Wanna Break Cabin Fever? Take a Leap of Faith and Pray Outside of Abortion Facilities

The headliner might be a bit misleading. However, two brave men decided to continue praying outside of abortion facilities in the Philadelphia area, despite the stay at home order from elected officials.

The suggestion does come with some parameters.

  1. Do not come within two feet of patients entering the facility or escorts (if any decide to be out there)
  2. Be sure to be courteous and respectful to police and people coming and going on the sidewalk
  3. Be peaceful
  4. Bring love
  5. Stay safe and well
  6. Treat this like 40 Days for Life is still going on.
  7. Pray in small groups of less than ten
  8. If you are ill, pray from home

Remember, God has appeared to many people to do his will. You should do his, not the will of man.

“Never underestimate the spirit of God working through you, with you, and despite you.” Archbishop Nelson Perez

Breaking Through the Abortion Distortion Barriers: Pro-Life Defense 101 with Teresa Tomeo

Whether it’s NPR insisting a baby can’t be called a baby until after it’s born or Hollywood celebs demanding abortion on demand without apology while at the same time insisting McDonald’s end it’s “cruelty” to chickens, the abortion distortion is now out of control.
Despite the huge disconnect and the shocking rhetoric, the language of lies provides huge opportunities for people of life to speak the truth.  Never before, since the 1973 Supreme Court decisions that gave us abortion through nine months of pregnancy, has this issue been discussed. We need to use this as a Romans 8:28 situation and turn obstacles into opportunities to change hearts and minds on the most pressing issue of our day.
Join Teresa Tomeo and her guests, including Fr. Frank Pavone, as they provide simple and effective tools that can be used to defend life. To sign up for the event, Register Here

Students for Life to Host Pro-Life Mission to Philadelphia

*The following is an email I have received from Liana Hollendonner, the Pennsylvania and Delaware coordinator for Students for Life. It is reposted for promotional purpose. All are asked to mass the message on to high school and college students.

This summer, I’m selecting a group of Pennsylvania students to come with me for a week of intensive pro-life training, activism, and special events. And I want you to join me!

There are only 10 spots available for current students 18 and older! High school students can also attend single-day events during the week (see link for more details).

Click Here to Register Today!

WHAT: Pennsylvania Mission Retreat

WHEN
: June 23-30, 2019

WHERE: Begins in Philadelphia

SCHEDULE:

  • Intensive training from pro-life experts
  • Visit to Gosnell’s abortion facility
  • Participation in a prayer chain outside the Philadelphia Planned Parenthood
  • Starting Wednesday, we will travel to Agape Farm in Mount Union, PA to work the SFLA Booth at Creation Fest 2019, one of the largest Christian music festivals in the nation. Campfires, concerts, food, and fun included!


COST
: $100/student (all-inclusive)

18+ REGISTER NOW
https://prolifeamerica.org/pennsylvania-mission-trip/

FACEBOOK RSVP FOR ALL AGES
Pennsylvania Mission Retreat Facebook Event

Reach out to me with any questions by email at lhollendonner@studentsforlife.org

After Unplanned: The Walls are Talking (Abby Johnson talks with former abortion workers) Webinar

*** The following is from an email blast sent out by Former Planned Parenthood Director, now Pro-Life Advocate, Abby Johnson. The intention of the repost is to promote upcoming pro-life events and to better equip ourselves in engaging our culture in the abortion debate.

UNPLANNED, the surprise hit film based on the book I wrote (of the same name, after I quit my job at Planned Parenthood) shook the nation as people were confronted with the truth about abortion. Many people, even those who are pro-life, didn’t know how horrific abortion was or the devastating effects it has wreaked on children, women, and their families. I received hundreds of personal messages about how UNPLANNED changed their views on abortion – and how they viewed those who worked in the industry, just like I did.
UNPLANNED only showed a small portion of what it looks like to work in the abortion industry. But it also showed how love and compassion can help workers quit their jobs and leave the industry entirely. Many of their stories are told in my second book, The Walls Are Talking.

Join me on TUESDAY, MAY 21 at 7:30pm EDT and four former abortion workers to learn:

– how their stories are changing the face of the pro-life movement,
– the secrets of the abortion industry, and
– how abortion clinics are dealing with the exodus of so many workers.

I will introduce you to these four courageous former workers:

– Sue Thayer – Sue was a Center Manager for Planned Parenthood for 18 years. After she became pro-life, Sue led the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign outside the very clinic she managed.

