Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Holy Rosary

           The Holy Rosary

My daughter shared this with me today. - Julie

"The rosary is mostly said when you are feeling sad or when something is on your mind that you are mad about. My family prays the rosary every night. The rosary has two prayers and they are the Lords prayer and Hail Mary. I love the rosary!"
by Katie, age 8 


Monday, January 21, 2013

FREE PRO-LIFE Novel giveaway via Kindle

Guest Post By Kari Burke
This week we will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision to legalize the murder of innocent pre-born life.  This is a devastating anniversary and my heart aches as I think about all the pain that has followed that monumental court decision.  I wonder, sometimes, what can I really do to change this nation and promote a respect for the beauty and sacredness of all life.  

Sometimes, it seems there is not much I can do.

But, I can pray and pray and pray.  And I can instill in my own children a respect for human life.   I can also share my own pro-life values through this blog and through my gift for writing, a gift which God has bestowed upon me.   

So, in order to share the pro-life message as best I can, I am going to offer my pro-life novel, The Life I Dreamed free of charge for three days.  Beginning on January 21 and ending on January 23, the Kindle copy of my novel will be available at Amazon for no charge at all.  
Please feel free to download your own copy and to tell everyone you know about this great giveaway! 

And on January 22 (and always) please join your prayers with mine, and with those of all the pro-life community, for an end to abortion and a greater respect for all human life- from conception to natural death.
Author, Kari Burke
Book Summary:
Motherhood is a gift.    Children are a blessing.   Marriage is a sacrament.
Emmy O’Brien knows all that.  There was even a time she fought to promote those very values and beliefs.  After having four children in rapid succession though, the demands of home and family have blurred her strong convictions. Tired, overwhelmed, and dissatisfied much of the time, she struggles each day to meet the needs of those around her.  When her husband receives a phone call from a 16 year old girl, unexpectedly pregnant and suddenly homeless, Emmy’s world is turned upside down and she must now decide, are her old-fashioned values and beliefs still worth fighting for?  

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

40th Anniversary of Roe v Wade

This January marks the 40th Anniversary of Roe v Wade.  

We encourage you to get involved in the pro-life movement and help educate people of all ages about the beautiful plan God has for our lives when we chose life.

Please start by watching this video.  A friend of mine helped her adopted daughter and others share their experiences and give pregnant women hope for a new life.

Pregnant? Hope for a New Life
A Celebration of Life through Adoption:

It is our hope that all women who experience an unplanned pregnancy will make a choice to be informed. 

5 Ways to Get Involved in the Pro-Life Movement

1. Get informed on pro-life issues.   Listen to a CD. Read a book.  Watch a YOUTUBE video. Check out Pro-life websites and blogs.

2. Educate others.  Share this blog page. Hand out resources such as pamphlets, articles, books, cds, and movies to help others get informed (see suggested titles below). Consider bringing "Theology of the Body" or other chastity programs to your Religious Education program or school.  Invite great speakers like Jason Everett and Leah Darrow to speak in your community.  

3. Support organizations, pregnancy centers and places that work to end abortion through financial contributions, prayers or assistance.  Volunteer at pregnancy centers in your area, helping to provide women and families with alternatives to abortion (Visit Heartbeat International to find a facility near you.)  

4. Join or start a pro-life group in your parish or school. 

5. Pray for the end of abortion – Participate in the next 40 Days for Life campaign and pro- actively pray to end abortion. 

Beginning January 19 you can join the US Catholic Bishops' Novena for Life CLICK HERE for Novena Prayers

March For Life – Jan 24 & 25 It’s not too late!

Join others in the diocese as they travel to Washington D.C. for the March for Life.  If you live in Buffalo, contact Cheryl Calire, Director Diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities (716) 847-2205.  If not, contact your diocese to join a group in your area.

"The age of casual Catholicism is over, the age of heroic Catholicism has begun. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead be Catholics by conviction.” 
— Fr. Terence Henry, President of Franciscan University

Get informed. Get started…                                 

Unplanned Abby Johnson quit her job in October 2009. That simple act became a national news story because Abby was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, after participating in an actual abortion procedure for the first time, walked down the street to join the Coalition for Life. 

(for kids) The Princess by Jennie Bishop: A loving king and queen present their daughter with a gift from God - her first kiss - to keep or to give away.


OctoberBaby tells the inspiring story of college student Hannah who learns she was adopted and is the survivor of a failed abortion attempt.  

CDs (also available on mp3)

Backed by statistics and armed with decades of research, Prof. Smith shows the crippling effect of the contraceptive culture on our relationship with God, our romantic relationships and marriages, the culture at large and our physical and mental health. Click HERE to order

Father Michael Schmitz tackles some of the most difficult topics in the Church today. With compassion, clarity, and humor, he shows that the Church's teachings on contraception and same-sex attraction are rooted in the yearnings for authentic love that is shared by all, who are made in the image and likeness of God. CLICK HERE to ORDER

Bernard Nathanson is an American medical doctor from New York who helped to found the National Abortion Rights Action League, but who is now a pro-life activist. He gained national attention by becoming one of the founding members of the National Abortion Rights Action League, now known as NARAL Pro-Choice America. He worked with Betty Friedan and others for the legalization of abortion in the United States. He was also for a time the director of the Center for Reproductive and Sexual Health New York's largest abortion clinic. Nathanson has written that he was responsible for more than 75,000 abortions throughout his pro-choice career. CLICK HERE to order

Building upon Blessed Pope John Paul II's writings about "the feminine genius", Colleen Carroll Campbell discusses the uniqueness of the makeup and vocation of women from God. She uses the lives of several female saints to help women recognize and use their gifts to live out their faith as Christians in the modern world. Author and columnist Colleen Carroll Campbell hosts EWTN's Faith and Culture program. Click HERE to order

To purchase these talks and many others, in CDs or MP3 downloads, visit the Lighthouse Catholic Media store by clicking here

(These CDs are very inexpensive which makes them a great evangelization and pro-life tool!  Please consider distributing far and wide)


Lifehouse Everything Skit
Video that portrays our youth getting romanced into the many temptations that life offers.

Parents, Talk to Your Teens about Sex & Chastity
Jason Evert discusses the importance of parents getting over their insecurities when it comes to talking to their teens about chastity.

Effects of Contraception on the Body's Natural Means of Attraction 
My Catholic Faith Press, in collaboration with Prof. Janet E. Smith, launched a new video, "Attraction 101: How the Pill Affects Your Dating Choices," to highlight scientific studies that prove that contraception undermines a female's natural process for attracting a compatible mate.

In the pro-life news-this is VERY encouraging!!!  Score one for Alabama!  Let's see if this woman killing her baby by smoking meth gets them talking about "her body, her choice..." - AB

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