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Friday, August 30, 2013

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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/

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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,

Fr Boquet signature

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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Obama: Sex ed for Kindergarteners ‘Is the right thing to do’

Posted: 30 Aug 2013 12:57 PM PDT

The Chicago Public Schools this year are mandating that the district’s kindergarten classes include sex education, fulfilling a proposal President Barack Obama supported in 2003 when he served in the Illinois state senate and later defended when he ran for president in the 2008 election cycle. – See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-sex-ed-kindergartners-right-thing-do#sthash.mYSpceXm.dpuf

Cali court upholds gay therapy ban

Posted: 29 Aug 2013 04:08 PM PDT

A federal appeals court Thursday upheld a state law that prohibits licensed mental health therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation of minors.

The strength of a marriage

Posted: 29 Aug 2013 02:44 PM PDT

Kelly Cottle often carries her husband in places where his prosthetic legs can’t take him, like the beach or the pool.

How to convince a girl to get an abortion

Posted: 29 Aug 2013 02:27 PM PDT

“When a colleague sent me an article titled How To Convince A Girl To Get An Abortion, I was pretty sure it was satire. “

 

 

Dear Friends for Life,

Redefining marriage is the latest item on the slippery slope found in the Culture of Death

The truth is marriage has been defined by our human nature and so cannot be redefined. The politicians’ futile attempts to put their stamp on it means nothing. They cannot redefine gravity, time and the laws governing chemical reactions and they sure cannot change the fact that the two genders that exist in our nature make marriage possible. Not only possible for absolutely essential for our very existence. –  Read more

Related Articles:

Calling and Witness, Holiness and Truth

The Left’s Three Techniques on Marriage Redefinition – And How to Counter Them

God Bless,
Jerry Novotny, OMI

p.s. Correction: Newsletter #642 – The correct link for [ITEM #11. Abortion Viewed in Moral Terms: Fewer See Stem Cell Research and IVF as Moral Issues] is http://www.pewforum.org/2013/08/15/abortion-viewed-in-moral-terms/

 

(The Difference is LIFE) “To me nuclear weapons and abortion were perfect bookends, symmetrical images of each other. They both involved a frank commitment to targeting innocent targets, and they both depended on the calculated willingness to destroy them deliberately. … The two issues struck me as being so absolute they set up a kind of a north and south pole, a whole magnetic force that drew in a lot of other issues because of the clarity of those two.” – Julianne Wiley.


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Lifeissues.net Newsletter #643
September 1, 2013
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(TABLE OF CONTENTS):

1. What Are the Rights of Donor-Conceived People?
2. Designing for a ‘better’ baby?
3. Low birthrate could slash South Korea’s youth population in half by 2060: report
4. Report Shows Huge IVF Failure: 3.8 Million Embryos Produce Just 122,000 Babies
5. Euthanasia: The right to die can so easily become the duty to die
6. Assisted Suicide: Pushing Death for Parents Instead of Care, Compassion
7. Scholar: Liberals, Feminists Have Made Men Afraid to Embrace Their Manhood
8. Scary Brave New World: Here Come Woman Fathers and Male Mothers
9. Bolivian bishops declare pro-abortion legislators should not receive Communion
10. Teen Sex Sleepovers: The Latest Fad in Immoral Sex Education
11. Changing the CHANNEL
12. Palliative Leaders Want Electronic Health Records to Collect and Record Personal Data on Goals and Core Values


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(Life): “Video: Abortion-Premature Birth Link is Settled Science” –  Here is a superb video exposing the link between induced abortion and increased risk of premature birth in later pregnancies due to damage during the abortion procedure or infection. The Institute of Medicine and 134 studies link abortion with subsequent premature birth. It is settled science. Premature birth puts babies at risk for mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy, blindness and deafness. Premature birth before 32 weeks gestation puts women at increased risk for breast cancer, for the same biological reasons that induced abortion raises risk. The hormonal changes that take place in the breasts are identical. The breasts are left with more places for cancers to start.

 

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ITEM #1: What Are the Rights of Donor-Conceived People?

What are the rights of donor-conceived people? To ask this question is to suggest that we have different rights from everyone else-and so we do, because we’ve allowed it.We’ve created a class of people who are manufactured, and treat them as less-than-fully human, demanding that they be grateful for whatever circumstances we give them.

