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Shake Off the Nightmare, Get Back to the Mission

Posted by Joe Scheidler (November 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm)
Joe Scheidler

League National Director Joe Scheidler [Photo by Matt Yonke]

Last night my daughter Cathy and her family came over to watch election results with Ann and me. They stayed overnight because we expected it to be a long night of returns coming in. And, of course, we were hoping for a victory for life and liberty.

This morning I walked into the bedroom where my little granddaughters had slept. I said to them, “I had a terrible nightmare.”

“Oh, grandpa, what was it about?”

“I dreamt that Barack Obama was reelected.”

It Wasn’t Just a Nightmare

But it wasn’t just a bad dream. It is reality. We face four more years of an administration that is in lock step with Planned Parenthood. In fact, the CEO of Planned Parenthood took a couple of weeks off her $400,000 a year job to work full time to keep Obama in the White House.

Reflecting on our political situation, I have to confess that every four years I find I have fallen into the trap of expecting our political leaders to make my job easier. It is a terrible deception. In my heart I want to live by my (and St. Benedict’s) motto: “Ora et Labora—Pray and Work.” But along comes an election campaign and I am lulled into thinking that if a pro-life candidate gets elected, I can breathe a little easier.

I say it is a deception, because our work as pro-life activists does not depend on who is in the White House, or the Congress or the State House, or even on the Supreme Court. We are commissioned by God to spread the Gospel, to restore respect for human life, to change the culture and build a Culture of Life.

If we do our job right, we won’t have nightmares about radically pro-abortion politicians running our country, because the electorate will choose people who cherish life and liberty.

Much Work Left to Do

Clearly we are not there yet. Too many of our fellow citizens are woefully ignorant of what it means to be truly human: to reflect the image and likeness of God. They too want a candidate who will make life easier for them. They want someone who will give them free health care, tax somebody else, provide free contraceptives, pay for their abortions and make it easy for them to avoid any responsibility.

It is discouraging and disheartening to face the condition of American culture in 2012. The majority of Americans seem relentlessly determined to stay on the course of secularism and irresponsibility.

Perhaps we can be forgiven for taking a day or so to feel sorry for ourselves and for America.

God Knows What He’s Doing

But then we have to shake off the nightmare and get back on our mission. God knows what He is doing. He is the One who invented free will, whether those who refuse to acknowledge Him know it or not. He lets people make bad choices. But He will also bring good out of those bad choices, whether they like it or not.

We have our marching orders. As you may know if you have heard me give a talk, I am fond of reminding pro-lifers that we are the Church Militant. The war is far from over, but the victory is sure. And the harder we work at reforming the culture, the sooner we will witness that victory.

I have never really believed in the quick fix or the easy answer. It just doesn’t happen like that. This is a tough battle all the way.

So once again the deception of the election season got a grip on many of us. But we’ll snap out of it. The Pro-Life Action League’s mission continues: Confront society with the ugliness of abortion, save babies and women from the tragedy of abortion, and build the Culture of Life.

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  1. alicia says:

    Thank you for this. I was sharing with my brothers and sisters about how you quote from Hamlet about the times being out of joint and how blessed we are to be born to set it right. Thank you for this perspective that faithfulness is the key, not quick success. God only knows how many lives have been touched and souls healed by the tireless prayers and labor of this ministry of yours.

    November 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm
  2. avicemariegriffin says:

    You mentioned taking a day to “feel sorry for ourselves and America” but it is really mourning, and that is understandable and reasonable. Like Samuel when faced with the rejection of Saul by the Lord, I spent an uncomfortable night. But you are so right- we will not falter and we are twice blessed: we have innumerable examples in the faith to emulate, and we have your faith and direction to encourage us in the moment. Thank you so much for you have given me comfort and strength in the Lord.

    November 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm
  3. Maura Gonzalo says:

    Yes. We need to work harder and deepend our faith in our God Almighty. He is incharge of everything. We are all disappointed with the outcome of the election. But we need to pray harder I think .

