Solidarity HealthShare: The Catholic Answer to the Healthcare Dilemma

Through a group of friends here in Phoenix, I recently discovered the Catholic answer to the healthcare dilemma that faces many people in our country today. With the rise of medical costs for so many from the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as ObamaCare), Solidarity HealthShare, which understands the commonality to care for each other as stated in the Sacred Scriptures, stands to be the answer for so many that would be subjected to astronomical costs from the ACA or otherwise go without medical care.

If you are one of the many Americans enduring this crisis of rising medical costs, I would encourage you to check out and join a community of health focused American Christians who seek to practice quality healthcare rooted in Catholic principles. If you are seeking to control your healthcare and the healthcare of your family as you see fit, then Solidarity HealthShare is the answer for you. Solidarity HealthShare brings together like-minded Christians to share together medical costs and as the Gospel of Matthew states, to be “reconciled to one another” (Mt. 5:21) in unity.

Solidarity HealthShare desires to rebuild and restore a true healthcare system that is Catholic in every way as well as promote the teachings and traditions of the Church through her social teachings, which are rooted in self-sacrificial love and the sanctity of all human life. As Christians families, you will “practice the sharing of material and spiritual goods (Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) #1948) and promote a network of members who will pray for each other and share in their Monthly Share Amount while growing together in a “human and Christian brotherhood” (CCC, 1939).

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Solidarity HealthShare received approval from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix on October 4, 2016. In his letter, Bishop Olmsted says the following,

“At a time when many Catholics and other people of faith face challenges in making the best healthcare decisions for themselves and their families, Solidarity HealthShare can provide critical assistance to navigate options that are available.”

The CEO of Solidarity HealthShare, Bradley Hahn, is very hopeful that this ministry will be the answer for so many families seeking another avenue to care for their loved ones healthcare –

“We have spent several years searching for a way to help other like-minded individuals, families and organizations pay for medical costs without violating their consciences or breaking their bank accounts…I’m happy and grateful to God that we have found and can now offer this ministry to the many people who have been waiting for it.”

For more information on Solidarity HealthShare, I would encourage you to visit their website and see the options available. If you are aware of a family member or friend that is need of healthcare, and they refuse to subscribe to the Affordable Care Act, please forward this onto them as well.

I would also encourage you to Like and Follow Solidarity HealthShare on Facebook and Twitter.

Don’t pass up this great opportunity to be member of a great Catholic community that will provide you with ethical and affordable options for your healthcare.

“So my Fellow Catholics: Ask not what your God can do for you…”

In light of today’s Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America – Donald J. Trump, I found it fitting to share with you an excellent homily I personally heard last weekend at the parish of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. The homily is given by my Pastor and Boss, Fr. Will Schmid.

Focusing on the words of John F. Kennedy Jr from his inaugural speech, Fr. Will breaks open for us as Catholics the importance of what we can do for God, instead of asking what God can do for us. In his homily, Fr. Will also focuses on the Catholic Mass and the primary reason of why we attend Mass weekly. To learn the primary reason, I would encourage you to listen to the homily below.

He also focuses on the importance of discipleship and how the Catholic Mass allows us to be disciples to the world. Drawing from the readings of the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Fr. Will in a most excellent way, examines how important it is for us to give back to God instead of always expecting God to give us something.

He concludes with the words – “So my Fellow Catholics: Ask not what your God can do for you (because he’s already done it) — instead, ask today what you can do for your God.”

Fr. Will’s homily:

If you are interested, all Sunday homilies and Saturday Morning Speaker Series talks are available for download via iTunes and Google Play Music.

Fr. Will Schmid

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Giving Thanks to God on Thanksgiving

Today is November 24 and the holiday of Thanksgiving here in the United States of America. If you want to know more about the Thanksgiving holiday, its origin, traditions, and forms of celebration, I would encourage you to look it up online.

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time when family and friends gather together, however, it’s more than just eating turkey, gathering with family around a table, and watching football on television.