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ITEM #2: Designing for a ‘better’ baby?

Designer babies, once a topic for science fiction, are now closer to reality. But there are serious questions about ethics and moral principles.

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ITEM #3:   Low birthrate could slash South Korea’s youth population in half by 2060: report

South Korea’s low birthrate means the size of its youth population – those aged between 9 and 24 – will be slashed in half by 2060, a government report warned Monday.

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ITEM #4: Report Shows Huge IVF Failure: 3.8 Million Embryos Produce Just 122,000 Babies

If you agree with today’s doctors that early human life can be treated as a disposable commodity then the figures that Lord Alton has uncovered (not much short of the current population of New Zealand!) will probably not bother you much at all. But if, like me, you believe that they are special creations made in God’s image, which should be granted respect, wonder, empathy and protection you will no doubt be very concerned indeed.

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ITEM #5: Euthanasia: The right to die can so easily become the duty to die

Euthanasia (being killed by a doctor) and assisted suicide (being helped to kill oneself) are illegal for good reason.

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ITEM #6: Assisted Suicide: Pushing Death for Parents Instead of Care, Compassion

Comment: I’ve had to deal with such families that asked – or even insisted – that I give their loved one a lethal overdose. A few were concerned about their loved one but mistakenly confused debilitation/disability or reduced level of consciousness with suffering. When dealt with compassionately, these family members changed their minds and even thanked us afterward for the dignified, natural death of their loved ones. Some were belligerent like the brother of a terminally ill woman who insisted that we overdose his sister when she lost consciousness. Ironically, the sister had previously told me to call her close friend instead of her brother when she took a turn for the worse. She trusted her friend but not her brother. Some were bizarre. I found one family member crimping his mother’s oxygen tube. He didn’t know that this wouldn’t kill his mom or speed her death. There wasn’t much we could do except report the incident to the hospital authorities and watch the family members. This idea of family assisted suicide is so misguided. Some family members may think they are being compassionate but killing or trying to kill people must not be kept “very private”. At the very least, family members who kill should explain themselves in a court of law, be ready to accept the consequences of their actions including denail of life insurance benefits. And all this should be covered by an unbiased media. -Nancy Valko, RN

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ITEM #7 Scholar: Liberals, Feminists Have Made Men Afraid to Embrace Their Manhood

“I want the men listening … to embrace your manhood,” Morse said. “Do not be ashamed. … There’s nothing wrong with being a man. That’s what we need from you. We need those who will take responsibility for protecting the weak and will sustain the family. There’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

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ITEM #8: Scary Brave New World: Here Come Woman Fathers and Male Mothers

Have you noticed that we develop new biotechnologies these days for health issues, but they mostly become used for lifestyle facilitation? That’s what will happen if research in mice – that turned skin cells into both sperm and eggs and later used to create live mouse births, finds human application.

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ITEM #9: Bolivian bishops declare pro-abortion legislators should not receive Communion

The bishop’s answer was: “Those four ministers can act conscientiously; they will never be expelled from any church, but they wouldn’t have to come forward to receive communion, to receive Christ’s body.”

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ITEM #10: Teen Sex Sleepovers: The Latest Fad in Immoral Sex Education

Comment: I just read another article advocating the same thing. Apparently, sex sleepovers for teens are becoming an open fad. I remember when my youngest daughter told me about a friend who complained that her mother forced her to get birth control pills at 15. This girl was scared and reluctant but ultimately acquiesced. Then her mother set up the girl’s first sexual experience in her home so that it would be “good.” Personally, I would characterize this mother’s actions as a form of child abuse. Now, many years after, this young girl has grown up having multiple affairs and a negative attitude about life in general. She is a sad casualty of this sexual experiment. So is her mom who divorced her dad and now lives with another man. -Nancy Valko, RN

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ITEM #11: Changing the CHANNEL

Methuselah himself might have struggled to win a place at one of Beijing’s most popular old people’s homes: the waiting list is currently 100 years long.

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ITEM #12: Palliative Leaders Want Electronic Health Records to Collect and Record Personal Data on Goals and Core Values

What data will be on your electronic health care records (EHRs) in the future? Your visits to the doctor? Diagnosis of your ailments? Your medications? Think again. Changes are coming to the “standard” content of EHRs, thanks to the “third path” euthanasia movement.


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In the silence

(c)Mary TV 2013

J.M.J.

August 30, 2013

 

Dear Family of Mary!

 

“Dear children! Also today, the Most High is giving me the grace to be with you and to lead you towards conversion. Every day I am sowing and am calling you to conversion, that you may be prayer, peace, love – the grain that by dying will give birth a hundredfold. I do not desire for you, dear children, to have to repent for everything that you could have done but did not want to. Therefore, little children, again, with enthusiasm say: ‘I want to be a sign to others.’ Thank you for having responded to my call.” (August 25, 2013)

 

Today we arrive at the difficult sentence in Our Lady’s message, the one everyone is discussing!

 

“I do not desire for you, dear children, to have to repent for everything that you could have done but did not want to.”

 

It reminds me of a memorable moment in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”, when Mr. Bilbo Baggins is giving a speech to most of his relatives and he says something rather puzzling:

 

“I shall not keep you long, he cried.” Cheers from all the assembly. “I have called you all together for a Purpose.” Something in the way that he said this made an impression. There was almost silence, and one or two of the Tooks pricked up their ears.

 

“Indeed, for Three Purposes! First of all, to tell you that I am immensely fond of you all, and that eleventy-one years is too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable hobbits.” Tremendous outburst of approval.

 

“I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” This was unexpected and rather difficult. There was some scattered clapping, but most of them were trying to work it out and see if it came to a compliment. (J.R.R. Tolkien. “The Fellowship of the Ring. Chapter 1, A Long Expected Party.)

 

I can’t help but chuckle at this “difficult” sentence in Tolkien’s great book. And actually it does work out to a compliment of sorts. But I feel like this sentence in Our Lady’s message is similarly contorted and difficult.

 

For me it says that Our Lady does not want me to look back on my life and see that I had the possibility and ability to do many good things and I chose not to do them. She doesn’t want me to look back and regret the sins of omissions I have made. When we face the Lord at the end of our lives, we will have to give an account of our choices. It is then that we will have the last chance to repent of our poor decisions. But it will be very late, and we will see all the good we could have done and rue it.

 

And for me, the key to understanding this sentence is in the very next sentence: “Therefore, little children, again, with enthusiasm say: ‘I want to be a sign to others.'” Therefore…The antidote to regretting our past, repenting of our past, being sorry for our past, is to choose with enthusiasm to be a sign! To be one who lives Our Lady’s messages, who chooses every day to fast, to pray, to read Scripture, to attend Holy Mass, to love one’s neighbor, to go to confession and to love God with one’s whole heart, mind, soul and strength! This is how to live every moment to the utmost so that we will not regret anything. All will be well for us! And we will have the joy of having pointed the way to happiness and holiness to others as well.

 

Our Lady wants us to live life to the full. She wants us to love with all our hearts! To do this, we need to pray for her heart to be in us. With her heart, our desires will be her desires, and we will do all those things that we “could have done”. Her heart will align us with the Gospel, with the life of self-sacrificing love, and we will end our lives very happy!

 

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2013

 

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Apparition: 8:45am Medjugorje time / 2:45 am EDT

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

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• Video: Iowa Democrats, Candidates for Governor Pray for Abortion
• Chinese Woman Victimized by Forced Abortion at Nine Months of Pregnancy
• Baby Faith: Surviving at 23 Weeks, She Was Lighter Than a Loaf of Bread
Mom Births Baby in Bar Bathroom, Stuffs His Body in a Toilet, Returns to Watch TV

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• Lawmakers Laugh at Woman Conceived in Rape, Want Resolution Supporting Her Abortion
• How Does Planned Parenthood Get Away With Claiming Only 3% of its Business is Abortion?
• “How to Convince a Girl to Get an Abortion” Where are the Feminists?

