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Savings Lives: From the Courthouse to the Phone Line

Dear Friends of Life,

You may have heard that we were at the Montreal courthouse this past Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

Quebec Life Coalition President Mr. Georges Buscemi, our lawyer Me. Robert Reynolds, and I spent the day defending our position – we have the right to be on the sidewalk - the public right of way, so as to offer alternatives to women and men who are thinking of aborting their unborn child.

Three Montreal abortion facilities had petitioned the Quebec Superior Court this past spring for an injunction barring us from being outside their establishments.

It was quite a learning experience - listening to the proceedings, witnessing the application of the rule of law, testifying. By day’s end, I felt drained.

OUTCOME

The presiding magistrate, Judge Chantal Lamarche, ended the day by ordering us to stay away from these abortion facilities until she submits a written judgment. She has six months, maximum, to render her decision.

There are several judicial outcomes. The June 16 proceedings were to determine whether a temporary injunction be set. A second trial shall be held to determine if a permanent injunction be applied. Following this second hearing, either party can appeal; and then after, if I am not mistaken, the Supreme Court, if it deigns to hear the case.

So much for the judicial process.

MEDIA RESPONSE

As you may have thought, our efforts to save lives upset many in our society. The very next day, an article regarding our day in court appeared in the Montreal French daily La Presse on its front page. It was sensational, disparaging and biased.

Consider its headline: Abortion Clinics Seek Protection. From the outset we are presented as a menace, one requiring protection.

This theme of needing “protection” runs through the twenty paragraph article, as the writer attempts to associate us with those who have acted violently in the name of saving life.

The first 3 paragraphs recount an incident involving a man entering the clinic hooded and making intimidating demands to the point where the employees felt the need to call the police. The writer then subtly links us to this intruder, both as menaces to the operation of this facility. One wonders how we who are praying outside on the pavement similar to this intruder !

Then the article misquotes QLC President Georges Buscemi. When asked to comment about the violence done against abortionists, Mr. Buscemi stated “I am against all violence against abortionists, as I am against the violence done to women during the abortion as well as violence against the unborn child.” Yet, the reported quote misinterpreted the second and left out the last of these three. Our society, including the media, is quick to delete any reference to life in the womb.

Finally, the article ends as it began, attempting to associate us with the violent. The journalist gives statistics on how abortionists and their facilities have been the object of some violence over the past 20 years. Hence, we who are praying on the sidewalk and offering alternatives to abortion are portrayed as being guilty by association. “Blessed are you when you are reviled and persecuted for my sake ...”

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--Brian Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator, Quebec Life Coalition

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Yours in Christ Jesus,

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Brian Jenkins

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Life is Worth Living

(Here is a gem I came across in my travels across the diocese. It is dated, yet timeless.)

EVERY LIFE IS WORTH LIVING: Let no one tell you otherwise

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Pope John Paul II has issued a new encyclical letter entitled Evangelium vitae. The directives that he focuses upon, regarding the sanctity and inviolability of human life, are not something new; they are at the very heart of our identity as children of God. For we have always taught and have been taught that God alone is the author and dispenser of life. The pope has taken on the very difficult issues of abortion, assisted suicide and euthanasia because these increasingly popular means of terminating life are fast becoming part and parcel of the legislative domain of many generations.

There is no question that many convincing emotional arguments can be made for the termination of hopelessly painful or unwanted life. But each of these pleas for understanding fails to understand that there is a God who initiates, sustains and brings life to its fulfilment. That initiation is a mystery of God’s creative grace; its sustenance is a mystery of his paternal love, and its fulfilment is an integral part of his providential wisdom – all of which are beyond the scope and understanding of medical science, genetic engineering and government control.

Publicity of high-profile cases of assisted suicide, and persuasive arguments on television talk-shows and popular serial dramas do not take away from the fact that our society has lost its basic respect for life. Our young people treat life as an expendable commodity for both their own (witness the high rate of teenage suicide in Quebec) and that of others (witness the extraordinary number of abortions performed upon teenagers, and the very recent horrendous murder of an elderly minister and his wife by three young teen). We have no one to blame for this cavalier attitude towards the termination of life but ourselves and our attempts to justify, on whatever emotional grounds, the direct termination of an innocent life or even one’s own. We are not masters of our own destiny! We are children of a providential God, who has placed us in the “vale of tears” to work out our salvation, to learn the mystery and the wonder of love and to serve humanity by being faithful to the beatitudes. It is the responsibility of each of us, whether we are liberal or conservative in our political and philosophical views, to instill these values in our youth. And there is no better way to instill these precious ideals than by sustaining them in our won outlook on life and living.

