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Archbishop Pietro Parolin, a highly respected career Vatican diplomatAugust 31, 2013 By Robert Moynihan, PhD.

New Vatican Secretary of State Named Today the speculations turned out to be true. Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Pietro Parolin, 58, to be his Vatican Secretary of State, making Parolin the #2 man in the Vatican after the Pope himself. The appointment, announced this morning in Rome, will take effect on October 15

Read more here: http://themoynihanletters.com/pope-francis/letter-82-the-peacemaker


An Extraordinary Grace for our Times
The Role of God’s Mother: the Flame of Love

Our Blessed Mother:

“The Flame of Love full of blessings springing from My Immaculate Heart…must go from heart to heart.  It will be the Great Miracle of light blinding Satan.  It is the fire of love and peace among men; and we will suppress fire with fire: the fire of heat with the fire of Love, so that many souls can be saved from eternal damnation.  I am asserting that there has never been before such a similar outpouring.  It is the greatest miracle I am doing.  I obtained this grace on your behalf from the Eternal Father by virtue of the five Blessed wounds of my Divine Son.”

Our Lord:

“I could compare this torrential flood of Grace to the first Pentecost.  It will submerge the earth by the power of the Holy Spirit.   All mankind will take heed at the time of this great miracle.  The torrential flow of the Flame of Love of My Most Holy Mother is coming.  The world which is darkened already by a lack of Faith will undergo formidable tremors and then people will believe!…This renewing of the earth tested by suffering will take place through the power and imploring force of the Blessed Virgin!




Word of our Lord and our Lady to Elizabeth Kindelmann (fully approved with the marks of faithfulness by the Church).  We would urge you to go www.flameoflove.us for a free Book with the nihil obstat and imprimatur on this extraordinary grace and to understand and experience this grace of protection for your Faith.  Family prayer groups are urged.

Please do forward these spiritual gems to your Catholic friends.

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Belgian docs looking to euthanize, harvest organs from disabled patients

Posted: 31 Aug 2013 08:22 AM PDT

“I can think of nothing more dangerous than making mentally ill and despairing disabled people believe their deaths have greater value than their lives. Well one thing, perhaps: Having a society accept the idea that it can benefit at the expense of people in desperate need of care–and whose care is very expensive.”

Kansas radio station to hawk abortion ads

Posted: 31 Aug 2013 08:21 AM PDT

Ads for an abortion facility will soon fill Kansas airwaves, after a Clear Channel radio station has changed its policy, according to a pro-life group.

Police threaten pro-life sidewalk chalkers

Posted: 31 Aug 2013 08:19 AM PDT

On Thursday night, the Stand True Missionaries went sidewalk chalking at 3:30 in the morning, covering the streets and sidewalks of Troy with pro-life messages for the Gentlemen of the Road, Mumford and Sons Festival.

The transgender culture wars

Posted: 31 Aug 2013 08:16 AM PDT

A few weeks ago, readers of the New York Post were confronted with a story whose sensational title was characteristic of the tabloid: “I’m a Guy Again! ABC newsman who switched genders wants to switch back.”

Judicial activism in action

Posted: 31 Aug 2013 08:14 AM PDT

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first Supreme Court member to conduct a same-sex marriage ceremony Saturday when she officiates at the Washington “wedding” of Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser.

‘To defend marriage, the truth is enchanting enough’

Posted: 31 Aug 2013 07:45 AM PDT

I do not claim to know why Bottum—the former editor of First Things, a longtime ally of people on the front lines in the battle to defend marriage—wrote this astonishing essay. But I do know how the publication of that Commonweal piece will change his life, in ways that he could and should have expected.

Iowa Board Votes to Bar Abortion Pill System

Posted: 30 Aug 2013 12:35 PM PDT

The Iowa Board of Medicine voted Friday to end a unique system in which doctors use the Internet to distribute abortion-inducing pills remotely to patients at clinics across the state.

 


     

         National Right to Life News This Week!

Editor’s note. While my family and I are on vacation, we are running some of our favorite NRL News Today stories from the last four months, entries from our “Roe at 40″ series, and an occasional update.


