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On the same day Pope Francis called abortion “an abominable crime,” a Catholic school in Ontario raised over $1,100 for a secular organization that heavily promotes “family planning” to teens, advocates for abortion access, and promotes the abortifacient “morning-after pill.” (Source)

Free the Children, Save the Children, Empower the Children, Liberate the Children….

It’s all for the children, don’t you know!

Actually, what it’s for is for all us useful idiots out there who are very willing to be taken advantage of.  Why not?  Even when they’re outed, the lidless eye crowd gives us the same look they always do, “what’s the problem?”

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…when it’s all said and done, don’t think you can hide behind the State for your justification of what you supported.

One day…abortion will be illegal again and declared a crime against humanity.

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by Catholic Church-goer.

Mustn’t upset the congregation with the truth.

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“The statement was approved by the General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference after appropriate consultation. ‘There are no plans by any Bishops in England and Wales to deny communion to Catholic MPs who voted in favour of same sex marriage legislation last year,’” the spokesman said.

Like I said earlier,  they provoke us bloggers to wrath.

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Now, folks, what you are about to read is what every bishop should be doing when they are confronted with evil.  The plan is not to play defense, not to ignore, and not to find excuses why they can’t do anything.  The plan is to go on the offensive.  Take the game not only to the abortionists but also to those groups and businesses that prop them up.  Check this out. 

We cannot be silent in view of the grave injustice presented by the abortions that will be performed at the proposed Planned Parenthood facility. The archdiocese is obliged to remind every person and organization involved in the acquisition, preparation and construction of this or any abortion facility that they are cooperating with the evil that will take place there. For this reason, the archdiocese, including its churches, schools, apartments for the elderly and nursing homes, will strive in its privately funded work not to enter into business relationships with any person or organization that participates in actions that are essential to making this abortion facility a reality.   This policy applies to all businesses, regardless of religious affiliation or non-affiliation. Our fidelity to Church teaching and our conscience necessitates this stance.  There is no justification, including economic hardship that will make a direct or indirect relationship with Planned Parenthood, or any abortion provider, acceptable. Additionally, affiliation or support of Planned Parenthood by Catholics is a matter of serious scandal. (Source)

 

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Wow.  Interesting. Very interesting.

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Beautiful story of the Black Madonna visiting Mary Wagner, a pro-life heroine and political prisoner in Canada.

Funny, but last time I checked I didn’t see Amnesty International too concerned about Mary’s fate. They’re too busy actually trying to promote abortion.

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Whatever the political calculations were in this move, it doesn’t matter.

I think Ontario just got a huge boost in the fight against the Culture of Death.  JPII, pray for us.

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Our Lady of Częstochowa Icon in Ottawa March 18-19th 2014

Yours truly (in black) to the immediate left of the Icon, outside of Ground Zero on Abortion Street (65 Bank Street, Ottawa)

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Check out the beautiful story below. God bless these people. They’ve devised an alternative to abortion for many women, thus giving babies a chance at life. Do we have enough parents on waiting lists for adoption to make such an operation work? Is there a church or residence that would host this?

Lee Jong-rak [a pastor in South Korea] is the creator of the Baby Box. His Baby Box is the first and only box in Korea that is for collecting abandoned babies who are physically or mentally handicapped or are just unwanted by their mothers.

Hundreds of unwanted babies are abandoned on the side of the street in South Korea every year. Jong-rak knew he needed to set up a way to save the lives of these precious babies.  He built a drop box on the side of his home with a humble sign reading, “Place to leave babies.”

The inside of the box contains a thick towel covering the bottom, and lights and heating to keep the baby comfortable.  A bell rings when someone puts a baby in the box, then Jong-rak, his wife, or staff associates come to immediately move the baby inside. His aim was to provide a life-giving alternative for desperate mothers in his city of Seoul. He even admits that he didn’t really expect that babies would come in– He was mistaken. The babies came. In the middle of the night, in the middle of the day, some with notes, some without a word, and only a very few mothers actually spoke to him face-to-face. (Source)

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Story here.

