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Wednesday, September 28, 2015

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Top Stories

• House Votes Again to De-Fund Planned Parenthood After it Sells Body Parts From Aborted Babies
• Cecile Richards Gripes: Asking Me About Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Babies Was “Sexist”
• Guess Who? 20 Celebrities Rush to Planned Parenthood’s Defense After It Sells Aborted Baby Parts
• Congresswoman Defends Abortion: “We Don’t Do Children a Favor By Forcing Women To Give Birth”

More Pro-Life News
• Cecile Richards Has No Apologies for Making $590,928 to Oversee Killing Babies in Abortions
• Planned Parenthood CEO Confirms It Will Not Stop Selling Body Parts From Aborted Babies
• Mainstream Media Says Americans Don’t Want to De-Fund Planned Parenthood, Here’s The Truth
• Watch as Rick Santorum Shuts Down Whoopi Goldberg’s Pro-Abortion Talking Points

• Republicans Will Vote for New Speaker Next Week, Pro-Life Kevin McCarthy the Frontrunner
• The Top 10 Ways Bill Nye the Science Guy Is Wrong About Abortion
• Australia Blocks Pro-Life Advocate Behind Shocking Planned Parenthood Videos From Entering Country
• University of Minnesota Caught Buying Aborted Baby Body Parts for Research
• Mother Charged With Murder After Throwing Her Newborn Baby Out Her 7th Story Window
• BBC Due to Attack Pregnancy Centers Providing Women With Abortion Alternatives
• Abortion Backers Rally Against University of Missouri After it Stops Enabling Planned Parenthood
• Tennessee Judge Upholds Law Protecting People From Assisted Suicide

House Votes Again to De-Fund Planned Parenthood After it Sells Body Parts From Aborted Babies
The House of Representatives voted today for a resolution supporting the de-funding of Planned Parenthood while an investigation continues into it s sale of aborted babies and their body parts. The House voted 241 to 185 for the resolution, with 238 Republicans voting for the bill to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and 3 Democrats joining them.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/30/house-votes-again-to-de-fund-planned-parenthood-after-it-sells-body-parts-from-aborted-babies/

Cecile Richards Gripes: Asking Me About Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Babies Was “Sexist”
In an interview with MSNBC after she was grilled for five hours at a Congressional hearing about Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies and making a profit doing abortions while still getting half a billion in taxpayer funding, abortion business CEO Cecile Richards complained the questioning was sexist.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/30/cecile-richards-gripes-asking-her-about-planned-parenthood-selling-aborted-babies-was-sexist/



Guess Who? 20 Celebrities Rush to Planned Parenthood’s Defense After It Sells Aborted Baby Parts
They must be getting desperate. Planned Parenthood is pulling out all the stops to defend itself, including celebrity backers – from Scarlett Johansson to Lena Dunham. Tuesday morning, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards testified before the House Oversight Committee in regards to the videos exposing the abortion giant’s harvesting of aborted baby parts.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/30/guess-who-20-celebrities-rush-to-planned-parenthoods-defense-after-it-sells-aborted-baby-parts/

Congresswoman Defends Abortion: “We Don’t Do Children a Favor By Forcing Women To Give Birth”
On September 28th, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin, 4th) elaborated on her support of abortion and Planned Parenthood at a press conference held by the Congressional Black Caucus. The Daily Caller reports that the Congresswoman indicated that some women are forced into carrying their unborn children to term because they can’t afford abortions.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/30/congresswoman-defends-abortion-we-dont-do-children-a-favor-by-forcing-women-to-give-birth/



Cecile Richards Has No Apologies for Making $590,928 to Oversee Killing Babies in Abortions
In a nearly five hour long hearing, PPFA President Cecile Richards yesterday sparred with critics on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and basked in praise from supporters. Here are five takeaways from the hearing which centered on taxpayer funding of the largest abortion provider in the United States. As was noted early and often, government funding makes up 41% of PPFA’s $1.3 billion in revenues.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/30/cecile-richards-has-no-apologies-for-making-590928-to-oversee-killing-babies-in-abortions/

