March for Life Recap

Hard to believe that January kicks off with so many things. One of them for pro-lifers is the annual March for Life in Washington, DC.

Nearly 750,000 people from all across the United States and beyond borders descended upon our nation’s capital to give voice to the voiceless.

Many brought signs with well-known organizations attached to them. Others got creative using a popular hit show or even social media memes to articulate a point.

The highlight of this year’s march is the historic address given by the President of the United States, Donald Trump. He is the first to do so in the march’s history.

“Every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting.” 

Though there were thirty-six counter-demonstrators that tried to foil the fun, it gave the marchers more fuel to continue to give voice to the voiceless. One of them was arrested for trying to trespass. No question and surprise that there were more.

The youth and young adults that were in attendance brought vibrant energy that can easily shake capital hill with their various chants such as the famous, “Hey Hey Ho Ho Roe v Wade has got to go” or “We love babies, Yes, we do. We love babies, how about you?”

The March for Life will forever be a well-attended event. Unfortunately, the mainstream media did not give it fair coverage as it has been the same old, same old since the beginning of the march’s existence.

What to take away?

Though it happens once a year we must march for all life from the moment of conception until natural death every day. Our job is to be present for every human, born and unborn. Whether we are Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, agnostic, or atheist, we have a duty to protect every life. Every life saved is worth the effort.

I long for the day that those who come to Washington every year will not march for the reversal of the Supreme Court. Rather, we offer chants, songs, and prayers in thanksgiving for the end of the scourge of our society known as abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, and even unjust wars. Let us make it happen by getting involved in our community today.

9 Days for Life Novena- Day 7

9 Days for Life

Intention
May all who support or participate in abortion experience a conversion of heart to seek and receive the Lord’s boundless mercy.

Prayers
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection
When God fashioned the human person in His own image and likeness, He destined us for eternal life with Him. Yet because of the sin of our first parents, death entered the world. The book of Genesis recounts the first occasion in which a person takes the life of another, as Cain violently kills his brother Abel. This instance of brother rising up against brother “at the very dawn of history is thus a sad witness of how evil spreads with amazing speed” (Evangelium vitae 8).

From the time of creation, disregard for human life has continued to spread. When we, like Cain, allow sin to find a place in our hearts, we become blinded to the truth. Sometimes this blindness might be so deep that we fail to recognize the undeniable humanity of unborn children. We may even tragically believe the lie that abortion is an act of compassion. But we know that “life, especially human life, belongs only to God: for this reason whoever attacks human life, in some way attacks God himself” (EV 9). Let us pray that all who support abortion encounter the transforming love of the Father and, with repentant hearts, seek His mercy.

Acts of Reparation
(Choose one.)

Smile. Ask God today for the grace to be extra joyful and to share the light of Christ with those most in need of His love and mercy.

Seek the intercession of Our Lady by praying a scriptural Rosary, meditating on the Sorrowful Mysteries.

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

One Step Further
Our culture is obsessed with perfection—a superficial perfection. Social media, magazines, and television are staged and edited to depict seemingly perfect lives. When life doesn’t seem to measure up to these standards, we may be tempted to believe it’s not worth living.

In “A Perfect Gift,” one parent shares about the experience of raising a child with Down syndrome, contrasting it with what onlookers might perceive: “It’s like looking at a stained-glass window from the outside: The colors look dark, and you can’t quite make out the figures. From the inside, however, with the sun shining through it, the effect can be brilliant. From inside our family, love illuminates our life with Charlie.* What may seem dreary to others, perhaps even unbearable, is actually filled with beauty and color.” Every life is a gift.

President Trump Delivers Historic Speech at March for Life

The following article is from Christine Flowers of Delco Times.

When Donald Trump announced this week that he was going to personally address the participants in the March for Life, the reaction from those of us in the pro-life movement was great satisfaction – and some surprise. You can’t blame us for the surprise, because in the 47 years since Roe v. Wade became law, no U.S. president has dared to step foot at the annual rally in D.C.

We didn’t expect Democrats like Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton or Barack Obama to show up. Legalized abortion is a sacrament for the Left, and it would have been surprised to see progressive executive show solidarity for those of us who fight for the rights of the unborn.

But we also didn’t hold out much hope for our so-called allies, either, the presidents like Reagan, Bush Papa and Bush Son, who talked the good talk about being anti-abortion but who did little more than phone in their good wishes.

I often think that this is because each of those men was married to a woman who was pro-choice, and therefore connubial peace was much more important than expressing support for the people who voted them into office. They had to wake up next to Nancy, Barbara, and Laura. We were just a vague concept.

