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THE CONSOLATIONS OF THE GENERAL JUDGEMENT

“Then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in Heaven” (Matt. 24:30)

The pagan theory, held by more than one Government in our days, that the State as such knows no master, either in the heaven above or on the earth below, that it is a law unto itself, and is wholly independent of the moral order which binds individuals, is as untrue as it is blasphemous.

…as untrue as it is blasphemous

And its further contention that there is no sanction in this world or in another for what men may be pleased to call its misdeeds is equally false and contrary to facts.

…contrary to facts

That there is a punishment even on this earth for the collective crime of a nation or people is made apparent for all time by the tragic events of years past. But over and above the downfall of a guilty country and its ruin at the hands of an outraged world, there is awaiting it a further and more terrible, though less immediate, retribution of which we are reminded in the words quoted at the head of this conference, and that is the sentence that will be passed at the General Judgement. Let us betake ourselves in thought to that day of awful consummation, when right will be vindicated for ever, and wrong finally dethroned and cast into the burning.

The General Judgement

In imagination, helped out by the words of the Gospel, let us envisage the scene. The world then has grown old: its course is wellnigh run. The Gospel has been preached to all nations, and the abomination of desolation is standing in the Holy Place.

The day of consummation when right will be vindicated for ever…

False prophets have gone abroad and seduced many, and unless these days had been shortened even the elect would have been perverted. Nations have arisen one against another and murderous wars have laid waste the land; pestilences and famines and earthquakes have exercised their sway over the face of the earth. A mighty persecution against all that is holy and good, against Christ and His Church has broken out.

…and wrong will be finally dethroned and cast into the burning

There have been signs in the heavens: the sun refused to give its light, and the moon has turned to blood, for a conflagration of unexampled proportions has sprung up and spread far and wide and threatens to consume the world.

The Gospel has been preached to all nations, and the abomination of desolation is standing in the Holy Place

And suddenly there is a sound, the like of which never was heard before: it is the trumpet of Judgement summoning the quick and the dead before the tribunal of God.

At that piercing blast the countless generations of the dead start from their graves as if they had been but sleeping, and the sea gives up those that were buried in its depths. All are there, those that inhabited the earth before the Deluge, the five empires of Daniel, Jews and Greeks and Romans, Christian and heathen, rulers of States and their subjects, the rich, the poor, the learned, the ignorant.

And suddenly there is a sound which has never been heard before: a piercing trumpet blast

And then “the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the heavens,” a wail will arise from all the tribes of the earth, and they shall see the Son of Man coming “in the clouds of heaven with great power and majesty”, with Blessed Mary at His side, and the apostles around Him, and an innumerable multitude of angels forming His retinue.

The trumpet of Judgement, summoning the living and the dead

The most solemn and awe-inspiring moment in the history of the world has arrived. It is a generally accepted theological opinion that each one of that immense assemblage will have been already judged after death in private fashion and that his state will have been sealed for evermore. None the less is the General Judgement of the last day a final and fitting complement to the dispositions of divine governance; in no sense a superfluous pageant or scenic display but the necessary epilogue of the bloodstained annals of mankind.

The Son of Man is coming in the clouds of heaven with great power and majesty

Man is not merely an individual who can sin against his Maker in his private capacity: he is associated with others, he is the member of a state, or community, or family; he has friends who have come under his influence or by whom he has himself been influenced, and it is only right and proper that the sins of these aggregate bodies, and the guilt of each individual in relation to his neighbour should be exposed before the world and meet with the overwhelming reprobation of men and angels, of Christ and of God.

The most solemn and awe-inspiring moment in the history of the world has arrived

Then at length shall the ways of Providence, so often mysterious and hidden, be revealed and justified in the eyes of all creatures. Then shall nations, the proudest and mightiest, rulers first and subjects after, stand arraigned for judgement in the fierce light of day, humbled to the dust and held up to universal condemnation not only for the unjust wars they have waged, the rivers of blood they have shed to satisfy an insensate ambition, and the atrocities they have perpetrated in defiance of every law, divine and human; but also in many instances for their national apostasy, their loudly advertised irreligion, their persecution of the Church, their oppression of the poor, the countenance they gave to vice and corruption.

Man is not merely an individual who can sin in his private capacity, he sins in his public role 

These are crimes calling to heaven for vengeance; and yet God often delays, they are not always visited by Him in the lifetime of the evildoers. Sometimes even iniquity seems to prosper in the high places, and an unrighteous cause may succeed and prevail.

