January 5, 1998

John Francis

“You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; I know well that your works are wonderful. My bones were not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place: when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.”

Psalm 139:13-15, cf

Naming of John Francis

In Catholic tradition, children are given the names of Saints or virtues. Examples of this include names like Andrew, Peter, Faith, or Hope. Many cities are named in the same way, such as Corpus Christi, Texas (Body of Christ), Sacramento (CA) means Sacrament, and San Gabriel, near where I grew up, is named after the archangel Gabriel.

Here is how we named John Francis:

John – For St. John the Beloved Disciple. May he be especially loved by Jesus.

Francis – For St. Francis of Assisi. May he reform the Church through love.


Pictures of John Francis
12 weeks 20 weeks Movie at 12 weeks Movie at 20 weeks
20 hours after birth on December 29, 1997: John Francis Christopher and John Francis Maria and John Francis
January 3, 1998: Movie Large picture  
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 We need links for explanations of ultrasound imaging and SONAR�

Ultrasound images of babies in the womb are made by bouncing sound waves off of the baby. The time delay between the time the sound is emitted and the time the sound waves bounce back can be divided by the speed of sound in the tissue medium (mostly water) to determine distance. By this method, three-dimensional images can be made of the developing infant. This is a very “up close and personal” SONAR system, similar to that used in fish finders and submarines. SONAR stands for SOund Navigation And Ranging. In the ultrasound pictures, notice that everything is curved. This is because the ultrasound transducer (sound emitter) scans back and forth to “see” the picture. Early SONAR actually used to have a moving transducer. Please, someone send me a site that has a better explanation!

As you view these pictures, remember that abortion is performed legally from conception through birth. The relatively new partial birth “abortion” is performed after the baby is partially delivered by stabbing the head with a sharp instrument. Los Angeles Times Magazine had a cover article about late-term abortions a few years back (January 7, 1990: “Abortions of Last Resort“). Karen Tumulty profiled the work of two doctors in Los Angeles, California that do abortions in the last trimester.

Get the facts. Spread the word. End abortion.

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