9 Saints to inspire all the aspects of the pro-life movement — Aleteia — Catholic Spirituality, Lifestyle, World News, and Culture

There are many needs in the battle for life, and many heroes of the Church who have dedicated themselves to human dignity.

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America after Roe — meditations on catholicism

______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ The Holy Spirit asked me to write about “America after Roe,” focusing on the resistance of the bluest American states to comply with the abortion ban. “Manuel, Roe vs Wade will be ban in court, but the bluest American states will resist fiercely the ban, and the Almighty Father’s […]

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Northeast Philadelphia Stand Up For Life Rally to Take Place at St. Katherine Church on Sunday, January 26, 2020

If you live in Northeast Philly or the Lower Bucks County area, please try to attend this annual Rally for Life at St. Katherine’s Church next Sunday.  Below is information  on this Rally along with a flyer you can print out and distribute. 

 

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from Mike McMonagle, President of  the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania 

This Rally occurs from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM and is followed by hospitality in the Church Basement.

One featured speaker is Nadia Gordynsky, who is the Director of Save a Life International, which operates a crisis pregnancy center in Feasterville to serve the Russian populations in the northwest section of Northeast Philadelphia.  Nadia delivered a terrific presentation at the October 27, 2019 Bucks County and December 7, 2019 Northeast Philadelphia Pro-Life Coalition Meetings.

The other featured speaker is Emily Welfield, who is the Northeast Philadelphia Director for Rachel’s Vineyard.  Emily delivered a powerful witness at all of the Masses on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish located in Central Bucks County.

NE Philly Stand Up for Life Rally Flyer

 

 

Get Ready for the 2020 March for Life!

Whether you’re heading out to the March for Life in Washington, DC or  planning a Rally in your own community,  there is some useful information  listed below provided by EWTN for the March for Life this coming Friday, January 24th!

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Tips For The March
  • Dress in your warmest coat and winter gear
  • Have a map of the March route
  • Stay with your group and have the leader’s contact info
  • Make a great sign on why you are pro-life
  • Create a video of why you march and post it online with hashtag #WhyWeMarch
  • Use the hashtag #WhyWeMarch when posting why you are participating in this year’s March
  • Share & retweet posts to share the pro-life message. Our goal is to get #WhyWeMarch trending on the day of the March
  • Get the March for Life & EWTN apps!
Here’s How to Participate Even If You Can’t Make It To D.C. For The March!
  • Create a video of why you march and post it online with hashtag #WhyWeMarch
  • Use the hashtag #WhyWeMarch when posting on social media
  • Share & retweet posts to share the pro-life message. Our goal is to get #WhyWeMarch trending on the day of the March
  • Get the March for Life & EWTN apps!
Coverage Begins at 9am ET on Friday, January 24th. Replays at 10pm & Midnight, and 11 am Sunday Morning and on YouTube.
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Teresa Tomeo will be report live on EWTN!  Watch on CableOnlineAppYouTube & in Spanish! And Don’t Miss EWTN Pro-Life Specials. 

The Pro-life Counter-Witness to Roe v. Wade

The following is a column from the National Right to Life that was published yesterday. Originally it was written by Archbishop Charles J Chaput a week prior to the 41st anniversary of Roe v Wade. 

Charles J. Chaput is the Archbishop of Philadelphia, and (as anyone who reads NRL News Today already knows) someone from whom I have learned a great deal and quote frequently. The following is excerpted from his weekly column and was written just prior to the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.


January 22 marks the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, legalizing abortion on demand. Thanks to Roe, abortion has killed more than 57 million unborn children [now over 61 million] over the past four decades – the equivalent of roughly one in six living Americans; an entire generation extinguished. But alongside the killing spree, and despite the contempt of abortion activists and unfriendly media, the pro-life counter-witness of millions of Americans has also continued.

The “March for Life” this January, like every January over the past several decades, reminds the nation that killing an unborn child is never a private matter. Abortion is a uniquely intimate form of violence – but violence with bitter public consequences. Catholics eagerly join the March for Life each year because we believe in the God of life and joy; a God who creates every human being with innate dignity and rights, including above all the right to life.

What we really believe, we conform our lives to. And if we don’t at least try to conform our lives to what we claim to believe, then we’re fooling only ourselves, because God cannot be fooled. When we claim to be “Catholic” but then don’t advance our beliefs about the sanctity of the human person as the basis of law, it means one of two things.

We’re either very confused, or we’re very evasive.

All law involves the imposition of somebody’s beliefs about the nature of truth, charity, and justice on everyone else. That’s the reason we have marches, debates, elections, and Congress–to peacefully turn the struggle of ideas and moral convictions into laws that guide our common life. …

There’s a very old Christian expression that goes like this: “Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.”

