Down’s Syndrome Does Not Make life Disposable

October 28, 2014

Here’s a great article to mull over as the recent stories involving the de-humanisation of people with Down’s Syndrome increases.  We must keep waving the flag in favour of life for all!  We must keep talking to our friends, neighbours and family about the evil that is present in society’s belief that we can and should screen out disability and allow only the “perfect” babies to be born.  If we don’t speak out or shout it out – who will?

Thank You Lord

October 28, 2014


Thank you, Lord, for the gift of my children, those who are living and those who reside in heaven with You. While we can’t know Your ways, we know that You are merciful and loving and that you take care of those who call out Your name. You know the pain of seeing Your Son suffer. Please be with me as I long for my own son and all my children who have gone to be with You. Ease my pain and unite my suffering to Christ’s. Thank you for the gift of holding my children in my dreams; please hold them close to You until they fill my arms once again.


* a mother’s prayer after losing a son**



Sts. Simon & Jude Feast Day

October 28, 2014

Simon was a simple Galilean, a brother of Jesus, as the ancients called one’s close relatives — aunts, uncles, first cousins; he was one of the Saviour’s four first cousins, with James the Less, Jude and Joseph, all sons of Mary, the wife of Alpheus, or Cleophas, either name being a derivative of the Aramaic Chalphai. The latter was the brother of Saint Joseph, according to tradition. All the sons of this family were raised at Nazareth near the Holy Family. (See the Gospel of Saint Matthew 13:53-58.) Simon, Jude and James were called by Our Lord to be Apostles, pillars of His Church, and Joseph the Just was His loyal disciple.
Saint Simon the Zealot or the Zealous, was the name this Apostle bore among the twelve. He preached in Egypt, Mauritania (Spain), and Lybia, leaving behind him the fertile hills of Galilee, where he had been engaged in the healthful cultivation of the vineyards and olive gardens. He later rejoined his brother, Saint Jude, in Persia, where they labored and died together. At first they were respected by the king, for they had manifested power over two ferocious tigers who had terrorized the land. With the king, sixty thousand Persians became Christians, and churches rose over the ruins of the idolatrous temples.

But the ancient enemy, who never sleeps, rose up, and when the two went elsewhere the pagans commanded them to sacrifice to the sun. Both Apostles, just before that time, had seen Our Lord amid His Angels. Simon said to Jude, “One of the Angels said to me, I will take you out of the temple and bring the building down upon their heads. I answered him,Let it not be so; perhaps some of them will be converted.” They prayed for mercy for the people and offered their lives to God. Saint Simon told the crowd that their gods were only demons, and ordered them to come out of the statues, which they did, revealing themselves under hideous forms. But the idolaters fell on the Apostles and massacred them, while they blessed God and prayed for their murderers.

Saint Jude has left us a short but powerful epistle, written after the death of his brother James, bishop of Jerusalem, and addressed to the new Christians being tempted by false brethren and heretics.

St Anthony Mary Claret

October 24, 2014

Claretian archbishop and founder. Anthony was born in Salient in Catalonia, Spain, in 1807, the son of a weaver. He took up weaving but then studied for the priesthood, desiring to be a Jesuit. Ill health prevented his entering the Order, and he served as a secular priest. In 1849, he founded the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, known today as the Claretians, and the Apostolic Training Institute of the Immaculate Conception, Claretian nuns. From 1850 to 1857, Anthony served as the archbishop of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. He returned to the court of Queen Isabella II as confessor, and went into exile with her in 1868. In 1869 and 1870, Anthony participated in the First Vatican Council. He died in the Cistercian monastery of Fontfroide in southernFrance on October 24, 1870. Anthony Mary Claret had the gift of prophecy and performed many miracles. He was opposed by the liberal forces of Spain and Cuba and endured many trials.

Anthony Claret was a truly remarkable, dynamic and holy man who founded the Congregation that today bears his name – the Claretian Missionaries, the Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Although he died over a century ago, yet the impact of his life and his burning concern for the spiritual and physical well-being of all people – especially the poor – make him much more than just an honoured memory.

Intense love for God and people was the force that drove St Anthony Mary Claret through out his life. ‘Fire’ was the word he used to describe the love that launched him on an endless sea of projects, and that gave him the sustaining power to keep them all going. He draws a pen-picture of his ideal: ‘A Son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a man on fire with love, who … strives by all means possible to set the whole world on fire with God’s love.’


October 22, 2014


Litany of Humility

Scary News :)

October 22, 2014


A Compassionate Answer to a Difficult Dilemma

October 22, 2014

A story in today’s online Telegraph newspaper, written by a mother of a child with a genetic disease, Leigh Syndrome, throws up so many difficult issues for us in the prolife movement.  It is an individual story of a couple discovering that their daughter, Jessica has a life limiting disease that means she needs constant care and will not develop the milestones expected of her age.

The problem for us is that her parents want a procedure legalised by Parliament that would take out the rogue DNA that is causing the defect plus some of the mothers DNA and the fathers sperm and a donar egg, conceived in a petri dish and placed back into the mother’s womb.

What would be wrong with this?

Anything that is now said which does not acknowledge the pain, heartache and disappointment of parents in this situation would not be compassionate and understanding.  But, that doesn’t mean in acknowledging this that it is ok to do anything to have a child free of Leigh syndrome or any other disease.  That sounds harsh but the question needs to asked, Where do we stop with the interfering in this most wonderous of human capabilities? It isn’t just us that are involved in this, but God as well.  God’s plan is perfect and if he has willed a child into existence, then He knows best and hard though it is we must trust in his perfect plan.


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