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My grandmother was born in County Sligo. One day I’ll get to Ireland and have a Guinness in a real pub. If I book now for October I can get to Ireland for less than $400. Of course, if I book now for August [hurricane season] I can go to Puerto Rican for $150. Decisions, decisions.
Right now I’m so poor the closest I’ll get to a foreign country is drinking imported beer.
Sixteen months to Santiago de Compostela and counting…
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July 1st is Dominion Day, also known as Canada Day. It’s a wonderful day to celebrate a wonderful country of beauty, diversity, and freedom… and a day to reflect on our sense of identity…
Once again, my best friend is giving the reflection at her church this morning, and a good one it is! It flows from today’s gospel reading, which is Mark 5.21-43. Happy reading, and Happy Canada Day!
… Today I realized I’d forgotten how to pray the rosary. No, not the prayers. The meditations. Was today the Joyful, Luminous, or Sorrowful Mysteries? I couldn’t remember. Then I tried to pray the Angelus and that also escaped my memory. Geesh. There goes my street cred, I thought. And what business do I have writing a Catholic blog, my conscience answered back.
I’m not to be held as an example for anything, other than being totally human and utterly spiritually lazy at times. And you can always tell when I am neglecting my prayer life because I start blogging about the gays, and the libs, and the heretics, and baby killers. Anything, I suppose, to divert attention away from the only thing I should truly be concerned with – making sure my sorry sinning ass gets into heaven. Oh, and making sure my son gets there too.
Yes, there are such fundamentally horrific sins that deserve our righteous indignation but in our zeal we run the risk of trying to change everything but ourselves. Or at least I do. And when we take it upon ourselves to get up in arms over every wrong what does that imply about our trust in God to dole out justice, I wonder.
Anyway, I’ve been a bit fanatical lately. It’s who I am, especially when I’m feeling particularly guilty about missing confession or forgetting how to pray the rosary.
Don’t mind me. Enjoy your explosives and alcohol tomorrow. God bless ‘Merica. Amen.
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Washington, D.C., July 3, 2012 (lifesitenews.com) – Although the U.S. bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom is coming to an end, the battle for religious freedom is only just beginning.
“At the close of the Fortnight for Freedom, our efforts of prayer, penance, education, and advocacy cannot end,” said Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, in a July 3 statement to the press. “This is a marathon, not a sprint, and no matter how the Court had ruled last week, these encroachments upon our liberty are a continuing threat.”
The American Catholic Bishops had designated the Fortnight for Freedom as a time for prayer, fasting, catechesis and public action in support of religious freedom. The event will officially come to an end on July 4th, or Independence Day.
The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) has encouraged all dioceses across America to toll their church bells at noon, after which many parishes will hold a mass.
The bishops also invited non-Catholics to add to the chime of church bells. “We invite you all in your houses of worship with bells to join us in this special sign of solidarity for religious liberty – to ‘let freedom ring!’ said a statement on the bishops’ website.
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“As we celebrate Independence Day tomorrow, Catholics must remain vigilant in the fight to retain our religious liberty, so that we may continue to live as full citizens in this great country,” Bishop Loverde said.
The Obama Administration’s HHS Mandate was the chief catalyst for the Catholic protest. The mandate would require all employers who provide insurance, including many religious employers, to cover contraceptives, sterilization and the morning after pill.
“Sometimes, throughout our nation’s history, we have had to lift our hands in defense, and take up arms to defend our sacred liberties,” Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said in his homily opening the event. “Today we lift up our hands in prayer, to thank God for them and ask him to protect them.”
The past two weeks saw hundreds of Catholic Dioceses around America participating in Holy Hours, special prayers after mass, rosaries and fasting.
The protest also included educational events for Catholics on faith and on the current abuses against religious freedom. Dioceses hosted catechesis talks, panel discussions, and distributed informational brochures. Many parishes distributed the USCCB’s educational bulletin inserts, along with other educational and prayer resources.
