DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN

This was on Jan. 23, Monday, but I thought you would all like to know, since the Pro Life March is coming up soon.

In all the dioceses of the united States of America, Jan 22 (or Jan. 23, if the 22nd is on a Sunday), shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.

GOD, OUR CREATOR, WE GIVE THANKS TO YOU, who alone have the power to impart the breath of life as you form each of us in our mother’s womb; grant, we pray, that we, whom you have made stewards of creation, may remain faithful to this sacred trust and constant ion safeguarding the dignity of every human life. THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, YOUR SON.

WE VALUE LIFE THROUGH CONCEPTION TO NATURAL DEATH.

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DO WE DO WHAT GOD WANTS US TO DO?

Consider John the Baptist: He was a fiery preacher who drew great crowds…and then everything fell apart.

Jesus, whom John had hoped would be the promised Messiah, seemed to be moving in a different direction from what John anticipated. Jesus seemed to be “wasting” his time curing people who were crippled and blind and deaf

John was arrested and thrown into jail. If Jesus was the Messiah, something wasn’t working. The Romans were still in control and there had been no great shift in power.

Then there was John’s death, as senseless as a drive by shooting: Killed for the price of a dance, because of a king who got drunk at a party and made a promise to a teenage girl… killed by some guard who grumbled about having to get up late and go chop off the head of someone he didn’t even know.

This does not appear to be the stuff of greatness. But Jesus said that John was one of the greatest who ever lived.

Where did this greatness come from?

John the Baptist tried to do what was given him to do, and do it for God, and do it with God.

And  when my efforts, insignificant as they may seem to be, are connected with God, I AM INVOLVED IN SOMETHING COLOSSAL, SOMETHING GREAT.

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How do you know what God wants you to do? Ask Him. Here is a prayer I say now, every day. I got it from a book by Scott Hann and his wife, HOME TO ROME. Her father taught her to say this prayer and it works for me:

“Lord, let me be what you want me to be, do what you want me to do and go where you want me to go.” I love you.”

And then pay attention to your day, and what God puts before you.

 

CONNIE’S MEMORIES-VALENTINE’S DAY

Hi all, Happy Valentine’s Day.  It’s interesting how all these different holidays and special days bring back good and I guess bad memories.  I tend to forget the bad ones, because I have so many good ones. And since I have married my sole mate and man of my dreams, I have had one great Valentine’s Day after another.  You should see the beautiful card he gave me today. And I must say, the one I bought him really made him happy also.

Now to memories.  I had a wonderful childhood. For some reason God gave me to terrific parents. They loved me and all their children. They were there for us and we knew it. They brought us up as Catholic Christians, taught us to know the Lord, and for me at least, helped me to have a very personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Which certainly gave me someone to count on during some of the very tough times.

Now, to VALENTINE’S DAY.  For as long as I was living as home, 18 years, my father came home from work for Dinner (at noon). On Valentine’s Day, he would come home with these nice big Valentine Cards for each one of us kids. They were always cute, big ones, that he could buy at Woolworth’s 5 & 10 cent store.  We used to love getting them and looked forward to them every year.  I don’t know how long he did this since I was the oldest of 7 kids, but he was doing it when I moved out and went to college and work.

He used to give my mother her Valentine Card in the morning before he went to work and they were always beautiful and sentimental. That was no big deal for us kids since he used to kiss her every morning before he went to work anyway.  I remember one year when I was older, he made her a card.  I don’t know if he forgot to buy one or if he just decided to do something different. Once he retired from working 50 hours or more a week working at the store we owned, he started working with wood, building things and carving birds from scratch.  The VALENTINE CARD he made was made from a square piece of wood. He had carved on it a heart and some nice words and painted it.  She was so pleased, she showed it to everyone who came in the house.  He did do a very nice job, it was very pretty, and she was so happy.  By then they had been married at least 50 plus years and were still very much in love.

I have to tell you that when my husband and I got married, my Dad must have been around 80 years old.  When he thought no one was looking, he would run his hand tenderly by his wife’s rear, and smile.  When we got married he told my husband to stop by any time except Thursday afternoon. He said, “don’t come knocking, the house will be rocking.”

I do wish you all that kind of love and marriage, and with God’s grace, you can have that.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN WHEN WE PRAY?

After all the bad stuff going on, I just had to add this email from a friend. She said, “this is one of the nicest e-mails I have seen:  I hope you all feel the same.

I DREAMT THAT I WENT TO HEAVEN AND AN ANGEL WAS showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels.  My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, “This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.

I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from the people all over the world.

Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.

The angel then said to me, “This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them.”  I noticed again how busy it was there.  There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. “This is the Acknowledgment Section, my angel friend quietly admitted to me.  He seemed embarrassed. “How is it that there is no work going on here? I asked.”

“So sad,” the angel sighed. “After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments.”

“How does one acknowledge God’s blessings?” I asked.

“Simple,” the angel answered.  Just say, “Thank you, Lord.”

“What blessings should they acknowledge?” I asked.

“IF YOU HAVE food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy, and if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity.”

“IF YOU woke up this morning with more health than illness.  You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day.”

