Living the feminine genius

Talks From the GIVEN 2016 Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum

There is nothing that we can do but love.

This past summer 300 women between the ages of 20 and 30 had the opportunity to attend GIVEN 2016, a 5-day conference during which participants focused on authentic femininity as expressed through three key themes:

  • receiving the gift you are
  • realizing the gifts you’ve been given
  • responding with the gift only you can give

So, if you are hearing about the forum after the fact, or if you heard about it in time, and were too old to apply to participate… organizers recorded and published the daily homilies and talks, so that we all may benefit. Following are just a few of the many great speakers.

The Feminine Genius – Dr Helen Alvare

Reclaiming the Public Square – Gloria Purvis
Giving counter-witness to the culture about what authentic femininity really is

What are you willing to risk to bring the Gospel Truth to the person in front of you?

Every young woman has been entrusted with a mission: to cultivate her own unique gifts and initiate positive change in the world through the love that is exclusively hers to give.
GIVEN 2016 Vision statement

The Temperament God Gave You – Laraine Bennet
“I used to think my husband was just like me, only bad.”

The Feminine Genius Unleashed in Education – Sister Amelia Hueller, OP
We are supposed to be in the process now of becoming more and more like God.

Reclaiming Beauty – Kara Eschbach
The media we consume affects the way we view ourselves and how we view other women.

How can we begin to see ourselves as God sees us?

Casting the Vision – Sister Mary Gabriel
God notices you. He waits for you and for your yes.

What do I desire? What do I think I need at this moment?
What does God desire here and now?

If you are tired of mainstream media junk and spin, visit givenforum.org to watch talks on Theology of Woman; Finding Balance in Life; Feminine Genius Unleased in the church, politics, and education; Living Motherhood; Entrusted with the environment, economic issues, and with the suffering of others.

The vocation of woman in its fullness changes everything forever.  The vocation of woman in its fullness ushers in a revolution of love that heals hearts and raises the dead to life.

Not afraid to let herself be loved.

Trust in Him who is Virtue and Holiness

Feast of Saint Therese of Lisieux
The Little Flower’s Bold Confidence in God

I wasn’t too good at playing games, but I did love reading very much and would have spent my life at it. I had human angels, fortunately for me, to guide me in the choice of the books which, while being entertaining, nourished both my heart and my mind. And I was not to go beyond a certain time in my reading, which was the cause of great sacrifices to me as I had to interrupt my reading very often at the most enticing passage. This attraction for reading lasted until my entrance into Carmel. To state the number of books would be impossible, but never did God permit me to read a single one of them that was capable of doing me any harm. It is true that in reading certain tales of chivalry, I didn’t always understand the realities of life; but soon God made me feel that true glory is that which will last eternally, and to reach it, it isn’t necessary to perform striking works but to hide oneself and practice virtue in such a way that the left hand knows not what the right is doing.

When reading the accounts of the patriotic deeds of French heroines, especially the Venerable JOAN OF ARC, I had a great desire to imitate them; and it seemed I felt within me the same burning zeal with which they were animated, the same heavenly inspiration. Then I received a grace which I have always looked upon as one of the greatest in my life because at that age I wasn’t receiving the lights I’m now receiving when I am flooded with them. I considered that I was born for glory and when I searched out the means of attaining it, God inspired in me the sentiments I have just described. He made me understand my own glory would not be evident to the eyes of mortals, that it would consist of becoming a great saint! This desire would certainly appear daring if one were to consider how weak and imperfect I was, and how, after seven years in the religious life, I still am weak and imperfect. I always feel, however, the same bold confidence of becoming a great saint because I don’t count on my merits since I have none, but I trust in Him who is Virtue and Holiness. God alone, content with my weak efforts, will raise me to Himself and make me a saint, clothing me in His infinite merits. I didn’t think then that one had to suffer very much to reach sanctity, but God was not long in showing me this was so and in sending me trials I have already mentioned.

— Saint Therese of Lisieux, Story of a Soul, Manuscript A, Chapter IV

I have a say, I have a vote

And I will speak for unborn children, whose voices Planned Parenthood silences.

With Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards speaking at the Democratic National Convention last month, the Democratic Party has made clear that the pro-life voice is not welcome at the table. This time last year, Hillary Clinton likened us to domestic terrorists (CNN report or The Federalist or LifeSite News).

