This past week a reader suggested I read Psalm 69. Here’s an excerpt:
Save me, O God,
for the waters have come up to my neck.
2 I sink in the miry depths,
where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
the floods engulf me.
3 I am worn out calling for help;
my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,
looking for my God.
4 Those who hate me without reason
outnumber the hairs of my head;
many are my enemies without cause,
those who seek to destroy me.
I am forced to restore
what I did not steal.
Her suggestion was timely.
In January, I wrote about the “waters” that are engulfing us and particularly the unborn child here in Quebec – judicial, legislative, and cultural tides swamping our efforts to bring about a culture of life to the province.
The culture of death is taking a staggering toll. We estimate 30 000 abortions per year, and this does not account for the undocumented deaths due to contraceptives.
Yet, as Psalm 69 suggests, there is no need for despair as Our Lord is readily at hand:
But I pray to you, LORD, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation.
14 Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink;deliver me from those who hate me, from the deep waters.
15 Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close its mouth over me.
16 Answer me, LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me.
17 Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.
18 Come near and rescue me; deliver me because of my foes.
Lent begins March 1st, and as is our custom, on this day we will begin our biannual vigil for the end of abortion with prayers and fasting.
The theme this year will be the Divine Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 1st, and continuing through to Palm Sunday, April 9th, we will honour the 14 stations in His journey to Golgotha and His crucifixion. For example, on the first day of the vigil, prayer devotions will remember in a particular way the first station - The Judgment before Pontius Pilate; the next day, gives way to his receiving His Cross, and on the third day, His first Fall in his journey, and so forth.
We invite you to join us at our vigil locations, daily from 8 am to 5 pm.
- Weekdays we will be at the epicentre of the abortion industry in the province – the corner of Sainte-Catherine Street east and Berri Street, where 5 abortion facilities are within a short walking distance.
- Weekends we will outreach to the public at Lahaie Park, across the street from the site that for close to twenty years performed an estimated 60,000 abortions, 30 St-Joseph Blvd. East, near the corner of St-Laurent Blvd.
Returning to Psalm 69
The Lord is my light and my salvation
-Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life
–Of whom shall I be afraid?
So, in this dark period of Quebec’s history, where the unborn are savagely disrespected and women given inaccurate information about nascent life and the consequences of their ill-fated decisions, we at the Quebec Life Coalition wish to be a light in the darkness for the upright, by
- supporting women experiencing difficulties during their pregnancy,
- aiding women and men who have been ill-advised to abort their child, and
- in 2016, founding a residential pregnancy centre for pregnant women in need.
So, in 2017, with your continued support in prayer and financially, we can continue to target the “impossible” – ending abortion in Quebec!
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Quebec Life Coalition
Blessed New Year greetings to you and your loved ones.
As 2017 begins I invite you to join us at achieving the “impossible” – ending abortion in Quebec!
“Humanly impossible,” but not divinely!
Ending abortion is humanly impossible. Impossible because the four parties represented in the National Assembly all favour the destruction of the unborn, innocent child. And the media, the entertainment industry, and the elite are overwhelmingly pro-abortion.
Also, abortion is deeply entrenched in the popular psyche as the numbers reveal. There are about 30 000 surgical abortions yearly in Quebec and as contraceptives (IUDs, the abortion pill, ...) are readily available, countless are the undocumented chemical abortions.
Yet Christ tells us that “… to God, all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26).
God has intervened in human affairs in numerous and varied ways. Consider the founding of Montreal.
In 1635, outside Paris, France, a man of faith received a vision that God was calling him to found a missionary project in the heart of North America where the name of Jesus Christ could be shared to the indigenous peoples. He pursued this vision, experienced trials, and finally achieved its realization. This is a fine example for us, today.
JÉROME LE ROYER DE LA DAUVERSAIRE
Jérome Le Royer was born in 1597 in La Flèche, France. He received a religious education, married and raised five children. He had a particular devotion to Saint Joseph, patron of families, and performed works of mercy for the poor, the sick, and the unfortunate.
