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Mary, Charlie, and the Babies

By Judie Brown

Professor Charles Rice (Charlie) and his lovely wife Mary were devoted to each other, to their family, and to the babies. John Dejak, who studied under Charlie at the University of Notre Dame, wrote,

“Never without the Rosary in his pocket, he was a true son of Our Lady. He defended her as he defended his own bride and he defended her school when even the authorities within would dishonor her.”

We are honored to say that Charlie was one of the founding advisors to American Life League back when it began in 1979.

Charlie’s devotion to the mother of God—the Blessed Virgin Mary—was widely known and appreciated. So it only stands to reason that when we launched the Marian Blue Wave, it was Charlie’s writings that immediately came to mind.

He authored a pamphlet entitled “The Pro-Life Movement: A Spiritual Perspective” in which he said that the

“primary emphasis of the movement . . .  will be on prayer, especially the recitation of the Rosary, combined with sidewalk counseling, at abortion clinics.”

Indeed the Rosary, if understood correctly and prayed with diligence, is the greatest spiritual weapon we have in our effort to end abortion.

Like Charlie, all of us at American Life League are committed to the babies without exception and without apology. We know in our hearts that after 46 years the so-called politics of abortion simply is not working.

Oh yes, folks say that the Supreme Court is about to undo Roe and Doe. And the pro-aborts scream bloody murder that any regulation of abortion or the facilities where the abortionists ply their trade is a threat to reproductive health, not to mention being nothing less than a war on women.

But you know what? That is all gobbledygook. So let’s get to it. Let’s look at the reality, which means that we must start with truth, not a headline, not a slogan, and certainly not a tweet.

It really is all about the babies, and that is why the Marian Blue Wave has become American Life League’s hook for helping people see the facts through the lens of faith. The reason is simple: Truth without faith is nothing. It does not exist.  

So why the Marian Blue Wave? Well,

Our goals are many, but the first and most important one is to engage as many of our fellow Catholics as possible—especially priests and bishops—in projects to extol the virtues of praying the Rosary and use it to advance a call to holiness and evangelization.

We need this because the biggest reason why so-called pro-life politics does not work is because, even now in 2019, few people realize that every abortion kills a child of God—a unique human being with his own DNA. 

With each and every Rosary we pray, we ask Mary to intercede for us in this struggle and to open eyes to the fact that every preborn child—from his single cell embryonic stage forward—is a member of the human family.

We know that abortion is evil. We know that it is an act that kills a member of the human family, but we also know that the vast majority of our fellow human beings do not see this truth. They do not, for whatever reason, think of abortion as an act of killing.

Therefore, because we know that God is the Author of Life and Mary is the mother of God, our recourse to her in this struggle makes imminent sense. And it is not without precedent. Battles of the past have been won thanks to the Rosary. So why not this one? By trusting in Mary’s glorious intercession, we will see victory for the babies.

As Charlie said:

At the beginning of this tract I offered the opinion that “the pro-life movement, in secular and political terms, is absolutely, utterly hopeless.” And we have no reason to presume that God will spare this nation the punishment we have deserved for our slaughter of the innocent. This is not to say, however, that the cause itself is hopeless. In human terms it clearly is, for the reasons outlined herein. But we need not fight in merely human terms. Recalling the words of the Angel Gabriel, “Nothing shall be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37), we have every reason for confidence if, in addition to our work, we repent, trust God and call on Him for guidance and help, particularly through the intercession of Mary, His mother.

Mary, Charlie, and the babies have called us to attention. The Marian Blue Wave is our strategy; we trust God for the victory.

Join us today.