Babies saved at Boston-area abortion clinics:
For 2018: 14
2014: 60, 2013: 61, 2012: 74, 2011: 119, 2010: 74, 2009: 99, 2008: 85,
2007: 90, 2006: 80, 2005: 64, 2004: 65, 2003: 60
Two weeks in a row!
FRIDAY, JUNE 15: For the second consecutive Friday, sidewalk counselors Jane (left) and Theresa (right) were blessed to have a part in saving a baby. A young, “beautiful couple” came out and confirmed to Jane and Theresa that the scheduled abortion has been canceled (#14). Theresa and Jane were very grateful for Kimberly, John and Lillian who knelt in persevering, fervent prayer.
The Preamble to the Constitution of Ireland
In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred, We, the people of Éire, humbly acknowledging all our obligations to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ, Who sustained our fathers through centuries of trial, gratefully remembering their heroic and unremitting struggle to regain the full independence of our Nation, and seeking to promote the common good with due observance of Prudence, Justice, and Charity, so that the dignity and freedom of the individual may be assured, true social order attained, the unity of our country restored, and concord established with other nations, do hereby adopt, enact, and give ourselves this Constitution.
This sermon was preached by Dom Mark Kirby, O.S.B., at Silverstream Priory in County Meath, Ireland.
Feast of the Most Holy Trinity
27 May 2018
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
On this feast of the Most Holy Trinity, two days after Ireland’s national apostasy from the Holy Catholic Faith (on May 25), how can we hear the Gospel that was sung just moments ago, and not recall the Constitution that the Irish people gave themselves 80 years ago in 1938? Friday’s vote was not about abortion only; it was about killing Ireland’s soul, about snuffing out all that made Ireland a beacon among the nations, about publicly renouncing all that, from the time that Saint Patrick kindled his blazing fire on the Hill of Slane, made this island home of ours a great welcoming Catholic hearth in a world grown cold and dark. Ireland was, among all the nations on earth, the one that unsparingly sent forth sons and daughters, intrepid in confessing the Holy Trinity, to bring the light of faith to the most far–flung corners of the globe.
And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 28:18)
How did we come to this? Among those who voted “Yes” on Friday, the vast number were baptized, and sealed with the sign of the Gift of the Holy Ghost in Confirmation. Some of these would have been confirmed but a few years ago. Among them were people who once knelt at the altar to receive the adorable Body of Christ, formed by the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Virgin Mary, immolated on the Cross, risen from the tomb, ascended into heaven, and returning in glory. Among them are people who, (and I say this with fear and trembling), will dare even to present themselves for Holy Communion today. To these, I can only repeat what the Apostle says:
Whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 11:27)
One cannot say that we were not warned. God did send his prophets to Ireland. I think of Frank Duff. I think of Saint John Paul II who, in October 1979, was given a rapturous welcome. Pope Benedict XVI’s Letter to the Catholics of Ireland, written only eight years ago, was prophetic. What became of it? Why was it filed away and not heeded?