A devout man, he received inspirations from God. One (in 1630) was to found a community of women religious to care for the sick. Yet on sharing this with his spiritual director was told to forget this project, this “pious chimera.”
Obedient, Le Royer persevered in faith when a second vision occurred, the founding a centre for evangelization on the island of Montreal. Perplexed, he prayed, sought advice, and again was frustrated, being told that this was an extravagant project, “humanly impossible.”
Obedient he dropped the project and continued in prayer when in February, 1635, during a business trip in Paris, Le Royer visited Notre-Dame church, where at the foot of a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, he sees himself before the Holy Family and hears Jesus say to him; “Labour at my works, my grace is sufficient…” On learning this, his spiritual director relented and authorized him to proceed with his inspirations.
First came, in May, 1636, the founding of a community of Filles de Saint-Joseph, the forerunner to what became known as the Religieuses Hospitalières de Saint-Joseph, a group dedicated to run hospitals.
Next, with collaborators he began work on founding a community on the island of Montreal. First he bought the island (1640), second he formed a pious organization, Société des Messieurs et Dames de Notre-Dame de Montréal, to fund the project, and third, he recruited the first settlers - commander Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, colonists, artisans, and Jeanne Mance who was charged to found a hospital.
The first colonists arrived on May 17, 1642, founding the community of Ville Marie.
For us in the 21st century, these efforts do not go unnoticed. Faith and obedience to God produce fruit, even of the “humanly impossible” type.
At the Quebec Life Coalition, faith and obedience are no less important and reflected in our efforts to end abortion. As such, fruit has been produced.
- We are blessed to be able to support women experiencing difficulties during their pregnancy.
- We are blessed to be able to support women and men who have been ill-advised to abort their child.
- And in 2016, we have been blessed to have founded a residential pregnancy centre for pregnant women in need.
Faith and obedience proves the maxim that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
What moved the visionary that founded Montreal inspires and moves us at the Quebec Life Coalition.
So, as 2017 begins I invite you to join us at acheiving the “impossible” – ending abortion in Quebec!
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Quebec Life Coalition
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Merry Christmas !
We at the Quebec Life Coalition pray that God may grace you with the joy of newborn life and the hope that this entails throughout the year as well as in this season not only by the presence of Our Lord and Saviour but also among your immediate family and friends.
Over time we have learned not to overlook such graces as we have found that our present day society is hazardous to life.
And over the past year, we have been particularly blessed to foster life in varying ways:
- The founding of a new center for pregnant women in difficulty: Center Saint-Enfant-Jésus; This center's mission is to spread the love of Christ in the lives of pregnant women in difficulty, by providing them with material and spiritual help, counselling and lodging;
- Continuing to provide telephone and Internet support to close to 100 pregnant women in difficulty and post-abortive women and men in the province;
- Uploading regularly informative accounts our new pro-life website which in 2016 received more than 350,000 visits and resulted in numerous exchanges;
- Coordinating two 12 hours per day 40-day prayer vigils for the end of abortion - 40 Days for Life, in which many Montrealers have seen and interacted with those present;
- Received many favourable comments regarding our circular "La pire injustice," a 16-page summary of arguments in favor of life and against abortion;
- Brought out many among you to participate in the yearly National March for Life in Ottawa, and the October Life Chain.
All of these and more despite the fierce anti-life society we live in.
And what kind of anti-life society do we live in? Consider the events of the last week of November, 2016.
- Tuesday, November 29. Health Minister Gaétan Barrette announced an amendment to his proposed health care legislation (bill 92) to include a 50-meter perimeter around abortion facilities preventing protestors, that is QLC, from entering. This legislation would affect not only the three abortion mills which currently have a Quebec Superior Court injunction against our presence but also all other such centres in the province will, as many as 71. The legislaltion would not only cover private abortion facilities but also hospitals and CLSCs.
