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May 16 picnic at Little Marina Green

2015 Walk for Life in San Francisco, also organized by Muntaen, one of SFCatholics leaders

The following comes from an April 16 press release from SFCatholic.org.

In the wake of an unprecedented public attack on San Francisco Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone by a group of individuals who paid for a newspaper ad demanding that Pope Francis remove Archbishop Cordileone from his post, a grassroots movement has formed to defend the archbishop and show support for his efforts to ensure that teachers in Catholic schools remain faithful to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. They have launched a website, SFCatholics.org, to demonstrate support for Archbishop Cordileone.

“It’s truly astonishing that a group of self-proclaimed ‘prominent Catholics’ has become so self-absorbed that they believe they can demand that the Holy Father remove an archbishop because he refuses to sacrifice teaching Catholic values to children in our Catholic schools,” said Eva Muntean, who helped organize the group SFCatholics.org. “These are Catholic schools, built by the Catholic Church, funded and subsidized by the contributions of ordinary Catholics giving their pennies from the pews over the generations, and we have a right to expect when we send our children to Catholic schools, they will be taught vibrant authentic Catholicism. We stand with Archbishop Cordileone and support his leadership.”

Muntean said that thousands of Catholics have already signed grassroots petitions in support of Archbishop Cordileone and that SFCatholics.org will work with those individuals to launch a public communications campaign in support of the archbishop. SFCatholics.org is an independent grassroots organization and has no affiliation with the Archdiocese of San Francisco or with Archbishop Cordileone.

“The newspaper ad is a slur on a good and decent man who has devoted his life in service to others. It grossly misrepresents the position of the archbishop on critical issues, attempting to suggest that he is at odds with Pope Francis. He is not,” Muntean said. “Both Pope Francis and Archbishop Cordileone believe in the teaching of the Catholic Church on marriage, life, and human sexuality. In fact, just a few months ago the archbishop attended the Humanum event in Rome sponsored by the Vatican in which Pope Francis addressed leaders of the world’s religions on the importance of preserving marriage and the universal truth of the complementarity of man and woman in marriage. These two Catholic leaders are on the same page.”

Muntean said that SFCatholics.org has planned a family picnic event on May 16th in Little Marina Green to show support for Archbishop Cordileone.

“Some people may disagree with the teaching of the Catholic Church on sensitive subjects, but nobody should question the motivations or integrity of an archbishop who simply wishes to ensure that children who attend Catholic schools receive an authentically Catholic education,” Muntean said.

From http://cal-catholic.com/

 


* April 18 – Beatification of Sister Maria Faustina (1993)  * “Fear nothing. Be faithful to the end.” —
 
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April 18 – Beatification of Sister Maria Faustina (1993)

“Fear nothing. Be faithful to the end.”

Español: I.E.P. SOR MARÍA FAUSTINA KOWALSKA

 SOR MARÍA FAUSTINA KOWALSKA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska was a nun from Krakow (Poland), known today as the ‘Apostle of Divine Mercy.’ She was born in 1905, and died in 1938. She reported in her diary about 20 apparitions of the Virgin Mary and 30 visions of Christ, angels and departed souls.

On March 25, 1936, she wrote: “Then I saw the Mother of God, who said to me: I gave the Savior to the world; as for you, you have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a Merciful Savior, but as a just Judge … Fear nothing. Be faithful to the end…” (Diary, 635).

A few months later, she wrote: “I saw her, so lovely and so beautiful that I have no words to express even a small part of this beauty. She was all in white, with a blue sash around her waist. Her cloak was also blue, and there was a crown on her head. Marvelous light streamed forth from her whole figure. I am the Queen of heaven and earth, but especially your mother. She pressed me to her Heart and said: I feel constant compassion for you.” (Diary, 805).

Adapted by MDN Team,
Excerpt from Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska

Let’s pray together 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.
Amen.

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Saint Faustina in the family circle (1935).


