A Forward for Life

November 19, 2008

From a friend’s email…

A worried woman went to her gynecologist and said:

‘Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 yr. old and I’m pregnant again. I don’t want kids so close together.’

So the doctor said: ‘Ok, and what do you want me to do?’

She said: ‘I want you to end my pregnancy, and I’m counting on your help with this.’

The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady: ‘I think I have a better solution for your problem. It’s less dangerous for you too.’

She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request.

Then he continued: ‘You see, in order for you not to have to take care of 2 babies at the same time, let’s kill the one in your arms. This way, you could rest some before the other one is born. If we’re going to kill one of them, it doesn’t matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms.

The lady was horrified and said: ‘No doctor! How terrible! It’s a crime to kill a child!’

I agree’, the doctor replied. ‘But you seemed to be ok with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution. The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point. He convinced the mom that there is no difference in killing a child that’s already been born and one that’s still in the womb. The crime is the same!

If you agree, please forward. Together we can help save precious lives!


Missing Mary Elizabeth

November 15, 2008

It’s a beautiful morning in the California desert today.  The sky is its reliable clear blue and the sun is shining its smile through the blinds and all over the living room floor, where Sofie the Cat is enjoying her morning sunbath.

Firstie and Middlin are discussing the attritubutes of their favorite raptors like the Beltway Boys discuss politics.  Pip is in his room (his “imaginarium”) pretending to be a squawking jungle animal.  Hub was up and out the door at 4:00 to prepare for a big day of work ahead.

Paula Deen just finished cooking up her favorite Thanksgiving favorites and my stomach’s starting it’s morning rumble.

Life couldn’t be any better, and yet, my heart is heavy because I’m missing a precious heart here at home.  It was eleven years ago today that I miscarried Mary Elizabeth.  I’m not surprised at how hard these anniversaries are, even so many years later.  Having three beautiful children here on earth, I have an idea of the splendor of life that we miss when we lose a child before they’re born.  It’s just never easy.

I’m comforted by the tears of Christ, at hearing of the death of His dear friend, Lazarus (even though He knew that He would raise him from the dead), and the knowledge that the human soul is immortal and that our true Home is Heaven with our Heavenly Father.

So, my heart is heavy with the sorrow of a lost child, but is buoyed by the joy the Resurrection.  I have great hope that I will see my beautiful children someday and meet them face to face for the first time.  All in good time.  All in God’s time.

But right now, I’m here with these wonderful boys and it’s getting to be brunch time.  I’m thinking that today is a great day for French folded eggs for breakfast with frozen glazed blueberries and toast.  Life is good.  Time to get up and live it.


Thank a Hero!

November 11, 2008

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

Our freedom is a precious gift, and for that, we thank our Lord, our leaders and our servicemembers.  It’s so easy to take for granted because life as we know it keeps on going in the good ol’ U.S. of A.  Only in mindful appreciation, though, do we have a chance of keeping that freedom and understanding the true meaning of the word.

We thank our own veterans today: Hub, his dad, his brothers and sister; my granpa, my dad, and my brother.  Without their service, and the service of millions before them, we wouldn’t be who we are or the help of other nations who dream of freedom.

So thank a Veteran today!  Tell them how much you love and appreciate their sacrifice, and pray for time to take soften the memories of the horrors of their eyes and for Christ to truly be in all of us.  If you want to do something more, head on over to Heifer.org and buy a cow, a goat or a duck in honor of your Veteran (we gave Hub a trio of rabbits–what fun!).  There’s no greater thanks than to help others realize their own self-reliance.

God bless you and may God bless America!


Fighting FOCA : Sign, Paint, Drive

November 8, 2008

Here are two simple things that you can do to fight the Freedom of Choice Act:

1)  go to FightFOCA.com and sign the petition. Get the facts.
2) Get a car window crayon and simply write FightFOCA.com on your back window.

You can do this!

You can do this!

