|Newsletter September 2010|
National Pro-Life Report Rep130
"As long as we continue to behave as sheep, we are victorious…
Dear Friend of HLI (Ireland),
Exactly this scenario was characteristic of atheistic communism as in Russia a century ago.
Exactly this scenario is unfolding before our eyes in Ireland – in incremental steps – as you read this.
This development we see in Ireland is part of a worldwide orchestrated agenda – it is not an isolated occurrence.
Our Lady of Fatima told us if Russia was not converted, it would spread its errors around the world. What we are seeing is the ugly face of atheistic communism manifesting itself more obviously. Pius XI wrote about this phenomenon in his encyclical Divini Redemptoris in 1937.
Christ has Victory Now don’t get me wrong. I am NOT pessimistic or melodramatic. I am not trying to unsettle you, and I KNOW that in the end Christ has the victory.
It is helpful however to look at things as they really are and deal with them properly, confident in God’s control of all things.
As St John Chrysostom indicates, the victory of Christ will be made manifest if we remain as sheep close to the Shepherd. The moment we try to become wolves ourselves, the Shepherd leaves our sides because he doesn’t shepherd ‘wolves’.
If we want to see His victory, we need to be channels of God’s power, not our own.
Radical Sexual Left Right now as I write this, at an United Nations Conference in Leon, Mexico - there is a document proposed which the radical sexual ideologues want governments to sign up to.
This is the UN’s International Year of Youth. This year, radical feminist and homosexual activists want to see an utter rejection of the Catholic/Christian sexual ethic in the lives of the world’s youth.
As pro-life UN observer Austin Ruse, writes:
“In 13 years of UN-watching, I can’t think of a single threat more serious than this scheme of indoctrinating and programming the world’s youth to reject Christianity, parental authority, and the sanctity and dignity of life. But that’s exactly what’s happening.”
“This document strikes right at the heart of the parent-child bond. It demands radical and complete autonomy for young people, separate from their parents. … UN member countries, including the Holy See, will be expected to endorse this grotesque anti-family manifesto.”
Make no mistake –
The forthcoming Children’s Rights’ Referendum due later this year in Ireland is not an isolated occurrence. In my view, it is part of a global push orchestrating a serious undermining of parents rights.
The Civil Partnership bill was not an isolated occurrence. It too is part of a global ideological push to destroy the family as we know it.
What’s more, radicals are trying their level best to make abortion a so-called "universal human right". They want to broach no exceptions.
Serious threat to the World
We ALL have our part to play. To fight this evil, Pope Pius in Divini Redemptoris expressly calls for prayer and fasting "…fighting as it were a holy war against a common enemy" (n63)
He calls for, amongst others:
Pope Pius XI reminds us, as in his day, communism is ultimately destined to fail:
“Gradually their plans and projects began to collapse before their eyes, as everything must of necessity collapse which is not built upon the cornerstone which is Christ.” (n39)
“We place this great campaign of the Church against activities of the atheistic communists under the patronage of St Joseph, that most powerful protector of the Catholic Church.”
Remember that the Holy Face Devotion prayers are a heaven-revealed remedy specifically to address the threat of atheistic communism.
Order a new copy of our Holy Face booklet by clicking on the link below and join us in these prayers.
Here is something you can DO.
Each one of us are NOT powerless in the face of this threat.
We in HLI (Ireland) use a simple formula in our daily prayer to empower our work against the “culture of death.”
We use the acronym SUPPEFFS is for Sanctification
U is for Unity in our midst
P is for Protection
P is for God’s Provision for our work
E is for Effectiveness
F is for Fruitfulness
F is for Foes – the downfall of the work of our foes (Psalm 111)
Will you join us?
In the consecration at your daily / Sunday Mass, will you remember HLI (Ireland) and all our work along the lines of SUPPEFF?
Would you approach a priest and ask him would lift up the work of HLI (Ireland) in a Mass one day per month along the lines of this SUPPEFF acronym?
Together, benefactors and workers of HLI (Ireland), I am certain we can make a difference.
Will you join us?
If you would, please ask your priest, arrange a monthly stipend and write to us notifying your date of a Mass in the month.
HLI (Ireland) were privileged to be invited to speak at the Youth 2000 festival in Clonmacnoise. Twelve hundred young people congregated at this ancient Christian site for a weekend of Eucharist adoration, rosary talks, confession, music and workshops.
My wife Therese and I were honoured to be asked to give a workshop on “Reasons to be pro-life.”
We spoke of God’s plan for sexuality, chastity before marriage, the development of the baby in the womb and the tragedy of abortion.
I gave my testimony as a pharmacist who felt called by God to cease dispensing contraception and abortifacients, even though this meant three years unemployment in my profession – a decision I do not regret.
Therese also gave a talk on Our Lady of Guadalupe to the entire gathering on the Saturday afternoon.
It was clear that young people absolutely love the truth being spoken in a clear, forthright, sensitive manner.
More than 40 priests listened to young people’s confessions for over two hours during the healing service at the weekend.
What a demonstration of God's grace!
Our new Guadalupe Centre officially opens on 12th September in Knock (Feast of Holy Name of Mary) It is also Grandparents Day in Knock.
Beginning with a Consecration mass in the Shrine Chapel at 11:45am, we will move to the Centre for a blessing.
We are truly privileged that the Guadalupe Centre will be officially opened by Dana Rosemary Scallon.
Dana is a lady who has so graciously stood true on Catholic values in many situations over the years.
Then we will have a light lunch buffet. You are invited to this exciting event.
Why not come on pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine on this day? Let our office know if you hope to come.
HLI (Ireland) again on EWTN The next two TV shows I was filmed on EWTN are due to be aired on 29th and 30th September 2010. (Feast of St Michael Archangel)
I had the privilege to join with host Johnette Benkovic on two shows, one of which was with husband and father Tony Crowe from Ireland.
On the theme of my new book on contraception and marital harmony, their times are 4pm on both dates (and repeated at 3:30 am the next morning)
Please pray these global broadcasts bear great fruit in the lives of married couples worldwide.
Other speaking dates Organised by a local supporter, myself and colleagues are due to speak in St Fiachra’s parish, Diocese of Ossory, Kilkenny on Holy Face Devotion beginning with Mass at 7:30pm and afterwards in Church Hall.
We are also due to take part in debate on abortion in UCD on 29th September. Please keep this in prayer.
Fundraiser in Arklow
This wonderful initiative is a great help to our work.
Perhaps you would consider doing something similar in your local area?
Please give John a call in our office (094 9375993).
Wills and Bequests
We have been blessed a number of times with such thoughtful generosity.
All our benefactors, living and deceased, are remembered in regular Masses.