Birthday Reflection

It appears that another calendar year will soon draw to a close.

While many people will be celebrating either Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, I throw in one additional day to the December mayhem (I celebrate Christmas)… My birthday.

I recently began looking back at 30 years of my life. What did I find? Oh, it would be equivalent to a photo album. Not only would you find memories from the moment I was born, but it also contains the many lessons, destinations, achievements, and times God was with me. It has not been an easy road.

It is a blessing that I have lived for thirty years. I do not know what the next thirty will take me to, but I know God will show me the way. He is my deliverer.

Talents

I have written articles, blog posts, screenplays, and soon to be a published novel. God wants me to use it to share it with others to build a culture of life to exemplify a civilization of love.

I enjoy taking part in social dancing. I was told how natural I am when it comes to leading.

Gifts

Networking- I have helped connect people to others who are doing amazing work in the pro-life movement or even other ministries. In turn, I have networked with so many from parish to the coalition and everything in between.

Amazing pro-lifers- In my ten years of involvement with the movement, I have met so many people from all around the country and even across the globe. They are always encouraging me to be involved. Some have been gone too soon while others built a lifelong legacy since before the Roe v Wade decision.

I am a gift to so many. I make people laugh, intrigued by life changes, know they have someone to listen to their problems, seek advice, and even know how to put a smile on someone’s face.

Closing Thoughts

Sadly, as I look at a bigger picture,  many of my peers never had that opportunity when they were silenced by an apathetic society. Many of them had their lives ahead of them from birthdays to weddings, the birth of their children, weddings, and graduations, the list goes on.

We need to do more.

How can there be too many birthdays? That’s like saying there are too many Christmas celebrations. We need to build a culture of life that celebrates more birthdays than funerals. We do this by saving the most vulnerable in our society, the unborn, elderly and everyone in between.

My hope is that I will help inspire many, especially my peers, to stop being on the sidelines and take a step onto the playing field. This goes to Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Atheists, or even those of the Jewish faith. We can never be silent anymore on this issue.

Thousands Gathered to Celebrate Life, Honor Courageous Witnesses and Pioneers

Since 1981, pro-lifers from all across the greater Philadelphia area to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and look ahead to recommitting to defend life from conception until natural death as a new year is just mere weeks away. On Sunday evening, 1200 pro-lifers from newborn to great grandparents gathered for a night to remember, connect with other pro-lifers, and celebrating their first inalienable right; life.

This year, the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia area, used the evening to honor award recipients who have chartered authentic healthcare for women, stood tall against the hatred of a state representative, and leading by example on a college campus. Not only did they honor those who were rewarded for their amazing works, but they also took time to recognize the medical students who were in attendance, especially those at Drexel and Thomas Jefferson Universities.

In his open remarks, Fr. Christopher Walsh and Tom Stevens reminded everyone that everything State Rep. Brian Sims said in a viral video when attacking pro-lifers this past spring was all a lie. Pro-lifers continue to do the amazing work in not only caring for babies in the womb, but to also care for the mom and their baby for a lifetime in helping with home economics, job skills, and even their education endeavors.

In addition to the award recipients, the attendees had the opportunity to hear from two amazing speakers. The first was Dr. Monique Ruberu. Dr. Ruberu shared her experience while in residence at Hahnemann University Hospital of how she was forced into taking part in an abortion and she knew from that day that she will never do it again. She encouraged all in attendance to stand tall for their faith and the most vulnerable in our society with her.

The second speaker was Rachel Guy. She thanked everyone for all they do to defend the unborn child.  While in the womb, doctors gave a grim diagnosis to her parents who were encouraged to abort Rachel. Her parents chose life instead. Rachel was born at 1 lb. 2 oz. and became healthy during her five-month stay in the NICU. She founded His Love and Care, a ministry that connects expectant mothers with pro-life OB/GYNs and physicians.

As 2019 draws to a close, this is one of the most amazing events that every pro-lifer from conception to senior citizens look forward to when it’s an opportunity to recommit to fighting for the good in the world and even their faith no matter what our professions are in life.