    November 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm
  4. Barbara Ferraro says:

    All I can say to Mr. Scheidler is AMEN!

    November 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm
  5. Kate says:

    Thank you for this letter. I got up today feeling like I was attending a funeral and the mood of this day and everyone I encountered has been so dark and gloomy. I honestly can’t understand how this happened because I honestly only know 2 people who voted for Obama, everyone else was voting for Romney. If they fixed the election then they will pay but as you said God has a plan and His plan is far better than anything we can imagine. Let’s keep up the good fight!

    November 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm
  6. Carrie Baker says:

    It’s been nice to pause for a moment, shake off some of the disappointment, and read your encouraging, challenging, hope-filled messages. Only good will conquer evil, and you seem to be some of Christ’s greatest witnesses. Thank you,.

    November 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm
  7. Gwen says:

    We all need to remember that Obama is only the president …Christ is KING!

    November 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm
  8. Michael Kicinski says:

    Well said. We must continue to bring the truth of God’s Word and His creating Life in the womb. No compromise!

    November 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm
  9. Sheila says:

    Thanks Joe for the re-minder that we are called to faithfulness and not success. I agree with you, the easy road is not ours to take as disciples of Jesus. This nation that is being led by liberals is following the european nations that go as far back as the french “enlightenment.” There is truly nothing new under the sun. We can follow the Lord Jesus or we can follow the world’s leaders. The choice is ours. I choose Christ. Now back to work we go! Praise God always, even in the dark times. In the big picture, we will all be dead before America rises from the ashes. It is all inevitable. Be strong in the Lord. He has won the victory over death and brought us into new life in Him. Thanks be to God. We must each fullfill our sacred calling.

    November 7, 2012 at 5:49 pm
  10. JIM FINNEGAN says:

    JOE IS OUR HERO. HE DOES NOT CONSIDER HIMSELF THAT, WHICH IN ITSELF IS A MARK OF A ACTIVIST WITHIN THE CHURCH MILITANT.

    THIS LIFE IS A VERY SHORT ONE. IF YOU QUESTION THAT DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND READ ONE PAGE OF THE OBITUARIES IN YOUR PAPER.

    WITH THIS SHORT LIFE. THE LORD HAS GIVEN US FREE WILL. THE CHOICE TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT, OR TO BE DISCOURAGED AND DO NOTHING. ISSUES SUCH AS DEFENSE OF LIFE, DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE AGAINST THOSE WHO WOULD DARE TO DESTROY IT BY CHANGING IT FROM A SACRAMENT TO A SACRILEGE, AND THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR GOD GIVEN RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF OUR RELIGIOUS ACTIONS ALL EXAMPLES OF THE CHOICE WE WILL MAKE.

    THE CHOICE IS WHETHER WE STAY SILENT AND LET SOMEONE LIKE JOE DO THE JOB, OR FOLLOW HIS LEADERSHIP AND GET INVOLVED. THE CHOICE IS YOURS. I AM SURE WE WILL MAKE THE RIGHT ONE.

    November 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm
  11. Sandra Kascewicz says:

    Had a restless night and was hoping that something would change overnight, but it didn’t. Feeling defeated and sad that our man didn’t make it. It was a close race. I know we must get back to business and fight for the lives of our most vulnerable citizens. We must also pray for a miracle converion of President Obama and those that work with him. I want to see abortion banished in my lifetime! My financial advisor tells me that statistically I should live another twenty years. Is that enougth time to banish abortion? I hope much sooner than that.

    November 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm
  12. Michael De Santis says:

    Amen!! More “Knee-Mail” and remember to support as many Pro-Life businesses as possible (Sienna Communications for phone service, Easter’s Catholic Books and Gifts, Leatherby’s Ice Cream, Chick Fil-A, etc) GBYAA!!

