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The Holy Family

Blessed New Year greetings to you and your loved ones.

The Christmas season comes to an end this coming Sunday with the memorial of the Baptism of Our Lord.

Though the shortest of the liturgical seasons, the Christmas season is full of many important memorials - the birth of Our Saviour, the slaughter of the Holy Innocents, the Epiphany of the Lord, to name a few.

An important one to the pro-life movement is the memorial to the Holy Family.

Our Lord entered the world a full nine months before His birth and during the early and vulnerable stages of His life, the frail Son of God was conferred into the care of two outstanding people.

Mary tended to the physical needs of her newborn son, while Joseph kept watch ensuring that mother and child had everything they required.

The Blessed Virgin kept Our Lord warm, that he was well fed, slept peacefully, and received all the bodily cares necessary to ensure his development.

On the other hand, Joseph kept vigil at Mary’s side, personifying the words of the English poet John Milton in his19th sonnet, “They also serve who only stand and wait.”

Yet, Joseph did more than just “stand and wait,” as he also provided for his family’s needs as a carpenter.

Josephite Prayer: Saint Joseph, guardian of Jesus, chaste spouse of Mary, you spent your life in the perfect accomplishment of duty, maintaining with the work of your hands the Holy Family of Nazareth. Grant your kind protection to those who turn to you now.

And finally, even more significantly than his role as guardian of the Holy Family and as a provider for the needs of his household through toil and labour, Joseph was a man of faith.

He heeded the angel’s bidding to take Mary as his spouse;

He heeded the angel’s further instruction to take the Holy Family to Egypt to escape Herod’s persecution;

He heeded the angel’s subsequent message years later to leave Egypt and return to Israel; and

He heeded divine direction for a fourth time in a dream, by not returning to Judea but to Nazareth.

Is it any wonder that Joseph has become the patron saint of expectant mothers, of fathers, of families, of travelers, of immigrants, and of craftsmen, to name a few?

As for Mary, Scriptures tells us that she is the mother of us all.

26 And Jesus, seeing his mother there, and the disciple, too, whom he loved, standing by, said to his mother, Woman, this is thy son. 27 Then he said to the disciple, This is thy mother. And from that hour the disciple took her into his own keeping. (John 19)

Christ conferred his mother to the apostle John and, symbolically, to all of humanity.

As she doted on Him, she similarly cares for all children of God, and is prepared to intercede when called upon.

In an essay on the significance of the name of “Mary,” Philip Kosloski quotes Saint Bonaventure:

This most holy, sweet and worthy name was eminently fitted to so holy, sweet and worthy a virgin. For Mary means a bitter sea, star of the sea, the illuminated or illuminatrix. Mary is interpreted as Lady. Mary is a bitter sea to the demons; to men she is the Star of the sea; to the Angels she is illuminatrix and to all creatures she is Lady.

As we begin this new year, let us be mindful to turn to Joseph and Mary for help in our personal needs and those of our society.

We pray that Joseph and Mary inspire us in virtue, not only to be present for the women and their infants who seek our aid, but also to discern the ways in which God the Father is leading us to a greater relationship of personal conversion and intimacy with Him.

For Life,

Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator
Quebec Life Coalition

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The Outstretched Hand

A month ago, I wrote to you about my experience leading the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion in Sherbrooke, Qc.

In that letter, I shared how I had gained a new and greater awareness of the workings of the demonic, citing three instances.

I recently came across a reflection on the same theme though presenting it in a larger context.

Msgr. Charles Pope, a parish priest in the diocese of Washington, D.C., writes and publishes his reflections in a blog entitled Community in Mission: Creating a Culture of Encounter.  His November 15, 2021, article dealt with the universality of evil.

Here is an excerpt from: “Multitudes in the Valley of Decision! A Meditation on the Dramatic Battle in Which We Live":

A grave deficiency of modern times is the loss of the sense that our lives are caught up in a tremendous, epic battle. Yet here we are living in the midst of a great drama – in the greatest story every told.

At this point he introduces our adversary – Satan: “We are on the front lines of a fierce spiritual war, a war that is to blame for most of the casualties you see around you. Yes, fellow Christians, there is a dragon, a roaring lion – Satan – who seeks to devour our souls.”

This last passage describes my experience in Sherbrooke as it does my daily struggles, both inward and outward.

Yet, it isn't just me. Msgr. Pope's words say how you and all mankind are equally involved in this epic battle.

