UNBORN WORD of the day

Late Medieval Art focus on Unborn Jesus and Unborn John
July 30, 2008, 10:37 pm
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“Soon after the Virgin Mary learned of her miraculous conception of Jesus, she visited her kinswoman Elizabeth, who was also expecting a child, John the Baptist. This representation of their joyous meeting comes from the Dominican convent of Katharinenthal, in the Lake Constance region of present-day Switzerland. Carved of walnut, with the original paint and gilding almost completely preserved, the figures of Mary and Elizabeth are each inset with crystal-covered cavities through which images of their infants may originally have been seen. The representation of the Visitation incorporating images of the unborn Christ and John the Baptist is found with some frequency in late medieval works from German-speaking lands.”

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

July 29, 2008, 10:21 pm
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A series of reflections on living the Christian Life in a Time of Cultural Upheaval (a Culture of Life under attack by a culture of death which erodes traditional beliefs and values).


St. Paul escaping from the city of Damascus

One morning 10 or 15 years ago, I woke up with a word in my mind and upon my lips; “INDEFATIGABLE”. Besides still being drowsy, I wasn’t exactly sure what the word meant – I had a rough concept of it but not an understanding of it. So I went to the dictionary: “Incapable of being wearied; that cannot be tired out; unremitting in labor or effort”. True story. (Which reminds me of the time my smiling high school football coach said to me: “You’re expendable” and I wasn’t sure if it was a compliment or something sinister.)

The Christian is called to an ‘untiring’ faith, a ‘tireless’ faith. A faith for good times and bad, a faith commitment in season and out of season. It is also a faith which requires effort – constant effort, continuing effort, unrelenting effort. Does this sound negative? Does this scare us?

“Take up (your) cross and follow me” says the Lord (Mt 16:24, Mt 10:38). Should we edit this from Christianity? (Push the delete button?) ‘Shouldn’t our faith just be one continuous “high”?’ some might conjecture. Let’s take a look at a famous passage written by Saint Paul to the Church of Corinth (II Cor 11:24-12:10). It is too long to quote here, but let’s paraphrase parts of it. It starts with Paul boasting (in a self-conscious manner, “I am talking like a madman”) about his numerous problems, sufferings, setbacks and weaknesses as compared to other apostles:

I have endured far greater labors, more imprisonments,
countless beatings, often near death…
Five different times I received 39 lashes,
Three times I was beaten with rods,
I was stoned once.
Shipwrecked three times,
Adrift at sea for a night and a day.
I experienced frequent dangers from rivers,
from robbers, Jews, Gentiles, false brethren
dangers in the city, in the wilderness, at sea…
toil, hardship, hunger and thirst,
often without food, subject to cold and exposure.
I escaped from the city of Damascus
by being lowered in a basket over the city wall.

Paul is the model par excellence of heroic indefatigable faith. This wonderful excerpt from Paul also acknowledges the extreme weakness which is inherent in our lives (not paraphrased above). Paul concludes this powerful passage with his famous statement: “for when I am weak, then I am strong” (by the Grace and power of Christ within him). We must all hold on with Paul and all the great Saints who have gone before us. To live virtuous lives amidst cultural upheaval is heroic. We are called to develop virtues in our lives and live by them tirelessly, heroically. Saint Paul pray for us.

George A. Peate, July 30, 2008

July 26, 2008, 4:06 pm
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A series of reflections on living the Christian Life in a Time of Cultural Upheaval (a Culture of Life under attack by a culture of death which erodes traditional beliefs and values).


This is one of the paintings on the walls of the Greek Orthodox Church in Capernaum. Note that Jesus is depicted twice in the painting: once asleep and once calming the storm.

When I was a teenager I had two friends whose families both owned sail boats. Since we lived very close to a lake I went sailing with them quite a bit. One sailboat was a beautiful, sleek “Flying Dutchman” that was responsive and supple and a joy to sail. This friend raced at the yacht club and had a pretty good record. The other boat was a pint-size bright red wood dinghy with a sail.

In my life I relate more to the humble dinghy than the more sophisticated “Flying Dutchman”. I remember many occasions when we were in the dinghy and large boats were all around us causing havoc as each wake-created wave would assail us and send us furiously bobbing up and down as sail and rudder both suffered temporary paralysis. And the zipping motorboats seemed to enjoy upsetting our modestly proposed course, waving to us with smiles of delight as we held on to our frowns of consternation.

