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Mysterious priest performs miracle at site of Mercedes crash

Posted: 08.06.2013 at 11:15 PM

CENTER, MO. -- Rescue workers want to thank a higher power for coming to the rescue early Sunday morning.

Emergency crews spent an hour and a half trying to extricate a 19-year-old Quincy woman trapped in her in crushed car on Missouri 19 near Center, Missouri.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says 26-year-old Aaron Smith crossed the center line, hitting Katie Lentz head-on.

Now, friends, family and those who rescued Lentz would love to find and thank a mysterious priest who they say helped make the rescue possible.

New London Fire Chief Raymond Reed said rescue crews spent the first 45 minutes after the accident trying to get Lentz out of a car to no avail Sunday morning shortly after 9 a.m. The metal on an older model Mercedes dulled the department's equipment.

"It was a very well-built car, and when you compact materials like that one, they become even stronger because you're cutting through multiple things instead of one layer," Reed said.

Reed says Lentz was pinned in between the steering wheel and the seat. After 45 minutes had passed, medical workers told rescue crews that Katie was failing and fast. That's when Reed made an executive decision to move the car, which was standing on its side, back on all four wheels.

About an hour into the rescue, Katie asked rescue workers to pray out loud with her. That's when a priest appeared out of no where.
"He came up and approached the patient, and offered a prayer," Reed said. "It was a Catholic priest who had anointing oil with him. A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well. I can't be for certain how it was said, but myself and another firefighter, we very plainly heard that we should remain calm, that our tools would now work and that we would get her out of that vehicle."

The Hannibal Fire Department showed up right after that prayer with fresh equipment and was able to finish the extrication. After getting Katie safely into the Air Evac helicopter, at least a dozen of the rescue workers turned around to thank the priest who was no where in sight. The highway had been blocked for a quarter of a mile during the hour and a half rescue, leaving no bystanders and no parked cars nearby. Lentz' family and friends are amazed by the story.

"Where did this guy come from?" Lentz' friend Travis Wiseman asked. "We're looking for the priest and so far, no one has seen him. Whether it was a priest as an angel or an actual angel, he was an angel to all those and to Katie."

"We would like to find this gentleman and be able to thank him," Reed said. "As a first responder, you don't know what you're going to run into. We have a lot of tools, and we have intensive training. In this particular case, it is my feeling that it was nothing more than sheer faith and nothing short of a miracle."

Read the rest here: http://www.connecttristates.com/news/story.aspx?id=930741#.UgI49by9yvN

That Didn’t Take Long: Praising Multi-Spouse "Marriage"

By Tom Hoopes
Catholic Vote
That didn’t take long. Salon magazine this morning is extolling the virtues of multi-spouse marriages.
Same-sex “marriage” proponents have always scoffed at the idea that redefining marriage would open the door for multi-spouse marriages. “My Two Husbands” by Angi Becker Stevens, not only argues for “poly-amorous” unions but continues to scoff at the foolish “right wing” people who expected people to go there. Her article is novel only in that it also scoffs at the same-sex marriage definers who argued back that it wouldn’t.

Stevens has been married for 16 years to her husband, and has now taken a boyfriend who she says she plans to marry in a “non-legal” way.
“With every stride forward for marriage equality, I can count on turning on the TV to find conservative talking heads lumping families like mine in with pedophilia and bestiality. But liberals, for the most part, don’t treat us much better. They’re quick to insist that same-sex marriage would never, ever lead to such awful things.”
The author uses her 9-year-old daughter to deflect criticism. Her daughter dutifully and understandably repeats the adult arguments for same-sex marriage and applies them to her family.
“When my daughter talks about same-sex marriage or polyamorous relationships, she always looks perplexed and says, ‘I don’t understand why anyone is angry about people being in love and not hurting anyone.’ And I long for a world where everyone is able to see it so simply.
And later …
“Whenever I mention the claims that polyamory is bad for children, she rolls her eyes and says, ‘Oh no, kids having more people to love them! How horrible!’”
In the style of such articles, the author doesn’t make a case against monogamous marriage on principle, or for multi-spouse “marriage” on principle. Instead, she presents the facts of a particular situation as a fait accompli and challenges you to argue why it is not so. She felt repressed before and says “I am more fulfilled now and living in a way that feels authentic for me.”

