Monday, July 31, 2006

FDA to OK Abortion Pill Sales?

The government is considering allowing over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill, but only to women 18 and older. The surprise move Monday revives efforts to widen access to the emergency contraceptive almost a year after it was thought doomed.The Food and Drug Administration notified manufacturer Barr Laboratories Inc. early Monday that it wanted to meet within seven days to iron out new steps the company must take in its three-year battle to sell the (abortifacient) pill, called Plan B, without a prescription to at least some women.

Indulgence for August 2nd

Via A Catholic Life:

I received this information from the Catholic Community Forum as well as the Divine Mercy Podcast:August 2nd is the feast of Portiuncula.

A plenary indulgence is available to anyone who will:

1. Receive sacramental confession.

2. Receive the Holy Eucharist.

3. Enter a parish church and, with a contrite heart, pray the Our Father, Apostles Creed, and a prayer of his/her own choosing for the intentions of the Pope. Confession should be within 8 days before or after the feast day and Holy Communion as close to the day as is possible.

Please tell every Catholic person you know that remission of the punishment for all sins committed from the day of baptism to the reception of the indulgence is available.

If you want to read more about the feast of Portiuncula, please visit this website: Catholic Under the Hood.

BREAKING NEWS: TILLER GETS AWAY WITH MURDER!

Grand Jury fails to issue indictments in late-term abortion death of Texas teen.

Wichita, KS - Jul 31, 2006 Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston has issued a statement indicating that the Grand Jury and concluded its work and failed to indict abortionist George R. Tiller on charges related to the third- trimester abortion death of Christin Gilbert, who died after Tiller aborted her in January, 2005.

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman released the following statement:“We believe the lack of indictment by the Grand Jury is the result of corruption and cronyism at the local and state level. Nola Foulston, is a personal friend of Tiller’s and should never have been involved in the investigation in any way. The Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which earlier cleared Tiller in Christin’s death is beholden to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who is in Tiller’s pocket due to massive campaign contributions. We will continue to work to find avenues that are not corrupted by Tiller’s blood money until Christin’s killer is finally brought to justice.”

More to come...

Read Foulston's Press Release

My Comment:
This doesn't surprise me -- Tiller has connections and big bucks which he uses to pay off the right people.

Via Operation Rescue.

Guttmacher Wants Public Funding For Contraceptives

7/31/2006
By Janice Shaw Crouse

The Guttmacher Institute, the think tank for Planned Parenthood, has recommended public funding of contraceptive services and supplies for young women and women in poverty. While their headline focuses on poor women, the fine print also includes young women.

The recommendation, in effect, helps Planned Parenthood get around parents in order to provide contraception for teenagers and to get the federal government to satisfy Planned Parenthood's gluttony at the federal trough. Moreover, the public has a right to know that Planned Parenthood's idea of contraceptive services includes abortion and they are the largest abortion provider in the nation. It is worth noting that the institute's research was funded through a federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Guttmacher's just-released email alert claims that since the year 2000 one million more women are in need of contraceptive services; that's a little over 17 million women of reproductive age in the United States "needing" publicly funded contraceptive services and supplies. Why is this? Because they are sexually active and don't want to have children. According to the Guttmacher data, these women "either have incomes below 250% of the federal poverty level or are younger than 20." Also according to Guttmacher, women in these categories have increased by 6 percent since 2000. [Continue]

If a person can't afford to have children then they need to practice abstinence. Paying for someone to be sexually promiscuous and to use abortifacients violates my religious beliefs. If a couple is married, there is an alternative that is 99% effective -- Natural Family Planning. Planned Parenthood never stops -- they just can't seem to get enough of taxpayers money.

Via CWA.

MEL GIBSON'S ENEMIES LACK FORGIVENESS

There has been a lot of media hype about Mel Gibson drinking while driving and then making some pretty despicable and bigoted remarks about Jews and behaving in a belligerent manner when arrested. Mel has been fighting alcoholism for a long time -- the temptation to drink is a problem alcoholics must overcome on a daily basis. While many Hollywood stars have recovered from charges of driving while intoxicated and then saying and doing some pretty stupid things , Mel's reported remarks have renewed the charges of anti-Semitism that swirled around his 2004 film "The Passion of the Christ."

However, he realizes that he made a mistake and has apologized for it. "After drinking alcohol on Thursday night, I did a number of things that were very wrong and for which I am ashamed."

The lengthy statement continued: "I apologize to anyone who I have offended. Also, I take this opportunity to apologize to the deputies involved for my belligerent behavior."


Most of us are willing to forgive someone who has injured us with hurtful words and behavior and would accept such an apology. We would ask that the person not to do it again and would want them to receive treatment for the alcoholism and the underlying problems, and we would definitely not want that person drinking and driving while behind the wheel. Mel is now taking measures to get his life back in control. He has checked himself into a recovery program for alcohol.

What I don't understand is why some people are not willingly to forgive him? Have they not made similar mistakes in their own lifetime? None of us are perfect. We all are weak and dependent on the grace of God to sustain us. If God can forgive Him, why can't his Hollywood cohorts? It wouldn't be because he's Catholic or that they are jealous of his success with The Passion of the Christ, would it?

Here is Catholic League President Bill Donahue's take on it:

“What Mel Gibson apparently said is indefensible. The remark attributed to him, ‘The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,’ is anti-Semitic and irresponsible. Fortunately, he has apologized for his bigoted outburst. Unfortunately, his apology is being rejected by some who should know better. To wit: Abraham Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League, has branded Gibson’s apology ‘unremorseful and insufficient.’ Moreover, Foxman concludes that it shows what a ‘sham’ it is for Gibson to portray himself as the ‘tolerant, loving person’ who made ‘The Passion of the Christ.’

“We have quite a file on Ted Turner at the Catholic League. Unlike Foxman, I have accepted every apology Turner has ever made for his anti-Catholic outbursts, all of which were made while he was sober. Indeed, I even went so far as to say that ‘no one in his right mind’ would ever put Ted Turner ‘in the same camp with a Klansman or an inveterate bigot.’ More recently, when radio shock-jocks Opie and Anthony apologized for their orchestrated anti-Catholic stunt in St. Patrick’s Cathedral a few years back, I not only accepted their apology, I was the first guest on their new CBS radio show and welcomed their return.


“But Mel’s enemies will never cut him a break. Their real goal is to discredit ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ and that is why their propaganda machine is in full gear. Never mind that Mel has said that ‘Anti-Semitism is not only contrary to my personal beliefs, it is also contrary to the core message of my movie.’ How ironic it is to note that the core message of his film—forgiveness—is sorely lacking in his critics.


“In 2003, Roman Polanski, the convicted child rapist, received a standing ovation when he won an Oscar for ‘The Pianist.’ Nice to know what really offends Hollywood.”

