Archive for September, 2011

JOIN THE 24TH ANNUAL LIFE CHAIN

Friday, September 30th, 2011

This year’s annual Life Chain will be held on Sunday, October 2, 2011. With over 1400 Life Chains scheduled all over the United States and Canada, chances are there is one in your community. Please visit www.lifechain.net for a complete listing of Life Chains. (dates and times may vary per location)

Life Chain is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life individuals standing for 60-90 minutes praying for our nation and for an end to abortion. It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death.

In the war to end abortion and respect for all life from conception to natural death there are many battles being waged on many fronts. All battles are important in the overall war on abortion. We must all pray and support each other. We must resist the urge to criticize and argue with others about the battle that they are engaged in. Only the General, God, who commissions the different fronts know of their purpose and we must trust in Him. If it’s not ordained by God then it will fail.

Jesus said speaking to Peter, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

We have been assured victory over evil. We will have victory over abortion. The days of legalized abortion are numbered. All that is asked of us is to do God’s will. He does not call all of us to the same calling. He has different roles for each of us. Pray and Fast in support of all pro-life work, at all fronts, and leave the results up to God.

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On Oct. 18, Keep Quiet for Life

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Twelve-year-old Haley Altman was sent to the principal’s office.

Before third period, Courtney Woodward was out of red duct tape.

Josiah Wadsack only broke his silence for an after-school Bible study.

The three youths were among thousands of students across the nation and around the globe who took part in last year’s Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity. With more than two weeks to go until this year’s event – set for Oct. 18 – students at nearly 1,193 colleges, high schools, middle schools and home schools already have signed up to remain silent in solidarity with thousands of unborn children permanently silenced by abortion every single day.

The Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity is a project of Stand True Ministries, the Youth Outreach of Priests for Life.

Bryan Kemper, founder of Stand True and the Youth Outreach Director of Priests for Life, said he was inspired to start Silent Day in 2004, when a student from McNeese State University in Louisiana asked him, “What can I do to work with other students around the country, in solidarity, to help end abortion?”

Kemper realized how powerful it would be “if we got students to not only act in solidarity with others, but also with the children who are dying every day. As soon as I said it, I knew God had set something in motion inside of me.”

The Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity was born.

Many students wear red arm bands, and place red duct tape emblazoned with the word “Life” across their mouths, both as a way to help them remain silent and to increase awareness of their goals.

Youth groups, students, businesses and ministries that are interested in taking part should go to www.silentday,org to register and to find valuable resources, including informational fliers that can be handed out to explain the project to curious classmates, and a letter for school administrators prepared by the Alliance Defense Fund.

“We have heard of hundreds of girls who have canceled abortions because of this day every year,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “Are you willing to give up your voice for a day for those who will never have a voice?”

To see how students across the country stayed silent for life last year, click HERE.

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Bryan Kemper to Lead Youth Rally in DC on Jan. 21, 2012

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 29, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Bryan Kemper, founder of Stand True Ministries and Director of Youth Outreach for Priests for Life, and James Nolan, president of Crossroads, will serve as masters of ceremony for the March for Life Youth Rally, to take place Jan. 21 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Youth are the future of the pro-life movement but they are also very much its present leaders. Acutely aware that one-third of their generation has been lost to abortion, youth from across the country attend the March for Life every year to demand an end to the slaughter.

An impromptu youth rally before the 2011 March for Life attracted 300 participants. Organizers expect up to 1,000 to fill the hotel ballroom for the inaugural March for Life Youth Rally.

Kemper will speak at the rally, along with Martha Nolan, executive director of Crossroads, and Elizabeth McClung, executive director of the Austin Coalition for Life. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming months.

“As a father, youth leader and national pro-life leader,” said Kemper, “I believe we must give young people the tools to stand up for their faith and convictions. We understand the importance of raising up a generation of pro-life youth; to educate, activate and equip them in this battle to build a culture of life. We are excited to partner with the March for Life on the first annual March for Life Youth Rally as we engage and empower young people to fight to end child killing in America.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, commented, “It was the March for Life that ignited my commitment to the pro-life cause. I know this rally will plant the same seeds in the hearts of many new activists. I am also very proud of our Priests for Life Pastoral Team, which now includes Bryan Kemper, and which also includes Janet Morana and the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which will likewise be an integral part of the activities in Washington in January.”

Stand True Ministries is the youth outreach of Priests for Life. It is a Christ-centered pro-life ministry determined to awaken the youth of this country and share the message of life and the Gospel of Christ. For information, visit www.priestsforlife.org/bryan-kemper

Since its inception in 1995, Crossroads organizes yearly pro-life pilgrimages across the United States. Visit Crossroads for information.

To keep up with updated information about the rally, visit the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/marchforlifeyouthrally

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.

