Saturday, July 14, 2007

Chaplain Jim Higgins -- Credit for the "Soldiers" email making the rounds

I got an email from a close friend today, and it was a very NICE email about our military men in Iraq at a movie. They were showing Spiderman 3, but as is tradition, apparently, the National Anthem is played before any movie begins.
Something happened to the music, not once, but twice. He goes on to tell us what the reaction was of the men and women in the military. It was 'signed' by Chaplain Jim Higgins.
I think more than THAT should be done.
He is a United Methodist pastor who is now on his way home. He should be in TX soon.
His May 14, 2007 posting is the email that has been going around and on forums all over, but he has not really gotten (from what I can tell) credit, because the url to his site hasn't been in the emails I have seen. I try to rectify that, but this time, chose to do it here, in my own blog.
Oh, and MAJOR Jim Higgins is also the recipient of the Bronze Star, and will 'soon' begin serving as Senior Pastor at McEachern Memorial UMC in Powder Springs, GA. (I think I know someone out that way...)
So when YOU GET the email .... give HIM the credit for having written it, ok? Give the url, so that HE won't be forgotten, either, and become 'just part of the urban legends'....
God bless, Chaplain Higgins!
And God bless all of YOU, too!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Father Tom Euteneuer' Spirit & Life Column 7/13/07

Passing it on....
God bless!

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Dear Catholic Bloggers & other friends

Here is Fr. Tom's Spirit & Life column for this week. Please spread the word!

God bless,

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Sincere Condolences to Editor in Chief and Family ....

This is an update... May he rest in peace. My condolences to his family and friends. They all will be in my prayers.
God bless!
Dearest readers:  It's with terrible sadness that I must ask that those compassionate folks who have been praying and doing extra acts of kindness in the merit of my father, to stop. They are no longer necessary.  My father returned his soul to his Maker on Wednesday afternoon, July 11.  The funeral will be July 12 at 9:30 am at Sol Levinson Funeral Home near Baltimore.
 Within Judaism, there's a mourning process and ritual known as "Shiva". Thus, JWR will not be updated for the next week or so.  In gratitude and friendship, Binyamin L. Jolkovsky 
Dearest readers:  It's with terrible sadness that I must ask that those compassionate folks who have been praying and doing extra acts of kindness in the merit of my father, to stop. They are no longer necessary.  My father returned his soul to his Maker on Wednesday afternoon, July 11.  The funeral will be July 12 at 9:30 am at Sol Levinson Funeral Home near Baltimore. Within Judaism, there's a mourning process and ritual known as "Shiva". Thus, JWR will not be updated for the next week or so.  In gratitude and friendship, Binyamin L. Jolkovsky Editor in Chief 

Christian? Nope, they don't want him...

So I guess being Catholic would REALLY put you on the 'outs' for any kind of Government position? And they don't look at this as persecution? Riigght.

God bless!

Christian nominee for U.S. Surgeon General denounced by homosexual groups

Washington DC, July 12 (CNA).-Homosexual groups have denounced the nomination of Dr. James Holsinger as U.S. Surgeon General because of his leadership in the United Methodist Church, which disapproves of homosexual practice.

Holsinger is expected to testify today before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, chaired by Senator Ted Kennedy.

Several senators, including fellow United Methodist Hillary Clinton, have already said they will oppose Holsinger.

The United Methodist Church has 7.9 million members in the U.S. and several million more outside the U.S. Members also include President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Holsinger has served on the church's top court since 2000.

Mark Tooley of UMAction said Holsinger's critics seem to want to establish "a new litmus test for public office -- a test that would exclude any nominee who is an orthodox Christian with traditional beliefs about sexual ethics."

"This would appear to violate the spirit, if not the letter, of the provision in Article VI of the U.S. Constitution stipulating that 'no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States,'" he noted.

"Dr. Holsinger's nomination should be evaluated based on his qualifications in the fields of medicine and public health," said Tooley. "Opposition to any nominee based exclusively on his church activities and traditional Christian beliefs sets a dangerous new precedent."

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108 yr old Fond du Lac WI Sister's 90th Jubilee!!

A 108-year-old sister is preparing to celebrate her 90th anniversary of religious life this month.
Sr. Claude Feldner of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes will join 45 other sisters on July 15 as they celebrate their jubilee anniversaries at Holy Family Sacred Heart Church in Fond du Lac.

She made her first profession the same month and year my God mother was BORN! WOW!

"They didn't think I would live this long," she told the newspaper. "I was threatened with tuberculosis as a young woman and was sent to Kansas to heal. At that time, they thought a dryer climate would help a person. It must have worked because here I am at 108 years old ready to enjoy a party."

