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!
Quebec Life Coalition
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!
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.
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
Quebec Life Coalition
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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.
Quebec Life Coalition
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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
Quebec Life Coalition
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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 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? 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.
Quebec Life Coalition
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I wish you and your loved ones a most blessed Easter and Easter season.
I write to you on Maundy Thursday. Most of us have begun our final preparations for the Easter Triduum.
These may involve fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.
Each of these three activities was engaged in by the prayer volunteers who were present at the first of our twice-annual 40 Days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion. This intense 40-day demonstration for life which wrapped up on Palm Sunday was also a public show of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving on the streets of Montreal. It was held in sight of one abortion facility and near three others, the latter three all within a half kilometer radius of where we prayed.
We prayed, fasted, and gave alms at the intersection of Berri and St. Catherine Streets, one of the neediest areas in all of Montreal and the Metropolitan area.
In addition to the general commuter population, most of whom seem content to be silent spectators to the harmful drama of abortion occurring daily in their midst, this intersection draws a wide variety of people, many of whom are quite wounded in various ways. These include:
- The ideologically wounded: university students and others indoctrinated with systems of thought, such as fascism, socialism, communism, and secularism, all of which are antithetical to life and to the life-affirming prescriptions of Our Lord.
- People with dependencies to alcohol and drugs, many of whom openly seen “panhandling” to continue these destructive behaviours.
Furthermore, this spring I noticed new groups coming to this area. First a plethora of construction workers come daily in this area. Whether on university grounds or on the public utilities, they have seen the prayer volunteers daily congregate faithfully, rosaries in hand and prolife signs strung around their necks.
The prayer volunteers also did not go unnoticed by a second and even greater group of people – the homeless.
Though blessed with the presence of the homeless as many are pro-life and openly affirm our work, the prayer volunteers have witnessed countless distressing incidents of physical and verbal abuse as well as acts of vulgarity among their ranks. Police were frequently called to establish and sustain public order.
The prayer volunteers have furthermore been giving a listening ear to the tragic stories of many homeless individuals. These often include accounts of violent upbringings, broken families, and the coping mechanisms used to deal with their pain.
Feeding the Hungry
Our primary goal is the defence of the unborn innocent child, yet Our Lord seems to have called us to additional works of corporal and spiritual charity.
A third group present more noticeably to this area of Montreal are the men and women of all ages who have come to feed the hungry and clothe the needy. Single families, church groups and social media groups have been drawn to the intersection of Berri and St. Catherine Streets to serve meals, bring clothes, and in some cases share the Word of God.
The Quebec Life Coalition has made a humble contribution in this respect. In mid-March, we offered our office kitchen facilities to a homeless man of Indian origin with culinary skills, permitting him and two colleagues to prepare a meal that fed up 700 people, many of whom were homeless.
As we enter our final preparations for Our Lord’s passion and resurrection, we are aware of the Easter joy that awaits us: resurrection and life eternal. The great message of Easter is not only that death has been defeated, but also that life is renewed and affirmed – life in all its wonder, scope, and variation.
Through all of the trials individuals may face, and all of the degradations that our society has in many cases not only tolerated but embraced, the great potential of that life which derives from God to persevere, be renewed, break through barriers, and be enlivened by the Spirit remains constantly on display. This is central to the message of this most blessed season, as well as to all the work that we are engaged with as an organization, from advocating for the rights of the unborn child to responding to the diverse needs of all who cross our paths.
May we turn our attention not only to the victory of life eternal but also prepare for it during our earthly pilgrimage by caring for the vulnerable of our society, most particularly the unborn child.
This month, I present my translation of a letter that QLC President Mr. Georges Buscemi has recently sent to our Francophone supporters. I present it because I find that it aptly addresses how any sustainable change, particularly that of promoting a culture of life, can occur; namely, humbling ourselves before our creator. I hope you find it interesting and wish to participate.
One of the greatest crosses we must carry these days is being deprived to publicly worship God: churches are closed partially or completely, until further notice. Now, is there anything more essential at gaining the strength needed to establish a Christian society at the service of life than to receive the grace of God through the sacraments that He has instituted? Obviously, our governments, pro-abortion and indifferent to religion, do not share this belief.
