For those of you who are reading this...and I know you are out there(I see the stats!)...I am going out on vacation for the next 2 weeks so I may not blog...I am finally going to get to see my son, just back from Iraq!!!!
Tuesday, September 22, 2007
6th Ave & 49th St (across froom Radio City Music Hall)
To Register as a participant please email or call Colleen Berry at:
Silentnomorenyc@yahoo.com or call (347)245-9476
The campaign has three main goals:
Educate the public that abortion is harmful emotionally, physically and spiritually
Inform women who are hurting from an abortion that there is help
Invite women to join us in speaking the truth about abortion’s negative consequences
You can participate in 3 ways
1.If you are a post abortive person who would like to speak out about the harm abortion has brought to your life
If you are a post abortive person who does not wish to speak but is willing to hold a sign saying “I Regret My Abortion”
As a general support and prayer person who will attend as a spectator (we need you there!)
Abortion must be addressed on many fronts -- such as the legal, political, and spiritual -- but the National Silent No More Awareness Campaign is designed to address abortion by touching the hearts of people. We believe that abortion should be unthinkable as an option for women facing an unplanned pregnancy. Evidence of the damage abortion does to women, men and others will help persuade society that women dealing with an unplanned pregnancy deserve better help than legalized abortion
Once again what we already know to be true has happened. Planned Parenthood, who claims to care about women and their rights, had no concern about a undercover person they believed was a 15 yo getting an abortion even though she said the person who inpregnated her was 23. I guess laws don't matter to them, or the girl ...just money and killing babies....see "Undercover at Planned Parenthood" here: http://michellemalkin.com/index.htm
Now, if you are post abortive that title probably made you cringe. The day is approaching and most likely, you have already been thinking about it for weeks. The cards are out and the Mother’s Day gifts are on the store shelves. There is no escaping it.
For me, this day used to be torture. I can remember one in particular were I spent the day walking around with my two young sons in a stroller crying, trying to stay away from all that would remind me of my child that was not there.
Years later at church, it really got to me…”All Mothers stand up for a blessing”…I remember being mortified. How can I receive a blessing after what I had done? I don’t deserve one, and yet, if I don’t stand up they may figure out that I aborted a baby, or, as someone I know who is post abortive has no children said to me, “I remember feeling badly about having to sit down”. No matter what the circumstances, there is no denyingthe pain.
Of course, no one who knows about the abortion mentions it. You are left to think you are the only one remembering. As with many other days you try to go on with a semblance of normalcy, but inside your heart is breaking. That is why years later at the ministry I do with The Sisters of Life I decided to meet it head on.
For our monthly “Gathering” (post abortion group), we decided to buy each women a white rose with a tag attached that said “Happy Mothers Day Mom…I miss you, see you in heaven”.
The Sisters were understandably nervous…was I sure this was ok? Aren’t we bringing up the pain? “No” I assured them…the pain is already there…we are only acknowledging it and giving them permission to express it.
One by one the women entered and received their rose. Not one woman was sorry to get it. In fact, it was beautiful.Amid tears, and prayers, and yes, even smiles, each expressed the meaning to them. Their children were real, and so was their motherhood.
We may not be able to hold the physical bodies of our children on earth, but we hold the spiritual and emotional ties deep in our hearts. By acknowledging our motherhood we acknowledge our love for them making them part of our family, separated by space but joined forever by grace and love.
Our friend Ann Marie Cosgrove from Silent No More Minesota,is featured in a new film
In The Wake Of Choice
Documenting The Effects Of Abortion In A Pro-Choice World
Filmmaker Miguel S. Campbell follows Ann Marie Cosgrove as she talks with people affected by abortion. Women, men, families and friends bravely share their stories. See the pain of living with a terrible secret. Come to understand the suffering in silence. Experience the journey toward healing. Find the hope that begins to grow. We live in a world full of choices. This film documents the effects of abortion in a pro-choice world.
