opiate awareness 2 036Yesterday at the upper common of Fitchburg Ma a group of over 70 people turned out for an event highlighting Opiate Awareness and the people and families who are affected by them.

I arrived near the time things were about to start and talked to Lauren who seemed to be in charge.

There were several speakers, one of them was our state rep Steve DiNatale who is running for Mayor

And the Police Chief

The stress of the event was addiction as a disease and coping with it. Nobody talked better on the struggle between being firm and being kind than Tami Arguelles founder of the local group: Help for our Community.

The need to find the balance between loving and caring for a person, while not enabling or approving is for the families and friends of the addicted the hardest thing.

They had some ceremonial events the lighting of candles

The Releasing of Balloons

and a moment of silence

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Some spoke about their loss like Ed.

Other were there simply to stand for their lost loved ones. I spoke to the police chief after the event:

and I spoke to two former addicts one before things started:

and the second after, this was Reverend Hollaway who had spoken before

What really truck me about both of them was their words about the Just Say No campaign from the 80’s. This type of thing was routinely laughed at by our friends of the left but both of these ex addicts noted that a direct statement, a solid “NO” makes a difference.

But the real story to me was that every police car in Fitchburg is equipped with Narcan which can be the difference between life and death for a person.

The other half of the coin of course is the prevention, the chief talked about getting old prescription drugs out of the house but the other part of the game is something quite simple and direct. If you see someone dealing drugs on your street corner in your neighborhood don’t just ignore it and figure it’s not your business: Say Something. Call the police, tweet the police, help them protect you.

If you don’t want the cost of the Drugs and Gangs, stand up and fight, even if it’s just a phone call. The harder you make it for the dealer, the more likely he’s going to at worst move on, or at best find themselves caught.

The event made the front page of the Sentinel, you can read it here.

The MSM is breathless and laughing my head off:

I suspect Ed Morrissey has reached a point where this ignorance doesn’t phase him as much

none of this should be terribly newsworthy anyway. The Catholic Church teaches that all sins can be forgiven through Christ for those who truly repent and intend to refrain from that sin in the future. That’s true of murder, abortion, and all sorts of other sins. That does not alleviate people from the temporal consequences of sin, but it does allow the truly penitent to offer up their sins to Christ and rejoin the path of salvation. The sacrament of reconciliation exists to bring those who stray back into communion with the Church.

This isn’t just basic Christianity it’s Bible 101

(Jesus) said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

John 20:21-23

 

Ed Further notes in an update that this “big change” isn’t as big as you might think, particularly in the US

My friend Father Z’s post from June 2014 confirms that the procedural change on abortion is mostly an affirmation of what’s already taking place in all American dioceses, under a grant from St. John Paul II:

But the tone of the MSM suggest they are completely surprised that the sin of Abortion can be forgiven. This is this is such basic first grade knowledge that it prompted this tweet from Mollie Hemingway:

Yes Mollie they can in fact their ignorance and desire to support this meme causes them to miss the real groundbreaking news in this announcement, all that is except for John Allen who should hold a symposium for journalist so they can ask him questions about Christianity & the Catholic Church & he can educate them.

The pontiff also decided that any Catholic who confesses his or her sins during the year to a priest of the Society of St. Pius X, a traditionalist breakaway group not approved by Rome, will nevertheless be considered licitly forgiven.

Francis expressed hope on Tuesday that a rupture with the society may be overcome “in the near future,” seeming to style his opening as a prelude to broader reconciliation.

That is HUGE news and Father Z expands on it further (emphasis mine):

Along with this, the fact of Pope Francis’ move, together with the wording, confirms what I have been saying all along about the priests of the SSPX: they do not and have not had the faculty validly to absolve sins! The fact that this is being granted for the Year of Mercy bears out what I have been saying.

That said, if the Holy Father is willing to go this far with the priests of the SSPX, is it hard to imagine that this merciful concession might not be extended beyond the Year of Mercy? I would like to think so!

Next, this concession also underscores a point I have been making all along. If only Nixon could go to China, perhaps Pope Francis is the Pope who will reconcile the SSPX!

 

A million souls brought into full communion with the church? Sounds like a winning idea to me!

However I suspect that the media couldn’t tell the difference between the SSPX and the SPCA but if they did know it I suspect they would be horrified at the idea that the Pope is reaching out to them.

If you want to read the bulletin yourself (and you should) it is here, but there is one solid message vital to your eternal existence that the Pope is promulgating, a message that the media wants you to ignore:

GO TO CONFESSION!

Closing thought:

My protestant friends insist that there is no need or purpose for sacramental confession so I would ask them this:

 If Christ didn’t want us to seek forgiveness from within the church why did he explicitly give the Apostles as a whole the capacity to both forgive sins and to hold them bound?  Does that not suggest the need for someone to independently judge is one is truly contrite or just mouthing the words and the need for someone wracked with the guilt of sin to explicitly hear the words: “You are forgiven”?  

It’s one thing to believe you are forgiven, it’s another to hear it spoken aloud like this:

God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

You can not comprehend the comfort those words bring to one who needs to hear them.

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I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what they’re good for.

Last month at St. Anselm College Rick Santorum said this about the Iran Deal:

Here’s what I would say is that everybody who votes against this resolution and votes for the Iran deal, everybody who votes for the Iran deal owns everything Iran gonna do from this point forward. If you feel comfortable that this deal will do what the President says, you go and vote for it, but if you don’t if you know and I can’t imagine anyone whose watched Iran for any length of time knows Iran’s not going to keep this deal they’re going to pursue a nuclear weapon and they’ll probably be a nuclear power within in a very short period of time under this deal. You’re going to own that and you’re going to take responsibility for everything that happens.“

Yesterday in Hollis NH Ted Cruz put it more succinctly:

If this deal goes through the Obama Administration, quite literally become the World’s leading financier of Radical Islamic Terror

But with apologies to my two favorite candidates Senator Cruz and Senator Santorum I think even they can’t explain the danger as well as this video does:

Via the comments at Elder of Ziyon

This is likely why Debbie Wasserman Schultz was smart enough not to call for a formal vote supporting the president at the last Democrat confab It strikes too close to home.

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