If Mary had said “no”

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 If Mary had said “no”

maryWhen I pose this question to a few pious fellow Catholics, they shun the answer by saying, “Of course, she said ‘yes’. She was Immaculately Conceived to be the Mother of God.”

I think this is a cop out. It implies that Mary had no free choice. I think these might have been some of her thoughts when the Angel Gabriel suddenly appeared and told her she was to become pregnant and then become the Mother of God. I am overcome by this honor or having been selected, but let me give it some thought.

  • I am of the House of David, because my father and his ancestors belong to this revered tribe. Will my pregnancy bring shame to my people?Stained glass depicting the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus
  • There is a danger involved. In our region, there are men who will band together to stone a woman of ill-repute.
  • Who is going to believe that a virgin can give birth?
  • I think I should discuss this with Joseph, my finance. This could affect our lives. Also, he has his reputation to consider.
  • With great respect for your position, I ask you to give me a few days for consideration before I give you an answer.

I think of Mary with her eventual “yes” answer as our role model. When we are faced with decisions, large and small, if we feel that affirmative action is God’s will, do we respond with a positive “yes”?

Let me have your thoughts. aljagoe@gmail.com

 

Current News

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American, Missionary Kenneth Bae

The American, Jeffrey Fowle, was arrested in North Korea in April and was on trial for having left a Bible in the men’s room at a restaurant. At President Obama’s request, he was released. Another American, Missionary Kenneth Bae, was also released after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for proselytizing.

This year, the countries with the largest number of beheading are China, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia (where women are beheaded for witchcraft).

 Mary Quiz

Tell us below what is the most popular shrine to Mary in England?

 

2014’s Roster of Joyful Catholic Priests

clerics-dancing-soltRoster of Joyful Catholic Priests

The media loves to publicize bad priests, and we should give recognition to our Joyful Catholic Priests.
Send me your recommendation for ones you think merit membership in this splendid group.

aljagoe@gmail.com

Fr. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)
Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)
Fr. Edmund Connors, (Katonah, NY)
Fr. Paul D.Counce (Baton Rouge, LA)
Fr. John Dowling, St. Francis of Assisi parish, (Fairfield Glade, TN)
Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)
Fr. Anthony O’Gorman (London, UK)
Fr. Edward Gorman, O.P. (Providence, RI)
Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)
Fr. Charles E. Jacobs, Hartford CT
Bishop James Vann Johnston, Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO)
Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)
Fr. Robert Kus (Wilmington, NC) NEW!
Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)
Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)
Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA)
Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)
Fr. Joseph Marini (San Mateo, CA)
Msgr. Joseph Mayo (Salt Lake City, UT)
Fr. John Mericantante (Pahokee, FL)
Msgr. Thomas Modugno (New York,NY)
Fr. Kevin Nelson, (Lantana, FL)
Fr. John O’Donoghue (San Antonio,TX)
Fr. Kevin J. O’Neil, Washington, DC
Fr.Francisco Pires (HydePark NYO
Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)
Fr. Fr.James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)
Fr. Fr. Paul S. Quinter (Pittsburg, PA)
Fr. Michael Radermache, (Vancouver, WA)
Msg. David Robichcaux, V.F. (New Orleans, LA)
Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi (Mobile, AL)
Fr. Alberto Rodriguez, (Miami)
Msg. Paul L. Rohling (Birmingham, AL)
Fr. David Ross (Lima. OH)
Fr. Matthew Ruhl, S.J. (Kansas City, KS)
Fr. Michael Scanlon (Steubenville, OH)
Fr. Walter J. Szezesny (Buffalo, NY)
Fr. Richard Trout (Sanford, FL)
Fr. Alex Waraksa St. Patrick’s parish, (Morristown, TN)
Fr. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)
Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)

Mary Quiz

quizkeepcalmIn 81, A.D., who was the third bishop of Antioch who wrote to the Ephesians, “Now the virginity of Mary was hidden from the prince of this world, as was also her offspring, and the death of the Lord; three mysteries of renown, which were wrought in silence by God, which were wrought in silence, but have been revealed to us” ?

Very Good Reading

Among Friends by Father Jim Sichkodogread

The Global War on Christians by John Allen, Jr.