God BLESS you, Sister Claude!

Action: Sr. Claude, at 108, among those celebrating jubilee
Action Advertiser July 12, 2007

What does it feel like to be 108 years old and ready to celebrate 90 years of commitment to religious life? For Sr. Claude Feldner, a member of the Congregation of Sisters of St Agnes, it is a time of gratitude and surprise.
In her words "They didn’t think I would live this long. I was threatened with tuberculosis as a young woman and was sent to Kansas to heal. At that time, they thought a dryer climate would help a person. “It must have worked because here I am at 108 years old, ready to enjoy a party. I plan on showing up and celebrating with other sisters who are celebrating their jubilee anniversaries on July 15th. I also am looking forward to eating cake!"
"This is truly a unique and historical milestone for Sr. Claude, and for us as a community," said Sr. Joann Sambs, general superior of the Sisters of St. Agnes. "Our jubilee celebration is always a festive time of praise and gratitude. The blessing of Sr. Claude’s long and faithful life among us multiplies our joy!"
Sr. Claude made her first profession in 1917. Over the years she taught music at the grade school level, as well as at Marian College in Fond du Lac. She continues to enjoy playing the piano and plays almost daily. She also served for many years in formation ministry for the congregation, preparing young women for religious life.
Sr. Claude will be joined by 45 other members celebrating a jubilee liturgy at Holy Family-Sacred Heart Church in Fond du Lac on Sunday, July 15. The jubilarians represent more than 2,500 years of faithful service as women religious. They serve in the fields of education, health care, social work, and pastoral ministry across the United States and Latin America.
To read more about Sr. Claude and other sister celebrants, please go to: and click on the top header in blue titled “Jubilarians.”

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Archbishop Edwin O'Brien new head of Archdiocese of Baltimore

Archbishop O'Brien is moving to Baltimore. I am wondering who will take his place for our military? God bless, Archbishop O'Brien!

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Please Don't Confuse This Story With Terri Schiavo

An excellent opinion piece by Bobby Schindler was published yesterday at Dakota Voice!

I have to say, I tend to agree with him, and I also do think it will continue, and probably get worse, as those who buy into the propaganda of the MSM continue to disperse false information just as much as those IN the MSM or more. I hope that some will read his words and BEGIN to realize the truth, instead of the errors and deliberate falsifications of MSM and reporters/opinion writers who do not understand what it is that they write/say when they make reference to 'Brain dead' and 'PVS', etc.

God bless!

Please Don't Confuse This Story With Terri Schiavo
By Bobby Schindler
One can’t help but wonder if perhaps the mainstream media is feeling a growing sense of uneasiness regarding Terri’s death. In the two years since my sister died I have witnessed an increasing determination on their part to convince the public that she was “hopeless” and in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) regardless of any and all evidence to the contrary.
(Full Article)
Posted by Dakota Voice at 8:51 PM

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

URGENT prayer request from Editor in Chief JewishWorldReview

Well, I have NO idea where the email I sent to my blog with this prayer request went to, but I sent one someplace in cyberspace! PLEASE pray for Yehudah ben Rivka.
Today, I got another, even more urgent, which is below:

I sent THIS one on June 9-10th, unsure of date/time:

Dearest readers:

I apologize to those who feel imposed on by my requesting that you
pray for my father. All I can say to you is that I hope you are
never in this position.

To those who DO care and are compassionate: My father survived his
surgery --- but barely. He is in critical condition and is battling
for his life in the ICU.

PLEASE take a moment to pray and do extra acts of kindness (it’s up
to you to decide what) in the merit of Yehudah ben (Hebrew for “son
of”) Rivka.

PLEASE, too, forward this message.

In gratitude and friendship,
Binyamin L. Jolkovsky
Editor in Chief
July 9, 2007

I do not feel in the least bit imposed upon, and will pray that your father is strengthed daily, that he is able to feel God's presence with him in a very special way in ICU.

It is hard to watch loved ones so very ill. God bless all of you!

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you shalom."
~~Numbers 6:24-26

This one came yesterday, but I did not read it until just a little while ago... I am soooo sorry! May the Lord bless and keep you safe, and your family!

Dearest readers:

As I keep receiving nasty letters, I apologize for bothering those who
can’t be compassionate in attempting enlisting those who care enough to
beseech the One Who Grants and Sustains All Life to spare my father’s.

A surgeon at a world-famous hospital just admitted to the family that they

PLEASE stop whatever you are doing and utter a prayer for Chaim Yehuda ben
(Hebrew for “son of”) Rivka.

