The Catholic Defender: My Reflection Of Ferguson Missouri’s Verdict

Posted by Donald Hartley - November 25th, 2014

f 1The past few months America has been watching the events taking place in Ferguson Missouri when a (white) police officer, Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, a suspect of a reported robbery.

What makes this story extraordinary is that Michael Brown is an 18 year old Black Man. For weeks following the shooting there were protests in Ferguson Missouri (just outside St. Louis) resulting with the expected looting and sometimes violence as the racial tensions were stoked by outsiders coming to Ferguson.

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson both converged upon the scene adding fuel to the fire making this a national tragedy.

The killing of anyone is always a tragedy, but what makes this so different from the violence seen across America everyday?

In Utah, a Black police officer shot and killed (white), Dillion Taylor, who like Michael Brown, was unarmed.

Unlike the Black police officer, whom I was not able to find his identity, the Ferguson’s white police officer not only had his name identified (Darren Wilson), but had death threats issued against him by the Black Panthers.

f 8Jerrail Taylor, Brother of Dillion Taylor, told the Salt Lake Tribune, “We’re walking out of the 7-Eleven with a drink, when the cops show up and start harassing us with guns,” Jerrail contines, “Dillon Taylor was wearing headphones and didn’t respond to the three officers until they surrounded him, He couldn’t hear them, so he just kept walking. Then … they had guns pointed at his face. That’s when he turned off the music,” he said. “I saw them point guns at my brother’s face, and I knew what was going to happen.” One officer told Dillon Taylor to get on the ground, while another told him to put his hands on his head. He got confused, he went to pull up his pants to get on the ground, and they shot him.”

I continue to wonder where are the Al Sharpton’s voice in this situation. Both situations happened on 9 August and 11 August. One made the national headlines, the other was back in the pack. It is difficult to cry for justice for one, but not for all.

What happened in Ferguson is a totally different scenario. Police officer Darren Wilson was responding to a reported robbery that had occurred at a local store. Michael Brown was in fact captured on video stealing and assaulting a store clerk.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch reported: “The physical and scientific evidence examined by the grand jury, combined with the witness statements, supported and substantiated by that physical evidence, tells the accurate and tragic story of what happened.”

f 9Based from this evidence, it is apparent that Michael Brown attempted to go for Officer Wilson’s gun while he was in the police car.

That Michael Brown was clearly the aggressor assaulting the Officer Wilson as they fought over the gun. There were two confirmed shots fired from inside the police car hitting Brown in the hand and leg. Michael Brown then began to take off when Officer Wilson began to pursue Brown ordering him to stop. This is where it really gets tricky.

The testimony shown that Michael Brown then bull rushed towards officer Wilson who then fired ten rounds from his gun trying to stop Brown. The last two rounds hitting Brown one in the forehead and the other on the top of the head which were fatal.

Horrible as this is, there is a totally different picture between the two police officers in these situations.

The grand jury found that Officer Wilson responded and took action to save his own life.

The situation with Dillion Taylor was completely different, the police officer had guns drawn on an unsuspecting person coming out of a store. The only wrong Mr. Taylor did was listening to head phones and probably not having his pants up straight.

Michael Brown on the other hand was clearly aggressive. From the assault and robbery at the store to the ultimate fight that would follow, his life was tragically taken.

F 2When you take out all the drama and all the publicity, this is really a cut and dry case. All the protesting and reporting on racial divide in America blurs the whole situation beyond the bounds of justice. People who wanted Officer Wilson to go to trial put their emotions in front of their feelings and took to popular sentiment. Watching last night’s results after Prosecutor Robert McCulloch report really in itself is a tragedy. People took to the streets prepared to cause damage regardless of any verdict. I feel for the people of Ferguson who lost so much. There were 29 arrests, but hundreds got away with looting thousands of dollars worth of business, if not more.

Over 24 business were burnt to the ground, more than 19 storefronts were looted and vandalized. These business perhaps will not recover as hundreds of gun shots were heard throughout the night. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar estimates hearing nearly 150 shots fired himself. There were 13 injuries reported with no fatalities. There were both police and civilian vehicles utterly destroyed in the rioting.

I’m afraid this will not end here, there are more planned events that hopefully will be peaceful, but there most likely be those who will cause trouble. This will cause school closings, traffic problems pulling more police resources. Last night, people took to the streets in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Washington D.C. I expect this to expand in the upcoming days.

