Archive for the ‘Life’ Category


The Power of One

The theme for this year’s March for Life in Washington, DC is “The Power of One”. It’s an interesting theme to ponder considering that over 500,000 people, the majority of whom are youth and young adults, are expected to descend on the nation’s capital for the 44th annual March on January 27th.

Many years ago, there was a delightful children’s book called “If Everybody Did”, complete with endearing cartoon illustrations that spoke volumes...


Our Bishops Invite YOU to Make a Digital Pilgrimage: 9 Days for Life

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

Have you made a pilgrimage lately?

Maybe you’ve been blessed enough to take what many of us consider a traditional pilgrimage: travelling to a destination like Lourdes, Fatima, or even a special cathedral here in the United States. But a pilgrimage is about more than an inspiring destination; it’s about a journey undertaken as a prayer for a particular intention.

This year, your bishops are asking you to dedicate yourself to a particular pilgrimage, praying...


Higher Education

Many pro-life advocates believed that the answer to the abortion problem lay in education. Science supports the claim that human life begins at conception. Psychology reports that induced abortion has adverse effects on a high percentage of women. Sociology informs us that abortion has a negative impact on marriage and the family. Scripture commands us not to kill. And so on. Unfortunately, education in moral matters has gone underground. Political correctness has not...


Blessed Margaret of Castello: Patron for Legislation Protecting the Disabled Unborn

A travesty it truly is to be abandoned by one’s own parents because one is not the perfect child. Such was the fate of Blessed Margaret of Castello. Forsaken in her childhood by her own mother and father, she nonetheless taught the value that all human beings, even those who suffer from disabilities, are made in Imago Dei. The sin of abandonment can come in many forms, even in the so-called modern world of...


Pro-life Politics are not Fringe or Obsolete: The Hyde/Helms Amendments

By Stephanie Pacheco

The mention of being pro-life is often met by eye-rolls, as something out of style, obsolete even, since abortion has been legal for over forty years. Even Pope Francis said in his first major papal interview that “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods.” There is something about the pro-life movement that even the pope admits has a passe, judgmental characteristic. While there...


The Stars Also Perish

Death, we are told by a most reliable source, can come like a thief in the night. We are all mortal and even stars perish. The year dies at the close of December 31. We wonder how the New Year’s child aged so much in just twelve months. As the present year comes to an end, we think hopefully of the following year. Yet, we cannot forget the rapid passing of 2016. Death...


Being Catholic under a Trump Presidency

It was a tough election season. There were grave reasons for voting for Mr. Trump, but also many aspects that Catholics and others found deeply troubling such as his demeaning remarks about women. Despite the positives for conservatism and pro-life principles propelled by a vast majority of Christians, both Catholic and Protestant, voting Republican, now is not the time for a victory lap, but rather to dig in take part in accomplishing the magnanimous...


The Moral Case to Eliminate Wrongful Birth Suits

Recently, it was reported that French television officials refused to air a video detailing the lives of children with Downs Syndrome. The French administrators apparently believed that it would disturb women who chose to abort children who were diagnosed with the genetic disorder. While this censorship is disturbing, what is even more telling is the implicit message that these French bureaucrats give when it comes to the subject of human dignity as...