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North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions – a Welcome Win, Despite “Splintered” Opinions
Thomas More Society’s “friend of the court” brief opposed abortion plaintiffs’ claim that the state’s constitution negated its chemical abortion restrictions
(October 30, 2014 – Bismarck, North Dakota) – Just two days ago, nearly on the eve of next Tuesday’s Election Day when North Dakota voters are due to vote on a proposed “human life” amendment to their state constitution (called “Measure 1”), North Dakota’s Supreme Court finally handed down its decision, rejecting a long-pending constitutional challenge, based on the state constitution rather than on federal abortion law, targeting a 2011 state law regulating so-called “chemical” abortions.  In this case, MKB Management Corp. vs. Burdick, which was orally argued in Bismarck almost a year ago, in December, 2013, an abortion provider and others sued to bar enforcement of this state abortion regulation on the sole stated ground that the law violated North Dakota’s state constitution.  Acting on behalf of North Dakota’s Catholic Conference, the Chicago-based Thomas More Society filed a friend-of-the-court brief last October, 2013, arguing that there was no state constitutional right to abortion, and therefore, that the plaintiffs’ entire lawsuit was devoid of any legal basis.
While the five Justices of the North Dakota Supreme Court issued a variety of opinions, the bottom line is that a majority of Justices reversed the lower court’s injunction ruling by which it had barred enforcement of the state law, which mandated that “chemical abortions” be administered and used only as approved (and limited) by the federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
The district court’s ruling against the law had been premised on its underlying recognition that a fundamental right to abortion existed under various provisions in the state constitution.  Thus the court’s ruling, if upheld on appeal, threatened a wide range of abortion regulations that North Dakota had enacted, including legally mandated parental consent, informed consent, and waiting periods, as well as public funding restrictions, all of which could also be held unconstitutional in violation of the North Dakota Constitution. But now the North Dakota Supreme Court’s reversal of the lower court’s decision leaves intact not only the chemical abortion measure specifically targeted by the MKB Management lawsuit, but also all of North Dakota’s other abortion restrictions.
While the case’s outcome in the Supreme Court must be counted as a very welcome development, the confusing array of multiple opinions on the part of the five Justices leaves uncertainties to be resolved in later cases or on any further appeal in MKB itself.  Thus two Justices wrote opinions stating (or strongly implying) that the North Dakota Constitution does not confer a right to abortion, but two other Justices said otherwise.  The fifth Justice said it was unnecessary to rule on the state constitutional issue because the law at issue violated the federal constitution.  Thus whether the state constitution does, or does not, confer a right to abortion remains to be resolved at a later date.
Moreover, the two Justices who said that the state constitution confers a right to abortion also said that the laws violated the federal constitution.  Ordinarily, that would have created a decisive majority (3/5) on the question whether the state law violated the federal constitution.  But North Dakota’s state constitution incorporates a peculiar provision, to the effect that no law may be held unconstitutional unless four of the five Justices concur.  Thus lack of an extraordinary “super-majority” proved fatal to the pro-abortionists’ claim that the state law violated the federal constitution.
Finally, one of the two Justices who agreed that there is no right to abortion under the North Dakota Constitution expressed the view – as Thomas More Society contended in its amicus brief – that the plaintiffs never raised any distinct federal challenges but rather sued solely on grounds that the law was unconstitutional under the state constitution.  Therefore, the Society argued, no Justice should even address, let alone opine on, any federal constitutional challenge.  This issue would complicate, as indeed it should block, any effort by plaintiffs to press a further appeal, by petitioning for review before the U.S. Supreme Court as they would be asking our highest Court to pass on issues they never even bothered to raise when they first filed their lawsuit a few years ago.
Paul Linton, who was the principal author of the Society’s amicus curiae brief while serving as its special counsel, had argued that “nothing in the text, history or interpretation of the North Dakota Constitution requires such a radical inclusion of abortion.”  The brief also urged:  “The North Dakota Constitution ‘must be interpreted in light of the rights and liberties it was created to uphold, and not the philosophical viewpoints of the judiciary who hold the responsibility of interpretation.’  Nothing in the state constitution was intended to create or recognize a right to abortion.”
Linton, a constitutional scholar, is author of the widely acclaimed state-by-state analysis of state constitutions with respect to abortion rights claims, Abortion Under State Constitutions (2d ed. 2012, North Carolina Academic Press), underwritten by the Society.
Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of Thomas More Society, noted that the Society’s client, the Catholic Conference, was urging North Dakotans that their Supreme Court’s “split opinion [in the MKB case] demonstrates more than ever why North Dakotans must pass Measure 1 on November 4,”[1] as “[t]he people of North Dakota have a right to decide this question before the abortion lobby comes back into the state to try again to strike down laws that even the U.S. Supreme Court has said we can pass.”
The Society’s friend-of-the-court (amicus curiae) brief is available here.
The North Dakota Supreme Court’s decision is available here.
The Thomas More Society is a not-for-profit, national public interest law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty. Based in Chicago, the Thomas More Society defends and fosters support for these causes by providing high quality pro bono legal services from local trial courts all the way to the United States Supreme Court. www.thomasmoresociety.org.

