Mar 27, 2016
Dec 22, 2015
- The birth of Christ. Nothing in this season is greater than that.
- The Christmas Mass. An evening of beauty in which my soul releases a sigh of relief which permeates the heavens.
- Giving and receiving. I’ll play devil’s advocate with that shortly.
- Spending time with family.
- The cheerfulness in the air among almost everyone you meet.
- You get to wear those “Jesus is the reason for the season” buttons or bumper stickers.
- The materialism that is created thanks to black Friday sales and the hope that buying something at a deep discount will make me happier. Think about it. Other than getting gifts for the children, most of the buying we do is for someone that doesn’t really need anything so that it can lay around in a home which doesn’t have room for anything else. Then we have to buy a bigger home to house all the stuff that is cluttering up our lives. We spend money we don’t have to buy stuff others or ourselves don’t need. Crazy!
- The awkwardness of the cashiers wondering whether or not to say “have a good Christmas”. They don’t want to offend anyone ya know.
- The misguided giving. I just heard in the news that some wealthier people have been dropping into Walmart and paying peoples lay-away bill. That is great, but what about the poor people who will not have a warm home or meal to enjoy Christmas. They did not spend money that they don’t have to buy stuff that they don’t really need.
Jun 6, 2015
my wife wants to take a vacation a few weeks before the baby is due.
OK, maybe I'm over exaggerating....but only slightly.
We all wanted a vacation and it "just so happened" again that we were about 5 weeks
away from our new arrival.
We made a trip to the beach then on the way back we went to one of our favorite places, Alabama, to make a quick EWTN/ Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament pilgrimage.
We stayed at St. Paul's guest house. Nice and affordable for a larger family.
New on this trip was the John Paul II Eucharistic Center that just opened at the Shrine.
me wee-little mind around.
You can learn more about the center here: http://www.knightsoftheholyeucharist.com/community/events-calendar/viewevent/16-dedication-of-john-paul-ii-eucharistic-center.html
Apr 11, 2015
Being that it is still the Easter season, I can't really say "belated" Easter, but since I am just now getting this posted, it is late for Easter day.
I have forgotten how good sweet tea tasted and desert after dinner....I never realized I could make time to pray down at the abortion mill or go to stations of the cross every Friday.
Our Lenten sacrifices, no matter how little or how stringent they may be, shows our love for Jesus and our appreciation for His love and sacrifices for us.
Easter day: a day of rejoicing for our risen Lord Jesus.
It also became a day for over indulgence.
One of the holiest days of the year, becomes one of the most indulgent days of the year.
We let our children (and ourselves) eat candy before breakfast....that devious Easter bunny!!!
We eat more junk food before dinner than a small horse could handle.Then we stuff ourselves like
the Thanksgiving turkey in the company of our families.
Is this what the Apostles did when they realized that Jesus DID rise from the dead?
They probably didn't feast on chocolate bunny rabbits or drink all the wine available in Jerusalem.
They prayed, they stayed focused on the mission at hand. Spreading the good news of our risen Lord.
Can we stay the course? Finish the race? Over come the "thorns in the flesh"?
Pray for temperance, fortitude and a Lenten attitude.....Jesus has indeed risen.
Dec 25, 2014
This was the sermon opening for our Christmas Mass this year.
Of course, for those who do not have much knowledge about Christianity, this can be confusing.
Aren't we thanking God for God?
Well, yes, I guess.
We always have to thank God for the gift of faith in Him, so it would be true in that aspect.
But, in a deeper theological aspect, we know that God the Father sent God the son (Jesus) into this world in reparation for our sins and for our eternal salvation. To know Him, to love Him and to serve Him.
So, Jesus is God, manifested in human form. so we could really know Gods love for us and what is truely expected of us. Without Jesus, we would only have known the "old testament God" and been left with a long distantace relationship with Him. But, God wanted us to know Him personally and realize that He is with each of us personally.
The best way to do that, as they say in Missouri, is to "show us". Let us see Him truely.
I pray that everyone in the world will come to have that relationship with Christ our Lord.
Have a blessed Christmas!
Oct 31, 2014
Two Anti-Violence Protesters Arrested for Beating Fellow Protester
May 7, 2014
I went to visit the image in a local parish close by and learned many things about this wonderful gift to our Church. I knew very little about the history of Our Lady of Czestochowa, but one of the more interesting tidbits I found is that Catholic tradition places St Luke as the artist who painted the image.
