Giftings and Callings

January 6th, 2015

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We are about a week into 2015, and the melee is almost deafening. Yet, in the distance, there is a “still, small voice” calling to us. Yes, the US Congress has a new face so to speak. Yes, America is waking up to the truth that racism still exists in our land. We know that anger and violence are lurking about. Yet, in the distance, there is a voice crying in the wilderness, compelling those who hear to use our “gifts and callings” to make a difference in 2015.

What can we do? We can speak truth to power. We can overcome evil with good. When people complain, offer solutions, not sympathy. When violence threatens, extend the “olive branch” of peace.

If you are a singer, sing a song of peace and love. If you are a dancer, do a peace and love dance. If you are a doctor or a lawyer, represent the poor and heal the sick. Yes, we have price tags on our gifts. After all, you, in most cases, you can’t pay your electric bill with a melody or a foot massage. It takes money to get about in this realm, on the low frequencies of life.

But, if we worry too much about charging for our gifts, natural and spiritual, we could just miss the “love boat.” Don’t be stingy this year. Give and it shall be given unto you. We’re not just talking about money here. We are talking about the unusual generosity of heart and soul. People need love. People need the Lord.

So answer the higher callings of life by sharing the gifts and talents generously (even if you get paid for what you do, and I hope you do; because generally if we don’t work, we don’t eat).

We can pay our bills by charging for our goods and services. Yes, we can, and we should. Yet, we can expect an increase of our “spiritual gifts” if we aren’t stingy in sharing truth and love throughout the year. So answer the highest callings in life by sharing your gifts of love and hope.

My Uncle ML once said: “Everybody can be great, because everyone can serve.” We have a chance to be great this year. March for Life, Walk for Life, MLK Week, Black History Month, Reconciliation Movement, Abortion SHOCKWAVES, so much on my plate in the year ahead. And this isn’t all by any means. How about you?

I just felt like writing something that isn’t political, not deeply intellectual (not that I’m ever truly deeply intellectual nowadays), not spinning in one direction or the other. This is just a moment in time when I’m taking a breath and letting it all out.

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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Former Abortionist Joins Effort to Heal the #Shockwaves of #Abortion

January 6th, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new initiative of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will be announced at a press conference Thursday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. in the Murrow Room at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW.

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion is a year-long effort to reach all the different groups of people who are impacted when a child dies from abortion. Those groups include grandparents, siblings, survivors, spouses, abortionists and their staff, and pro-life advocates.

The official launch for Shockwaves will be at the annual Silent No More gathering in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building during the March for Life on Jan. 22. This year, for the first time, a former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino, will march with the women and men of the campaign and will give his testimony.

“I’m happy to endorse and to join Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion. As an abortionist, I was at the epicenter of the earthquake but since I stopped doing abortions and became involved with pro-life efforts, I can clearly see how abortion affects everyone connected with the child who dies,” Dr. Levatino said. “I regret performing abortions and will never perform another one again.”

At the press conference, mother and daughter Andrea and Maddie Pearson will share how Andrea’s abortion impacted their family. Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, will talk about abortion’s devastating impact on the black community. Kevin Burke, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and an authority on men and abortion, will talk about the surprising results of a survey of men now serving time in a maximum security prison in Florida.

Silent No More co-founders Janet Morana and Georgette Forney will give a brief overview of the project and discuss their abortion losses: Mrs. Forney had an abortion as a teenager and Mrs. Morana lost two grandchildren to abortion.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will talk about his work with former abortionists and how help and healing is available through the Church.

“In 2014 alone, thousands of women and men went through Rachel’s Vineyard retreats looking for help with their abortion regret,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More. “That’s one post-abortion healing program among many that are available. It’s time to face the fact that abortion has created a huge shockwave of damage.”

For information on Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion, visit www.silentnomore.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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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM DR. ALVEDA KING

December 31st, 2014

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Yes Sheriff Clark, I agree. My New Year’s Affirmation: Black Lives, All Lives Matter

Friends, this is the very last day of 2014. What a tumultuous yet victorious year it has been. What with Ferguson, Staten Island, Isis, Rumors of Wars, Untold Greed, Poverty and Lack. Oh my goodness! Yet all is not lost! As I declare this truth, and while I have some “New Year’s Resolutions,” I also have some “New Year’s Affirmations.”

