During his general Wednesday audience on January 5th, his holiness, Pope Francis issued a statement about a “demographic winter” that is plaguing Italy and most of the world.
Having a child is always a risk, either naturally or by adoption. But it is riskier not to have them. It is riskier to deny fatherhood, or to deny motherhood, be it real or spiritual, to deny it. A man or woman who do not develop the sense of fatherhood or motherhood, they are lacking something, something fundamental, something important.”
The pope went a step further when he criticized those who rather have pets over children
“Many couples do not have children because they do not want to, or they have just one. But they have two dogs, and cats. Yes, dogs and cats take the place of children. It’s funny, I understand, but it is the reality. This denial of motherhood or fatherhood diminishes us. It takes away our humanity. And in this way, civilization becomes aged and without humanity, because it loses the richness of fatherhood and motherhood.”
Overall, the sacrament of matrimony opens the door to bear fruit and multiply.
Prayer to St. Joseph
Saint Joseph, you who loved Jesus with fatherly love, be close to the many children who have no family and who wish for a father and a mother. Support the couples who are unable to have children, Help them to discover, through this suffering, a greater plan. Make sure that no one lacks a home, a bond, a person to take care of him or her; and heal the selfishness of those who close themselves off from life, that they may open their hearts to love. Amen.
Sarah Weddington may ring a bell to many who have first heard of the Roe v Wade Supreme Court case. Yes, she was the lawyer who fueled the sham involving the late Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe of the case. The only problem is she never had an abortion. Soon after the barbaric decision, McCorvey dedicated her life in telling the truth about the case.
Is it any coincidence that Sarah Weddington’s death came on the Catholic feast of Holy Innocents? I guess God does have a sense of humor. Jokes aside.
Weddington has failed to acknowledge the fact that women can have a baby, ne successful, and pursue their dreams. The sad reality of her shameful argument for legalized abortion is that she advocated for the murder of millions of innocent Americans and that has surmounted to 63 million deaths for nearly half a century. She even was concerned over the confirmation of Kavanaugh, two years prior to the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
With 2022 approaching and a crucial landmark case awaiting a decision from nine justices, it is only a matter of time if it would give her legacy a black eye.
It is hard to believe that 2021 ia now coming to a close. Soon we will welcome 2022 with much anticipation and anxiety as we will navigate uncertain waters when it comes time to see how we continue to advance the pro-life cause. Let us never forget God is with us, we are strong, and we are meant for a time like this. With that said, the bloggers of Voices for Life will countdown the top blogs of the year. Our first five will come from our own. It was a challenge to pick the best but here is your top five.
Despite COVID pandemic, I managed to attend the March for Life in DC as it was virtual this year and carshed a national leaders march to the Supreme Court.
In response to the uncertainty of the National March, the Greater Philly Pro-Life group pulled a successful inaugural March for Life in Philadelphia. This came days following the inauguration of a so called “Catholic President who has deliberately promoted abortion and gay marriage. What a wonderful showing of pro-lifers throughout the community at large despite the bitter cold winter day.
During the summer, as our country was celebrating the 245th birthday of our country, pro-lifers came together to proclaim freedom for the unborn.
As everyone is celebrating Christmas liturgically, I manage to do something that others have already done and that is to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life”. This may offend my mom since she was never fond of the movie, but that is okay.
Now, in its 75th year, the movie has time and time again made a central point about the message of life.
“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” Clarence
In the movie, George Bailey hits a breaking point asking that he was never been born. When an angel named Clarence comes to intervene, Geroge discovers what life is when he is not around. As George watches all of the things he accomplished during his life, he sees the dark and tragic alternative when he never existed. One pivotal moment is the dream home him and his wife would live in and grow a life together as he revisits that same house that is deserted and abandoned. Another is the gravesite of his brother Harry who in his reality won the Medal of Honor for saving countless lives in the Pacific Theater of Wolrd wear II. Geroge saved his brother from drowning when they were boys.
Clarence ensures George that he has lived a wonderful life and that he must continue to live it despite his failures.
“Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.” Clarence
In the end, life is worth living and there is so much it can teach us. Never take it for granted.
While the film flopped during its initial release in 1946, the movie still has pivotal moment that all life is precious.
In the end, Clarence delivers a hand-written message to George after being sparred from a suicide attempt to
It was the Saturday before Christmas and the sidewalks of both abortion facilities saw a sidewalk full of peaceful, loving prayer warriors covering both denominations
Philadelphia Women’s Center
Regular vigil participants were graced with the [presence of 75 high school and college students from Philly Mission Youth who started their morning outside of the biggest murder center in Philadelphia that is not affiliate with Planned Parenthood.
They prayed the rosary, offered free help for women during their hour of great need, and sung some Christmas carols.
Meanwhile, the Helpers’ of God’s Precious Infants were able to be present outside of Planned Parenthood in Center City. They offered their vigil in memory of Sandy Slater and Kevin Andre, two pro-life activists who died this month.
The Helpers were graced by Sidewalk Servants and Abolish Abortion groups alike. They were met with some jeers and even escorts mocking pro-lifers, yet they kept the faith.
One sidewalk advocate from Abolish Abortion offered help to a couple that went inside the facility while another held a conversation with people who were curious at their presence.
Sadly, lives were scheduled to die at both places. We can only hope that the presence of these peaceful, loving people stir the conscience of patients, volunteers, and workers of both places that life in the womb has value and is worthy of protecting.