Break out the popcorn..this is worth watching

UPDATE: The sisters won tonight! They won $20,000, and the right to play for the grand prize of $100,000 at the end of the season. Maybe we could say a prayer for them 🙂

 

sisters

The Dominican sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist will be competing for $100,000 on the season premiere of the The American Bible Challenge on the Game Show Network on March 21.

The good sisters are trying to earn money for a retirement fund for their founding sisters, who are now getting up in age.

This is a wonderful community which has 120 members..most in their twenties. Hey, the Church is alive, well and young! Praise God!

Go sisters! Hope you win the grand prize.

Dominican sisters witness through Bible game show appearance :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

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Worth viewing and pondering…again

I realize that many of your may have already viewed this truly stirring video, but for anyone who has not, please take the time to do so. It is truly compelling. Although I have seen it a few times before, when it landed in my e-mail box this morning, I had to go see it again.

I personally know Catholics who are not going to vote to uphold the non-negotiables…and I am truly concerned for the future of our country and our world. There is not much time left before the election.
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us!

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A voice that speaks of peace……

On this day of memories of the attack on our beloved country, the following Psalm seemed so appropriate as I prayed Morning Prayer. It is always amazing how the LORD provides so much food at just the perfect moment. And in praying this Psalm, I thought not only of 9/11, but also of the current state of our nation as we enter the approaching elections. I truly believe that nothing will go well for us in the economy, jobs, energy, etc., until we repent of our moral failings. Many Americans dismiss the “social” issues as minor compared to financial woes. But which matters more to our LORD? Which matters most to you…and to me?
His help is near for those who fear him and his glory will dwell in our land.

PSALM 85
Morning Prayer
Liturgy of the Hours
September 11, 2012

O Lord, you once favored your land and revived the fortunes of Jacob, you forgave the guilt of your people and covered all their sins. You averted all your rage, you calmed the heat of your anger.

Revive us now, God, our helper! Put an end to your grievance against us. Will you be angry with us for ever, will your anger never cease?

Will you not restore again our life that your people may rejoice in you? Let us see, O Lord, your mercy and give us your saving help.

I will hear what the Lord God has to say, a voice that speaks of peace, peace for his people and his friends and those who turn to him in their hearts. His help is near for those who fear him and his glory will dwell in our land.

Mercy and faithfulness have met; justice and peace have embraced. Faithfulness shall spring from the earth and justice look down from heaven.

The Lord will make us prosper and our earth shall yield its fruit. Justice shall march before him and peace shall follow his steps.

Waiting for Isaac….

Dear Friends,

We have been waiting for Isaac since yesterday, when the hurricane was due to arrive in the New Orleans area.  It is now noon where I live….90 miles northwest of New Orleans, and Isaac is finally arriving.

Three hundred miles in diameter and moving ever so slowly, it is expected to dump double digit rain over us during the next 24 hours.  I worry as I watch the tall pines bending in the wind outside my window.  Hurricane Gustauv brought down two of them right before my eyes in 2008.  Thankfully, the Good Lord guided them as they fell on the driveway in a vertical position, doing no harm to our home.

We lost power at 7:30am today, but it was restored 30 minutes later.  However, it will soon go out again…it always does, and the courageous crews who repair the lines will be unable to restore it until the worst of the storm has passed.  Being such a slow moving storm, Isaac’s effects are expected to remain with us for 24 hours or longer, which is very unusual.  Most of the time, the worst is over in six to eight hours, and we begin the tasks of cleaning up and waiting for services to be restored.

Already, in one of the lower lying areas in south Louisiana, people are being rescued from their attics and rooftops, because they did not evacuate….flashbacks of Katrina which was exactly seven years ago today.  Please keep them and all of us in your prayers.

Did I mention that today is my husband’s and my wedding anniversary?  After all the hurricanes we have lived through around this time, I think we should have gotten married in a different month!

I have charged all of my gadgets, but when the electricity fails, there will be little to distract me besides my battery operated radio, tuned into the hurricane update station…and my kindle, filled with much good reading.

