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Mother Teresa on Peace

"I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child - a direct killing of the innocent child - murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love, and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even his life to love us. So the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love - that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts. By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world.…
'Therese' -- the Movie

I am looking forward to seeing 'Therese' this weekend. Here's an article from the St. Louis Review on the details.

September 24, 2004
Local Catholics lining up for opening of ‘Therese’
by Barbara Watkins, Review Staff Writer

Many Catholics in the St. Louis Archdiocese are purchasing advance tickets for "Therese," the new film about St. Therese of Lisieux, to open in St. Louis next week.

"Thérèse" is opening Thursday, Sept. 30, at the Wehrenberg Des Peres 14 and Friday, Oct. 1, at the AMC West Olive 16 in Creve Coeur.

The movie, by independent Catholic filmmaker Leonardo Defilippis and Luke Films, tells the story of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower.

Both AMC and Wehrenberg theatres reported numerous advanced sales and requests for information.

For tickets to the AMC West Olive 16, call (888) 262-1180, (800) AMC-4-TIX (262-4849) or (314) 205-9800. For tickets to the Wehrenberg Des Peres 14, call (314) 822-4520.

Vincenti…
HUMAN LIFE QUOTE

"A child is God's greatest gift to the family, to the nation, to the world. The child is a life from God, created in the image of God, created for great things, to love and to be loved."

~ Mother Teresa

~Posted by Jean M. Heimann
SICK OF PAYING FOR ABORTIONS

I am sick of having my tax money going to pay for Planned Parenthood and abortions, but what can I do about it?

A recent article from Presentation Ministries presents some interesting suggestions.


Abortion And Your Taxes
Are You Praying for Life But Paying for Death?

IN GOOD CONSCIENCE

If Jesus were an American citizen today, would He pay taxes? Could He pay taxes without contradicting His word? I have not paid federal income taxes for over twenty years because in good conscience I cannot do so. Yet it should be a privilege for me to pay taxes, because this can be a way of doing God's will. The Lord teaches us: "You must obey, then, not only to escape punishment but also for conscience' sake. You pay taxes for the same reason..." (Rm 13:5-6) However, repeatedly throughout history, man's laws have contradicted God's law. Then it is necessary to obey God rather than man (Acts 4:19, 5:29; see also Ex 1:17ff; 1 Mc 2:22; 2 Mc 6:18ff, 7:1ff; …
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Ambassador Alan Keyes & Family
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President Ronald Reagan
Quote for the Day

"I've never known a more stout-hearted defender of a strong America than Alan Keyes. He truly knows that freedom works."

~Ronald Reagan

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann

AMBASSADOR ALAN KEYES PLAYS IN PEORIA

Alan Keyes speaks so eloquently and honestly, it's hard to believe he is a candidate for the office of U.S. Senator for Illinois. I can picture a man of such high ideals and strong morals as the dynamic leader of a great nation -- a new world that does not exist here on this earth (which is exactly what we need to combat this current "culture of death.") He is so genuine and authentic that he fails the test of being a typical "politician". To be a politician, one must tell the people what they want to hear -- soothe them with soft-spoken sounds and deceive them with lofty, unkept promises.

Alan does not do this. He boldly speaks the truth and it is unbelievably refreshing! He is delightful -- witty, intelligent, an educated man who commands respect. He is a strong leader -- he knows what he wants and does not waiver in his beliefs. He is keenly aware of media bias and was quick to identify a local press reporter who ask…
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Alan Keyes
Pro-life Candidate for Senatorial Race Coming to Peoria

Alan Keyes, Catholic Pro-life Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, is scheduled to be in Peoria, IL this afternoon. His schedule for today is as follows:

12:00 pm
Press ConferenceLocation: Historic Lincoln-Douglas debate site in Galesburg (Knox County)2 East South Street, Galesburg ILMeet and greet will follow press conference.Contact Knox County Coordinator Jason Paulsgrove for more information:
jason98@galesburg.net

3:00 pm
Press ConferenceLocation: Peoria Co. GOP headquarters, 8835 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61615.Meet and greet with supporters to follow.contact David Curtin for more information:
keyes2004.com">david@keyes2004.com

I hope to see you there.

