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  • Homeless man who was feared dead is given a makeover after being reunited with his long-lost family

    03/06/2018 8:28:24 AM PST · by komibond
    Daily Mail ^ | 6 March 2018 | AMANDA CASHMORE
    The wreckage of a United States aircraft carrier, named USS Lexington that was sunk by the Japanese during World War II, was found on the floor of the Coral Sea more than 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia. The carrier was discovered by a team of explorers led by billionaire Paul Allen, the U.S. Navy confirmed Monday. The ship, which was part of the Battle of the Coral Sea from May 4-8, 1942, was found in a remarkably well-preserved condition. Microsoft co-founder Allen released a statement Monday along with photos and a video of the carrier. ​
  • ‘Married’ lesbians sue U.S. Catholic bishops over rejection as foster ‘parents’

    03/05/2018 4:43:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 5, 2018 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    FORT WORTH, Texas, March 5, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholic Charities of Fort Worth, Texas, turned down two “married” lesbians for foster parenting because their homosexual lifestyle gave children no father. The lesbians are now suing Catholic hierarchs and the federal government for discrimination.  Fatma Marouf and Bryn Esplin filed a lawsuit February 20 in U.S. District Court for (District of Columbia) against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Trump administration for being turned down by the Christian adoption agency to foster a refugee child. Texas A&M University instructors Marouf and Esplin are “married” to each other, which violates...
  • Sons of Guns: Violence Grows in the Void of Faith and Family

    02/22/2018 7:38:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Family Research Council ^ | February 22, 2018 | Tony Perkins, et al.
    While Americans try to cope with the losses in Florida, they're saying goodbye to someone else: America's pastor, Billy Graham. Never has our nation so desperately needed to hear the message of hope and healing that the 99-year-old spent his life sharing. So surely, it's no earthly coincidence that even in Reverend Graham's death, he's forcing us to look in the one place where the answers to this heartbreak lie: up.Torn apart by grief and rage, Americans are frantic to know why our nation is unraveling in one act of violence after another. "We're done with thoughts and prayers!" an...
  • 42 Million Babies Born to Unmarried Mothers Over Last 30 Years

    02/21/2018 8:12:18 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 41 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/20/18 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The percentage of babies born to unmarried mothers dipped below 40 percent for the first time in 9 years in 2016, dropping to 39.8 percent, according to the final birth-data report for that year published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, there were 1,569,796 babies born to unmarried mothers in the United States during that year, according to the report. That made 2016 the 29th straight year (1988-2016) that more than a million babies were born in the United States to unmarried mothers. Over the past 30 years on record (1987-2016), according to CDC data, there have...
  • Russian Patriarch: The Ideal of a Young Life Should Be Starting a Family

    02/19/2018 11:41:14 AM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 4 replies
    eMaxHealth ^ | Feb 19 2018 - 2:36pm | Lena Kirakosyan
    This is a very good message by the Russian Patriarch Kiril. I wish more and more church leaders talked about this and encouraged our youth about the sacredness of a family. Speaking during a sermon Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church addressed the Orthodox youth by saying that, "The creation of the family should be every young person’s goal," RIA Novosti writes. "This, of course, is not the only goal anyone has during their lives. But this is a special ideal for people who clearly understand that the creation of a family, the birth of children, and their education...
  • If you are on Facebook, please like and share this post

    02/18/2018 10:52:00 AM PST · by AzNASCARfan · 23 replies ^ | Feb 18, 2018 | AzNascarFan
    If you agree with me, Please help make this message go viral now. The link above goes to the original story that I shared on Facebook.
  • Creating a Positive Family Culture: The Importance of Establishing Family Traditions

    02/18/2018 3:29:58 AM PST · by vannrox · 2 replies
    The Art of manliness ^ | October 9, 2013 | Brett & Kate McKay
    Here’s a bit of trivia about me: My great-great-grandmother on my dad’s side was a full-blooded Mexicana. For whatever reason, this trace of Mexican blood manifested itself quite strongly in me – more so than in my other family members – and I credit my swarthy skin, thick black mane, and Pancho Villa-like mustache to this lineage.To celebrate our family’s Mexican heritage, on Christmas Eve we would eat tamales, enchiladas, sopapillas, and pozole. Both my brother Larry and I eagerly devoured everything on the menu except for the pozole, which we despised. (For those of you who don’t know,...
  • Christianity was (and is) Right about Sex and Marriage

