Last night, my sister shared with me one of the neatest ways to fulfill my duties as elf: "5 Hands gift giving"
helping HAND (donations)
helping HAND (donations)
"I call as my witness Christ the Lord who will be my judge, that my vote is given to the one who before God I think should be elected."
|This photo is first of 102 on NY1 today chronicling the damage done by Hurricane Sandy in Queens, NYC. I find it telling that the Blessed Mother is the only one standing in the midst of rubble. In the same way, she is the refuge we each can take from the the trials of daily life.|
|Infant section at Sacred Heart in Salisbury, NC|
All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
For I, the LORD, do not change,
and you, sons of Jacob, do not cease to be.
Since the days of your ancestors you have turned aside
from my statutes and have not kept them.
Return to me, that I may return to you,
says the LORD of hosts.
Malachi 3:6-7Amazingly, I read the entire short book in one sitting. It made me think of lots of things. Completing that book brought me up to First Maccabees. I tucked my bookmarks in.
|a fourth trimester fetus?|
Hey! It's a fourth trimester fetus! Can we kill that one too?I gasped in disbelief. I couldn't help but recall his hateful words when I read 11-year-old Zoe Griffin's experience during a DNC protest-- a display of 3,300 carnations to represent the children killed daily in America by abortion.
"The pro-abortionists turned to us and started pointing at different people, saying, "You're a person! You're a person! Fetuses are not!" Then the [pro-abortion] woman saw me crying and said," You are making this girl cry with your bull____". I couldn't stand any more of those lies. They pushed it too far. In the highest-pitched voice I have ever spoken in, I screamed, "THEY ARE NOT THE ONES MAKING ME CRY! YOU ARE! WITH YOUR DARK HEARTS, YOUR DARK MINDS TURNED AGAINST GOD!"
|Who made Zoe cry?|
(Photo by Anthony Perlas, seroptics.com for CatholicNewsHerald.com)
|Did this tree deserve to die?|
"Only lately did I guess that Saruman was to blame, and that long ago he had been spying out all the ways, and discovering my secrets. He and his foul folk are making havoc now. Down on the borders they are felling trees-- good trees. Some of the trees they just cut down and leave to rot-- orc-mischief that; but most are hewn up and carried off to feed the fires of Orthanc. There is always smoke rising from Isengard these days.
"Many of those trees were my friends, creatures I had known from nut and acorn; many had voices of their own that are lost for ever now. And there are wastes of stump and bramble where once there were singing groves. I have been idle. I have to let things slip. It must stop!
"I will stop it," he boomed. "And you shall come with me. You may be able to help me. You will be helping your own friends that way, to; for if Saruman is not checked Rohan and Gondor will have an enemy behind as well as in front. Our roads go together-- to Isengard!"
|Did this woman deserve to die?|
To implement these recommendations, the federal Department of Health and Human Services is empowered to impose so-called “quality” and “efficiency” measures on health care providers. Doctors who violate a “quality” standard by prescribing more lifesaving medical treatment than it permits will be disqualified from contracting with any of the health insurance plans that individual Americans, under the Obama Health Care Law, will be mandated to purchase. Few doctors would be able to remain in practice if subjected to that penalty.
To remain indifferent to good fortune or to adversity by accepting it all from the hand of God without questioning, not to ask for things to be done as we would like them but as God wishes, to make the intention of all our prayers that God's will should be perfectly accomplished in ourselves and in all creatures is to find the secret of happiness and content.
A good book.
These very visible banners are meant to provoke dialogue and encourage evangelization, diocesan officials said, during a time when the national spotlight will shine on Charlotte like never before – and where attention will especially be drawn near St. Peter Church, the oldest Catholic church in the diocese and located in the heart of the convention area.
To advertise for breast cancer is seen as a universally good cause, however to use explicit nudity between three women is hardly prudent. In a fight for the health of women, must we exploit them? I also pity the three women and the producers and photographers who had to work on such a display. It is not necessary to provide a shock in order to support women suffering from cancer.Their response:
The intent of the 2011 BCA Campaign, with its bold and inspiring visual, is to raise awareness while emphasizing the collective power of people joining TOGETHER around the world with one voice to spread the all- important message of breast health and that early detection saves lives."Bold and inspiring?" If they wanted to be bold and inspiring and express "together"-ness about Breast Cancer, why not show the women's fronts, not their backs? That would be bold. The ad they used, however, was just imprudent.
"Also, it's an interruption when a couple is in the 'heat of the moment' where you have to change focus to something decidedly unromantic," he said. "[It's] pretty much the same as if the woman, at the same juncture, needs to jump up, run to the bathroom and insert a diaphragm. It breaks the mood.
