- Former abortion clinic workers detail conversion stories
- 5 reasons my marriage comes before my children
- Dad coaches teenage son on porn consumption
- Bereaved China elderly suffer under one-child norm
|Former abortion clinic workers detail conversion stories
Ann Scheidler and Dr. John Bruchalski.
Posted: 30 Sep 2012 09:50 AM PDT
At a recent conference in Illinois, former abortion workers told the stories of the work that they once thought was helping women, and how they were converted to the pro-life position.
|5 reasons my marriage comes before my children
Posted: 30 Sep 2012 09:08 AM PDT
“I am not married to my children. See, my husband and I chose each other. We made a plan and an agreement and a promise. Because marriage is hard work, we had to vow, in front of all our family and friends, to put up with each others foolishness and care for one another despite any challenges that might leap out to derail our happy union train.”
|Dad coaches teenage son on porn consumption
Posted: 30 Sep 2012 08:57 AM PDT
It’s a situation too many parents find themselves in nowadays: they stumble across their child’s web browser history, or walk into his room and catch him in the act – viewing porn.
|Bereaved China elderly suffer under one-child norm
Posted: 30 Sep 2012 08:53 AM PDT
China’s one-child policy normally leaves four grandparents and two parents relying on a single caretaker for old age — and bereaved families with none.
Abortions on a Sunday?
Even on the Lord’s Day, there are abortionists open
for business. As hard as that may seem to believe,
Your prayers are needed so women don’t make a mistake
that will cost their babies their lives — and will
perhaps affect them in ways they can’t even imagine
for years to come.
But even for those who have made that mistake, there
is eternal hope. Here are a couple of stories of hurt
… and healing.
I’m going to keep the location confidential for this
“I received a call from a woman telling me she had
gotten information about our campaign from a local
church,” a local leader said, “and she wanted to know
if she could help. Her voice was a little broken, as
she explained to me that people just don’t realize
how they might feel later.”
The caller went on to say that women who think
abortion is the answer just don’t realize that years
later, they’ll be wondering about the baby — what
they would have looked like, what they might have
gone on to do. They also don’t realize that God will
hold them accountable for what they’ve done.
“As she was saying these things, and trying to speak
clearly, she was sobbing between her words,” the
leader said. “I could hear the pain in her voice.”
Finally, the 40 Days for Life volunteer asked her,
“Ma’am, did you have an abortion?”
In tears, the caller answered, “No, but my daughter
did. She was 15 at the time and I was going through
a divorce. She was so young. We thought it was the
best thing.” She considered herself responsible.
The woman was quickly told that the Lord is always
ready to forgive and Rachel’s Vineyard, for instance,
offers retreats for healing after abortion. She was
also told about the pro-life pregnancy help center
and the services it offers.
The woman expressed relief and gratitude.
“40 Days for Life is about so much more than what we
may originally think,” the leader said. “I did not
expect that call. It was totally heart-wrenching. I
have been so blessed to be part of this — to see the
power of God working and to be part of helping
someone to heal in some small way. Please know …
you are making a difference!”
The grandmother in the first story wanted to do
whatever she could to convince others to avoid the
path she took.
So did a woman Texas, who brought her message to the
sidewalk in front of an abortion center in south
Austin. She stood and prayed, holding a sign that
reads, “I regret my abortion.”
As she prayed, two women drove up to the building.
One of them appeared to be quite upset. The two looked
at the woman praying … glanced at the sign … and
But they weren’t inside long. After a very short stay,
they left the building, got into their car and drove
towards the exit, stopping at the sidewalk where one
of them took information about community resources.
She looked at the volunteer and said, “I can’t do it.
I just can’t do it. Thank you very much!”
One woman’s simple, prayerful presence was all it took.
Here’s today’s devotional from Rev. Ben Sheldon,
president emeritus of Presbyterians Pro-Life…
DAY 5 INTENTION
May the truth of the final judgment shape our
thoughts, priorities, and choices here on earth.
The King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I
say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the
least of these my brethren, you did it to me.”
— Matthew 25:31-46
REFLECTION by Rev. Ben Sheldon
Caring for others is not optional.
Jesus’ picture of the final judgment concludes with
this sobering word: the wicked, who failed to care
for others in their various needs (e.g., the hungry,
the thirsty, the aliens, the naked, the sick, the
imprisoned) will go away into everlasting punishment,
but the righteous who did seek to meet those needs
will end up with him, enjoying eternal life.
We know that this was no parable! Jesus has given us
fair warning! Everything in God’s Word points to the
truth that compassionate concern and practical care
for all people, especially for the poor, the
destitute, the weak and needy is required of us, if
indeed we hope to escape the punishment of the fire
And who are the poor and needy, if not helpless,
unborn babies, as well as the aged and infirm at the
other end of life? Surely the “least of these”
embraces not only those at both ends of the continuum
of life, but all others in between.
Just how we, as Christ’s true followers, respond to
his admonition “inasmuch as you did it to the least
of these, you did it to me” will determine whether we
enjoy eternal bliss in his presence or the bleak and
dreadful reality of eternal punishment in hell.
