Friday, October 11, 2013

Keeping Vigil for 40 Days ~ Prayers for Life

Prayer for Mothers and Fathers

We pray today for all mothers who are afraid

to be mothers. We pray for those who feel threatened

and overwhelmed by their pregnancy.

May God give them the grace to say yes to life

and the courage to go on.  May they have the grace

to reject the false solution of abortion.

We pray for all fathers to have the courage and wisdom

to protect their children, their wives, their families,

from the devastating consequences of abortion.

May these men and women experience the help of

Christian people, and know the true

peace that comes from doing God’s will.

Bishop Fulton Sheen's Prayer for Unborn Children

Dear Lord Jesus, I love you very much,

and I beg you to spare the lives of the unborn children,
(choose a name for a girl and a boy),

whom I have spiritually adopted,

who are in danger of abortion.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Mother Teresa's Letter to the US Supreme Court, 1994

In 1994, Mother Teresa of Calcutta wrote to the United States Supreme Court to express her stand against abortion. Her words, excerpted here, are a reminder of the great injustice of abortion and serve to call America back to the very first precept upon which this great nation was founded - the right to life for every human being.

"America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father's role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts -- a child -- as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience."

"It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners. Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign."

..."I have no new teaching for America. I seek only to recall you to faithfulness to what you once taught the world. Your nation was founded on the proposition—very old as a moral precept, but startling and innovative as a political insight—that human life is a gift of immeasurable worth, and that it deserves, always and everywhere, to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect."

The full text of the letter can be read at this link: Mother Teresa's Letter to the US Supreme Court

Monday, September 30, 2013

Stand up for Freedom of Conscience and Freedom of Religion!

A community conversation on the topic of "Faith and Rights" was sponsored by our local newspaper, the Tri-City Herald. Participants were given the opportunity to write a brief op-ed with our thoughts on the forum topic. My contribution to the conversation is linked below.

Community Conversation: State is Trying to Silence Moral Authority

Kick-off Rally for 40 Days for Life Tri-Cities - Hannah Farris' Speech

40 Days for Life Fall 2013, Sept. 25 - Nov. 3

40 days of prayer, fasting, and vigil for an end to abortion beginning September 25th in communities all over our country, and the world. To learn more and sign up to become part of this powerful, prayerful, national and international grassroots movement, please visit 40 Days for Life.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Entertaining Angels Unaware...


Some thoughts on God's angelic messengers, 

from my Spiritual Life column in the Tri-City Herald, Sept. 14th, 2013:

Monday, June 24, 2013

By His Wounds, We Are Healed.

Jesus sanctified humanity, family life, and even human suffering and loss by His birth, life, death and resurrection.  Read my reflections on what it means to have a God who loved us so much that He lived among us, suffered and died for us, and even in His risen and glorified body, still carries the scars of human suffering, from my recent Faith and Values column in the the Tri-City Herald linked below.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Healing Light Retreat

The Healing Light Retreat
Our next Healing Light Retreat, a day of prayer and healing for all those wounded by abortion, will be held in the Tri-Cities, WA area on Saturday, June 1st, 2013.
If you or someone you know is suffering after an abortion - or grieving a child lost to abortion, whether a grandchild, sibling, or child of a friend - this retreat day of prayer and reflection will help bring the healing light of Christ into the deepest wounds of your heart and soul. The Divine Physician longs to fill you with His peace. 
For more information, please visit this website: The Healing Light Retreat

Nicholas Kristof's Birth Control Advice Hurts Women and Demeans the Poor

Photo from     My response to a New York Times article by Nicholas Kristof promoting birth control for teens was ...