The new evangelization calls for followers of Christ who are unconditionally pro-life: who will proclaim, celebrate and serve the Gospel of life in every situation. A sign of hope is the increasing recognition that the dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil. Modern society has the means of protecting itself, without definitively denying criminals the chance to reform (cf. Evangelium Vitae, 27). I renew the appeal I made most recently at Christmas for a consensus to end the death penalty, which is both cruel and unnecessary.
Pope Blessed John Paul II
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Five years ago today, a grave injustice resulted in the death of a woman. Her name was Terri Schiavo. Diagnosed to be in a permanent vegetative state, her parents fought tooth and nail against her husband to keep her alive. But he eventually got the courts on his side, and had Terri’s feeding tube removed, and after 13 days of starvation, with no ability to fight back or obtain food for herself, she passed on. We can only hope that God had mercy on her soul for the suffer and hatred, yes hatred, that she endured because of her disability. May she rest in peace, and may we pray that injustices like this never are allowed to happen in America again.
December 3, 1963-March 31, 2005
I won’t be making it to Washington tomorrow, but pray for those who will be. Pray for our members of Congress. Pray for our President. Pray for our nation. Abortion is wrong, no matter what, and you don’t have to be a Catholic or Protestant to believe that. Pray for an end to abortion and pray for the exclusion of an abortion mandate in the health care bill. This is an important point in time in the history of our nation. Take part, let your voice be heard so that our consciences are clear and that our leaders may have a change of heart and turn our country away from this grievous crime.
Prayer for all victims of abortion. May those involved in abortions be reconciled to God and may the innocent dead be saved.
Holy Mother of God and of the Church, our Lady of Guadalupe, you were chosen by the Father for the Son through the Holy Spirit.
You are the Woman clothed with the sun who labors to give birth to Christ while Satan, the Red Dragon, waits to voraciously devour your child.
So too did Herod seek to destroy your Son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and massacred many innocent children in the process.
So today does abortion killing many innocent unborn children and exploiting many mothers in its attack upon human life and upon the Church, the Body of Christ.
Mother of the Innocents, we praise God in you for His gifts to you of your Immaculate Conception, your freedom from actual sin; your fullness of grace, your Motherhood of God and the Church, your Perpetual Virginity and your Assumption in body and soul into heaven.
O Help of Christians, we beg you to protect all mothers of the unborn and the children within their wombs. We plead with you for your help to end the holocaust of abortion. Melt hearts so that life may be revered!
Holy Mother, we pray to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart for all mothers and all unborn children that they may have life here on earth and by the most Precious Blood shed by your Son that they may have eternal life with Him in heaven. We also pray to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart for all abortionists and all abortion supporters that they may be converted and accept your Son, Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior. Defend all of your children in the battle against Satan and all of the evil spirits in this present darkness.
We desire that the innocent unborn children who die without Baptism should be baptized and saved. We ask that you obtain this grace for them and repentance, reconciliation and pardon from God for their parents and their killers.
Let there be revealed, once more, in the history of the world the infinite power of merciful love. May it put an end to evil. May it transform consciences. May your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of hope. May Christ the King reign over us, our families, cities, states, nations and the whole of humanity.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary, hear our pleas and accept this cry from our hearts!
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Protectress of the Unborn, Pray for us!
From Our Lady of Guadalupe.
This week, the Genocide Awareness Project is coming to NDSU. They set up shop this morning and show very graphic pictures of aborted children. I’m ok with it, because the truth of abortion is that is savage and violent. A lot of people find the pictures offensive and say that the exhibit is just going for a shock factor. Guess what, abortion is shocking. We’ve all seen pictures of the holocaust, or Jim Crow lynchings in school textbooks. But rarely do we see pictures of murdered children. Abortion is a very secretive crime. Nobody sees it happen, its not done publicly, and the victims are so small and tiny and helpless. What frustrates me more, though, is the free speech board that the GAP set up for people to write on. It is amazingly ridiculous that people can see the pictures of the BRUTALLY MURDERED and still write things on the board to defend the grotesque violence seen on the posters. I got so worked up I almost started to cry. That Americans can say that slavery, that the holocaust, the the Iraq War, that Rwanda were wrong, but that abortion is ok, is so beyond all human reasoning……..
It seriously makes one ashamed to be a human being. Call Catholics bigots all you like, but they are the ones who defend your right to live and not be killed by your mother before you are born.
I love animals, don’t get me wrong. I am a zoology major after all. But the animal rights movement is ridiculous, especially considering that many (not all) are pro-choice liberals. My friend posted this picture on his facebook this morning about some new billboards in Michigan along I-96.
Wonder how people can support an ad like this one, but would not support the one below that I created.
When did animals become more important than human beings?
Within the three and a half hour ride home last night, I managed to get into two heated discussions about Catholicism and the nature of Christianity with my family. First it was about abortion, the death penalty and the sanctity of life. Essentially I am the only one in my family who holds that all human life is sacred because we were made in the image of God. To them, the only one’s deserving that merit are unborn children. Second it was about the salvific nature of Baptism, it’s requirement in the economy of salvation, the Baptism of infants, and stuff of that sort. Then it was on to the nature of faith. They made the claim that there is no denomination that is fully true, that the one true faith is Christianity. I noted that there is no such thing as the one faith of Christianity, its more like the 33,000 conflicting faiths of Christianity. I pointed out that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, that there is ONE Way, ONE Truth, ONE Life, that the Truth is knowable and is not up to personal interpretation. They wouldn’t hear it. It came down to them implying that though they are glad I am happy about being Catholic, I am not really allowed to imply that their beliefs are wrong in any way. What’s new? That’s all I seem to get lately. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a pity party, it’s just frustrating that even my own family won’t take notice to what has happened in my life.
I can understand my friends (in a way) not giving a hoot, but my own family?! It’s so frustrating. I want to scream out sometimes, “Hey, you know how rational I am, and yet I have become Catholic! Does that not maybe give a clue that if you open your heart like I did, that you might come to see its truth?!” Giving it up to Christ. I am going to the Cathedral of St. Paul today for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and for the beginning of the Year of the Priest. Pray for me as I continue to reach out to family, that I would keep in mind the self sacrifice of Jesus’ Divine Heart, and never give up giving of my time, energy, patience, and sanity. And pray to that as I try discerning my Vocation this year, that God would be clear and gracious to me.
I came across this article of a pretty sweet 12-year old.
Despite facing threats of disqualification, a 12-year-old girl took first place in a speech contest when she eloquently argued for the rights of unborn children – after an offended judge quit.
“What if I told you that right now, someone was choosing if you were going to live or die?” the seventh-grader begins in a video recording of her speech on YouTube. “What if I told you that this choice wasn’t based on what you could or couldn’t do, what you’d done in the past or what you would do in the future? And what if I told you, you could do nothing about it?”
The girl, a student at a Toronto school identified only as “Lia,” continued:
“Fellow students and teachers, thousands of children are right now in that very situation. Someone is choosing without even knowing them whether they are going to live or die.
“That someone is their mother. And that choice is abortion.”
But what made the 12-year-old choose to speak about abortion?
“It was really a family thing,” her mother explained on the blog Moral Outcry. “I saw Lou [Engle] speak at a conference several years ago. I came back to my family with the Life Bands, and we all wore them, made our covenant, and prayed the prayer for abortion to end. … We were invited to participate in a ‘Life Tape Siege.’ Once my kids heard of this invitation, they all agreed: ‘We have to do that!’ Since then, Lia’s passion for seeing abortion end has continued.”
Despite Lia’s enthusiasm for her topic, her teacher “strongly encouraged” her to select a different one for her class presentation or she would be considered ineligible for an upcoming speech contest.
“[S]everal teachers discouraged her from picking the topic of abortion; she was told it was ‘too big,’ ‘too mature’ and ‘too controversial,’” her mother wrote. “She was also told that if she went ahead with that topic, she would not be allowed to continue on in the speech competition.”
Lia’s mother continued, “Initially, I tried helping her find other topics to speak on, but, in the end, she was adamant. She just felt she wanted to continue with the topic of abortion. So she forfeited her chance to compete in order to speak on something she was passionate about.”
Lia’s teacher was so impressed by the speech that she allowed her student to advance as the winner. Lia presented her speech to judges in front of her entire school on Feb. 10.
The school principal and teachers called Lia’s presentation the “obvious winner” – but the judges suddenly disqualified her the following day “because of the topic and her position on abortion,” her mother said.
Lia’s father later revealed that the judges had a “big disagreement.” One was offended by the speech and voluntarily stepped down while the others reversed their earlier decision – declaring her the winner.
Now Lia plans to take her message of life to a regional speech competition, and more than 130,000 visitors have viewed her presentation online.
“Why do we think that just because a fetus can’t talk or do what we do, it isn’t a human being yet?” She asks in the video. “Some babies are born after only five months. Is this baby not human?
“We would never say that. Yet abortions are performed on 5-month-old fetuses all the time. Or do we only call them humans if they’re wanted?”
She continues, “No, fetuses are definitely humans – knit together in their mother’s womb by their wonderful Creator who knows them all by name.”
Last week, our campus had feminist Karen Shablin come and speak to us on how abortion actually betrays feminism, and does not enhance it. The feminist movement is actually a movement to bring equal status to all human beings. It began at a time when women were treated simply as property, for men to do with which, whatever they pleased. For more than a century now, the fight has gone on to bring the status of women up that of men, and while there are still obstacles to overcome, much progress has been made. Women don’t need to marry any more, they are able to obtain a higher education, get many of the same jobs that men do, are able to speak in public, vote, and much more. Women are unique, though, and as hard as men would like to (or maybe not), we will never be able to carry a child. One of the things that makes women, uniquely feminine is their ability to give birth, and it often seems like this is looked down upon by feminists (I said often, not always, so please do not flood me with hate comments). Today, the hidden message is often that children will impede career paths, or freedoms in life. And so, we treat our unborn children as property. Property to be kept or discarded as circumstances show convenient. And so the feminist movement continually pushes for women to be more and more equal, and treated less and less like property, yet…yet, we treat our children more and more like property, and try so desperately hard for women to have the choice to treat their child like so.
And what about the argument of “I would personally never do it, but it’s each woman’s choice.” You never hear that argument with car-jacking, arson, money-laundering, or child molestation, so why is it acceptable in this case? Ask someone a little deeper about why they would not personally do it and it will come out that they feel it is quite wrong and cruel. So why then is it ok for someone else to do it? It’s an illogical argument that has no place in such a serious matter.
I hate to beat this subject to death, because it has been talked about so much, that nobody seems to want to listen. And it’s both sides, not just pro-choicers. But it is so important and so vital that we start working together, start listening. Pro-choicers need to stop saying “what about the woman?” and pro-lifers need to stop saying, “what about the baby?” Rather, we all need to say, “What about the mother and child?” What about both of them? And as a society and especially as Christians, we need to not look down upon a woman or teenage girl who has found herself in such a position. Surely she is paying the consequences for her sin, but we need to not drive her into thinking she has no other choice but abortion. And as a society, maybe we should stop putting so much emphasis on material things, which leads to obsession with career and money, which leads many to believe that children can be a hindrance and a nuisance, leaving abortion as a necessary option.
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” -Dr. Seuss