Well, my friends, good news has come over the wire. There is an unconfirmed report that John McCain's pick for vice-president may just be Alaska governor Sarah Palin, pro-life advocate, mother of five, and crusader on behalf of babies with Downs Syndrome.
Like many other citizens of this nation, I was shocked to learn that the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States of America would make the kind of statements that were made to Mr. Tom Brokaw of NBC-TV on Sunday, August 24, 2008. What the Speaker had to say about theologians and their positions regarding abortion was not only misinformed; it was also, and especially, utterly incredible in this day and age.
We are blessed in the 21st century with crystal-clear photographs and action films of the living realities within their pregnant mothers. No one with the slightest measure of integrity or honor could fail to know what these marvelous beings manifestly, clearly, and obviously are, as they smile and wave into the world outside the womb. In simplest terms, they are human beings with an inalienable right to live, a right that the Speaker of the House of Representatives is bound to defend at all costs for the most basic of ethical reasons. They are not parts of their mothers, and what they are depends not at all upon the opinions of theologians of any faith. Anyone who dares to defend that they may be legitimately killed because another human being “chooses” to do so or for any other equally ridiculous reason should not be providing leadership in a civilized democracy worthy of the name.
Edward Cardinal Egan
Archbishop of New York
August 26, 2008
I sat down at the computer tonight and glanced at my email, delighted to find a number of comments all in a row.
"But what did I even write today?" I sat, wondering.
Then I realized, it was the baby ticker!!! Earlier today, I'd been visiting Suzanne Temple's blog. I love her baby ticker (and so many other cute ones popping up everywhere) and wanted to see what my own would look like. Typepad has a feature called "pages" that allows you to create posts or highlight material without it showing up on your blog (unless you link to it). I thought I would create a page with the ticker, returning to it myself now and then to see the baby's progress.
Well, as you can see, I did not create a "page," but a post! My mind is a sieve these days!!! (Hence, the excessive use of exclamation points.)
It is the middle of August, and the Back-to-School posts are being written, with many home educators getting back into the groove of formal learning and instruction. We are still enjoying our last few lazy days before going full steam ahead in September, but even the children are looking forward to a return of our usual routine. Our plans for the first day are laid out in the July issue of mater et magistra Magazine in an article called "A Litany of Saints for Scholars." We will be celebrating the new year with afternoon tea, back-to-school treat bags—and most of all prayer. Our special Litany reminds the children to invoke the patronage of particular saints to assist them in learning and studying, not to mention pray for other home-educated students everywhere. I am hoping it will set just the right tone for a grace-filled and happy year.
If you have not yet subscribed to mater et magistra (formerly Heart and Mind), I must tell you that it is completely beautiful. I was so happy to receive my first issue, full of inspiration and information, particularly an article on Hope by my friend, Alicia Van Hecke, a virtue we all need every day. Do not miss it!