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[1] Measure 1, the proposed state constitutional amendment, reads:  “This constitutional measure would create and enact a new section to Article I of the North Dakota Constitution stating, ‘The inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected.’”

 


LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Thursday, October 30, 2014

For pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.

Top Stories
• Brittany Maynard Won’t Kill Herself November 1: “Doesn’t Seem Like the Right Time Now”
• Mitch McConnell: We’ll Kill Obamacare With 51 Votes if Republicans Win the Senate
• Pro-Abortion Author Says Abortion is Normal and “Part of Being a Mother”
• Woman With Same Brain Cancer as Brittany Maynard: Please Don’t Kill Yourself

More Pro-Life News
• Learning His Baby Had Down Syndrome, He Refused Abortion: “I Have a Daughter to Protect”
• Three-Year-Old Sister of Aborted Baby: “Mom, Why Didn’t You Kill Me Too?”
• Abortion Activists Vandalize Pro-Life Display With “Life Begins at Ejaculation” Message
• Planned Parenthood Uses Picture of Child to Urge Voters to Support Pro-Abortion Candidates
• Abortion Clinic Failed to Report Abuse of 13-Year-Old, Man Raped Her “Almost Every Day” for Years
• Assisted Suicide Activists Use Brittany Maynard to Silence Opponents

• Abortion Survivor’s Story of Joy and Purpose as an Adoptee

• Her Unborn Baby Girl Has Anencephaly, But She Will Not Have an Abortion
• North Carolina: Thom Tillis is the Only Pro-Life Senate Candidate, Hagan and Haugh Pro-Abortion
• Pro-Life Voters in Tennessee Need to Vote for Amendment 1 to Stop Abortions

• Scientific Review Urges Doctors to Inform Women of Abortion-Breast Cancer Link
• English Media Label Pro-Life Prayer Campaign “Too American” for Britain
• North Dakota Clinic Stops Selling Abortion Drug After Pro-Life Law Upheld
• Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closes Rapid City, South Dakota Clinic

 



Brittany Maynard Won’t Kill Herself November 1: “Doesn’t Seem Like the Right Time Now”
Brittany Maynard has officially decided to delay her decision to kill herself under Oregon’s assisted suicide law on November 1. She says it “doesn’t seem like the right time now” to end her life.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/30/brittany-maynard-wont-kill-herself-november-1-doesnt-seem-like-the-right-time-now/

 

Mitch McConnell: We’ll Kill Obamacare With 51 Votes if Republicans Win the Senate
Obamacare. It’s the largest expansion of government-run health care in the history of the nation. It’s the largest expansion of funding for the abortion industry since Roe . Wade. It’s a health care scheme that has rationed health care by driving up costs for many Americans or causing them to lose their health insurance entirely.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/30/mitch-mcconnell-well-kill-obamacare-with-51-votes-if-republicans-win-the-senate/



Pro-Abortion Author Says Abortion is Normal and “Part of Being a Mother”
Earlier this month, The Huffington Post published an excerpt of Katha Pollitt’s new book, “Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights.” The excerpt is titled “The Abortion Conversation We Need to Have” and starts with Pollitt”s statement that abortion “is a common, even normal, event in the reproductive lives of women.”