All of which makes the following videos from 2012 more relevant than ever.

Videos of the Day / Men Have a Say

Father John Hollowell Has a Say

Men have a say. And when men speak up and stand up fight for and protect women and children, women listen. On the other hand, women who degrade and want to eradicate men from the conversation are divisive, and simply wrong. Keep up with Father John Hollowell at On This Rock.

Cecile Richards Does Not Speak for Me

Before a baby dies, a heart must die. Before a heart dies, it must close. A heart that is unable to make a total gift of self is not open to life and the fruit of sexual expression, and so the mind attached to that heart seeks a solution, for how to not make a total gift of self, and the answer is birth control. Birth control and abortion are intricately linked and simply different parts of the journey in the culture of death.

Quotes of the Day / Join the Culture of Life

22. There are some things we must never do, as individuals or as a society, because they are always incompatible with love of God and neighbor. Such actions are so deeply flawed that they are always opposed to the authentic good of persons. These are called “intrinsically evil” actions. They must always be rejected and opposed and must never be supported or condoned. A prime example is the intentional taking of innocent human life, as in abortion and euthanasia. In our nation, “abortion and euthanasia have become preeminent threats to human dignity because they directly attack life itself, the most fundamental human good and the condition for all others” (Living the Gospel of Life, no. 5). It is a mistake with grave moral consequences to treat the destruction of innocent human life merely as a matter of individual choice. A legal system that violates the basic right to life on the grounds of choice is fundamentally flawed.

31.     We urge those Catholic officials who choose to depart from Church teaching on the inviolability of human life in their public life to consider the consequences for their own spiritual well being, as well as the scandal they risk by leading others into serious sin.  We call on them to reflect on the grave contradiction of assuming public roles and presenting themselves as credible Catholics when their actions on fundamental issues of human life are not in agreement with Church teaching.  No public official, especially one claiming to be a faithful and serious Catholic, can responsibly advocate for or actively support direct attacks on innocent human life.  …

32.     The Gospel of Life must be proclaimed, and human life defended, in all places and all times.  The arena for moral responsibility includes not only the halls of government, but the voting booth as well.   Laws that permit abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide are profoundly unjust, and we should work peacefully and tirelessly to oppose and change them.  Because they are unjust they cannot bind citizens in conscience, be supported, acquiesced in, or recognized as valid.  Our nation cannot countenance the continued existence in our society of such fundamental violations of human rights.

34. Catholics often face difficult choices about how to vote. This is why it is so important to vote according to a well-formed conscience that perceives the proper relationship among moral goods. A Catholic cannot vote for a candidate who favors a policy promoting an intrinsically evil act, such as abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, deliberately subjecting workers or the poor to subhuman living conditions, redefining marriage in ways that violate its essential meaning, or racist behavior, if the voter’s intent is to support that position. In such cases, a Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in grave evil. At the same time, a voter should not use a candidate’s opposition to an intrinsic evil to justify indifference or inattentiveness to other important moral issues involving human life and dignity.

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (USCCB)

Your Life Matters

Your voice matters. Your vote matters.

 

God bless women and grant us peace

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions for May 2016

How appropriate that the Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for May, a month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, would be for women and include the rosary.

Let us join our Holy Father in prayer:

  • Universal: respect for women
    That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
  • Evangelization: Holy Rosary
    That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.

Male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27). Both made in the image and likeness of God and with equal dignity. Destined to be different and complementary. This union with “the other” who is unlike oneself symbolizes the union God, Creator, pure spirit, desires to have with us, humanity, his creation, which he found good, which he loves.

May men and women, especially spouses, experience God’s peace. And may the peace between spouses spread to their children, among extended families, into neighborhoods and communities, across the state and the country, until God’s peace fills the world.

Peace.

Love lays down her life

Quote of the Day

I ask you to love me with the same love with which I love you. But for me you cannot do this, for I loved you without being loved. Whatever love you have for me, you owe me, so you love me not gratuitously, but out of duty, while I love you not out of duty, but gratuitously. So you cannot give me the kind of love I ask of you. This is why I have put you among your neighbors, so that you can do for them what you cannot do for me—that is, love them without any concern for thanks and without looking for any profit for yourself. And whatever you do for them, I will consider done for me.

