Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Fountain of Youth: Having Babies

My daughter Teresa & grandson Xavier


           Science has identified a way that women can slow aging, have a stronger brain, and live longer. Babies! Having them at all, having more of them, and having them at a later age, are all ways that women benefit physically from becoming a mother. So, change that diaper, wipe that messy face, and smile! 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

"Baby Shark" Outfielder Parra, Proud Catholic

WA Post Photo
If you watched the World Series, perhaps “Baby Shark” became stuck in your head thanks to Gerardo Parra.  He was the high energy outfielder for the winning team, the Washington Nationals.
A big part of Parra's acclaim had to do with his walk-up song "Baby Shark" that threw the stadium into an "infectious" pep rally. People sang and clapped arms like imaginary jaws and even took to showing up in shark hats and costumes.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Use Your Weapons!

           
         Sometimes I yearn for a voice from above to shout: "Catholics, use your weapons!" To do nothing about all hell breaking loose is to join the other side. 

Monday, October 7, 2019

The Hope of Lepanto: the Feast of the Holy Rosary


We are not to lose hope even in the face of the nightly evening news.  We have Jesus and all the treasures of the Catholic Church.  And on October 7, we have the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, also known as Our Lady of Victory.  This feast shows us the way to victory. 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

St. Faustina Helping Us Now More Than Ever


 “Jesus, I Trust in You,” was the message of Divine Mercy that Jesus gave to us through Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska. She was the third of ten children, born in Poland on August 25, 1905, died October 5, 1938, and canonized on April 30, 2000.  
As a sister with the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, St. Faustina had a deep interior life. Jesus revealed the devotion of Divine Mercy to her which includes the powerful Chaplet of Mercy. 

Monday, September 23, 2019

Never Say Never, a St. Padre Pio Miracle



Paul Walsh was 17 when the car he was driving hit a tree on Chester Pike in suburban Philadelphia on an icy December night in 1983. Not only was his skull shattered, every bone in his face was broken and there was a tear in his brain. Doctors at Crozier Chester Medical Center said he was irreversibly brain damaged and would never regain consciousness.  But as the old saying goes, “Never say never.”

Sunday, September 22, 2019

When a Plane Crashed the Empire State Building into Office of Forerunner to USCCB


On a hazy morning on Saturday, July 28, 1945, a B25 bomber lost in the fog, crashed into the Empire State Building at the 79th floor, killing 14 people. It went right into the National Catholic Welfare Conference office which years later would become the United States Catholic  Conference of Bishops, (USCCB). 
During the rescue mission, the lines of one of the elevator cables snapped causing a young women elevator operator to fall down 75 flights. She survived.  

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Miracle Before Icon, Mother of God, “Quick to Hear”




An eight-year-old girl who was deaf and mute is reported to have been miraculously healed last year before the She Who is Quick to Hear” icon. This ancient icon is one of the most well-known miraculous icons of the Theotokos, (which means Mother of God, the name used in the Eastern Orthodox Church as a title of the Virgin Mary.)

Monday, August 26, 2019

St. Michael Prayer that Saved a Marine’s Life



We call on St. Michael the Archangel, “Prince of the Heavenly Host” to protect us from evil. His name is Hebrew for "Who is like God?" which was the battle cry of the good angels when they cast the rebellious Lucifer and his followers into hell. 
A story about St. Michael’s powerful intercession was told in a young marine’s letter home to his mother during the Korean War in 1950. It has been circulated ever since. 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Response to Black Mass in Ottawa


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“The problem isn't  that the devil has upped his game, but more people are willing to play it,” an exorcist once told me.
            Such was the case in Ottawa, Canada this weekend when a black mass was held by the Satanic Temple of Ottawa at a heavy metal bar called The Koven. 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Another Modesty Article

 As the season for picnics, watermelon, and modesty articles winds down, there is one article that I do not want you to miss.
In  Slut Shaming in the Adoration Chapel, Larry Denninger shared an incident in his parish’s adoration chapel. 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Go Ahead and Be a Martha

          “Don’t be a Maratha,” we are told, referring to the story of Mary and Martha in the New Testament.   Can you imagine such a thing?  I would not like it if people went around saying, “Don’t be a Patti.”. 
That is what came of Martha’s worrying about getting tasks done for her guests while her sister Mary simply sat and listened to Jesus.  

Friday, July 19, 2019

House Chaplain Casts Out Evil


Fr. Pat Convoy, screen shot capture from C-Span 
It was not an exorcism but the Chaplain of the House of Representatives, Father Patrick Convoy prayed to “cast out all spirits of darkness” on Thursday after tensions flared during debates. 
“Let us pray,” he began. “We give you thanks, Oh God, for giving us another day. This has been a difficult and contentious week in which darker spirits seem to have been at play in the people’s house.” 

Monday, July 1, 2019

Co-opting Blessed Mother Demands Reparation



From Poland to the U.S., the Blessed Mother is being used in blasphemous ways.  By imposing rainbow flags onto her images, she is being co-opted by LGBT activists.
           In April, there was furor in Poland over a rainbow Madonna that led to the arrest of an LBGT activist for appropriating a sacred image considered a national treasure with the LGBT rainbow colors. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Wife, Mother, Assistant to an Exorcist

After starting a load of laundry, sweeping her kitchen floor, and sitting down to read, Maria (not her real name) answered her phone. It was her bishop.  Someone thinks he might be possessed. Could she give him a call?

