Archive for the ‘March for Life’ Category

Your “yes” can change the world

February 4, 2009

The site http://unbornwordoftheday.com has many beautiful reflections as well as artwork depicting the unborn Child Jesus in the womb of His mother Mary.

Today that site has a particularly good point for meditation in its post titled “Let It Be Done To Me According To Thy Word” which talks about how Mary’s “yes” led to the world’s transformation:

Let us ponder the power and grace that flooded the world when Christ was conceived in Mary’s womb. At the one cell stage, Christ fundamentally changed the world.

Christ wanted to show humanity how special that one cell stage is by fundamentally changing the world at that beginning point of His Incarnate life.

He raised that moment in each person’s life to a dignity and beauty that we will never fully comprehend.

Each of us can carry that message to others, as we urge others to say “yes” to the Culture of Life in our local communities, our nation, and our world. (You can read the full posting at http://unbornwordoftheday.com/2009/02/04/let-it-be-it-done-to-me-according-to-thy-word/.)

Here is one example of the artwork (part of the January 31 posting) on that blog. In this case, the image is a photo taken during the March for Life, rather than the art directly.

The caption given with the photo says:

From the ByzanTEENS at the March for Life this year, an icon of the Visitation, showing not only Mary and Elizabeth, but John the Baptist and Jesus in their mothers’ wombs. Notice that John is kneeling and Jesus is blessing him.

(You can click the photo to enlarge it and see the details better.)

Finally, their December 31, 2008 post is titled “2000 Years Marks 42 Years of Prophetic Pro-Life Witness in America” and can be read at http://unbornwordoftheday.com/2008/12/31/2009-marks-40-years-of-prophetic-pro-%e2%80%93-life-witness-in-america/. The words there may encourage you to persevere in your pro-life work as St. Paul said,

“I have fought the good fight, I have kept the faith” (in 2 Timothy 4:7).

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Preparing for the March

December 31, 2008

In only a few weeks, the annual
March for Life
will take place in Washington, D.C.

It will be preceded by the
 National Prayer Vigil for Life.

Here are the main links about those events:

http://www.marchforlife.org

http://www.usccb.org/prolife/prayervigil/index.shtml

Overview of Events:

http://www.usccb.org/prolife/prayervigil/events.shtml

Schedules:

http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/dec/08122304.html

http://www.usccb.org/prolife/prayervigil/schedule.shtml

http://www.priestsforlife.org/roe/index.htm

Other sites:

http://www.cardinaloconnorconference.com

http://www.nationalshrine.com/site/pp.asp?c=etITK6OTG&b=108209 (Directions to the Shrine)

http://wmata.com (Public transportation in Washington, D.C.)

http://www.adw.org/service/jan22.asp (Archdiocese of Washington is hosting Youth Rally and Mass for Life)

http://www.studentsforlife.org/index.php/conferences

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The next link leads to an article about heroes in the pro-life movement, people who will be formally recognized during the week of the March. Perhaps you will draw some inspiration from them!

http://www.lifenews.com/nb168.html 

Pro-Life Advocates Receive Foundation Awards
for Extending Educational Work

by Paul Nowak, LifeNews.com Staff Writer
December 29, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Six pro-life heroes will receive the inaugural Life Prizes award, with a total value of $600,000, on January 23 in Washington DC. “The six winners that were chosen are examples for us and for our children of the type of initiative and action that is needed to promote life throughout our country,” said Life Prizes director Cathy Ruse. “We are thrilled with the work they have been doing and are excited to see how that work will continue.” The award and prize money will be divided among

  • the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), an association of pro-life physicians that saves lives by remaining steadfastly committed to life within a stridently pro-abortion profession;
  • Richard Doerflinger, the Associate Director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities;
  • Margaret “Peggy” Hartshorn, President, Heartbeat International, a preeminent network of more than 1,000 pregnancy resource centers;
  • Jill Stanek, the nurse who first publicly exposed infanticide of abortion survivors;
  • Lila Rose, founder of student pro-life organization Live Action and President of its UCLA chapter who has launched several successful, undercover investigations that exposed the racism and statutory rape cover-up by Planned Parenthood; and
  • Kay Cole James, founder and president of The Gloucester Institute, an outreach and education initiative for young African Americans and co-founder of Black Americans for Life.   . . .

Follow the link given above to read the remainder of the article. Then prayerfully take a closer look at the possibility of going to the March next month! (And if you don’t attend it in person, try to see it as well as the prayer vigil and Masses on EWTN.)

More about “Life Prizes”:

http://www.studentsforlife.org/index.php/lifeprizes

Life Prizes is a program that awards those who have succeeded in awakening the conscience of America to uphold and preserve the sanctity of human life through their leadership and advances in public advocacy, scientific research, outreach and public disclosure activities, legal action, and other noteworthy achievements. The award is named the “Norinne A. and Raymond E. Ruddy Memorial Pro-Life Prize” to memorialize Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Ruddy, strong believers in the pro-life cause and parents of Raymond B. Ruddy, a pro-life philanthropist who has long supported and donated to life causes and charities throughout the world. In addition to recognizing those on the front lines of saving lives and who have most significantly advanced pro-life principles and practices, the initiative seeks to encourage and inspire the next generation of youth to accomplish great things in the name of life.

http://www.lifeprizes.org/index.asp

Life Prizes is an annual prize program awarding up to $600,000 for outstanding efforts to awaken the conscience of America to the sanctity of human life through public advocacy, scientific research, outreach and public disclosure activities, legal action and other noteworthy achievements. Life Prizes is an initiative of the Gerard Health Foundation, the private charity foundation of Raymond B. and Marilyn A. Ruddy, long-time pro-life philanthropists.

The purpose of Life Prizes is two-fold: to recognize those on the front lines of the greatest human rights battle of our day, and to encourage and inspire the next generation to accomplish great things for the cause of life.

The total prize amount of $600,000 will be divided among up to 6 individuals and/or organizations chosen as the winners, and the prizes will be awarded at a ceremony on January 23, 2009 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

It seems that the Students for Life site has a paraphrased version of what the Life Prizes site says about its work and the award. Since I find each version helpful, I’ll leave both here for you. Much more information is available at the Life Prizes site, including details about the selection process and the winners.

Being thankful matters

November 27, 2008

Wow, this article tells a story you might not catch anywhere else:

http://catholicexchange.com/2008/11/25/114531

“Thanks-gathering at the White House” by Sylvia Dorham

Not only is the event itself impressive, but the generosity of the writer of the first comment (there was only one at the time that I drafted this post) is well worth noting. I hope that other people in the Washington, D.C. area will be able to offer similar assistance so that many people can participate in the January 17, 2009 “thanks-gathering” at the White House.

Don’t believe it when people say that President Bush “didn’t do anything” to help protect life! He did a great deal of work to promote pro-life policies and practices.

  • For those who can go and say “thanks” in person, please do.
  • For those who can’t go, please offer thanks in other ways:
    write or call to show your support for President George W. Bush’s efforts.

And for everyone: pray in thanksgiving for his leadership. No one is perfect, but he certainly has done much to defend the unborn.

May each of you
have a blessed and happy
Thanksgiving Day!