Saturday, December 28, 2013

Feast of the Holy Innocents


Today is the feast of the Holy Innocents, the day set aside to commemorate the first martyrs of the Christian faith. In a homily earlier this week, the priest said that it is estimated that approximately 28 children were slaughtered in Herod's pogram to eliminate the threat posed by a new king.

Surely the aborted are the holy innocents of our day. Some mention should have been made of their brief lives in today's homily, but once again, the issue of abortion is simply not on the radar of most clergy. Any mention of victims of violence only includes those who have already been born. Once again, this deprives those in the womb of their status as persons, if they don't even get mentioned along with other victims of abuse.

While in England a few weeks ago, I had a brief phone conversation with Robert Colquhoun who began the 40 Days vigil in London about 5 years ago. Robert is a very charismatic young man who has enough chutzpah to start these prayer vigils in England, a place where people said it simply wouldn't work because it was too "American".  Well, England now has 9 prayer vigils, 7 outside of abortion clinics (Marie Stopes) and 2 outside of hospitals. Their health care system is similar to ours here in Canada; abortions are paid for by the state, and there really is no deterrent to someone's getting an abortion regardless of the stage of pregnancy.

Robert has proven the nay-sayers wrong; the vigil has taken off very well in England, it seems to be even more lively than our vigils here in Canada.

One thing that Robert told me is that his plan is to organize pro-life education retreat days for the clergy in the new year. He realises that the clergy are sadly uninformed on the issue of abortion, and I am anxious to see how this goes. Like so many other pro-life leaders, Robert knows that we must get the clergy on board if we want to see the laity come out in good numbers.

While in England, one thing I did notice at the church I attended on Sunday morning, was the great numbers of Africans present. The church had three Irish priests listed on the bulletin, but Mass was said by an African, there were 13 altar servers - 12 of whom were African, and half the congregation was African. I have heard that the Catholic church is growing in England, while the Anglican church is shrinking. And it would seem that the growth is coming from immigration, both from Africa and from the Phillipines.

Also, we knelt from the Sanctus until the Our Father. Here in Halifax, we have been told to stand immediately after the Consecration and to remain standing, even after receiving Holy Communion. None of that nonsense went on in London, England and it was like a breath of fresh air.






Saturday, December 21, 2013

Duck Dynasty and a moment of truth for believers


Okay, so the patriarch of Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson offended many people with his remarks made in a GQ interview. And the network A&E suspended Phil from the show until further notice.

As many have stated, Robertson has a constitutional right to free speech, but that does not mean he has a constitutional right to have a reality tv show.  And A&E do have the right to suspend him, even fire him, if they don't like what he has said.

What bothers me is that even Christians are apologizing for Robertson's remarks. Saying things like he was crude and could have said things differently, that he could have said it is his belief that homosexual behaviour is wrong, that he went too far in condemning such behaviour as sinful.

I think this controversy will be very good for separating the sheep from the goats. When Phil made his statement that homosexuals, liars, thieves, would not inherit the kingdom of heaven, he was simply paraphrasing St. Paul in the epistle of First Corinthians.

Do not be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. I Corinthians 6:9-10

Even Bill O'Reilly said that Phil was not speaking the Christian message which is that Jesus told us not to judge. I think O'Reilly must be awfully young in his Catholic faith if he has not yet read St. Paul.

There is no avoiding the fact that Jesus did say not to judge, but what everyone conveniently forgets to say after that is that Jesus told the woman caught in adultery to "go and sin no more". 

Do not judge the sinner, but do judge the sin.

Christians are supposed to judge sinful behaviour; the Christian world view is not tolerant of everything; in fact, it is quite intolerant of many things.

What we are discovering is that most Christians want to be seen as tolerant by the rest of the world. Truly espousing the Christian belief system will not make you popular. In fact, we were told to expect persecution.

So, Phil Robertson didn't do or say anything that should not be expected from any Christian in a similar circumstance. I think what we are seeing is a whole lot of Christians who are running scared when they have to acknowledge publicly that Christianity does in fact condemn homosexual behaviour, just as it condemns any sexual immorality.

It really is time to draw the line and stand on one or the other side of it. You can't remain in the middle if you are a true Christian.






Friday, December 20, 2013

Concerns about this pope

I have deliberately refrained from posting anything about Pope Francis. I have been waiting and watching, and will continue to do so until I am more certain about this new pope.

I find that Michael Coren, a Sun News Network host, is very sensible on these kind of issues and he has just released a new book The Future of Catholicism. He was asked by Random House to write this, when Pope Francis took office.

Coren states that we are not to worry, that doctrines of the Catholic faith cannot be changed even if they are presented in a different way by a new pope.

... there are certain aspects of Catholicism that not only will not but cannot change. The moral and Scriptural teaching of Catholicism is precisely that, and morality and Scriptural truth, Biblical teaching, and early Church history do not change.
Coren thinks that Pope Francis is moving the conversation a little, "that if we are to be heard we should not compromise, but we should approach others more empathetically, more graciously and more gracefully."

The Church of the future will be a different colour, have its heartland in different places, face greater persecution, and resemble its earliest ages rather than its middle ages. Once again, this will not be comfortable to everybody.

Coren also states:
The pope has obviously beguiled the media, and for the moment, they adore him. I predict that the honeymoon will not last. He has also, however, rattled a few serious and devout Catholic out of their comfort zones.
I hope that he is right. About the honeymoon, that is.

However, a recent development has me concerned. The Canadian publication Catholic Insight arrived in the mail today. At the back is a synopsis of recent events in the church around the world.
The first item is from the Vatican and is about Cardinal Raymond Burke and his outspoken words on the homosexual agenda. Cardinal Burke is a personal favourite of mine, he is a man who does not mince words, and I was secretly hoping that he would be elected pope.

In September he spoke about the deceit of some activists who are pursuing a radical homosexual agenda. The cardinal said, "The alarming rapidity of the realization of the homosexual agenda ought to awaken all of us and frighten us with regard to the future of the American nation. This is a work of deceit, a lie about the most fundamental aspect of our human nature, our human sexuality, which after life itself defines us. There is only one place these types of lies come from, namely Satan. It is a diabolical situation which is aimed at destroying individuals, families, and eventually our nation."  - Catholic Insight, Dec. 2013, Vol 21, No 11

This week, Cardinal Burke was removed from the Pope's Congregation for Bishops. He has been replaced by another US cardinal, Cardinal Weurl who does not favour denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians, something for which Cardinal Burke was well known.

Now, it may be that the Pope wants to have more bishops around him who are fluent in Spanish, as that is his preferred language of communication. But I find it worrisome that the one cardinal who is outspoken on the issues of abortion and homosexuality is the one who has been replaced. Something about softening the message coming from the Vatican would seem to be in the works, and that should concern us all.

The softer approach is precisely what the spirit of Vatican II was all about, and look where that got us. Churches emptying out, not because the message was clearer and fresher but because it became soft.















 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Forgiving those who do evil

I don't know if anyone else is uncomfortable with the idea put forward of forgiving people who do evil, for example forgiving Henry Morgentaler for the abortions he performed and for eliminating protection for the unborn in Canada.  I have heard pro-life people promote forgiving people like Morgentaler, but I have never felt that it was quite right. And I was unable to formulate a response that was logical in return.

