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“Miracle” Micro-Preemie’s Family Gets Wonderful News, Just In Time for Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, a Texas family had something extra special to be thankful for: their micro-preemie miracle baby will be home with them

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This Thanksgiving, a Texas family had something extra special to be thankful for: their micro-preemie miracle baby will be home with them after over 100 days in the hospital.

Pearly Jo Calhoun was born in July at just 23 weeks gestation, but that wasn’t the last time she’d stun her parents, AJ and Tisha, and her doctors. Pearly Jo, or PJ, is among just 15 percent of micro-preemies who are released from the neonatal intensive care unit without major health problems.

PJ is also the youngest surviving micro preemie at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in McKinney, Texas, where she’d make her home for the next 136 days.

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Little PJ now weighs in at a happy, healthy nine pounds, and was set to spend Thanksgiving at home, safe in her mom and dad’s arms.

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Tisha shared with her local NBC station that PJ was the “rainbow baby”, a baby born after a miscarriage or infant loss, that she’d been praying for. “For years after our first miscarriage I would lay my head on AJ’s shoulder every night and cry and say, ‘When will we have a baby?'”

All odds seemed stacked against the Calhouns when Tisha delivered PJ at just 23 weeks due to an incompetent cervix.

“I just had to keep repeating to myself, my husband reassured me. We are gonna leave the hospital with a live baby,” Tisha recalled. “I will survive labor.”

Tiny Pearly Jo was born at just 1.1 pounds but was full of life and strength.

“They said, don’t be surprised if she doesn’t cry when she comes out. But she did, she let out three huge cries. Everyone in the delivery room gasped,” Tisha added.

After PJ was born, Tisha drove 100 miles roundtrip every day from Pottsboro to McKinney to be with her just to experience the mundane milestones many parents take for granted: “We made it to four months before I got pooped on, I was elated. I had a brand new shirt, I’m like, ‘Look. I got poop on me. We should probably laminate this.’”

After over 100 days caring for PJ, her doctors and nurses say they’ll miss her, but they hope to see her again at one of the hospital’s annual reunions with families of NICU babies.

“Our baby Pearly Jo beat all the odds,” said Dr. Arpitha Chiruvolu, NICU medical director at Baylor Scott & White, noting that 60% of babies born as early as Pearly Jo never leave the hospital.

“Each and every baby has a purpose,” Chiruvolu added, “and she definitely has a purpose and we know she’s going to move mountains.”

What an incredible story! Praise God this baby is now safe and sound at home.

 

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Argentine Photographer Captures INCREDIBLE Image of Christ-Like Cloud

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It cannot be denied that our world is in the midst of turmoil unlike anything we’ve seen in the past. From Birmingham to Beijing, we are seeing unprecedented poverty, crime, hate, violence, war, famine….you name it.  Combine these issues with a mainstream media who is salivating at the chance to rile us up for ratings and money, and the world becomes a downright scary place. Where do we turn when the world seems to shun us?  For some, the answers lie in the bottom of a bottle.  For others, it’s self-harm or outward violence. For many, however, their faith is their rock.  They turn to the religious world for answers to the questions that plague us today, and, often, they discover signs of encouragement. Such is the case today in Argentina. Monica Aramayo was in San Salvador de Jujuy in Argentina when she noticed the holy figure shining through the thick clouds Social media user Mariela Romano said: “The Lord will soon come for us all and we should be ready. While another said: “Thanks for the image that allows us to keep on our path and have a better hope for tomorrow.” The photo has to be seen to be believed. https://twitter.com/faithdefender/status/1128809009153097728 The pose and grand scale of the image has reminded many observers of the famous Christ The Redeemer statue in Brazil. https://twitter.com/OtravelAI/status/1082513665700507648 And while the cloud formation certainly isn’t going to change the minds of the unfaithful, it does provide us all with a reminder that we are loved, and we must remain harmonious with one another on this turbulent little space rock.

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Former Pope Blames ‘Swingin’ Sixties’ for Catholic Church’s Cesspool of Pedophilia

The Catholic Church is again attempting to blame their rampant pedophilia on the outside world.

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The high pontiffs of the Catholic Church would make fantastic dodgeball players. Given just how well they’ve avoided taking the blame for, or properly reacting to, the disturbing prevalence of pedophilia among their ranks, there is little doubt that these purposefully-ignorant would be able to dodge just about anything. The problem is obtuse, obvious, and ostensibly disgusting.  There are literally thousands upon thousands of young children who have been sexualized by Catholic priests over the course of several decades in all corners of the globe.  The problem is not isolated at all, and the only common factor between these horrific crimes is that they occurred at the hands of the Catholic Church. If the entire world got sick from eating a certain food, we would stop eating that food.  In the case of the Catholic Church, the children of the world are being undeniably harmed by their religious leaders in habitual and systemic acts of pedophilia, yet the leaders at The Vatican continue to ignore and obfuscate the truth. Now, one former Pope is even blaming the cultural revolution of the 1960’s for the issue. Emeritus Pope Benedict has emerged from his cone of silence to offer a personal analysis of the clerical sex abuse crisis, citing the sexual revolution, a corruption of moral theology, and the formation of “homosexual cliques” in seminaries as causes of the problem. Benedict says that he felt compelled to contribute to a response to the present situation “since I myself had served in a position of responsibility as shepherd of the Church at the time of the public outbreak of the crisis,” and so penned his reflections, obtaining the present pope’s blessing to make them public. In his new, 6,000-word bombshell essay, the former pope turns his gaze toward societal forces outside the Church as well as…

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