I am most intrigued with Chicago getting into this act as they have the worst capital murder rate in the Country? Where are the Al Sharpton’s and Jessie Jackson’s and the liberal press when it comes to Black on Black crime which is about 95% of the problem? Consider a tweet taken from last night during the carnage taking place: “In 513 days since Trayvon (Martin’s) death (in Florida) to today’s (grand juries) ruling, 11,106 African Americans have been murdered by other African Americans.”

f 4Why is the liberal media so blind to what is going on in Chicago and in America? Why the silence? It is like the NAACP focuses on the Travon Martin’s and Michael Brown’s but totally forgets the real problem facing African Americans today. Michael Brown embodies all the emotions and resentments that has happened to the African American’s today. There are thousands of people taking to the streets feeling victimized by the grand jury’s “no indictment” ruling because of their sense of injustice. Police Officer Darren Wilson embodies the resentment felt by these protesters who believe justice was not served.

The family of Michael Brown is calling for peaceful demonstrations and no more violence. When ever a child is lost, it is always hardest on the families, especially the parents. Our prayers go out for them as well as the family of Dillion Taylor. None of the actions taking to the streets will bring them back and none of the looters and the rebels will bring positive change. Ferguson Missouri will take years to recover.

What is the underlying problem and what is the solution. The past few decades the liberal agenda has placed so much value on welfare that it has literally enslaved many people who cannot crawl out of poverty. The American dream has always been found in the potential than anyone who worked hard enough could break out of poverty and make something of themselves. When you take away prosperity and wealth, bad things come as a result. With the liberal policies and the attack on the family, just looking at the African American experience now, over 70% of Black children are born outside of wedlock. Black teenage boys are not being shown how to respect women. We see this from the Black popular culture found in their music and entertainment. Black Women are also in a bad state for the lack of respect. It is tragic what has happened to the Black culture the past 40 years. The family was a huge strength for the African American culture before the turmoil of the 1960′s.

f 5Dr. Martin Luther King sought to fight racism through peaceful means. He was one of the great men of his time, but today, they are few and far between. Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson have a voice box that could be used for so much good if they would only use it for good. Alan Keyes and other great Americans continue to seek to help the Black man, but without the media, the current government, little is being done to change the conditions that is affecting the African Americans in this country.

During President Obama’s 6 years so far, African Americans face unemployment well above the national average. Especially Blacks aged 16-19, whose unemployment went from 35.3 to 36.8%. Poverty among Blacks also has increased from 25.8 to 27.2%, which is nearly 30%. The obvious solution is to bring opportunity to improve their condition as well as all Americans. Unemployment and poverty does not abode well especially for the Michael Brown’s who have little hope in their life.

Ephesians 5:16-20 states, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.”

St. Paul is giving important advice that we have not been listening too. Our young people are getting mixed up with drugs and alcohol, that is not good, they are not making wise choices in their life to succeed in life.

f 3Galations 6:9-10 states, “And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Poverty causes hopelessness, people do lose heart without having opportunity, especially with the threat of losing all they have. We see St. Paul giving a clear importance of practicing and adhering to our Catholic Faith and helping the poor.

Colossians 4:5 states, “Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one.” If faith was being instilled in our families and schools, if children were being brought up to respect others living the “golden rule”, could we effectively have a positive affect that can change the current problems America is facing?

We have heard the statement that everything begins at home, that is true so the family is the first and most important institution in raising a child. It is not the State nor the Federal Government. It is not the public schools nor the school board. Lately those have been detrimental to the family. No, it is the Parents that are the most important influence and teachers for their children. Schools would do better to support the parents to include holding fast to our identity and respect to our traditions, our culture and our faith. That is the real answer to today’s problems, we need to get back to the basics or things will continue to sputter out of control.

I waited until all the facts came out on the Darren Wilson case before I took any position, my heart and prayer goes out to the Brown family, I pray for healing.  This is not going to be easy.  The only positive I can hope for with this is that good will come about it.  People need to work together, to definitely get more people of Christian faith involved.

Pray for the family:

f 10O Lord, God of goodness and mercy, Who in the midst of an evil and sinful world hast presented to the society of the redeemed the Holy Family of Nazareth as a spotless mirror of piety, justice and love, behold how the family is being undermined on all sides, every effort being made to desecrate it by stripping it of faith, religion and morals.

