Zoom Prayer Meeting on Good Friday

The following is from an email blast sent by Dr. Monique Ruberu

Pat and I are so proud of all of you!! You guys have continued to pray and that prayer support has allowed the few out on the front lines to be so effective…

40 days officially ended on the 4th so now we are into sidewalk servant time, but since we are unable to do our usual Good Friday closing and vigil outside of PP we thought we could possibly come together online with maybe a few people coming to us from the front lines at 12th and locust…

We can have a max of 10 people with physical distancing downtown, so if you want to go there please let me know so we can be ready for you with a mask and know where you will stand.
Pat will have a cross down there and hopes to do stations of the cross.

Please email Monique for the Zoom link at roobearoo@hotmail.com. 

Pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday

Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles is asking the faithful to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday (April 10th) at 3PM.

Here is how to pray it:

Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lord, have mercy

R: Lord, have mercy

Christ, have mercy

Christ, have mercy

Lord, have mercy

Lord, have mercy
God our Father in heaven

R: have mercy on us

God the Son, Redeemer of the world

R: have mercy on us

God the Holy Spirit

R: have mercy on us

Holy Trinity, one God

R: have mercy on us

(Response for every petition is: Have mercy on us)

Heart of Jesus, Son of the eternal Father

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in
the womb of the Virgin Mother

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, one with the eternal Word

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, infinite in majesty

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of
heaven

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, aflame with love for us

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, source of justice and love

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, well-spring of all virtue

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, worthy of all praise

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, treasure-house of wisdom
and knowledge

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, in whom there dwells the
fullness of God

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father is
Well pleased

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, from whose fullness we
have all received

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, desire of the eternal hills

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, patient and full of mercy

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, generous to all who turn
to you

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, atonement for our sins

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, overwhelmed with insults

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, broken for our sins

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, obedient even to death

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, pierced by a lance

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, victim of our sins

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, salvation of all who trust
in you

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, hope of all who die in you

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, delight of all the saints

have mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world

have mercy on us

Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world

have mercy on us

Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world

have mercy on us
Jesus, gentle and humble of heart.

Touch our hearts
and make them like your own.
Let us pray.
Father, we rejoice in the gifts of love we have received from the heart of Jesus your Son. Open our hearts to share his life and continue to bless us with his love. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

For more information, read the full article here

So How do You Start a Productive Conversation on Abortion?

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The following was posted on National Right to Life website.   Maria V. Gallagher, the author of this article is Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Editor’s note. Periodically I ask people how to approach men and women who on the issue of abortion reside in what might be called “the borderline” (to borrow from Philip Yancey in another context). They are in neither camp but are open to persuasion. One of the people I asked was Maria.

It’s an intriguing proposition to do a little bit of mental role-playing and contemplate what I would say to an individual who has never been engaged on the abortion issue.
I suppose it’s all the more interesting since I was once that individual.

I would say the most important decision when engaging such a person is to be committed to being friendly, non-confrontational, and winsome. A smile can be one of the greatest communication tools we have.

I suppose I would begin with a definition of terms, since that is sorely missing in modern media. What is abortion? The individual might have heard it defined as a “woman’s right,” but what is it, exactly? I would explain that it is the taking of an innocent, unrepeatable human life, absolutely distinct from the mother with separate DNA

At this point, I would entertain questions, which I would surmise would begin with, “But when does life begin?” It certainly could not be after the first trimester, I would argue, because by then the baby is fully formed. Does it begin with brain waves (43 days after conception)? A beating heart (24 days after conception)? The development of the eyes—the windows to the soul (19 days)? It is difficult to use a single developmental milestone as the starting point, so we must begin at the true beginning—conception

I might then pose some numerical questions—without a significant amount of math being required. For instance, how many abortions does the individual think occur each year? [1] And how many since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion throughout pregnancy? [2

It has been my experience that few people know the correct answers to these questions. They aren’t the sort of facts you find on a network news website or in a text alert from your local TV news department. But I have seen the reactions to these numbers—and normally, people are quite startled by the magnitude

I would then ask if the individual has ever seen an ultrasound picture of an unborn baby. If so, what did he or she see? Was it surprising at all? If not, knowing that pictures can often speak more eloquently than I can, I would share some ultrasound images and watch the individual’s eyes light up.

My attention would then turn to the testimony I have heard from women who have had abortions and who now regret them—the “dissatisfied customers” of the abortion industry, so to speak. The heartache of losing a child and not being given permission to grieve openly. The callousness of the abortion center staff. The pain—both physical and emotional—of a procedure advertised as being as harmless as tooth removal. The grief of knowing that a life has ended when it could have been saved.

I would ask if I could follow up with some additional information that the individual could read for himself or herself—privately and pressure-free. For I think that everyone has to have time to assess and analyze the full impact of abortion—not just on their lives, but on millions of lives around the globe.

That’s the method I followed—and it led me from being a hardened pro-choice journalist to serving as a passionate defender of the right to life. If someone was able to penetrate the walls that kept me away from the abortion issue, I figure anyone can cross over to the pro-life side.

