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Making Sense of Islam and ISIS (2 of 2)

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Way past due compilation of news items and commentaries. Treating this like a homeschooler and educating myself. I’ve bolded the articles that I found most helpful to me. Note that inclusion on this list doesn’t mean I agree with the author or the article.


ISIS believes it is destined to fight “the armies of Rome” outside of Jerusalem. The Catholic is a member of that selfsame Army, fighting “the world, the flesh, and the devil” in and through the unity of the entire Church, a unity sacramentally re-presented in its earthly shepherd, the Pope, successor to the Apostle Peter, whose Seat is at Rome.
Quite like ISIS, we believe that we are destined to a Last Battle. But much to the disappointment of the easy, carnal convictions of ISIS theology — that bloodlust which attracts the moronic “gangster” culture to their ranks as much as believers — this Battle is not merely a temporal one. It is the daily struggle for holiness, the true “jihad” which ISIS-style worldliness renders stupid. – from BadCatholic

December 2015

4 Insane Reasons Why Liberals Admire and Romanticize Islam
100 Years Ago, Americans Talked About Catholics the Way They Talk About Muslims Today (Liberal) … ’cause you know, 100 years ago Catholics were beheading people, etc.
All Schools Shut Down in Virginia County Over Islam Homework
AP Source: Woman In Shooting Pledged Allegiance to ISIS
Cleric Denies Ties to San Bernardino Killers as Phone Records Surface
Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God? (Francis Beckwith)
French Kicking Down Doors, Closing Mosques, Findng a LOT of ‘War-Grade’ Weapons
Hard Sayings About Terror
House to Probe Claims of Intelligence Manipulation
Members of the Female Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) Brigade Mutilates, Kills Breastfeeding Mom
Muslims in America: More Latinos Converting to Islam as US Population Grows, Report Claims
San Bernardino Eyewitness Account: Chris Nwadike (LA Times video)
San Bernardino Killers Illegally Modified Their Rifles to Carry More Ammo and Fire Bullets Faster
Search Underway for Afghan Trainees Missing from Air Base
The Terror This Time
Dr. Kashif Chaudhry on Pakistan
‘We Are Coming’: Threatening Pro-Islamic State Messages on US College Campus
What’s Worse: Banning Them or Bombing Them?
When A Mother Chooses Jihad Over Life

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January 2016

About that Mosque President Obama Will be Visiting…
The American Taliban and the Assault on Memory
American Folk Singer Hopes Peace Concert for ISIS Will Win Over Terror Group
Bibi Wilhailm — Ihr macht Deutschland kaputt! Aufklärung einer 16 jährigen über Asylpolitik!
Boy’s Response to Blasphemy Charge Unnerves Many in Pakistan
Could Paris, Cologne Terror Attacks Happen in America?
David Garrison speaking at the Finishing the Task 2015 Conference at Saddleback Church
In Europe, Muslim Extremists Turn to Sexual Terrorism
On the Reformation of Islam
Priest: Pray for Jihadists’ Conversion — One of Them Could Be a Future St. Paul
Saudi Arabia’s Swan Song
Saudi Prince Picks Fight with Donald Trump on Twitter
Sweden to Expel 80,000 Failed Asylum-Seekers: 163,000 Refugees Applied for Asylum in 2015 (Ukraine Today video)
Twitter Fury After 1000 Muslims Sexually Attack Women: Germany Censors Media
Why Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God (Francis Beckwith)
Yes, Muslims Should Be Asked to Condemn Islamic Terror

February 2016

Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?
Genocide is Also Killing Cultures and Destroying Communities
Ibn Rushd vs Ghazali: Did the Muslim World Take a Wrong Turn?
ISIS Beheads 15-year-old Iraqi Boy for Listening to Pop Music
ISIS Extremists Stone Four Women to death on Charges of ‘Committing Adultery’
Islam — Facts or Dreams?
New York High School Holds World Hijab Day
Two Turks Arrested by Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department for Gang Rape Robbery
Yazidi Women Tell How They Escaped Their ISIS Captors

Quote from a friend:

Much online commentary oscillates between two extremes: one side refuses to say anything against both Islam and Muslims, another side refuses to make any distinctions between the worst of Islam and all Muslims. I wish to have no part with either extreme. As a traditional Catholic I have strong opinions against the tenets of Islam — and “against” is an understatement. But as a Christian I cannot condemn all Muslims. I have little patience with those who refuse to make any connection between terrorism and some Islamic beliefs. I have the same impatience with those who say that there are no moderate or anti-extremist Muslims.

