From Lifenews.com
I’m reminded of these two great videos from Catholic Vote: 1 & 2

From Lifenews.com

I’m reminded of these two great videos from Catholic Vote: 1 & 2

39 women, one for each year since abortion on demand was legalized in our country, are walking across Texas on a pilgrimage to the Dallas courthouse where Roe v. Wade was first heard.  God willing, these women will reach their destination on Good Friday.  Please keep them and the cause of life in your prayers as we approach Easter.

For more info about these 39 women who are walking a Via Crucis of sorts, please go to Back to Life; click here to read a recent article about their journey.

Also, please support your local 40 Days for Life campaign.

"Are they women, or are they men with breasts?"
(Photo:  by James McKenzie at the Walk for Life West Coast)

"Are they women, or are they men with breasts?"

(Photo:  by James McKenzie at the Walk for Life West Coast)

Are pro-life women actually men with breasts?

(Versus men without breasts?)

According to Life Site News, Pennsylvania State Representative Babette Josephs recently spoke at a rally in which she voiced her opposition to a state bill that would require “an ultrasound be performed 24 hours before an abortion in order to document the gestational age of the child to be aborted, and that women be given the option of viewing the ultrasound image or hearing the fetal heartbeat if they choose.”

Regarding her female colleagues who support this bill, Representative Josephs said (with my comments),

I’m very proud of my [Democratic] Party. I am not proud of my gender (how unfortunate). I do not understand how a woman in this legislature can say to herself, “I’m not capable of making my own health decisions because there’s no exception for women in the legislature who might want to have an abortion. No! So I can’t make my own health decisions, but I can get elected and make them for somebody else.” I don’t get it! (Yes, that is sadly obvious) What is wrong with this picture? What is wrong with those women? What are they thinking about? How can they justify saying, “My gender is incompetent, but here I am ruling.” What are they? (Good lawmakers, at least on this issue) Are they women, or are they men with breasts?

(What say you, pro-life women? Are you actually men? What is the Representative saying about womanhood and manhood? How would you respond to your sister?)

If you have the stomach interest to watch some of her speech, please click here. If, however, you don’t desire to experience her profound oration, I’ll give you a couple of other points she made.

She asks her audience, "Does this bill help one kid get educated?" Actually, it would. Hopefully, this bill would help many children receive an education since they would be alive to go to school instead of in a bio-hazard bag.

Then she asks, "Does this bill make one person who’s sick better?" In fact, this bill would help prevent women from experiencing psychological, emotional, and physical pain due to an abortion; not to mention, it would also help prevent otherwise healthy babies from becoming unhealthy…that is to say, dead.

Representative Josephs goes on to say, "Pennsylvania has become a laboratory for the right wing. They’re trying all their experiments on us, human beings!" She points to herself emphatically indicating to the crowd that she is in fact a human being. What then are babies in the womb? Are they not human? Perhaps they are pandas. I like pandas.

The Pennsylvania State Representative (and self-proclaimed human being) continues by exclaiming, "And even the anti-abortion people would abort somebody they don’t like; wouldn’t they?"

*sigh*

Really?

*unintelligible guttural sound*

No, Representative Josephs, no.

kandacelee:

Rick Santorum defending the Unborn. Leading the fight to outlaw infanticide.

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Original Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel written by Pope Leo XIII in 1886

English version
Glorious Prince of the Celestial Host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the conflict which we have to sustain against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places (Eph 6:12). Come to the rescue of men whom God has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. It is thou whom Holy Church venerates as her guardian and her protector; thou whom the Lord has charged to conduct redeemed souls into heaven. Pray therefore, the God of peace, to subdue Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive nor do injury to the Church. Present our prayers to the Most High, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us. Seize “the dragon, the ancient serpent, which is the devil and Satan,” bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit…”that he may no longer seduce the nations” (Rev 20:2-3).
Latin version
Prínceps gloriosíssime caeléstis milítiae, sancte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in prœlio advérsus príncipes et potestátes, advérsus mundi rectóres tenebrárum harum, contra spirituália nequítiae in caeléstibus. Veni in auxílium hóminum, quos Deus ad imáginem similitúdinis suae fecit, et a tyránnide diáboli emit prétio magno. Te custódem et patrónum sancta venerátur Ecclésia; tibi trádidit Dóminus ánimas redemptórum in supérna felicitáte locándas. Deprecáre Deum pacis, ut cónterat Sátanam sub pédibus nostris, ne ultra váleat captívos tenére hómines et Ecclésiae nocére. Offer nostras preces in conspéctu Altíssimi, ut cito antícipent nos misericórdiae Dómini, et apprehéndas dracónem, serpéntem antíquum, qui est diábolus et sátanas et ligátum mittas in abýssum, ut non sedúcat ámplius gentes.
Amen.
Note: This prayer was composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and is offered for the private recitation of the faithful in accord with the decree of Inde Ab Aliquot Annis of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, September 29, 1985.
From the Prayer Campaign for the Conversion of Abortionists. 
Get free St. Michael prayer cards from Human Life International.

