SFX for Life
A Web Ministry of the Gospel of Life Committee,
The Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier, Hunt Valley, Maryland
Building a culture of love and life in the face of a culture of utility and death
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Maryland Catholic Conference - An Important Catholic Resource

The Maryland Catholic Conference (MCC) is an education and advocacy group that focuses on issues critical to the Catholic faith. MCC's focus is two fold: to represent the public policy positions of the Church before the Maryland General Assembly, the U.S. Congress, and other sectors of the public square, and to engage Maryland Catholics in advancing those positions.

MCC's website is replete with information on political contacts and issues as well as the latest on legislative action affecting Life and Human Resource issues.

http://www.mdcathcon.org/

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Priests For Life - Important Leadership On Life Issues

From the heart of the Church, it is a movement of priests seeking to help the rest of the Church to use her full strength against the most devastating attacks on human life in our day. Priests for Life embraces the consistent ethic of life as it is explained in the Bishop's Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities: A Reaffirmation (1985).

Priests for Life seeks to link up priests across the country who are actively involved in the pro-life movement, and help them work effectively in union with their local bishop and diocesan programs.

  • We provide training seminars and individual assistance to priests to help them preach more effectively against abortion and euthanasia.
  • We distribute the Priests for Life newsletter, a practical aid for preaching and pro-life activity, to over 45,000 priests in the U.S., free of charge.
  • We produce video and audio tapes, bulletin inserts, homily materials as well as other pro-life resources for clergy and laity.
  • We provide lay pro-life groups with an effective link to the clergy.
  • We link pro-life groups and individuals on the Internet by means of the Priests for Life web site.
  • We syndicate Fr. Pavone's bi-weekly columns to diocesan newspapers across the country.
  • We vigorously proclaim the Gospel of Life in interviews with the national press. Fr. Pavone is frequently quoted in newspapers, radio, and television.
  • We have staff ready 24 hours a day to assist people to find alternatives to abortion.
  • We offer healing and counseling to anyone who has been involved in an abortion.
http://www.priestsforlife.org

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Gabriel Network - Providing Assistance To Women And Families Facing Crisis Pregnancies

The Gabriel Network is a grassroots, faith-based nonprofit support network that provides practical, emotional and spiritual assistance to women and families facing crisis pregnancies, in a spirit of Christian solidarity.

They are a network of churches, individuals, businesses, agencies, donors, organizations, and professional personnel inspired by Christ to realize a culture of life through loving service to the women and families in our communities challenged with an unexpected pregnancy.

They operate in Washington DC and much of Maryland, specifically Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard, Carroll, Charles, Calvert, Frederick, Harford, Baltimore City and Baltimore Counties.

http://www.gabrielnetwork.org/

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Project Rachel - Healing the Wounds of Abortion

"Project Rachel reaches out to all women and men hurting emotionally and spiritually after involvement with abortion. This ministry helps heal your wounded relationships with yourself, your child and God. Extending God's compassion, unconditional love, and forgiveness, Project Rachel offers hope and peace."

Project Rachel offers Rachel's Vineyard weekend retreats which offer a beautiful opportunity for healing to any woman or man who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion.


http://www.project-rachel.net/index.cfm

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Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network

The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network is a nonprofit group dedicated to ensuring the rights of disabled, elderly and vulnerable citizens against care rationing, euthanasia and medical killing. Incorporated in 2001 to fight for the life of Terri Schindler Schiavo, the clear focus now and in the future is to help others avoid future tragedies that reflect what Terri endured.

http://www.terrisfight.org

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Prolife Across America - The Billboard People

Since 1989 PROLIFE Across AMERICA's Media Mission is to reach out through Billboard, TV, radio and newspaper ads to people who may not be reached in any other way. Our ads create an "Atmosphere of Life" in a "culture of death."

