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By Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D. 


Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, knew that if she could get the general populace to accept birth control, they would eventually accept abortion. And this came to pass just as she predicted. Why? Because it’s the same anti-life mentality–no babies at all costs.


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By Fr. Peter Vecellio, OCD


Jambo! Greetings from Uganda! Thanks to be God, I made it to Uganda safely and have made a fairly smooth transition thus far in my new assignment here. The culture here is very different from the U.S. and, despite not having legalized abortion, it has its own set of problems and dysfunctions. The first thing that struck me was how many children are on the streets. You see them traveling in packs with no sign of an adult chaperone, guardian, or parent. I asked one of our Carmelite Fathers: Where do all these children come from and where are their parents? Many of them are hungry and ask for food whenever your car comes to a stop.


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Posted by Denise on Sep 06, 2017 under ,

By Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


As I set off for my next adventure to our Carmelite mission in Uganda, Africa, I am reminded of what originally set me on this amazing journey with God. After a Steubenville Summer Conference and a re-version back to my faith in college, it was my going to the abortion mills in college that really opened my eyes to the presence of God and evil in the world. The battle between life and death and the forces of good and evil became so apparent to me that there was no turning back. I knew that God was shaking me up and waking me up.  God never ceases to shake and wake us. No matter how long we’ve followed Him, He’s always waking us out of our comfortable slumber. These are great reminders that this life is not our home and we must never become comfortable here.

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By Fr. Peter Vecellio, OCD


This week we commemorate the beheading of St. John the Baptist. He is the first martyr of the Church to die not for belief in Christ, but for standing up for one of Christ’s moral teachings. We all know that John opposed Herod’s marriage to his brother’s wife--which Jesus clearly taught was adulterous--and thus lost his life for his opposition. We might say that John died in defense of the sanctity of marriage.







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By Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


This week we celebrated the great Summer feast of the Assumption of Our Lady. This feast is a national holiday in many countries throughout the world and marks the high holiday season in most of Europe. This day is important for us Voices for Life because Our Lady goes before us as the one who leads us to our final destiny. We know as Christians that death is not our final end. Just as Our Lady was raised up in her Assumption, so we will be raised on the last day.









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By Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


This week we are celebrating the feast day of the great Carmelite saint who died in Auschwitz during World War II, St. Edith Stein. Edith was raised Jewish, became a renowned philosopher and declared agnostic, and eventually converted to Catholicism at the age of 30. Eleven years later, she became a Cloistered Carmelite nun and was martyred in Auschwitz in 1942. Her story is a very modern one. Having a profound intellect and illustrious career, Edith stands out as one of the great feminists of the 20th Century. Many people of our age can also relate to her crisis of faith and her shunning of traditional religion. And it goes without saying that her martyrdom in a death camp resonates with so many who had relatives suffer the same fate. We might even say that she was a martyr of the modern heresy that “might makes right.” She was one of the vulnerable ones of her age solely because she was born of the wrong race.

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Posted by Denise on Aug 01, 2017 under ,

By Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


Many of you readers may or may not know that I have received a new assignment as a Carmelite priest. Beginning in about a month, I will be stationed at our Carmelite mission in Uganda, Africa. If you can believe it, there is no legalized abortion in Uganda and 48% of the population is under the age of 15. That’s a lot of kids! Talk about being pro-life! Uganda is said to be one of the youngest countries in the world. How beautiful! I’m looking forward to being around all those beautiful children. As one of our Fathers recently said to me, “With all the kids in Uganda, every day is a celebration!”

 

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Posted by Denise on Jul 27, 2017 under ,

By Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


This week we celebrate the Feast of St. James the Apostle on July 25. There is an ancient and revered shrine to him in Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain. For the past month, thousands of pilgrims from all over the world have been walking for hundreds of miles to arrive at his shrine on his feast day. Otherwise known as the Camino, this pilgrimage route to Santiago is one of the oldest in the world. Pilgrims have walked this same route for over 1500 years!



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By Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


It was a very blessed week to witness some 40 teens seeking to deepen their faith and their pro-life convictions. During the week-long Vox Vitae camp, there were many excellent speakers and varied topics relating to life that, I can say without a doubt, helped to make our teens very well informed. But what struck me most of all this year was the level of faith in our campers and the experience of doing pro-life work with them. I was truly edified to see these teens actively involved with rich, beautiful liturgies, along with the long lines for Confession every day of the camp!



