Pro-Life Version of the Works of Mercy. Part 1

I’m sure you have obstinately heard the phrase “Pro-lifers don’t care about the moms and babies after birth.” The reality is they do. The problem with the phrase is that the apathetic people that make this claim have never been cared for by people of love.  That is why I am giving you a breakdown of the Corporal Works of Mercy. The spiritual version will come later. For now, let us do the first seven. This comes as a perfect reminder with Lent around the corner.

The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others as if they were Christ in disguise. They serve as a guide to responding to the tangible needs of our neighbors and enemies.

Feed the Hungry

  1. Give some pocket change to a homeless person who needs food
  2. Splurge on your next trip at Wendy’s Chick Fil A or wherever you’re going to lunch today and offer that extra food to the person begging at the corner
  3. Start a food can or pantry drive at your parish and give it to a homeless shelter
  4. Make food for someone going through a bereavement
  5. Offer to donate food to a baby shower for a mom who is choosing life

Give Drink to the Thirsty

  1. Give your extra bottle of water to someone who is homeless
  2. Donate a case of water
  3. Pay for the person’s cup of coffee that is behind you
  4. Offer a cold or hot beverage to your local mail carrier,/UPS Driver, Amazon deliverer, gardener, snow shoveler, etc.
  5. Donate baby formula to a local pregnancy help center

Clothe The Naked

  1. Donate old clothes you have and give them to the homeless shelter
  2. Host a clothing drive for those in need
    1. We’re still in the heart of winter
  3. Knit hats, scarves, and gloves to later be  given out to the homeless or dropped off at a nearby homeless shelter
  4. Knit blankets, crochet or sew baby blankets for your local pregnancy help center
  5. Host an event or dance and have people get admission by donating baby items to the event for a pregnancy center
  6. Collect clothes and send them to an orphanage overseas
  7. Throw a baby shower for a woman that decides to choose life but has nothing prepared for her child’s arrival

Visit the Sick

  1. Send flowers, fruit basket, and or cards to someone who is sick or in the hospital
  2. Volunteer to call Bingo at a nursing home
  3. Visit a relative or friend that is in the hospital or nursing home
  4. Offer to give someone homebound the eucharist
  5. Visit a parish member that is terminally ill

Bury The Dead

  • Pray in front of abortion facilities
  • Volunteer to help during a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat
  • Donate a dish to a funeral luncheon
  • Attend wakes/funerals of strangers, family, and even friends
  • Attend the funeral of an inmate that was executed
  • Visit a cemetery and pray for the dead
  • Help a widow or widower in need with yard work or errands

 

A Virtual Adoption Using Sprout

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The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation is using the Sprout app for a virtual adoption to follow the journey of a pregnancy from conception until birth.  They are now in week 4 of this journey.  This is a great way to show others the humanity of the unborn.  
Watch as the Federation journeys through pregnancy using the amazing app Sprout. Conceived on January 22, our virtual baby will be due in October. Sprout can be a powerful pro-life teaching tool because it uses incredible life-like graphics, even allowing you to hear, feel, and see baby’s heart beat!
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Week 4: At the moment of conception, a unique and unrepeatable person comes into existence with its own DNA, making it distinct from mother. In this stage of life, a zygote develops into a small collection of cells and about just a day or two later enters the blastocyst stage. Once implanted in the uterus, this life becomes an embryo and begins to produce hormones that may register on a pregnancy test.

Roe v Wade at 47. How did we get here? What Can We Do?

It should come as no surprise to many pro-lifers that Roe v Wade is in its 47th year. The question we must ask ourselves is “How did we allow this barbaric decision to make it this far?”

I can give you a myriad of answers, but sadly churches and people of goodwill have been silent. No more. No more apathy. No more silence. It is time to make noise not only from the pulpit but also in the public square.

Yes, there are risks if we cast ourselves out into the deep. However, we have a job that is bigger than ourselves. Far too often I have seen people who have their thinking clouded by radical liberals in the classrooms and college lecture halls. Our job is to be bold in our claim of being pro-life. We cannot stand by and hope people have a change of heart. We need to instruct people where their argument is wrong with love and mercy.

