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This will move you to tears - the trailer for Don't Cry For Me Sudan

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Access this site to watch the trailer for the film that has made about Fr. John Lee Tae-seok's mission among the people of Sudan. The glimpses in this trailer of the peaceful and joyful way Fr John tended to the lepers really had me reaching for the kleenex.


The 21st-century ‘saint’ you’ve never heard of

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Fr John Lee Tae-soek was once so scared of lepers that he hid from them, but he became their champion...check out the full article that I wrote for The Catholic Herald here. 

Ireland: Is the Morning After Pill being mistaken for smarties? Only Smarties have the answer

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The Irish Medicines Board (‘IMB’) has given the go-ahead to one brand of Morning After Pill – ‘NorLevo’ – to be given over the counter. This is so-called ‘emergency contraception’ is to be sold without prescription. While it is thought that individual pharmacists will check the ages of the customers who want to buy it – it’s a grey area whether or not it will be an offence to sell it to someone who is underage and without their parents or doctor knowing. And it cuts out the role of a doctor examining the ‘customer’ to find out if they are suitable for the MAP. Girls buying the Morning After Pill aren’t patients – they will be ‘consumers’ randomly buying this mega-dose of hormones along with cotton wool and cough sweets. It certainly lends a very casual attitude to taking the MAP. In effect, a precocious thirteen year old could walk giggling into a pharmacy and procure the MAP. This is being hailed as progress by pro-abortion pressure groups in Ireland because they say that if it’s tak…

Let’s all say ‘the bullet’ for three days that the integrity of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum will be preserved and the celebration of the Tridentine Latin Mass will be extended

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Please post this prayer on your blog, it is the one the Holy Father calls "the bullet", it is so fast and effective, it goes straight to the heart of the Queen of Heaven:


A Prayer to the Blessed Virgin – never known to fail

O most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, faithful Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein thou art my Mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech Thee from the bottom of my heart to succour me in this necessity. (Make your request).
There are none that can withstand Thy power.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us (repeat three times)
I thank Thee for Thy mercy towards me and mine.

This prayer should be said for 3 days

Twitch of the mantilla to Linen on the Hedgerow.

Padre Pio: "When the Lord entrusts a soul to me, I place it on my shoulder and never let it go."

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May we always remember and take comfort in this promise from Padre Pio. When Padre Pio spoke of his devotion to his spiritual children, he said that he keeps the souls entrusted to him on his shoulder, and never forsakes them. It is believed that Padre Pio during his life on earth, offered up the slicing pain of his shoulder aches for his spiritual children. In the summer of 2009, I was fretting that I had not prayed to Padre Pio in some time, and was worried that Padre Pio had ‘forgotten’ me. A friend of mine who is mid-twenties like me, and who became a nun said to me that Padre Pio never neglects anyone who has prayed to him. Just because it had slipped my mind to pray to him - it didn't mean that Padre Pio would cease to intercede for me. Padre Pio puts his spiritual children on his shoulder – the very place where he felt the most agony. This shows the love and importance Padre Pio gives his spiritual children, he would offer up his greatest physical trial for the souls that ar…

Padre Pio: "On my shoulders is the whole world."

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From this beautifully researched article by Frank Rega. At one time, Padre had confided to his paisano from Pietrelcina, Brother Modestino Fucci, that his greatest pains occurred when he changed his undershirt…On February 4, 1971 Modestino was assigned the task of taking an inventory of all the items in the deceased Padre’s cell in the friary, and also his belongings in the archives. That day he discovered that one of Padre Pio’s undershirts bore a circle of bloodstains in the area of the right shoulder. (The picture is of Modestino Fucci). This reminded Brother Modestino that he had once read about a devotion to the shoulder wound of Jesus, caused by his bearing of the heavy cross beam, the patibulum, to Calvary. The beam could weigh up to 100 pounds…
On that very evening of February 4, 1971, Brother Modestino asked Padre Pio in prayer to enlighten him about the meaning of the bloodstained undershirt. He asked Padre to give him a sign if he truly bore Christ’s shoulder wound. Then h…

Padre Pio confided in the young John Paul II that his shoulder wound was his greatest suffering

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From a fascinating articleby Frank M. Rega. Shortly after World War II was over, a young Polish priest who was studying in Rome, Fr. Karol Wojtyla, visited Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo. This encounter took place around 1947 or 1948. At that time in post-war Italy, it was possible to have access to Padre Pio, since travel was difficult and great crowds were not besieging the Friary. The young priest spent almost a week in San Giovanni Rotondo during his visit, and was able to attend Padre Pio’s Mass and make his confession to the saint. Apparently, this was not just a casual encounter, and the two spoke together at length during Fr. Wojtyla’s stay.Their conversations gave rise to rumors in later years, after the Polish prelate had been elevated to the Papacy, that Padre Pio had told him he would become Pope. The story persists to the present day, even though on two or three occasions "Papa Wojtyla" denied it.
     Recently, new information about this visit has come to …

Abby Johnson, Former Planned Parenthood director joins staff of Live Action

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Read the full article from LifeSiteNews here.

