From the pastoral letter of the bishops of Australia: “Don’t Mess with Marriage” Redefining marriage to include same-sex relationships will have far reaching consequences for all of us. Here are a few real life examples that have occurred recently: – The City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, ordered Christian ministers to perform same-sex weddings under pain … Continue reading When marriage between man and woman is “a truth which cannot be spoken”
1.“Prostitution is the oldest profession in the world.” Let us change the perspective: pimping could indeed be considered the oldest profession in the world. In any case, just because something has existed for a long time does not mean that it should or cannot be changed. We do not say “murder has been around forever: … Continue reading 18 myths on prostitution
Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Letter to the Ephesians presents the Church to us as a structure built “upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” (Eph 2: 20). In the Book of Revelation the role of the Apostles, and more specifically, of the Twelve, is explained in the eschatological … Continue reading The apostles, witnesses of Christ (Benedict XVI)
The core question in surrogacy is: Is it a technical critique or a political one? Should surrogacy be forbidden because so many women and children are exploited etc., or because it is a political question of using other people’s organs and lives for money? Surrogacy is all about selling and buying human flesh. Surrogacy is … Continue reading Why Surrogacy Should Scare You
Did someone promise you A BETTER LIFE BY GOING TO EUROPE? WARNING TO WOMEN! This folder is meant to explain to women the possible dangers involved in migrating to Northern and Western Europe. Know This …. There have been many women with dreams like yours. Maria Maria couldn’t find work which would enable her to … Continue reading Europe a Paradise? Don’t believe to all the stories!
Almost on a whim, but primarily because a close friend of mine had revealed her still-unfolding struggles with the long-ago divorce of her parents, I started asking adult children of divorce about their experiences. I eventually wrote up a brief questionnaire, appealing on social media for volunteers. The answers I received in a virtual avalanche … Continue reading The Adult Children of Divorce Find Their Voice
Fr. William G. Most (1914-1997) will not end up numbered among first-rank apologists, but his book Catholic Apologetics Today (now out of print) came to my attention just when I could profit from it. It appeared as I was putting together the newspaper columns that, when collected and revised, became my first book. Every Fundamentalist … Continue reading Can Works Aid In Our Salvation?
Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you. I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures. I wish no more than this, O Lord. (Charles De Foucauld) Into your hands … Continue reading Prayer of Abandon – Charles De Foucauld
A few weeks before he was killed, fr. Roger Schutz, prior of the ecumenical community of Taizé, had started preparing this letter that, although unfinished, is a text full of inspiration: “I leave you peace; I give you my peace.”  What is this peace that God gives? It is first of all an inner peace, … Continue reading Brother Roger’s last letter
Lord, let happen whatever you will; and as you will, so will I walk; help me only to know your will! Lord, whenever you will, then is the time; today and always …Lord, whatever you will, I wish to accept, and whatever you will for me is gain; enough that I belong to you. Lord, … Continue reading Act of trust (Blessed Rupert Majer sj)
Committee on Doctrine United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (March 25, 2009) 1. From time to time questions have been raised about various alternative therapies that are often available in the United States. Bishops are sometimes asked, “What is the Church’s position on such therapies?” The USCCB Committee on Doctrine has prepared this resource in … Continue reading Guidelines for Evaluating Reiki as an Alternative Therapy
The question is not whether I can remain faithful all my life when I get married, but rather whether I am determined to stay with the person I marry for life. Every day, we are called to renew the commitment we made in Church on our wedding day; to say ‘yes’ in our everyday acts. … Continue reading 14. How can i remain faithful all my life?
Everything started in the Eighties. The girl slave trade for sexual exploitation was one of the many illegal activities managed by Nigerians. Then it was consolidated in the decades to follow, becoming a significant and real business, well structured and particularly profitable. Right from the beginning, Turin had been the landing stage and transit camp. … Continue reading I was hungry and you bought me
Life as a couple – does it have anything to do with society and with the Church? Some people say: It has nothing to do with anyone but me, no one has any right to say anything about my marriage… There is some truth in this, at least in part. Marriage is first and essentially … Continue reading 15. Getting married – what does it add to our lives?
TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN Every year many Nigerian women are recruited for this trade. People working for this recruiting exercise are everywhere from Nigeria to Europe. These women are given false hope of empty promises of good jobs, marriages and opportunities of various kinds, which do not exist. With all honest belief the victims, their parents … Continue reading Nigeria caught in new slavery: sex for export, let’s say NO!
Women of the World has launched the “I am a Woman, I am a Mother: 10 Political Proposals”. It is a simple and practical document in which we propose 10 necessary, reasonable and feasible policies. As you know, in Women of the World we believe that women contribute their feminine identity to different spheres, so we should … Continue reading I am a Woman, I am a Mother: 10 Political Proposals
In 2001, in a climate of fear similar to what we are experiencing, Mother Teresa wrote a letter. No one answered. The letter remained relevant even today, in a world that’s path now winds of war. But we are condemned to hope … January 2, 1991 Dear President George Bush and President Saddam Hussein, I … Continue reading The war that we all dread and fear happens (Mother Teresa letter to Bush and Saddam)
Other cultural information, interesting for those who are working against trafficking of Nigerian girls in Europe and Africa IN the afternoon of February 2nd, 1903, after rather a long march, we entered UREZEN, a town not far from UDO, in the A mound of clay under a rough seat, studded with pots and an iron … Continue reading Bini dances
Mother Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan in 1869 and died in Schio (Vicenza) in 1947. This African flower, who knew the anguish of kidnapping and slavery, bloomed marvelously in Italy, in response to God’s grace, with the Daughters of Charity. Mother “Moretta” In Schio (Vicenza), where she spent many years of her life, everyone … Continue reading The life of Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947)
JAMA. 2017 Mar 14;317(10):1070-1071. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.19706. Cannabis Use and Risk for Substance Use Disorders and Mood or Anxiety Disorders. Hill KP1. Author information 1 Substance Abuse Consultation Service, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts2Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts. FULL TEXT HERE
Friendship is the first level of love. When you love someone you know the happiness of being together. Nothing is done in the same way, because you are no longer alone even when you are separated. The loved one is part of your life and thoughts. Everything is done with the loved one and everything … Continue reading Love is more than friendship