Regard the work of Thy own hands. Safeguard in our homes the domestic virtues, for these alone will ensure us harmony and peace. Come and stir up the champions of the family. Bestir the modern apostles so that in Thy Name, bearing the message of Jesus Christ and exhibiting holiness of life, they may revive the doctrines of conjugal fidelity for married couples, the exercise of authority by parents, obedience on the part of children and modesty on the part of girls. Grant also through the efforts of these apostles, that the home favored by Thee with many blessings may again become an object of esteem and love in the minds and hearts of all.

It is through the examples of the Divine model of Nazareth that the Christian family is to be restored in Jesus Christ and to recover its former respect and dignity. Then every home will again become a sanctuary and in every household will be rekindled the flame of faith to teach patience in adversity and moderation in prosperity and to promote order, peace and harmony in all things.

Under Thy paternal gaze, O Lord, and with confidence in Thy Providence and in the loving patronage of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the family will become a sanctuary of virtue and a school of wisdom. It shall prove, as Christ has promised, a haven of rest against life’s burdens. In the sight of the world it shall render glory to Thee, O Father, and to Thy Son, Jesus, until the day when, through Him, we shall, together with all His members, sing the Divine praises in the eternal ages to come. Amen. (By Pope Pius XII)

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The Catholic Defender: The Society Of St. Vincent de Paul

Posted by Donald Hartley - November 23rd, 2014

IMG_1777“Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:43-40)

Jesus is clear that what ever we do to the least of our people, we do unto the Lord. St. James makes this point, “What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him?* If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But some one will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.” (James 2:14-17)

Vincent_de_Paul (1)St. Vincent de Paul (24 April 1581 – 27 September 1660) is the patron Saint of charity. St. Paul wrote, “At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:12-13)

Charity is very important for the heart and mind of a Christian who seeks to serve Jesus. The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul takes their patron’s name as an organization specifically to serve the poor. The organization was first founded by French university students in 1833 headed by Blessed Frederic Ozanam, whose inspiration and leadership ultimately would lead the Society into 149 Nations.

Jesus instructs the Apostles that they must serve their fellow man if they want to be leaders and followers of Him.

Jesus gave this example, “And he sat down and called the Twelve and he said to them, “If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.” (Mark 9:35-37)

Acts Chapter 6 informs us that the Apostles established an order of deacons to help them with the care of the widows. The Church has always needed help to take care of the poor. We do become the Lord’s hands when we do his will, to take care of the needy.

Through the inspiration of St. Vincent de Paul, the founders of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul would come to the United States in 1845 beginning at the Basilica of St. Louis.

This Basilica, commonly called “The Old Cathedral”, was named in honor of St. Louis, King of France.

Father John Timon, a Vincentian priest from Pennsylvania, would establish a local chapter in Louisville Kentucky in 1854 and the Society has never looked back since.

IMG_1766The Society has a broad outreach that has helped untold millions of people all over the world.

They continue to help the poor regardless of background of those needing help.

According to their webpage, it states, “The St Vincent de Paul Society’s members and volunteers reach out to the most vulnerable in our community through our Conferences, Special Works and Vinnies shops. Members and volunteers assist people in need and do not discriminate against cultural, religious or political beliefs.”

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul operates today in 149 Countries with nearly 1,000,000 members throughout the would.

This is a great lay-Catholic organization that is assisted through parishes and schools who contribute to the financial support of food stuffs.

The following is their Mission Statement as taken from their site

IMG_1765The Mission
The St Vincent de Paul Society is a lay Catholic organisation that aspires to live the gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.

Our Vision
The Society aspires to be recognised as a caring Catholic charity offering “a hand up” to people in need. We do this by respecting their dignity, sharing our hope, and encouraging them to take control of their own destiny.

Our Aspiration
An Australia transformed by compassion and built on justice. The Society advocates on several pressing social justice issues such as homelessness, poverty and asylum seekers. To read more about the Society’s work is these areas and others please visit the Our Impact section of this website.

Our Key Values
We have identified seven key values to which we are aligned and they include commitment, compassion, respect, integrity, empathy, advocacy and courage. We are proud of the key values for which we stand and invite you to find out more on the Get Involved section of this website.

IMG_1774Commitment – Loyalty in service to our mission, vision and values.

Compassion – Welcoming and serving all with understanding and without Judgement.

Respect – Service to all regardless of creed, ethnic or social background, health, gender or political opinions.

Integrity – promoting, maintaining and adhering to our mission, vision and values.

St. Vincent de Paul has a motto that they live by, “we serve and a desire to learn from them. No work of charity is foreign to us. No person is alien to us.”

