Filed under: Pro-life
Most of my friends are pro-life and are adamantly against the passage of the pro-abortion Health Care Bill going through Congress. Surprisingly, when I ask this question: I”ve contacted Congress, have you?’ – most of them answer no. And they always add – I really should. At that point they ask me to send them information about how to get in touch with their Congressperson or Senator.
In case you have friends – who just don’t know how to go about contacting Congress. This is a newsletter to help you get that information out to them.
If you call this number you can ask for your representative by name. The Congressional switchboard operator will get you through to them. The phone number is (202) 224-3121.
If you don’t know who your Congressperson or Senators are click here . Put your zip code in the Get Involved box and the names of your representatives will be displayed – click on the name you want to contact and a box with information about your Representative will display – the tab in that box entitled contact will give you all of the information you need to write or phone your representative.
Our opinion is that a personal letter is best, but a personal phone call is also very effective and at this late date may be preferable and third it is also important to email Congress.
Americans United for Life have an online form that allows you to email your representatives with one easy quick form. Click on the icon below.
This will take you to Americans United for Life. They make it easy with one form letter that will be sent to both your Congressperson and Senators.
Why is this important?
1. The pro-abortion health care package will pass unless you call.
2. The Democrats and pro-abortion groups are getting their supporters to call.
3. It has been documented by various groups including the Catholic Bishops that the health care bill will pay for abortion. See what the Bishops say – click here.
Click here for a good link at Americans United for Life that gives information on the health care bills.
Americans United for Life have done a great job researching and documenting the health care bills coming out of Congress and showing how they will fund abortion. What is also troubling is that the Senate committee voted down a conscience clause that Orin Hatch proposed. I believe that if Congress passes the health care bill without a provision specifically outlawing abortion spending – it will be FOCA in disguise.
Filed under: Pro-life
The Visitation by Elizabeth Wang
Within the past couple of weeks I was fortunate to attend two spectacular Pro – Life fundraising dinners in the Los Angeles area ( Los Angeles Pregnancy Services and The Pregnancy Counseling Center) – both are outstanding Pro Life centers which are focused on obtaining ultrasound capabilities on site for the pregnant women who visit them. I tend to find such events a bit emotional – in a good way! – and there were numerous inspiring aspects to both evenings.
But what I would like to address here is the women who spoke who had been planning abortions for themselves (and their little unborns) but were gently persuaded to give birth instead. In every case, the woman would focus on another woman who was either a “sidewalk counselor” or a woman volunteer or staff person in the Pregnancy Counseling Center who reached out with love, offered a reason to choose life, began to uncover the beginnings of hopefulness, revealed themselves as a true friend of the woman-in-need and her unborn child.
Trust is a remarkable thing. We can see it on two levels; trust in God our loving heavenly Father, and trust in another person (or even an organization, but that is less personal). Briefly, trust in God is the foundation of all life:
“For thou, O Lord, art my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
Upon thee I have leaned from my birth;
thou art he who took me from my mother’s womb.” Psalm 71:5-6
St. Thomas Aquinas, like the Psalmist above, links the supernatural virtue of trust to the theological virtue of hope. One spiritual writer speaks of “trust’s twin wings”; humility and “an intimate and practical knowledge of God…of his goodness, of his watchful tenderness” (Rev. Paul de Jaegher, S.J.). Trusting God also shows confidence in His Providence and Will. Trusting God seems to engage the heart of the believer; it is not a merely passive thing.
Which leads us back to the woman planning an abortion for herself. When the pro – life woman reaches out in love she is an ‘Icon of Trustworthiness’ – but will the woman contemplating an abortion respond to her? This is where your prayers and mine come in!!!
The women who spoke at the two events I attended revealed that they were in a somewhat “broken” state, humbled…perhaps ready to trust in someone other than themselves. Enter the trustworthy pro-life woman reaching out with compassion and understanding. Trustworthy women save lives! Trustworthy pro-life women heal this world’s wounds, one pregnancy at a time!
Trust in God (and His weak ambassadors) is a key to the Culture of Life! Mary (and Christ within her) reaching out to help Elizabeth (pregnant with John) is God’s timeless Icon for the pro-life movement.
Michele Tosini (1503-77) St. Luke
October 18 is the feast day of St. Luke.
In chapters One and Two of the Gospel of St. Luke we have 127 verses of narrative concerning the infancy and childhood of Jesus Christ and mysteries surrounding His infancy (Lk 1:5 – 2:52). These verses are unique to Luke and outline the earliest vignettes known about the childhood of Jesus Christ. The verses restricted to the infancy period are slightly less: 114 verses (Lk 1:5 – Lk 2:39).
The extraordinary account of the Annunciation to Mary by the Archangel Gabriel, for example, is presented only in Luke and no where else. Likewise, the remarkable Visitation event (and Magnificat “song”) and Bethlehem birth saga are Lukan treasures only. Which might lead us to wonder how would Christianity be different if there was no Luke? Would we celebrate Christmas? (Matthew also provides 47 verses of invaluable introductory information as well concerning Mary, Joseph and Jesus, before and after the birth. Mt 1:18 – 2:23)
We are indebted to Luke in a thousand ways, but especially for the first two chapters of his Gospel which are in a way a “prologue”, comparable to the famous “Prologue” to the Gospel of John (Jn 1:1-18): “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God…” But while the Prologue of John is about Mysteries and realities concerning the Word Incarnate, this “prologue” of Luke’s is focused on biological and historical events which reveal the Child Incarnate. While John is mystical, Luke is highly personal yet supernatural. All of this is to say that, the Incarnation Mystery of faith is so wondrous, that we need both Luke and John to unfold for us its beauty and reality. We can listen to John’s Prologue and see it with the eyes of the heart, but Luke’s we visualize all in fabulous images.
