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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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• New Polls Confirm Romney Momentum in Battleground States
• Eric Holder Linked to Doctor Who Killed Patient in Abortion
• Poll: Black Pastors Stumping for Obama Again in Churches
• Election Will Have Major Impact on Abortion, Vote Pro-Life
More Pro-Life News
• Planned Parenthood Sinks $835K More Into Attacking Romney, $13M Total
• More Support Than Ever for Repealing Pro-Abortion Obamacare
• Pro-Life Group Exposes Senate Candidates Pro-Abortion Records
• Mom Upset Six-Year-Old Gets McCaskill Robocall on Rape, Akin
• Obama s Abortion-HHS Mandate a Full-Fledged War on Religion
• Hey President Obama: Women Vote on All Issues, Not Just Abortion
• Court May Force Mentally Disabled Nevada Woman to Have Abortion
• Abortion Nurse Accused of Fondling Patients, Exposing Herself
• Pro-Lifer Drives Three Hours to Pray at Abortion Clinic
• 90 Percent of People Asking Doctor for Assisted Suicide Change Mind
• Canada: Linda Gibbons Receives Pro-Life Award Prior To Arrest
• Pro-Life Activist Occupies Ohio Early Voting Center for Romney
New Polls Confirm Romney Momentum in Battleground States
New polling data confirms Mitt Romney is surging in key battleground states and could be headed not only to an election victory over pro-abortion President Barack Obama but a bigger victory than initially expected.
Roanoke College surveyed likely voters in Virginia and found Romney leading by five percent: Governor Mitt Romney has overtaken President Barack Obama by a very narrow margin in Virginia (49% 44%), according to a Roanoke College Poll conducted after the Presidential debates. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/31/new-polls-confirm-romney-momentum-in-battleground-states/
Eric Holder Linked to Doctor Who Killed Patient in Abortion
New documents a conservative publication obtained link Attorney General Eric Holder with a Georgia-based abortion practitioner responsible for killing a patient in an abortion and who has been accused of Medicaid fraud.
Human Events says Holder has ties to Tyrone Cecil Malloy (right) and that they help explain why Holder has failed to prosecute abortion practitioners who run afoul of federal laws and why he has been eager to prosecute pro-life advocates who protest outside of abortion centers. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/30/pro-life-baptist-leader-richard-land-endorses-mitt-romney/
Poll: Black Pastors Stumping for Obama Again in Churches
A new Pew poll of voters finds pastors at black pastors are apparently, once again, stumping for pro-abortion President Barack Obama when talking about the upcoming election during their sermons.
A Pew poll out today shows 45 percent of regular attendees at black churches say their pastor are talking about the election in a manner that is favorable to Obama, while not one African-American surveyed indicated discussion of the elections was favorable for Romney. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/31/poll-black-pastors-stumping-for-obama-again-in-churches/
Election Will Have Major Impact on Abortion, Vote Pro-Life
Nobody knows who s gonna win. Polls, projections, studies, reports, and well-paid pundits have plenty of predictions, but nobody knows what s gonna happen.
We do know a few other things, though. For one, we know that whoever is elected president of the United States may play a major role in reshaping the Supreme Court. As the New York Times said back in June. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/31/election-will-have-major-impact-on-abortion-vote-pro-life/
Planned Parenthood Sinks $835K More Into Attacking Romney, $13M Total
The Planned Parenthood abortion business is putting another $835,000 into its efforts to attack Mitt Romney s pro-life positions reaching almost $13 million in its 2012 election efforts for President Obama.
The Planned Parenthood Action Fund will spend $853,000 to run a 60-second radio ad on Colorado, Ohio and Virginia radio stations from now until Election Day. The ad relies on the some tactic it has used before to bash Romney saying his pro-life views on abortion and women seem like they re from the 1950s. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/31/planned-parenthood-sinks-835k-more-into-attacking-romney-13m-total/
More Support Than Ever for Repealing Pro-Abortion Obamacare
You have to assume President Obama is sincere when he says he doesn t mind the Affordable Health Care Act being referred to as ObamaCare, described as the president s signature domestic achievement and the source of a multi-year, major national policy debate about the role of government, health care, and insurance regulation.
