Should anything tragic ever happen to my family – heaven forbid – and the media and photographers descend on me like a flock of crows, may God grant me the grace to resist the impulse to shove their cameras so far up their asses that they can take pictures of the cavity where their hearts used to be.
Prologue (1 – 25)
“FATHER, … this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” “God our Savior desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” – than the name of JESUS.
V. PRACTICAL DIRECTIONS FOR USING THIS CATECHISM
18 This catechism is conceived as an organic presentation of the Catholic faith in its entirety. It should be seen therefore as a unified whole. Numerous cross-references in the margin of the text (numbers found at the end of a sentence referring to other paragraphs that deal with the same theme), as well as the analytical index at the end of the volume, allow the reader to view each theme in its relationship with the entirety of the faith.
19 The texts of Sacred Scripture are often not quoted word for word but are merely indicated by a reference (cf.). For a deeper understanding of such passages, the reader should refer to the Scriptural texts themselves. Such Biblical references are a valuable working-tool in catechesis.
20 The use of small print in certain passages indicates observations of an historical or apologetic nature, or supplementary doctrinal explanations.
21 The quotations, also in small print, from patristic, liturgical, magisterial or hagiographical sources, are intended to enrich the doctrinal presentations. These texts have often been chosen with a view to direct catechetical use.
22 At the end of each thematic unit, a series of brief texts in small italics sums up the essentials of that unit’s teaching in condensed formula. These IN BRIEF summaries may suggest to local catechists brief summary formula that could be memorized.
VI. NECESSARY ADAPTATIONS
23 The Catechism emphasizes the exposition of doctrine. It seeks to help deepen understanding of faith. In this way it is oriented towards the maturing of that faith, its putting down roots in personal life, and its shining forth in personal conduct.
24 By design, this Catechism does not set out to provide the adaptation of doctrinal presentations and catechetical methods required by the differences of culture, age, spiritual maturity, and social and ecclesial condition among all those to whom it is addressed. Such indispensable adaptations are the responsibility of particular catechisms and, even more, of those who instruct the faithful:
Whoever teaches must become “all things to all men” (1 Cor 9:22), to win everyone to Christ. … Above all, teachers must not imagine that a single kind of soul has been entrusted to them, and that consequently it is lawful to teach and form equally all the faithful in true piety with one and the same method! Let them realize that some are in Christ as newborn babes, others as adolescents, and still others as adults in full command of their powers. … Those who are called to the ministry of preaching must suit their words to the maturity and understanding of their hearers, as they hand on the teaching of the mysteries of faith and the rules of moral conduct.
Above all — Charity
25 To conclude this Prologue, it is fitting to recall this pastoral principle stated by the Roman Catechism:
The whole concern of doctrine and its teaching must be directed to the love that never ends. Whether something is proposed for belief, for hope or for action, the love of our Lord must always be made accessible, so that anyone can see that all the works of perfect Christian virtue spring from love and have no other objective than to arrive at love.
Copyright © 1994, United States Catholic Conference, Inc. [Get your own copy of the Catechism here.]
Day 2 – 4
Oreo came out yesterday and said they “Support Love”. And so, today this site comes out and says we ‘Support Authentic Love’.
See ya, Kraft products. And no, (see below) we won’t rethink our stance…
- Oreo’s gay pride Facebook post prompts threats of boycott (guardian.co.uk)
- Rainbow Oreos: Will Nabisco Make Cookie Inspired By Pro-Gay Facebook Photo? (ibtimes.com)
- Oreo Gay Pride May Start Boycott: DNews Nuggets (news.discovery.com)
- Gay Oreo Inspires Internet Outrage (escapistmagazine.com)
By Abby Bloom Esposito
Just before we leave the house to run our daily errands my 4-year-old daughter Nyelli finds her sparkly handbag. She fills it with anything in close proximity: a handful of crayons, vanilla lip-gloss, and a spray of dried Gingko Biloba leaves we found on our walk that morning.
She plops her feet into pink cowgirl boots. Right foot on left, left foot on right. I don’t have the heart to tell her of her mistake. I quietly savor the tender image of tiny feet walking with toes out.
Dressed in sparkles, she leaps out the door, “Let’s do this day!”
We arrive at the Cancer Center. Nyelli takes a mint from the basket at the front desk and sneaks another into her purse when she thinks I’m not looking.
She informs Sandy, the receptionist, that she will be starting school soon. Sandy smiles and offers Nyelli a mint “for the road”. She thrusts the third into her purse next to the crayons and Gingko leaves.
We proceed back to the “Infusion room” where my husband Roddy is receiving his Chemotherapy treatment.
