Archive for August, 2012

Fr. Frank Pavone’s Statement on Republican Platform Committee’s Abortion Plank

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

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Date: August 22, 2012

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Priests for Life National Director Fr. Frank Pavone today issued the following statement on the abortion plank approved by the Republican Platform Committee.

“Priests for Life is grateful to those who have served on the platform committee for the Republican Party for reaffirming the truth that ‘the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.’ A declaration like this goes far beyond party politics and national boundaries. It affirms the very purpose of government and an essential condition of civilized society – a purpose and condition which, to our alarm, has been forgotten by some parties and public officials.

“After pointing to the essential principle of the right to life, the statement further points to concrete steps that can be taken now to more fully implement that principle. In particular, the issue of protecting children who feel pain is one that the public should consider. The Humane Slaughter Act protects animals from unnecessary pain. To do any less for children is not only a policy failure, but a basic failure to act as human beings.

“As we have done in past election cycles, Priests for Life will issue a non-partisan comparison of the party platforms once they are approved by their respective Conventions.”

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

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Young Black Woman Speaks the Truth Regarding Life Against Great Adversity.

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Galatians 4:16 – “Have I become your enemy because I am telling you the truth.”

A dear friend of mine sent me an email with this message.

“Here is a courageous young women standing for the word of God against abortion at a local community meeting full of opposition. Bravo Charita! Tell the truth and shame the devil. May God give you speed. Send it to your friends. Pray for Charita.”

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It takes a lot of courage to do what Charita did. The Black community needs people to “fear not” and to stand up for the word of God expecially in times such as these. Do you have the courage to do the right thing?

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102 Fun Things To Do (Besides Having Sex)

Friday, August 17th, 2012

1.-Go to the movies with your friends/family.
2. Go shopping at the mall with your friends.
3. Have a picnic with your friends at a local park or in your backyard.
4. Have an 80′s movie marathon. Rent as many 80′s movies as you can find and watch them all weekend. Do the same thing for other decades.
5. Make a scrapbook.
6. Make a collage that represents you or a topic you enjoy. Include magazine and newspaper clippings, photographs, ticket stubs, etc.
7. Have a potluck dinner. Assign a food category to each of your friends and set a date.
8. Read a book or magazine.
9. Play a game of flag or touch football.
10. Play capture the flag.
11. Make a home movie with your parents’ video camera.
12. Paint a picture.
13. Go on a scavenger hunt in your neighborhood.
14. Go to a sporting event for your school.
15. Start a collection.
16. Play a game of ultimate Frisbee.
17. Go swimming.
18. Make a mix CD or tape.
19. Organize a bake sale or car wash in your neighborhood and donate the proceeds to a school or community project.
20. Play card games, chess, board games, dominoes, or do a puzzle.
21. Plan and make a meal for your family.
22. Make your own waterslide. Put a plastic tarp down on the grass and wet it down with a water hose. Keep the hose running as you and your friends run and slide on it.
23. Fly a kite in your backyard or at a local park.
24. Create your own street-hockey team or play for fun.
25. Talk on the phone.
26. Ride your bike. Try to find new trails.
27. Write poetry or short stories.
28. Build a clubhouse in your backyard where you can hang out with your friends.
29. Make homemade cookies.
30. Go on a photography hunt and find interesting themes to shoot.
31. Exercise. Try new exercise routines with your friends, such as yoga or Pilates.
32. Rent a canoe or paddle boat.
33. Go to a concert.
34. Start your own band.
35. Get a part-time job.
36. Go out to eat at a local restaurant.
37. Go to an ice cream shop with your friends.
38. Go star-gazing.
39. Go see a play at your local theater or a school production.
40. Participate in after-school activities, such as the drama club, football, basketball, community service clubs, art club, student council, cheerleading, etc.
41. Go to a museum.
42. Go to the zoo.
43. Volunteer at the local animal shelter, hospital, nursing home or another place that interests you.
44. Plant your own garden or terrarium.
45. Make a time capsule with all your friends with notes and objects you want to remember this time in history.
Set a date to open it far in the future.
46. Design and make your own T-shirts.
47. Go horseback riding.
48. Go rock climbing or hiking.
49. Go to an amusement or water park.
50. Have dinner outside while watching the sunset. You can make dinner or pick up some fast food.
51. Groom your pet then take it to the park to it show off.
52. Play paintball.
53. Go to the beach or lake.
54. Play computer/video games.
55. Take a nap.
56. Play laser tag.
57. Play miniature golf.
58. Ride go-carts.
59. Go bowling.
60. Study for SATs.
61. Go to a flea market to search for cool stuff.
62. Order a pizza and rent a movie with your friends.
63. Attend a professional sporting event.
64. Go ice-skating.
65. Visit public gardens.
66. Play board games with your little brother or sister or with your friends.
67. Learn how to play a musical instrument.
68. Take your kid sisters or brothers to the playground or circus.
69. Visit the historical sites of your city.
70. Start a recycling program in your school/community.
71. Have a poker party. Use chips, candy and pretzels instead of money.
72. Make a music video.
73. Make a present for your boyfriend or girlfriend.
74. Make a quilt out of your old T-shirts and blankets.
75. Have a cartoon marathon.
76. Go roller-skating or roller-blading at the local skating rink or around the neighborhood.
77. Go to the batting cages or play baseball in a local park.
78. Take a blanket and some snacks to a park and look at cloud formations in the sky.
79. Listen to music/sing.
80. Start a daily journal.
81. Put together a play production with your friends.
82. Roast marshmallows.
83. Play catch with water balloons in the yard or have a water balloon fight.
84. Visit your family.
85. Do a puzzle. Glue the pieces together and frame it.
86. Organize a garage sale with your friends. Donate the proceeds to a local charity or throw a party.
87. Build your own website.
88. Go fishing.
89. Surf the Internet.
90. Take dance lessons. Learn how to swing dance, waltz, salsa, etc.
91. Organize a day to pick up litter in your neighborhood and in the community.
92. Go to the library.
93. Study something new.
94. Write a letter.
95. Rearrange your room.
96. Clean out the basement or garage for your parents.
97. Mow the lawn or wash car for your parents.
98. Mentor a younger child.
99. Join a club or group.
100.Take cooking classes.
101.Visit a nursing home.
102 Enjoy prayer and Bible study with your friends and family.

