Wednesday, January 30, 2013

They're just colored lights.

Over at Cross Point, the old Wang Towers, they have added some lights that change through out the evening. They have no cultural or political meaning behind them, they're just lights.

This is her photo of the lights, she is complaining, that they represent #gaypride.

The Red Bull in the profile photo is a nice touch.

And this is from You Tube. Just lights.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Move along, nothing to see here. As Cliff would say.

Music Matters: The Voice of the Fatherless in Hip-Hop

According to Harvard magazine, “Now 57 percent of women with high-school degrees or less education are unmarried when they bear their first child.” Ultimately and sadly, without the covenantal bonds of marriage many of these children will not know their fathers. Additionally, the overall divorce rate is hovering around 30% with African-American women exceeding that national average by 20%. Whites and African-Americans then can both easily identify their struggle in hip hop music, since it communicates the anguish, resentment and grief of life without a father.

Meanwhile at DCF, what do I mostly see? I see paternal abandonment as the trigger to many of the child's wounds.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Would it matter if Ghandi said it?

This should be a poster at the Department of Children and Families.

A Jesuit Priest attempts to share a pro-life message and gets criticized

Jesuits get a bad reputation. Every Catholic may have his or own own niche, for example fighting against the death penalty, just because their ministry may not be fighting against abortion or preserving the meaning behind marriage doesn't mean they're hostile to those teachings. There's a lot to do as Catholics.

Over at Richard Howe, Marie highlights an article on Jack Kerouac. Recently Bad Catholic highlighted Jack Kerouac and his Catholicism.

So over at American Magazine, there is a 'Respect for Life' homily published. It fits well for the audience, who may tends to stay away from the abortion issue, but reminds them that it is part of the Church's to fight against it.

Don't Forget About the Baby: A Homily for Respect Life Mass

"We are here today to add to Blanco’s poem, and, in doing so, as the late Archbishop John May, a former president of our Bishops’ Conference once put it, “all we are saying is don’t forget about the baby.” We are here on behalf of the babies in the womb, inspired not by partisanship or pursuit of privilege or power, but by the same passion of patriotism that united a nation to mourn the loss of those babies in Newtown.

We are here because we see how much both tragedies have in common: both reveal the impact of social and emotional isolation when left untreated; both involve a resort to violence in dealing with it; both result in the debasement of human dignity, not only of those whose lives are taken, but of society; and in both there is the lingering threat to innocent and vulnerable life if no solution is forthcoming."

In response two out of three comments are complaining that the Bishop brought up the subject of abortion. Either they make the claim that abortion is a tolerant way dealing with the unborn child and the view of the Church are merely theoretical or that Catholics really shouldn't care about abortion or the preservation of the family, because the Church should be more concern about the middle class.

Yes someone actually argued the Church should be more concerned with the middle class, and that would fill up the pews. I strongly suggest that this individual should do some time with his local Saint Vincent de Paul ministry that serves the local poor, since he's more concern how many middle class individuals are filling up the pews. If the Church's goal was to merely to fill up the pews, it would become an entertainment venue (which many empty churches ironically become).

Otherwise if you're not Catholic or a Catholic who for whatever reason shy's away from abortion, here is a secular pro-life individual...
"“When the sperm meets the egg, a genetically complete human being is formed, and all that is required for maturation is time and nutrition,” Thielen said. “As complete human beings in the most vulnerable stages, there should be protections afforded. As a society we are judged by how we treat the most vulnerable—the young, the aged, the infirm, those who can’t speak for themselves. The unborn belong here.”"

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"Dear Sen. John Kerry, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Rep. Niki Tsongas:
I support Capacity-Building Funding for Fatherhood Programs because... as a volunteer with the Department of Children & Families, it is crucial that social workers have the resource of the child's father to have a positive outcome for the child. Too many times I've witness a father who 'wants nothing to do with his children', despite that the children are in foster care and these men are unwilling to participate in services for the children. I've also witness fathers who have become active and taken their role as dads, in which the child may return home to family. Dads are equally important to addressing a child's needs as moms. Children need their dads."

It's unfortunate the President or any of my elected officials are incapable of acknowledging this issue through marriage public policy. Who needs to suppliment the support of fatherhood with marriage, when we can have government programs to chase down every father to make sure he is being a dad? I sent this note earlier today.

Abby Johnson at Fanueil Hall

"In all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life."

