OK, let me repeat that concept "...grant animals a right to bring suit"!!
Monday, September 28, 2009
OK, let me repeat that concept "...grant animals a right to bring suit"!!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
"I ask that each of you schedule at least one hour of prayer outside the abortion facility during these 40 days. I realize this will require great sacrifice for some of you in terms of miles traveled and time away from other pastoral duties. Yet I am confident that much fruit will come from your time spent in conversation with God at the site of this modern day, legally protected holocaust. Please also encourage your parishioners to take up the cross of Christ for the most vulnerable among us."
40 Days for Life began on September 23rd. It is an ecumenical effort of prayer and presence to bring an end to abortion. Please join your prayers to support this effort.
"I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life... "
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Academicians, here is a story released by the Vatican Information Service on Thursday, September 17, 2009:
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Now, here we are, over a decade later and I can't believe my eyes. I am reading a column from Catholic Exchange written by an attorney, Thomas M. Dixon, of Indiana. He has been recruited to represent 88 defendants who have been arrested for praying at the University of Notre Dame in protest of President Obama receiving an honorary degree. This group includes clergy and lay people, young and old, ordinary people and well known people. According to attorney Dixon, Father Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame, refuses to meet with him to discuss the case or to hear about the plight of these defendants. Can this be true? The "Catholic" university that was using the defense of dialogue to justify its honoring of the most pro-abortion president in the land, is now refusing to meet with the representative of the people they have had arrested. Where is the dialogue? Can they show no mercy to these protesters?
Please help with the defense of the "Notre Dame 88". I know that the costs involved in litigation can be enormous. Most of these people do not have the resources and the attorneys are working pro bono. There is a website entitled "Free the Notre Dame 88" with further information. In addition, contributions can be made to the Thomas More Society in Chicago (www.thomasmoresociety.org) a wonderful organization that has defended other pro-life advocates. May God bless these dedicated attorneys and the people they serve. And, may God change the hearts of the administration of Notre Dame.
By experience I do not mean a passing emotional state, but experience as a personal involvement.
- The essential expression of our personal relationship with God is called prayer.
- The essential activity that allows us to experience our personal relationship with God, is called prayer.
- He makes them relatives and sharers in His and the Father's nature;
- He nourishes them with love;
- He pours into them the knowledge of all virtue and goodness.
- We are enabled by the Spirit in us to know and love God in a personal way.
- We call this new way of existing, “grace.”
- A truly personal relationship in which I know and love God;
- And a truly personal relationship in which I accept God's knowledge and love of me.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
His death certificate may say he died of cardiac arrest but those of us who knew Bob know he really died of a broken heart..."Bob and Mary Schindler loved Terri and wanted to take her home and care for her. All that was needed was for her husband to agree and give up guardianship. He would not. He wanted her dead. Unfortunately, a Florida Judge by the name of George Greer agreed...
Terri did not need to die. Michael had moved on with his life, hooked up with a new woman, and even started a family with her. He was obviously in a conflict of interest regarding Terri Schiavo’s best interests. There were people who loved her and wanted to care for her but Michael would have none of it. He was determined she must die rather than live disabled...
On March 18th 2005, Terri’s gastric feeding tube was removed and her slow, torturous starvation and dehydration death began under a Florida court order. It took thirteen terrible days for her to die an agonizing death. All the Schindlers could do was watch. If Bob or Mary even raised an ice cube to her cracked lips, they would have been arrested on the spot by a burly police officer posted in the room to ensure nobody stopped the court sanctioned killing of Terri. If the Schindlers were arrested Terri would have died without them."
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
At the beginning of the 20th century, the United States and Germany were both being influenced by the thought of Charles Darwin. In particular, social Darwinism which holds that not only biological traits, but social traits are genetically determined. That thinking laid dangerous groundwork for the mass slaughter of the mentally and physically ill. If an undesirable trait existed in a person, the further spread of that trait could be stopped by killing the person. Does this sound familiar? It's done in abortion clinics every day when an unborn child with a "defect" has its life terminated.
The Eugenics movement developed out of Darwin's thought and took hold in the U.S. and Europe. This ranking of human worth based on mental and physical ability opened the door to forced sterilization of the mentally retarded in the United States, and we know what it led to in Germany.
At a time when Newsweek can publish an article entitled "A Case for Killing Granny", without any qualms, we must remain on guard against this type of thinking taking hold in our society and in our health care.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
There is just one question to ask the politicians who are devising the new health care plan..."Will you and your employees on Capitol Hill be covered by this plan?" So far the answer is "No." Congress has exempted itself from the proposed health care coverage it wants to impose on the rest of us. Congressman Dean Heller of Nevada (no relation) introduced an amendment to the bill that would require Congress to opt into the public plan, but the amendment was defeated.
