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Priests for Life Sponsoring Event for NGOs Hosted by Pontifical Council for the Family in Rome

Friday, July 13th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 13, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Priests for Life is pleased to announce today to all its supporters that it is sponsoring and promoting a three-day training course in Rome this September for Catholic-Inspired NGOs, hosted by the Pontifical Council for the Family and relevant offices of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See.

With specific focus on social issues, training and networking, the event has at its heart the promotion and defense of the rights and dignity of human life and will feature contributions from leading international scholars.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said” “We are truly honored to collaborate in this wonderful endeavor, and in sharing with you such great news, we invite you to join us in prayer for God’s blessing upon the event and upon all who participate in its task of bringing to the world the message of the Gospel of 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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Your Participation is Requested

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Americans Prayerfully United to Advance the Culture of Life
“For Life, Liberty, and Family”

Adapted from original letter posted January 7, 2009

I invite and encourage every American who values human life to please sign this open letter and encourage others to do the same. Just follow the link below and your letter will be delivered to the appropriate people.

http://www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/life-liberty-family.htm

Thank you for your commitment to the Culture of LIFE!

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Christians Arise!

Monday, July 9th, 2012

I have spoken out many times about my beliefs regarding the harmful impact of abortion, euthanasia and the assault on natural/procreative family and marriage. Believe it or not, while I do take quite a bit of heat for my prolife ministry, I get more comments and attacks (personal and issue based) as when I speak about natural procreative family and marriage.

I am a Christian and as such I talk about what God and the Bible say about marriage and family. That is what I base my beliefs on, Christian values. And no matter how many times I say that I don’t hate homosexual people, that in fact, the Bible commands me to love them as I do every member of God’s family, I get accused of hating homosexuals and being anti-homosexual. Nothing can be further from the truth.

My Christian faith directs me to love all of God’s people – to pray for everyone so that we can all enjoy eternity with God. Just like I am for life and I fight for the right for all human beings to be conceived and born, I love all and pray for the salvation of all abortionists, their staffs and all those who have had abortions. So too do I love all and pray for the salvation of all who have same-sex attractions.

With that said, it seems that many more people are beginning to weigh in on the subject of same-sex marriage. First it was President Obama and then the NAACP both in support of same-sex marriage. And of course there were or are those who are commenting on their endorsement of same-sex marriage.

And then recently Brad Pitt’s mother, Jane Pitt, wrote an op-ed to Missouri’s Springfield New-Leader where she encourages Christian voters to prayerfully consider voting for Mitt Romney, although he is a Mormon, as opposed to casting a vote for “a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.”

I don’t know if Mrs. Pitt has been getting attacked for her stance on the subject but another well known company has. This past week I read an article in The Christian Post entitled “Chick-fil-A Called ‘Anit-Gay’ for Contributions to Pro-Marriage Groups”. Chick-fil-A, founded by Truett Cathy, runs the operation based upon Christian values. Their belief in natural procreative marriage simply means that they believe their Bibles, and fear God. The US Constitution guarantees Mr. Cathy and his organization that privilege. All Americans are entitled to religious freedom.

Truett feels so strongly about his Christian values that he made the decision when he opened his first restaurant that his restaurants were not going to be open on Sundays. He believes that it is important to let his employees have a day off to spend time with their families and friends and to worship if they choose to. Someone who is so rooted in his Christian faith would not then turn around and disobey God’s commandment to ‘love your neighbor as yourself.”

I am a Christians and am called by God to speak the truth, the truth as taught to me by God ‘s word. In church Sunday, our pastor, Allen McNair of Believers’ Bible Christian Church warned us not to vote for sin. I cannot be silent about sin. I must help my brothers and sisters see, hear and know the truth. I’m not perfect and there are times that others have to help me see the truth and I welcome their help. I don’t hate anyone, in fact I’m praying for you. Please, pray for me.

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Psalm 127

Friday, July 6th, 2012

A song of ascents. Of Solomon.

1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
2 In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves.

3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court.

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Winning The Battle On Our Knees

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

“The battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15

Four years ago, during the long hot summer before Mr. Barack Hussein Obama was elected as the “first black president of the United States of America,” I remember being distraught because prophets and pundits were predicting his election. One friend dreamed of Mr. Obama wearing a medical jacket and carrying a stethoscope. We later realized that God was revealing that the president would use health care as a wedge into the voting communities.

