Posts Tagged ProLife

Lizzie B on Not Surviving Roe v. Wade

22 January 2015

Elizabeth Westhoff’s short but insightful take on “surviving” Roe v. Wade:

survived roeToday is the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade. Nearly one million people will be marching in Washington, D.C. today to show their disagreement with the decision. There will be thousands of signs protesting the murder of the victims of this law, posters of cherubic babies asking that their brothers and sisters in the womb be spared, tiny gold and silver feet pinned to lapels, and banners stating “I survived Roe v. Wade.”

I don’t like that last one. I was born in 1974, so I am part of the group that supposedly “survived Roe v. Wade.” It seems to me, by stating you survived Roe v. Wade, there was a chance you wouldn’t have survived, that your mother considered aborting you. My mother did not consider aborting me.

Read more at Elizabeth’s blog, Pop Culture Catholic, on the blog of the Archdiocese of St. Louis’, Virtual Vestibule.


Elizabeth Westhoff is the Director of Marketing and Mission Awareness for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter

 

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A Blessed Memorial Day: “Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends”Jn15:13

26 May 2014

Posted by Pvt Sarah Campbell, WIARNG
Memorial Day 2014

 

Emma’s Story…Our best  intern at Always Catholic:

I never met my grandfather, my mother’s father. He gave his life for his country and for freedom at the end of WWII. My grandmother was home with two young boys and an infant, my mother.

Yes, I am young and people always wonder how I had a grandfather in WWII. I am adopted. I was chosen by my Dad and Mom late in life. My birth mother wanted to abort me,  but a woman praying the Rosary outside of Planned Parenthood convinced her not to have an abortion. That woman became my Mom.

My birth mother said, “Ok, so if you don’t want me to have an abortion, you adopt my baby.” My Mom said, “Yes, I will.” From that day my Mom let my birth mother live with her and my Dad and my soon-to be brothers and sisters. I came into the world wanted and loved. My birth mother grew to love me I am told and wanted to stay with the family. My Mom and Dad said yes. I grew up until 4 years old with Mom and Dad and my birth mother.

At four years old my birth mother died in a car accident.I have never been sad because I learned that she chose to live her life as a good Catholic those last few years. I know she is probably in Purgatory experiencing the preparation for Heaven. We pray for her everyday.

She died at the hospital after receiving Extreme Unction with my Mom and Dad at her side. None of her blood family and relatives would come. I was the only one. I remember, even though I was so young at the look of love in her eyes when she looked at Mom and Dad.

She gave her life for me. She knew her family would turn their back on her but she chose life. She was going to pick me up that day from pre-school when a drunk driver went through a red light and crashed into her.

I am not sad. I know she will go to Heaven one day because she chose life and then lived as a good Catholic, changing her life. The greatest memory my Mom and Dad have of her is the day she held me in my Baptismal gown as my godmother. She had given up her parental rights to my Mom and Dad so they could adopt me. She then could be my godmother. What a blessing my life has been!

I know it seems I am off the track with this story but not really. My grandfather died in WWII for all of us to have the freedom to be the best we can be in order to serve God and to serve our blessed nation. Without his sacrifice, we would not be free. Similarly, without my mother’s sacrifice of letting Mom and Dad adopt me, I would not be alive to be free as our Declaration of Independence and Constitution guarantee all citizens of the greatest country in the world.

Thank you to all those in the Armed Forces from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan who have died for our freedom. I pray I can be the best I can be to show the gratitude for your ultimate sacrifice.

“Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.”


#ANTILIFE Alert: More Craziness from NY

8 April 2014

Report: NY Abortion Clinics Inspected Less Than Tanning Salons

BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
April 7, 2014

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New York authorities dedicate more time to monitoring tanning salons than abortion clinics, according to a new report.

The New York Post found that many clinics escape safety inspections for years at a time, even as authorities aggressively scrutinize restaurants and tanning salons.

