Please keep KIDS co-founder Leticia Velasquez in your prayers. She has eye cancer (ocular melanoma, I believe it is called?), and is undergoing surgery today to remove the cancer behind her eye.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Vickey Martinez Mev Shared this with me on Facebook today. I am about to undergo surgery for a uveal melanoma on my right eye and my Facebook friends are rallying around me in love and prayer. Eileen and I were interviewed by Colleen Carroll Campbell two years ago for her show "Faith & Culture" on EWTN. It is shown now and again on EWTN.
Leticia be assured of my prayers for you. I am petitioning all of heaven for your healing. Last year around this time, it was me in the surgical unit having my gall bladder removed. While I was being prepped I had the nurse set the television to EWTN and I was so excited to see a familiar face- it was YOU giving an interview about Downs Syndrome! I listened and I thought about you, how you shared your testimony and how wonderful that the Lord gave you this beautiful gift, your little girl Christina! She is indeed precious! You brought me comfort and strength right before my surgery because I couldn't help but think what a strong spirit you must have, having accepted, met, and overcome the challenges this world has put before you! I stand by you my friend to show the world that a perfect life is not worldly, it is spiritual and you have attained treasures in love and joy! The world needs you, your family needs you, we, your facebook friends need you- to carry out the holy work God placed on your heart! Praying for your healing- Gods will be done! Love and hugs!!!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
|Eileen Bianchini, Leticia Velasquez and Mary Rose Garych|
I was honored to be invited by my friend Eileen Bianchini to address the Gospel of Life Society at St Mary's in Norwalk, CT on April 13 after a lovely Mass in in the Extraordinary Form. St Mary's is a beautiful traditional church which features Mass in both Novus Ordo and EF. The parish is a mix of European Americans and recent immigrants from Africa, Asia and Latin America, a truly Catholic group. Fr Markey, the pastor is a wonderful homilist and inspires his parish to make a difference in the world for Christ.
The Gospel of Life Society meets once a month after Mass to read from Blessed John Paul II's encyclical "Evangelium Vitae" and to pray for a culture of life. Then, after prayers, they roll up their sleeves and get to work. Most months a speaker will address the group on current issues affecting the culture, and many times they will respond to urgent legislative issues in Hartford. An most recent example is when legislators in Hartford considered a bill on Physician Assisted Suicide, while the bill was still in committee. Eileen Bianchini sent out various emails instructing the group how to contact committee members with pertinent information of the dangers of PAS and many members of the group arrived in the Capitol to wait all day to testify to the committee. The hearings began and thanks to the GOLS the members had heard the rebuttals to the lies told by the pro-death side promoting PAS. Their arguments fell flat since the truth had preceded them and the committee had to admit they did not have the votes for the Physician Assisted Suicide Bill to pass and it died in the committee. Thanks be to God!
I gave Eileen Bianchini the nickname "Terror of Hartford" for her amazing work defeating a bill which has lead to a tragedy where it has been legalized, in the state of Oregon suicides have risen 41% since approving PAS. Surely physicians are called to heal not to kill.
My talk, to a capacity crowd which included my Facebook friend Mary Rose Garych and many lovely families blessed by children with Down syndrome was warmly received and a lively question and answer session followed. Then I had the chance to meet the families and sign some books. I hope to meet with them again soon and give more talks, to medical students, doctors and all those who are helping mothers whose child has received a prenatal or postnatal diagnosis of Down syndrome to understand that their children are indeed blessings from God and opportunities to grow in holiness.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Pierce Franklin Long, Jr. was born on July 5, 1933. He was my mother’s older brother, my grandparents’ first child, their only son. Because he was born so close to the Fourth of July, my grandmother used to call him, “my little firecracker.” And it’s true that Pierce always sparkled with life and personality, with humor and charm....Read the rest of this touching tribute to Savannah's Uncle Pierce here
Posted by Eileen at 11:49 PM
Friday, March 8, 2013
If you are on the blog because you saw Colleen Carroll Campbell interview Eileen Haupt and I last night, welcome! We filmed that interview a couple of years ago in St Louis. Meanwhile KIDS is going strong, as you can see by the posts about the March for Life from Eileen. I was down with the flu and watching on TV. It was a historic March for Life, the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade, freezing cold, with 650,000 participants braving the cold. The photo of Eileen Haupt's hand holding the KIDS sign made it onto the Washington Post Blog photo essay on the March.
KIDS marchers are a wonderful group and we welcome you to our mailing list if you are interested in joining us in the March or just supporting our efforts in prayer.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Come join us! If you don't receive EWTN on your cable network, you can view EWTN livestream from this link: http://www.ewtn.com/multimedia (click on "Live.")
Posted by Eileen at 10:48 PM