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.
Tom MacDonald, a rapper from Canada, uses his music skills to bring to light a problem in our culture.
We have seen of recent young people begging for safe spaces from ideologies that are not in line with their soo called “views”. I wonder how many of them know the issue at hand even before they were brainwashed by communist and corrupted teacher’s unions that are causing more harm than good.
The rapper’s recent music video takes aim at a group that we see on college campuses that would stop at nothing to vandalize and steal off of a display all because it “hurts their feelings”.
One of the lyrics that jumps out from his song reads:
You think taking guns away will save our kids from the killings But your pro-choice abortion kills way more children
This is how you use your God-given talents. So what are we waiting for?
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.
Despite a taste of summer in the air on Saturday, June 5th, 500 pro-lifers gathered for a call to action while mourning the thousands of lives lost to abortion in West Chester, PA a 45-minute drive from Philadelphia.
The day began with Mass at St. Agnes Church near the heart of town. Bishop John McIntyre was celebrant homilist for the Mass for Life. In his homily, he reflected on his visit to the 9/11 memorial in New York and how the 3,000 lives lost there was no different that the daily murder of the unborn in our society today. He reminded everyone that life from womb to tomb is precious and made perfect in the eye of God.
After the celebration of Mass, the pro-lifers peacefully march around town. The first stop was the Planned Parenthood facility.
Following the brief rally and prayer at Planned Parenthood, everyone processed to the courthouse in the middle of town.
The speakers were deep, personal, and cover topics that are affecting the culture of life.
Overall, the day was filled with beauty and love.
Please see our gallery containing photos from the event here.
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 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.
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.
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.
If voters from the Keystone State were at the polls during the primary, they may have noticed the first question on whether the governor should have limited executive power. It was common sense. Now one was above the law.
By a 7-point margin (53%-46%), voters said yes to limiting the governor’s power. This came during the advent of the pandemic that took place last year. He closed churches [which should have been opened to encourage people to pray for the end of COVID-19] and businesses, yet he let abortion facilities like Planned Parenthood continue having abortions.
Despites the state’s efforts to pass bills ending the pandemic, Wolf vetoed every measure. That send the message for the people to decide at the polls and the convincing victory showed.
This shows that accountable is still alive in Pennsylvania as 2022 is around the corner.
Pennsylvania is just the first state to do so. Many others are looking to follow suit.
It’s time for We the People to stand up to tyrants like Commie Tommy Wolf and take our states back. Wolf’s legacy lied in his response to the scamdemic that happened and how he radically promoted abortion in the heat of the lockdowns where pro-lifers were not permitted to be peacefully demonstrating outside of abortion facilities like Planned Parenthood.
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.
A beautiful spring Saturday dawned upon the 150 pro-lifers that came out to celebrate outside of the largest non-Planned Parenthood affiliate in the State of Pennsylvania.
Fr. Matthew Bierdrycki of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral delivered the opening prayer for all in attendance.
Those who attendant heard from speakers that ranges from seasoned veterans to young leaders on college campuses and just added to the fold a high school senior.
One in particular was Emily Jones. Jones, a senior at Mount St. Joseph’s Academy in Flourtown, spoke about how the inaugural Philadelphia March for Life inspired her to do more for the pro-life cause. Despite backlash, threats, and even the loss of friendships she endured, she kept the faith and helped revitalize her school’s pro-life group. She even signed up for vigil hours.
Two prominent college women spoke to the crowd, Karly Brown of Temple and Kassidy Johnson.
Johnson, a junior at University of Pennsylvania and member of Quakers for Life, shared how she was moved from her experience in Philadelphia. Coming from North Dakota which has only one abortion facility, Johnson shared how she knew that more had to be done to protect life.
For Karly Brown, she is no stranger to pro-life activism in Philadelphia area. Every Friday, her and Sean Garvey, both students at Temple would pray outside of Warminster Planned Parenthood. They both are now engaged. Congratulations Karly and Sean.
Pat Stanton goes on to share why our world should not tolerate the evil of abortion. Using examples of historical figures, he reminded everyone that each of them fought against the injustices of their time. He asked that we do the same when it comes to abortion.