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.

 

 

 

Pro-Life Version of the Works of Mercy. Part 1

I’m sure you have obstinately heard the phrase “Pro-lifers don’t care about the moms and babies after birth.” The reality is they do. The problem with the phrase is that the apathetic people that make this claim have never been cared for by people of love.  That is why I am giving you a breakdown of the Corporal Works of Mercy. The spiritual version will come later. For now, let us do the first seven. This comes as a perfect reminder with Lent around the corner.

The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others as if they were Christ in disguise. They serve as a guide to responding to the tangible needs of our neighbors and enemies.

Feed the Hungry

  1. Give some pocket change to a homeless person who needs food
  2. Splurge on your next trip at Wendy’s Chick Fil A or wherever you’re going to lunch today and offer that extra food to the person begging at the corner
  3. Start a food can or pantry drive at your parish and give it to a homeless shelter
  4. Make food for someone going through a bereavement
  5. Offer to donate food to a baby shower for a mom who is choosing life

Give Drink to the Thirsty

  1. Give your extra bottle of water to someone who is homeless
  2. Donate a case of water
  3. Pay for the person’s cup of coffee that is behind you
  4. Offer a cold or hot beverage to your local mail carrier,/UPS Driver, Amazon deliverer, gardener, snow shoveler, etc.
  5. Donate baby formula to a local pregnancy help center

Clothe The Naked

  1. Donate old clothes you have and give them to the homeless shelter
  2. Host a clothing drive for those in need
    1. We’re still in the heart of winter
  3. Knit hats, scarves, and gloves to later be  given out to the homeless or dropped off at a nearby homeless shelter
  4. Knit blankets, crochet or sew baby blankets for your local pregnancy help center
  5. Host an event or dance and have people get admission by donating baby items to the event for a pregnancy center
  6. Collect clothes and send them to an orphanage overseas
  7. Throw a baby shower for a woman that decides to choose life but has nothing prepared for her child’s arrival

Visit the Sick

  1. Send flowers, fruit basket, and or cards to someone who is sick or in the hospital
  2. Volunteer to call Bingo at a nursing home
  3. Visit a relative or friend that is in the hospital or nursing home
  4. Offer to give someone homebound the eucharist
  5. Visit a parish member that is terminally ill

Bury The Dead

  • Pray in front of abortion facilities
  • Volunteer to help during a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat
  • Donate a dish to a funeral luncheon
  • Attend wakes/funerals of strangers, family, and even friends
  • Attend the funeral of an inmate that was executed
  • Visit a cemetery and pray for the dead
  • Help a widow or widower in need with yard work or errands

 

Return from the 2020 March for Life and Show Them You Mean it! Put Your Compassion into Action!

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Greetings Saints and Activist!

Learn how you can unite with citizens in your community to make a difference and save lives in your neighborhood through Prayer, Presence & Truth. Pro-life churches of all denominations, synagogues, schools, youth groups, pro-life clubs, and concerned pro-life citizens are needed.

How we all can choose ways to be active in June Primary Making Informed Decisions. 15 minute Presentation Rev Dr. Clenard Childress Jr and as well as other’s from South Jersey Pro-life Coalition.

REGIONAL INFORMATIONAL MEETING
Wednesday February 19th
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Christ Our Light Catholic Church
402 Kings Highway N.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Parish Center St. Mary Room

Although not required, we ask that you pre-register. Call/text 609-200-6864 email sjplcoalition@protonmail.com Light refreshments will be provided.

In His Service,
Thank You In Advance,

Rev.Clenard Signature
Rev. Clenard H. Childress Jr.

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A special Valentine’s Day prayer for women whose hearts are broken over abortion

The following is from Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.  

I will never forget the time when I was a radio reporter and I decided to do a feature on Valentine’s Day.

I arranged to visit a second-grade class at a local elementary school to record their impressions of the holiday. As I took out my microphone and tape recorder, the children gathered around me at lightning speed. They were eager to give their reflections of Valentine’s Day. In that moment, I just felt surrounded by love.