There are reports of victory celebrations in Dublin and elsewhere: a satanic crowing, jeers hurled at Our Lord, against His Virgin Mother, and against the Church. The whole climate is eerily reminiscent of France in 1789, of Mexico in 1910, of Russia in 1917, of Germany in 1933, and of Spain in 1936. Even worse than the crowds hell–bent on celebrating the choice of death over life are the complacent lies of those government ministers who, with a smug satisfaction, speak of A New Modern Ireland At Last, an Ireland of compassion, justice, and respect for women. The accent in all such discourses is that of the ancient serpent:
Now the serpent was more subtle than any of the beasts of the earth which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman: Why hath God commanded you, that you should not eat of every tree of paradise? And the woman answered him, saying: Of the fruit of the trees that are in paradise we do eat: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of paradise, God hath commanded us that we should not eat; and that we should not touch it, lest perhaps we die. And the serpent said to the woman: No, you shall not die the death. For God doth know that in what day soever you shall eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil. (Genesis 3:1–5)
You will forgive me if I repeat today the words of the prophet Ezechiel:
Thou hast played the harlot with the nations among which thou wast defiled with their idols. Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister, and I will give her cup into thy hand. Thus saith the Lord God: Thou shalt drink thy sister’s cup, deep and wide: thou shalt be had in derision and scorn, which containeth very much. Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness, and sorrow: with the cup of grief, and sadness, with the cup of thy sister Samaria. And thou shalt drink it, and shalt drink it up even to the dregs, and thou shalt devour the fragments thereof, thou shalt rend thy breasts: because I have spoken it, saith the Lord God. (Ezechiel 23:30–34)
What is remains for us? I will tell you what remains:
And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Draw near to the altar of the Holy Sacrifice, even as our forefathers drew in around the Mass Rocks. The altar is Ireland’s Divine Hearth. Not for nothing was the altar of the Lamb shown at Knock in 1879. Fall down in adoration and in reparation. Cry out to the Immaculate Mother of God, still Ireland’s Queen and Sorrowful Mother. My own dear father, with all the wisdom of his 91 years, said to me yesterday, “God has a plan. God will have the last word.” And what says Our Lord in today’s Gospel? He says this: “Behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world” (Matthew 28:20). In this promise of His, let us rest all our hope.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23: Ed and Sandy (background) talk to young woman who changed her mind and did not have the abortion! (#12) Thanks be to the God of Life!
SATURDAY, MAY 19: Judy and Evelyn speaking to a woman just after she exited Planned Parenthood. She had scheduled an abortion but did not go through with it. (#11) But she is “still undecided.” Thankfully, she accepted information on crisis pregnancy resources.
TUESDAY, MAY 2: Carmel and Mary combined to minister to a troubled young woman (drug addiction) at Planned Parenthood. But despite her troubles, she came out and rejected the scheduled abortion! (#10) Carmel has kept in touch and the pregnancy is going well as of June 7.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25: Howard and Ruth were at Women’s Health in Brookline. A mother and daughter arrived and went into the facility, but they did not seem receptive to offers of help. About a half hour later they came out and drove out of the parking lot. As they crossed the sidewalk, Ruth approached the car. The mother rolled down the window and told Ruth, “She did not have the abortion.”(!) The daughter was in tears. (#9)
SATURDAY, APRIL 14: Second Saturday Rosary Vigil, Planned Parenthood.
Triple victory for Life
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21: Three (3) babies saved — and maybe a fourth! — at Planned Parenthood. Sidewalk counselors Mary, Anne, and Eleanor were present. One couple spoke with them and lingered for awhile before announcing their change of heart. A group of four women came together, two of whom were pregnant. Before the morning was out, they decided against their abortions. Eleanor had taken a third woman to Pregnancy Help; two tests indicated she was not pregnant. Finally, another couple — unreceptive — wandered around the sidewalk, and looked like a typical abortion-bound couple. They finally went to their car and left. Number 4 for the day?
Swamp: 1 - USA: 0
MARCH 24 — Apparently, the Swamp is wider and deeper than we imagined. Republican leaders caved and Trump joined them as he signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill. Planned Parenthood is funded (no surprise); funds are prohibited for The Wall, but money is allocated to defend foreign borders(!); sanctuary cities are funded; and it is loaded with pork.
So, the best days of the Trump presidency are probably behind us. Whatever he can accomplish from here on in, he may have to do on his own. Maybe we get another Justice on the Court, and the economy may revive for awhile, but, as usual, the rot continues under Republicans, only at a slower pace than with Hillary. The pace will accelerate if the Republicans lose one or both houses in November, which I would say is likely. Many voters will just stay home if they perceive that the Republican is just another cowardly, sold out politician.
Senator Ted Cruz:
“The disastrous elements of this bill are almost too numerous to list.
