Pro-Life Examples Part 2: The Spiritual Work of Mercy

Here is the breakdown o the other seven works of mercy

Based on an article from the National Catholic Register, here are some ways you can exercise the seven spiritual works of mercy.

SPOILER: A majority involves prayer and spiritual reading.

The seven spiritual works of mercy are:

  1. To instruct the ignorant.
  2. To counsel the doubtful.
  3. To admonish the sinners.
  4. To bear patiently those who wrong us.
  5. To forgive offenses.
  6. To comfort the afflicted.
  7. To pray for the living and the dead

Here’s a break down on how to live out each one of them.

To instruct the ignorant

  1. Engage in pro-life apologetics
    1. We are called to be the light of Christ to those who do not know the issue well
    2. Present it in a way where you are not in their face or confrontational
  2. Read books on pro-life apologetics such as Trent Horn’s Persuasive Pro-Life or Stephanie’s Gray Love Unleashes Life
  3. Invite someone on the fence to attend a lecture given by a pro-life speaker
  4. Offer to give a pro-life talk to a respect life group or during a general assembly

To counsel the doubtful

  1. Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may eventually become wise” (Prov 19:20)
  2. Offer information to a pregnant mom who is struggling to find the right options
  3. Pass on pro-life literature to someone who is on the fence with the issue
  4. Accompany a pregnant mom to a pregnancy crisis center during her appointment

To admonish the sinner

Do not judge, but be supportive in helping others find their way and correct their mistakes.  Together we can learn to walk more closely with Christ

  1. Be compassionate by loving when people are wrong
  2. Those who hope to denigrate the Church and its followers are looking for a fight. Give it to them, but do it clearly and with compassion. It’s called “tough love” for a reason — it might sound tough but it’s loving at its core.
  3. Write a letter to the editor in response to a pro-choice leaning article
  4. Write a letter to an elected official who supports abortion and challenge their stance
  5. Intervene fast and hard in situations where people are doing spiritual and moral harm to themselves or others.

To bear wrongs patiently

  1. Ask God to give you patience when people rattle you for your pro-life convictions
  2. Offer a Holy Hour or communion for those who repeatedly attack your faith

To forgive offenses

  1. Let go of grudges
  2. Saying sorry is something we learn as kids, but how often do we really mean it? Forgiveness transforms hearts and lives
  3. Participate in the Sacrament of Penance
  4. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet

To comfort the afflicted

  1. Be a listening ear to those who are suffering in grief
  2. Make a meal or invite those suffering from personal or mental anguish to a social gathering
  3. Send a letter or card to those grieving the loss of a loved one
  4. Include those contemplating suicide or abortion, hurting, or suffering in your rosary or morning prayer

Pray for the living and dead

Prayer is an essential part of our spiritual lives

  1. Request a Mass intention for a friend or family member who is going through a tough time
  2. Request a mass intention for a pro-life advocate no longer with us.
  3. Keep your own book of prayer intentions, writing down the names of those who you are keeping in your prayers
  4. Offer a Mass or Holy Hour for the buildup of the culture of life
  5. Ask people to pray for you and your needs

Incorporate these seven and the seven Corporal Works of Mercy into your daily lives.

 

 

 

Pro-Life Version of the Works of Mercy. Part 1

I’m sure you have obstinately heard the phrase “Pro-lifers don’t care about the moms and babies after birth.” The reality is they do. The problem with the phrase is that the apathetic people that make this claim have never been cared for by people of love.  That is why I am giving you a breakdown of the Corporal Works of Mercy. The spiritual version will come later. For now, let us do the first seven. This comes as a perfect reminder with Lent around the corner.

The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others as if they were Christ in disguise. They serve as a guide to responding to the tangible needs of our neighbors and enemies.