Safety issues aside, of course, I don’t mind so much this returning to only what is necessary….sufficient food and water, shelter, and flashlights and lanterns to maneuver through the house in the darkness.

People seem to look out for each other at times like this.  Everyone is our neighbor.

It is raining harder now.  I want to post this before I lose power.  Please keep all of us in your prayers.  God bless you!

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, prayer for us and protect us during this storm.  Amen.

Listen up, Melinda Gates….

Today, I came across an extraordinary letter written by an extraordinary woman. It is full of truth and beauty and goodness. And, it is a plea to one of the wealthiest women in the world to refrain from corrupting a culture which values life and babies and family, with an avalanche of contraceptives meant to “save” them from their most precious legacy…their children. (text below sourced from Catholiconline.org)

CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) – This letter, offered below, was written by Obianuju Ekeocha, a 32-year-old Nigerian woman. For the past six years she has been living and working as a biomedical scientist in Canterbury, England. Most of her family and many friends still live in Nigeria.

She said she was inspired to write an open letter to Melinda Gates after learning of Gates’ move to inject $4.6 billion worth of contraceptive drugs and devices into her homeland.

“The worst part is that no one in Africa (meaning the average African woman or man) knows that Melinda is about to bequeath us her ‘legacy’ which can and most probably will stifle love and life in our continent,” she said.

She is hoping Melinda Gates will hear her “as the voice of the African woman.”

AN OPEN LETTER TO MELINDA GATES:

Growing up in a remote town in Africa, I have always known that a new life is welcomed with much mirth and joy. In fact we have a special “clarion” call (or song) in our village reserved for births and another special one for marriages.

The first day of every baby’s life is celebrated by the entire village with dancing (real dancing!) and clapping and singing – a sort of “Gloria in excelsis Deo.”

All I can say with certainty is that we, as a society, LOVE and welcome babies.

With all the challenges and difficulties of Africa, people complain and lament their problems openly. I have grown up in this environment and I have heard women (just as much as men) complain about all sorts of things. But I have NEVER heard a woman complain about her baby (born or unborn).

Even with substandard medical care in most places, women are valiant in pregnancy. And once the baby arrives, they gracefully and heroically rise into the maternal mode.

I trained and worked for almost five years in a medical setting in Africa, yet I never heard of the clinical term “postpartum depression” until I came to live in Europe. I never heard it because I never experienced or witnessed it, even with the relatively high birth rate around me. (I would estimate that I had at least one family member or close friend give birth every single month. So I saw at least 12 babies born in my life every year.)

Amidst all our African afflictions and difficulties, amidst all the socioeconomic and political instabilities, our babies are always a firm symbol of hope, a promise of life, a reason to strive for the legacy of a bright future.

So a few weeks ago I stumbled upon the plan and promise of Melinda Gates to implant the seeds of her “legacy” in 69 of the poorest countries in the world (most of which are in Sub-Saharan Africa).

Her pledge is to collect pledges for almost $5 billion in order to ensure that the African woman is less fertile, less encumbered and, yes, she says, more “liberated.” With her incredible wealth she wants to replace the legacy of an African woman (which is her child) with the legacy of “child-free sex.”

Many of the 69 targeted countries are Catholic countries with millions of Catholic women of child-bearing age. These Catholic women have been rightly taught by the Church that the contraceptive drug and device is inherently divisive.

Unlike what we see in the developed Western world, there is actually very high compliance with Pope Paul VI’s “Humanae Vitae.” For these African women, in all humility, have heard, understood and accepted the precious words of the prophetic pope. Funny how people with a much lower literacy level could clearly understand that which the average Vogue- and Cosmo-reading-high-class woman has refused to understand. I guess humility makes all the difference.

With most African women faithfully practicing and adhering to a faith (mainly Christian or in some cases Muslim), there is a high regard for sex in society, especially among the women. Sex is sacred and private.