While I have seen images online of the cross in the sky below, thinking maybe they were photoshopped, this was forwarded to me by people I trust, people that would have no reason to lie or make up something like this.
This is the only abortion mill open locally and many great things have been happening here although there are still over 3000 abortions performed here a year.
The comments below were on an email we received from a friend....
As we were praying the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy with Fr. West yesterday, we noticed that there was an almost perfect cross in the sky, apparently from a jet, right above the abortion center. In addition, two mothers chose life for their unborn children yesterday. Thank you Mother Mary for this special grace. Our Lady of Czestochowa pray for us.
“And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky”
Matt 24:30 Blessings, Ed along with a magnificent sign from God . . . NEVER CEASE PRAYING!
Apr 30, 2014
Apr 5, 2014
40 Days for Life Campaign.http://www.40daysforlife.com/
There are many reasons to participate, but some people find so many excuses not to.
It may take you out of your comfort zone; it may be raining, snowing or just plain freezing cold on your day.You may be scorned, ridiculed or (one of the most popular that I have seen), shown that you are
#1 in peoples book.
But, to put the truth in perspective, you are trying to save babies lives and help a mother not to ruin her life. She is a mother already if she is trying to get an abortion. The baby is a baby already if the mother is trying to get an abortion.
You are doing Gods work by trying to share the Gospel of life.
If those aren't enough reasons, here are some more concerning the mother that gets an abortion;
|Symptoms of Post-Abortion Trauma|
Bouts of crying
Inability to forgive yourself
Intense grief / sadness
Anger / rage
Sexual problems or promiscuity
Lowered self esteem
Drug and alcohol abuse
Nightmares and sleep disturbances
Difficulty with relationships
Anxiety and panic attacks
Pattern of repeat crisis pregnancy
Discomfort around babies or pregnant women
Fear / ambivalence of pregnancy
|Please contact Silent No More Awareness at 1-800-707-6635
Sep 18, 2013
Thanks to, Servant of God, Fulton J. Sheen for this;
Eve looks at the forbidden fruit; it is beautiful to behold. More and more she turns herself from the voice and thought of God to the fragrancy and imagined sweetness of the forbidden fruit. The lingering thought passes into a vivid imagination, the vivid imagination into a burning wish, the burning wish into a half-formed purpose, the half-formed purpose into a hasty act. Swiftly the crisis is upon her, as all such crises are, and the deed was done irrevocably until time shall be no more.
I bet if we could conform our wills to God’s will, and follow the same process (of course replacing the sin part with virtue) we can beat sin every time.
I am thinking it would look something like this;
Eve looks at the forbidden fruit; it is beautiful to behold. More and more she turns herself to the voice and thought of God from the fragrancy and God given sweetness of the forbidden fruit. The lingering thought passes from a vivid imagination, the vivid imagination into an offering up to God, the burning wish into a prayer for strength, prayer for strength, into a moment of prayer of thanksgiving for the Lords help in turning from the temptation. Swiftly the crisis is adverted and the deed was not done.
….what a wonderful world it would be….
Sep 4, 2013
Jul 31, 2013
Well, a situation in our neck of the woods caught my eye in the local news: http://www.wave3.com/story/22869380/jcps-teacher-among-6-charged-for-sexual-encounters-in-parks
First the rest area's weren't safe, now the local parks. We already know the public schools aren't safe.
We are told that homosexuality is not harmful to society, but those of us who are not blinded by media bias know better.
Since I like to use the media against itself, I am glad that they printed this comment for an officer involved.
"Families, children, people that were seeing these events and they contacted us directly," said Officer Jim Schreck of Indiana DNR."
So, if homosexuality is so acceptable to lawmakers, why is there public outcry when things like this happen? I'm sure there would be a public outcry against a married man and woman if they were being lewd in public, but I'm not seeing those stories on the news. My point is, immorality shouldn't be acceptable anywhere; but I am predicting that as homosexuality and other disordered preferences in human behavior are being accepted as "the norm", there will be a concern and rise in crime among the general public. It continues to prove my point that Christians are not the "crazy, violent, intolerant" homophobes that the media would portray. We have faith, we have reason, we have the truth. Society will continue to follow the lies of the media unless we Christians step out of our comfort zone and engage them with the message of Jesus Christ.
