Archbishop’s homily: Hope is the grace to trust that God is who he claims to be…

Over the past 41 years, the prolife movement has been written off as dying too many times to count.  Yet here we are, again and again, disappointing our critics and refusing to die.  And why is that?  It’s because the Word of God and the works of God do not pass away.  No court decision, no law and no political lobby can ever change the truth about when human life begins and the sanctity that God attaches to each and every human life.

The truth about the dignity of the human person is burned into our hearts by the fire of God’s love.  And we can only deal with the heat of that love in two ways.  We can turn our hearts to stone.  Or we can make our hearts and our witness a source of light for the world.

Read more

USCCB 9 Days for Life begins today

9-days-headerNine Days Of Prayer, Penance And Pilgrimage
DAY ONE January 18, 2014

Intercession

For the mother who awakens each morning with the memory of abortion fresh in her mind: that the Lord may still the terror in her heart and lead her gently to the well-spring of his love and mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. May she, and all who’ve been involved in an abortion decision, find healing and hope through Project Rachel Ministry.

Prayer

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

Today’s Gospel reading from Mark recounts Jesus dining with tax collectors and sinners. When the Pharisees question Jesus about this, he responds, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” In a society where millions of people have fallen prey to the false promises of the culture of death, let us witness to the mercy of Jesus and invite all who’ve been harmed to experience his abundant love and healing.

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

  • Take time to write a handwritten note to someone who is lonely or needing encouragement.

  • Pray for your deceased relatives and those who have no one to pray for them.

  • “Spiritually adopt” a baby by saying this prayer every day: “Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of [baby’s name], the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.” (Prayer of Archbishop Fulton Sheen)

NABRE © 2010 CCD. Used with permission.

Wendy Davis’ idea of “Pro-Life”: It’s OK to kill babies that may not be able to fully participate in the “Texas Dream”.

“I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children’s future and their ability to provide for that future,” Davis said, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Link

Editor’s note: And Barack says you can keep your existing health insurance policy.

Canadian pro-lifers “think outside of the box” to stay within the law and foil baby-killers.

Protesters from the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical reform have been demonstrating in Hamilton for about a month. Some of those protests involve hanging a banner over the Linc with the slogan “abortion kills children” and a bloody photo of a fetus.

But protesters aren’t attaching the banner to any city property — instead, they’re tying the banner to their bodies and standing next to the edge of the overpass. That technicality ties the city’s hands, says Ward 7 Coun. Scott Duvall.

“We were hoping to get them on the sign by-law, but they are not hanging these signs on public property, they are attaching the signs to their bodies,” Duvall told CBC Hamilton.

See the sign

Renewed Priests for Life Pro-Life Training Announced

Presentations include Archdiocese of Chicago, EWTN, and the Vatican

This week and next, Priests for Life is announcing new efforts in the pro-life education of the clergy and laity. Building on the work of the last two decades, Priests for Life will present renewed initiatives to train people how to live out their commitment to protecting human life. “The pro-life effort is not simply a cause, a movement, or a political position,” explained Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “All that has its place. But pro-life is, at its core, a spirituality. The Gospels and the teachings of the Church not only teach us why we are pro-life; they teach us how to live it. There are specific virtues we need, and these virtues shape pro-life activity and strategy.”

Read more

Editor’s note: Father Pavone is one of the most inspiring pro-life speakers in the entire world. This ought to be a great program.

National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children – Saturday, September 14, 2013

ndor

On Saturday, September 14, Citizens for a Pro-Life SocietyPriests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League are calling on pro-life Americans to participate in a National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children to honor the grave sites of our unborn brothers and sisters.

Solemn prayer vigils will be conducted at these grave sites, of which there are 40 across the United States.

The date of September 14, 2013, was chosen for this event because it marks the 25th anniversary of the burial of several hundred abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Chicago Area Sites

Queen of Heaven Cemetery 1400 S. Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60126

Map and Directions

Learn more about this grave site . . .

Date and Time: Saturday, September 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Special Guests: His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, Joe Scheidler,
Nancy Kreuzer. Sponsored by: Pro-Life Action League.

*****

Resurrection Cemetery 200 W. Romeo Road
Romeoville, IL 60446

Map and Directions

Learn more about this gravesite . . .

