Friday, October 10, 2014

Spirit and Life: The Synod, the Truth & the Cross


Many are anticipating the outcome of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which meets through October 19 at the Vatican. Please join me in praying for the bishops and the Holy Father to bring into focus the very real challenges of marriage and family life in complete harmony with Magisterial teaching.
As most of us know from our own communities, and we see in our missionary travels around the world, so many families are in crisis. As a result, societies are as well. Secularized nations that embrace anti-life policies contribute heavily to the disintegration of family life. People do not necessarily connect the crises their families face with the devastating consequences of the contraceptive mentality, and the Culture of Death that has grown exponentially in the wake of the wide acceptance of this mentality. Many have limited or no knowledge of Church teachings against contraception, abortion, euthanasia, and the true understanding of marriage.  And yet, every day more are learning that, as Saint John Paul II said years ago, the future of the Church passes through the family.

Wherever we go proclaiming the Gospel of Life, families find hope. Just as Father Marx envisioned, we're the foot soldiers on the ground empowering people to not only embrace, but to cultivate, a Culture of Life -- right where they are, right now. We must prevail against these threats that tear families apart!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Shenan J. Boquet
President, Human Life International
by Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro, Director of HLI's Rome office

The Catholic world was shaken upon the release of Walter Cardinal Kasper's The Gospel of the Family, in which he proposed that the Church permit divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to be admitted to Eucharistic Communion.

Remaining in the Truth of Christ, officially released today, is the thorough and charitable response to Cardinal Kasper's proposal, both for the arguments presented and for an exhaustive index of relevant Magisterial teaching presented therein. In short, it is required reading to complement our required praying during the Extraordinary Synod on the Family that is currently underway, and its aftermath...
Slovenia Bishop Stanislav Lipovsek attends Pro-Life Conference.
by Dr. Ligaya Acosta, Director of Asia and Oceana

Pro-life conferences are on the rise around the world as people seek ways to promote a Culture of Life, especially in secular societies ridden with the devastating effects of abortion. At one such conference held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Father Shenan Boquet and I aimed to empower the lay faithful, bishops, priests, seminarians, and students to promote the value and beauty of every human life.

When I speak on the Culture of Life versus the Culture of Death, many people are frightened to learn that their culture is dying. Two million people live in Slovenia where abortion on demand has been legal since 1977, and under the law, abortion can take place up to 10 weeks in pregnancy...

[Read the full post online at HLI's website.]

From Ocean to Ocean
Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church, a large and beautiful church established in 1969 in Anaheim, California, started as a mission parish that combined St. Mary's in Van Nuys and St. Nicholas of Fontana. Evident today is a parish embracing a strong liturgical life and vibrant religious education programs for adults and children. Upon the arrival of the Black Madonna on September 2, Father James Barrand led a solemn procession of the Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa around his church with a throng of parishioners...

[Read the full O2O post at HLI's website.]
The Black Madonna with Father Peter West at a Prayer Vigil:
Planned Parenthood in El Centro, CA

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