Well, thank you Melanie Phillips for doing just that. The woman has a keen sense of truth and of right and wrong.

In today's column, entitled Mandela, Justice and Forgiveness, Phillips writes:

And second, while you are entitled to forgive someone who has done harm to you personally, you are not entitled to forgive those who have not done you any harm but have done harm to others. Only the victim is in a position to forgive. If others do so, this is a presumptuousness which can lead straight to gross injustice or worse. There can be no forgiveness for Stalin, Hitler or Mao. To ‘forgive’ them would be to betray their victims and negate their suffering.

Doesn't that ring of truth?  There is more.
In today’s climate, however, where good and bad have become relative concepts, people have increasingly lost the will to fight for the former against the latter. They would rather reach an accommodation, even with active enemies. But you cannot split the difference between good and evil, for what you end up with is merely a sanitised form of that evil. 
 
Forgiveness may be necessary for an individual to move from darkness into light; but justice is essential if a society is to be civilised. Forgiveness is a great virtue; but it can never be at the expense of the fundamental moral distinction between right and wrong, good and bad. To make it so, as many are now doing over Mandela’s legacy, is another example of the vicious culture of sentimentalisation to which the morally confused west is now unfortunately all too prone.

It's worth reading the entire article.

https://www.embooks.com/blog/single/mandela-justice-and-forgiveness





Monday, December 9, 2013

Giving Honour to Evil - Gloria Steinem

Longtime pro-abortion activist Gloria Steinem today received the highest honor the Untied States can bestow upon a citizen who is not a member of the U.S. military. Obama today awarded sixteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and those recipients included abortion activist Gloria Steinem.
 The Presidential Medal of Freedom is “presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” and Obama apparently believes dedicating one’s life to promoting abortion is a part of that list.
http://www.lifenews.com/2013/11/20/obama-awards-presidential-medal-of-freedom-to-abortion-activist-gloria-steinem/


Gloria Steinem had an abortion 57 years ago. Here is what she has to say about it:

It [abortion] is supposed to make us a bad person. But I must say, I never felt that. I used to sit and try and figure out how old the child would be, trying to make myself feel guilty. But I never could! I think the person who said: “Honey, if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament” was right. Speaking for myself, I knew it was the first time I had taken responsibility for my own life. I wasn’t going to let things happen to me. I was going to direct my life, and therefore it felt positive. But still, I didn’t tell anyone. Because I knew that out there it wasn’t [positive].

http://www.lifenews.com/2013/11/24/gloria-steinem-women-need-abortion-and-abortion-is-a-sacrament/?goback=%2Egde_1783791_member_5815547819305492483#%21

So taking responsibility for one's own life includes taking a life that is not your own.

Canada gave a similar honour to Henry Morgentaler, who admitted to taking over 5000 lives personally; and his fight to legalize abortion on demand in Canada opened the doors to another 3.5 million lives taken.

Not much to say except to quote Isaiah 5:20:

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
 I believe it was Cardinal O'Connor of NY who said that we would have to face all those children whose lives were taken when we leave this world. It will be a dreadful truth for all of us to face.





Friday, December 6, 2013

Jesus sent them out two by two

Yesterday a friend and I met for lunch and, while walking back to my car, we met up with two  Mormon young men. They greeted us in a friendly manner and proceeded to engage us right there in the road.

Usually I try to just get away from these kind of situations, but with Margaret, things felt different.  She asked them where they were from and actually knew the exact small town in Alberta where one of them grew up. They talked about the school she taught at and where he went to school, and the other fellow told her where he came from. And didn't Margaret's brother-in-law come from that town in BC!  Common ground for sure.

Then we said that we had just gone to lunch together to catch up with each other's news and that our friendship was based on our pro-life convictions. One of the men asked "what's pro-life?"  I quickly replied"anti-abortion" because that seemed the simplest answer to make. And I said you must be pro-life too.  He cautiously agreed. I then asked him if he had heard of 40 Days for Life, which he hadn't.  So we proceeded to tell them that every fall, Christians pray on the public sidewalk for 40 days outside the hospital where over 1700 abortions are performed every year.

We could see the surprise in their faces; they had no idea.  We shared that it was difficult to do, as we were often met with hostility by the general public, something they could certainly relate to. We talked for a while longer and then shook hands and said farewell. 

It was rather surprising to realise how this encounter had taken a 180 degree turn from what we had anticipated. And it brought home the Scripture passage that gives us direction on how we should evangelize the culture.

After this the Lord appointed seventy two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves." - Luke 10: 1-3

Perhaps it is time for us Christians to follow the example of the Mormons and go out, two by two, to evangelize our society. We might even meet up with people, like these two young men, who share so much in common with us, but whose belief system has gone astray from the real Gospel.



Thursday, December 5, 2013

China, Abortion, and Breast Cancer

This has been written about on many sites, but I haven't seen this particular article referenced before.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/12/new_study_from_china_helps_to_prove_the_abortion-breast_cancer_link.html

Written by a doctor who is on the board of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, I think that perhaps this article is the one to read.

This new article is another example of the recent excellent scholarship on abortion in peer-reviewed journals coming out of the People's Republic. There is no bigger data base than China, where there are an average of 8.2 million pregnancy terminations every year, and 40 abortions for every 100 live births. Chinese researchers and physicians are unencumbered by abortion politics, and do not cover up data showing long term effects of induced abortion, as do their US counterparts in governmental, professional and consumer organizations.
Dr. Davenport, along with two other doctors, was prevented from delivering a paper on abortion complications at Seoul, South Korea earlier this year. She concludes her article with this statement.

 It is a disgrace that a more honest discourse about difficult medical topics can be found in the People's Republic of China than in the USA.  The censorship of medical journals, prevention of conference presentations, denial of grant money and faculty promotions, and self-censorship of honest scholars in academic medicine who want to tell the truth but feel they cannot, impoverishes us, should not be tolerated.

Perhaps now that China is producing the evidence, the rest of the world will pay attention. There is no denying the statistics from a nation that has more abortions than any other country in the world.






Feminists are not our major problem

A video of women assaulting praying men in Argentina is making the rounds. And commentaries abound, with many speaking about the "real face of pro-aborts".  I beg to differ.

Feminists such as these in Buenos Aires are not the majority of women who support legal abortion. The vast majority are the rather silent, non-disruptive women who think that legal abortion solves a problem for women in crisis. They really do see abortion as the best way to handle a situation that backs a woman into a corner. But they are not bullies for the most part.

To concentrate pro-life efforts on militant feminists is to miss the mark.

My parish priest once said to me "1/3 of our church is pro-life; 1/3 is pro-choice; the other third are the mushy middle. It is the mushy middle that we have to work on."  I often recall his statement, because it brings back into focus who we should be trying to reach with the pro-life message and also focuses our efforts on how we can reach them. They will not be reached by militant messages in return, because these are people who simply do not respond to militant methods. They need to be reached with reason, and they need to be shown that the real pro-life movement is compassionate to all. 

