Peace in the Womb Caroling Event -Philadelphia/Bucks Counties, Pennsylvania

This past weekend we celebrated two Peace in the Womb Caroling Events in Northeast Philadelphia and Warminster, PA.  On Friday, a group of us gathered outside the Planned Parenthood in Warminster, PA to sing in celebration of the birth of Jesus while also keeping in mind those babies whose lives were about to be taken from them.  While there we witnessed a couple in the parking lot who were about to go inside.  A few of the long-time pro-life supporters spoke to the couple.  It seems the man wanted the abortion but the woman was hesitant.  They ended up driving off, only to return a little later.  Please keep this couple and their child in your prayers.  Maybe they stayed or maybe they still had not come to a final decision and left again.  On a brighter note, we heard that a woman who had changed her mind while at the site in the fall is now doing well and is expecting her baby in the Spring.  Please keep her and her child in your prayers also for a healthy and joy-filled life together.

On Saturday, our Northeast Philadelphia pro-life group joined together in song outside the Planned Parenthood on Comly Road.  There was the usual Saturday traffic going into this facility.  Who knows if our presence (and our singing) changed anyone’s mind before going through with a scheduled abortion. But it was an opportunity for us to join together and remember that the holiday is about the birth of Christ and the peace and joy He had hoped for the world.

These caroling events are sponsored by the Pro-Life Action League.  If anyone reading this blog is interested in coordinating this event in your community next year, contact info is noted below. 

So much of Christmas is over-orchestrated.  This event is beautiful in its simplicity.  There is no practice, no instruments, no RSVPing.  You just show up outside of an abortion clinic and raise your voice to celebrate the season and hopefully, provide a note of peace within the walls of violence.

Merry Christmas!

Peace in the Womb Contact Info:

Pro-Life Action League

Chicago, IL 60646, USA

http://www.prolifeaction.org

Tel: 630-896-1200

E-mail: ejs@prolifeaction.org

John Paul II Medical Research Institute

We are like seeds.  Spread here, spread there until we all blend together into a beautiful garden.  I’m reminded of that imagery whenever I attend a pro-life event. Today I participated in the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition’s annual Walking with Moms in Need event. The primary focus of the walk is to raise funds to support our local life affirming pregnancy centers.  However, there is so much more that boils over from the pot when we get together face-to-face.  Firstly, there is the camaraderie of being around people who share the same goal and widening your circle by meeting new faces. Secondly, there is always a knowledge sharing aspect to a gathering such as this and the information I learned today is what I would like to share with you, our readers.

A presentation was given by Luke Luca, a student at Martin Saints Classical High School in Oreland, PA.  This is a school that follows a classical curriculum. The classical model believes in the integration of knowledge — all knowledge is connected and unified through our commitment to the Catholic faith.  That alone was something I did not know and this particular school is not that far from where I live.

The students are taught in the Socratic method, that is to say to ask questions to stimulate critical thinking until you find answers. Luke’s question centered around the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) statement concerning the Covid vaccine.  While the USCCB agreed that for the greater good it was acceptable for Catholics to receive the various Covid vaccines despite ties to aborted fetal cells, the last statement of its new release included this directive:

For our part, we bishops and all Catholics and men and women of good will must continue to do what we can to ensure the development, production, and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine without any connection to abortion and to help change what has become the standard practice in much medical research, a practice in which certain morally compromised cell lines are routinely used as a matter of course, with no consideration of the moral question concerning the origins of those cell lines.”

So, Luke wanted to know exactly what is being done within the Catholic hierarchy and the Catholic community in general to ensure a future where there is no connection to aborted fetal cells while we strive to prevent and cure disease. He had contacted the office of Archbishop Nelson Perez (Archdiocese of Philadelphia) and is awaiting a follow up response. In the meantime, he and his father started their own investigation and learned of the John Paul II Medical Research Institute in Iowa.  This institute is working on medical research that does not use embryonic stem cells in any point of vaccine research, testing or manufacture.  Of course, the stumbling block is funding.  Luke took the opportunity at our Walking with Moms in Need event to spread the word about this research in the hopes that funding can be attained to reach this goal. It may be too late for this pandemic, but for future medical needs and cures this could be a game changer if an alternative way of doing things proves to be successful.

I have provided links throughout this blog post so that you can learn more about Luke, his school, and the John Paul Medical Research Institute’s online funding.  Luke took the time to ask the question and share his knowledge with us. So now it is up to us to be the seeds of change and spread the word.

