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In unseasonably warm weather, hundreds of thousands of Americans flooded the nation’s capital for the 45th annual March for Life, calling for the end of the slaughter of innocents through the unspeakably barbaric sin of abortion. Members of America Needs Fatima united with so many others in order to bring about the end of the Culture of Death.

The March for Life in 2018 was one of many blessings, not the least of which was the 50-degree weather which
felt like a gift from Our Lady.


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Proudly bearing the names of 24,450 supporters added to the America Needs Fatima banner, our volunteers marched shoulder to shoulder with pro-lifers young and old. The sheer number of marchers was staggering. It took a span of nearly two hours for the constant stream of marchers to pass by the Holy Choirs of Angels Band.

The band members stood vigilantly in their usual spot, this time not having their fingers frozen as in years past. The beating of drums and clash of cymbals, trumpet fanfares and the captivating sound of bagpipes rang throughout the crowded streets of Washington. The music performed by the Holy Choirs of Angels Band helped give an upbeat and determined attitude to the resolute pro-life warriors marching.

 

Hope and Confidence 

The message distributed by the American TFP was one of hope and confidence. The TFP’s 2018 statement, A Tale of Two Marches: Reasons for Hope and Confidence, encouraged the marchers to confide in God’s grace. It also exhorted everyone to keep the pro-life message firm and strong. One can never water the pro-life message down. The core of the pro-life movement is the absolute rejection of the Culture of Death in all its many forms.

To quote the flier, “No one respects those who have no character and betray their principles to gain popularity.”

The core of the message? Never compromise.

 

President Trump Speaks at March

The pro-life movement gained some serious wind in its sails during President Donald Trump’s first year in office.

President Trump addressed the March for Life via satellite from the White House. Addressing the multitude of marchers, he said, “Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.”

The president continued, “We are protecting the sanctity of life and the family as the foundation of our society. But this movement can only succeed with the heart and the soul and the prayer of the people.”

Finally, he ended with some words of encouragement for the March for Life, “Thank you to the March for Life, special, special people. And we are with you all the way. May God bless you and may God bless America.”

The Trump Administration has consistently supported the pro-life march. Last year, Vice President Mike Pence was the first vice president to personally address the March for Life.

 

How We March Decides the Victory

Victory belongs to those who fight and persevere to the end. It does not matter how hard, trying, or seemingly impossible. The victors are those who overcome all obstacles and have their eyes on the prize. Nothing should impede their desire to reach that goal.

With this hope and confidence, they will conquer. Better yet, God will triumph, and the Culture of Death and all its forms will be defeated.

 


 

DAILY QUOTE for January 19, 2019

We’ve had enough of exhortations to be silent! Cry out wit...

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January 19

 

We’ve had enough of exhortations to be silent!
Cry out with a hundred thousand tongues.
I see that the world is rotten
because of silence.

St. Catherine of Siena


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SAINT OF THE DAY

St. Wulfstan of Worcester

The citizens of Bristol would kidnap men and sell them into...

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St. Wulfstan of Worcester

Wulfstan (Wulstan) was a native of Warwickshire, England.  After his priestly ordination, he became a novice at the monastery of Worcester where he edified all by the innocence and sanctity of his life. He was assiduous at prayer, often watching all night in church.

The first task assigned to him at the monastery was the instruction of children, then treasurer and eventually - though against his fierce resistance - he was made prior. In 1062, he was elected Bishop of Worcester.

Wulfstan was a powerful preacher, often moving his audience to tears.

To his vigorous action is particularly attributed the suppression of the heinous practice among the citizens of Bristol of kidnapping men into slavery and shipping them over to Ireland. St. Patrick who became the great apostle and patron of the Irish was such a slave in his youth.

After the Norman conquest of England, William the Conqueror was initially uncertain about Wulfstan. But acknowledging his capacity and uprightness, Wulfstan was the only bishop William retained at his post under the new rule.

For the next thirty years Wulfstan rebuilt his cathedral, cared for the poor and put forth great effort in alleviating the harsh decrees of the Normans upon the vanquished Saxons. Whenever the English complained of the oppression of the Normans, Wulfstan told them: “This is a scourge of God for our sins, which we must bear with patience.”

The saintly bishop died on January 19 at eighty-seven years of age after washing the feet of a dozen poor men, a humble ritual he performed daily. He was canonized in 1203.

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WEEKLY STORY

Mary and the Muslim

One night, the Blessed Virgin appeared to him and told him h...

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Mary and the Muslim

Don Octavio del Monaco was a wealthy citizen of 17th century Naples. Like many of his class, Don Octavius had several Muslim slaves in his household. These children of Islam were amazed at the kindness of their “master.” He fed and clothed them better than they received in their native land. In return, his slaves attended to their tasks with diligence, as Don Octavius did not over work them, but assigned them duties in keeping with their dignity as children of God.

If these Muslim slaves had any reason for complaint, it was the gentle persistence with which their master and his wife exhorted them to give up their false religion and become Catholics. Don Octavius even went so far as to invite the slaves to join his family in the chapel to worship the one true God with them!

Our story today is about one young slave in particular. His name was Abel, like the slain son of Adam and Eve. He felt drawn in a peculiar way to a lamp that burned in front of a shrine to Holy Mary. Abel would purchase the oil needed to keep the lamp lit from his own meager stipend. As he continued to practice this humble devotion, he would say, “I hope that this Lady will grant me some great favor.”

One night, the Blessed Virgin appeared to him and told him he must become a Christian. At first the Turk resisted. But she placed her hand upon his shoulder, and said to him: “Now no longer resist, Abel, but be baptized and called Joseph,” conferring on him a name that was very dear to her Immaculate Heart indeed.

On August the 10th, 1648, there was much rejoicing in Heaven, for on that day “Joseph” and eleven other Muslims converted to the Christian faith and were baptized. Their conversion was brought about by the kindness shown by Don Octavius and the special intercession of the Mother of God.

Our story does not end here. Even once this son of hers was safely baptized, Mother Mary delighted in visiting him. Once, after having appeared to him, she was about to depart. But the Moor seized her mantle, saying, “Oh, Lady, when I find myself afflicted, I pray you to let me see you.” In fact, she one day promised him this and when Joseph found himself afflicted he invoked her, and Mary appeared to him again saying, “Have patience", and he was consoled.

From the Glories of Mary, by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.

One night, the Blessed Virgin appeared to him and told him he must become a Christian.

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