This weekend, downtown Chicago was rocked by the presence of over 85 college students from 16 Midwestern colleges in the annual Students for Life of Illinois Conference at Loyola University. Keynote speakers shared personal struggles and years of wisdom in their presentations on how we can become effective pro-life leaders.
Students were inspired by Melissa Ohden, a saline abortion survivor who has dedicated her life to showing the trauma of abortion on families. Marko Culjak, a freshman in the UIUC business school, says, “If you’re on the fence about abortion, you would be inspired by Melissa Ohden’s talk.” Ohden and the other speakers brought a powerful personal note to the emotionally charged conference as we were compelled to seriously examine why we are pro-life, and how to spread the message across our campuses. [Continue reading this entry »]
The next Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally is only three days away, and today our list of cities has topped 140!
More than 125,000 people attended the March 23 and June 8 Rallies, and the number of cities on board for October 20 indicates that the Stand Up for Religious Freedom campaign shows no signs of weakening.
On the contrary, opposition among the American people to the HHS Mandate’s assault on religious freedom is intense—and getting stronger!
From Miami, Florida to Seattle, Washington and all the way out to Honolulu, Hawaii the American people of all ages are sending a message that we will not stand idly by while the federal government forces all employer health plans to provide free contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs, regardless of any moral or religious objections.
Check out the Locations Page to see all the cities taking part and find a Rally near you.
Now before you freak out at ‘subsidy…sudsy …what was that?’, remember that the word is no more impressive or confusing than good old terms like ‘excommunication’ or ‘hierarchy’ that every good Catholic loves to use.
In layman’s terms, solidarity recognized that all people are interdependent and united in a brotherhood of common growth and fulfillment, and that economic life be shaped by moral principles.
Subsidiarity teaches that the decision-making in society be done at the lowest possible level (i.e., the level closest to those affected by the decision.) We are to first look to private-sector solutions before we look to the state or the federal government.
The short and witty video explains the concepts much better than I could, so spend five minutes. Educate yourself.
For one day, people all over the world will give up their voices in solidarity with babies who have had their voices silenced by abortion.
It’s just under two weeks away, and already, students from over 800 schools — along with over 80 homeschools, more than 120 businesses & ministries, and over 400 individuals/non-students — in 33 countries have registered to participate!
Are you willing to give up your voice for a day for those who will never have a voice?
There’s a great pro-life event beginning tomorrow in over 300 cities across the country: the 40 Days for Life prayer campaign.
From September 26th through November 4th, 40 Days for Life prayer vigils will be held outside abortion clinics in 316 locations in the U.S., Canada, Australia, England, Spain, and Uganda.
This will be the eleventh 40 Days for Life campaign, and the results of the first ten have been amazing:
MORE THAN 525,000 PEOPLE of all ages have joined together to
pray and fast for an end to abortion
At least 5,928 BABIES HAVE BEEN SAVED from abortion—and those
are just the ones we know about
69 abortion workers have QUIT THEIR JOBS and walked away from
the abortion industry
24 abortion facilities COMPLETELY SHUT DOWN following local 40
Days for Life vigils
And this fall’s 40 Days will be the biggest one yet — more babies will be saved, more parents will be spared a lifetime of regrets, and more abortion workers will have their hearts touched and leave their jobs.
I hope you won’t want to miss the chance to take part in this historic pro-life prayer campaign. You can find the 40 Days site nearest you here.
Earlier this year at the March for Life, I spent a lot of time talking with New Zealand born pro-life activist Andy Moore, who has started a great website called AbortionWiki.org, a comprehensive database built on the model of Wikipedia that aims to be the reference of choice for all information relating to abortion.
Now Andy has a great opportunity for all pro-lifers, but particularly teens and young adults, who would like to get involved in helping the pro-life movement by working with him on this important project.
The AbortionWiki Internship is a 10 week program which will provide you with an improved understanding of many crucial aspects of the fight to abolish abortion. These will include skills specific to the injustice of abortion, as well as skills which will be applicable in many other fields. The Internship is aimed at pro-life youth, however people of any age are welcome to apply. The internship is FREE and dates are flexible. You will learn a lot and make new friends in the Pro-Life Movement!
