The Truth About The Truth

Today’s first world culture has access to information at our fingertips. In the blink of an eye, we can search for answers online and obtain clarity about just about any subject on which we have question. That isn’t to say, however, that we can’t also find erroneous answers and misleading information in our search for the truth. Thankfully, there are enough solid and credible sources available that the truth is very easy to find – and quickly! With that in mind, we have to stop and wonder why we live in a world that seeks existence in a virtual reality that seems, at times, as far as one can get from the truth. Our experience also tells us and has dictated that the further we live from the truth the more complicated life becomes.

If we believe that God and His plan for the world through the divine natural order He created is the core of truth we can see perfection. Nature is built upon perfection – the ultimate truth. Step outside your front door into nature and you will see a marvel of harmony among plants and animals. Step a little further into the desert of Africa and you will see the perfection that exists in the miraculous cycle of life. Lions eat the smaller mammals which have been grazing on the grass. What remains of the smaller animals are left for the predatory birds and even smaller animals which pick the carcass clean. The remaining carcass dries in the sun, decomposes and becomes nutrients for the soil. The rains come and, with the sun and the nutrients from the decomposed animals, feed the soil  so that the grass can grow and feed the smaller animals so that they can grow, reproduce and feed the lions etc… Its a perfect cycle of harmony in nature. All of nature was designed to exist in this perfection. We have, however, in the ‘genius’ that is man’s brain come to believe that we are smarter than the God that created this and stepped in to add our own ‘perfection’ to nature – which, has, of course set the harmony off kilter. Rather than stop what we are doing to ‘improve’ upon the perfect, we add something else to the system in order to ‘fix’ what we had added to ‘fix’ what wasn’t in need of fixing in the first place.

John Harrison's H1 TimepieceThere is a wonderful analogy that can be found in history when looking back at John Harrison’s life work in the 1700s. Harrison was a carpenter who had a proficiency for making and repairing clocks in his spare time. He developed a thorough understanding of the intricacy of keeping time and spent the better part of his life working on a project to solve the problem of how to keep time while at sea in order that one could properly calculate longitude and allow ship’s captains to correctly asses their position on the globe. Harrison built several timepieces and put each of them to the test of a voyage at sea. What he discovered was that there were elements at sea that he might not have considered – for example, types of movement that he couldn’t replicate on land – and that the timepieces would lose time during the course of the trial rendering them inaccurate. When he returned from the trial, Harrison would modify the timepiece somewhat and test it as best he could on land and then return to sea for another trial when he felt the timepiece was ready. What often happened is that the adjustments were subtle or additional pieces needed adding or modifying in such a way that it became difficult for anyone other than Harrison to understand how the timepieces functioned. After some time, he would eventually learn enough from one timepiece that he would begin a new timepiece based on what he had learned with the previous. What he finally discovered was the perfection in the pendulum and he was able to create a small enough timepiece that was efficient enough to be used at sea.

What we can see in Harrison’s experience is the idea that there is an ultimate truth – in his case, the pendulum – but that the further we stray from the simplicity of the truth the more complex the situation becomes until we no longer understand how complex we have made it because we have added so many variations to its existence and it no longer becomes efficient or workable. In our attempt to achieve our own worldly ‘perfection’, we have looked at various situations with our limited worldly knowledge and attempted to identify every single permutation but have failed because we cannot see the divine plan which takes into account all the intricacies of God’s creations.

Take, for example, the recent situation of the lesbian couple that sought a sperm donor through Craigslist. They decided that since they were unable to procreate on their own, but wanted a child, they would find someone to provide ‘the seed’. They hired a lawyer to draft an agreement with the donor such that he would relinquish all responsibilities as a father. All parties involved signed the agreement and the ‘donation’ took place. Fast forward some time and the couple split up with only one of the women retaining custody of the child. She fell on hard times, found herself unable to work and sought welfare from the state. The state, after some time, decided that it shouldn’t have to provide the sole support for the woman and her child, and sought assistance from the ‘donor’. But wait, didn’t the donor relinquish all rights to look after the child? Yes, he did. But the letter of the law specifically states that a contract such as that could *only* apply in the case where the ‘donation’ was made through a medical office. Since they had not involved a medical practitioner – the terms of the agreement didn’t apply and the state had the right to sue the father for support on behalf of the child even though the mother and the child didn’t seek support from the father and disagreed with the state lawsuit.

