Recently, the Vatican has approved a pro-life miracle attributed to Archbishop Fulton J Sheen.
He wrote a very powerful novena that is to be prayed for a successful nine months straight
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby [baby’s name] that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion. Amen.
Spiritually adopting a baby in danger of abortion has been a way to remind our family that 2,899 babies die every day by surgical abortion—a number that doesn’t even reflect chemical abortions—and most never receive a name.
Since 1981, pro-lifers from all across the greater Philadelphia area to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and look ahead to recommitting to defend life from conception until natural death as a new year is just mere weeks away. On Sunday evening, 1200 pro-lifers from newborn to great grandparents gathered for a night to remember, connect with other pro-lifers, and celebrating their first inalienable right; life.
This year, the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia area, used the evening to honor award recipients who have chartered authentic healthcare for women, stood tall against the hatred of a state representative, and leading by example on a college campus. Not only did they honor those who were rewarded for their amazing works, but they also took time to recognize the medical students who were in attendance, especially those at Drexel and Thomas Jefferson Universities.
In his open remarks, Fr. Christopher Walsh and Tom Stevens reminded everyone that everything State Rep. Brian Sims said in a viral video when attacking pro-lifers this past spring was all a lie. Pro-lifers continue to do the amazing work in not only caring for babies in the womb, but to also care for the mom and their baby for a lifetime in helping with home economics, job skills, and even their education endeavors.
In addition to the award recipients, the attendees had the opportunity to hear from two amazing speakers. The first was Dr. Monique Ruberu. Dr. Ruberu shared her experience while in residence at Hahnemann University Hospital of how she was forced into taking part in an abortion and she knew from that day that she will never do it again. She encouraged all in attendance to stand tall for their faith and the most vulnerable in our society with her.
The second speaker was Rachel Guy. She thanked everyone for all they do to defend the unborn child. While in the womb, doctors gave a grim diagnosis to her parents who were encouraged to abort Rachel. Her parents chose life instead. Rachel was born at 1 lb. 2 oz. and became healthy during her five-month stay in the NICU. She founded His Love and Care, a ministry that connects expectant mothers with pro-life OB/GYNs and physicians.
As 2019 draws to a close, this is one of the most amazing events that every pro-lifer from conception to senior citizens look forward to when it’s an opportunity to recommit to fighting for the good in the world and even their faith no matter what our professions are in life.
Twelve lanes of traffic – six northbound and six southbound – moving 90,000 vehicles per day between Northeast Philadelphia and surrounding Bucks County. Roosevelt Boulevard is like Las Vegas, open and ready for business 24/7 with never any downtime. And on a beautiful Sunday afternoon the pro-life message was proudly advertised to some of those 90,000 drivers making their way to shopping malls and soccer games, Eagles game day parties and Sunday dinners.
Each year in October a Life Chain is held on this busy highway to promote the value of a child’s life. Supporters hold signs both on the sidewalk and on the median strip – signs that present a visual of a child at the one-month stage of development, or signs stating abortion is not health care or signs asking to pray to end abortion. It’s interesting to try to discern the faces in the cars as speeding drivers see a barrage of pro-life placards coming upon them. Some seem confused as if they didn’t realize abortion is even still an issue, others try to avoid eye contact and yet others nod almost imperceptibly.
The good news is that we witnessed a lot of thumbs up and smiles but as one of my fellow sign holders lamented, if all these people agree, why is abortion still here? Why aren’t more people involved in the cause?
But standing publicly on a busy highway with this large of a captured audience may get some drivers (and let’s not forget the passengers) to consider the next step. Perhaps last year they gave us an imperceptible nod, this year a thumbs up and next year they may be holding their own pro-life sign along the highway!
Life chains provide an intimate moment between you as a sign holder and a hurried driver stopped at a red light. Sometimes a moment is all you need to bring the message home, one car at a time.
As a midpoint event of the semi-annual 40 Days for Life Campaign in Northeast Philadelphia, a Rosary Rally and Life Chain will be held on Sunday, October 13th at Roosevelt Blvd & Comly Road (closest intersection to Planned Parenthood).
The Rosary Rally takes place on the anniversary of the sixth apparition of Our Lady to the children at Fatima.
The purpose of our public witness is in reparation for the offenses committed against Our Lord and His Blessed Mother at this abortion facility.
Rose D’Adamo, one of the coordinators of the Rosary Rally reminds us of what Saint Padre Pio told us, “The Rosary is the ‘weapon’ for these times.”
A Life Chain at the same location will follow. Tom Lacy, coordinator for this Life Chain had this to say, “I feel whenever we do a live chain it is extremely positive, effective and uplifting. We show signs showing unborn baby at 1, 3 and 5 months with others holding signs ‘Pray to end abortion’ and ‘Abortion Kills Children’. Whenever you get reaction about 8 out of 10 are usually positive.”
The coordinator for the 40 Days for Life in Northeast Philly, Anita Flynn reminds us that this global campaign runs from September 25th thru November 3rd. At Comly Road the vigil hours are 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday thru Saturday (no Sunday vigil).
She stated, “There were 2,263 abortions performed at the Planned Parenthood on Comly Road in Northeast Philadelphia in 2018. That’s why the 40 Days for Life campaign is so important. Prayers, support and a physical presence could make someone change her mind from having an abortion to learning about other pro-life options. We thank those who have been standing outside Comly Road for many, many years and welcome anyone who has never participated in a 40 Days vigil before. Please check out the 40 Days website and if you have any questions at all about the vigil in Northeast Philadelphia, please contact Anita Flynn 267-456-4582 or email@example.com.”
We strongly urge all residents of Northeast Philadelphia to get behind these two events. This is a great opportunity to show support for the success of the fall campaign for 40 Days for Life. If we want to end abortion in our city and our country, we need to step up and give public witness.
Below is a flyer that you can print out and share.