UNBORN WORD of the day


Respect Life Sunday: October 5, 2008
September 30, 2008, 10:01 pm
Filed under: Pro-life

This Sunday is Respect Life Sunday in the Catholic Church. I know that in most Dioceses individual parishes will be highlighting Respect Life but in some parts of the country there will be Diocesan wide events to attend.

Click on the above map and it will bring you to the page at the USCCB website that lists and links to Diocesan Pro-Life Offices across the country so you can find out what events will be taking place in your area.

A few examples of Diocesan events around the country:

The Archdiocese of Boston presents: “Walk as Children of Light” Ephesians 5: 8b
10:00 am YOUTH RALLY with Fr. Stan Fortuna
11:30 am MASS with Cardinal Sean O’Malley
Then join us in supporting MCFL in their Annual Respect Life Walk

The Archdiocese of New York:

Saturday, October 4, 2008 – A Conference with Dr. Janet Smith at St. Vincent Ferrer Church (60th and Lex) from 1-6:30, click here for more information. There will also be a Helpers of God’s Precious infants rosary prayer vigil on  Oct 4th beginning with Mass at Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 8:00 a. m. and then rosary procession to Planned Parenthood on Mott and Bleeker St.

Sunday, October 5, 2008 – There will be Respect Life Sunday Mass at the Cathedral at 10:15 and then there will be life chains all over the archdiocese (the list of locations are up on their website at www.flrl.org). There is also going to be an exciting new post-abortion outreach launched in NYC in October – click here for more information.

Santa Maria CA. – Regional Mass for the Unborn – The Regional Respect Life Office, and the staff of St. Louis de Montfort, 5075 Harp Road, Santa Maria, CA. hold this special liturgy at 9:30 a.m., which is conducted annually during October Respect Life Month. Contact the church at 805-937-4555 for more information. Each parish is also urged to observe Respect Life Month during October with special attention to the teachings of the Church regarding the sanctity of life and the responsibility of all Catholics to protect the most vulnerable, with special attention given to the Unborn. www.sldm.org

You will notice that on the New York Archdiocesan website they mention Life Chains around the state. This Sunday, October 5 there will be Life Chains all over the country. This is their 21st year:

To find a Life Chain in your area click on this map to go to their website:



AT WHOSE NAME SHOULD EVERY KNEE BEND? EVERY TONGUE CONFESS?
September 28, 2008, 11:31 pm
Filed under: Biblical Reflections, The Incarnation

Adoration of the Magi by Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi

The second reading at Mass this Sunday, September 28, 2008, is the oft’ quoted passage from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians: 2:5-11. Not only oft’ quoted, but frequently relied upon by theologians and other Christian scholars because of its richly compact theological truths.

First it tells us, beautifully, about the attitude or mindset which Christ had when He came into the world, His incarnational virtues of humility and obedience; “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross”.

Then Paul transitions to the Father’s wonderful exaltation of His only-begotten Son, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”.

Let’s go back in time, ‘salvation history time’, to the first time when this literally happened. It was nighttime in the hill country outside Bethlehem, two thousand years ago (Lk 2:8-20). The angel of the Lord appeared to shepherds watching their sheep: The angel “confessed with his tongue” the Lordship of Jesus Christ: “…for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord”. Suddenly “a multitude of the heavenly host” joined this angel praising God. They were all confessing with their tongues, the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Some paintings of this scene even suggest that these angels in the sky are in a kneeling position.

Next, we see the shepherds kneeling around the babe wrapped in swaddling cloths lying in the manger. And they “made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child”. They too were “confessing” the Lordship of Jesus Christ, while kneeling.

We can be certain that Mary and Joseph, at least for part of that evening, were also kneeling and confessing the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Later, we hear of the wise men from the East. When “they saw the child with Mary his mother…they fell down and worshipped him” (Mt 2:11).

We can join with these Holy Ones of old, God’s angels, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and wise men, and yes, with St. Paul, bending our knee to the Name of Jesus, and confessing with our tongue His glorious Lordship! But we can do more yet. Every physical action while acknowledging the Lordship of Christ, is likewise, an act of praise, honor or worship. With our eyes we can honor Him! With our hands – even if quietly folded in simple prayer – we can honor Him! With our head – whether bowed low or lifted high – we can honor Him! With our intellect! With our will! With our memory! With our imagination! With our time! Have I forgotten something?

