We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.  

My motto…“Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan Archbishop of Santa Fe
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News Flashes

A  political sign photographed by Mark Leitner: “Obama is not the brown-skinned, anti-war socialist who gives away free healthcare—you’re thinking of Jesus.”

The parliament of Nepalis considering a law that would bar evangelization and conversionfrom one religion to another.  (Note that in Nepal, only .02% of the 25.3 million population are Catholic, and 81% are Hindu.)

USATODAY reported that of the religious in the US, 51% are  Evangelical, Mainline and Black Protestants, and 24% are Catholic.

 On Christmas Day in Northern Nigeria, Islamist militants bombed churches, killing over two dozen Christians.

  

Today’s Martyrs

(Lest we forget)

St. Gregory Nazianzen (died 390)

Let us purify ourselves through the martyrs, or rather, through him through whom they too were purified in blood and truth.

My Favorite Priest, Layperson, Breathing Saint or Organization

In Faisalabad, Pakistan, Mariah Manisha, a Catholic girl was kidnapped by a Muslim man who wanted her to convert to Islam and marry him. When she refused, he murdered her. Fr. Zafal, a local priest, said, “It is very sad, Christians, often girls, are helpless victims. Cases like this occur daily.”

 Please tell me about your favorite Catholic priest, layperson or organization that is making a difference aljagoe@comcast.net

 Interesting Sayings

 Lord Jesus, help me to have a faith that has results…  Mitch Finley 

When I think upon and converse with thee ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up, ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed, ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart, crowding into every moment of happiness…  From theValley of Vision, a collection of Puritan Payers and Devotions.

We continue to be amazed and to believe even more in this “crazy” God who chose to become a small, poor, and fragile child. That child who two thousand years ago came to the world and exploded into history bursts into out lives today to re-write our history; mine, yours, and that of all our wounded humanity. This Jesus shatters our reality and makes his way with only the weapon of love, the only weapon that can cause the rocks of the hardest hearts to crumble…Mother Elvira Petrozzi, founder of Comunita Cenacolo

 When I was born, I was so shocked that I didn’t talk for a year and a half. ..Gracie Allen

   Communiqués 

Many thanks for your delightful blog, which brightens my day….Kathryne Greene, Liverpool,UK 

Re: World’s Greatest Myth …You have done a great disservice to our Faith by questioning the appearance of Jesus, which was revealed by revelation. The appearance of Jesus was confirmed in the Shroud of Turin. Mildred Zuckerman, Phoenix, AZ

Don’t kick what imagination has done to our concept of what our spiritual leaders looked like. Throughout the centuries, this has proved to be a great work-provider for artists and sculptors….Elmer Rickson, New York, NY

You jolted me into thinking about Jesus in spiritual rather than concrete terms….Rick Blacklaw, San Francisco,CA

Chuckle Time

An 78-year-old woman wrote to her priest:   “The other day I went to our local Christian book store and bought a ‘Honk if you love Jesus’ bumper sticker and put it on my bumper.

Later, with my grandson in the backseat, I was waiting at a traffic light and thinking about all my blessings, and I didn’t notice the light had changed. Immediately, the man in the car behind me proclaimed he loved Jesus by blowing his horn. I waved and he waved back with his middle finger stuck out. My grandson explained this was the Hawaiian good luck sign, so I gave it back to him.

Just then the light was yellow, and I was the only car that made it through the intersection before it turned red. Then everyone who had been back of me proved they loved Jesus. Again I gave them the Hawaiian good luck sign, and I heard a man shouting to me, something about a sunny beach.

“What a joyful day!”

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