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Respect For Life Prayer

Gentle St. Francis
you were so devoted to the humanity of Christ.
Your heart burst with appreciation toward God
for taking on human life.
You saw beauty and goodness in all living things –
in birds that sing,
the fish that fill our waters,
and all that lives in nature.

Help us to imitate your reverence for life
wherever it may be.
Especially, humble Francis of Assisi,
help us to help others
to see the worth of each living,
unborn baby sheltered in its mother’s womb.

May all mankind have the grace
to understand that these tiny,
budding lives have the right to live,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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10 responses to “Catholic Faith

  1. Tiralleur

    December 3, 2008 at 4:44 AM

    Thanks for the links to Catholic sites. I noticed that you alternate the state flag of Alabama with the Confederate Battle Flag (Southern Cross). Are you aware that the state flag of Alabama is derived from the Cross of Burgundy flown by the Catholic colonies of Spain, including Louisiana? Bernardo de Galvez, Governor of Spanish Louisiana, was a key ally of the Founding Fathers in the American War for Independence; the descendants of his militias fought for Southern Independence. You may also be interested in the Crown of Thorns crafted and given to President Davis by Blessed Pope Pius IX which is on display in Confederate Memorial Hall on Camp Street in New Orleans, along with a stain glass portrait of Father Abram Joseph Ryan, the Poet Laureate of the Confederacy.

     
    • Mike Shumaker

      October 19, 2009 at 10:48 PM

      Do you know of any documentary evidence that shows the crown of thorns at Confederate Memorial Hall originated with Pope Pius IX? The Confederate Memorial Hall donor records claim His Holiness made it, but the Museum of the Confederacy disputes it and says Varina Davis made it for her husband; citing an 1899 Confederate Veteran magazine article. For several weeks I’ve been searching for proof that the crown came from Pius IX or Varina Davis. I’ve contacted many biographers of Jefferson & Varina and they had nothing to offer. Some books and websites cite Pius IX, but no footnotes. None of the letters or books by Jefferson or Varina mention the crown. The National Archives had nothing.

       
      • Tiralleur

        December 4, 2009 at 11:27 PM

        Mr. Shuemaker,
        I am unaware of any documentation other than the tintype which is on display with the crown. I will ask the staff of Confederate Memorial Hall. I agree with other commentators that if the Davis family was aware of any errors concerning the display, they would have had them corrected.

        Tiralleur

         
  2. Dixie 1

    December 3, 2008 at 5:59 AM

    I knew about the Pope, but not about the rest. I checked into it after reading your comment. You were right, it was very interesting. Thank you.

     
  3. Tiralleur

    December 4, 2008 at 3:44 AM

    I also recommend that if you decide to visit Confederate Memorial Hall you take advantage of the traditional Latin Mass celebrated at St. Patrick’s on Camp Street just three or four block over (Sunday, 9:30 AM). That way you can have at least two Southern Poverty Law Center files going on you!

     
  4. Carolina Maine

    October 1, 2009 at 10:59 PM

    Wow…I thought I was a Dixie Darling…

    I’m from AL:)

     
    • Rebel Mom

      October 1, 2009 at 11:49 PM

      We are big Crimson Tide fans, GO BAMA!

      Thanks for stopping by our blog.

      God bless.

       
      • Tiralleur

        December 4, 2009 at 11:33 PM

        Rebel Mom,
        So that Florida won’t exceed the total of number of BCS championships held jointly with LSU for the first decade of the 21st century, this Tiger fan is cheering for the Tide in the SEC Championship game tomorrow (I know, we all need to get over Coach Saban, but if he leaves for Notre Dame, you might understand).

        Tiralleur

         
  5. Leci

    February 1, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Great article, totally what I was looking for.

     
  6. Gina

    May 4, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    What a great post, thanks for sharing this.

     

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