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“Unplanned” – A Must-see Movie

Must-see?

It depends on your worldview.  If you think that an unborn child is a human being whose life should be protected by law, then this film deserves your support.  If you’re not sure about a woman’s “right to choose,” then this movie could help you decide.  Either way, go see it, please!

Maeve in DC for the National Pro-Life march
Maeve in Washington, DC for the National Pro-Life March

 

If you’re convinced that the state has no interest in protecting the life of the unborn child, and if you’re certain that a woman has an absolute right to abortion on demand, then “Unplanned” may not be for you.  But, I would argue that it may be the very movie that you should see.  It could serve as a kind of  ‘test’ which challenges the validity of your current convictions.

My wife and I, and many of our pro-life friends, saw the film last week.  From recent box office reports, it’s apparent that many  more Americans are going to theaters to see it.  That is good news, for it may mean that “Unplanned” will remain in theaters for more than a week.  Even so, a ‘word to the wise;’  if you’re interested in seeing this important film,  you probably shouldn’t wait.

The movie is based on the non-fiction book of the same name.  It’s the story of Abby Johnson, who was a director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas,  before a shocking experience changed her mind, and her life, forever.

Here’s the link to the trailer for “Unplanned:”

 

A VISIT WITH ST. PAUL…

…A LENTEN DAY OF RENEWAL  at  ST. HENRY’S CHURCH

Welcome to anyone joining our blog for the first time!  I especially welcome those of you who were with us on March 30, a day which I trust renewed you in mind, heart and spirit. 

It was a joy to be at St. Henry’s Church.  My wife, Maeve, and I felt welcomed and embraced by the pastor, Father Tom Holmes, Deacon Bob, and the parishioners who attended.  I gave a talk, “St. Paul and the Holy Spirit,”  which was followed by the “St. John Paul” method of praying of the rosary and Mass for the 4th Sunday of Lent.

After a soup supper, I presented my one-man performance as St. Paul, in the church.  Many more people from the area joined us for the evening event.  Judging by the response of many people, the presentation moved hearts.

A woman from Vermont asked me for promotional literature so that she can present “Visit” to her pastor.  She plans on doing the same with a parish in Maine that she’s associated with.  Since I’ve performed in China and Eastern Europe on three separate missions, I certainly can travel to New England!

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“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, then he will raise your mortal bodies to life also, through this Spirit living in you.”             -Romans 8:11

COME HOLY SPIRIT!   GIVE US A NEW PENTECOST!!!

Please click on the link, to learn more about ” A Visit With St. Paul.” 

Mentionable and Manageable

Why are we so divided?

Why can’t we disagree without calling each other names?

Why does anger reach such an intensity that deadly violence erupts?

Could it be that we’ve never really understood our own feelings, and are blind to others’ feelings as well?

The late Fred Rogers addressed a Senate committee hearing in 1969, requesting public funding of PBS stations so that his “Neighborhood” show could continue to be broadcast throughout the nation.  The crusty Sen. John Pastore, committee chairman, at first has little patience for this gentle, unassuming man.   Undaunted, Mr. Rogers “speaks from the heart” about the importance of children, his own respect for them and their feelings.   He recites the lyrics of an insightful song that he wrote about anger and its negative potential (below).

Watch as the camera shows Pastore letting down his guard.  The entire exchange, with its amazing finish, can be seen in this brief Youtube;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKy7ljRr0AA

May 1, 1969: Fred Rogers testifies before the Senate …

On May 1, 1969, Fred Rogers, host of the (then) recently nationally syndicated children’s television series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (named Misterogers’ Neighborhood at the time), testified …

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Footnote: The following year’s appropriation increased PBS funding from $9 million to $22 million.

As adults, we’re discovering that indeed, feelings are “mentionable and manageable.”  If we don’t talk about them and don’t attempt to manage them, we won’t be the kind of free, happy people that we’re supposed to be.  We’ll end up hurting others with verbal or physical violence.

Here are the words to the song which Fred Rogers incorporated into his testimony;

What Do You Do With the Mad that You Feel?”

What do you do with the mad that you feel
When you feel so mad you could bite?
When the whole wide world seems oh, so wrong…
And nothing you do seems very right?

What do you do? Do you punch a bag?
Do you pound some clay or some dough?
Do you round up friends for a game of tag?
Or see how fast you go?

It’s great to be able to stop
When you’ve planned a thing that’s wrong,
And be able to do something else instead
And think this song:

I can stop when I want to
Can stop when I wish.
I can stop, stop, stop any time.
And what a good feeling to feel like this
And know that the feeling is really mine.
Know that there’s something deep inside
That helps us become what we can.
For a girl can be someday a woman
And a boy can be someday a man
.

If Mr. Rogers were alive today, we’d travel many miles just to shake his hand.  Wisdom and love shone through him; he was a powerful witness for Jesus Christ.

What he taught Senator John Pastore so many years ago, needs to be ever-so-carefully taught…. today!

May God be praised that this man was once our “neighbor!”

P.S.  If you missed it in the theaters, we urge you to get the DVD, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”  It’s an engaging, worthwhile documentary.