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Unity or Death

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Unity doesn’t always/necessarily mean doing or saying or even praying exactly the same thing. We can all sing the same worship song to God – singing individual parts in unison or on parts yet as we sing together it is the same song with a united purpose to glorify God. We each have a part on the Pro-Life Movement, and may not fully understand another’s role. But rather than fight and oppose each other let’s pray for one another.

Let’s encourage the Ohio Pro-Life Caucus as they struggle over their current decision for life. In a human body, one part should not fight the other like an eye can’t or shouldn’t cast away the foot. The eye must see and the foot must walk. Together they will end up in the same place…

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Baby Joseph: A Life Worth Living

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

By Fr. Frank Pavone

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I learned with sadness tonight of the passing of Baby Joseph Maraachli, the boy from Canada who, earlier this year, made international headlines as his family fought to give him the basic care he needed in order to breathe. I extend my condolences and prayers to his family.

This young boy and his parents fulfilled a special mission from God. Amidst a Culture of Death where despair leads us to dispose of the vulnerable, they upheld a Culture of Life where hope leads us to welcome and care for the vulnerable.

From my first conversation with Baby Joseph’s parents, they expressed to me their trust in God. They had no demands of Him regarding how long their son would live. They just wanted to fulfill their calling to love their child unconditionally and to protect him from those who considered his life worthless.

Jerry Horn, Senior Vice President of Priests for Life (right) with Joseph's father, Moe

And they fulfilled that calling. After encountering, to their astonishment, the unwillingness of the Canadian medical and legal establishment to give their son a simple tracheotomy, they turned to Priests for Life, and we arranged for the child to receive that treatment at Cardinal Glennon Childrens’ Medical Center in Saint Louis. I’ll never forget the night I flew in the medical jet to pick up the baby and his dad. (Mom and their older child joined us shortly thereafter.) It was the middle of the night. It was cold. And yet new hope and joy were born on that Kalitta MedFlight. Joseph’s Dad Moe was literally pinching himself, saying he could hardly believe that his son was now free from the prison of a hospital where he had been, and able to receive a new evaluation and care.

And what a joy it was, after those weeks in Saint Louis, to celebrate Holy Thursday and, on that day, to see Joseph go home with his parents, breathing on his own without tubes or machines. Nobody denied that he had a serious, degenerative neurological condition, and nobody was unwilling to accept professional medical judgment. What we refused to accept, however, was the arrogance of medical and legal professionals who presumed to judge the value of his life, and to say he wasn’t worth treating. Yes, there is such a thing as a worthless treatment, but there is never such a thing as a worthless life.

That’s the line that needs to be drawn in the sand again and again. That’s the prophetic witness that needs to thunder from our pulpits and be lobbied in the halls of government.

I praise God tonight for the tens of thousands who stood with Priests for Life and other prolife groups to save Baby Joseph. We remain convinced that the value of life is not measured in months or years, but rather reflected in the love we share moment by moment. We all loved Joseph, because God entrusts us to the care of each other. In that conviction we will continue to counteract the culture of death and restore protection and equality to all, born and unborn.

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‘Baby Joseph’ Dies in His Canadian Home (FoxNews.com)

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Published September 28, 2011 | FoxNews.com

The baby who in March was hours from being pulled off life support at a Canadian hospital but was rescued by the national director of Priests for Life and taken to the U.S. for treatment, has died Tuesday night at his Windsor, Ontario home.

Twenty-month-old Joseph Maraachli, who suffered from a rare, progressive neurological disease that left him in a vegetative state beyond recovery, had been kept alive by a respirator until he underwent an operation in the U.S. that alleviated his symptoms.

The boy was known affectionately as “Baby Joseph.” He took center stage in a right-to-life dispute after Canadian doctors refused to perform a tracheotomy on the boy, which would have allowed him to die in the comfort of his own home instead of hospital bed.

His parents appealed to Canadian courts, but the hospital’s decision was upheld.

But Rev. Frank Pavone and other Priests for Life staff eventually took the boy to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, where doctors performed the tracheotomy allowing the boy to be moved back to his home.

Pavone said in a statement:

“I learned with sadness tonight of the passing of Baby Joseph, and extend my prayers to his family. This young boy and his parents fulfilled a special mission from God. Amidst a Culture of Death where despair leads us to dispose of the vulnerable, they upheld a Culture of Life where hope leads us to welcome and care for the vulnerable.”

He continued, “From my first conversation with Baby Joseph’s parents, they expressed to me their trust in God. They had no demands of Him regarding how long their son would live. They just wanted to fulfill their calling to love their child unconditionally and to protect him from those who considered his life worthless.