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Posted by Denise on Jul 10, 2017 under ,

By Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.  


Freedom is on our minds these days as we just celebrated our nation’s independence. We are grateful to God that we are free to worship as we please and that we can express ourselves freely. But this freedom does not mean that we can say or do whatever we want. There are limits to our God-given freedom. Abraham Lincoln famously said: “Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought.” So there is a responsibility that comes with our freedom.

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By Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


I strongly encourage all teens to participate in the two Vox Vitae camps offered this summer. Last year’s inaugural camp was very well attended and received. Due to my schedule last year, I could only assist at the camp for a couple days; but I was really impressed with the depth and range of subjects, the accomplished speakers and the strong Catholic foundation of the camp. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to offer a pro-life camp that is authentically Catholic. Catholics and the Catholic faith are the heart and soul of the pro-life movement. And Vox Vitae is the only pro-life camp that I know of nationwide that is Catholic.



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Posted by Denise on Jun 22, 2017 under ,

By Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


Depending on the context of this saying, it has vastly different meanings. If it is a woman expressing this as a right to have an abortion, then it is a radically selfish and self-centered belief at the expense of another human life. All of us pro-lifers have heard the chant among pro-abortion activists: “My body, my choice.” But if this is said by Christ, which it originally was, then it becomes the exact opposite–an act of total and complete self-sacrifice.



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By Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


In the Catholic world, this past Sunday was known as Trinity Sunday. God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit reveals Himself to us as family. And He is so overflowing with His familial love that He wants to replicate it over and over again in the human family. When the Book of Genesis tells us that man is created in the image and likeness of God, it means that He created us as family. The family is the image of God on earth. This is why the family is so under attack in our modern world. The devil wants to erase, destroy, or distort any image of God or even remembrance of God on earth. Notice how all of our moral evils today involve destroying or distorting this image of God: abortion, birth control, euthanasia, divorce, gay marriage, and even gender confusion.

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By Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


As a series of marches against our president continues in our country, we who are Voices for Life must continue to support him for his achievements on moral issues since assuming office. For all of us who firmly believe in the spiritual warfare involved in this moral battle in our country, none of us should be surprised at the uptick of angry protests leveled at our president. For instance, the Marches for Women are not a response to ablatant misogyny in our president. They are due to his efforts to defund groups like Planned Parenthood and appoint Supreme Court Justices who are against abortion. And the powers of darkness are angry!

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Posted by Denise on May 30, 2017 under ,

By Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


The second visitation that we are preparing for is the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This is the same Spirit that came upon Mary and conceived the Christ Child in her womb. There is such a close relationship between Mary and the Holy Spirit that the Church has come to refer to Mary as Spouse of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the great unifier, and I can’t help witnessing to the profound unification that the Spirit is accomplishing among Catholics and Protestants through the pro-life movement. All of us need to open ourselves to this unifying force more and more. Who knows, maybe the Holy Spirit is trying to make us one Church again through the pro-life movement. We need to pray for and seek this unity and not stifle the Spirit who is clearly present among pro-lifers across the country.  

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Posted by Denise on May 23, 2017 under ,

Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


Many of you have probably already heard that Planned Parenthood will be closing 10 of their clinics throughout the U.S. This is a major victory that could continue as funding continues to be revoked by both federal and state governments. Planned Parenthood issued an official statement citing several reasons for these closures, which included but was not limited to our current political leadership. Frankly, we pro-lifers don’t care why Planned Parenthood clinics are closing. The fact that they are closing is good enough for us. It means they’re losing money and there are less “death camps” in our country.

 

 

 

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Posted by Denise on May 16, 2017 under ,

Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


There was a recent incident of two pro-life teenagers in Pennsylvania being verbally assaulted with profanities by a high school principal for peacefully witnessing to the “holocaust of abortion” on a public sidewalk near the school. Fortunately, the principal was penalized by the school district, acknowledged his wrongdoing and recently resigned from his position. The disturbing part of this story is an underlying culture of intolerance that prevails right now in our American society toward any conservative or Christian value. There was another disturbing incident recently at the university in Berkeley, where a riot fomented due to a scheduled appearance by a conservative speaker on campus.