Friends, I was angry with God, and that was a dangerous position for me to be in. God had revealed to me that due to His hand of judgment on America, Mr. Obama would be the next President. I just couldn’t stand the thought of that!

It took the God ordained wisdom of a fellow prophetic voice in the person of my good friend and fellow warrior Pastor Clennard Childress of www.blackgenocide.org to calm me down. I remember him saying: “Alveda, only God can use one vessel, one man to shine light on two of the most demonic forces we battle today in the 21st century. Racism and abortion will come to the forefront with this presidency because Barack Obama will be the most abortion minded president American has ever known. On the other hand, racism will come out of the closet because some people will resent having a black face in the White House.”

As it turns out, Pastor Childress is right. President Obama’s abortion agenda is unprecedented. Then too, there is the flip side of the anti-Christ/anti-procreation agenda which President Obama also promotes. Abortion along with his homosexual marriage agenda are the two most effective forces against natural marriage and procreation. Face it friends, two men or two women engaged in sexual liaisons, and mothers who abort or surgically and chemically prevent conception are much less likely to birth babies.

And let’s not forget racism. Sadly, there are self proclaimed Christians praying that God will kill President Obama. Now, I know that David prayed for God to kill his enemies in the Old Testament, but after Christ came into the earth and died at Calvary and ascended to Heaven as our High Priest, we now have the privilege of praying for our leaders in authority and would be wise to pray that God transform the President rather than kill him.

Having said that, I’d like to remind us that we must pray on our knees for relief from ungodly leaders. When we get up from our knees, we should go to the ballot box and vote for life, natural marriage and family, deliverance from forces that are destroying our health, economy, educational system, etc.

As a 21st century guardian of the King Family Legacy, I’m reminded of what my Uncle M. L. wrote in the previous century in his “Letter From a Birmingham Jail.” He spoke of the most segregated hour in America, that being Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. Friends, it’s time to come together regardless of ethnicity, church denomination, economic status, political party affiliation and other distinctions that divide us rather than unite us.

The blood of the innocents is crying from the ground. The earth is groaning under the injustices. Natural procreation is under attack. We must pray and ask God to help us according to 2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray…”

I’d like to end this blog with a message from controversial prophet Kim Clement. You may recall that he was one of the prophetic voices heralding the election of President Obama. Mr. Clement took a lot of heat for speaking that prophecy. This is not an endorsement of his message, just an FYI. Peace!

Kim Clement:
“I Will Not Look Away From the Sound That Is Coming”
June 6, 2012 – From The Matrix

Regarding the Shedding of Innocent Blood

What is happening now is that there is innocent blood being shed. And God says clearly and through me now, “Do you really think I will not respond to this that is happening? I’m already performing miracles with young kids that were supposed to die; I’ve protected them by the thousands and the tens of thousands. Those that have slipped by,” God said, “each one has a voice that I will replace with two voices. Each one has a sound. Where there is one innocent taken, I will give two innocent back. Where one purity is taken, I will give two purity back.”

God says, “I will not look away from the shedding of blood; I will not look away from the sound that is coming from the Middle East. I will not turn away from it,” says the Lord. “Even in America, even in the countries, the nations in Europe, where there is blood that is being shed,” God said, “I will not hold back. I will not be quiet. I will hear it, and watch what I will do with these young men and women,” says the Lord.

“They shall carry the sword; they shall carry the spears; they shall carry the answers, the medical answers. They shall go and use their abilities to bring about cures and bring about energy and bring about all kinds of things that will propagate the Gospel and the good news and the Word of the Lord. Therefore, look now, look as I speak,” says the Lord. “You will see things that you have not seen before and hear things that you’ve not heard before, for out of this death shall come life and out of the brutality,” says the Lord, “shall come purity, and a sound shall cover the earth,” says the Lord, “and the glory of the Lord shall cover the earth – the knowledge of the glory of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the seas,” says the Lord.

