Pope: For Holocaust Remembrance Day, take a moment of prayer and recollection — Aleteia — Catholic Spirituality, Lifestyle, World News, and Culture

Pope Francis invites us to say in our hearts, “Never again…”

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LEADING PRO-LIFE GROUP CHALLENGES PLANNED PARENTHOOD IN COURT: Americans United for Life Files a Brief in Indiana Parental Involvement Case — Americans United for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C: Americans United for Life (AUL) filed a brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of the state of Indiana in its effort to protect young women with a parental involvement requirement for underage abortions. AUL particularly challenges the “third party standing” assumed by abortion providers which allows for abortionists to sue…

via LEADING PRO-LIFE GROUP CHALLENGES PLANNED PARENTHOOD IN COURT: Americans United for Life Files a Brief in Indiana Parental Involvement Case — Americans United for Life

LifeNews: Pete Buttigieg Tells Pro-Life Democrat She’s Not Welcome in the Democratic Party — Deacon John’s Space

LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report Monday, January 27, 2020 To read the news, visit LifeNews.com. Top Stories • Pete Buttigieg Tells Pro-Life Democrat She’s Not Welcome in the Democratic Party • Feminist Arrested After Threatening Pro-Life Student at March for Life: “I Will F—— Slit Your Throat” • Georgetown University Cancels Workshop Using Papayas to […]

via LifeNews: Pete Buttigieg Tells Pro-Life Democrat She’s Not Welcome in the Democratic Party — Deacon John’s Space

March for Life Recap

Hard to believe that January kicks off with so many things. One of them for pro-lifers is the annual March for Life in Washington, DC.

Nearly 750,000 people from all across the United States and beyond borders descended upon our nation’s capital to give voice to the voiceless.

Many brought signs with well-known organizations attached to them. Others got creative using a popular hit show or even social media memes to articulate a point.

The highlight of this year’s march is the historic address given by the President of the United States, Donald Trump. He is the first to do so in the march’s history.

“Every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting.” 

Though there were thirty-six counter-demonstrators that tried to foil the fun, it gave the marchers more fuel to continue to give voice to the voiceless. One of them was arrested for trying to trespass. No question and surprise that there were more.

The youth and young adults that were in attendance brought vibrant energy that can easily shake capital hill with their various chants such as the famous, “Hey Hey Ho Ho Roe v Wade has got to go” or “We love babies, Yes, we do. We love babies, how about you?”

The March for Life will forever be a well-attended event. Unfortunately, the mainstream media did not give it fair coverage as it has been the same old, same old since the beginning of the march’s existence.

What to take away?

Though it happens once a year we must march for all life from the moment of conception until natural death every day. Our job is to be present for every human, born and unborn. Whether we are Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, agnostic, or atheist, we have a duty to protect every life. Every life saved is worth the effort.

I long for the day that those who come to Washington every year will not march for the reversal of the Supreme Court. Rather, we offer chants, songs, and prayers in thanksgiving for the end of the scourge of our society known as abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, and even unjust wars. Let us make it happen by getting involved in our community today.

9 Days for Life Novena- Day 7

9 Days for Life

Intention
May all who support or participate in abortion experience a conversion of heart to seek and receive the Lord’s boundless mercy.

Prayers
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection
When God fashioned the human person in His own image and likeness, He destined us for eternal life with Him. Yet because of the sin of our first parents, death entered the world. The book of Genesis recounts the first occasion in which a person takes the life of another, as Cain violently kills his brother Abel. This instance of brother rising up against brother “at the very dawn of history is thus a sad witness of how evil spreads with amazing speed” (Evangelium vitae 8).

From the time of creation, disregard for human life has continued to spread. When we, like Cain, allow sin to find a place in our hearts, we become blinded to the truth. Sometimes this blindness might be so deep that we fail to recognize the undeniable humanity of unborn children. We may even tragically believe the lie that abortion is an act of compassion. But we know that “life, especially human life, belongs only to God: for this reason whoever attacks human life, in some way attacks God himself” (EV 9). Let us pray that all who support abortion encounter the transforming love of the Father and, with repentant hearts, seek His mercy.

Acts of Reparation
(Choose one.)

Smile. Ask God today for the grace to be extra joyful and to share the light of Christ with those most in need of His love and mercy.

Seek the intercession of Our Lady by praying a scriptural Rosary, meditating on the Sorrowful Mysteries.

Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further
Our culture is obsessed with perfection—a superficial perfection. Social media, magazines, and television are staged and edited to depict seemingly perfect lives. When life doesn’t seem to measure up to these standards, we may be tempted to believe it’s not worth living.