Feed the Hungry

  1. Give some pocket change to a homeless person who needs food
  2. Splurge on your next trip at Wendy’s Chick Fil A or wherever you’re going to lunch today and offer that extra food to the person begging at the corner
  3. Start a food can or pantry drive at your parish and give it to a homeless shelter
  4. Make food for someone going through a bereavement
  5. Offer to donate food to a baby shower for a mom who is choosing life

Give Drink to the Thirsty

  1. Give your extra bottle of water to someone who is homeless
  2. Donate a case of water
  3. Pay for the person’s cup of coffee that is behind you
  4. Offer a cold or hot beverage to your local mail carrier,/UPS Driver, Amazon deliverer, gardener, snow shoveler, etc.
  5. Donate baby formula to a local pregnancy help center

Clothe The Naked

  1. Donate old clothes you have and give them to the homeless shelter
  2. Host a clothing drive for those in need
    1. We’re still in the heart of winter
  3. Knit hats, scarves, and gloves to later be  given out to the homeless or dropped off at a nearby homeless shelter
  4. Knit blankets, crochet or sew baby blankets for your local pregnancy help center
  5. Host an event or dance and have people get admission by donating baby items to the event for a pregnancy center
  6. Collect clothes and send them to an orphanage overseas
  7. Throw a baby shower for a woman that decides to choose life but has nothing prepared for her child’s arrival

Visit the Sick

  1. Send flowers, fruit basket, and or cards to someone who is sick or in the hospital
  2. Volunteer to call Bingo at a nursing home
  3. Visit a relative or friend that is in the hospital or nursing home
  4. Offer to give someone homebound the eucharist
  5. Visit a parish member that is terminally ill

Bury The Dead

  • Pray in front of abortion facilities
  • Volunteer to help during a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat
  • Donate a dish to a funeral luncheon
  • Attend wakes/funerals of strangers, family, and even friends
  • Attend the funeral of an inmate that was executed
  • Visit a cemetery and pray for the dead
  • Help a widow or widower in need with yard work or errands

 

Please Join Us for a Mass for Life to Kickoff the 40 Days for Life in Warminster, Pennsylvania

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The Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition  would like to invite everyone to a  Mass for Life to kick off the 40 Days for Life Campaign in Warminster, Pennsylvania  on Tuesday night, February 25th at Nativity of Our Lord Church.  After the Mass we will gather at the Planned Parenthood on Louis Drive for a short prayer vigil.

Below is information from Melissa Chapman, coordinator for the Warminster Campaign.

I hope everything is going well with each of you.  We’re less than two weeks away from the start of this upcoming campaign and will be one of 507 local campaigns around the world – the largest spring campaign in the history of 40 DFL.

I understand Warminster is hard, and I want to thank all of you who have been part of this for years or who have recently joined us.  This may already be known, however, we have stumbled across some interesting information that suggests when we show up and pray outside of Warminster, yes just Warminster, each of you are making an impact on abortion around our state in addition to our community…and all we have to do is continue to show up and pray and leave the rest to the One who created each of us. I know it’s close, however, if you’re on the fence about joining us, I ask that you take this into consideration to help us fill as much of this campaign from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm as possible.

You can sign up by emailing me at  hemler.chapman@1791.com or using the online calendar  using this link.  

40DFL Kickoff Mass Flyer

 

Planned Parenthood Trains Employees on How to Pressure Women into Getting Abortions to Meet Deadly Quotas

“I felt like a salesman selling abortions,” said a former Planned Parenthood nurse.

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Below is a report by Martin Fox, President National Pro-Life Alliance.  It concerns first hand accounts from former Planned Parenthood staff.

If you thought that Planned Parenthood cared about providing women with a “choice,” think again.

In fact, Planned Parenthood was exposed by an ex-manager, who reported that the abortion giant enforces a monthly abortion quota that each of its mills must meet.

Each so-called “counselor” at Planned Parenthood is required to schedule at least forty abortions a day.

If Planned Parenthood’s abortion mills don’t reach their quota each month, they are forced to make a “corrective action plan” to ensure that their “mistake” doesn’t happen again.

If Planned Parenthood’s mills do reach their quota, they’re rewarded … with a pizza party of all things.

So, Planned Parenthood trains its employees on how to pressure women into getting abortions in order to meet their deadly quota.

If a woman walks into a Planned Parenthood, thinking that they might be willing to give her a simple pregnancy test, the abortion giant’s so-called “counselors” pounce on her.

“I felt like a salesman selling abortions,” said a former Planned Parenthood nurse.

And another former Planned Parenthood worker commented, “The emotional manipulation of others is what got to me the most.”

So it would seem that Planned Parenthood management has no interest in providing women with a “choice.”

After all, they’ve got pizza parties to plan.

Partner with the Maryland March for Life!