First, I affirm that Jesus is truly Lord! For me that’s self explanatory.

141231 blog imageASecond, Black lives matter; all lives matter. In the midst of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the notorious Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest and most wealthy abortion provider, picked up the slogan, BLACK LIVES MATTER. The resounding outcry of outrage against their hypocrisy is still resonating. How can PPH help slaughter over 55 million babies legally, with nearly 1/3 of their victims being Black babies, and then proclaim that Black lives matter?

Yes, much attention has been given to this mantra this year. Most recently a bold affirmation from Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, an African American law official, told CNN: “When I hear these things – that Black lives matter, the only people who really believe that statement are American police officers who go into American ghettos every day to keep people from killing each other…. Look, the abortions? If Black lives – if they really mattered, that’s where the outrage would be that’s where we’d see protests….” He also tweeted to a New York Times reporter, “If only these faux protesters were asked by media about all the black on black killing or black babies aborted in US every year.”

Yes Sheriff Clark. Thank you for speaking truth to power!

141231 blog image3My friends and colleagues, Janet Morana and Kevin Burke, LSW, blogged about a recent article in Rolling Stone Magazine where Nicki Minaj’s shares that she had an abortion. It’s too bad she didn’t have some help that may have resulted in her having her baby because her baby’s life matters. You can read their blog HERE.

Friends, there is much work ahead of us as we put 2014 behind us. Let’s pray together and get ready!

For starters, please pray for us and join us early in 2015:

DC on January 8, 2015 for “Shockwaves” Kick-Off www.silentnomoreawareness.com
Atlanta, MLK Week January 12-19, 2015 at www.thekingcenter.org
Dallas, TX on January 15, 2015 at www.thereconciledchurch.org
DC on January 21, 2015 for prolife youth rally at www.priestsforlife.org/marchforlife/
DC in January on January 22, 2015 at www.nationalprayerservice.com and www.silentnomoreawareness.com
Issues4Life Foundation Day, January 23, 2015 and Walk for Life January 24, 2015 at http://www.issues4life.org/events.html

Friends, I have other resolutions and affirmations and you will be hearing from me throughout the year. For updates on events and schedules, check out www.africanamericanoutreach.com, www.restorethedream2015.com, www.alvedacelesteking.com and www.kingrulesbook.com during the year regarding how together we can make a difference in the coming days. God bless you and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Dr. Alveda King: SELMA Movie is Historically Entertaining

December 30th, 2014

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Atlanta, GA — In response to several social media and general inquiries regarding the new SELMA movie release, Dr. Alveda C. King, gospel evangelist, pro-life and civil rights activist shares the following:

“An invitation to a pre-release screening of the movie SELMA brought mixed emotions to my heart, and tears to my eyes. As I sat in the theater, I was transported back to the time when my Uncle MLK, my Daddy AD King and so many civil rights icons were embroiled in the historical crosshairs that brought equity to the voting rights of Blacks in America. It was during that same season that Daddy’s and Mother’s church parsonage was bombed in Birmingham; and the little girls, one a classmate of mine, were killed in the bombing of the church. It was also the season of my first civil rights march, a “Children’s March” where Daddy and James Orange and others taught me the tenants of nonviolent protests.

“Even though I wasn’t on the team of consultants who worked with the producers, I’m glad the film is in the atmosphere. While SELMA is historically informative and entertaining, having lived through those days, I would have appreciated more historical accuracy. I know that everyone can’t be included in such projects, but on a personal note, I was saddened to find no mention of my Dad, who not only marched in Selma, but was also felled (and recovered) along with not only John Lewis, but with many others, including Hosea Williams and my dearly departed friend James Orange.

“So many people have contacted me regarding the overtones regarding references to Uncle ML’s responses to the attacks on his personal life. I have only this to say. Like all of the Bible heroes, Uncle was a human being, an imperfect man who served a perfect God. He and Daddy are in Heaven now, in the company with David, Moses, Paul, Rahab, The Woman at the Well, The Woman caught in the act… Uncle ML was a devoted prophet and Man of God. Need I say more?

