Thursday, February 26, 2009
Thank you for recently taking action by contacting your Member of Congress and asking them to sign onto a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi defending pro-life riders.
Yesterday, the Jordan/Shuler letter was sent to Speaker Pelosi and released to the public with 180 Congressional signers — 157 Republicans and 23 Democrats.
Thank you for contacting your Representative. Because you took action with us, a broad coalition of Members of Congress made a public stand to defend our pro-life principles.
As we've mentioned before, the attacks on pro-life riders is the first attempt by the pro-abortion movement to pass the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) "by stealth".
It is so vital we do whatever we can to defend these vital amendments to federal budget bills and keep our tax dollars from being used to pay for abortion here in the United States and on our military bases worldwide. Repealing these laws is the first target of Planned Parenthood and their allies — and their first step toward pushing the FOCA agenda.
The full text of the letter with all of the signatures is available on the AUL Action blog (PDF).
We look forward to keeping you informed as things progress on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures across the country.
Yours for Life,
Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.
President & CEO
AUL Action The Legislative Arm of Americans United for Life
Today's 40 Days For Life Devotional
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I told you that I'd post the daily devotionals, but instead of posting the entire devotional on this site, I'll just copy the link to the devotional.
Below is the email I received about the baby that was saved from abortion. I hope it inspires you as much as it inspires me. Hope you all are having a good Ash Wednesday. If you're hungry, just think about how much good food you can and will be eating tomorrow. Yum, food. I think I'm just making my stomach hurt worse... that's ok, this small suffering is all for the glory of God. God bless!
Saturday, February 21st, Day of Victory
In the "nick of time"
At 5:50am a Hispanic couple sat at the light, waiting to turn into Governor's Ridge and make their way in the darkness to the Gates of Death, Dr. McBrayer's abortion clinic. Only one prayer warrior had arrived at that hour, just five minutes before, but she ran to the median and began to beg them not to end their baby's life. The Holy Spirit persuaded them to be willing to park just inside the complex, where the prayer warrior proceeded to give them a Spanish copy of a beautiful book, in which the guardian angel of a preborn baby talks to the baby for the nine months in which the womb is his home.
The couple listened to the arguments against killing their child. The mother, Hilda, obviously was having second thoughts, but she was afraid to make the decision against her partner Juan's wishes. The Holy Spirit continued His work. Juan finally spoke, in a firm voice, "No lo vamos a hacer". ("We are not going to do it.")
What joy! The prayer warrior praised God, and began to pray with the couple. Hilda wiped away a tear. They all exchanged phone numbers. God had won! Please pray for Hilda and Juan to persevere in their decision to welcome their child into the world.
During all this time, the prayer warrior could see, out of the corner of her eye, car after car driving into the complex. Before daylight, on a Saturday, there was only one place they could be going. How badly more prayer warriors/sidewalk counselors were needed! If only there had been more volunteers, maybe these other mothers might have also decided to let their babies live!
Soon she was consoled by the fact that three new volunteers showed up, each one from a different place, all ready to help wage the battle against the angels of death, through the power of prayer. After sunrise, they were joined by a sister who is in the process of making a video to be used in local churches to inspire others to join in this battle, on the sidewalk, where the mothers have their last opportunity to choose Life. Our sister filmed each of their testimonies. Just after she left, seven Georgia Tech students arrived, eager to participate in the vigil. The sister was called to return and film their testimonies also. How we hope the words of these prayer warriors will reach out and tug at the hearts of our brothers and sisters in our home churches, and that they will be drawn to participate in the saving of lives!
Those who go through with their abortion
Later that morning, the Holy Spirit continued to work, softening hearts. As the couples began to exit the complex, having just paid for the murder of their child, the Lord touched the hearts of three Hispanic couples and one African American couple, making them willing to listen to the hard truth about the decision they had just made. As the three Hispanic couples were Catholic, they were all encouraged to seek out a Priest and confess their sin, which they agreed to do. The African American couple was encouraged to ask Jesus to forgive them, and was promised that they would be remembered in our prayers. Again the Lord won, since the babies' souls were now safe with Him, and the parents—whose souls Satan had hoped to steal—were now repentant and in the process of seeking Jesus, who would receive them back into His arms.
To help them not falter in their decision to confess their sin of abortion, we are asking you to pray for the couples by name:
Abby and Juan
Alma and Marcos
Maida and Roberto
Shareesa and Marquisse
Also please pray that the Lord will send forth more volunteers, as the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.