So imagine the impact when Donald Trump showed up at the March on Friday and made this pronouncement:

“When we see the image of the baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God’s creation. When we hold a newborn in our arms, we know the endless love that each child brings to a family. When we watch a child grow, we see the splendor that radiates from each human soul. One life changes the world.”

This was a watershed moment. In much the same way that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. talked about the dignity of all men on the mall in that same capital city, so did the words spoken by Donald J. Trump recall the dignity of a marginalized and nearly invisible part of society. And the messenger was the president of the United States.

It is not lost on me that the man who was giving that speech was being tried for high crimes and misdemeanors a few hundred yards away in another part of the city. That is an irony of history and underscores the unique character of the current executive. He is adored by some, who see in him a true and independent crusher of paradigms. He is loathed by many others, who see in him a fraud, a grifter, a breaker of rules and constitutional covenants.

That is likely why Trump’s appearance at the March for Life elicited criticisms as harsh as the praise heaped on him from abortion opponents. When I mentioned on social media how happy I was that he’d be there, this is a sampling of the reactions I got:

“Yeah, ask him how many abortions he paid for when he knocked up those models he was dating.”

“You know he wanted Marla to abort Tiffany, right?”

“Come on, he’s doing this so we’ll forget he’s being impeached.”

And my favorite, as an immigration lawyer who has heard this time and time again:

“He put kids in cages, so to say he cares about them is a joke.”

I don’t expect the reaction to this column will be any different. Most people who already hated Donald Trump are not going to change their minds because he happens to have done something exceptionally moral, decent and wholly necessary in these nihilistic times.

I am also pretty certain that there are pro-lifers out there who are Never Trumpers and would not even vote for the man if he single-handedly burned down every abortion clinic in the nation and provided free health care for every pregnant woman in America. His personality is such that some will hate him even when he is doing exactly what we begged other, more palatable “conservatives” to do for us.

But the thing is, we don’t need Donald Trump to be existentially pristine. We honestly do not need to have a man with spotless character and impeccable human rights credentials to step into the breach created back in 1973; with Roe we don’t need Sir Galahad, with that purity hanging around his neck like an albatross.

And we don’t need eloquent speakers like Reagan and Bush (OK, like Reagan) telling us all that we want to hear and then doing virtually nothing to stop the killing, the destruction of millions of babies over five tortured decades.

Sometimes, we need the flawed ones, the Sauls riding that horse on the way to Damascus and struck by lightning. We can use the intercession of the Augustines, who spent the large part of their lives creating havoc and only coming to the truth late into their adult lives. Sometimes, we need an actual human being, who screwed up and left carnage in his wake.

I am not saying that Donald Trump is the answer to our problems. He is, indeed, flawed. He has caused people of faith to denounce him, including the kind who write editorials for magazines devoted to living a Christian ideal. He very well may have paid to end the lives of unwanted children, now residing at the side of the Lord.

But for the first time ever, a president of the United States has stood with those of us who stand with the unborn. He was unapologetic and fierce. And even if it was to shift our attention from the impeachment debacle, or to make us forget about the chaos at the border, or to help his star rise as the election cycle gets underway, it doesn’t matter.

Donald J. Trump, 45th president of the United States, went to the March for Life. And that was more than enough to send a message heard ‘round the world.

March is done. Now what?

Trenton Rally for Life

 

By now, many of us finished marching for life in either DC, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, or even anywhere in our state.

The question now is, “Are we finished?”

No, you have just begun. In fact, you should be pro-life 24/7/365. Yes, being pro-life is not reserved once a year like Christmas or Thanksgiving. Instead, it must be a daily thing.

We are called to be pro-life every day. That will mean taking part in prayer vigils.

I even outlined 10 things you can do that do not have to apply as a yearly thing but a daily routine.

If you are one of those people that think being pro-life is once a year, it is time to start taking a leap of faith.

9 Days for Life Novena- Day 6

9 Days for Life

Intention
May expectant mothers choosing adoption receive grace and support in embracing this loving option.

Prayers
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection
Mothers placing their children for adoption often face many challenges along the way. One of the greatest obstacles can be inaccurately perceiving adoption as abandonment. But mothers who place their children for adoption are not abandoning their children. Rather, they are exemplifying the sacrificial love of Christ on the Cross in choosing to do what is best for their children, even at great cost to themselves. Like Christ, they pour out their bodies and souls for the sake of another. The Letter to the Hebrews reminds us that, in the face of fears and trials, we can “hold fast to the hope that lies before us. This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm” (Heb 6:18-19). We pray that all mothers considering adoption would be filled with “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7) and see the beauty of their sacrifice. Let us all cling fast to the anchor of hope, for we have received “a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’” (Rom 8:15).

