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Take a tour of our Benedictine monastery, located in Ferdinand, Indiana.  The Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana, live the 1500-year-old monastic tradition of the Rule of St. Benedict, a spiritual path for finding God in the circumstances of daily life.
The community was founded in 1867 when four sisters came to Ferdinand from Covington, Kentucky, to teach the children of German immigrants. Over the years, the needs of a changing world created new opportunities for the sisters to serve. Yet one reality remains constant — the sisters continue to faithfully live out their commitment to Benedictine life and to guide and support others seeking God.
Discover God in the everyday. With us.
http://www.thedome.org

The Sisters from above have recenly sent me a letter for donations for those Sisters that have reached their elderly state.  If you can donate please do so and look for them on my blogroll or go to the abovementioned website.

Make a one time donation of any amount today.  Thanks you.

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Published on Jan 28, 2013

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“If you help me, I think we can make this video go “viral.” So please post it.  Share it. And blog it.
This short video shows you what the liberal media fears:  More young Americans are fighting abortion.
See the truth for yourself.
It could have been the largest March for Life in history — 500,000 strong — in the bitter cold and snow.
Yet the major media mentions nothing or next to nothing.
Because they want to discourage you.  And me.
So let’s fight back with the truth.
Please send this video to as many people as you can.  Everyone if possible.
And something special happened at the March this year.  TFP Student Action volunteers had the honor of escorting the miraculous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima up Constitution Ave.  You’ll see her on the video.
The momentum against the sin of abortion is strong and growing.  May God inspire more and more souls to stand firm in defense of the unborn.
God bless you!”
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By Steve Sanborn

Uploaded on Jan 26, 2010

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“At the 2010 March for Life the media set new standards for journalistic fraud. [Get full video at http://www.thineeyes.org] In its lead photo, CNN showed five pro-abortion picketers, all that could be found, and ignored the 300,000 pro-life marchers.  CNN’s Rick Sanchez wondered out loud which group dominated.  Newsweek claimed that most participants were in their 60’s when, in fact, most were under 25.  This video sets the record straight.”

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VATICAN LETTER Jan-24-2013 (810 words) Backgrounder. With photos. xxxi
VATICAN LETTER Jan-24-2013 (810 words) Backgrounder. With photos. xxxi

Cardinal Stafford at his residence in Rome this week. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Forty years of legalized abortion have profoundly demoralized American society, not only weakening respect for human life but undermining marriage, parenthood and individuals’ sense of duty to others, said U.S. Cardinal J. Francis Stafford.
The cardinal, a former archbishop of Denver and former head of two Vatican offices, said that the legalization of abortion was itself a result of flawed ideas about freedom deeply rooted in American history.
Cardinal Stafford, 80, spoke with Catholic News Service shortly before the Jan. 25 March for Life marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that lifted most legal restrictions on abortion.
He said that Roe was one of a series of cultural, social, political and legal upheavals during the 1960s and early 1970s that left him deeply disillusioned with his native land and alienated from a country that he said once offered unparalleled openness to the proclamation of the Gospel.
“I don’t really feel as at home now in the United States as I did prior to the 60s,” he said.
Yet those upheavals, the cardinal said, trace their origins to certain “viruses” present in American political culture from the very beginning of U.S. history, particularly the understanding of liberty enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and implicit in other founding documents.
The 18th-century Enlightenment taught that liberty was essentially a matter of “choice between various options … whatever the individual in his or her autonomy makes a decision for,” the cardinal said, drawing a contrast with the traditional Christian teaching that freedom is realized only in pursuit of virtue.
The cardinal suggested that a flawed understanding of liberty helps explain why the U.S. government once denied the freedom and dignity of black people and American Indians, treating them as less than fully human, and now fails to defend the right to life of the unborn.
The legalization of abortion originally appealed to many as a means of women’s liberation, Cardinal Stafford said.
“There was considerable unrest among women about the fidelity of men in marriage … and also the control of men,” he said. “Women felt that the power of men was being used unfairly … in the fact that they were so dependent on them financially, and that they could not trust them … to give of themselves without a dominating demand, without coercion.”
The cardinal said that decades of abortion and contraception have only encouraged male irresponsibility, with the result that ever-fewer American men are willing to give totally of themselves to their wives and children as marriage requires.
Both men and women in the U.S., he said, increasingly view marriage as a “contractual relationship, almost like it’s an economic relationship that expects a quid pro quo, rather than a relationship that is rooted in a covenant, that is, a total giving of freedom in total trust of the freedom of the other.”
In America’s “consumer-oriented society,” the cardinal said, children have accordingly come to be seen as “commercialized items,” who may be artificially conceived to parents’ genetic specifications.
At the same time, he said, a prevalent “technological mindset” that sees others as a means to one’s own pleasure or self-fulfillment increasingly perceives children as “objects of fear because they are preventing us from being what we want to be.”
Such an attitude is an example of “instrumentalization,” a way of thinking powerfully reinforced by abortion, the cardinal said.
“To perceive a child as an enemy, as a menace, is a fundamental aberration of the human person, for a doctor, for a mother, for a father,” and distorts our understanding of those persons’ proper roles, he said.
“I weep for the United States,” Cardinal Stafford said. “I don’t know what to do, because I see (abortion) as so mortally damaging to us as a people and the beauty of what our potential is. So I think we need to mourn and to weep over what has happened and what is happening, as Jesus wept for Jerusalem.”
The cardinal also called for a “profound personal conversion” on the part of those who oppose abortion.
“We need to love our brothers and sisters who are co-nationals with us, and we need to understand the meaning of forgiveness within this national context,” he said. “We need, above all, to pray for them and to pray for ourselves, that we do not become arrogant in our response, because we, too, are sinners.”
Cardinal Stafford concluded on a note of optimism, referring to opinion polls that he said show growing openness to the pro-life cause.
“We have a sufficiently convincing argument that, with time, reasonable men and women will be with us,” he said. “It’s going to take time and lots of changes and lots of tears, but I think it will change.”
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Editors: A video featuring Cardinal Stafford’s interview can be found at http://youtu.be/pNBhfS6luDY.

