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Using the "G" Word

Not so long ago when I worked in rural public elementary and high schools in Illinois, it was not unusual to hear an entire class pray out loud together. I even hung posters in my school - based office with God's name on them and always wore a religious medal or crucifix on a chain around my neck, as did many of the teachers and the other support personnel. It seems shocking to me in our culture today that even silent prayer or using the "G" word could cause such upheaval. This is the culture that claims to be so tolerant of religious differences and places such strong emphasis on diversity. When you think about it, the worst kind of intolerance there is in our society today is tolerance.

This article from WorldNet illustrates my point.

Student gets F grade for mentioning God
'He told me you might as well write about the Easter Bunny'

A college in southern California is now investigating the case of a student who says she was given an F fo…
101 Inspirational Stories of the Priesthood

Sister Patricia Proctor's new book, 101 Inspirational Stories of the Priesthood is out. I received my signed copy today. I have only read a few stories so far, but I am convinced she has another best seller on her hands.
Catholic writers Tim Drake , Anne Costa, and Pete Vere all have stories in it, and be sure not to miss the short stories on pages 134 and 178 written by another famous author. Well, I guess we can't all be famous, but we can all share our witness with one another.
Pro-life Graphics

The Curt Jester has a couple of interesting pro-lfe graphics on his blog today.
Canada on Verge of Legalizing Same-Sex 'Marriage'

Final Approval of Passed Legislation Said to Be Only a Formality

(AgapePress) - Canada's pro-family community is vowing to continue the fight for traditional marriage in the wake of a Parliamentary vote on Tuesday night which approved homosexual "marriage."

The fight against the legalization of homosexual marriage has raged on for two years in Canada. But that came to an end last night when, by a vote of 158-133, the Canadian House of Commons approved same-sex marriage. The vote was three more than was needed to gain a majority vote. All that remains now is for the Canadian Senate to review the legislation, but that is largely considered a formality. Final approval of Bill C-38 would make Canada the third nation in the world to embrace same-sex marriage, joining Belgium and the Netherlands.

Prime Minister Paul Martin, a Roman Catholic, has declared that despite anyone's personal beliefs, all Canadians should be gr…
Third Trip to Supreme Court for Pro-Life Activist Joe Scheidler

CHICAGO, June 28 /Christian Wire Service/ -- "Back to the Supreme Court for a third time! That in itself must be some sort of precedent," said Joseph M. Scheidler, National Director of the Chicago based Pro-Life Action League.

As the last action of its 2004 term, the U. S. Supreme Court granted Certiorari for the third time Tuesday in NOW v. Scheidler, the federal lawsuit brought by the National Organization for Women under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

The second round for this case ended in an 8-1 victory for Scheidler and the Pro-Life Action League, as well as pro-life activists throughout the country. That ruling issued February 26, 2003 contained clear and decisive language reversing the lower court's rulings that imposed a nationwide injunction and a judgment of $257,780 on the pro-life defendants.

In his 2003 Majority Opinion, Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote:Because …
CAUSE OF BEATIFICATION OF JOHN PAUL II OPENS

VATICAN CITY, JUN 28, 2005 (VIS) - This afternoon, eve of the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles, in the St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome, the opening session will be held of the diocesan investigation into the life, virtues and fame of saintliness of Servant of God John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla).

On May 13, in the course of a meeting with the Roman clergy held in the same basilica, Benedict XVI announced the opening of the cause, waiving the normal waiting period of five years after the death of a Servant of God.

The diocesan tribunal of Rome is responsible for the first phase of the process (an analysis of the life and writings of the Servant of God, and the hearing of witnesses). If a positive verdict is forthcoming, the case will pass to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints where, following a fresh examination of the material, extraordinary favors that may be miracles will be studied with the help of doctors and experts. Fo…
Louisiana nurse fired for refusal to administer “morning after” abortion pill

ADF attorneys file lawsuit for terminating nurse’s employment because she wished to obey her conscience

“The hospital’s refusal to make a reasonable accommodation for Ms. Lemly’s sincerely held religious beliefs and their termination of her full-time job is unlawful,” said ADF attorney Mike Johnson.

COVINGTON, La.—Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund have filed suit against St. Tammany Parish Hospital for terminating the employment of a nurse who refused to administer the “morning after” abortion pill. The suit argues that the hospital’s actions violate the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law.