 

  Interesting Sayings 

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⊕ Christianity is not that complex system of oppressive rules which the unbeliever describes; it is peace, joy, love and a life which is continually renewed, like the mysterious pulse of nature at the beginning of spring. This truth is your greatest treasure, which alone can give meaning and serenity to your daily life…Saint John XXIII 

 ⊕ He, who sings, prays twice…St. Augustine

⊕ When one gets older, he finds they have started making curbs higher, doors harder, and buttonholes smaller…Regimra

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 ⊕ Our souls must be changed and transformed from the present state to a new one, to a divine nature, and to become new instead of old, that is, good and kind and faithful from being bitter and faithlessPseudo-Macrius, An Egyptian monk who died in 390 AD

   Communiqués

 ⊕ Trust those who believe Christ is the sole soteriologyRoger Edwards, Topeka, KS

 ⊕ I find your account of Mary’s visitation with George Washington astounding. Why hasn’t this been told before?..Sister Jean Louise, New York, NY

(Answer to Mary Quiz)…St. Ignatius of Antioch

Chuckle time

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While on vacation at the beach, two priests decided to go native. The first morning, while dressed in brief shorts, Hawaiian shirts and punk caps, they were sitting in the sand when a gorgeous woman in a bikini and WOW! body came by and said, “Good morning, Fathers.”

With their mouths open, she said, “Don’t you recognize me?  I am Sister Mary Margaret.”

 

 

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics…

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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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Too Much, Too Little

(The suggestion for this issue is from my great friend, 

Br. Edward Adams, F.S.C.)

                           

We expect too much from our priests, and they expect too little from us.

Too many of us consider a priest to be an oracle with some extraordinary or priestinchurchsupernatural power. He’s expected to be an expert in all fields, the wisest of advisors, a healer and psychoanalysis who doesn’t charge. He is president and CEO of a million dollar operation. We expect him to be an excellent administrator, a good speaker (damned few are), loving, happy-all-the-time and healthy.

Realize the limited first-hand experience a priest has. He doesn’t have a wife to note and remind him of the stupid things he does. He’s never suffered through the pains of parenting teenagers. Throughout life, his broadening advantage of having a wide variety of friends is limited mostly to that of other priests. During my bachelor days, my married friends sought my willing advice regarding family and kids. After I married and had a family, I realized how wrong I had been.

Operating and managing a Catholic church is a one-man job. Yes, a priest needs ushers, lectors, maintenance people and a skeleton office staff, but he makes all thepriestPaperwork decisions and answers only to a higher Church authority. When I have asked priests how many of their parishioners participate, I get a rabbit-looking-into-headlight expression. “I never thought of that” is the standard reply.  One priest coped out with: “All of them are, because they come to church.”

In governing his parish, I wish more priests would learn from the boss. Last month, popethumbs upPope Francis fired the entire board of the Vatican’s financial watchdog and brought in Joseph Yuvaraj Pillay, the man who turned around the Singapore economy, Juan Zarate, a former financial advisor to USA presidents, and Ernst & Young. Last week, he hired Lord Patten, Chairman of the BBC Trust, to overhaul the Vatican’s approach to the media. How many priests you know have chosen from the parish financial advisors and other experts to help keep the Church healthy?

A Parish Pastoral Council is a toothless advise-and-consent group, appointed by theasleepatmtging pastor. Its guidelines state it is “not a body which makes binding decisions.”  It’s as effective as a two-year-old, helping row the boat.

I learned much from a few Protestant Churches. The Handbook for Vestry in the Episcopal Church gives authority to the elected members to:

  • Take charge of the property;
  • Oversee the business aspects of the congregation;
  • Elect a Rector and provide for the Rector and other clergy;
  • To help the Rector in the furtherance of the Gospel.

A nearby Methodist Church has a list of 14 groups with parishioners’ participation. With 600 parishioners, the pastor estimated they have 100 members who volunteer in their many programs, several serving the outside community.

SeniorCitizenPhoto_001A small Anglican Church with 170 parishioners has 70 of them volunteering to serve in their nine programs, which include serving retired people, a Saturday morning group, bridge games, care-giving, visiting shut-ins, mission outreach and an exercise group.