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann

PRO-DEATH CANDIDATE TO SPEAK AT CATHOLIC COLLEGE

I did a double-take on this article. I know that things are getting pretty bizzare on some of our Catholic college campuses, but I am shocked and appalled by this. I urge you to exercise your right to free speech. ~ Jean


Benedictine University invites pro-abortion Democratic senatorial candidate Barack Obama to address its student body

9/17/2004 9:26:00 PM
By Matt C. Abbott

Pro-abortion and gay rights supporter and Illinois Democratic senatorial candidate Barack Obama will speak to the students and guests of Benedictine University, located in Lisle, Ill., on October 5, 2004.

Just how pro-abortion is Obama? Consider the following excerpt from a Sept. 1, 2004 column on IllinoisLeader.com by former nurse and noted pro-life activist Jill Stanek:

“For three years in a row I submitted the same testimony to Illinois Senate committees that were deciding whether to let the full Senate vote on the Born Alive Infants Protection Act.

“It was during…
Archbishop Myers:
No Election Issue
More Important than Life

Writing in the September 17th issue of the Wall Street Journal, Archbishop Myers of Newark, New Jersey, and former Bishop of the Diocese of Peoria, IL, said that a candidate's stand on abortion must take precedence over all other issues.

Here is his article:

HOUSES OF WORSHIP

A Voter's Guide Pro-choice candidates and church teaching.

BY ARCHBISHOP JOHN J. MYERS Friday, September 17, 2004 12:01 a.m. EDT

Amid today's political jostling, Catholic citizens are wondering whether they can, in conscience, vote for candidates who support the legalized killing of human beings in the embryonic and fetal stages of development by abortion or in biomedical research.

Responding to requests to clarify the obligations of Catholics on this matter, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, under its prefect, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, released a statement called "On Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion." Alt…
Prayer Needed for "Catholic Friends"

One week ago, I sent out an email to "Catholic friends" whom I thought were very strong, committed pro-life Catholics. It was brief, to the point, and something I thought would be of interest to those involved.

Instead of receiving a "Thank you", which I don't ever expect, but often receive from others in reply to emails I send to them, I received some very irate, and downright nasty emails back, some very hurtful.

I have forgiven the individuals involved, but it made me question how authentic their Catholic faith truly is and how many other Catholics there are out there who hide behind the facade of appearing as strong Catholic leaders in their community, while privately living out lives that are inconsistent with their Catholic faith. Like rebellious teenagers, they listen to the "Parent", but the words fall on deaf ears and they do whatever they please. In their distorted way of thinking, the act is mor…
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Jill Stanek
The Latest News from Jill Stanek, R.N., columnist for the Illinois Leader
(News Alerts Newsletter, Thursday, September 23, 2004)

Pro-Life News
FORUM: Stanek vs. ACLU & Planned Parenthood on live birth abortion, Chicago Tribune
Eric Zorn
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ericzorn/chi-abortionforum.story

The original article contains multiple Hyperlinks.

A forum on the issue of "live-birth" abortion Moderated by Tribune columnist Eric Zorn September 23, 2004.

On Aug. 8, 2004 when conservative firebrand Alan Keyes formally accepted the invitation of Illinois Republicans to fill in on the ballot after primary-winner Jack Ryan withdrew, he told supporters that what finally persuaded him to say OK "was when I learned that [Democratic candidate Barack Obama] had actually in April 2002 apparently cast a vote that would continue to allow live-birth abortions in the state of Illinois. "Ever since, the term "live-birth abortion" and allusions to it ha…
St. Pio of Pietrelcina
(Padre Pio)
Francesco Forgione (1887 – 1968)

Francesco Forgione was born in the Italian village of Pietrelcina on May 25, 1887 to Giuseppa and Grazio who were poor farmers. He was a pious child who was drawn to the priesthood at an early age. He entered the Capuchin Order at the age of sixteen and received the habit at twenty-five. He was ordained in 1910 and after seven years of study, became known as Padre Pio.

Padre Pio was blessed with many gifts during his long lifetime. At the age of thirty-one, he was kneeling in front of a large crucifix, when he received the stigmata – the same wounds inflicted upon Christ at the time of the crucifixion. Although he experienced numerous health problems during his life, the doctor who examined Padre Pio could find no natural cause for the wounds. The blood oozing from the wounds exuded an unusual fragrance, similar to that of violets.

Possessing the gift of prophecy, Padre Pio accurately predicted that his wounds would h…
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Padre Pio
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Pray for Life
Let us continue to pray this novena prayer daily.

A Prayer for our National Elections

O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord, Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.

We thank you for the privilege Of being able to organize ourselves politically And of knowing that political loyalty Does not have to mean disloyalty to you.

