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Praying for Life Year-Round: May 2015


Praying for Life Year-Round
May 2015
Mary, Our Mother

 

The month of May has been traditionally dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God, as Pope Paul VI noted in his short encyclical, Mense Maio (Month of May). In the second paragraph of the encyclical, he also noted: “Mary is rightly to be regarded as the way by which we are led to Christ, the person who encounters Mary cannot help but encounter Christ likewise. For what other reason do we continually turn to Mary except to seek the Christ in her arms, to seek our Savior in her, through her, and with her?”

Intention

Assured of Our Lady’s motherly love, we ask that, through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the lives of all unborn children be protected and cherished.

 

Prayer

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be 

Reflection

Our Lady of Guadalupe is known for her protection of and love for pregnant mothers. As the perfect model of motherhood, Our Lady gives us constant hope, peace and love in our lives, just as our earthly mothers strive to do every day. By saying “yes” to God’s call, she proved that pure trust in God’s providence, especially during difficult times, can bring some of the most incredible blessings. This month, trust in Our Lady. Ask her for support in everything that you do. Pray that those who are faced with unexpected pregnancy, as she was, will say “yes” to God’s call.

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

  • Pray this prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe. (It is also available to order as a prayer card.)
  • Reach out to your own mother (or another mother that you admire) and send them extra love and gratitude today.
  • Attend a weekday Mass, and offer up a private intention for mothers who are facing difficult times during their pregnancies.
One Step Further

 

The month of Mary begins with the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1. Recalling St. Joseph’s role as the foster father of Jesus, we learn from his example of welcoming a child lovingly into his family.

 

“An Adoption Love Story” is about one couple’s journey towards adopting their son, and gives an honest look at some concerns, challenges, and joys of welcoming a child through adoption.

 

(This article is available to order by calling 1-866-582-0943.  English: Item #1445 / Spanish: Item: #1455.)

 

 

© 1965 Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Used with permission.


Image: A mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe decorates a side altar in the Church of Santa Maria della Famiglia at the Vatican. Dec. 15. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).

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Court Stops Abortions at Planned Parenthood Clinic in Florida

Court Stops Abortions at Planned Parenthood Clinic in Florida

Contact: Catherine Short, Life Legal Defense Foundation, 707-224-6675

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., May 22, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Planned Parenthood suffered a stunning loss this morning when the Fifth District Court of Appeals for the State of Florida upheld a trial court ruling that prohibited the abortion giant from running a “termination” mill at its office in Kissimmee. Life Legal Defense Foundation was supporting the enforcement of a valid deed restriction at the site. The case is listed as Planned Parenthood v. MMB Properties.

“Planned Parenthood followed its usual pattern when slipping into the Oak Commons Medical Court,” said Mary Riley, Communications Director for Life Legal. “It decided that it didn’t have to abide by the agreement that governed properties at Oak Commons. It has no one except itself to blame for the frustration of its child-murder plans.”

As the appellate court noted, “Planned Parenthood was aware of the restrictions and proceeded forward at its own peril.”

Planned Parenthood purchased and occupied the property in Kissimmee, practically across the street from Disney World, in April of last year. When it became clear that the office was going to become an abortion mill, a cardiologist who also had an office at Oak Commons sued to enforce the restrictive covenant that forbade “outpatient surgical centers” at the site.

The trial court found for the cardiologist and his medical office and issued a temporary injunction against surgical procedures. But Planned Parenthood, intent as always on its primary purpose of killing babies, sued to challenge that decision. Incredibly, considering the facts, the appeals court issued a stay on September 24, permitting Planned Parenthood to go ahead with its abortion plans.

Today’s decision by the Fifth District Court restores the temporary injunction. For now, Planned Parenthood won’t be running one of its abortion mills at Oak Commons.

Planned Parenthood’s activities at Oak Commons reflect a strategy operating nationwide. Aware that child-killing remains controversial, and that abortion facilities are undesirable neighbors, Planned Parenthood establishes its businesses by stealth:

  • In Aurora, Illinois, Planned Parenthood began construction of a giant abortion mill under the fictitious name “Gemini Office Development” – or “GOD” – so locals would think the new building housed clerical offices.
  • In Denver, Colorado, Planned Parenthood’s contractor falsely listed United Airlines as property owner where he was building another abortion “clinic.”
  • And, in South San Francisco, Planned Parenthood did a secret end-run around zoning laws with the help of a local politician who profited by renting his property to the Planned Parenthood.