Our lives are replete with opportunities to praise, honor and worship Jesus Christ our Lord. On the stairs, in the elevator, on the landing, in the hallway, on the bus, in the parking lot. We can sanctify the world, acknowledging His Lordship!



Our Lady of Guadalupe please pray for the Unborn
September 25, 2008, 10:19 am
Filed under: Pro-life

‘Do not be troubled or weighed down with grief.
Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain.
Am I not here who am your Mother?   Are you not under my shadow and protection?
Am I not the fountain of life?   Are you not in the folds of my mantle?
In the crossing of my arms?   Is there anything else you need?’

(Words spoken to Juan Diego on December 12, 1531)

In the year 2000, many of us lived through those anxious 35 days when the election had been thrown into the courts. I know that many in the country were praying fervently that George Bush would win, that someone who was pro-life would once again hold the Presidency.

During those anxious days, I approached my pastor (now retired) and mentioned to him how upset I was about all of this. Out of the blue he said to me, “I’m not worried because I know Our Lady of Guadalupe will give George Bush the election.” At the time, I fluffed it off as a pious statement. Of course, I didn’t even ponder why my pastor, not a particularly political man and definitely not one given to pious pronouncements would be saying something so completely out of character (for him).

Fast forward to the day the Supreme Court handed down the decision that decided the election (essentially stopping the endless recounts). I had promised Our Lady of Guadalupe that I would celebrate her feast day and pray for the election by attending the special Mass at my Church on December 12. As I was about to leave for this evening Mass, the news came out that the Supreme Court had rendered a decision. The initial reaction of the Fox News commentator that Al Gore had won was all I heard as I left for Mass. I was weeping throughout the Mass (a little embarrassing) and trying to offer this up to Our Lord for our country.

To my incredible surprise when I arrived home, my husband met me at the door telling me that George Bush had won. My tears of sorrow were turned to joy. And for those in the pro-life movement George Bush has been a good President.

A few years later, I heard something that again surprised me: that Jeb Bush who met his wife, Columba, while teaching English in Leon, Guanajato, Mexico in 1971 (Columba was born in Leon) made a pilgrimage with her to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe during the election crisis. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of North and South America and patroness of the unborn. Amazing when you realize that the election was decided for the unborn on Our Lady’s feast day, December 12. Here are three online sources that reference this pilgrimage by Jeb Bush and his wife.

George W Bush meets Pope amid claims he might convert to Catholicism

Bush more Catholic than Kennedy

George W. Bush elected on December 12th, the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Americas and the unborn . . .

Of course, I haven’t been able to find absolute proof that Jeb Bush and his wife made this pilgrimage but two other incidents have made me think it might be true.

The first was on the night of the election of 2004 as I watched the returns I noticed something that surprised me. In the living room where George Bush and his family were watching the election returns was a small framed picture of our Lady. I went up close to the screen and pointed it out to my family. Since then I have found a photograph of this scene that I saw on television – see below.

The picture of Our Lady is next to George Bush’s daughter Barabara

The other more recent event was on July 3 when John McCain and his wife visited and toured the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Here is what happened.

“They walked into the church together and a few minutes later, Monsignor Monroy and McCain walked up to the altar. McCain laid a wreath of white roses – a tradition of the Virgin of Guadalupe – near the base of the painting. He then received a description of the painting for several minutes. Finally, he was blessed by Monsignor Monroy. For several minutes, according to reporters who were closer to the action, the Monsignor had one hand on McCain’s forehead and another on his shoulder as he offered the blessing. Cindy McCain stood next to the Senator with her head bowed and her eyes closed.”
Press Coverage of McCain at the Guadalupe Shrine

Guess who was with John McCain during this visit? Jeb Bush.

While there Jeb Bush expressed confidence that the White House would stay in GOP hands.
Jeb Bush Joins McCain on Tour of Basilica in Mexico City



Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Unborn
September 22, 2008, 9:58 pm
Filed under: Mother of the Lord, Pro-life, Unborn Jesus

The two best known pro-life priests have written about Our Lady of Guadalupe and the unborn. Both recognize  that this apparition is unique because when Mary appeared to Juan Diego she was pregnant. Some of you will ask how do we know that this is so.

We know it because of  the Maternity Band: The maternity band around the woman’s waist was the sign of a pregnant woman, a mother who is about to give birth, it was a sign to the Indians that someone is yet to come.