“I praise God tonight for the tens of thousands who stood with Priests for Life and other prolife groups to save Baby Joseph. We remain convinced that the value of life is not measured in months or years, but rather reflected in the love we share moment by moment. We all loved Joseph, because God entrusts us to the care of each other. In that conviction we will continue to counteract the culture of death and restore protection and equality to all, born and unborn.”

Priests for Life covered all of the family’s medical bills while Joseph underwent treatment in the U.S. and also covered the costs of Joseph’s flight home, the Windsor Star reports.

“This is all the family ever wanted, let God decide when their child should leave this earth, not doctors our the civil courts,” Brother Paul O’Donnell posted on Facebook, according to the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation’s website.

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Official Statement on Protests by Fr. Frank Pavone

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 27, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
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I’m here in Amarillo and every few seconds some message of support comes in via e-mail, text, or phone. I’ve spent the last 20 years building up relationships with pro-life activists throughout the nation and around the world, and I can tell you it’s enormously gratifying to me to have such a wide array of friends.

As I have said in previous interviews (e.g. Al Kresta), I would not presume to tell others how to exercise their expressive rights under the U.S. Constitution, but I want to encourage everyone in this great pro-life movement of ours to continue to be to calm, respectful, thoughtful, peaceful and above all prayerful in the manner in which they go about supporting me, personally, and the Priests for Life family of ministries that I head.

Priests for Life has not taken the approach of public battles with, or criticism of, the hierarchy. When there are problems or disagreements or miscommunications that involve the Church leadership, Priests for Life addresses them quietly, respectfully, and behind the scenes.

The current situation has been thrust upon us; we did not seek it, and we hope our actions so far have reflected adequately the respect we have for the shepherds of our Church. Be assured we are neither organizing nor endorsing public protests of any kind.

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Statement of Fr. Frank Pavone on Passing of Baby Joseph

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 28, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
347-286-7277

Amarillo, TX – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement this morning on the passing of Baby Joseph Maraachli, the infant who earlier this year was flown from Ontario, Canada to St. Louis to receive treatment previously denied to him, which allowed him to spend his last months at home with his parents.

“I learned with sadness tonight of the passing of Baby Joseph, and extend my prayers to his family. This young boy and his parents fulfilled a special mission from God. Amidst a Culture of Death where despair leads us to dispose of the vulnerable, they upheld a Culture of Life where hope leads us to welcome and care for the vulnerable.

“From my first conversation with Baby Joseph’s parents, they expressed to me their trust in God. They had no demands of Him regarding how long their son would live. They just wanted to fulfill their calling to love their child unconditionally and to protect him from those who considered his life worthless.

“I praise God tonight for the tens of thousands who stood with Priests for Life and other prolife groups to save Baby Joseph. We remain convinced that the value of life is not measured in months or years, but rather reflected in the love we share moment by moment. We all loved Joseph, because God entrusts us to the care of each other. In that conviction we will continue to counteract the culture of death and restore protection and equality to all, born and unborn.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.

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Pro-Life Reflection for September 27

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Opposition to abortion and euthanasia does not excuse indiffernece to those who suffer from poverty, violence and unjustice…. But being “right” in such matters can never excuse a wrong choice regarding direct attacks on innocent human life. – “Living the Gospel of Life,” 23

Reflection: Consistency cuts both ways, and challenges those with blind spots to human right.

The most common mistake is to tolerate child-killing while advocating for adults.

Prayer: Lord, free us from ever trying to use justice as an excuse for injustice, or right as a justification for wrong.

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Alveda King Bible Study

Monday, September 26th, 2011

August 2009

Ezra 8:22 – For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.

Neh. 1:3 – The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire. 4 As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

Neh. 2:8 – for the good hand of my God was upon me.

During personal Bible study time, it came to me that we should be ashamed to say that we are trusting God, then turning to the world’s solutions for our problems. I don’t mean that we can’t use what is available to use, because the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the just. But are we trusting God to guide us in taking possession of the “spoils,” or are we relying on getting the goods by our own strength? For example, the stimulus package surely has some “hidden treasures” in it for us, but do we rely on God to direct our approach for the solutions or are we looking to God while using earthly tools? I can’t say that God will never instruct someone to do something that we as Christians would ordinarily not try, because Peter had a dream to eat “unclean” food and God told him not to say what was clean or not, but to let God make those decisions. But do we come up with schemes on our own and then say God blessed us if we happen to win? I think not.

When Nehemiah and his company were rebuilding the city, there was an order to the process. We would do well to operate in these days according to the pattern of the WORD of GOD Hebrews 8:5). ABBA Creator Father God, Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit must be our answers to every need! There is much to be learned for today’s battle in the book of Nehemiah.

First, they rebuilt the Sheep Gate (recovering the Sheep of The Shepherd of Psalm 23 for this present season). Then, they rebuilt the Fish Gate (for the Fishers of men of Mt. 4:19 and Mark 1:17). Next, they rebuilt the Gate of Yeshanah (the Old City, representing biblical foundations). After that, the Dung Gate (self explanatory).