“Overall I enjoyed the film, and I recommend the film for viewing.”

Alveda is Author of King Rules, Founder of Alveda King Ministries, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, and spiritual advisor for Restore the Dream 2015.

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Priests for Life’s Alveda King to Speak at National Press Club Newsmaker Press Conference Jan. 7

December 30th, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, daughter of civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and niece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., will discuss how her uncle and father would have viewed this generation’s struggle for civil rights during a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. in the Zenger Room.

Dr. King will address gun violence, abortion and the war on poverty at the event, which comes one week before what would have been slain civil rights leader MLK’s 86th birthday,

The author of numerous books, Dr. King’s most recent, “King Rules” addresses what she sees as the nation’s need for “genuine servant leaders” to counter “the forces of moral drift and empty relativism.”

She previously served as a senior fellow at the conservative think-tank The Alexis de Tocqueville Institution and is a former member of Georgia’s House of Representatives.

Dr. King became a member of the Priests for Life pastoral team and director of its African-American Outreach after she met Father Frank Pavone, National Director, and the two of them shared their belief that the pro-life movement is the civil rights movement of the 21st century.

“The civil rights movement and the pro-life movement have the same heart and soul – the dignity and equality of every human life,” Father Pavone said. “Martin Luther King Jr. and his colleagues applied that truth to the evil of segregation. Today, pro-life activists apply that very same truth to the evil of abortion.”

Dr. King said she is honored and grateful to be asked to address Press Club members and D.C. journalists.

“My Uncle ML received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his non-violent campaign for human justice,” she said. “He resisted injustice and sought solutions through prayer and non-violent protest. I know if he could be with us, he would suggest those same paths to a peaceful solution to all the problems plaguing our society right now.”

The Newsmakers event is open to credentialed press and National Press Club members and is free of charge. No advance registration is required.

The National Press Club is at 529 14th St., NW. The Zenger Room is on the 13th floor.

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Healing the Shockwaves of #Abortion: Silent No More to Announce Yearlong Project

December 30th, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The year 2014 saw the first “abortion rom-com” in theaters, heard the head of Planned Parenthood express the goal of making pro-life political candidates “unacceptable,” and endured a relentless assault by an anti-life movement that seeks to recast abortion as a social good.

HealingtheShockwavesLogoAbortion is not a social good, and in 2015, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will demonstrate that through a new project called Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion. The aim of Shockwaves is to reach out to those impacted by the loss of a child through abortion: Parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, abortion clinic workers and even the abortionists themselves.

The project will be announced at a press conference Thursday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. in the Murrow Room at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. The official launch for Shockwaves will be at the annual Silent No More gathering in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building during the March for Life on Jan. 22.

The Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion was like a series of powerful nuclear devices detonated in January 1973 in Washington, D.C. The damage done by an explosion is not only in the initial impact, but in the invisible shockwaves that ripple out from the epicenter. We often fail to see the radioactive fallout from 55 million abortions but the new initiative aims to make Americans aware of the powerful and destructive shockwaves that have wounded our nation in ways that we are only beginning to fully understand.

“Each individual abortion procedure is an explosive event in the lives of the mother and father and those closely connected to that decision,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and Pastoral Director for Silent No More. “The shockwaves not only deeply touch the mother and father but all those who are part of abortion decisions and procedures. They extend out into the lives that they will touch as their unresolved grief and loss impact their future relationships, their marriage and family lives. This can and does reach deeply into our society — our schools, our health care and legal systems, our economy and our communities.”

Every month throughout 2015, Shockwaves will reach out to a group that has been directly impacted by abortion loss, with helpful information, resources, and referrals to abortion-recovery programs.

January will focus on “Healing through the Church.” February will recognize Black History Month to offer “Healing the Black Family.” March will put the focus on grandparents, while April will take a look at how the shockwaves have impacted the siblings. Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June provide opportunities to focus on those at the epicenter, the parents who lose children to abortion.