    November 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm
  13. k.r.sugars says:

    Late one cold, damp evening, I was waiting for a bus at the Howard Terminal, (before it was remodeled.) I was the only one in the terminal. Then, in the distance, I saw someone walking in my direction. It was an old, tired, homeless woman. I watched as she, ever so slowly, took one small step at a time. Left foot, right foot, left foot, on and on, she slowly continued forward. Soon, she crossed the entire terminal. I’ve used that image many times when I am too tired to continue. I will use her image again as I continue to walk, one step at a time, on the walk to save lives. We will make it. Look who we have walking with us.

    November 7, 2012 at 6:01 pm
  14. Pharmer1 says:

    Ya you are 100 percent correct. I was naturally inspired in the lower digestive tract by Obama’s victory.
    I prayed, thought about the work for a bit, went to sleep and woke up 3 hours later, ready to go.
    The pro-lifers and the tea partiers both have to operate from the grass roots. Most politicians are just too wimpy to publicly stand for an ideal.

    November 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm
  15. Cathy Severance says:

    I told my daughter, who is in college, that if Romney won we would have put down our rosaries and thought things would be okay. God knows, and now we know, that we are far from that possibility. Be not afraid! The tough job we have with our Lord is glorious! Thank you Joe and Pro-life Action League for your perseverance.

    November 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm
  16. Stephen Orozco says:

    No matter how bleak a situation is, God reconciles all things for His glory. He could have determined a better outcome for the election; He didn’t. For all of the evil America has and is engaged in, and exporting the same worlwide, we may very well be in the process of being chastised, as a nation, with another four years of constitutional freedoms lost, life cheapened, traditional family values eroded, and religious freedom attacked. God knows what is best for us, and if it takes bringing us to our knees, so be it. I believe the first four years was just a warm-up for what is coming; be strong! Be faithful! God is on the throne.

    November 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm
  17. MaryJo Morse says:

    We were all dealt lemons last night and now it’s time to make lemonade with no time to waste…….Remember the big picture which is Christ the King and we forge ahead one day at a time with our actions, our deeds and our words of encouragement……
    Thank you Joe for your wisdom in giving us a time to mourn and a time to pick up the pieces, dust ourselves off and like the pink bunny just keep on, keep on………Never give up…..Life is not just a series of tissues but an actual fetus that God has called by name and knows every hair on its little head…….What a JOY to know we are truly loved by a LOVING AND MERCIFUL GOD……..
    Thank you once again and let’s keep the momentum going strong with our prayers and actions to close these ABORTION CLINICS DOWN not only saving the mothers life but that of the sweet loving infant too………

    November 7, 2012 at 6:23 pm
  18. Rev. Brian Walker says:

    Thank you Joe for wise, Biblical, battle tested words. We pro-lifers must not hang up our harps and abandon the unborn, leave women and men washed on the shores of heartbreak and shame in the wake of abortion.

    Jews have a tradition at the death of a relative or friend named a “Shiva call”. It is a time to mourn with one another and the bereaved is seated to receive guest who come not only to grieve but to say good things about the departed.

    The pro-life movement is not dead but a brief period of mourning may be appropriate, letting the tears flow, the anger dissipate and take the time to remind ourselves about the good we have done. How many pre-born infants would be dead if God had not used us? How many women and men would have remained silent in their post-abortion grief with no hope and no Gospel.

    We must think of ourselves as abortion abolishionist and continue the good fight of faith for as long as it takes. Wilberforce knew the price, grieved much at the indifference of the church, the hard heart of government and the love of money in commerce.

    But nevertheless he stuck it out for the long haul, we can do no less. Proverbs 24: 10 – 12 God bless.

