Roe v. Wade’s Anniversary: Mourning TWO Lost Generations

01/21/2015

January 22, 1973 is truly a day that will live in infamy when people wake up–as they increasingly are–to the evil of abortion by which we have committed genocide against our own people. Well over fifty million people have never seen the light of day because we as a country let nine people in robes say it was okay to kill the innocent, that it was a right.

It is as absurd now as it was then. Not only is there no right to abortion in the Constitution, the idea that one’s right could be gained at the expense of another is positively un-American.

It is like the coming crisis if the Supreme Court finds a right for two men to marry each other in the Constitution, likely next to the imaginary abortion right. In doing this, Christians would be deprived of their rights to function in society if it is at odds with the homosexual agenda. Ask out of work bakers and photographers, who tried to follow their conscience in the face of gays wanting to “marry”, about their rights.

More on that later.

Now is the time to mourn the lost lives that were true victims of violence, expediency, ignorance. Over forty-two years many more than the population of California have been slaughtered. And the little children are not the only victims. Women who have had abortions often mourn the loss for the rest of their lives. Men, too, can be victimized since they are often not allowed to express an opinion on a woman’s “choice”.

We have lost the language and the culture has gone down with it.

It has allowed us to live a lie which has led to a further decline in our society’s values. We are so blind to the decadence that we have created a vicious circle of immorality leading to unplanned pregnancies leading to abortions leading to a coarsening of the culture leading to acceptance of greater sexual depravity resulting in more disease and heartbreak and…the cycle is endless.

Abortion on demand has led to countless deaths and also the destruction of our country. Without Roe v. Wade, I don’t think we would be the freewheeling, sexually-depraved, morally-challenged country we now are.

This is not the America I was born into, but a foreign place where right is called wrong and wrong isn’t acknowledged. This is not my country. My country would not countenance the slaughter of the innocents generation after generation with no end in sight. America will never be right until we reverse Roe v. Wade.

What can we do? The one thing each of us, powerless though we may feel, can always do: pray. Beg God for mercy and forgiveness and for our leaders to see the light and return the law back to that of January 21, 1973.

Guest Blog: New Year, New Beginnings

01/14/2015

A good friend of mine has a blog you might find interesting. Here is the most recent post:

Everywhere I turn, I see articles about cleaning-out and organizing. It’s “out with the old, in with the new,” as the old adage goes.

I recently read a great article by Joshua Becker, an author who promotes “minimalist living” by getting rid of all the “stuff” we don’t really need. In it, he said, “You don’t feel the weight of something you’ve been carrying until you feel the weight of its release.” What truth!

The same process of purging that he promotes for the home, can be effective for the mind and spirit too. How many things do we hold onto that clutter the mind and spirit? How often do we hold onto things spiritually that that hold us back and weigh us down? What would it feel like to live without all this “stuff” – to live freely and unencumbered?

I remember hearing a news story last year about a man in New York who, before Christmas, would open his answering machine to people to anonymously confess things that were bothering them. He said, “People sometimes really just need to get things off their chest and they feel good when they do.” I remember thinking it somewhat odd that a fraction of what the Catholic Church has offered for centuries in the Sacrament of Reconciliation was being featured as a national news story.

Although most people don’t enjoy that “moment of truth” as they step into the confessional, the exit is always a great moment, marked by a complete freeing and unencumbering of the spirit. The beauty of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is that not only can one “get everything off ones’ chest” though, but one can also be assured that God has heard this confession and has given forgiveness. What a beautiful and profound offer!

Yet, even saints, who went to confession frequently, have sometimes forgotten just how much God offers us. Take, for example, St. Faustina. Having believed she had already offered everything to God though her vow of consecration to Christ, she asked in prayer what more she could offer. She was confounded by the response, “My daughter, you have not offered Me that which is really yours.” She continues, “I probed deeply into myself and found that I love God with all the faculties of my soul and, unable to see what it was that I had not yet given to the Lord, I asked, ‘Jesus, tell me what it is, and I will give it to you at once with a generous heart.’ Jesus said to me with kindness, “Daughter, give Me your misery, because it is your exclusive property” (Diary, 1318).