    02/04/2018 8:08:25 AM PST · by DWW1990 · 11 replies ^ | 2/4/2018 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    On January 31, 2018, my wife and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. At the end of this year, in mid-December, my wonderful parents will celebrate their 50th. Before my beloved father-in-law was criminally taken from us by a drunk driver in 2015, he and my sweet mother-in-law were married for almost 46 years. Taken together, those are rare numbers these days in our slow-to-marry, quick-to-divorce, sex-crazed, hook-up culture. Like every other marriage in human history, none of the unions mentioned above were, or are, perfect. Each of us has certainly seen our fair share of tough times, but, as...
  • Marriage: America’s Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty

    02/01/2018 9:40:07 AM PST · by grundle · 15 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | September 5, 2012 | Robert Rector
    Abstract: Child poverty is an ongoing national concern, but few are aware that its principal cause is the absence of married fathers in the home. Marriage remains America’s strongest anti-poverty weapon, yet it continues to decline. As husbands disappear from the home, poverty and welfare dependence will increase, and children and parents will suffer as a result. Since marital decline drives up child poverty and welfare dependence, and since the poor aspire to healthy marriage but lack the norms, understanding, and skills to achieve it, it is reasonable for government to take active steps to strengthen marriage. Just as government...
  • [Catholic Caucus] FRANCIS WATCH: Rumors Mount, Mysterious Roman Conference

    01/21/2018 8:27:49 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | January 21, 2018 | Michael Matt
    From our friends at National Catholic Register:Ed Pentin: One of the late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra’s last wishes — to have an international conference to examine ways to resolve the current crisis of division in the Church — will take place in Rome in early April, the Register has learned.Details have yet to be officially released, but the conference is expected to explore the limits of papal infallibility as well as seek ways to overcome the division in the Church, exacerbated by what many see as pastoral and doctrinal confusion on key moral issues.Sources who were close to Cardinal Caffarra...
  • 40 Percent Of Kids Now Born To Single Moms—Up 700 Percent Since 1960

    01/16/2018 1:02:58 PM PST · by Thalean · 82 replies
    National Economics Editorial ^ | Jan 16, 2017 | Dylan Scott
    "A recent report from the Social Capital Project reveals that the American family is disintegrating, fast. Fully 40 percent of mothers are currently unmarried. This is bad news, because good families depend on good marriages. Marriage is the moral glue that binds them. It’s the stabilizing agent. There’s a reason that children from married couples do better in school, and are less likely to end up in jail as compared to children of unmarried mothers, known as “fragile families."
  • Where Are You from? A Reflection on Recent Tensions over Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity

    01/15/2018 7:38:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Where Are You from? A Reflection on Recent Tensions over Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity Msgr. Charles Pope • January 14, 2018 • A priest friend of mine who immigrated to this country from Jordan back in the 1970s is often asked, “Where are you from?” He humorously answers, “I am from my mother’s womb.”True enough! There is an even more fundamental answer, rooted in Scripture, which speaks to the origin of every human person: You are from the loving will and heart of God. Before you were ever formed in your mother’s womb, God knew you and thought about...
  • Median Family Net Worth Under 1989 Level: Debt-to-Money Worst Since 62

    01/09/2018 8:07:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Mish Talk : Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | 01/09/2018 | by Mike Mish Shedlock
    As the stock market soars to new highs, here's some sobering statistics to consider. The stock market is at an all-time high but Americans Owe More, Save Less, and are Poorer Than in Decades. Negative Wealth Percentage On the Rise Net Worth Going Nowhere Sobering Stats A greater share of Americans have more debt than money in the bank than at any point since 1962, according to Deutsche Bank economist Torsten Slok.30.4% of US families have negative net worth despite the recovery in housing and the stock market.Median net worth is below where it was in 1989. But perhaps the...
  • Prayer Request for Multiple Family Members Please.

