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LANSING, Mich.,

Nov. 30

/Christian Newswire/ — Operation Rescue has filed
formal complaints against abortionist Alberto Hodari
with the Michigan Attorney General’s office and with
the Michigan Department of Community Health,
asking for investigations in to criminal misconduct in
the alleged forced abortion of Caitlin Bruce last year.

Ms. Bruce filed a civil suit against Hodari in June. In
her suit, she says she withdrew her consent for an
abortion after seeing her baby on an ultrasound. She
accuses Hodari and his assistant of holding her down
and covering her mouth to muffle her screams while
Hodari viciously forced an abortion upon her.

"We have filed the appropriate complaints to insure
that the correct authorities are also investigating
possible criminal charges and causes for discipline
against Hodari’s medical license," said Operation
Rescue President Troy Newman.

Judy Climer, director of Flint Right to Life, has also
filed a separate, similar complaint with the Michigan
Attorney General.

Bruce never filed her own criminal complaint
because "she was young and knew it wouldn’t bring
her baby back," according to a story that appeared
Sunday in the Flint Journal.

"While these complaints are too late to help Ms.
Bruce, they may serve to prevent this horror from being
inflicted upon other women," said Newman. "In fact,
evidence shows that Hodari has likely forced
abortions on women for at least two decades."

The Flint Journal article indicated that an abortion
clinic employee present during Bruce’s abortion said
in a statement that was filed with the suit that Hodari
told Bruce that he would not do her abortion and was
sending her home, but instead forced the abortion on
her. He then grinned as he completed the abortion.

Another woman recently told of a similar experience
with Hodari in 1988. Jennifer McCoy never considered
abortion and had been taken to Hodari’s clinic at age
16 under the pretence of receiving a routine obstetrical
examination. Hodari assured her that he was only
examining her to determine how far along she was,
when suddenly Jennifer felt the sharp pain of the
abortion.

"These two accounts are far too similar to be a
coincidence," said Newman. "Even though Hodari
denies any wrongdoing, he has also made it clear that
he believes abortionists have a ‘license to lie.’ We are
convinced that he lied to Mrs. McCoy, he lied to Ms.
Bruce, and now he’s lying about his culpability in
these horrific crimes. Hodari’s behavior is that of a
maniac that has likely been abusing women for at
least 20 years. It is time that the legal system brings
his reign of terror to an end."

Read the
Flint Journal article.

Watch video
showing Hodari saying abortionists have a
"license to lie."

Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life
Christian activist organizations in the nation and has
become a strong voice for the pro-life movement in
America. Operation Rescue is now headquartered in
a former abortion clinic that it bought and closed in
2006. From there, Operation Rescue launches its
innovative new strategies across the nation, exposing
and closing abortion clinics through peaceful, legal
means. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the
abortion issue, taking direct action to stop abortion
and ultimately restore legal personhood to the pre-
born in obedience to biblical mandates.


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Tis the Season of ‘The Gospel of Life’


When you think about it – the Church has
two special times of the year when it asks Christians to set a time
aside for prayer and reflection (and fasting) -Advent and Lent-.


Why Advent?


Because…


As John Paul tells us in Dominum Et Vivificantem:


  • " Creation is thus completed by the Incarnation and since that
    moment is permeated by the powers of the Redemption, powers which fill
    humanity and all creation." #52


  • "The mystery of the  Incarnation constitutes the climax of this (God’s) giving, this divine self-communication" #50


  • "What was accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit "in the
    fullness of time" can only through the Spirit’s power now emerge from
    the memory of the Church. By his power it can be made present in the
    new phase of man’s history on earth: the year 2000 from the birth of
    Christ." #51


  • "But it must also be remembered that for us Christians this event
    (the Incarnation) indicates, as St. Paul says, the ‘fullness of time’,
    because in it human history has been wholly permeated by the
    ‘measurement’ of God himself: a transcendent presence of the ‘eternal
    now.’ " #49


Advent is that time to get in touch with that " divine
self-communication", to become aware of  "human history that is
permeated by the measurement of God himself" and the "powers of the
Redemption, powers which fill humanity and all creation". Right now in
our world’s history we desperately need this power of the Incarnation
to " be made present in this new phase of man’s history on earth".


We must realize that Advent and Christmas is a time where God is prepared to pour out anew many graces upon his children. Pro-lifers:
in a special way this is our season. We who are pro-life should use
this time when Christ came to our world first in a womb and then in a
manger  to renew ourselves to go out and build a ‘culture of life’.

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VATICAN – At First Sunday of Advent Angelus, Benedict XVI
highlights that “Jesus Christ is not only for Christians, or believers,
but for all men,” and recalls that “the Church does not cease to combat
AIDS, through her institu

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tions and the personnel dedicated to it.”