God offers to take not only our sins, but even our misery. He offers to take everything that holds us back and pulls us down. It’s up to us to accept His offer though. “New Year’s” happens only once a year, but every day God offers us a life unencumbered by regrets. He constantly offers us new fullness of life, abundant in grace and blessings. It’s up to us to accept this gift though.

It’s up to us, like St. Faustina, to let go of misery and give it to God. We can place it in His hands or put it at the foot of the cross – either way, now’s the time to clean out. Go to confession. Give Him your sins. Give Him your misery. Give it to God…and let it go.

“Few souls understand what God would effect in them if they should give themselves entirely into His hands and allow his grace to act.” – St. Ignatius of Loyola

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Battle Between Truth and Lies Intensifies in New Year

01/11/2015

The new year has arrived with a bang. Violence in Paris and elsewhere has erupted with great force and fanfare. However, the tumult is not just physical. There are spiritual and intellectual battles going on that are ignored by most, but are taking place nonetheless.

These battles are more important because long-term they are corrosive to the underpinnings of society. Whether we win a particular battle or whether the economy appears to improve, the prognosis for America is poor. Our religious foundation has been undermined and just about broken. Morality is now a dirty word.

If one has a religious belief, our culture says it is acceptable if one keeps it to oneself. If one only believes it on Sunday. If one leaves one’s conscience at church or in the home.

But don’t bring it to work or to the public square. That would be intolerant. Who is not intolerant? Gay rights activists, sexual deviants of any kind, jihadists, liberals, America-haters.

Ironically, the ones we are forced to tolerate are the most intolerant of all. Maybe not so ironic since these movements are authoritarian in nature.

So what are people of faith, conservatives and patriots and other like-minded people supposed to do? Shut up? Give up? No, more than ever, we must fight as hard for the truth as the others fight for their agendas.

We do this by first and foremost living our values. If we are Catholic, for example, that means living our beliefs. So we cannot be the ones living alternative lifestyles: no sex outside of marriage, no contraception, no abortions, no shacking up.

As hard as that can be in a culture that gives us no support, what is even more difficult is witnessing our faith and our beliefs to our friends and family and society at large. When we speak or behave in a certain way, we will be called judgmental.

I say they are judgmental. Judgment works both ways but ours is based on thousands of years of history, discernment and most importantly God’s law. Theirs is based on modern fashion, whim and what is called political correctness.

We cannot let the media, Hollywood, and so-called right ways of thinking get in the way of truth. If we know it, we have to champion it. We cannot let lies claim to be truth. The battle is on but we have to engage.

We cannot do it alone. We have to trust God. We have to pray and repent. The battle is not political. Not anymore. It is spiritual and that is what we need to address in this year. Because, as the cliché goes, we can win a battle here and there and ultimately lose the war.

We cannot afford to lose the war. Civilization depends on the survival of and respect for truth.

Christmas Starts Today–Celebrate the Birth of Jesus!

12/25/2014

I wish you a blessed Christmas, which starts today. It is not the end of the season. The weeks preceding today are called Advent. Most of us these days experience this holy time before Christmas in a manic panic. Despite how early “Christmas” prep starts each year, there never seems to be enough time.

Enough time for what? Shopping, parties, cards, decorating. Fun but ultimately meaningless stuff.

It is hard not to get caught up in the fun and frivolity. But it is ancillary to what the season of Advent is all about–preparing for the arrival of our Lord.

Even on Christmas day, it seems people still don’t get it. For those who don’t attend Church, they might never know what Christmas is about. By talking to people and watching Christmas–excuse me, holiday–specials, we are indoctrinated in the propaganda of holiday over Christmas.

We are told Christmas is about family. Family is important, but no. Or Christmas is about helping people. Yes, we should help people but that is not the purpose of Christmas.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, which, next to the Resurrection, is the most important event in the history of mankind. Our God is so good He sent His only Son to become one of us in order to save us.

This is more important than getting the right gift or having a wonderful family celebration or even helping the less fortunate. We are to worship God and can do all these other things as long as we never lose sight of what is important.

Part of that is recognizing that Christmas is not a one-day event where we are expected to gorge ourselves after spending too much money on stuff we don’t need. It is a twelve-day season in which we must focus on Jesus Christ, without Whom we would have no purpose.

