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September 30, 2014

St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church

 

Dear Family of Mary!

 

“Dear children! Also today I call you to also be like the stars, which by their light give light and beauty to others so they may rejoice. Little children, also you be the radiance, beauty, joy and peace – and especially prayer – for all those who are far from my love and the love of my Son Jesus. Little children, witness your faith and prayer in joy, in the joy of faith that is in your hearts; and pray for peace, which is a precious gift from God. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

 

I have been studying the Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) of Pope Francis and it struck me that Our Lady’s message pretty much sums up what the Holy Father teaches us in it. Pope Francis is very much aware that we, as Catholics, have been given the pearl of great price, and we have to stop hiding it away, for our own enjoyment, and instead hold it up for all to see. We have to share the radiance, beauty and joy of the Gospel, as the good news for all men. And we have to do this first of all by our lives.

 

And really, this is what Our Lady has been saying to us for all these many years! She asks us to “be like the stars!” Stars are our nightly companions who people the skies, and guide us on our way. They make us aware of the vastness of God’s creation, and somehow at the same time comfort us with the realization that the God who made them, loves us!

 

Well, I want to share with you the prayer to Our Lady that Pope Francis gave us at the end of the exhortation, because it is so much a prayerful response to this message! It is as if the two of them are writing these things together!

 

(288)…It is the Risen Christ who tells us, with a power that fills us with confidence and unshakeable hope: “Behold, I make all things new” (Rev 21:5). With Mary we advance confidently towards the fulfilment of this promise, and to her we pray:

 

Mary, Virgin and Mother,
you who, moved by the Holy Spirit,
welcomed the word of life
in the depths of your humble faith:
as you gave yourself completely to the Eternal One,
help us to say our own “yes”
to the urgent call, as pressing as ever,

to proclaim the good news of Jesus.

 

Filled with Christ’s presence,
you brought joy to John the Baptist,
making him exult in the womb of his mother.
Brimming over with joy,
you sang of the great things done by God.
Standing at the foot of the cross
with unyielding faith,
you received the joyful comfort of the resurrection,
and joined the disciples in awaiting the Spirit

so that the evangelizing Church might be born.

 

Obtain for us now a new ardour born of the resurrection,
that we may bring to all the Gospel of life
which triumphs over death.
Give us a holy courage to seek new paths,
that the gift of unfading beauty

may reach every man and woman.  

 

Virgin of listening and contemplation,
Mother of love, Bride of the eternal wedding feast,
pray for the Church, whose pure icon you are,
that she may never be closed in on herself

or lose her passion for establishing God’s kingdom.

 

Star of the new evangelization,
help us to bear radiant witness to communion,
service, ardent and generous faith,
justice and love of the poor,
that the joy of the Gospel
may reach to the ends of the earth,

illuminating even the fringes of our world.

 

Mother of the living Gospel,
wellspring of happiness for God’s little ones,

pray for us.

Amen. Alleluia!

(n.288 – Evangelii Gaudium – Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis)

 

Mary Star of the new Evangelization, pray for us!!

 

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Monday, September 29, 2014

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Top Stories
• Stevie Nicks Confirms Song “Sara” Was About Baby With Don Henley She Aborted
• New 40 Days for Life Campaign Has Already Saved 28 Babies From Abortion
• A 5-Year-Old With Autism Creates Stunning Paintings
• Jessa Duggar Criticized for Linking the Holocaust With Abortion

More Pro-Life News
• Baby With Trisomy 13 Defies Odds After Parents Reject Abortion, She’s Now 7
• Abortion Activist Defends Infanticide: “Medical Necessity” May Require Killing Baby After Birth
• Forced Abortions are Happening in America on Victims of Sex Trafficking
• My Granddaughter Would be Six Now, But I Took Her Mother to Have an Abortion
• Pope Francis: Abandoning the Elderly is a Form of Euthanasia
• “Pro-Choice” Activist Vandalizes Hundreds of Student Newspapers Over Pregnancy Center Ad

• Scientists Discover Children’s Math Skills Developed While in the Womb

• Rebutting Time’s Argument “Making Abortions Illegal Doesn’t Make Them Go Away”
• Pro-Abortion Pastors: Christians Shouldn’t Oppose Abortion
• Pro-Abortion Student to Pro-Lifers: “Who Let These F—ers on Campus?”
• Would Pennsylvania Candidate Tom Wolf Allow Another Kermit Gosnell House of Horrors?

