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Welcome to Baby No. 7 Billion!

According to the United Nations, the world community saw the birth of its seven billionth member this month. While some may hesitate to see this birth as nothing more than fearful evidence of the myth of overpopulation, we are happy to join the celebrations that welcome this child to its earthly home! As one new mother in Nigeria said, “Where there is life, there is hope.”

With every new life there is joy, as well as the reminder that this new child is born into a community where interdependent rights and responsibilities are crucial for the thriving of each of its members. May we never forget that we are “our brother’s keeper”, but may we always see this as a priviledge not a burden!

See Vatican Radio’s “Welcome”

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Fr. Robert Barron on “Two Minus One” Pregnancy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmvoc8LFdY4

The logic of modern “liberty” continues into further absurdity.

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Bread of Life Dinner

The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture would like to invite you to the fifth semi-annual Bread of Life dinner on Tuesday, November 1st at 6:00 p.m. in the Notre Dame Room in the Morris Inn. This year’s featured speaker is Mary O’Callaghan, PhD, InForming Life Board Member. Her talk is entitled, “Prenatal Diagnosis: Embracing and Supporting a Culture of Life,” and will be followed by a catered dinner and discussion, with a professor joining each table of students.

Bread of Life seeks to promote discussion amongst students on their attitudes towards beginning of life ethical issues. With this event, we particularly hope to attract students who may not already be strongly committed to the Church’s teachings on these issues but who are open to exploring them.

Space is limited, so if you would like to participate, please e-mail your name, year, major and a brief statement of why you would like to attend to ethics2@nd.edu.

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180 Movie

The new pro-life movie 180 has become an overnight sensation as nearly half a million people have watched the 33-minute documentary in just one week since director and producer Ray Comfort released it to the public. Titled to reflect the complete turnaround in the mindsets of all to whom the question is posed, the award-winning film shows eight “pro-choice” people, mostly college students, changing their stance to pro-life just moments after the question is asked in its entirety. The film can be screened online here.

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Respect Life Week!

This week, October 2nd-8th, is Respect Life Week. Please join students, faculty, and staff in celebrating the dignity of every life! Numerous activities will be offered throughout the week. Click here for the calendar of events, including:

  • Sunday, October 2nd:  Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life announces the 2012 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal winner.
  • Monday, October 3rd:  5:15 p.m. Respect Life Mass, Fr. Drew Gawrych, celebrant, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart; 7 p.m.  Rebecca Kiessling talk, “From Worthless to Priceless,” in the Coleman-Morse Lounge; sandwiches served at 6:15 p.m. (sponsored by ND RTL).
  • Tuesday, October 4th:  6:30 p.m.  Rosary for Life with Fr. Jenkins in the Basilica.
  • Wednesday, October 5th:  7 p.m. Screening of Thine Eyes: A Witness to Life, Montgomery Auditorium, LaFortune; pizza served at 6:30 p.m. (sponsored by the Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life).
  • Thursday, October 6th:  Cemetery of the Innocents ― students will meet at the flagpole on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. to set up the cemetery.
  • Friday, October 7th:  Cupcakes for Life ― cupcakes will be sold in La Fortune, Fieldhouse mall, and south quad for $1. All proceeds will go to Hannah’s House.

ND Rosary for Life on October 4th

Next Tuesday, October 4th, the Office of University Life Initiatives together with the Office of the President will host Notre Dame’s “Rosary for Life.” A scriptural Rosary will be led by university president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., with scripture passages and meditations read by students, faculty and staff before each of the five decades of the Rosary. The Rosary will be held in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, beginning at 6:30 PM.

See our Facebook event for more information!

http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=199266073476262

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Hemingway, Johnson, and Brooks on Abortion

Sometimes it’s good to step back from statistics, abstractions, and punditry, and to look closely at the concrete ways in which abortion damages relationships and brings heartache both to the mother and to the father of the aborted.

Beneath the tip of the textual iceberg that is Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants,” we sense a world of pain and guilt brought on by the prospect of abortion — “Doesn’t it mean anything to you?”

Denis Johnson’s “Dirty Wedding” addresses the same themes with a little less restraint. Its closing paragraphs are among the most forceful in contemporary writing — “It wasn’t what the doctors did, it wasn’t what the woman did. It was what the mother and father did together.”

The Mother” by Gwendolyn Brooks is a hauntingly honest take on the emotional devastation that abortion inflicts on mothers — “I have heard in the voices of the wind the voices of my dim killed children.”

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Unexpected Pregnancy Counseling Training

On Saturday, October 1, Ellen Sommer, MS, will conduct a training session on how to support and positively respond to someone facing an unexpected pregnancy.

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Geddes Hall, Rooms B34/36

Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. in the Geddes Hall Coffee Shop.

RSVP by Monday, September 26, 2011, to pfister.5@nd.edu.

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Are You Supporting Planned Parenthood Unawares?

Check out this article on Life Decision International‘s recently updated list of companies that support or associate with Planned Parenthood. Companies include AOL, Bank of America, Nike, eBay, Southwest Airlines (Jet Blue, etc.), Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden, Red Lobster, etc.), the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and YMCA, among many others.

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