St. Vincent, patron of all charitable associations and father of those who are in misery, come to our assistance. Obtain from Our Lord help for the poor, relief for the infirm, consolation for the afflicted, protection for the abandoned, a spirit of generosity for the rich, grace of conversion for sinners, zeal for priests, peace for the Church, tranquility and order for all nations, and salvation for them all. May we be united in the life to come, by your intercession, and experience joy, gladness, and everlasting happiness. Amen.

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The Catholic Defender: Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery

Posted by Donald Hartley - November 20th, 2014

adulteryExodus 20:14 is very clear, “You shall not commit adultery”.

In the Old Testament, this was a capital offense, Leviticus 20:10 warned, “If a man commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death.”

This was the basis that the Pharisees tried to trip up Jesus with the woman they caught in adultery.

We know the story: “Early in the morning he came again to the temple; all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in their midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus looked up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again.”

adultery 1Yet, despite this warning, the Lord’s deep compassion and desire to forgive, there is a lot of adultery going on.

According to Peggy Vaughan, author of “The Monogamy Myth”, she reports that nearly 60% of married men and 40 percent of married women have committed adultery at some point in their marriage.

Some will say the numbers are even higher than that. What is the consequence of such action? First of all, it kills the family.

It breaks down trust, certainly faithfulness lost is difficult to recover.

Since women have joined the workforce, their percentages have gone up considerably, hanging up there with the men.

According to a Time-CNN poll, 90 percent still believe that adultery is morally wrong. In that poll, it was interesting to note that 50 percent of those polled felt that President Bill Clinton’s morals were typical to the average man. As to being a crime, 35 percent believed adultery should be a crime while 61 percent didn’t think so. Obviously 4 percent did not know for sure.

adultery 2Why is there so much of this going on today?

Is this something that has always been there, just not reported? Or are we living in a time that has seen a wave of immorality?

Jesus warned, “And because wickedness is multiplied, most men’s love will grow cold. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”

Psychologists will use their research and comprise issues like “loss of love and feelings of alienation.”

They will also point to modern day peer pressure, the media, and internet pornography.

Pornography itself is an addiction, according to the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families, “approximately 40 million people in the United States are sexually involved with the Internet.”

Jesus warns, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Yet, nearly 80 percent of “women feel that phone sex is the equivalent of committing adultery, only 41 percent of men do.”

Dr. Alvin Cooper and conducted an online poll of 38,000 people, and “10 percent admitted that they were addicted to Internet pornography. What’s more, a lot of those Internet sex addicts eventually progress from cyber-sex to real-time sexual affairs.” Like other addictions, once you deaden your conscience, the craving demands more.

adultery 4When you investigate the affect of adultery on a family, it is very devastating on children.

The child sees adultery as a deep violation.

It is heartbreaking especially to children who are very young, who needs the love and closeness of a family.

Children who sense parental withdrawal may become anxious about it.

This can become so deep seated within a child that the affects of adultery and divorce will have a lifelong affect.

Children need to have this “passionate parental adoration” where they are the center of the universe. Otherwise, they will grow with unseen problems handling intimacy and close relationships.

I take a line from the Act of Contrition I find very important advice for all concerned: O, my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because of your just punishment, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.

adultery 3“I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.”

That is key to the whole problem. How many people who are committing adultery or have done so opened themselves up to the lust of their minds?

People entertain themselves with temptation thinking that as adults, as long as they are not hurting anyone, what’s wrong with going to clubs and bars?

1 Corinthians 15:33 warns, “Do not be led astray: Bad company corrupts good morals.” Dad, why would you want to go into a club spending money when your wife and family are home waiting for you? Mom, why are you down at the club when your husband is deployed to another country serving his country and you? We are to avoid the near occasion of sin, yet we open ourselves up to it with opportunity.

With God, it is never too late, like the woman caught in adultery, he will forgive you upon your repentance. Those who have skeletons in their closet need to clean out those closets so that there can be true healing. This is the importance of Confession, the Mercy Seat of God. It is here that you can find forgiveness and healing.

Adultery 6For you husbands and fathers out there, you must take the spiritual leadership given you by God to lead your family on the road to salvation. Sirach 21:4 warns, “Violence and arrogance wipe out wealth; so too a proud man’s home is destroyed.”

Wives and mothers, self control is important. Sirach 25:14-16 states, “No poison worse than that of a serpent, no venom greater than that of a woman. With a dragon or a lion I would rather dwell than live with an evil woman. Wickedness changes a woman’s looks, and makes her sullen as a female bear.”

