All the current global and local news getting you down? If you're overwhelmed or just plain tired of all the doom and gloom, you could probably use a spiritual tiramisu (literally means "pick me up" in Italian). Matthew Kelly's Rediscover the Saints offers just the right dose of encouragement and optimism to inspire and motivate. It's an easy read and chances are, you already have it at home. It was gifted to parishioners by Fr. Chad at Christmastime.
Excerpt from Rediscover the Saints:
They say every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. If I could lean in close to you and whisper something in your ear, it would be this: If there are pieces of your past that are weighing you down, it's time to leave them behind. You are not what has happened to you. You are someone unimaginably greater than you have ever considered, and maybe it's time to consider all the possibilities that are within you. From the perspective of St. Dismas, "the good thief" who was crucified along with Jesus. Known for his 'death bed repentance', he asked our Lord, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
If you picked up a copy of Rediscover the Saints at church but haven't had time to read it, pick it up. But this time, open it and just read the prologue: The First Saint.
You won't want to put it down. Did I mention this is also this month's book for Book Club? Come join us on Friday, February 21st at 7:30pm as we get together to discuss this truly uplifting book.. If you don't have the book, contact the church office or SGC board member for a free copy of the book.
Whether you were rooting for the Niners or the Chiefs, the Superbowl delivered a very disappointing result for those who value the sanctity of life. For months leading up to the event that was watched by 99.9 million viewers, Fox Network did not run a 2-minute ad pitched by Faces of Choice, an organization that brings awareness to the survivors of unsuccessful abortion attempts. The campaign asserts that these people did not have a voice when they were nearly killed in their mothers' wombs and they deserve to be heard now.
As a show of support, Faces of Choice posted an online petition and encouraged viewers to turn off our TV during the commercials, and instead watch the videos that tell the moving stories of these survivors at Faces of Choice website. Watch the unapproved video here or the 30-second version, that allows people who lived through botched abortions to tell their stories of how their parents nearly robbed them of their lives. They are stories of strength, compassion, and reunion.
Regardless of your political leanings, as Catholics we believe that human life begins at conception and that "human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception." (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2270) "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you." (Jeremiah 1:5). Please share the Faces of Choice campaign on your social media. Cultural change is in the air for the pro-life movement. Help charge that change.