Natalie N. Brumfield

Singing to the unborn

Natalie N. Brumfield
By Natalie Brumfield
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August 24, 2012 (Bound4Life.com) - 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.”

Reprinted with permission from Bound4Life.com

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Pressure mounts as Catholic Relief Services fails to act on VP in gay ‘marriage’

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Rick Estridge, Catholic Relief Services' Vice President of Overseas Finance, is in a same-sex "marriage," public records show. Twitter

BALTIMORE, MD, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Nearly a week after news broke that a Catholic Relief Services vice president had contracted a homosexual “marriage” while also publicly promoting homosexuality on social media in conflict with Church teaching, the US Bishops international relief agency has taken no apparent steps to address the matter and is also not talking.

CRS Vice President of Overseas Finance Rick Estridge entered into a homosexual “marriage” in Maryland the same month in 2013 that he was promoted by CRS to vice president, public records show.

Despite repeated efforts at a response, CRS has not acknowledged LifeSiteNews’ inquiries during the week. And the agency told ChurchMilitant.com Thursday that no action had been taken beyond discussion of the situation and CRS would have no further comment.

"Nothing has changed,” CRS Senior Manager for Communications Tom said. “No further statement will be made."

LifeSiteNews first contacted CRS for a response prior to the April 20 release of the report and did not receive a reply, however Estridge’s Facebook and LinkeIn profiles were then removed just prior to the report’s release.

CRS also did not acknowledge LifeSiteNews’ follow-up inquiry later in the week.

“Having an executive who publicly celebrates a moral abomination shows the ineffectiveness of CRS' Catholic identity training,” Lepanto Institute President Michael Hichborn told LifeSiteNews. “How many others who hate Catholic moral teaching work at CRS?”

CRS did admit it was aware Estridge was in a “same-sex civil marriage” to Catholic News Agency (CNA) Monday afternoon, and confirmed he was VP of Overseas Finance and had been with CRS for 16 years.

“At this point we are in deliberations on this matter,” Price told CNA that day.

ChurchMilitant.com also reported that according to its sources, it was a well-known fact at CRS headquarters in Baltimore that Estridge was in a homosexual “marriage.” 

“There is no way CRS didn't know one of its executives entered into a mock-marriage until we broke the story,” Hichborn said. “The implication is clear; CRS top brass had no problem with having an executive so deliberately flouting Catholic moral teaching.”

“The big question is,” Hichborn continued, “what other morally repugnant matters is CRS comfortable with?”

While the wait continues for the Bishops’ relief organization to address the matter, those behind the report and other critics of prior instances of CRS involvement in programs and groups that violate Church principles continue to call for a thorough and independent review of the agency programs and personnel.

“How long should it take to call an employee into your office, tell him that his behavior is incompatible with the mission of the organization, and ask for his resignation?” asked Population Research Institute President Steven Mosher. “About thirty minutes, I would say.”

“The Catholic identity of CRS is at stake,” Hichborn stated. “If CRS does nothing, then there is no way faithful Catholics can trust the integrity of CRS's programs or desire to make its Catholicity preeminent.” 

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- At noon on Saturday, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and dozens of cosponsors, coalition partners, and speakers will launch the third annual March for Marriage. Thousands of people are expected to take place in this important event to show the support real marriage has among the American people.

As the sole media sponsor of the March, LifeSiteNews is proud to exclusively livestream the March. Click here to see the rally at noon Eastern Time near the U.S. Capitol, and the March to the Supreme Court at 1:00 Eastern Time.

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Hillary Clinton: ‘Religious beliefs’ against abortion ‘have to be changed’

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NEW YORK CITY, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Speaking to an influential gathering in New York City on Thursday, Hillary Clinton declared that “religious beliefs” that condemn "reproductive rights," “have to be changed.”

“Yes, we've cut the maternal mortality rate in half, but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health,” Hillary told the Women in the World Summit yesterday.

