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Madness

In reading this article in Crisis Magazine, I came across the following quote:
“That mad kind of intelligence is offended by the precocious audacity of Winston Churchill writing in The River War at the age of twenty-five: “were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it [Islam] has vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.” For the secularist whose religious crusade against religion does not understand the world or its history, prophecy is the only heresy, and his single defense against false prophets is feigned detachment.”

I had to read it three times before I fully understood what I was reading. It is an older article, but still relevant today. In fact, with the rise of even more “peaceful” Islamic factions, probably even more relevant.

Just as so many people ignored the truths of the Nazis and Stalinists in time gone by, many people now, particularly in the media, refuse to admit that the “religion of peace” is not peaceful.

Christians are mocked for the belief in the supernatural and maligned as backward folks who ignore science. “Look at what they did to Galileo!” is the mantra. People misunderstand what happened with Galileo and simplify it in order to dismiss Catholics as superstitious and stupid. In truth, Catholics have been supporters of the sciences. The Big Bang Theory was posited by a Catholic priest. Gregor Mendel who is known as the father of genetics was an Augustinian friar and abbot. Louis Pasteur was a devout Catholic. Jerome Lejeune, who discovered the genetic cause of Down Syndrome, has been named a Blessed.” Their faith was not contrary to science, and in fact, it was their faith and their longing to understand God’s world better that led them to experiment.

Many secularists ignore the science when it suits them. Catholics believe that life begins at conception. Science bears this out. Once a woman’s egg is fertilized, a new person with unique DNA is formed. While a woman’s egg alone is part of her body, an embryo is a separate being. Feminists chant, “Keep your rosaries off our ovaries,” while demanding they should have the right to murder their unborn children. They then refuse to see the subjugation and degradation of women that happens in Islamic states, and even here in the United States. Somehow it is acceptable for these things to happen in Islam but it completely unacceptable to request modest attire for Mass. The Catholic church “oppresses” women and girls by not allowing female priests, but it is acceptable to require Muslim women to cover their entires bodies from head to toe with only the eyes showing. The dichotomy is overwhelming.
“Gender fluidity” is another secular mantra. Here again, the science is ignored. We must allow our feelings to rule every aspect of our lives, even when those feelings are lies. The science of Biology tells us that gender is determined by the X and Y chromosomes. someone who is XX is female and someone who is XY is male. That is to be ignored and artificial hormones administered and surgical mutilation perpetrated on anyone who declares they are something other than the gender that biology declares them to be. The “religion of peace” would stone these people to death.

Science and history are being rewritten in order to suit the whims of the “cultural elite” and the mentally ill. The inmates are running the asylum. George Orwell was truly prophetic in his novel 1984.

My own prayer these days is often, “Lord, have mercy!”

Pro-Life Movie comes to Springfield, April 13, 2012!

OCTOBER BABY shines a light on a real but little-known topic, the survivors of attempted abortions. Survivors themselves say there are thousands of individuals who survived attempted abortions, though statistics are rarely tracked. Many of these survivors have grown up to speak out on life-related issues. OCTOBER BABY follows the dramatic, humorous, romantic story of 19-year-old Hannah, who goes on a road trip to find answers after learning she is adopted and the survivor of an attempted abortion. OCTOBER BABY is opening at Springfield’s Entertainment Cinemas on April 13, 2012.
Discount tickets are available at St.Catherine of Siena in Springfield and St. Stanislaus Basilica in Chicopee.
For more information, see OctoberBabyMovie.net, or contact Karen Ford, Action Squad Leader for Springfield, at kfordwork@comcast.net or 413.301.6499.

I Choose Life

As a young woman I believed that abortion was wrong, but that it was not my place to tell anyone else what to do.

In 1986 I got pregnant for the first time.  I was so excited and loved that baby from the moment I first learned of his existence.  My perspective on pregnancy and motherhood was forever altered.  I lost that pregnancy and that child at 7 weeks gestation.  I was devastated.  Well meaning friends and relatives said things like, “You’re young.  You can have another one.”

My thoughts were, “What if I can’t have a baby?  What if I can’t get pregnant again?”

When I had had my first gyn check up, my doctor told me that I would have difficulty getting pregnant because my uterus tips backward.  What if he was right?  What if….

It was at that point that I realized just how selfish an act abortion is.  It is the murder of an unborn child whose rights are not ever taken into consideration, a child who could have loving adoptive parents if only her mother would carry her to term rather than kill her, a child who could be the one to find a cure for cancer.

In that moment of my loss, I saw clearly for the first time that we must protect the unborn.  It was in that moment that I realized that I choose life.

 

 

Photo credit: Life Site News

Glendi

There is a local Greek festival in our area called Glendi. I thought it would be the perfect place to go with my dear son as he begins studying Ancient Greece in history. We went and enjoyed many different Greek foods, art done by local Greek artists, Greek music on the bouzouki, and a variety of Greek products in the vendor market.
My son loved the diples , the baklava, and the pastitsio or “Greek lasagna”.