Read the rest here: http://www.catholicvote.org/that-didnt-take-long-praising-multi-spouse-marriage/

Today on Kresta in the Afternoon – August 6, 2013

Talking about the "things that matter most" on August 6

4:00 – Kresta Comments: Nathan Lean – Intellectual Bully

4:20 – Dominican Spirituality
The Dominican Province of the of the Most Holy Name of Jesus is an international community of Friars Preachers, called by the Roman Catholic Church to evangelize in the name of Jesus Christ, especially in the Western United States and in some foreign missions. In cities and university communities particularly, they manifest special concern for faith issues, justice, peace, and outreach to those not touched by the Church's common ministry. The distinctive Dominican charism is nourished by their common life in priories, which sustains liturgical prayer, encourages simplicity, fosters contemplative study, and guarantees democratic government. Fr. Brian Kromholtz of the order tells us about Dominican spirituality.

4:40 – The Blood and the Rose
On December 9, 1531, the Blessed Virgin Mary first appeared to Juan Diego, an ordinary man of extraordinary faith. Juan Diego humbly embraced the call to serve as a Messenger Eagle. Today this apparition is known as "the Virgin of Guadalupe."The beautiful miracle of that day is chronicled in this story that begins with Mary's faith filled yes. This eternal struggle of good versus evil is the battle for our souls. This story has now come to video I “The Blood and the Rose.” We talk to producer and director Tim Watkins.

5:00 – Kresta Comments: Nathan Lean – Intellectual Bully

5:20 – The Role of a Catholic University
We all know the disgrace of Catholic Higher Education over the last 50 years. Schools that bear almost no resemblance to their previous orthodoxy and witness in the classroom or in student life. John Garvey, President of Catholic University of America is here to discuss the role of a Catholic University and how we can recover it.

5:40 – Restoring the Truth, Beauty and Goodness of the Church’s Art
The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums is a select group of people dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of the vast and unique collection of art contained in the Vatican Museums. The Patrons have been in existence since 1982 when a major exhibition of Vatican art toured the United States in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Restoration of the art contained in the exhibition was made possible by donors recognizing the unique opportunity to participate in the work of the Vatican Museums. One year later, the Patrons organization was officially launched.  Fr. Mark Hadu, international director of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, joins us.



Jihad Story of the Day: Why Reza Aslan’s Christian relatives and friends aren’t trying to kill him

Jihad Watch
by Robert Spencer
August 5, 2013

In PJ Lifestyle today I discuss an unremarked aspect of the still-roiling Reza Aslan brouhaha:
Recently I had a conversation on a train that raised an issue about the leftist media’s darling of the moment, Reza Aslan, along with larger questions about Islam and Christianity. Oddly enough, for all of the Left’s continuing outrage over Fox News’s “Islamophobic” interview of Aslan regarding his new book Zealot, the anointed pundits have never touched on this question: why aren’t Reza Aslan’s Christian relatives and friends trying to kill him?

It might seem to be a bizarre question, but it isn’t. It is a staple of mainstream media discourse that Islam and Christianity (and all other religions, for that matter) are essentially equal in their capacity to inspire both benevolence and violence. If Muslims commit jihad terror attacks today, well, remember the Crusades. If Muslims commit 91% of honor killings worldwide and several Muslim countries have relaxed penalties for such murders at the insistence of Islamic clerics, well, the Republican Party is just like the Taliban, anyway. And if Islam has a death penalty for apostasy, Christians must abuse those who leave Christianity as well.

I encountered this line of thought yet again on the train. Seated next to me was not (luckily) Reza Aslan himself, but a jovial and somewhat inebriated gentleman who told me in the course of our conversation that he was an Iraq war veteran. Then he told me about how once he was on patrol in Baghdad with an Iraqi soldier who asked him his religion. By this time the man had been in Iraq long enough to know what the Iraqis hated the most, and so he responded mischievously to the question: although he was a Catholic, he told the Iraqi he was Jewish, and when the Iraqi didn’t understand the English word, he drew a Star of David in the sand — whereupon the Iraqi drew his rifle on him.

