This is our Christmas – New Year’s Hotline for 2007. Next news will be on January 2, 2008. Hard to believe we’re eight years into the twenty-first century.
“And the Word Became Flesh and Dwelt Among Us”
Off and on during the past month we have watched snippets of “The Universe” presented locally on the History Channel. It is a truly awesome visual look at those parts of the universe that have been garnered through modern photography including the use of x-ray and radio waves and piecing together thousands of individual photographs of galaxies, stars, dust, planets, suns, black holes, nebulae and you name it.
The immensity and grandeur of these photographs coupled with dialogue between experts who speak in terms of billions of years and millions of light years and enormous distances that stagger the imagination, stars being formed in a ten trillion mile column of dust, suns a thousand times as large as our own, the order that permits galaxies to merge without any collisions due to the enormous space involved and various gravitational actions, speeds in the millions of miles an hour, concepts beyond imagining.
Through it all one can only think of the magnificence and grandeur of God, who created all this order and space and beauty with a single fiat. And then you realize that, as St. John tells us in the first chapter of his Gospel, which we hear at Christmas, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God…all things came to be through Him, and without Him noting came to be.”
In brief, all this immensity and order and magnificence came through the Word, the Verbum. And a few lines further on John says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”
The Creator of the Universe becomes a little baby who depends on a woman to clothe and feed him, and a man to find him a place to stay. It boggles the mind. Try to draw a picture of “The Universe” in your imagination, if you can, and then think of the Babe of Bethlehem being the sole cause of all the galaxies and stars and planet, then put the images together and see what it does to your mind.
It can keep you busy for a long time just merging the two realities — the creation and its Creator. It all seems too good to be true, just to be able to know the facts. And the fact is that it is not just true, but it is simply “The Truth.”
How fortunate we are to have been let in on it. Think about this most important of all truths this Christmas day and off and on throughout the holidays. It will give you the dimension you need to appreciate what the season is all about.
Pickets Will Continue Outside PP Contractor’s Denver Home
Pro-Lifers in Denver, CO are allowed to continue their pickets and protests outside the home of the contractor who is building the mega Planned Parenthood, according to the Denver City Council. They are not allowed to picket at night or to display super large signs. Ann, Eric and I joined their picket of the contractor’s home when we were in Denver December 1.
It was obvious that the neighbors were not exactly on our side, and lots of police cruised the area. But about 50 picketers marched and sang Christmas carols and all was peaceful and orderly. We’re glad for the City Council permit for the protests to continue.
Planned Parenthood tried to sneak this mill into the community by pretending to be a United Airlines building.
Bishop Morlino Speaks Out against Morning-After Pill
Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, WI has decided Catholic Hospitals in his diocese may not administer the so-called emergency contraception or morning-after pill to women who have been raped, despite state legislation calling for this. He has asked legislators to oppose the bill, AB 377. This also counters a decision made by the Bishops Council allowing its use if it can be determined that the victim has not already conceived.
Bishop Morlino does not believe this is a position of neutrality and that the Vatican as early as the year 2000 clearly condemned ANY use of the morning after pill.
Our hat is off to Bishop Morlino.
Merry Christmas to All
Have a holy and happy Christmas and get off to a great New Year by going to church on New Year’s Day.