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The story of Jonah and the Whale like you have never heard it told

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My wife was recently sent a link to a video of a little girl telling the story of Jonah and the whale. Sounds cute, but my goodness, once this little cutie gets wound up does she ever take it on. You won’t forget the story after this performance, done without any notes.

Now what does this have to do with a life and family news service? First of all, this is my blog section, so I get to write and present things here that are different from the usual LifeSiteNews grind. But as well, I think this video has a lot to do with the state of the world today which seems to cry out for lots of Jonahs to tell all the developed nations that they must “change their wicked ways”.

More important, this particular story is about the negligence of religious and other leaders who seem everywhere today to be too afraid to tell the hard truths about the wrong behaviours of those they can influence or who they have responsibility for. These leaders fear rejection, loss of status, discomfort, anger and criticism - instead of fearing God.

Their negligence is leading to more and greater suffering and destruction - possibly even the great destruction of war or violent persecution. Things are not looking good right now, especially in the Middle East and in Europe and in the US economy and social and political realms.

But the good news from the story of Jonah is that if we and our leaders do what we know God wants us to do, God’s love will prevail and his mercy will be extended to us.

This little Baptist Shirley Temple telling of Jonah and the Whale is good for us to hear and ponder. It’s about the same old human nature, and action and consequence, that has happened since the beginning of time.

We just need to be reminded and encouraged to not be afraid and to do what we must, disregarding what others may say or do to us - and trust in God alone.



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Pro-choice activists say I should have been aborted. Thank God I was adopted instead

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The Bomberger Family, in 1983, with 13 children (10 adopted).
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May 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Today’s my birthday. El Cinco de Ry-o is what we call it in my house. My friends and family get to celebrate that I was born.

But I almost never was.

Many say I “should have been aborted”. Not that I did anything wrong, but my biological “father’s” crime compels others to see my life, and many like mine, unworthy of life. You see, I’m the one percent that is used to justify 100% of abortions. The violence of rape caused my conception, but it didn’t determine my destiny.

My biological mom proved that she was stronger than her circumstances by not choosing the violence of abortion. Once a foster child herself, she was faced with a decision that no one should ever have to make. No man should ever violate a woman like my biological “father” did to her.

Yet, here I am. I’m not defined by my biological “father’s” crime but by the courage of my birthmom. Her singular decision will have reverberations for generations.

My parents were given a gift (although at times I’m sure they wanted a refund because I was not always the easiest child). They were given an opportunity to love me and my other adopted siblings that were “unplanned” but never “unloved”. My mother’s own brokenness as a child—living through her parents’ divorce at a young age due to her father’s alcoholism—transformed her into a mother who would care for those who simply needed a mom and dad to love them. Her mother never gave up on her. And she would never give up on the ones she would call her own, whether her three biological or ten adopted children.

Relentless love. That’s what I grew up knowing from my mom and dad. And that’s what I share with my amazing wife and our four precious kiddos (two of these munchkins were adopted). My life has been a journey of pouring out God’s love to those around me, being a mentor to hundreds of youth, and ministering to the fatherless and to the poor. Love can make anything possible. Just ask anyone whose life has been touched by it.

Adoption unleashed purpose in my life. As a Christian, it is the essence of salvation; there is no salvation without it. I was a Boy Scout, record-setting athlete, honor roll student, National Honor Society member, musician, singer, writer, student leader, DJ, activist, designer, and a Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities. I earned my Bachelor’s in Marketing and Master’s in Communications with a full-paid scholarship based upon my academic and extracurricular achievements. I became a small business entrepreneur, built a successful media production company, earned multiple awards for my broadcast design work, helped another adoptive family (now, part of my own family) reach millions of viewers on the former ABC Family and Oprah, and met the incredible woman (my wife, Bethany) who would love someone the world said would be “unwanted”.

I don’t detail these achievements to boast about me. All of the things that I’ve been able to be are because of a God who can make triumph rise from tragedy. Even if I weren’t able to achieve any of these things, I would have irreplaceable priceless value—like every other human being—simply because I exist.

