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Saturday, 27 July 2013

How DARE the President...

... or the child, for that matter, voice any opinion as to what ought to be done?
WE will say what ought to be done, with "it".
She doesn't know enough to be allowed to refuse an abortion....
Chile's president has praised an 11-year-old girl after she said in a TV interview that she wants to give birth to the baby who was conceived when she was raped by her mother's partner. ...
"I've asked the health minister to personally look after the [girl's] health," Pinera said. "She's 14 weeks pregnant and yesterday she surprised us all with words showing depth and maturity, when she said that despite the pain caused by the man who raped her, she wanted to have and take care of her baby." ...
"I'm going to love the baby very much, even though it comes from that man who hurt me."
The former president Michelle Bachelet, the frontrunner in the 17 November presidential elections, favours legalising abortion in cases of rape or risk to the health of the pregnant woman or the child. Bachelet – a paediatrician who spent the past several years heading the UN agency for women – referred to the child's case in a recent interview. "She's a girl who needs to be protected and therefore I think a therapeutic abortion, in this case because of rape, would be in order," Bachelet told local Radio ADN.
Today is the birthday of the greatest man I have ever known personally.
He would have been 100.
If enjoying the Beatific Vision can somehow be improved upon, I believe that this is his most joyful birthday.

 It is a marvelous thing to have known saints in ones life.

Sorrowful Mother Shrine, prayers requested

In my email today...
On Wednesday, July 10, the Sorrowful Mother Shrine was hit by severe storms. A confirmed tornado caused significant damage to the shrine woods.  Luckily the buildings were spared but over 80 trees were destroyed, many being large old growth trees. Cleanup is underway and we hope to have the grounds open by August 4 to accommodate pilgrimages scheduled through August.

At first it seemed that we were devastated but as the trees are being removed we are finding that all the statues, grottoes and shrines that dot our grounds were spared. A number of trees fell within inches of treasured objects without causing harm.

We plan to not simply clean up the mess but to make it an opportunity to enhance and improve our beautiful grounds. Join with us in thanksgiving that the damage wasn’t greater and stop by and visit us as we look to the future.
I am certain that not just prayers, but donations would be greatly appreciated.