Original Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel written by Pope Leo XIII in 1886

English version

Glorious Prince of the Celestial Host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the conflict which we have to sustain against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places (Eph 6:12). Come to the rescue of men whom God has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. It is thou whom Holy Church venerates as her guardian and her protector; thou whom the Lord has charged to conduct redeemed souls into heaven. Pray therefore, the God of peace, to subdue Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive nor do injury to the Church. Present our prayers to the Most High, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us. Seize “the dragon, the ancient serpent, which is the devil and Satan,” bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit…”that he may no longer seduce the nations” (Rev 20:2-3).

Latin version

Prínceps gloriosíssime caeléstis milítiae, sancte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in prœlio advérsus príncipes et potestátes, advérsus mundi rectóres tenebrárum harum, contra spirituália nequítiae in caeléstibus. Veni in auxílium hóminum, quos Deus ad imáginem similitúdinis suae fecit, et a tyránnide diáboli emit prétio magno. Te custódem et patrónum sancta venerátur Ecclésia; tibi trádidit Dóminus ánimas redemptórum in supérna felicitáte locándas. Deprecáre Deum pacis, ut cónterat Sátanam sub pédibus nostris, ne ultra váleat captívos tenére hómines et Ecclésiae nocére. Offer nostras preces in conspéctu Altíssimi, ut cito antícipent nos misericórdiae Dómini, et apprehéndas dracónem, serpéntem antíquum, qui est diábolus et sátanas et ligátum mittas in abýssum, ut non sedúcat ámplius gentes.

Amen.

Note: This prayer was composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and is offered for the private recitation of the faithful in accord with the decree of Inde Ab Aliquot Annis of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, September 29, 1985.

From the Prayer Campaign for the Conversion of Abortionists

Get free St. Michael prayer cards from Human Life International.

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Re-post: the Annunciation, Cardinal DiNardo, and Respect for Life

About 2 moths ago, I first published this post about the annual Vigil for Life in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception which included excerpts of the homily given by His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston in which he explains the significance of a certain icon of the Annunciation. 

Enjoy for the second time around!

Tonight, thousands gathered in the beautiful Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. for the opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life.  It was beautiful to see that there were many seminarians, deacons, priests, and (arch)bishops present—so much so that the entrance procession seemed to last 20 minutes!  As Chairman of the Committee on Pro-life Activities for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, His Eminence, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston was the main celebrant.  Here is a bit of Cardinal DiNardo’s homily.

"We are in the house of Mary tonight, sisters and brothers.  In all pro-life work and activity and prayer, she’s the great model, the disciple, the friend who leads who leads us to Christ in deeper commitment for she was privileged to bear Him.   She was His Mother, not His incubator! 

In a brilliant early Russian icon of the Annunciation, she is pictured standing beside the Angel Gabriel, not kneeling beside the Angel.  Both figures are seemingly 10 feet tall.  She is the youngest Virgin Mary I have ever seen painted, and she is smiling.  Her right hand gestures ‘let it be’ to the Angel.  The infant Christ, blessing, is already outlined within her.  In her left hand she is holding needle and thread for she will indeed weave the Eternal Word made flesh into our everyday existence, into our humanity.  What a profound image of what the Incarnation means!  What excellence is the human person!  What magnificence is at stake in our young people! 

When I think of that icon of the Virgin, I think of you, young people, and I am put into a state of genuine joy and assurance, for you, too, in many simple but deeply beautiful ways are weaving Christ into our culture.  You do so with energy and joy, with a love of life and a deep friendship with Christ, our crucified and risen Lord.  May the Holy Spirit overshadow you, just as He overshadowed the Virgin Mary at the Annunciation.”

Spiritual Adoption

Today, as I am sure you already know, is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (which is usually celebrated on March 25).  Today, we liturgically celebrate the Incarnation, that moment following our Blessed Mother’s “fiat” when the Word became flesh in her immaculate womb.  Then, about 9 months from now, we will celebrate Christmas, the birth of Our Lord Jesus in the poor stable in Bethlehem with only a manger to sleep in and shepherds to adore Him.

So, today, I propose to you that we take up the practice of Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and spiritually adopt a baby who is in danger of being aborted.

Babies all around the world will be conceived today, enriching our world by their new lives.  Yet some of them may be threatened by abortion.  So, what can we do about it?  We can spiritually adopt them!

How? 

