Dear Friends for Life,
A new Brazilian poll is strongly anti-abortion. In a major national poll, 74% of respondents in Brazil state that they are opposed to abortion. 23% support legalizing. We note that Brazil’s president, Lula da Silva has been attempting to weaken Brazil’s pro-life laws. As part of this, the government has been distributing free the abortifacient, morning-after pills.
Believe it or not, Planned Parenthood is demanding sexual rights for small children. In a new report, "Stand and Deliver," the International Planned Parenthood Federation demands, "comprehensive sexuality education" for children as young as 10 years. "Young people are sexual beings and are entitled to sexual education which promotes individual wellbeing and the advancement of broad social and public health goals." Therefore, "sex education must be mandatory in school and the government should insist on this." IPPF says, "This is necessary to encourage young people’s self esteem, thoughtful decision making and negotiating skills, and they should be helped to develop satisfying and pleasurable sexual lives." Therefore, they should have unrestrained access to sex education and services.
Korea finally has birth subsidies. But is it too late? To remedy the alarming birth dearth in South Korea, families with more than two children will now receive state subsidies. Businesses will be required to set up day care centers and single parents will be able to be enrolled in state-sponsored free child care services. So far other efforts to increase the birth rate have failed.
Jerry Novotny, OMI
(Quote) "Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." -G.K. Chesterton
Lifeissues.net NEWSLETTER #472
May 2, 2010
(TABLE OF CONTENTS):
1. Last Minute Backroom Negotiations Leave Witnesses Baffled at UN Commission on Population and Development
2. Top Abortion Law Firm Says Government Funded Abortion is a Human Right
3. Euthanasia Requests Skyrocket in Belgium; Highest Among Young Cancer Victims
4. Religion Good for You; Reduces Teen Pregnancies, Too
5. Pope Benedict To Push Through With Britain Visit Despite Condom Insult
6. UK Woman’s Sudden Death Linked to Pill
7. Sweden Permits Passive Euthanasia
8. Economic Costs of Induced Abortion
9. Why Abortion Does Not Solve Child Rape
10. The New Tower of Babel
11. Wetzstein: Sounding alarm on gonorrhea
12. Swiss assisted suicide clinic Dignitas has been accused of dumping dozens of urns filled with human remains in a nearby lake.
(FOCUS ON ASIA): "Authorities in Asia seek to sterilise their populations" – The Chinese state media has reported that authorities have detained 1,300 people in order to sterilise them. This is part of a 20-day campaign to sterilise almost 10,000 people suspected of planning to break the strict Chinese family-planning laws.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1266574/Chinese-city-detains-1-300-compulsory-sterilisation-drive.html?printingPage=true Such sterilisation campaigns are not limited to China. Thousands of women in Uzbekistan experience forced sterilations. These sterilisations are state-ordered and irreversible. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/982811175?z00m=19833102
ITEM #1. Last Minute Backroom Negotiations Leave Witnesses Baffled at UN Commission on Population and Development
Observers were left scratching their heads trying to figure out what went wrong in the final few hours of the United Nations (UN) Commission Population and Development (CPD), which ended last Friday at UN headquarters in New York. After three days of marathon negotiating sessions, the UN Commission on Population and Development came together in the final plenary to adopt an eight-page text on "Health, Morbidity, Mortality and Development." Despite reassurances from governments that controversial language regarding "sexuality education" and "reproductive rights" would not be included in the final document, in the final few hours of the conference, behind closed doors, the controversial language came back into the document.
View full article at C-FAM:
ITEM #2. Top Abortion Law Firm Says Government Funded Abortion is a Human Right
A top abortion-rights law firm recently released its conclusion that the last decade of international legal trends indicate that abortion is not only an international human right, but that government funding is part of that right. They claim that the "vicious" health care debate in the United States over abortion funding shows that the U.S. is flouting international law.
View full article at C-FAM:
ITEM #3. Euthanasia Requests Skyrocket in Belgium; Highest Among Young Cancer Victims
After being legalised eight years ago, euthanasia is being committed more and more often in Belgium, according to a recent study by the Flemish-speaking Free University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel or VUB). The number of requests for euthanasia has almost tripled since 2003, when 235 patients reportedly asked to be killed.
