Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Spiritual Care Unit for the Archdiocese of Portland In Oregon

Another Ambitious Crazy idea- but I'm letting other people decide if I will do it.

My idea is to steal an idea from the Diocese of Lafeyette, hire an interior project manager I know who needs volunteer hours, and buy Fr. Theo Lange a new ride for the second half of the Jubilee Year of Mercy- one specifically designed for his role as a Papal Missionary of Mercy:

Not sure we can find an ambulance that looks this nice- might only be able to find an old panel truck or a van or something, but we will find something.  I'm budgeting $7000 for a used vehicle, $1000 in conversion costs, and $500 worth of fuel and devotional items to fill the cabinets in the back.

Monday, January 25, 2016

When Zero Tolerance causes death

It is one thing to save children from drugs.  It is another thing to deny life saving drugs to those who need it

Thursday, January 21, 2016

On abortion, greed, and generosity

I made the rather radical comment in a post on the March for Life that in the United States, a primary motivator for abortion is capitalistic greed.  I was challenged that it isn't greed, but fear.  However, fear is the primary emotion of greed, and thus:

Greed is always based in fear and mistrust. In a fear of man and a mistrust in God. We preserve our own resources because we fear other human beings will take those resources away, and because we don't trust God to provide us what we will need.
Generosity is the antithesis of Greed. It takes the fear and steps out in the faith of sharing with others. It takes the mistrust and changes it to trust- that what you share with "the least of these" will be returned in sufficient amounts for you to survive.
I myself have struggled with greed and generosity- and I find that when I am more generous, that generosity is returned when I am in need.
There is good reason to fear a pregnancy in a culture of death, where greed defeats generosity, where marriage is degraded (the number one predictor of female poverty in America is divorce) where even grandparents would rather their grandchildren killed than to add another name to the will, another heir to split the estate among.
Where radical generosity- the father actually marrying the mother and providing her and the child with a home, the grandparents welcoming a grandchild regardless of the circumstances of conception or disability- changes everything. It becomes a culture of life. And life given, no matter how short, is life returned.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Best article I've ever seen against euthanasia

Rebecca Hamilton was once a progressive.  She was a legislator in Oklahoma.  Originally pro-choice, she switched to being one of the few conservative pro-life Democrats I know.  And not just pro-birth either- Catholic pro-life.

She is now retired to take care of her mother with dementia.  And she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

I can think of no stronger voice against euthanasia today.  My prayers are with her.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Pillars of Islam

I'm hoping this gets the combox going.  How many pillars of Islam are there, and what are they?

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

What do Jesuits in Oregon have against anything pro-life?

Once again, I asked to have a pro-life item included in our bulletin, and once again, our Jesuit-trained pastoral assistant blocked it.  Over and over, whenever I meet a pro-choice Catholic, I'm told they are Jesuit trained.  What do Jesuits have against life? ---- Jesuit pro-choice strikes again. In the end result, will not be promoted at St. Clare's.
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