What four people on the edge of despair found in common…
Friends helped me make this 1 minute video of our Eucharistic Procession on the boardwalk of Virginia Beach. This Eucharistic Procession was spearheaded by my pastor and continued by him and many others the past few years. Special thanks to Mike Cistola, Keith Forrest and especially John and Rich at Tele-Video Productions of Virginia Beach. Our goal is to see these in every city, especially on the East Coast, so please post this on social media and share it with your pastors. It’s great evidence what one pastor can do to fire up a whole city.
Make sure to watch it in HD.
What about children conceived in rape or incest? What about fetal deformity? What about threats to the life or health of the mother? These are the abortion exceptions produced by my friend, Kevin Williams. Even if you can’t watch the full hour, just watch the first 10 minutes of this delicate and beautiful video:
Won’t you please forward this to anyone who needs to hear this message of life? This is an important story to share with those who have been raped or abused, and especially anyone who is in a hard situation, thinking about abortion.
Let them see in this gentle video that life is worth living and that God can turn darkness into light.
And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know,
in paths that they have not known
I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness before them into light,
the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I do,
and I do not forsake them.—Isaiah 42:16
Last week, Planned Parenthood was exposed for handing over the tissue of dead babies for research. The president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, immediately made a press release explaining that Planned Parenthood itself did not make any money on this. Here’s proof she was lying:
America will be shocked, but the question remains: What will end abortion? Today, a woman in Louisiana texted me the answer: “Our Response: Prayer and fasting isn’t enough! We need to sacrifice all for the love of God.”
We need to sacrifice all for the love of God.
America has seen the evil of abortion, but we continue to slaughter 3,500 children a day. Why? Most women are afraid and alone when they walk into that clinic, but we as a country find ending abortion difficult because of our minor inconveniences to the libido and bank account.
Thus, the end of abortion will come only through Divine Intervention.
But maybe God Almighty is waiting for this Divine Intervention. Maybe He is waiting for people to step up to the actual doors of abortion mills for peaceful prolonged-fasts or hunger strikes. Imagine who would follow Cardinal Dolan if he led a hunger strike in front of the Planned Parenthood in the East Village of Manhattan? I would.
For nearly 800 years, young celibate men from Europe, under the mantle of Our Lady of Ransom, would offer to take the place of women and children who had been kidnapped by Muslims. Christians were rescued through several different religious orders, but it took men who would not just give up candy in Lent, but young men would agree to be handed over to the forces of darkness so that others may live.
With Planned Parenthood and ISIS promoting more death than ever in the history of the world, I believe that God is raising up young men who will give their lives in ransom. I don’t mean figuratively. I mean that we can use YouTube to reach ISIS to offer ourselves to be slaves for them. Each man could then ask ISIS that they release 5 Christian girls and 5 Muslim girls for every celibate brother or priest given in ransom against the innocent. These 10 girls (multiplied) could then return to their families.
This offering of love could be offered to the Blessed Trinity for the end of abortion, too.
ISIS is just traditional enough to partake in this exchange. Did you know that over 1,000,000 Christian slaves (from 1200 to 1900) were returned by Muslims in exchange for monks, brothers, priests (and funds raised) during the Middle Ages? Times are more ripe than ever. Surely God is raising up men for ransom again, “for even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”—Mark 10:45 and “greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”—John 15:13
As a seminarian in 2009, I introduced two of my close friends to each other at the March for Life in San Francisco. Although from different parts of the country, they too became good enough friends for Beth to fly out to Denver for Fr. Nepil’s ordination in 2011. There, Beth came to know Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, a 20th century Italian mountain-climber and servant of the poor who died young; he was found on Fr. Nepil’s ordination card. What Beth did with that ordination card led to a series of events (on Long-Island with her family of origin) which were recently scrutinized by the Papal Nuncio of the Vatican to possibly make this story below the second miracle needed for Frassati to become a Catholic saint:
Y’all know I’m in India, but I haven’t told y’all about why I came to India for the first time last autumn. It was to help with a new video on the lives of three saints who came to India (St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Francis Xavier and Mother Teresa.) The short movie was produced by my friend Anand and created by my friend Keenan. My job was apparently to sit on the set and drink chai tea. I was very good at that, and good at little else. But I’m happy to say it’s going to be released on Ask a Bishop, so here’s the short preview of what they worked on: