9 Days for Life Novena- Day 8

9 Days for Life

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Intention
May civic leaders work for the protection of all human life, in every stage and circumstance.

Prayers
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection
The entire moral vision of our nation is based on respect for the dignity and sanctity of the human person. The Declaration of Independence boldly affirms that first among our inalienable rights is the right to life, given to us by the Creator. Yet despite being so solemnly proclaimed, the right to life is today threatened and often denied, particularly at the moments when life is most fragile. Our laws should—first and foremost—protect life; but currently our laws abandon the most vulnerable and violate our nation’s core principles. For “there can be no genuine justice in our society until the truths on which our nation was founded are more perfectly realized in our culture and law” (Living the Gospel of Life, 14).

Laws and policies that legalize or promote an intrinsic evil like abortion violate the virtue of justice. Those who work as public officials and civic leaders have a duty to serve the common good, and therefore have a profound obligation to safeguard this most fundamental right. As Christians, we are called to be a leaven in the world, transforming our culture from within. Through our own prayer, witness, and civic participation, we can encourage our leaders to truly answer their call to protect the rights of all people. For “there can be no true democracy without a recognition of every person’s dignity and without respect for his or her rights” (Evangelium vitae 101).

Acts of Reparation
(Choose one.)

Sacrifice some of your free time to do a small act of service, such as making breakfast for a family member, writing a note of encouragement for a coworker, or praying for the intentions of a friend.

Sometimes restrictions on religious freedom constrain our efforts to live out the Gospel of Life. We must be free to live out our Catholic faith in the public square. Offer this Prayer for Religious Liberty, that Christians may always be free to respect, protect, and defend human life.

Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further
In 2004, the U.S. bishops reaffirmed the Church’s consistent teaching that abortion is an intrinsic evil and offered guidance to Catholic politicians regarding this fundamental teaching. Read “Catholics in Political Life,” in which the bishops outline the responsibility of Catholics in the public square to share in the “unequivocal commitment to protect human life and dignity and to preach the Gospel in difficult times.”

A Pro-Life To-Do List

To do list

 

For the past few years, I took time on my Facebook page to reveal some of the things I hope to accomplish or do in a given new year. It can be challenging, but at the same time, it can help you to do new or accomplish things that you’ve always wanted to cross off.

As a pro-lifer, you may be on the same boat as I am. You may be asking yourself what you can do in the New Year to be a better pro-lifer or go into the unknown. To help you get a jump start on your pro-life to-do list, I came up with 10 things you can do as a pro-lifer.

  1. Host a screening of a pro-life themed movie. Unplanned took the world by storm and there is no question that many groups want to show movies like the world phenom of 2019. Cinema is a powerful medium to convey the message of life.
  2. Take part in a 40 Days for Life campaign (February 26th thru April 5th, 2020 and again the fall from September 23rd to November 1st). Be on the lookout once registration for vigil hours become available.
  3. Have a mass or Holy Hour offered for an end to the scourge of abortion or the conversion of those involved with the diabolical industry.
  4. Brush up on apologetics. It may be one thing to think you know it all. It’s another if you educate on what to say to those who may not know the issue at hand. Some people to learn from are Stephanie Gray and Trent Horn. Using their experience, they share the dos and don’ts in conveying the pro-life message to an individual or group.
  5. Volunteer at a pregnancy resource or crisis center. Many of them are not too far from a Planned Parenthood facility. these facilities need additional help with tasks like answering calls, taking inventory, and even being a support to vulnerable women. Side note: consider helping one raise funds for an ultrasound machine.
  6. Take part in prayer vigils. Yes, this may be scary, but we have been reminded 365 times in the Bible to not be afraid. If you can muster the courage every day to be present, your reward will be heaven. Don’t know what to say or do? Here’s a blog post for that. Here’s a post on prayers to recite in front of the facilities.
  7. Donate or raise funds for pro-life organizations. A previous blog post breaks down different groups that may help you decide who you can send your donation. If you want to go towards a fundraiser route, you might want to consider having a quizzo night, have someone teach ballroom dancing, or arts and craft and sell them with proceeds going to a pro-life organization of your choosing.
  8. Attend a rally. One of the most common events you can attend is the March for Life in DC, Chicago,  or West Coast area (San Francisco or L.A. areas). You may also want to consider attending one on the state level. (Pennsylvania will host their inaugural state march on May 18th, 2020.
  9. Attend a pro-life seminar near you or on a national scale. Dr. Monique Ruberu and Richara Krajewski will be speaking at the annual National Pro-Life Summit on January 25th in Washington, DC. Secure your spot today.
  10. Recruit more people to join the pro-life cause. Visit parishes, have displays on your campus, invite a pro-life speaker to your classroom, and learn more about how you can

