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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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

Top Stories
 Vice President Mike Pence: “I Truly Believe” Abortion Will be Abolished “in Our Time”
 Abortion Activists Put Up Giant, Glowing Uterus Sign in Downtown Hollywood
 Racist Margaret Sanger Founded Planned Parenthood, 50 Years Later More Black Babies Aborted Than Born Alive
. Abortion Activists Rally for Taxpayer-Funded Abortions for Illegal Immigrants

More Pro-Life News
 Woman Aborts Two Babies Just Because They Had Cystic Fibrosis
 Planned Parenthood Employee: I Support Abortion “Because I’m Black.” But 1,800 Black Babies Aborted Daily
 After Birth Her Mother Left Her in a Dumpster to Die, But He Walked By and Her Heard Cry
 Mom Starring in New Film Tells Why She Ran Out of Abortion Clinic
 Abortion Activist Jennifer Lawrence Used to Think Actresses Shouldn’t Talk Politics
 Mississippi State Senate Committee Passes Pro-Life Bill Banning Abortions After 15 Weeks
 Indiana House Passes Historic Bill Permitting Murder Charges for Killing Unborn Baby
 Ohio House Committee Passes Bill to Stop Abortion Clinics From Throwing Aborted Babies in Trash or Sewer
 Abortion Advocate Claims Pro-Life People are “Anti-Science” Who “Prey on Vulnerable Women”
 Christian, Pro-Life Groups Ask Court to Protect Them From Being Forced to Pay for Abortion Drugs
 Indiana House Passes Bill Making It Harder to Open New Abortion Clinics
 Illinois Becomes an Abortion Sanctuary as More Women Travel There to Kill Their Babies

Vice President Mike Pence: “I Truly Believe” Abortion Will be Abolished “in Our Time”

With hard work and perseverance, abortion will be abolished “in our time,” Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Abortion Activists Put Up Giant, Glowing Uterus Sign in Downtown Hollywood

Whatever happened to “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world?”

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Racist Margaret Sanger Founded Planned Parenthood, 50 Years Later More Black Babies Aborted Than Born Alive

Imagine if all black lives mattered?
Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Abortion Activists Rally for Taxpayer-Funded Abortions for Illegal Immigrants

In their efforts to force the government to facilitate abortions for illegal immigrant minors, abortion activists have ignored how at least one young immigrant felt pressured to abort her child.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Woman Aborts Two Babies Just Because They Had Cystic Fibrosis

After breast cancer, two miscarriages, and two abortions, Vicky Fryer finally gave birth to her son Abe on Jan. 19, 2017, the Dailymail reports.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

Planned Parenthood Employee: I Support Abortion “Because I’m Black.” But 1,800 Black Babies Aborted Daily

Planned Parenthood is desperately trying to dispel as myth the fact that it targets and kills thousands of unborn Black babies in abortions every month.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

After Birth Her Mother Left Her in a Dumpster to Die, But He Walked By and Her Heard Cry

Morgan Hill spent the first few moments after her birth like so many of us do. She was cleaned up, wrapped up, and fed by her mother. However, it’s the shocking moments after this that changed the course of her life.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Mom Starring in New Film Tells Why She Ran Out of Abortion Clinic

While many in the media tend to demonize those who pray outside of abortion clinics, one mother stresses that their pro-life presence is what saved her baby boy’s life.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Abortion Activist Jennifer Lawrence Used to Think Actresses Shouldn’t Talk Politics

Mississippi State Senate Committee Passes Pro-Life Bill Banning Abortions After 15 Weeks

Indiana House Passes Historic Bill Permitting Murder Charges for Killing Unborn Baby

Ohio House Committee Passes Bill to Stop Abortion Clinics From Throwing Aborted Babies in Trash or Sewer

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 news@lifenews.com about having LifeNews Editor Steven Ertelt speak at your event.

