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DAY FOUR:
January 24, 2017
Intercession
May those near the end of their lives receive medical care that respects their dignity and protects their lives.
Prayers
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection
When Maggie’s active father suffered an accident that eventually led to his passing, her conversations with him turned to life’s more serious topics, and his final days became a time that was cherished by the whole family. During this time, Maggie’s dad taught her that “dignity can’t be diminished by pain or loss of personal control,” that “Jesus was walking along with him,” and that “our suffering is not meaningless when we unite it with Christ’s own suffering.”

As a 50-year-old wife and mother of three, Maggie needed this message in a dramatically new way when she was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Instead of giving up hope, she embraced the legacy her father had left her, cherishing the life she still had left: “[M]y life is, always has been, and always will be, worth living.” Read more about her experience in “Maggie’s Story: Living like Dad.”

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

  • Take time to write a handwritten note to someone who is lonely or needing encouragement.
  • Read and reflect upon “Caring for Loved Ones at Life’s End.” Ten suggestions anchored in unconditional respect for human life help readers know how to provide authentically compassionate care. (supplemental information)
  • Meet Maggie in the brief, 3-minute video that inspired the article, “Maggie’s Story: Living like Dad.”
One Step Further
Proponents of doctor-assisted suicide try to draw a sharp distinction between those with a mental illness who want to end their lives and those with a terminal illness who express the same wish. “Every Suicide is Tragic” explores the consequences of this false distinction. (supplemental information and short videos)
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(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017
J.M.J.
January 24, 2017
St. Francis de Sales

Dear Family of Mary!

Here is another excerpt from Fr. Slavko’s book, “Mother! Lead us to peace!”

Message of October 25, 1991:
Pray! Pray! Pray!

This is the shortest message that Mary has given to us to date…

PRAY!

The apparitions and the messages do not merely concern the situation in Croatia alone, but also in the entire world. They are, according to the message of last August, related to the events and messages of Fatima that, in turn, point us toward great events occurring in the entire world. First plans of peace and joy are implied, but then they are being born in suffering. Mary has not appeared here for such a long time to tell us that difficult times are upon us. These which already have come upon the Croatian people, are very obvious even without her company. She comes to help us remain on the path of peace and in the meantime not to become discouraged in spite of all the problems. This is a great sign for hope! In other words, the problems do not come because Mary is appearing but she appears here to help us solve the problems and to suffer through the hard situations just as she herself and her Son, Jesus Christ, did. This is the path of renewal and resurrection. This war that is fought in Croatia against Croatians is a war that has moved many millions of people and especially the pilgrims of Medjugorje, to prayer, to fasting, to sacrifices and to acts of love.

PRAY!

No war to date has been so accompanied by prayers from around the entire world. This fact speaks for itself. Mary, as the woman clothed with the sun, fights the evil enemy along with her descendants. Therefore, it proves to be no coincidence that one of the first targets of the aggressor has been the churches. According to the reports from Zagreb more than 210 churches are today damaged or entirely destroyed. The victory that we ARE expecting could be a new beginning for Europe because this war is the only open on being waged in Europe. We should all learn something very important from it and we pray that humanity truly does learn! It is high time for us all to become conscious of what great possibilities of destruction exist in the world today.

PRAY!

Something that arrived at the Parish Office can put a light on this war from a very important perspective. It was a letter written and signed by 80 Croatian soldiers on the front near Osijek. It was entitled “An Appeal from the Front Line of Battle.” The message of peace, brought to us by the Queen of Peace, does not only consist of an appeal to stop wars but also to stop any destruction of life. It involves protection of life from the very beginning, protection of nature and of all of creation, deep peace between God and man, between man and woman and between man and nature. The relationship should be based on respect, on reverence, on protection and on love. The advancing battle line of death could be restrained in this way and life in peace, as it is God’s will, could really be attained. If the word ‘pray’ is repeated, as it is, three times in this month’s message, then we should simply pray without many more explanations. For this reason, I permit myself here to repeat in a school book style what we were until now told about prayer.

1) Who is supposed to pray? – Every person without exception. Every country, every Parish, every family and then every prayer group.

2) What is to be prayed? – The Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, the Holy Mass as often as possible, novenas, the Bible should be read, twice a week one should fast and these alone, with the family and within groups.

3) How are we all to pray? – With the heart and that means with love and with trust in God’s love and mercy.

4) For which intentions ought we t pray/ – We should pray for our Blessed Mother’s intentions. She then promises to present our prayers to the Father for his plans as He desires and then also explicitly for the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart.

PRAY!

As we participate in all these prayers, Masses, fasts and novenas, none of us may forget that each one of us is not merely important, but truly indispensable for Mary’s intentions! Again this gives us a new purpose for our lives, for our prayers and for our work. Then lastly we may also occasionally think of ourselves. Our Lady said in one message that we should pray and that we will not regret it.

