“Everyone who acknowledges Me before others, I will acknowledge before My heavenly Father. But whoever denies Me before others, I will deny before My heavenly Father.”
It’s not very often that the Vatican gives approval to a film showing at the cinema, but it happened in 1997 when the Italian movie Life is Beautiful was first released. It’s an unusual film which deals with a sensitive subject, that of the Nazi Holocaust and the deportation of Jews to concentration camps. Although it won an Oscar for best picture, the movie has its critics as well as its admirers.
The film tells the story of a Jewish Italian man named Guido, an attractive clown-like figure who falls in love with Dora, the woman of his dreams. His humorous personality wins her affection and eventually they marry and have a son. The little boy is about six years old when the Nazi persecution takes over. The Germans round up Guido and his son and, because Dora refuses to be left behind, all three are taken to a concentration camp. When they arrive the couple is separated in preparation for hard labor. Any children are killed, but Guido hides his son and persuades him the whole business is a game in which he must co-operate if he wants to win a prize. The scenes unfold with a mixture of comedy and drama, exploring the rich themes of love, of sacrifice, and of courage.Continue reading →
When the Small and Insignificant Disappear – Tragic Consequences
“Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say,’ We are unworthy servants: we have only done what was our duty.”
When you sit down to dinner tonight, offer a prayer of thanks for the honeybee.
Because one of out of every three mouthfuls of food you eat are because of the hard work of the bee. From the blueberry bogs of Maine to the almond orchards of California, bees are the unsung, unpaid laborers of American agriculture. Honeybees are the glue that holds our agricultural system together, as they pollinate the seeds that ripen into our apples, cucumbers, cranberries, and many other fruits and vegetables in our diet.Continue reading →
Novena For A Change Of Heart At Mayo/Franciscan Hospital
Editors note: Please say this novena starting on Fri. March 11 and ending on March 19th The Feast Day in honor of St. Joseph.
A novena is a series of prayers that are said for nine straight days, usually as a prayer of petition in times of great need. The nine days of prayer recall the nine days that the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary spent in prayer between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday.
Day 1: Through the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi, we pray that the administration of Mayo/Franciscan Hospital will no longer place the lives of children and the health of mothers in danger by allowing doctors toinform mothers that abortion is an option Our Father…Hail Mary…Glory be… Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner – Nashville, Tennessee- Frank J. Munda- It’s been over 30 years that we at the ProLifeCorner have been fighting the culture of death. One thing I’ve learned is that there is no right way or wrong way to approach this horrific and scandalous stain on the fabric of a once great nation. Of course I am referring to the decriminalization of abortion. How do we fight this heinous crime against mankind? If I had 10 pro-life advocates with me now I might have 10 different answers. That explains why we have so many wonderful pro-life groups with slightly different approaches. If each one of us would surrender our hearts and our minds to our Lord He will lead us.
I received a wonderful note from a gentleman by the name of Jeremy Robin. He was inspired to write and produce a video entitled “What could possibly make the angles cry?” This video, in my opinion, is very well done and speaks to the heart. The music, imagery, and editing is of the highest caliber.
It is a privilege for me to share with you Jeremy’s note below and his video. May our Lord richly bless and inspire Jeremy in all of his musical endeavors especially in how it pertains to promoting the culture of life. Continue reading →
Merry Christmas! Tonight the Church celebrates the Vigil of the Solemnity ofthe Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
The Feast of Christmas was initially celebrated in the late fourth century only after Christianity became legal and became the official religion of the Roman Empire! The December 25th date was chosen to counter a popular Roman Pagan holiday. Scholars speculate that Christ was actually born sometime in mid-March!
The Old Universal Calendar the Church of the saints, before it was revised by Pope Paul VI in 1969, originally celebrated Christmas Eve (12/24) as the feast of Adam and Eve, our first parents! This indicates to us that the Church always did and still does esteem the Old Testament patriarchs, prophets, kings, queens, and holy men and women as saints!By being here tonight should remind us of few things:
First, that Christmas must always remain Christmas. I say again, Christmas must always remain Christmas. Despite other secular and religious holidays at this time of year, we must not let Christmas get lost in the “holidays.”
Secondly, the Christ child cannot be sidelined by snowmen, Santa’s, elves, reindeers, bells and tinsel. The Nativity scene must always remain central to Christmas.
Third, Saint Nicholas is a real saint of the Catholic Church. He was a bishop of great charity toward children and the poor in the fourth century!
Fourth, the truths of the birth of Jesus exists within the Gospels. The first Christmas was an act of divine intervention when the Holy Spirit conceived Jesus in the womb of Mary. It was a miraculous birth, directly caused by God.
Fifth, Angels are not mythical figures but spiritual beings from God who interact with humanity. In the Bible we hear of angels speaking to Mary, Joseph, shepherds and others.
Sixth, the sighting of the star and coming of the magi proclaimed the divine revelation that God intended salvation for both Jews and Gentiles through Jesus.
Seventh, the Christmas season begins tonight (today) and end on the Feast of the Epiphany! It did not begin the day after Thanksgiving and it does not end the day after Christmas.
And lastly, the evils of King Herod foreshadowed the rejection of Christ that would lead to His passion and death, and serves as a reminder that there will always be people in our lives who hate and despise anything to do with Christmas, and so therefore, Christmas must always remain Christmas, and not just a winter holiday shopping season!