    November 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm
  19. Fr. David J. Scheidler, C.S.C. says:

    Thanks, Uncle Joe, for why I am so proud to get asked if I am related to you. I wrote to my family that these are indeed glorious times, like when the Church grew from the blood of the martyrs. As I am reminded each time I say Mass with my ordination chalice, on which are found the 14 Stations of the Cross, our lives are a Via Dolorosa. We fall, but we must get up and keep climbing, because we are not yet at Calvary. We strive, however, knowing that God will send us our Simons to help shoulder the burden, and our Veronicas to help restore our vision, and of course Our Blessed Mother to comfort us on our way. Thank you for restoring the vision, and lo, you are imprinted with the image of the Christ!
    Father David

    November 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm
  20. carol mikita says:

    when my son was two. he silently crept out of bed for a glass of water. I did not see him pick up the pictures of the aborted, murdered babies I was sending to politicians; foolish enough to think it would make a difference. When I saw the pictures in his hands, I quickly grabbed them away. He put his two little hands together and said “Mommy why are all the babies cut up; why are they in the garbage? I didn’t know what to say.He then said “Boy, I’m sure glad you didn’t cut me up and throw me in the garbage”!!! I cried like a baby. I was chairwoman of Pennsylvanians for Human life then? When we moved to Chicago, I of course joined the Pro life Action league and whatever Joe wanted I did, as did thousands of others all together fighting for life. I have been very ill for years, so I can not actively particpate in pickets, etc. but I always have Masses said, pray, and send whatever I can. If anyone all those years ago had told me that the abortionists would have come so far, I would never have believed it. I won’t give up, as Joe and his family and all those in the league, won’t give up, but I cannot help crying. I have a mental nausea that is turning into a physical one. I live in a senior residence, not one person in this 81 unit apt. building has ever done anything to fight this evil. Many are Catholics and voted for this baby butcher. ONe more point.
    People use the Biblical verse “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” as an excuse for revenge. They should read the whole context. It is about an unborn child and his mother.
    “If a man harms a woman with child, and no mischief occurs (harm to the child
    in the original Greek and Hebrew texts), the man shall b e punished. If mischief occurs (harm, etc to the unborn child) a eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, an arm for an arm, a leg for a leg, etc.etc. etc. , a life for a life”
    Whatever happens to the child, the law stated the same would happen to the person (man meaning the human race) causing the same harm to him as whatever harm happened to the unborn child. death to the man, if the child should die.” If this does not tell you something, I don’t know what does.
    I am crying as I type this, and think of all the years we stood outside the clinics, the sitins, the lobbying, working in pro-life candidates offices, the picketing, prayer vigils, the canvassing, etc.etc., yet I know it is not in vain as God is still in
    charge. My heart breaks mostly for those so-called good Catholics, Christians, etc. who consider themselves God fearing and God loving people.
    God forgive them for they know not what they do!!!!
    Carol Ann Mikita

    November 7, 2012 at 6:39 pm
  21. Linda Walter says:

    After reading all the wonderful “knee mails” I am ounce again crying. But,this time it for gratitude to our Lord for all the good people who are ready to continue the good fight. Hope to see you all at the side walk!
    (Psalm 121:1-2)
    I lift up my eyes to the mountain.
    From whence shall my strength come?
    My strength cometh from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

    November 7, 2012 at 6:39 pm
  22. Janice Nordberg says:

    thank you for the encouraging words, I too thought I had a bad nightmare! Before the election I hoped and prayed that thanked God for having a man Mitt Romney standing up for our precious unborn. so many said they did not know who to vote for because Mitt was Rich. wow, poor excuse not to vote for someone, yet my reply was yes he is Rich, not only with money, more importantly rich with very important values, in which our nation is loosing so quickly. I had to go to bed before the final results of the campaign, so when I woke up to hear who won I too was so sad, I made myself get up put on my music and worshipped our mighty Father. God does not want us to put Man before Him. So get up shake off the dirt and get up and get back on that horse. We have alot of work to do. We will be conquerers for our precious unborn and most of all our Lord God.