The horribly painful suffering and death of the Son of God were not part of the plan of a perverse God who enjoys agony. Jesus’ destiny was and is intended as a model for all of us to recognize the suffering brought on by our sinful condition. We cannot escape that condition in this. But we can try to embrace the saving grace of a God who will always provide for us, even in the darkest, the most lonely and the most agonizing of moments.

Indeed the advances and technological wonders of science and medicine have done much to alleviate the painful conditions suffered by humanity. That is as it should be. But neither science nor government will ever have the right or responsibility to rip away the rights of divine providence. How paradoxical it is that we condemned with justifiable horror the agonizing genetic experiments of Nazis who sought the ubermensch, - the superman, but we condone the governments that have no more respect for life with their abortion legislation, their euthanasia proposals and their discussions supporting legislation for assisted suicide. Whatever the motivation, be it selfish or humanitarian, the termination of innocent life is morally abhorrent. It is this immutable truth that the Holy Father heroically addresses in his most recent appeal to the moral dignity of mankind. We need the voice of spiritual reason to remind us that, left tour own devices, we are far more inclined to selfish destruction than to selfless creation.

My dear friends, life is all we have. We cannot ever justify or support anyone who would systematically find ways of throwing away the one means we have of proving ourselves worthy of the kingdom that the Father has prepared for us, that this Son has died to open to us and that his spirit continuously leads us towards. However strong or weak we are – however rich or poor, however healthy or sick – our life is worth living. Let no one seductively lead us to think otherwise.

 p.s. The Rosary Walk is set for this Saturday morning, July 11, 2015. Meeting after the 10 am mass at Saint-Joseph's Oratory - 3800 Queen Mary road, we will leave there and walk towards and end at the cathedral Mary Queen of the World on René-Lévesque blvd, where a community pic-nic will be held. Bring a hat or a parasol as sunny skies are forecasted. JMJ

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Celebrating Life in July

Hi friends of life,

celebrate-life1.jpgAs the long days and warm temps of summer are upon us, time for Bar-B-Qs and camping, to enjoy life, there are three events i wish to invite you to partake in  over the next couple of weeks.

First, Michel Cacchione will lead an evening of prayer at Saint-Sylvain church this coming FridayJuly 2. The program consists of adoration, mass and fellowship. It all begins at 7 pm (750, boul. Saint-Sylvain, Laval, near Concorde blvd.). All are invited.

Secundo, on Saturday, July 11, 2015 join us for a hike and a picnic for life. We will meet at Saint Joseph's Oratory for the 10 am mass and head out afterwards towards  to the cathedral. The path to be followed for this ninety minute hike remains to be determined, though sauntering through the Cote-des-Neiges cemetery is a possibility. At the cathedral will meet for a picnic in one of the local parks.

Finally, on Monday, July 13, 2015, an evening commemorating the Blessed Virgin under the titles of Rosa Mystica and Our Lady of Guadalupe is being organized at Notre Dame Porte d'Aurore church (métro Jolicoeur). Prayers and hymns begin the evening program at 6:15 pm. and this will be followed by a personal testimony - I.e., an account from a personal devotion to the Blessed Mother. Mass will follow at about 7:45 pm with fellowship afterwards at about 8:30 pm.

Three events set to celebrate and to promote respect for life. Hope to see many of you.

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Federal election in sight

Dear Friends of Life,

Would you consider voting for me in the next federal election?

This past month I was privileged to meet with the leader of the Christian Heritage Party of Canada (CHP), Mr. Rod Taylor. Travelling from Ottawa to the Maritimes, he stopped off in Montreal and we spoke for several hours discussing among other things the possibility of me running under the CHP banner in the forthcoming federal election, set for October 19, 2015.

FOUR-PRONG CAMPAIGN

Is running as a candidate in a federal election relevant to the work that we at the Quebec Life Coalition are doing – i.e., fostering respect for life from conception to a natural death?

I think so, as your support permits the QLC to battle the culture of death in four ways.

First, there is prayer. Through our conscious contact with God in prayer we try to discern His will to bring about a civilization of love, slaying the dragon that is abortion along with its partners.

