Medical Tests you may need–A little Christian Humor :D


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Subject: FW: Medical Tests
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2014 12:01:32 -0400

Because I care about you, I want you to get checked out to make sure you’re healthy and will be around longer!
Take two MEDICAL TESTS: 
#1STARE INTO THE CAT’S EYES FOR 3 SECONDS

I see you too!

Then Scroll Down
NOW STARE IN THE PUPPY’S EYES FOR 3 SECONDS ..
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Are you lost too?

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Your CAT SCAN and
LAB TESTS are Complete
You may scroll down
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Can’t stop laughing!

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-Just couldn’t resist this…
Do you really feel like working today?
And what about Tomorrow?

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Me neither!

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Let’s Dance


We just want to party!
So you’all….

…Have a GREAT Day too!!!
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Give me a high 5!

Waste someone’s time; forward to a friend!
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Pope Francis and President Obama –Moynihan Report Letter #11


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From: @RobertMoynihan To: @Speramus
Date: Thurday, March 27, 2014
Subject: Letter #11–Francis and Obama

Moynihian

March 27, 2014, Thursday – Francis and President Obama

The two were scheduled to meet for just half an hour, but their private discussion lasted 52 minutes. At the end, they exchanged gifts, with the Pope offering Obama two medallions and a copy of his apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel [Evangelii Gaudium]. ‘You know, I actually will probably read this when I’m in the Oval Office, when I am deeply frustrated, and I am sure it will give me strength and will calm me down,’ Obama said. ‘I hope,” the Pope responded.”

— Associated Press report on today’s meeting in the Vatican of US President Barack Obama with Pope Francis by Jim Huhnhenn and Nicole Winfield. The photo below shows the Pope handing Obama the copy of his encyclical, which Obama…

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Pope Francis and President Obama –Moynihan Report Letter #11


From:@RobertMoynihan To:@Speramus
Date: Thurday, March 27, 2014
Subject: Letter #11–Francis and Obama

 

Moynihian

March 27, 2014, Thursday – Francis and President Obama

The two were scheduled to meet for just half an hour, but their private discussion lasted 52 minutes. At the end, they exchanged gifts, with the Pope offering Obama two medallions and a copy of his apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel [Evangelii Gaudium]. ‘You know, I actually will probably read this when I’m in the Oval Office, when I am deeply frustrated, and I am sure it will give me strength and will calm me down,’ Obama said. ‘I hope,” the Pope responded.”

— Associated Press report on today’s meeting in the Vatican of US President Barack Obama with Pope Francis by Jim Huhnhenn and Nicole Winfield. The photo below shows the Pope handing Obama the copy of his encyclical, which Obama said he will “probably read.” US Secretary of State John Kerry can be seen in the far background between Obama and Francis.

Pope Francis and President Barack Obama smile as they exchange gifts at the Vatican Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pope Francis and President Barack Obama smile as they exchange gifts at the Vatican Thursday, March 27, 2014

Here is a link to the original AP article, which includes a brief video of the beginning of the meeting. One can see that the two men spoke via translators. Pope Francis speaks a little English, and understands some English, but he prefers to speak in Spanish or in Italian: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-tells-pope-francis-great-admirer-101935536–politics.html

Details Sketchy

Details about what was said this morning in the Vatican during a 52-minute meeting between Pope Francis and US President Barack Obama are still sketchy hours after the meeting ended.

 We know from the Vatican press communique released after the meeting that the points touched upon were mainly of two types: (1) world issues and (2) US issues.

 But we do not know — and this is important — which of these matters were discussed directly with Pope Francis, and which were discussed with other high-ranking Vatican officials, like Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, who met with Obama after the meeting with the Pope ended. The Vatican’s press communique lumps all the meetings together, so it is impossible to know from the communique which topic was discussed with which person.

 (1) What “World Issues” Were Discussed?

As of now, we still do not know with precision.

All we know is that “international themes” (as the Vatican press release phrased it) and “questions of particular relevance for the Church in that country (i.e., in the United States) were discussed. So, world issues, and national issues inside the United States.

 So, what might these “themes” have been?

 It seems likely that they included two important ones:

 (a) Ukraine and the confrontation there between Russia and the Western powers, and

 (b) Syria, where a civil war has been raging for more than two years and where US bombing raids against the Assad regime were scheduled to begin in early September, until Pope Francis called for a world day of prayer and fasting for peace. If the “themes” included Syria, they would by extension, have included Syria’s neighbors — Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt — in general, the entire Middle East, as it is known that the Pope is concerned about the shrinking presence of Christians throughout the region, and as Francis is planning a trip to Jordan, Israel, and the occupied territories from May 24-26, just two month from now — the official schedule was just announced yesterday). 

 Were other “themes,” like the civil strife in Venezuela, or the economic and cultural (and moral) effects of “globalization”?

 We simply do not yet know.

 But, we know what type of solution was discussed: “it was hoped that there would be respect for humanitarian and international law and a negotiated solution.”

 To put it succinctly: that compromise can be reached (“negotiated”) without war, in each case.

 (2) What “US Issues” Did the Two Men Discuss?

 Again, the official communique is very brief, hardly more than a note. Still, it lists the following topics:

 (a) “the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection”

 (b) “the issue of immigration reform”

 (c) “the eradication of trafficking in human persons”

 So, clearly, in this part of the discussion, there was discussion of the “Obamacare” health insurance legislation, and the Church’s position that Catholics — and others as well — who do not believe it is moral to support abortion, sterilization and contraception should not be forced to do so.

Here is the complete communique published by the Vatican:

FlagsThis morning, 27 March 2014, the Hon. Barack H. Obama, President of the United States of America, was received in audience by His Holiness Pope Francis, after which he met with His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States.

During the cordial meetings, views were exchanged on some current international themes and it was hoped that, in areas of conflict, there would be respect for humanitarian and international law and a negotiated solution between the parties involved.

In the context of bilateral relations and cooperation between Church and State, there was a discussion on questions of particular relevance for the Church in that country, such as the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection, as well as the issue of immigration reform. Finally, the common commitment to the eradication of trafficking of human persons in the world was stated.

Will Obama Learn from Francis?

 “Given his great moral authority, when the Pope speaks it carries enormous weight,” Obama said in an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera published ahead of his papal visit. “He can cause people around to the world to stop and perhaps rethink old attitudes and begin treating one another with more decency and compassion.”

 Will President Obama himself “stop and perhaps rethink old attitudes” following his meeting with Pope Francis?

 We do not know.

 But, at the end of the meeting, during a time when gifts were exchanged — Obama gave Francis a packet of seeds from the White House garden, to be planted in the Vatican Gardens at Castel Gandolfo, outside of Rome, where the Vatican has a small farm which supplies milk, eggs, vegetables and fruit for the papal table — there was a striking moment.

 Pope Francis handed Obama a copy of his encyclical letter on “The Joy of the Gospel” (Gaudium evangelii), published on November 24, 2013 (the single most important written product of the first year of Francis’ pontificate).

 “You know,” Obama told Francis, “I actually will probably read this when I’m in the Oval Office, when I am deeply frustrated, and I am sure it will give me strength and will calm me down.”

 “I hope,” the Pope responded.

If Obama actually reads the Pope’s words, what will he find?

 He will find an analysis of modern economic activity which is sharply critical of oppression of all types, and calls for an economy and society of “solidarity” so that the poor and unfortunate are not ground down into misery.

 But he will also find an analysis of conscience and of morality which is likely to challenge Obama.

 “The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism,” the Pope writes near the beginning of the encyclical, “is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience.” (Paragraph 2)

 “A blunted conscience…”

 The Pope makes a powerful critique of our present economic system, and he is of course right. There is much about our system which cries out for criticisms, and for reform. The Pope finds the source of our problem in “the denial of the primacy of the human person.”