    November 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm
  23. JaneTwenter says:

    Thank you for fearless leaders like you. We need more men in our country like you instead of those who hide behind a “woman’s choice” to shirk their responsibility. It takes two (a man and a woman) to create a baby and therefore there should be those same two people who care for and nurture that child. But it’s all about a woman’s choice…………(and President Obama but where is the baby’s choice?
    I was feeling so sad and disappointed this morning after hearing the news but your letter, Mr. Scheidler, and all the comments have given me new energy to continue to work for Jesus and to end abortion. Thank you for your encouraging words.

    November 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm
  24. Linda Santoro says:

    Thankyou so much for your true and beautiful words and thoughts. God Bless. We’ll just keep working,praying,and sacrificing our sufferings. Thankyou for your son too!

    November 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm
  25. Chris says:

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful and inspired reflection. I needed it and so do a whole bunch of pro=life warriors who are feeling disheartened, disgusted and defeated today. I agree: a day or two to feel these feelings, then onward (not forward ;-) Christian soldiers.

    November 7, 2012 at 7:43 pm
  26. Byron Giddens says:

    Joe – you are correct.
    Pray, and work.

    November 7, 2012 at 8:27 pm
  27. Stanley D. Wyatt says:

    Joe, Thank you for the comments. I agree totally. We just have to go ahead with what we have to do and do it. We are not going to be helped by politicians, by bishops (for the most part), or even by Rome. Whatever we do, we must do by ourselves, with God’s help and grace. To His Name be the glory!

    The American Bishops get and deserve most of the blame for this loss. I realize that there are good bishops but there are not enough of them and the ones who are in the lead in faithfulness and adherence to the Magisterium are always located in the middle of nowhere. It appears that liberal dioceses always get the kind of liberal bishop they want and the conservative dioceses get the conservative bishops. Consider what has gone on the past few years: the approval of homo “marriage” in NY without any response from Cardinal Dolan, the Notre Dame fiasco with no action from the weak Bishop D’Arcy, the Teddy Kennedy Hero Funeral allowed by “pro-life” Cardinal Sean O’Malley in his Cathedral, and Cardinal Wuerl telling us that he was going to do nothing to the many pro-abortion politicians in his archdiocese and not enforce Canon 915, in direct disobedience to the Pope. My own bishop, Michael Bransfield, presented a papal knighthood to the chairman of the WV Democratic Party, a man who has raised money for and encouraged the election of numerous pro-abort politicians. These men have a lot to answer for. And, they wonder why Catholics have gone to the Society of Pius X and other groups.

    When the arrests start as a result of this HHS mandate, we will see what these bishops are made out of and whether or not they are just big talk and not action.

    November 7, 2012 at 9:01 pm
  28. eva says:

    Thanks for sharing this…I am passing it on. Our Lady is asking us to help her Son accomplish the vision and her intentions with the world. I pray that a healing takes place…especially of the economy.

    November 7, 2012 at 9:48 pm
  29. maria says:

    Thank you. You put into words what I was feeling last night. Snd to becsincere I, for a moment felt God had turned away from us, all who prayed that we may be delivered from evil. And I cried… feeling a profound sadness… And it was until after I prayed the third rosary that I again felt at peace… And it was precisely what you said that came to my mind… God gsve us a free will… unfortunately thevway we excersice it is not always the best. And then It came to my mind…. well it would have been easier having a pro life president… most Americans didnt want one, so its time to get to work… I too have a free will and I choosevto fight for life… so may God be with us!!!
    … and that is how I got to this website… I am looking for ways to get more actve :)
    God bless you!!@

    November 7, 2012 at 9:58 pm
  30. Michelle says:

    It’s so good to know that many of us feel the same way, like we attended a funeral today, but tomorrow we will bury our feelings and return to the work to be done for Christ! Thank you so much for the words of encouragement Joe. You have seen everything and your words are consolation to all of us who are in a fog today over the culture of death in this country. My kids are all upset today and I told them that we have already won as we walk on the side of Christ. God Bless you in all you do and we will see you on the battlefield!

