150 pro-lifers came out to celebrate Herb Lusk, Pastor of Greater Exodus Baptist Church, and also mark one week until 40 Days on Wednesday evening. The evening was marked with speakers, singing from the church’s choir, and reflections on Herb Lusk’s life.
Matt Britton of 40 Days took time to address the crowd. He reminded them to keep praying and showing to the moms going in because one day the abortion facility will be transformed into a haven of life. He shared that if someone is praying outside of an abortion facility the show-up rate declines due to a pro-lifer’s presence. He even shared the amazing facts of how lives were saved and transformed since the campaign started in 2004 and went national in 2007.
Monique Ruberu took the time to remind people to fill up every hour and to bring love to the sidewalk.
SPOILER: A majority involves prayer and spiritual reading.
The seven spiritual works of mercy are:
To instruct the ignorant.
To counsel the doubtful.
To admonish the sinners.
To bear patiently those who wrong us.
To forgive offenses.
To comfort the afflicted.
To pray for the living and the dead
Here’s a break down on how to live out each one of them.
To instruct the ignorant
Engage in pro-life apologetics
We are called to be the light of Christ to those who do not know the issue well
Present it in a way where you are not in their face or confrontational
Read books on pro-life apologetics such as Trent Horn’s Persuasive Pro-Life or Stephanie’s Gray Love Unleashes Life
Invite someone on the fence to attend a lecture given by a pro-life speaker
Offer to give a pro-life talk to a respect life group or during a general assembly
To counsel the doubtful
Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may eventually become wise” (Prov 19:20)
Offer information to a pregnant mom who is struggling to find the right options
Pass on pro-life literature to someone who is on the fence with the issue
Accompany a pregnant mom to a pregnancy crisis center during her appointment
To admonish the sinner
Do not judge, but be supportive in helping others find their way and correct their mistakes. Together we can learn to walk more closely with Christ
Be compassionate by loving when people are wrong
Those who hope to denigrate the Church and its followers are looking for a fight. Give it to them, but do it clearly and with compassion. It’s called “tough love” for a reason — it might sound tough but it’s loving at its core.
Write a letter to the editor in response to a pro-choice leaning article
Write a letter to an elected official who supports abortion and challenge their stance
Intervene fast and hard in situations where people are doing spiritual and moral harm to themselves or others.
To bear wrongs patiently
Ask God to give you patience when people rattle you for your pro-life convictions
Offer a Holy Hour or communion for those who repeatedly attack your faith
To forgive offenses
Let go of grudges
Saying sorry is something we learn as kids, but how often do we really mean it? Forgiveness transforms hearts and lives
On Saturday, 200 pro-lifers came together to honor the legacy of John Stanton, the founder of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia. They also honored his wife, Harriet who passed away last June.
Those in attendance heard sermons, prayed, and even sang to honor his lifelong legacy.
Dr. Monique Ruberu shared how a college student prayed hard for a baby to be saved during his time outside of one of the abortion facilities in Philadelphia as she encouraged everyone to bring love to the sidewalk when praying in front of the abortion facilities as 40 Days for Life is soon upon us.
Pastor Herb Lusk reminded those in attendance to come from “a place of love”. With it, love can move mountains and work wonders. He also urged a call out to his fellow black people to come out and help defend life.
Kathy Barnette shared her testimony. She is a former commentator for Fox News. In her talk, she raised awareness on the fact that African Americans are more likely to be murdered by abortion than gun violence, AIDs, and the KKK combined as they make up more than 30% of abortion victims in the United States. She urged everyone to pray for her as she is running for Congress this election cycle. She is also a published author as her book was released on Amazon.
Prior to 1030 mass at Holy Redeemer, Dennis Stanton offered a few words on his late grandfather. He summed up his life with one word, legacy. His legacy grew on the impact, both seen and unseen, he had on others from his 12 children, 45 grandchildren, and 40 great-grandchildren to his tight grip, like a falcon, on his life and faith that he lived all through his life. That firm “grip” is now seen in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren every day.