“Health inspectors regulate 25 diagnostic and treatment clinics and surgery centers that provide abortion services — though pro-choice advocates say there are 225 abortion service providers in New York state.

Eight of the 25 clinics were never inspected over the 2000-12 span, five were inspected just once, and eight were inspected only twice or three times — meaning once every four or six years.

A total of just 45 inspections were conducted at all 25 facilities during the 12-year period.

By comparison, city eateries are inspected every year and graded, while a new law requires tanning salons to undergo inspections at least once every other year.”

The slack oversight surprised pro-life activist Lila Rose, whose group Live Action has performed hidden camera exposes at abortion clinics across the country.

She visited several New York clinics as part of the project and met with clinic workers who advised their clients to poison and drown babies born alive following an abortion. Rose passed along the videos to state authorities but said the Cuomo administration and regulators “stonewalled us at every turn.”

“This is one of America’s most pro-abortion states, with an outrageously high abortion rate and next to nothing in the law to protect mothers and their babies from the industry’s profit-hungry vultures,” Rose said in an email to the Washington Free Beacon. “There is no excuse for this sort of negligence, especially in the wake of mass-murdering Kermit Gosnell in Pennsylvania and ‘Gosnell-like conditions’ at Planned Parenthood of Delaware. New York is being exposed once again as a partner in the full-throttle attack on the most basic of human rights.”

Activists and conservative lawmakers have been pushing for increased safety regulations and inspections of abortion clinics after Pennsylvania abortionist Gosnell was accused of killing live babies and mothers, as well as operating a clinic covered in fecal matter, urine, and blood. Pennsylvania regulators had not visited his clinic in years due to political pressure.

Gosnell was convicted of multiple counts of murder in 2013 and is serving multiple life sentences without the chance of parole.

Source: The Washington Free Beacon

vicki mckennaThank you to Vicki McKenna radio host of Up Front with Vicki McKenna for tweeting us the story.
Vicki McKenna got her start in radio as a news anchor/reporter and editor in Northern Illinois. She moved to Madison in 1995, where she worked as assistant news director for a Madison news/talk station. In 1996 she won the coveted position as co-host of the morning show on the legendary Z104 FM, then later on the heritage alternative rock station WMAD. After a brief stint in advertising, Vicki returned to the airwaves in 2003 to pursue her original passion in radio.

Vicki calls herself a “converted conservative”, which she credits to her upbringing and a conversation with former Congressman Mark Neumann in her early days of reporting. Her conservative ideology has been honed and refined over the years; now, Vicki passionately advocates a conservative point-of-view on social and political issues, as well as matters dealing with pop culture and everyday life.
McKenna hails from Rockford and Roscoe, Illinois. She did her undergraduate work at Beloit College, and went on to pursue her masters in Sociology at the University of Denver, but never finished. She has received numerous awards for her work in the broadcast medium, including the Illinois Broadcasters Association Award for Excellence. She’s been the recipient of the Wisconsin State Journal/Capital Times Readers Choice Award, Isthmus Newspaper’s Madison Favorites, Fox 47 Viewer’s Choice Award and Madison Magazine’s Best of Madison.
Vicki has appeared on the Fox News Channel, C-Span, CNN, NBC’s Today Show, CNN Radio, ABC Radio news and Wisconsin Public Television.
She is an avid marine fish, eel, reef and snake keeper. Her personal interests include her pets, motorcycles, target shooting and scuba.
Vicki McKenna is a committed defender of OUR Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

You can find Vicki on WISN (Milwaukee) /WIBA-1310 AM (Madison)/WMEQ (Eau Claire)/WLFN LaCrosse Milwaukee/Madison/statewide

Check out her podcast shows HERE
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Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage to End Abortion DAY EIGHT!

25 January 2014

Posted by Sarah Campbell
25 January 2014 A.D.

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January 18-26 2014

Pray with the bishops to end abortion!

On January 22 our nation will mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S.
Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence.
Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a “culture of life” from Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 26!

4 Ways to Join

HERE to go to the Bishops site to signup for emails, text alerts and an APP!