The QLC is also involved in education. Compiling newsworthy stories on our website, organizing yearly congresses, making public presentations, supporting youth and young adults with their projects are all examples of educational initiatives we are involved with.

Helping Women. For over three years, we are working to make abortion unthinkable with services such as a toll-free help phone line and a post-abortion ministry.

POLITICAL ACTION

Finally the fourth way we confront the culture of death is politically. We collaborate in planning the yearly National March for Life in Ottawa. Also, you are not unfamiliar with the petition campaigns we have organized against abortion funding, the Quebec euthanasia legislation, and the Supreme Court of Canada ruling on assisted suicide.

Further, regarding the Quebec legislation, we ran a candidate during the 2011 provincial election as a means to inform the electorate not remain silent as the four main political parties were about this issue.

As 2015 is another election year, no federal party, except for the CHP, has a pro-life platform.

As we at the Quebec Life Coalition work to promote the respect for life, the political process is an important tool for championing the plight of the unborn.

WHY NOT THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY OF CANADA?

First, the CHP is the only pro-life party in Canada.

The Conservative Party of Canada of Mr. Harper, safe for a few backbenchers, has not dealt with the daily slaughter of our most vulnerable Canadians. Canada is the only democratic nation in the world without any law protecting unborn children for the full nine-month term. Incidentally, last month, I received a phone call from a woman in France six-months pregnant who wanted to travel to Canada to abort her child as French forbids abortion after 22-weeks.

So I ask: would you consider voting for me in the forthcoming federal election in order that the unborn, and the other vulnerable members of our society, have a voice in Parliament?

As always, we thank you for your support, in both prayer and in kind, as we plan to run and / or support candidates in the forthcoming election.

May our Lord bless you and your loved ones.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

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Brian Jenkins

Outreach Coordinator

Quebec Life Coalition

 

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Quebecers March on Ottawa

Dear Friends of Life,

Something most unusual happened while bicycling one early Saturday morning.

My attention was drawn to an object falling some fifty yards ahead of me.

As I approached the spot on the roadway where it had landed, a second fell nearby on the sidewalk. To my surprise and puzzlement, I saw two tiny infant squirrels, both visibly shaken by the experience – whimpering, struggling to move, the one on the sidewalk the worst off.

Looking upward into the tree from whence they had come, my bewilderment continued as a third was being tossed, landing on the grass several feet from where I stood.

Wondering how to help, I was immediately confronted by the culprit. An adult squirrel came down the tree and began to inflict additional harm to the one near the trees.

To my surprise witnessing these acts of cruelty had aroused more visceral reaction in me than the fate that happens on a daily basis to members of my own specie through abortion and euthanasia.

Writing on the latter topic, McGill ethicist Margaret Somerville observes:

From a human point of view, for euthanasia, I would say if we legalize this now, how do you think your great-great-grand-children are going to die? Why have we held on trust this value that we must not intentionally kill each other for thousands of years, and then at the beginning of the 21st century, we throw that out and say, “What were we talking about?” I was debating an Australian politician who said that when we pass our best-before date, we should be checked out as efficiently as possible. We are not products to be kicked out of the supermarket of life.


As a society have we lost all visceral sense to the tragedies occurring to our own kind and substituting this for that to the lower creatures.

Somerville seems to think so.

Whether you believe in human exceptionalism matters – that humans are different in kind from other animals – or are we just different in degree? I believe that not seeing humans as special in some ways is currently the world’s most dangerous idea. If you’d do it to your dog, you’d do it to your mother. I think this is the single, biggest, values-ethical-moral-philosophical decision of the 21st century. If we legalize euthanasia, I can’t believe the Supreme Court has done this. I was asked to help draft legislation, only by people who are concerned about it, not by the government. I wrote a letter to Justice Minister Peter MacKay and said you can’t go with this. I thought he should use the notwithstanding clause.
It is a momentous decision. It’s a seismic shift in our most important foundational values, the respect for life.

The Judeo-Christian worldview is an affirming one, in which mankind is made in the image and likeness of God. Our origin is first and foremost the result of a loving God wishing to have us share in His plan of creation, a plan in which love is central and paramount rather than random processes and chromosomal mutations that the secular evolutionary people espouse.