I then explained that Islamic anti-Semitism is deeply rooted in the Qur’an, which calls the Jews the worst enemies of the Muslims (cf. 5:82). I told him about the genocidal hadith, in which Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, is depicted as saying that,
the last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him (Sahih Muslim 6985).
To all that, however, he responded that, well, the Bible had plenty of bad stuff in it, too. That put me in mind of Aslan’s notorious Fox interview, in which he avowed that “my mother is a Christian, my wife is a Christian, my brother-in-law is an evangelical pastor.” Aslan recounts that he himself was an enthusiastic evangelical Christian until his studies gave him the impression that the New Testament was not historically reliable, whereupon, he says: “I angrily discarded my faith as if it were a costly forgery I had been duped into buying.”

When an Islamic scholar, Suliman Bashear, taught his students at An-Najah National University in Nablus that the Qur’an and Islam were the products of historical development rather than being delivered in perfect form to Muhammad, his students threw him out of the window of his classroom. So why aren’t any Christians trying to kill Aslan, or at least throw him out of a window? If he had been a Muslim who had left Islam, believers in such statements as this one attributed to Muhammad could have confronted him: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). Because the Qur’an stipulates that Muhammad is the “excellent example” of conduct for Muslims (33:21), in all things to be imitated, this command became normative in Islamic law. The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence....
There is more.

What was the strangest event in Jesus’ life? (10 things you need to know)

Sunday, August 04, 2013 1:58 PM
National Catholic Register

Jesus appeared to three of his disciples in the mysterious event known as the Transfiguration. What was happening here? What did it mean? Here are 10 things you need to know!

A good candidate for the strangest event of Jesus life is one recorded in three of the four gospels.
On this occasion, which is found in Tuesday's gospel reading, Jesus took three of the disciples up on a high mountain.
While they were there, his clothes became dazzlingly white, Moses and Elijah appeared, and they were engulfed in a cloud and heard a heavenly Voice.
This event, known as the Transfiguration, is mysterious and hard to understand. Why did it happen? What did it mean?
Here are 10 things you need to know.

1. What does the word "transfiguration" mean?

The word "transfiguration" comes from the Latin roots trans- ("across") and figura ("form, shape"). It thus signifies a change of form or appearance.
This is what happened to Jesus in the event known as the Transfiguration: His appearance changed and became glorious.
Before looking at the Transfiguration itself, it's important that we look at what happened immediately before it in all three fo the gospels that recored it.

2. What happened right before the Transfiguration?

In Luke 9:27, at the end of a speech to the twelve apostles, Jesus adds, enigmatically:
"There are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God."
This has often been taken as a prophecy that the end of the world would occur before the first generation of Christians died out.
But the phrase "kingdom of God" can also refer to other things, though, including the Church--the outward expression of God's invisible kingdom.
The kingdom is embodied in Christ himself and thus might be "seen" if Christ were to manifest it in an unusual way, even in his own earthly life.

3. Did such a manifestation occur?

Yes, and it is the very next thing that Luke relates: the Transfiguration.
Pope Benedict states that it has been . . .
. . . convincingly argued that the placing of this saying immediately before the Transfiguration clearly relates it to this event.
Some—that is to say, the three disciples who accompany Jesus up the mountain—are promised that they will personally witness the coming of the Kingdom of God 'in power.'
On the mountain the three of them see the glory of God’s Kingdom shining out of Jesus. . . . On the mountain they see the 'power' (dynamis) of the Kingdom that is coming in Christ" (Jesus of Nazareth, vol. 1, p. 317).
We thus may have the key to understanding Jesus' mysterious statement just before the Transfiguration. He wasn't talking about the end of the world. He was talking about this.
In fact, Luke notes that the Transfiguration took place "about eight days after these sayings," thus stressing its proximity to them and suggesting that it was the fulfillment of this saying, concerning the fact that some of them would see the kingdom of God. Mark gives a different number of days, saying it was "after six days" (Mk. 9:2), but these both approximate a week.

4. Who witnessed the Transfiguration?

The three who are privileged to witness the event are Peter, James, and John, the three core disciples. (Andrew was not there or not included.)
The fact that Jesus only allowed three of his disciples to witness the event may have sparked the discussion which occurred later in the same chapter about which of the disciples was the greatest (Luke 9:46).
Click here to watch a video about how Jesus answered this question.

5. Where did the Transfiguration take place?

Luke states that Jesus took the three "on the mountain to pray."
None of the three gospels that record the Transfiguration tell us which mountain this was.
However, it is often thought to be Mt. Tabor, in Israel, and today two monasteries has been built there to commemorate the event.
Click here to learn more about Mt. Tabor.