Love and mercy can win over those who have been poorly educated on abortion. It is what we have on our side when it comes to tools for victory and evangelizing to those who live in darkness. That is how we win the debate. Members of Congress or the state office will not help us win. Sure, they may campaign on promises, yet we have seen many not showing a backbone when it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood or even preventing radical abortion laws from ever being law. Abby Johnson reminds us that this debate will be won outside of abortion facilities, college campuses, and even our own homes.

47 years of Roe v Wade has brought nothing but sorrow, agony, and emptiness to our country. I believe that our country is in need of an awakening. I believe a spiritual revival is happening all across the land. Our job has not been an easy one. The abortion lobby may have money, but pro-lifers don’t need a full bank account to combat the diabolic industry. Rather, we have an arsenal of people who are using their talents for something bigger than you and me. These 47 years have only brought a shift in the nation’s attitude on abortion. A majority of America is now pro-life, many of them are young (1/3 of my peers are missing because of his heinous, cold, calculous decision). We have God who has guided many to win many victories for the cause from cradle pro-lifers to former abortion workers.

The question remains: Are you willing to stop another million Americans from being murder due to a false agenda? 61 million Americans, black, white, Latino, Asian, and even mixed were silenced to help women get ahead in life like Michelle Williams and other celebrities. We must be pro-active and step out of our comfort zones. We may think that conveying the message on a digital medium can win everybody. However, as many apologists prove, your “presence” will make a difference to others.

Are you ready to step up to the plate and out of your digital comfort zone?

Can’t Make the March for Life? Here’s what you can do instead

It’s March for Life week. It is predicted that it will be the biggest rally in its history with marchers from 500,000 to possibly close to 800,000 from all across the United States. In addition to the March for Life in DC, this Saturday is also the Walk for Life in San Francisco.

Now, many of us are asking, “What if I can’t go to the March for Life?” That is okay. Here are some ideas of what you can do this Friday.

  1. Treat it like a Friday in Lent
    1. Abstain from meat
    2. Fast from sugar and cream and drink your coffee black
    3. Don’t butter your toast or drown your fries in ketchup. Eat them plain
    4. Limit your screen time if necessary
  2. Attend a Holy Hour near you
    1. Can you not watch for one hour
    2. Offer it up for those involved with the pro-life movement
    3. Go to confession
  3. Pray your rosary (this should be done every day)
    1. Offer it up for an end to abortion
    2. Pray for the conversion of those who are pro-choice among your family members and friends
  4. Offer a Divine Mercy Chaplet for the conversion of those involved with abortion.
  5. Pray in front of an abortion facility near you.
    1. Take material with you and offer it to women going into the places that offer counterfeit healthcare.
  6. Attend a local event commemorating the lives lost.
  7. Engage in social media fests
    1. Tweet/Retweet about the March or why you are pro-life (be aware of hashtags to use).
    2. Share some of your past March for Life experiences
    3. Post a pro-life quote or phrase on Facebook
    4. Share testimonies of those who once worked in the abortion industry or are post-abortive
  8. Volunteer your time at a crisis pregnancy center
  9. Host a screening of Unplanned or other pro-life theme movies and documents
  10. Write a letter to your elected official
    1. Be sure to remind them of the total number of Americans killed since 1973 as a result of Roe v Wade and how Planned Parenthood is targeting Hispanics and Blacks. Ask them why they continue to be silent.
    2. Share your concern over their record on supporting abortion on demand.

These are just the many things you can do to spread the message of life. Even when the march ends, we are called to March for Life every day, not just every January 22nd. Continue making a difference today and every day in the defense of life.

 

The Pro-life Counter-Witness to Roe v. Wade

The following is a column from the National Right to Life that was published yesterday. Originally it was written by Archbishop Charles J Chaput a week prior to the 41st anniversary of Roe v Wade. 

