From Rescue to Rosary

Joe asked me to meet Msgr.Reilly and every time we’re together at the sidewalk at Manhattan he insists that I’d love to meet him and I would fake an interest in my face and give some excuse. This has been going on for a couple of months. What’s so interesting about an 80 yr old priest and what more possibly he could teach me i thought. an astounding arrogance incarnate I am! However fate paved way that I had to think about my country ‘India’ which performs approximately 6 million abortions every year. I knocked the doors of well known Pro Life leaders asking for help for my country. Since i posses neither money nor reputation nothing about me or my request interested them. And just as I got used to call every Pro Life leader with the weird request to help INDIA or leave a message only to never hear back, one day I receive a call from a feeble old man whose voice or tone I never understood. After much difficulty I deciphered that he’d like to see me in person to discuss about ‘INDIA’.  And  that’s the beginning of the drastic change in the sidewalk counseling journey- from Rescue to Rosary.

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I decided to meet the owner of this fragile broken voice. Brooklyn- Uh not the kind of place like Manhattan. Old monastery building and rusty gates. I ring the doorbell and enter into a small room which is the visiting room of Monsignor. Old creaky fan, half ripped wall paper, old fashioned lights, not so fancy chairs, worn out table with piles of paper and on top of it is a letter from Fr.Frank Pavone the  Director of Priests for Life requesting Monsignor to review his book, Oh I know Fr. Pavone ! I try to make myself comfortable in one of those antique chairs waiting to see the owner of the broken voice. And behind me I hear a feeble voice trying to speak hard “Hello “. There he is, Monsignor. He introduces himself and asks how can I help. I was pretty straight forward. “My country needs help, I want to start a Pro life movement there and don’t know how or when and nothing more but my country needs help.” He smiled at me and asked do i know anything about Helpers and their work. My reaction pretty much conveyed him that I don’t. So he patiently introduces himself.

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Monsignor Philip J Reilly, the founder and Director of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants whose movement has spread from 4 person group in Brooklyn to Australia, Taiwan, Latvia, Yugoslavia, Austria, Capetown South Africa, Seoul South Korea, Bogota Columbia, South America and Central America. Shortly, Helpers are in all continents of the world. And here is the man who founded it sitting right in front of me and not bothered by the fact that I did not know about him or his movement. Incredible! The work of this Man whose seeds keep reaping the incalculable benefit of “LIFE” itself in remote corners of the universe: families saved, Doctors conversion, clinic closures, spooky tales of saying Mass inside abortion clinics with the equipment still there, vigils with overflowing crowd, death threats, million dollar lawsuits, cardinals and bishops heading the vigils, clinics turning to life centers on and on and on. What is behind all this? How did he do it? What made a simple movement of 4 people go trans continental? Well it’s definitely not technology, technique or tithe. The answer is a transformational journey from Rescue to Rosary!

I was taught to get out of my shell, to approach people, and to talk. I was taught various counter arguments to keep myself equipped to defend life, I was taught to stand for life without being ashamed and in fact with courage, I was taught how to start a conversation, hook people into it, i was taught to show videos, get deep into subjects, I was taught to divert people from getting into clinic and taking them to Crisis Pregnancy Centers, I was taught to handle arguments with contraception very delicately, i was taught not to talk about God at first in fear of putting off people, I was taught to be humorous, cool, relaxed all of which is perfectly fine. Yes! it has saved lives. But I had to unlearn what I learnt even though this is the famous methodology followed by the majority in the Pro Life circle.

I went to do sidewalk counseling with Monsignor Reilly to know what he had been doing and still doing with such perseverance for almost 50 years. He gave a bunch of Rosaries in my hand with brochures containing information for Women who are abortion minded, who already had abortion as well as those taking contraceptive pills and asked me to give in front of the largest Ambulatory Abortion clinic in Brooklyn where children are killed up to 6 months. All I have to do is to be there with the attitude of being at the foot of the Cross with Prayer and Fasting handing out the Rosary and brochure to the women going in as well as to those coming out of the clinic.

