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On the blog of The New Theological Movement was this gem revolving around some of my favorite-est things:  St. Michael the Archangel, the importance of humility and the beautiful, intricate symmetry of Sacred Scripture.  As an added bonus, it includes the prayer to St. Michael which I have right over there >>> in my side items. 

Read it and enjoy!

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From the UK Telegraph comes another horrific failed abortion story

The 22-week infant died one day later in intensive care at a hospital in the mother’s home town of Rossano in southern Italy.

The mother, pregnant for the first time, had opted for an abortion after prenatal scans suggested that her baby was disabled.

However, the infant survived the procedure, carried out on Saturday in the Rossano Calabro hospital, and was left by doctors to die.

He was discovered alive the following day – some 20 hours after the operation – by Father Antonio Martello, the hospital chaplain, who had gone to pray beside his body.

He found that the baby, wrapped in a sheet with his umbilical cord still attached, was moving and breathing.

The priest raised the alarm and doctors immediately arranged for the infant to be taken to a specialist neo-natal unit at the neighbouring Cosenza hospital, where he died on Monday morning.

Italian police are investigating the case for “homicide” because infanticide is illegal in Italy.

The law means that doctors have had an obligation to try to preserve the life of the child once he had survived the abortion.

The Italian government is also considering an inquiry into the conduct of the hospital staff.

Eugenia Roccella, the under-secretary of state in the health department, on Wednesday night promised a government inquiry into the incident.

“The minister of health will send inspectors to the hospital in Rossano Calabro to investigate what actually happened, and to see if the Law 194, which prohibits abortion when there is a possibility of the foetus living separately from the mother, and permits it only when the continuation of the pregnancy would result in life-threatening danger to the mother.”

She said that if initial information is correct, “this would be a case of deliberate abandonment of a seriously premature neonate, possibly also with some form of disability, an act contrary to any sense of human compassion but also of any accepted professional medical practice”.

She added: “We must remember that a baby, once born, is an Italian citizen equal to all the others, and is entitled to all fundamental rights, including the right to health and therefore to be given full support.”

The case has reignited controversy on the legality of abortion in the Roman Catholic country.

It could also raise questions in Britain over the legal upper limits for abortion and the viability of the foetus – or its ability to survive outside of the womb.

A spokesman for the ProLife Alliance said: “There cannot be anybody in the world who is not horrified by a story like this nor anybody in the UK who would not support a massive reduction in the upper limit for abortion.”

Most abortions at 22 weeks simply involve the induction of the birth which normally results in the death of a young foetus.

The case is causing uproar in Italy because it is the second involving a foetus of that age surviving the procedure in just three years.

The other involved a baby in Florence who weighed just 17oz when he was aborted at 22 weeks because of a suspected genetic disorder, but lived for three days.

Since 1978, abortion has been available on demand in Italy in the first three months of pregnancy but is restricted to specific circumstances – such as disability- in the second trimester. The government is considering a review of the working of the laws.

The case also comes as figures in Britain revealed last week that the number of babies born weighing only 2lbs has more than doubled in just two years.

Yet the proportion of tiny babies born stillborn has nearly halved, the health service statistics have shown.

The figures do not reveal at what stage the babies were born but a child weighing under 2lbs is likely to have been born at least three months early.

They will inevitably include some born alive at an age when they could, in other circumstances, have been aborted.

More than 200,000 abortions are performed each year, most for non-medical reasons within the legal upper limit of 24 weeks gestation.

The increasing number of babies surviving below 24 weeks, partly because of advances in medicine, has led to widespread calls for the legal upper limit to be further reduced.

Attempts to lower the limit failed in Parliament in 2008.

In 2005 a baby boy in Manchester was born alive at 24 weeks after surviving three attempts to abort him. He is now a five-year-old schoolboy.  (emphasis mine)

The lies we tell to cover up the other lies and sins we want to keep hidden.  That is what is going on in the murderous world of abortion providers.  We are no longer on the slippery slope; we are smack in the middle of the bogs of evil and we are sinking.  All the while, Satan’s minions are telling us how “progressive” we are becoming, that we are throwing off the shackles of religion for the supreme good of the intellectual and humanistic.  I bet if you ask the 5 year old schoolboy in Manchester who survived 3 attempts on his life, he would have a different opinion as to whether or not he is a human being, and if you asked whoever is loving and raising that child now, I am certain they would say that his life is valid.  He had to fight for his life, as this poor little infant did, alone and in pain.   Fighting for your life means…that you are alive.

We must pray an end to this evil.  Pray brethren, pray.

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Even much of the visible Catholic Church itself has defected from its duty of evangelizing, which begins with transmitting Catholic teaching to children. Ignorance of Catholic doctrine in the “American Church” is now both a scandal and a terrible tragedy.

Joseph Sobran in an article on why the world still hates Christ and his teaching, commenting on the state of catechism in the Church, particularly in America.  I think he sums it up well. 

No wonder Catholics can’t defend their faith; in large part, we don’t know it and we cringe when it’s said aloud.  I have commented before on my own (lack of) catechism before (like here). 

Read the whole article for food for thought.

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More awesomeness from Likable Art‘s Cory Heimann.  I want to publicly thank Cory for acting on the impulse to send me this video because I really needed to be confirmed in that message today and I feel blessed and honored to have gotten it when I did.  Thank you Cory!

Our Savior lives!  Happy Easter, dear friends, happy Easter!

 

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The sacred three days (“Triduum”) has begun.  Tonight was the Feast of Holy Thursday, a wonderful celebration of Jesus’ gifts of the Eucharist and the priesthood.  We prayed specifically for priests, bishops and our Holy Father, and given the attacks on our wonderful pope, I thought this was very moving.

Fr. Tom gave a very good homily using some wisdom he got from a book called Thoughts Matter, which I might have to look into getting for myself.  I wish I had taken in a pen and paper, he said so much to scribble down.

After Mass, we processed with the Eucharist to its place of keeping, singing the English version of the Pange, Lingua Gloriosi Corporis Mysterium.  Once the Eucharist was enthroned, we sang “Jesus Remember Me” then ended with prayer and adoration.

I really enjoy the Latin Pange, Lingua, written by Thomas Aquinas.

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I saw this prayer on the weblog of Sr. Mary Margaret Funk, O.S.B.  I thought it was magnificent.  When we find things that leap out at us at any given moment, we need to take note, stop, reflect, meditate and pray on it.  What is the God trying to tell me?  Where is the Holy Spirit guiding me?  Why this?  Why now?  Why me?

Prayer of Philaret, Metropolitan of Moscow

My Lord, I know not what I ought to ask from You.

You and You alone know my needs.

You love me more than I am able to love You.

O Father, grant unto me, Your servant, all which I cannot ask.

For a cross I dare not ask, nor for consolation;

I dare only to stand in Your presence.

My heart is open to You.

You see my needs of which I myself am unaware.

Behold and lift me up!

In Your presence I stand, awed and silenced by Your will and Your wisdom,

into which my mind cannot penetrate.

To You I offer myself as a sacrifice.

No other desire is mine but to fulfill Your will.

Teach me how to pray.

Do Yourself pray within me.

Amen.

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