Tuesday, August 31, 2010

How to answer that argument about choice

Father Pavone says it best:

.... even though many will suggest pro-lifers "agree to disagree" with pro-choicers, "abortion is not about beliefs; it's about bloodshed. It's not about viewpoints, it's about victims."

h/t Jill Stanek

Comment Policy

I am upfront in this blog with who I am and what I believe in. The least I would expect of any commenters is that they can at least sign their name to the comments they post. No anonymous comments will be posted. If you don't have the courage to tell me who you are, then I have the right not to post what you have to say.

Further update: Anonymous commented again that I only post comments that are in agreement with me; if he/she had read more of the blog, they would realise that is not true. I do post comments that I do not agree with.

However, I will NOT post comments from anyone who does not have the courage to sign their name PERIOD.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Exhausted Granny

I am at my daughter's house in Ontario, wearing my granny hat. Elena, whose blog is
Swimming Upstream just had baby #5. At 3:30 this afternoon, Isaac David made his appearance in the world, joining his three brothers and one sister.

I truly don't know how my two daughters (Elena and her sister Rebecca - blog What I Really Meant to Say)manage without much outside help; both have full and busy households with four young children. The energy level of these children is HIGH! They can keep going and going and not much seems to exhaust them.

Last night, Dave and Elena left for the hospital and I was alone in the house with the sleeping children and Sammy, the big golden retriever. Thank goodness, once they are asleep, they stay that way and, aside from Ben falling out of his bed and having to be replaced, nothing else happened during the night. The morning was busy, with breakfast, puzzles in the paper, games in the yard, some television so that I could prepare lunch. Then I promised them we would go swimming, because summer has returned with a vengeance and it was 33 degrees and sunny. With a beautiful lake and beach closeby, swimming is the order of the day. But Dave had taken the van. He thought he would be back in the morning, since Elena has quick labours, but this was not the same as the other deliveries. This one started and then stopped, so Dave didn't return by morning and I was left with four kids, one Toyota rental car, and two booster seats.

Well, you do what you gotta do and I packed the kids into the car, with the youngest in the booster seat in the middle, flanked by his sister and the second youngest boy. Then Jacob, the oldest and tallest, sat in front with me. But we also had to bring the rubber dinghy which is such fun at the beach. It didn't fit in the trunk, but I shoved it in the back in front of the kids, reasoning that it could count as an air bag and would also hide these small passengers from any passing policemen.

We took the least travelled roads to the beach, and out we got. Two hours of swimming, plus time on the monkey bars at the neighbouring playground, and a requisite ice cream cone on the way home still did not tire out these children. Once home, they played in the back yard, while I prepared dinner. I had planned spaghetti carbonara and took out the bacon and was boiling water to skin the tomatoes, when I thought "why? they will never appreciate this, and probably won't eat it" so hot dogs and hamburgers became the dinner menu. Along with some leftover bean salad from the day before, I had all their food groups covered.

Joe, the youngest, said "I'm not eating that" when I put a teaspoon of bean salad on his plate. So I stood my ground and said "no hot dog then". I insisted he eat the three pieces of bean salad if he wanted a hot dog, and he proceeded to squish the beans and said "they are squished now". So I took a fork and brought the stuff to his mouth. He spat it out, the hot dog was removed further from his plate and he was told he had to eat those chick peas that were now put on his plate. Seeing everyone else eating hot dogs, he ate the chick peas, we all cheered and he got his hot dog. Ben, to his left, had eaten the bean salad fast and was eating the hot dog, but somehow managed not to eat the meat. He had it in his hand, and the bun was gone with plenty of ketchup on it. He offered his hot dog to Joe who took it with delight but wanted a bun. At the exact same time, Ben got down and was playing with a scarf which he swung, it caught Hannah's water glass and spilled it over her plate. She managed to save the hot dog but the bun got soaked. Resisting the urge to get mad at Ben for swinging a scarf so close to the table, I thought "why not make the best of this" and I offered the soaked bun to Joe. Hannah said "but it's wet!" and I said "he probably doesn't know that". So she gave him the bun. He was thrilled, pushed his hot dog down into it, got ready to eat. Hannah, Jacob and I were all holding back our guffaws at this point, and then Joe said loudly "but it's wet". We all laughed out loud, at which Joe put the hot dog, bun and all in his mouth and ate it with a big grin.