 


LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Friday, April 17, 2015

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Top Stories
• Abortion Clinic Kicks Woman to the Curb After Abortion, in Massive Pain and Barely Able to Walk
• Woman Kills Her Newborn Baby by Stuffing Toilet Paper Down Her Throat
• Did President Obama Just Accidentally Admit Unborn Babies are Alive in the Womb?
• Man Killed His Pregnant Girlfriend and Her Unborn Twins When She Refused an Abortion

More Pro-Life News
• Watch as This Abortion Advocate Sings a Disturbing Song: “Kill Your Unborn”
• Viral Video: Watch as This Couple Raps Their Pregnancy Announcement
• Mother Who Thought She Was Pregnant is Devastated When Doctors Remove a Baby-Sized Tumor
• Planned Parenthood and Pro-Abortion Groups are Already Pushing Hillary Clinton for President

• New Moms Display Their Post-Baby Bodies to Stop Post-Partum “Fat Shaming”
• Students at Christian University Run “Abortion Doula” Project to Facilitate Abortions
• Poll Shows Americans Oppose Assisted Suicide as Bills Legalizing Assisted Suicide Fail

• Lauren Hill Laid to Rest After Showing the World The Pro-Life Response to Terminal Cancer
• Renee Ellmers Faces Pro-Life Primary Opponent After Sabotaging 20-Week Abortion Ban
• South Carolina Committee Passes Bill to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks, But With One Flaw
• Irish Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Someone in an Assisted Suicide
• “Do it for Denmark:” Nation’s Underpopulation Problem So Bad, Campaign Urges Procreation
• John Hopkins Reverses Decision to Ban Fetal Models From School Fair
• Northern Ireland Justice Minister Pushes Killing Severely Disabled Babies in Abortions

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Abortion Clinic Kicks Woman to the Curb After Abortion, in Massive Pain and Barely Able to Walk
When abortionist Cheryl Chastine left South Wind Women’s Center, none of the pro-life activists on the street in the late afternoon of April 15, 2015, thought much about it – until they witnessed what happened next.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/17/abortion-clinic-kicks-woman-to-the-curb-after-abortion-in-massive-pain-and-barely-able-to-walk/

Woman Kills Her Newborn Baby by Stuffing Toilet Paper Down Her Throat
In September 2014, Claudia Martins suffocated her newborn daughter by stuffing toilet paper down her throat and hiding her body in a suitcase. However, Martins will not be facing jail time because a judge accepted her argument that she had a “momentary abnormality of mental functioning.”

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/17/woman-kills-her-newborn-baby-by-stuffing-toilet-paper-down-her-throat/



Did President Obama Just Accidentally Admit Unborn Babies are Alive in the Womb?
There are few bigger champions of abortion in the United States than President Barack Obama. He has promoted abortion and abortion funding at every turn as president and worked hand in hand with pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/17/did-president-obama-just-accidentally-admit-unborn-babies-are-alive-in-the-womb/

Man Killed His Pregnant Girlfriend and Her Unborn Twins When She Refused an Abortion
Trial began this week in the stabbing death of a pregnant teen whose boyfriend allegedly killed her when she refused to have an abortion. 17-year-old Ryan Matthews (above) is on trial for the murder of his 16-year-old pregnant girlfriend, Arrjiana Hill (pictured below).

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/17/man-killed-his-pregnant-girlfriend-and-her-unborn-twins-when-she-refused-an-abortion/

 



Watch as This Abortion Advocate Sings a Disturbing Song: “Kill Your Unborn”
Just when you think you’ve seen it all on social media, this video surfaces. Created Equal, a pro-life non-profit organization, released a video of a man at Ohio State University singing a song about killing unborn children. As you can imagine, this is not a lullaby.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/17/watch-as-this-abortion-advocate-sings-a-disturbing-song-kill-your-unborn/

Viral Video: Watch as This Couple Raps Their Pregnancy Announcement
In Oregon, Jesse and Melissa Meek uploaded a pregnancy announcement video inspired by the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song and it has gone viral. On April 5th, the Meeks posted their rap to YouTube and now it has garnered over 1.6 million views.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/17/viral-video-watch-as-this-couple-raps-their-pregnancy-announcement/