That sudden draft you feel is the chill coming upon employees at abortion facilities across the US of A.

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After the Bank Street Prayer vigil with the Black Madonna, I ventured home to clear up a few things.  Around 2PM, my family and I headed down to St. Pat’s where the Icon was being venerated.  People lined up to pray in front of it and touch it.    My family and I got in line and when it was our turn, we knelt down, prayed, and touched it.

It was a powerful moment for me, personally.  I could feel the consolation and healing inside….almost like spiritual electricity…if only for an instant.  As I put my hand on the Blessed Mother shoulder, I happened to glance up and look directly into her eyes, and I got a very sobering message that just kind of leaped out at me…almost like a rebuke.

“Don’t you quit.”

I was pretty taken aback.  Me quit?  What’s with that?  Maybe she knows something I don’t.  Anyhow, maybe that’s a message I’m supposed to convey to everyone in the pro-life movement.  Never quit fighting for the unborn, for marriage, for the family.

Never. Never. Never. Never.

You know what I think?  I think the Devil doesn’t have much in his hand, and perhaps it’s time for us to call his bluff.

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I took the day off to do a mini retreat of sorts….to attend the last day of the annual Novena to St. Joseph, to visit the Black Madonna, to visit Ground Zero, and to attend the Episcopal consecration tonight of Bishop Christian Riesbeck….

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Fr. Peter West from HLI invoking prayers for the protection of human life and the family, early in the morning on Parliament Hill in front of the Centennial flame.  A statue of St. Joseph whose feast day it is today is in the foreground while the Icon of the Black Madonna rests in the background.

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About 50-60 hearty souls braved the frigid temperatures to turn out to pray.  The Lord is good and calls His people to pray for the conversion of our country.  We sang O Canada near the end of it.

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The Faithful in procession around Parliament Hill.  Reminiscent of the old days when the towers of Jericho came falling down.   The Arc of the New Covenant, Mary the Mother of the Lord, will be our victory and consolation in these days.

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After the prayers on Parliament Hill, we processed to Ground Zero at 65 Bank Street, heard some speeches and prayed.   Yours truly was honoured to have been one of the bearers of the Icon.  God calls all of us to confront the culture of darkness with the glorious light of the Gospel.

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The Faithful at Ground Zero, praying the Rosary as people walked by. It was a busy morning in front of the abortuary. I have great hope that we moved hearts, and perhaps with Our Lady’s presence, saved a child from death today.

Be sure to check out the rest of the day’s itinerary for the Black Madonna here. The Consecration takes place tonight at 7:30 at the Cathedral. See you then.

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Belize’s Roman Catholic Bishop Dorick Wright issued a directive to the country’s Catholic schools stating that “organizations whose activities and positions are actively opposed to the moral teachings of the Catholic Church, and which endanger the souls of the People of God, cannot be welcomed under any circumstances in our schools.”…Bishop Wright concluded that, “This agenda of sodomy, abortion, and sexual gender redefinition is seeking to radically change Belize’s Christian character. I call on all of you to be vigilant with me against this threat to Belize’s moral foundations and family values.” (Source)

That’s a real bishop for you. Plain spoken. Clear.  And Decisive.

This kind of language and action is almost like from another universe. It’s almost unintelligible and inexplicable for us Canadians.  Could we ever hope to have a bishop like this in our lifetime?…who…wait for it…wait for it…..ahhhhh…..yeah baby!

Didn’t check his Episcopal authority at the door of the national conference of Catholic bishops!

In light of what’s going on with the OSCB and the Kielburgers, this is like a sad and really cruel joke on us.  It really is.

Does anyone have a private jet?  Maybe we go fly to Belize and kidnap this holy bishop and install him in this country somewhere. By popular acclamation.