The nurse, Toni Lemly, had informed hospital supervisory staff that she objected to administering the “morning after” abortion pill because of her sincerely held religious beliefs. St. Tammany Parish Hospital responded by firing her from her full-time position and reducing her to part-time status, working only thr…
The Susan Torres Fund

On May 7th, 2005, the day before Mothers' Day, Susan M. (Rollins) Torres -- a 26-year-old vaccine researcher at NIH; mother of a two-year-old son, Peter; graduate of the University of Dallas; and parishioner at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia collapsed. She was rushed to the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, where she has been diagnosed with stage four melanoma and is brain dead with no hope of recovery.

Susan was 17 weeks pregnant at the time and although the doctors have given her no hope of survival, they are fighting to keep her unborn child alive until at least July 11 where he or she will have a viable chance at life.

Her family is really starting to show signs of the strain this is causing; mentally, physically and financially. In an effort to escalate the awareness of their situation, and to help raise additional funds, friends of the Torres family have established The Susan M. Torres Fund to help defray the $1,500 a day ICU m…
A CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND LOVE

Today, my husband, Bill, and I, and our family and friends celebrate a beautiful gift from God. On this 13th year commemorating our union as one in the sacrament of Matrimony, we thank God for the precious gift He has given us in one another.

June 27, 1992 was not the day that we realized the importance of this great gift. We were well-prepared for our marriage. We had attended all the marriage preparation meetings and had particpated in an Engaged Couple's Encounter Weekend. We were very much in love and our marriage was the answer to our prayers.

However, it was not until we had experienced many of the realities of married life that we began to realize how strong our love was for one another and learned to appreciate the powerful graces that the Lord had blessed us with through the reception of this holy sacrament. For, is only with the passage of time that one truly recognizes and begins to appreciate the great value of just how precious God's g…
THEME OF WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2006: "IN TRUTH IS PEACE"

VATICAN CITY, JUN 25, 2005 (VIS) - "In Truth is Peace" is the theme of the Message of the Holy Father Benedict XVI for the 39th World Day of Peace, to be held on January 1, 2006.

A communique announcing the theme recalls how the Pastoral Constitution "Gaudium et spes" affirms that humanity "cannot accomplish its task of building for all men everywhere a world more genuinely human unless each person devotes himself to the cause of peace with renewed vigor."

The communique goes on: "Peace is true because it responds to a desire inscribed by the Creator in all men's hearts. ... Human rights cry out to be enforced. ... When human activity does not respect the order of things (that natural 'grammar' about which Pope John Paul II spoke to the General Assembly of the United Nations on October 5, 1995), when it restricts human life and impedes its development, when it imposes intolerabl…
CWA Prayer/Action Alert

The Draft Plan Recommendations and Strategies for Building a Comprehensive Children’s Mental Health System in Illinois is on its way to the Governor’s desk for final approval. It's not too late to contact Governor Blagojevich to ask him not to approve this intrusive and costlyplan to screen all Illinois children, ages 0 through 18 and beyond, as well as pregnant women, for their mental health.

As a former School Psychologist and teacher, I can say confidently that this is a complete waste of the tax payers' money. Why isn't this money being used instead for thebasic educational needs that students have such as remedial reading or math programs where the funding has been drastically cut? Why isn't it being used forcrisispregnancy programs for pregnant women or for abstinence education? If the Governor is so concerned about mental health, why did he close down the only residential facility in central IL for those who actually do have serious mental …
Birth of St. John the Baptist

John the Baptist is the only saint in the calendar who has two feasts to himself: one, in August, to celebrate his death, and one, in June, to celebrate his birth. And this is as it should be, for as Christ himself said, John was the greatest of the sons of men. The greatest, but also the most tragic. A prophet from before his birth, leaping in the womb to announce the coming of the incarnate God, his task was to proclaim the fulfilment of all prophecies – and thus his own obsolescence. And he did it: with unequalled courage he spread the news that he, the greatest of all men, was the least in the kingdom of heaven. His disciples, and the devil, would have preferred him to fight, to build his sect, to defeat this upstart whom he himself had baptized, to seize his place in history. But he did not – and so, rightly, he has his place, and he has glory in heaven.

We envy the great and the talented, and sometimes we think that they themselves are beyond envy. Bu…
Prayer for John Paul II's Intercession
Published by Rome Diocese

The Diocese of Rome published the written prayer to implore favors through the intercession of the late Pope John Paul II.

