Is Fatherhood Essential? Reflecting on Father’s Day

It goes without showing that our culture has been going down a slow but declining drain.

We have seen an increase in crime, fatherless homes, sexual promiscuity, secularism, and even incarcerations. Why? It’s all because of the lack of father figures in the lives of children.

In 2003, Jennifer Schwartz from Penn State University, did a study on what is the cause of so many incarceration among children. She discovered that there has been a missing compartment in the household, a father figure.

As it turned out, Schwartz discovered what the complete problem was for these many young teens are imprisoned. They had no father in the household. Read more here.

Fathers Neglect

It appears that it can be applied today. Pope Francis once talked about a very dangerous plague in our culture known as the “throwaway culture”. This throwaway culture can be applied to the abortion industry.

Fathers to be are taught that they do not have to take responsibility for their pre-marital affairs with another girl. This is the most dangerous thing to say to a father. Even fathers regret their lost children in the hyperactive culture of death. Women’s rights achieved this victory when they intoxicated masculinity just to tear down men with the venom of feminism.

A man’s job in this culture is to stand against the waves of modernism. The father’s first and foremost job is to protect his family. Without his protection, the family is vulnerable to the tyranny of the world.

Man Up

We are living in hard times due to weak men. I see many wimps walk their girlfriends into the abortion facility every time I am on the sidewalk. It infuriates me, yet I have to offer it up to God for him to awaken his senses. However, it must make us stronger in order to create good times.

Men, throughout history, have risen to the occasion. Whether it were to do their duty to fight, provide, and even support. Now it would be the time for brave God-fearing men to step up to the plate to end the culture of death.

Men, it’s time to make and take a stand. The culture of modernism, secularism, and even relativism can end when you become more involved with your faith by leading your children and family to Christ. It will be a challenge, yes. However, when you place God first, you will move mountains and leap over the toughest hurdles.

There is a solution. Men, it’s time to step out on the sidewalk and pray. Visit Sidewalks Servants and Sign Up.

MAN UP!

Conf. Call to Launch 2020 Pro-Life Election Efforts in S.E. Pa

The following is from Mike McGonagle, founder of Generation Life.

Dear Pro-Life Friend:

Summary

On behalf of our Political Action Director, Ted Meehan, and the leaders of our affiliates in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, I request that you participate in the efforts of our area’s pro-life movement to assist in the re-election of President Trump and other statewide and local pro-life candidates.  We request that you commence this participation by joining a Conference Call on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at either 11:00 AM or at 7:30 PM. 

Election’s Importance

Donald Trump has compiled the most pro-life record of any U.S. President.  He deserves our strongest support for his re-election against an opponent, Joe Biden, who has become a most intense supporter of the Culture of Death.  Numerous websites, such as Priests for Life, the National Right to Life Committee, and others, provide detailed contrasts of these candidates.

The Importance of Pennsylvania

If President Trump again wins Pa., he is highly likely to win re-election.  In 2016, he won Pa. by about 42,000 votes of about 4.5 million cast.  So, the extensive efforts of the Pa. pro-life movement then proved decisive to this victory.

A Reminder Regarding the Ora of Ora et Labora (Pray and Work)

This correspondence and our upcoming activities focus on our temporal efforts.  Nevertheless, our spiritual appeals remain crucial and many organizations are sponsoring spiritual activities for the outcome of the 2020 Election.  For example, I believe that such activities (e.g., our 2015 Year of Mercy appeals) bore fruit in the 2016 Election results in Pa.  Back to the labora

Overall Strategy

Our 2020 Election activities will be in two broad categories.

1. Persuading citizens who are likely to vote to reject pro-death candidates and to support pro-life candidates; and

2. increase turnout from normally unlikely voters, but who are likely to support pro-life candidates if they vote.

In a recent email, Ted expanded on the second strategy.

“A normal midterm election turnout is about 38%.  In 2018, because of the Left’s hatred of Trump, it was 53% – which is about where Presidential turnouts usually total.  Catholics tend to outperform the rest of the electorate in percentage of turnout – normally making them more valuable as a voting bloc.  (In an across the board turnout of 50%.  Catholics will come out at 60%.)

