Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Also, I met a couple at a restaurant down the street and they had triplets plus one more. It was comedic to the onlooker to see the children in one long, long stroller. The parents were laughing, too. I went to help them out the door and started a conversation. I'm fascinated with couples that so easily bear such a great load. They are happily married and have a beautiful family. It filled my heart and I thank God for such couples.
Please keep all young couples and their families in your prayers.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
"It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness. He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the mask of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocracy, the courage to commit yoursleves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal."- Pope John Paul II
Don't subdue the inner voice that pushes you to greatness. It might be difficult to follow but it is God Himself that calls. Your courage and faith will be rewarded. Stand up for what is right and holy! Pray for the unborn and the couples entrusted with the decision.
May the peace of His Sacred Heart shine on us.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Love, he writes, is four-part: Free, total, faithful, and fruitful. If one of the four is removed or violated, the love is incomplete.
Also, he writes that contraception is immoral. Why? It omits fruitfulness, specifically procreation, from love. It is also not total becuase to withhold one's fertility is not to give oneself totally.
God's interior life of love (God is Love) is the model for all love. It is free, total, faithful, and fruitful. The Father freely gives his self to the son (free), which begets the Holy Spirt (fruitful). The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are inseperable (total) and eternal (faithful). This is deep stuff and is called Trinitarian Theology. It is implicit in the former Pope's encyclical.
Here's some homework for you: Go to the Vatican site and read this monumental encyclical http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/paul_vi/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae_en.html.
May we always mind God's will to take joy in life and build a lifestyle that respects and values it.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Whether not you vote or you’re old enough to vote, consider familiarizing yourself with the presidential candidates. Even if you’re not casting your vote, you can influence others that do.
As my first post, I would like to paste a paragraph from Cincinnati Right Life’s most recent newsletter. It concerns Barack Obama’s position on abortion:
“OBAMA SUPPORTS ABORTION: Senator Barack Obama has firmly stated that if elected president, and if on his desk his first day in office, he would sign the Freedom of Choice Act. This would completely reverse any and all pro-life laws passed by Congress in the last twenty years. It would cancel the Hyde Amendment, and have government pay for all abortions. It would eliminate any conscientious objection clauses. It would cancel any requirements for parental notification or consent, and for informed consent for the woman. It would once again allow killing a baby during delivery by partial birth abortions. It would cancel out the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, allowing abortionists to smother or otherwise kill babies "accidentally" born alive from late abortions. The list goes on and on. All of this would come if the Freedom of Choice Act is passed as proposed, and if there were not enough votes to filibuster and stop its passage” (http://www.cincinnatirighttolife.org/newsletters/aug2008.pdf).
The bishops teach us that Catholics must mind the “five non-negotiables” when supporting a political candidate. They are as follows: 1. Abortion 2. Euthanasia 3. Stem-cell research 4. Human Cloning 5. Homosexual “marriage.” If the candidate supports any or all of those issues, a Catholic is strongly advised not vote for that candidate.
One might ask, “What if the candidate supports stem-cell research but is against abortion? Who do I support?” In this case, the faithful voter must recall that there is a hierarchy of sin. That is, some sins are graver than others. While all of the “five non-negotiables” are serious, serious sins- I’d argue that abortion is the worst. Every year there are approximately 1.2 million unborn children murdered. Right to life issues are directly related to a candidate’s entire platform. As Emily, the former administrator and contributor to this blog, asked me in one of our loving debates: “Do you think that a politician that doesn’t respect the rights of a defenseless child will respect your rights?” Well said Emily. (Thank you for reminding me that the end does not justify the means.)
So, I hope that all of you don’t stop here. Take some time to check out the candidates’ site, why don’t ya? Here are the links: http://www.barackobama.com/splash/ and www.johnmccain.com . Remember, whether or not you are voting or old enough to vote, it is important to inform yourself on some of these issues.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I am leaving Pregnancy Center East tomorrow to prepare to pursue graduate studies in Washington, DC. Consequently, I will no longer be contributing to this blog. In the mean time, you can find my writings here.