General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 373

MCFL speaker to discuss defections among abortion industry workers
In June last year, Johnson changed that. She started And Then There Were None (ATTWN), an organization dedicated to helping those in the abortion industry to leave. So far, 42 men and women have been assisted -- one of them from Massachusetts.
The assistance they receive ranges from emotional to financial support. They qualify for up to three months of financial assistance, help with finding another job, free legal counsel and a spiritual advisor of their choosing. Johnson never wants a lack of funds or fear to chain someone to the abortion industry. Crises pregnancy centers support women who feel trapped, and ATTWN seeks to do the same for abortion clinic workers, she said.

It has been ten years since I was sworn to the Bar at Faneuil Hall. I had my oldest, who I gave birth to while in law school right in my arms and my 94 year old grandmother present in the audience. The government is denying our rights and pump money into organizations that profit from abortion, but those who experience the abortion industry first hand need our help as much as the woman who is pregnant. I'm not financially powerful to the off set campaign fund funneling into the local politicians coffers. I can help a local nurse who wants out.

If I didn't have a prior commitment I would of been there.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Would MLK Jr. be pro-life today?

I would make the argument he would be pro-choice. Abortion has consumed everyone else. And marriage? He would of changed on that as well. Everyone else jumped shark, what makes anyone think differently?

Over in New York, the few remaining Democrats for Life point off how far we have gone off the trail.

Warning graphic text. Don't get angry at me for pointing out the bull sh!t, that's campaigned as choice or an essential for a woman's freedom.

One woman's abortion experience.

Did you read it? Why push those who are still defending life as nuts and anti-woman? Why do allow us to be ridiculed and mocked, while politicians that promote abortion and punish pro-lifers (They do, you and I know that) How in humanity's existence, can we accept this and stay silent?

I get overwhelmed praying for the country or the President. Sometimes, most of the time, I just pray for something smaller. Usually the foster care review case in front of me. It's just overwhelming the mess we got ourselves in

Sunday, January 20, 2013

"Re-Tweets" are not endorsements and prayers aren't either.

I noted a few days ago that Catholic Charities welcomed Elizabeth Warren at their Boston office. Anyone, including a politician who at times and often will advocate against the Catholic Church is welcomed. So today despite a lot to be desired of President Obama, his name and his upcoming second inauguration was a part of the prayer intention at Mass.

Pardon me, but I don't know. I know I should. I know that it is right, and if anything the President needs our prayers. Yet, I worry that too many non-Catholic and yes other Catholics, may see it as an endorsement of his policies.

Every year our parish sets up the calendar so you may designate a Mass to be said in honor of a deceased family member. I'm praying for the repose of their soul, not celebrating or honoring them. They're making a trip through purgatory before entering Heaven. We don't have ancestor worship in the Catholic Church.

I have to do penance for the Roe v. Wade anniversary. How awkward is it that Roe and Doe from Doe v. Bolton are both never had an abortion and are both pro-life? Weird.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Four Times Over

The 100 richest people in the world earned enough last year to end extreme poverty suffered by the poorest on the planet four times over, Oxfam has said.

When you look into the issue, the push for population control came from the rich. They are the first to subsidize birth control/sterilization over economic stability and investment in the developing nations. In fact, the goal is that they're not fully free to develop and have sovereignty when they accept aid from these groups.

It is commonly said, that there are too many mouths to feed. Their mouths can be fed, and with proper ethical investment by the richer individuals. The lower classes can not revolt, there soon be too few of them. The rich just need enough poor to serve them. To them, the rest are waste.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Because even gay atheists have a mom and dad

French Homosexuals Join Demonstration Against Gay Marriage from C-Fam
Xavier Bongibault, an atheist homosexual, is a prominent spokesman against the bill. “In France, marriage is not designed to protect the love between two people. French marriage is specifically designed to provide children with families,” he said in an interview.
America’s Exodus from Marriage from Commentary Magazine
Still, we shouldn’t kid ourselves about the difficulty of the challenge we face. “The scale of marital breakdown in the West since 1960 has no historical precedent and seems unique,” the distinguished historian Lawrence Stone said a few years ago. “At no time in history, with the possible exception of Imperial Rome, has the institution of marriage been more problematic than it is today.”
Fathers still matter, even in jail. From Richmond VA
For a single afternoon, 16 male inmates at the Richmond City Jail trade their blue-and-yellow jumpsuits for suits and ties. Meeting their young daughters with joyful tears and hugs, they gather in a cinder-block room decorated with colorful streamers and balloons for the jail’s first father-daughter dance. Organized by the nonprofit Camp Diva, the March 17 event is part of a program geared toward providing opportunities for at-risk girls and reducing recidivism by fostering healthy relationships between incarcerated fathers and their daughters. The goal is to help the fathers understand that they still matter, says Camp Diva founder and director Angela Patton, and to remind the girls that their fathers still love them, regardless of their situation.
Obama: "This is our first task as a society. Keeping our children safe." #guncontrol -- Boston.com News (@BostonDotCom)

No, our first duty if to love our children.

