LifeSiteNews.com NewsBytes for December 30, 2008

* Disclaimer: The linked items below or the websites at which they are located do not necessarily represent the views of LifeSiteNews.com. They are presented only for your information. LIFE ISSUES   Born at just 23 weeks, the baby who defied UK abortion laws  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1102516/Born-just-23-weeks-baby-defied-abortion-laws.html   A New Vaccine Research Initiative That Needs the Support of the Whole Pro-Life Community  https://www.hli.org/sl_2008-12-19.html   Tiny Catholic Parish goes toe to toe with Abortion clinic-sees dramatic drop in abortions!  https://www.ncregister.com/site/article/16803/ RELIGION   India, an Exporter of Priests, May Keep Them   https://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/30/us/30priest.html?_r=1&hp=&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1230646037-dWxf8K/t6z1tAmvOybfaYw   Atheists suing to remove religion from inauguration   https://www.examiner.com/x-2044-Atheism-Examiner~y2008m12d29-Atheists-suing-to-remove-religion-from-inauguration   […]
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There is no Other Work That I Would Rather be Doing

Christmas reflection by Steve Jalsevac TORONTO, December 24, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com ) – In the morning before Christmas Eve I was interviewed for an hour by a local Catholic radio station. We discussed the importance of LifeSiteNews and looked ahead to the challenges of 2009.   The interviewer was a passionate LifeSiteNews fan, and like so many others said he does not miss a day of reading our daily reports and greatly relies on them to understand current events in the world. Entirely on his own initiative, he encouraged his listeners to respond to our Christmas fundraising campaign.   As the […]
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The Silence of Christmas

By John Jalsevac   PETERBOROUGH, Ontario, December 23, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – One of the most astonishing things about the nativity is its silence. In my freshman history class our professor one day read aloud two stories – one relating the birth of Siddhartha Gautama (later to be known as the Buddha) and another the birth of Jesus Christ. The contrast could not have been more profound.   The first child was born in the midst of an almost hyperbolic opulence – in an aromatic orchard of blossoming trees surrounded by a thousand attendants, with gods and elephants and jewels and […]
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With Seven Children in Narnia – Trying to Capture the Real Meaning of Christmas

by John-Henry Westen  OTTAWA VALLEY, Ontario, December 23, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The snow came early this year, a huge dump by late October.  Our family trip to visit my in-laws in Myrtle Beach South Carolina at that time ended with driving back in a massive snow storm, and being forced to take refuge in a New York State hotel overnight to wait out the worst of it.  That hotel stay (like many of ours as the family sometimes accompanies me on speaking engagements) consisted of using the hotel room as one big tent for the nine of us.    Some […]
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We are Fighting a Battle That Has Already Been Won

Reflection by Tim Waggoner KINGSTON, Ontario, December 23, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – To be asked to write a positive reflection for a pro-life and family news service, considering what is going on in the world at this time, at first seems an impossible task.    What is positive about the world’s most influential nation voting into power the most pro-abortion President in its history?  What is positive about its northern neighbor’s government vowing not to change the fact that its country is bereft of any laws protecting the unborn?  How do you write a positive reflection, when a reflection of our […]
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Tradition and Light

Christmas reflection by Thaddeus M. Baklinski COMBERMERE, Ontario, December 23, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – My wife Theresa remarked on Monday of this week that the days are starting to get longer – Monday had about one more minute of daylight than Sunday did. The return of Light is so important not only to those of us experiencing the dark, cold days of Canadian winter, but also to those who yearn for a return of the Light of faith and reason to the cultures in which we live.   One of the ways that we try to keep this Light shining in […]
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Christmas in Mexico, 2008

Reflection by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman GUADALAJARA, December 24, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As I approach my third Christmas in Mexico, what comes to mind is the adjective “grateful”.  I am grateful to God for allowing me to participate in the incredibly rich culture of this great nation, so deeply influenced by the Catholic faith and the beautiful traditions of the Spanish and indigenous peoples of the region.   It is an even greater blessing to be in the cultural heart of Mexico, the State of Jalisco.  Here began the traditions of Mariachi bands and the iconic Mexican drink, Tequila.  And here, […]
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A Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year to All LifeSiteNews Readers

Dear Readers,   From all of us here at LifeSiteNews.com we wish you and your families a happy and holy Christmas and a blessed New Year.    The Christmas reflections from our LifeSiteNews.com crew are sure to bring some smiles. I encourage you to view the website versions of these reflections that contain many photos.   Barring major developments, LifeSiteNews.com will not be publishing over the holidays until Monday January 5, 2009.   May the Light of the Newborn Babe of Bethlehem shine in your hearts forever.   John-Henry Westen  Editor-in-Chief
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