I remember my own excitement as a grade school student anticipating Valentine’s Day. My mother believed in celebrating to the hilt, so the day was filled with cards, gifts, cake, hors’ d’oeuvres, and even flaming cherries jubilee. Again, growing up, I always felt great love on Valentine’s Day.

It seems to me that the national public policy which permits abortion on demand erases a great deal of love from our lives. That is because it eliminates the children who carefully craft those handmade Valentine’s and whisper “I love you” at times of great grace.

Just think if we were to make a Valentine for every child lost to abortion, and for each woman who grieves a child that abortion has taken. The cards could stretch to the heavens and back.

I believe that every woman who was coerced into abortion knows what she is missing—an irreplaceable child with a boundless capacity to love. How sad that a woman could be driven to surrender the one who would love her the most.

Gov. Wolf Wants to Force You to Add to Planned Parenthood’s Profits. Take Action Now!

If you live in Pennsylvania, you should be really concerned about the Governor of this state’s intent.   As a former ‘deathscort’ for Planned Parenthood, he does not have the best interest of the majority of the people who live in Pennsylvania, especially the most vulnerable, the preborn.  He is and always will be owned by Planned Parenthood and will stop at nothing to see them thrive in Pennsylvania.  Please contact your state legislators today (see info provided by Michael Geer, President of the Pennsylvania Family Institute below).  

Wolf

If it wasn’t bad enough for Governor Tom Wolf to veto several good pieces of pro-life legislation, he’s once again going after pro-life Pennsylvanians. This time it’s trying to put your tax dollars into the pockets of Planned Parenthood. But not if we can stop him. 

Take Action

Use our Citizen Action Center today to tell your State Senator and State Representative that taxpayers should fund healthcare, not abortion. To email, click here or go to pafamily.org/fundcare.

It’s sadly not a shock to see Governor Wolf add new funding for abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood into this year’s budget proposal. He is, after all, a former volunteer escort for the state’s largest abortion business. He’s also been on the receiving end of Planned Parenthood’s record spending on pro-abortion candidates in recent Pennsylvania elections.

Here it is: Line Item 326, adding $3 million for “Access to Reproductive Health Care.”

 

PA chart

This new line item was added to circumvent the Trump administration’s Protect Life Rule, which ensures that 100% of Title X funding goes to clinics who actually provide health care to low-income women, and prohibits this taxpayer funding from being funneled to clinics that perform or refer for abortions.

But no matter how pro-abortion our Governor is, he cannot expect Pennsylvania taxpayers to add to Planned Parenthood’s profits.

Not only does Planned Parenthood commit half of all abortions in Pennsylvania, but half of its abortion facilities failed a state health inspection in 2019. And their state operations made over $2.6 million in profits in their last reporting year alone. It’s adding insult to injury, trying to force taxpayers to fund the state’s largest abortion business that’s failing health inspections and already making millions every year.

The good news is the budget must be approved by our state senators and state representatives. That’s why we encourage you to take part in our ‘Fund Care, Not Abortion’ campaign to let your elected leaders know we should not be sending more of our tax dollars to anyone performing or referring for abortions.

Thank you for contacting these elected officials and for sharing this with others to do the same. I end with this, from the words of former Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey, Sr. nearly thirty years ago:

“What kind of a people are we? What kind of a people will we be? If we abandon the principle of respect for human life by making the value of a life depend on whether someone else thinks that life is worthy or wanted, we will become one sort of people.

But there is a better way. We can choose to reaffirm our respect for human life. We can choose to extend once again the mantle of protection to all members of the human family, including the unborn. We can choose to provide effective care of mothers and children.

And if we make those choices, America will experience a new birth of freedom, bringing with it a renewed spirit of community, compassion, and caring.”

May we do all we can to be the kind of people that respect human life and help us return to a new birth of freedom here in Pennsylvania.

Help Support Quakers for Life Community Baby Shower

Quakers for Life is collaborating with Alpha Delta Pie and Alpha Omega Epsilon to help mothers in need by gifting baby items to Alpha Care, a pregnancy resource center near Penn Presbyterian Hospital. Bring a gift from this list of baby items and stop on by! The event will be held at the Penn Newman Center located at 3811 Chestnut Street.