Msgr. Monsignor Slawomir Oder, the postulator of the cause of his beatification shares this prayer with us.

Pope John Paul II's beatification process officially begins on June 28. Proof of a miracle through his intercession is required in the final phase of the beatification process. I have no doubt that such a miracle with soon be forthcoming. Let us pray for Pope John Paul II's intercession for an end to abortion, euthanasia, and for a renewal of the culture of life.

Here is the text of the prayer:

O Blessed Trinity, We thank you
for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II
and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care,
the glory of the cross of Christ,
and the splendor of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him.
Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy
and in the maternal inte…
First Book Published by Pope Emphasizes that the Fight against Legal Abortion Must Continue

In his first book published since his election as Pope, Benedict XVI rejects the suggestion that the Church has given up its fight for the right to life of the unborn, instead emphasizing that “There is no such thing as ‘small murders.’”

“Respect for every single life is an essential condition for anything worthy of being called social life,” he wrote, as reported by Reuters news. The book, The Europe of Benedict, in the Crisis of Cultures – only available in Italian – is a compilation of three sermons delivered between 1992 and April 2005 by the Pope while he was still Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

“Why don't we resign ourselves to the fact that we lost [the abortion] battle and dedicate our energies instead to projects where we can find greater social consensus?” Pope Benedict XVI asks rhetorically.

“Recognising the sacred nature of human life and its inviolabili…
Quote of the Day

"I condemn no other man’s conscience: their conscience may save them, and mine must save me. We should remember, in all the controversies in which we engage, to treat our opponents as if they were acting in good faith, even if they seem to us to be acting out of spite or self-interest."

~ St. John Fisher
Use of Terri Schiavo's Grave Marker a Reprehensible and Repugnant Act says Christian Defense Coalition

"The actions of Michael Schiavo are slap in the face to all disabled Americans." -- Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition

WASHINGTON, June 21 /Christian Wire Service/ -- At the burial site of Terri Schiavo's cremated remains, Michael Schiavo used a bronze grave marker to list Feb. 25, 1990, as the date his wife died. Feb. 25, 1990, is the date Terri Schindler Schiavo experienced a still unknown event that left her severely mentally disabled. Terri Schiavo actually died March 31, 2005, nearly two weeks after her feeding tube was removed by court order.
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AMA Passes Resolution Saying Pharmacists Should Be Required To Fill All Prescriptions or Provide Immediate Referrals

The American Medical Association's House of Delegates on Monday at its annual meeting in Chicago passed a resolution saying pharmacists should be required to fill all valid prescriptions or refer patients to another pharmacy or pharmacist immediately, the Chicago Tribune reports.

If a pharmacist has moral or religious objections to dispensing certain medications, such as emergency contraception, they should make an "immediate referral to an appropriate alternative dispensing pharmacy without interference," the resolution says. AMA's action also details the association's support for state and federal legislation that would require pharmacies to fill all prescriptions (Japsen, Chicago Tribune, 6/21).

The AMA resolution also includes a provision stating that the group might lobby for federal legislation that would allow physicians to dispense medic…
St Aloysius Gonzaga (1568 - 1591)

St Aloysius was the eldest son of a Mantuan nobleman, and was intended by his father to be a soldier. Aloysius, on the other hand, had determined to be a missionary, and even to die for his faith. He renounced his birthright in favor of his brother and at the age of 16 became a Jesuit novice in Rome, living the same life of severe austerity and penance that he had followed even when serving in the courts of dukes and princes. In 1591 an epidemic of plague broke out in Rome, and the Jesuits opened a hospital to care for the sick. Aloysius, still a novice, worked hard in the hospital until he himself caught the plague. He did not recover; but, his determination to die for the faith having been fulfilled, died at midnight on the 20th of June with the name of Jesus on his lips.
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Benedict XVI reminds faithful that Christian charity is nourished by participating in the Eucharist

Vatican City, Jun. 20, 2005 (CNA) - From his office window, Pope Benedict XVI reminded all the people gathered to hear him in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday that Christian charity and self-donation are nourished in the Eucharist.

During the recitation of the Angelus, the Pope reflected on the relation between Christian donation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist and underscored that “the loving attention of Christians towards those in difficulty and their commitment for a more solidary society are continually nourished by active and aware participation in the Eucharist", said the Holy Father. [More]
The Morning After Pill

There has been a lot of debate lately as to whether or not the Morning After Pill really is an abortifacient.

