Monday, October 20, 2014

Rosary Rallies blanket America

In a world in crisis, 12,629 Rosary Rallies took place in America!

And 12,629 Red roses were offered to Our Lady in Fatima!

Click here to watch a video and read report.

I'm thrilled to inform you that 12,629 Public Square Rosary Rallies were held last Saturday, Oct. 11, from coast to coast .

My brother who heads the TFP Student Action group of Catholic young man put together a video you will want to watch.   Click here.

But why so much insistence on the Rosary?

One of my favored quotes about the Rosary is from Saint Dominic:

“The Rosary will be a very powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, deliver from sin and dispel heresy.”

That’s why we organized a record-breaking number of Public Square Rosary Rallies.

A total of 12,629 rallies across America...

Over 12,000 acts of faith and public devotion...

Over 12,000 reasons for hope and courage...

Watch the New York City Rosary Rally video.

Everyday we see how our warped culture tries to banish God from the public square, and uproot moral values and dismantle the family.

But we cannot let that continue.

That’s why a growing number of Americans are turning to God and the Blessed Mother for strength, courage and hope.  In fact, the need for conversion, prayer and penance is more pressing today than it was in 1917 when Our Lady appeared to Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia.

And where is our hope?  The Rosary is our hope.  We need a big time miracle.

Our Lord Jesus during His public life cured many people but He would then say to person he cured, “Your Faith has cured you.”  If America can have faith in the Rosary, America will be cured!

So let's never give up.  Never.

Because the Mother of God has given us a promise of God's final triumph:

"In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph!"

I invite you to click here and read the report and then sign up to become a Rosary Rally Captain for 2015.  Help the Rosary effort!  Help save America!  Help save souls!

Also, on October 12, the eve of the feast of the Miracle of the Sun, 12,629 Red roses and thousands of White roses more were offered to Our Lady of Fatima, in Portugal.

See slide show.

God bless you and see you next year, in the public square, with Rosary in hand!

Click: The report includes pictures and a video

Sign up and become a 2015 Rosary Rally Captain

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A “Way of the Cross” Society

Painting by Leopold Loeffler of a family that lost everything due to war.

Painting by Leopold Loeffler of a family that lost everything due to war.

Lest we be accused of glorifying the past, any dream of an ideal society cannot exclude the reality of hardship and suffering that comes from God’s punishment of our first parents: “With labor and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life” (Gn 3:17).

Dreams become nostalgic and romantic fantasies if they are not linked with the reality of suffering and tragedy. We must therefore take to heart the model of the Cross.

crucifixJust as consumer society presupposes the consumer, Christian civilization presupposed the Christian. The Christian was not just a religious label. Rather it was the development of “the human type that had been produced by ten centuries of spiritual discipline and intensive cultivation of the inner life.”* He was and is “another Christ,” inseparable from His Cross.

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What characterized early medieval man was his understanding that once disordered passions were let loose, they would unleash a tyrannical rule upon everything. This applied to private life, but this could also be seen in the barbaric and unruly passions of invading peoples who wreaked such havoc on medieval Europe.

Painting by Gustav Reinhold

Painting by Gustav Reinhold

Thus, medieval man perceived that the fight against these unbridled passions must play a central role in his private life. He also understood that in society there must always be dedicated sectors on the front lines of this great battle that, inspired by the Faith, take an attitude of fighting to the death at any moment to defend society as a whole.** The medieval knight, for example, held this ideal literally, as the civilizing monks of the West did analogously in their interior martyrdom.

* Christopher Dawson, Religion and the Rise of Western Culture (New York: Sheed and Ward, 1950), 9.

** “The life of man upon earth is a warfare” (Jb 7:1).

John Horvat II, Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society—Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here, and Where We Need To Go (York, Penn.: York Press, 2013), 331.

 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Massive bouquet of roses from the United States delivered to Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal – despite heavy soaking rain

By Michael Gorre

Ninety-seven years ago, rain soaked the 70,000 witnesses of the miracle of the sun at the Cova da Iria in Fatima, Portugal. Part of the miracle was that they were completely dry within a matter of minutes.

Although we did not witness a miracle and we remained wet to the bone, ANF members Mr. Alvaro Zapata and myself presented over 13,000 roses to Our Lady in that very spot where she made the sun dance. Not letting the gusts of wind and driving rain deter them, our determined team of Portuguese pilgrims under the able direction of Mr. Felipe Barandiaran set down huge containers full of roses and held up the banners containing the names of all the 12,629  2014 Rosary Rally Captains (represented by the red roses) and all the Rosary Rally Sponsors (represented by the white roses).

In all the seven years we have been presenting the ever-increasing number of roses to Our Lady of Fatima, we have never been rained upon. It was as if Our Lady was putting us to the test as the winds and storms of our current world situation continue to get more and more difficult.

