It’s All or Nothing

Synod Report
It’s All or Nothing 

Robert Royal from Rome: The most obvious danger is that the Church appears to want to accept everyone, which may run the risk of accepting everything.

Pope Francis made a bold statement at the canonization Mass on Sunday:

Jesus is radical. He gives all and he asks all: he gives a love that is total and asks for an undivided heart. Even today he gives himself to us as the living bread; can we give him crumbs in exchange? We cannot respond to him, who made himself our servant even going to the cross for us, only by observing some of the commandments. We cannot give him, who offers us eternal life, some odd moment of time. Jesus is not content with a “percentage of love”: we cannot love him twenty or fifty or sixty percent. It is either all or nothing.
           The crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square to listen to him was mostly older adults, but we might hope that before the Synod comes to an end, he uses his considerable charisma to convey that same message to young people as well. Because over and above the various debates and the mechanics of the event, that will the measure of whether the Synod is a success or failure.

For the moment, things are looking better, at least on the practical front.

Click here to read the rest of Dr. Royal’s latest Synod Report . . .


🔔Pray the Rosary in October!

“I renew the invitation to all the faithful to pray the Rosary every day of the month of October, ending with the antiphon ‘Under your protection’ and the Prayer of Saint Michael the Archangel, to reject the attacks of the devil, who wants to divide the Church.”

Dear friends of A Moment with Mary,

In the wake of the recent scandals of sexual abuse and power abuse within the Church, Pope Francis urgently requested from the faithful worldwide to commit to a special effort of prayer during the month of October.
His call was the object of a press release of the Vatican Press Office and was relayed in numerous media around the world. The Pope also asked his Worldwide Prayer Network to largely diffuse his demand.

Such an exceptional demand requires an exceptional answer!  

Our friends from Hozana launched a great community of prayer to answer the Pope’s call. They suggest praying a decade every day, along with a beautiful meditation on a mystery of the rosary, authored by an eminent name of the Church. As thus, within twenty days, you would have prayed an entire rosary.

This proposal may help those of us who aren’t gracefully able to say an entire rosary. This outstanding prayer initiative has already gathered over 6800 people on the French website, in only a few hours.

We know the love for Mary of the readers of a Moment with Mary and we count on your missionary reaction to answer and relay the Pope’s call by joining this prayer community now and inviting as many friends and relatives as possible!
In Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
The Mary of Nazareth Team.

NB: to join the community, click on this link, then click on “Sign up” on the right upper corner. Then follow the instructions (it’s very easy!)

Answering the Pope’s call: Rosary for the Church
From Oct 15 to Nov 4, 2018 – Every day
Pope Francis has called upon all Catholics to pray the rosary and the prayer to Saint Michael Archangel every day during the month of October to protect the church from the devil.
Starting October 15, you’ll receive every day a meditation on a mystery of the rosary along with a short prayer intention, and you’ll be encouraged to pray a decade, followed by the Marian prayer ‘Under your protection’ and the prayer to Saint Michael Archangel.

Source: 🔔The Pope’s Urgent Call: pray the Rosary in October!

Synod Report Displays Ignorance About Homeschooling


At the Youth Synod in Rome this week, one of the bishops’ discussion groups made some disappointing and ignorant comments about Catholic homeschoolers.

It’s a sad reminder that, while homeschooling seems to be gaining support from many bishops in the United States, other bishops here and abroad have yet to embrace one of the most promising developments in the Church today. Earnest and faithful homeschooling parents deserve encouragement and not derision from their shepherds.

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via Synod Report Displays Ignorance About Homeschooling

What “Future” without Children? – The Catholic Thing

Robert Royal: At the Synod on Youth, there’s much talk about the “future.” But unless young people marry and stop contracepting, what future will there be?

The “future” has been a hot topic at the Synod on Young People. Virtually everyone, bishops and lay people alike, works hard to find reasons to believe that, despite the dismaying statistics about young people turning their backs on Christianity and the mostly tepid stance of most of those who have not left, we should not give into pessimism or, worse, the sin of despair. There’s “hope” – they say – for the “future.”

But there’s a telling omission. Yes, adolescents and young adults represent the immediate future. Still, if they don’t start having children in greater numbers than the generation or two before them, “the future” is going to hit a demographic wall. And not all that far in “the future.”

           All of this is connected, of course, with a topic that Archbishop Bruno Forte – author in 2014 of the scandalous passage in the mid-term report at the Synod on the Family about “valuing” homosexual relationships – said yesterday has not been discussed explicitly in the first ten days: Humanae Vitae, whose 50th anniversary the Church is not exactly celebrating, but kind-of-sort-of remembering this year.