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/30/pro-abortion-author-says-abortion-is-normal-and-part-of-being-a-mother/

 

Woman With Same Brain Cancer as Brittany Maynard: Please Don’t Kill Yourself
Brittany Maynard has officially decided to delay her decision to kill herself – saying it “doesn’t seem like the right time now” to end her life. But one woman in Connecticut who has the same type of cancer as Maynard has an encouraging message for her — hoping she will ultimately decide not to take her life, now or later.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/30/woman-with-same-brain-cancer-as-brittany-maynard-please-dont-kill-yourself/

 


Learning His Baby Had Down Syndrome, He Refused Abortion: “I Have a Daughter to Protect”
When Tom and Karen found out they were pregnant with their third child, they were mainly worried about their financial situation and their ability to get by with another mouth to fed. At the time, Karen was 39 and decided to have the Bart’s screening test, which can indicate if a baby could have Down syndrome.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/30/learning-his-baby-had-down-syndrome-he-refused-abortion-i-have-a-daughter-to-protect/

 

Three-Year-Old Sister of Aborted Baby: “Mom, Why Didn’t You Kill Me Too?”
This is the testimony of Alex. She and her mom are now pro-life speakers. Even at three, Alex knew she’d lost a brother or sister. Children pick up on things adults say, even things about abortion.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/30/three-year-old-sister-of-aborted-baby-mom-why-didnt-you-kill-me-too/

 



Abortion Activists Vandalize Pro-Life Display With “Life Begins at Ejaculation” Message
Vandals struck a pro-life chalking display at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Sayings such as “Life begins at ejaculation” and a giant “NO” after the words “Just give me a chance Momma” were written on the students’ pro-life chalkings.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/30/abortion-activists-vandalize-pro-life-display-with-life-begins-at-ejaculation-message/

 

Planned Parenthood Uses Picture of Child to Urge Voters to Support Pro-Abortion Candidates
For a “women’s health” organization, Planned Parenthood doesn’t think too highly of women. We can’t be trusted to take responsibility for our sex lives, or even to get ourselves to the polls Nov. 4. The abortion giant wants to know our plan for voting — and isn’t above using children to make sure we go out to vote for the destruction of children.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/30/planned-parenthood-uses-picture-of-child-to-urge-voters-to-support-pro-abortion-candidates/

 

Abortion Clinic Failed to Report Abuse of 13-Year-Old, Man Raped Her “Almost Every Day” for Years
In 2010, John F. Szorady was sentenced to 74 years in prison for repeatedly raping an Ohio girl, beginning when she was 13 in 2004 through February, 2009, when she went to police. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/30/abortion-clinic-failed-to-report-abuse-of-13-year-old-man-raped-almost-every-day-for-years/

Assisted Suicide Activists Use Brittany Maynard to Silence Opponents
I find myself forced to yet again take keyboard in hand to point out that those who claim the loudest to want a substantive discussion of legalizing assisted suicide from the Brittany Maynard advocacy offensive, actually use her tragedy to stifle debate. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/30/assisted-suicide-activists-use-brittany-maynard-to-silence-opponents/



Abortion Survivor’s Story of Joy and Purpose as an Adoptee
November is National Adoption Awareness Month, and that means adoption advocates across the country are hard at work to promote the beautiful gift of adoption. “Adoption is good, adoption is beautiful.” http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/30/abortion-survivors-story-of-joy-and-purpose-as-an-adoptee/