“The new aim of the pro-choice movement is to convince women and men that abortion is the very best thing they can do for themselves and their future,” said Georgette Forney, President of Anglicans for Life and co-founder of Silent No More. “But I can tell you from experience that the abortion I had as a teenager was not the best thing I could have done for myself. It was the worst, and it impacted my parents, my future husband and our daughter.”

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, was unaware for years that she had lost a grandchild to abortion.

“When I look at my two precious grandchildren now, I often think of their cousin who’s missing,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking to think of what my family lost, and what my daughter went through. The shockwaves of that abortion have reverberated throughout my family, and there are families like mine all over our wounded nation.”

The theme for July will be “Healing the Survivors and Friends,” followed by “Healing the Abortion Providers” in August. Family will be the theme for September, with a focus on Hispanic families in October.

“Healing Pro-Lifers” will be the theme for November.

“Those who stand outside abortion clinics, on the front lines of this battle, also need healing,” said Kevin Burke, LSW, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and head of Silent No More’s Fatherhood Forever initiative. “So do those who work in pregnancy resource centers, and others who counsel abortion-vulnerable women. Every woman who chooses abortion represents a deep and personal loss to these people who are so committed to life. They feel the shockwaves most acutely.”

December will be devoted to seeking healing through Jesus Christ.

“When a spiritual and emotional healing program safely opens the abortion wound to the light of Christ, there are miraculous encounters with the Lord,” said Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and a spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “We hope that by the end of the Shockwaves year, we have made a start in healing the heart of our nation.”

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is clearly on the radar of the pro-abortion movement. Since 2002, Silent No More has been equipping men and women across our nation to share the truth of the devastation abortion unleashed in their lives. The pro-aborts are pushing back with campaigns to “affirm” abortion and “normalize” this procedure as a safe and benign rite of passage in many women’s lives. Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion will counter these efforts with the truth.

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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Lead Nonprofit Case against HHS Mandate Moves Forward

December 22nd, 2014

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Washington, DC – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today that its case is moving forward in the federal courts to challenge the HHS mandate. The fourth such case to be introduced, back at the start of 2012, the Priests for Life lawsuit will now be appealed to the full body of judges of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, where a three-judge panel issued an adverse ruling in November. “We are determined to go all the way to the Supreme Court, which we are convinced we will need to do in due time. But what we are doing now is the next step in that process. Ultimately, no matter how the courts rule, we will not obey the mandate, no matter what the consequences.”

The Court has consolidated the case brought by the Archdiocese of Washington (which case includes Catholic University of America, Thomas Aquinas College, and other plaintiffs) with that of Priests for Life. This consolidated case is at the lead of the religious non-profit cases against the mandate.

Lead attorney Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center explained, “Priests for Life is requesting that the D.C. Circuit rehear the case en banc (full court) because the panel’s decision directly conflicts with the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Hobby Lobby. Just as in Hobby Lobby, Priests for Life believes that if it complies with the regulation, it will be facilitating immoral conduct in violation of its Catholic faith. And just as in Hobby Lobby, if Priests for Life does not comply, it will pay a heavy price. That is the very definition of an unlawful burden on religious exercise. And should the full court refuse to rehear the case, we will seek review in the Supreme Court. This battle is not over.”

The filing of the case with the Court will take place today or tomorrow.

Fr. Pavone added, “We have been receiving statements of support from priests across the nation indicating that they stand with us in this battle for religious freedom. They know that this is not only a matter of the HHS mandate, but of the principle behind everything they do each day: the freedom of the Church to exist and function in society according to her beliefs.”

To keep up with the Priests for Life case and the arguments and talking points involved, see www.IStandWithPFL.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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If “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”…Why do I Feel Like Such a Scrooge?

December 19th, 2014

Guest Blog by Kevin Burke

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Christmas can be a magical time, especially when enjoying the season through the eyes of children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. However, alongside the lights and festivities, the joy and wonder of this special time, many struggle with a sense of grief and loss.