One of my favourite pro-life heroes is Monsignor Phillip Reilly, founder of the Helpers of God's Precious Infants. As he says, we don't go to the sidewalk outside abortion clinics to save the babies; the babies are innocent beings and they go to God without question. It is their parents and the medical workers who are in danger of losing their eternal souls. As Msgr Reilly points out again and again, the pro-life movement has to be, at its foundation, about the saving of souls. 

When people are reached with the good news of the Gospel, they will be convinced of the pro-life message as well. I don't see much success any other way.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Great quote on anger

At the Jefferson Lecture a few years ago, Harvard Professor Harvey Mansfield said, “You can tell who is in charge of a society by noticing who is allowed to get angry and for what cause.”

http://www.thecatholicthing.org/columns/2013/only-gays-can-get-angry.html  - by Hadley Arkes








Monday, December 2, 2013

Trans gender in the mall

This afternoon, I made a short trip to a large shopping mall to get a little Christmas shopping done. Armed with my parcels, I thought I would take a break and enjoy a latte at Starbuck's.  In front of me in the line was a tall, very attractive person whom I took to be a woman. I had to keep my head from jerking to look when I heard the voice.

It was a man, dressed as a woman, made up as a woman, very obviously a man who thought he was a woman. And no, I was not mistaken. A closer look showed that there was  a very faint five o'clock shadow under the chin that even the carefully-applied foundation could not hide. And, for me, a quick look at the hands is the final evidence. Men cannot hide the fact that they have male hands, even when the manicure is very good as this one was.

This person was beautiful. The facial structure was very good and he had become an expert in applying makeup. His eyebrows were beautifully shaped, eye makeup applied tastefully, naturally curly hair swept up into a high bun, everything looked so feminine. Except for the voice and the hands which were a dead give-away.

I wanted to ask him at what age he had been abused. So many people who are confused about gender will reveal that they were sexually abused by an adult in their early formative years and that is so obviously the root of their adult confusion about their gender. I felt incredibly sad that this person was spending so much of his life centred on the issue of gender.

There is so much of life that one just has to get on with. To be burdened by the confusion of what gender one is and to carry on the work necessary to present a gender other than the one nature gave one is so time-consuming. It must leach one`s energy to the point of exhaustion. I can`t imagine trying to live my life, with the constant concern about what gender I am and presenting an image to the public that is opposite to the one I was born with.

I don`t know how many people are carrying this burden. After today, I am beginning to think there are way more than I had thought. For whatever reason these people are burdened with this cross, whether they have had psychological damage from an abusive childhood, or whether they have freely embraced this changed-gender persona, doesn`t really matter. They are walking around with a ball and chain and our society, in the name of tolerance, is telling them this is freedom.









God and abortion

Have you ever heard someone say "what does Scripture say about abortion?"
 
The answer is clear.  God spoke the Word.
 
 








Sunday, December 1, 2013

First Sunday of Advent


Let our hearts prepare for the coming of the Lord.







Thursday, November 28, 2013

And doctors say .......

In these times of strained health care resources, it is more imperative now than ever that government be streamlining spending in the health care sector. A necessary step in doing this is to identify those services which are not medically necessary and delist them. It is our opinion that abortion is never medically necessary and should be defunded provincially…

http://www.physiciansforlife.ca/#/abortion-funding/4581124773


h/t  www.prowomanprolife.ca









Pro Life Ad from Unilever


This is beautiful. I actually cried. This is a great rebuttal to those who think we should not bring children into this world. As Mother Teresa said "life, just life". 


h/t http://www.lifesitenews.com/author/gnadal/






Saturday, November 23, 2013

Pro Life News a la Drudge

Great, a new site presenting pro-life news from around the world in the style of Drudge Report.

This is terrific, you can scan down the headlines and find lots of interesting stories. I like this format of just presenting the headlines and linking to the original story. This will keep one more up-to-date on breaking news. 

They will be adding a Canadian segment to the site. I can't help but think that section will be pretty small.


www.prolifewire.com

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Need for Regulations

I think everyone recognizes that far too many things are being regulated these days. Everytime someone does something, there is a call for some kind of legislation to ensure that behaviour is acceptable by the rest of the population. 

This is reaching extreme proportions. Yesterday, I was assailed by a woman who opened her door to shout at me that my dog defecating on the grass was illegal and she would report me. I replied it is not illegal, trust me, I was served with a notice prompted by this woman some months ago so I now know the law.

She shouted again that she would report me again, so that is how I know who reported me in the first place. I had said to the Animal Control officer that, if she would simply tell me to keep my dog off her property, I would.  But the woman didn't have the guts to simply confront me, she had to resort to someone who represented "the law".

The incident is unimportant, but I think it is telling in how we deal with people we don't like or behaviour that we find unacceptable. We call for legislation.

Last night, on the Michael Coren show on Sun TV, a reporter told how the city of Vancouver is banning doorknobs. No kidding, they are banning doorknobs and people must replace knobs with lever-type handles. Supposedly, this will be easier for people with arthritis. Who knew that doorknobs were such a problem?

http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/2854700279001

You know what I think, well maybe you don't care what I think. But I will tell you anyway because this is really bugging me. I think that we are legislating every detail in our lives, to the same degree that we are giving license to every sexual behaviour.

Yes, I know that probably seems a stretch to relate those two things - doorknobs and sex. But think about it. What is the one area of our lives that people say there should be no laws?  Sexual activity. The only area left untouched at this point is pedophilia, but there are even efforts to remove that taboo.

People want absolutely no restrictions on their sexual behaviour. And most people do pretty much what they want. As the recent surge in the number of chlamydia cases in girls aged 16-24 testifies. But people need restrictions; most of us function better when we have boundaries; most of us want boundaries.  But the present consensus that no one should restrict my sexual activity gives rise to the need to have boundaries somewhere else.

And so we have this crazy need to legislate everything. Keeping my dog from walking on your lawn, changing doorknobs to lever handles, is there anything that won't be legislated?  What happened to plain old common sense and to giving people the thumbs-up that they really can run their own lives sensibly? Those went out the window when we gave our moral lives complete free rein.

If we can't control our morality, then we will control absolutely everything else, even the most trivial of things. It makes us feel better about the real crap we are messing around in.

PS - My daughter emailed to say that I should clarify something.  Someone might think that I am letting my dog defecate on people's property.  That is not the case. Haligonians always pick up doggie doo, in fact this city is rather good in that area.  So this lady's problem is not with that, she objects to the dog even walking on her property. 









Monday, November 18, 2013

Bus shelter pro-life ads get CTV coverage




http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/new-pro-life-ads-reignite-abortion-debate-in-halifax-1.1549058


News story on the Signs for Life bus shelter ads.

Email from a friend in response to this story:
It's amazing how the picture of a baby which fifty-three years ago was the symbol of innocence and a new beginning. Now it is seen as "very upsetting" and "offensive." How twisted our thoughts have become!







Sunday, November 17, 2013

Abortion stories miss the mark

For the advocates of abortion, these testimonies offer a clear refutation of their strategy of doing everything possible to speak constantly of a “woman’s right to choose,” while avoiding any reference to the baby. The baby refuses to disappear. When these testimonies of abortion reveal the very women who had an abortion speaking of “our baby” and noting that “the baby would now be one year old,” the moral bankruptcy of the pro-abortion argument is there for all to see. The baby refuses to leave the picture.

