We’re in the Efforts Business, God is in the Results Business

My friend Judge Twyla Gray died a year ago last October after a twenty year battle with breast cancer.

A few months before she died, she gave this speech at TEDxOKC.

Twyla and I were first elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives together in 1980. She and her husband, Charles, set up the blind date that kicked off the courtship between me and my husband. Twyla was a brilliant woman whose career ultimately led her to spend many years as a District Judge.

She was also a prayerful Christian and a devoted wife and mother.

I think her comments here say quite a lot about vocation in this life.
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Letter Supporting Marriage and Religious Freedom Signed by 1,000 British Priests

This letter was published in today’s Daily Telegraph in the UK. It was signed by just over a thousand priests. 

Maybe American priests need to do something similar.

Letter to The Daily Telegraph, published Saturday 12th January 2012

SIR – After centuries of persecution, Catholics have, in recent times, been able to be members of the professions and participate fully in the life of this country.

Legislation for same-sex marriage, should it be enacted, will have many legal consequences, severely restricting the ability of Catholics to teach the truth about marriage in their schools, charitable institutions or places of worship.

It is meaningless to argue that Catholics and others may still teach their beliefs about marriage in schools and other arenas if they are also expected to uphold the opposite view at the same time.

The natural complementarity between a man and a woman leads to marriage, seen as a lifelong partnership. This loving union – because of their physical complementarity – is open to bringing forth and nurturing children.

This is what marriage is. That is why marriage is only possible between a man and a woman. Marriage, and the home, children and family life it generates, is the foundation and basic building block of our society.

We urge Members of Parliament not to be afraid to reject this legislation now that its consequences are more clear.

Rt Rev Peter Brignall

Bishop of Wrexham

Rt Rev Terence Drainey
Bishop of Middlesbrough

Rt Rev Philip Egan

Bishop of Portsmouth

Rt Rev Malcolm McMahon
Bishop of Nottingham

Rt Rev Mgr Keith Newton
Ordinary, Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

Rt Rev Daniel Mullins
Bishop Emeritus of Menevia

Rt Rev Philip Pargeter Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Birmingham

Rt Rev Patrick O’Donoghue Bishop Emeritus of Lancaster

Rt Rev Francis Walmsley
Bishop Emeritus to HM Forces

Rt Rev Mgr Edwin Barnes
Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

Rt Rev Francis Baird OSB
Abbot of Prinknash

Rt Rev Dom Aidan Bellenger OSB Abbot of Downside

Rt Rev Abbot Cuthbert Brogan OSB
Abbot of Farnborough

Rt Rev Dom Paul Stonham OSB Abbot of Belmont

Very Rev Hugh Allan O Praem

Very Rev Leo Chamberlain OSB MA

Very Rev Dom Michael Clothier OSB

Very Rev Michael Copps OFM

Very Rev Damian Humphries OSB

Rt Rev Anthony Maggs CRL

Very Rev Senan Mahoney OCSO

Rev Emmanuel Mansford CFR

Mitred Archpriest Alexander Nadson

Very Rev Daniel Seward Cong Orat

Very Rev Bernard Swinhoe OSB

Very Rev Henry Wansbrough OSB

Mgr John Allen Mgr Peter Anglim Mgr John Armitage

Mgr Keith Barltrop Mgr Anthony Barry

Mgr Provost David Bottrill

Mgr Anthony Boylan Mgr Vincent Brady

Mgr Christopher Brooks

Mgr John Conneely

Mgr Provost Peter Cookson

Mgr John Corcoran

Mgr Jim Curry

Mgr John Daly

Mgr Canon Gerard Dasey

Very Rev E Alan Denneny

Mgr Walter Drumm

Mgr Gerald Ewing

Mgr Jeremy Fairhead

Mgr Timothy Galligan

Rev Mgr Canon Jeremy Garratt

Mgr Vincent Harvey Mgr Martin Hayes

Mgr Provost Sean Healy

Rev Mgr Philip Holroyd

Rt Rev Mgr Brian Kinrade

Mgr David Kirkwood

Mgr Canon John Maguire

Rev Mgr Thomas McGrath

Canon Sean P McTernan

Mgr Canon John Moran

Mgr Provost Cyril Murtagh

Mgr John Nelson Mgr William Nix Mgr Patrick O’Dea Mgr Gordon Read Mgr Phelim Rowland Mgr John Ryan