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

MINISTRY TO COUPLES WHO CHOSE ABORTION AFTER ADVERSE DIAGNOSIS

My last blog, was about couples who have an adverse diagnosis about their unborn child and the support available for couples who decide to carry their child to term. It came from an article in the December CATHOLIC DIGEST. This Article was also in the DIGEST.

THERE IS ALSO SUPPORT FOR THOSE WHO CHOSE ABORTION.  Theresa Bonapartis never planned on counseling couples shattered by abortion. She had enough on her plate–she was raising two young boys alone, pursuing her degree in drug and alcohol abuse counseling, and simply trying to keep it all together.  But this is where God led her more than 20 years ago, after a long, painful journey caused by her own abortion.  “It has been astruggle for me, but through much prayer, counseling and a devotion to the divine mercy of God.  I have found peace.  Healing has been, more than anything, a spiritual battle with Satan. He tried to exert his power over me and fling his lies at me at every turn, but with a trained counselor, good spiritual direction and endless prayer, healing came.”

Theresa posted this as part of her testimony on LUMINA’S WEBSITE, a post aabortion ministry of COOD COUNSEL HOMES AND HOPE FOR BABIES AND MOTHER.  FATHER benedict Groeschel, CFR and Christopher Bell founded the charitable organization, which offers retreats, training, and prayer services for men and women who are post-abortive.  Theresa is the director of LUMINA and the co-creator with the Sisters of Life of Entering Canaan, a post-abortive retreat ministry used in dioceses across the country.

“WE MINISTER TO ALL POST-ABORTIVE PEOPLE. Over  the years I began reaching people who had abortions after a poor prenatal diagnosis.”  These calls became so common that Theresa knew there was a need to reach out to such couples. Through LUMINA, Theresa runs separate retreats designed specifically for those who have aborted after an adverse prenatal diagnosis.

“Obviously they were planning to have the children.  Most of them were rushed into a decision by medical professionals.  Their dreams are shattered.  They’re shocked from the diagnosis, and they give in to abortion.” Theresa explains.  According to the National Catholic Partnership on Disability, up to 90 percent of couples abort children after receiving a prenatal diagnosis of a disability.

“Nobody is saying it’s easy.  It’s horrible.  But abortion only makes it worse. It doesn’t change the situation; it just adds another layer of trauma,” she adds.  “Sooner or later it catches up with everyone.  I have had women in theri 90’s call for help.  PRAISE GOD. HE is merciful and forgiving and patient.  There is always hope.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION: ON OBTAINING SUPPORT CONTACT LUMINA, Hope and Healing after Abortion, A post-abortion ministry & referral network.  http://www.postabortionhelp.org/pah.

They will help provide support and refer you to someone in your area.

LOVE, LOSS, AND COURAGE-THE DECISION TO CARRY A BABY TO TERM

ARTICLE  from the December CATHOLIC DIGEST by Carolee McGrath.  I just read this article and wanted to post the help available for parents who are told by their doctors that there is something wrong with their child and they should abort.

This article is about several couples who upon being told their child would not live, or were told by their doctor that “a diagnosis like this is incompatible with life. Then there was a long pause and he said, ‘So the next steps would be to schedule a time for you to come in for the procedure.’ Their doctor got very short with them and could not believe they would want to carry their baby to term.”

For all these couples, it was pretty much the same thing, everyone assumed they would abort since their baby wasn’t perfect, and would be ill or die shortly after birth.  They all said the same thing, THEY NEEDED SUPPORT TO HELP THEM THROUGH. For Steve and Annmarie while some people questioned and even criticized their decision to have their baby, Angelica, they said “God guided them to Isaiah’s Promise, an organization that supports parents who choose life after receiving a similar diagnosis.  The founder of Isaiah’s Promise, who had experienced the same grief, responded with immediate help for the couple.”

“SUPPORTING PARENTS CARRYING TO TERM IS A PRIVILEGE. BEING A PART OF ANY BABY’S STORY IS A GIFT, AND WHEN A PRENATAL DIAGNOSIS GIVES THE INDICATION THAT A LIFE MAY BE ESPECIALLY FRAIL OR BRIEF, EVERY MOMENT BECOMES MORE PRECIOUS.,” Tracy of BE NOT AFRAID said.

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Come to find out there are several organization ready to support parents who make the correct but tough decision to carry their baby to term. Here is a list:

ISAIAH’S PROMISE, STARTED IN 1996. IN THE WASHINGTON, DC AREA.

BE NOT AFRAID,A CATHOLIC NON-PROFIT LAUCHED BY THREE MOTHERS IN 2009 IN THE DIOCESE OF CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA.

MY CHILD MY GIFT IN THE DIOCESE OF PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND. STARTED BY MADELINE NUGENT.

Also: books written by women with the same experiences:

MY CHILD, MY GIFT: A POSITIVE RESPONSE TO SERIOUS PRENATAL DIAGNOSIS. by Madeline Nugent of  Rhode Island

FOR THE LOVE OF ANGELA, written by Nancy Mayer-Whittington who began Isaiah’s Promise.

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I hope that this information will help women and couples who have to make these kinds of decisions and give them the support they need. If you want to help or start a group in your area, You could contact one of these groups.  The article mentions that there are several other groups and Tracy Winsor of Be Not Afraid, in Charlotte, North Carolina, also refers couples to other groups.