He then turns to our consolation:

Ah! But there is also a Son, a Savior, who is born to us and whom we call Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (cf. Is 9:6) He shall reign forever. His hand is outstretched, first on the cross, but now outstretched to you to save you and to draw you up out of the raging waters, to deliver you from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light!

The Washington cleric then asks: “Will you take hold of His hand, or not?”

This is the decision moment alluded to in the title of this reflection piece - “Multitudes in the Valley of Decision! ...”

And so, do we reach out? If not, what are we waiting for?

Returning to Msgr. Pope: “Yes, the battle rages all around us, and we are swept up in it! It’s happening in our world, our culture, our families, and in our hearts. The sequence hymn from Easter says dramatically of it, Mors et vita duello; conflixere Mirando (death and life at battle in a stupendous conflict).”

In this advent period, my prayers for you and your loved ones are that you grab hold firmly of Our Lord’s out-stretched hand, particularly when the battle rages around you.

Merry Christmas,

Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator
Quebec Life Coalition

p.s. We are grateful to the many of you who support us financially. Together we form a coalition that is fostering the culture of life. During this season preparing us to receive the greatest of all gifts, the birth of Our Lord Jesus, we invite you to express your support again during our Advent Fundraising Campaign. Thank you!

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Principalities and Powers

This past week I returned from Sherbrooke, Quebec, after having coordinated and participated in the first 40 Days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion in Quebec outside Montreal.

Between Wednesday, September 22, and Sunday, October 31, 2021, from 7am to 7pm, a faithful few fought bravely the powers and principalities that govern this world.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. KJV Eph 6:12

And what a blessing this vigil was!

Many of us are familiar with the notion of the “spiritual battle” alluded to in the above citation. In Sherbrooke, I experienced a new and deeper awareness of it. Here are three examples:

On the first day of the vigil, I was heartened to meet and welcome Jean-Luc among the prayer volunteers. In his mid-fifties, a native of Sherbrooke, he impressed me as he defended well the pro-life message to not one, nor two, but three proponents of the culture of death.

The pro-life message:
An unborn child is a human person whose life has value and deserves to be protected by our society.

You can then imagine my disappointment when he phoned the following day to say he would no longer participate in the vigil. In the elapsed time, he had shared with his adult son his experience at the vigil. At this, his son expressed his opposition. Rather than live with a rift in the family, Jean-Luc elected to withdraw from the vigil.

Then there was Jean-Marc. Tattooed from neck to ankle with a series of macabre, sacrilegious depictions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Church, Jesus Christ, among others, Jean-Marc, father of three aborted children from three separate women, expressed his contempt for the faith and the vigil to several prayer volunteers whom he met.

A third surprise awaited me concerning two persons who had registered to cover a three-hour block twice weekly. As the vigil progressed, Suzanne and Pierre were experiencing increased distress like respiratory trouble and a worrisome cough. They attributed these to their participation in the vigil and elected to withdraw.

These and other incidents permitted me to see more clearly the effects of the spiritual battle.

The same Suzanne explained to me how occult forces impose themselves upon the physical world. She spoke to me about physical maladies and hurtful dispositions in word and/or gesture.

Familiar with the Saint Michael prayer and the Chaplet of the same, I learned from her other prayers to confront these unseen forces including a prayer for forgiveness. The latter I was encouraged to recite as soon as I could after an incident of being spiritually assaulted. Here is a sample:

Forgiveness of another
With your grace, Lord Jesus, I forgive … (name, incident, and outcome on me). I remit him of his debt towards me and I ask You, My Lord, to bless him; to give him the light of his sin, the grace of a true confession, and that he rediscovers the freedom of a child of God. I place his soul and life on the paten of all the masses currently occurring in the world.

In all humility, I encourage you, my reader, to use this prayer whenever you have been spiritually assaulted.

Our Lord conquers nations not with arms but with prayer. Can we not be so humble as to follow in his footsteps?

Yours in Christ Jesus

Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator
www.en.cqv.qc.ca

p.s. We are entirely dependent on your financial support for our projects such as the 40 Days for Life. Please, consider becoming a monthly donor and register here. Thank you.

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Asking for prayers

I have some great news to share.

