Gov. Brownback and All Kansans to be Honored with National Pro-Life Award at Jan. 22 Service

December 28th, 2015

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DATE: December 28, 2015

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback — and the people of Kansas and their legislators — will be honored with the National Pro-Life Recognition Award at the 22nd annual National Memorial for the Pre-born and Their Brothers and Sisters, to take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, said: “Each year, this award is given to someone who has served the unborn in a profound and exemplary way. In 2015, Gov. Brownback signed a law, the first in the nation, to protect children from dismemberment abortion. We have supported and spoken about the need for this kind of measure for many years, and the governor’s commitment to protecting preborn children from the pain of dismemberment abortion led all of us in the pro-life movement to recommit ourselves to helping pass this law in many more states across the nation.”

Gov. Brownback, who will attend the National Memorial to accept the award, said he is honored by the recognition, and invites Kansans to join him at the prayer service:

“As Governor of Kansas I have signed 15 Right to Life bills reaffirming our commitment that life at all stages is sacred and valuable. I appreciate the efforts of the National Pro-life Religious Council, Priests for Life and their allied organizations in recognizing the people of Kansas and their elected officials at the National Prayer Service. Kansas has enacted legislation protecting unborn children from dismemberment abortions, and I encourage other states to do the same. I ask you, therefore, to join me at this prayer service, so that the action we have taken in Kansas can be an encouragement to similar efforts throughout this great land.”

Dismemberment abortion encompasses several common second-trimester procedures.

Soon after Gov. Brownback signed the bill, a county judge in Kansas blocked enforcement and father and daughter abortionists filed a lawsuit against it. Earlier this month, the 14-member Kansas Court of Appeals heard arguments from both sides and has promised a speedy decision.

“We pray this law will be enacted, and that the nation follows Kansas’s lead in protecting the unborn,” Father Pavone said.

Organizations that are co-sponsoring the National Memorial with the National Pro-Life Religious Council and Priests for Life include: American Values, Jubilee Campaign Law of Life Project, Life Issues Institute, Americans United for Life, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), Alliance Defending Freedom and Catholics Called to Witness.

Serving on the Host Committee are: Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council; Gary Bauer, President, American Values; Archbishop Craig W. Bates, Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church; Ernie Ohlhoff, National Right to Life Committee; Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach, Priests for Life; Brad Mattes, CEO, Life Issues Institute; Charmaine Yoest, Ph. D., President and CEO, Americans United for Life; Alan Sears, President, CEO, and General Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom; Dick and Sherley Bott, Bott Radio Network, and Rich Bott, President and CEO, Bott Radio Network.

The National Memorial for the Pre-born is an interdenominational prayer service. It will be preceded by a Catholic Mass at 7:30 a.m. in Constitution Hall. Large groups can be easily accommodated in the venue, and no tickets or reservations are required.

Constitution Hall is at 1776 D Street NW, at 17th Street. For more information about the National Memorial, go to www.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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Priests for Life Offers Grant to Diocesan Respect Life Offices

December 21st, 2015

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Date: December 21, 2015

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NEW YORK — Priests for Life has announced that it has sent out applications to diocesan respect life offices to apply for a $5,000 donation the organization will bestow. Between now and January 22, the day of the national March for Life, diocesan offices will be able to submit their application, describing the activities they have undertaken in the past year and those they are planning for the year to come.

For this year, Priests for Life will choose one of those offices to receive the gift, which is meant to express concretely the solidarity that the worldwide ministry has with local diocesan efforts. The donation will be directed specifically to those activities focused on ending abortion, which, among all pro-life issues, “necessarily plays a central role” and deserves “urgent attention and priority” (US Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro-life Activities).

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, explained, “Priests for Life was established twenty-five years ago precisely to foster the activity of the Church in ending abortion. Among the many ways we do that, we want to include material support for the best activities aimed at achieving that goal.”