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Today, Bethany and I run The Radiance Foundation and highlight the beautiful possibility with which we are all created. Whether at HarvardValues Voter Summit, the National Press Club, the March for Life, in the news, leading Capitol Hill briefings or helping to raise millions for pregnancy care centers, we believe every human life has purpose. We’ve been denounced by the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and even the NAACP, which means we’re obviously doing something right. We were sued by the pro-abortion NAACP for exercising our fundamental First Amendment rights and accurately calling the once-great civil rights organization the National Association for the Abortion of Colored PeopleAlliance Defending Freedom fought for our civil rights, and we won this free speech case in federal court.

Who would have thought that someone who “should have been aborted” would be calling out an iconic civil rights organization for failing to see every human being as equal?

God has a way of illuminating how He, not humankind, is the true arbiter of human value.

I, and many others with stories that began in the violence of rape, get to redeem that painful narrative. We get to honor the courage of our biological mothers, whether they chose to parent or make a loving plan of adoption. We get to love and be loved.

We get to have birthdays…on El Cinco De Mayo or any other day of the year. And it’s with a special sense of gratitude that we reflect upon our lives—all made possible by a singular, yet powerful, decision by women who refused to be defeated by the rapist or by abortion. That’s something worth celebrating!



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Voices crying in the wilderness over Pope Francis document

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Top of the Drudge Report, one of the world's most accessed websites, on the day Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) was released.

April 8, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Here we go again, having to publish unpopular views about yet another action by Pope Francis, a pope more heavily praised by the secular world than any other in history, it seems, and a pope  who is especially lauded by all Catholic Church progressives and other progressives such as Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders. This has happened so often now that we at times feel like voices crying in the wilderness whom relatively few understand.

John the Baptist, was the person whom that description of a “voice in the wilderness” was applied to in scripture. He was compelled, for love of God and the truth, to publicly castigate King Herod for divorcing his wife and unlawfully taking Herodias, the wife of his brother. God’s Ten Commandments simply did not permit it.

Herod did not want to hear what he knew was the truth, but worse, his new, illicit wife and her daughter, perhaps comparable to today’s radical feminists, wanted the Baptist’s head for his boldness in discomforting them – and they got it.

So, we are treading on sensitivities that cause ferocious reactions from those who have much invested in a loosening of the Catholic Church’s over 2,000 years’ old moral teachings.

Those moral absolutes have been nothing less than Jesus Christ’s – God’s - teachings – for all time.

The Catholic Church is understood to be the most influential and last bastion in the world still in the way of the New World Order in which all those supposedly out-of-date teachings can no longer be permitted to be so absolute, if even taught at all.

As we are now seeing in so many stories on LifeSite, there are many things that the world insists we no longer have any right to even say anymore. That is because they upset certain people. And that is now considered to be a crime punishable by hateful harassment, firing from jobs, large fines and even criminal charges. Truth is no longer considered a defense

It is said that the world has dramatically changed and history and Natural Law no longer apply. Everyone has to quickly move along and get with the modern world - population control, the climate change agenda, the sexual revolution and a complete revamp of the world's economic systems to facilitate forced transfers of wealth. People are supposedly no longer capable of adhering to the demanding, old-fashioned, traditional Catholic religion.

When we received a copy of the “The Joy of Love”, a quick read revealed of course many praiseworthy, strong and inspiring affirmations of Catholic teachings, but it also revealed more than a few clearly problematic statements – time bombs, that will certainly be exploded by those who have been anticipating such opportunities.

Having now observed the reactions and outcomes of many similar Francis items, it has become almost Second nature to understand how certain ambiguous, imprecise, incomplete or oddly worded statements will play out in the real world.

The main analysis emphasis for truly honest and faithful reporters has become, what will those who read or hear these statements and documents actually do with them? What will be the main focus of reactions and the actual impact on the world?