Liberal politicians use “reproductive health” as a blanket term that includes abortion. However, Hillary's reference echoes National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill's op-ed from last May that called abortion “an essential measure to prevent the heartbreak of infant mortality.”

The Democratic presidential hopeful added that governments should throw the power of state coercion behind the effort to redefine traditional religious dogmas.

“Rights have to exist in practice, not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources, and political will,” she said. “Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed.”

The line received rousing applause at the feminist conference, hosted in Manhattan's Lincoln Center by Tina Brown.

She also cited religious-based objections to the HHS mandate, funding Planned Parenthood, and the homosexual and transgender agenda as obstacles that the government must defeat.

“America moves ahead when all women are guaranteed the right to make their own health care choices, not when those choices are taken away by an employer like Hobby Lobby,” she said. The Supreme Court ruled last year that closely held corporations had the right to opt out of the provision of ObamaCare requiring them to provide abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization to employees with no co-pay – a mandate that violates the teachings of the Catholic Church and other Christian bodies.

Clinton lamented that “there are those who offer themselves as leaders...who would defund the country's leading provider of family planning,” Planned Parenthood, “and want to let health insurance companies once again charge women just because of our gender.”

“We move forward when gay and transgender women are embraced...not fired from good jobs because of who they love or who they are,” she added.

It is not the first time the former first lady had said that liberal social policies should displace religious views. In a December 2011 speech in Geneva, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said perhaps the “most challenging issue arises when people cite religious or cultural values as a reason to violate or not to protect the human rights of LGBT citizens.” These objections, she said, are “not unlike the justification offered for violent practices towards women like honor killings, widow burning, or female genital mutilation.”

While opinions on homosexuality are “still evolving,” in time “we came to learn that no [religious] practice or tradition trumps the human rights that belong to all of us.”

Her views, if outside the American political mainstream, have been supported by the United Nations. The UN Population Fund stated in its 2012 annual report that religious objections to abortion-inducing drugs had to be overcome. According to the UNFPA report, “‘duty-bearers’ (governments and others)” have a responsibility to assure that all forms of contraception – including sterilization and abortion-inducing ‘emergency contraception’ – are viewed as acceptable – “But if they are not acceptable for cultural, religious or other reasons, they will not be used.”

Two years later, the United Nations' Committee on the Rights of the Child instructed the Vatican last February that the Catholic Church should amend canon law “relating to abortion with a view to identifying circumstances under which access to abortion services may be permitted.”

At Thursday's speech, Hillary called the legal, state-enforced implementation of feminist politics “the great unfinished business of the 21st century,” which must be accomplished “not just for women but for everyone — and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States.”

“These are not just women's fights. These have to be America's fights and the world's fights,” she said. “There's still much to be done in our own country, much more to be done around the world, but I'm confident and optimistic that if we get to work, we will get it done together.”

American critics called Clinton's suggestion that a nation founded upon freedom of religion begin using state force to change religious practices unprecedented.

“Never before have we seen a presidential candidate be this bold about directly confronting the Catholic Church's teachings on abortion,” said Bill Donohue of the Catholic League.

“In one sense, this shows just how extreme the pro-abortion caucus actually is,” Ed Morrissey writes at HotAir.com. “Running for president on the basis of promising to use the power of government to change 'deep seated cultural codes [and] religious beliefs' might be the most honest progressive slogan in history.”

He hoped that, now that she had called for governments to change religious doctrines, “voters will now see the real Hillary Clinton, the one who dismisses their faith just the same as Obama did, and this time publicly rather than in a private fundraiser.”

Donohue asked Hillary “to take the next step and tell us exactly what she plans to do about delivering on her pledge. Not only would practicing Catholics like to know, so would Evangelicals, Orthodox Jews, Muslims, and all those who value life from conception to natural death.”

You may watch Hillary's speech below.

Her comments on religion begin at approximately 9:00. 

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