Her Unborn Baby Girl Has Anencephaly, But She Will Not Have an Abortion
Tragically, most children with anencephaly die shortly after birth. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/30/her-unborn-baby-girl-has-anencephaly-but-she-will-not-have-an-abortion/

North Carolina: Thom Tillis is the Only Pro-Life Senate Candidate, Hagan and Haugh Pro-Abortion
North Carolina is currently embroiled in a hotly-contested Senate race that is the most expensive in the country. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/30/north-carolina-thom-tillis-is-the-only-pro-life-senate-candidate-hagan-and-haugh-pro-abortion/

Looking for an inspiring and motivating speaker for your pro-life event? Don’t have much to spend on a high-priced speaker costing several thousand dollars? Contact LifeNews at news@lifenews.com about having LifeNews Editor Steven Ertelt speak at your event.


Pro-Life Voters in Tennessee Need to Vote for Amendment 1 to Stop Abortions
Next Tuesday more is at stake than control of the United States Senate, important as it is. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/30/pro-life-voters-in-tennessee-need-to-vote-for-amendment-1-to-stop-abortions/

Scientific Review Urges Doctors to Inform Women of Abortion-Breast Cancer Link
A second scientific review in 2014 has strongly urged physicians to warn patients about the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link before an abortion and argued the evidence for a cause-effect relationship is substantial. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/30/scientific-review-urges-doctors-to-inform-women-of-abortion-breast-cancer-link/

English Media Label Pro-Life Prayer Campaign “Too American” for Britain
When Robert Colquhoun first brought 40 Days for Life to his home country of England in 2010, he had no idea what God had in store for him. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/30/english-media-label-pro-life-prayer-campaign-too-american-for-britain/

North Dakota Clinic Stops Selling Abortion Drug After Pro-Life Law Upheld
On Tuesday the North Dakota Supreme Court upheld a 2011 law which regulates how chemical abortifacients—generically referred to as “RU486”—are administered to women. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/30/north-dakota-clinic-stops-selling-abortion-drug-after-pro-life-law-upheld/

Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closes Rapid City, South Dakota Clinic
The Planned Parenthood abortion business operates the only abortion clinic in the state of South Dakota, located in Sioux Falls, but it also operates abortion referral clinics in other cities,. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/10/30/planned-parenthood-abortion-biz-closes-rapid-city-south-dakota-clinic/

   
   
 


 


Contact: Sandy Adams, 757-375-6444; Martin Brown, 804-874-6706martin@stampac.us

NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — In a recently released video, Bishop E.W. Jackson (pictured), Pastor of THE CALLED CHURCH and President of STAND (Staying True to America’s National Destiny) has challenged all Christians, especially Black Christians, to stop voting for candidates who trample their values.

Taking his message across the country, particularly into battleground states with significant black voting populations – including North Carolina and Arkansas – the Bishop points to incidents involving “attacks on Christians and their First Amendment rights.”  Democrat Mayor Annise Parker subpoenaed the sermons and speeches of Pastors who opposed a recent gender identity ordinance. They faced the threat of court fines and imprisonment for refusal to comply. Democratic led city of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho threatened a Christian husband and wife who own a Chapel with a lawsuit, fines up to $1,000 per day and six months in jail for refusing to perform same-sex weddings.

Christian business owners have been harassed and fined for refusing to provide photography services or bake a “wedding” cake or provide a “marriage” floral arrangement for same sex ceremonies. Christian Military personnel have faced forced discharge for refusing to endorse same sex relationships. Christians have been fired from their jobs or refused employment for opposition to same sex marriage.

“Christians are under attack by radical gay activists and their Democrat allies,” says Bishop Jackson. “We will love and forgive, but we will not be silent. No Christian, and this certainly includes Black Christians, should vote for candidates or a Party that attacks their Pastor, their church, their faith and the right to practice it. Black Christians must stop supporting the Democrat Party which has become anti-Christian, anti-life and anti-religious and anti-civil rights.”

