Dear Little Ones in the Womb,
We beg your forgiveness. A billion and a half of you have been killed worldwide since 1980. Almost 59 million in this country since 1973. Your blood stains our ground alongside that of the Lord of heaven and earth, to whom the womb was once home. We do now implore the Blessed Mother who bore Him to hasten this prayer to her Son in heaven: please bring the bloodbath to an end. Lift this scourge from the soul of our nation. Send the Holy Ghost to pierce the hearts of those who would harm the harmless. Let the sacrifice thus far be sufficient unto the task. We know that You treasure their innocence, akin to Your own, and will now immerse them in the love that should have come from us. You came not to condemn the world, but to save it. We plead therefore that You make an end of it. The helplessness of those of us who cannot is a burden on our hearts, and difficult to bear. We know that Your love can do all, that You can draw all men to Yourself, that all power in heaven and earth has been given to You. Heal us, and make us new again.
We thank you for coming down to dwell among us – as a baby in Mary’s womb, as child full of wisdom and grace, as a man who gave His life for the life of the world. Please let it be the time for You to say once more, “It is finished.” We thank You for dwelling with us in the Blessed Sacrament until the end of time, for letting us partake of your fullness therein. Live within us, Lord, that we might live.
…atop the Landscapes and Animals page, called Sunrise. Based on a photo taken on a central Florida highway near the east coast.
…at Crisis Magazine, for those interested.
No, don’t get the wrong idea. That’s the website I went to out of curiosity, of the morbid variety. I wanted to know what he stands for. He takes enthusiastic stances on the following issues: U.S.-China Trade Reform, Veterans Administration Reforms, Tax Reform, Second Amendment Rights, and Immigration Reform.
Doesn’t seem that anything of importance is missing, does it?
Maggie Gallagher thinks so: On Economic and Social Issues, Trump Is No Conservative
Ian Tuttle explains why he’d vote for Trump were he the nominee.
Andy McCarthy takes a swing at Trump.
I’ll update this post with relevant links as I find them, most recent at the bottom.
A story received at second-hand:
One weekday afternoon, a man, probably in his sixties and mostly gray now, entered the vestibule of a Catholic church. He had come to it because it was unknown to him, and he to it. He had attended his usual parish intermittently at best for quite a while, sometimes missing Mass for a span of many months over a course of even more years. The confessional was in the rear, so he turned left and entered. There was a narrow, floor-to-ceiling screen with a kneeler on one side and a chair on the other. Facing that chair was another set a few feet away. There was no priest in the first chair, so he stared for a moment at the statue of Jesus in the tiny alcove to his left. At Jesus’ feet were candles in red glass containers. He left and wandered back out front where he saw the priest coming up the sidewalk accompanied by a plump, bespectacled young woman.
“Are confessions being heard today?” the man asked.
has cancer. She “helped establish the first abortion clinic in Oklahoma.” But then Christ got hold of her. Prayers, of course. She also blogs at Patheos on the Catholic Channel.
…only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary.
- Benedict XVI