November 03, 2016

Enriching the ProLife Discussion About Babies


In a secular world like ours, it is challenging to be ProLife. So many ProChoicers seem to misunderstand the concept that a child is being murdered in every abortion. Or maybe it's that they understand the concept but deny it. 

What is denial? The action of declaring some truth to be untrue, or,

"Denial is one of the most common defense mechanisms that we all use, pretending that an uncomfortable thing did not happen." - changingminds.org

"Denial...[is when] the individual recognizes or is conscious of the existence of the truth or fact but consciously refuses to accept it as such." - wikipedia.org

As Lisa Smiley says in her video, it doesn't matter. When a woman becomes pregnant, everyone asks how the baby is - from Day 1. Do you know the baby's sex yet? Is the baby kicking or moving around? What names are you considering for the baby? The baby. The baby. The baby. We use that term because it is a baby from Day 1, the moment of conception.

Pregnant women across the globe read and sing and play music to their baby in the womb. Why? Because inside her womb is a baby who is capable of internalizing knowledge.




I often sense a visceral tension when I am chatting about abortion with someone who is ProChoice. It is almost as if they know it's a baby in the womb, but they don't want to be found out about it. Instead, they direct the discussion to the mother's right to choose, which is a valid topic, but I recently heard a different talk by Lisa Smiley and she put it well. If a mother abuses her child, is that ok? No. If a mother drives down the street and decides to throw the baby out, is that ok? No. If a mother encloses her child in a small space and fills that space with cigarette smoke non-stop, is that ok? No. Then why is it ok for a mother to kill her unborn baby? It's not, especially when you think about it from the ethical and moral perspectives just discussed. 

ProLife is not about taking choices away from pregnant women. It is about giving pregnant women ethical and moral solutions to manage their crises. 




image - https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/baby-growth-during-pregnancy-month-health-claps
11/6/16 - Edited 1st paragraph








October 07, 2016

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary - Why 19?

Today is the 19th Anniversary of my return to the Catholic Church. It was on October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, in 1997. If you remember, please include me in your prayers, especially your Rosaries, on this special day!

So why make such a big deal on this odd 19th anniversary? Because to me, every October 7 is a wonderful celebration of God's work to bring me back into the Fold. I am forever grateful.

You can read my conversion story here.

And other related posts here and here on p.32.








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- http://s84.photobucket.com/user/jakyl32/media/365%20Rosaries-%20OCTOBER/107OLRosary7.gif.html
- personal photo
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August 25, 2016

Publicity Events for "Unraveling My Father's Suicide"


        Unraveling My Father's Suicide

PUBLICITY EVENTS 
TO DATE

In an attempt to raise awareness about suicide and her book, author Kathleen Laplante has had the following public engagements. Feel free to suggest others. 


  * Boston's National Public Radio (NPR) News Station WBUR Suicide Series
  - http://www.wbur.org/tags/suicide-crisis-series (scroll down) and
  - http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2015/10/faith-religion-suicide
  
  * Presentation about her book/life and the topic of suicide itself to a live audience at                 Southborough, MA Library   Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XURGSm_fVHY

* Live TV interview with NH Sen. Kevin Avard on "Gate City Chronicles."
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHDHAPLS5bg 

  * Interview for article with the Community Advocate newspaper
  - http://www.communityadvocate.com/2016/03/23/hudson-authors-unravels-her-fathers-suicide/ 

  * Interview for article with Wicked Local Hudson newspaper
  - http://hudson.wickedlocal.com/article/20160320/NEWS/160329499

  * Enthusiastic Book Review by The Valley Patriot newspaper
  - http://valleypatriot.com/book-review-unraveling-my-fathers-suicide/ 

  * Author showcases in four public venues, including the 2016 New England Author Expo at the Danvers, MA, Yacht Club

  * Interviewed on the TV show, "Be My Guest!" with Jan Lewis.
  - http://patch.com/massachusetts/northborough/an--host-be-my-guest 

  * Interview for article with The Catholic Free Press
  - http://www.catholicfreepress.org/

  * Upcoming Presentation at Hudson, MA Public Library, October 20, 2016, 7pm



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August 22, 2016

The Abortion Saga Continues

We all know when we start messing around with truth, things go haywire. Get this

Mother Files Wrongful Birth Lawsuit After Botched Abortion Didn't Kill Her Son

I think she is right. She should win her lawsuit. She didn't get what she was told she would get. That is, her doctor signed up to kill her baby, and that didn't happen. Like any other provider/doctor, the abortion doctor should be held accountable to her/his customer/patient. Hand it over doc.


Also, see this:
Woman Wants $14 Million in Wrongful Birth Lawsuit, She Didn't Get to Abort Baby With Cystic Fibrosis



image - http://www.lifenews.com/2016/08/22/mother-files-wrongful-birth-lawsuit-after-botched-abortion-didnt-kill-her-son/



August 03, 2016

Trappists in Spencer, MA - Brewery Event

Spencer Brewery to Open to the Public for One Day Only

America’s only Trappist brewery will let you tour the space for the first time ever this Saturday, August 6.


Support your local monastic brewery, i.e., the Trappists in Spencer, MA. Try one of their beers, which you can find at package stores. The Ale is very good. Or go to their Open House this Saturday, August 6, 2016, 10a to 4pm.


                           
SPENCER TRAPPIST ALE. / PHOTO BY PAT PIASECKI FOR “TRAPPIST TALE


While you're at it, suggest to a worthy soul that they consider a vocation there and think about becoming a monk. Or, take a retreat yourself.




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http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/blog/2016/08/01/spencer-brewery-public-tours-august-2016/




The Passion









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July 28, 2016

Interview w/NH Sen. Kevin Avard of Gate City Chronicles, Access Nashua TV


On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, NH Sen. Kevin Avard hosted me on his show, Gate City Chronicles. Enjoy!  And please, forward to others.

https://youtu.be/zHDHAPLS5bg?list=PLrDVt-dILYa0ljOgvCprdlFGKH6fUINbs

"Kathleen Laplante's father takes his life on her twenty-first birthday. As she recounts her grief, she discloses her own attempt at suicide. She also discloses the suicides of two cousins and the suicidal ideation of other close relatives. Her spiritual conversion back to Catholicism leads to her deep pain and meaninglessness evolving into abiding hope."
Thank you,
Kathleen +



image - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHDHAPLS5bg&index=2&list=PLrDVt-dILYa0ljOgvCprdlFGKH6fUINbs&spfreload=5