Thursday, April 25, 2019

Those Who Refuse to Come Out of the Manure Pile, Will Probably Die in it

"To sin is terrible, but much more terrible, is to reject the graces that God sends us to repent and give us his forgiveness."

Saint John Mary Vianney


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

“Only Animals Act that Way”: Cardinal Ranjith

By INFOVATICANA / April 22, 2019
(Religion in Freedom) - Following the attacks that have caused 207 dead and 500 wounded in Sri Lanka, with explosions in three churches and three hotels, the archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith (secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship between 2005 and 2009 addressed the government and society in a very calm but firm way: "It is a sad day for all of us. I condemn, as much as I am capable, this act that has caused so much death and suffering to the people. I would also like to ask the government for a rigorous and impartial investigation to find out who is behind this act, and punish them without mercy, because only animals act like that. And I ask all the people of Sri Lanka not to take justice into their own hands and maintain peace and harmony in the nation."

Last Easter Sunday, a wave of terrorist attacks devastated the island of Sri Lanka, with Catholics being one of its main targets. There were explosions in six different places: three churches, two Catholic and one Evangelical, and three luxury hotels. Subsequently, there were more attacks in other parts of the country. The number of deaths is devastating. The figure to date is 207 dead and 450 injured.

According to different news agencies, the bombs exploded at around 8:45 am local time, both in the three hotels in Colombo and in three churches where the Resurrection of Christ was being celebrated.

At least 62 people died in one of the explosions, which occurred in the church of Saint Sebastian, in the city of Negombo, north of the capital, as confirmed by official sources. Another 27 people died in the Evangelical Church of Sion, in Batticaloa (Eastern province of the country). The third explosion occurred in Saint Anthony's church in the Kotahena district of the capital, Colombo, and left 49 dead.

The emergency services in Sri Lanka said that the churches were full of faithful at that time. In the church of Saint Sebastian, in Negombo, a spokesman told Reuters that there were at least fifty people dead.

The attackers chose their objectives with special care. The church of Saint Anthony in Colombo is one of the most emblematic buildings in Sri Lanka. A national sanctuary that tens of thousands of people attend to during the commemoration of the saint to whom it is dedicated, Saint Anthony of Padua.

The police have asked citizens for calm. "Please remain calm and inside your houses. There are many victims, including foreigners”, Sri Lankan Minister for Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, Harsha de Silva, said on Twitter, after visiting several of the sites attacked.

De Silva reported that a Crisis Cabinet had been called and he spoke emotionally after the "horrible scenes" he had seen. "I've seen amputated limbs spread all over the place. Emergency teams are deployed in full at all points. (...) We have taken many victims to the hospital, we hope we can save many lives", he said through his Twitter account.

In Sri Lanka, the Christian population represents 7%, while Buddhists account for 70%, Hindus for 15% and Muslims 11%.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy and Blessed Easter to all our friends/readers!

If we have died to sin this Lent, are we still going to live in it? If he have felt grief for our sins, are we still going to commit them? 


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Monday, April 15, 2019

What They Actually Promote

When people say "I do not promote abortion, but free choice," it's like they’re saying "I do not advocate for someone taking your life, only that they kill you freely".

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Testimony of a Gynecologist

In the last months, I have read in social networks some arguments related to the unborn baby that I want to comment on. I have read that they are just a bunch of cells. I have read that they are not human beings. I have read that they are not living beings. I have read that they are not beings with conscience. And that therefore, those cells do not have any right that should be respected. In view of all this, I want to give my testimony:

I have been a gynecologist for 30 years. Since 1988 I have treated many women who have placed their trust in me. I have taken care of their pregnancies. I have delivered their children. Many of those babies are grown now and are parents themselves, and in some cases I have delivered their own children.

In all these years, I have done ultrasounds on many of my patients from the very early stages of their pregnancies, as part of the medical care I provide them. But along the way, I have witnessed many other things that go beyond the mere medical assessment, and I wish to comment on them:

I have seen the hearts of babies beating very early, strongly, with such force that it is not unusual for us to see first the beat, and then the baby himself.

I have seen them at 7 weeks old do small jumps on their backs.

I have seen them at 9 weeks old move their arms and legs, move their whole body, do flips, jump, turn their faces, get on their sides, open their mouths and make so many gestures that are common and familiar to any human being.

I have seen them complete, with brain and heart, with eyes, ears and mouth. I have seen them with hands and feet, with liquid inside their stomach, with urine in their bladder. I have seen the cavities of their heart pumping blood to their entire body. I have seen how they touch their hands, how they bend their knees, how they extend and stretch them as if they were on a swing.

I have seen them grow inside the womb, I have seen them when they yawn and I have seen them have hiccups. I’ve seen them move their respiratory muscles. I've seen them make fists with their hands and I've seen them move their eyes. Waiting for the moment of birth.