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Day Eight: Saturday, January 25, 2014

Intercession:

For scientists and pharmaceutical employees who help create and manufacture contraceptive and abortifacient drugs: that the Lord will open their eyes to the moral danger and health risks these drugs pose for women and prompt them to work only on medications that benefit human life.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection:

Today’s reading from Acts tells the story of St. Paul’s conversion. Before, he was “breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord.” After encountering Christ, Paul became a “chosen instrument,” filled with the Holy Spirit, and ready to suffer for Jesus’ name. There is absolutely nothing and no one outside of the power of God’s loving embrace. Today we remember the children, the mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and all those who have been involved in or affected by abortion. We entrust them to the unfathomable healing mercy of God, recalling the words of Jesus to St. Faustina: “The greater the misery of a soul, the greater its right to My mercy” (Diary, 1182).

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

Read about a Church teaching you don’t understand in the Catechism.

Make an honest assessment of your “giving finances” – are you giving too little? Make a resolution to give a set weekly or monthly donation to your parish or favorite local charity.

Do you love your cup of tea or coffee in the morning? Fast from caffeine today or try your coffee black.


Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage to End Abortion DAY SEVEN!

24 January 2014

Posted by Sarah Campbell
24 January 2014 A.D.

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January 18-26 2014

Pray with the bishops to end abortion!

On January 22 our nation will mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S.
Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence.
Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a “culture of life” from Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 26!

4 Ways to Join

HERE to go to the Bishops site to signup for emails, text alerts and an APP!

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Day Seven: Friday, January 24, 2014

Intercession:

For elected leaders who oppose any restriction on the abortion license: may God allow them to grasp the brutal violence of abortion and the reality of post-abortion suffering experienced by countless women and men.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection:

On this feast of St. Francis de Sales, let us consider these words of the great saint: “All that we do must be motivated by love and not force. We must love to obey rather than fear to disobey.” St. Francis reminds us that all of our actions must be borne of a spirit of love, and that we find our freedom in living the truth. As we defend the dignity of human life, let us ask St. Francis de Sales to pray for us so that everything we say and do for unborn children and their grieving parents is imbued with both compassion and truth.

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

Go to Confession—today, if possible—or during this week.

Fast from snacking today. Eat three meals only.

Today, go visit an adoration chapel and spend an hour with Jesus.


Only @ManwithBlackHat can write something NO ONE ELSE WILL!

24 January 2014

 

Loose Lips in the Loggia (Post-March-For-Life Edition)

 


Posted By David L. Alexander at HIS BLOG,
ManwithBlackHat
24 January 2014 A.D.

After due consideration (and finding enough time on our hands this week), we here at man with black hat have decided to continue what we started with the pilot edition (which explains everything) of this heretofore potential weekly series. But we wanted to begin with hope, in the form of these young ladies at the annual March For Life yesterday. (Thanks, EWTN.) They were among the more than 600,000 demonstrators that the mainstream media did such a fantastic job of pretending were never there.* And on that promising note, we go on with the aforementioned potential.

Here’s what’s bouncing around the bandwidth of True Believers lately:

For that you will have to click HERE and visit David’s Blog!


Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage to End Abortion DAY SIX!

23 January 2014

Posted by Sarah Campbell
23 January 2014 A.D.

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January 18-26 2014

Pray with the bishops to end abortion!

On January 22 our nation will mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S.
Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence.
Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a “culture of life” from Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 26!

4 Ways to Join

HERE to go to the Bishops site to signup for emails, text alerts and an APP!

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Day Six: Thursday, January 23, 2014

Intercession:

For those whose work involves promoting abortion and contraceptive use: may God help them understand that the casual sex they foster undermines the capacity for the self-giving, faithful and enduring love that is the longing of every heart..

