The “Extraordinary Ordinariness” of Christmas

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / December 28, 2020 /

Last week I wrote of how the nativity scene in Bethlehem sums up and celebrates the pro-life cause, illustrating the great dignity of the human person. Just as the Christ child, young and helpless, contains the fullness of the Godhead, so every human child is made in the image of that same God. Human dignity…

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What Christmas Reveals About Human Dignity

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / December 20, 2020 /

No feast in the liturgical calendar more perfectly and completely justifies, celebrates, and embodies the pro-life cause than Christmas. Pope St. John Paul II highlighted this connection in the opening paragraphs of his great pro-life encyclical – Evangelium Vitae – where he quotes the angels’ triumphant greeting to the shepherds of Bethlehem: “I bring you…

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New Year’s Greeting from Fr. Shenan Boquet

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / December 31, 2019 /
Fr Boquet's 2020 New Year's Message

 Hello Family! I’m Fr. Shenan Boquet, President of Human Life International. I would like to extend to you and your family a very blessed and happy New Year. It is hard to believe the year 2019 is past, and a new year dawns upon us. As I reflect over the year 2019, I am…

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Seeing Christmas for the First Time

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / December 23, 2019 /

Christmas’ Gift and the Dignity of the Human Person “When people begin to ignore human dignity, it will not be long before they begin to ignore human rights.” – G.K. Chesterton Among G.K. Chesterton’s many brilliant aphorisms is the following: “There is a law written in the darkest of the Books of Life, and it…

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Christmas Greeting from Fr. Shenan Boquet

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / December 23, 2019 /
Fr. Shenan Boquet's 2019 Christmas message

 On this Christmas day, I am reminded of the Gospel of John, when in Chapter 3, verse 16 St. John says, “God so loved the world that he gave his only son.” Today my dear friends, we celebrate a feast of love, and how love first entered human history. We celebrate the birth of…

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The Simplicity and Silence of Bethlehem

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / December 22, 2017 /
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“God’s sign is simplicity. God’s sign is the baby. God’s sign is that He makes Himself small for us. This is how He reigns. He does not come with power and outward splendor. He comes as a baby – defenseless and in need of our help. He does not want to overwhelm us with His…

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Into the New Year

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / December 31, 2016 /
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Warriors must know when, and how, to rest. If they don’t know how to rest, then one way or another they won’t be warriors much longer. I am spending the Christmas break at home with family and friends in Southern Louisiana, and it has been a blessed time. A welcome meeting with my bishop, coffee…

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Merry Christmas from HLI!

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / December 24, 2015 /
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Tomorrow we will celebrate the Nativity of the Lord, a truly holy day that is certainly filled with much sentiment for children and adults of all ages, but whose meaning comes from a Child, a newborn Baby. With eagerness we wait for Christmas and ready ourselves with joyful anticipation, counting the hours and even the…

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Accomplishing Great Things: A Christmas Message

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / December 23, 2014 /

Saint Mother Teresa’s proclivity for evoking quotes of spiritual genius offers timeless inspiration. Such the humble icon was Mother Teresa that, in all the good she said and all the good she did, it was her faithful and trusting disposition that led her to accomplish great things for His glory: to serve the impoverished, the…

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Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Pro-Life Movement

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / December 12, 2014 /
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The question is this: How am I doing this Advent? Am I using this season of preparation to clear out the materialist muck, the stress and distractions of my life? And if the honest answer is no, then the question becomes: What can I do now to get ready for Christmas? God has a marvelous…

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