“The key in this election is to increase Catholic turnout by an additional 10%.  If we can mobilize 70% of Catholics to vote, I believe Trump will carry Pennsylvania.  If he carries Pennsylvania, he is very likely to win.  The issues important to Catholics (Life, Religious Liberty, Marriage, Family) need to be laid out in a comparative piece.  But the next task is driving people to vote.  Every possible thing that increases our turnout has to be employed.  Lit drops, phone banks, prayer groups, door to door.  And new things nobody has ever thought of before.  We need a big input of ideas – and the volunteers to execute them.”

Common Activities

The implementation of both of these strategies requires common activities such as literature distributions (particularly at Churches), phone banking, canvassing, voter registration drives, and other activities.

An Important New Endeavor: Mail-In Voting

The success of our 2020 Election efforts in Pa. will require effecting the good use of mail-in voting, which has similarities and differences from absentee voting.  Republican candidates have usually done better with absentee ballots than Democrat candidates.  However, Democrat candidates are currently better at mail-in voting.  So, we will need to quickly learn how to generate mail-in votes from likely pro-life voters.

Our Allies

We will have significant assistance from other organizations, such as the Pa. Trump 2020 Campaign, state and local Republican Parties, the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) and Catholic Vote (CV).  For example, SBA List is seeking paid canvassers (at $10 per hour, plus travel reimbursement) and CV is seeking volunteer phone callers from a callers’ smart phone with a special app that gives a CV caller ID and records responses.

Our June 25, 2020 Call Agenda

This Call, which will last 30-40 minutes, (both at 11:00 AM and at 7:30 PM) will feature Pa. representatives of SBA List, CV and Pa.’s Trump 2020 campaign.  The main presenter is Heather Heidelbaugh, who is from Southwest Pa. and is the pro-life Republican nominee for Pa. Attorney General (www.heatherheidelbaugh.com) against the very pro-abortion incumbent, Josh Shapiro.

Only the Beginning

This Call seeks to build enthusiasm and recruit local leaders for and participants in our 2020 Election activities.  Additional calls and meetings will be scheduled.

Please Contact Us

Whether or not you participate in this June 25, 2020 Call, please contact me or your local leader if you are willing to participate in these and other activities.  The “other” activities could be promoting a prayer vigil and protest at an upcoming Wilmington Cathedral Saturday Vigil Mass if Joe Biden returns there.

These local leaders are

Bucks County
Sandy Slater – 215-538-1390

Chester County
Jack O’Brien – 610-692-2122

Delaware County
John Williamson – 610-717-8938

Montgomery County
Kathy Sobocinski – 610-584-4291   

Northeast Philadelphia
Howard Walton – 215-698-0820

South Philadelphia
Pat Stanton – 267-718-4851

Other Parts of Philadelphia
Mike McMonagle – 215-393-3610

Conclusion

Thank you for reading this correspondence.  Please join this call and encourage others to join. 

Please contact Mike McGonagle at paprolifecoalition@gmail.com for info on the conference call.

Summer Reading List 2.0

Well, it’s that time of the year. Or is it?

Many people had hopes that they will flock to the beach this summer. However, the recent pandemic may put a damper on your plans. Yet, I plan to share a list like there is no third world problem. We must be willing to take risks in life. That is what life is about. Whether you decide to go to the shore, the lake, mountains, or lock yourself down in the comfort of your backyard, you might want to consider take something to read with you.

Before I share this year’s list, here is a link to my post last yearon the summer reading list here.

Since the time of the posting, there has been some new books that IK would highly recommend that will cover the issue of life.

Here are some books that I recommend you read this summer.

  1. Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain by Kathy Barnette

Kathy Barnette, a candidate for the PA 4th Congressional District wrote a book that I believe cannot come at a more provocative time in the history of our nation. She holds back no punches as she exposes the lies of our culture in an attempt to free African Americans from the counterfeit of the Democratic Party. Purchase your copy here.

2. The Devil in the City of Angels by Jesse Romero

Former kickboxing champion and veteran law enforcement Jesse Romero wrote a memoir on his daily encounter with Satan while patrolling the streets of Los Angeles.

3. Sermons in Times of Crisis– Fr. Paul Scalia

The son of the late Supreme Court Justice reflects on the twelve timeless sermons that were delivered by saints, many of whom were martyred as a result for what they stood for.

