It is with great sadness that I add Tonya Reeves, 24, to the Abortion Victims Memorial page. Tonya died July 25th, 2012 after hemorrhaging from a botched abortion performed at Chicago's 18 S. Michigan Avenue Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.
To add insult to injury, Planned Parenthood refused to acknowledge any responsibility for this young woman's death as evident by the statement given by Planned Parenthood of Illinois CEO Carole Brite to CBS News: "We were shocked and saddened upon learning of a tragic development at a nearby hospital. Our hearts go out to the loved ones of this patient,”
How evil can one be?
The autopsy, performed Saturday determined that Reeves died of hemorrhaging as a result of a Dilation & Evacuation abortion.
Lisa Graass wrote on her Catholic Bandita blog about corporate sponsorships of MTV's "SavageU" program which is basically homosexual activist and collumnist Dan Savage going to college campuses and pretending to be some kind of psychologist sex advisor like Dr. Ruth or Dr. Drew in his own vulgar and disgusting way. While MTV gave "SavageU" a TV-14 rating, it has been admitted by MTV leadership that it is being marketed to children as young as 12 years of age. Hardly appropriate.
While Lisa exhorts readers to contact the corporate sponsors like Burger King and Subway in order to get them to drop their sponsorships. My idea on the other hand is to contact your cable and satellite tv companies to tell them to drop MTV copletely since it no longer does what it was originally intended to do, which was air music videos for our entertainment.
One liberal combox comment posted that got my attention was "Here’s an idea: if you don’t like it, don’t watch it. Why do you have to tell other people what they can watch?"
Well, first of all, I don't watch. I don't even get MTV, because I'm a cheap bastard who refuses to pay more than $14.00 a month for basic cable, which provides me with the local network affiliates, some other local programming and TCM, which is far better programming than anything MTV could possibly put out today. My kids love watching the old classics (especially musicals) and do not complain at all about not having MTV. I guess I've done something right.
Second, Lisa isn't trying to tell people what they can watch, she is trying to educate parents about what their KIDS are watching, and most concerned parents would agree that anything involving Dan Savage is completely innappropriate for children of any age to view. The fact is that most parents today are too busy with careers and worrying about paying bills to pay real attention to what their kids are watching much of the time and may not even be aware of "SavageU". Parents need to be informed, parents need to be responsible and parents need to be authoritative when deciding what their kids can and can not watch on television. That's called parenting.
Third, the whole "if you don't like x, then don't do x" is classic liberal fallacy. That's like "If you don't like mass murder, then don't buy guns". Well, sorry, but a recent preliminary FBI report shows that increased gun ownership corresponds with a decrease in violent crime. Plus, it might be my gun that one day stops a mass murderer.
President Obama’s stance on so called same-sex “marriage” (SSM) has finally “evolved”…not really. He held the same stance in support of SSM in 1996 when he was running for the U.S. Senate. As part of his political strategy during his presidential bid and after the election, he rolled back his view in order to appeal to a broader base and slowly rolled back up to his actual view. Now that he is going to be running against a candidate who for all intents and purposes is exactly like himself (other than skin color) he had to find a way to make himself different. The President chose gay “marriage”.
It is a political strategy that he will use once the campaigns get into full swing. It can be the only logical reason for him to make the announcement in an ABC interview that he supported SSM. He already has the LGBT vote anyway. He really didn’t need to pander to that base to gain their votes. So now, when the mainstream media (MSM) and its masters on the liberal left are painting Mitt Romney as a “hateful, homophobic bigot” for supporting traditional marriage, that wide brush will not fall upon Obama as well.
Polls reported by the MSM trumpet to the masses how the majority of Americans approve of SSM. The reality in the voting booths consistently shows otherwise as North Carolina became the 30th state to adopt a constitutional amendment by popular vote to define marriage as between one man and one woman. This is why I put no stock in polls. They’re usually wrong. If anything, the polls are more indicative of the fact that more people are recognizing that LGBT persons are human beings and are entitled to the same level of compassion and dignity as anyone else. That they should be allowed to provide for whomever they wish under the law. But they still recognize that same-sex relationships or civil unions are not the same as, nor equal to marriage.
