Amoris Laetitia has evolved into a message of confusion. Fault of it’s author!

The Pope’s exhortation, Amoris Laetitia has evolved into a message of confusion. The confusion from the Holy Father gives supremacy to “conscience” and this is the most destructive part of Amoris – far more concerning than the wrongful taking of communion. If we all have the “right” to define truth as we see fit in our own (self-formed) conscience, all moral truth is up for grabs and all teachings are mere opinions from the Vatican. If confusion was unintended, the Holy Father would surely remove anything which has resulted in confusion of the faithful. Instead, he insists that what has been written is basically infallible teaching.
The Pope defines “conscience” (as I understand it) as the careful determination of morality – first based on objective Catholic teaching – but foremost based upon the individual’s personal evaluation of Catholic teaching. I think this is current understanding of the vast majority of Catholics and others who are concerned about Amoris teaching. This understanding – ignored by the Pope – is a cruel wrong and it keeps spreading, unstopped. So far no expert has taken the time to explain how he/she has defined what Pope Francis has said in Amoris.
I feel certain Francis knows knows exactly what he has said and he affirms such. He seems to wish to make it easy for anyone, who cares, to translate God’s word and all Church teaching as he/she seems fit. He seems to believe that morality has become misunderstood and too rigid. Moral “ideals” may be considered as the best alternative to ways of living but in the end, no more than that. If true, Scripture and tradition need to be re-understood, if they are to be the new paradigm open to wider interpretation.
Christian heretics down through the centuries, since Jesus lived with us, have often been extremely loving and caring people – even as they re-explain God’s truth into something less but more in line with their idea of God’s meaning. As such, the Church needs to ease off from truths that are too hard to live out. Some heretics seek church purification by establishing a new set of even harder rules. (Jesus accused the Pharisees of both of these errors.) This heresy is relaxed morality.
This deliberate alteration has understandably caused mass confusion around the Church and the world and deserves to be labeled “Heresy.” Astute theologians across the continents are disagreeing with each other and the Holy Father as to the full meaning of what he has written. Why would anyone blame the rest of us for our confusion or expect us to follow what they can’t agree upon? It is an invitation to live as one sees fit – ignore the fight within the church – with this excuse that Jesus never demands anything that is too hard. Taking this position is a grave wrong to the faithful that the Pope seems willing to tolerate for the greater good of showing “mercy” to sinners and hurt people. All the time, Francis loudly claims that there is no alteration to church teaching in what he has written. This sounds like an assurance from the Pope that his teaching is not a change while we believe there is a fundamental change in Amoris as do many theologians.
Personally, I think our Holy Father’s love for people has been affected by experiencing so much damage done to people he loves, that he has lost the ability to recognize the hardest words of Our Lord as the full truth – words which encourage us to take up our crosses – crosses which line the path of freedom. Anything less is cruel deception. Jesus says He is the truth and the truth will set you free. Amoris is “truth” distorted.
I believe that the author who wishes to send any message, has a strong obligation to insure that his message is clear enough to be understood by all who are supposed to follow it. Yet confusion is self-evident here – the message is either deliberately confusing or was meant to be clear. Pope Francis refuses to clarify the confusion saying: “what I have written, I have written.”
I think our Holy Father is a holy – saintly – Pope whose love for the flock is obvious but like a loving father, he is vulnerable to this heresy and has begun to promote it. May the Holy Spirit shine His true light upon the Church and our Holy Father to hear the fullness of God and insure that we all clearly understand every aspect of it. Meanwhile, most of us will do best to follow clearly what has always been taught.

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NEW JERSEY’S GOVERNOR WANTS “POT” FOR ANYONE! HAS HE STOPPED ILLEGAL DRUGS, ALCOHOL, OR OTHER KILLERS?

NEW JERSEY’S GOVERNOR WANTS “POT” FOR ANYONE! HAS HE STOPPED ILLEGAL DRUGS, ALCOHOL, OR OTHER KILLERS?

