Entire nationalities are starting to disappear from the face of the earth at an alarming rate. If they were animals, they would be classed as an endangered species. In addition, many of these nationalities and countries are facing major problems in unemployment and their economy. What the researchers are pointing out is that these same countries survived generations and even centuries of war, invasion and other problems because of their strong families. But, they are now disappearing because they no longer have strong families.
We live in an interesting time. Incomes have never been higher and life spans have never been longer. For the most part, people are better fed and better educated than at any previous time in history. However, in spite of all of this, birthrates have fallen to historically low levels. In fact, in some places they have fallen so low that whole populations will cease to exist unless something is done soon. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- Rockford, Il – 8-10-2015 – by Rockford Pro-Life Initiative – This article is being written to thank all the Rockford area pro-lifers who donated for pro-life signs that will be used at the abortion mill in Peoria. Thank you for your continued generosity.
We are also writing to encourage our pro-life friends in Peoria. These wonderful Christians in Peoria are sharing the Gospel of Life and Love in very difficult conditions.
The Peoria abortion mill is located at 7405 N University Drive. Peoria is just over 2 hours from Rockford, abortions are only on Wednesdays beginning about 8am. There is currently a prayerful and dedicated group of about 6-8 people to pray, offer support, direct people next door to the Pro-Life Women’s Care Center. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- By Larry Plachno-An increasing number of people are noticing that as our society moves away from basic Christian principles, we all do worse and our economy has problems. Some of the more obvious items in the news are that Greece is struggling with its economy, numerous Americans are either unemployed or underemployed, and both Chicago and the State of Illinois are struggling financially. Chicago now has the highest sales tax in the nation while Illinois, in spite of recent tax increases, is more than a billion dollars behind in its pension funds and is seeing jobs and residents leave the stat
How does Christianity have a bearing on the economy? The first problem is that we have failed to understand the wisdom of Jesus Christ. The second is that we have failed to understand that Christianity is more than a religion and is divine guidance on how to best live our lives and how to best run our society. None of this is rocket science and is easy to understand. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- This homily spoke to my heart because it shows how two ordinary people can have a big and a positive impact on our communities. The author did a wonderful job of tying today’s Gospel reading to the good works of this young college couple. John 6:1-15
Christ’s Generosity and our Wastefulness
“When they had had their fill, Jesus said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.”
When Ben Simon and Mia Zavalij were students at the University of Maryland, they began to notice that their school was wasting a lot of food: they found that one College Park dining hall was throwing out almost 200 pounds of leftovers every day — this in a city, Washington, D.C., where one in eight people were struggling with hunger. So Ben and Mia organized a group of their friends to collect the leftover food each evening and bring it to local churches and food banks. One of the churches they donated to was able to feed hundreds of people each month just from what Ben and Mia and their friends brought in. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner.com- Pastor Timothy Barr’s homily today cautions us to not to interpret reality through our emotions. He explains that passions are not a bad thing but they must be guided by the truth. That truth is Jesus Christ. When we are obedient to the truth there is great joy. He further stated that the man is the head of the family but the woman is the heart of the family sharing equal responsibility and, hopefully through their teachings and actions, are leading their children to heaven. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- Freeport Illinois – The Feast of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) celebrates the belief in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and His Real Presence in the Eucharist. After Mass was celebrated by Father Timothy Barr and Deacon Paul Ranney, there was a procession escorted by the Knights of Columbus and some parishioners of St. Joseph and St. Mary’s parishes, and the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ.
This group of worshipers proceeded from St. Joseph’s church, traveled up Galena Street and turned easterly up Pleasant Street until they arrived at State Street and turned to arrive at St. Mary’s parish. There they celebrated a brief Benediction honoring our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- To our dear friends who do not understand the prayer which is called the Holy Rosary. Some only hear the repetitive prayers of the Hail Mary; however the Rosary is a meditative prayer. It consists of four different mysteries: The Joyful Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries, the Glorious Mysteries, and more recently the Luminous Mysteries, which were added by Pope John Paul II.
We like to say “to Jesus through Mary.” The prayers of the Rosary should be said while meditating upon the life of our Lord, given to us through Holy Scripture and sacred tradition.
In saying the Rosary, Mary invites us to join her on a journey through the life of Jesus.
We are placing these Rosary videos on our prayer page for the convenience of those who like to pray the Rosary. It is also our sincere desire that Christians of other denominations can be exposed to these mysteries and realize that the Rosary is just not a series of repetitive prayers, but a means that will draw us closer to the Lord and hopefully inspire us with a strong desire to turn to the Holy Bible in order to see what else our Lord wants to reveal to us through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the printed words of the Bible. Continue reading →
Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen And Have Believed
ProLifeCorner- By Larry Plachno-
As most people know, this quotation comes from the 20th chapter of St. John’s gospel. When Jesus Christ first appeared to the apostles after His resurrection, doubting Thomas the apostle was not there. Thomas said he would need to see Christ in order to believe. Later, Thomas did see Christ and believed as Christ uttered these famous words.
Belief is increasingly important in our day and age of digital communication. People expect to see everything right in front of their eyes. If not, then they put themselves first and ignore the love of God and love of neighbor admonishments of Jesus Christ. But God is there if you look for Him. Give me a few minutes of your time and I will show you where. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- Beaumont, Alberta, Canada –Our friend Mark Pickup has been inspiring us with his writings for many years.Mark and his wife LaRee live in Canada and the problems they are facing regarding religious freedom and the murder of the pre-born child through state sponsored abortion and state sponsored euthanasia is as bad if not worse than here in the United States.He gives an example of the relentless attacks on the rights of Christians to practice their religion, even within the walls of their own schools.It is time for Christians of good will, priests, pastors, and Bishops to stand up and defend Christ and His church and say “enough is enough they have gone too far.” Let us return to the principles that this country was founded uponand take the state sponsored religion of Secular Humanism out of our schools, and once again allow us to call upon the protection and the blessings of our God.Continue reading →
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 →