Marriage has suffered great degradation in the last half-century. First contraception led to “children not needed” mentality toward sex. Roe v. Wade gave us “consequence-free sex”, then we got no-fault divorce which said “marriage is no longer un-dissolvable without reason” and finally co-habitation told us “marriage is not necessary at all”. Now that the institution of marriage has been left tattered by the forces of liberalism, they want to put the final nail in the coffin by redefining it completely to strip it of its purpose, which was to provide a solid, loving and stable foundation for the furtherance of society by the procreation and raising of children to be future productive citizens. Instead they want to redefine it as being “two people in love”.
Just as for centuries man believed the world was flat, it was actually round, and just as a populace can “evolve” its view and declare that the world is square, it does not change the fact that the world is round. That is what we call absolute truth. No matter what our belief of something is, the truth remains unchanged in spite of our views of that truth. Society can likewise state that marriage is between two men or two women or one man and five women or one man and his dog. It does not change the absolute truth that marriage is a joining of one man and one woman in order to create, nurture and raise a new, distinctly unique being, a child.
Lately, the left has been decrying the Catholic Church's "crackdown" on the "poor sweet nuns" of the Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) saying that it is a war on all nuns in America in order to force them into submission to the heirarchy of "old men in robes" and to force sisters to "bow to the will of Rome". To top it all off, they *gasp* appointed a bishop (you know, one of those old men in robes") to beat these poor innocent women into submission. This is hardly true.
First of all, the LCWR only represents a small percentage of nuns in America. The vast majority of women religious are in no way affected (or targeted) by the renewal measures determined to be necessary by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). Measures that were deemed necessary due to the flagrant disregard for Church teaching and outright public opposition to the US Council of Bishops (USCCB) when the bishops opposed Obamacare over it's funding of abortion by the leadership of the LCWR.
Second, the average person, frankly (including the average Catholic) wouldn't even recognize these women as Religious, since they tend to prance around in expensive business suits instead of the habits that (in my opinion) not only identify a Religious Sister's dedication to being a bride of Christ through love, charity, prayer and sacrifice but also inspire the respect due to them because of their selfless response to their call to vocation. Despite the claims to otherwise, the Leadership of the LCWR has ceased to be charitable and have become political lobbyists, consorting with Obama's ultra-liberal left-wing administration to cause confusion among Catholic voters by proclaiming liberal agenda items (abortion, same-sex marriage, etc.) as compatible with Church teachings when in truth, they aren't.
Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain was appointed as Archbishop Delegate to oversee this renewal, with the assistance of other bishops, women religious by working with the LCWR leadership. The mandate for the Delegate includes:
·Revision of LCWR statutes
·Review of LCWR plans and programs, including its General Assemblies
·Creation of programs for LCWR member congregations in initial and on-going formation
·Review LCWR’s application of liturgical norms and texts
·Review of LCWR affiliation with Network and the Resources Center for Religious Life.
In other words, renewing the truth of Catholic faith and doctrine among the upper echelons of the LCWR, where it is needed the most.
I feel today's liturgical readings are very appropriate to the socio-political climate in America today. The first reading, from the Book of Kings describes How King Solomon broke God's statutes and started building altars to and worshipping false gods that were worshipped by some of his foreign wives. One in particular was Molech, the Ammorite god, to whom infant children were sacrificed in hopes of receiving favors.