 “The current financial crisis can make us overlook the fact that it originated in a profound human crisis: the denial of the primacy of the human person!” the Pope writes. “We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf (cf. Ex 32:1-35) has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose. The worldwide crisis affecting finance and the economy lays bare their imbalances and, above all, their lack of real concern for human beings; man is reduced to one of his needs alone: consumption.” (Paragraph 55)

 The Pope adds: “Money must serve, not rule! The Pope loves everyone, rich and poor alike, but he is obliged in the name of Christ to remind all that the rich must help, respect and promote the poor. I exhort you to generous solidarity and to the return of economics and finance to an ethical approach which favors human beings.” (Paragraph 58)

 But Francis also denounces the “narcissism” and “elitism” of individuals, in a passage which warns of the dangers of the ancient heresy of “Gnosticism” and of “Pelagianism,” now re-emerging as a “Promethean neo-Pelagianism.”

 “Spiritual worldliness, which hides behind the appearance of piety and even love for the Church, consists in seeking not the Lord’s glory but human glory and personal well-being,” Francis writes (Paragraph 93).

 “This worldliness can be fueled in two deeply interrelated ways. One is the attraction of gnosticism, a purely subjective faith whose only interest is a certain experience or a set of ideas and bits of information which are meant to console and enlighten, but which ultimately keep one imprisoned in his or her own thoughts and feelings.

 “The other is the self-absorbed Promethean neopelagianism of those who ultimately trust only in their own powers and feel superior to others because they observe certain rules or remain intransigently faithful to a particular Catholic style from the past. A supposed soundness of doctrine or discipline leads instead to a narcissistic and authoritarian elitism, whereby instead of evangelizing, one analyzes and classifies others, and instead of opening the door to grace, one exhausts his or her energies in inspecting and verifying. In neither case is one really concerned about Jesus Christ or others. These are manifestations of an anthropocentric immanentism. It is impossible to think that a genuine evangelizing thrust could emerge from these adulterated forms of Christianity.” (Paragraph 94)

 In his teaching, Pope Francis is very clear that Christians have a role in public life. He writes: “No one can demand that religion should be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life, without concern for the soundness of civil institutions, without a right to offer an opinion on events affecting society. Who would claim to lock up in a church and silence the message of Saint Francis of Assisi or Blessed Teresa of Calcutta? They themselves would have found this unacceptable. An authentic faith – which is never comfortable or completely personal – always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better that we found it. We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all its tragedies and struggles, its hopes and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. The earth is our common home and all of us are brothers and sisters. If indeed ‘the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics,’ the Church ‘cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.’”

 And, this fight for justice includes the protection of all human lives. Christians seek social justice, they seek to lift up the oppressed, and they take seriously the injunction “thou shalt not kill.” And this means that Christian morality will always be “pro-life” and opposed to what Pope John Paul II referred to as a “culture of death.”

 So Pope Francis speaks very strongly on behalf of the poor. He writes: “In all places and circumstances, Christians, with the help of their pastors, are called to hear the cry of the poor. This has been eloquently stated by the bishops of Brazil: ‘We wish to take up daily the joys and hopes, the difficulties and sorrows of the Brazilian people, especially of those living in the barrios and the countryside – landless, homeless, lacking food and health care – to the detriment of their rights.’” (Paragraph 191)

 But Pope Francis is also a powerful defender of the unborn. And, in his famous Paragraph 213, he makes this crystal clear: “Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this. Frequently, as a way of ridiculing the Church’s effort to defend their lives, attempts are made to present her position as ideological, obscurantist and conservative. Yet this defense of unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development.”

So, if Obama does sit down in the Oval Office, and if he does pick up this text by Pope Francis, given to him as a gift this morning, he will find much to reflect upon, perhaps enough even to cause him to “rethink old attitudes” and to begin treating the most innocent among us “with more decency and compassion.”

The Anthropological Question

 You live in a deranged age, more deranged than usual, because, in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.” —Walker Percy (1916-1990), American Catholic convert and writer, author of The Message in the Bottle and Lost in the Cosmos

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UN tries to impose Religious Freedom limits on Church! A Shot was fired and Vatican Responds!


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This is a very important article for all of those concerned with Religious freedom for he Church. We have a huge battle that we are in the midst of here in the United States and it can still go either way!