Jul 26, 2013
“Rebel pope urges Catholics to shake up dioceses”
So, of course being curious (and a glutton for punishment), I went ahead and read the article.
WHAT made Pope Francis so radical?
Well evidently he…
“urged young Catholics to shake up the church and make a "mess" in their dioceses by going out into the streets to spread the faith. “
OH MY GOODNESS, NOT THAT!!!
Anarchy is right around the corner.
We can’t have Catholics (especially young Catholics) spreading the faith.
What is this world coming to?
Sarcasm aside, this was an awesome message that of course the media tried to do their normal “spin” on; but I think it flopped…IMO.
The article went on to state “Francis was elected pope on a mandate to reform the church”.
What they presenting is a false hope for cafeteria Catholics and Church “reformers”; those who want more married priests and women priests and whatever else ticks them off about Catholic Church teachings they don’t agree with.
Didn’t they see what happened the last time they “hoped” for “change”?
I think this hope and change is also going to be not what they wanted…but I think it will be what they need.
Pope Francis is continuing on with PJP II’s call for a new evangelization and Benedict XVI’s call for charity, making the way for the re-Christianization for our lost brothers and sisters in the world.
Faith, hope and love in Jesus is the message the world needs to hear.
Truth. Charity and love of our neighbor is going to bring the peace the world needs.
I think that is what Pope Francis is wanting his flock to be.
Jun 17, 2013
“Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘I anointed you king of Israel.
I rescued you from the hand of Saul.
I gave you your lord’s house and your lord’s wives for your own.
I gave you the house of Israel and of Judah.And if this were not enough, I could count up for you still more.
Why have you spurned the Lord and done evil in his sight?
You have cut down Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you took his wife as your own, and him you killed with the sword of the Ammonites.
Now, therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah to be your wife.’
Then David said to Nathan,
“I have sinned against the LORD.”
Nathan answered David:
“The LORD on his part has forgiven your sin: you shall not die.”
Once again, the Catholic Church knows best.
In this past Sunday readings, we have yet another example of a Catholic sacrament: Penance or Confession. A sacrament that many Catholics are not using often enough....
Even though Nathan has to "prompt" David into making the confession, King David does confess his sin, and seems truely repentant.
Then the Lord gives him absolution through the ministry of Nathan.
Of course King David's "penance" is a lot harsher than anything we will probably experience, but, the Lord brought him through it and now King David is (I believe) basking in the glory of God for eternity.
May the Lord bring us all to confession regularly so that he may make us all saints and one day bask in the great glory of God!
May 9, 2013
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Mar 28, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
- Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, was Archbishop of Buenos Aires.
- He is a Jesuit and is 76yrs old. The first Jesuit Pope ever.
- Pope Francis, Jorge Bergoglio, was born in Buenos Aires, one of the five children of an Italian railway worker and his wife.
- Bergoglio is the first Pope from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than 1,000 years.
- He was created and proclaimed Cardinal by Blessed John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001, of the Title of S. Roberto Bellarmino (St. Robert Bellarmine).
- He has lived for more than 50 years with one functioning lung. He had the other removed as a youngster because of an infection.
He told Argentineans not to travel to Rome to celebrate if he was appointed but to give their money to the poor instead.
Feb 21, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them;otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.----Matthew 6;1
While today's readings for the Mass focus on our sinfulness and our need for our Saviour Jesus Christ, something else caught my eye. I noticed that today's Gospel reading is a great apologetic for the "faith vs. works" debate. Of course as Catholics, we believe that we need both, that they are one in the same. We don't separate them as the Protestants do. Just the first line of the chapter states that "you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father" if we do not do righteous deeds (good works) for the right reason; for the love of God and neighbor. That tells me that there is some kind of recompense (reward) for good works.
That doesn't mean that we can "work our way into Heaven" as our misguided Protestant friends accuse us of, but it does give more evidence that we must have both to live out the Christian faith in it's fullness as the Catholic Church teaches.
Jan 21, 2013
Start hording your scissors because the government is coming after them!!!!
