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Minnesota faces real challenges; assisted suicide, failing schools, and family poverty to name a few. But Catholics are called to respond. Protect life and human dignity, join Minnesota's Bishops and 1,000 plus Catholics from across the state for a day of inspiration and advocacy at our State Capitol. This is our moment. Let's go!  For more information follow this link: https://catholicsatthecapitol.org

Minnesota Give to the Max Day is on Thursday, November 17th, and is a day dedicated to supporting your favorite causes by donating to a charity of your choice. If you are still looking for a cause to support, please consider giving to the Franciscan Brothers of Peace. Our Brotherhood provides much material and spiritual support to the local community, including:

  • Praying and sidewalk counseling at abortion centers. Assisting women and men with crisis pregnancies.
  • Defending the rights of brain–injured or otherwise severely disabled persons who cannot speak for themselves, as well as the elderly or any other vulnerable persons in danger of death by euthanasia, medical killing or care rationing.                        
  • Being a visible witness to the Catholic Faith on our streets, befriending the homeless and outcast, particularly in poor or violent areas most in need of the peace and love of Jesus Christ.
  • Providing sanctuary in our friary for international survivors of torture, creating a loving, healing environment for them, assisting them on their journey towards independent living and legal asylum, and then reuniting them with their families by helping to facilitate travel to the U.S. for their wife and children, if any.
  • Working with refugee families.
  • Visiting shut-ins, those in nursing homes & the hospitalized

In addition to the good your donation would provide for those in need, any donation you give to the Franciscan Brothers of Peace will also be eligible for random drawings to have extra money added to it, and will help us compete for more prize money on our leaderboards to help further our work.  We thank you in advance for any donations you choose to give!

For more information on how you can Give to the Max on behalf of the Franciscan Brothers of Peace, click the Give to the Max icon on our website’s home page or click the following link: https://www.givemn.org/organization/Franciscan-Brothers-Of-Peace

Be sure to read the latest issue of Newsweek magazine. Reporter, Aimee Swartz, has written an outstanding article, shedding a positive light on the Right to Life movement and especially for the medically vulnerable.

At a time when mainstream media so largely focuses on the right to choose abortion and euthanasia, Swartz presents a compelling and thoroughly Pro-Life affirming story about the uncommonly ethical treatment and care received by Maggie Worthen, a college-aged woman who suffered brain trauma, but was successfully rehabilitated to a semi-conscious state by a dedicated team of medical professionals.

Sadly, Worthen’s case is rare. Most brain injured patients who fail to fully recover consciousness after being taken off life support, are often deemed untreatable and therefore do not receive further medical care. While there is evidence that many unconscious patients can and do regain consciousness, if the level of consciousness isn’t deemed significant by medical professionals, insurers, or even the courts of law, that patient is most often denied further medical support. Inevitably, this results in the death of the medically vulnerable patient.

Unfortunately, the same year Worthen was successfully rehabilitated, Teri Schiavo, also brain injured and successfully rehabilitated to a level of semi-consciousness, had a tragic outcome. Despite her responsiveness and positive recovery, her husband won the right in court to stop all medical care and to remove her feeding tube. Schiavo eventually starved to death, though she was healthy and communicating with friends and family.

“Newsweek has done a service to the nation in highlighting the incredible opportunity for patients too regularly deemed to be without hope,” says Bobby Schindler of the Terri Life and Hope Network, a foundation started by Schindler’s family to uphold human dignity through service to the medically vulnerable.

“These concrete signs of improvement are exactly the sort of improvement so many contend is impossible for patients marginalized as "vegetables," and why I'm so pleased that Newsweek is highlighting their struggle,” Schindler added.

To access the Newsweek article and read more about what Bobby Schindler has to say about this important issue, please click here: http://christiannewswire.com/news/6643777825.html

Terri Card IIIMarch 31st marks the anniversary of the death of Terri Shindler Schiavo. Living with a brain injury, yet otherwise a healthy woman, Terri's food and hydration were withheld by court order at the request of her husband, who did not want to continue her medical care. Schiavo’s case has since brought awareness worldwide and shined a spotlight on the need for a strong-voice on behalf of the medically vulnerable.

In memory of Terri's witness to life and to serve as an opportunity to pray for all our medically vulnerable brothers and sisters, all are invited to “Terri's Day Memorial Mass and Tribute for Life Celebration” in Philadelphia, PA. to be held March 31st, 2016.

Support of the event sponsored by the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network goes toward projects protecting the rights of the medically vulnerable. Find more information about this event and register here:

https://lifeandhope.nationbuilder.com/terrisday

For those unable to attend, consider supporting the work of Terri’s cause through prayer. Currently, there is a movement for the Cause of Terri’s canonization.

The process of documenting the life and virtues of a holy man or woman cannot begin until 5 years after death. This waiting period insures that the person has an enduring reputation for sanctity among the faithful. It can be waived by the Supreme Pontiff, and has been done on two occasions.

After the five years have concluded, or earlier if all or some of the period is waived, the Bishop of the diocese in which the individual died can petition the Holy See to allow the initialization of a Cause for Beatification and Canonization. If there is no objection by the Roman Dicasteries, in particular the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the permission, or nihil obstat (nothing stands in the way), is communicated to the initiating Bishop. Once a Cause has begun, the individual is called a Servant of God.

During this first phase the Postulation established by the diocese, or religious institute (there are three phases altogether), to promote the Cause must gather testimony about the life and virtues of the Servant of God. Also, the public and private writings must be collected and examined. This documentary phase of the process can take many years and concludes with the judgment of a diocesan tribunal, and the ultimate decision of the bishop, that the heroic virtues of the Servant of God have or have not been demonstrated. The results, along with the bound volumes of documentation, or Acta (Acts), are communicated to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.*

This is where your prayers and testimony will be needed. Taking into consideration her sacrifice and life, please consider remembering Terri in your prayers, and don’t hesitate to consider asking her to intercede on your behalf for your personal needs and causes as well. Those who experience miracles through the intercession of Terri Schiavo are encouraged to submit their testimony. Below is a link with contact information to submit testimony and a printable prayer card that can be used. Terri’s supporters of this Cause thank you in advance.

Prinatable Prayer Card for the Cause of Terri Schindler Shiavo

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