Charles J. Chaput is the Archbishop of Philadelphia, and (as anyone who reads NRL News Today already knows) someone from whom I have learned a great deal and quote frequently. The following is excerpted from his weekly column and was written just prior to the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.


January 22 marks the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, legalizing abortion on demand. Thanks to Roe, abortion has killed more than 57 million unborn children [now over 61 million] over the past four decades – the equivalent of roughly one in six living Americans; an entire generation extinguished. But alongside the killing spree, and despite the contempt of abortion activists and unfriendly media, the pro-life counter-witness of millions of Americans has also continued.

The “March for Life” this January, like every January over the past several decades, reminds the nation that killing an unborn child is never a private matter. Abortion is a uniquely intimate form of violence – but violence with bitter public consequences. Catholics eagerly join the March for Life each year because we believe in the God of life and joy; a God who creates every human being with innate dignity and rights, including above all the right to life.

What we really believe, we conform our lives to. And if we don’t at least try to conform our lives to what we claim to believe, then we’re fooling only ourselves, because God cannot be fooled. When we claim to be “Catholic” but then don’t advance our beliefs about the sanctity of the human person as the basis of law, it means one of two things.

We’re either very confused, or we’re very evasive.

All law involves the imposition of somebody’s beliefs about the nature of truth, charity, and justice on everyone else. That’s the reason we have marches, debates, elections, and Congress–to peacefully turn the struggle of ideas and moral convictions into laws that guide our common life. …

There’s a very old Christian expression that goes like this: “Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.”

Are we troubled enough about what’s wrong with the world — the killing of millions of unborn children through abortion; the neglect of the poor, the disabled and the elderly? Do we really have the courage of our convictions to change those things?

The opposite of hope is cynicism, and cynicism also has two daughters. Their names are indifference and cowardice. In renewing ourselves in our faith, what Catholics need to change most urgently is the lack of courage we find in our own personal lives, in our national political life, and sometimes even within the Church herself.

Every year in these weeks between the end of Christmas and the beginning of Lent, I reflect on what the Church means when she talks about the season of “ordinary time.” Ordinary time is where we spend most of our lives — raising families, doing our jobs, helping others, making the daily choices that shape the world around us. Ordinary time is the space God gives us to make a difference with our lives. What we do with that ordinary time — in our personal choices and in our public actions — matters eternally.

As Alexander Solzhenitsyn once wrote [in “The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956”], “the line separating good and evil runs not through states, nor between classes, nor even between political parties, but right through the center of each human heart, and every human heart.” That includes you and me.

Next week hundreds of thousands of good people will march for life in Washington. It’s an opportunity to prove the strength of our convictions; to show to the world what we really believe about the sanctity of human life. I’ll be there. And I ask you to join me.

Blogger’s Note: If you are planning to be in DC next week and decide to stay for the weekend, here is a post that breaks down a few worthwhile events and additional ones hosted by Priest for Life that are in DC and West Coast. 

Global Message of Hope

SaveALifeNadia Gordynsky is the President of Save a Life International and her story is an interesting one.  Raised in the Ukraine and now living in the United States, she has made it her mission to create life centers throughout the Ukraine, Poland and now in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  These centers not only support women who choose life instead of abortion but also provide post-abortion healing through counseling.

In 1920 The Soviet Union became the first country to legalize abortion resulting in abortion being engrained in the Russian culture.  Nadia and her teams are working to change that conversation through the Save A Life International’s Learn to Earn programs, Young Mom Camps and home visits.

The Save A Life teams also reach out within local communities through schools, hospitals and the medical community to bring messages of hope and life to young women.

The center in Philadelphia, PA is the first in the U.S. and is directing assistance to the large Russian population within Northeast Philadelphia.

To learn more about the dedicated work this organization provides, visit the Save a Life website and Facebook page.  For those who live in the Philadelphia area, Nadia is a scheduled speaker –  as is Emily Welfield –  at the Northeast Philadelphia Stand Up for Life Rally on Sunday, January 26th, 2:30 PM at St. Katherine of Siena Church, 9700 Frankford Avenue.    Both women will inspire you with their personal stories of involvement in the pro-life movement.

