“And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.”
[From “Modern Love: Promises That Can Bend Without Breaking” by Robert St. Amant, in The New York Times, May 8, 2014.]
They have been married for 28 years. Theirs has been a happy life, filled with an intense desire to travel. They both had fulfilling careers: he is a college professor, she is an accomplished weaver and textile artist.
Their near-perfect life came to an end a year ago when they sold their home and moved into an independent living apartment for the elderly. He is only 50. She is 49.
She is the reason they are now living in this situation. A series of seizures and strokes revealed brain tumors. Over time she became more absent-minded and more forgetful. Her lucid periods have become fewer and fewer. After the two surgeries and a painful recovery, he and she talked about the future and what they would do with their lives — but now with the new, sobering realization that they would not live forever.Continue reading →
“You are thinking not as God does but as human beings do.”
Best-selling author Geneen Roth and her husband were among the thousands of investors who lost their life-savings in Bernie Madoff’s $65-billion-Ponzi scheme. As you can imagine, the anger, fear and regret were intense — 30 years of retirement savings thought to be in a “safe” place disappeared in an instant.
In her new book entitled Lost and Found, Geneen recounts her family’s story and those of friends who were ruined in the Madoff fraud. She writes that the experience led her to a whole new way of thinking about the “irrational, destructive ways” we use money and evaluate wealth. In losing everything, the Roths and their friends “also lost their attachment to what they thought they needed to be happy.“Continue reading →
What do marriage, crime and abortion have in common? Actually, quite a lot if you are seeking the reasons behind our polarized American society.
For quite a number of years the demographers have known how our society is highly polarized when it comes to presidential elections. Red counties tend to believe in responsibility, religion and families. They are typically suburban or rural and usually vote for conservative candidates. Blue counties tend to believe in rights, and may have problems with crime and poverty. They typically have higher population densities and vote for liberal candidates.
This same situation again played out in the recent 2016 Clinton/Trump Presidential election. While there are exceptions, the red counties voting conservative and the blue counties voting liberal tended to fall into the same traditional patterns. What the demographers and researchers want to know is why? Why is it that on one side of the county line you have more income equality but the other side of the county line has rich and poor? Why is it that one side of the county line has more people going to church regularly while the other side of the county line has more crime? Why is it that one side of the county line supports responsibilities and families while the other side of the country line supports rights and abortion? Continue reading →
There is an increasing concern among some demographers and researchers that conservatives, Christians and pro-life supporters may be winning a battle but losing the war. Many do not understand the real issues and reasons behind how social problems, actions and decisions are interconnected.
We live in interesting times. People in the past based decisions on traditions and the practices of previous generations. Today, we are lucky to have the advantage of decades of research into social problems as well as computer-generated statistics. In many cases this data is not only endorsing many of the old traditions but also giving us the reasons behind those decisions. If you give me a few minutes of your time I can walk you through the basics.
Our Polarized Society
While overly simplistic, it is not difficult to split our society into two groups based on a simple question. When faced with an action or decision that could impact others we have two alternatives. We can do what is best for other people and society or we can do what we want regardless of whom we hurt. One side is conservative while the other side is liberal. One side believes in responsibilities while the other side believes in rights. And, ultimately, and to a large extent, one side tends to match with red states and the other side tends to match with blue states. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- Rockford Il.– Sandra Mendoza had faithfully served her employer and the public at the Winnebago County Health Department for 18 years when her boss informed her she must begin referring mothers to abortion clinics.
Sandra had a choice. She could quietly go along with this mandate. After all who would know? She could rationalize that it isn’t her fault if a woman chooses an abortion. Odds are the public would never find out and she has been at the WCHD for 18 years and no one would expect her to throw away her career and family income over this.
But Sandra knows a few things that her bosses at the Winnebago County Department of Public Health either don’t know or don’t care about.
Many people may ask whether there is an obvious connection between abortion, politics and the slippery slope. The demographers and researchers will tell you that there is a very obvious connection. Moreover, this connection explains why our society is falling apart.
Our Polarized Society
Those who have been keeping up with research, or even just reading the news, are aware that our society has become increasingly polarized. A poll by a well-known company in late April of 2016 showed that only 26 percent of Americans feel that the United States is heading in the right direction. An earlier poll of likely voters in February of 2016 disclosed that 81 percent of the respondents felt that the Federal Government is corrupt.
Another poll in April of 2016 showed that nearly 30 percent of Americans felt that the political parties were out of step with the voters. This is increasingly obvious as the presidential election campaign unfolds. On the conservative side, the two candidates with the most support were both mavericks who did not follow traditional politics. Even the liberals have a second candidate who is getting support as an unconventional politician. Much of this reflects the fact that our society has become increasingly polarized in recent decades. Continue reading →
The Final Battle Between the Lord and the Kingdom of Satan
ProLifeCorner.com- By Larry Plachno
One of the most popular topics on Christian internet sites and blogs in late summer is a revelation that took place 30 years ago but was only printed in English in June of 2015. It may provide some thought for those pondering the end times. For others, it might be a sobering look at our world, where it is going, and what we need to do.
This story starts at the Vatican in 1980 when Pope John Paul II organized a synod of bishops devoted to the family. At the conclusion, the synod fathers called for the creation of theological centers devoted to the study of the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family. As a result, John Paul II made plans for the establishment of the Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Carlo Caffarra. a priest and professor of moral theology, was to be named president of the institute. Today he currently serves as Archbishop of Bologna and a Cardinal in the Church. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- Freeport Illinois- By Frank Munda- We recently celebrated Independence Day, 2015. As I look back on my many years here on Earth I have had many joys and many sorrows, and yes many regrets; regrets of things that I did and things that I failed to do. God has blessed me with a wonderful wife, awesome children who married wonderful spouses, and they in turn have been blessed with wonderful children themselves.
There have been dark times as well. The darkness of Vietnam had just slipped away from the consciousness of many American citizens when the greatest travesty of injustice came upon the scene; when an activist controlled Supreme Court illegally and immorally created law declaring that a mother now had the right to kill her baby through abortion. Many of our young readers are probably not even aware that what occurred in January of 1973 was an illegal move by the Supreme Court. The three branches of government, Legislative, Judicial, and Executive are supposed to be checks and balances. The Judicial branch of the government is to rule on existing laws or proposed laws presented by the Legislative branch of the government. This was not the case in January 1973. Through Roe versus Wade and Doe versus Bolton, the Supreme Court created law; a law that states a woman has a right to kill her baby in what should be the safest place in the world- the mothers womb. 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 →