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therese of lisieuxIt is with great happiness, then, that I come to sing the mercies of the Lord with you, dear Mother. It is for you alone I am writing the story of the little flower gathered by Jesus. … It seems to me that if a little flower could speak, it would tell simply what God has done for it without trying to hide its blessings…. She knows that nothing in herself was capable of attracting the divine glances, and His mercy alone brought about everything that is good in her.                                                                               St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Marie Francoise Therese Martin penned these words when she was only twenty-three years old. Her humility and spiritual maturity are evident in these words. Sister Therese would live for only one more year after this. All of her life she was far above the average in maturity and it seems sad that the Lord called her to Heaven when she was only twenty-four years of age, but she left a legacy that has impacted many thousands of lives.

Born on January 2, 1873, she was the daughter of Louis Martin, a watchmaker and Zelie Guerin Martin a lace maker. Both had sought a religious life and both had been turned down because of lack of education. They brought their intense love of God into their marriage and raised all of their children with high standards. They had nine children but only five girls survived: Therese was the youngest.

God sent Therese challenges right from her birth. She was only two weeks old when she nearly died from intestinal therese-as-a-childtroubles. At three months Therese was so ill that her mother had to entrust her to a nurse for her care. Therese was with this kind woman for nearly a year. She put on weight and thrived. Upon returning home this blond, blue-eyed precocious child soon became the pet of the family. She was spoiled, had outbursts of temper, and was stubborn, but her family was so thrilled to see her again that they devoured her with kisses.

While many children that were so pampered would have become self-centered and difficult to live with, Therese realized that she was blessed by God. She later wrote, “All my life God was pleased to surround me with love, and my first memories are imprinted with the most tender smiles and caresses!” Truly from a very early age Therese had a deep spiritual sensitivity.

The Martin’s had a solid faith and saw the hand of God in every area of their lives. Their family life revolved around the liturgical year. Yet this family was not legalistic or bigoted. They practiced their faith in loving ways feeding abandoned children, tramps, and the aged. The children grew up with a lifelong respect for the poor.

Besides being gifted by God at an early age with spiritual sensitivity, there were two incidents that contributed to Therese’s maturation. When Therese was only four years old, Madame Martin succumbed to breast cancer. Therese’s older sisters sheltered her throughout their mother’s intense suffering, but Therese was present when her mother died. She watched from the corner of the room as her mother received the sacrament. Her father encouraged her to kiss her mother’s cold brow. On her way out of the bedroom she saw the upright coffin in the hallway.

Therese shed many tears but showing a spiritual sensitivity far above her years she realized that even this was from God. She understood God’s goodness and became more serious and devout. About this time Therese began to think seriously about devoting her whole life to service in a convent.

The other occasion on which Therese felt a strong calling from God was Christmas Eve, 1886. At thirteen years of age she was moving from childhood to adulthood and she says that she became an adult in a single instant. It seems that her father had put out the customary little shoes for presents at the fireplace. Going to the room to see what treats Father Christmas had brought her, Therese overheard her father saying that this would be the last time for such a silly tradition. Therese was stung by his words but now like a grown up she entered the room pretending nothing had happened. She later said that she experienced a complete conversion as she contemplated the meaning of her father’s words.

Soon Therese began to seek to enter the Carmelite convent at Lisieux. First she approached the bishop who told her she was too young. The Mother Superior also said she had to be a minimum of sixteen, but since this order was an order of Carmelites, closer to twenty or twenty-one would be better. How could this Mother Superior know that Therese was already mature enough to decide on her life?

Undeterred, Therese decided to take her case all the way to the Pope. She went on a pilgrimage to visit Pope Leo XIII in Rome. When she arrived at the Vatican she was told that it was forbidden to speak. The pilgrims were merely to kiss his feet, receive a blessing and move on for the next person.

Therese was sure of her calling and sure that the Pope was the only one who could get her into the convent at age 15. She needed his permission. When it was her turn to kiss his feet, she instead raised tear filled eyes to his face and said, “Most Holy Father, I have a great favor to ask you!” He responded that she would enter a convent if it was God’s will. She was prevented from speaking further by two guards who literally forced her from the room.

Nevertheless, she persisted with her father and with the Mother Superior in Lisieux and on April 9, 1888 she entered Carmel.

Life in convents is very closed to outsiders. We do not know much about Therese’s stay at the convent in Lisieux. Thanks to her autobiography we do know that Therese strived to serve God with all of her being every day.

