About Mrs. American Patriot

I am an American, I believe in the Constitution and the right granted to me by that Constitution. I believe in Freedom of Religion and of Speech and notice that Freedom of Religion is listed first. I believe I have the right to own a gun to protect myself, again as granted by the Constitution. I believe Abortion is murder and that life begins at conception. I believe in marriage between one man and one woman, which is what marriage is according to the Bible and also the natural way of the Universe. It does not manner what the Supreme Court rules or what State laws are changed, marriage under God is between a man and woman, and anything else is not marriage. I believe in a small government and free enterprise. I sometime wonder with all the control and interference our government is doing now days, why we even fought a Revolution. I believe I have the right to my beliefs and my refusal to compromise my principles without being persecuted for those beliefs which is also happening to Americans now days..

THE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE AC

OK, folks, you will see all kinds of scare tactics on this to force the Senate to vote down this new Healthcare Act.

Let’s face it, Obama Care (The Affordable Care Act) that is only affordable for those who don’t work and don’t pay taxes, or for those who qualify for help. The rest of the taxpayers in this country can’t afford the good coverage that they receive. Also, they are loosing Insurance Companies like flies. It is a failure, but Democrats refused to make the necessary changes or can’t. Also, the Govt. has gone into areas where they have no business going, “forcing employers and employees to pay for abortion which they believe is murder”. This bill changes the necessary ingredients and leave it open for more corrections in the future.  Here is some of the reliable information I thought you might be interested in. _______________________________________________________________________________

WHAT’S THE BIG PICTURE?
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) is the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
HAVEN’T I HEARD THIS BEFORE?
Yes. About six weeks ago, Republicans came close to voting on the AHCA. Ultimately, the bill was pulled. So, moderate and conservative Republicans spent time working together to improve the legislation.
WHAT ARE THE DETAILS?
The updated AHCA is the same bill as before, but with three important changes.
Palmer/Schweikert Amendment: creates a new federal risk-sharing program, a high-risk pool that will lower costs for people with pre-existing conditions, and lower costs for everyone else.
The MacArthur Amendment: allows states to apply for waivers to three of Obamacare’s costliest mandates: essential health benefits; age rating; and community rating, but only if the state has a risk-sharing program to help individuals with pre-existing conditions afford coverage.This new flexibility will allow states to design insurance frameworks that are right for their unique populations, providing superior care and lowering costs for patients.
The Upton-Long Amendment: dedicates $8 billion solely to reducing premiums and other out-of-pocket costs for patients in the individual market with pre-existing conditions who do not maintain continuous coverage and who live in states that receive a waiver to redesign their insurance market.
SO… IS IT LAW?
Not quite. Next it goes to the Senate and then to the White House, where it is signed into law. Don’t worry. We’ll keep you updated every step of the way.

WAIT, IS CONGRESS EXEMPT?

No. Yesterday, Congress also voted on the McSally Bill, which ensures that Members of Congress and their staff live by the same health care rules as everyone else.
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NOW FROM THE HOUSE GOP
We did it!
Today, the House voted to pass the American Health Care Act, fulfilling the promises we made to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Today, we voted to offer relief to all Americans suffering under Obamacare’s burdensome weight.
Today, we made history.
Once signed into law, our country will have relief from soaring premiums, evaporating choices, and top-down government mandates. Through the AHCA, we are lowering costs, increasing choice, and returning power back to the people.
Together with President Trump, we’ve passed a bill that:
Dismantles Obamacare taxes
Eliminates the individual and employer mandate penalties
Protects those with pre-existing conditions
Modernizes and strengthens Medicaid
Empowers individuals and families through HSAs
Provides monthly tax credits for low- and middle-income families
While this is a monumental first step, it is only the first step. There is still work to be done.
Secretary Tom Price at the Department of Health and Human Services will take administrative actions to create a healthier insurance market and alleviate the burden the harmful health care mandates imposed on Americans.
Congress will also consider more smaller pieces of legislation to continually improve our health care system.
Thank you so much for your support. Now, let’s celebrate the passing of the AHCA!____

FROZEN EMBRYOS POSE HUGE MORAL DILEMMA

Imagine waking up one day to learn you are being sued by your own, yet-to-be-born embryos. Sounds absurd, right? Well, It’s actually already happened. In December, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara was hit with a unique lawsuit that rocked the legal underpinnings of human fertility science. The lawsuit actually names the embryos as plaintiffs against her. Before they broke up, Vergara created two frozen embryos with former fiance’ Nick Loeb. She wants to keep them frozen “indefinitely,” while Loeb, fighting on behalf of the embryos, wants a surrogate birth mother to bring them to term. The legal battle over the embryos sounds like a roiling Hollywood drama that only a star could have. But it actually reflects a growing moral and legal dilemma.