The following is from the Maryland March for Life.  Their annual March for Life takes place on Monday, February 24th.  Information below on being a sponsor.  Use this link to register or to find out more information on the March.  

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Become a Sponsor!

In the late 1970s, Art Sawyer began a tradition in Annapolis by hosting a yearly march to the State House to redress the State of Maryland’s stance on the issue of abortion. For years, Art worked tirelessly to promote a culture of life in Maryland. After over 40 years, the Maryland March for Life has grown to dozens of organizations, churches, and schools. It has become a centerpiece of the pro-life movement and has grown from a rally to a full social and religious event where pro-lifers from around the state can work together toward a common cause.

The Maryland March for Life has taken many different directions over the years, based on need and space. We are excited to be offering a slightly different format this year for partnering with us and are seeking your help to make it possible.

We know that this year the abortion lobby is working hard to enshrine abortion rights in our state even in the event that Roe vs. Wade is overturned. That makes our March and Rally more important than ever! We are working hard to bring together pro-life leaders from all over our area to work as a cohesive group to stop the advancement of an abortion referendum in its tracks. We also know that multiple lobbying groups are working overtime for a sixth re-introduction of a physician-assisted suicide bill which was narrowly defeated on a tie vote in the Senate last year.

Our goals are lofty, but not unattainable. However, we need your help for our March to reach its participation and impact goals. If you have a pro-life organization or pro-life business that would like to sponsor our March or showcase at a table during our after-the-March-mixer, then check out our various opportunities below!

Level 1: $500

  • Organization name and logo listed as a Maryland March for Life Co-Sponsor on all featured advertising
  • Organization name and logo displayed on rally stage
  • Verbal mention on the rally stage as a co-sponsor
  • Table at the mixer

Level 2: $250

  • Organization name and/or logo featured on our website and event page as a supporter
  • Organization name and logo displayed on rally stage
  • Table at the mixer

Level 3: $100

  • Table at the mixer

PLEASE note that all sponsors and exhibitors must abide by our table policy found here.

Return from the 2020 March for Life and Show Them You Mean it! Put Your Compassion into Action!

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Greetings Saints and Activist!

Learn how you can unite with citizens in your community to make a difference and save lives in your neighborhood through Prayer, Presence & Truth. Pro-life churches of all denominations, synagogues, schools, youth groups, pro-life clubs, and concerned pro-life citizens are needed.

How we all can choose ways to be active in June Primary Making Informed Decisions. 15 minute Presentation Rev Dr. Clenard Childress Jr and as well as other’s from South Jersey Pro-life Coalition.

REGIONAL INFORMATIONAL MEETING
Wednesday February 19th
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Christ Our Light Catholic Church
402 Kings Highway N.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Parish Center St. Mary Room

Although not required, we ask that you pre-register. Call/text 609-200-6864 email sjplcoalition@protonmail.com Light refreshments will be provided.

In His Service,
Thank You In Advance,

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Rev. Clenard H. Childress Jr.

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A special Valentine’s Day prayer for women whose hearts are broken over abortion

The following is from Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.  

I will never forget the time when I was a radio reporter and I decided to do a feature on Valentine’s Day.

I arranged to visit a second-grade class at a local elementary school to record their impressions of the holiday. As I took out my microphone and tape recorder, the children gathered around me at lightning speed. They were eager to give their reflections of Valentine’s Day. In that moment, I just felt surrounded by love.

I remember my own excitement as a grade school student anticipating Valentine’s Day. My mother believed in celebrating to the hilt, so the day was filled with cards, gifts, cake, hors’ d’oeuvres, and even flaming cherries jubilee. Again, growing up, I always felt great love on Valentine’s Day.

It seems to me that the national public policy which permits abortion on demand erases a great deal of love from our lives. That is because it eliminates the children who carefully craft those handmade Valentine’s and whisper “I love you” at times of great grace.

Just think if we were to make a Valentine for every child lost to abortion, and for each woman who grieves a child that abortion has taken. The cards could stretch to the heavens and back.

I believe that every woman who was coerced into abortion knows what she is missing—an irreplaceable child with a boundless capacity to love. How sad that a woman could be driven to surrender the one who would love her the most.