- Wednesday, November 30: in conjunction with Minister Barrette’s amendment, two French dailies featered prominantly photos of QLC activities. In the Le Devoir story “Québec souhaite éloigner les manifestants anti-avortement,” we find pictured prayer warriors Charlotte L. and Mary B., along with a QLC banner, at a “Defund Abortion” rally and in the LaPresse online edition, a photo of this author during a 40 Days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion in Lahaie park is seen next to a story entitled “Québec établit un périmètre de ‘sécurité’ .”
(I find it comical that the editor of LaPresse chose to use quotations marks around the word security. Was he acknowledging the irony of legislation aimed at controlling those few who gather to recite a rosary, chant hymns, or engage in thoughtful exchanges with whoever wishes to stop and chat?)
- A day later, two occurrances, one on televison and the other on radio, continued the anti-life apologetics. QLC President, Mr. Georges Buscemie debated a pro-abortion advocate on the Denis Lévesque Show, LCN network, and then on late-night radio, host Paul Arcand, FM 98,5, hosted the Morgentaler Facility director regarding Bill 92.
Regarding this latter exchange, the subject of our presence praying outside Ste-Justine Hospital came up. Regretably listeners were not told the reason why three of us, on two separate occasions, had showed up on the sidewalk outside this hospital whose sole purpose is supposedly the care of children: to protest the performance of late-term abortions at that facility as well as unclear fate that awaited infants born alive during some of these procedures.
This media bias all within a five day period show how the battle for life is fierce and how our Lord is using us at the Quebec Life Coalition to shake Quebec society of the effronts to life and the family that going on.
We thank you for your ongoing support of this vital work.
Working together, we will find joy and hope not only during this time of year but also for future generations.
Yours for life,
Quebec Life Coalition
I have some very good news for you this month.
Thanks to your spiritual and financial support, we have recently been able to help a 22-year-old woman, who was seriously thinking of aborting at the 20th week of her pregnancy, to keep her child.
It all started when Sandra (all the names are fictional, except that of Brian Jenkins), the mother of the young woman (and therefore the grandmother of the unborn child), found our website Enceinte et Inquiète (www.enceinteinquiete.org). She immediately called Brian Jenkins, my colleague and organizer of the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil and director of the new center for pregnant women in difficulty that we set up (the center officially opened on October 22, 2016).
As a result of this call, Brian sent the following email to our closest collaborators:
September 14, 2016 - 15h47
Hello to all,
Sandra telephoned me last Monday morning desperate about her 22-year-old daughter Erika’s desire to have an abortion. The latter is a university student and more than 20 weeks pregnant. It seems that an appointment was made at the CLSC yesterday for this purpose.
The reason she wishes to abort seems to be that she thinks the pregnancy will hurt her dream of finishing her studies - she is in the 2nd year of a 4 year program.
Along with Paul and Myriam, we have started an exchange with this student. Myriam spoke to her for the first time last night and a second time was scheduled for noon today.
Myriam asked me about available resources - either financial or material. To this end, I appeal for your help if any of you many know, to whom Sandra and her daughter could get support.
Sandra told me that she is ready to play an important role in her grandchild's life.
That's it for now.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph, - Brian
(Photo of young couple, used with permission.)
After a few days of research with our acquaintances in the area where the young woman lives, Brian called Sandra, who gave him very bad news.
September 19, 2016 – 9h22
I just talked with the mother of the pregnant woman.
She says that her daughter is determined to abort. The procedure is scheduled for tomorrow at 11h45 in Quebec City, to conclude the following day [late abortions are over a day, given the size of the baby]. So they will leave their home at around 8am to get there on time.
I explained to her the support I’m prepared to give her daughter - financial support during pregnancy and later so she can spend time quality time with her little one. Seems like it's not enough.
The mother suggested I call her at noon.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph, - Brian
(Photo of actual child, used with permission)
We could not accept such a tragic opuitcome for child and family! So I sent an emailed friends for prayers. I also prayed with all my family that the child be saved and for his family to welcome him. So you can understand our joy when, a few hours later, we received the following email from Brian:
September 19, 2016 - 14h21
A little update.