OK, this may be silly and I do not wish to make light of the recent shooting tragedies in our country. My heart goes out to all those who suffered loss especially of their children.
As a father of 5 (soon to be 6), I can assure you that I would be the first outraged and possibly the saddest of all if anything happened to one of my children. I can’t imagine…….
But, when our elected officials make a “knee-jerk” reaction as they are making, American’s need to step back from the media frenzy and use common sense. There is real proof that gun control is not the answer.
There is real proof that maximum penalties for gun use in crimes is a great deterrent.
Guns aren’t’ the only weapons out there. Just look at what happened in 2001. AIRPLANES were used to kill about 3000 people.
Did the government outlaw airplanes? NO!!!!
That would be crazy!
They tightened the security and started paying attention to the safety of the passengers.
What has our President done to thwart future attacks on the public especially our schools and daycares, our malls and sports arena’s?
What has our states done on the local levels?
Are our schools any safer now than they were before the shootings in Sandy Hook?
I believe that is where we should be focusing our attention, not in stomping on our Constitutional rights.
I am not a gun owner (yet) although I am feeling like I may have to become one thanks to our government. I know many other people like myself that were not gun owners before the “knee-jerks” in Washington, but now they are.
So our government officials think this was a good idea?
Extremism is not what this country was founded on. We have truly lost our way.
We have taken God out of our schools, our politics and even some out of their religion, but when something goes wrong where do people go to find help, to find peace?
Back to God.
Jan 9, 2013
Why do we need in-private browsing?
“InPrivate Browsing enables you to surf the web without leaving a trail in Internet Explorer. This helps prevent anyone else who might be using your computer from seeing where you visited and what you looked at on the web.” (from Microsoft.com)
Until the other day when I was looking up how to disable it on our computer, I was thinking that the only reasons to use it were;
2) Getting your spouse a secret gift.
As I investigated disabling this feature (which is on most newer browsers including IE8 and Firefox), there was a mention of not being able to have your personal information left on public computers.
Fair enough, but really, is it worth it to open the door of pornography or anything else that our children shouldn’t be exposed to for the sake of convenience or privacy?
Privacy is very important for your personal information so why would you go on a public computer and take the risk?
If someone wants your information bad enough, they will get it anyway.
Why can’t the web designers come up with programs that make our children (or personal information) safer on the internet instead of continuing to put these temptations in front of them (us)?
We adults on the other hand have the duty to make sure that our children are safe and that we ourselves don’t use new technology for evil either.
My word of advice is to find out how to permanently delete this feature off your computer before temptation comes knocking on your web browser.
I have found that all browsers having this feature have an easy way to turn it off, but your computer savvy teen will find that fix in no time.
Permanently disabling this feature is the challenge. Some ways are easier than others. Do a good and exhaustive search before attempting any of it though.
I just read that IE8 will disable this feature if the parental controls are set correctly but I have not tested that theory yet.
Another piece of good advice that I heard in a talk the other day is;
“Never go to the store, watch tv or surf the net without a specific goal in mind”.
I think the old saying “idle hands is the devils workshop” is the thought on this advice.
Dec 4, 2012
In a time when we are supposed to be doing penitential rituals and practices, we are instead doing the opposite.
We are out shopping, hoping not to be mauled in the violence of “black Friday” or missing the “great deals” of Cyber Monday. Instead of downsizing our lives, we are just collecting more stuff and deepening our debt.
We forget about the debt we owe to Jesus, the “reason for the season”.
The debt he paid for us without charging us any interest fee.
Just for the record, I am not really opposed to the gift giving although it has become out of hand.
In a discussion with my family at dinner time, I was faced with the argument that the magi brought Jesus gifts, which I fumbled through with a quick but not so satisfying answer.
Well, as the Lord would have it, a better answer came along in something I read a few days later. The writer of the article asked the question, “how many presents did you buy for Jesus this year”?.
I’m betting that there is nothing under most people’s Christmas trees for Jesus.
Jesus gave us the greatest gift of all, the gift of salvation, but all we give to Him is our selfishness, our greed, our lack of piety.
Let us all make a commitment starting this year, that among the hustle and bustle of our future Christmas’s, that we do not forget to give Jesus a Christmas present…..the gift of ourselves to His will, to reign with Him in Heaven.
He has done His part, now let us do ours.
