Thursday, 30 May 2013

We can build a culture of life, it is what Christians do

This is a wonderful story of a Korean Pastor's imaginative solution to 'unwanted' babies in Seoul. This is what Christians should be about - Life. Did not our Lord say, "I am the way, the truth and the life." From the time Christians rescued 'exposed' infants in the Roman Empire, to this Korean Pastor of today, Christians know that they are called to defend and protect life at every stage and in every place. There really is no room for us to say, "Oh what can I do about it?" I am sure we will have to answer for our inaction on this matter on the Day of Judgement. So let's build a culture of life - join your local pro-life group now.

Korean pastor fighting epidemic of abandoned babies with anonymous ‘Baby Box’

May 28, 2013 (Bound4Life) - Lee Jong-rak is a Korean pastor in South Korea. A simple man with a huge purpose, Pastor Jong-rak saw a devastating problem. He thought of a way he could change it, and he became a prophetic voice to his society. His story is a story of faith. A story of hope. A story of love. And when you hear this heroic tale, you just may never be the same.

Lee Jong-rak is the creator of the Baby Box. His Baby Box is the first and only box in Korea that is for collecting abandoned babies who are physically or mentally handicapped or are just unwanted by their mothers.

Hundreds of unwanted babies are abandoned on the side of the street in South Korea every year. Jong-rak knew he needed to set up a way to save the lives of these precious babies.  He built a drop box on the side of his home with a humble sign reading, “Place to leave babies.”

The inside of the box contains a thick towel covering the bottom, and lights and heating to keep the baby comfortable.  A bell rings when someone puts a baby in the box, then Jong-rak, his wife, or staff associates come to immediately move the baby inside. His aim was to provide a life-giving alternative for desperate mothers in his city of Seoul. He even admits that he didn’t really expect that babies would come in– He was mistaken. The babies came. In the middle of the night, in the middle of the day, some with notes, some without a word, and only a very few mothers actually spoke to him face-to-face.

Pastor Jong-rak stated that one of the mothers said she “had poison to kill both herself and her baby.” He responded, “Don’t do that. Come here with your baby.” One single mother left this heart-wrenching note with her baby. The english translation follows.

“My baby! Mom is so sorry.
I am so sorry to make this decision.
My son! I hope you to meet great parents, and I am very, very sorry .
I don’t deserve to say a word.
Sorry, sorry, and I love you my son.
Mom loves you more than anything else.
I leave you here because I don’t know who your father is.
I used to think about something bad, but I guess this box is safer for you.
That’s why I decided to leave you here. My son, Please forgive me.”

My breath was pulled from me as I read, “I used to think about something bad but I guess this box is safer for you.” Yes, this little box is a safer place than the plans that once haunted this single mother’s mind. Because this box was an alternative, she chose life. Thus, this box would be the beginning of an previously undreamed ministry in Korea, the ministry of the Baby Box. ..... more


"The Drop Box" - Documentary PROMO from Brian Ivie on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Unwanted baby rescued from sewage pipe

This is an extremely shocking piece of news. A newborn baby was heard crying inside a sewage pipe!

Mother Mary intercede for fallen humanity. 
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us sinners.

The child was rescued by the fire department and taken to hospital where the pipe was removed piece by piece from around the blessed infant. However one cannot but help wonder, how many live infants are not heard but die in the sewers?

This piece of news comes from China but we in the West in no way have the moral high-ground. We are killing unborn children at a frightening rate. And the recent Gosnall case in the US has brought to all our attention that present day advocates of abortion believe infanticide is also morally permissible.

We all need to WAKE UP to this!

I find it utterly beyond comprehension that someone could justify infanticide, but that is exactly what some secular moral philosophers argue. And their argument is gaining ground. Recently the Ordinariate clergy received lectures on Moral Theology from the Maryvale Institute, and our tutor, Fr Dylan James, said that almost all pro-abortion ethicists argue that termination of human life from conception to infancy is morally permissible.

Good people cannot just ignore this and hope it will go away. Human society is very sick and desperately needs the Truth of divine revelation. The New Evangelisation of formerly Christian cultures must have at its heart the Gospel of Life. Let us pray and let us also do all we can to make sure we are prepared to witness to the truth of the Gospel of Life, that ALL human life from conception to natural death is sacred and precious.


Monday, 27 May 2013

A day with Mary at Buckfast Abbey

This coming Saturday there is a Day with Mary at St Mary's Abbey, Buckfast. Here is the programme for the day:

10.00 am Angelus. Crowning. Procession of Our Lady into the Abbey grounds whilst
praying the Joyful and Luminous Mysteries. Sung Litany
11.30 am Solemn Mass in honour of Our Lady. Celebrant and Preacher :
The Rt. Rev. David Charlesworth O.S.B. Abbot of Buckfast
1.00 pm Lunch break.
Please bring packed lunch or purchase from the Abbey’s ‘The Grange’ restaurant
2.15 pm Exposition and solemn outdoor Procession of the Blessed Sacrament
Sermon on Our Lady by Fr Agnellus Murphy FI
Eucharistic Adoration. Meditations on the Passion
4.15 pm Tea break
4.45 pm Sermon on Our Lady by Fr Agnellus Murphy FI
The Five Glorious Mysteries. Act of Consecration. Benediction
Enrolments in the Brown Scapular and Miraculous Medal
Finish 5.45pm
During the day: Confession and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Here is an address by Fr Angelo (Lanherne, Cornwall) :

Here is an address by Fr Lindlar of the Ordinariate, at a Day with Mary, Ramsgate.

Group that follows the Byzantine Greek rite comes to Rome to cheer the Pope

Another part of the Catholic Church which has its own traditions and liturgy:

DAY NINE (Eve of Pentecost)