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Message of February 25, 2009

“Dear children! In this time of renunciation, prayer and penance, I call you anew: go and confess your sins so that grace may open your hearts, and permit it to change you. Convert little children, open yourselves to God and to His plan for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Annual Apparition to Mirjana on March 18, 2009

The visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo had daily apparitions from June 24th 1981 to December 25th 1982.

During her last daily apparition, Our Lady gave her the 10th secret, and told her that she would appear to her once a year, on the 18th of March.

Several thousand pilgrims gathered in prayer of the Rosary at the "Blue Cross," near the base of Apparition Hill. The apparition lasted from 1:52 to 1:58 PM.

Our Lady gave the following message:

"Dear children! Today I call you to look into your hearts sincerely and for a long time. What will you see in them? Where is my Son in them and where is the desire to follow me to Him? My children, may this time of renunciation be a time when you will ask yourself: 'What does my God desire of me personally? What am I to do?' Pray, fast and have a heart full of mercy. Do not forget your shepherds. Pray that they may not get lost, that they may remain in my Son so as to be good shepherds to their flock."

Message of April  25, 2009

“Dear children! Today I call you all to pray for peace and to witness it in your families so that peace may become the highest treasure on this peaceless earth. I am your Queen of Peace and your mother. I desire to lead you on the way of peace, which comes only from God. Therefore, pray, pray, pray. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Message to Mirjana on May 2, 2009

According to Mirjana, "Our Lady was very sad. She only gave a message and blessed us."

The following is the message that was given by Our Lady:

"Dear children! Already for a long time I am giving you my motherly heart and offering my Son to you. You are rejecting me. You are permitting sin to overcome you more and more. You are permitting it to master you and to take away your power of discernment. My poor children, look around you and look at the signs of the times. Do you think that you can do without God's blessing? Do not permit darkness to envelop you. From the depth of your heart cry out for my Son. His Name disperses even the greatest darkness. I will be with you, you just call me: 'Here we are Mother, lead us.' Thank you."

May 5, 2009

Feast of Mary, Refuge of Holy Love - 12th Anniversary

(Message was given in multiple parts over several days.)

Jesus and Blessed Mother are here with Their Hearts exposed. Blessed Mother is Mary, Refuge of Holy Love. Blessed Mother says: "Praise be to Jesus." Jesus says: "I am your Jesus, born Incarnate."

virgen Blessed Mother: "Dear children--apostles of My Heart--My Beloved Son sends Me once again seeking your reconciliation with the Will of God the Father. This cannot be accomplished outside of Holy Love. Therefore, once again I call all people and all nations into the Refuge of My Heart, which is Holy Love."

"Never allow Satan to discourage you in your prayer life. These days I have come to tell you that your prayers withhold the Arm of Justice. Even if a prayer is offered in the midst of great distraction, it is not lost; for I send angels to collect the fragments of such prayers. The angels carry the fragmented prayers to Me, which I mend and make whole--even beautiful in the Eyes of God."

"I desire to be close to you during these troubling times. Realize that it is the Holy Love in your hearts which binds us together. Satan is ever-present and tries to pull us apart by weakening this bond through lack of trust in God's Will and unforgiveness towards one another."*

"I, your Mother, tell you to remain simple and childlike. Know that this alone confuses the enemy, for he cannot understand such a heart. When you pick up your rosaries, it is as though you are holding My Hand and I am guiding you through the Mysteries and along the path of Holy Love. I am always with you in prayer, especially the rosary. I will not abandon you."

"Threats against basic freedoms are all around you. Indeed, your country in the name of 'liberty' is surrendering its freedom. Only Satan could turn the truth inside out in such a way. Pandering to the enemies of freedom may cost your president dearly. Evil that is in hearts will not change by paying it respect. It is naive to believe so."

"With a Mother's Heart, I plead for the conversion of sinners. My Son is most grievously offended by the indifference of so many towards the state of their souls.   God's commandments are trampled underfoot by self-love. You have yet to experience the full wrath of God's Justice. Do not live as though it will never come. I tell you, angels tremble at the thought of that day. Do not support leadership which ignores God's laws in favor of pleasing man's whims."

