China Universities Urged to Adhere to Socialism and Cautions About the Dangers of Western Ideals

China Raising the Wall Again‘Why is Uncle Raising the Wall Again? Silly Child Of Course Its
to Make Us Safer.” –Image Courtesy: Paopaonet@Twitter

(Xinhua) Liu Yunshan, a Standing Committee member of the Political Bureau of the China Communist Party on Saturday, urged the country’s universities to improve education of socialism on campus–Earlier this month, China regime media cautioned about the dangers of Western ideals.

Flashback: In December I wrote here that subsequent to Michelle Obama’s ‘Mooch Trip’ to China promoting student educational exchanges China regime President Xi Jinping, called for greater ‘ideological guidance’ (propagandizing) of students at universities saying:

Universities have to “shoulder the burden of learning and researching the dissemination of Marxism” calling on authorities to step up the totalitarian party’s ‘leadership and guidance’ in universities as well as to ‘strengthen and improve the ideological and political work’ as the country tightens control of Western values.

Related: China Regime The ‘Cancer’ of All Things Western –CMP

United Nations Human Rights Chief Claims ISIS Accepting of Ethnic Diversity

ISIS Cultural Diversity(NY Times) UN ‘Human Rights’ Chief Claims This ISIS Jihadist
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ISIS Destroying ArtifactsThese So Called Tolerant ‘Ethnically Diverse’ ISIS Jihadists
Destroying Ancient Statues in Iraq –RT News

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Today Christians Celebrate the Feast of Saint Stephen of Mar Saba

Stephen Mar Saba

Saint Stephen of Mar Saba
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(Saint Mary’s Press) Stephen of Mar Saba was introduced to the monastic lifestyle at the age of 10 by his uncle Saint John Damascene whom Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI called a person of prime importance in the history of Byzantine Theology, a great Doctor in the history of the Universal Church.

When Stephen turned 24, he began to serve the monastery by doing a number of jobs according to Franciscan Media including a guest master. After some time, Stephen asked permission to lead a life in religious seclusion–the answer from the Abbott was yes and no.

Stephen could follow his preferred lifestyle during the week but on weekends he was to offer his skills as a Counselor. Stephen put a sign on the door of his room: “Forgive me Fathers, in the name of the Lord but please do not disturb me except on Saturday’s and Sunday’s.”

Even though Stephen would have preferred to live in solitary prayer everyday, he kindly met those seeking his counsel and was a trusted spiritual advisor.

Saint Stephen of Mar Saba’s biographer and disciple wrote: “Whatever help, spiritual or material, he was asked to give, he gave. He (Stephen) received and honored all with the same kindness. He possessed nothing and lacked nothing. In total poverty, he possessed all things.”

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Related: Saint Stephen of Mar Saba Monastery –Holy Land Sites

Today Christians Celebrate the Feast of Saint Peter Regalado

St Peter Regalado

Saint Peter Regalado (1390-1456)
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(Saint Mary’s Press) Peter came from a wealthy and religious family and was only 13 yrs of age when he entered the Conventual Franciscan Order in his hometown of Spain Valladolid, after several years, he decided to transfer to the more simplistic and rigorous monastery at Tribulos.

While at this monastery, Peter became know for his strict-discipline and delight during his prayers. Following his ordination, Peter was made Superior of the Friary in Aguiar according to Franciscan Media and became part of a group of Friars who desired to lead a life of indigence and penance–In 1442, Fr. Peter Regalado was appointed head of all the Spanish Franciscans in his reform group.

Fr. Peter Regalado led the Friars by his example, a special love of the poor and the sick characterized him. Miraculous stories have been told about his charity to the poor, for example bread never seemed to run out as long as Fr. Regalado had hungry people to feed.

Immediately following Fr. Regalado’s death, his grave became a place of pilgrimage.

Fr. Peter Regalado was Beatified in 1684 by Pope Innocent XI according to Capuchin Franciscans and Canonized in 1746 by Pope Benedict XIV

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Very Happy Palm Sunday & Blessed Holy Week!

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Today Christians Celebrate the Feast of Saint Ludovico of Casoria

Saint LudovicoSaint Ludovico of Casoria (1814-1885)
Franciscan Sisters of Saint Elizabeth

(Franciscan Media) Born in Italy Casoria, today’s Saint was given the name Arcangelo Palmentieri  and was a cabinet maker before entering the Friars Minor in 1832 taking the name Ludovico–after his ordination five years later, Fr. Ludovico taught chemistry, physics and mathematics to younger members of his province for several years.

In 1847 while praying in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church of the Sacramentine Sisters in Naples, according to Franciscan Sisters of Saint Elizabeth Fr. Ludovico had a spiritual experience characterized as a ‘rebirth’ to a new life.

The first people to see the change in Fr. Ludovico were his students, that one day saw him wearing a habit made out of inexpensive fiber and rough sandals. Fr. Ludovico told his students that he desired to emulate Saint Francis, the reaction was one of surprise.

From that day on, Fr. Ludovico consecrated himself totally to the service of the poor and sick, establishing a medical clinic for them, two schools for African children, an institute for the children of nobility, one for orphans, the deaf and mute and other institutes for the blind, elderly and for travelers, in addition to a medical clinic for Friars of Fr. Ludovico’s province together with charitable institutes throughout Italy.