Fortunately, we don't have to wait for our governments to take matters into their own hands. If the people cannot go to God, then God will go to His people. Therefore, I am announcing that in 2021, the Quebec Life Coalition will do its utmost to ensure that the salvation of God enters your homes, through a visit by a priest.
How will these visits work? Keeping with the objectives of the Quebec-Life Coalition, the first goal is to have flourish, at all levels of society, a Culture of Life with God having the first place. Now, there is no better way to transform a house into a dwelling where God lives and His laws respected than by consecrating one’s home to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Pictured here are the united Hearts of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. (Photo from Benedicta Boutique)
Such a ceremony, which can be preceded by the sacrament of reconciliation for all members of the family and by a private mass, is the perfect way to promise God that, at least in this house, His peace will reign, absent of any vile language, the promotion of vice, of freedom without responsibility, of impiety, of revolt, of doubtful opinions, but of simplicity, obedience, respect for life, from conception to natural death. A consecration is a solemn promise, made as a family, the basic unit of society, that Christ the King is recognized; His laws respected, His wishes fulfilled with gaiety of heart.
If enough homes are consecrated, this will pave the way for the consecration of businesses, groups and associations, town halls, corporations, parties, unions, provincial and federal governments and, ultimately, world bodies. For whoever recognizes Jesus as God and king of his person and of his house will want Him to be recognized in his community; whoever recognizes Him in the privacy of his home will be inclined to recognize him in public.
We plan to launch this initiative very soon. Lent, for example, would be a great opportunity to make the first visits. If, like us, you think that a Culture of Life begins in families and homes, and you wish to receive a visit from a priest to consecrate your family and your home to God, click here. We will contact you to organize this visit. (We'll also give you some tips to help you prepare for your dedication ceremony.)
Thank you for helping us with your prayers and donations to get through these difficult times and continue to spread a Culture of Life in Quebec and Canada.
- Georges Buscemi
On behalf of the Quebec Life Coalition staff, I wish you and your loved ones a blessed Lenten period, which begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17 as we prepare for the passion and resurrection of Our Lord.
p.s. Our 40-day prayer vigil begins on Ash Wednesday. To learn more or to sign up, call (438) 930-8643.
p.p.s Learn more about our new staff person, Alicia, on page 4 of our newsletter.1 reaction
Blessed New Year greetings to you and your loved ones.
I trust that the currant social conditions have not overly disrupted your celebrations of Our Lord’s birth.
Also I hope that the yearly tradition of new year resolutions making did not pass you by!
Not I. I have come up with three. 1. Expanding Vigil365; 2. Producing a weekly “e-newsletter”; and 3. Registering as a candidate in the 2021 federal election.
Many of you are already familiar with Vigil365 – the daily pro-life presence in downtown Montreal, at the corner of Berri and St. Catherine Streets.
Typically, three of us, sometimes more, sometimes less, meet for between one and two hours each day, Monday through Sunday, usually in the morning as the local abortion facilities open for business at 8 am.
In 2021, I pledge to take this witnessing one step further. That is, I will add one full day of public witness to the existing schedule. In other words, between Monday and Friday, the coverage will increase for one of these days from the current length to that of regular 8-hour workday. Your prayers are requested in this task.
A WEEKLY "E-NEWSLETTER"
At the Quebec Life Coalition, we currently provide our English-speaking subscribers and other interested persons news of local events on a once-a-month basis.
Further, as English internet readers can access many groups actively fostering the culture of life, whether these be pregnancy support, post-abortion care, post-natal care, news gathering and dissemination, and spiritual support, we at the QLC have not gone into further depth in these areas.
Yet there's room for a weekly English news bulletin that targets the Quebec community, presenting life matters originating in or impacting the province of Quebec.
For instance, the Quebec National Assembly on three separate occasions over a ten-year span - May 20, 2010; April 26, 2012; and again on May 29, 2019, voted unanimously (117-0 in the third of these) a motion reaffirming that a woman can choose to end the life of her unborn child.
