Tuesday, February 9, 2016

From 40 Days For Life: Ask yourself this question

40 Days for Life
Dear Deacon John,
 
Our culture needs YOU – now more than ever! As 40 Days for Life kicks off tomorrow in 273 cities, ask yourself, “What difference can one person make?”
 
Many of us want to build a culture of life. But we often get discouraged and lose sight of what God can do through us. But it is possible for you to make a difference ... and save a life in your community!
 
Just find the 40 Days for Life location nearest you.
 
Steve Karlen, 40 Days for Life’s North American campaign director, talked to volunteers on a visit through Alabama. In this 3-minute video, some of the people he spoke with explained how one person can make a difference ... and how one person’s actions can multiply.
 
To watch the video, click on the image below...
 
 
... or go to:
 
The 40 Days for Life campaign starts tomorrow and runs through March 20. In many instances, the “one person” getting things started is the local leader in each of the 273 locations.
 
Volunteer local leaders are the backbone – and heroes – of 40 Days for Life. Their “yes” is a leap of faith ... and it gives YOU the opportunity to save lives from abortion where you live.
 
So find your nearest location, sign up for a time ... and make a difference!
 
Some people take an hour a day, while others stand an hour a week. It’s a sacrifice. It’s not always convenient. But it’s worth it!
 
The Lord will hear your prayer ... and moms will see your peaceful presence and have one last chance to choose life for their baby.
 
After all … you can make a difference!
 
As we prepare spiritually for the 40 days ahead, here’s the first of our daily devotionals …prepared by Carmen Pate of Alliance Ministries.
 
Pre-kickoff intention 
 
For God's blessing upon all participating in the coming 40 Days for Life campaign.
 
Scripture  
 
"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land."
 
— 2 Chronicles 7:14
 
Reflection
 
Not unlike God's chosen people of Israel, we must humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, if we expect God to hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land. The need for repentance has not been greater since the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade in 1973.
 
The number one cause of death in America is the needless sacrifice of our children at the altar of convenience called abortion. Conservative estimates put the number of deaths at nearly 55 million.
 
And lest we think this is an issue outside the church walls, 43 percent of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant, and 27 percent identify themselves as Catholic. One in four women has at least one abortion by the age of 45 — both non-Christian and Christian alike. Where was the voice of Truth — the church?
 
Mary Comm of In Our Midst Ministries, Inc. sums up the issue best as she writes, "We (the church) have been an unintentional accomplice to the millions of lives lost and to the multiplied millions of lives devastated by abortion. We didn't want them to abort. We didn't mean for them to abort. But, because of our lack of knowledge, because of our fear, we have continued to stand by and do nothing. We, God's hands and feet in this dark and hurting world, have been unintentional, unknowledgeable accomplice, but an accomplice nonetheless."
 
May today mark the beginning of change within the church, as God's people, in unity, seek His forgiveness.
 
Prayer 
 
Heavenly Father, we have turned our backs on you and your principles in your Word. We have allowed man to usurp Your role as God over life and the number of our days. But we come to you in brokenness and repentance over our sin.
 
We cry out for Your mercy and ask you to remove the scourge of abortion from our land.
 
Use us as your vessels, Lord, to bring the light of Your Truth to our nation once again. Because of Christ we pray, Amen.
 
Printable devotional
 
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For life,
 
 Shawn Carney
SHAWN CARNEY
President
40 Days for Life
 
PS: Once again, here's that link to the full list of 273 campaign locations:

