ProLife & Family Issues

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702231DA-82D3-479C-8606-E7DDB14D3C26We see some of our best and worst movies while flying in airplanes back-and-forth across the Atlantic. Today we saw one of our dumbest movies which started out intriguing but we both said it’s on the lower end of all the movies we’ve watched.

It was called “The Shape of Water“. It was about a Man-like sea creature (humanoid amphibian) taken into captivity. A number of times it was discussed whether this amphibious creature was a god and it did have powers of healing..

A woman befriends it and helps it escape from a government laboratory. She falls in love with it (him). They even have sexual relations before the ending where the end up in the ocean where she grows gills and they live happily ever after together below the sea.

7F349904-37D5-4EB0-B0B9-62731E76AC95But the movie I mainly wanted to discuss was “Breathe” which is a tragic polio case based on the actual life of a Britishman named Robin Cavendish (played by Andrew Garfield). His wife (played by Claire Foy) loves him deeply and devoted her life to his surviving and living his life to the fullest possible. Together they help other handicapped people and invent machines and chairs to help others who are incapacitated.

Two-thirds through the movie I pushed pause and wrote to a couple of good friends the following, “We are flying home on Delta — watching one of the best movies ever. Human dignity, funny, Catholic, sad and happy, inspiring —essentially human and a beautiful example of love, devotion and family.“

But is soon as I pushed “play” again my wife and I (watching it together as we always do on planes) realized this movie was taking a turn for the worst. He decided he would end his life after many courageous and exemplary years of helping other people, loving his wife and son, and traveling even with his disability.

He decides it’s time to die because he doesn’t want to die naturally in front of his wife and his older son. There’s a big party with all of his friends and family to celebrate his choice where they tell him upgrade to see is to end his own life. After he sends everybody away he dies by lethal injection. It was a hugely disappointing end to what could’ve been a beautiful story.

Even though it claims to be based on a real story and that the actual man was an atheist, I could not confirm that he actually took his own life in real life. But that’s maybe because I’m still on the plane with limited resources.

I wrote back to my friends immediately the following, “Opps! Looks like I spoke too soon. I sent the e-mail 2/3rds of the way into the movie when Janet and I had tears in our eyes because of the beauty of the relationship And the family supporting and helping him. It could have been such a great movie.

“But in the end he decides to kill himself and his wife who has loved him all through and been there in love with him accepts this and they help him kill him self. What a disaster!

Could’ve been such a beautiful movie as it was 2/3 of the way through — but the end turns into an emotional apologetic for euthanasia or suicide. Rats! Double rats!”

Catholic Answers just posted a wonderful, theological and Catholic view of “end-of-life issues.” You can read it here.

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“How big was baby Jesus in Mary’s womb when Mary visited Elizabeth?” That is the question I asked myself while visiting the Church of the Visitation in Israel. What I learned was quite revolutionary and amazing. This is one of the best pro-life arguments from Scripture and one I’ve not heard discussed before.

It also says a lot about who Jesus was and the “stranger than fiction” event taking place in space and time in the womb of young girl about 15 years old.

Pictures sometimes show Mary very pregnant — better get to Bethlehem fast! But in reality that is not the case. In scientific terms Jesus was just a blastocyst, a few hundred miniature cells no bigger than a millimeter (0.039 inch).

At the Visitation, Jesus was a “blastcyst” like on the top right

How big was Jesus? Read this article I just wrote and step back in time to the first days of Jesus’ life taking on a human body even though you could have barely seen him with the human eye at the time.

Here is an excerpt from my new article “How Big Was Jesus at the Visitation?”

 “When Mary arrived for the Visitation, as we Catholics refer to the her visit, she was not “showing” yet. Isn’t if funny how we see pictures of a very pregnant Mary as though the baby was ready for Bethlehem. But in reality Jesus—100% God and 100% human — was so small he was practically invisible. 

 Though this blastocyst attached to Mary’s uterus had not seen the light of day He had created with his soon-to-develop eyes, nor breathed fresh air He had created with His still-to-develop lungs, yet He was very alive and very human. The cells were replicating at a rapid rate and they were already developing distinct bodily features. It contained the DNA—the genetic code of Mary.

 The microscopic cells were not just extraneous tissue in the mother’s body—something to be discarded, a disease or something. It was human life with a soul. From conception Every baby shares in the image of God and true humanity with inestimable value long before it takes it’s first breath—right from conception. 

 These replicating cells in Mary’s body were truly human life, God himself taking on human flesh. St. John tells us, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt (literally, “pitched his tent” of flesh) among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father” John 1:14).

 One thing many people do not think about—what was Jesus’ size and the stage of development in the womb when Mary arrived at the house of Zechariah and Elizabeth? And, how did Elizabeth and the unborn baby John the Baptist react upon pregnant Mary’s arrival?” …

 Continue reading the full article, click HERE.