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I went to a conference this weekend and some of the
were there. One sister talked a bit about
The first duty of the consecrated life
is to make visible the marvels wrought by God in the frail humanity of
those who are called. They bear witness to these marvels not so much in words as
by the eloquent language of a transfigured life, capable of amazing the world.
To people’s astonishment they respond by proclaiming the wonders of grace
accomplished by the Lord in those whom he loves. To the degree that consecrated
persons let themselves be guided by the Spirit to the heights of perfection they
can exclaim: “I see the beauty of your grace, I contemplate its radiance, I
reflect its light; I am caught up in its ineffable splendour; I am taken outside
myself as I think of myself; I see how I was and what I have become. O wonder! I
am vigilant, I am full of respect for myself, of reverence and of fear, as I
would be were I before you; I do not know what to do, I am seized by fear, I do
not know where to sit, where to go, where to put these members which are yours;
in what deeds, in what works shall I use them, these amazing divine marvels!”The
consecrated life thus becomes one of the tangible seals which the Trinity
impresses upon history, so that people can sense with longing the attraction of
These are amazing words to contemplate. John Paul expects the world to be blown away by consecrated men and women. They are something tangible that points to the Trinity. That is they make an argument against atheism. They exist in the material world but cannot be explained except by the presence of God. That encountering such people will create a longing for divine beauty.
This fits in very well with the last thought on celibacy from my previous post. That is that celibacy needs to be seen as a holy state. That when we don’t give any physical expression to our sexual desires, when we take seriously the call the purity, then our sex drive will actual propel us to love God and neighbor in a very beautiful way. That is the very opposite of what Freud said. His theory was that sexual repression was the root of many problems. That we need to express out sexual desires. That we should never discourage sexual experimentation. It is a lie. How do you prove it? You look at people who live celibacy. Do they experience greater love, joy, and peace in their lives?
What this does is it changes the baseline when we talk about sex. When we ask whether committed gay relationships are good what are we comparing that to? It is compared to a same-sex attracted person living a chaste life. When we ask whether contraception in marriage is good what are we comparing that to? Is is compared to a couple abstaining for a time. So the way we think about these questions is hugely effected by the way we think of a human person who is not having any form of physical sexual activity. Is such a person inherently pathetic or is he or she inherently holy?
It also changes how we consider the single life. Are we trying to control ourselves until we find a spouse or are we reaping the benefits of celibacy as long as our single state lasts? If we buy into the first theory we can try too hard to find a spouse. Often we also cheat and indulge in some sort of impurity to tie us over until we get married. We live in the future.
If the single person can embrace his or her current celibate state they can let God gift them with a spouse in His time (or perhaps God will give them a religious vocation instead). It is a question of moving from glory to glory and not from frustrated to fulfilled. Ironically focusing on sex as a call to love God rather than a call to marriage actually prepares you better for marriage. Your spouse is a blessing. They are not expected to fill a need.
July 3, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Alex Schadenberg, the executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, has a message for Canadians: contact federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson now, and urge him to appeal the recent decision by Justice Lynn Smith in British Columbia striking down Canada’s laws on assisted suicide.
On June 15th, Justice Smith, using what Schadenberg called “judicial gymnastics”, ruled against the laws against assisted suicide, and gave the Canadian Parliament a year to comply. In the meantime, she granted Gloria Taylor, a women suffering from ALS, a constitutional exemption, allowing Taylor’s doctor to kill her.
Schadenberg stressed (see LifeSiteNews video report) that Canadians still have time to reverse the ruling if enough people are willing to take a stand and if Justice Nicholson calls for an appeal of the decision.
“We need to contact Justice Minister Robert Nicholson, now,” said Alex Schadenberg.
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Schadenberg argued that euthanasia advocates promise the “impossible” when they say there will be safeguards to protect the elderly from abuse.
He says, “giving the right in law to doctors to be able to cause your death is an absolutely crazy idea because it’s going to result in the death of other people and it’s going to change in law the very principle that we don’t kill other people in our country”.