"Today there is much concern for the spread of the flu virus. People fear for their lives, as it seems to spread worldwide. Close attention is given to this insidious pandemic.  But I tell you, of far greater concern should be the epidemic of evil, which has gripped the heart of the world. This epidemic contaminates souls and robs many of their salvation.  Thousands slip to their perdition through this contagion of compromise, deceit and inordinate self-love. The failure of  mankind to even recognize evil at work is Satan's greatest weapon.   He is free to do whatever he chooses from conception in the womb to invasion of childhood innocence to compromise of the faith, and even to challenging natural death.   As long as evil is unacknowledged, it runs rampant."

"Dear little children, please understand that the grace of each present moment is a cooperation between the choices of free will and God's Divine Will. The greatest graces come into the present moment when the soul trusts and chooses to live in Holy Love; for instance, I cannot save the world from disaster by My efforts alone.   I can only act in accord with the Father's Will and the efforts of mankind to live in righteousness. This is why I tell you, it is most important for each soul to discover the path of Holy Love and live in harmony with the Divine Will.   Then the Father allows Me to spread My Mantle of Protection over you."

"Today as we celebrate My title 'Refuge of Holy Love', I invite you to reflect back upon the ways in which Heaven has tried to intervene here. I came at first seeking the title "Protectress of the Faith'. This title could have saved the Church in America from so much heresy and liberalism, but it was judged 'unnecessary'. Jesus asked for the construction of the Church of Atonement--a mystical concept--made up of victim souls who sacrifice for the welfare of the Universal Church. These messages were not regarded in the light of truth either. The Revelation of the United Hearts was next followed closely by the Chambers of the United Hearts. This, too, had been held up to suspicion."

"It is necessary that you realize that such judgments levied against Heaven's helping hand do not support the truth, no matter the lofty position of those who decide to levy their judgments. Do not be tricked by Satan but begin to see that he seeks the destruction of the Church, the world and every soul."

"In the world you witness people wearing masks as protection from the flu virus; but, My children, the flu is just a physical threat. How much greater is the threat of evil which jeopardizes your eternal salvation. This threat, too, is invisible. I, your Mother, have come many times to warn you that evil is all around you. I give you the cure, which is Holy Love, and I offer you the protection, which is the Refuge of Holy Love--My Immaculate Heart. I ask you, My children to be more concerned with exposure to evil than any physical disease, for evil is a disease of the soul."

"All that is rising to a head in the world dictates the need for Holy Love--as a guide towards purification and personal holiness--as a fortress and protection in spiritual warfare, and as a sign that mankind has not been abandoned by Heaven. Those who seek to find reasons not to believe have chosen to oppose these truths. But, My children, if Heaven did not see the urgent necessity of My title 'Refuge of Holy Love', I would not be here in your midst offering My Maternal care."

"Today I reveal to you for the first time, that the Flames above the heads of the apostles on Pentecost were sparks of love from My Heart of Holy Love. It is through these Flames that the apostles were able to proclaim the good news with Holy Boldness. So today I invite you to spread the good news of the Gospel message of Holy Love with the same Holy Boldness."

"We're extending to you today the Complete Blessing of Our United Hearts."

* Unforgiveness includes unforgiveness of self.

Our Lady then looked at all those present and added: "Again I say to you, if you knew how much I love you, you would cry with happiness. Thank you."

Medjugorje Message of May 25, 2009. “Dear children! In this time, I call you all to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit upon every baptized creature, so that the Holy Spirit may renew you all and lead you on the way of witnessing your faith – you and all those who are far from God and His love. I am with you and intercede for you before the Most High. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


august 25/2009
Please join us during the month of Septembe To pray the Rosary. Its the year of the Priest. For vocations,And for the youth

That they may walk in the footsteps of Jesus, holding the hand of Mary.

Message of August  25, 2009

"Dear children! Today I call you anew to conversion. Little children, you are not holy enough and you do not radiate holiness to others, therefore pray, pray, pray and work on your personal conversion, so that you may be a sign of God's love to others. I am with you and am leading you towards eternity, for which every heart must yearn. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Poruka, 25. kolovoza 2009, Croatian: "Draga djeco! Danas vas pozivam iznova na obracenje. Djecice, niste dovoljno sveti i ne zracite svetost drugima, zato molite, molite, molite i radite na osobnom obracenju kako biste bili znak Božje ljubavi drugima. Ja sam s vama i vodim vas prema vjecnosti za kojom treba žudjeti svako srce. Hvala vam što ste se odazvali mome pozivu."