Calling it a surprising image this is what Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life said about Our Lady of Guadalupe: “Today this image is still preserved on Juan Diego’s tilma, which hangs over the main altar in the basilica at the foot of Tepeyac Hill just outside of Mexico City. In the image, Our Lady is pregnant, carrying the Son of God in her womb. Her head is bowed in homage, indicating that she is not the Goddess, but rather the one who bears and at the same time worships the one true God.”  and “…Our Lady of Guadalupe has been declared the ‘Patroness of the Unborn’.”

From: Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Pro-life Movement

Father Thomas Euteneuer of Human Life International states: “Of all the many manifestations of Mary’s loving presence among us throughout the centuries, in this apparition alone does she appear to us in the manner of a pregnant mother. She holds within her the unborn Christ, proclaiming the sanctity and blessedness of life within the womb. Her reverence and tenderness communicate to us the joy and awe with which we must approach each nascent life. In contemplating her simplicity we find the strength to emulate her faith, and proceed with confidence in the knowledge that God will overcome the seemingly insurmountable barriers looming all around us in the world today.”

From: Our Lady of Guadalupe: Protectress of the Unborn



The Incarnation, the entry of eternity into time
September 20, 2008, 10:54 am
Filed under: The Incarnation, Unborn Jesus


This12th to 14th century statue is called the Vierge Ouvrante (the Opening Virgin) with the Trinity in her womb: we see Christ and God the Father (the Holy Spirit used to be here but has fallen away). The assembled crowd (in the fold out wings) consisting of crowned heads and humble folk who are praying to the Trinity. When this statue was closed, the viewer only saw Mary with the Christ Child in her lap

The following quotes are taken from a General Audience given by Pope John Paul II on December 10, 1997 entitled The Incarnation, the entry of eternity into time.

“Jesus’ birth makes visible the mystery of the Incarnation already realized in the Virgin’s womb at the time of the Annunciation. In fact, she gives birth to the child that, as the docile and responsible instrument of the divine plan, she had conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. Through the humanity assumed in Mary’s womb, the eternal Son of God begins to live as a child, and grows “in wisdom and in stature, and in favour with God and man” (Lk 2:52). Thus he manifests himself as true man….

…The Incarnation is the fruit of an immense love, which spurred God willingly to share our human condition to the full. In becoming man, the Word of God brought about a fundamental change in the very condition of time. We can say that in Christ human time was filled with eternity….

…The entry of eternity into time is the entrance, in Jesus’ earthly life, of the eternal love that unites the Son to the Father. The Letter to the Hebrews alludes to this when it speaks of Christ’s inner attitude at the very moment he enters the world: “Lo, I have come to do your will, o God” (10:7). The immense “leap” from the heavenly life of the Son of God into the abyss of human existence is motivated by his will to fulfill the Father’s plan in total self-giving….

…Eternity has entered human life. Now human life is called to make the journey with Christ from time to eternity.”

We plan to feature other Vierge Ouvrante (The Opening Virgin) statues in future posts.



This is what it is all about
September 17, 2008, 8:28 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

We get a quarterly newsletter from Shield of Roses, Our Lady of Refuge Chapter. Geri Urrutia, someone we have known a long time, along with all of the other members of this chapter of Shield of Roses, has been working for over 20 years on the front lines defending the unborn and helping moms.

They do very effective sidewalk counseling in Glendale, (California) and save many babies and help their families. Their quarterly newsletter is filled with photos of the beautiful babies they have saved, and with moving stories of these babies’ moms and dads. These parents are truly grateful for the help that Shield of Roses has given them.

We found one of the recent stories especially moving because it shows vividly how not just the babies lives are saved but that the lives of the families are also saved by this decision not to kill their baby. I think this story illustrates the wonderful work that all sidewalk counselors and pregnancy crisis centers do around this country. Here it is as taken from their Spring, 2008 newsletter.

HAPPY FORMER MOM CALLS US

“Geri, you saved four people the day you spoke to me about my baby”

Mom called me because her baby was now eight and had just received her first Holy Communion. Mom related to me that if she had had the abortion, she would have had to divorce her husband because he was pressuring her to abort this child who was pronounced to have severe handicaps. It wasn’t fair, he said, to bring a handicapped baby into the world when they already had a small child for whom to care. She would forever look at her husband in the future and know he was the cause of her abortion, and she would always feel grief for her lost child.

