Archive for November, 2008

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November 28, 2008

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Being thankful matters

November 27, 2008

Wow, this article tells a story you might not catch anywhere else:

http://catholicexchange.com/2008/11/25/114531

“Thanks-gathering at the White House” by Sylvia Dorham

Not only is the event itself impressive, but the generosity of the writer of the first comment (there was only one at the time that I drafted this post) is well worth noting. I hope that other people in the Washington, D.C. area will be able to offer similar assistance so that many people can participate in the January 17, 2009 “thanks-gathering” at the White House.

Don’t believe it when people say that President Bush “didn’t do anything” to help protect life! He did a great deal of work to promote pro-life policies and practices.

  • For those who can go and say “thanks” in person, please do.
  • For those who can’t go, please offer thanks in other ways:
    write or call to show your support for President George W. Bush’s efforts.

And for everyone: pray in thanksgiving for his leadership. No one is perfect, but he certainly has done much to defend the unborn.

May each of you
have a blessed and happy
Thanksgiving Day!

Conversion miracles do happen!

November 26, 2008

Many across the country are praying that our soon-to-be President and other officials with views like his will convert to the pro-life viewpoint. Yes, sometimes it is hard to believe that such a conversion could happen, yet our faith teaches that “…nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)

Here’s a link to (and the opening paragraph of) an article about Dr. Stojan Adasevic and his real-life example of such a dramatic conversion (courtesy of St. Thomas Aquinas!):

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=14322 
(has text and video)

“Another ‘champion of abortion’ becomes defender of life:
the story of Stojan Adasevic”

The Spanish daily “La Razon” has published an article on the pro-life conversion of a former “champion of abortion.” Stojan Adasevic, who performed 48,000 abortions, sometimes up to 35 per day, is now the most important pro-life leader in Serbia, after 26 years as the most renowned abortion doctor in the country.

Taking actions such as those mentioned in previous posts, along with sharing stories such as this conversion of Dr. Adasevic, all combined with dedicated prayer will lead to conversions of many other people. We must persevere, as St. Monica did for her son who became the great St. Augustine. While it may yet be hard for us to imagine, our future President may be among those who eventually will be united with Dr. Adasevic as powerful pro-life voices! Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!!!

The pro-life battle starts with prayer

November 25, 2008

Today’s article by George Weigel on Catholic Exchange highlights a number of the items on the culture of death agenda that require prayerful protests to overcome them.

Please read what he wrote about the United States, and particularly the states of Washington, California, and Michigan in “The Two Americas” at

http://catholicexchange.com/2008/11/25/114503

Notice, also, what he says needs to be done to bring about the culture of life:

  • The first order of business at the national level is to prevent the new Congress from passing the federal Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), an explicit attempt to destroy every state-based pro-life legal achievement of the past three decades.
  • Then we come to adult catechesis. … This year, a gratifying number of bishops began to accept the responsibilities of their teaching office; so, now, must parish pastors.
  • We need more persuasive ideas and language in the fight against euthanasia.

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Here are reminders about some concrete actions you can take to help stop FOCA (the misnamed “Freedom” of “Choice” Act):

  • Sign petition at www.fightfoca.com
    (268,668 signatures at the time of this posting)
  • Call U.S. Capitol switchboard (202) 224-3121 to tell your House Representative and two Senators that you oppose FOCA and want them to oppose it, too.Before calling, try to take the time to check whether or not each one is already sponsoring the bill ( www.nchla.org has a list of sponsors arranged by state ) so that you will be better prepared when talking to the staff members of your state’s officials.

And here are two prayer avenues that you may want to unite your prayers with:

“For all those joining us late, we encourage you to sign up and pray a 54 day ‘Conversion of America’ Novena, which begins December 3rd, and ends on January 25th, the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.”

January 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 * 2009
A Novena of Masses
for the protection of unborn human persons

The Saint Michael the Archangel Organization is pleased to announce the first annual 10,000 MASSES FOR UNBORN BABIES effort.

From January 13th through January 21st, it is hoped the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered at least 10,000 times for the following intention: For the protection of unborn human persons.

As of November 24th, 2008, 84 Masses have been scheduled to be offered as part of the effort known as “10,000 MASSES FOR UNBORN BABIES”.