March 2016

393 to 0: US House Unanimously Declares ISIL IS Committing Genocide Against Christians
A 60 Minutes Crew Met Muslim Refugees. Things Went Really Wrong. Here’s the Tape.
Christianity is the Answer
Muslim Migrants Attack Australian News Crew in Sweden (video)
The Coming ISIS-al Qaeda Merger
The Pope and the Mongols
The Quran’s Deadly Role in Inspiring Belgian Slaughter
Three Sikh-American Soldiers File New Lawsuit Against US Department of Defense
To Maintain Supply of Sex Slaves, ISIS Pushes Birth Control
The West Won’t Even Defend Its Own Values. How Can It Be Expected to Defeat ISIS?
Two Women Risked Their Lives to Capture This Chilling Footage of Life Inside the Capital of ISIS

April 2016

Female Arab Journalist: Muslims Who Say Extremists ‘Do Not Represent Islam’ Are ‘Hypocrites’
First, Let’s Get the Facts on Saudi and Iranian Involvement in 9/11
First Syrian Family in Surge Resettlement Program Arrives in US
ISIS Fighter Numbers Drop in Syria, Iraq Amid US Military and Cyber Attacks
ISIS Taps Tech for Web Radio
Jordan’s Muslim King Abdullah to Fund Restoration of Jesus’ Tomb in Holy Sepulchre
Meriden Mosque Shooter Seeks Forgiveness From Muslim Community
Muslim Newscaster Shares Her Devotion to St. Charbel, Urges Peace
New Poll Finds Young Arabs Are Less Swayed by the Islamic State
Refugee Converts: “This Could Be My Death Sentence”
Syrian Government Takes Back al-Qaryatain from ISIS

May 2016

Blessed Anthony Neyrot was Catholic, Then Muslim, Then Catholic, Then Martyred
ISIS Sends Parents Body Parts of Daughters, Video Showing Their Brutal Rape and Torture
Meet the Kurdish Female Warrior Who Battles ISIS
The Crusades Were A Reasonable Response to Unchecked Islamic Aggression
Tom Rogan discussing ISIL Operations in Europe
What ISIS Wants (PragerU Video) (funny “bag-daddy”)

June 2016

How Can We Prevent Another Attack Like Orlando?
Iraqi Christian Details How ISIS Fighters ‘Married’ Her Only For Rape
ISIS Burns 19 Yazidi Women to Death in Mosul for ‘Refusing to Haave Sex with Fighters’


Other helpful thoughts for pondering:

Archbishop Sheen’s Prophetic Warning of 50 Years Ago: Mary and the Moslems; The Significance of Fatima
Flying Hijacked Planes into Glass Houses
The Road to Peace?
How Christians Deterred Me From Leaving Islam
The Sunni-Shia Divide (from the Council on Foreign Relations)
20 Answers: Islam by Prof. Andrew Bieszad
The Muslim World Needs Conversion, Not Understanding

Prayer Resources

30 Days of Prayer

Making Sense of Islam and ISIS (1 of 2)

Way past due compilation of news items and commentaries. Treating this like a homeschooler and educating myself. I’ve bolded the articles that I found most helpful to me. Note that inclusion on this list doesn’t mean I agree with the author or the article.

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June 2014

Brigitte Gabriel Gives Fantastic Answer to Muslim Woman Claiming All Muslims Are Portrayed Badly

August 2014

You Can’t Understand ISIS If You Don’t Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

September 2014

Christianity and Islam: Are We At War? (Fr. Mitch Pacwa)
Regensburg Redux: Was Pope Benedict XVI right about Islam? (Analysis)

October 2014

Obama’s Former Pastor: I Helped Obama Accept Christianity Without Having to Renounce Islam

November 2014

How Does ISIS Fund Its Reign of Terror?

