Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My date with the devil — in Medjugorje (Proof the devil exists)

Anybody who doubts the truth of Medjugorje should read the FULL article. Be in no doubt that the devil is the enemy of Medjugorje as this article testifies. The FULL article is a must read. Here is an EXCERPT

By Louise Roseingrave
The body was thrashing; it took six men to control its charged strength. The crowd was praying feverishly in Italian, ‘Santa Maria, prega per noi.’ Those words now etched in my memory. I had gone with an open mind to Medjugorje, Bosnia Herzegovina, where Our Lady has been appearing to six visionaries for the past 32 years. But I wasn’t expecting to meet the devil. I was wandering by St James’ Church, where millions of pilgrims attend beautiful masses and prayer services, when I stumbled upon an exorcism. I pushed my head in through the crowd. It was a horror show I will never forget. The priest was bent over an Italian woman, aged in her 30s, whose face was contorted in rage. Her lips were pulled back as she bared her teeth, hissing, straining, snarling and writhing. The priest had the bible in one hand, reciting scripture.
With his other hand, the priest repeatedly made the sign of the cross on the woman’s forehead. Another, younger priest was administering holy water for the woman to drink. Her pupils were so dilated that her eyes were pools of black. Her hands were clawing at the air, the fingers curled and poised to scratch... Continue reading at Irish Examiner © Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

Monday, May 27, 2013

Video:Medjugorje Documentary-In the Name of Mary-English subtitles (made by Romanians)

One of the best documentaries about Medjugorje phenomenon and pilgrimages. Together with professional, well edited footage and impressive soundtrack, provides brief information about Medjugorje, visionaries and apparitions. The video also very well catches the atmosphere of Medjugorje, gives glimpse of experiences of pilgrims, their thoughts, emotions, lessons learned and their motivation to come to Medjugorje.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Irish Abortion Debate: PaddyAnglican (Stephen Neill) Pro-choice/Pro-abortion arguments demolished

Anglican priest Stephen Neill (aka Paddy Anglican)from Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary, in an article in his blog titled The Abortion Debate – Reluctantly leaving the Middle Ground! charts the reasons why he has now come down on the pro-choice/pro-abortion side in the Irish abortion debate.

Viewed superficially the article appears logical and well reasoned. However its moral basis is deeply flawed. He starts off on a false premise. He assumes that there is such a thing as the middle ground in relation to abortion. There is no such thing. One either favours the deliberate and intentional killing of an unborn child (abortion) or one does not. There is no half way house. He outlines the reasons behind his pro-choice stance. They are built on sand and collapse under the weight of their own internal contradictions.

  • Initially he favoured abortion in the case of rape. Of course he forgets that a child irrespective of how it was conceived is a human being. This applies not alone to rape but to incest as well. The guilty party is not executed. Why should the innocent unborn child be executed for the sins of its father?
  • He states:

    In my original letter to the Irish Times I regretted the at times casual regard for the life of the foetus by many in the ‘Pro-Choice’ camp and I went on to say that to minimize the reality of abortion as the termination of a life is to ‘undermine our own humanity’. However I find even more disturbing the approach of many in the ‘Pro-Life’ camp and I still stand over what I wrote in that earlier letter: ‘When it comes to the ‘Pro-life’ group the principal fault is ironically the failure to take seriously the life of the mother. Their pro-life stance is somewhat selective. The mother is portrayed as a vessel whose sole purpose is to support the life within her with no account for her own humanity, welfare and integrity. Her motivations in choosing abortion, no matter how traumatic or medically necessary, are ignored and her actions are described in terms of murder regardless of the circumstances. This is cruel and for want of a better word tantamount to misogyny.’