As Catholics, we are able to celebrate “thanksgiving” every day. Everyday we can go to Mass and receive Our Lord Jesus Christ – body, blood, soul, and divinity. The word Eucharist comes from the Latin term, eucharistia, which means “thanksgiving.” Turkey might be good to eat, but it will never provide eternal life. Only Jesus Christ in Sacrament of all Sacraments can do that.

Today’s blog is to remind all of us that we must give thanks to God. All that we have comes from Him. He is our provider. When He answers your prayer…Give Him thanks! Don’t forget to Thank Him for answering that prayer. When we ask someone for a cup of coffee, we say thank you. So too must we thank God when he provides for us something we requested from Him.

The great 20th century Catholic writer, G.K. Chesterton, once said, “Nothing taken for granted; everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace.”

This year, I am thankful for my family (my Mom, my sister, my brother-in-law, my niece and nephew, and my cousins). I am thankful for having a job that I love where I can teach many people on a daily basis about Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church. I am thankful for having a roof over my head and the ability to build up that home. I am thankful to my coworkers and all the people in my life who I get to interact with on a daily basis.

What are you thankful for this year (and let’s avoid politics)? Share with us in the comment box.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Sunday Homilies and Saturday Morning Speaker Series on iTunes and Google Play Music

As I have done in the past, I want to share with all of you some exciting news coming out of the parish that I work for in Gilbert, Arizona. Our parishioners as well as all of you can now download our Sunday homilies and Saturday Morning Speaker Series through iTunes and Google Play Music. We have been offering this service since July, when I first wrote about it. Every month our download numbers increase, and although it’s not about numbers, I felt the desire to share this information again, especially since I gained many new followers in the month of October.

For the longest time, we have offered the homilies on our website for our parishioners (and visitors to the website), but now using iTunes and Google Play, a person can download the homilies (and the Saturday Morning Speaker Series) to their device and listen to them anytime and anywhere. I hope that many of you will take the time to listen to the great preaching many of us here on a weekly and daily basis. I hope that you will also share it with your family and friends.

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For those of you that don’t have a device and just want to listen to the homilies via the website, click here.

For those of you that prefer iTunes, and more than likely own Apple products, click here.

For those of you that prefer Google Play, and more than likely own an Android, click here.

10 Quotes from the Saints on Death

Today is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, which is also known as All Souls Day. After the celebration of All Saints, the Church prays for all of those souls that are currently suffering and being purified in Purgatory.

Although we can offer our sufferings here on earth for these souls, the primary means that the Church prays for the dead is by offering up the Holy Mass, the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. The Holy Mass displays the perfect and most complete means of charity for the dead. Even in death, the Mystical Body of Christ remains intact. The Church Militant (on earth), the Church Suffering (in Purgatory), and Church Triumphant (in Heaven) are all united through the love of Jesus Christ.

Even though these souls have departed from our presence, it doesn’t mean they have left us or we will forget them. The connection and love that unites us is through the Communion of Saints and today’s feast of All Souls. Ever since my Dad passed away, I have felt a connection to him even greater than when he was still here on earth and in the hospital.

The Catholic Church isn’t afraid to talk about suffering and death; since suffering and death is an element of life. So many of the saints have looked forward to death, for they knew in their death they would be united with Jesus Christ.

Madonna and Child with the Souls in Purgatory - Luca Giodarno

Madonna and Child with the Souls in Purgatory – Luca Giodarno

To conclude this post, here are 10 quotes from the Saints on Death –

I. “The more we are afflicted in this world, the greater is our assurance in the next; the more sorrow in the present, the greater will be our joy in the future.” – St. Isidore of Seville

II. “Death is more than falling blindly into the arms of God.” – St. Maria Maravillas de Jesus

III. “After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses. I will spend my heaven doing good upon the earth. I will raise up a mighty host of little saints. My mission is to make God loved.” – St. Therese of Lisieux