Planned Parenthood CEO Confirms It Will Not Stop Selling Body Parts From Aborted Babies
While much of the coverage of yesterday’s Congressional hearing with Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards focused on some of the shocking comments she made or the egregious funding of Planned Parenthood with taxpayer funds, Richards confirmed that the abortion company will continue selling the body parts of aborted babies.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/30/planned-parenthood-ceo-confirms-it-will-not-stop-selling-body-parts-from-aborted-babies/




Mainstream Media Says Americans Don’t Want to De-Fund Planned Parenthood, Here’s The Truth
A brand new widely touted USA Today/Suffolk University Poll claims that 65% of Americans support federal taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood’s abortion and murdered baby parts selling business. Or so the mainstream media would have you believe.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/30/media-claims-americans-dont-want-to-de-fund-planned-parenthood-heres-the-truth/

Watch as Rick Santorum Shuts Down Whoopi Goldberg’s Pro-Abortion Talking Points
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Wednesday knocked down Whoopi Goldberg’s pro-abortion talking points. Naturally, the whole View segment was dominated by social issues questions. Goldberg grilled, “How will you say to your constituents who may be gay or may find themselves in a position with something like Planned Parenthood, what will you replace it with if you take it away?”

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/30/watch-as-rick-santorum-shuts-down-whoopi-goldbergs-pro-abortion-talking-points/



Republicans Will Vote for New Speaker Next Week, Pro-Life Kevin McCarthy the Frontrunner
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/30/republicans-will-vote-for-new-speaker-next-week-pro-life-kevin-mccarthy-the-frontrunner/

The Top 10 Ways Bill Nye the Science Guy Is Wrong About Abortion
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/30/the-top-10-ways-bill-nye-the-science-guy-is-wrong-about-abortion/

Australia Blocks Pro-Life Advocate Behind Shocking Planned Parenthood Videos From Entering Country
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/30/australia-blocks-pro-life-advocate-behind-shocking-planned-parenthood-videos-from-entering-country/

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University of Minnesota Caught Buying Aborted Baby Body Parts for Research
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/30/university-of-minnesota-caught-buying-aborted-baby-body-parts-for-research/

Cecile Richards Admits She Doesn’t Go to Planned Parenthood for Her Own Health Care
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/29/cecile-richards-admits-she-doesnt-go-to-planned-parenthood-for-her-own-health-care/


Mother Charged With Murder After Throwing Her Newborn Baby Out Her 7th Story Window
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/30/mother-charged-with-murder-after-throwing-her-newborn-baby-out-her-7th-story-window/

BBC Due to Attack Pregnancy Centers Providing Women With Abortion Alternatives
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/30/bbc-due-to-attack-pregnancy-centers-providing-women-with-abortion-alternatives/

Abortion Backers Rally Against University of Missouri After it Stops Enabling Planned Parenthood
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/30/abortion-backers-rally-against-university-of-missouri-after-it-stops-enabling-planned-parenthood/

Tennessee Judge Upholds Law Protecting People From Assisted Suicide
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/30/tennessee-judge-upholds-law-protecting-people-from-assisted-suicide/

   
   

 

 


* September 30 – Saint John Paul II created a Basilica and offered a gold rose (1979) * We are a Eucharistic people with the Mother of God —-- A Moment with Mary --
Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Mary of Nazareth Association

September 30 – Saint John Paul II created a Basilica and offered a gold rose (1979)

We are a Eucharistic people with the Mother of God

On Aug. 21, 1879, various people in Knock village saw a vision, or manifestation, on the outer gable wall of their small parish church, in this forgotten corner of the west of Ireland. On one side there were three persons, identified as Saint Joseph, Mary the Mother of God (crowned as Queen) and Saint John the Apostle. But the center of the vision was a Lamb, standing on an altar, with a large cross behind it and angels circling; a strong light came from the Lamb.

There was no spoken message; some 15 witnesses gave their testimony to what they had seen, which lasted two hours in the rain. A commission concluded that their testimonies were trustworthy… It’s worth noting that the pastor at the time of the apparition, Father Bartholomew Kavanagh, a young priest known for his piety and service to the poor, had just finished celebrating 100 consecutive Masses for the Holy Souls in Purgatory (especially for all those who had died without the sacraments in times of famine). Prayer for our deceased and for the Holy Souls has always been a feature of Knock Shrine spirituality…

The Lamb in Knock represents our Lord Jesus… reminds us that we are a Eucharistic people…

Father Nigel Woollen
Chaplain at the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
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Legal Limbo: Another Reason to Stop Surrogacy Now

A story out of the United Kingdom offers yet another example of how the practice of surrogacy harms children and fails to protect their interests. Regulation in one country won’t prevent individuals from looking elsewhere, and unfortunately it is the children that end up harmed. . . [continue reading]

 

Monitoring Physician Assisted Suicide in the UK

September was an important month for those monitoring end of life issues as the United Kingdom’s House of Commons debated a much hyped “Assisted Dying” bill. In anticipation of the bill’s debate early in the month, two prominent authorities—one sacred, one secular—came out in opposition to it. . . [continue reading]

 

Of Sperm and Smart Phones

A sperm bank in China is trying to capitalize on the rage for iPhones in order to recruit new sperm “donors.” In Shanghai, a new sperm bank is advertising that it will give its donors a new iPhone 6S in exchange for their emissions. But, there are some strings attached. . . [continue reading]

 

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(c)Mary TV 2015
September 30, 2015
St. Jerome
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
Yesterday Mary TV was able to stream “An Evening of Prayer for Peace at St. Stephen’s Cathedral”. It was a beautiful evening of prayer. There were testimonies about the fruits of Medjugorje. Marija Pavlovic Lunetti shared about her experiences of Our Lady. The Rosary was prayed. And during that prayer, Our Lady appeared to Marija and blessed everyone. Then Cardinal Schoenborn and over 50 priests, concelebrated Holy Mass and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The music was beautiful, with Melinda and Roland from Medjugorje! It was so prayerful and peaceful, and holy !
 
The homily was given by Cardinal Schoenborn, and I cannot resist transcribing it for you. It was simple but very insightful. (Thanks to our translator for working so hard to translate into English for us. It is never easy. But I believe we have a good translation of the Cardinal’s words.) The Gospel yesterday was John 1:47-51, when Jesus calls Nathaniel.
 
Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, Homily for Holy Mass, September 29, 2015, St. Stephen’s Cathedral:
 
Archbishop Andre, Fr. Marinko, dear Marija and brothers and sisters:
 
“How do you know me?” This is the question of Nathaniel, the question that made him later on an apostle. Each one of us can ask Jesus, “Rabbi, how do you know me?”
 
If I look now around the Cathedral, it is not usually as packed as it is now! Can each one of you here ask Jesus this question? “How do you know me?”
 
Jesus knows us. He knows me as no one else does. You who are married here…your husband or wife does not know you as well as Jesus does. Those who are not married, the old ones, the children can ask, “How do you know me?”
 
Jesus answered Nathaniel, “Before Philip called you I saw you under the fig tree.” What was that? We do not know what kind of a moment that was. Only two people know that, Jesus and Nathaniel. And that is their mystery. It is their individual mystery. What did Nathaniel do under the fig tree? What was he doing under that tree? We do not know. But he (Nathaniel) knew immediately. “How do you know me? You do know me!”
 
Each one of us has such a mystery with Jesus. He knows me. Rabbi how do you know me? It is not so comfortable if someone knows someone this well. There are sides of us that we do not like to show to others, and it is uncomfortable when someone sees those sides of us. But with Jesus it is different. If He knows us, we do not need to be ashamed of anything.
 
It can hurt as it did when Jesus said to a woman, “Call your husband.” And she said she did not have a husband. And Jesus said, “Yes you are right, you do not now have a husband.” Jesus does say the truth about us, as he said to that woman. She was hurt when Jesus told her that the man she was living with was not her husband. But when she went home she told everyone that Jesus told her everything about her. Jesus said it. And she was liberated. “How do you know me?”
 