    In short he smears the pro-life side and misrepresents its stance. Pro-life groups are not misogynistic. Pro-life groups oppose the deliberate and intentional killing of the unborn child. They do not oppose all treatment necessary to save the life of the mother though the child may unintentionally die in the course of such treatment. But every effort must be made to save the life of the child.
  • He states:

    As the debate has continued I have become more and more uncomfortable with the predominance of male voices who pontificate on this issue with little if any sympathy for the complex variety of situations in which women considering abortion find themselves. Yes there are ‘pro-life’ women too but I think we as men need to ask ourselves a question before we even presume to weigh into this debate: How would we feel if we were the one’s who had the privilege and the pain of childbearing? The answer is we don’t know and thus all our contributions should be made in the context of respect for the role of women and humility in the light of our own inevitable ignorance.

    There is no predominance of male voices on this issue. This is a generalisation and is not based on any scientific research. Pro-life groups have very strong female representation. This applies to pro-life organisations not alone in Ireland but in the US as well. He refers to the pain of child bearing. Unfortunately this is true but it is not an argument to intentionally kill an innocent unborn child. And even if the majority of voices on the pro-life side were male it would not be an argument for legalisation of abortion. Incidentally a child cannot be conceived without the male. So males have a right to speak out on abortion as well as women. Has the good Canon ever considered the psychological trauma for the father when his child is aborted?
  • He states:

    We human beings as well as being created have been given the ability to create life and that is our choice. We are not forced by God to do so. Even Mary, the Christ bearer, was given the choice to say yes or no to bearing the incarnate Lord.

    This is a bogus argument. The Virgin Mary was not given the choice to abort the baby Jesus. She was asked to carry the baby to term. She is a model for all expectant mothers
  • He states:

    On a pragmatic level I am also increasingly swayed by the fact that we already have abortion in Ireland. Its just that we export the implementation of it and in so doing condemn women to an often lonely and frightening journey to foreign shores. Here they have non of the support structures of friends and family and even on arrival home are afraid to disclose what they have experienced. In some cases where post abortion complications arise this is potentially life threatening and does not reflect well on our compassion as a nation. What we don’t know may not hurt us but this fools paradise we choose to live in is hurting women every day.

    This is another bogus argument. The fact that the UK has legalised what is immoral is not a reason for Ireland to follow suit. 200,000 unborn children are killed annually in the UK. When David Steele the brainchild behind the 1967 UK Abortion Act advises us not to go down the abortion route he should be listened to. He now sees the folly of his own actions.
  • He states:

    And finally it comes down to TRUST. If we are to truly respect the role of women in childbearing then we have to trust them with that role without subjecting them to the kind of overbearing oversight that is proposed in the new legislation. Yes all life is precious and deserves respect but that includes the lives of women who must face the joys and agonies of childbearing and childbirth and all the complexities that involves. Their ‘yes’, and even their ‘no’ is something which we must respect. And so if you haven’t already realised I have vacated the Middle Ground and must now declare myself Pro-Choice. I do so because I feel that I must trust women with the integrity of their own bodies. The alternative is to be party to a culture of coercion and enforcement which takes from women that most fundamental right of determining their own role in Creation. That is for me fundamental to their humanity and to mine.

    This is another flawed argument. It is not the woman’s choice to deliberately kill an unborn child. The child belongs to God. Introducing TRUST into the argument is a red herring. Under the Law of God humans do not have the right to deliberately kill an innocent unborn child. However women are entitled to all treatment necessary to save their lives even if the unborn child unintentionally dies in the course of the treatment. Every effort must be made to save the life of the unborn child as well. Incidentally fathers have rights also.

In summary the arguments put forward by Stephen Neill do not stack up. Viewed superficially they appear attractive. When subjected to scrutiny they collapse under the weigh of their own internal contradictions. There is nothing compassionate about abortion. Canon Neill needs to revisit the subject and go back to basic Christian principles. His article may be accessed HERE

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

25th Medjugorje conference at Notre Dame this weekend

SOUTH BEND -- Dan Davis could very well be speaking for many of the thousands who have attended the annual National Medjugorje Conference at the University of Notre Dame. "The conference is like a yearly retreat for my family," says the seminarian from Fort Wayne. "We always come back from it feeling refreshed and on fire for Jesus and Mary." Entering its 25th year and sponsored by Queen of Peace Ministries in South Bend, the conference, which takes place this weekend, is the longest running Marian conference of its size, according to the ministry's director, Deacon Brian Miller.

