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Pro-Life

From Evangelium Vitae

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ message. Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as “good news” to the people of every age and culture.

At the dawn of salvation, it is the Birth of a Child which is proclaimed as joyful news: “I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Lk 2:10-11). The source of this “great joy” is the Birth of the Savior; but Christmas also reveals the full meaning of every human birth, and the joy which accompanies the Birth of the Messiah is thus seen to be the foundation and fulfillment of joy at every child born into the world (cf. Jn 16:21).

When he presents the heart of his redemptive mission, Jesus says: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10). In truth, he is referring to that “new” and “eternal” life which consists in communion with the Father, to which every person is freely called in the Son by the power of the Sanctifying Spirit. It is precisely in this “life” that all the aspects and stages of human life achieve their full significance.

+St. John Paul II

“Playing with life is a sin against God”

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Meeting with Catholic doctors Pope Francis called on them to defend the sanctity of life:

“Fidelity to the Gospel of life and respect for life as a gift from God sometimes require choices that are courageous and go against the current, which in particular circumstances, may become points of conscientious objection,” Francis said in an address to the Italian Catholic Doctors’ Association in November. “The dominant thinking sometimes suggests a “false compassion”, that which retains that it is: helpful to women to promote abortion; an act of dignity to obtain euthanasia; a scientific breakthrough to produce a child and to consider it to be a right rather than a gift to welcome; or to use human lives as guinea pigs presumably to save others,” the Pope said in his speech.

Instead, the Pope pointed out, “The compassion of the Gospel is that which accompanies in times of need, that is, the compassion of the Good Samaritan, who sees, has compassion, approaches and provides concrete help.”

“Human life is always sacred and always of quality. There is no human life that is more sacred than another, as there is no human life qualitatively more significant than another, only by virtue of resources, rights, great social and economic opportunities.” Francis underlined that human life “is always sacred, valuable, and inviolable.”

“Be careful, experimenting and playing with life is a sin against God the Creator,” the pope said speaking off the cuff. “This happens when people consider it to be [their] right to produce children rather than [see it] a gift. The same goes for euthanasia.”

“Attention to human life, especially that in greatest difficulty, that is, to the sick, the elderly, children, deeply involves the mission of the Church. The Church also feels called to participate in the debate that relates to human life, presenting its proposal based on the Gospel,” Francis recalled.

“This is also my hope. May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Salus Infirmorum, support the intentions with which you intend to continue your action,” Francis said.

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Patroness for the Unborn

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Dearest Virgin, Our Lady of Guadalupe: to you we offer our efforts to protect the unborn.  You who are our life, our sweetness and our hope:  we do believe with St. Juan Diego that you are with us as our spiritual Mother. 

We seek your powerful intercession as we stand witness to the dignity of unborn persons and all persons who are made in the image and likeness of God.  We are in need of grace and strength to shine a light into the dark Culture of Death.  Help us to know that we must fight evil with good and to love even those who persecute us as we are to love our enemies and pray for salvation for them. 

Please obtain the grace for us not to grow weary or discouraged when do not see many results from our efforts. Help us to know that no prayer is ever wasted and we are heard in heaven and that there are many conversions that we will not know of until that day when we hope to see God face to face in eternity.  We thank you and love you, O dearest Lady of Guadalupe!

 

 

Dec 01 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Waves Coming For the Barque of Peter

Monday, December 1st, 2014
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Homily #141201n ( 20min) Play – Father reminds us that what Christ assumed, He redeemed. He assumed a human nature from the Blessed Virgin, and redeemed human nature, and he also, in a way, assumed a human family by being born into one, and thereby also redeemed the family. As of late, the Christian family has been the subject of confusion and is under attack by both the world and, sadly, even by Church leaders influenced and blinded by the world. We can expect waves to assault the Church, but we can also know that the Church will survive and continue. We can expect what happened in 1968 to happen again, and to bring that back to mind, Father quotes from an address by James Francis Cardinal Stafford where he reflects on the events surrounding the release of the encylcical Humanae Vitae and the ensuing dissent and violence which entered the ranks of the priesthood. Father ends by reminding us that even if we are alone as we stand in defense of the teachings of the Church, the Church will survive, and we will to, but only if we stay aboard.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday in the 1st Week in Advent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 2:1-5
Resp: psa 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: mat 8:5-11