At the Last Day, however, “the people will be seen to have devised vain things” and “He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh at them, and the Lord shall deride them and speak to them in his anger and trouble them in his rage” (Psalm 2). Shame unutterable shall be their portion. There shall be “gnashing of teeth and the call for mountains to cover them,” but all in vain final humiliation and utter discomfiture will be public and irretrievable.

Man’s public and hidden misdeeds will be brought to account in public and in full view of whom they have wronged without anybody having apologised to them, without having even tried to put it right and without having done penance before God and His Church

The General Judgement, moreover, besides bringing fit retribution to States and Peoples for their manifold crimes will also expose and avenge those innumerable sins which are not merely private and personal to men, but in which others are involved, scandals which have led them into evil, false teachings which have sapped and endangered their faith, wicked examples which they have been induced to imitate, malicious slanders that have assassinated their character, cruel deeds that have embittered their life.

Transgressions in regard to neighbour

It is only just that the workers of evil should answer to God in private for their more hidden misdeeds, those against themselves and against Him, but that they should be brought to account in public and in presence of those they have wronged for their other transgressions in regard to their neighbour.

And hence it is not a little remarkable that the sentence of the Judge on that day will make no mention of secret sins, but only of such as may have hurtfully affected others.

Depart from me, for I was hungry and you gave me not to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me not to drink; I was a stranger and you took me not in; naked and you covered me not, sick and in prison and you did not visit me – and: As long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you it to me (Matt 25:41 et seq.)

We do not take consolation or joy in the thought of the punishment that the wicked will suffer at that great Day of Judgement; we do not find pleasure in another’s pain, however much he may have deserved it. But we may well be consoled to think that at the Last Day God’s ways will be justified and all His claims upon the worship and service of His creatures will be vindicated, that all wrongs will be righted.

At the Last Day all wrongs will be righted

We may secure that the General Judgement will be to each of us individually a day of consolation, for according to Our Lord’s own words the final sentence passed upon us will depend upon the manner in which we have acquitted ourselves in the observance of God’s first and great commandment of charity.

God’s first and great commandment of charity

If in spite of many other sins and imperfections of which we had repented during life, we have always steadily striven to exercise charity, then to us will be said before that mighty host of all our fellow beings those consoling words:

Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me to eat: I was thirsty and you gave me to drink: I was a stranger and you took me in: naked and you covered me: sick and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me. Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee a stranger and took thee in or naked and covered thee? Or when did we see thee sick or in prison and came to thee? And the king answering, shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me (Matt 25:34 et seq.)

At the final day of reckoning God’s ways will be justified

What an incentive this is to all of us to practise charity in the many and sundry ways that are offered to us every day, so that at the final day of reckoning we may stand up unafraid and consoled at that Great Judgement of Our Lord.

– From: Lift Up Your Hearts, Christopher J. Wilmot, S.J., The Catholic Book Club, London, 1949

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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FOR YOUR DIARY: NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING

“GOOD COUNSEL NETWORK

• MONDAY 23rd JUNE 2014

is a National Day of Prayer and Fasting for the end of Abortion & Euthanasia.

÷ Please remember to pray and to fast in any possible way. This could be fasting on bread and water or it could be fasting from a particular thing, i.e. alcohol, cigarettes, TV, etc. ÷

• For details see: http://www.goodcounselnetwork.com [external link].”

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2014 in For your diary

 

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“NOBODY IS FORCED TO BE CATHOLIC. WE’RE CALLED BY CHRIST AND HE’S CHOSEN US”

“The Bishop of Portsmouth has reportedly said that Catholics who support abortion and same-sex marriage should not receive Holy Communion, according to a pro-life website.

LifeSiteNews.Com [external link] quoted Bishop Philip Egan as saying: ‘When people are not in communion with the Catholic Church on such a central thing as the value of life on the unborn child and also in terms of the teachings of the Church on marriage and family life – they are voting in favour of same-sex marriage – then they shouldn’t be receiving Holy Communion.’

IT IS NOT A PUNISHMENT, BUT AN ACT OF MERCY

Bishop Egan told the website that denying someone Holy Communion is not a punishment but ‘an act of mercy’, and ‘with the hope and prayer that that person can be wooed back into full communion with the Church’.

He said: ‘Nobody is forced to be Catholic. We’re called by Christ and He’s chosen us, it’s a free choice. We live under the word of God. It’s not my truth, it’s God’s truth.

‘One would hope that in that case it would encourage someone to come back and seek communion with the Lord, with the truth and say: ‘I’m sorry I got lost.”