Monday, June 3, 2019

Ex-Satanist That Built Basilica, Shows No One Beyond God’s Mercy


It would seem that being raised by devout Catholic parents who prayed the rosary daily would have pointed to a good and holy future for Bartolo Longo. And it did.  Eventually. First, he strayed so far from God that he became a satanic priest.  

Saturday, May 11, 2019

#SexStrike and #MeToo, 2 Sides of Same Coin

          
 

Wait a minute, I thought the #MeToo movement made it clear that it's not okay for men to pressure women for sex in exchange for giving the women what they want? But it's okay for women to use sex to get what they want?  Actress Alyssa Milano thinks so.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Lajas in a Cave

  Our Lady of Las Lajas is a story of a miraculous event with an image left behind in a cave. In 1754, in South America, on the border between Colombia and Ecuador, is an image known as Our Lady of Las Lajas on a cave wall.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Pro-life Response to Aggressive Abortion Moves

  Abortion advocates have shown us their hand. They are even more heartless than we imagined.  Their commitment to end the lives of babies was made clear when New York legalized abortions right up to birth, Vermont and Rhode Island also passed radical abortion and infanticide laws, and other states are attempting to do the same. 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Irish prayers for Families and Spiritual Strength



              I write this on St. Patrick’s Day, but 
these are three beautiful Irish prayers for spiritual strength and protection all year round.  
           I’ve adapted the first two for families (replacing “this child” with “our children” in the first one, and “you” with “our children” in the second.) The third prayer, I pray daily for spiritual protection. Interviewing exorcists and writing against false apparitions has shown me it’s a powerful prayer.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

How the Rosary Drove Communism Out of Brazil



March 19 is the anniversary of a time when Catholic women of Brazil picked up their most powerful weapon—the rosary—and drove communism from their country.  
In 1964, the oppressive President Joao Goulart had appointed many communists to positions of leadership. Humble, faithful women understood the power of the Blessed Mother’s intercession and formed rosary groups. They showed up at political rallies and drown out speakers by loudly praying the rosary. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

"No One Should be Surprised That Infanticide is Now on the Table" by Cole McKeown


       
         Democrats voted down the born-alive bill that would have given legal protection for infants that survive an abortion attempt.  While pro-life advocates are enraged, Democrats claim there has been no real change in actual practice with the defeat of this bill. And they are right. Their decline in the respect for life is simply continuing to advance. 

Friday, February 15, 2019

Grow Closer to the Blessed Mother Through Her Many Titles


In the Bible, the mother of our Savior Jesus Christ is called Mary and we are told all generations shall call her blessed (Luke 1:48). And so, we do. The Blessed Mother is an endearing name throughout the Christian and even Muslim world.  
(Note: Mary is mentioned in the Koran even more times than in the Bible. Muslims believe the Virgin Mary was the mother of a great prophet, not, the Son of God, however, they hold her in highest regard.)

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Two Miraculous Photos of the Light of Christ

     
Light from chapel in Fr. Lange's house
      
The closer to the light, the clearer we see.  So, the spiritual blindness around us, has a cause: not enough light. 
Again, Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life’” (John 8:2).

Friday, January 25, 2019

Body of Teen, Venerable Carlo Acutis Found Incorrupt

To always be close to Jesus, that’s my life plan-Venerable Carlo Acutis       
Being a teenager and a computer geek in today’s world hardly seems like fertile ground for sainthood, but Venerable Carlo Acutis, who died of leukemia at age 15 in 2006, is showing the world otherwise.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Spiritual Protection Made Easy



Is the devil stronger in the world today?  “No,” according to an exorcist I once interviewed. “There’s just more people willing to play his game.”  The devil has always been about his business of tempting us, but in the days when more people went to church on Sundays and prayed every day—even public schools use to start the day with prayer—people availed themselves more to God’s protection.  

Monday, January 21, 2019

Lessons Learned from Covington Boys Fiasco



                                 We were duped.
 Our desire for righteousness was manipulated by an agenda-driven group. 
At the end of the March for Life in D.C. attended by half-a-million marchers, a group of boys waiting for their bus became targets. And so did we by getting pulled in. 

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Miraculous Healing at Lourdes Leads to Priesthood


A miraculous healing at Lourdes, getting hugged by Pope John Paul II, and meeting Mother Teresa, were all a part of Father Christy David Pathiala’s family vacation when he was seven years old.  But it was only ice cream that was on his mind at the time as Christy walked towards the miraculous spring at Lourdes in 1989.  

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Haunted Tourism Can Leave You With Unwanted Souvenirs

    
     Haunted tourism is an adventure that sometimes brings lingering, unwanted souvenirs.  
People are fascinated by the supernatural which includes both heaven and hell. While some people set their itineraries on pilgrimages to holy lands and heavenly apparition sites, others prefer hair-raising haunted destinations.