How can you talk about marriage, family, and sexuality and not mention the most salient tool of destruction wielded against them all: contraception? Most bishops and even the pope himself avoid the subject as much as possible – for the obvious reason that it automatically puts you at odds with one of the deepest beliefs in the modern world: the right to childless sex. And there are few willing to suffer the shunning and criticism that will bring.

Click here to read the rest of Dr. Royal’s report from Rome . . .

Source: The Catholic Thing

Ouellet vs Viganò: What have we learned? – 12 Oct 2018

California Catholic Daily

Dear Reader,

Our line-up for today includes:

Ouellet vs Viganò: What have we learned?: The cardinal, in refuting the claim that Pope Benedict formally imposed sanctions, confirmed that something was done about McCarrick, and far earlier than previously confirmed by the Vatican

Bishop Soto

Sacramento bishop warns of “unauthorized rites”: In a Sept. 25th memo, Bishop Jaime Soto tells priests and parishioners that unauthorized Masses and other sacraments are being celebrated “in houses, halls, parks and other places”

Vandals target Old Mission Santa Barbara again: Pillars were defaced with 3-foot-high graffiti, paint splattered on the front door and walkway; Last year, the statue of St. Junipero Serra was removed after someone poured red paint over it and cut off its head


Mary can obtain everything from Her Son!

This year is a very special anniversary for the Our Lady of Laus Shrine in the French Alps. Indeed, 2018 marks a triple anniversary: ​​the 300th anniversary of the death of the visionary Benedicta (or Benoite) Rencurel (1647-1718), a shepherdess who received the visit of the Virgin Mary on a mountain slope for nearly 54 years; the 10th anniversary of the official approval of the apparitions at Laus; and finally, the 10th anniversary of the Marian festival organized for that occasion, and which took place this year from August 21-26, 2018.

This commemorative festival encouraged participants to revisit the message given by the Virgin at Laus, a message of conversion and healing.

In Benedicta’s day, many pilgrims received the grace of healing from their illnesses, and many more experienced a happy transformation in their lives, for the glory of God. These graces are still bestowed today. It is up to us to go and ask our Heavenly Mother. Today, just like 300 years ago, Mary invites us to make this act of faith, to this trusting abandonment that leaves her free to act. Remember that she can obtain everything from her Son.

So trust Mary, and, like the first pilgrims of Laus, come receive the immense graces that she wants to distribute to you in this blessed place!


2018 Marian Festival

Laus (French Alps): Notre Dame Basilica

Source: Mary can obtain everything from Her Son!


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on life and death policies in the state of Washington:

On October 11, Washington State’s Supreme Court unanimously declared that the death penalty was unconstitutional. It cited the “arbitrary and racially based” manner in which the death penalty was invoked as grounds for its ruling.

Does this make Washington State pro-life? After all, its position on the death penalty is shared by the Catholic Church. But to qualify as truly pro-life, it would have to share the Church’s opposition to abortion as well. It does not. Indeed, it is one of the most enthusiastic defenders of abortion in the nation.

Nationally, blacks account for 28% of abortions, even though they are slightly less than 13% of the population. That kind of racial disparity should matter to the elites in Washington state, but it doesn’t—disproportionate racial representation only applies to the death penalty, not abortion.

The following restrictions on abortion are available in the states [source: Guttmacher Institute October 1, 2018]:

  • Physician and Hospital Requirements. 42 states require an abortion to be performed by a licensed physician. Washington does not. Some states, 19 of them, require abortions to be performed in a hospital. Washington does not.
  • Gestational Limits. 43 states prohibit abortions in almost all instances after a specified point in pregnancy. Washington does not.
  • Partial-birth” Abortion. 20 states ban it. Washington does not.
  • Public Funding. 32 states prohibit public funding of abortion in most instances. Washington does not. In fact, it funds abortion under Medicaid.
  • Waiting Periods. 27 states require a waiting period, usually 24 hours, before a woman can elect to have an abortion. Washington does not.
  • Parental Involvement. 37 states have some kind of parental involvement in a minor’s decision to have an abortion. Washington does not.
  • “Choose Life” License Plates: 32 states allow “Choose Life” license plates. Washington does not.

Getting back to the question, “Does this make Washington State pro-life?” Only when it comes to saving the lives of serial rapists, serial killers, and genocidal terrorists. As for the most innocent among us—those who are alive but not yet born—it is one of the most pro-death states in the nation. That makes it a splendid example of liberalism.

Source: IS WASHINGTON STATE PRO-LIFE? – Catholic League