We do not deny evolutionary model is but critically view it as a theory which our intellect can inspect, evaluating its foundational truths.

In addition to our reasoning capacity, the Judeo-Christian worldview is not a predetermined, wound up unfolding but one in which volition plays a role. As free agents we elect between good and evil, right and wrong in our deliberations of exercising our values.

I pray that we do not lose our compassion for all of God’s creation – animal, vegetable, and mineral, nor neglect that for the highest among these – our brothers and sisters.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

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Brian Jenkins,
Outreach Coordinator
Quebec Life Coalition 

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National March 4 Life - Chartered Buses


Let Life Win

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Dear Friends of Life,

Blessed Easter greetings to you and your loved ones.

Our Lord is risen. He has broken the bonds of death, bonds which we have all inherited from our fore parents. Today, thanks to your generous support of our work, Our Lord lives and is active, sending workers into His vineyard to console and support the wounded.

EMMANUEL

Recently I got to see firsthand how God is among us, acting through four workers to provide this healing consolation and support to those who have experienced an abortion.

I am blessed to know Jennifer (not her real name) - mother, wife, pro-life warrior and woman of faith.

Jennifer is also post-abortive. Having had two abortions some fifteen years ago, she has lived with the consequences – emotional and spiritual wounds.

On an early Monday morning, I receive a call from her. Her voiced is strained. She tells me about the deep regret she is experiencing and asks if I can come over.

I am no sooner there that she shares about an incident from the day before. An exchange over the Internet had reopened the wounds of her abortion experiences, wounds festering all day and into the night, resulting in a restless night. The next day isn’t much better and so she calls.

Well into our conversation, she expresses a desire to go to mass. Packed into the car and thirty minute later, we enter the church and arrive for communion.

I’m the second worker our Lord has sent to this mother, the first being the Internet blogger.

After mass, the third worker appears. Sonya, a dear friend of Jennifer’s, does not usually attend this service and yet there she is on this particular day. The two women share privately. Tears well up in Jennifer’s eyes.

Conversation over, Jennifer seeks out the vicar for a blessing – the fourth worker. Rather than acquiescing immediately to Jennifer’s request, the minister notices her tears and asks what’s wrong. So begins a conversation that lasts no less than three hours.

I am enriched by the experience in two respects. On the one hand, Jennifer’s humility and faith inspires me. In her distress, and guided by her faith, she sought help, reaching to both to individuals and to Our Lord.

Also, God provided four caring workers, docile to His promptings and permitting that His healing gift of consolation be administered. These persons were willing to be "disturbed" from the normal course of their lives so as to participate in God’s mission to redeem the world.

The moral of the story is we never know how Our Lord will use us to further his aim of providing each and every one of us with a life of plenitude. Multiple persons enter and leave our lives. How do these contribute to furthering providential care? How much do we contribute to their providential care?

Yours in Christ Jesus,

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Brian Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator, Quebec Life Coalition

P.S. Our court challenge continues. Over the past few weeks we have met with our lawyer on several occasions to prepare our case against the immoral imposition of an injunction zone, preventing us from praying and helping abortion-bound men and women on the streets of Montreal. As a result, expenses are incurred and so your support in paying our legal fees would be most helpful. Thank you

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A Politician's Choice

When Faced with Hard Choices... Let Life Win.

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The outspoken Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Centre, Stephen Woodworth, is featured as the first testimonial in a series of 8 videos designed to promote awareness and attendance at the 2015 National March For Life in Ottawa.

Over 20,000 Canadians will assemble at the Prime Minister's doorstep on May 14th this year and demand legal protection for all human beings - born or waiting to be born.

The video series will include testimonials from all walks of life who were faced with a hard choice, but Let Life Win. These testimonials will include federal politicians, young women in crisis pregnancy, families urged to abort their children because of severe medical diagnosis and women facing difficult social circumstances

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Help us Help Women and their Babies

Our 40 Days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion took an unexpected turn this spring.

This our 13th vigil was all set to go when not one but two court injunctions forced its cancellation.

The first came a week prior to the start of the event on Ash Wednesday, February 18, when a bailiff visited our offices, serving a court document petitioning the Quebec Superior Court for an injunction. The injunction was against both me and the QLC.

The plaintiffs were two abortion facilities – the Morgentaler and Femina, along with the proprietors of the two buildings in which these separate businesses are located, buildings adjacent to each other.