[1] “Approximately 862,320 abortions were performed in 2017,” according to the Guttmacher Institute
[2] Over 61 million.

Website: National Right to Life

Live Stream the Stations of the Cross with Pro-Life Action League

From Eric J.​​​​​ Scheidler

Every year on Good Friday, the Pro-Life Action League hosts a nationwide event known as the “Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion” outside abortion facilities across the country.

This year’s event was on track to top over 100 locations when the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

To allow this cherished annual event to go forward while preventing the spread of the coronavirus, I’m inviting all my pro-life friends to participate in a “virtual” version of this event on Good Friday.

At 10 a.m. CT this Friday, I will live-stream the “Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion” with my family outside the Planned Parenthood mega-center in our home town of Aurora, Illinois.

The Way of the Cross will be broadcast live on the Pro-Life Action League Facebook page. I’ve attached a prayer booklet for you to pray along with.

Just print out the prayer booklet, log into Facebook a couple minutes before 10 a.m. Central Time on Friday, and together we can pray for an end to abortion.

(And by the way, you don’t have to have a Facebook account to watch the live stream. Just go to the League page on Friday to watch.)

If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s how much more our lives are knit together than we realized — how dependent we are upon one another.

The most dependent of all is, of course, the unborn child. May this moment deepen our sense of solidarity with our unborn brothers and sisters!

That will be my prayer during the live-streamed pro-life Way of the Cross on Friday. I look forward to praying together with you!

Austin Judge Lifts Texas Abortion Ban

Austin  Judge Lee Yeakel temporarily crushes Governor Abbott’s  ban of abortions during this pandemic.  Read John Pisciotta’s report below. 

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Bad news for preborn babies and moms in Texas.  Judge Lee Yeakel responded Monday afternoon to Governor Abbott’s ban on abortions during the current health crisis by issuing a “temporary restraining order” allowing the killing of babies in the womb to resume in Texas. Legislating from the bench, Yeakel claimed that the governor’s order would “cause women to suffer serious and irreparable harm.

While this decision is disheartening, it is not surprising.  The Texas abortion industry chooses Judge Yeakel as the venue for initiating court cases and he has ALWAYS handed down their desired rulings.

Attorney General Dan Patrick will issue a statement on appeal to a higher Federal Court.  Unfortunately, this will take time although. There are strategies for expediting the process.

For life-defenders in the greater Waco area, the reality is there is no illegal barrier to Nicola Louise Moore flying to Waco to kill Central Texas babies. This Wednesday Thursday and Friday were not in the PP Waco regular schedule. However, since abortions were cancelled last week, resumption tomorrow is a possibility.

Waco will again become a killing center of the American abortion holocaust. You and I must continue to shoulder this burden. This Friday, we remember in a special way the burden Jesus shouldered for you and I. We should not grasp for a comfortable Christianity.

You can read more about Judge Yeakel’s deadly decision here and here

 

 

Annual Stand Up for Life Dinner Set for November 22nd

 

The quarantine has put our lives on hold that we are at the point where we ask ourselves “Can we look forward to something?”

The answer is yes.

The annual Stand Up for Life Dinner will take place on Sunday, November 22nd. This year’s speaker is Matt Walsh (no relation to Fr. Chris Walsh of St. Raymond’s in Mt. Airy). Walsh is a writer for Daily Wire and an influential voice for conservatives. He hopes to use it as a platform to connect with his generation and beyond. More information will be available at a later date. 

Matt Walsh was even one of the speakers from the rally against bullying last year outside of Planned Parenthood after videos of Brian Sims harassing pro-lifers surfaced. Listen to his speech here

“Life is always worth living”

Couldn’t we all use a heartwarming story about now? Here’s one that looks at pro-life from the other end of the age spectrum. In February The Philadelphia Inquirer shared a story about a dementia patient Margaret Mackie in Edinburgh, Scotland who teamed up with her caregiver Jamie Lee Morley to record “My Way” which was then posted on the internet. The recording was No. 6 on Amazon’s download charts and had reached No. 27 on iTunes top 40 in the U.K. Proceeds are benefiting the Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia U.K.

Jamie knew from his daily interaction with Margaret that she liked to sing and dance even though she could not remember things from one day to the next. They performed together at the nursing home Christmas show and then things took off. Margaret’s daughter, Mairi Hunter, is very enthusiastic about the reaction and is glad that the story is highlighting the fact that a dementia diagnosis does not have to mean the end to a life.

There are so many lessons for all of us in this story but probably the one most relevant to the readers of this website is a comment made by Jamie that “People think once you get dementia your life’s over. Margaret proves that life is always worth living”. That’s a comment that needs to be reinforced. Many pro-choice advocates mention poverty or other social concerns to advocate to end a baby’s life. We cannot look at someone – either a baby or a senior citizen or someone with disabilities – and make the decision for them that they would be better off not here. Here is a woman that through God’s mercy was given a guiding hand by her caregiver and is finding pleasure through singing. I would bet she never thought in a million years she would be in a recording studio nor assisting in donations to those charities.

