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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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ALL INSIDER Shipping an order… to Australia! By Mary Kizior, curriculum developer for ALL’s Culture of Life Studies Program HERE AT THE Culture of Life Studies Program, we get excited about sharing our resources with people all over the world. As our program continues to gain popularity in the United States, we are also experiencing an increase in international orders. Each member of the CLSP team wears many hats and shipping these orders has become nothing less than an adventure! When someone from another country places an order for one of our unit studies, it sets off a chain reaction that sends the CLSP team into a bustle of activity. American Life League is very much a family-oriented organization—the families of staff members are often called upon to volunteer in the shipping department when there are dozens of new orders to fill. Assisted by a crew of passionately pro-life teens working at the ALL offices in Virginia or at “The Warehouse” in Missouri (our director’s basement), the CLSP team fulfills every order. Our shipping department carefully prepares every package. Each unit study, coloring book, and printed lesson is carefully wrapped in protective tissue paper and lovingly placed into its designated shipping container. As a final touch, we include a colorful CLSP catalog and seal the package with durable and trustworthy packaging tape. The parcels are then loaded into the back of our shipping truck (also known as the family minivan) and are safely transported to the post office, where the packages are stamped and whisked off to exotic and faraway destinations like Guam, Ireland, Malta, and Australia. Shipping our products to far-off places reminds us that pro-life education works to change hearts and minds. It also inspires us. It urges us to keep on working to create the most comprehensive culture of life education program in the world for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. AMERICAN LIFE LEAGUE’S Associate Program As a member of American Life League’s Associate Program, your group will have access to • Exclusive information and outreach materials to help you battle the culture of death; • ALL speakers and a staff to help you with research, media consultation, and assistance on a wide range of pro-life, pro-family topics; • A periodic newsletter to keep you informed and connected with your pro-life peers; • Total independence while gaining national recognition as an ALL Associate. For information on joining ALL’s Associate Program, e-mail Bridget Carroll at bcarroll@all.org, or visit ALL.org/associates. Has Celebrate Life Magazine or any of American Life League’s other great resources impacted your life or helped you impact someone else’s life? We’d love to share your story! E-mail us at clmag@all.org or mail CLM, PO Box 1350, Stafford, VA 22555. 24 Celebrate Life Magazine | FALL 2017

CULTURE OF LIFE STUDIES PROGRAM Why build a culture of life throu gh education? by Mary Kizior The pro-life movement has grown immensely over the past few years. The March for Life has more participants every year, pregnancy resource centers save babies from abortion and support moms in need, and student pro-life groups are booming. These are all necessary and powerful ways to witness to the gospel of life, but there is one area on which we sometimes don't put enough focus— educating the next generation. If we want to spread the truth that every human being’s life is a gift from God, we need to teach this truth to our children in our homes and in our schools. Saint John Paul II highlighted the importance of education in building a culture of life in Evangelium Vitae: Closely connected with the formation of conscience is the work of education, which helps individuals to be ever more human, leads them ever more fully to the truth, instills in them growing respect for life, and trains them in right interpersonal relationships. Transforming our culture from a culture of death into a culture of life will not happen overnight. Though each generation of college students is becoming more pro-life, children and young people still need an education founded in the gospel of life to stand up for their beliefs. We must educate the next generation, not only on the truth of pro-life issues, but on how to live and act in a pro-life manner. Education is key to transforming hearts and minds because education is indispensable in the formation of our young people's moral consciences. The culture of life is a way of life that upholds and respects the dignity and sacredness of every human being from the first moment of creation until death. A culture of life celebrates the Godgiven gift of life in preborn children, the elderly, the sick, and disabled persons by treating every human being with dignity and respect and thanking God for that gift of life. Teachers play an integral role in promoting this way of life. Saint John Paul II further teaches in Evangelium Vitae that . . . to be truly a people at the service of life we must propose these truths constantly and courageously from the very first proclamation of the Gospel, and thereafter in catechesis, in the various forms of preaching, in personal dialogue and in all educational activity. Teachers, catechists and theologians have the task of emphasizing the anthropological reasons upon which respect for every human life is based. Our young people are constantly bombarded with lies about the human person. Teachers and parents have the unique opportunity to combat these lies by imparting the culture of life to our young people, but their job isn’t easy. Parents and teachers need help, support, and resources to spread the gospel of life in every grade level and academic discipline. American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program supports parents and teachers with supplemental pro-life education materials for grades K–12. Learn more about CLSP at CultureOfLifeStudies.com. © iStockphoto.com/track5 Mary Kizior is a content developer for American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program. She writes regularly for the CLSP blog: CultureOfLifeStudies.com/blog. FALL 2017 | Celebrate Life Magazine 25

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