Are we troubled enough about what’s wrong with the world — the killing of millions of unborn children through abortion; the neglect of the poor, the disabled and the elderly? Do we really have the courage of our convictions to change those things?

The opposite of hope is cynicism, and cynicism also has two daughters. Their names are indifference and cowardice. In renewing ourselves in our faith, what Catholics need to change most urgently is the lack of courage we find in our own personal lives, in our national political life, and sometimes even within the Church herself.

Every year in these weeks between the end of Christmas and the beginning of Lent, I reflect on what the Church means when she talks about the season of “ordinary time.” Ordinary time is where we spend most of our lives — raising families, doing our jobs, helping others, making the daily choices that shape the world around us. Ordinary time is the space God gives us to make a difference with our lives. What we do with that ordinary time — in our personal choices and in our public actions — matters eternally.

As Alexander Solzhenitsyn once wrote [in “The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956”], “the line separating good and evil runs not through states, nor between classes, nor even between political parties, but right through the center of each human heart, and every human heart.” That includes you and me.

Next week hundreds of thousands of good people will march for life in Washington. It’s an opportunity to prove the strength of our convictions; to show to the world what we really believe about the sanctity of human life. I’ll be there. And I ask you to join me.

Blogger’s Note: If you are planning to be in DC next week and decide to stay for the weekend, here is a post that breaks down a few worthwhile events and additional ones hosted by Priest for Life that are in DC and West Coast. 

Announcing: Wonderfully Made – A Theology of the Body Retreat for High School Girls

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.  

Wonderfully Made

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)

FOR MORE INFORMATION, TEXT Eileen Christian @ 610-716-1840 or email @
eileenchristian@usa.net.   

Additional information  for this Retreat can be found below.

This event is sponsored by St. Peter Respect Life Committee

 

TOB Retreat Girls February Flyer

OBGYN Refuses Pressure to Do Abortions: I Can’t Give Birth in One Room and Kill Babies in Another

Religious freedom is at the heart of protecting medical professionals who do not want to be forced to be involved in abortion, assisted suicide or other life-destroying practices.

Doctor OBGYN

Medical professionals have been pressured to be actively involved in abortion and euthanasia, even if it violates their religious beliefs.  Below is an article by Miciah Bilger of Life News who writes about a doctor who refuses to violate her conscience.

Religious freedom is under attack in the medical community as abortion activists try to force health care workers to help abort unborn babies.

But many are fighting back to defend their faith, their oaths, their livelihood and the lives of their most vulnerable patients.

Dr. Regina Frost, a New York OB-GYN, recently wrote a column for The Federalist describing how her state leaders, the abortion chain Planned Parenthood and others are fighting against her religious freedom via a lawsuit challenging a new Trump administration rule that protects medical professionals’ conscience rights.

“If New York and Planned Parenthood succeed in blocking conscience protections for medical professionals, I may be forced to either violate my conscience or leave the medical profession,” Frost wrote.

Frost said she became an OB-GYN because her faith calls her “to treat women with dignity and compassion.”

She wrote: As an OB-GYN, I am present during the most intimate moments in the life of a mother, father, and child. I have the privilege of placing children into the arms of their mothers for the very first time. I also have to deliver the life-altering news of infertility and guide mothers and fathers through the tragedy of a lost pregnancy.

This work cannot be done impersonally.  I cannot leave my humanity at the door. I give all my patients the degree of care that I would a close friend or loved one.

Laws technically have protected conscience rights for more than 30 years, but the lack of regulations has resulted in confusion within the healthcare community, leaving healthcare personnel vulnerable to discrimination.

Frost said the new HHS regulations give teeth to the conscience protection laws that already are in place. They clarify what recourse is available to victims of discrimination under the law and what penalties the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Civil Rights may enforce for violations.

Without them, “religious doctors and nurses across the country are at greater risk of being forced to perform procedures that violate our core beliefs,” Frost warned.

“I cannot take the life of a child in one room and guide another child into this world in the next. Nor can I care for one elderly woman while helping another end her life. That would not only undermine my most deeply held religious beliefs and my medical judgment, but also the oath I took as a medical professional,” she continued.

Though Frost has not been forced to help with an abortion or assisted suicide, others have. HHS is helping a Vermont nurse who said her employer forced her into helping abort an unborn baby even though the hospital knew she objected. The nurse said a doctor tricked her into helping end the baby’s life by telling her it was a miscarriage.

Though most Americans believe medical workers should not be forced to help with abortions, a court recently struck down a new conscience protection rule. Twenty states filed the lawsuit seeking to overturn the pro-life conscience protections, putting doctors and nurses at risk of being forced to do abortions or refer for them.

Life News article continues here.

Sanctity of Life Events in Norristown, Pa.

