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January 01, 2007

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Father Elijah

In Paradisum deducant te angeli in tuo adventu
suscipiant te martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem.

Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere aetarnum habeas requiem

May the Angels lead you into Paradise and may the martyrs come to welcome [accept] you and lead you into the Holy City Jerusalem.

May the Choir of Angels welcome (accept)you, and where Lazarus is poor no longer, may you have eternal rest

Each of these believed that in a mysterious way, through His Incarnation, the Son of God has identified Himself with each person....

That whater you do for the least of My Brothers and Sisters, you did to Me....

That the meaning of life is found in the Law of the Gift:

If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it and whoever loses his life for My sake, will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and of My words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in His glory of the Father and of the holy angels"
[Luke 9. 23-26 RSV]

Daniel H. Conway

One priest died at the hands of death squads in El Salvador (Antonio Riccardo Romero) as a consequence of his service to the poor, and one layman died at the hands of death squads in Guatemala serving to bring honesty and justice to that country(Johnny Morales). One nun (Karen Klimczak), described as a committed pacifist, died at a halfway house in Buffalo. This, with the posting about Dorothy Stang and her successor, is inspirational on this the World Day of Peace.

May their witness to the Gospel inspire my heart of stone.

Deacon John M. Bresnahan

Compounding the tragedy of the deaths or disappearances of these noble, courageous Catholics is the almost complete lack of coverage in the mainstream media of the killings, persecutions, and abuse of Christian rights that occur around the world. This is the same media that will do everything possible to headline and run screaming negative stories about the Church or Church personnel.

Daniel H. Conway

The MSM covered these deaths better than right wing blogdom. At least six of the names I knew from MSM coverage. The Catholic right wing does not cover Latin American death squad murders of Church workers on the routine. Much less the murder of an American pacifist nun in a Buffalo halfway house. (Coverage through NPR was excellent and still online.)

Sr. Klimczak gave final witness to Christ on Good Friday 2006. Fr. Romero and Mr. Morales died at the hands of increasingly active right wing death squads.

At least, Walmart is greeting shoppers with "Merry Christmas."

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