If you were to see your souls from under a black light, and see your soul as it really is, you would run to Confession, especially if you have not been practicing the Faith. If you have mortal sin, only God can save you, you cannot save yourself. You must turn your life over to God and stand before him without reservation, you will not be able to talk your way around His judgment, now is the time to face up and cry out for his forgiveness. (2 Corinthians 6:1-4)

Make Confession a habitual practice and to work on doing away with those things that cause you to be tempted. Love your spouse even when it is hard. Guys, nothing wrong with showing a little romance to show your wife you love them. My wife loves flowers from time to time.

adultery 7Taking the lyrics of a popular song written by Fleetwood Mac: “Go Your Own Way” Loving you Isn’t the right thing to do. How can I ever change things that I feel? If I could Baby I’d give you my world. How can I When you won’t take it from me? You can go your own way. Go your own way. You can call it another lonely day. You can go your own way. Go your own way. Tell me why? Everything turned around. Packing up Shacking up’s all you wanna do. If I could Baby I’d give you my world. Open up Everything’s waiting for you. You can go your own way. Go your own way. You can call it another lonely day. You can go your own way. Go your own way.

At the end of the day, you need to go your own way back home and avoid doing evil. “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one; but each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown brings forth death.” (James 1:13-15)

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The Catholic Defender: Dr.Veronica Alonzo, Principle of Temple’s Holy Trinity

Posted by Donald Hartley - November 18th, 2014

Alonzo, VeronicaTonight on Deepertruth, Dr. Veronica Alonzo, Principle of Temple Texas Holy Trinity Catholic High School will come on to voice her reasons to choose a Catholic School for your children. Dr. Alonzo came and spoke at all our Masses at Copperas Cove (Holy Family) Texas inviting parents to consider why a Catholic education is critical in our day and time.

Pope Benedict XVI, in his first encyclical states (Deus Caritas est), “We have come to believe in God’s love: in these words the Christian can express the fundamental decision of his life. Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, that gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.”

Dr. Alonzo gave a great point on the importance of setting up an environment that helps parents instill the Catholic Faith through their peers and through other adults. Children definitely do not get that at public school. In fact, they largely get the opposite.

So much of the culture today have become so based there is very little resemblance of projecting traditional family life, building upon our foundations: God, Country, and liberty.

Pope Pius XI wrote, “The faithful, moreover, by meditating upon these truths, will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God.” (Quas Primas #33, Liberia Editrice Vaticana)

Alonzo 8For the same purpose, Dr. Veronica Alonzo strongly believes that in order to enable a child to grow in their Christian identity, this must first be lived at home. Jesus must reign in all our faculties, our minds, our wills, our hearts, our bodies. This is what Jesus was speaking about stating, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39).”

This is the constant message of the Catholic Church for 2,000 years. This simple command of Jesus is often times opposed by governments as we are experiencing today in many regions of the world. This certainly increases the importance of identifying yourselves with others who support the teaching of Christ.

A good Catholic educations offers to prepare our young people to go out into the world armed with the truth of the Gospel of peace. They can effectively change the world through living their faith in the modern world. Showtime begins tonight (11/18/2014) at 8:00 Eastern, 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, and 5:00 Pacific. The archive will follow immediately following the live show. You can click here to listen to the show

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The Catholic Defender: Thanks For Supporting Our Veterans

Posted by Donald Hartley - November 11th, 2014

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It was a cool windy day at Fort Hood as we went to the 1st Cavalry Division Iraqi War Monument. Deepertruth member Fred Williams and I went to honor those who gave the highest sacrifice as well as all Veterans. Veterans Day is full of parades and old war movies, but most important is the family ties, it is an opportunity for families to get together to remember the service of all Military branches.

The following example was a typical day that we might face at any time. It was a matter that we were prepared at all times for any situation:

Afghanistan“SFC Hartley, we have 4 wounded arriving in about 10 minutes, two gun shot wounds and two shrapnel”.

“OK, I’ll call the Chaplain, and alert the Battalion. Make sure that all the teams are assembled and ready”.

“Everyone take your positions, each team assemble as already dictated, we are expecting 4 wounded, one gun shot wound through the back, another through the right arm.

There are two Casualties with shrapnel wounds to the face, back and lower legs”. “As the Gun Trucks pull in make sure that the litter teams bring in the most severe injuries first and place them from this trauma bed on down.

Make sure that all your pieces are ready: I need your suction on hand, need IV ready to go, need plenty of supplies. Make sure the trauma chests are open and ready”.

