“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, July 21, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Many years ago my mother died on the same day that my daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren moved away from our small town. It wasn't intentional, just coincidence. My mother had been in palliative care for sixth months with brain cancer; my daughter's family also had been planning to move for six months. As a small mercy, God kept me too busy accompanying my mother through her last months to think about my daughter and her family moving away. It just happened that my mother died and the move happened on the same day.
It was a sad and lonesome day, or as my little granddaughter would have said, I was “sad and noney.” Yes, sweetheart, and I cried 'till there were no tears left. A hearse and moving truck marked that day. Then, my sadness of that day was punctuated by a thunder storm.
When it passed, I drove my electric wheelchair to a small lake near my house. I needed to alone to think. A rainbow appeared in the distance and my eyes filled with tears. It was as though God was saying I am here with you.
nights, I often laid in my bed wishing they would return. I would sneak up the hill from my house to the church and sit in the quiet Sanctuary. I prayed before the Blessed Sacrament that my grandchildren would move back with their parents.
It could not be, and I knew it, but it broke my heart just the same. My prayers were answered by silence. Silence was the answer. I was not supposed to let my heart stay there. It was time to move on.
For the last decade, I have learned to be more attentively to my interior life. Thomas a Kempis said:
"O God my Truth. ... The more we are united to You and become inwardly simple. the more we can, and effortlessly too, understand sublime things about You, for we receive light and understanding from above."
The most important and real truths are seen with the heart, not with the eye. A rainbow is not real ... and yet there it is for all to see if they just look. It is plain for all to see. My sorrow was real; it could not be seen, only felt. That's the price we pay for love. Anguish within anguishes is part of my journey home.
"...while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things that which are seen are temporary, but the things which are unseen eternal."
God's love is the source of all eternal joy, as yet, for now, we only get brief inklings or longings for something else. The rainbow is God's covenant creation that has eternal love at its foundation. His love is my rainbow connection. Christ waits on the other side of my rainbow.
 Thomas a Kempis, THE TEACHING OF TRUTH, Chapter 3. 2, 3, The Imitation of Christ, (New York: Random House Inc.. 1998), p. 6.
 2 Corinthians 4.18. NKJV
Thursday, July 13, 2017
|Dr. Paul Byne|
Dr. Byrne is past-President of the Catholic Medical Association (USA), formerly Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO and Creighton University in Omaha, NE. He was Professor of Pediatrics and Chairman of the Pediatric Department at Oral Roberts University School of Medicine and Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the City of Faith Medical and Research Center in Tulsa, OK. He is author and producer of the film "Continuum of Life" and author of the books "Life, Life Support and Death," "Beyond Brain Death," and "Is 'Brain Death' True Death?"
Dr. Byrne has presented testimony on "life issues" to nine state legislatures beginning in 1967. He opposed Dr. Kevorkian on the television program "Cross-Fire." He has been interviewed on Good Morning America, public television in Japan and participated in the British Broadcasting Corporation Documentary "Are the Donors Really Dead?" Dr. Byrne has authored articles against euthanasia, abortion, and "brain death" in medical journals, law literature and lay press.
Paul was married to Shirley for forty-eight years until she entered her eternal reward on Christmas 2005. They are the proud parents of twelve children, grandparents of thirty-one grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
I ask you to send a similar Tweet to Dr. Steer @GreatOrmondSt or the hospital's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Great-Ormond-Street-Hospital/251976511945677 --Thank you. They may kill Charlie at any time. This is urgent!
Monday, July 3, 2017
To: Dr. Peter Steer, Chief Executive, Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, London, England, @GreatOrmondSt
From: Mark Davis Pickup, North American Life & disability issues advocate, HumanLifeMatters.org, email: HumanLifeMatters@shaw.ca, Canada.
Dear Dr. Steer:
URGENT: REGARDING CHARLIE GARD, PATIENT WITH MITOCHONDRIAL DNA DEPLETION SYNDROME
This communication is in support of Connie and Chris Gard, parents of 10-month-old Charlie Gard who suffers from mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital want to turn off the baby's ventilator which will result in his death. Mr. and Mrs. Gard want to take him to America for experimental treatment. They have raised £1.3million ($1.68 million US) for a medical flight and treatments. There will be no costs to taxpayers or the hospital.
I call upon Great Ormond Street Hospital for children to release baby Charlie Gard in the care of his parents. They have the resources to ensure their child has the best care during the medical flight to the U.S. and to cover medical costs while in America. Should Charlie die, the parents will have the consolation that they left no stone unturned for their baby. They have a right to try.
Please prepare baby Gard for release to his parents and a medical flight. Thank you.
Mark Davis Pickup
Saturday, July 1, 2017
The darker my physical reality became, the more evident the light of Christ became. There were times when my physical circumstances threatened to engulf me. My prayerful cries were met with a deep peace that quenched the fear. I cannot explain it logically: it is that peace that The Apostle Paul mentioned that surpasses human understanding. An inaudible yet real message of assurance of the Holy Spirit descended upon me like the breeze from a dove's wings to subdue the terror and panic raging within me “Be not afraid, I am with you” (cf. Matthew 14. 27).