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Hoping to be able to light our large candles during a break in the torrential rain, we came to the Cova da Iria on October 13 with all eighteen of them. These heavy long candles had been made from the thousands of small ones sent in by our America Needs Fatima members with their accompanying intentions. The pouring rain continued unabated, however, and only seemed to intensify as we strained to light the candles in the downpour. Nevertheless, we managed to do it and their fiery glow was a beautiful contrast to the dark clouds that hung over us. Gazing at the flickering flames, we reflected deeply upon what they symbolize: the faith of each and every ANF member who perseveres in difficult times, in times when the storms and trials of life should have snuffed them out.

As we prayed at the Chapel of the Apparitions and at the tombs of Blesseds Jacinta and Francisco, we remembered all the valiant Rosary Rally Captains who put aside their human respect to pray for our country in public places. Later, as we walked among the olive trees of Valinhos where Our Lady appeared in August of 1917 and visited the site where the Angel of Portugal appeared to the three shepherds to prepare them for the coming of Our Lady, we continued to pray for all our ANF members and their intentions, asking Our Lady that she make of them shining examples of faith, hope and charity, in a world of doubt, despair and rejection of God.

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Pietas Mariana Britannica: England’s Extraordinary Devotion to Mary

by Ben Broussard


When mentioning the country of England, images immediately come to mind of the Houses of Parliament, double-decker buses, high tea and…devotion to Mary?

In a book published in the late 19th century titled Pietas Mariana Britannica: A History of Devotion to the Mother of God in England, Mr. Edmund Waterton takes his readers far from all the modern stereotypes to a time when England was known as Dos Mariae, Our Lady’s Dowry.

During the Middle Ages, devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary thrived in every European country, and England was no exception. On the contrary, from the cosmopolitan city of London to the fishing villages of Cornwall, from the northern stretches of Yorkshire to the storied city of Canterbury, every corner of the country had its own particular way of paying homage to the Mother of God.

The view of England as a cold, closed nation marked by a Protestant spirit contrasts greatly with the realm portrayed by Waterton. Studying in continental Europe during his youth, the author makes known his initial dismay at the lack of Catholic piety in his native land. However, through the influence of his professors and investigating the hidden history of his country, the fruits of his research have yielded a beautiful tome which details the marvelous ways in which Englishman paid homage to their Heavenly Queen.

A Marian Culture
Mr. Waterton clearly demonstrates how for centuries, being English and being devoted to Mary were synonymous. In every parish in the land, laypeople would meet daily to recite the Little Office of Our Lady, which was commonly memorized and prayed while travelling. Students at Oxford and Cambridge were required to recite Matins from the Office of Our Lady while making their beds in the morning, as well as pray the Rosary while hearing the morning Mass. Beggars would sing the Salve Regina when asking for alms, and Saturdays were days of fasting and almsgiving in Our Lady’s honor. Expectant mothers were given girdles with the text of the Magnificat inscribed on them. The author shows just how ingrained Marian devotion was by enumerating how vast numbers of churches, chapels, bells, gates, estates, lands, guilds and entire cities came to be consecrated to Mary in every part of England.

Mr. Waterton spends the entire second half of the book detailing the particular devotions of more than 200 English villages and towns, from the more obscure such as Our Lady of Pity at Southwold, to the impressive array of Marian sanctuaries in London and Coventry. As he makes clear in this second section, Catalogue of Shrines, Sanctuaries, Offerings, Bequests, and Other Memorials of the Piety of Our Forefathers, the research was limited due to the numerous documents which had been destroyed by the time he was writing in the late 19th century. He makes clear that many volumes could be filled had there not been so much devastation wrought by previous generations. Nonetheless, the reader cannot fail to be impressed by the widespread and centuries-long piety in all parts of the kingdom.

Our Lady of Walsingham, a centuries old devotion to Our Lady in England.

Photo credit Thorvaldsson.

Our Lady Comes to England
The great Mother of God even graced the island with her presence when she appeared at Walsingham and commanded a sanctuary built in her honor, and for centuries called the Holy Land of Walsingham. In 1061 the widow Richeldis received a vision of the Blessed Virgin, and coming to the site Our Lady had designated for the sanctuary, stood astonished as the angels proceeded to construct the shrine exactly the same as the Holy House at Nazareth. Mr. Waterton makes clear the striking similarities between the shrine at Walsingham with the Holy House of Loreto, Italy.

Devotion grew over the centuries, and every king and queen of England from St. Edward the Confessor up to and including Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon walked barefoot as pilgrims from London to Walsingham, a distance of over 120 miles.
The most popular place of pilgrimage in England was not only frequented by the English, but Europeans from various countries would travel there to seek the intercession of Our Lady of Walsingham for their temporal and spiritual needs.

Much is Lost, Much to be Regained
Since the time Mr. Waterton was writing, there has been a significant loss in the level of the average reader. Many reading his work today will have trouble with extensive passages in Latin and French which he leaves untranslated, as well as the occasional section in Old English which may take some moments to decipher.

The reader who perseveres, however, will be mourning the much greater loss of such a vibrant Marian culture that thrived prior to the Protestant Revolt. Indeed, the facts described within these pages make Henry VIII and his contemporaries’ break with the Church all the more monstrous. If little survived to the days of Mr. Waterton in the 19th century due to the unprecedented iconoclasm of previous eras, the same can be said with greater certainty today as to the extant legacy of the Marian devotion of our ancestors.