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Just found out about this other site that seems very good. Will try to provide more details at another time, but wanted to share the link right away:

www.focafacts.com

One particular highlight: The “FOCA resources” link goes to Heritage House (Remember them? They created the “Precious Feet” pin!) which now has a bulletin insert for you to distribute in your churches and anywhere else you can. When you get to the Heritage House site, you will see two other bulletin inserts that help educate the public. All three are currently offered at discounted prices (“weekly special”) so act soon to see if your church or other organization will order them.

Go to www.hh76.com.

In case they are no longer listed in the “Weekly Special” group, here are the item numbers of the new bulletin inserts that you may want to order: 9948FC, 9949AW, 9950PL.

Gianna Beretta Molla: Saint of Life and Love

November 22, 2008

Tonight EWTN is airing the documentary movie “Love is a Choice” which tells the story of an Italian woman who gave up her own life in order for her youngest child to be born. That child and her father were present about 40 years later (in 2004) when their mother/wife was canonized as a saint!

Here is the description of the movie (as written on the EWTN schedule):

Saint Gianna Berretta Molla made a heroic choice to put her own life at risk in order to save the life of her unborn child, this program takes you inside her story through interviews with those who knew her, and the letters she exchanged with her husband.

To me and to many others, St. Gianna is a very clear choice as a patron for the pro-life movement (not to detract at all from the role of Our Lady of Guadalupe!). She is a saint of modern times  (1922-1962) who was a doctor (pediatrician), wife, and mother who serves as a wonderful role model.

Here are links to more information about this amazing woman’s story:

http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/saints/ns_lit_doc_
20040516_beretta-molla_en.html

http://www.saintgianna.org

http://members.chello.nl/~l.de.bondt/GiannaBerettaMollaEng.htm

http://www.scborromeo.org/saints/gianna.htm 

http://www.catholicinsight.com/online/saints/stmolla.shtml

What a find! This link goes to an article written by Fr. Tom Rosica who tells about the making of the movie:

Mr. Pietro Molla, husband of Saint Gianna, invited me to serve on the Canonization Committee last year, and then asked Salt+Light Television Network in Toronto to produce the formal documentary on Saint Gianna Molla that will be presented on the eve of her canonization in Rome. Salt+Light Television was granted the exclusive rights to interview the saint’s family, to have access to all family movies, documents, and photos earlier this year. The documentary, entitled Love is a Choice, is in its final stages of editing and will air on Canadian Catholic television in May 2004.

In this time when human life and the sacrament of marriage are both greatly under attack, let us ask St. Gianna to intercede for us, our country, and the world.

“Cultural meltdown” in process

November 22, 2008

I borrowed the first part of this post’s title from words in the article by Judie Brown (Co-founder of American Life League) posted yesterday on Catholic Exchange:

http://catholicexchange.com/2008/11/21/114517

In “The Final Confrontation: Who Will See It? Who Will Care” she starts with a quote from Pope John Paul II two years prior to his election to the papacy. She goes on to give statistics comparing the numbers of children killed by abortion and the numbers of people killed by war and the death penalty. I’m posting the link to her article in order to have a quick reference to those statistics. She finishes the article with hopeful stories of two courageous men who have taken public stands for life.

Adult Stem Cell Success: Times Two!

November 19, 2008

Actually, there are more than two successes, but this post highlights two in the news today. And guess what, at least one of the cable news networks actually aired a report about one this evening! That’s more surprising than the actual medical success, since many of us already knew that adult stem cell research is the way to go.

Two articles for you to read:

1. http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/nov/08111902.html

Adult Stem Cells used to Create
“Living Bandage” for Knee Injuries

By Hilary White

Excerpt:

“Among the most common sport injuries in Britain, a nation of football (soccer) fans, is a tear in the cartilage of the knee. Every year, more than 80,000 people in Britain suffer tears to mensical cartilage. Repairs to knee injuries have until now been restricted to surgical treatments, including removal of cartilage and transplantation. The majority of meniscal tears are not suitable for repair and instead the torn piece is removed. Removal of the meniscus cartilage can lead to progressive, degenerative arthritis of the knee joint.