“Come on people, just as we rehearsed! SPC Jones, I need you to keep monitoring the radio”.
“SFC Hartley, they are coming in”!

“Lets get them in now, bring the facial wound here, I need a line in and make sure you get an airway inserted.

CDI 4CPT Wilson, here is your first Casualty. Place the Chest wound here in the second bed”

“Get started with him, I will be right back”.

“What are the last two”?

“SFC Hartley, they are delayed”!

“Ok, take them into the last two beds and begin treating their wounds, Doc will be right there”.

“SFC Hartley, this one has a high Blood Pressure of 180/120″

“Keep getting me the vitals every 5 minutes, yell it out. Where is the PA”?

“SFC Hartley, he is on the way, he should be here in just a few minutes”!

“I’m helping on the second bed, I’ll maintain spinal traction and keep the airway open”.

“Sir our second Casualty has a gun shot wound to the back, his vital signs are becoming rapid”.

A great day was when it was quite and all clear, but each day was filled with the unexpected. In other words, we expected the unexpected.

CDI 3We want to wish all of you a very great day today as we celebrate the freedoms our Nation enjoys due to all our Veterans.

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

Let us pray for the future of our Country to protect it from evil, from those who seek to destroy our freedoms, coming from inside as well as from foreign enemies.

Almighty God, bless our nation and make it true to the ideas of freedom and justice and brotherhood for all who make it great. Guard us from war, from fire and wind, from compromise, fear, confusion. Be close to our president and our statesmen; give them vision and courage, as they ponder decisions affecting peace and the future of the world. Make me more deeply aware of my heritage; realizing not only my rights but also my duties and responsibilities as a citizen. Make this great land and all its people know clearly Your will, that they may fulfill the destiny ordained for us in the salvation of the nations, and the restoring of all things in Christ. Amen

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The Catholic Defender: A Veterans Day Story about Thanksgiving

Posted by Donald Hartley - November 8th, 2014

catholic defenderMy wife and I would like to extend a most Happy Thanksgiving to all of our family and readers. Please be safe if you are traveling this weekend.

The following is a true story that took place in the Old West. I can’t help but think of the great movies made for so many years. God bless you all!

I have served in the Army for more than 26 years. Much of my witness involves the Military. The following takes place at Ft. Irwin, California at the National Training Center (NTC):

I remember a particular Thanksgiving I spent at NTC in 1985. I was a Medic supporting one of our unit’s when my Squad Leader came and took my Field Ambulance (FLA) with all my gear in it. He told me to hang tight where I was until 20:00 and then walk towards the Command Post (CP) where they would be waiting for me. I waited there until 20:00 as instructed and then walked to where they were suppose to be waiting for me.

Now we were set up on a mountain range encamped on the other side of this valley when I began my walk. I went to the location to find that everyone had moved out. The problem was that it was by this time getting dark. I looked back across from where I began and took off for that place only to find that I could not find it.

It all looked so much the same. I went back and forth across that valley five or six times trying to relocate where I originally took off from.

cd !!I found myself in a difficult situation. I was now lost out there at NTC on foot with only one canteen of water.

It was dark. I could not find any sign of light or anything. I kept walking thinking I should run into something somewhere. Off in the distance I could hear tanks barreling down and I certainly didn’t want to be hit by one of those bad boys.

I kept walking, I was sweating a lot as it was still hot and humid even at night there in the Southwest American desert. I kept watching for rattlesnakes as I certainly didn’t want to walk into a nest of those things out there.

It was so dark I could not find anything that had any lights or any camp. I was in real trouble but I kept moving. I was out there all night long. I prayed, I sang, I thought badly of my leadership, I thought of home. Most importantly, I was determined to survive.

I had ran out of water hours into my forced foot march. I found myself to the point of saying, left/right, left/fight, left/right. About an hour before daybreak, I finally found a camp some 15 miles away with another unit.

They were shocked to have a Soldier walk in the way that I did. I was so thankful to have finally found anybody out there in that place. What I remember taking from this experience was to never do that to one of my Soldiers, but also to never give up.

Fathers 1 (1)I trusted in God to help me through that long evening. People have died out there in training accidents where Soldiers get lost. That happened not too long ago at Ft. Hood when a Soldier got lost doing a Land Navigation course.

Needless to say, I was so thankful to God for being there with me through that ordeal. He has been with me a lot in my career!!!

He is also with you, even when your walking in darkness and you can’t see the light. Where there is a shadow, there is some light. The Lord Jesus loves you so much! Keep Him in your sights at all times and He will help you through the darkness!!! God bless you all!