Totally educational, (non-profit and non-political), PROLIFE Across AMERICA is committed to bringing positive, persuasive messages offering information and alternatives - including adoption - and post abortion assistance to those in need. All ads feature our 800# Hotline for Help.

http://prolifeacrossamerica.org/

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Theology of the Body - Profound Wisdom in an Age that Desperately Needs It

The 'Theology of the Body' is Pope John Paul II's integrated vision of the human person - body, soul, and spirit. As he explains, the physical human body has a specific meaning and is capable of revealing answers regarding fundamental questions about us and our lives:
  • Is there a real purpose to life and if so, what is it?
  • Why were we created male and female? Does it really matter if we are one sex or another?
  • Why were man and woman called to communion from the beginning? What does the marital union of a man and woman say to us about God and his plan for our lives?
  • What is the purpose of the married and celibate vocations?
  • What exactly is "Love"?
  • Is it truly possible to be pure of heart?
All of these questions and many more are answered in Pope John Paul II's 129 Wednesday audiences, which were given between the years 1979 and 1984. His reflections are based on Scripture (especially the Gospels, St. Paul and the Book of Genesis), and contain a vision of the human person truly worthy of man. John Paul II discusses who man was in the beginning, who he is now (after original sin), and who he will be in the age to come. He then applies this message to the vocations of marriage and celibacy, in preparation for the Kingdom of Heaven.

http://www.theologyofthebody.net/

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Rock for Life - A Project of American Life League

Rock for Life is committed to offering the truth about abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia to America's youth through music and ministry.

Young people are being deceived and manipulated by the music industry! Many of today's popular artists speak out for abortion rights and raise money for pro-abortion causes. They are feeding our youth with the lie that abortion is not only an answer to their problems, but a right they must fight to protect.

To counter this assault on young people, Rock For Life works to bring together bands who stand for the truth - that life is sacred from fertilization until natural death - with no exceptions, no compromise, and no apologies. Rock for Life is dedicated to this fight until abortion is abolished and a respect for the gift of life is restored.

Rock for Life exists to offer you a voice, encouraging you to stand up among your peers and fight against the destruction of your generation.

http://rockforlife.org/

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National Pro-Life Radio

National Pro-Life Radio is an exciting new broadcast platform spotlighting everything that is taking place in the global movement to restore human dignity and respect for every human being on the planet. Programming at NPLR includes savvy talk hosts, insightful opinion leaders, comprehensive news coverage, information and education programs.

Our hosts include award winning celebrities, civil rights leaders, physicians, award winning performers from film, stage and television, community activists, journalists and reporters, singers and dancers, and of course, the requisite members of the clergy.

If you're used to rag-tag, red faced, artery-bulging, dower, frumpy dressed, angry, frustrated anti's, then you're in for a major culture shock at NPLR. You probably won't agree with everything you hear (and see) on NPLR - and we invite your opinion – in fact, we long for it (even if it hurts!) – but you won't go away without your own opinion about what it is to be "pro-life".

If you care anything about individual human freedom, conscience, justice, dignity, about life itself - your and everybody else's – then you can't afford to pass up NPLR.

NPLR.net...All Pro-Life, All the time!

http://www.nationalproliferadio.net/default.asp

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Resources

Life Dynamics

"We're not here just to put up a good fight. We're here to win, because winning is how the killing stops."

As an anti-abortion pro-life organization, we fight to change the abortion picture - to end legal abortion and return the right to life to unborn babies from the moment of conception. Our motto is, "Pro-Life: without compromise, without exception, without apology."

Life Dynamics was founded as a non-profit pro-life organization in 1992 by pro-life activist Mark Crutcher. We've gained a reputation among pro-life groups for our abortion research, our respected Abortion Malpractice Litigation campaign against abortion providers and our aggressive anti abortion Direct Mail Program that helps other pro-life organizations target Planned Parenthood, National Abortion Federation or other abortion clinics in their area.

In the pro-life movement our particular pro-life organization is also known for undercover investigations against abortion providers such as our baby body parts investigation. When we exposed the sale of baby body parts, it shocked pro-life activists.

Unique among national right to life groups is our anti-abortion legal strategy for the pro-life abortion battle. Our Abortion Malpractice (ABMAL) program provides litigation support services to attorneys in medical malpractice cases against abortion clinic operators and abortionists. Pro-choice quotes admit that abortion lawsuits are a threat to abortion clinics (because they know that injuries from botched abortions and abortion deaths happen on a regular basis).