Ultimately, if we look around us in the world is that the further we have moved from the natural order in all aspects of our lives, we have added levels of complexity to the law in order to accommodate the ‘un-natural order’ and have failed to predict each and every permutation that may exist. As such, our legal code – and cultural code – has become increasingly complex and difficult to comprehend. It has also, at times, conflicted with itself.

Not only have we added to the complexity of life in our desire to live out our own truths rather than a fundamental ‘real’ truth, but we have allowed ourselves to become blinded to the ‘real’ truth and we have become accepting of those things that are clearly outside the realm of ‘truth’. In short, we allow ourselves to be lied to – repeatedly. One would think that with the access to truth available at our finger tips that we would become ‘smarter’ or more enlightened. To some degree that has happened making it harder for us to be ‘lied’ to but we continue to allow it to happen in some cases, and in others we simply don’t like the ‘truth’ so we choose to follow our own ‘truth’.

9weekfetus

Consider the issue of abortion. It has been 40 years since abortion became legal in the United States. Since that time, over 50 million unborn children have been killed inside the womb. In the early 1970s we could behave as though we did in the 1950s when we didn’t talk about ‘those kinds of things’. We referred to it – and still do – as a ‘choice’. It was very easy to overlook the reality of the situation when we didn’t have access to information that confirmed what we already knew – that the life inside the womb was a baby. Its easy to ignore that truth when you don’t have to look at or see the truth. Today, however, we know the biological truth. Science has confirmed that at the moment of conception a new life begins with its own unique DNA. Ultrasounds have confirmed what life inside the womb looks like from a very early stage. We know that by 9 weeks a baby inside the womb has all of its vital organs and simply needs time to grow and mature in order to prepare for life outside the womb. Technology has advanced such that we are able to save children before 40 weeks of gestation and we know that they are able to live with specialized care outside the womb as early as 24 weeks. We still, however, permit abortion in some states as late as this and – in some cases – even later.

Why do we do it? Its because we ignore the truth or because we are lied to. Abortion clinics and organizations like Planned Parenthood refuse to tell the truth. They train their workers to use words like ‘fetus’ or ‘blob of tissue’ to refer to the life inside – anything to avoid telling the mother that its a baby. Their explanation is that they do this so as to not upset the mother during a time of a ‘difficult decision’. There are many who walk through the doors of an abortion clinic who do not fully understand biology and truly believe what they are being told. They are in a clinic and are with ‘experts’ who they can trust. These women don’t yet believe or know that the life inside is a baby and many of them report being horrified after their abortions when they see an image of what their baby would have looked like inside the womb at the time of their abortion. What they see in the images contradicts what they had been told at the abortion clinic. They had not been told the truth.

On the other hand, there are those who say “I would never have an abortion myself, but I respect a woman’s right to choose.” What does is really mean to say that? Instead of using the words ‘abortion’ and phrase ‘right to choose’ – let’s use the description of what that word and phrase means and expand on what that phrase is saying.

“I would never intentionally terminate my pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from my uterus through surgical or pharmaceutical means a fetus or embryo, but I respect a woman’s right to choose.”

We’ll keep going and break down the words until the sentences are full descriptions.

“I would never intentionally terminate my offspring developing in my body by the removal or expulsion from my uterus through surgical or pharmaceutical means a human being with its own unique DNA structure in its earliest stages of development either before the first 9 weeks of being carried in the womb before birth or an unborn human being with all of its vital organs fully formed and simply needing time to grow in order to survive outside the womb, but I respect a woman’s right to choose to intentionally terminate her offspring developing in her body by the removal or expulsion from my uterus through surgical or pharmaceutical means a human being with its own unique DNA structure in its earliest stages of development either before the first 9 weeks of being carried in the womb before birth or an unborn human being with all of its vital organs fully formed and simply needing time to grow in order to survive outside the womb.”

That – complicated as it sounds – is the truth. It is the truth based on the definition of the words used within. Note the words ‘offspring’, ‘human being’ etc… all those terms are the ‘truth’. If abortion really is an acceptable ‘choice’ – then why are we unable to tell the truth about it to the women seeking that ‘choice’? If we can’t tell the truth about it, then perhaps its not an acceptable choice and we shouldn’t be permitting – much less encouraging – women to seek out that choice.