That is the most important effort that should be undertaken, in our opinion, related to any of these documents and statements by Pope Francis. That is, the overall content is less important than the actual impact on the faith, on culture, on the world, which might result from only small parts of the content or from one or two sentences in a dialogue. 

In the third year of the Francis pontificate, it has become fairly easy to predict these outcomes, because the same patterns have repeatedly occurred.

The ambiguous statements, the statements that do not contradict Catholic teaching, but which are also missing necessary related hard teachings and essential clarifications to questions that are certain to be asked – those are the ones that always get the most attention, such as, "Who am I to judge?"

They are interpreted to have finally opened previously always closed doors. They generate the most reaction and are cited all over the world by the media, by progressive Catholics, and by an astonishing number of non-Catholics, to justify behaviors and changes that totally contradict fully explained, related Catholic teaching.

See the fascinating collage of many news headlines on One-Peter-5 that provides evidence of the predicted inevitable response to "The Joy of Love." 

At the same time, many faithful Catholics are determined to see only the predominant orthodox statements. They make it harshly known that they consider any criticism to be disrespectful and malevalently belittling the supposed greater positive impact of those boldly stated orthodox teachings by Francis.

To them, Pope Francis' strong orthodox statements should cause any critics or doubters to accept that everything else in the statement or document must be positively interpreted, with the assumption that Francis could only have intended this or that orthodox point. All else is sensational, slanderous  speculation unbecoming a Catholic.

So, it seems to be a lose-lose for us at times, as it seemed for John the Baptist.

Still, we will continue to report what our faithful readers expect us to report – the truth, especially the truth that most others would prefer to ignore or perhaps just don’t see.

We will continue to be trustworthy, always respectful reporters on these controversial developments – for love of truth and for love of God.

See related articles:

Wildly divergent reactions to Pope’s exhortation: a study on the results of ambiguity

Pope Francis opens door to Communion for ‘remarried’ Catholics in landmark exhortation

Catholics cannot accept elements of Pope’s exhortation that threaten faith and family

The Pope’s confused message undermines his own pastoral program

Pope Francis condemns abortion, euthanasia, same-sex ‘marriage’ in exhortation



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Mother Angelica has been an inspiration to LifeSite for years – pray for her

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March 31, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – EWTN founder Mother Angelica has been a major inspiration to John-Henry Westen and I since we founded LifeSite in 1997. Her example of always telling it like it is as an act of charity to her viewers and her method of just going ahead and doing what she felt God wanted her to do, regardless of criticisms or lack of funds, both made eminent sense to us.

She showed us what we wanted to do, and just had to do, for the pro-life, pro-family world. So very few media were telling the public uncomfortable or politically incorrect truths and among the religious media and many pro-life and pro-family organizations there was too much caution and concern about not rocking the boat or being too "rigid".

Mother was real, she had street smarts, and we have always tried to be real instead of serving our own or other unworthy agendas. We have also just gone ahead and done what we have felt inspired to do, no matter how outrageous it seemed to others, trusting in providence for our needs. 

The video that we posted a few days ago of Mother bluntly calling out the blasphemy of the portrayal of Christ on the Cross by a woman during World Youth day in Denver, Colorado, is something that every Catholic and any other Christian today needs to watch. Mother made it very plain that the liberal laity, religious, bishops and cardinals were trying to destroy the Church and that it should not be tolerated. We must not be afraid to speak up. In fact, she made it plain that we have a serious duty to God to do so.

As far as I am concerned that video shows the type of religious and clergy urgently needed today to save the Church from its ongoing self-destruction by negligence, faithlessness, cowardice, worldiness, corruption and pride.

Mother Angelica is gone, but her legacy lives on, thanks especially to all the television footage we have been viewing these past few days showing the totally up front, street-smart, funny and holy evangelist without any airs that Mother Angelica was.

