Social Issues & Action

What Does this Wood Carving Mean?

by Steve Ray on October 18, 2018

This was in the hospital. What does it mean?

When I went to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor Michigan the other day for a visit, I stopped by to pray at the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel. In front of the chapel was this wood carving.

I also, like all of you, sat in front of it puzzled. Who are the women; what’s in their hands? What does it mean? Then it came to me. A Catholic hospital, especially one with the word “mercy” in its name, practices the Corporal Acts of Mercy.

The six items held by the women representing the virtues or acts of mercy are taken straight from the Gospels – from Matthew 25:34-36 and are the basis for judging whether people are going to heaven or hell.

From the gospel we read: “Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; ?for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, ? I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'”

Humbling words! I think the 5th image represents flowers that are often brought to the sick in hospitals.

Scary words – because Jesus ends up saying,

Then the King will say to those at his right hand, “Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink” … Then he will say to those at his left hand, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink …”  (Matthew 25:31-46)

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by Steve Ray on October 5, 2018

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About Witholding Funds from the Church

by Steve Ray on August 16, 2018

There has been a lot of discussion about withholding funds from the Church as a way of speaking out against bishops who have not done their job and been bad shepherds, protecting bad shepherds. I have suggested it is something we should think about especially if we know of abusers or those who facilitate abusers.

The Catholic faithful are very frustrated because they have little or no control over the hierarchy. And when many in the hierarchy have done (and are doing) such a terrible job of managing the flock and protecting it I understand, like Ed Peters commented, that we want to find some way to act and to put an end to the nonsense. The question keeps arising, “What can we do?”

I personally will not withhold finances or support from my parish nor my bishop (and archbishop) because the priests I know locally I believe to be exceptional and my bishop as well. But if I had good reason to believe otherwise or if my bishop was Wuerl…

Canon Lawyer Ed Peters has written an excellent article discussing this topic, especially from a Canon Law perspective. I suggest you read it here.

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Republicans and Democrats – or Conservatives and Liberals

August 6, 2018

Now I know there are some Democrats who visit this site and I don’t want to offend, but this story is pretty funny. I think we could change “democrat” to liberal and “republican” to conservative. I don’t necessarily consider myself “Republican,” though I have always voted Republican since they are the lesser of two evils […]

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Why One Priest Cancelled Netflix and Rebuked Them

July 18, 2018
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The Jordan Peterson Phenomenon – I Stand Up to Applaud Him!!

February 28, 2018

There is a lot of buzz going around about the Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson who is defying the Canadian government and the tyranny of the lunatic Left. I stand up to applaud him! Here is an article in Catholic World Report written by Bishop Robert Barron. Barron introduces this eloquent, courageous and very bright man. […]

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Urge Catholic School NOT to Fire Catholic Teacher for Quoting Saint John Bosco on Islam

May 16, 2017

Can political correctness get worse than this? Mark Smythe Fact #1: Mark Smythe is a well-liked Catholic teacher at Blessed Trinity Catholic School in Ocala, Florida. He recently used Saint John Bosco’s writing on Islam in his 6th grade social studies class. Fact #2: The leftist Huffington Post found out that Saint John Bosco’s writings […]

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Who Are the Poor I’m Supposed to Care For?

May 7, 2017

As we leave our rented apartment in Rome and walk towards St. Peter’s Square I notice a ragged, filthy woman sitting on a piece of cardboard with a baby laying lethargically in her arms. She looks up with mournful eyes and pathetically mumbles something as she reaches out hoping I’ll put coins in her hand. […]

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Can’t Believe I Agree with the Looney Women on The View!!

April 21, 2017

Ann Coulter is a conservative and a Christian. She was invited to speak at Berkeley University in California and the liberal left are going crazy. They protested to the point where the University rescinded her invitation. And Coulter is not one to back down and said she’ll be there anyway. Bravo! The battle lines are […]

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Bet You’ve Never Heard of this Heroic, Selfless Woman

February 17, 2017

Remember this lady?Irena Sendler Died: May 12, 2008 (aged 98) in Warsaw, Poland During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive. Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her […]

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Gotta Love this Good Samaritan Using his Cane to Defend a Lady

February 1, 2017

I wish there were more heroic folks that would stand up to injustice, evil and cruelty. God bless this hero!

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Defund Planned Parenthood – You Can Help RIGHT NOW

January 12, 2017

For the first time in decades it is a real possibility to shut down the baby-killer machine called Planned Parenthood. You can help now. Act Now! Help Defund Planned Parenthood Secular liberal Democrats have fought to maintain the mandatory federal funding of Planned Parenthood far too long! America is on the verge of pulling the […]

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‘Worst Year Yet’: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Be a Christian

January 12, 2017

Islamic extremism now has a rival, according to 2017 World Watch List. Jeremy Weber  Posted in Christianity Today   1/11/2017 09:00AM For the third year in a row, the modern persecution of Christians worldwide has hit another record high. But the primary cause, Islamic extremism, now has a rival: ethnic nationalism. Thus, Asia increasingly merits […]

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“This is what Islam teaches you?”

January 5, 2017

Not too long ago I was shopping with my wife. A Muslim woman was in front of us in line arguing with the cashier. I knew she was Muslim because of the hijab around her head. I waited patiently. The cashier said, “The store’s policy is only one per customer.” The Muslim woman argued, “I want […]

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Trump Interviewed on EWTN; Watch Tonight! We Already Voted for Trump!

October 27, 2016

IRONDALE, Ala., Oct. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — At 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 27, EWTN’s “The World Over” with Host Raymond Arroyo will air an exclusive interview with Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, which will be of interest to people across the United States. Watch the 15 minute interview below… Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161025/432539 Logo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161025/432540LOGO “He […]

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