“Even when I walk through a dark valley, I fear no harm for you are at my side: your rod and staff give me courage. You set a table before me as my enemies watch; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”

Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O Good Jesus, hear me. Within Thy wounds hide me. Suffer me not to be separated from thee. From the malignant enemy defend me. In the hour of my death call me. And bid me come unto Thee, That with all Thy saints, I may praise thee Forever and ever. Amen.

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The Catholic Defender: The Jim Caviezel – Inspirational Story

Posted by Donald Hartley - November 8th, 2014

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Very few live testimonies of faith will you ever find to be as inspiring as Jim Caviezel. This live interview gives some great behind the making of "The Passion Of The Christ" and Mr. Caviezel's role of Jesus.

2 Timothy 1:8 St. Paul is instructing St. Timothy, “So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God”.

I share Jim Caviezel’s testimony to encourage you who need encouraging. Today, we have brothers and sisters in the Middle East who are suffering and Jim wants you to transcend to a strengthened faith that can help you through times of trial.

mel“This is what I feel. I believe I was called to play this role. When I look out to all my fellow Americans and people in the world, I say to them I want you to do this in the public and shamelessly express your faith in public. That’s what I’ve done here, and I can rest as it is. I don’t know where it’s going, but if it doesn’t turn out where I’m continually working, I’m still an actor. I’ll always be one, whether I get another job or not. I fulfilled my mission right now. I felt what I was right now. That was my opportunity, and I would have done it again.” Jim Caviezel

Dear God, give me courage, for perhaps I lack it more than anything else. I need courage before men against their threats and against their seductions. I need courage to bear unkindness, mockery, contradiction. I need courage to fight against the devil, against terrors and troubles, temptations, attractions, darkness and false lights, against tears, depression, and above all fear. I need Your help, dear God. Strengthen me with Your love and Your grace. Console me with Your blessed Presence and grant me the courage to persevere until I am with You forever in heaven.

The Catholic Defender: Republicans Hit It BIG

Posted by Donald Hartley - November 5th, 2014

MapLast night, the Republicans retake the Senate with a minimum 52-45 count with the prospects of winning Alaska and Louisiana that would give them a 54-45 majority.

Also the Republicans gained several gubernatorial victories from Democratic strongholds Illinois, Maryland, and Massachusetts.

By nights end, America throughout the Country gave a resounding rejection of the Obama Administration.

This was a historic evening as Montana elected the first Republican Senator in over a hundred years and Utah elected the first Black Female (Mia Love) to the House of Representatives.

The House of Representatives nearly have 245 which is the most since President Truman (1945-1953). It was a long night as we watched hotly contested races that took place in Virginia, New Hampshire and North Carolina that were thought of as “firewalls” to protect the Democratic majority and Harry Reid.

But the message was clear. North Carolina went to the Republicans and Virginia and New Hampshire were too close to call. Last night was a total and utter defeat for the Obama Administration.

Our 13 step Deepertruth expectation as a result of last nights electoral wins for the Republicans.

Stock Photo of the Consitution of the United States and Feather Quill1. That the Constitution of the United States will be respected and maintained.

2. The protection of religious freedoms in America.

3. The Senate will now produce a budget and pay down our 18 Trillion dollar debt.

4. To overturn Obamacare and to protect all life from conception to natural death.

5. To bring back jobs, to end the restrictions against job creation.

6. To seal our borders and heighten security against Isis.

7. To repair our Military.

8. To regain the trust lost among our allies especially Israel.

9. To utilize our opportunity of true energy independence from foreign oil using technology to protect the environment.

10. To put a stop of choosing liberal judges by Obama.

11. To protect traditional marriage and family. To bring back common sense to our educational system.

12. To decrease the stranglehold of Washington and bring back the voice to the States.

13. For Justice, to hold people accountable for Benghazi, for Fast and Furious, the IRS, the VA, and all the other government scandals.

gettysburg-addressWe call for these 13 steps to help bring back the transfer of power back to the people, that those who serve understand that they represent their people and not their agenda. That the people deserve to be informed of all bills, that we do not vote on bills so that we can know what’s in them!

Our call here at Deepertruth is to call for the Republicans to actually lead on behalf of the people of the United States.

Now that the Party of President Lincoln won great victories last night, this is what President Lincoln said in the Gettysburg Address, “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

With last night’s Republican victories, I pray that they will in fact bring back the air of freedom and go to Washington to represent the people of the United States. To put an end to the Progressive agenda that is all about special interest and government expansion.

