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The wave and the way…continued
July 15, 2008, 10:48 pm
Filed under: Thriving Not Just Surviving!

THRIVING NOT JUST SURVIVING!

A series of reflections on living the Christian Life in a Time of Cultural Upheaval (a Culture of Life under attack by a culture of death which erodes traditional beliefs and values).

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In 1968, the inhabitants of the city of Prague, Czechoslovakia, were bracing for the impending Soviet invasion of their city. In order to make things as difficult as possible for the invading army, the Czechs took down street signs and removed house numbers and door nameplates throughout the city. When the Soviet tanks and troops stormed into the city and demanded directions they received cooperative but baffling instructions that invariably led them someplace they did not want to go.

In 1968, the Czechs were the victims and the Soviet troops were the aggressors. Today, we see a role reversal where it is the impious aggressors who are taking down the ‘street signs’ leaving the masses in confusion. In our present time of cultural upheaval, not only have the old familiar cultural and moral signposts been torn down but now new unreliable and unintelligible signposts have been put up in their place by those promoting a new relativistic morality without God. Confusion reigns supreme amongst an overwhelming majority of the populace. A common way of coping with confusion seems to be to choose “the path of least resistance”. But the Christian has another path, a superior path: “I am the Way, and the Truth and the Life…” Jesus told His disciples (Jn 14:6). Christ is the path for the Christian, the road for Christianity.

Let’s look at this Christian Way in Christ. A lot has changed in our perception of walking this Way now that traditional moral signs imbedded within the very fabric of society have been pulled out from under us. What was once bad is now called good. Crimes of old are now common practice and enjoy the blessing of secular society. Many sins of the past are now, well…laughed at.

What is a Christian to do? Hold fast to those traditional moral teachings and precepts enshrined within the Christian tradition precisely because they were important moral principles worthy of attentive respect. Civilization – no longer as we knew it – has become a dangerous battleground of ideas. The Christian should follow Christ’s guideline:

“Behold I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Mt 10:16)

Many Christians have neglected this advice and have let go of many core Christian beliefs as a result. Pray for them. Pray always!

Next post: “NOW IS THE ACCEPTABLE TIME”

George A. Peate, July 16, 2008



THE WAVE & THE WAY
July 14, 2008, 10:10 pm
Filed under: Thriving Not Just Surviving!

THRIVING NOT JUST SURVIVING! – A series of reflections on living the Christian Life in a Time of Cultural Upheaval.

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I moved to California when I was in my thirties and I remember being very surprised while driving to work some “winter” mornings and hearing that bad weather was coming in from the Pacific and that surfers were calling in sick so they could go out to the turbulent ocean and find big waves to ride. At the same time the weather service was telling people “stay out of the water!”.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Well we are living in turbulent times – to say the least. Actually we have been living through a cultural revolution of the first order, but many people haven’t even recognized it as such simply because they lost their moorings a long time ago and just adapt from year to year as things change. “Whatever..”

The Christian is different, he/she knows there is a bad storm all ‘round. But many Christians don’t realize that precisely because of this cultural storm we have great opportunities everyday. In fact, this is the time for us to seek out those many waves of Grace that come along every day. Individual waves of Grace which are opportunities for living the Christian life to the full!

“…but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more…” (Rom 5:20).

In this series we’ll take a look at the stellar opportunities confronting Christians and the age-old wisdom of Christianity for seizing the day, each day. A spiritual guide to catching and riding these great waves of Grace in this difficult time of moral disasters. The sports networks won’t notice but: “…your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Mt 6:4).

We don’t need a “big” wave, we just need “God’s” wave of Grace, however it manifests itself to us. For as the Lord once told St. Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you…” (II Cor 12:9)

George A. Peate, July 15, 2008



GOD’S WORD GOES FORTH WITH PURPOSE – SO DOES EACH HUMAN LIFE
July 13, 2008, 10:17 pm
Filed under: Biblical Reflections, Pro-life

In yesterday’s Sunday Mass, all three readings lent themselves to pro-life reflections. This is not to suggest how fanatical this writer is, but rather how truly universal the “Gospel of Life” message is. Let’s look at one reading:

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and return not thither but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11

These two beautiful verses from the prophet Isaiah put all of God’s creation in proper perspective. They describe the creative work of God and the purpose of things. But more, they provide an archetype – no, not the rain and the snow – the archetype is God’s word.

Just as God’s word goes forth to fulfill its purpose, and does not return to God “empty”, so all created things have their purpose and are sent forth accordingly.

