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March for Life is about more than abortion

For the first time in several years I will not be marching in Washington with the National March for Life. Family issues require me to stay close to home today. But I will be there in prayer and spirit. Thirty-eight years have passed since the infamous Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision and fifty million innocent human beings have been killed. Some may quibble with my characterization of the unborn as innocent human beings. Certainly most of those who have been aborted do not resemble the quintessential Gerber baby. Our current president asserted that it was above his pay grade to decide when life begins. Supreme Court Justice Blackmun apparently concurred as Fr. Araujo at Mirror of Justice relates:

First of all as I reread the decision penned by Justice Blackmun, I realize that he did not, contrary to the opinion of others, answer the question he posed about the personhood and the humanity of the unborn. As lawyers, we know that the use of language is important to the position we argue…

Prayers and Puppies

Hazzard & Athena

There is a void in my heart right now. It became unexpectedly obvious after taking my dogs to the vet yesterday. Many of you whom I know from Facebook know that my mother is desperately ill. She has had a chronic leukemia for about two years and had been responding well to an oral chemotherapy. Managing her leukemia was no different than managing her blood pressure. All of that changed the day after Christmas. We were blessed on that day to celebrate the baptism of my first grandchild, Trinity, at the parish my parents attend in Katy, TX. That night my mother ran a fever and a trip to the ER revealed a transformation from chronic leukemia to acute leukemia. Her condition steadily deteriorated with one organ system after another causing difficulties. She is now in the ICU at MD Anderson Cancer Center. The good news is that she has been stable for several days. A day with nothing new going wrong is a good day. She is still critically ill, intubated, and sedated. The …

Light out of Darkness

Trinity Hunnell

Nothing can darken my day when I have seen a picture like this.

Words of Comfort

From this morning's reading from the Magnificat:

Psalm 32

So let every good man pray to you
in time of need.
The floods of water may reach high
but him they shall not reach.
You are my hiding place, O Lord;
you save me from distress,
You surround me with cries of deliverance.

Vocation Awareness Week: More than just priests and consecrated religious

Today marks the beginning of the National Vocation Awareness Week. This week is dedicated to the promotion of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated religious life. It is important that each of us pray for these religious vocations. However, it would be a mistake to think that only priests and consecrated religious have a vocation.

The word vocation comes from the Latin word vocare which means called. God has called each of us to a particular vocation: priest, consecrated religious, married, or chaste single. If we want to promote religious vocations we need to promote all vocations. Consider question six from the Baltimore Catechism:

Question: Why did God make you?
Answer: God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next.

The particular way each of us is called to serve God is our vocation. When we understand that the purpose of our lives is to serve God in the unique way He has designated for each of us, the consider…