Ingenuity, imagination, and Effort in the Spiritual Life

Ingenuity, imagination, and Effort in the Spiritual Life

“For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.”

A few years ago, a college student was convicted of smuggling several thousand pounds of marijuana into the country. The student had created quite an effective system for procuring and distributing the marijuana. The judge who heard the case did not sentence the student to jail — instead, the student was sentenced to set up and run a hospice for AIDS patients. The logic? The city needed the hospice, and the convicted smuggler had the organizational and business savvy to make it happen. Continue reading

Embrace the Cross and be Transformed

Embrace the Cross and be Transformed

“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple “

Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism when she was a child. The doctor who officially diagnosed her, following the protocol of the time, recommended that she be institutionalized. But her mother would not hear of it. Despite the dire diagnosis, Temple’s mother and a few far-visioned teachers recognized in her a young woman of exceptional talents and abilities and helped Temple unlock them.

Most comfortable around animals, Temple grew up to be­come a sought-after animal behaviorist and livestock consultant.

Temple Grandin tells her story in her best-selling books, her autobiography Thinking in Pictures: My Life With Autism, and her memoir Emergence. Her extraordinary life is also the subject the award-winning HBO film called Temple Grandin. Continue reading

We Lost A Great Friend

R-Bradys-200x (1)We Lost A Great Friend

ProLifeCorner.com – 9-4-2016 – by Rockford Pro-Life Initiative – Words cannot express the love and friendship the Rockford pro-life community has for Don and Mary Brady.  For decades they took care of pro-lifers every day the Rockford abortion mill was open.  They opened their hearts and the Rockford Labor News building they owned to help save babies from abortion. Don and Mary provided a warm smile, words of encouragement, coffee, donuts, and shelter from the heat, rain, and cold to people in need.

Don has passed away after years of loving his family, protecting the unborn, and serving Jesus Christ. : Funeral MASS will be on Tuesday, September 6, at 11:00 am at St. Bridget’s Church, 600 Clifford Avenue, Loves Park, IL with visitation [at St. Bridget’s] 1 Hour before Mass.
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Courage or Compromise

Courage or Compromise

“Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth?”

During the 1930’s Winston Churchill experienced what are called his “wilderness years.”   He was out of government, out of office and out of style. His day was over and done with, his influence on British public life seemingly in decline. Churchill retired to his country home in Kent, south of London, tended his garden, built brick walls and brooded.

In particular, he brooded about Hitler and the rise of Fascism and Nazism in Europe. Alarmed at what he heard about the rearmament of Germany, Churchill began to make speeches in the House of Commons, calling on the government of the day to be vigilant and to rearm the country against the threat of Nazi might. In reply, Members of Parliament denounced Churchill as a warmonger. After the horror of the First World War, nobody wanted to contemplate the possibility of another conflict. Peace was the order of the day, and any talk of arms and fighting would only serve to depress people and to dishearten them. It was madness to talk of war, and only a madman would contemplate such a thing. Churchill was ignored. But Churchill was right. The sad truth came all too quickly, to blight another generation and to send millions to the grave. Continue reading

Are You Singing a Little Louder?

Are You Singing a Little Louder?

ProLifeCorner-   Our readers often send us many wonderful comments on one article or another.  However one comment, in particular, stood out.  We feel it is so good we want to be sure everyone has a chance to read it and ponder the truth of it.

sing-a-little-louder-cover-art[1]We thank Gail for the time and knowledge it took to send us this work, but we especially thank her for her many years of dedication in counseling at an abortion mill.  May God richly bless her and all pro-life counselors for their selfless work.

Are You Singing a Little Louder?

By Gail H. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” said Edmund Burke. As a sidewalk counselor for many years, I am sick (to death) of all of the excuses given by so-called “Christian pro-lifers” when asked to pray near an abortion mill. If asked if they would die for Christ, they would go on and on about how they would do anything for Christ. Somehow I find that hard to believe, since they cannot even come out to pray just for a few minutes near the abortion mill. They have all sorts of complaints. They complain about the heat or cold or rain or snow, yet will stand outside in the church parking lot for at least 30 minutes or more in all kinds of weather, probably while talking about how valiant they are and how they want to die for Christ. Continue reading

Being “Neutral” Only Helps The Oppressors

Being “Neutral” Only Helps The Oppressors

ProLifeCorner.com – 8-6-2016 – by Rockford Pro-Life Initiative – The first thing that needs to be understood is the passage of SB 1564 means health care professionals and Pregnancy Care Centers starting January 1, 2017 will be legally bound to help any mother who wants to murder her baby find an abortion mill as well as tell her of the benefits of abortion. This is wrong and we know it.

