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Friday, December 30, 2005

March for Life Reservations Taken by Scranton PHL

The Scranton Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life is accepting reservations now for bus transportation to the 33rd annual MARCH FOR LIFE on Monday, January 23rd We will be leaving for Washington D.C. at 6:30 a.m. and returning at approximately 11 p.m. The cost is $30 for adults and $15 for students. For further information, contact Pennsylvanians for Human Life at 347-8299 or 343-5099.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Life, Death and Christmas

This Christmas will be a somber one for our family and has led me to reflect on the purpose of my life. In August we were blessed with our first grandchild, Julia who was Baptized on Dec. 11, 2005. In September my 94-year-old grandmother,who had resided in a nursing home since she broke her hip three years ago, began to fail.

By the time of Julia's Baptism, it was apparent that my grandmother did not have long to live after a bout with pneumonia. During the last weeks of her life it was difficult for her to eat and drink. I knew the nurses and aids have many patients care for so I spent some time with my grandmother each day to get the little things she needed. It was a joy to be there, especially the day before she died. I was there by myself for an hour in the afternoon and sang Christmas Carols to her. Although she could barely talk, my grandmother made an effort to let me know that she enjoyed the singing. I don't think I will ever be able to sing Silent Night again without tears welling in my eyes.

All the trappings of Christmas, the shopping, the presents, the decorating... mean nothing to me this year. Spending time with the people we love is the only thing that matters. My grandmother was a big part of my life for forty-nine years and those years have gone so quickly. But God is so good that he sent us Julia so that our sorrow would be mixed with great joy. We were even fortunate enough to get a five-generations family photo taken with both my grandmother and my granddaughter in it.

But the most comforting thought is the way that God takes care of those who love Him. On the feast of the Immaculate Conception I was at Mass crying. Afterward, the cantor came over with words of comfort saying this year my grandmother would experience the most beautiful Christmas of her life ...in Heaven. A Blessed Christmas to all.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Umbert and the Politically Correct Christmas Police

Umbert the Unborn tackles the issue of a politically correct Christmas in today's and upcoming comic strips. Visit www.catholic.net and click on the Culture of Life page.

Monday, December 12, 2005

The Soldier

I received this on the bottom of an e-mail I received from a soldier who foiught in Iraq:
"It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It is the soldier not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the soldier, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag." ~ Father Dennis Edward.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Senator Santorum on Sue Henry Show

U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum came to Scranton this past Tuesday to deliver a $200,000 check to help complete a revitalization project in North Scranton. He also took the time to be a guest on WILK’s Sue Henry Show. One topic of discussion was "Why was Senator Santorum not present at President Bush’s speech on the war in Iraq at Tobyhanna Pa."

Even before the event, philly.com tried to make something of Santorum’s absence:
"When President Bush touches down in Wilkes-Barre to talk about the war on terrorism Friday, the Senate's No. 3 Republican - the vulnerable Rick Santorum - will be 116 miles away in Philadelphia addressing the American Legion. Unavoidable scheduling conflict, Santorum's office says. As the GOP loss in the Virginia governor's race Tuesday showed, however, it might also be a blessing to be in a different media market when Bush and his rock-bottom approval ratings come to your state." Their insinuation was Santorum planned to be absent.

The liberal media pack mentality being what it is, other liberal reporters tried to make something of the scheduling conflict as well. Senator Santorum told his audience on the Sue Henry Show it truly was a scheduling conflict. Not only did Senator Santorum suggest Tobyhanna as the site of the President Bush’sVeteran’s Day Speech, his office helped plan the event! Only a liberal media type can turn that into "distancing oneself" from the President. Liberals in the media never let the truth get in the way of their agenda.