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Assisted Suicide: Canada's Deadly Shifting Landscape
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Assisted Suicide: Canada’s Deadly Shifting Landscape

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Canadian legal landscape is shifting. On April 14th 2016, Canada’s Liberal government introduced for 1st reading it’s assisted suicide legislation.[1] Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau initially said he was going to whip his majority government into supporting the bill for state-sanctioned assisted suicide. Unnamed sources informed me he was faced with a potential Caucus revolt […]

"Progressives" on the Value of Life
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“Progressives” on the Value of Life

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Within certain media and academic circles the term “progressive” is used to describe policy makers and politicians who promote agendas typically attributed to liberal causes. It’s a curious description that is used to cast a positive light on favored or fashionable ideological perspective.   Conservative views are often described with derogatory labels such as right-wing (or even […]

The Spiritual Ideal of a Selfless Self
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The Spiritual Ideal of a Selfless Self

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A hallmark of the modern age is an obsession with individual rights. It seems that every other day somebody is demanding his or her rights. Some people even demand rights that are not even written down anywhere or recognized by any legislature or court. Like I say, it is a hallmark of the age in […]

Seize Eternal Life in the Here and Now
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Seize Eternal Life in the Here and Now

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Jesus’ prayer in the 17th Chapter of John is often referred to as the High Priestly Prayer. In verse three we read “Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” In the past, I have plowed through this verse without giving […]

Christmas Fulfills Promise to Adam and Eve
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Christmas Fulfills Promise to Adam and Eve

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St. Ignatius was bishop of Antioch overseeing first century Syrian Christians and was a disciple of the Apostle John. He wrote a letter to the Christians at Ephesus as he was being transported to Rome to face wild beasts in the arena. Ignatius wrote, “For our God, Jesus Christ, was conceived by Mary in accord […]

The Grief of Being Unloved
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The Grief of Being Unloved

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English writer and broadcaster Claire Rayner (1931-2010) said: “Only the unloved and unloving escape grief.” That is not entirely true. I will reserve comment about the unloving other than to say if they do not know grief in this world they will certainly know it in the next. The unloved live in grief of the […]

The Light of Christ Can Stop the Brutal Darkness of Abortion
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The Light of Christ Can Stop the Brutal Darkness of Abortion

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The October 26th 2015 edition of LifeNews.com carried an article entitled “Abortionist Caught Saying It Would be a “Great Idea” to Burn Aborted Babies for Energy.”[1] The article attributed the quote to Michigan abortion mill owner, Renee Chelian, at a 2014 conference in San Francisco for the National Abortion Federation (NAF). Chelian owns the Northland Family […]

Active Parenting and Grandparenting With a Wheelchair
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Active Parenting and Grandparenting With a Wheelchair

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Parenting can be daunting, but it becomes more complicated for a wheelchair user. But it can be done with great success. No obstacle is insurmountable with innovative thinking. And there are many agencies in most communities to teach techniques for parenting to wheelchair users. My children were seven and five years old when I was […]

A Grief Remembered
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A Grief Remembered

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I have a memory of  the day my grandfather died in 1962. My father came home from the hospital where my grandfather was being treated for what we thought was a relatively minor ailment but he unexpectedly died. I was waiting at my grandfather’s house with other family members when my dad came in the door. In […]

Idolatry of Self Threatens All We Once Held Dear
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Idolatry of Self Threatens All We Once Held Dear

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Every abortion in Canada is paid for with our tax dollars (without our consent or any public consensus). It is a moral outrage! Then in late July 2015, the abortion pill RU-486 was quietly approved by Health Canada. Although women will need a prescription to obtain it, a whole new phase of early abortion is about […]

Arts Can Bring Beauty to an Ugly Age
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Arts Can Bring Beauty to an Ugly Age

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The Arts remind me there is still sanity and beauty in an insane and ugly age. Despite living in the darkness of a culture of death — where children are sacrificed by abortion on the diabolical altar of sexual licence, and defeated sick and disabled people are eliminated by euthanasia — the Arts speak to […]

Supreme Courts Are Usurping Democracy
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Supreme Courts Are Usurping Democracy

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Canada is about to embark upon an audacious social course. We must accept the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to strike down laws prohibiting assisted suicide of the sick, disabled and depressed. It is a departure from our legal foundations in British Common Law that have — for more than 700 years — forbidden or punished […]

What's the Point of Regaining My Health but Losing My Humanity?
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What’s the Point of Regaining My Health but Losing My Humanity?