 

Fascinating research demonstrates unborn children can learn

ultrasoundhappyre By Luis Zaffirini A group of scientists at the University of Helsinki has published findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that show that children are capable of learning and retaining information much earlier than previously believed possible

 

Planned Parenthood: We Have a Job to Do

ThinkPP By Carol Tobias, NRLC President Earlier this month, the District of Columbia announced that it was giving $375,000 to the local Planned Parenthood affiliate to help enroll people in Obamacare. Planned Parenthood will be a “navigator”

16 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Life Before Birth

unbornbabymonthbymonth_4   We all began our journey from the moment we were conceived. Here’s some of the facts of life you may not know about your time in your mother’s womb.

 

Born with Cerebral Palsy, Expected to Die, Young Man Today Attending College on Academic Scholarship

Dalton McBeath By Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D., NRL Director of Education & Research When you’re dropping your daughters off at college, the last thing you expect to do is to run into a great pro-life story.

Requests for euthanasia in Belgium are rarely refused

Euthanasia7 By Alex Schadenberg A study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management,“Process and Outcomes of Euthanasia Requests Under the Belgian Act on Euthanasia: A Nationwide Survey,” found that only 5% of requests for euthanasia in Belgium are refused.

 

Dehydrated Patients May be Aware!

Elderly woman's hand By Wesley j. Smith Imagine you are in a hospital or nursing home with a brain injury. Doctors say you are “not there,” but you are. And you hear doctors tell your family to stop giving you food and water!

Suicide Advocates Seek to Influence Institute of Medicine

Wesley J. Smith By Wesley J. Smith The euphemistically named Compassion and Choices–spawned out of the old Hemlock Society–is funded in the millions by those who want to make assisted suicide the law of the land.

   
     

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Our Lady prays for Holiness in Families and for Youth

August 30, 2013 A.D.

As summer begins to yield to fall, tonight the air was chilly yet refreshing at the Blue Cross on Apparition Mountain where Our Lady appeared to Ivan just before 10:00 p.m. By 7:00 p.m., many pilgrims had already staked out the spots that would be closest to the Blue Cross where Our Lady would appear, and a few thousand pilgrims began to sprinkle in to the area surround the Blue Cross over the next 3 hours. Ivan’s prayer group led the crowd in a rosary in preparation for the apparition. The apparition began with silence but was quickly interrupted by the screaming of a demonic, which however lasted for only a minute. The apparition lasted approximately 9 minutes. After the apparition to Ivan on August 30, 2013 on Apparition Mountain, which took place just before 10:00 p.m., Ivan said:

“I would like to especially set out what is the most important from tonight’s meeting together with Our Lady. Also tonight Our Lady came to us joyful and happy and at the beginning, She greeted all of us with Her Motherly greeting, ‘Praised be Jesus, my dear children.’ Then She extended Her hands over all of us and for a longer time prayed over all of us here. She especially prayed over you sick present here and over the priests.

“Then Our Lady blessed all of us with Her Motherly blessing, and She also blessed everything you brought to be blessed. After that, Our Lady for a longer time especially prayed for holiness in families and for the youth.

“I then recommended all of you, all your needs, your intentions, your families and in a special way, all of the sick present. After that, Our Lady continued to especially pray for the families and then left in an illuminated Sign of the Cross with a greeting, ‘Go in peace my dear children.’

Pictures from the Apparition in Medjugorje August 30, 2013

Ivan prayer group August 30, 2013 in Medjugorje

A young woman, tucked away from the crowds who gathered for tonight’s apparition at the Blue Cross, reads and prays by the light of a lantern as she prepares for Our Lady. These moments of prayer are critical for every single person as it is in our prayer that we plant the seeds of Our Lady’s words into each of our hearts. If we stood in a large dark room, the darkness could be penetrated by a single lighted candle. Our Lady has come to bring light into our darkness, or as Ivan recently said, to wake us up from our spiritual comas:

“In these years, Our Lady is waking us up from spiritual coma that this world is in. And She would like to strengthen us in our faith and in our prayer. I pray that each one of us will answer Our Lady’s invitation, that we will accept Her messages, and that all together we will become co-creators of a better and more beautiful world, a world that is worthy of the children of God. These days when you are here I pray that you will plant a good seed and I hope that that seed will fall to the fertile soil and it will bear a good fruit, a beautiful flower. The time we live in is the time of responsibility. We need to be responsible. Our Lady is inviting us to responsibility, that we may accept the word of Christ in a responsible way, that we may accept Her message, the Good News, and to carry that Good News into the world so that we will actively participate in prayer, in the evangelization of this world, in families. Let us decide for peace. Let us decide for God. Only in God do we have our true and genuine peace. Dear friends, may it be so.”

Medjugorje visionary Ivan to pilgrims on June 6, 2013 in Medjugorje

Sunset at Ivan's Prayer Group, August 30, 2013

Tonight’s sunset casted brilliant shades of color over Medjugorje to warm the soul, but gradually those colors faded, as the light faded, into darkness and into night. God speaks to us through His creation, with every sunrise and sunset. Our Lady said:

September 25, 1998

“… Little children, you seek signs and messages and do not see that, with every morning sunrise, God calls you to convert and to return to the way of truth and salvation…”

A Friend of Medjugorje wrote recently the following:

“Our Lady said on June 25, 1993

“…these times are particular…”

Our Lady’s phase for us in this particular time is bringing us out of the gray zone, with a call to all children of the world, a clear illumination of how to imitate Her Son. Our Lady wants us to see, again, that where black and white meet, there is a distinct line, not moveable. No more of living the light and dark together. Purify ourselves from all darkness. When you are asleep or half awake you cannot identify the darkness in you, that even as a Christian, you have aspects of unbelief. As we fast, pray, do penance and live peace, we can see that grayness is no longer acceptable and rapidly—very rapidly, is disappearing. People must decide for a future with the light or without the light.”

A Friend of Medjugorje from his writing: “ What Colors Mixed Make Gray?”

Child at Ivan's Prayer Group, August 30, 2013

It’s a fast day, even for little children, in Medjugorje. A little boy holds a chunk of bread while playing with a flashlight, oblivious to the purpose of why he has been brought to the Blue Cross on Apparition Mountain tonight. It may be years before he understands how blessed he was to be in Our Lady’s presence on August 30, 2013, at tonight’s apparition in Medjugorje. Yet, even though he lacks understanding, his parents are raising him in living Our Lady’s messages—which includes building in him the love of bread on Wednesdays and Fridays. In the Caritas Community, it is by the witness of the adults that the children also participate on fast days. If a child sees that fasting is a positive experience for the adults around him, he will naturally go towards wanting to be a part of that experience. On the other hand, if fasting is done with complaining and negative feelings, a child will learn not to want to fast. All of our children regularly see bread being made in their own kitchens, love smelling it while its baking, and with hands outstretched are ready to receive a warm chunk of bread as readily as if it were a piece of candy. Fasting for our children has always been “a way of life”—built into the fabric of their lives from the very beginning. How much easier it will be for them to embrace fasting when they become adults, then for us who had to “discipline” ourselves, after our conversion, to build fasting into our lives.

P.S. There is still time to call in to Caritas to sign up for the 9-day bread and water fast beginning on September 26. You can call Caritas in the US at 205-672-2000. More information about the 9-day bread and water fast with the fasting prayers can be found by visiting here…

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Judie Brown
Judie Brown
August 31, 2013


The word justice is frequently thrown around, but not often understood. When will people come to realize that, through every act of abortion, a child is brutally murdered? Our selfish and “me” society teaches people that this act is acceptable, and certainly not one that should be spoken out against. We must right this wrong, and put our nation back on a path of respecting and valuing all life. Too many have suffered already.

To read the article, click here:
http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/brown/130831
 
 



 

LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Friday, August 30, 2013

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

Current Headlines

Top Stories
• Conjoined Twins Safely Separated, Almost Became Abortion Victims
• Chicago Public Schools Mandate Sex Ed Classes for Kindergarten Students
• Iowa Medical Board Adopts Rules Banning Dangerous Webcam Abortions
Abortion Activist: You Don’t Need to be a Doctor to Rip Apart a Baby With a Vacuum

More Pro-Life News
• China: Wife Missing Who Lobbied Govt After Husband’s Forced Sterilization
• Bro-Choice Men Prove Abortion is the Ultimate Exploitation of Women
• Under Obama Billions in Foreign Aid Has Gone to Groups that Support Abortion

• 15 Reasons Why Love From Babies Is The Best Kind Of Love

• More Pro-Life Laws Successfully Saving Babies From Abortion in Cases of Rape
• Pro-Life Advocates Threatened With Arrest for Chalk Messages Against Abortion
• Abortion Video Game a Total Disservice to Women
• Doctors in Belgium to Prey on Disabled, Euthanize Them to Harvest Their Organs

• Fascinating Research Demonstrates Unborn Children Can Learn
• Abortion Doc Shortage Has Activists Pushing Nurses to Do Abortions, Hurt Women

• Ethical Stem Cells Create Human “Mini-Brains” to Help Patients
• Judge Dismisses Illinois Zoning Lawsuit to Stop New Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz



Conjoined Twins Safely Separated, Almost Became Abortion Victims
Emmett and Owen Ezell were born last month in Dallas, Texas but they were very much unlike most sets of twins. They were are identical twins[1] joined in utero — a rare phenomenon that happens in as many as 1 in 200,000 births.

