The pro-life battle starts with prayer

Today’s article by George Weigel on Catholic Exchange highlights a number of the items on the culture of death agenda that require prayerful protests to overcome them.

Please read what he wrote about the United States, and particularly the states of Washington, California, and Michigan in “The Two Americas” at

http://catholicexchange.com/2008/11/25/114503

Notice, also, what he says needs to be done to bring about the culture of life:

  • The first order of business at the national level is to prevent the new Congress from passing the federal Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), an explicit attempt to destroy every state-based pro-life legal achievement of the past three decades.
  • Then we come to adult catechesis. … This year, a gratifying number of bishops began to accept the responsibilities of their teaching office; so, now, must parish pastors.
  • We need more persuasive ideas and language in the fight against euthanasia.

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Here are reminders about some concrete actions you can take to help stop FOCA (the misnamed “Freedom” of “Choice” Act):

  • Sign petition at www.fightfoca.com
    (268,668 signatures at the time of this posting)
  • Call U.S. Capitol switchboard (202) 224-3121 to tell your House Representative and two Senators that you oppose FOCA and want them to oppose it, too.Before calling, try to take the time to check whether or not each one is already sponsoring the bill ( www.nchla.org has a list of sponsors arranged by state ) so that you will be better prepared when talking to the staff members of your state’s officials.

And here are two prayer avenues that you may want to unite your prayers with:

“For all those joining us late, we encourage you to sign up and pray a 54 day ‘Conversion of America’ Novena, which begins December 3rd, and ends on January 25th, the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.”

January 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 * 2009
A Novena of Masses
for the protection of unborn human persons

The Saint Michael the Archangel Organization is pleased to announce the first annual 10,000 MASSES FOR UNBORN BABIES effort.

From January 13th through January 21st, it is hoped the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered at least 10,000 times for the following intention: For the protection of unborn human persons.

As of November 24th, 2008, 84 Masses have been scheduled to be offered as part of the effort known as “10,000 MASSES FOR UNBORN BABIES”.

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Just found out about this other site that seems very good. Will try to provide more details at another time, but wanted to share the link right away:

www.focafacts.com

One particular highlight: The “FOCA resources” link goes to Heritage House (Remember them? They created the “Precious Feet” pin!) which now has a bulletin insert for you to distribute in your churches and anywhere else you can. When you get to the Heritage House site, you will see two other bulletin inserts that help educate the public. All three are currently offered at discounted prices (“weekly special”) so act soon to see if your church or other organization will order them.

Go to www.hh76.com.

In case they are no longer listed in the “Weekly Special” group, here are the item numbers of the new bulletin inserts that you may want to order: 9948FC, 9949AW, 9950PL.

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