Peter Wolfgang Executive Director of the Family Institute of CT and hostess Corinn Dahm discuss the Fortnight of Freedom of the US Conference of Bishops and the HHS Mandate that precipitated it. He focuses on the fact that it is not an issue of whether contraception should be available or not but rather religious liberty: shouldn’t there be a conscience clause to let Religious Institutes opt out? Our first freedoms are at stake, the First Ammendment to the Constitution of the United States. If the first amendment means anything it means that the federal government can not do this. This issue transcends all party lines and all creeds because if the government is allowed to do violence to the basic freedom of religion then it can also do violence to any group’s freedoms, liberal or conservative, religious or secular. One of the biggest problems is the redefinition of terms including what is religion, what is health care and who is the magisterium and Pope of the Catholic Church. Should the government be allowed to do this?! We are saying this is not about contraception but it certainly is for the Obama administration. There are huge fines for not complying that is totally out of proportion with any other issue. Notre Dame alone will have to pay about 10 million dollars a year if they do not want to comply. Ave Maria!
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Fr. George on the life of St. Peter Chrysologus, the golden-worded, doctor of the Church who focused on the great gift of the coming of the Messiah that gave us redemption when we did not deserve it.
Mass: St. Peter Chrysologus – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday in the 17th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: jer 13:1-11
Resp: deu 32:18-19, 20, 21
Gsp: mat 13:31-35
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I included two hymns in this video, the first is “Justus Germinabit” compiled from the book of Hosea. The second is “Passer Invenit” from Psalm 84:4-5. The lyrics and rough translation to both is as follows:
Alleluia. Justus germinabit sicut lilium: et florebit in aeternum ante Dominum. Alleluia.
Alleluia. The just shall spring like the lily: and shall flourish forever before the Lord. Alleluia
Passer invenit sibi domum, et turtur nidum sibi, ubi ponat pullos suos : altaria tua, Domine virtutum, rex meus, et Deus meus. Beati qui habitant in domo tua, Domine; in sæcula sæculorum laudabunt te.
For the sparrow has found herself a house, and the turtle a nest for herself where she may lay her young ones: Your altars, O Lord of hosts, my king and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in your house, O Lord: they shall praise you for ever and ever.
Fr. Bonaventure on how Sts. Peter and Paul were gifts to the Church from God and did so much to spread the faith far and wide in the early Church. They finally ended their long journey with martyrdom in Rome, the center of worldly power, but would soon become known as the center of eternal, spiritual power. Let us continue their great mission under the successor of St. Peter in the spirit of St. Paul in the Holy Roman Church.
Mass: Sts. Peter and Paul – Solemnity – Form: OF
1st: act 12:1-11
Resp: psa 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
2nd: 2ti 4:6-8, 17-18
Gsp: mat 16:13-19
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