— Saint Catherine, The Dialogue (a conversation between the Eternal Father and a soul)

Scripture of the Day: John 15:12–17

Jesus said to his disciples:
“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”

Saint of the Day: Catherine of Siena

Italian, b. 1347, d. 1380, canonized 1461

Saint Catherine laid down her life in response to God’s love for her. After a mystical vision at age 6, the girl turned to a life of prayer and solitude. At 7, she made a private vow of perpetual virginity. As she matured, Catherine’s parents began to prepare her for marriage, but she resisted to the point of cutting her hair and relinquishing adornments. While she never officially took the religious vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, she lived them perfectly. Catherine became a Third Order Dominican and remained at home, where her life was dedicated to penance and works of mercy. She tended the sick, including those dying of bubonic plague. Her strong foundation of prayer strengthened her vocation as spiritual guide, which led to her involvement of the more worldly side of church affairs and politics. Having the courage to speak the truth to popes and kings, Catherine played a role in bringing the seat of the papacy back to Rome from Avignon, France.

In 1970  Pope John Paul II named Saint Catherine, who was unschooled, except by the Lord in prayer, a Doctor of the Church.

The soul, who is lifted by a very great and yearning desire for the honor of God and the salvation of souls, begins by exercising herself, for a certain space of time, in the ordinary virtues, remaining in the cell of self-knowledge, in order to know better the goodness of God towards her. This she does because knowledge must precede love, and only when she has attained love, can she strive to follow and to clothe herself with the truth.

But, in no way, does the creature receive such a taste of the truth, or so brilliant a light therefrom, as by means of humble and continuous prayer, founded on knowledge of herself and of God; because prayer, exercising her in the above way, unites with God the soul that follows the footprints of Christ Crucified, and thus, by desire and affection, and union of love, makes her another Himself. Christ would seem to have meant this, when He said: To him who will love Me and will observe My commandment, will I manifest Myself; and he shall be one thing with Me and I with him. In several places we find similar words, by which we can see that it is, indeed, through the effect of love, that the soul becomes another Himself.

— Saint Catherine, The Dialogue, Prologue

Writings of Saint Catherine

 

Pray With and For Our Little Sisters

Tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell. The justices will decide if the government can force a group of nuns who provide care for the elderly poor to include contraceptives and abortifacients in their health plan. If the Little Sisters lose their case they will be forced to violate their religious beliefs or pay $70 million in fines per year.

Let us surround both the Little Sisters and our Supreme Court justices with prayer, and pray for the continuation of religious freedom in America and around the world.

Who are the Little Sisters of the Poor?

What is religious freedom?

Who is already exempt from the “HHS mandate”?

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More Information

 

Travelling the Path of Prayer: Sing, Dance, Praise, & Love

Saint of the Day:  Teresa of Jesus
Mother of the Spiritual Life

Spanish, b. 1515, d. 1582

Virgin; mystic; foundress of 17 Carmelite convents; friend of several saints of her time, including John of the Cross; the first woman named Doctor of the Church

The daughter of a merchant, Teresa was born into a large, devout family; at 7, she and her brother decided to run away to Africa, where they hoped to be beheaded by the Moors and become martyrs—a relative cut short their journey, bringing them home to their mother the same day; entered the local convent in Avila at 16 and professed vows at 20, not because of love for God, but rather following customs of the time for women from wealthy families; the atmosphere of the convent was more social than pious; yet at age 39, Teresa underwent a conversion, which transformed her spiritual mediocrity into great fervor, a fervor for God that would lead to reform and the founding of the Discalced (shoeless) Carmelite order, where religious would truly live out the vow of poverty; her private revelations were questioned not only by her religious superiors, but also came under the scrutiny of the Inquisition

500 years after her birth, people continue to seek her instruction on how to pray and and guidance on union with God in prayer

Patroness of religious and the sick, headaches, Spain, people in need of grace

O Lord! All our trouble comes to us from not having our eyes fixed upon Thee. If we only looked at the way along which we are walking, we should soon arrive; but we stumble and fall a thousand times and stray from the way because, as I say, we do not set our eyes on the true Way. — The Way of Perfection, chapter 16

We need no wings to go in search of God, but have only to find a place where we can be alone and look upon Him present within us. — The Way of Perfection, chapter 28

