Class of 1959

We, the Class of 1959, celebrated our 50th class reunion on April 24 and 25, 2009. This blog is about sharing memories of our class reunions and a long ago life at our Alma Mater's, S.F.X.A. and S.A.H.S. Good memories of days gone by but not forgotten! A gift to my classmates. ~Marian Love Phillips ~

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Christian Witness

My Dear Classmates, 5/13/09

I have been investigating the Pro-Life support services in the State of Mississippi over the last two week. The state has much to be proud of in this endeavor. There is a level of success which I doubt is matched in any other state and certainly not in Missouri or Florida. I have spoken with Birth Right Jackson, Right to Life Mississippi and the Center for Pregnancy Choice(CPC). I also spoke with Pro-Life Mississippi. This is an interesting organization which began as a national Right to Life organization which subsequently joined forces in an ecumenical association with the Protestant and Catholic churches in Mississippi in the 1980's to form the current Pro-Life Mississippi site. All of these sites survive by donations and are essentially grass root activists and live by word of mouth and are successful by camping out in front of the one abortion clinic in the entire state of Mississippi located in Jackson. There are only several doctors remaining in the state who perform abortions at this one clinic. The Professional Board of Registration for doctors in the state has apparently been able to pull the medical licenses of some doctors who performed abortions, albeit poorly. Hundreds of unborn lives have been saved in Mississippi. This has also been possible as well by the social services afforded to these pregnant moms by Christmas Village and Bethany which provide shelter, food, job assistance and counseling to those most in need.

It is ever more urgent that we defeat the Freedom of Choice Act whenever it is introduced into the 111th Congress. All of the gains Mississippi has enjoyed from parental notification, to counseling, to ultrasound viewing, to a waiting period will be wiped out to allow abortion for any reason at any time to include the late term abortion or so called partial birth abortion.If you know of anybody who does not know what this is please explain it to them. We need to become activists in writing to our congressional Representatives in the Senate and the House in a never ending cacophony as example to our kids and grandchildren.

I would encourage you to donate to Christmas Village and Bethany as you are able or to any of the other right to life organizations. If there is any interest in donating as the 1959 50th year graduating class to honor the 2009 graduating class and present an example we hope they would follow let me know. This would have to be most of us.

The clearest statement on "human rights" is perhaps found in a passage from Donum Vitae quoted by the Catholic Catechism. Human rights are not dependent on the individual nor on his/her parents; nor do they represent a concession made by the society or the State; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took origin. The natural law established in the heart of all men and established by reason is universal in its precepts and its authority extends to all men. The dignity and life of all human beings is dependent on God's law not man's law although the Declaration of Independence does so eloquently and rightly reflect this in one of the most, if not the most quoted statement of all time " We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." There is no moral relativism in the value of the life of any human being.

Amen! Can you say Amen! Semper Fi! God Bless!


Mississippi has an excellent program similar to Florida. You can change your license plate at any time during the year to a custom plate which states "Choose Life." Some of you may have seen my Florida license plate. Part of the cost is donated to Right to Life programs in Mississippi as is done in Florida. This is a great way to witness to the cause and regain our Christian and Catholic dignity and identity. Pass the word!

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