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Nancy Pelosi: Is a Child in the Womb a Human Being or Not? Answer the Question!

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 23, 2015

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NEW YORK, NY — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is ducking questions about the humanity of the unborn again.

While discussing her opposition to two abortion-related bills in the House of Representatives, she twice refused to answer two reporters’ simple question: Is a child in the womb at 20 weeks’ gestation a human being?

Here’s part of the exchange between Mrs. Pelosi and the reporters from CNSnews.com

CNSNews.com asked: “My question is pretty simple. On the abortion issue, I understand your position on the legislation, but even the legislation aside, when it comes to the matter of whether or not an unborn child is a human being at 20 weeks gestation, what is your personal take on it. If it is not a human being, then what do you believe it is?

Pelosi responded: “You know it is really interesting that you would come to these meetings to talk about it. The fact is is what we have said: The life and the health of the mother is what is preeminent in when a decision is made about a woman’s reproductive health. It isn’t an ideological fight, it is a personal health issue.

(Read the whole story here: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/lauretta-brown/pelosi-wont-say-if-unborn-baby-20-weeks-human-being)

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement about Mrs. Pelosi’s refusal to answer a simple question:

“Here we go again with Nancy Pelosi’s unwillingness to answer a question that is not only scientifically certain but that also falls within the responsibility of lawmakers to know. It wasn’t long ago that Nancy Pelosi and I engaged in a public back-and-forth on this same point (see www.lettertonancy.com). She said I was being hysterical rather than intellectual. OK, Nancy Pelosi, let’s be intellectual. Why don’t you start by answering the question?”

Father Pavone issued a new invitation to the public to go to www.lettertonancy.com to express their dismay at the intellectual dishonesty of a lawmaker who should know the difference between serving the public and killing the public.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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State of the Union Address Offers More Death for Babies

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

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“The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the future of his children for personal and immediate comfort and safety.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

President Obama, in his State of the Union address last night, said, “If we’re going to have arguments, let’s have arguments. But let’s make them debates worthy of this body and worthy of this country. We still may not agree on a woman’s right to choose, but surely, we can agree it’s a good thing that teen pregnancies and abortions are nearing all-time lows, and that every woman should have access to the health care that she needs.”

What the President didn’t say is that abortion and abortifacients are not health care. They are reproductive deterrents that kill babies and sometimes their mothers. Abortion often hurts women. In RECALL ABORTION, Janet Morana outlines the harmful impact of abortion, and #healingtheshockwavesofabortion further reveals why the President’s agenda isn’t good for women.

Senator Joni Ernst (IA), in the Republican response to the President’s speech, listed what the new Congress intends to do for life, saying: “And we’ll defend life, because protecting our most vulnerable is an important measure of any society.”

There is a shift in our political climate. We must pray for transformation of hearts. In my KING RULES “Defend Life” chapter, the sanctity of life is highlighted.

I am so glad that my parents AD and Naomi King didn’t take the advice of “The Birth Control League” which later became “Planned Parenthood;” they chose life for me instead.

My grandfather Daddy King convinced my mother that because he had seen me in a dream three years before my conception, he knew that God wanted me to live. Mother accepted his promise to be there for her. He kept his word.

If Granddaddy were here today, he would urge us to pray for our government and all leaders, that God will guide them into serving with grace, peace, faith, hope and love. Amen

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Tell Norton and Fierce About #SHOCKWAVES

Friday, January 16th, 2015

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Somebody PLEASE send this to Eleanor Holmes Norton and Tasha Fierce. They are ignoring the shockwaves.

District of Columbia’s Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton told PBS that veterinary clinics should be held to a higher standard than abortion clinics. She stated, “What happens in abortion clinics is usually not surgical. You go to a vet, they have to be equipped to do anything that the pet requires. In other words, they have to be prepared to cut him open. They don’t just bring him there to do a simple procedure, one-time, very narrow procedure. So to compare what a full surgical clinic where full surgery is necessary because of the nature of the procedures to an abortion clinic, which normally is not surgical and is a very simple procedure, is to compare not just apples to oranges.”

In a recent article on Ebony online, Tasha Fierce openly shared that she had an abortion last month. Fierce describes herself as an African American feminist who writes on race, sex, politics and pop culture.

In her piece, titled I Just Had an Abortion, she says she doesn’t regret her abortion and alleges that abortion “stigma” is more pronounced in the lives of Black women than White. She believes this because when she was walking into the abortion facility, a picketer asked, “Did you know abortion is the number one cause of death in the African-American community?”

