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No kidding! There is a service that will email documentation and final messages to loved ones who may be left behind after the rapture.

From their website:

WHY?

We all have family and friends who have failed to receive the Good News of the Gospel.
The unsaved will be ‘left behind’ on earth to go through the “tribulation period” after the “Rapture”. You remember how, for a short time, after (9/11/01) people were open to spiritual things and answers. (We are still singing “God Bless America” at baseballs’ seventh inning stretch.) Imagine how taken back they will be by the millions of missing Christians and devastation at the rapture. They will know it was true and that they have blown it. There will be a small window of time where they might be reached for the Kingdom of God. We have made it possible for you to send them a letter of love and a plea to receive Christ one last time. You can also send information based on scripture as to what will happen next. Each fulfilled prophecy will cause your letter and plea to be remembered and a decision to be made.

“WHY” is one last chance to bring them to Christ and snatch them from the flames!

[. . .]

Our purpose is to get one last message to the lost, at a time, when they might just be willing to hear it for the first and last time.

* Programmed and run by Christians, for Christians
* Annual re-subscription fees will drop proportionally to the number of subscribers
* Messages sent out 6 days after the rapture
* You can edit your documents and the recipients any time
* Your sensitive documents are stored encrypted
[. . .]

Document storage and “Rapture” triggered email messaging system.

* Store up to 250mb of documents
* Send to up to 62 individual email addresses
* 150Mb encrypted document storage
* 100mb unencrypted document storage
* You can edit documents any time
* Write your own documents or choose from some of ours

Services Overview

We have set up a system to send documents by the email, to the addresses you provide, 6 days after the “Rapture” of the Church. This occurs when 3 of our 5 team members scattered around the U.S fail to log in over a 3 day period. Another 3 days are given to fail safe any false triggering of the system.

And it only costs $40 a year!

Wow. What value.

H/T to Feddie.

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Thanks to Fr. Eric for this:

Mr. WAC

Apperantly, you get to travel back in time and kill the prophets before they can, you know, mess up the world with their so-called “revelation”:

A University of Virginia graduate student is hard at work on a game that gives players a chance to “stop the spread of Christianity and Islam by murdering Abraham and the authors of the Bible, before beheading Muhammad,”

[. . .]

“Atheists have never really had anything to speak for them like this. It’s the general atheist premise that the world might be a better place without some of those religions… It’s the idea of being able to go back in time and sort of nipping the problem in the bud.”

Boldly imagining a world that is once better and without monotheism must involve unspeakable mental gymnastics.

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I will try to consolidate the last two week’s news into one post: (links to follow)

Doug Kmeic officially endorsed Obama, thus proving, despite his protestations to the contrary, that he is willing to sell his soul for Wales.

Oh, and Bob Casey has endorsed Obama, too.

The Pope is coming. Through the kindness of Ryan Mullen and Thomas Peters, I now have enough tickets to get everyone in my family to both the ride-up to the Shrine and to Mass at the stadium. My back has been hurting for over a week, so I don’t want to go out into crowds. Also, there are only two mass tickets, and the Secret Service demands my month-old baby have one to attend. And where her mom goes, little Philly goes, so I get to go to the Waffle House that morning.

I will miss the mass, for sure. But, at least I can hear Rev. Cleophus any time I want:

More to come . . .

WAC

My Dear Friends and Fellow Catholic Bloggers:

I am writing on this Palm Sunday to ask for your support for the pious work of the Franciscan Order in the Holy Land. These brave men have supported the Christian mission in the Middle East since the 13th Century, and continue to do so, as souls emboldened by the sacrificial love of Our Savior.

Today, their mission is most urgent. While the deteriorating conditions in Israel threaten the life and safety of all of its inhabitants, the Christian presence is especially in danger. Violence coupled with extreme poverty and lack of economic opportunity are driving the Christian population in Israel to leave the Holy Land in record numbers.

The Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land is working hard to improve the condition, and secure the position, of the Christians in Israel for years to come. The foundation has trained thousands to work in good paying jobs, supported schools, colleges, and other endeavors to help our poor brothers and sisters who call the Holy Land Home.

Won’t you hear the call of our fellow Christians who suffer in the land made holy by the presence of Our Lord and Savior? Please consider putting the button (below) on your blog and dedicating some posts to the subject (perhaps on the first Friday of each month.) Link the button either to the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land site (www.ffhl.org) or to the appeal page on my blog (http://willcubbedge.wordpress.com/blogging-for-the-holy-land/). Thank you.