Mother Who Thought She Was Pregnant is Devastated When Doctors Remove a Baby-Sized Tumor
In Romania, Madalina Neagu was devastated after she found out that she wasn’t pregnant but instead was carrying around an 11lb tumor inside her uterus. Neagu arrived at the Botosani County Hospital and doctors began to prep her for delivery.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/17/mother-who-thought-she-was-pregnant-is-devastated-when-doctors-remove-a-baby-sized-tumor/

Planned Parenthood and Pro-Abortion Groups are Already Pushing Hillary Clinton for President
Last Sunday, Hillary Clinton announced that she is officially running for president in 2016. No sooner did she post her tweet that the abortion industry turned inside out in their support of the pro-abortion Democrat presidential candidate.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com:
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/17/planned-parenthood-and-pro-abortion-groups-are-already-pushing-hillary-clinton-for-president/

New Moms Display Their Post-Baby Bodies to Stop Post-Partum “Fat Shaming”
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/17/new-moms-display-their-post-baby-bodies-to-stop-post-partum-fat-shaming/

Students at Christian University Run “Abortion Doula” Project to Facilitate Abortions
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/17/students-at-christian-university-run-abortion-doula-project-to-facilitate-abortions/

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Poll Shows Americans Oppose Assisted Suicide as Bills Legalizing Assisted Suicide Fail
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/17/poll-shows-americans-oppose-assisted-suicide-as-bills-legalizing-assisted-suicide-fail/

Lauren Hill Laid to Rest After Showing the World The Pro-Life Response to Terminal Cancer
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/17/lauren-hill-laid-to-rest-after-showing-the-world-the-pro-life-response-to-terminal-cancer/

Renee Ellmers Faces Pro-Life Primary Opponent After Sabotaging 20-Week Abortion Ban
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/17/renee-ellmers-faces-pro-life-primary-opponent-after-sabotaging-20-week-abortion-ban/

South Carolina Committee Passes Bill to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks, But With One Flaw
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/17/south-carolina-committee-passes-bill-to-ban-abortions-after-20-weeks-but-with-one-flaw/

Irish Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Someone in an Assisted Suicide
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/17/irish-woman-please-not-guilty-to-killing-someone-in-an-assisted-suicide/

“Do it for Denmark:” Nation’s Underpopulation Problem So Bad, Campaign Urges Procreation
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/17/do-it-for-denmark-nations-underpopulation-problem-so-bad-campaign-urges-procreation/

John Hopkins Reverses Decision to Ban Fetal Models From School Fair
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/17/john-hopkins-reverses-decision-to-ban-fetal-models-from-school-fair/

Northern Ireland Justice Minister Pushes Killing Severely Disabled Babies in Abortions
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/17/northern-ireland-justice-minister-pushes-killing-severely-disabled-babies-in-abortions/


 
   
   

 

 


 


Praying for Life Year-Round
April 2015
Intercession

May all persons with disabilities be welcomed, loved and respected as the gifts that they are.

Prayer

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

Every person has innate dignity because we are all made in the image and likeness of God. In Genesis 1:31, we hear that “God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good.” By this very declaration of the goodness of creation, our God-given dignity was affirmed, and nothing can diminish it or take it away.

 

All of us, including people with disabilities, are deeply loved by God. We can each offer our own joys, struggles, hopes, dreams, challenges and love to the world. We are called to love all people through our words and actions with the heart of Christ and to see and serve Christ in each person.

 

We pray that we–and all people–may recognize every person, especially those with disabilities, as gifts to be loved and cherished with gratitude.

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

  • Give a handwritten note to a loved one, co-worker, or friend thanking or appreciating them for their presence in your life.
  • Don’t listen to music for a day. Use the silent moments to reflect on God, and open your heart to His Word.
  • Instead of looking down at your phone or ignoring people you see today, make sure to smile and greet those whom you pass. You never know what a smile or a “hello” can do for someone!
One Step Further

 

In an attempt to offer full disclosure, the prospects for an unborn child who has been diagnosed with a disability are often portrayed by medical specialists in a very gloomy light. Many specialists also urge parents to consider abortion, contributing to the fact that, according to some studies, ninety percent of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted.

