Beaumont, Alberta, Canada- by Mark Pickup- The onset of multiple sclerosis is sudden. I went dead from the waist down. I could not distinguish something hot from something cold. I could not distinguish blunt from sharp. Overnight, I lost the use of my right hand, and I am right handed. My wife had to help me dress. For a time, I could not hold a pencil, and when I came to the point where I could, I scribbled like a little kid. Within a week, I had gone from the world of the able-bodied to the world of the disabled. They are distinctly different worlds, rather like two solitudes.
From 1984 to 1987, I found myself on a relentless slide downhill. The pattern of attack and remission was so volatile that I would go to bed at night not knowing what I would wake up with or wake up without. My vision was affected for a while. I would lose the ability to speak, and I would froth like an imbecile. I would gain my speech back, lose it, gain it, lose it. I would go incontinent. I would lose sensation. I would lose short term memory and experience confusion. In fact, that is what drove me from my career in the end, I would go spastic. I would experience a crippling fatigue, and I still do. Continue reading →
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 →
ProLifeCorner- Monroe WI- Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser to Benefit the Pregnancy Center of Green County. The Pregnancy Center’s upcoming Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser? This fundraiser is scheduled for Monday – February 2, 2015 at the Hope Community Center from 4:30pm – 8:00pm. Please tell your churches, coworkers, family and friends.
God has given us a vision for 2015 that includes the hiring of a Client Services Director/Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist. He not only brought forth a very well-equipped young woman for this position who was hired 01/20/15 but He has also brought forth new volunteers to cover the main office of the Pregnancy Center to enable her and me to get out into the community to promote our new Sexual Risk Avoidance Program. We are praying for God’s blessings on our fundraisers to raise the funds needed to not only cover this position but the training, workbooks, laptop, DVD player and other supplies needed to implement this program. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
There once was a man named George Thomas, pastor in a small New England town. One Easter Sunday morning he came to the Church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit. Eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, Pastor Thomas began to speak…. Continue reading →
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 →
Yes, there are Two Americas, but not as President Obama characterizes it. YEP, VERY PROFOUND… AND TRUE… This has been incorrectly attributed to retired football coach, Lou Holtz. Actually written by Bob Lonsberry. Continue reading →
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 →