Huh? Moments” from Elizabeth Warren

IMG_6036Scrolling through Facebook most days is a time drain but every now and then you happen upon a gem that makes you stop and say, “huh”?  I recently experienced a “huh? moment” seeing a Jimmy Fallon clip from earlier this month.  His guest was Elizabeth Warren so that in itself piqued my interest.  They were playing a game called Curveball whereby the guest is asked random questions in rapid succession.  Elizabeth Warren was spouting her candidacy dogma about cleaning up corruption, the environment and prescription drug pricing when she was hit with the Curveball question about Baby Yoda.  For those who need a primer on Baby Yoda, it is a character on the Mandalorian, the newest live action series on Disney+.   I have provided a link to her comments below.  Suffice it to say that she thinks babies are cute  — except the ones whose heartbeats she’s OK with stopping up to the ninth month of a pregnancy.

Before she reveals her answer to the Baby Yoda question though, note how she is concerned with mining and drilling on federal lands stating “We’ve got to protect our environment”.  If only she was as passionate about protecting a child’s life.

I just have to wonder if she ever actually hears herself and how the juxtaposition of her statements creates the image of a candidate who says she cares but actually doesn’t.  More “huh? moments” to come leading up to November 2020.

 

Here’s a link to the the video: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethWarren/videos/441535063179414/?v=441535063179414

 

Comparison Sheet Democratic/Republican Party Platform

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Next Tuesday is Election Day.  It’s important that pro-life advocates vote in all elections for pro-life candidates; not just in presidential elections, but in every election. If we want to see an end to abortion and other evils so prevalent in our society, we must exercise our right to vote.

The Democrats have made it very clear just where they stand on life and other moral issues, but just in case you still have any doubts, the comparison sheet below from Priests for Life makes it crystal clear where both parties stand.

Please read and distribute this sheet  to everyone you know.  Let’s make sure we are all informed about the issues and vote pro-life!!

(Keep in mind that the comparison sheet below is from 2016 and we all know that our current president and vice-president  are very pro-life and pro-family.)

 

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Election News: New Jersey Right to Life PAC Endorsements for Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The following is from Marie Tasy, Executive Director of the New Jersey Right to Life.  It’s important that pro-life advocates vote in all elections for pro-life candidates; not just in presidential elections, but in every election. If we want to see an end to abortion and other evils so prevalent in our society, we must exercise our right to vote!   

Vote prolife

On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, NJ voters will be asked to go to the polls to elect their 2 State Assembly Members who represent us at the State House in Trenton. Please see link below for a list of Assembly candidates endorsed by New Jersey Right to Life PAC. We have also endorsed some local candidates running for town/county races.

NJRTL PAC GENERAL ELECTION ENDORSED CANDIDATE LIST VIEW HERE

We recommend that you review your ballot and then compare it to our list of endorsed candidates. If your ballot contains Assembly and/or local candidates endorsed by New Jersey Right to Life PAC, please vote for those candidates.

Please Note regarding Assembly Candidates: If the Assembly candidates appearing on your ballot have not been endorsed by us, but they are incumbent Assembly candidates which means they are running for reelection, please call our office to find out how they voted on pro-life issues.

Polls are open on Tuesday, November 5th from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Voter turnout is expected to be light.  Every vote counts and pro-life voters can make a difference!   Please make sure to vote pro-life and please consider reminding and urging other pro-life voters to vote as well.  You may even consider driving some folks to the polls.

Please share this information with other pro-life voters.

You can also view these endorsements on our website  

TO RECEIVE TEXT ALERTS FROM US, TEXT NJRTL TO 50457

To Keep America Great: VOTE RED

The following is from pro-life prayer warrior and frequent contributor  to this blog, Barney Byrne.  While Barney shows us many reasons we should vote Red, the main reason for  doing so is because those who are running for president on the democratic side support abortion up to the moment of birth as well as assisted suicide.  They don’t seem to place any value on human life at any stage. And let’s not forget they are the party that took God out of their platform!   