I don’t care who you are or even if you are an atheist – let it be empty
words – but PLEASE just say a prayer.

PLEASE forward this note!

With tears,
Binyamin L. Jolkovsky
Editor in Chief
Noon, July 10, 2007


I have been reading about BELLA for awhile, and fully intended to write about it, but then Life entered my world, and many of my ideas went out the door for awhile.

** My grandmother always told me... "If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans!" **
(from the trailers One and Two below)

Part of the reason that I liked it was the actor, who reminded me in MANY ways of Jim Caviezel who played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ. There is, besides the good looks, an INTENSENESS about both of them. And they share the Catholic Faith.

While James Caviezel does not have the same background as Eduardo Verastegui, they both seem to have found a way to touch people in their films.

I am sure many will think that Eduardo Verastegui's part in Jennifer Lopez' video "Ain't It Funny" is 'hot', but as I watched it, I was taken by the fact that she wore a cross...until the dancing became nearly vulgar.
Don't get me wrong, I DO like a lot of Latino music, and it is often sensuous. But there is a fine line that can be crossed between sensuous...and vulgar. Often today, that line is crossed.

The only clue that I had about Verastegui's lifestyle, honestly, came from the first video below, which was only put on youtube about three weeks ago. Today, when a friend asked me if I'd ever heard of BELLA, I really had to dig to find out WHERE.

She also asked me (and others) if it was a movie we wanted to see. My response was YES, DEFINITELY!
After I had read the site she gave to us from the K of C's, I took her to the official site. I also showed her a
review from the Legionaries website, and THEN I found these....

If the story of the rich young man had a sequel

More on Bella and Eduardo Verastegui at The Master's Artist
and the most important one:

The rich young man--the sequel

But then....ah, then... I remembered WHERE I had heard of/read about this movie! I had spent time on youtube and had come across a trailer that really touched me. I went back, and watched it again, and again. and made up my mind that I AM going to see it.... enjoy!

And God bless!

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Answer to Prayer Issue--Letter on 1962 Missal Not Anti-Semitic

God bless!!

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Letter on 1962 Missal Not Anti-Semitic

Document to Be Released Saturday

VATICAN CITY, JULY 6, 2007 ( Benedict XVI's apostolic letter concerning the Roman Missal promulgated by John XXIII in 1962, will not reinstate a prayer for the conversion of "perfidious Jews."

The Vatican press office announced today the Pope's letter issued "motu proprio," on his own initiative, is titled "Summorum Pontificum," and will be released Saturday at noon, accompanied by an explanatory letter.

Several media reports erroneously contend that the letter could in effect reinstate a prayer offensive to Jews from the Good Friday liturgy of the Tridentine Mass, which dates back to 1570. The prayer stated: "Oremus et pro perfidies Judaeis" (Let us pray for the perfidious Jews).

On the first Good Friday after his election to the papacy in 1959, Pope John XXIII eliminated the adjective "perfidious" from the prayer. Since then the expression "Let us pray for the Jews" has been used.

That same year, he also eliminated from the rite of baptism the phrase used for Jewish catechumens: "Horresce Jusaicam perfidiam, respue Hebraicam superstitionem" (Disavow Jewish unbelieving, deny Hebrew superstition).

Also eliminated were similar formulas for those converting from idolatry, Islam or a heretical sect.

The 1962 missal was promulgated with an apostolic letter issued "motu proprio" by John XXIII "Rubricarum Instructum." The missal does not make reference to "perfidious Jews."

On Good Friday in 1963, John XXIII underlined the importance of this decision when the old formulation of the prayer for the Jews was read. The Pope interrupted the liturgy and asked that that the liturgical invocations begin again from the beginning, following the new text.

The Roman Missal adopted by Pope Paul VI in 1969, and put into effect in 1970, reformulated the prayer.
It reads: "Let us pray for the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God, that they may continue to grow in the love of his name and in faithfulness to his covenant.
"Almighty and eternal God, long ago you gave your promise to Abraham and his posterity. Listen to your Church as we pray that the people you first made your own may arrive at the fullness of redemption."

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Grand Chute WI Abortuary Closed ... pray it is forever!

THIS Good News was in  June 1's and today's Bulletin at St Pius X!

We have received word that the abortionist at the Planned
Parenthood abortion clinic in Grand Chute has retired and a
replacement has not been found! Their doors are (at least
temporarily) closed! Let us continue to pray for the conversion of
hearts and the permanent closing of that horrible place.

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