Thursday, September 18, 2008

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Tribulation Times


September 18, 2008    


(1Ti 2:1-2) I desire therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all men: For kings and for all that are in high station: that we may lead a quiet and a peaceable life in all piety and chastity.

EWTN.COM: A Guide to Catholic Teaching and Voting  

EWTN Global Catholic Network's website – the most viewed Catholic website in the world next to the Holy See – today unveiled "A Guide to Catholic Teaching and Voting." The guide, which will be updated daily, can be found at

"EWTN's mission is to advance truth and the teachings of the Catholic Church," said EWTN President Michael P. Warsaw. "EWTN continues to promote and educate the public on all Church teachings, including those hot button issues of intense public interest, such as abortion."

This site contains information about election-related issues and includes information about upcoming programs, video and audio clips from programs and homilies, topical books and catechetical resources, election-related prayers and novenas, audio promotions for "40 Days of Prayer and Fasting for Life," statements by the Church hierarchy, and more. Check it out, add it to your "favorites" – and please tell your friends!

LINK: Fr. Stephen F. Torraco, PhD: A Brief Catechism for Catholic Voters


PADRE PIO: A Patron Saint for the Unborn

COMMENTARY: You can't be Catholic, pro-choice

VIDEO: Catholic Vote 2008

ARCHIVES: Vatican cardinal weighs in on pro-abortion politicians and Communion

IN THE NEWS: McCain and Obama Woo Catholic Swing Vote

PATRICK J. BUCHANAN: A Catholic Case Against Barack

USCCB: Bishops Ask Catholics To Pray Election Novena

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) invites U.S. Catholics to pray before the November election a novena for life, justice, and peace called Novena for Faithful Citizenship. It is a podcast and available for download.

Joan Rosenhauer, Associate Director for the USCCB's Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, said that the special novena is part of "the bishops' campaign to help Catholics develop well-formed consciences for addressing political and social questions." The bishops issued their statement on forming consciences for faithful citizenship in November 2007.

Helen Osman, USCCB Secretary of Communications, expressed hope that the novena could help "Catholics enter into prayerful reflection as they prepare to vote." Seventy-one percent of all visitors to the USCCB's web site download the free podcasts of the daily NAB readings. These same visitors are encouraged to use the novena podcast for prayer. Osman said that the USCCB wants to support Catholics as they weigh pre-election issues and that "providing a prayer resource on the Web can help us focus on our common values and identity as Catholics." The novena emphasizes the dignity of life, justice, and peace.

The Novena for Faithful Citizenship runs for nine days and can be used consecutively, one day each week, for nine days prior to the election, or "in any way that works best for a community or individual," said Rosenhauer.

The novena will be available for download until the election and it can be downloaded online at

For other Faithful Citizenship resources and materials visit

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 8- "On Freedom from Anger and on Meekness"

6. As with the appearance of light, darkness retreats; so at the fragrance of humility, all anger and bitterness vanishes.   

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