“This morning’s victory in the Oak Commons case is a solid rebuke to Planned Parenthood’s deceptive strategy,” said Riley. “Nevertheless, we expect them to continue to follow this pattern. They really don’t have any choice. We intend to fight them wherever they sneak in. Keeping Planned Parenthood out saves children’s lives.”

LifeNews Pro-Life News Report 5/22/15

 


LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Friday, May 22, 2015

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

Top Stories

• Incredible Display With the Bodies of Miscarried Babies Reveals the Humanity of Unborn Children
• Botched Abortion Put Woman in Vegetative State for 22 Years, Now She Has Died
• Woman Says “I Stand in Front of the Mirror and Scream” But She Still Doesn’t Regret Her Abortion
• Hillary Clinton Has Been the Planned Parenthood Abortion Businesses’ Best Friend

More Pro-Life News
• Why Do People Mock This Father and Daughter With a Genetic Facial Disfigurement?
• Pregnant at 17 After a Brutal Rape and Encouraged to Abort, Here’s How I Responded
• Abortion Practitioner Said His Career Killing Babies in Abortions Was “Emotionally Satisfying”
• These Babies Could Have Been Aborted After 20 Weeks, But Their Parents Chose Life

• Did You Know It’s Possible to Reverse the Dangerous RU 486 Abortion Pill?
• She Wanted to Take Her Own Life in an Assisted Suicide, But Something Changed Her Mind
• Pro-Life Democrats Group Asks Hillary Clinton to Open Democratic Party to Pro-Lifers

• How Can You Talk About Suicide Prevention and Support Assisted Suicide?
• Jamaica Doesn’t Need Abortion on Demand, Unborn Babies are Worthy of Protection
• Alaska Medicaid Expansion Would Significantly Increase Taxpayer-Funded Abortions




Incredible Display With the Bodies of Miscarried Babies Reveals the Humanity of Unborn Children
Last year during my first speaking trip in Portland somebody told me that I couldn’t leave without seeing the Prenatal Exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, or OMSI. Due to scheduling reasons I couldn’t pull it off, but I called the museum a few weeks ago to ask whether the exhibit was still there.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/05/22/incredible-display-with-the-bodies-of-miscarried-babies-reveals-the-humanity-of-unborn-children/

Botched Abortion Put Woman in Vegetative State for 22 Years, Now She Has Died
In July 1993, 17-year-old Christi Stile went to the Mayfair Women’s Center for an abortion in Aurora, Colorado. Tragically, during the procedure, Christi Stile went into cardiac and respiratory arrest and fell into a coma due to a hemorrhage.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/05/22/botched-abortion-put-woman-in-vegetative-state-for-22-years-now-she-has-died/



Woman Says “I Stand in Front of the Mirror and Scream” But She Still Doesn’t Regret Her Abortion
What’s the adage? Don’t judge a book by its cover? Likewise, as I constantly am reminded, don’t judge an article by its title. What would your first impression be, just reading this: “The Only Person Who Judges Me for My Abortion — Who Matters?– Is Me”?

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/05/22/woman-says-i-stand-in-front-of-the-mirror-and-scream-but-she-still-doesnt-regret-her-abortion/

Hillary Clinton Has Been the Planned Parenthood Abortion Businesses’ Best Friend
In all the atmospherics last month surrounding Hillary Clinton’s official announcement that she was running for president, it is understandable if you might have missed the congratulatory release issued by Planned Parenthood’s political arm.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/05/22/hillary-clinton-has-been-the-planned-parenthood-abortion-businesses-best-friend/



Why Do People Mock This Father and Daughter With a Genetic Facial Disfigurement?
Simon Moore and his daughter Alice both have a genetic condition called Treacher Collins syndrome, or TC. Throughout his entire childhood Simon was mocked and bullied by other children and adults for having physical differences imparted by TC.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/05/22/why-do-people-mock-this-father-and-daughter-with-a-genetic-facial-disfigurement/

Pregnant at 17 After a Brutal Rape and Encouraged to Abort, Here’s How I Responded
I’ve been there. I was 17, drugged and raped. When I learned I was pregnant, my family, counselors, and doctors took control. They intended the best. They wanted to help me. And even though there are literally no studies showing any benefit from abortion, they had total confidence in the social myth that abortion is the best option, even the only option, in cases of sexual assault.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/05/22/pregnant-at-17-after-a-brutal-rape-and-encouraged-to-abort-heres-how-i-responded/

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Abortion Practitioner Said His Career Killing Babies in Abortions Was “Emotionally Satisfying”
Dr. William Harrison was a Los Angeles abortionist who performed many thousands of abortions in his career. The New York Times paid him tribute in an obituary after his death in 2010 at the age of 75. The New York Times called him “a defender of abortion rights” and painted him as an unselfish and committed champion of women.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/ 2015/05/21/this-photographer-is-giving-homeless-pregnant-women-beautiful-maternity-photos/