“What I have learned is this: that the entire foundation of prayer must be established in humility, and that the more a soul abases itself in prayer, the higher God raises it. — The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila

…if you progress a long way on this road and ascend to the Mansions of your desire, the important thing is not to think much but to love much; do, then, whatever most arouses you to love. Perhaps we do not know what love is… — Interior Castle, Fourth Mansion

True humility will walk happily along the road by which the Lord leads it. — The Way of Perfection, chapter 17

(some) Writings of Saint Teresa of Avila

Including a Poem

Let nothing disturb thee;
Let nothing dismay thee;
All things pass;
God never changes.
Patience attains
All that it strives for.
He who has God
Finds he lacks nothing:
God alone suffices.
— Poem IX

And a Prayer for Other Souls

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing that you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into our bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love. It is there for every one of you.

Papal Visit: Evening Prayer in NYC

In his own words:
Excerpts from Pope Francis’ Homily
during Vespers at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC

“There is a cause for rejoicing here,” although “you may for a time have to suffer the distress of many trials” (1 Pet 1:6). These words of the Apostle remind us of something essential. Our vocation is to be lived in joy.

This evening, my brothers and sisters, I have come to join you in prayer that our vocations will continue to build up the great edifice of God’s Kingdom in this country.

The joy of men and women who love God attracts others to him; priests and religious are called to find and radiate lasting satisfaction in their vocation. Joy springs from a grateful heart. Truly, we have received much, so many graces, so many blessings, and we rejoice in this. It will do us good to think back on our lives with the grace of remembrance. Remembrance of when we were first called, remembrance of the road travelled, remembrance of graces received… and, above all, remembrance of our encounter with Jesus Christ so often along the way. Remembrance of the amazement which our encounter with Jesus Christ awakens in our hearts. To seek the grace of remembrance so as to grow in the spirit of gratitude.

Pope Francis’ Question of the Day

Perhaps we need to ask ourselves:  are we good at counting our blessings?

A grateful heart is spontaneously impelled to serve the Lord and to find expression in a life of commitment to our work. Once we come to realize how much God has given us, a life of self-sacrifice, of working for him and for others, becomes a privileged way of responding to his great love.

We can get caught up measuring the value of our apostolic works by the standards of efficiency, good management and outward success which govern the business world. Not that these things are unimportant! We have been entrusted with a great responsibility, and God’s people rightly expect accountability from us. But the true worth of our apostolate is measured by the value it has in God’s eyes. To see and evaluate things from God’s perspective calls for constant conversion in the first days and years of our vocation and, need I say, great humility. The cross shows us a different way of measuring success. Ours is to plant the seeds: God sees to the fruits of our labors. And if at times our efforts and works seem to fail and produce no fruit, we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus… and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.

Gratitude and hard work: these are two pillars of the spiritual life which I have wanted to share with you this evening. I thank you for prayers and work, and the daily sacrifices you make in the various areas of your apostolate. Many of these are known only to God, but they bear rich fruit for the life of the Church. In a special way I would like to express my esteem and gratitude to the religious women of the United States. What would the Church be without you? Women of strength, fighters, with that spirit of courage which puts you in the front lines in the proclamation of the Gospel. To you, religious women, sisters and mothers of this people, I wish to say “thank you,” a big thank you… and to tell you that I love you very much.

In God’s Time

Saint of the Day:  Monica

North Africa, b. circa 322, d. 387

while young, she developed an addiction to wine, but overcame the tendency (which Augustine writes about in Confessions, Book IX, Chapter VIII); she had an arranged marriage to an older pagan Roman official, who was unfaithful and abusive; she bore three children whom her husband would not allow her to have baptized; Monica, however, witnessed the conversion of her husband shortly before he died, and after their father’s death, two of the children entered religious life; Monica wept, prayed, and fasted 17 years for what seemed a hopeless endeavor:  the conversion of her oldest son, Augustine, who had a child out of wedlock with his mistress and began to practice Manichaeism

patron of patience, married women, mothers, widows, homemakers, difficult marriages, disappointing children, victims of adultery and verbal abuse, alcoholics

Lesson:  never stop praying for your children; trust in God’s love, which is greater than we can imagine

God’s time will come. Go now, I beg you; it is not possible that the son of so many tears should perish. — bishop to Saint Monica regarding her prayers and weeping for the conversion of Augustine

News Coverage of the 08-22-15 Nationwide Pro-Life Demonstrations

[UPDATED 09-01-15]

The Pro-Life Action League now reports that more than 78,000 people demonstrated at 354 of the nearly 700 Planned Parenthood clinics and offices around the country last Saturday. More than 50 pro-life organizations (including Women Betrayed, Priests for Life, Human Life International40 Days for LifeCreated Equal, and Silent No More) sponsored the National Day of Protest. Since the Center for Medical Progress released its undercover videos, many have complained that mainstream media won’t cover the story.