There followed a sprinkler session to cool the kids down, which turned into a water fight, which got threats of "no more sprinkler!" and that resulted in a grass fight, which somehow became extremely dirty. All the kids were filthy within a matter of minutes and had to be all removed immediately and put in the shower, one after the other. This was followed by ice cream cones and TV, which gave me the chance to vacuum and clean up the mess in the house. All of this took place within a one-hour-time slot.

All I could think was that I can't keep this up for a week, I'll be dead! But mom is returning home tomorrow, and Dad will be here by morning to get the troops back in line. I know they are taking advantage of grandma and why not? such fun to carry on so and get away with it.

They are delightful characters, full of life and fun. They may tire this grandmother out, but I wouldn't have it any other way. In the end, they do listen and they are not hard to discipline. It is just when they work in a pack, as they did today, they can be lethal. No wonder the statement - Divide and conquer.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I Like America

From the first time I visited the US at the age of 12, I have always had a soft spot for the US. Every time I cross the border into the US, I get an odd sense of elation at being in that country.

The past two days, I have spent driving through the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and a tiny bit of New York, en route to Ontario. Having driven the trip from Halifax Nova Scotia to Ottawa a zillion times, I am totally bored by the scenery of New Brunswick and Quebec, so this time I opted to go the US route. Of course, what makes that Canadian trip so boring is the fact that the TransCanada Hwy now shortens the length of the trip by making it completely uniform. Double lane highways passing through miles and miles of forest. Not much else. The US trip can be taken via Highway 2 which you pick up at Bangor and continue until New York state. Very slow going, but lots of scenery and a slice of American life.

Americans are friendly first off. Once you cross over the border into the US, people say hello to you as you pass on the street. This rarely happens in Canada. And there are so many more people. Ten times as many in fact. So that makes for a lot of people, a lot of traffic compared to Canada, and a lot more restaurants, hotels, businesses, what have you.

But what struck me most was the truth of something Glenn Beck said on Fox TV last night (another nice feature of traveling is getting to view Fox TV). Beck said that America is the greatest free country in the world. An arrogant statement but it is true. What other country gives it citizens so much freedom? Where else in the world could you live and have the kind of freedoms that Americans have? I can't think of a single country that has that size of population and still manages to give its citizens so much personal freedom. This is a remarkable achievement.

I have to agree with Beck, that the United States is the experiment in political freedom that has worked. I hope and pray that the American citizens fight like hell to maintain that freedom.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Why I am Catholic and remaining so

Cradle Catholic - the term used for those born into Catholic families, baptised Catholic and remaining so. That would describe me and I thought I should perhaps give some kind of written account of that.

Born to an Irish Catholic immigrant, who married an English woman (granddaughter of a Baptist minister) who converted to Catholicism when she married, I never questioned being a Catholic. I had no problem with it. Of course, I was a child in the 50's and rebellion was not the norm then. So, by the time the late 60's rolled around, I was in my late teens and still not rebelling.

I had always been comfortable in the church and comfortable professing my Catholic faith. And I can say that I was very fortunate (blessed would be a better word) at having a personal experience of Jesus Christ at the age of eighteen. In Protestant terminology, I "got saved" or "accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour" - the latter being a much more accurate description of what happened.

I don't hold though with "being saved" once for all; even St. Paul says

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12-18)

I do believe that, at some point, we have a choice to make, whether or not we accept God's revelation of Himself in His son Jesus, but making that choice certainly does not ensure eternal bliss in heaven. Faith and works go hand in hand; faith that does not manifest itself in a transformed life is dead. I am sure there is tons written on this subject, and I am not going to venture to add anything to that vast library of insight.

