With the annual March for Life in DC and the inaugural Philly March for Life approaching, we do want to provide some key updates that was received by me regarding both events. Bear in mind the guidelines and attend events if you choose to do at your own risk.
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We’re only days into the month of January of 2021, yet what happened through the Black Lives Matter protest has carried into the New Year. What started as an historic day to end the process of the Electoral College Process, two weeks prior to the inauguration, would soon turned into chaos.
Once again, our nation’s capital was at the center of national headlines. What started as a day for like-minded people to peacefully protest in favor of election integrity was turned into what many witnessed last summer. The event gained more coverage than the nationwide BLM protests across the nation.
Many senators and representatives have condemned the actions of those involve let alone President Trump asking everyone to be peaceful through a tweet, only to be deleted by big tech. Speculations are running amoss that ANTIFA infiltrated the peaceful rally, only to raid the capitol building. In time, many elected officials had to scramble for cover and do what they can to get away from the trespassers.
Sadly, the incident on Wednesday has cost the life of a police officer, Brian Sickwick. Ofc. Sickwick was severely injured when confronting the mom only to be pronounced dead at the hospital.
Another casualty from the event was Ashli Babbitt. Babbitt, a 14 year veteran of the Air Force, joined fellow patriots in sharing their concern over the integrity of the elections. Unfortunately, she was shot during an altercation when paid actor posing as Trump supporters were breaking into the capitol building.
What happened last summer and on January 6th had two things in common. The first is that human life was destroyed. Why? Many families had to or will stare at an empty seat during family gatherings with that thought sinking in their minds. The second is agitators wanted to get the media’s attention to help them jumped to their own doom and gloom conclusions. The violence that have happened this week and last are unacceptable, no matter who is at fault.
We need to do better. Violence is not going to protect and nurture life. Rather, it destroys it. We must do better to promote, peace, love, and mercy in our communities and it begins with us.
May Brian Sickwick and Ashli Babbitt rest in peace.
Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord. And let the perpetual light shine upon them
On January 8th 2011, a young man stood outside of one of the largest abortion facilities in Pennsylvania. He was nervous that even the bitter cold morning did not keep him from hiding it. Later, a seasoned pro-lifer (the late John Stanton) pulled up as he helped him place a sign on the corner that floored him about the number of abortions committed at this location alone. Before he can blinked, his neighbors showed up and were thrilled to see him. His presence gave them hope.
Since that bitter cold morning of January 2011, he continued to get more and more involved with the pro-life movement that included regular participation in prayer vigils, at large events, and recruiting new people from time to time. He was jeered, assaulted, and even taunted all because he wanted to do “what God wants him to do.”
That young man is me and I am not done until we end abortion on the streets of Philadelphia and every major city across the United States and throughout the world.
Below is from an email we received from Mary Paris, one of our committed sidewalk servants at the Planned Parenthood in Warminster. While we are in the midst of some serious challenges this year, babies are still being saved from abortion. Thank you Mike, Pat, Ellen and Mary for your faithfulness each week at this killing facility.And thanks to all who are so faithful in your commitment to be a Voice for Life!
I thought I should pass on to you since you are so wonderful at keeping vigils going down at Warminster PP that on Friday a young girl (senior in high school) and her mother left PP and decided to save the baby. Pat Stanton and Mike McMonagle had spoken out to them earlier before they went in and it was after they were gone that the two stopped near me and asked for resources. I directed them to the parking lot where I park and Ellen Doherty (from A Baby’s Breath) and I spoke with them. The girl’s face was beaming. The mom was ashamed that they had even gone there in the first place. Interesting thing is that this is the second time in a couple months where I was getting a little burnt out and was given the nudge to keep up the work.
Thanks for all your encouragement for folks to come out and pray.
Giving Tuesday is just around the corner as many organizations are always asking people to make a contribution to their organizations before the year draws to a close.
In the midst of the busy shopping season, let us not forget our local and national groups that promote the culture of life near us and beyond. Here are just a few organizations to support:
Pro-Life Unmion of Greater Philadelphia
Since its inception in 1971, the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia has reached millions in the City of Brotherly Love and its surrounding suburbs. They hope to continue its work laid out by its late founder, John Stanton. You may donate to themhere
2. Generation Life
Celebrating it’s 20th anniversary, Generation Life has been preaching the pro-life and chastity messages to hundreds of thousand young people nationwide. Despite the plandemic, the small group has continue to give talks on chastity and pro-life messages on the virtual realm. Donate to them here.
3. Hope Pregnancy Center
Located 2/3 of a mile from Temple University, Hope Pregnancy, led by Marlene Downing, continues to help the vulnerable in the heart of our city. They have seen an increase in clients and hope to meet the needs of the recurring and new clients in the heart of Philadelphia. Make your donation here.
4. The Culture Project
Founded in 2014, the Culture Project has reached the masses at every corner in the United States and beyond through in person presentations and event virtually during the plandemic. They currently have missionaries in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, Toledo, and Pittsburgh. Make a donation here.
5. Legacy of Life
Legacy of Life has two centers across from Planned Parenthood facilities and has seen an uptick in clients because of women choosing life through the presence of pro-lifers. Donate to their cause here.
6. Alpha Pregnancy Center
Alpha Pregnancy has been in Philadelphia area for 40 years. They recently opened a center next door to the former House of Horrors in the Manuta section of Philadelphia. Learn how you can support them here.
7. Guiding Star Ministries
A program adopted by the PLU of Greater Philadelphia, Guiding Star Ministries helps pregnant moms develop life skills that will help them through their life. Donate today to help them reach women in their time of great need.
8. St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation
Located in Overbrook, the foundation promotes the pro-life message while also helping Catholics heal from spiritual and mental trauma brought about from divorce. If you are a Catholic who went through this life-changing experience and in need of healing, visit them here.
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. – Ephesians 4: 32-32
Let us pray:
We pray that our lives would reflect our redemption, so others may see it and trust in You. In obedience to you and by your grace, we choose to forgive others as You have forgiven us. In the name of Christ, we pray. Amen. * from 40 Days for Life devotional
“When political issues have moral and spiritual dimensions, we have a responsibilty to speak for the truth. Abortion has divided our nation like no other issue in recent times. God places the highest value on human life. The Bible recognizes the unborn as being fully human.” – Reverend Billy Graham.