I AM CONVINCED THAT FEW OF YOU CHALLENGE THE HARD QUESTIONS ABOUT “POT.”:
I WANT ASSURANCE BEFORE I USE  AIRPLANE, BUS, TRAIN OR OTHER DRIVER WHO USES “POT” – I BET YOU DO TOO!
I WANT ASSURANCE BEFORE I SIGN UP FOR ANY PERSONAL MEDICAL OR PHYSICAL CARE FROM “POT” USERS. i BET YOU DO TOO!
I WANT ASSURANCE [WITH TEETH IN THE LAW] THAT BUSINESSES WHICH WORK OR SELL THINGS TO MYSELF OR FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE SYSTEMS TO TEST THEIR EMPLOYEES FOR “POT” INFLUENCE WHILE THEIR WORKERS ARE ON THE JOB!
I SUSPECT YOU WILL PUT SOME OF THIS IN THE LAW BUT HAVE LITTLE MEANINGFUL GUARANTEES THAT THE REST OF US ARE SAFE FROM “POT” HEADS!
GOVERNOR MURPHY CLEARLY HAS HAD NO TIME TO MAKE DETAIL STUDIES ABOUT THE REST OF US BECOMING THE TARGETS OF “POT” USERS. I AM SURE HE KNOWS LITTLE ABOUT “POT” OTHER THAN THE POLITICAL RAMIFICATIONS. ALREADY OTHER “POT” STATES ARE IN TROUBLE OVER CARELESS USERS AND ABUSERS. IF YOU PASS THIS KILLER LAW, YOU WILL BE RELATIVELY SAFE FROM IT, BUT NOT THE REST OF US, IF YOU SHOVE IT DOWN OUR THROATS!
“POT” IS NOT THE HARMLESS LITTLE SUBSTANCE THAT MANY OF YOU SEEM TO THINK IT IS. WILL YOUR OATH TO PROTECT US FROM YOUR LAWS WORK? THEY OFTEN FAIL TO DO SO!
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NEVER FORGET MY B;ESSINGS

As Nancy was driving me home yesterday [June 14, 2013], I experienced a tremenduous sense of gratitude. It was like a second wave in that when I sat up in the recovery room with my big eye patch, the first wave of thanks struck me.
I was brought to tears as I allowed myself to think back to the morning the lens in my left eye broke free from the lens sack [with a bang in my ears] and I suddenly realized that I could no longer see out of that eye. Believe me, this is frightening – so much so – that I think I just avoided the reality and began to put my logic circuits into action and focused on fixing the problem. It was still dark outside and I was comfortably sitting in my lounger – having my morning prayer time as usual. I had to wait for daylight and Nancy so I simply rested with my coffee nearby.
 
We went to our eye doctor [Outlook] in Princeton as soon as they opened and she examined the eye thoroughly and quickly – she is a wonderful doctor in whom we have much confidence. She wasted no words and told us that the situation was very serious and told us that they could do nothing – that I needed to visit a doctor with a highly specialized practice for the worst eye diseases and problems. She offered and made calls for me to see him ASAP and I was able to do that shortly. As Nancy and I spoke riding home last Friday, we acknowledged how a whole lot of puzzle pieces came together – thanks be to God – which led to the 2 speciaists [Drs Prenner and Wheatley] operating  on my eye. These two are quite young [as seems to be the usual case now for us] and conveyed a no-nonsense word about my situation and what they proposed to do. While I had the option to do nothing at all, I wanted to seek any likelihood for regaining full vision. 
 
As I sit here typing this, I am seeing at least just as well as I had seen prior to the loss. I consider this truth most deeply and as I said to Nancy, ” I might wish my experience never happen to anyone while part of me would wish it upon everyone.” I probably am as casual as most in taking prime health for granted and healing arts likewise. As we drove home I thought of little except that I wanted to express thanks to God as I had never put forth. You read the Gospel about the healings of Jesus but for me – having had serious eye defects since birth – the most poignant healings were those in which the blind man recieved back his sight. After this eye catastrophy [confirmed by the specialists], I said a whole lot of prayers much like those blind men in Jesus day on earth. “Lord, please restore my sight – I do not deserve anything, but I beg you to restore sight to this man who has lost an eye.”
 
This is quite long and perhaps tedious reading, but I am compelled to tell everyone that I have had a healing way over the top. I intend to live in more gratitude from now on. I was the beneficiary of the service of some wonderfully gifted [from God] and talented [people who are using their gifts fully] men and women who acted like a bunch of human angels – assisted by some heavenly angels – caring so thoughtfully and caringly for me. Of course the # 1 angel is Nancy who is always everything to me.
 
So here it is Fathers’ Day and I have every reason to celebrate, as you can well imagine. Now, I will share a bit about the process of the surgery last Friday. This may be dry or too much to read – for sure.
 
Nancy & I drove to RWJ in New Brunswick at 5am for a 6:15 appointment. I was quickly stripped and bedded down and punctured in preparation and covered by a wonderful nurse who then covered me with a heated blanket – the Hyatt could not have been better. I went to the surgery at 7:30 and their work was complete by 8:30. Dr Prenner and the anesthesiologist talked me through everything – along with my nurse – and told me to ask them anything. They put me out a couple minutes to place some kind of needle in the eye and all of a sudden, I was awake and clear headed throughout the operation and while I saw nothing [good eye covered] I could hear clearly. Drs Prenner and Wheatley coorborated peacefully and clearly each step of the procedure. I was so thankful I was awake – which I had not wanted to be. They had explained their preference to have me as potentially cooperative if desired. I could see the instruments being used in my eye as the surgery progressed. I was sat up upon completion and conversed with them as if were the next day. 
 
