From Planned Parenthood Escort to 40 Days for Life Participant

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The following is from Shawn Carney of 40 Days for Life. He shares about an amazing conversion story of a pro-choicer to a now peaceful loving prayer warrior

40 Days for Life vigils have drawn participation from all walks of life…

…young and old, women and men, life-long pro-lifers and Planned Parenthood escorts!

That’s the case in Memphis, Tennessee where a former abortion facility escort now stands vigil with the local 40 Days for Life campaign!

Your prayers on the sidewalk are unifying Christians of many different backgrounds, all coming together with a common goal of serving God and defending life.

Recently, a homeless man approached one of the Memphis vigil participants.

I saw you out here and I wanted to pray with you,” he said, telling volunteers of his vision that Planned Parenthood will be replaced by a legitimate medical facility.

With 8 babies saved in Memphis this fall, perhaps that vision will soon become a reality!

Canton, Ohio

A woman drove up to the Canton 40 Days for Life vigil and told prayer warriors to open the back door of her car.

When they did, they found “a pudgy little guy with a cute smile.”

Last year, the mother decided to have an abortion–but she couldn’t stop thinking about people praying on the sidewalk. She changed her mind and left the facility.

Vigil participants tearfully hugged the proud mom before saying goodbye.

The scene repeated itself days later when a motorist stopped at the red light and exhorted the campaign volunteers to keep up the good work. “You saved my son’s life,” she said, pointing to the back seat. “Your signs make a difference.”

Buffalo, New York
The vigil in Buffalo is held in front of a facility that delivers live children in the front–and aborts babies in the back.

Recently, a worker exited the building to criticize the vigil participants. “A woman just had a baby,” she said. “She is nursing, and your praying is bothering her.”

Delphine, who leads the campaign, was doubtful that their prayers could even be heard through the brick walls and glass block windows. Perhaps the new mother was just troubled by the idea of welcoming her bundle of joy in a facility that aborts her little one’s peers.

PRAYER AND REFLECTION

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

— 1 Peter 1:6-7

Dear Heavenly Father, we sing to You a new song, for You have done marvelous things. Forgive us when we allow circumstances to defeat us. You give power to the faint and You increase strength in those who have no might. We rest in You dear Lord, and ask You to empower us again for Your service as You work out Your plan for us and through us.

Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion

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The following memorandum was sent by Cardinal Ratzinger to Cardinal McCarrick and was made public in the first week of July 2004.

General Principles

1. Presenting oneself to receive Holy Communion should be a conscious decision, based on a reasoned judgment regarding one’s worthiness to do so, according to the Church’s objective criteria, asking such questions as: “Am I in full communion with the Catholic Church? Am I guilty of grave sin? Have I incurred a penalty (e.g. excommunication, interdict) that forbids me to receive Holy Communion? Have I prepared myself by fasting for at least an hour?” The practice of indiscriminately presenting oneself to receive Holy Communion, merely as a consequence of being present at Mass, is an abuse that must be corrected (cf. Instruction “Redemptionis Sacramentum,” nos. 81, 83).

2. The Church teaches that abortion or euthanasia is a grave sin. The Encyclical Letter Evangelium vitae, with reference to judicial decisions or civil laws that authorize or promote abortion or euthanasia, states that there is a “grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection. […] In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to ‘take part in a propaganda campaign in favour of such a law or vote for it’” (no. 73). Christians have a “grave obligation of conscience not to cooperate formally in practices which, even if permitted by civil legislation, are contrary to God’s law. Indeed, from the moral standpoint, it is never licit to cooperate formally in evil. […] This cooperation can never be justified either by invoking respect for the freedom of others or by appealing to the fact that civil law permits it or requires it” (no. 74).

3. Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage war, he would not for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy Communion. While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital punishment. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia.

4. Apart from an individual’s judgment about his worthiness to present himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, the minister of Holy Communion may find himself in the situation where he must refuse to distribute Holy Communion to someone, such as in cases of a declared excommunication, a declared interdict, or an obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin (cf. can. 915).

5. Regarding the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia, when a person’s formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the Church’s teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist.

6. When “these precautionary measures have not had their effect or in which they were not possible,” and the person in question, with obstinate persistence, still presents himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, “the minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it” (cf. Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts Declaration “Holy Communion and Divorced, Civilly Remarried Catholics” [2002], nos. 3-4). This decision, properly speaking, is not a sanction or a penalty. Nor is the minister of Holy Communion passing judgment on the person’s subjective guilt, but rather is reacting to the person’s public unworthiness to receive Holy Communion due to an objective situation of sin.

[N.B. 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 favour 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.]

My Experience Outside Nashville Planned Parenthood

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While I was in Nashville on Wednesday, I had the opportunity to pray outside of Planned Parenthood that was located on the north side of town.