 

But all of our lives are cherished by God! See how Pope Francis sets the example for us all in this one minute video, and share it with your friends.

 

NABRE © 2010 CCD. Used with permission.


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In my travels around the country, I’m often asked by fellow pro-life activists how many times I’ve been arrested. They know about the many times my father has been arrested—thirteen in all—and how he was dragged through the federal courts for over 20 years in the infamous NOW v. Scheidler case. They assume that I must have been arrested quite a few times, too.

I would always answer that, in fact, I have never been arrested in the course of my pro-life work. I’d been threatened with arrest too many times to count, but had always managed to respectfully reason with police and avoid the handcuffs.

Read the story here: http://prolifeaction.org/hotline/2015/ejsarrest/


 

Suffering, Unstable Abortion Patient Kicked to the Curb By Kansas Abortion Facility
April 17, 2015

Wichita, Kansas – When abortionist Cheryl Chastine left South Wind Women’s Center, none of the pro-life activists on the street in the late afternoon of April 15, 2015, thought much about it – until they witnessed what happened next.

Mark Gietzen, Director of the Kansas Coalition for Life, noticed a wobbly Black woman slowly making her way across the parting lot with great effort. She couldn’t take more than “baby steps” and appeared to be in a great deal of pain.

 

By the time the woman reached the sidewalk, she was exhausted and barely able to stand. One of the female sidewalk counselors offered her help and allowed the woman to lean on her as she tried to recoup her strength. As the two spoke, it was confirmed that the woman, who was apparently from a foreign country, had received an abortion.

 

“It appeared that this woman should have still been in the recovery room, because she was having a hard time keeping her balance and she appeared to be in pain,” said Gietzen.

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“The Outcome Is Already Assured” April 29, 1951 Message of the Lady of All Nations

In her April 29, 1951 message, the Lady of All Nations reveals, “the new dogma shall be the dogma of the Co-redemptrix.” She goes on to say that in spite of great controversy, “the Church, Rome, will carry through with it and fight for it. The Church, Rome, will incur opposition and stand firm. The Church, Rome, will grow stronger and more powerful insofar as she stands firm in the fight.” Our Lady then urges theologians “onward to this fight.” After explaining the theology of her role as Co-redemptrix she says of this upcoming dogma, “I know, the struggle will be hard and bitter… but the outcome is already assured.” – Ed.

I see a bright light; the Lady slowly comes forth from it. Now I see her standing before me clearly, and she says,

I am standing here as the Lady of All Nations, and I come right…

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Consecration to Jesus Through Mary

This devotion consists then in giving ourselves entirely to the Blessed Virgin, in order to belong entirely to Jesus through her.

St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort
True Devotion to Mary, No. 121.

These words by St. Louis de Montfort, the great promulgator of Marian consecration, well sum up the means and the goal of consecration to Jesus through Mary. Far from being simply an added or isolated Marian piety, consecration to Jesus through Mary represents a crowning of Marian devotion, a new and dynamic Marian dimension of the Christian life that has been enthusiastically encouraged by the Church through both invitation and example.

What Is Marian Consecration?

Marian consecration is fundamentally a promise of love and a gift of self that gives all that the Christian is and does completely and directly to the Mother of the Lord, which thereby allows her to unite us to her Divine Son in ways…

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Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, Apostle of Our Lady

St. Louis Marie de Grignion was born 31 January 1673 in the small town of Montfort-sur-Meu, just west of Rennes in Brittany, France. He was the eldest surviving child of the large family of Jean-Baptiste Grignion and his wife Jeanne Robert.

Louis Marie passed most of his infancy and early childhood in Iffendic, a few miles from Montfort, where his father had bought a farm known as “Le Bois Marquer.” According to those who knew him at this early stage, he showed signs even then of a spiritual maturity uncommon in one of his age.

