Spirit & Life Blog

40 Days for Life 2023

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / February 27, 2023 /
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Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a fast, call an assembly. Gather the people, notify the congregation. Assemble the elders; gather the children and the infants at the breast.… Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, “Spare, O Lord, your people.” ― Joel 2:15-27 The demise of Roe v. Wade has…

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Transgender Whistleblower

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / February 20, 2023 /

“Today children – children! – are taught in school that everyone can choose his or her sex. Why are they teaching this?” ― Pope Francis, Meeting with the Polish Bishops Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, made the above remarks to a group of bishops during a visit to Poland in 2016. As the Holy Father noted,…

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The Biden Admin and the Culture of Death

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / February 13, 2023 /

“They are mistaken who, knowing that we have here no abiding city but seek one which is to come, think that they may therefore shirk their earthly responsibilities. For they are forgetting that by the faith itself they are more obliged than ever to measure up to these duties, each according to his proper vocation.…

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A Demographic Crisis

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / February 6, 2023 /

A few weeks ago, the prime minister of Japan had a startling message for his citizens. The country, said Fumio Kishida during a speech to lawmakers, is “on the brink of not being able to maintain social functions.” The reason for this dire warning? The country’s rock-bottom birth rate. Japan is one of the most…

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Rejecting the Anti-life, Anti-family Mindset of World Elites

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / January 30, 2023 /

“Life is the first good received from God and is fundamental to all others; to guarantee the right to life for all and in an equal manner for all is the duty upon which the future of humanity depends.” ― Pope Benedict XVI, Pontifical Academy for Life, 2007 Just over a week ago, many of…

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Why We Still March Post “Roe”

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / January 23, 2023 /
Human Life International banner at the March for Life

“Indeed, the building of a truly just society rests upon respect for the sacred dignity of every person and the welcome given to each one as brother or sister. May almighty God strengthen the commitment of all, especially the young, to persevere in their efforts aimed at protecting human life in all its stages, especially…

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The Violence of Euthanasia in Canada

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / January 16, 2023 /

“Euthanasia is an intrinsically evil act, in every situation or circumstance…Any formal or immediate material cooperation in such an act is a grave sin against human life.” ― Samaritanus Bonus, §5 I’ve said in the past that on many matters Canada gives us a glimpse of what lies five-to-ten years down the road if we don’t…

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Defending Truth, Life, and Family: Benedict XVI’s Legacy

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / January 9, 2023 /

This past Thursday, in a humble ceremony in St. Peter’s Square, our Holy Father Pope Francis laid his predecessor, Benedict XVI, to rest. With the death of Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church has lost one of the most powerful defenders of its teaching on life and family that we have ever seen. Benedict’s Defense of…

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2022 Victories and Challenges for the New Year

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / January 2, 2023 /
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A happy New Year to all of my readers and supporters of Human Life International. I pray that you have had a blessed and a holy Christmas, filled with much fun, laughter, and new memories.  I hope, too, that you have been able to spend some time in quiet, contemplating the great love that God…

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Restoring Human Dignity at Christmas

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / December 26, 2022 /
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Christus natus est! Christ is born! From myself and everyone at Human Life International, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. There is no feast day in the Church’s calendar that is more meaningful for me as a pro-life activist, or that brings me greater joy, than Christmas. Absolutely everything that we fight…

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