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Where I Get My Pro-Life News and Commentary

newssources

A friend, Francis B., requested a list of my sources for pro-life news. So, in no particular order, my favorites:

General

Crisis Magazine
First Things
Catholic World Report
MercatorNet
NewAdvent.org
National Catholic Register

Abortion
Live Action News
Americans United for Life
Students for Life
National Right to Life News
Priests for Life Blog

Politics, Legislation, Religious Freedom
Susan B. Anthony List
Alliance Defending Freedom
American Center for Law and Justice
Judicial Watch
Catholic Vote

International
Turtle Bay and Beyond
Human Life International

Bioethics
Charlotte Lozier Institute
National Catholic Bioethics Center

Marriage and Family
National Organization for Marriage
Family Research Council
The Public Discourse
Ruth Institute Blog
United Families International

Education and Education-Related
Catholic Education Resource Center
Catholic Education Daily (from Cardinal Newman Society
Intercollegiate Review
Circe Institute

Conservative
The Heritage Foundation
Ethika Politika
American Thinker
PJ Media
Taki’s Magazine
The Imaginative Conservative
The American Spectator

Catholic
Ignatius Insight Scoop
Catholic News Agency
Catholic Herald
National Review Online
Sandro Magister
Touchstone
Catholic Culture
Women of Grace
PewSitter
What Does the Prayer Really Say?
Homiletic and Pastoral Review
Vatican News

and because sometimes, I just need a humorous take on all those:

Eye of the Tiber
Creative Minority Report
Curt Jester
Ironic Catholic
Catholic Memes (there’s a whole lot more on FB, plus Tumblr)

Two ways I organize my news sources:
Feedly
and when on Facebook, Lists, where I have lists for a) Pro-Life Leaders and Writers, b) Current Events, and c) my mom friends and other close friends who keep up with the same concerns.

Every so often, I go on Twitter to see what people are talking about, but I prefer getting my current events from the above.

I also like taking a peek at how the Catholic youth view their faith and current events from time to time, so I check out Catholic Tumblr blogs.

Note that many of these overlap in terms of the news they report/comment on. It goes without saying that I am not capable of reading all these sources every single day, so it just depends on what time I have. Sometimes I go on FB to catch up on news, sometimes I go on Feedly, other times I rely on friends and family to keep me informed. I try to not to overwhelm myself with too much input, especially during Lent. I process/digest things throughout the day — blogging and journaling helps at times — and when I feel that I’m inundated I shut things down and focus on prayer and family.

Hope that helps!

In the Quiet of Advent, the Call

Well, it’s done. The RH Bill has passed in the Philippines. Now the real work begins. Some thoughts on this dreary Monday afternoon, as I ponder what my fellow Catholics and Filipino friends and family are facing:

I’ve been thinking of everything I’ve done for the pro-life cause, but especially the last two years that I’ve been involved with Filipinos for Life — how much I poured my heart and soul into it…. and the fact that I didn’t make that much of a difference. I don’t say this to ask for reassurance or praise… the results have been depressing but I am trying to be as clear-headed about this as possible.

Last I looked, known abortion proponents are still out there referring women to underground abortionists. Girls are still able to procure illegal abortifacients via unscrupulous individuals on topix.com — they’re just a phone call away. The bill got passed — despite opposition from priests, bishops, nuns, the laity. In the coming months there will be more international conferences, and the same-old-same-old pro-abortion, pro-divorce, pro-same-sex-marriage people will be involved. The divorce bill is next. [Collective sigh from all faithful Catholics.]

I’m not dismissing the work that pro-lifers have done and will doubtless keep on doing. But I don’t know if my role will necessarily be the same. I’ll always be pro-life and I’ll always do what I can do, but as I take some time this Advent to quiet my heart in anticipation of His coming, I am discerning the call to focus on my primary vocation: be the best wife and mom I could possibly be, simply live an authentic Christian/Catholic life, and spread the “gospel” of homeschooling wherever and whenever I can. A few years ago as I lamented to a friend that our pro-life efforts seem to be so fruitless at times, she wisely advised, “Just be what you are. Your presence and witness — your life — will be what changes lives.” Today, that advice is echoing loudly in my soul. My fellow homeschooling friends know homeschooling is very much a part of “the movement”… that’s where the roots of cultural change need to be. And repeatedly I am seeing that that’s where I’m most needed and where I can touch lives the most. (Interestingly enough, I see a Freethinkers post on homeschooling that’s very much on the mark: http://filipinofreethinkers.org/2012/04/16/demystifying-homeschooling/; you’ll have to copy-paste. Color me pleasantly surprised.)