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This, I followed with reluctance for few months now. Hard to distrust our human intentions, skills and actions and completely leave the ground to God. No place for thinking of oneself as savior, no chance for accumulation of pride, no vain chatting, no relying on one’s own capacity and skills, no room for winning arguments or prove oneself, even no room for taking a sip of water, no pushing people to make decisions. Looks foolish from outside isn’t it?  Wait a min. Within few months of doing this even with nowhere near perfection the clinic in Elizabeth, NJ announces shifting to smaller office and downsizing the business. How about that? The place is going to be sold, they’re moving and so are we following them until they join us. Conversion! Monsignor says “God loves the woman before and after abortion. He wants their salvation. He wants the mother to be with Him in Eternity, and so the Abortionist and those involved. He died for them. He died for the soldier who would pierce his side with lance, blood and water gushed and this blind soldier was healed and saved. That’s the same with the abortionist.”It’s about saving the immortal souls.

But there’s more to this transcendence from Rescue to Rosary. Monsignor himself admits how he used to do things in wrong way, the rescue way: save the babies ! stop the abortion! until he learned his lessons the hard way. It’s about fighting the Culture of death. That’s way more in depth than one can assume. To fight this we must know the roots of the Culture of Death and  how did it start, where things went wrong. Pope John Paul ii explains clearly in Evangelium Vitae. Abortion is demonic. Attack against the human being created in the image and likeness of God is an attack on God himself. And to me it is stupid to think that we mortal humans can fight this battle by ourselves. This is supernatural. And realizing this truth with humility is the intelligence behind Monsignor’s approach.

 The spirituality of the Helpers is to be present at the Modern Day Calvary in Prayer with the children who are crucified like Jesus with the humility and meekness of Blessed Mother completely absorbed in passion experiencing both suffering and joy. Because after crucifixion and  death did take place Redemption and  Resurrection.

The battle is not between us versus them. It’s between Heaven and Hell!

Picture 5 – Rape

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Most of them I meet at sidewalk and online come up with this argument regarding Abortion: So what if the woman was raped? Should she be forced to carry the ‘rape child’? She will have to live the trauma of rape every time seeing the child and She wasn’t ready for it. My question to them mostly starts like this:

  1. Did the child rape? Wasn’t the child victim as the mother ?
  2. How does punishing the child bring justice and healing to the woman?
  3. If the child is robbed of it’s dignity because of being conceived in rape how can then we expect others in society to treat the women who was raped with dignity?

You cannot restore the dignity of woman who was traumatized by rape without accepting the child conceived in the same situation, victimized just as her, most of the time scape goated  in the place of rapist to be violently torn from womb and negated of a chance to live. Mahatma Gandhi advocates bringing up the child conceived out of infidelity because hurting the child will never heal anyone nor appease her anger and never will unrape her. Her healing depends on her acceptance of the child. If not convinced meet Rebecca Keisling of Save the 1.

And this is how instagram community responds:

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Power of Picture 3

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What’s so negative about this picture? Well here you go : Only a Pro Choice person can find it.. Please Pray that this person’s heart be touched and her eyes be opened.

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Power of Picture 2

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Posted this on instagram and guess who stopped by???? A Writer of Indian origin from New York .

Anupama Sharma please keep your New York Feminism trash for yourselves, Indian women do not need anymore of the western fake feminism which is nothing but baby killing. We need true empowerment that comes only out of ahimsa and charity. Do not poison our nation and steal our womanhood. Our woman have all right to be a Mother and have everything that requires to execute the job in its perfect essence.

#Reclaimmotherhood #stopabortioninindia #Jaihind

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Power of a Picture

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So posted this picture in Instagram and guess what????

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Facts every Sidewalk Counselor should know

Quite often Pro Lifers are caught up in baseless arguments of Pro choice people who claim to be scientists. Well if you talk science so much why can’t you appreciate the facts we revere?

Let me shoot it out:

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  1. Right after conception/fertilization a single cell in the egg contains genetic information we cannot fathom in a lifetime. Information enough to contain million page or twenty four times of Encyclopedia Britannica. (1)

 

Human_Embryo_-_Approximately_8_weeks_estimated_gestational_age2. An embryo responds to stimuli and exhibits reflexes as early as 53 days after conception. i.e in 7 1/2 weeks.By 8 weeks all major organs are formed. This is irrefutable since the organs are harvested, sold and used for other purposes. They feel touch and exhibit aggression.(watch videos in reference section) And how can they argue they don’t feel pain?(2)

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3. If you believe Human Life begins at conception you can’t be for contraceptives. The reason being most of the contraceptive do not stop conception rather they work in the famous three step process ending up being abortifacient most of the time. IUD, Nuvaring, Birth control pill, Mini Pill, Depo Provera, Morning After Pill all work in one same way of flushing the newly fertilized zygote before implantation. The zygote travels for 3-4 days from uterine tube to uterus and that’s the time when chemical attack against them begins causing them to starve and flush out . (3)

 

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4. Pro choice people do not know that the IVF clinics which fertilize eggs outside uterus artificially, inject the fertilized zygote after 2-6 days of fertilization  into the uterus.  So why IVF clinics implant the fertilized egg within 2 days ? there is life? life to be allowed to grow in uterus? They wouldn’t inject dead organism into uterus? If they know real science they know when life begins. How come they are for science when it’s IVF and against science when it’s natural pregnancy?

5. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis is the quality test done in IVF clinics on embryos. Apart from the fact that embryos which does not pass the test will be destroyed or used for experiment,the PGD is done before implantation. If the embryonic cell before implantation is used to find future information of possible defects, illness etc How can they say embryo is not human yet?

 

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Love amidst Terror

The world is going deranged by the islamic terror attacks. It’s confusing to understand ISIS, ISIL, Boko Haram, the Syrian genocide, the American politics in the Islamization, the role of gulf and oil issue, the terror strike in Boston, Paris, Belgium and in Pakistan. There seems to be a draconian erupt of violence that seems to make a noon day into a night of hopelessness and despair. Nobody is safe and nowhere is secure. The evil that has been unleashed seems to drown humanity into a madness. But even this Tsunami of evil could not overcome the powerful effect of the most vulnerable, unseen, unheard, almost invisible tiny person who proclaimed the message of Hope and Love in the middle of, exactly in the middle of the deafening screams of bomb blasts and maddening shouts of cry for help. The life most unseen shouts to deaf ears of human insanity. The terrorists who plotted the bomb blasts in Brussels were put to shame by an not even born, 16 week old fragile child who proved love is stronger than death, leave alone hate. When no news media or world politicians could give hope, console the suffering, heal the wounds, build the faith, instil courage to fight hate against love, this fragile person mostly considered unimportant by the world makes a difference by doing nothing but simply by being, by one’s own presence. As simple as that.

It must have been a disaster for the schematics who planned Brussels because Sneha doesn’t remember any part of the blast that can induce hate, anger, revenge, fear or despair but only the message of love that was proclaimed by her child and not even the death of 30 people and 300 injured could lessen the effect of this unborn person’s voice of hope. There’s no powerful love than that of a mother yet in this case we could say there’s no unconditional love than that of an unborn child who made the mother realize her own self.

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“No greater love than this, to lay one’s own life to one’s friends”-  John 15:13 this is an undervalued statement. But in this throwaway culture where babies are burden to parents, having children is unfashionable, Euthanasia means cost effective and suicide is more than acceptable; where 191 countries out of 194 allow abortion for the sake of saving a mother’s life, where rules are laid for allowing zygotes to implant in uterus only if they pass PGD test, where tiny humans are frozen in vials not allowed to be grown to live life and attain happiness, where so called unfit embryos are thrashed, thawed or their ovaries used in IVF clinics to create and fashion new humans and play around mixing mice to humans and humans to mice, where mothers are not allowed to love babies with down syndrome, where intelligent quotient matters more than spiritual quotient the meaning of love and laying one’s life is lost.

But it was only when Sneha realizes her own life is in danger, she forgets about herself and thinks about another person in her. This ability to think about someone else other than yourself while your own life is in the brink of death is what is called “LOVE”. This ability to forget self and be obsessed for the good of the other is called LOVE. This capacity to overlook one’s own needs and desires and to live and give for the other is called “LOVE”. And this LOVE was kindled in her by this tiny, insignificant, almost invisible 16 week old pre born baby.

Edith Stein says “A Woman is destined to be a Mother“. And the world is facing a crisis of Motherhood not crisis pregnancy.  Woman have lost the meaning of their innate vocation i.e; their nature to be a mother irrespective of marriage or pregnancy. The nature to nurture, love and give one’s life for another, the tendency to be lost for another for the sake of another. Rather it’s all about oneself now. No more motherhood, running around changing diapers, no more giving up higher studies for sake of building strong men and women who will bear witness for life, no more cooking and cleaning. The tumor of false feminist ideas that push women to be like men stealing not just femininity from women but even motherhood has resulted in the world’s largest ever witnessed genocide- Abortion. But all this is thrust down by the 16 week unborn baby who makes Sneha realize her true identity. All of a sudden the internet goes crazy by this woman’s realization of Motherhood. This is the power of life.

