Archbishop Kurtz Celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday Mass
National Shrine of The Divine Mercy
Dear Respect Life Friends,
I want to share with you the video of Archbishop Kurtz's homily as the celebrant of the Divine Mercy Mass on April 9th, at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. Archbishop Kurtz eloquently explained the historical background of Divine Mercy and how God has his hand on a very poor young woman in in Poland when the world "full of fear because of the cruelty of Nazi Germany growing." This shy young lady, was St. Faustina, and Jesus, would give the words of her Diary to the world as a "counter sign to that fear shame and mistrust. it would be a sign of God's unfailing mercy."
Divine Mercy speaks to the world about the unfathomable mercy of Jesus Christ, especially those are separated from God because of grave sin.
"Let] the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy. My daughter, write about My mercy towards tormented souls. Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy." Diary 1146
Archbishop Kurtz Kurtz Kurtz illuminated the authenticity of Divine Mercy with moving story about a co-worker here (and good friend) at the the Archdiocese, Bruce Crawford, who passed away a few months ago.
"Let me tell you a story that happened to me just two months ago. A wonderful friend and coworker, by the name of of Bruce Crawford died suddenly at the young age of 48. Bruce was a loving man. Each day I witnessed his generous personality, but I did not know the source of his strength. It was only after his dear mother died that gave witness to his faith at her funeral. He spoke of his habit of praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day at 3 o'clock with his mother, usually over the phone. She had led Bruce to that beautiful devotion that drew him ever-closer to Jesus, his merciful savior, and close to his dear mother. He told us the night of her Mass of Christian Burial, he had publicly led the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at the funeral home. Little did Bruce suspect, that just two weeks after his mother's death that the Lord would call Bruce home, to Himself. God's mercy surrounded mercy in this life, and I feel sure in faith, ushered him into eternal glory."
As Archbishop Kurtz acknowledged, Bruce was one of those special people who seemed to have a serene joy about him. Despite the chaotic position as IT specialist, he always remained calm and courteous even when computers, phones, and internet connections were acting up. Looking back, I have no doubt that the daily recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet with his mother helped him to maintain his peaceful demeanor. I had the privilege of sharing the Sunday reading (at our weekly Bible study) with Bruce not long before he died. Up until then, I knew Bruce, only casually, but that day, Bruce let his guard down and I saw his raw grief over the recent death of his mother. And yet, as we talked through the scripture passage, he seemed totally at peace with where God was leading him. Now, I know why.
Archbishop Kurtz concluded his homily the way Bruce would admire - "Jesus, I trust in You."
@ArchbishopKurtz - "The generosity of faith has created a vast network of education, health care & social services that benefit the common good. Let's not put that at risk because some are offended by our belief in God's plan for us."
Mass Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae with Archbishop Kurtz 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, 2018,
Cathedral of the Assumption
Please make plans to join Archbishop Kurtz on Sunday evening, May 6th at 5:30 PM at the Cathedral of the Assumption for a special mass in observation of the 50th Anniversary this year of Pope Paul VI's encyclical, Humanae Vitae. The Archbishop will reflect on this milestone document in his homily during mass . . . all are invited!
"Humanae Vitae Revealed Deep Wounds in the Church About Our Understanding of the Human Person"
- Archbishop Chaput
By Dennis Sadowski * Catholic News Service * Posted April 5, 2018
WASHINGTON (CNS) - The Catholic Church's teaching on marriage, abortion, human sexuality and contraception is rooted in the same respect for human dignity that guides its work for social justice and care for poor people, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a Catholic University of America audience.
It is imperative that the church make known why it upholds its teaching, as reiterated in Blessed Paul VI's 1968 encyclical "Humanae Vitae" ("Of Human Life"), so that Catholics and the world understand God's plan for humanity, the archbishop said during the April 4 opening session of a symposium marking the 50th anniversary of the papal teaching.
The encyclical is notably known for upholding church renouncement of contraception. It followed by eight years the 1960 U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the first birth control pill.
Executive Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
APRIL 6, 2018
Those who peddle death as the answer to every social problem will bend over backwards to look reasonable and compassionate.
Take, for example, the issue of assisted suicide. The so-called "right" to take one's own life is heralded as a compassionate answer to a disability, a terminal illness, a degenerating health condition, depression, or simply a desire to not want to go on any longer. We who oppose suicide for those most in need of real compassion are accused of trying to limit the rights of others. And so, showing love and true concern for the neighbor in need is now labeled as extremism. But who are the true extremists?
A handful of U.S. states and our Canadian neighbors have now codified assisted suicide as a legal "right." Who has benefitted from this new found "right?" Rather than increasing options for those facing illness or disability, the lower cost of assisted suicide seems to be influencing the amount of medical care given to those in need, especially those most dependent on government assistance.
With increasing frequency, we hear stories of patients being refused treatment or help with daily living, while being offered assisted suicide instead. Just last month, a terminally ill Canadian man sued his hospital and several governmental agencies claiming that he was denied proper medical care, but instead offered assisted suicide. There are similar examples in the U.S. in states that have legalized assisted suicide. Patients are being told their insurance won't cover life-sustaining treatments, but the insurance companies are happy to mention that assisted suicide is indeed fully covered. And if death is a cheaper option than good pain control, there will be much less incentive to provide or improve palliative or hospice care, to keep people comfortable and cared for as they near the end of their lives.
Those most likely to be pressured to end their lives are the people who are poor, marginalized, and members of minority communities-those with less access to quality health care or with no one to advocate for them.
And so, the "right" to die can quickly become an expectation to die or even a "duty" to die. Once deemed a burden on society or a waste of limited medical resources, those most in need will be offered the fewest options, with death sadly portrayed as the best bargain of all.
Time is running short before further efforts to legalize and promote assisted suicide inevitably ramp up nationwide. Volunteer with your diocesan respect life office or your parish's outreach to those who are homebound. Assist your state Catholic conference in fending off attempts to legalize assisted suicide. Demonstrate through your words and actions toward those around you how much you treasure them. And pray hard that our world will value and uphold the dignity of every human life.
Tom Grenchik is the Executive Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The Shadowy World of
By Michael Cook
Is Stephen King looking for a new plot for a novel? How about the activities of a shadowy network dedicated to helping people commit suicide? It operates outside the law with the connivance of authorities; its reach is international; its spokesmen are well-known, but are distant from the increasing number of
Something like this exists in Australia (Philip Nitschke's Final Exit International); the UK (ditto); and the United States (Final Exit Network). And now a similar group has emerged in the Netherlands.
The Dutch Public Prosecutor has opened a criminal investigation into the Last Wish Cooperative (Coöperatie Laatste Wil), which claims to distribute a deadly powder to people who want to commit suicide. Despite the notoriety of Dutch end-of-life legislation, assisted suicide without the help of a doctor is strictly illegal.