(Alas, such shorthand misses that ObamaCare is not only riddled with abortion language and incentives but also gives federal bureaucrats the power to impose rationing standards on all health care providers that would require them to deny some lifesaving treatments even if the patient is willing and able to pay for it.) http://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/31/more-support-than-ever-for-repealing-pro-abortion-obamacare/
CitizenLink, the policy arm of Focus on the Family, is challenging the pro-abortion views of seven U.S. Senate candidates by sending more than three-quarters of a million pieces of mail to micro-targeted voters in their states.
In Planned Parenthood Doors a gatefold piece in which Planned Parenthood s doors swing open CitizenLink exposes the priorities of Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Jon Tester (D-MT), who threatened to shut down the government unless the nation s largest abortion business continued to get taxpayer funding. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/31/pro-life-group-exposes-senate-candidates-pro-abortion-records/
Mom Upset Six-Year-Old Gets McCaskill Robocall on Rape, Akin
A mother in Missouri is upset that pro-abortion Sen. Claire McCaskill is running robocalls in her state that attack pro-life Senate candidate Todd Akin over his position against abortions in cases of rape or incest. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/31/mom-upset-six-year-old-gets-mccaskill-robocall-on-rape-akin/
Obama s Abortion-HHS Mandate a Full-Fledged War on Religion
The fact that Tyndale House Publishers, based in Carol Stream, has needed to take a stand in court against ObamaCare s abortion pill mandate should itself shock most Americans. The publisher simply believes that devout Christians in America are exercising religion when they publish the Bible and give the proceeds to religious charity. But even this idea is now disputed. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/31/obamas-abortion-hhs-mandate-a-full-fledged-war-on-religion/
Hey President Obama: Women Vote on All Issues, Not Just Abortion
I come from a line of strong women. Unlike many of their generation, both my grandmothers earned college degrees. Both studied political science, followed politics nearly all their lives and had lives rich with experience. Each had the challenge of raising teenagers in the 1960s and the joy of watching the Iron Curtain fall. With one deceased and the other suffering the signs of aging, I m glad they aren t following this election closely. Both would be angered over how some politicians and political parties are courting female voters. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/31/hey-president-obama-women-vote-on-all-issues-not-just-abortion/
Court May Force Mentally Disabled Nevada Woman to Have Abortion
With obvious public outcries against forced abortions in China and forced sterilizations of mentally handicapped individuals in Nazi Germany, one might assume the United States knows better. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/31/court-may-force-mentally-disabled-nevada-woman-to-have-abortion/
Abortion Nurse Accused of Fondling Patients, Exposing Herself
A lawsuit has been filed by a former surgical technician at an abortion clinic in Portland, Oregon. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/31/abortion-nurse-accused-of-fondling-patients-exposing-herself/
Pro-Lifer Drives Three Hours to Pray at Abortion Clinic
Prayer is required in the pro-life movement. If we just run out the door to try to save the world, we re only going to make it about 10 minutes. Abortion is overwhelming; but when we have prayer, and not ourselves, as the foundation our faith in Christ really can move mountains. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/31/pro-lifer-drives-three-hours-to-pray-at-abortion-clinic/
90 Percent of People Asking Doctor for Assisted Suicide Change Mind
Five years after the state of Oregon legalized doctor-assisted suicide, the Center for Ethics in Health Care at Oregon Health & Science University conducted research on how the law was being utilized. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/31/90-percent-of-people-asking-doctor-for-assisted-suicide-change-mind/
Canada: Linda Gibbons Receives Pro-Life Award Prior To Arrest
Activist Linda Gibbons was awarded the Mother Teresa Pro-Life Award just days before her arrest for peacefully protesting outside a Toronto abortion facility yesterday. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/31/canada-linda-gibbons-receives-pro-life-award-prior-to-arrest/
Pro-Life Activist Occupies Ohio Early Voting Center for Romney
Pro-life activist Richard Justman became more and more disturbed to see only Democrats show up in force after a Columbus, Ohio, Early Voting Center opened for business near his home on October 2. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/31/pro-life-activist-occupies-ohio-early-voting-center-for-romney/
200 Christian College Students Protest at Planned Parenthood
Christendom College s pro-life group, Shield of Roses, held its biggest protest in 35 years of its existence this past Saturday. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/30/200-christian-college-students-protest-at-planned-parenthood/
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Many people I know have lost a loved one – a family member or friend who is painfully missed. A “Pastoral Note” in the official Order of Prayer for the Liturgy of the Hours dedicates the entire month of November, and especially All Souls Day, to pray for our departed brothers and sisters. In “And Death’s Dark Shadow Put to Flight,” an Advent post a few years ago, I wrote of the sting of death, and the story of how one particular friend’s tragic death stung very deeply.