God our Father, Giver of life, we entrust the United States of America to Your loving care. You are the rock on which this nation was founded. You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Reclaim this land for Your glory and dwell among Your people. Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nations leaders. Open their minds to the great worth of human life and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. Remind Your people that true happiness is rooted in seeking and doing Your will. Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of our land, grant us the courage to reject the “culture of death.” Lead us into a new millennium of life. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen

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The Catholic Defender: America on Patrol, Circle The Wagons

Posted by Donald Hartley - November 3rd, 2014

A real quick background on the purpose of any patrol: In military tactics, a patrol usually can range from a small squad size element to a platoon size element.

Ordinarily they are a small tactical unit sent out to patrol areas of responsibility.

They are sent out from a base of operations, a small Joint Security Station (JSS) or a larger Forward Operating Base (FOB) for the purpose of combat, reconnaissance, or a combination of both.

The basic mission of a patrol is to follow a route that is known by all the personnel from the leader down to the lowest in rank.
They can walk the trek or they can be mounted.

The objective can range from keeping an eye out for anything out of the ordinary to gathering vital information from the people.

It is important in our strategy to have good relations with the local community.

The Medics in the past have offered help to Commanders because they have done good deeds helping the people. Getting vital information from the people can be most important to help keep information about enemy activity current and accurate.

The foot Soldier is vital in keeping watch for enemy attack, movement, IED’s, and other enemy activities within your sector of fire.

This also helps maintain and protect the JSS and FOB security keeping at regular intervals looking out for anything out of the ordinary — which if found will be reported or dealt with as appropriate.

There are then basically two types of patrols that refer to reconnaissance patrols, which are sent to investigate some feature of interest, or to fighting patrols (US combat patrol), sent to find and engage the enemy.

As an element that does go out on patrol, when at rest they circle out a perimeter to maintain a protective force.  Within the center of the protective barrier you will find the Leader, either the Commander or the Platoon leader depending on the size element on patrol.

Along with the leader, you may have the radio operator, the medic, or some other important support elements.  This is really basic information, when you set up a fort or garrison, it primarily works the same way.  Within the perimeter, you will have the field hospital, a dining hall, other areas of operation.

fort hoodWhen you have larger posts, then you will see all kinds of support and organization that lie within the protective barrier.  You will see a lot of contractors, civilians who give support to the Soldiers.  In large posts, they will even house families like we see in Japan, Germany, and other American posts.

Consider all this and then take a look at our very own Country.  The President of the United States is the Commander-in-Chief of the Military and his first mission is for the protection and welfare of the American people.

Break it back down for the squad level patrol for a minute, when you have circled out a perimeter setting up a temporary hasty defensive position, you want your infantry Soldiers manning their positions.  The sign of a poor leader would be if he brought more and more people from the defensive perimeter and allowed them to stay in the center of the circle of protection.

That would make it easier for an enemy to over run your position.  A good leader would ensure that a mission was wall manned and defended.  Lets go back to looking at America as a Country again.  If our President is not interested in sealing and defending our boarders, then he is guilty of allowing invasions and infiltration within the perimeter.

circle the wagonsIf we take too much of our defense defending our perimeter and taking assets to support other things that are not as important as the defense of this nation, then we are opening up ourselves for attack. It’s like we have more people sitting in the wagon and less and less actually pulling it.

America needs to circle the wagons as the threat of attack is very real, from the Ebola outbreak to the Isis (Muslim) invasion of America.  Our Government and people have become soft and weak because of the elevation of special interest and the decline of the Family.

A lot is at stake this November for the future of America.  Freedom is on the ballot and I hope that the low information crowd do not tip the Nation completely over to the Progressive agenda.  In doing so, the infiltration will be made complete and will be difficult to shake in the future.

“No one can rejoice more than I do at every step the people of this great country take to preserve the Union, establish good order and government, and to render the nation happy at home and respectable abroad. No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means, and to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us, so plainly; I cannot believe it will ever come to pass. The Great Governor of the Universe has led us too long and too far on the road to happiness and glory, to forsake us in the midst of it. By folly and improper conduct, proceeding from a variety of causes, we may now and then get bewildered; but I hope and trust that there is good sense and virtue enough left to recover the right path before we shall be entirely lost.”

George Washington, June 29, 1788

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What will happen if the Republicans take over the Senate?

Posted by John Benko - November 2nd, 2014


Are there any questions?