View full article at Family and Life:
ITEM #4. Religion Good for You; Reduces Teen Pregnancies, Too
The Institute launched the campaign to coincide with Easter. Commenting on the project, Iona Institute director David Quinn said, "This campaign is unprecedented. Nothing like it has ever taken place in Ireland, or anywhere else that we know of. Its aim is to present a positive image of religion". "There are now a lot of scientific studies", he continued, "showing that religious practise has numerous beneficial effects. The aim of the campaign is to let people know about this".
View full article at Family and Life:
**Growing Birth Rates Set to Empower Religious People, New Research Shows
ITEM #5. Pope Benedict To Push Through With Britain Visit Despite Condom Insult
The memo made fun of the Catholic Church’s stand on several issues such as abortion, homosexuality and contraception… The memo suggested that Britain should asked Pope Benedict to bless an abortion clinic, officiate over a gay wedding and even launch a Benedict brand of condom.
ITEM #6. UK Woman’s Sudden Death Linked to Pill
A UK bank worker who took oral contraceptives for ten years died from a blood clot that the drug apparently caused. Jenna Morris of Poulton, Wirral, died after deep-vein thrombosis developed in her legs and spread to her lungs. Before she collapsed, Miss Morris complained of shooting pains in her legs and within hours was found dead by her mother Christine at her home in Merseyside. A post-mortem showed she died of a blood clot, possibly caused by the contraceptive pills she’d been taking since she was a teenager.
View full article at Family and Life:
ITEM #7. Sweden Permits Passive Euthanasia
Halting life-support at the request of a patient is legal, Swedish health authorities said Monday, clearing the way for doctors to agree to a heavily disabled woman’s request to be allowed to die.
"A patient who wishes to discontinue treatment has a right to do so. The condition is that he or she understands the information provided by the doctor and the consequences of his or her decision," the National Board of Health and Welfare said in a statement.
Article is located at Agence France Presse:
ITEM #8. Economic Costs of Induced Abortion
The EUROPOP data (2004) shows that "previous induced abortions were significantly associated with preterm delivery and the risk of preterm birth increased with the number of abortions." More than 50 published studies to date, from more than twenty countries, show that induced abortion is significantly associated with preterm birth. Many large studies involving hundreds of thousands of cases show the risk of preterm birth increased with increasing numbers of abortions.
Article can be found at LifeIssues.net:
ITEM #9. Why Abortion Does Not Solve Child Rape
The abortion movement has created a new class of victims: Pregnant pubescent girls who are being used to justify "therapeutic" abortion.
View entire two files at LifeIssues.net:
ITEM #10. The New Tower of Babel
The top several human embryologists in the world are authors of Human Embryology textbooks. It is understandable that they do not want to engage in polemics for fear of hurting their book sales. However, the amount of fake science being foisted on the public is reaching crisis proportion. These authors must now speak out and bring reason and truth back into the public discourse. In 1989 I predicted that Human Embryology would be rewritten according to political correctness. My prediction has come true. Babel has come to the world of science, and, in particular, to the world of Human Embryology.
View entire text at LifeIssues.net:
ITEM #11. Wetzstein: Sounding alarm on gonorrhea
"We are on the verge of a highly untreatable gonorrhea epidemic," he writes. … Gonorrhea, once in decline, has thoroughly rebounded, with more than 336,000 cases reported in 2008. It disproportionately affects young people and blacks. Untreated gonorrhea increases risk for HIV infection and can lead to infertility, among other undesirable outcomes.
View entire text at The Washington Times:
ITEM #12. Swiss assisted suicide clinic Dignitas has been accused of dumping dozens of urns filled with human remains in a nearby lake.
Comment: So – this is death with dignity -burial like human waste. While the treatment of their victims is shocking, that Dignitas has done this does not surprise me. After all, they are in the business of killing human beings – they are just like criminals who kill for whatever reason and dispose of their victims like garbage in secret. How is it possible for Dignitas to have any respect for human remains. And where are the relatives of the dead? -Cheryl, CHN
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TOPEKA, Kan., April 30 /Christian Newswire/ — The Kansas House of Representatives today failed in a bid to override Gov. Mark Parkinson’s veto of HB 2115, which would have provided new reporting standards for late-term abortions. The vote of 82-4 fell just two votes shy of the 84 votes needed to override.
