(picture from The Mother of Life website)
The following was written for us by a friend, David O'Connell, who runs 'The Mother of Life Center' in Providence RI. The center 'actively promotes the Gospel of Life of the Catholic Church through prayer, direct counseling, and assistance to pregnant women and girls, and advocacy. We also provide education to the public through various media and seminars'. I can attest to his speaking to adolescents. He once spoke to our church youth group (ages 11-12) who, I have to admit were not really into it -- at first. After about 10 minutes, they were all eyes on David, questions being asked. I asked him to write something for the blog since the world tends to be one that loves to toss whatever is too much to deal with, not needed and unfortunately that sometimes means a life -- young or old. I am seeing that even with the elderly, if it becomes too much to medically treat someone, then 'other' care measures can come into play.
Here is David:
How many times have you made a comment defending the right to life of unborn children, and heard a pro-abortion response that was purely emotional, or completely ignorant of the facts? This is a common occurrence today, especially with people under 25 years old, who have been robbed of the truth by our pagan culture and a Godless educational system. To illuminate their minds, your normal reply would be to start at the beginning, by noting the clear distinction between human persons and members of the vast animal kingdom, or describing the obvious presence of a living, animating soul within the growing human embryo from conception onward. Or you might present the first necessary principle for establishing a good society: Justice. If the listener has genuine good will, he will be led to think logically, starting from the basic facts, to arrive at the solid conclusions that inform a caring, pro-life attitude.
Should we blame these young, pro-abortion teens and adults for believing the hedonistic propaganda they’ve been fed all their lives? Most of the time we should not, since they have often been unsuspecting recipients of the moral poison flooding their minds year in and year out. To make matters worse, our message about human life as God’s greatest gift has consistently been distorted or gone unreported in the media, as when the TV networks totally ignored the 2013 March for Life in Washington with over 500,000 dedicated pro-life citizens in attendance.
Facing such opposition, and yet armed with the truth, we must double our efforts to reach this generation and the next one with the powerful message of Life. We can create new opportunities to present the reliable pro-life arguments according to Natural Law, the laws of nature, Catholic theology, science, medicine, psychology, anthropology, history and common sense, all of which demand that every innocent person be protected from violence and murder. This positive effort inspired by our love for young people requires only two things: Initiative and Resources. The first of these, Initiative, comes from you as a passionate follower of Christ who wants to improve our world and perhaps save the lives of some unborn babies as a result. The decision to act is half the battle.
The second requirement, Resources, is what the veteran activists of the pro-life movement can provide. We stay abreast of all the issues touching on human life and the threats to it, including abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, stem cell research, contraception, in vitro fertilization and others. Many of us are ready and willing to come to your parish or youth group to present the plain facts and moral teachings that lead men and women to wise decisions, physical and spiritual health and a happy life. When more people are equipped with the truth and inspired by the grace of God, they become allies in this crusade for life, unborn lives will be saved, the virtues will be promoted and selfish acts can be resisted, as the culture slowly becomes more intelligent and supportive of the human person.
Please contact an experienced pro-life speaker in your area to discuss a presentation to the youth and adult groups in your parish or community. You will be helping them discover the best reasons for following God’s plan in their lives, and fulfilling your responsibility to spread the life-giving Gospel of Jesus Christ in this Year of Faith.
Thank you David.
QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING A NURSING HOME OR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY
I have a good friend who is an RN and has been working in this area of medical care for over 15 years. Chris has worked at several facilities and is currently at a private pay assisted living location. When I was looking for a place for mom (even though she is in rehab at the moment, the ones here are tied to a nursing home or assisted living so I knew she would be familiar with them), I asked her help. A lot of the questions to ask rehab are similar to the ones to ask for the other facilities. She graciously agreed to help the blog and write down some of the information people should be accumulating as they look around.
Here is what she wrote:
Here are some questions that people should ask when investigating an assisted living facility or nursing home:
- What is the staff ratio of nurses/nursing assistants to patients? What is it on all three shifts? 7-3, 3-11, 11-7?
- Does a doctor or nurse practioner visit the patients in-house on a regular basis? If so, how often? or, does the resident have to go out to a private office?
- Who is in charge and how long have they worked for the company? What is the staff turnover rate?
- Is there a Social Worker available? How many hours a week?
- How often are the care plan meetings? Do you include the family? How do you keep the family informed of changes/concerns?
-What is your menu like? Do you have alternative meals if the patient doesn't like the main choices?
- Can I see your monthly activity calendar? What choices are available? How many employees are in the activity department?
****The Department of Health performs annual inspections. Ask to look at the results or look at the information on-line. For the RI website: once there click on 'DATA', then 'HEALTH CARE', then 'HEALTH CARE QUALITY', then 'NURSING HOMES".
Thank you Chris!!!!!!
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A Caregiver's Poem
I was looking through a 'Caregiver's Blog: Senior Care Support' and came across a poem that was shared by a writer, Dana, from the blog. The poem was written by Becky Netherland and Dana's grandmother shared it with her. I thought it was great and there is not much to say about it - just read!!! Enjoy!!
(picture from Caregivers Blog)
I’ve traveled paths you’ve yet to walk
Learned lessons old and new
And now this wisdom of my life
I’m blessed to share with you
Let kindness spread like sunshine
Embrace those who are sad
Respect their dignity, give them joy
And leave them feeling glad
Forgive those who might hurt you
And though you have your pride
Listen closely to their viewpoint
Try to see the other side
Walk softly when you’re angry
Try not to take offense
Invoke your sense of humor
Laughter’s power is immense!
Express what you are feeling
Your beliefs you should uphold
Don’t shy away from what is right
Be courageous and be bold
Keep hope right in your pocket
It will guide you day by day
Take it out when it is needed
When it’s near, you’ll find a way
Remember friends and family
Of which you are a precious part
Love deeply and love truly
Give freely from your heart
The world is far from perfect
There’s conflict and there’s strife
But you still can make a difference
By how you live your life
And so I’m very blessed to know
The wonders you will do
Because you are my granddaughter
And I believe in you.
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