Vatican
City (Agenzia Fides) – “The contemporary world needs above all hope: It
is needed by developing peoples, but also by those economically
developed. We increasingly see that we are in the same boat and that we
must all be saved together. Above all, seeing so many false securities
crumble, we realize that we need a trustworthy hope, and this is found
only in Christ…Hence, we can affirm that Jesus Christ is not only for
Christians, or believers, but for all men, because he, who is the
center of faith, is also the foundation of hope. He is the hope that
every human being constantly needs.” These were the words with which
the Holy Father Benedict XVI opened his speech prior to the praying of
the Angelus on Sunday, November 29, the First Sunday of Advent, in
addressing pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

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Making reference to the new Liturgical Year, which begins with Advent,
the time of preparation for the Birth of the Lord, the Holy Father
highlighted that the II Vatican Council insists on the fact that
“Christ is the center of the liturgy. It is similar to the sun, around
which rotate the planets. Around the liturgy rotate the Blessed Virgin
Mary — she is the closest — and the martyrs and the other saints.” He
then invited us all to gaze upon the Virgin Mary, who “fully incarnates
the humanity that lives in hope based on faith in the living God,” the
Virgin of Advent: “Let us enter her school, to truly enter this time of
grace and to welcome, with joy and responsibility, the coming of God to
our personal and social history.”

After the Angelus, the Holy Father recalled World AIDS Day, with these
words: “This coming Dec. 1 the World AIDS Day will be observed. My
thought and my prayer go to all persons affected by this sickness, in
particular children, to the poorest and to those who are rejected. The
Church does not cease to combat AIDS, through her institutions and the
personnel dedicated to it. I exhort everyone to make their own
contribution with prayer and care, so that those who are affected by
the HIV virus will feel the presence of the Lord who gives support and
hope. Finally, I hope that, by multiplying and coordinating efforts,
this sickness will be halted and eradicated.” (SL)

(Agenzia Fides
30/11/2009)

Links:
Text of the Holy Father’s address, in various languages
https://www.fides.org/_gestione/fidesweb/attachments/index/lan:ita#



 

Mary Vitamin for November 30th
 
Topic: The Archangels teach us about the Immaculate Conception

Annunciation by Murillo, 1655

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Quote:
St. Alphonsus di Liguori
"Hence it is that the angel, before she became the Mother of God, already found her full of grace and thus saluted her, ‘Hail, full of grace."
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary,  (Tan Books),276.
 
Meditation:
The words of St. Raphael from the Book of Tobit:
 
"I will now tell you the whole truth: I will conceal nothing at all from you, …. when you, Tobit, and Sarah prayed, it was I who presented and read the record of your prayer before the Glory of the Lord…I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who enter and serve before the Glory of the Lord."

The Three Archangels: Gabriel, Michael and Raphael

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Tobit 12:11,12, 15.
 
We only know the names of three of the seven angels who enter and serve before the Glory of the Lord: St. Raphael, St. Gabriel and St. Michael — the other four names remain hidden.
 
If St. Gabriel is one of the seven, then he is accustomed to seeing the "Glory of the Lord." When he came as a messenger to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he recognized the special graces conferred by God on Her. He called her "full of grace." (Grace means the gift of God’s presence.) St. Gabriel recognized God’s special presence in the Blessed Virgin Mary even before the Holy Spirit overshadowed Her.
 
Resolution:
Today, I will try to think often of the Annunciation. In particular, when I pray the Angelus today, I will try to think about Our Lady from the point of view of St. Gabriel. He was impressed by Our Lady’s degree of grace. He was impressed by Her Immaculate Conception.
 
Marian Vow:
With my Marian Vow, as the slave and property of Our Lady, I should be careful to practice the humility and docility of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
 
"Be it done unto me according to your Word."
 
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
 
Thanks be to God for graces received.
 


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"May the Lord grant all your prayers!" (Psalm 20)
Deacon John
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“The Blessed Virgin has so merciful a heart, that she deserves not only to be called merciful, but mercy itself.”

Saint Leo



Saint Bernard,
speaking of the great compassion of Mary towards us poor creatures,
says, “Mary is the land overflowing with milk and honey promised by
God.”


Help Me, Lord, to Do As I Ought

God's Blue Book III Cover

May 16, 1994

You, My child, are guarded by My hand when you learn to let go and do as I ask. You must realize I am forever with you and you do not need to worry. Trust in Me, trust in Me, trust in Me! I am Jesus Christ. I am the Son of God. Do not worry or fume or fret. Be ever attentive to My presence with you. Let go, sweet one, and let Me get close to you.

Satan is tormenting you. Pray for trust and give it all up. I love you with such love. Do not worry ever. I am by your side in your darkest hours. Trust, child. You are so far from trusting Me!

R. When people are hurting, say you are sorry. It is not as if you made them hurt, but it helps them to know someone is sorry. They are suffering, they need your compassion and love. I wondered why Jesus kept telling me to say I was sorry when they were mad. They need to know you are sorry that they are suffering, that they are feeling hurt. To say you are sorry will help their hurting hearts. It is in love and compassion that we should respond to one another. To say we are sorry is to suffer with our beloved brothers.

Jesus: Be loving in all things. Choose love. Do not seek yourself. Come and let Me heal your aching heart and be loving to My hurting ones. I love them so. Show them compassion and care. Do not be hard on your brother when he wrongs you. See the suffering heart inside of him and love him. Love is the answer! Be compassionate to one another. This is how you put on Christ. Be Me to your hurting brothers. They need you to love Me. If you love Me, you will love one another. All works out when you love God and love each other. You do not love and then you wonder why the problem. The problem is your lack of love for one another. Give love to each other. I cannot say this enough. It is in loving that your heart will find peace. Surrender to love. It is healing. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. My ways I make known to you in the recesses of your heart. Hear My gentle voice as I tell you to love. Forgive your brothers and love them.

Alleluia. This is the key to your life. Life you will have when you love each other.

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