4. Auschwitz Lullaby: A Novel– Mario Escobar

This novel tells the true story of a nurse who cares for the children. detained in the notorious Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

5. The Illustrated History of the Knights of Columbus– Andrew and Maureen Walther

In light of the news of the pope approving a miracle on behalf of its founder, here is the complete history of the Knights of Columbus from St. Mary’s in New Haven with 24 men to helping those in need during the coronavirus pandemic and everything in between. The organization has been at the forefront of the culture of life and sponsor the annual March for Life across the globe.

6. Whatever Happened to the Human Race? By Francis Schaeffer and C. Everett Koop, M.D.

Schaeffer and Dr. Koop explore the deepest question that will happen to the human race. It is a must have.

7. Fatherhood Aborted

This book commonly dispels the myth that abortion does not effect women. Men are effected too when it comes to the repercussions.

8. Subverted by Sue Ellen Browder

A former reporter for the Cosmopolitan shares first hand how she played a role in the sexual revolution during the 60s and 70s. In her biography, she even names a culprit who shaped the current landscape.

9. Rules for Retrogrades: Forty Tactics to Defeat the Radical Left by Timothy and David Gordon

This book counters the progressive version of its book written by Saul Alinsky, a mentor of former First Lady Hillary Clinton and President Barack Hussein Obama.

The Gordons break down how to defeat the radical left at their own game.

10. Stork: Sowing Season by Brian Patrick Edwards

Fresh off the press, Edwards makes his novel writing debut. In it he writes about a technocratic society that has society with no freedom. However, many families plan to resist. At what cost?

11. A Choice Not an Echo– Phyllis Schlafly

The mother of the conservative movement gives us stark reminders of their movement in today’s event. Originally released in 1964, the book was revised with a forward by former presidential candidate and Texas congressman Ron Paul.

Honorable Mention:

1984 by George Orwell

Statues being torn down. history being rewritten. Orwell foretold something that many thought it would still be fiction. In reality, it is happening now.

United States of Socialism by Dinesh D’Sousa

You may have seen many of his recent documentaries based on prior books written by him. We have seen the rise of popularity in Socialism and even in Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Do people realize what socialism has destroyed?

D’Sousa, once again, holds nothing back as he explores the history of socialism and how it once destroyed countries like Germany, Russia, Venezuela, et al, and will have the potential to do the same in the United States if we do not stop it. This book is hot off the press and will make a great edition to your physical or digital library.

Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage by Rep. Dan Crenshaw

Former Navy SEAL turned Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw is rising up in popularity among Republicans. Using the metaphor of his perseverance to recover from an improvised explosion during his third tour in Iraq, Crenshaw shares how we must overcome every obstacle from small to challenging while offering a road map.

LifeNews: Donations to Black Lives Matter Wind Up in Joe Biden’s Campaign — Deacon John’s Space

LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report Thursday, June 11, 2020 To read the news, visit LifeNews.com. Top Stories • Donations to Black Lives Matter Wind Up in Pro-Abortion Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign • Bill Gates Funds Pharmaceutical Companies Using Aborted Baby Parts to Make Coronavirus Vaccines • NBC Asks Pro-Life Sen. Tim Scott: Is the GOP “Using […]

LifeNews: Donations to Black Lives Matter Wind Up in Joe Biden’s Campaign — Deacon John’s Space

Archbishop Vigano Speaks Out Against Culture of Death in Letter to President Donald Trump

The following is from a letter written by Archbishop Carlos Vigano. Vigano broke the scandal involving Cardinal McCarrick in 2018. The letter was analyzed by Judie Brown, which has been posted to the blog.

Archbishop Carlos Maria Vigano has just released one of the most explosive and prophetic letters in a generation to President Trump!

Vigano not only mentions the impact of the “deep state” and its role in maligning and distorting Catholic teaching, but he also offers tremendous hope to faithful pro-life Catholics in America:

“It is necessary that the good, the children of light, come together and make their voices heard. What more effective way is there to do this, Mr. President, than by prayer, asking the Lord to protect you, the United States, and all of humanity from this enormous attack of the Enemy?

Before the power of prayer, the deceptions of the children of darkness will collapse, their plots will be revealed, their betrayal will be shown, their frightening power will end in nothing, brought to light and exposed for what it is: an infernal deception.”

