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
DeMoss. “God blessed me with a long life,” Mara said at the dinner. “During that lifetime I have formed a clear perception of the absolute sanctity of life and the unshakable conviction that, of all God’s gifts, it is the most precious—and is becoming the most tenuous,” he told the 700 people in attendance. “We live in an age,” he went on to say, “when Bowl XXI, defeating the Denver Broncos in 1987, Mara called six players on the winning team to put together a video called “Champions for Life.” American Life League worked in concert with Mara to produce “Champions for Life,” a video which sparked the creation of Life Athletes. Included in the message the athletes delivered is the monies of the event. “We are rightly concerned,” he told the gathering, “about the thousands of innocent men, women, and children in villages far, far away with names we cannot pronounce. But here at home, the same government that is outraged at what’s going on in Kosovo is using every trick, every lie, every device possible to allow the current ongoing killing of almost 1.4 million totally innocent American children every year in places with names we know very well, like Los Angeles and Dallas and New York and Miami.” Stein, who played the boring high school teacher in the 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, is anything but boring when it comes to the defense of innocent life. “For me, the number one issue is right to life,” he said. “The thing about Hollywood people is they think of themselves as workers and proletarians and the warriors of the revolution, but they’re also snobs. They’re incredible snobs.” Wellington Mara (center) with a priest-friend, George Martin (left), and Mark Bavaro (right) of the New York Giants. mankind, in its arrogance, seeks to abrogate to itself the right to limit or deny life to the afflicted and the unborn. That is the challenge of our generation. The challenge and the shame.” He looked to Life Athletes to provide critically needed role models for America’s youth. Chris Godfrey, the executive director of Life Athletes, and owner of a Super Bowl ring, thanked Mara for being a man of exceptional integrity. “But more importantly,” he said, “I’d like to thank him for asking me to walk alongside of him to build a culture of life, which, in the bigger picture, is far more important than winning a Super Bowl.” After the Giants won Super 20 Celebrate Life Magazine | FALL 2017 importance of chastity. Masculinity does not imply promiscuity. (You can watch “Champions for Life” online at bit.ly/ALL-CFL). Ben Stein, movie actor, law professor, television personality, presidential speech writer, and pro-life advocate served as master of cere- Mara’s legacy Monsignor George Rutler, a close friend of Mara, reminded the world of the importance of Mara’s legacy. Whether he attended the funeral of Rutler’s mother or a birthday party for the Monsignor, Mara was always “The archetypal Catholic gentleman distinguishing himself in his prolife work, very practically engaging football stars in his “Athletes for In addition to working with American Life League to make “Champions for Life,” Wellington Mara served on ALL’s Financial Advisory Board from 1985 to 1991. ALL pays tribute to this pro-life Giant in a video called “American Life League Drafts NFL Legend,” which can be seen at bit.ly/ALL-WMTribute.
Judie Brown presented American Life League’s Champion of Life Award to Wellington Mara on August 23, 1989. Life’ which helped the moral formation of young boys in our morally desolate culture.” Wellington Mara understood the permanent relevance of Church teaching in a world that is constantly yielding to passing fads. “The Church has never changed its teaching on the sanctity of human life,” he once said. “It didn’t make up a rule for the convenience of a particular time like a rule at a country club as the Governor would have us believe.” Wellington Mara succumbed to lymphoma at the age of 89. He is buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York. The Seattle Times had this to say about his passing: “On a crisp autumn afternoon, perfect for the game he loved, New York Giants owner Wellington Mara was revered Friday as a peerless father, friend and football man at a service packed with luminaries.” We may believe there were angels among the luminaries. Donald DeMarco, PhD, is a Senior Fellow of Human Life International; professor emeritus at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario; an adjunct professor at Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut; and a regular columnist for the St. Austin Review. Some of his recent writings may be found at Human Life International’s Truth and Charity Forum. Share this article online from our website CLMagazine.org. Spiritual benefits for putting ALL in your will! To thank you for making this ultimate gift to save the babies, we will arrange for a series of 30 consecutive Gregorian Masses to be said for the repose of your soul upon your passing. We will issue you a certificate that you should place with your important papers. It will alert your executor to notify us so that the Masses can commence immediately. You will also receive our Loving Will kit, designed to protect you from euthanasia, and provide you and your loved ones peace of mind. For more information, contact Lisa Rehman at 540-659-4171. © iStockphoto.com/OJO_Images Image above features models and does not intend to imply endorsement. YES, I will put ALL in my will to save babies well into the future. I hereby bequeath ________% of my estate or $________ or ________________________ (name of asset) to American Life League, P.O. Box 1350, Stafford, VA 22555, for its vital baby-saving work. NAME_________________________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ SIGNATURE______________________________________ DATE___________ E-MAIL_________________________________ PHONE_________________ FALL 2017 | Celebrate Life Magazine 21