Nothing in God’s Word could be clearer!
Gracious and merciful Father, we gladly embrace your
Word that counsels us to care for the least of your
children, and we renew our dedication to defending
the unborn and all whose right to life is compromised
by our godless society’s selfish lack of concern.
Free us from our own failures and sins so that we
will be truly pro-life in every area of our lives.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
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Large “Stand up for Religious Freedom” Rally and praying the Rosary to be held across from the White House on Sunday, September 30 as part of Actsfive29
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — A Religious Freedom Rally and Rosary Service are being held in response to President Obama’s HHS Mandate which forces people of faith and conscience to violate their core beliefs and values.
The Rosary Service is expected to draw over 1,000 people, it will be held in Lafayette Park at noon
The Rosary service will highlight the importance of the Catholic voting bloc in the Presidential election.
The “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” Rally is part of a national event which is being held in over 105 cities across the nation to speak out against the HHS Mandate. (Go to Standupforeligiousfreedom.com)
There will also be arrests in front of the White House at 4:00 P.M. as people of faith and conscience tell President Obama they cannot comply with an immoral and unjust mandate.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, states:
“For the faith community, we can never be silent or indifferent when it comes to matters of justice, human rights and religious freedom. As people of principle and faith, we must purpose in our hearts that we will never comply with an unjust or immoral government mandate which would require us to violate our conscience, the teachings of the Scriptures and the historic teachings of the Church.
“We want to make it clear to President Obama and all public officials that we would rather spend time in jail that to be forced into complying with a mandate that crushes religious freedom.”
The speakers at the “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” rally include:
Father Frank Pavone: National Director of Priests for Life
Brandi Swindell: Founder and President of Stanton Healthcare
Lila Rose: President of Live Action
Rev. Rob Schenck: President of the National Clergy Council
Rev. Bryan Fischer: Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association
Kristina Garza: Campus Outreach Director for Survivors
Father Marcel Guarnizo
Bryan Kemper: National Youth Director for Priests for Life
Note: There was peaceful civil disobedience in front of the White House on Saturday, September 29, resulting in 22 arrests.
For more information or interviews call: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney at 540.538.4741
Do you realize how many sinners you can save in a single day?
Think of my dazzling power and generosity.
Who could hinder Me from giving you souls if I wish to do so?
My justice is shackled by My mercy,
Which is moved to pity by the prayers of those I love.
Our Lord to Gabrielle Bossis from “He and I”
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Catholic Politicians, Who Do Not Accept The Church’s Teaching On Marriage, Should Not Receive Holy Communion.
NEWARK, NJ, September 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Tuesday Newark Archbishop John J. Myers released a pastoral letter calling on Catholics, especially Catholic politicians, who do not accept the teaching of the Church on marriage, to “in all honesty and humility refrain from receiving Holy Communion.” The Archbishop said that “to continue to receive Holy Communion while so dissenting would be objectively dishonest.”
The New Jersey prelate made a distinction between those struggling at times unsuccessfully against sin, and those who would willingly oppose Church teaching.
Archbishop Myers warned, “Jesus had very harsh things to say to those whose false teachings led others, especially the young, astray.” (Courageous Priest note: Mat 18:6 But who so shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.)
The 16-page letter is a robust teaching on marriage and family which notes that divorce and contraception have paved the way for confusion in the Church and the world around homosexual ‘marriage’.
“The widespread use of contraception in sexual relations makes it difficult for young people today to grasp the intrinsic meaning and relation between sexual activity and procreation that has always been one of the fundamental meanings of marriage,” says the Archbishop.
Archbishop Myers explains that he is Biblically bound to preach the truth ‘in season and out of season’ and advises all the faithful to do likewise. “Woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel,” he cited.
Read Full Pastoral Letter Here.
- Lady Gaga disses Pope, proclaims gay ‘marriage’ as inevitable
- ‘Hand-made’ humans may hold the key to ‘saving’ the world
- Cana Movement report says IVF ‘is not a solution’
- Pro-Life Billboard Featuring a Black Baby Vandalized With “Kill the Shrimp”
|Lady Gaga disses Pope, proclaims gay ‘marriage’ as inevitable
Posted: 29 Sep 2012 08:37 AM PDT
Long-time gay icon Lady Gaga spoke out last week after the Pope told a group of bishops in France that the traditional definition of marriage, between a man and a woman, must be “promoted and defended.”
|‘Hand-made’ humans may hold the key to ‘saving’ the world
Posted: 29 Sep 2012 06:57 AM PDT
In response to climate change, some people have proposed we adopt something akin to China’s one-child policy. For example, a group of doctors in Britain has advocated a two-child maximum.
|Cana Movement report says IVF ‘is not a solution’
Posted: 29 Sep 2012 02:22 AM PDT
A new bill, without going as far as considering the embryo as a human being, then aims at prohibiting the abuse of embryos through regulating of how many embryos may be produced, their destiny and what may be done with them.
|Pro-Life Billboard Featuring a Black Baby Vandalized With “Kill the Shrimp”
Posted: 28 Sep 2012 07:49 PM PDT
Pro-Life Across America has displayed pro-life billboards in 6,500 cities across the country. The following billboard, which does not even say the word “abortion”, was displayed in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood.
