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Did you know this Saturday there are hundreds of pro-abortion marches scheduled around the country? Abortion advocates are running scared because President-elect Trump made promises to nominate pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court and to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion chain.

Incredulously the main march has been named the "Women's March on Washington," which couldn't be further from the truth. Don't be fooled by the branding, it is a pro-abortion march. Don't believe me? Just read their unity principles:

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

We believe in Reproductive Freedom. We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education. This means open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education.
It is important that pro-life women are out at these marches being a voice for preborn babies and women betrayed by the abortion industry.


Having the right messaging is important, so if you need a sign, let us know as soon as possible. We may be able to get you a sign in time.

ACTION ITEM: Be a pro-life presence at a pro-abortion march this weekend and earn Rock for Life Street Team points.

If you attend and hold a pro-life sign, you can earn 5,000 Rock for Life Street Team points.

If you attend, hold a pro-life sign and wear a Rock for Life shirt you can earn 10,000 Rock for Life Street Team points.

If you attend, hold a pro-life sign, wear a Rock for Life shirt and bring 9 of your friends to join you, you can earn 20,000 Rock for Life Street Team points.

You must get a picture of you in action, send it to us and post it on social media using the hashtag #rflstreetteam.

If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, you are welcome to join us. For meeting time and place, email us here.

If you are not in the Washington, D.C. area but would still like to be a pro-life presence at one of their “sister” marches, click here to find which one is closest to you.

If you are not a member of the Rock for Life Street Team click here for more info and click here to join.

Thanks for being a voice!
Rock for Life
9900 Courthouse Road
Spotsylvania, Virginia 22553
Office: 540.834.4600


Rock for Life
4755 Jefferson Davis Highway
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Office: 540.834.4600

Defund Planned Parenthood



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Deacon John,

A new president takes the oath of office today in Washington, DC ... and it is NOT the candidate Planned Parenthood spent upwards of $30 million to promote.

That's why their CEO recently commented that this is "the most dangerous moment in Planned Parenthood's history."

It's "dangerous" because you have shown up, prayed and saved lives at hundreds of their locations, costing them business ... and now, the comfort of their tax funding is in jeopardy.

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This organization, according to its own numbers, did almost 324,000 abortions in one year alone and has assets of $1.4 billion. Its annual income was about $1.3 billion -- $553 million of which (or 43% of the total) came from federal, state and local taxpayers -- you!

Now they are in danger of losing all that tax money ... and you can help on February 11 by joining the nationwide call to defund the abortion giant.

Get the details here:

http://defundplannedparenthood.com

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On that page ... you'll find a link to the nationwide series of vigils and events outside Planned Parenthood centers (many of which you will recognize as 40 Days for Life vigil sites). These events are designed to draw attention to Planned Parenthood and call for their defunding.

http://defundplannedparenthood.com

Don't see a February 11 rally at your local Planned Parenthood center? Then maybe you're being called to lead one! Just like 40 Days for Life vigils, these events are only held where local volunteers step up to answer the call -- so it could be you!

You can also listen to the exclusive webcast giving you the details on what it will take to defund Planned Parenthood ... along with information about their new counter attack, which will affect your community.

Listen to that webcast here:

http://defundplannedparenthood.com

These are exciting times! Defunding Planned Parenthood would save lives ... and add to what you are doing at the grassroots level to end abortion.

Let's pray that God will bless your work ... and most importantly, that His will be done.

For life,

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Shawn Carney

President, 40 Days for Life

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40 Days for Life 4112 E 29th St. Bryan, Texas 77802 United States (888) LIFE-316



Roe vs. Wade and America's Covenant with Death
 
"Your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand" (Isaiah 28:18).

Contact: Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas, Operation Save America, 254-715-3134

DALLAS, Jan. 20, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- As America approaches another year acknowledging the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision, headlines like these declare, "The U.S. abortion rate has hit its lowest point since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to a new study." Jenna Jerman, a public health researcher at the Guttmacher Institute states, "We saw declines in abortion in almost every single state."

What is the cause of this decline according to the "experts" of this article? They assert, "contraception played the biggest role by preventing unintended pregnancies."

What is missing from this limited perspective? There are a myriad of reasons that suggest Roe vs. Wade is going the way of every bloody tyranny of men. First, it is important to note just because surgical abortions are down, that does not mean all abortions are down. Just like the German holocaust switched methods of mass destruction to be more efficient in their extermination programs, so it is with the American holocaust.

