“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Friday, November 16, 2018

A THOUGHT ABOUT FULLNESS OF THE HUMAN FAMILY

Remember, everyone has something to give to the Human Family. Encourage and include people with disabilities to share their gifts, talents and unique abilities—even if it's just their presence. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

THE ONLY LEGITIMATE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENTS


"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government." - Thomas Jefferson

If human life is not worth protecting, what is? Those things that care for, advance and protect all human

life is the only legitimate reasons for governments to exist. These principles must be the motivation for all legal and policy actions of a government for its people.

A DIFFERENT AND BETTER CHOICE

My father
& me
I have always had a good imagination, beginning in early childhood. My father often ruffled my hair and referred to me as his daydreamer. My mother often yanked my ear and called me a scatterbrain. A strong imagination can be a blessing, it can also be a curse. 

A dream is worth dreaming when it brings beauty to
life but not when it causes pain. To hope in a hope that can not be or will not happen is no hope at all. I hoped for love and it was beautiful because it was possible and it came true.

I dreamed of health but it only brought pain. But
savage attacks of multiple sclerosis also taught me that sometimes dreams were all I had. When the truth of my circumstance was too much to bear, I retreated to dreams. I dreamt of how things could have been or might have been.

It was in that dreamland that I discovered a reality on a different dimension, a dimension that made the realities of this world pale in comparison. Ironic. The Author of all reality met me in my pain and invited me to unite my suffering with His salvific suffering. 

And so I replaced ethereal dreams with the
objective reality of Jesus Christ because he met me in my deepest anguish when nobody else could or would. He understood me more completely than I understood myself. He loved me when I was unlovable.

That is why my first loyalty is to Christ. That is why I speak of Him when I give speeches. A secular disability group once asked me to give a keynote address to their annual national conference. The spokesperson said, "We want you to speak but we don't want any of that Jesus crap." I responded, "If I can't speak of Christ, then I have nothing to say. He is my hope." She withdrew the invitation.

An agnostic or atheist might respond that all my talk of dreams and belief in God are nothing more than a cruel disease affecting my mind. If that be the case then leave me to my dreams, let me believe in something higher than what is here. I am content. Cynics would strip me of my belief in Christ—if it
was possible—and let me sink in despair then offer me the secular progressive's solution to my anguish: A lethal injection.

No thank you. I choose a different and better reality: Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

WHAT AMERICA SHOULD LEARN FROM CANADA

Wesley J. Smith
Wesley J. Smith is one of North America's top bio-ethical thinkers. He has written and spoken extensively about the perils of assisted-suicide not only to the sick and disabled but also to the moral underpinnings of western civilization itself. 

Read his latest column in the American publication National Review Online: "Canadian Hospital Waiting Room Promotes Euthanasia" Canada legalized medically assisted suicide in 2016. Already the tentacles of euthanasia can be found in a Canadian ER. How many others? Legal euthanasia puts the sick and disabled in peril and threatens the proper place for palliative care. Canada legalized assisted suicide under the guise of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). What we got was euthanasia by lethal injection.

If the United States should learn anything from Canada it is not to be like Canada. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

SO YOU SAY YOU'RE PRO-CHOICE?

So you say you're pro-choice. Choose adoption, not abortion. Choose life, not death. Never choose death for yourself or another life. You may regret making life denying decisions. You will not regret making life-affirming decisions. It's really quite simple. You may say that it's easier said than done. Everything is easier said than done.

Here's a truth every person must understand. You
are valuable even when you've ceased to believe it. Decisions should not be made when you are submerged beneath the waves depression or dire circumstances. Your unborn baby is valuable even if he/she is unwanted. You may not want to be a parent but there are thousands upon thousands of childless couples who desperately want to be parents. 

So you say you're pro-choice? Choose to live and let live. All I am saying is give life a chance. -- MDP



Saturday, November 10, 2018

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES AND CANADA'S LEGALIZED ASSISTED SUICIDE

In 2016, Canada legalized medically assisted suicide for terminally ill and severely disabled Canadians. Many Christian social service agencies did not know how to respond to this new legal framework, not only as professionals but as Christians. The federal government's law was couched within the euphemism Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) to make the murder of sick and dying people sound respectable. 

[NB: After more than two years of Canada's Medical Assistance in Dying, less than 1% of patients were assisted self-administered suicides. More than 99% were lethal injections by a doctor. That is not assisted suicide, it is euthanasia. It is not medical assistance in dying, it is medical killing.]

Even before the law passed pressures began to force Catholic institutions to kill suicidal patients who fit the criteria Canada's odious new law (bill c-14). For example, liberal newspaper columnist Paula Simons wrote a column: "If Covenant Health won't obey law, it shouldn't get public funds to run public hospitals"  It must have pleased the Prime Minister. He recently appointed this awful woman to the Canadian Senate. (Ah, the rewards of being on the progressive left in Canada.)

When the C-14 became law, I was asked to address Catholic Social Services in Edmonton, Alberta, to try and make sense of this horrible new reality. I spoke as chronically ill and disabled person—and placed my address within a context of Catholic teaching.  Click below to hear what I said. MDP


Friday, November 9, 2018

A PROFILE OF ALCOHOLISM

People know me as an advocate for Life and disability issues. Fewer people know that I am an alcoholic. It's been thirty-eight years since my last drink—but the alcoholic personality remains even without alcohol.  I think God left that thorn in my flesh so that I never think I did it all by myself. He led me out of my addiction. It was my first miracle. Early on He told me not to forget those days because many people are still there.


My family has been scarred by alcoholism dating back generations.

Over 30 million Americans are problem drinkers. At a tenth the size of America, Canada has 5.8 million problem drinkers. Alcoholism costs the U.S. economy an estimated $249-billion annually and $14.6-billion to Canada. The human cost is incalculable! 

Alcoholics Anonymous was started in Akron Ohio in 1935 and has helped millions of people stop drinking, and provides family support through Al-anon and Alateen. They do wonderful work and I have great respect for their presence in communities across North America and the U.K.. 

But there is much more that needs to be done at governmental, community, and research in scientific, psychological and sociological levels. It makes sense to support programs at governmental and community levels that address alcoholism, educate young people about risks of alcohol abuse, support recovery and programs and support families of alcoholics.

Alcoholism is no respecter of persons. It spans every social strata of society, both genders, and every racial group. 


Elizabeth Vargas
new book
Between Breaths
available at
bookstores & Amazon
I came across a revealing and brutally honest interview with former ABC news co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas about her journey with the disease. It is excellent and I thank Ms Vargas for her courage and willingness to talk about a disease that needs to be addressed more. Click on the link below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPLJuyULAZ8