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The Life Issues Forum is a bi-weekly column by Pro-Life Secretariat staff addressing the latest issues on the culture of life. Columns may be reprinted as they appear here (in full and without alteration) without further permission.
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The Pro-Life Secretariat
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When Roe is No More                                                                  November 30, 2018   
Greg Schleppenbach
The replacement of Justice Anthony Kennedy by Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the U. S. Supreme Court has inspired great hope among pro-life Americans that Roe v. Wade‘s days could be numbered.
Ending the destructive legacy of Roe is one of the principal goals of the pro-life movement, but contrary to a common misperception, abortion would not be outlawed throughout our nation when Roe is overturned. So, what would the legal landscape look like when Roe is no more?
Unfortunately, in a post-Roe nation only eleven states, comprising about twenty percent of the U.S. population, would immediately ban abortion. This is because after Roe, only seven states retained their abortion bans “on the books” (but unenforceable under Roe), and four states that had repealed their pre-Roe statutes subsequently enacted so-called “trigger statutes” saying that abortion is prohibited immediately upon the repeal of Roe.
The other thirty-nine states, comprising about eighty percent of the population, would allow abortion post-Roe unless bans were enacted. In addition, ten states face a higher hurdle to overcome in banning abortion post-Roe because their state Supreme Courts recognize a “right” to abortion in their state Constitutions.
So, what are the prospects of overturning Roe in the next few years? It depends upon which pro-life legal expert one asks. Some think that the Court is more likely to attack Roe incrementally and others think it could overturn Roe all at once.
There are some cases in the judicial “pipeline” now that could be taken up by the Court within the next year or two. One case involves an Indiana law that prohibits abortions based on the unborn child’s race, sex, or disability. The Seventh Circuit Court struck the ban down as unconstitutional and the state of Indiana has asked the Supreme Court to review that decision.
Laws banning second-trimester “dismemberment” abortions have been enacted in nine states. Two of the laws are in effect and the other seven have been enjoined pending outcomes of litigation. Two of the enjoined laws are presently before U.S. Appellate Courts in the Fifth and Eighth Circuits.
In addition, laws requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges in a nearby hospital could also soon work their way to the Supreme Court. Such laws were enacted in Missouri and Louisiana and were upheld by U.S. Appellate Courts in the Eighth and Fifth Circuits respectively.
It’s important to know that the Court can use any abortion law (even if it doesn’t strike at the heart of Roe) to revisit and repeal Roe, but it takes five willing Justices to do so. Please pray and fast that at least five of the justices currently on the Court would be so willing to revisit and overturn Roe.

Greg Schleppenbach is the Associate Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. For more information on how you can join in the bishops’ pro-life activities, please visit www.usccb.org/prolife.
USCCB, 3211 Fourth Street NE, Washington, DC 20017-1194
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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Friday, November 30, 2018

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Top Stories
Oklahoma Bill Would Ban All Abortions and Make Killing Babies a Felony Crime
Here’s 7 Businesses You Can Patronize That Support the Pro-Life Cause
Premature Baby Born at 21 Weeks is the Youngest Ever to Survive, Look at Her Now
Republicans Call For Investigation of Google for Possibly Censoring Pro-Life Conservative Web Sites

More Pro-Life News
Approximately 900,000 Babies Killed in Abortions Every Year. 2,465 Babies Die Every Day
Pro-Life Groups Tell President Trump: Veto Any Budget That Doesn’t Defund Planned Parenthood
7-Week-Old Aborted Baby Buried After Police Found Baby’s Body in Abortionist’s Trunk
Ireland Votes to Allow Sex-Selection Abortions, Abortions on Babies With Down Syndrome
Scroll Down for Several More Pro-Life News Stories

Oklahoma Bill Would Ban All Abortions and Make Killing Babies a Felony Crime

An Oklahoma bill filed Thursday would prohibit all abortions in the state and make the killing of unborn babies a felony.Click to Read at LifeNews.com.


