Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Louder Than Words

The SpeakOut Illinois Confrence is coming up on Saturday. I'm submitting this essay for the essaycontest:

It is a normal, hectic, weekend and among all your other priorities, you volunteered to pray at the local Planned Parenthood. On the way there, you stop at your near-by coffee shop to grab a cup to go. As you are waiting for your coffee, you see your friend. After asking her if she had any plans for the day, you invite her to join you on your quest. Surprisingly, your friend looks at you dumb-founded. You both become uncomfortable as she starts twirling her hair, biting her lip and making excuses as to why she can’t join you. She ends the conversation with an uneasy smile and walks away.

This scenario could play out in many different ways; whether it’s a friend at school, a family member at a holiday party, or even a complete stranger. Whoever it may be, we need to take a stand for life. Today, many people are ill-informed, lied to, or just don’t know the facts. We need to reach out to these people where they are and feed them the truth. They may not hear it anywhere else, they may reject it, but still, once the truth is spoken, it can not be unheard.

People are being misguided and lied to by the media and/or abortion industry. Pro-life activists are being portrayed as being “abortion clinic bombers,” “women haters” and or “religious fanatics”. Pro-Life teens could be labeled as “freaks,” “un-cool,” “weird,” etc., by their friends and peers. This peer pressure doesn’t end at graduation either. Many pro-life adults are afraid to speak the truth in fear of losing their jobs, being labeled as “judgmental” and being blackballed by friends and neighbors.

The fact is, at least sixty percent of the U.S. population is pro-life. The proverbial squeaky wheel is getting the grease. Our tax dollars are funding abortion and many don’t even know it. The medical industry, doctors whom we are to trust with our lives no longer take the Hippocratic Oath, instead, they have fancy titles like, ‘selective reduction’ and ‘DNC’. Babies are being killed, women are being lied to and deceived, whole countries are in economic ruin, it’s a no win situation. The United States in now seeing suicide rates the heights it has ever seen, coincidence? Over fifty million babies and their potential families have already been exterminated by abortion in our country. The dark culture of death is swallowing more of our country, making it too dark for some to see the light.

With the new pro-abortion President, deceptive politicians and media, the future of the pro-life movement can look pretty bleak. There must be a renewed pro-life effort in these hard times, to become encouraged and not discouraged. Even if total success is not within our grasp, we must succeed in standing up for the truth.

Praying for an end to abortion is only the first step in becoming active. As Father Pavone once said, ‘You don’t tell to a drowning person that you will pray for them’. No, you go and try to help the person who is drowning.” Another analogy could be preparing for a test. You don’t only pray to do well on the test, you have to study. We cannot be idol when innocent people are being killed. We have to go out into the world and try to save them. If they were killing two year olds, would we make time to get there?

As Christians, we are all called to live the Gospel of Life in all aspects. By living a life of prayer, we can obtain the strength and graces needed to take on the culture of death. Not just witnessing to some, but to all, even when it’s tough, even when it’s being a fool for Christ. The old Baltimore Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us why we are here, to know Him, love Him and serve Him as to be united with Him in Heaven. If we all, ‘Become as little children,’ we shall be rewarded in Heaven. This advice relates to another story in the Old Testament days, of Sadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They are the three children who would not bow to a pagan culture of death. Reminding ourselves of God’s promise and keeping our eyes focused on Him, let’s place our hope in God almighty and not in politicians. Uniting for life, we will become a culture of life.

A Lesson Learned - A Public Confession/Testimony

So, my plan was to keep all my school work on my laptop. I had tests, paragraphs, etc., all to be submitted together. "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans."

I was (still am) lazy. I did not "back up" any of my files nor did I print anything out.

Yesterday, my laptop crashed. Need I say more?

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Saturday, January 24, 2009

March for Life 2009

Just got back from the March for Life in DC! An estimated 300,000 people marched!
We arrived in at our hotel in DC on Wednesday, the 21st at 6:00pm. My mom drove for 14 hours!
On Thursday we took the subway to the National Basilica to attend a Latin Mass. While we were at the Basilica we saw Fr. Captiverti (sp). We met him in Alabama about 4 years ago when we stalked Fr. Pavone and the members of Priests for Life.
After mass we ran to the hotel and saw Fr. Jarrod McCambridge from the Fraternity of St. Peter. We met Father when he was a Seminarian doing a Face the Truth Tour in Aurora, Illinois about five years ago - that was our first Face the Truth Tour. It was so good to see him and get a blessing!

Then we walked to the National Mall. There were great graphic displays along the way.
Surprisingly we found some friends from home and Fr. Hellmann of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Fr. Hellmann got transferred from the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago to a church in New Jersey. He brought about 50 people to the march from his church.
We saw Fr. Trigilio while marching.

