Pro-Lifers Rally For Unborn Freedom

Pro-Lifers can peacefully march in the cold and as a test to their character they can even do the same in the scorching heat.

400 pro-lifers across the Greater Philadelphia area were in attendance for the summer rally. The day began with Mass at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. In his greeting and homily, Father Dennis Gill reminded the faithful gathered to continue to pray for the defense of human life, especially in its most vulnerable stage. He also reminded them that the Blessed Mother is with them and interceding with them as they continue to take a bold stand against the greater destroyer of life in society, abortion.

After mass ended, the faithful peacefully processed down to Planned Parenthood located at 12th and Locust. They were people shaking heads in disgust, high-fiving three lone escorts, and even honks for death.

The speakers took time to address authentic womanhood, the need for pro-lifers to be present, what we are really fighting when present outside of abortion facilities, and to be a peaceful vessel of God’s grace through our presences and prayers.

See our photo gallery here.

July To-Do List

We’re halfway through the year. It felt like yesterday that we said good riddance to 2020 that will eventually be a livid memory.

Now, that we are slowly but surely coming out of the nerve-wrecking pandemic, it is time to step up your game to defend life in your community.

Here are events and suggestions for July:

  1. First Friday and Saturday devotions
  2. Pray the Patriotic Rosary for the 4th of July holiday
  3. Educate people about the importance of the Declaration of Independence, particularly the first inalienable right.
  4. Make a Holy Hour for Life
  5. Take part in Sidewalk Servants
  6. Learn how to Sidewalk Counsel
  7. Volunteer at a pregnancy resource center
  8. Distribute water, food, and toiletries to the homeless
  9. Host a fundraiser for a homeless shelter, crisis resource center, etc
  10. When on vacation, locate an abortion facility near the destination and pray for an hour while meeting local activists.
  11. Participate in the summer rally near you. Details coming soon.
  12. Join the Sisters of Life in a rosary walk on July 24th. It’ll start at Basilica at 10AM.
  13. Run a maternity drive for mothers in need and pregnancy resource centers.

Overall, your pro-life conviction does not take a vacation. It is 24/7. Be sure to be creative with exercising your pro-life views.

Have a great month of July and a safe summer.

Nothing Can Stop You From Doing God’s Will

The following is from a text message sent by Marlene Downing. Be sure to learn about her debut novel here. Also if you live in the Greater Philadelphia area, check out Sidewalks Servants and cover an hour or two with prayer. Need training? The Sisters of Life has you covered.

It was a traffic jam backed up all the way to Chester. I knew that God was up to something. 

When I arrived at Planned Parenthood I saw Manuel on his post  serving as he always does. I apologized for not being there sooner. I missed an hour of my shift.

There was a young lady crying in the courtyard. I told her that I would like to talk to her but I can’t come in there. I put my arm around her and walked with her. She was telling me her story and so grateful that we were there. 

I called Guiding Star Ministries and they weren’t able to do an interview right away because of an emergency. I then called Pat  for openings at Our Ladies House. He said that he would reach out and today the young lady had an interview with them for housing.

She is going to keep her baby. 

Be encouraged everyone..No matter what it looks like your presence matters. 

Paxton Smith Turns Blind-Eye on Abortion, Pro-Life Activists Respond

If this blog can do a highlight of the week, then the valedictorian speech during high school graduation would make the list for all the wrong reasons.

A speech given by Paxton Smith that went viral has gotten many people talking. She argues where Texas has gone wrong after signing into law a heartbeat bill that recently passed. However, her logic and reasoning fell short. She used the platform as an opportunity to promote abortion and birth control. She admitted that she is afraid of bringing a child into the world if she faced an unplanned pregnancy and contraception fails (which does) due to inconvenience. The purpose of a high school valedictorian speech is to reflect on the four years of high school or college. It is not a time for propaganda. Even the board of her now alma mater were not notified about the change in her speech.

Some pro-lifers respond to her speech.

Dr. Monique Ruberu took it to her personal Facebook page to address where she is wrong:

Dear Paxton, You are a strong girl, an intelligent girl, but sadly you have bought the lie sold to so many beautiful women all over the world. You are correct that contraceptives do fail… the only way to 100% avoid pregnancy is to abstain from sex… this will help you to know that the man in your life is not using you for his sexual pleasure… it will leave you strong, confident, with the knowledge that the person you are dating is with you because of your beautiful mind, heart, and soul. If you one day marry this man and you need to abstain because of illness or a complication in pregnancy – you will have 100% confidence that he is not going to cheat on you because he is not with you just to satisfy his sexual desires… your relationship will be based on so much more, awesome conversation, dreams, trust… love and respect… If one day God forbid you are raped… the people I know who were conceived in rape are the most beautiful, loving, intelligent, life-changing people I know… to say they should have been aborted because of the sins of their father is heartless. The women who choose to give birth and keep their child or allow their child to be adopted typically do so much better than those who choose abortion… they know that although they were harmed, they are not perpetuating that harm upon another innocent person. Life doesn’t end with pregnancy… even if it is unplanned… every life is precious. You can still accomplish every dream, every goal… these moms need support and someone to tell them they are capable… instead you just told your entire class at lake highlands hs that the women are weak and if pregnant they are incapable of accomplishing great things… how many moms go to school, work, provide for their kids…. you negated all of that strength, that resilience, the very essence of being a strong woman… but it’s not your fault because you were fed a lie… so now is your chance… open your eyes… see how awesome life is… see how awesome women are … see that every life is a gift and every person is precious… see that you can choose to stop having sex … and you would have much less to fear…

