Friday Link Love

Here are five more links that I love.

I Can’t: Jenny Lawson’s response to Alan Rickman’s passing. Farewell, dear friend.

A Small Moment Captures the Big Picture: A look at a beautiful moment from Pope Francis’s recent visit to Rome’s Great Synagogue

A Common Date for Easter/Pascha?: Oh, let it be! Please!

Mayim Bialik Got “Modesty Shamed”: An interesting discussion about modesty

Empathy, Photography, and Perception: Thoughts about the public display of images of the corpses of aborted babies by those opposed to abortion; on the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, this is a timely reminder that we are called to love both our friends and our enemies. Also, it once again raises the question of whether or not the use of these images is effective. (I don’t believe that it is.) We need to respect all humans. The gratuitous use of these images of these poor, sweet, dead children of God is not acceptable.

Also, on the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I’d like to leave you with three thoughts/quotations from minds that are far wiser than me.

“I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child – a direct killing of the innocent child – murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love, and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts.”
-Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

“Since the Church did not make either of these laws, she cannot be their arbiter—only their guardian and interpreter. It could never be right for her to declare lawful what is in fact unlawful, since that, by its very nature, is always opposed to the true good of man.”

– Blessed Paul VI Humanae Vitae

Thus says the LORD, “A voice is heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; She refuses to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more.”

-Jeremiah 31:15

Father God, forgive us our sins and grant eternal memory and blessed repose to the soul of each and every child who has lost his or her life to abortion. Give them a place where the just repose, a place where there is no pain, sorrow, or mourning. And Father, give hope and peace to the hearts and minds of each person who has been in any way impacted by this sin or any other abuse of human life. Help them to know Your love and kindness for You alone love us all.

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