    The Sullivan clan

    November 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm
  31. Eve says:

    As I shared my deep sadness this a.m. with my husband, I found myself expressing hope and trust in a plan that God must surely have for those who believe in Him. It deeply upsets me to think that women will abort countless more wonderful creations of God and not realize what they have done until later on. There has to be an ocean of tears in heaven over this. As I continue to pray with a Pro-Life Ministry at our church and work each year for months to hold a pro-life art show on behalf of the Knights of Columbus where we live, assisting my husband, who is a past Grand Knight and now holds two other offices, I have renewed my promise to work harder to help the unborn and their mothers. The proceeds from these fundraiser events go to our local pregnancy center, to promote life and aid the women and their babies. God bless your ministry and all pro-life ministries throughtout the world. One day, this holocaust will end, by the will of Our Lord, and through the help of His Blessed Mother, Mary, as she continues to intercede on our behalf, always pointing the way to Jesus.

    November 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm
  32. FiddlerBob says:

    If all else fails, read the instructions: The Constitution of the United States of America.

    Regardless of any majority vote, absent an amendment to the Constitution, Mr. Obama is not eligible. He is not a natural born citizen: one born under US jurisdiction to two citizen parents. Neither has he ever qualified for office as required by Amendment XX.

    Mr. Obama has stipulated that he was born under British jurisdiction to a British/Kenyan father. His place of birth has never been established (documents proven to have been forged don’t count). He has published that he was born in Kenya. His grandmother claimed that she attended his birth there. No hospital in Hawaii has any record of either he or his mother ever having been admitted. In spite of their claims of possession, the state of Hawaii has never produced any records of Mr. Obama’s birth. In fact, no documents have ever been presented by or on behalf of Mr. Obama that were not proven forgeries.

    The progressives have been using our Constitution against us for years. It’s high time we used it as it was intended to protect and preserve the blessings that God has bestowed upon each and every one of us – no matter how stupidly we might vote.

    We must demand that our Representatives, Senators, and Justices abide by the Constitution they are sworn to protect and defend against all enemies foreign and domestic. We are the sovereign Citizens of a Constitutional Republic. They work for us. We need to stop acting like they’re in charge.

    It doesn’t matter how many votes Mr. Obama has received. It doesn’t matter that our major media outlets and those sworn to protect and defend our Constitution have turned their cowardly backs and failed their duty. Mr. Obama is not eligible. Votes given to him may as well have been cast for a turnip. The past Obama presidency is unconstitutional and must be nullified. Nothing he has done or will do is legally binding on us or, in the case of any treaties, on any other nation. No future term in office is going to make him legal, either. He’s just as fake and ineligible now as before.

    Re: Natural Born Citizen see: http://puzo1.blogspot.com/

    November 7, 2012 at 11:16 pm
  33. Mary Knapp says:

    Joe, I have never been more concerned for the future of our country and particularly christianity in the USA. Without a doubt citizens have clearly voted into office a man with little moral integrity. Obama scares me but what scares me even more is that a majority of the population believes human life is of little concern. 4 years ago I honestly believed that people elected a man that they knew little about but I can no longer believe that. He has been about as clear as anyone I have ever heard with his utter disrespect for life and he total disregard for the truth. I will continue to pray because I know our God is an AWESOME God and I know our ways are sometimes not His ways. Thank you for the forum to express my sadness.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:43 pm
  34. Kathi says:

    Thank-you!

    Your comments warm my soul as I know no one has worked harder than yourself to protect the innocents. It is shocking that our nation voted as it did.
    May God continue to bless the United States.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:07 am
  35. Marie T. Boldin says:

    Last night, after hearing the results of 2012 Election. Mr. Obama was re-elected. I was so despaired and crushed. I didn’t believe it. I thought if all the Catholics who voted for Pro-Life, against abortion. Then Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would’ve won. Thank you so much for your encouragements. I feel a little comfort and hope. I’ll pray for you and all the Pro-Life Action League to continue to do God will.