-  from http://www.albertmohler.com/2013/11/15/their-abortions-what-do-these-abortion-testimonies-really-reveal/

Albert Mohler discusses a recent article in New York magazine, an article that relates the testimonies of 26 women who had abortions. The article is intended to remove the stigma of abortion and make abortion more acceptable by the general population.

However, as Mohler says, this really backfires as post-abortive women refer to the "baby", making statements that reveal this being hasn't really left them alone. There is mention of the age a baby would be today, and for many of these women, the word "baby" is used which indicates that these women are recalling who was lost in this procedure.

 If the purpose of this article was to assist women to overcome the stigma of abortion, it is hard to imagine that it succeeded. The fact that this article appears four decades after Roe is proof that the decision failed to reset the nation’s conscience on abortion.







Saturday, November 16, 2013

Twins in bath

 

A beautiful and amazing video has been circulating the Internet over the last 24-48 hours. The video shows a parent washing newborn twins in a wash basin. The twin infants have their eyes closed and appear to be peacefully sleeping and enjoying the warm bathwater.

The twin babies finally begin to move and, when they do, they hold each other and snuggle closer.

h/t  www.lifenews.com

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Great, an Evangelical promotes having kids

http://www.erindavis.org/should-you-have-kids-if-you-cant-afford-them/

A couple of months ago, I posted about being invited to an informal gathering of Christian couples to let them know about 40 Days for Life here in Halifax. And I was puzzled and dismayed to learn that those seven couples only had three children in total.

Just this week, I have been emailing back and forth with a Pentecostal pastor who became a Catholic last Easter Saturday about this very thing. He told me that he was concerned about the non-Catholic churches' lack of teaching on marriage-divorce- and remarriage. I told him I was concerned that they never spoke about contraception, because I thought the two topics were related.

His return email told me that he had never even considered the subject, as it wasn't an issue in the Pentecostal church. So I sent him the link to Humanae Vitae, the famous encyclical by Pope Paul VI defending the Church's teaching against artificial contraception. And I also directed him to the website of Dr. Janet Smith, who has done some very good teaching on this subject.

So I was very pleased to find that Erin had blogged about having children. She has previously written about being open to the number of children God wants you to have in your family. Now she tackles one of the excuses that people give for not having kids, or for delaying them - a perceived lack of resources. 

A good post. And I am glad to see that my evangelical brothers and sisters are beginning to think about this subject more. Prior to the Lambeth Conference in 1930, it was actually the Protestants who were more vocal about the ills of artificial contraception than the Catholics were. Few of them even know that this is the case; so when they find out, light bulbs go off.

Perhaps this will be another common ground for us Catholics and non-Catholics in the not-so-distant future.

Living Fully; Dying Naturally

My friend Nicole Myshak shared this with me today. She produced this video with the John Paul II Media Institute here in Halifax. A short but poignant look at death and its meaning.







Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Was she serious?


On Saturday, the two bus shelter posters had been graffiti-ed.  Fortunately with marker that could be scraped off with an exacto knife and with lipstick which rubbed off. 

The to-be-expected slogan "My body, my choice" with the added line "my rules". 

Then the same sign was marked again, this time with "Every sperm is sacred". 

Are they serious?  surely no one thinks that a sperm is life, in the same way that the conceived zygote is life.  But perhaps they do.

A woman stopped by the 40 Days vigil and talked to my husband and another man praying and this was something that she said as well. That sperm is potential life. 

So I wonder if perhaps people are really that lacking in basic biology. I thought this was a joke to say that sperm is sacred, but some might actually think this is so, and therefore they can dismiss the pro-life cause because everyone dismisses sperm without a second thought.  Is that the reasoning?

Basic biology lesson: in order for a life to be created, it requires one sperm and one egg from the same species. Once the egg is fertilized, a different and unique entity is formed. This entity has within it everything that it needs to grow and develop into a full human being. It is not a potential life, it is a life with potential. The organism has within itself the blueprint whereby it directs its own growth and maturity, something that the sperm and egg cannot do on their own. That is the reason the organism conceived is quite different from the parts that joined to create it. Yes, they were living entities, but sperms and eggs do not have within their makeup the ability to grow into anything but what they already are.

An acorn shares exactly the same reality. An oak tree produces flowers which are pollinated, and then the acorn forms. That acorn contains within itself everything required to grow a new oak tree. It has in its makeup everything that makes an oak tree an oak tree.

Should that acorn fall into suitable soil and receive water and nutrients for growth, it will break through the ground as a little stem and, with favourable conditions, it will grow larger and taller. We don't recognize it as an oak tree until it begins to look like an oak tree rather than some other kind of tree. And we don't see the zygote looking like a human being until it reaches a certain point where it is recognizable by the naked eye as a human being.  But it is one all the same, just as the acorn is an oak tree. 

Every living organism requires suitable conditions for its growth. For people to say that the baby in utero is dependent upon its mother for its life, and therefore should be considered a part of her body to do with as she pleases, is no different than saying the newly born baby is dependent upon others and therefore we should be able to do with it as we will. That kind of dependence, physical dependence upon another for nutrition, warmth, and a safe environment is required by many of us and not just while we are in the womb. Try leaving a six-month old alone in a room for a few days and see what happens. You will rightly be charged with homicide, due to neglect.

Perhaps the vandal who wrote on the bus shelter poster was not serious. But I have my doubts. There is an incredible amount of ignorance out there on certain basic facts. And knowledge brings responsibility. We owe it to ourselves and to others to be knowledgeable and to leave ignorance behind.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Pro Choice Chanting indicates defeat



When pro-choice supporters resort to interrupting a scheduled talk by someone, when they chant, and when they hold up that ignorant coat-hanger banner, you have to realise they have lost the moral argument.

When the pro-life club was unable to find anyone to debate Stephanie Gray of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, Stephanie agreed to give a talk on abortion as a human rights violation.

But the opposition can't even bear to listen to the pro-life side. They chant and try to drown out the rational ideas that Ms Gray puts forward. Aren't they the slightest bit embarrassed?

If none of them can enter into a rational debate with the pro-life side, chanting My Body, My Choice, is all they have left.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Hallelujah!


Gospel music sung with great conviction.  How I love the Gaither Gospel hour. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Euthanasia for children in Belgium

 
I wonder how many people want to immigrate to Belgium.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A quote worth blogging

Learning to be refreshed in the context of intense labor is important spiritual work. God truly gave us what we needed. When Christ was at the center, we learned to "draft" off of the word the way cyclists draft off of another cyclist during a long race.
- from The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, by Rosaria Butterfield



A book well worth reading.






Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Luc at night


Someone told me that the bus shelters are backlit at night. I didn't know and what a lovely surprise to see Luc lit up in the dark Halifax night.



Where pro-choice logic leads ......

