Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Brief Halloween Post

Happy All Hallows Eve (aka Halloween).

It's also the feast day of Saint Wolfgang of Regensburg. A Facebook friend of mine pointed that out. Does he not have a cool name and so right for October 31st?  Read about St. Wolfgang on Wikipedia.
St. Wolfgang
On Catholic Answers today (10/31/2012) Scott Richert talked about Halloween and how it's a Catholic holiday.  http://www.catholic.com/radio  If you didn't hear it, I suggest you listen to the podcast. It should be up tomorrow.

Briefly--

He mentioned that Pope Gregory III instituted All Saints Day (the day Halloween is the eve of) four hundred years after the Celts became Christian. So, it is not, as is popularly thought, a rewriting of the pagan festival of Samhain. In fact Samhain was a lunar festival and not celebrated on October 31st. They didn't even have a concept of October 31st because they didn't use that sort of calendar. 

Anyhoo, dig up the podcast and give it a listen.

BTW, for all you Catholics, All Saints Day (Nov. 1st) is a Holy Day of Obligation. So get your candy-filled selves to Mass tomorrow. :)

 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

October Baby


October Baby is a movie about a teenage girl, Hannah, who learns she's adopted, and that all of her health problems can be attributed to her birth. She was born alive after a failed abortion.

Feeling betrayed by her parents and utterly unwanted, Hannah goes on a trip with her best friend to discover why her birth mom would abort her. She learns many things about the circumstances of her birth, how much her parents really love her, and so much more. There's even one major reveal that I'll leave for you to discover as you watch this film.

I don't know when I've cried so much during a movie. So bittersweet! My twin eleven-year-old daughters watched it with me and they loved it as much as I did.

October Baby was inspired by a real-life abortion survivor, Gianna Jessen. You can hear Gianna's thoughts on the film in this interview.

The movie conveys a strong pro-life message, and at the same time, it evokes compassion for the bio mom who aborted. In the after-the-film interview, actress Shari Rigby, who played the mom, talked about how her own abortion affected her. Playing the part had a healing effect on her.

I highly recommend this film. In fact, I think it should be required viewing for middle schoolers on up to age 142.

The caveat: The film is rated PG-13. There's no violence nor sex. However, the main character, Hannah, defends herself to her best friend (who is a guy) because she's worried she comes off as a prude because she doesn't want to share a hotel room, even though there's no romance between them at this point.

She makes a comment about sounding like one of those "Christian homeschoolers." I smiled at that comment, while at the same time cringing because my homeschooled, Christian daughters are sitting right there. But Hannah sort of comes off as babbling nervously and her friend is nothing but kind and respectful. This didn't sour me on the movie nor my decision to show it to my girls. And there's a beautiful scene when Hannah, though Baptist, enters a Catholic church and tells her story to the priest and he gives her words of wisdom.
 
Read more at the Parental Guide.

 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Blessed JPII Added to the Liturgical Calendar

Blessed John Paul II Added to U.S. Liturgical Calendar;
Feast Day Set For October 22

WASHINGTON—The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship has approved insertion of the optional memorial of Blessed John Paul II in the proper calendar of the dioceses of the United States. It also has provided the proper liturgical texts for observance of the Memorial in the Mass and Divine Office.  Read more here http://www.usccb.org/about/leadership/holy-see/pope-john-paul-ii/memorial-of-blessed-john-paul-ii.cfm

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Abortion Issue.

Is abortion an important issue to consider when voting?

Because we in the U.S. are supposedly entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, I'd say that it is. If we kill innocent citizens, liberty and the pursuit of happiness mean nothing.

If you're asking the question, "Are unborn fetuses and embryos living human?" then I invite you to listen to Jimmy Akin's podcast show, "Science Proves the Unborn are Human Beings."  Or you can simply read a human development book.

If you are aware that the unborn are indeed living humans, why is it okay to kill them and not other innocent humans? If it's a matter of "choice" why can't a mother choose to kill her two-day old, five-year-old, or twelve-year-old? What's magical about emerging through the birth canal that the organism is suddenly considered a human being, and what sort of being was it the moment prior to birth?

Priests for Life has information about abortion, including videos of abortion, pictures of the instruments used in abortion, and other useful information.

