Friday, October 24, 2014

Spirit and Life: Formation for Leaders in the Fight for Life


In the formation of conscience the Word of God is the light for our path; we must assimilate it in faith and prayer and put it into practice. We must also examine our conscience before the Lord's Cross. We are assisted by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, aided by the witness or advice of others and guided by the authoritative teaching of the Church. - Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1785
As I travel this week to speaking engagements in Big Bear, California, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I find myself further affirmed in proclaiming the Word of God to light the path for Jesus' followers in a world darkened by the Culture of Death.
Whether I'm traveling in the U.S. or overseas, I see a great many people thirsting for Truth, desiring to be nourished in the Faith through proper formation in light of scripture and Church teaching. Truth can never be compromised; sin can never be justified. When the Gospel of Life is proclaimed against the sinfulness of abortion, contraception, cohabitation, euthanasia, and same-sex unions, people find themselves empowered to live the life that Christ desires of his followers. This, in turn, builds healthy, God-centered marriages, families and societies.  

Proclaiming the Truth is our focus at Human Life International no matter where our missionary travels take us, as you'll soon read about on our most recent missionary trip to Taiwan. Dr. Brian Clowes, Dr. Ligaya Acosta, and I taught intense faith formation sessions, which will organize and equip pro-life leaders for the next Asia Pacific Congress on Life, Faith and Family (ASPAC) in 2015. Bishops, priests, seminarians, and laity came together to learn how to be effective missionaries in the Culture of Life in Taiwanese communities.

I encourage you to pray fervently for all of our HLI Missionaries who, day after day, reach out to all people defending life, faith, and family. Together, we can provide the support necessary to bring people to the Truth in Christ.

Calling on the intercession of the great saint, John Paul II, let's put the Word of God into practice against the evils that exist in the world today.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Shenan J. Boquet
President, Human Life International

by Krista Schmid Thomas
Missionary work, though a privilege, can be exhaustive, but time is of the essence as Dr. Ligaya Acosta, HLI Director of Asia and Oceania, attests. Promoting the value and beauty of every human person is imperative in countries gripped by secularism - where little or no protections exist to defend life and where religious freedom is non-existent.
Such is the case in Taiwan, where Dr. Acosta arrived on October 13 with HLI President Father J. Shenan Boquet. Dr. Brian Clowes, HLI's Director for Research and Education, arrived two days later. Her previous missionary trip in May 2013 opened the doors for HLI to host the next Asia Pacific Congress on Life, Faith and Family (ASPAC) in November 2015 with the Chinese Regional Bishops Conference (CRBC). -more-
Faith Formation Spurs "New Evangelization" with Pro-Life Training in Taiwan

by HLI Staff Reports
A unified body of Latin American bishops, priests, and seminarians openly deplored the "culture of death" with an official proclamation at the Third Latin American Congress of Priests and Seminarians for Life (REDESSVIDA). The Proclamation of Guadalajara was read by Father Shenan J. Boquet, President of Human Life International (HLI) at the University Del Valle in Atemajac in Guadalajara, Mexico on October 10, 2014.
"This congress was a total success with an assembly of bishops, priests and seminarians focused on ways to effectively promote and defend life from conception to natural death," said Mario Rojas, Director of HLI Latin America. "This congress presented an opportunity for many to embrace the challenge to oppose the anti-life agendas that threaten life and family - and to do so in a special proclamation that affirms the teachings of the Catholic Church." -more-
Third Latin American Congress of Priests and Seminarians for Life REDESSVIDA 2014
From Ocean to Ocean
The worldwide pilgrimage of the traditional Christian icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the Black Madonna, will soon depart the United States for Mexico and the rest of Latin America. The coordinating organization, Human Life International (HLI), announced today the events in Phoenix, Arizona that will culminate in transfer of HLI's custodianship to Father James Heyd, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and well known advocate for life and family. -more-

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