Natalie N. Brumfield

Singing to the unborn

Natalie N. Brumfield
By Natalie Brumfield

August 24, 2012 ( - I was all by myself that afternoon. It’s not unusual on weekly sieges to be alone. Lunch hour prayer sieges either have several people or just me praying in front of the abortion center. I often thought it was God’s strategy to get me alone – to get me away from my own self-coordinating. It was in these solitary times that I could really concentrate on what to pray and hear from Him more. And that day was no different.

There were two girls that worked at the abortion center part-time. They were probably in their early twenties and both exceptionally vocal. At this point, I had been coming for a year or more to pray. I was basically a light fixture at that place each Thursday. Nothing unusual about my presence to them besides the red Life Tape that always seemed to shock them at first glance, no matter how many times they saw me. There was now a familiarity between us three that was getting comfortable.

The girls would always come out for their break around the same time I arrived.  The girl with the glasses would sit down in the area right in front of me and light a cigarette. The other girl with the fair complexion would sit close by and listen to her talk. Sometimes I could hear their conversations and sometimes I couldn’t. They sat close enough to me so I could pick up every word if they so wanted. It was on the rare occasion that they would actually acknowledge me. Most of the time they sat there talking without even looking at me if I didn’t move. Like I was invisible.

I stood there with life tape over my mouth and as I prayed, the Lord kept bringing old hymns into my mind. Then, eventually, the same one kept repeating in my head over and over again. I hadn’t heard this hymn since I was a very little girl in church. As I listened to the melody in my head, I began wondering why this one simple hymn in particular popped in my mind. Then, I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to sing it out loud. My heart raced inside my chest and I felt my face get hot as it often does when I feel the Holy Spirit urging me to do something out of the ordinary. Singing anywhere out loud without music is uncomfortable, much less in front of these girls who seem to be so quick to call attention to my slightest action. The same girls who occasionally comment on my clothing; one had even complemented my red high heels before. I thanked her, of course, then I went on praying and she went on talking.

A few moments went by as I gathered the courage to take the red Life Tape off my mouth, place it on my shirt, and begin singing without any music. At first phrase, I almost whispered until I got the right tune and raised the volume to a somewhat audible level. Finally, I began singing as audibly as I would if I was talking to them. I was relieved to see that I was still invisible. They weren’t going to acknowledge me today and I could keep singing without the slightest flinch from them. “This was an easy enough task,” I thought to myself. Not knowing what God was actually setting up.

And then I heard the girl with the fair complexion say this to the girl with the glasses:

“My grandmother used to love that hymn.”

“Yeah?” She took another drag from her cigarette.

“Yeah, she raised me. My grandmother was a Christian.”

My mind was reeling as I realized that the Lord was doing something special. I kept singing the hymn.

“It’s her birthday today. I miss her.”

As I’m hearing this I’m beginning to get choked up. I’m trying to sing through the tears as I hear her go on about her grandmother’s favorite flowers. Lilies.

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I am always astounded by how much God really means that He loves all His children … even His unborn children. On this day at the abortion center, praying for His unborn meant praying for this girl’s unborn salvation. The life inside of her that has yet to be born needed to be loved. She was His unborn child who didn’t know Him yet. God brought me there on that day to sing that abortion center worker’s grandmother’s favorite hymn on her grandmother’s birthday simply because He loved her and knew she missed her! And He is longing for His unborn child to encounter His love that will never pass away.

What extravagant love is this? This is the kind of love that sees inside our hearts to our deepest longings despite the things about us that should disqualify us from this same kind of love.

I know the Lord was aching with her for missing her grandmother. I prayed the girl with the fair complexion would hear the words of the hymn with new ears. That she would discover the Faith of her grandmother. The faith that I was sure her grandmother had prayed her granddaughter would receive one day. Maybe even the answered prayer of her grandmother is what brought me to this place — to her granddaughter. I pray she heard the song, remembered the Faith she was raised with and knew God loved her. He is a good Father who loves all His children and longs for them all to be born into His hands of love and grace for all eternity. The hymn even said all the words she would ever need to say to be born:

“Father, I adore You
Lay my life before You
How I love You
Jesus, I adore You
Lay my life before You
How I love You
Spirit, I adore You
Lay my life before You
How I love You.”

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Today’s chuckle: Rubio, Fiorina and Carson pardon a Thanksgiving turkey

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A little bit of humour now and then is a good thing.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers.

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BREAKING: Europe’s top human rights court slaps down German ban on pro-life leafletting

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STRASBOURG, France, November 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that a German regional court violated a pro-life activist’s freedom of expression when it barred him from leafleting in front of an abortion center.

It further ruled the German court’s order that Klaus Gunter Annen not list the names of two abortion doctors on his website likewise violated the 64-year-old pro-life advocate’s right to freedom of expression.

The court’s November 26 decision is “a real moral victory,” says Gregor Puppinck, director of the Strasbourg-based European Center for Law and Justice, which intervened in Annen’s case. “It really upholds the freedom of speech for pro-life activists in Europe.”

Annen, a father of two from Weinam, a mid-sized city in the Rhine-Neckar triangle, has appealed to the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights at least two times before, Puppinck told LifeSiteNews.

“This is the first time he made it,” he said, noting that this time around, Annen had support from the ECLJ and Alliance Defense Fund and the German Pro-life Federation (BVL). “I think he got more support, better arguments and so I think this helped.”

The court also ordered the German government to pay Annen costs of 13,696.87 EUR, or 14,530 USD.

Annen started distributing pamphlets outside a German abortion center ten years ago, ECLJ stated in a press release.

His leaflets contained the names and addresses of the two abortionists at the center, declared they were doing “unlawful abortions,” and stated in smaller print that, “the abortions were allowed by the German legislators and were not subject to criminal liability.”

Annen’s leaflets also stated that, “The murder of human beings in Auschwitz was unlawful, but the morally degraded NS State allowed the murder of innocent people and did not make it subject to criminal liability.” They referred to Annen’s website,, which listed a number of abortionists, including the two at the site he was leafleting.

In 2007, a German regional court barred Annen from pamphleteering in the vicinity of the abortion center, and ordered him to drop the name of the two abortion doctors from his website.

But the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that the German courts had "failed to strike a fair balance between [Annen’s] right to freedom of expression and the doctor’s personality rights.”

The Court stated that, “there can be no doubt as to the acute sensitivity of the moral and ethical issues raised by the question of abortion or as to the importance of the public interest at stake.”

That means, stated ECLJ, that “freedom of expression in regard to abortion shall enjoy a full protection.”

ECLJ stated that the court noted Annen’s leaflets “made clear that the abortions performed in the clinic were not subject to criminal liability. Therefore, the statement that ‘unlawful abortions’ were being performed in the clinic was correct from a legal point of view.”

As for the Holocaust reference, the court stated that, “the applicant did not – at least not explicitly – equate abortion with the Holocaust.”  Rather, the reference was “a way of creating awareness of the more general fact that law might diverge from morality.”

The November 26 decision “is a quite good level of protection of freedom of speech for pro-life people,” observed Puppinck.

First, the European Court of Human Rights has permitted leafleting “in the direct proximate vicinity of the clinic, so there is no issue of zoning,” he told LifeSiteNews. “And second, the leaflets were mentioning the names of the doctors, and moreover, were mentioning the issue of the Holocaust, which made them quite strong leaflets.”

“And the court protected that.”

Annen has persevered in his pro-life awareness campaign through the years despite the restraints on his freedom.

“He did continue, and he did adapt,” Puppinck told LifeSiteNews. “He kept his freedom of speech as much as he could, but he continued to be sanctioned by the German authorities, and each time he went to the court of human rights. And this time, he won.”

ECLJ’s statement notes that “any party” has three months to appeal the November 26 decision.

However, as it stands, the European Court of Human Rights’s ruling affects “all the national courts,” noted Puppinck, and these will now “have to protect freedom of speech, recognize the freedom of speech for pro-lifers.”

“In the past, the courts have not always been very supportive of the freedom of speech of pro-life,” he said, so the ruling is “significant.”

As for Annen’s pro-life ministry, Pubbinck added: “He can continue to go and do, and I’m sure that he does, because he always did.”  

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‘Soft racism’: German Bishops’ website attributes African Catholics’ strong faith to simplemindedness

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GERMANY, November 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) --  The only reason the Catholic Church is growing in Africa is because the people have a “rather low level” of education and accept “simple answers to difficult questions” involving marriage and sexuality, posited an article on the official website of the German Bishops' Conference posted yesterday. The article targeted particularly Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, the Vatican's prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and ardent defender of Catholic tradition.

First Things blogger Leroy Huizenga, who translated a portion of the article, criticized the article's view as “soft racism.”

In his article, titled “The Romantic, Poor Church,” editor Björn Odendahl writes: 

So also in Africa. Of course the Church is growing there. It grows because the people are socially dependent and often have nothing else but their faith. It grows because the educational situation there is on average at a rather low level and the people accept simple answers to difficult questions (of faith) [sic]. Answers like those that Cardinal Sarah of Guinea provides. And even the growing number of priests is a result not only of missionary power but also a result of the fact that the priesthood is one of the few possibilities for social security on the dark continent.

Huizenga said that such an article has no place on a bishops’ conference website. 

“We all know that the German Bishops' Conference is one of the most progressive in the world. But it nevertheless beggars belief that such a statement would appear on the Conference's official website, with its lazy slander of African Christians and priests as poor and uneducated (Odendahl might as well have added ‘easy to command’) and its gratuitous swipe at Cardinal Sarah,” he wrote. 

“Natürlich progressives could never be guilty of such a sin and crime, but these words sure do suggest soft racism, the racism of elite white Western paternalism,” he added. 

African prelates have gained a solid reputation for being strong defenders of Catholic sexual morality because of their unwavering orthodox input into the recently concluded Synod on the Family in Rome. 

At one point during the Synod, Cardinal Robert Sarah urged Catholic leaders to recognize as the greatest modern enemies of the family what he called the twin “demonic” “apocalyptic beasts” of “the idolatry of Western freedom” and “Islamic fundamentalism.”

STORY: Cardinal Danneels warns African bishops to avoid ‘triumphalism’

“What Nazi-Fascism and Communism were in the 20th century, Western homosexual and abortion ideologies and Islamic fanaticism are today,” he said during his speech at the Synod last month. 

But African prelates’ adherence to orthodoxy has earned them enemies, especially from the camp of Western prelates bent on forming the Catholic Church in their own image and likeness, not according to Scripture, tradition, and the teaching magisterium of the Church. 

During last year’s Synod, German Cardinal Walter Kasper went as far as stating that the voice of African Catholics in the area of Church teaching on homosexuality should simply be dismissed.

African cardinals “should not tell us too much what we have to do,” he said in an October 2014 interview with ZENIT, adding that African countries are "very different, especially about gays.” 

Earlier this month Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, instead of praising Africa for its vibrant and flourishing Catholicism, said that African prelates will one day have to look to Europe to get what he called “useful tips” on how to deal with “secularization” and “individualism.” 

The statement was criticized by one pro-family advocate as “patronizing of the worst kind” in light of the facts that numerous European churches are practically empty, vocations to the priesthood and religious life are stagnant, and the Catholic faith in Europe, especially in Belgium, is overall in decline.

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