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. - Arthur Schopenhauer

We need to work toward being a culture of truth and being courageous enough seek out and follow truth in our lives. The truth is at our fingertips should we choose to seek it out and we sell ourselves short if we think we don’t know when we are being lied to and allow ourselves to submit to the lie. We have the ability to change our culture for the better if we stop and examine that which is being fed to us on a regular basis through the media and other sources and pause to ask ourselves on what truth is it based? And if it isn’t based in truth, then we need to ask ourselves why.

‘Womanhood is not a defect’

There has been much in the news recently regarding a ‘war on women’. Of course, political parties have taken the opportunity to use this meme in there war against one another. The media, of course, has been complicit in its participation. There are, however, other societal behaviors that have been taking place that have indicated that there is, in truth, a ‘war on women’ being waged.

This war is starting in the earliest stages of a girl’s life – in the women. Lila Rose has recently uncovered a widespread gendercide taking place. Is this in India or China you ask? Nope. Its right here in the United States of America. If you don’t believe its real or its a significant issue in this country, think again.

As recently as last week, Congress attempted to make it illegal to abort a baby as a result of its gender through the Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act. Sadly, the act was narrowly defeated within the House of Representatives. Even more sadly, President Obama indicated that had it passed, he would have vetoed the bill indicating that

The government should not intrude in medical decisions or private family matters in this way.

In other words, “If you want to kill your baby because its a girl, its none of my business and go right ahead. However, remember that if you want to have sex and use contraception – that is my business and I expect others who have a moral objection to such drugs and procedures to pay for it.” Moral relativism goes marching on. We are now no different than China and India in this regard and are on an equivalent moral plane where sex selective abortions are concerned, and we have a highly hypocritical government where the level of their willingness to intrude is concerned.

Today, I stumbled upon this wonderful piece that discusses the idea that the government has diminished womanhood to a defect.

More offensive, however, is the suggestion that women are somehow inherently defective and cannot succeed unless their feminine nature is “corrected” with contraception. This commercial claims that two young girls with lofty career aspirations cannot reach their goals with their fertility intact. It presumes that they will choose to be sexually active at a time when becoming pregnant would derail their professional lives. It paints motherhood as an inferior vocation. And just like President Obama’s other fictional woman, “Julia”, this commercial implies that women must be dependent on the federal government in order to control their fertility.

Please take a moment to read the entire piece. Its a great read and outlines the truth in the idea that the criticisms toward the Catholic Church have it backwards. Not only do they have it backwards, but the government is deliberately misrepresenting the efforts of the Church in fighting for religious freedom. My Church recognizes me as an equal to my husband. It recognizes the beauty of the gift I have been given as a women in my ability to produce life. My government, however, has decided the only way I can succeed in life is if that gift is suppressed – and it can only be successfully suppressed through the use of artificial contraception. Which entity truly respects me as a woman?

Update: Found this while perusing my Twitter feed today after posting this piece – NBC’s Nancy Snyderman indicated that aborting babies where tests indicate a genetic abnormality is ‘pro-science’. Raises a question… if a woman or man is infertile as a result of genetic abnormalities, should they then peruse in-vitro fertilization or would that be ‘anti-sciense’? Would that be ‘pro-science’ in the eyes of Snyderman if it meant that the parents might pass along the genetic abnormality to their children? At least Donny Deutsche had the sanity to question the ethics and where one would draw the line. Of course, Snyderman brushed off that question entirely.

He is Risen! Happy Easter!

What a beautiful thing God shared with us – the life, death and resurrection of His only Son for our salvation! Since Friday, the world has been symbolically empty of Christ. I felt it. Something was missing. It was Christ. It made me stop and ponder what the world might have been like if He had not surrendered Himself to the will of His Father for each and every one of us. What impact might that have had? Surely, the world would not have been the same.

Thankfully – for the sake of all of our souls, Jesus Christ submitted to the will of His father and allowed Himself to be humbled in His life and in His death. His life and death was an example of obedience beyond understanding and love beyond measure.

‘Without the Cross, there can be no resurrection.’ There was, indeed, a beautiful resurrection.

On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead. – John 20: 1-9

Thank you, sweet Jesus, for your love and your sacrifice. In ‘The Real Face of Jesus‘, scientists stated that the power at the moment of your resurrection went beyond nuclear capacity. This incredible power for the resurrection was born of love for us. How do we even begin to comprehend a love that expansive and deep? Perhaps we don’t try to comprehend, but instead take it in and live it in a way that we can give it back to others.