Acts of Reparation
(Choose one.)

Do you have a sweet tooth? Or do you prefer salty snacks? Pick your favorite kind of treat, and give it up for the day.

Make an act of faith, hope, or love.

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

One Step Further
“Accompanying Expectant Mothers Considering Adoption” suggests nine ways to offer ongoing support to a woman who is considering placing her unborn child for adoption. Many of the tips given are also helpful for supporting a friend who is experiencing a challenging unexpected pregnancy, even if adoption has not been brought up.

Supplemental resources regarding adoption can be found at http://www.usccb.org/adoption-resources.

6TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL VIGIL AND MASS HONORING JOHN & HARRIET STANTON

Re-posting this event as the times were changed since this was first posted.  The Prayer Vigil at the Philadelphia Women’s Center is now scheduled to begin at 9:00 am and Mass at Holy Redeemer Church at 10:30 am.  The address of both the abortuary and the church is listed below. 

So many lives have been touched by John Stanton. He was a very quiet, gentle man, but one who had a very powerful presence in our pro-life community.  John wasn’t just the founder of the Pro-Life Union, he was also the Father of the Pro-Life Movement in Southeast Pennsylvania and beyond.

I encourage everyone in the SE Pennsylvania area to make an effort to attend these events to honor John’s memory.

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Join us for the 6th Anniversary Memorial Vigil and Mass honoring the Founder of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia, John P. Stanton and his wife, Harriet Stanton.   A Respect Life Prayer Vigil will take place at 9:00 a.m. outside Philadelphia Women’s Center (777 Appletree Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106).

Testimonies will be shared by Kathy Barnette, former Adjunct Professor, Political Commentator , Veteran, and Mom; and Pastor Herb Lusk III,  Senior Pastor of Greater Exodus Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

After the prayer vigil, join us for a Catholic Mass at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church (915 Vine Street in center city) remembering John and Harriet Stanton.

There will be a reception with light refreshments following the Mass. For more information, contact the Pro-Life Union’s office at 215-885-8150.

 

Please watch the Pro-Life Union’s video about the legacy of John P. Stanton here.

This event is sponsored by the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia

2020 Youth Vigil (4)

9 Days for Life Novena- Day 5

9 Days for Life

Intercession: May each person suffering from the loss of a child through abortion find hope and healing in Christ.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: After more than four decades of legalized abortion, many children’s lives have been ended, and many parents and family members suffer that loss—often in silence. Yet God’s greatest desire is to forgive. No matter how far we have each strayed from His side, He says to us, “Don’t be afraid. Draw close to my heart.” Be assured that it is never too late to seek God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Consider the parable of the Prodigal Son. After repenting of sinning against his father, he returns from far away to seek forgiveness and work as a servant. But the father sees him approaching from far away, runs to warmly embrace him, and hosts a banquet to celebrate his return. So, too, does God welcome all repentant sinners, no matter how serious the sin. Let us run into the arms of Our Lord, Who is love and mercy.

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • Abstain from meat today. If you are already abstaining from meat today, skip your favorite snack, too.
  • Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy (http://www.usccb.org/divine-mercy-chaplet) for those who are suffering the loss of a child through abortion, asking that they find healing and peace.
  • Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further: If a friend confided in you tomorrow that she had an abortion, would you be able to respond in a way that brings her closer to healing? Learn what to do and say in “How to Talk to a Friend Who’s Had an Abortion” (www.usccb.org/friend-had-abortion).

The First Sitting President to Attend the March for Life is……

“Let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God.” President Donald Trump

In 2018, Vice President Mike Pence became the first VP to attend the March for Life. Those who are attending this year’s March for Life will also get to be a part of a historical feat. This was never done by Presidents, Reagan, Bush Sr or Bush Jr.

News has broken that Donald Trump will be the first President of the United States to attend the largest grassroots rally ever. He made the announcement today via https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js“>Twitter.

Even Abby Johnson rejoices over the news on her public page:

“There has NEVER been a president in United States history that has done more to break down the abortion industry more than President Trump. Not Bush, not Reagan…no one Like it or not, that’s a fact.”

Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life Foundation, released these words in light of the news.

“President Trump and his Administration have been consistent champions for life and their support for the March for Life has been unwavering,” she said in a statement. “We are grateful for all these pro-life accomplishments and look forward to gaining more victories for life in the future.”