It continues to fund Planned Parenthood, a corrupt organization whose horrifying abortion practices should preclude it from receiving taxpayer dollars.
It continues to fund sanctuary cities, which are defying the law and making Americans less safe. Instead of rewarding sanctuary cities, we should be passing legislation like Kate’s Law, a bill I introduced that would put criminal illegal aliens in jail so they cannot prey on innocent Americans.
It fails to provide sufficient funds to properly secure our border, let alone build the wall that is necessary.
It funds the Ex-Im Bank, a classic example of corporate welfare that has doled out over $100 billion in taxpayer-guaranteed loans, primarily to a handful of giant and well-connected corporations.
It fails to reduce funding for the EPA, which under Obama administration zealots, killed thousands of jobs and dramatically strayed from its core mission of ensuring clean air and water.
Chuck Schumer Declares Victory on Omnibus: “We’re Able to Accomplish More in the Minority”
Ann Coulter: CONGRATULATIONS, PRESIDENT SCHUMER!
MARCH BILLBOARD — Located on Cambridge Street in Allston near the intersection with Harvard Street, this billboard has been up for a few months now, but with a somewhat different picture for March. Sponsored by Frank Porter.
The billboard from a driver’s eye view.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17 (NUMBER 4): We had several groups join us in prayer on Saturday. The morning began with Pastor David Hill of Abundant Grace Church leading a group of young adults in prayer. Following them were Boston Pro-Life Future, a cluster of seminarians from Saint John’s Seminary (the other half of the seminarians were at Harvard Street), 40 Days for Life Spanish Vigil, and the noontime America Needs Fatima Rosary for marriage.
It was around noontime that the day reached its climax. Richard, a pro-lifer at the marriage vigil reported:
As I was praying the rosary with a small group out in front of the entrance to PP, a woman came out of PP, walked over to me and asked for some rosary beads, saying that she was Catholic. She was beaming, radiant with joy, and just had to share her good news that she was keeping her child and not going to have an abortion!
I was next to Camille who was even more thrilled at this sudden, unexpected occurrence than I was; both of us were delightfully surprised.
Sorry not to have gotten the woman’s name. I was just there to receive her good news and share in her delight. I immediately gave her my own rosary beads upon her initial request. She thanked Camille and me profusely and wanted us all to know that she was keeping her child; and that she was grateful to all of us for being there! After stepping into a car that pulled up to the curb, she actually rolled her car window down so she could keep thanking us as she left!
I am trying to describe this to give you a sense of her joy. I do think her decision to keep her child was in some very real way an answer to all of our prayers and prayerful presence.
Thank God for such a beautiful light to shine amidst the present darkness!
FRIDAY, MARCH 2: Sidewalk counselors Susan and Kimberly spoke with a young pregnant woman outside of Planned Parenthood, who accepted their offer to avail herself of the crisis pregnancy center.
She was counseled at the center for two hours and the situation looks optimistic; but there are serious obstacles. Please pray for this woman who has made a courageous choice! This is NUMBER 3!
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31: Howard (above, file photo) was sidewalk counseling at Harvard Street this morning with Ruth. A man came out of the facility—smiling—and told them that his wife decided that “She just couldn’t do it.” They had been inside only 30 minutes. That is #2 for this year.
Why Doesn’t Liberation Theology Apply to the People of Iran?
by WILLIAM KILPATRICK
Liberation theology, which was out of favor under John Paul II and Benedict XVI, seems to have made a comeback under Pope Francis. Francis has rehabilitated several liberation theologians and even appointed some to advisory positions.
One would be mistaken, however, to think that this concern applies to all oppressed peoples. How many Church leaders are calling for Muslims to be liberated from the oppressive rule of Islam in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Pakistan, Somalia, and elsewhere?
With a few exceptions, the bishops have adopted a shockingly naïve view of Islam. Take this excerpt from the 2016 Joint Declaration between the USCCB and the Qom Seminary Scholars of Iran.