February 16, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Today the pro-life group Live Action announced the addition of Abby Johnson, the former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility turned pro-life advocate, to the Live Action team. She will assume the role of Chief Research Strategist.
Live Action has been prominent in the news in recent weeks, after the release of a series of videos showing Planned Parenthood staffers apparently willing to aid and abet underage sex trafficking by advising a “pimp” how to obtain abortions and birth control for his young “sex workers.”  See a previous post for the footage of this 'pimp' in action.
Author of the new book “Unplanned,” Johnson worked and volunteered for Planned Parenthood for eight years until October of 2009 when she witnessed a 13-week old baby in an ultrasound-guided abortion lose the fight for its life in the womb. She is now a pro-life advocate. Since her high profile conv…

'Any vote for the Labour party is a vote for abortion' David Quinn on looming elections in Ireland

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Heading into Mass on Sunday I spotted the local Fine Gael and Labour candidates canvassing outside. The presence of the Labour candidate struck me as odd, to put it mildly. Labour party policy is pro-abortion. Therefore, on a very important issue Labour is utterly at variance with the beliefs of the vast majority of serious-minded practising Catholics.
Politicians seek votes where they may, but given the profound gulf between Labour and the Catholic Church on this issue, it seemed particularly cynical to be canvassing for votes in this way.
I've been amazed in the last few weeks at the number of practising Catholics I've come across who are considering voting for Labour. Given that Labour is pro-abortion, how do they justify this?
It turns out a lot of them haven't the first clue about Labour's position on abortion. Amazing, but true. They don't know, for example, that Labour wants to legislate for the X case ruling of 1992.
That ruling allows for abo…

Why We Saved Sex for Marriage Part Two

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From the interviewthey gave The Irish Times.
TOM and JACKI ASCOUGH


Jacki : “When Tom and I met there was an instant attraction. Very early on we had to make some tough decisions about how far we were going to go sexually. Because the attraction we felt was so strong, it took a lot of self-restraint on both our parts to draw a line and not cross it.
“But we both felt our relationship had the potential to be long term, and that kept us motivated to save sexual intercourse. It wasn’t always easy. Because when you are in love and the attraction is so strong, the desire is to get closer and closer physically.
“We both wanted to save sex for marriage whether that was going to be with each other or with someone else. A big key for us was communication. As our relationship progressed, we discussed it a lot! When I felt weak and wanted to give in to my sexual feelings, Tom would stay focused and remind me what we were at and visa versa. It wasn’t always easy, but because we loved e…

With heavenly perfume Padre Pio helped a couple put their marriage back together

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A married couple in England were experiencing marriage problems – they were almost at the point of splitting. They felt unable to resolve the problems by themselves, so they wrote to Padre Pio but did not receive a written answer to their problem. The couple decided that they would go to St. Giovanni Rotondo to meet Padre Pio in person. But at that time, the journey was very arduous and it was in the middle of winter with snow falling. They put their doubts to one side, and embarked on the journey.  On the way, they spent a night in Bern where they could only afford to stay in a shabby, rundown hotel. They were filled with doubt – they had travelled so far – and what if Padre Pio did not want to see them? Should they turn back? As they were discussing what to do, the room filled with a magnificent perfume, and the married couple became calm and still with this peaceful scent surrounding them. The wife looked for a source of this perfume, and thought that someone had left a bottle of pe…

Padre Pio prevented a gangster from murdering his wife, who then left crime and had a baby with his wife

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The year was 1921, and a hoodlum from a gang of hardened criminals had decided that he would murder his wife. His reason? He wanted to be free of her, so that he could marry another woman. But, he needed an alibi, and he coldly decided to kill his wife after she had been to confession to Padre Pio. 

His wife was a follower of Padre Pio, and the man suggested to her that they take a trip to see Padre Pio. When they arrived, he left his wife in a hotel, and went alone to arrange for her to have confession with Padre Pio. He plotted that while his wife was at confession, he would be seen in town to corroborate his alibi. He looked for an inn where he would invite others to have a drink with him. 

He would then make an excuse to leave the inn, kill his wife who would have just left confession and then return to the inn. Very much a plan of ‘have a drink, kill the wife, then have another drink’, not exactly the storylines of romantic comedy, but the mindset of the psychopathic gang…

Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood's Racist Founder

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Bronx, NY Planned Parenthood tells pimp he can pose as "guardian" for underage sex slaves

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When I lived in New York, the abortion 'clinic' featured in this Live Action video was rumoured to be the 'busiest' clinic in New York, by 'busy', it meant that this place did the most abortions. And because I worked across the road from this 'clinic', I saw multitudes going in, and from spot across the road, we were able to see the ambulances pulling up to take girls to hospital when 'the safe and easy procedure' hadn't gone well...
I went into this Planned Parenthood clinic in the Bronx with my friend Charlie Quinn. We were armed with a pro-life pamphlet that we were going to just show it to the staff. We got chased out by the security guard, with very colourful language shouted at us. Far more successful strategies are being used by Lila Rose to show the true colours of America’s largest abortion provider nefarious' practice. Moral of the story - go into Planned Parenthood with a pro-life pamphlet and be chased down the street. Or go…

Lila Rose - the new face of the pro-life cause

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Check out the interview  that I did with Lila Rose which is on The Catholic Herald's website. Last week Lila Rose generated global headlines when she released this undercover video footage of staff at Planned Parenthood giving advice to a man posing as a pimp seeking abortions for under-age prostitutes.


"Abortion has denied them the first and most basic of human rights..." Ronald Reagan

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Thanks to my friend Stella Little for sending me this video.

Why We Saved Sex for Marriage Part One

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PATRICK and THERESE McCRYSTAL gave The Irish Times their reasons.
What was your attitude to sex before marriage?

Patrick : “Growing up, my mum instilled in us that pre-marital sexual activity before marriage would deeply offend God. This was a strong enough motivation in all my relationships at university and afterwards to maintain my purity, so that I could save myself as an unspoiled gift to who would be my future wife – whoever she would be!”
Therese : “I made the decision at a reasonably early age, about 13, that I would not ruin my virginity before marriage. I was neither a prude nor naive, as I had two sisters both conceive babies as teenagers. The heartache it caused the whole family probably helped strengthen my resolve.
My parents were nothing less than heroic in their support of my sisters and that taught me a lot too. I was a virgin on my wedding day and so was my spouse. In fact, most of our friends present were too, so it’s not as unusual as you might have thought.”
How do y…