Be Battle Ready!

Battle Ready!

Welcome to BATTLE READY!

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BATTLE READY is an effort of the Camp Gargano mission to encourage and strengthen the body, mind and soul for the day to day battle.

I guess you could call BATTLE READY a cyber platoon of warriors that share a few common understandings.

1. We are all part of a spiritual battle that carries with it enormous consequences in this life and in the next.

2. There is a need to train the body, mind and soul for this battle and be prepared for the fight.

3. There is a need to pray for and support fellow soldiers in the fight.

It’s simple. As a man you were created by God to be a fighter, a protector, a defender. You say you’re a lover not a fighter. I say that if you love, then you will fight for what you love. You will provide for what you love. You will defend what you love. If you are a priest or husband/father then God has placed under your care other lives, other souls. If you are a young man who has not yet found your position then these days should be understood as a time of training. Most young men do not take this seriously which is why so many guys end up with messed up lives. Divorce, addiction, abusive relationships and destructive behavior are the obvious trainwrecks, and they’re everywhere.

It is your duty to fight for those under your care and that fight invloves much more than than just protecting them and providing for them in this world. The real enemy we face is an enemy of intense darkness. The fight we are engaged in is against a saboteur who seeks to lay waste to everything good and noble.

When you sign up for BATTLE READY you will receive:

* Regular e-mails and periodic videos designed to encourage and strengthen you in the day-to-day battle.

* Information on new materials like DVDs, CDs, books and more that will assist you in the battle.

* One mass a month will be offered for you and everybody signed up for BATTLE READY.

* The prayers and support of others who have joined the ranks of BATTLE READY.

If you are a lady you can benefit from BATTLE READY as well. A woman has a powerful influence in the life of a man. She can build him up or tear him down. I encourage you to sign up the men in your life or forward the BATTLE READY e-mails and videos to them to help them in the fight.

There is no sign up fee. There are no requirements. We only encourage you to try to remember everyday to pray for those who are in the ranks of BATTLE READY. One of the things we all need is the strength and support of fellow brothers on the battlefield.

Are you BATTLE READY?

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The Third Fatima Apparition

July 13th is the anniversary of the third apparition that occurred in 1917 in Fatima, Portugal.  If you are not familiar with the miraculous accounts of Fatima then you should get caught up. http://www.ewtn.com/fatima/index.htm  Every time the Blessed Mother appears and the Catholic Church approves it as worthy of faith, it is an amazing and powerful gift from God. But the apparitions of Our Lady that took place in Fatima are exceptional.

Her messages at Fatima came at a time when the world was nearing the end of  World War One. Her warnings to the world if we did not repent were serious.  The three children who she appeared to weighed in at the young ages of 7,9 & 10 and their lives were changed beyond understanding.  Ours will be too if we listen to Our lady.  Her words are as important for us today as they were in 1917.

Probably the two most intense moments of the July apparition were 1. The children were shown a vision of hell.  And 2. They were told that a second and much more terrible war was going to take place if the world did not repent. 

The lessons for our times that we can learn from the apparitions of Fatima are enormous. I encourage you to look into them.

 

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Fortnight For Freedom Continues!

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS! MUCH IS COUNTING ON YOUR RESPONSE!

The Fortnight For Freedom is still trucking along.  Check out the USCCB’s web site for more information. 

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/index.cfm  

This is a very important time for us all in our country with regards to the attacks on religious freedom.  Quite a lot has been written and spoken about on Catholic radio and television concerning the seriousness of these days and the need for all of us to step up our prayer and action to defend our religious freedoms.  

In a previous post we drew attention to a speech by Archbishop Charles Chaput,  to a group of Catholic journalists on June 20th, the evening before Fortnight For Freedom began.  The entire speech can be found here   http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2012/06/launching-the-fortnight-for-freedom  Here are a couple more key points that the Archbishop made in that speech that are of notable importance.

“Here’s my fourth point: Unless we work hard to keep our religious liberty, we’ll lose it. It’s already happening in other developed countries like Britain and Canada. The U.S. Constitution is a great document–historically unique for its fusion of high ideals with the realism of very practical checks and balances. But in the end, it’s just an elegant piece of paper. In practice, nothing guarantees our freedoms except our willingness to fight for them. That means fighting politically and through the courts, without tiring and without apologies.

