Archive for April, 2008

come we gonna catch that

I didn’t have a bad day last Wednesday. I just happened to run into a lot of bad news in a rather short amount of time.

Strike one: Barack Obama, the man who stands for change. Wednesday afternoon I ran into my sister who informed me that Obama also decided to stand before the citizens of Pennsylvania and say not only that babies were a punishment, but that becoming pregnant and contracting an STD were the same thing. I watched the Youtube clips and asked God if He knew we had an election coming up.

Later on in the evening, I arrived at work for Strike two: My co-workers told me that Sam’s club would now be limiting the amount of rice its customers could purchase on account of the rice shortage in Asia. I looked at them like they were crazy. Rice is one of the most important crops in the world, a staple in the diet of millions, and we’re running out? I told God I didn’t think that was a very good option.

The third strike came just after my shift. I offered to take Jessica, one my co-workers, home, but I had to wait awhile before she was able to leave. I decided to grab a National Geographic on climate change and proceeded to read about three articles, all detailing the less than pleasant consequences of global warming. (Less than pleasant meaning catastrophic.) I stared at the pictures of melting ice caps until Jessica was ready to go. By the time we walked out the door, I was overwhelmed, almost certain the we’d exit the building to find the apocalypse in full swing.

And now here I am, almost a week later, still wondering about the struggles of the future and only just now finally taking a look at the Gospel readings from the last couple of weeks:

(Last week) John14: “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.”

(This week) John 15: “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

Those two readings speak volumes to the worries in my heart. Global warming, world hunger, the circus of our political system–definitely the fight for life–all present these monster problems that I am incapable of fixing. And that bothers me to no end. I want to fix things! But the truth is, I am much too small to fix them for the good. God on the other hand is nowhere near small. God is HUGE, and omnipotent, AND completely active within His creation. Meaning, we are not without hope. God is trustworthy enough to put right that which we have knocked so far off kilter. AND He lets us take part in the process.

Thus we have an option: to hope in the work of Christ or to despair in the toils of the world. That is the jumping off point of any ministry you will ever do. Either God’s promises are true and His word is good, or the world is right and we are without hope.

As we get ready for convocation this summer, I pray that God is preparing the hearts of our young people, getting you ready to catch a fire for the Most Holy. To become a branch that will bear the fruit of healing that our world undoubtedly needs. So…

Here’s hoping,

Sarah

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CECFL NEWS UPDATE

Dear Witness to Life,

This is just a quick update of some of the important things happening at CEC for Life.

1. The Chloe Powers 2008 contest is currently underway. We are looking for new ideas that the youth of our communion can share to help educate others about the truth of abortion. The deadline for receiving essays is May 15th! For more details visit our website. Friday morning during convocation week,we will pray at an abortion clinic that currently offers student discounts to those in the Orlando area. 

2. Fr. Terry is periodically airing live broadcasts. Please tune in to learn more about upcoming events and participate in discussion. The next scheduled live broadcast is set to air on Mon. April 28th at 7pm(CST). To login, just go to www.helloworld.com/frterry and click on the broadcast tower on the left of the page and wait for the video feed to load. This will not work if you are using a Mac.

3. If you haven’t checked it out yet, CEC for Life has its own blog! We encourage anyone to post an entry or pro-life announcement and pictures if you have them. The blog is located at www.cecforlife.wordpress.com. Be sure to check out the CEC for Life facebook page as well.

Also, we have lauched a new link on the website where you may be able to donate and offer your membership dues through PayPal. There is a link on this email if you wish to donate as well. We have also updated the website to include a news widget that updates current prolife news by the minute! You may also visit the website to learn how you can sign up or renew your membership for 2008.

We are looking forward to celebrating life at the International Convocation in Orlando this summer where there will be special emphasis placed on the youth of our communion leading us into battle for the life of the unborn child!

Thank you for your continued support of CEC for Life!

Peace,

 
Jacob Jones
Administrative Assistant
Fr. Terry Gensemer
Director
CEC for Life

NEW DUE DATE

I JUST WANTED TO LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT THE DUE DATE FOR THE CEC FOR LIFE CONTEST HAS BEEN CHANGED TO MAY 15TH. SO MAKE SURE TO TURN SOMETHING IN PRIOR TO THAT DATE IN ORDER TO COMPETE FOR THE TRIP TO ORLANDO.

