ALL I HAVE IS CRACKED AND BROKEN

ProLifeCorner – 1-29-2015 – by Staff – Many years ago we were working on material for our Pro Life Corner bulletin quotes when we came across several wonderful pro-life quotes from Mark Pickup. We did not realize at that time the tribulations he and his wife, LaRee, were experiencing, we only knew his writing was superb and we wanted to share it with others. As years passed we became more aware of Mark’s condition and just some of the trials he has endured. We have corresponded with him for quite some time and were so thrilled at the wonderful news he shared with us when he was able to take a few steps. ( Please note in the following article that Mark is now able to walk with a cane for a brief time.) What joy! Please take time to read the story of a most remarkable and faithful pro-life couple. If only our world contained more couples like them, it would be a much better place to live. Continue reading

Our Bodies are Temples of the Holy Spirit

 ProLifeCorner- Sun Jan 28 2015- Holy Angels Church, Aurora, Il-A Pro-Life Homily- by Deacon Tim White-   

A story is related about Franklin Delano Roosevelt who became very weary of always smiling and mouthing the usual clichés at White House receptions So one evening he decided to discover if, in fact, anyone was really listening to what he was saying. One by one, as persons approached him with an extended hand, eye contact and a warm SMILE, THE PRESIDENT GRASPED THEIR HANDS AND EXCLAIMED, “I murdered my lovely wife this morning.” Each person would respond with the usual bromides: “How great” or “How wonderful!” or “Continue the marvelous work“. Nobody listened to what the president was saying except for one far eastern diplomat who responded calmly, “I’m sure she had it coming to her.” Continue reading

Madonna Renewal Center Spaghetti Dinner

ProLifeCorner-  Freeport Il.-    Mark your calendars to keep February 17 open!  On Tuesday, February 17, (Mardi Gras), there will be a spaghetti dinner at the First Lutheran Church, 303 S. Galena,  Freeport, Il.  The event starts at 4 PM and all proceeds will go the restoration of the Madonna Renewal Center.    Tickets are available in advance or at the door the day of the dinner.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the “Blue Nuns” and to hear more about their plans for the (MRC) Madonna Renewal Center. Continue reading

Holy Family 20th Annual Respect Life Banquet

ProLifeCorner-  Rockford Illinois- This year’s Keynote Speaker is Brother Paul O’Donnell of the Franciscan Brothers of Peace. Brother Paul was the primary caregiver to Brother Michael Gaworski, their severely disabled founder, for over twelve years, until Brother Michael’s death on August 28, 2003. Because of their own experience, Brother Paul and the Franciscan Brothers of Peace were at the forefront of the battle to save the life of Terri Schiavo. Brother Paul became the official spokesman for Terri’s family, representing her and her family before the worldwide media. He also served as a spiritual adviser during Terri’s ordeal. Brother Paul currently serves as chairman of the board of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network based in Philadelphia, PA. The proceeds of the banquet will benefit the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network. Continue reading

Thomas More Society Wins Lengthy Lawsuit

 Federal Court Rules that Michigan Firm, Autocam, Not Required to Provide Abortion Coverage

Thomas More Society Wins Lengthy Lawsuit in Defense of Religious Liberty for Christian-Owned Business

(January 6, 2015 – Kentwood, MI) The Thomas More Society has won permanent protection for Autocam Medical, LLC, protecting its religious freedom to decline to provide abortion or contraceptive group insurance coverage for employees.  Yesterday concluded a long legal battle that took Autocam all the way up to the United States Supreme Court, which sent the case back down to the lower courts.  The District Court for the Western District of Michigan declared Autocam free from having to comply with Obamacare’s so-called “abortion pill mandate,” as decreed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”). Continue reading

To Connect or Not to Connect, That is the Question

ProLifeCorner-    By Larry Plachno-    In recent years a great deal of study has gone into research and demographics on social problems, birthrates, politics, marriage and related items. As a result, we have been able to document many of the differences between conservatives and liberals. In most cases we have been able to explain those differences.

       One of the major differences between conservatives and liberals is that conservatives are more willing to connect cause and effect in regard to their actions and decisions, and are also more willing to look at how their actions and decisions are interconnected. Liberals are considerably less willing to look at cause and effect as it relates to their actions and decisions, or how their actions and decisions are interconnected. Continue reading

The Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God

ProLifeCorner-  Thursday, January 1st, 2015-  Numbers 6: 22-27   Galatians 4:4-7  Luke 2:16-21

        “So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph and the infant lying in the manger.”

The Blessed Virgin Mary, a typical young woman of Nazareth by all outward appearances, was selected by God to be the mother of the Messiah, the Savior, the Son of God. What an extraordinary thing this was. Her consent to this astounding proposal changed the world and helped make salvation possible to mankind. So today, as we begin a new calendar year, we take time to honor Mary, the Holy Mother of God. In doing so we honor her Son, Jesus as well. Continue reading

Jesus Christ, our Economy and our Politics

ProLifeCorner-   By Larry Plachno-  How much of a connection is there between Jesus Christ, our economy and our politics?  The answer is considerably more than you might think, particularly once you understand that moral relativism is effectively the opposite of Christianity. Having spent more than 20 years working with statistics surrounding interconnected social problems, I can tell you that all of this not only becomes increasingly simple but also logical.

When pressed, Jesus Christ gave us two very simple and basic commandments: love of God and love of neighbor. Since God sent His Son to suffer and die to atone for our sins, love of God means judging our actions and decisions as to whether they are good or evil. Being a follower of Jesus Christ means that good is what is best for others and society. Continue reading