Our Student and the COVID Vaccine — Martin Saints Classical High School

moral-considerations-covid-vaccines (usccb.org)

John Paul II Medical Research Institute (JP2MRI)

Help JPII Institute develop ethical COVID vaccine , Coralville – Iowa | LIFEFUNDER

Day 40 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/31/21)

John 19: 26-27

“When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman behold, your son.”  Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

Let us Pray

On this the last day of our 40 Days of Prayer and Scripture to End Abortion, let us reflect on the perfect love between Jesus and his mother, Mary.  Only the two of them knew the deepest of mother/child bonds from The Annunciation all the way through to the Way of the Cross.  And when Jesus had barely a breath left in him, he directed that his mother would be taken care of after his death. And in doing say actually professed he was giving her to all of us.  Father, let the world again know the most perfect of loves between all mothers and their children in the womb.

We hope these devotionals offered you time to reflect on abortion from many aspects.  Let us all resolve to take time and routinely do what we can to turn the tide against sacrificing these little lives in the womb.  If we all take a step each day, we can complete the path to #EndAbortion.

Anita Flynn

Day 39 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/30/21)

Matthew 11: 28-29

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.

Let Us Pray

Father, do not let us forget those women and men who are burdened with regret and sadness for having aborted their children.  We do not know what was in their hearts or their life circumstances at the time the decision was made.  Give them peace and compassion, lift their burden and most importantly, lead them to healing thru organizations such as Rachel’s Vineyard. Please bless them and heal them and let them know the comfort you always offer us, your children.

Day 38 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/29/21)

Romans 12: 6

“Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”

Let Us Pray

Lord, let the faithful know their talents and how best to use them for your good, and in particular to fight abortion. Guide our hands and hearts to do what is needed, when it is needed. Let us know what to say to expectant mothers who are seeking counsel. Let us know what to say to our local politicians who support abortion.   Let us learn from each other and then follow in the footsteps of those that have come before us who have fought tirelessly to preserve the womb as a place of safety and peace. Help us collectively do your work. Amen.

Anita Flynn

Day 37 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/28/21)

Gen 4:8-10

Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” 

Let Us Pray

Father, help us to embrace the fact that we are our “brother’s keeper.” When, due to selfish motives, we try to cast off this responsibility, please call to us to account. We would be pleasing to you and to our “brother.” Through the help and grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Rev. Rob Schenck

Day 36 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/27/21)

Matthew 1:24

“When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.”

Let Us Pray

Joseph stood steadfastly beside Mary when she was found with child from the Holy Spirit.  He must have been confused and unsure until the Angel of the Lord guided him to his path as Jesus’ earthly father.  He did not leave Mary on her own or ignore the angel’s message.  He supported Mary and the child Jesus in what were very trying circumstances, especially giving birth in a manger. Lord God, please enter the hearts of the fathers of these babies who are scheduled for abortion.  Let them speak up and provide stability and support for the mothers of  their children.  It is not only women who can be scarred from aborting their own children, but men also who had hopes of fatherhood that may never be realized. We pray for all of them as a family.

Anita Flynn

Day 35 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/26/21)

Psalm 23:1-2

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose; Beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul.

Let Us Pray

David’s Psalm 23 imagines a tranquil setting where we will want for nothing and will be enveloped in the peace of God’s love. Dear Lord, we pray that our unborn children will all know the peace of a mother’s womb where it is quiet and restful and each receives comfort from the beat of the other’s heart.  Please remove all brutality from our world, but, in particular, that place where a child should be most safe.  We ask that you put an end to the violent deaths our children suffer through abortion, and instead let them experience the peace you have offered all the world.

Anita Flynn

Day 34 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/25/21)

Matthew 9: 37-38

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”

Let Us Pray

Lord, hear our prayers to grow the pro-life movement so that our voice can be heard powerful and strong throughout all nations.  At times it seems there are so few of us against the voices of modern society who proclaim that we want only to control women and do not want to care for their children once they are born. Let our numbers grow so our proclamations of love and assistance for these women and their families is heard loud and clear instead of being swept away in the cacophony of popular opinion.

Anita Flynn

Day 33 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/24/21)

Jeremiah, 6:15

“They are odious; they have done abominable things, yet they are not at all ashamed, they know not how to blush.  Hence, they shall be among those who fall; in their time of punishment, they shall go down, says the Lord.”

Let Us Pray

Father, please listen to our prayers for our government officials around the globe that foster abortion as a right, and a valid solution to a problem but at no time speak of the child in the womb.  We realize we are not the judge of their actions – that is your responsibility alone. But it is difficult for those of us fighting for the most vulnerable to view these men and women as God’s children too. So, we ask you to teach us how to pray for them so their minds and hearts will acknowledge all life in the womb before it is too late for their souls in eternity.

Anita Flynn