In much the same way President Obama has become our King Solomon. He persistently breaks the statutes of God to give support to an industry by whom millions of unborn babies are sacrificed today in favor of false gods called, "convenience", "choice" and "reproductive rights". The leaders of that industry (who have filled his campaign coffers with millions of dollars) are his "foreign wives" pursuading him to fund their baby-sacrificing organization, their sacred cow, Planned Parenthood. The HHS Mandate requiring all employers buy insurance plans that cover contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs 100% is just Obama's latest bending to the will of his "foreign wives"
The scary part in this reading is how God enacted his justice. Rather than punishing Solomon and his wives, he punishes Solomon's son by taking his power from the kingdom, leaving him only one tribe of Israel to rule over. So does this mean that Obama will face no punishment for his active complicity in the blood-letting of the unborn? Will instead his descendants suffer for his crimes? I would certainly hope not, but it seems that we often suffer for the crimes of our fathers, and I suspect that this could be no different. The descendants of his "foreign wives" have probably already paid the price of their mothers adoration of their idol, "choice".
As the psalm today said:
They sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to demons.
And the LORD grew angry with his people
and abhorred his inheritance.
How long will we stoke the anger of God? How long will we stand by and allow the murderous sacrifices continue? How long must the blood of millions cry out to the Lord be fore we finally end it? Or He ends us?
We need to put an end to this NOW! We must speak out in defense of life and put an end to the rampant human sacrifice that has been going on in America for tha last 49 years!
Sometimes I just long to return to those happy-go-lucky days when I didn't know squat about the realities of the world and could just indulge in my own personal pursuits. Like how I didn't know about the 54,000,000+ babies aborted since 1973, just that there was a case called Row v. Wade or how much people REALLY hated religion (because I didn't have any either) or how hard it was going to be to try to keep my kids (much less myself) sane in such a screwed-up and insane world. Ah, yes! The days of blissful ignorance.
Sadly, there is no returning. Once you have knowledge of something, there is no returning it. You can try to ignore things, but they are still there, knawing at the back of your brain like termites in the basement just waiting for the floor to cave in underneath you. You can accept things for what they are, but often, you're never happy about it and more often than not, you just build up a lot of resentment for it (I believe this is where angry old people come from) or you can try to change things. This is the hardest to do, but it can be the most rewarding. Sometimes though, you feel like no matter how much you do, it isn't enough, which can be frustrating or depressing. How some people deal with that, I don't know. For the rest of us though, there is Jesus.
Yep, when there's nothing else left for you to do about a situation, you take it up to Calvary, lay it at the foot of the cross, pray on it, and then walk away, leaving it there. Let Jesus take care of it from there. Since nothing is impossible for the Lord and he is more than willing to take up those burdens which are too much for us mere mortals to deal with, we can dump them on him. All he asks in return is the faithful devotion, worship and praise that is due to God the Son and adherance to his commandments. Adherance often feels like a burden too though. Why? Because there was a time when we didn't know any better and we liked it that way. As long as we got away with doing whatever we wanted, without immediate consequence and it "felt good", who cared if it went against God? After all, is there really a God to worry about? The answer is yes, and fortunately, while he is a just God, he is also a merciful and forgiving God.
That, boys and girls is the "good news", God forgives. Not only does he forgive, he grants us a path to that forgiveness up to the moment of our earthly death, no matter how many times we stumble. No matter how many times we screw up. No matter how much we rail against the apparent injustices in the world. as long as we make an honest and deliberate effort to repent, love and serve, we have hope. Hope, along with prayer, is a mighty powerful thing to have. When we pray to the Lord and place our hope in Him. We have nothing to worry about, not even death.
When I went into the hospital last summer with gangrene, I must admit I was a little nervous, but I wasn't afraid. I knew I was in God's hands. Before going into surgery, I received the sacrament of the anointing of the sick from my previous parish priest (he retired a few years ago, but he still gets calls) and I prayed the Lord's Prayer and a Hail Mary and I went in relaxed and comforted, for Jesus was carrying my cross so that I didn't have to, and I knew that in the off-chance that something went wrong, I would be in his presence soon enough, after a stint in purgatory I'm sure. Which brings up another topic. Why do some people try so hard to deny the existence of purgatory? For them it's either straight to heaven or straight to hell and you got a 50/50 shot of going either way. As for me, I expect to make it to heaven, but not right away. In the words of Wayne Campbell, "I'm not worthy!" I expect to go through a good long period of purification after my earthly passing before coming to the full presence of the One Holy Triune God.
