Category Archives: Temporal Order: Politics, News & Social Justice

Novena for Defending Marriage in California

Catholics for the Common Good has initiated a novena to uphold marriage in California (Proposition8) and the rights of voters to amend their state’s constitution.  We can all add this under the prayer aspect of our Lenten practices.

Here is a link to the PDF with the prayers.

I will be posting articles relating to these matters hopefully every day of the novena (except day one because  today is day two).

A Wooden Horse Called Economic Stimulus

The stimulus bill that President Obama just signed today really scares me…

It just seems to be a hasty quick fix. Worse–it appears a be trojan horse:

There are things in the bill, hiding, that many people do not know about. It’s 1,000 pages! Last week the objectors of the bill were pretty much told to “shut up…we need to fix the economy immediately…stop delaying”. Sure, we are all told something about transparency, that there is a web site where taxpayers can track where the money goes and what it’s being used for. When i visited the official website www.recovery.gov on Saturday there was nothing on it. It’s up now but the stimulus has already passed.

In the name of fixing the economy what might be sneaked in? In his first press conference the other night,  President Obamba openly mentioned the following:

[…]We know that health care is crippling businesses and making us less competitive as well as breaking the banks of families all across America, and part of the reason is we’ve got the most inefficient health care system imaginable. We’re still using paper — we’re still filing things in triplicate. Nurses can’t read the prescriptions that doctors have written out. Why wouldn’t we want to put that on an electronic medical record that will reduce error rates, reduce our long-term cost of health care, and create jobs right now?

This electronic medical record can be read by any medical professional anywhere… including those you don’t even know. And it will be perceptible for hacking.  But that’s not all, there is talk about the government regulating health care. Please read this Bloomberg news commentary—pretty scary indeed. Anyone can be deemed unworthy to receive certain medicines or procedures simply because they have reached a certain age. If that happens, this country is doomed to collapse entirely.

GOD help us. Be merciful to us. Rouse us from our stupor.

Marian apparition in utero!

Since January is pro-life month (specially dedicated as such) i wanted to get this story in:

Every morning I like to hear EWTN’s daily broadcast of he Holy Mass. Today’s homily really grabbed my attention. Father Joseph shared an amazing true story that he received from a deacon:

There was a woman at the church one day, weeping. The deacon approached her and asked her what was wrong. She said the she was pregnant with twins, a girl and a boy: there was a problem with the girl that would cause her to be naturally aborted which would cause the healthy boy twin to die as well. The mother of course wanted her babies to live. And so the deacon asked if he could pray over her. He also got some of the women in the church who were there, to pray for her.  Two years later he got a letter from the mother who joyfully informed him that the babies were born healthy and are now 2 ½ years old. The mother went on to speak of an incident that had just occurred:

The little boy, Kevin, goes around with a statue of our Lady much like most kids with a blanket or a teddy bear. One day as he is watching cartoons, his sister takes the statue… their mother tells her to put it back, “that is your brother’s statue”. Kevin responds “oh that’s okay, Mary said she wanted to watch TV with us”. To this the little girl, Colleen, says,  “She can’t talk to you”.” Yes she can”. Colin asks, “When did she talk to you?”. “Remember when you were really sick she used to hold us and sing to us?” And the mother overhearing this conversation asks, “ How did she hold you? Did she hold you as your sister is holding the statue now?” Kevin responds “No she held us in her fingers”. Than their mother asked, “What did she sing?” Kevin says, “Alleluia, alleluia”. “What was she wearing? “. “She was beautiful, dressed in white and covered with tiny lights”.

The mother, who had been journaling the entire pregnancy, upon hearing these things ran to the journal and immediately opened it to the entry of the day that the deacon prayed with her. She realized that she had spoken these words to the Blessed Virgin–I’m paraphrasing here: “if it is God’s will that these children live, may it be done! if it is God’s will to take them, i ask you to keep them for them for me until we are reunited in heaven”

Vatican weighs in on Obama’s pro-abortion executive order

Obama overturns Mexico City Policy, pro-lifers react

President Obama reversed the Mexico City Policy–the ban on federal funding for international groups promoting and performing abortions. I don’t understand why he would do this—money for more abortions! I thought he was against torture!

And why was this EO made in cover of darkness? Where’s the transparency!?

Here is the reaction from the Vatican:

Obama’s pro-abortion executive order creates first clash with Vatican

I do not believe that those who voted for him (Obama) took into consideration ethical themes, which were astutely left aside during the election debate. The majority of the American population does not take the same position as the president and his team.”

– Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life

The 36th March for Life

36 years since the Supreme Court legalized the killing of the unborn, the March for Life continues every year until abortion is finished. Last night there was a massive prayer vigil and Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. This morning there was a youth rally and Mass at the Verizon center. Right now thousands from all over the country march, peacefully, in protest of the killing, all the way to the Supreme Court.

National Prayer Vigil for Life 2009

Marcha pela Vida (Quinta 22 de Janeiro)

Macha pela Vida - Pro Life EUA

Flickr Photos by cancaonova_usa

Barrack H. Obama, Our New President

I watched the inauguration yesterday on TV like a sensible person. Even though i wasn’t there, I’m still a part of history.

It’s truly amazing just to think that a black man has become the President of The United States America. How impossible it once seemed! At one time black people were considered 3/5 of a person! When the clock struck noon, i was happy that Mr. Obama had made it and was from that very moment, our 44th president. Incredible.

We all need to pray for our new president, especially that he do everything in his power to uphold and enforce the rights of every human being from conception to natural death…if he signs the Freedom of Choice Act (as he said he would) he would fail in that responsibility.

In his Inaugural Address President Obama said “to all the other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more. ” Every child? The unborn child too seeks a future of peace and dignity. May America, under this president, become such a friend to these least among us!

I believe in the One who changes hearts. Our hope is in GOD.

What irony this statement was:

(addressed to terrorists)

We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

Yes, Mr. President we will also defeat the abortion demon and end the slaughter of tiny innocents. GOD will change your heart to understand the deeper meaning of your great words.

We have the audacity of hope!

On Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Today I’d like to reflect on some excerpts from Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”:

One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all”Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.

It seems to me that Dr. Martin Luther King would have naturally opposed the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize the killing of unborn children.  A law that degrades human personality by snuffing it out at it’s most earliest stage…it is one of the most unjust laws that ever could be.

Later in the letter Dr. King writes:

Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being “disturbers of the peace” and “outside agitators”‘ But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were “a colony of heaven,” called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment. They were too God intoxicated to be “astronomically intimidated.” By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests.

Christians have a duty to fight to end the evil of infanticide–abortion and i believe that the legacy of Dr. King encourages us to do just that. We celebrate the birthday of this great man who relentlessly stood up with courage to the end the evil of segregation—legalized racial hatred. The abortion “industry” began as a movement to kill poor black babies and now does so, legally. Let us follow the example of Dr. Martin King in speaking out, in being God intoxicated nonviolent disturbers of the peace.