Liberalism Versus Blacks (Thomas Sowell)

The black family survived centuries of slavery and generations of Jim Crow, but it has disintegrated in the wake of the liberals' expansion of the welfare state. Most black children grew up in homes with two parents during all that time but most grow up with only one parent today.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Proof the Church welcomes everyone!

"SO excited to welcome Senator Elizabeth Warren at our office today! http://t.co/dB8cwu8n @elizabethforma @jhboston26 @AIMBusinessNews -- Catholic Charities (@charitiesboston)"

Being welcomed isn't an endorsement of her policy positions, but rather to expose Senator Warren to what we really do and believe.

For a state that lost two congressional districts, it should be advocating for mothers not abortion.

New York is attempting to pass a bill, that punishes those who don't worship abortion. It has some pretty liberal laws on it and abortion is common, especially in New York City. Abortion advocates wanted more. Abortion being legal is not enough, those who wish nothing to do with abortion will be discriminated against.

“State regulators, such as the state health department or state insurance department, could say, ‘We cannot give you that license to operate’ or ‘We cannot give you that funding’ because our pro-life mission means we’re discriminating against a woman’s fundamental right to an abortion,” Gallagher said.
“Governor Cuomo vociferously declared that women’s equality, safety and reproductive rights will be a priority for New York state in 2013,” Andrea Miller, president of NARAL Pro-Choice New York, confirmed in a press release. Miller said the last election results showed New Yorkers recognized that without a right to abortion a woman “cannot participate fully in society.”

Is NARAL stating that we shouldn't protect mothers, or that being a mother, a woman cannot participate fully in society or seen as a equal under the law?

How did this become feminism? The early feminists were clearly pro-life.

Are there men making the claim that they cannot fully participate in society because they're a father. Yet, those who define themselves as feminists make such an outrageous argument that I'm less of a citizen because I'm a female parent.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

An ultrasound may speak the truth, but action is needed.

Yesterday my youngest, who attends Lowell public schools, had a classmate who brought in an ultrasound of 'her baby sister'. Today everyone has their own a picture of themselves, within. The truth is obvious, and spoken of.

But truth isn't enough. If it was, there would be no abortion and people would hold off having sex until in a loving and healthy relationship. It takes action. Pregnant women need social support and help. The lucky ones have loving husbands and boyfriends, along with extended family. Many don't.

I alway have a hard time with the idea of any woman truly choosing abortion. It's against our nature. The first feminists were pro-life. If you have a pregnant friend or family member, don't abandon her.

Ultrasounds are awesome, and happy a child can share her joy in a public setting. The truth is there, we just don't want to or know how to accept it.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Frustrations...

I hate using sarcasm, I'm terrible with it. Some people are good with it, though.

Power company ridicules Dalai Lama’s stance on same-sex marriage

Hope you weren't offended...

Otherwise, the world is catching on that we're in a state of decline.

About That Overpopulation Problem

Research suggests we may actually face a declining world population in the coming years.

So what?

Report shows children crucial to California's future

Again so what?

From 1970 to the present, the ratio of seniors to working adults has consistently been around 21 seniors per 100 working age adults. That ratio will increase to 28 in 2020, and to 36 in 2030. “These future, supporting adults are today's children,” the report noted.Children born in 2015 will have “fully twice the weight of social and economic responsibility” of children born in 1985, the report said.

Younger adults too oblivious, to know what's down the road for them. Not their fault, maybe in denial. I would be too.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME!

4 women strip, protest Vatican gay marriage stance - Lowell Sun Online

How I interpret this protest

F*ck the needs and obligations to children, they have no f*cking nautral or legal rights to their biological mother and father. F*ck them, they have no right to exist.  If we can pay off the institution, like the government's politicians to do what we demand, but can't change the Church, well let's smear it with lies.

I'm suppose to be nice, and not use profanity, but once in while you have to get angry and flip a table.

