Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Twenty-nine years ago, my mother decided to have an abortion. At the time, she was pregnant with twins, but nobody knew this, not even her doctor. My tiny brother and I were both there growing in her womb, until that dreadful day. Before the abortion, we were both alive. Moments later, I was alone. It's frightening to think I was almost aborted when my mom had a D&C abortion. Somehow, miraculously, I survived! My twin brother wasn't so lucky. Andrew was aborted and we lost him forever.
Several weeks later, my mother was shocked to feel me kicking in her womb. She already had five children and she knew what it felt like when a baby kicked in the womb. She instantly knew that somehow she was still pregnant. She went back to the doctor and told him she was still pregnant...that she had made a big mistake and that she wanted to keep this baby.
To this day, my mother deeply regrets that abortion. I know the pain is unbearable for her at times when she looks at me and knows she aborted my twin brother. Mom says 'the protective hand of Almighty God saved my life . . . that God's hand covered and hid me in her womb, and protected me from the scalpel of death...
Monday, April 13, 2009
From the depths of my heart, I wish all of you a blessed Easter. To quote Saint Augustine, “Resurrectio Domini, spes nostra — the resurrection of the Lord is our hope” (Sermon 261:1). With these words, the great Bishop explained to the faithful that Jesus rose again so that we, though destined to die, should not despair, worrying that with death life is completely finished; Christ is risen to give us hope (cf. ibid.). Indeed, one of the questions that most preoccupies men and women is this: what is there after death? To this mystery today’s solemnity allows us to respond that death does not have the last word, because Life will be victorious at the end. This certainty of ours is based not on simple human reasoning, but on a historical fact of faith: Jesus Christ, crucified and buried, is risen with his glorified body. Jesus is risen so that we too, believing in him, may have eternal life. This proclamation is at the heart of the Gospel message. As Saint Paul vigorously declares: “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.”....
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Sunday, April 12, 2009
Today we celebrate the most important event in the history of the world. Jesus' bodily resurrection is the exclamation point of our faith. May we follow His example and be witnesses of this greatest news ever told to others.
Jesus has truly risen! Alleluia!... Alleluia!... Alleluia!
What powerful words! This Sunday around the world people will be worshiping and praising the Lord, singing songs with words that say:
"Christ the Lord is Risen Today," "Worthy is the Lamb," "Because He Lives I can face tomorrow," "My Redeemer Lives,""Christ Arose," and "Mighty To Save."
May you and I never forget the chorus from "Christ Arose" by Robert Lowry which says:Up from the grave He arose With a mighty triumph o'er His foes; He arose a victor from the dark domain, And He lives forever with His saints to reign; He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!
He's Alive. He arose. Jesus Christ defeated the enemy! Praise the Lord! Regardless of your personal circumstances, may you turn your eyes back to your Lord and praise His Holy Name for what He has done for you and for ALL.
Jesus Christ paid the price, and shed His Blood for each of us to receive forgiveness of our sins and receive His redemption. Today you have a choice, to serve your Lord and continue to pray, to Walk in faith, trusting and believing in your Lord God's mighty power.
Despite fears of failure, Christ has already succeeded. In the midst of terrible temptation, Christ has already conquered sin. During terrible pain and suffering, Christ has brought hope. We have no reason for eternal sorrow, only eternal joy.
It is Easter that gives our pains, both chosen and inflicted, meaning. Often times we forget about this hope Christ has won for us. When bogged down with research papers, daily assignments, or semester projects, it is easy to dwell on the pains of life. When we see our peers making harmful choices, or encounter a lack of charity in our culture, and when we ourselves cannot overcome a temptation, it is difficult to hope for a happy ending. But, if we deny there is one, or forget to hope for one, we are living a life without Easter. We are denying the gift which was purchased at such an incredible price: Hope!