That question didn’t sit too well with Fierce and she responded by cursing at the pro-lifer. She writes, “In my mental and physical state, I really was not prepared to quietly accept a bunch of non-Black people using my race to guilt me out of getting an abortion. I snapped. How I was able to scream “F*** you!” with as much force as I did being as weak as I was, I don’t know. That rage was strong. My boyfriend restrained me from responding any further and rushed me inside.”

She continues, “Black women are blamed for a litany of ills that plague our community, and we’re constantly disrespected for the choices we make regarding our bodies. On the one hand, a Black woman who goes through with an unwanted pregnancy and ends up having to use social services is shamed for being irresponsible and “leeching” off the system. On the other, a Black woman who makes the decision to terminate a pregnancy when they know having a child isn’t the best idea can be shamed for endangering the future of her race. I’m concerned for Black women that seek abortion who aren’t as comfortable with their individual decision as I am, and who may be shamed into changing their mind by anti-choice campaigns targeted at the Black community. As with too many other experiences I’ve had that should be strictly personal, my abortion ended up being one more reminder that Black women are so often damned if we do, damned if we don’t.”

Even though earlier in her article Pierce acknowledges that Black women’s abortion rate is five-times higher than that of White women, she believes that pro-lifers use race to shame women.

However, the fact of the matter is the pro-life community is using mathematical statistics to reveal the massive genocide of black babies through abortion.

See February healing the shockwaves of abortion.

Either these two women are uninformed, deceived, deceptive or confused. In Ms. Norton’s case, she has maybe never seen a D&E abortion procedure. They are neither safe nor rare, and they rip babies apart and tear them from their mothers’ wombs.

As to Ms. Fierce, I’m praying she can see past the pain to the “healing the shockwaves of abortion.”

They might want to watch this!

http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2015-01-15/nicki-minaj-talks-abortion-with-high-school-boyfriend-in-my-time-again/

Please share this and hopefully the news will reach them. Thanks.

Links:

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/01/15/congresswoman-regulate-vets-not-abortion-clinics-what-happens-in-abortions-isnt-surgical/

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/01/13/black-feminist-tasha-fierce-brags-i-just-had-an-abortion-and-dont-regret-it/

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Prayers Breaking Out Everywhere!

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

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Hello everyone. It’s Alveda “boots on the ground” in Dallas, TX at THE POTTER’S HOUSE. For a full breakdown of who’s all here, visit http://www.thereconciledchurch.org/

Lots of prayer power going on. Join the Prayer Movement now because revival is in the land.

God’s people are breaking out in prayer around the world! Again, it’s moving so fast, can’t report it all.

Here’s another one coming up!

http://www.priestsforlife.org/national-memorial/invite.aspx

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And another:

On Friday, January 23, Reverend Hoye will host the Eighth Annual Stand Up 4Life Rally and Walk in Oakland. The rally and walk begin at noon at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, in front of Oakland’s City Hall.

http://bit.ly/1C2Fsbn

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There was another powerful move in Atlanta earlier this week where leaders gathered to pray for religious freedom:

http://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2015/01/14/supporters-rally-in-atlanta-behind-kelvin-cochran#.VLevWIpOLCQ

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And… Watch Lacrae connect the dots on racism and genocide using this quote:

As MLK said, “The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the futures of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968.

http://youtu.be/wauaI7rL0vM

After you watch the video, Tweet/Post using the hashtag #Itspossiblestuff. You will see Lecrae say this to express his confidence that the convicting but cleansing and transforming grace of God at work in him is available to all through Jesus Christ.

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Coming to you across the networks. Jesus is Lord. Amen.

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Rapper Lecrae Shares His Powerful Story of Abortion Loss and Healing

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

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This post was co-authored by Kevin Burke, LSW, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, and Dr. Alveda King

The Silent No More Campaign’s Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion Initiative will be focusing on the impact of abortion all year long. In February, Black History Month, the impact of abortion on African-American women, men and families will be discussed.

We know that families today face many challenges…but an absent father is one of the most important factors in the mental, physical and spiritual health of our children and our communities. Statistics clearly show that having an absent father leads to an increase in poverty, emotional and behavioral problems, health issues, physical and sexual abuse, addictions and criminal activity and ultimately in some cases, incarceration.

How do we begin to reverse these deadly cycles, especially in our minority communities? We need to focus on a subject that few politicians, community and religious leaders and social scientists address when confronting these complicated issues – abortion and men. Most importantly, we need to reach out to men of color who have been part of an abortion decision with a message of education, repentance and healing.

