9 Days for Life Novena- Day 3

9 Days for Life

 

Intention

May every expectant mother receive compassionate care and support as she nurtures the life in her womb.

Prayers

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, she opened her heart to receive his message that she would conceive the Son of God in her womb. As a young, betrothed, but an unmarried woman, Mary knew that her pregnancy presented many challenges. Despite this knowledge, she faithfully responded, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).

Like the Blessed Mother, women who unexpectedly become pregnant often face significant challenges. They, too, are called to place their trust in God and faithfully respond to His gift of new life. And we are called to walk with them in their time of need. As Jesus taught us, when we love and serve others, we are loving and serving Him.

May all expectant mothers be encouraged by Mary’s example and receive support and grace in lovingly welcoming their children into the world.

Acts of Reparation
(Choose one.)

Abstain from snacking today. Eat three meals only.

Pray the Angelus today. You might also consider saying it every day for the next week—on awakening, at noon, or at 6 p.m. (or all three times).

Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further
When a woman is facing an unexpected pregnancy, the reaction of the first person she tells tends to set the tone for her decision-making. Pregnancy can be difficult and frightening, but no matter the circumstances, it’s important for an expectant mother to feel supported and loved. Read “10 Ways to Support Her When She’s Unexpectedly Expecting” for simple tips on how to provide loving, life-affirming support for a friend who is unexpectedly pregnant. Your support may be the only support she receives.

The First Sitting President to Attend the March for Life is……

“Let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God.” President Donald Trump

In 2018, Vice President Mike Pence became the first VP to attend the March for Life. Those who are attending this year’s March for Life will also get to be a part of a historical feat. This was never done by Presidents, Reagan, Bush Sr or Bush Jr.

News has broken that Donald Trump will be the first President of the United States to attend the largest grassroots rally ever. He made the announcement today via https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js“>Twitter.

Even Abby Johnson rejoices over the news on her public page:

“There has NEVER been a president in United States history that has done more to break down the abortion industry more than President Trump. Not Bush, not Reagan…no one Like it or not, that’s a fact.”

Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life Foundation, released these words in light of the news.

“President Trump and his Administration have been consistent champions for life and their support for the March for Life has been unwavering,” she said in a statement. “We are grateful for all these pro-life accomplishments and look forward to gaining more victories for life in the future.”

“I ask every citizen of this great nation to listen to the sound of silence caused by a generation lost to us, and then to raise their voices for all affected by abortion, both seen and unseen.” Donald Trump

 

Please Join Us on Thursday, January 23rd in Center City Philly to Welcome Students from Omaha

Omaha

 

The following information comes from Patrick Stanton  of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia and Our Lady’s House, a maternity home located in Glenside, Pennsylvania.  Patrick along with his wife Wendy founded this home.  

On Thursday, Students from Omaha will make their annual pilgrimage to the March for Life in Washington, DC with a stop at the Planned Parenthood located at 12th & Locusts Streets in Center City Philadelphia.  We expect them to be at the Planned Parenthood between 8:30 – 9:30 am.

We encourage all to come out to greet these students, and pray and witness  with them at this abortuary  and wish them well as they make their way to Washington, DC for the annual March for Life.

Roe v Wade at 47. How did we get here? What Can We Do?

It should come as no surprise to many pro-lifers that Roe v Wade is in its 47th year. The question we must ask ourselves is “How did we allow this barbaric decision to make it this far?”

I can give you a myriad of answers, but sadly churches and people of goodwill have been silent. No more. No more apathy. No more silence. It is time to make noise not only from the pulpit but also in the public square.

Yes, there are risks if we cast ourselves out into the deep. However, we have a job that is bigger than ourselves. Far too often I have seen people who have their thinking clouded by radical liberals in the classrooms and college lecture halls. Our job is to be bold in our claim of being pro-life. We cannot stand by and hope people have a change of heart. We need to instruct people where their argument is wrong with love and mercy.

Love and mercy can win over those who have been poorly educated on abortion. It is what we have on our side when it comes to tools for victory and evangelizing to those who live in darkness. That is how we win the debate. Members of Congress or the state office will not help us win. Sure, they may campaign on promises, yet we have seen many not showing a backbone when it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood or even preventing radical abortion laws from ever being law. Abby Johnson reminds us that this debate will be won outside of abortion facilities, college campuses, and even our own homes.

47 years of Roe v Wade has brought nothing but sorrow, agony, and emptiness to our country. I believe that our country is in need of an awakening. I believe a spiritual revival is happening all across the land. Our job has not been an easy one. The abortion lobby may have money, but pro-lifers don’t need a full bank account to combat the diabolic industry. Rather, we have an arsenal of people who are using their talents for something bigger than you and me. These 47 years have only brought a shift in the nation’s attitude on abortion. A majority of America is now pro-life, many of them are young (1/3 of my peers are missing because of his heinous, cold, calculous decision). We have God who has guided many to win many victories for the cause from cradle pro-lifers to former abortion workers.