Christianity and Islam share a commitment to love and respect for the life, dignity, and welfare of all members of the human community. Both traditions reject transgressions and injustices as reprehensible, and oppose any actions that endanger the life, health, dignity, or welfare of others. We hold a common commitment to peaceful coexistence and mutual respect.
That’s typical of numerous Pollyannaish statements about Islam issued by Catholic bishops over the last five decades. It’s the kind of boilerplate generated by people who are vastly more interested in issuing declarations and arriving at agreements than in getting at the truth of things.
Read complete article in Crisis Magazine.
at Valley Forge . . .”
DECEMBER 28 — Julie (ABOVE, to the right of Bill) reminded us of General Washington as we began our morning of sidewalk counseling outside of Women’s Health Services on that Thursday. It was a bitterly cold day; the kind that melts fortitude as quickly as it freezes water.
And there are more to come!
In facing such circumstances, we are indeed well advised to remember our heritage of heroic sacrifices. Saints urge us to especially meditate on the Passion of Christ.
While Saint Paul wrote to the Colossians, Set your mind on things above, not on things of the earth (Col. 3:2); he also implored them to Remember my chains (Col. 4:18).
Such remembrance engages not only the intellect, but also the will. As he wrote to the Philipians, [M]ost of the brethren have been made confident in the Lord because of my imprisonment, and are much more bold to speak the word of God without fear (Phil. 1:14).
DECEMBER 19 — It was a Tuesday, and two women who came out of Planned Parenthood confirmed to Mary, a sidewalk counselor, that there had been a change of mind! That brings the 2017 total to 38.
ABOVE: Margery Eagan and Father James Martin, S.J. at Saint Ignatius parish, November 20. Photo: Catherine Walsh.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 — Mary and Carmel several minutes after a couple exited Planned Parenthood Tuesday morning, and announced that they changed their mind about the abortion! A nice counter to the damp chill! (#34)
ABOVE: Kimberly (kneeling on left), Lorraine (white sweater), and Lisa (right, in black, across the street) at Planned Parenthood Friday.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5 — Lorraine emailed the following: “Jill” and “Joe” chose life for their baby this morning at PP. After already entering the facility, Joe needed to get something out of his car. We then had the opportunity to talk with him and give him some information. He agreed to go into the facility and talk to Jill about not having the abortion. Shortly after, they both came out with tears in their eyes, and Jill said she couldn’t do it. They hugged us and we said a prayer. Thank You, Jesus! (#33)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31: Mary walked down Alcorn Street, adjacent to Planned Parenthood, and spoke to a young woman who had just exited a vehicle. They walked together toward the front door of the abortion facility. Mary had offered her help and pro-life information, but the woman went into Planned Parenthood anyway.
About 15 minutes later, the woman came out and asked for Mary. They talked briefly and then she left. Mary recounted her words: “I changed my mind.” (#32)
Islam: A Giant Step Backwards for Humanity
by William Kilpatrick
One of the big mysteries of our day
is how so many supposedly enlightened Catholics have managed to get it so wrong about Islam for so long. It’s understandable that in the 1960s, when the Islamic world was relatively quiescent, Catholics might entertain the high hopes for Islamic-Catholic relations expressed in Nostra Aetate.
But this is 2017 and in the intervening half century a lot of water has passed under the bridge.
It’s not just that many clergy and lay Catholic leaders fail to appreciate the deep differences in theology between Islam and Christianity, they fail to grasp the deep cultural and human differences that flow from the theological differences. To put the matter bluntly, Christianity is a humanizing religion and Islam is not.
Click here for entire Crisis Magazine article.
On WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, Anne — who is just venturing into sidewalk counseling after attending Eleanor’s October 4 talk at Saint Mary’s in Dedham — spoke to a couple Wednesday morning at a meter behind Star Market.
The man had just loaded up the meter with coins. Anne was parked behind them and felt moved to speak with them. So, she summoned the courage and talked to the woman briefly, who answered, “No” to the question about being pregnant.