Message du 25 aout 2009, French: "Chers enfants, aujourd‘hui je vous invite à nouveau à la conversion. Petits enfants, vous n’ëtes pas assez saints et vous ne rayonnez pas la sainteté pour les autres ; c’est pourquoi, priez, priez, priez, et travaillez à votre conversion personnelle afin d’ëtre signes de l’amour de Dieu pour les autres. Je suis avec vous, et je vous guide vers l’éternité à laquelle chaque coeur doit aspirer. Merci d’avoir répondu à mon appel."

Botschaft vom 25. August 2009, German "Liebe Kinder! Heute rufe ich euch von neuem zur Umkehr auf. Ihr seid nicht heilig genug meine lieben Kinder und ihr strahlt die Heiligkeit den Anderen gegenüber nicht aus, deshalb betet, betet, betet und arbeitet an der persönlichen Umkehr, damit ihr zum Zeichen der Liebe Gottes für die Anderen werdet. Ich bin mit euch und führe euch zur Ewigkeit nach der sich jedes Herz sehnen soll. Danke, dass ihr meinem Ruf gefolgt seid!"

Messaggio del 25 agosto 2009, Italian: "Cari figli, oggi vi invito di nuovo alla conversione. Figlioli, non siete abbastanza santi e non irradiate santità agli altri, perciò pregate, pregate, pregate e lavorate sulla conversione personale affinchè siate segno dell’amore di Dio per gli altri. Io sono con voi e vi guido verso l’eternità alla quale deve anelare ogni cuore. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata."

Message of 25th August 2009, Maltese:  "Gheziez uliedi! Illum insejhilkom mill-gdid ghall-konverzjoni. Uliedi ckejknin, ghadkom m'intomx qaddisa bizzejjedu m'intomx tixhtu raggi ta' qdusija ghall-ohrajn, ghalhekk, itolbu, itolbu, itolbu u ahdmu fuq il-konverzjoni personali taghkom, sabiex tkunu sinjal tal-imhabba ta' Alla ghall-ohrajn. Jiena qieghda maghkom u qieghda mmexxikom lejn l-eternita', li kull qalb ghandha tixxennaq ghaliha. Grazzi talli wegibtu ghas-sejha tieghi."

A Szűzanya 2009. augusztus 25-ei medjugorjei üzenete, Hungarian:  Drága gyermekek! Ma újra a megtérésre hívlak benneteket. Gyermekeim, nem vagytok eléggé szentek és nem sugározzátok a szentséget mások felé. Ezért imádkozzatok, imádkozzatok, imádkozzatok és munkálkodjatok személyes megtéréseteken, hogy Isten szeretetének jelévé válhassatok mások számára. Veletek vagyok, és az örökkévalóság felé vezetlek benneteket, amelyre vágyakoznia kell minden szívnek. Köszönöm, hogy válaszoltatok hívásomra.

Przesłanie z dnia 25 sierpnia 2009 r. - Polish - "Drogie dzieci! Dzisiaj  ponownie wzywam was do nawrócenia. Małe dziatki, nie jesteście wystarczająco święci i nie promieniujecie świętością wobec innych dlatego módlcie sie, módlcie się, módlcie się i pracujcie nad waszym osobistym nawróceniem tak, abyście mogłi być znakiem Bożej miłości względem innych. Jestem z wami i prowadzę was do wieczności do której każde serce musić pragnąć. Dziekuję za odpowiedź na moje wezwanie."

Mensagem de 25 de Agosto de 2009 "Queridos filhos, hoje convido-vos de novo à conversão. Filhinhos, vos não sois suficientemente santos e não irradiais a santidade para os outros, por isso rezai, rezai, rezai e trabalhai na vossa conversão pessoal para que possais ser um sinal do amor de Deus para os outros. Eu estou convosco e guio-vos em direcção à eternidade que cada coração deve desejar. Obrigada por terdes respondido ao meu chamamento."

Mensaje del 25 de agosto de 2009, Spanish: "¡Queridos hijos! Hoy los invito nuevamente a la conversión. Hijitos, ustedes no son suficientemente santos y no irradian santidad a los demás, por eso oren, oren, oren y trabajen en la conversión personal para que sean signos del amor de Dios para los demás. Yo estoy con ustedes y los guío hacia la eternidad, que cada corazón debe anhelar. ¡Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado!"