• Planned Parenthood Abortion Business Closes Center in San Angelo, Texas

• Pro-Life Movement Dominating the Abortion Debate on Pinterest
• Marriage Equality, Racial Equality, Gender Equality: What About Equality for the Unborn?
• Government Shouldn’t Tell Doctors, Patients How to Discuss End of Life Decisions
• Radical Pro-Abortion Doctors Push for More Hospitals to Do Abortions

• Obama’s Legacy: Pro-Abortion President or Catalyst for Pro-Life Action?
• Ross Perot Foundation Gives $1M to Planned Parenthood Engaging in Medicaid Fraud

• Arizona Leads Nation in Number of Abortion Clinics Closed
• Late-Term Abortion Capital of America to Vote to Ban Late-Term Abortions
• Politico Plugs Pro-Abortion Michelle Nunn in Georgia Senate Race
• Texas Bureaucrats Stall New Law Holding Abortion Clinics Accountable



Video: Iowa Democrats, Candidates for Governor Pray for Abortion
Every so often abortion activists cause a stir with prayers for abortion. The worst may have been when President Barack Obama asked God to bless the Planned Parenthood abortion business at the end of a speech this year.

Now, from Iowa comes this: Iowa Democrat gubernatorial candidates join abortion activists in prayer for increased abortion access. “We pray for women who’ve been made afraid of their own power by their paternalistic religion.” http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/29/video-iowa-democrats-and-candidates-for-governor-pray-for-abortion/

Chinese Woman Victimized by Forced Abortion at Nine Months of Pregnancy
A new report from a top international human rights group indicates a Chinese woman has come forward to share the nightmarish details of her forced abortion at nine months of pregnancy.

According to a Chinese news report, Lili Zeng from Youshan Borough, Xinfeng County, Guangdong Province in China, was forcibly aborted at nine months. Her baby boy was born alive and died in her arms. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/29/chinese-woman-victimized-by-forced-abortion-at-nine-months-of-pregnancy/

Baby Faith: Surviving at 23 Weeks, She Was Lighter Than a Loaf of Bread
As Congress and several states grapple with bills that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, babies like Baby Faith in New Jersey are surviving very premature births.

Born at 23 weeks, Faith was lighter than a loaf of bread when her mother Marie Massey went into labor four months early. Marie gave an interview to ABC News about her ordeal and the challenging birth that had a happy ending. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/29/baby-faith-surviving-at-23-weeks-she-was-lighter-than-a-loaf-of-bread/

Mom Births Baby in Bar Bathroom, Stuffs His Body in a Toilet, Returns to Watch TV
A tragic story comes out of Pennsylvania this week as authorities seek to understand the motive behind the brutal murder of a newborn baby boy.

A 26-year-old Pennsylvania woman could face the death penalty after she gave birth to a baby boy in the restroom of a sports bar in Allentown, suffocated him, then stuffed his body in a toilet tank before returning to the bar to finish watching a wrestling match in her bloodied clothes. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/29/mom-births-baby-in-bar-bathroom-stuffs-his-body-in-a-toilet-returns-to-watch-tv/

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.


Lawmakers Laugh at Woman Conceived in Rape, Want Resolution Supporting Her Abortion
Rebecca Kiessling knows what it’s like to be targeted by abortion. She is one of the rare people to escape an abortion after her birthmother became pregnant following a sexual assault.

But Kiessling was targeted more directly today when she testified before local lawmakers in support of a pro-life resolution. Laughing at her story of how she survived an abortion that too frequently claims the lives of unborn children conceived in rape, they passed a resolution supporting abortions in cases of rape or incest as an “in your face” gesture. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/29/lawmakers-laugh-at-woman-conceived-in-rape-pass-resolution-supporting-her-abortion/

How Does Planned Parenthood Get Away With Claiming Only 3% of its Business is Abortion?
Listen to Planned Parenthood and “providing” abortions is not only a public service, it is such a small part of all that it does that it hardly merits mentioning. It’s only those mean old pro-lifers—such as Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, NRLC’s Director of Education—who insist on making the insignificant (abortion makes up “only 3%” of PPFA’s services) seem significant.

Of course as Dr. O’Bannon has explained many times, that 3% figure is the ridiculously misleading. Recently, Rachael Larimore, writing on Slate.com, did an excellent job illuminating what she calls “The Most Meaningless Abortion Statistic Ever.” http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/29/how-does-planned-parenthood-get-away-with-claiming-only-3-of-its-business-is-abortion/

“How to Convince a Girl to Get an Abortion” Where are the Feminists?
When a colleague sent me an article titled How To Convince A Girl To Get An Abortion, I was pretty sure it was satire. I mean, abortion activists have been increasingly less apologetic about their penchant for feticide, academics have been kowtowing to the idea of “forced fatherhood,” and “abortion contracts” may become “a thing,” but seriously?