“We can care for people. We can improve our care for people,” Schadenberg said.
Schadenberg was speaking from Australia where he was on a tour encouraging those fighting Australia’s proposed euthanasia policies.
Justice Minister Hon Robert Nicholson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Schadenberg has provided a list of talking points for pro-life advocates who write to Nicholson. They can be found here.
The Order for Funerals and the Order for the Celebration of Holy Matrimony
are to be used by the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in
the United Kingdom; the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter
in the United States and Canada; and the Personal Ordinariate of Our
Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia.
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Also, check out these videos from the UK Ordinariate on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/ukordinariate
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Putting the Stateside church’s longest-standing vacancy to rest as he heads to Castel Gandolfo for his summer break, at Roman Noon today the Pope named Msgr
, 49 — pastor of Metro Detroit’s largest parish who, until weeks ago, served as rector of the Motor City’s
from 2006 — as bishop of
At the helm of the 40,000-member Southeast Ohio diocese — best known in the wider church for its celebrated Franciscan University — the appointee succeeds Bishop Daniel Conlon, who was transferred to Chicagoland’s 650,000-member Joliet church in May 2011.
Ordained in 1994, the bishop-elect received a doctorate in spiritual theology from the Gregorian before serving as priest-secretary to Cardinal Adam Maida from 1998-2005, then heading to the seminary as rector a year after being named to his first pastorate. At the close of his six-year term in May of this year, Monforton was named to lead St Andrew’s in Rochester — with almost 5,000 families, the largest community in the 1.4 million-member Detroit church. At the time, the Michigan see said that its seminary had its largest number of candidates in nearly four decades.
Today’s appointee is but the latest addition to a long line of Detroit-bred bishops who rose under the city’s last three archbishops — a stable led by the city’s current shepherd, Archbishop Allen Vigneron, the first native son ever to hold the post, and Archbishop John Nienstedt of St Paul and Minneapolis, who were ordained auxiliaries to Maida together in 1996. Among active prelates, the group likewise includes Bishops Dale Melczek of Gary, Leonard Blair of Toledo, Earl Boyea of Lansing, Walter Hurley of Grand Rapids and John Quinn of Winona; several other exported proteges of Maida and his predecessor, Cardinal Edmund Szoka, have since retired or died. The youngest American bishop — the Mexican-born, Texas-bred Arturo Cepeda, now 43 — was named an auxiliary of Detroit last year.
The nod is likewise an added sign of Vatican esteem for the Detroit seminary, the country’s lone formation house able to boast two of its lay faculty as papally-appointed advisers to offices of the Roman Curia: the canonist Edward Peters is a referendarius at the Apostolic Signatura, and the theologian Ralph Martin was named a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization late last year.
As time-frame goes, the 13-month process indicates that the flow of episcopal appointments in the US church has kept up far better in the first months of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s tenure as Nuncio to Washington than the docket did under his predecessor, the late Archbishop Pietro Sambi, whose first 18 months in office saw some diocesan openings extend beyond the two-year mark.
With today’s move, the number of domestic vacancies falls to six, while another ten Stateside dioceses remain led by ordinaries serving past the retirement age of 75 until their successors are chosen and installed. The latter group receives its next member at mid-month as Bishop Matthew Clark — head of New York’s Rochester diocese since 1979 — marks the milestone birthday.
In keeping with the norms of the canons, Monforton must be ordained and take possession of his new charge within four months. In addition, as previously noted, any further appointments decided by the Pope in the days leading up to the Vatican’s summer recess would still be announced over the coming days; the last of the 11th hour moves usually emerge on or by July 15th.
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by Nate Bowden. Illustrated by Douglas Dabbs (
Finished: Jun. 20, 2012
May. 23, 2012
Publisher: Oni Press
Genre: graphic novel, crime, urban, gangs
First sentence: “Don’t lie to me Henry, it’s written all over your face.”
