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October 2012 Newsletter
Inside the Newsletter:
- From the president’s desk
- Religious freedom today
- Live Differently
- Articulate, well formed laity
- Amy’s Story
- Faithful citizens: called to vote
Live Differently! -
The past three years, we have joined other Catholic families to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve with a party filled with saint activities and games, children sharing stories of their saint in character, and always ending with a Litany of the Saints and family rosary by a bonfire. On All Souls’ Day, we take flowers to a cemetery and offer prayers for the souls. Our kids love placing a flower on the empty tombstones as a visual reminder that we have especially prayed for the “forgotten” souls.
Courage to counter -
In Benedict’s April 2012 address to the American bishops, he identified the “need for an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense…with the courage to counter reductive secularism…There can be no doubt that a more consistent witness on the part of America’s Catholics to their deepest convictions would make a major contribution to the renewal of society as a whole.”
Amy’s Story -
Knowing I had stood up for what I believed in made me so proud of myself. I knew that what I had learned at Ignite about not being afraid to show who I was or what I believed in impacted my life. All of this it made me realize what kind of world we live in.
An Articulate Laity -
In Benedict’s April 2012 address to the American bishops, he identified the “need for an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense…with the courage to counter reductive secularism…” [emphasis added].
In a culture riddled with confusion about what true freedom of religion is, it can be difficult to be articulate in our arguments or even our own thoughts.
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Forty-four years ago — a mere moment in history — Pope Paul VI emphasized
in Humanae Vitae that abuse of power by governments was exactly what we should anticipate in the event of the “acceptance of methods of contraception and the reasons given for the use of contraception.”
The Pope was addressing “responsible” people in Humanae Vitae — not only Catholics but people who are able to “quickly see” the truth about “what consequences will follow from methods of contraception and the reasons given for the use of contraception.”
Perhaps it is now time for each one of us to read or re-read Humanae Vitae and meditate on it in light of the decline of morals and religious liberty that we experience in our daily lives today!
Passing on the Torch
Catholics United for Life
2012 Summer News Letter
After many years of service, and with an eye still focussed on the work to be done in the future, Theo Stearns retires as the president of Catholics United for Life.
- Coming uncomfortably close to the abortion debate, CUL set aside their signs and their “protest presence” to simply make a personal appeal to the mothers right at the abortuaries. Theo coined the term “Sidewalk Counseling” and CUL refined its practice. No one knew what day abortion would end; however, one could go directly to
an abortion center every day, save babies and give those babies that died the dignity of some recognition.
An interview with the new president -
Mrs. Cesare, I’d like to introduce you to our readers as the past president’s daughter. What was it like growing up as the daughter of Theo Stearns?
My young life was immersed in pro-life work. I was born on the edge of the abortion debate and grew up with the fight to end abortion as a reality for most of my life. Our pro-life beliefs were woven into the fabric of our
everyday lives, our friendships and activities, including reciting the rosary outside of the hospital
(before there were free-standing abortion centers) every week, with a stop at the new A&W for root beer on the way home. I began Sidewalk Counseling at 14
years of age and always cherished the times we would stop by to see friends we had made because we had convinced them not to get abortions. In order to fulfill our promises, my older sister and I actually took care of a baby girl who was saved, a five-year project for us. There wasn’t much that we did that didn’t have to do with pro-life activities.
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