The Spring 40 Days for Life Campaign begins on Wednesday, February 26. The Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition encourages all pro-life residents to attend this peaceful prayer vigil. Our hope is that through our prayers, and with God’s help we can end abortion at the Warminster Planned Parenthood and throughout the country.
To sign up in for this campaign contact Melissa Chapman, Coordinator for the Warminster 40 Days for Life Campaign at email@example.com or register on-line using this link. This campaign also has a page on Facebook. Use this linkto ‘like’ this page and keep up-to-date on what is happening during the 40 Days for Life Campaign.
Campaign Opening Mass
We invite everyone to a Mass for Life to kick off the 40 Days for Life Campaign in Warminster, Pennsylvania on Tuesday night, February 25th at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 605 West Street Road in Warminster, Pa. After the Mass we will gather at the Planned Parenthood on Louis Drive for a short prayer vigil. (see more information on the flyer below).
This year, as part of the 40 Days for Life Campaign, we will have a Life Chain in Warminster on Sunday, March 22nd from 2:30 – 3:30 pm, beginning at Louis Drive on Street Road and going west towards Old York Road. (see more information on the flyer below)
I’m re-posting this as a reminder for the annual Mass held at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church in Jamison, Pennsylvania next Saturday, December 28th. I’ve also included a video of a song, Lully, Lulla, Lullay, sung by young adults in St Stephen’s Walbrook Church, London which refers to this Feast of the Holy Innocents who were martyred by Herod.
I first heard this sung at a Mass for the Holy Innocents a few years ago and it moved me to tears. All I could think about was the poor mothers who had their babies ripped from their arms and slaughtered in Herod’s time, and all the babies who are ripped from their mother’s wombs in our own time.
The lyrics to this song are below the post. I suggest you have a box of tissues nearby while listening to this very powerful and moving version of this song.
The Feast of the Holy Innocents is observed each December 28th to remember the children slaughtered by King Herod and his henchmen.
According to the Gospel of Matthew, Herod ordered the execution of all young male children in the “Vicinity of Bethlehem,” so as to avoid the loss of his throne to a newborn King of the Jews whose birth had been announced to him by the Magi. (Wikipedia)
This feast day holds a particular significance to the pro-life movement as we also remember all the innocent pre-born babies killed each and every day through the terrible sin of abortion.
In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, PA, a Mass is celebrated each year on this date to honor the memory of those children who have been killed these past 40 years though abortion.
The Mass and memorial service for the Feast of the Holy Innocents, will be held at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, located at 1410 Almshouse Road in Jamison, Pa. at 9:00 am.
All are invited to attend and refreshments will be served following the Mass.
Towards the end of the year we have two memorial Masses in Southeast Pennsylvania. One the end of November to remember the souls of our pro-life brothers and sisters who have preceded us in death, and one on the Feast of the Holy Innocents to remember the innocent preborn who were killed by abortion. Below is information from Jack and Pat O’Brien, long-time leaders in the SE Pennsylvania pro-life movement on the November Memorial Mass.
The Mass on November 25, at St. Anastasia Church, Newtown Square, is dedicated to members of our Pro-Life family who are at rest.
We will be celebrating their entry into the waiting arms of Our Lord and the loving arms of Our Blessed Mother.
Here at the banquet of the Eucharist, we will share the body and blood of Christ and remember His death and resurrection and the eternal gift of Life hereafter.
Let us recall that those, gone ahead, are living eternally in that joyful presence, surrounded by thousands and thousands of children. These happy children who are also there with waiting arms of jubilation, all excited to meet those who came to their defense here on earth. May all of us be so blest one day.
The names of those recently deceased will be read and a candle will be offered on their behalf.
And we remember…
Dr. Lori Bittner, Rita Buchy, Jean Cannon, Fran Cunnane, Betty Ann Daily, Charles Gindhart, Phil Kennedy, Kate Kurimay, Charlie Litzelman, Jerry Lynch, Jack McShea, Shane Melly, Deborah Marie Nunan, Elizabeth Parsons, Patricia Scalia, John Samoylo, Dick Schmid, Gerry Simboli, Janet Smith, Harriet Stanton, Ellie Walsh, and Frank Zinni