    November 8, 2012 at 4:57 am
  36. Chene says:

    I too felt very defeated yesterday and still feel some of that latent hangover from the election. I truly fear for this path our country is on. Let us all continue to pray that our wonderful Lord can somehow find his way into the hearts of more of our political leaders so that the voice of the unborn gets louder and we can eventually end this assault on human life.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:23 am
  37. Judy Madsen Johnson says:

    Joe, your message brings us back to attention. The election is over and we can’t change the outcome, but we can now snap to again, and resume and redouble our efforts, placing ourselves in God’s hands. As you have reminded us, any political “victories” we’ve received in either the courts or the legislatures have not released us from our responsibility to press on. We knew with Romney we still would have had to stay focused and diligent. There may have been surprises we would not have liked. With Obama, we know what we have, and it will require every vestige of strength and staying power we possess. That is why we are thankful for leaders like you. We can end abortion if we faint not or grow weary in well doing. The true victory is remaining faithful to that end!

    November 8, 2012 at 8:14 am
  38. Rosemary Pavlina says:

    I urge everyone to consecrate their lives to Mary. Through Mary to Jesus, we shall triumph.

    November 8, 2012 at 9:18 am
  39. Mike Forgacs says:

    The hear-felt words here are inspiring; there is growth and healing even in apparent defeat. I might suggest that every defeat is pregnant with promise if we are willing to learn it’s hard lessons. I am still thinking about what hard lessons may be found within – I hope to have more on that later. What is right for now is to thank you all for what you have done; for creating a voice where no voice was possible, for turning words into action where no words or actions were possible. You have acted and spoken for young human life.

    I would say Joe’s analogy of battle are apt. To me, we need look no further than two slogans from the United States Marine Corps. First, there is Semper Fidelis – Always Faithful – which we are called to be. I hope the outstanding advocate and champion of young human life Mother Theresa will not mind me invoking her words here – “God has not called me to be successful; He has called me to be faithful.”

    And there is a second important slogan of the United States Marine Corps. It is “Improvise”, “Adapt” and “Overcome”. While it implies a “get yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again” mindset, it also implies sometimes painful introspection to assess what worked and probably more importantly what didn’t work. Thus, it implies a change of strategy, it implies the necessary and tough challenge of being able to adapt to difficult and often hostile realities. It is a battle for hearts and minds. Not so much our hearts and minds, but the hearts and minds of others who are not of like mind.

    Of many things that stand out, one is particularly disturbing. But it also unfortunately corroborates and agrees with many other situations I am familiar with. I would suggest you know these situations too. Importantly, I thank Carol for the courage to bring it up, her stories, and for her persistence as she types through her tears. God bless you, Carol. I thank you.

    Carol writes:

    “I live in a senior residence, not one person in this 81 unit apt. building has ever done anything to fight this evil. Many are Catholics and voted for this baby butcher.”

    I know exactly what Carol is talking about. Again, we probably all do. I gently put forth that the argument merits the consideration of being framed differently such that not one person in that 81 person unit -as an example – could disagree with the argument put forth. Catholics and non-Catholics alike. My experience of many years says that the framing of the argument is indisputably and undeniably second to none in importance. Again, I hope to have more on this later.

    Again, I thank you.
    You all remain in my thoughts and prayers
    Please look for the blessings in this day – there is a loving God the father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit who wishes to thank you and bless you.

    Peace

    Mike Forgacs

    November 8, 2012 at 9:20 am
  40. Mark K. says:

    Our work would not be done even if Gov Romney had been elected. He would have removed the HHS contraception mandate, perhaps public money to Planned Parenthood, and continued to support traditional marriage. That’s about it. As seen through the years, it was clear Gov Romney was very uncomfortable discussing cultural issues, no he’s a money guy, and that’s where his focus stayed. We may actually be better off with a clear opponent such as President Obama. As always, we’ll keep the faith and continue the fight.

