Memorial Mass for the Feast of the Holy Innocents to be Celebrated in Bucks County, Pa.

Holy Innocents

The Feast of the Holy Innocents is observed each December 28th to remember the children slaughtered by King Herod and his henchmen.

According to the Gospel of Matthew, Herod ordered the execution of all young male children in the “Vicinity of Bethlehem,” so as to avoid the loss of his throne to a newborn King of the Jews whose birth had been announced to him by the Magi. (Wikipedia)

This feast day holds a particular significance to the pro-life movement as we also remember all the innocent pre-born babies killed each and every day through the terrible sin of abortion.

In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, PA, a Mass is celebrated each year on this date to honor the memory of those children who have been killed these past 40 years though abortion.

The Mass and memorial service for the Feast of the Holy Innocents, will be held  at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, located at 1410 Almshouse Road in Jamison, Pa. at 9:00 am. 

All are invited to attend and refreshments will be served following the Mass.

Use this link to find directions to St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church

Memorial Mass for the Feast Flyer

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

 

Et Tu Hallmark?

Hallmark

Well, here we go again.  We were all broken-hearted when Chick fil A, a bastion for family values, caved to leftist demands and started donating to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization which has attacked mainstream conservatives and is a promoter and supporter of Planned Parenthood.

Now we hear that Hallmark, a family-friendly cable station is in the process of doing the same with its Christmas movies.

I know many of you are wondering why a pro-life blog would be writing about this subject, and some have voiced their opinion that we should give a pass to Chick fil A and Hallmark.  But how do you give a pass to companies that donate to organizations  such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and Planned Parenthood, groups who go after the very souls of our youth?  If they can’t destroy the lives of our children and grandchildren through abortion, then they seek to destroy their souls through  indoctrination into immoral and dangerous lifestyles.  Make no mistake, Planned Parenthood has it’s tentacles into every avenue it can find to promote their agenda and destroy our families.

Will we be as the Julius Ceasar in Shakespeare’s play who resigned himself to his fate, or will we stand up and fight for God’s laws and our families? As I stated in my earlier post on Chick fil A, we as Christians are taught to turn the other cheek; however, we cannot allow ourselves to be slapped silly, and that is just what we have been doing by not expressing our disappointment to those who wish to impose immorality on our families.

What can we do?  We need to contact the Board of Directors of both Chick fil A and Hallmark and express our concerns.  We need to let them know that we plan to boycott them until they once again promote the values we all hold so dear.  (Contact information is below).

And we need to pray!  Pray for  those sitting on Boards who are making decisions which attack traditional family values.  Pray for our youth who are being indoctrinated by the dredges of society who are hell-bent on destroying their souls.  And we need to pray for the conversion of so many in our society who are heading down satan’s highway to hell.

Please contact the Board of Directors at Hallmark  at Hallmark , P.O. Box 419034, Mail Drop 216, Kansas City, MO 64141-6580  or phone them at 1-800-Hallmark (1-800-425-5627).

If you haven’t yet contacted Chick fil A Board of Directors, the address is Chick-fil-A CARES, P.O. Box 725489, Atlanta, GA 31139-9923 or phone them at 1-866-232-2040.

Please be firm but polite when contacting these organizations.  Our goal is for them to have a change of heart and return to supporting family values.

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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

Paramedic Becomes Pro-Life After Viewing Post Abortion Body of Unborn Baby

Below is a story of how one person’s experience forever reinforced his belief in the sanctity of life.  

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The incident you are about to read is true.  It took place in a hospital after the infamous US Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade in January 1973.  It involves, a young Philadelphia Firefighter who was training to become a paramedic.

A segment of his three-month paramedic course was a rotation in obstetrics.  Part of this training included how to deliver a baby.  He observed how doctors assisted women during the birth process.

While he was in the delivery area, he walked into a side room.  In that small area, he observed a shocking scene.  Laying on a metal counter top was the fully formed body of a dead baby.  He described the baby’s skin as reddish in color. He didn’t understand how this baby died and what caused the crimson color of the baby’s skin. He then left the side room and asked a staff member how did the baby die. The person told him the baby was aborted.

Since that time, this incident has been etched in his memory.  It was years later that he shared this traumatic story with me.  As one who has been a long time pro-life activist, I knew why the baby’s skin was red.  I told him, since this was a late-term abortion, the baby was killed by the doctor injecting a saline solution into the mother’s womb.  This solution causes the baby to die a slow painful death and in the process burns the baby’s body.

As he matured, his belief that taking an unborn baby’s life by abortion was immoral. His view evolved to become a large part of his moral and ethical beliefs.  This incident is still clearly etched in his memory.  He said when he thinks about abortion and the right to life of the unborn, the picture of that dead baby comes to mind and reinforces his belief in the sanctity of human life.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:13-14

prayer for the unborn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe Day 3

Third Day – December 6
O Mary, most sorrowful, whose Immaculate Heart, was pierced by seven swords of grief, help me to walk valiantly amid
the sharp thorns strewn across my pathway. Obtain for me the strength to be a true imitator of you. This I ask you, my dear 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

 

God’s Precious Gift of Love: Choosing Life for Special Needs Unborn Babies

Down Syndrom Newborn

Recently, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf vetoed the Down Syndrome Protection Bill passed by the PA House and Senate.  This bill would have saved these precious unborn babies from abortion. Read article here

The following is the story of my encounter with a special family.  They welcomed and embraced not only their unborn child diagnosed with Down syndrome, but made a decision to welcome into their family other children with special needs.

In late 1970, I had the privilege of meeting Florence ‘Floss’ and her husband Sam through my pastor. Floss and Sam had two children. She told me the story of when she became pregnant with their third child.  Her and Sam learned the baby had Down syndrome.  While the diagnosis was concerning and unexpected, they knew that many challenges lay ahead of them.  Little did they know that their precious baby girl would be the impetus that would lead them to a special call from God.

Many of these babies are born with heart defects and other medical issues. Floss told me that some doctors did not want to treat these children.  In their view, it was a waste of their time and resources.  Floss was a fighter and fought for not only her daughter’s right to medical care and educational needs, but also parents fighting the same battles for their special needs children.

So great was their love and concern for this God-given mission, they fostered and then adopted two older children with Down syndrome.  I would visit the family many times and join them in hymn sings.  The children were so filled with joy as they sang their very best in their praise to the Lord.

Years ago, while attending adult night classes at a community college, the professor brought up the issue of abortion. A student said that unborn Down syndrome babies  should be aborted.  I strongly disagreed.  I told him that these children have more love, compassion and acceptance that I had ever experienced from anyone. He was dumbfounded and had no response to my statement. This man’s attitude toward those born with Down syndrome continues to this day.

The unconditional love these special children have for their family, friends and anyone they meet is a gift from God.  In their eyes, no one is a stranger.

Below is a poem I wrote in tribute to Floss and Sam and to parents who chose life for their special needs children.

God’s Gift of Love

The sentence is death, I heard it today
The doctor told Mommy there’s no other way

Please give me a chance Mom to show you God’s reason
His purpose for my life will come in due season

I may not be cute, or charming or bright
My speech may be slow, my limbs not quite right

My gifts may not dazzle, enthrall or bring cheers
It’s God’s love I can give, full of laughter and tears

His plan for my life, a gift from above,
Is just to show others a glimpse of His love

His marvelous love to reach just one soul
Who longs to be loved, accepted, made whole

I wish you could see all the blessings in store
It may not always be easy. Life won’t be a bore.

So Mom, please listen to His voice from above…whispering

“This is a Special Gift of My Love

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