"To be actively pro-life is to contribute to the renewal of society through the promotion of the common good. It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop." ~ Pope John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.101
Everything is grace, everything is the direct effect of our Father's love.Everything is grace because everything is God's gift.Whatever be the character of life or its unexpected events -- to the heart that loves, all is well.
"Thank you Jean, you are a beautiful soldier for the cause. I appreciate your superb work. Keep it up!"
Amazing Catechists and Catholic Mom Puppet Show Ministry
" I’m amazed at your blog. I can barely get out one post a day and sometimes you have a few (and I now know how much work it takes to do that). You do a great job! "
Michelle, Unborn Word of the Day
"When I read your blog, I just want to comment on everything, your insights are just so on-key!" Leticia, Causa Nostrae Laetitiae and Cause of Our Joy.
"I enjoy your blog every day. It is the best Catholic blog out there. Thank you so much for all the work you put into it!"
Ellen Gable, author, "Emily's Hope"
"I love the zeal Jean puts into her posts, especially when it comes to the prolife movement." Esther, A Catholic Mom in Hawaii.
"Jean of Catholic Fire...provides so much informative content. She posts about pro-life issues and events, what happened 'on this day', biographies of saints, prayer intentions, and lots more each day. No matter what she's posting about, I can always come away each day feeling uplifted...and that's saying a lot for me, as I'm someone who often tries to avoid thinking about some of the political and other issues that she posts about. It must be her strong faith and trust in God, as well as her love, shining through her posts, that inspire me." Margaret Mary Myers , Reflections, Catholic BVI Readers, VIP Homeschooler.
The Helpers of God's Precious Children was founded in 1989 by Msgr. Philip Reilly, a priest from the Diocese of Brooklyn, as an alternative strategy not only to offer help to women coming to the abortion mills but also to maintain a prayerful presence, large and small, at these sites to pray for conversion of hearts.
Msgr. Reilly had previously experienced many frustrations during his many years of pro-life activism and finally realized that he had to totally depend on God to win this battle that human means seemed unable to effect. Consequently, he surrendered his will to that of God's and gave God permission to find a solution to the problems he faced. The Holy Spirit provided a new plan and the resulting prayer and sidewalk counseling strategy almost immediately began to experience astonishing success. Msgr. Reilly states that about 50% of mothers that approach abortuaries when the Helpers are praying outside change their mind and turn back.
The Helpers create a loving, peaceful, prayerful presence outside the abortion mill, creating a church-like atmosphere, in strong contrast to the the hateful, violent, hellish atmosphere of the abortion mill. Rather than hold up signs of protest, the Helpers stand facing the mill and pray for the mothers, their babies, the fathers, the sidewalk counselors who are ministering to the mothers, and the abortion mill staff. They generally bring religious items such as a crucifix and a statue or a large picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe with them.
The sidewalk counselor approaches the mother in a gentle, loving, compassionate manner, speaks to her, listens to her concerns, discusses them with her, offers alternatives, and shares educational literature as well as a rosary with her.
In snow and sub-zero temperatures or in smoldering 102 degree weather, the Helpers stand at the modern-day Calvary of the abortion mill where the innocents are going to die. The spiritual supporters are those praying in their home, church, or nursing care/hospital facility. They are those who cannot go out to the abortion mill, but offer their prayers and sufferings for those at the mill.
Msgr. Reilly believes that the greatest weapons in the war against the unborn are Eucharistic prayer and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Eucharistic Adoration and rosary prayer vigils are most effective in bringing the Light of Christ to the places of death.
Msgr. Reilly constantly urges the faithful to "go to Calvary" like the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. John, in order to stand in solidarity with the innocent ones being put to death. They go there with the spiritual weapons of prayer and love and offer tangible help to the women and men in need. The method includes sidewalk counseling and referrals to Crisis Pregnancy Pro-life Centers nearby so that any woman in need will not have any legitimate reason for having an abortion.
The "Helpers" method has been the most effective in the world for saving babies (and souls). At least twenty abortion mills have closed and more that twenty thousand women have left the abortion mills choosing life. The Helpers approach is now being used in at least 40 States. More than 80 Bishops and 5 Cardinals have participated in this ministry. By the grace of God the Helpers Apostolate has now spread not only throughout the United States and parts of Canada and Western & Eastern Europe but even as far away as Australia, New Zealand and parts of Africa.
Quotes from Msgr. Reilly
"Just as the price of our salvation was the incomprehensible suffering and sacrifice of the Son of God, so the price of converting a culture of death or any person involved in this culture will require nothing less than losing our own life, in whatever way God calls us, in imitation of Christ, for the conversion of the world."
"As gold is purified in the fire, our own crosses offered to Christ for the conversion of ourselves and the world will keep us from approaching the abortion bound mother or father with anger or bitterness."
~ Jean M. Heimann, copyright 2005
I am pleased to say that I have been trained in Msgr. Reilly's method and have worked as a sidewalk counselor, a prayer warrior, and as a spiritual supporter.