Good News Today’s Good News 05/25/2018 Summarized from a Catholic perspective Please take time to pray for those voting on Ireland’s abortion laws today. IRISH VOTE ON ABORTION Today Ireland votes on whether to legalize abortion. Abortion has been illegal in Ireland since 1861, and in 1983, during a campaign to legalize abortion, the Irish overwhelming voted to keep abortion illegal as part of the 8th Amendment. Under this law, abortions are only allowed when the life of the mother is considered in danger – which is about 25 cases each year. If voters overturn the 8th Amendment, legislators could pass laws allowing abortion. The current proposal would allow abortion on demand through 12 weeks of pregnancy or past 12 weeks in cases of “fatal fetal anomalies” or “health risks” involving the mother – which are both subjective terms. Furthermore, legislators could pass even less restrictive laws in the future. The Catholic Church has been vocal in supporting the “Save the 8th”campaign, and local clergy have asked the world to pray for Ireland ahead of the vote. Despite pro-lifers being way behind in the polls earlier this year, recent polls suggest today’s vote will be very close. Please take time to say a Rosary for the unborn of Ireland today. MEMORIAL DAY On Monday we celebrate Memorial Day by honoring the men and women who died while serving in the US military. The holiday was originally known as Decoration Day and was founded in 1971, as families began decorating the graves of fallen soldiers after the Civil War. The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed in 2000 and asks all Americans to pause at 3:00 PM local time “to voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect.” The Catechism asserts, “from the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic Sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God” (CCC 1032). Even in the Old Testament, Judas Maccabees offered prayers and sacrifices for the Jewish soldiers who had died wearing pagan amulets, which were forbidden by the Law. He prayed that their sins may be “fully blotted out,” which brought atonement for their sins (2 Mac 12:38-46). In his 1902 encyclical Mirae Caritatis, Pope Leo XIII affirms that offering the Sacrifice of the Mass is the most effective means for washing away the stains of those in purgatory. The Holy Mass is so powerful because it transcends time and space, uniting the faithful in heaven, on earth, and in purgatory into a Holy Communion with the Holy Eucharist, which strengthens our union with Christ, wipes away venial sins, and separates us from future mortal sins (CCC 1391-1396). A FINAL PRAYER FOR THE UNBORN OF IRELAND BEFORE VOTING In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Dear Lord Jesus, I have specific requests that may only partially fill the infinite needs and desires that are in my heart. I ask that You answer me not only for those requests but also for a greater reliance on You to satisfy the needs and desires that You have given me. Please grant the prayers of all those who prayed this novena with me. Bless them with Your love and make them holy! May I seek You with a sincere heart knowing that it will profit me nothing if I gain the whole world yet lose my soul. So, help me to see Your good and gracious purpose in all my trials. Help me to see Your blessings in every day and help me to love You more. Thank You for everything, Lord Jesus! Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. N KOREA STILL WILLING TO TALK AFTER TRUMP CANCELS MEETING President Trump announced yesterday that his June 12th meeting with Kim Jong Un of North Korea has been canceled. In a letter to Kim, Trump cited “tremendous anger and hostility” displayed in Kim’s most recent comments. A White House spokesman also noted that N Korea was responsible for a series of broken promises, saying they “stood us up” during scheduled meetings. Early Friday, a N Korean official said the rogue Kim was still willing to “sit down face-to-face with the U.S. and resolve issues anytime and in any format.” WEINSTEIN TO SURRENDER Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to New York police on sexual misconduct charges today. It would be the first time Weinstein has been charged since accusations of rape and sexual assault emerged. AUGUSTINE INSTITUTE RELEASES VIDEO SERIES ON THE EUCHARIST The series, titled “Presence,” explores the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist through its institution at the Last Supper and its role in the Catholic faith. It’s available for purchase and is part of the Augustine Institute’s sacramental video series. NATIONAL CATHOLIC PRAYER BREAKFAST IN DC Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, KS, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and US Ambassador for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback addressed the 14th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast yesterday. Naumann said there is a need for a great religious awakening among millennials, and Paul Ryan noted that Catholic social teaching was the “antidote” to many of the problems facing society today. A SIMPLE PRAYER FOR MEMORIAL DAY God of power and mercy, you destroy war and put down earthly pride. Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears, that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters. Keep in your mercy those men and women who have died in the cause of freedom and bring them safely into your kingdom of justice and peace. We ask this though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen —from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers POPE PHONES WOMAN PLANNING TO ABORT HER BABY, CONVINCES HER TO CHOOSE LIFE Know that I am always here, he told her… Today’s Readings 1st Reading: James 5:9-12 Summary: The Lord is compassionate and merciful but Christians must persevere in faith Psalm: Ps. 103:1-4, 8-9, 11-12 Responsorial: The Lord is kind and merciful. Gospel: Mark 10:1-12 Summary: Moses’ laws were needed because of hardness of hearts; Christians must live to a higher standard Saint Bede the Venerable Saint Bede the Venerable almost never left his monastery once he became a monk, but he influenced the entire Church of his day. One of the most well-rounded scholars, he wrote and taught in all areas of knowledge. Bede’s writings were read in church even before his death. He died May 25, 735. SONG OF THE DAY . All People That on Earth Do Dwell – OCP Session Choir (2:05) PODCAST OF THE DAY Busted Halo – Fr. Dave Dwyer: How Did Noah Fit All of the Animals on the Ark? (20:11) Is the story literal or symbolic?