The question remains: Are you willing to stop another million Americans from being murder due to a false agenda? 61 million Americans, black, white, Latino, Asian, and even mixed were silenced to help women get ahead in life like Michelle Williams and other celebrities. We must be pro-active and step out of our comfort zones. We may think that conveying the message on a digital medium can win everybody. However, as many apologists prove, your “presence” will make a difference to others.

Are you ready to step up to the plate and out of your digital comfort zone?

9 Days for Life Novena- Day 2

9 Days for Life

Intention

May all unborn children be protected in law and welcomed in love.

Prayers

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

Today, on this 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we mourn the many children’s lives ended by abortion and remember in prayer those who suffer the aftermath. The Church comes together today to pray for the protection of all unborn children and to make reparation for abortion, trusting that the Lord hears our prayers.

Pope Saint John Paul II wrote, “A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer” (Evangelium vitae, 100). May that prayer arise in our hearts today and each day forward until every human being is protected in law and welcomed in love.

Acts of Reparation
(Choose one.)

Fast from one meal today.

Offer this brief “Prayer for Life” for all unborn children whose lives are at risk.

Father and maker of all,
you adorn all creation
with splendor and beauty,
and fashion human lives
in your image and likeness.
Awaken in every heart
reverence for the work of your hands,
and renew among your people
a readiness to nurture and sustain
your precious gift of life.

Grant this through our Lord
Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in
the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever.
Amen

Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further
More women and girls consider abortion than we may realize. They are our relatives and friends, people who work with us or for us. Even if someone identifies as being pro-life, the shock of an unexpected pregnancy, the devastation of a difficult prenatal diagnosis, shame, pressures, or fears may influence her to consider abortion.

If someone shared with you that she was pregnant and hadn’t ruled out having an abortion, would you know how to respond in a loving way that is life-affirming for both her and her baby? Learn about the four steps of the L.O.V.E. Approach™*: Listen and Learn, Open Options, Vision and Value, and Extend and Empower.

Going to the March for Life? Staying in D.C. for the Weekend? Here are some events before and after and things you can do.

In a previous post, I shared about things to do if in D.C. for the weekend.

Recently, I discovered events from many pro-life groups national and local. One group is Priests for Life who will have events planned in D.C. and on the West Coast to coincide with Walk for Life in San Francisco.

Here is a list of additional events happening after the March, if you plan to stay for the night or make a weekend out of the largest peaceful demonstration of the country.

  1. Vigil for Life
    1. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will have a night-long vigil for life. Here is information on adoration, night prayer, and the opening and closing masses
  2. Nellie Gray Mass
    1. A mass in the extraordinary form will be celebrated by the community of St. Mary, Mother of God Parish in downtown Washington D.C. This mass has been celebrated in memory of Nellie Gray for the last 8 years.
  3. Pro-Life Karaoke
    1. Rehumanize International and Secular Pro-Life will be hosting an epic karaoke party the night of the March for Life.
    2. This event is a fundraiser. $20 suggested donation at the door for adults. $10 suggested donation for students. $1-5 suggested donations to get on the song-request list. There will also be prizes and a raffle to win some limited edition pro-life merch! Light snacks, beer, wine, and soda will be provided! Email herb@rehumanizeintl.org  for further details.
  4. Students for Life of America Summit
    1. Dr. Monique Ruberu and Richara Krajewski are slated to speak at the annual summit in Washington, D.C. which is expecting 2,000 in attendance.

What to bring and pack

It’s January. It will be cold, so be sure to bundle up, wear layers, and keep warm as best as possible.

Also bear in mind that you will encounter some homeless people living on the streets. Here is what to do.

  1. Give them your leftovers
  2. Give them toiletries (toothbrush, hand sanitizers,
  3. Help them get to a homeless shelter
  4. Give them your pocket change
  5. Give them clothes, gloves, a hat, scarf, and even your time.
  6. Give them a gift card to a fast-food chain.

To me, being Pro-Life does not have to limit us to defending the unborn. Rather, we care about all life. That is from the unborn child in the mother’s womb to the elderly person and everyone in between.

Bank of America Protests Re-launch in Waco on January 24th

The post below is from John Pisciotta of Pro-Life Waco.  If you live in or around Waco, Texas, we encourage you to attend these peaceful protests beginning again this coming Friday, January 24th.  

BOA

Monthly joy-filled BOA protests will resume this Friday, January 24 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM. Why? Bank of America is a Planned Parenthood supporter/enabler. BOA should pay a price for this. And the Central Texas business community should be on notice that acting as a Planned Parenthood supporter/enabler is a very bad idea.

BOA supports Planned Parenthood through matching donations of its employees and management dollar for dollar. Bank of America has also provided financial support for Planned Parenthood fundraising events. We will encourage BOA customers to complain to bank managers and to close their accounts and bank elsewhere. The BOA branch at the corner of Valley Mills and Lake Air is very much in the public eye—a great opportunity for life defenders.

