One of our readers has a special prayer intention. Your participation is urgently requested.

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Holy Saint Fr. Pio, at this current time, one of the places in our country was struck by the recent super typhoon.

I humbly request you to please pray for those who are in need of homes “for their shelter”, food “for their hungry stomachs”, medicine “for their sickness” and faith in God “to strengthen their prayers”.

Help the people who are asking those things, especially those who are in places that have not yet been reached  by the rescuers. Please! They are in urgent need of help. Help also the rescuers find those missing people who want so urgently to see  their family members again.

Let me also ask for your guidance Saint Fr. Pio because, I am the eldest of eight children, striving hard ever since I was young, to help my family.

Give me peace of mind when I am taking my board exam and help me to pass it. I want to help people, especially my family, and specifically, my mother, who has cared for me always.

I ask all this in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, and all the saints that bless me by their intercession.

Amen.

George

Janet Baker adds:

Besides prayers, you can easily donate money. I chose to donate to SSPX because they have a mission there (it was affected, but I forget what they said about the church) and I know the people are getting more than food and water, but the faith along with the charity. Here’s the site and the steps, if you also wish to make sure they are not being pressured to abort or accept sterilization in exchange for food, as some US aid efforts actually do!

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/sspx

First, select an amount, then select One Time for a single donation, then credit/debit or PayPal, then select Foreign Missions, then fill in the words, For the Typhoon Victims.

PBS tells the whole story about artificial birth control – and actually gets most of it right!

By Janet E. Smith

In Focus: Uncovering a string of lies

The science is unequivocal. Fifty years after the FDA approved the pill, chemical contraception is bad for women, couples, society and the environment

This year we “celebrate” the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill, or “the pill.”

For the 40th anniversary of the pill, PBS produced a thorough retrospective on its history. The material is still on the PBS website and is an invaluable resource for those interested in this subject.

The story PBS tells is fascinating and, without meaning to denigrate PBS, the broadcaster tells the history of the pill in a surprisingly honest way — surprising not only because of PBS’ usual biases, but also because the pill is a subject that involves a great deal of dishonesty. PBS is even honest about the dishonesty and even simple foolishness that surrounds the pill. For instance, when it reports on early efforts to get the pharmaceutical companies — including Searle, which eventually became the first company to receive FDA approval to sell birth control pill — to develop a chemical contraceptive, PBS notes:

“Beyond the legal and religious complications, Searle executives just didn’t believe there would be a huge market for an oral contraceptive. The men at Searle found it inconceivable that any woman would consider taking pills every single day just for contraception. The prevailing wisdom was that no healthy woman would ever willingly take a drug that neither treated nor prevented disease.”

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