In “A Perfect Gift,” one parent shares about the experience of raising a child with Down syndrome, contrasting it with what onlookers might perceive: “It’s like looking at a stained-glass window from the outside: The colors look dark, and you can’t quite make out the figures. From the inside, however, with the sun shining through it, the effect can be brilliant. From inside our family, love illuminates our life with Charlie.* What may seem dreary to others, perhaps even unbearable, is actually filled with beauty and color.” Every life is a gift.

Trump’s Speech to the March for Life 2020 — The American Catholic

J. CHRISTIAN ADAMS: Trump at the March for Life Seals Irrelevancy of Never Trumpers. Even Reagan never did that. Many male Republicans are skittish because their — usually more liberal — wives would skewer them if they came… Continue Reading →

via Trump’s Speech to the March for Life 2020 — The American Catholic

PLU is HIRING! Marketing & Communications Coordinator Needed

The Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia has an opening for a Marketing & Communications Coordinator.  If you know of someone who may be interested, please have them contact the Union.  Information on role responsibilities and applying are listed in the post below.

We are hiring

from Tom Stevens, President and CEO
Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia

The Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia is hiring. Do you know a potential Marketing & Communications Coordinator? The idea is someone with energy, creativity, is tech savvy, an exceptional communicator and is committed to the dignity and sanctity of life from the beginning to the end. Please see below … and spread the word!

PLU staff Member, Beth Harrison, has served for the past 18 months as our Communications Manager. Beth has been an incredible asset and has helped us upgrade our communications, media relations, website, social media, etc. She will be missed and yet we are pleased that she was offered and accepted an excellent full-time role with Hamilton Strategies (a mission-oriented public relations firm). It’s a great career move and I personally wish Beth all the best. Beth will continue to occasionally help out from time to time as a volunteer and as a contractor—so farewell, but not goodbye.

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia

Work for a mission-driven human rights organization that positively and profoundly impacts pregnant moms, families, children and protects and frequently saves the lives of the unborn. We are a growing organization meeting a critical need. To learn more, see prolifeunion.org.

The successful candidate will possess demonstrated alignment with our vision, mission and belief statements found here: prolifeunion.org/mission. The Marketing & Communications Coordinator will be responsible for creating communications content which includes newsletter, social media, email, web content, brochures, and graphics.

This is a Part-Time position (24 hours/week) and work will be primarily completed from our Oreland, PA office. There is flexibility for hours and some working from home for the right candidate. Future full-time employment is possible (as funding allows) for a candidate that possesses superior experience in program management, training, speaking, and organization.

Role Responsibilities:  

  • Develop and maintain a cohesive communications plan.
  • Work closely with President & CEO, Guiding Star Program Director, PLU staff, Member Organizations, Churches and other groups to promote stories, activities and news.
  • Maintain, develop, design, and update website, social media platforms, signs, brochures, flyers and email communications.
  • Analyze the effectiveness of web, social media and other platforms. Adjust accordingly.
  • Bring original ideas, cutting edge and creative content to all platforms.
  • Maintain active knowledge of current technologies and trends in social media; maintain active knowledge of local and national news in sanctity of life issues.
  • Represent our organization at events, fairs, meetings and in public. Provide admin. and program support for various Pro-Life Union events.
  • Coordinate interaction with media outlets.
  • Ensure a powerful and impactful voice for life in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Position Requirements:

  • Displays in-depth knowledge and understanding of social media platforms, participants, and influencers (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, etc.).
  • The proven candidate will possess demonstrated alignment with our vision, mission and belief statements found here: prolifeunion.org/mission.
  • Functional knowledge of WordPress, and basic understanding of HTML and web publishing.
  • Knowledge, experience and demonstrated excellence with MS Office, Google Docs and other tools.
  • Creative writing, creative design, and ability to produce multiple types of content (intelligent, logical, pithy, humorous; as intent and audience dictates).
  • Ability to work with all types of people with various backgrounds.
  • Maintains excellent writing and language skills. Possesses ability to proofread.
  • Ability to be responsive to all types of constituents and forward to appropriate person and resources.
  • Must have the ability (and preferably possesses experience) to work within a member/donor relationship management system.
  • Practices superior time-management.

Preferred (not required) Position Skills and Experience:

  • Adobe InDesign
  • Canva

Occasional Duties Will Include:

  • Inbound and Outbound phone responsibilities.
  • Referring women and families in crisis in timely manner to correct contact and resources.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to: mail@prolifeunion.org.