Tombstone is a city as bleak as its name suggests and for most, life depends on the gun kept in their waistband. When Doc Holliday, a gambler with twisted morals and a deadly reputation, arrives, his presence upsets a fragile balance in the fractured urban center. The gunman and his allies are a threat to the ruling powers and eventually the long simmering tension boils over. Deception surrounding Holliday and a gruesome double homicide serves as the catalyst for war.
Acquired: Received an egalley from Netgalley.
Reason for Reading: Very brutal violent rendering of the Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp and the shooting at the OK Corral story re-situated as a modern day tale of urban gang warfare. Drawn in stunning, stark, shadowy black and white the art matches the atmosphere perfectly in this tale of dentist turned gunman, Doc Holliday. Personally, I’m not an expert on this story only having seen a few old Westerns and did a bit of google research after reading the book to see whether the tale portrayed here held with history. The book makes a vividly real presentation of these legendary figures, Holliday and the Earp Brothers, by today’s standards as modern urban gangsters. Memorable moments are retained but modernized, Doc doesn’t have tuberculosis but AIDS, they don’t fight at the OK Corral but at a street sign “OK”. This is a well done re-imagining of an old tale. Though not a Western here, fans of the original should still enjoy but so will fans of gritty-noir crime and those who want graphic books that skip the fantasy/sci-fi angle.
We picked our first home grown strawberry the other day (would’ve been our 3rd strawberry, if the BIRDS hadn’t eaten the first two ripe ones!).
And oh boy was it GOOD!!!!!! Sweet and succulent and perfect! We cut it into quarters and enjoyed a slice each!
Now to wait patiently for the rest!
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WEYBURN, Saskatchewan July 3, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A pamphleteer who is seeking to expose what he says is the truth about homosexuality has launched a libel suit against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Bill Whatcott claims the national broadcaster misrepresented him in an October news report about the Supreme Court hearings into his battle with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.
The statement of claim filed on June 22 by Mr. Whatcott’s lawyer, Tom Schuck, states that in the news segment the CBC showed a pamphlet that had nothing to do with the case which was before the Supreme Court, but contained the words “Kill the Homosexual,” thereby suggesting that Whatcott advocated murder of homosexual people.
“The flyer with the words ‘Kill the homosexual’ was not one of the three flyers in question in the Supreme Court of Canada,” the statement of claim explains.
Instead, it was a flyer that Whatcott had handed out two years previously, and, more importantly, the words ‘kill the homosexual’ “were quoted as a parody on an Alberta Human Rights Tribunal Decision that found that a popular song with the lyrics ‘Kill the Christians’ did not constitute hate towards Christians.”
“The flyer itself clearly indicated that the Plaintiff did not want homosexuals killed and that the flyer should not be interpreted as an incitement to violence,” Whatcott’s complaint continues. “The flyer referred readers to a website run by the Plaintiff for further explanation.”
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The 2003 case the flyer referred to was brought forward by Quintin Johnson, who said he was browsing for CDs at a Music World shop in Red Deer, Alberta, when he found an album from the group “Deicide” containing a track called “Kill the Christian.”
“Kill The Christian/You are the one we despise/Day in day out your words compromise lies/I will love watching you die,” the lyrics read.
Johnson brought a complaint against the store saying he had been discriminated against, but Alberta Human Rights Commissioner Lori Andreachuk dismissed the case saying that Christians are not “vulnerable” enough and the group in question not a “credible” threat.
However, Andreachuck subsequently ordered a Christian pastor who published a letter to the editor in a local newspaper expressing his disagreement with promoting homosexuality in schools to publish a retraction of his views.
In his lawsuit, Whatcott claims that by deliberately omitting the exculpatory statement regarding the use of the words ”Kill the homosexual” which immediately followed, the CBC intended to expose Whatcott to hatred, contempt and ridicule.
