Archive for June, 2011

“Late at night, after all of the monks had fallen asleep, he would sometimes sneak out of the monastery and head out to the sea, where he would wade into the water up to his neck, raise his arms to the sky, and pray with the rhythm of the waves. Although the monks realized that his bed was often empty, they were not entirely clear about what he did during his late-night adventures. One night, a monk decided to follow him discreetly, hoping that he would not be caught.

This is what he saw: Cuthbert waded deep into the sea, praying in his customary fashion. He prayed all through the night, and at the first light of dawn he returned to the shore and knelt for more prayer. When Cuthbert emerged from the sea he wasn’t alone. He was followed by two otters, who panted on Cuthbert’s feet to dry them, and snuggled against his body to try to warm him with their fur.The otters stayed with Cuthbert as he completed his prayer, kneeling before him in the sand. They did not depart until he offered them his blessing.”

-Jenny Schroedel

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The Way We Are

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Nuns decide to stay in Libya:

” A Catholic nun working in rebel-held eastern Libya says she and other sisters have remained because of their commitment to the people they serve.

“This is our first experience of being in a war, and we’re sad to see the people dying, especially the youth who are offering themselves for freedom and for the future of this country. But it’s our duty to be here, no matter how much life has changed,” said Sister Priscilla Isidore, a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception of Ivrea.”

Read the rest: http://www.cnewa.org/default.aspx?ID=1571&pagetypeID=8&sitecode=HQ&pageno=1

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Gimme Mine, Again

Image: Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) and her husband Marcus Bachmann

(Above: Michelle Bachman and her husband, pledging their allegiance).

While Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has forcefully denounced the Medicaid program for swelling the “welfare rolls,” the mental health clinic run by her husband has been collecting annual Medicaid payments totaling over $137,000 for the treatment of patients since 2005…

More of the same, from the other Inconsistent Party:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43570552/ns/politics-decision_2012/

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Pray for Unity

 Today is the Feast of Sts Peter and Paul. Please join me in praying for the unity of the Apostolic Churches: “For peace throughout the whole world, for the well being of the holy Churches of God and for the union of all, let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy”.

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Another Myth Debunked

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In an age when union membership has shrunk from a historic high of 35% in the 1950s to 7% today it would be wise to look at our history and the  Church’s tradition of standing with workers.

“In the spiritual world, according to the labor priests, taking part in unions and collective bargaining was not simply an exercise of individual rights. It was an act of solidarity, a way for workers to deepen their Christian lives and give witness to the “mystical body of Christ”….

Read more, from OSV: http://www.osv.com/tabid/7621/itemid/7806/Author-profiles-Catholic-priests-who-were-apostle.aspx

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