Bishop Jackson will join with other Christian groups on ISTAND Sunday, November 2nd, at Grace Community Church in Houston to support the Pastors under attack by the city’s first openly lesbian Mayor. He is also circulating a nationwide Unity Petition for Religious and Civil Rights to bring Christians together across racial, cultural and denominational lines in defense of their First Amendment rights.

View the video here:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ64s07EUgI&feature=youtu.be

E.W. Jackson is a Bishop, Marine Corps Veteran, graduate of Harvard Law School and 2013 Republican Nominee for Lt. Governor of Virginia. He is the Founder and President of STAND. www.standamerica.us

Newport News Daily Press ran a story on this release in today’s edition:
www.dailypress.com/news/politics/shad-plank-blog/dp-virginia-politics-ew-jackson-says-democrats-attack-christian-values-with-antidiscrimination-laws-abo-20141029-post.html



(Medjugorje Today) – Fr. John Chisholm, an Irish priest who served as chaplain to the English speaking pilgrims for six years from 2000 onwards, died in Medjugorje on October 23.

Fr. Chisholm was held in high esteem by numerous pilgrims who confessed to him, and many were convinced that he had the gift of reading souls. He had connections at the top of the Vatican, along with a CV including three PhDs.

Fr. John Chisholm was also one of the two participants in an October 9th 1998 meeting with Medjugorje’s local Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar during which the Bishop stated that he did not believe in any apparition, be it Fatima, Lourdes, or Medjugorje, and that he wanted Medjugorje “abolished”.


Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar


Scientific Review Recommends Informing Patients About Abortion-Breast Cancer Link, Risks of Birth Control Pills and Menopausal Therapy

The real war on women!

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Contact: Karen Malec, Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, 847-421-4000

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Oct. 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — A second scientific review in 2014 has strongly urged physicians to warn patients about the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link before an abortion and argued the evidence for a cause-effect relationship is substantial.[1,2] A. Patrick Schneider and his colleagues authored the latest review entitled, “The breast cancer epidemic: 10 facts,” for the journal, The Linacre Quarterly.[1]

There are multiple, serious, health risks[3,4] associated with using the birth control pill and combined hormone replacement therapy (CHRT), both of which contain estrogen and progestin, although the former contains a larger dose. The authors of both reviews urged physicians to warn patients about the harms of taking either these drugs.

Schneider’s team said, “…having more than one risk factor compounds the risk of breast cancer via synergistic mechanisms,” meaning the risk increase the woman incurs is greater than the sum of the risks for each of her risk factors. They explained:

“The strength of the breast cancer epidemiological evidence substantiates the necessity that all females receive full and accurate informed consent before they are provided hormones, induced abortion, or both. This informed consent is especially imperative for a girl (and parent/guardian) or a young woman, who is in the pre-FFTP breast cancer ‘susceptibility window.’[1,2] As a family history of breast cancer, of which the child may be unaware, increases the risk for the girl considering an abortion, the presence of a parent may provide clinical information critical to accurate informed consent.”

Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, explained:

“The ‘susceptibility window’ is the period between the onset of menstruation and first full term pregnancy (FFTP) when nearly all of the breast lobules are immature and cancer-susceptible. The worst time to be exposed to a cancer-causing agent is during the susceptibility window.”[1,2,5-9]

After citing the World Health Organization’s warning about the Pill and CHRT as Group 1 carcinogens for cancers of the breast, liver and cervix,[10,11] and how some physicians use a carcinogen (the pill) to treat benign conditions (i.e. acne, irregular menstrual periods, menstrual pain). The authors declared:

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40 Days for Life

Dear Deacon John,

 

When Robert Colquhoun first brought 40 Days for Life to his home country of England in 2010, he had no idea what God had in store for him. Robert actually moved to London to lead that first campaign … and has since seen 40 Days for Life spread throughout the UK.