The moment these huge amounts of contraceptive drugs and devices are injected into the roots of our society, they will undoubtedly start to erode and poison the moral sexual ethics that have been woven into our societal DNA by our faith, not unlike the erosion that befell the Western world after the 1930 Lambeth conference! In one fell swoop and one “clean” slice, the faithful could be severed from their professed faith.

Both the frontline healthcare worker dispensing Melinda’s legacy gift and the women …fettered and shackled by this gift, would be separated from their religious beliefs. They would be put in a precarious position to defy their faith – all for “safe sex.”

Even at a glance, anyone could see that the unlimited and easy availability of contraceptives in Africa would surely increase infidelity and sexual promiscuity as sex is presented by this multi-billion dollar project as a casual pleasure sport that can indeed come with no strings – or babies – attached. Think of the exponential spread of HIV and other STDs as men and women with abundant access to contraceptives take up multiple, concurrent sex partners.

And of course there are bound to be inconsistencies and failures in the use of these drugs and devices, so health complications could result; one of which is unintended abortion. Add also other health risks such as cancer, blood clots, etc. Where Europe and America have their well-oiled health care system, a woman in Africa with a contraception-induced blood clot does not have access to 911 or an ambulance or a paramedic. No, she dies.

And what about disposal of the medical waste? Despite advanced sewage disposal in the First-world countries, we hear that aquatic life there is still adversely affected by drugs in the system. In Africa, be rest assured that both in the biggest cities and smaller rural villages, sewage constitutes a real problem. So as $4.6 billion worth of drugs, IUDs and condoms get used, they will need safe disposal. Can someone please show us how and where will that be? On our farm lands where we get all our food? In our streams and rivers from whence comes our drinking water?

I see this $4.6 billion buying us misery. I see it buying us unfaithful husbands. I see it buying us streets devoid of the innocent chatter of children. I see it buying us disease and untimely death. I see it buying us a retirement without the tender loving care of our children.

Please Melinda, listen to the heart-felt cry of an African woman and mercifully channel your funds to pay for what we REALLY need.

We need:

Good healthcare systems (especially prenatal, neonatal and pediatric care).
 Needless to say that postpartum and neonatal deaths are alarmingly high in many Sub-Saharan African countries. This is due to the paucity of specialized medical personnel, equipment and systems. Women are not dying because they are having “too many” babies but because they are not getting even the most basic postpartum care. A childbirth or labor complication can very easily be fatal, for both mother and baby. To alleviate this problem new, well-equipped and well-staffed birthing centers with neonatal units need to be built in easily accessible parts of the poorest communities. And if Melinda Gates really insists on reducing population, she can have highly trained Natural Family Planning (NFP) instructors strategically placed in these women’s healthcare facilities.  At least then there would be a natural and holistic approach.

Food programs for young children.
 This would serve a two-fold purpose if it is incorporated into free or highly subsidized nursery school programs. It would nourish and strengthen the growth of these children, who are so, so vulnerable to malnutrition, and it would also serve to encourage parents to bring their youngsters, ages 3 or 4, to nursery school. In so many parts of Africa, children miss out on nursery school education because it is expensive and considered a luxury reserved for the rich and middle class. As a result, the children miss the first few crucial years when basic math and reading are easily learned.  By the time they are considered “ready” for school, at age 7 or 8, they struggle academically. Many of them never quite catch up and so drop out after six or seven years. This is when a lot of young girls are married off as mid- to late-teenage wives who unfortunately would become the perfect recipient of the Melinda Gates comprehensive contraceptive care!

Good higher education opportunities
Not just new school buildings or books, but carefully laid out educational programs that work – scholarships, internships at higher levels, etc. – are needed. Despite the problems and obstacles to primary and secondary education, a significant number of young girls make it into universities, polytechnics or colleges. The problem however is that, most of the schools and resources are substandard and outdated. As such, the quality of higher education is low and cannot compare to that of more privileged countries. Even though the teachers put in their very best and the students work hard, the system is inadequate and will always produce disadvantaged graduates who are not confident enough to stand with their counterparts who have studied in other parts of the world.