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-mystery-of-the-transfiguration/#ixzz2b9lRTASW

What interest does the media have in trying to debunk classical Christianity?

New Advent

August 3, 2013

New Advent

You can say that it's mostly to stir up controversy, because that makes money in the long run. The media know that there are a lot of Christians in this country, so when you take the anti-religion perspective it's going to stir up controversy. I might venture to say that there are people in the mainstream media culture who don't like Christianity, so they really are using the tools they hav e to undermine it.

Three Exorcists Weigh In: Should You Watch "The Conjuring"?

Catholic News and Inspiration
Saturday, August 3, 2013
The scariest thing about the horror film, The Conjuring is that it’s based on a true story. It is about an evil presence doing hair-raising things. The story happened in 1971 and centers around the Perron family, a couple and their five daughters who were terrorized by a dark presence in their secluded Rhode Island farmhouse.

Andrea Perron was eleven–years old then. “We were just moving into a charming, lovely old house as far as all of us where concerned,” she said in a YouTube interview. There were former owners of the house who had troubled lives, one is said to have hung herself while another was accused of murdering her baby but the charges were dropped for lack of evidence. As an adult, Andrea wrote about the experience of living in that house in her book, House of Darkness, House of Light. After the evil presence began terrifying the Perrons, they contacted world-renown investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Warrens were Catholic and always answered pleas for help without charging. They felt it was a calling to help people.

Lorraine at age 86 now, still helps people but only over the phone. Her husband, Ed, died in 2006. He grew up in a haunted house and on his resume has listed: "The only non-clerical demonologists recognized by the Vatican."

It is important to note, however, that the movie is a Hollywood version and not a documentary. As such there was great license taken, but according to Lorraine, there was indeed an evil presence that was harassing the family. She said that she and Ed were greatly concerned that the Perron children were unbaptized. “They had no protection and were in great danger because they were not baptized,” Lorraine said. “They told us they were not a church-going family.”

The Warrens relied on prayer and their Catholic faith in their work. Although Ed and Lorraine’s website comes across as sensationalized and uses many secular terms rather than Catholic ones, Lorraine said that they always consulted priests when evil seemed to be involved. In such cases a priest would often take over.

Exorcist Perceptions

I consulted three exorcists for their impressions about the movie and the work that the Warren’s did.

Fr. Patrick (not his real name) is a parish priest and therefore, keeps his work as an exorcist secret so as to function in his parish without undue attention. Cases come to him through his bishop after a person seeks help. Fr. Patrick, like many modern exorcists, uses a team of experts as well as a prayer team to assist him. His professional team includes a clinical psychologist, a psychiatrist, and medical doctor.

I asked him if he thought people should see this movie. He himself had not seen it but said he probably will. “For some people, it’s emotionally dangerous because of their imaginations,” he said. “People should know themselves and be careful.”He stated that after the movie The Exorcist, many people feared that they were possessed.

“People should not feel bad if they are sensitive or worry that they will be made fun of if they don’t want to watch a movie,” he said. “I did not like horror movies when I was a kid and I think it was because I was sensitive to the existence of evil.”

In his work, Fr. Patrick said he sometimes comes across people with imaginations that have convinced them they are being harassed by the devil when in fact, that turns out not to be the case. “I find people who read too much of this stuff. That might build up their faith in some ways, but it can also build up their imagination.”

Vatican Diary / The first saint of North Korea

He was the bishop of Pyongyang. For more than sixty years he was considered "missing." But now the Holy See has made his death official, at the age of 106. To permit the opening of his cause of beatification

by ***

VATICAN CITY, August 5, 2013 - Twice a month the Vatican secretariat of state publishes modifications to the Annuario Pontificio for the current year. The booklet of last July 1 contains a curious piece of news on one of the most impenetrable countries of the globe, North Korea, which periodically makes international headlines with the threat of using nuclear weapons.

The news is that the Holy See is finally recognizing as vacant the diocesan see of Pyongyang, following the death of its bishop, Francis Borgia Hong Yong-ho, born on October 12, 1906, ordained a priest on May 25, 1933, appointed apostolic vicar by Pius XII on March 24, 1944, and consecrated the following June 29.

