Tell Gov. Wolf to Shut Down All Abortion Facilities in PA

The following is a statement from Mike McGonagle, President of Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition. This is being shared to the blog with his permission

Our organization urges Gov. Wolf to act consistently with his directive for Pa. health facilities to cease all elective surgeries by directing the closure of all of Pa.’s free-standing abortion facilities.

Our organization’s President, Michael J. McMonagle, explained the reason for this action.

“Pregnancy is not a disease and therefore, abortion is not required surgery.  Even abortion facility operators admit that most surgical abortions are elective.

“A non-elective abortion would be one of the exceptions authorized by Pa.’s ban on post-24-week gestation abortions.  Hospitals would remain available for non-elective abortions.”

Evangelium Vitae- 25 years later

For most of his papacy, St. John Paul the Great emphasize the necessity for every Catholic to protect the sanctity of human life.

For him, his work that was promulgated on this day 25 years ago rings true today.

The point of the document is to reinforce church teaching on the sanctity of human life. Not only does he reinforce the teaching on abortion and contraception, but he also takes it a step further by discussing the death penalty stating that it is “unholy and unlawful”.

Another form of a murder he discusses is euthanasia “grave violation of the law of God” because it is a form of deliberate killing.

Overall, the encyclical was a pro-life manifesto. It defines what it means to be for all stages of life and how we can pick and choose which form of life we should defend.

To read more of the papal encyclical, visit here

You are also encouraged to obtain a physical copy of the document here

Pray Hard… From Home

This is an email sent from Dr. Monique Ruberu. 

Dear friends,

Gov. wolf just put an order out that we must all stay at home unless we are exercising, purchasing food or going to the doctor.
for this reason, I will ask all of you to pray from home. I don’t know how they will enforce it… but I don’t want any of you to get into trouble.
I truly believe that God will hear our prayers… and that He will let those going in and out of the abortion centers FEEL our prayer.
At the moment we have 1-3 people signed up for most hours until Saturday…

I am going to list the times again and let you know what times are not covered as well…

the more intense prayer we have at each hour, the stronger our petitions, the more impactful this effort will be…

This time will not last forever.. let’s continue to pray that these women will find our online help available… let’s make ourselves present in the online places that abortion-minded women hang out… if any of you have dealt with extreme illness in pregnancy but chose life – go to the Hyperemesis groups and help women considering abortion there… those of you who know and love someone with Down’s syndrome search for the groups discussing downs or prenatal genetic diagnosis…  post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter… put the Pro-life union hotline number out there… (484) 451-8104 let it be known that you are someone who can guide people to those who can help… check out people who like abortion and pro-choice groups… you never know who will be looking for support for such a choice that you can reach out to…

meanwhile- at the same time… let’s pray and pray HARD!!!!

I’m listing any hour that has less than 3 people praying: hour (number of people signed up)

Wed: 8(2),9(1),10(2),12(2),1(2),4(1),5(0),6(1),7(0)

Thurs: 7(2),8(2),9(1),10(1),11(2),12(1),1(1),4(1),5(0),6(1),7(0)

Fri: 8(2),9(1),10(1),12(1),1(1),4(0),5(0),6(1),7(0)

Sat: 7(0),8(0),9(0),10(0),11(1),12(0),1(0),3(0),4(0),5(0),6(1),7(0)

Sunday:

7(0),8(0),9(0),10(0),11(0),12(0),1(0),2(0),3(0),4(0),5(0),6(0),7(0)

Monday :

7(1),8(1),9(0),10(0),11(1),12(0),1(0),2(2),3(0),4(0)5(0),6(1),7(0)

God bless you all feel free to share this list and email me to let me know what hours you and yours want to cover !!

Good and Bad News

 

The following is from an email blast from Dr. Monique Ruberu regarding a decision made by 40 Days Headquarters.

I have good news and some difficult news…

the difficult news first… the national leaders of 40 days for life have canceled all vigils for the safety of all vigil participants.
the good news… our most recent save from Saturday has a team of at least 5 people who have pledged to walk with her on this journey. All of these people will contribute in some small way to her and her child’s well being!!

the good news… Planned Parenthood has closed for Monday….!!!!! One day that lives will not be taken at that site…

if anyone wants to continue individual prayer with appropriate spacing only 1-2 people staying 6 feet apart through sidewalk servants let us know… we will monitor the centers and we will let you know when they are open.

Here is a follow-up email sent this morning. You are encouraged to participate in the Sidewalk Servants. 

When coronavirus shut down our churches… our homes became reinstituted as the mini churches…

Thanks be to God we have the technology… and this will allow our prayer vigil to continue!!!!

on FaceTime and MSN messager we can even have prayer partners that join together and uphold each other in prayer!!!!

