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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Our Continuing Prayers for Lisa Pierriera - Day 4 of our Prayer Campaign





Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” - John 8:12

As we pray today for Lisa Pierriera, we ask that her eyes be open to God's truth; she be bought out of her darkness and into God's light; and that she will deeply regret harming women through abortion.  

When those caught up in abortion, turn from their sin and give their lives to Christ, the war against the unborn will start to crumble, one #soulatatime.


Prayer to God the Father of all Life

Eternal God, You have revealed Yourself as the Father of all Life. We praise You for the Fatherly care which You extend to all creation, and especially to us, made in Your image and likeness.

Father, extend Your hand of protection to those threatened by abortion, and save them from its destructive power.

Bless our families and bless our land, that we may have the joy of welcoming and nurturing the life of which You are the source and the Eternal Father. Amen.


Annual Good Friday Pilgrimage and Prayer Vigil to be Held at the PP in Warminster, Pa.




from the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition

Our Good Friday observance at Planned Parenthood in Warminster will begin with a procession from Nativity of Our Lord Church parking lot (map) starting at 9:30 an ending at the Planned Parenthood on Louis Drive.

At 10:00 we will have the reading of the Passion and the Stations of the Cross in front of Planned Parenthood.

We invite everyone to attend and pray with us in reparation for the crimes of abortion that take place in this facility and those across our nation.


For a list of other locations across the country holding Good Friday Stations of the Cross, please use this link.  

     


The mission of the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition is to provide financial support to area crisis pregnancy centers and educate the community regarding sanctity of life issues from conception until natural death.  For more information, please follow this link.  Like us on Facebook here.  






Jane Fonda Turns Killing Babies Into a Fashion Statement With Planned Parenthood Pin


By Steven Ertelt
Life News


When it comes to business, Planned Parenthood is for Hollywood and diapers are for Trump, according to two liberal activist celebrities.

On Monday, actresses Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin appeared as guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss their Netflix show, Grace & Frankie. But that’s not all they did: the two stars got political.

In the middle of the show, Fonda joked to host Stephen Colbert that President Donald Trump should invest in a new business.

“I have an idea for a new business model for Trump,” she said. “Adult diapers.” To much cheering from the audience, Fonda added, “They could be called ‘Trumpers,’ because – to help with all the leaks.”
The two actresses also garnered applause when Colbert revealed that the two participated in the Los Angeles Women’s March. The march, a January protest inspired by Trump’s election to the presidency, claimed to represent “all” women even as it dismissed pro-life women with a pro-abortion platform. The event even boasted Planned Parenthood as a “premier partner.”

But that was something the liberal activist actresses supported. At the very end of their appearance, Fonda exclaimed, “Notice our Planned Parenthood pins!” Both she and Tomlin pointed to the golden pins on their shirts – a new fashion trend in Hollywood.

Netflix recently debuted the third season of Grace & Frankie, where the two main characters, played by Fonda and Tomlin, become close friends after their husbands leave them to pursue a gay relationship with each together.

LifeNews Note: Katie Yoder writes for Newsbusters, where this originally appeared.



West Virginia House Passes Bill for Parental Notification Before Teen Can Have an Abortion



By Micaiah Bilger
Life News


The West Virginia House unanimously passed a bill Tuesday to update state parental notification requirements before a minor has an abortion.

Current state law requires abortion clinics to notify the parent or guardian of a girl under 18 at least 24 hours before she has the abortion. However, the law currently allows a doctor or judge to wave the requirement.

The new bill would update the law by limiting those who can wave the parental notification requirement to psychiatrists, licensed psychologists and judges, according to the Associated Press.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports legislators also included an amendment to change the penalties for abortionists and others who violate the law. Under current law, violators are subject to criminal penalties. The bill would change this to allow state licensing boards to discipline physicians, according to the report.

Lawmakers said wavers of the parental notification requirement were used four times in 2015 for girls under 18.  The legislation now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

Parental notification and parental consent laws have strong public support; but some states still do not have any requirements for parental involvement in underage girls’ abortions. Currently, 37 states have some type of parental involvement law in a minor’s abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute.


Five Ways Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers and Clinics Can Save More Babies From Abortion

By Samuel Smith
Christian Post

The president of a national pro-life organization that has saved thousands of babies born to abortion-determined mothers says pro-life health clinics and pregnancy centers are becoming more effective at reaching pregnant mothers and persuading them to choose life.

The Human Coalition, a pro-life group that operates seven women's care clinics throughout the United States and is affiliated with over 35 pro-life pregnancy centers, also operates six "lab-driven" divisions in key "abortion-dense cities" nationwide. The labs continually run various tests to determine the optimal methods and environments that will help make its affiliated pregnancy centers, health clinics and call center more successful when it comes to saving the lives of unborn babies.

