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John Miller: Precious Lives Burial in northern Colorado

John Miller: Precious Lives Burial in northern Colorado

June 12, 2019

"We take babies that never make it home from the hospital into our care and reverently place [them] in a Rite of Committal...about once a month," said John Miller, outreach coordinator for Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of northern Colorado, which includes Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Wheat Ridge. "It's open to people of all faiths."

See this link for more on Precious Lives Burial and reach John Miller at 303-715-2083 or via email at john.miller@archden.org

Dr. Bruchalski: a former abortionist now saves babies

Dr. Bruchalski: a former abortionist now saves babies

June 5, 2019

"I did abortions the first two years of my residency," said Dr. John Bruchalski, who is the founder of who is the founder of pro-life Tepeyac OB/GYN and Divine Mercy Care in Virginia. "I terminated Down Syndrome. I terminated really sick babies. I terminated babies with no kidneys. And these are all quote-unquote 'incompatible with life.' But you never get rid of the disease by getting rid of the people with the disease..."

"...When you love the child in the womb of its mother, as long as the good Lord provides, you can...parse those diseases into livable, lovable and treatable."

Read his amazing conversion story at this link and see the videos of his appearance at the 2015 Gospel of Life Conference in Denver in Part 1 and Part 2.

David Deavel: A Catholic critique of socialism (Part 2 of 2)

David Deavel: A Catholic critique of socialism (Part 2 of 2)

May 22, 2019

“The great miracle of the last century is that, for most of the world, developing market economies have allowed them to actually enter that “circle of exchange” [as St. John Paul II said] and so we have at this point in history...the smallest percentage of people in the world living in dire poverty. That to me is a much more important question than if somebody else has more stuff than I do,” said David Deavel, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and the editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture

This is Part 2 of a two-part podcast. Listen to Part 1 at this link.

David Deavel: A Catholic critique of socialism (Part 1 of 2)

David Deavel: A Catholic critique of socialism (Part 1 of 2)

May 14, 2019

“In almost every socialist system, you're going to end up with one group of people who are in the government, who are running things on behalf of the people...and they're going to end up having the power and the money for themselves,” said David Deavel, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and the editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture.

Young people attracted to socialism “may think of it simply as part of that welfare state ideal and they've been taught, 'Everything works better in Sweden' or something like that,” said Deavel. “And what they don't understand is that those Nordic countries actually did have fairly socialist arrangements in the 1970s. But what they led to was absolute stagnation. So many of them had to open up their economies in order to keep up their large welfare state.”

The “Catholic social tradition has largely been open to market economies within a strong juridical framework and with the caveat that, look they can go bad if the culture around them goes bad. Why is that? John Paul II said in Centesimus Annas — his 1991 encyclical — that one of the things that's needed for poor people is that they can enter into the circle of exchange."

Deavel continued, "And when you enter into that circle of exchange, profit's going to be a part of that. But in order to succeed in it, you have to be meeting people's needs, both your consumers, as well as the people who are investing, and working for you, as well. And when you have that balance, I think people are not as attracted to these sort of wild-eyed socialist ideals, when they see that no, this can actually work. But the trick is, of course, having a good legal and political framework, as well as — most importantly — having a culture in which the right things are valued..."

This is Part 1 of a two-part podcast. Listen to Part 2 at this link

Fr. Gary Selin: The existence and purpose of angels

Fr. Gary Selin: The existence and purpose of angels

May 8, 2019

"Every Sunday, when we pray the Creed, we profess our faith in things visible and invisible," said Fr. Gary Selin, who is a Formation Advisor, as well as an Assistant Professor, at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. "The invisible refers primarily to the angels, that God created both material things and the spirit world..."

See also this Denver Catholic article from 2012, "Angels: the invisible heroes among us," in which Fr. Selin is interviewed.

