‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

Guest blogger Sean Miller

Guest blogger Sean Miller

It’s not how successful we are in our careers, the amount of cash we accumulate in our bank accounts, or how popular we are. What matters is how much we love and are loved, says guest blogger Sean Miller. And that’s the theme of that beloved Christmas classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

It’s A Wonderful Life

The movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” is shown on TV every year, right around Christmas time.

The main character, George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, is down on his luck, filled with despair, and on the verge of committing suicide. Bitterly, he tells his “guardian angel” he wishes he’d never been born.

The angel decides to grant him his wish. And he shows George what the world would have been like without him, if he never existed.

250px-It's_A_Wonderful_LifeAnd through the alternate world the angel presents, George comes to realize how much he has impacted others by the love he has shown them – and how the lives of his loved ones, friends, and entire community would have been so sadly diminished if he hadn’t been there.

Eventually, he begs his angel to give him his “old life” back. That’s right, life with all its imperfections — even with his enormous debt, mean-spirited people attacking him, and the future looking bleak.

He craves to have it all back. For now, he sees the beauty of his family, his friends, — and it is a wonderful life, filled with love that he both freely gave and received.

Relating this movie to abortion leads one to think about the more than 56 million U.S. babies who were never born. What would their lives have been like? Who would they have become? What impact would their lives have had on the rest of us?

Sadly, we’ll never know. One of those babies might have been the doctor to cure cancer. Another could have been a world leader that brought many countries closer to true peace. One could have been a servant to the poor and destitute in the world.

Unfortunately, we may have destroyed our future by destroying our youth. When we ask God, “How come you don’t solve the many problems we have in the world?” He might just reply, “I sent you the solution. But you aborted that life!”

God calls us to love and be loved. This is the end result and all that really matters. George realized this when he got his “old life” back and found an abundance of love and support from his family and friends who truly cared about him.

Love is really the answer to all of our problems. It might sound too simple. But perhaps, we too often overthink and complicate matters. Maybe we need to sacrifice a bit more and trust in God more as well. God tells us all things are possible, but that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily going to be easy.

Difficulties are part of life and we are called to hope, not despair. We’re called to help one another. Deep down, I believe people are good, and they want to help those in need. You see this in dire situations when compassion brings great numbers of people forward to help in some way.

Perhaps, we can extend that hope and love to women who are contemplating an abortion. Then they will realize, like George, that love and support is out there for them, as we lovingly show them that “Yes, it truly is a Wonderful Life!”

Night of Prayer for Life — Dec. 8-9

imagesPlease come join in prayer for the protection of all human life during the National Night of Prayer for LIfe, Dec. 8-9.

During the Hour of Unity, 12:00 a.m. to 1 a.m., EST, we will be united with churches across the country in prayer to end abortion.

This event is sponsored by the Rockland County Catholic Coalition. In Rockland services will be held at:

St. Francis of Assisi in West Nyack
Dec. 8 — 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., with closing Mass at midnight. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament starts at 9 p.m.

St. Gregory Barbarigo in Garnerville
Dec. 8 — prayer from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Dec. 9) in the Adoration Chapel

Birthright of Rockland Celebrates 40 Years of Helping Pregnant Women and Their Babies

Lillian Dobson, Msgr. James Cox, former Vicar of Rockland County, Karin Lancellotti, Executive Director of Birthright of Rockland, Eileen Francis, Secretary of Birthright, and Cathy Baker at the 40th anniversary gala luncheon.

Lillian Dobson, Msgr. James Cox, former Vicar of Rockland County, Karin Lancellotti, Executive Director of Birthright of Rockland County, Eileen Francis, Secretary of Birthright, and Cathy Baker at the 40th anniversary gala luncheon.

Lillian Dobson and Cathy Baker, the founders of Birthright of Rockland County, were honored at a gala luncheon celebrating the crisis pregnancy center’s 40th anniversary at the Clubhouse at Patriot Hills in Stony Point on Saturday.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, was the guest speaker. Other guests included over 200 friends, benefactors, clergy, and volunteers – past and present — of the organization in Rockland as well as representatives of Birthright chapters throughout the state of New York. Continue reading

Garth Brooks Sings “Mom”

You’ve got to listen to this — a prolife ballad from beginning to end. A baby about to be born is scared and wonders if it wouldn’t be a bad idea to just stay with God. But God tells him there’s “somebody down there waiting for you.”  And watch the audience reactions!

Life Is Good

Guest blogger Sean Miller

Guest blogger Sean Miller

A people of hope, says guest blogger Sean Miller, must respond to the suffering of others with compassion and solidarity — and reject the solutions of abortion and euthanasia.

Life Is Good

In 1989, brothers Bert and John Jacobs began selling designer T-shirts out of an old van in the streets of Boston.

At first, they were not very successful. Then, one day they put a smiling stick figure on a shirt with the phrase “Life Is Good.” Bingo! They sold 48 shirts in under an hour. That was only the beginning of their adventures that made their company an international success.

One day, my co-worker Jack – a good-natured guy with a sunny disposition — came into my classroom wearing a “Life Is Good” T-shirt. We started to joke around about the message on the shirt. But I noticed that whenever he wore it, it seemed to give rise to good feelings in us, and those around us. I think it subliminally made us aware of how much we had to be thankful for. Yes, it reminded us, life is very good! Continue reading