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 4- Contraception

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How misformed people are! That zygotes are not ‘person’ or ‘human being’ and it’s ok to kill at the beginning of human life in early stages- that’s right, when the target is defenseless and vulnerable and without any identity. That the Mother’s right supersedes the Right of the child in her that she can decide to torture the child, kill it or keep it. What on earth are we living? Where’s human compassion? kindness? where’s humanity? Read the comments below posted as pictures and you’ll know whatever Mother Teresa said was so true.

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.

This is the present situation of the unborn child. People wanted sex without life and now sex without love. Women have no right to complain on being used by men because they allowed so. This is exactly expressed in fine tone by Daniel Vitz who writes on Mahatma Gandhi :

He(Gandhi) believed that woman “should realize her majesty and train herself to say ‘No’ when she means it,” and that man “must understand that woman is his companion and helpmate in life, and not a means of satisfying his carnal desire.” In Gandhi’s view, contraception made it easier to objectify women, and would poison a true understanding of their worth.

If we open door to contraception and ask Abortion not to enter, well we’ve got it wrong. Pope Paul VI clearly predicted the present Genocide back in 60’s in his encyclical “Humanae Vitae”. When you separate unitive and procreative aspect human sexuality from the sacred bond of Marriage, hell is unleashed.

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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 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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Pro Life challenge- INDIA

When I talk to people in India about Pro Life issues, I am often caught up in a whirlpool of confusion. They think the west is the worse. Only western women drink and hook up and do abortions. Excuse me. There’s something worse happening in our Motherland.Yes, abortions are happening in India in massive scale. 6.4 million abortion in a year. Evidence? Here you go, from the devil’s mouth :

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and massive ethnic cleansing is also happening with the government’s cooperation. How ridiculous am I to say that? Because I have evidence. 4 million sterilization and 5 million IUD insertions done by government and it’s mentioned as “Performance” in the Health Management Information System website of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Government of India. here you go:

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not my own statistics, not my own numbers. From the enemy’s den. What’s happening to my country? Who are behind this? Why are they doing this to my people? After 100 years of British colonization is there another 70 years of American cultural imperialism imposed over my people? Is this about Eugenics? Look at the CEO’s of the top companies and look at the massive population control propaganda, any link?

12829510_10153293696530974_480340900011244634_o And amidst all this, my people don’t know the concept of “Pro Life”. They know Breaking Bad, 50 shades of grey, they seem to follow American Idol, Golden Globe awards, they seem to know about Ellen and Big Bang Theory, Wife Swap, Modern Family, they watch 24, confession but they are completely unaware of March for Life , David Daleiden , Planned Parenthood. Eugenics? Sorry they have not even heard of the word before, Genocide? Nope, sorry-they need a seminar on this, Ok talk about China’s one child policy, because they are India’s neighboring country with troubled relationship? Still no. Fine, how about the Emergency period of India declared in 1970’s, it’s our history, the history of the nation? still NO.

The Indians young and old are immersed in the rush to finish school, get a job, repay loan and buy a house. Once they buy a house take a picture and post in facebook to inform others of their status quo and seeing this ten others will run around to buy a better house and post it in facebook. And by this time another 4 million children will be aborted and 5 million women used as experiment subjects for massive contraception test for United States. We have an urgent need to capture the attention of this ever rushing population to speak for their innocent neighbors slaughtered in the womb. There’s a huge cultural gap. While the Pro Choice ideals cross countries and barriers and found its place in India Pro-Life issues has no voice. The Media blacked out everything. No coverage for March for Life, No coverage for Planned Parenthood Baby Parts scandal. So when I say Pro Life, they stare at me and wonder what on earth am I talking about. To the little known friends I beg to get involved in any small way they can, as simple as posting in fb, make videos, at least share stuff, I requested great Prolife leaders to speak on behalf of India, wrote to pro life media,  requested priests in India to speak out but they weren’t ready either.

So I took things in my hand. I will communicate to my people in the way they can understand. No more western images, western quotes, western ideology. We have Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi the two most terrifying Pro Life leaders who are Pro Life without exceptions and have been outspoken about abortion and dignity of human life, I have my own camera,saree and baby models. I’ll use social media to present the truth and help them connect the dots, and the Almighty will use them to convert hearts.

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Instagram is exploding with reactions, conversations and conversion and am having quite a bit of fun sitting and witnessing what it means to “Be still and know that I am God.” Anyone who know 5 loaves and two fish parable knows that nothing is too small or too weak to be used for the greater glory of God. I began with Mr.M as a feeble indian woman reluctant to talk to people and now I  get cursed at least twice a day for speaking truth and keep presenting them with LOVE. #StopabortioninIndia ! Jai Hind!

