The following is from Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.
I will never forget the time when I was a radio reporter and I decided to do a feature on Valentine’s Day.
I arranged to visit a second-grade class at a local elementary school to record their impressions of the holiday. As I took out my microphone and tape recorder, the children gathered around me at lightning speed. They were eager to give their reflections of Valentine’s Day. In that moment, I just felt surrounded by love.
I remember my own excitement as a grade school student anticipating Valentine’s Day. My mother believed in celebrating to the hilt, so the day was filled with cards, gifts, cake, hors’ d’oeuvres, and even flaming cherries jubilee. Again, growing up, I always felt great love on Valentine’s Day.
It seems to me that the national public policy which permits abortion on demand erases a great deal of love from our lives. That is because it eliminates the children who carefully craft those handmade Valentine’s and whisper “I love you” at times of great grace.
Just think if we were to make a Valentine for every child lost to abortion, and for each woman who grieves a child that abortion has taken. The cards could stretch to the heavens and back.
I believe that every woman who was coerced into abortion knows what she is missing—an irreplaceable child with a boundless capacity to love. How sad that a woman could be driven to surrender the one who would love her the most.
Once again Saint Peter’s Respect Life Committee in Elverson, Pennsylvania will host a Theology of the Body Retreat for High School Girls on February 8th & 9th. Information for this retreat can be found below.
from Jo Christof, St. Peter Respect Life Committee
The St. Peter Respect Life Committee is excited to announce another Theology of the Body Retreat for High School Girls to be held Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9th.
We will talk about what it means to be a young, dynamic, Catholic woman in today’s world. The retreat will introduce you to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and what it means for your life! This retreat will include talks, small groups, Mass, adoration and time for confession.
The Retreat is led by Samantha Kelley, the Founder and President of FIERCE Athlete (fierceathlete.org). Sam is a young Catholic woman, trained in teaching the Theology of the Body. She holds a Master’s degree in Catholic Psychology, is a former Division 1 soccer player, and now rows competitively!
Marie DiCecco has been a high school health educator for the past 35 years and has recently completed an Allied Health program in women’s health care. She is passionate about educating young females on the beauty of their femininity. Marie believes that the foundation of the “feminine genius” – as described by Pope St. John Paul II – lies in her capacity to know that she is endowed with specific feminine gifts that encourage her to become the woman she is called by God to be.
Saturday, February 8 (Arrive 9:00 AM) to Sunday, February 9 (Depart 11:30 AM)
Lunch and Dinner served Saturday and Breakfast served Sunday
St. Mary of Providence Center, 227 Isabella Road, Elverson, PA 19520 (map)
Cost: $75 per person (scholarships available)
Additional information for this Retreat can be found below.
This event is sponsored by St. Peter Respect Life Committee