"This conference was inspired by my experiences on a 1986 pilgrimage to Medjugorje," explains Miller, referring to the little village in Bosnia-Hercegovina where the Virgin Mary is reported to be appearing. The conference begins Friday at the Joyce. May 24 Doors open at 5 p.m., with the rosary and Eucharistic procession to the Grotto scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The conference concludes with Holy Mass at 1 p.m. Sunday.... Read full story HERE

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Video:Apparition to Mirjana, 2 May 2013

Marian Prayer:To The Blessed Virgin Mary For May

O most august and blessed Virgin Mary!
Holy Mother of God! glorious Queen of heaven and earth!
powerful protectress of those who love thee,
and unfailing advocate of all who invoke thee!
look down, I beseech thee,
from thy throne of glory on thy devoted child;
accept the solemn offering I present thee of this month,
specially dedicated to thee,
and receive my ardent, humble desire,
that by my love and fervor I could worthily honor thee,
who, next to God, art deserving of all honor.
Receive me, 0 Mother of Mercy,
among thy best beloved children;
extend to me thy maternal tenderness and solicitude;
obtain for me a place in the Heart of Jesus,
and a special share in the gifts of His grace.
0 deign, I beseech thee,
to recognize my claims on thy protection,
to watch over my spiritual and temporal interests,
as well as those of all who are dear to me;
to infuse into my soul the spirit of Christ,
and to teach me thyself
to become meek, humble, charitable, patient,
and submissive to the will of God.

May my heart bum with the love of thy Divine Son,
and of thee, His blessed Mother, not for a month alone,
but for time and eternity;
may I thirst for the promotion of His honor and thine,
and contribute, as far as I can, to its extension.
Receive me, 0 Mary, the refuge of sinners!
Grant me a Mother's blessing and a Mother's care,
now, and at the hour of my death. Amen.

Prayer to Our Lady in Time of Trouble

Holy Virgin Mary, you are reigning in glory, with Jesus, your Son.
Remember us in our sadness. Look kindly on all who are suffering
or fighting against any difficulty.
Have pity on those who are separated from someone they love.
Have pity on the loneliness of our hearts.
Have pity on the weakness of our faith and love.
Have pity on those who are weeping, on those who are praying, on those who are fearful.
Holy Mother, please obtain for all of us hope and peace with justice.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Polish and Borussia Dortmund Soccer Star Lewandowski: I am not ashamed of Jesus

Robert Lewandowski the Borussia Dortmund striker who scored four goals against Real Madrid is a staunch Catholic. He is also one of the mainstays of the Polish national soccer team. He is not afraid to speak publicly about his Catholic faith. Indeed, he has also joined the campaign of Polish Catholics called "I'm not ashamed of Jesus", saying, "The world today is going very fast and sometimes we forget our values and what is really important. Faith helps me not only on the field but also off it to try to be a good person and follow a right path for my life. I adhere to this campaign because I am a Catholic and I'm not ashamed of Jesus and have faith in Him. I know that God always looks after me." Another champion of football is certainly Lionel Messi who is not shy to express his Catholic beliefs.

Javier Zanetti, Inter Milan captain and also from Argentina, has just recently had the privilege of meeting the Pope: "It was a thrilling encounter because when he was elected, the first desire I had was to meet him," he said. "I found myself in front of a simple person with a huge heart. He added, as a practicing Catholic: "Faith is so important in the world and we are all neighbors."

Italian Athlete Daniele Greco who won a gold medal in the triple jump at the European Championships in Sweden is another practicing Catholic. "I do not try to improve myself for my glory,which is vain. When he got engaged to Francesca, the ring was a rosary. At that point the two spent a short few days in Medjugorje.