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Judge Moore, NAACP, National Anthem, Church Shootings – America must cease fire or self-destruct

Friday, November 10th, 2017

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Atlanta, GA – “For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’” Acts 28:27

While praying for a response to the NAACP wanting to ban the National Anthem here comes the news of a very questionable attack on Judge Roy Moore. Meanwhile, we are still reeling from the church massacre in Texas. You’d think America would finally grow tired of venomous attacks on just about everything and seek divine intervention from our troubles. Yet, in the midst of violent natural disasters and human bloodbaths, we keep attacking each other rather than praying. It’s time for America to have a heart transplant and a blood transfusion.

The NAACP is reportedly offended by these lines in verse three of the National Anthem, and is seeking to repeal the song:

“No refuge could save the hireling and slave, from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave…”

Francis Scott Key, who wrote the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was reportedly a slave owner and fierce opponent of abolition and according to some accounts may even have sparked the first race riot in Washington, D.C.

So as a Caucasian slave owner Key wrote the song in outrage of the enslavement of one of his Caucasian friends who had been kidnapped and forced into slavery while at the same time was glad that his Black slaves who were also fighting in the war were killed? Yet, the verse speaks of men both Caucasian and Black who fought in the war being enslaved or used by the British. Confusing isn’t it?

Whether we believe “The Star-Spangled Banner” is racist or not, we may never know the whole truth since we didn’t write it and we weren’t there when it was written. However, healing is available to us today if we can only repent of our own sins, forgive those who have sinned against us, love each other and learn live together in peace.

As the Acts 17:26 “one blood human race,” let’s leave off strife and idolatry, and call a cease fire with our words and our weapons; and let’s avoid self-destruction. Pray for America and the world.

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Rain Falls as Women Rise Up on D.C. Mall

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

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In a markedly different “Women’s March” from the one the day after the 2017 presidential inauguration, women responded to a clarion call from Lou Engle of TheCall.com and gathered on the D.C. Mall to RISE UP and pray in the rain yesterday.

Joined by national men prayer leaders such as Dr. Raleigh Washington of Promise Keepers and Rev. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life who offered apologies for abuse of women and the abortion of millions of babies there were remarkable moments of Repentance, Forgiveness and Healing throughout the day.

Leaders and thousands gathered from all ethnic groups and prayed for ethnic unity based on the themes of one race united from the Acts 17:26 message of one human race, “One Blood,” as the message of Esthers and Deborahs joined by Mordecais with women, mothers and daughters “rising up” and praying for spiritual transformation prevailed throughout the day.

At one intense moment, after Alveda King quoted Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. “We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish together as fools,” Cindy Jacobs of Generals International sobbed on her knees in Apology to Black women prayer leaders; “I’m sorry we didn’t protect your babies.” Alveda King of Civil Rights for the Unborn embraced Jacobs in a prayer of unity and forgiveness.

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Read Evangelist Alveda King’s Prayer of Repentance, Forgiveness and Revival or listen to it HERE.

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Priests for Life, Heartbeat International, Good Counsel Urge Pastors: Give Your People Life-Saving Information!

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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Date: September 28, 2017

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TITUSVILLE, FL — “Saving a life from abortion and a heart from despair can be as easy as memorizing a phone number and a website,” said Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.

For Respect Life Month this October, Priests for Life is partnering with Heartbeat International and Good Counsel Homes to urge pastors to include life-saving information as permanent features on their parish bulletins and web sites.

The project aims to raise awareness of alternatives to abortion and healing after abortion. Sometimes these alternatives simply consist in a listening ear and encouraging word, but they also meet needs like finding a pregnant woman a place to live, medical services, legal advice, help with making an adoption plan, parenting classes and help in finding a job or job training.

Counseling for those suffering from a past abortion is also provided by many pregnancy centers and other ministries.

Heartbeat International is the world’s largest network of life-affirming, pregnancy help organizations. Its message is: “Every woman should be loved and supported during her pregnancy.”

Visitors to Heartbeat’s OptionLine.org, or those who call its 24-hour emergency helpline 800-712-HELP (4357) will be connected to help available closest to where they live. Confidential guidance is offered in English and in Spanish.

Good Counsel offers a life-saving alternative for any pregnant, homeless mother in need. Pregnant women, even those with other children and those struggling with addiction or mental health challenges, may live in a Good Counsel home for a year or longer as they return to school, get a job or begin a vocational training program.

Visit www.goodcounselhomes.org or call 800-723-8331 to find – or offer – help. More information may be found at Good Counsel on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.