 

 

Eat More Chicken? Or Political Correctness

In nearly two decades, Chick Fil A has been rising to be one of the top fast-food chains in the United States. What sets them apart from other chains like McDonald’s and Burger King is their Christian values such as being closed on Sunday.

In 2012, we will never forget how the organization came out against gay marriage. Some thought it would have the franchise drop from grace. However, it only fueled their profits steadily.

Recently, Chick Fil A announced that it is withdrawing funds from the Salvation Army over controversial issues. Many people thought it was a smack in the face to their loyal customers. However, according to Catholic Stand, Salvation Army has been connected to Planned Parenthood. This is a true controversy as we also approach #GivingTuesday in less than two weeks’ time. Learn about pro-life organizations that are worth giving here

So the question is, do we criticize Chick Fil A for chickening out, or do we hold charities, like the Salvation Army, accountable for supporting a notorious and demonic organization? The choice is yours.

And as a former employee of Chick Fil A who offered you a different take on the news, my pleasure.

March with Seminarians from St. Charles in DC

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The following is from Steve Bozza, Director of Life and Family Office of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He shares information on the seminary leading the contingent from Philadelphia participating in the annual March for Life on Friday, January 24th. 

Dear Bus Captains and Pilgrims,

As you know, The March for Life will take place on Friday, January 24, 2020.
You are all invited to march together with our St. Charles Seminarians who will be leading the way! Attached to this email are information about our meeting place and planning details.

Also attached is registration information to obtain your parking permits for your bus to park at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

If you choose, you can register on line for the permits and send the parking permit fee separately. I hope that this will be helpful.  If you have any questions, please call the Office for Life and Family at 215-587-0500 or email us at cdoughty@archphila.org.

Thanks so much and I look forward to marching together with you and our seminarians.

Blessings,
Steve Bozza

Vandalism Results in Pro-Life Rally

A bucolic setting in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Scarecrows and cornfields.  Haystacks and mums. Autumnal trees dotting the highways and byways. And yet violence reared its ugly head here on the grounds of Lady of Guadalupe parish in Doylestown. Forty white crosses which memorialized those lives taken through abortion were defaced or broken on the church grounds on the evening of October 12th.   Local police are investigating the incident but in the meantime the parish and the surrounding pro-life community rallied together this past Saturday, October 19th, for a prayer vigil led by the pastor, Reverend Monsignor Joseph P. Gentili.

The prayer vigil not only provided an opportunity to publicly stand together to support our right to IMG_5767free speech on the abortion issue but also offered prayers for the person(s) who initiated this destruction.   Replacement crosses were provided by the Pro Life Union and the memorial display is now again intact on the parish grounds.  Additional details of this incident can be found at Patch.com

If the perpetrators thought this was going to stop the ardor of the pro-life community, they are sadly mistaken.  We too have a right to speak our minds on the sanctity of life – it is not a one sided argument although at times that is what it feels like.  So as long as parishes like Our Lady of Guadalupe are willing to publicly assert their support for a child’s right to life, we also will be there to be a voice for those who are voiceless.  We cannot bring back the children who have lost the battle of abortion but we can replace those crosses that stand in their memory as many times as need be.

Call to Action from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Concerning Adoptions and Religious Freedom

The following message is from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.  We encourage all Pennsylvanians to take the necessary steps to ensure that our religious freedoms, guaranteed in the first amendment of our Constitution are not denied. 

 

Call to Action

Governor Tom Wolf is preventing a network of Catholic adoption providers, commonly known as SWAN (Statewide Adoption Network), from maintaining the ability to uphold its religious convictions that placements should not be made within the context of same-sex parent households.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) announced yesterday that he supports a religious exemption be codified in state law so that faith-based adoption and foster care agencies can continue to provide vital services to children in Pennsylvania while upholding their deeply held religious beliefs.
Please urge your representative, senator, or Governor Wolf to grant religious exemption on the same-sex parent requirement for Catholic adoption providers.

Contact information for Governor Wolf
Contact information for your local State Representative and Senator