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Deacon John,

They’re sure ready for the new 40 Days for Life campaign that starts tomorrow in Shreveport, Louisiana!

Steve Karlen and I joined a big crowd of volunteers for their kickoff rally … and we learned this campaign is about to reach a landmark.

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In eleven previous vigils, the team here is aware of 99 babies whose lives have been spared from abortion. The next will be Number 100!

Chris, the local in leader in Shreveport, says “The thing about 40 Days for Life is that they train you and then join you. Their leaders are at the vigils … and helping us lead campaigns. It all starts in the grassroots … and they get everywhere!”

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The volunteers couldn’t wait to add their signatures to the sides of the 40 Days for Life bus … as well as the front, the back — any available space!

We never get tired of this sort of enthusiasm … and it’s much the same at each of the more than 340 locations where vigils will start tomorrow.

Have you found your local campaign yet? If not … it’s time!

https://40daysforlife.com/browse-campaigns/

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Augusta, Maine

Augusta volunteers stood and prayed next to huge piles of snow. Janet, the local leader, was encouraged with both the turnout and the fact that there were at least “a few patches of grass peeking out of the snow” … [more]

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Cincinnati, Ohio

As the Cincinnati team started their 18th 40 Days for Life vigil, volunteers at the kickoff were reminded of the importance of coming together for life with hope of positive change for future generations … [more]

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If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.

— 2 Chronicles 7:14

Heavenly Father, we cry out for Your mercy and ask you to remove the scourge of abortion from our land. Use us as your vessels, Lord, to bring the light of Your truth to our nation once again.

See today’s full devotional.

Once again … please find the location nearest you … and join your hometown vigil tomorrow:

https://40daysforlife.com/browse-campaigns/

For life,

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Shawn D. Carney
President
40 Days for Life

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(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016

J.M.J.

February 28, 2017
(Fat Tuesday)
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
“Dear children! Today I am calling you to profoundly live your faith and to implore the Most High to strengthen it, so that winds and storms cannot break it. May the roots of your faith be prayer and hope in eternal life. Already now, little children, work on yourselves in this time of grace, wherein God is giving you the grace – through renunciation and the call to conversion – to be people of clear and persevering faith and hope. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (February 25, 2017)
 
Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday! As Our Lady tells us, “…Already now, little children, work on yourselves in this time of grace, wherein God is giving you the grace – through renunciation and the call to conversion – to be people of clear and persevering faith and hope.”
 
This is Lent. It is above all a time of grace. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Holy Mother Church sets aside the next 40 days as a special time to seek the Lord, through prayer, fasting, renunciation, and conversion. These days give us the opportunity to test ourselves, to find out if we truly desire the Lord above all else. They also help us to grow in our awareness of Jesus’ great act of redemption. The more we understand that we need a savior and that we have a Savior, the more hope and joy we will have! This is Lent!
 
Our Lady said this about Lent in 2006:

“Dear children! In this Lenten time of grace, I call you to open your hearts to the gifts that God desires to give you. Do not be closed, but with prayer and renunciation say ‘yes’ to God and He will give to you in abundance. As in springtime the earth opens to the seed and yields a hundredfold, so also your heavenly Father will give to you in abundance. I am with you and love you, little children, with a tender love. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (February 25, 2006)


Lent is primarily a time of grace. We have only to say “yes” and open our hearts. God will give us the gifts we need to draw close to Him. We should see our fasting and renunciation as great blessings to us, because through them we will open our hearts to the One who loves us.
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017

“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Saint John Paul II
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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Monday, February 27, 2017

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

Top Stories
• Actresses Emma Stone and Dakota Johnson Promote Planned Parenthood at the Oscars
• Chelsea Handler Aborted Two Babies, For Her Birthday She Wants Planned Parenthood Donations to Abort More
• Barbara Bush, Daughter of Pro-Life President George W. Bush, Will Headline Planned Parenthood Event
• Franklin Graham: “Raising Funds for Planned Parenthood is Like Raising Money to Fund a Nazi Death Camp”

More Pro-Life News
• New Pro-Abortion Democrat Party Chair Tom Perez is Pro-Abortion, Has Ties to George Soros
• Peter Singer Says an Intellectually Disabled Person is Less Valuable Than Animals
• Huffington Post Gives 5 Reasons Women Should Brag About Their Abortions
• Killing Babies in Abortions is Now a Fashion Statement
• Iowa Committee Passes Bill to Ban Abortions and Call Unborn Children Human Beings
• Univision Still Totally in the Tank for Planned Parenthood
• Boston College Students Reject Resolution Saying Fighting Abortion is “Legitimate Advocacy”
• Indiana House Passes Bill to Tell Women How the Abortion Pill Can be Reversed to Save Their Baby
• Assisted Suicide Deaths Can be Horrifyingly Slow and Painful
• Texas Committee OKs Banning Wrongful Birth Lawsuits Saying Parents Wish Kids Were Never Born
• Abortion Clinic Under Investigation for Selling the Body Parts of Aborted Babies
• Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic That Failed Inspections Injures Another Woman in Botched Abortion
• Minnesota Euthanasia Advocates Introduce Legislation to Legalize Assisted Suicide

Actresses Emma Stone and Dakota Johnson Promote Planned Parenthood at the Oscars
Two actresses gave subtle nods to the abortion chain Planned Parenthood on Sunday during the Oscars.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.