We saved her born child because we saved that child from being shuttled between two divorced parents. We saved Mom because she said she would have never been able to stand the pain of aborting her child, and of course we saved her baby. The baby was born without any fetal abnormalities that the doctors proclaimed.

Mom’s extended family also encouraged aborting the little girl, and now they are so very happy that Mom stood her ground, fought for her child, and carried her baby to term.

Here is a link to another mom who credits Shield of Roses in Glendale for saving her baby. A MOTHER’S CHOICE (1988) by Michele Henderson

To get involved with this group or to make a tax-deductible donation:

Shield of Roses
Our Lady of Refuge Chapter
P.O. Box 9053
Glendale CA 91226
phone: 818-242-3912



St. Robert Bellarmine compares the Incarnation to a marriage!
September 17, 2008, 11:09 am
Filed under: The Incarnation, Unborn Jesus

An artistic rendition of the Incarnation Dome now being installed in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in  D.C.

Today is the feast day of St. Robert Bellarmine. On the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops website they have a beautiful quote from St. Robert about the Incarnation.

So be still now, o my soul, and just listen to the way St. Robert Bellarmine compares the Incarnation to a marriage!

“The king is God the Father; the son is the Word of God; the marriage is the Incarnation; and the bride is human nature. It is most appropriate, indeed, that the Incarnation is compared to a marriage!

First, before a marriage is contracted, there is a time of courtship and engagement: hence the declaration of divine love, celebrated by the wise Solomon in his nuptial poem, the Song of Songs, and the solemn promise made by God to the patriarchs and the prophets that the nuptials would take place.

A marriage also requires mutual consent: this took place when God, through the angel Gabriel, voiced his Son’s intention to Mary, and she, the mother of the bride-to-be [the human race], answered for her daughter: ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word’ (Lk 1:38).

The marriage is then consummated, whereby in all truth the two become one flesh-two natures so intimately united in one person that, unlike other marriages, not even death itself could long separate them.

And once a marriage has taken place, the couple hold everything in common: what had hitherto belonged to the Word-his unique titles, honors, and special privileges-are now bestowed on his bride; and similarly everything that belonged to human nature-its needs, aspirations, weaknesses and sufferings-is assumed by the bridegroom. Even more, a definite new relationship and familiarity begin to exist between the relatives and friends of the bride and groom: that happy intercourse between heaven and earth, which is called the “communion of saints”.

And finally, the traditional ends of marriage are also apparent in the Incarnation. Rightly, therefore, is this union called a marriage which the King of kings made for his divine Son.” (St. Robert Bellarmine)

Prayer

Listen kindly to my prayer, Lord God.
Help me to appreciate more fully the awesome beauty of this great mystery, the Incarnation, and so come to know the depth of your everlasting love. Give me an eye with which to recognize your beloved Incarnate Son; an ear that can understand his word; a heart like unto his; and teach me to ever place my hand trustingly in his.

Taken from The Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops



Sarah Palin: A friend to the unborn
September 15, 2008, 9:26 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

Sarah and Todd Palin with newborn son, Trig

Charlie Gibson interview: Sarah Palin on Abortion.

GIBSON: In the time I have left, I want to talk about some social issues.

PALIN: OK.

GIBSON: Roe v. Wade, do you think it should be reversed?

PALIN: I think it should and I think that states should be able to decide that issue… I am pro-life. I do respect other people’s opinion on this, also, and I think that a culture of life is best for America… What I want to do, when elected vice president, with John McCain, hopefully, be able to reach out and work with those who are on the other side of this issue, because I know that we can all agree on the need for and the desire for fewer abortions in America and greater support for adoption, for other alternatives that women can and should be empowered to embrace, to allow that culture of life. That’s my personal opinion on this, Charlie.

GIBSON: John McCain would allow abortion in cases of rape and incest. Do you believe in it only in the case where the life of the mother is in danger?

PALIN: That is my personal opinion.

GIBSON: Would you change and accept it in rape and incest?

PALIN: My personal opinion is that abortion allowed if the life of the mother is endangered. Please understand me on this. I do understand McCain’s position on this. I do understand others who are very passionate about this issue who have a differing.

GIBSON: Embryonic stem cell research, John McCain has been supportive of it.