January 2015

From Napoleon to Bin Laden: France and Modern Terrorism

February 2015

The Atlantic’s Big Islam Lie: What Muslims Really Believe About ISIS
The Truth About the Islamic State and the End of Days Prophecy
What Is “Islamic”? A Muslim Response to ISIS and the Atlantic

March 2015

Ideological Foundations of Islamic Extremism (from Mindszenty Foundation)
What ISIS Really Wants

June 2015
Why Do People Become Islamic Extremists? (PragerU video featuring Haroon Ullah, senior State Department advisor and a foreign policy professor at Georgetown University)

August 2015

Germany’s Muslim Demographic Revolution
Islamic State: The Dutch Teen Who Maps the Jihadists

September 2015

Before Clock Incident Made Him a Celebrity, Ahmed Mohamed “Racked Up Weeks of Suspensions” and Clashed With Authority
For Christians and Yazidis Fleeing Genocide, the Obama Administration Has No Room at the Inn
For the Record: It IS About Islam
A German Town in Decline Sees Refugees As Path to Survival
Germany’s Plan for Migrants Will Reshape Its Future
Islamophobiaphobia
Muslim Brotherhood Extremists Attack Journalists on the Streets of New York City
Why the West Turns a Blind Eye to Saudi Arabia’s Brutality

October 2015

The breaking of the Oslo Accords (Jordan Sekulow)
Can Islam and Individual Freedom Coexist?
The Confused Person’s Guide to the Syrian Civil War
Evangelist Franklin Graham Doubles Down on Shocking Proposal About Muslim Immigration
For the Record: Europe’s Migrant Crisis Could Put America at Risk
How to Defeat Religious Violence
ISIL Child Training Camp Discovered in Istanbul: Report
ISIS: What the “Do-Nothing” West Is Doing
Migrant Violence Increasing in Germany as 30-year-old Woman Attacked and Man Hospitalized at Student Football Match
Ministers Approve Mandatory Arabic Studies from First Grade
Pres. Obama’s Disastrous Consequences
Russia, Syria, the US and Israel
Stunning Interactive Map Shows the Thousands of Migrants Flocking to Europe Every Month and How 680,000 Have Arrived This Year Alone

November 2015

27 Iraqi Christians Face Deportation in US While Obama Offers Asylum to Thousands of Muslims from Syria
3 People Arrested in Belgium in Connection to Paris Attacks, Officials Say
‘A Shocking Truth Is Unfolding’: Matt Drudge Teases Bombshell Claim ABout US and Islamic State
A Thanksgiving Meditation on Freedom and Its Enemies
After Paris: Five Things We Need to Do Now to Protect America’s National Security (Jay Sekulow)
Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Obama’s Strategy on Islamic Extremism ‘Has Failed’
Ban the Burqa! This European Country Will Now Fine Women Up to $10,000 For Wearing a Head-to-Toe Burqa
The Barbarians Are Inside, and There Are No Gates (Mark Steyn)
Breaking: Putin Reveals ISIS Funded by 40 Countries, Including G20 Members
Can Muslims and Christians Coexist? ‘Of Gods and Men’ Offers an Answer
Catholic Schools Rule Out Islam for Religious Studies: Muslim Leaders Hit Back
CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Gives Surprisingly Brutal Review of Obama’s Islamic State Claims at G-20 Summit
Do The Rest of ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Need to Die?
Egyptian Cleric: ISIS Grows Out of Islamic Mainstream
Emails Show DOD Analysts Told to ‘Cut It Out’ on ISIS Warnings; IG Probe Expands
Exclusive: Islamic State Fighter: Kill Women Who ‘Provoke Sexual Desires of Men’

I believe ISIS is partly due to Christian sins of omission. #EvangelizationFail – from Sr. Helena Burns