Surely no guy is willing to brazenly confess what I routinely accuse them of: That they are quite simply willing to satiate their sexual appetites regardless of who gets killed in the process.

http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/29/how-to-convince-a-girl-to-get-an-abortion-where-are-the-feminists/

Planned Parenthood Abortion Business Closes Center in San Angelo, Texas
The Planned Parenthood abortion business has closed another one of its abortion clinics in Texas — this time in San Angelo. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/29/planned-parenthood-abortion-business-closes-center-in-san-angelo-texas/


Pro-Life Movement Dominating the Abortion Debate on Pinterest
“Abortion” might seem an odd search term for Pinterest. But since this explosive, relatively new social media site is increasingly becoming an addictive place to share opinions, beliefs, and ideas – in the form of images – we ought to check in and see just how abortion is doing. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/29/pro-life-movement-dominating-the-abortion-debate-on-pinterest/

Marriage Equality, Racial Equality, Gender Equality: What About Equality for the Unborn?
Marriage equality. Racial equality. Gender equality. Everywhere there’s equality. It’s hard to go about even one day in life without hearing a story in which one member (or class) of our species is accusing another member (or class) of our species of unequal treatment. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/29/marriage-equality-racial-equality-gender-equality-what-about-equality-for-the-unborn/

Government Shouldn’t Tell Doctors, Patients How to Discuss End of Life Decisions
I wrote at some length a few weeks ago in the Weekly Standard about a Senate bill to pay doctors to discuss end-of-life care with patients. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/29/government-shouldnt-tell-doctors-patients-how-to-discuss-end-of-life-decisions/

Radical Pro-Abortion Doctors Push for More Hospitals to Do Abortions
In a statement set to be published in the September issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 100 ob-gyns condemn new state restrictions on abortion as a “political regression.”. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/29/radical-pro-abortion-doctors-push-for-more-hospitals-to-do-abortions/

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.

Obama’s Legacy: Pro-Abortion President or Catalyst for Pro-Life Action?
Obama’s Legacy: Pro-Abortion President or Catalyst for Pro-Life Action?. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/29/obamas-legacy-pro-abortion-president-or-catalyst-for-pro-life-action/

Ross Perot Foundation Gives $1M to Planned Parenthood Engaging in Medicaid Fraud
The foundation affiliated with billionaire businessman and former presidential candidate Ross Perot has given $1 million to the Texas-based Planned Parenthood abortion business that was found to have engaged in millions in Medicaid fraud. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/29/ross-perot-foundation-gives-1m-to-planned-parenthood-engaging-in-medicaid-fraud/

Arizona Leads Nation in Number of Abortion Clinics Closed
A recently published report by the Huffington Post shows that Arizona leads the nation in the number of abortion clinics that have either shutdown or stopped providing abortion procedure services altogether. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/29/arizona-leads-nation-in-number-of-abortion-clinics-closed/

Late-Term Abortion Capital of America to Vote to Ban Late-Term Abortions
The Albuquerque city clerk has certified that more than enough valid signatures have been verified on a legislative petition submitted by pro-life groups that would create a city ordinance banning abortions after 20 weeks, or 5 months of pregnancy, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The matter has been forwarded to the city council for further action. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/29/late-term-abortion-capital-of-america-to-vote-to-ban-late-term-abortions/

Politico Plugs Pro-Abortion Michelle Nunn in Georgia Senate Race
It would appear that Politico would prefer to see a Democrat win the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/29/politico-plugs-pro-abortion-michelle-nunn-in-georgia-senate-race/

Texas Bureaucrats Stall New Law Holding Abortion Clinics Accountable
Thursday morning, after hearing public testimony, the Department of State Health Services Council refused to vote on new rules that would instruct how abortion facilities are to adhere to portions of the recently passed House Bill 2—the Pro-Life omnibus bill that passed in the special session of the 83rd Legislature. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/29/texas-bureaucrats-stall-new-law-holding-abortion-clinics-accountable/

 

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