Date and Time: Saturday, September 14 at 1:00 p.m.
Special Guests: His Excellency Bishop Joseph Siegel; Jill Stanek.

*****

St. Mary Cemetery 87th Street and Hamlin Avenue
Evergreen Park, IL 60805

Map and Directions

Learn more about this grave site . . .

Date and Time: September 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Special Guests: His Excellency Bishop Alberto Rojas, Fr James Hyland,
Fr Mark Walter, Carol Rybacki.

Other Info: Map to the grave site.

General Information: www.abortionmemorials.com

Submitted by Rita S.

Famous actor Jack Nicholson – a pro-life Catholic?

(CNSNews.com) —  Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson, 76, who is retiring from movies it was reported today, is, unlike many liberals in Tinseltown, a staunch pro-lifer who said in a 1984 interview about abortion, “I’m positively against it. I don’t have the right to any other view.”

He added that it was the moral character of his mother and grandmother that ensured he himself had not been aborted.

Read more

10th Annual LA March for Life coming up Saturday March 16, 2013

2013LAMFL

Please join us as we walk on Ventura Boulevard in support of choosing life. Life is God’s blessing therefore it is sacred and should be embraced by all. Our invigorating walk will be 2 miles and is part of a “Celebration of Life” that starts with an opening prayer. We then stroll up and down Ventura Boulevard and return to St. Cyril’s for a closing celebration. Any donation is appreciated, we thank you in advance for your generosity. Funds raised will be used to help the Pregnancy Counseling Centers and other pro-life activities. Registration is available online at http://www.lamarchforlife.org, or at your church during upcoming registration drives hosted by the Knights of Columbus. You can also register on Saturday, March 16th when you come to join us. The 10th Annual LA March for Life is family friendly and inclusive to all faiths. Anyone who believes that life is precious and supports saving the lives of innocent children taken by abortion is welcome to participate.

10th_Annual_March_For_Life_Flyer – March_16th-2013

50,000 Pro-Lifers March Against Abortion in San Francisco

The ninth annual Walk for Life West Coast rally at Civic Center Plaza filled the plaza with 50,000 pro-life people publicly showing their opposition to abortion as they walked the two miles from City Hall to the Ferry Building.

The peaceful pro-life walkers traveled through the heart of the city’s shopping and financial districts. More than to 50,000 participated, organizers estimated.

Link

93 photos of the 2013 Washington, D.C. March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 25, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Huddled under winter coats and hats and scarves, hundreds of thousands of pro-life activists gathered on the Mall in Washington D.C. this morning to send a clear message to politicians in the Capitol, and the whole country: 40 years is too long, abortion must end! But despite the frigid January temperatures, the crowd, made up largely of teens and young adults, was boisterous, with many groups chanting pro-life slogans and singing hymns as they walked.

This year’s March marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, since which an estimated 55 million babies have been killed by abortion in America.

While accurate estimates of the number of attendees at the march are hard to come by, organizers had said in the days leading up to the event that all signs pointed to a record-breaking crowd. Hotels in the D.C area sold out far in advance of when they normally do, and organizers installed two jumbotrons just to ensure that all marchers could get a glimpse of what was happening on the stage.

Last year’s march was estimated at around 400,000 participants, likely putting this year’s at the half million mark, or even beyond.

Photos and text

The most powerful aspect of the March for Life: Standing room only in the Great Upper Church, and also filling the chapels of the undercroft.

Basilica_001

By: Msgr. Charles Pope

As I have remarked before, to March for Life is experience life. So many joyful Christians and others who support life gather and celebrate the glory and dignity of human life. The March is ever young, with the ranks of so many young people growing every year.

Here at my rectory are 15 fine seminarians from the Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. Fine orthodox, and zealous men who love God and the Church and are eager to preach the Gospel and celebrate the sacraments. Almost 700 seminarians marched into the Basilica Thursday evening along with hundreds of priests, and as many as 8000 lay people, standing room only in the Great Upper Church, and also filling the chapels of the undercroft.

Today at the Cathedral I was privileged to preach to a full Church and hear powerful witness talks from Project Rachel leaders prior to the Mass. Despite cold and some light snow, I would say the crowd was close in size to last year’s 400,000.

Yes, such life, such faith and joy.

I must say however, that my joy is often tempered each year toward the end of the march when I go and try to witness to the “pro-choice” demonstrators who stand in front of the Supreme Court. I often experience great pain in this work.