These Babies Could Have Been Aborted After 20 Weeks, But Their Parents Chose Life
In the wake of the U.S. House’s passage of the 20-week abortion ban, abortion advocates are calling something “cruel” and “disgusting.” You’d think the cruel and disgusting things to discuss would be dismemberment abortion (which, yes, literally does rip babies apart, piece by piece), the thousands of these kind of abortions that are performed around the nation every year, or perhaps all the babies who are currently aborted and left to die after they survive.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/05/22/these-babies-could-have-been-aborted-after-20-weeks-but-their-parents-chose-life/

Did You Know It’s Possible to Reverse the Dangerous RU 486 Abortion Pill?
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/05/22/did-you-know-its-possible-to-reverse-the-dangerous-ru-486-abortion-pill/

She Wanted to Take Her Own Life in an Assisted Suicide, But Something Changed Her Mind
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/05/22/she-wanted-to-take-her-own-life-in-an-assisted-suicide-but-something-changed-her-mind/

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 Democrats Group Asks Hillary Clinton to Open Democratic Party to Pro-Lifers
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/05/22/pro-life-democrats-group-asks-hillary-clinton-to-open-democratic-party-to-pro-lifers/

How Can You Talk About Suicide Prevention and Support Assisted Suicide?
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/05/22/how-can-you-talk-about-suicide-prevention-and-support-assisted-suicide/

Jamaica Doesn’t Need Abortion on Demand, Unborn Babies are Worthy of Protection
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/05/22/jamaica-doesnt-need-abortion-on-demand-unborn-babies-are-worthy-of-protection/

Alaska Medicaid Expansion Would Significantly Increase Taxpayer-Funded Abortions
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/05/22/alaska-medicaid-expansion-would-significantly-increase-taxpayer-funded-abortions/


 
   
   

 

 

Our Lady’s Personality

Christian Worldview

 

Our Lady’s Personality

May 22, 2015 A.D.

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May 22, 2015 A.D.

Medjugorje offers us a deeper look into the person of Our Lady Herself. We have come to know more about Our Lady through what She has revealed in Her messages and through the testimony of the visionaries. Our Lady said on November 2, 2014:

“To all of you I am opening my heart full of love and I am blessing you with my motherly hands. I am a mother who understands you. I lived your life and lived through your sufferings and joys…”

Pilgrim and Child

A mother holding her little girl at the Blue Cross during a Second of the Month Apparition.

When asked about what is Our Lady’s personality like in a talk given on May 31, 2013, Medjugorje visionary Mirjana answered:


“Our Lady is Mother. I think when I say that, that I said everything. Her love, Her care – She is never angry or nervous – always with a lot of love and pain. I think that would be motherly. And only She can do that. That is why She is Mother of God.”

In just a few days, Our Lady, the Mother, will give us a message on the 25th. We prepare our hearts in prayer to be open to the Mother who knows us, understands us, and is with us everyday.

In the Love of Our Lady,
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Where Mary is, there is peace – A Moment with Mary

 

* May 22 – Our Lady of Graces (Brescia, Italy, 1526)  * Where Mary is, there is peace  —-- A Moment with Mary --
Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Association Mary of Nazareth

May 22 – Our Lady of Graces (Brescia, Italy, 1526)

Where Mary is, there is peace

Lebanese Jocelyne Khoueiry is now 60. This resistance fighter has long laid down her arms. She spends her days in Jounieh, Lebanon, at the John Paul II Center, a social structure she founded to promote life, the family and society.

“I can sum up my life with these words: it has been a journey with the Virgin,” she explained. It was in the “dark tunnel” of the war that this young girl who was only a nominal Christian discovered the presence of God. “My faith is the faith of Peter!” The Maronite saying slaps like a flag in the mouth of this passionate admirer of the Virgin. “We need Mary. This mother figure is very much alive. She must be present in the city, in the Church and in every home.”

Asked to participate in the Synod on the Middle East in 2010, Jocelyne wondered what to say in her short 2-minute allotted time. “I proposed to entrust the Middle East to the heart of the Virgin Mary.” This was accomplished two years later by Pope Benedict XVI. The Lebanese woman is clear: ‘‘When Mary is there, blessings return, peaceful solutions emerge, violence vanishes, and people recover their rights.’’