Burning Soul’s

An Ordinary evening of 30th July became a sad evening. The clouds of sorrow prevail on the village 362 J.B “korian”

When a mob gather to take revenge from innocent Christians, Those who were blamed for disgracing Holly Quran (Muslim’s Holly Book).Korian Village is situated in District Toba Take Singh. Its 12 kilometers away from Gojra on Faisalabad Road.

There are few black laws in Pakistan which are hanging sword on the head’s of religious Minorities like Article 295B/C.

Article 295B stand for disgracing holly Quran, Its punishment is imprisonment for life. Article 295C stand for Disgracing of Prophet Muhammad, its punishment is death penalty.

The actual story is that on 27th July there was Marriage ceremony of a Christian family. On same Day there were funeral of some Muslim fellow. As bridegroom entered in the village with celebration. The Muslims got angry and plan to teach them lesson.

The person Talib Masih declared a blasphemous. A mob rushed to his home and brought him out and tortured. Then they looted houses and burnt them. All the Christians men along with their children and wife’s left their houses and ran away to save their lives. Blazing mob destroyed all the homes and churches in the

Village. They take away the entire animal with them. As we were visiting there Muslim Fundamentalist gathered there and chanted against us. They threat us and police to go away from here, other wise they will forced to do it once again.

Now the peoples are homeless, every thing of use has been destroyed. They need Food, shelter, clothes and other basic thing which we can provide them.  There are few pictures as under.

                The house which is destroyed and burnt

                      Holly Picture and  other goods

         Christians house which is burnt by Muslim

                      Visiting the korian 362 J.B

            Apostolic church which is destroyed

I forward email from Father Beale.

This is beautiful!

She jumped up as soon as she saw the surgeon come out of the operating room. She said: 'How is my little boy? Is he going to be all right? When can I see him?'
The surgeon said, 'I'm sorry.. We did all we could, but your boy didn't make it.'

Sally said, 'Why do little children get cancer? Doesn't God care any more? Where were you, God, when my son needed you?'

The surgeon asked, 'Would you like some time alone with your son? One of the nurses will be out in a few minutes, before he's transported to the university.'

Sally asked the nurse to stay with her while she said good bye to son.=2 0She ran her fingers lovingly through his thick red curly hair. 'Would you like a lock of his hair?' the nurse asked. Sally nodded yes. The nurse cut a lock of the boy's hair, put it in a plastic bag and handed it to Sally.

The mother said, 'It was Jimmy's idea to donate his body to the University for Study. He said it might help somebody else. 'I said no at first, but Jimmy said, 'Mom, I won't be using it after I die. Maybe it will help some other little boy spend one more days with his Mom.' She went on, 'My Jimmy had a heart of gold. Always thinking of someone else. Always wanting to help others if he could.'

Sally walked out of Children's Mercy Hospital for the last time, after spending most of the last six months there. She put the bag with Jimmy's belongings on the seat beside her in the car.

The drive home was difficult. It was even harder to enter the empty house. She carried Jimmy's belongings, and the plastic bag with the lock of his hair to her son's room.

She started placing the model cars and other personal things back in his room exactly where he had always kept them. She lay down across his bed and, hugging his pillow, cried herself to sleep.

It was around midnight when Sally awoke. Lying beside her on the bed was a folded letter. The letter said:

'Dear Mom,

I know you're going to miss me; but don't think that I will ever forget you, or stop loving you, just 'cause I'm not around to say 'I Love You'. I will always love you, Mom, even more with each day.. Someday we will see each other again.. Until then, if you want to adopt a little boy so you won't be so lonely, that's okay with me. He can have my room and old stuff to play with. But, if y ou decide to get a girl instead, she probably wouldn't like the same things us boys do. You'll have to buy her dolls and stuff girls like, you know.
Don't be sad thinking about me. This really is a neat place. Grandma and Grandpa met me as soon as I got here and showed me around some, but it will take a long time to see everything.. The angels are so cool. I love to watch them fly. And, you know what? Jesus doesn't look like any of his pictures. Yet, when I saw Him, I knew it was Him. Jesus himself took me to see GOD! And guess what, Mom? I got to sit on God's knee and talk to Him, like I was somebody important. That's when I told Him that I wanted to write you a letter, to tell you good bye and everything. But I already knew that wasn't allowed. Well, you know what Mom? God handed me some paper and His own personal pen to write you this letter I think Gabriel is the name of the angel who is going to drop this letter off to you. God said for me to give you the answer to one of the questions you asked Him ¡where was He when I needed him?' 'God said He was in the same place with me, as when His son Jesus was on the cross. He was right there, as He always is with all His childre n.