Relevant Radio Features Prior of Contemplative Order

We are very blessed to have Father Joseph Mary on Relevant Radio on August 11th from 1-2pm. You can listen on-- 820am or www.relevantradio.com .

Mary Gail Reding
Relevant Radio


Brief Biography of Fr. Joseph Mary Brown

Fr. Joseph Mary Brown was born in Bardstown, KY, the third of seven children. He graduated from Christendom College in 1985 with a B.A. in Philosophy. In 1991, he joined the Congregation of St. John (an active-contemplative Community founded in France in 1975) in Laredo, TX, where he did his Novitiate. From there, he was sent to France to continue his formation, and in 1996, he was sent to their house in Peoria, IL.

Ordained in 1997, Father now serves as the Superior of the Community's English-speaking Novitiate House in Princeville, IL.

The following is a list of websites associated with the community of St. John:

www.communityofstjohn.com/ -- The Community of St. John in the United States.

www.stjean.com This is the main website of the community in France.Supports five languages - Français, English, Español, Nederlands, & Português

www.childrenofhope.org A program started in 1997 by Fr. Antoine dedicated to leading children into the mystery of the real presence in the Holy Eucharist

www.soaringforwisdom.com Home page of the Eagle Eye Summer Institute, a youth camp which introduces young men and women to the spirituality of the Community of St. John through days structured similar to the Communities,' including introductions to theology and philosophy

I will defintely be listening and hope you will be, too. Fr. Brown is the Prior of my contemplative community.

Abortion Center Director Admits Out-of-State Teens Go There to Avoid Parents

When the Senate approved a bill last week prohibiting taking a teenager to another state for an abortion without her parents' knowledge or consent, abortion advocates claimed the practice rarely occurs. However, the director of a Maryland abortion business says it routinely gets calls from teens wanting to avoid parental involvement laws.

Teenagers in Pennsylvania's York County are apparently heading to the Hagerstown Reproductive Health Services abortion business in neighboring Maryland.

They appear to be wanting to avoid a Pennsylvania state law that requires parental consent for a minor girl to have an abortion and requires all women to wait 24 hours to have an abortion after getting information on fetal development and abortion's medical risks and alternatives.

The HRHS abortion facility sits just 8-10 miles away from the Pennsylvania-Maryland border and it regularly advertises in York County's Yellow Pages.

"It's clear to us that we receive calls from young women in Pennsylvania who already called a clinic in Pennsylvania, and they want to circumvent the state laws," the HRHS abortion center administrator told the York Daily Record.

Maryland has a parental notification requirement, but the abortion practitioner is allowed to waive it in most cases. And, unlike Pennsylvania, Maryland has no mandatory reporting of abortion figures, so no information is known on how many times Pennsylvania teens go to Maryland for an abortion.

Pennsylvania teens are also going to another abortion facility.


Sheryl Wolf, spokeswoman for Hillcrest Clinic, another Maryland abortion business, said 70 young women came there from Pennsylvania.


Other parts of the country are experiencing the same problems of teenagers going out of state for abortions.

Missouri teens frequently are taken to the Hope Clinic abortion facility in Granite City, Illinois, which neighbors St. Louis, Missouri. Though Missouri requires parental involvement before an abortion, Illinois does not.

Last year, Shawn Reagan told Missouri state lawmakers about her problems with the Illinois abortion center. [Entire Story]

Conversing with Jesus


Today I am praying for...

success for Birgitta as she begins her PhD comps.

Sandra Miesel's husband, John, who is in his last days of life, suffering from a cancerous brain tumor. May the Lord give her and her family an abundance of graces and fill their hearts with peace.

all Jesuits that they will follow in the footsteps of their spiritual father, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and be blessed with his virtues and charisms.

an immediate cease-fire and peace in the Middle East.

an end to abortion, the closing of all abortion mills, and the conversion of all abortionists and their staff.

respect for all human life from the moment of conception to natural death.

a special intention.

all previous prayer intentions posted here.


Thank you for praying with me for these special intentions. If you have a prayer need, please leave a message in the comment box or email me. I will pray for your intention at daily Mass and during my Holy Hour.

The Challenge of Chastity: Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

"The single deepest problem of most young people and adults in our country is with chastity. Having said this, one important conclusion follows. The weakest word I could use is to speak of the “price" of eternal life. In our sex-intoxicated culture, the price of maintaining one's chastity is nothing less than a living martyrdom. I mean this literally. Ordinary adolescents will not survive the demonic pressure on their purity. Ordinary men and women will not survive, ordinary priests and bishops will not survive. Ordinary religious will not survive. Nothing less than heroic chastity is necessary, and the price of heroism is a deep faith, even at the sacrifice of one's life, in Christ's teaching that only the pure of heart shall see God."

~ Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

To read Father Hardon's talk Chastity and Eternal Life, go here.

Saint of the Day: St. Ignatius of Loyola

"Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly."
~ Saint Ignatius of Loyola


Prayers of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me. Within Your wounds hide me. Permit me not to be separated from You. From the wicked foe defend me. At the hour of my death call me. And bid me come to You. That with Your saints I may praise You For ever and ever. Amen.

"Dearest Lord,
teach me to be generous.
teach me to serve You as You deserve;
to give and not to count the cost;
to fight, and not to heed the wounds;
to labor, and not to seek to rest;
to give of myself and not to ask for reward,
except the reward of knowing that I am doing
Your will."


Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess.You hast given all to me. To You, O Lord, I return it all. All is Yours; dispose of it wholly according to Your Will. Give me Your love and Your grace, for this is sufficient for me. For with these I am rich enough and desire nothing more. Amen.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Pro-Life with Christ: SILENT GENOCIDE Music Video

Pro-life with Christ has a creative music video from YouTube here. The music is good and the message is excellent.

(Parental guidance is advised because of a few pictures of aborted babies that flash up.)

What the world offers us is puny, but God offers us more than we can imagine

*Who are we? What is the purpose of life? What is life all about? Is life only about doing our work? Is life only about making money? Is life only about getting what I want? Is life only about eating, working, sleeping and doing it all again the next day and the day after that and the day after that? Is there anything more to life? Does life offer us any other possibilities? Yes life does offer us another possibility. We are offered eternal life by God. We can get lost in everything we see around us or we have the possibility of living with faith knowing who we really are, sons and daughters of God. If we get lost in everything we see around us and give in to the temptations of the moment we will find ourselves in a mess.

Think of who we really are. We are created by God to be happy with him for ever in heaven. Think of what eternity with God is going to be like. Our whole life here on earth is only like a drop in the ocean compared to eternity with God. Think of what life with God in heaven will be like. Think of how long it will be; no end, eternity. Think of what God has done for you. Out of love for us God sent his son Jesus to die for us to pay the price for our sins. So how much are you worth? You are worth the precious blood of Jesus, you are priceless. Is that the way you think of yourself? Is that the way the soaps on TV portray people? Is that the vision of ourselves that our culture is promoting? Obviously not. Since we have faith and are sons and daughters of God and know that God has promised us eternal life we see that the soaps on TV and their lifestyle do not reflect who we really are, that the soaps are in fact rubbish, and that so much of what is promoted in our culture also is only trash.