A man who has experienced life with an absent father and some level of abuse and neglect is at higher risk for serious problems after abortion because of the deeper damage inflicted on his manhood/fatherhood when he fails to protect his unborn child from the abortionist knife. This is a complex dynamic that can feed in a powerful way the problems many young men of color face today.

The men in our King Family Legacy, our fathers and grandfather fiercely regarded the sanctity of life. Uncle ML King once said: ” Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Daddy King, my grandfather saved me from abortion and years later saved one of my sons from abortion by promising to stand by the parents as long as help was needed. My Daddy, AD King was very protective of me until he was killed. I write about this in my book at www.kingrulesbook.com.

Yes, the paternal voice is powerful in the life of a child. We will look at this important issue more closely in future blogs in the month of February.
A good way to join us on this journey, so essential to the future of our nation is to hear a father share his own story.

Passionlife has just posted an interview with Hip Hop Artist, Lecrae who shares about his abortion loss. It is a powerful account so take a moment to hear his story.

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#iSEETWO Campaign: Loving them both. Pro-Woman. Pro-Child.

Friday, January 9th, 2015

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The #iSEETWO campaign is launched. January is Sanctity of Life Month and Focus on the Family has kicked off its new campaign to show that we love them both, mother and baby.

When some people see a pregnant woman, they see only one life: I see two.

I and my colleague, Dr. Fred Bush, author of HOOKED, and other pro-life advocates were approached and asked if we would add our voices to this very important project. I was honored to join without hesitation.

When I see a pregnant woman, I see two very distinct lives with different DNA makeup. I want to love them both. I don’t love one more than the other. I love them both the same.

The abortion activists like to say the pro-lifers don’t care about the woman or the child once he/she born. They just want the baby to be born and then forget about him/her.

Nothing can be further from the truth and I hope that this campaign will show the world that “pro-life” means protecting all life, born and unborn, from conception to natural death. That means that we care about the mother and the baby. We are pro-woman and pro-child and actually that means pro-family, including the father, grandparents, nuclear and extended families, communities and the world.

There are many pregnancy resource centers all across America, centers that provide assistance to mothers and their babies, and even the fathers in some cases. They provide or make referrals for parent classes, financial assistance, job training, clothing and furniture assistance and sometimes shelter.

Women and families facing unplanned pregnancies are not alone. We need to let them know that they are loved and that we can help them. That’s why I want you to join me in this crucial campaign.

Here’s what I want you to do. – and it’s very simple:

  • Download an #iSEETWO sign at www.BeAVoice.net – or make your own sign
  • Sign your first name and take a selfie holding the sign
  • Post it on Facebook as your profile picture in January (longer if you like) and use the #iSEETWO hashtag when you post statuses.
  • Invite all your friends to do the same by sharing my blog with them.

Together we can Abolish Abortion!

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Former Abortionist Joins Effort to Heal the #Shockwaves of #Abortion

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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Date: January 6, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new initiative of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will be announced at a press conference Thursday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. in the Murrow Room at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW.

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion is a year-long effort to reach all the different groups of people who are impacted when a child dies from abortion. Those groups include grandparents, siblings, survivors, spouses, abortionists and their staff, and pro-life advocates.

The official launch for Shockwaves will be at the annual Silent No More gathering in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building during the March for Life on Jan. 22. This year, for the first time, a former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino, will march with the women and men of the campaign and will give his testimony.

“I’m happy to endorse and to join Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion. As an abortionist, I was at the epicenter of the earthquake but since I stopped doing abortions and became involved with pro-life efforts, I can clearly see how abortion affects everyone connected with the child who dies,” Dr. Levatino said. “I regret performing abortions and will never perform another one again.”

At the press conference, mother and daughter Andrea and Maddie Pearson will share how Andrea’s abortion impacted their family. Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, will talk about abortion’s devastating impact on the black community. Kevin Burke, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and an authority on men and abortion, will talk about the surprising results of a survey of men now serving time in a maximum security prison in Florida.

Silent No More co-founders Janet Morana and Georgette Forney will give a brief overview of the project and discuss their abortion losses: Mrs. Forney had an abortion as a teenager and Mrs. Morana lost two grandchildren to abortion.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will talk about his work with former abortionists and how help and healing is available through the Church.

