This is the sort of person whom the House voted that it’s okay to kill up to birth

From Fr. Z ( Bl. Hermann of Reichenau (1054) Born with cleft palate, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida, he was placed in a Benedictine monastery at seven. A genius in astronomy, theology, poetry, math, music, Arabic, Greek, and Latin, he composed the Salve Regina and Alma Redemptoris Mater.

Anybody Out There?

I don't think I'm alone in this, but I don't know where my comrades are. Who else out there wants to do this and can't: A lot of nurses (and doctors too, I imagine) are idealists when they start school (perhaps some are like me and go to school because they're idealists), idealists when they graduate, idealists when they interview and take their first job... And jaded after two weeks in the field. They want to be really good nurses, to really take care of their patients, but get swamped by the system, which makes them spend ninety-five percent of their shift passing meds, being behind, and sitting at the nurses station an hour after that shift is over (not having had a lunch break), hitting keys so that something acceptable is in the patient chart, just good enough so they can log off and go home. Ask me how I know.  All we want to do is take care of sick people, not fulfil Medicare requirements. We're exhausted and frustrated over mandates that come from people

March for Life Pilgrimage and Candle for Life 2021

     The Institute of Christ the King  is, for the sixth year in a row, organizing a pilgrimage to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. God willing, I will be there this year!       For the second year in a row, the Institute is fundraising to offset the cost of the pilgrimage with the Candle for Life campaign ( HERE ). For a donation of $25 or more, a pilgrim will carry your prayer intentions and a lighted candle at the March in January.      The Institute relies heavily on donations to make this trip possible; please help their pilgrims take a stand for life!   

Nurses' Pinning and the Nightingale Pledge

My school's pin for practical nursing graduates      On Wednesday, August 26th, I officially graduated from nursing school. On the Monday prior, we had a private pinning ceremony. While searching for the text of the Nightingale Pledge, I came across the Wikipedia article on the pinning ceremony , which has some information I wanted to share.      Pinning is the official induction into the "brotherhood or sisterhood of nurses". Its earliest history dates from the 12th century during the crusades, when "monks initiated into the Knights Hospitaller that cared for injured and ill Crusaders were given a Maltese Cross". After the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale was awarded the Royal Red Cross by Queen Victoria, and the tradition further evolved from there.      At our ceremony, after each of us received our pin, we recited the Nightingale Pledge. It is so beautiful! Here is the version we recited (apparently a combination of the original and the revised 1935 version

Pro-Life Sermon 6

     "You shall not kill!" Reminds us Our Lord in the Gospel.      For the past fifty years, a culture of death, violence, hatred and destruction has triumphed around us. Since the laws authorizing contraception and abortion. Since hedonism and utilitarianism replaced God and morality.      In 1979 (40 years ago), when receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, Mother Teresa, Saint Teresa of Calcutta, declared: "The greatest destroyer of peace today is the crime against the innocent unborn child. If a mother can kill her own child, in her own womb, what keeps you and me from killing each other? (...) But today we are killing millions of unborn children. And we don't say anything."      How our society, which proclaims with such insistence Human Rights (this new Decalogue of the modern world), how did men come to let flout the most fundamental right: the right of every human being to life? How is it that modern man, always talking about "progress", "respect&

I Have a Say: Father John Hollowell

From Fr. John Hollowell back in 2012. Amen.

Pro-Life Sermon 5

Given by Fr. Kevin Drew of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri, for the 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time, February 16th, 2020.      Do you remember last January I preached about Briana the cow? The nightly news last January 22, (the date in 1973 when abortion was legalized) ran a story of how the pregnant Briana made a daring escape off a truck just minutes before it arrived at the slaughterhouse. A beaming anchorwoman reported how Briana and her new baby were safe in an animal shelter, as if it was some kind of home for unwed pregnant cows.  This was what you call a feel-good story; a refreshing respite from all the bad news that makes up most of a nightly newscast. Of course, the story was not based on any kind of reality. For as I preached, Briana the cow didn’t jump off the truck to escape the slaughterhouse. For Briana had no clue she was going to the slaughterhouse. Because she’s a cow.  When you entered church today you saw a photo of a