According to a 2010 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, 7.4 million U.S. women have undergone in vitro fertilization-having babies via embryos fertilized outside the womb. Typically, many more embryos are created than can be implanted, and the remaining ones are cryogenically preserved.

It remains to be seen if the untested strategy of embryos suing their own mother will work, but so far the legal community appears to be taking it seriously. The lawsuit requests that the embryos “be entrusted to their natural father Leob, who is willing that they be born and become eligible to receive their inheritance.”

The number of frozen embryos is staggering-over 1 million by some estimates. And it’s growing every day.

In response, several groups advocate “embryo adoption,” that is, the transfer of fertilized embryos from couples that no longer need or want them to infertile couples very eager to have children.

Embryo adoptions already account for about 2 percent of reproductive procedures in the United States. The annual number of these births as more than doubled since 2011. But the growth in cryopreserved embryos is increasing even faster.

To some, the problem of what to do with the growing number of so-called “snowflake children” is nothing less than a moral crisis.

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, for example, HAS CALLED FROZEN EMBRYOS “HUMAN BEINGS deserving the full love and protections granted any child.”

(this article goes on to talk about how out of control this whole situation is and that people are creating children with no thought about what to do with the ones they don’t want.) Dr. Jeffrey Keenan of the National Embryo Donation Center says it’s time for the law to catch up with IVF technology.

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This article was in March NEWSMAX Magazine, written by Troy Anderson. I don’t usually pay attention to what Hollywood Stars do but this article is very important. If a decision is made about these frozen embryos, could affect abortion laws all over our Country not only concerning frozen embryos.

They are being called unborn children. If the ruling acknowledges that embryos are legally unborn children then, having an abortion could make a woman legally liable for murder. Also, the father would have the right to insist that the baby be carried to term and allowed to be born. I would imagine he could sue if he wanted. Science has already proved that an embryo is a baby, but our laws have not caught up.  I pray Loeb wins his suit. It could mean the end of abortion as it is being used in this day and age.

Just to point our, I was actually listening today on the Presence Radio FM that the Catholic Church is against IVF  and freezing embryos for moral and natural reasons, and it seems with good reason.  If you are interested in why, there should be some answers at http://www.Catholic.com I think it is.

Here is a reading from the bible I came across regarding abortion: Book of Genesis: (1-13)

God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them”Be fertile and multiply and fill the earth. Dread fear of you shall come upon all the animals of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon all the creatures that move about on the ground and all the fishes of the sea; into your power they are delivered. Every creature that is alive shall be yours to eat; I give them all to you as I did the green plants. Only flesh with its lifeblood still in it you shall not eat. For your own lifeblood, too, I will demand an accounting: from every animal I will demand it, and from one man in regard to his fellow man I will demand an accounting for human life. If anyone sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has man been made. Be fertile, then and multiply; abound on the earth and subdue it.

—————Sounds to me like we are going to answer for every child killed and it’s approaching something like 60 million now?  Pray folks, for this country and every person in it. May God have Mercy on our souls.

 

 

THE FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION

I meant to write this Sat. March 25, since that was the Feast of the Annunciation. This is the day we celebrate:  Luke 1:26-38

The Angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.: Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

CANTICLE OF MARY:  And Mary told Elizabeth  (Luke 1:46-55)

MY SOUL proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the might from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever.