Chelsea Handler Aborted Two Babies, For Her Birthday She Wants Planned Parenthood Donations to Abort More
Talk show host Chelsea Handler has already aborted two of her unborn babies.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Barbara Bush, Daughter of Pro-Life President George W. Bush, Will Headline Planned Parenthood Event
Former President George W. Bush and his daughter clearly don’t see eye to eye on abortion.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Franklin Graham: “Raising Funds for Planned Parenthood is Like Raising Money to Fund a Nazi Death Camp”
Christian minister Franklin Graham is not happy that Barbara Bush, the daughter of pro-life former President George W Bush, is going to headline a fundraiser for the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

New Pro-Abortion Democrat Party Chair Tom Perez is Pro-Abortion, Has Ties to George Soros
The new head of the national Democratic Party is just as much of a pro-abortion radical as his predecessor, pro-abortion congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

 

Peter Singer Says an Intellectually Disabled Person is Less Valuable Than Animals
In his apologetics for infanticide, Princeton bioethicist Peter Singer has used a baby with Down syndrome as an example of a killable infant based on utilitarian measurements.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Huffington Post Gives 5 Reasons Women Should Brag About Their Abortions
For nearly five decades, abortion activists have tried and largely failed to convince society that abortion is a good thing for women.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Killing Babies in Abortions is Now a Fashion Statement
It happened at the Golden Globes, New York Fashion Week and, now, the Oscars: America’s largest abortion provider is becoming a “fashion statement.”

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Abortion Clinic Under Investigation for Selling the Body Parts of Aborted Babies

Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic That Failed Inspections Injures Another Woman in Botched Abortion

Minnesota Euthanasia Advocates Introduce Legislation to Legalize Assisted Suicide

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(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

February 27, 2017
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
“Dear children! Today I am calling you to profoundly live your faith and to implore the Most High to strengthen it, so that winds and storms cannot break it. May the roots of your faith be prayer and hope in eternal life. Already now, little children, work on yourselves in this time of grace, wherein God is giving you the grace – through renunciation and the call to conversion – to be people of clear and persevering faith and hope. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (February 25, 2017)
 
Our Lady speaks to us of our faith, comparing it to a tree. She wants us to be strong in faith. And so to be strong, our tree of faith must have strong roots. Roots are the foundation of a tree. If a tree has a good root system, it will be able to withstand rough weather. The roots will hold the tree upright. And the good nutrition provided by the roots will ensure that the tree’s trunk and branches are strong and supple enough to be blown about without cracking. We need to have good roots if we are going to withstand temptation and strife, maintaining our faith.

Our spiritual root system must be planted deep into the soil of the Bible and the Tradition of the Church, deep into the truths that Christ has taught us, so that they will hold us firm when the winds of apostasy blow around us. Our roots must be able to absorb nutrients from the soil so that we do not become malnourished and brittle. This nourishment comes from prayer and is augmented by hope. Prayer helps us to receive the Water of Life. That Water of Life is the Holy Spirit who pours His life and gifts into us as we pray. Hope in eternal life is our ability to absorb the Water of Life. When we hope we drink in the Spirit, through desire!

In Psalm 1 the image of a tree is used to describe a good man. It makes the case for good roots planted in the right place:

Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water,
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers. (Psalm 1: 1-3)

Notice that a good man, a blessed man, knows where to plant himself. He does not plant himself among those who do not know or love God. He plants himself in the law of the Lord! And when he is planted in the Lord’s Law, in the Lord’s Word, he is like a tree that has roots deep in the soil, close to a bountiful stream. His roots will always have water and nutrition (the Holy Spirit and the Word of God)! They will be strong and hold him fast in times of trouble.

This is what Our Lady wants for us. She wants our faith to be fed by the good waters of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. She wants us to drink up those waters by virtue of our hope. Hope opens us up and keeps us drinking in the gifts of the Lord, making us strong.

This Lent, may we examine where our roots are planted and make conscious choices to dig them up and move them near to streams of Living Water, where we will be able to grow, prosper, and thrive in the Love of our Lord. Then when storms come, we will not be toppled. We will stand in hope and joy!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017

“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Saint John Paul II
Be connected!
www.marytv.tv


By Matt C. Abbott

A brief news item followed by a book review:

From Aid to the Church in Need (Feb. 21):
The Foreign Office of the Moscow Patriarchate held an international seminar at the end of January, during which the Orthodox and Catholic churches jointly addressed the issue of abortion….