Brothers and sisters, I would like to invite you in this night, this prayer for peace, that we each, individually ask Jesus, ‘How do you know me?’ And with joy we will discover “Lord you know me as nobody does. There is nothing I can hide from you. You know my biggest secrets, my fears, my needs, my mistakes, my sins, you do know me. You are the one to whom I can say it all. That is something so big and beautiful, that even in the inner most secrets of my life, You know me. And I am able to know You.”
 
Brothers and sisters, that is not all. It goes further. “Rabbi, it is you, you are the King of Israel.” To know Jesus is the heart of our faith. Otherwise we are not Christians. Jesus says, “You will see even bigger and greater things.” And that is what He says to all of us. We will see heaven opened.
 
What does it mean that “you will see heaven opened”? What does it mean? How is that possible? Have you ever seen heaven opened? I want to give you a few thoughts, but there are many experiences that complete that image. How can we see heaven opened?
 
Let’s start with a little sign – what I received as a little present last Saturday. There was a little party here for my jubilee as Archbishop. And today is my 24th anniversary of being Archbishop. Today, twenty four years ago, I was sent here. I was made a bishop. A friend from Syria gave me a present. He explained it to me and all the people in the Cathedral. It is a hanging. On the front is Mary holding the little Child. And on the back is a Cross. This hanging came from a bishop, who had it always with him. He was martyred because of his faith. And the mother of that martyr ask that man to present it to me. (This is a sign of heaven opened for me,)
 
You will see heaven opened. Can you remember when it was said in Holy Scripture that heaven was opened?
 
First, here in front we can see St. Stephen. We can see above him Jesus, at the right hand of God. The big number of martyrs today make heaven open. St. Stephen with his lighted face, the face of an angel, looks up and says he can see heaven open and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. Opening heaven… to give witness to Christ opens heaven.
 
Second, we do not have enough room for everyone inside the Cathedral for Adoration tonight. Mary is the one who opens heaven to us. Through her heaven opens to us. It is unbelievable and wonderful that the Mother of God is always opening heaven, so we can enter heaven. If I think about the 60,000 young people who joined her in Medjugorje this year. It was very hot. But there was no beach. There were no tourist attractions. But the young people came. Why? Because they experience heaven open there. Wherever Mary is, heaven is open. Thanks to the Mother of God who brings us the fresh air from heaven, and as it is said, you will see the angels ascending and descending on mankind.
 
Third, when we see the Eucharist, we know that heaven is opened and the angels are ascending and descending. I cannot see it, maybe you cannot see it, but maybe someone here can see it. All the angels of heaven are here and heaven is open over us. Jesus is present. Heaven is open over us. And heaven opens over us when we are in Jesus’ presence.
 
Finally, today we have a big challenge. Yesterday in Afghanistan, there was a town attacked by Taliban, and there are hundreds of thousands of refugees headed this way. It is not going to end soon. There is so much need in this world. And the question is not about statistics, but about us, individually, who see people in need, parents with their children, old people, young people, they are all people. Remember, “Whatever you have done for the least of these you have done it for me.” This is a chance for us to serve our brothers and sisters. It is a great challenge for Europe. But Europe may see heaven open. If we turn from egoism, maybe Our Lord wants to open heaven for us through what is actually going on. Amen.


Let’s take time today to ask Jesus, “How do you know me?”  He wants us to know how much He knows us.  It will liberate and heal us to be known by Jesus!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2015

“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Saint John Paul II
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FROM THE ARCHIVES OF NEW OXFORD REVIEW

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In Danger of Death
Despite the prevalence of the threat of death, and massive measures to prevent it, modern secular man does not like to dwell on his own death.

The truth about death, resurrection, and the afterlife is explained in detail in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and in the theological treatise on the Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Here one will find the best and most satisfying answers that have ever been given to the riddles of life and death. It is the best and most satisfying because it is true. God Himself, who is infinite truth and goodness, has revealed it to us, and His one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church proclaims it in the power of the Holy Spirit to the ends of the earth. Truly, as Christians, we may rejoice in the face of death, for, as St. Paul said, “Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Cor. 15:54).

