Archive for January, 2017

Top 6 Pro-Life Aims for Health Care Reform

By Stephanie Pacheco

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. The promise helped him win, and Congressional Republicans, led by House Speaker Paul Ryan, are now gearing up for the massive undertaking. As Mr. Trump takes office and health care policy changes unfold, citizens with pro-life commitments should keep an eye on the developments, because in the new policy our government will be seeking...

The Culture of the Home in Wendell Berry’s Hannah Coulter

This novel portrays a countercultural way of life that never loses its appeal when contrasted with the world’s alternatives. Nathan Coulter, after witnessing the atrocities of World War II, returns home to Port William, Kentucky, a small farming community where he vows to earn his livelihood, raise a family, and do the work he loves. He compares the tragic destruction and wanton killing of war to the abiding love of family and neighbor in...

Fleeting Pleasures and Inexhaustible Sources of Joy

A natural question frequently asked about a multitude of pursuits and activities is whether or not they are worth the time, effort, cost, and inconvenience that often attend them. For example, is an overpriced college education at a typically ultra liberal, politically correct college worth the exorbitant cost and the massive debt students incur to earn academic degrees at institutions with low academic standards and grade inflation? Does the cost of attending a professional...

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...

There are No Human Beings

The contention which has been put forth by several writers that there are no human beings will seem rather startling to most people. After all, such claims are made by those whom we usually refer to precisely as human beings. Nonetheless, although most people would agree that there are human beings, the consequences of this strange philosophy are very much with us today and will be difficult to expel without a clear understanding...