Abortion is a worldwide sadness but it is encouraging to see how the message of support and hope is available to young mothers all around the world.  We just need to keep spreading this message and strong women such as Nadia and Emily are helping us to do just that!

Do You Have Room In The Inn? A Pro-Life Christmas Reflection

And she gave birth to her firstborn son, and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the place where travelers lodged.Luke 2:7 

This passage from the gospel of Luke strikes me to the core. With Christmas just days away as I blog this, I cannot help but realize how 60 million babies can relate to baby Jesus. Thankfully, the Blessed Mother, Mary gave her full yes to the gift of life.

Sadly, our society has shown away pregnant moms, many of whom are single or unwed, by offering abortion or not proper services. Instead, we replace it with a dog or cat. Do not get me wrong I love the sight and adore dogs from puppy to adult. I see many of them every day when I am out and about. At the same time, I am more likely to adore a mom, dad, or even together showing their newborn baby or two their surroundings whenever they go out to shop, eat, or explore the amazing attractions that await them.

What Luke can tell us from this account is that we must be willing to have room for one more child in our lives, whether it’s an orphan, the immigrant, or consider renewing your vows, and even supporting a mother in need.

Activites

  1. Contact your local pregnancy center and ask if there is a family in need of clothes, diapers, and even baby food.
  2. Donate any old clothes in good condition to a homeless shelter.
  3. Help a mother who is struggling by inviting them to your Christmas festivities.
  4. Send a card to a pregnancy resource center in thanking them for all they do to help pregnant mothers choose life.
  5. Offer a rosary and or Chaplet of Divine Mercy for mothers scourged by abortion.

Give the Gift of Life This Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching. There are so many ideas for gifts to give this season. Even though you may have completed all of your shopping, and crossed items off your list, there are other people struggling, wondering what they’ll do this Christmas and what the next year will bring.

Want to give the best gift to individuals struggling this Christmas season? How about the gift of life?

Keep in mind the pregnant woman who appears distressed, worried, or unsure while walking toward the entrance of an abortion clinic. Your kindness, compassionate approach, helpful resources, and prayers could inspire this pregnant woman to give the gift of life to her unborn child. Imagine her having this newfound hope for a better future; what a joyous occasion that would be this Christmas!

Make a donation to the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia here

Help Students from Archdiocesan High Schools Attend National Conference and March for Life

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Eighty high school students in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be attending the annual March for Life on Jan. 24, 2020 and the annual conference of Students for Life the following day, thanks to the national organization’s $6,000 grant to the archdiocesan Office for Life and Family.

Students for Life aims to educate teenagers and young adults on “the violence of abortion, create new pro-lifers and transform campuses into places that support pregnant and parenting students,” according to its website.

Now a crowd funding effort by the archdiocesan office seeks to raise an additional $15,000 to send up to 200 more students for the events.

Visit the website GiveSendGo and help raise awareness of the sanctity of human life among young people by making a donation here.

Eat More Chicken? Or Political Correctness

In nearly two decades, Chick Fil A has been rising to be one of the top fast-food chains in the United States. What sets them apart from other chains like McDonald’s and Burger King is their Christian values such as being closed on Sunday.

In 2012, we will never forget how the organization came out against gay marriage. Some thought it would have the franchise drop from grace. However, it only fueled their profits steadily.

Recently, Chick Fil A announced that it is withdrawing funds from the Salvation Army over controversial issues. Many people thought it was a smack in the face to their loyal customers. However, according to Catholic Stand, Salvation Army has been connected to Planned Parenthood. This is a true controversy as we also approach #GivingTuesday in less than two weeks’ time. Learn about pro-life organizations that are worth giving here

So the question is, do we criticize Chick Fil A for chickening out, or do we hold charities, like the Salvation Army, accountable for supporting a notorious and demonic organization? The choice is yours.

And as a former employee of Chick Fil A who offered you a different take on the news, my pleasure.