I lost my mother unexpectedly last November, after having lost my father after a long illness eight years earlier. My siblings and I suddenly found ourselves “orphans” as we marked our first Thanksgiving and Christmas without either of our parents. Now we are anticipating our first Mother’s Day without Mom.
Abortion is the killing of an innocent infant in the womb of its mother. That is an incontrovertible fact. The growing child is not a disease to be cured nor a “tumor” to be excised. There is no biological doubt but that the fetus is a human person in development and for that reason pro-abortion supporters will not even argue the issue any more. The evidence is clear. If the developing embryo were not a human being in development, why would there be a need to kill it? Given enough time the child would exit the womb and enter the world, a crying boy or girl.
Last fall the [Springfield] State Journal-Register ran a guest column by our Sister Teresa Marron, OP, in which she explained that our vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience are “a prophetic witness against the abuse of money, sex, and power.”
Each year since 2012, Catholics in the United States have observed the Fortnight for Freedom in preparation for Independence Day on July 4th. The theme set by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for this year’s Fortnight is “Witnesses to Freedom.”
Fourteen men and women who bear witness to freedom in Christ — one for each day — have been proposed for our reflection during these two weeks. Thirteen of these figures have already passed from this world into heaven and the majority of them are martyrs. The lone “person” who is still alive? The Little Sisters of the Poor!
On behalf of the Dominican Family in the United States, I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the U.S. Catholic Bishops for their clear defense of and advocacy for some of the world’s most vulnerable children, women, and men: the millions of Iraqis and Syrians displaced by war and internal strife.
Pope Francis has a "burning desire" during this special Jubilee year. He wants us to reflect on and practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy so that we may "enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God's mercy."
Each year British retailer John Lewis creates a seasonal buzz with its creative, emotionally charged Christmas advertisements. This year the department store chain has teamed with Age UK, Great Britain's largest charity for senior citizens, to raise funds and awareness of the scourge of loneliness among the elderly today. The heart-wrenching commercial depicts a young girl reaching out to an elderly "man on the Moon" and ends with a simple yet haunting slogan: "No one should have no one at Christmas."
Pope Francis often speaks of what he calls a "culture of encounter." During his visit to the United States, he hugged children and the elderly and warmly shook hands with everyone he met. The Holy Father was showing us what this culture of encounter looks like.
As an American, my view of freedom of religion is that our rights come from God. These rights cannot be limited by a government. As a country, we believe what our Declaration of Independence states, that "…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 … ."
I’m a proud husband and father of five. Like the joys and pains of marriage, the joys and pains of fatherhood far outweigh what I could have expected.
I have to laugh when not-so-young adults tell me they don’t want to get married because they aren’t ready for kids. Can one possibly be ready for a child? I have five and I’m still not ready for the first. I certainly can’t afford the first!