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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


I recently saw the astounding film, Arrival, about an alien visitation that happens simultaneously in 12 spots throughout the world. I’m not here to give a review--though I would highly recommend it. This is a movie that makes you think. You might say that the entire movie is a meditation on life and death, time and eternity. Many commentators have declared Arrival to have a pro-life message, which I think is fair to say, though the filmmaker himself admits that he didn’t intend this and laments the label. It goes to show that creating a work of art, which Arrival is, can often transcend the artist himself.




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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


The month of May is traditionally observed as a month dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Jesus. For centuries, Christians have revered Mary as Mother of all Christians. It is especially fitting to do so this month because we will also celebrate Mother’s Day in May. As we thank God for all the mothers in our lives, it is apropos to thank Him also that our own mothers chose life for us. This is not something to take for granted in this age of legalized abortion. Groups like Survivors take very seriously that, because of legalized abortion, it is entirely possible that they might not be alive right now if they were conceived after 1973.



 

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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio O.C.D.


“Jesus, I Trust in You!,” is the saying that Jesus told St. Faustina to have written on the image of Divine Mercy. This image shows Jesus with one arm outstretched and the other extended to His heart where two rays project outward, one white for baptism and the other red for the Eucharist. Catholics throughout the world just celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday on the Sunday following Easter. It is a special time to remember and celebrate Christ’s mercy for us. All of us are sinners in need of God’s mercy. And it is important to remind ourselves that whatever mercy God asks us to practice toward others is merely our response of gratitude for His mercy first shown to us.


 


 



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Posted by Denise on Apr 19, 2017 under ,

Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


 

Now that this season's 40 Days for Life campaign has ended, I dread the inevitable--being alone at the abortion mill. I am so glad and edified that many new pro-lifers have come out to Planned Parenthood during these last 40 days. One very generous gentleman that I became acquainted with was coming out to our local Planned Parenthood facility from 6:00 a.m., until closing time at 4:30 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday. That’s impressive! And I remember his telling me, “God has blessed me through this ministry more than anything I’ve offered to others.” This is undoubtedly a true statement. When we set out generously to minister to others, God always ministers to us even more! He is never outdone in generosity.

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On Thursday, April 13, 2017, the President signed into law: H.J.Res. 43, which nullifies the Department of Health and Human Services rule prohibiting recipients of Title X grants for the provision of family planning services from excluding a subgrantee from participating for reasons other than its ability to provide Title X services.  If this White House press release confuses you, let us clear things up: This legislation rolls back an Obama-era rule protecting certain federal funds for Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide legal abortions.  The repeal of this rule allows states to effectively block Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from funds associated with the Title X Family Planning program.

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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


Legalized abortion has been in our country now for over 44 years. Somewhere between 3,000 and 3,700 babies are killed every day from abortion in this country. Euthanasia has now been legalized in five states, along with the District of Colombia. Things seem to be getting worse. Sometimes it seems like we’re losing the battle for life--and we can become quite despondent and burned out. One of the new pro-lifers that came to the recent 40 Days for Life campaign asked me, “What do you think is going to end abortion?”  Without taking a breath, I said, “God.” It is absolutely crucial that we continue to see abortion and euthanasia as a spiritual battle that only God will win. Of course, we need to do everything humanly possible to bring an end to them both. But God is the only one who can change hearts. And it is quite apparent that there are many hearts that need to be changed!

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On Monday, April 10, 2017, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was sworn in. 

"This is great news for Life," said Right to Life League executive director Anne Hennessy. Appointed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver by President George W. Bush, Gorsuch has a record of faithfully applying the law and defending the Constitution--including two cases where he ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor.




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Composed by Fr. Frank Pavone


Lord of all Life,

You have entrusted us to the care of one another,
And called us to be one Body in Christ.
 

You call us to rejoice with those who rejoice,
And to weep with those who weep.
 