Mgr Bill Saunders

Mgr Canon Francis Slattery

Mgr Richard Stork

Mgr Andrew Summergill

Mgr Adrian Toffolo

Mgr Canon Harry Turner

Mgr Canon Aidan J Turner

Canon Colm Acton

Canon Grzegorz Aleksandrowicz

Canon Michael Bell Canon Vincent Berry

Canon Joseph Boardman

Canon Michael Brockie

Canon Pat Browne

Rev Canon Patrick Chrystal

Canon John Clark

Rev Canon Joseph Collins

Canon Francis Cookson

Canon Dunstan Cooper

Canon Philip Cross

Canon Thomas Dakin Canon Colin Davies

Canon Michael Fitzpatrick

Canon Michael Flook

Canon Sean Gilligan

Canon John Gordon

Canon Sean Grady

Canon John Griffiths

Canon John Gunn

Canon Alfred T Hayes

Canon Michael Hazell

Canon Robert Horn

Canon Joseph Kelly

Rev Canon Bernard Lordan

Canon Michael Loughlin

Canon Brendan MacCarthy

Canon Bosco MacDonald

Canon John Madden

Canon Bernard Massey

Canon Anthony McBride

Canon Michael McCreadie

Canon Jonathan Mitchell

Canon Bernard Morgan

Canon Paul Moxon

Canon Bernard Needham

Canon Kenneth Noakes

Rev Canon John F Nunan

Canon Kevin O’Connor

Canon John O’Regan

Rev Canon Timothy O’Sullivan

Canon James Pannett

Canon Luiz Ruscillo

Canon Timothy Russ

Canon Colin Taylor

Rev Canon Paul Townsend

Canon Tom Treherne Canon Peter Turbitt

Canon Gerard Wharton

Rev Richard Aladics

Rev John Berry

Rev Raymond Blake

Rev Sir Charles Dilke Bt Cong Orat

Rev Peter G Edwards Rev Ian Farrell
Rev Timothy Finigan Rev Stewart Foster Rev Peter Geldard Rev Marcus Holden Rev Ian Ker