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National Prayer Service to Memorialize Miss Nellie Gray

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

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Date: August 16, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
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Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, announced today that the national pro-life prayer service to be held on the morning of Friday, January 25, in Washington, D.C. will be dedicated to the memory of Miss Nellie Gray, who led the March for Life every year since 1974.

The service, known as the National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers, is interdenominational, and has taken place for nearly two decades. The planning for the January service has been in the works for a couple of years already, due to the significance of this January being the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.

“Now, we have an even deeper meaning to the service,” said Fr. Pavone. “We will thank the Lord for Nellie, we will commend her to the Author of Life, and we will beg God that He will bestow on us all a double-portion of her spirit. Attending this service will be a wonderful way to honor her memory and renew our determination to fulfill her vision.”

The service will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 25 in the DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. It is open to the public. That same afternoon, the March for Life, which Nellie Gray led, will take place. To keep up to date as plans progress for the morning prayer service and other events regarding the 40th anniversary of Roe, visit www.roevswade40.com.

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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All monsters are not in the movies…

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Friends, we are dealing with a real three headed monster: Abortion and Unnatural Contraceptives, Racism and Homosexuality. All three fly in the face of God, pretty much saying: “No God, we won’t be fruitful and multiply. We will not procreate your beloved human family. We will kill our babies, make sure we don’t get pregnant in the first place, refuse to marry anyone who doesn’t have our skin color and call it racial purity, and finally, we will have same-sex-sex, which sure as you know what won’t cause anyone to get pregnant.” Oh, wow!

What’s really sad is that when we protect these positions with “misplaced compassion,” and try to call these moral wrongs civil rights, we hurt society and humanity. Love, real love never fails. We must not judge one another, we must simply tell the truth and slay the beast. The Sword of the Spirit is a very effective weapon; the Blood of Jesus is a super source; and the real super hero is the Holy Spirit. And remember, our all powerful FATHER GOD is LOVE and LOVE never fails.

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Farewell Nellie: We won’t forget you! Rest in peace after a job well done.

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

African Americans and women have lost a good friend in Nellie Gray. For those who knew her, Nellie could be depended upon to be loyal to the core when she embraced a truth. Early in this century, Nellie included the voices of the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and the African American community as part of the March for Life in a very significant manner.

The precious moments on stage with the gathered marchers are always very coveted. Many would deeply appreciate just a moment to speak before the multitudes at the Annual March for Life on or near January 22, the anniversary of the Roe vs Wade decision.

After experiencing the deep honor of joining Pastor Luke Robinson and other African Americans on stage to deliver the message of how abortion is black genocide at the Annual March for Life; and after standing with Janet Morana and Georgette Forney and the growing numbers of Silent No More Awareness partners on stage at the March every year to proclaim that we will be silent no more regarding the harm abortion does to women; I can only say that I thank God for Nellie Gray.