So there you are, a little dinghy of a boat out on the waters of civilization and you are experiencing cultural upheaval to port and starboard, the winds of change are not cooperating either. You don’t really have too many choices. You can abandon your faith (and its cherished interwoven faith teachings and moral wisdom) – this little dinghy that keeps you afloat and more or less on course – or you can hold fast to your faith and weather the storm as best you can using sail and rudder and maturing insight to get you to your destination.

Your simple dinghy is part of a worldwide flotilla of dinghies that spans the centuries and encompasses the world. This Flotilla of Faith is impressive not for its vast numbers alone but more for its Divine Artisan and Commander. Each tiny dinghy flies a little flag with a cross on it which blows valiantly in the breezes of life. Each tiny dinghy has its mother ship in sight – the Great Barque of Peter – which toils onward amidst storms and human catastrophes, onward, propelled not by the motors of men but by the breath of the Spirit, exhaled eternally for all humanity to be freshened by and moved by. This is our confidence! This is our hope! And there is much joy besides!

We have a biblical precedent for comparing a little dinghy to our faith-life. Remember the evening when Jesus and His disciples set out to cross the lake and a raging storm came upon them suddenly? Where was the Lord? “But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion” (Mk 4:38). ‘Where is God when we need Him?’ our fear and confusion demands. So they cried out: “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And His reply? “Where is your faith?” (Lk 8:24-25). He rebuked the wind and the waves, a calm ensued, and the rest is Mystery…

George A. Peate, July 26, 2008

July 24, 2008, 10:38 pm
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A series of reflections on living the Christian Life in a Time of Cultural Upheaval (a Culture of Life under attack by a culture of death which erodes traditional beliefs and values).


Intensifying one’s prayer life and commitment to prayer is always a good idea, but especially in times of extreme difficulty. So stepping up one’s prayer “routine” as the devil is stepping up his unholy guerrilla tactics makes good sense militaristically and mystically.

As Paul counsels us: “…the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds” (II Cor 10:4). Pray Onward Christian Soldiers! Pray On!

Every Christian will have his weapons of choice – spontaneous prayer, praise, thanksgiving, worship, the Mass, the rosary, morning devotions, quiet meditation, adoration, biblical reflection, novenas, litanies, group prayer, praying while out for a walk, and so on. However, one choice is not enough. God expects His troops to be multifaceted and flexible depending upon those situations that present themselves.

As Paul counsels us: “Train yourself in godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (I Tim 4:7-8).

The times in which we live call for extreme responses on our part, that is, extreme holiness, extreme self-discipline, extreme thoughtfulness, extreme compassion, and any other extremely inspired virtue you might wish to practice. We are talking PEACE here not violence. All virtues support a Peace Process within our lives. Wage a bold spiritual battle of Peace.

As the author of Hebrews counsels us: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16, KJV).

When we wake up in the morning we should dress ourselves in God’s armor. That is, prepare ourselves as if civilization depends upon us, because it does. We are fighting for a healthy Culture of Life, for a country that values virtue, moral law, order and truth.

As Paul counsels us: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; above all taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication”(Eph 6:11, 14-18)

George A. Peate, July 25, 2008

July 19, 2008, 10:34 pm
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A series of reflections on living the Christian Life in a Time of Cultural Upheaval (a Culture of Life under attack by a culture of death which erodes traditional beliefs and values).


“…for love is strong as death…” (Song of Solomon 8:6) Yes, “love is strong as death”, in fact stronger as has been demonstrated definitively.

For on one occasion Love was betrayed with a kiss, accused falsely, scourged and mocked, led by a tether like an animal, but Love endured and remained strong.

On that day, Love was beaten and knocked down, spit upon, stripped and humiliated, but Love endured and remained strong.

Love fell under a burdensome weight, more than once, Love even trembled as its trial drew more severe, but Love endured and remained strong.

Nails were driven through Love’s limbs and blood drained from Love’s numerous wounds. Then death set upon Love a kiss complete and final, Love succumbed for a time.

A spear was thrust in Love’s unfathomable Heart, to empty it further, of all Hope. Then Love’s shame was hidden within Life’s tomb of rock.

But Love endured, revived, and proved for all time, that Love is strong as death and stronger yet unto Life eternal.

