Saint John Bosco (1815-1888)
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(EWTN) “In his life the supernatural became the natural and the extraordinary the ordinary,” said Pope Pius XI of the Beloved John Bosco, renowned for his educational pioneering and his affectionate care for the fatherless.
Born in 1815, Giovanni Melchoir Bosco, this future Saint was the youngest son of a peasant farmer in the hamlet of Italy, Becchi — At the age of 2 his father passed away and he was brought up by a devoted and industrious mother, Margaret who was challenged maintaining the home and three children, all of them boys.
A dream of young Giovanni had at the age of 9 revealed to him his vocation in life, he seemed to be surrounded by a mob of fighting children using bad words that he tried in vain to pacify at first by arguments and then by hitting them–Suddenly there appeared a mysterious Woman who said:
“Softly, softly…If you wish to win them. Take your shepherd’s staff and lead them to the pasture.” Even as she spoke, the children were transformed first into wild beasts and then into gentle lambs. From that time on, Giovanni thought, it was his clear duty to lead and help other boys.
Giovanni (John) was ordained in 1841 his service began in his own village to young people started when he met a poor orphan and instructed him in preparation for receiving Holy Communion, he subsequently gathered young apprentices and taught them the Catechism and brought them Church.
A story is told, that one Sunday morning, John found local children mesmerized by a traveling juggler and gymnast by his performance, John challenged him to a competition and beat him at his own tricks–then he marched off to Church with his admiring audience.
After serving as an Assistant Chaplain in a hospice for girls, this post left John free on Sunday’s to devote himself to a group of boys according to Franciscan Media subsequently founding the ‘Oratory of St. Francis de Sales for Boys’ which several wealthy and powerful patrons contributed money, enabling him to provide two workshops for the boys–shoe making and tailoring.
By 1856 the institution had grown to 150 boys and had added a printing press for publication of Christian and catechetical pamphlets. John’s interest in vocational education and publishing, justifies him as the Patron of young apprentices and publishers.
John’s ministerial fame spread, he had trained his own helpers because of difficulties in retaining young Priest’s.
With Pope Pius IX encouragement, John gathered 17 men and founded the Salesians in 1859 their activity focused on education and mission work–Later he would organize a group of Salesian Sisters to assist young Women.
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Don’t Be Fooled by Democrats & the Dinosaur Media Narrative
(Buzz Feed) Despite the constant drum beat of Democrats, Progressives and their favorite Dinosaur Media news readers, that Asian-Americans and Latinos are reliable Democrat voters, one may want to reconsider this old and tired narrative heading into 2016
In the State of California, more than 90 Latino Republicans have been elected to office in just the last two years and in November, Asian-American Republican Women dominated Orange County races, with three candidates elected to state offices and two to the County Board of Supervisors.
(Daily Caller) VP Joe Biden said the past 6 years have been really hard for the United States — Duh!
Referring to the national hardships of the period which he has been Vice President, Biden also noted the great struggle experienced by the Democratic Party.
“To state the obvious, the past six years have been really, really hard for this country and they’ve been really tough for our party, ” Biden said at the ‘House Democratic Caucus Retreat’ in Philadelphia.
Finally, a Democrat that will “state the obvious” in public with cameras rolling. — Wow, that’s a rarity.
Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska
Image Courtesy: Felician Sisters of North America
(Franciscan Media) Today we honor a Woman who submitted to God’s will throughout her life.
Born Sophia Camille Truskowska prematurely on the 16 May, 1825 in Poland Kalisz, according to The Franciscan Family she was the eldest of 7 children. With care and love of her family, she grew up to be a lively, inquisitive child and observant of all people and events around her.
As a young girl, Sophia contracted tuberculosis, this forced a period of convalescence and gave her ample time for silent reflection and this is where she developed a spirit of contemplative prayer.
Sophia felt called to serve God by working with the poor, including street children and the elderly homeless in Poland Warsaw’s slums–In time, her cousin Clothilde Ciechanowska joined her in the work.
On 21 November, 1855 the two Women made private vows and consecrated themselves to the Blessed Virgin Mother. In this simple ceremony, the first Felician community came into existence–this date has remained the official founding date of the ‘Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Felix of Cantalice’ and became known as the Felician Sisters.
As their numbers grew, so did their work and so did the pressures on ‘Mother Angela’ –the name Sophia took in her religious life.
Mother Angela served as Superior for many years, until her health forced her to resign at the age of 44, she watched the Order of the ‘Felician Sisters’ grow and expand, including missions to the United States among the Sons & Daughters of Polish immigrants.
Pope John Paul II beatified her in 1993 at St. Peter’s Square and said that, “Blessed Mary Angela’s life was marked with love, she was concerned about all people, those hungry for bread, the heartbroken, the homeless and those hungering for the truth of the Gospel.
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On Wednesday, the Obama Administration Said the Taliban Was Not a Terrorist Group But Instead an ‘Armed Insurgency’ –Image: FOX News
(Gazzetta del Sud) At least 22 people were murdered in Afghanistan in three separate attacks local sources in Kabul reported today.
A Police Officer and 3 Civilians were killed when a bomb exploded in Mihtarlam City in the Eastern Laghman Province; Earlier, a young girl was killed and several people were injured in a dawn explosion in Jalalabad City also in Eastern Afghanistan–Police said the bomb went off near a local public works office and a school, killing the girl as she was making her way to classes.
On Wednesday night, 11 pro-Afghan government militias were killed and at least 6 additional injured in a ‘Taliban’ Jihadist attack on a check-point in the Eastern/Central Province of Ghanzi–at least 6 Taliban Jihadist Thugs were also killed.
