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Virgin of Guadalupe,
Patroness of unborn children,
we implore your intercession
for every child at risk of abortion.
Help expectant parents to welcome from God
the priceless gift of their child’s life.
Console parents who have lost that gift
and lead them to forgiveness and healing
through the Divine Mercy of your Son.
Teach us to cherish
and to care for family and friends
until God calls them home.
Help us never to see others as burdens.
Guide our public officials
to defend each and every human life
through just laws.
Inspire us all to bring our faith into public life,
to speak for those who have no voice.
We ask this in the name of your Son,
Jesus Christ, who is Love and Mercy itself.
— 2010 Respect Life Liturgy Guide, USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.
Former NFL star Tim Tebow encouraged Christians to stand strong for life Friday during the virtual March for Life, noting that sports trophies and achievements are temporary but the fight to protect the voiceless is “worthy.”
LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Friday, January 29, 2021
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• Joe Biden Calls Himself a “Savior Around the World” for Forcing Americans to Fund Planned Parenthood
• Baptist Minister Thanks Joe Biden for Funding Planned Parenthood, Calls Abortion a “Sacred Decision”
• Tim Tebow Urges Christians to Stand Against Abortion: “We’re Called to be Pro-Life”
• 46 Senators Introduce New Bill to Stop Infanticide, Protect Babies Who Survive Abortions
More Pro-Life News• Andrew Cuomo Blames President Trump for His Order Killing Thousands of Nursing Home Residents
• Joe Biden Can’t Say He’s for Unity When He Forces Americans to Fund Abortions
• Pro-Life Senators Introduce Bills to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Business
• Joe Biden’s Spokeswoman Won’t Condemn Andrew Cuomo’s Order Killing Nursing Home Residents
• Scroll Down for Several More Pro-Life News Stories
Joe Biden Calls Himself a “Savior Around the World” for Forcing Americans to Fund Planned Parenthood
Baptist Minister Thanks Joe Biden for Funding Planned Parenthood, Calls Abortion a “Sacred Decision”
A Baptist minister who works as an abortion activist praised President Joe Biden this week for forcing American taxpayers to fund Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups.
Two new bills before the U.S. Senate would stop taxpayer dollars from funding the billion-dollar abortion industry.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki directed multiple questions on New York state underreporting its coronavirus nursing home deaths to the Justice Department during Friday’s press briefing.
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Reggie leads a group marching against forced abortion and gendercide in China, at a recent March for Life. Like so many, we are disappointed that the March for Life will be virtual this year. The March for Life has long been one of the highlights of our year. There is no substitute for the energy of being in the midst of that massive march!
Women’s Rights Without Frontiers will “march” Virtually to “End Gendercide” – the sex-selective abortion of baby girls — in China. In addition, WRWF will be “marching” on behalf of abandoned widows, and on behalf of the Uyghur minority women who are being forcibly aborted and sterilized by the Chinese Communist Party in Xinjiang.
Reggie Littlejohn, President of WRWF, stated, “We believe that women have the right to give birth to their daughters without being pressured to selectively abort them. And we also believe that elderly women have the right to live out their days with dignity, with food on the table every day, knowing that someone cares about them in their old age – even if that person lives on the other side of the earth.”
The sex-selective abortion or abandonment of baby girls has continued under the Two Child Policy.
According to the new Congressional-Executive Commission in China Report, released on January 14, 2021 “. . . Chinese authorities continued to threaten or impose punishments, including heavy fines, job termination, and abortion, on families for illegal pregnancies and births.” These atrocities were especially committed against the Uyghurs: “According to [German research analyst Adrian] Zenz and the AP [Associated Press report], government documents show that beginning in 2016, authorities have carried out widespread and systematic forced sterilizations, abortions, and intrauterine device (IUD) insertions on ethnic minority women in the XUAR [Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region], at rates far higher than anywhere else in China.”
Secretary of State Pompeo declared the Chinese Communist Party’s treatment of the Uyghur Muslim minority population in Xinjiang to be Genocide. Their practices of forced abortion, forced sterilization and forced contraception are China’s War on Women.
