What “I Know My Limits” Really Means

Lisa at Lucy's Baptism

My social media feeds blew up several days ago with friends near and far sharing their disgust over words an Iowa lawmaker spoke on the floor of the Iowa House. The lawmaker at the center of the kerfuffle is Representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell who stands in opposition to a bill here in Iowa banning telemed or webcam abortions. The partial transcript of her speech follows. Or watch here if you prefer to hear straight from the source. “I want to let you know that we as women know about babies. … [Read more...]

Can Miscarriage and Abortion Grief Coexist Peacefully?

In Memory of the Unborn Children

To be perfectly honest, we were feeling pretty good about things. As part of the diaconate formation in our diocese, each candidate is required to develop an Icon of Christ the Servant ministry project.  Essentially, each man or couple is to ascertain a genuine need in the community and undertake a personal outreach ministry to fill it. This directive doesn’t mean a new ministry must be developed. For example, some fellow deacon candidates are visiting shut-ins in hospitals and nursing … [Read more...]

20 Ways (and counting!) At-Home Moms Can Volunteer for the Pro-Life Movement

Pregnant Woman

V is for Volunteer. Read other “Blogging from A to Z” posts here. I recently received an email from a young at-home mom with limited access to transportation requesting advice on how she can get involved in the pro-life movement given her current stage of life and vocation. Here's part of the email: "I am interested in becoming more involved in the pro-life movement but have little resources to offer. I'm an at-home mom to a young toddler. We have one car, and my husband is often gone … [Read more...]

The K-Word I Just Can’t Shake

Anderson Cooper on Gosnell

If you’ve been following along with my Blogging from A to Z posts, you might have noticed I skipped right over the letter K. Here’s the thing. I was ready to publish a post about kenosis and kerygma (sounds like a barn burner, no?), but I just couldn’t shake a different K-word. Kermit, as in Kermit Gosnell, the doctor currently on trial in Philadelphia for first and third-degree murders. If you are not familiar with the case, here’s a graphic synopsis from the grand jury report of the charges he … [Read more...]

Biking for Babies on EWTN — TONIGHT!


Passing along a note from Jimmy Becker, our friend, brother in Christ, co-founder of Biking For Babies, and now ... a Catholic TV celebrity. We knew you had it in you, buddy! (Note below is edited slightly for formatting purposes.) ~ ~ ~ Dear Family and Friends, God bless you and your family!  I pray this email fills your heart with joy and brings an enormous smile to your face. THE GOOD NEWS: As some of you are aware, Mike Schaefer and I were recently interviewed on EWTN's Life on the … [Read more...]

President Obama’s Prolife Principles

Photo courtesy of Glyn Photoworks, used under creative commons license.

The president lectures America on equality and dignity of all persons. President Obama would make a terrific advocate for the unborn. No, really! He totally has the language down. Here are 18 quotes from his 2013 inaugural address (full text here) that in isolation might fool one into thinking he regards the unborn with the same inherent dignity as everyone else.  What makes us exceptional, what makes us America is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than … [Read more...]

We Belong Neither to Darkness Nor to Night

Mourning the Loss of a Child

Did you know? Planned Parenthood personnel have aborted over 5,300,000 children since 1970. That's equal to the entire population of Colorado. During fiscal year 2011-2012, Planned Parenthood reported receiving a record $542 million in taxpayer funding in the form of government grants, contracts, and Medicaid reimbursements. Taxpayer funding consists of 45% of Planned Parenthood’s annual revenue. So much for safe, legal and rare --- Planned Parenthood performed a record high 333,964 … [Read more...]

What It Means to be Prolife: A Teenage Perspective

Katherine, a March for Life essay winner

Editor's Note: Please welcome guest contributor Katherine Bourne, a Catholic high school sophomore from Urbandale, Iowa. Katherine has profound respect and love for her Catholic faith and a great big passion for life. Katherine's joy in the Lord comes forth most readily in her sense of humor, her lightheartedness, and through her love of music. Katherine's essay is a winning entry in the Basilica of St. John March for Life essay contest. Katherine and her mom Lisa will accompany the Iowans for … [Read more...]

Is This Jar Full?

Blessed Pope John Paul II

Keeping first things first puts everything else in proper order. Hat tip to Fr. Albert Bruecken, OSB of Conception Abbey, who relayed the following story in his homily this past Sunday. I have adapted it significantly for use here. A wise, elderly Benedictine nun was teaching first-year seminarians at a nearby Benedictine abbey and seminary college. Before class one day, she overheard her students grumbling about the abbey’s rigorous daily prayer regimen, which they were having some … [Read more...]

First Friday Shout-Outs


Time for another round of First Friday shout-outs. 1. Meet the Doctor! This is the face of Dr. Gregory McKernan, one of a few natural family planning-only doctors in Iowa. And his new clinic, Vitae Family Care, is now open and accepting patients in West Des Moines. Vitae is the Latin word meaning “for life.”  Dr. McKernan seeks to build a culture of life by not participating in abortion, sterilization, euthanasia, in-vitro fertilization, or artificial contraception. Hallelujah! Hot … [Read more...]