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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
Jesus is the Reason for the Season He is on His way- let us rejoice and be glad in the Lord.
ProLifeCorner- We “always feel it an obligation to remind people about the reason for the season of Advent and Christmas. Do not get caught up too much in the presents, sales gimmicks, pressures to have to have the perfect Christmas. Jesus gave us the greatest present we could ever have Received – his very self. Because God became man, we can know that He wants to be with us all the time. How much time do you spend with Him? Could you spend more time with Him this season?” Continue reading →
Is this you? “I’m pro-life. I would never have an abortion. But I’m not an activist.” Well, I’m gladyou’reagainst child-killing. But it’s not enough to say you are against abortion. You must live what you believe. You may not be a hold-a-sign-and-engage-in-public-debate activist, but every Christian should take a stand against abortion. Call it activism, education or ministry, but when genocide is occurring in our nation, we must do more than identify with the opponents of it. When we are persecuted for our stance on abortion or for righteousness sake, it can be discouraging. Who doesn’t want to be liked and accepted? But we must not fear rocking the boat when our fellow human beings are drowning in the devil’s deceptive lies. There are millions of people who are broken and hurting, starving for the truth. They try to fill a void by giving themselves away sexually. When the consequences of their actions hit them, and a baby is created, they try desperately to find a way out. They end up covering up one sin with another by killing their child. The darkness around them gets thicker and harder to overcome, the longer and deeper they dive into perpetual sin. Continue reading →