ProLifeCorner- By Larry Plachno- George Santayana, the famous philosopher, poet and novelist is credited with an observation that has often been repeated and modified. He said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Historians and researchers are warning us that we have forgotten the past and have decided to go down the same road as the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome before they fell apart. The people of both Greece and Rome accepted abortion and moved away from marriage prior to their demise. Unlike our current society, their leaders tried to halt this decline but failed. Abortion became a crime in ancient Athens but the situation in Rome became more complex.
Poverty, Employment and Marriage. Love your neighbor by reducing poverty
ProLifeCorner- By Larry Plachno
Jesus Christ admonished us to love our neighbor. One way of doing that is by reducing poverty in our country. There has been an increasing concern in recent years about the growing poverty in the United States, our decreasing middle class and fewer traditional families. Not unexpectedly, all of these are interconnected.
Numerous programs and plans have been suggested or put in place in recent decades to deal with these problems. They range from secular charity programs to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development administered by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops. However, many of these programs have come under fire because they tend to deal with the effects of the problem instead of dealing with the causes of poverty and trying to reduce or eliminate it. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- A refugee camp in the Mideast- Sadly we are aware of the persecution of the Christians in Iraq and all throughout the Mideast. This persecution has gone on for many years, but unfortunately it appears that it will surpass the persecution of the Jews in the late 30s and early 40s. It truly is a Christian Holocaust. There was a time when we had a decent government that they would rally forces, send in troops, and stop the slaughter of innocent people. It is time that not only our government, but the governments of the rest of the free world take action and stop the slaughter of God’s holy innocents. Below you will see a video of Myriam, a young Christian girl who truly has Christ living within her. Myriam thanks God and teaches the world a lesson of forgiveness after surviving persecution by ISIS. She is singing a song of gratitude to God for His divine protection. Continue reading →
Is Christianity a Religion, a Guide for a Better Society, or a Political Indicator?
ProLifeCorner- By Larry Plachno
Is Christianity a religion, a guide for a better society, or an indicator of political affiliation or leaning? The somewhat surprising answer is “all of the above.” In recent decades, researchers have found that the basic rules of Jesus Christ are endorsed and supported by reports and statistics surrounding social problems as a way to improve our society. Now, the researchers and demographers are also finding that Christianity can also be a major indicator of our political directions. This creates an unexpected link between church and state while adding a great deal of credibility to Christ’s teachings of nearly 2,000 years ago.
Christianity as a Guide for a Better Society
Christianity is based on the fact that God sent His Son to earth to suffer and die to atone for our sins. This tells us two things. One is that God is very concerned about good and evil. More sobering is the second obvious conclusion which is that some atonement is required for doing evil. Continue reading →
Rockford, Il – 3-4-15 – Rockford Pro-Life Initiative – We are writing to the Bishops of the Catholic Church with deep concern in regards to the scandal that is taking place at Catholic Relief Services.
You will see in the links below, well documented evidence of the abuse of children by CRS and the cover-up that followed. I am sure it would be much easier to ignore what has happened but we have all seen in the past what happens to children when some of our Bishops refuse to take direct action when young people are harmed in the Church. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- Freeport, Il – by Annarae - On Tuesday, February 17, over two hundred people braved the icy cold winds to enjoy good food, fellowship, and to help a worthy cause, the renovation of the former St. Francis Hospital. This event was held in the lovely facilities of the First Lutheran Church in Freeport. We are grateful to Pastor Keith Johnson and to the First Lutheran Church community for allowing us to use their facilities, not only for this event but for graciously allowing the Sisters and the various committees to hold their monthly meetings there.
The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), our “Blue Nuns” held a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for their project, the Madonna Renewal Center, which will be a place of healing and hope to women. To say this event was a success would be an understatement! A steady stream of hungry folks kept all the volunteer kitchen crew busy the entire time. Everyone raved about how wonderful everything tasted and many asked when the next dinner would be held. Spaghetti, meat balls or sauce, salad with a tasty Italian style dressing, garlic bread and a beverage made a filling and oh, so enjoyable meal, or perhaps I should say feast. This was all topped off with an array of desserts that filled over two long tables from which one could pick a generous portion of cakes, cookies, or pies. Trust me, no one went away hungry! Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- “And in the morning, a great while before day, He rose and went out to a lonely place, and there He prayed.”
Our Lady of Fátima is a famous title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary as she appeared in five apparitions reported by three shepherd children at Fátima in Portugal. These occurred on the 13th day of each month in 1917, starting on May 13th and ending on October 13th , but excluding August, when the three children were incarcerated. The three children were Lúcia dos Santo, who died recently at age 95, and her two cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto, who both died shortly after the apparitions, but who have since been beatified by the Holy Catholic Church. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- Freeport Illinois- By Fr. Timothy Barr- I am sure we have all heard about the marijuana plantations going up all over in Illinois, and especially in Freeport. There seems to be a rush to get everything up and going, but maybe we should really look at what the effects of something like this will be. The Church does not teach that marijuana is an intrinsic evil, but it is a mind altering drug. It should be treated with great care. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- Polo Illinois- Often in the pro-life movement we feel that we want to do something but we don’t quite know what we should do. Sometimes we might have a plan or an idea but we don’t act upon it because we feel it’s just my small church community and we won’t accomplish anything. Larry Plachno and his wife Nancy are members of a very small parish in Polo Illinois. Larry, Nancy, and their friends decided that they would take out a full-page newspaper ad describing the growth of a pre-born baby from conception until the baby is ready to enter into the world. This small band of advocates for life need to be acknowledged for their success in this awesome community minded educational effort. They were able to place the full-page ad shown below in four community newspapers. It should be noted that St. Mary’s is a small parish, and they accomplished quite a bit with just 90 sponsors. Continue reading →