The Germans changed from gunning down their victims to chemical warfare. The gas chambers replaced the gun. Why this change? German soldiers were experiencing trauma in gunning down the innocent to fulfill Hitler's "Final Solution" policy. As abortion mills continue to shut down, Americans are also turning more to the chemical solution to ease their consciences and yet continue the massacre.

Secondly, in 1991, there were 2167 free standing death camps that dotted the American landscape defiling our land. Today, there about 500 that remain. What accounts for this aspect in the battle between life and death? Simply, it has been gentle Christians living out their faith at the gates of hell, their local abortion mills. Jesus promised, "I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18).

Thirdly, the article also neglects to report that more young people are getting involved to end Roe vs. Wade that targeted their generation for destruction. This younger generation is determined not to make the same mistakes as the "pro-life movement" of the past. They are not interested in regulating abortion; they are rising up to abolish abortion NOW!

They are working with elder statesmen in the battle to spread the Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates that encourages the end of abortion at the state level. They are calling on Governors, Attorney Generals, Legislators, and Sheriffs to ignore Roe vs. Wade for the lawless decision it was and do their duty to defend the rights of the preborn neighbors.

Lastly, they are introducing bills at the state level that constitutes abortion as murder with the proper penalties applied. All this signals that it is not if, but when, the American holocaust ends and our nation once again honors the first and foremost right enshrined in our Declaration of Independence, which is the right to life.
Mary TV January 20, 2017 Reflection – I bless you and carry each of you in my heart! | Deacon John's Space

Fr. Slvako Barbaric, OFM
J.M.J.
January 20, 2017
St. Fabian and St. Sebastian
Dear Family of Mary!
This is the last installment of Fr. Slavko’s reflection on the December 25, 1994 message:

December 25, 1994 “Dear children! Today I rejoice with you and I am praying with you for peace: peace in your hearts, peace in your families, peace in your desires, peace in the whole world. May the King of Peace bless you today and give your peace. I bless you and I carry each one of you in my heart. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Peace in our desires leads to…
PEACE IN THE WHOLE WORLD
This will be the final fruit of our taking Mary’s path to peace in our hearts, peace in our families and peace in our desires. These days we see and hear how peace is threatened from the outside by numerous conflicts, but those things are still a continuing impulse for us to pray for peace. The world is in chaos, the world does not have peace and this is for a very simple, true and very deep reason. The world has turned away from God and the world even wants to make itself independent from Him!
“The people of these times”, a teacher of repute is known to have said, “have eaten too much from the tree of knowledge and have ignored the tree of love, the tree of trust and the tree of God.” It is for this reason that it becomes very important for us that we, especially in these times, renew our ‘yes’ to Mary and with her hold on to the belief that peace is, after all, possible. We should do EVERYTHING POSSIBLE to bring peace into our hearts, into our families, into our desires and into the world!
MAY THE KING OF PEACE BLESS YOU TODAY AND GIVE YOU PEACE
She knows Him and He is the Prince of Peace about whom the prophets sang and whom the prophets announced. It is ultimate for us to know that it is He and ONLY He to whom Our Lady is praying and leading us. It is very beautiful to know that she intercedes for us to her son, for this very particular Intention – PEACE. We should not forget that in several messages she tells us that she needs us and that we are important to her. We are important to her because the first part of peace that Jesus promised us is peace in our hearts. It is only from this out of which peace in the families and peace in the world can grow.
I BLESS YOU AND I CARRY EACH OF YOU IN MY HEART
This means that she promises that she will continue to pray for us, that she will continue to intercede for us and that she never judges us. It is ‘benedicere’ in Latin and this means that she ‘speaks well’ of us and does not accuse us before God. Then finally she says something very motherly and beautiful. She sees herself as the mother of every single one of us! She carries us! And this is OUR CHANCE to permit ourselves to be carried by her! We must become conscious that she loves us, that she loves and accepts us as a mother.
When we come closer to her, as she said in the November message, we will also discover God. Father also carries us! THINK ABOUT IT! This is a call and another strong impulse for us to open our hearts to her and to become like her in our thoughts, in our feelings and in our entire lives. This message is one that in a special way clarifies Mary’s program to us. She came to announce peace and not war! It clarifies that one cannot advance in merely analyzing but to progress it is necessary to personally decide for peace. This is also the case when we find ourselves in deep conflicts. Then too we can lead or be led to the Oasis of Peace. The people the communities, the families, the Church itself and all the rest of the world NEED THIS PEACE! Everyone will become a person with good intentions when they actively decide to come closer to God. This is quite simply the program leading out of Bethlehem when the angels sang: “Glory to God in the Highest and Peace to all Men!”
So Mary has been with us for 13 years and 6 months [and now for 35 years and 6 months] and we are in her College of Love and of Peace. Slowly but steadily we should come to the conclusion that there are no more excuses to go to lesser schools. SHE LOVES US SO MUCH! SHE GAVE US SO MUCH! SHE HAS TOLD US SO MUCH! SHE IS PRAYING FOR US! We have all the reasons to become active so that peace can come to us all. WE SHOULD LET HER PROGRAM BECOME OUR PROGRAM! May we become conscious that this peace can truly come when we constantly fight evil and sin and when we consistently work on our hearts as we work on our fields. (Fr. Slavko Barbaric. “Mother! Lead Us to Peace!!” p. 307-308)
I am grateful to have these words of Fr. Slavko available for us to ponder. He was and is a gift to us in these days. He gave everything to serve the Gospa. He held nothing back. And he did serve the good and peace in Medjugorje.
May we follow Fr. Slavko’s example, and abandon ourselves to the Mother. She will take us to her heart, and help us to become apostles of peace. Jesus will then be everything for us, and we will live with Him in our hearts, and in our families and the whole world.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017