To My Daughters, Please do not look up to girls like Paxton Smith. She may have the ability to string together emotionally driven words, but if they are not founded in truth it will lead to destruction. I know this so well. When mommy was a senior in high school I made a huge mistake that I will regret for the rest of my life. I believed the very lies that Ms. Smith relayed in her valedictorian speech. When I found out I was pregnant I felt that my dreams, my goals, and my aspirations were being stripped from me. Knowing what I know now, they were simply feelings. Feelings change but truth does not. As an immature teenage girl, I believed the lie that ending the life of my child would restore my dreams, my goals, and my aspirations. After consuming poisonous pills to end the life of my baby, your sibling, that is not what happened. Nothing was restored. It was all a lie. The regret settled in, but I quickly pushed it down to survive. There is nothing natural about taking the life of your own child. I do not care how empowering someone like Ms. Paxton may make it sound. The reality is I had no right to take the life of my innocent child for my own selfish gain. The last thing I would ever want for my beautiful girls is to believe that lie. What makes you a powerful woman is unapologetically being who God created you to be. It’s standing in truth even when the world is trying to convince you to live in lies. I pray Ms. Paxton will someday take her gift of intelligence and use it to protect life, not promote death.

Supporting women and their pregnancy by showering them with help, love, and mercy is pro-woman. That will in essence defeat abortion in our society.

2021 Summer Reading Guide

It’s that time of the year.

Voices for Life will publish its annual 2021 Summer Reading list. If you’re curious to see our previous year’s list, check out last year’s list here. We also have a list from 2019.

Now, here are some summer reading recommendations for 2021.

Sex and Unreal City: The Demolition of the Western Mind

Anthony Esolen shares what the Western Hemisphere goes through when it dismisses God. At the same time, he offers a glimmer of hope on how we can avert this reality.

America on Trial

Robert Reilly offers a well-thought and researched case on why the principles that laid the foundation of America is on trial today. Reilly evens digs in on the genesis of many of the principles our founding fathers believed in. Much of which dates back to the Middle Ages.

The Prince of Tides

The late Pat Conroy wrote this 2002 novel that spans 40 years, telling the story of Tom Wingo and his twin sister, Savannah. Both experience a dark tragedy in their lives. This novel is unforgettable and will make you finish it once you pick it up.

Fighting for Life

Lila Rose, the founder of Live Action, makes her debut as an author. Using first-hand experience, Lila connects it with how pro-lifers can fight for life.

The Compleat Gentleman

Brad Miner examines the qualities and virtues of being a “gentleman”. He even shares the biggest virtue that is missing, particularly among men in the 21st Century, chivalry.

THINGS WORTH DYING FOR

Archbishop Emeritus Charles Chaput gives us a timing and poignant book as we embark in a post-Christian society. His prolific writing, such as his previous works, is a page turner and it will make it hard to stop reading.

These Liberties We Hold Sacred

Carl Anderson’s many prolific writings and speeches were compiled into this ground-breaking book. The past Supreme Knight of the largest Catholic Global Fraternity known as the Knights of Columbus shares how our call to action for the protection of religious liberty is needed now.

The above mentioned will make great discussions, gifts, and even page turners.

June To-Do List

Happy June to everyone.

Schools will soon be out for the summer. Students will be enjoying a few long weeks of their much-anticipated summer break.

Sadly, there is still work that must be done. Here is a list of things you can do to continue being pro-life during the hot, hazy, days of summer.

  1. Pray outside of abortion facilities near you. Be sure to do it when you’re traveling.
  2. Volunteer at a local pregnancy center
  3. Collect maternity items and donate them to pro-life groups. Some may have a list through Amazon of the items they are in need of.
    1. Here’s an ongoing effort.
  4. Hand out St. Joseph prayer cards on Father’s Day to all of the fathers.
  5. Check on the elderly.
    1. Buy their groceries and offer to pick them up.
    2. Run errands for them
  6. Be sure to remember those getting married, graduating, or recently welcomed to the faith by supporting some pro-life business people and authors. See my previous blog for information.
  7. Offer to watch children if single moms have work or other things planned.
  8. Continue to share the pro-life message on social media.
  9. Read some pro-life-themed books.
  10. Attend a retreat or pro-life conference (in-person events are coming back, so you may want to take advantage of it).
  11. Hold a Holy Hour for Life at your church
  12. Recruit new people for your respect life committee at your church.
  13. Fundraise for pregnancy resource centers
    1. Host a dance party event
    2. Have a beer and beef event
    3. Host a screening of a recent pro-life movie, especially Roe v. Wade

We hope you have a great month of June. Be ready to stand for life.