    01/08/2018 3:12:17 PM PST · by mabarker1 · 36 replies
    E-Mail ^ | 01/08/2018 | Family Member
    From My Uncle via FWD E-Mail Disasterous Holidays Sent: Saturday, January 6, 2018 12:16 AM Some of you may have noticed that I was off the compute for awhile. When I got back on, I was faced with 160 messages to wade through – but I am writing to tell you what has happened on & since Christmas day. On Christmas Day when we were opening gifts, my speech became garbled, and my thinking sort of disappeared, so Peggy came up & took me to the hospital. She was the only local“family member” still functioning. Jeff & Karen & Debbie...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Feast of the Holy Family (Gueranger)

    01/07/2018 4:05:49 AM PST · by CMRosary
    White Greater Double THIS SUNDAY has been chosen by the Church for the celebration of the Feast of the Holy Family; the liturgy of the day, as expressed in the Gospel, harmonizes well with the mystery of the new Feast, for it already carries us forward to the childhood of our Emmanuel and gives us those wonderful words which, after the example of his Blessed Mother, we must ever ponder within our hearts: And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was subject to them. The Feast of the Holy Family is of recent origin. In...
  • Keep Your Family Close: A New Year's Tale on What Might Have Been

    12/31/2017 12:42:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American ^ | December 31, 2017 | Susan D. Harris
    Every year at this time, traders at the New York Stock Exchange rededicate themselves to carrying on the 100-plus-year tradition of singing "Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie." Sung on both Christmas and New Year's Eve, it's a yearly reminder of another story that originated over 100 years ago. The story I have to tell begins with a little wagon – handcrafted in 1913 as a gift by John Henry for his young son Lynn, though his son would never see it. For years it was stowed away, almost hidden, in John Henry's barn. When John Henry was much older,...
  • Christmas & priorities

    12/24/2017 10:04:22 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 16 replies
    self | 12/24/2017 | self
    I found out this afternoon that the son of a business friend was killed in a car wreck which travelling to see family for the holidays. Safe holiday travels for FReepers and their family & friends. Just one more reason for me to have a different view of the holidays than most, ironically-reinforcing a ritual spanning over 2 decades due to tragedy closer to home long ago.
  • Christmas comes early for proponents of school choice

    12/22/2017 9:46:19 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 23, 2017 | Jackson Richman
    Proponents of school choice are sharing in President Trump’s first major legislative victory, the signing of the Republican tax reform bill on Friday. Under the to-be-updated tax code, thanks to a provision introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas,, parents will be able to use 529 plans, a form of savings account, to pay not only for college, as is currently the case, but also toward expenses for K-12 schooling, including private school tuition. The provision originally included home schooling costs, but was stripped from the final bill after the Senate parliamentarian ruled that part ineligible under budget reconciliation rules —...
  • Yes, You Really Can Pay for Private School With 529 Plans Now

    12/22/2017 5:59:44 AM PST · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    NYT ^ | DEC. 21, 2017 | RON LIEBER
    So it actually happened. Just last month, it was not certain that the Senate would go along with the House of Representatives’ proposal to let families use 529 college savings plans to pay for private school from elementary school onward. In a bill that offered many perks for the wealthy, the 529 provision was a particularly brazen giveaway. After all, it’s mostly wealthier people who can save enough to reap large benefits from the provision, which allows $10,000 in annual tax-free 529 account withdrawals for pre-college students starting in 2018. But it really did happen, and President Trump will soon...
  • Estrangement

    12/16/2017 9:18:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | December 17, 2017 | Bruce Bialosky
    Author's note: This is a column I ran a few years back and I thought was particularly important during this Christmas season to revisit. A friend was visiting who I only see on occasion. After talking about our common interests, he told me he was currently splitting his time between where he lived and where he grew up. That was because his 90-year-old father needed to have a family member nearby. After commending him for doing the right thing in taking care of his aging parent, I asked whether he had any siblings who could help. He stated he had...