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July 27, 2022
Note from the Managing Editor
"God has made man's spirit unstable and changeable in order that man would not abide in evildoing, and also that, once in possession of the good, he would not stop short, but would step up from one good to a higher one, and to a loftier one still."

A quote from our reflection this week. I had always seen my instability and changeableness as a severe imperfection—rather than that which can precisely lead me to God.

And thank God for that changeableness, which so recently has led the US Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. In light of this ruling, I must recommend Dr. Christina Francis' testimony for a congressional hearing on "The Impacts of Taking Away the Constitutional Right to Abortion."

It lays out the truth about the deleterious effects of abortion on mothers—physical and mental. For example: women who abort are at an exponentially higher risk for maternal mortality, future preterm birth (which has its own long-term complications for the health of the mother), mental illness, substance abuse, and suicide. It is lengthy but well worth the read and a requirement for anyone embarking on a discussion with those who still see abortion as a viable option.

Our weekly newsletter will be on hiatus over August, but we will be back with a new update on September 6th.

God bless you all this week! - Meaghen Gonzalez
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Labouring Faithfully for the Kingdom
Saint Anthony Zaccaria, Letter to Mr. Ferrari & Mr. Morigia
My very dear and honourable brothers:
Roe Reversal: The Impacts of Taking Away the Constitutional Right to Abortion
Dr. Christina Francis, AAPLOG
Written testimony of Christina Francis, MD for the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Commitzee on Energy and Commerce hearing on "Roe Reversal: The Impacts of Taking Away the Constitutional Right to Abortion."
At Face Value
Theodore Dalrymple, Taki's Magazine
I noticed a very pretty girl sitting not far from me on a bus ride of about 45 minutes last week.
Is there such a thing as being "too honest"?
Fr. Michael Rennier, Aleteia
Too honest or not honest enough, it's all part of the same problem.
7 Reasons for Families to Consider Homeschooling
Sarah Rodeo Dzialo, Sarah Rodeo Dzialo's Substack
Even before I met my now-husband, I became socially plugged into the network of homeschooling families in my state and began planning on homeschooling my future children.
Dinner at Home: The Key Ingredient
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Editorials of Interest
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After last week's Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Womens' Health Organization, America enters a new era.
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NC Register
The voices of those wanting to tell of the devastation of abortion have been largely squelched, but here are some bravely talking of the pain still felt today.
The Cry of the Unborn
Mother Teresa on abortion.
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Farnam Street
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Catholic Exchange
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Should the Church Require a Year of Marriage Prep? Catholic Formators Weigh In.
NC Register
Deanna Johnston, the director of family life for the Diocese of Tyler, said she is in favor of a longer marriage preparation, but emphasized that it cannot just be the diocese handing couples a checklist of things to do for 12 months.
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