Here’s 7 Businesses You Can Patronize That Support the Pro-Life Cause

Holiday gift-giving can be difficult when you don’t want to patronize a company that supports left-wing, pro-abortion politics.Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

A Republican lawmaker and lawmaker-elect called for an investigation of Google Friday morning after Thursday’s revelation that the tech giant’s employees debated burying conservative media outlets in the company’s search function as a response to President Donald Trump’s election.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

Approximately 900,000 Babies Killed in Abortions Every Year. 2,465 Babies Die Every Day

The CDC’s reported 2 percent decline is still reason for hope that the country is moving in the right direction.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

Pro-Life Groups Tell President Trump: Veto Any Budget That Doesn’t Defund Planned Parenthood

Leaders of pro-life groups met with Trump administration officials at the White House Wednesday to push for the defunding of Planned Parenthood.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

7-Week-Old Aborted Baby Buried After Police Found Baby’s Body in Abortionist’s Trunk

Pro-life advocates gathered Saturday in Michigan for a funeral to remember a seven-week aborted baby whose body was found in the trunk of an abortionist’s car.Click to Read at LifeNews.com

 

Ireland Votes to Allow Sex-Selection Abortions, Abortions on Babies With Down Syndrome

An abortion facility may not open in Indiana after the state said it provided inaccurate information on its license application, an appeals panel ruled Wednesday.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

MORE PRO-LIFE NEWS FROM TODAY

Yale University Now Sells Abortion Drugs From a Vending Machine

Joy Behar Celebrates 20 Years on ABC, Wants Trump to Resign as a Gift

Google Considered Censoring Pro-Life Conservatives After Trump Win: “Let’s Reverse This in Four Years”

Ireland Votes to Let Babies Die if They’re Born Alive After a Botched Abortion

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.

Unborn Babies are Killed When Scientists Edit Their Genes for Research

City Covers Up Serious Medical Emergency at Greensboro, North Carolina Abortion Business


Stand erect and raise your heads!!

 

  (c)Anthony Zubac
November 30, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

“…I am with you, little children, and encourage you not to give up from what is good, because the fruits are seen and heard of afar…” (November 29, 2018)


Yesterday, Fr. Maximilian Dalve gave an inspired homily about how we can do as Our Lady says, and not give up from what is good! He uses the readings from yesterday’s Mass (Revelations 18:1-2, 21-23: 19:1-3, 9a, and Luke 21:20-28) as a way to understand our time, and to live in it with faith! Here is the transcript of the Homily for English Mass, November 29, 2018:

Fr. Maximilian Dalve:

 
In today’s Scripture readings that we have just heard we see the downfall of two cities, Babylon and Jerusalem. Everything comes to an end. As we are journeying towards the end of the Liturgical Year, we see the end of all things. Not only Babylon, the great symbol of worldly power that is against God, but also Jerusalem we see coming to an end. Jerusalem is a sign of the Church, and Jesus said and promised that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. But obviously there will be a final trial of which some say we already have had some experience.

But we don’t need to worry because we have already seen, today, right now, the Wedding Feast of the Lamb (the Eucharist). So Jesus in His goodness brings us always beyond these experiences and lets us with His grace go through them without our head downcast but raised up as He said today in the Gospel.

Yes all things come to an end in this world, and we are many times tempted to question when is that time. When is the time when the end comes? But we should rather ask, “What is the end towards which we are directed?” Not when, but what is it all about? What is coming?

You see today in Jerusalem, this destruction is presented like birth pains. It’s an agony, but it is also a birth pain, because the Son of Man will come. So new life is coming. We see in Babylon this agony goes towards death. I can see here very well those two cultures. The culture of life and the culture of death. Well expressed for example in those who are pro-life. The promote life, that life is born! New life is coming. And those who promote death. Abortion…that the birth becomes a birth of death. Tremendous…
 
And these two parties are more clearly seen. Now what we need to do, we have to pray for all. Jesus said “Especially those in most need of thy mercy.” That all might be saved. There should be our prayers, there should be our tears. For those who do wrong without knowing. I could be one of them. God has given special grace to me and to all of us, but for them. We should not do as they do, making of us enemies. Our brothers and sisters who don’t know yet, maybe through our prayers and fasting, they might realize, their eyes might be opened, they might be saved.
 
Mary says, Don’t indulge, but say “I want to help Jesus and Mary that all the more brothers and sisters may come to know the way of holiness.” (to be saved…) (10/25/03). That is the only things that matters. This world, all the treasures we gather today, they all will come to an end. We waste our time with foolish things. They may be useful things, all things have dignity, but in the right order. Have God first, then everything falls into place.
 
Then we have to work for our daily conversion, because you see it is not that we are already there. The great St. Paul said that he had not already arrived. The little trials of every day prepare us for the big trial. The big trail which finally would be our encounter with the Lord in death.

Yes, this Gospel passage has many interpretations. There is the literal interpretation, the historical interpretation, the symbolic interpretation, the Ecclesial interpretation, the Christological interpretation…many different types of interpretation. There is a certain amount of truth in each of them, but in order to interpret it really, we have to receive the grace of the Holy Spirit. If we just do it with our mind, we always go wrong. Any interpretation will be wrong.

It is written by the Holy Spirit. The primary author is not the man who wrote it, Luke. No the primary author, we know it, Vatican Council II told us. It is the Holy Spirit. So we have to read it by the Holy Spirit with a humble heart. And if we don’t understand, don’t worry about it. Don’t try to understand everything – Mary says in one of the latest messages. We do a lot of harm in the Church by being those who have to understand everything. We are still little children. And it is beautiful to be little children if we have a big daddy and mom. It’s true!!

You are all little children. You are all afraid. If there is no dad or mom, you don’t know if the baby sitter will come or not. No we are not orphans. We are children of God. And He takes care of us. Especially in this moment of trial. We should not undergo this moment of trial with fear. Do we have to be afraid? There are ten secrets. And Our Lady said once that these ten secrets are not the end time, but the beginning of a new time. Mary said it in different messages very clearly. But do we have to be afraid? Mary said, who is with God is not afraid.

And so I would like to take a moment to ponder the interpretation of these Scriptures today, which is our intimate journey to God where we undergo also this death and birth experience. The old man has to die, that the new man, Christ, can rise in us. I like to use the old symbol of egoism.  The branch has to come to die, and acknowledge he is only a branch. That is “I”, who has to realize he is part of a tree. That is a new consciousness. Where I don’t lose my old identity, but I find my roots. That is so beautiful! That is all the church, that is all the prayer life, that is all about it. That Christ comes alive in us.

And it is so simple. We make things difficult. In my prayer life I make things so difficult, I try to concentrate. Open to the Spirit, ask for grace, let it flow!! Let prayer flowing in you. Mary said, “Open to prayer.” Because that grace wants to flow.

So that intimate experience of death and live comes to us in our prayer life. St. John of the Cross describes it very well. He describes it as night. It can be, he says, a night of the senses. Now I can’t enter into an interpretation of it, but he says that it is quite tremendous. But there is no way to describe the night of the spirit. Fortunately, very few souls have been in some way called to this, like Mother Teresa of Calcutta or Faustina Kowalska, these great souls. When they describe the night of the spirit that is just beyond our reach. God calls certain souls to it.

But some nights we all pass through.  We don’t have to look in French mystical experiences.  It can be a financial problem.  A sickness.  Family problems.   All these external experiences, they are part of it.  God doesn’t work in just one direction. He doesn’t write this Scripture for just one interpretation.  They are multiple.  And in this river of grace that is Sacred Scripture we can just sip a few drops… because it’s so intense.  Most of it is anyway hidden.  St. John of the Cross says the more you delve into it the more treasures you find – there are endless treasures in Christ. 
 