Abortion Advocate Claims Pro-Life People are “Anti-Science” Who “Prey on Vulnerable Women”

Christian, Pro-Life Groups Ask Court to Protect Them From Being Forced to Pay for Abortion Drugs

Indiana House Passes Bill Making It Harder to Open New Abortion Clinics

Illinois Becomes an Abortion Sanctuary as More Women Travel There to Kill Their Babies

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In an unprecedented show of unity and resolve, 15 pro-life leaders and 73 organizations are joining together for an urgent nationwide webcast this Thursday night, to challenge the dangerous new law that forces pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise tax-funded abortions …

… and YOU are invited to join them and the more than 1,000 registrants already signed up to attend this important online event:

What: “Stop Forced Abortion Promotion” nationwide webcast

Date: This Thursday, March 1

Time: 9 PM Eastern (8 PM Central, 7 PM Mountain, 6 PM Pacific)

Register to Attend at:

http://StopForcedAbortionPromotion.com

During this one-time-only webcast, you’ll hear from an incredible lineup of pro-life leaders, including:

  • Thomas Glessner: President, National Institute for Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA)
  • Michael Farris: President, CEO, and General Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF)
  • Anne O’Connor: Vice President of Legal Affairs, NIFLA
  • Jor-El Godsey: President, Heartbeat International
  • Roland Warren: President, Care Net
  • Abby Johnson: Founder & CEO, And Then There Were None
  • Jeanne Mancini: President, March for Life
  • Marjorie Dannenfelser: President, Susan B. Anthony List
  • Tony Perkins: President, Family Research Council
  • Kristan Hawkins: President, Students for Life of America
  • Fr. Frank Pavone: National Director, Priests for Life
  • Catherine Glenn Foster: President & CEO, Americans United for Life
  • David Bereit: former CEO of 40 Days for Life, Webcast Host
  • Blayne Wittig: Executive Director, Options for Women (Concord, CA)
  • Christine Vatuone: Executive Director, Informed Choices (Gilroy, CA)

Register to attend this important online briefing by visiting:

http://StopForcedAbortionPromotion.com

By joining this webcast, you’ll learn:

    • Breaking news about the unconstitutional new California law which compels staff and volunteers at pro-life ministries to violate their consciences and promote abortion … and how the abortion industry is now exporting this strong-arm tactic to other states
    • How the government is using the walls of pro-life pregnancy centers as billboards to advertise for abortionsthis is like the government forcing the American Lung Association to promote cigarettes!
    • Why the abortion industry and their political allies have launched this unprecedented attack against pro-life pregnancy centers
    • How the pro-life movement is fighting back through the NIFLA v. Becerra U.S. Supreme Court case, which the media is calling: “the most important free speech case in a generation,” with “significant and far-reaching ramifications”
  • What YOU can do to help protect freedom of speech — not only for pro-life pregnancy centers, but for anyone who would be forced by the government to speak a message contradicting their deeply held beliefs

Register now to attend the webcast at:

http://StopForcedAbortionPromotion.com

Please spread the word about this urgent online event, and I hope you can join us on the webcast this Thursday night, March 1, at 9 PM Eastern (6 PM Pacific)!

For Life,

Kristan Hawkins
President, Students for Life of America

PS- The abortion industry and their government allies have launched an all-out assault against pro-life pregnancy centers … but the pro-life movement is fighting back! Register for this webcast to get the latest breaking news about NIFLA’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging this attack against pro-life free speech. Claim your spot now at: http://StopForcedAbortionPromotion.com

PPS- After you register, please spread the word to everyone you know, so they can join you on this important briefing! Forward this email so they can register at: http://StopForcedAbortionPromotion.com

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Dear Reader,

Our lineup for today includes:

“They swept us aside like we were trash”: Mother of 5-year-old who was given lesson on transgenderism at Rocklin Academy, an elite charter school in a Sacramento suburb, tearfully recounts effect on her child

Maria Shriver to speak on opening day of LA Religious Education Conference: Catholic and former First Lady of California is openly pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, pro-women’s ordination, pro-birth control and pro-communion for divorced and remarried

A baby saved at the abortion center: “I know you don’t want to do this”


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Dear Deacon John,

Far too often, when women need real men … they only get cowards.

Some men will try to wash their hands from responsibility, once they hear a baby is in the mix. That was heard loud and clear from an unborn child’s father, in the midst of a rant outside an abortion facility:

“How come I don’t have a say in this?”

The only “choice” he wanted to hear about was abortion.

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The abortion industry claims to be all about “choice,” but the reality is that many women are pressured into having an abortion … and often go through with it because they feel they had no choice.

But thankfully, mothers in this situation find can the courage – often with the support of the volunteers at 40 Days for Life vigils outside the abortion centers – to reject abortion.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan

As 40 Days for Life volunteers in Ann Arbor prayed, a man and woman walked into Planned Parenthood.