Rev Michael Marsden Rev Paul Mason

Rev Aidan Nichols OP

Rev Andrew Pinsent Rev John Saward

Rev Alexander Sherbrooke

Rev Paul Watson

Rev Benedict Bullen Abuo

Rev William Adams

Rev Dominic Adeiza

Rev Andreas Agreiter MHM

Rev John Ahern

Rev Andrew Alexander CJ

Rev Jim L Allen Rev Andrew Allman

Rev Michael Amalados

Rev Joseph Alex Angodage OMI

Rev David Annear Rev Stewart Ansbro

Rev Matthew Anscombe

Rev Oliver Antao

Rev Francis Antwi- Darkwah

Rev Ivan Aquilina

Rev Michael Archer

Rev George Areekhuzhy

Rev Vincent Gabriel Arnold OSB

Rev Kingsley Arulananthem

Rev John Ashton SDB

Rev Michael Ashworth SJ

Rev Anthony G H Attree

Rev Benedict Austen OSB

Rev James Austin Rev Francis Austin

Rev Cyril Axelrod CSsR

Rev Roman Badiak Rev John Baggley

Rev Christopher Baker

Rev David Baker Rev John Ball

Rev Graham Bamford

Rev John Bane

Rev David Barnes

Rev Nigel Barr

Rev Lee Barrett

Rev David Barrow

Rev T Bartnik SDB

Rev Michael Bateman

Rev John Batthula

Rev Michael Beattie SJ

Rev Gordon Beattie OSB

Rev John Beirne

Rev William Bellamy

Rev George Bennett

Rev Lee Bennett

Rev Bill Bergin

Rev Chris Bergin

Rev Jerome Bertram Cong Orat

Rev Kazimierz Bidzinski

Rev Jonathan Bielawski

Rev Robert Billings

Rev Denis Blackledge SJ

Rev John Bland IC

Rev James Blenkinsopp

Rev Peter Blundell

Rev Brendan Blundell OFM Com

Rev John Boland

Rev Andrea Bord

Rev Chad Boulton OSB

Rev Bill Boyd SDB

Rev Bernard Boylan

Rev Cornelius Boyle

Rev Terry Boyle

Rev John P Bradley

Rev Owen Brady

Rev Michael Branch

Rev Michael Brandon

Rev Laurence Brassill OSA

Rev Martin Breen

Rev Raymund Brennan

Rev Tom Breslin

Rev Malachy Brett

Rev Silvio Briffa

Rev Charles Briggs

Rev Marcus Brisley

Dom Nicholas Broadbridge OSB

Rev Paul Brophy

Rev S D Brown

Rev Michael Brown

Rev Alexander J B Brown

Rev Joseph Brown SDB

Rev Andrew Browne

Rev Antony Brunning

Rev Gary Buckby

Rev Martin Budge

Rev Sylvester Bukenya

Rev John Bosco Bukomba

Rev Paul Burch

Rev Timothy Burke

Rev Michael Burke

Rev David Burns

Rev James Burns

Rev Peter Burns

Rev Gerard Burns

Rev Andrew Burns CSsR

Rev Peter Burns OSB Rev Peter Burrows

Rev Francesco Buttazzo

Rev Keith Butterworth

Rev Alfred Buttigieg SJ

Rev Keith Byrne OSA Rev Gerard Byrne

Rev Denis Caddle OAR

Rev John Cadwallader CJ

Rev Malcolm Cairns

Rev John Cairns

Rev Xavier Calduch

Rev James Callaghan

Rev Kevin Callaghan CSsR

Rev Francis Calnan SCJ

Rev Raymond Camilleri OFM

Rev Charles Cammack MHM

Rev Duncan Campbell OP

Rev Gordon Campbell

Rev Michael Campion

Rev Francis Capener

Rev Darren Carden

Rev Brendan Carmody SJ

Rev Dom Matthew Carney OSB

Rev Patrick Carroll Rev Sean Carroll

Rev Louis Caruana SJ

Rev Louis Catterall SMM

Rev John Causey

Rev Pietro Celotto CS

Rev John Chandler

Rev Bernard Charnock

Rev Mongkhon Charoentham

Rev Neil Chatfield

Rev Paul Chavasse Cong Orat

Rev Eric Cheetham

Rev Gregory Chillman OSB

Rev Simon Chinery

Rev Anto Chittilappilly

Rev Anthony Cho OFM

Rev Jacob Choi OSA

Rev Dominic Chukka

Rev Aloysius Church SJ

Rev Krzysztof Ciebien

Rev Bogdan Cisek

Rev John Clancy CSsR

Rev Edward Clare Rev James Clark Rev Peter Clarke

Rev Roger Clarke

Rev James Clarke

Rev Martin Clayton

Rev Damien Clemas AA

Rev Anthony Cogliolo

Rev Michael Cole

Rev Ray Collier SSC

Rev Allan Collins CSSp

Rev John Collins

Rev Martin Collins

Rev Michael Collis

Rev Christopher Colven

Rev Augustin Conesa

Rev Mark Coningsby

Rev Philip Conner

Rev Mark Connolly CSSp

Rev Thomas Connolly

Rev Francis Conway OFM

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Rev Leo Cooper

Rev John Cooper

Rev Robert Copsey SOLT

Rev Edward Corbould OSB

Rev Eamon Corduff

Rev Charles Corrigan CSsR

Rev Anton Cowan

Rev Peter Coyle

Rev Ronald Crane

Rev Tom Creagh- Fuller

Rev Thomas Crean OP

Rev John Cribben

Rev Michael Crumpton

Rev Janos Csisco

Rev Bryan Cunningham

Rev Thomas Cunningham

Rev Christopher Cunningham

Rev Brendan Curley

Rev H A Curtis

Rev V J Curtis

Rev Anthony Cussen SMA

Rev Justin Daanaah Rev Victor Dakwen

Rev James Daley MHM

Rev John Danford

Rev Francis Daniel OMI

Rev Francis Davidson OSB

Rev Jeremy Davies

Rev Jeremy Davies

Rev Royston Davis

Rev Stephen Day

Rev Philip de Freitas

Rev Bernard de Smet OSB

Rev Anthony de Vere

Rev Tesfamichael Debesay Negusse

Rev Patrick Deegan

Rev Salvador Del Molino IMC

Rev John Delaney OFMCap

Rev Edward Delphine OSB

Rev Anthony Delsink

Rev Robert Devaney

Rev Martin Devenish MCCJ

Canon Robert Dewhurst

Rev Richard Diala CM

Rev Paul Diaper

Rev Gary Dickson

Rev Casmir Dike

Rev Stephen Dingley

Rev Michael Docherty

Rev John Docherty OAR

Rev Anthony Doe Rev James Doherty

Rev Francesco Donega

Rev Daniel Donohoe SDB

Rev Brian Doolan

Rev William Dowds MHM

Rev Francis Doyle

Rev Anthony Doyle

Rev Tom Dubois

Rev Richard Duffield Cong Orat

Rev Joseph Duggan SJ

Rev Michael Dunn OP

Rev Michael Dunne

Rev Roy Dunstan CRL

Rev Wieslaw Duracz Rev Sean Durcan

Rev Bruce Dutson Rev Paul Dynan
Rev Philip Dyson Rev James Eamer CP Rev Patrick Earley Rev James Early

Rev William East Rev Richard Ebo

Rev Andrew Ebrahim SDB

Rev Ignatius Edet Rev Tim Edgar

Rev Robert Ehileme SMM

Rev David Elder

Rev Anthony Elder

Rev John Elliot

Rev David Elliott

Rev Simon Ellis

Rev John Eze MSP

Rev Reuben Ezebuofor

Rev Josaphat Ezenwa

Rev John Fairhurst SJ

Rev Isidore Faloona OFM

Rev Marcel Fangoo CSSp

Rev Robert Farrell Rev Joseph Farrell

Rev David Featherstone

Rev John Feeley Rev Joseph Feeley

Rev Anthony Fernandes SDB

Rev Malcolm Ferrier Rev Michael Fewell

Rev Kevin Firth Rev Simon Firth

Rev Kieran Fitzharris SVD

Rev Sean Flannery OAR

Rev Martin Flatman

Rev John Fleming

Rev Gerald Flood

Rev Francis Flynn

Rev Kieran Flynn SMM

Rev Frank Flynn

Rev Maurice Flynn OCD

Rev John Fordham Cong Orat

Rev Bernard Forshaw

Rev Thomas Forster Rev Andrew J Foster Rev David Foster Rev Peter Foulkes Rev Kevin Foulkes Rev Peter Fox

Rev Bernard Fox MHM

Rev Anthony Frain SDB

Rev Jesus Frances OAR

Rev Anthony Franey

Rev Gerald Freely

Rev Russell Frost

Rev Tony Furlong IC

Rev Joseph Gabiola

Rev Andrew Gallagher

Rev Michael Gallagher

Rev Michal Garbecki MIC

Rev John Garry SPS Rev Austin Garvey Rev C S Geddes
Rev Daryl George Rev Matthew George Rev Paul J Gibbons Rev John Gildea