So we need faith to see and understand who we really are. We need faith in order not to get lost in the stupid ideas of this western world which has gone crazy. We need faith to live as we really are, children of God with a glorious future. We need faith to see that the most important things in life are what we cannot see, our value – we are worth the precious blood of Jesus. We need faith to see the future God offers to us - the possibility of living life in a way that really brings us joy. What we cannot see is more important than what we can see. If we forget about what we cannot see we will end up in a mess. God offers us the possibility of a wonderful life. What the world offers us is puny but God offers us an eternity of happiness. Why then would anyone follow the ways of the world instead of God’s offer? What a contrast between the folly that our western culture offers us and the real happiness that God offers us.


We see that same contrast in our Gospel today. No one could see beyond the five loaves and two fish and the thousands of hungry people. They were looking at the situation with human reasoning. But what God offers us is out of this world. And to prove it Jesus fed the thousands with only five loaves and two fish and the scraps left over filled twelve baskets, even more than the food they had before eating. That is what God offers us, more than we can ever imagine. The disciples had been thinking about the situation with human logic. Philip said, “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little bit.” (John 6:7) Andrew also did not see any divine possibilities, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?” (John 6:9) That is precisely the thinking of our world at this time, it is lost in the two hundred days wages and the five barley loaves and two fish when God is offering so much more. We see the same also in our first reading today. Elisha said to his servant to give the hundred men twenty barley loaves and fresh grain but the servant replied that it would not be enough for 100 men. But Elisha insisted and there was food left over.

That brings me back to where I began. Who are we? What is the purpose of life? What is life all about? Is life only about doing our work? Is life only about making money? Is life only about getting what I want? Does life offer us any other possibilities? Yes, we are offered eternal life by God and the possibility of growing every day closer to God. Not only that, but since we are all God’s beloved we have a spiritual attitude towards everyone. That is why in our second reading today we heard,


“I…urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love…” (Eph 4:1-2))

God offers us, more than we can ever imagine. In our Gospel the disciples had been thinking about the situation with human logic. Philip said, “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little bit.” (John 6:7) Andrew also did not see any divine possibilities, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?” (John 6:9) That is precisely the thinking of our world at this time, it is lost in the two hundred days wages and the five barley loaves and two fish while God is offering so much more.

* Earlier I explained that we interrupt our reading of Mark for six Sundays to read John 6 - the Eucharistic Chapter - and explained that the multiplication of the loaves and fish anticipates the miracle of the Eucharist.

~Homily by Father Tommy Lane

Pope Benedict appeals for immediate cease-fire in Middle East

Pope Benedict XVI appealed Sunday for an immediate cease-fire in the Middle East, hours after the deadliest attack in nearly three weeks of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas.

"In the name of God, I appeal to all those responsible for this spiral of violence, so that they immediately put down their arms on all sides," the pope told pilgrims and tourists at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, on the outskirts of Rome. Pausing slightly, he repeated the word "immediately."


"I appeal to governing leaders and to international institutions not to spare any effort to obtain this necessary cessation of hostilities," the pontiff said.

Much of the international community has been calling for an immediate cease-fire, but Israel and the United States have resisted, saying a settlement should address enduring issues between Lebanon and Israel and disable Hezbollah.

The faithful in the papal palace courtyard chanted "Peace! Peace! Peace!" in Italian, briefly interrupting the pontiff.

Benedict embraced their call. "Peace, yes," he said, before resuming his remarks.

"In this moment I cannot help but think of the situation, ever more grave and more tragic, that the Middle East is going through: hundreds of dead, so many wounded, a huge number of the homeless and refugees, houses, cities and infrastructure destroyed," Benedict said. "These facts demonstrate clearly that you cannot re-establish justice, create a new order and build authentic peace when you resort to instruments of violence."

It was Benedict's strongest appeal since the violence erupted.

Benedict urged all to pray "so that He may give his peace to that region and to the whole world."

He also urged the intensification of humanitarian aid efforts.

Lebanon, which has a sizeable Maronite Catholic community, has asked the Vatican for helping in ending the warfare. The Pope has said he would contribute through appeals for peace, not political involvement.

Via Yahoo News.

Quiz: What Time of Day Are You?

You Are Sunrise

You enjoy living a slow, fulfilling life. You enjoy living every moment, no matter how ordinary.
You are a person of reflection and meditation. You start and end every day by looking inward.
Caring and giving, you enjoy making people happy. You're often cooking for friends or buying them gifts.
All in all, you know how to love life for what it is - not for how it should be.

The One Book Meme

1. One book that changed your life:
The Holy Bible

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
The Holy Bible

4. One book that made you laugh:
A Marriage Made in Heaven or Too Tired for an Affair - by Erma Bombeck

5. One book that made you cry.
Amazing Grace for Those Who Suffer - by Cavins and Pinto

6 One Book that You wish had been written:
The Joy of Living in an Abortion-Free World

7. One book that you wish had never been written:
The Da Vinci Code - By Dan Brown

8. One book you’re currently reading:
Saintly Women of Modern Times - by Joan Carroll Cruz

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
Sophia House - by Michael D. O'Brien

Via Moneybags.

I tag everyone who wants to participate.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Pope Benedict: "I'm beginning to learn my job."


Pope Benedict XVI walks on a path the last day of his summer retreat at Les Combes in the northern mountains of Italy July 28. Pope Benedict arrived at his summer villa in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, July 28 after an 18-day vacation in the Alps. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)


Meeting with reporters outside the chalet, Pope Benedict said, "We should not be silent; we should do everything possible to get our message to the powerful."

"Our primary instrument is prayer," he said. "Naturally, it is a cry not only to God, but also to men."

He also told reporters that following events in the Middle East, joining several Alpine communities for prayers for peace, reading, and working on speeches and a book did not take away from his vacation. However, he said, "as a vacation" his July 11-28 stay in Les Combes "was too brief. Now work begins again, but slowly."

A reporter also asked him how things were going after more than a year as pope; he smiled and replied, "I'm beginning to learn my job."

Pope Benedict is expected to stay at Castel Gandolfo until late September.

Via CNS.

What a humble, holy and hard-working Papa we have! Let us pray with him for peace and for him for strength and guidance in his work.

Saint of the Day: St. Martha

Martha and Mary were sisters, related not only by blood but also by religious aspirations. They stayed close to our Lord and both served him harmoniously when he was among them. Martha welcomed him as travelers are welcomed. But in her case, the maidservant received her Lord, the creature her Creator, to serve him bodily food while she was to be fed by the Spirit.

