The Consequences of Choice

The Consequences of Choice

ProLifeCorner-  By Larry Plachno

Larry-150x1[1]       This subject got started from a discussion concerning the love of God and love of neighbor admonishments of Jesus Christ. Those who have done the research find that basic Christian principles are reflected in the statistics surrounding social problems. In his divine wisdom, Jesus Christ was trying to teach us that judging our actions as good or evil and defining good as what is best for others and society is the way to make our society run well. The reports and statistics have shown that if we follow these basic rules of Jesus Christ, we all come out ahead.

But then the obvious question came up. If people accept “choice” instead of judging their actions as good or evil, and do what they want today instead of what is best for society tomorrow, are there negative consequences?

The answer is “yes.” There are obvious consequences for accepting “choice” today rather than judging our actions over the long haul. A simple example is that if kids were left on their own, many would avoid going to school and would eat candy and cookies instead of balanced meals. The obvious consequences of their choice will be that they will grow up uneducated and malnourished. These same types of consequences follow other “choice” decisions. Continue reading

Who is This Rich Young Man?

Who is This Rich Young Man?

ProLifeCorner-   Who is This Rich Young Man?

 “Jesus said to the rich young man, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

As Jesus was setting out, a young man ran up, knelt down before him and asked, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus answered, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except…”

Jesus was suddenly interrupted by the ringing of the young man’s cell phone.

“Hello? Hey, Sam. Can’t right now. I’m in the middle of something. A time management thing. You gonna be at this number for a while? Great. I’ll get right back.”

Jesus waited patiently for the young man to finish, and then continued, “You know the commandments: You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal…” Continue reading

Let The Children Come To Me

Let The Children Come To Me

ProLifeCorner- Oct 4 2015- Respect life Sunday: A dear friend of the ProLifeCorner delivered this homily today.

“And people were bringing children to Him that He might touch them, … Then He embraced them and blessed them, placing His hands on them.”

In a poignant scene at the end of Morris West’s novel The Clowns of God, Jesus has made His presence known in the midst of a small French community the night before Christ­mas. It’s the eve of World War III, and a terrified world is bracing for nuclear holocaust. Continue reading

Stewardship Time, Talent, and Treasure

Stewardship Time, Talent, and Treasure

ProLifeCorner-  Sun Sept 27 2015-   “See what you have stored up for yourselves against the last days.”

            Today, in light of the 2nd reading from the Apostle, St. James, I’m going to talk about time, talent and treasure, each briefly and separately.


It happens in every parish: The pastor has a new project in mind — a religious education program for teenagers, a Thanksgiving dinner for the poor, or a food and clothing collection for the local shelter. The pastor then approaches parishioners to help out. It’s a tough sell: People are very protective of their time, they’re not sure this is something they want to do or are comfortable being involved with, or they doubt they have the abilities and patience necessary for this kind of work. But, eventually, a group of volunteers — however reluctant — comes together. Continue reading

The feast of Corpus Christi 2015

The feast of Corpus Christi 2015

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

Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen And Have Believed

 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

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