she was raped by her own step-father.

Nine months later, Surbey was born. …

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Pope’s Address to People of Prato, Italy

Italy, November 10, 2015

The Holy Father Francis left the Vatican by helicopter at 7 o’clock this morning, to go to Prato and Florence, on the occasion of the 5th National Congress of the Church in Italy.

On his arrival at the Lungobisenzio sports field, the Pope was…

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Divine Mercy Sunday; April 12

This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. It is the Sunday after Easter and completes the eight days of Easter. There will be a special event for veneration on Divine Mercy Sunday starting at 1:30pm with adoration. Confessions will follow right after exposition until 2:50pm. We will sing the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 2:30pm. Mass will begin at 3pm. Light food will be available in the Deleiden room in the basement of the rectory for those who need it.

Why should I come to the special event?

We started the Novena to Divine Mercy on Good Friday which ends on Divine Mercy Sunday. St John Paul II encourages us to take advantage of the graces ready for all those who participate in this veneration of God’s greatest attribute, His mercy. In fact, he gave a plenary indulgence for all who participate in the veneration of Jesus’ mercy on that day. Jesus also promised to St Faustina, “I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of my mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.”(Par #699)  These are the graces for this great feast day that Jesus himself established.

He also promised to those who recite the chaplet, “say unceasingly the chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if it were to recite this holy chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy.” (Par #687) Pray for those who have died and are dying.

For praying the novena, Jesus said, “By this Novena, I will grant every possible grace”. (Par #796) The Novena can be found in Paragraphs 1209 through 1229. Jesus introduces this novena by articulating the purpose of it. He states, “I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fount of My mercy, that they may draw therefrom strength and refreshment and whatever graces they need in the hardships of life and, especially, at the hour of deat(h.” Par 1209)

With all these promises of grace, why would you not go? Praise God for His infinite love and mercy.

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Pope’s Morning Homily: God Saves Us In Worst Moments

Vatican City, December 18, 2014

Pope Francis says even when we do not understand the difficulties of life, we must realize that God, our loving father, has a plan and is there to save his children.

According to Vatican Radio, during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reminded those gathered that “God walks with us, makes history, tests us and saves us in the worst moments.” …