I wondered how would the media cover the historic nationwide demonstrations. Was bias inevitable? No doubt there was pressure at many media outlets to include Planned Parenthood’s talking points when covering the pro-life demonstrations. Some reporters went so far as to lead the coverage with the so-called “pro-choice” viewpoint or show a picture of someone holding a sign that says “I stand with Planned Parenthood.” Following are sample news reports from around the country.

[For official counts by city, visit ProtestPP.com. The numbers below could be off, because they were sourced from media reports (for those journalists and outlets that cared enough to include an estimated count of participants).]

City State Estimated # of Pro-Life Demonstrators Media Coverage with a few Personal Video and Articles
Fairbanks AK 50+ newsminer.com
Little Rock AK 250 THV11
Birmingham AL 300 al.com and ABC 33 40
Mobile AL 221 WFSA
Glendale AZ dozens (931) CBS 46
Phoenix AZ no number reported (1600) ABC 15 and Arizona Family  and AZ Central and Catholic Stand
Tempe AZ 1100 National Catholic Register
Escondido CA 200 San Diego Tribune
Lawndale CA hundreds Daily Breeze
Los Angeles CA 100 Breitbart
Orange CA 1000 The Orange County Register  and private video
Pomona CA 100+ sbsun.com
Reading CA 70 KRCR News
San Diego CA 200 (500) San Diego Tribune
Vista CA 100 San Diego Tribune
Colorado Springs CO 600 KOAA and KKTV and KRDO
Denver CO hundreds (575) 9News and The Denver Channel
Washington DC hundreds (180) WTOP
Fort Meyers FL 100+ (527) ABC 7
Orlando FL 150 Orlando Sentinel
Pembroke Pines FL 200 Sun Sentinel
St Petersburg FL 150 The Tampa Tribune
Tampa FL 300 The Tampa Tribune
Columbus GA 150 WRBL
Marietta GA 600–700 CBS 46 and Marietta Daily Journal; see also Here I Blog and Mark Lamprecht video: 20 min, includes Dr Alveda King’s speech and 5 min
Des Moines IA 250 The Des Moines Register
Iowa City IA no number reported (150) KCRG
Boise ID hundreds (200) KTVB  and KIVI TV
Meridian ID 300 Idaho Statesman
Aurora IL 1600 National Catholic Register; Washington Post; CBS Chicago; see also Nick Johnson youtube video
Fort Wayne IN 500+ WishTV
Mishawaka IN hundreds South Bend Tribune
Overland Park KS no number reported (500) Fox 4 KC
Louisville KY 500 Courier-Journal and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Boston MA 300 (400) WBUR
Worcester MA 350 Catholic Free Press
Annapolis MD no number reported (200) Capital Gazette
Easton MD 100 WBOC
Frederick MD no number reported (167) Your4State
Towson MD 60 Baltimore Sun
Portland ME dozens Providence Journal  and WMTV
Grand Rapids MI hundreds (500) WOOD TV
Kalamazoo MI 150 mlive.com
Warren MI 450 The Michigan Catholic
St Paul MN 4000 to 6000 Christian Post and National Catholic Register
Columbia MO hundreds(250) Connect MidMissouri and KBIA
Saint Louis MO 700 Saint Louis Review
Hattiesburg MS 60+ Hattiesburg American
Great Falls MT no number reported (120) KRTV
Ashville NC no number reported (220) WLOX
Charlotte NC hundreds (1200) WSOCTV
Greensboro NC 100+ My Fox 8
Raleigh NC 100+ WRAL
Winston-Salem NC 200+ Journal Now and Winston-Salem Journal
Moorhead ND 240 Daily Globe
Lincoln NE 600 couldn’t find local news report (KLKN); see tweet
Omaha NE 620 couldn’t find local news report (KETV and WOWT)
Manchester NH 200 New Hampshire Union Leader
Hackensack NJ 300 NorthJersey.com
Hamilton NJ 200 NJ.com
Morristown NJ 200 NJ.com
Albuquerque NM 600 KOB 4 and fggam.org
Las Vegas NV 200 News 3 LV
Buffalo NY 200 Buffalo News
Hornell NY 30 Evening Tribune
New York NY 150 Fox News
Akron OH hundreds (550) Toledo Blade
Cincinnati OH 1100 National Catholic Register
Columbus OH 600+ Dispatch.com
Dayton OH hundreds (300) WHIO and ABC 22
Toledo OH 250 Toledo Blade
Youngstown OH no number reported (100) WFMJ
Oklahoma City OK 100–300 KFOR and News on 6
Tulsa OK 150 News on 6
Bend OR 150 KTVZ
Portland OR dozens Catholic Sentinel and KGW   and WGME
Salem OR hundreds (300) Statesman Journal
Harrisburg PA no number reported (150) ABC 27
Pittsburgh PA 150 Post Gazette
Scranton PA 100+ The Times-Tribune and WNEP
Providence RI 500 Providence Journal and ABC 6
Columbia SC 100+ SC Now
Greenville SC 300 (500) Greenville Online and WYFF 4
Sioux Falls SD 100+ KDLT
Knoxville TN 150 Local 8 Now and WBIR
Nashville TN 70 The Tennessean
Austin TX 300 KXAN
Dallas TX hundreds (400) Dallas Morning News and Dallas Morning News Scoop Blog
Fort Worth TX 500+ (575) Washington Post
Houston TX several hundred Chron.com and Click 2 Houston
San Antonio TX 650 (700) KSAT 12 and Fox San Antonio
Spring TX 400 KHOU
Tyler TX 200+ KLTV
Orem UT 150 Herald Extra
Salt Lake City UT 300+ Salt Lake Tribune
Charlottesville VA 200+ Daily Progress and NBC 29
Falls Church VA 800 Washington Post and Arlington Catholic Herald
Richmond VA 500 Christian Post and NBC 12
Roanoke VA 350+ WSLS 10
Virginia Beach VA 100+ WAVY.com
Pullman WA 500 Daily Evergreen and  youtube footage
Seattle WA hundreds (380) King 5
Madison WI 80 NBC 15 and Catholic Herald (200 participants on 08-24)
Wisconsin Rapids WI 100 Stevens Point Journal
Vienna WV no number reported The News Center