– Monica Cline – Monica was trained by Planned Parenthood for outreach to teens and saw first-hand that the goals were more abortion-centered than they were education-based.

– Adrienne Moton – Adrienne is a former employee of Women’s Medical Center, the infamous Kermit Gosnell’s practice. She worked in the abortion industry for 3 years.

– Myra Neyer – Myra worked for Planned Parenthood in Baltimore. She witnessed an unforgettable abortion procedure that led to her quitting her job in the industry.

Participants will be entered into a random drawing to receive an autographed copy of my book, The Walls are Talking.
It can also be ordered by CLICKING HERE.

I hope you will join me on May 21. These walls are talking, and it’s time we all listen.

Date: TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019
Time: 4:30PM PT/ 6:30PM CT/ 7:30PM ET

Recap on Daily Vigils, Weekly Sidewalk Servants Sign-Up

Deb was at 777 appletree last Saturday praying to end abortion and handing out blessing bags… A young Spanish speaking girl approached the building. Deb spoke to her in Spanish and offered her help. The girl expressed that she would rather get help than end her pregnancy. Deb contacted the Community Women’s Center instantly and set her up for an appointment on Monday. Then she picked her up on Monday and took her to the appointment. At the appointment, this beautiful girl was loved and supported, and now she is definitely choosing life. If Deb was not there… if that hour was empty… if that young girl never encountered her and never learned about the help available… she would likely be mourning instead of rejoicing and preparing for her child.

You make the difference! Please be there to pray and offer help to these women and babies who need us… Let’s fill every hour this week! let us know if you need instructions before you go.

We will make sure that there are resources available, and if you have any questions at all before you go contact us for instructions.
Invite your friends to check out the “sidewalk servant quick start” videos on Youtube and google sidewalkservantsphilly.com to find our website for more resources.

please help us fill this weeks hours in downtown philly:

Tuesday 5/14 12th and locust:8,9,10,11,1,2,3

Tuesday 5/14: 777 appletree: 11,2

Wed 5/15: 12th and loc: 11,1,2,4

wed 5/15: 777 appletree: 8,9,10,11,12,1,2

Thurs 5/16: 12th and locust: 8,11,12,1,2,3,4

Thurs 5/16: 777 appletree: 8,9,10,11,12,1,2

Friday 5/17: 12th and locust:8,9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4

Friday 5/17: 777 appletree: 9,10,12,1,2

Sat 5/18: 12th and locust:11, 12,1,2

Sat 5/18: 777 appletree: 1,2

The Hero Priest of France and The Cowardly Cardinal of New York

The presence is real.   

Out of Tuesday’s tragedy in France, as the world watched in horror as  Notre Dame Cathedral burned, we witnessed a beautiful example of extraordinary heroism.

Father Jean-Marc Fournier, the chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, saved the Blessed Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns from the blazing cathedral.

Why?

Why would a man risk his life to save a piece of bread from burning, collapsing 800-year-old cathedral where he could have been killed in an instant?

He risked his life because, as Catholics, we not only believe, but we know with absolute certainty that the consecrated host is the actual Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior.

This heroic man was willing to risk his life, likely without hesitation, to save Christ from the fire. He reveres, honors, loves and defends Christ in the Eucharist. 

By contrast, in the state of New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo professes to be Catholic while endorsing, legislating, and defending abortion and the murder of newborn infants.

Cuomo also persecutes Christians and people of good faith who oppose his blood lust zealotry, calling them bigots and hate mongers and telling them they are not welcome in the state of New York. He is an agent of deception and evil.

Yet Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York will not rush into the burning fire of Governor Cuomo’s deceit and falsehood to defend Christ from sacrilege by denying this modern-day Judas the Eucharist.

No — the cardinal gives excuses and reasons and just wants to go along to get along. The horrible examples to the faithful are not just scandalous, they are demonic.

If the television game show Jeopardy were played in hell, the words of Cardinal Dolan would be on full display under the category, “Things the Devil Might Say.” 

In a prepared statement, Cardinal Dolan explained that excommunication of Governor Cuomo would not be effective because “many politicians would welcome it as a sign of their refusal to ‘be bullied by the Church.'”

What?!

We know, of course, that his words are pointless and those of a politician, not a shepherd who cares for the souls of his flock.