Sister Joseph Marie: Caring for the elderly as for Jesus Christ

Sister Joseph Marie: Caring for the elderly as for Jesus Christ

May 2, 2019

“Today we serve the elderly in over 30 countries around the world and count on a diverse network of collaborators to help us fulfill our mission,” said Sister Joseph Marie, vocations director of the Little Sisters of the Poor Mullen Home for the Aged in Denver. “As it says in our mission statement: We offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as a family, and accompanied with dignity until God calls them home to Himself.”

 

Leila Miller: Made This Way (Part 2 of 2)

Leila Miller: Made This Way (Part 2 of 2)

April 23, 2019

"I had a mom who sent me a picture of her high-school daughter, who picked up the book in their kitchen, and sat down and read it straight through in two days and said, 'Mom, this is exactly what's going on in my school,'" said Leila Miller, co-author of "Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today's Tough Moral Issues," in Part 2 of this two-part interview on Respect Life Radio. Listen to Part 1 here.

The book addresses hot-button issues, including: 

  • Sex Outside of Marriage
  • Same-Sex "Marriage"
  • Divorce
  • Contraception
  • Abortion
  • Reproductive Technologies
  • Modesty
  • Pornography
  • Transgenderism
  • Homosexuality

The Respect Life Office of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver also provides presentations at your parish, school or community group. This can be an introduction to the overall goal of the book — helping kids get to heaven — as well as giving you resources to address specific topics at age appropriate levels. Submit your request at respectlifedenver.org/madethisway

Leila Miller: Made This Way (Part 1 of 2)

Leila Miller: Made This Way (Part 1 of 2)

April 17, 2019

"...Catholic parents, and Christian parents, are just pretty much petrified as to what they're watching happen in the culture and...you feel like you're just free-falling. You don't know what to do..." said Leila Miller, co-author of "Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today's Tough Moral Issues," in Part 1 of a two-part interview on Respect Life Radio. Listen to Part 2 here.

The book addresses hot-button issues, including: 

  • Sex Outside of Marriage
  • Same-Sex "Marriage"
  • Divorce
  • Contraception
  • Abortion
  • Reproductive Technologies
  • Modesty
  • Pornography
  • Transgenderism
  • Homosexuality

The Respect Life Office of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver also provides presentations at your parish, school or community group. This can be an introduction to the overall goal of the book — helping kids get to heaven — as well as giving you resources to address specific topics at age appropriate levels. Submit your request at respectlifedenver.org/madethisway

Maddie Haas: The unplanned blessing of a new life

Maddie Haas: The unplanned blessing of a new life

April 10, 2019

Maddie Haas of Colorado was a teenage freshman at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln when she found out she was unexpectedly pregnant. "For being so pro-life, the thought of abortion came into my head...for probably one minute," recalled Maddie. "It definitely came into my head [that] I could do this and no one in my family would even have to know that I was ever even pregnant."

"...Nothing can really prepare you, no matter how pro-life you are, or how Catholic you are, if you get in that moment."

An ultrasound revealed Maddie was nearly 20 weeks pregnant. "At that point, my question went from, 'Do I tell my parents?' to 'How do I tell them?'"

In this Respect Life Radio interview, Maddie Haas and her mother, Val, discuss the struggles and joys of the past six years and the gift of Maddie's daughter, Ellie Grace, now five years old. 

See also this Denver Catholic story from 2014, "Pro-life teen tested by reality of own pregnancy."

Ed and Eddie Reinhardt: You’re OK, Kid!

Ed and Eddie Reinhardt: You’re OK, Kid!

April 2, 2019

"There's two stories involved here," said Ed Reinhardt Sr., referring to his son Eddie's traumatic brain injury in a 1984 college football game — and to "my relationship with my own father and then how it strangely, mysteriously, providentially connects with Ed's accident."

The Reinhardts are inspirational public speakers, addressing "the good that can come out of tragedy" and "the importance of the influence of parents in the family." Their story is told in the 2004 book, "You're OK, Kid!"