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A farewell message from Charles Krauthammer   Leave a comment

I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me.

In August of last year, I underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in my abdomen. That operation was thought to have been a success, but it caused a cascade of secondary complications — which I have been fighting in hospital ever since. It was a long and hard fight with many setbacks, but I was steadily, if slowly, overcoming each obstacle along the way and gradually making my way back to health.

However, recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned. There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.

I wish to thank my doctors and caregivers, whose efforts have been magnificent. My dear friends, who have given me a lifetime of memories and whose support has sustained me through these difficult months. And all of my partners at The Washington Post, Fox News, and Crown Publishing.

Lastly, I thank my colleagues, my readers, and my viewers, who have made my career possible and given consequence to my life’s work. I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.

I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.

Published in Washington Post, June 8, 2018

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Posted June 22, 2018 by ouidaofs in Death, Uncategorized

Mourner’s Kaddish   Leave a comment

In memory of Charles Krauthammer, 1950 – 2018, and in honor of his Jewish faith.

Glorified and sanctified be God’s great name throughout the world

which He has created according to His will.

May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days,

and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon;

and say, Amen.

May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity.

Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored,

adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He,

beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that

are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen.

May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us

and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

He who creates peace in His celestial heights,

may He create peace for us and for all Israel;

and say, Amen.

(The Mourner’s Kaddish, a Jewish prayer, is an almost 2,000-year-old prayer traditionally recited in memory of the dead. The prayer, which is included in all three daily prayer services and is recited in a minyan of at least 10 adult Jews, makes no mention of death. Instead, it is a prayer dedicated to praising God.)


Posted June 22, 2018 by ouidaofs in Death, Jewish People

A Skunk Came Walking By   Leave a comment

By Ouida Tomlinson, OFS

A skunk came walking by last night,

traveling east and leaving his stinky smell behind.

Time passed.  I thought about the skunk – I thought about me.

I thought about my quickly passing life.

Like the skunk, I too travel east,

but seeking God’s grace and sweet fragrance to cover my sometimes stinky self.

How can I explain to my priest why I overslept this Easter morning?

How will I explain that I could not sleep because a skunk came walking by?

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Posted April 1, 2018 by ouidaofs in Easter, God

Reverend Billy Graham Funeral Service   Leave a comment

March 2, 2018

Click link below to watch video of funeral on C-Span.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?441940-1/reverend-billy-graham-funeral-service

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Posted March 2, 2018 by ouidaofs in Reverend Billy Graham

The Four Marks of the Church   Leave a comment

“‘This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic.’ These four characteristics, inseparably linked with each other, indicate essential features of the Church and her mission. The Church does not possess them of herself; it is Christ who, through the Holy Spirit, makes his Church one, holy, catholic, and apostolic, and it is he who calls her to realize each of these qualities.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 811

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Read and Study: United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Chapter 11 (pgs. 125-139)

Posted February 27, 2018 by ouidaofs in Catechism of the Catholic Church, Lent

“The Church Has No Other Light than Christ’s”   Leave a comment

 

 

“The Church has no other light than Christ’s . . . the Church is like the moon, all its light reflected from the sun. . . . The Church is the People that God gathers in the whole world. She exists in local communities and is made real as a liturgical, above all a Eucharistic, assembly. She draws her life from the word and the Body of Christ and so herself becomes Christ’s Body.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 748

Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 752

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Video on Vimeo

Posted February 26, 2018 by ouidaofs in Catechism of the Catholic Church, Lent

Receive the Holy Spirit   Leave a comment

 

“‘The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with sighs too deep for words’ (Rom 8:26). The Holy Spirit, the artisan of God’s works, is the master of prayer.”—

Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 741

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Posted February 24, 2018 by ouidaofs in Catechism of the Catholic Church, Lent

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