We will miss Nellie. I believe she would want us to march on for life until the victory is won. The greatest tribute we can give to Nellie, along with our prayers of thanksgiving for her life, legend and legacy, is to increase the numbers at the March for Life 2013. May God bless you. Let’s keep on marching for life, and for Nellie.

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Fr. Pavone: Nellie Gray was “a tireless warrior for the unborn”

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

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Date: August 13, 2012

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Miss Nellie Gray, founder of the March for Life, has died.

“Nellie Gray and the March for Life had a most profound effect on my life,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. In 1976, when he was a senior in high school, Father Pavone went to the March for Life with his mother and grandmother. Although he had been quietly considering the priesthood before that, the March cemented both his vocation and his passion for pro-life issues.

“Every year since 1974, Nellie Gray has mobilized a diverse and energetic army for life,” said Father Pavone, who has attended every march since his first one. “Her own commitment to the cause never wavered. She was a tireless warrior for the unborn and her motto was ‘no exceptions.’ “

After his ordination in 1988, Father Pavone was assigned to a parish in Staten Island, NY. Every year he led a busload of parishioners to the March for Life. He took over as national director of Priests for Life in 1993, and the following year, attending the event in his new capacity, Miss Gray invited him to say the opening prayer at the March for Life Convention that annually precedes the March.

In 2008, the National Pro-Life Religious Council, which Father Pavone serves as president, presented Miss Gray with its Pro-Life Recognition Award. Later that day, Miss Gray tripped and fell on the stage at the opening rally for the March and had to be taken to the hospital with a head injury.

“As a colleague in national pro-life leadership, Nellie was always an inspiration to the rest of us,” Father Pavone said. “Her devotion was on display that same year, 2008, when, despite being in the hospital during the March for Life, she nevertheless was present at all all-day meeting of national leaders the very next morning, with a patch on her head.”

Every year since its founding in 2003, Miss Gray invited the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign to stand on the rally stage holding signs that said, “I Regret My Abortion,” and she arranged for a larger group of post-abortive men and women from Silent No More to be in the vanguard of the March.

“We are so grateful that Nellie Gray shared our vision of Silent No More, and recognized that the women who have had abortions speak with unquestioned authority about the ways they have been harmed by this choice,” said Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More.

“Every year more women and men come to march and to share their testimony,” said Georgette Forney, president of Anglicans for Life and co-founder of Silent No More. “Nellie Gray helped make that possible for us.”

Miss Gray is also credited with realizing that African-American pro-life leaders had to become more vocal and visible in the fight for life.

“Nellie Gray knew that abortion took a heavy toll from the black community and she urged us to lend our voices to the fight against this terrible injustice,” said Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life. “She was a visionary.”

Bryan Kemper, founder of Stand True Ministry and director of Youth Outreach for Priests for Life, said: “My heart is broken by the loss of Nellie Gray, a true pro-life hero and role model. At the same time I celebrate that Nellie is with our Lord who she loved so dearly. I have had the honor of working with Nellie for years and every time I March in DC in January, I know she will be watching over us and praying for us. Nellie Gray, I will miss you dearly.

The 2013 March for Life will mark the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision, and the 39th anniversary of the March.

“It was an anniversary that broke Nellie Gray’s heart every year, and every day,” Father Pavone noted. “In January we will march in her memory, in her honor, to save the unborn children to whom she dedicated her life.”

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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“I thank my God every time I remember you.” – Philippians 1:3

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Dear Friends, God blesses me to travel to so many wonderful places in this pro-life vocation to which I am called. The greatest blessing is always to be allowed to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ along with the pro-life updates that I bring to the people. Many of the highlights of these trips can be found on Frontlines on the Priests for Life website. If you haven’t visited the site recently, please do. The entire PFL website is truly a blessing.

I’m sharing the email below and posting it along with a prophetic poem on Frontlines because it is just one beautiful example of the work that God is doing to bring the message of life to the people of the earth. Pastor John Peyton is a humble yet powerful voice for God, and is a good friend. I am blessed and honored to have been able to spend a few hours with him and his congregation and faith community, sharing the love of God, the message of life, and visiting the women in prison.

By the way, Tonya’s baskets are incredible. I’m leaving her email address in the blog, in case you want to contact her.

Blessings,
Alveda

On Sun, Aug 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM, Tonya Griffin wrote:

Hi Dr. King,

I want to thank you once again for allowing God to use you in such a powerful way to minister to His people at our East Coast Christian Women’s Conference and the women behind the walls of Manassas Adult Detention Center. May God continue to keep and bless you, your family and your ministry in Jesus’ name. I pray that you will continue to be blessed and in honor of you I am naming a standard poetry gift basket after you called–A King/Queen.