Oh, by the way, Mom, no one else can see what I've written except you. To everyone else this is just a blank piece of paper. Isn't that cool? I have to give God His pen back now He needs it to write some more names in the Book of Life. Tonight I get to sit at the table with Jesus for supper. I'm sure the food will be great.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you. I don't hurt anymore the cancer is all gone.. I'm glad because I couldn't stand that pain anymore and God couldn't stand to see me hurt so much, either. That's when He sent The Angel of Mercy to come get me. The Angel said I was a Special Delivery! How about that?

Signed with Love from God, Jesus & Me.

(Let's see Satan stop this one.) Take 60 seconds and repost this, within the hour, you will have caused a multitude of believers to pray to God for each other. Then sit back and feel the Holy Spirit work in your life for doing what you know God loves 'When you¢re down to nothing, God is up to something.'
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This is beautiful! Try not to cry.

Send this to 10 people in 2 minutes and you will feel the Holy Spirit brightening your life in just an hour

White Easter 4 b

World day of Prayer for Vocations.

Pope Paul VI’s prayer:  O Jesus, divine Shepherd of the spirit, you have called the apostles in order to make them fishermen of men, you still attract to you burning spirits and generous young people, in order to render them your followers and ministers to us.

“It is up to you to help awaken a consciousness of this calling, to counsel generosity in accepting it and perseverance in fulfilling it.  You know that you yourselves must radiate authentic Christian joy and that your ministry cannot be devoid of personal prayer and penance.
        And in the Eucharistic celebration the entire community of God’s people must be united in begging “the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest”.  (Matt 9:38)

First Reading:

(Acts 4:1)  While they were still speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple guard, and the Sadducees confronted them,

disturbed that thgey were  teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.
They laid hands on them and put them in custody until the next day, since it was already evening.
But many of those who heard the word came to believe and the number of men grew to about five thousand.
(Acts 4:5)            On the next day, their leaders, elders, and scribes were assembled in Jerusalem,

with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly class.
They brought them into their presence and questioned them:  “By what power or by what name have you done this?”
(Acts 4:8 NRSV)  Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders,

(Acts 4:9 NRSV)  if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed,

(Acts 4:10 NRSV)  let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead.
Peter wasn’t shy of making a “dig” at them, even though they had persecuted Jesus to crucifixion!

(Acts 4:11 NRSV)  This Jesus is 'the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.'
Is there any way in which I am rejecting Jesus?

(Acts 4:12 NRSV)  There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved."

Observing the boldness of Peter and John and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men, they were amazed, and they recognised them as the companions of Jesus.
Then when they saw the man who had been cured standing there with them, they could say nothing in reply.
So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin, and conferred with one another, saying:
“What are we to do with these men?  Everyone living in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable sign was done through them, and we cannot deny it.
But so that it may not spread any further among the people, let us give them a stern warning never again to speak to anyone in this name.”
So they called them back and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
Peter and John, however, said to them in reply, “Whether it is right in the sight of God for us to obey you, rather than God, you be the judges.
It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.”

Peter and John followed their Vocation, without giving way to those who wanted them to stop announcing the Resurrection of Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm:

(Psa 118:1 NRSV)  O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!

(Psa 118:2 NRSV)  Let Israel say,
"His steadfast love endures forever."

(Psa 118:3 NRSV)  Let the house of Aaron say, "His steadfast love endures forever."

(Psa 118:4 NRSV)  Let those who fear the LORD say, "His steadfast love endures forever."

(Psa 118:5 NRSV)  Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me in a broad place.

(Psa 118:6 NRSV)  With the LORD on my side I do not fear. What can mortals do to me?

(Psa 118:7 NRSV)  The LORD is on my side to help me; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.

(Psa 118:8 NRSV)  It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in mortals.
It sure is!!!