Excerpt from an article by Magali Michel in Famille Chrétienne magazine, issue #1938 dated March 7, 2015

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Christ Cathedral acquires prestigious Tabernacle

 

From http://cal-catholic.com/

Father Christopher Smith, the rector and episcopal victor of Christ Cathedral, unveils the tabernacle by Egino Weinert at the 34-acre campus' Cultural Center on Tuesday afternoon. (photo courtesy of Event Image Services)

The following comes from a May 12 Orange County Register article by Chris Haire:

A 9-foot-tall bronze tabernacle designed by a renowned German sculptor will eventually reside in the Christ Cathedral, once renovations are completed in late 2016.

For now, it is on exhibit in the Cultural Center on the 34-acre campus.

This tabernacle, boasting four large panels each depicting with enamel paint a scene from Jesus Christ’s life, was completed by Egino Weinert in West Germany in the 1970s.

“His images are readily accessible,” said Monseigneur Arthur Holquin, the Orange County diocese’s episcopal vicar for divine worship. “This tabernacle is a visual example of new evangelism.”

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, which purchased the late Rev. Robert H. Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral in 2012, bought the tabernacle, the bronze pillar it stands on, and two accompanying candelabras for an undisclosed amount.

Holy Family Cathedral in Orange and St. Vincent De Paul in Huntington Beach also have Weinert tabernacles.

“This one is much larger,” said Holquin, who followed Weinert’s career for years and collects the artist’s small, affordable bronze crosses. “And none that I’ve seen has the bronze pedestal.”

The five-sided pedestal has engravings that tell the major stories of the Gospels, from Jesus’ birth to his death and resurrection.

On Tuesday, the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, the bishop for Orange County, blessed the tabernacle.

“This shows how the body of Christ gave birth to art,” Vann said, adding the diocese is proud to take possession of “the work of an artist of international acclaim.”

The Weinert sculpture will sit inside a glass case in an exhibit describing the campus renovations until the cathedral is ready to open. That museum exhibit is open to the public, Monday through Saturday.

Pro-Lifer’s will face Trials and Witness Injustice

Pro-lifers were initially ignored, even with video of crime

San Jose Planned Parenthood (googlemaps)

The following comes from a May 19 email from Life Legal Defense Foundation:

On March 21, 2015, Richard Carlson and other sidewalk counselors were peacefully holding signs, praying, and speaking to women outside the Planned Parenthood on The Alameda in San Jose, California. An angry passerby stopped his car, approached the group, and began tossing the pro-life signs in his car. One of the sidewalk counselors tried to retrieve Mr. Carlson’s signs from the thief but the man wrestled the signs away from the woman and drove off in his vehicle with the stolen signs, worth several hundred dollars.

The entire crime was captured on video. Mr. Carlson immediately called the police to report the crime in the hopes that the police would quickly apprehend the thief and return the signs to Mr. Carlson. Wrong! The San Jose Police Department refused to even send an officer to the scene of the violent robbery. Mr. Carlson spoke with someone by phone who took a report of what happened. The officer told Carlson to hire his own private detective to get his property back.

Mr. Carlson tried to follow up with the police a couple weeks later, as instructed, and was told that no investigator was being assigned to the case and no further work would be done at this time. In fact, the department would not even look at the video or photos that Mr. Carlson had.

A disappointed and frustrated Mr. Carlson contacted Life Legal Defense Foundation seeking help in how to get the police department to do their job on such a simple and straightforward case. On May 1, 2015, Life Legal Defense Foundation Senior Staff Counsel Allison K. Aranda sent a letter to the Deputy Chief of Investigations setting out the history of police inaction on the case and insisting that Chief Williams assign an investigator. Within days of receiving the letter, officers contacted Mr. Carlson to make arrangements to obtain his video and photos.

San Jose Police Department Lt. Messier also contacted Life Legal Defense Foundation to assure Mrs. Aranda that Mr. Carlson’s case was being assigned to an investigator and would receive prompt attention. Investigators have since been able to identify the thief and have turned the case over to the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office for review and prosecution. Your continued financial support will enable Life Legal Defense Foundation to pursue justice not only for Mr. Carlson, but for many others like him.

While we applaud the San Jose Police Department for finally apprehending the thief who forcefully stole the pro-life signs from Mr. Carlson, it is disappointing that the police had to be prompted to take these steps. Unfortunately, without public pressure, the San Jose Police Department, like many other police departments across the nation, may ignore the calls for help from peaceful pro-life activists who have been victimized because of their beliefs. It is important to remember that in the fight to protect and save the unborn, we will face trials and witness injustice, but it is equally important not to sit by silently and accept this fate. We must fight for what is right and demand justice from those who are sworn to uphold the law.

 

From http://cal-catholic.com/


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