Her heart was so sensitive that she would break down in tears if she offended anyone. One Sister used to clank her rosary beads very loudly when praying. It was such a distraction that Therese had a hard time concentrating and had bad thoughts about the nun. She repented and turned her thoughts into prayers for the sister. She also sought ways to serve the older nun and thereby learn to love her more.

therese of lisieux quoteTherese believed that even the smallest acts of kindness fulfilled Jesus’ command to love one another. One day when reading in First Corinthians about the spiritual gifts that Christians receive for service, she came across Paul’s words, “But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way” (I Corinthians 12:31). She understood that the body of Christ was composed of many members, all with different calls to serve. She understood that, “Love comprised all vocations, that love was everything, that it embraced all times and places… In a word, that it was eternal!” These and many other insights into how to live a Christian life came her way as she studied God’s Word. The nuns at the convent realized how wise she was and encouraged her to write her thoughts down. She did so in the form of an autobiography.

Therese composed her manuscripts during the last years of her life. She was ill much of the time and finally succumbed to tuberculosis in September of 1897. Within weeks of her funeral her manuscripts were published. Another nun had edited them and put them into one book.

Her book was sent to many convents where it was appreciated as great wisdom especially for one so young. Soon it spread throughout France. Eventually Therese was canonized on May 17, 1925 by Pope Pius XI. Three years later a young Albanian nun named Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu would take the name Teresa in honor of Therese of Lisieux. This nun would go on to exemplify the love that Therese of Lisieux taught. We know her today as Mother Teresa.

Thousands of people have been blessed by reading the autobiography of Therese of Lisieux. Readers have learned that small acts done faithfully for Christ are the most important. The everyday, ordinary Christian will never become famous. Each one of us is only called to serve God in a simple practice our own vocations in the way of love.

 

 

 

 

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Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.  (Matthew 4:23)

Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings. (Proverbs 22:29)

Medical missionaries often have more opportunities to share the Gospel than ordinary preachers or church planters. By offering medical aid especially to people who might not otherwise get it, the medical missionary is in a position to share the love of Christ in a physical and spiritual way. There are many stories about the healing of helpless poor or of a leader’s wife or child by a missionary that opened the door to the Gospel.

Certainly in the nineteenth century this was especially true in third world countries. In rural areas doctors could be literally hundreds of miles away. Medical missionaries set up clinics, dispensaries, nursing schools, and hospitals within reach of the ordinary people. On occasion God would call the medical missionary to the aid of a wealthy leader where they had the rare privilege of “standing before kings”.

One fine example of this is Dr. Clara Swain. Clara Swain has the honor of being the first fully accredited missionary sent out Clara_Swainby a Christian organization and the first woman physician in India. Clara also had the privilege of “standing before kings” when as a woman she was allowed to be the palace physician for an Indian Rajah’s family.

Clara was born in Elmira, New York in 1834. She was the youngest of John and Clarissa Swain’s ten children. When she was eight, Clara’s family moved to beautiful Castile, Wyoming County, N. Y., which was her home for the rest of her life.

Clara was self-educated and like many women of her time began her career with teaching. She did not really like teaching and longed to be a doctor. She got her chance when Dr. Cordelia Greene invited her to train at the Castile Sanitarium. Three years later she was admitted to the Women’s Medical College in Philadelphia. She completed her course in 1869. From early childhood Clara had also wanted to be a missionary. Very soon after her graduation this desire was fulfilled.

Mrs. D. W. Thomas, who had been the head of a girl’s orphanage in Bareilly, North India, saw the need for a female physician and appealed to the Woman’s Union Missionary Society to send someone if possible. Indian women were not allowed to be seen by male doctors and in any event the closest doctors were often many miles away.

The Woman’s Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church passed on the request for a medical missionary to Clara and Clara considered it with much prayer for three months. Then she decided on going. She got her things together quickly and left on November 3, 1869, arriving in Bareilly on January 20, 1870. She was welcomed enthusiastically and began treating girls even before her trunks with her medical supplies arrived.

Clara wasted no time. She started teaching classes in anatomy, physiology, and nursing to fourteen girls and three married women. She established a dispensary and began making plans for a much needed hospital.