Per your request, here attached is your poem “Chosen By A King.” I will be sending the gift basket as well. God bless.

Dear Tonya, you are truly God’s woman, a queen for such a time as this. Your artistic gifts of prophetic poetry and godly gift baskets are a welcome blessing to the Body of Christ. Also, when Deborah told us that God told her that He sacrificed a moment in time away from His Precious Son Jesus, so that God could have Deborah live with Him for eternity, I was blown away. God loves each of us so very much! John 3:16 in action! Glory! What an honor is was to minister with you and the Reconciliation Community Church ministry team led by Pastor John Peyton, an anointed man of God! The men and women who attended the conference to receive the pro-life update and the ministry of God’s Word, and the women prisoners we visited honored us with their presence and their attentiveness to the Word of the Lord we were blessed to share. What a time of worship and impartation! I am overjoyed with the memory of the experience. Please greet Pastor John, Deborah, Carol and indeed your entire ministry family and community for me in the Name of Jesus! God bless each and everyone! Alveda

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Priests for Life Announces Second of Video Series

Monday, August 13th, 2012

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Date: August 13, 2012

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — As its voter education campaign intensifies, Priests for Life released the second in a series of short, powerful videos this morning.

Today’s video, just under 30 seconds in length, focuses on a simple comparison between the four words that many abortion advocates use to justify baby killing, and the four words that our Lord uses to bestow life on the world.

The video can be seen at http://youtu.be/UKhNrgV8JEA

“These are simple tools to raise awareness,” said Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director. “We are asking our fellow citizens to use them, to spread them far and wide on You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, websites, email lists, and other means of communication. We are making this series of videos based on messages that have already been tested and that have brought about striking results in the way they give people insights into the number one issue of our day, abortion.”

The first video in this series, released two weeks ago, forces the question of what disqualifies a candidate from public office, by making a dramatic and graphic comparison between a candidate’s views on abortion and his/her views on terrorism.

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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Rules of the Game: Stay in your lane

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Can anyone imagine Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King, Jr. blowing up an abortion clinic? Please think about this; a statesman and a preacher, both were professed African American (or Negros in their day) Christians. These two men lived in different eras, they did not share common vocations, and yet many would agree that they delivered their inspiring and uplifting messages with dignity and courage. When you heard them speak, you didn’t want to destroy life, you wanted to pursue life, liberty and happiness.

I’m asking this question about Douglass and King because for some reason, the prolife community is often perceived to be a bunch of kooks who go around blowing up abortion mills and baby killing centers. In all actuality, the first people known to blow up an abortion mill were Black Panthers in the 20th century. They considered abortion to be a genocidal threat to the Black community, and attempted to curtail the scourge. Again, I am not advocating their choice of methods.

These types of misconceptions, that prolife people are violent should be corrected. For the most part, members of the Prolife Movement are nonviolent. There are, however various discrepancies regarding messaging and methods among the various branches of the Prolife Movement. Sometimes, these issues create tension that could generally be avoided if we could only learn and follow the rules of the game and stay in our own lane.

There is a process that many sane people regard. This process can be identified as “knowing how to drive, following the rules, and staying in your lane.” When people are taught to drive, they learn that both respect and courtesy for the other drivers are very important if one wishes to stay alive while driving. Generally, people who drive on the roads of life are not usually going the same place, even if they are sometimes driving in the same direction. Yet, the common goal is generally a desire to get where one is going safely and on time.

These same principles should be regarded in any movement, especially the Prolife Movement. For example, I am post abortive, and am a strong supporter of speaking out regarding the harms of abortion and also advocating post abortion healing. I do however have some friends who feel that it is more important to teach women to remain abstinent or celibate until they are ready to become mothers. I happen to agree that abstinence is a major strategy in the prolife message and choose not to contend with those who have a predominately abstinence ministry. In other words, it would not be in my lane to ask them to stop delivering their abstinence message and do a post abortion healing message because that is more important. Both messages are important.

Staying in our lanes helps all the bases to be covered. Some will do voter registration. Good! Some will write letters to Congress. Good! Some will pray at abortion mills. Good! Some will operate pregnancy care centers. Good! Some will file necessary law suits! Some will donate diapers, milk, clothes, booties, etc. Good! All of us can pray, and all of us can donate time and money to the cause! Did I miss your lane? Is there some contribution you are making that isn’t covered here? Please let me know! Your work is very important, and we need to know you!

The main thing is, on God’s highway, the sanctity of life has drivers in all lanes and therefore the bases are covered! Let us be mindful to be supportive in prayer, respectful in serving and courteous when we have differing opinions and methods. There are no big I’s and little You’s in God’s kingdom after all.

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