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(From the November 19, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)
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Today, Sunday, the 4th of October, 2015, marks the beginning of the month of Respect for Life.
Earlier this evening, the youth group members of St. Mary of the Rosary Church did a walking rosary procession down Main Street, here in Chewelah. Just prior to this, we had lit several luminarias.
It was a fantastic experience. The luminarias were simply paper bags, printed with the words “Choose Life,” with a picture of a fetus in the womb. We put some sand in the bag, and a candle as well. We then placed them on the steps of our church.
Many of my Catholic friends probably already know about the whole Respect for Life month thing, but just for the information of everyone else, we are dedicating this month to life, at all stages. From conception to natural death. All people are human, capable of great things. This applies regardless of race, location, mental ability, sexual orientation, age, mental capacity, religion, or any other discriminating factor. Anyone, at any point of development, is deserving of the respect that everyone else is given. It is sad, to me and others, that the culture of the world has, as a whole, agreed that abortion is an okay thing. It is sad that, since the Roe vs. Wade decision of 1973, that over 58 million abortions have occurred in the United States.
To my friends out there who may be doubtful of their position on such a disputed issue, consider this:
If you were born after January 22 of 1973, are you not a survivor? A survivor of Roe vs. Wade? Certainly, you have the same amount of worth as a human as I do. Look at what you have accomplished, and what good you have done in the world. Look at someone else who was born after 1973, and what good they have accomplished. Finally, consider the 58 million fallen, and the good they could have done: teachers, inventors, servicemen, firefighters, police officers, doctors, CEOs, or even ordinary people like you or me. Ordinary people who change lives on a day-to-day basis, not because it’s our job, but because we can.
One more thing for me to say, and that is simply to apologize. I apologize for any insult to anyone, for that is not my intention. My intention is only to bring light to the culture of the world, and light to my own opinions on the subject.
Michael Larsen, Chewelah, Wash.
“For everything there is a season….”
As the holiday season approaches, I think back to my childhood, remembering fondly what made Christmas such an elaborate event for me. One of our traditions that still make me laugh has to do with my grandfather. He was in charge of choosing our Christmas tree every year. And every year, he seemed to pick the scrawniest of trees. Then he had to gather loose branches and wire them to the tree in order to fill out the gaps in the branches.
Naturally, with a name like Petrocelli, there was the exceptional menu of Italian food prepared by my grandmother for days in advance. Cousins, aunts and uncles, godparents and various friends gathered with us to enjoy the food, filling the house with boisterous talking and laughing about the things they did when they were younger – usually the things that got them in trouble.
Of course, when I had my own children, I introduced as many of my childhood family traditions (except for the scrawny Christmas tree) to them and then to my grandchildren. We always enjoyed the family recipes from my grandmother and everyone took part in the preparation. As wonderful as it was … things weren’t the same. It became a new season of traditions.
Change, especially change when it is not of our choosing, can be difficult. However, we live in a world of change. President John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
Solomon tells us, “For everything there is a season” (Ecc. 3:1), urging us to expect change. JFK’s and Solomon’s words are both a source of challenge and encouragement, reminding us that a season of change is an inevitable part of life.
Change – change brought about by my divorce, compelled me to make adjustments to many of the time-honored holiday traditions my children and grandchildren had enjoyed. In fact, the first Christmas season after my divorce, I remember thinking that I couldn’t wait until Christmas would be over. Ironically, the season that was once filled with pleasure had now become a season I wanted to avoid. I know that many single-again adults often find the holiday season to be one of the most dreaded times of the year. Much like myself, I am sure those in the midst of a divorce are most likely feeling a myriad of emotions and stresses, wondering how to manage as they approach the holidays with trepidation, trying to cope with a season of change.
If you are experiencing a season of change caused by a divorce, beginning Jan. 13, 2016, I am presenting a program designed for Catholic men and women in search of solace, healing, acceptance and, most of all, hope. “The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide” is founded on strong Church values and teachings, providing tools essential for personal restoration and healing.
Donna M. Petrocelli, Spokane
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