Good Counsel also offers healing for men, women and siblings suffering in the aftermath of an abortion. Many are suffering silently in church pews today. Confidential, compassionate counseling is available at www.postabortionhelp.org or by calling 877-586-4621.

Priests for Life also has set up the website AbortionForgiveness.com where visitors can enter a Zip code and find ministries for healing after abortion closest to where they live. These include pregnancy centers, special ministries and Rachel’s Vineyard retreat sites.

The three groups are making a simple plea to churches of all denominations: Let your people know that help is available by placing it prominently on parish bulletins and websites.

This will accomplish two things: People in need of alternatives to abortion and healing after abortion will find help, and everyone in the parish will be equipped to help others in need. By making this information easily accessible, pastors will underscore the fact that churches not only oppose abortion but are ready to help people find real solutions.

“Everyone can reach upward, in prayer, to Our Lord for His help in such difficult situations,” said Peggy Hartshorn, chairman of the board of Heartbeat International. “But on occasion, we actually have the opportunity to reach out and guide someone to loving, caring, life-affirming help. It is by sacrificial service, modeled on Christ as the Servant of His Father and Our Savior who died for us, that we save lives and change lives.”

Christopher Bell, president and executive director of Good Counsel Homes, said, “We may all be different parts, but we are certainly members of the One Body of Christ sharing the Good News about the Gospel of Life. The more we work together, the more men and women, children and babies will find concrete help and real hope.”

Fr. Frank Pavone concluded, “There are many hotlines, websites and services. The ones we are speaking of here are the most comprehensive. We are asking pastors to start somewhere. The pro-life movement and the church do not point fingers of condemnation, but rather extend hands of help and hope. Let’s utilize these concrete tools to replace despair with hope and save many lives!”

For more information about this project, go to www.prolife.church

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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Community Activists Call Attention to Government’s Apology for Slavery and Jim Crowism

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

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Activists, Talk Radio Hosts Hold “Day of Love & Reconciliation For Healing”

Not Knowing Government’s Act of Contrition and Good Faith Keeps the Races Apart, Say Organizers

Year-Long Campaign Begins on Eve of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Assassination Anniversary With Goal of Creating National Awareness of Government Apology for Slavery, Institutional Discrimination by 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s Death

Los Angeles, CA – In an effort to promote racial healing, talk radio hosts nationwide are teaming with community and civil rights activists on Monday, April 3, 2017 to begin a campaign aimed at drawing attention to the federal government’s recent but largely forgotten acknowledgement of and apology for slavery and subsequent discriminatory policies.

“In 2008, Congress made history by officially apologizing for chattel slavery in the United States and the subsequent Jim Crowism that plagued black people after emancipation. Everyone knew about the poor treatment, but few know about the rare act of contrition by our government and its intention to heal our nation,” said community activist Ted Hayes, a key organizer of the Day of Love and Reconciliation for Healing. “In my own experience, people knowing that this apology happened goes a long way in changing the minds of people holding negative opinions about America because of its treatment of the black community.”

This year-long effort begins with the April 3 Day of Love and Reconciliation For Healing. Hayes and others will work with talk radio hosts of all political leanings to draw attention to HR 194, a resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 29, 2008 that “apologize[d] to African Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow” and “expresse[d] its commitment to rectify the lingering consequences of the misdeeds committed against African Americans under slavery and Jim Crow and to stop the occurrence of human rights violations in the future” A similar resolution was passed by the U.S. Senate almost a year later.

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/hres194/text

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/18/AR2009061803877.html

This congressional apology for slavery and Jim Crowism constitutes one of only a handful of times the U.S. government formally apologized for past actions. In doing so, Congress finally and formally acknowledged (describing devastating effects of what happened), apologized for and sought to improve upon that state of black American in the wake of chattel slavery and generations of discriminatory Jim Crow laws.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-times-united-states-officially-apologized-180959254/

This national acknowledgement of the apology was initiated by Hayes, a community activist, and talk radio show hosts– Mike Seigel and C.L. Bryant. They are joined by civil rights activist Reverend Dr. Alveda King, the niece of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 3 is the day before the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination in Memphis in 1968, and this campaign to promote awareness of the congressional apology aims to inform as many Americans as possible in the year before the 50th anniversary observance of Dr. King’s death.

It is the hopes of the organizers that talk radio hosts and their audiences will read and discuss the content and the meaning of the congressional apology for slavery.

Organizers note this official act, made just prior to the election of the nation’s first black president, has been mistakenly overlooked. Increased knowledge of it, they point out, can significantly change the dynamics in the national narrative of race relations.

