....The sanctity of human life is under continuous assault. This assault isn’t limited to abortion and euthanasia—contempt for human life itself has become respectable. For the sake of the planet, we are being asked to drastically reduce our numbers.
Please read Chuck Colson's comments, and follow through on his suggestion regarding the Manhattan Declaration . You can find it here:
BreakPoint: Human Sacrifice for Gaia, 12/18/09
Lord, have Mercy!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Wife’s passing inspires Iowa man’s renewal of faith
One can grow bitter... or better. This man chose to honor his wife by his choice. His story in some ways reminds me of that of Elizabeth and Félix Leseur , for it was after Elizabeth's death that Felix had his own conversion, and then became a priest.
“Right after the accident I felt that a part of me died,” he says. He was plagued by guilt, too, and thoughts of how he might have prevented the tragedy.
But after talking with a friend who’d also lost his wife, Bill realized he had two options: “You can lose hope or you can continue. You can turn to despair or you can turn to the church.”
The goal of the Sacrament of Marriage is to aid your spouse to Heaven. May we all be as faithful in this vocation as were Elizabeth and Nancy.
Today, I got Matt's latest column from RenewAmerica.com in my email. (I get a few columnists' that I like emailed to me, so I don't miss them), and follow some of them on either Facebook or Twitter, or both...) Matt's column begins:
The following is a reprint of an article from the December 2009 issue of Homiletic & Pastoral Review titled The effects of divorce on children, by Barbara Meng.
Thanks to Mark Brumley and Catherine Harmon of Ignatius Press for allowing me to reprint Mrs. Meng's essay.
This introduction is on the website for the Dec 2009 issue of Homiletic & Pastoral Review:
CHILDREN OF DIVORCE … Since about 50 percent of marriages end inHaving watched the effects of my in-laws divorce on their two adult sons, 25 and 24, 17 yr old daughter, and 11 year old son, and then seeing the effects that it has had on the marriages of all four, I can vouch for that last sentence. I can further vouch for it in my own children, and again, in their marriages.
divorce, it follows that half of the children in America suffer the effects of
divorce. In this issue Mrs. Barbara Meng, a mother of seven and grandmother of
eighteen, presents some of the results of long-term studies on the effects of
divorce on children. Three false assumptions are refuted: 1) that if the parents
are happier after divorce, the children will be too; 2) that it is better to
grow up in an environment free from bickering; 3) even if the children are
distressed by the divorce, they’re resilient and will soon recover. She shows
that these assumptions are not true. Whether four or forty, children suffer from
the divorce of parents.
1. Parental happiness can be summarized by selfishness of one or both, usually, but the children are not happy when Mom and Dad are in two different homes, and they become 'visitors' in one of them.
2. If anyone thinks that divorce papers magically END any 'bickering', they are terribly mistaken. Instead, the fighting generally escalates, and sometimes never ends. Sometimes, that escalating fighting ends in severe injury or even death of one of the spouses in murder, suicide, or both. Attorneys begin to speak for the spouses, and often come up with all sorts of demands/requests of the court, including custody fights.... and who is the 'prize'? The children that are supposed to be (1) happier with happier parents, and (2) better off than they were before.
3. Ah, yes, children are resilient and 'recover'...but they are never the same. Their 'recovery' may even take the rest of their lives, as they grow up, graduate from school, perhaps never or seldom see one of their parents... then get to enjoy their adult milestones: their own wedding (worry about how the 2 families will get along, etc), birth of their children with birthday parties, Sacraments, etc, etc, etc...
Suggestion: Read Elizabeth Marquardt's works, including her book, BETWEEN TWO WORLDS. The children of divorce (whose parents were told by the so-called experts #'s 1, 2, and 3 above, and who bought the lie hook, line, and sinker) are beginning to speak out, and tell us what we should have known all along.
And now, go read more Truth:
The effects of divorce on children By Barbara Meng
A wise man said:
"Divorce tears marriage apart.
It desolates both husband and wife.
It leaves the children not only in tears but also in misery.
We do not deny that there can be serious disagreement between husband and wife, but divorce is not the solution.
When husband and wife have a disagreement, they should reflect, pray, sit together and discuss.
Accept fault where you are wrong, ask for pardon, or consult a priest or other spiritual adviser,
but do not divorce."
~~Francis Cardinal Arinze
INDONESIA A thousand Islamic extremists, including women and children, storm a Church near Jakarta - Asia News
They had wanted to be in their new Church by Christmas....
Last night was the first day of the Islamic New Year, the start of the month of Muharram. Local sources told AsiaNews, on condition of anonymity, that the “crowd was made of people from Tarumajaya and Babelan”, two villages in North Bekasi where Islamic extremists are a majority.
Saint Albert’s Church, a chapel that is part of Saint Arnold’ Church in Bekasi, was not yet finished. Started on 11 May 2008, it had the required building permit for places of worship and was 80 per cent complete. Workers had finished the walls and the roof. Only ceramic floor tiles had to be laid.
Although not yet finished, it was set to host Christmas Mass for the local Christian community.
Now it is damaged but police and government authorities have urged the parish priest, Fr Joseph Jagadwa, to go ahead with the Mass anyway.
Pray for Christians in these lands, for their safety, and the courage to endure....
Lord, Have MERCY!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Senate to VOTE on PARENTAL RIGHTS (UN Treaty) This Session!
NOT a good idea... NOT something we want...
Pro-Life Activist Lila Rose Attacked by Planned Parenthood Abortion Center Escort
From the article:
The Planned Parenthood official moved closer to Rose and, visibly shaking, says, "It's a woman's choice!"
"What about the baby's choice?" Rose responds.
The Planned Parenthood escort replied, "It's not a baby!" and then turned around and walked away.
Lord, have Mercy, they know not what they do....
Praying that the Truth is revealed to those working at Planned Parenthood...it IS a baby, and that baby is being killed...
Lt. Colonel Allen West's Debute on the Sean Hannity Show on Fox News
This is where I first heard him. Since then, I have listened to other things he has said on other sites.
Like I said, so far, I REALLY like him!
Congressional Candidate Lieutenant Colonel Allen West
I REALLY like what this man has to say, so far!! REALLY like him!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Senator Nelson rejects Casey's proposed abortion compromise
Exactly why is everything seeming to be done in secrecy?
Why would anyone want to vote on a bill without any debate/discussion?
Where are the checks and balances that are built into our Republic by those who wrote the Constitution?
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The Littlest Christmas Tree
Take time to watch...maybe a few times.
I really always liked Red Skelton!
Senator Confirms Manager's Amendment Used to Persuade Nelson on Abortion
I don't care what they call it, it is extortion.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Domestic Felicity: Good simple soup
I love soups! Thanks, Heidi, for pointing me to this recipe. Looks and sounds good!
Pink Glove Dance
My friend, diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer over 4 years ago, has a website that she invited me to be part of. Mary's friend posted this video there, and it is hilarious. Mom and I watched it many times, laughing each time.
To Mom, each time through was a new experience, as her short term memory is almost nil. She said that this looks like a fun place to work. It does. I wonder how long they practiced to put this together. We both wondered how they came up with the idea.
But it will be watched again in the future when I need to laugh!
Mary, keep fighting that cancer! Keep helping to find lost Angels! Thank you for finding ours so many years ago! I love you!