The Annunciation Reminds Us Abortion is not about “Rights” – It’s about “Relationship”

The Annunciation Reminds Us Abortion is not about “Rights” – It’s about “Relationship”

By Kevin Burke, LSW and Theresa Burke, Ph.D. March 25th is The Solemnity of the Annunciation, the celebration of the coming of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary to announce her special vocation to be the mother of Jesus Christ. The feast reminds us of the mysterious and intimate relationship of Mary with her developing son from the moment of his conception. Pro-abortion advocates see the abortion issue through the distorted lens of bodily autonomy and choice.  But the biological…

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Missing from Most “Black History Month” Observances: Abortion is Another Form of Enslavement for the African American Community

Missing from Most “Black History Month” Observances: Abortion is Another Form of Enslavement for the African American Community

By Kevin Burke, LSW In the month of February, we celebrated Black History Month.  There is an ongoing crisis within the African American community that is closely connected to historical legacy of slavery and rarely acknowledged in most observances of Black History Month.  First let’s look at some sobering facts. In spite of overall falling abortion rates in the U.S. abortion ratios actually increased among black women as compared to white women. Close to half of all pregnancies among black…

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Lent is the Perfect Time to Consider a Deeper Healing of the Emotional and Spiritual Wounds from a Past Abortion

Lent is the Perfect Time to Consider a Deeper Healing of the Emotional and Spiritual Wounds from a Past Abortion

By Kevin Burke, LSW I would like to suggest a Lenten experience that will bless you abundantly and change your life. If you know someone who has an abortion, or multiple abortions in their history, consider sharing this article with them so the Holy Spirit can speak to their hearts. This Lenten sacrifice will require humility, courage, and some redemptive, life-giving suffering. But let me assure you, the blessings to you, your loved ones, and the deepening of your relationship…

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The Role of Father Wounds and Personal Abortion Loss in the Emergence of Dr Bernard Nathanson as a Pioneer in the Legalization of Abortion in the U.S.

The Role of Father Wounds and Personal Abortion Loss in the Emergence of Dr Bernard Nathanson as a Pioneer in the Legalization of Abortion in the U.S.

Kevin Burke, LSW February 21st marks the eleven year anniversary of the death of Dr Bernard Nathanson, an obstetrician who was directly responsible for 75,000 abortions before becoming a leading pro-life advocate and a convert to the Catholic faith. What is lesser known, is that Nathanson was the father of two aborted children, and experienced a difficult relationship with his own father.  This painful father/son relationship, together with his personal abortion loss, played a key role in the legalization, and…

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How the Abortion Loss of Roe V Wade Attorney Sarah Weddington Fueled the Movement to Legalize Abortion in the U.S.

How the Abortion Loss of Roe V Wade Attorney Sarah Weddington Fueled the Movement to Legalize Abortion in the U.S.

By Kevin Burke, LSW and Theresa Burke, Ph.D. February 18th marks the five year anniversary of the death of Norma McCorvey, the woman known as the “Jane Roe” in the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe V Wade that legalized abortion in the U.S. In May 2020 news reports questioned Norma’s later conversion to the prolife movement.  A number of prominent prolife advocates who knew Norma for many years challenged these reports. But there is a lesser known story that reveals…

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The Apparitions at Lourdes, and the Mysterious Dogma of the Immaculate Conception: A Wellspring of Grace for those Struggling with Disordered Sexuality and Pornography

The Apparitions at Lourdes, and the Mysterious Dogma of the Immaculate Conception: A Wellspring of Grace for those Struggling with Disordered Sexuality and Pornography

By Kevin Burke, LSW On February 11, 1858, a poor, sickly French peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous, experienced her first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A miraculous spring emerged from the site of the apparitions, and reports of the healing powers of the waters soon spread.  In 1862 Church authorities confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions. During the apparition of March 25, Mary identified herself with the words, “I am the Immaculate Conception.”  The mysterious dogma of the Immaculate Conception,…

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The Apostle Peter & Vladimir Lenin: How They Processed a Traumatic Event in their Lives Changed the World in Very Different Ways

The Apostle Peter & Vladimir Lenin: How They Processed a Traumatic Event in their Lives Changed the World in Very Different Ways

By Kevin Burke, LSW The Apostle Simon Peter and the communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin were men separated by thousands of years of history. Yet both experienced a life-changing traumatic event in their lives. How they responded to their grief and emotional pain would change the world in very different ways. Simon Bar Jonah As the Apostles gathered for what would be their final Passover meal together, Jesus turned to Peter, and with great love and urgency said: “Simon, Simon, behold,…

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The Tears of the Fisherman: The Liberating Power of Humility and Repentance in the Life of Simon Peter

The Tears of the Fisherman: The Liberating Power of Humility and Repentance in the Life of Simon Peter

Kevin Burke, LSW Just hours before Peter’s denial, the Apostles gathered for what would be their final Passover meal together. Peter felt strong, secure and confident gathered with Jesus and the other apostles.  With all sincerity, he offered to give his life for Jesus. …Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to both prison and to death!”  Luke 22:31 But just a few short hours later… all hell was breaking loose. Peter must have been…

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The Unspeakable Peril in the Everyday: The Passing of a Great American Writer, Haunted by Abortion

The Unspeakable Peril in the Everyday: The Passing of a Great American Writer, Haunted by Abortion

By Kevin Burke, LSW Joan Didion died at the age of 87 in her Manhattan home on December 23, 2021. Author Jonathon Van Maren describes Didion as one of the great American pioneers of creative non-fiction, along with Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, and Truman Capote. Van Maren shares in American Conservative of Didion’s writing about the cultural revolution that swept across California like a wildfire in the late ‘60s.   Unlike many of her contemporaries, Didion had a keen eye that gazed beyond the…

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The Cross Above the Manger: A Message of Consolation and Hope for those Suffering Illness, Loss, and Isolation this Holiday Season

The Cross Above the Manger: A Message of Consolation and Hope for those Suffering Illness, Loss, and Isolation this Holiday Season

By Kevin Burke, LSW and Theresa Burke, Ph.D. As this year comes to a close, you may be facing the first Holiday season after the death of a beloved friend or family member.   Their absence is especially raw, and painful during the Christmas season. Many reading this are facing daily challenges to manage pain, physical decline, and the accompanying emotional stress, anxiety and grief/depression that accompany, sudden, as well as chronic illness. Some families are facing job loss, and with…

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