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Today is the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus! Since it's a solemnity there is a second reading at today's daily mass and I found myself loving this excerpt:
"But God proves his love for usBeautifully written. Thank you, St. Paul.
in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
How much more then, since we are now justified by his blood,
will we be saved through him from the wrath.
Indeed, if, while we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son,
how much more, once reconciled,
will we be saved by his life." Romans 5:8-10
Have any of you seen the movie Courageous? I saw it last weekend and wrote a review that basically suggests you watch it right away if you want to see a wholesome, family-friendly film.
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Speaking of being courageous, I received an interesting email from our local Pro-Life Action Network this morning. Apparently there is a pro-abortion documentary entitled After Tiller that highlights (and essentially praises) the four doctors who still perform late-term abortions in the United States...and it's being shown here in downtown Ann Arbor tomorrow night. The email was seeking pro-life volunteers to peacefully protest this screening with various pro-life signs and whatnot. I immediately saw the date and time and knew I couldn't help out but it also made me wonder if I'd be courageous enough to go join these protesters if I were available. I would hope so, considering my husband and I attended this year's March for Life, but I've not yet done any local demonstrations. Please pray for all of the pro-life protesters as well as all those who attend the documentary viewing! May the hearts of pro-abortionists be changed so they can more clearly see the human dignity of unborn children.
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On a somewhat (but not really) related note, I'll move on to babies and baptism. I've mentioned before that Michael and I absolutely l-o-v-e our parish here and part of that has to do with how extremely serious these people are about catechesis! Michael received excellent RCIA instruction before we were married and I was really looking forward to attending their baptism workshops (which consist of 2 different 2-hour sessions - a total of 4 hours of baptism prep instruction!). Unfortunately, their upcoming dates didn't work out for us and we had to attend a baptism class at another local parish. Instead of receiving any sort of enlightening or inspiring instruction we basically experienced a quick, in-and-out meeting where we were given a packet of info and simply asked why we wanted our child baptized. Oh well; the people were nice and we got our certificate saying we completed the class which is all the documentation we needed for our parish. I suppose we'll just be doing our own personal baptism preparation through prayer as we get ready for the impending birth of our first son!
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On another related baby note, this past week I discovered I'm no longer the only one of my friends who is pregnant! Two of my friends informed me of their expectant status this week and I'm so so happy for these ladies (and their men)! Please pray for them and the health of their precious little ones.
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Random note: This week I've had a lot of encounters with annoying animals. For starters, the new girl that moved into the apartment below us (and is much louder than the previous tenant) has a dog. That's cute and all, but this dog barks...loudly...a lot! In a way, though, it gives me hope that if we still live here when the baby is born there's a chance we will not be the most annoying neighbors because I think this dog could give a crying baby quite the run for their money.
Secondly, there is a male robin with a nearby nest who has taken to flying into our glass balcony door about
a million ten times a day. And when I say ten times a day I mean "he flies into the glass about 30 times in a row at a steady pace...ten different times a day," which translates to smacking into our window about 300 times a day. Needless to say, it's been driving me crazy but I did learn that this is normal bird behavior. Essentially he sees his reflection and thinks he sees another bird...so he flies into his own reflection to "scare himself off" and protect their nest. Awesome. At least he is a protective father!
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Last weekend we got to see some of my family in Indiana for our baby shower and this weekend we'll be in Ohio with Michael's family. My sister-in-law graduates from medical school today and my husband's cousin just graduated high school and has a party tomorrow. I hope you all enjoy your weekends while we visit with family, celebrate, and eat lots of good food. :)