Before the hospital could be built Clara had to house a few patients in the missionary house or visit the patients in their homes. This was time consuming and not really practical for people who needed more intensive care. In the first year of her ministrations Clara still managed to treat more than 1000 patients in the mission house and make over 250 home visits in the city and surrounding villages. Clara was the only female doctor within hundreds of miles. She welcomed each opportunity to share the Gospel as she was treating her patients. She made the long visits count by reading from the Bible in Hindustani and telling about the Great Physician, Jesus.

The ideal spot for the hospital was the land next to the mission. It was owned by a Mohammedan prince. He had sworn that he would resist the Western culture and especially the missionaries. Clara prayed and went to visit him to ask for just one acre to build a hospital for women and children. She was overwhelmed with gratitude when he gave her not just one acre but forty and an older house to use for the hospital! Clara wrote of her thankfulness later, “We were unprepared for so generous a gift… and were not a little surprised at the Nawab’s immediate and hearty reception of our request, and we accepted the gift with gratitude not to this prince alone, but to the King of the Universe, who, we believe, put it into his heart to give it to us.”

Repairs were made to the house and the first women’s hospital of its kind in all of Asia opened on January 1, 1874. This was aclara swain hospital wonderful day for the women in India. Many came and received such good treatment that they would often ask if they could stay longer either at the hospital or at the mission house.

In addition to her medical work Clara held meetings on the Sabbath where she taught from the Bible. When the hospital dispensary was opened the prescriptions had Bible verses printed on each one in three different languages so that each woman could receive some word about the great Healer of souls.

In 1875 after six years of relentless work Clara was very worn out. She went home to America for a rest. After three years, in spite of urging from her family to stay home, she returned to India to work with her beloved women and girls. Thanks to the women she had trained as nurses as well as the opening of the hospital, by 1883 over 8000 patients were being treated.

Again Clara’s devotion to her work took a toll on her health. When she received a summons from a native prince, the Rajah of Khetri to come and help his ailing wife, she decided to accept it. Clara took a Christian teacher with her and moved to Khetri where she became the palace physician to care for the women and children.

The prince and his wife, the rani, had only one child, a little girl. Though the rani was Hindu she and Clara would read the Bible together. They grew close. We do not know whether or not the rani or her daughter ever accepted Christ, but they studied together and even sang Christian hymns for many years.

Clara was permitted to open a school for girls. The rani and her royal court women were allowed to attend as well. Clara wrote later, “We brought a quantity of religious books, parts of the Bible, and our hymn books, all in the Hindustani language, and as we have opportunity we distribute them. I suppose there are more than thirty persons singing our hymns here already, for we have taught them to every one who would learn. … What an opportunity for good this is! For some of their songs are very vulgar, and we would not think of listening to them. Our hymns reach every woman in the palace, and they are sometimes sung to his highness. We often find that we can sing Christianity to these people when we cannot preach it. This is an opportunity such as not one of our missionaries has had before, of carrying the Gospel in to the very heart of native royalty.” What a blessing from an all-wise God.

Clara Swain - 1906

Clara Swain – 1906

By 1896 Clara was again worn out and needed to return to America to restore her health. She was saddened to have to leave India; she considered India to be her real home. She spent her final years at her beautiful home in Castile, N.Y. where she died in December, 1910.

Truly this remarkable woman followed Christ as she went about teaching the Gospel and healing many.

 

 

 

 

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“May God be glorified! In everything and everywhere may His holy will be done!”      Anne Marie Javouhey

Anne Marie Javouhey, or “Nanette” as she was affectionately called, was born in 1779 in France, ten years before the img-Blessed-Anne-Mary-Javouheyoutbreak of the French Revolution.

The fifth of ten children Anne Marie grew up in a devout Catholic home. Anne Marie was drawn to a religious life as a young child. When she was only ten years old she heard a small voice within her say, “You will belong to Me. You will be consecrated to Me. You will serve the poor and care for orphans.” Anne Marie believed that this was the call of God and throughout her life she would follow the Lord’s leading.

Anne Marie was only ten years old when the French Revolution began and she showed great courage and strength throughout her teen years. Her brave actions showed just how much stamina she had and prepared her for the trials and tribulations that she would go through in her later years.

The French Revolution was a horribly bloody and frightening time in the history of France. Besides murdering their rightful king and queen and every other royal or wealthy person who did not escape, the French government attacked the Church. Many priests and nuns were murdered if they did not renounce allegiance to the Church and take an oath of allegiance to the State. Church property was confiscated, desecrated, or destroyed. Religious people were hounded down and executed in front of gleeful crowds. It was a most anti-God time in the history of France and indeed the whole world.