Beyond abortion law, our Direct Mail Program (DMP) alerts doctors and medical students to the stigma that attaches to abortionists. We also help local pro-life organizations fight the anti-abortion battle with DMP products. We provide the artwork without charge, custom design pieces for specific uses, such as targeting an abortionist or community, and even help local pro-life organizations generate their mailing lists for their fight against abortion.

Read More on their Website.

http://www.lifedynamics.com

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The Thomas More Law Center

The Thomas More Law Center defends and promotes America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and moral values, including the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life. It supports a strong national defense and an independent and sovereign United States of America. The Law Center accomplishes its mission through litigation, education, and related activities. It does not charge for its services. The Law Center is supported by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, and is recognized by the IRS as a section 501(c)(3) organization. You may reach the Thomas More Law Center at (734) 827-2001 or visit our website at www.thomasmore.org.

The Law Center's purpose is to be the sword and shield for people of faith, providing legal representation without charge. We achieve this goal principally through litigation, seeking out significant cases consistent with our mission.

The Law Center also defends and promotes faith and family through media and educational efforts. Above all, the lawyers of the Thomas More Center seek to meet the highest moral and ethical standards of our Christian faith and our legal profession.

Our ministry was inspired by the recognition that the issues of the Culture War being waged across America are not being decided by our elected representatives, but by unelected judges holding life-time appointments who often rule according to their political ideology rather than existing law.

Moreover, their court decisions, largely insulated from the democratic process, have been inordinately influenced by legal advocacy groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) which seek to systematically subvert the religious and moral foundations of our nation.

The Thomas More Law Center, therefore, is the Christian response to the ACLU.

http://www.thomasmore.org/

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Pro-Life Action League

The Pro-Life Action League was founded by Joseph M. Scheidler in 1980 with the aim of saving unborn children through non-violent direct action. We are doing all we can to stop the killing and the exploitation. Some of our key activities are:
  • Abortion Clinic Presence
  • Public Protest
  • Confronting the Abortionists
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Non-contraceptive, pro-life Ob/GYN

Mary Ann Sorra, MD
Village OB/GYN Associates
Pikesville, MD
410-653-6500

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Bits and Pieces

Mother Teresa Quotes

God's Trust

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.

Love

Intense love does not measure, it just gives.

Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor... Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.

The success of love is in the loving - it is not in the result of loving. Of course it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not does not determine the value of what we have done.

Nobody

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.

Paradox

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.

Poverty

It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.

Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.

Words

Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.

Work

There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in - that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.

violence

"If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people to not kill each other? Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion."

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Dr. George Lombardi meets Mother Teresa

[From the Youtube posting]
A young doctor is whisked halfway across the globe to care for an ailing international religious icon.

Dr. George Lombardi is a lifelong New Yorker, where he's in private practice.

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A POEM

The Beautiful Hands of a Priest


We need them in life's early morning;
we need them again at its close;
We feel their warm clasp of true friendship;
we seek them when tasting life's woes.

At the altar each day we behold them,
and the hands of a king on his throne
are not equal to them in their greatness;
their dignity stands all alone.

And when we are tempted and wander to
pathways of shame and of sin,
It's the hand of a priest that will absolve us-
not once, but again and again.

Other hands may prepare a feast, but
the hand that will bless and unite us
is the beautiful hand of a priest.

God bless them and keep them all holy for
the Host which their fingers caress;
When can a poor sinner do better than to
ask Him to guide thee and bless?

When the hour of death comes upon us,
may our courage and strength be increased,
By seeing raised over us in blessing the
beautiful hands of a priest!