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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


As we near the end of Lent, we come closer to the Passion and death of Our Lord. This Sunday, Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord, marks the beginning of Holy Week.  It is good to keep our focus on what Our Lord went through when we confront the suffering and death present in abortion and euthanasia. Many of us in the pro-life movement are fully aware of the spiritual battle that takes place at abortion mills. It is a battle between life and death, angels and demons, God and the Devil. But there’s even more going on.

 


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Posted by Denise on Mar 28, 2017 under ,

Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


In recent weeks, we’ve been immersed in Pope Francis’ writings and have not had the opportunity to discuss our progress during this Lenten season and the 40 Days For Life campaign. We just passed the midway point of both Lent and 40 Days and it is a good time to evaluate how things are going.  I can attest that the 40 Days San Bernardino campaign still has many open hours where no one has signed up to be present at the abortion mill.

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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


 

Last week, we concluded the final segment of Pope Francis’ document, “The Joy of Love,” with a discussion on the disordered nature of gay relations and marriage. This week we will expand this discussion on a matter that the Pope does not address in the document. This is a vital topic that Christians and pro-lifers need to incorporate into their outreach to persons who struggle with same-sex attraction. It is the issue of orientation. Without question, the issue of orientation is the basis and foundation for legitimizing the gay lifestyle and gay marriage. According to the gay community, gays cannot help being gay and the gay orientation is fixed. As a result, no one has the right to say that they can’t act on this inherited and fixed orientation. With this in mind, we can see why Christians and pro-lifers must address the orientation issue in order to effectively address the gay lifestyle and also effectively minister to this population.

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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


This is the final segment of the six-part series on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “The Joy of Love.” There are many other topics that the Pope discusses in this document, most notably our outreach to the divorced and remarried. I would encourage you to read the Pope’s words on these matters rather than the “spin” that the secular media puts on his words. For the purposes of this blog, I will end with the Pope’s treatment of gay marriage and homosexuality.






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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


Last week, we looked at the distorted feminism attacking the family in our modern day. Along with this trend of women becoming overly-masculinized, we also have the phenomenon in our day of emasculated men and absent fathers. I call this the “Homer Simpson Syndrome.” This means that many men have either become missing figures in the lives of their families or have become weak and ineffectual. The latter is the origin of the syndrome’s name. Even though some fathers may be physically present in the home, they have abandoned their role as leaders of the family or have become somehow absent as fathers.





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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


Before delving into Part Four of “The Joy of Love,” please remember to be generous during this Lenten season in participating in the 40 Days For Life campaign. This is a great way to help rebuild the culture of life in our country in this new and hopeful presidential administration!

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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


As we all know, California has recently joined four other states in allowing assisted suicide or euthanasia. This week’s column is dedicated to Pope Francis’ treatment of euthanasia in “The Joy of Love.” As he states in chapter two: “Euthanasia and assisted suicide are serious threats to families worldwide; in many countries, they have been legalized. The Church, while firmly opposing these practices, feels the need to assist families who take care of their elderly and infirm members.” Just recently, an elderly woman in Belgium was euthanized against her will. Tragedies like this are bound to happen when countries and states give individuals the right to play God by deciding when someone should die. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) #2280 states: “It is God who remains the sovereign Master of life. We are obliged to accept life gratefully and preserve it for His honor and the salvation of our souls. We are stewards, not owners, of the life God has entrusted to us. It is not ours to dispose of.”

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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


Last week, I mentioned many of the attacks leveled against the family that Pope Francis highlights in the “Joy of Love.” The one I would like to focus on this week is the culture of convenience. Pope Francis calls this the “culture of the ephemeral.” He sums up this culture best when he says: “We treat affective relationships the way we treat material objects and the environment: everything is disposable; everyone uses and throws away, takes and breaks, exploits and squeezes to the last drop. Then, goodbye.” In a culture accustomed toinstant everything, this mentality and behaviorcan start at a young age. Pope Francis goes on to say: “When children or adolescents are not helped to realize that some things have to be waited for, they can become obsessed with satisfying their immediate needs and develop the vice of “wanting it all now”. This is a grand illusion which does not favor freedom but weakens it.”