One of Love’s greatest admirers cried it out for all ages to hear: “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (I Cor 2:2).

George A. Peate, July 19, 2008

July 17, 2008, 10:02 pm
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A series of reflections on living the Christian Life in a Time of Cultural Upheaval (a Culture of Life under attack by a culture of death which erodes traditional beliefs and values).


In a time of trial by fire, there is need for hope. Some might say “We know the power of Love and we know that Faith leads to God and Heaven and Truth, but how does hope help us?” Hope is the forgotten theological virtue, the least glamorous of the three. Hope is the country cousin of the well known and much discussed other two; Faith and Love.

When the heart is heavy, the mind troubled, the will is wavering and even the senses are numbed, there is no reservoir from which to draw spiritual and moral sustenance for such a struggle except from Hope. There is natural hope residing within every human heart of course. But the theological virtue of Hope is supernatural – a gift of the Holy Spirit – for times of difficulty and challenge, whether routine or extraordinary.

“And he who sat upon the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new” (Rev 21:5).

Prior to this verse in Chapter 21 we are told about “a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth have passed away”. And that “the dwelling of God is with men…he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more…for the former things have passed away.” Here is described the reason for hope; eternal life with God.

But the one “who sat upon the throne” in Heaven, hung upon the cross on earth, and before that lay in a manger. He began making “all things new” from the moment of His conception. The Incarnation began this universal ‘construction project’ of making “all things new”. The Crucifixion and the Resurrection opened the gates to new life for humanity.

Pentecost sealed this ‘new arrangement’, this new spiritual configuration which we call the New Covenant. But now each one must “fight the good fight” (I Tim 6:12. II Tim 4:7-8) himself or herself, to claim the prize. As St. Paul once said: “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:14). Accepting the promises of Christ is activity not passivity, struggle rather than complacency.

St. Paul is a great model for us: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing” (II Tim 4:7-8).

We are talking about hope, “new” hope in the Presence of the Spirit, in the glory of the Resurrection. He makes “all things new” – even Hope! Hope is no longer a sentimental desiring, no longer wishful thinking, wistful glances… New Hope is associated with tongues of fire, running a spiritual race (alone), fighting a spiritual battle(side by side with one’s fellow Christians against the evil one), reaching out for a crown…

George A. Peate, July 18, 2008

July 16, 2008, 10:39 pm
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A series of reflections on living the Christian Life in a Time of Cultural Upheaval (a Culture of Life under attack by a culture of death which erodes traditional beliefs and values).


Saint Paul speaks of “working with” Christ, then:

“…we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says,
‘At the acceptable time I have listened to you,
and helped you on the day of salvation.
‘Behold, now is the acceptable time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor 6:1-2)

And so is today the acceptable time, even when humanity’s moral compass is spinning wildly out of control – especially when it is spinning thus – this is the appropriate time to trust in God and seek His will with all our hearts. Paul is telling us that “the acceptable time” is the same time as “the day of salvation”. In other words, it is a time to act, to live by faith.

The day of salvation, if anything, is a day of spiritual opportunities, that is, it is a day full of promise.

But the world around us is shifting like the sand, blowing hither and thither, aimlessly destroying the moral order that had been constructed over the centuries according to the Judaeo-Christian heritage we perhaps took for granted for too long. Now it is disappearing. To be replaced by a false morality with new false gods and creeds of false tolerance which erode the true tolerance born of mercy which God taught us through the millennia.

But now, the Church is to be purified – is now being purified – has been undergoing purification for some time now, but did we notice? Did we understand?

The Christian must turn to God in union with the body of the Church and “accept the (purifying) grace of God”, not “in vain”, but with docility, in order to move the Church forward and his/her own relationship with God forward. Within this present cultural upheaval, one discovery the Church must make and the Christian must accept, is that God desires to purify His people.

So it was with the martyrs in prior turbulent times, so it is now in our own privileged time. The logic of Christian daily living is shifting a little bit now. Acts we once took for granted, must now be seen for what they are. To kneel and worship God, for example, is a privilege. Take advantage of it! And know that it is pleasing to God.

To offer thanks to God before a meal is a privilege. To sit in a chapel and pray quietly is a privilege. To take an evening walk and speak softly to God in Heaven is a privilege. Even to be purified – as hard as it might be – is a privilege.