-Author unknown
From an old prayer card

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Misc Quotes

We’ve committed ourselves to a God who doesn’t really care how bad we think things are.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap

We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.
Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman

“Catholic” is a word that has real meaning. We don't control or invent that meaning as individuals. We inherit it from the Gospel and the experience of the Church over the centuries. We can choose to be something else, but if we choose to call ourselves Catholic, then that word has consequences for what we believe and how we act. We can't truthfully claim to be Catholic and then act like we're not.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap

The problem in our life is not the availability of truth, it is the hypocrisy of our search.
(from a talk by Ravi Zacharias)

If you're Catholic and you disagree with your Church, what do you do? You change your mind.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap

Christian Love is Not Tolerance. Christian love bears evil, but it does not tolerate it. It does penance for the sins of others, but it is not broadminded about sin. The cry for tolerance never induces it to quench its hatred of the evil philosophies that have entered into contest with the Truth. It forgives the sinner, and it hates the sin; it is unmerciful to the error in his mind. The sinner it will always take back into the bosom of the Mystical Body; but his lie will never be taken into the treasury of His Wisdom. Real love involves real hatred: whoever has lost the power of moral indignation and the urge to drive the buyers and sellers from the temples has also lost a living, fervent love of Truth. Charity, then, is not a mild philosophy of "live and let live"; it is not a species of sloppy sentiment. Charity is the infusion of the Spirit of God, which makes us love the beautiful and hate the morally ugly.
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

We do not need a voice that is right when everyone else is right. We need a voice that is right when everyone else is wrong.
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Modern man in his technology has something that unites him with magic, while separating him from the wisdom of the ages.
C.S. Lewis

…and the truth is passed on by the small fervent band of the few. Not by the many but by dauntless, resolute, dedicated few.
John Henry Cardinal Newman

Only where God is seen does life truly begin.
Pope Benedict XVI

Our weapons are not guns or hatred or religious prejudice -- but courage, honesty, charity, clarity and truth rooted in the person of Jesus Christ. which inevitably means rooted in the Cross He carried for us.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap

We know that we’ve been given the truth of the Gospel through no merit of our own. We need to proclaim it humbly and confidently even when other people object -- and even if they’re offended. The laity are Christ’s primary missionaries to the world, and we [priests] have to form them much more deeply for the post-modern world in which they live.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap

The lay vocation is not about being a lector, altar server, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion or a member of the parish council, a lay ecclesial minister – although all of these things are important and should be enthusiastically welcomed. The vocation of the Catholic laity -- the Church at its best -- is to penetrate all the various levels of society and convert the culture for Jesus Christ.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap

The media have no idea what a real Catholic is. If they did, they would scream for his martyrdom, they would scream for his skin.
H.E. Bishop Williamson, 2005

A priest-friend of mine, who had formerly been a Protestant minister, said that the difference between a dissenting Catholic and a Protestant is that the Protestant has integrity.
Bishop Fabian Bruskevitz

The basic difference between a Catholic and a Protestant is with Protestants they lose their faith and then their morals – with Catholics it’s the other way around.
Msgr. Ronald Knox

Immorality is un-American and a threat to national security.
Fr. Corapi

If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.
C. S. Lewis

That's one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It's a religion you couldn't have guessed."
C.S. Lewis, The Case for Christianity

All that we call human history--money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery [is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.
C. S. Lewis

I am a converted pagan living among apostate puritans.
C.S. Lewis

We don’t realize what we’re doing because we don’t realize what we’re undoing.
G. K. Chesterton

The Catholic Church is the only thing that saves a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age.
G.K. Chesterton

It is an old story that, while we may need somebody like Dominic to convert the heathen to Christianity, we are in even greater need of somebody like Francis, to convert the Christians to Christianity.
G.K. Chesterton

For the convert’s sake, it should also be remembered that one foolish word from inside does more harm than a hundred thousand foolish words from outside…There is many a convert who has reached a stage at which no word from any Protestant or pagan could any longer hold him back. Only the word of a Catholic can keep him from Catholicism.
G.K. Chesterton

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.
G.K. Chesterton

For the modern world will accept no dogmas upon any authority; but it will accept any dogmas on no authority. Say that a thing is so, according to the Pope or the Bible, and it will be dismissed as a superstition without examination. But preface your remark merely with ‘they say’ or ‘don’t you know that?’ or try (and fail) to remember the name of some professor mentioned in some newspaper; and the keen rationalism of the modern mind will accept every word you say.
G.K. Chesterton

We do not really want a religion that is right where we are right. What we want is a religion that is right where we are wrong.
G.K. Chesterton

Heresy is truth gone mad.
G.K. Chesterton

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.
G.K. Chesterton, in What's Wrong With the World

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