To be sure they are the hardened cases, but I experience such grief after talking with them. Here are a couple of conversations as I remember them.

Read more

13,000 faithful, 5 cardinals, 42 bishops, 395 priests, 80 deacons, 520 seminarians

Editor’s note: The Mass that is regularly celebrated in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the night before the March for Life, is truly the experience of a lifetime and it should not be missed, if at all possible.

Link

Washington D.C. 2013 March for Life to Protest 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

march2010enh

Thousands to March to Supreme Court on January 25

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, January 25 the March for Life Education and Defense Fund will host its annual Washington, D.C. event to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on abortion.

Each year the March draws thousands of pro-life activists and supporters from around the country to rally at the National Mall and march to the steps of the Supreme Court.

More information at www.marchforlife.org.

While the marchers will mourn the loss of the event’s founder and longtime leader, Nellie Gray, the latest news such as a recent TIME Magazine cover story indicate that the pro-life position is winning at the state and local level. A majority of Americans now self-identify as pro-life—the ‘new normal’—and many of the thousands of supporters from around the country who will travel to Washington are young people.

“The March for Life is a demonstration of unity that we need
to continue the fight to win over
 the hearts and minds
of all Americans,” said Jeanne Monahan,
President of the March for 
Life Education and Defense Fund.
“We are energized by the increasingly pro-life youth who

are keenly aware that abortion is the human rights issue of today.”

WHO: Jeanne Monahan, President of the March for Life
Pro-life leaders
Elected officials
WHERE: National Mall – Washington, D.C.

WHEN: 12:00-1:30 P.M. Rally
followed immediately by March to Supreme Court

“This year‘s March will be a significant meeting place
where pro-life Members of Congress,
leaders, students and clergymen unite
to stand up for the unborn,” said Monahan.

For further information, please contact Jameson Cunningham
or Vanessa Oblinger with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
at (703) 739-5920 or (800) 536-5920.

www.marchforlife.org

Abolitionist website hopes to end human abortion

abolpstr

Visit the site

Students for Life of America will honor Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, with its 2013 Defender of Life award.

pavonendfox

The award will be bestowed Jan. 26 during SFLA’s annual National Youth Conference in Bethesda, Md.

“Throughout Father Frank’s ministry he has been a leader, a visionary, and a courageously outspoken voice for the preborn,” the organization said in a statement announcing the award. “His ground-breaking work exposing the true horrors of abortion through images of the aborted child, his countless hours standing and praying outside of abortion facilities offering women in crisis real help, and his great compassion for the women and men left with the heartache of abortion have inspired a generation to enter into the pro-life movement.”

More

Interesting answers to common pro-life “gotcha” questions.

There are several such questions with which to respond when asked why one does not support abortion in the case of a pregnancy resulting from rape.  For example, almost certainly the person urging a rape exception does not really believe in the exception.  As Adams also points out, “[i]n order for there to be an exception to a rule banning abortions, there has to be a rule banning abortions. That much is obvious. It is also obvious that pro-choicers do not merely want abortion to be available in cases of rape. They want it available in all cases.”

Thus, one should ask them: if I agree to the rape exception, would you then agree to ban abortion in all other cases?  Also point out that there are literally thousands of people alive today who were born as a result of a rape.  (A good idea would be to name a specific example.)  Ask if it would be acceptable to kill that person because of the circumstances of his or her conception.

Read more

Research: Why women have abortions even when they understand it means killing their own child?

The summary report of the study bears the intriguing title “Abortion: The Least Of Three Evils-Understanding the Psychological Dynamics of How Women Feel About Abortion.” The report suggests that women do not see any “good” resulting from an unplanned pregnancy. Instead they must weigh what they perceive as three “evils,” namely, motherhood, adoption, and abortion.

Unplanned motherhood, according to the study, represents a threat so great to modern women that it is perceived as equivalent to a “death of self.” While the woman may rationally understand this is not her own literal death, her emotional, subconscious reaction to carrying the child to term is that her life will be “over.” This is because many young women of today have developed a self-identity that simply does not include being a mother. It may include going through college, getting a degree, obtaining a good job, even getting married someday; but the sudden intrusion of motherhood is perceived as a complete loss of control over their present and future selves. It shatters their sense of who they are and will become, and thereby paralyzes their ability to think more rationally or realistically.

