Today Christians Celebrate the Feast of Blessed Daniel Brottier

Blessed Daniel BrottierBlessed Daniel Brottier (1876-1936) Image: Cradio

(Catholic Online) Born in France, Blessed Daniel Brottier, was a decorated Priest who served as a volunteer Chaplain during World War I risking his own life from time-to-time, cited six times for bravery, receiving the ‘Croix de Guerre’ and the ‘Legion of Honor’ according to 365 Rosaries during his 4 years at the front, ministering to the suffering and dying–It was miraculous that during the war, Fr. Brottier didn’t suffer a single wound.

Following the end of the war, Fr. Brottier was invited to help establish a project for orphaned and abandoned children in Paris, spending the last 13 years of his life there.

Blessed Daniel Brottier...Fr. Daniel Brottier –Image Courtesy: 365 Rosaries

Fr. Brottier was Beatified by Pope Saint John Paul II in Rome in November, 1984

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Today Christians Celebrate the Feast of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, Patron Saint of Youth

St Gabriel of Our Lady of SorrowsSt. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows (1838-1862) — Catholic Tradition

(Franciscan Media) Born in Italy into a large family and Baptized Francis, he lost his mother when he was only 4 yrs of age. Educated by the Jesuits and having been cured twice of serious illnesses, Young Francis came to believe that God was calling him to a religious life.

Not yet 17, Francis wished to join the Jesuits but twice was turned down. Subsequent to the death of his sister to cholera, his resolve to enter into a religious life became more fervent and he was accepted by the Passionists — Upon entering the novitiate, Francis was given the name of ‘Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows.’

Ever popular and cheerful Gabriel quickly was successful in his effort to be faithful in little things, his spirit of prayer, love for the poor, consideration of the feelings of others, exact observance of the Passionate Rule as well as his bodily penances–always subject to the will of his wise superiors, made a deep impression on everyone.

Gabriel’s superiors had great expectations of him as he prepared for the priesthood but after just 4 short years of religious life, symptoms of tuberculosis appeared. Ever obedient, Gabriel patiently bore the painful effects of the disease and the restrictions that it required, seeking no special consideration.

On the 27 February, 1862 Gabriel passed away at the age of just 24 and was fondly remembered as a remarkable young man example to both young and old.

Canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920, Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows and Saint Aloysius, is one of the Patrons of Youth.

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California Love Story — Couple Married 67 Years Die Hours Apart Holding Hands

California CoupleFloyd & Violet Hartwig, Married for 67 Yrs Died While Holding Hands
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(OC Register) “They weren’t fancy, they were just decent people that were always committed to each other no matter the situation,” that is how Donna Scharton from Fresno, remembers her beloved parents before they passed away earlier this month.

Prior to their declining health, the Hartwig’s owned a ranch in Easton, California. According to ABC News the couple met while in grammar school and had developed a relationship upon Floyd’s return from the Navy.

The Hartwig’s that had been married for 67 years died in their home–as the two laid close to one another. Scharton and other family members pushed their beds close together as they all knew the end was near.

“I remember them kissing each other good-bye every morning. I remember my Mom called him ‘Blondie’ because he had such pretty blond hair and blue eyes,” Scharton said, holding onto warm memories of her parents.

“My Mom had dementia for the last several years and around the holidays we noticed she was going down,” Scharton said. “Then I got a call from the doctor saying, ‘Your Dad has kidney failure and he has two weeks to live.’ So we decided to put them in hospice together.”

“We could tell that my Dad was in a lot more pain,” Scharton cried, “We said, ‘Its getting close,’ so we pushed the hospital beds together as far as we could. We put their hands together and my Dad died holding my Mom’s hand. Mom was not coherent but we told her that Dad had passed away and that he was waiting for her, she died five hours later.” 

Scharton daughter Cynthia Letson remembers her Grandparents as simple people who just loved having their family beside them.

“They never asked for anything, all they ever wanted was their family and it was amazing they got that in the end,’ Letson said.

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Despicable! Sacramento Idiot Displays Swastikas on his Home, Neighbors Outraged

Nazi SwastikaSacramento Man Displays Swastika’s on his Home
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(KTNV News) Sacramento residents and lawmakers are outraged because of Swastikas that have been displayed on a house which local authorities have received complaints.

“How do I explain this to my little one?” Robbie Rose who lives nearby resident told KCRA3 News Sacramento “I am all freedom of speech but this is just too much.”

KCRA3 News, attempted to ask the resident behind the display what is meant by it but he refused to comment.

“There is no more potent symbol of hatred than the swastika–It is a symbol of murder and genocide,” said Barry Broad who is likewise appalled at the display.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Central Pacific Regional Director Seth Byrsk denounced the display saying, “Such a gratuitous  and offensive display of swastikas–to make a political point is repugnant and highly inappropriate. It demeans the suffering experienced by the victims of the Holocaust and insults all those who were targeted by Nazi bigotry.”

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The One and Only Greg Gutfeld to Leave ‘Red Eye’ to Host New One Hour Fox News Weekend Program

Greg Gutfeld(Variety) Fox News has Announced Greg Gutfeld Will Be Departing
‘Red Eye’ Friday to Host New One Hour Primetime Weekend Program
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John Kerry in the Senate Voted for the Iraq War, Now Blasts Israel PM Netanyahu for Supporting It

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(TPM) Secy of State John Kerry today blasts Israel PM Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu opposition to a potential nuclear deal with Islamic Fascist Iran calling it as wrongheaded as Bibi’s backing of the Iraq war in 2003

How stupid does Kerry think we are?