An 11th hour save at the abortion clinic

From http://cal-catholic.com/


FPA032412The following comes from a February 7 email from Helpers of God’s Most Precious Infants:
It was quite literally in the 11th hour, after a long frustrating morning of trying to talk to women, with little success, while the “yellow-shirt” escorts and security guard interrupted all of our efforts.
A few minutes before 11:00 am, shortly after most of the counselors had left, the remaining three counselors were getting ready leave when a car with out of state plates cruised slowly by the entrance to the clinic and parked in the far western parking lot. Two of the counselors slowly drifted in that direction, trying not to draw the attention of the yellow-shirts. After the couple got out of the car, the girl pointed toward the abortion clinic upstairs to her boyfriend, and one of the counselors quickly approached her, holding up a picture of a paramedic truck and firetruck parked in front of the clinic.
The counselor told her about the woman who had to be transported to the emergency room a few months ago, and how she had to spend a week in the hospital after a punctured uterus, emergency transfusion, and hysterectomy. The counselor told her that he cared about her and didn’t want to see her hurt.
About that time, several yellow-shirts came up close and said they were patient escorts, and that the couple did not need to listen to the “protester”, and to tell the “protester” to leave them alone. The counselor looked at the young woman and said calmly, “Please tell them it’s OK for me to talk to you”. She looked in the direction of the yellow-shirts and said it was OK, but the yellow-shirts continued talking.
The counselor told the yellow-shirt to please go away, but they continued talking. The counselor asked the girl, “Could you please tell them to go away so we can talk, I want to help you”. She did, and they finally left. Not more than 20 seconds later, the security guard came over and basically said the same things the yellow-shirts were saying, interrupting the counselor. The counselor asked the couple to please tell the guard to go away so they could talk. This time the boyfriend told the guard to leave, and she did, smiling politely, as if surprised that someone would reject her offer to intercede.
The counselor was finally able to speak without interruption. The counselor told them about the risks and side effects of having an abortion, especially the emotional trauma that most women are not prepared for. He shared a picture of 6-week pre-born baby, and pointed out the details of early development, including the fingers, toes, eyes, etc. that were visible in the picture, and asked how far along she was. The young man said about 7 weeks. They both seemed surprised at how developed the unborn baby was at only 6 weeks. He showed them a life-size model at 12 weeks, and told the young woman that she was already a mother, and that abortion may seem like a quick fix, but was really the start of bigger problems, both in her relationships and the regret that could last a lifetime.
The girl was in her last year of high school, and was in a committed relationship. The counselor told her all about open adoption if she was not ready to be a parent, and how there was lots of help, including a maternity home for those who wanted to place their babies with adoptive parents. The counselor asked if the boyfriend was pressuring her into having an abortion, and she said no. The counselor told her that if they were planning on getting married someday, killing their first child would ruin their relationship.
She had not yet told her parents that she was pregnant. The counselor told her not to fear telling her parents, and that they would probably be disappointed in her, but if they loved her, they would be grateful she did not secretly kill their first grandchild. He told the couple there will never be the “right time” to have a baby, and that there will always seem to be a shortage of money, things to save for, a better job, a house, and so on, but that she can never replace the unique human being that is inside of her right now.
The counselor offered to take them to Culture of Life Family Services where they could seek further help and counseling. The couple quietly said a few words to each other, and said they would be driving home. The counselor gave her a Rosary, and told her he would pray for her and that God would bless her for making this decision.
Please pray for this young couple, that they have the courage and strength to continue choosing life for their unborn baby.

Monday, February 8, 2016

LifeNews Pro-Life News Report 2/8/16



LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Monday, February 8, 2016

For pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.
Top Stories
• Abortion Activists Trash Doritos Super Bowl Commercial Because It “Humanizes Fetuses”
• Hillary Clinton Campaign Video Shows Smiling Babies as Woman Says “I Believe in” Abortion
• Marco Rubio on Abortion, Rape: Babies Have a Right to Life No Matter How They’re Conceived
• Hillary Clinton: Marco Rubio is “Pathetic” Attacking Me for Supporting Abortion Up to Birth


More Pro-Life News
• Warren Buffett and George Soros Gave $6.6 Million to Leading Pro-Abortion Political Group
• Abortion Doc Defends Doing Abortions: “My Christianity Leads Me to a Place of Non-Judgment”
• She Had an Abortion But Her Daughter Miraculously Survived, Decades Later They Finally Meet
• Pro-Lifers Will File Ethics Complaint Against D.A. if She Doesn’t Drop Charges Against David Daleiden

• Hillary Clinton Bashes Pro-Life Measure That Bans “The Deliberate Destruction of Human Beings”
• Abortion Biz Caught Pushing “Group Purchasing Program” To Make Money Selling Aborted Baby Parts
• Georgetown University Violates Catholic Tenets, Pushes Abortion as Zika Virus Solution
• United Nations is Exploiting Zika Crisis to Promote Abortion as Virus Spreads
• He Botched an Abortion, Then He Put His Suitcase in the Car as the Ambulance Drove Away
• She Was Beaten When She Refused an Abortion, Her Boyfriend Told Her “I’ll Dance on Your Grave”