Get more details and apply for this great opportunity here!
Although there are certainly some exceptions, high school and college students in the United States are usually able to form pro-life clubs and operate on their campuses with relatively little trouble from the administration.
But students in other countries don’t always have it so easy.
Consider the case of Prolife Auckland, a student club at Auckland University in New Zealand who “embrace a secular pro-life philosophy.”
On May 16, members of the group distributed copies of this leaflet [PDF] titled “Right to Know,” dealing with informed consent and abortion.
The university students association claimed to have received an anonymous complaint about the leaflet, and as a result, tried to have Prolife Auckland banned from campus.
While browsing the other blogging spheres, the following article caught my attention. It’s never been considered “cool” to follow a 2000-year old religion, to live chastely, right? Or has it.
As blogger Edmund Mitchell muses in his post All Hispters Eventually Become Catholic, it can’t get much more bland than sleeping around, getting high, and watching Jersey Shore. This generation of Catholic hipsters has refused the mediocrity of self indulgence for something much much more fulfilling…
If you’ve been living in a bomb shelter under your parent’s house since 1990 and don’t know what a hipster is, then go here and read up to get a rough idea. I think they’re Catholics. [Continue reading this entry »]
With our summer “Face the Truth” Tour getting ready to hit the streets July 6-14, the Pro-Life Action League — GFL’s parent organization — is proud to present an exciting video explaining the Face the Truth approach to pro-life activism and why we believe it’s one of the most important tools in fighting abortion:
Have you ever met someone who seems really nice but you almost didn’t talk to them–or else were distracted by–what seemed to you some sort of flaw? For example, did you think a guy wasn’t worth talking to because he had dreadlocks, or a girl was a slob because her nails were really dirty?
I am proposing the frame of mind we try to avoid but yet can’t fully avoid–don’t judge a book by its cover. We start making assumptions about people before we even talk to them.
A big area this factors in is the area of fashion. We look if the clothes people are wearing are fashionable or sloppy, clean or dirty.
Here’s what I ask you: what does immodest dress give an impression of?
It doesn’t matter if a clothing item is at the height of fashion, because if it’s immodest, it’s immodest regardless of its popularity. Women have a particular need to be modest because men are more easily aroused by immodest dressing than their female counterparts.
The list of cities taking part in tomorrow’s Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally now stands at 160—far surpassing the 145 cities that participated in the first Stand Up Rally on March 23.
The number of cities on board for the June 8 Nationwide Rally shows that the massive turnout seen at that first Rally on March 23 was hardly a one-time phenomenon.
Opposition among the American people to the HHS Mandate’s assault on religious freedom is intense—and getting stronger!
From Augusta, Maine to Miami, Florida to Fairbanks, Alaska to Honolulu, Hawaii the American people are sending a message that we will not stand idly by while the federal government forces all employer health plans to provide free contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs, regardless of any moral or religious objections.
When Friday night comes around, you don’t want to find yourself saying, “I wish I had gone to the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally.”
Don’t be that guy. Be there!
Check out the Locations Page to see all the cities taking part and find a Rally near you!
One of my biggest faults is obstinacy. Hence, I continued to research the issue of French kissing before marriage, even after my last post about kissing. I stubbornly believed that it must not always be wrong since it seems to be in almost every movie, including highly-acclaimed black-and-white films. Wrong!
Reverend Morrow reiterated the Catechism’s teaching that seeking sexual pleasure outside of marriage is sinful, which of course, is something that French kissing is. He also addressed one of my other questions:
However, there has to be a bit more to it than that. After all, some may argue (and some do) they are not seeking sexual pleasure in their sexual encounters, but just to show affection. What, then would be another reasonable criterion to judge by? The nature of the activity. If an activity is by its nature highly stimulating, then it belongs only in marriage. This would include French kissing and touching sensitive areas of the body.
See just how we have been lied to and cheated for so many years? I received a strong Catholic education until I graduated from high school, yet I still have always questioned what should be such a simple issue. I can’t help but wonder [Continue reading this entry »]