• Vermont Governor: We’re “Blessed” to Have Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Here
• Spain’s Government Faces Criticism After Giving Up on Passing Pro-Life Law

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Stevie Nicks Confirms Song “Sara” Was About Baby With Don Henley She Aborted
Abortion and pop music culture are often intertwined. Whether it’s the girlfriend of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler having an abortion or Michael Jackson writing a song about abortion that wasn’t released until after his death, pop music and musicians are frequently involved in abortion or commenting on it.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/29/stevie-nicks-confirms-song-sara-was-about-baby-with-don-henley-she-aborted/

New 40 Days for Life Campaign Has Already Saved 28 Babies From Abortion
On Mondays during 40 Days for Life campaigns, we share the best news of the week — the updated number of mothers choosing life for their babies. Thus far during this campaign, there have been 28 babies saved – that we know of!

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/29/new-40-days-for-life-campaign-has-already-saved-28-babies-from-abortion/


A 5-Year-Old With Autism Creates Stunning Paintings
Draped with a colorful patterned cloth that wraps around her tiny shoulders, 5-year-old Iris Grace Halmshaw strategically dips her paintbrush from mug to mug and splashes an array of color across starch-white paper.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/29/a-5-year-old-with-autism-creates-stunning-paintings/

Jessa Duggar Criticized for Linking the Holocaust With Abortion
The word “holocaust” is defined as the destruction or slaughter of people on a mass scale. Some pro-life people think its fair to say that the killing of over 57 million people through abortion fits the definition.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/29/jessa-duggar-criticized-for-linking-the-holocaust-with-abortion/

 

Baby With Trisomy 13 Defies Odds After Parents Reject Abortion, She’s Now 7
Kathleen Rose was born with a condition called Trisomy 13, which is a chromosomal disorder associated with severe intellectual disability and physical abnormalities in many parts of the body.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/29/baby-with-trisomy-13-defies-odds-after-parents-reject-abortion-shes-now-7/

Abortion Activist Defends Infanticide: “Medical Necessity” May Require Killing Baby After Birth
When pro-life advocates take the pro-life message to college and university campuses, they never know what kind of response they’ll get. They see it all — counter protests, people changing their minds on abortion, and even violence.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/29/abortion-activist-defends-infanticide-medical-necessity-may-require-killing-baby-after-birth/



Forced Abortions are Happening in America on Victims of Sex Trafficking
Forced abortion is most commonly associated with China and its One Child Policy. Story after story reports the tragic circumstances of women who are pulled out of their houses, forced into a clinic or hospital, and forcibly aborted – even if they are full term.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/29/forced-abortions-are-happening-in-america-on-victims-of-sex-trafficking/

My Granddaughter Would be Six Now, But I Took Her Mother to Have an Abortion
The amount of research showing the emotional pain and distress women face following an abortion is overwhelming and the sheer volume of personal stories from women who have had abortions and deeply regret their decisions is tremendous.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/29/my-granddaughter-would-be-six-now-but-i-took-her-mother-to-have-an-abortion/

Pope Francis: Abandoning the Elderly is a Form of Euthanasia
Over the weekend, Pope Francis restated the importance of taking care of the growing number of elderly people across the globe. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/29/pope-francis-abandoning-the-elderly-is-a-form-of-euthanasia/

“Pro-Choice” Activist Vandalizes Hundreds of Student Newspapers Over Pregnancy Center Ad
It is a free country so a Drake University professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies was welcome to hammer the student newspaper (the Times-Delphic) for the audacity of running an ad from AGAPE Pregnancy Center in Des Moines, Iowa. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/29/pro-choice-activist-vandalizes-hundreds-of-student-newspaper-over-pregnancy-center-ad/



Scientists Discover Children’s Math Skills Developed While in the Womb
A recent article from The Daily Mail reveals scientists have discovered a child’s math skills are developed while still in the womb.. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/29/scientists-discover-childrens-math-skills-developed-while-in-the-womb/

Rebutting Time’s Argument “Making Abortions Illegal Doesn’t Make Them Go Away”
On September 24, TIME published an article by Quinn Cummings about illegal abortion. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/29/rebutting-times-argument-making-abortions-illegal-doesnt-make-them-go-away/