(Psa 118:9 NRSV)  It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

(Psa 118:13 NRSV)  I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the LORD helped me.
Whatever I am called to do, or to be, and however hard I am pushed, Jesus will always help me.

(Psa 118:14 NRSV)  The LORD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.

(Psa 118:17 NRSV)  I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD.

(Psa 118:21 NRSV)  I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.

(Psa 118:22 NRSV)  The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

(Psa 118:23 NRSV)  This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

(Psa 118:24 NRSV)  This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

(Psa 118:25 NRSV)  Save us, we beseech you, O LORD! O LORD, we beseech you, give us success!

(Psa 118:26 NRSV)  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD. We bless you from the house of the LORD.

(Psa 118:27 NRSV)  The LORD is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar.

(Psa 118:28 NRSV)  You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you.

(Psa 118:29 NRSV)  O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Second Reading:  1 John 3:1-2

(1 John 3:1 NRSV)  See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

(1 John 3:2 NRSV)  Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.

Gospel:  John 10:11-18

The New Testament mentions shepherds 16 times. They were among the first to visit Jesus at His birth (Luke 2:8-20). Some New Testament references used a shepherd and the sheep to illustrate Christ's relationship to His followers who referred to Him as "our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep" (Heb. 13:20). Jesus spoke of Himself as "the good shepherd" who knew His sheep and would lay down His life for them (John 10:7-18). Jesus commissioned Peter to feed His sheep (John 21). Paul likened the church and its leaders to a flock with shepherds (Acts 20:28). The Latin word transliterated "pastor" means shepherd.

(John 10:11 NRSV)  "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Jesus is declaring not only his determination to look after us unconditionally.
He is also declaring himself as the Messiah, the Servant King, who will die for us.

(John 10:12 NRSV)  The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away--and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.

(John 10:13 NRSV)  The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep.
There is a constant temptation to be a “hired” hand.
Lord, help me to be true to you always, not concerned with my own skin!

(John 10:14 NRSV)  I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,

(John 10:15 NRSV)  just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.

(John 10:16 NRSV)  I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

(John 10:17 NRSV)  For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.

(John 10:18 NRSV)  No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father."

The image of Jesus the shepherd cannot be separated from how Jesus actually cares for us, his own sheep.
His concern is not untroubled, his courage leads to his persecution.  His love is unconditional.  When we see how Jesus actually behaves as a leader, we see his tenderness and courage.

Jesus tackles his opponents, face to face.
He confronts those who steal the dignity of the little ones.
He names the wolves in sheep’s clothing.
He is willing to leave his enemies looking sheepish.
He warns his followers about the rough terrain ahead.
He goes there before us.
He is defensive when people attack his own followers.
He is realistic about people’s wayward ways.
He endures isolation and insult.
He faces his own fear, but stays loyal.
He risks being slaughter, and is slaughtered.
He does lay down his life for his sheep.

The human life

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We must continue the campaign in defense of human life. All Human Life is sacred and created by God from conception to natural death. Please pray the Holy Rosary for the conversion of these people that God will open their hearts.

Subject: Clinton Announces U.S. Global Push for Abortion
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2009 13:59:14 -0700

Friday Fax
April 30, 2009  |  Volume 12, Number 20

Dear Colleague,
We report today on Hillary Clinton’s announcement last week in Congress that the US government will begin a global push for a right to abortion. She also linked family planning with abortion, a clear violation of the Cairo Program for Action.
We also report today on the Senate hearings of Harold Koh to be the top legal adviser at the US State Department. With him in this position, you can count on greater US engagement in the radical global agenda for abortion and homosexual rights.

We chose these two “American” stories because of the impact these two individuals will have all over the world.
Spread the word.
Yours sincerely,
Austin Ruse
Obama/Clinton Position on Family
Planning and Abortion Violates
Cairo Agreement