As my Uber driver dropped me off, a young girl walked up to me, assuming that I was entering the facility. I assured her that I a with them to end abortion and she welcomed me along with fellow members of her Presbyterian Church in the city. I took a moment to observe a scene and it was a two-story building with a 30-yard parking lot that stood between the building and the public sidewalk with three access points. Two escorts were present. One at the door and other in the middle with a comfortable beach chair.

I was the only Catholic there as I stood in solidarity and prayed for 90 minutes pleading for the lives of the unborn. At the end of my vigil sign up, I prayed the rosary without ceasing as I paced back and forth. The children broke into songs that included “Amazing Grace”. As I walked away and thanked them, my heart leaped for joy, but in the back of my mind, I was concerned that lives were ending in an amazing city. Nashville is not alone as many cities are choosing death over life for the innocent lives from the womb to the tomb. We need to step up our game to defend them.

I want to encourage anyone reading this that if you are traveling, be sure to stop and stand in solidarity with fellow pro-lifers even if it’s just one hour and pray for an end to abortion.

Kanye West Doing More than Praising Jesus; Slamming Immorality

It felt like yesterday, as a teenager and in high school, that Kanye West was dominating the charts and even the radios with many of his hits that range from “Through the Line” to “Good Life” and many hits in between. If we were to read between the lines of many of his chart-topping hits, he advocate for fornication and sexual promiscuity. He was a part of the problem with much of the music industry in how raunchy lyrics would soon dominate charts for more than a decade.

Today, Kanye West has released an album that is catching many people by surprise. Instead of going with the grain of many rappers as he has since his career began, he decides to use it as a way of praising Jesus. He even expressed that he is a changed man. No question it will do well for some.

In many interviews leading up to its release, Kanye has opened up about his porn addiction and revealed that “Jesus healed him”.

Kanye even fired shots on how abortion has affected the black race. “They’re making us abort our children. Gosh, they’re now killed… I can’t tell y’all how to feel. But what I can tell you honestly is how I feel.” Read more of it here.

This is the moment to seize. We really need to pray for all musicians to use their talents to proclaim God before man. At the same time, use the medium to convey life messages that are needed in our broken culture.

40 Days For Life: DAY 35: Persecution — Deacon John’s Space

Persecution: it’s the greatest compliment abortion supporters can pay you. From heckling to stolen vigil signs to a full-blown, pro-abortion protest, attempts to silence you prove that your prayers are impacting the abortion industry’s bottom line. The abortion facility in Little Rock, Arkansas sold rocks to abortion supporters, who painted anti-40 Days for Life […]

via 40 Days For Life: DAY 35: Persecution — Deacon John’s Space

40 Days For Life: DAY 34: “I need a hug” — Deacon John’s Space

With one week still to go, we know of 371 babies spared from abortion because you answered the call to pray at your local 40 Days for Life vigil! Haven’t made it out yet? It’s not too late. Seven-months-pregnant and struggling to wrangle her two rambunctious daughters, Laura questioned her decision to come out […]

via 40 Days For Life: DAY 34: “I need a hug” — Deacon John’s Space

Miracle Girl

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The following is from a recent email blast sent out by Dr. Monique Ruberu on Tuesday, October 22nd.
Imagine being pregnant with your 4th child… you go for the ultrasound and you are told that there is a big black hole where the cerebellum should be… that you need to go straight to The children’s hospital of Pennsylvania for a meeting …

Then you get to CHOP and you face a room of grim specialists who say your child will never walk, never talk, have no real life… and you have just a few weeks left to end her life before you have to go to Jersey to do so…

their advice is singular, consistent, unwavering, resounding… ABORT…

you ask them ” have you ever met a child with this problem?”

they say ” no everyone chooses to abort”

you say” then how do you know she will have all those problems if you haven’t even met someone like her?”

your husbands response as he clutches his rosary beads tightly is “I ain’t aborting S@@@”

their response – you better start praying those then…

His response- I do…every single day.

Flash forward 12 years… a beautiful girl dances around the room, crochets unceasingly, helps out numerous other kids, displays her uncanny sense on humour and speaks and walks perfectly… anyone who sees her would never know she has a brain shunt and has undergone several operations… this is the baby whose life was on the block. This baby was given a chance at life because just weeks before this meeting her parents were praying outside of the abortion center at 12th and locust… they saw the women walking out devastated 12 years ago… and they knew they could never make that choice.

Women have been walking out devastated for too long… babies have been torn to pieces there for too long… the only thing we have the power to do is to show up, to pray, to offer resources… and our presence will make a difference. You might encounter parents that aren’t as strong as those in the story above. In the past few days we have at least 3 possible turn arounds!!!

Please don’t give in to apathy… please don’t think that someone else will cover that hour… we need you… just 1.5 more weeks let’s finish strong!!!