Next Sunday, when leaving Mass, after complimenting your Priest upon his homily, ask him, “How many of our parishioners do you estimate are participants in the operation of our Mission?”

Expect a shock.

Your “I-agree” or “I disagree” comments are welcomed -just click on my email address in blue to send me a note! mailto:aljagoe@gmail.com

 

Awards

A special acknowledgement is for Father Robert Kus and St. Mary Church inFR R J Kus Wilmington, North Carolina.  In seven years, he has doubled the number of family parishioners, by creating a happy church with a bushel of activities serving both the Church and community.  His 4-point requirement for developing a joyful parish are to (1) have a happy priest,  (2) develop as many ministries as possible, (3) find, select and recruit good leaders and don’t look over their shoulders, (4) respect people; realize they are magnificent and will perform miracles.

 

Current News

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  • The State Department has added eight countries, including Syria, Pakistan, and Egypt to the list of worst religious offenders.
  • France has offered asylum to the 23,000 Christians (half the number from two years ago) left in the Iraq city of Moslum after the bastard Moslem militants took control of the city. The ISIS mob, condemned by the United Nations, is generously offering the Christians to (1) pay a heavy tax, (2) convert to Muslimism, or (3) be killed.

 

Show Joy as Catholics.

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.   My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe

                                 

                   George and Mary

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On an evening in 1777, Anthony Sherman, a soldier serving with General George Washington during the bitter winter at Valley Forge, gave this first-hand account:

“Washington, who was known to wander alone praying, spent nearly the entire afternoon in his quarters, allowing no interruptions. When he came out, I noticed that his face was a shade paler than usual, and there seemed to be something on his mind of more ordinary importance. Later, the General told his orderly, ‘I do not know whether it was owing to the anxiety of my mind, or what, but this afternoon as I was sitting at this table engaging in preparing a dispatch, something seemed to disturb me

jmAngelOfLiberty 002 ‘Looking up, I beheld standing opposite me a singularly beautiful female. So astonished was I, for I had given strict order not to be disturbed, that it was some moments before I found language to inquire into the cause of her presence. A second, third and even a fourth time did I repeat my question, but received no answer from my mysterious visitor except a slight raising of her eyes.

 ‘By this time I felt strange sensations spreading through me. I would have risen but the riveted gaze of the being before me rendered volition impossible. I assayed once more to address her, but my tongue had become useless as though it had become paralyzed. A new influence, mysterious, potent, irresistible, took possession of me. All I could do was to gaze steadily, vacantly at my unknown visitant.

 ‘Gradually the surrounding atmosphere seemed as if had become filled with sensations and luminous. Everything about me seemed to rarefy, the mysterious visitor herself becoming more airy and yet more distinct to my sight than before…

‘Presently I heard a voice saying, Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ “

If you find this of interest, please email me  

(aljagoe@gmail.com)

Current News

 

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–        A tragic Christian act of “a tooth for a tooth”

For decades Central Africa with 400 million Muslims and 500 million Christians was a model for religion tolerance. Then last year, the Muslims rebels seized the capital with such brutal raping and murdering of Christians that the Frenchaaaaaaajpg-620x349 government sent forces to restore peace. Then last month, in reprisal, Christians attacked the Muslims and drove thousands from the capital. They then destroyed their homes and business places so that they would not return,

   18-year-old Tcholongh Gauthier said, “I am looking for Muslims to kill them all. It’s not in the Bible, but they killed my father and mother.

–  (a sign of the times) With Bard Pitt (her 3rd husband), actress Angelina Jolie has had six children, and they are getting married. She said, “The kids are so excited about the wedding. They like the idea of mommy and daddy getting married.”

 

Mary Quiz

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In the past 100 years, how many Marian apparitions have been reported?

 

Roster of Joyful Catholic Priests

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  •  Fr. John Dowling, St. Francis of Assisi parish, Fairfield Glade, TN
  • Bishop James Vann Johnston, (Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO)

  • Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA) NEW!

  • Fr. Noel Sanvicente, (Diocese of San Jose, CA) NEW!