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Nov 23 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Subjecting the World to Christ the King

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
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Homily #141123n ( 10min) Play – Father Maximilian tells us that we see in the Gospel that Christ will come and render judgement over all on the last day, but we see that judgement is rendered on how we treated Christ present in others. Father continues to emphasize that we owe Christ our full fidelity, and that we must subject the world to the Kingship of Christ, but not by politics, violence, or enthusiasm, but by prayer and acts of charity to those in need. And what is the best, quickest, and most perfect way of doing this? By going to our Queen-Mother, and she will take us to the King!
Ave Maria!
Mass: Christ the King – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 34:11-12, 15-17
Resp: psa 23:1-2, 2-3, 5, 6
2nd: 1co 15:20-26, 28
Gsp: mat 25:31-46

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Oct 05 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Christ, the Rock on Which the Family Stands

Sunday, October 5th, 2014
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Homily #141005n (26min) Play – In this hard-hitting homily, Father tells us that at various times, the forces of hell have raged against Christ and His Church with particular ferocity. One such time was the mass rebellion against the Church’s teaching on birth control, and we are in the midst of another when they are raging against the Christian Family. In order to firmly plant our understanding of marriage and the family on the Rock of Jesus Christ, Father comments on the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on marriage and the family, showing that the love of spouses is the form of human love that–though dimly–reflects the love of Christ for His Church and for each one of us. For marriage to be Christian it must be built on the Rock of Christ, and though this is demanding, God gives the grace to the spouses through His sacramental blessing on their union. Marriage without Christ or His Cross is doomed to fail, since it is only through the grace of the sacrament of marriage that human love can be elevated to faithfully reflect the love that God has for humanity. In this context, we see that the fidelity and self-sacrifice of spouses is intrinsically linked to the faith love of God for humanity. And it is in this context we can see how divorce is alien to a truly Christian understanding of marriage. And for those in difficult situation, whether through their fault or not, peace and joy can only be found by remaining faithful to the teachings of Christ and the requirements of revealed truth and divine love.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 5:1-7
Resp: psa 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20
2nd: phi 4:6-9
Gsp: mat 21:33-43

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40 Days for Life begins internationally

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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Pope Francis on the Right to Life:

In April the Holy Father addressed a pro-life group saying, “One of the gravest risks our epoch faces, amid the opportunities offered by a market equipped with every technological innovation, is the divorce between economics and morality, the basic ethical norms of human nature are increasingly neglected. It is therefore necessary to express the strongest possible opposition to every direct attack on life, especially against the innocent and defenseless, and the unborn in a mother’s womb is the example of innocence par excellence. Let us remember the words of the Second Vatican Council: ‘Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes‘ (Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes, n. 51). ….

Anyone who is Christian has a duty to bear witness to the Gospel: to protect life courageously and lovingly in all its phases. Every civil law is based on the recognition of the first and fundamental right, that to life, which is not subject to any conditions, neither economic nor qualitative nor ideological.”

 

 

Apr 09 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Faith vs Fury

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
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Homily #140409n ( 14min) Play – Father Louis Maximilian comments on the three young men thrown into into fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar, and highlights their faith as examples for us. When we open ourselves up to and embrace the truth, it will set us free and change us, but those who resist the truth and remain in bondage to error and sin will react to us with fury. We see this fury rising against us today because of our fidelity to the truth about abortion, contraception, and marriage. Father encourages us to seek refuge in the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as she asked us to do at Fatima, and to have faith in the face of the fury of the modern Nebuchadnezzars.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 5th Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: dan 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
Resp: dan 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
Gsp: joh 8:31-42

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Video – A Day With Mary #106: Fr Andre speaks on the Eucharist and the 40 Days For Life

Saturday, March 1st, 2014
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A Day With Mary #106 – Fr Andre speaks on the Eucharist and the 40 Days For Life ( 11 min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Andre speaks on the Eucharist and the upcoming 40 Days for Life during the “Day With Mary” held at St. Helena of the Holy Cross Church in Ellenbrook, Western Australia on 1 March 2014.