So fine then. Make infanticide legal. Do you know why? Because we don’t deserve to prohibit it. We can’t sit here, ignoring the silent screams of millions of murdered children, and pretend that we have ethical standards. We can’t do that. We don’t get to do that. We can’t celebrate the genocide of 50 million human infants and then pretend to be horrified because a girl stashes her dead baby in her handbag, or a psychotic sociopath drowns all of her kids in the bathtub. And Gosnell? What in the hell is he doing in a prison cell? He did exactly what every other abortionist does, he just didn’t dress it up and try to make it look pretty. He murdered children in a drab, run down building, and put the corpses in the fridge. Non-jailed abortionist murder children in nicer buildings, and throw the bodies in the hazardous waste dumpster out back. So one is in prison, and the others aren’t due to, what, aesthetic differences?

Good post - read it all.

http://themattwalshblog.com/2013/10/29/its-time-to-end-the-stigma-of-infanticide/






Sunday, October 27, 2013

Breaking the cycle of abortion

The other day, a friend of mine shared with a small group of women her abortion story. She has become more comfortable doing this of late, and it is all part of her journey of healing.

An abortion 40 years ago, did not surface until she had married and had children. Then she became a committed Christian and the abortion past came up and had to be dealt with. There has been much healing and this woman is a model of peace and wisdom.

One thing she shared with us on Friday was the importance of telling her children about her abortion. This, she said, would break the cycle of abortion and bring generational healing. I hadn't realised how important that was until she said it. But it is perfectly obvious. Now that her son and daughters know of their mother's pain over this, do you really think they will ever consider abortion for themselves?  Not likely.

And while confession is necessary for the person directly involved, it also benefits all the family members and friends around. Once again, we see

The truth shall set you free.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Luc born today

 
 This bus shelter ad went up today - it's on South Street, near the intersection of South Park Street, and just around the corner from the 40 Days for Life vigil.


 
This one is at the corner of Inglis and Robie Streets, and just before I snapped the photo, five young male students were boarding a bus here. They had been standing right beside Luc for who knows how long?  This will definitely have an effect upon people. 
 
Interested in supporting this campaign of Signs for Life?  There will be a dessert reception/fundraiser on November 13. If you want to attend, email me and let me know. Our next goal is to put a new ad with Luc in all of the buses in Halifax/Dartmouth - a total of 255 buses. 
 
Visit  http://www.signs4life.ca  to learn more about this new pro-life project. 
 

Did you hear about this?

Bishop Paprocki is in the news for his recent statement that members of the Rainbow Sash Movement who would enter Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Springfield, Illinois to pray the rosary before Mass (for the legalization of same sex marriage) would be removed.  And he followed through on his threat:

His strong words – and the presence of police officers around and inside the cathedral – scuttled the protest. Not a single sash-bearer sashayed into the sanctuary.
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/video-bishops-bold-statement-stops-blasphemous-rosary-for-gay-marriage-insi


Bishop Paprocki is aware of the danger of defying the homosexual movement. His former secretary was murdered by a gay activist
 His secretary who worked part-time at his parish and part-time at a funeral home, advised a co-worker to reform his homosexual lifestyle. The young man, 19 years old, murdered her and stuffed her body into a cubby hole in his apartment above the funeral home. News of this murder by a homosexual didn't receive much coverage in the media, while the murder of Matthew Shephard received extensive news coverage.

http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/bishop-tells-hostile-crowd-at-gay-marriage-debate-my-secretary-was-killed-b

Bishop Paprocki is an outspoken advocate of Gospel values and he is unafraid to confront the hostile culture of North America. God bless him and may St. Michael protect him.
 



Friday, October 18, 2013

Abortion and the Disabled

This morning I visited my young friend Victoria in the children's hospital in Halifax. Victoria was born with several disabilities, many of which have been managed through surgery. She will turn eight at the end of this month and she has a very good life. 

Much of that is owing to her marvellous parents, who will leave no stone unturned in their efforts to improve Victoria's life. And much is owing to the medical staff at the Isaac Walton Killam hospital who works tirelessly to make life more comfortable for Victoria during her more-than-one-month-long stay at the IWK. And much is owed to the wonderful surgeons who performed three 12-hour surgeries on Victoria, inserting new rods to help correct the scoliosis in her back.

When I popped in this morning, there was a note on Victoria's door that she was in the Developmental Gym, doing physical therapy. I decided to go and find her there. Visitors seem to be welcomed everywhere, unless there is need for completely hygienic conditions such as the intensive care unit. So I pushed open the door and found Victoria on a treadmill, getting her legs walking for 2 three-minute intervals, while two physiotherapists were on hand. Then she was put into a sledge, a new piece of equipment that will enable her to play hockey once the rinks are in full swing. Her older sister will also be shown how to use the equipment so that she can play with Victoria.

Then we went to the play room on Victoria's floor where about 6 children were playing, each with their own nurse. Victoria is a pro at air hockey and I got into the game with her. People came and went, everyone greeting each other since patients often meet here and then go their separate ways after therapy or appointments with specialists.


Every child was disabled. I only know Victoria's case in some detail; but one young child, who looked about 18 months old, was playing with the baby toys while hooked up to various tubes on an IV pole. Another boy in a power wheel chair like Victoria's watched as she played and wanted to know how old she was. He seemed pleased to know she was just 2 days older than himself and they will both celebrate a birthday soon. They must have been roommates at birth as well, since both were born here in this hospital.

Every one of these children is loved and cared for, by their families and by the staff at the hospital. Yet on the very same floor, parents are given a diagnosis of disability in their unborn child, and they are encouraged to abort.

How long can we live with this psychic split?  Once these kids are born, we won't stop at anything to improve their lives, but when they are in the womb, we would dismiss them readily and support their parents to do just that.

We can't have it both ways. Either we protect life, both in the womb and once it has emerged, or we don't.  It cannot be left to "being wanted". Because then we can change the parameters any time we feel like it.

If we decide who gets to live and who doesn't, then no one is safe.

I do not mean to downplay the enormous work that a disabled child is for its family. But we have many systems in motion to help people with those things. We can't continue to help some and terminate others whom we choose. We, as a society, would be trying to live with a mental disorder that surely threatens to tear us apart. Schizophrenics do not fare well, unless managed with heavy medication. We are schizophrenics when it comes to the disabled members of our species and we need to reconcile our heads with our hearts.




Monday, October 14, 2013

Movie Night in Herring Cove


October Baby, based on the life of Gianna Jessen, who survived a late-term abortion

Movie Night  Saturday October 19  at 7 pm
St. Paul's Church Herring Cove

Free will offering to be taken and given to Signs for Life, a new pro-life project in Halifax
All are welcome to come!
Bring a comfy chair.






Abortion as seen by a medical student

To begin, I must say that until yesterday, Friday, July 2, 2004, I was strongly pro-choice. I am a pre-medical student, and being very scientific, I understood that the mass of cells that forms the fetal body is not often capable of survival before 24 weeks in the womb. I am also somewhat liberal, and I believed that every woman should have the right to choose what she did with her body and one that could potentially be growing inside of her. 
This summer, I was accepted into a pre-medical program in NYC in which we are allowed to shadow doctors and see all sorts of medical procedures. When given the opportunity to see an abortion, I did not hesitate to accept the offer. It was something new, edgy, and exciting that I had never seen.
 
