POPE FRANCIS: HAVE CHILDREN TO END DEMOGRAPHIC WINTER; NOT CATS AND DOGS

During his general Wednesday audience on January 5th, his holiness, Pope Francis issued a statement about a “demographic winter” that is plaguing Italy and most of the world.

Having a child is always a risk, either naturally or by adoption. But it is riskier not to have them. It is riskier to deny fatherhood, or to deny motherhood, be it real or spiritual, to deny it. A man or woman who do not develop the sense of fatherhood or motherhood, they are lacking something, something fundamental, something important.”

The pope went a step further when he criticized those who rather have pets over children

“Many couples do not have children because they do not want to, or they have just one. But they have two dogs, and cats. Yes, dogs and cats take the place of children. It’s funny, I understand, but it is the reality. This denial of motherhood or fatherhood diminishes us. It takes away our humanity. And in this way, civilization becomes aged and without humanity, because it loses the richness of fatherhood and motherhood.”

Overall, the sacrament of matrimony opens the door to bear fruit and multiply.

Prayer to St. Joseph

Saint Joseph,
you who loved Jesus with fatherly love,
be close to the many children who have no family
and who wish for a father and a mother.
Support the couples who are unable to have children,
Help them to discover, through this suffering, a greater plan.
Make sure that no one lacks a home, a bond,
a person to take care of him or her;
and heal the selfishness of those who close themselves off from life,
that they may open their hearts to love. Amen. 

NOVEMBER TO DO LIST

The year continues to wind down. We are at the halfway point of autumn and we will be at a point where we do early Christmas shopping, plan for the holidays, and enjoy the fall activities that we shall enjoy while they last. There is still opportunities to defend life which brings us to ideas and events.

  1. Vote in the 2021 General Election. We have the gubernational elections in NJ and VA. We also have civic elections that must get your attention and vote.
  2. Take part in the First Friday and Saturday devotions.
  3. Raise awareness on infertility and miscarraiges. Offer your love and support for these moms who carry this heavy cross.
  4. For those in Greater Philadelphia area, attend the Stand Up for Life Dinner and Respect Life Committee at Holy Martyrs
  5. Help students attend the annual dinner
  6. Plan a Memorial Mass for all those who have died.
  7. Attend prayer vigils near you or out of your comfort zone (Sidewalk Servants start back up on November 1st and end on March 2nd) Give an hour or two of your time a week.
  8. Remember pro-life charities in the midst of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping during #GivingTuesday campaign on Tuesday, November 30th.
  9. Take time to count your blessings as we wind down 2021.
  10. Take part in the Culture Project’s fundraiser to support the Philly missionaries.
  11. Host a Holy Hour for an end to the Culture of Death.
  12. Write to your representative or call them and urge them to defend life and #SaveHyde

Make November the best month to save lives and change hearts. Never underestimate the good work you do to cultivate a culture of life through your witness.

First Missionaries of Culture Project Arrive in Greater Philadelphia area

Philadelphia has welcomed their first missionaries from the Culture Project last week. Thanks to the initiative and blessing of Archbishop Nelson Perez the City of Brotherly will welcome seven missionaries who are ready to transform the culture of Philadelphia into one that is fully alive.

Since its inception in 2014, The Culture Project is a movement of young people who speak about the message of life and love to transform every human person to be fully alive. In addition to Philadelphia, they have missionaries in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Toledo, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

The Culture Project Benefit

The organization will have a fundraiser to raise fund for their missions. You are invited to attend this event

When: November 2nd 2021 7PM-8:30 PM

Where: Eakins Room at St. Charles Seminary 100 E Wynnewood Rd Wynnewood, PA 19096

Please RSVP to Maryrose Richards MRichards@thecultureproject.org or call 215-315-7814 x 712. The deadline is Friday October 15th

You may also make a donation to the Culture Project here

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.

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.

PARTICIPATE IN DAY OF GIVING FOR THE CULTURE PROJECT

Members of the Culture Project delivering a presentation to a group of teens.

You are invited to take part in The Culture Project’s day of giving on May 11th. The organization will welcome full time missionaries in Philadelphia next school year. Like many growing for an organization, they need to address the financial needs for their teams in Toledo, Cleveland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and even in Philadelphia.

All donations made today and tomorrow will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000. Double your impact to help us meet our goal! 

Tune in tomorrow on the Culture Project’s Facebook page at 9 AM EDT as their CEO, Cristina Barba Whalen, kicks off The Culture Project’s Days of Giving by sharing their goals for this campaign and the impact your gift will make!

Learn more and give at daysofgiving.thecultureproject.org

We also accept gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. For more information,  please contact Julie Pesusichjpesusich@thecultureproject.org.

How can you get ready for #CPDaysofGiving?

  1. Visit www.givecp.com to learn more about #CPDaysofGiving and ways you can participate.
  2. Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Youtube to stay up-to-date and hear some amazing testimonies.
  3. Spread the word to your family and friends about #CPDaysofGiving so they can join in on the fun.

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.

USCCB President Congratulates President-elect

In an appalling move by the President of the United States Conference of Catholic bishops, Archbishop Jose Gomez congratulated Joe Biden on becoming the 46th President of the United States. He goes on to say that it is great to have another Catholic in the White House.

How could the head of all of the bishops in the United States congratulate a man who has supported abortion through his nearly half a century of public service as senator and vice president.

Catholics should be very concerned as Archbishop Gomez has slapped faithful Catholics in their faces with his statement celebrating the slaughter of innocent unborn children.

Learn more about it here.

Pennsylvania: What Have You Done?

After days of waiting, checking our screens, launching conspiracy theories that flooded our newsfeed, having our posts fact checked by Czar Zuckenberg, and even videos being censored by big tech, Joe Biden is elected the 46th President of the United States. Is it over? No

How can we allow Biden, who has a track record of flip flopping, officiating a same sex wedding, and even being a Catholic in Name Only, become our leader? Biden is not an authentic Catholic. He is Catholic in name only. He will meet his creator and all the babies he murdered through his apathetic attitude.

Regardless of who was going to come out as victor of the presidential race, one thing still remains clear: The fight to save life from womb to tomb must be our main focus. We cannot back down from this important fight in our nation’s history. It has and will always be a long and hard fought battle. The question is are you willing to stand up for the most vulnerable and fight to your last breath.