Here We Go Again…

A few days ago this symbol began popping up all over Facebook:

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This, paired with an increase in statii about gay marriage, led me to believe that something important must be going on.  For those of you who also live under a rock, the supreme court is currently deciding on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 and DOMA(Defense of Marriage Act).  I heaved a heavy sigh, prepared to do my duty as a blogger and headed into the trenches.

 After spending a day staring at the computer screen until my head was spinning and my eyes were watering(sometimes with tears of frustration), I realized, I don’t want to write about this.

Sometimes blogging feels like hitting my head against a brick wall.  I feel like I say the same things over and over again.  I wonder if I’m preaching to the choir, or if hearts have been converted through these words.

So I won’t be writing on gay marriage, because it’s just not necessary.  I am Catholic and hold fast to everything the Church teaches.  If you want to learn about the reasoning behind those teachings, there are countless sources to do that through – first and foremost, the Catechism.  If you want to explore the reasons why marriage needs to be between a man and woman, you might be surprised to learn that this is not a Catholic notion.  For example, the arguments of the current supreme court case make no mention of God, yet give evidence for the importance of marriage being a conjugal union between husband and wife.  You might be even more surprised to learn that there are whole organizations of people with same-sex attractions who see the value in “traditional” marriage and are actually against gay marriage.  There’s some really interesting stuff in France going on right now that I would encourage you to check out.  I thought this guy was especially fascinating – a gay atheist who is against gay marriage – what is this world coming to??

One last thing: at the heart of this issue is the desire to change the definition of marriage, something that should not be taken lightly. You know how I feel about words.  The word marriage means something very distinct.  We either change its definition or we can’t call same-sex unions “marriage.”  It’s as simple as that.

And now, I will use that frustrating technique of asking questions and not giving you the answers.

What is equality?

What is marriage?

Does it matter if we change that definition? Why?

Is it a fundamental right?

And for the Love of all things Holy, what about the children???

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*In a few days I will probably get angry about this again and write more anyway*

Every Life is Beautiful

I just went to see the movie October Baby and wow.  If you haven’t seen this film yet, please do a.s.a.p.

It tells the tale of nineteen year old Hannah, who discovers she was adopted and an abortion survivor all in the same day.  The movie didn’t shy away from showing the physical, emotional and psychological that abortion causes.  Hannah experiences a heart wrenching experience of forgiveness and letting go.

I also just finished reading Unplanned, which recounts the story of Abby Johnson, who used to direct a planned parenthood clinic until she “saw the light” so to speak.  This video sums it up nicely:

 

 

The more I learn of the truth about abortion, the more I am convinced that it is the greatest tragedy of our time.  Yet, I am finding it hard not to become overwhelmed by feelings of helplessness.  I regret that I have not been more active, through prayer and other activities, in fighting the disrespect for life that is poisoning our world.  At one point in October Baby, Hannah wonders why her mother didn’t want her.  No child should ever have to feel like that.  God has a unique plan and purpose for each life; he wants each one of us and we are precious in his sight.

Jeremiah 1:5:  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart”

 

Every Life is Beautiful

Posts about Honduras are coming soon but I just found out about a new pro-life movie that is coming out on March 23rd in select theaters.  I’m trying to spread the word about it because it’s going to be an important evangelization tool if we can tell as many people as possible about it.

Here’s the trailer:

See the website for more info about the movie, a listing of showings, and information about getting a showing in your area.  Although the production company isn’t strictly Catholic, their website includes a page of Catholic resources which is awesome!