No one of you should say, "Blessed are they who have deserved to receive Christ into their homes!" Do not grieve or complain that you were born in a time when you can no longer see God in the flesh. He did not in fact take this privilege from you. As he says, "Whatever you have done to the least of my brothers, you did to me."

~ from a sermon by Saint Augustine

Patron: Butlers; cooks; dietitians; domestic servants; homemakers; hotel-keepers; housemaids; housewives; innkeepers; laundry workers; maids; manservants; servants; servers; single laywomen; travellers.

VIDEO: DEAD BABY FOUND IN FL ABORTION CLINIC

(CBS4 News) HIALEAH Hialeah Police Homicide Detectives are investigating the gruesome discovery of a dead baby’s body inside of an abortion clinic but conflicting stories may prove there's more to the discovery than meets the eye.

The body was found at “A Gynecologists Diagnostic Center,” 3671 West 16th Avenue in Hialeah. Witnesses tell police that a young woman, whose identity has not been released, arrived at the clinic last Thursday at roughly 22 weeks pregnant for an abortion procedure.

Police say the woman arrived the next day after the procedure complaining of severe pain. Workers at the clinic explained to her that the doctor was not available and she'd have to wait.

The woman was taken into a recovery room and according to witnessess, gave birth in the clinic. An anonymous caller, who police believe to be a clinic worker, alerted officials that the baby was born alive and possibly killed.

When officials arrived, however, there was no body to be found.CBS4's Dave Malkoff reported that when police were called to the scene a second time Friday night, they found the body of a dead baby in a biohazard bag.

Detectives believe the abortion clinic tampered with the evidence. The fetus was reportedly 12 inches long and weighed 2-3 pounds. Hialeah Police PIO, Frank Gonzalez, believe the baby was born premature and is unsure how the baby died.

The clinic's doors have been closed while the investigation continues. Officials are awaiting the autopsy, scheduled for Saturday, to determine the exact cause of death.No word yet if charges will be filed.

View the video here.

Via Jill Stanek.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Letter from a Reader: "Confirmed Catholic" Scientist Criticizes Child Custody Protection Act

A Reader, Josh, with some very interesting comments wrote to me recently, in regard to my post "HLI TO DURBIN: "GET OUT OF OUR FAMILY ROOM..." I will respond to each comment in blue so you can differentiate between our statements.

Josh: It seems to me that you genuinely do care about those girls who find themselves in a position to get an abortion. Your concern for their physical, social, mental, and spiritual welfare is laudable, and I am glad that such persons as yourself are still out there. However, I also see that your beliefs are the primary motivation for all of this. I, therefore, must respectfully disagree with your opinions.

Thank you, Josh. It sounds as if you are not in favor of my Catholic pro-life beliefs and that you may be feeling some discontent with the Church's teachings on life. Is that correct?

Please know that I would probably do this kind of work whether or not I was Catholic or pro-life -- when I was away from the Church for many years, I continued to be active in my community, assisting the poor and needy because I was brought up that way -- to help others in need -- and because few of us would deny another human being food and clothing. The women I see are in crisis situations and are needy in many ways -- even an atheist can see that and would most likely lend a helping hand to feed and clothe another human being. However, I do this work for God and not myself -- I am simply giving back to Him what has given me -- and that is the gift of love. It is the very least I can do for Him. Because it is God's work, I do it with more enthusiasm and seek to please Him in my actions by caring for every person I come in contact with as I would treat my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Josh: The Child Custody Protection Act serves to punish those who would take a minor over state lines for an abortion if doing so circumvented parental notification laws in the state that was left. While I agree that notification is a good idea in principle, I believe that the final decision should be completely left up to the girl in question.

Josh, let me see if I understand you correctly here. You believe that obtaining parental notification would punish those who take the girl out of state to get an abortion. You also think that the final decision whether or not to kill another human being -- the child that is living and growing in her body -- should be her decision.

Ok, do you think a 13 year old is mature enough to make the decision on whether or not to abort her baby? Now we're not talking about the teen deciding whether or not she should chat with her friends on her cell phone or complete her homework assignment that's due tomorrow. We're not talking about whether or not she should eat a triple order of fries or a salad at Wendy's for lunch. These are the kinds of decisions that I would expect an average young woman of 13 (who has been raised by conscientious and responsible parents) to be able to make on her own.

There are many complex factors involved in making a decision like this that this young woman might not consider. She could end up making a decision that she would regret for the rest of her life. You don't mention your age, so it's difficult for me to determine your vantage point, but I can tell you that young women of this age are experiencing a lot of changes emotionally, physically, mentally, and emotionally. I won't attempt to teach you in any detail the entire course contents of Adolescent Psychology here, but the teen years are a very turbulent time in the life of a young woman. She has more than enough on her plate than to have to make a serious decision that will effect her for the rest of her life by herself. How will she feel about the decision she makes today 10 years from now at age 23? Twenty years from now? She needs a responsible, mature, level-headed adult to guide her. Parents are the primary teachers of their children and it is their duty to protect their children from harm. Parents are the primary educators of their child in terms of their faith, their values, and their morals which begin at an early age.

Since you say that you are a "confirmed Catholic", I will share a few excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Parents must regard their children as children of God and respect them as human persons. Showing themselves obedient to the will of the Father in heaven, they educate their children to fulfill God's law. (CCC 2222:29, 30) Did you catch that? They educate their children to fulfill God's law.


Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery - the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the "material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones." Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide or correct them. (CCC 2222: 31)

Her parents certainly have a right to counsel her, but it is, after all, her body, and she has the utmost right to that, and no one else.

When it comes down to making the final decision, since a teenager is not yet a mature adult who is capable of making such a grave and serious decision with such devastating results (Death, suicide, post traumatic stress syndrome, infertility, and many more consequences are all possible as a result of abortion) and because she is under the protective care of her parents and the parents must answer to God, they must be obedient to His will.

How can we determine what God's will is in this situation? The Scriptures, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the papal encyclicals all tell us the same thing -- Human life is sacred. Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. (CCC 270, 72) Even our Constitution guarantees each one of us the right to life -- the first and primary right. Without life, we have no other rights.

Josh, I don't know if anyone has ever instructed you in the faith this way, but it is NOT her body. You read that correctly -- her body does not belong to her. God created her and, as such, she is a child of God -- she belongs to God. Her pregnant body is the temporary home for the separate human life growing and developing within her. Within her womb, she is carrying a living, growing human being -- a life separate from her own.

This life is a gift from God and is to be treated with the deepest dignity and utmost respect.


Something else I find rather amusing, in a sick, twisted sort of way, is how an amendment to this bill to increase funding for non-abstinence sex education was defeated 51-48. This amendment would have given teens more knowledge on ways to prevent unwanted pregnancies, negating the need for an abortion in the first place! However, those who would impose their own beliefs, even upon the unwilling, won out, and the amendment was defeated. So the trend of not giving teens all the information they need, and then punishing them for acting on that lack of information continues.

