- Vote and Act Pro-Life (Helpful Hints for Life)
- How to Join the US Bishops in 9 Days for Life (Belleville News and BEYOND)
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"Rachel mourns her children, she refuses to be consoled because her children are no more."
While this is no one's favorite topic, it is a reality in which we live. And when we look for good news, we do not look here.
On January 22, 1973, seven Supreme Court Justices declared that it was legal to be able to kill children in the womb during all nine months of pregnancy. When no previous institution or group ever acted when the presence of a human being was in question, the Supreme Court also said, we do not know when human life begins, but whatever is in the womb, it can be killed.
Even science states that human life begins at conception as there is not other discernable moment before and after which one can point to and say there was not human life before, and now there is human life. Even pro-abortion advocates do not deny this. They focus on a woman's 'right to choose' abortion. Some people say, 'I am against abortion, but I can't keep a woman from choosing abortion.'
However, a woman does not have the right to choose to end the life a child. In this, there is a conflict of rights: a child's right to life and the woman's right to choose things for herself. Life is always the prior, or first right. All other choices are dependent upon it. A child's right to life is above a woman's right to choose for herself only after a child is present. So do not be confused by this 'right to choose.'
Over 56 million human lives slaughtered in the womb in the last 42 years LEGALLY! Where are the others of my generation? Let us pray for the healing and converting of our land. Let us work and vote for an end to our modern day slaughter of the human innocents. And let us give true help and assistance to women and children in need, giving life options instead of enshrining in law that which kills the baby and wounds the mother.
Peace and prayers in Jesus through Mary, loved by Saint Joseph,
P.S. This coming Sunday is the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time . > Readings <
- the distinctive qualities of each human being as a unique individual
[The human individual, made in the image of God; not some thing but some one, a unity of spirit and matter, soul and body, capable of knowledge, self-possession, and freedom, who can enter into communion with other persons and with God. The human person needs to live in society, which is a group of persons bound together organically by a principle of unity that goes beyond each one of them.]
–prayer of Saint Augustine of Hippo
Some will claim that a persons should not be a single issue voter as if voting for someone who protect human life in law is just one issue among many. Some things are so critical and essential simply by their nature that they set themselves apart or become the non-negotiable that must be present in a decision.
For example suppose someone running for a political office said, I believe and will promote a terrorist's right to crash planes into buildings. Not too many voters, if any, are going to say, 'well I disagree with that politician on terrorists, but I really like his economic plan and ideas on other matters and will vote for him based on that. Some truths must always be present.
The next time we are called to vote and act, let us make sure we are focused on the critical and the essential.
"Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law:
You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish. (Didache 2,2:SCh 248,148; cf. Ep. Barnabae 19,5:PG 2 777; Ad Diognetum 5,6:PG 2,1173; Tertullian, Apol. 9:PL 1,319-320.)
God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes."
-Catechism of the Catholic Church #2271
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The Rising Generation of Pro-Lifers
by Population Research Institute
You'd never know it by watching the mainstream media, but every year on 22 January, over a hundred thousand Americans of all ages gather in Washington DC in the largest continuous peaceful protest in U.S. history and probably world history.
For thirty-five years, millions of pro-life Americans have protested the decision that legalized abortion in the United States. The largest continuing holocaust in American history has cost an estimated fifty million American lives to date. The march memorializes the infants lost, and protests the stubborn refusal of the Supreme Court to reverse this terrible decision.
I myself have been in many of these marches and have noticed two things: the marches have gotten steadfastly larger over time, as more and more Americans have come out in peaceful protest of abortion. But the marches have also gotten younger over time. More and more young people, in their teens, in their early twenties, are coming out to protest the killing of their unborn brothers and sisters. They are the future of pro-life movement in the United States, and the future is now.
The poor, homeless, refugees and a group of prisoners were treated to the special entertainment, which was offered to them free of charge at the Rony Roller Circus. The company had made all of its 2,000 seats available for the occasion.
An initiative of the Office of the Papal Almoner, headed by Bishop Konrad Krajewski, the event was announced in a Jan. 14 communique from the office.
The opening act of the show was a song written by a Spanish singer-songwriter who used to be homeless himself, and who dedicated the song to Pope Francis and wrote it to be “an opening prayer and expression of gratitude to the Holy Father for this new act of closeness to each one of them.”
In one of his general audience addresses last January, Pope Francis said that those who put on circus shows “are creators of beauty.”
In light of the Pope's comments, the Almoner's Office said that Thursday's “gift,” offered by circus artists “who with perseverance, commitment and many sacrifices are able to create and give beauty to themselves and to others,” is also a source of renewal for the most needy.
“(It is) an encouragement to overcome the harshness and difficulties of life which many times seem too great and insurmountable.”
The communique also noted that medical personnel from the Vatican Health Services would be on site, and would give free treatment to any of the attendees who might need it. A small snack was also provided after the event.
In addition to the circus announcement, the Holy See Press office also made known the identity of the second family of refugees being hosted by the Vatican, assisted by St. Peter's basilica.
A Jan. 14 communique from the Vatican announced that St. Peter’s has provided an apartment for an Eritrean family, consisting of a mother and her five children. While three of the children are already in Italy, the other two are still in an Ethiopian refugee camp.