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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Praying for Those in Authority

December 18th, 2015

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“Pray for kings and all who are in authority [high positions], that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” 1 Timothy 2:2

Just a week away from Christmas, on December 17, 2015 in the “wee hours of the morning,” what Jesus described in Mark 1:35 as “a great while before day,” I had a dream. The Williams-King Family Legacy births “dreamers” in every generation. MLK is the most famous member of our legacy. Yet, for example, Daddy King’s prophetic dreams, one of which included seeing me three years before my conception in 1950, saved and redirected many lives during his lifetime.

In 2007 for instance, I had a dream of Senator Barack Hussein Obama, which led me to understand that he would become President of the United States. Well, on December 17, 2015 I dreamed again of the President. The audio of the dream is a “rough draft” coming awake from sleep.

What is resonating from this dream is the reality that America must turn away from “king making”, and president making, and politician making practices, and ask God to heal and save our land. In the “new” dream about the President, my broken heart needed mending. Why I was in a place where Mr. Obama was part of this dream, God only knows.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
. Remember, expressing love for one another and having good manners will take you far.

I have learned to pray for all leaders, regardless of faith denominations, religious affiliations, political persuasions, socio-economic status, whatever — with the same “heart cry;” that God would touch them and guide them, whether I think they deserve it or not. After all, none of us deserved Jesus, and look at the John 3:16 gift that God grants to every human being!

Think about it. Just looking at the Republican Presidential Election field, there are several leaders who have offered themselves as candidates. Among themselves, like anyone, they each have strengths and weaknesses. What is needed as people consider voting for them, is regardless of whichever ranks as a favorite, voters need to understand that destroying the reputation of one in order to promote the chances of another is a nasty, worldly way of thinking. We can have our “favorites” and vote for them. Yet we should be mindful to remain positive about others, just in case our chosen candidates don’t win. In the battle over ideology, we should be prepared to support our values over our favorite personalities. This isn’t a talent show or a beauty contest. There’s so much at stake. Prayer is better than subterfuge.

Please let me share a prayer with you right now: “Heavenly Father, bless every soul who sees, reads, hears or otherwise touches this message today. During this Christmas season, let not one feel lonely. If there is a celebration with friends and family; or a little corner of their world with just them and You, let Your Love always prevail against the gates of hell for them. Thank You for Your love towards us, Your Creation. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Merry Christmas

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Fr. Pavone Hails Dismissal of “Completely Illogical” Suit on Race and Sex-selective Abortions

December 16th, 2015

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Date: December 16, 2015

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the NAACP and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum against Arizona’s law against race- and sex-selection abortion.

“So called minority rights groups were alleging that a law that protects children from being discriminated against because of their skin color or sex was itself discriminatory,” said Fr. Pavone. “The case was completely illogical from its inception.”

At issue is an Arizona law that bars the abortion of a baby solely because of his or her race or sex. The lawsuit brought by the two groups was dismissed by a federal judge and now that dismissal has been upheld by a federal appeals court.

“The abortion lobby has long maintained that the so-called right to abortion is more important than the rights to free speech or religious liberty,” added Fr. Pavone. “This time, groups that support abortion tried to claim that abortion on demand for any reason is more important than protections against race and sex discrimination. Basically, they tried to turn the law on its head. This time, thankfully, they failed.”

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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Alveda King: An Open Letter to Spiritual Leaders Regarding Upcoming Elections

December 11th, 2015

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The following letter regarding upcoming elections is to America’s spiritual leaders and all people of goodwill.

“Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into [error] sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.” – Galatians 6:1-3 MSG

A while back, I attended a meeting hosted by The Family Leadership Summit. There I was especially inspired by the IF 7:14 theme.
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In view of the upcoming early primaries in Iowa and South Carolina, I am stirred in my heart to encourage all spiritual leaders, and indeed all people of goodwill to be civil in our dealings towards one another, in political dealings and indeed all of our activities. Below are excerpts from a letter I sent to Iowa:

Hello. We haven’t spoken since my last eventful visit to Iowa. Thanks again for including me.

Much has transpired since the release of IF 7:14.

I’m writing with a concern. With the momentous IOWA primary fast approaching, several campaigns are departing from the IF 7:14 formula, and reverting to dirty politics.

