Enough time has passed since Pope Francis’ spectacular visit to the U.S. that we must ask ourselves, “What difference did the pope’s visit make to me?” Because, that is the question he would most want us to ask. Our Holy Father came to the U.S. specifically to shake each one of us up.
There was a time, not long ago, when the nine months in utero were largely mysterious. When parents and families waited for the birthday to see whether the baby was a boy or a girl, had ten fingers and toes or showed signs of any special needs.
I have four older sisters. Let me rephrase that. I am blessed to have four older sisters! The years of unsolicited advice and friendly competition aside, my sisters are for me great sources of inspiration. I think about my sisters often as I go through the world. Theirs are the voices in my head.
We are at a pivotal time in the building of a culture of life in our communities. We are seeing the culture shift rapidly toward a commodification of human life. And, with the erosion of the family and redefinition of marriage, traditional structures protecting young people are disappearing.
For Pope Francis, everything is about the person — specifically, about encouraging a personal encounter with the mercy of Christ. The prominence of this theme in his teaching and writing makes it clear that he writes from the experience of a pastor and a penitent.
Under the guise of "gender parity," promoters of California's AB 926 — passed last week by the state legislature and now on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown — propose paying women for eggs donated for research purposes.
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