“In 2014 alone, thousands of women and men went through Rachel’s Vineyard retreats looking for help with their abortion regret,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More. “That’s one post-abortion healing program among many that are available. It’s time to face the fact that abortion has created a huge shockwave of damage.”

For information on Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion, visit www.silentnomore.com

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM DR. ALVEDA KING

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

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Yes Sheriff Clark, I agree. My New Year’s Affirmation: Black Lives, All Lives Matter

Friends, this is the very last day of 2014. What a tumultuous yet victorious year it has been. What with Ferguson, Staten Island, Isis, Rumors of Wars, Untold Greed, Poverty and Lack. Oh my goodness! Yet all is not lost! As I declare this truth, and while I have some “New Year’s Resolutions,” I also have some “New Year’s Affirmations.”

First, I affirm that Jesus is truly Lord! For me that’s self explanatory.

141231 blog imageASecond, Black lives matter; all lives matter. In the midst of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the notorious Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest and most wealthy abortion provider, picked up the slogan, BLACK LIVES MATTER. The resounding outcry of outrage against their hypocrisy is still resonating. How can PPH help slaughter over 55 million babies legally, with nearly 1/3 of their victims being Black babies, and then proclaim that Black lives matter?

Yes, much attention has been given to this mantra this year. Most recently a bold affirmation from Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, an African American law official, told CNN: “When I hear these things – that Black lives matter, the only people who really believe that statement are American police officers who go into American ghettos every day to keep people from killing each other…. Look, the abortions? If Black lives – if they really mattered, that’s where the outrage would be that’s where we’d see protests….” He also tweeted to a New York Times reporter, “If only these faux protesters were asked by media about all the black on black killing or black babies aborted in US every year.”

Yes Sheriff Clark. Thank you for speaking truth to power!

141231 blog image3My friends and colleagues, Janet Morana and Kevin Burke, LSW, blogged about a recent article in Rolling Stone Magazine where Nicki Minaj’s shares that she had an abortion. It’s too bad she didn’t have some help that may have resulted in her having her baby because her baby’s life matters. You can read their blog HERE.

Friends, there is much work ahead of us as we put 2014 behind us. Let’s pray together and get ready!

For starters, please pray for us and join us early in 2015:

DC on January 8, 2015 for “Shockwaves” Kick-Off www.silentnomoreawareness.com
Atlanta, MLK Week January 12-19, 2015 at www.thekingcenter.org
Dallas, TX on January 15, 2015 at www.thereconciledchurch.org
DC on January 21, 2015 for prolife youth rally at www.priestsforlife.org/marchforlife/
DC in January on January 22, 2015 at www.nationalprayerservice.com and www.silentnomoreawareness.com
Issues4Life Foundation Day, January 23, 2015 and Walk for Life January 24, 2015 at http://www.issues4life.org/events.html

Friends, I have other resolutions and affirmations and you will be hearing from me throughout the year. For updates on events and schedules, check out www.africanamericanoutreach.com, www.restorethedream2015.com, www.alvedacelesteking.com and www.kingrulesbook.com during the year regarding how together we can make a difference in the coming days. God bless you and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Healing the Shockwaves of #Abortion: Silent No More to Announce Yearlong Project

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

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Date: December 30, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The year 2014 saw the first “abortion rom-com” in theaters, heard the head of Planned Parenthood express the goal of making pro-life political candidates “unacceptable,” and endured a relentless assault by an anti-life movement that seeks to recast abortion as a social good.

HealingtheShockwavesLogoAbortion is not a social good, and in 2015, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will demonstrate that through a new project called Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion. The aim of Shockwaves is to reach out to those impacted by the loss of a child through abortion: Parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, abortion clinic workers and even the abortionists themselves.

The project will be announced at a press conference Thursday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. in the Murrow Room at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. The official launch for Shockwaves will be at the annual Silent No More gathering in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building during the March for Life on Jan. 22.

The Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion was like a series of powerful nuclear devices detonated in January 1973 in Washington, D.C. The damage done by an explosion is not only in the initial impact, but in the invisible shockwaves that ripple out from the epicenter. We often fail to see the radioactive fallout from 55 million abortions but the new initiative aims to make Americans aware of the powerful and destructive shockwaves that have wounded our nation in ways that we are only beginning to fully understand.

“Each individual abortion procedure is an explosive event in the lives of the mother and father and those closely connected to that decision,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and Pastoral Director for Silent No More. “The shockwaves not only deeply touch the mother and father but all those who are part of abortion decisions and procedures. They extend out into the lives that they will touch as their unresolved grief and loss impact their future relationships, their marriage and family lives. This can and does reach deeply into our society — our schools, our health care and legal systems, our economy and our communities.”