They are expected to arrive in the coming weeks, the Vatican said, and explained that the youngest child, only a few months, was born in Norway, where the family had fled. After the child’s birth, the family was sent back to Italy by the Dublin Convention, though the reasons for this were not given.
The family’s presence is a response to Pope Francis' Sept. 6, 2015 appeal for all European parishes, religious communities, monasteries and shrines to house one refugee family.
At the time, the Pope said the two Vatican parishes – St. Peter's Basilica and St. Anne's parish – would also be hosting one family each.
The family hosted by St. Anne’s parish is a Christian Syrian family, consisting of the parents and two children.
They fled from the Syrian capital of Damascus, and are now living in a Vatican-owned apartment just outside the Vatican walls. They arrived in Italy the same day Pope Francis made his appeal.
Pope Francis greeted the Syrian family himself just before he set off for his 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States in September.
Both of the Vatican’s parishes have been assisted in welcoming the families by the Papal Almoner, Bishop Konrad Krajewski, and the Sant’Egidio Community.
“Pope Francis reminds us constantly of the loving concern Christians have for all people at any stage of life who’ve been cast aside or forgotten by society,” stated Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, the chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
“The 9 Days for Life novena offers a chance to join in prayer and solidarity with the unborn, victims of violence, those suffering from addiction, and those whose hearts ache to be part of a family.”
The novena bookends the 41st annual March for Life, and runs from Saturday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 25. Through “prayer, penance, and pilgrimage,” Catholics can join in solidarity with all victims of abortion, domestic abuse, addiction, and other evils.
The message is about being pro-life for all ages, including the unborn.
There are multiple ways Catholics can take part in the novena. Daily prayers and meditations can be sent through e-mail and text message updates, a downloadable app, or distributed print materials. In addition, parishes and local groups can meet to pray for reparation for abortion and for all those affected by it.
The novena is sorely needed with the prevalence of violence in the U.S., said Anne McGuire, the assistant director for education and outreach for the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, in an interview with EWTN News.
“An increasing number of states are considering doctor-assisted suicide,” McGuire noted. “75 percent of Americans are reported to know a victim of domestic violence. There have been over 56 million abortions since Roe v. Wade, and massive numbers of mothers and fathers suffer the aftermath of those abortions, along with siblings, grandparents, those who work in the abortion industry and others.”
McGuire hopes that the novena will ignite year-round prayer and awareness for these problems.
“We do hope that this novena increases the awareness of each person to be recognized as someone made in the image and likeness of God,” she said, pointing to the theme “each person is a masterpiece of God’s creation.”
“We know that God hears our prayers and we hope that many graces are given in response to our petitions,” she continued.
The website 9daysforlife.com presents a myriad of resources to participants, as does the program’s app. Leaders of prayer groups can access pro-life prayer intentions and print promotional material for their parish. Daily meditations can be shared through social media. Pro-life articles can be printed for distribution.
The whole novena is a “digital pilgrimage,” the Bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities insists. Even though “we can't trek 30 miles per day, we can still undertake a pilgrimage,” stated a message from the secretariat, “a prayerful and sacrificial journey for a special intention.”
“One important aspect of pilgrimages is that the participant grows spiritually and perhaps even develops some resolutions by the pilgrimage's completion,” the message added.
"9 Days for Life" will take place January 17-25 (the nine days surrounding the anniversary of Roe v. Wade). To participate, visit www.9daysforlife.com and sign up for daily alerts (accessible via email, text message, or an app) or download and print the novena.
March 1975: 50,000
March 1976: 65,000
Marches 1977-1998: Up to 100,000
The 25th March 1998: 225,000
March 1999: 125,000
March 2000: 100,000
March 2001: 225,000
March 2002: 100,000
Marches 2003 – 2006: 200,000
My six-year-old piped up, "Mom usually drinks a lot more than that."
Always QuestioningMy mother is always trying to understand what motivates people, especially those in her family. One day she and my sister were talking about one relative’s bad luck. "Why do you suppose she changed jobs?" Mother asked my sister. "Maybe she has a subconscious desire not to succeed."
"Or maybe it just happened," said my sister, exasperated. "Do you know you analyze everything to death?"
Mother was silent for a moment. "That’s true," she said. "Why do you think I do that?"
There are those who wake up in the morning and say, 'Good morning, Lord,' and there
are those who wake up in the morning and say,' Good Lord, it's morning.'
'I have circled the block 10 times. If I don't park here, I'll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses.'
When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note
'I've circled this block for 10 years. If I don't give you a ticket I'll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation.'
Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
by the Resurrection of Your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself
Never to be silent,
Never to be passive,
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once again becomes
A nation with liberty and justice
Not just for some, but for all.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen!
Prenatal diagnosis is morally licit, "if it respects the life and integrity of the embryo and the human fetus and is directed toward its safe guarding or healing as an individual. . . . It is gravely opposed to the moral law when this is done with the thought of possibly inducing an abortion, depending upon the results: a diagnosis must not be the equivalent of a death sentence."
–Catechism of the Catholic Church #2274