This has been a particularly hard Advent season for me. The past few months in fact have been challenging.
I was admitted to the hospital mid-August with gangrene which put me out of work for 6 weeks. This incurred unexpected medical bills on top of the expense of repairing the roof of the house after a bad wind storm blew through (I still say we had a near-touchdown tornado in my neighborhood). Needless to say, Christmas is going to be very modest this year for the family.
My father was diagnosed early this year with stage-4 esophagan cancer. I hadn't been close to him for several years due to an event in which I had to place the well-being of my children and my mariage over relations with my parents. I pray for him and my mother often and do visit them on occassion, but some hurts just haven't healed as much as I wish.
The elderly shut-in I take Holy Communion to on Sundays was not home when I arrived the week before last. I know I should have called and left a message to have her husband call and let me know if she was ok, but my nasty little habit of putting things off got the better of me. It wasn't until the following Sunday when I showed up did I find out that she had been (and still was) in the hospital. She had been suffering from the shingles for several weeks and the pain finally just got to be too much for her.
I went home that day and had and while my wife and son decorated the Christmas tree, I went into the kitchen and had an emotional breakdown because I felt like I was letting everyone around me down and right then felt so helpless to do anything about it. To top it all off, I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes, so now I can't even eat comfort food to help deal with my mood, or rather it has contributed to my pre-Christmas depression. I have lost 30 pounds since August so I suppose there is a up-side to that but it sure doesn't make me feel real positive at the moment.
God bless my wife for holding me, for reminding me to just give it all up to Jesus to deal with and to pray. Prayer has been coming harder for me as well lately. I don't know why. I guess Satan knows I'm very vulnerable at this point in my life and is trying to re-take control. One more battle to offer up to The Lord.
I can barely stand to listen to Christmas music on the radio (especially that secular crap that gets passed on as "Christmas music" when it has nothing to do with Christ. It just adds to my depression. The one that really gets my goat when I hear it is that heretical "Mary Did You Know?". YES YOU FRIGGIN' IDIOT! SHE DID KNOW! I honestly don't know how any Christian (especially Catholics) can listen to that tune and call it a good song. The Blessed Mother had full disclosure before saying yes to becoming the Mother of God Incarnate and was saved at her conception, not "soon too" as the song would have you believe. Yes, God can do that and He did do that, because God exists out of chronological time and for him the sacrafice on the cross already happened. Which is why the Messianic salvation prophecy written in the Book of Isaiah speaks of it in the PAST TENSE (at the risk of sounding like that nut-job Glenn Beck, don't take my word for it, look it up for yourself).
Now that I got THAT off my chest, I feel a little better. The ironic thing...I'm listening to Christmas music as I write this. I've been downloading the "25 Days of Holiday Music" MP3 freebies from Amazon and for an old metalhead like me, there's nothing like hearing "Deck the Halls" a-la Twisted Sister. Thank God Theocracy releases a Christmas freebie every year as well. At least that way I can get my endorphine rush while still singing about the season.
At any rate, I've ranted enough for now. God bless, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (because 2012 has GOT to be better than 2011).
Well, I now have a reason to truly hate the occupy protests. They've ruined one of my favorite songs for me. The other day I was listening to Thin Lizzy's "The Emerald" from their Jailbreak album and it occured to me how much occupy protesters channel this song. In case you're not familiar, here are the lyrics;
Down from the glen came the marching men
With their shields and their swords
To fight the fight they believed to be right
Overthrow the overlords
To the town where there was plenty
They brought plunder, swords and flame
When they left the town was empty
Children would never play again
From their graves I heard the fallen
Above the battle cry
By that bridge near the border
There were many more to die
Then onward over the mountain
And outward towards the sea
They had come to claim the Emerald
Without it they could not leave
In order to reclaim the sanctity of these lyrics from them, I created new ones to express my feelings about the occupy protests and protesters.
