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Update on Archie

 Hello everyone.  I'm afraid I have sad news. Archie Battersbee's parents lost the legal battle and Archie's life support was removed on Saturday and he died right after.  Please pray for his soul and for his parents.  But we don't stop here. In memory of Archie we have to keep fighting for people like him - people whom everyone would just have declare dead and have done with. And not only in cases like his, but also in particular with Euthanasia. In the Netherlands for example they are trying to make Euthanasia legal for 5-12 year olds in cases of bad disability or serious illnesses, and other countries will most likely follow suit. We have to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. We can't just say 'they are as good as dead', that is the sin of despair. We have to trust God and put their lives in His hands. That's what it means to be pro life. It's not just about abortion, though that is a huge component, but also about people like Archie

Best clean fantasy books list for teens

Fantasy is a popular genre among teens, and I  know I love reading them. But honestly, a lot of modern fantasy out there is kind of mediocre. I have read fantasy quite extensively and here are the best fantasy books for different things with age recs.  Best All Round The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.  "In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins. From Sauron's fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings to him, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion. When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the R

Prayers needed!

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  Your prayers are very much needed for Archie Battersbee now. He is a twelve year old British boy with brain damage who has been unconscious since April 7th. The doctors at the hospital where he is at are going to take away his life support soon. His parents have tried to battle this decision in court but the UK supreme court refused to intervene Right now his parents are asking the  UN's Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to intervene. You can read more about it here:  From Catholic news agency Being pro life is not just about stopping abortion, but also about preserving innocent lives.  So please pray that Archie will not be denied the life support he needs and all chance of recovery. Particularly pray to St Jude, the patron saint of impossible causes!  God bless

I believe

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 I believe - we say those words at each Mass, at the beginning of every rosary. In fact, we say that phrase frequently in everyday life: "I believe in you", "I believe in this cause", etc. But when we say "I believe" at the start of the Apostles' Creed what do we mean? It's not enough to simply believe that God exists, that Jesus Christ, His Son, died for us, that He established the Catholic Church.  We might superficially know this to be true, but not really believe .  This is where the theological virtues come in. Faith is believing in God and everything He promised and commanded, hope is acting on that belief in our lives, and charity is what makes it pleasing in God's sight.   When we say "I believe" we need to renew with our whole hearts, our faith, hope and charity. We need to believe with everything. Faith is nothing without hope, hope is nothing without charity.  It's easy to believe 2+2=4, we know that by logic, it's

"Love one another"

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It's bound to happen-- you meet someone who's annoying, mean, dislikable, or difficult. Or even if they are nice, other people all have traits that we wish we could just magically disappear. It's just part of life. Even so, this can make us weary and want to stop treating them with compassion. Yet, Christ tells us:   "12 This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."   ~ John 15:12   This means that we must do our best to love these people as our brothers and sisters in Christ. But how can we? It seems like it's so impossible! St. Therese of Liseux must have felt the same way when she dealt with a particular nun who lived at the Carmel with her. The nun was always so annoying that St. Therese must have wanted to shout at her and correct her for her wrongs. But she didn't. Instead, Therese tried to treat the nun as her favorite and speak to her sweetly. And one day, that particularly annoying sister stopped Therese and asked her why

"A word for teenagers'

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  The other day, I came across a quote posted on a billboard somewhere. It is quite an old quote, but very relavent to teens today and I thought I would share.  Words for teenagers   Northland college principal John Tapene has offered the following words from a judge who regularly deals with youth.  "Always we hear the cry from teenagers 'what can we do, where can we go?' My answer is this: go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you've finished, read a book. Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun. The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy, and talent so no one will be in war, in sickness, and lonely again. In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important

Happy Feast Day!

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  Today, 97 years ago, a young man, aged only twenty four, lay on his deathbed. He was dying from polio, which he had contracted while helping the poor of Turin.  His family did not realize he was seriously ill until only a couple days before his death. This was because his grandmother had just died, and also because he did not complain of pain and was reluctant to draw attention to his own sufferings.  Finally, after enduring excruciating pain while paralyzed, Pier Giorgio Frassati died on the fourth of July 1925.  I cannot possibly describe how beautiful and holy his death was, I strongly advice reading the last chapter in Man of the Beatitudes by Pier Giorgio's sister, Luciana. You can borrow it for free on internet archive.  Americans will associate the fourth of July, with freedom and liberty. Well, I think it was an appropriate day for him to die on, because then, on the day of his death, he became truly free. Free from the sufferings he had borne, his own and others. For Pie