“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Saint John Paul II
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SAINTS FABIAN AND SEBASTIAN, Martyrs

SAINTS FABIAN AND SEBASTIAN, Martyrs


Saint Sebastian and Saint Fabian


Artist: Anonymous (Spanish)


Date: 1475-1500


Medium: Oil and tempera on panel. 141.4x89.5 cm.


Location: The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia



SAINTS FABIAN AND SEBASTIAN
Martyrs


DOUBLE / RED
Ancient tradition has coupled together the veneration of these glorious martyrs. Fabian was responsible for sending St. Dionysius and other missioners to Gaul. From there, missionary priests journeyed to Britain. This pope was slain during the year 250, during the persecution of Decius. Sebastian was a Christian Roman officer of the fourth century, who by his devotion and fervor converted many of his soldier companions. He fearlessly pleaded with Emperor Diocletian to cease persecuting the Church. For this Sebastian was arrested, sentenced to death, and mercilessly beaten with clubs.

INTROIT (Ps. 78:11, 12, 10)
Let the sighs of the imprisoned come before You, O Lord. Pay back to our neighbors seven times over into their bosoms, and avenge the shedding of the blood of Your saints. Ps. 78:1. O God, strangers have come into Your inheritance, they have defiled Your holy temple, they have made Jerusalem desolate as an orchard watchtower. V. Glory be . . .

COLLECT
Almighty God, look upon our weakness and the heavy burden we carry because of our deeds. Let the prayers of Your blessed martyrs Fabian and Sebastian in heaven be our protection. Through Our Lord . . .

EPISTLE (Heb. 11:33-39)
Brethren: The saints by faith conquered kingdoms, wrought justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, recovered strength from weakness, became valiant in battle, put to flight the armies of foreigners. Women received their dead raised to life again. But others were racked, not accepting deliverance, that they might find a better resurrection. And others had trial of mockeries and stripes: moreover also of bands and prisons. They were stoned, they were cut asunder, they were tempted, they were put to death by the sword, they wandered about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being in want, distressed, afflicted: Of whom the world was not worthy: wandering in deserts, in mountains and in dens and in caves of the earth. And all these, being approved by the testimony of faith, in Christ Jesus our Lord.

GRADUAL (Ex. 15:11, 6)
Glorious is God in His saints, marvelous in majesty, worker of wonders! V. Your right hand, O Lord, is magnificent in power, Your right hand has slain the enemy.

Alleluia, alleluia! (V. Ps. 144:10, 11)
Let Your saints bless You, O Lord; let them tell of the glory of Your kingdom.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL (Luke 6:17-23)
At that time, Jesus coming down with them, he stood in a plain place: and the company of his disciples and a very great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the sea coast, both of Tyre and Sidon, Who were come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And they that were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the multitude sought to touch him: for virtue went out from him and healed all.
And he, lifting up his eyes on his disciples, said: "Blessed are ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for you shall laugh. Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you and shall reproach you and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Be glad in that day and rejoice: for behold, your reward is great in heaven, For according to these things did their fathers to the prophets."