This past month, I received the following email:

Hi Brian,
Hope this email finds you well :)
I wanted to share joyful news with you this evening.
Nine months ago, I had asked for your prayers concerning a young woman in Lebanon who wanted to have an abortion.
She had an appointment scheduled in an abortion clinic. She went there and while waiting a miracle happened and by the grace of God she walked out of the clinic deciding for life and not for death.
Here's a picture of this baby boy born today!
Praise the Lord and thank you for your prayers 🙏🏻❤️✝️
God bless !

The scrawny little fellow pictured above is the product of our prayers. Can you make out the light of life radiating through those dark eyes? Blessed are you all for your prayers.

We mustn’t neglect to ask one another to pray for each other.

To this end, I have a prayer request for you. Read on.

I'm currently in Sherbrooke, Quebec, coordinating the 40-day prayer vigil for the end of abortion, formally referred to as “40 Days for Life.”

(Click here to view the October Newsletter)

The first week is completed and over this time of prayer, daily from 7 am to 7 pm, a small group of us, roughly between 15 and twenty, are relaying one another in prayer near near one of the local abortion facilities.

Though small, we are not insignificant.

Media outlets, intellectuals, youth, and passers-by have all responded in one way or another to our "small" presence.

French and English media, whether in print, television, or radio, have come to the vigil location to interview prayer volunteers about their motives in doing an outdoor vigil.

Curiosity seekers have come to engage us in conversation. On Sunday, a medical doctor and her husband visited, spending thirty to forty minutes with three prayer volunteers. She expressed different views justifying abortions including the view that abortions contribute to reducing the criminal element in society. On a separate occasion, a professed atheist stopped and exchanged with mother and daughter prayer volunteers for over an hour in matters theological and philosophical.

The prayer vigil has also drawn an enthusiastic response from local young adults who are resolutely opposed to our presence and actively involved at stopping us. Their enthousiam culminated in the holding of march this past Sunday of upwards of 150 people to protest the vigil’s presence.

Small but not unnoticed.

Let us not underestimate the impact of our prayers.

God is working in ways we cannot imagine.

Yours in Christ Jesus

 

Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator
Quebec Life Coalition

p.s. Can I ask you to pray especially for two young men that I have met during this prayer vigil? One has tremendous leadership skills, yet is directing them not for the glory of God. And the other lacks manly qualities in his couple relationship.

p.p.s. Your financial support for our projects, such as promoting the culture of life in Sherbrooke, Quebec, is important. Please, consider becoming a monthly donor as described here. Thank you.

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Into the Trenches

I trust you and your loved ones are doing well.

For us at the Quebec Life Coalition, “life in the trenches” continues.

I have misgivings about using this expression, "life in the trenches."

On the one hand, can we compare our work to the hardships and sacrifices of the men and women who have put their lives on the frontlines of battle?

On the other hand, speaking up for the unborn has its own struggles:

A federal government that brands us as terrorists.

A public that regularly despise us both verbally and physically.

A judiciary that orders injunctions against us.

A legislature that enacts laws restricting our freedom of expression.

A society that acquiesces to the slaughter of our unborn brothers and sisters.

This latter point is mind-boggling: 100,000 abortions per year in Canada, 30,000 in Quebec, and 3,000 per year in Sherbrooke.

Yet, unlike the soldiers on the frontlines, my life is not in any danger. I rest comfortably at nighttime. I have warm clothes. Meals are readily available.

The terms “life in the trenches” and “frontlines” are but analogies.

Our struggles are different, as are our sufferings.

Yet, we are united in our common resolve to defend the weak.

You are invited to join our ranks

Here are three upcoming events we would warmly welcome to see you:

Pilgrimage for Life. On Saturday, September 11, 2021, a half day event, travelling to abortion facilities and holy places, to offer prayers and sacrifices to Our Lord that He may intercede on behalf of unborn children threatened by abortion.

Life Chain. On Sunday, October 3, 2021, a sixty-minute silent, prayerful vigil at a busy intersection, signs in hand, drawing the public’s attention that abortion is not a solution.

40 Days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion. From September 22, 2021, to Sunday, October 31, 2021, in Sherbrooke, QC.

Thank you for your prayers! Thank you for your support!

 

Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator
Quebec Life Coalition

 

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Parents' decision saves life of their child

I have some good news to share with you on two fronts. First, the Quebec Life Coalition has added a new staff person, a summer intern.

Genevieve de Vriendt, 16, a resident of the Quebec City area, joins our humble staff of six people.

In addition to clerical work, Ms. de Vriendt brings a bright light to our provincial capital long hidden in the shadows of the culture of death, particularly in the provincial legislature, where anti-life legislaltion and votes are typical.

