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Month: October 2013

A Blessed Synergy: Rachel’s Vineyard + Forgiven and Set Free

A Blessed Synergy: Rachel’s Vineyard + Forgiven and Set Free

Two Time-Tested Programs Offer Unique Benefits to Those Suffering After Abortion Loss  Synergy:   The interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects. For approaching 20 years Rachel’s Vineyard (RV) and Forgiven and Set Free (F&SF) have proven to be very effective programs for those suffering after abortion loss.  Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry of Priests for Life features an intensive weekend program offered Friday evening to…

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The Spiritual Starvation of Contemporary Culture: Feeding the Hunger for Eternal Beauty

The Spiritual Starvation of Contemporary Culture: Feeding the Hunger for Eternal Beauty

This is such a rich post from Rod Dreher’s blog at American Conservative. Part one is the article in First Things.  In Part two of the blog, Rod shares a reflection by Catholic Bishop James Conley. While a student at the University of Kansas, the Bishop came into the Catholic Church deeply influenced by teacher John Senior.  As Rod writes, “The Bishop reflects on how being introduced to beauty opened his mind and his soul, and transformed them both.” After reading the blog and links I  reflected on my recent…

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Don’t Believe the Media Hype Pro Lifers: Pope Francis Has Your Back!

Don’t Believe the Media Hype Pro Lifers: Pope Francis Has Your Back!

The interview with Pope Francis published in the Italian Jesuit Journal La Civiltà Cattolica caused a firestorm of reaction.  Media and entertainment outlets cranked up their spin machines to proclaim a fundamental shift in the Church’s emphasis concerning the hot button issues of contraception, abortion, and same sex marriage.  Some of the faithful, after battling for years in the pro-life/pro-family trenches felt confused and discouraged by some of the Pope’s quotes as highlighted in the media. But the media has…

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Avanti! Pope Francis Enthusiastic Support of Rachel’s Vineyard and Healing After Abortion

Avanti! Pope Francis Enthusiastic Support of Rachel’s Vineyard and Healing After Abortion

Fr Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries, shares the following enthusiastic support of the world’s largest outreach to those suffering after abortion loss: You have probably heard this by now, but I wanted to encourage you once again by passing along to you the personal encouragement of Pope Francis for Rachel’s Vineyard. On the first of  September, I was in a private audience with him, and had the chance to give him the greetings of our entire Priests for Life family, including Rachel’s…

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