“The 2012 [Valentine’s Day] holiday is expected to generate $17.6 billion in retail sales in the United States.”*

There are 27 million people in slavery around the world right now.
Each slave costs an estimated $90-300.
It would cost around $8 billion to buy freedom for all those people, not even half of what will be spent on Valentine’s Day in the United States ALONE.
We would have nearly $10 billion left for rehabilitation of those enslaved and prosecution of those who commit this crime against humanity.

Wow. If we can spend that kind of money showing each other how much we love each other… do you think we could do a little to show solidarity for people we don’t even know?


Money won’t fix this problem. Buying freedom and persecuting criminals isn’t as black and white as the numbers. But where we put our money shows where our priorities lie: ourselves.


What can you do? What MUST you do?

  • Pressure your governmental representatives. Write, petition, demand that this be an issue that gets attention.
  • Pressure companies who may use materials produced by slave labor. Question possible issues, insist for transparent business practices, and demand that products be created by fair trade.
  • Support organizations that are fighting human slavery. Buy tshirts, products, and materials when possible. Monetary support helps them further their mission and pursue justice and freedom for all.
  • Raise awareness. Make their stories heard by making your voice heard. Choose not to close your heart or eyes to injustice. Take baby steps, and others will join you.
  • Know what is going on. There are too many resources available to learn more and spread the word to excuse yourself from the reality of this issue:
Passion 2012 FREEDOM conference


stop planning, stop wishing…

Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone,
To have a deep soul relationship with another,
To be loved thoroughly and exclusively.

But to a Christian, God says, “No, not until you are satisfied,
Fulfilled and content with being loved by me alone,
With giving yourself totally and unreservedly to me.
With having an intensely personal and unique relationship with me alone.

Discovering that only in me is your satisfaction to be found,
Will you be capable of the perfect human relationship,
That I have planned for you.
You will never be united to another
Until you are united with me.
Exclusive of anyone or anything else.
Exclusive of any other desires or longings.
I want you to stop planning, to stop wishing, and allow me to give you
The most thrilling plan existing . . . one you cannot imagine.
I want you to have the best. Please allow me to bring it to you.

You just keep watching me, expecting the greatest things.
Keep experiencing the satisfaction that I am.
Keep listening and learning the things that I tell you.
Just wait, that’s all. Don’t be anxious, don’t worry
Don’t look around at things others have gotten
Or that I have given them
Don’t look around at the things you think you want,
Just keep looking off and away up to me,
Or you’ll miss what I want to show you.
And then, when you’re ready, I’ll surprise you with a love
Far more wonderful than you could dream of.

You see, until you are ready, and until the one I have for you is ready,
I am working even at this moment
To have both of you ready at the same time.
Until you are both satisfied exclusively with me.

—St. Anthony of Padua