For this inaugural protest, PLW will provide lunch and fellowship after the outreach at the world-famous Uncle Dan’s BBQ Restaurant just across the street from BOA.

WHERE TO PARK: Nearby Emerson Drive is A-OK. When you turn off Valley Mills Drive onto Lake Air Drive, on your left you will see Kentucky Fried Chicken and then Uncle Dan’s BBQ. Take a left on Emerson Drive and park along the street. Also, you could try parking in the lot of a nearby business (probably not BOA).

9 Days for Life Novena- Day 1

9 Days for Life

Intention
May the tragic practice of abortion end.

Prayers
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection
At every stage and in every circumstance, we are held in existence by God’s love. The presence of an illness, disability, or other challenging situation never diminishes the value of human life. God does not call us to the perfection of appearance or abilities, but to perfection in love. Christ invites us to embrace our own lives and the lives of others as true gifts.

Abortion tragically rejects the truth that every life is a good and perfect gift, deserving protection. This violent practice ends the life of a human being at its very beginning and horribly wounds all those involved. But Christ came that we “might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10), taking on human flesh for the sake of our redemption. May our culture experience the power of God’s transforming love, that all eyes may be opened to the incredible beauty of every human life.

Acts of Reparation
(Choose one.)

Take a break from television and movies today. Consider spending some of that time praying with today’s reflection.

Pray the short prayer “Every Life is Worth Living,” reflecting on the gift of human life. (Also available to order or download.)

Heavenly Father, thank you

for the precious gift of life.

Help us to cherish and protect

this gift, even in the midst of

fear, pain, and suffering.

Give us love for all people,

especially the most vulnerable, and help us bear witness to the truth that every life is worth living.

Grant us the humility to accept help

when we are in need,

and teach us to be merciful to all.

Through our words and actions, may others encounter the outstretched hands of Your mercy.

We ask this through

Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further
​Abortion is frequently a topic in the news, political debates, and everyday conversations with family or friends. Because abortion can be a controversial and emotional issue in any arena, many of us may feel intimidated when the topic arises, not knowing what to say. “Another Look at Abortion” provides a basic overview and summarizes key points. This article will help you be better prepared to witness to the sanctity of human life.

Can’t Make the March for Life? Here’s what you can do instead

It’s March for Life week. It is predicted that it will be the biggest rally in its history with marchers from 500,000 to possibly close to 800,000 from all across the United States. In addition to the March for Life in DC, this Saturday is also the Walk for Life in San Francisco.

Now, many of us are asking, “What if I can’t go to the March for Life?” That is okay. Here are some ideas of what you can do this Friday.

  1. Treat it like a Friday in Lent
    1. Abstain from meat
    2. Fast from sugar and cream and drink your coffee black
    3. Don’t butter your toast or drown your fries in ketchup. Eat them plain
    4. Limit your screen time if necessary
  2. Attend a Holy Hour near you
    1. Can you not watch for one hour
    2. Offer it up for those involved with the pro-life movement
    3. Go to confession
  3. Pray your rosary (this should be done every day)
    1. Offer it up for an end to abortion
    2. Pray for the conversion of those who are pro-choice among your family members and friends
  4. Offer a Divine Mercy Chaplet for the conversion of those involved with abortion.
  5. Pray in front of an abortion facility near you.
    1. Take material with you and offer it to women going into the places that offer counterfeit healthcare.
  6. Attend a local event commemorating the lives lost.
  7. Engage in social media fests
    1. Tweet/Retweet about the March or why you are pro-life (be aware of hashtags to use).
    2. Share some of your past March for Life experiences
    3. Post a pro-life quote or phrase on Facebook
    4. Share testimonies of those who once worked in the abortion industry or are post-abortive
  8. Volunteer your time at a crisis pregnancy center
  9. Host a screening of Unplanned or other pro-life theme movies and documents
  10. Write a letter to your elected official
    1. Be sure to remind them of the total number of Americans killed since 1973 as a result of Roe v Wade and how Planned Parenthood is targeting Hispanics and Blacks. Ask them why they continue to be silent.
    2. Share your concern over their record on supporting abortion on demand.

These are just the many things you can do to spread the message of life. Even when the march ends, we are called to March for Life every day, not just every January 22nd. Continue making a difference today and every day in the defense of life.

 

Rally and Mass to Honor Memory of Pro-Life Union Founder

Pro-lifers in the Greater Philadelphia area are welcome to attend a rally and mass in honor of John Stanton.

The rally will take place outside of Philadelphia’s Women Center (777 Appletree) at 9AM on Saturday, February 1st. There will be a prayer vigil to precede it at 6:30AM. There will be speakers and testimonies on the sidewalk to honor the father of Philadelphia’s Pro-Life movement.

Following the rally, there will be a mass at Holy Redeemer at 10:30AM with a reception/social and guest speaker.

Stanton Memorial Vigil2020 (1)