The Importance of Grieving Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Mourning the Loss of a Child

Does your diocese or parish offer a healing Mass for those who have suffered perinatal loss (miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, and infant death)? Beginning this Thursday, thanks to the efforts of our diocesan Marriage and Family Life Office, ours will. The first annual Des Moines Pregnancy and Infant Loss Memorial Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Richard Pates this Thursday, October 11, 7:00 PM at St. Augustin Church (42nd St. & Grand Ave., Des Moines). A commendation … [Read more...]

Indivisible: Jay Richards on Embracing Incremental Change

Dr. Jay Richards

The culture doesn’t just have to change by revolutions. Lots of Catholic conservatives are up in arms these days. If it isn't over Bishop Blaire expressing concerns about Paul Ryan's budget proposal, it's probably over Cardinal Dolan inviting President Obama to the Alfred E. Smith Dinner. "How dare they?!" we cry. When things don't seem to be going according to our plan, we act as if the sky is falling. Why are we often more inclined to fold up the tent than weather the storm? Indivisible … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict XVI’s April Prayer Intentions

Unite with Christians throughout the world in praying for the pope's monthly prayer intentions. Since the nineteenth century, popes have asked the Apostleship of Prayer to pray for specific intentions. Two prayer intentions are requested each month from the Holy Father, a general intention and a mission intention. Let us join the Apostleship of Prayer’s dedication to pray for these intentions each day. Pope Benedict XVI’s April 2012 prayer intentions are: General Intention – Vocations: That … [Read more...]

The Feast of the Holy Innocents

Feast of the Holy Innocents

The innocents were slaughtered as infants for Christ; spotless, they follow the lamb and sing forever: Glory to you, O Lord.Today the Church remembers the Holy Innocents, the male children executed because of Herod's fury to find the Christ child. Herod, fearing for his throne after the Magi told him of the birth of Jesus, ordered the massacre of all Bethlehem boys age two and under hoping that Jesus would be among those killed (Matthew 2:1-18). According to Matthew, this fulfilled a prophecy of … [Read more...]

Do You See What I See?

Little Drummer Boy

Seeing & recognizing the true presence of God in our lives Remember the song: “Do you hear what I hear? Said the night wind to the little lamb. Do you see what I see? Way up in the sky, little lamb?” As I get ready for Christmas, what do I see? Do I see myself setting out boxes of decorations, or recognizing the beauty of a single shining star? Do I see myself bustling around shopping for the perfect gift, or recognizing the joy in a small child’s delight of a glittery bow? Do I … [Read more...]

Love is Greater than Fear

The Empty Tomb

And they waited. And we waited. And we are rewarded. We are rewarded by a love that conquers our fears, a love that achieves our hopes, a love given to us by His grace because we believe. And all because one man, Jesus, had a love for us greater than the fear of suffering; a love greater than the fear of torture and humiliation; a love greater than the fear of death. Our patience was/is much less than the patience of Christ’s followers. We know what we are waiting for, Christ’s … [Read more...]

Real Hope for Life

Baby Holding Daddy's Finger

Informed Choices Medical Clinic is coming to the Des Moines area! This is huge for the pro-life cause for a number of reasons. Iowa has been under siege in the fight for life lately. Planned Parenthood has been perfecting its telemed abortion scheme in Iowa whereby abortion drugs are administered remotely via a push-button mechanism. No doctor is present when the drawer opens and pills appear for the mother to take, or later when the drugs go into effect on the mother and she delivers her … [Read more...]

Happily Ever After

Our Lady of Salvation, Baghdad

November 7, 2010: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time The “afterlife” is an interesting topic. Bring it up with enough people and you will get responses ranging from reincarnation to rapture and everything in between, including nothing at all. What do you believe? This was the subject of the past Sunday’s readings. Maccabee Martyrs. In the first reading, seven brothers and their mother were brutally tortured and executed for refusing to renounce … [Read more...]