Wednesday, July 25, 2012

New Hope for Conscience Protection


Dear Friends,

It is so tempting to feel discouraged and lose hope after the Supreme Court of the United States did not strike down Obamacare. As we all know, the violation of religious freedom is tucked neatly inside of it under the title of 'The Affordable Care Act' which mandates free contraception, sterilization, and abortion inducing drugs. However, we also must remember that discouragement is a tool of Satan. It is a way of depleting our energy away from the need to continue to fight. That's why the move this week by Representative Denny Rehberg (R-Montana), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Service and Education, to introduce "beefed-up" conscience protections in his subcommittee's 2013 appropriations bill that funds the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was so encouraging and gutsy in light of his run for the Senate in the fall.

These are times of difficult trial for Christians in America. Standing firm while continuing to find creative ways to push back against this oppressive mandate is what we are called to do. The following article from The National Catholic Register explains the courageous move of Rep. Rehberg to legally protect religious freedom and the conscious rights of healthcare workers and employers. He is an example of charging forward to do the right thing and placing real principle above politics. Read entire article here . Your voice through the Stop the Birth Control Mandate Petition continues to encourage our leaders to stand firm with us.

Obviously, the best possible solution would be for government to get out of healthcare. If this does not happen, the next best thing is legal protection of our religious freedom and conscience rights. We must pray fervently that Americans will vote to protect these rights in November.

St. Gianna, mother, saint, and doctor, pray for us!

God Bless,

Thomas McKenna
St. Gianna Physician's Guild
"Divine Love Made Flesh" Acclaimed in Ireland
Nuncio urges Irish faithful to read Cardinal's book
July 18th, 2012 by Sarah Mac Donald (Ci News)

A new book of theology by the head of the Vatican's Apostolic Signature, Cardinal Raymond L Burke, has been publicly endorsed as "a great way to introduce yourself to the teachings of the Church on the Eucharist," by the papal nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Charles Brown. Read more.

St. Gianna Enshrinement Program
The goal of this program is to spread devotion to St. Gianna Beretta Molla and promote her as an example for people to imitate. Together with presentations, the organization offers the enshrinement of a beautifully framed picture of St. Gianna with a relic in churches, hospitals and especially physician's offices and clinics. Having the picture of this saintly mother, holding one of her children in her arms, is a convenient way to spark interest in her life and bring up topics of the Faith. Booklets, prayer cards and pictures can be placed near the picture for those interested in her life to learn more. For more information click here.

St. Gianna DVD now available!

Brought to life in vivid color and inspirational narrative, St. Gianna Beretta Molla: A Modern Day Hero of Divine Love is no mere documentary. A veritable meditation, it guarantees to evoke a spiritual renaissance in you and your loved ones as it recounts faithfully St. Gianna's journey from early childhood to becoming a young Catholic wife, mother and physician and, ultimately, a Saint. Produced in collaboration with St. Gianna's family in Milan, this spiritual diary incorporates an extensive collection of exclusive photographs and footage of St. Gianna throughout her life. This revealing DVD depicts sublimely God's divine plan for a modern day saint who followed her calling to medicine as a vocation enabling her to help others in both body and soul. St. Gianna lived her life in the light of the Catholic Faith as an example for all. This compelling story recounts her supreme example of Christian virtue and respect for the dignity of all human life when she offered her life in sacrifice to save that of her own child in her womb when confronted with a dangerous pregnancy. St. Gianna Beretta Molla: A Modern Day Hero of Divine Love is a moving story that boldly invites you to become more spiritual and inspire the same in others throughout your daily life. Buy Now!