Operation Rescue President Troy Newman issued the following statement in response:
This bill was falsely portrayed as a law that would interfere with a woman’s abortion decision. In truth, this law had nothing to do with women and everything to do with insuring that abortionists are complying with already established law. If the laws cannot be enforced, they are worthless.
Parkinson’s veto was a vote for illegal late-term abortions. Each of the 40 votes that supported the veto was a vote for illegal late-term abortions.
With their votes, Parkinson and his 40 cohorts in the House have defied the will of the majority of the people who supported this common-sense law. They have now given tacit approval for criminal acts and anarchy, and have issued an open invitation to unscrupulous abortionists across the nation to come to Kansas where abortion laws will not be enforced. By doing so, they have endangered the lives of women and the viable babies our laws were enacted to protect.
We will do all we can to make sure the people of Kansas remember this shameful vote the next time these people appear on the ballot.
About Operation Rescue®
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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WASHINGTON, April 30 /Christian Newswire/ — Florida just became the fourth state to pass legislation opting-out of taxpayer-funded abortion provisions established by the new federal health care reform law.
Florida’s legislation ensures that insurance plans that cover abortions and participate in new health care exchanges cannot receive tax dollars.
"The right to life is fundamental to all that we do, and this ensures that taxpayer dollars are not hijacked to fund abortions. Thanks to Americans United for Life for helping to make this a reality," said Florida State Representative Matthew Gaetz.
Florida legislators used the "Abortion-Mandate Opt-Out Act" drafted by Americans United for Life as a model to draft this bill. AUL would like to recognize Florida Rep. Matthew Gaetz for his tireless work in getting this bill passed.
The bill now goes to Florida Governor Charlie Crist for signature.
Legislatures in Arizona, Tennessee, and Mississippi have already passed similar bills.
AUL has been in contact with elected leaders and groups in 28 states on opting-out of the abortion mandate.
For more, click here to visit www.aul.org.
July 28, 1994 – 4:30am – Reach Out With the Hands of Love
Messenger: To love You this way! Jesus wants me to realize the dignity that He bestows on me. "With dignity and honor, I have clothed you, My sweet one."
Jesus speaks: Reach out with the hands of love. Be heart-centered, filled deep within with My most ardent love. You will love others proportionate to your love affair with Me. From the depth of My Heart I cry unto you to realize this love that is outpoured to you. You are My beloved. You are My sweet and faithful one. You, I ask to come and be in love with Me. Pray from your heart. Be in love with Me.
Messenger: He would do what He did because He knew the love of the Father. All love that comes through Jesus comes from the Father. He loved when they hated because He knew the Father’s love. When the world is cold, jump into His Heart. He puts us in a little pocket. Little lambs, caressed by His Heart!http://www.sofc.org/
7th – 9th PRO-LIFE ROSARY
TENNESSEE (April 30th, 2010)
– In what may become the most widely
supported pro-life prayer event of its kind, the May 7th – 9th
ONE MILLION ROSARIES FOR UNBORN BABIES now has registrants from
the following 34 nations: Zambia, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England,
Philippines, Chile, India, Singapore, South Africa, Nigeria, Lithuania,
Netherlands, Ivory Coast, Latvia, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Belgium, U.S.A.,
Peru, Uruguay, Malaysia, Vietnam, Ireland, Germany, Panama, Columbia, Spain,
Italy, Sri Lanka, Portugal, Slovakia, Romania, and Mexico.
are scheduled to be prayed May 7th – 9th for the following intention:
For an end to the surgical and non-surgical killing of unborn human
persons. A wide range of people will be participating, including
nuns, members of families, prayer group members, students, parishioners,
ONE MILLION ROSARIES FOR UNBORN BABIES prayer event
may register at
In addition to registering, persons are also encouraged to let other
people know about the May 7th – 9th(Friday – Sunday) Rosary prayer
event. [The above-listed website has a section concerning ways to promote the
prayer event]. Persons without access to a computer may write to:
P.O. Box 41257; Memphis, Tennessee 38174;
Michael the Archangel Organization has attempted to get one million Rosaries
prayed for unborn babies. Within that time span, the ONE
MILLION ROSARIES FOR UNBORN BABIES prayer event has
been supported by many people, including Cardinal Francis
Arinze and Archbishop Raymond L. Burke.
