Why Do We Celebrate Christmas on December 25?

Why Do We Celebrate Christmas on December 25?

By Larry Plachno

Larry-150x1 blueNon-Christians frequently bring up the question of why Christmas is celebrated on December 25. It is a known fact that Jesus Christ was probably born in the summer and they suggest that Christians took advantage of existing harvest festivals, the date of the winter solstice, or the date honoring the sun god of the ancients. However, there is strong evidence that the day the “star” stood still over Bethlehem and the visit of the Magi with their gifts took place on December 25. Hence, there is ample justification for the celebration of Christmas and the exchange of gifts on December 25. If you give me a few minutes of your time I will try to provide the background on all of this and give you some interesting history as well as information on stars.

Today, when we talk about stars most people think about movie stars or rock stars. It was not always this way. When Christ was born people spent more time looking at the stars in the heavens. There was less pollution in the cities to block the view and the people did not have television, newspapers and cell phones to divert their interest. In those days prior to air conditioning it was not uncommon for people to sleep on their rooftops to get some fresh air and fall asleep watching the stars. Hence, it is not unexpected that stars are mentioned so prominently in the Bible.

Early work on tracking the movement of the stars was done by Tycho Brahe, a Danish astronomer, who is memorialized by having a crater on the moon named after him. His successor was Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), a German who became the Imperial Mathematician and Astronomer in Prague. By the early 1600s he had developed the laws of Planetary Motion that we still use today. Kepler did try to recreate the sky at the time of the birth of Christ but was not successful. One reason was he was looking at the wrong dates due to mistaken ideas on the dates for the birth of Christ and the death of King Herod. A second reason was that figuring out the mathematics of planetary motion had to be done manually at that time and was very time consuming.

It was Dionysius Exiguus (470-544), a monk from the area we now call Romania and Bulgaria, who had originally developed the method of numbering years that we still use today. He is remembered for doing substantial translations from Greek to Latin and he also wrote on elementary mathematics. In those days, there was not a calendar in every kitchen and numbering years was very informal. Some countries based years on dynasties or when a leader came to power. The only serious system used by some scholars was called AUC or Ab Urbe Condita (from the founding of the city), based on the founding year of Rome. But, since the Roman civilization was in decline while Christianity was on the rise, Dionysius Exiguus figured out how to start dating years with the birth of Christ. He was not that far off. Continue reading

How to Defend the Christian Position On Abortion and Marriage

How to Defend the Christian Position On Abortion and Marriage

By Larry Plachno

Larry-150x1 blueAt a recent pro-life gathering it became obvious that while there are a good many people strongly supportive of the Christian position on abortion and marriage, they are not ready and willing to speak up and defend that position. Some are simply afraid to say anything for fear of confrontation or what others will say. Those willing to speak up often admit that they do not know what to say or do.

This is not the time for people to sit on the sidelines and observe. We need everyone out there working to support what we believe in. Sister Lucia dos Santos, the last Fatima seer, sent a letter to Cardinal Carlo Caffarra. In it she said: “The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid.” she added, “because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue.” Continue reading

A Betrayal of their Supreme Sacrifice

A Betrayal of their Supreme Sacrifice

ProLifeCorner – by Frank J. Munda-  On November 8, 2016, we Americans will cast our vote in the most decisive election in the history of the United States. In this election we will decide if we are to continue as a republic or freely and openly choose to be ruled by those of the radical left.

Some like to say that Trump is a great unknown; however he is looking like a choir boy compared to Clinton. ( See:   Trump makes a contract with America)  The past eight years of Obama’s failed policies and Hillary Clinton’s influence in this administration is appalling.

Bill and Hillary Clinton have a legacy of corruption, lies, and cover-ups.. Some people want to turn a blind eye on the failed policies of the Bill and Hillary administration when they were Governor of the state of Alabama, and the eight years of radical anti-life, and failed policies of the Bill and Hillary Presidential administration. We now have the scandal of cover ups between Obama and Hillary e-mail deletions and the countless lies.  Starting at the very beginning of the Obama administration he defined veterans and pro-life citizens as terrorists! The same veterans that protected the freedom that helped Obama to rise to power. Now Hillary wants to use the office of the President of the United States to exercise her anti-life, anti-Christian hatred and bigotry. Continue reading

Dear Beloved God in Heaven

Dear Beloved God in Heaven
Please give us a President that loves this Country and everything it stands for.
Please give us a President who respects you as the one true God.
Please give us a President who will, with your help;
restore this nation to its former glory, the way you created her.
Please give us a President that will not try to destroy our Churches.
Please help us to respect what you have given to us and not take anything for granted….ever again.
Please God, weaken the evil and strengthen the good; both within and without. May our eyes be opened.

In Jesus’ name; Amen 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

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

Abortion and our Unsustainable Society

Abortion and our Unsustainable Society

ProLifeCorner-  By Larry Plachno-  Sustainability has recently become an attractive catchword in business and industry. In addition to the obvious meaning that a particular procedure or product can be ongoing or continuous, it also tends to carry the connotations of being healthy and eco-friendly.

Larry-150x1 blue           Our society is no longer sustainable due in large part to abortion and related actions or attitudes. In fact, our society has become unsustainable in three different ways. One is that we can no longer agree on good and evil or common goals. The second is that we have moved to harming society rather than supporting it. And the third is that because of abortion and related actions we have become an endangered species and our society is dying out.

You probably will not find any of these three critical items discussed in the mainstream media to any extent. Yes, topics will come up from time to time but their negative impact on our society is rarely mentioned and little will be said about abortion and related decisions and actions as the cause. Continue reading