What kind of information do you believe would assist the teen in avoiding pregnancy? Information about contraception? I share information with teens on contraception all the time and tell them the truth about contraception -- that it doesn't work! Of course, most of them have already learned that by the time they reach me. The only 100% fail - proof method of avoiding pregnancy is abstinence.

What would you say if it was a girl's grandmother, or grandfather, aunt or uncle, or big brother or big sister, who took her over a state line, and was then sentenced to a year in federal prison?

I wouldn't feel sorry for the person if that's what you're asking. Not only did they violate civil law but they violated God's law: "Thou shalt not kill." Even if they don't know God's law, they know that the pregnant mother is carrying a human life within her and what they're doing is serving as accomplices in the murder of their own grandchild or relative. Would you willingly assist in murdering your own blood relative? How would you feel afterwards? Maybe next time they'll think about the consequences of their actions before they act so hastily.

Is that right? Is destroying not one, but two lives really necessary?

Great question! Yes, abortion destroys two lives -- the life of the mother and the life of the baby. And, NO, it's not right.

Because you know that this is going to happen. Statistically, it must. And when it does, how will you feel? Will you feel it was justified?
I would feel that justice has been served. And, I would pray for the person who committed the crime as well as the other accomplices who took part in the murder of an innocent child.

Is making criminals out of well-meaning friends and family necessary?
The pregnant mother can do without friends and family like that!
Not only are they accomplices to the murder of her child, but they are bad influences on her and certainly can't have any feelings or respect for her as a human being if they want to expose her to something so dangerous for her in all ways imaginable. They are practising misguided compassion. It is a misguided compassion which views killing the child as a solution to resolving the mother’s problems. There are a whole range of options to explore (which abortion mills neglect to mention) and the mother needs to know what those options are. Family and friends who assist her by referring her to a crisis pregnancy clinic are demonstrating their love for both her and her baby.


Are you so desperate to foist your own beliefs on everyone else that you must make it a federal crime to do something you oppose?

It is sad that it takes a law like this for some parents and relatives to stop acting as accomplices in the murder of their own blood relatives. Their consciences should tell them that what they are doing is wrong.

However, I am happy to see that human lives will be saved from the senseless slaughter of abortion and I thank God that He has led me to this apostolate. Since the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973, over 47 MILLION innocent lives have been
sacrificed.

I know full well the Church's position on abortion and birth control, but in today's culture, such a position is seen as both outdated and uninformed, and not just because of social mores these days.

The Church's teachings have never changed since Christ established it -- His truth remains with us for all eternity. Man is the one who has changed and it hasn't been for the better.


As any biologist will tell you, humans are animals.

I think you may be a little confused here, Josh. Human beings are mammals -- they are warm-blooded and the mothers give milk to their babies. (Sorry -- I couldn't resist that.)

Humans may have growth patterns similar to animals, but are vastly different. A human being has a will and an intellect, which an animal does not have. A human being also has a soul, which an animal does not have.

Humans are creatures unlike any other of God's creation. Unlike any of the animals, humans are created with a body and soul. A dog cannot decide to fast. Fasting is a choice of the rational soul which only humans have. While the body is made from matter the soul is purely spiritual and thus humans are not animals but are made in the image and likeness of God.

As such, we have basic urges. Among these are the urges to survive, and to procreate. Those two are, respectively, the first and second strongest urges in any animal, us included.

Yes, we have basic urges, but unlike animals, we have the ability to control our urges.

Yes, procreation is necessary for the survival of the human species and that is why marriage between one man and one woman is necessary. God commanded us to "be fruitful and multiply". That's exactly why we need to stop using contraception and stop killing our children. If the Black race continues killing their children at the same rate as they have been they will become extinct. It's a very sad situation. Margaret Sanger's dream of wiping out the Blacks in our country is becoming a reality.

One could argue that, yes, God gave us free will to act on them or not, but let's be honest. How many teenagers have the emotional or mental maturity to truly look at what they're doing, in the heat of the moment, and give it a fair consideration? I can tell you from experience: Very, very few.

You're absolutely right, Josh! Teenagers don't have the emotional or mental maturity to truly look at what they are doing in the heat of the moment.

So how do we solve that one? We, as adult parents, need to teach them to avoid such situations. We need to teach them the virtues of modesty and chastity -- first, by our own example, and second with words. We role play with them so they are prepared to handle difficult situations. We teach them the faith and let them know we love them and care about them. We communicate with them about the dangers out there. We make rules and set limits and we discipline our children and act in a consistent manner. We reassure them that they can always come to us with their problems and we will try to help them. We teach them and show them the ways they can receive strength to ward off temptation. For example, frequent reception of the sacraments, especially the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion provides the graces that assist teens in remaining strong in the face of temptation.

Josh, you just mentioned what concerns me the most about teenagers and abortion -- the fact that they are emotionally and mentally immature. Can you understand now why they don't have the capacity to make the decision whether or not to abort on their own?

You cannot legislate away biological imperatives. Attempting to do so, in the current manner that it's being attempted, will only serve to exacerbate an already bad situation. My point is this: What is needed is not criminalization. Parental notice should be required, I will admit, but certain things need to be taken into consideration. Namely, what will the reaction of the family be to such notification?

As I said before, it is sad that we need to enforce laws like this. When people learn to act in ways that are consistent with God’s will and the natural law, then such laws would be unnecessary.


It will do no good for a girl to have an abortion, if her parents get notified and she returns home to a savage beating, or to be thrown out of the house.

Abortions NEVER do any good. I have heard some unbelievable horror stories about abortion and have seen the results. I have smelled the bodies of aborted babies burning just as they did in the Nazi Prison camps. I have witnessed the face of death - not only physical death, but spiritual and emotional death.

I have never heard a woman say "I was happy to have an abortion", but I have heard many who have admitted that they regretted having an abortion and then shared with me the gruesome details.

I would hope that the young woman in an abusive family situation would have an adult friend she could turn to for support -- a teacher, school counselor, coach, priest or minister, an aunt, grandma, or a neighbor who would help her. We all need to take responsibility for our youth and be "our brother's keeper."

I am just amazed at the number of loving people there are in this world who so unselfishly reach out to help young mothers and fathers in this situation. I see miracles everyday and new life entering into the world bringing so much joy into the hearts of parents who are so thankful and grateful that someone finally spoke the truth to them and helped them learn the meaning of true love. (You won't find it in killing your child -- that's for sure.)


There was a story going around a few years back about a girl whose mother forced her to drink bleach until she died, because she found out she was having sex out of wedlock.
If that story is true, I hope that mother didn't get off scott-free by our criminal justice system.