Also, Ms. De Vriendt, a student intending to take a year-long sabbatical from her studies, will permit us through her to establish a foothold in the provincial capital area by staging different events there such as the life chain set for Sunday, October 5, 2021.

So, here is Ms. de Vriendt, pictured below, in her own words:

“Don't dare not to dare” said C.S. Lewis: The challenge of starting a Quebec Life Coalition branch in Quebec City seems colossal, but every little step taken to sanctify, help, and uplift the world - especially unborn children and their mothers - is a step of a noble and magnificent mission. Alone, we are incapable; together, we can end the lie, the error, the despair, the immorality, and above all, the infidelity to our God, to our King. In Quebec City, we are in a primitive state, but with your help, your support, your donations, and your prayers we can start building. Hopefully, one day we will be able to demonstrate, distribute flyers, recruit, gather supporters monthly, and spread the spirit of the Quebec Life Coalition to persons in Quebec City. Thank you!

Sherbrooke bound

In addition to Quebec City, the Quebec Life Coalition is also engaging in another large municipality.

The QLC’s twice-yearly prayer for the end of abortion is shifting its attention from the Montreal core to the city of Sherbrooke.

This eastern township community, a two-hour drive east of Montreal, has long been a venue of culture of life support.

Locals have over the years organized events on their own:

- Chartered buses to attend the yearly National March for Life in Ottawa.

- Held Lenten Vespers for Life evenings;

- Formed a team to host two Rachel’s Vineyard retreats. (Rachel’s Vineyard retreats are weekend long gatherings aimed at healing from the wounds of having participated in an abortion.)

Planning is underway to address the logistics of holding a 40-day vigil: 1 – promote prayer and fasting from September 22 to October 31, 2 - select the venue and form an outdoor public prayer presence near one of the community’s abortion facilities, and 3 - prepare a public outreach and education team.

Your prayers are needed for the success of each one of these three key areas.

Invoking God.

Both events, the hiring of an intern and the promoting of a prayer vigil in a new locale, are efforts, we pray, undergirded by God's will.

It is absolutely necessary to subordinate ourselves to His will… on a daily basis. Only thus can we bring about a culture of life.

May humility never be detached from our words and deeds.

We wish you all the same.

Yours in Christ Jesus

Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator
Quebec Life Coalition
www.en.cqv.qc.ca

p.s. Your support of these and other initiatives helps build a culture of life in Quebec. If your financial position permits it, we would be grateful for your support; click here to make a donation. Thank you.


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Canada Day

Canada Day weekend. Dare we celebrate?

We live in a country where 100,000 times a year a woman carrying an unborn child hires the services of a “doctor” to murder the tiny life growing inside of her.

The Hippocratic maxim of “Do no harm” is ignored as into the mother's womb introduced are a curette (spoon with a sharp edge) and a suction rod, to tear apart and remove the body of one whose existence has become troublesome. The child's bloody remains are then placed in a bin labeled "biological waste" and trucked to an incinerator.

Even more gruesome is the case of a late-term abortion, when the unborn child has "added value.” Pharmaceutical companies and research universities offer a premium for the child’s organs. The little warm body, removed from his mother by caesarian section, is brought into a specialized dissection room where a technician will remove the organs of choice. It is not unlikely that this child will be alive during the extraction of his parts, because the organs from a cadaver are useless. This was very possibly the case for the poor child, killed by a late-term abortion in the 1970s and whose kidneys were used to create the HEK-293 cell line that was used in the production of a remedy for SARS-Cov-19 virus.

O Canada, you have strayed. Would our fore parents recognize you today? Killing unborn babies, whose remains are sometimes used by pharmaceutical companies to concoct medicinal products or cosmetics. O Canada, what have become of your practices. May we be more cautious before calling other nations backward or uncivilised? Woe Canada!

Our country mocks God, including when it comes to issues of life. The voice of He who said: "This is my body, given up for you" is drown out by the murderer who shouts: "This is your body, delivered for me!” Christ gives his life for others, so that they may have life and that more abundantly. The abortionist takes the lives of innocent children and leaves in the hearts of mothers and fathers a void that no one can fill, except God himself.

July 1, Canada Day, should be a day of mourning. How can we celebrate? How can we even dare to smile in this bloodstained country, when such abominations not only take place on average 274 times a day in so-called "clinics" not far from home, but especially when these murders are considered by our leaders as a “right” and as a sign of progress?