That is why many were confused when the Catholic Bishops came out as “neutral” concerning this deadly law but this statement from the Illinois Catholic Conference and the Catholic Health Association tell the sad story.

“We reached an agreement with the bill’s sponsor that reflects the current medical practices in Catholic hospitals. Catholic health care ethicists and Catholic hospital lawyers participated in the negotiations.”

dante-hottest-place-in-hellCatholic hospitals have already been giving pregnant mothers information on where she can have the beating heart of her child stopped and the child’s tiny body crushed by an abortionist. In a Catholic Hospital, it appears from this statement above, all you have to do is ask where to get an abortion and you will be given contact information. Continue reading

My Great Blessing in Suffering

My great blessing in suffering

  ProLifeCorner.com – 8-1-2016 – by Staff –   We know many of our readers look forward to articles from Mark Pickup, one of the valiant pro=life leaders in both Canada and the United States.  This article truly educates all of us on suffering and the value of suffering.  As you may know, Mark has been dealing with MS for over 30 years.  His perspective is one of faith, courage, and great wisdom.  At one point or another all of us have suffered in some way during our lives.  We here at the Pro Life Corner have personal knowledge of people who are suffering from cancer or other terrible illnesses and who are doing so with such dignity and joy, yes joy, for life.  They value their suffering and offer it to our Lord, who suffered so much for all of us.  If a book on great courage and faith were to be written today, we know Mark and our other friends would surely be included in it.  Continue reading

One Person Can Make A Difference

One Person Can Make A Difference

7-12-2016 – ProLifeCorner – A good friend of the Pro Life Corner sent us this article.  It clearly shows how only one person can make a huge difference in the lives of so many.  Over 100 babies have been born thanks to the courage, devotion, and faith of this one man.  We should all learn from his example and go out to help save the lives of the many unborn who are being subjected to a heinous death due to abortion. Continue reading

The Sick and Dying

The Sick and Dying

“They stripped and beat him, and went off leaving him half dead.”

Today’s gospel speaks to us of Jesus’ great concern and love for the sick and dying. Throughout His public ministry, Jesus’ compassion and love for the sick shines through. In several instances, we read how Jesus cured the sick and restored them to friendship with His Father. The Church continues Jesus’ ministry of caring for the sick and dying with deep compassion and respect for human dignity.

The Church especially continues Christ’s ministry to the sick and dying through the Sacraments. In offering the Sacrament of Penance, the Anointing of the Sick and Viaticum, which is Holy Communion of the Sick and Dying, the priest brings to those who are ill the loving and redeeming embrace of Jesus. In these moments rich with grace, the priest acting in the Person of Christ brings to the patient, forgiveness, inner healing and strength for what lies ahead. Together with deacons, religious, lay ministers, and volunteers, the priest shares with the patient, and with the patient’s family, the Good News of Jesus, the Gospel of life and salvation. Through the grace of God, patients are enabled to unite their sufferings with the Lord’s so as to share His everlasting joy and glory. So also the Church reaches out to families facing the serious illnesses of loved ones with deep respect for the precious gift of life and with the hope for the gift of eternal life. Continue reading

Making Excuses

Making Excuses

ProLifeCorner-   “And to another [Jesus] said, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”

And Jesus said to one, “Follow me.” And he replied, “I will follow you, Lord, right after I check the day’s market reports.”

But Jesus said, “You cannot be my disciple if your concern for the poor and destitute does not match your concern for your portfolio.

Jesus said to another, “Follow me!”

And she replied, “I will follow you, Lord, right after I meet with my accountant to set-up my 401-K.”

But Jesus said, “You cannot be my disciple if your eternal life’s vi­sion cannot see beyond the age of retirement.”

Jesus said to the teenager, “Follow me.”

And the teen replied, “I will follow you, Lord, as soon as I get back from soccer practice, meeting my friends at the mall, and updating my Facebook page.”

But Jesus said, “You cannot be my disciple if it is just another something on your schedule.”

Jesus said to the mom and dad, “Follow me.”

And the parents said, “We will follow you, Lord, as soon as we are assured that our child is loved and cared for.”

But Jesus said, “You cannot be my disciples until you realize that to love and care for your child is to be my disciple.” Continue reading