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Deb Thurston
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Français | English | Italiano | Español Lors de son homélie pour la canonisation de quatre religieuses ce dimanche matin place Saint-Pierre, le Pape a invité à suivre « l'exemple lumineux » des quatre nouvelles saintes, et à devenir « des témoins de la résurrection de Jésus », « demeurer en Dieu ...
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Thank God for Carmelites!
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Pope Francis met today with the Carmelite nuns and Rosary Sisters who made the pilgrimage to Rome to attend the canonization. He prayed the Hail Mary together with the nuns for peace in the Holy Land, and also joked about the enthusiasm of the women religious. 

"I am very happy for this pilgrimage by the sisters for the canonization of the new saints. The President of the State of Palestine told me that he had left Jordan on a plane full of nuns! Poor pilot ... Thanks a lot!"
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The headline isn't exactly accurate.... it depends on how you define "Holy Land" I guess
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I understood very little of your commentary, but I have an immense respect for your work, P. Ildefonso. I always look forward to viewing your videos. I you were able to activate the YouTube translation subtitles... que maravilla! God reward you, Padre.
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Canonization as "diplomacy and defense"
Canonization comes just days after the Vatican formalized its de facto recognition of the State of Palestine.
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Angry Zionist opinion surfaces in The Jerusalem Post / JPost.com:
"This outrageous step is a severe blow to Catholic- Jewish relations and it cannot go unanswered.... And given its sordid history of anti-Semitism, book-burnings, forced conversions and Inquisitions, the Catholic Church should think a hundred times over before daring to step on Israel’s toes....

"It is nothing less than supersessionism via diplomatic means, and a cruel insult to the generations of Jews who longed for Zion while enduring Catholic oppression and persecution.... If anything, the pope should be down on his knees pleading for forgiveness from the Jewish people...
Israel and the Jewish people should protest this measure in the strongest possible terms and make sure that Pope Francis realizes the damage he has done.
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Don't sit in your rocking chair, Dave (I wish I hadn't)
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When the Israeli media see canonization as a diplomatic move...
With Abbas in attendance, Vatican sanctifies two 19th-century Catholic nuns in hopes of bolstering Mideast Christians
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"Great satisfaction" for agreement reached between the Vatican and Palestine and "hope" that negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis can resume marked the audience this morning between Francis and the President of the "State of Palestine".
#palestine   #carmelite   #rosary   #israel   #bethlehem   #jerusalem  
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Retired church musician
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  • Archdiocese of Indianapolis
    Organist, Choir Director, Liturgist, 1983 - 2012
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Indianapolis
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Kansas City - Atlanta - Louisville - Haifa Israel - Terre Haute
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Discalced Carmelite Secular Order
Introduction
  • Discalced Carmelite Secular (OCDS)
    - Definitive Promise and Vows 
    - Three years of monastic discernment on Mount Carmel in Israel with Discalced Carmelite nuns during OCDS formation period

  • Clergy Convert, 1982
    - Former United Methodist minister and pastor

  • Retired Church Musician
    - Choral conductor, organ, keyboards, and flute

  • Hobbies: Following the pro cycling tour; French culture, language, & translation; all things Catholic; and as Santa used to say, "some surprises!"
Bragging rights
"Zelo zelatus sum pro Domino Deo exercituum" ~ "With zeal have I been zealous for the Lord God of Hosts" [I Kings 19:14]
Education
  • Baker University, Baldwin Kansas
    B.A. Cum Laude, Psychology, Music, 1975
  • Emory University, Atlanta Georgia
    M.Div. Theology, Sacred Music, 1980
  • Indiana State University, Terre Haute Indiana
    M.M. Magna Cum Laude, Choral Conducting Performance, Organ Service Playing, 2003
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Deb Thurston OCDS