  • Fr. Alex Waraksa St. Patrick’s parish, (Morristown, TN) NEW

  • Fr. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)

  • Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)

  • Fr. Edmund Connors, Katonah, NY

  • Fr. Paul D.Counce (Baton Rouge, LA

  • Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)

  • Fr. Anthony O’Gorman (London, UK)

  • Fr. Edward Gorman, O.P. (Providence, RI)

  • Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)

  • Fr. Charles E. Jacobs, Hartford CT

  • Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)

  • Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)

  • Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)

  • Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)

  • Fr. Joseph Marini (San Mateo, CA)

  • Msgr. Joseph Mayo (Salt Lake City, UT)

  • Fr. John Mericantante (Pahokee, FL)

  • Msgr. Thomas Modugno (New York,NY)

  • Fr. Kevin Nelson, (Lantana, FL)

  • Fr. John O’Donoghue (San Antonio,TX)

  • Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)

  • Fr. James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)

  • Fr. Paul S. Quinter (Pittsburg, Pa)

  • Fr. Michael Radermache, (Vancouver, WA)

  • Msg. David Robichcaux, V.F. (New Orleans, LA)

  • Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi (Mobile, AL)

  • Fr. Alberto Rodriguez, (Miami)

  • Msg. Paul L. Rohling (Birmingham, AL)

  • Fr. David Ross (Lima. OH)

  • Fr. Matthew Ruhl, S.J. (Kansas City, KS)

  • Fr. Michael Scanlon (Steubenville, OH)

  • Fr. Walter J. Szezesny (Buffalo, NY)

  • Fr. Richard Trout (Sanford, FL)

  • Fr. Hayden Vaverek (New York, NY)

  • Fr. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)

  • Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)                             

 The media loves to publicize bad priests, and we should give recognition to our Joyful Catholic Priests. Send me your recommendation for ones you think merit membership in this splendid group. (aljagoe@gmail.com)

                                      

 

Awards

THE STUPID AWARD goes to the aged Roman-collared fellows responsible for Catholic education in Cincinnati. To assure that all instructors are bigoted, close-minded, intolerant and holier-than-thou, they have prepared a six-page contract for each teacher.

(Sorry, Jesus. You wouldn’t qualify to teach in Cincinnati.)

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaabookTHE LITERARY AWARD goes to Fr. James Martin, S.J. for his excellent book, Between Heaven and Mirth (Why joy, human and laughter are at the heart of the Spiritual Life).

BEST ARTICLE AWARD is for Frederick W Mark’s “Marian Misconceptions” in the May New Oxford Review.

TOP HONORS AWARD goes to Sister Maria-Nazareth, from Argentina, who hasaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa volunteered to serve in the hospice for Christian girls in Aleppo, right in the midst of the Syrian battle region.

THE GUTSY AWARD is for Israel for jailing a former primer minister for bribery. If we jailed all Congressmen for bribery, they would hold the next session of Congress in the corner of a Starbucks.

 

Correspondence

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Thank you for the beautiful and informative article. The Koran    describes Mary as Virgin who gave birth to Jesus ,a prophet. Mary and Jesus are held in high esteem. What we cannot understand is their hatred and eagerness to destroy Christians from the Middle East and other Muslim countries, in spite of their regard for Jesus and Mary. May God help them remove hatred from their hearts.

K. C. Thomas

     –  The solipsism of today’s society threatens the wholeness of America.

Roger Wheelright

–        I think we Catholics blow it by placing so much emphasis on Mary,   who was merely a mother, same as yours and mine…Susan Rodinski

    (Right you are, Susan. But there was a helluva difference between us   and her son.)

 

Interesting Sayings

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 From silly devotions and sour-faced saints, good Lord, deliver us.

St. Teresa of Avila

Christ did not gain a fisherman through an emperor, but an emperor through a fisherman.

St. Augustine

His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.

May West

Spiritual gifts are not received unless they are desired.

St. Thomas Aquinas

 

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

Clarence Darrow

 

                                             Answer to Mary Quiz

In the past 100 years, 651 apparitions have been reported, and 18 approved by the Church.

 

Chuckle Time

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A man walked into a Washington, D.C., confessional.

He tells the priest, “Blessed me, Father, because I have sinned. Last night I beat the crap out of a Congressman.”

The priest responds: “My son, I am here to forgive sins, not to discuss your community service.”

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We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.   My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe

 

Interesting Sayings 

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You are speaks so loudly I can’t hare what you are saying.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.