“Anyone viewing the [CBC] broadcast would have reached the conclusion that Mr. Whatcott advocated the killing of homosexual people. That impression was false,” stated Tom Schuck, adding, “If it had been true that Mr. Whatcott advocated killing homosexuals, it would have been a criminal offence for him to say so. The meaning Mr. Whatcott conveyed in the whole flyer was the opposite to the impression created by panning the first line of the song. That is, he conveyed that neither homosexuals nor Christians should be killed.”
According to the statement of claim, Mr. Whatcott asked the CBC to publicly retract the offensive and misleading broadcast in a notice of libel delivered to them on November 8th, 2011. No retraction was subsequently broadcast, Schuck stated.
Bill Whatcott has had successful outcomes in all litigation that has been leveled against him. Most recently he won against a Crown appeal of a decision from a lower court that acquitted him of trespassing charges for distributing “Truth about homosexuality” pamphlets at the University of Calgary.
Whatcott asked for prayers of support for the lawsuit against the CBC.
“Please pray for this lawsuit being launched against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation,” Whatcott said. “We need to hold the tax funded far left pseudo news agency accountable when they deliberately try to deceive the public and maliciously hurt pro-family activists.”
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I can see why Dorothy said, “there’s no place like home” – I arrived a couple of days ago in Kansas City and I’m loving it! No twisters yet, but the family I’m staying with have a couple of dogs remarkably like Toto…
From Pentecost, we wind down in the parish, so I’m using some of the summer this year to come to Kansas City Archdiocese, to their evangelisation and catechesis department, and check out what they do.
Soon after the arrangements had been made, I discovered that the parish of William O’Leary (from Catechesis in the Third Millennium) is also in Kansas City, so I will be meeting him later in the month too. Right now, in a somewhat ironic turn of events, he is at Maryvale!
So, over the next few weeks, there is quite a bit planned: this week, I am hanging out at the diocesan offices, helping out a little bit. This weekend, I’m heading to the ranch (yes, they have a ranch!) for part of the archdiocesan summer camp. Then, next week, as Kansas is home to a Maryvale Centre, there will be an Art, Beauty and Inspiration course, here in the pastoral centre. Next we head to Ohio for the Bosco conference. Finally, we will spend the last week back in the diocese.
Yesterday, I met everyone from maintenance men to HR staff to vicar generals. This is a super friendly place. I love how there are sweets on every reception desk in America
It is really great to come ‘across the pond’ to discover the many exciting initiatives this archdiocese has going on in the areas of evangelisation and catechesis, and I’ll do my best to share a little bit on the blog of everything I experience over the next few weeks.
Hearing about the projects for the Year of Faith alone blew me away. As well as the countless evangelisation and formation programmes that are being offered, and the brilliant resources that are being made available to people in the archdiocese, they are also working with St Paul’s Outreach to reach young adults and college students. I hadn’t heard of it before, but I had the chance to chat to one of the directors about it on Skype yesterday. A really exciting initiative.
In the UK, people often say we don’t have the people or the resources to do things as well as they are done over here. But, in this evangelisation and catechesis department, there are only three staff members. With real passion and vision, they are managing to make some terrific things happen. It goes to show what can be achieved with some good planning and drive.
The fruits can be seen: Catholic life seems to be really alive around here; it is amazing to see the number of people at 6.30am daily Mass. Back at home, we have a 6.45am Mass which people think is crazy, but 6.30am! These people are brilliant (I’m told that’s a very English word…)
Tomorrow I’ll be spending 4th July with the wonderful family I’m staying with, enjoying hot dogs and fireworks. More coming soon…
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The website called
is an excellent source of articles on topics of all kind, from abortion to world religions. Calling it a website seems to shortchange the quality of editorial effort that goes into producing and organizing CERC’s content. It’s more a refined aggregator of articles, columns and editorials of note from around the world. The chief editor, Mr. Fraser Field, has a discerning eye and is very selective of what pieces make it to his roster.
