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Cowards!

 

Warning: contains graphic image

 

IT’S called partial birth abortion. Unborn babies, usually over 20 weeks gestation, are pulled alive from the womb with forceps until only the head remains in the cervix. After puncturing the base of the skull, the brain is suctioned out, the skull collapses, and the dead child is delivered. The procedure is legal in Canada for two reasons: one is that there are no laws restricting abortion here, thus, a nine month pregnancy can be terminated, even up to the due date; the second is because Canada’s Criminal Code states that, until a baby is born, it is not recognized as a “human.” [1]cf. Section 223 of the Criminal Code Thus, even if a baby is fully grown and the head remains in the birth canal, it is still not considered “human” until it is fully delivered.

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1. cf. Section 223 of the Criminal Code
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SIGNS | on September 27th, 2012 | 4 Comments »

Is a Fetus a Person?


Unborn baby at 20 weeks

 

 

In the course of my travels, I lost track of local news and did not learn until recently that back home, in Canada, the government is going to vote on Motion 312 this week. It proposes to re-examine section 223 of Canada’s Criminal Code, which stipulates that a child only becomes a human being once he or she has fully proceeded from the womb. This is on the heels of a ruling by the Canadian Medical Association in August 2012 affirming the Criminal Code in this regard. I confess, I almost swallowed my tongue when I read that! Educated doctors who actually believe a baby is not human until it’s born? I glanced at my calendar. “No, it’s 2012, not 212.” Yet, it would seem that many Canadian doctors, and apparently most politicians, actually believe that a fetus is not a person until it is born. Then what is it? What is this kicking, thumb-sucking, smiling “thing” five minutes before it is born? The following was first written on July 12th, 2008 in attempt to answer this most pressing question of our times…

 

IN response to The Hard Truth – Part V, a Canadian journalist from a national newspaper responded with this question:

If I understand you correctly, you place a great deal of moral emphasis on the capacity of the fetus to feel pain. My question to you is, does this mean abortion is entirely permissible if the fetus is anesthetized? It seems to me that either way you answer, it’s the ethical “personhood” of the fetus that is truly relevant, and its ability to feel pain tells us little if anything about it.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE HARD TRUTH | on September 25th, 2012 | 7 Comments »

I Will Be Your Refuge


“Flight Into Egypt”, Michael D. O’Brien

Joseph, Mary, and the Christ Child camp in the desert at night as they flee to Egypt.
The stark surroundings accentuate their plight,
the danger they are in, the darkness of the world.
As the mother nurses her child, the father stands watch and plays gently on a flute,
the music soothing the Child to sleep.
Their entire life is founded on mutual trust, love, sacrifice,
and abandonment to divine providence.  —Artist’s notes

 

 

WE can now see it coming into view: the edge of the Great Storm. Over the past seven years, the image of a hurricane is what the Lord has used to teach me about what is coming upon the world. The first half of the Storm are the “labor pains” that Jesus spoke of in Matthew and what St. John describes in more detail in Revelation 6:3-17:

You will hear of wars and reports of wars; see that you are not alarmed, for these things must happen, but it will not yet be the end. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be famines and earthquakes from place to place. All these are the beginning of the labor pains… (Matt 24:6-8)

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on September 21st, 2012 | 2 Comments »

Helping Us…

 

I have just returned from Louisiana and Mississippi where, indeed, the grace of Christ was made manifest among us. I will never forget the picture I saw when I opened my eyes on the last evening during our closing time of Adoration. Dozens of people from the nearly packed church surrounded the altar, many weeping, as they gazed at the Eucharistic face of Christ in the monstrance. They gathered around Jesus like sheep longing for a shepherd to make them safe and secure in His presence.

For my part, I feel the Lord has given me a different kind of boldness in these days. It is the fruit, in many ways, of our times simply coming into more focus. A spiritual milestone was reached with the writing of The Great Culling. With it, we are able to read in precise terms what the “end times” looks like: it is the “culture of life” versus the “culture of death”.

This struggle parallels the apocalyptic combat described in [Rev 11:19-12:1-6, 10 on the battle between” the woman clothed with the sun” and the “dragon”]. Death battles against Life: a “culture of death” seeks to impose itself on our desire to live, and live to the full… Vast sectors of society are confused about what is right and what is wrong, and are at the mercy of those with the power to “create” opinion and impose it on others.  —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Cherry Creek State Park Homily, Denver, Colorado,

That’s why, when I am preaching in the various churches and I quote John Paul II’s words that we are “facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, the Gospel and the anti-Gospel…”, I always add the words, “…the woman clothed with the sun versus the dragon, the culture of life versus the culture of death, Christ versus the Antichrist.” That, and there is a certain boldness borne in the urgency of our times. Who, that is not prayerfully “watching and praying,” cannot see that the stability of the world hangs now by a thread? Read more… »

Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL | on September 14th, 2012 | No Comments »

Mercy in Chaos

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People were screaming “Jesus, Jesus” and running in all directions.—an Earthquake victim in Haiti after a 7.0 quake, January 12th, 2010, Reuters News Agency

 

IN coming times, God’s mercy is going to come in various ways—but not all of them easy. Again, I believe we may be on the verge of seeing the last Six Seals of Revelation defiinitively opened, the hard labor pains at the end of this era. By this, I mean that war, economic collapse, famine, plagues, and persecution are imminent, though only God knows the times and seasons. [1]cf. The Seven Year Trial – Part II Yes, I know—it sounds like “doom and gloom.” But in many ways, it is the only hope some souls have, and perhaps the only means left to bring nations back to the Father…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on September 14th, 2012 | Comments Off on Mercy in Chaos

Mark in Louisiana


Mark Mallett recently in Ohio

 

 

I will be in Lacombe, Louisiana this coming September 10th, 2012 to speak and sing at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church (7:00pm). It is a happy reunion with Fr. Kyle Dave, the pastor there. I have mentioned Fr. Kyle to you numerous times; I was in his former parish seven years ago, two weeks before Hurricane Katrina swept through it leaving nothing but a statue of St. Therese in the middle of the sanctuary. This time, I am arriving two weeks after Hurricane Isaac…

After Katrina, Fr. Kyle stayed with us here in Canada, as his rectory was destroyed by the storm surge. It was during those days here that the Lord spoke powerfully to Fr. Kyle and I while on a mountain, seeding what has been a powerful prophetic journey these past seven years. [1]To see Mark’s event schedule, go to http://www.markmallett.com/Concerts.html

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1. To see Mark’s event schedule, go to http://www.markmallett.com/Concerts.html
Published in: NEWS | on September 3rd, 2012 | No Comments »