But there is far more to the death of loved ones than its sting. Last year at this time I wrote a post that helped some readers explore a dimension of death they had not considered. It focused not only on the sense of loss that accompanies the deaths of those we love, but also on the link we still share with them. It gave meaning to that “Holy Longing” that extends beyond death – for them and for us – and suggested a way to live in a continuity of relationship with those who have died. The All Souls Day Commemoration in the Roman Missal also describes this relationship:
That waiting, and our sometimes excruciatingly painful experience of loss, is “The Holy Longing.” The people we have loved and lost are not really lost. They are still our family, our friends, and our fellow travelers, and we shouldn’t travel with them in silence. The month of November is a time to restore this “link with our fellow travelers.” If you know others who have suffered the deaths of family and friends, please share with them a link to “The Holy Longing: An All Souls Day Spark for Broken Hearts.”
THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS
I’ve written many times about the saints who inspire us on this arduous path behind These Stone Walls. The posts that come most immediately to mind are “The Paradox of Suffering: An Invitation from Saint Maximilian Kolbe,” and more recently, “ ‘I Am a Mystery to Myself ‘: The Last Days of Padre Pio.” Saint Maximilian Kolbe and Saint Padre Pio inspire me not because I have so much in common with them, but because I have so little. I am not at all like them, but I came to know them because I was drawn to the ways they faced and coped with adversity in their lives on Earth.
Patron saints really are advocates in Heaven, but the story is bigger than that. To have patron saints means something deeper than just hoping to share in the graces for which they suffered. It means to be in a relationship with them as fellow travelers. They can advocate not only for us, but for the souls of those we entrust to their intercession. In the Presence of God, they are more like a lens for us, and not dispensers of grace in their own right. The Protestant critique that Catholics “pray to saints” has it all wrong.
To be in a relationship with patron saints means much more than just waiting for their help in times of need. I have learned a few humbling things this year about the dynamics of a relationship with Saints Maximilian Kolbe and Padre Pio. I have tried to consciously cope with painful things the way they did, and over time they opened my eyes about what it means to have their advocacy. It’s an advocacy I would not need if I were even remotely like them. It’s an advocacy I need very much, and can no longer live without.
I don’t think we choose the saints who will be our patrons and advocates in Heaven. I think they choose us. In ways both subtle and profound, they interject their presence in our lives. I came into this prison over 18 years ago knowing little to nothing of Saints Maximilian Kolbe and Padre Pio. But in multiple posts on These Stone Walls I’ve written of how they made their presence here known. And in that process, I’ve learned a lot about why they’re now in my life. It is not because they look upon me and see their own paths. It’s because they look upon me and see how much and how easily I stray from their paths.
One day earlier this month, I discovered something about the intervention of these saints that is at the same time humbling and deeply consoling. It’s consoling because it affirms for me that these modern saints have made themselves a part of what I must bear each day. It’s humbling because that fact requires shedding all my notions that their intercession means a rescue from the crosses I’d just as soon not carry.
For the last year or so in prison, I’ve had to live with something that’s very painful – physically very painful – and sometimes so intensely so that I can focus on little else. In prison, there are not many ways to escape from pain. I can purchase some over-the-counter ibuprophen in the prison commissary, but that’s sort of like fighting a raging forest fire with bottled water. It’s not very effective.
Over several days last month, my relentless pain flared up and got the better of me, and I became depressed. There aren’t many ways to escape depression in prison either. The combination of nagging pain and depression began to interfere with everything I was doing, and others started to notice. The daily barrage of foul language and constantly loud prison noise that I’ve heard non-stop for over 18 years suddenly had the effect of a rough rasp being dragged across the surface of my brain. If you’ve ever suffered from acute migraines, you know exactly what I mean.