Kim Clement
Prophetic Image Expressions
Email: hope@kimclement.com

Kim Clement: The life of Kim Clement is an expression that has defined “the prophet” for the modern era. This has made his journey unique; a journey that has taken his inspired message to schools and colleges, churches and synagogues, alleyways and prison cells. Kim’s prophetic gift is a magnet that has drawn a broad audience, as he has whispered to kings and inspired prisoners; his path through life continues to be an exciting adventure. His diverse and extemporaneous perspective has gained him notoriety that transcends culture, race and religion, placing him onto a world platform. He has performed at the Rose Bowl Stadium in California, Times Square in New York City, Mt. Carmel in Israel, and even the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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Priests for Life offers congratulations, pledges assistance to new Vatican appointees

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

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Date: July 2, 2012

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NEW YORK, NY — Priests for Life has offered its congratulations and pledged its continuing support to two archbishops named last week to high profile Vatican positions by Pope Benedict XVI. Also, the New York-based ministry thanked Cardinal Ennis Antonelli, outgoing president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, for his service.

The Right Rev. Arthur Roche has been elevated to Archbishop and named Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia was appointed to lead the Pontifical Council for the Family.

In a letter hand-delivered to Archbishop Paglia, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said, “We at Priests for Life have been greatly blessed through the years with the opportunity to serve the Pontifical Council for the Family in various capacities.” He said the organization renews “our complete commitment of service to your Council as it presently begins a new era under your leadership.” Father Pavone served the Council in Rome for two years in the 1990s.

Father Pavone noted the support Archbishop-elect Roche has given to Rachel’s Vineyard and said “please rest assured of our offer of assistance to you at the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.”

In his letter to Cardinal Antonelli, Father Pavone wrote, “we call to mind the great apostolic witness you have given the Church and world in illustrating the transcendent beauty and dignity of Marriage, Family, and indeed Life itself.”

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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From Stumbling Blocks To Building Blocks

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

“This anthology exposes a broader conception between heaven and earth (God and man), the natural and unnatural, and the interconnection between hope, grace and Salvation. Throughout this work the contributors reveal a nearly undisclosed picture of today’s society, and its complex functions. Let it be universally acknowledged that the contributors’ consistent years of researching and writing this volume are inspired by an ever increasing sense of truth-consciousness!” Dr. John L. Johnson, Publisher, and author of The Black Biblical Heritage, God’s Kingship with Dark Colors, and 500 Questions and Answers on the Black presence in the Bible.

Our Vision: “Uniting the Dream of Civil Rights and Moral Justice for abundant Life”

Our Mission: “Enhancing the lives of people spiritually, intellectually, economically, socially, physically and holistically.”

Our Methods: Through community events, mentoring and educational sessions, workshops, conferences, media awareness campaigns, non-violent political action, lobbying and coalition building of pro-life and pro-family advocacy groups, we challenge the status quo and cultivate collective commitment to principles that uphold the constitutional values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

To order a copy of From Stumbling Blocks To Building Blocks please visit www.xlibris.com. The book is available in paperback and ebook.

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

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World Congress of Families VI: Update on Mariage and Family

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

I just returned from Madrid, spain where I attended and spoke at the World Congress of Families Sixth Annual Conference. The World Congress of Families VI was a great success. Nearly 3,000 registered, and full attendance was the case for pretty much the entire event.

Among all the events was a screening of a new movie opening June 1, 2012 called “For Greater Glory”. this was such an inspiring movie and a must see for everyone. I hope you will go out and see the movie on opening weekend. More on the movie in a leter blog.

At the conference they read The Natural Family: A Manifesto which I’d like to share with you. A very good document and a must read. It’s a bit long but worth the read.

After traveling for the last week, it’s good to sleep in my own bed again.

Please pray for me, Priests for Life. and King for America and the work we are doing and that the Lord touches and changes hearts.

