Saint Nazaria Ignacia March Mesa

Saint Nazaria Ignacia March Mesa was born in 1889 in Madrid as the fourth of eighteen children to José Alejandro March Reus and Nazaria de Mesa Ramos de Peralta. While the parents had their children receive the sacraments, they were not very devout Catholics. Nazaria received a special favor on the day of her First Holy Communion, November 21, 1898. At this time, she heard the voice of Jesus summoning her by saying, “You! Nazaria, follow me.” She immediately committed herself to Jesus, trying to attend Mass frequently. She talked to her parents, informing them of her desire to enter religious life.

Strongly against their daughter becoming a nun, they hoped to temper her desires by forbidding her to receive the sacraments. Then they sent Nazaria to live with her maternal grandmother in Seville, about 500 kilometers southwest of Madrid.

As time went on — and probably with their persuaded by her grandmother — Nazaria’s parents allowed her to receive Confirmation, on 1902. Furthermore, her parents then allowed Nazaria to join the Franciscan Third Order and once again to receive the sacraments more frequently. As a result of her piety, sacrifices, and good example, Nazaria also brought several of her relatives back to the Catholic Church.Read More »

Love That Moves The Sun And Other Stars

Communion on the Moon: July 20th, 1969 (This is an article by Eric Metaxas)

Forty years ago, two human beings changed history by walking on the surface of the moon. But what happened before Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong exited the Lunar Module is perhaps even more amazing, if only because so few people know about it. “I’m talking about the fact that Buzz Aldrin took communion on the surface of the moon. Some months after his return, he wrote about it in Guideposts magazine.

And a few years ago I had the privilege of meeting him myself. I asked him about it and he confirmed the story to me, and I wrote about in my book Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask).

The background to the story is that Aldrin was an elder at his Presbyterian Church in Texas during this period in his life, and knowing that he would soon be doing something unprecedented in human history, he felt he should mark the occasion somehow, and he asked his minister to help him. And so the minister consecrated a communion wafer and a small vial of communion wine. And Buzz Aldrin took them with him out of the Earth’s orbit and on to the surface of the moon.Read More »

The Blood Medley by Anthem Lights

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Oh victory in Jesus, my Savior forever
He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?

Are you washed in the blood
In the soul-cleansing blood of the lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

There is power, power, wonder-working power
In the blood of the Lamb
There is power, power, wonder-working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb

Oh, precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

Are you washed in the blood
In the soul-cleansing blood of the lamb?
He sought me and bought me with
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

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#ShortNews: 19-year-old Christian arrested in Punjab for blasphemy after fight over cricket match

A 19-year-old Christian, Sunny Waqas, was arrested in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy, which is punished with the death penalty in the South Asian nation. The young man was arrested on 29 June as he was playing at the back of a friend’s house. The police charged him with violating 295-C of the Pakistani Penal Code, more commonly known as the blasphemy law, which punishes insults against the Holy Prophet (Muhammad).

The family began searching for him after his arrest, worried that he had not come home. When the parents went to the police station, they were told that no one by the name of Sunny was in custody. Only the next day, were they informed that their neighbour Bilal Ahmad had filed a complaint against their son. According to police, the young man had a bag with flyers and other blasphemous material inside.

The mother notes that her son has “many Muslim friends. He can never do anything to hurt the feelings of anyone. He’s an obedient son and is very sensitive towards inter-faith issues.” At present, he is being held in the Bahawalpur district jail, as police gathers evidence for the investigation. In Pakistan, being accused of insulting Islam can trigger violent reactions by radicals, like in the Asia Bibi’s case.

Source: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/A-19-year-old-Christian-man-arrested-in-Punjab-for-blasphemy-after-a-fight-over-a-cricket-match-47496.html

#ShortNews: Christian family details crackdown on church in China

The 49-year-old Liao Qiang arrived in Taiwan last week after fleeing China with five family members. He and his 23-year-old daughter, Ren Ruiting, described living under constant surveillance for the past seven months after authorities detained them and dozens of other members of their prominent but not government-sanctioned church in December.

China’s ruling Communist Party has carried out a widespread crackdown on all religious institutions in recent years, including bulldozing churches and mosques, barring Tibetan children from Buddhist religious studies and incarcerating more than a million members of Islamic ethnic minorities in what are termed “re-education centers.” President and party leader Xi Jinping has ordered that all religions must “Sinicize” to ensure they are loyal to the officially atheistic party.

In contrast, Taiwan’s democratically elected government has long taken a hands-off approach to religion on the island, where most follow Buddhism and traditional Chinese beliefs, but where Christianity and other religions also thrive.

Source: https://www.apnews.com/ba96f6f341824355b2997cf6c08c9a81

#ShortNews: Russian Orthodox official in hot water for saying men are more intelligent than women

A Moscow-based newspaper has published an open letter addressed to Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, after Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov told the Orthodox Christian Radonezh radio station in a July 7 interview that intelligent women “are still rare.”

The open letter also asks Patriarch Kirill to clarify if Smirnov’s position is also the official position of the church.

“If Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov’s statement saying that women are ‘not that smart’ contradicts the Russian Orthodox Church’s official position, do you consider that statement offensive and humiliating?”

The letter, which questions Smirnov’s capacity to occupy the post, ends by reminding Kirill that a large part of his flock consists of women.

Source: https://www.rferl.org/a/top-russian-priest-in-hot-water-for-saying-men-smarter-than-women/30045418.html