Rounded Rectangular Callout: 	 I sure have all the answers ! I’m cool with my collar, tweed coat and know how to grow a congregation. My secret, don’t mention anything that would be construed as divisive, especially Pro-Life
Cloud Callout: “ The truth will set you free !” God

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The Lists Every American Should Make

George Roche
President, Hillsdale College
(condensed article)

“I must remember to…” When someone says, “Count your blessings,” I take their advice literally, by making a written list. . . So it is not surprising that when I recently was asked to reflect on our present culture and the general state of American society. . . Why We Are in So Much Trouble.” And here is the list I composed:

The loss of values
Values are the building blocks and mortar that keep our entire civilization together. They are our priorities; in other words, they are those things that we put at the top of every list that we make, no matter what the subject. But we no longer seem to think that our values are worth defending. As I wrote several years ago in a book on higher education, “political correctness,” or “PC,” dominates the academy and the public square.
The loss of truth

PC advocates also tell us that truth really isn’t objective at all; it depends on our point of view. One person’s truth is supposed to be just as good (or, more to the point, just as unreliable) as another’s. What has been passed off as “truth” are merely the collective prejudices of the dominant ruling class and culture. We must be shown how to “deconstruct” what we think is true .

The loss of moral literacy

Honor and virtue are increasingly rare commodities. Cheating and lying have become acceptable, especially in school, because our children believe that, with few exceptions, “everybody’s doing it.” Sadly, they may be right. In a 1995 article for Reader’s Digest, Daniel R. Levine notes that Who’s Who Among American High School Students polled more than three thousand high school juniors and seniors who were at the top of their class. Seventy-eight percent admitted cheating and 89 percent admitted cheating was common at their schools.

The loss of trust

We live in what may be the most cynical age in history—and the most gullible. For a long time, I thought that I was the only person who noticed this amazing contradiction, but in the last several years I have encountered a few writers who have pointed to it. We Americans are skeptical about many of the things we should believe, while we blindly accept many of the things we should question. On the one hand, we distrust politicians, journalists, and television and filmmakers because we know that they often have lied to us and deceived us, but, on the other hand, we still look to them as primary sources of information and as interpreters of reality.

The loss of empathy

A related problem is the loss of empathy. . . Mohammed Jaberipour, 49, was working a route in south Philadelphia in a Mister Softee ice cream truck when a 16-year-old tried to extort money. Jaberipour refused, and the youth shot him. As the father of three lay dying, neighborhood teenagers laughed and mocked his agony in a rap song they composed on the spot: ‘They killed Mr. Softee.’

‘It wasn’t human,’ another ice cream truck driver, a friend of Jaberipour who came on the scene shortly after the shooting, told the Philadelphia Daily News. ‘People were laughing and asking me for ice cream. I was crying....They were acting as though a cat had died, not a human being.’”

Mrs. Cheney quotes the conclusion of newspaper columnist Bob Greene: “‘We have increasingly become a nation of citizens who watch anything and everything as if it is all a show.’” She adds, “But however it has come about, people who laugh at a dying man have no sense that a stranger can suffer as they do.”

The loss of independence and confidence

I don’t know the statistics, but I am willing to bet that there are now more laws and regulations on the books than there are people living in the United States. The state dictates how we should educate our children, earn our living, guard our health, take care of our communities, and even worship our God.

The loss of family

The good news is that the vital role of the traditional family is at long last the subject of national attention. The breakdown of the family, rather than poverty, or race, or any other factor once cited by the liberal establishment, is now widely recognized as the real root cause of rising rates of substance abuse, teen suicide, abortion, academic failure, welfare dependency, and violent crime.

The loss of faith

Although millions of us still attend church and profess to believe in a Creator, we hold ourselves aloof from God. He is not, as He should be, the most important, guiding force in our daily lives. In one way, this is more shocking than if we had become atheists. Atheists deny God and His authority. We accept Him, but we refuse to take Him seriously. At school, at work, at social gatherings, and in public, we are too afraid, reluctant, or embarrassed—to even mention His name.