The author leaves no stone unturned in such a monumental work extolling the devotion to the Queen of Heaven in the land of England, and leaves his reader with the distinct hope that what was once so commonplace can one day be regained. May Our Lady of Walsingham place this wonderful book in the hands of those who need it most, and may devotion to her once again thrive among all Englishmen and their descendants throughout the world.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Distinguished America Needs Fatima authors to share insights on family, honor, faith and tradition – Gettysburg, PA

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John Horvat II and Norman Fulkerson will hold presentation Oct 19.

Family, honor, faith and tradition are the most powerful tools Americans have to reclaim their great country from the throes of social and economic chaos, according to the two distinguished presenters of “What’s Dividing the Nation and Why it is Important That You Make a Difference.”

Internationally followed speaker and author of Return to Order, John Horvat II, and Norman Fulkerson, contributing editor of Crusade Magazine and the author of the award-winning book, An American Knight, will share their insights about how to end the socioeconomic divisions in the nation while revving up your patriotism.

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The event will take place Sunday, Oct. 19, from 2-5 p.m. with registration beginning at 1:30 p.m. It will be held at Olivia’s Restaurant, located at 3015 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325. The cost is $12 per person, which includes light fare and beverages. A copy of each book will be raffled off and both books will be available for purchase and signing.

John Horvat, II, vice president of The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) and author of Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society will share his solutions for a better America. The book is the fruit of 20 years of research and is the backbone and doctrinal basis for this non-partisan, non-profit effort to help America return to order.

“The key to learning how you can confront the nation’s problems is first to understand them,” Horvat said.

Horvat’s Return to Order was #1 on Amazon/Kindle in four countries in December, has sold 25,000 copies to date and has received dozens of endorsements. In addition to being a scholar, researcher, and international speaker, Horvat contributes regularly to media outlets across America such as The Wall Street Journal, FOX News, The Christian Post, The Washington Times, ABC News, C-SPAN, and TheBlaze.com.

Following Horvat, Fulkerson will discuss “How Role Models Can Inspire the Family: The case of Col. John Ripley USMC,” which demonstrates how role models can change family dynamics, invigorate parents and inspire the hearts of teenagers. An American Knight, a Military Writers of America 2010 Gold Medal Winner (Biography), draws on Ripley’s achievements to inspire a hero-starved society to become true Christian Americans.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend, and Mr. Horvat welcomes advanced or on-site media interviews. To receive an electronic media kit, a complimentary copy of Return to Order for review, or to schedule an interview, please call Linda F. Radke at 480-940-8182, or email fivestarpublications@gmail.com.

City of Houston Demands Pastors Turn over Sermons

 

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.

“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”  Read more:

http://townhall.com/columnists/toddstarnes/2014/10/14/city-of-houston-demands-pastors-turn-over-sermons-n1905119

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Supreme Court halts part of Texas pro-life law that shut down more than a dozen abortion facilities

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By Ben Johnson, LifeSiteNews.com

The Supreme Court has granted the request of abortion facility owners to suspend a central provision of a Texas pro-life law until a federal appeals court rules on its constitutionality.

That decision could allow as many as a dozen abortion facilities unwilling or unable to meet tighter safety and health requirements to reopen their doors.

In a 6-3 decision, the justices stopped the state of Texas from requiring abortion facilities to meet the same health and safety standards as other ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs).

The justices upheld the law's admitting privileges requirement, except in the case of two abortion facilities in McAllen and El Paso, which they allowed to reopen – for the second time.

The order, released today, noted that Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas voted against blocking either safety standards or admitting privileges provision. That means Chief Justice John Roberts voted for one or both of the other provisions.

The document did not elaborate the justices' reasons for granting the stay.

The Texas Alliance for Life called the ruling a “significant temporary setback.”

“The U.S. Supreme Court struck a huge blow to the health and safety of women throughout Texas by blocking a federal appeals court ruling that demanded abortionists obtain admitting privileges at hospitals in order for their facilities to remain open,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “In the name of access to abortion instead of the protection of women’s health and safety, the Court is allowing facilities operating under subpar standards to remain open.”

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel had struck down part of the law on August 29, arguing that forcing women to drive 150 miles for an abortion constituted an “undue burden” to women, thus violating the Supreme Court's 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey ruling. He also scaled back the admitting privileges mandate.

Then, on October 2, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit overturned his ruling and allowed Texas to enforce the law statewide. That put more than a dozen abortion facilities in the state out of business.

The full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case, but court watchers speculate the Supreme Court justices may want to decide the issue for themselves.

In the meantime, pro-life activists warn of the consequences of this court order.

“The Kermit Gosnell trial was a grim reminder of what happens when political correctness trumps common sense health safety standards for women,” Hawkins said. “There is no right to an unsafe abortion and for abortion advocates to promote a lower standard of care for women just to ensure the sacred cow of abortion remains intact is morally indefensible.”