Follow-up with mothers who chose Life
Sulman, our Hispanic mother from Honduras, has developed gestational diabetes at the end of her pregnancy. Through careful monitoring of her diet, she has been able to bring her blood sugar count down from 240 to 96. We are so proud of her conscientious efforts, knowing it is really hard to have to prick her finger four times an hour and also count the number of times her baby kicks after each meal she eats, to be sure her baby is alive. It is a scary time, but Sulman is holding up well, and she has been faithfully attending Mass at St. Thomas ever since her baby shower, with her daughter and cousin, even though she has to drive all the way from Laurenceville. She and her cousin have both decided they want to attend classes to receive their First Communion and Confirmation.
Sylvia, our African mother from Ghana, was given a baby shower by our ProLife community on Saturday afternoon. She received lovely gifts, as well as money for any needs she might have. One of the African parishioners from St. Thomas came, with her three daughters, to welcome Sylvia in the name of the African Community, and on Sunday Sylvia and her children, along with her sister-in-law and a friend and her child, attended Mass at St. Thomas for the first time, after which they were all greeted warmly by members of the African choir.
Both of these mothers will be delivering their babies by cesarian section in the next few weeks. Please pray for a safe delivery.
In Christ for Life…..Sarita
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, is the start of the Lent Season. Lent is a season of prayer and sacrifice. It should not be viewed as a season of restriction. We should view Lent as a positive time in our lives when we can focus more deeply on what it means to live a truly Christian life. Lent is a time of preparation for Easter, the great day when we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. We can take an active roll in remembering our Lord’s great sacrifice by participating in the Stations of the Cross. During Lent we should detach ourselves from what keeps us from God and attach ourselves more closely to what brings us closer to Him. This can mean different things for different people, but everyone should intensify their prayers, sacrifice, and charitable deeds. The purpose of Lent is not simply to temporarily deny ourselves of something, but hopefully it is a time when we can and will change our lifestyle forever. The purpose of sacrifice is to become closer to God. If our sacrifice does not bring us closer to God or if our sacrifice is meant only to be observed during the 40 days of Lent, what long term good does that accomplish? We should not set a deadline for living a holy life. If we go back to our sinful ways after Lent, what good have we learned during this time of sacrifice? Lent can transform our lives if we allow ourselves to be transformed. I hope that this Lenten Season transforms my life and does the same for you, my dear readers. Below are my Lenten sacrifices. I share them with you not to boast, but so that I might be held accountable to keep my Lenten promises. I’ve found that it helps when others know your sacrifices so that they might be able to help you keep your sacrificial promises. I’ll explain briefly why I chose these specific sacrifices and how I hope it changes my life. As you read my Lenten sacrifices I encourage you to think about what you will do this Lenten season to bring yourself closer to God now and in the future. God bless!
* In conjunction with 40 days for life, I will read the daily devotional that is emailed out to me daily. I will post these devotionals on my blog so that you all can participate with me.
* Also in conjunction with 40 days for life, I will pray the rosary daily for the unborn and all those that endanger their lives whether intentionally or unintentionally. (I have been praying the rosary every weekday for a while now, but I will make sure to do the same on the weekends and focus on the special intention of the unborn.)
* Also in conjunction with 40 days for life, I will fast. I do not intend to eat just one meal a day for 40 days, but I intend to avoid snacks and refrain from drinking anything but water at work (that can be difficult when drinks are free and easily accessible). My hope is that some of my coworkers will take notice and I can have an opportunity to share my faith with them.
* Also in conjunction with 40 days for life, I will pray at a local abortion facility at least once during this Lenten Season.
* I will spend at least 1 Hour a week in adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
* I will spend at least 1 Hour a day doing spiritual reading.
* I will refrain from watching TV on weekdays.
* I will not surf the internet on the weekdays. (I will continue to check email and write posts in my blog – I feel like writing in my blog has been a good thing for me and brought me closer to God. My intention with giving up surfing the internet is to limit the time I waste on the internet that could be put to better use.)
Although tomorrow is not a Holy Day of Obligation, I encourage you all to go to mass tomorrow. Go in the morning and leave your ashes on your head all day – use it as a way to be a witness. I have received some exciting news from our Respect Life Committee leader and I will share it with you all tomorrow. Make sure to check back tomorrow, because you do not want to miss this inspiring story I will share with you! God bless!
Monday, February 23, 2009
I just signed a petition from Focus on the Family Action
to stop the new effort to funnel our tax dollars to fund
abortions and organizations that provide abortion, both
in the United States and abroad.