(IBD) Congressional Budge Office (CBO) says in a new report ObamaCare will cause 10 Million to lose their employer based health plans within the next 6 yrs–the latest findings also thoroughly debunks the myth that ObamaCare proponents made when trying to sell the law–about how those with employer based coverage, have nothing to worry about.
ObamaCare Architect ‘Stupid Americans’ Jonathan Gruber for example claimed that the ACA was specifically designed “to leave those who are happy with their employer sponsored insurance alone.”
Likewise, the Obama Administration insisted that “respected independent analysts have concluded that the number of Americans who get their health insurance at work will not change in any significant way.”
Of course, who can forget Obama’s ‘Big Whopper’ that he repeated over-and-over that Americans who liked their health insurance plans (like their doctors) can keep them.
Servant of God Brother Juniper –Image Courtesy: uCatholic
One doesn’t know much about Juniper before he joined the Friars in 1210 — Francis, sent him to establish ‘places’ for the Friars in Italy, Gualdo Tadino and Viterbo.
When Saint Clare (1194-1253) was dying, Juniper consoled her, he was devoted to the passion of Jesus and known for his simplicity.
Several stories about Juniper, in the ‘Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi’ Part 1 and Part 2 illustrate his exasperating generosity. Once, Juniper was taking care of a sick man who had a craving to eat pig’s feet. This helpful Friar went to a nearby field, captured a pig and cut off one foot, prepared it and served this meal to the sick man he was caring for. The owner of the pg was furious and immediately went to Juniper’s superior. When Juniper realized his mistake, he apologized profusely–he also ended up talking this angry man into donating the rest of the pig to the Friars.
Another time, Juniper had been ordered to quit giving part of his clothing to half-naked people he met along the road. Desiring to obey his Superior, Juniper once told a man in need, that he could not give the man his tunic but he would not prevent the man from taking it either. In time, the Friars learned not to leave anything lying around, for Juniper would probably give it away.
Servant of God Brother Juniper, passed away in 1258 of natural causes and was buried at Ara Coeli Church in Italy Rome.
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Obama Hypocrisy –Image Courtesy: Anne Bayefsky@Twitter
(WFB) An Obama Administration/U.S. State Dept funded group is financing an Israel campaign to oust Prime Minister Benjamin ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu and has hired former ‘Team Obama’ Natl Field Director Jeremy Bird who has taken up office space in Tel Aviv, according to IMRA on Monday, the 26 January, Haaretz reporter Roy Arad said that the foreign (U.S.) funded organization ‘OneVoice’ is bankrolling the campaign to defeat Bibi Netanyahu, in the March Knesset elections and has converted the ground floor on one office building into a campaign headquarters packed with ‘Victory 2015’ signs and young people wearing “V-15” campaign buttons.
Flashback: On the 16 December, I wrote here that in May, 2010 it was first reported in ‘The Philadelphia Bulletin’ but got little coverage elsewhere, of the Obama Administration’s ‘psychological warfare campaign’ to topple the Netanyahu and his Conservative Likuid party.
In December The Blaze reported in a Jerusalem Post article headlined ‘Outside Forces Already at Work on Influencing Outcome of Elections’ wrote the Secy of State John Kerry said that, “…his comments and the bulk of comments coming from Washington over the next few months regarding Netanyahu, need now to be seen within the context of trying to influence the electorate.”
The Jerusalem Post noted the example that just one week before the last Israeli elections in 2013 Bloomberg writer Jeffrey Goldberg quoted President Obama saying privately that “Israel doesn’t know what it’s own best interests are,” a clear dig at Netanyahu.
Last week Obama’s Natl Security spokesperson Bernedette Meehan claimed the reason Obama won’t meet with Netanyahu when he’s in Washington in March to address a Joint Session of Congress, that its in keeping with ‘long standing practice and principle’ the president does not meet with heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections.
Its all about principle Riiight…
What a hypocrite — Obama just organizes political campaigns against them.
St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
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(Franciscan Media) Thomas Aquinas by universal consent is the preeminent spokesman of the Catholic tradition of reason and divine revelation–he is one of the great teachers of the medieval Church, honored with the titles Doctor of the Church and Angelic Doctor.
At the age of 5, he was sent to the ‘Benedictine Monastery of Monte Cassino’ in his parents hopes that he would choose that way of life and eventually become an Abbot. In 1239 he was sent to Naples to complete his studies, it was here he was first attracted to Aristotle’s philosophy.
By 1243, Thomas abandoned his parents plans for him and he joined the Dominicans, much to his mother’s dismay–on her order, Thomas was taken away by his brother and kept at home for over a year.
Once freed, Thomas went to Paris and then to Cologne, where he finished his studies with ‘Albert the Great’ — Thomas then holding two professorships in Paris, lived at the Court of Pope Urban IV, he directed the Dominican schools at Rome and Viterbo while combating adversaries.
Thomas’ greatest contribution to the Church was his writings, the unity, harmony, continuity of faith and reason, together with the revealed and natural human knowledge pervades his writings. One may expect that Thomas as a man of the Gospel, to be an ardent defender of the truth but he was broad and his logic was deep enough, to see the whole natural order as coming from God the Creator and see reason as a Divine Gift, to be highly cherished.
Saint Thomas Aquinas “Summa Theologixa” last and unfortunately incomplete work, is a brilliant synthesis of Christian doctrine about the humanity of God and is available online in English in 5 volumes.
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