Friday, February 29, 2008

Terri Making National & International News Over Obama Remark

I have no intentions of voting for Barrack Obama. None. Not one. Zilch. Nada. Even if he was the last person on the ballot.

I feel the same way about Hillary Clinton.

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February 29, 2008

Terri Making National & International News Over Obama Remark

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Invisible Mothers

Got this in the email this AM, and the thought is powerful. (Dads can also be 'invisible' in many ways, especially in today's world, when so many movies, TV shows, etc make the kids look smarter....)

Invisible Mother......

It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, 'Can't you see I'm on the phone?' Obviously not; no one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all. I'm invisible. The invisible Mom. Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more: Can you fix this ? Can you tie this? Can you open this?

Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, 'What time is it?' I'm a satellite guide to answer, 'What number is the Disney Channel?' I'm a car to order, 'Right around 5:30, please.'

I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history and the mind that graduated summa cum laude - but now they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She's going, she's going, she's gone!

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England. Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, 'I brought you this.' It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe. I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription:

'To Charlotte, with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees .'

In the days ahead I would read - no, devour - the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work: No one can say who built the great cathedrals - we have no record of their names. These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished. They made great sacrifices and expected no credit. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, 'Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof? No one will ever see it.' And the workman replied, 'Because God sees.' I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, 'I see you, Charlotte. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does. No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become.'

At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction. But it is not a disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease of my own self-centeredness. It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn pride.

I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, 'My Mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for three hours and presses all the linens for the table.' That would mean I'd built a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, to add, 'You're gonna love it there.'

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women.

Great Job , MOM! Share this with all the Invisible Moms you know... I just did.

The Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Stolen Vows

Another book from a friend that is for sale at this time -- $12.00 with free shipping and handling. It is excellent on the topic. A lot of time and research went into this and the UMDA transcripts also available there.

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Jessie Davis' Mom Has My Admiration

Bobby Cutts was handed a fifty seven year prison term (BEFORE he can even begin to qualify for any probation, he must serve the entire 57 yrs) this afternoon. I am glad that the jury did not vote for the death sentence, and think that this sentence will be much harder for a former police man to serve.

I was impressed with the Judge, and his explanation of the sentence. I was also very impressed by his victim's mother! I am not sure that I would be able to do as she did...just yet. Oh, I would want to, but I just am not so very sure that I would have the ability to choose to let go of anger at someone who had deliberately murdered my child and grandchild.

But forgiveness IS a choice, not a feeling. Feelings follow that choice.

The mother of the pregnant Ohio woman killed by former police officer Bobby Cutts Jr.
told him minutes after a jury spared him the death penalty that she had already forgiven him
and she hoped he would one day get out of jail.

"I do forgive you," Jessie Davis' mom Patty Porter told Cutts as he sat in the courtroom,
adding that it was her faith in God that helped her do so. "I hope you can hold your son,
and I hope I can raise him to forgive you."

"He knows what you did. You would not believe the stories he's told us."

As I heard her say this, all I could think of is what this man had done to not only the mother of his daughter, and his pre-born (nearly ready to BE born) daughter, but also to his son! Thank God that he did not harm that child as well, or he may not have yet been found guilty! But ... how is this going to affect this little boy who told the police that Daddy's mad, Mommy's crying, Mommy broke the table, Mommy's in the rug.... He has lost two parents.

Davis' mother then turned to the judge and asked that the man who killed

her daughter and their unborn baby girl

walk free one day.

"Please show mercy on him so he can raise his son," she pleaded.

He has gained a lot in having this woman raise him, and Bobby Cutts needs to hear her words over and over, especially to remind him what he did to that little boy.

May God have Mercy on his (Bobby Cutts') soul.

He was eligible for the death penalty NOT for the death of Jessie Davis, but for the death of his not yet born daughter!
That is what impressed me most about this jury on the day that the verdicts were read... his daughter counted to them, she was real to them, and the word 'aggravated murder' was fitting. I was surprised that the same verdict was not reached about Jessie's murder, as well. The ramifications of an aggravated murder verdict for this baby, rather than for her mother is staggering, in my humble opinion. In Lacy and Connor Peterson's verdict, both guilty verdicts were of equal value, if my memory is correct.