But it is only Luke who reveals to us the babyhood of Jesus and the attendant mysteries thereto. Luke is one of the Church’s great “Pro – Life” saints! There is no way around it. He alone tells of the conception of Jesus Christ, paints for us the tender mother who opens up her heart and soul to God’s plan and Spirit, then recounts the mysterious encounter between pregnant mothers and unborn children and finally recounts in all its poverty and glory the birth of humankind’s Savior in a manger.
St. Luke we thank you for the little details you carefully recorded about our Savior’s first nine months in the womb and then in the manger. You, St. Luke, have brought more tears of joy to human eyes than any other author in human history. You have revealed to us the mother of the baby Jesus and have transported us in our thoughts to kneel beside the beasts and shepherds, beneath the angels’ meditative gaze. It was first your descriptive words which gave rise to those Christmas hymns we sing now that cause our hearts to bow down in adoration again.
St. Luke, when we see you in heaven, we will get in that very long reception line of pro-life Christians who want to shake your hand, the hand which wrote down the sacred events of our Savior’s babyhood, events which gave us hope for all our earthly days.
George A. Peate, Unborn Word Alliance
El Greco (1541-1614) St. Luke (detail)
Rachel Campos-Duffy is an author, blogger and television personality. Click here to see her website. The other day she was on The View – you know the morning show with Whoppi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters. She was a guest host for the day replacing Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
During a discussion about President Obama’s receiving the Nobel Peace Prize she said,
“When I think of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, I think of the quintessential winner, I think of Mother Theresa. And Mother Theresa said we wouldn’t have peace until we ended abortion. I think personally for me, that its Obama’s radical abortion position that makes him the least qualified…”
Great witness to the world, Rachal Campos-Duffy. We need more woman like you who are not afraid to speak the truth.
In a previous post on St. Elizabeth Ann Seton we mentioned that both she and St. Louise de Marillac had a devotion to Christ in the womb. (St. Elizabeth Seton formed her sisters in the Vincentian spirit according to the tradition of Louise de Marillac 1591-1660 and Vincent de Paul 1581-1660.) In that post, we highlighted some quotes from St. Elizabeth speaking of her devotion to Christ in the womb. In today’s post we would like to highlight St. Louise’s devotion.
In the book, Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac – Rules, Conferences and Writings, Vie Thorgren writes of St. Louise: ” They remind us of the importance of the hidden years of Jesus’ life-hidden within the womb and hidden in a village noted only for its insignificance. As early as 1626, Louise began a daily practice of meditation on Jesus within the womb receiving his flesh and blood, which became the means of our redemption. Recognizing the fruitfulness of this meditation, she offered it as an enduring legacy to the Daughters of Charity.”
In her Rule of Life in the world, St. Louise enumerates several devotional practices in honor of the Virgin Mary – one of these practices concerns Christ in the womb.
A quarter of an hour of prayer exactly at midday to honor the moment when the Incarnation of the Word took place in the womb of the Blessed Virgin.
In her own words, we learn from St. Louise herself, of a personal devotional practice she had honoring the unborn Christ Child. St. Louise drew up a little rosary. She wrote to St. Vincent: “This little chaplet is the devotion for which I asked permission of your Charity three years ago as a personal devotion. I have in a small box a quantity of these little chaplets, along with some thoughts on this devotion written on a piece of paper, which with your permission, I wish to leave to all our sisters after my death. Not one of them knows it. It honors the hidden life of Our Lord in his state of imprisonment in the womb of the Blessed Virgin and congratulates her on her happiness during those nine months. The three small beads hail her under her beautiful titles of Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, and Spouse of the Holy Spirit. That is the main thought behind the devotion. By the grace of God, unworthy as I am, I have continued this devotion since the time I mentioned, but I hope to discontinue it, aided by God’s same grace, if your Charity so orders. By means of this little exercise I intend to ask God, through the Incarnation of his Son and the prayers of the Blessed Virgin, for the purity necessary for the Company of the Sisters of Charity and for the steadfastness of this Company in keeping with his good pleasure.” Louise de Marillac, Spiritual Writings, L.303B
It seems that St. Vincent had agreed to this devotional practice three years earlier but at this point he asked her to discontinue it. Even though St. Louise continued to believe that this was a devotion that Our Lady wanted her to practice – in holy obedience to St. Vincent she discontinued it.
She alludes to this in a letter: “I feel that I must tell your Charity that I was and still am sorry at having to abandon those little prayers because I believe that the Blessed Virgin wanted me to render her this small tribute of gratitude. But with her, I console myself by offering my renunciation to her and by resolving to please her in some other way and to serve her with greater fervor….” Louise de Marillac, Spiritual Writings, L.304