— LifeSiteNews (07  June 2020)

Meanwhile, what is ‘Uncle Ted’ McCarrick’s hand picked successor up to?

Rather than protest the nearest Planned Parenthood, Archbishop Wilton Gregory ordered the priests and bishops of the Archdiocese of Washington to protest President Trump at a rally in Lafayette Park.
 

“Of the about 200 priests and nuns, dressed in clerical garb, who showed up, many carried politically charged signs. One Dominican sister held a sign reading, “I repent of my racism.” A Franciscan brother lifted a crucifix aloft, while a man walking behind him raised two messages, one reading “Trump mocks Christ,” the other saying, “Barr is complicit.”

— Washington Examiner (08  June 2020)

When was the last time you saw the likes of Archbishop Gregory or any of McCarrick’s “men” protest Planned Parenthood with this sort of energy?

Vigano is right about the enemies within.  We live in dark times.

. . . but Vigano is also right to sound the call to arms

Society either recognizes the profound, inherent, moral and equal dignity of every human person or it does not.  That was the moral leadership of Pope Saint John Paul II.

Cupich, Gregory, Dolan, Wuerl and the whole host of “men” who protected sexual predator and disgraced former Cardinal Theodore ‘Uncle Ted’ McCarrick aren’t practicing the Catholic faith — they are selling out to the highest bidder, and the babies are their victims.

You and I know this fight is coming.  In fact, it is already here.

That’s why I urgently need your support right now with a gift of $35, $50, $100 or even $250 or $500 right away.

The truth is that babies are dying, and rather than stop the killing these pro-abortion Catholic bishops would rather protest the most pro-life president we have ever had in service to a leftist political agenda.

They’ve closed our parishes.  They’ve denied faithful Catholics the sacraments. . . but they can pile in together at Lafayette Park in service to a political agenda?!   When was the last time Gregory protested an abortion center with this much energy? (HINT: the answer is never)

ENOUGH.

Vigano’s prophetic words deserve our support.   I’m going to take it right into the teeth of these whiny, spineless bishops until they DEFEND THE EUCHARIST and ENFORCE CANON LAW 915.

PA Primary and June Events and News

The following is from Tom Stevens, Director of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia

Today is a GREAT day to repent and believe the Good News, to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, to love your neighbor AND to understand and listen to your brothers and sisters!  And it is always a great day to stand up for the unborn. Meanwhile don’t forget to vote tomorrow and please take a look at the other items below. 

Vote!  Tomorrow, June 2, is PA Primary Election Day   

Registered voters can lookup how the candidates replied to questions on pro-life issues from the PA Family Voter’s Guide from our friends at the PA Family Council.   Click Here:  pafamilyvoter.com


Guiding Star Mother’s Day Campaign Extended Again!

We’re still reaching towards our goal! Help These Moms who Chose Life! Give a gift in honor of your mom, or your mom’s mom, or in honor of someone who helped your mom along the way.  Join our Mother’s Day Campaign for moms and children.  All proceeds benefit Guiding Star Ministries, a home for single pregnant moms and their children. WATCH THE VIDEO AND DONATE HERE:
https://guidingstar.causevox.com 

Ultrasound Technician Position Available

Genesis Women’s Clinic, genpcc.org, is seeking an ultrasound technician to join our pro life team. We need a sonographer to serve as a back up for our current tech and to cover her maternity leave period.  Compensation is negotiable. Please contact Wendy at 610/970-8088 or email wendy@genpcc.org.  Location is 888 East High Street, Pottstown.


Mother’s Home — Member Organization Spotlight

WATCH INSPIRING MOTHER’S HOME VIDEO HERE

Don’t Miss!  The King’s Men Day of Discovery

TKM Day of Discovery
The Glory of Masculinity
June 13, 2020

In an effort to begin ministering to men again, TKM, Inc. has planned a FREE day of recollection for men at the Discovery House in Hammonton, NJ.

MEN’S PROGRAM
7:30 – 8:30 AM – Registration (Continental Breakfast)
8:30 – 10:00 AM – Morning Session: A Young’s Man Glory
10:30 – 11:30 AM – Outdoor Activity
12:00 – 1:00 PM – Lunch (Primo’s Hoagies)
1:00 – 2:30 PM – Afternoon Session #1: A Father’s Glory
3:00 – 4:30 PM – Afternoon Session #2: The Glory of God
4:30 – 6:30 PM – Wine & Cheese Social (optional–need headcount)

All current Covid-19 Physical Distancing Requirements and Guidelines will be met.