If we lose the battle in the United States for Religious Freedom it will continue to be harder to fight the battle Internationally with the UN being   the main aggressor. Our failures on this front will giving the UN  a stronger foothold to interfere with the church wherever she exercises her authority.

It is my opinion that all these wars and uprisings  in Syria, the Ukraine and others are all part of one war, the war on terror. This war is calculated and being fought strategically on the monetary communities  in order to bring about a NEW WORLD POWER TO COME ON THE SCENE.  I fear some of…

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Have you made your nine First Friday’s? Your Eternity just may depend on it!


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The First Friday Devotions are made to recognize the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and his universal kingship in our lives. Through the practice of these devotions  we offer reparation  to the wounded Heart of Our Savior our personal sins and those of  our society.

 

Historical Highlights of 1st Fridays and the Sacred Heart

On December 27, 1673, the feast of St. John Jesus permitted St. Margaret Mary to rest her head upon his heart, and then disclosed to her the wonders of his love, telling her that he desired to make them known to all mankind and to diffuse the treasures of his goodness, and that he had chosen her for this work.
Around June or July, 1674, Jesus requested from her that he wished to be honored under the figure of his heart, also claiming that, when he appeared radiant with love, he asked for a devotion of expiatory love: with reception of Holy Communion, especially on the First Friday of the month, and the observance of the Holy Hour.
During the octave of Corpus Christi, 1675, St Margaret Mary received the vision known as the “great apparition” Jesus said, “Behold the Heart that has so loved men … instead of gratitude I receive from the greater part (of mankind) only ingratitude …”, He asked Margaret Mary for a reparation on the Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi, bidding her consult her confessor.

Promise for the First Friday Devotions

In the visions of Christ reported by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in the 17th century, several promises were made to those people who practiced the First Fridays Devotions, one of which included final perseverance.

Heart CommunionAccording to the words of Christ through His apparitions to St Margaret Mary, there are several promises to those that practice the First Friday Devotions: “In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.”

On these days, a person is to attend Holy Mass and receive communion. In order to receive communion in a state of grace, a person should also make use of the Sacrament of Penance before attending Mass.

PROMISES OF THE SACRED HEART

Jesus, in his apparitions to St. Margaret Mary, promised these blessings to those who practice devotion to his Sacred Heart. This tabular form of promises was not made by Saint Margaret Mary or her contemporaries. It first appeared at 1863. In 1882, an American businessman spread the tabular form of the promises profusely throughout the world, the twelve promises appearing in 238 languages. In 1890, Cardinal Adolph Perraud deplored this circulation of the promises in the tabular form which were different from the words and even from the meaning of the expressions used by Saint Margaret Mary, and wanted the promises to be published in the full, authentic texts as found in the writings of Saint Margaret Mary

  1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
  2. I will give peace in their families.
  3. I will console them in all their troubles.
  4. I will be their refuge in life and especially in death.
  5. I will abundantly bless all their undertakings.
  6. Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
  7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
  8. Fervent souls shall rise speedily to great perfection.
  9. I will bless those places wherein the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and venerated.
  10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
  11. Persons who propagate this devotion shall have their names eternally written in my Heart.
  12. In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.
    The last promise has given rise to the pious Roman Catholic practice of making every effort to go to Confession attend Mass and receive Holy Communion on the first Friday of each month.

Additional Promises for First Friday Devotions and
Enthronement of the Image of the Sacred Heart in your Home

Sacred Heart 1Great efficacy of converting people has been attached to the use of the image of the Sacred Heart. “Even at the hour of death, incredulous, indifferent, hardened souls have been converted by simply showing them a picture of the Sacred Heart, which sufficed to restore these sinners to the life of hope and love, in a word, to touch the most hardened.

It would, indeed, be a great misfortune to any apostolic man to neglect so powerful a means of conversion, and in proof of this I will mention a single fact which will need no comment. A religious of the Company of Jesus had been requested by St. Margaret Mary to make a careful engraving of the Sacred Heart. Being often hindered by other occupations, there was much delay in preparing this.

