I Am the Vine, You Are the Branches

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

His Name

 At Christmas time I heard His name

 Drowned out by every toy and game

 For “Santa Claus” had so beguiled

 My child’s heart, then beating wild.

 

Then soon I heard His name in song,

 In hymns that echoed far and long

 Across the threshold of my years,

 Yet bringing neither joy nor tears.

 

His name I heard from angry lips

 Pronounced in hate – and mundane quips,

 As meaningless as wind and rain

 Upon a battered weathervane.

 

And then one day He came to me

 To set my captive spirit free;

 And now His name is wondrous fair!

 Like sounds of spring upon the air!

 

Oh Jesus, Jesus, name so sweet

 Making all my days complete;

 Above all names His name will be

 My Door to Life eternally.

 

Marian Banducci

Poverty, Employment and Marriage

Poverty, Employment and Marriage. Love your neighbor by reducing poverty

ProLifeCorner-  By Larry Plachno

       Jesus Christ admonished us to love our neighbor. One way of doing that is by reducing poverty in our country. There has been an increasing concern in recent years about the growing poverty in the United States, our decreasing middle class and fewer traditional families. Not unexpectedly, all of these are interconnected.

       Numerous programs and plans have been suggested or put in place in recent decades to deal with these problems. They range from secular charity programs to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development administered by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops. However, many of these programs have come under fire because they tend to deal with the effects of the problem instead of dealing with the causes of poverty and trying to reduce or eliminate it. Continue reading

To Connect or Not to Connect, That is the Question

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

The Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God

ProLifeCorner-  Thursday, January 1st, 2015-  Numbers 6: 22-27   Galatians 4:4-7  Luke 2:16-21

        “So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph and the infant lying in the manger.”

The Blessed Virgin Mary, a typical young woman of Nazareth by all outward appearances, was selected by God to be the mother of the Messiah, the Savior, the Son of God. What an extraordinary thing this was. Her consent to this astounding proposal changed the world and helped make salvation possible to mankind. So today, as we begin a new calendar year, we take time to honor Mary, the Holy Mother of God. In doing so we honor her Son, Jesus as well. Continue reading

Jesus Christ, our Economy and our Politics

ProLifeCorner-   By Larry Plachno-  How much of a connection is there between Jesus Christ, our economy and our politics?  The answer is considerably more than you might think, particularly once you understand that moral relativism is effectively the opposite of Christianity. Having spent more than 20 years working with statistics surrounding interconnected social problems, I can tell you that all of this not only becomes increasingly simple but also logical.

When pressed, Jesus Christ gave us two very simple and basic commandments: love of God and love of neighbor. Since God sent His Son to suffer and die to atone for our sins, love of God means judging our actions and decisions as to whether they are good or evil. Being a follower of Jesus Christ means that good is what is best for others and society. Continue reading

May We Recognize Jesus In Our World Today

Pro Life Corner – Christmas 2014 – Have we prepared the way of the Lord?  Are we willing to follow the way of Mary to say yes to God’s will in our lives? Are we willing to allow Him into our homes? Mary said ‘yes’ to God physically living within her. Mary was a holy and sacred temple of God in the truest sense.  So are we. God wants to live in our hearts and our souls and our homes.  He really wants to live in us. He really wants to make an effect in our life just like he made an incredible effect in Mary’s Life and in Joseph’s life. He really wants to give you His peace. He really wants to give  you His mercy. He really wants to give you His love. What should be  our response to that?  To follow Mary’s example, and say I am a handmaid of the Lord.  Let it be done to me according to your Word.

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John Prepares the Way of the Lord

Pro Life Corner – The power of God is discovered in the humility of Jesus becoming Man.  Jesus come to us as an infant, thus showing us an example of true humility.  When our Blessed Mother gazed upon her Son, she did not look up to heaven, but looked down because heaven was in her arms. Continue reading

25th ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OF PRAYER FOR LIFE

 Rockford Illinois-  25th ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OF PRAYER FOR LIFE

Exposition, Adoration & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Holy Rosary of Our Blessed Mother Mary.  Holy Family Church ~ 8:00 PM to Midnight. Monday, December 8 2014.

      “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us”- John 1:14 

As soon as the Holy Spirit overshadowed the womb of the Virgin Mother, God immediately became one of the human family. In like manner when a child is conceived, he becomes one of us. This little person now dwells among us. So that our nation may recognize this truth.. Continue reading