Pro-Abortion Pastors: Christians Shouldn’t Oppose Abortion
In an article published today in The Washington Post, pro-abortion Reverends, Dr. Alethea Smith-Withers and Harry Knox, argue that people of faith shouldn’t oppose abortion. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/29/pro-abortion-pastors-christians-shouldnt-oppose-abortion/

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Pro-Abortion Student to Pro-Lifers: “Who Let These F—ers on Campus?”
Kelli Kopetz at JillStanek.com reported on the kind of guff that pro-life protesters get on campus. Students for Life set up an informative Planned Parenthood Project display at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, near Grand Rapids. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/29/pro-abortion-student-to-pro-lifers-who-let-these-f-ers-on-campus/

Would Pennsylvania Candidate Tom Wolf Allow Another Kermit Gosnell House of Horrors?
The Pennsylvania Republican Party has published a flier asking if support for pro-abortion Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf would take the state back to the days when abortion clinics were not inspectedand abortion doctors like Kermit Gosnell were enabled to commit atrociousness on children and women alike. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/29/would-pennsylvania-candidate-tom-wolf-allow-another-kermit-gosnell-house-of-horrors/

Vermont Governor: We’re “Blessed” to Have Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Here
Vermont Governor Pete Shumlin participated in an event promoting the Planned Parenthood abortion business. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/29/vermont-governor-were-blessed-to-have-planned-parenthood-abortion-biz-here/

Spain’s Government Faces Criticism After Giving Up on Passing Pro-Life Law
The Spanish government has officially called it quits on reforming their abortion law, which allows abortion up until the 14th week of pregnancy. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/29/spains-government-faces-criticism-after-giving-up-on-passing-pro-life-law/

 

   
   


 


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The market for brain death?

“A silent and deadly epidemic is moving across America. No one is broadcasting it. No one is writing about it. Almost no one is even talking about it. But every day in hospitals, nursing homes and hospices across the country, more and more of our medically vulnerable loved ones are being euthanized.”
‘Abandoning the elderly is a form of euthanasia’

Over the weekend, Pope Francis restated the importance of taking care of the growing number of elderly people across the globe. He said the lack of care and concern for the elderly is equivalent to euthanasia — because elderly person often die physically from neglect and face spiritual and emotional depression because their family may abandon them.
They backed out of an abortion, and their ‘disabled’ baby was born healthy

Robyn and Adam Wilson were told their unborn baby might not survive and doctors advised them to have an abortion because their child was supposedly in a grave condition. Doctors said it was likely he would be born with a life-limiting illness and may have Down syndrome.
Pope Francis hails elderly, including Benedict

A brilliantly sunlit St. Peter’s Square was the scene Sunday morning for a great gathering of senior citizens – and especially grandparents – who had come to Rome to be with Pope Francis, to exchange life stories and hear the Holy Father’s reflections on the importance, the struggles, and the beauty of life in the old age.

 

 
   

 

   Pope’s Mass: The devil hates mankind and wants to destroy it
 
 
 
 
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During his daily morning Mass, Pope Francis talked about the devil. He explained that it only pursues one goal: to destroy mankind.

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Women's Rights Without Frontiers | Forced Abortion Is Not A Choice | www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org
Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, with the daughters of Zhang Lin, Anni and Ruli . Littlejohn and her husband have taken the sisters into their own family. (Photo Credit: Women’s Rights Without Frontiers)
A year ago this month, Anni and Ruli Zhang arrived in the United States. Ten year old Anni had to leave China because she had been detained and then denied the right to go to school. She is known as “China’s youngest prisoner of conscience.” Her venerated activist father is still in jail for having helped her. With the help of many brave people in China and the United States, Anni and Ruli obtained safe passage to the United States. My husband, Robert, and I are overjoyed to welcome them into our family. Here is a beautiful profile of our family, published by LifeSiteNews. WRWF’s “Save a Girl” campaign is not only saving girls in China, but also around our own kitchen table.

She prayed for years for a Chinese daughter – now she’s raising China’s youngest political prisoner


By Kirsten Anderson

(LifeSiteNews.com) – A U.S.-based human rights activist is raising China’s youngest known political prisoner and her sister after the girls fled their native country, where their famous father is still imprisoned.