Chastity programs
 Such programs in secondary schools, universities and churches would create a solid support system to form, inform and reassure our young girls and women that real love is that which is healthy and holy. Many African girls are no longer sure about moral sexual ethics thanks to the widespread influence of Western media, movies and magazines. More support should be given to programs that encourage abstinence before marriage and fidelity in marriage. This approach would go a long way to combating the spread of HIV and other STDs through the continent. And it would certainly lead to happier marriages!

Support for micro-business opportunities for women
The average African women is incredibly happy, hard-working and resilient. Any support both economic and through training would most probably be used well and wisely.

Fortify already established NGOs that are aimed at protecting women from sex-trafficking, prostitution, forced marriage, child labor, domestic violence, sex crimes, etc.
 Many of these NGOs do not have much success because they are not well-funded. Though most of them have good intentions, they lack professional input from those such as psychologists, logisticians or medical personnel needed to tackle various problems.

$4.6 billion dollars can indeed be your legacy to Africa and other poor parts of the world. But let it be a legacy that leads life, love and laughter into the world in need.

R-rated teddy bears, sign of the times…..

This morning, I read the movie reviews in our local newspaper. And I was furious.

Two of the worst movies out there each received a lengthy write-up, with rave reviews, lauding the “humor” and fine acting.  Each of the two was highly recommended by our local reviewer, who gave them three stars.  (The national reviews syndicated to our paper were even more generous….three and one-half stars.)

This effusive praise– for a movie about male strippers, which contains graphic nudity and explicit sexuality to say nothing of the language!   A related article celebrated the assumption that women “will flock in droves” to see this trash….no doubt, it was predicted, attending with groups of “salivating” friends to share the event….
(Oh, give me a break…)

The other horrid movie is about, of all things, a teddy bear.  I have seen the posters in a local theater of the fluffy toy bear, and I’m sure children have noticed it as well and expressed interest in seeing the movie.  (Let us pray that their parents will notice the R rating and resist.)

A friend of mine is a movie buff, and she will sit through virtually almost anything.  In fact, she usually goes alone as none of us will accompany her to many of the films she sees.  Last week she saw the “teddy bear” movie, and told me that it was so awful that she wished she had walked out, and that she said an Act of Contrition upon leaving the movie theater.  Although I wish my friend would be more discriminating in her movie choices, I appreciated her honesty about this travesty of building a filthy movie around a traditionally beloved children’s toy.

The same reviewers mentioned above, completely ignored the beautiful epic film, For Greater Glory, when it played for a full month in my town.  It was not reviewed by our local critic, and was listed each week with a “no star” rating from the syndicate, which means they didn’t even bother to take it seriously enough to review.

Yet, it was an awesome movie, beautifully produced, and with superb performances, particularly by Andy Garcia and Peter O’Toole

After walking away from the newspaper in disgust, I signed onto my Internet homepage only to be greeted with the news that a certain starlet has a new “bikini body.”  It’s always that way…..who wore the most daring dress to an awards ceremony, and other similar worthless information pops up as “news.”

Our entire culture is literally immersed in crudeness, rudeness and the sexual exploitation of human beings, most recently pregnant women… but that’s another post.  You cannot escape unless you avoid all media, but even then, your soul will be assaulted if you walk through a mall or subway station or heaven forbid, go to the beach.

And then, there is today’s saint…..little Maria Goretti.  What a contradiction this child is to our culture…only eleven years old when she was martyred for her purity. God surely thought of our day when He raised Maria to sainthood in 1950.

Let us ask her to pray for us, for our children and for our world.  I wonder if there has ever been a time more thoroughly impure than our own, a time when the prayers of the innocent child, Maria, were so desperately needed.

How beautiful you are, virgin of Christ                                          
–the Lord has given you the gift of perpetual virginity.                   

