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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for March 1, 2020

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Sister Catherine Joy Marie, 26, joined the Sisters of Life in 2015 and professed her first vows in 2018. She currently serves university students, pregnant women, and women who have suffered after abortion at the sisters’ Centre at St. Peter’s Church in Toronto. Photo courtesy of the Sisters of Life.

Another profile of a young Pro-Life leader who was featured in the recent KofC's Columbia article entitled "Voices of the Pro-Life Generation".

"My parents cultivated in me and my four sisters a deep love for life, especially through our Catholic faith and our family’s tradition of military service.  The first time I went to the March for Life, two Sisters of Life joined my high school’s bus from Connecticut to D.C.  I was profoundly moved by witnessing their bridal and maternal love, reading St. John Paul II’s encyclical Evangelium Vitae that one sister lent me, and being engulfed in a sea of joyful marchers on Capitol Hill.  The great wounds of our culture and even greater beauty of human life pierced my heart and inflamed it with a desire to lay down my life so that others may live.

Sister Catherine Joy Marie, 26, joined the Sisters of Life in 2015 and professed her first vows in 2018.  She currently serves university students, pregnant women, and women who have suffered after abortion at the sisters’ Centre at St. Peter’s Church in Toronto. Photo courtesy of the Sisters of Life

How I’m involved: I discovered in the Sisters of Life what my heart was deeply longing for — to be a bride and mother, giving myself fully for the protection of all human life.  As Sisters of Life, we have the great gift of serving vulnerable pregnant women and their unborn children, and inviting women wounded by abortion into the healing mercy of Jesus. We also foster a culture of life through evangelization and host weekend retreats for women and men.

Pro-life challenges: Every human person has been created for joy and communion, yet confusion and discouragement often hinder this desire and purpose God has planted in our hearts.  One of the biggest challenges (and opportunities) in the pro-life movement today is to keep aflame our joy and to strengthen our solidarity, not letting the storms around us dampen our hope,

The pro-life message: Perfect love really does cast out fear (cf. 1 Jn 4:18); this is a reality that I have the privilege to watch unfold in people’s lives. Love is creative and will find a way. One of the most powerful things we can do to reach hearts and minds is to take time to listen and to accompany the other towards truth, in love.

Signs of hope: I am always struck by the spirit of joy at the March for Life.  Countless millennials carry “We are the Pro-Life Generation” signs with smiles on their faces as they march.  Without even saying a word, they witness to the world that the pro-life movement is young, joyful and full of hope.

Advice to Knights: Never underestimate the witness of a family’s love to proclaim the sacredness of life! Others will be struck by your joy as a family, your unity with one another and your openness to life in all its blessings and challenges."

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Links Related to this week’s column:

Voices Of The Pro-Life Generation
Young leaders speak about the impact they are having in the preeminent human rights battle of our time
By Knights of Columbus Columbia Magazine Staff (1/1/2020)
A national leader of abortion advocacy arrived in downtown Washington, D.C., during the 2010 March for Life and could barely believe her eyes.

Nancy Keenan, then president of NARAL, later told a Newsweek reporter: “I just thought, my gosh, they are so young. There are so many of them, and they are so young.”......

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   To learn more about the organizations & ministries the IWKnights support through our Pro-life efforts. . . . . . .
  •  Urban K-Life
    •  Hope, belief and stability for urban teens
  • Coalition for Life St. Louis

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