Several calls were made over the last few hours - with the mother of the baby, her mother, father, and father a second time.
During this second call with the father, he informed me that after talking with Mom, they decided not to abort their little one.
Let us give thanks to God.However, let us all bear our prayers. The mom has an appointment with a counselor at the end of the day and I'm supposed to talk to her afterwards.
Let’s pray Our Lord Jesus Christ that love may reign in our hearts so that we may all live according to His Divine Providence.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph, - Brian
I knew in my heart that the child was not yet safe. I wonderd: "Who is this counselor" ? The child is still in danger. We must continue to pray. And so we did, until we got the following email:
September 20, 2016 - 12h08
Everything seems to be settled for the better.
Mom decided to continue her pregnancy, after a 24 hours wavering, passionate.
We spoke twice this morning, the last day allowed by the hospital to do the abortion.
Mom is happy. Grandma is exstatic.
Maman appreciates our intervention and asks, in thanks for our efforts, if it can make better known our organism and the good that we do.
Let us praise Our Lord Jesus Christ for his blessings and for Life.
Thank you all for your participation and your prayers.I’ll keep you updated about this little one and his mother.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph, - Brian
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This is what we can do together with God for the mothers and children of Quebec. Let us pray that together we can do more in the future. Thank you for your generosity.
Yours for life,
Quebec Life Coalition
What’s involved in starting a Women’s Pregnancy Centre?
Short answer: Faith
If this project develops, it must be blessed by Our Lord and we trust in His munificence. Fortunately, He seems to be blessing this work as seen in the actions of many.
Consider the generosity of one Montérégie couple. At our August corn roast, they came with a gallon of paint. A few weeks later they delivered an unused still-in-the-box kitchen cupboard that their son no longer wanted. A week later the husband arrives with kitchenware, products the misses procured at a local thrift shop - a set of dishes and assorted pots and skillets. The photo shown here are these most recent gifts. Finally, they provide a financial gift to help defray the cost of curtaining our windows.
These are not isolated actions:
- Salvatore, a practicing engineer, drops by to discuss about renovating the bathroom. As he leaves he asks whether we would have use for an upright freezer.
- A Laval couple offers to fashion the curtains for the location.
- Stella works tirelessly to complete the painting of the remainder of the three-bedroom residence.
Providing a safe place to women who are experiencing pressures to abort their child is one way we at the Quebec Life Coalition are working to end abortion, an activity we first begun some 26 years ago.
Another approach, begun three years ago, is our outreach over the internet. The Enceinte et Inquiète website provides information including referral service, via a toll-free help phone line (1-855-871-4442) to women experiencing distress over their own or somebody else’s pregnancy. For instance this second week of September, I received a call from a woman distraught on account of her daughter’s wish to end the life of her 20+ week old unborn child.
The caller explained that her daughter is enrolled in a demanding university program, leaving the house early each morning and returning late at night. Also, weekends are busy working full-time to pay her various expenses. As this academic program and its fulfilment represent her daughter's dream, the pregnancy is considered a hindrance.
There are also financial worries for both now and after birth.
The woman I spoke with is in turmoil as she cares deeply for the life of the child, particularly so after having seen a photo taken during the ultrasound. She told me that she had even offered her daughter to care for the child for the entire duration of her studies. The daughter is beginning the second year of her four year university program.
The term “coalition” in Quebec Life Coalition is an apt term as we need everybody’s participation to promote a culture of life. After this phone call, I contacted one of our many volunteers to ask whether she would call this mother in an effort to save the life of her grandchild. To my joy she would and a phone call later I learned that she procurred the young woman’s phone number. A further phone call permitted my peer to speak to the pregnant mother, thereby sharing about her own difficult abortion experience, something which she regrets to this day, something she wishes this young woman not know. As a result this young student is rethinking her wish for an abortion.