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection:

Today marks the feast day of the newly canonized American saint, Mother Marianne Cope, OSF (1838-1918). St. Marianne Cope emigrated with her family from Germany as an infant and grew up in Utica, NY. She joined the Sisters of St. Francis at the age of twenty-four and later helped to found and operate two regionals hospitals in upstate New York. In 1883, she answered the plea of Hawaii’s king to operate hospitals and care for the victims of leprosy, travelling to Hawaii with six Franciscan sisters. During the last thirty years of her life, she chose to be exiled on the island of Molokai where she cared for women and children with leprosy. She was a life-long witness to the equal dignity and value of every human being. She brought beauty and order to the lives of these outcasts, and provided them with educational and religious instruction as well as teaching them music and the decorative arts. St. Marianne, help us to see the beauty and value in every human life!

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

Learn how to pray the Angelus. . . prayer, and get into the habit of saying it every day—at noon or 6 pm or on awakening (or all three times).

Today ignore your sweet tooth. Make healthy eating choices.

Clean a room in your house without being asked or without telling anyone. Pray for your family members while you clean, “and your Father who sees in secret will repay you” (Matthew 6:6).


Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage to End Abortion DAY THREE!

20 January 2014

Posted by Sarah Campbell
20 January 2014 A.D.

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January 18-26 2014

Pray with the bishops to end abortion!

On January 22 our nation will mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S.
Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence.
Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a “culture of life” from Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 26!

4 Ways to Join

This year, you have more ways than ever to get involved!

Click HERE to go to the Bishops site to signup for emails, text alerts and an APP!

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Day Three: Monday, January 20, 2014

Intercession:

For the parents who influenced their child’s choice to abort their grandchild: that they may have the humility and wisdom to see the wrong they’ve done and to seek forgiveness from God and from their child.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection:

Today is the memorial of St. Sebastian, the famous martyr and patron of athletes, who lived his faith courageously in the midst of intense Roman persecution. St. Sebastian’s life reminds us that in the midst of threats to the faith, living and dying for Christ is the ultimate witness – one that changes others. In today’s Mass readings, the prophet Samuel chastises King Saul for failing to obey the Lord’s command, reminding him that God values our obedience more than sacrificial offerings. The Psalm, too, reminds us that an upright life is more pleasing to God than empty professions of faith. Are our actions always consistent with what we profess as Catholics? Do we sometimes hope that God will overlook our disobedient hearts by distracting him with rote prayers?

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

It’s easy to put our headphones on and ignore our siblings or parents in the car. Instead, enjoy the opportunity you have to talk to them, ask them how they are doing.

Smile. Ask God today for the grace to be extra joyful and share your love for Christ with those who need that encouragement the most today. “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” –Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

We can sometimes forget how blessed we are to have many of our daily comforts. Give up sleeping with your pillow tonight.


Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage to End Abortion DAY TWO!

19 January 2014

Posted by Sarah Campbell
19 January 2014 A.D.

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January 18-26 2014

Pray with the bishops to end abortion!

On January 22 our nation will mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S.
Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence.
Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a “culture of life” from Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 26!

4 Ways to Join

This year, you have more ways than ever to get involved!

Click HERE to go to the Bishops site to signup for emails, text alerts and an APP!

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DAY TWO – Sunday, January 19th

Intercession:

For the father whose child died with his cooperation and consent: that the Lord grant him the grace to repent and be reconciled with God.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection:

In today’s Gospel reading (Jn 1:29-34), John the Baptist testifies that Jesus is both the Son of God and “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” At every Mass we repeat these words, but how often do we meditate on this great mystery? There is nothing we could ever accomplish on our own that could atone for our daily failures to love others with the merciful and sacrificial love of Christ. But in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, he forgives our faults, wipes the stain of sin from our souls and gives us the strength to begin anew with the help of his grace. Let us live each day in gratitude for the mercy God has shown us!

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

When others are speaking uncharitably about someone else, change the conversation, leave, or offer a counter opinion that is kind and charitable.

Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. . . for mothers and fathers who’ve lost a child through abortion, asking that they find the courage to seek Reconciliation and counseling through Project Rachel Ministry.