Rev Brian Gilmore SVD

Rev Peter Glas

Rev Malcolm Glaze

Rev David Glover

Rev Dominic Golding

Rev Thomas Goonan SM

Rev Krzysztof Goralski

Rev Piotr Gordon Rev Maurice Gordon

Rev Timothy Gorham OSB

Rev Brendan Gorman

Rev David Gornall SJ

Rev Martin Gowman OSB

Rev Paul Graham OSA

Rev Donald Graham Rev David Grant Rev Reg Gray OFM Rev Brian Gray

Rev Andy Graydon

Rev Patrick Greasley

Rev Charles Michael Grech OFM

Rev Julian Green

Rev Martin Griffin MSFS

Rev Austin Griffin

Canon Michael Griffiths

Rev Gregory Griffiths

Rev Damien Grimes MHM

Rev Bernard Guest CMF

Rev Roger Guiver

Rev David Gummett

Rev Mark Hackeson

Rev Peter Hackett SJ

Rev Kentigern Hagan OSB

Rev Bernard Hahesy

Rev Kevin Hale

Rev Denis Hall

Rev Henryk Halman FDP

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Rev Richard Hardstaff

Rev Paul Hardy

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Rev Philip Harris

Rev Jonathan Redvers Harris

Rev Michael Harrison

Rev Peter G Hart Rev Austin Hart
Rev John Hartley Rev Edmund Hartley Rev David Hartley Rev Richard Harvey

Rev Gerard Hatton

Rev Gerard Haugh

Rev James Hawes

Rev Padraig Hawkins

Rev Simon Hawksworth

Rev Raglan Hay-Will Rev Colm Hayden Rev Andrew Headon Rev Simon Heans Rev Ian Hellyer

Rev John Heneghan

Rev Kevin Hennessey

Rev Simon Henry

Rev Patrick Hibbert

Rev Jonathan Hill

Rev John Hindley

Rev John Hitchen

Rev Dom Xavier Dinh Ho OSB

Rt Rev Dom Jerome Hodkinson OSB

Rev Thomas Hoole Rev Kevin J Hooper Rev Tim Hopkins Rev Michael Hore Rev John Horn

Rev Ian Hoskins

Rev Peter Houghton

Rev Angelus Houle

Rev Austin Hughes SCJ

Rev Paul Hughes
Rev John Humphreys Rev Andrew Hurley Rev Peter Hurley Rev David Hutton Rev Patrick Hutton

Rev Edward Huwanga

Rev Cosmas Ikirodah Rev John Inglis

Rev Dominic Innamorati, SCJ

Rev David Irwin

Rev Christopher Jackson

Rev Ian Jackson

Rev Frederick Jackson

Rev Matthew Jakes

Rev Bengt-Ove Jakobson CHS

Rev Howard James

Rev John James

Rev Dylan James

Rev Habib J Jaujou

Rev Slawomir Jedrych MS

Rev Leonard Jioke

Rev John Johnson

Rev Paul Johnson

Rev Norman Johnston

Rev Paul Johnstone

Rev Michael Johnstone

Rev Michael Johonnett

Rev Peter Jones

Rev Michael Jones

Rev Kevin Jones

Rev Michael Jones

Rev Lawrence Jones

Rev Bryan Jones

Rev Darline Joseph MSFS

Rev Martin Joyce

Rev Cornelius Joyce

Rev Sebastian Mari Kajko CFR

Rev Auson Kamugisha SDS

Rev Jason Karippai

Rev Dominic Kavanagh

Rev Nicholas Kavanagh

Rev Christopher Keen

Rev Seamus Keenan

Rev Peter Kelly MAfr

Rev Gerard Kelly

Rev Chris Kelly CP

Rev Fergus Kelly CM

Rev Daniel M Kelly

Rev Michael Kelly

Rev Tom Kelly SCJ

Rev Joseph Kendall

Rev Jim Kennedy CMF

Rev Thomas Kennedy Rev Joseph Keogh Rev William Keogh Rev Brendan Killeen Rev Malcolm King Rev David King IC Rev Paul King

Rev Kieran Kirby

Rev Michael Kirkham

Rev Peter Kirkham

Rev Michael Kirkpatrick

Rev K Kita
Rev Leslie Knight Rev Peter Knott SJ

Rev Leonard Kofler MHM

Rev Thomas Kolangaden OSB

Rev Vitalis Kondo

Rev Jaroslaw Konopko OFMCap

Rev Marcin Kordel CRL

Rev Tadeusz Kordys

Rev Stanislaw Kowalski

Rev Joseph Kuttivayalil MSFS

Rev Philip Kuzhipparambil

Rev Michael Lakeland

Rev Douglas Lamb

Rev Michael Lambert AA

Rev Patrick Laydon

Rev Michael J Leadbeater

Rev John Leahy SSCC

Rev John Lee
Rev Francis A Leeder

Rev Cadoc Leighton OPraem

Rev Shaun Lennard Rev Gerry Lennon Rev Sean Leonard Rev Paul Leonard Rev Simon Lerche Rev Michael Lester Rev Timothy Lewis Rev Gareth Leyshon Rev Gladstone Liddle