So let’s start celebrating. Let’s not wind down out of sheer exhaustion from all the distractions which are designed to keep us away from Christ. Let’s open our hearts, eyes and minds to Him. Let’s make room for Him in the inn of our hearts. Let’s not listen to our society which has turned its back on God. We know better and we are called to live better.

We must live for Christ and conform our lives to His will. The world has it backwards. Time to get it right.

60 Minutes’ Hatchet Job on Church…Again

11/16/2014

I saw that liberal and biased 60 Minutes was interviewing Boston’s archbishop, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, a Franciscan who is friends with our Holy Father. I taped it and then watched and then screamed.

Liberal and biased reporter Norah O’Donnell, displaying the attitude of the anti-Catholic media, asked an apparently willing O’Malley a series of obnoxious questions which mostly focused on the sex abuse scandal, which is now a non-issue. I hate to break it to her (and him) but the scandal is long over. Most of the abuse happened up to a half century ago and there are very few incidents reported anymore despite the grasping plaintiffs’ attorneys who are desperate to make a buck.

The same cannot be said about the Orthodox Jewish community or New York City public schools. Rarely is there an expose about their sex abuse scandals.

O’Malley’s accomplishments in addressing the abuse scandal’s fallout over a decade ago may be commendable. I can see why he wanted to talk about it back in the day. But why he would want to answer questions and why the reporter would ask them in 2014 when there is no acute problem is mystifying. Except that we know CBS and O’Donnell have an agenda.

How do I know? I can tell from Ms. O’Donnell’s other impertinent questions. She asked if not allowing women to become priests was “immoral”. Immoral? Let her ask an imam whether women and men praying in different rooms of the mosque is sexist and thus immoral. She doesn’t have an axe to grind against the Muslims and she values her pretty head, which she positioned frequently in that condescending way where we she shows her disdain for the Church.

She, like O’Malley, seems eager for the Church to change. Newsflash: dogma cannot change. Truth is truth. If they don’t believe, they need to find a door to make their exit.

Examples of their misguided views are the questions on the Vatican’s treatment of liberal nuns which O’Malley thinks is offensive and whether women can be ordained as priests.

O’Malley struggled but eventually got out the right answer. God became man in Jesus Christ. God chose to only have men be priests in the image of His Son. Not women. That does not mean we who are women are unequal. It just means that God chose men to be eligible to be priests. The implication of the questions was that the Church is sexist and discriminatory. It is not true but don’t tell that to O’Malley.

As he struggled, he ended his statement by saying that God founded His Church with only men being able to be priests. However, perhaps to placate O’Donnell or perhaps because he feels this way or both, he said if he were founding a church, he would let women be priests. Yes, that is right–he is disagreeing with God Himself!

While liberals, especially in the media, are obsessed with the Church changing, they will be forever disappointed. God through His Son, Jesus Christ, established the Church as is. Jesus is Truth and there is no changing the Truth to suit the fashion of the times. Why O’Malley–and I hope this was the result of editing–would think he could improve upon God’s design is shocking and disappointing, especially since he claims to be best friends with our beloved but confounding pope.

Where is Cardinal Burke when you need him? 60 Minutes should interview him to learn the truth. Unfortunately, they are not interested.

Rob Astorino for Governor of New York

10/26/2014

The era of people named Cuomo running the great state of New York into the ditch must come to an end. We need an honest, experienced, decent man as the next governor and the Republicans have selected such a person as the nominee, Rob Astorino, the Westchester County Executive.

He is the stereotypical conservative, Republican who wants to cut spending and lower taxes. He has a proven track record. More importantly, what makes him more unusual, especially in the liberal northeast, is that he is unabashedly pro-life and pro-marriage (I don’t want to call it traditional marriage anymore since so-called same-sex marriage is not marriage).

Why is this important? Governor Andrew Cuomo spearheaded the legislation that changed the definition of marriage in New York so that two men or two women could get the state’s blessing on their union. He made this a priority even while the economy was in turmoil. He showed his true colors, which unfortunately endeared him to wealthy Republicans who shared the same “values”.