Anyone caught helping priests or nuns was considered a traitor and was subject to the death penalty. Anne Marie’s family hid the priests who decided to flee rather than take the oath. Anne Marie herself would then help the priests to escape to a safe place. She was suspected by the authorities of being the one who led the priests to safety but they were reluctant to arrest a thirteen-year old girl. Her faith in God even during such a horrific time when she must stand against strong political enemies prepared Anne Marie to later face government officials, including a king, and church officials when it came time to defend herself and her people.

One of the brave priests whom Anne Marie helped suggested to her that she would be a good nun. Already encouraged to serve God because of her religious upbringing and her call to serve others, Anne Marie took a private vow of celibacy and determined to help educate children and care for the poor for the rest of her life.

After the Revolution was over, Master Balthazar Javouhey planned to have Anne Marie run the family farm. Recognizing that she was the brightest of the children including his sons, he hoped that she would marry and raise a family and run the business.

But Anne Marie “took the veil” and became a nun. She felt the call of God to serve the poor very strongly. Her father realized that she was serious when she convinced her suitor to become a Trappist monk and her two brothers to become churchmen as well.

Anne Marie joined several orders but their type of secluded life did not suit her. She knew that God had called her to be actively involved in the world and so went to work with a different order that worked among the poor.

About this time in her life she had another vision from God. She was surrounded by black people begging her for help. She did not know what it meant then, but the sight of the poor starving black children wrenched at her heart and she never forgot it.

anne marie javouheyAnne Marie remembered her girlhood promise to educate children and so she opened a school for girls in 1806 in Chamblanc. The French Revolution had left many poor people devastated and without much hope. Nanette and her sisters began the Order of Saint Joseph of Cluny in 1805 as a teaching order. In 1807 they bought a friary and began their school.

In 1815 the new government recognized what a good job Anne Marie was doing in schools and asked her to establish schools and hospitals first in France and then in Senegal and Guiana. Anne Marie became famous for teaching white and colored, rich and poor alike with no discrimination. And her schools and hospitals thrived where others had failed.

In 1828 Nanette traveled to Guiana with 36 nuns and established a self supporting community. They labored among the poorFrench Guiana
to educate them especially. The selfish men who had run the colony had left it a disaster. Nanette fought snakes, insects,
ceaseless rain, and petty officials who would not cooperate due to their jealousy.

After four years of prayer and hard work, Nanette succeeded in getting the former villainous men to attend prayer meetings, build infrastructure, plant bananas and other crops, and raise livestock. Her community was a bright shining light among the others in Guiana.

Nanette returned to France in 1833 where she added her voice to those who wanted to end slavery. This brave woman who had defied the evil French government during the revolution now boldly went before King Louis Philippe with a plan to help the blacks.

In 1830 Louis Philippe became king in France. Everywhere in the world nations were beginning to try and end slavery. Louis Philippe wanted to do the same and in 1831 he declared the emancipation of the slaves in his realm including the colonies. The slave holding colonists in Guiana protested. They did not believe that blacks had the mental capacity to run their own lives. More importantly, they liked having the black “beasts of burden” doing all of the heavy work on their plantations. Trouble broke out when 500 slaves left their plantations and marched to the capital city of Cayenne. They were penniless and hoped to find jobs. The slave owners were determined to return them to the plantations.

King Louis Philippe asked Nanette if black people were really incapable of running their own affairs. “Nonsense!” answered Nanette. And she had a plan to prove it! She said that she could establish a colony with those 500 freed slaves and that they would be successful. The king commissioned her to go back to Guiana in 1835. He accompanied her to the carriage that would take her to the ship and exclaimed that she was a “great man”.  The sea captain who took her to Guiana called this indomitable woman “my most seasoned sailor”.

Anne Marie Javouhey

Anne Marie Javouhey

Back at Guiana Nanette did indeed help the 500 slaves form a successful community. Everywhere else in Guiana people were starving but in Nanette’s community there was plenty of food. Nanette structured the colony as she would a religious community. Religious instruction was available to all; everyone worked cooperatively to grow food, fish, hunt, and build homes. The black people were all very happy. By 1838 all of the freed slaves were owners of their own cottages and had money that they had earned. Later government officials said that this colony was more prosperous than Cayenne itself!