This is part three of a five part series “Abortion Capital” delving into the business of lucrative late-term abortions in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Read Abortion Capital, Pt. 1: The Wild, Wild West Read Abortion Capital, Pt. 2: “Am I Killing? Yes, I am. I know that”
Albuquerque, NM – In March, it was announced that Curtis Boyd, an elderly Texas abortionist, was providing dangerous abortions throughout the latest stages of pregnancy at his Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico. That seemed the perfect place for Boyd to establish himself as the late-term abortion “go-to” man in the wake of the death of George Tiller, who had dominated the lucrative late-term abortion market. The state was liberal and had few laws that would hinder his newly expanded business. Late-term abortions are long, complex procedures fraught with risks. If Boyd was going to do large numbers of them, he would need help.
In September, 2009, Boyd hired two abortionists with experience in late-term abortions, Shelley Sella and Susan Robinson. Both had been employed by Tiller in Wichita, Kansas, prior to the closure of his clinic. There, at what had been the world’s largest late-term abortion clinic, they were responsible for well over half of all abortions done in the U.S. after 24 weeks.
Shelley Sella, 52, was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. She received her education at the liberal University of Wisconsin in Madison, and at the Sackler School of Medicine in Ramat Aviv, Israel. She received her original medical license in 1988.
Sella’s first real employment began at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, during which time she also moonlighted at a large community clinic catering to the Hispanic population.
Sella had a troubled career with Kaiser. In December, 1996, Sella was listed as the attending physician during second trimester botched abortion. Her patient, a 28-year old woman who was 16 weeks pregnant, suffered a perforated uterus and other complications as a result of the abortion. A civil suit was filed and later settled out of court for $25,000.
In October, 2000, Sella again found herself in civil court. She was accused of negligent management of a labor and delivery when a patient’s uterus spontaneously ruptured, resulting in a dead baby. Kaiser settled out of court for $500,000.
One month after that lawsuit was filed, Sella left Kaiser under a cloud and hired on as an abortionist at Planned Parenthood of Shasta Diablo, in Concord, California, where she continues to work. Since then, Sella has become a “circuit riding” abortionist that currently splits her time between Planned Parenthood, Pregnancy Consultation Center in Sacramento, and Boyd’s Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Radical Leftist Ideology
Sella has been a financial contributor to a radical California pro-abortion group called ACCESS, Women’s Health Rights Coalition. This group’s stated goals are to prevent women from patronizing pro-life crisis pregnancy centers and insure greater access to abortion services beyond 20 weeks, or the fifth month of pregnancy and beyond.
Sella is a lesbian who was married to her female lover, Julie Litwin, in a civil marriage service in San Francisco, CA, on Valentine’s Day, 2004, in the presence of Litwin’s son, who was seven years old at the time. The Sella-Litwin “marriage” was one of dozens of highly-publicized gay civil ceremonies performed in San Francisco in early 2004. Courts later ruled that those “marriages” would not be recognized by the State.
Ironically, Litwin is a certified midwife, a profession that is ironically antithetical to Sella’s abortion career.
Sella gained experience in late-term abortions during her eight years of employment at Women’s Health Care Services, (WHCS), in Wichita. There, Sella continued to be troubled with botched abortions and other allegations.
In September, 2007, a former Sella abortion patient came forward and testified before a joint interim legislative committee about her abortion experience. The woman, Michelle Armesto-Berge, told the committee about her hair-raising experience during a coerced second-trimester abortion done by Sella in May, 2003. Armesto-Berge was 18-years old and in her 25th week of pregnancy when her mother coerced her into an abortion that she did not want. Medical records revealed that an injection that was meant to stop her baby’s heart had been botched by Sella and had to be re-administered, causing Armesto-Berge additional mental anguish.
A complaint was filed by Operation Rescue President Troy Newman against Sella and her employer, George Tiller in October, 2007, on behalf of Armesto-Berge. The complaint alleged that Sella began the abortion process on Armesto-Berge before consent was obtained. Because Armesto-Berge was late and missed the appointment with the second physician that was required to confirm the medical necessity of all abortions on viable babies after 22 weeks gestation, the complaint alleges that Sella misrepresented the 25-week old baby as being “non-viable.”
While Sella’s Kansas medical license shows “no derogatory information on file,” Sella told the New Mexico Medical Board in her license application that the Kansas Disciplinary Panel “found that a handwritten note for surgical procedures was not legible and insufficient.” The Panel asked that Sella complete a record keeping course and start dictating operative procedures. She complied with the recommendations and the case was quietly closed.
35 Week Baby Murder?
But the most shocking allegation against Sella came from a former Tiller employee who came forward in April, 2008, and told Operation Rescue that a baby at 35 weeks gestation was born alive and intentionally stabbed to death by Sella.
Tina David was a licensed practical nurse who often assisted with the late-term abortions. David contacted Troy Newman and told him that she wanted to speak with him about her time at WHCS. David was interviewed by Newman and Cheryl Sullenger. (Listen to the audio clip.) The following is a partial transcript of that conversation:
DAVID: Well, my job, like I said, was hold the leg …
DAVID: And count the parts, if it was in pieces.
DAVID: And this was…hmmm, maybe 35 weeks?
SULLENGER: That’s pretty big.
DAVID: Yeah. Yeah. It was – It was a big baby.
DAVID: And…baby came out, and it was moving. I don’t know if it was alive or if it was
nerves…I don’t – I have no clue.
DAVID: Then Dr. Sella looked up right away at me and took a utensil and stabbed it – right
here – [indicating the left rib section] and twisted, and then it didn’t move anymore.
NEWMAN: Oh, my goodness!
DAVID: Yeah, and I don’t remember—because usually we did the injection.
David could not explain why the baby was born alive since abortions that late in the pregnancy usually begin with a fatal injection into the baby’s heart. However, the Armesto-Berge case showed that sometimes the first injection is not always successful.
David told Newman that after her interview with Operation Rescue she spoke with some of her former associates at WHCS. Soon after, she stopped returning Newman’s calls.
“Ms. David gave us a very specific eye-witness account about the incident,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “At 35 weeks, there is no doubt about viability. This is murder in anybody’s book.”
Newman reported the incident to the police, who opened a murder investigation against Sella. A complaint was filed with the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts asking for the suspension of Sella’s medical license and the immediate closure of WHCS.
Unfortunately, under questioning by police, Tina David recanted her story. She would only say that she “didn’t want to get involved.”
“We still believe that the original story that Tina David told us was true based on the fact that we were able to confirm the veracity of nearly everything else she told us. Unfortunately, without Tina, we could never prove it. WHCS had an incinerator onsite where the remains of the baby were cremated. The only physical evidence that may have convicted Sella of murder literally went up in smoke,” said Newman.
If David had stuck to her story, it may have saved another abortion patient from the worst experience of her life.
Twenty-three year old Patient S. had been under routine obstetrical care when she decided to abort her baby due to involvement in an abusive relationship. According to her last menstrual period and ultrasounds that she had received, she was 23 weeks pregnant at the time of her abortion, which she began on Tuesday, September 23, 2008. (Read her full story.)
However, she believed that WHCS misdiagnosed her as being only 19 weeks – a difference of an entire month of gestation. According to Kansas law, at 22 weeks, a second physician must concur that the abortion is medically necessary. Patient S. never saw a second physician.
Sella began the abortion on Patient. S. by giving her an injection digoxin into her abdomen, which is meant to stop the baby’s heart. Apparently something went wrong with the injection, because Patient S. began feeling sick. She was sent home for the day.
On Thursday, while shaky, sick, and running a fever of 103.7°, she returned to WHCS. According to Patient S., George Tiller, not Sella, completed the abortion, during which Patient S. suffered an asthma attack, respiratory distress, and cardiac arrest. She was revived and hospitalized. She was later treated for a painful yeast infection on her face that another doctor said came from the use of a dirty oxygen mask during her abortion. Patient S.’s mother was present during the abortion and told pro-lifers that she believed that the baby was still alive at the time of the abortion delivery process. If true, that would have made the abortion illegal under the Federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.
A complaint was filed with the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which found that Sella did not violate the “standard of care” for her part in Patient S.’s ordeal. With Tiller’s death, plans to file a civil suit have been dropped.
“We have three reported incidents where Sella allegedly botched a critical part of the late-term abortion process, leading to major complications each time, yet she has managed to escape responsibility for this,” said Newman.