Do we really want to risk these sorts of things? Parental notification is a good idea, but has its perils. If a girl could get an abortion and then stay somewhere for awhile, to see what her parents' reaction was, then I think that might be acceptable. There must be safe haven, and counseling. This is a traumatic experience for all involved. More education, counseling, and places of refuge are needed.

Definitely! We need to educate men and women in the faith, in the teachings on Humane Vitae, John Paul II's teachings on the theology of the body, Natural Family Planning (which by the way is not rhythm), and all the beautiful teachings on love and sexuality in the Church.

We need to help girls take control of their own lives, not let others control them.

As I said above, I believe teenagers are "too immature" to make those kinds of decisions. You seem to agree with me that teens are mentally and emotionally immature.

No one has control over their lives, but we are totally dependent on God. The only thing we have control over is our actions. We can do our will or His -- it's our choice. He never forces us to do anything. He loves us so much and is such a perfect Gentleman, that He gives us free will. We can follow His commandments and be at peace or follow our own selfish desires and make a mess out of our lives. But, He will do all that He can to bring us closer to Him no matter how much pain and misery we cause Him. There is no human being on earth who can love like He does – His love is unconditional and endures forever.

And, for the record: I am a confirmed Roman Catholic. I understand EXACTLY where you are coming from. However, as a scientist and a realist, I recognize that not everything can be as we would like. It is my view that, while it would be nice if all would follow the teachings of Christ, not all want to, and that is their right. We have NO RIGHT WHATSOEVER to tell anyone otherwise. If we do that, we bring ourselves back to the days of the Inquisition, and I'm sure none of us want THAT.

We all have the RIGHT and RESPONSIBILITY as Christians to share the Truth with others. We have the right to speak out and share the Good News with others. We rejoice in the miracle of life and love and in the Victory we have won through Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

If others desire to remain in the darkness and do not welcome us, we wipe the dust off our feet and move on. Nevertheless, we pray for these lost souls because they are not so different from us -- we are all God's children.

I'm keeping you in my prayers, Josh. I enjoyed our "conversation".

God bless you,
Jean


I invite all my readers to express their opinions here. I am opening up my comment section, so please be nice to one another.

Conversing with Jesus


Today I am praying for...

renewed strength spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally for our Holy Father and for an outpouring of graces upon him.

a speedy and successful recovery from cancer surgery for Cardinal Francis George.

continued healing for Fr. P. from his stroke.

Daniel's priestly vocation.

Moneybag's priestly vocation.

a holy and fruitful retreat for Fr. K.

the apostolates of the Brothers of St. John.

Jason whose preliminary test results indicate that he may have Hepatitis C.

Barb's special intention.

the closing of all abortion mills and the conversion of abortionists and their staff.

that married couples will stop using contraception and use Natural Family Planning in accordance with God's will.

a special intention.

all previous prayer requests posted here.

Cardinal George has cancer surgery, second operation to stop bleeding

Cardinal George has cancer surgery, second operation to stop bleeding

By Michelle Martin
Catholic News Service

CHICAGO (CNS) -- After five hours of surgery to remove his cancerous bladder July 27, Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George was brought back into the operating room late that night to repair a small blood vessel in his pelvis that was bleeding.

A notice from his medical team July 28 said, "Although the episode of postoperative bleeding represents a complication ... it is not an unusual occurrence and is not expected to have a significant impact on Cardinal George's recovery."

The notice was posted on www.luhs.org -- the Web site of Loyola University Medical Center, where the surgery took place.

The second surgery, which began shortly before midnight, lasted two hours, the notice said. It said Dr. Robert Flanigan, who conducted the first surgery, also did the second with the assistance of Dr. Fred Luchette, chief of Loyola's Surgical Intensive Care Unit.

It said the decision to return to the operating room was prompted by signs of unstable blood pressure and a drop in blood count even though the cardinal had received blood transfusions.

After the bleeding was stopped, "the cardinal stabilized," it said. "He tolerated the operation well and is resting comfortably this morning." The medical team has promised to post daily updates on the Web regarding the cardinal's condition.

Cardinal George, who is also vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is 69 years old.In the first surgery doctors said they removed the cardinal's entire bladder, his prostate gland and a portion of the right ureter, a tube from the right kidney to the bladder, to which the cancer had begun to spread."

I'm happy to report good news," Jesuit Father Myles Sheehan, a specialist in geriatric care, professor at the medical center and Cardinal George's personal physician, told reporters at a news briefing following that surgery. "We are hopeful for the best possible result." [Entire Story]

You can send Cardinal George your prayers and get well messages here. Let us continue to keep His Eminence in our prayers.

'Expel Your Pro-Abortion Politicians' -- Concerned Roman Catholics Urge Knights of Columbus

Group Tells Knights Leader: "Act Now or Resign"

ANAHEIM, July 27 /
Christian Newswire/ -- As the Knights of Columbus hold their annual convention in Orlando, August 1-3, we fellow Catholics are holding them accountable,” said Kenneth M. Fisher, founder and chairman of Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc. (CRCOA). “We ask the Knights, especially Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, to live up to their Catholic foundational principles by expelling all pro-abortion politicians from their ranks.”

“It’s long past time,” Fisher continued, “for the Knights to end the scandal of allowing membership in good standing to pro-abortion politicians who blatantly defy Catholic morality and teaching, such as Massachusetts Senator Teddy Kennedy (Inactive), New York former Governor Mario Cuomo and many others.

”Fisher said his Concerned Roman Catholics group will start using its www.crcoa.com Website to spotlight pro-abortion politicians at the national, state and local levels who belong to the Knights. He said the Knights have failed to enforce a resolution they adopted at their 2003 convention that banned pro-abortion politicians from their organization, facilities and functions.“We in Concerned Roman Catholics,” Fisher said, “are a lay organization with many religious members. We defend orthodox Catholic teaching and we seek to expose false teaching, corruption and scandals and bring them to an end. That is why we want the Knights to clean up their membership and restore their Order’s good name.”

Fisher said, “The Knights of Columbus can be a major force for good in the Church and society in general. But how can they call themselves ‘the strong right arm of the Church’ when they harbor pro-abortion politicians – enemies of the Church -- as members?”

The Knights of Columbus have more than 1.7 million members in 14,000 councils in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, the Pacific and now Poland. They were founded in 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut, by Father Michael McGivney, a parish priest whose cause for sainthood is now underway, to give Catholic men a fraternal order of their own, to provide financial aid for Catholic families and to combat the rampant anti-Catholic prejudice of the day.

Fisher said, “Sadly, the Knights’ leadership in recent decades has fallen far short of Father McGivney’s ideals. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson has been at the helm of the Knights for more than five years now. He needs to do his duty and expel the pro-abortion and pro-homosexual politicians – or resign immediately.”

Very interesting... I would love to hear from some members of the Knights of Columbus as to what their views are on this.

