Despite the wet weather, more than 150 people gathered on the street outside Auckland’s AMAC abortion facility to pray and bear witness on Sunday evening (28th February). “Be my Light”, a special vigil hour for the unborn, was organised by Family Life International NZ to mark the halfway point for the annual 40 Days for Life prayer vigils being held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch throughout Lent and up to Palm Sunday.
One of the most inspirational people I have ever met came in the form of a very fragile woman, Alison Davis.
What a grace and wonderful moment to meet her and her devoted caregiver of more than twenty years, Colin Harte. Motivational speakers and leaders of all manner and kind can speak eloquent words and bring societal change about through their social and verbal skills. They can take thousands and even millions of people on a journey in their life that brings a perceived hope and bring change to the world in which they live. BUT this lady, reached to the very soul of my being. The only other person in my life having this profound effect was Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
The ongoing scandal in the United States over Planned Parenthood selling aborted baby organs has caused many to sit up and take notice to the tragedy of abortion. Five US States have defunded Planned Parenthood in the wake of this scandal. People are now questioning whether they can really say they are “pro-choice” after seeing the reality of the abortion industry, and the harsh truth that abortion kills a human being – a child.
Imagine a culture where every human life was respected from his or her natural conception until their natural end. Imagine how it would be if the natural family was upheld as the essential element of a stable society and the best protector of children. Imagine the day when every person works in unity for the common good.
Today, in the name of freedom, so many are working against life, faith and family, and the culture of life that we work for seems so difficult to attain.
Just this week NZ Doctor revealed the results of their survey on euthanasia and assisted suicide. Out of 110 respondents, 13 doctors admitted to having helped a patient to die.
Father Shenan Boquet, President of Human Life International, recently addressed participants of the Auckland Eucharistic Convention on Building a Culture of Life.
In his presentation, Father Boquet speaks of the need to transform the culture. Drawing on Scripture, he explains how God has given us building blocks to do this, saying: “The building blocks that help us understand the language we speak begins in the family.”
Claire Culwell’s powerful story is a reminder that every human life from the moment of conception is precious and how abortion has a devastating effect on not just the child, not just the mother, but on so many people, including future generations.
Over the weeks of April 9th to 24th, it was our privilege to host Father Shenan Boquet, the President of Human Life International.
While here in New Zealand, Father Boquet gave a number of talks throughout the country. The first of these was “Speaking a Language of Life and Family” at the Auckland Eucharistic Convention, held at Sacred Heart College.
Recently, Dame Colleen Bayer, the Founder and National Director of Family Life International NZ, gave a presentation “Welcoming the least in the world’s eyes and the most precious in God’s,” at the Auckland Eucharistic Convention.
In her powerful talk, Colleen shared stories of welcoming all people, especially unborn children, who have disabilities – including those whose lives may be very short.
Marriage and family life are punctuated with times of great happiness and joy, such as the wedding day and the birth of a child. Also known to family life are times of great sadness as daily struggles, illness and death are contended with.
These times of joy and sadness help us to see the dignity of each person as we learn to really love by putting aside our selfish desires, and reaching out as gift and service to those around us.
Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38
These words of great trust in God, and self-giving, were those of Mary as the Angel Gabriel came to her, and announced the conception of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Today we, in the Catholic Church, celebrate that moment. A moment where Mary put aside all her fear and her wondering and offered herself totally to the will of God and to the gift of life.