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What’s in a team?

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013





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Nothing beats working with a team of prayerful, committed, and hardworking, focused Christians. Let me tell you about two star team players.

First there’s Fr. Frank Pavone whom I admire and respect so much. In the midst of fighting to end abortion in America and around the world he had the presence of mind to ask the judge and medical examiner for the bodies of the 45 babies that were found at Kermit Gosnell’s West Philadelphia abortion facility during the raid so that they can be given proper burials.

Then he held a ceremony at the Priests for Life headquarters to name them because every baby deserves a name.

Also, there’s Bryan Kemper, Director of Youth Outreach, who was among the first to suggest praying for Gosnell’s soul when others wanted revenge for what he had done. Bryan launched a Facebook page in order to get people to pray for the soul of Kermit Gosnell. As he says with his first post, “I want to start a revolution of praying for the soul of Kermit Gosnell instead of crying for his death. I want him to find the hope I found in Jesus.”

Prayer can move mountains if we but have faith. In Matthew 17:20, Jesus answers His disciples when they ask Him why they were not able to cast out the demons from a little boy,

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Faith like that is hard to achieve. But praying is something that we can all do and we must if we are to win victory over death.

Please visit Bryan’s new FB page and “Like” it. Pray with us as we pray for the soul of Kermit Gosnell. And pray with us as we pray to end abortion.

In some translations of the Bible it also says in Matthew 17:21, [speaking about the demons] “But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

Prayer and fasting is how evil is conquered and it is what we must do.






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Stop And Smell The Roses

Friday, May 3rd, 2013





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The last several days have been absolutely overwhelming. I have to admit that.

And I’ve been talking with colleagues in the natural life and family movement, which includes pro-life, marriage between a man and a woman, good educational choices, stopping the violence in our world, helping people not to be overwhelmed with life, and all of that.

Well, I was meditating and praying and I was having some issues of my own because I’m a mother and a grandmother, and constantly praying for children and grandchildren, wondering how I was going to fund certain projects, and things like that.

And I began to say, “I trust you, Lord. I love you, Lord. I worship you, Lord.” And I said various psalms, inspirational messages, ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, all those scriptures coming through my heart, “the Lord is my shepherd.”

I peeked out my window as I was praying and the roses were in full bloom. Now they have probably been in full bloom for several days and I was so busy that I did not have time to stop and smell the roses.

One of my little granddaughters just came in from outside and the roses were blowing in the wind and she ran over to smell them and she went, “mmmmm” and I also wrote in my journal for one of my little goddaughters about the roses. And as all of that was happening I remembered the day before I had peeked out at the roses and then I took another peek and there was a deer out in the yard.

So I want to encourage everyone today to seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all the things that we desire will be added to us. Delight ourselves in the Lord and he will give us the desires of our heart.

So pray this weekend for justice in the Gosnell case and pray for the soul of the people who are just lost in the confusion who think it’s okay to kill human beings in the womb. All of that but in the midst of everything you’re doing stop and smell the roses.






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African American Outreach Prayer

Friday, April 5th, 2013





ABBA Father, dear Creator God,

In your Word you command us to pray

For all who serve you in public office,

That we may lead peaceful lives.

We intercede for those in the offices of

President of the United States,

In the Congressional Black Caucus,

And in federal, state, county and local offices.

We ask for a new outpouring of your Spirit,

The Spirit of truth and life,

The Spirit of repentance and conversion,

The Spirit of courage and grace;

Let peace and love abound,

For ourselves and for those holding political offices.

May we be instruments of Your Holy Spirit

And witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In which alone we find hope for our nation and the world.

We ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

-Written by Father Frank Pavone and Dr. Alveda King






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Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross

Thursday, March 28th, 2013





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Jesus Christ made seven final statements during his last hours on the cross. These phrases are held dear by followers of Christ because they offer a glimpse into the depth of his suffering to accomplish redemption. Recorded in the Gospels between the time of his crucifixion and his death, they reveal his divinity as well as his humanity. As much as possible, given the approximate sequence of events as portrayed in the Gospels, these seven last words of Jesus are presented here in chronological order.

1) Jesus Speaks to the Father

Luke 23:34
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (NIV)

In the midst of his excruciating suffering, the heart of Jesus was focused on others rather than himself. Here we see the nature of his love—unconditional and divine.

2) Jesus Speaks to the Criminal on the Cross

Luke 23:43
“I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (NIV)

One of the criminals who was crucified with Christ, had recognized who Jesus was and expressed faith in him as Savior. Here we see grace poured out through faith, as Jesus assured the dying man of his forgiveness and eternal salvation.

3) Jesus Speaks to Mary and John

John 19:26-27
When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” (NIV)

Jesus, looking down from the cross, was still filled with the concerns of a son for the earthly needs of his mother. None of his brothers were there to care for her, so he gave this task to the Apostle John. Here we clearly see Christ’s humanity.