GLORY TO THE FATHER, AND TO THE SON, and to the HOLY SPIRIT, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen


The Glory Be to the Father is a prayer Catholics say often.  If only we would be as willing to do what God asks without question.   Here is a prayer for that:

Jesus, You became flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pray for me, that I may deny myself and choose God’s will for my life, for I know and believe that He is a good Father and will lead me to salvation. Amen

 

HISTORY OF LENT AND WHY 40 DAYS

The Catholic TV monthly magazine had an article about the History of Lent. I thought maybe some of you might be interested:

History of Lent-what did fasting used to look like: The Lenten season, preparation for Easter, has been observed from the onset of Christ’s Church, although there have been inconsistencies with duration and practices.  The Council of Nicea, 325AD, established Easter’s fluid date as the Sunday following the first full moon of the vernal equinox. In 461 AD, Pope St. Leo established the duration as 40 consecutive days before Easter. Pope Gregory the Great, in the sixth century, added the dispensing of ashes the preceding Wednesday (Ash Wednesday), making Lent 46 days. Sundays were considered feast days and not included in the count. (However, my mother informed us kids that if we gave up Movies for Lent we could not go on Sundays, or it wouldn’t be much of a sacrifice. Connie)

Initially, all forms of meat, fish and animal products were excluded for the entirety of Lent. People were allowed one meal per day, after 3 pm. In the 1400’s that time was revised to noon. Eventually, a small snack was included to sustain energy. Over time, fish, meat and eventually dairy products were allowed. However, fasting was require all 40 days. It wasn’t until 1966 that fast days were lessened to Ash Wednesday and Good Friday only. (Now, we give up meat on Fridays during Lent, along with Ash Wednesday)

WHY 40 DAYS????The number 40 has ecclesial significance: Moses spent 40 days on Mt. Sinai before receiving the Ten Commandments; Jesus spent 40 days in prayer and fasting prior to beginning his ministry. So, too, we spend 40 days preparing to do God’s work.

WHY  DO WE HAVE PENITENTIAL SEASONS?  (This is a question many Christians ask Catholics, who quite often don’t know the answer) Jesus gave the example of a penitential retreat, spending prayerful time in the desert preparing for His ministry, reflecting on God’s will and determining how He’d freely make that happen. Penitential seasons offer us this same opportunity to withdraw from our routines and evaluate our spiritual progress or regression. We do this through reflection and repentance, which enable us to identify our weaknesses and make reparation to amend our sinful ways. Penitential seasons create time to reflect on our need to make God the focal point of our lives. The result can be spiritually rewarding. (Many Catholics spend extra time in prayer. Go to extra Masses, the Stations of the Cross, and other spiritual reading during Lent)

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT RULES FOR LENT IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?

All Catholics, ages 14 and up, are bound by the law of abstinence. Abstinence means refraining from the consumption of meat (land animals) on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent. Why Friday? To unite ourselves with Jesus’ sacrifice, made for us on Good Friday.

All Catholics, ages 18-59, are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting is defined as eating one full, meatless meal on prescribed days. Bits of food can be taken at other traditional meal times though their combined total should not equal a full meal.

Penitential practices, like fasting and abstinence, are intended to refocus our thoughts and intentions toward God. Lent’s 40 days include Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday (the Lenten fast continues until Holy Saturday), not including Sundays. Sundays are optional but encouraged. For health reasons, the infirm, ill, and pregnant or nursing mothers are exempt.

Three other Lenten disciplines are prayer (daily conversation with the Lord) fasting (from behaviors which detract from our relationship with God) and  almsgiving (sharing our resources, ensuring the basic needs of human dignity).

I WILL ADD; many Catholics like to go to the  Stations of the Cross usually on Friday if it is available in their Churches. The Stations of the Cross actually started before the Crusades when Christian were free to go to Jerusalem.  I read where they used to journey from Rome and Europe to Israel to follow the footsteps of Jesus to the Cross. Much like people do now. Then when the Muslims took over the Holy Lands and the Christians could not go there, they started setting up outdoor statues or pictures of what we now call the Passion of Christ. From the Last Supper to the capture in the garden, the whippings and crown of thorns thru the town, past the women, and when he had help carrying the cross and when He was nailed to the cross. Now Catholic Churches have pictures or carvings on the wall that go around the church, 14 stations showing the Passion of Jesus.  People say prayers at each station and they are called the Stations of the Cross.  It follows the story of His Passion in the Bible Gospels. Usually on Good Friday, when possible, the Stations are said at 3PM, the time that Jesus died.

