Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Our Daughter is Getting Married on Friday!

by Steve Ray on March 13, 2012

Wes & Charlotte

He was in uniform on his way to be a medic in Iraq. She was boarding the plane to visit a friend. They noticed each other in the airport and each thought, “Wow, I would like to meet her/him!”

By chance they ended up sitting next to each other. Both were very shy and quiet. Before getting off the plane they exchanged e-mail addresses at the coaching of an older woman nearby.

They wrote back and forth and fell in love over e-mail the year he was stationed outside Baghdad. She would jump in bed with us every night to share the e-mails.

When he came home he started medical school and came to visit Charlotte and to meet us, her parents. It didn’t take long before he came from Chicago to take us out to dinner. He politely said, “I love your daughter and I have come to ask your permission to marry her.”

It was no surprise and we had already had a big family meeting to discuss the expected request. We gave Wes our enthusiastic consent and Friday I will be dancing with the bride! I chose the song to dance to “I Held Her First.”

More pictures then.

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Call or write if YOUR senator is Catholic and “supported” the bill – praise and thank him. But, if your Catholic Senator “opposed” the bill to protect Freedom of Religion then call and tell them you are disappointed.

Those who opposed have acted against the Catholic Church and against the Constitutional. For more info and the list of Senators and how they voted, see below.

The 13 Catholic Senators who voted against allowing Catholic organizations conscience rights should hear from us loud and clear, both today and on election day!

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WASHINGTON, March 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) by John Jalsevac-
The U.S. Senate, by a vote of 51 – 48, defeated the effort led by Senator Roy Blunt (Missouri) to pass the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act as an amendment to pending legislation. Thirteen Catholic Senators joined the majority against freedom.

The amendment, offered by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO, rolled back Barack Obama’s invasive Health and Human Services mandate that employers insure contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs with no co-pay. While the health care reform law exempts churches, it would force religious institutions such as hospitals and universities to underwrite products that violate their deeply held religious beliefs.

“By consenting to the disastrous HHS mandate, the U.S. Senate has taken the unprecedented step to deny our religious liberties instead of defending the Constitution,” said Matt Smith, president of Catholic Advocate. “It is disappointing to witness a group of senators misled on this issue at the expense of one of our key founding principles.”

The following is a list of how the 24 Catholic Senators voted on the Blunt amendment:

Senator Mark Begich (Alaska, D) – Opposed
Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska, R) – Supported
Senator Marco Rubio (Florida, R) – Supported
Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa, D) – Opposed
Senator James Risch (Idaho, R) – Supported
Senator Richard Durbin (Illinois, D) – Opposed
Senator Mary Landrieu (Louisiana, D) – Opposed
Senator David Vitter (Louisiana, R) – Supported
Senator John Kerry (Massachusetts, D) – Opposed
Senator Barbara Mikulski (Maryland, D) – Opposed
Senator Susan Collins (Maine, R) – Supported
Senator Claire McCaskill (Missouri, D) – Opposed
Senator John Hoeven (North Dakota, R) – Supported
Senator Mike Johanns (Nebraska, R) – Supported
Senator Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire, R) – Supported
Senator Robert Menendez (New Jersey, D) – Opposed
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York, D) – Opposed
Senator Bob Casey Jr. (Pennsylvania, D) – Supported
Senator Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania, R) – Supported
Senator Jack Reed (Rhode Island, D) – Opposed
Senator Pat Leahy (Vermont, D) – Opposed
Senator Maria Cantwell (Washington, D) – Opposed
Senator Patty Murray (Washington, D) – Opposed
Senator Joe Manchin III (West Virginia, D) – Supported

“Faithful Catholics should take the opportunity to thank those Senators supporting our religious liberties,” added Smith. “It is our duty as laity to hold those who did not support our values accountable and vote our conscience when the time comes.”

The full Catholic Advocate Congressional Scorecard is available at scorecard.catholicadvocate.com.

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Pope says, "Admonishing the Sinner is an Act of Mercy"

Some call it judging or meddling, others say, “mind your own business” but the Pope calls it mercy. In a recent message for Lent the Holy Father said,

“The Church’s tradition has included ‘admonishing sinners’ among the spiritual works of mercy. It is important to recover this dimension of Christian charity. We must not remain silent before evil.

“I am thinking of all those Christians who, out of human regard or purely personal convenience, adapt to the prevailing mentality, rather than warning their brothers and sisters against ways of thinking and acting that are contrary to the truth and that do not follow the path of goodness.

“Christian admonishment, for its part, is never motivated by a spirit of accusation or recrimination. It is always moved by love and mercy, and springs from genuine concern for the good of the other.”

- Pope Benedict XVI for Lent 2012

On the Day of Judgment you will not regret warning the sinner of their evil ways, and if they follow your charitable advise they will be glad you did it. If they reject you, they will, on the Day of Judgment, wish they had not rejected you. We have a job to do in a sinful world.

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Kicking and Screaming: Dustin Mantz’s Journey to the Catholic Church

March 13, 2012

Intro: I stand at over six feet, with broad shoulders, a thick goatee on my face, and seventeen tattoos covering my body; my looks don’t match other’s perceptions of what a man like me should look like.  When I was a guitarist in a band, playing in dive bars and dance halls, I looked the [...]

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