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Family Life Council, Inc. is a pro-life/pro-family organization dedicated to the belief that all human life is precious and worthy of protection and that the family, the basic unit of society, must flourish in order for individuals to reach their full potential and for civilization to progress.
in the Year of Mercy
Pope Francis has called for the Church to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning Dec. 8, 2015.
One way you can participate in the Year of Mercy is to promote the Merciful Love of God toward all those who are suffering the consequences of their decision to abort their child.
Post-abortion suffering can be very debilitating; it frequently afflicts women and men for years until they are able to confess their sin and get the help they need to begin the healing process.
By your prayers and actions, you can help that person feel the Love and Mercy of God, and understand that forgiveness and reconciliation are possible. Project Rachel ministries and Rachel’s Vineyard, among others, can help the person along the healing process.
Here are some specific ways you can help:
- Ask your pastor to display in the back of church the mini-poster of the post-abortion sculpture - at left and available for free download: www.4life4family.org/sculpture This message can reach people very effectively and let them know there is hope, and that Mercy and Forgiveness are possible, and refer them to those who can help. It takes just a few minutes to place the mini-poster in church; then let the Holy Spirit do the rest. Pope Francis described the sculpture as “Very beautiful!” when he was given a replica, October 21, 2015. He also said earlier in the year, January 28, in reference to post-abortion suffering, “This is very grave. I carry this concern in my heart.” And he encouraged those working in post-abortion ministry, “Keep going…Keep working!”
- Distribute prayer cards with the photo of the sculpture, available from Family Life Council.
- Promote healing ministries such as Project Rachel in your parish.
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Pope Francis Receives Post-Abortion Sculpture - says it is "Very beautiful!"
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Photo: Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews
Family Life Council Initiates World-Wide Post-Abortion Awareness Campaign
Using the image of a powerful post-abortion sculpture, Family Life Council has initiated a world-wide campaign to help facilitate more post-abortion awareness and healing. The sculpture is the work of a young Slovakian, Martin Hudáček (born: 1984; home: Banská Bystrica, Slovakia).
This sculpture can have a tremendous impact upon those who view it. As part of pro-life educational efforts, it can help the general public better understand the pain abortion inflicts upon women, and that through the Love and Mercy of God, forgiveness and healing are possible.
Through a mini-poster which includes the photo of the sculpture, as well as a brief description, people are made aware of post-abortion suffering, and that there are organizations and programs such as Project Rachel and Rachel’s Vineyard which exist to offer hope to those suffering after abortion.
Individuals and organizations are encouraged to download the mini-poster from Family Life Council’s website, www.4life4family.org/sculpture, and to extensively distribute the mini-poster through ordinary print means and electronically. Churches, high schools, and universities are great places to display the mini-poster. Emailing the mini-poster to friends and relatives is also highly recommended. A news article suitable for reprinting in organizational and church publications is also useful.
AVAILABLE IN DVD!
At local retail outlets, online, and through video-on-demand services
"For Greater Glory” - What does a movie about Mexico in the 1920’s have to do with the current situation of Catholics and other Christians and all people of Faith in the U.S.? “ForGreater Glory” has been called “’must-see viewing for all who care about Faith and Liberty today” by Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus. The highly-acclaimed movie starring Andy Garcia is about the Mexican government’s persecution of the Catholic Church which resulted in the murder of priests, religious and lay leaders and which provoked an armed reaction by Catholic leaders from 1926 to 1929 called the Cristeros War”. Read the various well-done articles on the significance of this Mexican Church-State conflict in the May issue of the Knights' “Columbia” magazine. The articles on the movie, the historical aspects of the conflict, and the relation of all this to the Church in the US in 2012 are fascinating. Please go to the KC website to read the complete issue and the previous issue (April 2012) which also has excellent information on freedom of religion and conscience in relation to the HHS mandate: http://www.kofc.org/en/columbia/cover/columbia_2012.html We need to be aware of what happens when freedom of religion is undermined. For more info’ on the film/DVD: http://www.forgreaterglory.com/ The film is rated R.
And here is an excellent 27 minute video which describes some of the historical background of "For Greater Glory": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnPi5cXlVHo&feature=plcp The video has scenes from the movie along with historical and other commentaries, to help you to better appreciate the historical context of the film.
PRAYER FOR THE PROTECTION OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
O God our Creator,
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the
midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be "one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
We ask this through Christ our Lord.