So these nights, trials and nights we undergo…  if we learn to walk through them: standing erected and raising your head…  that’s what Jesus wants from us right now in these times of troubles in the Church! 
 
I say in a family when daddy and mom are fighting  (the Church is a family and daddy and mom are fighting – you know what I mean), what do children do?  Do they make politics?  I stand with mom; I stand with Dad…  No!  they just continue to play.   They don’t enter into arguing.  No, he’s right.  No, that one is right.   And then we waste time discussing even in church, instead of praying. 
 
What Jesus says today, He says, when these times come, fly to the mountains!  What is that?   The mountain in the Bible?  It’s the place where you meet God.    I would say today, one interpretation, fly to Adoration!  Go to Jesus!  Don’t mix in the city…mix in all these discussions and gossip, even within the church.  Don’t nurture it by putting wood on the fire….   No.   Call upon the Spirit.   Call upon the Spirit to give clarity that quenches that fire of hatred and division and creates unity.  Only the Spirit can make it, not we with our power…we have to understand our great limitation… how can we make a branch the unity of the tree?  So call upon the Spirit, that sap of the tree which unites us all and lets us feel that oneness.
 
Yes, so Mary wants to prepare us here in these troubled times to become pillars, pillars of faith.  Pillars of hope.   As these troubles get worse we don’t need to worry at all.   There our faith is proven.   If we still start to worry about little things, how we will worry when big things are coming…  So let our faith grow!  Let us ask for the growth of faith.  As we are nurtured everyday by the Eucharist.  I think we should ask for that faith, hope and love… Let us ask Mary to help us to receive Jesus. Let us ask Mary to intercede for us so that faith grows in us, living faith!


Fortitude!  It comes forth from focusing on Christ.  Because Fortitude is not “we are strong” but the Holy Spirit empowers us, and it comes if we start to look on Jesus.  In all these troubled times look on the star, look on Jesus.  Don’t worry about the rest.  Then for all the rest, for this world, you will be a blessing.   Be a pillar of faith and then one day maybe many people come to climb, to cling to you.
 
Yes, Mary is preparing for the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart.   And we are all part of it!  So let us use in these times everything for it.   I mean, whenever little trials come let us learn to live them looking at Jesus. 
 
Sing already, as they sing in today’s scripture reading, “Alleluia! Salvation, glory and might belong to our God, for true and just are His judgements.”  In the moment of trials, the best thing you can do, yes you can cry for help, but if you have the faith, cry “Alleluia!  Salvation, glory and might belongs to our God, for true and just are His judgements.” 
 
Yes, let us transform our trials into songs of praise.  This needs real faith.  This needs faith – only the humble can have this faith.    It’s not that we won’t fall… there is a little bit of Babylon is in all of us.  But Saint John of the Cross, in that night, could say, “I sing!  I sing because I love!   I believe in the love!”  That this love might be born in us in this Eucharist, and grow until it warms up all of us around – the Church and the world!  Amen   

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

PS: Today and tomorrow, our studio in Medjugorje is being moved as work is beginning, and so we will not have live streaming from Medjugorje for a couple of days. The Live Cameras will also be down. Don’t worry, all will be back as soon as possible!!

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

Thursday, November 29, 2018

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Top Stories
Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen: Aborting Babies “is the Right Thing to Do”
Justice Brett Kavanaugh Returns to Coaching Girls Basketball After Democrats Try to Trash His Reputation
Abortionist Defends Killing Babies Up to Birth: At Birth a Baby is Not Longer “Using” the Mother
Abortionist Loses His License After Improperly Prescribing Drugs, Can Never Kill Babies Again

More Pro-Life News
Washington Post Claims Men Who Voted for Trump are “Insecure About Their Manhood”
One Planned Parenthood Affiliate Now Makes Over $100 Million Killing Babies in Abortions
Average Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic CEO Makes Over $250,000 to Kill Babies
Abortion Company Denied License to Open New Abortion Business in South Bend, Indiana
Scroll Down for Several More Pro-Life News Stories

Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen: Aborting Babies “is the Right Thing to Do”

Wen, who calls Planned Parenthood’s primary business of abortion “health care” says it’s the “right thing to do.”Click to Read at LifeNews.com.


