What If Emilia Kaczorowska Had Aborted Her Child?

Emilia and Karol Wojtyla at their wedding

 Emilia Kaczorowska was pregnant, but she was ill—so ill, in fact, that her doctor encouraged her to have an abortion, to give up the baby she was carrying rather than risk her own life. With a husband in military service, wouldn't it be more important to care for herself?But Emilia said no. She had already lost one child, a daughter named Olga, in childbirth. Despite her physician's urging, she continued the pregnancy and gave birth to a healthy baby boy on May 18, 1920. Only n … [Read more...]

Pope St. Pius X: Humility and Determination

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I was young—very young!—but I still remember the canonization of Pope Pius X.  It was in 1954, the year I made my First Communion; and he was a strong proponent of frequent Holy Communion, especially for children.  I am certain that it was the first time I’d ever heard that very big word, “canonization”—and it stuck in my head and in my heart.  A pope, I remember thinking, must be a very holy man.On August 21, the Church commemorates the gentle pontiff whose last will and testament revealed a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ First Encyclical Continues Themes Begun by Pope Benedict

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On Friday, July 5, Pope Francis will publish his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith).Looking forward to that, I can’t help but notice that it lines up perfectly with the themes of the encyclicals published by Pope Benedict XVI during his pontificate.Remember his first?  Benedict surprised the world when he published Deus Caritas Est (On Christian Love—God Is Love) on Christmas Day 2005.  The media was still referring to him as “the Rotweiler” and painting a picture of a ruthles … [Read more...]