WE WILL, BEING CHRISTIAN, HAVE TO SUFFER

Bishop Egan said Catholics should not seek a fight but at the same time, ‘we will, being Christian, have to suffer, and have to go to the Cross’.

‘This is one of the ways, particularly as a priest or a bishop, in which that cross is going to come out, because you have to witness to the truth,’ the bishop said.

He added: ‘A relationship with Christ is essential where we are truly united in the heart of Christ… With prudence, wisdom, praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we support each other in that and in our suffering.’

Bishop Egan said that the witness to truth is made in love for ‘all persons, especially those of same-sex attraction’.”
– This article was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue March 21 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 

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“TRUTH IS NOT BASED ON THE SWING OF PUBLIC OPINION OR HOW PEOPLE FEEL”

WE CATHOLIC CHRISTIANS DON’T GO BY FADS AND FASHIONS THAT COME AND GO, BUT WE BELIEVE IN UNSHIFTING, ETERNAL VALUES.

“When Jesus said to Pilate, ‘Everyone on the side of truth listens to me’, Pilate answered, ‘What is truth?’ (John 19:38).

‘What is truth?’ is the question of our time especially. Truth has come to be seen as something subjective, relative, based on the swing of public opinion or how we feel.

Whereas truth is not something shifting, subjective and relative.

We build our lives on the immutable and unchanging truths of God’s revelation contained in the sacred scriptures, the teaching authority of the Church and the natural law.

Pilate asked: ‘What is truth?’ Jesus said: ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.'”
– The text in inverted commas was published in “A Lenten Journey of Prayer for 2013” by AlivePublishing. For information on their booklets please visit http://www.alivepublishing.co.uk (external link).

 

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“MY UNMARRIED FACEBOOK FRIEND ANNOUNCED SHE IS PREGNANT – IS IT OK TO CLICK ‘LIKE'”?

QUESTION: “If an unmarried friend on Facebook announces that she has moved in with her boyfriend I don’t click ‘Like’ because it seems to be a form of approval. But if an unmarried friend announces that she is pregnant, is it hypocritical to congratulate her?

ANSWER: Your raising this question is commendable because it demonstrates an awareness of the responsibility that we have to avoid co-operating in the wrong done by another person. Traditionally theologians have identified nine general ways to co-operate in evil: by counsel, by command, by consent, by provocation, by praise or flattery, by concealment, by being a partner in the sin, by silence and by defending the wrong done.

Although clicking ‘Like’ for a Facebook status is fairly trivial it can be a way of praising something wrong and so I agree with your decision to avoid clicking “Like” when an unmarried couple announce that they have moved in together. It is not always necessary to comment negatively on a person’s status but it might be necessary to say something if others draw an inference from our lack of comment. Even here we do not need to respond if people are simply attempting to draw us into an online fight.

In the case of an unmarried friend announcing a pregnancy, there are other considerations. In many cases an unmarried mother will be asked whether she wishes to continue with the pregnancy – in other words, whether to opt for the killing of the baby through abortion.

For someone who is young and in difficulties, considerable pressure may be brought to bear. In such cases we are right to congratulate a young mother on making the courageous choice of life for her unborn child.

In the case of a mother who is in a long-term cohabiting relationship we can still congratulate her on the conception of a child, though we may be in a position where we should encourage her to marry. Facebook is probably not the place for such a conversation to take place, and simply clicking ‘Like’ does not imply that we approve of all the circumstances of the pregnancy.”
– This article by Fr Tim Finigan was published as part of the feature “Catholic Dilemmas” in the “Catholic Herald” issue March 7 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 

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PRAYER TO ST JEROME EMILIANI

O St Jerome Emiliani, our country is in such need of your powerful intercession before the throne of God. So many children are orphans of broken homes, some are missing and others have been used for evil purposes on our city streets. Even worse, people are killing children before they are even born.

Inspire parents to adopt orphans. Help us to have your fervour for all children, especially those in most need. Finally, we ask you to intercede for us to be transformed into children so that we may one day enter the Kingdom of Heaven and with you praise the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit for ever. Amen.

 
 

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“YOU CAN FIND A BOOK STUPID, POORLY WRITTEN, DISHONEST – BUT WHY BAN IT?”

ST PAUL: “HUSBANDS, LOVE YOUR WIVES, JUST AS CHRIST LOVED THE CHURCH AND GAVE HIMSELF UP FOR HER.”

