Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Bad News

The folks at the Santa Maria Times in my home town of Santa Maria, California don't always get things right when it comes to abortion and Roe v. Wade. Today I saw this photo caption from the paper:
La Purisima Catholic Church, in Lompoc, has marked the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case with the church’s annual protest display of white crosses. This year’s 375 crosses, tied with pink and blue ribbons on the church lawn, represent the estimated 135,000 abortions since the court decision in 1973 that made abortion legal nationwide. A bulletin board at the front of the church shows more information.
Only 135,000 abortions since 1973? Really? Funny how everything else seems to point to more like 50,000,000 abortions since 1973. I wonder if they meant to indicate that 135,000 abortions have been done in Lompoc.

Later in the day, a commentator named Dottie posted this:
Thanks for acknowledging the too many unwanted children saved from agony of not being loved and wanted. Better to have children who are truly wanted and truly loved. The foster care system is already loaded with these unwanted children whom they can barely accommodate.
Get that? Unwanted children are better off dead (err, I mean saved). Where does one start?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Third Order of St. Dominic

Last Sunday, I was admitted into candidacy (aka "novitiate") for the Third Order of St. Dominic (Dominican Laity) while on retreat in southern Louisiana (near Ponchatoula, north of New Orleans). So this makes me an official member of the Order of Preachers, though I have not yet made profession. It was an extraordinary experience, and I met a lot of folks from the New Orleans region as well as from the lay provincial council for the Dominican Laity of the Southern Province.

The Lay Dominicans I have met are quite a diverse group: male and female, young and (yes) old, doctors, restaurant owners, nurses, teachers, moms and dads. It's natural to expect different perspectives on various things, and in engaging them myself, it was quite nice to see the Dominican approach to study and revealed truth play itself out. Participating in Holy Mass together, praying the Liturgy of the Hours in community, as well as the Dominican rosary -- very valuable.


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