“The Prime Minister was profoundly forward leaning and outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq,” Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in an apparent attempt to delegitmatize Netanyahu’s evaluation of the threat posed by the Iranian nuclear program.– “His judgment might not be correct here,” Secy of State John Kerry added.

In 2002, as a private citizen Benjamin Netanyahu supported the U.S. war with Iraq which then, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) voted in favor of on the 11 October, 2002

For John Kerry claiming that Netanyahu’s judgment is bad for supporting a war that Sen John Kerry voted for, which he later denied supporting in 2013 in an interview with MSNBC, according to The Washington Post earning him 4 Pinocchio’s, would seem to clearly suggest that Kerry’s memory and judgment is quite poor or his own thought process is not rational and lucid.

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Related: Bill Clinton was First President to Suggest Iraq’s WMDs

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Today Christians Celebrate the Feast of Saint Maria Bertilla Boscardin

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Saint Anna Maria Bertilla Boscardin
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(CNA) Anna Francesca Boscardin was born in Italy Brendola and lived a difficult childhood in a poor peasant family with an abusive alcoholic father prone to jealousy, she was afforded little education, so she could spend more time at home working according to Franciscan Media and was often the butt of jokes and nicknamed ‘The Goose’ as she wasn’t considered to be not very intelligent.

However Anna’s life changed when she entered the ‘Sisters of Saint Dorthy’ in 1904 taking the name ‘Bertilla’ working in the convents kitchen and laundry for three years while training to be a nurse.

Sister Maria Bertilla, began working in a hospital for children in Treviso with diphtheria, quickly becoming the children’s favorite due to her simple and gentle way. Later when the hospital was taken over by the military in World War I, she cared for wounded soldiers, even staying with patients comforting them amidst the threat of constant air raids and bombings.

Subsequently an envious supervisor reassigned Sister Maria Bertilla now popular among the patients to a hospital laundry but when her Mother-General learned of this she made Sister Maria Bertilla head of the children’s ward in 1919 until her death.

Sister Anna Maria Bertilla passed away on the 20 October 1922 following a long battle with cancer. On the 31 July, 1949 she was declared ‘heroic in virtue’ and was Beatified by Pope Pius XII in June, 1952

On the 11 May, 1961 by Pope John XXIII Canonized Sister Maria Bertilla before a crowd of many of her former patients that fondly remembered her caring for them.

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Related: Saint Maria Bertilla Boscardin –Vita dei Santi

Hong Kong ‘Freedom Revolution’ Leaders: World Must Stay Focused on Human Rights in China

HK Freedom MovementHong Kong ‘Freedom Revolution’ Student Leaders Address
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(SCMP) Student leaders of Hong Kong’s Umbrella (Freedom) Revolution, told a human right summit in Geneva on Tuesday that the world must stay focused on human rights situation in China and keep up pressure on Beijing to allow for more Democracy in Hong Kong.

Federation of Students Secy General Alex Chow and his Deputy Lester Shum, also said they will not retreat or lose hope in the fight for genuine universal suffrage in the 2017 chief executive election.

Earlier this month I wrote here about Hong Kong’s ‘Freedom Revolution’ — On the 11 November, I wrote here that Obama assured China regime President Xi Jinping, that the White House had no involvement in promoting Freedom and Democracy in Hong Kong.

For 79 days last year, student led protests for Freedom & Democracy took over major streets in Hong Kong in the largest challenge to the China regime since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

“We have the right to have these things. We have the right to have Democracy –true Democracy and universal suffrage because this is a human right,” said Activist Glacier Kwong.

“What we need is international public opinion to keep watch on China so that they leave Hong Kong alone,” said Lee Cheuk-Yan, an activist arrested during Tiananmen Square protests adding, “We in Hong Kong we have nothing. We don’t have arms, we don’t have anything to protect ourselves. We have just the people.”

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Today Christians Celebrate the Feast of Blessed Sebastian of Aparicio, Patron of Travelers

Blessed Sebastian

Blessed Sebastian of Aparicio
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(Franciscan Media) Sebastian born of poor parents in Spain Galicia, throughout life his roads and bridges connected many distant places, his final bridge building was to help Women and Men, recognize their God given dignity with destiny.

At the age of 31 Sebastian sailed to Mexico where he ban working in the fields, eventually building roads to facilitate agricultural trading and other commerce–his 446 mile road from Mexico City to Zacatecas took 10 years to construct and required careful negotiations with the indigenous people along the way.

As the years went by, Sebastian became a wealthy farmer and rancher. When he was 60, he got married, his spouse motivation many have been a large inheritance, his was to provide a respectable life for a young Woman without even a modest marriage dowry, when his first wife died, Sebastian remarried for the same reason, his second wife preceded him in death.

When Sebastian was 72 he distributed his wealth among the poor and entered the Franciscans as a Brother, assigned to a large Friary at Puebla de Los Angeles, south of Mexico City, Sebastian collected money for the Friars for the next 25 years, earning him the nickname “Angel of Mexico.”

Sebastian was Beatified on the 17 May, 1789 by Pope Pius VI

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Columbus, Ohio Man Charged With Providing Material Support to Islamic Terrorists


(Columbus Dispatch) A $1 Million bond was set today for a Columbus, Ohio man accused of supporting Islamic Jihadists though money laundering and providing material resources to terrorists.

Mohmaud was arrested Saturday at his home and made his initial court appearance today, additional federal charges are expected to be filed.

Today’s arraignment of Mohmaud in Ohio comes at the same time that three Brooklyn, NY men were charged with with conspiracy to provide material support and joining ISIS federal prosecutors announced today.

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