When these women evaluate the abortion decision, therefore, they do not, as a pro-lifer might, formulate the problem with the radically distinct options of either “I must endure an embarrassing pregnancy” or “I must destroy the life of an innocent child.” Instead, their perception of the choice is either “my life is over” or “the life of this new child is over.” Given this perspective, the choice of abortion becomes one of self-preservation, a much more defensible position, both to the woman deciding to abort and to those supporting her decision.

Read more

Have we as pro-life Catholics been wrong to invest the lion’s share of our time, talent and energy in the political battle against abortion?

This question is forced upon us by the dramatic change in our social, cultural and political landscape over the past ten years or so, which has pushed problems every bit as important as abortion to the fore, for example the problems posed by the widespread breakdown of marriage and the family, the regularization of same-sex attraction and same-sex marriage, the triumph of a legal positivism utterly divorced from the natural law, our social dependence on a pagan bureaucratic State, the growing antipathy to Christianity, and the rapid erosion of religious liberty.

What we have learned in recent years is that we are not, as we have long thought, on the verge of winning the battle for human life. Rather, we must recognize that our culture as a whole has slipped into such darkness and error that addressing the problem of the sanctity of human life politically has become effectively impossible.

Read more

Father Frank’s new pro-life election video pulls no punches

Watch the video

An urgent message from Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life

October 30, 2012

Dear Friends,

I’m in Steubenville tonight, preaching at Franciscan University and speaking at an important pro-life rally later.

At the invitation of various Catholic groups, I will spend the next couple of days traveling in Ohio, preaching the Gospel of Life, energizing the People of Life in Ohio to make their voices heard, and …

… urging as many people as I possibly can to VOTE PRO-LIFE ON NOVEMBER 6 and in every election!

To help support this last-ditch effort – and all of Priests for Life’s work in this final week before Americans cast their ballots next Tuesday …

… click here and make as large a contribution as you possibly can!

As the mainstream media promotes the lie that opposing abortion is an “extremist” position, it is critically important that the people of America be reminded of the following facts:

1. Our own Declaration of Independence is founded on this pro-life principle:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator

with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are LIFE, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

2. That the first of mankind’s God-given unalienable Rights is the RIGHT TO LIFE!

3. That the RIGHT TO LIFE is the fundamental human right, and the one upon which all other human rights are based. Without the protection of the right to life, no other discussion of human rights can continue.

4. And finally, that abortion corrupts our whole society and retards progress on all the other issues that concern them … including the economy!

In addition, I will re-state the points Cardinal Renato Martino made in an interview I conducted with him about politics and elections.

You can go to www.ElectionVideos.org to watch the entire interview.

As we approach Election Day, some – even within the Church – will distort and hide the fact that the Church (and common sense, by the way) make it crystal clear that the right to life is the most foundational good to preserve in any election.

Without life, we don’t have anything.

That’s the message I will be delivering to Ohioans throughout this week. Our other priests and Pastoral Associates are in other states — and on EWTN — preaching the same truth.

We need you standing alongside us as we go all out in this final week to make sure our fellow Americans take their pro-life values with them when they enter the voting booth next Tuesday.

To help fund this critically important work …

… click here and give whatever you can to Priests for Life’s work.

The other action I desperately need you to take is to PRAY!!!

Storm heaven with your prayers!!!

Ask the Holy Spirit to descend upon me and our entire Priests for Life team so that we might preach the Gospel of Life with power and conviction!!!

Ask Him to fill the hearts of all those who will hear our preaching and inspire them to go out and renew the face of the earth!!!

And know that even as you pray for me, so I pray for you. I pray that God fill you with His grace and wisdom as you go about preaching the Gospel of Life in your own community.

Together let us do all we can to convince our fellow Americans to VOTE PRO-LIFE on November 6!

Thank you. May God bless you. And may God bless America.

Sincerely,

Winning Illinois for Life is possible

We can do it.  We can win Illinois.  When you see the map it turns out that Illinois is really a red stateexcept for Cook County and a couple of blue counties way downstate.  In order for that to happen eachand every one of us has to step up to the plate.  Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers fought for the invaluable right to vote.  They were abused, went to jail, and were fed slop, but they prevailed.  DoNOT let anything keep you from casting that precious vote!  And please vote with an informedconscience.  For the record – this is just my own thoughts and opinions and does not represent any organization that I am affiliated with.