Sometimes it’s not a pervasive gloom, but more a gnawing melancholy we can fight off by being consumed with all the busyness of the season. You may find yourself (or notice a friend or relative) drinking more than usual at holiday celebrations, dulling an aching pain you would rather avoid.

You don’t have to be an Ebenezer Scrooge to recognize that the expectations for an idealized Hallmark Card Christmas by the fireplace fail to match up to the complex realities, the uncertainty and fear that are part of many of our lives. If we can slow down the Holiday rush for a few minutes, we may discover something important in this great feast. Perhaps the deeper meaning of this Holiday does not require us to deny our grief and pain, but to come to see that this suffering is intimately connected to the Christmas story.

Much of the music and mythology of the holiday highlight an idealized and sanitized version of the Christmas story. But the accounts of the Annunciation and birth of Jesus in the Gospels reveal that God intimately enters human history with a man and woman who are struggling with confusion and fear… just like us.

We know the stories; we have heard them thousands of times. But focus in a special way on the initial response of Mary and Joseph as they learn of God’s invitation to embrace their very mysterious vocation:

The Angel Gabriel is well aware of Mary’s fear when his greets her.

“Do not be afraid Mary…”

And to Joseph:

“Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife…”

Of course they were both confused and afraid. We think of the Christmas story in the context of cozy and warm family gatherings, with cookies baking in the oven. But in the real Christmas story, the lives of Mary and Joseph are in the process of being turned upside down! They will face even more anxiety, fear and uncertainty.

Joseph and Mary, and the life of their newborn child will be threatened with terror and death from a demonically inspired Herod. They face dangerous travel and exile from their hometowns for years to come. They surely were challenged in many ways that the stories do not recount. We know that while their faith in God would prove in time to be rock solid…no doubt that faith and trust in Him was forged in the fires of anxiety and fear. We can imagine that Joseph had other moments of doubt and confusion and would need to remember the Angel’s words of reassurance… “don’t be afraid, God is with you, keep moving ahead…trust in Him.”

Christmas Triggers

We are not so different than Jesus and Mary. Fear, anxiety and depression can at times be part of our own Christmas story…and like Scrooge we may face scary ghosts of Christmas past haunting our sleep as the clock tolls midnight.

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The focus on the Christ Child and the joy of children at Christmas may remind you (or someone you love) of an event in the past when you were overwhelmed with a fear and anxiety and tempted to see abortion as the only “choice.” We remember the loss of a son or daughter, grandchild, or a brother or sister who will never share in the wonder of the Holiday. This can be very much a conscious awareness. However for many this loss is frozen deep under the waters of denial. The Holiday themes trigger those feelings and memories of that lost child, which can be expressed in depression, melancholy and a hunger to remain distracted and busy in the hustle and bustle of the season.

Perhaps this was a child that you longed for in the recesses of your heart, but your partner insisted that abortion was the only rational solution. Like the Holy Family you felt powerless and afraid. You grieve that there was no Saint Joseph in your life to save the child from the modern day Herods of Planned Parenthood. Maybe you’re a man grieving that you failed to be more like Saint Joseph to that vulnerable woman facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Christmas can be a time when we are acutely aware of the loss of a beloved relative, remember joy-filled memories that have faded…or perhaps painful experiences of family dysfunction which are often magnified at the Holidays. We may be facing the anxiety of health concerns, economic and employment uncertainty, or the breakdown of a marriage.

The Cross Above the Manger

The presence of suffering, death, fear and anxiety need not be denied and suppressed in order to protect some sanitized, idealized Christmas season. If we can learn the intimate connection between the incarnation and birth of our Savior and his suffering on the cross, we may discover in our own suffering the true joy and hope of this holiday.

Fr. Bernhard Speringer shares:

The Gospels…indicate that the Cross above the Manger is more than a mere decoration…The birth and death of Jesus Christ, the Manger and the Cross, belong together indissolubly. God became man in order to die for us as man. God was born in Bethlehem in order to be able to lay down his life on Golgotha out of love for men! Thus the Manger and the Cross form a union. Both the Manger and the Cross are for us the revelation of God’s love.
When our lives are turned upside down by the tsunamis of upheaval and suffering that come unexpectedly and without warning, we can turn to a God that is intimately connected with the suffering of his people. We can come to a deeper understanding of that powerful and precious title of our savior and God born into the anxiety and violence faced by many poor families, and a baby Jesus who would end his life being tortured to death on a cross.