Down from the dumps came the chanting chumps
with their tents and their iPods
to demand the right to be communist shi'ites
and overthrow the capitalist norms
To the city where there was plenty
They brought rape, murder and shame
if they ever would leave the park
Children might get to play again
From their tents I heard the morons
above the cries of the destitute
By that fancy chow tent near the corner
"Go somewhere else to starve and die!"
Then onward over the expressway
and outward towards Wall Street
They had come to destroy America
without doing so they refuse to leave
About 12 years ago, after our second son was born, I chose to receive a vasectomy. I won't go into the whys or what-fors here, other than to state that it was a decision I have since regretted, especially since I have often wished for a daughter. Vasectomy reversals are seldom successful (approximately 3% chance of success) and most insurance companies will not pay for a reversal.
Before Mass last night, I knelt at the Marian shrine built into one corner of the church, lit a votive and prayed the Rosary. Among my intentions was that if The Father willed it, to find a way to provide for us a daughter. The Lord responded by sending Fr. Peter Hereley, O.P., a visiting priest performing churc h outreach for an organization called Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA). CFCA provides sponsored services to needy children and elderly in developiong countries. There are many organizations like this, but what made this one unique, in my opinion, is that a sponsored child or elderly person only has one sponsor and the services funded by the sponsor is tailored to the sponsored person's needs (they do not receive money directly and only 3% goes to overhead). While Fr. Hereley was presenting the program, I felt The Spirit telling me that this was God's answer. While I would not receive a daughter of my own, I could still make a difference in a young girl's life, for the better.
After Mass, there was a table set up with profile packets of various children and elderly that needed sponsors. My wife wanted to sponsor a child from her birth country of El Salvador and I found the profile packet of a 10-year old girl (whome I will call Abby) from there. We did not pick up the packet though and went home. While preparing dinner in the kitchen, my wife and I discussed the matter and decided that I would go back before morning Mass and fill out the sponsorship form for that little girl. We would becom Abby's sponsors. I woke up early, showered and dressed and was out the door by 8:30am, worried that someone else might have already picked up Abby's profile and chosen to sponsor her. When I arrived there and looked over the table, I was relieved to find her profile still there. I picked it up and sat down in a nearby pew to fill out the sponsorship form. When I handed Fr. Hereley the form, I asked him how they would know which child I was chosing to sponsor and he pointed out the section near the top of the form where Abby's full name was listed, to which I jokingly said, "Well, you can see how observant I am". I suppose that between my excitement and the early hour (I am NOT a morning person), no matter how much I looked at the form on my own, I kept overlooking that section.
Now I must wait to receive my first "bill" and send in the first sponsorship payment and then receive information on how to write letters to this little girl that hopefully will have a better chance at a more fruitful life. Eventually we will also have the opportunity to travel to El Salvador to meet Abby and her family in person.
The Lord answers our prayers, often just not in the ways that we expect. If we listen to The Spirit and follow His will, we will find peace and joy.
Just a humorous little personal anecdote that I'd like to share.
Last weekend was fairly typical. Saturday morning I went to men's Bible study. Saturday night, the whole family went to Mass and Sunday morning I took Communion to an elderly home-bound parishioner. As I said, pretty typical.
When it came time to drop my oldest son off for the 11:30 Mass at which he sings in the choir, I informed my wife I would be staying for Mass. To which, she responded, "WHAT? You don't spend any time with ME! Good God! You spend all of your time with God! God! God! GOD!".
I knew she was being silly and wasn't serious (She likes me spending more time with God now, really) so I responded, "Honey....you and I are until "death do us part", but God is forever".