According to one U.N. estimate, up to 200 million women are missing in the world today because of sex-selective abortion. This gendercide has created a gender imbalance in China, where there are an estimated 37 million more males living than females. This gender imbalance is in turn driving human trafficking and sexual slavery, within China and from the surrounding countries.
WRWF’s “Save a Girl” Campaign has saved hundreds of baby girls from sex-selective abortion or abandonment.
At the other end of life, China has the highest female suicide rate in the world. According to a State Department Report, 590 women end their lives every day in China. China also has a skyrocketing rate of senior suicide, which has increased 500% in the past 20 years. The One Child Policy has destroyed the family structure in China. In the past, the Chinese enjoyed large families and it was not a burden for children and grandchildren to support the elderly. Now many elderly are completely abandoned and destitute, especially elderly widows. And the sad solution for many is to end their lives. Our Save a Widow Campaign is restoring hope and dignity to widows in rural China.
Littlejohn concluded, “We at Women’s Rights Without Frontiers are committed to helping Chinese women at every stage of their lives. We help baby girls to be born, instead of being selectively aborted or abandoned because they are girls. Likewise, we help their mothers defend themselves against the pressure to abort or abandon their baby girls. And now we are extending help to elderly widows, to ease their suffering and give them dignity and new hope in the twilight season of their lives. We do this because of the infinite value of each human life, from beginning to end.”
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|New and exciting ways of witnessing to the gift of all human life|
| Pro-Life Colleges Won’t be Silenced This article at the National Catholic Register is written by Patrick Reilly, president and founder of The Cardinal Newman Society. What an inspiration! Several Catholic colleges, undeterred by their inability to attend this year’s physical March for Life in Washington, D.C., have found new and exciting ways of witnessing to the gift of all human life.|
Every year, huge numbers of students at faithful Catholic colleges make heroic efforts to travel across the country, brave cold temperatures, and bear with uncomfortable sleeping conditions to attend the annual demonstration in Washington, D.C.
This year, the March for Life rally is a virtual event, and the March itself is limited to a small group of pro-life leaders. But these changes have not stopped faithful Catholic colleges from finding creative ways to witness to life.
Throughout the month of January, they are remembering the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and peacefully protesting and praying for an end to abortion. Several Catholic colleges are taking part in local pro-life marches. The University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, is helping organize a march in which pro-lifers will walk to the steps of the state capitol.
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|Today is The National 40 Days for Life Sign-Up Day! We can’t march for life in person in Washington, D.C. today…but we can bring a physical witness to the local abortion business where we live. Visit 40daysforlife.com/location, find the vigil nearest you, and spend ONE HOUR praying for an end to abortion today!|
|National 40 Days for Life Sign-Up Day DATE: TODAY, Friday, January 29 TIME: All Day LOCATION: Find your local abortion facility at 40daysforlife.com/location FORMAT: In-person vigil|
|Invite a friend to join you and post photos of your peaceful vigil on social media. For a chance to be featured on 40 Days for Life’s Facebook and Twitter pages, send your best shots to: email@example.com Then sign up to participate in the largest Lenten 40 Days for Life campaign–and one of the largest mobilizations of pro-lifers–in history by visiting: 40daysforlife.com/location Could you commit to a weekly prayer shift in front of your local abortion business this February 17 – March 28?|
|Just yesterday, the most pro-abortion presidential administration in U.S. history started funding international abortions in developing countries. The abortion industry is making its move. But you can stand in the gap and end abortion one woman at a time by holding a peaceful, lifesaving vigil right in your hometown.|
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|Renewal in the Holy Spirit|
| Day Nine: January 29, 2021 |
May all who defend life find strength and renewal in the Holy Spirit.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
God has carefully, tenderly created every person in His own image and likeness, to be in a loving relationship with Himself. From each tiny child knit within a mother’s womb, to every person approaching death, all are loved perfectly and completely by God: “It is therefore a service of love which we are all committed to ensure to our neighbor, that his or her life may be always defended and promoted, especially when it is weak or threatened [emphasis added]” (Evangelium vitae 77).
