The world was exposed to a truly shocking demonstration of something we should never accept or normalize in 2013. Our repulsion should know no bounds when it comes to this display of barbarism. In Tahir Square in Egypt, women were subjected to a series of attacks on the 25th January of that year. The victims of these attacks had no demographical link when it came to age. Victims ranged from the age of seven to seventy. Women, and even more despicably sometimes children were separated from the crowds of protestors. Women reported having their clothes cut off by knives and some truly unspeakable things occurred that I do not even wish to write about.
This is not the first time an awareness of “Taharrush Jinsi or Jamai” was raised to some in the west. Back in 2011 at the height of the Arab Spring it was all too visible for…
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Our Lady of the Rockies – Butte, Montana
By Charlie Johnston
It has been a challenging week. Last Sunday I had one of my periodic neurological episodes. When it happens, my mind gets fuzzy, my head gets sweaty, the pain spikes terribly, and I get nauseous. Not pleasant, but I was about two months overdue – and I kind of look forward to it, for if I stay quiet, it seems to reset me to renewed vigor within a week. Beyond that, the news of the last week kept me poised between baffled wonder and furious anger. Best to get a little perspective when such fundamental things are taking place and being revealed.
We seem poised at the edge of a fulcrum. For all my seasoned analytical acuity I remain, at heart, a somewhat naïve optimist. That is why the events of the last week shocked me to my core.
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(I was blown away by this piece written by Fr. Richard Heilman at his site, Roman Catholic Man. Rather than just link to it, I sent him a note asking permission to reprint it in its entirety…and yes, I disclosed to him that I am THAT Charlie Johnston. To my delight, he quickly and graciously granted permission. I have been a fan of Fr. Heilman for several years now. He is profoundly faithful and bold – and is one of the most insightful commenters on the faith I have seen. If you don’t follow him at his site, you really should. He is a profound sign of hope to me.-CJ)
January 31 Super Blue Blood Moon and St. John Bosco’s Dream/Prophecy
Well known is St. John Bosco’s “dream of the two columns”…
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This morning’s news was all about the government’s plans to introduce abortion. What upset me the most was the twisted reasoning and half-truths being presented to justify the legalised mass killing of unwanted children. Our Taoiseach (Prime Minister) says that he wants to have abortion safe, legal and rare. Does he really think that legalising something is going to make it ‘rare’ – like the 8.9 million unwanted babies terminated in Britain and the 58 million in the USA? Can we at least be honest about what our intentions are?
What are we to do? St Pope John Paul shows the way: “Let us therefore discover anew the humility and the courage to pray and fast so that power from on high will break down the walls of lies and deceit: the walls which conceal from the sight of so many of our brothers and sisters the evil of practices…
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In yesterday’s blog I made an international appeal for pro-life canvassing here in Ireland. If you are interested, please look it up.
This is today’s homily followed by the gospel of the day.
It is very important to appreciate what has brought us together here in this church today. We are not here as members of a political party or because we want to promote Gaelic games or Irish traditional music. We are here because we are Catholic Christians who gather on the Lord’s Day to repeat the Last Supper in memory of Jesus. This is the interest that we all share in common.
Another way of expressing that we are Christians is to say that we are followers or disciples of Jesus. In today’s gospel we heard about the call of Jesus’ first disciples. This invitation first offered by Jesus is the same invitation that we have all accepted:…
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