Exclusive: Islamic State: ‘The Threat to the United States’
The Fear of Being Called Phobic
Fears ISIS Could Poison Paris Water Supply
Former CIA Director Tells TheBlaze TV: Would be Surprised If Islamic State Didn’t Strike US Homeland Soon

Back in August of 2014, as the Islamic State was emerging on the world scene, I launched a petition calling on our government to lead an international effort to destory ISIS as a fighting force. Joined by friends from across the political spectrum, from Dr. Ben Carson to Professor Cornel West, I warned that ISIS was better equipped, better funded, and even more determined, ruthless, and brutal than al Qaeda. We warned that this terrorist organization could not be contained but must be destroyed. We further warned that a failure to destory it swiftly would permit it successfully to recruit terrorists who would carry out mass attacks in Europe and eventually in the United States. We further warned that with every passing day ISIS would grow stronger and more difficult to destroy. We pleaded for immediate and decisive action. Our plea went unheeded. What we got was too little, too late. Alas.

Here is the petition in full, from our website at www.iraqrescue.org – Excerpt, from Prof. Robert George

Gov Rep McSally: There are 10,000 IRS Agents for Charity Deductions, But Only Two Dozen People Focused on Countering ISIS
A Humble Plug for Refugees
I’m A Gay Man and Mass Muslim Immigration Terrifies Me (Milo Yiannopoulos)
‘I’m Coming Home’: Ahmed ‘Clock Kid’ Mohamed Meets With President Accused of War Crimes, Orchestrating Genocide
Iraq: 300 ISIS Militants Surrender to Peshmerga
ISIS, Liberal Democracy, and the Holy Catholic Church: A Call to Arms (Marc Barnes)
The Islamic State Wants You to Hate Refugees
‘It Is A Little Frightening’: Glenn Beck Reveals Little-Known Theory that Attempts to Explain Current Events
Maher: ‘Islam is a Problem,’ Saying Syrian Refugees Have Values at Odds with Ours ‘May Not Be Wrong’
Obama’s Intel Scandal
Obama, Speaking from the Ruins of His Own Policy
Paris Attacks: Many Arrested in Raids Across France
Paris Terrorist Was Migrant Who Registered as a Refugee in Greece
Pentagon Expands Inquiry Into Intelligence on ISIS Surge
Recognizing 8 Signs of Terrorism
Scandal: US Christian Groups Prioritize Muslim Refugees Over Christian Ones. Here’s Why
School of ISIS (PBS Frontline video)
Submission: A Novel
The Underground Revival in the Middle East That Might Take Down Islam
‘This is Looney Tunes’: Media Mocked Glenn Beck’s Caliphate Prediction
This Muslim TV Host Gave An Incredible Speech Following the Paris Terror Attacks
The World Is United Against ISIS, So What Do We Do? (Stephen Colbert with Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Jack Jacobs
Two Major Victories for Christians
Why Hillary and Obama Prefer Islam to Christianity (Ben Shapiro)

Humans + Animal Behavior: Offensive or Not?

The Internet seems to have lost its collective brain cells again, this time thanks to boxing superstar and pride of the Philippines Manny Pacquiao’s statement on same sex “marriage”, saying,

Common sense lang. Makakita ka ba ng any animals na lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae? Mas mabuti pa iyong hayop, [chuckle] marunong kumikilala kung lalaki lalaki, babae kung babae. O di ba?  Ngayon kung lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae, e mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao.

Celebrities, politicians, and other netizens took to social media to express their disgust and disapproval…. and this is where it gets funny. People are so offended that Manny Pacquiao compared homosexual behavior to animal behavior, AND YET, they use ANIMAL BEHAVIOR to defend homosexuality! In fact, animal behavior was the number one argument they used.

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So let’s get this straight. When it’s Manny Pacquiao comparing them to animals, it’s offensive, because RELIGION… but when they compare themselves to animals, it’s not offensive, because SCIENCE?

Thus it is NOT that Manny Pacquiao compared them to animals that’s offensive here, oh no, it is that Manny Pacquiao DARED to point out THE TRUTH as consonant with his religious beliefs.

Let’s have a moment of honesty here, shall we, folks?

