PHILLY PRO-LIFERS HONOR JOHN STANTON’S LEGACY; 8 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH

If John Stanton were alive today, he would love to have stepped out in the bitter, winter cold, all bundled up, ready to save babies and prick the conscience of the workers and volunteers alike. He did it through every element. Whether he was alone or with a group, he carried a smile and a humble demeanor to every person that he would encounter.

His presence was felt this morning with 75 people stronger from all walks of life. The rally began with a rosary led by Martin Stanton.

Kim Savage of Generation Life shared about how on September 11th, she was scared about going to work when the world stood still when the events were unfolding in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. She pointed to the fact that Planned Parenthood was offering abortions to the widows of the fallen first responders. Mr. Stanton told her, “We have work to do”. Indeed, she did go to work.

Pastor Bill Devlin shared how John Stanton prayed for his son Luke who had cancer at 18 months. His fervent prayer cured him, yet he continued to pray for him for the rest of his life.

Marlene Downing took the time to promote Susan B Anthony List. Correlating how she kept fighting this one girl in her neighborhood growing up Marlene shared how we are in a constant spiritual battle. God told her that “I’ll teach you to pray first”.

After the prayer vigil, everyone gathered for Mass that was celebrated by John Stanton’s longtime friend Father Rayford Emmons. Fr. Emmons shared about his many encounters with John Stanton, especially how he met him through an encounter when talking with a woman who had two suicide attempts, which propelled John to launch the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.

Pat shared about how his father and several faithful prayed outside of Gosnell’s House of Horrors for many years. Additionally, he would fervently pray outside of two abortion facilities in Center City. He recalled the saves they had during his time out there through a letter Pat read after Mass.

Many of us have a story about John Stanton. Soon, each one will be told. He will also remain a powerful intercessor in heaven for all of your needs.

See our gallery of photos from today’s event.

Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant – A Tribute to Sandy Slater

Sandy

“Speak softly and carry a big stick.” This quote  personifies Sandy Slater.  Of course her weapons were her constant prayer and daily Mass attendance, her faithfulness to the Lord, and her commitment  to the most vulnerable in our society, the unborn.

Sandy passed away on December 12 of this year; the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn!  How fitting that she would enter her eternal reward on this feast day.

Sandy and I had many conversations over the years and created a bond.  She and I are both adoptive mothers.   We connected because of our adoption experiences, our love of the Lord, and our commitment to do what we can to stop the slaughter of our unborn brothers and sisters. 

I can picture Sandy sitting on a rocking chair in heaven holding and consoling the many babies who lives were cut short through abortion.  I can hear her voice saying to them, ‘hush, it’s okay, you’re safe now.” 

Several pro-life warriors have shared their memories with me and I’ve posted them below. 

“Sandy Slater was a gentle, graceful presence in the pro-life movement. She was always eager to learn more about the issue and was an absolute joy to work with. Her quiet strength and dignity made her a wonderful role model for advocates for life. She was at the forefront of alerting voters in southeast Pennsylvania to the stands of the candidates as they related to the pro-life issue. She was tireless in her advocacy and dedication. She will be greatly missed.” Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

“Sandy Slater was the epitome of a daughter of the Pro Life Movement. She walked in grace and dignity with silent determination to right the grievous wrong of abortion. Every time I met her , she was quietly encouraging and helpful in any pro life work I asked her to share with me. My heart is deeply saddened at her passing. I can imagine that all of the babies she tried to save are now giving her a round of applause and cheer. This beautiful daughter of Life is now residing with her Heavenly Father. I will miss her as will all that knew her and were blessed enough to be her friend in the Journey of the Pro life movement. With all of my heart.” Denise Wilcox, RTL SE PA,  the Pennsylvania Pro Life Federation, Director to the NRLC 

“Sandy was a person who would want you to get involved in pro life. She had a warm and loving personality.  She always was thinking of others before herself.  She was a great example of following Christ with a true and loving heart. She was humble, modest, kind, and a gentle woman.  My comfort is thinking of her in the arms of Mother Mary, St Joseph and our loving and merciful God, Jesus.”  Christina Doherty, Treasurer, Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition

“A few years back when Sandy was sick, another pro-lifer and I spent some time praying with her.  I was very inspired by Sandy’s acceptance of her cross and quiet, gentle demeanor in spite of her suffering. Another memory which I will always hold onto when thinking about this kind woman is that she always asked how my youngest son was doing even though she had met him only once.  She was so spiritual that she was truly seeing Christ in everyone.  Missing you already, Sandy.  Please pray for us.” Mary Paris, Bucks County Sidewalk Counselor 