"Men wear them because they are slightly more desirable than a combination of embarrassing diseases, 20 years of child support payments and death," Shaw said. "And if you took the death part out of the equation, a frightening number of us would probably still roll the dice on it if the lady was willing."But the shocking part for me is that men's semen actually helps a woman be happier and is also protects against preeclampsia in pregnancy and uterine cancer.
|Why is the fish glowing?|
This is a very exciting development in the international effort to understand the impact of estrogenic chemicals on the environment and human health.Furthermore, in 2004, the World Health Organization declared that hormonal birth control is a carcinogenic.
From Planned Parenthood to the 86 percent of Americans who said sex-selective abortions should be outlawed, virtually everyone agrees that aborting a child on the basis of its gender is unethical—even inhumane.Congressman Chris Smith wrote in the Washington Post,
Sex-selection abortion is cruel, it’s discriminatory and it’s legal. It is violence against women.Foster Freiss's blogger T. J. Haley asks,
Is Gender Based Abortion the Most Sickening Thing You’ve Ever Heard?and he says,
We simply cannot allow this barbaric way of thinking to spread in our country. This needs to be illegal and it needed to be illegal yesterday.LifeSite news points out that providers
break state law and perform an illegal sex-selective abortion.With all this commotion, I'd like to disagree.
baby is sickI can't understand why:
baby might be sick
the pill didn't work
the condom didn't work
there are too many children already
we're moving soon
baby's mom and dad don't get along
baby's grandparents are mad at baby's mom
everyone has walked away from mom
mom just doesn't feel like having baby
baby conceived at wrong time
baby might be poor
baby might be stupid
baby's dad is also baby's uncle
baby's dad is also baby's grandfather
baby's dad is some stranger who took advantage of baby's mom
too many babies in womb
baby might cause mom health problems
no reason at all, just want to be un-pregnant
baby is a girlare more offensive than the first list. It just doesn't make sense. ANY abortion is a grave offense against the baby, a deep betrayal of the baby. It's saying to the baby:
baby is a boy
I don't care what your future problems are; I don't care to help you solve them. I'd rather kill ya.It's saying to mom:
I don't love you enough to help you raise your child and love your child; I'd rather leave you to deal with it, but if you don't have the abortion, I'm gone.Really, ANY abortion produces the same result: dead baby. Why is any reason to choose abortion any more or less legal than any other reason for abortion?
|Bishop Curlin at ordination 1957|
|And more recently!|
|Photo provided by the Catholic News Herald|
|photo by the Catholic News Herald|
Preaching these truths is the opposite of hate speech, but love-talk.Indeed, when someone is in error, the goodness of God's grace in his or her conscience often tells him or her, "Stop! Watch out!" However, we have a way of ignoring good sense our gut reaction and rather turn toward sin as if it is a great new adventure. How difficult it is to see a friend take this path, especially when you've been down the path before... and wished someone had told you, "Wake up! Don't you see you're hurting yourself and your relationships?!"
Forty years I endured that generationstruck me very hard. The day after we swear the president who will serve our Country in the next term, our Country will mark the 40th anniversary of the slaughter of the innocents by abortion.
conjugal infidelityYes, believe it or not, Pope Paul VI calls contraception a "dangerous weapon" that would "thus be placed in the hands of those public authorities who take no heed of moral exigencies." Isn't that exactly what has happened with the HHS mandate?
general lowering of morality
loss of respect for women
“Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.”Because many nearby states have restricted abortion in recent years, Tennessee has seen an increase in out-of-state abortions, though the actual number of abortions has decreased in the past two decades:18,253 performed in 2008, down from 21,114 in 1990.
It makes intuitive sense that humans both individually and as societies benefit by living in accordance with the wishes of their Creator
|This frog looks worried. He should be!|
When a new synthetic substance is created, or a naturally occurring substance is generated at greatly increased levels, the effects can be far longer-lasting and wider-reaching than its manufacturers predict or intend. Some well-known examples of this include asbestos, a popular insulation and flame retardant in the late 19th century, which was later discovered to be carcinogenicFor example, she references a spring, 2012 article that addresses the harms done to frogs and other animals due to toxins in the water supply.
Due to the accumulation of synthetic steroids in water, much of the research conducted on its impact has been done using water-dwelling vertebrates such as fish and frogs. An ever-increasing collection of studies report harmful effects of these hormones on aquatic vertebrates, particularly with regard to their reproduction, as would be predicted given the nature of the contaminants.Putting aside the side effects of the pill on the environment, imagine what the side effects are for women whose bodies are continuously processing excess hormones. Women deserve better than to be treated as if our unique, perfectly functioning bodies are diseased for the fact that we can bear children.
Confessors should use the confessional with its screen for hearing confessions of girls and young women because it is easier for them to divulge all their sins and not to conceal any of them out of shame if they do not have to look the confessor in the face
|The Cooks with pictures of prize-winning '53 Thunderbird|
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|This is St. Philip Neri saying the Holy Mass.|