Archives for April 2017



After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.

His appearance was like lightning and his clothing was white as snow. The guards were shaken with fear of him and became like dead men.

Then the angel said to the women in reply, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.”

Then they went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce this to his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

Good Friday

Good Friday

And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of the Skull), they gave Jesus wine to drink mixed with gall. But when he had tasted it, he refused to drink. After they had crucified him, they divided his garments by casting lots; then they sat down and kept watch over him there. And they placed over his head the written charge against him: This is Jesus, the King of the Jews. Two revolutionaries were crucified with him, one on his right and the other on his left. Those passing by reviled him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, if you are the Son of God, [and] come down from the cross!” Likewise the chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked him and said, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. So he is the king of Israel! Let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now if he wants him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.'” The revolutionaries who were crucified with him also kept abusing him in the same way.

From noon onward, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Some of the bystanders who heard it said, “This one is calling for Elijah.” Immediately one of them ran to get a sponge; he soaked it in wine, and putting it on a reed, gave it to him to drink. But the rest said, “Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to save him.” But Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, and gave up his spirit. And behold, the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised. And coming forth from their tombs after his resurrection, they entered the holy city and appeared to many. The centurion and the men with him who were keeping watch over Jesus feared greatly when they saw the earthquake and all that was happening, and they said, “Truly, this was the Son of God!”

7 Quick Takes Friday (set #211)

7 Quick Takes Friday

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. Another explosive Planned Parenthood undercover video. Pro-life promises kept by the administration. The Atonement Academy: what a real Catholic school looks like. A peek into what people are thinking. The unbridled hypocrisy of the left. Progressives were not always this way; why one writer “left the left.”

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #52, April 2017, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from March. Contributing authors this month include: Stephen Korsman, Matthew Coffin, Adam Crawford, Dave Wanat, Fr. Ben Hadrich, Rick Becker, Ellen Kolb, Blythe Kaufman, John Schroeder, Bonnie Way, Virginia Lieto, Chris Capolino, Michael Seagriff, Margaret Felice, Mike Landry, Fr. Gilles Surprenant, Lisa Laverty, Nancy Ward, Fr. Stephen Morris, Claire McGarry, Carolyn Astfalk, Nancy Shuman, Tucker Cordani, Vijaya Bodach, Rich Maffeo, Tom Perna, Monica McConkey, Elizabeth Reardon, Jennifer Elia, Roxane Salonen, Aimee O’Connell, Matt Marks, Kathleen Laplante, Tony Agnesi, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Dn. John Donaghy, Dn. Scott Dodge, Anita Moore, David Torkington, Allen Hebert, Melanie Jean Juneau, Leslie Klinger, Lisa Ponchak, Rita Buettner, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Brian Gill, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Thomas Cruz-Wiggins, Tom Smith, Barbara Hosbach, Alexandrina Brant, Kirby Hoberg, Kalley C, Eric Johnston, Jeff Walker, Joan Watson, Bartimaeus Timeo, Erin Cupp, Robert Collins, Christina Nagy, Erin, Susan Stabile, Barbara Szyszkiewicz, Rick Rice, De Maria, Thomas and Deborah Richard and Birgit Jones.

This monthly “meta-magazine” showcases faithful Catholicism from theology to family life and “everything in between.” Enjoy it now at

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Abortion leaders like Planned Parenthood have their own worries. For example, their own Dr. DeShawn Taylor (Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Arizona) explains the challenge of obtaining valuable body parts in late-term abortions. A unique challenge is dealing with babies accidentally born alive.

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The new administration is keeping their pro-life promises. In less than 3 months, we already have the following victories:

  • VP Mike Pence addressed the March for Life the week after taking oath
  • Removed funding for international abortions (“Mexico City Policy”)
  • Removed funding for the “UN Population Fund” (an extreme pro-abortion agency)
  • Removed Obama’s restriction on states defunding abortion centers
  • Nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court
  • Numerous appointments and nominations of pro-life supporters

The really, really big impact will be the president’s Supreme Court appointments. Also important are over 100 federal judge appointments. This impact will last far, far beyond the tenure of the administration.

There are two articles I would like to bring to your attention. First, How Trump became the pro-life leader Republicans always needed is an interesting read. Second, Crossing a line at The New York Times.

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A school or college labeled Catholic is not necessarily so. Many have lost their Catholic identity and have become highly secular, usually leftist organizations — even when run by some religious orders. It is not so for all however. Occasionally I have noted some of the standouts. Fr. Zuhlsdorf (Fr. Z) recently featured aspect this one:

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Sometimes when I observe people, I wonder what their story is and what is on their mind right now. Everybody struggles. My prayer for us all is that we offer up our sacrifices and come closer to God through them. A friend (Rich) recently sent me this video:

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Freedom of religion must be protected for leftists and their favorite groups. Not so much (read: not at all) for faithful Christians. The hypocrisy is not even slightly hidden. This really isn’t news, just a reminder:

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On that point immediately above, Dave Rubin explains why he “left the left” (or at least what it has become):

Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was begun by Jennifer Fulwiler and is now continued by Kelly Mantoan. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Kelly for hosting this project!

New Evangelists Monthly – April 2017, Issue #52

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