I was disturbed when several of the leading republican candidates had staffers and fans – with or without their knowledge – team up on one member of the front running team. Let me be clear: There was a very dishonest smear campaign to discredit Dr. Ben Carson’s long term Prolife contributions as well as his transformational from rags to riches testimony; and the Trump, Rubio and Cruz campaigns jumped on the hatchet wagon joining in the attempt to destroy a noble warrior.

One should wonder why there is such an effort from the media to discredit Dr. Carson in particular. He is either waved off, misquoted or ignored more than the others. And his contenders are involved in the ploy.

Before anyone says “that’s just politics. They’re just going after the weakest link,” I’d like to remind us that it isn’t Jesus. It will be very dangerous for candidates to try to represent themselves as Christians while allowing politics as usual behind the scenes.

God is watching us, and [as leaders,] you perhaps know this better than anyone.

[Leaders] have been “leading the charge for truth and integrity in the upcoming elections.” I am writing to encourage you to lead others to understanding that a team of winners is running for President. In some cases this is reflected in the polls. What the polls also reflect sadly, is dirty dealings behind the scenes.

[The slate] is a “Most Valuable Team” with several winning players. While there can be only one MVP – that winner will only stand the test of time if the victory is won without worldly political tactics.

I will not be endorsing any candidates. I am a friend of the Carson campaign. However, as an Evangelist, I am standing in a prayerful position. I remember the advice of my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was an Independent:

“I feel someone must remain in the position of non-alignment, so that he can look objectively at both parties and be the conscience of both—not the servant or master of either.”[33] In a 1958 interview, he expressed his view that neither party was perfect, saying, “I don’t think the Republican party is a party full of the almighty God nor is the Democratic party. They both have weaknesses … And I’m not inextricably bound to either party.”[34]

Again, I am not writing to tell anyone who to endorse or who to vote for. Rather I’m asking that [all leaders] investigate motives and encourage people to pray and be honest and Christ-like – very difficult to do in the political arena – but not impossible.

A Carson fan sent me this link. I’m only including it to remind all godly candidates that we are not contending with flesh and blood, and to call us to prayer.

Ulysses Dale and Jeff Sailor give a Tribute to Dr. Ben and Candy Carson for all he has done to support education and not giving up on the families and communities he has served. https://youtu.be/EARupb0Eysw

God bless America.

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Fr. Pavone: Kansas Constitution Does Not Contain ‘Right’ To Dismember Babies

December 10th, 2015

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Date: December 10, 2015

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today commented on the Kansas Court of Appeals hearing where oral arguments were presented on a first-of-its-kind state law banning dismemberment abortions.

“Dismembering an unborn child is not a matter of privacy,” said Fr. Pavone. “It’s a matter of cruelty that reflects a callous disregard for human life. The Kansas Court of Appeals should reject the arguments of abortion businesses who claim that they have a right literally to tear a baby limb from limb.”

At issue in the hearing was a Kansas law forbidding the use of clamps, scissors, forceps, or other instruments to abort a living unborn child. Such instruments are usually used in second trimester abortions. The court session is believed to be the first time in over 25 years that all 14 members of the state Court of Appeals have met to hear a case.

“The abortion lobby makes the absurd claim that the Kansas constitution guarantees a ‘right’ to dismemberment abortions. A plain reading of history, though, shows that the Kansas legislature outlawed abortions only nine years after the state constitution was approved and that the abortion ban stood for over 100 years while the Kansas constitution was in force. The abortionists’ argument makes no sense; then again, what argument could possibly justify torturing little children to death?”

Priests for Life and the National Pro-life Religious Council will honor Governor Sam Brownback and the lawmakers and people of Kansas for being the first to enact a law of this kind protecting children from dismemberment abortions. The award will be given on the day of the National March for Life in Washington D.C. at an interdenominational prayer service to take place from 8:30 to 10:30 in DAR Constitution Hall. See www.NationalPrayerService.com for details.

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December Shockwaves Theme Reflects Deep Longing for Healing

December 8th, 2015

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Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion reaches a culmination this month with the theme “Come, Lord Jesus!”