Faced with such a situation, Canadiens have a duty not to celebrate but to enter, if it has not already been done, into a resolute and sober resistance against the Canadian regime, which has usurped the beautiful name of "Canada" and forever tarnished its memory.

This resistance will need to be multifaceted and varied, according to the abilities of each. At the root of any consistent and effective resistance will be first a love for truth and the hatred of lies. We will also need to assert our faith in this humble and compassionate God, who raises the lowly and casts down the mighty. Our struggle is not that of a day or even a decade. Killed in a climate of widespread indifference, each of these 100,000 children has a name and a destiny willed by Almighty God. Imagine the measure of Divine justice that awaits those who will not have resisted this murderous abortion regime! And here I am not referring to the collaborators and abortionists who, if they do not repent, will have to live eternally the torments which they have inflicted during their lifetime, on countless children.

The Quebec Life Coalition would like to thank all those who have been resisting. Your prayers, your deeds, and your support says "no" to the lying and the murdering. You have not turned a blind eye to the innocent lives. Because of you, their lives will not go unforgotten by such impersonal and cruel ways. By associating here on earth with God’s little ones, you will be great in the Kingdom of God.

Thank you, dear resistance fighters.

For life,

Brian Jenkins
Quebec Life Coalition

 

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Consecration to the Sacred Heart

I wish to invite you on behalf of the Quebec Life Coalition to consecrate yourself, you and your dear ones, to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Our faith tradition sets aside the month of June every year to honour the Sacred Heart of Our Saviour.

In both word and deed, Jesus Christ shows the extent of his love for mankind during not only during his brief 33 years on earth but also in every moment since throughout history.

His passion begun on Holy Thursday and continuing the next day and culminating with his death on the cross reveals the unfathomable depth of his love.

In the intervening period Love continually invites us to partake of this love.

May we be so open and desirous to answer yes to those moments of communion with our creator.

On Saturday, June 19, 2021 a Yes moment is at hand.

The Quebec Life Coalition invites all persons free and interested to join us at the east end sanctuary dedicated to this love - The Sanctuary of the Sacred Heart and of Saint Padre Pio (3650, de la Rousselière Blvd., Pointe-aux-Trembles, H1A 2X9).

A morning set aside for prayer will culminate with a mass followed by a consecration prayer to the Sacred Heart.

A light refreshment will follow in the form of a potluck meal.

Looking forward to sharing this anticipated blessed moment with many of you.

JMJ
Brian Jenkins
Outreach coordinator

p.s. Timeline (Saturday, June 19, 2021)

9:00 am Welcome and introductions
- rosary of the unborn child
- Stations of the cross in the grove
11:00 am mass, followed by consecration prayer
noon potluck meal
1 pm departure

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Powers and Principalities

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Are you familiar with the Chaplet of Saint Michael the Archangel?

It forms part of my daily devotions when I pray near the abortion facility in downtown Montreal.

There, I don’t doubt that much spiritual warfare is going on. Satan and his minions are causing havoc, killing innocent lives and harming the physical and mental health of mothers and fathers and others who participate in this barbary.

Running Rampant

The facility outside of which I pray performs about three thousand abortions yearly. Also, three neighbouring abortion centres do several more thousand of abortions, and one of these is reputed for doing late term abortions - i.e., abortions after 24 weeks of gestation. The demons are surely running rampant in this sector of Montreal.

To those who recite the Chaplet daily, Saint Michael promised his continual assistance and that of all the holy angels during life.

Historical fact: The Chaplet was given by Saint Michael to Maria de Astonaco, a devout Portugese Carmelite nun to whom he appeared in 1750 and asked to be honoured, by the recitation of the chaplet.

I encourage you to practice daily this devotion.

Though most of you do not pray outside an abortion facility, I don’t doubt that you all are engaged in a spiritual battle of one kind or another.

Saint Michael’s help is close at hand.

The Chaplet of Saint Michael

O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever, world without end, Amen.

Say one Our Father and three (3) Hail Marys after each of the following nine (9) salutations in honor of the nine (9) Choirs of Angels

1. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity.

2. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim may the Lord grant us the grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Christian perfection.

3. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility.

4. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominations may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and overcome any unruly passions.

5. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues may the Lord preserve us from evil and falling into temptation.

6. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers may the Lord protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the devil.

7. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience.

8. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangels may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in all good works in order that we may attain the glory of Heaven.

9. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted in the life to come to Heaven.

Say one Our Father in honor of each of the following leading Angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, and our Guardian Angel.

Concluding prayers:

O glorious prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence and enable us by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day.

Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ,
   that we may be made worthy of His promises.

Almighty and Everlasting God, Who, by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael Prince of Your Church, make us worthy, we ask You, to be delivered from all our enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into Your Presence. This we ask through the merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

Sincerely Yours,

Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator
Quebec Life Coalition
www.en.cqv.qc.ca

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Act, Pray, and Trust

I trust you and your loved ones are doing well, which is no easy feat in these challenging times.

I don't doubt that you are grappling with many of the same issues that I am, and which so many other people are also - issues relating to health, our faith tradition, our elected officials, our inter-personal lives, and our relationships with family and close friends.

It would certainly be accurate to say that no small number of matters need our prayerful attention.

One of these bears directly on the work that we do at the Quebec Life Coalition of defending the preborn child – namely the “vaccines” created to protect us against the coronavirus and that are derived from fetal cell lines.

I use quotation marks around the word vaccine because according to many physicians, such as Dr. Simone Gold, the term is a misnomer. Many MDs prefer the term “experimental agent” or something of the kind, arguing that these agents need to undergo rigorous clinical trials before being called a vaccine. These clinical trials include testing on pregnant women, nursing women, children under fifteen years of age, etc.

The vaccines for polio, rubella, smallpox, and chicken pox have all undergone such testing and offer protection against these maladies.

Of the 38 anti-covid "vaccines," 18 openly admit having been derived from fetal cell lines, (including Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Pfizer) and 14 others have not divulged complete information.

The fear is that the use fetal cell lines derived from aborted children gains “respectability” as a pretext to save human lives.

Further, I can see the same sort of reasoning used to justify the deliberate killing of preborn children to further scientific research into finding solutions to other of humanity's woes, such as in the areas of healthcare, energy, environment, etc.

Two questions

Two questions preoccupy me.

First and most fundamentally: Is a vaccine really needed? My survey of physicians shows a polemic – those who believe that inoculations are needed and those who do not.

Second: Whether research for a vaccine to the SARS-Cov-19 virus should use fetal cells derived from an aborted child?

This second is also polemical, having garnered plenty of international debate. Representatives of this polemic include on the one hand, the distinguished Spanish ethicist and historian Prof. Roberto de Mattei and on the other hand, the American jurist Christopher A. Ferrara.

The first argues in favour of such a vaccine and the state’s right to mandate its citizenry to get the jab. The second, undaunted by the academic credentials of the first, writes not one but two (pending) critical replies to the first.

Membership in either camp of this polemic is quite similar. Both include religious men and women, some of high rank in the ecclesiastical ladder. Both also include lay men and women, erudites like de Mattei and Ferrara as well as the more common stock, like me.

I have limited studies. I cannot engage in a time-consuming and resource-demanding scholarly review, parsing the subtleties and the arguments from both camps.

Fortunately for me, a dear friend offered consoling advice: "pray."

To the best of our knowledge, we inform ourselves. Then in the quiet of our room, before we go to bed, we turn to our Heavenly Father who knows what is good for us.

25 I say to you, then, do not fret over your life, how to support it with food and drink; over your body, how to keep it clothed. Is not life itself a greater gift than food, the body than clothing? 26 See how the birds of the air never sow, or reap, or gather grain into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them; have you not an excellence beyond theirs? 27 Can any one of you, for all his anxiety, add a cubit’s growth to his height?[3] 28 And why should you be anxious over clothing? See how the wild lilies grow; they do not toil or spin; 29 and yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 If God, then, so clothes the grasses of the field, which to-day live and will feed the oven to-morrow, will he not be much more ready to clothe you, men of little faith? 31 Do not fret, then, asking, What are we to eat? or What are we to drink? or How shall we find clothing? 32 It is for the heathen to busy themselves over such things; you have a Father in heaven who knows that you need them all. 33 Make it your first care to find the kingdom of God, and his approval, and all these things shall be yours without the asking. 34 Do not fret, then, over to-morrow; leave to-morrow to fret over its own needs; for to-day, to-day’s troubles are enough. (Matthew 6: 25-34)

Let us be strong and courageous.

 

Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator
Quebec Life Coalition

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