When New Age Ideas Provoke Violence

I can’t resist posting this follow up to a news story I posted on Breaking News the other day about the man who tried to kill the Catholic Bishop of Kamloops, British Columbia because it involves both the release of  “energy” and wanting to drink blood – two New Age occult practices that are all the rage these days. 

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Elections Novena

assumptWe’re getting this out a bit late but I’m sure you are already praying fervently for this election.  Someone brought the following novena to our attention.  It was put out by Fr. John Corapi, S.O.L.T. during the 2008 election and is still very relevenat today.  

He asked that the following novena be prayed leading up to the elections as well as the Holy Rosary.  “I strongly urge every one of you to make a Novena and pray the Rosary to Our Lady of Victory between (updated: October 25th and Election Day, November 2nd.)  Pray that God’s will be done and the mostinnocent and utterly vulnerable of our brothers and sisters will be protected from this barbaric and grossly sinful blight on society that is abortion. No woman, and no man, has the right to choose to murder an innocent human being.”

Litany of Our Lady of Victory
Lord, have mercy on us,
Christ, have mercy on us,
Christ, hear us,
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.
The response for the following greetings is ‘Pray for us’.
Our Lady of Victory,
Victorious daughter of the Father,
Victorious Mother of the Son,
Victorious Spouse of the Holy Spirit,
Victorious servant of the Holy Trinity
Victorious in your Immaculate Conception,
Victorious in crushing the serpent’s head,
Victorious over all the children of Adam,
Victorious over all enemies,
Victorious in your response to the Angel Gabriel,
Victorious in your wedding to St. Joseph,
Victorious in the birth of Christ,
Victorious in the flight to Egypt,
Victorious in your exile,
Victorious in your home at Nazareth,
Victorious in finding Christ in the temple,
Victorious in the mission of your Son,
Victorious in His passion and death,
Victorious in His Resurrection and Ascension,
Victorious in the Coming of the Holy Spirit,
Victorious in your sorrows and joys,
Victorious in your glorious Assumption,
Victorious in the angels who remained faithful,
Victorious in the happiness of the saints,
Victorious in the message of the prophets,
Victorious in the testimony of the patriarchs,
Victorious in the zeal of the apostles,
Victorious in the witness of the evangelists,
Victorious in the wisdom of the doctors,
Victorious in the deeds of the confessors,
Victorious in the triumph of all holy women,
Victorious in the faithfulness of the martyrs,
Victorious in your power ful intercession,
Victorious under your many titles,
Victorious at the moment of death,
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Hear us, Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy, Lord.
Pray for us, blessed Lady of Victory.That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

The Novena Prayer

Let us pray:  Our Lady of Victory, we have unshaken confidence in your influencewith your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Humbly we ask your intercessionfor all of us associated under your title, Our Lady of Victory.We beg your powerful assistance also for our own personal needs.(Please mention here your special intention in you own words.) In yourmaternal kindness please ask Jesus to forgive all our sins andfailings, and to secure His blessings for us and for all the works ofcharity dedicated to your name. We implore you to obtain for us thegrace of sharing Christ’s victory forever in the life that knows noending. May we join you to praise forever the Father, His Son, JesusChrist, and the Holy Spirit, one God, for all the ages to come. Amen.

Salve Regina (Hail Holy Queen)

Let us pray:  Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.To Thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To Thee do we sendup our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us.And after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of Thy womb,Jesus.O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary,Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God:That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:  The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known thatany one who fled to Thy protection, implored Thy help, and sought Thyintercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I flyunto Thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To Thee I come; before TheeI stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate! despisenot my petitions, but in Thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
All this we ask of The Father in the name of Mary’s Son, Our LordJesus Christ who lives and reigns with Him and the Holy Spirit foreverand ever. Amen.

Prayer To Our Lady of Victory

Let us pray:  O Victorious Lady! Thou who has ever such powerful influence with ThyDivine Son, in conquering the hardest of hearts, intercede for thosefor whom we pray, that their hearts being softened by the rays ofDivine Grace, they may return to the unity of the true Faith, throughChrist, our Lord. Amen.

Violence and Risky Sexual Behavior Plague Nation’s Youth

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

Only a day after the release of a major study that found alarming levels of sexually risky behavior among New York City teens, another study has found that half of all U.S. high schools have engaged in bullying or have been bullied themselves.

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Archbishop Dolan Takes on Anti-Catholic Bias at NY Times

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

New York City’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan is once again publicly rebuking The New York Times for its blatant anti-Catholic bias, this time over its gushing reviews of an offensive art exhibit and play that profane Catholicism.

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Parents Beware: Pedophiles Are Lurking on Facebook!

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

A weeks-long investigation by FoxNews.com has found that the world’s largest social network is allowing pedophiles and child predators on its website, creating an “underworld” of content that clearly violates not only Facebook’s terms of use, but also may include visual depictions of child sexual abuse.

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Do People Give Off Negative or Positive Energies?

JA asks: “My sil was telling me as a fact, that when you meet someone, they give off an ‘energy.’  I have heard of this in the past, like someone who would have a personality type, say negative, joyful, friendly, grumpy, etc.  Now it seems the wording is changing to reflect the new age code word of ‘energy.’ Is this de-sensitizing people to the new age?  Is it in direct conflict with Christianity to assume people give off energy?”

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New Breed of Catholic Bloggers Take on Dissent in the Church

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

Once upon a time, the only people in the Catholic Church who were calling for reform were “cafeteria Catholics” but the advent of theologically conservative Catholic bloggers who are not afraid to expose dissent is beginning to have an impact on the Church in America.

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