In this one, they found him guilty of the murder of both Jessie and Chloe, but they found that the murder of the baby was especially heinous! That speaks volumes.....

For the aggravated murder charge in the death of the unborn baby, the judge accepted the jury's recommendation of life in prison with parole eligibility after 30 years.

The additional years without parole that were tacked on to Cutts' sentence were for charges of murder in Davis' death, abuse of a corpse, burglary and child endangering for leaving Blake Davis alone.

For the aggravated murder charge in the death of the unborn baby,
the jury chose among these possible sentence recommendations:
the death penalty, life in prison without parole or life with parole eligibility after 20, 25 or 30 years.

Jurors found him not guilty of aggravated murder in the death of Davis
but convicted him of a lesser charge of murder in her death.

Cutts, who also was convicted of abuse of a corpse, burglary and child endangering for leaving Blake Davis alone, resigned as a patrolman from the Canton police department.

God bless!

Jane Brennan Motherhood Interrupted

A few days ago, I introduced you to a new author, my friend, Jane Brennan, and to her new website, Motherhood Interrupted. Her book bears the same name.

I am reading Jane Brennan's new book right now, and it is filled with sadness, despair, hope, forgiveness and healing. I recommend it to everyone, including men who have been victims of abortion, or who encouraged women to have one.

It is important to hear this side of the story, and to remember that there are two... at the minimum... victims for every abortion. I say at the minimum, because I know some men who had no choice in the matter, and sadly, lost their child to someone else's decision. I also know many family members grieve the loss of their sibling, niece/nephew, grandchild, also having had no choices. And then there are those who pushed their family member or friend into making that decision, and have come to regret that action.

An abortion does not affect just one person, or even two. It has ripple effects, and does not stop until it is faced, grieved, forgiven.

Jane has given us a glimpse of the effects on the individuals and their family members. It is a book that I strongly recommend, and I will be getting additional copies to be given to others as the need arises. You can purchase it here.

Or, if you prefer an autographed copy, you can order it directly by emailing
It is $16.00 which includes shipping and handling when ordered from Jane.

Janie has also written an article for, which is today's Lead Article.

Understanding the Post-Abortive Woman

I was a young college student in Boston in the early 80's when I found out I was pregnant. My first reaction was one of total fear... -- Jane Brennan

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Ed Peters has Canon Law Blog Update

I had not heard about this until I read it this morning.

God bless!

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From: Edward Peters
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 11:21 PM

Feuerherd's curse cannot be ignored
To wish damnation on an individual or a group is to wish on them the absolutely worst fate conceivable: separation from God forever. CCC 1035. Catholics possessed of even a rudimentary catechesis know that one cannot invoke upon a human being any greater calamity than damnation, and that it is never licit, for any reason, to wish that another person be damned.

On February 24, National Catholic Reporter correspondent Joe Feuerherd, writing in the Washington Post, expressed his desire to see the bishops (of the United States) literally damned before he would fail to vote Democratic this Fall.

Read what can be done about it at:

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Fr. Tom's Spirit & Life: Humanae Vitae priests

I don't want to detract from the importance of HLI's work in the least, but this message could also be applied to today's rampant no fault forced unilateral divorce and 'easy' Nullity judgments from US Tribunals just as much as to abortion.

  1. Both were made 'law of the land in 1973--one by Roe v Wade in January, and the other by passage of the Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act in August, 1973.
  2. Both are destructive.
  3. Both are topics that are avoided in the pulpits.

From Fr Tom Euteneuer's column:

There are two complaints that I have heard in literally every one of the 50+ countries I have visited. Complaint one is that priests don't preach enough about abortion. That is painfully apparent to all of us. Complaint two is that they are almost totally silent about the issue of birth control as well. Some have described this as a "conspiracy of silence" in the face of one of the most important issues of our day.

Rome, thankfully, has not been silent on either one of these issues. Popes Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI have been brilliant examples of preaching and teaching on the life issues. The problem comes down to the delivery of these teachings at the grass-roots level! It benefits the "average Catholic" very little if the pope writes a document on an issue of faith or morals only to have priests ignore it in their pastoral care of souls. This has been the de facto situation of our clergy for forty years on the issue of birth control, and it is not too strong to say that the teaching of Christ has been neutered by clerics who contracept its life-giving force!