But the news is not that a prelate has died at the venerable age of more than 106, which would be a record, but the fact that the Annuario no longer includes the name of Hong, who for decades appeared as the ordinary of Pyongyang but with the specification that he was to be considered "missing."

Bishop Hong was, in fact, one of the 166 clerics who were killed or abducted in the course of the terrible persecutions that took place in North Korea at the end of the 1940's with the advent of the communist regime of Kim Il-sung.

Therefore, for more than sixty years nothing more was known about him, but the Holy See never forgot him. And it always kept his name in the official who's who.

Not only that. On March 10, 1962 John XXIII decided to elevate to the rank of diocese the apostolic vicariate of Pyongyang, and appointed as the first bishop precisely the "missing" Monsignor Hong.

The perseverance of the Holy See in keeping alive for decades the name of the "missing" bishop was - as explained years ago by the cardinal, now emeritus, of Seoul Nicholas Cheong Jinsuk - "a gesture of the Holy See to mark the drama that was and still is lived by the Church in Korea."

But the decision made this year to recognize the death of Hong does not mean that this "drama" of the Korean Church is considered closed. Its motivation is another. It is connected to the fact that the Korean bishops have asked the Vatican congregation for the causes of saints for the "nihil obstat" to open the cause of beatification of Hong and 80 of his martyr companions. And of course no one can be a candidate for the glory of the altars if he is not dead, officially as well.

While in South Korea the Catholic Church has seen in recent decades a substantial increase in baptisms and vocations, in the impenetrable communist North it is not known how many Catholics there are, priests cannot be present there on an ongoing basis, and there exists only one religious edifice controlled by the regime.

So nothing has changed with the death in 1994 of Kim Il-sung, whose unmissable "opera omnia" was published in Italy by Jaca Book - a publishing arm of Communion and Liberation - in the early 1970's. Nor with the death of his son, Kim Jong-il, in 2011. Nor with the arrival as leader of the country of the latter's son, Kim Jong-un.

As Cardinal Cheong recalls, "before 1949 in North Korea there were 55,000 Catholics. When the persecution was unleashed many of them fled, but many were killed. Today there are some who say that there are still a thousand Catholics, others say that there could be three thousand. But there is no way of knowing for sure."

All of the churches were destroyed as well. Except for when in 1988 "the Olympics were celebrated in South Korea, all of a sudden one was built in Pyongyang, from nothing. But this was not a miraculous event: it is easy to intuit that this was a move by the regime to try to demonstrate that also in the North there were Catholics free to profess their faith. Which obviously does not correspond to the reality."

This was, in fact, a "church" run by a self-proclaimed Catholic association led by a layman, Jang Jae-on, who until a short time ago was also the president of the North Korean Red Cross.

In recent decades the Holy See, although formally considering the see of Pyongyang as not vacant, has always appointed the archbishop of Seoul as its apostolic administrator. But he has never been able to visit it.

READ THE REST AT http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1350571?eng=y

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – August 5, 2013

Talking about the "things that matter most" on August 5

4:00 – Kresta Comments – Intolerant Muslim Writer Attempts to Intimidate University, Media, Activists to Get Ave Maria Radio’s Islam Debate / Symposium Cancelled – He Failed

4:20 – Public Witness, Public Faith: Deprivatizing Religion
Guest: Kathryn Jean Lopez

5:00 – Kresta Comments – Intolerant Muslim Writer Attempts to Intimidate University, Media, Activists to Get Ave Maria Radio’s Islam Debate / Symposium Cancelled – He Failed

5:20 – The Future of American Catholicism
Guest: Mark Brumley

Next week: Robert Spencer debating Muslim scholars on "Is Islam a Religion of Peace?" at Michigan conference

By Robert Spencer, www.jihadwatch.org

The editor of Reza Aslan's Aslan Media, desperate as ever to silence the truth about Islam and jihad, has mounted the usual campaign of smears and defamation to get me canceled from this, but this time he has failed. This represents two defeats in a row for him, since I spoke at the conference in Sacramento, California from which he tried to get me canceled last weekend. And the Roman Catholic diocese of Sacramento, even after its bishop caved to this libelous campaign, had a booth at the conference -- obviously they were fine with my being there after all. That is, of course, as it should be: the idea that fighting for the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience and equality of rights for all people should be controversial at all shows how far the public discourse has degenerated.

Details on our conference appear below....
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