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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

July 21, 2015: Del Rio News-Herald * Opinion * Letters to the Editor * Lights, camera, action

















Lights, Camera, Action

Precedent has now been set for The White House to be used as an icon of celebration for any and all  particular political or even social causes or purposes, or will it discriminate against certain ones that might not be politically correct?

It has now ceased to be The People's House, and has now become one person’s, administrations’, or particular group’s house to proclaim his or their particular views on any topic of social or public policy. It has now been enlisted and used for other purposes besides the powerful and noble symbol of our country and all that it has stood for generations throughout our nation's history.

The physical structure at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave has now been denigrated and degraded to become merely a bumper sticker, banner, billboard, placard, or t-shirt; our government's equivalent of a Google doodle.

Sending subliminal messages is now what The White House has become for propagating it's ideological agenda and diminishing it's symbolism of patriotic pride and national unity.

Light up the White House in the colors of our nation's flag when we celebrate our nation's birthday on the Fourth of July, Independence Day. 

Flood it in pink hues to call us all to Breast Cancer Awareness.

Drape it in emerald green shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day.

On Easter Sunday let The White House celebrate by being wrapped in pastel colored lights.

During Lent let The White House bear the color purple for 40 days and 40 nights.

Let the festive Christmas colored lights embrace The White House throughout the joyful season.

On days of national mourning let the lights go dark to honor the fallen heroes.

On 911 let the silhouette of the Twin Towers cover The White House facade.

Let blue lights shine brightly to honor America's Law Enforcement Officers.

Let the Pro-Life baby girl pink and Pro-Life baby boy blue colors softly cradle The White House.

During Thanksgiving cover The White House in the fall foliage colors of orange, yellow and brown.

And of course on Valentine's Day lavish The White House lovingly with red hearts.

In order to balance the budget, will revenue now be sought by advertising flashing on The White House walls?

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.





Wednesday, July 15, 2015

August 1, 2015: Free Summer Spiritual Retreat for Men and Women 18 and older at St. Joseph Parish Hall



























Free Summer Spiritual Retreat


August 1, 2015

Men and Women 18 and older – retreat from the summer heat into the presence of Jesus with Mary

Sponsored by the Little Handmaids of the Sorrowful Mother and The Legion of Mary

Theme: Spirituality of St. Louis De Montfort: Coming into the Presence of Jesus with Mary

Presenters: Father Antonio O. Moreno and Cami Murphy

Place: St. Joseph Parish Hall

Schedule:
8:00 a.m. Mass – St. Joseph Church
9:00 a.m. – Registration
9:30 a.m. – Knowledge of Self: Examination of Conscience
11:00 a.m. – Knowledge of Mary: Contemplative Prayer
12:00 noon – Pot Luck (salads/desserts) – spaghetti will be provided
1:00 p.m. Knowledge of Jesus: The Gospel of Joy

2:00 p.m. – Fourth Conference:  “Lectio Divina”


Friday, July 10, 2015

August 1, 2015: Summer Spiritual Retreat - Presenters Father Antonio O. Moreno & Cami Murphy - starting with 8:00 a.m. Mass until 2:00 pm with Lunch at 12 noon at St. Joseph Parish Hall - Sponsored by The Little Handmaids of the Sorrowful Mother and The Legion of Mary - Theme: Spirituality of Saint Louis De Montfort: Coming into the Presence of Jesus with Mary




















Summer Spiritual Retreat

August 1, 2015

Sponsored by 

The Little Handmaids of the Sorrowful Mother
and The Legion of Mary

Theme: Spirituality of St. Louis De Montfort: 
Coming into the Presence of Jesus with Mary

Presenters: Father Antonio Moreno and Cami Murphy 

Place: St. Joseph Parish Hall

Schedule:

8:00 a.m. – Mass

9:00 a.m. – Registration

9:30 – Welcome/Introduction

10:00 a.m. – First Conference: Examination of Conscience

10:45 a.m. – Break

11:00 a.m. – Second Conference: Knowledge of Mary

12:00 noon – Pot Luck (salads/desserts) – spaghetti will be provided

1:00 p.m. Third Conference:  Knowledge of Jesus

1:45 p.m. – Break

2:00 p.m. – Fourth Conference:  “Lectio Divina”



Monday, July 6, 2015

December 8, 2015 - November 20, 2016: Jubilee of Mercy

























Website: Jubilee of Mercy






Not Alone


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Pope Francis 2015



Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty



Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,
and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be "one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Litany for Liberty

INTRODUCTION 
Christ the Lord has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Let us turn to him in humble but fervent petition,
seeking the grace to root out from our hearts all trace of darkness,
and all that holds us back
from walking in the full freedom of the children of God.
As Christ is our great model for that inner freedom,
which enables us to do the right,
let us turn to him with confidence
that we, too, may follow him to the fullness of spiritual freedom.

Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, victor over sin and death… Free our hearts.
Jesus, source of light and hope… Free our hearts.
Jesus, fullness of truth and mystery… Free our hearts.
Jesus, teacher of seeking hearts… Free our hearts.
Jesus, healer of body and soul… Free our hearts.
Jesus, bringer of mercy and justice… Free our hearts.
Jesus, who humble the heart and mind… Free our hearts.
Jesus, release of captives… Free our hearts.
Jesus, voice against violence… Free our hearts.
Jesus, courage for the lowly/downtrodden… Free our hearts.
Jesus, origin of all authority and power… Free our hearts.
Jesus, true lawgiver… Free our hearts.
Jesus, unity of order and passion… Free our hearts.
Jesus, freedom of the Spirit… Free our hearts.
Jesus, obedient Son of the Father… Free our hearts.

For the freedom to love… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to believe… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to hope… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to worship… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to serve in charity… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to care for the suffering… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to comfort the sick… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to feed the hungry… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to shelter the homeless… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to proclaim the Gospel… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to walk in chastity… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to live in peace… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to work in good conscience… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to stand in solidarity… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to seek justice… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject sin… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject coercion… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject falsehood… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject evil temptations… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject injustice… Give us your grace.

CLOSING PRAYER
O God, who gave one origin to all peoples
and willed to gather from them one family for yourself,
fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of your love
and kindle in them a desire
for the just advancement of their neighbor,
that, through the good things which you richly bestow upon all,
each human person may be brought to perfection,
every division may be removed,
and equity and justice may be established in human society.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.
Amen.

(C) United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

We the people decide


Friday, June 26, 2015

June 26, 2015: Del Rio News-Herald * Guest Editorial * Wedding cake conundrum









































Letter to the Editor,

Wedding Cake Conundrum

Adam, Eve, Madam and Steve walk into Chappie’s Bakery at the same time.
Mr. Chappie: How can I help you?
Adam responds, “We would like to order a double couple wedding cake.”
Mr. Chappie: Do you mean that you want two wedding cakes, one for each couple?
Steve: No, we want one wedding cake with two couples on top of the cake. Madam and I are a couple and Adam and Eve are a couple and all four of us will be getting married.
Mr. Chappie: Sure, I can put as many couples on a wedding cake that you want. That’s no problem.
Eve: But do you believe in double couple weddings?
Mr. Chappie: Does it matter what I believe?
Madam: We think so. We want the baker who bakes our wedding cake to bake it with love and affection to celebrate our union of commitment.
Mr. Chappie: Well in that case I have to be honest. I believe only one couple should get married.
Eve: Thank you, but we will be looking for another baker who believes in double couple weddings.
Mr. Chappie: Sure, good luck.

Peta walks into Chappie’s Bakery carrying her two miniature poodles, Prince and Princess.
Mr. Chappie: Excuse me Ma’am, but health regulations forbid animals in bakeries unless they are service animals.
Peta: Prince and Princess are not just animals they are my precious children.
Mr. Chappie: Sorry Ma’am, rules are rules.
Peta storms out of the bakery.  Later in the day Peta returns to Chappie’s Bakery without her dogs.
Mr. Chappie: How can I help you?
Peta: I would like a wedding cake for my children who are getting married.
Peta shows Mr. Chappie pictures of Prince and Princess and explains, “I would like a wedding cake with their picture on the cake.”
Mr. Chappie: Oh, how cute, a doggie wedding.
Peta: Excuse me, they’re not doggies, they’re my children whom I dearly love and adore. When I die I will leave them everything I have.
Mr. Chappie: Sorry, I didn’t mean to insult them or you. Of course I can put their picture on their wedding cake.
Peta: Do you love dogs?
Mr. Chappie: Sure, I like dogs.
Peta: The baker who bakes the wedding cake for Prince and Princess has to love dogs in order for them and their creature friends to feel the love you put into making it.
Mr. Chappie: You mean animals are going to eat the cake!
Peta: Why, of course. Their parents will have salads. I say parents because I detest the word owner. No one can own an animal. How would you like me to call you the owner of your children? I’ll just find a baker who loves dogs.
Mr. Chappie: Sure, good luck.

Mr. Chappie walks in the door to his home after work.
Mrs. Chappie: How was your day, dear?
Mr. Chappie: You wouldn’t believe the people who came into the bakery today!


Marian Casillas, Ed.D.