February Gracelines

“Very well, I will be saint. I will provide a patron for those who bear my name.”
Blessed Dina Belanger
For Reflection:
At age eight, Dina Belanger stated the quote above in response to a teacher who told her the Church had no St. Dina. Am I willing to “provide a patron” for those who bear my name? What positive step can I take today to make that happen?

Pray for Little Stephen

Typically, we are very careful about sending out requests like this one unless they come from reliable sources.  This one has been confirmed by a friend of Women of Grace® and she writes the following: 

“Hi Johnnette, Please unite in prayer for Stephen Maszczak who is a 7 year old boy that has been diagnosed a High Grade Diffuse Pontine Glioma which is a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer and is in much need of prayers for a miracle.  If you could please share with your global prayer community it would be greatly appreciated. 
 
I do know the family and they are also very good friends of Fr. Bill Halbing, who visited Stephen in the hospital last week and can verify it all.

Pete Maszczak, who is Stephen’s grandfather, is the leader of the Refuge Music Ministry that I am a member of; and we play at the Charismatic Conferences and Tent Revivals in NJ.  I am sure you have met him over the years and remember us.  We are all devastated about this and are praying for a miracle.  On top of everything else, we also lost one of our members Tricia DiMeglio, who was Stephen’s aunt and is shown in this picture, back in November. She died suddenly of a seizure.

Please keep everyone in prayer. This little boy is just so precious, and it’s hard to believe that he could be “taken” from us at so young an age.

This website provides all the details  but basically what the doctors are saying is that this beautiful little boy only has two months to live. We believe in the miracle healing power of Our Lord Jesus Christ and are asking for everyone to storm Heaven in prayer for a miracle. Thanks so very much and blessings for your ministry.  

Blessings always,
Mary Anne”

Friends, my heart aches for this family.  I ask that you do pray for this precious little boy, Stephen, that if it is God’s will, he may be healed.  If they should be asked to continue to bear this cross, I ask that the Lord would provide them with EVERY spiritual blessing in the heavens that it might be embraced with the peace and joy that is beyond our understanding.

Report Unveils Appalling Care of Elderly by UK National Health Service

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

What could be viewed as a harbinger of things to come when the government takes over the U.S. health care system, a new report has found that elderly patients in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) received such appallingly negligent care one family member said it amounts to “euthanasia.”

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Parents of “Baby Joseph” Suffering Threats and Harassment by Hospital

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

A Canadian hospital is now threatening and harassing the parents of a 13 month-old boy who is suffering from a terminal neurological condition, denying them private visits and trying to force their consent to having the child’s life support removed.

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Former Head of Catholics for a Free Choice: “Pro Choice Activists Are in a Time Warp”

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

In an op-ed appearing in the Washington Post, Frances Kissling, a well-known abortion rights activist and former head of the now defunct Catholics for a Free Choice, said that if the pro-choice movement in America wants to survive, it has to stop pretending it’s 1970 by denying that a fetus is a human being and that abortion is more than just a “medical matter” between a woman and her doctor.

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ACLU Says Christians Must Betray Beliefs in Their Professional Lives

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

In a case in which a Christian student is challenging her dismissal from a counseling program because she refused to compromise her beliefs about homosexuality, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed an amicus brief saying that compelling someone to act against their beliefs doesn’t violate their freedoms of religion or speech because people should be expected to put aside their beliefs in their professional lives.

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PowerBalance Wrist Bands Ordered to Retract Spurious Claims

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration has ordered the distributors of PowerBalance wrist bands to publish a retraction of their ads which make bogus claims that the bands have a therapeutic effect upon the body such as to improve strength, balance, flexibility, because there is no scientific evidence to support these claims.

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