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Fla. woman dies after 42 years in a coma

(R) Colleen O'Bara and Edwarda O'Bara (Facebook)

A beautiful story of the sanctity of a human life.

MIAMI— A Miami woman who spent 42 years in a coma has died.

The Miami Herald reports Edwarda O’Bara was a high school student in 1970 when she fell ill, threw up her medicine and slipped into a diabetic coma. She passed away Wednesday at age 59.

The Herald reports that before the teen lost consciousness, she asked her mother, Kay O’Bara, to never leave her side. She kept her promise, taking care of her daughter until she died five years ago. That’s when Colleen O’Bara stepped in and continued taking care of her sister in the Miami Gardens home.

Kay O’Bara was a devout Catholic who said she felt the presence of the Virgin Mary in her daughter’s room. That led Dr. Wayne Dyer to write “A Promise Is A Promise: An Almost Unbelievable Story of a Mother’s Unconditional Love and What It Can Teach Us.”

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Does anyone know if shopping at the “big-box” store that drove your local Catholic shop out of business is a venial or mortal sin?

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catholicsanctum: Lift the City – a CatholicEucharistic flash mob  I wish this would happen in Raleigh. God bless these friars.Eucharistic Adoration is beautiful, and one of the best ways to honor God. You even see how, although confused, compelled or interested some of the non-Catholics in this video are. Are you kidding me?! Perhaps my most favorite of all videos. To have Our Blessed Lord meet us on our day would be most invigorating and faith-building. God bless these monks and God bless all who knew Our Lord at an instant – from the woman in the blue sweater (the first to kneel and the one giving aid to an elderly stranger to do the same) to the young child in the yellow hoodie who rapidly fell on his knees and inspired a friend to do the same. Tantum Ergo Tantum ergo Sacramentum Veneremur cernui: Et antiquum documentum Novo cedat ritui: Praestet fides supplementum Sensuum defectui. Genitori, Genitoque Laus et jubilatio, Salus, honor, virtus quoque Sit et benedictio: Procedenti ab utroque Compar sit laudatio. Amen. V. Panem de caelis[4] praestitisti eis.(T.P. Alleluja) R. Omne delectamentum in se habentem.(T.P. Alleluja) Oremus: Deus, qui nobis sub sacramento mirabili, passionis tuae memoriam reliquisti: tribue, quaesumus, ita nos corporis et sanguinis tui sacra mysteria venerari, ut redemptionis tuae fructum in nobis iugiter sentiamus. Qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum. R. Amen

Final Thoughts On the Corapi Situation

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Okay, I hope that this will be my final thoughts on the subject of Fr. John Corapi but there is one thing that is leaving a sour taste in my mouth and that is the stench of seeming hypocrisy that coming from the com-boxes and even from some of the very bloggers, publishers and apologists that I have come to admire.

Personally we all know that none of us is without sin. The validly baptized are without Original Sin but the personal sin abounds. With the Catholic blogosphere set ablaze by Fr. Corapi’s statement many of persons have fallen prey to the Enemy. I guess even myself to some degree.

Top-notch personalities seem like fair-weather friends. For example many bloggers seed their posts with judgment against the Fr. Corapi. Many com-boxers do the same against all parties: priest, bishop, accuser, (and even others – I had to disclose this piece because I am trying not to judge intent or heart but comment on actions) etc.

I guess what I am ranting about is the disappointment I feel in reading the words of my Catholic brothers and sisters and find that there is truly some sort of judgment being placed on the heart of the parties involved with this scandal sans a few that are focusing on the power of prayer and not judging. (This is what I hope I am doing by the way.)

With this, the Enemy is certainly showing how wily he is and easily we fall.

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MC Just: The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail – Massmatics Vol 1

I came across this video after a like-minded Catholic (CrusaderLuis) sent me a hello on YouTube. Below the video are the lyrics of the song and the links to help support this very talented group of hip-hop artists.

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The Gates of Hell

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Massmatics: Catholic Hip-Hop - Volume 1

MC Just:Written and performed by MC Just
Beat by MC Just
Additional production by D. Sieber 

For 2000 years/ the gates of hell have not prevailed/ the devil tried: Crusades/ Schisms and Reformations/too much knowledge and wisdom/Godly relations/ too much love, unity and God’s blessings/ too much strength for scrupulous men with bad intentions/ too much truth/we held for over 20 centuries/ unchanging/contained is the saving grace/most amazing/ the church has the keys in the new house of David were the one’s who feed the hungry and clothe the naked/ were the one’s who bring together/the separated/bring them to the body of Christ to be sacred/ bring them to the church in the world /that’s most hated/the way it always was/and the way it always will be/but they’ll be making more saints when they start the killing// how long do you think we’ve been going through this/ how long do you think we done loved the villains/ we understand were hated/ cause were God’s children/but we come with open arms by the millions/ the devil tried to shift us like wheat/ but I’ll tell you that our faith increased/carrying the cross everyday of the week/365 days of the year/As you can see/ were still here/the truth shines crystal clear/ never will it disappear

MC Just: The gates of hell
Kids: The gates of hell
MC Just: Shall not prevail
Kids: shall not prevail
MC Just: The gates of hell
Kids: shall not prevail

Built upon Solid Kephas/Unbreakable foundation/with Christ’s presence/constantly in circulation/Within the most Blessed/ sacrament/Body and Blood/most miraculous/understand the love/how you think we carried it on?/every mass singing the psalms/giving honor to our blessed mother/Our father, give us this day our daily bread/you promised you’d be with us until our death-bed/and yes we do believe it/your Church worldwide as you said/ never-ceasing/each of us is individually pieces of the Mystical Body of Jesus/participating in the ancient mass/why is it that/ the wafer makes these haters laugh/the wafer that contains the only path/the Eucharist it is the bread of life/the most precious body of Christ/that gives us life/the main appetizer and the churches sacrifice/on going/ for ever lasting now we know the prophecies came to pass/scripture was right and we have it/ From Christ’s 12 apostles/to the Pope and the Vatican/the truth flows everlasting/Flourishing Across the atlas/Roman Catholic/Shining light through the dark of sadness/with the sign of cross/aiming at Satan’s madness

MC Just: The gates of hell
Kids: The gates of hell
MC Just: Shall not prevail
Kids: shall not prevail
MC Just: The gates of hell
Kids: shall not prevail
(repeat twice more)

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You can find their music at PHATMASS – Catholic Hip-hop.