Following animal behavior defenders’ logic, Manny Pacquiao’s views on homosexuality would be ACCEPTABLE if only he didn’t express them from his point of view as a person of faith. If Manny Pacquiao were an atheist saying homosexual behavior is animal behavior, he would be embraced by the LGBT community for proclaiming exactly THE TRUTH that they use to defend themselves!

You know, there used to be a time when being compared to an animal was considered an insult. Parents taught their children civilized behavior. Table manners, learning to take turns and share, treating others as one would like to be treated… inside and outside the home we expect people to act exactly like they’re supposed to: like human beings.

We took pride in being CIVILIZED, EDUCATED, even WELL-BRED. Many of those behaviors that we call MORAL were/are part of the whole Judeo-Christian set of beliefs, though we rarely thought of them that way. But now we find it offensive when we are reminded to act like human beings. What have we become?

Besides the obvious cognitive dissonance, one can’t help but question the animosity displayed towards Manny Pacquiao. Everyone is proud of him, proud of him representing the Philippines at the boxing ring, but please oh please keep your religious beliefs to yourself because you then become a national embarrassment? Who’s discriminating now? Tolerance for all, but not for Manny or anyone else unless they (we) all buy into something that goes against their (our) faith?

For the record, Manny Pacquiao has apologized for his words. Indeed, it is not charitable, Christian behavior to compare people to animals, no matter how they act, precisely because we were created to be higher than animals.

God created mankind in His image; in the image of God He created them; male and female — He created them. God blessed them and God said to them: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that crawl on the earth. God also said: See, I give you every seed-bearing plant on all the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food, and to all the wild animals, all the birds of the air, and all the living creatures that crawl on the earth, I give all the green plants for food. And so it happened. – Genesis 1:27-30

This is why we think, we reason, we love, we exercise self-control. We have intelligence far above animals, and we can put our instincts, our emotions, our thoughts, our desires, under the control of our will. We can make decisions on wrong and right behavior. We understand concepts like “common good”. We know that all our actions have consequences, and can therefore choose, time and again, to behave in a manner that neither hurts another person or ourselves, and that includes, whether we like it or not, sexual behavior.

A Marian Study for May

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Note: This is a work-in-progress. 🙂

This is our rough outline for a Marian study we’re doing in May, covering art, geography, religion, history and the liturgical year. It’s a combination of ideas culled from the Blessed Mother Notebook Project message thread at the 4Real Forums, and a collection of magazine articles and religious calendars that I’ve been collecting the past several years. Yena (11, entering 7th grade) will be doing a main notebook based on the choices and references I’ve listed below — we’ll start out with a goal of 20 pages and expand as needed/desired. Nino and I will be doing a little one for him with mostly holy cards, stickers, and short prayers to memorize. I’m putting a little booklet for my bedside table, with my favorite images and Marian prayers.

Will update/fix links below as I’m able.

1) Mary the Mother of God – January 1 – Solemnity
Icons of the Mother of God
– for teens and up: Pope Paul VI’s Encyclical Marialis Cultus
Mary, Mother of God according to the Church fathers
Beautiful homily from Pope Benedict XVI on January 1, 2012

2) Litany of Loreto – incorporate pictures from Loreto trip 2009
– Calligraphy Work

3) Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11 – incorporate pics from Lourdes trip 2008
Image 1
Image 2
Image 3
Re-watch The Song of Bernadette
Additional reading, if you like: The Song of Bernadette by Franz Werfel

4) Our Lady of Fatima – incorporate pictures from Portugal trip 2013
Fatima from Mary Pages
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Miracle of the Sun image

For calligraphy work: the Fatima prayer

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

5) Our Lady of Guadalupe – December 12 –
– narration of story of Juan Diego
– illustration of tilma, roses,

6) Annunciation of the Lord – March 25 – Solemnity
The Annunciation, Eugene Amaury-Duval (see calendar)