When we got to the Supreme Court building we listened to some "Silent No More" testimonies and saw Br. Pio and Fr. Mark from EWTN. My sister got "interviewed" so we might see her on Life on the Rock next week - not.
Then I got a picture with the great pro-lifer, Mr. Randall Terry. Bad hair day!
We got back to our hotel room around 6 and then went to the "Rose Dinner." Unfortunately none of the pictures I took at the dinner turned out. My pictures of Fr. Pavone are pretty blurry, eh?
We had a great time defending life!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

New Poll

What was your favorite Video of the Week for the month of December?
(Click on the video title to watch)

· Merry Tossmass.
· Scary Santa.
· Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.
· Bells of St. Mary's Christmas Pageant.

Please vote using the poll on the left

SpeakOut Illinois!

Reminder! Sign up for SpeakOut Illinois!

Speakers Include:

Fr. Thomas Euteneur (I have to brag - I'm a part of his "groupie")
• Phyllis Schlafly
• Dr. Alveda King

I'm still working on my TeenSpeak essay. I'll post it when it's complete! Hopefully I'll have some good competition :)

Video of the Week

I wanted a to keep the "Video of the Week" funny but with the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade I had to do something pro-life.

Good analogy.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thank You, Mr. President

This week President Bush has been in the news, preparing to leave office L

Our country should be grateful to him for keeping us safe and his firm stance on pro-life issues such as:

  • The appointment of two pro-life Supreme Court Justices (Roberts and Alito)
  • The Partial Birth Abortion Ban
  • Born-Alive Infants Protection Act
  • 2004 Unborn Victims of Violence Act
  • Vetoing Embryonic Stem Cell research funding

I hope everyone can send him an e-mail of thanks before he leaves the white house at:

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Video of the Week

Requiescat In Pace, Fr. Neuhaus

Mr. Raymond Arroyo (EWTN) wrote a very nice tribute to Fr. Neuhaus who passed away Thursday, January 8, 2009:

For me personally, Father Neuhaus will forever be attached to the election of Pope Benedict XVI and, early last year, his journey to America. Father Neuhaus was my co-host for the Eternal Word Television Network's live coverage of those events, providing commentary that was erudite and occasionally cutting. When I announced to our viewers that the pope would be meeting with the American bishops in the crypt of National Basilica in Washington, Father Neuhaus quipped: "A fitting repository for the American Episcopacy."

When one steps back and looks at the turns of Father Neuhaus's life -- at his active engagement with social causes and, when American culture changed, with those "first things" that came to matter more than ever; at his willingness to forsake friendships and old alliances to pursue the truth -- it is ever more clear that he was willing to obey the promptings of his faith, no matter where they took him.

Read the whole article here:

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Infant King Awaits YOU......

Solemn Pontifical Mass
Sunday, January 11th, 10:00 am

at the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest,
6415 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago

Celebrant: His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry, Auxilary Bishop of Chicago

Choral Music Provided by The Chicago Chorale under the direction of Mr. Bruce Tammen
Missa O Magnum Mysterium of Tomas Luis de Victoria

After Mass : "Discover the Treasure: Gregorian Chant for Everyone"
A free conference and chant practice open to all given by Canon Wulfran Lebocq, Choir Master of the Institute's International Seminary.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Pray a Novena to STOP the FOCA

I just received this e-mail and wished to pass it along!

Please read the information below and join us in prayer and fasting January 11-19, 2009.

The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) will be signed into law if Congress passes it on January 21-22, 2009. The FOCA is the next sick chapter in the book of abortion. If signed into law, all limitations on abortion will be lifted, resulting in the following:1) All hospitals, including Catholic hospitals, will be required to perform abortions upon request. If this happens, Bishops vow to close down all Catholic hospitals - more then 30% of all hospitals in the U.S.2) Partial birth abortions will be legal and have no limitations.3) All U.S. taxpayers will be funding abortions.4) Parental notification of abortions on minors will no longer be required (regardless of age).5) The estimated number of increase in abortions is 100,000 annually.Just as important, the government will now have control in the issue of abortion. This could result in a future amendment that would force women by law to have abortions in certain situations (rape, Down Syndrome babies, etc) and could even regulate how many children women are allowed to have.Needless to say this information is disturbing, but sadly true. As Catholics, as Christians, as anyone who is against the needless killing of innocent children, we must stand as one. We must stop this horrific act before it becomes a law.

PLEASE JOIN US IN saying a novena and fasting from January 11-19. For Catholics, the prayer of choice is the rosary for the special intention of stopping the FOCA. For non-Catholics we encourage you to pray your strongest prayers with the same intention for 9 consecutive days.

We hope and pray this will branch and blossom to become a global effort. Please do the following 3 things:1) Pass this information on quickly (so as many as possible can start praying on January 11)2) Say a novena from January 11-19, asking God to prevent the FOCA from becoming law in the U.S.3) Fast at least 2 days during this novena (either a complete fast of bread and water, or a Lenten fast of no meat and meals limited to 1regular meal and 2 lesser meals during the day).Remember that with God all things are possible and the power of prayer is undeniable.

Please sign the petition on the left too!

[HT: A.V.]

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Video of the Week

Most Catholics already know that the real "Twelve Days of Christmas" song was written in England during the Catholic Persecutions and had hidden meanings:

1 Partridge in Pear Tree - Christ
2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Blessings in '09!