Be prepared to explain FOCA and how it doesn’t seek to serve men, women or children, but veils its real agenda of massive profits for the abortion industry–profits that are financed by the blood of mothers and children.  They perpetuate their deception with anesthetic language such as “freedom” and “choice”.  Authentic freedom doesn’t exist at the expense of another.  We tried slavery already; thank God that grave evil was recognized for what it was, and that it was overturned due to the courage of those who sought to stand up and fight for the truth.

Keep the Change.  I’m for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.


The Change We Need?

November 7, 2008

Knowledge is power.  Educate yourself and stay on top of any changes that may come to your civic and parental rights and responsibilities.

Read Obama’s Change.gov

Pray harder.  Love more.


Why We Must Love Barack Obama

November 7, 2008

Sigh.

In all of my life, I’ve never seen our nation split like it was this time around; there was a lot at stake.  The unborn, the economy, foreign policy…you know the deal.  A lot of discernment, a lot of responsibility.

I deliberately waited a few days to write about the outcome.  I’m a crock pot of a thinker, not a microwave, and it takes me time to process.  I was initially afraid, initially worried, initially a little angry; the division of Catholics was (and is) personally very painful for me, like I know it is for a lot of people.

But God has given me a tremendous grace and insight.  It is not Catholic to be afraid (“the Lord is not the spirit of fear”), nor is it Catholic to worry, as it robs us of our trust in God.  There is such a thing as righteous anger, though…I don’t know if I had a righteous anger or a prideful one; I need to pray on that some more and listen for God’s voice to guide me.

What hit me last night as I was driving home, is that no matter the result, this is God’s America, God’s election, God’s president-elect, God’s ways and God’s thoughts in action.  Brothers and Sisters!  He either ordained or allowed the election of Barack Obama.  In that truth alone, we have complete confidence to continue forward in faith.

This does not mean that I give the President-elect any sort of pass whatsoever on the grave evils that he endorses, such as the Freedom of Choice Act.  Please, do not misunderstand me.  What I am saying, however, is that as Catholics, we are called by God to love Barack Obama, child of God, with the genuine Light of Christ in our eyes and in our hearts.  “Love thy enemies”. Scripture doesn’t say “tolerate thy enemies,” it says “love”.  What does it mean to love?  Padre Pio rightly observed that “the proof of love is to suffer for the one you love.”  As Christ hung on the Cross, nails piercing His hands and feet, dying, He loved both of the men to either side of Him; one chose to respond to that love, the other scorned and rejected it.  By the grace of God, I choose to love.

It is not enough to pray novenas and rosaries for our future 44th President to change his mind on life issues.  We must never accept any grave evil that he promotes, but we must anchor our prayers in the genuine love of God for our fellow man, for the good of this man and our nation herself.

It is not Catholic to hate; it is the very foundation of our Catholic identity to love our enemies as Christ does.  It’s at this point that we find ourselves at the fork in the road: one path is wide and easy, while the other is rocky, narrow and uncertain, but bathed in love.  What path will each of us choose?  The one lined with prayers based in anger, sorrow, fear and mistrust, or prayers of genuine faithful love and hope?

St. Dismas, pray for us.


Sign this Petition for United Nations to Protect Families and the Unborn

November 5, 2008

Click. Sign. Share. (Please!)

December 10, 2008, brings an important measure to the floor of the United Nations.  Planned Parenthood and Maire Stopes International, two big pro-abort political machines, are trying to twist the original meaning and intent of the UN Declaration of Human Rights on the 60th anniversary of the declaration.

The unborn need us exponentially MORE today than they did on November 3rd.  C-FAM is sponsoring a petition to protect the world’s children and families by speaking up for life at the UN.  We need to not just match but far surpass the number of names that the other side will present as evidence of public sentiment.

For those of you who are upset about the election–don’t be.  God is in control; trust Him in all things.  Continue to act on behalf of life and family and sign this petition today.  For those of you who believe that social justice is the way to solve the abortion problem in the world, what a tremendous blessing to know of your support for this petition, as the most basic form of social justice that any government can provide its citizens is the right to life and family.


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