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http://www.catholicscomehome.org/

One of the best commercials ever to explain the rich heritage of the Roman Catholic Church. From our establishment of the college system to our invention of the scientific method. From the fact that we are the largest social service network on the planet to our unbroken heritage of apostolic sucession. In 2 min you get an idea of the fullness of the Church that Christ Himself established. Enjoy!

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This short video may be helpful… or not!

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Like many of us, every morning I open up the newspaper. As a kid I always turned first to the Funnies. As a teen I frequently looked at the Sports page first. As a young adult I was most interested in the general news. As someone entering Middle-Age, I find myself increasingly turning immediately to the Obituaries. Often I find a name I recognize. One day I suppose we will be like this poor Turkey. Look what he did when he found his own name among the lists of the dead!

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A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America:

Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather together and express gratitude for all that we have been given, the freedoms we enjoy, and the loved ones who enrich our lives. We recognize that all of these blessings, and life itself, come not from the hand of man but from Almighty God.

Every Thanksgiving, we remember the story of the Pilgrims who came to America in search of religious freedom and a better life. Having arrived in the New World, these early settlers gave thanks to the Author of Life for granting them safe passage to this abundant land and protecting them through a bitter winter. Our Nation’s first President, George Washington, stated in the first Thanksgiving proclamation that “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” While in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln revived the tradition of proclaiming a day of thanksgiving, asking God to heal our wounds and restore our country.

Today, as we look back on the beginnings of our democracy, Americans recall that we live in a land of many blessings where every person has the right to live, work, and worship in freedom. Our Nation is especially thankful for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who protect these rights while setting aside their own comfort and safety. Their courage keeps us free, their sacrifice makes us grateful, and their character makes us proud. Especially during the holidays, our whole country keeps them and their families in our thoughts and prayers.

Americans are also mindful of the need to share our gifts with others, and our Nation is moved to compassionate action. We pay tribute to all caring citizens who reach out a helping hand and serve a cause larger than themselves.

On this day, let us all give thanks to God who blessed our Nation’s first days and who blesses us today. May He continue to guide and watch over our families and our country always.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 27, 2008, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage all Americans to gather together in their homes and places of worship with family, friends, and loved ones to strengthen the ties that bind us and give thanks for the freedoms and many blessings we enjoy.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

GEORGE W. BUSH

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newbaby5A worried woman went to her gynecologist and said: “Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 yr. old and I’m pregnant again. I don’t want kids so close together.”

So the doctor said, “OK. What do you want me to do?”

She said, “I want you to end my pregnancy, and I’m counting on your help with this.”

The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady: “I think I have a better solution for your problem. It’s less dangerous for you too.”

She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request. Then he continued: “You see, in order for you not to have to take care of two babies at the same time, let’s kill the one in your arms. This way, you could rest some before the other one is born. If we’re going to kill one of them, it doesn’t matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms.”

The lady was horrified and said: “No, doctor! How terrible! It’s a crime to kill a child!”

“I agree,” the doctor replied, “but you seemed to be OK with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution.”

The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point. He convinced the mom that there is no difference in killing a child that’s already been born and one that’s still in the womb. The crime is the same.

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8/28/2006 – Peter Schiff Predicts The US Economic Collapse With Unbelievable Accuracy

Peter Schiff was dead on the mark about the economy!

He was right on the money about the recession and now he predicts that gold will go up to $2,000 an ounce!

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BOUGHT MY FIRST CELL PHONE

Okay, I did it, I broke down today and bought my first cell phone. I hope I do not regret it. As I have gotten older, I have become increasing worried about what might happen if the car breaks down or if there is an emergency. Really, I hate phones, and have put it off for as long as I could.

One place I will not take the cell phone is the church. Every weekend, the cell phones go off at Mass. I warn people, even threaten $50 fines, but to no avail. People are texting and talking on phones at movies,too… a terrible distraction.

There is a law in DC now that anyone holding a phone to his or her ear while driving with face a hefty fine and ticket. People are dying because they area addicted to their phones.

The kids are nuts. Recently two girls I know were both texting messages to each other, even though they were in the same room! Could they not have just as easily talked to each other? Sure!