To help continue his works of mercy, in 1859 Fr. Ludvico established the ‘Gray Brothers’ a religious community composed of Men who had formally belonged to the Secular Franciscan Order — Three years later, Fr. Ludvico established a congregation of religious Women, known as the Franciscan Sisters of Saint Elizabeth, whom he placed under the protection of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary among the first members of the Third Order of Saint Francis and its Patroness. Their work continues to this day in Italy, the United States, Ethiopia, India, Panama.

Fr. Ludovico was a man ahead of his time, he would encourage the Apostolate of the Laity, to interchange with different cultures, with the goal of invigorating society with the light of the Gospel.

It is said that Fr. Ludovico had the charisma to attract others to his initiatives who were willing to work for God’s love. One day a friend inquired how many institutions and projects he had established around Naples, it was estimated that Fr. Ludovioc established some 200 projects all dedicated to the service of the poor and needy.

Fr. Ludovico was a practical man who would say of himself that he was just an old carpenter, his secret was his faith, conviction and the belief that not by human reasoning but with the help of Divine Providence–anything could be accomplished.

Toward the end of Fr. Ludovico’s life, he wrote a spiritual testament which described faith as “light in the darkness, help in sickness, blessings in tribulations, paradise in the crucifixion and life amid death.”

The work for Fr. Ludovico’s Beatification began within 5 months subsequent of his death, he was Beatified in 1993 by Pope Saint John Paul II according to SQPN and was Canonized on the 23 November, 2014 by Pope Francis.

Today Christians Celebrate the Feast of Saint Catharine of Bologna

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St. Catharine of Bologna
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(EWTN) Born to a noble family in Italy Bologna, Catharine moved to Ferrara, where she entered the court of Niccolo III d’Este, as a Maid of Honor, there she was educated which later would serve her during her religious life when she used the ‘cultural and artistic knowledge’ she gleaned over the years to her advantage.

In 1427 Catharine at the age of 14 left the court to dedicate herself to a religious life in a community of young Women–two years later, the leader of this community founded an Augustinian Convent but Catharine and 15 other Sisters preferred Franciscan spirituality and established a ‘Poor Clare’ monastery in Florence according to Franciscan Media and as Abbess, Catharine worked to preserve the peace of the new community, her reputation for holiness drew many young Women to the ‘Poor Clare’ life.

Catharine passed away in 1463 and was Canonized in 1712 by Pope Clement XI

On the 29 December, 2010 Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI spoke of Saint Catharine of Bologna and said that she was a ‘humble Woman–dedicated to prayer but was always ready to serve; generous in sacrifice but full of joy in welcoming Christ with the Cross”

In Catharine’s autobiography The Seven Spiritual Weapons (available from Amazon) Pope Benedict said, “Catharine offers in this regard teaching of deep wisdom and profound discernment, she speaks in the third-person in reporting the extraordinary graces which the Lord gives to her and in the first-person in confessing her sins…she identifies seven weapons in the fight against evil against the devil:

  • (1) Always to be careful and diligently strive to do good;
  • (2) To believe that alone we will never be able to do something truly good;
  • (3) To trust in God and for love of Him, never to fear in the battle against evil, either in the world or within ourselves;
  • (4) To meditate often on the events and words of the Life of Jesus and especially on His passion and His death;
  • (5) To remember that we must die;
  • (6) To focus our minds firmly on memory of the goods of Heaven;
  • (7) to be familiar with Sacred Scripture, always cherishing it in our hearts so that it may give direction to all our thoughts and all our actions. — A splendid program of spiritual life, today too, for each one of us.”

TSA Introduces New Checklist of Who May Be a Terrorist — Do You Feel Safer Now?

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An Inspiration to All of Us: Students & Teachers Honored at Christian Service Awards Mass

Christian Service Award Recipients2015 Christian Service Award Recipients –Image: Tidings

(Tidings Online)  Peter Masado a Senior at St. Genevieve High School in Panorama City, enjoys devoting both time and energy to serving his fellow students and parish community as campus ministry president.

In that role Masado, has engaged with friends, learned new skills and developed leadership abilities but the Summer, Masado spent volunteering outside of his immediate communities is an experience that will stay with him for a lifetime.

As an Emergency Room volunteer at ‘Valley Presbyterian Hospital’ in Van Nuys, Masado helped deliver lab samples, ensured the availability of clean bed linens in all rooms and provided snacks, water and blankets to weary, waiting patients.

Masado recalled, ‘the most miraculous thing I’ve seen is a baby being born right outside the hospital, an emergency delivery took place in the parking lot. That happened on the first day of my volunteer experience and that just really opened my eyes to the miracle of life. It was amazing.’

Masado was among 78 Seniors from 51 Catholic High Schools throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles that were honored on the 18 March for their exemplary community service during the annual Christian Service Awards Mass held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels–the event also honored seven exceptional Catholic High School teachers.

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The Largest of Blessings are Those that Are Small

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to Change Everything —Esmeralda Kiczek@Twitter

#IPraytoEndAbortion ‘A Great Prayer for Life is Urgently Needed, A Prayer that Will Rise Up Throughout the World.’  –Pope Saint John Paul II