Shockwaves is a year-long international educational and pastoral effort of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign with the aim of raising awareness about and ministering to a wide variety of groups of people who are impacted when a child dies from abortion.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and pastoral director of Silent No More, explains: “Having focused on a different specific group of people each month who are wounded by abortion, we come now to December, when the Church celebrates Advent and the expectation of the Lord’s coming. We have a greater awareness than ever of the extent and depth of the damage caused by abortion throughout the family and society. Therefore, as the Church prays, “Come, Lord Jesus,” we do so with a deeper longing for him to come to heal us and to deliver all families and all nations from the devastation of abortion.

“The Advent readings tell us that ‘every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill made low.’ The valleys of despair and the mountains of anguish caused by abortion are healed when the Lord comes.

“We therefore call on Churches this month to preach the healing power of the Lord’s coming and to remind people of the multi-faceted wounds of abortion and of the hope of healing provided by programs like Rachel’s Vineyard. “

Georgette Forney, president of Anglicans for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, said the Christmas season can be hard for post-abortive women like her unless they find healing through Jesus Christ.

“Often in the midst of Christmas preparations I find myself thinking about what Christmas would be like if I hadn’t aborted my baby,” she said. “What would her baby ornaments look like hanging on the tree? It is in these moments when my regret is palpable, that I am grateful that Jesus came to save a sinner like me.”

Kevin Burke, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and a Shockwaves architect, noted that Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion will continue throughout 2016 with the monthly themes as indicated at www.AbortionShockwaves.com

“This first year of the Shockwaves initiative provided an opportunity to give special attention to the population we targeted for each month’s activities,” he said. “As we researched and gathered testimonies and interviews for the monthly theme, it led to a more in-depth understanding of the complexity of the wounds suffered by grandparents, siblings, pro-life advocates and well as the parents of the aborted children, and the great blessing of awareness and healing programs.”

Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, issued an invitation for others to join the effort to raise awareness of the wider circle of victims of abortion.

“I am excited about our ongoing commitment to invite our colleagues and friends in churches, pro- life ministry and the general public to join with us,” she said. “This Shockwaves format is very useful to educate the public on the widespread impact of abortion and the blessing of abortion recovery programs.”

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Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More Play Key Role in the Year of Mercy

December 8th, 2015

Phones started ringing at Rachel’s Vineyard headquarters in Pennsylvania as soon as Pope Francis announced that as part of the Year of Mercy, every priest throughout the world would have the faculties to reconcile to the Church those who have had an abortion. Some had buried their guilt for decades.

As the Year of Mercy begins Dec. 8, Rachel’s Vineyard will play an important role in helping women who committed abortions in the past to find forgiveness and healing. So will the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, co-founded by Janet Morana and Georgette Forney. This Campaign enables those who have found healing to give public witness to the mercy of God by sharing their stories.

Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More even have the pope’s seal of approval: In greeting Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and pastoral director of Rachel’s Vineyard, in Rome, the Holy Father said: “Rachel’s Vineyard is very good. It is an excellent work! Go forward with that!”

And in meeting Janet Morana, the Pope similarly praised the work of Silent No More around the world.

Reporters, editors, talk show hosts and news producers looking for story angles for the Year of Mercy, and Pope Francis’s offer of forgiveness for those who have lost children to abortion, can localize their stories by interviewing a Rachel’s Vineyard or Silent No More team leader in their coverage areas.

To discuss interview possibilities, please contact Leslie Palma, director of communications for Priests for Life, at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@priestsforlife.org

As Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis first became acquainted with Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry active in 49 U.S. states and more than 70 countries, including Argentina. It has touched the lives of more than 250,000 people; even prisoners in a maximum-security prison in Florida are benefitting from Rachel’s Vineyard’s unique approach.

“Pope Francis stresses forgiveness and inclusion, and these are both hallmarks of Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and pastoral director of Rachel’s Vineyard. “It is very encouraging to know how enthusiastic he is about our work.”