They came out a short time later … and began to yell angrily at each other. “We prayed for them even more,” said one vigil participant, as the couple ended their argument and went back inside.

After 30 minutes or so, the man came back out. “He was on the phone screaming and swearing at the top of his lungs, kicking the air, jumping.”

“How come I don’t have a say in this?” he screamed. “I’m only 18! I can’t believe she’s keeping it! She shouldn’t get to make that choice for me too!”

A volunteer offered to help, but the young man got into his car and began crying and pounding the steering wheel before driving away.

Almost lost in this display was the news that the young woman who had gone to Planned Parenthood wants to spare her child from abortion. Please keep her – and her situation – in your prayers.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

One of three 40 Days for Life vigils in Philadelphia is at a Planned Parenthood facility in the northeastern section of the metro area.

Volunteers there met a young woman who accepted their pro-life literature as she was driving away.

She was nine weeks pregnant, she explained, and had come to Planned Parenthood for an ultrasound. But they would not offer her one.

“She does not want to go through with the abortion,” a vigil participant reported, “but feels pressured because of the guy she is with right now.”

She promised to contact a pregnancy help center the volunteer suggested. “Please pray for this sweet woman that she chooses life.”

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Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Genesis 4:8-9

Father, help us to embrace the fact that we are our “brother’s keeper.” When, due to selfish motives, we try to cast off this responsibility please call to us to account. We would be pleasing to you and to our “brother.”

See today’s full devotional

For life,

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Shawn Carney

President/CEO, 40 Days for Life

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February 28, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

“…I am calling all of you to open yourselves and to live the commandments which God has given you…” (February 25, 2018)   

Our Lady calls us often to remember the commandments of God. She wants to anchor us firmly in the Word that the Father has given us in the Scriptures. God was so generous to us to give us a simple and yet comprehensive list of commands, so that we could learn what it means to be just, to be good to one another and in right order with Him. It is not a long and complicated list, only 10 things to keep in mind. But somehow we have trouble doing this!

 
Here is the simple list of the Commandments that the Church offers us, taken from Scripture:
 
1. I am the LORD your God, you shall not have strange Gods before me.
2. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
3. Remember to keep holy The LORD’S day
4. Honor your father and your mother.
5. You shall not kill.
6. You shall not commit adultery.
7. You shall not steal.
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods. (From Deut. 5)
 
And here is another set of commands that Jesus gave to us in the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew’s Gospel. This list appears to be very different from the Old Testament commandments. But I think Jesus is giving us the Commandments of His Father as conditions of the heart. He shows how those who observe the Commandments of His Father will actually live, what condition their hearts will be in. All these conditions of the heart lead to the kingdom of Heaven!

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him.
And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Mt 5: 1-10)


This time of grace we are in is a time to return to the Commandments of God and let them bless us with the truth about the Good. Praying about these Commandments will free us of the foggy thinking of our cultures, and give us clarity for action. We want to be free, like Jesus is free! We want to be full of light. Our Lady wants this for us!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2018 

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Saint John Paul II
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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
For pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.

Top Stories
Oregon Legislature Passes Bill to Allow Starving Mentally Ill Patients to Death
United Airlines Cuts Ties With NRA But Funds Planned Parenthood Abortion Business
Planned Parenthood Aborts 16-Year-Old Girl’s Unborn Baby Without Her Parents’ Consent
. Abortion Activist Barbra Streisand Blames Trump for Parkland Shooting: He “Brings Out the Violence in People”

More Pro-Life News
ABC Refuses to Apologize for Joy Behar Saying Mike Pence Has a “Mental Illness” Because He’s a Christian
Nurse Finds Baby Who Survived Abortion in a Dish Struggling to Live: “He Was Alive, and He Was Breathing”
Doctors Save Unborn Baby Girl After Her Mother Died Days Before Birth
Miracle Baby Born Smaller Than an iPad Could Have Been Aborted, She’s Doing Great Five Months Later
Pro-Life Actress Stacey Dash Is Running for Congress
Abortion Activist Says Pro-Life People Praying Outside Abortion Clinics is “Abuse and Harassment”
He’s Been a Democrat Congressman for 14 Years and His Party Wants Him Gone Because He’s Pro-Life
Here’s How Abortion Advocates Use Deceptive Terms to Desensitize People to Killing Unborn Children
Utah Senate Committee Passes Bill Banning Abortions on Babies With Down Syndrome
South Dakota Passes Bill Requiring Planned Parenthood to Tell Women Abortion Kills a “Living Human Being”
Missouri House Passes Bill Requiring Parental Notification Before a Teen Can Get an Abortion

