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Pope Francis has sent a message to the leaders at the G-20 Summit:

“To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution,” the Pope urged. “Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the international community.”

“Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love,” the Pope asked people around the world. “She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children!”


Here are some of the Pope’s tweets:

On Monday he tweeted, “War never again! Never again war!” and “How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake.” On Tuesday, he tweeted “We want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out!” and “With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons.” Today his social media message was, “With all my strength, I ask each party in the conflict not to close themselves in solely on their own interests. #prayforpeace.”

Let us each take time to pray for peace in Syria and other nations in turmoil.  God Bless.


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Michael Voris was on fire. Spot on! I hope the bishops and laity listen to him.

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babynovoiceTo progressives yes.  For conservatives no.  Pro-choicers yes.  Pro-lifers no. I really hope that we can all agree that each of our lives started in our mothers’ wombs and that if our mothers had aborted us we would not be living today.  For some reason the pro-choice crowd views unborn babies as life that is less worthy of living, so much so that they believe that they have the right to choose to end human life in the womb for whatever reason they deem fit.  Pro-lifers believe that every human life is precious, worthy of human dignity, and that the human life in the womb has just as much of a right to live as persons outside the womb.  Pro-choice individuals by advocating for abortion rights are denying human beings the right to life which is guaranteed in our Constitution.

Question:  Pro-choicers do you believe that you were less of a human being while you were in your mother’s womb?

Tim Kowal at League of Ordinary Gentleman gathered data from a survey which reveals that a majority of Americans are for making abortion illegal after the first trimester.  In his post “Human Life is not too controversial” Tim focuses on the Texas bill which bans abortions after the embryo is 20 weeks. This bill just passed the Texas House and is now onto the Senate.  There is already a Texas law which requires women who are  seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound and listen to a description of what it shows.  Tim says, “the rhetorical case for protecting the unborn has succeeded.”  I agree with that for the most part.  I would add that the medical evidence supports that human life exists in the womb during pregnancy and that biology also recognizes that a new human life begins at the moment of conception.  So why is abortion still legal? I agree with Tim when he argues that the media has much influence over the abortion debate.  Since most of the media is pro-choice there hasn’t been a change with regards to abortion on the national level.  I would also add that over half of the members of Congress support abortions.  The media and pro-choice lawmakers have a way of appealing to women’s emotions, justifying abortion on this basis instead of looking at the reality, that two human lives are involved and that abortion kills an innocent human life.  In addition, pro-choice supporters refuse to look at the harmful physical and/or psychological effects that women go through after having had an abortion.  These two have a great amount of power and that is the reason why there hasn’t been a piece of legislation passed limiting abortion, amending Roe v. Wade.

Knowing when human life begins is not complicated and is not controversial either. When the male gamete and the female gamete, the sperm and oocyte, unites this is called fertilization. At the moment of fertilization a new cell called a zygote is formed and human development begins.  There are a number of biology/embriology texts that support this scientific fact.

“Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm (spermatozoo development) unites with a female gamete or oocyte (ovum) to form a single cell called a zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marked the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.”

“A zygote is the beginning of a new human being (i.e., an embryo).”

Keith L. Moore, The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2003. pp. 16, 2.

“[The zygote], formed by the union of an oocyte and a sperm, is the beginning of a new human being.”

Keith L. Moore, Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology, 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2008. p. 2.

“It is the penetration of the ovum by a spermatozoan and resultant mingling of the nuclear material each brings to the union that constitutes the culmination of the process of fertilization and marks the initiation of the life of a new individual.”

Clark Edward Corliss, Patten’s Human Embryology: Elements of Clinical Development. New York: McGraw Hill, 1976. p. 30.

At fertilization a new human being starts developing. This human being will grow and thrive if allowed.  For pro-lifers such as myself the fact that a new life begins at fertilization is not a hard concept for us to grasp. The fact that this new human life is precious, is developing and has the right to survive, the right to life as the Constitution states, is not a hard concept for pro-lifers to comprehend.  We understand that abortion means the death of the embryo/unborn baby.  There is nothing that justifies the direct purposeful killing of an innocent life, an innocent unborn baby.

For some reason many pro-choice individuals are unable to grasp the fact that the embryo is in fact a human life and that every human life in every stage of development has the right to live, the right to be given a chance to live.  They want to make the abortion issue about “choice” and doing whatever women want with their own bodies.  The major problem with that saying is abortion is not primarily about their own bodies.  Abortion affects the new living human being that is developing.  Why should an individual be given the choice to kill another life, another human being?  Just because it is dependent on the mother? If that is the case why not the justification to kill babies outside the womb who are dependent on their mothers?  Pro-aborts treat new human life so callously that they treat the unborn like disposable waste. To pro-aborts the unborn fall way down low on the totem pole in terms of importance and value compared to finances, believing that pregnancy will ruin the mother’s life, the mother’s choice not to take the unborn baby to term for a number of reasons, thinking that women should have control over their own bodies (when this isn’t the case; it involves two bodies the mother and baby),  and believing unborn life is less important because of the unborn baby’s size and the baby is still developing.  I cringe when I hear these words.  It saddens me that some people choose might over what’s right. There are so many couples waiting to adopt a baby but due to abortions there is a long wait list.  Making a sacrifice of self and doing what is good and right for the unborn baby is the ultimate act of love.