When I entered the operating room, it felt like any other I had ever been in. On the table in front of me, I saw a woman, legs up as if delivering a child although she was asleep. Next to her was a tray of instruments for the abortion and a vacuum machine for suctioning the fetal tissues from the uterus. The doctors put on their gowns and masks and the procedure began. The cervix was held open with a crude metal instrument and a large transparent tube was stuck inside of the woman. Within a matter of seconds, the machine’s motor was engaged and blood, tissue, and tiny organs were pulled out of their environment into a filter. A minute later, the vacuum choked to a halt. The tube was removed, and stuck to the end was a small body and a head attached haphazardly to it, what was formed of the neck snapped. The ribs had formed with a thin skin covering them, the eyes had formed, and the inner organs had begun to function. The tiny heart of the fetus, obviously a little boy, had just stopped — forever. The vacuum filter was opened, and the tiny arms and legs that had been torn off of the fetus were accounted for. The fingers and toes had the beginnings of their nails on them. The doctors, proud of their work, reassembled the body to show me. Tears welled up in my eyes as they removed the baby boy from the table and shoved his body into a container for disposal.
 I have not been able to think of anything since yesterday at 10:30 besides what that baby boy might have been. I don’t think that people realize what an abortion actually is until they see it happen. I have been tortured by these images – so real and so vivid – for two days now…and I was just a spectator.
 Never again will I be pro-choice, and never again will I support the murder of any human being, no matter their stage in life.
Sarah Terzo of Live Action writes:

Unlike the vast majority of abortions, this baby was mourned. Someone felt sadness and horror at his death. Thousands of babies like him are suctioned out of their mothers’ wombs every day. They are rejected by their mothers and regarded as medical waste by their killers. Society allows these babies to die silently, with no recognition or acknowledgment of their humanity. This little baby boy will never have a name. He will never take a breath of air, never pet a dog, never watch a sunset, never ride a bike… He will never experience all the things that you and I take for granted. But this baby, perhaps, did not die entirely in vain – his tragic death revealed the truth to this young man. And those of you who are reading this article now know about this baby’s death.

From  http://liveactionnews.org/medical-student-confronts-abortion-becomes-pro-life/






 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Abortion and Slavery

Pro-life arguments frequently equate abortion with slavery. Some argue that this is not a fair comparison.  But it seems that it fits like a glove. Here is a list of comparisons by Calvin Frieburger who writes for Live Action. Click on the link to read the comparisons in full. I have simply listed the headings here.

http://www.lifenews.com/2013/10/09/the-unmistakable-parallels-between-abortion-and-slavery/

Both denied the humanity of an entire class of people

Both claimed to be on the cutting edge of human enlightenment
 Both claimed to have evolved past the Founding Fathers’ values
 Both had advocates who hid behind the “personally opposed, but…” excuse
 Both claimed it was for the victim’s own good
 Both fantasized that opposition was a pretext for more sinister motives
 Both mocked concern for the victim as something dirty
 Both were sustained by horrendous Supreme Court rulings
 Both took drastic measures when democracy didn’t get them what they wanted
 It’s clear why allusions to the enslavement of black men and women outrage those who defend the slaughter of innocent children: because they can’t handle looking at history and seeing a mirror image stare back at them.


Pro Choice on Femicide

We must be careful not to make a fetish of choice. If the technology allows and a woman wants a blue-eyed, blonde baby, do we support her because we are pro-choice?   

While we must be vigilant about the “pro-lifer”-infested waters, we must be prepared to refine our pro-choice position; it must be circumscribed by context.
 Approximately 60 million women are “missing” in India. The cultural reasons for this femicide do not magically disappear with migration. 
 A girl’s right to life has to be a basic tenet of any feminist position and cannot be compromised by an absolutist pro-choice narrative.
 ~ Pro-choice feminist Rahila Gupta, who seems to have stumbled upon the Catch-22 of the pro-choice position, The Guardian, October 8

h/t  www.jillstanek.com

Someone should send this to Joyce Arthur.






Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Lift Off!


October 9, 2013 - the first billboard of Signs for Life went up this morning on the Bedford Highway in Halifax.  Right across from the Steele Jeep/Acura dealership and about half a kjlometer from Mt. St. Vincent University.

The sign faces northbound traffic on the Bedford Highway, just after the Fairview overpass enters the highway, and as all the traffic from Dartmouth and Halifax converge to leave the city. 

Thousands of people will see this sign. Can't wait to see the response. 

http://www.signs4life.ca




Monday, October 7, 2013

Blogging Light

While the 40 Days for Life vigil is ongoing, I don't find the time to blog here very much.  Nor do I find many news items worth writing about. My head is in a different space as I spend a lot of time at the vigil site, and the rest of the time trying to get others to go to the vigil site!

But there should be a post later today - as this is the day the first billboard for Signs for Life goes up.  Exciting news! I wonder how long it will remain intact and if vandals will get to it. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Cardinal Burke, a man of direct words

A. First of all, I would underline the need for much prayer and fasting. The alarming rapidity of the realization of the homosexual agenda ought to awaken all of us and frighten us with regard to the future of our nation. This is a work of deceit, a lie about the most fundamental aspect of our human nature, our human sexuality, which after life itself defines us. There is only one place these types of lies come from, namely Satan. It is a diabolical situation which is aimed at destroying individuals, families, and eventually our nation.

After fifty years of this, we have many adult voters who support politicians with immoral positions because they do not know their Catholic Faith and its teaching with regard to same- sex attraction and the inherent disorder of sexual relations between two persons of the same sex. Therefore, they are not able to defend the Catholic Faith in this matter.

What has also contributed greatly to the situation is an exaltation of the virtue of tolerance which is falsely seen as the virtue which governs all other virtues. In other words, we should tolerate other people in their immoral actions to the extent that we seem also to accept the moral wrong. Tolerance is a virtue, but it is certainly not the principal virtue; the principal virtue is charity. Charity means speaking the truth, especially the truth about human life and human sexuality. While we love the individual, we desire only the best for one who suffers from an inclination to engage in sexual relations with a person of the same sex. We must abhor the actions themselves because they are contrary to nature itself as God has created us.

The virtue of charity leads us to be kind and understanding to the individual, but also to be firm and steadfast in opposing the evil itself. This confusion is widespread. I have encountered it many times myself as a priest and bishop. It is something we simply need to address. There is far too much silence — people do not want to talk about it because the topic is not “ politically correct.” But we cannot be silent any longer or we will find ourselves in a situation that will be very difficult to reverse.

From an interview with Cardinal Burke -   http://www.thewandererpress.com/ee/wandererpress/index.php?pSetup=wandererpress&curDate=20130905

Cardinal Burke goes on to say that Nancy Pelosi must be denied Communion as she persists in grave sin, i.e. supporting abortion. 

To say that these are simply questions of Catholic Faith which have no part in politics is just false and wrong. I fear for Congresswoman Pelosi if she does not come to understand how gravely in error she is. I invite her to reflect upon the example of St. Thomas More who acted rightly in a similar situation even at the cost of his life.

On freedom of conscience and coming persecution of Catholics in the public sphere:

A. If the present government, which can be described in no other way than totalitarian, is not held back from the course it is on, these persecutions will follow. It will not be possible for Catholics to exercise most of the normal human services whether in health care, education, or social welfare becausein conscience they will no longer be able to do what the government demands: to cooperate in grave moral evil. We are heading in that direction and even see it now.

