(LifeSiteNews) — I hardly remember when I first became enamored with the idea of building a pioneer-style log cabin. It is a notion that feels like it has always been there. Perhaps too many visits to the Cracker Barrel or thumbing through endless pages of Country Living magazine in my youth are responsible for this. Whatever the case may be, the aim of building a log cabin of my own has now become my favorite preoccupation.
As the world continues its spiraled descent into the unknown, it is hard not to feel that building a log cabin is an appropriate distraction. Much of my own free time this winter will be spent preparing to break ground on the cabin in the Spring, finalizing design, cutting notches, and praying to St. Joseph that I don’t screw everything up.
These prayers have led me to ponder St. Joseph’s life much this Advent Season, particularly his plans to protect the Christ Child and Blessed Virgin, and what thoughts went through his mind while returning to his pregnant wife after he sought refuge at the inn, only to be given a cave. What might have seemed to St. Joseph in that moment an unfair and colossal shutdown is now considered one of our Faith’s most epic touchstones, one that continues to be celebrated, memorialized, and reflected upon by the saints and faithful throughout the centuries
I find some irony in St. Joseph’s role in this story, for he surely had the skills to build a home for the Holy Family. Nevertheless, events out of his control forced him to take refuge in a natural setting for world history’s most pivotal moment. Had St. Joseph planned everything out the way he had wished, the birth of the Christ Child would surely have occurred in a much more comfortable habitation, perhaps one crafted by his own hands to meet his family’s every need.
As governments across the globe seek to mandate abortion-tainted Covid-19 “vaccines” on millions of people against their will, medical autonomy continues to diminish worldwide, setting a dangerous precedent for future generations.
In response, during this Season of Advent, we have an important petition sponsored by Deacon Nick Donnelly of England, which makes the case that reception of the COVID vaccines currently available in the Western World is “morally illicit” for virtually all, if not every individual, in ordinary circumstances.
“The Bethlehem Declaration” has already been initially endorsed by four Catholic prelates, including Bishops Marian Eleganti, Rene Henry Gracida, Athanasius Schneider, and Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, along with ten priests and many scholars, activists and journalists from the United States, Europe, and Australia.
It also provides a compelling presentation, rich with hyperlinked resources documenting that not only are these injections morally illicit, but ineffective, unsafe, and unnecessary.
Calling mandates for reception of these chemicals “acts of violence” and “criminal,” the document also encourages those facing these difficult situations to exercise the virtue of prudence to the best of their ability while providing plenty of information to assist them in doing so.
Deacon Donnelly said this manifesto received its name since the Church is presently contemplating the “baby Jesus who manifests the sanctity of life of all babies, created in the image and likeness of God.”
“Bethlehem is also associated with the massacre of the Holy Innocents by King Herod,” he said. “This petition gives us the opportunity to protest on behalf of these silenced victims of the pharmaceutical industry” who have been exploited and used for the development and testing of COVID-19 vaccines.
Another signatory, child advocate Elizabeth Yore, called the Bethlehem Declaration “an outstanding document” which serves as “the definitive response to the globalist tyrannical health Madness.” Encouraging everyone to read it, she said, this petition “must resonate strongly amidst the noisy covid clatter.”
“I so love the gravitas of this grace-filled and divinely inspired document,” Yore said.
The Bethlehem Declaration concludes with the following appeal expressing the intention of this petition:
We therefore respectfully appeal to the Holy Father, the CDF, all Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, lay faithful, and all people of good will to vehemently oppose the reception of these morally tainted, dangerous, and ineffective products, along with the gravely unjust mandates for their reception being imposed upon millions of students and workers across the Christian West.
The Bethlehem Declaration:
Challenging the moral liceity of the abortion-tainted experimental injections for COVID-19 and calling for universal opposition to ‘vaccine mandates’
'For by His incarnation the Son of God has united Himself in some fashion with every man’ (GS 22).
Whereas the Second Vatican Council rightly summarized the horror of abortion classifying it as an “abominable crime” which also encompasses a “supreme dishonour to the Creator” (GS 51 § 3; 27);
Whereas St. John Paul II taught all must oppose such deliberate “murder” of the most vulnerable with “maximum of determination” (EV, 58; CL, 38);
Whereas, the sanctity of pre-born babies, created in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:27), is gravely violated by their utilitarian exploitation and commodification; thereby furthering the descent of the human race into “a civilization of ‘things’ and not of ‘persons’, a civilization in which persons are used in the same way as things are used” (St. John Paul II, GS, 13);
Whereas all of the experimental COVID-19 gene-based vaccines currently available in the Western world, are abortion-tainted having been tested or developed through the abuse of stolen fetal cells from the bodies of murdered pre-born children…
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Even though that was not to be, we can be confident that St. Joseph accepted with absolute and perfect faith God’s plan, as crazy as it may have seemed at the time, when he was told there was no room at the inn for his wife to bear a baby he absolutely knew was entirely special.
Even with all of today’s medical advancements, giving birth is not for the faint of heart. Childbirth, at least for this dad, is both an amazing and terrifying event, and the birth of one’s first child carries with it a great deal of uncertainty and mystery.
In our last go-round at the hospital this past summer, my wife and I had our fifth child, a beautiful little girl named Juliette. I simply could not wait to get home, to a place where I felt everyone could adjust peacefully to our new family member and where we would have at least the semblance of control.
As hokey as it may sound, that experience only reinforced for me that my idea to bring a log cabin into the picture is the right one. Log cabins are traditionally places of warmth. They are visceral symbols of stability and security. Both families and individuals need more of such places—at least I know I do—and this seems especially true this year at Christmastide for those of us who seek to retreat indoors from the cold and the world.
At LifeSiteNews we wish you warmest and holiest of Christmas seasons as you spend time with your family and friends to celebrate the arrival of Christ our Savior. As we prepare for the New Year, please know that you, our readers and benefactors, are in our prayers and that we are both humbled and privileged to serve you in our work.
God bless & merry Christmas!