At the age of 12, he entered the Jesuit College of St. Thomas Becket in Rennes, where, as well as doing well in his studies, he developed some of the enthusiasms which were to mark his later life. Listening to the stories of a local priest, the Abbé Julien Bellier, about his life as an itinerant…

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Coredemption and Maternal Mediation of the Immaculate “Reparatrix of the Human Race” according to de Montfort

1. Introduction

On the occasion of the presentation of the Encyclical Fides et Ratio (1998) the Servant of God John Paul II dared to affirm that “It is time for the experience and thought of the saints to be more carefully and systematically developed for a deeper understanding of Christian truths.”{footnote}Insegnamenti di Giovanni Paolo II (Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana) hereafter cited as Inseg XXI/2 (1998) 988 .{/footnote} As everyone knows, among the saints whose experience and thought Pope John Paul II himself esteemed, in a conspicuous way, was Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort (1673-1716).

Described by Henri Brémond as “the last of the great Bérullians,”{footnote}H. Bremond, Histoire littéraire du sentiment religieux en France, IX, (Paris:…

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The Holy Rosary according to the Method of St. Louis de Montfort

Introductory Prayer

I unite with all the saints in heaven, with all the saints in Heaven, with all the just on earth and with all the faithful here present. I unite with Thee, O my Jesus, in order to praise worthily Thy holy Mother and to praise Thee in her and through her. I renounce all the distractions I may have during this Rosary, which I wish to say with modesty, attention and devotion, just as if it were to be the last of my life.

We offer Thee, O most Holy Trinity, this Creed in honor of all the mysteries of our Faith; this Our Father and these three Hail Marys in honor of the unity of Thy Essence and the Trinity of Thy Persons. We ask of Thee a lively faith, a firm hope and an ardent…

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The Importance of the Rosary for Priests

Dear ministers of the Most High, you my fellow priests who preach the truth of God and who teach the gospel to all nations… I beg of you to beware of thinking of the Rosary as something of little importance—as do ignorant people and even several great but proud scholars. Far from being insignificant, the Rosary is a priceless treasure which is inspired by God.

Almighty God has given it to you because He wants you to use it as a means to convert the most hardened sinners and the most obstinate heretics. He has attached to it grace in this life and glory in the next. The saints have said it faithfully and the Popes have indorsed it.

When the Holy Spirit has revealed this secret…

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The Secret of Father De Montfort

All the saints were undoubtedly great servants of Mary and they all lead souls to her. Grignion de Montfort is one of those saints who worked more ardently and more efficaciously to make her loved and served.

Devotion of Father de Montfort to the Holy Cross and to Our Lady.—His Character

The greatest force behind all his apostolic ministry and his great secret for attracting and giving souls to Jesus was his devotion to Mary. All his activity depended on that devotion; in it he placed all his security: and he could not have found a more efficacious weapon for his age. To the sad austerity, the somber terror, the depressing pride of Jansenism he opposed the filial, trusting, ardent, expansive and effective love of the devout servant of Mary, towards her who is the Refuge of sinners, the Mother of Divine Grace, our life, our sweetness and our…

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Message of Our Lady of Medjugorje: March 25, 2015

“Dear children! Also today the Most High permits me to be with you and to lead you on the way of conversion. Many hearts have shut themselves to grace and have become deaf to my call. You, little children, pray and fight against temptation and all the evil plans which the devil offers you through modernism. Be strong in prayer and with the cross in your hands pray that evil may not use you and may not conquer in you. I am with you and pray for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

“We Must Talk About Purity” September 2, 2003 Message from Jesus Through Anne a Lay Apostle

The following presents the initial messages from Jesus to Anne regarding his own Eucharistic presence. The messages are both sublime and powerful, and we share them with you. Anne, a visionary from Ireland, has received permission from her local ordinary, Bishop Leo O’Reilly, for the distribution of messages which she receives from Jesus, God the Father, Our Blessed Mother, the angels and saints (see article, “Discernment of Lay Apostolate of Jesus Christ the Returning King,” Marian Private Revelation section).
– Ed.

September 2, 2003

Jesus

Today We must talk about purity. My children, lack of purity is a very significant problem in your world. I search for purity and only find it in rare pockets. Because the tolerance for impurity is so profound, We are going to have to work very hard on this problem. Purity must be restored to every aspect of existence on earth. First, I speak of purity of…

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