So one night, I asked Saint Padre Pio to intercede that I might be delivered from this awful nagging pain. I fell off to sleep actually feeling a little hopeful, but it was not to be. The next morning I awoke to discover my cross of pain even heavier than the night before.
Then suddenly, as has been known to happen of late, light finally dawned once again upon Marblehead. I suddenly became aware that I had just asked Padre Pio – a soul who in life bore the penetrating pain of the wounds of Christ without relief for fifty years – to nudge the Lord to free me from my pain. What was I thinking?! That awareness was a more painful moment than the pain of any migraine I’ve ever had to bear.
So for now, at least, I’ll have to live with this pain, but I’m no longer depressed about it. Situational depression, I have learned, comes when you expect an outcome other than the one you have. I no longer expect Padre Pio to rescue me from my pain, so I’m no longer depressed. I now see that my relationship with him isn’t going to be based upon being pain free. It’s going to be what it was initially, and what I had allowed to lapse. It’s the example of how he coped with suffering by turning himself over to grace, and by making an offering of what he suffered.
A rescue would sure be nice, but his example is, in the long run, a lot more effective. I know myself. If I awake tomorrow and this pain is gone forever, I will thank Saint Padre Pio. Then just as soon as my next cross comes my way – as I once described in “A Shower of Roses” – I will begin to doubt that Saint Padre Pio had anything to do with my release.
His example, on the other hand, is something I can learn from, and emulate. The truth is that few, if any, of the saints we revere were themselves rescued from what they suffered and endured in this life. We do not seek their intercession because they were rescued. We seek their intercession because they bore all for Christ. They bore their own suffering as though it were a shield of honor.
FOR GREATER GLORY
This was one of Pornchai’s “upside down” questions one night last week. I call them “upside down” questions because as I lay in my bunk reading late at night, his head pops down from the upper bunk so he is upside down as he asks the question. “When people pray to saints,” Pornchai asked last week, “do they really expect a miracle?” I asked for an example, and he said, “Should you or I ask Saint Maximilian Kolbe for a happy ending when he didn’t have one himself?”
I wonder if Pornchai knows how incredibly irritating it is when he stumbles spontaneously upon a spiritual truth that I just spent months working out in my own soul. Pornchai’s insight is true, but it’s an inconvenient truth – inconvenient by Earthly hopes, anyway. The truth about Auschwitz was that all hope for rescue was the first hope to die among any of its occupants. As Maximilian Kolbe lay in that Auschwitz bunker chained to, but outliving, his fellow prisoners being slowly starved to death, did he expect to be rescued?
All available evidence says otherwise. Father Maximilian Kolbe led his fellow sufferers into and through a death that robbed their Nazi persecutors of the power and meaning they intended of that obscene gesture. How ironic would it be for me to now place my hope for rescue from an unjust and uncomfortable imprisonment at the feet of Saint Maximilian Kolbe? Just having such an expectation is more humiliating than prison itself. Devotion to Saint Maximilian Kolbe helps us face prison bravely. It doesn’t deliver us from prison walls, but rather from their power to stifle our souls.
“For Greater Glory” is one of the most stunning and compelling films of this decade. You must not miss it. It’s the historically accurate story of the Cristero War in Mexico in 1926. Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia portrays General Enrique Gorostieta Delarde in a riveting performance as the leader of Mexico’s citizen rebellion against the efforts of a socialist regime to diminish and then eradicate religious liberty and public expressions of Christianity, especially Catholic faith.
“For Greater Glory” is an entirely true account, and portrays well the slippery slope from a government that tramples upon religious freedom to the actual persecution and public executions of priests and devout Catholics. If you think it couldn’t happen here, think again. It couldn’t happen in Mexico either, but it did!
The real star of this film – and I warn you, it will break your heart – is the heroic soul of young Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio, a teen whose commitment to Christ and his faith results in horrible torment and torture. If this film were solely the creation of Hollywood, there would have been a happy ending. Jose would have been rescued to live happily ever after. It isn’t Hollywood, however; it’s real. Jose’s final tortured scream of “Viva Cristo Rey!” is something I will remember forever.
I cried, finally, at the end as I read in the film’s postscript that Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio was beatified as a martyr by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005. Jose’s final “Viva Cristo Rey!” echoes across the century, across all of North America, across the globe, to empower a quest for freedom that can be found only where young Jose found it.