Notwithstanding the high bar, CERC was kind enough to include a little piece of mine called “
“, in which I discuss the theories of Albert Borgmann on how to discern and live with our new technologies and devices. It’s a theme I treat in my master’s thesis, “The Recovery of Silence”, which was recently accepted and passed by the readers at the Toronto School of Theology —
You can also download the audio .mp3 of the article by right-clicking on the link called “listen” at the article page which is here.
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LONGMONT, COLORADO, July 3, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Jennifer Boeke knows the worth of a picture, and it’s more than a thousand words. Sometimes, it’s the difference between life and death.
In 1983, the budding artist had just converted to Christianity along with her husband, Henry, and the pair were preparing to launch a new business, Morning Glory Art. The plan was for Jennifer to turn her artistic talents towards illustrating Gospel stories. Neither of them had any previous involvement in pro-life work, and they were stunned to learn from a friend at church that one of Jennifer’s illustrations had prevented an abortion.
The drawing was a simple, bucolic scene: a young girl in a farmyard, embracing a baby lamb. Beneath the illustration was an inscription from the tenth chapter of Mark: “Let the little children come to me.” The Boeke’s fellow church member had sent it to a pregnant friend in Oregon, not realizing that the woman had made an appointment for an abortion, under pressure from her husband.
It arrived in the mail the morning that the abortion had been scheduled, and the young woman was so moved by it that she cancelled the appointment.
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“We didn’t have, when we designed it, the intention that this would be a pro-life card. God had the intention,” Jennifer told LifeSiteNews.com. “When you see that a life changes because of a drawing or a painting, we said, ‘How can we ignore this?’”
Inspired, the couple took a leap of faith and shut down the woodworking business that Henry was running out of their rural home in the mountains of Washington state, dedicating themselves full-time to Jennifer’s artwork. While Jennifer painted, Henry set up his office the family’s former chicken coop, and became her marketer.
“We need to get out of the mountains,” he remembers telling his wife. “We have to show somebody what you’re doing, because we’ve had enough affirmation.”
With two dollars in his pocket, Henry made a 1,300-mile trek to Los Angeles to see if he could market Jennifer’s talent to a Christian organization. He lived out of the car, trading cards with Jennifer’s illustrations on them for gas and food.
He arrived at the office of Focus on the Family with 65 cents in his pocket and a portfolio of Jennifer’s artwork, and landed her a contract for an illustrating job on the spot.
Twenty-six years later, Henry estimates that there have been over 20 million reproductions of Jennifer’s artwork.
Part of the reason for prolific spread of her work has been the couple’s generous attitude towards clients who want to use their artwork for Christian or pro-life purposes. Their licensing agreement allows organizations to pay a flat fee and use Jennifer’s images for any purpose they want, rather than having to pay per use.
The reason for their generosity is simple, according to Henry. “It’s God’s art,” he says.
Their faith in God’s plan for Jennifer’s art has truly moved mountains on more than one occasion. A deathbed conversion and a prevented suicide have both been attributed to her work.
Jennifer’s images are simple, striking, and intensely personal. She paints from her experience, often drawing on memories of the women she has met through her work at Crisis Pregnancy Centers. When asked how long it took her to paint a work, she often likes to say, “All my life.”
One popular image that has made its way into the banquet programs, conference materials, and mass mailings of pro-life organizations across the country is titled, “The Right to Bare Arms.”
It depicts a post-abortive woman with her arms outstretched, as if cradling an invisible infant. Behind her is the Supreme Court, the place where, Jennifer notes, the woman’s “right to all this pain was granted.”
More often, though, her pro-life works focus on depicting the joy of new life and motherhood.
As a “live artist,” she often paints beautiful images of beaming young mothers gazing into the eyes of their children at Crisis Pregnancy Center fundraisers. As the speaker describes the work that the center does to help women, a smile seems to spread over the face of the woman on Jennifer’s canvas, and a light is kindled in her eyes.
She has performed similar demonstrations to accompany pro-life sermons, painting an image of an unborn baby as the preacher expounds on the sanctity of God’s creation and human life.
