But the Lord was not in the wind...
not in the earthquake...
not in the fire...
but in a gentle whispering sound.
I Kings 19:11-12



 Pro-Life


MARCH FOR LIFE, JANUARY 25, 2013. (written for my parish bulletin) – Thank you for all your prayers of support!  I was blessed to travel to Washington D.C. with a great group of folks from Immaculate Conception parish in Lapeer.  Although a long ride, the time seemed to go pretty quickly – we shared stories, prayed the rosary, watched some movies, had a couple meal stops, and did a little snoozing.  After a good night’s sleep in our hotel room, we were chauffeured to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the closing vigil Mass at 7:30 Friday morning.  We were encouraged by the homilist Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas, to not grow weary if we don’t see results from our efforts, reminding me of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s words, “God doesn't require us to succeed, He only requires that you try.”  After the Mass we did some sightseeing, and then on to the Mall at noon for the pro life speakers, followed by the march at 1:30.  Was it cold?  Yes.  Was I cold?  Yes.  But this is precious little to sacrifice for so many little ones who are in danger of a death God never intended for them.  This was my third march, and each time I have come home with a little different perspective, and a different set of emotions.  This time I feel a very deep commitment has taken root in me – even more than I’ve had up to this point – I see more than ever these crimes against the unborn as a grave evil in the world.  In his encyclical The Gospel of Life, John Paul II states,
"We are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the "culture of death" and the "culture of life." We find ourselves not only "faced with" but necessarily "in the midst of" this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life." (#28).  God bless you in your faithfulness to life.  Wishing you a peace-filled week.



33rd Annual Respect Life Dinner                                         April 14, 2011 

I attended the Michigan Knights of Columbus annual Right to Life banquet last night, with key note speaker Gianna Jessen.  What can I say about Gianna Jessen’s talk last night?  If you’ve never seen her or heard her speak, I’ll try to paint a picture for you.  Imagine an attractive, petite, dark haired, young woman,  able to walk, but crippled from cerebral palsy.  Now imagine someone with a charismatic, enthusiastic, engaging personality,  and further imagine that she is also passionately pro life.  Oh yes, and know too, that she was born 34 years ago, during a saline abortion procedure.  She was supposed to be dead, but after being born she was supposed to have not survived, and after surviving, she was supposed to never be able to walk, crawl, or even raise her head.  Imagine that!  Gianna speaks with a raw and genuine courage, and her sense of self knowledge permeates every sentence she speaks.  I am convinced of her deep faith in God, and that with Him she fears no one, and nothing.  She has given me a renewed hope for the task that lies ahead in the battle to end abortion, and any other battle that I have yet to face in my life.  Gianna shared a personal prayer with us, "Lord give me the willingness to be hated and misunderstood.", because this is what it takes to be on the front lines of pro life.  Another great quote from last night - "If we can get over the fact that someone will be angry all the time, we will be able to live freer.", and , "Giving up is not an option."  What a privilege and blessing that God allowed me to attend last night’s banquet.  I look forward to seeing her again some day at the heavenly banquet.  You can find some of her talks on youtube.com.

40 Days for Life                                                                                                       April 9, 2011

There was a chill in the air, but a blazing sunrise greeted us, as Catherine, Peter and I began the vigil at 7:00 am.  Although most of the day was cloudy and windy, it mattered not.  Other good folks joined us during the day - a group from St. Martin dePorres, and praised be God, a group of young ladies from St. George Church.   The clinic was closed that day, but that didn't mean God didn't have a plan for us.  I am confident that we accomplished what we were there for - the will of God was in our being there  - the outcome is in His hands.  Please pray every day that truth will overcome the darkness in the hearts of those who stand up for, and fight for the protection of this evil.

                                        

40 Days for Life                                                                                               October 16, 2010

Once again the good people of St. Ephrem Catholic Church joined together to pray in front of the local abortion clinic.  Thank you God for such a BEAUTIFUL day.  We had a lot of seniors participate, and it would have been especially difficult for them if the weather had been bad.  WE NEED MORE YOUNG PEOPLE TO JOIN US IN THIS FIGHT.  If you are an adult who knows that abortion is wrong, and have never prayed at an abortion site, or at a prayer vigil - DO IT!  Your actions speak louder than words to our young people.  Might someone give you an obscene gesture or make a negative comment as they pass by in their car - maybe - probably.  We've heard language like this in the movies!  But this isn't the real battle.  The battle is spiritual, which is why we pray.  The greatest encouragement you can give your children, neices, nephews, grandchildren, is to give of yourself to this cause.  As St. Francis has said, "Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary, use words."  "Be not afraid.", John Paul II.  If you would like to participate in this, or the next 40 Days for Life event, visit: www.40daysforlife.com.

     





Right to Life, Annual Benefit Dinner                                                              October 14, 2010

The Keynote speaker at this event was Mr. Michael Clancy.  Michael is the photographer who snapped the world famous photos of a 21 week fetus in utero, being operated on for spina bifida.  If you are unfamiliar with this historical event, the really amazing part occured after the surgery, when Samuel, the baby, reached out from the womb, and as the doctor touched his gloved finger to Samuel's hand, Samuel grabbed hold.  Samuel is representative of the fetal age of many children who are aborted everyday in the United States, and the world, and yet here was a team of medical physicians operating on this small person to save and improve his life.  How can we as a nation live with these juxtaposing views of an unborn child.  How is it that one child can be killed, and one child spared?  To view Michael's amazing photo please visit his web site at: www.michaelclancy.com.




Holy Sepulchre Cemetery                                                                            September 4, 2010

Today I attended a memorial service for the aborted babies, whose bodies were rescued from trash containers by Dr. Monica Miller and her associates.  Today's ceremony commemorated the setting of the headstone, with Archbishop Allan Vigneron presiding.  It was a very beautiful outdoor setting, in the infant section of the cemetery, next to the graves of so many little ones, who graced the lives of their families for such a short time, and were lovingly placed to rest.  In stark contrast, the babies we came to honor were never given the chance to be loved and to love in return.  Below is a link to the video "Requiem for the Disappeared",depicting the funeral of these babies in 2008, set to the song, "Tell Me Who I Am".  This video beautifully delivers a very powerful message of truth of the aftermath of abortion in the lives of the aborted.  Some of you may know that after watching this video for the first time in 2009, I immediately felt inspired, and the song, "The Lost Ones", (on the Hopeful Silence CD) came to be.  Please click on the link below the photos, and perhaps you will be inspired to take an active part in this cause - pray, fast, speak up.  There are many pro-life organizations throughout our nation, that would be honored to have you join them in the battle to save the unborn.  If you would like to know more about Dr. Monica Miller, visit www.prolifesociety.com.

        

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Perspective from the front row….                                                                      August 21, 2010

 

I attended a pro-life event today that was entitled “Revelations.  Stories of redemption and hope.  11 renowned panelists conceived in rape, and pregnant by rape share powerful testimony.”  It was sponsored by the Lennon Pregnancy Center of Dearborn Heights and took place at St. Francis Cabrini in Allen Park.  It was truly powerful.  Men and women from all walks of life, brought into this world by the most horrific of circumstances, giving thanks to God for their life, and thankful beyond words for the gift of life their mothers gave them in renouncing the ‘choice’ of abortion.  Those conceived included a college professor, a lawyer, a mom of three and grandmother of four, a woman conceived through incestuous rape, and a soft spoken gentleman from Texas who urged us all to continue doing all we can to help women in crisis pregnancies.  Among the women who became pregnant, there were some who gave their babies up for adoption, and others chose to raise them themselves. 

 

I wanted so much to hear these testimonies because when speaking out against abortion you often hear the question, “but what about rape – why should someone be forced to carry a baby conceived that way?”  In reality it is often the case that women who choose abortion feel that they have NO other choice – no help, no resources, no support system.  The women on this panel who chose life did not have it easy, but they were unanimous that rather than being resentful towards their child, the child in fact helped to bring about healing from the experience for them.  They didn’t consider the baby to be the ‘rapist's’ baby, but he/she was their baby, a victim like themselves, having done nothing to warrant death, but rather, a great blessing in their lives.

 

This experience was very powerful, and is really making me rethink my commitment to pro-life.  It is so very important to continue praying for a reversal of the Roe v. Wade decision, but I now feel strongly that perhaps this isn’t enough for me.  There are several crisis pregnancy centers in my area, and how much do I do to be ‘Christ’ for the women looking for help and support?  Our Lord laid down His life for them – what does He want us to do?  What does he want me to do?

 

Karen

March For Life January 2010                                                                                         

    

Dear Friends,

I’ve Just returned (and had a long nap), from the 'red eye' bus trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the 2010 March For Life.  I hope those of you who couldn’t make the trip were able to see this event on the news broadcasts.  For many years, with the exception of EWTN, the secular media has been noticeably absent from the March, but this year Fox News and CNN were also there.  It's been three years since the last time I participated in the March For Life, and I was in awe at how the numbers of participants had grown in only three years.  In 2007 the estimate was 200,000 marchers.  The unofficial estimate for this year is 450,000 marchers - a truly enormous gathering of people from many faith backgrounds, and all age groups.  It was especially gratifying to see so many teens, young adults, young families, and young religious enthusiastically giving their time for this cause, along with the more ‘seasoned’ marchers.  For a claustrophobic person this may have been an uncomfortable experience, but I believe there were many there who endured this difficulty, along with those who experienced other types of pain (aches, cold, waiting and waiting in lines), who offered these sufferings up to the Lord as a type of prayer in reparation for this atrocity called abortion. 

