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March for Life more and more people standing up for the sanctity of life!

The March for Life in the America has been an amazing sight. Thousands upon thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand a respect for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.  The Crescat has some great photos and all over the net there are reports from those who were there and those who wished they could be.

march-for-life-2013One of the great things about the internet is it can easily bypass the silence and self censorship of the mainstream media. They are losing the battle on life. Pretending the marches aren’t attended or ignoring them as they happen will no longer count for much. I get the sense the mainstream media’s influence is shrinking fast.

Forty years ago (a generation in Biblical terms) two court cases opened the floodgates to the wholesale slaughter of unborn people. This in turn blunted the sense of life so much that it is now fine to deny elderly people basic care and medication such as antibiotics; to starve and dehydrate people to death and to leave seriously ill people without basic care so that they and their families become so desperate they ask for assisted suicide.

We live in a world where health insurance companies in America will refuse tomarch-for-life-2013b pay for treatment but offer to pay for assisted suicide, because they deem it cheaper.

One of the wonderful things about the American people marching for life is that they still care enough, over the pond, to do this. I can’t imagine such a thing happening in dark apathetic Britain. Tiny embers still glow here, but those embers are tiny.

A new generation is emerging in America who are willing to stand up for what is right.

MORE COVERAGE HERE

Abby Johnson has left the abortion industry and become pro-life. Her charity is to help others who wish to follow. It’s a brave step because those ex-workers 486064_559719124038165_2085612879_nlose their employment and are often less than welcomed into the pro-life community, who like the apostles after the conversion of Paul, are somewhat wary.

She has posted this picture of a tool used to grip the baby’s head and then pierce his/her skull. The grips stop the head floating free once it has been cut from the body. The fact that such tools are made is beyond vile; that they are used is not so much crying out to God but screaming out.

I am sure Dr Bernard Nathanson is praying for us all. He was a founding member of NARAL and the lies he told back then are still repeated in the media today. He has told the truth since then and spent the rest of his life fighting for life. He became a Catholic in 1996 and stood firm for life until his death in 2011.

As Christians we are not allowed to remain silent. It is laid on us as an obligation to speak out for justice and life.  Adam’s silence in the face of Satan’s attack on the woman brought about his own downfall. We will answer for silence.

You may be saying; I can’t march, what can I do?

For a lot of us it’s a matter of donating money, clothes, equipment and food to the crisis pregnancy centres and local parishes who do quiet outreach. Food donations for the elderly and sick. You might be able to help with respite or visiting someone. There are many families who offer a place to stay for girls in a terrible crisis pregnancy.

Something as simple as helping  a sick or disabled person navigate the dreadful benefits system by helping them fill out forms.

Join the St. Vincent dePaul (SVP) Society.

Do anything, so long as it’s not nothing.

Life and finding real answers; death and self service.

As the next 40 Days for Life approaches I’ve been thinking about how the culture of Life can change so many things. The record of 40 Days for Life is really impressive. Prayer, fasting, counselling and care have saved many babies from the industry and saved their parents the follow on horror that comes for so many after abortion. In America 24 abortion mills have closed. 40 Days has produced some astonishing conversions along the way. Abby Johnson is perhaps one of the most well known but she is one of many abortion workers who have turned away and are now shining a light on the utter vileness of what goes on in the industry. I think Dr. Bernard Nathanson must be praying very hard for us all still here.

All that is wonderful, but I think more fruit will come from this stance on Life. Once we start to show our horrible culture the importance of life, of every human life, no matter how small or how broken, a whole lot of things will change and they will change in science and medicine.

Once we accept that every human being is a person with inherent rights and dignity we will stop looking at ways to kill off those too young and those too sick and those too old, and we’ll find ways to care for, heal and save lives.

Money will go into funding real research to find answers for those who are suffering so much. Embryonic stem cell research will be shelved and the much more productive and promising research with umbilical and adult stem cells will reap the benefit making therapies happen much sooner.

Instead of pulling back from research into Alzheimer’s, drug companies will put more effort into finding ways to help those patients because each life is precious.

No one will be telling those of us with ME that Ampligen or Rituxin is too expensive, because all the money we spend on killing people will be there to give people life.

There will be no more letters from insurance companies telling people in Oregon that their treatment wont be paid for, but if they take the assisted suicide route that will be. It will not happen because the “obligation to die” dressed up as “right” to die rhetoric will be seen for what it is.

Instead of looking for new screening techniques to dx Downs Syndrome and get as many of those children killed off as possible (one spokesperson apparently talked about eradicating Downs, not through treatment but by killing the babies), there will be research into how to best treat and care for people with Downs. No more stories of parents being told their child must wait for heart surgery because the child should never have been born.

Once we stop deciding that some people aren’t people and other people aren’t worthy people, we’ll all be better people.

Forty Days for Life

It’s Lent and it’s the 40 Days for Life time of prayer and witness. Pray for all those who are able and willing to get out there and stand as a witness for the value of every human life, against those who want to decide who is life unworthy of life.

In your prayers don’t forget that it isn’t only babies being killed these days; the sick, frail and elderly are subject to these anti-life people.

I heard a man from America saying that in his area the prayer and witness had seen the miraculous victory of going from 8 abortion mills down to one that is already part-time. Mothers have been given the option of ultra sounds and care and have chosen life. (A recent study showed somthing like 80% of mothers claimed they had been coerced into abortion. They just need to know they have a real choice).

Don’t forget that your local crisis centre probably needs baby stuff, maternity stuff and money.

One of the 10% who survive.

As the 40 days for life continues…

(H/T catholicvote)

Some interesting facts about l*p dancers.

I’ve taken out the “a” to prevent unwanted searches finding this blog.

Anyway, I was listening to Ian Maxwell’s CathLab episode about the Theology of the Body when he mentioned some interesting research about how women give off certain pheramones during a normal cycle. It is pretty well known that women, in particular, give off chemicals that bond her to the man she has had sex with, but there is research that shows that a woman is more sexually attractive when she is fertile.

To test this theory some scientists in California got a group of lap dancers to make a record of tips their earned over two months. They found that the girls earned substantially more over the five days of their highest fertility and much less when not fertile. The girls who were using chemical contraception earned less throughtout the two months.

Take a look and listen to the whole podcast

I heard some interesting info about fertility a couple of weeks ago on some audio something or other. A doctor (obgyn I think) who commented about fertility in women pointed out that after age 35 a woman’s fertility level drops considerably – so leaving that baby ’til the career is set up is not such a good idea. She went on to say that after the age of 45 a woman’s chance of getting pregnant drops to 1%. The upshot is she advises wives to have babies when your body is ready to avoid the horrible heartache of infertility and the just as horrible fertility treatments- most of which have terrible success rates.

Dr Bernard Nathanson in the palm of His hand.

I know I am a little late on this but I did want to mark the death of Dr Bernard Nathanson a few days ago at the great age of 84.

He was born into a secular Jewish family and grew up atheist. He became one of the founding members of NARAL and set about making his fortune by campaigning for abortion. He lied, exaggerated and won the argument as Roe vs Wade went ahead in favour of allowing the killing of the child before birth. From that we in the UK and America and so many other countries now kill unborn children on a scale that has outdone Communist Stalinist Russia’s death count.

The doctor admitted he was personally responsible for the death of thousands of babies, until one day something happened that shocked him into thought. He saw an ultra-sound where the 12 week fetus was actively trying to avoid the needle that was coming at him. The child opened it’s mouth in horror and from there the famous and disturbing video The Silent Scream went viral.

Nathanson left NARAL and went in search of the truth. He became had already realised that killing people, however young is terribly wrong and joined the pro-life movement. He became Catholic as did the mother of the aborted child of the Roe vs Wade debacle who herself had converted. [I've written about Norma Mc Corvey before].

