As the month of October draws near, it is worth remembering that this is Respect Life month. In response to this initiative, I’ll be focusing the upcoming blog posts on the necessity of the respect and dignity of all life primarily through testimonies.
Abby Johnson, former director of Planned Parenthood, resigned from her position in October 2009 after watching an ultrasound of an abortion. Soon after her resignation Johnson joined Coalition for Life and has also worked with 40 Days for Life. After her commitment to the pro-life movement, Johnson converted to Roman Catholicism during Easter of this year in the Archdiocese of Austin.
In the following clip, Johnson elaborates on her experience at Planned Parenthood while watching an ultrasound of an abortion.
Lately, I’ve been taking a lot of things on faith–hoping that everything will turn out the way it’s supposed to and placing a lot of things regarding my future in God’s hands. I keep telling myself that everything will work out because, let’s face it, it always does. It may not be in the exact ways that we expect it, but everything in some way or the other works out.
When we were little kids, we believed in Santa Claus, fairies, princes and princesses living in castles and fairy tales. We had fantasies of the way our lives would be, the way that everything would turn out. For me, I would be a bestselling author, writing novels and stories day after day for the reading public. But somehow, as we get older and grow up, we open our eyes. The fantasies and the beliefs in fairy tales disappear and we are left with reality. Yet, deep down inside of us, we never really let the fantasy go. We have the smallest glimmer of hope that one day, we’ll open our eyes and the fantasy will come true. Continue reading
Looking for somewhere to meet other Catholics in their 20s on up, socialize and talk about your faith? Then mark your calendars for Thursday nights in October for the Theology on Tap series! The Southshore will host the four-week series at Fox & Hound in Elmwood Village Center (2100 S. Clearview Parkway) beginning at 6:30 p.m. Show up early for a drink and Catholic fellowship!
The lineup includes:
- Oct. 6: “One Nation Under God” with Martin Gutierrez
- Oct. 13: “Life Isn’t Fair but Trade Can Be” with Paula Taylor and Traci Taylor
- Oct. 20: “What the Mass Says About Us” with Todd Amick
- Oct. 27: “When the Well Runs Dry” with Sr. Rose Bowen, O.P.
For more information on the individual talks, visit the Archdiocese of New Orleans Young Adult Ministry or contact Rachel Longest at email@example.com.
Looking for a way to get involved in the young adult community within the Archdiocese of New Orleans? Check out some of the events sponsored by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocese of New Orleans:
- What Next? Finding Answers with Faith Retreat; September 16-17 at the Camp Abbey Retreat Center in Covington. Register by September 14 for a $70 registration fee; $75 for on-site registration.
- Archbishop Hughes to celebrate Mass and teach changes to Roman Missal; September 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cenacle Retreat House Chapel.
- Social Justice Series sponsored by the Jesuits of the New Orleans Province; September 8, 15, 22 and 29 at the Columns Hotel at 6 p.m.
For more information on these and other upcoming events, contact Rachel Longest at firstname.lastname@example.org.