(From the Responsory for the Office of Readings, July 6)

Sketch by Helen Hull Hitchcock

Killing babies no different from abortion…..

I am interrupting my “no blog Friday” to share this important and chilling article:         

Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say

Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant” and ending their lives is no different to abortion, a group of medical ethicists linked to Oxford University has argued.

A group of ethicists has argued that killing young babies is no different from abortion

A group of ethicists has argued that killing young babies is no different from abortion Photo: Alamy
 
Stephen Adams
By , Medical Correspondent
1:38PM GMT 29 Feb 2012
 
 
The article, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, says newborn babies are not “actual persons” and do not have a “moral right to life”. The academics also argue that parents should be able to have their baby killed if it turns out to be disabled when it is born.
The journal’s editor, Prof Julian Savulescu, director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, said the article’s authors had received death threats since publishing the article. He said those who made abusive and threatening posts about the study were “fanatics opposed to the very values of a liberal society”.
The article, entitled “After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?”, was written by two of Prof Savulescu’s former associates, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva.
They argued: “The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus in the sense that both lack those properties that justify the attribution of a right to life to an individual.”
Rather than being “actual persons”, newborns were “potential persons”. They explained: “Both a fetus and a newborn certainly are human beings and potential persons, but neither is a ‘person’ in the sense of ‘subject of a moral right to life’.
“We take ‘person’ to mean an individual who is capable of attributing to her own existence some (at least) basic value such that being deprived of this existence represents a loss to her.”
As such they argued it was “not possible to damage a newborn by preventing her from developing the potentiality to become a person in the morally relevant sense”.
The authors therefore concluded that “what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled”.
They also argued that parents should be able to have the baby killed if it turned out to be disabled without their knowing before birth, for example citing that “only the 64 per cent of Down’s syndrome cases” in Europe are diagnosed by prenatal testing.
Once such children were born there was “no choice for the parents but to keep the child”, they wrote.
“To bring up such children might be an unbearable burden on the family and on society as a whole, when the state economically provides for their care.”
However, they did not argue that some baby killings were more justifiable than others – their fundamental point was that, morally, there was no difference to abortion as already practised.
They preferred to use the phrase “after-birth abortion” rather than “infanticide” to “emphasise that the moral status of the individual killed is comparable with that of a fetus”.
Both Minerva and Giubilini know Prof Savulescu through Oxford. Minerva was a research associate at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics until last June, when she moved to the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at Melbourne University.
Giubilini, a former visiting student at Cambridge University, gave a talk in January at the Oxford Martin School – where Prof Savulescu is also a director – titled ‘What is the problem with euthanasia?’
He too has gone on to Melbourne, although to the city’s Monash University. Prof Savulescu worked at both univerisities before moving to Oxford in 2002.
Defending the decision to publish in a British Medical Journal blog, Prof Savulescu, said that arguments in favour of killing newborns were “largely not new”.
What Minerva and Giubilini did was apply these arguments “in consideration of maternal and family interests”.
While accepting that many people would disagree with their arguments, he wrote: “The goal of the Journal of Medical Ethics is not to present the Truth or promote some one moral view. It is to present well reasoned argument based on widely accepted premises.”
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, he added: “This “debate” has been an example of “witch ethics” – a group of people know who the witch is and seek to burn her. It is one of the most dangerous human tendencies we have. It leads to lynching and genocide. Rather than argue and engage, there is a drive is to silence and, in the extreme, kill, based on their own moral certainty. That is not the sort of society we should live in.”
He said the journal would consider publishing an article positing that, if there was no moral difference between abortion and killing newborns, then abortion too should be illegal.
Dr Trevor Stammers, director of medical ethics at St Mary’s University College, said: “If a mother does smother her child with a blanket, we say ‘it’s doesn’t matter, she can get another one,’ is that what we want to happen?
“What these young colleagues are spelling out is what we would be the inevitable end point of a road that ethical philosophers in the States and Australia have all been treading for a long time and there is certainly nothing new.”
Referring to the term “after-birth abortion”, Dr Stammers added: “This is just verbal manipulation that is not philosophy. I might refer to abortion henceforth as antenatal infanticide.”
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Will they come for you next, because you are old, infirm, handicapped, too much of a burden on the “health-care” system? Just think about it. Do some research on what happens in other countries which long ago embraced “universal health care.”
 