Here’s my fifth and final point: Politics and the courts are important. But our religious freedom ultimately depends on the vividness of our own Christian faith–in other words, how deeply we believe it, and how honestly we live it. Religious liberty is an empty shell if the spiritual core of a people is weak. Or to put it more bluntly, if people don’t believe in God, religious liberty isn’t a value. That’s the heart of the matter.

The worst enemies of religious freedom aren’t “out there” among the legion of critics who hate Christ or the Gospel or the Church, or all three. The worst enemies are in here, with us–all of us, clergy, religious, and lay–when we live our faith with tepidness, routine, and hypocrisy.”

How each of us responds to these challenges will affect many lives, now and for generations to come.

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You Only Preserve The Truth That You Defend

 

 

One thing should be clear to us all.  Truth is being assaulted from many different sides and the battle is serious.  With the recent attempts of the government to pressure and manipulate Catholics in America to violate their consciences by means of the HHS mandate, as well as in other areas, the threat to religious freedom has only been stepped up to an unprecedented level. There is no time to delay.  We all need to look at ourselves and ask whether or not we are doing what we can to make a difference. Pope John Paul I, in his very short pontificate, told the world that we only preserve the truth that we defend.  These words have more meaning today in America than maybe at any other time.

What do they mean to you?

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American Freedoms are under attack!

Our basic God-given, American, religious freedom is under attack.  The time is now to get off the couch, the fence or whatever it is you are sitting on that’s keeping you from getting involved.   

Here’s my second point: Freedom of religion is more than freedom of worship. The right to worship is a necessary but not sufficient part of religious liberty. Christian faith requires community. It begins in worship, but it also demands preaching, teaching, and service. It’s always personal but never private. And it involves more than prayer at home and Mass on Sunday–though these things are vitally important. Real faith always bears fruit in public witness and public action. Otherwise it’s just empty words.

The founders saw the value of publicly engaged religious faith because they experienced its influence themselves. They created a nation designed in advance to depend on the moral convictions of religious believers, and to welcome their active role in public life.Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered a speech on June 20th in Indianapolis to a group of Catholic journalists on the eve of the “Fortnight for Freedom,” a national campaign of teaching, witness, and prayer against these attacks on our religious freedom.  Here are a few quotes from that speech.  What you should gather from this is that Archbishop Chaput, and he is not alone, is not watering down the seriousness of this matter.  It would do you good to read the entire speech http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2012/06/launching-the-fortnight-for-freedom  and START THE CONVERSATION with those around you.  If we do not take an urgent stand NOW then we will be facing even worse threats in the future.  Pay close attention to what many of the bishops are saying.  What is needed here above everything else is that we pray, fast and give our lives to God, entirely!  It is the grace of God that can heal and convert hearts.  But the hearts that need healing and converting always include our own.

Archbishop Chaput’s speech to Catholic journalists:

I’ve known Greg Erlandson as a friend for many years. So I was glad to accept his invitation to join you tonight.  And I’m very glad to speak on the theme of religious liberty because events in our country have made it an urgent concern.  I can sum up my remarks tonight in five simple points.

First, religious freedom is a cornerstone of the American experience. This is so obvious that once upon a time, nobody needed to say it. But times have changed. So it’s worth recalling that Madison, Adams, Washington, Hamilton, Franklin, Jefferson–in fact, nearly all the American founders–saw religious faith as vital to the life of a free people. Liberty and happiness grow organically out of virtue.  And virtue needs grounding in religious faith.

Gertrude Himmelfarb, the historian, put it this way: The founders knew that in a republic, “virtue is intimately related to religion. However skeptical or deistic they may have been in their own beliefs, however determined they were to avoid anything like an established Church, they had no doubt that religion is an essential part of the social order because it is a vital part of the moral order.”

Here’s my second point: Freedom of religion is more than freedom of worship.  The right to worship is a necessary but not sufficient part of religious liberty. Christian faith requires community. It begins in worship, but it also demands preaching, teaching, and service. It’s always personal but never private. And it involves more than prayer at home and Mass on Sunday–though these things are vitally important. Real faith always bears fruit in public witness and public action. Otherwise it’s just empty words.

The founders saw the value of publicly engaged religious faith because they experienced its influence themselves. They created a nation designed in advance to depend on the moral convictions of religious believers, and to welcome their active role in public life.

 

I will be posting more of Archbishop Chaput’s speech in coming days.  I encourage you to go out to the link above and read the entire speech now.  This issue is far too important to ignore!  If you remain silent then you are part of the problem.  Spread the word and be part of the solution.

 Thank you for joining in the effort to end this unprecedented government coercion.

 

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