Rev Christopher Lindlar

Rev Robert Livesey

Rev Denys Lloyd

Rev Paul Lomas

Rev Barry Lomax

Rev David Long

Rev Michael Lovell

Rev Michael Lowenthal

Rev Alexander Lucie- Smith

Rev Jimmy Lutwana

Rev James Lynch

Rev Peter Lyness

Rev James Mackay

Rev John Mackie

Rev Anton Madej SCJ

Rev Stephen Magro OFM

Rev Jim Maguire

Rev Vincent Maguire MCCJ

Rev Canon Peter Maguire

Rev Derrick Maitland SJ

Rev George Malecki SDS

Rev Ambrose Maliakkal IC

Rev Anthony Mangnall

Rev Francis Maple OFMCap

Rev Jean-Laurent Marie

Rev Luke Marrapillil Rev Francis Marsden Rev John Marsh
Rev Peter Marsh

Rev Bernard Marsh

Rev Richard Martin SSC

Rev Paul Martin

Rev Terry Martin

Rev Michael Mason

Rev William F Massie

Rev Michael Masterson

Rev Franco Mastromauro MCCJ

Rev Pius Matthew

Rev Stephen A Maughan

Rev Ambrose May OFMCap

Rev Laurence Mayne

Rev Marcelino Mayor OAR

Rev Alexander McAllister SDS

Rev Canon Nicholas McArdle

Rev Daniel McAvoy SMM

Rev Ian McCarthy

Rev Ian McClean O Praem

Rev Austin McCormack OFM

Rev Michael McCormick

Rev Francis McCullagh

Rev Christopher McCurry

Rev Gilmour McDermott

Rev Kevin McDevitt

Rev Denis McGillicuddy

Rev Brian McGinley

Rev Brian McGrath OFM

Rev James McGrath

Rev Rick McGrath

Rev Owen McGreal

Rev Brendan McGuinness SDB

Rev James McGuire SDB

Rev Peter McGuire

Rev Dom Simon McGurk

Rev Peter Jude McHugo CJ

Rev Bernard McInulty OSB

Rev Leslie McKenna SJ

Rev Tony McKentey

Rev B McKenzie

Rev John McKeon

Rev Patrick McKeown CP

Rev Dcn Stephen McKevitt

Rev Mgr Patrick McKinney

Rev James McKnight IC

Rev Michael McLaughlin

Rev Hugh McMahon CM

Rev James McManus CSsR

Rev Bernard McNally Rev Neil McNicholas

Mgr Michael McQuinn

Rev Thomas McShane SCJ

Rev Duncan McVicar

Rev Desmond Meagher

Rev Augustine Measures OSB

Rev Robinson Melkis Rev John Meredith Rev John Metcalfe Rev Richard Meyer Rev Shaun Middleton Rev Jan Milcz CSsR Rev Paul Millar

Rev Philip Miller

Rev Robert Miller

Rev Donald Minchew

Rev Mark Minihane OSA

Rev Dominique Minskip

Rev Augustine Monaghan MHM

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Rev Gregory Moore Rev Mark Moran

Rev Myles Moriarty SM

Rev Rob Morland SMA

Rev Richard Moroney

Rev Ivor Morris

Rev Martin Morris

Rev Allen Morris

Rev Michael Morrissey

Rev Kevin Moule

Rev Lazarus Msimbe SDS

Rev Clement M Mukuka

Rev Kevin Mulhearn

Rev Kieran Mullarkey

Rev Michael Munnelly

Rev Brian Murphy Rev Brian Murphy

Rev Jeremiah Murphy

Rev Agnellus Murphy FI

Rev Aidan Murray SDB

Rev Peter Murray SM

Rev Dom Gervase Murray-Bligh, OSB

Rev Kieran Murthagh SSCC

Rev David Musgrave ISch

Rev Richard Mway Rev Joseph Narikuzhi

Rev Masaki Narusawa

Rev James Neal

Rev Peter Nealon

Rev Arthur C Nearey

Rev Edmund Neizer

Rev Roger Nesbitt

Rev Brian Newns

Rev Peter Newsam

Rev Peter Tien Dac Nguyen

Rev Hoan Minh Nguyen

Rev Guy Nicholls Cong Orat

Rev Ambrose Nicholson

Rev Joseph Nnabugwu

Rev Sunith Nonis

Rev James Norris OSB

Rev Dermot Nunan

Rev Joel Nwalozie

Rev Kefa O Nyakundi

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Rev Gerard O’Brien

Rev John O’Byrne CMF

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Rev Kieran O’Connell

Revd Tom O’Connell

Rev Bernard O’Connor OSA

Rev Joseph O’Connor

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Rev Martin O’Connor

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Rev Denis O’Gorman CRL

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Rev Eamonn O’Hara Rev Mark O’Keeffe Rev John O’Leary

Rev Maurice O’Mahony CSsR

Rev Michael O’Neill MHM

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Rev Kevin O’Shea CM

Rev David Oakley Rev Mark Odion

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Hundreds of Thousands Expected at Paris Rally for Marriage

Paris, France, Jan 9, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Supporters of traditional marriage expect hundreds of thousands of marchers to turn out for an upcoming national rally in opposition to President Francois Hollande’s “marriage for all” proposal.