7) Immaculate Heart of Mary – April – Memorial, Movable

8) Our Lady Help of Christians – May 24 – Solemnity, Australia

9) Our Lady of Antipolo

10) Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – August 15 – Solemnity

11) Queenship of Mary – August 22, Memorial

12) Mama Mary’s Birthday – September 8 – Feast

13) Our Lady of Sorrows – September 15 – Memorial

14) Our Lady of the Rosary – October 7, Memorial

15) The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – November 21 – Memorial

16) Immaculate Conception, December 8 – Solemnity

17) Make a mosaic of a Marian image

18) Scherenschnitte of a Marian image

19) Compile a list of the Marian title for Patroness of all the Countries – can do this on world map — or list of basilicas/Cathedrals around the world dedicated to Mary
– can explore architecture, stained glass,

20)
JPII’s prayer:
“Virgin Mother of God, let me be all yours!
Yours in life, yours in death, yours in affliction, fear and misery.
Yours on the Cross and in bitter grief, yours for time and eternity.
Virgin Mother of my GOd, let me be all yours! Amen”

-Pope John Paul II
(taken from A Year With God)

22)
Polish Madonna
Polish Madonna Prints and Notecards
Black Madonnas

23) Mary, Star of the Sea – Our Lady, Stella Maris

24) Our Lady of the Olives:
http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq2/yq256.html
http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq127.html

25) Paper dolls of Our Lady of Lourdes and Our Lady of Grace
http://www.fcpeace.com/friends/pages/03%20-%20Mary%20DressUp%201.htm
Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Guadalupe
http://www.fcpeace.com/friends/pages/04%20-%20Mary%20DressUp%202.htm
http://www.fcpeace.com/friends/pages/04%20-%20Mary%27s%20Life%201.htm

26) Mary’s Life
http://www.fcpeace.com/friends/pages/04%20-%20Mary%27s%20Life%201.htm

27) Marian Holy Cards — Mom do a google search — so many beautiful ones!!
some:
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http://img1.etsystatic.com/016/0/5510809/il_570xN.446949023_gyt1.jpg

28) Madonna of the Streets:
http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq15.html
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AFyHB1maWxE/Th4WveV2ApI/AAAAAAAAAVg/2xhin3WuGtI/s1600/Blessed-Virgin-Mary-Madonna-of-the-streets.jpg

29) Madonna of the Book by Botticelli

30) Marian Art from Bouguereau

31) Dormi, Jesu by Coleridge
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Virgin’s_Cradle_Hymn

32) Madonna and Child, Murillo

33) L’Innocence, Bouguereau

35) Madonna and Child, Antoine Auguste Ernest Herbert

36) Madonna with Child and Two Angels, Fra Filippo Lippi

37) Virgin and Child, Giambettino Cignaroli

38) Holy Family, Carlo Maratta

39) Holy Family, Agnolo Bronzino

40) Virgin and Child, Bernard Van Orley

41) Madonna with Christ Child Blessing, Giovanni Bellini

42) Madonna in Adoration of the Sleeping Child, Giovanni Bellini

43) The Immaculate Conception of Aranjuez, Murillo

44) Rest on the Flight to Egypt, Simone Cantarini

45) Presentation in the Temple, Giovanni Bellini

46) Lamentation over the Dead Christ, Botticelli

47) The Visitation, Vittore Carpaccio

48) Virgin and Child, Francesco da Santacroce

49) Nativity with Saints James the Greater, Eustace, Nicholas, and Mark

50) The Virgin of the Rosary, Murillo

51) Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist, Niccolo Soggi

52) Virgin of the Grapes, Mignard

53) Madonna and Child with the young St. John the Baptist, Sandro Botticelli

54) The Virgin of Lorette, Raphael

55) Madonna with Child, Bartolomeo Montagna

56) Holy Family, Raphael

57) The Nativity, Noel-Nicolas Coypel

58) Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Caravaggio

59) Annunciation, Rodriguez Hernandez

60) Madonna of the Rose Bower, Stephan Lochner

61) Little Garden of Paradise, Oberrheinischer Meister

62) Song of the Angels, Bouguereau

63) Nativity/With Lamb (unknown)