I leave it up the reader to make his/her own decision based upon the following information and whatever knowledge he/she already has. The following articles are from trusted, reliable sources and not from the secular media.

"The Best Kept (ugly little) Secret in America"
by David C. Reardon, Ph.D.

It is being promoted as the "best kept secret in America."

One might expect such hyperbole from the manufacturer, which has committed 30 million dollars to promoting this product. But when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is normally a regulatory agency, not a public relations firm, jumps into promoting a new drug, it's time for America to wake up. Either this is really great news . . . or . . . it is another attempt to manipulate the American people for the purposes of advancing the government's population control eff…
Mel Gibson to Star in "Tree of Life"

Percept Picture Company has reportedly signed Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell to star in a $145 million movie called "Tree of Life."

The drama will be directed by Oscar-winner Terence Malik, whose credits include "Thin Red Line" and "Days of Heaven."

Some of the movie will be shot in India, but most of it will be made on other locations, according to the company.
Schindler Family's Statement on Medical Examiner's Report

This is a statement that has been released by the Schindler family regarding the medical examiner's autopsy report on Terri Schiavo.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., and SEMINOLE, Fl., June 16 /Christian Wire Service/ -- On June 15, 2005, the Pinellas County IME has released his report regarding Terri. We would like to thank the IME for his time and effort in making this report. We are not challenging the findings in his report, but we would like to make a few comments publicly. We do not intend to take questions afterwards.

First, the IME's report confirms Terri's physical condition and disability. We all knew Terri was seriously brain-injured before the IME report. This is nothing new. The IME's report also confirms that TERRI WAS NOT TERMINAL. THAT TERRI HAD NO LIVING WILL, THAT TERRI HAD A STRONG HEART, and THAT TERRI WAS BRUTALLY DEHYDRATED TO DEATH.

Second, our family would encourage the media to remember that thi…
Books, Books, Books...

I just finished reading Steve Kellmeyer's powerful bookDeception: Catholic Education in America and am formulating some ideas for a review. It may take another book to describe my thoughts on this one.
Tonight, I started on Michael D. O'Brien's Father Elijah An Apocalypse, which captured my attention immediately, and being nearly 600 pages in length, I pray that it remains interesting.
Father Frank Pavonne, Director of Priests for Life, has some wise words about the release of Terri Schiavo's autopsy. What would would we do without him? I consider him to be the modern day version of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

Atrophy of Compassion
Fr. Frank comments on Terri Schiavo autopsy

The autopsy of Terri Schiavo has been released to the public, bringing attention once again to this sad and tragic case, and reigniting so many of the debates surrounding her life and death. Does the autopsy shed any light on this tragedy? Does it change anything?

The autopsy, of course, is a medical document about Terri’s physical condition. It is filled with complicated medical terms and statistics. In and of itself, it tells us simply the details found upon examining Terri’s body. An autopsy is not a crystal ball either into the past or the future. Nor is it a moral evaluation of the worth of a human life.

The big temptation is to stretch the autopsy beyond its purposes, and somehow get it to…
Mark Mallett -- Award - Winning Singer and Songwriter

I have just discovered Catholic singer/songwriter Mark Mallet and need to share the good news.

Mark's MINISTRY STATEMENT: "To re-evangelize the Catholic Church using 'new methods and new means', particularly contemporary music and a representation of the truths of our Faith through teaching and preaching in accordance with the Magisterium of the Church."

Listen to his music here.
Abortionist accused of eating fetuses
Kansas City clinic closed as grisly house of horrors

A Kansas City abortionist is out of business after investigators discovered a grisly house of horrors at his clinic – with fetuses kept in Styrofoam cups in his refrigerator and one employee accusing him of microwaving one and stirring it into his lunch. [more]


'Fetus eater' loses medical license
Commentary by Jill Stanek

It is so hard to find a good abortionist these days. Most seem to meet with one of three professional demises: imprisonment for sexual assault; medical license revocation for malpractice; or death, alone in their beds, while watching porn flicks after overdosing on heroin.

On June 11, it was career end No. 2 for abortionist Krishna Rajanna, proprietor of the now defunct Affordable Medical and Surgical Services in Kansas City, Kan.

Rajanna's was the poster abortion mill this past year during legislative debates on whether or not Kansas needs abortion clinic regulations. Raj…
Rap Musician Nick Cannon's Pro-life Lyrics for 'Can I Live?'