Many of you may know that Our Lady of Czestochowa is the Patroness of our "Entering Canaan" ministry. For those of you not familiar with the image you can view it here: http://www.catholictradition.org/Mary/czesto.htm Without getting into the whole thing, the scars of her face have been attempted to be covered by numerous artists over the years but they always reappear..much like the scars of abortion. Yesterday was a Feast day..I found it interesting to read in this article that one of the things they do at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Poland, on this Feast is special prayers for children before birth. Our Lady of Caestochowa, pray for us!
3rd of May in Poland
The 3rd of May is both a national and religious
holiday in Poland. The day is free of work and various celebrations
take place all over the country.
216 years ago, in the year 1791, Poland adopted a
Constitution - the first modern act of this kind in Europe and the
second in the world, after that of the United States.
In 1791 the
3rd of May was established as the Constitution Day. After World War 2,
communist authorities in Poland replaced the Constitution Day with a
communist Labor Day on May 1 and in 1951 they declared illegal the
celebration of the Constitution Day. After the fall of Communism in
Poland, since 1990, May 3rd is again the national holiday in Poland.
mark the 216th anniversary of the Constitution of the Third of May,
Polish president Lech Kaczyński, House Speaker Ludwik Dorn, Warsaw
Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz and other prominent figures attended a
solemn Mass in the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw.
homily, bishop Tadeusz Płoski talked about the history of the Polish
nation, which was always connected to the Church. He stressed the
special role of the Marian devotion in Poland and the significance of
the Black Madonna of Częstochowa as a symbol of national and religious
Following the Mass, president Lech Kaczynski paid
tribute to national heroes at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the
center of Warsaw. In the afternoon, the President is scheduled to award
national honors to distinguished persons, including a posthumous award
to the famous Polish poet, Zbigniew Herbert.
Parallel to the
national holiday, Poland is celebrating a Catholic Feast of Mary, the
Queen of Poland, which was established in 1923 by Pope Pius XI.
most famous Marian sanctuary in Poland in Czestochowa, home of the icon
of the Black Madonna, marks today's feast with special prayers for the
weakest among people, including ill persons and children before birth.
During a special Mass, spiritual adoption vows were made, followed by a
series of services dedicated to the defense of people before birth, the
sick, and the elderly.
Attached is a fact sheet we have developed in analyzing Governor Spitzer's Abortion Program Bill. Please feel free to distribute this fact sheet widely and to use these talking points when discussing the Governor's extreme abortion plan.
Entering Canaan Entering Canaan is comprehensive post abortion ministry consisting of Day of Prayer & Healing, weekend Retreats and monthly Gatherings. It also includes a yearly "Mercy Renewal Retreat" which enables those involved in the ministry to come aside each year to grow more deeply in their healing and faith.
Lumina Hope & Healing After Abortion A post abortion ministry of Good Counsel, Inc., Lumina provides groups, retreat days, trainings, public speaking, & referrals to post abortion ministries, professional therapists and clergy.
Abortion Recovery International ARIN is an affiliate association, dedicated to connecting and assisting like-minded abortion recovery centers, programs and services; as well as individuals working within the field.
Ramah International Assistance for those hurting from post abortion syndrome through communication, resources, and local referrals.
Project Rachel The Catholic Church's healing ministry for those who have been involved in abortion.
National Office of Reconciliation and Healing A network of researchers and psychotherapeutic professionals working in the field within the U.S. and abroad, consulting on the formation of post-abortion support services within secular and religious settings.
Rachel's Vineyard Rachel's Vineyard retreats combines a unique and creative process for psychological and spiritual healing.
Safe Haven Ministries Safe Haven is a peer site for those who have had abortions to find comfort, hope, understanding, and healing.
Ramah International – Sydna Masse’s Blog
Ramah International, Inc. was founded by Sydna A. Masse, a post-abortive woman who experienced God’s healing touch eleven years after her abortion through a crisis pregnancy center’s ministry program.
After Abortion Life after abortion: News, opinion, personal experience, resources