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON (Ps. 31:11)
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you just; shout for joy, all you upright of heart.

SECRET
O Lord, graciously accept the gifts we offer You in honor of Your blessed martyrs Fabian and Sebastian, and grant us Your unending assistance through these offerings. Through Our Lord . . .

COMMUNION ANTIPHON (Luke 6:18, 19)
A multitude of sick and those who were troubled with unclean spirits came to Him, for power went forth from Him and healed all.

POSTCOMMUNION
We are refreshed by the reception of Your sacred Gift, O Lord. may the prayers of Your blessed martyrs Fabian and Sebastian make us feel the benefit of the sacred rite we have performed. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and rules with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.

Saint SebastianSaint Sebastian Image by Sebastian Bergmann via Flickr



LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Thursday, January 19, 2017

For pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.

Top Stories
• UN Ambassador Nominee Nikki Haley Will Oppose Making Abortion a Human Right: “I’m Strongly Pro-Life”
• Pro-Life Ronna Romney McDaniel Elected Republican Party Chair, Wants to Keep GOP Platform Pro-Life
• Planned Parenthood’s “Women’s March” Rejects Former Abortion Clinic Director Abby Johnson
• Beyoncé, Katy Perry, and Scarlett Johansson Push Planned Parenthood’s Pro-Abortion “Women’s March”


More Pro-Life News
• Abortionist: I Provide a “Safe Space”and a “Warm, Supportive Environment” to Kill Babies in Abortions
• I’m a Woman, But the March for Women is Excluding Me Because I’m Pro-Life
• Planned Parenthood Kills 35% of All of the Unborn Babies Aborted in the United States
• 76% of the Abortion Clinics That Were Operating in 1991 Have Closed
• She’s One of the Rare Pregnant Moms to Go Into Planned Parenthood and Come Out With a Baby. Here’s How
• March for Life Director Jeanne Mancini Wants to End Abortion: Let’s Make Abortion “Unthinkable”
• Anti-Trump Protesters Force Black Pastor to Cancel His Pro-Life Rally
• 272,000 Babies Were Killed With the Abortion Pill That Slowly Starves a Baby to Death
• Woman Gives Birth to Three-Parent Baby After Her DNA Was Combined With Two Other People
• Arkansas Committee Passes Ban on Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Babies Limb From Limb
• Chinese Couples in Hong Kong are Using Prenatal Testing to Kill Girls in Sex-Selection Abortions



UN Ambassador Nominee Nikki Haley Will Oppose Making Abortion a Human Right: “I’m Strongly Pro-Life”
During her confirmation hearing Wednesday, Trump UN Ambassador nominee Nikki Haley told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that she will oppose abortion on an international level, saying she is “strongly pro-life.”

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Pro-Life Ronna Romney McDaniel Elected Republican Party Chair, Wants to Keep GOP Platform Pro-Life
Michigan Republican Party chair Ronna Romney McDaniel was elected today as the new chair of the national Republican Party.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.



Planned Parenthood’s “Women’s March” Rejects Former Abortion Clinic Director Abby Johnson
The pro-abortion Women’s March on Washington deleted another pro-life group from its partner list this week, contradicting its self-described mission of inclusiveness.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.


Beyoncé, Katy Perry, and Scarlett Johansson Push Planned Parenthood’s Pro-Abortion “Women’s March”
The Women’s March on Washington officially is now pro-abortion, excluding millions of women who support rights for all human beings, including the unborn.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Abortionist: I Provide a “Safe Space”and a “Warm, Supportive Environment” to Kill Babies in Abortions
When abortion practitioners use warm and fuzzy terms to describe their work, they leave out one important detail about what exactly their job entails.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.


I’m a Woman, But the March for Women is Excluding Me Because I’m Pro-Life
I am surprised, however, that the leaders of the Women’s March on Washington—and most feminists today—are so unwilling to listen to an alternative feminist perspective

Cli ck to Read at LifeNews.com.

Looking for an inspiring and motivating speaker for your pro-life event? Don't have much to spend on a high-priced speaker costing several thousand dollars? Contact LifeNews at news@lifenews.com about having LifeNews Editor Steven Ertelt speak at your event.

