GTARTL Procession and RESPECT LIFE Presentation planned for Sunday, January 22

Two groups that work hard at defending life in Traverse City and northern Michigan, Grand Traverse Area Right to Life and RESPECT LIFE - The Catholic Pro-Life movement in the Diocese of Gaylord, have events planned for Sunday, January 22nd the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

I received the email below with information about the events and with some disappointing news as well. A local funeral home received "angry calls" and now won't be participating in the event. Let this be a reminder that abortion and the need to protect life isn't just happenening somewhere else, but also right in our own backyard!

Defending life is important and prayers are needed to continue to have the strength to protect the unborn.

To mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, GTARTL has planned a memorial procession and service for Sunday, January 22.

It appears that the article above has created quite a stir from the “other side”. Funeral home fielded several angry calls yesterday from people threatening to pull business, slander their name, and finally have protestors along the route to throw eggs at the hearse and those involved. As a result, they have pulled their services from our memorial.

I feel that this is the time to stand strong, bold and mourn the lives of 54 million that are not here! God calls us to speak for the weak.

I ask all of you for prayers for peace and safety for this memorial and help getting the word out!

Line Up:
12:45-1:25 at St. Francis Church - 1025 S. Union, Traverse City
Leaving promptly at 1:30
St. Francis 1025 S. Union, Traverse City to Oakwood Catholic Cemetery, 1325 E. 8th Street
Brief Service:
2:15-2:30 - At Tomb for the Unborn

REMINDER: The Respect Life presentation on The Theology of the Body beginning at 3:00 at Immaculate Conception Church, 205 N. Division. A light food reception will follow.

Here is a great prayer I found at Catholic Online...

To Protect Life

Loving God, I thank you for the gift of life you gave and continue to give to me and to all of us.
Merciful God, I ask your pardon and forgiveness for my own failure and the failure of all people to respect and foster all forms of life in our universe.

Gracious God, I pray that with your grace, I and all people will reverence, protect, and promote all life and that we will be especially sensitive to the life of the unborn, the abused, neglected, disabled, and the elderly. I pray, too, that all who make decisions about life in any form will do so with wisdom, love, and courage.

Living God, I praise and glorify you as Father, Source of all life, as Son, Savior of our lives, and as Spirit, Sanctifier of our lives.


Sister Mary Margaret Johanning, S.S.N.D.
Nihil Obstat: Joseph F. Martino Imprimatur: Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua Archbishop of Philadelphia, June 1994

Remember to pray for the unborn, but also the people defending and protecting life, in today's world they need it!

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for Us!

It's Catholic Vote Time! UPDATED

7/17/2009 at 10:32am
Read an article from talking about the video, check it out here.


Another great video from my friend Josh Mercer and!

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Just realized, I need to post more here, or I'll have to change my name to the Catholic Vote Video Blog!

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My friend Josh Mercer and the gang at Catholic Vote have put together another online video. They keep getting better and better...

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Father Corapi on the scandal at Notre Dame

Just received an email from the The Cardinal Newman Society and it featured a video from one of my favorites, Father Corapi. Check it out!

Fr. John Corapi has taped the following message about what the scandal at Notre Dame means for our faith and the importance of not giving up the fight.

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In what's shaping up to be the most important election in our lifetimes (in my opinion), we are getting bombarded by information from TV, radio, newspapers and the internet. I find it overwhelming at times trying to follow the latest news and lipstick talk, but lucky for us there are some great sites out there with good solid information like - Spend a couple of minutes watching the movie below and you'll get fired up about your faith and this election! Help spread the word!

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Visit and help save our nation!

[Cross-posted at Catholic Dads]

Father Corapi speaks, we should listen featured a guest commentary by Rev. John A. Corapi that gives a brief look back at the history of the United States and ahead to the future based on our decisions about contraception and abortion. It's not a pretty picture.

From artificial contraception to abortion to partial-birth abortion, then on to infanticide we march toward the abyss of oblivion, a society marked for death. Is it any wonder we can rationalize the killing of the elderly or the sick through euthanasia?

Read the complete article at called Death Wish: The Impending Suicide of a Once Great Nation

Abortion article in Record Eagle

A sophomore at Lake Leelanau St. Mary school, Margaret Barley, wrote a very good article about abortion. I really enjoyed this quote from Mother Teresa at the end...

I want to leave you with a little bit of wisdom from Mother Teresa. She said, "I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is war against the child, murder by the mother herself." I believe Mother Teresa couldn't have been more right on this one. Abortion is the greatest destroyer of human life. The sooner we can realize this and take a stand for life, the faster we will stop abortion.

Original Article: Stop Abortion: It's killing of a human in the Record Eagle

Ron Paul for President in 2008

Ron Paul 2008He's the best choice. Sure, you've never heard of him, but I'm about to change that.

Go to and read for yourself why he's the best choice. Here's a couple of quotes that sum up the work of Ron Paul...

Congressman Paul’s consistent voting record prompted one of his congressional colleagues to say, “Ron Paul personifies the Founding Fathers’ ideal of the citizen-statesman. He makes it clear that his principles will never be compromised, and they never are.” Another colleague observed, “There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles. Ron Paul is one of those few.”

So when it's time to vote, remember the Pro-Life and Pro-Family candidate - RON PAUL!

Now you can't say you've never heard of him!

40 Days for Life, plus the Life Chain

I got an email from Casey Truelove and then read Zenit and decided I needed to help. So I am now sharing it with you.

Starting today through November 4th, join me countless others in helping support 40 Days for Life. I'm not close enough to join one of the larger groups in Michigan (Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, or Midland/Bay City/Saginaw) but some prayers and fasting is one way you and I can help.

This fall, 89 cities in 33 states across the nation will unite for a unique pro-life campaign called 40 Days for Life -- an intensive effort designed to raise awareness, save lives, bring healing, and prepare America for the beginning of the end of abortion.

Don't forget that a Life Chain will be held in Traverse City on October 7, 2007, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Grandview Pkwy. and Front St. from Division to Garfield. We'll have the stroller there in support! Check with your local parish to see where they will be!