He is Risen! Happy Easter!

“Only love, only love can leave such a mark

But only love, only love unites our hearts

Justified, till we die you and I will magnify, oh, oh

Magnificent, magnificent, magnificent”

Apparently giving up Facebook is 'newsworthy'.

I stumbled across this article yesterday and it made me chuckle.

Chicago Woman Gives Up Facebook for Lent

It really could be a headline from ‘The Onion‘. The idea that the media would consider it newsworthy that someone would give up Facebook for Lent is comical but also a sad statement on society. It reflects how truly out of touch the secular media is with the rest of the Christian world. This may have been a surprise for the CBS reporter, but for Christians around the world, there were a flood of ‘see you in 40 days!’ messages on Facebook feeds around the world before signing off for Lent.

I did come across another similar story in which the woman decided to use her time productively and knit hats for babies instead.

Woman gives up Facebook for Lent and knits hats instead

Happy Lent!

Please pray for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

Friends,

Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been condemned to death in Iran for leaving Islam. Please take a minute and offer up a prayer for his release and safe return to his family. Officials continue to work to negotiate for his release.

White House, State Department condemn Iran on pastor’s execution orders

The White House issued a pointed statement on Thursday, strongly condemning the reports and renewed calls for Iranian authorities to release the pastor.

“This action is yet another shocking breach of Iran’s international obligations, its own constitution, and stated religious values,” stated a release by the White House. “The United States stands in solidarity with Pastor Nadarkhani, his family, and all those who seek to practice their religion without fear of persecution-a fundamental and universal human right. ”

Mark Toner, spokesperson at the U.S. Department of State, released a similar statement on Thursday.

“We stand with religious and political leaders from around the world in condemning Youcef Nadarkhani’s conviction and call for his immediate release,” read the statement.

Peace and Blessings.

Catholics Come Home – Spanish Version

Catholics Come Home has recently launched a Catholic Website. I think that more than a couple of individuals (women?) will enjoy this Spanish version of a Catholics Come Home ad. I wish, just wish, I had a single spec of an idea of what he said!

Incidentally, Euduardo Verastegui has a Facebook page and is a pretty active poster regarding his time spent on prayer and adoration. Its really quite wonderful to have Eduardo Verastegui say ‘I’ll be praying for you in front of the Blessed Sacrament this evening.’ ;)

"Children are a blessing from God"

… yep, I believe it! Dr. Alveda King, the niece of the late Martin Luther King, Jr. also believes it. She did a great post on Princeton ethicist, Peter Singer, talking about him condoning parents euthanizing their children who suffer from severe disabilities at birth.

Mr. Singer, I ask you – would you really consider Stephen Hawking and Helen Keller as non-contributing burdensome members of society?

Fr. Corapi in San Antonio, August 7

On Saturday, August 7 I had the distinct pleasure of spending the day with roughly 10,000 others listening to the wonderful Fr. Corapi share the beauty of Life, Love and the Purpose of our Existence. It was a day that almost didn’t happen – but, by the grace of God, I was able to be there and get the spiritual refresher I so desperately needed.

I’ve been feeling a little distant in my faith lately – not that I wasn’t believing, but everything else seemed to be taking priority. I spent a wonderful month with family at our beautiful cabin on a lake and you would think that I would have found time to pray on a daily basis with all the rest and relaxation going on but nope, nada. That has changed since coming home and largely thanks to Fr. Corapi. I had been feeling drawn back to a deeper spiritual connection, but couldn’t seem to overcome the hurdle of getting there. I prayed about it and my prayers were answered. Its a beautiful thing!

The day started early with us leaving our house at about 7 am to make it to San Antonio by roughly 8:30. We arrived at the AT&T Center with the ten thousand other fans and waited in line to get in. As we made our way through the arena, it became clear that we had been abundantly blessed with amazing seats – third row on the floor right in the very center. We didn’t need the speakers to hear Fr. Corapi and I felt, throughout the day, that he was looking right in my eyes now and then when speaking.

While the seats were great, the message was powerful. It will likely take me many posts to cover the messages and what they meant to me, so I’m going to stick to a few choice quotes here and the experience itself. Throughout the day Fr. Corapi delivered a message that was both blunt and truthful. He spared no ‘third rail’ discussions and touched on immigration, politics, abortion, the scandal in the Church – you name it, he mentioned it. The beautiful thing about Fr. Corapi is that while his booming voice delivers a forceful and to the point message, there is always a solution given and an opportunity to know how to overcome the challenges we face.