Please join with Catholics and people of all faith and no faith in fighting the HHS mandate. (http://stophhs.com) While it is being presented by the administration as an issue of “women’s health,” it is actually a first amendment issue. Have you noticed that Freedom of religion is now being carefully referred to as “freedom of worship,” which is very different. Worship can be confined to your church, synagogue, etc. Freedom of religion is a much broader term which allows free expression of religion in the marketplace. Remember the clever semantics to force-feed abortion to the masses: termination of pregnancy, reproductive rights, pro-choice, etc. Carefully chosen words can persuade others to accept what they would otherwise never accept.
 
BTW, have you asked yourself why contraceptives, abortifacient drugs (morning after pill, etc.), and sterilization should be absolutely free (no co-pays or other patient responsibility.) Why not “free” cancer treatment, or free treatment for heart problems, etc? These are actually true diseases.
 
Once rights are surrendered to the government, it is almost impossible to reclaim them. Just think about it…..

Pro-Life Groups: Boycott Pepsi for Using Aborted Fetal Cell Lines

Can you imagine if animals were used instead of human babies?  How many products do we purchase which are clearly marked with those reassuring words:  No animals were used in the testing of this product.

What has become of us?  The world has gone mad.

What else are we eating, drinking, using as cosmetics, etc. which have in some way used parts of aborted babies in their development? 

Here is a link to a July update on this horrific topic:

 http://www.thealexanderhouse.org/featured/pepsi-aborted-baby-cells-in-drink-research/

 

 Pro-Life Groups: Boycott Pepsi for Using Aborted Fetal Cell Lines

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 5/25/11 11:23 AM

Dozens of pro-life groups are calling on pro-life Americans to boycott PepsiCo because it has contracted with a company that uses fetal cells from babies victimized by abortions to test and produce artificial flavor enhancers.

LifeNews.com reported on the controversy in March when information came to light showing biotech company Senomyx was found to be testing their food additives using fetal cells from abortions. Senomyx ignored a letter from the pro-life group Children of God for Life, which complained about its practices.

“The company’s key flavor programs focus on the discovery and development of savory, sweet and salt flavor ingredients that are intended to allow for the reduction of MSG, sugar and salt in food and beverage products,” the Senomyx web site says. “Using isolated human taste receptors, we created proprietary taste receptor-based assay systems that provide a biochemical or electronic readout when a flavor ingredient interacts with the receptor.”

Debi Vinnedge, of the pro-life group, explained, “What they don’t tell the public is that they are using HEK 293 – human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce those receptors. They could have easily chosen animal, insect, or other morally obtained human cells expressing the G protein for taste receptors.”

After exposing the practice, Vinnedge’s group called for pro-life people to contact the companies using Senomyx to test their products. While some companies stopped contracting with it, others did not.

Now, Vinnedge says today that PepsiCo is funding the research and development by paying royalties to Senomyx to use the human embryonic kidney cells to produce flavor enhancers for Pepsi beverages.

“There are many options PepsiCo could be using instead of aborted fetal cells, including animal, insect, or other morally obtained human cells,” she told LifeNews. “The revelation—a potential public relations nightmare—motivated Campbell Soup to sever all relations with Senomyx. However, PepsiCo continues their business relationship despite the abortion connection. Their response earlier this year drew public ire when they wrote that “our collaboration with Senomyx is strictly limited to creating lower-calorie, great-tasting beverages for consumers.”

“When pressed further, PepsiCo attempted to pacify angry consumers with a form letter response in which they insinuated they had been accused of conducting aborted fetal tissue research,” she added. “Their duplicity again drew public outrage.”