About half of such twins are stillborn, but Owen and Emmett survived not only the birthing process — their mother rejected abortion. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/30/conjoined-twins-safely-separated-almost-became-abortion-victims/

Chicago Public Schools Mandate Sex Ed Classes for Kindergarten Students
They are much, much too young to even be thinking about sex and sexual acts at their age are the worst form of pedophilia, but Chicago public schools think little boys and girls in kindergarten are ready for sex ed classes.

From a local report: Some people may think a five-year old is too young for sex education. Administrators with Chicago Public schools do not. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/30/chicago-public-schools-mandate-sex-ed-classes-for-kindergarten-students/

Iowa Medical Board Adopts Rules Banning Dangerous Webcam Abortions
The Iowa Board of Medicine voted 8-2 today to adopt a rule effectively ending webcam abortion in Iowa.

The webcam abortion practice started with the Planned Parenthood of the Heartland affiliate using it in Iowa, a rural state where the abortion business has a difficult time getting an abortion practitioner to each of its clinics. As a result, it set up a process by which the abortion practitioner only visits with the woman considering using the mifepristone abortion pill via a videoconference, as opposed to an in-person visit the FDA suggests. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/30/iowa-medical-board-adopts-rules-banning-dangerous-webcam-abortions/

Abortion Activist: You Don’t Need to be a Doctor to Rip Apart a Baby With a Vacuum
“Things are looking pretty bleak in the world of abortion care” with “[a] wave of states” having been “disturbingly successful at shutting down abortion providers by passing medically unnecessary restrictions on clinics,” abortion rights absolutist and Daily Beast contributor Amanda Marcotte lamented at the open of her August 29 Women in the World blog post.

But alas, there’s a bright ray of hope in the womb-like darkness, Marcotte found in her post tagged as a “call to arms” piece (see screen capture below page break): deep blue states like California working to liberalize abortion laws . http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/30/abortion-activist-you-dont-need-to-be-a-doctor-to-rip-apart-a-baby-with-a-vacuum/

Catholic Charities will host the Florida Respect Life Conference October 18-19 in Palm Beach Gardens. Speakers include Bishop Estevez; Sisters of Life; David Bereit; Rita Diller; Donna Gardner; Thomas Lawlor; Rita Marker; Michael McCarron; and Susan Recinella. Respect Life: 561-360-3330 or www.diocesepb.org.


China: Wife Missing Who Lobbied Govt After Husband’s Forced Sterilization
ChinaAid learned on Aug. 26, 2013 that Chinese Christian Wang Xuebai had been out of contact for several days. It is believed that Wang was detained in connection with her appeals to the government on behalf of her husband.

Wang’s troubles began in 2009 when her husband, Li Defu was forced to undergo a vasectomy in the city of Shangqiu, Minquan, Henan Province. Wang appealed the court to guard her husband’s rights, but was threatened and detained. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/30/china-wife-missing-after-lobbying-govt-after-husbands-forced-sterilization/

Bro-Choice Men Prove Abortion is the Ultimate Exploitation of Women
Abortion advocates like to phrase the ongoing legal battles over abortion as a “war on women,” but is it really?

Most women don’t identify as pro-abortion. At least half of all American women, if not slightly more than half, are pro-life. Abortion is in no way an issue where all women walk in lockstep. And really, is it women who benefit most from abortion being free and legal on demand? Hardly. The people who have the most to gain from keeping abortion legal at all times are slimeball men. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/30/bro-choice-men-prove-abortion-is-the-ultimate-exploitation-of-women/

Under Obama Billions in Foreign Aid Has Gone to Groups that Support Abortion
Lawmakers in Washington are attempting to rebalance U.S. spending on foreign aid which has for years limited funding for maternal and child health and increased spending for groups promoting population reduction and abortion.