As the Human Coalition has saved nearly 6,000 babies from abortion, its president and co-founder, Brian Fisher, was a featured speaker at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C. last week. Fisher outlined a number of ways the Human Coalition and its clinics and affiliates have statistically improved the rate of abortion-determined women being reached by pro-lifers and the number of abortion-determined women who choose to carry their children to birth.

1. Target the abortion-determined marketplace

In order to be most successful, pro-life pregnancy centers and clinics need to directly reach out to the pregnant women who are leaning toward aborting their children. According to Human Coalition statistics, only between 1 and 3 percent of abortion-determined women actually talk to anyone from the pro-life movement before aborting their child.

Fisher asserts that pro-life clinics and centers need to do a better job of penetrating the abortion-determined market.

"While pregnancy centers see a large number of clients, most of them are in the 'undecided' and 'likely to carry' categories," Fisher said. "There is nothing inherently bad or critical about that statement. Those women also need to be served. But my point is that we must also recognize that the abortion-determined woman is unreached and needs to be captured into a pro-life system of care."
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Day 3 of our Prayer Campaign for Lisa Pierriera - #onesoulatatime


But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. That you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? – Matthew 5:44-46

Our Lord has commanded us to 'love our enemies' and pray for them. Let us pray today for Lisa Pierriera, that the Holy Spirit reveals to her that her evil choices will lead to eternal damnation.  Let us also pray she repent, turn her life around and use her God-given gifts to save lives instead of taking lives.  

Heavenly Father, as we come to you today in prayer for Lisa, we ask that you have piety on her. We beseech you to send Your Holy Spirit down upon her, help her to realize that children are a gift from You to be cherished and not killed,  and lead her to Your salvation. Amen. 



   


Interview with Brendan Lyons, author of Single Candles






Brendan Lyons, a native of Downingtown and graduate of Villanova University, wrote a novel and released it last fall called Single Candle, which is a collection of stories of conviction and compassion. Proceeds from the sales sales benefit Birthright of West Chester I had the opportunity to interview him and his book. Below is a Q&A session between me and Brendan.

Q: Background, name origins, education, what got you into writing?

A: My name is Brendan Lyons and I’ve lived in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia my entire life. I am the author of Single Candles, an interconnected collection of pro-life short stories, the proceeds from which go to support Birthright of West Chester. I grew up in Downingtown attending St. Joseph’s church and went to Villanova University to Major in Education. Writing had always interested me, but I didn’t start really working at it until college. At that point in my life, I needed something to pour my thoughts into that was a little more abstract than class assignments, so I started writing a fantasy novel with some accompanying short stories. There wasn’t anything overtly philosophical about those stories in the beginning. I was still evolving and learning to better understand my own convictions.

Q: Was there a phenomenon that prompted you to write for the pro-life cause?

A: It was the passion of people I met who were more involved in the movement. I’ve always been pro-life. I get that from my upbringing – my parents and the church. But I can’t say I ever did much about it other than occasionally argue with friends on the other side of the issue. It wasn’t until I started to meet more people who were active in the pro-life movement that I felt compelled to do something to support it. That is really what Single Candles is about, actually. When people see others actively fighting for what they believe in, it inspires them. So even one person speaking for life – lighting a single candle – can start to change the world and push away the darkness.

Q: How were you able to convey the common message among your testimonies in the book?

A: Well, the stories are sort of a chain of events. Each story sets off the next one, mostly because of the bravery and compassion of one or more of the characters. For example, the first story is about a politician who refuses to go along with his party’s pro-abortion platform – and publicly so. His stand inspires the main character of the second story, a high school senior, to start a pro-life club in her public school. Her stand inspires another and so on. The basic idea is that we need to be boldly prolife, despite any resistance or consequences we face, because especially in the case of abortion, inaction has the most dire consequence of all: the death of innocents.

Q: Have you learned anything in the writing endeavor?

A: Absolutely. First of all, my fiance knows more about character depth and development than I think I ever will. In that vein, I would also add that everyone is better if they have a partner to work with in basically every aspect of life. If that partner is a loving, Godly, and compassionate person then you can’t go wrong.

I would also say I learned how satisfying it is to use your gifts to serve the Lord. In the past, I’ve written for my own needs or in the hope of hitting it big with a novel. But writing something that I believe will please God brings me another level of satisfaction. Add to that raising money for an organization like Birthright, and I just feel blessed to have this opportunity. Honestly, how lucky are we to have a Creator who gives us these opportunities and gifts? If I have any regrets, it’s not having started writing with this mission in mind sooner.

Q: What advice would you offer for aspiring writers who want to engage their readers while evangelizing the culture?

A: If you set your sights in the wrong place, it’s going to feel like an unattainable task. The same goes for if you forget who is really in charge. If you think that YOU are going to change the culture, your head is in the wrong place. Only God can save us and no one else can be everything for everyone. If you want to be a part of changing our world, you have to recognize that you’re just that: one part.

One of the most beautiful aspects of the Catholic faith is how it points us toward community. We are not just individuals under God. We are the body of Christ and every one of us has equal claim to that status. There is neither a person whose contributions are vital, nor a person whose contributions are useless. For Christ, the Pope and the beggar are equal in worth and receive the same amount of love.