 

 

Oregon Legislature Passes Bill to Allow Starving Mentally Ill Patients to Death

When Oregon became the first state in the nation to legalize the practice of assisted suicide, pro-life advocates argued this would be a slippery slope that would lead to euthanasia.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

 

United Airlines Cuts Ties With NRA But Funds Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

United Airlines is under fire from conservatives today for cutting ties with the NRA after the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Planned Parenthood Aborts 16-Year-Old Girl’s Unborn Baby Without Her Parents’ Consent

A complaint has been filed with the Ohio Attorney General’s office accusing an Akron Planned Parenthood office of violating laws requiring parental consent before a minor can receive an abortion, according to a document obtained by Operation Rescue.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Abortion Activist Barbra Streisand Blames Trump for Parkland Shooting: He “Brings Out the Violence in People”

Abortion advocates are no strangers to making ironic comments. Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards does that all the time — saying Planned Parenthood believes every person has a right to life, for example.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

 

 

ABC Refuses to Apologize for Joy Behar Saying Mike Pence Has a “Mental Illness” Because He’s a Christian

It looks like ABC isn’t going to apologize for “The View” co-host Joy Behar’s on-air mocking of Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian faith.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

Nurse Finds Baby Who Survived Abortion in a Dish Struggling to Live: “He Was Alive, and He Was Breathing”

The Save the 8th Campaign has launched a new platform to give a voice to those who have experienced first hand the reality of legalized abortion.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

 

 

Doctors Save Unborn Baby Girl After Her Mother Died Days Before Birth

Doctors went to great lengths to save an unborn baby girl’s life after her mother died unexpectedly last week in Berlin, Germany.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

 

Miracle Baby Born Smaller Than an iPad Could Have Been Aborted, She’s Doing Great Five Months Later

Baby Roux Maskery became the little miracle that her parents desperately hoped for this year.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

 

Pro-Life Actress Stacey Dash Is Running for Congress

Abortion Activist Says Pro-Life People Praying Outside Abortion Clinics is “Abuse and Harassment”

 

 

He’s Been a Democrat Congressman for 14 Years and His Party Wants Him Gone Because He’s Pro-Life

 

Here’s How Abortion Advocates Use Deceptive Terms to Desensitize People to Killing Unborn Children

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Planned Parenthood May Open New Abortion Center in the Heart of Amish Country

Utah Senate Committee Passes Bill Banning Abortions on Babies With Down Syndrome

South Dakota Passes Bill Requiring Planned Parenthood to Tell Women Abortion Kills a “Living Human Being”

Missouri House Passes Bill Requiring Parental Notification Before a Teen Can Get an Abortion

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Is the Real War on Women Happening in Africa?
Nigerian human rights expert exposes how Westerners are targeting women in Africa

Contact: Kevin Wandra, 404-788-1276, KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 27, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ — Even though most countries in Africa had been decolonized by the 1950s, an influx of Western donors and corporation have imposed an entirely new colonization on the continent and its citizens, with strings attached to billions of dollars in aid all in efforts to slow population growth, destigmatize same-sex marriage and make abortion common place. Never mind that the African people have little to no interest in any of these changes, the neo-colonization of Africa is in full swing, warns Nigerian human rights activist Obianuju Ekeocha in her new book, TARGET AFRICA: IDOLOGICAL NEOCOLONIALISM IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY.

Growing up in Nigeria, Ekeocha remembers celebrations of new life and babies almost every month in her village. Marriage was, and still is, seen as a sacred union of a man and woman driven by fertility and love. “Condomization” of the youth was a foreign concept, since abstinence was consistently taught in schools. Westerners are actively trying to force the exact opposite of these values onto Africans.

TARGET AFRICA uncovers the death grip that organizations like International Planned Parenthood and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have over Africa’s leaders and cities. They raise billions of dollars for condom distribution, contraception and abortion rather than funneling the money into preventative healthcare and clean water.