Nyelli knows the rules, past the colorful carpet we have to be on our best behavior. But she sneaks in a few somersaults before we get there. Her pink tutu flops up to her shoulder as she rolls and rolls and rolls down the hall. I know I should correct her, but all the nurses smile… so I don’t.
As we come to the entrance, Nyelli’s demeanor changes. Walking with her hands at her side she speaks in low tones and minds her manners.
She is regal. I feel proud to be her mother.
The infusion room is filled with patients receiving Chemotherapy. Some are wrapped in blankets, some having lunch while others rest with pained looks on their faces.
Nyelli smiles at people who smile at her.
When she finds Roddy, she climbs up next to him in his chair. She asks him about the medicine and strokes his tired face.
It was no place for a child. I know this. A Nurse once criticized me for bringing her to the treatment center, but I knew he was going to be sick, lose his hair, and be down. I wanted her to a have a frame of reference with which to relate his condition, so I brought her with me to visit…it was a choice I made. I stand by it.
As well as she handled Cancer; I know she has been affected by it.
The presence of her imaginary friend named Puss in Boots seemed to have become more and more prevalent while Roddy was sick. Puss came with us everywhere and had his own car seat next to hers.
She informed me that he was a songwriter in San Diego and wrote a song called “Rock and Roll down the Stream”.
(She plays the Tuba in his band.)
She told me that if she had boots like Puss, people would say that she was a “very fine lady to see.”
(Where does she get this beautiful stuff?)
The only time Nyelli cried was when Roddy came home from work without hair. It had happened suddenly and caught us all off guard.
She had never seen him without a beard and I suppose he just didn’t look like Dad anymore.
When he sat on the couch to be with her, she turned her head and wouldn’t look at him. She went in the other room and felt scared and cried.
I went in and got her. I took her back to Roddy.
I remember him swallowing back his own tears as he reassured Ny that it was just hair and that it would grow back soon. She lay in his arms until she was sure that he was the same Daddy. She patted his shoulder and they lay like that until dinnertime.
The Vocation of motherhood has been a blessing to me. It has given me something to protect…a constant to attend to during these tempestuous times.
But, there is only so much pain that we can absorb on behalf of the ones we love. In our family we leave the rest up to prayer and Gods goodness.
I am grateful for the abundant graces that have preserved my daughters innocence during this very difficult time.
I marvel at the little girl she has become and regardless of the boots I say that she is already a “very fine lady to see!”
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If society continues along the path of devaluing the child, treating children as property to acquire or dispose of at will, might we not expect in the future to accept the horrible imitation?
END ABORTION WITH YOUR VOTE
ED. NOTE: Have yet to hear of anyone interested in “Occupying” these types of government-sponsored corporate monsters. Have you? Good job AbortionWiki, shine that light…
AbortionWiki Launch to Shine Light on Global Abortion Industry
Launching on January 19, 2012, AbortionWiki.org will serve as a comprehensive and impartial resource of all information relevant to beginning and end of life issues such as abortion, euthanasia and stem cell research.
“Sir Francis Bacon said it best when he wrote, ‘Knowledge is power,’” says AbortionWiki Director, Andy Moore. “AbortionWiki makes use of this power by documenting the U.S. and international abortion industry and lobby on one wiki-based website.”
AbortionWiki seeks to expose the abortion industry on an international scale. It will achieve this by making use of the powerful yet simple wiki software – the same software which powers Wikipedia.org. By connecting the dots between the various facets of the abortion industry and lobby, a clearer picture will be made visible.
“AbortionWiki will be powerful because it is people-powered. Thousands of people around the world will have the opportunity to log in and contribute their local and specialized knowledge.”
“What has the abortion industry got to hide?” Mr. Moore asks. “If there is nothing wrong with abortion, why is this industry so shrouded in secrecy? Why are the blinds down at every Planned Parenthood clinic you drive past?”
“In his letter to the Ephesians Paul writes, ‘Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.’ That’s exactly our goal in launching this website,” Mr. Moore continues.
AbortionWiki will become a comprehensive and reliable turn-to reference point for all matters relating to abortion and other life issues. This will be achieved through stringent referencing and quality control, and by a network of moderators ensuring that only factual information is provided on the website.
Subjects covered will include abortionists, clinic workers, abortion methods, pro-choice groups, activists, the history of abortion, voting records of politicians, statistics and much more.
“Our research has shown that wiki-based websites are extremely search-engine friendly,” Mr. Moore says. “If you are involved in the abortion industry, you can look forward to your very own article on AbortionWiki, there for your children and grandchildren to see in years to come.”
Andy Moore, Director