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A Call for Prayer and Fasting in Reparation for the Sins of our Clergy

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Dear Friends in Christ,

Like yours, my heart is sick and aches at the horrific news of abuse and complicity by members of the clergy of our Church.  I despair that the darkness and evil of the world has infected our Church.  I feel righteous anger and want to demand accountability and transparency from the temporal stewards of our one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

I want to do something, but that “something” must be positive.  So what to do?  Looking to Micah 6:8 I am reminded: “You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Our Lady with incomprehensible patience reminds us that the way forward in every crisis of faith is prayer.  As the Saints demonstrate emulating the example of our Lord on the Cross, prayer is always made better with sacrifice.

With that in mind, in reparation for the sins of our clergy, I plan to fast and offer a Rosary on the fourth Fridays of the month.  There is, of course, more that you can do.  You can join in the already underway 54 Day Rosary Novena for our Nation (www.novenaforournation.com/54-day-novena).

In prayer, we should always look to Saint Joseph.  As Saint Thomas Aquinas teaches. “There are many saints to whom God has given the power to assist us in the necessities of life, but the power given to St. Joseph is unlimited:  It extends to all our needs and all those who invoke him with confidence are sure to be heard.”

To thee, O blessed Saint Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. By that charity where with you are united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray, that you would look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength.

Most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; keep far from us, most loving father, all blight of error and corruption: mercifully assist us from heaven, most mighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old you did rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of his life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that we may be supported by thine example and thine assistance, may be enabled to lead a holy life, die a happy death and come at last to the possession of everlasting blessedness in heaven. Amen.

The Psalms too are always a powerful source of prayerful sustenance.

Psalm 43:1-5

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people; from deceitful and unjust men deliver me!

For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you cast me off? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

Oh, send out your light and your truth; let them lead me, let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!

Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my savior and my God.

I urge you to join in Prayer and Fasting in Reparation for the sins of our clergy.  Saint John Paull II calls on all of us to evangelize.  Let this be one example our devotion to our Lord and His Church.

Please join me in The Fourth Friday Fast and Prayer for Reparation.

God bless,

Frank

Calling: Ephesians 4:1-32

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Catholic Study Bible

Ephesians 4:1-32

1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
2 with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love,
3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call,
5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.
7 But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
8 Therefore it is said, ” When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,and he gave gifts to men.”
9 ( In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11 And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ;
14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the cunning of men, by their craftiness in deceitful wiles.
15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every joint with which it is supplied, when each part is working properly, makes bodily growth and upbuilds itself in love.
17 Now this I affirm and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their minds;
18 they are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart;
19 they have become callous and have given themselves up to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of uncleanness.
20 You did not so learn Christ! –
21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus.
22 Put off the old man that belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts,
23 and be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
24 and put on the new man, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore, putting away falsehood, let every one speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
27 and give no opportunity to the devil.
28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need.
29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear.
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice,
32 and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Research Brief from Institute for Family Studies: “Meaning in Modern America”

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The Institute for Family Studies May 2018 Research Brief:  Meaning in Modern America by Clay Routledge.

Click “Meaning in Modern America” to read the entire publication.

A Horrifying and Heartbreaking Cry of the Desperate Need for Christ’s Merciful Love

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A horrifying and heartbreaking cry of the desperate need for Christ’s Merciful Love in our very own state, for without Him, there is only darkness.

First Friday Networking Lunch November Kickoff

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photo of Deacon Joe Stocker
Deacon Joe Stocker kicks off the Carolina Catholic Professionals First Friday Networking lunch series.  Join us next month on December 8, 2017 for our next Lunch with Randall Goldman, CEO of Patrick Properties. RSVP now to reserve your seat!

Frank Stephens, Who has Down Syndrome, Testifies on Capitol Hill

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Frank Stephens, who has Down Syndrome, testifies on Capitol Hill about his life experience and the importance of scientific research in the area. Watch the video with this link: Frank Stephens on YouTube

George Wiegel Tells Us, “We are in the Beatitudes business.”

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Thank you to all who attended “An Evening with George Weigel” on October 5, 2017 with Carolina Catholic Professionals!  What an incredibly inspirational event.  Check out our Flickr site to view some pics from the evening!

The Power of Forgiveness by Debbie Przybylski

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“We have been sent into the world to implement the rule of God on earth. Where there is discord we are to replace it with harmony. Where there is hatred we are to replace it with agape. Where there is an offense simmering into a murderous conflict, we are to replace it with forgiveness. When we choose to forgive, we invade the realm of darkness and defeat those dark forces with the power of a resurrected life.” – Dudley Hall

Forgiveness is one of the most powerful responses that we could ever have, yet the steps in forgiving others may be difficult. Forgiving others is very hard. The love of Christ is the only way we can set free those who have deeply wounded us. The love of Christ gives us the only context we have for believing God has forgiven us.  Read more of Debbi Przybylski’s article, The Power of Forgiveness, at http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/the-power-of-forgiveness.html

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