- Thursday, 15 January 2009 18:35
Dear Sara, “Little Princess”
(the meaning of your name),
How fitting you should have it-
Too soon your glory came.
Your little heart was broken
When Mommy let you go.
But angel, please remember
She really didn’t know.
Some said it wasn’t beating,
Your tiny little heart,
And so it didn’t matter
They tore you all apart.
They said you couldn’t feel it.
How Satan can deceive!
The agony you suffered
So many disbelieve.
No grave to mark your passing,
And few to mourn or pray,
But Grandma will remember
That awful, tragic day.
My arms will never hold you.
My rocking chair is still.
But Grandma’s heart is full of love
That death can never kill.
Sweet Angel pray for Mommy,
And pray for Daddy too,
And say a prayer for Grandma
And I will pray for you.
And you and I together
Will pray for all your friends
Who never had a birthday!
We’ll pray abortion ends!
Written by Mary Kathryn Johnson
Prescott Valley, AZ
- Wednesday, 14 January 2009 11:21
Today begins the Novena for the Protection of the Unborn. The Novena is available in English and Spanish at Women for Faith & Family. Share this site with family and friends.
It is clearly an understatement to say that this is a crucial era in our lives as persons and as Catholics (not to be separated, of course). How we protect and care for those on the margins of our society is critical as our actions say volumes about who are as thinking and praying persons. Of course, who is more vulnerable than the unborn? The importance of this moment in history has little to do with the Obama ascendency, though his presidency will mark a significant change in direction in matters pertaining to matters of life, as much as it is a recognition that the act of aborting persons before birth is an act of evil, one that has cost 45 million lives. Think of the populations of countries that have roughly 33-45 million people: Tanzania, Argentina, Sudan, Poland, Kenya, Algeria, and Canada. If you did simple addition you the list of combined countries would be numerous. The point really is that one soul is lost to abortion is a sin and a crime. Our prayer is multifaceted: for the peaceful repose of the abortion souls, for the overturn of Roe v. Wade, for the new president not to repeal the Bush policies and enacting more liberal ones and for the healing of the women and men who have aborted their sons and daughters.
We should be united in this work of prayer and peaceful protest. Liturgically, the Church has asked that January 22nd be a day of penance. Therefore, the US bishops have said that the Sacrifice of the Mass on this day celebrated using the votive Mass for Peace and Justice and the vestments be purple. The intention is “Day of Penance for violations to the Dignity of the Human Person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.”
Articles to read
The Pro-Life Movement as the Politics of the 1960s
We Shall Worry, We Shall Not Rest
Abortion after Obama
On Abortion and the African American Family
National Right to Life
USCCB Pro-Life Office
The March for Life (Washington, DC)
Walk for Life West Coast (San Francisco, CA)
- Monday, 12 January 2009 17:00
World Meeting of the Families 2009
The family, teacher of human and Christian values
Our God, indivisible Trinity, you created the human being “in your image” and You admirably formed him as male and female that so together, united and in reciprocal collaboration with love, they fulfilled Your project of “being fecund and dominate the Earth”; We pray to You for all our families that so, finding in You their initial inspiration and model, that is fully expressed in the Holy Family of Nazareth, can live the human and Christian values that are necessary to consolidate and sustain the love experience and to be the foundations of a more human and Christian construction of our society.
We pray to You for the intercession of Mary, our Mother, and Saint Joseph. For Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A video about the Pope’s participation in this magnificent event is seen here.
- Friday, 02 January 2009 14:23
In the Wall Street Journal (January 1, 2009) there is an informative article about the Kennedy family’s support of abortion. This interesting information comes at a time in NY politics when Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late President Kennedy, is looking to become senator who replaces Senator Clinton. To purposely accept abortion and the contraceptive culture as acceptable is morally wrong. This is yet another example of someone claiming to be a “good” Catholic and not closely following Christ. Read Anne Henderschott’s article. It’s distressing.
- Friday, 12 December 2008 06:58
The Church offers a teaching on bioethics in a document released today, Dignitas Personae (the dignity of a person), addressing how we ought to orient our thinking and acting viz. the dignity of the human person. That is, how do we think about and act when it comes to life issues like IVF, stem cell research, euthanasia, etc. In an era that has a tendency to cheapen the inherent value of the person, or in fact, does cheapen human life, this is a welcomed teaching to clarify how we follow Jesus Christ especially in matters of conscience formation, respect for human dignity and science. The Church names to fundamental principles:
· “The human being is to be respected and treated as a person from the moment of conception; and therefore from that same moment his rights as a person must be recognized, among which in the first place is the inviolable right of every innocent human being to life” (n. 4).
· “The origin of human life has its authentic context in marriage and in the family, where it is generated through an act which expresses the reciprocal love between a man and a woman. Procreation which is truly responsible vis-à-vis the child to be born must be the fruit of marriage” (n. 6).
The documentation is found here.
The Catholic Information Service a booklet dealing with the topic of Stem Cell Research will also help clarify questions on what is possible and what is a violation of Christian ethics.
Likewise, there is a booklet on the Church’s teaching on In Vitro Fertilization .