God’s word represents God’s Will, God’s Plan, God’s commands, God’s teaching. But then came the Incarnation. God’s Word is wonderfully described in John’s prologue: Jn 1:1-18. The Word did not return to the Father “empty”. And the Word also did “accomplish that which I purpose”.

“And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace” (Jn 1:16).

So, the word was an archetype, but through the Word all things were made, and that brings us to humans – specifically to unborn ones! The unborn baby is created in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26). We must ask ourselves, whether each unborn baby has a purpose to fulfill? THE ANSWER MUST BE “YES!

No human being has the authority or the right to kill an unborn baby who has been sent forth by God – in the image and likeness of God – to accomplish the Divine Will…



“But in the end, it is the childlike spirit that is stronger than all the powers of hell”
July 11, 2008, 10:46 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

Madonna House is a beautiful and faithful Catholic community in Canada. This community recently returned the Order of Canada medal given to their foundress Catherine Doherty in 1976 to protest the medal being given to abortionist Henry Morgentaler.

“But in the end, it is the childlike spirit that is stronger than all the powers of hell, and Our Lady is the most childlike of us all.” From the “The Most Childlike of Us All” by Father David May.

Why are these words newsworthy? Well, just this week, Father May – Director General of Priests at Madonna House – returned the Order of Canada awarded to their foundress, Catherine Doherty.

From an article in City News we learn the reason for this protest.

“Susanne Stubbs, one of three directors of the House, says Doherty died in 1985 but wrote a letter to staff stating the medal belonged to all of them. ‘The motto on the medal is in Latin and it means, “For the good of the homeland,” Stubbs said Tuesday in Ottawa. ‘We do not believe that Dr. Morgentaler’s life work of promoting abortion is good for Canada.’ Madonna House’s Father David May seconded Stubbs’ sentiments. ‘(We’re returning the medal) as a gesture of our distress over the recent decision to award the Order of Canada to Dr. Morgentaler.'”

Madonna House is a wonderful Catholic Community in Ontario. George and I both were fortunate enough to visit Madonna House when we were in College.

On their website they describe their apostolate:

“The Madonna House Apostolate is a family of Christian lay men, women, and priests, striving to incarnate the teachings of Jesus Christ by forming a community of love….They have in common a desire to serve God in a very humble way of life, as summarized in our Little Mandate. Our spirit is that of a family – modeled on the holy family of Nazareth, which was a community of perfect charity and love.”

That pretty well describes what I encountered when I visited. It is truly a remarkable community. They welcome guests – when you visit you get to live their life with them…work, prayer, joy. One of the little things I remember about Madonna House was the joyful laughter at the dinner table.

In the article “The Most Childlike of Us All” quoted above Father May reflects on the Gospel of Life and speaks about the reality of abortion:

“There is a holy sorrow that refuses to look the other way or to ignore the plight of God’s innocent ones…The world today needs people who mourn at its fate, whose tears of prayer will wash away some of the accumulated debris in so many souls….Of course, there is the question of: what can be done? There are people on the front lines of the medical world, the political world, education, the pro-life movement in its various forms.”

But he also reminds us:

“Today the battle for Life must take many forms. I have come to understand that the Madonna House way of life itself is one of the means God is using to restore people’s minds and hearts to the truth of their infinite dignity. This restoration will only happen where there is community, ‘family,’ because the wounded and broken heart and mind can only be restored in such a context. It is the way we are made, and the breakdown of family life today is the main reason that so many place so little value on their own lives or the lives of others.”

In another article entitled “Becoming Small Enough to Think Big” Father May ends with these words:

“Are you wearied enough of your own ideas to listen anew this year to the great thoughts God has about your future and the future of our world? Are you tired out enough by the futility of your own efforts to “make things better” to turn to God like a little child, the smallest of little children, and to lean on him at last, moment by moment by moment?”



OPEN LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR GENERAL OF CANADA – RESIGN! TODAY I AM ASHAMED OF THE LAND OF MY BIRTH!
July 9, 2008, 10:23 pm
Filed under: Pro-life

My husband George was born and raised in Canada. I lived there for 10 years. We were both involved in the pro-life movement in Canada until we moved to the United States in 1982. We watched on as Henry Morgentaler systematically defied the law of Canada and opened illegal abortion clinics. Morgantaler actively went all over Canada promoting abortion.

Upon hearing that the Order of Canada had been awarded to Henry Morgantaler, my husband wrote this open letter to the Governor General of Canada.

7-8-08

Dear Michaelle Jean Governor General of Canada,

I was born and raised in Canada, primarily in the Montreal region. I also lived in Fredericton and Kingston for short periods of time and in Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo for a few years. While I moved away from Canada in 1982, I had always been proud of my homeland – until today!