He has debated the head of the largest abortion provider in England on national radio. He has also seen a huge response from national media including The Guardian, the BBC and The Daily Telegraph.

After dozens of peaceful campaigns, lives saved and an abortion facility closing in London, some of Robert’s critics in England still don’t know what to make of 40 Days for Life … so they resort to labeling it “too American” for Britain.

This is comical for Robert, who is very clear that he speaks the Queen’s English. Today we see how prayer can go anywhere. Robert’s efforts to spread 40 Days for Life across England — and beyond — show that we must rescue those being led to the slaughter … regardless of our nationality.

 

London, England
 

 

This is the second 40 Days for Life vigil outside the BPAS abortion facility in London’s Twickenham area. Thus far, nine babies have been spared from abortion. Still … Justyna, the local leader, said they’re praying for other mothers and babies who remain at risk.

One couple arrived at BPAS, determined to have an abortion because of their financial situation, but “they didn’t want to believe that we offer help.”

Another young woman is feeling extreme pressure from her boyfriend, who’s insisting on abortion. A third woman is eight weeks pregnant, very confused and not sure what to do.

Finally, there was a woman who is pregnant with twins. “She couldn’t go through with it, but they rebooked her abortion appointment. She is an alcoholic and scared to death to have her babies, because social services will take them away.”

In the midst of all of this, people have been arriving at BPAS for job interviews. “We spoke to few people who were going in,” Justyna said. “Please pray that God will give them better jobs.”

 

Hallam, England

 

 

Robert met volunteers in Hallam and thanked them for joining thousands of people around the world praying and fasting for an end to abortion. He noted that this collective witness is very powerful.

Bernadette in Hallam said Bishop Ralph Heskett was scheduled to pray at the vigil, and she is pleased that he is supporting the campaign.

“We completed an outreach at Sheffield University Chaplaincy,” she added. “We shared testimonies with the students and told them about our campaign. Let’s pray that these young people will take their active place in the pro-life movement.”

 

Leeds, England

 

 

The third 40 Days for Life campaign in Leeds is currently underway. In Leeds, Robert met with Chris, the local leader there, and other volunteers. The vigil in Leeds takes place in front of a Marie Stopes abortion facility. Marie Stopes and BPAS are the two leading abortion businesses in the UK.

 

Riga, Latvia

 

 

Riga is the capital city of Latvia – a nation on the Baltic Sea that shares a border with Russia. Latvia is a country of 2 million … and there are 7,000 abortions there every year. The first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in that nation is now taking place.

While in Riga, Robert met with Janis Lulle, the campaign leader there, along with the rest of his team. He also met Archbishop Zbignev Stankevics, who is an abortion survivor himself.

Prayer walks have been conducted around the hospital in Riga, and the campaign has received excellent media coverage.

Here’s today’s devotional from Carmen Pate of Alliance Ministries.

 

Day 37 intention

Pray that we will each submit ourselves this day as a living sacrifice to God, giving all that we have in us for those being sacrificed on the altar of convenience.

 

Scripture

I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

— Romans 12:1

 

Reflection

Since all things are for His glory, we are to offer ourselves for that purpose. This of course is in sharp contrast to those who are being swayed by the enemy to sacrifice their babies on the altar of convenience, rather than choosing to surrender their all, including their unborn child, to the Lord for His purposes.

A career, education goals, or even a boyfriend can unknowingly become an idol for some young women. In their minds, abortion is a convenient way to “rid themselves” of an obstacle in the way of their “worship.”

In light of the sacrifice Christ made on our behalf, and the fruit of God’s mercies on our lives, we owe God our highest form of praise and worship. Presenting our bodies as living sacrifices is therefore reasonable service.

We were made to worship God and God alone. The enemy who seeks worship for himself distorts God’s truth regarding worship, sacrifice, idols and children.

