Halloween: The Birthdate of the Reformation

Some Halloween History

Jealousy vs. Envy

Jealous means “apprehensive or vengeful out of fear of being replaced by someone else.” It can also mean “watchful,” “anxiously suspicious,” “zealous,” or “expecting complete devotion.” The last is normally applied to God. 

Jealous means “apprehensive or vengeful out of fear of being replaced by someone else.” It can also mean “watchful,” “anxiously suspicious,” “zealous,” or “expecting complete devotion.” The last is normally applied to God.

The noun form is jealousy; the adverb form, jealously.

Envy means “to bear a grudge toward someone due to coveting what that person has or enjoys.” In a milder sense, it means “the longing for something someone else has without any ill will intended toward that person.” Envy can be a noun or verb.

The adjective form is envious; the adverb form, enviously.

A person envies someone towards whom he has ill will because of that person’s success, achievements, and the like. He envies something that belongs to someone else and to which he has no right or claim. He is jealous of intrusion onto something that belongs to him or upon which he maintains a claim.

An envious attitude is always negative. A jealous outlook is usually negative but it can be positive, depending on its object and inclination. For example, a man may be jealous when another man talks to his wife (negative); however, a free people must jealously guard their liberties if they want to keep them (positive).

Prayers Needed

Prayers are still needed for this man. The Real Michael Schiavo

Mass Intentions & Purgatory

When you have a Mass said for the intention of a deceased loved one you are indirectly confirming your belief in Purgatory. If your loved one is in Heaven, they doesn’t need a Mass said for them. If they are in Hell, all the Masses in the world won’t do them any good. So by default your offering of a Mass for a decease loved shows you care for their soul which may be in Purgatory.

NJ Supreme Court

As you know, there are a half dozen lawsuits to strike down marriage pending in states across the country. We’ve just learned that one of these cases (the lawsuit in New Jersey) will be decided today at 3:00pm EST. 

The following is an email from the Alliance for Marriage organization

As you know, there are a half dozen lawsuits to strike down marriage pending in states across the country. We’ve just learned that one of these cases (the lawsuit in New Jersey) will be decided today at 3:00pm EST.

AFM filed a major brief in this case and has followed it closely. When I heard the news about the timing of the decision, I initially took this as an indication that we would win. I have always assumed that a defeat for our side would be held at least until after the Election.

However, as if the naked political calculus of the courts were not already offensive enough, there is another tawdry story behind the timing of tomorrow’s decision in New Jersey.

The real reason the court is coming down with the decision tomorrow is that the liberal Chief Justice (Deborah Poritz) is going to be forced to retire at midnight on October 25 because she turns 70. She has long wanted to make this marriage case her legacy. So she is rushing it out the door before her retirement to retain control over the outcome.

It really builds your faith in the courts to know this, doesn’t it? The reality is that they’re about as impartial and apolitical as the media when it comes to the debate over marriage.

At present, we are right on the edge of a precipice. So we all need to watch and pray as the latest in an ongoing series of court cases – any one of which can take us over the edge – comes down at 3:00pm EST tomorrow.

Thank you for your partnership in our efforts to ensure that more children in America are raised in a home with a mother and a father.

AFM

Missouri Amendment 2

Before you vote next month you need to make sure you know exactly what the ballot measure means and not just what is written on the ballot. Missouri Amendment 2 is not what it appears at first glance. Hopefully the residents of the “Show Me State” won’t be fooled by how the ballot reads.

Before you vote next month you need to make sure you know exactly what the ballot measure means and not just what is written on the ballot. Missouri Amendment 2 is not what it appears at first glance. Hopefully the residents of the “Show Me State” won’t be fooled by how the ballot reads.

Amendment 2

Tricky Lawyers

2 Tricky

The Monastery

Ever wonder what it would be like to live as a monk? Well TLC has a new reality series based on a number of men spending some time in a desert Monastery in New Mexico. The Monastery can be seen on Sunday nights at 9pm CST.

TLC Monastery

USA Today Article

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Bishop Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix

One of Bishop Olmsted’s first assignments as a priest was at my parish in Lincoln, NE when I was a child. He is now the Bishop of Phoenix. He is a Bishop that can be admired by all Catholics for his clear teaching and direction. Here are a few of the questions and answers and the link to his booklet Catholics in the Public Square

Is it mandatory for Catholics to follow what the Pope or Bishops say on political issues? …

Bishop Olmsted’s first assignments as a priest was at my parish in Lincoln, NE when I was a child. He is now the Bishop of Phoenix. He is a Bishop that can be admired by all Catholics for his clear teaching and direction. Here are a few of the questions and answers and the link to his booklet Catholics in the Public Square

Is it mandatory for Catholics to follow what the Pope or Bishops say on political issues?

Because they are the leaders of the Church, it is always important to respect statements from the Church’s hierarchy. It is the role of the Pope and the bishops to teach clearly on matters of faith and morals, including those touching on political issues.

There are some matters, however, on which Catholics may disagree with the Church’s hierarchy. In some cases, for example, a Catholic may agree with the teaching of the Church, but come to a different prudential judgment about its application.

Examples of these issues might include an instance where someone agrees with the Church’s teaching on “just war” or “capital punishment,” but reaches a different conclusion as to whether the facts of the situation constitute a “just war” or the “rare” circumstances where capital punishment may be used under Church teaching.

It should be emphasized, however, that despite these examples, there are other issues, such as abortion or euthanasia, that are always wrong and do not allow for the correct use of prudential judgment to justify them. It would never be proper for Catholics to be on the opposite side of these issues.

Why does the Church set such high standards for Catholics?

The high standards to which Catholics (and all Christians) are called come from Christ. We find them in the Sacred Scriptures. For example, Jesus said (Jn 14:15), “ If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” He also said (Mk 8:34-36), “ Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the Gospel will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?”

We also find in the Sacred Scriptures admonitions such as those of St. Paul to Timothy where he writes (I Tim 4:2-5), “ Proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths. But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your ministry.”

There are cases where Catholics in public life serve with great courage and distinction. They measure up to the high standards set by Christ. There are others, sadly, who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin where the risk of scandal is great. In the matter of abortion, for example, abortion is the killing of a completely innocent life and thus bad news for both unborn children and their mothers. It is a horrible wrong. It is intrinsically evil.

We have a serious obligation to protect human life, and especially the lives of the most innocent and vulnerable among us. Whoever fails to do this, when otherwise able to do so, commits serious sins of omission. They jeopardize their own spiritual wellbeing and they are a source of scandal for others. Should they be Catholics, they should not receive Holy Communion.

Catholic Salutations

Well I’m always wondering what you call the Bishop on those occasions where you come in contact with him. Here is what I’ve found regarding the proper etiquette of salutations for higher ranking Roman Catholic clergy.

Your Holiness for the Pope (That’s the easy one)
Your Eminence for a Cardinal
Your Excellency for a Bishop or Archbishop

Limbo May Be In Limbo

The Catholic Church has always taught that there was a Heaven & Hell. Purgatory was also accepted as official church doctrine, but Limbo has not been. Limbo was suggested as a place that unbaptized babies would go in death. Limbo has never been an official teaching of the Catholic Church and it appears that it never will.

Regarding Limbo