Ekeocha is the founder of Culture of Life Africa, which seeks to defend the sanctity and dignity of human life, and currently works as a biomedical scientist. In TARGET AFRICA, she exposes how international donors are masterfully exploiting some of the heaviest burdens and affiliations of Africa such as maternal mortality, unplanned pregnancies, HIV/AIDS pandemic, child marriage and persistent poverty.

“To find out about a real war on women, read this book,” says Abby Johnson, author of Unplanned and The Walls Are Talking. “You will learn how Western governments, organizations and businesses target female fertility in Africa to further their own ambitions.”

For more information, to request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Obianuju Ekeocha, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.


 

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Dear Deacon John,

Just got back from a great event outside the largest abortion facility in the Western Hemisphere … with 40 Days for Life leaders from around the world.

The location is the huge – 78,000 square foot – Planned Parenthood abortion mega-center in Houston, Texas.

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Through the efforts of two international 40 Days for Life leaders, there are now more than 50 campaigns in their home countries – and others in nations in their regions of the world!

Ante Caljkusic (second from the right) brought 40 Days for Life to Zagreb, Croatia. It has since expanded to 28 cities in that nation.

Ante talked about meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican – and introducing him to a baby saved through 40 Days for Life. The pope kissed the child and said, “You are doing the best possible work!”

Lourdes Varela (on the right) brought 40 Days for Life to Mexico City. There are 25 campaigns currently in progess in Mexico

Lourdes, who now serves as 40 Days for Life’s Latin American Affairs Coordinator, compared the campaign’s growth to the parable of the mustard seed.

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KSHJ Radio broadcast live from the event, with the station’s Joe McClain interviewing us on the sidewalk.

The leaders who joined us for this rally spoke of the light that we bring to this dark place when we simply stand on the sidewalk and pray.

And God uses that witness to save lives!

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Centralia, Washington

One of the local pastors always says, “It’s a perfect day to pray!”

To the vigil participants in Centralia, it seems like every day is perfect.

“Rain, snow or shine, we’ll be on the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood in peaceful, prayerful witness for the unborn,” said Caroline, the local 40 Days for Life leader.

One volunteer made it out to the vigil with her family on one of the chilliest days yet. “It was absolutely bitterly cold and snowy, and some sweetheart of a woman, a total stranger, bought coffee.”

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Bristol, Tennessee

Bristol is a city on the Tennessee/Virginia border that is taking part in 40 Days for Life for the 18th time.

Linda emailed us to share some good news: “We had a baby saved here at the Bristol 40 Days for Life!”

The mom had taken some pro-life information and had a conversation with one of the team on the sidewalk before she entered the abortion facility.

“Later,” Linda said, “she came out and said she did not do it though she had come for an abortion. Praise the Lord!”

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Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.

— Ephesians 4:31-32

Dearest God, You tell us in Proverbs that the foolish and the wicked lack wisdom and understanding. I pray you will trouble the souls of those in the abortion industry so that they hunger for truth and cry out for freedom.

See today’s full devotional

For life,

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Shawn Carney

President/CEO, 40 Days for Life

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February 27, 2018
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
“Dear children! In this time of grace, I am calling all of you to open yourselves and to live the commandments which God has given you, that they may lead you through the Sacraments on the way of conversion. The world and worldly temptations are testing you, but you, little children, look at God’s creatures which He has given to you in beauty and humility and, little children, love God above everything and He will lead you on the way of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (February 25, 2018)
 
“In this time of grace, I am calling all of you to open yourselves…”
 
“In this time of grace….” Lent is a time of grace. The Church has declared that Lent is to be set aside as a time of prayer, fasting and alms giving. It is a time for silence and prayer, a time when we look deeply into our hearts and clean out all that doesn’t belong in them. All attachments and inordinate desires. A time of cleansing and getting back to the basics of the spiritual life. It is also a time of fasting, which draws us ever closer to God through renunciation. And alms giving is the true test of our detachment from material things, of learning to care for others. Yes, Lent is a time of grace!
 
But there is also a sense of timeliness in these days, because Our Lady is with us. Every time she tells us we are in a time of grace, I think about the fact that Mary, the Mother of God, has said so! She is with us for a time. This is that time, and it is indeed a time of grace!
 