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This link is for the 8th of 12 videos produced by the Center For Medical Progress. This one features baby parts buyer StemExpress Founder and CEO, Cate Dyer, saying they want 50 MORE fetal livers PER WEEK. And as they say, Planned Parenthood is a good source because of their volume of abortions. It is […]

The Primordial Nature of Joy
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The Primordial Nature of Joy

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The most infuriatingly sublime aspect about Joy is that it can not be controlled or harnessed.  It can not be summoned by an act of will. True Joy simply occurs at the most unexpected moments; then it vanishes, like a wisp of smoke. It is more fleeting than infancy. I do not think God originally intended […]

Art and Ideals of a Culture
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Art and Ideals of a Culture

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The arts are as important to education as math, science and language. In many ways the arts are a language capable of expressing the inexpressible human heart or the beauty of the world. The arts can express the dignity and worth of man and glorify God; this is art in its highest form. The arts […]

Complete Abandonment to Christ and the Purpose of Our Existence
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Complete Abandonment to Christ and the Purpose of Our Existence

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At the beginning of his papacy, by Pope Benedict XVI’s 2005 homily for the Mass Imposition of the Pallium and Conferral of The Fisherman’s Ring For the Beginning Of The Petrine Ministry Of the Bishop Of Rome, His Holiness said: “There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with […]

Teach a Haitian Orphan to Sew and You Can Clothe Him for Life
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Teach a Haitian Orphan to Sew and You Can Clothe Him for Life

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There is an old proverb that says “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Indeed, the best form of charity is to show people how to be self-reliant. It’s not the only form of charity; often immediate measures […]

I Believe in Life
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I Believe in Life

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I am for our children born and unborn. That means giving love and nurture to them and providing environments where they can thrive and rise to their full potential. I believe we must call out the cultural bigotry that does not view unborn children as part of the human family deserving equal care and protection. […]

The Arts: Talent and Discipline
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The Arts: Talent and Discipline

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The arts can nourish the human heart and soul and help to build character. Whether dance, music, theater, visual or literary arts, students must approach their chosen art-form with commitment, focus and discipline. Talent and Discipline What about talent? Talent is a gift, the source of inspiration and insight and is crucial to achieve excellence. But it’s […]

Christian Witness in an Unchristian World
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Christian Witness in an Unchristian World

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My dictionary defines apologetics as a “systematic and logical defense of Christianity against its detractors and unbelievers” In 1 Peter 3.15, Christians are told to be ready to give a reason (apologia) for their hope in Christ. Apologetics can draw people to Christ as we read in the Book of Acts with Saint Peter on […]

Every Child Has a Right to Be
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Every Child Has a Right to Be

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Every child has a right to be. Every child has a right to thrive and reach their full potential, whatever that may be. Adults in their world have a responsibility to make sure every opportunity is available to them to reach their potential. But this responsibility falls primarily with their mother and father. It begins at […]

A Child, a Song, and the Weight of Glory
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A Child, a Song, and the Weight of Glory

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In 2012, twelve year old singer Jackie Evancho delivered an exquisite rendition of Nella Fantasia. It is the vocal version of Ennio Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe. Gabriel’s Oboe is from the soundtrack for the 1986 film The Mission: A favorite film, and composition, of mine. Sweet child, I believe that what you were singing about was […]

Light Your Lamps for Life in the Coming Darkness of Death
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Light Your Lamps for Life in the Coming Darkness of Death

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There are dark days ahead for sick, disabled and depressed people in Canada. The Supreme Court recently struck down the nation’s laws against assisted suicide. The high court’s judges unanimously supported this terrible decision. What sort of society helps suicidal people kill themselves?! The high court defined the scope of assisted suicide to include an […]

Hail Mary, Full of Grace
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Hail Mary, Full of Grace

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Throughout more than thirty years with degenerative multiple sclerosis there have been horrible times with the disease that dragged me to deep levels of sickness I did not think were possible. The terrors often came in the darkest nights when exhaustion was at its greatest and I was at the end of my tether emotionally […]

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