Then, it’s on to repair and open the Fountain Gate (the flow of Holy Spirit and the washing of the WORD and the cleansing of The Blood of Jesus. Next, Repair the pool of Shelah (which means leading – being led by the Spirit of God), into the Kings Garden (where we should find the fruit of the Spirit of Galatians in manifestation in the Saints), on to the artificial (manmade) pool (as in man made solutions such as grants, stimulus plans, etc. which are not all bad, but are not to be relied upon, simply used as we are led by Holy Spirit). Next, repair the houses of the Mighty (prayer warriors and worshippers) Men (and women since in the Spirit there are no male and female, bond or free, only Christ, Lord of all). Then we repair the districts (under the guidance of evangelists, prophets, teachers, preachers, and the ministry gifts assigned to local church bodies in their dominion territories).

Then, the branch ministries, supported by the Armory (spiritual warfare) which through prayer buttresses the Door of the High Priest (here prayer is a buttress or support and reinforcement for the work of the Ministry of the Saints of GOD) so the imagery and reality of prayer supporting and leading up to the Door of the High Priest is very profound! This path here leads around the Houses of the Servants of ABBA to the Tower of the Court of the Guard (prayer watches)!

Then there is repair of the Water Gate, (living water that Jesus speaks of in John 4:10, 4:11, 7:38 and Revelations 7:17) with the Water being brought in daily, hourly and breath by breath through the labor of Prayer! Often it was the women who carried the water because the men were so encumbered with worldly affairs during the day. Yet the hour is here now where all must worship ABBA in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). For me, this revelation coincides with 2 Chronicles 7:14). If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

After this, the Horse Gate (jobs, promotions, prosperity, etc.) to every house and every chamber. All of this process affects the restoration of the House of the Temple Servants, and finally to the Muster Gate which means the inspection or judgment gate and for some the prison gate, but for many the victory gate. What an opportunity for healing and restoration this process brings, for spirit, soul and body!

Men like Ezra and Nehemiah realized that they could accomplish nothing on their own. Indeed, in John 5: 19 and 30, Lord Jesus says of Himself, He can do nothing. He goes on in John 15:5 to reveal Himself as the Vine and us as the branches.

This particular lesson ended with me realizing that one thing that is needed today is much prayer and devotion to ABBA, our mighty Father Creator God! Nehemiah was wise to set the workers to laboring with one hand and doing spiritual warfare with the other hand, while half worked, half prayed nonstop! (Nehemiah 5:6).

The thing is, today, while many are going around to Town Hall meetings, screaming and yelling, bringing about envy and strife and every evil work (James 3:14), we as The Body of Christ are called to prayer and worship where we will find answers and strength for victory. Yes, we can go to a Town Hall meeting, but go in the love and grace of GOD, and people will hear HIM in this hour!

So, our Kingdom work today includes restoring, reviving and feeding the Sheep (people of God), catching the Fish (the lost souls in the world) through evangelism and salvation for the lost, reinforcing the Bible foundations (though mature Christians need milk and meat, the new Christians need to know the foundations, we can all use the WORD), and then, once people are restored, revived, saved and taught, the dung (waste, sin, etc.) needs to be carted out of the Kingdom. On to the Fountain, the Leading of the Holy Spirit, the King’s Garden, the Artificial Man Made solutions, rising of the Mighty Warriors, Prayer and Service Districts, Prayer Buttress at the Door of the High Priest, our homes, The Prayer Tower, Prayer Watches, then to the Horse Gate, or our jobs, and our prosperity from which we tithe and give for the Kingdom, and we are blessed, and healed and full of joy!

Today, in our nation and across the globe, we are threatened by concepts and forces that would like to advance abortion, the destruction of the Bible Model for Marriage and Family, the euthanasia of the elderly and infirm, racism, poverty, crime, famine, drought, a crashing economy, I don’t need to rehearse the list.

My own testimony, being healed after the destruction of abortion on my own life and the lives of my preborn children. Being a victim of the population control genocide eugenics campaign that is still prevalent today. How can the Dream Survive if we murder our children? Acts 17:26 teaches us that we are one human race, designed and created of “one blood.” If we want to see another race of people, we will have to look to Star Trek!

Yet, are we looking to GOD for deliverance? Or are we looking to human ability? The Bible also warns us of naysayers like Sanballat and Tobiahs, and the doubters and scorners of the New Testament. Everyone who offers assistance or sympathy is not your friend! Use discernment, try the spirits by the Spirit of the Living God!

GOD wants to deliver us! He wants to repair the breech and rebuild our communities. Let us pray!

Alveda
Shaloam

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