By Samantha Singson
    (NEW YORK – C-FAM)  Last week at a United States (US) House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that there was a new administration in place with different values, beliefs and global agenda.  Nothing illustrated this rupture with previous US policy more than her admission that the Obama administration interprets the term “reproductive health” to include abortion.
    In response to a question from Congressman Christopher Smith (R-NJ) on whether her definition of the phrases “reproductive health,” “reproductive services,” and “reproductive rights” includes abortion, Secretary Clinton stated that, “We [the current US administration] happen to think that family planning is an important part of women’s health and reproductive health includes access to abortion that I believe should be safe, legal and rare.”
    Clinton’s linkage of family planning with abortion is not just a severe break with the previous administration; it is a clear violation of the Cairo Program for Action, which her husband’s government helped to negotiate in 1994. The Cairo document explicitly states in two places that abortion should in no case “be promoted as a method of family planning.”
Secretary Clinton’s statement of the current administration’s position is in stark contrast to previous US policy. Over the last eight years at the United Nations (UN), the US delegation made dozens of interventions underscoring that there is no international consensus on abortion. Up until the week prior to Barack Obama’s election, the US delegation at the UN stated that “sexual and reproductive health does not include abortion or constitute support, endorsement, or promotion of abortion or the use of abortifacients” and that “none of these references can be interpreted to constitute support, endorsement, for promotion of abortion.”
    At the UN, nations regularly engage in heated debates over “reproductive health” language. When the term was introduced at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, states only agreed to its inclusion in the non-binding outcome document with the understanding that it could not be used to create any new right to abortion. More than 13 states also made explicit reservations to ensure that none of the terms related to reproductive health would be defined to include abortion.
    To date, no international consensus on the precise meaning of the term “reproductive health” exists.  At the Commission for Population and Development meeting earlier this month, several countries made explanations of position reiterating that there is no international consensus on the term “reproductive health” and that abortion should not be included as part of its definition.
    The term “reproductive health” is currently the focus of legislation in a number of countries like the Philippines and contained in various declarations and proposals at the Organization of American States, the African Union and the UN. As the Philippines’ Constitution explicitly protects unborn life, its usage in national legislation excludes any abortion linkage.
    For years, pro-life UN lobbyists have urged countries to issue strong interpretive statements to protect their laws on abortion.
Transnational Supporter of Abortion
Advances to Top U.S. Legal Job

By Austin Ruse
    (WASHINGTON, DC – C-FAM) It was clear from the opening moments of the Senate hearings for the proposed new top legal advisor at the United States (US) State Department that widespread criticism of the nominee had struck a nerve. Rather than a love feast for a liberal hero, the committee seemed to be, in the words of one observer, in a “defensive crouch.”
    Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee John Kerry immediately denied charges that former Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh wants to subordinate the US Constitution to foreign legal sources. To chuckles all around, Kerry said to Koh, “And you don’t want to do away with Mother’s Day, do you?”  This referred to criticism from social conservatives that Koh supports US ratification of a United Nations (UN) treaty whose monitoring committee criticized Mother’s Day as promoting a negative cultural stereotype.
    With the exception of a few Republicans, each member of the Committee felt it necessary to rebut criticism of Koh that has been building in the conservative media and blogosphere.  
    In his voluminous writings, Koh has vigorously supported a legal theory known as “transnationalism.” This theory holds that federal judges and Supreme Court justices should use foreign legal sources like European Court of Human Rights opinions to interpret the US Constitution and determine US law. In the hearing, Koh distanced himself from his own writings, saying he was only interested in “knowing” foreign law and mocked those who felt that American lawyers should not “know” foreign law.  
    A broad-ranging “sovereignty coalition” has formed in opposition to the Koh nomination, and a letter from the coalition to the Senate is expected any day. The group represents a broad range of center-right concerns over national security, economic, social, foreign, and constitutional policy.
    Troubling to social conservatives is Koh’s support of UN regimes forming -- and sometimes coercing – the social policy of sovereign states. Koh, for instance, supports US ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Koh seems unaware or indifferent to the threat posed by the UN committee that monitors CEDAW compliance. In 2002 testimony before the Senate, Koh testified that CEDAW was “abortion neutral,” when in fact the CEDAW committee had read abortion into the treaty through its “health” provisions. Moreover, he seemed at that time to be unaware or indifferent to the CEDAW committee directing states parties that they had to legalize abortion.
    In written testimony provided to the committee, Koh denied there was a customary international legal norm on the death penalty. Given that there is greater international uniformity on the death penalty than on abortion, it would follow that Koh would also deny such a norm exists for abortion. However, given the way that Koh dodged and weaved before the committee and at times seemed to deny his own writings, one cannot be sure he would follow his own logic.
   It is expected Koh will be voted out of committee but that there will be a floor fight over his confirmation.        
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