TRUE JOY FOR ALL WIVES: “LOSING HERSELF TO BRING TO LIFE THE PEOPLE SHE CARES ABOUT”

“When the Italian writer Costanza Miriano wrote a book on marriage she could not have imagined the kind of controversy it would cause across the Mediterranean in Spain. The country’s main Left-wing parties condemned the work, ‘Sposati e sii sottomessa’ (‘Marry him and be Submissive’), with some claiming that ‘it encourages violence against women’ and ‘degrades the image of woman’. Condemnation rolled from the Spanish parliament, notably from members of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) and the United Left (Isquierda Unida), and there were even attempts to ban the book.

The title, of course, is taken from St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians: ‘Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord, the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the Church.’ Costanza is a mother of four and a national television reporter… In the eyes of some non-Catholics, Miriano doesn’t look like a typical Catholic woman. She is tall, blond, athletic and always elegantly dressed…

COSTANZA’S BOOK SEEMS MERELY A PRETEXT TO ATTACK THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Her first book was a great success in Italy, with more than 20 reprints. Yet it seems that almost no one protesting against the work in Spain has actually read the work, judging it merely on the basis of its title. She learned from a Spanish journalist who interviewed her that the main reason the book sparked protests is that it is published in Spain by Nuevo Inicio. The publishing house is owned by Archbishop Javier Martinez of Grenada, who has clashed repeatedly with the Spanish Left over abortion. So Costanza’s book seems merely a pretext to attack the Catholic Church.

THE BEAUTY OF TOTAL LOVE

Costanza is a clever, funny and humble woman who has written a book addressed to women who are scared of getting married, and also for wives who have forgotten the true meaning of Christian marriage.

‘Submission’ for the Italian writer, as for St Paul, does not mean slavery but service. ‘Men tend towards egoism,’ she says, ‘and women can overcome this negative inclination of men not by complaining, shouting or beating her fists, but by showing him the beauty of a total love, the sacrifice of his own selfishness.’

WOMEN ARE TO REGAIN THEIR VALUABLE POSITION IN SOCIETY

The book has earned plaudits at the Holy See. The Vatican’s semi-official newspaper ‘L’Osservatore Romano’ hailed it as a ‘little manual of evangelisation’. In the book, Costanza attempts to reassert the true value of woman in the world, starting from her role in the family. Her capacity to be ‘submissive’ corresponds to her ability to sustain the world by succouring and supporting her children and husband. Without women and their role of wife, mother and worker, the family – and therefore society – could not flourish. In order to rediscover this truth, Costanza argues, women need to focus on the service they are called to in marriage, ‘to be welcoming, but not because a man forces her, but because that’s what we love to do.

Even women who believe that abortion is a right, if they are mothers, and if you ask them what was the happiest day of their lives, do they not say: ‘When I became a mother’?’ Costanza asks. So what should women do to regain their valuable position in society and in the world, ‘losing herself to bring to life the people she cares about’? And what is a husband’s duty?

AND WHAT ABOUT A HUSBAND’S DUTY?

Costanza has written a second book, which should be published in Spain imminently. It’s called ‘Marry Her and Be Ready to Die for Her’. This nods, of course, towards another phrase of St Paul: ‘Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her.’

Costanza says: ‘At the bottom of every human being there is a sense of emptiness that is filled only by giving oneself completely to someone. This is the way to happiness.’ A wife submissive to a husband, ready to give his life for her: that’s the message of Costanza’s two books. Surely this is hardly an outrage to women.

Commenting on the negative reaction to her book in Spain, Costanza reflects: ‘Nobody is obliged to buy a book. You can find them stupid, poorly written, dishonest, but why ban them?’

The efforts to ban the book have, of course, backfired. Costanza has not only fought off attempts to restrict her free speech, but also has a new bestseller – this time in Spain – on her hands.”
– This article by Laura Gotti Tedeschi entitled “The world’s most ‘dangerous’ Catholic writer” was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue January 3 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 
 

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FOR YOUR DIARY: ECUMENICAL PRAYER PROCESSION “500 CROSSES FOR LIFE”

“Every day more than 500 unborn children die by abortion in England, Scotland and Wales.”

PRAYER PROCESSION “500 CROSSES FOR LIFE”

• WHERE: London UK

• WHEN : Saturday, 16th November 2013

13:30pm – Start at WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL Peaceful Prayer Procession with a Mourning Ceremony at WESTMINSTER BRIDGE

ca. 16:00pm – End at WESTMINSTER ABBEY.