Saint of the Day: St. Victor I, Pope

Victor I was the first pope from Africa. His reign extended from about 189 to 199. Conscious of the nature of baptism, Victor decreed that anyone baptized in an emergency should be treated as a Christian in full standing, not as a neophyte undergoing catechesis.

A woman named Marcia, probably a Christian herself, had considerable influence on the Roman emperor and sympathy for the plight of the persecuted Church. She asked Pope Victor for a list of Christians condemned to the salt mines in Sardinia and secured their release, ushering in a lull in the ongoing persecutions.

A troublesome controversy over when Easter should be celebrated occurred during the reign of Victor, with the result that Christians observed different days for the most important feast of the year. Victor decreed that Easter should be celebrated on a Sunday, but a synod of Asiatic bishops convened by the bishop of Ephesus refused to abandon their custom. Victor excommunicated them, then--under the influence of St. Ireneus--lifted the ban. Nevertheless, the custom of all Christians celebrating Easter on a Sunday soon took hold.

Other controversies arising in St. Victor's reign included a leather seller who denied the divinity of Christ and set up his own church in Rome, as well as continuing problems with the Gnostic heresy, which taught a mystical dualism that made evil as powerful as good. St. Victor upheld on one hand the divinity of Christ and also the infinite power of good over evil.

He was also the first to celebrate Mass in Rome in the language of the people, Latin. Previously, Mass had been celebrated even in Rome in Greek.

Pope St. Victor wrote several treatises including one on dice throwers. St. Jerome calls him the first Latin writer in the Church.

According to the "Liber Pontificalis," St. Victor died a martyr and was buried in the Vatican near St. Peter.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Murder on My Mind

Commentary by Judie Brown

I am often fascinated when reports on a topic converge within a very short period of time. You don't often see mainstream media accounts that deal with the victims of abortion or human embryonic stem cell research. But lately, there have been a number of them, and the reactions have been most telling.

The first example came when White House press secretary Tony Snow had to apologize for using the word "murder" to describe the wanton killing of human embryonic children so that their stem cells can be used for research purposes. I was dumbfounded. What did Snow say that was so terrible, and why did he have to apologize? [Entire Story]

DEMOCRATIC RELIGIOUS GURU CRACKS UP; HOWARD DEAN IS IN A JAM

July 27, 2006

Yesterday, a coalition of hundreds of public notables released a statement,
Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: A New Strategic Vision for All Our Families & Relationships,” that takes issue with gay activists who are limiting their efforts to legalizing same-sex marriage. Their goal is total societal recognition of “families and relationships” that “know no borders.” One of the 260 signatories is Rabbi Michael Lerner.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue addressed this issue today:


Rabbi Michael Lerner has been described by the Jewish Forward as Hillary Clinton’s ‘erstwhile guru’ and is unquestionably one of the most prominent—if not the most prominent—religious advisors to the Democratic National Committee (DNC). His book, The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country From the Religious Right, has been described as providing ‘intellectual, political, and spiritual inspiration’ for Democrats. It would be instructive to know, then, whether the DNC agrees with Lerner that religious institutions should be gutted of their moral and legal authority and be forced to recognize polyamorous relationships.

“In the very first sentence of the ‘Family Without Borders’ statement, it explicitly says that our society needs ‘a new vision for securing governmental and private institutional recognition of diverse kinds of partnerships, households, kinship relationships and families.’ By citing private institutions, the document makes clear its interest in forcing religious institutions to accept its agenda. That explains why the document demands ‘Separation of church and state in all matters, including regulation and recognition of relationships, households and families.’ Never lacking in specificity, it says that marital benefits must extend to ‘Queer couples who decide to jointly create and raise a child with another queer person or couple, in two households.’

“These insane ideas are those of Rabbi Lerner, the religious guru of the Democratic Party. Looks like Howard Dean is in a jam.”
Via Catholic League.

MY COMMENTS:

This whole thing sounds very bizarre to me. Anyone who is Hillary's "guru" is in desperate need of help themselves -- they have created a monster! Yes, Bill, insane ideas is right --anyone who inspires others to vote for and support godless, anti-family, pro-death policies and laws, gets an "F" in my book.

Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act Is One More Crack In Roe’s Foundation

Washington, DC – On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, which would prohibit the transport of minor girls across state lines for the purpose of obtaining an abortion. Operation Rescue believes that this is another step forward in a new movement to legislate restrictions on abortion, and ultimately lead to a national ban on the increasingly unpopular procedure.

“The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act is yet another crack in the crumbling foundations of Roe v. Wade,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We know that this legislation will save lives and further impair the ability of the abortion industry to profit from human suffering.”

“The momentum in the legislative arena has clearly shifted to our favor,” said Newman. “Just 14 year ago, Congress and other legislatures across the country were thinking up ways to restrict Christians who were trying to save babies from abortion. Today, they are thinking up ways to stop abortionists from killing babies. That is a fundamental shift that reflects the fact that a growing number of Americans would like to see an end to abortion in this nation.”

The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act provides criminal fines and jail time for up to one year for knowingly committing an abortion on an out-of-state minor without parental consent. It also provides civil remedies for moms and dads whose parental rights are violated by scoff-law abortionists.

“In a large number of cases, minor girls are taken out of state for an abortion in order to protect the pedophile who impregnated her from being discovered by her family and/or law enforcement,” said Newman. “This law gives parents and police one more tool to protect young girls from continued sexual exploitation while it tacks another nail in Roe’s coffin. We applaud the Senate for that.”

President George W. Bush has indicated he will sign the bill once it reaches his desk sometime in the fall.

Read the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

My Comments:
I hear and read more and more everyday about parents who force their teenagers into abortions, often taking them across state lines. I can't imagine why anyone would put their own child through such a horrible and apalling procedure. Why would a grandparent kill their own grandchild?

I thank God that pedophiles will no longer be protected as they have been in the past. I thank God for the passage of this law which attempts to thwart the horrible and traumatic procedure of abortion and criminalizes all those involved -- No one has a right to "play God" and take human life. It is a basic right guaranteed to all of us under the Constitution.

I praise God that we are moving in the right direction and closer to the victory for the preservation of human life. Let's continue to pray and work with renewed vigor and energy to promote a culture of life.

Via Operation Rescue.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST: CARDINAL FRANCIS GEORGE TO HAVE CANCER SURGERY


Cardinal Francis George

I just finished watching WGN news and learned that Cardinal Francis George is scheduled to undergo surgery tommorrow to treat bladder cancer that was recently diagnosed. The surgery will take place at Loyola University Medical Center on Thursday.

Cardinal George told the bishops that he expects to be in the hospital for about a week, but that his convalescence would probably take more than a month, as he is having the entire bladder removed.

He was in remarkably good humor and even joked with the media. He said he and his doctors decided his whole bladder will be removed rather than chemotherapy.“I didn’t want chemotherapy because I didn’t want to lose my hair,” he joked. You can view a video clip
here.