Here is the List of items Needed

Feel free to collaborate with others to get a gift! Couldn’t get to the store, but still want to give? Venmo Theresa Dierkes at Theresa-Dierkes or bring cash the day of to donate to the cause. Stay from 2-3:30 to play games, crochet hats (bring your own supplies), eat some snacks, and learn more about Alpha Care.

Urgent! Please Contact Your US House Representative Today on the ERA

Please read the information below from National Right to Life  and take the necessary actions. The US House of Representatives is set to vote on this dangerous resolution on February 11 or 12th to ratify the anti-life Equal Rights Amendment.  Links are provided for you to contact your US House Representative.  Please also share this post with all your pro-life family and friends.  

ERA

WASHINGTON (Feb. 4, 2020) Trampling over constitutional requirements, the Democratic leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 12 or 13 will bring to the House floor a resolution that – if the federal courts allow it – inserts the 1972 “Equal Rights Amendment” (ERA) into the U.S. Constitution. 

The resolution (House Joint Resolution 79, or H.J. Res. 79) is intended to nullify the 7-year ratification deadline that Congress attached to the ERA, which expired in 1979 — thereby allowing recognition of recent “ratifications” by Nevada, Illinois, and Virginia, and inviting a declaration that the ERA is part of the U.S. Constitution.

Pro-life legal experts fear, and pro-abortion leaders proclaim, that the ERA would entrench “abortion rights” in the constitutional text forever, and would result in the invalidation of hundreds of state laws protecting unborn children or regulating abortion — based on the legal argument that these laws affect men and women differently, and therefore violate the ERA.

The congressional Democratic leaders insist that H.J. Res. 79 does not require the President’s signature, and that it can become law with simple majority votes in each house of Congress!


This is what must be done immediately:

1. Call both the Washington, D.C. and local office of your U.S. House member – urge him or her to oppose the ERA and to oppose House Joint Resolution 79.  You can obtain both the Washington, D.C. and home-district office phone numbers of your House member on the NRLC Legislative Action Center website – simply enter your zip code where it says “Find Your Elected Officials.” You can also reach the D.C. offices by calling the Capitol Switchboard, 202-225-3121, and giving your zip code.

2.Send an email to your U.S. House member via the NRLC Legislative Action Center website here.  After you enter your zip code, you will see the identity of your U.S. House member, and a suggested email message against the ERA that has been prepared for you, which you can modify as you wish.  Using this method to send an email takes just takes a few minutes.  But, please do not neglect to make the phone calls first! – because congressional offices generally take a flood of phone calls more seriously than a flood of emails.

For regular updates on important developments pertaining to the Equal Rights Amendment, in Congress and in the courts, follow the Twitter accounts @nrlc and @ERA_No_Shortcuts

For more details, see here.

 

Update on Planned Parenthood in Kansas City, Kansas

Below is an update from Ron Kelsy, President of Planned Parenthood Exposed on Planned Parenthood’s attempt to open an abortuary in or near Kansas City.  You can find actions you can take by visiting their website: https://www.plannedparenthoodexposed.org/

PP Targets

Update

There are no obvious signs yet of where PP is planning on locating in the central core of KCK. All we know is that they have publicly stated that they are evaluating several locations. WE MUST STAY VIGILANT.

We continue to maintain our trust but verify approach to the first location where they reportedly had a lease – 1854 Minnesota Ave – which was terminated. There are no signs of any remodeling activity there.

As we stay vigilant let us take this opportunity to increase the public knowledge of PP plans in KCK. Below is the flier that they promoted last year. Note that they failed in their plan to open in late summer last year. Praise God!

PP flyer

We are all aware of their abortion focus and their current fight to prevent an amendment to the Kansas constitution to reverse the Ks Supreme Court ruling last year but many are not aware of their plans for s?x education. We will begin to educate the public on this in future e-newsletters.

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.