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

Recap On Trump’s State of the Union Address

90 minutes. That’s how long President Trump has spoken. He has made it an historical address. One that will long be remember by every pro-life advocate.

In his speech, President Trump has called out Governors Andrew Cuomo and Ralph Northam for their support of infanticide and late term abortion.  In his words:

“There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days.

Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world.

And then, we had the case of the governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth. To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.”

He goes on to encourage a culture that embraces all life because: “all children are made in the image of God.”

Sadly many members of congress, a majority of them women, were wearing white pantsuits to support woman. They seem to have forgotten the many women who have been aborted worldwide in countries like China, India, and North Korea.

 

SOTU

In addition to slamming the recent infanticide bills, President Trump took time to honor Joshua Kaufman (man saluting a soldier waving), a survivor of the Dachau Concentration Camp.  He also acknowledged the presence of two survivors of the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting last October. One was Judah Samet. Samet was no stranger to survivor as he also survived the Jewish holocaust during World War II.  The other survivor was Timothy Matson, a member of the Pittsburgh Police Department who helped saved dozens of lives during the heinous hate crime that fateful day.

It is time to take to heart our president’s words to build a culture that respects and nourishes life from the moment of conception until natural death.  It will be a long and challenging task at hand, yet love, truth, and mercy is on our side. We must not lose sight of hope in the culture of despair and death.

Reflection on the Reading from the Prophet Jeremiah

I am just blown away from the amazing word of God. Last week it was Paul’s letter to the Church of Corinth. This past Sunday it is the Prophet Jeremiah.

Here’s the full reading:

The word of the LORD came to me, saying:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I dedicated you,
a prophet to the nations I appointed you.

But do you gird your loins;
stand up and tell them
all that I command you.
Be not crushed on their account,
as though I would leave you crushed before them;
for it is I this day
who have made you a fortified city,
a pillar of iron, a wall of brass,
against the whole land:
against Judah’s kings and princes,
against its priests and people.
They will fight against you but not prevail over you,
for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD. Jer 1:4-5, 17-19

I find it perfect timing as we have seen in recent headlines with how states under Catholic in name only pro-aborts wants to allow abortion up until they baby is born alive. Have we forgotten the Kermit Gosnell? It seems Cuomo, Northam,  and many other are okay with the killing of innocent life in the mother’s womb. We need to take time to realize that we were created by the love of God.  God knew us at the moment we were conceived.  Have we had the opportunity to give thanks for being created?

Life is a beautiful gift. Let’s cherish it.