Working together, in many and varied ways, we can achieve our goal of ending abortion.
Thank you and let us thank God His continual help.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Quebec Life Coalition
P.S. Your financial support is important to maintaining the mission of the Quebec Life Coalition – Defending the human person from conception to a natural death. Consider enrolling in our Mustard Seed program – a monthly donation program. For as little as $5 per month, you will be making a big statement. For details, contact Mr. Mario Richard, (514) 344-2686, during regular business hours.
How close are we to end abortion in Quebec, in Canada?
This is a sobering question, as are the following ones:
- Have there been laws enacted criminalizing abortions with stiff penalties against those who perform these hideous crimes?
- Are there more elected officials and members of our clergy denouncing the perils of abortion?
- At the grassroots, how well attended are our various functions?
- Has there been more turn-arounds when we are praying on the streets of Montreal?
- Have we come to the aid of women experiencing distress in their pregnancy?
- Where is God when his children are being barbarously killed and maimed?
THREE SIGNS OF THE CULTURE OF LIFE
Though the answers to these questions are cause for worry, there are hopeful signs around us.
Recently while walking through Lahaie Park, the site where the Quebec Life Coalition will begin shortly its 14th of its 16 prayer vigils for the end of abortion, across the street from the former site of the Morgentaler abortion mill, I saw how Our Lord is answering our prayers. Two young women were nursing their infants. If ever there was a bona fide sign of the culture of life, this is it.
Yes, we would like more affirmative actions to our prayers, to the above questions. Yet, until these happen, as these have occurred in other jurisdictions, we must not neglect the more subtle signs of a budding culture of life in our midst.
Here’s another sign. In the fall of 2014, after 20 years at the same location the Morgentaler facility moved. I’m no student of business administration, but it seems to me that relocating one’s commerce is a decision not taken lightly.
Is this move the result of our twice yearly, 40-day prayer vigils 12-hours per day, for 6 consecutive years, of the sidewalk counselling services we’ve offered on their doorsteps? Is our perseverance in defense of the unborn why they petitioned the Superior Court to order us away from their new site?
God alone knows the answers.
Yes, it would have been more gratifying had either the facility closed entirely or one of its abortionists quit the practice and publicly denounced the vile practice.
Yet, God’s ways are not our ways.
Ours are prayer in perseverance, having our petitions answered in subtle ways. Our Lord spoke of the effectiveness of prayer and fasting against the vilest spirits.
Yet a third sign came one morning when I received a call from a young woman needing to leave an abusive relationship. She dialed our toll free crisis pregnancy line (1-855-871-4442), and we were able to direct her to an agency that could provide for her safety.
Helping women living a crisis pregnancy is yet another way to end abortion. To this end, many of us are banding together to create a centre to welcome such women. Volunteers, clergy, and tradesmen are all lending a hand to spruce up a three-bedroom lodging which will offer a respite from the pressures they experience to abort their child.
In July, beds, dressers, a refrigerator and a stove, couches, etc., made their way into the centre. In the same month, three bedrooms were freshly painted – violet, green, and copper. Finally this second week of August, the floors were sanded and lacquered.
Nursing mothers, uprooting an abortion facility, supporting women in a crisis pregnancy are some of the signs Our Lord’s is among working at ending abortion.
Thank you for your on-going prayers and material support.
Brian A. Jenkins
p.s. Though we are always grateful to receive your donations, these days I could use the support of an extra pair of strong hands. We've been offered a freezer for the pregnancy centre and so some strong arms are needed to move it in. I could also use the help of someone able to repair a leaky shower and do other other bathroom repairs. Thanks.
As July begins, so does the second half of 2016. Before moving on, let me summarize some of our first half accomplishments, done with your support.
This summary demonstrates that, despite the obstacles which contemporary society hoists upon us, we can still defend the human person from conception to natural death!