NOTE:  http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1300301.htm

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MARCH-SPEECHES (UPDATED) Jan-28-2013 (1,050 words) With photos posted Jan. 25. xxxn

Young people with “The Crusaders for Life” youth group at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago cheer as March for Life participants make their way to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. (CNS/Bob Roller)

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Participants at the annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 25 demonstrated just how determined they are not only by showing up in such large numbers on a bitter cold day but by continuing a 40-year tradition of protesting the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion.
“Forty years ago, people thought opposition to the pro-life movement would eventually disappear,” Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley told the crowd assembled on the National Mall for a rally prior to the march along Constitution Avenue to the front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
He noted that Nellie Gray, founder of the annual march who died last year, “was not going to allow that to happen” nor was the pro-life movement.
“The march grows stronger every year,” said the cardinal, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
Various media outlets put the estimate for this year’s March for Life crowd at between 500,000 and 650,000. An official crowd estimate has not been provided by police since about 1995. A Catholic News Service query for a crowd estimate submitted early Jan. 28 via voicemail and email had not yet been returned by midday.
Many speakers praised the resiliency of the crowd, braving a cloudy 20-degree day and standing on snow-dusted ground, but they also spoke of the pro-life movement getting re-energized by young people who are becoming the movement’s new torchbearers.
This year’s march and rally took place three days after the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision to better accommodate participants, since the official Jan. 22 anniversary was the day after public ceremonies for the presidential inauguration.
Hundreds of high school and college groups were scattered throughout the rally crowd; their members, often in matching hats, were texting, taking pictures and creatively protesting by wearing pro-life stickers on their faces and carrying placards in the backs of their jackets.
Their placards did not have jarring images or messages but predominantly took a gentler tone such as: “Abolish Abortion Courageously” or “I am the pro-life generation.”
Jeanne Monahan, new president of the March for Life Education & Defense Fund, is 40 — just as old as the 1973 Supreme Court decision and the movement protesting it.
Monahan praised Gray for her long dedication to the cause and several speakers also credited her for getting the pro-life movement on its feet with the first march and leading each one until her death. During the rally, a video tribute to her was shown on the giant Jumbotron.
Monahan described abortion a “human rights abuse” but she also said there were signs the tide was changing as more anti-abortion measures have been introduced in state legislatures and public opinions are changing. As she put it to the cheering crowd: “Being pro-life is considered the new normal.”
Speakers on the stage stood below the message “40=55 million,” referring to the number of abortions reported to have been performed since abortion was legalized.
This year’s rally did not include speeches by dozens of politicians as in previous years. Nine legislators were announced and only a handful spoke.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, addressed the crowd with a taped video message promising to work for passage of a bill to ban taxpayer funding for abortions. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., told the crowd she would fight for a bill she has introduced to prohibit family planning grants from going to groups that provide abortions.
Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., urged participants to continue to “stand courageously for life.” He said legislative battles will continue to take place to change abortion laws and that the pro-life movement “must be compassionate to change hearts and minds.”
Rick Santorum, former senator and presidential candidate, spoke about his 4-year-old daughter, Bella, who suffers from Trisomy 18, a rare genetic disorder that is often considered fatal.
Santorum said babies diagnosed with disabilities in the womb are often aborted. He and his wife were encouraged to abort their daughter, he said, because “she was going to be saddled with disabilities and it would be better for her. But we all know that death is never better.”
“She makes us better,” he said, referring to her impact on his family.
Santorum also praised the continual efforts of those in the pro-life movement particularly those who volunteer at crisis pregnancy centers, stressing that this is “not a group moralizing from the mountaintop.”
U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., co-chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus, similarly praised those in the pro-life movement saying it is “comprised of noble, caring, smart and selfless people. It is an extraordinarily powerful, non-violent, faith-filled human rights struggle that is growing in public support, intensity, commitment and hope.”
Another new aspect at this year’s rally was more use of social media technology, with speakers prior to the rally’s start urging participants to tweet about the rally and follow March for Life on Twitter and Facebook.
Cardinal O’Malley read a tweet to the crowd from Pope Benedict XVI, which said: “I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life.”
Rueben Verastigui, youth activist, had a specific message for the crowd’s youths.
“You can’t just sit around waiting for change to happen; you have to get up and make it happen.” He urged them to get involved in pro-life work and if they feel they are alone they should remember this experience. “Look around, we are not alone. We are not the future of the pro-life movement; we are the pro-life movement!”
Although his message was directed to young people it could apply to all ages in the crowd bundled in winter coats, gloves and hats.
Mary Salmon, who has been coming to the march for the past 15 years, told Catholic News Service she is always energized by the march to continue her work at a crisis pregnancy center.
Salmon, a parishioner from St. Andrew’s Parish in Clifton, Va., also feels the pro-life movement needs to educate more people and more effectively spread its message. Instead of always just responding to the opposition, it needs to take the lead, she said.
In other words, she was not content just to march. “We have to do something more,” she said.