English: Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow Русский:...

English: Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Both churches share a deep anxiety in the face of the million-fold killing of unborn children. When Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow met in Havana one year ago, the protection of life – besides the persecution of Christians in the Middle East – was one of the most important issues mentioned in their joint declaration. The Moscow seminar was thus a direct result of this historic meeting.

The protection of life is an issue on which the two churches completely agree, also in terms of theology. This makes it easy to take joint, concrete steps in the spirit of ecumenism. The seminar focused on analyzing the situation, but also and particularly on finding solutions. The seminar was a platform for personal encounters and for an intense and constructive exchange of experiences. The Catholic Church has vast international experience on this front and the Orthodox Church can learn from this.

Read more here: http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/abbott/170225



(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

February 25, 2017
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
February 25, 2017 Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje:
 
“Dear children! Today I am calling you to profoundly live your faith and to implore the Most High to strengthen it, so that winds and storms cannot break it. May the roots of your faith be prayer and hope in eternal life. Already now, little children, work on yourselves in this time of grace, wherein God is giving you the grace – through renunciation and the call to conversion – to be people of clear and persevering faith and hope. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017

“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Saint John Paul II
Be connected!
www.marytv.tv


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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Friday, February 24, 2017

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

Top Stories
• Vice President Mike Pence Calls for Permanently Banning Taxpayer Funding of Abortions
• High School Officials Trashed Their Pro-Life Poster, But These Students Fought Back and Won
• Republicans Will Repeal Obamacare and Defund Planned Parenthood, Leaked Copy of Bill Shows
• Leading Physician Confirms Unborn Children Feel Excruciating Pain During Abortions

More Pro-Life News
• Court Blocks Woman’s Abortion Because Her Boyfriend Wants to Keep the Baby
• Baby Born at 23 Weeks and Weighing Less Than 1 Pound Heads Home from Hospital
• 10 Countries Will Spend $49 Million on Abortions After Trump Defunds International Planned Parenthood
• Guatemala Stops Abortion Ship: We Will Defend “Human Life and the Pro-Life Laws of Our Country”
• Pro-Abortion Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Assures Liberals She’s Not Retiring
• So Much Hate: Abortion Activist Calls Pro-Lifers “Disgusting So-Called People”
• God Wrote My Life Story Around Surviving an Abortion, How Did He Write Your Story?
• NBC Show “Superstore” Attacks Pro-Life People, Says They’re “Living in the Stone Age”
• Man Pulls a Knife on Pro-Life People Offering Abortion Alternatives Outside a Planned Parenthood
• Catholic Church Complains Two Abortionists Will Set Up Shop Down the Street From the Vatican
• Guatemalan Navy Blocks Abortion Boat Illegally Giving Women Free Abortions
• Montana Senate Passes Pro-Life Bill to Ban Late-Term Abortions After 24 Weeks
• Utah House Passes Bill Telling Women How the Abortion Pill Can be Reversed to Save Their Baby

Vice President Mike Pence Calls for Permanently Banning Taxpayer Funding of Abortions
During his speech to CPAC last night, pro-life vice president Mike Pence called for making permanent a ban on taxpayer funding of abortions.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.


High School Officials Trashed Their Pro-Life Poster, But These Students Fought Back and Won
After school administrators at Carmel High School censored and discarded a previously approved adoption poster display created by Carmel Teens for Life…

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Republicans Will Repeal Obamacare and Defund Planned Parenthood, Leaked Copy of Bill Shows
A leaked copy of the Congressional Republican plan to dismantle Obamacare also contains language that would defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Leading Physician Confirms Unborn Children Feel Excruciating Pain During Abortions
Sheila Page, D.O., is board certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Court Blocks Woman’s Abortion Because Her Boyfriend Wants to Keep the Baby
In an unprecedented move, a Uruguay court allowed a father to protect his unborn child’s life by prohibiting the mother from having an abortion.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Looking for an inspiring and motivating speaker for your pro-life event? Don’t have much to spend on a high-priced speaker costing several thousand dollars? Contact LifeNews at news@lifenews.com about having LifeNews Editor Steven Ertelt speak at your event.

10 Countries Will Spend $49 Million on Abortions After Trump Defunds International Planned Parenthood
Last weekend, the Government of Norway announced that it will be pledging $10 million (85 million Norwegian kroner) in support of a multi-country initiative.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Guatemala Stops Abortion Ship: We Will Defend “Human Life and the Pro-Life Laws of Our Country”
The Guatemalan army has blocked Women on Waves’ attempts to give out abortion pills from a ship, in circumvention of the country’s laws.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Guatemalan Navy Blocks Abortion Boat Illegally Giving Women Free Abortions

Montana Senate Passes Pro-Life Bill to Ban Late-Term Abortions After 24 Weeks

Utah House Passes Bill Telling Women How the Abortion Pill Can be Reversed to Save Their Baby

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