Set to go before France’s parliament Jan. 29, the draft law proposes to redefine marriage as a union “contracted between two persons of different sex or of the same sex.”

The law would also allow “married” same-sex couples to adopt children while also replacing gender definitive titles such as “Mother” or “Father” with “Parent 1” and “Parent 2.”

Some opponents of the proposal say doing so would strip society of sexual differences and would create framework for a “new anthropological order” based on sexual preference rather than unique “sexual otherness.” Opponents also say the move would deny children the biological right of having a mother and father, and that the proposal should have been presented as a referendum to the people.

“La Manif Pour Tous” or “March For All,” a demonstration organized by French satirist Frigide Barjot – whose real name is Virginie Télenne – drew tens of thousands of supporters in the regional demonstrations held throughout France in November and December.

A modest estimate for the first national rally to be held Jan. 13 is projected to draw some 350,000 supporters, one of the organizers, Lionel Lumbroso, told CNA Jan. 4.

“The bigger we are, the more difficult it will be for the government to ignore us,” he said.

Although the “vast majority of the base is Catholic” and founder Frigide Barjot is a Catholic re-convert, Lumbroso said that the movement represents a much greater diversity of the French people because people of different faiths and political beliefs are coming together for a common goal. (Read more here.)

Thousands Support Hobby Lobby!

Thousands of Christians turned out to support Hobby Lobby Saturday!

I have one thing I want to say about this: KEEP IT UP !!!

We must not stop in our support for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being attacked by our government. I plan to buy from Hobby Lobby on a regular basis. I will be there every time I need any thing that they sell. And I'll also be there when I get my paycheck each month, whether I need anything or not.

Remember: They'll know we are Christians by our love ... and by our support for our brothers and sisters who are being attacked for their faith.

Tens of Thousands Pledge Support for Hobby

Lobby

Americans who back the Christian-owned company’s refusal

to comply with the HHS mandate are urged to support the

company by shopping there online or at local Hobby Lobby

stores.

BY MICHELLE BAUMAN/CNA

Hobby Lobby, courtesy of the Becket Fund– Hobby Lobby, courtesy of the Becket Fund

WASHINGTON — More than 64,000 people throughout the U.S. signed up to support Hobby Lobby on Jan. 5 for risking millions of dollars in profit to follow its Christian principles.

Facebook page dedicated to supporting the arts-and-crafts retailer called on “all Americans who value freedom of religion and oppose the HHS mandate’s unfair impositions” to support the company on Jan. 5 by shopping at either their local Hobby Lobby store or online.

The national retailer could face fines of $1.3 million per day for following its owners’ religious beliefs, which conflict with a federal mandate requiring employers to offer health-insurance plans covering contraception — including some drugs that can cause early abortions — and sterilization.

The Christian family that owns Hobby Lobby holds moral objections to facilitating any type of abortion, including those caused by “morning after” and “week after” pills.

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Archbishop Coakley: Pray for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty

This letter from Archbishop Paul Coakley of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City was read in the churches in the archdiocese this weekend.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The year 2013 promises to be one of great consequence on many fronts for our Church and our Nation. With the looming threat to our religious liberty posed by the HHS mandate, the rapid erosion of respect for human life and the unprecedented assault on the institution of marriage taking hold in our nation we bishops of the United States are issuing a Call to Prayer.

St. Thomas Becket, whom the Church honors as I write this letter, was a martyr for the sake of justice. As Archbishop of Canterbury he steadfastly defended the rights of the Church against the unjust interference of his king. He wrote, “If we who are called bishops desire to understand the meaning of our calling and to be worthy of it, we must strive to keep our eyes on him whom God appointed high priest forever, and to follow in his footsteps.” In a similar spirit during our November Plenary Assembly we bishops of the United States determined that it is our duty as shepherds to mobilize the entire Church against the threats against people of faith in our day.

Consequently, we have issued a Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty. I want to join my voice to that of my fellow bishops in summoning the faithful, clergy and religious of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to embrace this coordinated spiritual effort to combat these looming challenges to the free and public exercise of our faith. We ought to understand this spiritual effort in conjunction with the Year of Faith, inasmuch as we are defending concerns that are integral to our faith as its public consequences. These threats call for a public witness and a concerted spiritual effort.

There are many ways to participate as individuals, families, parishes and schools. Here are five key components to this Call to Prayer.

