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Reproductive Rights

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Why is it that this woman finds it so difficult to have a family? Aren’t children our most prized possessions of our heart? Then why is it that babies are considered a burden, a ball and chain or even an evil? This should make us think twice.


Author: stjosephstmary

We are two Catholic Churches close to downtown Freeport, IL. Our communities are over 150 years old and have been dedicated to our lord Jesus Christ since our inception. We believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was concieved by the Holy Spirit, born of ythe Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilot, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

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  1. HAVING THOUGHT TWICE, At the Minimum about What’s REALLY Going On

    Catholics, we must work hard to maintain our right standing before God while the values and focus of the world crumbles around us, daily trying to make its claims on our attention, trying to erode our moral stands which we must take at every step of our sojourn here, which began for each of us with Baptism. But we have the magnificent tool of the Catechism as a light, an inspiration that links us with the saints, philosophers, great hearts and minds of the past such as Saint Thomas Aquinas, St. John of the Cross, St. Catherine, and St. Augustine, to name just a very few. We can link to these hearts and minds, our brothers and sisters in the Lord, as we traverse this danger zone, full of mine fields of gross sensuality, lust for pleasure and power, cravings for what is perverse and will eventually and sadly, so unnecessarily, bring disastrous consequences to deluded souls.

    It is clear to me after seven decades here, that we have been conditioned by our politics and economic society (first a type of socialist, now becoming a totalitarianism that smacks of former Nazis tactics), with its secular/atheist doctrines which encourage, no – almost demand – that we see children as a burden instead of a gift. We are blind to how we are surrounded with such selfishness, in the name of “choice” that we have come by way of a “slow boil” to think of what is actually disgusting and an insult to dignity, as “normal.” These things are NOT normal – they should be rejected firmly and loudly!

    Take it from some who is not a cradle Catholic, but a kind-of “born again” Catholic. Yes, I came to Catholicism late in life, after reaching the sixty-year mark. And I was thankfully soaked with the Bible through Protestant teachings, but also conversant with new age and eastern religion philosophies, and the counter-culture teachings of self-defined freedom and sense indulgences of the 60s and 70s. Now, as a type of “investigative reporter,” combining experience with writing, and having wandered those worlds and perspectives, there is shocking clarity of how important it is that people of the Catholic Church actually LIVE their faith as it is spelled out so beautifully and full of inspirational strength in the Catechism.

    Listen to the Catechism as it speaks words of beauty and wisdom:

    #2378 A child is not something owed to one, but is a gift. The “supreme gift of marriage” is a human person. A child may not be considered a piece of property, an idea to which an alleged “right to a child” would lead. In this area, only the child possesses genuine rights: the right “to be the fruit of the specific act of the conjugal love of his parents,” and “the right to be respected as a person from the moment of his conception.”

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