4) Jesus Cries Out to the Father

Matthew 27:46 (also Mark 15:34)
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (NKJV)

In the darkest hours of his suffering, Jesus cried out the opening words of Psalm 22. And although much has been suggested regarding the meaning of this phrase, it was quite apparent the agony Christ felt as he expressed separation from God. Here we see the Father turning way from the Son as Jesus bore the full weight of our sin.

5) Jesus is Thirsty

John 19:28
Jesus knew that everything was now finished, and to fulfill the Scriptures he said, “I am thirsty.” (NLT)

Jesus refused the initial drink of vinegar, gall and myrrh (Matthew 27:34 and Mark 15:23) offered to alleviate his suffering. But here, several hours later, we see Jesus fulfilling the messianic prophecy found in Psalm 69:21.

6) It is Finished

John 19:30
… he said, “It is finished!” (NLT)

Jesus knew he was suffering the crucifixion for a purpose. Earlier he had said in John 10:18 of his life, “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” (NIV) These three words were packed with meaning, for what was finished here was not only Christ’s earthly life, not only his suffering and dying, not only the payment for sin and the redemption of the world—but the very reason and purpose he came to earth was finished. His final act of obedience was complete. The Scriptures had been fulfilled.

7) Jesus’ Last Words

Luke 23:46
Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. (NIV)

Here Jesus closes with the words of Psalm 31:5, speaking to the Father. We see his complete trust in the Father. Jesus entered death in the same way he lived each day of his life, offering up his life as the perfect sacrifice and placing himself in God’s hands.






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Abortion: Nothing Is Sacred, Not Even Grandmothers

Monday, March 18th, 2013





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I’m a grandmother too and I can only imagine what was going through her mind when Rae Stabosz was attacked by a woman while filming a botched abortion incident.

The abortion industry will go to any lengths to keep the public from learning the truth about what really happens behind the doors of the abortion killing centers. There are times when the babies are not the only ones that are hurt by these “doctors.” And it happens more often that you think.

If any other business had this track records with hurting women, they would be shut down in a heartbeat. It makes you wonder how they get away with it.






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Date Set for 20th Annual National Memorial for the Preborn

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013





Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 26, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Interdenominational prayer service will be on Jan. 22, 2014.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Priests for Life and the National Prolife Religious Council announced today that the 20th annual Memorial for the Preborn and their Mothers and Fathers will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 from 8:30 to 10:30am in DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC.

Mass will be offered at the same location at 7:30 a.m.

The annual March for Life will take place later that day.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said: “Once again, this event will be the premier national prayer service marking the commemoration of Roe v. Wade. On behalf of all the sponsoring organizations, I urge churches and groups coming to Washington to plan their schedule in such a way as to allow them to attend this inspiring event.”

A DVD of Fr. Frank’s sermon from this year’s service is now available at http://www.priestsforlife.org/store/p-342-2013-national-prayer-service-homily.aspx

The sponsoring groups of the prayer service are the National Pro-Life Religious Council, the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action, Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries.

For information, see NationalPrayerService.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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And A Little Child Will Lead Them

Monday, February 4th, 2013





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The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together;
and a little child will lead them. Isaiah 11:6

On the road in Eugene Oregon with Students for Life groups at Marist Catholic High School and University of Oregon. Prayed with local 40 Days for Life Group at new PPH facility. We could tell that the PPH staff were surprised to see so many young people leading the prayers.

A reporter asked why we feel that we are winning, and the answer is so clear. God is on our side and His mighty young warriors are marching on!






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OPEN LETTER TO PASTORS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS

Monday, January 28th, 2013





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Challenge the NAACP and other leaders who are betraying the Black Community

CALL FOR A NATIONAL YEAR OF REPENTANCE, REMEMBERING, RECALLING, RETURNING, REVIVAL, RESTORING AND REFORMING!

“IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME (GOD) WILL HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND PRAY AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS AND SEEK MY FACE, THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN AND FORGIVE THEIR SINS AND HEAL THEIR LAND.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Calling all churches and community activists to protest the leadership of the National NAACP and other community leaders including the CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, and THE ADMINISTRATION for failure to represent the health and wellbeing of the Black community.

This year people of God in churches and community groups will be praying and fasting regarding sin based issues ranging from abortion, traditional marriage, destruction of the black family and the extraordinarily high incarceration rate of black men.

Too many are silent in the face of betrayal and loss. Some are IN BED WITH big money organizations and corporations whose aim is to NEGATIVELY impact the physical and spiritual health of Black America, including the PUSHING of alcohol, cigarettes, dangerous pharmaceuticals, abortion, etc. They have FAILED to address high unemployment in Black America, the high rate of incarceration of Black males, the high school dropouts, the extraordinarily high number and rate of abortions in the Black community, and the lack of marriage among mothers and fathers.

