Archive for December, 2018

WHO: Mothers, Please Breastfeed for Two Years

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

The new guidelines by the World Health Organization and UNICEF stress that breastfeeding “for at least two years improves child survival and the health of mothers and babies.”  Because breastfeeding is so important, milk substitutes  targeted for children under three are to be stopped.    Research shows that babies breastfed the second year of life live longer.  “Children who are not breastfed at 12-23 months of age are about twice as likely to die as those who are breastfed in the second year of life.”

These new guidelines stress some important benefits for mother and baby, and the guidelines can be read in three pages.  One of the advantages for continued breastfeeding is natural spacing of births.  “Continued breastfeeding delays the return to fertility, contributing to longer birth intervals in the absence of contraceptive use.”  If this is a known fact among researchers and certain secular authorities, why doesn’t the rest of the natural family planning movement promote this form of natural birth spacing?

Interestingly, children are breastfed for at least two years in 41 out of 130 countries.

Milk substitutes often replace or reduce or stop breastfeeding in young children.  Thus breast milk substitutes should not be marketed for children up to 36 months old.

The four main benefits in this 3-page paper are these: 1) reduced mortality for the child, 2) improved nutrition, 3) protection against childhood overweight and 4) improved maternal health.  The research is provided.   Specific health benefits for the breastfeeding occurring during the second year of life will be given next week.

Sheila Kippley

 

 

Jesus Is Born!

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

Jesus is Born!

The angels announced the birth of the Savior as “good news of great joy.”  In taking on our human nature, God the Son poured himself out for us, and from this we learn that joy comes from the giving of self.  Another message of the angels is that joy comes from personal acceptance of Jesus as our Savior.  The proud can never experience this joy, for they refuse to admit their need for salvation; or they pursue a futile quest for joy in pleasures and possessions. We give thanks that the Son of God came to save us.
Our Father
1. [While Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem for the census,] the time came for her delivery.
Hail Mary
2. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes.
Hail Mary
3. She laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.
Hail Mary
4. There were shepherds in the same region, living in the fields and keeping watch over their flocks at night.
Hail Mary
5. And behold, an angel of the Lord came to them, and the glory of God shone round about them, and they were very much afraid.
Hail Mary
6. The angel said to them: “Do not be afraid for I bring you good news of great joy which shall be to all the people.
Hail Mary
7. “Today in the town of David there has been born to you a Savior who is Christ the Lord;
Hail Mary
8. “And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”
Hail Mary
9.  Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God,
Hail Mary
10. And saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men of good will.”
Hail Mary
Glory be
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Reference: Luke 2:1-14
From John F. Kippley’s Seven Day Bible Rosary
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Who are the faithful laity?

Sunday, December 16th, 2018

Cardinal Walter Brandmuller, an esteemed Church historian, has called for a new level of cooperation between bishops and committed lay Catholics to renew and revive the Church.  This is the subject of a full-page editorial by Robert Moynihan in the November issue of Inside the Vatican.  As the Cardinal urges and as Moynihan agrees, this could be very helpful.  “The more the hierarchy, from the Pope down, feel supported by the effective resolve of the faithful to renew and revive the Church, the more a true housecleaning can be performed, he (the Cardinal) says.”

Certainly we agree.  From our experience, however, a question arises.  Where are the bishops going to find these laity resolved to renew and revive the Church?  According to surveys, 95% to 98% of fertile-age Catholics are using unnatural forms of birth control.  As Martin Luther pointed some 500 years ago, unnatural forms of birth control are a form of sodomy.  And the sin of marital sodomy is in the same class as sins of mutually acceptable sodomy by the unmarried, whether lay or priests.  Both marital sodomy and priestly sodomy are violations of their respective covenants, both take apart what God has put together as the norm for human sexuality, and thus both are intrinsically dishonest.

Thus it is important that a screening process takes place before numbers of laity are called upon to work with the bishops for authentic renewal within the Church.  At the very least, all prospective lay cooperators should sign a statement of full acceptance of the teaching of Humanae Vitae And, of course, that should be required of all bishops who are engaged in any effort to bring about authentic renewal within the Church.

John F. Kippley