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“Give me liberty or give me death”

March 25, 2012

Fourteen members of the Guardian of the Redeemer Catholic Men’s Fellowship attended the National Rally for Religious Freedom held on March 23, 2012 at the Lackawanna County Courthouse Square with several hundred other patriots.

Simultaneous rallies were held in about 140 other US cities. The purpose of the rally was to protest the Obamacare mandate requiring Catholic employers to pay for abortion causing drugs, birth control and sterilization for their employees in violation of their conscience and constitutional right to the free exercise of religion. The Rally was held on the same date that Patrick Henry gave his famous speech “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death.”

We assembled for the Rally in front of large granite slabs bearing famous quotes from famous Americans. We came across a poignant quote from an American patriot that few Americans would know.  Eric W. Slebodnick is quoted as follows:

For your liberty and your lives
For your homes and your friends
For the Constitution
For our Faith
I will fight for you.
—-August 18, 2004

Being curious I did some research and found that Eric was a sergeant in the Pennsylvania National Guard, 109thInfantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division. He fought and was killed in action on September 28, 2005 in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.  How disappointed he must be that  the faith and Constitution he fought and died for is being violated by intolerant fanatics that have shown again the wisdom of the founding Fathers in establishing a government of limited powers.

We should be inspired by Eric to make sacrifices necessary to defeat this attempted power grab.  Next Friday, March 30th, our Bishops ask us to join in a day of prayer fasting and almsgiving for religious freedom. We should contact our Representatives and send money to the religious organizations fighting the mandate in Court. Father Eric Bergman reminded us in his speech at the rally of the courage of St Thomas More and the primacy of conscience. Incredibly we may have to engage in civil disobedience to this unjust law and expect to pay the consequences of imprisonment or worse. It is now the time to choose sides. As the Bishops have said, we did not pick this fight but we are not going to run from it. Choose carefully. Choose life.


Let’s pray for Fr Leo’s Special Intention

July 3, 2011

Recently, Fr Leo McKernan, Chaplain of the Guardian of the Redeemer CMF, requested prayers for a Special Intention.  Since the feast of St Benedict is now nine days away, I’ve been inspired to pray a novena to St Benedict for Fr Leo’s Special Intention.  I invite you to join me!!

Each day of the novena, here on the Guardian of the Redeemer CMF website, I will post a couple readings (hastily snagged from the internet) related to St Benedict, along with links to two prayers:  a Litany of St Benedict and a Novena Prayer to St Benedict.

Don’t hesitate to leave a Comment for Fr Leo on one of the posts some time during the novena to let him know you’re praying for his Special Intention.

For those unfamiliar with making a novena:

In CCC n. 956, the Church teaches us:

….”Being more closely united to Christ, those who dwell in heaven fix the whole Church more firmly in holiness…. They do not cease to intercede with the Father for us, as they proffer the merits which they acquired on earth through the one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus…. So by their fraternal concern is our weakness greatly helped.”

The word “novena” has its origins in the Latin word “novem” referring to “nine each” (per Webster Online).  Thus, we’ll be praying for nine days, ending on the feast of St Benedict.

Prayer request

July 17, 2010

Prayers are requested for Christian’s father-in-law.  He’s in the ICU with renal failure and complications.  Please pray for God’s healing and mercy for him, and peace for his family.

Please pray now

January 25, 2010

I came across the following in our blog stats just now:

These are the search terms people used when clicking into our blog.   Whoever found us on that last search needs help. 


Search Views
divine mercy 4
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There is a mother and child in great need of grace right now.  I’d ask that you take a moment right now, and pray.  Pray hard.

This one’s for you Jeff

January 9, 2010

Surgery for Fr Leo

July 29, 2009

Late this morning, our Chaplain, Fr Leo McKernan, had surgery on his vocal cords.  Fr Leo will not be able to speak at all for a week.  For the next few weeks thereafter, his speech will be very limited.  Please pray for Fr Leo’s recovery from the surgery, and for his healing.  Prayers and well-wishes can be left in the Comment Box of this post.

Houston….we have a problem…

July 20, 2009

“I think the side that wants to take the choice away from women and give it to the state, they’re fighting a losing battle. Time is on the side of change.

— Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice SCOTUS, NY Times July 12, 2009-07-19

On July 20, 1969 I was about to enter my senior year in high school and training intensely for the upcoming football season. I did take time to watch the landing on the moon and heard the words of Neil Armstrong — “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” — as they were spoken by Armstrong on the surface of the moon. I felt tremendous pride in being an American and had great hope for a better future for myself and my generation.

Its hard for me to believe that back in 1969, “only” forty years ago, the equal protection of the laws against homicide were applied to all Americans regardless of race, gender, national origin, age, or condition of dependency. In doing so, the laws of our nation protected the “inalienable right to life” emphatically recognized by the founders of our nation in the “Declaration of Independence”. By “equal protection” the law means that all laws must be applied equally to all human beings. Thus, the state could not punish the murder of an American of European descent but not punish the murder of an American of African descent all other things being equal. Thus, the laws against homicide were also applied to protect the lives of Americans before they were born and while they were residing in the wombs of their mothers.

On April 12, 1970, the Apollo 13 mission to the moon began with an uneventful and almost routine launch of the spacecraft. Within a year of the first lunar landing, America’s media had become bored and hardly paid attention to the mission. However, a “problem” developed during the flight which could have killed the crew. Once again the whole world watched the unfolding drama. As a result, the planned lunar landing had to be “aborted”. Fortunately the astronauts made it home safely through a combination of skill, courage and Divine Providence.

This dramatic episode of American history was recently documented in Ron Howard’s movie “Apollo 13”. The movie memorialized the phrase spoken by one of the astronauts in the spacecraft: “Houston…we have a problem”.