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A Pro-Life Prayer to St. Gerard

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Against the Forces of Anti-Life:

O great wonder-worker of our day, St. Gerard, powerful protector of a mother and her unborn child:  beg God, we beseech thee, to crush the mounting forces of anti-life and to enlighten those who work in this deadly way, that they may see the enormity of their sin and return to the  generous observance of the divine law.  Pray, too, for mothers that they may prize the great privilege of motherhood and that they may bring up their children in the holy love and fear of God, so saving their own immortal souls and furthering the honor and glory of their Maker: through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

 

Jan 22 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Respect Life Always

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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Homily #140122n ( 05min) Play – Fr. Maximilian reminds us that God is the author of life, and that He alone has the right to end it, but we have arrogated this right to ourselves for our own convenience, whether that life be the unborn, elderly, sick, or even our own life. We must pray and do penance for ourselves and our world that we may trust the providence of God and that the respect for human life may return.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 2nd Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1sa 17:32-33, 37, 40-51
Resp: psa 144:1, 2, 9-10
Gsp: mar 3:1-6

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There are Modern Holy Innocents

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us.

Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this. Frequently, as a way of ridiculing the Church’s effort to defend their lives, attempts are made to present her position as ideological, obscurantist and conservative. Yet this defense of unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development.

Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems. Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defense of human rights, which would always be subject to the passing whims of the powers that be. Reason alone is sufficient to recognize the inviolable value of each single human life, but if we also look at the issue from the standpoint of faith, “every violation of the personal dignity of the human being cries out in vengeance to God and is an offence against the creator of the individual”.

Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question. I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or “modernizations”. It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.

Franciscus (Evangelii Gaudium)

Thanking the Creator of Life

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

“Creator of Life–Thank You!”

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you”
That is an assurance of God’s love solid and true
We are the beloved and precious in His sight
How did our society get to this current plight

Children are viewed as a burden to be discarded
Planned Parenthood is abundantly rewarded
The liberal media calls it “women’s health care”
The reality is a truth too heart-wrenching to bear

“Pro-choice” sounds liberating, sensible, and kind
The deception it promotes is the tie that will bind
“Pro-abortion” is not appealing to the one who hears
Accurate terminology could instill worry and fears

Language matters, and progressives know the drill
Don’t let anyone know that abortion really does kill
“A woman’s right to choose” is now firmly entrenched
Pro-lifers are seen as the radicals who should be benched

“Follow the money” has been an accurate trail in the past
Cut off tax dollars and watch Planned Parenthood move fast
Litigation or legislation—it’s all about abortion on demand
Roe versus Wade and Doe versus Bolton—the law of the land

There have been over 40 years of tragedy since that fateful time
Millions have died—and a civilized society doesn’t see a crime
Is it apathy and complacency—or is it something much deeper
What has caused us to fail in being our brother and sister’s keeper

To the many women (and men) who are experiencing pain
It is not necessary to be isolated and suffering in vain
All of the wounds and painful memories you can freely bring
There is healing and forgiveness from Jesus Christ our King 

For the gift of life, we give thanks and praise to our God! 

used with permission from Deacon Vernon Dobelmann

Pope Francis speaks for the Unborn and Aged

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

As the 40 Days for Life–in more than 300 cities–comes to a close, we give thanks for the many people that prayed and sacrificed and kept public vigil during these past weeks and ask God’s abundant blessings on them.  And we consider once again the Holy Father’s words just before the 40 Days began:

Pope Francis: strong words against abortion

Each one of us is invited to recognize in the fragile human being the face of the Lord, who, in his human flesh, experienced the indifference and loneliness to which we often condemn the poorest, either in the developing nations, or in the developed societies. Each child who is unborn, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who, even before he was born, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world. And also each old person and – I spoke of the child, let us also speak of the elderly, another point! And each old person, even if infirm or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the “culture of waste” proposes! They cannot be discarded!

Franciscus

September 20, 2013

Video – Timelapse – Variety 236: Star Timelapse Above Our Lady of Guadalupe

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
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Ave Maria!

At Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse, Wisconsin there is an outdoor pro-life shrine and this is the fountain statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe holding infant children.

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