In a world in which those who are most vulnerable are so often overlooked and disregarded, Christ calls us to embrace and uphold the unconditional dignity of every human life. In answering this call, we help to build “a new culture of life, the fruit of the culture of truth and of love” (EV 77). May the Holy Spirit continually renew us as we strive to faithfully defend God’s gift of life.
Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)
Do you love your cup of tea or coffee? Abstain from caffeine today, or try your coffee black.
“Unplug” for some time, and reflect on how God may be asking you to help build a culture of life in your home, workplace, or Church community.
Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.
One Step Further
Watching the news and reading headlines, we may often feel helpless in the face of heartbreaking lack of respect for human life. When our efforts to make a difference feel small, it’s important to remember that changing the culture is a process of conversion that begins in our own hearts. It includes a willingness to be instructed by the Holy Spirit and a desire to be close to Jesus—the source of joy and love. How to Build a Culture of Life briefly explains where to start.
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This is a time of awakening…
January 29, 2021
Dear Family of Mary!
Let us consider again this line from the January 25, 2021 message:
“…This is a time of awakening…”
There is something very important about being awake in terms of the spiritual life. Jesus talked about how important it was for servants to be found awake upon the return of their master. But I never quite got the point, until yesterday when we discussed the words of Our Lady. All of a sudden, I realized that being awake or awakened was not just a matter of staying up late to do my duties. No, being awake was a state of soul in which I lived in the waking awareness of the truth about God! Being awake is living in the reality that God is God and that we are His creatures, and that there is nothing that is separate from God. Everything about my life is from God, for God and returning back to God. I cannot live as if God does not exist.
Listen to these words of Jesus from the Gospel of Luke. Jesus talks about the importance of staying “awake” until the Master returns. Think about the deeper meaning of being awake – that awareness that God is real, that Jesus is God, that your life is totally gift from Him and that you only have meaning in terms of Jesus and His love. Think of being awake in terms of this meaning:
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
“Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks.
“Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve them. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those servants! (Lk 12:32-38)
Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes!!!! We want to be those servants who are “awake” when Jesus returns. This means that our souls are completely awakened to the reality of our God. Our souls are opened and ready for the Lord to come to us, because we can’t live without Him. The doors of our hearts are ready to open to the Lord, no matter when He comes, so that He can enter in and make His home in us. This means we are awakened to faith, hope and love. We live in the total awareness of our God, in the day and in the night!
This is a time of awakening. We must be awakened in faith, living a totally converted life. And we also must live in such a way that those around us will be awakened in faith as well. God is giving us this time to awaken completely to His love, so we will be ready when He comes.
“Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve them. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those servants!”
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Republican lawmakers criticized President Joe Biden Thursday for swiftly enacting a pro-abortion policy that will allow taxpayer dollars to fund abortions abroad.
LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Thursday, January 28, 2021
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• Joe Biden Signs Executive Order Forcing Americans to Fund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz
• Joe Biden Reverses Trump’s UN Declaration Saying There’s No Right to Kill Babies in Abortion
• Pro-Lifers Slam Joe Biden for Forcing Americans to Fund Planned Parenthood, He’s No “Devout Catholic”
• Planned Parenthood Celebrates Joe Biden Forcing Americans to Fund Its Abortion Agenda
More Pro-Life News• New York AG Finds Andrew Cuomo Hid Deaths of Thousands of Nursing Home Residents
• President Trump Meets With Republican Leader McCarthy, Wants to Win House From Pelosi in 2022
• Joe Biden Will Scrap President Trump’s Pro-Life Policy, Force Americans to Fund Planned Parenthood
• Joe Biden Slammed for Funding Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz: “Abortion Kills Innocent Children”
• Scroll Down for Several More Pro-Life News Stories
Joe Biden made it official this afternoon, signing an executive order forcing Americans to fund the International Planned Parenthood abortion business and sending taxpayer funds to promotes its global abortion agenda.
Joe Biden on Thursday removed the United States from a historic international pro-life declaration that pushes back against the United Nations’ pro-abortion agenda.
Pro-Lifers Slam Joe Biden for Forcing Americans to Fund Planned Parenthood, He’s No “Devout Catholic”
Leading pro-life groups slammed Joe Biden on Thursday after he indicated he would issue two executive orders forcing Americans to fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and both its domestic and global abortion agenda.
