I gave four talks at churches in Rosamond and Mojave, California, over the weekend. At St. Mary’s of the Desert I talked about Pro-Life issues. Afterward, a nurse came up and said that besides abortion, another thing many people will be called on spiritually at Judgement is: sterilization. Actually, you have to wonder: If God intends for a couple to have, say, five children, but they use birth control to stop at two children — in the scheme of God’s plan, have those other three children, in a sense, been ‘aborted?’… At a Religious Education Class, I took questions. One woman asked my take on our Welfare System. I said just the day before, I talked with Rosamond’s Sue Macisaac, who said in the ‘old days,’ most Christian Church members gave 10% of their income. As a result, many of the poor and disadvantaged received a considerable amount of help from their local churches. (I noted a couple journal entries back, that the average American Protestant now tithes 2.6% of their income and the average Catholic now tithes 1.2% of their income — with a lot of this going to administrative costs, building funds, and the like). Ms. Macisaac said as a result of all this, it’s as if we now tithe to the government. I explained to the class that this tax money gets funneled through a rather large bureaucratic system, with a significantly decreased amount then coming back (in a rather antiseptic fashion) to those in need through social programs like Welfare. While I don’t think all social programs are bad, I do believe we have abdicated way too much charitable giving (in the form of money and personal hands on help to the disadvantaged) to the Federal Government. And that, I believe, is spiritually skewed… At St. Mary’s of the Desert on Sunday, I said there are 24,000 people in the Third World who starve to death every day. I then referred to a couple lines of the opening song in this particular Sunday Mass. “In these days of Lenten journey… we open our eyes to the hungry.” I said I would hope that that was more than just empty lyrics for those of us who sang them… And finally, I talked at a “Four Square” church in Rosamond about Pro-Life issues as well. Note: Prior to the talk at the Four Square church, “Brother Bill,” a former split-end for the University of Las Vegas at Nevada, shared a brief Bible teaching. Without knowing I was going to talk about Pro-Life issues, he said he’d been inspired by the Holy Spirit to talk about the following Biblical passage: “Delivery has passed. The baby is born. Observe a new place, a new horizon. The child must be brought forth…” I couldn’t have asked for a better lead in, huh.