Then again, we get the leaders we deserve.

 

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For her Olympic ex-husband, this story is the dark side of seeking after perishable things and killing to get it.

For the women’s “rights” movement , it’s ironic that such a liberated woman would kill her own child to “please her man”.   The feminists are so dense they can’t seem to figure out how abortion can, maybe just maybe, be a tool for subjection and indignity towards women.

For this poor woman herself, she’s just another victim of the culture of death.

And for the media who chose not to report the inconvenient truth of what led to her death,….you brood of vipers and whitewashed tombs….if you don’t repent, I hope it’s hot and heavy where you will spend your eternity where the worm never dies and the fire is never quenched.

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As I have previously said many, many time before, we cannot win this fight without a concerted spiritual focus.  All the other avenues we use are great, but at the end of the day, we need a spiritual assault.  This March, you can be part of it.

In the summer of 2012, a small band of pro-life missionaries began a pilgrimage across Russia and Europe. From a worldly perspective their efforts might seem insignificant. However, seen through the eyes of faith, their journey had the potential of enormous significance for the building of a culture of life and the family in Russia and all of Europe.

The small band left the port city of Vladivostok on the Pacific Coast of Russia on June 14th with a replica of the famous icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The revered image of our Blessed Mother, was venerated across eight time zones in Russia, traveling over 30,000 kilometers across Europe to Fatima, Portugal before coming to the United States.

What would motivate a small band of believers to undertake what is being called the “From Ocean to Ocean International Campaign in Defense of Life” – to go to such extreme measures for what many will perceive as a quaint religious observance? The pilgrimage, or peregrination, of the icon, is intended as a response to nearly a century of legalized abortion first imposed by the Soviet Union, then spread to other nations.

In the Old Testament, the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant into battle. Many Fathers of the Church compare Mary to the Ark of the New Covenant.  Saint Ambrose wrote “The Ark contained the Tablets of the Law; Mary contained in her womb the heir of the Testament. The Ark bore the Law; Mary bore the Gospel. The Ark made the voice of God heard; Mary gave us the very Word of God. The Ark shone forth with the purest gold; Mary shone forth both inwardly and outwardly with the splendor of her virginity. The gold which adorned the Ark came from the interior of the earth; the gold with which Mary shone forth came from the mines of Heaven.” (Serm. xlii. 6)

Though the practice of peregrination with icons of the Blessed Mother has fallen out of favor in much of the Catholic world, its history is worth noting. Even in the West, the faithful have over the centuries venerated the images of the Blessed Virgin Mary and called on her intercession in times of great distress. Their stories of miracles and intercessions are not often heard in the West, as icons are particularly venerated in the East. An icon, as opposed to paintings, sculptures or other artistic depictions of persons, is considered to be almost a living presence of the person or deity who is venerated. They are seen as a window with a view of a greater truth, rather than simply a fine object of art.

The icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa has a fascinating history of its own, though there is some variation in the accounts. Tradition holds that St. Luke the Evangelist himself “wrote” the icon on a cypress table in the home of the Holy Family. St. Helena is said to have located the icon during her visit to the Holy Land and to have brought it to Constantinople in the fourth century. The painting was eventually owned by Charlemagne, who presented it as a dowry to Prince Lev of Galicia (present–day Western Ukraine), where it was kept for almost six centuries in the royal palace at Belz. In 1382, after invading Tartars attacked the fortress at Belz, the icon was taken to the Polish town of Czechstochowa for safekeeping, and it has remained there ever since.

The Icon was damaged by Hussite raiders in 1430, who slashed and attempted to burn the icon, changing the visage of what is now referred to as the “Black Madonna.”  In a sense, she is a symbol of Poland herself, scarred but persevering in faith.