This child’s title is Emanuel – God with Us.

Loneliness and isolation in times of suffering and temptation can blind us to an essential truth of our faith; God is with us in our suffering…intimately present to us in Spirit and in the hearts of those who reach out to us in love.

During the Holidays give the gift to a friend or relative (or to yourself!) of providing an opportunity to share what it is truly on their heart and soul this Christmas season. Acknowledge that while this is a time of joy, you know that they may also be suffering from the loss of a loved one, financial anxieties, and if they have confided in you, a previous abortion. Allow them to share their feelings and memories. If they are in need of deeper healing of a loss like abortion, share with them the good news that this is a perfect time of year to bring this suffering to the Lord, and attend a program for spiritual and emotional healing after abortion in the New Year.

This is the Reason for the Season!

May we draw strength in the year ahead from the courage and faith of the Holy Family. Joseph and Mary, though struggling with fear and anxiety, gave birth to the mission of their Son.

For those healed of abortion loss, like Scrooge on Christmas morning they learn that despair and death do not have the last word!

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They discover in recovery from this wound their own special mission. They respond to a calling to proclaim the truth of their abortion loss and the good news of healing to a Nation and world that desperately needs to hear their message in the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

Jesus has promised us that in time he will transform all our suffering, into the joy and hope of resurrection to eternal life.

When in the darkness and loneliness of suffering this can seem a very distant hope.

I pray that these words of Christ will fill you with peace and joy…that whatever you are facing, and will face in the days ahead, you can trust that He is indeed Emanuel and is close to you in your suffering, and will transform the darkest shadows of your life with the blinding light of His Glorious Resurrection:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, a New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them [as their God]. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, [for] the old order has passed away.” The one who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Then he said, “Write these words down, for they are trustworthy and true.” Rev: 21

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Priests for Life Medical Adviser Takes Additional Steps Forward on Protocol for RU-486 Reversal

December 15th, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today that Dr. Matt Harrison, one of the physicians on the Medical Advisory Board of Priests for Life, has taken additional steps to equip medical professionals to save lives by reversing the effects of the abortion technique RU-486. This involves the deployment of an RU-486 reversal kit and increased publicity in the coming months.

When a 20-year-old woman walked into Dr. Harrison’s family practice in North Carolina in 2007 and asked if he could stop the chemical abortion process she had set in motion 36 hours earlier, the first thing he did was pray. Then he turned to his medical books and came up with an idea: Progesterone injections.

The first drug a woman ingests for a chemical abortion is mifepristone, progesterone counterfeit that tricks the body by filling the progesterone receptor with a key that will not turn the lock. Without progesterone, the placenta is starved and sloughs off, along with the baby, causing an abortion. The second drug, misoprostol, taken two days later, causes the baby to be expelled from the uterus.

Dr. Harrison hoped that by flooding Ashley’s system with progesterone, it would beat the RU-486 to the progesterone receptors and support the baby’s life.

Although the doctor had no idea if it would work, or what kind of side effects it might cause, Ashley was willing to take the risk for the sake of the baby she tried to abort only because her boyfriend was pressuring her to do so.

The progesterone injections worked and today Ashley’s daughter Kaylie is a happy and perfectly healthy 7-year-old.

Dr. Harrison said that after Father Pavone published a column on the reversal, “I started getting calls from all over, including other countries.” But because Dr. Harrison is a family practitioner, he doesn’t see that many OB-GYN patients.

But physicians who are part of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) began seeing more pregnant women seeking RU-486 reversals, leading Dr. George Delgado, medical director of Culture of Life Family Services in California, to develop a protocol similar to Dr. Harrison’s. When Dr. Mary Davenport contacted Dr. Harrison to send information on his reversal for a study she and Dr. Delgado hoped to publish, Dr. Harrison didn’t hesitate.

