Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Spirit and Life: Helping CAMs Save Lives for 25 Years
good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have
works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to
wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, 'Go in
peace, keep warm, and eat well,' but you do not give them the
necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it
does not have works, is dead." (James 2:14-17)
Apostle James urges us to not just believe in something, but to put our
faith in action. Twenty-five years ago, Jorge Serrano felt an urgent
need to do something about the growing threat against human life. Like
many pro-life Catholics, he believed -- and still believes -- that every
life is precious, and must be protected at all stages from conception
to natural death. In fact, many times he courageously defended his
belief in the public square.
after attending a pro-life conference sponsored by Human Life
International in New Orleans in April of 1989, Jorge found himself in a
public debate with a radical feminist. She was aggressively defending
the right of a woman to have a doctor kill her unborn child. "What are
you doing for the woman who wants to have an abortion?" she demanded.
a pierced heart, Jorge considered the options available around Mexico
City for women facing desperate situations. How many women choose
abortion, the only option, as a remedy to their dilemma? He turned to
the Bible, specifically, to James 2:14-17, for an answer.
months later, Jorge and his team of pro-life volunteers began their
heroic efforts to build a Culture of Life. They launched an outreach
program with a telephone help hotline and advertisements in the local
newspapers: "Unexpected pregnancy? There is a solution. Call us."
On August 15, the Feast of the Assumption, the first woman arrived at
their fledgling pro-life headquarters, the first Center for the Help of
Women (Centro Ayudar Mujeres, or CAM). She received a pledge of support
in her desperate time of need. Jorge and his team assured her that she
was not alone, and their lives - hers and that of her unborn child --
were precious. Through the center, they helped her acquire healthcare,
clothing and other resources she would need.
January 1990, the center was flourishing. Jorge and his team
successfully founded additional CAMs in Monterrey, Guadalajara and
Puebla. Reaching beyond Mexico, they opened centers in El Salvador and
Argentina from 1994-1995. Twenty-five years later, 146 CAMs have helped
over 214,000 women throughout Latin America.
it amazing what one person can do to build a Culture of Life? Our
support of human life is manifested in what we actually do - in our
personal witness and action. When Jorge was confronted with that
defining question, his response was to do more than just defend human
life in words.
You can't imagine the persecution Jorge and his family face today.
Risking everything, his conscience impels him to keep proclaiming the
Gospel of Life. Jorge is a humble man of deep faith, glorifying God in
all the victories for life won by the CAMs. He has inspired hundreds --
if not thousands -- of people throughout Latin America to get involved
in the defense of life. Jorge's faith in action grew from his
participation in HLI's pro-life conference so many years ago.
I am deeply honored to be in Mexico City with Jorge, his wife
Magdalena, his family, CAMs directors and staff, celebrating the 25th
Anniversary of the first CAM Center. Throughout the years, Jorge has
always expressed gratitude to Father Marx and HLI for continuing support
in the defense of life and family. HLI congratulates Jorge and his
fellow servants of Life for stepping out in faith and trust - and heroic
good works. May their inspirational achievements endure and cultivate
the Culture of Life in all Latin American communities.
CAMs, Centers for Helping Women, save Lives!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Shenan J. Boquet
President, Human Life International
Beloved HLI Chaplain Announces the Acceptance of a New Apostolate
by Krista Thomas
Father Frank Papa, S.O.L.T., J.C.D., has begun a new apostolate as resident chaplain with Loving Arms, a faith-based assisted living and retirement community in Front Royal, Virginia. Father Papa was formerly the resident priest and chaplain for
Human Life International, a grassroots pro-life and pro-family Catholic
organization. The beloved priest, known for his Catholic orthodoxy,
spent almost ten years compassionately serving HLI and the Catholic community of Front Royal.
Father Papa's ordination in 1989, the Bristol, Connecticut native spent
25 years working in youth ministry. He founded Teens Inc. in
1963, which grew to serve more than 500 young men. In 1968, he
established and operated Teen Homes, a 10-year mission that housed and
raised young men struggling from broken homes. [more]
From Ocean to Ocean
Canadians Warmly Receive the Black Madonna in Vancouver
by Father Peter West with Chris Morales
Our July 12 arrival at St. Casimir Church
in Vancouver, British Columbia, marked our first return to Canada since
we left Brampton, Ontario in mid-April. It was a welcome sight to see
the Polish Mission Church in Vancouver overflowing with pilgrims who
came to greet Our Lady of Czestochowa. Father Slawomir Oblak celebrated
Mass and Father Wieslaw Narazuk, OMI, preached about the many times the
Black Madonna has intervened in Polish history to aid her children. I
then gave a brief explanation of the From Ocean to Ocean Pilgrimage in
Defense of Life. Though it was very warm, the faithful stayed to
venerate the icon in the unairconditioned church.
The next morning we brought the pilgrim icon to the Holy Rosary Cathedral, the seat of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, home to almost 500,000 Catholics. I spoke to over 1,300 people about the Ocean to Ocean Campaign in Defense of Human Life. [more]