The four plaintiffs were petitioning the court for a buffer zone the size of a square block preventing us from entering and thereby carrying on our work of peaceful prayer vigil and sidewalk counselling.

By sidewalk counseling I mean communicating and advising abortion-bound women and men about alternatives to ending the lives of their children, as well as the serious complications resulting from having an abortion.

The plaintiffs were requesting an immediate temporary injunction and secondly, sought to begin a process to establish a permanent injunction.

They justified their request on the basis of the harmful effect we were having on their welfare, and the welfare of their clients.

The second injunction occurred a week into the vigil. As we were prevented to hold the vigil outside the Morgentaler facility, we located another mill several blocks away on Saint-Hubert Street and moved the vigil there. Well, a week of peaceful prayer did not conclude before a second bailiff and a second court document, alleging similar charges as the first, was served at our offices.

The long and short of it is that due to time constraints in the court schedule, the judge would only be available to hear our arguments for both instances on June 16, 2015. In the interim, we ask you to keep us and our lawyer, Mr. Robert Reynolds, in your prayers. We are diligently preparing our arguments.

We believe that challenging these injunctions, however costly this might be, is important for the pro-life movement in Canada, particular for those seeking to stand outside abortion mills to lend their moral, spiritual, and material aid to women lacking support and feeling the need for an abortion.

Therefore, your financial help would be particularly appreciated at this time. Please give today.

Paula_childRound.png"Brian Jenkins and other representatives of Quebec Life Coalition have given me furniture, diapers, clothes, basically everything I needed both before and after the birth of my daughter Maria Monalissa."

"Today, I am very happy that QLC was there, across the street from the Morgentaler Clinic on that day in March 2014 where I was going to abort Monalissa. If I hadn’t met them, without a doubt I would have lost my child."

- Paula with her daughter Maria Monalissa

Thank you for your prayers and your financial help. In so doing, we are accomplishing something much greater than ourselves.

Please give today.

 

Yours in Christ Jesus,

 

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Brian Jenkins

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Auschwitz - Yesterday and Today

On January 27th, 1945, the Russian army liberated the prisoners at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of this liberation, Radio-Canada presented on RDI a very moving documentary called “Nuit et brouillard” (Night and Fog). It is difficult to imagine that these events happened in the 20th century.

It is difficult to understand how those who planned and carried out these Machiavellian schemes could have done so, over many years, as if their hearts had become hardened as stone. As well as those who knew and acted as if ignorant or indifferent toward these brutal massacres.

On January 28th, 1988, following a relentless push by Dr. Morgentaler, who said he was a survivor of Auschwitz, the Supreme Court of Canada decriminalized abortion. Since this very sad day, close to three million innocent children have been aborted in Canada. The mutilated bodies of these children who died violently in the womb of their mothers do not bring many tears in Canada, not yet… Our hearts are not easily moved, much like those of so many Germans during the war.

The only difference between the dismembered bodies of these unborn children and the victims of Auschwitz is the relative size. You only have to look at the pictures of aborted children to see the same horrors. Some children survived a failed abortion but were never reported even though well documented. Some were born with an amputated arm (Ana Rosa Rodriguez, New-York 1991) or without a leg (Alexandre Karl, Châlons-sur-Marnes, France 1981), others cried for such a long time in the garbage pails they were thrown in (Gianna Jessen, Los Angeles 1977) that they were miraculously saved by someone who decided to give them a chance of survival and to give them a chance to survive and get appropriate care.

Like many Germans who remained indifferent to those atrocities, Canadians are acting in the same manner. We have not built crematorium ovens but we accept that our taxes be used to pay the rooms, equipment and the personnel working to eliminate the most vulnerable human beings of our society. In Canada, nearly 100,000 abortions are recorded annually. On average we kill 274 innocent and living children per day. The Final Solution… is preferred to promoting adoption.

Just like in the German camps, these aborted bodies are discarded or burnt just like garbage. Some parts of the bodies of these little angels can be used for research, making vaccines, cosmetics and even food products. A quick search on the internet can inform us of these shameful practices. In 2014, the media revealed that in Great-Britain, the bodies of aborted children were even used to heat hospitals!

Auschwitz, Montreal: is there really a difference? Not to 23% of unborn children.

In Canada there are near to 30 abortions to every 100 births.

Solange Viau, January 28th, 2015

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