Voices for Life Prayer Campaign: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez #onesoulatatime

Voices for Life prayer campaign continues into the 4th week.

AOC

This week please join us in praying for NY Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Ocasio-Cortez has been the subject of some memes that attack her intelligence. I know because I have neighbors that love using her as a punchline. Here, she is the subject of prayer for her to open her eyes as she supported the murder of 1/3 of her peers. When I did my research on her, it has occurred to me that she is just two months older than me

I chose her for three reasons:

  1. She is originally from Venezuela where socialism is drying the very bone of a once productive country.
  2. She has made a poor metaphor about abortion
    1. Comparing abortion to dog-breeding
  3. She is unapologetically pro-abortion
    1. Population Control
    2. Slams Georgia Lawmakers for Abortion Ban
    3. Force Americans to pay for abortion with taxpaying dollars

Let us pray for Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s:

  • That God sends many Christians across her path to share the Gospel
  • That the light of Christ sets her free from the deceit and darkness of satan
  • That she falls to her knees and surrenders her life to Jesus Christ, her only hope for salvation
  • That the Holy Spirit shows her overwhelming proof that abortion is murder and
  • That she becomes an advocate for mothers and their unborn babies.

Please join me this week in remembering Representative Ocasio-Cortez in your daily prayers.

Now, please join me in prayer.

Fount of Mercy Prayer
Heavenly Father, in the Name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, we come to You with a contrite heart and with faith for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that You will give her the grace of conversion. O blood and water that gushed forth from the heart of Jesus, as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You. Enlighten this mind that is ensnared in ignorance and sin and darkness. Bring her into the fold of the Holy Catholic Church. Amen.

“Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”  James 1:21

Black Lives Matter! And What of Blacks in the Woman’s Womb?

You have heard the chants, “Black Lives Matter”. That has been the battle cry of the unarmed black men and women who were murdered by law enforcement such as George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. This month, the nation has been shaken to the core as an unarmed black man and woman were murdered in the name of police brutality

Sadly, the movement has forgotten their most vulnerable… black babies in the womb.

The abortion industry has murdered more blacks than AIDs, cancer, the Ku Klux Klan and gun violence combined. In America, 1,200 black babies are murdered every day in America in the name of eugenics and even racism.

If black lives matter, then where is the outrage when more of them are likely to be killed by abortion than other leading causes of death?

In Margaret Sanger’s words, “Negroes are like weeds; we must pluck them out of our garden”.

Is that too racist to stomach as a concerned African American?

Hope Pregnancy Has Client in Need of Help

From Marlene Downing, Director of Hope Pregnancy Center. This was copied and paste to the blog from her Facebook status.

 

can you help

A need for a client

Window air conditioner that works… she’s pregnant and hot!

And Laptop if someone has a used one. She would like to resume her classes.

Please don’t just pass this by. Think of someone you may know or if you could possibly assist.

Contact Marlene at mdowning.hopecenter@peopleforpeople.org

Register NOW For Into the Wild Hickory Run August 13-16, 2020

The following is from Mark Houck, the founder of The King’s Men

Dear Brother in Christ,
Are you itching to get in the outdoors again?Are you craving brotherhood and camaraderie with fellow Catholic men?Are you ready to break out of your quarantine and powerfully invite the Holy Spirit more deeply into your faith walk?This is your chance! Register for the upcoming and much anticipated return of the Into the Wild Retreat at Hickory Run State Park August 13-16, 2020. 


Join 100 of your fellow brothers for another awesome faith-filled adventure in the gorgeous Pocono Mountains! 


As always, we will have great food with our Executive Chef John McGann serving up his delicious recipes for us.  We will have daily Mass. Did you hear that?  Daily Eucharist!  24 Hour Eucharistic Adoration, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, manly outdoor activities and much much more!


Come ready to re-engage life, the culture and your faith!  So much awaits you, but you must plan now.  Discounts are available for fathers and sons, groups, and those who register early.

REGISTER NOW BY CLICKING HERE