Gabriela Peixoto

Gabriela Peixoto

Biography

My name is Gabriela B. Peixoto and I am a senior at Southern New Hampshire University, currently interning at Salem High School as an English and American Studies teacher. I keep myself busy with a  part time youth minister position at St. James Parish in Haverhill, leading retreats and Bible studies for teens and coordinating young adult events, such as Theology on Tap and social events. I also work for Lahey Health Behavioral Services as a therapeutic mentor and support specialist. This mainly consists of working with families and children affected by mental or behavioral issues.
I was born in Brazil and speak Portuguese and Spanish. Fluency in these languages has come in handy as I have been able to work with a diverse group of people. I have been part of our local Pregnancy Care Center’s outreach program for the past 3 years, teaching their sexual integrity program at many different churches, Catholic and Protestant. I am also a board member of the Haverhill Violence Prevention Coalition.

Thoughts

Living out the Church’s teachings, especially regarding life and reproduction, is certainly challenging but it is the only sure way to happiness and fulfillment. I have come to the conclusion that the Church’s way is also the only answer to the many issues that afflict our world today. With this in mind, I have begun to consider pursuing a Masters’ degree in Public Health with a concentration in Infant and Maternal Health. Armed with the knowledge and experiences from this program, I plan to promote aspects of the Catholic life (NFP for example) to the secular world, especially in the U.S. and Latin America, as it is badly needed.
My favorite saint would be St. Augustine, although Blessed Zelie and Louis Martin (St. Therese’s parents) and St. Francis have recently been very dear to me! My favorite saint quote is the following:
“Bad times, hard times – this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.” -St. Augustine

Bioethics

“Me Before You” and the fear of suffering

As I type this blog post the movie “Me Before You” is just about to be released in theaters. This book-turned-movie tells the tale of a young, handsome banker who is left paralyzed after an accident. With no will to live, no cure for his disability and despising the thought of being a burden to […]

Gabriela Peixoto | June 3, 2016

Abortion

Contraception and the Myth of “Planned Parenthood”

I sometimes find it strange that in the decades since the Pill became widely accessible, unplanned pregnancies have become just so much more common, and so have abortions. With its 99.9% efficacy rate, it would seem that Pill access and use would forever end the challenge of unplanned pregnancies. This is clearly not the case. […]

Gabriela Peixoto | May 20, 2016

Catholic Teaching

“Gay, Catholic and Doing Fine”

Picture courtesy of Elizabeth Kerin.    Steve Gershom ( a pseudonym), is the man behind a blog titled “Gay, Catholic and Doing Fine”. In it, he describes his life as a devout, Church-teaching obeying Catholic man who happens to have same-sex attractions. In a recent talk at the University of Dallas (which is available as […]

Gabriela Peixoto | March 11, 2016

Catholic Teaching

Zika Virus and the innate dignity of human life

In recent months, much light has been shed on the Zika virus crisis in Brazil. Transmitted by the Aedes aegypt mosquito, the same that transmits dengue fever (which this writer was unfortunate enough to have as a child in Brazil), the Zika virus is believed to cause babies in the womb to develop abnormally small skulls and […]

Gabriela Peixoto | March 4, 2016

Abortion

For NARAL, it’s open season on babies.

Unless you have been living under a rock this past week, you are probably aware that Doritos put out a really funny Super Bowl Commercial. Watch it here. It wasn’t long before NARAL, a pro-abortion group, cried foul on the seemingly innocent, funny video. Sure, the dad in the commercial was quite clueless, but to accuse the […]

Gabriela Peixoto | February 11, 2016

Human Rights

Rolling Stone and the dictatorship of relativism

By now you are probably aware that drug lord Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, commonly known as El Chapo, has been recaptured. It is likely that you also know that actors Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo coordinated secret meetings with him while on the run, producing a 10,000 word article and interview published by Rolling Stone […]

Gabriela Peixoto | January 11, 2016

Abortion

Brazil’s Band-Aid Healthcare

With a population of about 200 million citizens, Brazil is known for may things: its diverse population, rich cuisine and beautiful landscapes. What is it not famous for, however, is its state-sponsored healthcare system. In a 2013 poll, 48 percent of respondents said they thought healthcare was Brazil’s biggest problem, ranking the issue well above education, […]

Gabriela Peixoto | January 5, 2016

Catholic Teaching

Go Forth and Multiply

While it is often argued that high fertility rates among  the poor are to blame for their poverty, this assertion does not seem to hold true when examined fully. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal by Greg Ip explains how lengthening life spans and declining fertility negatively affect the world’s economy. View it […]

Gabriela Peixoto | December 2, 2015

LGBT

The truth will set you free

About two years ago, Thinx  introduced a product named “period underwear” into the market. With the tagline “Women with periods”, this product sought to relieve the stress of menstruation by providing women with highly absorbent underwear. This great, noble idea has the potential of improving the lives of many girls and women around the world, especially […]

Gabriela Peixoto | November 19, 2015

Abortion

Native Americans, umbilical cords and Planned Parenthood videos

  “Here our navel strings were first cut and the blood from them sunk into the earth, and made the country dear to us.” Charlie Emathla, Seminole chief, mid-1800s   As I delved into Native American history with the high schoolers under my care, I was moved by Chief Emathla’s mention of umbilical cords. Amidst […]

Gabriela Peixoto | October 31, 2015