In the spirit of Vatican II, everything is written in plain English on what the Church teaches as marriage, and it has nothing to do with bigotry towards anyone. No I won't go topless, but I do wonder if I'm going to get fed to the lions, at this rate.

Add: I already regret the use of profanity. But when you go topless and tell me to 'shut up' at Saint Peter's Square, I thought I would offer a reflection of what these women are telling me.

Second Add: I saw this comment on Facebook.

"If they thought they were going to be 'shocking' they must have had no knowledge of Vatican artwork!"
Hilarious~! Humor is so much better then sarcastic profanity. Thank you for lifting me up.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Not good enough to pray for our President in public.

I struggle a lot, always trying to be respectful of our President for my children's sake. I totally sugar coat my concerns with his Presidency in their presence. I tell them this is America and I have the right and duty to disagree with the President as needed be. Much of the time I feel like I will be taken advantage for being 'too nice', and not as mean. I would get that a lot when I worked as a lawyer, for being 'too nice'. Maybe I don't want to give my children nightmares either and let them know how things have really fallen apart for our country.

So Evangelical Pastor Louie Giglio of Atlanta Georgia, raises 3.3 millions dollars to combat human trafficking. Impressive and respectably would make the right choice to give the Benediction for the second inauguration of President Obama. Wait... he like the guy from Chik-fil-a believes in the Biblical form of marriage. Giglio even in the past has spoken on homosexual acts as sinful, just like other sexual sins. The answer in his sermon wasn't hate, but change.

So be it, the Pastor withdraws.

Due to a message of mine that has surfaced from 15-20 years ago, it is likely that my participation, and the prayer I would offer, will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration. (my emphasis)Clearly, speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities in the past fifteen years. Instead, my aim has been to call people to ultimate significance as we make much of Jesus Christ.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

God wants us to love, but not like that.

CNN highlights that the Episcopalian National Cathedral in Washington D.C. will be performing same-sex weddings.
"To wed at the National Cathedral, one member of the couple must be baptized into the Church, and both must commit to a Christian marriage of "lifelong faithfulness, love, forbearance and mutual comfort.""

Nothing about openness to having children and responsibility to them, something that differs from the Catholic Church. The marriage rite for them, is really nothing more then a Sacrament of Best Friends. Marriage is not about marrying your best friend, it is about marrying your spouse. There are men who date, and men you put in the 'Friend Zone'. It's not about the two, but the obligations the two of you have to not only each other by those dependent on you.

Meanwhile there is a new reality show on Oxygen starring rapper, ShawtyLo from Yahoo News.

"A new reality-TV special being developed for the Oxygen Network tells the story of Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo and his 11 children with 10 different women. But "All My Babies' Mamas" is creating more anger than excitement, and protest groups have called for the show to be cancelled. Pre-production clips leaked to YouTube show Shawty Lo, 36, most famous for the song "Laffy Taffy," referring to his children's mothers with nicknames like Jealous Baby Mama, Baby Mama from Hell, and Shady Baby Mama. The show also introduces viewers to Lo's 19-year-old girlfriend."
This is why I uphold marriage (or that idea to be renamed in the future) as one man/one woman.

No one carries money...

"A Catholic church in South Boston installs credit card kiosk for donations. Is that appropriate in a house of worship? Let's talk about it -- 980 WCAP (@980wcap)"

Why should a house of worship take a pass a person willing to donate in fear of looking tacky? People don't use money. We use debit/credit cards. Houses of worship ARE becoming targets of crime, because criminals know where the hard core cash is.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

This the the 'retweet' I get from the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts

"Good read. @NYTimes sheds light on deceptive tactics of #antichoice "crisis pregnancy centers" http://t.co/4qVR3m3u -- NARAL (@NARAL)"

When you want an abortion, you go to an abortion clinic. When you are pregnant and without social supports from family but do not want an abortion, you go to a crisis pregnancy center. 

Can't figure out the deception and in the view of the justice shouldn't the choice to have the baby be a realistic option for every mother?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The poor are people too

USCCB Blog: Sometimes poverty smiles

Often the faces of poverty do not match preconceptions. For one, they often smile. Sometimes they sing and laugh. This is not the case after disasters have devastated communities or serious droughts have caused widespread hunger or violence has forced people into camps for the displaced. But quite often, when you visit a village where people are barely squeaking by – and more than one billion people live on less than $1 a day – while you see need, you do not necessarily see despair.