Our Heavenly Father, You call upon us through Mary with a threefold urgency to pray, pray, pray! Send the spirit of prayer into our hearts, into our families, into the prayer groups, into the communities and into the entire Church. Help us to become during these times Your people of prayer, that we may adore and praise You in all situations of joy as well as suffering, because You are the Lord who loves us. Bless all who have been following the messages and who are praying with all their hearts. Give all who have not yet accepted the message and decided for prayer a renewed strength and new decisions to do so through the intercession of our Most Holy Mother! Hear us, O Lord, and give us peace with your son, Jesus Christ, the King of Peace. Amen. (Medjugorje: November 4, 1991)

(Fr. Slavko Barbaric, “Mother! Lead us to Peace”.  p. 98-100)

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Cathy Nolan
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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Monday, January 23, 2017

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

Top Stories
• President Donald Trump Signs Executive Order to Defund International Planned Parenthood
• Alveda King on the “Women’s March:” “Who Represented Those Little Girls Being Aborted?”
• Pro-Life Groups Praise President Donald Trump Signing Order Defunding International Planned Parenthood
• 50,000 Pro-Life People Flood the Streets of Paris to March Against Abortion

More Pro-Life News

• Trump Spokesman on Defunding Intl Planned Parenthood: “It’s No Secret He’s a Pro-Life President”
• Abortion Activists Smash Pro-Life Sign, Hit Boy and His Dad With a Stick
• 31-Year-Old Pro-Lifer Dies Suddenly Leaving Behind Wife and 7 Kids, Including 6 Adopted Children
• In Profane Speech At Pro-Abortion “Women’s March,” Madonna Talks About Blowing Up The White House
• West Virginia Abortion Clinic Closes, Now There’s Just One Abortion Center Left
• Students for Life Crashes Pro-Abortion Women’s March With Massive “Abortion Betrays Women” Banner
• Abortion Activists Trash President Trump Defunding Intl Planned Parenthood: “Men Screwing Over Women”
• New Poll: Majority of Americans Want Bans on Late-Term Abortions and Abortion Funding
• Psychiatrist Euthanized Six Mentally Ill Patients Who Had Dementia
• Abortion Activists Vandalize Pro-Life Office With Upside Down Cross and “F— Trump” Message
• “Women’s March” Leaders Lie and Say Pro-Life Women Were Welcome Even After Kicking Them Out
• Pro-Life Feminist: We Were Never Given Any Explanation Why the “Women’s March” Kicked Us Out


President Donald Trump Signs Executive Order to Defund International Planned Parenthood
President Donald Trump today signed an executive order to defund International Planned Parenthood.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.


Alveda King on the “Women’s March:” “Who Represented Those Little Girls Being Aborted?”
Hundreds of thousands of women marched on Washington, D.C. over the weekend, supposedly to speak up for women’s rights.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Pro-Life Groups Praise President Donald Trump Signing Order Defunding International Planned Parenthood
Leading pro-life organizations today are delighted that President Donald Trump signed an executive order reinstating the Mexico City policy.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

50,000 Pro-Life People Flood the Streets of Paris to March Against Abortion
Tens of thousands of pro-lifers marched on the streets of Paris, France on Sunday to urge the government to stop approximately 220,000 unborn babies from being killed in abortions every year.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Trump Spokesman on Defunding Intl Planned Parenthood: “It’s No Secret He’s a Pro-Life President”
Responding to questions from reporters about President Donald Trump’s decision to defund the International Planned Parenthood abortion business, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said…

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Abortion Activists Smash Pro-Life Sign, Hit Boy and His Dad With a Stick
Young Josh Wheeler was marching in a peaceful, pro-life demonstration in Washington, DC Friday, when he and his father were assaulted by a protester with a large stick.

Cli ck to Read at LifeNews.com.

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31-Year-Old Pro-Lifer Dies Suddenly Leaving Behind Wife and 7 Kids, Including 6 Adopted Children
A dedicated pro-life advocate who lived out his convictions daily as an adoptive dad died unexpectedly last week in a drowning accident.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

In Profane Speech At Pro-Abortion “Women’s March,” Madonna Talks About Blowing Up The White House
One of the celebrity speakers at Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington was singer Madonna.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Abortion Activists Vandalize Pro-Life Office With Upside Down Cross and “F— Trump” Message

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President Donald Trump Signs Executive Order to Defund International Planned Parenthood
President Donald Trump today signed an executive order to defund International Planned Parenthood.

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DAY THREE:
January 23, 2017*

*Because January 22, 2017 falls on a Sunday, the annual “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children” is observed Monday, January 23 in 2017.

Intercession

May all people embrace the truth that every life is a good and perfect gift, and is worth living.