Oct 15, 2012
I pray that one day the world will stop accusing the Church and investigate why she teaches what
she does. What a wonderful world it would be....
Can Gardasil cause sterility? A case from Australia reported in the British Medical Journal raises the possibility that the vaccine, which has been given to millions of young girls around the world, may in some cases cause “ovarian failure.”
Teenage Girl Becomes Infertile after Gardasil Vaccination
by Steven Mosher and Elizabeth Crnkovich
Gardasil has been controversial from the beginning. While other vaccines protect against diseases spread by casual contact, Gardasil was developed to protect against a sexually transmitted disease called Human Papilloma Virus or HPV. Merck & Co., the manufacturer, has been very effective at lobbying governments around the world to make the vaccine mandatory for school attendance. Despite the frequent objections of doctors and parents, it has been administered to tens of millions of 11- and 12-year-old young girls around the world.
Now comes the case of a 16-year-old Australian girl who suffered "premature ovarian failure" after receiving Gardasil. Her ovaries have shut down, her eggs have been destroyed, and she will never be able to have children.
Dr. Deirdre Little, the Australian physician who treated the girl, has published a complete account in the British Medical Journal. (BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-006879) Her report explains that the girl's menstrual cycles were regular until she received the Gardasil vaccination in the Fall of 2008. By January 2009, her cycle had become irregular. Over the course of the next two years, her menses became increasingly scant and irregular, until by 2011, she had ceased menstruating altogether.
Early menopause is highly unusual. In this case, the girl was in excellent health, and had no family or personal medical history that could explain this premature menopause. Her first effort to obtain medical assistance for her amenorrhoea resulted in the doctor advising her to take oral contraceptives. Had she agreed, such drugs would have masked the problem and most likely the possible cause as well. But she declined.
It should be noted that many young girls are told, as she was, to take oral contraceptives as an antidote to what is called in the medical field, oligomenorrhoea, which means infrequent or very light menstruation. Most probably take their physician's advice, which means that there may be many more cases of "premature ovarian failure" than we now know, since the contraceptives mask the symptoms.
In the Australian case, after testing the levels of numerous hormones, and the function of various internal organs, the girl was diagnosed by Dr. Little as having "premature ovarian failure", which is defined as "the presence of menopausal gonadotrophin levels in association with over 3 months of amenorrhoea or oligomenorrhoea before age 40 years." Further testing confirmed that all of her eggs—every last one—were dead. She was and is totally and irrevocably infertile.
This case was reported to the local vaccine manufacturer in Australia, called the Therapeutic Goods Administration, to find out what they knew about the vaccine's effect on a woman's reproductive system. Very little, it turned out. The TGA had records of various tests on rat testes, but no records of the effect of the vaccine on rat ovaries.
It is very rare for a healthy 16-year-old girl to go through menopause. It is also a personal tragedy of the first order, one that will only grow in magnitude as she marries and yearns to start a family.
While Dr. Little could not confirm that Gardasil caused the destruction of the girl's reproductive system, she was able to rule out all other possible causes. The circumstantial evidence implicating Gardasil is strong.
The world has just celebrated what the U.N. has designated as the "International Day of the Girl Child." In the resolution announcing this day last December, the General Assembly stated that it "Invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, to observe the International Day of the Girl Child, and to raise awareness of the situation of girls around the world." (emphasis added) The resolution talks of empowering women, enabling them to make decisions, supporting them, recognizing their human rights, and ending discrimination.
Tens of millions of young girls have received the Gardasil vaccine since its approval by the FDA six years ago. If even a tiny fraction of them have experienced infertility as a result, then these "girl children" have been denied a very fundamental right, that is, the right to decide how many children they want to have.
In the case of the Australian girl the effect is irreversible. She has lost an integral part of her womanhood, while still but a child. Women deserve better.
Oct 5, 2012
But, if that is not bad enough, this is something that other teachers and I’m sure other students knew about, but they kept it secret.
So, the government puts in place sexual education for students, now all the way down to the earliest years of grade school; and we have numerous cases of sexual abuse in school.
The government takes God and prayer out of schools; and mass killings and sexual abuse are rampant in these same schools.
I know that Americans are not THAT stupid.
They may “turn a blind eye” as the news story states, but surely even those that wish to be “blind” can see the correlation with all that is going on.