    November 8, 2012 at 9:33 am
  41. David McCallan says:

    Joe and all your staff at Pro-Life action league thank you all so very much for doing The work of the Church Militant. Throughout history the Church has been persecuted by evil men doing their evil deeds. Fifty percent of the so called Catolics voted for Obama. May God have mercy on their souls. We now must fight the good fight and press on as the persecutions ramp up against all true believers. I recommend today’s piece by Micheal Voris at ChurchMilitant.tv for perspective on the Election of Obama.

    God Bless you all and keep up the good fight!

    Nulla Salus Extra Ecclesium

    November 8, 2012 at 9:40 am
  42. Melba Rodriguez says:

    We shall never give up our fight against abortion and our freedom in this world
    that our loving God has created for us.We shall never never give up.Amen to your
    father.God Bless us all.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:16 am
  43. Rosaria says:

    All I can say is –Thank you for your beautiful words. And Thank You for your commitment to the movement, to the most vulnerable and to women and men who suffer from the tragedy of abortion.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:19 am
  44. marie schroeder says:

    thank you Joe. you always know how to put things in perspective. XOXOXOXO

    November 8, 2012 at 11:42 am
  45. Marie says:

    what I find so discouraging is that such a high percentage of Catholics voted for Obama and the prominently “anti-life” platform. I am saddened that so many don’t live their faith … but I trust in Jesus. One day at a time, one step in front of the other. thank you for your perspective. It helps to lift my spirit.

    November 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm
  46. Tony Schaad says:

    Although I agree with almost everything that Stanley D. Wyatt has written, I disagree that “The American Bishops get… most of the blame for this loss.” On the contrary, the Bishops [and the Pope] do NOT get most of the blame… although they should. Elected US Representatives and Senators who identify themselves as “catholic”, and who legislatively advocate killing unborn children through abortion, should long ago have been excommunicated by the church. Surely you have read what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 5 about those among the church who were openly sinning against God and unrepentant? Today Paul would say the church cannot judge a non-believer like Barack Obama. Rather, he said Christians are to judge Christians. Right about here is where Catholic Church leaders will say “it is God who will judge”. That has always been a flagrant excuse where abortion is concerned. If God is to judge, then why did Pope Leo X excommunicate Martin Luther for exposing the churches selling of “indulgences”, among other things, which of course was a genuine corruption of Christ’s church. And yet, neither this Pope, nor his predecessors, nor their American Bishops have excommunicated these apostate “catholics” for their open advocacy of murder of the unborn vis-à-vis legislation. Surely, this is no less a sin than Luther’s. The explanation for the lack of responsibility by many of the Bishops and perhaps the Pope is likely found in the same motivations of men like Leo X. Regarding any excuse these legislators may claim that Roe v Wade was a creation of the Supreme Court, there are plenty of written congressional records proving what “catholic” elected officials have legislatively perpetuated on God’s unborn children.

    November 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm
  47. Anna Marie & Carlos Mesia says:

    Dear Joe,

    Amen!….Gracias e Grazie….Stated as Benedict calls us to abide…each and every day. Considering these last few days of presence….He has not abandoned us…His Love, Mercy, Will, calls out even louder for our surrender dance with Him….to keep our eyes fixed on Him….His constancy is proven and to let nothing stop us from knowing and choosing to think, speak and act convinced that He is all we need…to let go, hang on tight to Baby Jesus and let our Mother Mary show us how to Love as His needs require…never giving up,no matter how we feel!

    November 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm
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  49. mary robson says:

    Joe and all these comments were so inspiring and helpful as I have been in mourning all week and almost sick GI wise and emotionally.

    A young priest helped me though by saying, yes he IS a jerk but we must pray for those who probably voted in ignorance- as Jesus did from the cross. He said “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”. This has been very consoling to me and as each day passes I vow to keep IN THE FIGHT for LIFE and pray for those who are members of “Catholics for Obama” and all their Washington counterparts and my PARISH counterparts. God help us and St. Michael be with us.

    Jesus IS risen so how can we doubt He is with us in our battle?

    November 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm

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