“Viva Cristo Rey!”
When the killing of human beings becomes a pre-meditated methodical policy — put forward as a public good — massive slaughter results, and can be called a “holocaust.”
History puts a face on leaders who considered mass murder a political “good” — leaders like Adolph Hitler of Germany, Mehmet Talaat of Turkey, Pol Pot of Cambodia, Mao of China and Joseph Stalin of Russia.
But what about American leaders responsible for our own ongoing holocaust: abortion? History has yet to put a face to them, but those who value the sanctity of human life are obligated to ferret them out and hold them responsible.
This is the latest in an occasional California Catholic Daily series, “Faces of the American Holocaust,” in which we put faces to those behind the mass murder of innocents in the U.S.
Faces of the American Holocaust – Barack Obama
Read it here: http://cal-catholic.com/wordpress/2012/10/30/faces-of-the-american-holocaust-6/
- Court allows Texas to defund Planned Parenthood
- Graphic Halloween/Horror ‘Obama Nightmare’ Ad Airs in 7 Battleground States
- Mom gives birth to healthy baby after breast cancer treatment
- Catholic hospital may provide abortions after merger
- Obsessed with abortion: Obama campaign drops fifth attack ad
- Man with ‘bionic’ leg to climb Chicago skyscraper
- Abandoned Texas newborn survives chilling overnight temps
- Pregnant Mom Rejects Abortion as She Faces Breast Cancer
- Film on boy’s redemptive struggle with cancer shown at Vatican
- Pro-life activist occupies Ohio early voting center
- Sandra Fluke: Unwanted children are ‘barriers’ to success
|Court allows Texas to defund Planned Parenthood
Posted: 31 Oct 2012 09:55 AM PDT
A federal appeals court has declined a rehearing for Planned Parenthood, which was trying to block Texas’ effort to defund its clinics in the state.
|Graphic Halloween/Horror ‘Obama Nightmare’ Ad Airs in 7 Battleground States
Posted: 31 Oct 2012 09:12 AM PDT
The abortion Nightmare TV ad shows a woman in a nightmare — seeing babies murdered under Obama’s policies — while Obama’s voice intones: “I believe in Roe vs. Wade…I don’t want my daughters punished with a baby.” Horrific images of aborted children fill her nightmare; she wakes in a cold sweat and says: “I can’t vote for Obama again.”
|Mom gives birth to healthy baby after breast cancer treatment
Posted: 31 Oct 2012 07:18 AM PDT
The obstetrician delivered happy news: Meg and Jeff were having a girl. But the levity was short-lived since the next day, her surgeon delivered a difficult prognosis: Meg would have to undergo further surgery – this time, a mastectomy. Then news from her oncologist: four rounds of chemotherapy, all while carrying her daughter in utero.
|Catholic hospital may provide abortions after merger
Posted: 31 Oct 2012 07:16 AM PDT
Faithful Catholics are concerned that abortion may be offered on the campus of Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, New York after it merges with another health care facility.
|Obsessed with abortion: Obama campaign drops fifth attack ad
Posted: 31 Oct 2012 07:14 AM PDT
President Barack Obama has released his fifth campaign commercial attacking Mitt Romney on the issue of abortion.
|Man with ‘bionic’ leg to climb Chicago skyscraper
Posted: 31 Oct 2012 07:11 AM PDT
Zac Vawter lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident. Now the 31-year-old software engineer is a research subject, helping test a trailblazing prosthetic leg that’s controlled by his thoughts.
|Abandoned Texas newborn survives chilling overnight temps
Posted: 31 Oct 2012 07:09 AM PDT
A newborn boy has survived being stuffed in a handbag and abandoned near a Central Texas home on a night when temperatures dipped into the 40s.
|Pregnant Mom Rejects Abortion as She Faces Breast Cancer
Posted: 31 Oct 2012 05:00 AM PDT
A local newspaper in Georgia carries the moving story about a mom who rejected abortion when confronted at 12 weeks of pregnancy with the news that she had breast cancer. Meg Booth, 38, found both the pregnancy and breast cancer unexpected.
|Film on boy’s redemptive struggle with cancer shown at Vatican
Posted: 31 Oct 2012 02:00 AM PDT
A new movie based on the real-life story of a 15-year-old boy who became a source of joy to those around him – despite dying from cancer – recently debuted at the Vatican.
