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By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer Spooked staff at a hospital in England are calling in an exorcist after repeated sightings of a black-clad figure in a cloak that is said to walk the halls near the morgue.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer President Barack Obama has been receiving complaints from pro-abortion groups who are upset that he removed a provision in the economic stimulus plan that would have provided more funding to these groups through contraception programs.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer Citing a policy not to run ads involving “political advocacy or issues,” NBC has rejected a powerful pro-life ad for the Super Bowl.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer A survivor of the ill-fated US Air Flight 1549 that crash landed on the Hudson River a few weeks ago said it was a book on the Eucharist and reflections on the promises Jesus made to St. Maria Faustina that brought him strength as he watched the plane go down. Fred Berretta was on his way home to Charlotte on Jan. 15 after a one-day business trip to New York. The meetings wrapped up early which gave him time to attend the 12 noon Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It was unusual for him to have extra time, but he did, and he used it to stop in a gift shop after Mass where he picked up a copy of the best-selling book, 7 Secrets of the Eucharist (Ignatius Press) by Vinny Flynn. “As I waited to board flight 1549 bound for Charlotte, where I live, I began reading your book,” Berretta wrote in a letter to the book’s author. “ I continued reading while we taxied until just after take off.” He read nearly half the book when he decided to stop reading, close his eyes, and reflect on what he had been reading. Meanwhile, the plane was climbing into the sky. “Just a minute or so into the flight I heard the impact of the bird strikes and then the explosion in the left engine. I could see it on fire and the cabin began to smell like jet fuel. As a private pilot, once I realized the second engine was also not functioning, things became quite tense.” The plane was not that high so the descent was quick, Beretta said in an appearance on CNN shortly after the crash. After the captain told everyone to brace for impact, “people starting praying,” he said. “There was a lot of silence and the realization that we were going in (to the water) was really hard to take in at that moment.” Miraculously, just the day before he had been cleaning out his briefcase and came across a copy of the booklet on the Divine Mercy chaplet. “While I had known about and prayed the Divine Mercy chaplet years before, I had not really focused on it in quite a long time,” he wrote. “Ironically, I had prayed the chaplet the day before (the crash) at 3 pm. . . . and read some of the words of Jesus to Faustina.” Realizing that the plane was going to crash during the great hour of mercy - at around 3:30 p.m. - he suddenly recalled what Jesus told Faustina about those people who pray to Him at this time of day. “In this hour,” Jesus said, “I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion.” "Before we hit the water, I thought about the words Jesus said, that nothing would be refused if asked for during the hour of mercy,” Berretta wrote. “I really thought there was a good chance that myself and others would die that day, but I asked God to be merciful to us, I prayed the Lord' prayer and a Hail Mary. I then prayed to St. Michael, and we impacted the water. “The odds were not with us that day, but God clearly was. I believe it is the only jet airliner to successfully ditch in the water without fatalities in the history of aviation.” A lot of people turned to God on the plane that day, he said, “and I believe the 'Miracle on the Hudson' was a testament to the mercy of God, and a sign of hope.” © All Rights Reserved, Living His Life Abundantly/Women of Grace. http://www.womenofgrace.com
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer Only a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to remove $300 million dollars for contraceptives from President Obama’s stimulus plan, another $335 million was discovered in the bill to fund condoms and sexually explicit “STD prevention” programs.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer The Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), which split from the worldwide Anglican community over issues relating to the ordination of women priests and practicing homosexuals, may soon be joining the Roman Catholic Church.
by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer Archbishop Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, said a document issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) caused confusion among the faithful and is partly responsible for the huge support Obama received from Catholics in November.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer The estranged Kenyan-born aunt of President Barack Obama, who has been living in the U.S. illegally since 2004, is once again seeking asylum.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer The popular pro-life Alaskan Governor and former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has taken a step closer to a future run for national office by establishing SarahPAC, a political action committee that will help finance her future political plans.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer A Georgia school district is being sued by a Christian student’s fellowship club for demanding that it pay a fee to use the school premises for meetings even though no other club is made to do so.
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