“I am calling all of you to open yourselves…” Our Lady often asks us to open ourselves. The phrase can go by unnoticed! But if she says it often, it is because it is important. What are we opening ourselves to? The universe? New ideas? Therapies? No, Our Lady would not ask us to open to such things. She is surely asking us to open ourselves to God. Think of how she did just that at the Annunciation! With perfect presence of mind, in a state of receptivity and thoughtfulness, Our Lady opened herself to the Angel Gabriel, who was bringing her the message of God. That must be what she is getting at. We need to open ourselves to God, to his action in our lives, to His presence, to His love, to His will, His plan for our lives.
 
Jesus wants us to open the doors of our hearts to Him. Jesus said to us in Revelations: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” (Rev 3:20) Jesus wants to come into our hearts in order to commune with us. He wants to be one with us, to give Himself to us, in our hearts, if we open up to Him. This is the opening of ourselves that Our Lady desires.

So in this time of grace, Jesus is going to be knocking at the doors of our hearts. If we choose to pray, to be silent and seek the Lord, He will come. But it takes from us an attitude of trust and faith. Again I think of Our Lady at the Annunciation. She trusted God. She was surrendered to Him. Once she heard the invitation and tested it, she immediately said, “Be it done unto me according to your word.” She wants to fill us with her faith and trust so that we will be able to open up to the Lord, hear His knock, respond to His call, and be led by Him into His plan.

So, may we all find time to experience this “time of grace”!! May we choose to pray, choose to fast, and empty ourselves through alms giving, so that we will be ready to hear the knock and open the door of our hearts to Jesus, our Savior!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018

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

Monday, February 26, 2018

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

Top Stories
Trump Admin Cuts Planned Parenthood Funding, Will Shift Sex-Ed Funds to Abstinence Programs
Planned Parenthood Secretly Opens Massive New 12,000 Square Foot Abortion Clinic
Council of Europe Says Killing Unborn Babies in Abortions is a “Human Right” So Malta Must Legalize Abortion
. 40 Days for Pro-Life Prayer Campaign at Abortion Clinics Saves 103 Babies So Far

More Pro-Life News
Christian College Wins Legal Battle, Won’t be Forced to Pay for Abortion Pills
Benham Brothers’ Father Arrested for Praying in Front of an Abortion Clinic
Families of Children With Down Syndrome Rally to Ban Abortions of Babies Diagnosed With It
Hey Christian Voters: If You’re Concerned About Abortion and the Moral Status of Our Nation, Consider This
Euthanasia Activists Want to Approve Law Allowing Doctors to Euthanize Children
Pregnant Mom Given Only 15 Minutes to Decide Whether to Abort Twin Baby Diagnosed With Down Syndrome
Abortion Clinic Tells Women After Aborting Their Baby: “You’ll Feel Much Better After a Light Meal”
This Planned Parenthood Clinic Has Called an Ambulance 68 Times After Hurting Women in Botched Abortions
Planned Parenthood May Open New Abortion Center in the Heart of Amish Country
Study: Young Adults Are Having Considerably Less Sex and Abortions are Dropping as a Result
Health Authority Orders Hospices to Euthanize Patients, This Hospice is Fighting Back
Ohio Fights to Close Abortion Clinic That Broke a Law Protecting Women’s Health


The Trump administration rolled out its new sex education priorities this week with an emphasis on abstinence and other sexual risk avoidance strategies.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.


Planned Parenthood sneakily opened a large new abortion facility January in Illinois to take advantage of a new state law that forces taxpayers to fund abortions.Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

One by one, powerful European agencies are pressuring the last pro-life countries on the continent to legalize abortion on demand.
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If you want to see some happy people … be at a 40 Days for Life vigil when the joyful news starts to spread that a mom has rejected abortion at the last minute!

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Christian College Wins Legal Battle, Won’t be Forced to Pay for Abortion Pills

A prominent Christian college won a major legal victory against the Obamacare HHS mandate last week.

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Benham Brothers’ Father Arrested for Praying in Front of an Abortion Clinic

In a new post the Benham brothers wrote at WorldNetDaily, they describe how their Christian father was arrested for praying outside an abortion clinic.

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Families of Children With Down Syndrome Rally to Ban Abortions of Babies Diagnosed With It

 

Families of children with disabilities from throughout Pennsylvania will be gathering in March for a rally designed to stop the abortion of children with Down syndrome.

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Hey Christian Voters: If You’re Concerned About Abortion and the Moral Status of Our Nation, Consider This

Like it or not, it’s another election year. Which means it’s time for Christians to think clearly about political engagement.

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