Hayes said: “We are hoping that this year-long campaign that begins on April 3 and culminates on the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s departure from our earthly plane will provide us the opportunity to finally address the race matters in a more balanced, hopeful way. When I have personally enlightened people about the fact that the government has apologized and committed itself to working with the descendants of those who were once enslaved, it changes their perspective and helps our society heal.”

Talk radio hosts participating in this event are asked to read all or portions of the resolution and invite callers to share their reactions about it. Hosts are encouraged to discuss how this may alter their opinions about race relations and how they might bring this up at their churches or community gatherings. In particular, for those in districts represented by a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, they may wish to engage with local lawmakers about how the resolution impacts their constituents.

Talk radio hosts interested in participating in the April 3 Day of Love and Reconciliation For Healing, or participating at a later date, are encouraged to contact Ted Hayes by phone at (424) 248-4219 or by email apologyforgiven@gmail.com. The same contact information should be used for requesting surrogate guests.

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Fr. Pavone grateful for Pope Francis’s statement on abortion forgiveness

Monday, November 21st, 2016

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Date: November 21, 2016

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Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and also Pastoral Director of the worldwide ministries of Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More, issued the following statement this morning:

“The announcement of Pope Francis that he is extending indefinitely the faculties of priests worldwide to absolve those who repent of the sin of abortion is something we at Priests for Life both expected and gratefully welcome.

“We are privileged to facilitate the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry about which Pope Francis has personally expressed to me his enthusiastic support and gratitude. Likewise, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (a joint project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life) is one of our projects which, through the power of testimony, invites people to take hold of God’s mercy after abortion.

“We who oppose abortion do not oppose those who have abortions. Rather, we embrace them with mercy and forgiveness. We have ministered to people who have had as many as 25 abortions, and we see that it impacts the entire family: parents, grandparents, siblings, and beyond.

“We will continue to provide training for clergy and laity alike regarding the wounds abortion brings and how to lead people to healing.

“Those who are looking for opportunities for healing and reconciliation after abortion can go to our special website www.AbortionForgiveness.com.”

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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Fr. Pavone Welcomes Church’s “eagerness to reconcile those who have had abortions”

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

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Date: September 1, 2015

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and also Pastoral Director of the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard, and also of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the largest mobilization of those who have had abortions, issued the following statement this morning:

“All of us at Priests for Life, Rachel’s Vineyard, and Silent No More welcome the letter our Holy Father issued today, indicating his compassionate concern for those who have had abortions, and making it easier for them to obtain the absolution of a priest. This step does not mean that forgiveness wasn’t available before. However, it simplifies the process outlined in Church law whereby, in certain circumstances, the priest needs to get authorization before giving absolution. In the Jubilee Year, priests will not need to delay that absolution, provided there is repentance.

“We welcome this concrete expression of the Church’s eagerness to reconcile those who have had abortions. We who oppose abortion do not oppose those who have had abortions; rather, we welcome them with mercy and compassion. A very large part of our work at Priests for Life is to extend the urgent invitation to healing. We oversee the work of Rachel’s Vineyard (www.RachelsVineyard.org), a retreat program which constitutes the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion and which enjoys the personal and enthusiastic support of Pope Francis.

“Moreover, through our Silent No More Awareness Campaign, through which mothers, fathers, and entire families witness to the pain of being involved in abortion and the joy of God’s healing, we echo that invitation to healing through the testimonies of those who have found it. They share these testimonies in churches, at rallies, and in the media (see www.SilentNoMore.com).

“I have spoken with Pope Francis on five occasions specifically about our work of healing those who have had abortions, and healing even abortionists who have killed tens of thousands of children. We at Priests for Life will continue to train and encourage our brother priests to be the heralds of mercy and compassion in the face of abortion. Truth and compassion are not in tension; they are both aspects of the same God. To treat someone with compassion includes sharing with them honestly the truth they need to hear, and to be fully truthful includes revealing the reality of compassion and mercy,” stated Fr. Pavone.

The relevant portion of the Pope’s letter today is as follows:

“One of the serious problems of our time is clearly the changed relationship with respect to life. A widespread and insensitive mentality has led to the loss of the proper personal and social sensitivity to welcome new life. The tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness, as if not realizing the extreme harm that such an act entails. Many others, on the other hand, although experiencing this moment as a defeat, believe that they have no other option. I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion. I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision. I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision. What has happened is profoundly unjust; yet only understanding the truth of it can enable one not to lose hope. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. For this reason too, I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it. May priests fulfill this great task by expressing words of genuine welcome combined with a reflection that explains the gravity of the sin committed, besides indicating a path of authentic conversion by which to obtain the true and generous forgiveness of the Father who renews all with his presence.”

The full letter is at http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2015/09/01/0637/01386.html#ing

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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