• Writer Reminds Us That Pro-Life Is Pro-Woman and Abortion Is Pro-Nobody
• Hundreds of Pro-Life People Protest New Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic in Louisville
• Peyton Manning Was Born With a Cleft Lip, Tragically Some Babies With Cleft Lips are Aborted

• Marco Rubio’s Amazing Pro-Life Debate Answer: “I’d Rather Lose an Election Than be Wrong on Life”
• Chris Christie Faces Criticism for Saying Aborting a Baby After Rape is “Self-Defense” for Women

SIGN THE PETITION: Drop the Charges Against David Daleiden and Charge Planned Parenthood


Abortion Activists Trash Doritos Super Bowl Commercial Because It “Humanizes Fetuses”
The abortion activists to NARAL were demonstrably upset last night during the Super Bowl — and not because the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers in the big game seen by billions of people across the globe.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/08/abortion-activists-trash-doritos-super-bowl-commercial-because-it-humanizes-fetuses/

Hillary Clinton Campaign Video Shows Smiling Babies as Woman Says “I Believe in” Abortion
Hillary Clinton’s campaign debuted a video online today titled “I Believe.” The video opens with a man addressing his unborn child: “Hi, little one. It’s me. It’s your dad. You are not born yet…I can’t wait to meet you.” The video then transitions into a montage of several people addressing their children with various terms of endearment.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/08/hillary-clinton-campaign-video-shows-smiling-babies-as-woman-says-i-believe-in-abortion/


Marco Rubio on Abortion, Rape: Babies Have a Right to Life No Matter How They’re Conceived
During a weekend interview, CNN challenged pro-life Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on his statement during last weeks Republican debate about posing abortion in cases of rape or incest. The Florida senator didn’t back down from his pro-life position.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/08/marco-rubio-on-abortion-rape-babies-have-a-right-to-life-no-matter-how-theyre-conceived/


Hillary Clinton: Marco Rubio is “Pathetic” Attacking Me for Supporting Abortion Up to Birth
Hillary Clinton is upset that Marco Rubio continues to attack her pro-abortion position supporting unlimited abortions up to birth for any reason. During last week’s republican presidential debate, Rubio continued excoriating Clinton over her “extreme” abortion position.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/08/hillary-clinton-marco-rubio-is-pathetic-attacking-me-for-supporting-abortion-up-to-birth/



Warren Buffett and George Soros Gave $6.6 Million to Leading Pro-Abortion Political Group
During Super Bowl 50, the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) wasn’t about to let biology get in the way of their propaganda. Between 1989 and 2013, NARAL alone has received at least $6,667,969 from George Soros and Warren Buffett together.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/08/warren-buffett-and-george-soros-gave-6-6-million-to-leading-pro-abortion-political-group/

Abortion Doc Defends Doing Abortions: “My Christianity Leads Me to a Place of Non-Judgment”
Every month, abortionist Willie Parker flies from his home in Chicago to abort unborn babies in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. On Saturday, Parker told a Massachusetts crowd why he makes the journey each month – because of “my Christianity.”

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/08/abortion-doc-defends-doing-abortions-my-christianity-leads-me-to-a-place-of-non-judgment/



She Had an Abortion But Her Daughter Miraculously Survived, Decades Later They Finally Meet
Abortion survivor Claire Culwell has shared her story of hope countless times since she learned that she was born alive after a failed abortion.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/08/she-had-an-abortion-but-her-daughter-miraculously-survived-decades-later-they-finally-meet/


Pro-Lifers Will File Ethics Complaint Against D.A. if She Doesn’t Drop Charges Against David Daleiden
If Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson doesn’t drop the charges against the man behind the videos exposing Planned Parenthood selling the body parts of aborted babies, pro-life advocates say they will file ethics charges against her. They are giving Devon Anderson three weeks to comply.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/08/pro-lifers-will-file-ethics-complaint-against-d-a-if-she-doesnt-drop-charges-against-david-daleiden/