His representative in the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, also expressed strong support of our work when he joined the gathering of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in front of the Supreme Court in January 2015. The papal nuncio addressed the gathering of men, women, and families who had been healed through Rachel’s Vineyard and were now sharing their testimony publicly. He said,

“I am glad to be here in the name of Pope Francis, representing him and the mercy of God to each one of you who are taking part in this March for Life. I want to share with you the joy that God has put into our hearts, because we love Him and we want to share with you the mercy He’s given to each one of us, especially those who ask for mercy. Pope Francis said that we should ask for mercy.”

Rachel’s Vineyard founder Theresa Karminski Burke, Ph. D., discovered how deep the need for healing after abortion is while leading a support group for women with eating disorders as part of her training for degrees in psychology and counseling. An impromptu discussion of abortion led several women to display signs of emotional trauma, but when Dr. Burke brought this up to her professor, she was advised not to talk to women about abortion. So, in 1986, she founded the Center for Post Abortion Healing, one of the first therapeutic support groups for post-abortive women.

Six years later she published Rachel’s Vineyard: A Psychological and Spiritual Journey for Post Abortion Healing, a unique support group model for counselors. In 1995, Dr. Burke expanded the curriculum into a format for weekend retreats. Soon individuals seeking healing began to travel from other states to experience the healing process.

Without a budget, office or advertising, Rachel’s Vineyard became a grass-roots national outreach. By word of mouth only, the retreats began to spread across the country, from 18 retreats in 1999 to 35 a year later. In 2003, Rachel’s Vineyard became a ministry of Priests for Life. Since then, Rachel’s Vineyard has grown to more than 750 retreats annually, with many new sites in development. The retreat manual is available in 22 languages.

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Alveda King: Ending the Terror Among Jews, Muslims and Christians

December 7th, 2015

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Date: December 7, 2015

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Meet Abraham’s sons [and daughters].

See how they love one another – “even unto death” words of the Romans watching Christians with awe and growing respect, to the point that brutal civilization which saw Christians as a threat and an abomination to their gods converted their hearts.

This short video needs to be seen and shared. It relates the conversion of a hard core Muslim youth to Christianity (hard core, it would seem) with the catalyst – that Roman quote “even unto death” – put into local and intense action. You will love this! — Its message needs to be multiplied all over the country and the world exponentially!

With the present onslaught of terrorists’ outbreaks in America and around the world comes the urgent reminder of how everywhere people need the Lord.

Now, as we pray for the families who have lost loved ones to terrorism in America and around the world, let’s examine some facts surrounding the terror.

Abraham’s Family Feud

The family feud between Muslims and Jews aka Arabs and Hebrews is ancient. They have the same natural Grandfather, Abraham. For a solution, reconciliation is required. All the bombs and guns in the world won’t do it. Isaac and Ishmael must come together in God’s love and grace. All Arabs and Muslims aren’t evil.

Conflict between the two natural sons of Abraham began from the very start. Genesis 21:9 says the conflict began just after Isaac was weaned: “Now Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking.”

Galatians 4 tells us that Ishmael had been “born according to the flesh” while Isaac had been “born according to the promise.” Isaac replaced Ishmael as the favored son and heir. This, of course, made Ishmael jealous and bitter. As a result, he mocked and disdained his half-brother. Eventually the situation became so intolerable that Abraham’s wife Sarah demanded that Ishmael and his Egyptian concubine mother, Hagar, be expelled permanently from Abraham’s family.

But YHWH loved Hagar and her son, and had mercy upon them. He promised Hagar that her son would beget twelve princes who would become a great nation. Ishmael then went to live in the wilderness region of Hejaz in what became known as the Arabian Peninsula. He indeed had twelve patriarchal sons who became associated with the peoples known as Midianites, Edomites, Egyptians and Assyrians. The Bible and Islamic tradition both agree that Ishmael became the leader of all the great desert peoples of the Middle East.

This jealousy and resentment between Sarah and Hagar and their sons Isaac and Ishmael created an unparalleled hate which has set off wars and atrocities for four thousand years. In spite of wealth and blessings that God promised and delivers to both Ishmael and Isaac, it is the title deed to the land of Israel, which God promised to Abraham’s lineage, which has been the source of the friction between the Jews and the Arabs right up to the present day.