CONGRATULATIONS OWLS FOR LIFE CLASS OF 2021

It’s graduation season!

It is hard to believe that it is a joyous occasion marked with uncertainty let alone hope for the future.

For the pro-life movement in the Greater Philadelphia area, we are proud of our future young leaders who have done so much despite a hectic college schedule to advance the culture of life.

Case in point, the students at Temple University. These young people have done everything from praying outside of abortion facility, tabled next to Planned Parenthood during a college fair to stir some debate, and even helping out at HOPE Pregnancy Center.

We are proud of these young men and women and wish them all of the best in their future endeavors.

Thank you, Owls for Life Class of 2021.

Two Philly Pro-Life Women Have Books Set For Release

Two local women have books coming out in the coming months. It is an opportunity to support our local advocates in all they are doing.

Anne DeSantis- Love and Care for the Marginalized

“Love and Care for the Marginalized” is a 40-day meditational for Catholics based on reflections from popes, saints, religious leaders, movie quotes, and others on how God speaks to each of us about the importance of making outreach to those who have been hurt, rejected, and marginalized.  Whether you are on the giving or receiving end, we have all experienced the world’s treatment of those who are uncared for and unloved.  Each meditation included a quote, reflection, a prayer, and a call to action.  The book is based on the command of Christ in the book of Matthew 25 where Jesus talks about the importance of loving and caring for those in greatest need and acting on their behalf.  This short book will help the reader to reflect upon the importance of making a difference for those who are alone, rejected and forgotten.   The book was born out of much reflection, thought and most of all prayer.  Learn more about the life and ministry of the author Anne DeSantis at AnneDeSantis.com.

Heather Makowicz- Peak Encounters: 31 Inspirational Reflections to Connect You with God through the Beauty of Nature

From the book description section: Does experiencing creation invite you into a deeper, healthier relationship with yourself, with others, or with God? Peak Encounters is a collection of life-changing experiences from men and women who share their stories of trials, triumphs, fears, and courage as they encountered God through natural creation. God led them from obstacles to opportunities, transforming their lives from the outside in!

Surfing a monstrous wave reminded Jeremiah to be bold and step out in faith. Gardening showed Chiara how to give what she received from God’s tender care. And the author shares how canyoneering taught her that God protects-no matter where you land.

You may pre-order your book here.

Testimony Outside of Planned Parenthood; Mother Turned Away

Below is a reflection and testimony on a save that happened yesterday outside of Planned Parenthood in Center City. My hope is that someone would be inspired to step into the breach to save lives as I do with many of my fellow pro-lifers.

Today was a day filled with so much traffic. I remember people walking by shaking their heads in disgust of my presence outside of an abortion facility that is the epitome of White Supremacy. Even one person (Jacob )that walks the route along locust on his way to work, only to stop to snap a photo of me and send it to his friend Anna from (Philadelphia Women’s Center). 

As I was winding down my two hour coverage, two young women were going in as I offered to them a blessing bag. They declined and went inside. 

A few minutes later, those same girls came out two minutes apart. One of them was crying. I knew that it was my moment as I prayed the flying novena. After concluding the flying novena, the girls came out of the gate. This time, I wasted no time offering them life saving information. They thanked me for sharing and wished me a good day as I watched them walk away from the place. 

If this is not why we are needed outside of places of doom and gloom then I don’t know what is.

And what amazes me is she went from tears of sadness and woe to leaving PP with a hint of hope for her and child 

It also dawned on me that today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation. God’s sense of timing for yet another news worth of praise.

Please attend the closing rally outside of the largest non-Planned Parenthood affiliate in our city and state.

WHAT JAMES CHARLES AND TRANSGENDER AGENDA GETS WRONG

By now, many people who have been on Instagram have seen an image of James Charles apparently pregnant. This is an attack on authentic femininity on many levels.

It is wrong to change your sex. The fact that someone can go from a male to a female. Then, in an act of being accepted by the culture, poses like it is having a baby is a slap to biological women who want to have babies or cannot have one.

What the transgender age3nda gets wrong is the fact that you were created by God for a reason. Sadly, we have a culture that sends out so many confusing signals that says it is okay to go from a man to a woman and vice versa.

Even worst, the Biden Administration imposed an order to allow transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports. This is an attack on women. It is an attack on womanhood.

The liberal agenda is alive and well. We must take action to prevent trans from infiltrating sports.

We must do our part to prevent gender confusion and reinforce the roles of men and women while reminding them why they are originally created a man or woman for a purpose.