We always say, we’re here to plant seeds, and we may never see the fruits — not in our lifetime anyway. But at the same time the fruits are all I have to go by at this point, when I have to make decisions. I keep coming back to this: that we are called to New Evangelization, especially in this Year of Faith…. but for a while now I’ve known, like many others have recognized for a while, that politics is not the answer and never will be. Like many Catholic homeschoolers, I have long lost faith in manmade institutions. Too often our trust has been misplaced. And while we are called to be active participants in the public square, it is always helpful to remember that we are called to be in the world but not of the world.

So how do we build a culture of life, even as we live within a culture of death? A list, and then some, in the next post.

Higher Learning Indeed

Higher Learning? by Anne Hendershott

As the mom of a college student (and more coming in just a few years), I keep my eye open for articles such as this which I see as a “state of the nation” type of report.

As the mom of a previously-homeschooled college student, you can bet I still keep an eye open for whatever material my child is exposed to at school. Just because our oldest is now 18, a young adult — and very mature for her age, I think — that doesn’t mean our job of parenting and guiding her is over. If anything, we are trying to be ever more vigilant. The dangers are many and oftentimes sneakier. This is, of course, part of the “real world” (whatever that means) that she has to be exposed to, just because we can’t shelter our children forever. For our children to be effective harbingers of peace, justice and love in the world, it is sometimes necessary that they see the unrest, the injustice, the hatred that is around us in their rawest forms. Much as we’d like to continue to shield her from all of that, we realize it is futile, and perhaps harmful in the long term.

What worries me sometimes, and brings me to my knees, is the insidious nature of secular thought. I hate to sound paranoid but the fact is that you cannot let your guard down, even for one minute. This is not something to be complacent about. We have spent many years of our lives exposing our child to — hopefully — the true, the good, the beautiful… so that when faced with the lies and ugliness out there, she can distinguish the difference, and make choices in accordance with who she is: a loving child of God. The scary part is that these ugly lies are often cloaked in colorful, shimmering robes that attract and deceive. Sometimes they come full force, with malicious intent, but more often than not the root is something innocent (or ignorant), and can therefore be easily dismissed as nothing of consequence. And that is where we/she might make our/her biggest mistakes.

As we navigate the waters of college life, one thing we hope to maintain is that parent-child dialogue that, due to ever-busier schedules, is often hard to find time for. Beyond the usual “How was your day?” there still needs to be time for mother-child and father-child and father-mother-child talks. And so, in a way, the homeschooling hasn’t really ended. None of us have graduated yet. In just a few short months, we have had our eyes opened to this process of enculturation that goes on in the college world and beyond. It is a frightening thing to behold. But it’s also a challenging thing, and therefore exciting. Our college student is bringing home experiences and thoughts and ideas that we as a family need to put under a microscope and examine, with great care. I am thankful that she allows us this scrutiny and joins in with much enthusiasm and openness.

My concern right now with this particular child is achieving that balance… somewhere between letting go of this young adult who is stretching her wings and flapping them gently, more strongly by the day… and keeping just enough of a hold on her to keep her grounded, attached to the values and beliefs that she has leaned upon and cherished in her young life. I don’t want to hamper or hinder.

I wonder… if the awareness and the vigilance are there, would those be enough? It’s so easy to say, she’ll be fine, she’s a prayerful person, she loves God…. but looking at these politicians and seeing the fruits, I worry. Did their parents see this coming? Or did they see it coming but did not recognize it? Did they say to themselves, he/she’ll be fine — he/she is in a Catholic college/university and that’s *good enough*. Apparently for these people in office, it wasn’t.