Goodness, look at me rant!

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WHAT TYPE IS THAT BLOG?

intpWant to check out your Blog?

Go to: http://www.typealyzer.com/index.php?lang=en

When I had my Blog analyzed this was the result:

INTP – The Thinkers

The logical and analytical type. They are especialy attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle connections between things and imagine far-reaching implications.

They enjoy working with complex things using a lot of concepts and imaginative models of reality. Since they are not very good at seeing and understanding the needs of other people, they might come across as arrogant, impatient and insensitive to people that need some time to understand what they are talking about.

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babyhandEvery diocese and part of the nation has good people trying to help women to make the right choice and to bring those women to healing who made the wrong choice. Here are some of the contacts within the Archdiocese of Washington:

Saint Ann’s Infant Home

St. Ann’s programs recognize and enhance human dignity and worth by providing residential care and services to abused and neglected children and to single pregnant and parenting adolescents in crisis, as well as quality day care to the children of working families.

Human life is inherently valuable and worthy of respect, support, and nurturance. These words encompass our philosophy. They are rooted in our Judeo-Christian heritage and are the foundation on which St. Ann’s tradition of caring has been built. Staff and volunteers strive to live this belief by reaching out to the women and children in our community who are particularly vulnerable.

St. Ann’s is administered by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, a religious community of women who have dedicated their lives to serving the needy. The Sisters are assisted by a qualified and committed staff of approximately 150 full and part time employees, as well as consultants. This includes child care workers and maternity program staff, which account for a majority of the positions, as well as physicians, nurses, psychologists, and social workers; teachers, child care specialists, and therapists; maintenance, housekeeping and food services staff; and accounting and administrative personnel.

St. Ann’s Infant and Maternity Home
4901 Eastern Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20782
301-559-5500 Voice
301-853-6985 Fax
301-559-4862 Social Services Fax

Email Contacts Maternity Program or Faith House – maternity@stanns.org
Day Care Program – daycare@stanns.org
Personnel/Employment - personnel@stanns.org
Donations, Events, Newsletter – donations@stanns.org
Volunteers – volunteers@stanns.org 

We are also blessed with volunteers who play an important healing role. Individuals and groups give freely of themselves, knowing that someone’s day is made brighter by their presence.

Pregnant?  Need Help?

Birthing and Care Program
4700 Berwyn House Road, Suite 204
College Park, Maryland 20740
301-441-1472

The Archdiocese of Washington Birthing and Care Program provides assistance and resources to women in difficult pregnancy situations. Help is available when challenges such as unemployment, lack of health insurance, immigration status, financial difficulties or the fear of telling the baby’s father or loved one about the pregnancy make it difficult for a woman to choose life for her unborn child. The Birthing and Care program provides emotional and spiritual support, crisis pregnancy information, help with prenatal care, labor, and delivery services, information and referral to various programs such as Medicaid, WIC, mother and baby classes, and post abortion information and referrals.

Gabriel Project
P.O. Box 2116
Bowie, MD 20718
301-262-9011 or 1-800-533-0093

An interdenominational church-based outreach to women facing crisis pregnancies. Participating church communities are linked in a network to provide emotional, spiritual and material support to women and families in need.

Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers
A network of independent pregnancy centers located throughout the region of the Archdiocese which provide pregnancy testing, pro-life counseling and emotional, material and spiritual support to mothers facing crisis pregnancies.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Shady Grove Pregnancy Center
Shady Grove Professional Building
16220 Frederick Avenue
Suite 118
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877
301-963-6223 (Spanish & English)

Rockville Pregnancy Center
12730 Twinbrook Parkway
Rockville, Maryland 20852
301-770-4444

Birthright of Wheaton
11401 Grandview Avenue
Suite 6
Wheaton, Maryland 20902
301-946-3339

Centro Tepeyac Silver Spring Women’s Center
1315 Apple Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-587-9516 (Spanish)

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Northwest Pregnancy Center
2702 Ontario Road, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
202-483-7008

Capitol Hill Crisis Pregnancy Center
713 Maryland Avenue, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
202-546-1019