Recently I learned that Canada’s highest award The Order of Canada was given on July 1st 2008 to the greatest killer of Canadians in the history of the country; mass abortionist Henry Morgentaler, a man who has probably killed more babies than anyone else in North America. Abortion is his one and only “claim to fame” and the spilled blood of babies his lasting legacy! He has been made a falsified hero by corrupt government leaders such as yourself who pretend to value the human spirit but instead value a counterfeit spirit of immorality in the guise of extreme tolerance. You see tolerance towards the killing of babies as a virtue when it is, in true fact, a blatant sign of moral decay. Is this how you absolve your own conscience?

O Canada…my heart weeps for thee today. You have taken Canada‘s infamous baby-killer and made of him a little angel. You waved a wand of honorability over him and now cherub-like he offers you what – a now sanctimonious slaughter! You have taken Canada’s highest award and made it the lowest.

Thank God for the sane former honorees from years gone by who are now in utter disgust returning their once-precious, now-meaningless Order of Canada awards to the Governor General’s chamber of horrors. They are heroic in virtue because they stand for something truly honorable – their devotedness to God and human life.

Dear Governor General you have made a sham of all past and future awards in one foul swoop of your hand and unfortunately you have now made a complete mockery of your office. When I lived in Canada we all looked up to our Governor General. Now millions of Canadians and millions of others around the world are embarrassed by you and your empty office. You should offer your resignation today along with the discredited Order of Canada selection committee! Millions of dead Canadian babies wish you would.

God save Canada!

George A. Peate



The Joyful Mother and The Gospel of Life
July 7, 2008, 10:45 pm
Filed under: Evangelium Vitae

Joyful Mother/Pope John Paul II Sculpture*

This is a statue of John Paul II kneeling before Mary, the Joyful Mother (Saint Peter Catholic Church Stevens Point, Wisconsin). An explanation of the significance of this statue is given below.

FROM A LETTER BY GERALD FISHER ON THE INSPIRATION FOR
THE JOYFUL MOTHER SCULPTURE

“…While reading the Encyclical Letter, The Gospel of Life, by Pope John Paul II, I was touched by the beautiful words: The joy which accompanies the birth of the Messiah is thus seen to be the foundation and fulfillment of joy at every child born into the world.’ What a wonderful notion, that the joy, which accompanied the Birth of Christ, should be the same joy accompanying the birth of every child born into this world!

… Our major concern was to bring out the joy of motherhood as seen in Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of the Church.

This concept was also to include two major events: the (commemoration) of the visit of the then Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, primate of Poland, to our parish in 1976 and the 100th anniversary of the church of St. Peter.”

*The text on the statue’s granite base reads as follows:

Joyful Mother – The joy which accompanies the birth of the Messiah is thus seen to be the foundation and fulfillment of joy at every child born into the world. (The Gospel of Life) Pope John Paul II. Commemorating the visit of Karol Cardinal Wojtyla to the Church of St. Peter August 23, 1976, the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Church of St Peter 1897 – 1997. Given in memory of Alice Turzinski Zagrzebski 1995 & Helen Rogowski Zagzebski 1994 by their spouses Edwin R. Zagrzebski & Humphrey J. Zagzebski



THE TRULY INDEPENDENT PERSON RELIES ON HOLY INFORMATION!
July 4, 2008, 12:17 am
Filed under: Biblical Reflections, Pro-life, Religion

HOLY INFORMATION…TO INFORM THE CONSCIENCE…AND FORM THE HEART…

Just as feeding one’s body should not be an altogether haphazard exercise but needs to be self-regulated for one’s own good health and well being, so too one needs to look to nourishing sources for information. Not all information is equal – some is garbage-like and some is holy!

St Paul told the Ephesians: “…walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.” Eph 5:8-10

And he told the Phillipians also: “…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Phil 4:8

Our nation needs an informed electorate! But not informed with trivia, distorted half-truths, smooth-as-silk lies, compromised data, tainted journalism and all the other attempts to manipulate voters. The foregoing produces unformed/deformed consciences.

The voter with an unformed conscience considers unborn children as unimportant.

Seek that information that truly enlightens the intellect, enkindles the conscience and ignites the heart…

As one of the greatest men of the twentieth century said: “Our intelligence is not just an abstract machine; it is also incarnate and the heart is as important as the faculty of reason, or precisely reason is nothing without the heart”. Dr. Jerome Lejeune

The truth sets the heart free. A properly informed conscience will love the unborn child!