Justice Brett Kavanaugh Returns to Coaching Girls Basketball After Democrats Try to Trash His Reputation

The Washington Post relegated a story about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh returning to coaching a women’s high school basketball team to the “public safety” section of the paper’s website on Tuesday.Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Washington Post Claims Men Who Voted for Trump are “Insecure About Their Manhood”

Apparently “journalism” to The Washington Post now amounts to diagnosing mental illnesses of voting populations they don’t like by looking at their google searches.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

One Planned Parenthood Affiliate Now Makes Over $100 Million Killing Babies in Abortions

For the first time in the history of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, one of its 56 affiliates documented that its annual income surpassed $100 million.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

Average Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic CEO Makes Over $250,000 to Kill Babies

We have completed our most recent review of the compensation paid to the top executive of each of the 56 affiliates of Planned Parenthood, along with its executive staff in New York City.Click to Read at LifeNews.com

 

Abortion Company Denied License to Open New Abortion Business in South Bend, Indiana

An abortion facility may not open in Indiana after the state said it provided inaccurate information on its license application, an appeals panel ruled Wednesday.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

MORE PRO-LIFE NEWS FROM TODAY

Doctors Euthanize Young Woman Because She Supposedly Had Autism

Pro-Abortion Group Uses Birthday Cake to Celebrate Abortion

Pro-Life Legislator Told She Has a “Visceral Hatred of Women” Because She Opposes Abortion

Handmaid’s Tale Author: Pro-Lifers Support “Misogyny and Rolling Back Women’s Rights”

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Dismemberment Abortions Tear Children Apart While Their Heart is Beating, Texas is Trying to Ban Them

After Massive Outcry, China Shuts Down Scientist Who Created First Genetically Altered Babies


 

  (c)Anthony Zubac
 

November 29, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!   

“…God is giving Himself to you that we may love Him above everything. Therefore, little children, open your hearts and families, so that this waiting may become prayer and love and, especially, giving…” (November 25, 2018)


Our Lady tells us that in this time of grace God is giving Himself to us. As we wait and pray, God comes to us. He wants to give us His love, and help us to love Him in everything. This exchange of love is everything! It is our eternal destiny, and our most concrete situation now.

We may not realize it, but we are not the only ones who wait in this time of grace. Jesus is also waiting, waiting for us to open the doors of our hearts to Him. He waits, and waits and waits. His heart suffers at our lack of openness to His love.

Mother Teresa would say that Jesus “thirsts” for our love. He is parched with thirst for our love. She wrote:

“Jesus is God, therefore His Love and His
Thirst are infinite. He, the Creator of the universe,
asked for the love of his creatures. He has thirst
for our love … These words:
“I THIRST” … Do they echo in our soul?
Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

If we only understood how much Jesus wants to love us and be loved by us…If only we knew…

Fr. Joseph Langford, MC, wrote an extended meditation on this idea of Jesus waiting for our love. It is exquisite. It might be good for us to see the other side of the waiting process we are in. It is the heavenly and eternal side of things, where Jesus waits for us. Here is an excerpt of his meditation. There is a link below to purchase the meditation in pamphlet form which is perfect for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:

Fr. Joseph Langford, MC:

It is true.
I stand at the door of your heart, day and night.
Even when you are not listening,
even when you doubt it could be Me, I am there:
waiting for even the smallest signal of your response,
even the smallest suggestion of an invitation
that will permit Me to enter.

