Love is very respectful of people. It does not use people. And, namely, love is chaste. And to you all, young people, in this hedonist world, in this world where there are only commercials, pleasure… I tell you: Be chaste! Be chaste! It is right to try for a genuine love, that knows to give life, that does not search to use the other for its own pleasure. A love that makes sacred the life of the other person: “I respect you, I do not want to use you.” It is not easy, we all know the difficulty to overcome this easy and hedonistic conception of love. Forgive me, but I ask you: make the labor to live love chastely.

Pope Francis 

Fortnight for Propaganda
  • Catholic Bishop:Those poor bakers can't legally believe in God anymore! We lost our voice in the public sphere! We're being oppressed!
  • Catholic Bishop:*is tax exempt* *gets many soundbites* *actively discriminates against LGBT Catholics* *is rich* *has unlimited authority to impose beliefs on millions* *forces priests to relay their message in obligatory services* *pays someone full-time to take off their hats and wash their hands*
  • Muslim Student:*is bulled frequently* *is called a terrorist and unAmerican in media* *is singled out by justice department* *mosques continually blocked from being built* *culture continually mocks their beliefs*
  • Catholic Bishop:Most discrimination happens to us Catholics! Look at the florists who can't pray to Mary anymore!
  • Muslim Student:...
Of your charity

Please pray for the repose of Adrian Hurter.

Incline Thine ear, O Lord, unto our prayers, wherein we humbly pray Thee to show Thy mercy upon the soul of Thy servant Adrian, whom Thou hast commanded to pass out of this world, that Thou wouldst place him in the region of peace and light, and bid him be a partaker with Thy Saints. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

(The Novena Prayer to Saint Raphael must be said for nine consecutive days.)
Glorious Archangel Saint Raphael,
great prince of the heavenly court,
you are illustrious
for your gifts of wisdom and grace.
You are a guide of those who journey
by land or sea or air,
consoler of the afflicted,
and refuge of sinners.
I beg you,
assist me in all my needs
and in all the sufferings of this life,
as once you helped
the young Tobias on his travels.
Because you are the medicine of God,
I humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities
of my soul and the ills that afflict my body.
I especially ask of you the favour

(Make your request here…)

and the great grace of purity
to prepare me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

St. Raphael,
of the glorious seven
who stand before the throne of Him
who lives and reigns,
Angel of health,
the Lord has filled your hand
with balm from heaven
to soothe or cure our pains.
Heal or cure the victim of disease.
And guide our steps when doubtful of our ways. • #CatholicConnect #Catholic #Catholicism #Archangel #ArchangelRaphael #Pray

Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Before I was born the Lord called me

“Before I was born the Lord called me” (Isaiah 49:1). 

Reflection: When someone is pregnant, she is not “expecting a child” – she already has one. She is not “going to be a mother” – she already is a mother. The baby is not “on the way;” the baby has already arrived. If we are going to change the way society treats unborn children, we have to change the way we talk about them. 

Prayer: Lord, thank you for my brothers and sisters now alive in their mothers’ wombs. May we all speak and act in a way that recognizes they are already among us! Amen. 


This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

Father Stanley Rother was a priest from Oklahoma who served as a missionary in Guatemala for 13 years, helping to translate the Bible into the indigenous Tz'utujil language.  Father Rother was murdered by government assassins in 1981 after speaking out against injustice.  Father Rother was informed that his name was on a hit list, and wrote: “The reality is that we are danger. This is one of the reasons I have for staying in the face of physical harm. The shepherd cannot run at the first sign of danger. Pray for us.”

On June 23, 2015, the Vatican declared that Father Rother was a martyr.  The next potential step would be beatification.

Prayer for Father Rother

Let us pray for the Canonization of Father Stanley Rother
Oklahoma Martyr

Heavenly Father,
source of all holiness,
in every generation you raise up
men and women heroic in love and service.

You have blessed your Church
with the life of Stanley Rother,
priest, missionary, and martyr.
Through his prayer, his preaching,
his presence, and his pastoral love,
you revealed Your love and Your presence
with us as Shepherd.

If it be your will,
may he be proclaimed
by the universal church
as martyr and saint,
living now in your presence
and interceding for us all.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Father Stanley Rother, pray for us.