In developing countries the poor need a drinking well for clean water for hygiene and some basic schooling. Throwing contraception at the poor does not the answer their problem and getting rid of the poor does not make humanity richer. The issues that affect the poor are reasonably preventable all without the United Nations controlling poor countries to use coercive measures to contracept their bodies.

I will add to this later... how this works at a local level here in Lowell.

Add On

When we address the needs of the local homeless or individuals in the shelter, we don't eradicate homelessness by offering birth control hoping they and their poverty just will eventually go away. We also don't demand that they contracept first, before we feed, clothe, and give then health care. That's not charity. So when I learn of massive undertaking of governments and population control groups over-take developing countries to lower their fertility rates with public policy, we're not helping them out. The only individuals demanding population control are those rich enough to judge the poor. We're internally destroying them, not lifting them up from poverty at a global level.

At a local level, what can 25 dollars buy for a homeless person? Often times the most simple interventions can lead to self sufficiency: Something to think about.

What's abortion then?

Both men and women are capable of sin. Women are not superior to men. We display our ways of protecting life and destroying life in differing ways.

Note: I have not, confirmed if this quote is real.


Monday, January 7, 2013

"Herod was afraid of babies. As we are today."

We are. We're afraid of babies. We've been taught about the perils of pregnancy for some time. The biggest peril is poverty. We don't address the poverty, we just get rid of the baby.

So when TIME came out with a cover story, that pro-choice side was the losing side many pro-lifers praised the coverage. I disagree. We may all not like abortion, but when push comes to shove, there is a lot of shoving and a lot of women choosing abortion for a myriad of reasons. Some sympathetic and despairing, others not so.

Our way of life makes having children a very difficult and inconvenient thing to do. I was fortunate for the relatively short time I working with one and two children, I had a supportive husband, school was flexible, both pairs of grandparents healthy, living, and supportive. Also I had a licensed home day care was on my street and my law office was in Lowell. If I actually had the caseload to cover the costs, I would still be working!

On my part I think there was some poor career choices, but my children were not a poor choices. Attorneys were the hardest hit with the economy, and rightfully so there are too many of us and we don't know what to do with ourselves.

How many young women had what I had though? Not many. Women may be lucky if we can get one set of grandparents to be supportive, if we're pregnant. That is if her own parents are still intact, as a couple in a non-abusive financially stable home. While I'm grateful for social programs that the fight against poverty, a woman shouldn't end up d*mned to poverty just for being a mother. Vouchers for daycare/housing/loans to obtain a skill for employment, while a necessity to address the immediate problem can not be sustained as the long-term answer.

Marriage isn't a viable option or even a part of the equation for many women to have children. Fathers end up being more a of nuisance then a help. How can we tell women to choose wisely, when the quality of the pool of men is inadequate. Marriage as a form of public policy to be at least be an option for the poor, can not be address due to legal constraints of its new definition banning references with mother/father/children as the government's interest. Feminists have rallied that men are the problem and not a part of the solution. The fact is good men are an effective weapon against poverty, so we can't cast them aside.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The visiting priest

When ever a priest from the parish is on travel, we have a visiting priest from one of the local universities studying abroad. Because Saint Michael's serves the local Kenyan community, with its 12:30 Mass spoken in Swahili, we usually get a priest from Kenya. I can't imagine how scary it is to serve Mass for a couple of hundred of parishioners who 95% at the 9am are NOT KENYAN. Hard enough for any priest to serve Mass with a community they do not know, but to celebrate Mass in what is not your second language but your third language. The priest isn't exactly 'on cue' and pauses here and there. He may be embarrassed or think he's messing up, but really we're all impressed.

Epiphany- The stable is crowded


Friday, January 4, 2013

Slacker activism against the Church


There's an online petition against the Catholic Church to the White House as a hate group for recognizing everyone has a mom and dad. Everyone, even if you disagree with the Catholic Church on marriage, contraception, and sexual acts outside of conjugal intercourse, I don't know... can you realize what we're teaching isn't hate. We teach straight people can't use sperm/egg donation/surrogacy or have oral/anal sex/masturbation as well.

White House petitioned to label Catholic Church a 'hate group' :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

" The complementarity of male and female is part of “the essence of the human creature” and is foundational to the nature of the human being and the family, the pontiff explained.

Sprigg argued that the petition is misleading and “clearly has political purpose.”

“The federal government does not designate hate groups. It prosecutes hate crimes,” he observed, explaining that a clear distinction must be made between moral opposition to homosexual acts and violent crimes against homosexual individuals."