This is Your Invitation to Join the San Francisco 40 Days for Life Spring Campaign

Below is information from SF Bay Area Life Runners on the upcoming 40 Days for Life Campaign  weekdays at Planned Parenthood on Valencia Street (which is soon to close) and at their new site on Bush Street on Sundays. Information is provided below to sign up for this campaign.  

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We are BACK! In just 2.5 short weeks, Lent will begin and that means we’ll be back on the sidewalk praying and fasting for the end to abortion. This campaign is particularly special because this will be the LAST campaign at the Valencia Street Planned Parenthood. In Fall 2020, Planned Parenthood will open a much larger Flagship NorCal facility on Bush Street that not only offers their usual “medical” services, but also has space for education & training, conferences and a “research lab”.  😱  So, we invite you to join us in praying very hard for the end to abortion in our city. Consider signing up for a regular hour or two every week. Invite newcomers – family, friends, parishioners – to join you. Promote 40 Days at your churches with this information:
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40 DAYS FOR LIFE / SAN FRANCISCO    
Spring 2020 Campaign: February 26 – April 5
– SUNDAY: To-be-opened Planned Parenthood, 1522 Bush Street, San Francisco
– SIGN UP for hours via our website hereor by emailing/calling us. 
– FOLLOW US on Facebookand Twitter.
– CONTACT US: sf40daysforlife@gmail.com or call (408) 840-DAYS (3297)

Here is some additional information sent from SF Bay Area Life Runners:
  • We expect this to be the LAST 40 Days for Life campaign at the existing Planned Parenthood at 1650 Valencia Street. Planned Parenthood plans to close this location when it opens its new Flagship location at 1522 Bush Street in Fall 2020. (More info herehere and here.)
  • The new location features 8,000 sq ft of clinical space, which if I am correct, is 2x larger than the current 4,000 sq ft Valencia clinic. In addition to the clinic, the new location will have an additional 3,000-6,000 sq ft of space for education & training, conference space for gatherings and a research lab. As you can see, this new clinic greatly expands upon Planned Parenthood’s current activities in NorCal.
  • The location cost about $6M to purchase (source). In their most recent permit filed 6/20/19, Planned Parenthood reported spending an additional $7.5M in construction costs to convert this former auto body shop into a medical clinic (source: SF Planning Commission website). That’s at least $13.5M of tax payer dollars spent on this facility. 
  • Fun fact: The parcel number for this clinic is “0666/006“, which we believe is no coincidence given the evil of abortion.
  • Similar to our first SF Fall campaign in 2019, we plan to pray at both the current Planned Parenthood location from Mondays through Saturdays and the new Bush Street location on Sundays.
  • Ron Konopaski, recipient of 40 Days for Life’s Leader of the Year award in 2019 and the Walk for Life’s St. Gianna Molla Award in 2020, will be once again leading the campaign.

Gov. Wolf Wants to Force You to Add to Planned Parenthood’s Profits. Take Action Now!

If you live in Pennsylvania, you should be really concerned about the Governor of this state’s intent.   As a former ‘deathscort’ for Planned Parenthood, he does not have the best interest of the majority of the people who live in Pennsylvania, especially the most vulnerable, the preborn.  He is and always will be owned by Planned Parenthood and will stop at nothing to see them thrive in Pennsylvania.  Please contact your state legislators today (see info provided by Michael Geer, President of the Pennsylvania Family Institute below).  

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If it wasn’t bad enough for Governor Tom Wolf to veto several good pieces of pro-life legislation, he’s once again going after pro-life Pennsylvanians. This time it’s trying to put your tax dollars into the pockets of Planned Parenthood. But not if we can stop him. 

Take Action

Use our Citizen Action Center today to tell your State Senator and State Representative that taxpayers should fund healthcare, not abortion. To email, click here or go to pafamily.org/fundcare.

It’s sadly not a shock to see Governor Wolf add new funding for abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood into this year’s budget proposal. He is, after all, a former volunteer escort for the state’s largest abortion business. He’s also been on the receiving end of Planned Parenthood’s record spending on pro-abortion candidates in recent Pennsylvania elections.

Here it is: Line Item 326, adding $3 million for “Access to Reproductive Health Care.”

 

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This new line item was added to circumvent the Trump administration’s Protect Life Rule, which ensures that 100% of Title X funding goes to clinics who actually provide health care to low-income women, and prohibits this taxpayer funding from being funneled to clinics that perform or refer for abortions.