“I ask every citizen of this great nation to listen to the sound of silence caused by a generation lost to us, and then to raise their voices for all affected by abortion, both seen and unseen.” Donald Trump

 

Roe v Wade at 47. How did we get here? What Can We Do?

It should come as no surprise to many pro-lifers that Roe v Wade is in its 47th year. The question we must ask ourselves is “How did we allow this barbaric decision to make it this far?”

I can give you a myriad of answers, but sadly churches and people of goodwill have been silent. No more. No more apathy. No more silence. It is time to make noise not only from the pulpit but also in the public square.

Yes, there are risks if we cast ourselves out into the deep. However, we have a job that is bigger than ourselves. Far too often I have seen people who have their thinking clouded by radical liberals in the classrooms and college lecture halls. Our job is to be bold in our claim of being pro-life. We cannot stand by and hope people have a change of heart. We need to instruct people where their argument is wrong with love and mercy.

Love and mercy can win over those who have been poorly educated on abortion. It is what we have on our side when it comes to tools for victory and evangelizing to those who live in darkness. That is how we win the debate. Members of Congress or the state office will not help us win. Sure, they may campaign on promises, yet we have seen many not showing a backbone when it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood or even preventing radical abortion laws from ever being law. Abby Johnson reminds us that this debate will be won outside of abortion facilities, college campuses, and even our own homes.

47 years of Roe v Wade has brought nothing but sorrow, agony, and emptiness to our country. I believe that our country is in need of an awakening. I believe a spiritual revival is happening all across the land. Our job has not been an easy one. The abortion lobby may have money, but pro-lifers don’t need a full bank account to combat the diabolic industry. Rather, we have an arsenal of people who are using their talents for something bigger than you and me. These 47 years have only brought a shift in the nation’s attitude on abortion. A majority of America is now pro-life, many of them are young (1/3 of my peers are missing because of his heinous, cold, calculous decision). We have God who has guided many to win many victories for the cause from cradle pro-lifers to former abortion workers.

The question remains: Are you willing to stop another million Americans from being murder due to a false agenda? 61 million Americans, black, white, Latino, Asian, and even mixed were silenced to help women get ahead in life like Michelle Williams and other celebrities. We must be pro-active and step out of our comfort zones. We may think that conveying the message on a digital medium can win everybody. However, as many apologists prove, your “presence” will make a difference to others.

Are you ready to step up to the plate and out of your digital comfort zone?

Going to the March for Life? Staying in D.C. for the Weekend? Here are some events before and after and things you can do.

In a previous post, I shared about things to do if in D.C. for the weekend.

Recently, I discovered events from many pro-life groups national and local. One group is Priests for Life who will have events planned in D.C. and on the West Coast to coincide with Walk for Life in San Francisco.

Here is a list of additional events happening after the March, if you plan to stay for the night or make a weekend out of the largest peaceful demonstration of the country.

  1. Vigil for Life
    1. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will have a night-long vigil for life. Here is information on adoration, night prayer, and the opening and closing masses
  2. Nellie Gray Mass
    1. A mass in the extraordinary form will be celebrated by the community of St. Mary, Mother of God Parish in downtown Washington D.C. This mass has been celebrated in memory of Nellie Gray for the last 8 years.
  3. Pro-Life Karaoke
    1. Rehumanize International and Secular Pro-Life will be hosting an epic karaoke party the night of the March for Life.
    2. This event is a fundraiser. $20 suggested donation at the door for adults. $10 suggested donation for students. $1-5 suggested donations to get on the song-request list. There will also be prizes and a raffle to win some limited edition pro-life merch! Light snacks, beer, wine, and soda will be provided! Email herb@rehumanizeintl.org  for further details.
  4. Students for Life of America Summit
    1. Dr. Monique Ruberu and Richara Krajewski are slated to speak at the annual summit in Washington, D.C. which is expecting 2,000 in attendance.

What to bring and pack

It’s January. It will be cold, so be sure to bundle up, wear layers, and keep warm as best as possible.

Also bear in mind that you will encounter some homeless people living on the streets. Here is what to do.

  1. Give them your leftovers
  2. Give them toiletries (toothbrush, hand sanitizers,
  3. Help them get to a homeless shelter
  4. Give them your pocket change
  5. Give them clothes, gloves, a hat, scarf, and even your time.
  6. Give them a gift card to a fast-food chain.

To me, being Pro-Life does not have to limit us to defending the unborn. Rather, we care about all life. That is from the unborn child in the mother’s womb to the elderly person and everyone in between.