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Today’s Good News 04/24/2018


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ALFIE SURVIVES WITHOUT LIFE-SUPPORT

Alfie Evan’s – a 23-month-old UK child with a degenerative brain disease – has survived through the night despite being removed from ventilation.

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital of Liverpool removed Alfie’s life-support against his parents’ wishes after 9:00PM local time last night. Although Alfie was not expected to survive long without assistance from a ventilator, he continued breathing on his own for 6 hours. At that point the hospital agreed to return Alfie’s life-support. This morning, Mr. Evans said the “doctors are gobsmacked” by the turn of events.

Last night Pope Francis Tweeted “I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted.” Yesterday, Italy granted Alfie citizenship with hopes that he could be transferred to Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital in Rome, which was a request of the Pope. Reports this morning claim that negotiations are taking place to transfer Alfie to Bambino Gesu soon.

Please thank the Lord for answering prayers and continue praying for Alfie and his parents.

BORN AGAIN THE BIBLE WAY

When Nicodemus – the teacher of Israel – asked, “how can a person be born again?” Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.” (Jn. 3:1-11) Jesus didn’t say we’re born again by asking Him in our hearts to be our personal Lord and Savior, as is taught in many Protestant churches, rather He said we’re reborn by water and Spirit – which is the Sacrament of Baptism. (Steve Ray Video)

God always begins new things with water and Spirit.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…and a mighty wind (Holy Spirit) swept over the waters. (Gen. 1:1-2)

Next, God wiped out man and started again with Noah, the 2nd Adam. The dove which returned to Noah with an olive branch symbolized the Holy Spirithovering over the floodwater. (Gen. 8:9-11) St. Peter said Noah was “saved through water,” which “prefigured Baptism, which now saves you.” (1 Pt. 3:18-21)

Later, God founded the nation of Israel when He saved the Israelites from slavery under Pharoh in Egypt with the Passover and led them through the Red Sea (water) and guided them by a column of cloud and fire (Holy Spirit) which hovered above. (Ex. 13, 14)

In Ezekial 36:25-29, God tells us that in the New Covenant, “I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you…I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you.”

When Jesus was baptized by John, He came up from the water and the “Spiritof God descended like a dove upon Him.” (Mt. 3:13-17) Soon after, Nicodemus asked Jesus, “how can a person be born again?”

At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples and Peter preached that all who “repent and are baptized” will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2)

When Saul of Tarsus was knocked from his horse on the road to Damascus, Jesus sent Ananias to baptize Saul immediately (Acts 9:1-19)

Nowhere in the Bible does it say we are born again simply by accepting Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior in our hearts. Rather the Bible and the Catechism teach that we are reborn through the Sacrament of Baptism.

VAN ATTACK IN TORONTO

Ten people have been killed and 15 injured after a man drove a van into pedestrians in Toronto. The driver, 25-year-old Alek Minassian, was arrested after a tense standoff in which he pointed an object at officers and asked them to shoot him. Authorities were still determining a motive for the attack.

Please pray for those who lost their lives in this senseless attack.


PAPAL BUTLER TELLS OF JP2 MIRACLE AND EXORCISM

Pope John Paul II’s butler, Angelo Gugel, said that the Pope offered Mass for his wife the very morning doctors ordered an emergency C-section in the midst of a challenging pregnancy. The child was born at 7:15 AM, the same time as the Sanctus (“Holy, holy, holy”) of John Paul II’s morning Mass.

The Holy Father also “prayed in Latin, unperturbed,” over a young woman who was blaspheming and foaming at the mouth in St. Peter’s Square. Afterward he touched her head and “immediately the possessed woman’s face relaxed in an expression of peace.”


GEORGE H.W. BUSH HOSPITALIZED

Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized Sunday in Houston with a blood infection the day after the funeral of his wife, Barbara. The 93-year-old was reportedly “responding to treatments.”


2ND MEXICAN PRIEST MURDERED IN A WEEK

Fr. Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia, 33, was shot to death the afternoon of April 20 inside Saint Pio of Pietrelcina church, in Guadalajara, Jalisco State. It was the second murder of a priest in Mexico in less than a week.


WAFFLE HOUSE SHOOTER ARRESTED AFTER MANHUNT

The mentally unstable gunman suspected of killing four people in a late-night shooting at a Waffle House restaurant was arrested near his apartment Monday after hiding from police for more than a day.


POPE FRANCIS OFFERS FREE GELATO FOR HOMELESS ON ST. GEORGE DAY

Pope Francis has asked the papal almoner to give free ice cream to Rome’s homeless on St George’s day. In celebration of his name day (Jorge), the Pontiff asked his charities’ office to distribute free gelato to the 3,000 people who use the city’s homeless shelter and soup kitchens.


KATE MIDDLETON DELIVERS BABY ON ST. GEORGE DAY

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their third child on the feast day of England’s patron saint.


PREDICTIONS WERE WRONG AGAIN: THE WORLD DIDN’T END YESTERDAY

What advice does an exorcist, Fr. Vincent Lampert, give regarding the end times?

Today’s Readings and Reflection

1st Reading: Acts 11:19-26
Summary: Barnabas goes to Antioch and sees the grace of God at work

Psalm: Ps. 87:1-7
ResponsorialAll you nations, praise the Lord.

Gospel: John 10:22-30
Summary: Jesus shows himself as the Savior in whom we must trust

Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen was known for his generosity and care for the poor throughout his life. Starting off as a lawyer, he became disenchanted and joined the Capuchins where he was known for his prayer and preaching. His wealth was distributed among the needy and seminarians. While traveling, he was attacked and killed. He died April 24, 1622.

SONG OF THE DAY
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All the Ends of the Earth – Bob Dufford (2:25)

PODCAST OF THE DAY

All Things Catholic – Ed Sri: My Shot: Grow in Virtue (19:05)
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