James Foley’s Last Letter: Prayers, Family, and Love

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Throughout my Marine Corps career, I wrote many letters home to my family. I served long before the advent of social media, so the letter writing kits available at the PX were what I used to write home with. I’d write my mom and dad, let them know how I was doing, etc.

Later, after I got married, the letters were to my wife. And then to my wife and my children. [Read more...]

James Foley, Marquette ’96, Writing On The Power Of Prayer UPDATED

James_foley_marquette The reports are flooding in that journalist James Foley has been beheaded by the terrorists of the Islamic State. He had been kidnapped while on assignment in Syria several years ago. [Read more...]

Protesters In Baghdad: “I am Christian, Sunni, Shiite, Kurd, Mandean,Yazidi, and I am Iraqi”

ISIS thugs may attempt to kill and intimidate their way to power, but that will fail as long as folks defy them like these great souls are doing. The following story comes to us via Dina al-Shibeeb of  Al Arabiya News, because the Western media is turning a blind eye to genocidal tendencies occurring  in our former live-fire exercise /diplomatic playground.

Tell it, Dina.
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Praise Report: Michael Schumacher Has Regained Consciousness

Back in January I asked folks to pray for the 7 time Formula One champion’s recovery from a skiing accident. Schumacher was put in an induced coma in order to stabilize him after the accident. When his doctors tried to ween him off the ventilators, Michael did not wake up. That he has come out of the coma now is a huge step forward in his recovery. [Read more...]

To Pray For Our Christian Brethren Who Are Under Attack In Iraq UPDATED

Where I live, it’s another lovely Saturday. The kids slept in, the lawns are being cut, Father’s Day barbecues are being planned. Comparatively speaking, all is well.

That is not the case in Iraq these days. And even if it only seems that all is well where I live, it is a paradise compared to Mosul, Iraq as marauders from ISIS rove the countryside, gunning people down.

Innocent people are being terrorized. Families that happen to also be the minorities in the country. The Christian minorities in particular. [Read more...]

Bishop Paprocki’s Homily for Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage

Earlier this evening, in Springfield, Illinois, Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki followed through with his plan of prayers and the rite of exorcism in response to the Governor of Illinois signing a same-sex marriage bill into law. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, as you can see, was not empty. [Read more...]

Our Bishops Get All Hard Core On The HHS Mandate

You expected me to blink?

Folks thought it couldn’t be done. Others may have thought that some of them would get all pastoral, and start squawking about how the HHS Mandate really didn’t matter.

But there’s a difference between bishops being pastoral, and bishops being forced to ignore the teachings of the Church. [Read more...]

The Great Battle In Heaven, Like You’ve Never Seen It

Great Battle in Heaven, by Daniel Mitsui.

And there was made a great battle in heaven, Michael and his Angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his Angels: and they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast forth, the old serpent, which is called the Devil and Satan, which seduceth the whole world: and he was cast into the earth, and his Angels were thrown down with him. —Revelation 12:7-9 [Read more...]

A Science Fiction Action Movie With A Heart, Go See “Gravity.”

The normal day at the office is about to get more interesting…

You, and your entire family, will be the richer for it. Empty nesters? Go see it. Newly weds? Go see it. Single, unattached, and happy with that? Go see it. Parents of a young family? It may be too intense for your young ones, but get a sitter and go see it.

Better Catholic bloggers than I am are recommending it heartily. You should listen to them. [Read more...]

Your “Must Read” of the Day: The Pope Francis Interview in America Magazine UPDATED

It’s big. It’s bold. And it’s the first time America has ever interviewed a pope. Actually, a Jesuit priest from the Italian journal La Civiltà Cattolica did the interviewing from questions drafted by various Jesuit publications, including America.

Titled A Big Heart Open to God, it’s chock full of quotes that will make you nod your head in approval, even if some of them will catch you by surprise. Quotes like, [Read more...]


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