“We’re working together to try to promote this protocol to save lives,” he said. “We’re not interested in the credit.”

The study Dr. Davenport and Dr. Delgado published in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy in December 2012 reported on six women treated with progesterone after mifepristone. Four of them had healthy babies, while two other babies could be saved.

Since then, 206 reversals have been attempted, with 65 healthy babies born and another 84 pregnancies continuing, Dr. Davenport said.

Dr. Harrison and Dr. Delgado speak about these successes in episodes in the current season of Defending Life, the worldwide EWTN program on abortion produced by Priests for Life. Dr. Harrison has also been on the series on previous years to spread this good news.

Drs. Davenport, Delgado and Harrison will be at an AAPLOG conference in February at Georgetown University to discuss the RU-486 reversal protocol and to unveil a new kit available to physicians.

“The kit will include everything that’s needed for a reversal, except the progesterone,” Dr. Harrison said.

In addition, the physicians, the reversal kit, Ashley and Kaylie all will take part in a press conference co-sponsored by Priests for Life Feb. 23 at 9:30 a.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. More details will be released before the conference.

“The importance of this RU-486 abortion reversal protocol cannot be overstated,” said Father Pavone. “Chemical abortions now make up one-quarter of the estimated 800,000 abortions performed before nine weeks. At the abortion clinics, women are told there is nothing to do to save the baby once the chemical process has started, but it is absolutely clear now that is not the case.

“It’s easy to think it’s ‘too late!’ But where there’s life, there’s hope!”

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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Nobel Peace Then and Now…

December 11th, 2014

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May God bless the 2014 winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi. Both are to be commended for their fearless fight for the rights of children.

My Uncle, MLK received the Nobel Peace Prize 50 years ago in 1964 for his nonviolent campaign for human justice. Uncle ML resisted injustice and sought solutions through Christian prayer and nonviolent protests.

Many today acknowledge injustice in the world’s judicial systems. In some cases, “the haves” guilty or not can buy their way out of some legal charges; whereas the “have nots” whether innocent or not can’t afford good lawyers.

The recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York have sparked protests adding fuel to the fire in these two cities along with many others throughout the United States.

A major difference between the protests of the 20th century Civil Rights Movement and these violent protests in many cities today is the shortage of fervent prayer.

Whereas Martin Luther King, Jr. respected the laws and law officers in his day while still disagreeing with the discrimination many of today’s protesters have no respect for police officers even to the point of putting a bounty on their heads. One video shows a woman passing by a camera and then returning just to scream, “F*** the police.”

What a far cry from the MLK Nobel Peace Prize speech:

“After contemplation, I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of that movement is a profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time—the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression.” MLK 1964

Through prayer and perseverance Uncle ML and the faithful were successful in getting Civil Rights Laws passed using nonviolent means. Today’s protesters are alienating many of their supporters because of the looting and arson.

Additionally, many protesters keep chanting Hands Up – Don’t Shoot, a phrase taken from what Dorian Johnson, Michael Brown’s friend, told police as he witnessed the incident between police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown.

This chant along with “no justice no peace” tends to inflame emotions rather than to promote a goal of peaceful nonviolent conflict resolution. Jesus said: “Blessed are the peacemakers.” I believe that my Daddy, AD King, Granddaddy King and Uncle ML, all followers of Christ, left us good examples of walking in faith, hope, peace and love. I write about their examples in my book KING RULES. There are some other mantras in the “tweet” chapter.

Now some useful mantras are: Know Peace – Know Justice, Pants Up – Don’t Loot and Hands Up – Don’t Abort. Why bring abortion into the equation? Well, along with Black on Black crime and questionable deaths by law enforcement, Blacks are dying by abortion at alarming rates.

The injustice of abortion is killing over 1,300 black babies every single day. Now the question should be: Millions of babies are dying. Where is the outcry? Where are their lawyers? Where is the justice?

Like Uncle ML during his lifetime, the 2014 Nobel Laureates are advocates for children. Let us now pray for peace on earth, for life, for children, for family, our nation and the world. For Christmas, for our families. For Christ.

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