In the Bristol university experiment, cartilage-producing stem cells taken from 23 patients with knee injuries, were coaxed to grow and coat a sponge-like scaffold, made from hyaluronic acid – a compound that occurs naturally in cartilage. The scientists applied this cellular “bandage” to the inside of tears in knee cartilage in the lab.”

2. http://www.lifenews.com/bio2638.html

Adult Stem Cell Research Yields
Major Success in Patient’s Windpipe Transplant

by Steven Ertelt

Excerpt:

“Doctors considered removing her entire left lung, but Macchiarini proposed the windpipe transplant. Scientists at Italy’s University of Padua prepared the transplant and doctors at the University of Bristol took adult stem cells from Castillo’s bone marrow from her hip and used them to create cartilage and tissue that could cover the windpipe.

Castillo, now the first patient to receive a whole organ transplant using her own cells, has shown no signs of rejecting the transplant and does not require any immune-suppressing drugs that have significant side effects.”

FOCA action you can take

November 12, 2008

Some quick information to spread across the country:

U.S. Capitol switchboard (202) 224-3121

PLEASE call that number to let your Senators and Representative know that you want them to oppose FOCA.

  • If any of them already is a sponsor, ask him/her to remove his/her sponsorship of the bill.
  • If not a sponsor, thank him/her and urge him/her to work VERY HARD to change the views of colleagues.

We CANNOT let this issue slide!

Please remember to pray as you work.

Here is one place to find sponsors of the Senate and House versions of the bill:

http://www.nchla.org/docdisplay.asp?ID=191

That listing is grouped by state and is dated Sept. 15, 2008.

Prayer followed by action

November 11, 2008

We certainly need to pray, but also need to act to defeat the onslaught of changes that loom before us. Here is one place you can go to take a step toward defeating FOCA (the so-called “Freedom” of “Choice” Act).

http://www.fightfoca.com/

Also learn more at http://www.nchla.org/

I anticipate posting much more about this proposed legislation, but those links will get you started.

Inauguration Day Rosary Novena

November 11, 2008

Thanks to Jean at “Catholic Fire” for spreading the word about a just-begun novena for the intention of the conversion of Obama and other people opposed to pro-life views.

Here is her link and the one she references:

Here is a quick description of the Rosary Novena for Life:

Our First Battle

“The first initiative of Rosaries for Life is going to be the Inauguration Day Rosary Novena. This Novena is going to last for 72 days – it consists of 4 sets of mysteries 9 times for the intentions, followed by 4 sets of mysteries 9 times in thanksgiving = 72 days of praying 5 decades). The novena will begin on November 10th, the feast of St. Leo the Great (as well as the first day of the USCCB meeting) and end on January 20th, Inauguration Day. If you missed the beginning of the novena, please join us anyway, and pledge either “a partial novena” until January 20th or a full 72-day novena to end sometime after Inauguration Day.”

Please go to the novena site for more details. And don’t forget to include the intentions in your daily rosary! (If you don’t already pray the rosary daily, this would be a wonderful time to begin!!!!)

Here is today’s “Prayer of the Day” in conjunction with the novena:

“Day 2 of the Novena: Luminous Mysteries            Rosaries Pledged: 15002

Prayer of The Day:

St. Martin, you traded in the implements of earthly warfare for a life of spiritual warfare.  Intercede for us, that we may change our society into a culture of peace and life.  Help us to realize that our enemies are not flesh and blood, but the spiritual hosts of wickedness.

On this Veterans’ Day, we also ask the intercession of all of the fallen soldiers of the United States.  We thank you for your sacrifice, and beg your intercession for our country, that it may again attain to its former greatness, and be fully worthy of the sacrifices you made.  Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Our Lady, we pray for all of our soldiers who are still being purified.  Bring them, and all souls, to Heaven!”

Finally, here is a note about how to join at anytime after the start day of Nov 10th:

“For all those joining us late, we encourage you to sign up and either pray the remaining 71 days, catch up with multiple rosaries per day, or start an alternate novena, which would begin on November 15, and end on January 25th, the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.”

Again, the Web site is http://rosariesforlife.com/. “Dave” states that “Kat” has helped him put it together in a very short time, so check back frequently for updates as they improve and expand the site.