Don't get me wrong. I am not judging this clerical contraception—I am condemning it!

Priests who deprive their people of moral guidance on birth control dig their own graves. "My people perish for lack of knowledge," says the prophet Amos. Yes, and they also perish for the sins of contraception, which has apparently been adopted by the vast majority of Catholics—men, women and physicians—who see no contradiction whatsoever in contraception and the reception of Holy Communion.

Please follow the link below to read the rest of his column, including what his plans are, and how YOU can help!

God bless!

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From: John Mallon
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 10:45 PM

Dear Friends,

Here is Fr. Tom's column on a new project we will be undertaking:

Please spread the word!

God bless you,
For Human Life International

From Wis Right to Life: Two Huge Right to Life Issues Before Legislature This Week

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

This week, the state legislature will take up two crucial pieces of legislation of great interest to the right to life movement.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 27, the Senate Committee on Health, Human Services, Insurance and Job Creation will take up SB 398, legislation that would repeal Wisconsin 's long-standing ban on abortion.  Wisconsin Right to Life strongly opposes SB 398.

On Thursday, February 28, the State Assembly will vote on AB 710, the Wisconsin Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act , which is authored by Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon) and Rep. Tony Staskunas (D-West Allis).  Wisconsin Right to Life strongly supports AB 710.

SB 398

In commenting on SB 398, Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director Barbara Lyons said, "Wisconsin 's abortion ban, s. 940.04, is the most important thing we have to protect unborn children in Wisconsin .  On the day Roe v. Wade is finally gone, Wisconsin will be one of the first states in the nation to shut down its abortion clinics.  That is, as long as our abortion ban stays on the books."

Pro-abortion organizations continue to promote the falsehood that unless s. 940.04 is repealed, women would be imprisoned for having abortions.  But in 1985 the legislature passed s. 940.13 which protects any woman who obtains an abortion from any penalty whatsoever. 

"Wisconsin Right to Life and Wisconsin law itself consider women in these situations to be victims and not criminals," said Lyons .  "It is unconscionable for pro-abortion organizations to continue to perpetuate the lie that women will go to prison, or be penalized in any way, if they obtain abortions under Wisconsin law."

AB 710

This legislation mirrors the language of the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 which was ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.  Assembly Bill 710 is necessary in order to permit local officials to become involved in violations of the ban.

"By anyone's standards, this heinous procedure is barbaric and unbefitting a civilized society," said Susan Armacost, Wisconsin Right to Life Legislative Director.  "The procedure takes three days to complete.  Labor is induced and when the woman is fully dilated, which can take three days or more, the abortionist uses instruments to turn the fully formed baby around so that the baby's legs will present first.  The abortionist then grabs the baby's legs with forceps and pulls the baby out into the birth canal to the point where just her entire body is delivered, except for the head.  The abortionist then jams scissors into the base of the baby's skull and opens the scissors to enlarge the hole.  The scissors are removed, a suction catheter is inserted and the baby's brains are sucked out.  The dead baby is removed."

Thus, in a partial birth abortion, a premature human is deliberately pulled to within just a few inches of being medically and legally a live birth.  The difference between partial-birth abortion and homicide is a mere three inches!

Pro-abortion organizations are insisting that AB 710 be amended to include a "health" exception.  The bill already contains a "life" of the mother exception.  A "health" exception would render the legislation meaningless.

Expert testimony from both sides in the court cases challenging the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 demonstrated that the procedure is not necessary for any maternal or fetal condition.  In addition, the definition of "health" in the abortion context is found in the Doe v. Bolton companion decision to Roe v. Wade.   In that decision, "health" is defined as "all factors – physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman's age – relevant to the well-being of the patient.  All these factors may relate to health."

Armacost explained, "The term 'medically necessary to preserve the health of the woman' means any abortion an abortionist agrees to perform for any reason.  Wisconsin Right to Life will consider a legislator's vote in favor of a 'health' exception to be a vote against the ban itself."

For information about Wisconsin Right to Life's position on these issues, visit