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“MLK was fair and compassionate with Rustin: Christian compassion does not mean endorsing sin,” says Dr. Alveda King

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things, (better than Utopia) will be added to you. – Matthew 6:33

The 21st century homosexual lobby likes to point to the professional relationship between my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bayard Rustin, his openly homosexual staffer who left the movement at the height of the campaign. Rustin attempted to convince Uncle M. L. that homosexual rights were equal with civil rights. Uncle M. L. did not agree, and would not attach the homosexual agenda to the 20th century civil rights struggles. So Mr. Rustin resigned. He was a brilliant strategist and was hired by Uncle M. L. not because he was gay, but because he was a capable strategist. He also was not fired, he chose to resign. My uncle was not a bigot, and he didn’t judge people for the color of their skin nor their sexual orientation. Neither do I. As compassionate Christians who won’t be forced to sit on the back of the bus as far as our spiritual commitments are concerned, we can be compassionate without endorsing sin.

As to the relationship between Mrs. Coretta Scott King and the homosexual lobby, Mrs. King was a very compassionate woman. She and I shared conversations regarding misplaced compassion. When her daughter, my cousin Elder Bernice King marched in favor of traditional marriage a few years ago, the homosexual lobby demanded that Mrs. King publicly rebuke her daughter for her stance. Mrs. King did not rebuke her daughter. The issue here is compassion, and how to show compassion in the face of controversy.

On Wednesday, May 9, 2012, President Barack Hussein Obama, known by many as the first “Black” President of the United States of America, also became the first Black President to endorse homosexual marriage. This startling decision came as no surprise to some who already knew him as the “most abortion minded president in the history of America.” A few days after President Obama’s announcement, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also endorsed homosexual marriage.

Amid the controversy of these seemingly contemporary 21st century policies, the question repeatedly arises: How can we show compassion to those who believe that homosexuality and abortion are civil rights? My now deceased and beloved Aunt Coretta Scott King supported both the homosexual agenda and the abortion agenda. She even accepted the 1966 Planned Parenthood “Maggie” award in her husband’s stead. Uncle M. L. was prolife. Aunt Coretta was the first to ask me the compassion question in the mid-1980’s. Many have since posed the compassion question to me.

As one who is unabashedly unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I must admit that when the question first came to me, I sought for a humanly wise response. I struggled and groped in my finite mind for something my Daddy A. D. King might say; or my uncle M. L. King, or my Granddaddy King. At first, I didn’t even remember their sermons, just thought about what their answers might be from a civil rights perspective. After all, I knew that they all preached the Bible, and like David, did their best to obey God in spite of their human frailties. I knew that they were pro-life and believed in procreative marriage. After all, I’m the one who coined the now popular slogan: “I have a dream, it’s in my genes.”

I wanted to express to the world that my great-grandfather, Dr. A. D. Williams, a Baptist preacher was an original NAACP founder. I wanted to express that my Granddaddy, also a Baptist preacher, was an early NAACP leader. Following in their footsteps, my Daddy A. D. King and Uncle M. L. King founded the 20th century Civil Rights Movement in the Name of Jesus.

Thank goodness my good friend Day Gardner helped me to get back on track quickly. In a joint press release from the African American prolife community regarding President Obama’s decision, Day wrote: “The NAACP was founded by Blacks who had an understanding and strong faith in God. They were people – pastors and congregations who knew that the Bible, God’s final Word – was very clear on the immorality and wages of homosexuality and abortion. It is appalling that this one time super hero ‘civil rights’ organization supports the breakdown of traditional marriage and the ruthless killing of our unborn children as a civil right. In its decision to please the world, the NAACP has turned its back on the things of GOD and in doing so it has become irrelevant. We must encourage those who know the truth to speak out – to stand firmly on the solid rock – to not look to the right or to the left. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “Our lives began to end the day we become silent about things that matter.””

Day’s thoughts lead me to the answer to the compassion question. How can we show compassion for people who want to legitimize sin? If we love them, shouldn’t we try not to hurt their feelings by pointing out that things like abortion and homosexuality are against the Word of God? No matter how many new Bible translations that people come up with, God’s Word isn’t going to change.

My answer came not from what would Daddy do, or Uncle M. L. do, or Granddaddy do? The answer will always be “what would Jesus do?” Living on the edge of a 21st century Babylon with the stench of Sodom and Gomorrah stinging our nostrils, we need to know that the question is relevant and the answer is imperative. Not only what would Jesus do, but what did Jesus do when confronted with sinners? Jesus extended compassion in the form of “ye shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

Right now the anti-procreative marriage community is in league with the anti-life community, and together with the NAACP and other sympathizers, they are seeking a world where homosexual marriage and abortion will supposedly set the captives free. To the contrary, it is the Word of God on these and all human issues that sets people free. As Christians, we must have the compassion of Jesus Christ and tell the truth and shame the devil. We must not allow false compassion to force truth to take a seat on the back of the bus.

