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.

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe Day 9

Ninth Day – December 12 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
O God, you have been pleased to bestow upon us unceasing favors by having placed us under the special protection of
the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. Grant us, your humble servants, who rejoice in honoring her today upon earth, the happiness of seeing her face to face in heaven… (Here mention your requests)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Memorare of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you
promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in
their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and
relief.
Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left
unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the
weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and
protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.
O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health,
and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do nothing more.
O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe Day 8

Eighth Day – December 11
O Lady of Guadalupe, with my heart full of the most sincere veneration, I prostrate myself before you, O Mother, to ask
you to obtain for me the grace to fulfill the duties of my state in life with faithfulness and constancy… (Here mention your
requests)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Memorare of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you
promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in
their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and
relief.
Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left
unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the
weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and
protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.
O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health,
and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do
nothing more.
O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen

 

Help Support Gianna Center of Philadelphia with End of Year Fundraiser

The Gianna Center of Philadelphia has a tremendous opportunity here to make up for the less than expected revenue from our fundraiser as we have a generous donor willing to match funds up to 25,000 but ONLY until Dec. 27.
Find out more here

Give the Gift of Life This Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching. There are so many ideas for gifts to give this season. Even though you may have completed all of your shopping, and crossed items off your list, there are other people struggling, wondering what they’ll do this Christmas and what the next year will bring.

Want to give the best gift to individuals struggling this Christmas season? How about the gift of life?

Keep in mind the pregnant woman who appears distressed, worried, or unsure while walking toward the entrance of an abortion clinic. Your kindness, compassionate approach, helpful resources, and prayers could inspire this pregnant woman to give the gift of life to her unborn child. Imagine her having this newfound hope for a better future; what a joyous occasion that would be this Christmas!

Make a donation to the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia here

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe Day 7

Seventh Day – December 10
O Lady of Guadalupe, we beg you that parents live a holy life and educate their children in accordance with the true
Catholic faith; that children obey and follow the directions of their parents; and that all members of the family pray and
worship together. This we ask of you, O Mother… (Here mention your requests)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Memorare of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you
promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in
their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and
relief.
Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left
unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the
weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and
protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.
O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health,
and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do
nothing more.
O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen

 

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe Day 6

Sixth Day – December 9
Mary, Mother of vocations, we beg you to multiply priestly vocations and fill the earth with religious houses which will be
light and warmth for the world, and safety in stormy nights. Beg your Son to send us many holy priests and religious. This
we ask of you, O Mother… (Here mention your requests)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Memorare of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you
promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in
their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and
relief.
Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left
unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the
weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and
protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.
O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health,
and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do
nothing more.
O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe Day 5

Fifth Day – December 8
O most holy Mother, I beg you to obtain for me the pardon of all my sins, abundant graces to serve your Son more
faithfully from now on, and lastly, the grace to praise Him with you forever in heaven… (Here mention your requests)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Memorare of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you
promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in
their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and
relief.
Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left
unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the
weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and
protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.
O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health,
and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do
nothing more.
O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen

FALSE: “Thousands of Women Died in Back Alley Abortions Before Roe v. Wade”

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The following article was published by Right to Life of Michigan and posted  on th Life News website.  It highlights  just one of the many lies that Planned Parenthood has disseminated since Margaret Sanger founded this diabolical organization.

So much of the abortion debate is based on myths, bad assumptions, bad logic, or outright gaslighting through deception. For the rest of 2019 we will highlight one common abortion myth every month.

2: Millions of women died in back alley abortions.

The bottom line: Using false numbers and tactics of fearmongering to keep abortion legal does not benefit women.

Comments made this year by Leana Wen, the former president of Planned Parenthood, are an example of this myth in action. She stated:

“Before Roe v. Wade, thousands of women died every year.”

The Washington Post, which is by no means a prolife outlet, pointed out the falsity of such comments: “Even given the fuzzy nature of the data and estimates, there is no evidence that in the years immediately preceding the Supreme Court’s decision, thousands of women died every year in the United States from illegal abortions.”

Back-alley abortions were not as prevalent as they were claimed to be. Frightful stories of coat-hanger abortions are used by pro-abortion advocates to fearmonger and persuade public opinion in favor of keeping abortion legal. Abortion supporters frequently argue that having abortion be “safe, legal, and rare” would be better than the occurrence of dangerous, illegal, and back-alley operations.

Bernard Nathanson, a former abortionist and the co-founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL Pro-Choice America), was an early propagator of the back-alley abortion myth. Concerning the use of statistics of 5,000 to 10,000 deaths a year, Nathanson stated,

“I confess that I knew the figures were totally false, and I suppose the others did too if they stopped to think of it. But in the ‘morality’ of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics? The overriding concern was to get the laws eliminated, and anything within reason that had to be done was permissible.”

The mental image of abortions accomplished with a coat hanger or the use of other unsanitary and gruesome manners to rid the child from the mother’s womb are useful to move audiences. However, those were generally not the practices used in the illegal abortions obtained before 1973. Nor was it unlicensed, ill-equipped quacks who were performing abortions prior to 1973. In 1960, Mary Calderone, a former medical director of Planned Parenthood, stated that nearly 90% of illegal abortions were performed by physicians in good-standing.

Abortions were not safe for women before 1973, yet neither have they been safe for women after the nationwide legalization of abortion. When considering historical and current abortion data, the logic of legalizing a practice in order to make it safe is empty.

Statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) demonstrate that fatalities of women who received illegal abortions do not add up to the thousands or millions of deaths claimed by pro-choice advocates. In 1972, the year before the legalization of abortion in the United States, the CDC reported that 39 women died from illegal abortion and 24 died from legal abortion.

In 1973, the CDC reported 19 women died from illegal abortion procedures and 25 women died due to legal abortion procedures. Legalizing abortion did not lead to a dramatic drop in women’s deaths. In fact, the most impressive drop in abortion mortality was connected to the invention and widespread distribution of antibiotics, which occurred years prior to the legalization of abortion. Before antibiotics, childbirth and any type of surgery was extremely dangerous relative to today.

Life News article continues here

Blogger’s note:  In an adult evening college class, the subject of abortion was brought up for debate.  A young man stated that prior to Roe v Wade, 25,000 women died in back alley abortions.  I didn’t challenge him on that figure since I had no knowledge of the veracity of his statistic.  In a moment of clarity, I spoke up and told him his figures were wrong.  He asked why his number of deaths was incorrect.  I said,  “It was 50,000, not 25,000….you forgot the babies.  Needless to say he was speechless.

 

 

 

 

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe Day 4

Fourth Day – December 7
Dearest Mother of Guadalupe, I beg you for a fortified will to imitate your divine Son’s charity, to always seek the good of others in need. Grant me this, I humbly ask of you… (Here mention your requests)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Memorare of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you
promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in
their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and
relief.
Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left
unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the
weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and
protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.
O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health,
and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do
nothing more.
O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen