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Nov. 30, 2010 /Christian Newswire/ — The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) will hold its State Legislative Strategy Conference for state right-to-life leaders on Tuesday, December 7 beginning at 10:00 am. The opening session of the conference will be open to members of the press.WHERE:
Key Bridge Marriott
1401 Lee Highway, Arlington WHEN:
Tuesday, December 7, 10:00 am WHO:
Wanda Franz, Ph.D., President
Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D., Director of State Legislation
Julie Schmit-Albin, Executive Director, Nebraska Right to Life
David N. O'Steen, Ph.D., Executive Director The morning session will feature an overview of National Right to Life's state priorities for the 2011 legislative session and an overview of public support for pro-life legislation. Among the measures to be discussed will be a model bill based on Nebraska's Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Time will be provided for press questions before attendees adjourn to a closed session for the afternoon. The Nebraska law, which prevents abortions after 20 weeks from fertilization, when substantial medical evidence indicates unborn children feel pain, took effect October 15, 2010. Reporters who intend to cover the conference are asked to pre-register for credentials prior to the conference. To register, please call Jessica Rodgers in the NRLC Communications Department at (202) 626-8833. Please also be prepared to show credentials at the door. The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life organizations and more than 3,000 local chapters nationwide, is the nation's largest pro-life group.
This is the issue of naming angels. A couple of months ago we had a touching account from a woman who met what she believes was her guardian during a pilgrimage and named the angel “Cherish.” It really seemed more a nickname. We could not presume to be the one who names an angel — it is God Who would do that.
But it seems the idea of lending any name to an angel raises concerns with some.
Read this article here: http://www.spiritdaily.com/namingguadrianangels.htm
My comment: I have a strong devotion to the Angels, all Nine Choirs and especially my Guardian Angel. I have never had the idea to name my guardian angel and I personally don’t think anyone should. I also read somewhere that certain people have more than one Guardian Angel, especially the blind. Another though is that I pray the St. Michael Chaplet every day and one of the promises attached to this great prayer is that when we receive Holy Communion, Nine Angels, one from each Choir, escort you to the altar. Now are we going to name all nine? Not me! I’m so happy to have this devotion and can tell you that the Angels have interceded into my life many times and have assisted me in many ways. I truly thank God for creating them and giving each one of us a Guardian Angel to guide us to heaven.
For Humanity And Divinity Have Been Joined In Christ Jesus.
In the course of a life’s journey there are often stretches of bad road. It seems that some people have an easier time than others, but it is a rare individual that never encounters a rough stretch. In recent years, perhaps that’s why I have found an increasing number of people that liken themselves to old cars. One poor woman said she felt very old. When I reminded her that she was only 39, she responded that she’s like a three year old car – not that old, but with over 500,000 miles – most of it over bad roads.
It is a rather well known fact that the Christmas holidays are the most difficult period many people face all year. Many of my pastor friends tell me that more people die during the week before Christmas than any other time.
With the erosion of family unity has come sadness, all at a time that should be joyful. Sometimes we can only be happy by willing it, often not merely by feeling it. Reality demands that at Christmas we will to be happy, after all
As I look out my window the snow is falling and the pine trees are clothed in Christmas white. It is very silent, perhaps a prelude to a silent night not far off. At a time when the forces of evil are relentless in their attempts to not only take Christ out of Christmas, but to suppress Christmas altogether, we must be just as relentless in our efforts to give glory to God through his Son, Jesus Christ.
This year approach Christmas as you would approach the Christ Child himself – with reverence and with thanksgiving. Allow nothing to rob your joy at this precious time. Sadness has no place in reality, true reality, for the Word has become flesh and dwelt among us. Humanity and divinity have been joined in Jesus, now come to us as an infant. In the cold winter of human hearts there is often no room at the Inn for the Holy Family. Make room in the warmth of your heart for the infant King the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Often the greatest joy is experienced by giving something to others: A smile, forgiveness, perhaps the gift of faith itself.
Have a most blessed and merry Christmas, and may God give you the Gift who contains all gifts: the Holy Spirit.
God bless you,
Fr. John Corapi
Nov. 30, 2010 /Christian Newswire/ — The Pro-Life Action League is excited to announce a new alliance with Resurrection Medical Center and The Women's Center in establishing a protocol for assisting women who change their minds after initiating a second trimester abortion procedure. This groundbreaking partnership is the first-of-its-kind in Chicago and can be a model for Catholic hospitals around the country."Recently, our sidewalk counselors have seen several women who have changed their minds about abortion, and who wish to continue their pregnancies even once the late-term abortion procedure has started," said Ann Scheidler, vice president and director of sidewalk counselor training for the Pro-Life Action League. "This new process enables us to provide the most comprehensive medical care and emotional support for the pregnant woman who is facing this stressful situation." The protocol was developed by representatives from the League, Resurrection and The Women's Center, a crisis pregnancy center on the northwest side of Chicago. In preparation for setting new guidelines, the Pro-Life Action League arranged for Dr. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist and practicing gynecologist from Las Cruces, N.M., to advise the hospital's physicians and staff on the procedures involved in a later-term abortion and the reversal of the process. The newly established protocol involves the following:
- When a pregnant woman encounters a sidewalk counselor and indicates she has had a change of heart, she will be directed to The Women's Center.
- The trained counselor at The Women's Center has a designated phone number to alert the emergency room at Resurrection that the women will be arriving shortly.
- The emergency room at Resurrection will handle the initial evaluation and paper work.
- The woman is transferred to the obstetrics department where the necessary procedures will be done.
- If needed, the hospital will refer the women for prenatal care.
- The Women's Center will continue to follow up with the pregnant woman throughout her pregnancy and the delivery of her baby, meeting any emotional and material needs as they arise.
Sister Donna Marie, chief executive officer of Resurrection Medical Center, said of the Pro-Life Action League, "I am so pleased the Resurrection Medical Center is able to be a small part of the beautiful work that you are all doing for the unborn. God bless you and your wonderful team, how pleased God must be with your commitment to His holy children.""Never before have we had such a streamlined process to save the life of a child after the abortion procedure has been initiated," said Scheidler. "This alliance with Resurrection Medical Center is an example of the way Christ's Church is meant to work together for the good of His most vulnerable." For more information about the alliance or to speak with Ann Scheidler, please contact Stephanie Lewis. About the Pro-Life Action League
The Pro-Life Action League was founded by Joseph M. Scheidler in 1980 with the aim of saving unborn children through non-violent direct action. Through prayer vigils outside abortion facilities and sidewalk counseling, the League reaches out to abortion-bound women and couples with abortion alternatives, confidential counseling and access to pregnancy resources. The League has closed eight abortion clinics in Chicago alone and nearly one hundred across the country. The Pro-Life Action League is a nonprofit organization, supported solely by private donations. For more information, visit prolifeaction.org.
FOR THE FIRST EIGHT DAYS
By St. Alphonsus de Liguori
Quomodo non etiam cum illo omnia nobis donavit?
Motives of Confidence that are given to us by the Incarnation of the Word.
"How hath he not also, with him, given us all things? (Rom. 8:32) I.
Consider, my soul, that the eternal Father, in giving us His beloved Son for our Redeemer, could have given us no stronger motives for confiding in His mercy and loving His infinite bounty; for He could have given us no more certain token of the desire He has for our good, and of the immense love which He bears us, inasmuch as in giving us His Son, He has nothing left to give us. Let all men, therefore, O eternal God, praise Thy infinite charity. II.
How hath He not also, with Him, given us all things?
Since God has given us His Son, whom He loved as Himself, how can we fear that He will deny us any other good that we ask of Him? If, therefore, He has given us His Son, He will not refuse us pardon for the offenses which we have committed against Him, provided we detest them; He will not refuse us the grace to resist temptations, if we implore it of Him; He will not refuse us His Paradise, if we do not render ourselves unworthy of it by falling into sin. Behold how Jesus Himself assures us of this: "If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it you." (John 16:23) Encouraged, therefore, O my God, by this promise, I beg of Thee, for the love of Jesus Thy Son, to pardon me all the injuries that I have done Thee; give me holy perseverance in Thy grace until death; give me Thy holy love; may I detach myself from everything to love Thee alone, O infinite Goodness; give me Paradise in order that I may come and love Thee there with all my strength, and forever, without fear of ever ceasing to love Thee. III.
Yes, my Jesus, Thou art every good; Thou alone sufficest me; for Thee alone do I sigh; if once I drove Thee away from me by my sins, I repent of it now with my whole heart. Forgive me, and return to me, O Lord; and if Thou art already with me, as I hope, leave me not again, or, rather, suffer me not to drive Thee away from my soul again. My Jesus, my Jesus, my treasure, my love, my All, I love Thee, I love Thee, and will love Thee forever. O Mary, my hope, make me always to love Jesus.
[From 'The Incarnation, Birth and Infancy of Jesus Christ.']
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Mary: "My beloved priest-son, how I love to enfold you in my arms as my little child! Enfolded in my arms in my maternal embrace, I press you against my Immaculate Heart. I draw you within my Heart. There, through my maternal intercession, I clothe you with Jesus' graces. As you dwell in my Heart, I place you ever more deeply within Jesus' Heart and there the Holy Spirit fashions you increasingly in the image of my Son. As you grow in the likeness of Jesus, He takes you ever closer to the Father.
"Thus, as you grow in the sense of your helplessness without God, the stronger you become in Jesus. Childlike thus becomes strength. The smaller you become in living out spiritual childhood, the taller you stand beside Jesus. Weakness becomes strength, your sense of helplessness becomes spiritual maturity!
"Tell all my children about the wonders of spiritual childhood! Tell them to come to me and I will school them in its ways. How I love all my children! Oh, how I love to exercise my motherhood toward them all!"
Reflection: In the Gospel, Jesus speaks emphatically to us about spiritual childhood: "At this time the disciples came to Jesus and said, 'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' So he called a little child to him and set the child in front of them. Then he said, 'I tell you solemnly, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven'" (Matthew 18:1-4).
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November 30, 2010
May 25, 1994)Advent is the time of waiting. We wait for the second coming of Jesus. We wait for the celebration of the coming of Jesus as a child in Bethlehem. We wait for a new heaven and a new earth. We wait. Our Lady told us in this message of 1994 that she waits for us as well. She waits for our hearts to open to her messages. Out of love and respect and deep commitment to us, she waits. Today I want to share the Sunday Angelus greeting from Benedict XVI, translated for us by a friend. It is very beautiful and reveals something wonderful about waiting:
On Sunday, 28 November, the first day of Advent, the Holy Father prayed the Angelus with the Faithful gathered in St Peter's Square. The following is a translation of the Pope's Address before the Angelus, which was given in Italian. Dear Brothers and Sisters! Today, the first Sunday of Advent, the Church begins a new liturgical year, a new journey of faith that, on the one hand, remembers the event of Jesus Christ and, on the other, opens herself toward her ultimate fulfillment. It is precisely in this double perspective that the season of Advent is situated, looking to the first coming of the Son of God, when he was born of the Virgin Mary, and to his glorious return, when he will come "to judge the living and the dead", as we say in the Creed. I would like to now briefly focus on this suggestive theme of "waiting", for it touches upon a profoundly human aspect in which the faith becomes, so to speak, completely one with our flesh and our heart. Expectation- waiting – is a dimension that flows through our whole personal, familial and social existence. Expectation is present in a thousand situations, from the smallest and most banal to the most important. It draws us in completely and in the deepest way. Among these, we think of a husband and wife waiting for a child, or waiting for a relative or friend who is coming from far away to visit; we think of a young person waiting to know his grade on a big exam or the outcome of a job interview; in romantic relationships, waiting to meet the beloved, for an answer to a letter, or waiting to receive forgiveness. One could say that man is alive so long as he waits, so long as hope is alive in his heart. And from his waiting, a man realizes: our moral and spiritual "stature" can be measured by that which we wait for, by that which we hope for. Every one of us, therefore, especially in this Season which prepares us for Christmas, can ask himself: What am I waiting for? For what, in this moment of my life, does my heart long? And this same question can be posed at the level of the family, of the community, of the nation. What are we waiting for together? What unites our aspirations, what do we have in common? In the time before Jesus' birth the expectation of the Messiah was very strong in Israel – that is, the expectation of an Anointed one, a descendent of King David, who would finally set the people free from every moral and political slavery and found the Kingdom of God. But no one would have imagined that the Messiah could be born of a humble girl like Mary, the betrothed of a righteous man, Joseph. Nor would she have thought of it, and yet in her heart the expectation of the Savior was so great, her faith and hope were so ardent, that He was able to find in her a worthy mother. Moreover, God himself had prepared her before time. There is a mysterious correspondence between the waiting of God and the waiting of Mary, the creature "full of grace" totally transparent to the loving plan of the Most High. Let us learn from her, the Lady of Advent, how to live with a new spirit in our daily gestures, with the feelings of profound expectation that only the coming of God can fulfill. Isn't this wonderful! To wait is an act of faith, an act of love, an act of supremely great beauty! Our Lady waited for the Messiah, the Father waited for Our Lady, Our Lady waits now for us to respond to her call, and we all wait for the coming of Jesus in glory! How beautiful is God!!! In Jesus and Mary!