I want you to know that each time you invite Me,
I do come always, without fail.
Silent and invisible I come,
yet with a power and a love most infinite,
bringing the many gifts of My Spirit.
I come with My mercy,
with My desire to forgive and heal you,
with a love for you that goes beyond your comprehension.
A love in each detail, so grand like the love
I have received from My Father
“I have loved all of you as the Father has loved me…”
John 15:10

I come longing to console you and give you strength,
to lift you up and bind all your wounds.
I bring you My light, to dispel your darkness and all your doubts.
I come with My power, that allows me to carry you:
with My grace, to touch your heart and transform your life.
I come with My peace, to calm your soul.

I know you like the palm of my hand.
I know everything about you.
Even the hairs of your head I have counted.
Nothing in your life is unimportant to Me.
I have followed you through the years and I have always loved you
even when you have strayed.
I know every one of your problems.
I know your needs and your worries and yes,
I know all your sins.

But I tell you again that I love you,
not for what you have or ceased to do,
I love you for you, for the beauty and the dignity
My Father gave you by creating you in His own image.
It is a dignity you have often forgotten,
a beauty you have tarnished by sin.
But I love you as you are,
and I have shed My Blood to rescue you.
If you only ask Me with faith, My grace will touch all
that needs changing in your life:
I will give you the strength to free yourself from sin
and from all its destructive power.

I know what is in your heart,
I know your loneliness and all your wounds,
the rejections, the judgments, the humiliations,
I carried it all before you.
And I carried it all for you, so you could
share My strength and My victory.
I know, above all, your need for love,
how much you are thirsting for love and tenderness.
Yet, how many times have you desired to satisfy your thirst in vain,
seeking that love with selfishness, trying to fill the void
within you with passing pleasures,
with the even greater emptiness of sin.
Do you thirst for love?

“Come to Me all you who thirst … ” (John 7:37).
I will satisfy you and fill you. Do you thirst to be loved?
I love you more than you can imagine …
to the point of dying on a cross for you.

I THIRST FOR YOU. Yes, that is the only way
to even begin to describe My love for you.
I THIRST FOR YOU. I thirst to love you and to be loved by you .
So precious are you to Me that I THIRST FOR YOU.
Come to Me, and I will fill your heart and heal your wounds.
I will make you a new creation and give you peace even in your trials.

(Excerpt of a Meditation written by Father Joseph Langford, MC,)

   

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

PS. The pamphlet of Fr. Langfords meditation can be purchased from Our Sunday Visitor (in packets of 50) at this link: https://www.osv.com/shop/product?ref=article&productcode=P903
 

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

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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Top Stories
Abortionist Defends Killing Babies: “A Fetus Needs Permission to Reside in a Uterus”
Democrats Nominate Pro-Abortion Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House
Pro-Life Senator Cindy Hyde–Smith Defeats Abortion Activist Mike Espy in Mississippi Senate Race
Planned Parenthood Kills More Babies in Abortions Than Anyone in America

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Amy Schumer Trashes Pro-Life Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith: “F—-” Her, She Has a “Crackhead Looking Mouth”
American Bar Association Gives Low Ratings to Trump Judicial Nominees if They’re Pro-Life
This Doctor Feels “Called” to Do Abortions. Killing Babies is “Something I Needed to Do”
Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Miraculously Saved From California Wildfires
Scroll Down for Several More Pro-Life News Stories

Abortionist Defends Killing Babies: “A Fetus Needs Permission to Reside in a Uterus”

On Tuesday, she came up with another: It’s ok to abort an unborn baby if they do not have permission to live in their mother’s uterus.Click to Read at LifeNews.com.