Enough. I was in the recovery room after a short ride and being offered some great coffee [Kuerig] and cookies. After two cups of coffee, I dressed and got into a wheelchair while Nancy brought the car around. Easy trip home followed by a couple days of rest, good sleep and Nurse Nancy – just can’t ask for more than that.
 
It has become “unpopular” in many circles to include God in our thoughts and conversation. Believe me, if you ever lose your sight, the chances of inviting God into the situation are excellent. We live in a cruel world – full of sickness, injury and hurts. We all question how bad things happen so often – to so many good people. It is rare that we give a thought to life with “free will” or life as without freedom. We fight for freedom but want a God who limits it under certain circumstances. At the beginning, man demanded unlimited free will in order to do right and wrong as he sees fit and we have all followed likewise. The consequences of my free will to do right can be fantastically life giving but I don’t like to face the consequences of my freedom to do wrong. All my wrongs hurt others – there is no such thing as private sin. Most sins hurt people but in truth they even hurt our world of nature. I have sinned again and again but when I say “I’m sorry” I help God restore the bad results of my failures.  Many of you have prayed for me during my knee surgery and some during my eye surgery. I pray that God blesses you for blessing me so kindly!
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Thanks for Sharing Your Family

It was kind and thoughtful that we were invited to the special celebration of Mary’s birth and life. It was a delightful day for us to be with your wonderful family and many dear friends as well.
You two have given us all a wonderful family and you have nurtured them into exemplary lives. As contemporaries with you through tumultuous generations, we have said many prayers for our children and their children. And God has surely blessed those prayers many times over through joys and trials too.
Thanks for being such dear friends and brothers and sisters in our good Lord! While we happen to pass each other infrequently, may we often share our lives in the Spirit along the way.
Love and blessings as we open the door to a new year this very night.
Mike and Nancy
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My Idea of a pastor

My Idea of a pastor
He must be a good and holy priest who supports his pastor [his bishop]
A man who loves his flock and his brother priests and listens to them
A man who knows how to manage his staff who keep everything running well
A man who takes care of all the facilities that provide  a home for the flock
A man who knows that his time in his parish may end whenever necessary
But uses his time as if it is permanent till death
He is loved by his flock and is always there for them
He seeks God in everything!
I am blessed to have such a pastor
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To the voter in the upcoming election for Board of Election in Hamilton:

My reason for running for this election is simple. Our children are a gift of God who created them – just as He created all of us. The gifts God gives us become subject to our free will where it comes to their education and formation. God shows us how they should be trained and cared for in order for them to fulfill His desire that they become people of goodness, honor, and decency – that they will attain excellence according to their gifts and seek to use their excellence and pass it on to their own children and our society.

What God seeks can be distorted and prevented by people whose selfish and wrongful agendas actually have little care for Gods truth. Just look around – it is obvious. There are massive systems everywhere which seek to use children for their own gain. They fill the environment with entertainment and temptation and evils designed to do their work.

They infiltrate government and even our schools. They want you to accept their “right” to manipulate our children. We are free to stand in the gap for our children or allow evil to infect them. Are we doing all we can do?

I know that God gives wisdom – whenever we seek it honestly – about what to advance and what to avoid. That is my belief and I would do my best in any capacity I find myself. I seek God and I am accountable for my life and actions to Him. I will answer to God as to how I live out this responsibility, as will every parent and educator – like it or not.
I hope you will pray for the right kind of a Board members. I would want you to vote for those who you believe will be true to what you believe in! Your vote is important – don’t waste it!

God Bless You,
Michael J Donnelly, Hamilton Board of Education candidate.

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The Fathers Blessing

EARLY MORNING – THE LAST OF SEPTEMBER
Sitting here in the breakfast room – reflecting upon these sweet and sour days since Jim’s death. I suddenly realize I am the lone patriarch of theis Donnelly clan and I failed last night as we all parted to offer my father blessing upon all of you and yours here or unable to be here these few days.
I am so blessed by each of you and all of you and ask God to close the bonds tightly between us as we go our different ways today. These few days let us see the beauty within each one of you and also showed me how easy it can be to miss all kinds of wonderful days that keep flowing by as years pass so quickly.
So please take this  little practice with you from this day forward: each morning or evening take a moment to bless one another as I am blessing right now. I place my hands upon each of you and make a little sign of the cross upon your forehead – each of you individually including all who were not here, as I pray:
Lord bless this child of Yours as I ask You to take special care of him/her this day – in his/her goings and comings. Keep him/her safe while away and bring him/her home as the sun sets in Your love and the love of this family. I pray in Jesus name, Amen.”
 
Have a wonderful day – I love you!
papaw
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