|Pro-life activist occupies Ohio early voting center
Posted: 31 Oct 2012 02:00 AM PDT
Pro-life activist Richard Justman became more and more disturbed to see only Democrats show up in force after a Columbus, Ohio, Early Voting Center opened for business near his home on October 2.
|Sandra Fluke: Unwanted children are ‘barriers’ to success
Posted: 31 Oct 2012 02:00 AM PDT
Pro-contraception activist Sandra Fluke, on a speaking tour for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, continues to parrot the Obama administration’s party line that children are one of the biggest roadblocks to women’s success.
November 1, 2012 (Deu 30:19) I call heaven and earth to witness this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose therefore life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
VIDEO: The Miracle of Life
VIA Reader: The Empty Chair by Dr. Rebecca Peck, MD, Marquette NFP Instructor
At a recent Stand Up for Freedom rally, I placed an empty chair by my podium as I spoke to the energized crowd. Perhaps they thought I was referring to Clint Eastwood’s skit during the RNC. I explained that I had a story to tell and we travelled back in time to 1965, when a young college student was raped by a man she barely knew. Her doctor was Catholic too and instead of recommending an abortion, he thankfully directed her to Catholic Charities, which found a loving, older couple to adopt the child. The baby grew up with much love, went on to medical school where she met her husband. They now operate a pro-life family practice and are blessed to have 6 beautiful children.
I then asked the crowd to imagine what would happen if this story occurred in the year 2014, when “ObamaCare” was fully implemented. The young woman would probably be strongly encouraged to take one of the morning after pills, provided to her at no cost. If that did not kill the new young life, she would be offered an elective abortion, also free, paid for by insurance premiums of participating members (i.e. us). If somehow the young woman resisted the morning-after pills and the free elective abortion, she would be hard pressed to find a Catholic Charities that was still operating. You see, the HHS mandate by this point would have forced Catholic Charities out of business.
I then reminded the gathering about the empty chair. If this Culture of Death, which typifies the new health care law was in effect when this young woman was raped, you would be looking at that empty chair, for her story is MY story – the story of my conception. And I asked the crowd how many empty chairs are among us today? How many lives have been extinguished by the horror of abortion? How many husbands would not have their wives, how many children would not have their mothers, how many patients would not have their doctors. Let us not tolerate this Culture of Death any longer. Let us vote to uphold the sanctity of each and every life.
Dr. Rebecca Peck, MD, CCD, ABFM, Marquette NFP Instructor
Pecks Family Practice, PLC
1688 W Granada Blvd, Ste 2A Ormond Beach, FL 32174
EXCERPT CRISIS MAGAZINE: It’s About Contraception
Inwardly, religiously, we understand ourselves to be engaged in a cosmic battle between the forces of life and love on the one hand, and death and destruction on the other. Jesus has rescued us from death. Now our mission is to “make a return,” by fostering a culture of life and building a civilization of love. That’s the over-arching purpose of our lives; we strive to make it the theme of all our individual acts.
The first principle of that program, laid down by St. Augustine (and Hippocrates before him), is “Do no harm.” We can’t do good by committing evil. No matter how noble our goal, it’s not okay to hurt persons as a means of achieving it. We can’t collude with wrong; we can’t subsidize the objectification of women and other injuries to the dignity of persons; we can’t facilitate the killing of innocents; we can’t betray our central vocation.
When the federal government uses the force of law to mandate that Catholic institutions and businesses provide birth control and sterilizations and abortifacient drugs to their employees, it is, in effect, seeking to conscript the Church into the service of the culture of death as a condition of our participation in society. It is no side issue. It is no glancing blow. It is a stake aimed at the very heart of Catholic life.
If we are serious about our mission and identity as Catholics, we must stand against this evil much more forcefully than we have up to now. The time is very short.
Thoughts and Sayings of Saint Margaret Mary: Love of God
13. Why do we not burn with the divine fire which He has come to enkindle on earth! We ought ot be consumed therein. To love and be consumed by this sacred fire will be my constant endeavor.