The privileges multiply as grace abounds all the more, all around. But “the acceptable time” is also a time of responsibility. Listen to the question Jesus posed after one of His parables:

“…when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Lk 18:8)

Let him who has ears hear this question. Let each Christian reply as one New Testament parent did: “I believe; help my unbelief!” The Son of man wants to find faith on earth when He returns! Will He have to hunt forever to uncover our faith or will He immediately see it, perhaps flickering like a candle ‘midst breezes, but lit nonetheless?

Now let’s go back to the parable which preceded the foregoing question from Jesus. It was a parable about persistence in prayer (about the widow and the “judge who neither feared God nor regarded man” Lk 18:1-8). Perseverance in prayer provides stability in times of upheaval and faithlessness.

George A. Peate, July 17, 2008

The wave and the way…continued
July 15, 2008, 10:48 pm
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A series of reflections on living the Christian Life in a Time of Cultural Upheaval (a Culture of Life under attack by a culture of death which erodes traditional beliefs and values).


In 1968, the inhabitants of the city of Prague, Czechoslovakia, were bracing for the impending Soviet invasion of their city. In order to make things as difficult as possible for the invading army, the Czechs took down street signs and removed house numbers and door nameplates throughout the city. When the Soviet tanks and troops stormed into the city and demanded directions they received cooperative but baffling instructions that invariably led them someplace they did not want to go.

In 1968, the Czechs were the victims and the Soviet troops were the aggressors. Today, we see a role reversal where it is the impious aggressors who are taking down the ‘street signs’ leaving the masses in confusion. In our present time of cultural upheaval, not only have the old familiar cultural and moral signposts been torn down but now new unreliable and unintelligible signposts have been put up in their place by those promoting a new relativistic morality without God. Confusion reigns supreme amongst an overwhelming majority of the populace. A common way of coping with confusion seems to be to choose “the path of least resistance”. But the Christian has another path, a superior path: “I am the Way, and the Truth and the Life…” Jesus told His disciples (Jn 14:6). Christ is the path for the Christian, the road for Christianity.

Let’s look at this Christian Way in Christ. A lot has changed in our perception of walking this Way now that traditional moral signs imbedded within the very fabric of society have been pulled out from under us. What was once bad is now called good. Crimes of old are now common practice and enjoy the blessing of secular society. Many sins of the past are now, well…laughed at.

What is a Christian to do? Hold fast to those traditional moral teachings and precepts enshrined within the Christian tradition precisely because they were important moral principles worthy of attentive respect. Civilization – no longer as we knew it – has become a dangerous battleground of ideas. The Christian should follow Christ’s guideline:

“Behold I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Mt 10:16)

Many Christians have neglected this advice and have let go of many core Christian beliefs as a result. Pray for them. Pray always!


George A. Peate, July 16, 2008

July 14, 2008, 10:10 pm
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THRIVING NOT JUST SURVIVING! – A series of reflections on living the Christian Life in a Time of Cultural Upheaval.


I moved to California when I was in my thirties and I remember being very surprised while driving to work some “winter” mornings and hearing that bad weather was coming in from the Pacific and that surfers were calling in sick so they could go out to the turbulent ocean and find big waves to ride. At the same time the weather service was telling people “stay out of the water!”.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Well we are living in turbulent times – to say the least. Actually we have been living through a cultural revolution of the first order, but many people haven’t even recognized it as such simply because they lost their moorings a long time ago and just adapt from year to year as things change. “Whatever..”

The Christian is different, he/she knows there is a bad storm all ‘round. But many Christians don’t realize that precisely because of this cultural storm we have great opportunities everyday. In fact, this is the time for us to seek out those many waves of Grace that come along every day. Individual waves of Grace which are opportunities for living the Christian life to the full!

“…but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more…” (Rom 5:20).

In this series we’ll take a look at the stellar opportunities confronting Christians and the age-old wisdom of Christianity for seizing the day, each day. A spiritual guide to catching and riding these great waves of Grace in this difficult time of moral disasters. The sports networks won’t notice but: “…your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Mt 6:4).