Let every woman be reminded of her greatness while she does the dishes, hides in the hustle bustle of creating masterpieces co operating with the Creator, while cooking or cleaning, making bed and waiting on children that all her not so celebrated sacrifices, not so advertized achievements sanctifies the world torn apart by indifference and selfishness.

Note:  This is a tribute to my mother who is a housewife and who thought she never achieved anything,  to M’s wife Col who stayed home to bring up four children in faith in the world’s most radical feminist society giving up her career in Nursing, to Nic who wants to be a stay at home mom, to my friend juan who takes pride in being a full time mother running around feeding the kid after obtaining a Master’s in Social Work, to St.Zelie Martin the saintly mother and too all the unborn babies aborted daily and thrown into trash.

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Status of Abortion in countries around the globe

Abortion is legal in all but 4 countries around the world i.e; 191 countries out of 195 allow abortion for one or other reason and the common reason is to save the life and health of the mother. So do you think there’s a change in the evolution of ‘Motherhood’ around centuries? When fear creeps in…love is lost.

use ctrl+f keys to search the country you are specifically interested in or follow the alphabetical order for convenience. For a detailed list of status of abortion in case of rape, in case of babies with disabilities, in case of socio-economic conditions and much more go to : https://goo.gl/fPXsJI

  1. Afghanistan (Kabul) (AS) ———————————————-YES
  2. Albania (Tirane) (EU)———————–– ————————-YES
  3. Algeria (Algiers) (AF)————————————————-YES
  4. Andorra (Andorra la Vella) (EU)—————————————–YES
  5. Angola (Luanda) (AF)————————————————YES
  6. Antigua and Barbuda (St. John’s) (NA)————————————YES
  7. Argentina (Buenos Aires) (SA)——————————————YES
  8. Armenia (Yerevan) (EU)————————————————YES
  9. Australia (Canberra) (AU)———————————————YES
  10. Austria (Vienna) (EU)————————————————-YES
  11. Azerbaijan (Baku) (AS)————————————————YES
  12. Bahamas (Nassau) (NA)———————————————–YES
  13. Bahrain (Manama) (AS)————————————————YES
  14. Bangladesh (Dhaka) (AS)———————————————–YES
  15. Barbados (Bridgetown) (NA)——————————————–YES
  16. Belarus (Minsk) (EU)————————————————–YES
  17. Belgium (Brussels) (EU)————————————————YES
  18. Belize (Belmopan) (NA)————————————————YES
  19. Benin (Porto-Novo) (AF)———————————————–YES
  20. Bhutan (Thimphu) (AS)————————————————YES
  21. Bolivia (Sucre) (SA)—————————————————YES
  22. Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo) (EU)———————————-YES
  23. Botswana (Gaborone) (AF)———————————————-YES
  24. Brazil (Brasilia) (SA)—————————————————YES
  25. Brunei (Bandar Seri Begawan) (AS)—————————————YES
  26. Bulgaria (Sofia) (EU)————————————————–YES
  27. Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou) (AF)—————————————-YES
  28. Burma/Myanmar (Nay Pyi Taw) (AS)————————————-YES
  29. Burundi (Bujumbura) (AF)———————————————-YES
  30. Cambodia (Phnom Penh) (AS)——————————————-YES
  31. Cameroon (Yaounde) (AF)———————————————-YES
  32. Canada (Ottawa) (NA)————————————————-YES
  33. Cape Verde (Praia) (EU – Portugal)—————————————YES
  34. Central African Republic (Bangui) (AF)———————————–YES
  35. Chad (N’Djamena) (AF)————————————————YES
  36. Chile (Santiago) (SA)—————————————————NO
  37. China (Beijing) (AS)—————————————————YES
  38. Colombia (Bogota) (SA)————————————————YES
  39. Comoros (Moroni) (AF)————————————————YES
  40. Congo (Brazzaville) (AF)———————————————–YES
  41. Congo, Democratic Republic of (Kinshasa) (AF)—————————-YES
  42. Costa Rica (San Jose) (NA)———————————————-YES
  43. Cote d’Ivoire/Ivory Coast (Yamoussoukro) (AF)—————————–YES
  44. Croatia (Zagreb) (EU)————————————————–YES
  45. Cuba (Havana) (NA)—————————————————YES