Steve Skojec of the praiseworthy blog One Peter 5, and another follower and admirer of Mother Angelica, wrote an article yesterday about the need to continue to pray for Mother, which anyone who knew her is what she surely would have wanted. They could see her in their minds wagging her finger at anyone who dared to presume she was already in Heaven, as tends to be the norm in today's progressive Catholicism.

The best thing we can do for her right now, as Skojec emphasizes, it to pray for Mother’s soul, even while knowing that she was among the holier persons we have ever known in this life.

Here is Steve Skojec’s article, reprinted with permission:

We Must Pray for the Dead, Even the Holy

By Steve Skojec On March 30, 2016

Yesterday, I wrote a tribute to Mother Angelica, a woman whose life and work was defined by her willingness to say what God wants us to hear, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us. In fact, as she herself once said, “Those who tell the Truth love you. Those who tell you what you want to hear love themselves.”

She also said, “It’s your obligation to speak the truth, and everyone can either take it or leave it. But truth must be in us. We live in such a poverty of truth today.”

When it came to the way we live our faith, she admonished, “If you’re not a thorn in somebody’s side, you aren’t doing Christianity right.”

As for what drove her? “I’m not afraid to fail…I’m scared to death of dying and having the Lord say to me, ‘Angelica, this is what you might have done had you trusted more.”

You see, Mother Angelica was, by every conceivable measure, a deeply pious and holy woman. A woman who knew the value of suffering offered up to God. But as my old professor, Dr. Regis Martin (who appears frequently on Mother’s own network) used to say, “The real saints are the last people in the neighborhood to know that.”

This is because true holiness places us face to face with the frailty of our humanity. Our sinful, fallen nature. When compared the the ultimate perfection of God, our sins are scarlet, our faults stand out in grand contrast.

St. Catherine of Genoa, a 15th-century mystic who was given the experience of Purgatory during her life and is considered the “theologian of Purgatory,” explains what happens when we come into contact with God’s perfections after death:

“The greatest suffering of the souls in purgatory, it seems to me, is the awareness that something in them displeases God, that they have deliberately gone against His great goodness … I can also see … that the divine essence is so pure and light-filled — much more than we can imagine — that the soul that has but the slightest imperfection would rather throw itself into a thousand hells than appear thus before the divine presence.” Hence “the soul … aware that the impediment it faces cannot be removed in any other way, hurls itself into Purgatory …. That is why the soul seeks to cast off any and all impediments so it can be lifted up to God.”

(As cited in the book, Hungry Souls: Supernatural Visits, Messages, and Warnings from Purgatory, p. 41)

Mother Angelica died with the last rites of the Church and an apostolic pardon. She lived a holy life doing God’s work. She voluntarily embraced suffering that could be offered up as a sacrifice to God. If anyone has a chance at a straight shot to heaven, it’s her.

But we must not presume. We do not know what God knows about her. We are not privy to the hidden recesses of her soul. This is why praying for the living and the dead are spiritual works of mercy. We are duty-bound to pray for souls that pass from this life, that their sufferings in Purgatory (if any) will be lessened. Most of us will go there. Some for quite a long time. We all need to pray for each other, and I’ve often joked that I will come down and haunt my family members and friends if they forget to do so!

I know for a fact that Mother would want our prayers, and would tell us that even if she made it, those graces might be applied to the Holy Souls in purgatory who are not yet done being purified.

If someone tells you Mother is in heaven before the Church’s process of canonization (which I fully expect will begin on her behalf) is done, do not listen to them. If you loved Mother in this life, pray for her in the next. Know that your prayers will never go to waste.

Particularly when it comes to the death of someone who is well-loved, we are told before the body is cold that they are “in a better place.” It may be true, but we just don’t know. This is what we want to hear, not what’s best for them. Remember, “Those who tell the Truth love you. Those who tell you what you want to hear love themselves.”

Pray for Mother Angelica, and all the souls of the faithful departed. May they rest in peace.

This article by Steve Skojec was re-published with permission from One Peter 5.



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