We don’t need a “big” wave, we just need “God’s” wave of Grace, however it manifests itself to us. For as the Lord once told St. Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you…” (II Cor 12:9)

George A. Peate, July 15, 2008

July 13, 2008, 10:17 pm
Filed under: Biblical Reflections, Pro-life

In yesterday’s Sunday Mass, all three readings lent themselves to pro-life reflections. This is not to suggest how fanatical this writer is, but rather how truly universal the “Gospel of Life” message is. Let’s look at one reading:

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and return not thither but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11

These two beautiful verses from the prophet Isaiah put all of God’s creation in proper perspective. They describe the creative work of God and the purpose of things. But more, they provide an archetype – no, not the rain and the snow – the archetype is God’s word.

Just as God’s word goes forth to fulfill its purpose, and does not return to God “empty”, so all created things have their purpose and are sent forth accordingly.

God’s word represents God’s Will, God’s Plan, God’s commands, God’s teaching. But then came the Incarnation. God’s Word is wonderfully described in John’s prologue: Jn 1:1-18. The Word did not return to the Father “empty”. And the Word also did “accomplish that which I purpose”.

“And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace” (Jn 1:16).

So, the word was an archetype, but through the Word all things were made, and that brings us to humans – specifically to unborn ones! The unborn baby is created in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26). We must ask ourselves, whether each unborn baby has a purpose to fulfill? THE ANSWER MUST BE “YES!

No human being has the authority or the right to kill an unborn baby who has been sent forth by God – in the image and likeness of God – to accomplish the Divine Will…

“But in the end, it is the childlike spirit that is stronger than all the powers of hell”
July 11, 2008, 10:46 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

Madonna House is a beautiful and faithful Catholic community in Canada. This community recently returned the Order of Canada medal given to their foundress Catherine Doherty in 1976 to protest the medal being given to abortionist Henry Morgentaler.

“But in the end, it is the childlike spirit that is stronger than all the powers of hell, and Our Lady is the most childlike of us all.” From the “The Most Childlike of Us All” by Father David May.

Why are these words newsworthy? Well, just this week, Father May – Director General of Priests at Madonna House – returned the Order of Canada awarded to their foundress, Catherine Doherty.

From an article in City News we learn the reason for this protest.

“Susanne Stubbs, one of three directors of the House, says Doherty died in 1985 but wrote a letter to staff stating the medal belonged to all of them. ‘The motto on the medal is in Latin and it means, “For the good of the homeland,” Stubbs said Tuesday in Ottawa. ‘We do not believe that Dr. Morgentaler’s life work of promoting abortion is good for Canada.’ Madonna House’s Father David May seconded Stubbs’ sentiments. ‘(We’re returning the medal) as a gesture of our distress over the recent decision to award the Order of Canada to Dr. Morgentaler.'”

Madonna House is a wonderful Catholic Community in Ontario. George and I both were fortunate enough to visit Madonna House when we were in College.

On their website they describe their apostolate:

“The Madonna House Apostolate is a family of Christian lay men, women, and priests, striving to incarnate the teachings of Jesus Christ by forming a community of love….They have in common a desire to serve God in a very humble way of life, as summarized in our Little Mandate. Our spirit is that of a family – modeled on the holy family of Nazareth, which was a community of perfect charity and love.”

That pretty well describes what I encountered when I visited. It is truly a remarkable community. They welcome guests – when you visit you get to live their life with them…work, prayer, joy. One of the little things I remember about Madonna House was the joyful laughter at the dinner table.

In the article “The Most Childlike of Us All” quoted above Father May reflects on the Gospel of Life and speaks about the reality of abortion:

“There is a holy sorrow that refuses to look the other way or to ignore the plight of God’s innocent ones…The world today needs people who mourn at its fate, whose tears of prayer will wash away some of the accumulated debris in so many souls….Of course, there is the question of: what can be done? There are people on the front lines of the medical world, the political world, education, the pro-life movement in its various forms.”

But he also reminds us:

“Today the battle for Life must take many forms. I have come to understand that the Madonna House way of life itself is one of the means God is using to restore people’s minds and hearts to the truth of their infinite dignity. This restoration will only happen where there is community, ‘family,’ because the wounded and broken heart and mind can only be restored in such a context. It is the way we are made, and the breakdown of family life today is the main reason that so many place so little value on their own lives or the lives of others.”

In another article entitled “Becoming Small Enough to Think Big” Father May ends with these words:

“Are you wearied enough of your own ideas to listen anew this year to the great thoughts God has about your future and the future of our world? Are you tired out enough by the futility of your own efforts to “make things better” to turn to God like a little child, the smallest of little children, and to lean on him at last, moment by moment by moment?”

