"To be actively pro-life is to contribute to the renewal of society through the promotion of the common good. It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop." ~ Pope John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.101
Everything is grace, everything is the direct effect of our Father's love.Everything is grace because everything is God's gift.Whatever be the character of life or its unexpected events -- to the heart that loves, all is well.
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"I love the zeal Jean puts into her posts, especially when it comes to the prolife movement." Esther, A Catholic Mom in Hawaii.
"Jean of Catholic Fire...provides so much informative content. She posts about pro-life issues and events, what happened 'on this day', biographies of saints, prayer intentions, and lots more each day. No matter what she's posting about, I can always come away each day feeling uplifted...and that's saying a lot for me, as I'm someone who often tries to avoid thinking about some of the political and other issues that she posts about. It must be her strong faith and trust in God, as well as her love, shining through her posts, that inspire me." Margaret Mary Myers , Reflections, Catholic BVI Readers, VIP Homeschooler.
This has been an unusual week for me. It has been a week of waiting and intense intercessory prayer for many people. While things in one area of my life have been progressing, I have been patiently waiting for guidance and direction to move forward. I am not good at waiting and I am praying that the Holy Spirit set a fire under those I am waiting on or enlighten me promptly. I am praying in union with God's will, of course.
I recently learned that someone I know has been going through a harrowing experience. She is a mother with seven children, who has a 10-year-old daughter with a rare disease of the autoimmune system. I have been praying day and night for this dear family, who have also been experiencing serious financial difficulties and multiple problems. I would just ask for your prayer support for this Catholic family. One Memorare or one Hail Mary would make an incredible difference for this family. Thank you!
Last weekend we went to see the pro-life, pro-family filmGimme Shelter, which we really enjoyed. It is not a high budget film, but the acting is wonderful! As a former crisis pregnancy counselor, I can tell you that the characters and the plot are believable and very realistic. This film is well-worth your time and money.
It's not too soon to be thinking about Lent, which is a little over one month away. I have posted my book review on a beautiful Lenten spiritual companion for the entire family, Bringing Lent Home with St. Therese of Lisieux by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle.
Today is the feast of St. John Bosco, the patron saint of youth. The industrial revolution had drawn large numbers of people into the city to look for work that was frequently grueling and sometimes scarce. Don Bosco was shocked to see how many boys ended up in prison before the age of 18, left to starve spiritually and sometimes physically. The priest was determined to save as many young people as he could from a life of degradation. He established a group known as the Oratory of St. Francis de Sales, and became a kindly spiritual father to boys in need. So many children in our society nowadays are without fathers in the home. I pray that St. John Bosco will watch over them and provide them with kindly, protective fathers and father-figures to care for their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs and to teach them the faith, by example.
Do you do yoga? I have learned over the years that this is a very controversial topic among Catholics. Check out my post here to learn more from a Dominican priest on the topic.
Here is a trailer for a new film that I just recently learned about. I have not heard much about it yet, but it looks interesting. It is called Son of God and it opens in theaters on February 28, 2014.