So in the name of Jesus!!! Let’s continue to cover these wicked places with prayer!!!

Please sign up for a 1-hour prayer slot to cover these places… now that you don’t have to be physically present I’m hoping that all of you who have been hesitant to come out can jump in… we can even do a 24-hour vigil!!!

if people do choose to venture to the front lines how awesome for them to know that they have someone praying for them while they are there.
so today is your day to sign up!
we will start all of this tomorrow (Tuesday)

Here are the hours we need to cover if anyone wants to continue through the night let me know and I’ll extend the times

Feel free to cover an hour or more if you desire daily. Feel free to pray with others during your hour on social media, feel free to look up pictures of these places so you can really focus your prayer as if you are standing there..

When you respond tell me if you want to know who else is praying at your hour and if you would like to meet with them via FaceTime or messenger – give your phone number so I can connect you guys…

During this time if anyone is dealing with loneliness or a need for food or other things please let me know and within our community, we will figure this out… we are God’s people and He will end abortion and sustain us through this all!!!!

 

pray to end abortion at 777

Tuesday : 7,8,9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4,5,6,7

wed:7,8,9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4,5,6,7

thursday:7,8,9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4,5,6,7

friday:7,8,9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4,5,6,7

saturday:7,8,9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4,5,6,7

sunday: 7,8,9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4,5,6,7

monday: 7,8,9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4,5,6,7

 

Pray to end abortion at 12th and locust

Tuesday: 7,8,9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4,5,6,7p

wed:7,8,9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4,5,6,7p

thursday:7,8,9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4,5,6,7p

friday:7,8,9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4,5,6,7p

saturday:7,8,9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4,5,6,7p

sunday: 7,8,9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4,5,6,7p

monday: 7,8,9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4,5,6,7p

Contact Monique Ruberu for more information at roobearoo@hotmail.com.

Two Saves Simultaneously Outside Philadelphia Abortion Facilities

Rally February 1stTwo babies were saved today at the same time outside of the two abortion facilities in Philadelphia.

Help is still needed to fill the hours outside of the facilities in Philadelphia.

Unfortunately, this places are deemed essential. However, the use of surgical abortion can spread the coronavirus. We are needed to engage in this spiritual combat.

With the campaign at the halfway point, we need your help to finish the campaigns strongly. Saves like these are made possible with your, loving, merciful presence.

Quakers for Life

To sign up for hours outside of Planned Parenthood (located at 1144 Locust Street), visit here.

To sign up for hours at Philadelphia Women’s Center (777 Appletree), visit here. 

 

Word from Appletree

The following is from an email blast sent out by Dr.Monique Ruberu

Hey, guys, I got this report from one of our prayer warriors Diane who has spent several hours praying out there recently
This morning a woman walked into 777; turned around, exited the building, and began talking to us.  She wanted information from us regarding a pregnancy test;  she is unsure if she is pregnant.  I gave her one of our bags and was also able to get her an appointment for next Tuesday at Amnion Pregnancy Center (where I volunteer). At  Amnion she will get a free pregnancy test and ultrasound. She also is in need of housing; currently, she lives with her dad and her 3-year-old daughter. Please keep Nikenya in your prayers.

Another girl who was picking up a friend from 777 requested one of our bags.

I was able to speak with 3 different Uber drivers today.  Assuming they were with the women they dropped off, I began telling them about other options besides abortion and how much we love and care for them.  Surprisingly they listened politely to everything I had to say before telling me they were just the drivers.  One even thanked me for what we do and said, “God bless you!”

Guys, I know this is a scary time… I would not recommend going down in big groups, taking public transport or putting yourself in harms way… if you are elderly or immunocompromised stay at home and pray from there… if you have a car feel free to go down By yourself, stand away from people and hold a sign.

We are all praying that these places close like every other business until then I’ll keep sharing stories with you guys and if you feel called to go please do…

here are the uncovered hours…

Thurs 3/19 12th and locust: 10,12,1,2,3

777 appletree: 8,9,10,11,1,2

Friday 3/20: 12th and lo: 9,10,11,12,2,4,5

777: 8,9,10,12,1,2

Sat 3/21: 777 : 8am

Pro-Life Examples Part 2: The Spiritual Work of Mercy

Here is the breakdown o the other seven works of mercy

Based on an article from the National Catholic Register, here are some ways you can exercise the seven spiritual works of mercy.

SPOILER: A majority involves prayer and spiritual reading.