Planned Parenthood celebrated Thursday after President Joe Biden signed an executive order that will give hundreds of millions of American taxpayer dollars to abortion advocacy groups across the world.
President Donald Trump met with House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy today and said he wants to work hard to ensure the GOP recaptures the House of representatives from pro-abortion Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats in 2022.
Planned Parenthood spent $45 million to get Joe Biden and other pro-abortion candidates elected to office last year, and now the Democrat president is returning the favor.
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Mary’s Shelter Happenings
”Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.”
An Update from our Executive Director Kathleen Wilson
Like everyone, we were hit hard with a virus that left us feeling a little helpless and unsure of how to operate. We did not know how we would meet the needs of the many folks who were reaching out to us. We, as a team, decided we were not going to shut down services, but instead, we would “trust” and assist those reaching out. The first thing we did was partner with a local hotel which offered an amazing discount so we could quarantine all future residents for 10 days before entering our homes. This made everyone feel safe. Soon folks heard about this and the calls for assistance were many. We were assisting women with food, rent, education costs, car payments, housing needs and payments, as well as transportation costs so women and children could get to their families, etc. We did what we needed to do to keep families safe. This could not have been done without our friends. It was amazing to witness our supporters, who were also experiencing trials and uncertainty, give so generously so we could assist so many people in our community. AND, in addition to the families we served through our respite program, we have also kept our doors open, giving refuge to pregnant women in crisis and providing a safe environment for their babies. On behalf of our board of directors, staff and volunteers we thank you for your continued generosity, support, service, and prayers. We are most thankful to God for His amazing grace!
Kathleen Wilson, Executive Director
Resident Spotlight: Meet Cassidy! Thank you for sharing your story. Please tell us what brought you to Mary’s Shelter?
My name is Cassidy – I’m 24 and I came to Mary’s Shelter at the end of May. This past March, I left a very abusive relationship. There was emotional and physical abuse as well drug abuse, on both our parts. I knew I had to leave, but unfortunately, that meant being homeless because I had driven away every friend I knew.
A couple of days later, just like a bad movie, I found out I was pregnant. I cannot remember how I felt other than shame and awe. Why would God allow me to have a baby now? I was alone and homeless. I lost custody of my first child when I was 17 and now, I would lose this one. For the first time in my life, I considered abortion. On top of all that, I was scared to bring a child into this global pandemic. But thank God, during this time, a good friend begged me to reconsider the termination and I listened. I was going to have my child. I knew I needed to make changes and decided it was time to go to rehab. I also knew I had to have a place to live or I would chance having my precious baby taken away. I was a bundle of nerves and spent every day panicking. I was given information about Mary’s Shelter and thought this was too good to be true. My first thought was “I’m not considered a Catholic, I don’t have a car, I don’t have anything” but when I spoke with Erin, the intake coordinator, I quickly learned none of that was even a consideration. I was comforted. I went through the approval process and was quickly accepted. A reservation was made for me to stay at a local hotel to quarantine for 10 days before I was able to move into my new home.
That must have been such a relief. What was it like walking into Mary’s Shelter?
When I arrived at Mary’s Shelter, I was 4 1/2 months pregnant. I was in awe but also very scared. I had about four suitcases to my name, I had absolutely nothing for my child. When I walked through the door of this beautiful home, I felt blessed to see that my baby and I would have our own room. There were brand new fresh towels and bedding, not only for me, but for my baby too. There were soaps, detergents, toothpaste and more on the dresser for us. For the first time in a long time, I felt relief and quickly settled in.
When was your baby born and how are you both doing?
Ezekiel Thomas was born on 11/11/20 and despite all odds, he is in amazing health. He is growing so tall! He smiles and is truly a happy baby who loves to cuddle with his mama! Upon entering the Mary’s Shelter program, I completely left my abusive situation. I bought a car, restored relationships with people I love, and I am working on visitation with my daughter. I also worked as a hair dresser during my pregnancy.
What are your future goals?