PALIN: You know, when you’re running for office, your life is an open book and you do owe it to Americans to talk about your personal opinion, which may end up being different than what the policy in an administration would be. My personal opinion is we should not create human life, create an embryo and then destroy it for research, if there are other options out there… And thankfully, again, not only are there other options, but we’re getting closer and closer to finding a tremendous amount more of options, like, as I mentioned, the adult stem cell research.

Here is what Governor Sarah Palin said when she confirmed that her new baby had Downs Syndrome last April:

“When we first heard, it was kind of confusing,” Palin, 44, said. She called the revelation “very, very challenging” and said she initially felt sad.

But the family has worked through that. Palin said she and Todd feel blessed and chosen by God. With a big family including four older kids, grandparents, aunts and uncles, Palin said, they will have lots of support for what’s ahead. In their eyes, she said, “he’s absolutely perfect.”

The oldest Palin kid, Track, is in the Army and texted his mother after learning the news with something to the effect of “This is just so cool — I finally got my brother.”

In a letter she e-mailed to relatives and close friends Friday after giving birth, Palin wrote, “Many people will express sympathy, but you don’t want or need that, because Trig will be a joy. You will have to trust me on this.” She wrote it in the voice of and signed it as “Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.”

“Children are the most precious and promising ingredient in this mixed-up world you live in down there on Earth. Trig is no different, except he has one extra chromosome,” Palin wrote.

As for people who think a baby like Trig shouldn’t even be born, look around, the governor wrote. Who is perfect or even normal?

From: Anchorage Daily News: Palins’ child diagnosed with Down syndrome (04/22/08)



First National Hispanic Pro-Life Congress
September 14, 2008, 12:25 pm
Filed under: Pro-life
¡NO SE PIERDA ESTE EVENTO HISTÓRICO –

Inscríbase YA!

¡Ultimas nuevas: Dra. Martha Garza, Gineco-obstetra, especialista en fertilidad y endocrinología de reproducción y experta en Planificación Natural de la Familia se une a nuestra lista impresionante de presentadores!

PRIMER CONGRESO NACIONAL PRO-VIDA HISPANO

Septiembre 19-21, 2008
Sterling Hotel, Dallas, Texas

214-634-8550

La comunidad Hispana se enfrenta con la Cultura de la Muerte

– Los Hispanos están en la mirilla de la industria del aborto.

– Que podemos hacer para ponerle un alto a esto?  Puede ayudar la Iglesia?

Venga a aprender como detener a la Cultura de la Muerte y traer una Cultura de Vida a la comunidad Hispana de la EEUU. A todo el pueblo Hispano se le invita a participar en esta obra histórica.  Este Congreso será el primer congreso de otros que vendrán anualmente.

Más información
o llame: Aurora Tinajero – 972-639-0259

Inscripción en línea!

Volante del Congreso en Español

Congress flier in English


To learn more about the Congress (see English and Spanish links above).
¿QUIENES SOMOS?

El congreso es co-patrocinado por Vida Humana Internacional y el Ministerio en Español del Comité Católico Pro-Vida, el Ministério Respeto de Vida de la Diócesis de Dallas.

Aprenda más sobre estas organizaciones y el trabajo que hacen dentro de la comunidad hispana.
Los Hispanoamericanos en EEUU ante la “Cultura de muerte” 


Este es un breve informe sobre los hispanoamericanos y el aborto en EEUU, cuyo propósito es servir de ayuda en cuanto a conocer la magnitud de la situación precaria en la que se encuentra el hispanoamericano frente a las amenazas en contra de la fe, la vida y la familia.


Cardinal George: “consider…John the Baptist and Jesus himself in Mary’s womb”
September 13, 2008, 12:42 am
Filed under: Pro-life

I want to thank all of the Cardinals and Bishops who have spoken out for the unborn at this time. These good men have been working hard to correct the statements of some ‘Catholic’ politicians like Jospeh Biden and Nancy Pelosi that distort and misrepresent Catholic teaching.  Here is a letter from Cardinal George who heads the Archdiocese of Chicago. Since Barak Obama comes from Chicago I think it is an important statement. I also found it interesting because Cardinal George mentions Christ in Mary’s womb in his letter.