As a young woman, sitting in the pews of the congregations of my elders, I must admit that I questioned God and the Bible, seeking inconsistencies in the Word. I wanted to enjoy sin, and was looking for loopholes. My Daddy and Uncle M. L. had similar experiences before they were “transformed” by God’s light and love through Jesus Christ.

I guess the best example of the transformation or born again experiences in my family would be my Uncle M. L.’s conversion testimony which came to him in 1956. As was previously stated, Uncle M. L. belongs to a long line of preachers, and during his early years, he depended on the faith of his fathers. Then, in 1956, King experienced his first personal encounter with God.

On page 59 of BEARING THE CROSS (Garrow), there is an account of the experience. At around midnight on Jan. 27, 1956, at the height of the bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala. Uncle M. L. was discouraged by death threats, exhaustion, and the heavy burdens of organizing the community. He also feared for his wife and babies. He was praying at his kitchen table, “It seemed at that moment,” he later told an interviewer, “that I could hear an inner voice saying to me, ‘Martin Luther, stand up for righteousness. Stand up for justice. Stand up for truth. And lo I will be with you….’ I heard the voice of Jesus saying still to fight on.”

The link between Christian faith and the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement was genuine and indistinguishable, in that you could not have one without the other. It was the vision and reality of Christian love that strengthened the Christian warriors. Uncle M. L. had a love for all humanity, that one race of people created by God. Agape love is not easily attained, but Uncle M. L., my Daddy A. D., Daddy King, our hold family legacy has always embraced Agape. God is Love. The Bible teaches us to walk in love, even as my Uncle M. L. was taught. The Bible was Martin Luther King Jr.’s best textbook, always.

Not long after his conversion, Uncle M. L. wrote the following to a youth seeking advice:

From 1950’s Ebony Advice Column

QUESTION: My problem is different from the ones most people have. I am a boy, but I feel about boys the way I ought to feel about girls. I don’t want my parents to know about me. What can I do?

MLK: Your problem is not at all an uncommon one. However, it does require careful attention. The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired. … You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.

Question: About two years ago, I was going with a young lady who became pregnant. I refused to marry her. As a result, I was directly responsible for a crime. It was not until a month later that I realized the awful thing I had done. I begged her to forgive me, to come back, but she has not answered my letters. The thing stays on my mind. What can I do? I have prayed for forgiveness.

MLK: You have made a mistake. … One can never rectify a mistake until he admits that a mistake has been made. Now that you have prayed for forgiveness and acknowledged your mistake, you must turn your vision to the future. … Now that you have repented, don’t concentrate on what you failed to do in the past, but what you are determined to do in the future.

Uncle M. L. showed the compassion and love of Jesus in his letter to this youth. He didn’t help the young man embrace a position contrary to God’s Word, rather he extended God’s loving compassion in his response. We have a sure example of this type of compassion from Jesus Himself:

In the case of “the woman caught in the act,” Jesus said to her accusers: “Ye who are without sin, cast the first stone.” As one by one her accusers dropped their stones, and walked away, Jesus wrote in the dirt. He then asked Mary Magdalene, “woman, where are your accusers?” She realized that her accusers had dispersed. Then, Jesus spoke the startling words of liberation to the woman who would become his first female disciple. “Neither do I accuse you. Go and sin no more.”

Yes friends, Jesus acknowledged the woman’s sins, and he still loved her. He set her free, not just from those who would stone her, but from the behavior that bound her. Loving someone who is bound by sin, dismissing their sanctimonious judges and then setting the captives free by showing them a way out of sin is the answer to the compassion question. Show compassion by showing people the liberty and love of This Same Jesus Christ: yesterday, today and forever.

To do this, we must be transparent, admit to and repent of our own sins first, and then be the examples traveling the road of repentance and redemption. There is love, mercy, compassion and grace in what we have to offer. We just have to be bold enough and strong enough to love.

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