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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


“The Joy of Love” is the title of Pope Francis’ document on the family that came out just under a year ago. It is a very important document for all of us to read who are seeking to defend the family and promote the culture of life in our society. In it, he states: “The Church has always held it part of her mission to promote marriage and the family and to defend them against those who attack them.” Now more than ever, the marriage and the family are under attack. Pope Francis dedicates a large portion of the document to all those forces that are attacking the family at this time: the culture of the “ephemeral” (convenience), euthanasia, pornography, distorted feminism, absent fathers, gay marriage, divorce.

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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


“Compassion is Overcoming Convenience” are the stirring words from Vice President Mike Pence’s historic speech at the March for Life in Washington D.C. on Friday, January 27th. After he finished, my immediate words to my friends were: “Incredible! Historic! Powerful!”  His speech was undeniably historic because he is the first Vice President ever to attend and speak at the March for Life! Plus, it may have been the most powerful civil rights speech since Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech in 1963.






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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.  


Last weekend (January 21, 2017), thousands of women across the country participated in “women’s” marches in response to President Trump’s inauguration. These marches were advertised as demonstrations for gender equality which, in itself, is a commendable cause. Unfortunately, as the weekend unfolded, these marches revealed themselves to be more about Planned Parenthood and their diabolical agenda than they did about gender equality. 

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Posted by Denise on Jan 19, 2017 under

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life, And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.

I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion, Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death by the Resurrection of Your Son.

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Posted by Denise on Jan 19, 2017 under ,

Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, OCD


 

This is a big weekend and coming week for the pro-life movement. On Friday, January 20th, Donald Trump will be made the 45th President of the United States, and he has made many promises to rebuild a culture of life in our country. We need to continue to make our voices heard for the cause of life while he is president and ensure that he makes good on his election promises by voicing our concerns to him and Washington lawmakers.

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Posted by Denise on Jan 12, 2017 under

Written by Right to Life League of Southern California


Sunday, January 15, is the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (observed nationally on Monday).  It is a day to celebrate the  man and to honor his legacy by promoting equal rights for all--and by working toward that end. For those of us who do prolife work, that means, of course, continuing to work to protect the sanctity of life from the moment of conception to the instant of natural death.




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Posted by Denise on Jan 11, 2017 under ,

Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


The time-honored custom of practicing New Year’s resolutions is in full swing now. This time of year is a good time to take inventory of ourselves and that includes how we have been voices for life in the past year. We begin by thanking God for how He has blessed Vox Vitae in the last year and how He is continuing to bless it in the coming year.

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Posted by Denise on Jan 06, 2017 under

Written by Sister Regina Marie, O.C.D.


Just hours before we approach the Crib, God speaks to us a liberating word. God needs my YES–AND—if it is not yet a perfect YES, I am not disqualified. The Archangel Gabriel didn’t get as faith-filled reception from Zechariah as he did from Mary. Zechariah wanted an explanation from God and his disbelief had its consequences: he was silenced.



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If you listen to the pundits who support Planned Parenthood, the sky will surely fall if the abortion chain is defunded.  If even one Planned Parenthood affiliate or center has to close as a result of defunding, they say, the patients Planned Parenthood serves will have no access to health services elsewhere. This is utter nonsense, of course. 

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The House Select Investigative Panel has concluded its yearlong investigation and released its Final Report, which can be read by clicking here  X.





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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


As we now celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas, one feast day stands out starkly from the other eleven days: The Feast of the Holy Innocents.  This is the day when King Herod ordered all children two years old and younger to be slaughtered in Bethlehem because he wanted the Christ Child dead. This feast is a great reminder of the innocent children still being slaughtered today in abortion. 




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Posted by Denise on Dec 06, 2016 under ,

Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


 Now that we are in the Advent season, we hear a lot about preparing for the Lord’s coming. Advent is a preparation for the two comings of Christ: at Christmas and at His Second Coming. But the Lord comes to us on many other occasions throughout our lives. We are reminded in the Scriptural passage of the Last Judgment that whenever we do something for the least of our brethren, we do it for Christ. Christ comes to us in the hungry, the thirsty and the naked. But He also comes to us in the unborn, the troubled mother, the old and infirm, the gay and the transsexual. 

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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


 There is so much to be thankful for as we celebrate Thanksgiving this week. For starters, we are grateful to God that he has spared us from potentially having the most pro-abortion president in the history of our nation. We are also grateful for the hopefulness that comes with our new president-elect and his desire to appoint pro-life justices to the Supreme Court. And we are grateful for all the good people who remain in our country that voted in favor of life. 