Reggie Littlejohn, founder of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, which fights gendercide and forced abortion in Asia, recently told LifeSiteNews the dramatic story of the events that led to her adoption of the girls, in a video interview with Managing Director Steve Jalsevac in Washington, DC.

Littlejohn said that Anni Zhang, 11, and her elder sister Ruli, 19, left China in September after their father, political dissident and nuclear physicist Zhang Lin, was once again imprisoned for speaking out against the Communist government. He had already spent 13 years behind bars for his involvement in planning the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, and for publishing comments critical of the Chinese government online.

Zhang’s most recent imprisonment came after Anni – then ten years old – was kidnapped from her school by the authorities and detained overnight without food, water, a toilet, or even a blanket. After she was returned to her father, she was told that she would not be allowed to attend school anymore because of her father’s pro-democracy activism. Read More


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The Greatest Marian Prayer

“The Rosary is my favorite prayer, a marvelous prayer. Marvelous in its simplicity and depth. It can be said that the Rosary is, in a certain way, a prayer-commentary on the last chapter of the constitution, Lumen Gentium, of Vatican II, a chapter which deals with the wonderful presence of the Mother of God in the mystery of Christ and the Church. Against the background of the words, Ave Maria (Hail Mary), there passes before the eyes of the soul the main episodes of the life of Jesus Christ, and they put us in living communication with Jesus through, we could say, His mother’s heart. At the same time, our heart can enclose in these decades of the Rosary all the facets that make up the life of the individual, the family, the nation, the Church and all mankind, particularly of those who are dear to us. Thus the…

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Rosary

Rosary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Fifteen Promises of Our Lady to Those Who Pray the Rosary Faithfully

The Blessed Virgin Mary promised to Saint Dominic and to all who follow her urgings that “Whatever you ask in the Rosary will be granted.” These are the fifteen promises she imparted to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche, granted to all Christians who faithfully recite the Rosary. All that remains for us is to pray and to respond to the great graces she gives to us. –Assistant Ed.

1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
4. The Rosary will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God;…

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Rosarium Virginis Mariae, Part I

1. The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, which gradually took form in the second millennium under the guidance of the Spirit of God, is a prayer loved by countless Saints and encouraged by the Magisterium. Simple yet profound, it still remains, at the dawn of this third millennium, a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness. It blends easily into the spiritual journey of the Christian life, which, after two thousand years, has lost none of the freshness of its beginnings and feels drawn by the Spirit of God to “set out into the deep” (duc in altum!) in order once more to proclaim, and even cry out, before the world that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, “the way, and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6), “the goal of human history and the point on which the…

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Rosarium Virginis Mariae, Part II

CHAPTER II – MYSTERIES OF CHRIST—MYSTERIES OF HIS MOTHER
The Rosary, “a compendium of the Gospel”
18. The only way to approach the contemplation of Christ’s face is by listening in the Spirit to the Father’s voice, since “no one knows the Son except the Father” (Mt 11:27). In the region of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus responded to Peter’s confession of faith by indicating the source of that clear intuition of his identity: “Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven” (Mt 16:17). What is needed, then, is a revelation from above. In order to receive that revelation, attentive listening is…

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The Rosary, October, and World Peace

We are already on the threshold of the month of October, which, with the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, inspires us to rediscover this traditional prayer, so simple yet so profound.

The Rosary is a way of contemplating the face of Christ, seeing him—we may say—with the eyes of Mary. For this reason, it is a prayer that drawing upon the core of the Gospel is in full accord with the inspiration of the Second Vatican Council and very much in keeping with the direction I gave in the Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte: the Church has to launch out “into the deep” in the new millennium beginning with the contemplation of the face of Christ.
Therefore, I wish to suggest the recitation…

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Madonna of the Rosary

Madonna of the Rosary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Inestimable Fruits of the Rosary

Never will anyone really be able to understand the marvelous riches of sanctification which are contained in the prayers and mysteries of the Holy Rosary. This meditation on the mysteries of the life and death of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the source of the most wonderful fruits for those who use it.

Today people want things that strike and move and that leave deep impressions on the soul. Nor has there ever been anything in the whole history of the world more moving than the wonderful story of the life, death and glory of Our Savior which is contained in the Holy Rosary. In the fifteen tableaux the chief scenes or mysteries of His life unfold before our eyes. How could there ever be any prayers more wonderful and sublime than the Lord’s…

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Blessed Bartolo Longo – Apostle of the Rosary

Sinner. Satanist. Social worker. Saint. A strange progression taken by Blessed Bartolo Longo. On February 11, 1841, a sweet tempered physician’s wife of Latiano, Italy, gave birth to a son whom she named Bartolo. Devoted to Our Lord and His Mother, she taught all her children to pray the Rosary daily and to visit and care for the poor while Dr. Longo instilled in them a love of music and beauty. Bartolo would later describe himself as “a lively and impertinent imp, sometimes rather a rascal.” The priests who educated him found Bartolo to be highly intelligent, cordial, and accommodating although prone to a fiery temper.

When Bartolo was ten, his mother died. Slowly Bartolo began to drift away from his faith. Eventually he studied law from a private tutor, then attended the University of…

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Sister Lucia’s Rosary Meditations: The Joyful Mysteries

The visionary and seer, Sr. Lucia of Fatima, provided the world with profound and inspired Rosary meditations in her book, “Calls” from the Message of Fatima. We begin this week by presenting her meditations on the Joyful Mysteries. – Ed.

Having seen that the prayer of the Rosary is the one which God has recommended most for all of us in general, both by means of the Church’s Magisterium and through the Message which He sent to us by Our Lady, we will now look at the mysteries of our Redemption which this prayer leads us to recall and contemplate in each decade.

For the majority of Christians who live in the corrupt atmosphere of the world, it is almost pointless to talk about mental prayer. Hence, what is most suitable for them is vocal prayer, in common or in private: the liturgical prayer of the Holy Mass and the recitation…

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The Rosary and the Family

“Dear Children! You have helped me along by your prayers to realize my plans. Keep on praying that my plan may be completely realized. I request the families of the parish to pray the Family Rosary. Thank you for having responded to my call” (Our Lady of Medjugorje, September 27, 1984).
The call to pray the Rosary is the principal form of prayer requested by the Blessed Mother, not only in the message of Medjugorje but in the overall Marian message to the modern world. I want to discuss this favored Marian prayer under three categories. First of all, I will discuss briefly the Rosary in this general Marian call to the modern world. Secondly, I will discuss a little bit of the origins, the history, and the nature of the Rosary. What is this prayer of the Rosary that Our Lady has called us to so regularly? Thirdly, and…

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The Family Rosary: Practicality in Family Prayer

How can we practically involve our children in family prayer? What are ways that we can teach them the beauty of communing with Jesus in prayer, even though homework needs to be completed, dishes washed, pajamas put on little ones, and we may even want to reserve a few moments of peace and quiet for ourselves after a busy day? In my last article dealing with the Family Rosary (see article “The Family Rosary” in the Marian Devotion section) I identified the need for parents to make the call of the family Rosary heard, knowing the result will at times be met with resistance and indifference. For the encouragement of parents, I reminded the reader that the suffering encountered in family prayer is redemptive, and that its application in the home ensures that spiritual goods soak into the little hearts and minds of their children, even if parents feel…

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The Importance of the Rosary for Priests

Dear ministers of the Most High, you my fellow priests who preach the truth of God and who teach the gospel to all nations… I beg of you to beware of thinking of the Rosary as something of little importance—as do ignorant people and even several great but proud scholars. Far from being insignificant, the Rosary is a priceless treasure which is inspired by God.

Almighty God has given it to you because He wants you to use it as a means to convert the most hardened sinners and the most obstinate heretics. He has attached to it grace in this life and glory in the next. The saints have said it faithfully and the Popes have indorsed it.
When the Holy Spirit has revealed this secret…

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Rosary “Helps to Put Christ at the Center, as the Virgin Did”

Pope Benedict XVI gave the following catechesis on the Rosary at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome on May 3, 2008.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
At the conclusion of this moment of Marian prayer, I would like to address my cordial greeting to all of you and thank you for your participation. In particular I greet Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, Archpriest of this stupendous Basilica of St. Mary Major. In Rome this is the Marian temple par excellence, in which the people of the City venerate the icon of Mary Salus Populi Romani with great affection. I gladly welcomed the invitation addressed to me to lead the Holy Rosary on the First Saturday of the month of May, according to the beautiful tradition that I have had since my childhood. In fact, in my generation’s experience, the evenings of May evoke sweet memories linked to the vespertine gatherings to…

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“The Keystone of Marian History” – Message of the Lady of All Nations, October 5, 1952

In this message Our Lady tells us that he proclamation of the Dogma of Mary Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate will become the “keystone of Marian History”. She then asks the theologians: “Why can you not come to an agreement about this?”  Why not, indeed! – Ed.