God bless you and keep you!
Finally, let me leave you with one of my favorite quotes from my hero, John Paul II:
"Life is a talent (cf. Mt 25:14-30) entrusted to us so that we can transform it and increase it, making it a gift to others. No man is an iceberg drifting on the ocean of history. Each one of us belongs to a great family, in which he has his own place and his own role to play. Selfishness makes people deaf and dumb; love opens eyes and hearts, enabling people to make that original and irreplaceable contribution which, together with the thousands of deeds of so many brothers and sisters, often distant and unknown, converges to form the mosaic of charity which can change the tide of history."
Friday, July 18, 2008
This story is from LifeNews:
Sydney, Australia (LifeNews.com) -- At the welcoming ceremony for the opening of World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, the pope told tens of thousands of young people that they have a responsibility to protect human life. Pope Benedict XVI told cheering throngs of students and young adults that they need to stand up against abortion.
Addressing a crowd estimated at 150,000 people, the Catholic leader said that newfound enthusiasm for protecting the environment must be match by an equal vigor to protect human life.
"At the heart of the marvel of creation are you and I, the human family, 'crowned with glory and honor,'" he told the audience.
While safeguarding the environment is important, Pope Benedict said a clean environment means nothing if people are not alive to benefit from it.
"How can it be that the most wondrous and sacred human space -- the womb -- has become a place of unutterable violence" through abortion? he asked.
The pope said that if the youth of the world would stand up for the worth and dignity of human life, it would help produce a world with more peace and harmony.
"Our world has grown weary of greed, exploitation and division, of the tedium of false idols and piecemeal responses and the pain of false promises," he said.
"Our hearts and minds are yearning for a vision of life where love endures, where gifts are shared, where unity is built, where freedom finds meaning in truth and where unity is found in respectful communion," the pope added.
The young people responded to the pro-life message with considerable enthusiasm and Pope Benedict appeared to relish this.
"World Youth Day fills me with confidence for the future of the church and the future of the world," he said.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
You can read updates about Christa here. Below is a short excerpt from the site:
The first 3 doctors I saw all indicated that a 'therapeutic termination' of pregnancy would be my best option to increase the chance of long term survival (>5 yrs). However we didn't find that that option would be very therapeutic to our child so we told them that it wasn't possible. I could kind of relate to the early Christians in that exam room that day, "kill your child or die!" - ok, so maybe I am over dramatizing it, but that's what it felt like.
Nobody could agree on any possibility of a positive outcome if I didn't just kill the kid and start on my merry treatment. Very uncreative from my viewpoint, and especially coming from a major research hospital, I would expect more than the one surgical option they offered me.
Anyway, Todd and I the next day, went for a meeting with surgeon #2 very disheartened- expecting more of the same. However, he did not give us that, in fact he didn't even mention it. He actually had several surgical options which could possibly take place in the 2nd trimester. He had already consulted research and 3 other surgeons from across the country and anesthesiologists to see what they could do for me in my unique circumstances. He is a man of faith and stated that he was committed to preserving both lives present even though many don't see it that way. Yes, that is what I expect from a major teaching institution. We were very encouraged and will likely be having surgery somewhere in my second trimester. Whether chemo would be added afterwards is yet to be seen- somewhat dependant on my surgery results.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Concept: Through the redemption, Christ gives us the "hope of everyday."
What it means: Christ's death on the cross was both redemptive and spousal love, because He totally gave of Himself for His bride, the Church. Not only did His death give us hope of eternal life, but it also resulted in the "hope of everyday" -- the grace to conquer sin and concupiscence (tendency toward sin) in everyday situations and to live out our vocation.
Practical application: Place a crucifix in a prominent location in your home or office as a reminder of the "hope of every day." Do not let Christ's sacrifice for you be in vain, but allow Him to
Practical application: Place a crucifix in a prominent location in your home or office as a reminder of the “hope of every day.” Do not let Christ’s sacrifice for you be in vain, but allow Him to transform your life and your every day decisions.