GIVING ALMS: During Lent as with other times of the year, but especially during Lent, we can give up something we spend money on, coffee, candy, movies, whatever, and give that money to the poor. Examples; the Salvation Army, Local Food Cupboards or you can look up Catholic Relief Services (CRS) or Catholic Charities for example, all these organizations help people who are desperate for help.  Catholics have what we call a “Rice Bowl” we put on the table or somewhere in our home where everyone can drop money in, on Easter we put the money in an envelope marked RICE BOWL put it in the collection basket,and the Church sends all the money to Catholic Relief Services to feed the poor in other countries.  You can look up CRS Rice Bowl on line: http://www.crsricebowl.org. To get more information. Catholics have been donating to CRS for many years. They are all over the world helping and teaching the poor how to  feed and support themselves and they are at places of devastation like Haiti helping people to recover and start over.

HOW DO WE RESPOND TO SUFFERING?

When I was young, one of the things Catholics used to say when we had pain or were ill was: “OFFER IT UP”.  I hadn’t heard it for years until a few years ago, when I read or heard someone say, “OFFER UP YOUR PAIN AND SUFFERING AS A PRAYER FOR OTHERS WHO HAVE THE SAME ILLNESSES.” Simply tell Jesus that you are offering your suffering up for someone one else.”  It made sense to me then and still does, at least the pain and suffering I am going through is not wasted if it is used as a prayer.  I remembered this through breast cancer and then later as I went and am still going through heart problems. Did it make the pain and suffering any easier, it still was bad, but at least it served as a prayer.

I have since read and heard this several times in Christian Magazines and the Presence Radio.  I read that you could use suffering as a prayer, not only for other people, but for souls stuck in Purgatory and to help atone for sins being committed in the world and prayer for Peace in the world. Then I came across this article by Rev. Andrew Apostoli, CFR in the SOUL MAGAZINE, a publication of the World Apostolate of Fatima. In one of the chapters he wrote:

HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO SUFFERING?

The second time the Angel appeared to Lucia and the other children of Portugal at Fatima he encouraged the children, “Above all, accept and bear with submission, the suffering which the Lord will send you.” Everyone has suffering of one kind or another in life. This is what Jesus taught in the Gospel to be His disciple, namely, that we must deny ourselves (these are our sacrifices). take up our crosses each day (these are our sufferings, even if just carrying out our daily duties), an follow Me (these are our efforts to imitate Christ each day). (cf Mt 16:24). ………………………………….

HOW DO WE HANDLE SUFFERING?

I has been said that suffering can make a person either better or bitter. It makes us better when we see it as coming from God and are willing to accept it from Him. Many lessons in life come through suffering especially the building of character and the strength of enduring with perseverance.  On the other hand, we know that suffering can make people bitter. This happens when they resent them and refuse to accept them. Many people become angry at God when crosses come their way. They resent it because these sufferings take away their ability to live a happy life according to their own hopes and desires. Yet it is only when we embrace the cross in our hearts that we find the peace that comes in doing God’s will, even in adversity. In our Christian faith the cross is no longer a tragedy; God turned it into a source of blessings and eternal happiness. The Angel would encourage us to accept our sufferings with patience and trust. Abundant fruits will follow!

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Remember folks, offer your pain, disappointments, sufferings, and hurts up to Jesus as a prayer, He has a plan for you. Ask Him to be with you and to give you the strength to make it through the tough times, and be sure to thank him for the good times. Thank Him for the things He has given you and the good people He has put in your life. Be sure to tell Him you love Him, as he love you, no mater what.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONVERSION STORY NO.???????????????

We have talked before about how our Conversion Stories never really end. Every once in a while something new happens that makes us want to re-commit ourselves to Jesus. This is one of those stories.

About 7 years or so ago, I started having a very fast heart beat, which then caused other problems, which resulted in several operations and a loss of energy. Of course, at the same time, I was getting older, which also results in a loss of that youthful energy.  Anyway, a few years before that after I retired from  working, I started talking to Jesus and asked Him what he wanted me to do next. After several years of prayer, and “What do you want me to do”? and several bible classes, a thought hit me during the night.  It seems, I always get my communications from Jesus at night.

The people that had been leading our bible and religious study classes had either moved or were worn out and had stopped coming up with ideas. It seems that is what Jesus wanted me to do. I had not led classes and come up with ideas for years, since before  I was married 25 years ago, so this took some praying and courage.  I was taking bible study classes in another church in our Cluster, so had someone to talk about it with and bounce things off from. Then the Presence Catholic Radio came on the air in our Area.