Message of October 5, 1952

“Here I am again. I have come to bring a special message. Pass on everything well.
Never has Miriam, or Mary, officially been called Co-redemptrix in the community, in the Church. Never has she officially been called Mediatrix. Never has she officially been called Advocate. These three thoughts belong closely together. These three thoughts form one whole. That is why this will be the keystone of Marian history; it will become the dogma of the Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate.

And I am not reproaching theologians now as I say: why can you not come to an agreement about this…

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40 Days for Life

Dear Deacon John,

 

On Mondays during 40 Days for Life campaigns, we share the best news of the week — the updated number of mothers choosing life for their babies.

 

Thus far during this campaign, there have been 28 babies saved that we know of.

 

And that makes the number of lives reported spared from abortion …

… since 40 Days for Life began as a coordinated effort in 2007 …

… a phenomenal total of 9,001!

Praise God!!!

 

Here are some of the beautiful stories behind those numbers.

Savannah, Georgia

 

Volunteers were praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil when a couple arrived at the building. One of the women left the group and explained that real help was available at the pregnancy resource center across the street.

 

“The man did not want to talk or get any information,” said one of the volunteers. “He said a few choice things and they went inside.”

 

A short time later, he came out alone. “All of us were praying,” she said, “all thinking about how angry he seemed to be and for God to help this lady and man.”

 

In another 15 minutes or so, the woman came out. “You could just tell how upset she was,” the vigil participant said.

 

They convinced her to visit the pregnancy center, where they left her in good hands. Half an hour later, she walked back across the street to meet the man, who had been waiting in his car. The two returned to the abortion center.

 

He kept saying that the woman didn’t need to be listening to the vigil participants and taking the information. The woman’s face told a different story, as she had more of an “everything’s going to be okay” attitude.

 

Eventually, the woman came out and said she was not having an abortion. “She had not wanted it in the first place,” the volunteer said, “and he would not listen to her. And now, her face looked so joyous compared to how she first looked when she arrived.”

 

Shreveport, Louisiana

“What a day!” said Chris, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Shreveport. “We had two women who said they were going to have their babies,” he excitedly explained. “Yeah that’s right – two saves!” 

There was another woman who arrived for a pregnancy test, but she never entered the abortion facility. She instead visited the pregnancy resource center nearby.

 

“So all in all, that’s three turnaways!” Chris said. “Thanks to all who are praying from home and on the sidewalk.”

 

Here’s today’s devotional from Rev. Paul Stallsworth, president of Lifewatch (United Methodist Church)…

 

Day 6 intention

That knowing the shortness of life, all may value it more deeply.

Scripture

Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the well. Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.

— Ecclesiastes 12:6-7

 

Reflection

God is giver of all life. Short lived or long lived, human lives are lived out in this world. The metaphors for death are many. But their meaning is clear and singular: all will die. Even so, death is not the absolute end. It is not the end of the story. For as certainly as God gave life, at death the life or spirit that God gave returns to God.

By God, we are created. For God, we live our given days. To God, we return at the end of our earthly days. And with God, we live through eternity. Clearly, all along the way, this gracious, loving God is with us. No human life is random or alone. No human life was created without purpose. Not one human life is without destiny.

All human lives, acknowledged or not, are related to God — from beginning, to end, throughout eternity. Therefore, in this world, all human lives are to be respected and protected, for their lives are signs of God’s sovereignty.

Prayer

O God, we too often try to live in ways that ignore our coming death. We forget that our days are numbered by You, that at the end of our days your judgment awaits, that You are the Lord of our destiny.

Help us to repent daily, and then to live each day in joyful obedience. Lead us to live in the light and promise of eternity. Prepare us to live fully and sacrificially. Prepare us to die faithfully and hopefully, so that we might live forever with You. Through Jesus Christ, who has gone before us, we trust and hope and love and pray, Amen.

 

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For Life,
 Shawn Carney

SHAWN CARNEY

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