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Prosperity, Human Dignity, Reward, and Punishment
“Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus received what was bad, but now he is comforted here, and you are in torment.”
Mattie Dixon lived all of her life in a small town. She didn’t have a will; she hadn’t taken care of anything before she died at the age of eighty-nine.
Mattie was a widow. She couldn’t have children; but she had some distant great grand-nieces, nephews, and cousins – maybe. They didn’t attend her funeral; they didn’t really know her. They didn’t know what to do; what would happen to the house, the property, the mementos and the personal effects and all!
Finally, the taxes and other bills had to be paid. So the auctioneer came, and strangers crawled around all the personal effects of Mattie Dixon. There was her wedding ring, one of those heavy ones. When Mattie was alive, if you said to her, “Mattie, I love that ring, I’ll give you a thousand dollars for it,” she would turn that ring on her finger and say, “Fifty-six years of faithful marriage, and you want to buy this? I wouldn’t sell you this for ten million dollars!” Continue reading
Ingenuity, imagination, and Effort in the Spiritual Life
“For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.”
A few years ago, a college student was convicted of smuggling several thousand pounds of marijuana into the country. The student had created quite an effective system for procuring and distributing the marijuana. The judge who heard the case did not sentence the student to jail — instead, the student was sentenced to set up and run a hospice for AIDS patients. The logic? The city needed the hospice, and the convicted smuggler had the organizational and business savvy to make it happen. Continue reading
Embrace the Cross and be Transformed
“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple “
Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism when she was a child. The doctor who officially diagnosed her, following the protocol of the time, recommended that she be institutionalized. But her mother would not hear of it. Despite the dire diagnosis, Temple’s mother and a few far-visioned teachers recognized in her a young woman of exceptional talents and abilities and helped Temple unlock them.
Most comfortable around animals, Temple grew up to become a sought-after animal behaviorist and livestock consultant.
Temple Grandin tells her story in her best-selling books, her autobiography Thinking in Pictures: My Life With Autism, and her memoir Emergence. Her extraordinary life is also the subject the award-winning HBO film called Temple Grandin. Continue reading
ProLifeCorner.com – 9-4-2016 – by Rockford Pro-Life Initiative – Words cannot express the love and friendship the Rockford pro-life community has for Don and Mary Brady. For decades they took care of pro-lifers every day the Rockford abortion mill was open. They opened their hearts and the Rockford Labor News building they owned to help save babies from abortion. Don and Mary provided a warm smile, words of encouragement, coffee, donuts, and shelter from the heat, rain, and cold to people in need.
Don has passed away after years of loving his family, protecting the unborn, and serving Jesus Christ. : Funeral MASS will be on Tuesday, September 6, at 11:00 am at St. Bridget’s Church, 600 Clifford Avenue, Loves Park, IL with visitation [at St. Bridget’s] 1 Hour before Mass.
Are We Responsible for Encouraging Abortions?
ProLifeCorner.com- By Larry Plachno
A recent discussion on interconnected social problems and the resulting polarization of our society brought forth the suggestion that many of us, including many of the Christians and Catholics reading this, may be responsible at least in part for abortions. While many pro-life people would deny this, I invite you to follow the logic with me and see what we find.
Our Polarized Society
It was the demographers that first publicized our polarized society and related interconnected social problems. They pointed out that in several major elections they could predict voting based the fertility level of a state or area. Those states with the highest fertility levels traditionally swung to the right and voted for conservative candidates and conservative issues while those states with the lowest fertility levels traditionally swung to the left and voted for liberal candidates and liberal issues. Two things are immediately noteworthy. One is that the basis for this is fertility level, which translates into bringing children into the world. The second thing to note is that this question on children tends to polarize our society into the right and the left. Continue reading
“For everyone who exults themselves will be humbled, but the ones who humble themselves will be exulted.”
There once lived a man so humble, that even the angels rejoiced at the sight of him. But, in spite of his great sanctity, he didn’t even have the slightest idea that he was holy. He just went about his humdrum and ordinary daily tasks, diffusing goodness in the same way flowers unconsciously diffuse their fragrance, and in the same way streetlights diffuse their glow.
His sanctity lay in this – that he forgot each person’s past, and looked at him or her, as they were, and he looked beyond each person’s appearance to the very center of their being, where they were innocent and blameless and too unaware to know what they were doing. Thus, he loved and forgave everyone he met – and he saw nothing extraordinary in this, for it was the result of his way of looking at people. Continue reading
Prayers For Peace
ProLifeCorner.com – Rockford, Il – 2-27-2016 – The World Apostolate of Fatima’s Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace is underway and coming to Rockford! The historic tour, marking the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, will feature the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue, traveling worldwide for nearly 70 years.
St. Bernadette Church 2400 Bell Ave in Rockford is hosting the tour on Tuesday September 13th, at 7:00pm. It will be an extraordinary occasion of healing, hope and grace. Continue reading
Preaching and Saving Souls
Dan Holman has spent decades preaching God’s truth to a world that would rather listen to the culture of death.
Below is a modern folk song about this man who knows exposing evil can be one of our greatest acts of love.
Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will stand for me against those who practice iniquity? Psalm 94:16 Continue reading
Sacrificing the Next Generation
Dubuque Iowa- By Katrina Hingtgen
When my daughter was growing up, I told her that everyone makes mistakes and that the best thing she could do for herself was to admit her mistakes and then learn from them. I also told her to learn from other people’s mistakes, as much as she could, so she could save herself the heartache of going through those things herself.
Human beings want to believe they are perfect and they certainly don’t want to tell anyone of the mistakes they have made because they think it makes them appear weak; but in reality, weakness lies in not being truthful with yourself and sharing that wisdom with others, especially the next generation – whether it be your own children, nieces and nephews, siblings, cousins, friends, etc. Continue reading
Courage or Compromise
“Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth?”
During the 1930’s Winston Churchill experienced what are called his “wilderness years.” He was out of government, out of office and out of style. His day was over and done with, his influence on British public life seemingly in decline. Churchill retired to his country home in Kent, south of London, tended his garden, built brick walls and brooded.
In particular, he brooded about Hitler and the rise of Fascism and Nazism in Europe. Alarmed at what he heard about the rearmament of Germany, Churchill began to make speeches in the House of Commons, calling on the government of the day to be vigilant and to rearm the country against the threat of Nazi might. In reply, Members of Parliament denounced Churchill as a warmonger. After the horror of the First World War, nobody wanted to contemplate the possibility of another conflict. Peace was the order of the day, and any talk of arms and fighting would only serve to depress people and to dishearten them. It was madness to talk of war, and only a madman would contemplate such a thing. Churchill was ignored. But Churchill was right. The sad truth came all too quickly, to blight another generation and to send millions to the grave. Continue reading