Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tweet with Us at The March for Life in DC - #SistasMFL13

As you may know, I also write for a rapidly growing blog consisting of women from across our great nation. If you already follow the Catholic Sistas blog on Twitter, you've seen us working on some tweets for tomorrow's 40th annual March for Life. With the help of some local friends and Ink Slingers, we will be peppering our account between now and the end of the March tomorrow with various tweets and pics. We will also be posting a live tweet widget just for this event that you can follow on the home page of the website. You can easily follow the party by searching the hash tag #SistasMFL13 as well as including it in your own tweets. We look forward to seeing you over there! Let's make our voices heard for the voices too weak to defend themselves.

My daughter is also an Ink Slinger for Catholic Sistas and is reporting live from Washington DC. Stay tuned for more information as she provides it.

God bless the pilgrims on this crucial ministry!
My daughter and the Social Concerns director.

Crossing the Potomac on a snowy day.
Viewing pro-life exhibits.
The view from their hotel.

Use our Twitter hashtag for the March for Life in DC, 2013. #SistasMFL13 @Catholic_Sistas on Twitter

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hey Abortion Advocates, What do You Mean by Choice?

Oh, that’s right, you don’t like the word ‘choice’ anymore. So how do you plan to label your unconditional support for abortion? Is this new propaganda to relabel yourselves an attempt to muddy the waters so that we don’t know what to call you – to not ‘box you in’? Well, I've got news for you; you've never really been pro-choice anyway because the only choice you advocate is abortion. You run in alarm when a woman chooses birth and mothering or adoption. So your grand efforts to create an innocuous label for yourself has fallen flat and now, even you realize it’s just not very simple to create a favorable tag for yourselves. You've always advocated for one thing – killing a pre-born child in her mother’s womb. It’s really tough to put a favorable spin on that isn't it?
Whether you call us anti-abortion, pro-life or radical right wing extremists, it’s not difficult to know what we stand for. We respect the lives of all people – born and unborn. Our love extends to the pre-born baby, mother, father, siblings, grandparents, cousins, and friends of each and every human person. The love we feel is not limited to the perfect, healthy, holy, churched, saintly, modest, young or old – it encompasses them all. Where you have unconditional support for abortion; we stand for unconditional support and love.

In case you’re still here reading this post I’ll share some examples of our brand of love with you:

We love the  woman and her baby when she has been diagnosed with cancer while pregnant.
We love the baby who endangers the mother's life.
We love the baby who is a product of rape.
We love the baby with a serious diagnosis of ‘imperfection’.
We love the baby  mourned due to miscarriage.
We love the woman who aborted her baby.
We love the aged.

We also love you, abortion proponent. We pray for your conversion and change of heart daily and fervently. We long to embrace you and share the joy we feel in living out the admonition given to us all directly from Jesus which commands, ‘Love others as you love yourself’. His love is the most unconditional of all. Won't you join us in seeking that type of perfection?

This post first appeared on the Catholic Sistas blog on 1-21-2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Become a Pro-Life Advocate - It Couldn't be Easier!

Abortion is a scourge on our nation; yet there are millions of faithful pro-life citizens across the land. Recent statistics have shown that, even after the reelection of the most rabidly pro-abortion president in history, our nation remains firmly in the corner of Life. In fact, the numbers of those who are pro-life are on the rise. Yet there is much frustration among the faithful. The recent mass carnageat an elementary school in Newtown, CT illustrates the duplicity exhibited by our government, when it comes to the value of Life. In an address concerning this horrific event, President Obama spoke these words.
If there’s even one step we can take to save a child, then surely we have an obligation to try.
“Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?”
The irony of Obama’s obtuse statement didn’t escape the millions of citizens who honor the sanctity of all Life – in fact it further fueled their frustration. Yet this is exactly what we are up against and why we must solidify our efforts. There are legions of us and together we can be the difference that swings our country back to a Culture of Life.
So why is it that so few people seem to be willing to fully commit to the issue? That is a question I ponder daily. Each new day finds me doing my best to focus on my Catholic faith and, by extension, furthering the pro-life movement. I’m quite bold about my positions on both counts and it would be difficult to mistake where I stand. Consequently there are also many like-minded people in my life – both locally and across the nation. Yet much pro-life advocacy support comes in private. I find that many people are still hesitant to take a strong public stand. Although I receive countless private messages of encouragement and agreement, I find that public support is somewhat timid.

pro-life activism 101

So what can be done?  
Go to the Catholic Sistas blog to find out how to easily make a Pro-Life difference!
Go to the Designs by Birgit fan page to see over 80 Pro-Life posters like the one above!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hobby Lobby - Crafting Religious Freedom

As a group of crafty Catholic women, joining Pinterest was a no-brainer for many of the Catholic Sistas Ink Slingers. As an Art Major, former Catholic school art teacher, homeschool mother, and now homeschool Nana this was certainly true for me.  Therefore, this past Advent and Christmas season brought me to Hobby Lobby more times than I can count. They have always had my respect as a Christian- owned business that closes on Sundays  “the day most widely recognized as a day of rest, in order to allow our employees and customers more time for worship and family”. So what’s not to like?

ObamaCare Enters In

Conversely, Hobby Lobby  hardly seems like a name that would appear in the same sentence with the HHS Mandate – yet here we are. It appears that the insidious HHS Mandate has encroached even into the world of Christian, crafty, self-made entrepreneurs.  At first glance, ObamaCare appeared to be a virtuous idea to some, even as others struggled with the strangle hold it would have on every citizen in the nation. That topic alone would garner a several part series for another day. The portion of ObamaCare that is more easily isolated and agreed upon is the portentous HHS Mandate, which will force – as of January 1, 2013 - businesses, organizations, and institutions to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion inducing drugs to all of their employees – free of charge.

What about Freedom of Religion?

Read the rest of Hobby Lobby - Crafting Religious Freedom where it first appeared on Catholic Sistas.