IV. “Live so as not to fear death. For those who live well in the world, death is not frightening but sweet and precious.” – St. Rose of Viterbo

V. “He who bears his sufferings with patience for God’s sake, will soon arrive at high perfection. He will be Master of the world and will already have one foot in the other world.” – St. Giles of Assisi

VI. “Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear; for He that created you has sanctified you, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Blessed be Thou, O God, for having created me.” – St. Clare, on her deathbed speaking to herself

VII. “They must be esteemed to have lost their sense, who either pursuing abundance, or fearing lack of temporal goods, lose those who are eternal. – St. Thomas Aquinas

VIII. “Christ’s martyrs feared neither death nor pain. He triumphed in them who lived in them; and they, who lived not for themselves but for Him, found in death itself the way to life.” – St. Augustine of Hippo

IX. “A man may very well lose his head and yet come to no harm – yea, I say to unspeakable good and everlasting happiness.” – St. Thomas More

X. “For I trust, in whatever manner I die, that I shall not be deprived of the mercy of my God, without which my eternal ruin would be inevitable, whether I die an unprepared death, or whether I have long anticipated my end.” – St. Gertrude

All the Holy Souls…Pray for Us as We Pray for You

All the Holy Saints in Heaven…Pray for Us

If we haven’t prayed yet for the US Election…it’s time to start praying!

In all my years, I can’t remember an election cycle that has had more contention and open hostility than the election cycle we are currently in. Not to be overly dramatic, but this election could potentially have effects on many of us for years to come. And with such ill content for the Catholic Church, at least the Catholic Church that is faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Magisterium, I think we need to be aware of the threats to religious freedom, which includes, openly professing our faith in the public square.

With this being said, I think it’s time, if we haven’t already, to start praying for the US Election. In not so many words, it’s time to get our prayer on!

As we have seen throughout history, such as the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, when Catholics start praying devoutly and faithfully, we have the spiritual prowess to get things done and to turn the tide in our favor. In our time, at this moment in history, we need to collectively come together as the Catholic faithful and pray for the US Election. This election will not only impact this country, but the world as a whole.

So how do we get this done?

First, Pray the Rosary! The Rosary is so important that I have written about it on here 13 different times.

Second, pray novenas. A novena is a nine-day prayer and has been spiritually beneficial for many people over the ages. The two novenas I suggest: The National Novena for the Election given to us by the Knights of Columbus and the Novena for the Election given to us by PrayMoreNovenas.com. Pray one, pray both, but whatever you do, pray one of them and start on October 30th.

Third, pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Make your prayer intention for our country and for the election. Jesus Christ through His Divine Mercy hears our prayers.

Fourth, invoke the intercession of the saints who suffered persecution and even martyrdom for their faith. Most importantly among the saints, ask for the intercession of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher. You can also pray to the other English Martyrs, the Mexican martyrs, and St. John Paul II, who as priest, bishop, and Pope stood up against tyranny and threats to religious freedom.

Fifth, pray the Memorare and the St. Michael the Archangel Prayer.

Lastly, although many of the above suggestions already include Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, pray to Our Lord through His Mother under her titles of Our Lady, Help of Christians, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Our Lady of America.

There are other things you can do too, but these are my suggestions, however, whatever you do, start praying today!

Our Lady of America…Pray for Us! 

My Interview on “Catholics Matter” with Fr. Rob Clements

Over the summer, I was interviewed on Catholics Matter with Fr. Rob Clements. We spoke about Marian Devotion. Fr. Clements is a friend and a great priest here in the Diocese of Phoenix. I enjoyed my time with him on the show. Below is the YouTube video from the show. I hope you can watch it and share with others. 

If you are a local Arizona resident, you can catch “Catholics Matter” on AZ-TV 7/Cable 13 after the 9:00am Mass on Sunday Mornings.

Thank you Jesus and Mama Mary for giving me the talents to share my faith with others.