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Joseph the Sissy or Joseph the Worker – Feast Day of the Worker

March 19, 2018

Today is the Feast day of St. Joseph the Worker! There are some pictures of Joseph I don’t appreciate so much. They present him almost as soft, effeminate like he just came out of a beauty parlor. It appears he never worked in the real world and has not a wrinkle on his clothes or […]

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“Encouraging ministers to give holy Communion to divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics”?

March 5, 2018

Luke 16:18  “Every one who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.” Thus says Our Lord Jesus. Some Church leaders today seem to be contradicting His words and the Laws of the Church. Canon Lawyer Ed Peters comments on new developments: “A […]

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The Mid-air Marriage Gets Muddier

January 21, 2018

Written by Dr. Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer Popes on planes aren’t supposed to be a setting from which to draw fodder for canon law essay exams, but as far back as Pope Benedict XVI, such flights have occasioned more than their fair share of papal words or actions carrying canonical implications but undertaken with little […]

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Major Conference Planned on Divisions in Church, Papal Infallibility

January 21, 2018

National Catholic Register, Major Conference Planned on Divisions in Church, Papal Infallibility Edward Pentin The international meeting in Rome, one of the last wishes of the late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, is due to take place in April. One of the late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra’s last wishes — to have an international conference to examine ways to […]

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“What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa: Trump Is Right”

January 20, 2018

What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa: Trump Is Right By Karin McQuillan writing for American Thinker Three weeks after college, I flew to Senegal, West Africa, to run a community center in a rural town.  Life was placid, with no danger, except to your health.  That danger was considerable, because it was, in the words of […]

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Saving Babies and Where’s the Pope

January 19, 2018

Saving Babies and Time Off in Purgatory Robert Royal writing for The Catholic Thing (which is well worth subscribing to!) THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2018 As I write, Washington lies under light snow and, with wind chill, is 90 F. In most of the country, not too bad for January. In Washington – between the incompetence of government […]

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Messy Parenting will be a Big Help to Your Own Messy Family :-)

December 9, 2017

Do any parent out there understand the phrase “messy parenting”? Or is your family all sewed up, perfect and without a disruption? Ah, I thought so. There is an excellent podcast that has now also moved into video called “Messy Parenting.” It is the result of my good friends Michael and Alicia Hernon from Franciscan University of […]

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Cardinal Burke on Confusion in the Church, “Perhaps we have arrived at the end times”

December 3, 2017

by Paolo Gambi posted Thursday, 30 Nov 2017 Cardinal Raymond Burke has been much in the news this past year. In November 2016, he and three other cardinals presented Pope Francis with the famous dubia – five questions regarding Francis’s apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia. Then the American cardinal became embroiled in a power struggle within the Order of […]

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They Fell for the Lie – I’ll Pray for Them

November 6, 2017

We are in the airport in Lisbon Portugal heading to Israel to pick up our next group. Janet and I were standing in line and a man started up a conversation with us. He and his wife were in their late 60s and I could tell they were good Americans. They’d be ideal neighbors, keeping […]

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Abortion: High Schooler Asks; My Daughter-in-Law Answers – Brilliantly and Compassionately

October 20, 2017

A few days ago a high school girl wrote to ask me questions about abortion. She was writing a paper and wanted to “interview” me on the topic. I was busy jumping planes and giving talks so my daughter-in-law Anna graciously — and brilliantly — answered the young lady for me. I think you will […]

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Continuing Discussion on Jesus and Homosexuality

October 4, 2017

Steve’s extensive response to new questions in the ComBox below. For the newly revised and full article click here. IN RESPONSE TO MY BLOG JESUS IS NOT A HOMOPHOBE, ROD WROTE: Rod May 30, 2012 at 10:21 PM Steve, Your posting is remarkable ! It is remarkable that, despite your attempts at convincing yourself that […]

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Was Jesus a Homosexual? Some say “Yes” and try to Prove it from the Bible!

October 3, 2017

After posting my blog entry “Jesus and Homosexuality” I received a correspondence from a Harry H. McCall, a self-proclaimed ex-reverend, on June 4, 2012. He referred me to his blog “Debunking Christianity.” His post was entitled Jesus the Homosexual: Evidence From the Gospels. It is despicable to even say or suggest this of Our Lord […]

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Dear Fr. James Martin: LGBT Activists Aren’t ‘Marginalized.’ Moms Are.

September 23, 2017

Excellent article showing who is REALLY marginalized in American society. CARLY HOILMAN ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 Earlier this month, the New York Times published an article on Jesuit Father James Martin titled, “Jesuit Priest Stands Up for Gay Catholics, Then Faces Backlash.” In the piece, author David Gonzalez, a former board member of Martin’s America […]

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