Here are just a few choice quotes from Saturday’s conference:

“The moral unravelling of a nation always precedes the ultimate unravelling of a nation. If you don’t believe me, just look back through history.”

“Removal of leadership is a punishment for sin.”

“The story of humanity is the history of combat between humanity and evil.”

“How we live now determines how we live forever.”

“God doesn’t need anything to exist, but we need God to exist.”

“I’m an equal opportunity offender.”

Upon a Bishop once suggesting that when he speak that he be ‘smooth’ – “That’s the problem, we have nuanced the truth into utter ambiguity – just like politicians who talk forever but say nothing.”

“The world was different when Christians practiced their faith actively.”

“Socialism will reduce everyone to the same meagre level and sucks capital from society.”

“The worst thing we can do is remove a man’s incentive to work. In doing so we remove their hope.”

“When you take away the incentive for excellence, you impoverish humanity.”

“You reach down to your brother and sister, but you don’t stay down with them – you lift them up to excellence.”

“Government is a pox on humanity.”

“Begin voluntarily to be be your brother’s keeper. I don’t trust the government to be my brother’s keeper.”

“Politicians are about self interest and a consolidation of power.”

“God is a God of order. If we don’t follow order, we begin to disintegrate to a state of disorder.”

“Blood, sweat and tears are the sources of character.”

“If you don’t have to work for it, it diminishes the return.”

“Be a good example.”

‘Pray for conversion.”

“Love is the desire for the best for the beloved – to get to Heaven. Do what it takes to get them there.”

“When we go to Heaven or Hell, we go there alone.”

“A life well lived is the most eloquent sermon we can give.”

“Grace is not cheap.”

“The price of a soul is not light.”

“The number one form of penance is to accept the trials and tribulations of your state in life.”

“Offer it up.”

“Always come as a servant.”

“Love is sacrifice. You love to the degree you are willing to sacrifice.”

“God sends us all kinds of trials as a gift. The greatest is the cross. The cross breeds power into our life.”

“Unite your physical, mental and moral pain with Jesus.”

“Heaven/Hell. Saved/Not Saved. Accept Grace/Deny Grace. Light/Dark. Truth/Lies.”

“No Saint was canonized for what he knew. The issue is the will to act.”

“Sometimes there are people that need offending.”

“Are you motivated to be in this cultural survival war? Otherwise, you will be a casualty.”

“You cannot be pro-choice and be Catholic.” (incidentally, the average Russian woman has 8 abortions – eight!)

“If itsnot a human being in the mother’s womb, then what is it? It is not a potential human being – but a human being with potential.”

“Do we really believe that God will not look down upon the genocide of 40 million of His children and not offer a consequence?”

“Have I done enough to inspire people?”

“The western world is collapsing.”

“People in the US don’t realize that they have voluntarily succumbed to slavery.”

“The guilty thing is silence. All that evil requires is that good men and women stay silent.”

“If I take away my brother’s dignity, I have not helped him.”

“Its easy to get hooked on free money – its like heroin.”

“Part of love is action. Sit on your butt and perish or stand up and do something to move forward.”

“The degree of glory in Heave will be proportional to the degree of charity here on earth.”

“We, as individuals, are called to excellence and heroism.”

“What impedes people from growing in their spiritual life is a lack of willingness to sacrifice.”

“When you exercise love for others, it enriches your life.”

“What matters is a personal relationship with God.”

“To the degree we enter into God is the degree that we enter into existence.”

“Life comes through Christ alone.”

“Become all things for all people in hopes that some of them will be saved.”

“Be it done to me according to thy word.”

“No son or daughter of that many tears could ever be lost.”

“Jesus, I trust in you.”

** Not all of these are original quotes of Fr. Corapi – but they were quotes that jumped out and spoke to me. I will be writing more on each of the talks he gave and some of the ideas he shared.

During the breaks and at lunchtime, it was wonderful to see many friends from St. John Neumann! It was a blessing to be able to share this experience with them.