But remaining Catholic? I will readily admit there are many problems with the Catholic Church and sometimes, many Protestant churches look a whole lot more appealing. So why do I stay in the Catholic church? Well, it's that incredibly important fact that, as a Catholic, I really do believe that that piece of bread on the altar becomes the Body of Christ and that wine really does become His blood. So how could I forsake that for any other church, because they don't have that?

No matter what else goes on in the Church, that reality is central for me and probably for most Catholics who remain Catholic (at least if they have thought about it).

Sometimes, it is difficult to defend being Catholic, and these days one does feel on the defensive. I love the way Protestants know the Scriptures; they put us to shame. I wish Catholics realised how incredibly important reading the Bible was. But it is not stressed in our churches. Perhaps because every daily Mass has quite a lot of Scripture in it, with the epistle, the gospel, a psalm and sometimes a second reading from the Old Testament as well. Offering Bible studies is something that Catholics would do well to learn from our Protestant brethren.

Last night, someone said to me that he read "you know you are in the right church, when you can look around and see the whole gamut of society there". That resounded with me. I go to daily Mass at St. Mary's Basilica in Halifax and the 5:15 pm Mass is a hodge-podge of people. From Keith with his loud out-of-tune singing and vigorous responses, to the man from the Nova Scotia hospital who genuflects to the north, south, east and west while crossing himself multiple times, to the aboriginal woman who has only one dress and no teeth but kneels reverently through Mass without ever once receiving Communion, to the ex-military man who gets visibly upset when anyone does anything out of line. The entire cross-section of our crazy world is there, from the poorest of the poor to the university professor to the retired doctor to the middle-aged housewife to the Chinese university student, there is no escaping all those people you would never choose to share any experience with. But there we are at Mass and that is what makes my Church truly Catholic - we all become one, everyone is accepted, there is no homogeneity in this congregation. We have an African family at some masses with their three noisy children, a Korean woman who is so incredibly genteel, a blind woman who feels her way back to her pew by counting the wooden posts, a Chinese woman with her four lovely children, on Saturdays we have two of the shortest women in Halifax - one black, one white. All belong here, all can enter here and take the front row. This Church is home to them all.

And that is what makes it home for me as well.

Thanks to Bruce for his insightful remark.

Parents Plan to Sue for "Wrongful Birth"

A Melbourne couple plan to sue the hospital and doctors who did not diagnose their now four-year-old daughter with Down syndrome in utero. They say, if they had known, they would have aborted the child.

article from www.familyandlife.org

Four years old! so why did they not simply give her up for adoption at birth?

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Obama reveals his ignorance

President Obama has endorsed the building of a giant mosque right next to Ground Zero, where 3000 people lost their lives because of Islamic terrorists.

Globe and Mail article

Remember that this is the same man who no longer uses the word "terrorism" when speaking of the crimes committed on the West by people with Arabic sounding names. Obama thinks that he (or we) can "work through everything". Either this man is a total ignoramus of historical facts, or he really does support Islamic terrorism. Because you can't say what he does without being one or the other. Not to mention the total disregard for those who lost loved ones in 9-11.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Exposing Canadian Law

They are beginning to look foolish. Linda Gibbons' lawyer, Daniel Santoro, made the claim in court that

the Crown has abused the legal system by deliberately circumventing a legal challenge against the “temporary” injunction Gibbons is accused of violating....
The judge replied that the allegation was “horrible,” and asked how they could justify it. “Because nothing has happened [in the civil court] in 16 years,” Santoro responded.

Charles Lewis, the reporter who wrote a full page article on Linda Gibbons in the National Post last week, was present all day in court. This is the first time, I believe, that a well-known journalist has taken such a prolonged interest in Linda's case. And his reporting of what is going on is making the legal system and the courts of Canada look ridiculous.