Dr Nathanson’s death comes at the time when an ex-Planned Parenthood employee has also found God and has joined the Pro-Life Movement and the Church. Abby Johnson is a brave woman, standing up and announcing the lies that she was told and told mothers about their unborn children; it’s only cells, not a real person etc. etc.

America is showing good signs of turning the tide from this massively lucrative industry; we still have a long, long way to go here in Britain.

I knew a young mother who was told to abort her baby as he wouldn’t live anyway. When she refused she was heavily pressured to accept the offer. Thanks to support she stood firm and her son was born and lived for 20 minutes so she and her son’s father held him as did the grandparents before he died. That special and terribly important time with her son would have been taken from her if she had given in.

We pray for Dr Nathanson and may he be praying hard for all those mothers –  especially those for whom abortion isn’t a choice because it is forced on them. And remember, the fact that medics assume no one will disagree with them means there is far less care and support for families who do go ahead with a pregnancy against the medics view. Please don’t ever be tempted to judge those families; it’s a frightening situation.

Being pro-life is a difficult and for some dangerous business. There are even people who dare to call themselves Christian who have no problem in supporting abortion.

We offered more than once to take on a baby but were refused. Nevertheless I know there are good people praying and fighting both here and in heaven.

HERE is an article from someone who knew Dr Nathanson.

Feast of Holy Innocents

On the feast of Holy Innocents we remember all those children who have died. I tend to remember my own little miscarried ones and all mothers who have lost babies whether through miscarriage or the violence of abortion.

Todays feast remembers all the children slaughtered by Herod’s men,  just following orders, in Bethlehem. I have heard some criticism of the story on the grounds that the only known recording of the event is in Matthew’s Gospel.  The argument seems to be that if the event isn’t written about elsewhere, as far as we know, then Matthew was making it up. I have to say I would need a lot more evidence that Matthew lied, than the fact that 2000 years later surviving documents from the time don’t record it.  Surely a more sensible view is that Matthew heard the story from those it most effected, Jesus Mother for example.

It seems a sad fact that many ancient powers and civilisations were busy killing children in some way. And none of them are left. There is a god who promises wealth and all sorts of comforts if only parents will give him their children; Molech, Saturn, Crom Cruach, the serpent god of the Aztecs and so the list of names goes on. Even the Romans were found to have turned to child sacrifice at times. It seems one of the few major civilisations not to sacrifice children was ancient Egypt, which although there was some human sacrifice, didn’t target children as such. How odd it is that we so admire their wonderful buildings and don’t wonder why they are all empty.

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Pro-Life Witness

SATURDAY 27TH JUNE

- PRO-LIFE WITNESS PRAYERS IN REPARATION FOR ABORTION AND FOR ALL UNBORN BABIES, THEIR MOTHERS AND FATHERS AND THOSE INVOLVED WITH ABORTION.

3PM-4PM

We meet at St Anthony of Padua Church, Headley Way (car park available) and

witness just at the entrance to the JOHN RADCLIFFE Hospital, Headley Way. (In front of the Church)

The J.R is the only provider for abortion in Oxford area and they will do abortions up to 16 weeks and up to birth for all handicapped babies.

PLEASE join us to fight this battle!

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Sadly we live in a world where a mother can be catigated for going ahead and having her baby with Down’s syndrome. It is apparently legitimate today to say not killing your baby is wrong. Then when children with disabilities or sicknesses come into our communities and schools they are lesser people and can be treated as such.

When it is alright to kill people who aren’t perfect enough, then it’s alright to mistreat those who are less perfect and see then as life unworthy of life.

Humanae Vitae was right of course

We are still in the 40 years since HV time and it’s the year of St Paul, so we are thinking of conversion more at the moment.

The man who had a major role in the development of the Pill Carl Djerassi has admitted it has been a bit of a disaster, especially for his own country of Austria which has a birth rate of 1.4 at the moment. I think it’s only abour 1.7 here in the UK so we are not fairing much better.