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

Without God

When I began Sidewalk Counseling I was perplexed by the fact on how can one approach women entering the abortion facility. The order goes something like this if I can recall from my training with Mr.M : Woman, abortion, baby, God i.e Talk about her- her issue,fear, concerns and the situation forcing her into the abortion center, then talk about the effects of abortion- physical, mental, emotional and relational then move on to talk about the baby- giving the scientific data about the child in the womb. Like, the developmental milestones. finally, talk about God. I was amused about the fact that one can  talk about God to a random stranger. I am dumb, after all it’s America. But what’s the connection between God and abortion? Can one try to be pro life without God? Can there be an end to abortion without God? For the matter of fact, will there be an end to euthanasia or any kind of violence without God? Can someone make sense without God? The answer is ‘NO’. It’s as simple as it sounds. Sorry folks!

You can try to use science at sidewalk, you can use psychoanalysis at sidewalk, you can use highly complicated and time tested methodologies to do good effectively and stop abortion but at the end of the day nothing works as much as Prayer, sacrifice, Mass or Eucharist to end abortion. I am very arrogant in presenting this truth because abortion is not a product of failed social system or political agenda but it is the result of evil. It might be hard to digest this fact and I will not be surprised about that considering the status of our secular society. It’s funny to see people discussing empirical methods and strategies to do sidewalk counseling, well they are doing good but remember the old verse : The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But victory belongs to the LORD.- Proverbs:21:31 . Its very sensical specially when you see how God chose the most unlikely: the shepherd to fight a giant, the stammerer to lead people to promised land, the infertile to give children as many as stars, the widow, the  persecutor, the fishermen, the tax collector. Ordinary men for extraordinary tasks. Sometimes even broken men for mind blowing jobs. Yet people think they can end abortion without God, only with the help of science, logic and law. It’s nothing but foolishness.

People can try and do good but they cannot end abortion. A good no. of catholic organizations do not want to keep up neither their catholic identity nor bring God in their Sidewalk counseling approaches. The reason behind this might sound reasonable at first i.e; not to turn off people by speaking about God. However a grave mistake is committed here of trying to save the body and simply not care about the soul. That’s simply not a ‘save’ at all.

In training with Sister. Dorothy who has been in the ministry of Sidewalk Counseling for more than 20 years I was introduced to a different strategy. Monstrance and IncenseShe tries to talk about God as soon as she can. No avoiding God, No keeping God for last. This makes much sense because The Servant of God Fr. John Hardon once said: “There’s no stopping Abortion without The Eucharist.”  Many priests in the Pro-life mission like Fr. Frank Pavone, Fr. Imbarrato have explained the reason behind this. Eucharist is Christ giving his body and blood for mankind out of love for ‘other’ and abortion is the opposite: taking the life of the other for oneself. It uses the same phrase used in Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: ‘This is my Body’. Abortion is a sacrilege, a mockery at God. And how one can expect to combat this with techniques of Psychology and Biology? Will people stop committing abortion just by showing the videos of fetus inside the womb happily sucking the thumb? No.

Cardinal O’Connor said it perfectly: “The Culture of Death will be converted to Culture of Life…only by the spiritual life of those created in the image and likeness of God”. And for this reason The Sister’s of Life whose charism is to defend the sanctity of human life encourage their co-workers to deeper spiritual life with frequent communion, and close touch with sacraments. Especially Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. Without Mass, Rosary and Sacraments one cannot combat the evil of Culture of Death even if one is a world renowned Psychotherapist. I can bet my life on this.

If you are involved in active Pro-Life ministry like Sidewalk Counseling or Praying in front of clinics or volunteering in any least way to promote culture of life, then you need a very deep spiritual life. The struggle is much greater and the enemy much more schematic than you can ever imagine. Especially with things like Satanism and ritualistic abortion it’s humanly impossible to fight abortion by oneself. We are in need of grace, extraordinary grace, to combat the culture of death.

We had a wonderful opportunity to be with Sisters of Life this weekend to revive our soul to continue the battle for the next one year. I wish Catholics all over world involved in pro-life ministry had the opportunity that I had. Fr.John Hardon used to say : Remember even by simply being present before the abortion clinic after the reception of Sacraments opens the door to graces which works in its own ways for the conversion of souls. Encourage fellow catholics about this to combat the Culture of Death. We have to speak to our fellow Catholics about being channels of grace for those who are in need of them especially those who follow culture of death. Mother Angelica said: “If Catholics were truly Catholic, the world would change overnight.” Being silent and minding one’s own business does not help. The least people can do is hurt our egos by mocking us, making fun or talk behind our back and the most they can do is harm the body. None can touch the soul which is labors for God alone. Ultimately it’s the soul which is going to face the judgement and go to heaven. Not the image, status, vainglory. As Christians we are called to go out of our way to do good like the Good Samaritan. As Pope St. John Paul II said Let’s not be satisfied with mediocrity.

“At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly into his Passion, he took bread and, giving thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT: FOR THIS IS MY BODY WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.”