The U.S. budget for family planning and reproductive health has increased some 57% since 2006 when Democrats took control in Congress, yet funding for maternal and child health has increased just 16% overall and its funding has dropped 4% within U.S. Agency for Development (USAID). http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/30/under-obama-billions-in-foreign-aid-has-gone-to-groups-that-support-abortion/

15 Reasons Why Love From Babies Is The Best Kind Of Love
Pro-life advocates are taking to the popular social media web site Buzzfeed with their lists of fun facts and memes. Now, diaper company Pampers is getting in on the fun and has a new list titled, “15 Reasons Why Love From Babies Is The Best Kind Of Love,” which is reproduced below. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/30/15-reasons-why-love-from-babies-is-the-best-kind-of-love/

 


More Pro-Life Laws Successfully Saving Babies From Abortion in Cases of Rape
Set aside the spin and snarkiness, and the August 27 New Republic article, “Pro-lifers aren’t even trying to make abortion restrictions sound nice anymore,” contains exciting news. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/30/more-pro-life-laws-successfully-saving-babies-from-abortion-in-cases-of-rape/

Pro-Life Advocates Threatened With Arrest for Chalk Messages Against Abortion
Last night the Stand True Missionaries went sidewalk chalking at 3:30 in the morning, covering the streets and sidewalks of Troy with pro-life messages for the Gentlemen of the Road, Mumford and Sons Festival. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/30/pro-life-advocates-threatened-with-arrest-for-chalk-messages-against-abortion/

Abortion Video Game a Total Disservice to Women
Pro-abortion activists will try anything to push their agenda. The latest effort is being promoted in the name of “education” and “awareness.”. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/30/abortion-video-game-a-total-disservice-to-women/

Doctors in Belgium to Prey on Disabled, Euthanize Them to Harvest Their Organs
Belgium is really gearing up its euthanasia followed by organ harvesting regime–and apparently the transplant medical community has no moral qualms. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/30/doctors-in-belgium-to-prey-on-disabled-euthanize-them-to-harvest-their-organs/

Looking for a Pro-Life Speaker for 2013?
Looking for a pro-life speaker for your next banquet, conference or convention? LifeNews.com editor Steven Ertelt is a low-cost speaker who can entertain and educate your audience as well as help you with a fundraising pitch if necessary. He can also speak on any pro-life topic. For more information, email news@LifeNews.com.

Fascinating Research Demonstrates Unborn Children Can Learn
A group of scientists at the University of Helsinki has published findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that show that children are capable of learning and retaining information much earlier than previously believed possible – before even being born. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/30/fascinating-research-demonstrates-unborn-children-can-learn/

Abortion Doc Shortage Has Activists Pushing Nurses to Do Abortions, Hurt Women
The abortion industry has a persistent complaint: They can’t seem to find doctors who want to do their killing. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/30/abortion-doc-shortage-has-activists-pushing-nurses-to-do-abortions-hurt-women/

Ethical Stem Cells Create Human “Mini-Brains” to Help Patients
The induced pluripotent stem cell breakthrough continues to be useful in the very ways that “the scientists” once said only human cloning could provide. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/30/ethical-stem-cells-create-human-mini-brains-to-help-patients/

Judge Dismisses Illinois Zoning Lawsuit to Stop New Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz
Today, DuPage County Judge Paul Fullerton dismissed a zoning lawsuit against the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Aurora, Illinois, brought by Thomas More Society attorneys on behalf of local residents and a community group, Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/30/judge-dismisses-illinois-zoning-lawsuit-to-stop-new-planned-parenthood-abortion-biz/

 

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HLI Logo This week’s Spirit & Life is by Father Shenan J. Boquet, president of Human Life International.

Spirit & Life is the weekly e-column of

Human Life International.

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The Importance of Language in Changing the Culture

Dear deaconjohn,

For forty-one years Human Life International has been engaged in building a Culture of Life through education and activism. Though we have been blessed with success in many of our efforts, we have also faced numerous difficulties. One of these difficulties is one we share with all who defend life, faith and family: As cultural values in the U.S. and elsewhere have decayed, the language used to express and defend those values has become foreign to many whom we are trying to reach.

This is evident when attempting a conversation about the dignity of the human person, traditional marriage, homosexuality, contraception and life issues with anyone who disagrees with the pro-life position. The foundational principles of Natural Law and basic Judeo-Christian teaching that have guided centuries of civilizations are no longer points of demarcation for understanding the human person and his relationship towards his neighbor, or his Creator. Instead, these once-common and uniting principles are now widely rejected. Today, people are more prone to start from emotion, popular sentiment or politically correctness, rejecting the idea of objective truth.