Barney tells us to VOTE RED  to keep America great.  I’m asking everyone not only to VOTE RED, but to pray for a conversion of those in the democratic party, and for all who hold power over us, no matter which party they are affiliated.   Let’s VOTE RED to Keep America Great, but more importantly let’s VOTE RED and PRAY to make America Holy Again!

Make America Holy Again

A recent writer to the Intelligencer wrote that voting Blue is where change begins.  She is so right.

Please vote Blue (Democratic) if you want higher taxes, less jobs, millions of more homeless, a much less secure Country in this world, a declining economy, open borders to allow millions and millions of immigrants to come into our Country so it will go bankrupt paying for all the free  health care and free education the Democrats envision, while all of our Citizens go bankrupt trying to pay for all the Democrats free goodies.

The writer also repeats the tired refrains of the Democrats on election interference and a disconnect with the rule of law.  If she would only open her eyes and ears, she would see and hear that it was Crooked Obama, Hillary Clinton and rogue element of the FBI, CIA, State Dept. and other members of the Washington Swamp that have perpetrated all these false charges against President Trump.

So please , to destroy the Country we know and that is still a beacon to the rest of the World, vote Blue (Democrat ) or to “Keep America Great”, Vote Red (Republican).

Make no mistake, if Blue wins in the 2020 election it will be the end of the Country our forbears have fought and died to provide for us all.  Our Country will become the largest Socialist country in the world and will mirror Venezuela thousands of times over.  Please vote Republican across the board to keep America the Utopia envisioned by our founders and paid for in the blood of it’s Patriots.

Did the Democratic Presidential Candidates Forget About Gosnell?

The following is by Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.  

Gosnell

This is a question I long to ask the current crop of Democratic candidates for President: Have you forgotten Kermit Gosnell?

Gosnell was the infamous West Philadelphia abortionist and mass murderer who is suspected of killing hundreds of newborn babies. Prosecutors could bring criminal charges in only a handful of cases because Gosnell destroyed so many records from his “House of Horrors” abortion facility.

Ultimately, Gosnell was convicted of the murder of three newborn babies and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of a female patient, Karnamaya Mongar. He is now safely off the streets, serving three consecutive life terms in prison.

I have yet to hear a Democratic Presidential candidate mention his name. He does not fit their false narrative: that abortionists come to the rescue of women (they don’t) and that infanticide is a hoax (tell that to those who witnessed Gosnell’s evil deeds).

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Important Facts about Presidential Candidates

In case you were wondering were all the presidential candidates stand on the issue of life, the graphic below by the National Right to Life Committee will give you the information you need to arm yourselves with facts about their positions to  share with all your friends and family, especially those who are thinking of supporting any of these candidates.

We shouldn’t be surprised by the position on life issues by the former governor of Massachusetts as he is from a liberal state or by the Democrats who are running.   The Democrats seem to have a contest going to see who can become the most pro-death candidate competing to be the presidential nominee.  God help us if any of them get elected.

I suggest you print this out and share with everyone you know.

2020 POTUS comparison

NJRTL PAC Endorsements – Please Vote Pro-Life on Tuesday, June 4, 2019!

from New Jersey Right to Life PAC 

The New Jersey Primary Election on Tuesday, June 4th is less than two weeks away.

New Jersey Right to Life PAC has issued our Primary PAC Endorsements which can be viewed in the blue link below.

Please note that the list only includes candidates running in contested primaries who we have endorsed. Please check your ballot.  If you live in one of these district towns or counties or know others who do, please be sure to vote for these candidates and urge others to do so as well.

If you don’t live in one of the district towns or counties and none of the candidates listed in the link to our Endorsed Candidate List appear on your ballot,

You can contact us to find out  how your two Assembly members voted on pro-life issues, by emailing: feedback@njrtl.org 

NJRTL PAC PRIMARY ENDORSED CANDIDATE LIST VIEW HERE

Polls are open on Tuesday, June 4th from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Please Vote Pro-Life!   You can also view these endorsements on our website here.

 

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Paid for by New Jersey Right to Life PAC. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Frank McCann, Treasurer