First, by giving them a name.  By naming them, we recognize their dignity and value as children of God.  This year, I think I am going to name my spiritual son, Pier Miguel after Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati and St. Michael the Archangel.  If you want, I suppose you can adopt more than one child.

Second, pray and offer sacrifices on their behalf, particularly, everyday offer the following prayer composed by Archbishop Sheen:

Jesus, Mary ,and Joseph, I love you very much.  I beg you to save the life of [baby’s name], the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted and is in danger of abortion.

Mary, our Mother in Heaven, pray for us, and especially for your little ones in danger of abortion!

That’s it.  That is the basics of spiritual adoption.

If you are doing this as part of a group, you can pass out periodically mark the development of your spiritually adopted children by posters, pamphlets, or booklets.  Hopefully, I will also post on my blog periodic updates as to the development of our spiritually adopted children.

Also, please contact Bob Paige for little cards that have the prayer and space for you to write your baby’s name and his or her expected birth date.  In the past, I have ordered cards from him.  He gave them to me for free (the shipping was even free), and, if you are able, please offer him a donation in any amount so that he can continue to provide this wonderful prayer resource.

Lastly, especially for groups, it is a great idea to throw a baby shower for all the spiritually adopted children.  The guests can bring gifts of baby products that you can donate to your local pregnancy resource center.  You may even want to plan the baby shower to coincide with the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12 - Since her famous image shows her pregnant, the Virgin of Guadalupe is often invoked as the Protectress of the Unborn) or the Feast of the Holy Innocents (Dec. 28).

Today, our new spiritual children have been conceived.  So, what has happened to them? 

According to The First 9 Months, "The egg and sperm most often unite in the fallopian tube (tube from the ovary to the uterus) to form a single cell called a zygote.  The zygote contains 46 chromosomes, 23 chromosomes from each parent.  This tiny new cell, smaller than a grain of salt, contains all the genetic information for every detail of the new created life—the color of the hair and eyes, the intricate fine lines of the fingerprint, the physical appearance, the gender, the height and the skin tone.  This new life is now called an embryo.

The embryonic cells continuously divide while traveling down the fallopian tube before arriving at the uterus, around days 3-4.  Meanwhile, the lining of the uterus prepares for implantation.”

(Photos:  Pic of conception from Baby Birth Basics, and pic of embryo from WebMD.)

Friday Jam - Life is Beautiful by The Afters (in honor of October Baby which opens in theatres today)


[Verse 1]
Through the window
I see you waiting
You were smiling
Coz I’m coming
Your eyes are a story
An ocean of memories
Pictures of faces and places

[Pre-chorus]
And all of the things
That make us feel like
We have it all (we have it all)
All of the times
That make us realize
We have it all (we have it all)
We have it all

[Chorus]
Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Life is beautiful
Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Life is beautiful
Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh

[Verse 2]
Living and dying
Laughing and crying
We have the whole world
Or have nothing
I know there are long nights
But we’ll make it
With every sunrise
Comes a new light

[Pre-chorus]

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
A father’s love, a wedding dance
New year’s dreams, a toast with friends
A soldier coming home from war
A faith, a hope, so much more
A brand new life, a mother’s prayer
Shooting stars, ocean air
A lover’s kiss, hard goodbyes
Fireworks, Christmas lights

These are the things
That make us feel alive
These are the times
That make us realize

[Chorus]

October Baby opens TODAY!  Go here to find a theatre near you.

October Baby opens tomorrow.  Click here to find a showing near you.

emilye:

In the introduction to The Rebel, in a paragraph in which Camus laments “massacres justified by philanthropy,” you will find these words:
On the day when crime dons the apparel of innocence — through a curious transportation peculiar to our times — it is innocence that is called upon to justify itself.
There’s just so much in that snippet, and in the simple observation of “massacres justified by philanthropy.” In the US the count is 52 million plus, all in the name of “freedom” and “compassion” for women. And it is those who defend the unborn child — the most harmless and innocent of all the human family — who are painted as the monsters, whose motives are presented as inexplicable. The unborn child, often too young and small to even clasp its own hands, is challenged to prove his or her worth and humanity.

emilye:

In the introduction to The Rebel, in a paragraph in which Camus laments “massacres justified by philanthropy,” you will find these words:

On the day when crime dons the apparel of innocence — through a curious transportation peculiar to our times — it is innocence that is called upon to justify itself.

There’s just so much in that snippet, and in the simple observation of “massacres justified by philanthropy.” In the US the count is 52 million plus, all in the name of “freedom” and “compassion” for women. And it is those who defend the unborn child — the most harmless and innocent of all the human family — who are painted as the monsters, whose motives are presented as inexplicable. The unborn child, often too young and small to even clasp its own hands, is challenged to prove his or her worth and humanity.