G. K. Chesterton

 

aaa Flannery O'Connor colorThe supernatural is an embarrassment today.

Flannery O’Connor

 

   Anyone who wants to move mountains must begin by moving small stones.

   Rev.  Cannon Christopher Rodgers, Timaru, N.Q.

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   Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it? 

     Mark Twain

Communiqués

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Even if it’s true that I’m a wimp, I like not being forced to eat fish on Friday…Elmer Gotchief (butcher in a NY Safeway)

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Thanks you for shocking me into realizing many of the well-intended changes in the Church which have turned things sour….  Mabel Stetson, Toledo, OH

With younger members of my family, I have experience the same problem you friend had regarding fasting before Mass. Some of my kids’ religion teachers told them not to take seriously the matter of fasting… Rebecca Smith, Albuquerque, NM aaa solipsism

The solipsism of this generation leads to a dead end…  Juan Tejada, Ann Arbor, MI

 

Answer to Mary Quiz

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@56 AD, St. Ignatius of Antioch, the third bishop of Antioch, wrote to Mary: “You should comfort and console me, a disciple of your beloved John. I have heard wonderful and astonishing things to tell about your son, Jesus. With my whole heart, I want to get more information regarding things I have heard from you, who were always intimate and allied with Him. You knew all his secrets. Fare thee well and let the neophytes with me be comforted by you.”

       In her reply, Mary wrote: “The things you have heard and learned from John are true. Believe them, cling to them and hold fast to the profession of the faith you have embraced. Soon I will come with John to visit with you and the others. Stand fast in the faith and show thyself a man. Don’t let the fierceness of persecution move you. Let your spirit be strong and rejoice in God, thy Saviour.”

Chuckle Time

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In an elementary school test, one student wrote “In the first book of the Bible, Guinessis, God got tired of creating the world so he took the Sabbath off. Adams and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah’s wife was Joan of Ark. Noah built and ark and the animals came in pears. Lot’s wife was a pillar of salt during the day and a ball of fire during the night.

 

 

 

 

Woman #1

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When friends asked me about my next book, I told them it was about the most famous woman in the history of man; then I would add, “and she’s Jewish.”

 With my Jewish friends it was fun to watch puzzled frowns become smiles and hear them say, “Of course, it’s Mary. But I forget she’s Jewish.”

 When I converted to the Church over six decades ago at age twenty-seven, with joy I mary1embraced the whole concept of Catholicism. This included the Trinity, the Sacraments, the Pope, the saints and Mary. I accepted Mary’s prominence because Jesus was God, Mary was the mother of Jesus; therefore, Mary was the Mother of God.  Now at the final stage of life when daring to explore the essence of Being, I realize that, as a focused light, structured religion is a recent arrival in the existence of Man.  And throughout this period, Mary is the most renowned of all women.

         Mary’s fame is puzzlement.  In the New Testament she is mentioned only 19 times and has just four quotations. At the Annunciation, she said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it done to me according to thy word.” During her pregnancy when she visits her cousin Elizabeth, Mary recited the Song of Praise.  When she and Joseph find the teenage Jesus in the temple, she asked, “Why have you done this? Didn’t you know your father and I were searching for you?”  Then at the Feast at Cana, she let Jesus know they are out of wine and tells the wine steward “Do whatever he tells you to do.” Therefore, the high position of honor and reverence we give to Mary has come primarily through revelation and her interventions through the centuries.

          Over a five year period, I gathered important dates to write A Layman’s Jay'sNew BookMaryChronology of Mary, which I have recently published. With 474 dates, 72 apparitions and quotes from 178 saints and 36 popes, this book is a pebble on the mountain of writings about Mary. The Marian Library at the University of Dayton, Ohio, houses the world’s largest collection of printed material about Mary. The current count there is over sixty thousand books in fifty languages, more than fifty-five thousand clippings from newspaper and magazines and almost twenty thousand holy cards bearing her image.

     When I converted to the Catholic Church, my favorite Cousin Loraine, who was a staunch Baptist, would not have been more shocked had I decided to become a bank robber.  She told a friend, “I couldn’t believe what I heard. Why, I thought Armiger was more intelligent than that.”