Hillary Clinton Bashes Pro-Life Measure That Bans “The Deliberate Destruction of Human Beings” http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/08/hillary-clinton-bashes-pro-life-measure-that-bans-the-deliberate-destruction-of-human-beings/
Abortion Biz Caught Pushing “Group Purchasing Program” To Make Money Selling Aborted Baby Parts http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/08/abortion-biz-caught-pushing-group-purchasing-program-to-make-money-selling-aborted-baby-parts/
Georgetown University Violates Catholic Tenets, Pushes Abortion as Zika Virus Solution http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/08/georgetown-university-violates-catholic-tenants-pushes-abortion-as-zika-virus-solution/
United Nations is Exploiting Zika Crisis to Promote Abortion as Virus Spreads http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/08/united-nations-is-exploiting-zika-crisis-to-promote-abortion-as-virus-spreads/

He Botched an Abortion, Then He Put His Suitcase in the Car as the Ambulance Drove Away http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/08/he-injured-a-woman-in-a-botched-abortion-then-put-his-suitcase-in-the-car-as-ambulance-dove-away/
She Was Beaten When She Refused an Abortion, Her Boyfriend Told Her “I’ll Dance on Your Grave” http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/08/she-was-beaten-when-she-refused-an-abortion-her-boyfriend-told-her-ill-dance-on-your-grave/
Writer Reminds Us That Pro-Life Is Pro-Woman and Abortion Is Pro-Nobody http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/08/writer-reminds-us-that-pro-life-is-pro-woman-and-abortion-is-pro-nobody/
Hundreds of Pro-Life People Protest New Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic in Louisville http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/08/hundreds-of-pro-life-people-protest-new-planned-parenthood-abortion-clinic-in-louisville/
Grieving Mother Pleads to Stormont Not to Allow Abortions on Disabled Babies http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/08/grieving-mother-pleads-to-stormont-not-to-allow-abortions-on-disabled-babies/

Peyton Manning Was Born With a Cleft Lip, Tragically Some Babies With Cleft Lips are Aborted http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/07/peyton-manning-was-born-with-a-cleft-lip-tragically-some-babies-with-cleft-lips-are-aborted/

Marco Rubio’s Amazing Pro-Life Debate Answer: “I’d Rather Lose an Election Than be Wrong on Life” http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/07/marco-rubios-amazing-pro-life-debate-answer-id-rather-lose-an-election-than-be-wrong-on-life/

Chris Christie Faces Criticism for Saying Aborting a Baby After Rape is “Self-Defense” for Women http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/07/chris-christie-faces-criticism-for-saying-aborting-a-baby-after-rape-is-self-defense-for-women/










Sunday, February 7, 2016

From CMMB: Support Sister Monica





Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”                                                                                 -Luke 5:1-11
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Sister Monica of the Sisters of Charity with a mother and child in Cîté Soleil, Haiti.
In today's Gospel, Jesus teaches from Simon's boat. Jesus turns to Simon and tells him where to lower the fishing nets. Simon and others have been fishing all night and have not caught anything. When Simon ultimately obeys Jesus and lowers his nets into the deeper water as directed, they catch so many fish that the nets begin to tear!

Simon Peter becomes a follower of Jesus immediately. He calls Jesus “Lord”—the title given to Jesus after his Resurrection—and protests his worthiness to be in Jesus' presence.   In the people whom Jesus chose to be his closest friends—his disciples—we see many of the characteristics of ordinary human beings; people like Sister Monica of the Daughters of Charity in Cîté Soleil, Haiti. Working with CMMB, she sets an example of faith, humility and hope. Surely Sister Monica is another one of God's disciples, meant to "catch people" in one of the poorest communities in Haiti. Sister Monica's net is made of love, compassion and dignity. She is able to draw women and children toward her, and show them that our Lord is everywhere.

As Christians, we participate in the mission of the Church when we bring people to Christ through the example and positive influence of our lives. Let's remember to use the gifts God gave us to transform into better people. If we can do that, we can be the disciples through whom God will lead others to Jesus and his kingdom. If you haven't already, please join our community conversations on Facebook and Twitter, and explore ways to join our movement.
Yours in grace,

Catholic Medical Mission Board
This reflection is inspired by, and adapted in part, from Loyola Press Sunday Connection.
 
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From USCCB: National Marriage Week




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National Marriage Week

February 7–14, 2016

National Marriage Week starts this Sunday, February 7, 2016.  Each day from Sunday, 2/7–Saturday, 2/13, a new question will be posted to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and www.USCCB.org. Respond to the question here or use the hashtag #marriagecontest on Twitter or Instagram to be entered to receive one of seven For Your Marriage Mr. & Mrs. mug sets.
 
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