It’s amazing – 13 issues for 2011. One each month plus a September supplement. God is good!
Wow, seems only like yesterday, when the Spirit of Life whispered to us for a change in emphasis and format. Exactly a year ago, we received inspiration to convert HeadsUp to an advocacy magazine for faith, family and life. It made us realize that there are tons of Pro-Life materials in the internet but no one was strategically organizing them into thematic messages.
The Word freely unraveled each month. What take months to synthesize, took only days. The Holy Spirit was busy. All one has to have are an open heart, big ears and a consistent quiet time. We could hear the war zone nearby bursting with dissonance, but the prophetic messages were clear – Choose Life!
January – The confirmation came in Fr. Melvin Castro’s “call to arms” against the Reproductive Health Bill in the Philippines. The response of the laity was overflowing in the various Marches for Life from Washington DC to San Francisco, from Dallas and Chicago to Seattle and in the beautiful story that Dr. John Bruchalski shared at the St. Matthew Cathedral adult mass on how he turned from an abortionist to the Divine Mercy.
February – We picked up stories showing the real life battle between two cultures, that of life and death, illustrated in actual political engagements in the US and the Philippines, depicted in the beautiful story of Abbey Johnson’s conversion from Planned Parenthood to the Pro-Life Movement.
March – We marked the Lenten season by exposing Planned Parenthood and joining the coalition for its defunding, we walked through state inititatives for Pro-Life in the US and the public debates in Manila and delighted in the beautiful story of the late Dr. Bernard Nathanson, one of the fathers of the abortion movement who became Pro-Life after hearing “The Silent Scream” of the unborn.
April – How could we not take notice of the students of the University of Santo Thomas forming a giant cross and Archbishop Rosales leading 40,000 to rally for life in the last country in the world standing up against abortion? The story of Japan’s demographic winter also contrasted against the beautiful story of the late Msgr. William Smith of New York’s faithfulness to orthodoxy.
May – As Pope John Paul II was being beatified, it was time too to celebrate post-modernism, that is the turning tide from Pro-Choice to Pro-Life and to take inspiration from the beautiful stories of Dr. Nancy Mayer Whitting who chose not to abort babies with disabilities, and St. Gianna Beretta Molla, recently canonized as the role model for life and the medical profession.
June – As the debates on the Reproductive Health Bill rage, international boxing champion Manny Pacquiao announced his stand against it. We also exposed the obnoxious NSSM 200, that outlines the depopulation policy of the United States as we featured the beautiful story of Lila Rose, a student activist who stung Planned Parenthood with stealth cameras.
July – We exposed that the Pill not only kills mothers but kills babies, marriages, and the environment. We also explained how Pope Benedict has become the profound theologian of the Sacred Heart and reported Fr. Peter West inaugurating Priests for Life in Manila, as Sarah Palin shared her beautiful story on why she chose to give life to her son afflicted by Down Syndrome.
August – Fr. Frank Pavone wrote what the feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mother says about abortion. President Aquino elevated the debates on reproductive health by certifying the bill to Congress as a priority measure and loaded up the country’s budget accordingly to the prejudice of other basic services. Our beautiful story was about Pro-Life Justin Bieber.
September – Time to go back to Ground Zero and reassess the gospel’s call for non-violence as we talked about the beautiful story of Martin Sheen, an anti-war advocate. We also exposed the inside stories of the British rioters and the Norwegian mad bomber as we examined oppositional behavior of children and how the US and the United Nations promote abortion.
September again – We felt the earth move under our feet with the vindication by social scientists of Humanae Vitae, the 1968 papal encyclical by Pope Paul VI. We could not resist giving it our individual attention.
October – We took the offensive exposing a crime against humanity committed in stealth in 1994 by the Philippine government when it caused the vaccination of 3.5 million Filipino women with tetanus toxoid vaccine laced with abortifacient and sterilizing hCG hormones without their knowledge and permission, a foreboding of our deadly chemical future under a culture of death. We also exposed that P26 million in lobby money has been put on the table by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, as pro-choice congressmen and advocates drum up the media. Anyway, our counterpoise was a beautiful story for the unborn as Jaime Thietten sings for them.
November – This time it was the turn of the whistle to blow on the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), a New York lobby firm who in 2003 crafted the evil strategy of using verbal engineering to promote acceptability of abortion around the world. Quite timely, the debates in the Philippines went feverish as we shared the beautiful story of Ligaya Acosta, a former public health official in Manila.
December – As many of us Catholics regard Pro-Life matters just barely under our skin, we don’t seem to realize that just as in the Book of Maccabees, if we do not stand up for our rights, they will be taken away from us. So we wrote about how under the Obama and Aquino governments, the clear and present danger of us losing our religious freedoms is here and now! The beautiful story of Cathy de Carlo illustrates how her employer robbed her conscience of protection. We also how CFCFFL continues to bring the gospel of life to Latin America and the Caribbeans.
We are definitely building a library for those catching up with their Catechesis on the life issues of the day. The internet even allows us to come back and forth the materials on how in only 75 years, immorality took a slippery slope from the acceptance of divorce and contraception all the way down into legalizing abortion and sodomy. Today, the threat is on our religious rights and freedoms.
Lets face it, we have no one else to blame. Some of us Christians even supported the enemy. Most of us just watch the sanctity of the family and of human life trashed before our eyes by modernist, liberal and secular forces. We have said and done nothing for a long time that today the culture of death has achieved an enormous momentum.
But the battle rages. The army of God has launched a decisive counter-offensive.
And this Christmas, we again restore ourselves to the baby in the manger, to the Child of Life who has come to earth to build a civilization of love.