Beginning now and continuing through Christ the King Sunday on November 24, 2013, cathedrals and parishes are urged to have a monthly Eucharistic Holy Hour for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty.
Families and individuals are encouraged to pray the daily Rosary, especially for the preservation of Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty in our nation.
At Sunday and daily Masses, we encourage that the Prayers of the Faithful include special intentions for respect for all human life from conception to natural death, the strengthening of marriage and family life and the preservation of religious liberty both in our nation and abroad.
Recognizing the importance of spiritual and bodily sacrifice in the life of the Church, we encourage abstinence from meat and fasting on Fridays for the intention of the protection of life, marriage and religious liberty.
There will be another national Fortnight of Freedom at the end of June and beginning of July 2013. This Fortnight effort will emphasize marriage in a particular way in the face of the potential Supreme Court rulings expected during this time. It will also emphasize the need for conscience protection in view of the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate. It will emphasize religious freedom concerns in other areas, such as immigration, adoption and humanitarian services as well. The focus will be on the God-given nature of religious freedom and the right to publicly witness to our faith in the public square as well as the rights of individuals and institutions to conduct their professional lives in accord with their religious convictions.
A website with the plan for the Call to Prayer and many additional resources is available at www.usccb.org/life-marriage-liberty. I urge you to participate in this important Call to Prayer for our Nation and our Church. With prayerful best wishes for you and yours during this New Year, I am

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley
Archbishop of Oklahoma City

Is Christ Real to You?

Today is Epiphany. 

This feast celebrates the time when the wise men found the Christ child and offered him gifts in homage to his divinity. That is why we call it The Epiphany. Epiphany means the revelation of a divine being. In this case, it is the revelation of the divine being: God made human in the form of a baby.

The wise men, with their gifts and their homage, acknowledged this. Their action has become a symbol for more than just their own acknowledgment of Him. It also indicates what was to follow when all people, from all places, in all times, would do the same. In this sense, the wise men are you and me, the gentiles who no longer must stand outside the circle of the chosen people in their communion with God, but who, through the life and death of this baby, may enter in.

We also are chosen, along with the whole human race.

The Epiphany is the feast that memorializes the first understanding and acknowledgement of the divine being by people who were not Jews. It may also be the first time anyone besides probably Mary and Joseph, Simeon and Anna, looked at Him and knew Who He was.

The question for us in this fracturing world of ours is do we know Who He is? Do we acknowledge Him? Are we aware that He is the divine being Who is our salvation and our only hope?

Homage for us is not gifts of precious items. Our gift is, as the Psalmist says, “a broken and contrite heart.” Our homage is fidelity and devotion to Him in the face of a world that is increasingly hostile to those who refuse to deny him by the things they do and say.

Is Christ real to you on this Epiphany Sunday? Will you stand for Him in the months ahead?

It is The Epiphany, the twelfth and last day of Christmas in this liturgical year. Will you live for Him the rest of this Year of Faith?

Join the Discussions of the Year of Faith

Click here throughout the Year of Faith, as the Catholic Channel at Patheos.com invites Catholics of every age and stripe to share what they are gleaning and carrying away from this gift of timely focus.

Why I Support Hobby Lobby

A Hobby Lobby store. Photo courtesy of the Becket Fund.

“Our goal is to be a light to the world. Not to just talk the talk, but to walk the walk.”

How do you live a balanced life, honor God and keep your family while running a successful business? This inspiring discussion by the family that founded and owns Hobby Lobby answers that question. Their business practices and their courage in the face of the HHS Mandate are inspiring.

Watch it and then go buy something at Hobby Lobby. We can’t allow the government to destroy this fine business because of the Christian convictions of its owners.

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Christian Persecution: The Not-So-Merry Christmas of Persecuted Christians

The angel of the Lord woke Joseph with a dream, instructing him to take Mary and the baby Jesus into hiding. This warning saved the infant Messiah from the slaughter of little boys that we remember as the Slaughter of the Innocents.

Many present-day Christians must re-live this terror with more than memorials. Violent Christian persecution ramped up in several places this Christmas. Then and now, the devil tries to stamp out our witness to Christ with murder. And now as then, wise men still seek Him.

Here is a brief summary of some of the acts of violent persecution Christians have suffered so far this Christmas season.

 

DOZENS OF CHRISTIANS SHOT AND SLAUGHTERED IN CHRISTMAS ATTACKS IN NIGERIA

NIGERIA
Dozens of Christians were killed during church services over the Christmas period in Northern Nigeria; others were murdered in their homes in raids by suspected Boko Haram militants.

Most of the attacks took place in Borno state; Islamist group Boko Haram had earlier declared that any Christians remaining in the territory by Christmas would be killed. Although it has not been confirmed who was behind the violence, it seems likely that the militants were carrying out this threat.

On Christmas Eve, six people were killed by gunmen at a church service in Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno state.

Another six were killed and two injured in a shooting at a church service in the early hours of Christmas Day in Siri village, near Potiskum, Yobe State. Gunmen entered the midnight service and attacked the congregation; the Rev. Yohanna Simi was among those killed.

Many residents fled Siri village to the bush during the attack. Around 20 homes and the church where the shooting had taken place were torched.

Then on Sunday (30 December), gunmen killed at least 15 worshippers at a church in Chibok, Borno state. Mohammed Kana, a regional official for the National Emergency Management Agency, said that some of the victims had had their throats slit.

It is the third consecutive year of fatal attacks on services during the Christmas season in Nigeria. (Read more here.)