 

 

 

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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


We heard in the Gospel of Luke this past Sunday: “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified.” With the post-election riots happening throughout our country, it is clear that the forces of evil are not happy with the election results. The culture of life miraculously came out victorious! And now the evil one is using these riots to instill fear in all of us. Yet, there is no place for fear in our lives as pro-lifers.







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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D. 


Regardless of our election results this week, the war for life is not over. Now it is time to fight for life even more. We are living through a political and moral climate that is unique in history. I find myself wanting to cry out to God: “When, Lord?! When will it end?! When will the violence against innocent children end?!” 












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Posted by Denise on Nov 01, 2016 under ,

Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


 By this time next week, we will know, based on the election results, the direction our country will take on whether human life will be more respected or not. And I cannot emphasize this enough--the result will be based on our vote! We choose for or against innocent human life by who we vote for next week. What a difference one week and even one day can make! We Christians need to take this duty very seriously.

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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.

I was recently given a free ticket to see a new pro-life movie called, “Voiceless.” I am not here to give a formal review of the movie or an endorsement for it. With that being said, I’m glad I saw it. It is not a perfect movie, but I appreciate that it was directly targeting a Christian and nominally pro-life audience. Before “Voiceless,” I had not seen this done in other pro-life movies.





 

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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


 This past Sunday, October 16, Pope Francis canonized a new Carmelite saint, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. She died in Dijon, France, in 1906, at the young age of 26. One of the big themes in her writings is that the Holy Trinity lives within our souls. Though she is not the first person in the Church to talk about this phenomenon, the idea still sounds radical. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit live in our souls! Knowing this changes everything and should change how we treat others.


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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.

I want to echo what Bishop Thomas Tobin of Rhode Island said recently: “I encourage faithful Catholics to vote pro-life and never to vote for any candidate, of any party, who supports abortion.” This, as Catholics, should be a given. Yet, two of the most pro-abortion presidents of recent history, Bill Clinton and Barak Obama, won the Catholic vote. Yes, you heard that correctly. Catholics, by their candidate choice, voted for abortion. Is it any wonder that some Christians mistakenly think that Catholics aren’t Christian.

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Posted by Denise on Oct 04, 2016 under ,

Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, OCD


This week we’re celebrating possibly the greatest poor man this earth has ever known, St. Francis of Assisi. Though poor by his own choice, he became overwhelmingly rich in God’s grace. He was so filled with the love of God that he was known to have wandered from village to village shouting at the top of his lungs like a madman, “Love is not loved! Love is not loved!” It is true to this day that God, who is Love itself, is still not loved.

 




 

 

 

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Posted by Denise on Sep 27, 2016 under ,

Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, OCD


This past Sunday we heard the famous Gospel of the Rich Man and Lazarus. In this story, we see the rich man ignoring or dismissing Lazarus continually even though Lazarus is in serious need. Not only that, but Lazarus is right in front of him. The account says that Lazarus was “lying at his door.” Can you imagine? That would mean that the rich man would have to step over Lazarus every time he came in or out of his house. This is a serious sin against charity.





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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, OCD


We hear in this past Sunday’s reading from the prophet Amos what happens when we become too greedy and selfish. Like the Israelites of old, we can “trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land.” In other words, we can use and abuse others to get what we want. As Amos goes on, “We will buy the lowly for silver and the poor for a pair of sandals.” Doesn’t this perfectly describe the culture of death.


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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


This past Friday, September 9, 2016, Catholics in the United States were asked by their bishops to celebrate a day of prayer for peace. This day was set aside as we commemorated the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York City, along with all the violence suffered recently by police officers and our black brothers and sisters.





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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, OCD 


“I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?"  --Saint Teresa of Calcutta, 1994




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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, OCD


We live in a world that promotes self. Everything is about me, me, me. Self-improvement. Self-love. Self-actualization. Even self-enlightenment. This mentality feeds into the culture of death.