Archdiocese of Chicago


Office of the Cardinal

September 2, 2008

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In the midst of a lengthy political campaign, matters of public policy that are also moral issues sometimes are misrepresented or are presented in a partial or manipulative fashion. While everyone could be expected to know the Church’s position on the immorality of abortion and the role of law in protecting unborn children, it seems some profess not to know it and others, even in the Church, dispute it. Since this teaching has recently been falsely presented, the following clarification may be helpful.

The Catholic Church, from its first days, condemned the aborting of unborn children as gravely sinful. Not only Scripture’s teaching about God’s protection of life in the womb (consider the prophets and the psalms and the Gospel stories about John the Baptist and Jesus himself in Mary’s womb) but also the first century catechism (the Didache or Teaching of the Twelve Apostles) said: “You shall not slay the child by abortions. You shall not kill what is generated.” The teaching of the Church was clear in a Roman Empire that permitted abortion. This same teaching has been constantly reiterated in every place and time up to Vatican II, which condemned abortion as a “heinous crime.” This is true today and will be so tomorrow. Any other comments, by politicians, professors, pundits or the occasional priest, are erroneous and cannot be proposed in good faith.

This teaching has consequences for those charged with caring for the common good, those who hold public office. The unborn child, who is alive and is a member of the human family, cannot defend himself or herself. Good law defends the defenseless. Our present laws permit unborn children to be privately killed. Laws that place unborn children outside the protection of law destroy both the children killed and the common good, which is the controlling principle of Catholic social teaching. One cannot favor the legal status quo on abortion and also be working for the common good.

This explains why the abortion issue will not disappear and why it is central to the Church’s teaching on a just social order. The Church does not endorse candidates for office, but she does teach the principles according to which Catholics should form their social consciences. The teaching, which covers intrinsic evils such as abortion and many other issues that are matters of prudential judgment, could not be clearer; the practice often falls short because we are all sinners. There is no room for self-righteousness in Catholic moral teaching.

The Conference of Bishops in this country and the Bishops of Illinois have issued statements about Catholic social teaching and political life. They are available in our parishes. All of us should keep our country and all the candidates for office in the next election in our prayers. God bless you and your families.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Chicago



Praying for the unborn and this election!
September 10, 2008, 9:44 pm
Filed under: Prayer, Pro-life

I would like to add my voice to those who are encouraging prayer for this election and the unborn. Here are a few ideas and websites that encourage this most important prayer.

A Prayer for our Nation as we Prepare to Elect our Leaders

For nine weeks, from September 1 to Election Day (November 4), Priests for Life calls upon believers to participate in the “Election Novena” by saying the following prayer each day:

We thank you for the privilege
Of being able to organize ourselves politically
And of knowing that political loyalty
Does not have to mean disloyalty to you.

We thank you for your law,
Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged
And recognized as higher than any human law.

We thank you for the opportunity that this election year puts before us,
To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote,
But to influence countless others to vote,
And to vote correctly.

Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened.
Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation,
Their response to you requires that they be politically active.

Awaken your people to know that they are not called to be a sect fleeing the world
But rather a community of faith renewing the world.

Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer
Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth;
That the same eyes that read your Word
Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot,
And that they do not cease to be Christians
When they enter the voting booth.

Awaken your people to a commitment to justice
To the sanctity of marriage and the family,
To the dignity of each individual human life,
And to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin,
And not one moment later.

Lord, we rejoice today
That we are citizens of your kingdom.

May that make us all the more committed
To being faithful citizens on earth.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A few other websites encouraging prayer for this election:

National Day of Prayer Website is encouraging Christians to pray for the election. They have many good suggestions to help you pray for this noble intention.

54 Day Rosary Novena “For an outcome of the November Elections which is pleasing to Almighty God, and which serves the eternal and temporal interests of all of His children.”

Other wonderful endeavors to encourage prayer for the unborn – one of the most important reasons that we need to pray for this election.

40 Days for Life A campaign of prayer and fasting that will take place September 24 – November 2 and will be conducted in cities from coast to coast.

World Prayer for Life On the 12th October 2007 all the participants of the II World-Prayer-Congress for Life unanimously reached the decision of starting the World Prayer for Life crusade. From that day, people from all over the world will pray every day, asking for God’s expiation for every rejected gift of life, for the increase of respect for human life and for ensuring in the legislation of all countries unconditional right to live for every human being from the conception until natural death.



Let us honor the Birth of the Mother of Our Savior
September 7, 2008, 10:53 pm
Filed under: Mother of the Lord, Unborn Jesus


Anne Conceiving the Virgin; Bellegambe    and     Mary’s Birth; Master of the Pfullendorf Altar

Today, September 8 is celebrated as the feast day of the Birth of Mary. We would like to praise God for the birth of the Mother of our Savior.

“The Church usually celebrates the passing of a person, that is, the person’s entry into eternal life. Besides the birth of Christ, the Christian liturgy celebrates only two other birthdays: that of St. John the Baptizer and of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. It is not only the individual greatness of these saints that the Church celebrates, but their role in salvation history, a role directly connected to the Redeemer’s own coming into the world.” To learn more: The History of the Liturgical Celebration of Mary’s Birth

Here is a beautiful hymn about when Mary carried Jesus our Savior and God in her womb.

Mary’s womb filled me with wonder
that it should contain you,
my Lord, and enclose you.
The whole of creation was too
small to conceal your greatness,
Earth and Heaven too narrow to
serve as embracing arms, to
conceal your divinity,
The womb of the earth is too small
for you, and yet the womb of
Mary is large enough for you.

These lines from Saint Ephrem’s Hymn on the Nativity



The Key issue in the entire moral order
September 5, 2008, 11:29 pm
Filed under: John Paul II, Pro-life

For many of us the most important issue is the right to life. We long for our beloved country to be freed from the scourge of abortion.

Between 1989 and 1990 Poland was freed from communist domination. Almost immediately, John Paul II began to fight for the right to life of unborn babies in his beloved Poland.

In an October 8, 1990 article in  L’Osservatore Romano  entitled Save the Unborn! Pope John Paul II is quoted from his Oct. 3, 1990 General Audience calling on the Poles to overthrow the inherited law “which strikes at the lives of unborn babies”.

He went on to say: “I am here before you today with the key issue in the entire moral order…This right is the first and most basic one. The law which strikes at life in the mother’s womb carries with it the marks of the totalitarian system.”



Father Robert Drinan, the Kennedys and the Genesis of U.S. Catholic pro-abortion politicians
September 2, 2008, 11:19 pm
Filed under: Pro-life

A funeral was held at St. Aloysius Church on Thursday, February 1, 2007 for former congressman Fr. Robert Drinan. Eulogists included Senator Edward Kennedy and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Rev. Drinan was a Roman Catholic priest who served in the House of Representatives from 1971-1981. Excerpts from these Eulogies

Last week in a post entitled: The Catholic priest who killed the soul of the Democratic Party we talked about Father Robert Drinan’s deadly influence on Catholic politicians. Here is another account of how Father Drinan and the Kennedy family actually planned a strategy that would allow Catholics to support abortion when Robert Kennedy was running for the U.S. Senate in New York in 1964. The account would sound like a conspiracy theory except that it is well sourced from other priests who actually attended the meeting. We have also added three other sources at the end of the account (one from the Boston Globe) which talks about this 1964 meeting.

Here is an account of the meeting from Paul Likoudis in an article entitled Pro-Abortion Congressman Father Robert Drinan Dies in D. C. At 86:
Drinan came into political prominence in 1964, when he was asked to participate at a meeting in Hyannisport with Senator Edward Kennedy, with Robert Kennedy, then considering a run for the U.S. Senate from New York, and with leading [dissident] Catholic theologians. The point of the meeting was to formulate a “Catholic”position on government support for national and international birth control programs.

His [Drinan’s] role was disclosed by former Jesuit Albert Jonsen in the Joseph P. Kennedy Institute’s Ethics Journal, voL 4, no. 1 (1994) in an article entitled, “Theological Ethics, Moral Philosophy and Public Moral Discourse.” “In July 1964, Fr. Joseph Fuchs, SJ. a renowned [dissident] Catholic moral theologian and a professor at the Gregorian University in Rome, was among the guest faculty of an ethics course I was teaching at the Summer School of the University of San Francisco. Walking across campus one morning, Fr. Fuchs hailed me and told me that he had, on the previous day, received a phone call inviting him to join several other leading theologians in a meeting with Senator Ted Kennedy and Robert Kennedy at Hyannisport.

“Robert Kennedy was running for the New York Senate seat, and the Kennedy family and their political advisers wished to discuss the position that a Catholic politician should take on abortion. “Fr. Fuchs then astonished me by saying that since he knew nothing of American politics, he wanted me to accompany him. If I would agree, he would accept the invitation on the condition that I come as his companion. I agreed and they agreed.