TANZANIA: CHURCH LEADER INJURED IN CHRISTMAS DAY SHOOTING BY SUSPECTED ISLAMISTS

A church leader was critically wounded in a Christmas Day shooting by suspected Islamist separatists in Zanzibar.
The Rev. Ambrose Mkenda was shot in the face and shoulder by two attackers on a motorcycle. The shooting took place as the church leader returned to his home in Tomondo just before 8pm. He was rushed to hospital and later transferred to intensive care as his condition deteriorated.(Read more here.)

IRAN: 50 CHRISTIANS ARRESTED AT HOUSE CHURCH GATHERING

Around 50 Christians, mostly converts from Islam, were arrested at a house church Christmas gathering in Tehran.
The raid by 15 police and security agents happened on 27 December. The Christians had to hand over their mobile phones and personal information, including passwords to their email and social media accounts, and explain how they had come to accept Christianity. (Read more here.)

INDONESIA: ROTTEN EGGS, DUNG AND URINE THROWN AT CONGREGATION DURING CHRISTMAS EVE EVENT

Members of Filadelfia Batak Christian Protestant Church (HKBP) came under attack by Muslims as they gathered in the open for a Christmas Eve service.
The assailants threw rotten eggs, dung and plastic bags full of urine at the congregation of around 200 people. HKBP had been subjected to a similar assault in May.
On Christmas Eve, the congregation gathered for a service in front of its property in Bekasi, West Java, which has been sealed off by the authorities. It was forced to flee and hold the service in the compound of a police station.
HKBP has been denied a building permit despite a Supreme Court ruling that one be granted and the site reopened. (Read more here.)

Spend a little time and a little cash at Hobby Lobby this Saturday

Spend a little time and a little cash at Hobby Lobby this Saturday.

If you don’t live near a Hobby Lobby, you can still shop at their on-line site. Also, the family that owns Hobby Lobby also owns Mardels. Mardels is a Christian office supply/book-music-Bible/homeschooling supply store.

I shopped at Mardels for curricula and supplies back when I was homeschooling. I’ve also bought several Bibles, as well as Christian gifts, cards and Christmas ornaments there. It’s a great store. You can find it online, if there’s not a Mardel’s near you.

We need to stand with other Christians when they make a courageous stand for Christ. I’m going to buy something at either Mardel’s or Hobby Lobby this week, and every paycheck I get from now on until the government attack on them is over. They are my brothers and sisters in Christ and they are being attacked by our government for their faithfulness to Him.

Here is an interesting article from Christian News concerning the wellspring of support that is building for the Green family and their fine Christian businesses.

Christians ‘Stand With Hobby Lobby’ As Company

Faces Fine of 1.3 Million Daily for Defying Obamacare

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma –  Christians across the country state that they will be standing with Hobby Lobby this weekend as the popular craft chain continues to defy the abortion pill mandate in Obamacare.

Joe Grabowski of StandWithHobbyLobby.comhas named Saturday, January 5th as the official appreciation day for the company, when supporters will shop at their local Hobby Lobby outlet to show their support.

“On Saturday, January 5th, all Americans who value freedom of religion and oppose the HHS mandate’s unfair impositions upon religious individuals and corporate entities are called upon to show their support for Hobby Lobby by shopping either at their local retail Hobby Lobby store or online,” he writes. “[T]he justices of the Supreme Court will be watching on January 5th, be assured, and they’ll know the minds and hearts of the American people as to this matter — but only if we get the word out and stand up in large enough numbers to make an impact!”

As of press time, over 4,000 people stated that they would be participating in the event.

“I will be there spending my $$ to back this company,” writes supporter Eric Coval. “They are one of the few who are taking a stand against a federal government that seems hell bent to trample on our liberties, and when we cry foul they tell us to be good little subjects and that we are too extreme. Hobby Lobby, fight the righteous fight!”

“We love Hobby Lobby!” commented Beth Collins. “I won’t be able to make it in person, but I will shop online that day to show my support!”

Others stated that they have never shopped at their local Hobby Lobby outlet before, but will do so this Saturday in order to make their voice heard and support the cause. (Read more here.)

 

 

Hobby Lobby Braces for Millions in Fines

Hobby Lobby braces for millions in mandate fines
By Michelle Bauman Washington D.C., Jan 2, 2013(CNA/EWTN News).-
Arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby says it is willing to pay fines of $1.3 million per day to follow its owners’ religious beliefs, which conflict with the federal mandate that requires coverage of abortion-inducing drugs.

“The company will continue to provide health insurance to all qualified employees,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing Hobby Lobby in the case.

“To remain true to their faith, it is not their intention, as a company, to pay for abortion-inducing drugs,” he explained.

Hobby Lobby’s founder and CEO, David Green, has said that his family – which has owned the company since its 1972 founding – will continue seeking to serve God through their business decisions.

In addition to making significant charitable donations, the company closes all of its stores on Sundays so that its employees can have time to worship and rest with their families.

However, the Greens’ ability to run their company in accordance with their religious beliefs is being threatened by the contraception mandate, which was finalized by the Department of Health and Human Services in Jan. 2012. (Read more here.)


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