“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
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
For more than 43 years of marriage, I have looked forward to each Christmas -- the aroma of gingerbread and shortbread baking in the oven, the smell of pine bows spread along the fireplace mantle, the sound of crackling wood burning in the fireplace. It may be cold outside but our home and hearts are warm and snug. As the snow comes down, we settle into a gentle time of comforters, sweaters and piping hot chocolate.
LaRee is an artisan par excellence! She has started spending more time in her sewing room creating unique gift offerings for an upcoming Christmas Fair. For example, last night she sewed a matching apron set for a little child and her doll. (LaRee has the heart of a mother/grandmother.) There will be little children wearing their 'gingerbread apron' to help parents or grandparents bake Christmas goodies. Indeed, every little girl needs an apron for herself and her favorite doll in the kitchen.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
The Canadian media jumped on the
I remember thinking to myself "Sue Rodriguez does not speak for me!" -- and so I decided to write a one page letter to Canada's Justice Minister. It was the early 1990s when people still wrote letters and mailed them. Remember that? My one page letter turned into an 18 page position paper. Canada's Parliament asked that a Senate committee be struck to study the issue of legalizing assisted suicide. They invited me to appear before them. I did and pleaded with the senators not to recommend legalizing assisted suicide for people like me. Happily the Senate did later issue a report recommending against assisted suicide because the nation was not ready.*
It began more than 20 years speaking across North America against assisted suicide and for creating environments of support, welcome and inclusion for people with serious diseases and disabilities. I have been espousing Christian outreach to counter despair and defeat that leads people to give up on life; the incurably ill and disabled are indispensable members of their communities. We need to lift them up even if they want to be put down.
This is counter to Canada's 21st Century death affirming culture. Self-described "progressives" advocate the freedom to choose abortion for unwanted preborn children. They espouse assisted suicide for suicidal sick and disabled people but suicide prevention for the healthy an able-bodied. Apparently that's "progressive": I call it regressive, going back to previous barbaric dark ages when the weakest and most vulnerable were killed.
And so Christians are clearly in a minority, swimming against the current of prevalent thought. We espouse the sanctity of every human life while Canadian officialdom espouses the choice to kill one's self or our unwanted unborn children. Let me remind you that throughout history Christians have been at odds with the world in which they lived and were persecuted to the point of death. If the world hated Christ, we should expect to be hated too. Our real citizenship is not here.
Stand up for the kingdom of heaven and God's love for every human being. Witness to the salvation of Jesus Christ. Let your candle of faith and action be a light in the darkness.
* The coarsening of Canada's collective conscience to accept medical killing of the disabled and incurable ill would take another 20 years. Medical assisted suicide was legalized in Canada in June 2016.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016
My problem is that I live on a modest disability pension. A GoFundMe account has been started to purchase me a new wheelchair accessible van. The cost of conversion doubles the cost of a van: the floor must be lowered to accommodate my electric wheelchair, the suspension altered, lift installed, wiring changed, locking mechanism installed to secure my chair for me to drive, etc. The estimated cost is $77,000.
|Helping to raise funds for a hospice|
Calvary Community Church in Edmonton, Canada, contributed $1,000. Would your church, pro-life group, or business consider matching their generous contribution?
Thank you for your consideration.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Sometimes that which is life affirming in one context can be life denying if misused in another context. A drug originally intended to try to save life can also be used to kill.
For example, my doctor put me on the drug called methotrexate for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. My immune system is over-active and the methotrexate moderates my immune system. That is only one purpose of the drug. Methotrexate is actually a chemotherapy drug used to inhibit cell division in the treatment of leukemia, breast and lung cancer, head and neck cancers and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Otherwise good people can be corrupted to commit terrible evil. They may succumb to do evil by the temptation of money or ideology or lust or acclaim. There are a multitude of vices or circumstances to tempt well-intentioned people to do wicked things. That is the bad news about humanity.
DIVINE TRANSFORMATIONThe good news is that God can transform the worst people into saints. History is replete with examples of both. Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, "No character, regardless of the depths of its vice or its intemperance, is incapable of being transformed through cooperation of divine and human action into its opposite."
We see this plainly when people with medical knowledge use it to perform abortions or engage in euthanasia. Medical knowledge should only be used to heal or preserve life. Every doctor who performs abortions abandons the proper intent of medicine and the Hippocratic tradition.
Dr. Bernard Nathanson (1926-2011) was a successful obstetrician-
|Dr. Bernard Nathanson|
A GREAT CATHOLIC MOMENTBy the mid-1970s, he changed his views on abortion, ceased performing them and became profoundly pro-life. In 1996, this one-time atheist was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church. Prominent Opus Dei priest Father John McCloskey said Nathanson's conversion was "one of the great Catholic moments of the 20th century in the United States."
Although Nathanson knew he was completely forgiven, until his death, he seemed tormented by the realization and memory of the great evil in which he had been involved and promoted. Yes, God forgave Bernard Nathanson completely, but did Nathanson completely forgive himself?
To the end of his life, Nathanson worked to stop what he had previously worked to establish – widespread abortion in America. I pray that he fully allowed the redemptive work of Christ at the cross to free him.
Nathanson's last 15 years should have been lived in the liberty and freedom Christ offers. All that passed before was forgiven in his Confession, repentance and faith in Jesus Christ and washed away in the waters of Baptism.
Such a dramatic change of heart is what the cross can achieve. As Fulton Sheen reminded us, there is no character so bad that he or she is incapable of being transformed by God into its opposite. That should be cause for great rejoicing for us all.
One day when I was a child I asked my father why we call the day that Jesus died Good Friday. After all, Christ went though the most horrible torture, crucifixion and death. My father responded, "It may have been bad for Jesus but his death was good for us."
He was right. Christ died that we might live. The most horrible death of our Lord on the cross settled the human problem of evil, sin and alienation from God so that we could have forgiveness and have eternal life.
LET YOUR SIN GOIs there some sin that you have confessed, yet you have not forgiven yourself? Have you taken something that was intended for good and used it for evil – such as sexuality?
Confess it, repent and look forward. Let your sin go.
If God has forgiven it, who are you to keep remembering it? Forgive yourself and let God fully transform your life to be a new creature in Christ.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Now I know it’s not PC to say this but it's a fact that certain cultures value boys more than girls, and some cultures place little value on daughters at all. Since when did being a girl or having a disability warrant death?! Governor Pence’s actions should not be decried, they should be applauded!
|Pro-life Mike Pence|
|Pro-abortion Hillary Clinton|
Tuesday, October 4, 2016