“If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant When they complained against me, What then shall I do when God rises up? When He punishes, how shall I answer Him? Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?”
Let us Pray
God, forgive us when we try to explain away the obligation we have to help others who need help. Enable us to not devalue them because they are in the circumstance that they are in, but to see them for what they are, those, who like us, were formed by your hand in their mother’s womb. Amen.
He said to his disciples, “Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the person through whom they occur.”
Let Us Pray
There are many people who may be complicit in an abortion; the parents, grandparents, family members, friends, government officials. And then there are the abortionists themselves and the clinic staff. They are performing not just one abortion procedure, but have chosen it as a career. Day in and day out they are taking lives, lives they know nothing about. Let us say a prayer to Saint Luke, the patron saint of doctors, on today his feast day (10/18) that he will touch their hands, hearts and minds from ever performing another abortion. Dear St. Luke, please continue to work through these doctors so that the thought of taking a child’s life in the womb is abhorrent to them. Direct their hands for life, not death. Amen.
Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.
Let Us Pray
Father, in the Church’s desire to engage our communities with the gospel let her not disengage from those who need their care and company the most. Let us gain wisdom from those who have gone before us and cherish their experiences and perspectives. Help us to appreciate every soul in the body of Christ and minister properly to everybody. Amen.
This year we’ve had some ups and downs in the pro-life movement. According to a LifeNews article of May 3, 2021, thirteen states have passed pro-life laws this year. On the downside, we have the most pro-abortion president ever in our country, an administration who has made substantive policy changes to advance abortion.
Watching this president take down or do his best to take down all our pro-life advances, I thought we could use a little encouragement by publishing a very upbeat article by a long-time pro-life warrior on the milestones in his life.
I’ve known Jack Martin since the early 80’s through the Rescue Movement. He has always been very committed to his faith and to the pro-life movement in SE Pennsylvania. Jack actually met his wife at one of our Rescues, and they have been happily married for 25 years! Please take a minute to read Jack’s narrative below. He has lived through the highs and lows of the pro-life movement and his commitment to his faith and to the unborn has never wavered. I think each of us could benefit by applying Jack’s GED philosophy to our own lives.
Words of Wisdom from a Pro-Life Warrior
2021 marks special events in my life.
July 28, with the grace of God, I celebrated my 90th birthday in very good health. My lifestyle is based on GED.
G – Genes, a gift I inherited.
E – Equals exercise, both spiritual and physical. The spiritual includes both prayer, meditation, and spiritual reading.
D – Diet and Discipline – Eating healthy food and avoiding what I know is not healthy. Moderation in everything. Discipline is the key.
January 6, I celebrated my 60th year as a Secular Carmelite, which includes being a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The Secular Carmelites are composed of men and women who desire to deepen their spiritual life while performing their duties of their state in life. The practice of spiritual mediation is a requirement. Meditation changed my life. Next to Mass and the Sacraments, meditation had the most profound effect on my spiritual journey. Daily Mass and daily Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament are an important part of my life.
January 6 was also the 25th year of meeting my wife, Ellen at Planned Parenthood on Comly Road in Northeast Philly. We just celebrated our 25th wedding Anniversary on October 13. We chose that date in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.
2021 marks 50 years of being part of the Pro Life Movement which includes many of the very finest people. They fulfilled the greatest commandment of love of God and love of neighbor.
I will close by giving tribute to the man who brought me into the Pro Life movement, John Stanton. I believe that John was a saint who gave his all to save babies’ lives.
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
Let Us Pray
Father, we thank you for the priceless contribution our parents have made into our lives. Now, in the season when we can reciprocate their faithfulness and love, let us not be found negligent. May we show our thanks not in word only but with deeds that will make them to feel honored and loved continually. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father.
Let Us Pray
Heavenly Father, you have given us the gift of children and grandchildren. They are truly a joy and a crown. Cause our hearts to shine with delight as we see your hand upon the coming generations. Help us to focus our lives and labor on sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with each child that comes within the reach of our embrace and as they are raised for such a time as this. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
Let Us Pray
Heavenly Father, please keep me from taking for granted the gift of children, mine and those of other families. Help us to remember this heritage that you have given us. Make us faithful stewards of these precious lives, that each generation might be raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Philadelphia has welcomed their first missionaries from the Culture Project last week. Thanks to the initiative and blessing of Archbishop Nelson Perez the City of Brotherly will welcome seven missionaries who are ready to transform the culture of Philadelphia into one that is fully alive.
Since its inception in 2014, The Culture Project is a movement of young people who speak about the message of life and love to transform every human person to be fully alive. In addition to Philadelphia, they have missionaries in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Toledo, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
The Culture Project Benefit
The organization will have a fundraiser to raise fund for their missions. You are invited to attend this event
When: November 2nd 2021 7PM-8:30 PM
Where: Eakins Room at St. Charles Seminary 100 E Wynnewood Rd Wynnewood, PA 19096
Please RSVP to Maryrose Richards MRichards@thecultureproject.org or call 215-315-7814 x 712. The deadline is Friday October 15th
You may also make a donation to the Culture Project here
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
Let Us Pray
Father of mercy and grace, we thank you for the gift of our children. Grant that every fiber of our being may rejoice when a new baby, our own or anyone else’s, is born into the world. Help us to welcome them as we would welcome you, for whenever a new baby is conceived, another life to bear your image and another voice to praise and worship you, is beginning. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer and Rebekah his wife conceived. The children struggled together within her, and she said,” If it is thus, why do I live?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples, born of you, shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the elder shall serve the younger.
Let Us Pray
O, God, you formed us in our mother’s womb and planned a unique and special life and purpose for each of us, and we do thank you. Grant that we may pray and work for an end to abortion so that no unborn baby you have made may fail to achieve your divine intention for him or her because of intentional abortion. We pray this for the sake of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.