As Susan puts it so well, “The decision to have children ceases to be something that people plan for by becoming married. Instead, it is viewed as extraneous to marriage as an institution.”[click to continue...]
Earlier this month I had the privilege of conducting a sidewalk counseling training in Tyler, Texas. The event was very well received, and I am willing to travel to conduct the training elsewhere in the country, for anyone interested.[click to continue...]
They refused to stop to talk to me, but I did manage to point out, “If you are looking for a sign from God you’re not supposed to be here, look! He sent a priest to pray for you.”
They never even went into the building.
“Certainly, from the moral point of view contraception and abortion are specifically different evils: the former contradicts the full truth of the sexual act as the proper expression of conjugal love, while the latter destroys the life of a human being; the former is opposed to the virtue of chastity in matrimony, the latter is opposed to the virtue of justice and directly violates the divine commandment ‘You shall not kill.’ But despite their differences of nature and moral gravity, contraception and abortion are often closely connected, as fruits of the same tree” (Evangelium Vitae, 13, March 25, 1995, emphasis added).[click to continue...]
Such selfishness would counteract your parental instinct. Forget defending your children from the dangers of the world, like a mama bear. Instead, you would be letting the world get between you and your own baby.
What does that communicate to your other children? That they are expendable. They are alive merely by the luck of being conceived at a different time within your family.
As well, your attitude toward all your children will likely be shifted negatively.[click to continue...]
In this age, no one can claim to not know what an abortion is. It is the murder of a living human being.
Yet, a great majority of people would just assume forget about it. They will just turn on another basketball game or reality television show, pretending to ignore it.[click to continue...]
Abortion is not a choice which involves only the woman who makes it. It has consequences for the child in her womb–life or death consequences. We must help and defend both the child and the mother. “Nor shall you stand by idly when your neighbor’s life is at stake” (Leviticus 19: 16). Over four thousand tiny lives are at stake this very day because of abortion! Are we really Bible-believing Christians if we remain silent any longer?[click to continue...]
You may think there is no way an abortionist would do that, but Scheidler says you might be surprised. “It should be a genuine invitation,” he encourages. “Pro-lifers may be surprised to discover that the abortionist may actually welcome the opportunity to try to justify his position on abortion and will take the invitation seriously” (emphasis added).[click to continue...]
I remember listening to a sermon from the pastor at our former parish years ago on Respect Life Sunday. Within it, he admitted his reluctance to preach on the topic of abortion or other life issues. He explained he was afraid of unsettling anyone who may be post-abortive (those having participated in an abortion in the past).
His mindset is not uncommon. I have heard anecdotally from other pro-life Catholics this is the excuse they hear priests making all too often.[click to continue...]
The message of Jonah is one filled with irony. First the sailors and then later the Assyrians are all so quick to recognize the power of God and the need to serve him, once confronted with the gravity of the situation (1:16; 3:6-9). And yet, Jonah, who claims to be the one serving the Lord, does not practice God as he ought to. Let that not be said of us.[click to continue...]