  46. Cyprus (Nicosia) (AS) and/or (EU)—————————————-YES
  47. Czech Republic (Prague) (EU)——————————————-YES
  48. Denmark (Copenhagen) (EU)——————————————–YES
  49. Djibouti (Djibouti) (AF)————————————————YES
  50. Dominica (Roseau) (NA)———————————————–YES
  51. Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo) (NA)——————————-YES
  52. East Timor (Dili) (AS)————————————————-YES
  53. Ecuador (Quito) (SA)————————————————–YES
  54. Egypt (Cairo) (AF)—————————————————-YES
  55. El Salvador (San Salvador) (NA)——————————————NO
  56. Equatorial Guinea (Malabo) (AF)—————————————-YES
  57. Eritrea (Asmara) (AF)————————————————-YES
  58. Estonia (Tallinn) (EU)————————————————-YES
  59. Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) (AF)——————————————–YES
  60. Fiji (Suva) (AU – Oceania)———————————————–YES
  61. Finland (Helsinki) (EU)————————————————YES
  62. France (Paris) (EU)—————————————————-YES
  63. Gabon (Libreville) (AF)————————————————-YES
  64. Gambia (Banjul) (AF)————————————————–YES
  65. Georgia (Tbilisi) (EU)————————————————–YES
  66. Germany (Berlin) (EU)————————————————-YES
  67. Ghana (Accra) (AF)—————————————————-YES
  68. Greece (Athens) (EU)————————————————–YES
  69. Grenada (St. George’s) (NA)———————————————YES
  70. Guatemala (Guatemala City) (NA)—————————————-YES
  71. Guinea (Conakry) (AF)————————————————-YES
  72. Guinea-Bissau (Bissau) (AF)——————————————–YES
  73. Guyana (Georgetown) (SA)———————————————-YES
  74. Haiti (Port-au-Prince) (NA)———————————————YES
  75. Honduras (Tegucigalpa) (NA)——————————————-YES
  76. Hungary (Budapest) (EU)———————————————–YES
  77. Iceland (Reykjavik) (EU)————————————————YES
  78. India (New Delhi) (AS)————————————————-YES
  79. Indonesia (Jakarta) (AS)———————————————–YES
  80. Iran (Tehran) (AS)—————————————————-YES
  81. Iraq (Baghdad) (AS)—————————————————YES
  82. Ireland (Dublin) (EU)————————————————–YES
  83. Israel (Jerusalem) (AS)————————————————-YES
  84. Italy (Rome) (EU)—————————————————–YES
  85. Jamaica (Kingston) (NA)———————————————–YES
  86. Japan (Tokyo) (AS)—————————————————-YES
  87. Jordan (Amman) (AS)————————————————–YES
  88. Kazakhstan (Astana) (AS)———————————————-YES
  89. Kenya (Nairobi) (AF)————————————————–YES
  90. Kiribati (South Tarawa) (AU – Oceania)————————————YES
  91. Korea, North (Pyongyang) (AS)——————————————YES
  92. Korea, South (Seoul) (AS)———————————————-YES
  93. Kuwait (Kuwait City) (AS)———————————————–YES
  94. Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek) (AS)———————————————-YES
  95. Laos (Vientiane) (AS)————————————————–YES
  96. Latvia (Riga) (EU)—————————————————-YES
  97. Lebanon (Beirut) (AS)————————————————-YES
  98. Lesotho (Maseru) (AF)————————————————YES
  99. Liberia (Monrovia) (AF)————————————————YES
  100. Libya (Tripoli) (AF)—————————————————-YES
  101. Liechtenstein (Vaduz) (EU)———————————————YES
  102. Lithuania (Vilnius) (EU)————————————————YES
  103. Luxembourg (Luxembourg) (EU)—————————————–YES
  104. Macedonia (Skopje) (EU)———————————————–YES
  105. Madagascar (Antananarivo) (AF)—————————————–YES
  106. Malawi (Lilongwe) (AF)————————————————YES
  107. Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) (AS)——————————————-YES
  108. Maldives (Male) (AS)————————————————–YES
  109. Mali (Bamako) (AF)—————————————————YES
  110. Malta (Valletta) (EU)—————————————————NO
  111. Marshall Islands (Majuro) (AU – Oceania)———————————-YES
  112. Mauritania (Nouakchott) (AF)——————————————-YES
  113. Mauritius (Port Louis) (AF)———————————————YES
  114. Mexico (Mexico City) (NA)———————————————-YES
  115. Micronesia (Palikir) (AU – Oceania)—————————————YES
  116. Moldova (Chisinau) (EU)———————————————–YES
  117. Monaco (Monaco) (EU)————————————————YES
  118. Mongolia (Ulan Bator) (AS)———————————————YES
  119. Montenegro (Podgorica) (EU)——————————————-YES
  120. Morocco (Rabat) (AF) (including Western Sahara)————————–YES