“‘500 Crosses for Life’ is an ecumenical initiative of ‘European Voice of the Unborn Children: Protect Our Life’ (EuroProLife, Westendstr. 78, D-80339 Muenchen) and partners.” Contact: europrolifeuk@gmail.com
http://www.europrolifeuk.org (external link)

÷ Join the united prayer forces of European and British Christians for our unborn brothers and sisters, their parents, doctors and all other children of God, who are involved in abortion. ÷

 
 

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WE ARE UNDER ATTACK BY HIGH INTEREST RATES – REMEMBER OUR RIGHTS COME DIRECTLY FROM GOD

“Our rights to life, liberty, the right to private property, our right to freedom of conscience and the practice of the one true religion founded by Jesus Christ, are given to each human person directly by the Creator. No human authority has the authority from God to take these rights away. The state, too, may not even pretend to have such authority to deny us these fundamental rights, as all authority comes from God.

These rights come from God because God made us to live according to His Will and to accomplish our individual vocation. To fulfil our duty to God and our fellow man, since we are free and rational creatures with a material body, He has to give us the means necessary (authority) in order to achieve His Will. Thus these rights are given directly to us by God. They are not given to us through the State but immediately and directly. The State’s, the government’s, all the public authorities’ purpose is to promote harmoniously the God-given rights of its citizens so that the citizens, in exercising their rights unhampered, may the more easily save their souls and glorify God. The State may not on any pretext (even a majority vote) take away our God-given rights EVER.

RIGHT TO LIFE UNDER ATTACK

In the U.S.A. the Supreme Court has killed over 23,000,000 American citizens by ruling on January 22, 1973, that abortion is legal. These 23 million violent deaths are many times more than all American lives lost in all its wars. Similarly, in Canada the government and the courts, the public authorities and their collaborators, have taken away the most fundamental right, the right to life, of over one-half million Canadians; that is, over 500,000 human lives have been murdered in this land – ‘the true north strong and free’ – in the past ten years alone. These very violent and painful deaths in Canada due to abortion in the past ten years are five (5) times more than all the violent deaths that Canada has suffered at the hands of her enemies, in all the overseas wars (Boer War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War) in which Canada has fought since beginning as a nation in 1867. (* Vital Statistics for abortions from Statistics Canada. Warfare statistics from the World Almanac.)

RIGHTS OF JESUS CHRIST OUR KING UNDER ATTACK

The blatant, grave injustice of abortion committed against the most innocent and the most defenceless of our brothers also indicates something else. It shows that many leaders in our countries – for example, Members of Congress and Members of Parliament as well as people in the courts and in many hospitals – are in effect and in practice, declaring themselves independent of Jesus Christ and His reign over our countries and all their individuals and institutions. The Bible tells us that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords (Apoc. 19:16). As our King, He demands that our legislators, laws, courts, and hospitals reflect His law and that they do not contradict it.

Jesus Christ our King demands that all of us, particularly in our laws, really and effectively protect the lives of the unborn. In the words of the Vicar of Jesus Christ, Pope Pius XI, we are shown this grave obligation which is binding on legislators of all times:

‘Those who hold the reins of government should not forget that it is the duty of public authority by appropriate laws and sanctions to defend the lives of the innocent, and all this the more so since those whose lives are endangered and assailed cannot defend themselves. Among whom we must mention in the first place are infants hidden in the mother’s womb. And if the public magistrates not only do not defend them, but by their laws and ordinances betray them to death at the hands of doctors and of others, let them remember that God is the Judge and Avenger of innocent blood which cries from earth to Heaven.’ (Encyclical on Christian Marriage.)

This sin of abortion is the responsibility not only of legislators, but also of educators, and those who form the consciences of our people. In former times, it was the clergy who fulfilled their God-given role of properly forming the consciences of people, but today it seems that many people take their guidance from the mass media, TV, movies and newspapers. Yet where are the newspapers and mass media to sound the alarm to warn us of this silent war waged against our own citizens?

Therefore, since the laws of our country have been changed to protect the guilty (that is, those who commit abortion), and leave defenceless the most innocent, and since abortions are paid for with tax money, and since this injustice has not been vigorously opposed by the majority of Canadians and Americans, many of us, it would seem, are guilty in varying degrees before God for this ‘unspeakable crime’ (Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes. Para. 51), which the Scriptures tell us ‘cries to Heaven for vengeance’.