Two days later, the distinguished German theologian and the American novice traveled to Cape Cod to join Catholic theologians Robert Drinan, then dean of Boston College Law School [dissident] Richard McCormick; [dissident] Charles Curran; and a bishop whose name I do not recall; as well as Andre Hellegers, an obstetrician and a fetal physiologist who was to be the technical adviser… “Our colloquium at Hyannisport, as I recall it… reached the conclusion that Catholic politicians in a democratic polity might advocate legal restriction on abortion, but in so doing might tolerate legislation that would permit abortion under certain circumstances, if political efforts to repress this moral error led to greater perils to social peace and order. This position, which, of course, is much more nuanced than I have stated, seems to have informed the politics of the Kennedys.”

Another Jesuit in on the Hyannisport meeting was Giles Milhaven, who recounted at a breakfast briefing for Catholicsfor a Free Choice, on September 14, 1984: “Having been asked to make a presentation this morning on Catholic options in public policy on abortion, I cannot but recall the last time I was invited to do so. It was 15 years ago [note: at least 16, since Robert Kennedy was murdered in 1968]. I remember vividly, Other theologians and I were driving down Route 3 to Cape Cod, with Bob Drinan at the wheel. We were to meet the Senators Kennedy and the Shrivers at their request. “I remember it vividly because the traffic lanes were jammed and halted, presumably because of an accident ahead, and Bob Drinan drove 60 miles an hour down the breakdown lane. Despite my misgivings each time we swept around a curve, we theologians arrived safely at the Kennedy compound.

“The theologians worked for a day and a half among ourselves at a nearby hotel. In the evening, we answered questions from the Kennedys and the Shrivers. Though the theologians disagreed on many a point, they concurred on certain basics. These include statements which I will make shortly. What was striking then and remains striking today is the difference between what [some] Catholic theologians say about abortion and what the Catholic Hierarchy say on the same subject …[In] flat contradiction to the Pope and the bishops in certain situations abortion is morally licit and may even be obligatory. ” [Yes, you read that right]. Internet source: Pastor’s Page By Fr. George Welzbacher.

Here are other sources which give an account of this meeting:

Separation anxiety – John Kerry’s religion problem — and the Catholic Democrat who can help him solve it. by Scott Stossel | May 23, 2004Boston Globe

Ted Kennedy’s Good Fortune by Thomas F. Roeser, Chicago Daily Observer, May 27, 2008

The Politics of Abortion, Anne Hendershott

How Support for Abortion Became Kennedy Dogma by Anne Hendershott




Palin Family: Thank you for being 100% Pro-life
September 1, 2008, 11:25 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

Apparently the liberal media doesn’t want a strong, independent, Christian, pro-life woman as VP! Governor Sarah Palin got pregnant at 43 and her unborn child was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome. That she went ahead with her pregnancy and loves her little baby apparently irks a lot of pro-choice liberals, it rubs them the wrong way. In the deepest recesses of their conscience they might even be reminded that killing unborn babies is really not the proper thing to do. So they disrespect the one who reminds them of this truth which contradicts their shallow value system.

Enter the teenage girl who also wants to do the right thing for her unborn baby. Bristol Palin, the 17 year old daughter of Governor Sarah Palin, is about 5 months pregnant. I think she is probably just like every Christian, and every non-Christian, I ever met. We all have a long – really long – list of past mistakes, failings, sins and things we would have done differently. Bristol, since she is only 17, probably has a much shorter “list” than those of us who are older. But…she has her list.

But then there is the other list! The better list! The list of acts of heroic virtue and heroic commitments to others! Bristol has made a valiant, a heroic commitment, to not abort her unborn child – to give this unborn child the same chance at life that we all have had. No doubt there have been many other wonderful virtuous acts in Bristol’s life and God bless her for them all. It’s just that none of her future acts will probably ever be so publicized. But the liberal media and others who share in the holier-than-thou “Planned Parenthood mentality” are looking for blood (as usual).

So Bristol is in a tough place and so is her mom. Pro-Life People Unite! Pray for all pro-life politicians, like John McCain and Sarah Palin AND for their families! Please! And dig deep into your wallet for all pro-life politicians NOW! The liberal media is already attacking this family in many ways for being Christian and Pro – Life. Pray for the Palin Family!