Many will say, "Wait, what if the mother's life is in danger? Isn't abortion okay then?"

There was a study conducted by The International Symposium on Maternal Health, held in Dublin, Ireland. It found that no, it's never necessary to deliberately kill an unborn baby to save a mother's life. There are times when a medical procedure that saves a mother will result in the death of the unborn child (such as removing a fallopian tube that has become pathological because of an ectopic pregnancy), but deliberately killing is never necessary.

As an aside, I'd like to appeal to your humanity as you consider the question, "Can unborn fetuses feel pain?" We know for certain that they can feel pain as early as 20 weeks gestation, but there's a possibility that they can feel pain even earlier. Here are two links that can tell you more details about what is known: http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/Fetal_Pain/AnandPainReport.pdf and http://www.mccl.org/unborn-babies-can-feel-pain.html .

Me, I'd err on the side of assuming they feel pain earlier than 20 weeks.

But the pain issue isn't why I'm pro-life. An unborn child is a living human being (according to science, as well as my religion), deserving the right to life.

If you're grieving because of your abortion (or, to the guys--for your wife/girlfriend's abortion), there is healing. Visit Rachel's Vineyard.

My twins, as newborns

 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Catholic Voting Guide App

This just in....

A new app is available for iPhones and other such devices. It's a Catholic voting guide. This link will take you to the article by Fr. John Trigilio where he talks about it: http://www.catholicclergy.net/news/voting-guide-mobile-app-for-catholics/

Link to iphone pic source


 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Vaccines Created from Fetal Cell Lines

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Whenever I've told people that vaccines are often derived from aborted fetus cell lines, a look of shock appears on their faces. Even my pediatrician had no idea what I was talking about when I asked if some particular vaccines ware derived from fetal cells. Together we looked at the package inserts and read that one was indeed fetal derived while another was from chicken embryo.

Who were these fetuses were deliberately aborted and then used as lab rats?

Well one was a baby girl who was aborted because her family though they had too many children. She has no proper name. Her cell line is called WI-38.

Another cell line came from a baby boy, aborted at 14 weeks by his 27 year-old mother. His cell line is called MRC-5. Keep these two innocents in mind while you look at the chart at theChildren of God for Life (COG for Life) website. This chart tells you which vaccines used human fetal cell lines and which did not. Sometimes there's a moral alternative vaccine and other times there isn't.

Can a pro-life person morally chose to use vaccines derived from aborted children? To help decide, take a look at the Vatican's statement on aborted fetal vaccines.

It addresses issues about doing abortions, manufacturing the vaccines, etc. But my main concern today is this; as a parent, can I have my children vaccinated with such vaccines? Am I cooperating with evil if I do so?

The Vatican document says this would be "very remote mediate material cooperation." It goes on to say, basically that it's a matter of weighing the alternatives. Is there an alternative vaccine available? If I don't use the vaccine am I putting my child or society at risk? Also, we have a moral obligation to voice our objections to the fetal derived vaccines.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Happy Feast Day of Saint Therese of Lisieux! Here is a book for you!


St. Therese is also known as "The Little Flower" and "Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus".

I'd intended to write about a special children's book after my girls and I finished reading it, but because it's St. Therese's feast day, I'll do that today.

Olivia and the Little Way  by Nancy Carabio Belanger is the story of a fifth grade girl who has moved to a new school. She wants to make friends and also practice Saint Therese's "Little Way" of doing service to God.

My girls are in 6th grade and homeschool, but that was no hindrance to them falling madly in love with this book. Olivia, the main character, is realistic. She has flaws. She's impulsive and though she wants to be good, she sometimes is very naughty. We follow her struggles carefully, rooting for her to overcome urges to do the wrong thing--applauding when she succeeds and sighing sadly when she messes up. Though the book deals with a battle within the main character herself, the book is more intense than many adventure novels.

Lovely realistic drawings, by Sandra Casali LewAllen, appear throughout the novel.  Each chapter closes with a little hint that makes the reader crave to read on. Each chapter opens with a quote from St. Therese. My girls are even more wrapped up in this book than the fantasy adventure we're also currently reading. When we finish a chapter, it's always, "One more, please!!!"