National Mother’s Day Baby Shower

Alright…I know it has been a really long time since I posted something here, so let me first apologize to Sarah since I was getting on to her about posting things. With that out of the way, I just wanted to let everyone know of a great pro-life event that is sponsored by Stand True Ministries. They are organizing a National Mother’s Day Baby Shower. I would encourage everyone to get involved. Here at Intercessor, we are supporting a local ministry called Momma’s House, which provides housing and care for young women that have no where else to turn. The idea of this event is to contact a local crisis pregnancy center, like Birthright International, and find out what needs they have and then collect those items. It’s a simple idea, but can have a great impact on your local community. Check out the website to find out how to sign up.

Blessings,

Alan M.

monday, monday

As many of you guys know, I lived in Virginia for awhile as a full-time missionary for Stand True Ministries. About three months in, I was hanging around the mission house one evening when Bryan came upstairs from the office with the phone in his hand. He said, “Sarah, there’s a girl on the phone. Her name is Jennifer. I need you to talk to her. She’s definitely crying, she’s definitely pregnant…She’s thinking about having an abortion.”

Without hesitation I grabbed the phone, ducked into an office and closed the door. I didn’t know what I was going to say. I didn’t know if I was going to help save a baby’s life. I only knew that I was going to say Hello, and that when I did, Jennifer was probably going to say Hello back. God would have to take it from there.

He did too. Like the faithful Father that He is, God not only allowed me to speak with Jennifer that night, but the next night too. A couple of days later, we had lunch. And a few weeks after that we had lunch again. Months went by and things got busy, but Jennifer always kept me updated on how she and the baby were doing. Finally, in September, I received a text message from her. It was a photo of her holding her new baby boy, Aiden Jeremiah. God is so good.

So, I tell you all that to tell you this: Last weekend I got a call from Jennifer to let me know that she and Aiden would be in Jacksonville, NC. I didn’t know it at the time, but Jennifer and Aiden’s father, Josh, actually got married last year. He’s a marine, which is why he’s in North Carolina and she is in Virginia, and he’s about to be deployed. Jennifer came so he could spend time with her and the baby. So Monday morning I hopped in the car and drove with my mom to Jacksonville to (1) hug Jennifer’s neck, and (2) to meet Aiden and tell him how glad I am to know him.  There was also some pretty good Mexican food involved. And a camera:

Introducing, Aiden Jeremiah. Born September 7, 2007. Ridiculously good looking.

He has a really great smile too. And a really great mom.

On the drive home I couldn’t stop smiling. To see Aiden’s beautiful little face, to see his mother holding him and laughing, to know that God allowed me to play any role at all in the life of this child–It fired up my heart in a big way. It reminded me that God really is a God of miracles, and that abortion really can be stopped. Things like that are important to remember.

Peace of the Lord,

Sarah

Thank you Lord, Easter is not over!

Lord Jesus Christ, You are the Author of LIfe, who died and now lives forevermore.

May we who work and pray that children in the womb may be protected always draw strength, confidence, and joy from Your victory over death.

For you are Lord forever and ever. Amen.

– Fr. Frank Pavone, priests for life

Holy Saturday 2008

Holy Saturday is one of the most reflective days of Holy Week if not of the entire Christian calendar. It is on Holy Saturday that we remember Jesus as his body lay in the tomb. We are also reminded in the Apostle’s Creed that He descended into Hell. It is almost impossible to imagine our Beloved Savior in the cold, damp dark confines of a grave or tomb, but that is precisely where he laid. He also experienced the ultimate evil presence of Hades. Throughout history, mankind has been confronted with evil in the form of murder, betrayal, abandonment, human massacres by evil despots and governmental leaders, and genocide of entire races of human beings. However the presence of evil is embodied in it’s fullness in the depths of hell where Jesus went on our behalf. So Holy Saturday is a perfect time to remember the Reborn children who find themselves in a place which was created to be a place of nourishment and protection for them yet has become a place of darkness, of fear and death. We know they experience fear and pain in the womb as the most precious of God’s creation and so we know that Jesus has well shown that He “has born their pain and carried their sorrows”. So there is no better time to honor these children than Holy Saturday. This has become a tradition for many CEC Churches and we have included some pictures of Holy Saturday 2008 as many people gathered to pray the Liturgy for the Reborn at the Time of Death. – Fr. Terry Gensemer

Also from Father John Bower of the Church of the Holy Comforter in Florida:

On Holy Saturday 36 people from several local parishes joined the Church of the Holy Comforter, Stuart Florida to stand for life and against the sin of abortion at a Peaceful Prayer Vigil and as we prayed and united with our pre-born brothers and sisters at the Planned Parenthood location in Stuart.-Fr. John (Poppajohn) Bower