Always think of yourself and your work that way. Humility is the key. God will do with you what He knows is best, so view yourself as one part of His plan. If you expect yourself to be some kind of cultural savior, you’re going to be disappointed. There is only one savior: Jesus Christ.

Q: What do you hope to do in your efforts to use your God given talents?


A: I want to inspire people and support those who are on the front lines of protecting life. We need a cultural shift in this country and that means Christians need to take greater ownership of their faith and those who are pro-life need to take greater ownership of the movement. There’s a lot of focus on the politics of it, and that’s fine. I personally believe that I will see a law passed in my lifetime that makes abortion illegal. But that will only do so much good if we haven’t also changed people’s hearts.

So what I want more than anything is for the types of people that my stories are about to be inspired. I want young people to stand up and refuse to be silenced because the Truth they speak might make others uncomfortable. I want people who know mothers in crisis to not just say, ‘you have a choice’, but to be part of the solution to her crisis. I want everyone to recognize that we all have the capacity to make the world better whether we’re nearing the end of our lives or just starting them. And I want pro-life politicians to stare in the face of lobbyists, special interests, and their colleagues and say, ‘no, life comes first’.

Note: I would like to have some mention of what Birthright does in the article. They provide vital services for mothers and children in need that are hard to find other places. In my opinion, places like Birthright are the key to ending abortion. Other means are important, but the more time and energy we spend given women a real choice and real support, the closer we come to ending the horrific practice of abortion.

You can purchase Single Candles at amazon.com

Churchgoing Jennifer Garner to Fundraise for Planned Parenthood During Live Read of 'Juno'

By Samuel Smith
Christian Post


Churchgoing Hollywood actress Jennifer Garner will be fundraising for the nation's largest abortion provider when she and actress Ellen Page participate in a live reading of the hit 2007 movie "Juno" in early April.

The creators of "Juno," a film about a young teenager faced with an unplanned pregnancy who gives her baby up for adoption instead of choosing abortion, have announced a one night only 10th anniversary live-read on April 8 at the The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

The live read will feature Page, who starred as pregnant teen Juno MacGuff; the 44-year-old Garner, who played the adoptive parent of Juno's baby; and an all-female cast who will fill out the rest of the cast and even take on roles originally played by men in the film.

Additionally, the proceeds from the event will go to the benefit of Planned Parenthood, an organization that aborts over 300,000 babies each year and receives over $500 million dollars each year from the federal government.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the film's Oscar-nominated director, Jason Reitman, was inspired to bring back his live script-reading series after putting the series to rest last year because of the 2016 election in which Republican Donald Trump was victorious over the Planned Parenthood-endorsed Hillary Clinton. Trump also maintained through the election that he would be willing to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding as long as the organization conducts abortions.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Day 2 of the Prayer Campaign for Lisa Perriera #onesoulatatime

         


For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. – 1 Timothy 6:10


It is hard to fathom how those who take an oath to heal can take the God-given gifts they possess and use them to destroy His precious little ones.  Is it because their love of money, blood money, is greater than their love of God? 

Let us pray today that God will perform a miracle in the life of  Lisa Perriera and rescue her from satan’s grasp, and that the Light of Christ dispels the darkness in her soul. 



Heavenly Father, as we come to you in prayer today, we lift up Lisa and ask that you deliver her from satan's enticements.  Let her use the talents you have given her to save life instead of taking it.  And let your light, Lord Jesus, dispel the darkness of her soul.  Amen.  






Newborn Baby Girl Rescued After She Was Buried Alive by Her Parents Who Wanted a Boy


By Micaiah Bilger
Life News


Discrimination against girls through abortion and infanticide is rampant in India.

This week, the India Times reported another horrifying abuse case where a newborn baby girl allegedly was buried alive by her parents, likely because she was a girl. According to the report, the family already had five older daughters.

Someone rescued the baby girl on Saturday in the Jajpur district of Odisha, India after seeing her feet move above the ground, according to the report. Authorities said the newborn girl immediately was taken to the hospital; her umbilical cord still was attached. None of the reports indicate if charges have been filed against the parents.

Here’s more from The Indian Express:

“An ASHA worker of Anjira panchayat came to the CHC with the rescued baby girl. The newborn is believed to be between 4 and 6 hours old. The girl was in a critical condition. We immediately started her treatment and stabilized her condition,” said Chintamani Mishra, Medical officer of Dharmasala CHC.
“The baby was buried upside down. She was wrapped in a cloth. We found two small feet above the ground and believed that the baby was alive,” said Alok Ranjan Rout, who rescued the infant.
In the past few years, other reports of girls being buried alive by their families also have surfaced in India. In 2012, the BBC reported the father and uncle of a newborn girl were arrested after they allegedly tried to bury the girl alive in Pilkhua, India. In that case, a graveyard caretaker rescued the girl.