"Can I Live"
(featuring Anthony Hamilton)
Talking]
Talking Ma
I know the Situation is Personal
But it something that has to be told
As I was making this beat
You was all I could think about you heard my voice
[Verse 1]
Yeah Just think Just Think
What if you could Just
Just blink your self away..
Just Just wait just pause for a second
Let me plead my case
It's the late 70's Huh
You Seventeen huh
And having me that will ruin everything huh
It's alot of angels waiting for their wings
You see me in your sleep so you cant kill your dreams
300 Dollars thats the price of living what?
Mommy I dont like this clinic
Hopefully you'll make the right decision
And dont go through with the Knife Decision
But it's hard to make the right move
When you in high school
How you have to work all day and take night school
Hopping off da bus when the rain is pouring
What you want morning sickness or the sickness of mourning
[Chorus]
I W…
G.K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

On this day in 1936 G.K. Chesterton, writer and journalist, died. His writings – stories, essays, poems, books, journalism – are infused with an unequalled joy and love of truth.

In youth, he went through a crisis of nihilistic pessimism and it was his recovery from this that led him to God and ultimately to conversion. “The Devil made me a Catholic”, he said – meaning that it was the experience of evil and nothingness that convinced him of the goodness and sanity of the world and his Creator. His poem “The Ballade of a Suicide” celebrates the salvific value of ordinary things; his novel, “The Man who was Thursday”, narrates the fight for sanity in an insane world and ponders the paradox of God; and “Orthodoxy”, written long before he became a Catholic, highlights orthodoxy not as a dead and static thing but as the only possible point of equilibrium between crazy heresies any one of which would drive us mad.

He took part in all the major controversies of his…
POWERFUL PRO-LIFE VIDEO

I am not a big rap music fan, but I did thoroughly enjoy this new video by movie/television/rap star Nick Cannon. You can view it here and then vote for it here. The featured song is "Can I live?" which also happens to be the title of the album.
Students to confront Arnold on abortion at scheduled meeting will discuss stance of Catholic politicians

A group of young people from across the nation will meet with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in Los Angeles today to discuss their concern about Roman Catholic politicians who support abortion rights.

"This is a dedicated group of individuals who want to talk to the governor about a basic Catholic teaching: You can't be both Catholic and pro-abortion," said Joe Starrs, director of American Life League's Crusade for the Defense of Our Catholic Church.

The American Life League, or ALL, is a Virginia-based Catholic group that has included Schwarzenegger in its "Deadly Dozen campaign," which identifies pro-choice Catholics in public office and encourages them to either recant their support or stop claiming to be Catholic.

The meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m., is part of ALL's Summer Crusade for Life, which includes two-month protest walks from San Diego…
American Family Association Activism Action Alert

Kraft Says It Proudly Supports The Gay Games Kraft Inc. is sponsoring the upcoming Gay Games in Chicago. Ask Kraft to withdraw its sponsorship. You need to read what Marc Firestone, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Kraft Foods Inc., said in refusing to cancel their sponsorship.

"Diversity is more than a word many people like to say. At Kraft we truly respect all kinds of differences. And diversity is not a selective concept. By definition, it's nothing if not inclusive. We respect diversity of ethnicity, gender, experience, background, personal style and yes, sexual orientation and gender identity. Recognizing, respecting and valuing these differences helps us be a more successful business and a workplace where all employees can realize their full potential."

The Gay Games can't get a much stronger commitment than that given by Kraft.

Kraft also owns Maxwell House, Post, Oscar Mayer an…
Quote for the Day

"I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything impossible to me?"

~ Jeremiah 32:27
New Study Finds Having More Children Protects Women From Cancer

A study published in the medical journal Twin Research and Genetics has found that women who have children have a reduced risk of developing certain types of cancer, and that the risk is further reduced with each pregnancy.

Researchers from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia studied medical data for more than 1.2 million Swedish women who had given birth between 1961 and 1996. Women who had more children had a lower risk of developing breast, uterine, ovarian, and colorectal cancers than women who had fewer children.

The authors noted that it appeared that "an increase in the hormones produced during pregnancy are protecting against cancer," but scientists have not figured out why. The study found that women who had children earlier in life had a lower rate of breast cancer than women who delayed pregnancy.