In terms of abortion, Cuomo is a radical on the order of President Obama. He is running not just as a Democrat but also as a women’s “rights” champion on the Women’s Equality Party line. In fact, he has been proposing a women’s “equality” bill that would promote abortion even more. He stars in a commercial for the women’s party (which does not represent thinking females like me) where his live-in honey talks about “choice” (aka killing babies) and his three daughters repeat liberal, feminist nonsense including women having an income disparity with men. A known lie.

Do we want to get the state back on track or do we want to continue to be a forum for radical liberal experiments?

Why does Cuomo want to please the pro-abortion and pro-homosexual rights crowd? I believe he accepts their agenda and they are generous donors. Remember his comment about pro-lifers (which would include practicing Catholics by definition) needing to leave the state? Wouldn’t it make more sense for decent people to send this career politician packing?

I am not even getting to the corruption of Albany and the scandal involving the Moreland Commission. Cuomo may be indicted during his second term if re-elected.

Astorino would provide a fresh start. What does he stand for? This man, who is also on the Conservative Party and StopCommonCore Party lines due to his good positions on the issues, wants to reform the state’s economy so it is conducive to job growth. Despite what Obama and Cuomo say, there has been no recovery unless one is already very, very rich. The working class and the middle class continue to suffer. The answer is not high taxes and reckless spending and excessive regulations. Astorino favors old-fashioned pro-growth policies. Get the government out of our lives and let the people prosper!

Astorino also opposes Common Core, which is an educational disaster that impedes proper education of our youth, which should be handled locally. We do not need the federal government to pressure the states into a uniform program for all children everywhere. This is especially true where Common Core makes learning harder for kids.

Another key plank of the Astorino program is to restore ethics to a corrupt state bureaucracy, including by his advocating for much-needed term limits. He wants to take on both Democratic and Republican corruption. The Republicans are not supporting him as they should so he is not beholden to them. Maybe their abandonment will turn out to be a good thing if the people of the state of New York decide they want real change.

On November 4, we need to end the reign of King Andrew and elect a man who can bring positive change to our beloved state.

Sodomy, Like Artificial Contraception, Is Sinful: Sorry, Libs!

10/11/2014

I am sick of reading articles by various religion reporters who think that spinning discussions by the Pope and the bishops about issues concerning the family and sexuality as progressive–as they define the word–may lead to changes long-desired by liberals.

It is not going to happen. The Catholic Church cannot change her teachings which have been given to us by God. Truth is Truth and, despite the modern attempts to undermine what is true, Truth is immutable. What liberals can achieve–and where they have been successful over the last half-century–is sowing confusion.

The best example is Humanae Vitae, which is the 1968 Church encyclical that clearly and brilliantly explains the Church’s teachings on sexuality and reiterates the Church’s ban on artificial contraception. Prior to issuing the encyclical, the pope had asked for recommendations from the Pontifical Commission on Birth Control (including liberal theologians), the majority of whom foolishly advocated for allowing artificial birth control. The Pope, who on matters of faith and morals is infallible, correctly explained why this was bad for women and the world.

Subsequent events have proven him right.

Unfortunately, between the failure of priests to condemn this sin from the pulpit and society’s escalating sexual revolution, the vast majority of Catholics do not follow the Church’s teaching to their own detriment. In thinking they are free, these people, many of whom identify as practicing Catholics while they violate Church teaching, are actually slaves to their sexual desires. Many of these same Catholics can control their desire to overeat or abuse alcohol and drugs, but every sexual urge must be satisfied! This leads to disease, unwanted pregnancy, heartbreak, abortion and a dissolution of morals that undermines the very fabric of our lives and culture.

This societal deterioration in the name of freedom is not enough for the liberal elites who want to further destroy the family by the continuing attack on marriage through advocating so-called same-sex marriage. They know that the Church will not marry two men but they want to weaken the Church’s clear teaching by making it about individual rights of homosexuals.

The Church, as evidenced by the Catechism, is clear in her teaching: love the sinner, but hate the sin. Every person can be saved and every person is loved by God. We have to repent of our sins, however, and not celebrate them. Whatever discussions theologians and possibly well-intentioned bishops may have about the treatment of homosexuals in the Church, they must make it clear that the teaching is correct and is itself loving.

Telling someone their sin is not a sin only hurts that person because he will not feel the need to repent. Much like the contracepting women who attend Mass each week and receive the Eucharist, they will think that they are making spiritual progress when they are actually condemning themselves.