Wake up America!!!
The next victim could be your son, your daughter, your sister or yourself.
Take a stand, step away from the herd mentality and yell FIRE in this crowded room called America before it is too late; Before your sentimentality leaves you picking up the pieces of a broken life.
Aug 15, 2012
Read more here http://www.lifenews.com/2012/08/15/security-guard-shot-at-pro-life-groups-dc-headquarters/
Let's see if Obama visits the FRC security guard in the hospital or demonizes the individual whom done the shooting.
I am betting not.
Please pray for all involved.
Aug 13, 2012
Just as homosexuals and their sympathizers feel that their lifestyles and their own personage is being attacked, so do we Christians (especially us Catholics). We feel our faith and our families are in danger.
So, in loving charity I would like to know; why does the homosexual community and their sympathizers think they should have special privileges concerning marriage?
Just because they have sexual intercourse?
What about a pair of good friends, childhood friends, whom have grown up together and have become roommates or housemates?
Why shouldn't they have the same benefits as married couples?
They love one another (emotionally and platonically), but they don't have sexual intercourse. Should they be discriminated against just because they don't want sexual intercourse with each other?
They don't have to have to get physical to show their love....maybe just a hug would do.
That to me is the biggest difference between a loving friendship and being homosexual. I know there are other reasons that homosexuals would argue over, but the fact is, that homosexuals are of the same sex and they love each other but in a disordered way.
Then, you have all the lies perpetrated by the homosexual community and their sympathizers such as the web site http://www.whymarriagematters.org/pages/just-the-facts.
The statement "No religion would be forced to marry same-sex couples, or recognize same-sex marriage within the context of their religious beliefs." has already been proven to be a lie.
Homosexual activists along with President Obama and his administration are always ready to pounce on
anyone that stands up against their forced agenda.
There are already cases being discussed and decided upon....
Homosexuals are usually the ones that resort to violence or hate speech in their protests.
So, in a society that wants "tolerance" why does marriage matter?
Why not let anyone marry anyone or anything?
Why not let Chester marry his parakeet?......that would be the tolerant thing to do.
But, not everyone in favor of gay marriage is for that. Hence, there goes someone else who will be discriminated against.
Where will it end?....our country in chaos I suspect.
You have the health risks that living the homosexual lifestyle brings. Sure, immorality between heterosexual couples is also a risk and I don't condone that either, but how many elderly homosexuals have you seen? There are great risks in homosexual intercourse.
There is great danger in putting bodily "fluids" where they are not supposed to be. Any medical textbook teaches that.
But, if you do marriage the right way, staying chaste for your future spouse, and they do the same, the benefits are tremendous. Not monetary, but in the happiness of life, of love and in eternity.
So, what is marriage?
Let's let the USCCB tell us in their wisdom;
Marriage is a lifelong partnership of the whole of life, of mutual and exclusive fidelity, established by mutual consent between a man and a woman, and ordered towards the good of the spouses and the procreation of offspring....
Marriage is not merely a private institution, however. It is the foundation for the family, where children learn the values and virtues that will make good Christians as well as good citizens.
The importance of marriage for children and for the upbringing of the next generation highlights the importance of marriage for all society.
There are many, many other issues that homosexuals and their advocates will bring up (such as "not all marriages bring forth life") but there are many, many other websites that deal with those specific issues and can do a much better job of explaining them than I can. I'm only a lowly blogger hoping to help someone along their journey to the deeper mysteries of the truth of life and our culture and why I believe what I do.
May 30, 2012
ALERT: CRC End-Around Now in the Senate!
We have sounded the alarm about the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, which would take away parental rights if it were ratified. With your support we have secured 37 cosponsors on SR99 to make sure that ratification never takes place.
But the current administration has introduced an end-around called the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). President Obama sent this treaty to the Senate for ratification on May 18, 2012. Like the CRC, the CRPD would seriously curtail the right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children, though under CRPD it is mostly the parents of special needs children who would be affected.
CRPD calls for numerous protections for people with disabilities. Many of these protections are included in U.S. law as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, CRPD also includes numerous provisions drafted by the United Nations which would concern many U.S. citizens. Like the CRC and CEDAW, if ratified, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities would become the supreme law of the land under the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause in Article VI, would trump state laws, and would be used as binding precedent by state and federal judges. Since it is a treaty, the U.S. Constitution requires that it must be ratified by two-thirds of the U.S. senators present at the time of the vote, or 67 senators if all 100 U.S. senators were present.