Life was not so smooth as it should have been for Anne Marie. God sent her a thorn in the flesh in the form of a young, conceited, power hungry bishop back in France who was in charge of Anne Marie’s district. Bishop d’Hericourt tried to get the Sisters of St. Joseph to rewrite their constitution putting him in charge. His struggle to gain control of the order lasted for eighteen years. At one point he even excommunicated Nanette. For two years Nanette watched as her sisters and friends took communion while she sat and prayed unwilling to protest and cause a scandal. This brave and righteous woman who defied the government during the French revolution now stood firm in her beliefs again.

In 1843 when her goals of establishing the colony were accomplished Nanette sailed back to France. She was happy to be home but still faced the opposition from d’Hericourt. Though he fought her, she established a good enough relationship to continue her mission work. Anne Marie traveled to India, Tahiti, and South America. Anne Marie continued to work for equality for blacks. She also was willing to work among the lepers. Nanette continued to oversee her order as it grew to 118 houses with over 1000 sisters.

In the meantime the controversy with d’Hericourt continued but was finally adjudicated by an Archbishop in Paris. Archbishop Sibour was familiar with the situation and patiently heard both sides. In the end he determined that the control of the Sisters of St. Joseph should be left with Anne Marie. Nanette was exonerated and d’Hericourt was exposed as the power-grabber that he was. D’Hericourt was very angry but there was nothing he could do.

This struggle took its toll on both Anne Marie and d’Hericourt. They died within the same year. In March 1851 Anne Marie suffered a stroke. She nearly died but recovered for a few days. Upon hearing that d’Hericourt had died she said, ‘We almost met, he and I, on that very day, before the judgment seat of God. So he’s gone in ahead of me, that good bishop. Well, that is as it should be. A bishop should always enter first.” Nanette prayed for the bishop’s soul and then she died the next morning.

Coming through the dangerous and bloody French revolution to a life of steadfast faith Anne Marie succeeded as she sought to spread the love of Christ to as many people as she could.

In 1950 Anne Marie Javouhey was beatified by Pope Pius XII.

 

 

 

 

 

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He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?  (Micah 6:8)

This is the time that we pause and reflect on the old year and make our resolutions for the new year. My Pro-life friends and Inew-year-baby have resolved to redouble our efforts to make this a better world for those who are unjustly oppressed and no one is more egregiously oppressed than helpless unborn babies.

We have been mortified that so many tiny human beings, made in the image of God, are treated as if they don’t have any value. Let us work hard to end the slaughter.

For many years now women of courage such as Lila Rose, Abby Johnson, and Marjorie Dannenfelser have fought to protect life each on a different front of the battle for life.

They have reported many exciting accomplishments in 2015 and my prayer is that Pro-life men and women will build on that in 2016. Here are some of the top stories of 2015:

Lila Rose – Live Action News:

lila roseOne of the most important things that occurred in 2015 was the exposure of Planned Parenthood as an organization whose main purpose is to profit from the killing of the unborn. Americans are so outraged that there was even legislation passed in both houses of Congress to stop funding this abortion giant.

Here is a summary of an article explaining why American opinion is changing and there is hope to finally end the killing of the unborn.

From an article on their website – liveactionnews.org – December 26, 2015:

“5 terrible things Americans learned about Planned Parenthood in 2015” –

  1. Planned Parenthood, who receives $1.5 million PER DAY, wants abortion to be plentiful. Their slogan of “safe, legal, and rare” is a sham.
  2. Planned Parenthood knows that abortion takes the life of a baby. Vice President of of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Savita Ginde said on tape, “It’s a baby.”It's a baby
  3. Planned Parenthood actually does abort babies who could survive outside the womb. Live Action News investigated PP’s own clinic websites and found at least 6 PP clinics that do in fact perform abortions after viability (the time when a baby could survive on its own outside the womb). Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood flat out lied when she said, “We don’t provide abortions after, um, viability.”
  4. Planned Parenthood has been harvesting baby body parts and organs. 2015 brought one of the strongest modern indictments against Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry:  the undercover work of The Center for Medical Progress. CMP’s string of stunning videos showed PP executive after PP executive haggling, negotiating, and laughing over the body parts of aborted babies. Here is just one quote from Dr. Savita Ginde, “We’re doing procedures at 17 weeks, so we have fairly large identifiable parts. … And we’re planning on going to from 18 to 20 weeks by the end of the year.”
  5. Planned Parenthood lies. And lies. And lies and lies and lies. In one single interview given by Cecile Richards eleven bold-faced lies were told. Just one example will suffice: Planned Parenthood tells women that the baby does not have a heartbeat until around 17 weeks of pregnancy. Actually the baby’s heart can be heard beating by three weeks after conception.