During Holy Week, let us pray for Father Jean-Marc Fournier and that God in His mercy will raise up courageous priests, bishops, and cardinals in the generations to come.

** This was from an email blast sent out by Judie Brown of American Life League. It is republished with her permission.

Screening of Unplanned Hosted by Generation Life for Young Adults

Unplanned, the movie based on a memoir written by Abby Johnson, tells the story of how she walked away from Planned Parenthood after witnessing an ultrasound-guided abortion. She shared how 40 Days for Life planted the seeds for her conversion.

Abby was the director of the facility in Bryan Texas, which is now the headquarters of 40 Days for Life.

This spring the movie will be brought to life. Generation Life will host a screening in King of Prussia mall on opening night Thursday, March 28th at 7PM. Information is below:

Join Generation Life for the premiere night of the highly anticipated film ‘UNPLANNED.’ Connect with other young adults (18 and up) interested in exploring the testimony of a former abortion clinic director & her powerful life-changing experience. The movie followed by lively discussion and yummy food.

Reserve your DISCOUNTED TICKET here:
https://bit.ly/2SBqCe5 

Also, view the trailer, which is No.1 on iTunes here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBLWpKbC3ww&t=1s

You can also order Abby’s book here: https://www.amazon.com/Unplanned-Dramatic-Parenthood-Eye-Opening-2014-12-01/dp/B01FKUMXJ0/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3OJWHXJS5PRDX&keywords=unplanned+by+abby+johnson&qid=1550779153&s=gateway&sprefix=unplanned%2Caps%2C321&sr=8-2

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Finding Your Voice

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Facebook – yea or nay?   While I enjoy keeping up with the activities of friends, family and coworkers I am finding myself more disturbed by the two-faced charitable nature of some postings.  There are a fair amount of  “feel good” postings espousing pet projects or causes however, that same positive vibe is completely shut down the moment a pro-life sentiment is raised.  All of a sudden it’s back to the  “mind your own business” mantra.

There were times I was tempted to post a rebuttal knowing full well this would not change any minds.  So I decided to go old school and send a letter to the editor of my local newspaper, The Philadelphia Inquirer.  I am still a work in progress when it comes to publicly communicating my pro-life beliefs so I was a bit apprehensive to have a letter published with my email address attached it.  However, I also realize God gave us a voice and expects us to use it to do good.   My letter was chosen to be published this past weekend and the reader response directly to me has been mostly positive.  It’s reaffirming to know there are others out there supporting the right to life!

Since today’s news organizations have forsaken fair reporting for a blatant liberal bias it is paramount we continue to give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves.  Below is my published letter (with the editor’s revisions!).   Good luck with the one you soon will be writing to your local newspaper!

Helping others is an innate urge when times are tough.  During the recent government shutdown Facebook posts offered assistance to those missing paychecks.  Donations of food, clothing, and gas money spontaneously popped up.   And when speaking of the opioid problem it is centered on what can we do to get users the help they need or at the very least a willingness to administer naloxone so  they can live another day in the hopes of finding treatment   People want to do good and that should make us all feel good. Except when it comes to mothers and their unborn babies.

When this topic arises, I am told to mind my own business.  I find this puzzling.  Why am I urged to get involved in crowdfunding requests to assist in various humanitarian needs and yet when I want to support the life of an unborn child I am told to mind my own business?    I have stood peacefully outside an abortion center and never yelled at those entering. I have prayed for the child and the parents who sadly cannot see any alternative but death as a solution to their circumstances.    I have offered alternatives such as the Community Women’s Center of Philadelphia which provides free pregnancy testing and ultrasounds as well as housing, food, baby supplies and counseling.   And I have offered the assistance of Rachel’s Vineyard, an organization that counsels those suffering through a myriad of emotions after having an abortion.

There are vulnerable members throughout society, but to single out a mother and her unborn child as unworthy of our concern is beyond understanding. And this is why I won’t mind my own business, just as others don’t mind their own business when they see someone in need.

Students For Life of America Leadership Summit Draws High School and College Students

Villanova University is where one of the oldest pro-life college groups that ever started at the beginning of the movement. On Saturday, February 16th, the campus would host 50 students that represented various high school and colleges in the Philadelphia area.

The day began with a welcome from Liana Hollendonner, the Students for Life of America regional coordinator for the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware.