Every month throughout 2015, Shockwaves will reach out to a group that has been directly impacted by abortion loss, with helpful information, resources, and referrals to abortion-recovery programs.

January will focus on “Healing through the Church.” February will recognize Black History Month to offer “Healing the Black Family.” March will put the focus on grandparents, while April will take a look at how the shockwaves have impacted the siblings. Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June provide opportunities to focus on those at the epicenter, the parents who lose children to abortion.

“The new aim of the pro-choice movement is to convince women and men that abortion is the very best thing they can do for themselves and their future,” said Georgette Forney, President of Anglicans for Life and co-founder of Silent No More. “But I can tell you from experience that the abortion I had as a teenager was not the best thing I could have done for myself. It was the worst, and it impacted my parents, my future husband and our daughter.”

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, was unaware for years that she had lost a grandchild to abortion.

“When I look at my two precious grandchildren now, I often think of their cousin who’s missing,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking to think of what my family lost, and what my daughter went through. The shockwaves of that abortion have reverberated throughout my family, and there are families like mine all over our wounded nation.”

The theme for July will be “Healing the Survivors and Friends,” followed by “Healing the Abortion Providers” in August. Family will be the theme for September, with a focus on Hispanic families in October.

“Healing Pro-Lifers” will be the theme for November.

“Those who stand outside abortion clinics, on the front lines of this battle, also need healing,” said Kevin Burke, LSW, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and head of Silent No More’s Fatherhood Forever initiative. “So do those who work in pregnancy resource centers, and others who counsel abortion-vulnerable women. Every woman who chooses abortion represents a deep and personal loss to these people who are so committed to life. They feel the shockwaves most acutely.”

December will be devoted to seeking healing through Jesus Christ.

“When a spiritual and emotional healing program safely opens the abortion wound to the light of Christ, there are miraculous encounters with the Lord,” said Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and a spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “We hope that by the end of the Shockwaves year, we have made a start in healing the heart of our nation.”

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is clearly on the radar of the pro-abortion movement. Since 2002, Silent No More has been equipping men and women across our nation to share the truth of the devastation abortion unleashed in their lives. The pro-aborts are pushing back with campaigns to “affirm” abortion and “normalize” this procedure as a safe and benign rite of passage in many women’s lives. Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion will counter these efforts with the truth.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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If “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”…Why do I Feel Like Such a Scrooge?

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Guest Blog by Kevin Burke

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Christmas can be a magical time, especially when enjoying the season through the eyes of children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. However, alongside the lights and festivities, the joy and wonder of this special time, many struggle with a sense of grief and loss.

Sometimes it’s not a pervasive gloom, but more a gnawing melancholy we can fight off by being consumed with all the busyness of the season. You may find yourself (or notice a friend or relative) drinking more than usual at holiday celebrations, dulling an aching pain you would rather avoid.

You don’t have to be an Ebenezer Scrooge to recognize that the expectations for an idealized Hallmark Card Christmas by the fireplace fail to match up to the complex realities, the uncertainty and fear that are part of many of our lives. If we can slow down the Holiday rush for a few minutes, we may discover something important in this great feast. Perhaps the deeper meaning of this Holiday does not require us to deny our grief and pain, but to come to see that this suffering is intimately connected to the Christmas story.

Much of the music and mythology of the holiday highlight an idealized and sanitized version of the Christmas story. But the accounts of the Annunciation and birth of Jesus in the Gospels reveal that God intimately enters human history with a man and woman who are struggling with confusion and fear… just like us.

We know the stories; we have heard them thousands of times. But focus in a special way on the initial response of Mary and Joseph as they learn of God’s invitation to embrace their very mysterious vocation:

The Angel Gabriel is well aware of Mary’s fear when his greets her.

“Do not be afraid Mary…”

And to Joseph:

“Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife…”

Of course they were both confused and afraid. We think of the Christmas story in the context of cozy and warm family gatherings, with cookies baking in the oven. But in the real Christmas story, the lives of Mary and Joseph are in the process of being turned upside down! They will face even more anxiety, fear and uncertainty.

Joseph and Mary, and the life of their newborn child will be threatened with terror and death from a demonically inspired Herod. They face dangerous travel and exile from their hometowns for years to come. They surely were challenged in many ways that the stories do not recount. We know that while their faith in God would prove in time to be rock solid…no doubt that faith and trust in Him was forged in the fires of anxiety and fear. We can imagine that Joseph had other moments of doubt and confusion and would need to remember the Angel’s words of reassurance… “don’t be afraid, God is with you, keep moving ahead…trust in Him.”