Focus Action wants to deliver petitions to Congress before
the upcoming votes on the appropriations bills. Please go
here to sign and be represented in this important effort:
Focus on the Family Petition
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I am really excited and happy to tell you about Roswell, GA based non-profit organization Virtue Media! Virtue Media is "a Christian values-based not-for-profit that creates and broadcasts effective, compassionate, and educational Sanctity of Life media messages, to bring about a positive change in hearts and minds." They are doing great work to promote life through the use of media and they are giving hope to thousands of women and children. Virtue Media has my full support. Please consider making a donation to this great organization (They have my financial and prayerful support) - 100% of your donation goes to the production of new commercial ads that will be advertised nationally. Even if you are not from the Atlanta area, you may be able to see one of these commercials in your local community. The ads are shown on BET and MTV and similar stations that are popular among the younger and minority crowd (those most likely to consider abortion). Please visit their website Virtue Media.
Make donations out to:
PO Box 1802
Roswell, GA 30077-1802
I will keep the website posted on my links list. Please consider making a donation. Every little bit helps. As you consider making a donation, keep the following two quotes in mind. "It is not enough to know Christ, You must introduce Him to others" Pope John Paul II. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
Lent begins this wednesday. Are you excited? I am! God bless!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Nancy Pelosi went to the Vatican to meet the pope and hoped to be welcomed with open arms, but that was not the case. Pelosi calls herself an "ardent catholic," but she has consistently been pro-abortion, something that goes against church teaching. Pelosi is desperately trying to gain favor with the church, but the pope reaffirmed the church's position on abortion and politicians who promote and support abortion. There was no photo of the meeting - something she was hoping for and could use for political gain - and the pope made it clear what was said in the meeting. Abortion goes against the natural moral law, which means that it is a moral truth that we can know by thinking about what is right and wrong. You don't have to be a catholic to know and follow natural moral law, it should be ingrained in every one of us. It should be pretty obvious. I hope this sends a strong message to those who think that they can justify going against serious moral teachings and still be in full communion with the church. Read more about the meeting in an article written by George Weigel.
Were They At the Same Meeting?
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
From the same people who made Facing the Giants and Fireproof comes a new movie Come What May is coming out on DVD in March. It is extremely rare to find movies these days that have a good Christian moral message. Come What May focuses on the issue of abortion and life. These movies might not win any academy awards, but they have a great message and they are movies you should not miss - movies you can and should watch with the whole family. Please support these people who are trying to spread the Christian message through the use of entertainment. Watch Come What May when it comes out in March and check out the other two movies if you have not yet seen them.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Pope John Paul II studied the philosophies of Kant. There is much discussion about the Kant's philosophy and how it influenced JPII. I was having a hard time gathering all my thoughts about Kant and his philosophy until I found an excellent article written by a great Catholic author and Professor Peter Kreeft. The article is here. After reading his article on Kant and doing some research on some of his works, I really want to read more of Kreeft's works. His defense of the Catholic faith is strong and very persuasive. The key to this article on Kant is that Truth is objective, not subjective as Kant believed. Unfortunately, many in today's culture have accepted Kant's belief that truth is subjective. This has led many away from the church because if truth is subjective to each individual what need is there for the church? If an individual's values are basically "good" and they live by their personal understanding of truth, why should they become Christian and become subject to a number of moral guidelines? Unfortunately, this sort of thinking is very prevalent in our day. Ironically, Kant's philosophy can be used as an argument against both atheism and organized religion. Despite the harm that his thought has caused, it has also done some good. Read the article written by another good Catholic author, Dinesh D'Souza, here. In summary, although Kant had some good thoughts that helped make the case against atheism, the overall effect of his philosophy has been negative. However, John Paul II learned much from Kant and in that way we can be grateful. Maybe one day the world will fully embrace the great philosophies of Pope John Paul II.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
1 Cor 10:31-11:1
Brothers and sisters,
Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,
do everything for the glory of God.
Avoid giving offense, whether to the Jews or Greeks or
the church of God,
just as I try to please everyone in every way,
not seeking my own benefit but that of the many,
that they may be saved.
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
I would like to reflect on today's second reading because I think it can easily be misinterpreted. I used to live by the same basic principle, try not to offend anyone. On the surface this sounds like a perfect way to live your life, but I've found out that it is impossible to accomplish. No matter what we do, every action we take will be offensive to someone. As I sit on the toilet this morning, I'm sure that I've offended someone because I used too much toilet paper. This is a silly example, but in a very real way it is true. When we get too caught up in not offending anyone, it will often cause us to sin. How so? I think a perfect example is my blog you are reading now. I've had several people come on my blog and post very angry comments on my site. Should I change my language so that those readers are happy? Absolutely not. If I start writing to those folks, I'll abandon some of my other readers and in the process not be true to myself. If we see someone do wrong, should we ignore it so as not to offend them with confrontation? That's not what Jesus taught us. Now that I'm on the topic of Jesus, did he not offend many? How many people hated Jesus? Did he ever change the way he lovingly proclaimed the gospel? NO! Love the sinner, hate the sin. That is how we must live. Does this mean that St. Paul, a great convert and evangelizer, is wrong when he writes to Corinthians? No, but we must read his words carefully.