“It is important for the public to know the history here so women can be warned and protected, and so that watchdog groups and authorities can be vigilant. It’s only a matter of time before Sella is involved in abortion complications in New Mexico similar to what we have already seen – or worse. It’s not a case of ‘if, but ‘when.’”
About Operation Rescue®
Web site: www.operationrescue.org
WASHINGTON, April 30 /Christian Newswire/ — This year, the first Thursday in May, which each year is the National Day of Prayer, is on May 6, 2010.
The idea for the law which established the National Day of Prayer came in 1952, at the end of Billy Graham’s six week Washington, D.C. revival.
Rev. Graham had been invited by House Speaker Sam Rayburn to conclude his series of messages by leading a worship service on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Speaking there to a crowd that observers claimed was bigger than for most inaugurations, Billy Graham said, "What a thrilling, glorious thing it would be to see the leaders of our country today kneeling before Almighty God in prayer. What a thrill would sweep this country. What renewed hope and courage would grip the Americans at this hour of peril."
The very next day, Representative Percy Priest introduced the bill which established a National Day of Prayer, noting that the country had been "challenged yesterday by the suggestion made on the east steps of the Capitol by Billy Graham that the Congress call on the President for the proclamation of a day of prayer."
This year, Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham, is the honorary chair of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. The year’s theme is "Prayer: For such a time as this."
This year, for the first time, there will be a National Day of Prayer observance on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. On May 6, 2010, beginning at 11:30 a.m. when the Bible Reading Marathon concludes, and continuing until 1:00 p.m., there will be a Solemn Assembly of Prayer.
Don’t expect music or speeches, and don’t bring any banners or signs.
For such a time as this, the prayer time on the Capitol steps will have no pomp, just prayer. No protest, just prayer. No personalities, just prayer. No party division, just prayer. Communion will be offered at the end of the time of prayer. That’s what we all need right now, for such a time as this.
—SPIRITUAL FOOD FOR THOUGHT—
IN a recent letter exchange, an atheist said to me,
If sufficient evidence was shown to me, I would start witnessing for Jesus tomorrow. I don’t know what that evidence would be, but I’m sure an all-powerful, all-knowing deity such as Yahweh would know what it would take to get me to believe. So that means Yahweh must not want me to believe (at least at this time), otherwise Yahweh could show me the evidence.
Is it that God does not want this atheist to believe at this time, or is it that this atheist is not prepared to believe in God? That is, is he applying the principles of the "scientific method" to the Creator Himself?
God, our Father, we thank You for Your love, we recognize You today as
Our God, our Creator. We thank You for our life, for the lives of our parents
and all the people whom we have met, and those whom we have yet to meet. Along
with Mary we ask You, give us the grace that we may, through prayer and
sacrifice, prepare ourselves for the Coming of Your Holy Spirit.
Give the strength that we may be freed of all that which at this
moment hinders us from being open to Him, Your Holy Spirit. Lord, we bring
before You our entire life, all that which is deformed inside us, all that is
bad within us, all that is dark and injured, and we beg You, come and heal us,
through You Holy Spirit. And we beg You forgiveness that we were often fearful
of You, that we often distrusted You, and did not allow You to transform and
to change us. Prepare our heart so that we may recognize Your plan through the
Holy Spirit, that we may listen for Your word, and that we may then live it.
Send into our heart your Spirit of Truth, that we may recognize You, our true
God, and that we may allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit on Your path
to Eternal Life.
Lord, we beg You, send Your Spirit of Truth and Love into the
hearts of all those who are responsible in the Holy Church, and in the world.
Send Your Holy Spirit into the hearts of those who, at this moment, are
resisting You, who still distrust You, and change their hearts. Send the
Spirit of Love into the hearts of those who hate, send the Spirit of Strength
into the hearts of those who have become enslaved by sin, so that we, as Your
Children, may come to be able to love in freedom and in love. Give us the
grace that we may come to understand the message that the Mother of Your Son
Jesus Christ has given us through Her, and that we all may come to live better
lives with the strength of Your Spirit. Bless us and heal us, and bless all
those who have ever asked for our prayers, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Fr. Slavko of Medjugorje…….Medjugorje; May 28, 1998Hat tip to Ed at In God’s
Company 2 for this beautiful prayer!