The Presence. FM is another miracle.  There are not that many Catholics in Maine. The Presence runs totally on donations. It started 6 years ago in Southern Maine and moved north, area by area until it covers all of Maine.   It is very informative, and everyone that listens, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, learn a lot.  I just happened to be listening one morning on the way to exercise class and heard the Rosary and then a prayer in song called: THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY.  This is a beautiful prayer, and the first time I heard it, it brought tears to my eyes.

First though, one thing I learned from one of the Presence talk shows, was that the Rosary, and the Mysteries that go with it, form  a STRING OF THE LIFE OF JESUS. Each Mystery that we say between the ten Hail Marys and the Our Fathers is a point in Jesus life and by the end of each week, day by day, we cover the Life of Jesus. It is so beautiful when you realize this.

Anyway, I thought more people should hear and pray the Chaplet. I did some research, spoke to other people at our church and spoke to our Parish Priest. The Sunday after Easter is called DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY, and the Pope had asked all Catholics and other Christians to pray the Chaplet on that Sunday afternoon at 3 PM for peace in our world. Three PM is the hour that Christ died and it is a special time for prayer.  It worked, the Priest agreed, and I and many others in our church worked to make Divine Mercy Sunday afternoon a very special time of prayer.  It worked so well that Father decided we should move this prayer service to other Churches in our Cluster, and that is what we have done.  This year it will be in another of our churches and we can all still pray together.

Why do I call this one of my Conversion Stories? Because, this Chaplet brought more prayer and joy back into my life. It is something I can share and other friends can share with me.  There are many benefits to saying the Chaplet and people all over the world say this Chaplet at 3PM each day, especially on Fridays.  So even if I say it at 5PM, someone somewhere is saying this prayer and we are praying for peace, for souls in Purgatory and other special requests for our family, friends and ourselves. Jesus listens.

If you type in “Chaplet of Divine Mercy” on Google or another search engine, you will see a picture of Jesus with the words, “JESUS I TRUST IN YOU.”

 

 

GREAT READING FOR LENT and DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

As we approach Divine Mercy Sunday on April 23, the week after Easter Sunday on April 16, and the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, check out these great resources on the tremendous power of Divine Mercy and the story of the apparitions at Fatima, 100 years ago.  You can order these at (marian.org)

A JOURNEY TO HEALING THROUGH DIVINE MERCY: MERCY AFTER ABORTION: by Theresa Bonopartis. Sharing the fruits of her own long and often painful process of healing after having had an abortion. Theresa Bonopartis gives her testimony and offers a series of Divine Mercy meditations for post-abortive mothers and fathers. Drawing from the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska and the words of the popes, Bonopartis shares profound insights to assist her wounded brothers and sisters to find healing and renewed relationships with God, their families and friends, and themselves. $9.95.

THE FACE OF MERCY DVD AND LIBERATING A CONTINENT: JOHN PAUL 11 AND THE FALL OF COMMUNISM DVD. These two remarkable documentaries by the Knights of Columbus tell the stories of Divine Mercy and the Great Mercy Pope, St. John Paul II. THE FACE OF MERCY includes the teaching of Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, and Fr. Seraphim Michalenki, MIC, as well as the Divine Mercy testimonies of Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, and Eric Mahl, a Marian Helper and former NFL player. LIBERATING A CONTINENT draws on interviews with many of the foremost experts on St. John Paul II in the world, including Marian Press author Ewa Czaczkowska, who wrote the outstanding biography, FAUSTINA; THE MYSTIC AND HER MESSAGE.’s calls today. Indispensable reading for the 100th anniversary of Fatima. $17.95 B33 FOMDVD and $19.95 B33 JPDVD

FATIMA FOR TODAY; THE URGENT MARIAN MESSAGE OF HOPE by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR. shares the history of what happened at Fatima, as well as the apparitions that Lucia dos Santos continued to receive later in her life.  He discusses Fatima’s effects on world and Church history, as well as how we can and must answer Our Lady’s calls today. Indispensable reading for the 100th anniversary of Fatima. $16.95

You can also order these at:  shopmercy.org

Happy Reading and a Productive Lent