Center for Crisis Pregnancy in Montreal
The pregnancy center is approaching readiness. Located within the boundaries of the Divine Infant Jesus Parish in Montreal, we have recently received an influx of furniture, thanks to three donors. This furniture will help fill the space which our plasterers and painters have worked hard to spruce up. Pictured here is the father of a child whom we have been graced to save during our prayer vigils outside the Morgentaler facility.
The existence of God, the immortal soul, free will, the foundations of morality, natural law, and the prohibition of killing by abortion or euthanasia are some of the many subjects that we must deal with head on, because the general public is woefully ignorant about these important issues. For this reason, at the beginning of the year I promised to develop a course - and we are on standby to present a first draft this coming autumn!
It is only through your donations that we can continue to work building a Culture of Life. Thank you for your contributions!
Christ the King Proposal
In April of this year, I wrote of a proposed change in our organization’s direction. Namely, to undergird the Quebec Life Coalition’s stated goal of defending life from conception to natural death with a particular theological foundation – namely, the social doctrine of the Kingship of Christ. During a recent meeting of our board of directors, we voted to study this proposal further before voting upon it, most likely in the early part of 2017. I invite you to be a part of these deliberations by sending us your questions and comments!
2016 Sex Education Curriculum – A Concerted Resistance
This past June 22nd, we participated in a meeting organized by two concerned parents for the purpose of combating the implementation in September 2016 of a new sexual education program, mandatory from kindergarten through to secondary 5, aimed at promoting sexual exploration and homosexual lifestyle. The Quebec Life Coalition intends to play an active part in this battle, as we well know attacks against traditional marriage and healthy sexuality have a nefarious effect on the respect of the unborn child, which people increasingly view as an obstacle to unlimited sexual gratification.
Will you provide us with the means to continue this resistance to the assaults on life in Quebec and the rest of Canada?
Culture of Life Website
Since 2015, our new website has been seen by well over 2.3 million visitors, in such varied locations as France, Canada, the United States, Switzerland, Morocco, and elsewhere in Africa. With the help of a team of translators, we have published close to 400 articles covering abortion, euthanasia, gender theory, homosexuality, and the scourge of pornography. Equally important are the personal testimonies of women who have opted for life, safeguarding the child within their womb. Without a doubt, these articles have had a positive impact worldwide in forming consciences, thanks in part to your support. (We are as always looking for volunteers to translate articles from English into French. Please contact us if this appeals to you.)
Finally, as it is summer time, we would ask you to consider making a special gift that would permit us in our ongoing battle to defend life against abortion and euthanasia,
To those of you who have already done so, we express our thanks.
In Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life,
Quebec Life Coalition
Click on the image below to view the July edition of the Culture of Life newsletter.
Dear Friends of Life,
A recent experience makes me think that the end of abortion in Quebec is at hand.
At my parish I am one of several volunteers who do the weekly readings at mass. This means that over an eight to ten week period, my turn comes up two to three times.
To my shame, I have failed on too many occasions to fulfill this duty, and often without giving prior notice. So, as my next turn approached, I was filled with dread, dread of the recriminations from my peers and particularly from the person who arranges this schedule.
In light of my poor track record, is it any wonder that as I prepared to leave my house and head to church, I was conjuring up excuses not to go?
With increasing dread, I approached the church and entered, images of the prodigal son returning to his home coming to mind.
My first encounters with parishioners were nothing other than welcoming smiles and greetings.
Going further, I spotted the scheduler; my dread spiked. To my amazement and reminiscent of the father of the prodigal son, she approached me and warmly greeted me.
I was humbled. My fears and personal imaginings were unrealistic. During mass, tears came and went as I relived the acceptance shown to me by those within my faith community.
The reason why I believe that this experience speaks volumes about the fate of the unborn children threatened by abortion and the many wounded by this ultimate injustice is because of the readiness and universality of God’s mercy. Our churches are schools for teaching about this mercy and such on a worldwide basis to boot.
