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Today is the Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Today we celebrate the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We rejoice that this woman was chosen by God to be His own mother.

In our day, we need Mary’s presence and example more than ever, because so many mothers are afraid to be mothers, and so many opinion-makers in our society have forgotten what motherhood really means.

Let’s honor Mary today by offering special prayers for all who are pregnant and afraid, especially those tempted to abort their child. Pray that they find new hope and strength in the one who said “Yes” to God’s plan.

Pray also for those who have aborted their children. Pray that on this day, Mary herself will comfort them, and point them to her Son, in whom there is forgiveness and life.

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The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Today we observe the Queenship of Mary, acknowledging that the highest place that any creature holds in heaven is occupied by a woman and a mother. To be pro-life is to be pro-woman, and Mary the Mother of God is an example and inspiration for all women about how to embrace the vocation of motherhood, facing the unexpected and the unplanned with faith, courage, and joy.

Mary sums up her life in one word, “Fiat,” which means “Let it be done.” That’s what she said to the angel who told her she would be the Mother of God.

The pro-life movement is about helping mothers to say “Fiat,” helping them to love the child within them and to make the sacrifices that child deserves from us all. Mary, our Queen, pray for all mothers today.

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The Feast of the Assumption

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Today Catholics celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a feast with profound lessons for our struggle against abortion. Mary was assumed into heaven not only in spirit, but in her body, because the body is just as much a part of any person as the soul. Mary’s Assumption is a sign that God ultimately saves us — and will raise us — in body and in soul.

Some who justify abortion say they don’t know if the child has a soul, but that’s beside the point. What matters is that the child has a body, and when we know that abortion destroys the body, we have all the information we need to know it’s wrong.

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The Destinies of Mother & Child are Intertwined

Friday, August 12th, 2011

In a few days we will celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Like every Feast, it is a celebration of Jesus Christ. This feast shows us that because of her unique role as His mother, Mary received from Jesus a full share, body and soul, in His victory over death. The feast is a reminder that in Christ, we all will share resurrection of the body.

Mary has it now, because in the human family, which God decided to join, there can be no closer bond than mother and child. They belong together; their destinies are intertwined.

That is one of the central messages of the pro-life movement. To love and care for a mother necessarily means protecting, loving, and caring for her child. Mothers can never benefit from the destruction of their children.

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Friday, August 5th, 2011


In a few days we will celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Like every Feast, it is a celebration of Jesus Christ. This feast shows us that because of her unique role as his mother, Mary received from Jesus a full share, body and soul, in his victory over death. The feast is a reminder that in Christ, we all will share resurrection of the body.
Mary has it now, because in the human family, which God decided to join, there can be no closer bond than mother and child. They belong together; their destinies are intertwined.
That is one of the central messages of the pro-life movement. To love and care for a mother necessarily means protecting, loving, and caring for her child. Mothers can never benefit from the destruction of their children.

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Blessed Are the Pure of Heart

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. This beatitude impels us to ask ourselves what our deepest longings and desires are, what motivates our choices, and how consistently we want to do what is right. The pure of heart seek to please God before they please themselves, even at the cost of great sacrifice.
Having a pure heart protects us from the temptations of the culture of death. Meeting the needs of a vulnerable child in the womb requires a new and selfless center of gravity. We put the child first and our own plans and conveniences last.

And when we speak up for that child, we stop worrying about the criticism we might receive. The pure of heart don’t care about that. They only care about doing what’s right.

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The Visitation of Mary

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

In the first chapter of Luke, we read, “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!’”

This is a marvelous encounter of two unborn children, one of whom was the Lord and the other the one who would announce Him to the world. Both of them had been specially announced and named by angels who appeared to their parents. Clearly, God gives us a calling before our birth, and is the One who prepares us for that calling. He has a relationship with children in the womb, and became one Himself. Why, then, should we be afraid to defend them and speak up for them?

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Sunday is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Friday, December 10th, 2010

When Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego, the Aztec people among whom he lived were practicing human sacrifice, because their beliefs were based on despair. They thought God was against them.

Mary’s image brought the message that God was with them — so much, in fact, that He became a child, carried in Mary’s womb. This gave them hope, and they stopped their human sacrifice and became Christian.

Today, the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes to abortion clinics, where human sacrifice is practiced, and turns the despair of those mothers and fathers into the hope that brings new life. That is why Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patroness of the Unborn. As we honor her, let us pray for an end to the human sacrifice that is abortion.

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The Immaculate Conception

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

The Immaculate Conception is about Christ’s power to destroy sin. Mary was sinless from the first moment of her life not because she did not need a Savior, but because she was so close to the Savior. It is always and only through Jesus Christ that Mary receives her special favors and graces.

This Feast is meant to give us confidence that we can say NO to any temptation. The same Christ is ready to strengthen us to do what is right. This is the kind of confidence we need to inspire in those who are pregnant and feel they cannot carry the child. God, through Mary, always provides us the strength to do what is right. Inspired, by her, let us reach out with eagerness to all those who are pregnant and in need.

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