“I only met Sandy two years ago but am so thankful I had the opportunity to know her and join her at Bucks County Pro-Life activities.  She was a soft-spoken woman with an easy smile and laugh but was fiercely committed to the pro-life cause and was a tremendous gatherer of people to help her on this journey.” Anita Flynn, Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition 

“Sandy was a great lady! It is heartbreaking to hear she is gone. May she be richly rewarded for her marvelous work on behalf of the babies! And May the Lord of Life hold her in the palm of His hand. Rest In Peace Sandy!”Ted Meehan, Delaware County Pro-Life Coalition  

“Sandy  always had a little hustle in her step and a gentile manner in dealing with others. She was the real McCoy. There was no guile, only a willingness to lead others in the fight against the greatest evil in our lifetime.” – Patrick Stanton, Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia Board of Directors, Founder, Our Lady’s House

Sandy was by far one of the sweetest persons to ever enter our lives. I believe most of us would agree on this. There was an instant connection between Sandy and whomever she met. Many of us felt like a daughter, son, a sister, brother, or a best friend to Sandy because that’s just the way she made you feel. Sandy was interested in your wellbeing and your family too. Her soft and gentle style was all it took to feel the warmth of her personality and the depth of her sincerity.

Beneath the tenderness was a woman of conviction that was full of love for God. Her priorities were God-driven, placing others’ needs before her own. Nothing was sugar-coated about Sandy’s ambition to protect life. Year after year, the challenge was on between good and evil and Sandy’s determination persisted. Sandy inserted herself, in her kind yet convincing manner, where the need was the greatest. Understanding the law, knowing our legislators, seeking protection for the unborn and attending to the financial needs of the pregnancy centers was Sandy’s mission and she carried out God’s plan through her tireless efforts.

People were drawn to Sandy and for this reason were compelled to join her crusade for those at-risk babies. Individually and collectively, we were important to Sandy. She saw our value and understood the impact each of us could make if we gave just a little tiny bit of ourselves. Sandy’s requests of us were simple and uncomplicated, never wanting to burden anyone with a load too heavy to carry. All the while, Sandy carried the heaviest load as our leader and mentor. Never asking of us what she wouldn’t do herself.

Sandy, our dear, sweet friend will be remembered by all those who entered her life. Only the Lord knows the full range and magnitude of her acts of kindness as I am sure we have only had a glimpse. Sandy’s influence on the respect life movement and many other social concerns will surely have a lasting effect on those she touched.  Well done faithful servant! Proverbs 16:24 – Anne Ruegner, A Baby’s Breath 

Sandy Slater was a strong leader and role model in the pro-life movement.  She was devoted to the Lord and faithful to His call in restoring the sanctity of human life. Sandy was soft spoken and gentle in her manner. These were in strong contrast to her efforts and determination to save babies from abortion and assisting mother’s who chose life.  She worked tirelessly to promote the pro-life cause.I’m so thankful for having known Sandy. Her friendship, leadership and example of perseverance and love has been an inspiration. I will miss her more than words can say.As we mourn her passing, we remember the legacy she left us. We are grateful for Sandy’s life and devotion to ‘serve the least of these’.  Sandy was faithful to His call and now she is home with Jesus.  “…We’ll done thou good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21 – Terry Noble, Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition, Voices for Life Blog

I describe Sandy Slater as a meek and faithful compassionate servant and courageous warrior for justice, all motivated by her deep Catholic Faith.

Meekness is the virtue that counters the sin of Anger, which is the desire for revenge or to cause serious harm to another. In her pro-life advocacy and leadership, Sandy maintained a calmness and gentleness in word and spirit while usually speaking through her actions.

Sandy spent most of her 83 years in the service of the Least of our Lord’s brethren. When the Culture of Death pervaded our nation, State, and community, she demonstrated the insight and courage to recognize children in the womb as the least of these.

During her service as a social worker, particularly in drug and alcohol abuse counseling, Sandy offered a sympathetic ear and practical assistance. In her encounters with expectant mothers, she resisted the pervasive practice of her colleagues to recommend killing the mother’s child by abortion and provided extensive assistance for these mothers and their children.

Providing such counseling and assistance led Sandy to lengthy and extensive volunteer service in the pro-life movement as her Parish Pro-Life Coordinator and in the leadership of the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition. This leadership included persistent and effective efforts to elect and motivate public officials who would do justice by enacting pro-life public policies that included legal protection for the lives of all children before birth.

Sandy’s life beautifully fulfilled the exhortation of the Old Testament Prophet, Micah to.. “Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.” – Micah 6:8 – Mike McMonagle, President Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania 

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

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.

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