Also, the same assembly voted 121-0 on December 9, 2020, to ban reparation therapy, a therapeutic method aimed at helping persons persons struggling with either same sex attraction or gender confusion.
In 2021, I pledge to produce and email a weekly “e-newsletter” dealing with culture of life events affecting our province.
FEDERAL ELECTION in 2021?
Prime Minister Mr. Trudeau and his minority Liberal party were elected in 2019 and are mandated to serve until 2023. Yet, we believe that a federal election may occur in 2021.
A minority status is precarious. If a piece of legislation does not get the minimum 170 votes to pass, the legislation fails and the governing party falls, resulting in the call for a national election.
As a federal budget, a contentious issue, is expected this spring, we believe that it may cause the government to fall.
We encourage you to step forward and become involved in the election process.
There are different ways to do so:
1. Join a political party in order to influence the party platform to become more favourable to life issues;
2. Join an Electoral District Association in order to get a particular candidate elected; or
3. Become a candidate, as I pledge to do.
Wishing you your own blessed resolutions in 2021, I remain
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What a rich and blessed legacy we have!
Granted, these past months, our attention may have been less on the more sublime matters of our faith and spiritual tradition than on worldly events, such as:
- The events surrounding the US presidential election;
- The Great Reset; and
- The Coronavirus and talk surrounding its lethality, its treatment, public policy response.
Yes, these and other similar events can obscure this legacy. Yet is our age any different from previous ones with their own distractions?
By legacy, I am thinking of our rich faith tradition, which has been handed down to us through the centuries.
Consider the visual arts. Our museums, our churches, and our Christmas cards all depict the wonder of our redemption. The nativity, for instance, has inspired a hoard of artists to represent the birth of Our Lord Jesus, a vulnerable infant child.
A second example of this legacy is the written record amassed over the centuries.
Many theologians, poets, historians and others have been effected by the birth in Bethlehem and the subsequent life of Jesus Christ, to encourage others in writing to lead moral lives and to share the good news of God made flesh.
Consider, for example, the following passage from a contemporary writer:
I heard a saying which has often been repeated in recent years, “We have not to fear a strong Islam in Europe but a weak Christianity.” This is our problem. … our answer to Islam must be to increase our convictions in the Catholic faith, to nurture a virtuous and chaste life, faith in the uniqueness of Christ, in the reality that there is no other way to salvation outside the Church, and that all who are not Christians and who are Islamic have to know Christ and, by God’s grace, freely accept Him. It is our duty to tell them this with love, not with violence; with love, but with conviction. We have to be deeply convinced Christians. We have to foster and nourish in ourselves the spirit of martyrdom, and develop the beauty of a chaste and virtuous life. One of the best and most efficacious means of radiating the Catholic faith and of evangelizing is given when our young people, our families, or priests radiate integrity of the moral life. - Bishop Athanasius Schneider. Christus Vincit.
*** To Quebec residents, for any donation of $100 or more, I will gladly mail you, as a gift, a copy of Mgr. Schneider's Christus Vincit: Christ's Triumph Over the Darkness of the Age.***
I find this passage relevant not only in my defense of the unborn child but also in regards to the Christian apologetics for not infrequently I exchange with pedestrians on matters of faith when I pray near the abortion facilities downtown.
For instance, you may be surprised how often I am told by the people I meet that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.
I try “with love, not with violence; with love, but with conviction” to profess the triune nature of God. Jesus is not a prophet but the second person of the divine trinity.
Next, I can identify with “the spirit of martyrdom” as I take a public stand for life and faith.
In these instances, a "beauty" settles over me; i pray “radiating integrity of the moral life.”
This holiday period, a time when we meet and exchange with near and dear ones, I wish you a renewed joy contemplating Our Lord’s rich legacy and allowing this truth radiate its beauty to those about you.
p.s. Many of you support us, either occasionally or on a regular basis. Your aid permits our efforts to foster a culture of life. All are welcomed during this Advent/Christmas period to express this support again. During this fundraising campaign, we have so far received 1,880$ towards our 7,500$ goal. Thank you!1 reaction