After she received Eleanor’s card from Anne, the woman and her boyfriend talked for a little while — and then drove off! Meaning what?
Answer: we didn’t know.
But that afternoon, Eleanor got a call from the woman, who conceded that she is pregnant and had an abortion scheduled! But she was moved by what Anne said to her.
Say some thank yous to God! (#30)
SEPTEMBER 27 — This morning, a woman with an abortion appointment approached Planned Parenthood accompanied by a reluctant man. After speaking to a sidewalk counselor, they went in. Later they came out, but went back in again. The man (ABOVE), shown talking to sidewalk counselors Carolyn and Mary, told them he did not want this abortion. Carolyn talked to him and then, placing her hand on his shoulder, prayed with him.
What happened in the unseen world, we do not know, but in this world the woman came out and said there will be no abortion! (#29)
SEPTEMBER 12 — A tearful young woman and her mother exited Planned Parenthood holding a printout of the ultrasound picture of her baby. Mary, a sidewalk counselor, spoke to her; the woman responded, “I’m due in February. I didn’t do it (abort the baby).” (#28) Eleanor came across the street and, after a brief exchange, they went off to Pregnancy Help.
AUGUST 18 — Baby saved (#27) at Planned Parenthood today (Friday)! Thanks to Jane, Theresa, and John who were there. The young pregnant woman affirmed to Theresa that she is definitely going to keep her baby!
AUGUST 13: FOUR MORE CHILDREN SAVED FROM ABORTION! The latest (#26) was at Harvard Street (Women’s Health) on Wednesday, August 9. Howard, a sidewalk counselor, spoke to a mother and daughter as they drove out of the lot. Unprompted, the mother said, “She changed her mind!”
THE OTHER THREE were on Saturday, August 5, also at WHS — a couple exited early and confirmed a changed mind — and Friday, August 4 at Planned Parenthood, which ultrasound revealed to be twins. Thanks be to God and to all who pray and work for Life!
JULY 10 — Baby #22 was saved on Saturday, July 8 at Women’s Health Services in Brookline. Jean (on left in background, with white dress) talked to a couple, who agreed to accompany her to Dunkin’ Donuts. Eleanor joined the conversation by phone, and this week they have an appointment at a crisis pregnancy center for an ultrasound and follow-up. Steve (foreground) was also at WHS that day.
Defund Planned Parenthood Battle Continues
SATURDAY, MARCH 4: While abortion fanatics gathered on Boston Common Saturday morning,
pro-lifers were at Planned Parenthood’s abortion facility (ABOVE), continuing their
observance of 40 Days for Life.
A Channel 5 crew came to Planned Parenthood Saturday, and Ruth, one of our sidewalk counselors,
was interviewed, which was aired.
Judy, a sidewalk counselor, offers pro-life information to a passer-by.
Mayor Marty Walsh, Joe Kennedy III, and several other of the usual suspects gathered on
the Boston Common Saturday, with a crowd of a few hundred, to demand your money
to pay for abortions.
Link to Boston Herald article.
Jim Lyons weighs in on Baker’s proposed state funding of Planned Parenthood
State Rep. Jim Lyons (R-Andover), shown here with his wife, Bernadette, a sidewalk counselor,
a column that appeared in the Sunday, March 5 Boston Herald. Here is the text:
As the nation’s leading abortion proponent and provider, Planned Parenthood benefits greatly
from the media-friendly phrase “pro-choice.” Of course, the phrase “pro-choice.” has
become little more than a market-tested euphemism for the widespread availability of abortion.
Obviously, Planned Parenthood has a range of offerings that extend beyond abortion. Yet,
its extreme advocacy of abortion makes the private organization unacceptable to countless
taxpaying Americans. In fact, Planned Parenthood has gone so far as to come under media scrutiny
and government investigation for the repulsive activity of negotiating to sell the body parts of unborn babies.
