Entries for August, 2009

Did you know the World Health Organization ranks The Pill as a Group I carcinogen?

by intern Anne Marie Perhaps the best-kept secret of modern medicine is the link between oral contraceptives and increased breast cancer risk. While combined oral contraceptives, better known as The Pill, rank as Group I carcinogens according to a 2005 report released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (Preamble here), an arm of […]

Jivin J’s Life Links 8-31-09

by compares Senator Kennedy with his sister Eunice, who also recently passed away: What the siblings shared – in addition to the grace, rare among Kennedys, of a ripe old age and a peaceful death – was a passionate liberalism and an abiding Roman Catholic faith. These 2 commitments were intertwined: Ted Kennedy’s tireless efforts […]

Lunch Break: Prepare ye the way

Jill’s most recent worship song obsession, from Michael W. Smith’s latest cd,

Quote of the Day 8-31-09

No rational person can reasonably be expected to take seriously Catholic opposition to abortion when a champion of the Culture of Death, who repeatedly betrayed the Faith of his baptism, is lauded and extolled by priests and prelates in a Marian basilica. ~ C. J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League of MA, […]

Ted Kennedy’s letter to the Pope

I watched Senator Ted Kennedy’s burial service at Arlington National Cemetery on t.v. last night and was saddened when hearing the contents of his letter to Pope Benedict XVI. Nowhere in his letter did Kennedy profess a belief that Jesus Christ died to give him the free gift of eternal life. Instead Kennedy’s letter read […]

Sunday funnies

Many clever political cartoons related to our issues this week… by Henry Payne of Townhall.com…

Quote of the Day 8-30-09

No longer will you hear about violence in your land or desolation and destruction within your borders. You will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise. The sun will no longer be your light during the day, nor will the brightness of the moon give you light, But the LORD will be your everlasting […]

Weekend question

I received this email: America is becoming very divided over abortion. Dialogue at message boards, etc., becomes very antagonistic and heated. I have always been fiercely pro-life, and I don’t hesitate in telling family members and friends who are pro-choice why their decision is WRONG….

Patriarch Bob Schindler has passed away

UPDATE, 12:05p:

Quote of the Day 8-29-09

My uterus is really flattered that everyone cares, but sorry, no occupants. Actress Anna Paquin, as quoted in US magazine, August 25 HT: Proofreader Laura Loo; photo via US]

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Here’s the third in the repeat of my Sunday series during the month of December of the fascinating abolitionist history behind some of our most beloved Christmas hymns. Pro-lifers identify closely with those 150 years ago who fought to free another oppressed class of people. Last week I posted the story behind “O Holy Night,” and the week before, “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” This week…

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

In December 1863 poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was still grieving the death by fire of his wife Francis 2 years before when receiving word their oldest son Charles had been seriously injured as a Union soldier in the Civil War.

A fierce abolitionist, Longfellow awakened in despair that Christmas morning, unsure of both the fate of his son and his country. It was against this backdrop Longfellow wrote the melancholy poem “Christmas Bells” when hearing church bells peel throughout Boston proclaiming the birth of Christ. Two of the middle verses were later dropped to adapt the poem into a Christmas carol, which composer John Caulkin set to music. Those 2 verses give the current verse 3 (the last verse below) much more context:

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said:
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Read more on the history of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” here and here.

I’ve also posted two memorable but very different renditions of this classic.

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