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Pelosi, Trump and the Poisoning of Political Discourse

Pelosi, Trump and the Poisoning of Political Discourse

At the close of the President Donald Trump’s 2020 State of the Union address, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, in full view of those assembled and a national television audience, proceeded to tear up a written version of the President’s speech.  This incident was a powerful visual reminder of the increasingly poisonous atmosphere of our nation’s political discourse.  Reactions to Pelosi’s theater ranged from mild amusement to seething outrage.  My reaction?  I thought of German chemical and pharmaceutical conglomerate…

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How a Church Bulletin Changed My Life

How a Church Bulletin Changed My Life

By Susan Swander Sixteen years ago in October, 2003 my life was changed forever.  I went to Mass at my local parish church and picked up a bulletin as I left.  When I arrived home, I perused the bulletin with my cup of coffee.  And, then I saw “it.”  It was a small box ad in the bulletin saying something like this:  “Suffering after an abortion?  There is hope and healing available at a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat.  More confidential information…

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The Vicarious Trauma of Pro-Life Advocates on the Front Lines

The Vicarious Trauma of Pro-Life Advocates on the Front Lines

While a single traumatic event may trigger debilitating symptoms, the Trauma Center of the Justice Resource Institute indicates that the longer the exposure to such events, the higher likelihood responders will suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress.  We know that without education and supportive services they can struggle to reach out for help.  Women and men can experience a sense of shame when they feel overwhelmed by the pain and loss that are part of their vocations.  They may fear the…

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Medjugorje Visionary Mirjana Soldo Shares of Her Families Persecution under Communism, Sheds Some Light on the “10 Secrets,” and offers Words of Comfort from the Blessed Mother for Parents of Aborted Children

Medjugorje Visionary Mirjana Soldo Shares of Her Families Persecution under Communism, Sheds Some Light on the “10 Secrets,” and offers Words of Comfort from the Blessed Mother for Parents of Aborted Children

In June 1981, 16 year old Mirjana Soldo was living with her family in Sarajevo in the former communist nation of Yugoslavia.   After school let out, she took a train alone to the tiny village of Medjugorje to work with her uncle and cousins on their tobacco farm for the summer.  On June 24th, feast day of St John the Baptist, Mirjana strolled with her friend Invanka in the late afternoon after she finished her daily work in her Uncle’s tobacco fields.   They saw a mysterious…

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Dancing With Denial: Abortion Rights Advocates Want You To Share Your Abortion Story

Dancing With Denial: Abortion Rights Advocates Want You To Share Your Abortion Story

The following interview is fascinating and revealing on a number of levels.  The format of this exchange is unique; a woman who had an abortion interviews her partner, the father of the aborted baby.  [Whatever your perspective on abortion, before going any further, read the exchange between this couple who remain together after the procedure.] Now that you have read Natalie and Rob’s dialogue, let’s dig deeper into their story.  Natalie shared: I found out I was five weeks pregnant…

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The Impact of Abortion on Military Personnel and Their Families

The Impact of Abortion on Military Personnel and Their Families

Jody Duffy, RN is a former Army officer, military spouse of 35 years and the wife of a Major General.   In the following excerpt from my book Tears of the Fisherman Jody shares some important insights from her extensive personal and professional experience helping women and men recovering from abortion loss: How widespread is the experience of unplanned pregnancy and abortion in the military? The military has a higher pregnancy rate than any other any group in the U.S. Because…

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I Spent Four years of My Life Defending This Country…But I Couldn’t Prevent the Death of My Child

I Spent Four years of My Life Defending This Country…But I Couldn’t Prevent the Death of My Child

David: I was in the Army and was called to complete my last year of service stationed in Germany.  We agreed that Susan would stay with her folks.  We would save our money, and she would begin looking at houses for when I returned.  That was the plan.  Susan called me shortly after I began my duty overseas and shared that she was pregnant.  The first thing I told her was, “we’re not ready for this; I have to finish…

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Game of Thrones – The Power of the Story in Recovery from Trauma

Game of Thrones – The Power of the Story in Recovery from Trauma

By Kevin Burke, LSW “There’s nothing in the world more powerful than a good story. Nothing can stop it. Nothing can defeat it…”  – Tyrion Lannister [Major Spoiler Alert for Series Game of Thrones!] Like the raging, grieving fire-breathing Drogon, Game of Throne’s (GOT) devotees are spewing some serious flames of anger at the writers and directors after the series finale.  A million of those disgruntled fans so disliked the final episodes that they signed a petition to demand a…

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It Takes a Village…To Abort a Child

It Takes a Village…To Abort a Child

by Kevin Burke, LSW You’re no doubt familiar with the African proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child.” Read carefully the following abortion testimony.  I highlighted, in bold italics, those individuals who were influential in the decision to abort the developing child in Dora’s womb.  As you will see, abortion is rarely a woman’s “private personal decision.” Having heard countless abortion stories like Dora’s over the years, let me assure you, it often takes a village to abort…

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