Ten Specific Problems with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
1. Any remaining state sovereignty on the issue of disability law will be entirely eliminated by the ratification of this treaty. The rule of international law is that the nation-state that ratifies the treaty has the obligation to ensure compliance. This gives Congress total authority to legislate on all matters regarding disability law—a power that is substantially limited today. Article 4(5) makes this explicit.
2. Article 4(1)(a) demands that all American law on this subject be conformed to the standards of the UN.
3. Article 4(1)(e) remands that “every person, organization, or private enterprise” must eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. On its face, this means that every home owner would have to make their own home fully accessible to those with disabilities. If the UN wants to make exceptions, perhaps they could. But, on its face this is the meaning of the treaty.
4. Article 4(1)(e) also means that the legal standard for the number of handicapped spaces required for parking at your church will be established by the UN—not your local government or your church.
5. Article 4(2) requires the United States to use its maximum resources for compliance with these standards. The UN has interpreted similar provisions in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to criticize nations who spend too much on military issues and not enough on social programs. There is every reason to believe that the UN would interpret these provisions in a similar fashion. The UN believes that it has the power to determine the legitimacy and lawfulness of the budget of the United States to assess compliance with such treaties.
6. Article 6(2) is a backdoor method of requiring the United States to comply with the general provisions of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. This treaty enshrines abortion rights, homosexual rights, and demands the complete disarmament of all people.
7. Article 7(2) advances the identical standard for the control of children with disabilities as is contained in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This means that the government—acting under UN directives—gets to determine for all children with disabilities what the government thinks is best.
Additionally, under current American law, federal law requires public schools to offer special assistance to children with disabilities. However, no parent is required to accept such assistance. Under this section the government—and not the parent—would have the ultimate authority to determine if a child with special needs will be homeschooled, attend a private school, or be required to accept the program offered by the public school.
8. The United States, as a wealthy nation, would be obligated to fund disability programs in nations that could not afford their own programs under the dictates of Article 4(2). This is what “the framework of international cooperation” means.
9. Article 15’s call for a ban on “inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” is the exact same language used in the UN CRC which has been authoritatively interpreted to ban any spanking by parents. It should be noted that Article 15 is not limited to persons with disabilities. It says “no one shall be subjected to ….” This means that spanking will be banned entirely in the United States.
10. Article 25 on Education does not repeat the parental rights rules of earlier human rights treaties such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights or the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. This is an important omission. Coupling this omission with the direct declaration of “the best interest of the child” standard in Article 7(2), this convention is nothing less than the complete eradication of parental rights regarding the education of children with disabilities.
In light of this threat to parental rights, we implore you to contact your U.S. senators and urge them to oppose this dangerous treaty. You can call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for them by name, or you can find their direct DC number by clicking on your state at ParentalRights.org/States.
P.S. - Between the imminent introduction of the Parental Rights Amendment in Congress and this immediate threat being raised in the Senate, our resources are being stretched. Please take a moment now to make a generous donation to support our continuing efforts as we protect your parental rights. We cannot win this struggle without you!
May 17, 2012
These 2 snippets are from his book "No Man Is an Island" and I find them as relevant today as they were back in 1955 when the book was written.
The Church understands human love far better and more profoundly than modern man, who thinks he knows all about it. The Church knows well that to frustrate the creative purpose of human generation is to confess a love that is insincere. It is insincere because it is less than human, even less than animal. Love that seeks only to enjoy and not to create is not even a shadow of love. It has no power. The psychological impotence of our enraged generation must be traced to the overwhelming accusation of insincerity which ever man and woman has to confront, in the depths of his own soul, when he seeks to love merely for his own pleasure. A love that fears to have children for any motive whatever is a love that fears love. It is divided against itself. It is a lie and contradiction. The very nature of love demands that it's own creative fulfillment should be sought in spite of every obstacle. Love, even human love, is stronger than death.
Therefore, it is even more obvious that true love is stronger than poverty or hunger or anguish. And yet the men of our time do not love with enough courage to risk even discomfort or inconvenience.