64) Madonna and Child, Jusepe de Ribera

65) The Virgin at Prayer by Quentin Massys

66) Virgin of Sorrows by Sassoferrato

67) Madonna and Child by Marianne Stokes

68) Luke 2:5-7, 41-48

69) Song of Songs 6:10, Revelation 12:1

70) Mary’s “Biography” using guide from Anne Neuberger

References and Additional Resources:

Meditations on the Litany of Loreto, for the Month of May
Virtual Tour of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Web Gallery of Art
Marian Feasts in the General Roman Calendar
Our Lady’s Litany: Readings and Reflections
MaryLinks Calendar
Marian Feasts
Forum Discussion on Christian symbols
Stories about Marian shrines, excerpts from Shrines to Our Lady
Shrines to Our Lady Around the World
Dan Paulos
Hail Holy Queen: Reflections on a Well-Known Prayer by John Collins, SJ
Life of the Virgin Mary papercuttings
Dan Paulos at Trinity Stores
Ikon Gallery
Marian Icons
Blessed Virgin Mary Stickers
Marian Stickers
Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue
Legends of the Madonna, The Carpenter’s Shop
Mary’s Book
Nicolo Barabino’s Madonnas
Holy Cards
Marian Holy Cards

Unity of Mind: Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer

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…. together drink from the same fountains of unity.

… unity is always caused. It never happens by random chance.

… a divided community — in marriage, parish, religious community — is worldly and immature.

Therefore, unity, oneness of mind, harmony, is a choice.
The question is, where there isn’t unity, oneness of mind, harmony, WHY are the parties involved NOT making the choices necessary to achieve oneness of mind?

It is amusing how scientists, when they find a written text amid ancient ruins, are immediately certain that the author of these ideas or laws was no mere animal, but rather an intellectual being, a man or a woman. Yet it must be either philosophical incompetence or extraordinary stubbornness that would lead them to deny that an endlessly more complex reality like a living cell comes from an intellectual being. The reason cannot be science. It is a philosophical monism, a dogmatic materialism.

When husbands and wives, when members of any primary community learn from the same sources of truth, understandably they possess the same basic truths. No one is forced. But once again, the beautiful unity happens only as a result of sincere inner change.

That’s why it’s so important for husbands and wives to be on the same page. If not of the same faith, it helps to tolerate and respect each other’s beliefs and practices (or non-belief). At least this is what I’ve witnessed even in households where husband and wife are not of the same religion. They’ve come to an agreement, often before the wedding, that their children will be raised a certain way spiritually, and that there would be no opposition from the other. It is also in these same households where I’ve seen conversions to the faith happen.

… this happy wisdom, largely unknown in other worldviews, comes from divine revelation.

So it’s important not only that spouses have a unity of mind WITH EACH OTHER, but a unity of mind WITH GOD. A shared vision is essential, especially when it comes to how married life should be, what influences are allowed into the home (whether through books, music, television, relatives and friends), what the goals are for the children in terms of spirituality, worldly success, education, etc. It would save the couple a lot of grief when these things are ironed out early on, or revisited when necessary. These are things that cannot be swept under the rug, lest bitterness and resentment take root. These will eat away at a marriage from the inside, and at some point the couple may find that all they have left is an empty shell of a relationship, and by then it may be difficult to prevent a falling apart.

A town or household split into factions cannot last for long (see Mt. 12:25). Contemporary evidence abounds that shows he is right again. The very word divorce means breaking or splitting up, sundering apart. Polarized religious institutes have been declining at an alarming rate for some decades now, and not a few are either on the brink of disappearing altogether or have already vanished.

My Catholic Faith Delivered!

Really exciting news landed in my reader box today:

My Catholic Faith Delivered

They have pricing info so far on the Faith and Life series. I’m interested in the Didache as well. Strongly considering signing up. I’m not giving up the one-on-one and the group discussions as those are vital, but this should free up some time so I can do some of the fun liturgical stuff as well which is usually what falls through the cracks. Besides that, I am excited about the Steve Ray videos incorporated into it, and all the neat features they’ve built in. An enthusiastic two thumbs up for Faith and Life Online!