The following is from Rita Smith, M.E.V. (Missionaries of the Gospel of Life) encouraging everyone to participate in some way  in the activities taking place for Sanctity of Life month.  Below are some events taking place in Norristown, Pennsylvania. 

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Do you believe we are going to overturn Roe v Wade?  Do you believe we are going to re-elect our awesome Pro-God, Pro-Family, Pro-Life, President Donald J. Trump in the fall of 2020?  I do believe it and I want to thank you for being involved with praying, witnessing publicly, counseling and offering up all your sufferings to end this scourge in our country and our local neighborhood’s.

“Sanctity of Human Life Sunday” – January 19th

“Sanctity of Human Life Sunday” has been recognized in our nation since 1984, when it was first designated by a proclamation issued by President Ronald Reagan.  On this day, we pause to more deeply contemplate the value of every human life and the impacts of abortion as we…..

  • Celebrate God’s precious gift of life.
  • Remember the many lives tragically lost to abortion and the physical, spiritual and psychological brokenness it can inflict on those involved.
  • Voice our ongoing commitment to protect all human life during every stage of life from conception to natural death.
We cannot diminish the value of any category of human life without diminishing the value of all human life.  So, let our faith and the word of God as revealed through the Bible be our guide.

 

Thursday, January 23rd

 

Rosary and film

January 24, 2020

 

March for Life

 

Join hundreds of thousands of Pro-Life supporters from across our nation who will be gathering in our nation’s capital on Friday, January 24th, for the 47th annual “March for Life”.   The theme for this year’s event  is “Pro-Life is Pro-Woman”.
This is your opportunity to attend a rally on the National Mall where you will hear nationally known Pro-Life speakers; demonstrate your support for a culture of life by marching to the Capitol and Supreme Court buildings; and then, bear witness in prayer for the 61 million pre-born babies that have died since Roe v. Wade.  Then, if you have time, you are encouraged to visit your elected officials to share your thoughts on the sanctity and dignity of every human life from conception to natural death.

 

Pro-Life Rosary Rally
For those unable to attend the March for Life in Washington, DC you may want to March on over to Norristown PP for the following:
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Remembering Cardinal John O’Connor at 100

On January 15th, 1920, Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor was born in West Philadelphia. He was ordained a priest for the archdiocese on December 15th, 1945.

His legacy as Cardinal of New York can be described as a small fish in a big pond. Meaning that he was in the heart of a liberal state swamped by a concrete jungle from the mid-80s until his death in May 2000.

He has been an outspoken critic when it came to the destruction of human life from conception until natural death. He spoke out against unjust wars and even Rockefeller drug laws. Following a visit to Dachau concentration camp, 10 miles from Munich, Germany, O’Connor felt called and moved to find a religious institute dedicated to the sanctity of all human life to serve pregnant women and the dying. In 1991, that dream became a reality with the establishment of the Sisters of Life.

The Sisters of Life invite you to a Holy Hour/Mass in his memory at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. Learn more here. 

A Tribute to a Pro-life Congressman Gone too Soon from this World

Below is a tribute from Dr. Denise Wilcox for former Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick who passed away on Monday, January 6th.  

While there have been some wonderful eulogies for Mike this past week, I asked Denise for this tribute as she was a close, personal  friend of Mike and his family.  

Mike Fitzpatrick

I have been thinking for days since the passing of Mike Fitzpatrick of words that I could say that would be enough to honor his memory.

He was my friend.  He was compassionate; he cared.  His support for the unborn never wavered.  He asked for my support and he promised to always vote pro-life.  He kept his promises.

Mike was like no other politician.  He spoke softly and directly.  He always looked at you when he spoke and he always meant what he said.

Mike came to every Eagle Scout ceremony and was always proud to be there. He gave the impression that he could fit many more hours into a day than what there were.  It seemed that he had the ability to stretch time.  He may have lived only 56 years, but he fit 100 years of living into those 56 years.

At Mike’s funeral, I mentioned to his wife, Kathleen, that my husband and I agree that a light went out when Mike passed.  She remarked, “Then we must be that light for Mike“. And we must!

On January 24th when we march in DC, we can all remember Mike, and carry his light to everyone in the pro-life movement.

“When the time comes, as it surely will, when we face that awesome moment, the final judgment, I’ve often thought, as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone standing before God — and a terror will rip your soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think that those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think there’ll be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world — and they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement. They will say to God, ‘Spare him, because he loved us!'” Congressman Henry Hyde

 

Dr. Wilcox is a Board Member of  Pennsylvanians for Human Life and the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation as well as the Pennsylvania Director to the National Right to Life. She is also the Chairperson for the Respect Life Ministry of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Buckingham Township, Pennsylvania. 

Donations in Mike’s memory can be made to the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.  Use this link for more information on this organization and to find out how to make a contribution.