Yet cheerfulness will keep breaking in.

What a wonderful and wise sentiment! We would all do well to remember it; in fact, it would make a great title for another list—a list of what is right in America. Despite our troubles, we have many reasons to expect a bright future. There are literally millions of us who, for the most part, do defend our values, who do tell the truth, who do live honorably and virtuously, who do live up to high moral standards, who do exhibit trust, independence, and empathy, who do build strong families, and who are courageous witnesses to faith.

For over two hundred years, we have found ways of overcoming adversity and succeeding against all odds. Though they may sometimes be threatened, our best qualities—optimism, resilience, moral imagination, ingenuity, charity, compassion, and spiritual strength—have a way of resurfacing when we need them most.

The Greatest Lists of All

The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution

Provided a positive list of reasons for the creation of the United States. “We hold these truths to be selfevident,” Jefferson wrote:

that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…

The Ten Commandments

I know it sounds awfully corny, but it is true: God likes to make lists, too. Look, for example, at the Ten Commandments recorded in the Book of Exodus. I believe that God gave us these commandments in the form of a single list so that there would be no question about what He wants us to do or how He wants us to live. Like an ideal list, it is short, simple, and to the point—we can easily memorize it, we can easily understand it, and we know exactly what we must do to fulfill its terms:

Thou shalt have no other Gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image… Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy… Honor thy father and mother… Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness… Thou shalt not covet

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Editor’s note: Jesus completed the list , His work also worked through other documents like the Magna Carta  

 

From the Director

Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee compared abortion to slavery during a speaking engagement at a recent pro-life event and received the curse of the N.A.A.C.P.. This is nothing new and one should tour our website to find “Amazing Experience” and also the director’s recent article in the Washington Times . One should also read the comments written by the present Director of Learn, Johnny Hunter (a Black Pro-Life Organization).

Dear Friends of  The Child:

Greetings and salutations!

As the National Director of L.E.A.R.N., Inc., I wish to express great joy for those of us who love life to share our information with you. We do not want our people to perish because of ignorance. Ignorance and apathy has hindered the proper response to the main destroyer of our future and the child. The single biggest threat to the survival of children, especially children of color, is imposed death by induced abortion.

The African American community alone has lost over 12,000,000 people due to this most racist act. In the United States, over 36,000,000 human beings have been unjustly destroyed and the numbers are getting worse by the addition of over 4,000 more deaths each day.

As a person who values human life, I feel very troubled that the youngest of our race is not guaranteed the opportunity to have their day in the sun. I have joined other Christians and have paid a very light price of time in jails and prisons for trying to save a little one. The destruction continues.

I have spoken to churches in over half the states in the America and have taken the gospel of life to three foreign countries including South Africa. I have seen people weep as they are confronted with the horror of this holocaust. Still, the destruction continues. (Read entire article at Learn)

St Gabriel's Anglican Church
 
Not long ago, I received a call from a woman who was setting up a Pro-Life women’s crisis center in town.  She informed me that this clinic would be set up thirty yards away from the local abortion mill. The idea was to intercept women before they got to the clinic and offer them abortion alternatives.  If they chose to go ahead with the abortion then we would offer our prayers and send them on their way, but at least they would be presented with a REAL choice, a real alternative. They would offer free pregnancy tests, 3D ultrasounds, and guidance. They would also storm heaven with prayers for all the babies and mothers, as well as the doctors and nurses at the clinic. This same set-up was envisioned about ten years ago in Little Rock, Arkansas by a local priest.  He funded it all by himself and within five years the abortion clinic shut down. Due in large part to his efforts there are only two abortion clinics left in all of Arkansas.  So when this woman contacted me asking if I would bless the clinic and possibly serve as a sort of chaplain to the center, of course I was happy to say I would do more than that!  I offered to come celebrate Eucharist every Tuesday at 1:00 pm and be available for any other spiritual need they may require. They devoted a small room in the center that we converted into a chapel, and many people started to attend! We can have anywhere from four to ten people a week at Eucharist. We use the Anglican Missal and celebrate the Requiem Mass for the unborn. Many also quietly pray across the street from the clinic on Saturday mornings.
 