Christmas Triggers

We are not so different than Jesus and Mary. Fear, anxiety and depression can at times be part of our own Christmas story…and like Scrooge we may face scary ghosts of Christmas past haunting our sleep as the clock tolls midnight.

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The focus on the Christ Child and the joy of children at Christmas may remind you (or someone you love) of an event in the past when you were overwhelmed with a fear and anxiety and tempted to see abortion as the only “choice.” We remember the loss of a son or daughter, grandchild, or a brother or sister who will never share in the wonder of the Holiday. This can be very much a conscious awareness. However for many this loss is frozen deep under the waters of denial. The Holiday themes trigger those feelings and memories of that lost child, which can be expressed in depression, melancholy and a hunger to remain distracted and busy in the hustle and bustle of the season.

Perhaps this was a child that you longed for in the recesses of your heart, but your partner insisted that abortion was the only rational solution. Like the Holy Family you felt powerless and afraid. You grieve that there was no Saint Joseph in your life to save the child from the modern day Herods of Planned Parenthood. Maybe you’re a man grieving that you failed to be more like Saint Joseph to that vulnerable woman facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Christmas can be a time when we are acutely aware of the loss of a beloved relative, remember joy-filled memories that have faded…or perhaps painful experiences of family dysfunction which are often magnified at the Holidays. We may be facing the anxiety of health concerns, economic and employment uncertainty, or the breakdown of a marriage.

The Cross Above the Manger

The presence of suffering, death, fear and anxiety need not be denied and suppressed in order to protect some sanitized, idealized Christmas season. If we can learn the intimate connection between the incarnation and birth of our Savior and his suffering on the cross, we may discover in our own suffering the true joy and hope of this holiday.

Fr. Bernhard Speringer shares:

The Gospels…indicate that the Cross above the Manger is more than a mere decoration…The birth and death of Jesus Christ, the Manger and the Cross, belong together indissolubly. God became man in order to die for us as man. God was born in Bethlehem in order to be able to lay down his life on Golgotha out of love for men! Thus the Manger and the Cross form a union. Both the Manger and the Cross are for us the revelation of God’s love.
When our lives are turned upside down by the tsunamis of upheaval and suffering that come unexpectedly and without warning, we can turn to a God that is intimately connected with the suffering of his people. We can come to a deeper understanding of that powerful and precious title of our savior and God born into the anxiety and violence faced by many poor families, and a baby Jesus who would end his life being tortured to death on a cross.

This child’s title is Emanuel – God with Us.

Loneliness and isolation in times of suffering and temptation can blind us to an essential truth of our faith; God is with us in our suffering…intimately present to us in Spirit and in the hearts of those who reach out to us in love.

During the Holidays give the gift to a friend or relative (or to yourself!) of providing an opportunity to share what it is truly on their heart and soul this Christmas season. Acknowledge that while this is a time of joy, you know that they may also be suffering from the loss of a loved one, financial anxieties, and if they have confided in you, a previous abortion. Allow them to share their feelings and memories. If they are in need of deeper healing of a loss like abortion, share with them the good news that this is a perfect time of year to bring this suffering to the Lord, and attend a program for spiritual and emotional healing after abortion in the New Year.

This is the Reason for the Season!

May we draw strength in the year ahead from the courage and faith of the Holy Family. Joseph and Mary, though struggling with fear and anxiety, gave birth to the mission of their Son.

For those healed of abortion loss, like Scrooge on Christmas morning they learn that despair and death do not have the last word!

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They discover in recovery from this wound their own special mission. They respond to a calling to proclaim the truth of their abortion loss and the good news of healing to a Nation and world that desperately needs to hear their message in the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

Jesus has promised us that in time he will transform all our suffering, into the joy and hope of resurrection to eternal life.

When in the darkness and loneliness of suffering this can seem a very distant hope.

I pray that these words of Christ will fill you with peace and joy…that whatever you are facing, and will face in the days ahead, you can trust that He is indeed Emanuel and is close to you in your suffering, and will transform the darkest shadows of your life with the blinding light of His Glorious Resurrection:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, a New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them [as their God]. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, [for] the old order has passed away.” The one who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Then he said, “Write these words down, for they are trustworthy and true.” Rev: 21

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