The Catholic Defender: Stand For Life

Posted by John Benko - September 26th, 2013

Folks, it is that time of year when people will put on their marching shoes and go pray at the Abortion facilities.

This is good because “40 Days For Life” has done a lot of good to get people to think about what abortion is.

It feels good when you have people out there all day long to stand for life.

I see people out with their rosaries and prayer books to pray and meditate.

This is American freedom to be able to assemble and take a stand for life.

Our Priest spoke of how important it was for him to have gone out there on the front line.

I think it is even more important for him to go there for the sake of the people out there.

This particular lazy day, I had the opportunity to come out to the Abortion Clinic in Killeen Texas where I prayed the Rosary and the Divine Mercy.

This day was a slow day, there was only two of us out there but I felt it mattered not.

I positioned myself with my cross and stood up where I was most visible to those driving by.

What a great feeling it is to get people honking their horns giving you the thumbs up sign and waving towards you.

That is a great encouragement. Often I will have people stop and pray with me because they are affected by our witness.

That means a lot! This day, one person stopped to thank me for taking a stand for life.

He wanted to share his story with me and I was eager to listen as I waved on to the traffic passing by.

Another Lady parked in the parking lot behind me and was taking pictures of me.

I didn’t know she was there initially, but I had that feeling that someone was watching me from the back so I stopped and turned around and there she was.

She then got out of her car and brought her camera wanting to take some pictures.

She was Norwegian traveling the United States and was simply driving by and saw me with the cross.

This Lady actually took these pictures I have for this article! I encouraged her to be safe and enjoy her traveling our Country.

One of my Daughter-In-Laws (Szilvia) is leaving the United States today for Hungary.

Her Mother is in the Hospital and it is important for her to go home and see her Mother.

My wife Gigi is still watching the grandchildren in Washington State so I am still on my own for another couple of weeks.

Another lady came by with her son and saw me and then stopped to tell me her story.

She told me the sad truth that she had two abortions when she was younger. That is still affected her deeply.

I was able to encourage her and was glad that she stopped to talk to me. She told me how important her faith was to her.

This is very important, in fact, a most important message of 40 Days for Life.

That a woman needs that healing for inner peace. That Jesus will forgive her.

That is the mission of the Church, to liberate the captives and set them free in Christ.

Even on a lazy day, you can still get a lot of things done just by being available!


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The Catholic Defender: United We Stand II

Posted by John Benko - September 21st, 2013

What a joy it is to participate and see young people becoming active in their Catholic Faith.

We have seen the growing, swelling numbers of young people taking part in the prolife movement all across the United States.

This helps keep a guy like me to stay young just to keep up with them. They are the future of the Church!

I want to leave to them a strong vibrant Church full of life in it’s witness to the world.

The Late Great Pope John Paul II really did much to get the ball rolling and Pope Benedict had done well in keeping the fire burning.  Today, Pope Francis holds the Chair of Peter and we see how the media wants to twist everything he does.  We need to stand fast and be accountable to stand up for what is right.

The following is something that our Priest, Fr. Downey wrote to inspire the faithful:

Dear Brothers & Sisters, Now that the two major political parties have had their conventions and we are coming into the final leg of the presidential election season, it is important that we seriously consider who we plan to vote for.

To be a responsible citizen, one must be actively engaged (much like those out on the sidewalk with me this day) in ascertaining facts about each candidate and what positions they take regarding issues our country is currently facing.

Withdrawing and having a general sense of apathy is not only irresponsible, but could lead to the forfeiting of a fundamental right guaranteed by the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Voting should never be based on a popularity contest or the promotion of a certain interest group, but rather on our moral convictions.

Such convictions should be rooted in a well-informed conscience which we, the Catholic faithful, must strive for throughout the course of our lives.

Human reason elevated by the revelation of Christ through His Church are means by which we form our conscience.

The Catholic Church is the voice of Christ to the nations, the Church is the city shining on a hill. We are staging at an important time in history. The ability to proclaim the truth in the information age needs to be implimented.

All across the United States, people are participating with the “40 Days For Life” in every major city and location where there is an abortion clinic.

But it can’t stop here, our vote this coming Novemeber is so important, the upcoming battle for the Senate will be very important.

Especially for us who believe in the traditional family unit.

Just look at what has happened the past seven years since Prince Harry Ried has become the Senate Majority Leader.

Through the Church and the people of good will, we must stand united for life. This is our calling for this generation.


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