This year the Bishops have tried very hard to clarify that all issues do not carry the same weight.  There is a difference between “prudential judgment” and “binding principles”.  There is not really aCatholic/Christian consensus on what is the best way to help the poor for example.  Some could decide that the answer is more food stamps while others could try to increase jobs.  Both have merit and can fall under the guidelines of solidarity and subsidiarity (meaning it can be better handled locally than at the federal level).  There are certain issues that are non-negotiable, however.  Abortion, euthanasia,embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, and same sex marriage are issues that areintrinsically evil.  By their very nature they can never be supported or accepted by faithful Catholics and any people of faith.

Archbishop Chaput says that if Catholics had walked away from the Democrat Party when they gotworse and worse on the abortion issue that the Party would never have gotten to the state it is in today. Believe me, it’s not your father’s party.  Just look at the party platforms for both parties.  The differences are shocking.  Not that party is the basis for your vote but you have to admit that the Democrats have sold out the Catholics who once were their main constituency.  Please inform your conscience.

First of all what conscience is not.  It is not your feelings or opinions.  It is an activity of your intellectin judging the rightness or wrongness of an action.  It is the voice of truth within you.  Our guidance has not always been as clear as it is this year.

In 1983 Cardinal Bernardin issued his Seamless Garment statement.  He said, “If one contends, as we do, that the right of every fetus to be born should be protected by civil law and supported by civil consensus, then our moral, political and economic responsibilities do not stop at the moment of birth. Those who defend the right to life of the weakest among us must be equally visible in support of the quality of life of the powerless among us, the old and the young, the hungry and the homeless, the undocumented immigrant and the unemployed worker.  Consistency means that we cannot have it both ways.  We cannot urge a compassionate society and vigorous public policy to protect the rights of the unborn and then argue that compassion and significant public programs on behalf of the needy undermine the moral fiber of the society or are beyond the proper scope of governmental responsibility.”

There was many a Catholic politician who stood on that platform for years.  Excusing his “pro-choice” votes because he was so good on the anti-gun issue or feeding the poor.  Later in his life Cardinal Bernardin expressed regret that his thesis had caused so much confusion.  He said that he had neverintended to imply that all moral issues carry the same moral weight.

Some of you may remember that in 2004Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) sent a letter to the bishops of the United States reaffirming the evil of abortion and euthanasia.  At the end of the letter he added a postscript – Note Bene – that said,

“A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate’s permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia.  When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favor of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons.”

That means something of equal importance.  Can you think of anything that is equal to the killing of 3,300babies each and every day, day after day, year after year?  I really can’t – but apparently a lot of Catholics could.

This is from the Faithful Citizenship document from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for this year.  It may still be a little ambiguous for some but at least it does point out that some things areintrinsically evil.  You hardly have to be told that, though, do you?

“As Catholics we are not single issue voters.  A candidate’s position on a single issue is not sufficient to guarantee a voter’s support.  Yet a candidate’s position on a single issue that involves an intrinsic evil,such as support for legal abortion or the promotion of racism, may legitimately lead a voter todisqualify a candidate from receiving support.”  Faithful Citizenship USCCB 2007/2011

Since it is difficult for the average citizen to find accurate information about how the many candidates stand on the life issues, Illinois Citizens for Life has prepared non-partisan voter information based on responses to a questionnaire, public statements, and/or voting records.  This guide is not an endorsement and may not be used to advance the candidacy of any individual.  For information please access the ICL web site at www.icl-life.com or call 630-852-5448 for assistance.  Thank you for taking this seriously.  I truly is a matter of life and death

If you’re not sure of just how pro-abortion this President and his administration are you can go towww.LifeNews.com  to see 241(!) appointments, regulations, executive orders, bill signings, etc. that further abortion in this country. They all have links that you can verify for yourself or to convince someone else.  Click here These actions. If a screen pops up inviting you to sign up for their e-newsletter you can just close it and proceed.  If you decide you would like to receive pretty much daily pro-life news I would recommend www.LifeSiteNews.com instead, just my personal preference.  Both are good though.

Article by Carol Wright

Submitted by Daria S.