Professor Djerassi was honest enough to admit the evironmental damage the Pill has done with estrogens entering the water supply, which he suggests (and research in America would back him up) has had a negative impact on male fertility.

Cardinal Schonborn of Austria points out that the Church saw the horrible outcome way ahead of time. Pope Paul made it clear in HV that women would be used and families would be destroyed by sex without responsibility.

My oldest son works in a home for the elderly. Let’s be honest here. Putting old people into homes is a result of smaller families. Frail or sick parents need more than a couple of adult children to help care for them. How often do we see a huge burden fall on one child who is already looking after a her own children with little family support because THERE IS NO FAMILY.

I think it is vitally important that my six kids take care of each other. I don’t want to think that they’ll all leave home and take care only of themselves. I want to know that if any of them need help the others will be there for them.

In the end, as this poor man is realising so late, the Church was right when She said the Pill would bring about the destruction of families, the objectification of women (in particular) and more misery as more selfishness was unleashed.

I do see some signs of change. I meet families-not just Catholic-who do not want to use contraception and certainly don’t want their daughters poisoned with the stuff. More information is getting out there and more people have had enough.

Perhaps if less people use contraception there will be less unborn babies slaughtered in abortion.

We hope and pray.

Oxford Pro-Life Witness

Oxford Pro-life witness

 Saturday, 29th NovemberWe meet at St Anthony of Padua Church, Headley Way, Oxford.

3pm – 4pm

 

This is just behind the emtrance to the John Radcliffe Hospital where we witness along the roadside.

We have Exposition for the hour inside the Church, and a short Benediction afterwards.

Prayers led by Fr John Saward, in reparation for all abortions, for unborn babies, their Mothers and Fathers, and all those involved in abortion.

Refreshaments available afterwards in the Church hall.

Car park right outside the Church.

As always I ask that we keep this courageous group of people in your prayers.

I have also received this via email. Those who want the destruction of innocent human beings never stop their campaigns. We must stand strongly against them to protect the vulnerable in our societies

On December 10th, pro-abortion groups will present petitions asking the United Nation’s General Assembly to make abortion a universally recognized human right.
 
The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute created an alternate petition drive that calls for government to interpret the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as protecting human life from the moment of conception to natural death. They need at least 100,000 signatures by December 10th, the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Please go to the Website:

The Rights and Dignity of the Human Person and Family

Please GO OVER TO PHILIP’s BLOG and SIGN THE PETITION. It wont take you a minute. Don’t put it off or shrug about how what you have to say is meaningless in the fight for Life. We need to stand up for the rights of each person just to be allowed to live. We need to fight for the basic rights of the family; for parents to keep the right to have and educate their children.

As Christian’s it is time we fought back against those who want to see people killed because they are too young to speak out, and killing them because they are disabled.

I am stunned by the number of Catholics, let alone other Christians who simply don’t care about the number of people murdered in abortion or like Terri Shiavo are starved to death for being disabled. Then there’s the woman in Oregon told her insurance wont cover her cancer treatment but they will pay for a doctor to kill her!

Fr. Corapi produced a half hour video that all Catholics (and Americans) should see. It expounds upon what Bishop Rene H. Gracida just said boldly in a recent radio spot. (He is the Bishop that ordained Fr. Corapi a Deacon).

“This is Bishop Rene H. Gracida, reminding all Catholics that they must vote in this election with an informed conscience. A Catholic cannot be said to have voted in this election with a good conscience if they have voted for a pro-abortion candidate. Barack Hussein Obama is a pro-abortion candidate.”

Personally I find it difficult to understand how so many people who say they follow Christ can be so lacking in discernment, that they need to be told this again and again.

Saturday, 25th October –
Oxford Pro-life witness

We meet at the Church of St Anthony of Padua

 (Headley Way) and witness outside the entrance of the
 JR Hospital.

3pm -4pm

Peaceful prayers are said in reparation for all abortion, and for unborn babies, their families and all those involved in the evil of abortion.