Planned Parenthood Kills 35% of All of the Unborn Babies Aborted in the United States
This week, the Guttmacher Institute came out with a new report on national abortion numbers in the United States for 2013 and 2014.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

76% of the Abortion Clinics That Were Operating in 1991 Have Closed
A pro-abortion billboard brandishing the phrase “I’m Grateful for My Abortion” is upsetting women across Cleveland, Ohio this week.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.


Arkansas Committee Passes Ban on Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Babies Limb From Limb

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SAINTS MARIUS, MARTHA, AUDIFAX,

AND ABACHUM

Martyrs

SAINT CANUTE
Martyr

SIMPLE / RED

These saints -- a family of father, mother, and two sons -- were Persians. In the year 270 they made a pilgrimage to Rome, one of the many proofs that the faithful, even at that early date, held the Holy See to be the center of Christendom. Emperor Claudius was then persecuting the Church, and these holy Persians gave Christian burial to the remains of martyrs. God rewarded the veneration they paid His saints by granting them in their turn the supreme gift of martyrdom. After their arrest, Marius and his two sons were beheaded, and Martha was drowned.

INTROIT Ps. 67:4

Let the just feast and rejoice before God; let them rejoice with gladness.
Ps. 67:2. Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered, and let those who hate Him flee before Him.
V. Glory be . . .

COLLECT

Hear, O Lord, the prayers of Your people and Your saints who intercede for them. Grant us peace in this life and Your assistance to attain eternal life. Through Our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT CANUTE, MARTYR

During the eleventh century King St. Canute of Denmark was one of the missionary rulers who spread the Faith of Scandinavia. Rebels rose against him and murdered him at Odense in 1086.

O God, You have added glory to Your Church by granting to the blessed king Canute the gift of miracles and the crown of martyrdom. May we walk in the footsteps of Your saint and follow our Lord's own path of suffering, so that we too may enter into everlasting happiness. Through Our Lord . . .

EPISTLE Heb. 10:32-38

Brethren, call to mind the former days, wherein, being illuminated, you endured a great fight of afflictions. And on the one hand indeed, by reproaches and tribulations, were made a gazingstock; and on the other, became companions of them that were used in such sort. For you both had compassion on them that were in bands and took with joy the being stripped of your own goods, knowing that you have a better and a lasting substance. Do not therefore lose your confidence which hath a great reward. For patience is necessary for you: that, doing the will of God, you may receive the promise. "For yet a little and a very little while, and he that is to come will come and will not delay. But my just man liveth by faith."

GRADUAL Sap. 3:1, 2, 3

The souls of the just are in the hands of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them. V. In the sight of the unwise they appeared to perish, but they are in peace.

Alleluia, alleluia! V. Ps. 67:36

Our God is wonderful in His saints.

Alleluia!

GOSPEL Matt. 24:3-13

At that time, as Jesus was sitting on mount Olivet, the disciples came to him privately, saying: "Tell us when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming and of the consummation of the world?" And Jesus answering, said to them: "Take heed that no man seduce you. For many will come in my name saying, 'I am Christ.' And they will seduce many. And you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that ye be not troubled. For these things must come to pass: but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And there shall be pestilences and famines and earthquakes in places.
"Now all these are the beginnings of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted and shall put you to death: and you shall be hated by all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be scandalized and shall betray one another and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise and shall seduce many. And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold. But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved."

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Ps. 123:7

Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler's snare; the snare has been broken and we are free.

SECRET
Look favorably on the prayers and offerings of Your people, O Lord. may this celebration of the feast of Your saints please You and bring us Your merciful help. Through Our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT CANUTE

O Lord, let the prayers of Your saints whom we honor by this sacred rite make our offering acceptable to You, so that it may aid our salvation. Through Our Lord . . .

COMMUNION ANTIPHON Luke 12:4

But I say to you, my friends, "Do not be afraid of those who persecute you."

POSTCOMMUNION

May the prayers of Your saints win forgiveness for us, O Lord. Grant that the Sacrifice we offer in this life may be our everlasting possession in the life to come. Through Our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT CANUTE

We are refreshed by the reception of Your sacred Gift, O Lord. May the prayers of Your blessed martyr Canute make us feel the benefit of the sacred rite we have performed. Through Our Lord . . .