Marija: Being on earth is living Purgatory
By Jakob Marschner on Sep 26, 2012
Visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti marked the Virgin Mary’s repeated calls to live for Heaven by saying that, after seeing it, life on earth feels like Purgatory. We visionaries hope to attain the Paradise we have seen, but even we are in need of conversion, she told in passing on recent message.Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti
Paradise exists, the Medjugorje visionaries tell they all saw it in the 1980s, but a conscious decision for God while on earth is needed to get there.
These were the main themes when visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti delivered the Virgin Mary’s monthly message on Radio Maria on September 25:
“Dear children! When in nature you look at the richness of the colors which the Most High gives to you, open your heart and pray with gratitude for all the good that you have and say: ‘I am here created for eternity’ – and yearn for heavenly things because God loves you with immeasurable love. This is why He also gave me to you to tell you: ‘Only in God is your peace and hope, dear children’. Thank you for having responded to my call.”Fr. Livio Fanzaga, director of Radio Maria
“I don’t know if you have noticed that in Our Lady’s messages of this year, we are reminded of Eternity, Heaven. Do you suppose it is because we don’t think enough about that?” Radio Maria director Fr. Livio Fanzaga opened his talk with the seer.
“True. I think she wants to “stick to that subject” because the world is too attached to earthly things, and she is back to a theme of the early years: “Me instead of Thee.” [Io & Dio rhyme in Italian, ed.]. She repeats “place God before everything”, and it can seem like telling a story at times because we might not be living our faith with an open heart and sincerity” Marija replied.Heaven or Hell – or Purgatory in between the two? Through how he lives his life on earth, each human being decides his fate after death and, ultimately, his eternity, the Virgin Mary reaffirmed Catholic teaching in the earliest days of her apparitions in Medjugorje
“Daily life can seem to be removed from – or another world when compared to – living your faith but Our Lady wants us to combine the two, by saying “Dear children you cannot go on in this way.” Many times she has repeated to us that without God you have neither a future nor eternal life. She repeats it, and we repeat it. Today the focus is on worldly values.”
– The visionaries have seen Paradise, some even in their body. Do you feel nostalgic towards it?
“Yes, and in a big way. The five minutes with her make us want to have God in our hearts to carry us the entire day, at that point we have Paradise in our hearts. Our Lady would like us to do everything in God; we might still think of “apparition time” or “Mass time” or “time to eat” or “sleep time.”
– Marija, I am thinking about this: You have seen Paradise, but when you have been with her five minutes, you have been in Paradise again. Our Lady is Paradise that comes down to Earth. After you have seen Our Lady, how do you feel about returning here?
“Like I am in Purgatory, Father Livio. Nothing less because as you say we feel nostalgic towards Paradise. We hope to attain Paradise even here and now, but we are distant; even we need conversion”.Marija during a previous appearance on Radio Maria
– We don’t see her, but when she comes through a visionary, we are reminded that our goal is Paradise, and she brings a bit of it down, but I have noticed many times that Our Lady has had us find the presence of God by looking at nature. In particular she recalls this by the colors of flowers or those of nature. She invites us to read nature in a mystical way, like St Francis.
“Yes, probably because in nature our heart is closer to God. We are marveled by the colors and such. Even this evening she said “Say: I was created for eternity” and “yearn for the heavenly things.” Think about God, think about the love of God that there is for us.”The prayer of the Rosary has been at the forefront of the Medjugorje message ever since the Virgin Mary’s apparitions began. This one was made of stones from Apparition Hill
Month of the Rosary
At this point Fr. Livio Fanzaga looked ahead into October, the month dedicated to the prayer of the Rosary, and as such a month especially devoted to a most integral part of the Medjugorje message:
– I would like to ask one last question. We are about to start the month of October, the month of the Rosary. Our Lady has asked for it, daily and all the mysteries.
“True, she has asked for the Rosary as her preferred prayer, and she calls for it daily. Not only the Rosary, but that our life becomes a prayer. Through it we open our hearts to her, and she said through it she can intercede to God for us, because our heart opens.”Marija surrounded by priests in Cassola, Italy, on September 22
“Some object to the Rosary as repetitious, but Our Lady replies that if you love someone you say one-thousand times “I love you.” Through the Rosary we give our litany in our own small way.”
– Our Lady has insisted on the Rosary within the family.
“She says if a family prays, it is holy – if it does not, it is far from God. She asks us to make prayer the central point of our daily life. A family that is in God goes forward. If not we have no future perspectives.”
– You have four boys. Is it hard for you to have the Rosary said in your family?
“When they were smaller it was simpler. I have to thank God that even today they gladly pray. I hope it always grows. I also hope so through my example and my life.”
Antonio Miraldi transcribed and translated from Italian
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