Jamie took the time to notice Margaret’s love of music and fostered it. We need to do the same – not just for others but with regard to ourselves. We all have talents that get hidden in the day-to-day. Now that the world has slowed down for a bit, we can take the time to examine how best our talents can be used to help someone else or just to spark our own energy.

And finally, how powerful is the internet! I know there is a lot of nonsense swirling around out there but isn’t it nice that a story like this can be shared, that Margaret’s singing can be played, that we can be heartened that people like Jamie take an interest in other human beings. Just click here to see the video or you can do a search under Margaret’s name to get more info on the story.

I’d like to think that in my later senior years that I will be like Margaret. I know realistically things are not always that simple and I am sure there was a lot of worry and strife over Margaret’s initial diagnosis and the decision to move her to the facility. But somewhere on the edges of her life a positive was achieved. The recognition that life is precious in any form and sometimes we just need a little help digging through to find the good part.

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Pro-Life Yard Signs and Bumper Stickers

Unborn Baby Sign

Many faithful Catholics and Christians serve on the front lines of Planned Parenthood’s war against unborn babies and their mothers. There are several ways you can become involved in this war.  Through prayer and fasting, financially supporting or volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center, advocating for pro-life legislation are just some the ways to help end abortion in our nation.

This website has a simple way of helping to promote the pro-life message. By purchasing a sign for your yard or a bumper sticker,  you can reach many with the pro-life message.

Below is a prayer that we can all pray for our president.

President Trump Prayer

“Silence in the face of evil is evil itself. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 – 1945)

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke (1729- 1797)

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams, 2nd President of the United States

Divine Mercy Novena Begins Friday

The Divine Mercy Novena starts this Friday. Here are the devotion and history of this powerful prayer.

Here is the breakdown for each day.

Learn how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Here’s the breakdown below for each day

Divine Mercy Novena Day 1

Divine Mercy Novena Day 2

Divine Mercy Novena Day 3

Divine Mercy Novena Day Four

Divine Mercy Novena Day Five

Divine Mercy Novena Day Six

Divine Mercy Novena Day Seven

Divine Mercy Novena Day Eight

Divine Mercy Novena Day Nine

 

National Right to Life Praises State Affiliates Asking that State and Federal Directives Apply to Abortion Facilities

Below is a press release from the National Right to Life regarding the disparity of facilities allowed to operate during the coronavirus pandemic.  If you state is still allowing abortion mills to remain open while closing other businesses I suggest you contact your elected officials and let them know that Planned Parenthood and other abortion centers are not essential businesses and should be closed for the safety of everyone, including the preborn babies whom they wish to kill.  

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—As health care workers face the challenge of caring for a staggering number of patients with coronavirus, abortion facilities are conducting business as usual.

National Right to Life’s state affiliates have led the way in urging state officials to close abortion facilities as non-essential medical services. Closing facilities would protect clients and staff from possible exposure to COVID-19 and free up medical supplies and personal protection equipment for use by hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We praise our state affiliates for leading the way in challenging the abortion industry’s ‘business as usual’ response to the coronavirus pandemic,” stated Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “During this time, it is vital that all available U.S. resources be focused on turning the tide of the pandemic.”

Pro-abortion groups and their allies are challenging orders from governors in several states who are calling for a ban on all non-essential surgical procedures—including abortions. Federal and state officials have called for a halt to all elective surgeries so medical care can be focused on those in immediate need and personal protection equipment can be reserved for those on the frontlines in the pandemic. The abortion industry has ignored calls to close abortion facilities and is continuing to pursue the destruction of unborn babies for monetary gain.

“Thousands of surgical procedures have been put on hold, millions of Americans are practicing social distancing, several states have issued stay-at-home orders, and thousands are hospitalized with coronavirus, yet abortion clinics are conducting business as usual,” stated Tobias.

In addition, abortion proponents and apologists are calling for telemedicine abortions using RU-486. However, a recent press release by the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists noted that approximately 5% of all RU-486 abortions result in emergency room visits—most often because of hemorrhaging. These visits would put women at risk of contracting coronavirus and strain the resources of already stretched emergency room personnel.

“While hospitals and emergency rooms struggle to care for those affected by coronavirus and lives are lost daily to this disease, abortion facilities are deliberately taking the lives of unborn children and calling it ‘essential care’” stated Jennifer Popik, J.D., legislative director for National Right to Life. “Taking the life of an unborn baby is not essential care for the mother or her baby.”

“National Right to Life affiliates have been leading the way to see that abortion clinics comply with directives to cease non-essential services,” said Ingrid Duran, National Right to Life’s director of State Legislation. “States that have called for abortion facilities to stop abortion procedures include Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.”

Temporary restraining orders halting or preventing state directives to stop elective abortions have been issued in Texas, Ohio, and Alabama.

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.

For more information contact, Laura Echevarria at mediarelations@nrlc.org