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By Antonio Fragelli

 

March for Life – What Happened in Washington, D.C. January 22, 2016

As if to test the will of Pro-lifers, a major blizzard was headed for our nation’s capitol. The weather forecast was quite accurate on January 22nd. It predicted that snow would begin around 1:00 pm and it did. I was there.

It was a terrible storm in the making and anywhere from 2-3 feet of snow was expected. Many who came knew that they most likely would get stuck on their way back home; but they came nonetheless. The tragedy of abortion, the murder of 50 million human lives, far outweighed the risk of getting stuck in the snow. A gigantic blizzard and a declaration of emergency by the mayor of Washington was not enough to stop the marchers on Capitol Hill this past Friday.

 

As it happened, due to the impending blizzard the numbers were much less than in previous years, but much, much more than just a few hundred as reported by some of the leftist media. As you know, the media will use any chance they get to belittle the voice of truth -- you can count on it. Why must they always lie? The answer is simple. Prevaricating against the truth is a moral issue, but if you are okay with killing a human being, if you have already accepted the blatant lie that a child in the womb is not a human life, the remaining moral issues become much less of an issue...

As for the truth, a close estimate of Pro-lifers who were able to make it was around 40 to 50 thousand. The pictures make a plain testimony to the amazing 2016 March for Life in Washington, D.C. Talking to participants while waiting for the March to begin, it became clear that many more would have been there if it were not for bus companies cancelling out.

America Needs Fatima and the American TFP were privileged to be there in full force. Banners, standards and a remarkable music band all showed up to offer reparation. One of the banners carried by two ANF members displayed 9,299 names of ANF members and supporters who could not be present, but wanted to be there in spirit. As we marched towards Capitol Hill, the snow-covered band members were a sight to be seen. To play trumpets, trombones and fifes in 28-degree weather under snow is something to be commended.

The marchers began to assemble near the Washington Monument at the rally around 10:00 am. Different speakers addressed the crowd as other groups kept coming in from a variety of far away places. The challenge began within these first three hours, braving the below-freezing temperatures. The snow began to fall just as the March commenced, around 1:00.

But the real beauty of the event was that, in spite of the inclement weather, the fighting spirit of the thousands of marchers remained undaunted. The March was considerably longer in distance this time, which gave all the feeling that they were on a pilgrimage, offering up their sacrifices for the end of abortion.

For those privileged to have been there, the “take away” was a sense of determination and a renewal of our resolution that we are here to stay. Furthermore, a great percentage of marchers were young people, many of who were not even born when Roe v. Wade was decided. This means the 43-year-old March for Life has a very long life ahead of it.

The abortion tragedy in America is a macabre illustration of the state of our modern culture. The fact that the sin of abortion has been around so many years, staining our nation with its murderess blood, is something that requires a public act of reparation to the Creator, and this is for many the higher reason for joining in the March for Life, no matter how foul the weather.

If thousands of Americans side with sin and against God, the fact that many thousands more align with Him and every year present this great act of reparation called the March for Life is something that speaks of hope for our troubled nation. We offer it to God and we proclaim that no matter how many times we have to do it, we will always be there. We will not make a pact with evil, and we will not commit the sin of indifference.


 

 

 

 

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Pope St. Fabian and St. Sebastian

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Pope St. Fabian and St. Sebastian

Pope St. Fabian was the first layman ever to be elected to the papacy. Before entering into his pontificate in 236, Fabian was a humble and well respected farmer. Upon the death of his predecessor, Pope Anterus, Fabian traveled with some companions to Rome to mourn his passing with the faithful and to be present when the new pope was elected. While attending the council to determine who Anterus’ successor would be, a dove suddenly appeared and descended upon the head of Fabian as a clear sign of his divine election.  By unanimous vote, Fabian was instantly chosen as the next pope.

During his fourteen-year pontificate, the Church enjoyed relative peace under Emperor Philip, and Fabian was able to do much to consolidate and develop the Church. He died a martyr’s death in 250 and was one of the first victims of the persecution under Emperor Decius, who considered him a rival and personal enemy. He was buried in the Catacomb of Calixtus.

Celebrated alongside St. Fabian is the Roman martyr, Sebastian. Though the narrative of his story is largely unhistorical, legend tells us that he was a young officer in the imperial army, who secretly dedicated himself to the spiritual and temporal assistance of the Christians and martyrs. It was he who exhorted Sts. Marcus and Marcellianus to constancy in the Faith and inspired them with the courage to face their deaths when they began to waver under the pleas of their friends. Being thus discovered, Sebastian was condemned by Emperor Diocletian and delivered over to Mauritanian archers to be shot to death. Miraculously, he survived though and was nourished back to health by St. Zoe, a convert of his and mother of Sts. Marcus and Marcellianus. Refusing to flee, Sebastian confronted the Emperor again and harshly reproached him for his cruelty to the Christians. He died in 288 after being clubbed to death and his body thrown into the common sewer. It was privately removed, and he also was buried in the cemetery of Calixtus.

Although St. Fabian and St. Sebastian’s feasts are liturgically separate, they are celebrated on the same day; and the relics of the two saints are both kept and venerated together in the Basilica of St. Sebastian in Rome.

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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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