December 12, 2008

News about a good Catholic dad in the Congress of the U.S.A.

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December 11, 2008

In 1985, Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) predicted the conditions that would cause the laws of economy to collapse.

"... the development of economic systems
which concentrate on the common good
depends on a determinate ethical system,
which in turn can be born and sustained
only by strong religious convictions.
... the decline of such discipline
can actually cause the laws
of the market to collapse."

Read more about it.
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December 07, 2008

The life of monks-- a topic particularly dear to Pope Benedict

His words to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
Thursday, 20 November 2008

... a topic particularly dear to me: monasticism, a forma vitae that has always been inspired by the nascent Church which was brought into being at Pentecost (Acts 2: 42-47; 4: 32-35). From the conclusions of your work that has focused especially on female monastic life useful indications can be drawn to those monks and nuns who "seek God", carrying out their vocation for the good of the whole Church. Recently too (cf. Address to the world of culture, Paris, 12 September 2008), I desired to highlight the exemplarity of monastic life in history, stressing that its aim is at the same time both simple and essential: quaerere Deum, to seek God and to seek him through Jesus Christ who has revealed him (cf. Jn 1: 18), to seek him by fixing one's gaze on the invisible realities that are eternal (cf. 2 Cor 4: 18), in the expectation of our Saviour's appearing in glory (cf. Ti 2: 13).

Christo omnino nihil praeponere [prefer nothing to Christ] (cf. Rule of Benedict 72, 11; Augustine, Enarr. in Ps 29: 9; Cyprian, Ad Fort 4). These words which the Rule of St Benedict takes from the previous tradition, clearly express the precious treasure of monastic life lived still today in both the Christian West and East. It is a pressing invitation to mould monastic life to the point of making it an evangelical memorial of the Church and, when it is authentically lived, "a reference point for all the baptized" (cf. John Paul II, Orientale lumen, n. 9). By virtue of the absolute primacy reserved for Christ, monasteries are called to be places in which room is made for the celebration of God's glory, where the mysterious but real divine presence in the world is adored and praised, where one seeks to live the new commandment of love and mutual service, thus preparing for the final "revelation of the sons of God" (Rm 8: 19). When monks live the Gospel radically, when they dedicate themselves to integral contemplative life in profound spousal union with Christ, on whom this Congregation's Instruction Verbi Sponsa (13 May 1999) extensively reflected, monasticism can constitute for all the forms of religious life and consecrated life a remembrance of what is essential and has primacy in the life of every baptized person: to seek Christ and put nothing before his love.

The path pointed out by God for this quest and for this love is his Word itself, who in the books of the Sacred Scriptures, offers himself abundantly, for the reflection of men and women. The desire for God and love of his Word are therefore reciprocally nourished and bring forth in monastic life the unsupressable need for the opus Dei, the studium orationis and lectio divina, which is listening to the Word of God, accompanied by the great voices of the tradition of the Fathers and Saints, and also prayer, guided and sustained by this Word. The recent General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, celebrated in Rome last month on the theme: The Word of God in the life and mission of the Church, renewing the appeal to all Christians to root their life in listening to the Word of God contained in Sacred Scripture has especially invited religious communities to make the Word of God their daily food, in particular through the practice of lectio divina (cf. Elenchus praepositionum, n. 4).

Dear brothers and sisters, those who enter the monastery seek there a spiritual oasis where they may learn to live as true disciples of Jesus in serene and persevering fraternal communion, welcoming possible guests as Christ himself (cf. Rule of Benedict, 53, 1). This is the witness that the Church asks of monasticism also in our time. Let us invoke Mary, Mother of the Lord, the "woman of listening", who put nothing before love for the Son of God, born of her, so that she may help communities of consecrated life and, especially, monastic communities to be faithful to their vocation and mission. May monasteries always be oases of ascetic life, where fascination for the spousal union with Christ is sensed, and where the choice of the Absolute of God is enveloped in a constant atmosphere of silence and contemplation.


I received the following letter from a woman who attends daily Mass at my monastery. Please read it!

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Dear Monks of Prince of Peace Abbey....

... please pray for local Catholic attorney Chuck LiMandri, the four San Diego firefighters and their families who are fighting for justice, and their new judge and jury.

Chuck represents the four courageous Christian firemen who were ordered against their will to participate in the 2007 San Diego Gay Pride Parade. During that parade they were subjected to numerous offensive "cat calls" and gestures of a sexual nature and were the object of many obscene and lewd acts. Their case for sexual harassment against the City of San Diego is set to proceed to retrial on January 16, 2009.

As the wife of a retired Los Angeles Fired Department fireman and the mother of two active firemen, I attended the first trial in September 2008 in support of my friend Chuck and the four firemen. The jury deadlocked one vote short of victory for the firemen. (I am also very active in this issue in Los Angeles, and have spoken at City Council meetings and Fire Commission meetings about their participation in Gay Pride festivals and parades.)

Chuck says: "This is an important precedent setting case that will undoubtedly impact our constitutional rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion. As you are aware, our religious liberty is under attack in this country from atheists, secularists and radical homosexual activists. These four brave firefighters and I need your help to continue this important fight. We have already incurred approximately $1 million in attorneys' fees and costs and the case is far from over."

If you feel called to help the four firemen and Chuck with this critical case, in addition to your prayers, any contribution would be greatly appreciated. A victory in this case will be of great benefit to all, nationwide.

For more information about the Firefighters' Defense Fund and how you can help, please visit Chuck's website at:

You may make a donation on Chuck's website.... Or if you prefer, send a check through the mail. (Internet donors to the Firefighters' Defense Fund will receive an automatic email receipt from Chuck which is sent by the administrator of the fund.)

Chuck is no stranger to the struggle to preserve our religious freedom. He was the lead attorney in the highly successful Mount Soledad Cross case in San Diego. Chuck was present at the Oval Office ceremony in Washington DC when President Bush signed into law a plan to transfer San Diego's Mount Soledad cross to federal control in an effort to avoid its court-ordered removal.

Chuck is also the General Counsel of the National Organization for Marriage/California, which helped spearhead the successful campaign for Prop. 8 (the Protect Marriage Amendment) in California.

Please join Eric and I in helping Chuck preserve our precious liberties, which are at grave risk, especially with your prayers and perhaps donating to this important cause. Also, please share this email with your families, friends and associates.