No feast in the liturgical calendar more perfectly and completely justifies, celebrates, and embodies the pro-life cause than Christmas. Pope St. John Paul II highlighted this connection in the opening paragraphs of his great pro-life encyclical – Evangelium Vitae – where he quotes the angels’ triumphant greeting to the shepherds of Bethlehem: “I bring you…

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The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? ─ Psalm 27:1 “Be not afraid!” Several times in the Bible these words are spoken either by Christ to His disciples, or by angels to those chosen for some…

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In chapter one of the first book of the Bible, we find a remarkable, even revolutionary statement – indeed, a series of such statements. At the end of each day, after God has put the finishing touches on one more part of His creation, He pauses to survey His handiwork. And, the Bible says each…

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The World is Thirsting for the Transcendent: We Need God! Duc in altum! These words ring out for us today, and they invite us to remember the past with gratitude, to live the present with enthusiasm and to look forward to the future with confidence: ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever’…

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“The victory, if it comes, will come through Mary.” These were the dying words of Cardinal August Hlond, as recounted by Pope St. John Paul II in his book Crossing the Threshold of Hope. Reflecting on the Cardinal’s prophesy, the pope wrote: During my pastoral ministry in Poland, I saw for myself how those words…

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Two Diametrically Opposed Visions In a lyrical essay originally published in Crisis Magazine, Catholic philosopher and Senior Fellow of Human Life International, Donald DeMarco, Ph.D., poignantly paints the stark division between the pro-life worldview, and the worldview espoused by the Culture of Death. Invoking T.S. Eliot’s seminal poem The Waste Land, Dr. DeMarco suggests that…

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For nearly forty-five years Human Life International has been engaged in building a Culture of Life through education and activism. Though we have been blessed with success in many of our efforts, we have also faced numerous difficulties. One of these difficulties is one we share with all who defend life, faith and family: as…

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In Evangelium Vitae, Pope St. John Paul II identified a sinister paradox in contemporary culture. “Precisely in an age when the inviolable rights of the person are solemnly proclaimed and the value of life is publicly affirmed,” he lamented, “the very right to life is being denied or trampled upon, especially at the more significant…

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In 1996 Pope St. John Paul II, speaking to a group of teachers of Natural Family Planning (NFP), boldly declared: “The moment has come for every parish and every structure of consultation and assistance to the family and to the defense of life to have personnel available who can teach married couples how to use…

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