St. Gabriel’s parish has really gotten involved by helping to staff the center’s phones Monday through Friday, as well as donating other needed items. They are always in need of baby items such as receiving blankets and cradles. When a woman is told she is pregnant, the center embraces this new life by offering all the help it can.  The new mother and child are presented with a gift - a receiving blanket or some other token of congratulations and then, if needed the center’s volunteers help the mother to get in touch with the proper state agencies to help with financial assistance. We at St. Gabriel’s help out with clothing and food from our food bank if needed, and everyone pitches in. To date there are over thirty saves due to this ministry!  Thirty souls that would not have been born if it had not been for the love and respect for life shown by these great people and all involved.  On St. Patrick’s Day, St. Gabriel’s will be holding a St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser to help raise money for this great cause. We will first have evening prayer upstairs, praying for all involved in this ministry, and then head downstairs for some great Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage and fellowship!  There will be speakers as well as games and prizes.  It should be a wonderful event! There are so many opportunities for outreach and ministry within our diocese, and this is just one way in which the family of St. Gabriel’s has chosen to respond in these tough times. Let us all help in our own parishes in our own ways to foster the Gospel of Life!  As the book of Deuteronomy (30:19) states .. “I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse, therefore CHOOSE LIFE!” Let us always choose life!  If any parishes in the diocese wish to help this great cause by sending baby items (pacifiers, receiving blankets, clothing, etc.) or donations, you can do so by sending them to my attention at St. Gabriel’s, and I will pass this on to the center.  I thank you all for your support and prayers


  St Gabriel's was so fortunate to throw a St Patrick's fund raiser to help out the local Pro life center. We had a huge turn out and sold over 100 tickets! We started with a Eucharist and then went downstairs to celebrate! We had Traditional Irish Dancers, Bagpipes, Prizes and lots and lots of food! Newspapers covered the event and everyone ended up a winner! Especially the unborn. It was so beautiful to see all these different denominations come together for such a great cause, we had Anglicans, Antiochan Orthodox, Lutherans, Roman Catholics all having fun and fellowship. It was such an amazing event, smiles were everywhere, children played, and sang Irish tunes as we prayed for the day when abortion will one day be eliminated forever! May the Lord the Lord continue to bless us!
 

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Find Saint Gabriel’s Anglican Web Site

 

 

Fr John Slavin  OHI
Rector St Gabriel's Anglican Church

Editor’s Note: Father John is one of our newest members

 

 

New Order Started Will Stress Pro-Life—Family Issues

 

                Sister Mary Magdalene took her perpetual profession vows on Passion Sunday, March 29, 2009. Her vows and veiling took place at Holy Redeemer Anglican Church, Montross, Virginia, where the Rt. Rev. Larry Wilson Johnson presided, assisted by The Ven. Dr. W. Ralph  Gardiner OHI, of the Northern Neck, who serves as Rector at Holy Redeemer and is a leading priest in the continuing Anglican movement.
                Following the service, Bishop Johnson founded the Order of the Community of Compassion, the first for the Anglican Church of Virginia and perhaps the first in the history of Virginia since the Church’s establishment at Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.
Having been a missionary abroad for over fifteen years, Sister Mary Magdalene returned to the United States to resume her work as a
nurse. In addition to this work she has accepted the assignment to build the newly formed Community of Compassion and was installed as
Prioress.  To read more about this article go to the Anglican Church of Virginia’s Web address:
http://www.theanglicanchurch.net/News.html

 

 

 

Find Father Anthony’s Ward’s new Blog dealing with Pro-Family issues.

 

Father Antony Ward, BA, OHI, SSC.
Rector
All Saints T.A.C.
Calgary, Ab.