God does not send us to Hell; we make the choice by committing but then not repenting of mortal sin. We choose our pleasure over His law. To the extent priests and bishops say nothing and let people marinate in their sin, they too will face judgment. All of this is not socially acceptable to say, I know, but that does not make it untrue, only unpopular.

If the Church loves homosexuals, as well as all people, then the Church will continue to preach the truth, ever more loudly, in a world that is openly hostile to anything that deprives it of fleeting pleasures. In addition to having the correct teachings in the Catechism, the Church’s leaders need to proclaim the truth by not being afraid of the liberal elites. They don’t judge us in a meaningful way but God will judge us all when our time comes.

Do we want to be Christians or politically correct? Do we want to be clear and virtuous or confused and led astray? The answer comes down to whether we want to go to Heaven or Hell. Truth doesn’t change so we had better repent–as must our leaders whose silence has contributed to the sorry condition we are in today.

Stephen Hawking: Another Angry Atheist

09/27/2014

I have seen an article the last few days where well-respected scientist Stephen Hawking confirmed what many have thought: he is an atheist. As a famous scientist, he is considered an authority. To me he may be an authority in physics but that does not make him a theologian or a wise man.

The media like his conclusion so they trumpet his pronouncement as if it is divine. And definitive.

Ultimately, who is he? Being a scientist does not make him God. In fact, I see him as another angry atheist. He may be smarter in some ways than the average atheist. But that does not mean that his unverifiable statements are true. The reality is that science does not completely explain the universe which has many mysteries. Whether the Big Bang or some other theory is accepted for the birth of the world, the question remains: Who set it all in motion?

I have never heard an answer to that besides God that makes sense. Hawking’s assertions about the provability of science does not negate the existence of God. It is arrogant of him to think so. He also says science and religion are at war which is absurd. Faith and reason go hand in hand as the Church has always taught. If you want to learn more about this, I recommend a good book by Rodney Stark called The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism and Western Success.

If Mr. Hawking is so convinced that science is the answer, then his speculation about aliens seems rather unscientific. And liberal if he really thinks that the aliens, if they exist, should fear us.

In my opinion, the reason Mr. Hawking does not believe in God has nothing to do with science but with emotion. While brilliant, he is severely disabled. Instead of thanking God for his intelligence, he seems angry that he is not able-bodied. I understand that this is difficult, but we all have crosses to bear. What he lacks physically is more than made up for by his intellectual gifts. God, the One he says doesn’t exist, has blessed him abundantly.

We all have gifts from God Who graces us if we accept them from Him. He doesn’t ask much from us. Belief is one thing He asks. Obedience is another. Repentance is the last. Instead of mindless speculation to be politically correct, the answer is to get to know and love God. And let go of anger.

An Open Letter to Cardinal Dolan About Gays in the St. Pat’s Parade

09/03/2014

Your Excellency:

I was shocked and disturbed to hear that the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), which as an Irish Catholic organization runs the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York, has changed its policy of not allowing political advocacy groups march under their own banner starting in 2015.

While any person–gay, straight–could march in the parade as individuals in order to honor St. Patrick, the patron saint of New York, certain groups, notably the endlessly activist homosexuals, demanded to march under their own pro-gay banner.

Pro-lifers were not allowed to march and the Catholic Church is undeniably and unquestionably pro-life. Did they complain? No, of course not. The parade is not about celebrating the worthy pro-life cause. It is about celebrating a famous saint who is dear to the Irish people.

But gays, whose activities and lifestyles when practiced violate Church teaching, demanded inclusion under their own banner allegedly as inclusion but really to undermine Catholicism’s clear teaching on sodomy.

They want it normalized and celebrated. The rest of society has been capitulating but the bulwark against this ceaseless attack on traditional morality, on which society is based, is the Catholic Church. Which is why the homosexual activists try to silence and intimidate the Church.

Up to now they have not been successful. The Church cannot and has not and will not change her teaching on sexual activity, which is reserved for one man and one woman who are married to each other.

Quaint to certain people, bigoted to the intolerant elites, but true nonetheless.