  121. Mozambique (Maputo) (AF)——————————————–YES
  122. Namibia (Windhoek) (AF)———————————————-YES
  123. Nauru (no official capital) (AU – Oceania)———————————–YES
  124. Nepal (Kathmandu) (AS)———————————————–YES
  125. Netherlands (Amsterdam, The Hague) (EU)———————————YES
  126. New Zealand (Wellington) (AU)——————————————YES
  127. Nicaragua (Managua) (NA)———————————————YES
  128. Niger (Niamey) (AF)—————————————————YES
  129. Nigeria (Abuja) (AF)————————————————–YES
  130. Norway (Oslo) (EU)—————————————————YES
  131. Oman (Muscat) (AS)—————————————————YES
  132. Pakistan (Islamabad) (AS)———————————————-YES
  133. Palau (Koror) (AU – Oceania)——————————————–YES
  134. Panama (Panama City) (NA)——————————————–YES
  135. Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby) (AU)———————————–YES
  136. Paraguay (Asuncion) (SA)———————————————-YES
  137. Peru (Lima) (SA)—————————————————–YES
  138. Philippines (Manila) (AS)———————————————-YES
  139. Poland (Warsaw) (EU)————————————————-YES
  140. Portugal (Lisbon) (EU)————————————————-YES
  141. Qatar (Doha) (AS)—————————————————–YES
  142. Romania (Bucharest) (EU)———————————————-YES
  143. Russian Federation (Moscow) (AS)—————————————YES
  144. Rwanda (Kigali) (AF)————————————————–YES
  145. Saint Kitts and Nevis (Basseterre) (NA)———————————–YES
  146. Saint Lucia (Castries) (NA)———————————————-YES
  147. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Kingstown) (NA)————————YES
  148. Samoa (Apia) (AU – Oceania)——————————————–YES
  149. San Marino (San Marino) (EU)——————————————-YES
  150. Sao Tome and Principe (Sao Tome) (AF)———————————-YES
  151. Saudi Arabia (Riyadh) (AS)———————————————YES
  152. Senegal (Dakar) (AF)————————————————–YES
  153. Serbia (Belgrade) (EU)————————————————-YES
  154. Seychelles (Victoria) (AF)———————————————-YES
  155. Sierra Leone (Freetown) (AF)——————————————-YES
  156. Singapore (Singapore City) (AS)—————————————–YES
  157. Slovakia (Bratislava) (EU)———————————————-YES
  158. Slovenia (Ljubljana) (EU)———————————————YES
  159. Solomon Islands (Honiara) (AU – Oceania)——————————–YES
  160. Somalia (Mogadishu) (AF)———————————————YES
  161. South Africa (Pretoria, Cape Town, Bloemfontein) (AF)———————–YES
  162. South Sudan (Juba) (AF)———————————————-YES
  163. Spain (Madrid) (EU)————————————————–YES
  164. Sri Lanka (Colombo) (AS)———————————————-YES
  165. Sudan (Khartoum) (AF)———————————————–YES
  166. Suriname (Paramaribo) (SA)——————————————-YES
  167. Swaziland (Mbabane) (AF)——————————————–YES
  168. Sweden (Stockholm) (EU)———————————————-YES
  169. Switzerland (Bern) (EU)———————————————–YES
  170. Syria (Damascus) (AS)————————————————-YES
  171. Tajikistan (Dushanbe) (AS)———————————————YES
  172. Tanzania (Dodoma) (AF)———————————————–YES
  173. Thailand (Bangkok) (AS)———————————————–YES
  174. Togo (Lome) (AF)—————————————————–YES
  175. Tonga (Nuku’alofa) (AU – Oceania)—————————————-YES
  176. Trinidad and Tobago (Port-of-Spain) (NA)——————————–YES
  177. Tunisia (Tunis) (AF)—————————————————YES
  178. Turkey (Ankara) (AS) & (EU)——————————————–YES
  179. Turkmenistan (Ashgabat) (AS)——————————————YES
  180. Tuvalu (Funafuti) (AU – Oceania)—————————————–YES
  181. Uganda (Kampala) (AF)————————————————YES
  182. Ukraine (Kiev) (EU)—————————————————YES
  183. United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi) (AS)———————————–YES
  184. United Kingdom (London) (EU)—————————————–YES
  185. United States (Washington D.C.) (NA)————————————-YES
  186. Uruguay (Montevideo) (SA)———————————————YES
  187. Uzbekistan (Tashkent) (AS)———————————————YES
  188. Vanuatu (Port-Vila) (AU – Oceania)—————————————YES
  189. Vatican City (na) (EU)————————————————-NO
  190. Venezuela (Caracas) (SA)———————————————–YES
  191. Vietnam (Hanoi) (AS)————————————————-YES
  192. Yemen (Sana) (AS)—————————————————YES
  193. Zambia (Lusaka) (AF)————————————————-YES
  194. Zimbabwe (Harare) (AF)———————————————–YES