Lila Rose and Live Action plan to “keep educating America on the truth that Planned Parenthood fails to tell: every single baby is a precious human being, deserving of a chance at life.” Please join her organization and help her.

Abby Johnson – And Then There Were None:

Another champion of life for babies is Abby Johnson. Abby thought that she was helping women when she went to work at aAbby_Johnson_high_quality_810_500_55_s_c1 Planned Parenthood clinic as a young woman. Everything changed when she actually witnessed an abortion in 2009. She watched in horror as a 13-week baby fought, and ultimately lost, its life at the hand of the abortionist. Now Abby travels around the globe to share her story and to expose Planned Parenthood. She has started a ministry, And Then There Were None, to help abortion workers get out of the abortion clinics. To this date Abby has helped nearly 200 workers leave the abortion industry.

Recently in an article in LifeSiteNews.com, Abby had this good news to share for 2015:

“6% of abortion workers have left industry in last four years – nearly 200 people”

Abby reported: 197 people have left the industry through its outreach and education efforts.

Now, says Abby, “the majority of workers come to us because they have heard about our ministry from sidewalk advocates. We owe much of our success to those who go to the clinics to spread a message of hope to all who enter the facility.”

“We have found that most of the workers contact us because there has been a moment of clarity for them in regards to the humanity of the unborn. It may be something in their own personal lives, like the birth of a baby or a miscarriage. More often, it involves a child who was killed by abortion.”

While thousands of people still work in the shrinking abortion industry, Abby says her group is making a difference. “We estimate that there are approximately 3200 individuals who work in abortion facilities. We have been able to assist more than 6% of the industry’s workers in their conversion. That 6% has the power to turn the abortion industry upside down.”

“Also, out of the 197 workers who have left, 6 of them are abortionists who permanently put down their life destroying instruments and now fight to save lives! We firmly believe that our vision is a key component in ending the culture of death. If we can make the abortion industry so unattractive to health care providers, they will be forced to close because of limited or no staff. We have already seen that happen in multiple locations because of the workers who have come through ATTWN.”

In addition to helping people leave the abortion industry, ATTWN helps former workers find new jobs. “For those who are licensed healthcare providers, such as doctors, nurses, medical assistants, they will almost always stay in the medical field,” she explains. “Some of the workers who have come through our ministry now work in prolife pregnancy centers or medical clinics. It is such a beautiful vision of transformation and redemption.” This is wonderful news! Please join Abby and help in this effort.

We praise God for Abby and pray that many more workers will quit their jobs in abortion clinics. This ultimately cuts down on the number of deaths of unborn babies.

Marjorie Dannenfelser – Susan B. Anthony List

majorieA true soldier of Christ on the legislative front of the battle is Marjorie Dannenfelser. While Lila is busy exposing the Planned Parenthood groups for the frauds that they are, and Abby is helping abortion workers to leave the clinics, Marjorie is battling to get people put into office who can help change the laws that are allowing the baby killing to go on or in passing legislation that will end the holocaust.

Marjorie’s good news for 2015 is that many groups have put before Congress a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. This bill has passed both houses, but of course the paid puppet of Planned Parenthood, Barack Obama, is expected to veto it. Please be in prayer this year that sane and compassionate voices will override the president’s veto.

My New Year’s resolution is to be even more supportive of these three women and their organizations. Lila Rose and Live Action News are leading the charge into the abortion industry itself reporting on what is really going on. The truth about the abortion industry is being exposed; Americans are waking up; babies’ lives are being saved. Abby Johnson with her organization, And Then There Were None, is compassionately working with abortion workers bringing them truth and healing. Many are turning around and joining the fight to protect the unborn. Marjorie Dannenfelser with the Susan B. Anthony List is working tirelessly to get people elected who will change the laws that are promoting the killing of the unborn. Part of my resolution is to pray for these women more constantly. The other part is to send them a donation.

I pray the many others will do the same. Consider making this one of your New Year’s resolutions too! May this be a Happy and Safe Year for the unborn!

 

 

 

 

 

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