After Fr. Corapi finished his fourth talk at about 4:15 in the afternoon, the stage was converted into an altar in order to celebrate a Vigil Mass. The Mass was absolutely beautiful! I would guess that roughly 7000 of the 10000+ people stayed to attend the Mass. By the grace of God, the ATT Center was converted into a remarkably intimate setting in which the presence of the Holy Spirit was overwhelming to me. Michael John Poirier did the music for the Mass and it was stunning.

For the entrance procession, we sang a beautiful song to the tune of ‘O Come Let Us Adore Him’ while the 20+ Priests processed toward the altar. The procession was led by the Knights of Columbus and the burning of incense wafted through the air. We, still in our third row seats, had a fantastic view of the altar. The Mass was presided over by Fr. Antonio Anderson who did a marvelous job of bringing a sense of reverence and beauty into the space to make it truly Holy.

Fr. Corapi gave a beautiful homily. Truthfully, I was so overwhelmed by the whole experience and the presence of the Holy Spirit that I cannot honestly tell you what he even said! I do, however, remember being touched and moved by what he said.

During the preparation of the Eucharist, I was on my knees and praying – completely overwhelmed by the beauty of the Holy Spirit washing over me. I had a brief moment of consciousness when I realized that Fr. Corapi may be one of the 20+ Priests and 15+ Eucharistic Ministers that would be responsible for distributing the Eucharist to the thousands in the arena. I spent a brief moment asking God for him to stand at the end of our row so that we could receive the Eucharist from him. Part of me kept thinking ‘this is wrong. I can’t pray for this – he’s just a man.’ But I couldn’t help it! It would have been the icing on the cake. God, however, had a different idea as to the icing in store.

As I kneeled on the concrete floors with my knees hurting me from being there for some time while the Priests and Eucharistic Ministers prepared to distribute Communion, I kept thinking ‘Offer it up.’ But something more powerful happened, my body began to shake. This has happened to me several times before. I know when this happens that its the presence of the Holy Spirit washing over me. Its uncontrollable and I’ve learned to just go with it.

The first two rows in front of us went up and went to the left to Fr. Toni who was at the left end of the row. Just as they did that Fr. Corapi stood at the front of our aisle and the Usher motioned for us to stand up and go to the front toward him. I received the Body of Christ from Fr. Corapi and then walked back to my seat shaking as I walked. There were times where I felt I couldn’t continue to stand as though I would fall over.

When I returned to my seat, I knelt down again and knew that my knees would be throbbing by the time every last person had received the Body of Christ. I kept hearing ‘Offer it up.’ in Fr. Corapi‘s deep and booming voice inside my head.

The shaking got stronger and stronger and I began to cry – no, I wept. I wept uncontrollably. The prayers that went through my head were not my own and I knew that the Holy Spirit had completely overcome my and and was leading me in prayer. It was a beautiful and powerful experience. I had experienced this before, but never ever to this degree or depth. I have no idea how long I was on my knees and no idea how long I wept. Gradually, as the prayers subsided – so did my crying. I was able to lift myself off my knees and back onto my seat. I thanked God for the beautiful experience of making Himself so clearly present to me.

As we headed home after the Vigil Mass was over, I felt completely and entirely drained but also rejuvenated and alive. I fell asleep early that night and did my best to sleep in on Sunday morning.

I thought about the day on Saturday and realized that I had been called to action. The little heartstrings that God had been tugging on for the past few months as I had drifted away from Him and more toward the ‘world’ had been made clear. I knew they were there, but the need to answer the call was clear. I have since signed up to resume prayer with the 40 Days for Life campaign this fall, and have also resumed my daily rosary. I have had a wonderful couple of days since returning to the rosary and my morning prayers. What a gift. I’m also going to resume my posts to ‘Practically Catholic’.

Once again, I’ve learned that God always gives me the messages He wants me to hear by placing them in my heart. Given that He exists across all time and is all encompassing, He is truly patient and will continue to place them there until I answer. Sometimes He realizes that I’m a little distracted and places me in experiences like the one I had this past Saturday at the ATT Center to give me the wake-up call I need and remind me that He’s asking something of me and needs for me to listen.

The humour in the idea that He used an experience at the ATT Center to have me ‘answer His call’ is not lost on me either :)

Stunning

Remember the word ‘information‘ as you watch this. What if women were actually given truthful information? And also remember that Planned Parenthood has a larger budget than the American Cancer Society and receives 1/3 of their almost $1 billion budget from the Federal Government.

Then listen to this…