Southeast Crisis Pregnancy Center
220 Highview Place, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20032
202-574-3880

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

Laurel Pregnancy Center
415 Main Street, Suite 4
Laurel, Maryland 20707
301-776-9996

Bowie Crofton Pregnancy Center
4375 Northview Drive
Bowie, Maryland 20716
301-262-1330

Forestville Pregnancy Center
3426 Donnell Drive
Forestville, Maryland 20747
301-516-0500

SOUTHERN MARYLAND

Catherine Foundation
3065 Old Washington Road
Waldorf, MD 20601
301-932-8811 or 301-870-4911 (metro line)

Birthright of Southern Maryland
Route 5, P.O. Box 633
Leonardtown, Maryland 20650
301-475-5333

Crisis Preg. Cntr. of Southern MD
Route 235, P.O. Box 31
Lexington Park, Maryland 20653
301-737-4604

Birthright of Prince Frederick
104 Armory Road
Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678
410-257-1402

Had An Abortion?  Need Help?

Project Rachel – Healing the Wounds of Abortion

“Rachel mourns for her children; she refuses to be consoled because her children are no more. Thus says the Lord: Cease your cries of mourning. Wipe the tears from your eyes. The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward. There is hope for your future.”
- Jeremiah 31:15-17

Project Rachel is a post-abortion healing ministry sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington that offers compassionate help to men and women who have experienced emotional and or spiritual pain after abortion. Our trained staff refers callers to licensed counselors or to priests specially trained in post-abortion concerns. We help our participants reconcile with God, child, family and themselves.

Project Rachel is open to anyone in need regardless of his or her faith background. If you are suffering from guilt, depression, anxiety, grief, anger, psychological numbing, isolation, re-experiencing the abortion or have a preoccupation with becoming pregnant again, please g ive us a call. We want to talk to you.

Project Rachel offers:

  • Confidential referral line for you to talk with a trained staff person about your experience.
  • Support group with others dealing with the pain of abortion.
  • Counseling with people specially trained to help you sort through unresolved feelings and conflicts.
  • Spiritual guidance from a priest, sensitive to your particular needs, who can prepare you to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If you wish, you can be put in touch with a priest outside your community.
  • Healing services, Masses and other events held throughout the year to help you grieve the loss of your unborn child or children and know God’s forgiveness.
  • Some services are free. Where a fee is charged, there is a sliding scale. All inquiries are held in complete confidence.

If you or a friend is hurting from an abortion(s), please contact Project Rachel:

301-982-2008 or 202-269-4673
E-mail: projectrachel@adw.org
4700 Berwyn House Rd., Suite 204
College Park, MD 20740

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http://www.iht.com/

Last-minute Bush abortion ruling causes furor
By Robert Pear (November 18, 2008, International Herald Tribune)

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Excerpts:

A last-minute Bush administration plan to grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds has provoked a torrent of objections, including a strenuous protest from the government agency that enforces job-discrimination laws.

The proposed rule would prohibit recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to perform or to assist in the performance of abortions or sterilization procedures because of their “religious beliefs or moral convictions.”

It would also prevent hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and drugstores from requiring employees with religious or moral objections to “assist in the performance of any part of a health service program or research activity” financed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Obama has said the proposal will raise new hurdles to women seeking reproductive health services, like abortion and some contraceptives. Michael Leavitt, the health and human services secretary, said that was not the purpose.

Officials at the Health and Human Services Department said they intended to issue a final version of the rule within days. Aides and advisers to Obama said he would try to rescind it, a process that could take three to six months.

The proposal is supported by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Health Association, which represents Catholic hospitals.

Sister Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association, said that in recent years, “we have seen a variety of efforts to force Catholic and other health care providers to perform or refer for abortions and sterilizations.”

Pharmacies said the rule would allow their employees to refuse to fill prescriptions for contraceptives and could “lead to Medicaid patients being turned away.” State officials said the rule could void state laws that require insurance plans to cover contraceptives and require hospitals to offer emergency contraception to rape victims.

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REAL ESTATE DOWNFALL

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