Perhaps that is what it will take to expose what they have been doing to Linda for 16 years. As Santoro said to Lewis, they "have used the criminal process as a strategy to avoid an inquest on the civil side." Santoro requested that the Crown's internal documents be assessed, in order to see if there has been such a strategy underfoot in this case. This is what angered the judge, but if they have nothing to hide, then let us find that out. I suspect there is plenty that has been hidden in the case of Linda Gibbons.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Michael Coren ... at his best

The deconstruction of marriage began, of course, not with the Gay community asking for the right to marry but with the heterosexual world rejecting it. The term “common-law marriage” said it all. Marriage is many things but it is never common.

Read it all California Hates Democracy

Monday, August 9, 2010

News on Father Francis Martin

Father Francis' news

This link is getting the latest updates; Father Francis seems to be rallying, tears came to my eyes when I read that he was clutching his scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

It was only a matter of time .....

Polygamist Reality Show

Once marriage is opened to same sex couples, there really is no stopping polygamy either.

For the detrimental effects of polygamy, read Tapestry Against Polygamy

Friday, August 6, 2010

Mosque at Ground Zero

Love this line:
"everybody's falling for this notion that there's Muslim outreach going on; this is not Muslim outreach, they're planting their flag of victory with this mosque, that's what they're doing. Opening a mosque at Ground Zero? That says we won! that's what's going on here."

Every day, I notice more and more Muslims in my own small city of Halifax. And I see more burqas, more women hidden from the world by the kind of rules that existed in the Middle Ages. And no one says a thing. Everyone is being so tolerant. Don't they realise that the growing number of Muslims in our culture will inevitably lead to those same Muslims demanding their own system of justice, which is sharia?

And then I will be told that moderate Muslims aren't like that, and the majority of Muslims are moderate. To which I reply, why aren't those moderates condemning the acts of the extreme members of Islam? because, except for a few, they aren't. And that is totally frightening.

h/t Five Feet of Fury

A must read column by David Warren Cordoba Blues

Prayers Requested for Father Francis Martin

My brother emailed me this morning to let me know that Fr. Francis Martin had suffered a massive heart attack in Copenhagen airport and is in hospital, unconscious and on a ventilator.

Father Francis was my spiritual director from 1967, when I first visited Madonna House Apostolate in Combermere, Ontario, until 1973 when I married my husband Nick. He was my spiritual father, leading me to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and guiding me through some very turbulent years. He cared for me through my parents' marital breakup, my father's terminal illness, my mother's mental breakdown, and finally through my discernment of vocation.

Father Francis was a poustinik (Russian word for hermit who prays) at Madonna House, having come there after fifteen or so years with the Trappist monastery in Virginia. A Bible scholar, he had taught himself the Biblical languages so that he could read the Bible in its original wording, and his latest teaching was at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception. Many people were intimidated by Father Francis' learning, but once you got to talk to him, you felt right at home with this man who was humble and kind and oh so gentle!

I owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Please join me in prayer for his recovery or a holy death, whatever is God's will for him.

h/t American Papist

Innocuous Bill? NOT!

From the August newsletter of Campaign Life Coalition:

It sounds innocuous enough, but Bill C-232, if it passes the Senate, will require that all future Supreme Court of Canada justices be fully bilingual. The problem is that this could have a radicalizing effect on the top court by making it more likely that lawyers and judges from Quebec, or those who had their legal training in Quebec, will be appointed to the Supreme Court. We don't need to remind you that Quebec is the most secular, anti-life, anti-family province in Canada. If C-232 passes, it will, in effect, radicalize the Supreme Court even more than it is already, toward an even more anti-life and anti-religion ideology. C-232 also means that Supreme Court judges - who are appointed for life - will no longer be appointed based on merit, but rather the ability to speak both French and English. Many top judges have been unilingual without a detrimental effect on the ability to hear and understand cases (proceedings are tranlsated simultaneously). We are concerned that if more Quebec jurists are picked, that province's radicalism will be even more influential on this country. It was, after all, Quebec courts that initially turned a blind eye to Henry Morgentaler's illegal abortion mills and legalized swinger clubs. The province is now at the cultural vanguard to tolerate and accept euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. More than elsewhere in the country, Quebec is pushing religion out of the public square. We cannot permit a simple sounding procedural change to be the wedge that permits this kind of socially liberal thinking to take hold of the Supreme Court. Please contact Canda's senators and ask them to vote against this Bill which passed in the House of Commons on March 31 by a narrow margin, 140-137.