I never thought I would ever say this, but we should follow the example of France. The French people have a government that is sadly much like our own. In a totalitarian way, it passed and is trying to enforce a bill giving legal recognition to so- called marital unions between two persons of the same sex. The French people are out on the streets in protest — one demonstration had upwards of two million people. There has arisen in France among the people the will to resist the government and that is what we need in this country.

We cannot go along with government policies and laws which are destroying the most innocent and defenseless among us. This will also redound to great harm to those who have grown weak through advanced age or serious illness. This is all a pattern: the complete corruption about the truth of human sexuality which has already wrought such terrible harm to individuals and families and to our society has to be stopped.

And his reason for hope:

A. The greatest sign of hope for me is the young people I meet who believe more than my generation and recognize how bankrupt our culture is and want the truth. They realize that this whole bill of goods we have been sold with regard to abortion, same- sex unions, and so forth is ultimately destructive. So I would say that is the greatest single cause for hope.

But his hope is not without trepidation as these young people are entering a world that is extremely hostile to the beliefs they have been raised with. 







 
 
 
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Canadians and the issue of abortion

Bewilderment - that is my enduring sentiment as I try to engage more people and more churches in the 40 Days for Life vigil here in Halifax.  (I should mention here that I really dislike that word "engage" but it seems to have found its place in our vocabulary.)

This is year six for the vigil in Halifax. And this is my sixth year being the coordinator. I hope and pray that God has someone else in mind for this soon, because I feel as if I am reaching the end of my resources.  And it is always good to have a change of leadership.

So, every year I visit the churches in the Halifax/Dartmouth area, bringing posters and flyers to all the churches that I can reach. The first year, I naively wrote a letter to every pastor and priest in HRM in the month of July. Two mistakes, first July is a dead month and probably a lot of these letters went unread and second, pastors and priests simply do not respond to letter mail. I don't know why that is, but it is definitely true.

So the next strategy was to call for appointments. I did this in the second year, trying to meet with as many pastors as I could. One day I was really excited as I had six appointments all in one day!  I thought I had hit the jackpot. Every pastor I met with was very nice and seemed genuinely interested; however as time moved on, not a single one ever contacted me again about the vigil and not one of them ever came to pray, nor did a single member of their congregations. Which makes me wonder if the posters and flyers were even displayed. Surely out of several hundred people, one person would respond with a phone call or an email. Nope, not one.

Next strategy, try to find people in different churches, people who already come to the vigil and ask them to speak to their pastors and their congregations. That effort failed as well, except for one elderly woman who has convinced four people from her church to come out. She is the only one who has met with any success.

Even a pastor and his wife, (she was convinced all the ladies in her bible study would come out with her) couldn't get anyone else from their church to come with them. And it turns out his congregation dismissed him as pastor, in favour of a younger pastor - I also guess the new pastor is a man who avoids controversial issues.

So fast forward to year six. One pastor, who had previously told me he and his church couldn't broach this subject due to some women in his church being too sensitive about it, has told me that he was warned if he spoke about this, people would walk out.  Now Catholic priests who are too outspoken on certain subjects get put into rural out-of-the-way parishes, but Protestant pastors can get fired. So they have a lot more to lose if they take some risks. This pastor assured me this year that he is going to speak about the issue of abortion and he is going to join us at the vigil and will encourage others from his church to do the same.

Today, while making some follow-up phone calls to churches, I had one priest say I have a question. I responded "great, I love questions". He then asked me why do we hold the vigil at this time of year. His problem with the timing, the weather is not good in Canada. As I sit here typing, it is a balmy 21 degrees Celsius here in Halifax, the sun is shining, and everyone here knows that fall is our best season. The months of September and October are the best months of the year. What is he talking about?  At that point, I just had to go and take a walk before I dove into full self-pity mode. 

As I walked and prayed, I realised that this is just one more excuse in a long line of excuses that people give for why they cannot come out and support 40 Days for Life. How sad that a good priest gives that excuse, when facing some rain and wind could actually be a sacrifice that he could make for the unborn.

I look at the wholehearted response of Americans to the 40 Days for Life vigil (in some cities the same size as ours, they get a thousand people out to pray; here we get less than 200).  And then I look at Canada. Even Toronto with a population of 2 1/2 million had trouble getting someone to organize their vigil and last year, they seemed to have the same trouble filling prayer times as we did here with far fewer people. 

I have to conclude that there is something dreadfully wrong in this country. Have we simply given up any hope of changing the situation on abortion?  Part of me says yes, that is so. Even our members of Parliament cannot put forward common-sense resolutions and meet with support; all attempts at private members bills that are abortion-related, are simply thwarted and all discussion is shut down.
Not one single bill has passed that is pro-life in our country in the past twenty or more years. Compare this with the US where numerous bills have passed in state legislatures that curtail the tsunami of legalized abortion.

Is it because health care in Canada is run by the government?  The fact that abortion is completely paid for by our taxes means that the government has the last word on whether or not someone can have an abortion, and I don't believe one single abortion has ever been denied. At least in the US, people can still object to abortion because it is a private matter, and not a government decree.

Is it because Canadians are resigned to abortion?  And if they are, why are they more resigned to it than our American neighbours?  Are we made of different stuff?  Is our country more repressive?
Are we as citizens more docile and reluctant to fight for things that we believe important?  Are we wimps?

So many questions in my mind. So many without answers. But the more I work to promote this pro-life vigil, the more convinced I am that there is something wrong at the heart of Canadian Christians. It appears that we have lost our collective soul.




Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Black Abortion


A powerful video. Please send this to someone who needs to hear this.  A black friend, a black pastor, someone of the African American race. So many simply do not know this simple truth: the black race is decreasing at an ever-increasing rate.  Why?  the answer is simple: in America, half of all black babies are aborted.

We should be seeing more blacks at pro-life events than whites. But we don't. They simply do not know what is happening to their race.

Monday, September 16, 2013

False Logic from Pro-Choice


This young man is pro-abortion because he thinks there are too many people on the planet.  But he doesn't offer to get rid of himself, just someone else. Why should he have the right to live and why should he decide who doesn't have that right?

As if that faulty thinking is not bad enough, he has been duped by the population-bomb propaganda of the 80's, which is now in disrepute.

I would recommend that this young man read this article in the NY Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/14/opinion/overpopulation-is-not-the-problem.html?_r=1&

The world population is now estimated at 7.2 billion. But with current industrial technologies, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has estimated that the more than nine billion people expected by 2050 as the population nears its peak could be supported as long as necessary investments in infrastructure and conducive trade, anti-poverty and food security policies are in place. Who knows what will be possible with the technologies of the future? The important message from these rough numbers should be clear. There really is no such thing as a human carrying capacity. We are nothing at all like bacteria in a petri dish.       

Isn't that the crux of the question?  People are not like bacteria in a petri dish. People are innovative and creative and solve problems. This young man is in favour of eliminating future "problem-solvers" and he thinks he is part of the solution. It seems to me that his lack of creativity is part of the problem.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

If the kids are missing

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.  Psalm 127: 3-5

I was invited by a member of a Pentecostal church to a gathering of young married couples to speak about the 40 Days vigil coming up here in Halifax.

