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From Russia with Love

Of course you all know what today is….  That’s right!  Sts. Cyril and Methodius Day! On the official Church calendar, we do not celebrate St Valentine, but rather,  the Feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, evangelists to the Slavs, on February 14th.  You might ask, “Why does the Church promote devotion to Sts. Cyril and [Read More...]

Couple Conflict: Quality of Argument Less Important than Quality of Relationship

The way a couple treats each other outside of their arguments is the best predictor of the couple’s ability to get something positive out of their arguments–even if they’re more heated than they ought to be.  Obviously, no couple likes to argue, but some couples seem to weather it better than others.  Therapists often think [Read More...]

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – Feb. 12

Talking About the “Things That Matter Most” on February 12
From the Legatus Summit in Orlando, FL
4:00 – Kresta Comments: The Co-Responsibility of the Laity
4:20 – Preparing Catholics For the New America
In the article, “Catholics and the Next America,” Archbishop Charles J.Chaput O.F.M. Cap. delivers a prescient warning to American Catholics regarding a growing trend toward secularization in American culture, with Catholics facing dwindling relevance, threatening their ability to be heard. In response, the Napa Institute was formed to help Catholic leaders face the challenges posed in the “next America” — to continue the work of the Apostles and their successors, the Bishops, heeding Christ’s call for ongoing evangelization. Tim Busch, the man behind the Institute joins us.
4:40 – It Is Well – Life in the Storm
Chris and Angela Faddis were devout Catholics with two young children, who trusted in the Lord and His plan for their family. But the married couple’s faith would receive an immense test on Easter Sunday 2011, when Angela was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Angela died 17 months later, on Sept. 21, 2012, holding the hand of her heartbroken husband. One year later, Chris Faddis chronicles the inspirational journey he shared with his wife. “As you read this book you’ll encounter the often harsh reality of the Christian journey,” writes Catholic speaker and author Mark Hart in the foreword. “You’ll experience both the splintered, bloody crucifix of Good Friday and the shiny, radiant cross of Easter Sunday. Chris will invite you behind the closed doors into the intimate exchanges and heaven-sent moments that should call us all to stop and survey our own lives. Do we wake up counting our blessings or our problems? That difference makes all the difference, as Angela demonstrated through her constant fidelity to God.”Chris is here to tell the story.
5:00 – The Future of Catholicism
Michael Coren is a British-Canadian columnist, author, public speaker, radio host and television talk show host. Michael addressed Legatus on Saturday and joins us now to explore the themes of his books – Why Catholics are Right, The Future of Catholicism, Heresy: 10 Lies They Spread about Christianity, and more. 

How About A Little HOLY SEX for Valentines Day? (And other gift ideas)

Elizabeth Scalia has her Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas post up.  By all means check it out.  My favorite recommendation of hers was this little gem… Also, keeping with the books for a minute,  Dr. Gregory Popčak’s classic, Holy Sex!: A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving. It is indeed something special. It [Read More...]

Breaking Up is Hard to Do–There’s more going on than meets the eye with heartbreak

Breaking up is always hard, but some people rebound more easily than others.  According to new research, it turns out a person’s ability to recover from a break-up has even more to do about their attachment style than it does with the depth of feeling for the object of one’s unrequited affections.   New research shows [Read More...]

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – Feb. 10

Talking About the “Things That Matter Most” on February 10
Live from the Legatus Summit in Orlando, FL
4:00 – The Cause of Canonization for Archbishop Fulton Sheen Continues to Progress
Msgr. Stanley Deptula – Executive Director of the Fulton Sheen Foundation
4:20 – Pro-Life Movement Continues to Show Momentum
Marjorie Dannenfelser – President and Chairman of the Board of the Susan B. Anthony List
4:40 – The Francis Effect
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf – FrZblog.com
5:00 – One Lawyer – 2000+ Hours Fighting HHS Mandate
Erin Mersino – Attorney with the Thomas More Law Center
5:20 – The Slippery Slope the Euthanasia Battle

Rita Marker – President of the Patient’s Rights Council

Nursing is Normal–25 Historical Image that Make you Wonder What All the Fuss Is About

This is just terrific.  Spread it around and share the love (of the nursing relationship)!
http://www.buzzfeed.com/southerndisposition/25-historical-images-that-normalize-breastfeeding-jlw6