MERCY EMBRACES HUMILITY
A friend recently told me that in addition to the over 25 000 surgical abortions performed yearly in our province, she believes that there is an equal number, if not more, of chemical abortions performed. Chemical abortions are those done on a fertilized ovum via the morning-after pill (aka Plan B), the contraceptive pill, by preventing the young embryo from nesting in the uterine wall, etc.
This number is gigantic and nothing less than humility particularly on behalf of all those working to end this grave injustice is needed.
God working within us in the measure with which we humble ourselves before our Father will produce the fruit of mercy. Miracles will occur. Lives will be saved on Earth and souls for Heaven.
My faith community showed me that a source of mercy is readily at hand and this because I was willing to travel the path of humility.
Our part is to act with humility.
Thank you for your on-going prayers and financial support.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
p.s. Particular thanks to the growing number of persons registering in our monthly giving program. By enrolling in Operation Mustard Seed, we at the Quebec Life Coalition receive a steady and assured source of income, funding the various projects you have become familiar with – our web site, participation in the National March for Life, our Encente et Inquiète Crisis Pregnancy phone line, the 40 Days for Life prayer vigils for the end of abortion, and more. For details call (514) 344-2686.
I’m back from having attended the 19th annual National March for Life in Ottawa this past Thursday, May 12, 2016, and what a blessing this experience was !
A favorable omen of what was to come occurred at the outset of the day. While heading over to the pickup site in Laval, I was greeted by a beautiful sunrise over the back river.
The blessings continued. For instance I learned that nearly 100 people boarded the two Montreal charters – 41 from Laval and close to capacity (56) aboard the downtown bus!
Yet another blessing was, despite the traffic snares and other imprévus, we arrived in Ottawa in time for the 10 AM mass at Saint Patrick Basilica.
Pilgrims included Millie Coyne who is a regular attendee along with her husband Jack and friend Renée O’Dwyre. (Seen in the background is the television stage for the EWTN network which has broadcasted the March live in its entirety for the past 3 years from Parliament Hill.)
Below is a sample of the Montreal pilgrims posing after having attended the mass. Conspicuously dressed in his Knights of Columbus regale is Francesco Barbero who, flag in hand, would later that day lead the National March from the parliamentary grounds onto the streets of Ottawa.
Others pictured here include members of the Saint-Kevin Pro-Life prayer group and QLC General Manager Mario Richard and several of the regular office volunteers - Virginie, Ghisi, and Marc.
Our buses contained an diverse group of people coming from different municipalities - south shore Longueuil, east end Anjou and Rivière-des-Prairies, west island Kirkland, Pierrefonds, and Dorval, off-island Ile Perrot and Saint-Eustache. Husbands and wives, brothers, mothers and sons, a parish-based group, a community service group, and Knights of Columbus had all interrupted their busy schedules to travel to Ottawa and lend support to our cause.
Once in Ottawa, on Parliament Hill, we joined well over 22 000 others demanding rights for the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society. Politicians, religious leaders, youth (plenty of), and many young families swelled our numbers. Is it any wonder that this injustice will soon be corrected?
Sharing the Pro-Life Message – part 2
In the April newsletter I raised the question, “How do we share the pro-life message?”
As follow up question, consider: “How do we address irrational responses – understood as prejudice, passion, ignorance, misunderstanding, incomprehension or ideology?”
Apologist Peter Kreeft responds “We need not and should not employ any of these substitutes for reason in order to “make contact with” or “be relevant to” those who are doing so. We make contact and relevance not by changing rationality into irrationality but by changing irrationality into rationality. That is what education is.”
Yours in Christ Jesus,
P.S. Your on-going financial support helps to defray the expenses in organizing such events. Thank you.
Most Reverend Christian Lépine will celebrate a special Mass for families, on Friday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m, at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.
In the wake of the publication of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on love in the family, Amoris Laetitia, and as Quebec Family Week is about to begin, our Archbishop, Most Reverend Christian Lépine, will celebrate a special Mass for families, on Friday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m, at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.
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