It’s as if the stars aligned on 24 June

Yesterday, which was the real Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist though bumped a day because of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I posted here and elsewhere:

#SCOTUS overturned Roe & Casey on the Feast of a beating Heart and also of a birth of the “greatest man born of woman” (Matthew 11:11).

The Feast of a Heart without sin and of a Saint who, according to tradition, was forgiven Original Sin before his birth.

What I did not know, and what a friend just emailed me, is that 24 June would have been the 98th birthday of Nellie Gray, the long-time pro-life activist who popularized the term “pro-life” and who founded the March For Life for the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Is it possible that some clever-boots at the SCOTUS looked at a calendar and helped guide the release of the Dobbs v. Jackson opinion?

It sure feels that way.

After all, there are some Catholics around the place.


Apparently, according to one of my emails, 24 June 1717 was the date of the founding of Freemasonry in England.


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  1. Chrisc says:

    I see Texas AG spoke of yesterday as a holiday in his office. Nellie Gray Day sounds rather nice.

  2. Herman Joseph says:

    I think that, all things considered–obviously just my two cents here–that this is simply Providential, and not the hand of anyone at the Court. They have many cases, there are nine justices, there are many moving wheels. To deliberately set it up this way seems an unlikely thing. Even if, say, Thomas had the opportunity to actually set this up, maybe he and some others, just having the opportunity, with everything going on at the Court, would still be simply Providential. But all in all–stunningly Providential, whether by Providence giving the hand of man the ability to do this, or simply arranging it with no human agents.

  3. Grant M says:

    Amazing isn’t it? The meeting of the Sacred Heart and of the Baptist on one day reminds us of the second Joyful Mystery, which we celebrate in a week’s time, and we remember how one unborn child greeted another with joy.

  4. Nighthawk says:

    In reply to Chrisc, the Texas AG actually made yesterday a (quasi-)holiday in his offices by sending his various employees home at noon yesterday to celebrate.

  5. Dustin F, OCDS says:

    The bulk of those justices who signed on to the opinion are Catholic. I think they knew exactly what they were doing with the date.

  6. aam says:

    Watching video of some of the reaction to the overturning of Roe v Wade makes me wonder if there is some level of demonic possession in the abortion movement.

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  8. mulieribus says:

    “ It’s as if the stars aligned on 24 June”.
    They did indeed!
    “The rare sight of five bright planets lining up with the moon wowed skywatchers around the world Friday, with some gearing up for more this weekend to see a planetary sight that won’t happen again until 2040. Throughout June, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn have lined up from left to right, in their orbital order from the sun, before dawn in the southeastern sky. Early Friday (June 24), the moon joined the planet parade in an awesome sight …” You can see the photograph here:–photo-june-2022

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