We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics!

“Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of SantaFe

News Flashes
Henry Borga, in Palm Springs, paid $10 to add Osama bin Laden’s name to those to be prayed for during Sunday Mass. Over the objection of the church secretary. Pastor Father Gavin Badway stated it was a request they had to honor. He said, “Some people, from their emotions, don’t want us to pray for him. I understand that, but we cannot do that. We are to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.”

In the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh there are 10,000 adult  conversions every year. (In 1978 it was illegal for Christians to enter the

Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien has denounced UK foreign policy as “anti-Christian” after the government announced it would double foreign aid to Pakistan. 

Today’s Martyrs

The study, A Question of Faith, published by the Jinnah Institute in Pakistan, find that Christians are the primary targets of religious persecution in Pakistan and reviews two critical questions confronting Pakistani society: will the state continue to discriminate against its citizens and “turn a blind eye to the spread of cultures of cruelty and vigilantism,” and will the majority of Pakistanis “condone and collude in the discrimination
and persecution of minorities”?

The report was warmly welcomed by the Rev. Mario Rodrigues,  director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Pakistan. Then he warned, “I do not  think, however, that the government will seriously address the question of religious minorities’ status.”

My favorite priest, layperson, breathing saint or organization 


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


Interesting sayings

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few   drops on yourself.      Ralph Waldo Emerson

I  have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.      Clarence Darrow

Don’t worry about avoiding temptations. As you grow older, it will avoid you. Winston Churchill 

In an envelope marked personal, God addressed me a letter; personal I have given my answer  Langston Hughes 


Let your tongue speak what your heart thinks.  Davy Crockett

Prove the Gospel in everything you do, and use words if necessary St. Francis of Assisi


Does Archbishop Sheehan’s motto – “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic” mean just be stupid and let us do the God thing for  you?  Hiwaychristian

(Reply: No way. I am sure the message is for  the clergy and lay people to be a Joyful Catholics and not get mired down with  details that detract from the guts of our magnificent faith.)


(referring to Muslim riot in Ethiopia)
I don’t know what will be next: first they burn our churches and house. Are they going to kill us now? I don’t care who started the violence. The fact is that thousands of local Muslims, my neighbors, have participated in it. That’s why I don’t see a future for me and other Christians in this town anymore.

Wolde Giorgis, an elementary teacher in Asendabo,Ethiopia


 Your “The Devil Was Right” was a joy to read!  Thank you for being thought-provoking and balanced.

The joy of every Catholic should be palpable at all times!

Roger Whitehead,Dayton,OH

Chuckle  Time

In Dublin, Mrs. Donovan lamented to Fr. O’Sullivan,
who was leaving for an assignment in Rome, that after three years of marriage, she and her husband were childless. He agreed that when he arrived at his new post, he would light a candle in the Vatican for the Donovan couple, asking that they have a family.

A year later, when he returned to Irelandon vacation, he met Mrs. Donovan who happily announced that she had just had triplets. When he congratulated her and asked about her husband, she said, “He’s not here. He’s gone to Rome
to blow out your friggin’ candle.”


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