No wonder so many taxpayers rebel at the idea of paying for Planned Parenthood.
When it comes to taxpayer choice, however, Planned Parenthood flips completely. Taxpayers deserve no
choices, no reprieve from the forced funding of an organization whose most egregious procedure many
regard as ill-advised, repugnant, and the taking of a human life.
In a rare example of Washington wisdom, the politicians on Capitol Hill are planning to
end public funding of Planned Parenthood, granting taxpayers the choice of deciding whether
they wish to add their voluntary contributions. Those who choose to do so will remain at complete
liberty to contribute as much as they desire; persons who object will no longer be mandated to
subsidize any of its operations. One might think of it as the Taxpayer Liberation Act. What could be
Apparently, Beacon Hill politicians, joined by their Planned Parenthood sponsors, oppose
granting this choice to taxpayers. Seemingly, the only choice that matters belongs
to a well-funded Planned Parenthood, so long as taxpayers pick up the tab.
And Planned Parenthood in Massachusetts is certainly not lacking in means. It rewards its president with a salary exceeding $287,000. Its top five executives tally well in excess of six figures and more than double the Massachusetts median household income of around $70,000. The vast majority of taxpayers will never see an annual salary approaching those figures.
Unfortunately, Gov. Charlie Baker has joined with many Democrats in promising to force state taxpayers to pony up for any slackening in federal largess for Planned Parenthood. They are punting an opportunity to demonstrate the meaning of choice. In this case, all persons should retain the right to choose whether or not to pay for Planned Parenthood.
DECEMBER 14: NUMBER 33 — Bill was at Women’s Health Services in Brookline Tuesday, December 13, with
Mary Anne and Sean. A couple exited the facility in less than an hour — not
enough time for an abortion — and the woman confirmed that she had changed her mind.
LGBT cancer in the federal bureaucracy
by Austin Ruse
As Donald Trump begins to staff his administration, his appointees
should understand how deeply the ideologically-driven LGBTs have burrowed
into permanent jobs in the permanent bureaucracy and how dangerous they are.
The new political appointees should also understand how this group and
their allies have driven those who may disagree with their agenda either
underground or from the federal bureaucracy altogether, and some even to jail.
And they should understand that this group is entrenched and determined
not to give an inch in the territory they have gained under the incredibly
radical Obama administration.
Link to complete article in Crisis Magazine.
the inevitable result of our society’s descent into moral chaos — Anthony
on Hobby Lobby
What do abortion, gay “marriage” and government-sanctioned illegal immigration
have in common? — Anthony Esolen
Contraception is a threat to national security!
Demographic bankruptcy leads to
financial bankruptcy, and financial bankruptcy heightens the risk of political
collapse. And a bankrupt nation is at the mercy of its creditors and of
opportunistic neighbors. So European society today is in grave danger.
Click for the full column by Phil Lawler
Axis of Evil IV by Ray Neary (Renew America) — Planned Parenthood is the perfect example of a living lie. The organization derives millions of dollars annually, not from planning parenthood, but by assisting a mother to de-parent and doing the same to the father of a new member of our human family.
THU, NOV 25, 2010 —
Check out this revealing portrait of late-term abortionist Warren Hern and his Boulder Abortion Clinic from Esquire. It's a wonder it made it to print and that it is still online!
TUE, NOV 4, 2008 — “I doubt that he is the long-prophesied ruler
of the world, but I also believe that he is a carrier of a deadly moral
virus, indeed a kind of anti-apostle spreading concepts and agendas that are not
only anti-Christ but anti-human as well.” —
on Barack: the Antichrist?
THU, FEB 17, 2005
vindicates Catholic teaching on marriage and contraception
Why are things the way they are in the Boston archdiocese?
One must be careful not to over-generalize, but we still believe there is a lot
of insight in Professor James
Hitchcock's article, "Conservative
Bishops, Liberal Results"