Soooo.... Maybe we should ask Congress to give us the health care coverage that they keep for themselves. It's known as the "Federal Employee Health Benefits Program." We pay for up to 75% of the premiums for members of Congress. They have no waiting period for coverage and there are doctors, technicians, nurses and a pharmacy on site. Yes, this is similar to some employer coverage, however, the difference is that there is very little accountability. And, again, if the proposed legislation is so great, why aren't we all in this together?
Why is McBrien still teaching at Notre Shame? Enough of his heretical positions, arrogance, and exaggerated sense of his own importance! Enough of the hypocritical religiosity he parades on TV. As a matter of fact, the only time we ever see McBrien in a roman collar is when he gets paid by some TV news show to spew all the ultra-liberal, anti-Catholic things that the anti-Catholic media people curl up and purr over.
So, McBrien impugns that Eucharistic Adoration is for backward, stupid people. Stupid? Want to know who’s really, really stupid? How about:
The date: March 23, 2009
The time: 8:00 am
The story: Without warning, on the station's public address system, passengers hurrying through the Station began to hear a recording of Julie Andrews singing 'Do, Re, Mi.'
As the confused passengers watched in amazement, from the crowd and from station entrances, some 200 dancers began to gather in the center of the station.
They created this amazing stunt with just two rehearsals!
It was a promotion stunt for a Belgian television program that was looking for someone to play the leading role in the musical of "The Sound of Music".
(Sorry -- I'm not available; I have a wake that night.)
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
(shamelessly cribbed from The Crescat)
Sorry, but all of the "smart people" telling the rest of us why we're too ignorant to understand how wonderful it will be to have the government provide our health care is beginning to get to me.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled blog.
For some reason, probably best known by God, our society is heading down a road towards disposal of human life when it becomes "burdensome" or inconvenient. Not so long ago, Dr. Jack Kervorkian was viewed as a monster who took advantage of the sick and weak and pushed them into killing themselves. Today we see a shift in the media view of suicide. Now it's called "choice in dying." The Hemlock Society has changed its name to "Compassion & Choices." Don't feel bad...you don't have to be a burden on your family or society, you can take a pill and be done with it. Where is the compassion in this?
Wesley Smith has a gripping cover article for the National Review entitled "The Creeping Culture of Euthanasia." In it, he writes:
Today, the most important assisted-suicide advocates tend to be affluent and well-tailored liberal women who travel the country pitching “aid in dying” to elite society and the mainstream media. They and their groups are well funded, by organizations such as the leftist Tides Foundation. (Compassion & Choices operates with a seven-figure annual budget.) Changing the movement’s image has made a difference in its results.
Please be aware that Compassion & Choices was actively involved in drafting the provision of the health care bill before Congress that requires end of life conversations with health care providers. We must stay vigilant and spread the word about this creeping malignancy. It is the elites who are preaching assisted suicide, but they are imposing it on others, not themselves.
Terminal and serious illnesses almost always have a mental health component. Being seriously ill brings about depression. What a sick person needs is care, not guilt about being a burden. We need to be there for the sick. We need to take on their burden. We have supernatural help in this work. Wasn't it the Lord who told us to yoke ourselves to Him...that His burden was easy?
The assisted suicide movement is a sure sign of what happens when society loses faith in God and its ultimate destination. May we have the strength to be the light that the shines in this darkness.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
It makes my blood boil when I hear people saying, "O my God!" They use "God" in the same fashion as they inject other overused, unoriginal and trite exclamations: "Whatever!" "Cool!" "Way!" "Awesome!" "Da Bomb!" "Kickin'!" "Totally!"
"What a surprise!" "I'm shocked!" "That's wonderful!"
"Oh no!" "Oh yes!" "I'm telling you... ."
Say what you mean. Mean what you say. Or as Our Lord Jesus put it, "You have heard that it was said to the men of old, 'You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.' But I say to you, Do not swear at all.... Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything more than this comes from the evil one." [The Gospel According To Saint Matthew 5:33-34,37; The Letter From James 5:12; The Catechism Of The Catholic Church, paragraphs 2142-2167]
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Take a look (as you nervously sit on the edge of your chair!).
By the way, I did not create the title you see above the video.
I hate that "o m g" business!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Did You Know? also contains some eye-opening data about birth rates and educating children to master these frighteningly powerful technologies.