Yours in Christ;
Will Cubbedge

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I (and, presumably, every other Knight of Columbus on earth) just received this email from the Big Giant Head in New Haven:

 

 

Vatican declares Knights of Columbus founder “venerable” 

Fr. Michael J. McGivney would be first American-born priest to be declared a saint  

 

 

McGivney portrait

New Haven, CT – March 16, 2008   Pope Benedict XVI Saturday approved a decree recognizing the heroic virtue of Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus. The pope’s declaration significantly advances the priest’s process toward sainthood and gives the parish priest the distinction of “Venerable Servant of God.” If canonized, Fr. McGivney would be the first American born priest to be so honored.  

 

“All of us who are members of the Knights of Columbus are profoundly grateful for this recognition of the holiness of our founder,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “The strength of the Knights of Columbus today is a testament to his timeless vision, his holiness and his ideals.”

Worried about the religious faith and financial stability of immigrant families, Father McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus with the help of several men of St. Mary’s Parish in New Haven in 1882 to help strengthen the faith of the men of his parish and to provide financial assistance in the event of their death to the widows and orphans they left behind. He was also known for his tireless work among his parishioners.

Born in Waterbury, Conn., Aug. 12, 1852, Michael Joseph McGivney, was the first of Patrick and Mary (Lynch) McGivney’s 13 children, six of whom died in infancy or early childhood. His parents, natives of Ireland, had immigrated to the United States during the 19th century. Patrick was a molder in a Waterbury brass mill, where Michael himself worked for a brief time as a child to help support his family.

From an early age, however, he realized a calling to the Catholic priesthood. After studying in several seminaries, he was ordained in that Baltimore’s historic Cathedral by Cardinal James Gibbons Dec. 22, 1877. He took up his first assignment, as curate at St. Mary’s Church, New Haven, Conn., Jan. 2, 1878. Father McGivney was named pastor of St. Thomas Church in Thomaston, Conn. in 1884. He became seriously ill with pneumonia in January 1890, and died Aug. 14, 1890 at age 38.

The cause, or process, for Father McGivney’s sainthood, was opened by Hartford Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin, in December 1997. The cause was presented to the Vatican in 2000, where it has been under review by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. With the pope’s recent decree, and the authentication of a miracle at Father McGivney’s intercession, the priest could be beatified. A second miracle would be required for canonization.

Still maintaining its headquarters in New Haven, the Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic Fraternal Organization with more than 1.7 million members in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America, the Caribbean islands, the Philippines, Guam and, most recently, Poland.

LINKS:

McGivney Guild website:
New Haven Register news story:
Hartford Courant news story:

 

 

 

 

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(Thanks to Matt Swaim for reminding me that today is the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus.  For the record, I am a much bigger blasphemer than him.)

Today is a day to reflect on the power of words and the horror of blasphemy. Catholics have always believed in the power of the Name of Jesus.  Once upon a time, we used to celebrate January 1st as the feast of the naming of Jesus (the Feast of the Circumcision.)  During the 20th century, the world became more venial and blasphemous.  The Church gave a feast to the Holy Name (rather than the naming) in response.

The Church’s concern for blasphemy is also shown  in the recitation of The Divine Praises during Benediction.  These strophes contain a summary of the most hated and ridiculed truths of Catholic doctrine and are personally appealing because of their anti-humanistic verticallity: Their object is the glory of God and His saints rather than the edification of man.

The Divine Praises

Said in reparation for blasphemy

Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints. 

May the heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen.

WAC

Just looked at the hit counter-19,999 hits.

Thanks for 20K!

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Personal

  • Lose 10 more pounds.
  • Exercise three times a week.
  • Spend more time with Lydy.

Spiritual

  • Weekly confession, adoration.
  • Daily rosary.
  • Mass as often as I can.
  • First Fridays and First Saturdays.

Professional

  • Long-term employment with benefits by end of the year.
  • Three professional development activities this year.

Blog

  • It’s a hobby, so I guess I’ll just keep on having fun.

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Fast away the old year passes,
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses . . .

I wish you, my readers, a happy, blessed, and prosperous 2008.

WAC

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