Padre Pio, Bernard of Clairvaux, and the Shoulder Wound of Christ

St Padre Pio

What do medieval mystic St. Bernard of Clairvaux and modern monk St. Padre Pio have in common?Well, they're both saints, sharing in the eternal reward which God has prepared for them.But beyond that, both had a sincere devotion to the Shoulder Wound of Christ. *     *     *     *     * SAINT BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX, the French abbott and mystic who helped to renew the Cistercian Order in the twelfth century, related in the Annals of Clairvaux a conversation he'd had with Our Lord.  He pray … [Read more...]

Governor Rick Perry Goes Down to the River, Gets Baptized

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Last month, Texas Governor Rick Perry took a dip in the Little Rocky Creek near Independence, Texas.  The governor was quietly baptized in a ceremony open to his close friends and family.  Pastor Mac Richard of Lake Hills Church in Austin, Texas, presided over the re-dedication.Perry "reaffirmed his commitment" to his Christian faith in the same waters where Texas's famed governor Sam Houston was baptized back in 1854.  Houston, who had a sense of humor, is reported to have quipped that he wa … [Read more...]

Two Siblings Learn About the Baby: One Is a Story of Joy, One of Loss

Kids learn about new baby

This morning, I happened to read two very different stories about siblings who had just learned of a brother or sister.THE FIRST ARTICLE, posted on, is the story of Claire Culwell, a survivor of abortion.  Claire's mother became pregnant at the age of 13 and decided to have an abortion; but she didn't know that she was pregnant with twins.  One child, a boy, was aborted at twenty weeks; but the abortionist failed to abort a twin girl still in the womb.  When the error was re … [Read more...]