Please join me in praying for him. Thank you!

GEEK CAKE FOR THE CURT JESTER: HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY, JEFF!



Whoops ...

I mean cheesecake. It took me two days to bake it.




The Curt Jester's 4th blogiversary was July 24th -- Go visit him and join in the party there.

In Their Own Words: The Saints on Chastity

"The pure soul is a beautiful rose and the Three Divine Persons descend from Heaven to inhale its fragrance."
~ St. John Vianney

"Chastity is a lily among the virtues and makes men almost equal to the angels."
~ St. Frances de Sales

"Chastity is the longed for house of Christ and the earthly Heaven of the heart."
~ St. John Climacus

The Challenge of Chastity: Mary Beth Bonacci


Mary Beth Bonacci Quotes:

"Chastity is freedom. Not just freedom from pregnancy and disease. It's freedom to live healthy dating years. Freedom to live our dating years to find out who we are."

"Chastity is the freedom to dump losers. It's freedom to get people out of your life who shouldn't be in your life."

"Chastity? Anyone can change the future....I honestly believe that a return to chastity, to respecting the language of sex is the only way we can return to love in the world."

HLI TO DURBIN: "GET OUT OF OUR FAMILY ROOM..."


“Durbin’s Debt to the Abortion Industry seems to Know no Bounds...” states prominent Roman Catholic Priest

FRONT ROYAL, Va., July 26 /
Christian Newswire/ -- Human Life International issued the following statement regarding Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) procedural motion to halt the progress of the Child Custody Protection ACT (S. 403) that would protect a parent’s right to be involved in their minor daughter’s decision to have or not have an abortion.

“Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) allegiance to the abortion industry seems to know no bounds. His cheap stunt yesterday to subvert the will of the American people to protect a parent’s fundamental right to be involved in the health care choices of their minor daughters must be reversed….” states the Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, President of Human Life International.

“Durbin get out of our family room, and stop obstructing a parent’s right to be involved in the health care decisions of our children” states Jason Jones, Public Relations Director of Human Life International.

“One man, even one democrat senator from Illinois must not be allowed to stop the will of the American people, especially when the health and safety of our children is at stake…” concluded Jones

"Darth" Durbin is on the loose again. If he would just learn to "stifle" himself (as Archie Bunker used to say) everybody would be a lot better off. And this is a "Catholic"
Senator?! God, help us! Lord, have mercy!!!

In Defense of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Crisis pregnancy centers targeted in latest abortion lobby campaign salvo
National Catholic Register July 21, 2006
Jennifer Roback Morse

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (National Catholic Register commentary) – The abortion lobby must be desperate. They evidently feel threatened by little old ladies who give away free baby clothes to women in crisis pregnancies.

The abortion lobby’s latest hyperventilation, a campaign calmly titled, “Crisis Pregnancy Centers: An Affront to Choice,” launches a very unsubtle, non-nuanced broadside against crisis pregnancy centers.


After reading a few of the headlines of news stories dutifully publishing abortion lobby press releases, I decided to take a look at the study myself, to see if there was any substance to their claims.

Read the rest of the entry >>>


This is the best article yet that I've read on crisis pregnancy centers. Why we need to defend our right to help women who are in dire need is beyond me -- I don't recall Mother Teresa ever having to defend her work with the needy. No, I am not comparing myself to Mother Teresa -- far from it. But in our imitation of her and of Christ, we are servants to the poor and the needy. At least we are attempting in our own little way to provide for the single, divorced, and married mother's needs materially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We are supporting families in need, not attempting to annihilate them like the abortion industry. Most women come to us requesting formula and diapers for their babies. They also ask for maternity clothing and clothing for their babies. They may have other problems or concerns that require the assistance of an attorney or a medical specialist. If we don't have exactly what they need, we refer them to someone who can provide for their individual needs. We also give the woman accurate factual information regarding contraception and STD's as well as abortion so she can make an informed decision (along with her partner) based on truth, instead of the lies provided by the abortion industry. How can we do this without the millions of dollars that Planned Parenthood receives from taxpayers and from doing abortions every year? We rely on the generosity of good people who support human life -- who believe in living out their faith and their beliefs and in following Christ's commandment to "Love thy neighbor as thyself."

Via Operation Rescue: Redeeming the Times

Last month, through God’s grace and a leap of faith, Operation Rescue bought and closed a Wichita abortion mill.

The building was opened to the public and to the media so the filthy and dangerous conditions would be witnessed and documented. Camera crews have photographed nearly every inch of the building where we estimate 50,000 babies died between 1983 and last month.

Now, Operation Rescue must pay for the building and for extensive renovations that will turn this former, roach infested killing center into a beautiful Memorial to the Pre-born and an office suite where Operation Rescue will continue the work of closing even more abortion mills.
You can help...

One abortion mill down and one to go in Wichita ...still praying my
novena for the closing of the other one. Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us! Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Via Operation Rescue & Pro-life Blogs.

Prayer to St. Anne, Patron of Childless Women


Glorious Saint Anne, we think of you as filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer. Heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present affair which I commend to you under you special protection. {mention your petition} Deign to commend it to your daughter, our Blessed Lady, and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy conclusion. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face. With you and Mary and all the saints, may I praise and bless Him for all eternity. Amen. Good Saint Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray for me.


St. Anne is also the patron of pregnant women, widows, grandparents, and mothers.

Saint of the Day: Sts. Joachim and Anne

Today is the feast of St. Anne and St. Joachim, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandparents of Jesus.


Joachim and Anne were a rich and pious couple who had been married for a long time, but found themselves childless. The couple prayed for an end to their barrenness and they promised to dedicate their first born to the service of God. An angel appeared to Anne and told her, "The Lord has looked upon thy tears; thou shalt conceive and give birth and the fruit of thy womb shall be blessed by all the world". Joachim also received the same message from the angel. Anne gave birth to a daughter whom she called Miriam (Mary).

St. Anne is the patron saint of the province of Quebec, where the well-known shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre is located. She is patroness of women in labor and those who have difficulty conceiving; she is represented holding the Blessed Virgin Mary in her lap, who again carries on her arm the Both Joachim and Anne are the patron saints of grandparents.

My memories of celebrating today's feast as a child are very vivid. My home parish held a novena to St. Anne nine days prior to her feast day and I remember going to church every evening with mom to the devotions. I was always in awe of how my mom and the other women in our small French community were so devoted to St. Anne. When mom asked which of us kids wished to accompany her, I always volunteered -- it was a special treat and a privilege to participate in this summer evening novena -- (It was even better than catching lightning bugs!) praying the beautiful devotions in the quiet, candle lit church that smelled of incense and sweet perfume. It was so meditative and mystical --at times I could almost feel her holy presence in the contemplative setting. I also remember feeling a sense of joy and accomplishment when it was over -- I felt that I had helped mom in achieving something special for our family and for the Lord.