Refreshments available afterwards in church hall.
Contact Amanda Lewin 01869 600638

Please pray for this initiative if you’re unable to attend – thank you and God bless!

* This witness is coinciding with another important event – the Oxford Pilgrimage, it may be possible to attend both although the Pilgrimage concludes with Benediction at 3.30pm, at Blackfriars. For more details of times please see the ‘Oxford events’ list.

 

Fr Frank Pavonne’s videos give some insight into why the Pro-Life movement is SO important.

 

Pro-Life Witness

Saturday, 27th September

Oxford Pro-life Witness, prayers in reparation for abortion, and for all unborn babies and their Mothers & Fathers.

At the entrance of the JOHN RADCLIFFE Hospital, Headley Way, Oxford.

We meet outside the Church of St Anthony of Padua (Headley Way) which is just behind where we witness.

3pm – 4pm

Exposition throughout the hour inside the Church and the Rosary/prayers are led by Fr John Saward.

God Bless ~ please keep praying for the witnesses, especially for all the Drs and nurses at the JR involved in anti-life exploits.

Please may I also ask fro prayers for my friend-and fellow homeschool mum, Amanda, as she helps organise and take part in these events.

I found the lovely photo HERE at Illinois Right To Life The baby is a model made from marzipan!

 

Silent No More

Please support the Silent No More event in Oxford. Details are HERE.

Women will be allowed a voice at last to speak out about their experiences with the abortion industry and how, not only were their babies killed, but their lives were badly effected. God bless them and comfort them.  It is a courageous act in a world that really doesn’t want to know.

Oxford Pro-life 1 year Anniversary

OXFORD PRO-LIFE WITNESS 29TH MARCH

THIS WILL BE OUR 1ST YEAR ANNIVERSARY! PLEASE COME ALONG AND PRAY FOR THE UNBORN.

3PM -4PM

THERE IS EXPOSITION IN THE CHURCH AND THE ROSARY IS LED BY FR JOHN SAWARD.
WE PRAY FOR REPARATION FOR ABORTION, FOR ALL MOTHERS AND FATHERS OF THE UNBORN, FOR THE DOCTORS AND NURSES INVOLVED IN THIS EVIL.

REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE AFTERWARDS IN THE CHURCH HALL.

VENUE – JOHN RADCLIFFE HOSPITAL, HEADLEY WAY, OXFORD.

WE MEET OUTSIDE ST ANTHONY OF PADUA CHURCH – THERE IS EXPOSITION WHILST WE PRAY.

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This is my daughter Heleyna when she was 12weeks gestation. Far too many babies don’t get to live past this age. Far too many babies don’t get to live to this age.

Pro-Life Witness

26th January 08

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The John Radcliffe Hospital, outside

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Please come and meet at Headley Way Headington for a peacful witness for the unborn children. There is refreshment in the hall afterwards.

For those who cannot attend please add your prayers for those who are there, and for the babies killed and their parents.

Amanda Lewin, a friend and fellow homeschooling mum does a great deal to coordinate this. Thank God for her and all who join her.

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This is Heleyna Miriam at 12 weeks.

Also may I invite you to a weekly Eucharisitc Adoration at SS Joseph and Helen Station Rd Kings Norton Birmingham at 7pm to pray for the pro-life cause and all those who are so hurt by the abortion industry.

Pro-Life Rally in Oxford 

Support those who are fighting the good PRO-LIFE fight. Sign the petition for the children of Bulgaria and say a prayer for Amanda a fellow homeschooling mum as she stands with those prepared to speak out for the life of babies in the womb and their mothers.

Fr Ray on King Philip II of Spain

Iona is still working on her history project on the Spanish Armada. Fr Ray has very usefully posted THIS from the Catholic Herald. It looks as though the Herald have pulled the article though in favour of one about the plight of the Chaldean Christians in Iraq. Nevertheless there is enough on Fr Ray’s blog to be helpful for Iona.