WEEKLY FEATURED PROGRAM
All Saints Day Marathon Includes New Patron for Married Couples
Also This Week, The Dogma of Purgatory Explained
By Michelle Laque Johnson
We are so blessed as Catholics to know that we have friends in heaven, including our loved ones, to whom we can converse and pray! This is especially comforting to those of us who have lost someone dear to us. Many other Christians do not believe this – and that makes the grief they feel after losing a loved one even more terrible. That’s also why we, as Catholics, should shout our belief in the Communion of Saints from the rooftops – and why we should take great joy in celebrating our friends in heaven on Nov. 1, All Saints Day, and our friends in purgatory on Nov. 2, All Souls Day.
EWTN’s All Saints Day Marathon offers viewers a fabulous way to do just that. Below is our lineup, which includes a brand new saint-to-be for married couples: Blessed Elizabeth Canori Mora. Bob and Penny Lord do a wonderful job of sharing her life with you. Don’t miss “Super Saints” at 1:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, Nov. 1.
Here’s the rest of our inspiring lineup: (Unless otherwise noted, all programs air on Thursday, Nov. 1.)
SAINT GIANNA BERETTA MOLLA: A MODERN DAY HERO OF DIVINE LOVE: Covers her parents’ background, her childhood in Italy in the 1930’s, and later her role as a physician, wife and mother. Airs 1:30 a.m. ET.
SAINT MARIANA OF JESUS: Priests and religious offer their insights on the life of this Ecuadorean mystic, who was blessed with many spiritual gifts and graces. Airs 2 a.m. ET.
THE CROWN OF THE AVENTINE: Father Allan White, OP gives an in-depth tour of the Basilica of Santa Sabina, the Dominican Mother House in Rome, and speaks of its connection with the order’s founder, St. Dominic, as well as its place in the spiritual lives of saints past and present. Airs 3 a.m. ET.
ST. BERNADETTE OF LOURDES: A cast of more than 160 Catholic children tell the story of this poor, humble, 14-year-old girl from a village in the south of France, whose visions in 1858 of a “Beautiful Lady” would forever change the lives of countless people. Airs 3:30 a.m. ET.
NARCISA DE JESUS: Explores the life and spirituality of this laywoman, who lived a life of intense prayer, austerity, and mortification. Airs 6:30 a.m. ET.
ALL SAINTS MASS FROM EWTN: The Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word celebrate the Mass of All Saints, from Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Irondale, Ala. Airs live at 8 a.m. ET, with an encore at 6:30 p.m. ET.
LA NOTTE DEL PROFETA: (The Night of the Prophet): The life story of Padre Pio de Pietrelcina, the priest who received the stigmata early in his priesthood and bore the wounds for 50 years. A reporter travels to San Giovani Rotondo and interviews those who were closest to him. Airs 10 a.m. ET.
SOLEMN MASS OF ALL SAINTS: From the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Airs 12 p.m. ET (noon), with an encore at midnight ET.
ST. EDMUND CAMPION: Learn of the life, mission and death of this English Jesuit and martyr. Follow the journey of a man with a mission to minister to the persecuted Catholics of Elizabethan England. Airs 2 p.m. ET.
ALL SAINTS CELEBRATION WITH FR. FOX & FRIENDS: Father Robert Fox celebrates the Feast of All Saints Day, by discussing the lives of various saints with children dressed up as their favorite saint. Airs 5 p.m. ET.
AN UNCOMMON KINDNESS: THE FATHER DAMIEN STORY: The life and mission of the famous “leper priest.” on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. This saint, known as a “martyr of charity,” would later die of this same disease. Airs 5:30 p.m. ET.
OUR LADY OF FATIMA: A history of Our Lady’s appearances to three poor shepherd children in Fatima, and the messages of prayer and penance for the salvation of souls which the six apparitions stressed. Filmed on location in Portugal. Airs 11 p.m. ET.
GIVING GOD THE LOVE WE SHOULD: Why the Church believes Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary is one of the most important ways to fulfill your life’s purpose, which is to become a saint! Airs 3 a.m. ET, Friday, Nov. 2.
ALL SOULS MASS FROM EWTN: The Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word celebrate The Mass of All Souls from Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Irondale, Ala. Airs live at 8 a.m. ET, Friday, Nov. 2, with encores at noon ET, 6:30 p.m. ET, and midnight ET.