9 Days for Life Novena- Day 6

9 Days for Life

Intention
May expectant mothers choosing adoption receive grace and support in embracing this loving option.

Prayers
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection
Mothers placing their children for adoption often face many challenges along the way. One of the greatest obstacles can be inaccurately perceiving adoption as abandonment. But mothers who place their children for adoption are not abandoning their children. Rather, they are exemplifying the sacrificial love of Christ on the Cross in choosing to do what is best for their children, even at great cost to themselves. Like Christ, they pour out their bodies and souls for the sake of another. The Letter to the Hebrews reminds us that, in the face of fears and trials, we can “hold fast to the hope that lies before us. This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm” (Heb 6:18-19). We pray that all mothers considering adoption would be filled with “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7) and see the beauty of their sacrifice. Let us all cling fast to the anchor of hope, for we have received “a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’” (Rom 8:15).

Acts of Reparation
(Choose one.)

Do you have a sweet tooth? Or do you prefer salty snacks? Pick your favorite kind of treat, and give it up for the day.

Make an act of faith, hope, or love.

Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further
“Accompanying Expectant Mothers Considering Adoption” suggests nine ways to offer ongoing support to a woman who is considering placing her unborn child for adoption. Many of the tips given are also helpful for supporting a friend who is experiencing a challenging unexpected pregnancy, even if adoption has not been brought up.

Supplemental resources regarding adoption can be found at http://www.usccb.org/adoption-resources.

9 Days for Life Novena- Day 5

9 Days for Life

Intercession: May each person suffering from the loss of a child through abortion find hope and healing in Christ.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: After more than four decades of legalized abortion, many children’s lives have been ended, and many parents and family members suffer that loss—often in silence. Yet God’s greatest desire is to forgive. No matter how far we have each strayed from His side, He says to us, “Don’t be afraid. Draw close to my heart.” Be assured that it is never too late to seek God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Consider the parable of the Prodigal Son. After repenting of sinning against his father, he returns from far away to seek forgiveness and work as a servant. But the father sees him approaching from far away, runs to warmly embrace him, and hosts a banquet to celebrate his return. So, too, does God welcome all repentant sinners, no matter how serious the sin. Let us run into the arms of Our Lord, Who is love and mercy.

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • Abstain from meat today. If you are already abstaining from meat today, skip your favorite snack, too.
  • Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy (http://www.usccb.org/divine-mercy-chaplet) for those who are suffering the loss of a child through abortion, asking that they find healing and peace.
  • Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further: If a friend confided in you tomorrow that she had an abortion, would you be able to respond in a way that brings her closer to healing? Learn what to do and say in “How to Talk to a Friend Who’s Had an Abortion” (www.usccb.org/friend-had-abortion).

9 Days for Life Novena- Day 4

9 Days for Life

Intention

May expectant fathers lovingly support the mothers of their children in welcoming new life.

Prayers

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

Fatherhood has its origins in God, who chose to reveal Himself to us as Our Father, sending his only Son for the sake of our salvation. Fathers, therefore, have a special role “in revealing and in reliving on earth the very fatherhood of God” (Familiaris consortio 25). Pope Saint John Paul II said fathers are called to exhibit “generous responsibility for the life conceived under the heart of the mother” (FC 25). They are uniquely entrusted with the protection and defense of both mother and child and, in this way, in safeguarding the sanctity of human life.

As evidenced in our world today, the role of the father “is of unique and irreplaceable importance” (FC 25). Often women choose abortion because they do not have the support of the child’s father, or—even worse—the father of the child pressures her to make the decision to abort. At the same time, it is important to acknowledge with compassion that men can also be overwhelmed by an unexpected pregnancy and that society increasingly tells them that they should have no say in their children’s lives. In the face of these false messages, we pray that expectant fathers will find courage in the example of St. Joseph—who embraced the role of father amid difficult circumstances—and offer loving, life-affirming support to the mothers of their children.

Acts of Reparation

(Choose one.)

  • Give up sleeping on your pillow—or even your bed—tonight. Offer this small sacrifice for the intention that expectant fathers would courageously answer their call to support both mother and child.

  • Pray a decade of the Rosary for all expectant fathers, that through her intercession, Our Lady may inspire in them the virtues of St. Joseph.

  • Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further

Research continues to show that one of the top reasons a woman chooses abortion is due to a lack of financial resources. Read “Poverty and Abortion: A Vicious Cycle,” which explores the connections between abortion and poverty, and how the absence of fathers contributes to this ongoing cycle.