She opens with a reminder to those in attendance to remember to be bold and courageous on their campuses.  Reflecting on Martin Luther King’ legacy, pro-lifers are called to share the message of abortion with controversy and be bold in their convictions.

“The best approach when dialoguing with others is to find common ground and share stories.”

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A student panel followed the opening address, which included Dominic Sceski (Villanova), Karly Brown and Sean Harney (Temple), and Mike Prieto, (Bishop Shanahan High School).

Temple students Karly Brown and Sean Harney shared how they countered Planned Parenthood workers who showed up on campus by drawing confusion with the signature pink colors of the organization and handing out information dispelling the common myths of the organization.

Mike Prieto of Bishop Shanahan High School, which won the national award from Students for Life of America (see article here: Bishop Shanahan Wins National Award) He acknowledges how Planned Parenthood never shows up to school giving its Catholic setting. It pays off. Every 1st Saturday the group participates in the vigil outside of the Planned Parenthood in West Chester and they notice how not many of their peers enter the facility while they are praying.

Dominic Sceski is a part of a family dynasty with his older brothers (Blaise and Colin) who were active in the pro-life group at Villanova. He reminds those gathered to communicate truth better and not get too confrontational.

There was even time for breakout sessions. The speakers included Dr. Monique Ruberu, Dan Bartkowiak, Brooke McDowell, and Sarah Portis.

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Dan Bartkowiak from the Pennsylvania Family Institute and Council shared about the progress being made in promoting the culture of life in the state. Reflecting on the episode of Gosnell, he reminded those gathered that we must keep holding state officials accountable.  Since 1973, 2 million babies will be aborted in the state. Much work has to be done. Even the state passed a law to protect children with down syndrome. It is yet to be signed by pro-abort Governor Tom Wolf.

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Dr. Monique Ruberu took time to address the importance of being the hands and feet of God when outside of abortion facilities in our community. She shared a story of how a woman saw a sign promoting the abortion pill reversal hotline and it would soon help her choose life for a precious girl she gave birth to around the Christmas season. Despite the poverty she was in, Monique and several women got together and threw her a baby shower. She was showered with love.

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The final speaker was a colleague and friend of Liana named Stephanie Schmitt. Like Liana, she works for Students for Life as the regional coordinator of the capital area, which includes Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Schmitt took time to encourage the students to be more involved and ready to respond if Planned Parenthood and other abortion-rights groups enter their campus with a rapid response. Some helpful tips were: record any acts of vandalism, writing letters to the editor, hosting drives for diaper collections, and tabling to recruit more members. She used examples of how students countered sex week on one campus by reminding them of pregnancy resources and the hotline if women become victims of sexual assaults.

The students were energized and ready to take on the abortion lobby should they set foot on their campus.

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Pro-Lifers Learn the Art Behind Persuasion

“Why did you give up your Saturday to be here?” That was the opening question of Matthew Manion when he began the first ever Art of Persuasion seminar. 50 Pro-Lifers had those words echoed into their mentality at Villanova University. Manion brought his experience in the business world to the seminar and a professor of the academia scene on the mainline campus.

In his presentation, Manion suggests to persuade the 2nd person. That second person is you. It helps that person think of what they can do to get involved with the movement. In order to persuade, Manion suggests three steps.

The first is to ask for what is needed to be accomplished and support in order to achieve that goal.

The second is to compare. Compare what you and the other person want to accomplish. Then, follow it up by how you can help and achieve that goal.

There is a strong link between self-efficacy and success. Simply put it defines the person’s belief and chances of successfully accomplishing a specific task.

In the midst of learning how to persuade other to defend life, those gathered also offered ramps to get others involved with the movement.

“We must provide a way to draw people into the pro-life movement.” Manion challenging those gathered.

Some suggestions varied to making blessing bags used during prayer vigils, having a holy hour for life, pregnancy support centers, and even a movie night.

Juid Neeld and Kim Savage, the first missionaries of Generation Life close out the seminar with a presentation.

Savage shared how she gave a presentation to a group of high school students at Bishop Shanahan High School and had thoughts about how she might’ve not delivered her message well. However, years later a young woman who sat in the audience told her how she was in a promiscuous relationship and after hearing Kim broke up with her boyfriend.

Judi took a leap of faith when first invited to pray in front of Philadelphia Women’s Center on Saturday. She thought it was a struggle, but she knew she had to be there for the women going into the abortion facilities.

“We must change hearts on the front lines” Judi Neeld.

Matthew Manion