PURGATORY: THE DOGMA EXPLORED (Mary and Purgatory): Our Lady’s role is to help encourage Christ’s work as an associate of Christ. As our Mother, she is a constant link between the Communion of Saints, the Triumphant in Heaven, the Church Militant on earth and the Suffering Church in Purgatory. Airs 1:30 p.m. ET, Friday, Nov. 2.
BAKHITA: Born into poverty, sold into slavery, abused, isolated, treated as property. This was the life of Josephine Bakhita. But hers is also a story of hope, which shows how the power of love and God’s grace prevail. Witness the life of a slave who would become a Catholic, a nun and a saint of the Church. Part 1 airs 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, Nov. 3 and 2 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Nov. 7. Part 2 airs 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, Nov. 10 and 2 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Nov. 14.
God bless Family!
With both parents working and the harried lifestyle that invariably follows when mom heads off to work every day, the question arises: Who is minding the children? Enter Planned Parenthood, pushing wheelbarrows of money provided to it by the federal government—money derived from the toil of those parents who are struggling to provide the best life they can for their children.
Planned Parenthood is using this money to partner with school districts in its disgusting “comprehensive” sex education programs, banking on the fact that parents are too busy making a living to do a thorough examination of what their children are being taught at school. One of those programs is TOP (Teen Outreach Program), which is spreading throughout the nation at an alarming rate.
Obamacare is funneling $75 million annually into a cesspool referred to as PREP education (Personal Responsibility Education Program), which must be used exclusively for Planned Parenthood-style “comprehensive” sex ed programs. More than one-fourth of the funds—$20 million—has been awarded to a coalition of six Planned Parenthood affiliates, operating under the name Northwest Coalition for Adolescent Health, to implement the TOP program across Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska at over 50 sites. We reported on the TOP program in Oregon schools recently, where Planned Parenthood is paying children cash incentives to participate.
A Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services document says Wyman’s TOP™ is in over 400 organizations and schools in the United States, Virgin Islands, and the United Kingdom.
The TOP program claims to have gone through rigorous evaluation and is pushed using statistics and grants that entice school districts to say “yes” without even looking at the full program.
The claims about TOP from the Planned Parenthood of Columbia Willamette website include these results:
• 53 percent reduction in the risk of teen pregnancy or fathering a child
• 52 percent reduction in the risk of school suspension
• 60 percent reduction in the risk of course failure
Those statistics are provided by a 2001 report from Susan Philliber, of Philliber Research Associates, who is tied to Planned Parenthood through other evaluation projects. (Note: $6.5 million of the PREP money is set aside for such demonstration and evaluations.) She is also tied to Planned Parenthood through evaluation of the disgusting “Bedsider” program, which we discuss in more detail here. According to Philliber’s website, her company is “often sought as a trainer to conduct workshops on ‘what works’ in teen pregnancy prevention or to train programs to evaluate their work.”
A report by the Promising Practices Network regarding the evaluation methods of Philliber, et al., calls into question the reliability of the statistics being used to promote TOP.
Planned Parenthood sex education feeds its abortion, contraception, and STD treatment business. Its sex programs are really the incarnation of its secular humanist plan to steal the innocence of our children, divide families by driving a wedge between parents and children at a very early age, and get kids hooked on sex, using the hard-earned money of their parents to do so.
Parents, grandparents, pastors, and all those who care about children and the survival of our society: Today is the day to go to the local school—be it public or private—and do a thorough investigation about what your children are being taught about human sexuality in all courses across the curriculum. What you find could be the key to saving hundreds of thousands of children from lives of sexual enslavement that prevents them from finding and living God’s plan for their lives.
Jim Sedlak points out in a recent article the threat posed by these school-based programs and the steps parents should take to oust them:
• Investigate what is happening in YOUR school.
• Document any problems you find.
• Alert other parents to the problems.
• Meet with school officials to get the problems out.
• If the school officials refuse to listen, take your complaints to the school board.
• Conduct a peaceful, respectful campaign until the problems are gone.
For specific instructions, read Jim’s book Parent Power!! which is available online at no cost.
Recently, we reported a huge victory in Houston, where we have been working with parents and other concerned citizens to oust It’s Your Game: Keep it Real—another government funded program.
Please e-mail us at email@example.com if you need help in fighting Planned Parenthood in your local schools.