Read about the life of a modern (19th or 20th century) saint. You might be surprised by how much you have in common with them.


Christ Brings Good Out Of All Things

14 May 2013

14 May 2013 Anno Domini
by Sofia Guerra

As I sit today praying my Breviary, I find the Psalms contained within so comforting. The last several weeks, actually over a month I have been in a spiritual dryness and sadness which was worse than any physical sickness I have endured.

I couldn’t understand why all I wanted to do was stay in the house, try to work on the blog and reread “Mansfield Park” by Jane Austen for the 300th time. It wasn’t depression as it was more of an aching sadness about the state of the world and of course the Church.

I tried to pray so very much. the more I tried, the more I found my self shedding tears only uttering, “Jesus, help me…” I know now that was the only prayer I needed to offer.

I turned to my sister in Christ and dear friend Lisa Graas, (@CatholicLisa on Twitter and the CatholicBandita – her blog) I filled her DM column in Twitter with rambling messages asking for help. Her response was of course, the right medicine. She told me it was a good idea to take some time off and get outside. I have written about it in a prior post HERE.

However, the most important thing she said to me was, “I know it’s hard but I keep thinking of PJPII. Be not afraid.” Bullseye! I have never experienced fear truthfully until now…spiritually experiencing it is so much more paralyzing than physical fear. It was as if the Holy Spirit delivered the message to her for me.

So I got outside, left fear behind and everything felt as if I was freed. I came back to the blog the following week and lasted ONE DAY. Sarah, one of my interns and family member had to take the blog back again and post.

This time however, I was not afraid but angst seemed to be trying to rear its’ ugly head. Once again. This time was different as I was praying joyfully with all my heart, adoring Christ in Adoration and was NOT AFRAID.

The face of EVIL: Kermit Gosnell

I asked to be shown the answer to this. I was given it.

Kermit Gosnell.

Everyday, day in and day out this promoter of infanticide and brutality and murder was on trial. All the information was coming out in full now. As someone involved with the Pro-Life movement I was quite aware of Gosnell. to hear it and see it on the news, well that is quite another story.

Of course, the media virtually ignored it except for Fox Network’s Kimberly Guilfoyle who sat in the empty reserved media area in the courtroom daily. As a former prosecutor and a devoted mother this could have been her case. Thank you Kimberly for your resolve.

I have to say that my Pro-Life brothers and sisters on Social Media forced the world to learn who this monster was and what he did. We owe these people our gratitude forever, because they did it. They made the world look at the horror of abortion. Thank you all.

I must thank in particular, LifeNews.com (Steven Ertelt & Co.), LiveActionNews.org (Lila Rose & Co.) and most of all, Lisa Graas (CatholicBandita.com) for never giving up in this fight. They work so hard without ceasing and particularly during the Gosnell trial to get people to understand a simple fact: The baby in the womb is human, not anything else. the baby in the womb deserves the same attention the babies born alive and murdered by the hand of this ogre and his staff received. Will we learn? I hope so.

I think our country and maybe some places outside our borders also changed yesterday. I think now those on the LUKEWARM fence about abortion will come to Truth and will now be honored to call themselves Pro-Life. I will pray for this daily. I will also pray for the conversion of Kermit Gosnell. Like the beloved late Dr.Bernard Nathanson there is always hope.

I now understand… my angst, spiritual dryness and aching sadness came as a direct spiritual attack. but I am not afraid. Bring it on, father of lies. I know the battle is won, Jesus promised us that. And He only speaks TRUTH because He is Truth.

I must add a loving thank you to Our Blessed Mother, our “Secret Agent” in the war on EVIL. On her Feast day as Our Lady of Fatima the evil Gosnell perpetrated on innocent children was stopped.

She wants all of us to come to her Son. This is her job. she accepted it the day she gave her Fiat to the Archangel Gabriel and to the Holy Spirit. She was not afraid. she was truly Pro Life. she gave us our Savior. You are truly loved O Mary, Queen of Heaven.


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