THE ATTACK BY HIGH INTEREST RATES

A third point of evidence of the crisis in America and elsewhere is the high interest rates, which cause great hardship to those many individuals who have to pay these rates on their mortgages and personal loans, and which are in themselves sinful. Such interest rates are an example of usury, which is against the law of God and attacks our God-given right to private property. Great harm is done to the social fabric of our country by these interest rates because they decrease the number of real private property owners and they thereby further concentrate in the hands of the few, a greater economic power. As a result, over time, more and more people will be reduced in their real freedoms, for without true economic freedom, there will be very little real political or personal freedom.

The direct ownership of private property by very many people is one of the necessary pillars of personal and real political freedom for all citizens. On the other hand, when relatively few persons own or control the means of production, these few are able to impose their rule over the rest of society through economic pressure on individual wage earners, through manipulation of politicians and leaders of society, and through the control of the mass media by means of the power that their excessive wealth gives them.”
– This is an excerpt of an article published in “Our Lady’s Urgent Appeal” (in 1982) by “The Fatima Center”. For information please visit http://www.fatima.org (external link).

 
 

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“I TOLD HIM THAT I WOULD NOT HAVE AN ABORTION AND TOLD HIM TO GET OUT OF MY LIFE”

“POPE FRANCIS REASSURED ME AND SAID A CHILD WAS A GIFT FROM GOD… HE TOLD ME I HAD BEEN VERY BRAVE AND STRONG FOR MY UNBORN CHILD.”

THE MOBILE PHONE RANG – A MYSTERY NUMBER WAS DISPLAYED ON THE SCREEN

“Pope Francis phoned a woman last week who had written an anguished letter to him to tell her he would baptise her unborn child after she refused to have an abortion. Shop worker Anna Romano, 35, was on holiday when her mobile started to ring with a mystery number on the screen and she was stunned to find herself speaking to the Pope.

Anna, from Arezzo near Florence, had written to Pope Francis earlier this summer to describe her turmoil at having discovered she was pregnant by a man who, unknown to her, was already married with a child and who demanded an abortion.

‘I HAVE NEVER BEEN LUCKY WITH MEN’

In her letter she described to the Pope her dilemma and said: ‘I have never been lucky with men, I married when I was young and then things didn’t work out and I got divorced. I then had a few brief relationships until I met a man who I thought was the man of my dreams.

‘INSTEAD OF BEING HAPPY HE TOLD ME HE WAS ALREADY MARRIED’

In June I discovered I was pregnant through him and when I told him instead of being happy he told me he was already married, already had a child and to have an abortion. ‘I told him that I would not have an abortion and told him to get out of my life,’ she said. Anna added how she was ‘in a desperate and anguished state’ and that she was writing to Pope Francis because she had ‘no one else to turn to, after being left humiliated and betrayed’.

‘HUMILIATED AND BETRAYED’

Speaking from her home she added: ‘I addressed the letter simply to Pope Francis, the Vatican, and put it in the post. I didn’t even sent it recorded delivery. I didn’t really expect a reply.’ When Francis phoned, she said, ‘as soon as he started speaking I recognised the voice as his’.

A CHILD IS A GIFT FROM GOD

‘He said he had read my letter and he wanted to speak to me personally about it and reassure me that someone was worried about me. We were only on the phone for a few minutes but my heart was filled with joy as we spoke and I was rubbing my tummy at the same time. ‘I would never have imagined that the Pope would pick up a telephone and call me and speak to me if I was a dear friend. He reassured me and said a child was a gift from God and that I would never be left alone. He said as Christians we should never be afraid.

‘AS CHRISTIANS WE SHOULD NEVER BE AFRAID’

‘He told me I had been very brave and strong for my unborn child. I told him that I wanted to baptise the baby when it was born, but I was afraid as I was divorced and a single mother, but he said he would be my spiritual father and he would baptise my baby. I’m not sure if he will, I feel as if I am dreaming, but if he did baptise my baby it would be something else, that telephone call has changed my life.

‘I hope my letter will be an example for other women who feel they may be distant from the Church simply because they have chosen the wrong man, they are divorced or they are with men who are not worthy of being fathers. I don’t know the sex of the baby but if the Pope does baptise it and it’s a boy I have no doubt of his name – Francis.’

A Vatican spokesman said he ‘knew nothing’ about the call. ‘The Pope doesn’t tell us when he makes these calls,’ he said. ‘He just does them and then we find out about them later.'”
– This article by Nick Pisa entitled “Mother says her heart is ‘filled with joy’ after Pope call” was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue September 13 2013. [Headings in capital letters added afterwards.] For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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