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.

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  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.

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.

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.



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.

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


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.

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.