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.
- Treat it like a Friday in Lent
- Abstain from meat
- Fast from sugar and cream and drink your coffee black
- Don’t butter your toast or drown your fries in ketchup. Eat them plain
- Limit your screen time if necessary
- Attend a Holy Hour near you
- Can you not watch for one hour
- Offer it up for those involved with the pro-life movement
- Go to confession
- Pray your rosary (this should be done every day)
- Offer it up for an end to abortion
- Pray for the conversion of those who are pro-choice among your family members and friends
- Offer a Divine Mercy Chaplet for the conversion of those involved with abortion.
- Pray in front of an abortion facility near you.
- Take material with you and offer it to women going into the places that offer counterfeit healthcare.
- Attend a local event commemorating the lives lost.
- Engage in social media fests
- Tweet/Retweet about the March or why you are pro-life (be aware of hashtags to use).
- Share some of your past March for Life experiences
- Post a pro-life quote or phrase on Facebook
- Share testimonies of those who once worked in the abortion industry or are post-abortive
- Volunteer your time at a crisis pregnancy center
- Host a screening of Unplanned or other pro-life theme movies and documents
- Write a letter to your elected official
- 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.
- 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.
On January 15th, 1920, Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor was born in West Philadelphia. He was ordained a priest for the archdiocese on December 15th, 1945.
His legacy as Cardinal of New York can be described as a small fish in a big pond. Meaning that he was in the heart of a liberal state swamped by a concrete jungle from the mid-80s until his death in May 2000.
He has been an outspoken critic when it came to the destruction of human life from conception until natural death. He spoke out against unjust wars and even Rockefeller drug laws. Following a visit to Dachau concentration camp, 10 miles from Munich, Germany, O’Connor felt called and moved to find a religious institute dedicated to the sanctity of all human life to serve pregnant women and the dying. In 1991, that dream became a reality with the establishment of the Sisters of Life.
The Sisters of Life invite you to a Holy Hour/Mass in his memory at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. Learn more here.
The numbers released in Harrisburg are staggering. If you look at Philadelphia, it is a hotbed for abortions in our Keystone State that last year one million have been murdered by abortion since Roe v Wade. We need to do more to stop abortion in the city of Brotherly Love where our first inalienable right was given to us… The right to life.
The good news is that you can do something if you refuse to be passive. You can lace up your boots, grab your holy water, benedictine and miraculous medals, rosary, and prayer books, drive or take a train to the nearest abortion facility, pray, and offer healthy alternatives to abortion.
Here is the list of the different vigil sites during the week. You can go there anytime during the week just note their hour of operations. In the meantime, learn about Sidewalk Servants
Planned Parenthood (1144 Locust Street) 8AM-5PM every Monday through Saturday (Abortions are performed from Wednesday to Saturday.) There is a 3rd Saturday vigil with Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. 745AM mass at St. John the Evangelist (13th Street below Market St) Procession to Planned Parenthood will immediately follow.
Philadelphia Women’s Center (777 Appletree Street) 7AM-3PM from Tuesday through Saturday. Note: There’s a weekly vigil every Saturday from 6:30AM to 10AM.
For more information on other abortion facilities in the Philadelphia area and the surrounding suburbs read more here.
“When Herod realized that the wise men had deceived him, he flew into a rage and issued an order to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and the surrounding area who were two years old or less, in accordance with the information that he had obtained from the wise men. Thus were fulfilled the words of the prophet Jeremiah: A voice was heard in Ramah, lamenting and sobbing bitterly: Rachel weeping for her children, and refusing to be consoled because they were no more.” Gospel of Matthew
On a mild, Saturday morning in Center City, the prayer vigil started out with four regulars praying in front of the largest abortion facility in murder counts turned into 20 pro-lifers across the greater area to pray, sing Christmas carols, and call the workers and escorts to repent of the murder they are participating in. Even two women who experience abortion first-hand pleaded to the moms to turn away.
It is fitting that today’s caroling took place during the feast of the Holy Innocents. Sadly, like Herod, we have a political party that wants to deem the unborn as expendable through their agenda at all stages of a mother’s pregnancy.
On this feast, let us remember that these innocents cry out for help. this cry resonates today every time we are present outside of the abortion facilities in America. We need to reclaim that first inalienable right to life just as God intended. Life is for every person from the womb to the tomb and everyone in between. We must place them as a high priority over material things.
Holy Innocents, pray for us
“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.
- Contact your local pregnancy center and ask if there is a family in need of clothes, diapers, and even baby food.
- Donate any old clothes in good condition to a homeless shelter.
- Help a mother who is struggling by inviting them to your Christmas festivities.
- Send a card to a pregnancy resource center in thanking them for all they do to help pregnant mothers choose life.
- Offer a rosary and or Chaplet of Divine Mercy for mothers scourged by abortion.
All are invited to the Mass of the Holy Innocents at OLMC Church on Saturday, December 28 at 8:00 AM.
Catholics in the United States see the slaughter of the Holy Innocents as forerunners to those children slaughtered through legalized abortion. This wicked sin is a dark stain upon our country. Join us in praying for its end, for the conversion of hearts and for the grace to find ways to help women CHOOSE LIFE.
Prayer for December 28, Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs
We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the innocent children of Bethlehem by order of King Herod. Receive into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims. By your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.