After a one-year hiatus, Center City Philadelphia was fully alive with the sight of smiles and friendliness of high school, seminarians, and even college students from Philly’s Youth Mission Chapter. Due to the pandemic last year, the Holy Week outreach went virtual. While it was good to improvise, many felt that there was a component missing. That would soon be found through an eventful Good Friday.
About 150 youth took the city by storm during Holy Week. For Good Friday, the day in Center City Philadelphia began with a one-hour prayer vigil outside of Planned Parenthood. Even the police officers were thrilled to see the youth take time out of their Easter break to bring the faith and light of Christ to those on the margins.
After a one-hour vigil, which included testimonies, rosary, and Divine Mercy Chaplet, the youth broke off around the city to collect intentions for the 3PM Service at the Basilica. Some of the passerbyers took time to admire the youth’s courage and tenacity to show kindness to others.
The pivotal part of the day for the large group was the Living Stations that took place from St. Patrick’s Church in Rittenhouse Square through town to the Basilica. As I was walking in the procession, I took time to survey how everyone stopped and watched everything unfold before them as they were reminded of what Good Friday let alone Easter was all about. Despite some occasional head shaking and maybe some uncharitable taunts, the people continue onward. The most moving part was the parkway was used to signify the lord’s journey to Calvary as I was taking in the background of City Hall and the large crowd following Jesus.
These young people bring hope to a city that is in need of it. Philadelphia has 12,000-13,000 abortions annually. That is extremely more devastating than the 500 homicides that happen in our city. Even a high poverty rate was needed to be shown by many. The youth even came out of their comfort zones to fulfill works of mercy to all around them.
These young people remind us why life from womb to tomb is precious and is worthy of protection. Even Jesus, portrayed by Jack Terzian, remembered every child of his that was going to be victimized by such atrocious acts while also asking his father to forgive his perpetrator.
If you are in the Philly area and interested in getting involved with Mission Youth Philly, please visit their website here.
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.
Jesus falls once again falls for our sins. This time, he falls away from the cross. The journey is taking a toll on him as he draws near to Mt. Calvary.
Reflection: No matter how many times we may fall in our journey, the mercy of God is everlasting. Women who have gone through with abortion have often done it again while engaged in a promiscuous lifestyle. They get to the point where if, “there is a way out.”
Challenge: Get to confession. Invite someone to go with you. Forgive someone whom you may have hurted.
In this fifth station, the soldiers see that Jesus is slowing down. The cross was too much to bear. One pulls from the crowd Simon who just stopped and saw the event unfold.
Reflection: There are times people need help in unexpected times. We can either let the spirit take over and make best of the situation, or we can just turn the other way.
The example of Simon helping Jesus can tells us that pregnant women are in need of our help. They need a Simon of Cyrene to help them in their journey to choose life and accompany them through many challenging phases.
Challenge: Offer help to a woman going into the abortion facility by letting them know about healthy alternatives.
Step further: If you see someone struggling, jump into action. Perhaps you have elderly who cannot get all of their groceries in the house. Maybe you just happen to see someone drop something and don’t realize it. This is your moment to shine.
Planned Parenthood, 1144 Locust Street, Center City Philadelphia, 19107 9:00-10:00 AM. At 1:00 PM, Living Stations of the Cross commences at St. Patrick Church, at 20th and Locust Streets. The procession will go from 20th and Locust around the city to the Basilica before the 3PM service. The Living Stations of the Cross will be performed by high school and college students from Philly Youth Missions.
Last week, I attended CPAC for the first time. This year it was held in Orlando due to the restrictions from its preceding location in Baltimore.
The event gathers thousands of like-minded conservatives from all across the United States and even parts of the world. Those in attendance got to hear from elected officials and even personalities in conservative media.
Below is my review of the event.
The even proves that big gatherings can be held as we navigate past COVID. Florida has been open for business and it was an outstanding choice on their part to allow tourism and event large events happening. Yes, Karen, people were wearing masks when walking around.
Many topics were covered during the event, especially our bill of rights. Many elected officials have taken time to talk about what is plaguing our country.
The ecumenical committee is growing at CPAC, particularly among Jewish, Catholics, and Protestants. Even Fr. Frank Pavone was present to celebrate mass for Catholic attendees.
A great red carpet of the upcoming Roe v Wade movie.
The only miss that is worth nothing is the results of a straw poll conducted by The Washington Times. The poll was to gauge attendees on the top three issues pressing them. Surprisingly, the recent election and its integrity was Number one with almost 70% of the votes. The issue that came in last was pro-life. How disappointing.
Overall, I do recommend attending. Pro-Lifers should not pass on a chance to connect with other pro-lifers and hopefully we can make this a more pressing issue.
Two brothers in Southeastern Pennsylvania are looking to make a difference in the 2022 election in the Keystone State. Both are doing extraordinary work in the state respectively.
Joe Gale, 33 currently holds a public office in Montgomery County, challenging the liberal rhetoric day in and day out. Joe overcame some smear campaigns from the GOP Swamp that has attacked his character all because he doesn’t fit the establishment agenda. Joe announced on Monday that he will run for the office of governor for Pennsylvania.
Sean Gale, the brother of Joe, announced on Monday that he will run for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. He makes this announcement after learning of the retirement of Pat Toomey. Sean, 30, could potentially become the youngest senator in Congress when it is all set and done.
Both brothers can make a difference. They are willing to stand against the establishment, put the people first, and defend life from womb to tomb. These are the candidates that we must support in every given election if we want results.