July 9, 2008, 10:23 pm
Filed under: Pro-life

My husband George was born and raised in Canada. I lived there for 10 years. We were both involved in the pro-life movement in Canada until we moved to the United States in 1982. We watched on as Henry Morgentaler systematically defied the law of Canada and opened illegal abortion clinics. Morgantaler actively went all over Canada promoting abortion.

Upon hearing that the Order of Canada had been awarded to Henry Morgantaler, my husband wrote this open letter to the Governor General of Canada.


Dear Michaelle Jean Governor General of Canada,

I was born and raised in Canada, primarily in the Montreal region. I also lived in Fredericton and Kingston for short periods of time and in Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo for a few years. While I moved away from Canada in 1982, I had always been proud of my homeland – until today!

Recently I learned that Canada’s highest award The Order of Canada was given on July 1st 2008 to the greatest killer of Canadians in the history of the country; mass abortionist Henry Morgentaler, a man who has probably killed more babies than anyone else in North America. Abortion is his one and only “claim to fame” and the spilled blood of babies his lasting legacy! He has been made a falsified hero by corrupt government leaders such as yourself who pretend to value the human spirit but instead value a counterfeit spirit of immorality in the guise of extreme tolerance. You see tolerance towards the killing of babies as a virtue when it is, in true fact, a blatant sign of moral decay. Is this how you absolve your own conscience?

O Canada…my heart weeps for thee today. You have taken Canada‘s infamous baby-killer and made of him a little angel. You waved a wand of honorability over him and now cherub-like he offers you what – a now sanctimonious slaughter! You have taken Canada’s highest award and made it the lowest.

Thank God for the sane former honorees from years gone by who are now in utter disgust returning their once-precious, now-meaningless Order of Canada awards to the Governor General’s chamber of horrors. They are heroic in virtue because they stand for something truly honorable – their devotedness to God and human life.

Dear Governor General you have made a sham of all past and future awards in one foul swoop of your hand and unfortunately you have now made a complete mockery of your office. When I lived in Canada we all looked up to our Governor General. Now millions of Canadians and millions of others around the world are embarrassed by you and your empty office. You should offer your resignation today along with the discredited Order of Canada selection committee! Millions of dead Canadian babies wish you would.

God save Canada!

George A. Peate

The Joyful Mother and The Gospel of Life
July 7, 2008, 10:45 pm
Filed under: Evangelium Vitae

Joyful Mother/Pope John Paul II Sculpture*

This is a statue of John Paul II kneeling before Mary, the Joyful Mother (Saint Peter Catholic Church Stevens Point, Wisconsin). An explanation of the significance of this statue is given below.


“…While reading the Encyclical Letter, The Gospel of Life, by Pope John Paul II, I was touched by the beautiful words: The joy which accompanies the birth of the Messiah is thus seen to be the foundation and fulfillment of joy at every child born into the world.’ What a wonderful notion, that the joy, which accompanied the Birth of Christ, should be the same joy accompanying the birth of every child born into this world!

… Our major concern was to bring out the joy of motherhood as seen in Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of the Church.

This concept was also to include two major events: the (commemoration) of the visit of the then Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, primate of Poland, to our parish in 1976 and the 100th anniversary of the church of St. Peter.”

*The text on the statue’s granite base reads as follows:

Joyful Mother – The joy which accompanies the birth of the Messiah is thus seen to be the foundation and fulfillment of joy at every child born into the world. (The Gospel of Life) Pope John Paul II. Commemorating the visit of Karol Cardinal Wojtyla to the Church of St. Peter August 23, 1976, the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Church of St Peter 1897 – 1997. Given in memory of Alice Turzinski Zagrzebski 1995 & Helen Rogowski Zagzebski 1994 by their spouses Edwin R. Zagrzebski & Humphrey J. Zagzebski

July 4, 2008, 12:17 am
Filed under: Biblical Reflections, Pro-life, Religion


Just as feeding one’s body should not be an altogether haphazard exercise but needs to be self-regulated for one’s own good health and well being, so too one needs to look to nourishing sources for information. Not all information is equal – some is garbage-like and some is holy!

St Paul told the Ephesians: “…walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.” Eph 5:8-10

And he told the Phillipians also: “…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Phil 4:8

Our nation needs an informed electorate! But not informed with trivia, distorted half-truths, smooth-as-silk lies, compromised data, tainted journalism and all the other attempts to manipulate voters. The foregoing produces unformed/deformed consciences.