Other studies have also found that pregnancy and childbirth offer women protection agai…
Illinois Governor Sued for Forcing Pharmacies to Dispense Morning-After Pill

Today, Americans United for Life filed suit on behalf of pharmacy owner Luke Vander Bleek of Morrison, Illinois against Gov. Rod Blagojevich over his emergency rule issued April 1, 2005 requiring pharmacies to dispense contraceptives and abortifacient drugs such as the morning-after pill "without delay.

"The suit alleges in part that the Governor's emergency rule violates the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act by telling compelling pharmacy owners who do not want to carry drugs such as the morning-after pill that can cause abortions to act against its ethical and moral beliefs in dispensing such drugs.

The suit also challenges the ability of the Governor to require health care providers to violate their conscience or choose another career.AUL attorneys believe that if the Governor's rule is allowed to stand, the rights of conscience of all health care providers in the state are in je…
Pope Benedict says traditional family must be defended, helped

Pope Benedict XVI turned his attention to the family in early June, encouraging church members to help couples in crisis and reaffirming church teaching that marriage between a man and a woman is the only legitimate basis for family life. [More]
Pope Condemns Gay Marriages As 'Anarchy'

Pope Benedict, in his first clear pronouncement on gay marriages since his election, on Monday condemned same-sex unions as fake and expressions of "anarchic freedom" that threatened the future of the family.
The Pope, who was elected in April, also condemned divorce, artificial birth control, trial marriages and free-style unions, saying all of these practices were dangerous for the family.

"Today's various forms of dissolution of marriage, free unions, trial marriages as well as the pseudo-matrimonies between people of the same sex are instead expressions of anarchic freedom which falsely tries to pass itself off as the true liberation of man," he said.

The Pope spoke to families at Rome's St. John's Cathedral on an issue that has become highly controversial around the world, particularly in Europe and the United States.

In April, parliament in traditionally Catholic Spain gave initial approval to a law le…
Prayers for our Nation's Courts and Judges

Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries invites every Christian to say the following prayer that God may guide the President and Senate of the United States to place on the Federal Judiciary men and women who follow God's law.

Prayer for our Courts and Judges

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of our nation. You alone rule the world with justice, Yet you place in our hands the solemn duty of participating in the shaping of our government. I pray today for our President and Senators Who have the responsibility of placing judges on our courts. Please protect this process from all obstruction. Please send us men and women of wisdom, Who respect Your law of Life. Please send us judges with humility, Who seek Your truth and not their own opinions. Lord, give all of us the courage we need to do what is right And to serve you, the Judge of all, with fidelity. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!

Go to Priests for Life and make…
Experts Say Schiavo Injuries Classic Signs of Strangulation

Strangulation is defined as a form of asphyxia, lack of oxygen, characterized by closure of the blood vessels and/or air passages as a result of external pressure on the neck.

It is indisputable that Terri Schindler-Schiavo sustained brain damage as the result of a suspicious incident at her Florida home which occurred sometime during the evening of Feb. 24, 1990 or the early morning hours of Feb. 25, 1990, which resulted in the deprivation of oxygen to her brain for four to six minutes.

The only other person present at the time she incurred the injuries was her husband, Michael Schiavo. According to family members and friends, there had been a pattern of domestic abuse in the relationship, possessiveness and anger allegedly demonstrated by Michael Schiavo. [More]
Eucharistic Quotes

St. Ignatius, "Letter to the Romans", ca. 110 AD

"I have no taste for corruptible food nor for the pleasures of this life. I desire the bread of God (1), which is the Flesh of Jesus Christ, who was the seed of David; and for drink I desire His Blood, which is love incorruptible! "

(1) John 6:33 -- "For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven."

St. Ignatius, "Letter to the Philadelphians", ca. 110 AD

"Take care, then, to use one Eucharist, so that whatever you do, you do according to God: for there is one Flesh of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and one cup in the union of His Blood; one altar, as there is one bishop with the presbytery and my fellow servants, the deacons."

St. Justin the Martyr, "First Apology", ca. 148 AD

"We call this food Eucharist; and no one else is permitted to partake of it, except one who believes our teaching to be true and who has…
New International Blog Established

An international blog has been established by Italian and American bloggers. Presently, much of the site is under development - including it's actual banner (being developed by Italian bloggers). If you're interested, and you can embrace Freedom's Zone, you can sign up as a blog site to be included in the English or Italian aggregators, and it's blogroll (expected to include up to 500 blogs),and also apply for posting privileges.

Check out the details at the Freedom's Zone preliminary site. Today's second post is on Oriana Fallaci and her legal prognosis.

~ From Hyscience