MELINDA GATES – ONE OF THE MOST LIBERAL ‘CATHOLICS’ OUT THERE
Over the last few days Catholic radar screens have picked up an interview Bill Gates had with Rolling Stone magazine. Here are the questions and answers that have some Catholics talking:
RS: You’re a technologist, but a lot of your work now with the foundation has a moral dimension. Has your thinking about the value of religion changed over the years?
BG: The moral systems of religion, I think, are super-important. We’ve raised our kids in a religious way; they’ve gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in. I’ve been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world. And that’s kind of a religious belief. I mean, it’s at least a moral belief.
RS: Do you believe in God?
BG: I agree with people like Richard Dawkins that mankind felt the need for creation myths. Before we really began to understand disease and the weather and things like that, we sought false explanations for them. Now science has filled in some of the realm—not all—that religion used to fill. But the mystery and the beauty of the world is overwhelmingly amazing, and there’s no scientific explanation of how it came about. To say that it was generated by random numbers, that does seem,…[Read more]
IF YOU HAD A HUNCH THE NEWS SYSTEM WAS SOMEWHAT RIGGED AND YOU COULDN’T PUT YOUR FINGER ON IT, THIS MIGHT HELP YOU SOLVE THE PUZZLE.
ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, National Security Adviser.
CBS President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications.
ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman is married to former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
ABC News and Univision reporter Matthew Jaffe is married to Katie Hogan, Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary.
ABC President Ben Sherwood is the brother of Obama’s Special Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood.
CNN President Virginia Moseley is married to former Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Secretary Tom Nides.
And now you know why it is no surprise the media usually goes very easy on Obama’s many errors.
Ya think there might be a little bias in the news?
For someone from Florida the hills of Tennessee can seem to be mountains.
A little over a week I journeyed to Tennessee to a highly anticipated conference. Rather than driving many hours straight there I decided […]
Happy Feast day of St Maria Goretti – July 6 – May we learn from this child the ability of FORGIVENESS – St Maria Goretti, Pray for us!
When Maria was declared a saint in 1950, Alexander was there in the St. Peter’s crowd to celebrate her canonization. She was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1950 for her purity as model for youth.
She is called a martyr because she fought against Alexander’s attempts at sexual assault. However, the most important aspect of her story is her forgiveness of her attacker — her concern for her enemy extending even beyond death.
St Maria is incorrupt, her perfect body lies below the effigy.
The suggested hymn for Matins (the Office of Readings) in the standard text of the Office in the Ordinary Form for July 6th is “Sing Praise to God who Reigns Above.”
Saint of the day – July 6 – St Maria Goretti – Patron of youth, young women, purity, and victims of rape
She is one of the youngest canonized saints. She was born on the eastern side of Italy to a farming family, but increased poverty forced the family to move to the western side of the country when she was only six. Her father died when she was nine, and the family had to share a house with another family, the Serenellis. She took over household duties from her mother, while her mother and the rest of her family worked in the fields. One afternoon, Alessandro, the son of the Serenelli family, made sexual advances to her, but when she refused to submit to him because that would be a mortal sin, he stabbed her fourteen times. She was taken to the hospital, but she died after forgiving him. He was promptly arrested, convicted and jailed. After three years he repented, and when eventually released from prison, he visited her mother begging forgiveness, which she readily granted. He later became a lay brother in a monastery, eventually dying peacefully in 1970. She was beatified in 1947, and canonized in 1950. Her mother attended both ceremonies.
Saints for July 6
St. Maria Goretti
St. Abrahamites Monk
sBl. Thomas Alfield
St. Rixius Varus
St. Romulus and Companions
Martyrs of the Abrahamites
Bl. Nazaria Ignacia March Mesa
Welcome to The Yearbook of Saints Kelly, Katie, Lori, Marcie and Kimberly
Another movie to recommend – a 1939 film called Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, directed by Frank Capra, about a simple, humble man who became a senator and found himself dealing with corrupt politicians who were “bought” by a crooked millionaire, and how he fought for the truth. Capra was a devout Catholic who injected his Catholicism in all his movies, including the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Available in YouTube.
Bro. Ignatius Mary replied to the topic Why Do Relatives of Saints Often Becomes Saints too? in the forum Saint Michael Apologetics Academy 3 hours, 46 minutes ago
Saint come in all personality types and temperaments. It is said the St. Jerome didn’t like woman much. Today he would be called a misogynist. Other Saints had tempers.
As one old priest back if the late-50s once said, “The Saints were ordinary people. What made them Saints was that God gave them something to do and they did it until the day they died.”
We must all be saints. Only saints go to heaven. We are saints whenever we are in a state of grace. St. Paul called everyone in the faith saints.
But, there are a few that, while living mostly ordinary lives, did extraordinary things to which we can look to as a role model. The Church recognizes these persons for our benefit — we can look to the lives of the Saints and model our lives after them. Plus, we can have devotions to them to aid in our faith, and we can pray to them for help and intercession.
The 5000 or so people who are Saints (with a capital “S”) are hardly the only people in heaven. Anyone dying in a state of grace is in heaven and is a saint (with a lowercase “s”).
There very well may be people who would qualify for canonization who are never known. But, usually the Church is aware of such people as one of the requirements for Sainthood is a miracle effected from intercession to that…[Read more]
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