Archive for February, 2012

Ashes to Ashes…

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

As we begin our Lenten journey today and receive our ashes, the priest will say “Remember thou are dust and to dust thou shall return” or “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel”.  That reminded me of a poem which we recited when I was young girl  growing up in Brooklyn. It went like this:

“Ashes to ashes dust it dust, if God doesn’t get you the devil must!”

Now you might smile and grin a little but I think there was a lot of wisdom in this child like poem.  See we were aware of the devil, heaven and hell.  These are concepts that you rarely hear preached or thought about today in Churches.

So as we enter this Lenten season, let’s try right from the very first day to make this our best Lent ever.  Not just in what we might be giving up for Lent but in more prayer and reflection, time before the Lord in Adoration and reading of the Scriptures.  It is not about giving up things but giving more to the Lord!

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St. Valentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day What’s the Difference???

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Today, Feb. 14th, as I began to type a Facebook message to my family and friends, I paused as I began to type and stopped and thought. The cards, the advertisements, and all the sentiments of the day are saying, “Valentine’s Day”. Yet I remember when I was a child it was called, “St. Valentine’s Day”. All the cards and decorations said St. Valentine’s Day.  In the 5th century, Pope Gelasius declared Feb. 14th to be St. Valentine’s Day.

 

Is this an example of the secularization of yet another holiday? Let’s consider this a little more, do you say Patrick’s Day or is it still St. Patrick’s Day or might that holiday be in danger too!

So as you are enjoying this holiday today, let’s remember to keep the Saint in the holiday and wish people, “Happy St. Valentine’s Day!

 

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Let’s Not Miss This Teachable Moment

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

By now you have read about the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision earlier this week to defund Planned Parenthood, and the “clarification” it issued today that only further muddied the waters.  No matter what happens in the days to come, please understand that first and foremost, Komen’s decision was not based on some epiphany about how evil Planned Parenthood is, nor was it a sudden realization that Planned Parenthood is bad for women’s health.

The original defunding decision was based on the fact that Planned Parenthood is under investigation, both on the federal and state level.  The second reason was that Komen has changed its criteria for giving grants and Planned Parenthood no longer fits the bill.

The Catholic News Agency interviewed me about the defunding decision.  Here’s an excerpt from that article:

“Janet Morana, who co-founded the Silent No More Awareness Campaign to help post-abortive women, appreciates Komen’s decision but told CNA that ‘it’s a little too soon to be writing checks’ to the cancer charity.

Morana would like to see Komen take a stronger position on the link between abortion and breast cancer.  She said Komen’s previous Planned Parenthood grants were “nonsensical” and akin to “the American Lung Association donating to a tobacco manufacturer.”

The cancer charity takes the position that evidence “does not support a link between abortion and breast cancer,” but Komen acknowledges that “some case-control studies have suggested abortion may increase the risk” of the disease.

But Morana says an “uncanny” number of post-abortive women have suffered from the condition.  She shares the view of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, which describes abortion as “the single most avoidable risk factor for breast cancer.”

You can read the whole article here: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/komens-planned-parenthood-decision-prompts-tentative-pro-life-praise/

So now what should we, as pro-lifers, do as we wait to see what happens next in the defunding saga?

I suggest we press hard and educate Komen on the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link.  The organization behind the ubiquitous pink ribbon and the “Race for the Cure,” should be out front teaching Americans the ABCs about abortion and breast cancer.

Komen should be warning women of the fact that having an abortion puts them at a greater risk for breast cancer.  They should be adding abortion to their list of risk factors.  So let’s not sit on the sidelines wishing Komen would get it – let’s pick up our pens or boot up our laptops and start writing letters to Komen, both on the national and local level.

For the first time in a long time, Americans are thinking about Planned Parenthood (abortion) and Susan G. Komen (breast cancer) at the same time.  We cannot miss this opportunity to spread the word that for millions of women, abortion causes breast cancer.

Click on this link to get the best contact info for Komen: http://ww5.komen.org/Contact.aspx

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