How is it that our comfortable society has lost its sense of the value of truthfulness?
Life has become so easy that we think we can get along without telling the truth.....
.......If living were a little more precarious, and if a person who could not be trusted found it more difficult to get along with other men, we would not deceive ourselves and one another so carelessly.
But the whole world has learned to deride veracity or to ignore it. Half the civilized world makes a living by telling lies. Advertising, propaganda, and all the other forms of publicity that have taken the place of truth have taught men to take it for granted that they can tell other people whatever they like provided that it sounds plausible and evokes some kind of shallow emotional response.
May 8, 2012
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God….
I have always placed this, the 6th Beatitude, in the context of more at the end of our lives, even more so after we have died.
After watching my 2 girls as babies and toddlers, I am convinced that it can also be applied to the beginning of our lives. Not that it can’t be placed at anytime in our lives, but the middle years, with all that we become inundated with in life, makes being pure hearted very difficult.
Ever since the girls were old enough to be able to notice the world around them, there have been moments when they just look into the sky and smile and have a peaceful presence about them. They point, they laugh but I never see what they see.
They have always had a joy at seeing a statue or picture of Jesus, Mary or any of the saints.
Even now, no matter how much our 9 month old may be crying and upset, I can walk over by our statue of the Divine Child Jesus and she will calm down and even laugh with joy….it is truly amazing.
I have always thought that babies and toddlers can see the invisible world, the world that the rest of us cannot see, glimpses of Heaven. I believe that truly the pure in heart can see God, not only when we get to Heaven, but here on this earth.
Apr 3, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
I'm so excited to share this news with you all and ask that you share it with the Respect Life groups you have helped get involved with 40 Days for Life. There were FIVE BABIES saved today - including 2 sets of twins! One of those moms was at 21 weeks already - she chose life! There was also a turnaround on Monday - I'm told that a woman showed up early to get information about abortion. As you know, EMW isn't open on Monday - but we had faithful prayer warriors out there at 7 am and they were able to guide her to A Woman's Choice. I'm told she is making an adoption plan for her baby.
So far, in Louisville, there are 12 babies saved during this campaign - God is SO good when his people are humble and faithful (and even when they aren't!) Please share this news with those you helped to recruit for this campaign - everyone needs to know that prayers are answered!
We would like to finish this campaign strong! I know you have all done amazing things to encourage your friends and family to stand with us - we still have ten days to go and we need you until the end! Thank you sincerely for all you have done so far! Look at the calendar and fill an hour if you can
:-). Encourage your friends to consider giving one more hour (I beg shamelessly for the babies.)
Bless you all!
Mar 7, 2012
"The Death with Dignity National Center was formed out of a profound commitment to the idea that personal end-of-life decisions should be made solely between a patient and a physician."
.....so, to most of America, this sounds like a "good" thing. I mean, you know, it's my life and I should be able to "choose" what to do with it?
What about Barbara Wagner?....The 64-year-old Oregon woman, whose lung cancer had been in remission, learned the disease had returned and would likely kill her. Her last hope was a $4,000-a-month drug that her doctor prescribed for her, but the insurance company refused to pay.
What the Oregon Health Plan did agree to cover, however, were drugs for a physician-assisted death. Those drugs would cost about $50.00 !!!!!
It seems that "personal end-of-life decisions should be made solely between a patient and a physician."
It seems now that the decision is up to the physician and the insurance company. The patient is left with only one option....maybe two if they hit the lottery.
So, once again our country, our society has put a price on the life of a human being.
First the unborn baby in the womb. It is cheaper to "terminate" (kill) a baby than it would be to raise the child.
Now, it is cheaper to kill a person who has a life threatening disease than it is to let them live a while longer.
Now the President and a majority of our government wishes to "kill our consciences" with their newest attack on Christianity.
Once again, the human being moves down a spot and the Declaration that this country was founded on;
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
.....has been trampled....
WE THE PEOPLE are not being given the right to life from conception to natural death, but most Americans don't seem to mind...at least in their actions. They say they wouldn't get an abortion or they wouldn't commit suicide, yet their actions politically say something different.
If you vote for a candidate that is openly pro-abortion/pro-euthanasia, you are going against Church teachings and are committing a grave sin. There is no gray area in this realm of life.