But no matter how pro-abortion our Governor is, he cannot expect Pennsylvania taxpayers to add to Planned Parenthood’s profits.

Not only does Planned Parenthood commit half of all abortions in Pennsylvania, but half of its abortion facilities failed a state health inspection in 2019. And their state operations made over $2.6 million in profits in their last reporting year alone. It’s adding insult to injury, trying to force taxpayers to fund the state’s largest abortion business that’s failing health inspections and already making millions every year.

The good news is the budget must be approved by our state senators and state representatives. That’s why we encourage you to take part in our ‘Fund Care, Not Abortion’ campaign to let your elected leaders know we should not be sending more of our tax dollars to anyone performing or referring for abortions.

Thank you for contacting these elected officials and for sharing this with others to do the same. I end with this, from the words of former Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey, Sr. nearly thirty years ago:

“What kind of a people are we? What kind of a people will we be? If we abandon the principle of respect for human life by making the value of a life depend on whether someone else thinks that life is worthy or wanted, we will become one sort of people.

But there is a better way. We can choose to reaffirm our respect for human life. We can choose to extend once again the mantle of protection to all members of the human family, including the unborn. We can choose to provide effective care of mothers and children.

And if we make those choices, America will experience a new birth of freedom, bringing with it a renewed spirit of community, compassion, and caring.”

May we do all we can to be the kind of people that respect human life and help us return to a new birth of freedom here in Pennsylvania.

Joaquin Phoenix Rages Against Drinking Milk From Cows, While Hollywood Celebrates Abortion

The following is from Lifenews.com which discusses everything that took place during the Oscars

Hollywood’s most elite celebrities clapped enthusiastically Sunday as actor Joaquin Phoenix condemned the dairy industry for milking cows and “plundering” the world’s natural resources.

All the while, many of the same celebrities ignore – and some openly embrace – the greatest human rights abuse of our time: abortion.

Phoenix, who won best actor at the Oscars for his role in “Joker,” gave an acceptance speech that almost sounded pro-life at times — but it wasn’t. Though he did not say where he stands on the abortion issue, many celebrities who attended the Oscars advocate for abortion on demand and the abortion industry.

“I think the greatest gift that it’s given me and many people in [this industry] is the opportunity to use our voice for the voiceless,” Phoenix began. “I’ve been thinking about some of the distressing issues that we’ve been facing collectively.”

According to the Guardian, he criticized society for embracing an “egocentric world view” and “plundering” the world’s resources.

“We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. Then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal,” he said.

“We’re talking about the fight against the belief that one nation, one people, one race, one gender, one species, has the right to dominate, use and control another with impunity,” he continued.

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Phoenix challenged his listeners to fight against injustice, “whether we’re talking about gender inequality or racism or queer rights or indigenous rights or animal rights.”

Eater reports Phoenix has been a vegan for almost all of his life, and he sometimes campaigns with PETA. Vox writer Kelsey Piper praised him for elevating “the moral worth of animals.”

While protecting animals from abuse is important, Hollywood repeatedly and consistently fails to acknowledge an even greater injustice in this world today. Since 1973, more than 61 million unborn babies have been killed in abortions in America alone.

These babies are discriminated against more than any other group in the world. Some are aborted because they have Down syndrome or because they are a girl instead of a boy. Some are aborted just because their parents neglected to use contraception and their life was created at an inconvenient time.

Sometimes their mothers are forced to abort them by abusers and sex traffickers. Sometimes their fathers plead desperately for their lives to no avail, because fathers do not have any legal right to protect their own children before birth.

Every year, thousands of pain-capable later term unborn babies are aborted in the U.S., many for elective reasons. Every year, tens of thousands more are killed by being dismembered, torn apart in their mothers’ wombs while their hearts are still beating.

Abortion is cruel, violent, destructive.

But Hollywood celebrates it, instead of condemns it. Few will forget how, at the Golden Globes in January, actress Michelle Williams was met with massive applause when she thanked God for her “right to choose” to abort her unborn baby.

Phoenix was right to remind his fellow actors that they are given an incredible gift – a huge audience in which to be an influence for good, a “voice for the voiceless.” But they are squandering that gift when they neglect to address the horrific plight of abortion on mothers, fathers and especially their unborn babies.