Almost  parallel to this ugly turn of events in the space program, the United States Supreme Court changed the popular use of the word “abortion” in the case of Roe v. Wade decided on January 22, 1973. In this decision the Supreme Court nullified the criminal statutes of 46 states which had given legal protection to the lives of Americans before birth. The court legalized the killing of human beings in the womb through a procedure known as an “abortion”. In justifying its radical break from U.S. jurisprudence, a majority of the court invented “a new constitutional right for pregnant mothers” through “an exercise of said judicial power” per Byron White, Associate Justice SCOTUS, in a dissenting opinion joined by Associate Justice Rehnquist.

Ignoring the wisdom of Horton Hears a Who,“a person is a person no matter how small,” the eminent jurists sitting on the Supreme Court of the United States dismissed the state’s argument that the word “person” as used in the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution included the “unborn”. In a cowardly rhetorical punt the majority opinion condescendingly rejected the central argument of the State of Texas:

“Texas urges that, apart from the Fourteenth Amendment, life begins at conception and is present throughout pregnancy, and that, therefore, the state has a compelling interest in protecting that life from and after conception .We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respected disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.”

I strongly suspect that Associate Justice Harry Blackmun and his cohorts did not really believe their assertion that the scientific community did not agree on the beginning point of human life. We had a word for it then and we have a word for it now: “conception,” meaning origin or beginning, and it relates to the point of fertilization of a human egg by human sperm resulting in a completely unique human biological organism.

Nevertheless, the state of “man’s” knowledge about the origin of human life has greatly expanded since 1972. Ironically, the U.S. Space Program has contributed to that knowledge through the development of digital image technology popularly known as CAT Scan and MRI. We can now look into a living human body and see images of the internal parts of the body. Thus, we can now see into the womb of a woman and document the formation of he human being from almost the point of conception through her childbirth.

We also know that every human being has unique DNA. It is so scientifically accepted that DNA evidence is now routinely used in courts of law to help determine the guilt or innocence of humans accused of crimes. We also know that the unique human DNA of every human being is set at the time of conception and it never changes after conception. Thus, our gender, hair, eye color, skin pigment, and other biological characteristics were established at our conception.

Despite the scientific evidence, the legal killing of unborn Americans continues day after day with a total death toll of more than fifty million unborn of partially-born human babies. Many legal attempts to overturn Roe v. Wade have been rejected by the Supreme Court. I can not help but ask why intelligent and educated humans can turn their back on their fellow human beings allowing them to be slaughtered in so many horrific ways. It has also puzzled me that three conservative justices of the Supreme Court appointed by “conservative” President Richard Nixon could join the liberal wing of the Supreme Court to jettison the historical principles of our nation in Roe v. Wade.

A current member of SCOTUS recently shed some light on the policy behind the decision. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, formerly General Counsel for the ACLU, recently gave an interview to a reporter for the New York Times. She admitted that Roe v. Wade was necessary in order to cleanse American of unwanted populations by making abortion available as a means of birth control. Justice Ginsburg’s remarks appear to align her expectations for abortion with those of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger and other prominent members of the eugenics movement. Sanger and her eugenicist peers advocated the systematic use of contraceptive, sterilization, and abortion to reduce the numbers of poor, black, immigrant, and disabled populations.

Ginsburg’s comments were made in the context of a discussion on the absence of Medicaid funding for abortions for “poor” women. Ginsburg   advocates the expansion of Medicaid to cover abortions. No public funding for abortion has been allowed since 1976 when Congressman Henry Hyde helped pass the Hyde Amendment to the Medical Law. The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionally of the Hyde Amendment in 1980 in Harris v. McRae. Despite the lack of public funding it has been estimated that 40 percent of all aborted babies since 1972 have been African Americans.

Ironically, the ban on Medicaid funding for abortion may be coming to end through the enactment of so called comprehensive health care reform. The Senate is now considering a bill sponsored by Senator Ted Kennedy to establish universal health care partially with government financing.  In addition, the US House of Representatives is considering the House Democratic leadership health care reform bill, the 1000-page HR 3200.  Pro-life organizations have issued alerts to their membership asking the pro-life community  to oppose enactment of these bills unless they specifically exclude abortion from health care plans.

A courageous group of Democrat Congressmen, including our Congressman Kanjorski but excluding  Congressman  Chris Carney, have written a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi informing her that they will not support any health care reform proposals unless it specifically excludes abortion from the scope of any government defined or subsidized health care plan. A total of 19 Democrat members of Congress signed this letter.  A Senate committee recently approved the Kennedy bill after it was amended by an amendment offered by Senator Barbara Mikulski. Senator Mikulski has a 100% pro-death voting record.. She admitted under questioning by Senator Orrin Hatch and Senator Robert Casey that her amendment would require insurers to include  Planned Parenthood clinics as providers and cover services offered deemed “medically appropriate” which would include abortions. Amendments offered that would exclude abortion  from health care plans were defeated in Committee. Senator Casey voted against the Mikulski amendment, but later voted in favor of the Kennedy bill as amended by the Mikulski amendment.

America…we have a problem!  The Ginsburgs, Mikulskis, Pelosis ,Kennedys and  Clintons of America are on a March for Death. It looks like they are going to succeed in making legal abortion an integral part of American health care. They can only be stopped by the vocal opposition of the American people the majority of which is pro-life.

We need to contact our representatives and senators immediately because POTUS Obama is pushing for enactment of this legislation before the August recess. I urge everyone to make an effort to prevent this social injustice from coming to pass.

More importantly God’s people need to pray and fast to overcome this evil (Mark 9:29).

Mary Jo Kopechne, pray for us!

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