As you have given of yourself to rescue those who are perishing — the young woman and her child — you are worshiping God in the truest sense of the word.

May your example lead an abortion minded client to turn from her idols to worship the one true God, sparing her child from the altar of convenience, and sparing herself from a lifetime of regret.

 

Prayer

God Almighty, You alone are worthy of our praise and worship. Having accepted Your Son’s sacrifice on my behalf, I in turn present my body to you as a living sacrifice. Thank you for deeming me holy and acceptable because of Christ’s shed blood for me.

I pray that you would use me as your vessel to rescue others who are perishing. Through Christ who is Our Glory, Amen.

 

Printable devotional

To download today’s devotional as a printable PDF to share with friends:

http://40daysforlife.com/media/fall2014day37print.pdf

 

For Life,
 Shawn Carney

SHAWN CARNEY

Campaign Director

40 Days for Life

www.40daysforlife.com


(c)Mary TV 2014
To offer ourselves to the Gospa

 

J.M.J

October 30, 2014

 

Dear Family of Mary!

 

“Dear children! Pray in this time of grace and seek the intercession of all the saints who are already in the light. From day to day may they be an example and encouragement to you on the way of your conversion. Little children, be aware that your life is short and passing. Therefore, yearn for eternity and keep preparing your hearts in prayer. I am with you and intercede before my Son for each of you, especially for those who have consecrated themselves to me and to my Son.   Thank you for having responded to my call.” (October 25, 2014)

 

Today we consider two more interior practices of our consecration to Mary:

 

§ 6. To offer ourselves to her, and unite ourselves with her;

§ 7. To do all our actions with the view of pleasing her;

 

When it comes to offering ourselves to Our Lady we can find no better example than St. Maximilian Koble. He founded the Militia of the Immaculata and spread consecration to Our Lady all over the world by using the most modern publishing techniques of his day as well as radio. He had plans to make movies as well. He labored to explain why it was so important to do everything for and with Our Lady. He knew it was her time, the time of her triumph and he wanted as many people as possible to join in her plan to save souls.

 

Here is his prayer of consecration to the Immaculata:

 

Official Act of Consecration to Mary

 

O Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to you.  I, (name)
, a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as your possession and property.  Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death and eternity, whatever most pleases you.

If it pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of you: “She will crush your head,” and, “You alone have destroyed all heresies in the world.”  Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus help extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  For wherever you enter, you obtain the grace of conversion and growth in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

V. Allow me to praise you, O sacred Virgin.

R. Give me strength against your enemies.

 

He also wrote a prayer asking for the grace to do all for Mary:

 

For the Grace to be an Instrument

 

 

Almighty and Eternal God, you gave us in the person of St. Maximilian an example of true devotion to the Immaculate Mother of our Savior and of unselfish love for our neighbor.  Grant we beseech you through his intercession, that we may grow in our understanding of love of the Immaculata; that we may recognize her presence, her voice, her love and her power with us and be filled with an ardent desire and will to fulfill her will in every detail, and thus become sharers and true instruments of her most perfect response to you, in the Holy Spirit through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us!

 

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2014

 

PS. Mary TV will stream the November 2, 2014 Apparition to Mirjana, live from Medjugorje! Here are the details:

 

Sunday November 2, 2014 

(Saturday night and early Sunday morning in USA) 

Our Lady’s apparition to Mirjana in Medjugorje  

will be streamed LIVE at   http://www.marytv.tv

 

8:00 am Medjugorje time (2:00 am EST) – Live streaming begins 

8:45 am Medjugorje time (2:45 am EST) – Apparition to Mirjana (approx) 

9:30 am Medjugorje time (3:30 am EST) – Live streaming ends

 

Remember that the time will change in the USA on November 2 starting at 12:00 am. We move to Standard time in most of the USA. Europe changed last weekend. Don’t forget to change your clocks!!

 

  Mirjana sees Our Lady

 Mirjana encounters Our Lady

 

 

“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Saint John Paul II
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