Here is a video which shows amazing medical visualization from conception to birth.

The miracle of life.  Say yes to human rights for the unborn.


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I have been dealing with a bad headache and stomach issues today so I am posting some links to articles and blog posts which I recommend you read.





Ecumenism and Canon Law 

Huelskamp Moves to Protect Conservative Christian Soldier

Obama Administration’s Opposition to Religious Freedom Amendment Demonstrates Complicity in Pentagon’s Religious Speech Scandal  

Ideological Bias Risking The Lives of Young Women 

Pres. Obama Sticks His Nose into Catholic Education in IRELAND 

Immigration Bill Will Reduce Illegals by 25% ONLY Says CBO – They’ll Just Keep Coming 

American Uses Of Natural Resources In Decline 

Obamacare will share personal info with other state and fed agencies 

Backstage At The Muppet Show… 

Government Rakes In More Money From Student Loans Than ExxonMobil 

Ten Greek Words Every Catholic Should Know

Pew Research: Media Coverage Biased 5 to 1 in Favor of Gay Marriage 


Ephesians 4:25-27 — Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.

Belva Davis



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This video only took me a few minutes to make.  I could have made a longer one, but I deliberately limited myself to something I could produce very quickly.  I hope our readers enjoy it.  WARNING: Language Alert!  Slight profanity near the end, though it is nothing worse than what you might hear on late night network TV.

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Rand Paul is prepared to stop President Obama’s gun control plans. He says his gun control plans, especially the ones Obama thinks he can do via executive order, must be stopped.  Rand Paul has come up with legislation – Separation of Powers Restoration and Second Amendment Protection Act – which would nullify Obama’s executive orders on gun control and preserve the 2nd Amendment.

From Reason.com: 

Paul says his legislation will declare that “Any executive order by President Obama infringing on the Second Amendment rights of all Americans would be declared null and void” and “would prohibit federal funds to implement President Obama’s executive orders impacting the 2nd Amendment.”


Talking Points Memo has a more detailed outline of Sen. Rand Paul’s legislation.


President Obama has absolutely no authority under the Constitution to use his executive powers to pen an executive order which would infringe upon citizens 2nd Amendment rights.

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I found this information via Catholic Bandita.

Things are heating up in Michigan. Democrats threatened violence in response to Right-to-Work legislation, viaHotAir, and violence is indeed what we’re seeing. Watch as conservative activist Steven Crowder asks union thugs not to tear down the Americans for Prosperity Tent. The response to Crowder is violent, including a brutal sucker punch as he enters the AFP tent, near the end of the video.

H/T Catholic Bandita 



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According to Politico Sean Hannity stated on his radio program that he has ‘evolved’ on immigration and now supports a ‘pathway to citizenship’ for undocumented immigrants in this country.

From Politico:

“It’s simple to me to fix it,” Hannity said. “I think you control the border first. You create a pathway for those people that are here — you don’t say you’ve got to go home. And that is a position that I’ve evolved on. Because, you know what, it’s got to be resolved. The majority of people here, if some people have criminal records you can send them home, but if people are here, law-abiding, participating for years, their kids are born here, you know, first secure the border, pathway to citizenship, done.”

“You can’t let the problem continue — it’s got to stop,” the conservative radio host added.


My position on the immigration issue has also evolved.  I agree with Hannity.  Our nation needs to provide a pathway to citizenship for those undocumented immigrants living here in the U.S.

With saying that….

In the 80’s President Reagan brokered a deal with the Democrat controlled congress to grant amnesty to 3 million undocumented immigrants in exchange for the Democrats making sure that the border would be secured or closed.  Reagan kept his end of the bargain.  However, Democrats in congress failed to keep their end of the deal and they broke their promise to close the border.  Democrats breaking promises? No big surprise here.

Compromise is needed from both Democrats and Republicans on the immigration issue.  If the border is secured, or in the process there of and funding for the border project continues as necessary, then I am okay with supporting a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented immigrants in the United States.

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Do you think that citizens should be required to pass a test on constitutional competency and on  general political and current events knowledge before being allowed to vote?

On the one hand it is obvious that a good portion of the electorate does not have the adequate understanding of our constitution so that they can be properly informed to vote with the necessary informed consent.  On the other hand there are those who want to subvert the constitution, misunderstand what the document says (they may have been taught to believe this way or come to this belief on their own),  and want to make the constitution a living document which doesn’t comport with our founders vision for America.  Would a constitutional competency test in combination with a general political knowledge and current events test would help to reduce apathy in America? Would this help to stop our constitution from becoming a “living” document?

If you have ever watched man on the street with Jay Leno you may have noticed the incompetence of a number of people who Leno has interviewed.  How can you forget who the current vice president is?

I believe the first of these tests should be taken in the junior year in high school.  After the initial one, future required tests could be attached to the census which is administered once per decade.

The act of voting comes with responsibility.  As Americans we are called to understand, properly interpret, believe in the principles that our Founders espoused, and to protect and defend the constitution fervently.

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