 

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? ….” Is:49:15

The Greatness of Smallness

I have been doing Sidewalk counseling for the past eight months and I’ve never had what they call ‘a save’. I’ve never encountered drama, I’ve never been heroic, I’ve never had any eye-opening experience. I’ve never spoken to any women other than one single mother who eventually gave in to despair and went ahead with the abortion. I stand there among awesome people who work for God tirelessly saving a soul a week from abortion. Like Mr. M. Sometimes it’s disheartening. But that’s the work of devil. However I cannot say I’ve never really made an impact.

A lot of times I used to feel ashamed of looking at the sub-normal level of my role at the sidewalk and wonder what in the world am I doing here, doing nothing. I was always afraid of being insignificant and not making a difference, of not just failing but being average. I always felt uneasy with my presumption of people’s expectations of how I would be at the Sidewalk. I had thoughts about people mocking at me to consider it was ridiculous for me to think of becoming a Sidewalk Counselor.  If you have had moments as these better don’t let them stop you from standing up for the unborn, the dying, the terminally ill, the abused or the vulnerable; because, we share something fascinating and you will understand the greatness of smallness by the end of this post.

Everyone must have had an idea about the jewish holocaust. The monstrosity of evil couldn’t triumph over good and it was the great time of sanctity, sainthood and stout heartedness. Saints made best use of this time to show their love for God and neighbor. But among the 2579 catholic clergymen who were imprisoned in Dachau concentration camp Fr. Karl Leisner wants to tell us something very profound.

Dachau concentration camp was the result of deep hatred Nazi’s had towards the Church and a strong evidence that World War II was not a political event but a spiritual one. I would love to look at your face when I tell you that there was Holy Sacrifice of Mass and secret ordinations happening in the middle of a concentration camp among all the intensity of agony. Smuggling flowers for the altar and passing secret messages of prayer times, having a person to look out while singing hymns and breaking bread. Satan would have felt a terrible blow right on the face while looking at people making vestments secretly managing to find altar cloths, rusted old table and bringing hosts. Everything at the cost of immediate death or torture. How on earth would someone smuggle flowers for Mass when they knew they would be shot? isn’t that small thing look great now? Letting go of one’s life while picking flowers for Holy Mass where Christ would be present in body, blood,soul and divinity for others amidst the horrors unleashed by evil forces. And now it makes sense when St. John of the Cross said: At the end of the day we will be judged on love alone”.

In the middle of the institutionalized and widely accepted and celebrated human torture was a day of complete magnificence in Dachau. A secret ordination for Fr. Karl Leisner. A taste of heaven in hell. Fr.Karl was suffering from tuberculosis while he was in camp and lost hope of being ordained. During this time  Msgr. Gabriel Piquet, Bishop of Clermont-Ferrand in France was transferred from the Natzweiler concentration camp in Alsace to Dachau. He worked along with Cardinal Faulhaber and the Bishop of Muenster and the arrangements for ordination began. Father Karl celebrated his first Mass on Dec. 26 — the feast of St. Stephen the Martyr, but it was the only Mass he would ever celebrate. He died in a sanatorium in few months after Dachau was liberated. Now does this one Mass look small, tiny, meager or trivial or does it look great and glorious? Fr. Karl was beatified by Pope St. John Paul II. How about that !                                                                          