MC Just: The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail – Massmatics Vol 1

I came across this video after a like-minded Catholic (CrusaderLuis) sent me a hello on YouTube. Below the video are the lyrics of the song and the links to help support this very talented group of hip-hop artists.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

The Gates of Hell

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MC Just:Written and performed by MC Just
Beat by MC Just
Additional production by D. Sieber 

For 2000 years/ the gates of hell have not prevailed/ the devil tried: Crusades/ Schisms and Reformations/too much knowledge and wisdom/Godly relations/ too much love, unity and God’s blessings/ too much strength for scrupulous men with bad intentions/ too much truth/we held for over 20 centuries/ unchanging/contained is the saving grace/most amazing/ the church has the keys in the new house of David were the one’s who feed the hungry and clothe the naked/ were the one’s who bring together/the separated/bring them to the body of Christ to be sacred/ bring them to the church in the world /that’s most hated/the way it always was/and the way it always will be/but they’ll be making more saints when they start the killing// how long do you think we’ve been going through this/ how long do you think we done loved the villains/ we understand were hated/ cause were God’s children/but we come with open arms by the millions/ the devil tried to shift us like wheat/ but I’ll tell you that our faith increased/carrying the cross everyday of the week/365 days of the year/As you can see/ were still here/the truth shines crystal clear/ never will it disappear

MC Just: The gates of hell
Kids: The gates of hell
MC Just: Shall not prevail
Kids: shall not prevail
MC Just: The gates of hell
Kids: shall not prevail

Built upon Solid Kephas/Unbreakable foundation/with Christ’s presence/constantly in circulation/Within the most Blessed/ sacrament/Body and Blood/most miraculous/understand the love/how you think we carried it on?/every mass singing the psalms/giving honor to our blessed mother/Our father, give us this day our daily bread/you promised you’d be with us until our death-bed/and yes we do believe it/your Church worldwide as you said/ never-ceasing/each of us is individually pieces of the Mystical Body of Jesus/participating in the ancient mass/why is it that/ the wafer makes these haters laugh/the wafer that contains the only path/the Eucharist it is the bread of life/the most precious body of Christ/that gives us life/the main appetizer and the churches sacrifice/on going/ for ever lasting now we know the prophecies came to pass/scripture was right and we have it/ From Christ’s 12 apostles/to the Pope and the Vatican/the truth flows everlasting/Flourishing Across the atlas/Roman Catholic/Shining light through the dark of sadness/with the sign of cross/aiming at Satan’s madness

MC Just: The gates of hell
Kids: The gates of hell
MC Just: Shall not prevail
Kids: shall not prevail
MC Just: The gates of hell
Kids: shall not prevail
(repeat twice more)

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You can find their music at PHATMASS – Catholic Hip-hop.

Reflections from the Saints: Augustine on Healing by the Divine Physician

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The earliest portrait of Saint Augustine in a 6th century fresco, Lateran, Rome. Image via Wikipedia.

So mighty is the physician who has come to us that he has healed all our sins! If we choose to be sick once again, we not only harm ourselves, but show ingratitude to the physician as well. Yes he gave us a path of humility. If we keep to it we shall confess our belief in the Lord and have good reason to sing: We shall praise you, God, we shall praise you and call upon your name.

– St. Augustine

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Reflections from the Saints: Augustine on Healing by the Divine Physician

The earliest portrait of Saint Augustine in a ...

So mighty is the physician who has come to us that he has healed all our sins! If we choose to be sick once again, we not only harm ourselves, but show ingratitude to the physician as well. Yes he gave us a path of humility. If we keep to it we shall confess our belief in the Lord and have good reason to sing: We shall praise you, God, we shall praise you and call upon your name.

– St. Augustine

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Reflections from the Saints: Paul (?) and the Holy Spirit on the Love of Money

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never fail you nor forsake you.”

 — Hebrews 13:5

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I found this passage in “Scripture of the Day” to be very providential in light of the feeding frenzy that is presented to us this time every year. Not only do we have the truth that keeping ourselves free from the love of money, or anything that may interfere with our love and worship of God, but we are also presented with a reminder to be content with what God has given us even in what seems to be the bleakest of times. For in His will we find what we need despite the fact it may not be what we want or think we want at the moment. We must accept all of His will if our ultimate desire is to be fulfilled – spending eternity with Him.

Reflections from the Saints: Paul (?) and the Holy Spirit on the Love of Money

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never fail you nor forsake you.”

— Hebrews 13:5

via myCatholic.com » Customizable Catholic Homepage.

I found this passage in “Scripture of the Day” to be very providential in light of the feeding frenzy that is presented to us this time every year. Not only do we have the truth that keeping ourselves free from the love of money, or anything that may interfere with our love and worship of God, but we are also presented with a reminder to be content with what God has given us even in what seems to be the bleakest of times. For in His will we find what we need despite the fact it may not be what we want or think we want at the moment. We must accept all of His will if our ultimate desire is to be fulfilled – spending eternity with Him.