Prayers
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection

Our culture is obsessed with perfection—a superficial perfection. Photos are airbrushed, and social media sites depict seemingly perfect lives. God calls us to seek perfection, too. He does not call us, however, to perfection of appearance or abilities, but to perfection in love.

In “A Perfect Gift,” one parent shares about the experience of raising a child with Down syndrome, contrasting it with what onlookers might perceive: “It’s like looking at a stained-glass window from the outside: The colors look dark, and you can’t quite make out the figures. From the inside, however, with the sun shining through it, the effect can be brilliant. From inside our family, love illuminates our life with Charlie.* What may seem dreary to others, perhaps even unbearable, is actually filled with beauty and color.”

May each of us experience the power of God’s transforming love, that our eyes may be opened to the incredible beauty of the people the Lord places in our lives.

A Perfect Gift

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

  • Pray for your deceased relatives and those who have no one to pray for them.
  • Spend quality time with a family member or friend; offer to help them with something with which they need assistance.
One Step Further

Charlie’s mother shares in “A Perfect Gift” that when people say, “I could never handle a child with a disability,” she explains to them, “[Y]ou aren’t given a child with a disability. You are given your child with a disability. …You are not called to ‘handle’ a disability. You are called to love a particular person, and caring for him or her grows out of that love. …Our [family’s] hearts…have become larger [by caring for Charlie].”

She also talks about the “secret” that is the fundamental truth of our existence, which she and other parents of children with Down syndrome share. Find out what it is in “A Perfect Gift.”

*Name changed for privacy.

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Contact Your Member of Congress Now to End all Federal Funding of Abortion

January 23, 2017

Dear Friends,

Great news! As I have told you, pro-life action is starting right away in the new Congress!

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Tuesday, January 24, to end all taxpayer funding of abortion.

They will vote on H.R. 7 – the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

H.R. 7 must be approved!

You may be familiar with the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.  Congressman Chris Smith (NJ) has introduced the measure in prior sessions of Congress.  Last Congress, the House passed the bill, but it died in the Senate after President Obama threatened to veto it.

This year, with President Donald Trump already having promised to sign the measure, we have a real chance to enact the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act into law.

H.R. 7 is vital in three important ways.

It will write the Hyde Amendment into permanent law.  Currently, the Hyde Amendment, which has saved an estimated 2 million lives by restricting abortion funding for programs such as Medicaid, must be approved every year by Congress.  H.R. 7 will make it permanent, so that it isn’t necessary to have this annual budget battle.

It will extend the Hyde Amendment so that it covers all federal spending, not just programs funded through the Health and Human Services spending bill. This will therefore make it unnecessary for Congress to have multiple votes on multiple measures each year regarding abortion funding from various government funding sources.

And it will end taxpayer funding of abortion through Obamacare.

Our pro-life victories at the ballot box last November can now be translated into pro-life victories in Congress.  We cannot let up.  We must contact our Representatives and let them know that we want the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act approved!

And the first step in this approval process is to have the House of Representatives pass H.R. 7.

That’s why it’s imperative that you contact your Member of Congress today and ask him or her to support the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

We must use every chance we get to advance the cause of life!

So by following the links below, you’ll get the information you need to call your Congressional Representative to ask him or her to support this measure.

And please make this call no matter how pro-life or how pro-abortion your Representative may be. The purpose of the call to those who will vote for this measure no matter what is to show them how much support they have, so that they can use those numbers to back up their colleagues.

And the purpose of the call to those who will vote against this measure no matter what is to also show them how many of their constituents favor the measure.

And then there are others who will vote for it depending upon how many calls they get!

So please call now!

And please pass this action alert along to as many others as you think will be interested in helping.

Please click here for further instructions on how to take action to support this measure.

Sincerely,

Fr. Frank Pavone

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

P.S. This is the type of action that Priests for Life can take nationwide as we mobilize our movement. To help make it possible for Priests for Life to conduct campaigns such as this one, please click here and be as generous as you can.

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J.M.J.

January 23, 2017
Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children (USA)
St. Vincent, St. Maryanne Cope
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 

January 25, 1990 “Dear children! Today I invite you to decide for God once again and to choose Him before everything and above everything, so that He may work miracles in your life and that day by day your life may become joy with Him. Therefore, little children, pray and do not permit satan to work in your life through misunderstandings, the non-understanding and non-acceptance of one another. Pray that you may be able to comprehend the greatness and the beauty of the gift of life. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


Let us pray:

Father and maker of all,
you adorn all creation
with splendor and beauty,
and fashion human lives
in your image and likeness.
Awaken in every heart
reverence for the work of your hands,
and renew among your people
a readiness to nurture and sustain
your precious gift of life.
Grant this through our Lord
Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in
the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever.
Amen

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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