A Permanent Phone Number
For the first time, Gratia Plena has a permanent office phone number! Our number is (832) 532-0129. You can reach Dr. Ken Buckle, Mary Kay Malicki, or Daniela Colburn on this number. Note that this new number is a landline and cannot receive text messages. Please delete our old number (832) 886-6850 from your contacts. You may continue to use the (713) 818-8354 mobile number as a back-up if you wish, and it can accept text messages.
Healing from God
When reflecting on the scriptural accounts of Jesus healing the sick and impaired, we may see a common thread: the faith and readiness of those seeking healing. Each person reached out to Jesus somehow, at times with great urgency and desperation, indicating his or her strong desire to be healed. They all came to him seeking something specific, but Christ indicates that their healing is not just for the obvious symptoms, but would be on a much deeper level. They may wish to have mind or body healed, but Jesus most importantly wants their soul to be joined with him. He seeks their salvation.
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Exposure to Pornography
Parents have asked us when they should begin to take steps to protect their children from pornography. Our answer is “today!” no matter what the age of the child. Children from ages 2 or 3 can learn to navigate a mouse or push buttons on an iPad. If that’s the case, then that’s the time to put the filters and monitors into place and to start paying careful attention to what they watch. I also ask parents to check themselves: if mom or dad is looking at porn, then it needs to stop…today. How can you expect your kids to do something that you won’t do yourself? Humbly ask for God’s help to make your household pure and holy ground for your family. He will never let you down.
National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD)
NCPD was established in 1982 to foster implementation of the Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities. Rooted in Gospel values that affirm the dignity of every person, the NCPD works collaboratively to ensure meaningful participation of people with disabilities (including mental illness) in all aspects of the life of the Church and society. Dr. Ken Buckle will be representing Gratia Plena and attending the 2013 national conference which will be held in Houston November 1-3. His registration was paid by a kind donor.
Pray to End Suicide
There are many pro-life issues but the big three are commonly thought of as abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment. Please consider suicide as a pro-life issue, and pray for a decrease in this loss of life, particularly among our military. May God give us a spirit of hope and always protect us from the danger of despair.
UST on TV
The University of St. Thomas (Houston) is introducing “UST Worldview,” a new free TV series that explores the richness of the Catholic faith. It will be airing on local station KUBE on Saturday mornings for 25 weeks. This presentation is a collaboration between UST with Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation.
Movie of the Month Recommendation:
We recommend this month the 2012 film “Mary of Nazareth” which has just recently begun to be shown in the United States in limited private screenings. The movie focuses on the life of Mary, starting with some scenes of her as young child and then traveling through her life to the time in which she is reunited with her son Jesus after the Resurrection. The acting, scenery, and music are excellent. Pope Benedict XVI saw a special screening last year and apparently gave it a good review. When we went to the showing October 16th at Memorial City Mall, it looked like to us that they sold out three auditoriums that night. See the movie website for listings in your area. It will be showing at next in the greater Houston area at the Cinemark/Tinseltown17 in The Woodlands on Saturday, November 2nd at 12:30pm, and you may wish to buy tickets in advance. You can also find it on Netflix and from Amazon under the title “Maria di Nazaret.” In next month’s newsletter, watch for our “Book of the Month” recommendation.
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