The seven spiritual works of mercy are:

  1. To instruct the ignorant.
  2. To counsel the doubtful.
  3. To admonish the sinners.
  4. To bear patiently those who wrong us.
  5. To forgive offenses.
  6. To comfort the afflicted.
  7. 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

  1. Engage in pro-life apologetics
    1. We are called to be the light of Christ to those who do not know the issue well
    2. Present it in a way where you are not in their face or confrontational
  2. Read books on pro-life apologetics such as Trent Horn’s Persuasive Pro-Life or Stephanie’s Gray Love Unleashes Life
  3. Invite someone on the fence to attend a lecture given by a pro-life speaker
  4. Offer to give a pro-life talk to a respect life group or during a general assembly

To counsel the doubtful

  1. Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may eventually become wise” (Prov 19:20)
  2. Offer information to a pregnant mom who is struggling to find the right options
  3. Pass on pro-life literature to someone who is on the fence with the issue
  4. 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

  1. Be compassionate by loving when people are wrong
  2. 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.
  3. Write a letter to the editor in response to a pro-choice leaning article
  4. Write a letter to an elected official who supports abortion and challenge their stance
  5. Intervene fast and hard in situations where people are doing spiritual and moral harm to themselves or others.

To bear wrongs patiently

  1. Ask God to give you patience when people rattle you for your pro-life convictions
  2. Offer a Holy Hour or communion for those who repeatedly attack your faith

To forgive offenses

  1. Let go of grudges
  2. Saying sorry is something we learn as kids, but how often do we really mean it? Forgiveness transforms hearts and lives
  3. Participate in the Sacrament of Penance
  4. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet

To comfort the afflicted

  1. Be a listening ear to those who are suffering in grief
  2. Make a meal or invite those suffering from personal or mental anguish to a social gathering
  3. Send a letter or card to those grieving the loss of a loved one
  4. Include those contemplating suicide or abortion, hurting, or suffering in your rosary or morning prayer

Pray for the living and dead

Prayer is an essential part of our spiritual lives

  1. Request a Mass intention for a friend or family member who is going through a tough time
  2. Request a mass intention for a pro-life advocate no longer with us.
  3. Keep your own book of prayer intentions, writing down the names of those who you are keeping in your prayers
  4. Offer a Mass or Holy Hour for the buildup of the culture of life
  5. Ask people to pray for you and your needs

Incorporate these seven and the seven Corporal Works of Mercy into your daily lives.

 

 

 

Kick-Off Rally for 40 Days Will Feature Inspiring Speakers

 

In an effort to awaken the black community on the horrors of abortion, the pro-life community will host a kick-off rally at Greater Exodus Church on Wednesday, February 19th. The church is led by former Eagles player Herb Lusk. Pastor Lusk is also celebrating his birthday that evening. The event will kick off at 7PM.

The speaker lineup will include Kathy Barnette, candidate for Congress, best-selling author on Amazon and former Fox commentator.

Matt Britton, the chairman of 40 Days for Life.

Dr. Monqiue Ruberu, a pro-life OBGYN, and physician.

All pro-lifers in the Philadelphia area and surrounding suburbs are asked to come out, be inspired, and help build and defend a culture of life.

Sign up here for vigil hours between February 26th through April 4th.

Pro-Lifers Remember Legacy of John Stanton, 6 Years After His Death

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.

9 Days for Life Novena- Day 9

9 Days for Life

Intention
May all who defend life find strength and renewal in the Holy Spirit.

Prayers
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection
God has carefully, tenderly created every person in His own image and likeness, to be in a loving relationship with Himself. From each tiny child knit within a mother’s womb, to every person approaching death, all are loved perfectly and completely by God. “It is, therefore, a service of love,” Pope Saint John Paul II explains, “which we are all committed to ensuring to our neighbor, that his or her life may be always defended and promoted, especially when it is weak or threatened [emphasis added]” (Evangelium vitae 77).

In a world in which the most vulnerable are so often overlooked and disregarded, Christ calls us to embrace and uphold the unconditional dignity of every human life. In answering this call, we help to build “a new culture of life, the fruit of the culture of truth and of love” (EV 77). May the Holy Spirit continually renew us as we strive to faithfully defend God’s gift of life.

Acts of Reparation
(Choose one.)

Do you love your cup of tea or coffee? Abstain from caffeine today, or try your coffee black.

“Unplug” for some time, and reflect on how God may be asking you to help build a culture of life in your home, workplace, or Church community.

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

One Step Further
Watching the news and reading headlines, we may often feel helpless in the face of heartbreaking lack of respect for human life. When our efforts to make a difference feel small, it’s important to remember that changing the culture is a process of conversion that begins in our own hearts. It includes a willingness to be instructed by the Holy Spirit and a desire to be close to Jesus—the source of joy and love.

“How to Build a Culture of Life” briefly explains where to start.