“This good father,’ writes the saint, ‘is so much occupied  in the conversion of heretics, that he has neither time nor leisure to give to the work so ardently desired by the Heart of our Divine Master. You cannot imagine, my much-loved mother, how greatly this delay afflicts and pains me. “

I must avow confidently to you my belief that it is the cause of his converting so few infidels in this town. I seem constantly to hear these words: ‘ That if this good father had acquitted himself at once of his promise to the Sacred Heart, Jesus would have changed and converted the hearts of these infidels, on account of the joy He would have felt at seeing Himself honored in the picture He so much wishes for. As, however, he prefers other work, even though to the glory of God, to that of giving Him this satisfaction, He will harden the hearts of these infidels, and the labors of this mission will not be crowned with much fruit.

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May God save us from similar misfortune in our propensity towards misplaced zeal in our apostolic lives.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Our peace and reconciliation have mercy upon us

Sacred Hear of Jesus Thy Kingdom Come on Earth as it is in Heaven!

We have many opportunities to avail ourselves for that all determining moment the moment of our death that Men do not want to think about.  Let us use the means Heaven has given us to have Happy Deaths.  Following the Message of Fatima and the 5 First Saturday’s and the nine first Friday’s. We are responsible for our eternal destinies. We cannot blame anyone else but our own poor choices of what we have done with the time God has given to us.

The Servant of God Fr John Anthony Hardon, S.J. often said that: “Only the very humble and the  very chaste will enter heaven, no one else, no one else, no one else!”

Jesus meek and humble of Heart Make our Hearts like unto thine!

Also read: The Broken Heart of Jesus Our Merciful Savior and the History of the Sacred Heart Badge

Now Will you make the Nine First Fridays?

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On the anniversary of Death of John Paul the Church Awaits his Canonization


The Church eagerly awaits the canonization of Bl. John Paul II which  Pope Francis announced would also take place April 27 Divine Mercy Sunday, along with the canonization of Bl. John XXII. Asked by reporters if retired Pope Benedict would participate in the canonization ceremony, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told reporters it was possible, but given the retired pope’s preference for staying out of the public eye, he could not say for sure.

 

Nine years ago, on April 2, 2005, soon to be Saint John Paul II passed away. Millions of people mourned his death the world over, as  the bells of St. Peter’s Square somberly tolled continuously to mourn his passing.  If one listened one could here the voice of the4 late pontiff over the tolling bells  with his admonition to all of us: Be not Afraid!

Bl. John Paul’s Witness His Life death
 A Cry for the Mercy of God

Since the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has emphasized God’s mercy and readiness to forgive those who recognize their need for pardon. He told reporters on the flight from Brazil that Pope John Paul’s promotion of Divine Mercy Sunday showed his intuition that a new “age of mercy” was needed in the church and the world. 

Read More:   Bl. John Paul II His Witness A cry for the Mercy of God!

John Paul II You Live ON: Be not Afraid to Open your Hearts to the Love of Christ


 

Bl. John Paul II 

 

Ora pro nobis! 

 

Pray for Us!

 

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Old news but still funny-Dough Boy Eulogy


 

Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community. If you smiled while reading this, please rise to the occasion and pass it on to someone having a crumby day and kneading a lift. Hope this makes your day richer and more flavorful all around!

To: @Speramus
Subject: Fw: Pillsbury Doughboy Eulogy

The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and trauma complications from

R.I.P.    REQUIESCAT IN PACE

R.I.P.
REQUIESCAT IN PACE

repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71 years old. He was not considered a very “smart” cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, but was thought of a roll model for millions.

Born and bread in Minnesota, Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, he still was a crusty old man and was considered a positive roll model for millions.
Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth , Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch. The gravesite was piled high with flours.

Doughboy is survived by his wife Play Dough, three children: John Dough, Jane Dough and Dosey Dough, plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart.

Toward the end, it was thought he would rise again, but alas, he remained unleavened.

JemimaThe funeral was held at 3:50 for about 25 minutes.

Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded.

Forwarded Message —–

Remember if it made you smile pass it on to someone having a crumby day and kneading a lift.

 

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