NOTE:  I have posted charitable organizations here on the right of this article on my blog roll here on the homepage such as Good Counsel Homes and others who spearhead and are active in the Pro-Life Culture.  If you can, please give a donation today.  Anything will do.  Even a once in a lifetime donation is fine.  If you cant please pray for those from the womb to the tomb in this Culture of Death.  Lets all of us in our own ways contribute small or large to a Culture of Life which will change the face of humanity on this small planet in this great Universe.  Peace and Love in Christ to all who believe and do not follow the teachings of Christ.  Life is precious to all.

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By Patrick Einheber

January 28, 2013

When I first considered the question of whether civil partnerships or civil marriage should be permitted for same-sex couples, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about the subject. On one hand, I had my belief which has been informed by the Catholic faith. On the other hand, I questioned whether my own religious convictions should determine the civil law that applies to people of all different beliefs. As a person who experiences same-sex attraction, I personally have changed my opinion on the question of homosexuality over time and so I realize that there are people of good will who disagree on the subject.

In order to consider the subject fairly, I decided that I must set aside particular judgments about the morality of homosexual behavior – not only Catholicism’s which maintains that homosexual behavior is immoral, but also those of others that maintain that homosexual behavior is normal and acceptable. The question must be considered objectively based on the reason, knowledge and experience of civil society.

What is Civil Marriage?

I’ve heard same-sex marriage advocates describe marriage as building a life together, sharing love, sharing commitment, raising children, etc. While all these things are good and admirable, they cannot serve as the only definition of marriage or of a civil union equated with marriage.

Marriage is recognized and incentivized by our society because it provides tangible benefits to society. And chief among these benefits is the creation of new members of society in a committed environment. It is because of this that marriage can be considered a true building block of society.

Consider that a brother and sister, or a grown woman and her elderly mother, or even a whole group of people could build a life together, share love, share commitment, create children by means of medical procedures and provide a safe place to raise them. But we don’t propose to extend marriage or its civil benefits and recognition to these and any number of other living arrangements. Why is that?

It’s because we realize that the sexual union is a critical component of what we’re trying to recognize and protect. And why should the government and society be interested in recognizing and protecting a sexual union? Because the committed sexual union of marriage is the component specifically ordered toward the building up of society by the creation of new members – children.

