Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Don't know what that means? It's our (Latin) state motto. It means "God enriches" and it's on a huge carpet square on the floor of the Arizona State Senate. I had a chance to see this today since I went down to see the unfortunate demise of House Bill 2625. I love our state motto. I love that we still use Latin and Godly sayings that help us to raise our minds and consciences above the mundane to higher ideals. Because latin is a "dead" language, it has the stability that is lacking in the vernacular. It can't be slanged into irrelevance.
Slanged into irrelevance...that's also what's happening to our religious liberties. HB 2625, sponsored by AZ House Majority Whip Debbie Lesko, allows employers to opt-out of certain mandated beneftis based on the business owner's beliefs. It does not authorize the firing of women, the violation of the HIPAA laws or the deprivation of women from making reproductive health care choices. But it, too has been slanged into irrelevance....for now, that is. Because it's been complicated by the confused, the fearful and the vengeful, it lost in a narrow margin 17-13.
Senator Barto plans to make a reconsideration motion tomorrow that will hopefully bring it to the floor at a time where we can garner a few more votes. I am still baffled by the few republicans who did not stand with us this time. Your phone calls and petitions to our members of the state legislature are really having an impact so I'd like to continue to urge you to ask them to reconsider their position and ask them to vote on the side of their conscience as our religious liberties are being threatened at an unprecedented level.
But the seal has caught my attention.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Clowns for Life that is!Saturday, March 17 was the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Phoenix and many of our SJA parishioners and Preschoolers donned clown attire to show up as Clowns for Life. Special thanks to Maria Mascorella (bright yellow wig, baby blue/white outfit) and her husband Joe for their tireless effort in this event. Maria made many of the costumes that you see. Enjoy the photos sent to me from Patricia Bowen (she's the adorable one in the green baseball cap below). Who says Pro-lifers are all work and no play?