We have to remember that “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – vincent van gogh. We don’t have to be or become great. The essence is in littleness. The only third woman b8890a28dc0a2139138607cc656d104eto become the Doctor of the Church revolutionized spirituality with this concept. Because the perspective of God is so different from the way we see and measure things. While organizations can go flurry over how many saves they had, how many turnarounds they achieved only God can see how much love you carry in your heart to try and do something for these little ones. While numbers serve great purpose and can be used to encourage people, no one should lose spirit because they couldn’t make statistics. let me tell you that sometimes the littlest  things take up the most room in your heart. Winnie the Pooh didn’t say it but St. Therese of Lisieux did. God can see through you and again sorry but i’ll have to quote her again: “You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.” -Saint Therese of Lisieux

So never be afraid to be little, do little, it is the Love that matters most. So next time you see or hear someone being low in spirits because their actions weren’t supposedly great or dramatic or the outcome of their efforts weren’t huge or brilliant or that no woman changed her mind from abortion or no child was saved or no worker left the abortion clinic or no souls converted tell them that still it looks great in sight of God. Because even we adults would naturally be carried away by how a child shows it’s love and there’s no doubt God will be pleased by our little effort and who knows He might be going around saying “oh look what my child did today!” in a proud fashion of a father and His grace will make impossible things possible. The more we are little the more God can work through us. Because at the end of the day we will be judged on love alone.

And Jesus called a little child to him, and set him in the middle of them,… – Mathew:18

A letter to my liberal friend!

Dear x,

Am not scandalized by your position on abortion and euthanasia. I am very well aware that people who stand for abortion cannot but have to support euthanasia, and people who support euthanasia have to move forward to extend their support to suicide and people who are generous enough to end their neighbors suffering and advocate to end their life, cannot stop themselves from thinking that whoever suffers needs to be free of suffering and therefore it’s justifiable to kill those with schizophrenia or bipolar, depression or PTSD, and people who want everyone with defects to be killed cannot but advocate for killing of any kind. Oh how wonderful the world looks from this looking glass! Anybody can kill anybody for any reason! Is that fair?

I do understand your noble intention of freedom of choice and the longing to end human suffering has made you to stand in favor of abortion and euthanasia. I am not against choice and neither am I against freedom. But if these are the two important reason you put forward just like any typical new yorker, then i’ll need some answers regarding your opinions.

  1. Is it justifiable to kill people, especially vulnerable people?
  2. If you think it’s a woman’s choice to decide the course of pregnancy, what about the human being with a distinct DNA, finger print, uniqueness within her, what about his/her choice? and where is the man, what is his role in all this?
  3. What is the meaning of human suffering? we enter the world through the intense suffering of another person, our mother,which was indeed life- affirming i.e; giving life through suffering and how all of a sudden we try to run away from suffering and even kill people and dare to call it ‘compassion’.

My friend. The word compassion is quite opposite of what your intention is. It’s derived from a latin word called ‘compati’ which means ‘to suffer with’, to suffer along, to be in your suffering, to take part in one’s suffering. And to my knowledge in any given situation, human suffering is shared either voluntarily or involuntarily by the person next to the one who primarily suffers. The bereavement and hospice counselors are excellent resource in explaining the effect a  terminally ill person can have on their family and friends. The burden of walking along with them, may it be of financial, physical, psychological or spiritual is quite intense. And Euthanasia my friend is exactly opposite to this. It’s a sugar-coated way of saying I can no more tolerate you, your suffering has no meaning and hoping that you’ll get well and blossom again is a waste of time and I better take control of things and finish it for the good of myself. It’s really a soft way of saying please die soon I have other things to take care of. Is that what LOVE does?

Nobody can call an abortion or euthanasia as an act of LOVE. Because LOVE does not kill, LOVE does not murder, LOVE does not run away, LOVE doesn’t try to escape, LOVE wouldn’t think for oneself, LOVE tolerates, LOVE doesn’t snatch rather it gives and gives until it hurts, LOVE takes responsibility, LOVE suffers for the sake of the one loved, LOVE is kind-patient, it hopes, waits, believes and bears all. LOVE is the exact opposite of abortion and euthanasia because, Love can best be expressed only through suffering and one could also say suffering exists for the purpose of Love.

Finally I want to show you these videos and ask the same questions to your face. Is this is what you call freedom of choice? is this is what you call women empowerment? Is this is what you call ‘compassion’?

Love,

your bff.

 

 

 

” he suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended to the dead. On the third day, He rose again.” – The Creed