Some may assert that new members of society can be created in same-sex relationships with the help of technology. But that’s kind of the point: In reality, those children are created in a lab by a third party wearing a white coat and goggles, not in the sexual embrace of a marriage. This feat of technology is completely independent of the individuals requesting it (other than perhaps some raw biological material) and is not accomplished or enabled by their relationship with one another.

Now of course there are particular heterosexual couples that are not capable of having children and eventually people progress past their child-bearing years. But society recognizes the type of sexual relationship between man and woman as the one being capable of providing this benefit to society. A homosexual relationship is not ordered toward this benefit for society because of the lack of sexual complementarity on a biological level. Homosexual acts are fundamentally different from heterosexual acts because of these biological differences. So these two types of relationships and the benefits they produce for society are distinctly different and cannot not be equated even on a sociological level.

Benefit to Society

To help explore this concept of benefit to society, I’d like to discuss another group of citizens that provide a benefit to society and are therefore granted special recognition and benefits under the law. These people are called veterans.

When a person renders military service to this country, they are providing a particular tangible benefit to our society. We wouldn’t say those people who are not classified as veterans or don’t receive veteran benefits are being discriminated against. They simply do not provide this same service to society.

Refusing to classify someone who has not rendered military service as a veteran is not a personal judgement nor does it make a statement about that individual’s patriotism or worth to society. It simply means that veteran status is a special recognition and benefit for those who have served in a particular way. Reserving this status for those particular people is not unfairly discriminatory toward the rest of us, even if we desire to serve in the same way and are unable to do so.

In the same way, marital status is a special recognition and benefit for those who are agreeing – in theory – to create new members of society with their committed sexual relationship. To reserve this status and recognition to those particular people is not unfairly discriminatory.

In fact, I believe that creating an alternate form of civil union with the benefits of marriage will hurt marriage and society. Looking again at military service, if we changed the term “veteran” to apply to those who have not provided military service as a benefit to society and extended the associated incentives to others, we would actually be discouraging this commitment and sacrifice. By marginalizing and de-emphasizing the creation of new members of society as a foundational component of the committed relationship of marriage, we will actually discourage people from providing this service to society.

Equality of Persons

Those who advocate same-sex marriage assert that all people must have equal rights. So let’s consider what we’ve discussed. Heterosexual and homosexual behavior are not biologically equivalent and cannot be equated even on a sociological level. Keeping this distinction in mind let’s examine the rights of individuals. Individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, already have the ability to civilly marry a person of the opposite sex. Individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, should not have the ability to civilly marry a person of the same sex because that is in reality a type of behavior and relationship different than marriage. This distinction between behaviors still preserves the same legal rights for everyone, across the board, regardless of orientation.

Now some will say that’s unfair. They will say everyone should have the right to marry the person they love. But I must bring up some of the uncomfortable realities of the world. Some people fall in love with close relatives. Others apparently fall in love with children. Still others may fall in love with more than one individual at the same time. We cannot claim that all of these people have a right to have their relationships equated with marriage out of a mistaken sense of equality.

All men are created equal, according to the Declaration of Independence, not all behaviors and relationships.

Copyright 2012 Patrick Einheber — patrick.einheber@gmail.com — BeforeIFormedYou.com

See this article at:  http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/column.php?n=2445

See: LettersToChristopher.wordpress.com

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Published on Aug 29, 2012

“The 40th Annual “March for Life” in Washington D.C. will be on January 25, 2013.
Mark Your Calendars. Please do not be confused by the end of the video. You don’t need to sign up to attend the March For Life. However, due to the large numbers of people going, it is best to travel in groups. Many churches and dioceses have groups going, and you can sign up to go with them!
In 2013, the anniversary date of the Roe v. Wade decision will fall on Tuesday, the day following the public ceremonies marking the Presidential Inauguration. Due to this event, the date of the March is pushed back a few days to Friday.  Please plan accordingly.
Please begin to plan ahead now.  We must do whatever we can to show the world that a “person is a person, no matter how small”. Our presence, in growing numbers every year (in the hundreds of thousands), is the best way to draw attention to the untenable legacy of Roe v. Wade, and to persuade our leaders to eradicate it from America’s future.
Join the Movement!
If you are planning on going, please let us know in the comments below and let us know where you are coming from. If you know of a Church or Diocese that is collecting sign-ups, please also put it in the comments. We want to hear about your dedication to protecting Life from Conception to Natural Death.
We are Strong! We will not back down! We will save the babies!!!
Please like this video and my Pro-Life Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA768484F846978EB&feature=edit_ok
There are lots of great videos on that playlist, I highly suggest that you watch the first five, as you will then have all the tools you will need to defend life from every opposition.”

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