We thank you for your law, Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged And recognized as higher than any human law.

We thank you for the opportunity that this election year puts before us,To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote, But to influence countless others to vote, And to vote correctly.

Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened.Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation,Their response to you requires that they be politically active.

Awaken your people to know that they are not called to be a sect fleeing the worldBut rather a community of faith renewing the world.

Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer Ar…
Women Who Have Had Abortions to Lead
National Prayer for Repentance and Healing
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(Elliot News, Volume 3, #8)
America For Jesus, a national, interdenominational coalition of Christian ministries and churches, is sponsoring seven days of prayer, fasting, and repentance for the sins of our nation and fellow Americans from October 18-24, 2004. Two days, October 21-22, will focus particularly on abortion be will be post-abortive women.
The event coordinators are inviting women to "teach us to mourn and seek repentance." citing Jeremiah 9:17-24, which reads, in part: "Call for the wailing women to come; and send for the most skillful of them. Let them come quickly and wail over us till our eyes overflow with tears and water streams from our eyelids.... Now O women, hear the word of the Lord; open your ears to the words of his mouth. Teach your daughters how to wail; teach one another a lament. Death has climbed in through…
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The Calling of St. Matthew
HAPPY FEAST DAY, MATTHEW!

On this special feast day of St. Matthew, I would like to wish my nephew, Matthew, and his parents, a day filled with blessings.

~posted by Jean M. Heimann
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Mother Teresa
A Message from Blessed Teresa Of Calcutta

"America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts--a child--as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience."

(Mother Teresa -- "Notable and Quotable," Wall Street Journal, 2/25/94, p. A14)

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann
A Personal Note

I rarely post personal news here, but feel a need for prayer support at this time. I am serving as "the token pro-life Christian" on a Voters Roundtable for a somewhat "liberal" local newspaper. When the word "abortion" came out of my mouth, there were gasps around the table. I won't go any further in describing the happenings, other than to say that I feel as if I am entering The Twilight Zone when I see and hear the reactions to my pro-life views.

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann
Partial-Birth Abortion, Drugs and Hurricanes

(CWA) 9/14/2004
By Jan LaRue, CWA’s Chief Counsel

Tragically, surviving the womb depends on seeking shelter with mother rather than from mother.

Three federal judges have now declared that the ban on partial-birth abortion (PBA) is unconstitutional because it has no exception for preserving a woman’s health. All three cite the mandate in the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in 2000 in Stenberg v. Carhart.

Most folks probably think that the Court is referring only to a risk to her health that stems from the pregnancy itself. And they would be very wrong. But they shouldn’t be embarrassed; Justice Clarence Thomas thought the same thing.

The “health risk” is more than that. According to the majority in Stenberg, it means that a woman with a perfectly healthy pregnancy of any gestation may not be denied a particular abortion procedure, no matter how barbaric or inhumane it may be, if she and her abortionist think it’s safer for her as compared to an…
Quote For the Day

"A cross with Christ is a blessing."

~ Father Angelus M. Shaughessy, O.F.M.


~Posted by Jean M. Heimann
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The Exaltation of the Cross
Prayer for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

Jesus, Who because of Your burning love for us willed to be crucified and to shed Your Most Precious Blood for the redemption and salvation of our souls, look down upon us and grant the petition we ask for ...

We trust completely in Your Mercy. Cleanse us from sin by Your Grace, sanctify our work, give us and all those who are dear to us our daily bread, lighten the burden of our sufferings, bless our families, and grant to the nations, so sorely afflicted, Your Peace, which is the only true peace, so that by obeying Your Commandments we may come at last to the glory of Heaven.

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann
Feast of St. John Chrysostom

"How many in these times say: would that I could gaze upon His form, His figure, His garment, His shoes! Lo! Thou seest Him, touchest Him, eatest Him. He gives Himself to thee, not merely to look upon, but even to touch, to eat, and to receive within... Consider at Whose table thou eatest! For we are fed with that which the angels view with trepidation and which they cannot contemplate without fear because of Its splendor. We become one with Him: we become one Body and one Flesh with Christ."... "Jesus, for the burning love He bore us, wished to unite Himself so closely to us that we should become one and the same with Him for such is the dream of true lovers."... "Holy Communion makes us eager for virtue and prompt to practice it, at the same time imparting deep peace, and thus rendering sweet and easy the road to holiness."

~ St. John Chrysostom

~ Posted by Jean M. Heimann
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St. John Chrysostom