And seeing them inside the womb, I have been able to recognize that they are more than just cells, I have recognized a living being, with its own physiology, with its own structure. I have seen a human being. I have seen a being of my species, only younger than me, a being that is a continuum in time with the being that will be in the future. A being that is not only a prospective, but it is a reality there in the womb of his mother, just like the little child who, although he is a prospective for the future, is already a reality in his present childhood. True, he is not a human being aware of his environment, just as a newborn is not aware either, or a child who is a few days or weeks old, or as the adult who has lost some of his cognitive functions. But he is a human being, as much as them, just like them, he is just a human being.

I have seen those embryos become fetuses, and those fetuses being born, and I have seen them then come with their parents, as little children, to my practice, witnessing the miracle of having one, two or more little brothers. And I have seen them grow up and become good men and women. And I have seen them become mothers and fathers who love the life that was given to them and the life they now give.

I have seen many parents weep with joy when they see their child for the first time on a screen, and I have seen them immensely happy when they are born. And many times I have heard them say how that baby has changed their lives, and how they are now willing to give their lives for the love of their little one. It is not rhetoric. Any father knows this, any mother understands it. Willing, willing to die for the love of their baby.

And I have seen cases of women who suddenly found themselves in a reality they did not expect, with an unplanned pregnancy, with a baby they did not think would come. Sometimes they are alone, and because of that they are braver. But when they have become aware of the transcendence of what they are living, and have accepted the arrival of the baby, and have continued under my care, I have not ever seen a single woman regret it, I have never seen one, that after a few years, does not see her son or her daughter as the most valuable thing in their lives. Never, I have never heard one of them saying: "I would have preferred not to have this child".

After giving this testimony, I only hope that those who think differently do so out of ignorance, hopefully out of lack of information.

Do not argue that they are just cells, do not argue that it is not a living being, do not argue that it is not a human being or that it has no conscience. Do not insult your own intelligence with those arguments, which are so false and empty that it is incredible that a human being with conscience even takes them into account.

Dr. Sergio Villareal


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Pius XI dixit

“The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin…If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.”


Saturday, April 6, 2019

Despite all Obstacles, Pro-life Film “Unplanned” is in Fifth Place in the Box Office in United States

The film tells the story of Abby Johnson, director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, until she became an advocate of the pro-life cause in 2009. Despite the boycott of several media outlets, there are already more than 1,700 theaters where the film is being shown in the United States.

The pro-life film “Unplanned” has raised $ 6.1 million in the first weekend in the United States, despite the fact that Twitter temporarily blocked its official account and the limited media coverage.

In a statement, Pureflix CEO Michael Scott claimed, “We are very happy for the success of this film. To bring the story of Abby Johnson to audiences and have them show up in such large numbers shows how the topic of abortion is so important to bring to audiences.”

The film, which was released on March 29, has overcome media censorship, as well as MPAA "R" rating, received last month, which means that minors under 17 must watch the film in the company of an adult.

Co-directors Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman said in a statement, “We are thrilled, gratified and humbled. We are so pleased that the American people have responded with such an enormous outpouring of support at the box office.”

The initial success of Unplanned means that it will also be adding another 600 screens for its second week run, putting the total at around 1700 screens.

It should be noted that several cable television channels refused to broadcast promotional advertisements of "Unplanned". According to Hollywood Reporter, Lifetime, Hallmark, HGTV, among others, are part of the list.

"This film can be that spark to attract more hearts and minds to the understanding of the value of life," he said.

Michael Scott also said trailer views hovered at around 250,000. That stat swelled to 1.7 million views by Saturday morning.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

False Church

"The great movement of apostasy being organized in every country for the establishment of a One-World Church which shall have neither dogmas, nor hierarchy, neither discipline for the mind, nor curb for the passions…"

Saint Pius X, Encyclical Letter, Notre Charge Apostolique

Monday, April 1, 2019

The Cowardice of Those Who Are Good

However, let us not exaggerate the difficulties of practicing what faith imposes on us to fulfill our duties and to exercise the fruitful apostolate of giving good example, which the Lord expects of each of us: unicuique mandavit de proximo sua. Difficulties come from those who create and exaggerate them, from those who trust in themselves without the help of heaven, from those who give in vilely, fearful of the mocking and derision of the world, for whom it must be concluded, that in our days more than ever the main strength of evil men is the cowardice and weakness of those who are good, and all the backbone of the kingdom of Satan lies in the weakness of Christians.
[Speech given by Pope Pius X on December 13, 1908 after reading the beatification decrees of Joan of Arc, John Eudes, Francisco de Capillas, Teophane Vénard and their companions.]