Watching a unborn baby “come to life” on canvas has proven a compelling way to drive home the point, but Boeke is self-effacing about the impact of her ministry.
“I very much don’t want to be the star of the show,” she says. “I want the message to be what’s remembered, not the artist. And praise God, most people say, ‘I don’t even remember seeing you. I just watched the art.’”
To find out more about Jennifer, visit her website here.
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I think the world is magic.
Last night at three o’ clock,
Sleepless, sick and sweaty,
I heard strange voices mock
The empty lies I’d chosen
As my signposts on the frozen
Glaring desert life must be–
I looked out, and in the dark, a dozen
Stars grinned back at me.
Dawn came swift and silent,
And I dragged each weary limb
In my mind-fog, past the waters
Where strange scaly monsters swim;
I climbed the skies, and thought
But of the time, or the dull lot
My own dullness froze round me;
But the voices drifted, laughing,
From no mouths that I could see.
Into wild machines I crowded
With a million wilder men,
Dull of face, and dull of story,
Till I looked at them again–
Till a million human stories,
Human failures, human glories
Breathed around me palpably–
Till the heaped-up clouds below us
Could not more startling be.
Listen, reader, for a moment,
Till you hear the fishes swim
And the birds dance through the heavens
Where man carves a path for him–
Till man’s glinting stars below you
Wheel with God’s above, and throw you
From your daydreams that but seem–
Till a world more strange and startling
Than any man can dream.
Whirled in a winged monster
Through vast tracts of time and space,
Sensing the wonder round me
In each wondrous human face;
Stars above me, stars below me,
Grinning darkness parts to show me
And the voices whisper “come”–
Oh, the world is surely magic,
For I see the lights of home.
CLEVELAND, Ohio, July 3, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Stunning 4-D ultrasound imagery of children smiling, yawning, and kicking in the womb may be coming to a mobile phone near you – in the hands of those who need it most.
The Cleveland Right to Life Education Fund announced June 28 that it is launching a new campaign to get the scientific evidence of life in the womb in the hands of abortion-bound mothers through the use of smartphone technology.
Already known for sponsoring the Truth Booth – an unmanned kiosk showing ultrasound images of the child in the womb in public venues throughout the United States and Canada – the Cleveland Right to Life Education Fund is now using QR Codes to expand the reach of its message to those who need it most.
Smaller than a postage stamp, a QR (or Quick Response) Code is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode that most smartphones can scan, often sending users to a product website – a technique now frequently used by companies and advertisers.
By placing a QR Code on business cards and other literature, said the group, pro-life activists can now provide those considering abortion a “window to the womb” – and one last chance to rethink their decision.
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When scanned using a smart phone, the QR Code will provide a three-minute video that shows 3D and 4D ultrasound images of a developing child from 8 to 34 weeks.
“Imagine sitting in the waiting room of an abortion clinic and being able to see 3D and 4D ultrasound images of an unborn child through literature provided by a sidewalk counselor,” said Molly Smith, president of Cleveland Right to Life. “Statistics show that many women considering an abortion who see an ultrasound choose life.”
The video is the same one available through the Truth Booth, which already has been seen by millions of individuals at malls, community fairs, schools and other public and private arenas. It provides information about prenatal development and pregnancy in a visual form for people to process without cumbersome words or confrontation.
“The Truth Booth is factual, scientific, creative, gentle and informative in its content presentation, allowing all age groups to comprehend our early development with clarity,” said Susan Cipriani, manager of the Truth Booth. “It is simply pictures of the developing child, not a provocation for controversy.”
“We know from feedback we’ve received that the Truth Booth has had a positive impact on countless women struggling with the most important decision they will ever make. Now, through the QR Code, that impact has the potential to reach women in every country through their phones.”
The Cleveland Right to Life Education Fund, through its educational program Truth Booth International, is making the QR code image available for free downloading at www.truthbooth.org. The QR code can be printed on the back of business cards or on any counseling literature.