Brad Mattes of the Life Issues Institute is another pro-life leader calling for a boycott.

“While aborted fetal cells aren’t actually in the product itself, the close relationship is enough to repulse most consumers. To our knowledge, this is the first time a food product has been publicly associated with abortion,” he said.

Senomyx boasts they have over 800,000 unique flavors for foods, Vinnedge says, but cells expressing certain proteins produce a chemical signal when the flavors are introduced, which determines if they have achieved the proper flavor. The aborted fetal cells are not in the product itself.

Pro-life organizations are asking the public to boycott all Pepsi drink products and encourage consumers to contact Pepsi management requesting that they sever all ties with Senomyx. Consumers are also encouraged to contact Campbell Soup and thank them for responding to pro-life concerns.

Pro-life groups joining Children of God for Life in the boycott to date are: American Life League, Life Issues Institute, Concerned Women for America, Colorado Right to Life, American Right to Life, Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, ALL Arizona, Central Nebraskans for Life, Pro-Life Waco, Houston Coalition for Life, Mother and Unborn Baby Fox Valley, Womankind, Billboards for Life, Movement for a Better America, Defenders of the Unborn, Focus Pregnancy Help Center, Idaho Chooses Life, EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers of NY, Four Seasons for Life, CREDO, Life Choices, STOPP Dallas, CA Right To Life, Human Life Alliance, International Right to Life Federation, Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. LifeNews.com has joined the boycott call as well.

ACTION: Contact these companies…

Jamie Caulfield, Sr. VP
PepsiCo, Inc.
700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
(914) 253-2000
Email form: http://cr.pepsi.com/usen/pepsiusen.cfm?time=5189878

Edmund M. Carpenter, Chair, Corporate Development
Campbell Soup
1 Campbell Place
Camden, NJ 08103-1701
1-800-257-8443
Email form: http://campbellsoupcompany.com/Feedback.aspx

Memo to Stephen Hawking

Dr. Hawking:

I have seen your face all over the Internet in recent days, as your comment declaring that “there is no heaven,” has made the rounds.  You further elaborated by dismissing belief in an afterlife as “a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”

As I recall, a few months ago, you also authored a book in which you confidently asserted that there is no God.

I am aware that you are a brilliant physicist and mathematician and student of the cosmos, but I am not aware of your credentials regarding theology and/or observance and study of the mystical life of prayer, or countless unexplained miracles, or perhaps most fascinating of all:  the seemingly instinctive desire rooted in human hearts to believe in a god or afterlife.   This yearning for God has been found in virtually all cultures and civilizations since history was recorded.

I was touched by the words of Helen Keller, whom as you may know could neither see, hear or speak.  When she was asked if she believed in God, she said:  I did not know His Name, but I knew HIM.  In her silent and dark world, she knew God.

What do YOU know?  You know a lot about science, and that’s laudable.  But how much do you NOT know?  We live in an age when we have progressed from planes to rockets and space stations.  Some of us were born before there were antibiotics, and now we have treatments even for diseases like cancer and AIDS.  But, we still have a long, long way to go.

And you have a long way to go too.  Brilliant though you may be, you have only begun to scratch the surface of the secrets of the universe.  If you could live a billion years, you would still be re-evaluating and re-writing your discoveries.  Remember when Pluto was a planet?

Here is a clue for you.  Although God can be found in nature, and in all His wondrous creation, you will not really know Him until you seek Him in prayer, until you invite Him into your heart and your life.  Until you fall on your knees before Him in gratitude for the little that you have been privileged to learn about His amazing universe.  Until you adore Him as Lord and King and the Almighty Creator of all that is and was and is to come.

One comment you made sarcastically was actually the only thing you really got right:

“Belief in an afterlife is for those who are afraid of the dark.”  Yes, we are afraid of the dark, for we long to live in the One Who is LIGHT.  We seek Jesus Who said, “I am the Light of the world…”

May you too grow afraid of the dark, and seek His Light while there is still time.