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Celebrate Life Magazine - Fall 2017

The fall 2017 issue of Celebrate Life Magazine contains "Abortion Victim Photos" by Lori Hadacek Chaplin, "Securing the future" by Laura Kizior, "A pro-life Giant" by Donald DeMarco, PhD, "God's Little Ones" by Diane Stark, and "Roe v. Wade's days are numbered" by Raymond J. Adamek, PhD

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unteer to make a difference in their own communities by helping CLSP become part of their parish or diocesan curriculum. They are using their time, talents, and local connections to make sure that the past 40 years don’t go to waste. “It is about the future of our nation and the salvation of our immortal souls. Do we want to be known as a nation that kills its own offspring or euthanizes its disabled or infirmed in the name of convenience? And we call ourselves the leader of the free world! If we stand by and allow this to happen, we are complicit in the evil that follows. We simply need to ask ourselves: ‘What would Christ do in the face of such evil?’ We already know the answer . . . which gives us no choice but to follow Him.” says Gourley. With the help of dedicated Ambassadors like Bill Gourley, CLSP materials are being taught in over 50 schools across the country. We are currently working with Ambassadors in three dioceses to ensure that teach- ers have access to these valuable resources. CLSP has enjoyed great success in these past three years. However, dozens of dioceses across the United States still lack a firm action plan for teaching pro-life values to Catholic school students in every grade level. We need people like Bill Gourley who will help to pass the torch to the next generation. Believe in your mission Pro-life formation is what is inspiring our young people to be more pro-life than before. Educating the next generation is our mission; it is your mission. Will you respond? “First believe in your mission and in your ability to make it happen,” Gourley recommends. “There are legions of people out there who are hoping someone just like you will come along to help them teach their children and grandchildren that life is beautiful at every stage and only God gives it and only He can take it away.” Next, Gourley recommends exploring CLSP for yourself: “It is simply the best K–12-focused, classroom-ready educational materials available anywhere,” he says. “Take it to local faith-based educators. Be persistent, but be patient. Introducing new lessons into established curricula—regardless of its quality— takes time. Pray. God will inspire you and give you the strength to pursue His work.” Would you like to bring CLSP to your local school or diocese? Through CLSP Ambassadors for Life initiative, you can be a positive influence in your community. Contact CLSP Outreach Coordinator, Mary Flores, at mflores@all.org. Laura Kizior works in American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program as a content developer. Her work has appeared on Verily.com, CatholicMom.com, LifeSiteNews.com, and TeachersSavingChildren.org, and in the Pro-Life Healthcare Alliance newsletter. Share this article online from our website CLMagazine.org. Is it too soon to start preparing for Christmas? These three lessons will help you spark the true spirit of Christmas in your children. A lesson on Saint Nicholas is in the works—check the online store for its arrival! $5 50 PLUS S&H $5 50 PLUS S&H Grades 9–12 $4 00 PLUS S&H Grades K–2 Simple and fun craft projects included! TO ORDER BY CREDIT CARD, VISIT OUR ONLINE STORE AT CultureOfLifeStudies.com/SHOP OR CALL 540-659-4171 Teach the pro-life themes in Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ These lessons are also available for instant download at CultureOfLifeStudies.com/SHOP 18 Celebrate Life Magazine | FALL 2017

A pro-life GIANT Wellington Mara By Donald DeMarco, PhD Photo by Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images An unexpected gift arrived in the mail some time ago—a copy of Judie Brown’s autobiography, courtesy of Wellington Mara, co-owner of the New York Football Giants. It was on the basis of my friendship with Mrs. Brown and the fact that I was seen as “a co-worker in her mission to protect God’s preborn children” that I became the beneficiary of his generosity. But I was also the beneficiary of his humility-inducing magnanimity. He was truly a giant of a man. Wellington Timothy Mara was born in Rochester, New York, on August 14, 1916, the youngest son of Tim Mara, who founded the New York Giants football team in 1925. That was the year Wellington entered the National Football League, though in the inglorious role of a ball boy. He became the co-owner of the Giants from 1959 until his death on October 25, 2005. During his tenure at the helm, he became one of the most influential and iconic figures in the history of the National Football League. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997 and elected to the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2012. Mara was highly respected by his players. When Lawrence Taylor (better known to football fans as LT) was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he thanked Mara for supporting him during the worst times of his drug addiction, stating that “He probably cared more about me as a person than he really should have.” Taylor credited his owner for helping him to turn his life around and live a clean lifestyle. Mara’s pro-life work Wellington Mara’s pro-life work is well known and he has urged businesses and professional organizations to use their “time, their talents, and their treasure” to promote respect for life. At the time of his passing, he was survived by his wife Ann (1929–2015), 11 children, and 42 grandchildren. It has been reported that his team honored him after his death by trouncing the Giant’s biggest and oldest rival, the Washington Redskins, 36–0 on October 30, 2005, at Giants Stadium. When his name was mentioned, the crowd of 80,000 gave him a standing ovation. On April 21, 1999, the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund hosted its 6th Proudly Pro- Life Awards dinner. The guest of honor that night was Wellington Mara. The occasion raised over $1 million to further the pro-life cause. Mara was reluctant at first to receive the award, but finally consented in the name of Life Athletes, a group he founded. Other winners of the award include Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Virgil Dechant, Rep. Chris Smith, and Mrs. Arthur FALL 2017 | Celebrate Life Magazine 19

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