The voter with an unformed conscience considers unborn children as unimportant.

Seek that information that truly enlightens the intellect, enkindles the conscience and ignites the heart…

As one of the greatest men of the twentieth century said: “Our intelligence is not just an abstract machine; it is also incarnate and the heart is as important as the faculty of reason, or precisely reason is nothing without the heart”. Dr. Jerome Lejeune

The truth sets the heart free. A properly informed conscience will love the unborn child!

“I don’t have much, you know… So, I have given them my life. And my life is all that I had.”

June 13, 1926 – April 3,1994

Jérôme Jean Louis Marie Lejeune (Montrouge, France; June 13, 1926-April 3, 1994) was a French Catholic pro-life pediatrician and geneticist, best known for his discovery of the link of diseases to chromosome abnormalities. He developed the karotype, and discovered the link between inadequate intake of Folic Acid by pregnant women and neural tube defects.

Lejeune had made his career specializing in the treatment of children with Down’s syndrome. He discovered that children with Down’s syndrome have an extra copy (called a trisomy) of chromosome 21. He spent the remainder of his life researching a cure for Down syndrome. He said, “it would take less effort to find a cure for Down syndrome than to send a man to the moon.” He also diagnosed the first case of Cri du chat syndrome, or 5p deletion syndrome, in 1963.

In an article entitled Professor Jerome Lejeune a moving account of his last days can be found: “ On Good Friday , he confided to a priest who was giving him last rites : ‘I have never betrayed my faith. This is all that counts before God…’ He told his children who were asking him what he wished to bequeath to his little patients : ‘I don’t have much, you know… So, I have given them my life. And my life is all that I had.’ Then, moved to tears, he murmured, ‘O my God! I was supposed to have cured them, and I am leaving without having found … What will happen to them?’ Then, radiant with joy, he spoke to his loved ones: ‘My children, if I can leave you a message, this is the most important of all : we are in the hands of God. I have experienced this a number of times.’ ”

In her book,Life is a Blessing, Clara Lejeune (Jerome’s daughter) tells us that Pope John Paul II spoke these words after Jerome’s death on Easter Sunday to her sister Anouk: “Humanly speaking we need him so much. But maybe this is a gift he has given us for the Academy and for all this pro-life work. Didn’t Christ die on the cross to save us?”

On the surface it would seem that Dr. Lejeune had failed but in fact he kept hope alive – he spoke truth to the world that these children with Downs syndrome are precious and that we should continue to seek a cure. In an article in the July 6-12, 2008 issue of the National Catholic Register, entitled The Legacy of Jerome Lejeune and the Resurgence of Down Syndrome Research , LETICIA VELASQUEZ details encouraging research developments in this field. To read the details about this research for Dr. Lejeunes beloved ‘patients’ click on the article above. I’m sure Dr. Lejeune is looking on from heaven with great happiness – researchers are carrying on his work and what he worked for may someday be a reality.


Thankyou to Cathlete for alerting us to the wonderful article by Leticia Velasquez .

What pro-life couple had lunch with the Pope the day he was shot?
July 1, 2008, 11:26 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, John Paul II, Pro-life

Answer: Dr. Jerome Lejeune and his wife, Birthe LeJeune.

On May 13, 1981, Jerome and his wife were in Rome. The Holy Father wished to receive them in a private audience. After the discussion, the Pope spontaneously invited them to stay for lunch. The same evening, on their way back to Paris, they learned about the attack on John Paul II, a few hours after they had left him. Jerome’s health was shaken by this news.

John Paul II later appointed Dr Lejeune to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. When he created the Pontifical Academy for Life, he made Dr. Lejeune president of that Academy, just prior to his death of cancer in Paris in 1994.

Jérôme Lejeune died on Easter Sunday, 1994. The day after Dr. Lejeune’s death John Paul II spoke these words:

“We find ourselves today faced with the death of a great Christian of the twentieth century, a man for whom the defense of life had become an apostolate. It is clear that, in the situation of the world today, this form of apostolate among the laity is particularly necessary…

In 1997 John Paul II visited his friend’s grave during World Youth Day in Paris. One of the French journalists commented on the event with the following pun: The Pope visited “the young” (“les jeunes”) and Lejeune.