         The following year, after a visit with relatives in Alabama, she couldn’t wait to return home and tell me a funny thing she had seen. “One afternoon,” she said, “we were driving through town and passed a Catholic Church.  And can you guess the name of the church?”  I shook my head and braced for what was to come.

  “It was called ‘Mother of God.’! Can you believe it?”

  After she wiped her tears from laughing, Cousin Loraine added, “How can you imagine God needing a mother?”

  Realizing I was bucking the Rock of Gibraltar, I forced a smile and a change of subject.

  MOGletters3In memory of this delightful relative and for others who share her ignorance of Mary, I hope my book which records important dates about Mary will be a spark of enlightenment. Many who do not believe in Mary would like to believe if they had evidence.

As Pope John Paul II said, “In the life of a human being there are many more truths which are simply believed than truths which are acquired by way of personal verification.”

Please send me your comments aljagoe@gmail.com

Current News

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–        Did you ever think you would see the head of the Catholic Church on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine?  Check the current February 15 issue and see Pope Francis (bigger than life) waving at you on the cover.

–        The Muslims throughout the Middle East are attempting to make Christianity an endangered religion.  Yet in the Central African Republic a militant forcecommunion_africa1 revenging the massacres of Christians by a former government are now butchering Muslims. Reporter Peter Bouchaert wrote, “The Catholics’ humanity, courage and leadership stand out amid the slaughter. They are virtually alone in trying to protect the vulnerable.  The only force that seems able to protect vulnerable Muslims from the anti-balaka are the courageous Catholic priests and nuns of the Bossemptele mission. In Boali, the local Catholic priest sheltered 700 in his church.”

(Comment: you friggin Muslims in Egypt and throughout the Middle East who are burning our churches and treating us roughly – take notice)

                 

Roster of Joyful Catholic Priests

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  •  Fr. John Dowling, St. Francis of Assisi parish, Fairfield Glade, TN
  • Bishop James Vann Johnston, (Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO)

  • Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA) NEW!

  • Fr. Noel Sanvicente, (Diocese of San Jose, CA) NEW!

  • Fr. Alex Waraksa St. Patrick’s parish, (Morristown, TN) NEW

  • Fr. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)

  • Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)

  • Fr. Edmund Connors, Katonah, NY

  • Fr. Paul D.Counce (Baton Rouge, LA

  • Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)

  • Fr. Anthony O’Gorman (London, UK)

  • Fr. Edward Gorman, O.P. (Providence, RI)

  • Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)

  • Fr. Charles E. Jacobs, Hartford CT

  • Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)

  • Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)

  • Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)

  • Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)

  • Fr. Joseph Marini (San Mateo, CA)

  • Msgr. Joseph Mayo (Salt Lake City, UT)

  • Fr. John Mericantante (Pahokee, FL)

  • Msgr. Thomas Modugno (New York,NY)

  • Fr. Kevin Nelson, (Lantana, FL)

  • Fr. John O’Donoghue (San Antonio,TX)

  • Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)

  • Fr. James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)

  • Fr. Paul S. Quinter (Pittsburg, Pa)

  • Fr. Michael Radermache, (Vancouver, WA)

  • Msg. David Robichcaux, V.F. (New Orleans, LA)

  • Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi (Mobile, AL)

  • Fr. Alberto Rodriguez, (Miami)

  • Msg. Paul L. Rohling (Birmingham, AL)

  • Fr. David Ross (Lima. OH)

  • Fr. Matthew Ruhl, S.J. (Kansas City, KS)

  • Fr. Michael Scanlon (Steubenville, OH)

  • Fr. Walter J. Szezesny (Buffalo, NY)

  • Fr. Richard Trout (Sanford, FL)

  • Fr. Hayden Vaverek (New York, NY)

  • Fr. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)

  • Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)                             

 The media loves to publicize bad priests, and we should give recognition to our Joyful Catholic Priests. Send me your recommendation for ones you think merit membership in this splendid group. (aljagoe@gmail.com)

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poetry

Poem  (Amy C. Ellis)

 God’s love is like

a shining stream that overflows

with golden beams.

It enters in our hearts

with light and pours out blessings

day or night.

This living stream can cleanse from sin those hearts

that bid it enter in. Its flowing spirit endlessly

is bringing Christ

to you and me.