While this action by AOH, short-sighted as it is, is not the same as abandoning the Church’s principled position, it does sew confusion among the faithful–and everyone else. What will people think when they see practicing homosexuals marching under their own banner in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade? They will think that the Church isn’t really opposed to sodomy. It is like artificial birth control, which priests know that most of the female flock are using despite being a mortal sin. They never condemn it anymore even though officially the Church opposes it. I believe the reason that the overwhelming number of Catholic women contracept is that they don’t think it is really a sin.

It will be the same for homosexuals, who could be pardoned for thinking that sodomy isn’t that big a deal if their brethren can march in a parade honoring a Catholic saint.

All of this is unnecessary. John Cardinal O’Connor, one of the greatest archbishops New York ever had, was a man of integrity and faith. The Catholic Church provided care for homosexuals with AIDS in the early 1980s (as it still does) yet when then-Mayor Edward Koch, with whom he was friends, tried to force the Church to violate her beliefs, O’Connor said no and threatened to close down the treatment facilities rather than violate the faith.

O’Connor did not back down. Koch did.

That was not that long ago.

Cardinal Dolan, stand up for what is right and don’t capitulate. Please reverse this decision. There is no discrimination here. Any gay can march as an Irishman. He just cannot march advocating sin. Nor can any heterosexual.

If you as the leading Catholic cleric in this country will not stand for the Church’s teachings, who will?

I pray daily for all priests and bishops to be personally holy and to teach clearly the Catholic faith to a world that does not even know the truth. I know you are a holy man but I question if you are being clear in letting the world know what the Church teaches and why. The ones that suffer from confusion and who thus fall into sin are the ones hurt, both straight and gay. Catholics must always fight for the truth with love.

Sincerely, Sualma, an Irish-American New York Catholic

What a Summer! Adventures in Obama Foreign Policy

08/31/2014

It was an interesting summer. Other than the glorious weather, which was a delight here in New York, it has featured a steady stream of bad news. Who could keep up?

There is Putin’s foray into the Ukraine. There is the attack by the Palestinians on the Israelis and the retaliation that necessarily followed. There is the Malaysian airliner that was shot down. There is the escalating attack on Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. Then there is the purely evil beheading of American photojournalist James Foley.

That is not everything and those are just the foreign highlights.

And what has our president been doing? Vacations, fundraising, golf and speeches have been his focus. Normally that would be okay but the world is in crisis. The American president is the leader of the world and has to put his personal interests aside when events dictate it.

I think even most liberals would agree that American leadership is desperately needed. Since President Obama has never been required to do anything other than be fabulous and deliver good speeches, I could understand why he would be in shock that he actually has to work. Since we have been told that he is the smartest man–ever!–this should not be so daunting.

Nevertheless, Obama recently held a press conference, which he didn’t have to do if he had nothing to say, to deliver the message that surely shocked the world: he doesn’t have a strategy to address the problems in the Middle East.

I understand that the president is hesitant to become involved in others’ conflicts–to some extent the isolationists among us can finally find something about him to like–but he has to be mindful that he is not just one man. He represents the American people and cannot say things like not having a strategy.

It is one thing not to have a strategy; it is another to admit to it before the whole world which depends on and looks up to us.

That statement was just about the most shocking thing Obama has said and he regularly confounds with his leftist beliefs. It signaled weakness, indecision and frankly incompetence. While I initially thought this was unprecedented, I then thought of Jimmy Carter, who I am sure is grateful that Obama is making him look almost Reaganesque.

The irony is that people wrongly conclude that Obama is indeed incompetent when he really isn’t. While I don’t think he is the smartest person who ever lived–no liberal could be–Obama is accomplishing his goal of fundamentally transforming (read: destroying) the United States.

Under Obama, America has lost its top credit rating, it has developed what appears to be the worst, jobless “recovery” in history, it has been bogged down in countless regulations, it has ruined the best healthcare system the world has ever known, it has lost control of its border, it has gutted our military, it has sunken further into a moral abyss, and…you get the idea.

From his perspective, Obama should be cocky. Everything is proceeding right on schedule. By the time his second term ends, we may not be able to recognize this country and the transformation will be complete. We who love our nation may not be happy but that is just an added bonus for him.

So it was quite a summer–I shudder to think what autumn will bring!


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