It was two weeks before the election and Archbishop Charles Chaput in Colorado had publicly stated that “activism for Senator Barack Obama, and the work of Democratic-friendly groups like Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, have done a disservice to the Church, confused the natural priorities of Catholic social teaching, undermined the progress pro-lifers have made, and provided an excuse for some Catholics to abandon the abortion issue instead of fighting within their parties and at the ballot box to protect the unborn.”

My friend, Kay, had visited a church in another city the previous Sunday and had heard the Catholic priest there, after the mass, tell his parishioners from the altar that the Church cannot tell them how to vote, that they could decide for themselves who they would vote for. He was heartily applauded by his congregation. Kay was considerably upset as he was, indeed, doing his best to undermine everything pro-life that had been accomplished in the past 35 years.

Barack Obama is the most liberal of all the Senators by anyone’s measure, and has promised to keep Roe v Wade in place. He says he will appoint liberal judges, and opposed the confirmation of conservative Supreme Court Justices Alito and Roberts. He voted for partial birth abortion, voted against parental notification, and has a 100% approval rating from Planned Parenthood. He said “Well, the first thing I’d do as president is, is sign the Freedom of Choice Act.” This would undo any gains the pro-life movement has made over the years.” It would be open season on babies in the womb!

And who would be a heartbeat away from the Presidency? Joe Biden! Two heartbeats? Nancy Pelosi! God help us.

Kay had good reason to be upset. With Obama at the helm, a Democratic majority in both Houses, a liberal Supreme Court, and the clearly liberal media (we might even say anti-Christian), the babies wouldn’t stand a chance….ever. She called to discuss what she could do in the remaining two weeks. She came up with pro-life flyers, modeled after Archbishop Egan’s earnest plea for life, that she planned to give out at the local churches the Sunday before the election. I urge you to look at Egan’s plea -– it is a masterpiece.

As I talked with Kay about her plans I could sense the glow of a pro-life flame within her. I told her I was praying that the Holy Spirit would fan that flame and give her direction and strength. I blew into my phone and said, “That’s me,” blowing to fan your flame.” Since then, whenever I think of Kay and her pro-life efforts, I just blow a little. God knows exactly what I mean. It’s my prayer for Kay. Sometimes it’s a prayer for all pro-lifers. A prayer, after all, is not a set of words said with the lips; it is a movement of the heart or it is nothing at all. What an easy way to pray earnestly and often!

Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life has also been going all out to save our babies. Addressing the pro-abortion candidates he writes: “We ask, first of all, Have you ever seen an abortion? So many who defend abortion’s legality cannot even bring themselves to look at the horrifying pictures of children torn apart by the procedure. But if we cannot look at it, why should we tolerate it?”

“Your position is undermining the fabric of our nation. We repeat to you again the question posed by Mother Teresa in her speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC on February 3, 1994. ‘And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?'”

If you have the stomach for it, take an inside look at the reality of abortion on Father Pavone’s site.

And, go blow! Fan the flame!  Breathe a prayer for life–over and over again!


But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom my Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.  John 14:26