We must not conclude that we are to accept the actions of all others and continue our lives accepting each individual as they are. As I said earlier, St. Paul was a great evangelizer. He spent much of his adult life on a mission to convert people to Christianity. His words are actually a great guide on how we too can evangelize people. Everything we do should be for the glory of God. All our actions should glorify him. Before we eat, we should always say a prayer of thanksgiving. Before we sleep we should say a prayer of contrition and thanksgiving. By living a life that glorifies God, we become a great example for others. When he says avoid giving offense to others including those who are not like you, he is telling us to be sensitive to their needs. This is a good thing. When we encounter people, we should try to "put ourself in their shoes" and in this way we can touch their hearts. If we beat a bible over someone's head, we will only push them away from Christ. If we talk with them and share a meal with them and listen to them and their needs we can gain their trust and we might be able to share with them the good news of God. St. Paul tells us to be humble and to do good works not for the benefit of our own name, but for the benefit of others. The goal of evangelizing is helping others to become saved, not to make ourselves feel better (although that is often the result of doing good deeds).
We can not please everyone. Jesus did not please everyone. He was humble and he spoke the truth. He did not compromise the truth for the sake of those who did not want to accept the truth, but even as he died on the cross he forgave them for "they knew not what they were doing." Not everyone wanted to accept his teaching, but his words and actions were fully intended to benefit us, to save us. Be sensitive to all you encounter. Do not abandon your faith in the process, but be compassionate and loving to all you encounter. In this way, you can evangelize. By your good actions you can influence people and change lives. You may never know the effect you have on a person, but every action we take can and will be noticed. Love God, Love your neighbor and you will move hearts. God bless!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
This is just one more small thing that each of us can do to make our voices heard. I will save the link in the Recommended Links List on the side bar of my blog. Thanks for checking out this great cause and please consider participating. Thanks and God Bless!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
As you may have heard, Congress has not yet introduced the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). That's because the pro-abortion forces have heard your voice. Planned Parenhood President Cecile Richards told the Wall Street Journal:
We're going to be smart and strategic about our policy agenda to bring people together to make progress for women's health. The Freedom of Choice Act is very important . . . but we have a long list of things to get done that I think can address problems immediately that women are facing, that are really immediate concerns.
In other words, because of the more than 650,000 people like you who have stood up to Fight FOCA, pro-abortion forces are focusing on another tactic for now -- FOCA-by-Stealth.
They want to try to pass pieces of FOCA under your nose. The first target is your pocketbook.
The top priority for Planned Parenthood and their pro-abortion allies is to repeal the laws that prohibit federal funding of abortion. Often called pro-life "riders," the pro-abortion forces want House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to eliminate them and start using our tax dollars to pay for abortion-on-demand . . . nationwide.
Thankfully, a bi-partisan group of Members of Congress are standing up to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood (who used to work for Speaker Pelosi). A letter to Speaker Pelosi written by Republican Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio and Democrat Congressman Heath Schuler of North Carolina is being circulated for signatures by Members of Congress.
Please ask your member of Congress to sign the Jordan/Schuler letter.
The deadline is this Friday, February 13.
Yours for Life,
P.S. -- A PDF of the letter is available at the AUL Action blog. Please ask your member of Congress to sign it before Friday!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
-Lord give me strength
-Jesus I trust in you
-Lord guide me on this day
-Rosary with the following intentions
-- I pray this rosary for the health, safety and well being of my wife Shelly and our baby Julie
-- For the physical, mental, and spiritual well being of all my family and friends
-- For our religious and civil leaders, that you will guide them as they make important and influential decisions
-- For all the unborn, young parents and parents to be, and all those who have been effected or may become effected from an abortion. Help them find healing and recognize your love and forgiveness
-Lord give me strength
-Jesus I trust in you
Prayer Before meals
--Bless us oh Lord and these thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen.
-Dear Lord thank you for this day. Thank you for all the wonderful blessings you have given me on this day. Forgive me my sins and help me to be a better person tomorrow. Watch over me and my family tonight. Lord I love you.
--St. Michael the Archangel prayer
These are just a couple of good prayers that I say daily. It is also very helpful to do some spiritual reading daily. I try to read some scripture or a couple pages in whatever book I'm reading at the time (currently: Living the Catholic Faith by bishop Chaput). These prayers might not be the same prayers you pray, but it is important to pray often. Prayer is very powerful. God bless!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
(*Mike's note - And help kids at the same time)
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