Seven couples gather once a month for sharing and last night was their first gathering of the year; so they were going to discuss plans for the church for the year, new ministry proposals, etc.  It was a happy, informal gathering with lots of in jokes, compliments on the host's homemade pizza, friendly teasing, that sort of thing. 

Being the matron of the group along with the woman who invited me, we just hung back on the sidelines and enjoyed a cup of coffee while they carried on. Very likeable people, warm friendly people.  But I kept wondering where were the kids?  Seven couples, and there were a total of three children.  Three couples each had one child. 

Now I don't know why the others didn't have children; there could be any number of reasons, infertility being the worst of course. But it struck me that there was something wrong with this picture.

If these are the young couples of one Pentecostal church here in town and they aren't having more than one child per couple, (and my friend told me that this was about it for the young people in their church, there weren't many more in their congregation of about 150), we have a real problem.  If Christians aren't willing to have children, they have completely bought into the one-child mindset that our western society has indoctrinated everyone with.

Children are a sign of hope. When a man and woman have a child, their world changes. It is no longer about them. It is about the new person that has joined them and it is about that person's future. And it becomes about family. Take away the children and you have basically sterilized the concept of family.

I know there are couples who cannot have children and I know that is a heartbreaking situation. And I would never dare to criticize their situation or to give advice.  But four of seven couples without children doesn't say infertility; it says choice. 

How sad.  Because if Christians aren't having children, then they are admitting that it is all about them and they have lost hope. I heard one young pastor actually say that Christian couples are afraid to have children in this world and another Christian couple said that they felt called to ministry not to having children. That is simply wrong. Christian couples witness to the world about their faith precisely with their families, by doing well something that the world has abandoned - the raising of new souls for the Kingdom.

I thought of a similar gathering of Catholic couples and I had to admit that the Catholics would win.  Just in strength of numbers. If seven young Catholic couples got together to share their faith once a month, we are automatically assuming that these are couples to whom their faith matters.  I would venture to guess that seven Catholic couples would mean at least 12 to 15 children at such a gathering. 

It really is time for pastors to break the silence on this entire issue of family, children, abortion and contraception. Because the contraceptive mentality will destroy the church more quickly than loss of faith.  And by "church", I mean the entire body of the Christian church, not just one denomination. We are all in this together folks, it is not Catholics against non-Catholics, we form one body in Christ.
       

Monday, September 9, 2013

Decline in Abortion Access

~ Elizabeth Nash, state issues manager at Guttmacher Institute, commenting on a Huffington Post report (“Anti-abortion laws take dramatic toll on clinics nationwide”) that “54 abortion providers across 27 states have shut down or ended their abortion services in the past three years,” August 26. - See more at: http://www.jillstanek.com/2013/09/139701/#sthash.VVNRYcFg.dpuf
h/t www.jillstanek.com


And what has been going on that is different in the last three years?  I am convinced that the presence of praying believers outside abortion clinics (eg www.40daysforlife.com) is the big difference.  Prayer really does change things.  As this praying effort continues, we will continue to see more clinics close.

I personally am praying that someone who works in the abortion clinic here in Halifax has a conversion; I am waiting to hear about that medical personnel who leaves and comes out to tell us why. 

If you live in Nova Scotia, won't you consider joining us this fall?  The 40 Days for Life vigil begins here in Halifax on Wednesday, Sept 25 at 8 am and will continue through until Sunday, Nov 3.  And the opening prayer service is on Monday, Sept 23 at 7 pm at Canadian Martyrs Church, Inglis Street in Halifax. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

A week's vacation

We just returned from a week's vacation in Parrsboro Nova Scotia. This is a little town on the Bay of Fundy which boasts the world's highest tides.  My husband and I spent a week with our middle daughter and her husband and six children.  A delightful week.  Some pics of the week.

Jacob and Sister Ilaria (my youngest daughter),
member of the Franciscans of Halifax

No trip is complete without the ever-present Teddy

An afternoon's hike at Five Islands

Almost everyone is in this shot


The rugged beauty of Nova Scotia's coastline

Sister Ilaria with her godson Ben

Elena running the backwards 200 metres, part of
"Olympics" that Jacob organized
 
 
A great time, next year we plan on all the family meeting together in Northern Wisconsin. Look out Delta Lodge, seven adults and eleven children!
 
 
 
 
 


Friday, August 16, 2013

Gotta watch video


I am going to send the link to this to all the people on the 40 Days newsletter. This video captures just how urgent the need is to pray and witness at the very place where abortions are being done.  If this man John, with all his health issues, can do this,  why can't we?  In three years, John Barros has saved 1000 babies from abortion.

Every pastor needs to watch this video. As the commentator says:
I think the problem in the church is not that we have tried and we've failed, but that we have failed to try.

The penetrating gaze of Mark Steyn

Few people see the big picture as clearly as Mary Steyn does.  And he is fearless, as he describes what we are doing to our society in the west.

“Why does anyone think Europe needs huge numbers of Muslim immigrants?” Steyn replied, “Supposedly to keep their welfare state in business, because they are the children that Europeans couldn’t be bothered to have themselves. One third of German women are childless. If you just take your average, dopey Western feminist at a university campus in North America today, and she’s concerned about patriarchy, [she thinks that by] forming a pro-life club you’re forcing your backwards, patriarchal views on her. If she thinks you’re the big, stern, dominating patriarch, she ought to wait twenty or thirty years in the average Canadian city. She’ll be figuring out what the people in Amsterdam and Brussels and Malmo and Paris are beginning to figure out right now—that there’s a whole, far more motivated breed of patriarch that’s going to be walking around those cities. That’s what the dopey, clap-trapped, cobwebbed 1960’s feminist doesn’t get—that abortion is an indulgence and the indulgence only works for a generation or two before a bunch of other people take over and rebuild the future you weren’t interested in building for yourselves.”


“The back alley is back, and supersized,” he writes, “When the pro-choice rally ends and Cameron Diaz, Ashley Judd and the other celebrities d’un certain age return to Hollywood, and the upper-middle-class women with the one designer baby go back to their suburbs, a woman’s ‘right to choose’ means that, day in, day out, the blessings of this ‘right’ fall disproportionately on all the identity groups the upscale liberals profess to care about—poor women, black women, Hispanic women, undocumented women, and other denizens of Big Government’s back alley.” 
 Abortion, as any literate human being can tell you, kills a human being. Abortion, as any moral human being can tell you, is a human rights violation. And abortion, as Mark Steyn tells us, is a cultural indulgence that can’t last more than a few generations. Abortion is a symbol of everything that threatens the West, from plunging birthrates to skyrocketing self-absorption to the slow rise of Big Government’s Brave New World.
 
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/the-maniacal-mind-of-mark-steyn?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=c43f75d74b-LifeSiteNews_com_Canada_Headlines_06_19_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0caba610ac-c43f75d74b-326191426

I read this morning, on Drudge Report, that there is a rumour that Mark Steyn might run for senator in New Hampshire.  I certainly hope he doesn't.  We need him doing exactly what he does right now; being a part of government would stifle him for sure.