The Black Madonna is credited with numerous miracles among those that she visited, and on behalf of those who prayed for her protection and intercession. The icon is credited with saving Constantinople in a critical battle with the Saracens, after its display from the walls of the city.  After its transfer to Galicia, the kingdom was threatened by an invasion in the 11th century. The king prayed to Our Lady to aid his small army and, as a result of this prayer, a darkness overcame the enemy troops who, in their confusion, began attacking one another.

Since the icon was brought to Poland, Our Lady has interceded a number of times for the Polish people. Just one modern example: In May 1979 many faithful held what became known as the “Siege of Jericho” at the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. They prayed continuous rosaries for the intention that the Communist Polish government would relax its restrictions on the visit of Pope John Paul II to his native land. On May 7, the Polish government unexpectedly relented and dropped the major obstacles that were preventing the Pope’s visit. We know now the fire that Blessed Pope John Paul lit with his bold proclamation of the Gospel “behind enemy lines,” and how large a role he played in the most remarkable peaceful revolution of the 20th century, eventually even bringing down Communism in Poland and the Soviet Union.

These and similar historic events testify to the all-too-often forgotten power of prayer—particularly in asking for the intercession of the Blessed Mother to deliver the faithful from problems that seem too overwhelming for any practical human solution. And this is precisely the situation in which much the world finds itself. In 1920, Russia was the first country to legalize abortion for any reason. Josef Stalin again outlawed abortion in 1936, not because he respected human life, but he saw that it was weakening the Soviet Union, decimating its population along with war, the various purges, and the starvation of millions. Shortly after his death in 1954, abortion was again legalized, and the number of babies lost again skyrocketed.  Abortion remains the primary means of birth control in the newly independent states although the rate is falling. In Russia, for example, there are still 13 abortions for every 10 live births.

In 1917, Our Lady of Fatima predicted that Russia would spread her errors throughout the world. Although several volumes are filled with the depth and breadth of these errors, the greatest is undoubtedly the state endorsement of the killing of children in the womb.

But now, not only Russia but Europe as a whole, together with other developed and developing countries know they have a problem. Their populations continue to decline at an alarming rate. The total fertility rate of Russian women hit a historic low in 1999 of 1.16. By 2012, it had risen slightly to 1.61, exceeding even that of the European Union’s 1.58, while Poland’s and most of the other East European nation’s range between an even lower range of 1.27 and 1.45.

Against this backdrop of demographic collapse, widespread abortion and an apparent inability for Russia and other dying European countries to marshal a return to openness to life, a faithful few are looking for more dramatic, and more traditional, solutions. Pope John Paul’s monumental encyclical Evangelium Vitae, which he called “central to the whole Magisterium of my Pontificate”, closes with a prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary for victory over the culture of death.

So the faithful again turn to Our Lady under her title of Our Lady of Czestochowa, who is venerated both in the East and the West. In January 2012, pro-life leaders from 19 nations travelled to the Shrine of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa to plan the project. The Archbishop of Cracow celebrated a special Mass on January 28th to make a special act of entrustment to the cause of the defense of life and family to Our Lady of Czestochowa and pray for the success of the “From Ocean to Ocean International Campaign in Defense of Life.”

The icon arrived in Vladivostok on June 11th and was venerated in several churches including the main Cathedral of St. Nicholas.  Large crowds have accompanied the Blessed Virgin asking for her prayers, and have attended pro-life conferences which will be part of the pilgrim mission all along the way.

This also is no small feat – Russian Orthodox leaders have worked with Roman Catholics to coordinate this historic pilgrimage. We pray that our shared devotion to the Blessed Mother may be an occasion for building mutual respect, and collaboration in other such efforts for the promotion of faith, life and the family in the future.

Our Lady of Czechstochowa, who has resided in both Orthodox and Catholic lands, has come to the aid and protection of both her Orthodox and Catholic children.

Please pray with us that the Blessed Virgin Mary will use this extraordinary campaign to inspire the people of the entire world, to return to faith in God and respect for life and family. (Source)

 

 

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