We are no longer starting on the same page or speaking the same language. We are living in a modern Babel, and we should not be surprised that we are more divided.

Consider how our society’s storytellers — our entertainers, politicians and media — have changed our language about divorce, contraception, cohabitation and abortion.  What was once clearly understood to be harmful and detrimental to family life, children and to society is now marketed as good.

If I want you to change your mind about a certain subject, then I will consistently feed you what I want you to hear, read, see and experience. The obvious reason for ads on television and radio, for example, is to convince the listener to buy their product. The more one hears about the product the better chance the marketer has in convincing the listener to buy the product. The marketers of the Culture of Death didn’t accomplish their goals overnight. They had a strategic plan to gradually move minds and hearts to their perspective — they sold a story to the world, convinced hundreds of millions to ignore certain basic truths, and now have people “freely” choosing to do terribly destructive things for themselves and for society.

Blessed John Paul II talked about the need for a new grammar that would serve as a starting point for dialogue and engagement about human life and human existence. His terms “Culture of Life” and “Culture of Death” were just two of his own notable contributions to how people understand what they see.

If our desire is to shift hearts and minds away from the language of the Culture of Death then we must articulate a story, a narrative, in language that upholds the value the dignity of the human person in a new and intelligible way. We must make this language our starting point in every way we approach life and family issues.

But we will have to be consistent. It’s so easy to be drawn into the current language and narrative, one in which my pleasure is the highest good, even a “right,” where others have the obligation to make sure my right to pleasure is secured. And where other claims to rights fall beneath mine.

How do we reason with one who, knowingly or not, accepts this corrupt notion of rights and happiness? We will rarely be able to truly reason with such a person, but when asked a question we must answer from the point of love and truth, from the position of true respect for human dignity and rights — positions which value our identity as made in the image of our Creator. We must respond to the issues of the day and intelligibly answer the questions; however, we need to ultimately shift from a posture of constant defensiveness and take a more “offensive,” or positive, stance.

As Pope Francis has put so beautifully, and in perfect harmony with his predecessors, Christianity is in no way primarily a list of prohibitions, it is a love story. To see life as a gift — a wonderful gift from the One who loves us more than we could possibly love another — is a story in need of constant telling and retelling. There are as many ways of telling this story as there are Christians, but we must get better at telling this story, first in how we live our lives, and second, in a compelling narrative.

The narrative of the Culture of Death is certainly dominant now, but it is utterly dark, empty and dissatisfying. When its adherents realize this, let them turn to see a Christian who is in love, who lives accordingly, and who is ready to share this love with them.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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Father Shenan J. Boquet
President, Human Life International
In Life and Love-610-1113

 

To Lead the Charge at Home 

Columbus, OH – August 30, 2013 – From Cleveland to Columbus to Cincinnati to Pittsburgh, last month our Justice Riders took the pictures of abortion victims to downtown squares, unveiled them above thousands of commuters driving to work, displayed them to a crowd funneling into an Indians baseball game, and more. Several confirmed babies were saved, minds were changed.  And that was just the beginning.

Video: Watch coverage of outreach led by Justice Riders in Fort Wayne, IN

Weeks after returning home, Riders Ian & Christian led a team of students using our tools in downtown Fort Wayne, IN (see video above). Rider Sarah led a team for a week-long outreach tour on the east coast.  And now as school resumes, we look to university club presidents who were on the team as they lead their own groups on campus this fall:

There is no better teacher than experience. The people who leave these rides are prepared and seasoned in defending the pro-life position.—Zach, President, Virginia Tech Students for Life

This is the most pro-active thing I can do to save babies threatened by abortion. Created Equal is inspiring youth to join the movement that will make history.—Andrea, President, Created Equal of Moody Bible Institute

Created Equal is the cutting-edge leader in pro-life advocacy techniques.—Jonathan, President, Purdue University Students for Life

As these Justice Riders return to campus, I will begin deploying my full-time staff one-by-one to cover more ground, reach more universities, and identify more leaders like Zach, Andrea, and Jonathan. As our ranks grow, more children will be saved and lives changed. Please join us.

WILL YOU HELP ME DEPLOY MY TEAM TO SCHOOLS THIS FALL?  YOUR GIFT OF $50, $25, $10, OR EVEN $5 PROVIDES FUEL FOR ONE STAFFER TO TAKE OUR TRAINING/OUTREACH KIT ON THE ROAD THIS FALL SEMESTER.

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