After a two year hiatus, the annual Stand Up for Life Dinner returned in person. Last year’s event was virtual which saw Matt Walsh and two award recipients while also the call for donations to continue the life-saving work of the Pro Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.
On Sunday evening, 1200 strong came out to the in person event while others streamed it live. The event was a sellout and the organizers couldn’t picture a better way to be back in person. However one person attended the event, everyone was inspired to continue the fight for life from womb to tomb while also contributing to advance the great works. The room was filled with people of all walks of life from people getting their feet wet in pro-life work at grammar school level up to the seasoned peaceful demonstrators that have many stories to tell to the younger and upcoming pro-life leaders and activists.
The event also saw three recipients who were awarded for their heroic efforts to defend life.
Deborah Molina received the 2021 Be Not Afraid Award for leading Sidewalk Servants so faithfully since its inception less than five years ago. Through her efforts, babies have been saved between the 40 Days for Life campaign across the Greater Philadelphia Area
Regina O’Reilly, a longtime member of the Pro-Life Union’s board, received the James Kelly Pioneer Award for her years of pro-life involvement
Dominic Sceski received the John and Harriet Stanton Young Leader Award for his work with Generation Life and leading more young adults in getting involved in pro-life work.
We are proud of the recipients and for all of their hard work.
The event was headlined by Patricia Sandoval. She was a former Planned Parenthood employee who promoted sex education in schools. She shared about her abortion experience and how she saw how the abortion industry operated like a chop shop. Her involvement drove her to substance and drug abuse that at one point left her without food or water for five days. Then, God transfigured and healed her. She is now a mother, wife, TV personality on EWTN, and most importantly the daughter of the king.
“ALL of this is about GOD… how can we serve HIM with the little time we have on this planet. He is so generous to us. He gives His very flesh and blood to us every single day, He loves us more than we deserve, and He is so compassionate and forgiving.” Dr. Monique Ruberu said as she reflected on a very moving evening.
Father Chris Walsh ended the evening with a plea to “give to the Pro-Life Union as we approach Giving Tuesday on November 30th”.
Even Tom Stevens used the example of one couple who changed their mind on aborting their child thanks to the witness of Mark Houck, founder of The King’s Men. That baby was born and her name is Neveah. Stevens remarked that it is those who give alms,time and talent to cultivate the life-saving and giving messages to all.
The year continues to wind down. We are at the halfway point of autumn and we will be at a point where we do early Christmas shopping, plan for the holidays, and enjoy the fall activities that we shall enjoy while they last. There is still opportunities to defend life which brings us to ideas and events.
Vote in the 2021 General Election. We have the gubernational elections in NJ and VA. We also have civic elections that must get your attention and vote.
Take part in the First Friday and Saturday devotions.
Raise awareness on infertility and miscarraiges. Offer your love and support for these moms who carry this heavy cross.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.
Let Us Pray
Father, do not let us forget those women and men who are burdened with regret and sadness for having aborted their children. We do not know what was in their hearts or their life circumstances at the time the decision was made. Give them peace and compassion, lift their burden and most importantly, lead them to healing thru organizations such as Rachel’s Vineyard. Please bless them and heal them and let them know the comfort you always offer us, your children.
“Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.”
Let Us Pray
Lord, let the faithful know their talents and how best to use them for your good, and in particular to fight abortion. Guide our hands and hearts to do what is needed, when it is needed. Let us know what to say to expectant mothers who are seeking counsel. Let us know what to say to our local politicians who support abortion. Let us learn from each other and then follow in the footsteps of those that have come before us who have fought tirelessly to preserve the womb as a place of safety and peace. Help us collectively do your work. Amen.
Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.”
Let Us Pray
Father, help us to embrace the fact that we are our “brother’s keeper.” When, due to selfish motives, we try to cast off this responsibility, please call to us to account. We would be pleasing to you and to our “brother.” Through the help and grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
“When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.”
Let Us Pray
Joseph stood steadfastly beside Mary when she was found with child from the Holy Spirit. He must have been confused and unsure until the Angel of the Lord guided him to his path as Jesus’ earthly father. He did not leave Mary on her own or ignore the angel’s message. He supported Mary and the child Jesus in what were very trying circumstances, especially giving birth in a manger. Lord God, please enter the hearts of the fathers of these babies who are scheduled for abortion. Let them speak up and provide stability and support for the mothers of their children. It is not only women who can be scarred from aborting their own children, but men also who had hopes of fatherhood that may never be realized. We pray for all of them as a family.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose; Beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul.
Let Us Pray
David’s Psalm 23 imagines a tranquil setting where we will want for nothing and will be enveloped in the peace of God’s love. Dear Lord, we pray that our unborn children will all know the peace of a mother’s womb where it is quiet and restful and each receives comfort from the beat of the other’s heart. Please remove all brutality from our world, but, in particular, that place where a child should be most safe. We ask that you put an end to the violent deaths our children suffer through abortion, and instead let them experience the peace you have offered all the world.
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
Let Us Pray
Lord, hear our prayers to grow the pro-life movement so that our voice can be heard powerful and strong throughout all nations. At times it seems there are so few of us against the voices of modern society who proclaim that we want only to control women and do not want to care for their children once they are born. Let our numbers grow so our proclamations of love and assistance for these women and their families is heard loud and clear instead of being swept away in the cacophony of popular opinion.
“They are odious; they have done abominable things, yet they are not at all ashamed, they know not how to blush. Hence, they shall be among those who fall; in their time of punishment, they shall go down, says the Lord.”
Let Us Pray
Father, please listen to our prayers for our government officials around the globe that foster abortion as a right, and a valid solution to a problem but at no time speak of the child in the womb. We realize we are not the judge of their actions – that is your responsibility alone. But it is difficult for those of us fighting for the most vulnerable to view these men and women as God’s children too. So, we ask you to teach us how to pray for them so their minds and hearts will acknowledge all life in the womb before it is too late for their souls in eternity.
“Train a boy in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not swerve from it.”
Let us Pray
God, Our Father, inspire current generations to teach future generations the value of life. Perhaps if they learn the sanctity of life when they are young, we will see abortion disappear from our landscape. And let us, the faithful, insist with strong voices that our church hierarchies return to teaching the moral obligation of protecting these young lives in the womb, both within our classrooms and from the pulpit. How many people just do not know because they were never taught? And bless messengers such as our Generation Life organization and all religious educators who seek to spread the word of morality to our youth.