What Kind of Fruit Is In Baltimore?

 ProLifeCorner-   “Resorting to violence is not the teachings of Jesus the Christ. Christians everywhere need to claim Jesus for our country and demand that prayer be allowed in our schools.”

These words were the subject of a recent homily given by Father Timothy Barr.  In his homily he decried the violence and lack of moral values that has pervaded our nation in the last several years.  The tragic events in Baltimore would not have been tolerated years ago when we were allowed prayer in schools and freedom of religion; freedom of religion to practice our faith, not just freedom to worship.  Take a few minutes to listen to this excellent talk given by a most courageous priest. Continue reading

I Am the Vine, You Are the Branches

ProLifeCorner-   “I am the vine, you are the branches.”

When Maureen O’Rourke’s  father was dying of Alzheimer’s, she promised to be with him to the end.  A career nurse, she was confident that she could care for him during his difficult final days.  After pneumonia set it, death was imminent — or so it was thought.  He was taken to a nursing home; but she remained at his side, taking care of all his physical needs as he slipped in and out of consciousness. 

Even though her dad continued to hang on, she was determined to keep her promise to him: that he had nothing to fear, that he would not die alone, and that she would stay with him until the end.  

But after three weeks, she was physically and emotionally exhausted.   She could not continue.  From a WBUR “Kind World” radio interview entitled, Father’s Final Days, A Small Act of Grace, Maureen remembers: Continue reading

Are We Facing a Marriage Crisis?

 ProLifeCorner-  By Larry Plachno-

       An increasing number of researchers, leaders and others are concerned about the crisis of declining marriage and how it negatively impacts our society. Religious leaders have taken a greater interest in promoting marriage. In recent weeks Pope Francis has made the importance of marriage the subject of some of his weekly audiences. Researchers are pointing out increased social problems and costs caused by the lack of marriage. And, historians are warning us that a lack of marriage and the resulting negative impact on society preceded the fall of the Greek and Roman civilizations.

       What the researchers have learned is that the answers to our problems have already been given to us by God and Jesus Christ. We just have not been smart enough to listen to Their wisdom. Continue reading

Abortion on Demand A Major Factor in Domestic Violence

ProLifeCorner- Rockford Illinois-  Recently a local newspaper did a series exposing the dangers of domestic violence. We applaud this effort; however quite often the secular media misses one of the obvious causes of domestic violence. Mr. Kevin Rilott, of the Rockford Pro-Life Initiative, fills in the gap where the newspaper left off. As always we are grateful to Mr. Rilott for his insight.  As a great commentator and news journalist, Paul Harvey, often said here is the rest of the story. Continue reading

Are We Still Fighting the Civil War?

ProLifeCorner-  By Larry Plachno-   It was 150 years ago, on April 9, 1865, that General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia after finding his troops surrounded and outnumbered. This ended the Civil War. Or did it? Some people suggest that this same battle continues today in other forms.

       Many people will acknowledge that the bloody battle was fought over whether people could declare a group to be inferior or less than human. Slavery was legal in the early days of the United States of America. The 1787 Constitutional Convention witnessed the famous “Three-fifths Compromise” whereby slaves would be counted as only three-fifths of a person for determining representation and taxation. Continue reading

Render Unto Caesar

ProLifeCorner -  By Larry Plachno -   Should government and leaders set aside good and evil, and take away religious liberty? This is one of the more pressing questions facing Christians in America today. Our government and leaders seem to feel that “anything goes” and that good and evil are old fashioned. Hence, we are faced with conflicts on abortion, marriage and other things between government mandates and our Christian morals. In many cases it is obvious that the traditional morals, and not the absence of good and evil, is the best thing for society.

This question is not something new to our generation and has been around for thousands of years. If you read the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke you will see that Jesus Christ was questioned by some people trying to trip him up on paying taxes. As was typical of Him, Jesus provided a very logical answer. Continue reading

ONE HAIL MARY A DAY CLUB

Rockford, Il – (ProLifeCorner.com) – 4-3-15 – A good friend of the Pro Life Corner sent us the following information.  We happily pass it on to all our readers and sincerely pray all of you will join this club; what a wonderful way to pray for each other every day.  Continue reading

Do Abortion and Reduced Marriage Indicate a Failing Society?

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.

  Continue reading

Poverty, Employment and Marriage

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