Read all about it…


40 Days for Life

Dear Deacon John,

 

Praying outside of abortion centers saves lives. Don’t just take it from me – listen to former Planned Parenthood workers.

They report that the “no show” rate for abortion appointments goes as high as 75% when people are peacefully praying outside. If you needed motivation to go out and pray – that’s it!

This is why abortion businesses will often build fences along the sidewalk.

It happened in Boulder, Colorado … in Sacramento, California … and at the site of the first 40 Days for Life vigil in Bryan/College Station, Texas (the fence quickly came down when Planned Parenthood moved out and we moved in).

The bottom line is that abortion facility managers don’t want you to talk to – or even pray for – the women going in. It’s bad for business.

Your loving presence is too much for a fence – or a heart – to turn away. 

Las Vegas, Nevada

There’s a new black iron fence around the late-term abortion center where the 40 Days for Life vigil is held … and it blocks access to an area where volunteers were accustomed to praying. But Ken, the local leader, had a simple response: “Prayer knows no boundaries.” 

The campaign kickoff event in Las Vegas drew more than 100 people, including ten pastors. But what impressed Ken the most was a 15-month-old boy. “It was only the second time in 25 years that I have been able to hold a child saved through pro-life efforts in which I was involved,” he said.

The boy’s mother had arrived at the abortion center and was met by one of the volunteers. But the mom spoke Spanish and the volunteer spoke English. They quickly found another vigil participant to serve as interpreter. The baby she was carrying was her family’s fifth child – and first son.

Volunteers are praying that this abortion center will shut its doors. “It would be the second to close where 40 Days for Life has prayed in Las Vegas,” Ken said.  “We pray it will close miraculously during this campaign!”

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Mark in Las Cruces shared the good news of two turnarounds – something they rarely find out about because of the logistics of the abortion center and where the prayer volunteers are allowed to stand.

“To have two in one day is unprecedented for us,” he said. Both women left the abortion facility to seek life-affirming support and guidance from the local pregnancy help center.

Mark also noted the participation of John, a Christian Native American who prayed to Jesus in his traditional Lakota language. John told him that “life and family are very sacred in his heritage.”

San Ramon, California

The San Ramon campaign had a very enthusiastic visitor. A young man pulled up and called out to the four Knights of Columbus on the sidewalk, “I love you guys! Because of you, my wife and I kept our baby! Keep it up!”

The same guy showed up the next day, thanking 40 Days for Life volunteers for making a difference in his life.

Just one day later, a mom stopped to share her story. She was given a distressing prenatal diagnosis and advised to have an abortion. But she just didn’t feel right about that, and said “no.”

She then pointed to the perfectly healthy little girl in the back seat of her car. She was excited to see the vigil and thanked the people for being there.

“With prayer, God can use our simple gesture and bring forth life, hope and joy,” said one of the San Ramon team members. “Trust that HE is at work in YOU!”


Here’s today’s devotional from Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life.

 

Day 8 intention

May the spirit and example of the Good Samaritan fill the hearts and minds of all our citizens.

 

Scripture

Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So, too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.”

“But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'”

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

—Luke 10:30-37

 

Reflection

Here Jesus commands us to show mercy to the victims of the culture of violence and death.

But why did the priest and Levite fail to show mercy? Perhaps they feared that the robbers were hiding just around the next corner to attack them. They asked themselves, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”

The Samaritan, however, reversed the question, and asked, “If I don’t stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

In working to save the unborn, let’s not worry about what will happen to us if we act; let’s worry about what will happen to the unborn if we don’t.

 

Prayer

Father, we are moved by the lesson of the Good Samaritan, who allowed compassion to influence him more than fear. Give us the same heart.

Grant that we may never count the cost of standing up and speaking out for the unborn. We pray through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

Printable devotional

To download today’s devotional as a formatted, printable PDF to share with friends:

 

http://40daysforlife.com/media/day08.pdf

 

For Life,
 Shawn Carney

SHAWN CARNEY

Campaign Director

40 Days for Life

www.40daysforlife.com



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