I am fed up by the demands of Quebec for a bilingual country. That time is over, they aren't even reproducing in sufficient numbers to give credence to their demands. In two generations, Quebec as a Francophone province will cease to exist. They have no right to make the demands that they do, since they don't care enough about Canada to make any new Canadians.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

At Long Last

Finally, a mainstream journalist has written about Linda Gibbons, the pro-life veteran who has spent more than 8 of the past 16 years in jail.

Charles Lewis' article in National Post

Please read the article, Lewis fairly gives the pro-choice objections to Linda's protest.

And drop Lewis an email, he deserves to be thanked for making this issue public. Emails to other journalists have netted nothing, I am very glad to know that he was willing to tackle this thorny topic.

Charles Lewis' email: clewis@nationalpost.com

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sharia Law - No Way!

Check out this video on Deborah Gyapong's site - important stuff of which we need to be very aware.

The case in Minnesota where a blind student was exempted from a course and given credit without attending because his seeing-eye dog offended Muslim students. Now the fact that the college didn't have the nerve to say, "under the Americans With Disability Act, the blind student stays and if you want to leave, that's your prerogative."
And if you want to know what appeasement is like in America and if you want to know why this is a problem here at home, this is the kind of stuff that is going on, because no body in our secular elites is willing to stand up and defend western civilization against the routine, steady erosion.

h/t Deborah Gyapong

Perfect Disguise for a Criminal

When France was considering banning the burqa, I wrote that a burqa was a perfect disguise for criminals. But apparently, airline officials don't think so.

Lifting the Veil on Airport Security

A British traveler noticed that two women in burqas were not required to lift their veils to identify themselves: he videotaped the incident. For his trouble, a threatened lawsuit was made against him by Air Canada. Apparently, the airline is only concerned with people carrying metal on their persons, not with identity switches. Somehow this doesn't make me feel comfortable with flying. If the rest of us have to submit to removing our shoes, having a full body scan, then why aren't Muslim women asked to lift their veils?

Lawyer David Harris of INSIGNIS Strategic Research says Canadians should be concerned about what he deems preferential treatment.

“Full veiling has been a boon for those participating in criminal and terrorist operations,” Harris said pointing to the story of Mustaf Jama.

Jama, a Somali national with a long criminal record, was wanted in Britain for the 2006 murder of police constable Sharon Beshenivsky. As police closed in to arrest the career criminal, Jama was able to escape back to Somalia by wearing a full veil and boarding a flight at Heathrow airport.

I was tempted to dub this post Bringing in Your Slaves Hassle-Free.

h/t Blazing Cat Fur

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Inclusive Church

"Do you practice your faith?
Do you go to Mass on Sunday, confess your sins regularly, accept Church teaching?
Imagine that your answer to the question is no, in whole or in part. Once that would have called into question your right to call yourself a Catholic. But most Catholics would answer my question negatively now. That would have been unimaginable a half century ago. A Church made up of Catholics who do not accept Catholicism is, to put it mildly, in a state of decline. Imagine what it would be like if most members of the American Society of Chemists rejected the periodic table of elements."
- The Red Hat, by Ralph McInerny

The word Christian can be easily substituted for every use of the word Catholic in the above quote. The conclusion would still be the same.

For those who think that Christian churches should be inclusive (i.e. accept gay rights, same sex marriage, homosexuality, abortion, sexual promiscuity), I would say certainly, Jesus Christ was inclusive. Jesus included everyone in the plan of salvation, but that plan requires repentance for sin and following in the Master's directions. Inclusiveness does not mean one is included regardless of behaviour or beliefs. Jesus was actually rather strict about those kinds of things.

But, yes salvation is definitely inclusive. But it requires something of those being saved.