My goal is to continue my education and receive my certificate in phlebotomy. From there, I want to continue on to become a Nurse. I am thankful to all the staff, volunteers and donors who make this possible for me and my family.
Staff Spotlight: Madeline Whittaker How did you first become involved with Mary’s Shelter?
I first became involved with Mary’s Shelter in 2017 when I assisted the residents as a mentor and doula. It was very rewarding and fulfilling to be there, holding their hand through labor as they brought their little miracles into the world.
That’s great that you began volunteering in ways so important to the women Mary’s Shelter serves. What is your position now with the ministry?
Now, my position at Mary’s Shelter is house checker and general assistant to the director, Kathleen. I do everything from making and sending newsletters to ordering supplies and also a lot of tech work. As house checker I visit the moms a few times a week and go over proper cleaning and organizing, but it also offers me the opportunity to talk one on one with each resident and offer encouragement.
What do you find most rewarding in that capacity?
The most rewarding thing about my job I think is getting to put God-given talents to use in such a wonderful and worthy place and going into the houses and seeing the young children and babies thriving in their new homes.
What would you like readers to know about the moms and children of Mary’s Shelter? And can you share your thoughts on how this ministry impacts our community? I have often been struck by the grit and strength that these moms have to juggle work, school and raising kiddos on a daily basis on their own. Having my own baby now and knowing how much I rely on my husband’s support and help really makes me admire these ladies for the resolve they must have to do it as single moms.
Fredericksburg is so blessed to have this ministry and I have seen countless ways Mary’s Shelter has positively impacted our community. It is so wonderful to see so many churches, businesses and families working together to make something great happen. So many have given with generous hearts of their time, money and skills to make Mary’s Shelter the wonderful success that it is. THANK YOU Thank you to : All our moms for choosing life. All their babies and children for bringing so much joy. Our board of directors for the constant, encouraging support in growing this ministry. All our prayer warriors. All our amazing, generous donors – we could not do this without you. All our volunteers who give their time and love so generously. A special thank you to our staff who give their hearts and souls everyday to supporting and loving the families we serve. Thank you to the many families and organizations who donated this year. Thank you to: St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for Christmas Giving Tree presents for our kids, gift cards, and the always ongoing generosity. A special thank you to Father Mosimann and all the priests at St. Mary who support the needs of our residents in so many ways. Thank you also to the Knights of Columbus, Order of Hibernians, Council of Catholic Women, and Tatiana Beltran and the youth groups of St. Mary for the generous Christmas donations. St. Matthew Catholic Church for the Christmas Giving Tree gift cards. St. Patrick Catholic Church for the Christmas Giving Tree gifts for our kids and gift cards. St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church for the Christmas Giving Tree gift cards. St. William of York Catholic School for the beautiful coats for our families and the generous donation of much needed items. Thank you to Kate Mandel for the gorgeous Christmas card photography and Maura Harrison for the graphic design (in addition to the many photos and designs you donate to us throughout the year – always stunning!) Thank you to Stafford Printing for so generously donating the printing of our Christmas cards and the many cards, envelopes, and brochures throughout the year. Thank you to Johnny Leach and the Eagles Lodge – even though you could not be our Santa this year you still found a way to give. Thank you to Catholic Charities Counseling Services in Fredericksburg. Your kindness shines. Thank you to Paul and Kristen Sowa for once again, in loving memory of their baby boy Paul, providing Christmas breakfast to our families. Thank you to Megan D’Lugos for organizing this year’s Life Walk and Steve Sherba of 837 Design for the gift of graphic design for this event. Thank you to Todd Helbling and Steve Tally for a year’s worth of “fixer upper” services. Thank you to the many friends who stopped by our office and/or sent in donations. We are so very appreciative. Thank you to our friends at MacDoc for the amazing, continued generosity. You are nothing short of a gift to this ministry and our families. Thank you to the young ladies of Troop 5380 for installing the Blessing Box on our property. It is amazing to know friends can take what they need. It’s also amazing to watch how it is always filled again. Thank you, ladies. This is a project that will make such a great difference for many years to come.
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We periodically ask our residents what they want or need and they tell us! Please help them in any way that you can. If you would like to know more about specific needs, please contact us. Thanks!
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