Democrats Nominate Pro-Abortion Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House

Its official, it appears pro-abortion Rep. Nancy Pelosi will once again be the Speaker of the House.Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Pro-Life Senator Cindy Hyde–Smith Defeats Abortion Activist Mike Espy in Mississippi Senate Race

After a brutally negative runoff campaign, pro-life senator Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated pro-abortion candidate Mike Espy to become Mississippi’s next elected Senator.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com

Planned Parenthood continues to be the leader of America’s abortion industry, killing more unborn babies than any other group in the country.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

American Bar Association Gives Low Ratings to Trump Judicial Nominees if They’re Pro-Life

A lot of weight typically is placed on the American Bar Association’s rating of federal judicial nominees, but that may be changing.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

This Doctor Feels “Called” to Do Abortions. Killing Babies is “Something I Needed to Do”

Few who walk out of an abortion clinic’s doors would describe their experience as inspiring.
Click to Read at LifeNews.com

 

Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Miraculously Saved From California Wildfires

A California pregnancy center miraculously survived the wildfire that claimed dozens of lives and countless homes.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

MORE PRO-LIFE NEWS FROM TODAY

Ireland Votes 90-9 to Mandate Free Abortions at All Hospitals

Google CEO To Testify Before Congress After Censoring Pro-Lifers and Conservatives

Author of Creepy Pro-Abortion Book “Handmaid’s Tale” Will Write Sequel Next Year

Planned Parenthood Desperately Tries to Stop More Videos Exposing Sale of Aborted Baby Parts

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.

Twitter Restores Conservative Pundit Jesse Kelly’s Account After Congress Threatens Investigation

She Never Told Anyone She Had an Abortion Until One Day Her Story Saved a Baby From Abortion


 

  (c)Anthony Zubac
November 28, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! This is a time of grace and prayer, a time of waiting and giving…


Our Lady tells us this is a time of waiting and giving. We might wonder what the connection is between waiting and giving. Waiting seems to be a passive activity. When we wait, we hold still, we cease to search or wander. We just wait for the one we expect and hope for. How does giving fit in with waiting?

I think in one sense, it is in waiting that we prepare to give ourselves. Think of a young couple waiting for the day they marry. They wait, and prepare for the day that they give themselves completely to each other. It takes preparation! It is a time to purify intentions and focus on the call.

It may be similar when we wait for a job, or we wait to graduate. When we wait to grow up! All that waiting is a time of self-control and focus. We wait with our eyes looking for the person or thing we hope for.

I think that in Advent we wait for God. We wait for our Savior to come. We wait for Him. And in waiting for Him, we prepare ourselves to be with Him. We summon up the courage to greet Him, the desire to love Him, the hope to finally see Him as He is. Waiting can be hard work!!

But we wait in order to make a gift of ourselves to our Savior. We prepare like a bride for her spouse, we prepare like a child prepares for the return of the parent, we prepare like a friends prepare for a reunion. We want to be given to those we love, just as they give themselves to us. This is love.

Jesus spoke of waiting and giving. Think of the parable of the ten virgins with their lamps:

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, `Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those maidens rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, `Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, `Perhaps there will not be enough for us and for you; go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut. Afterward the other maidens came also, saying, `Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, `Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. (Mt 25:1-13)

The ten maidens were waiting. They were waiting for the bridegroom to return. Isn’t Jesus our bridegroom? But five of the maidens lost track of what they were waiting for. In their distraction, they forgot to make sure they had oil for their lamps. And so when the bridegroom returned, they were not ready. They were not prepared. They did not wait well. Waiting required preparation and focus. They lost sight of the One they were to give themselves to, as their King.

But the five wise maidens were prepared. They were admitted to the wedding feast. They knew how to wait. They waited with focus and with love. They in fact could focus because they loved. They waited with love and were ready.

I know I need to examine my own heart in this regard. Am I waiting for Jesus, with love, with a readiness to give myself to Him, with a desire to live so as to give? Or am I waiting in indolence and sloth, with no flame in my heart for Him? How can I wake myself from my sleep, and wait with vigilance and joy for the return of my King?

Advent is a really blessed time to pray, receive grace, wait and give.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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