Planned Parenthood to Pay $2 Million for Death in Botched Second-Trimester Abortion

By Kathy Schiffer

A $2 million settlement has been reached in the death of a young woman who obtained a second-trimester abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic in downtown Chicago.  Besides Planned Parenthood, also included in the settlement agreement are Northwest Memorial Hospital and the Northwest Medical Faculty Foundation.
Tonya Reaves was in the second trimester of pregnancy when she sought an abortion at Planned Parenthood’s Loop Health Center, in downtown Chicago in 2012.  Late-term abortionist Mandy Gittler botched the D&E abortion, causing three major medical problems which resulted in the 24-year-old woman’s death:
  • Pieces of placenta were still attached to the inside of her womb even after a second abortion done by Northwestern Memorial Hospital to remove fetal remains left by Planned Parenthood.
  • She suffered a 3/16 inch uterine perforation near forcep impression marks.  D&E abortions involve dismembering the baby in the womb and removing the pieces with forceps.
  • She suffered an “extensive” perforation of her broad uterine ligament with a possible severing of her left uterine artery as a result of her abortion.  This accounted for the internal bleeding that was discovered only too late by the hospital trauma team.
Tonya Reaves
The injuries sustained by Reaves during the botched abortion were, according to Operation Rescue president Troy Newman, survivable had she received immediate emergency care.  Instead, the Planned Parenthood clinic waited five hours to transport her to the hospital.  Additionally, they failed to report the incomplete abortion and uterine perforation–leaving the trauma team to solve the puzzle of her injuries while her life ebbed away.
Reaves left behind a one-year-old son, Alvin Jones III.  Payouts of the $2 million will not begin until 2029, when the son turns 18.
Walter Hoye, a pro-life leader who has closely followed the case, said, “In my opinion, Planned Parenthood is guilty of criminal negligence, depraved indifference, and gross medical incompetence.  Now that the case is settled, we will never know how a jury would have reacted.”
LifeNews has more details on the case.

Planned Parenthood to Pay $2 Million for Death in Botched Second-Trimester Abortion

By Kathy Schiffer

A $2 million settlement has been reached in the death of a young woman who obtained a second-trimester abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic in downtown Chicago.  Besides Planned Parenthood, also included in the settlement agreement are Northwest Memorial Hospital and the Northwest Medical Faculty Foundation.
Tonya Reaves was in the second trimester of pregnancy when she sought an abortion at Planned Parenthood’s Loop Health Center, in downtown Chicago in 2012.  Late-term abortionist Mandy Gittler botched the D&E abortion, causing three major medical problems which resulted in the 24-year-old woman’s death:
  • Pieces of placenta were still attached to the inside of her womb even after a second abortion done by Northwestern Memorial Hospital to remove fetal remains left by Planned Parenthood.
  • She suffered a 3/16 inch uterine perforation near forcep impression marks.  D&E abortions involve dismembering the baby in the womb and removing the pieces with forceps.
  • She suffered an “extensive” perforation of her broad uterine ligament with a possible severing of her left uterine artery as a result of her abortion.  This accounted for the internal bleeding that was discovered only too late by the hospital trauma team.
Tonya Reaves
The injuries sustained by Reaves during the botched abortion were, according to Operation Rescue president Troy Newman, survivable had she received immediate emergency care.  Instead, the Planned Parenthood clinic waited five hours to transport her to the hospital.  Additionally, they failed to report the incomplete abortion and uterine perforation–leaving the trauma team to solve the puzzle of her injuries while her life ebbed away.
Reaves left behind a one-year-old son, Alvin Jones III.  Payouts of the $2 million will not begin until 2029, when the son turns 18.
Walter Hoye, a pro-life leader who has closely followed the case, said, “In my opinion, Planned Parenthood is guilty of criminal negligence, depraved indifference, and gross medical incompetence.  Now that the case is settled, we will never know how a jury would have reacted.”
LifeNews has more details on the case.

Martha Sears Invites Dr. Greg Popcak to Serve on Attachment Parenting International–Resource Advisory Council

I was genuinely honored today to receive an invitation from internationally-recognized parenting expert/author, Martha Sears,  and  Attachment Parenting International Board President, Janet Jendron, to become a member of API’s Resource Advisory Council.  Dear Greg, I am happy to inform you that the Board of Directors for Attachment Parenting International has voted to ask you to [Read More...]

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