People in high seats of authority know the truth and are refusing to act on it.  They are supporting:

 

  • The racist agenda of Planned Parenthood
  • The reproductive genocide of over 20 million Black children
  • The violation of the civil rights of children in the womb
  • The dismantling of Holy Matrimony
  • The promotion of homosexual  marriage
  • They know that Black Women are dying from abortions and

Harmful DEPO (Depo- Provera) shots and are doing NOTHING ABOUT IT.

THEY ARE PROMOTING A FALSE GOSPEL WHICH IS DEADLY TO THE BLACK COMMUNITY AND TO OUR NATION AS A WHOLE. LET US RETURN TO BEING “ONE NATION UNDER GOD, BROTHERS AND SISTERS UNITED IN THE HUMAN RACE, TO ADVANCE THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, AND TO EMBARCE HUMANITY IN AGAPE LOVE, REPENTANCE, FORGIVENESS AND HUMILITY.






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National Prayer Service to Welcome Key Religious Leaders

Friday, January 18th, 2013





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January 18, 2013
Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fr. Frank Pavone, in his role as President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, announced today that at the National Memorial for the Preborn and their Mothers and Fathers, the premier national prayer event marking 40 years since Roe vs. Wade, the Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church will be in attendance.

“Archbishop Craig Bates has been a strong advocate for the unborn for many years,” said Fr. Pavone. “The priests who serve in the Charismatic Episcopal Church, moreover, have consistently spoken up with clarity and courage against the scourge of abortion. We are grateful for their witness and honored by their commitment to join us in the National Prayer Service.”

Also attending will be Dr. Robert H. Turrill, President and CEO of the Evangelical Church Alliance, which is one of America’s oldest associations of independent evangelical pastors, chaplains, missionaries, and ministry leaders.

“As the sanctity of life is a paramount issue for all Americans including the pre-born, if a citizen does not have a right to life, all other rights are meaningless,” Dr Turrill explained.

Speaking of the service, Dr. Turrill added, “I will be attending the pro-life prayer service Friday morning, January 25, sponsored by the organizers of the National Memorial for the Pre-born and Their Mothers and Fathers, and encourage my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to do the same.”

Of the role of evangelicals in the pro-life struggle, Fr. Pavone stated, “The pro-life cause would be far behind where it is now if it were not for the tireless commitment of our evangelical brothers and sisters. We are all honored by Dr. Turrill’s participation in this momentous service on January 25.”

Also attending will be a dozen bishops of the Anglican Church from across America, and many other religious leaders from denominations large and small.

The organizing committee of the service includes Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, Church of Christ, Conservative Congregational Christian Conference, Charismatic Episcopal Church, Anglicans, and Catholics.

“All in all, we expect clergy and attendees from denominations of every letter of the alphabet,” Fr. Pavone said.

The motivation behind all that is happening on this day was summarized by the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, President of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, who stated, “The right to life is at the foundation of human existence. Life and death belong to God, not government. Christians must come together in defense of life, speaking out as our consciences and religious principles dictate. This is our duty before God and our right as citizens of this land. This freedom must be preserved. ‘We must obey God, rather than men.’ (Acts 5:29)”

The service will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 am at DAR Constitution Hall 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St), Washington DC. For Catholics who wish to attend mass first, there will be a mass at the same location at 7:30am.






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The Power of Knowing

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013





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During his lifetime, Oswald Chambers spoke of “the power of knowing.” It’s funny what things we as humans want to know, what things we take for granted and what we don’t attempt to discover. The power of knowing that God loves us and wants what is best for us is part of the most powerful “knowing” we can achieve.

This year, yours truly will be focusing on the human heart rather than the human intellect. Seeking Divine answers to how to end abortion for example – if the hearts of fathers and mothers are changed, won’t an end to abortion follow?

Every day, I try really hard to seek the “heart of God,” to discover as much as is possible for me to comprehend, God’s thoughts, God’s ways. The best place for this “seeking” of course is the Bible. The next layer of resource comes from personal meditation and reading meditation books by others. Father Frank’s Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day is part of my “spiritual diet.” I read MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST and more recently the HEAVEN CALLING devotionals. Also, books by my friend Anthony DeStefano on subjects like Heaven and Prayer are insightful.

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my own book titles. By the way, look for a new book this year!

I’m reading the Book of Genesis this month, and understanding that all of the problems we are facing today – abortion, homosexual lifestyles, violence, avarice, sickness and everything else under the sun – all came after Satan’s dark interception with our forbearers, Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve tried to hide from God after the tricks from Satan took hold of their souls. Sickness and sin came to us by Adam’s fall. Life and forgiveness came to us by the Second Adam, Jesus. Glory to God!

God is Love. Love calls to us from the Light of Heaven. Love calls through the darkness, into the light! Love brings everything out in the open. Love makes provision for us and for the generations to come so that we will never have to hide from God again. So I say OUT OF THE CLOSET – OUT IN THE OPEN – with everything! Then, let’s be open to Jesus so that abortion can end, so that God’s purpose for natural Life, Marriage and Family will shine through!






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