Curious:  why is the number for Saint Paul, MN, so much higher than for other cities?

How we tell our story matters, the words we choose matter. Listening carefully to the story the media or politicians or a business like Planned Parenthood wants to sell matters. It is the story that gets us to step out of our day-to-day lives and demonstrate outside a building, at our state capitol, or on the National Mall.

The Church believes that God exists and that he loves us. We make this claim because we have encountered and trust Jesus Christ. This trust enables a relationship in which God’s plan for all creation is revealed and disclosed. Confident in this plan, we are able to proclaim that each and every human being is created in the image of God. We believe that God creates us with a purpose and for a mission.
Love Is Our Mission: the family fully alive

The pro-life message is that every life matters, that ending the life of a human being is not a compassionate or merciful solution to any problem, including a crisis pregnancy. The pro-life message is that women have other options besides ending the life of an innocent child. There are people and organizations ready to help (e.g., Birthright, Life Call, and Care Net). There are couples who would love to adopt and care for the child, including those who may have physical or mental disabilities.

The goals of the National Day of Protest demonstrations included the following:

  • Stop taxpayer funding of the billion-dollar abortion giant, Planned Parenthood, which ended the lives of more than 300,000 children in 2014.
  • Demand that Congress investigate Planned Parenthood “fetal tissue donation” practices (where relevant; does not occur at all clinics, all states).
  • Raise awareness that abortion is the intentional taking of human life and violates the fifth commandment.
  • Clarify the language that “pro-choice” advocates use to distort the reality of abortion.
  • Witness to the sanctity of life and to other choices (not to harass women,  as some claim).

Things to Think About

Question of the Day:  Am I willing to help? How do we stop unborn babies from being killed in the first place?

For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. — Ephesians 6:12

Prayers from Priests for Life