Pro-Lifers and the Truth-Phobic Press

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Photosource: telecareKatrina Fernandez has pictures from yesterday's March for Life, and she promises that more are coming.Watching yesterday on EWTN, I heard estimates of nearly half-million people marching peacefully and cheerfully, in the freezing rain, in support of life, which is -- at its core, as Tim Muldoon writes -- a march in support of love:In our experience, the metanoia of loving has meant seeing orphans not as problems to be solved, but as beloved children who will … [Read more...]

Our Daughters Dreams Arise from this Glad Slaughter!

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Rubens; Saturn Devouring his ChildThe president, whose administration last Friday declared that religiously-founded institutions -- schools, hospitals and charities -- have no right to their own consciences when it comes to paying for contraception, abortifacients and sterilization -- dropped these pearls for us on the occasion of the anniversary of Roe v Wade, a law passed some 40 million abortions ago:As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme … [Read more...]

Encouragement for Frightened Women

Katrina Fernandez, writing passionately and from the heart, with a message to unmarried pregnant women who think they can't possibly handle being a single parent:Financially, you may argue, it will be impossible to raise a child alone. You’d be surprised how little a child really needs. All that baby stuff, you don’t need it. Also, your future child will not care in the least what kind of car you drive, house you own or rent, whether you or they wear designer clothes or own a smart phone. Al … [Read more...]

Say “Yes” to Life

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Madonna del Parto [detail] by Piero della Francesca (c. 1460)A nicely done piece by Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Catholic Thing:He will have the most amazing set of lungs.”Paul Stefan James lived for only forty-two minutes – with a heartbeat, but never taking a breath. It seemed like a cruel coincidence that his mother’s Chicken Soup for a Mother’s Soul calendar had those words to offer on his birth date.But within about a human gestational period, a maternity home would open in his … [Read more...]

Our “Yes” to God Brings His More Perfect “Yes” to Us

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I love this month's cover of Magnificat Magazine -- Madonna and Child, by Marianne Stokes (1855-1927), Wolverhampton Art Gallery, West Midlands, UK. (© Bridgeman Giraudon) -- it captures the simple youth and energy of Mary, who would have been about 14 years old: her gaze is direct and open, and so is the child's. It almost harkens to Christ's ministry, and his command, "Ephphatha, be opened!"We are living in urgent times, where illusions are swirling all about, making it difficult to … [Read more...]

Pelosi and the “Lobbying” Bishops

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I read this and couldn't stop laughing. And I don't know why I was laughing -- I guess because it all seems so perfectly on schedule or something:This lawyer apparently has a strong hate on against Catholics. And a touch of paranoia, I think.In the sedate and sober world of bankruptcy law, one lawyer's memorandum sticks out like a sore loser."Across the country the court systems and particularly the Bankruptcy Court in Minnesota, are composed of a bunch of ignoramus, bigoted Catholic … [Read more...]

Chatting with Fr. James Martin

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I love his latest book, Between Heaven and Mirth almost as much as I loved My Life With the Saints (which is to say, a lot) but "Mirth" strikes me as a particularly great Christmas gift, because what heavy-lifting it requires comes with a ready-hand of diversionary wit and humor.It is not scary. You can give it to someone who already has faith -- any faith; the book does not speak exclusively to Catholics -- and they will enjoy it immensely. You can give it to someone who doesn't have … [Read more...]

The Smile You Can’t Resist!

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God has a funny way of turning people's hearts. This might be one of them:The camera just loves little Taya Kennedy. Wide-eyed, cheeky, engaged; she brims with the confidence of a natural performer. It is little wonder that she has taken the child-modelling world by storm.The fact that 14-month-old Taya also has Down’s Syndrome is quite incidental. She was selected, not to fulfil a quota, tick a box or adhere to the dictums of some politically-correct code of positive discrimination. T … [Read more...]

Well, since they’re talking about habits…

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Deacon Greg has a video and a link to a post from Msgr. Charles Pope that I'd actually seen a while back -- it's all about a sister looking back at the habit her order used to wear, design, purpose, etc.Some of the comments are interesting, particularly from women who used to wear the old, heavy habits.I personally like the modern habits that are being designed and taken up. The Sisters illustrating the piece by Pope are the Servants of the Lord and of the Virgin Matara, a fairly new … [Read more...]

Orthodox Nuns and “God is With Us”

After wading around in the filth of this post, I needed a palate cleanser; this seems just the ticket. Beautiful Orthodox nuns, and a lovely recording by the Mennonite Sharon Singers: We Are Not Alone; God is With Us … [Read more...]


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