Please fill these hours!!

wed 10/23: 12th and locust: 10,4

wed 10/23 :777 appletree : 1

thurs 10/24: 12th and locust: 12,2,3

thurs 10/24 : 777 appletree: 1,2

fri 10/25: 777 appletree : 9,10

sat 10/26: 12th and loc: 11,1,2

Gianna Center Hosted Inaugural Gala in Philadelphia

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The Gianna Center of Philadelphia, located one mile from Planned Parenthood Facility in Norristown, hosted its inaugural gala at the historic Union League of Philadelphia.

300 were in attendance from different pro-life groups, parishes, college clubs, and even faithful prayer vigil participants.

Barbara Rose, nurse practitioner and mover and shaker of the organization, found it fitting that the event was held on the feast of St. John Paul the Great. He is “our patron” just as much as St. Gianna because of his boldness in building a culture of life through his example.

The event this year honored the Knights of Columbus, Missionaries of Charity in Norristown, Love and Fidelity Network, and Liz Parrish of the Friends of Fertility Network.

In addition to the first of many recipients of the organization, Barbara Rose and her colleagues acknowledged the future members of the medical field that represented many local medical schools and colleges.

Joe Gale, Commissioner of Montgomery County, asked those in attendance to get involved in three ways. One is spiritually by attending prayer vigils, hosting holy hours, and even praying for abortion to end. The second way to get involved is through education. The best way is by teaching students about chastity and how it can stop abortion at its root. The final way is to get involved with the life issue is by politics.

Some representatives of the organizations honored took the time to thank everyone for coming and their support. One speaker was Micheal O’Connor, the Supreme Secretary of the Knights of Columbus. He came representing the order comprised of nearly 2 million men worldwide since 1882.  He shared how the Knights have been instrumental in building the culture of life, especially with their ultrasound program, which began in 2009. Since its inception, they had more than a 1000 life-saving machines installed at pregnancy centers across the United States. Their 1000th ultrasound machine installed in Manassa, VA. For more information about the program, visit here.

The Knights of Columbus’s commitment made the establishment of the pro-life center possible.

It was a night to remember for all. The members of the Gianna Center of Philadelphia ask for your help in providing health care that is in line with Catholic Church teaching and cultivates healthy fertility and relationships. To find out how you can get involved, visit their site here.

Testimony from the Sidewalk: Quakers for Life (University of Penn)

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I got this update from the Quakers for life who spent time at 12th and locust…

Yesterday as we were handing out resources and praying outside of Planned Parenthood a gentleman who was cleaning the sidewalks stopped in between us and the escorts—

He told us that he always stops here and tells everyone that his mother got pregnant with him at the age of 14 and that he very easily could not be here. Making the right decision, she kept him and gave him up for adoption. He spoke of how lucky he was as he eventually got to have 2 moms and 2 dads.

He said it is his duty to show people how he wouldn’t be here and that everyone matters!

This was a very humbling and bone-chilling experience as over 4,000 babies are killed at this location every year. We didn’t get the man’s name, but we thank him for sharing his story as a testament to others while encouraging and reminding us all why we are out there!

Guys we have had more signs and resources stolen than ever before… Pat continues to make more signs and bring more pamphlets, but please do your best to bring resources with you.

here is the web address to print them out:

https://prolifeunion.org/downloadable-materials/

please help us fill the hours coming up – especially the holes for tomorrow

Tues 10/22/19: 777 appletree: 1,2

Wed 10/23/19: 12th and locust: 10,2

wed 10/23/19: 777 appletree: 9,1

Thurs 10/24/19: 12th and locust: 1,2,3

Thurs 10/24 777 apple tree: 1,2

Fri 10/25 777 apple tree: 9,10

sat 10/26 12th and locust: 11,1,2

4th Saturday Vigil Making a Grand Return featuring Christopher West

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The Culture of Death distorts freedom as a rationale for abortion. Learn more about the true nature of freedom and how to become a pro-life evangelist. Join us on Saturday, October 26 for the following three events: Prayer Vigil, Mass, and True Freedom Conference.

Prayer Vigil

First, join fellow pro-lifers at a Prayer Vigil from 8:00-9:00 a.m. outside Philadelphia Women’s Center (777 Appletree St., Philadelphia, PA 19106), which had the highest number of abortions performed in the Greater Philadelphia area last year (6,437 abortions).

Mass

Then, participate in Mass at 9:30 a.m. held inside the Howard Center at Roman Catholic High School (301 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107).

True Freedom Conference

After Mass, the True Freedom Conference will begin at 10:30 a.m. inside Roman Catholic High School’s Howard Center with speaker Christopher West. An internationally prominent evangelist and author, Christopher will provide inspiring, powerful insights into the true nature of freedom, especially sexual freedom. His message will equip and encourage attendees to serve as pro-life evangelists to persuade others to the pro-life stance.

All three events (Prayer Vigil, Mass, and Conference) are FREE to attend!

For more information, contact Pat Stanton at 267-718-4851.