We hear the word abortion used a lot in daily conversations: ‘abort the upload’, ‘abort the mission’, etc., that to abort the pregnancy doesn’t sound so bad.  When we call it what it really is – child killing – then we are making a statement that shocks, offends, angers.  Some would say it is wrong to call it killing, they feel it is a medical procedure, a ‘choice’.   While walking from Union Station in D.C. to the Mall for the events of the day, I passed by a number of large billboard size posters showing the reality of this ‘choice’.  I saw some of the same posters in 2007, but it was too hard for me to speak of them at that time.  Body parts of aborted children, no bigger than a dime.  A photo of a 24 week premature born baby in an incubator, in contrast to a photo of an aborted 24 week old baby.  Does anyone have the right to choose to deny God’s gift of life to the second child?  Both are unrepeatable individuals who will have (or would have been given) different gifts from God to serve Him and the human race.  How could it be a good thing for a human, a creature, to have the right to selfishly say “NO” to that individual growing inside of them, or their wife, or their girlfriend, or their daughter.  We are not the Creator.  We, the created must work in cooperation with our Creator to protect and respect human life at all stages – unborn, born, growing, developing, sick and dying.  Life, being born, is the first fundamental right.

I recall the gut wrenching feeling I had as a young person in 1973 when the Roe v. Wade verdict was made.  We were so sure that God would not let this happen.  But God does not force His will on anyone.  Freedom of choice to embrace the good of God, is part of God’s divine plan.  Adam and Eve rejected it, choosing death, and on down the line.  So then, the rejection of the good of God, as reflected in Roe v. Wade shouldn’t surprise us.  Those of us who have experienced God’s healing touch, and strive everyday to pull ourselves out of the mire of self satisfaction and self gratification, understand that we truly battle evil in this fight to end abortion.

In 2007 my experience and reflections from the March For Life were a little different than this year, and yet while both were profound, this year I feel more than ever, the urgency that perhaps many others are feeling, that this has gone on too long.   Many men and women have been diligently fighting this fight for 37 years or longer, but others of us (myself included) have been too busy, too young, too old, too tired….  Please join in doing something while we still have the time.  Pray, fast, write letters, witness at the abortion sites, and talk to others that they too will realize the truth about abortion.  The work here on earth depends on us doing it.  While we still live and breathe, we are God’s hands, feet, and voice.  God bless you in your personal resolve.
Peace


March for Life January 2007                                                                                                

     

My sister and I took the Michigan Right to Life “red-eye” bus to Washington D.C. on January 21, to participate in the 33rd March for Life – in protest to the 1973 ruling in Roe vs. Wade.  We left Michigan at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, arrived in D.C. on Monday, at 3:30 a.m., participated in the day’s activities, and then departed D.C. at 6:00 p.m., arriving back in Michigan, Tuesday at 4:00 a.m. – thus the name “red-eye”.

 

During the ride there was plenty of time for prayer and reflection, and I thought back to the time when the original trial was taking place, and how we prayed, and hoped that the judge would rule in favor of life.  We were all stunned at the outcome, but resolved to continue to pray and work for justice for the unborn.  I also thought back to when I was 36, and pregnant with my third child.  My caregiver recommended that I have the amniocentesis procedure as part of my pre-natal care.  I asked her what the reasoning was for having this test?  She said that due to my age there was a greater risk of my child being born with birth defects.  The intention of course was to abort if the test indicated retardation.  I looked her in the eyes and said that I was against abortion for any reason, and would never take the life of my child.  I hope it was a very awkward moment for her.  How presumptuous of her, and the medical world that she was a part of, to assume that if my child – a beautiful gift from God – wasn’t perfect in the eyes of the world, that he or she was disposable.

 

As I said, our bus arrived in Washington D.C. at 3:30 a.m. at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  Inside, in the lower portion, many people who had arrived the day before, were sleeping on the marble floors.  In the crypt church, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was being held throughout the night, accompanied by song and prayers.  At 6:00 a.m. we were graciously served coffee and donuts, and at 7:30 a.m. Mass was celebrated, with Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington D.C. presiding, and thousands in attendance.  At noon the official activities of the March began on the Mall.  From 12 to 2 there were a number of dynamic speakers, including clergy, elected officials, and prominent pro-life persons.  However, I couldn’t help being anxious for the “March” to start – my chance to do something for the unborn.  Finally, at 2 p.m. we began.  Walking amidst a crowd of over a hundred thousand people, I initially felt insignificant, but slowly I realized this wasn’t true.  I had a sense that I was a drop in the ocean – but I was part of the ocean none the less!  We were an ocean of supporters winding our way through the streets, up Capitol Hill, to the steps of the Supreme Court, wave after wave of a living, breathing ocean.

 

Afterwards, to my amazement, I learned that there had been little to no media coverage of the event (except for EWTN), as if we were invisible, or nonexistent.  But even so, I believe that we were a voice that was heard all over Capitol Hill that day.  I know that many individuals work hard each day in the political arena for the cause of the unborn, and as Christians, I feel strongly that every man, woman, and child of us need to keep fervent prayer at home and in our churches to provide spiritual support for this battle.  I’ve renewed my commitment to this cause, and I hope that others will do the same.  Pax.


 

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