 









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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, OCD


I have a challenge for all youth out there: Stand up for the culture of life and be a Voice for Life!  It is one of the greatest ways to be countercultural! Yes, you heard me correctly. Being pro-life is a rebellion against the mainstream culture in our world, which is a culture of death.




 

 

 

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In August of 2015, Pope Francis established September1st of every year as the "World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation," encouraging the Catholic community around the world to pray for our common home.


 




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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


It is amazing to me when I meet or hear of someone who has still not made up their mind on the abortion issue. After going to the abortion mills for years, it is so clear to me that sides are being drawn between good and evil.




 

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Posted by Denise on Aug 09, 2016 under ,

Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, O.C.D.


The 1st Annual Vox Vitae Pro-Life Summer Youth Camp just ended last week with 60-70 young people being immersed in the culture of life for five packed days. They heard great talks on topics ranging from abortion to chastity and homosexuality to euthanasia. I was impressed with the extent of life topics covered at the camp. And this is very important because the abortion issue is not the only one that is presented by the culture of death in lies and half-truths.

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Posted by Denise on Aug 03, 2016 under ,

What is One Life?

Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, OCD, In Memory of Terri Schiavo


One life became the father of many nations.  Another brought a nation to their knees through his cloak. One life brought millions of peoples to life-giving waters in the Far East. Another brought his people through exile in an arid desert.

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Posted by Denise on Jul 27, 2016 under ,

Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, OCD

Have courage.  Have faith.  And pray hard!

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Written and interviewed by Kathryn Jean Lopez


 

(Republished from the National Review Institute)








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Posted by Denise on Jul 19, 2016 under ,

Written by Peter Vecellio, OCD

Choosing the Better Part

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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, OCD

"Go and Do Likewise"

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Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, OCD

Christ and the Power of His Cross are With Us

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Posted by Denise on Jun 28, 2016 under ,

Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, OCD

Be Witnesses to Life!

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Posted by Denise on Jun 21, 2016 under ,

Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, OCD


 

All our sacrifices, whether small or large, are great in the eyes of God.  Let us, then, become martyrs for life in whatever way that God may be calling us.  In this way, by being a martyr for life, we are a powerful voice for life.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Denise on Jun 15, 2016 under ,

Written by Fr. Peter Vecellio, OCD

Our Bodies are God's!

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Written by: Fr. Peter Vecellio, OCD


This past Sunday, May 22, 2016, we celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit reveals Himself to us as family. Because all of us are created in the image and likeness of God, the family here on earth is designed by God to be an image or reflection of Himself.

  

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Racheal on May 18, 2016 under ,

Written by: Fr. Peter Vecellio, OCD


 

Many have compared today’s genocide of abortion to the slaughter of the Holy Innocents. When King Herod ordered their slaughter, what a horrific sound must have been heard in the streets of Jerusalem--innocent children unnecessarily dying because of one man’s fear.

 

 

 

 

 

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Written by: Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

AN INTERVIEW WITH SR. REGINA MARIE GORMAN, O.C.D. By St. Thomas Aquinas College Staff (Ventura, CA)

“At All Times and in All Places, God Draws Near.”

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Posted by Racheal on Apr 16, 2016 under ,

Carmelite sisters

Written by: Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles are joining us by writing blogs in this space in order to spiritually nurture and inspire us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Racheal on Apr 15, 2016 under ,

Written by: Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

Lila Rose, the gutsy, young president of Live Action, exposes abuses in the abortion industry. She was the featured speaker at the Right to Life League of Southern California’s annual Benefit Dinner & Gala October 13, 2011, at the Center at Cathedral Plaza in Los Angeles, California. Spirit of Carmel interviewed Lila about her astounding ministry on behalf of the unborn.

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Written by: Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

"Lord, You Make All Things New and Fill Them With Life!"

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Written by: Fr. Philip Sullivan, O.C.D.

Now more than ever, we need to BE A VOICE FOR LIFE and explain to those in our lives why every human has the right to life and how abortion victimizes both mother and child. 

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Written by Claire Miller

For prolife people, the March for Life in D.C. is one of the biggest events of their year. Starting in October and on until the actual event, the question on the tip of every prolife person’s tongue is, “Are you going to the March?” And if the answer is no, the follow up question typically is, “Then are you going to the Walk in San Francisco? Or to One Life LA?”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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