The conflict extends even further to challenge the spiritually “adopted” sons of Abraham – the Gentiles who accept Jesus as God’s Son and Savior of Humanity.

“And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.” Galatians 3:29

So the battle wages among humans over spiritual and natural inheritance. Satan would wield weapons if strife, rejection, violence, hatred and a host of evils to divide God’s people. We must resist this present evil.

A world in trouble

Having explained all of this, there is still no excuse for terrorism. ISIS must go. Yet lest we forget, ISIS is not the only threat to our nation and the word. Poverty, racism, domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual perversion, abortion and so much more are also rending the moral fabric of our world.

http://www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/3headedmonster/index.aspxThree Headed Monster Revised3

The solution

With global threats, looming elections, war talk and the like, we must ask ourselves if human solutions will be enough to sustain our world. Is there more from heavenly corridors?

Social justice begins in the womb.
“We cannot fight credibly against other social and moral evils, including poverty and violence, while we tolerate mass killings by abortion.” – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

Acts 17:26 says we are one blood, one race.

“God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” John 3:16 GW

Now more than ever we must cry out to God for deliverance. Pray for America and our world.

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Overcoming the Onslaught of Violence in America and the World

December 4th, 2015

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“Let not your heart faint, and be not fearful at the report heard in the land, when a report comes in one year and afterward a report in another year, and violence is in the land, and ruler is against ruler.” – Jeremiah 51:46 ESV

Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA has taken over the news cycle for the last two days and rightly so as it is a horrific tragedy. On the same day there was a lesser reported mass shooting in Savannah, GA. While perhaps there were not enough people killed to make Savannah a ‘big’ story, as the Washington Post noted, “The local news barely acknowledged the murder: One local television station covered it in three paragraphs.

The same article also points out that mass shootings have ‘become normal,’ 355 of them in 2015.

In a seemingly unrelated chain of events, last week’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs brought on a firestorm of blame at pro-lifers.

Rev. Frank Pavone writes: “Vicki Cowart, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, wrote, ‘We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country.’”

“Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), was more explicit in her statement to blame the pro-life movement for Friday’s incident, stating, ‘Although anti-abortion groups may condemn this type of violence when it happens, the way that they target and demonize providers contributes to a culture where some feel it is justifiable to murder doctors.’”

Let’s keep in mind that these women deliberately omit to admit that millions of babies have been legally violently dismembered or chemically killed in America by abortion. And many mothers have been maimed or killed in the process.

There’s more. Lest we forget, the “Black Lives Matter” cries remain as part of the bigger picture. Yes, Black lives matter, all black lives matter [including aborted babies, black on black crime victims, incarcerated youths, etc.]. Indeed all lives matter because John 3:16 says God loves the whole world and that means everybody. We, as one human race (Acts 17:26), are in this thing together whether we like it or not.

What we are missing here is the not so subtle connection to what on the surface seems to be random violent outbreaks in the atmosphere. Yet as Rev. Pavone points out, the problems with the Colorado Springs shooting is not the pro-lifers referring to abortion as murder but rather the abortion industry’s utter lack of respect for life and choosing its solution to solving someone’s problem by killing their child.

Although the Colorado Springs shooting was abortion related, we should consider that there is a common denominator; an utter lack of respect for life. Whether there are various underlying causes for the lack of disregard of the rights of others, consequent actions lead to outcomes such as these mass shootings, high abortion rates, high levels of incarceration, suicide and many other threats to the human family.

Terrorism, be it in the womb, from distant shores, behind the domestic walls of our homes, or wherever it occurs, terrorism by any other name is still the same.

Killing has been a part of humanity since Cain killed Abel. Throughout history humans have been killing for greed, convenience, emotional pain, and the like in order to acquire what others have; whether it be land, money, power, or [and we can fill in the blanks here].

Human life has long been devalued to the point that life has often become disposable as long as we can’t see the danger to our own. Herein lies the Catch 22: we disregard others to save ourselves – sadly not realizing that we are universally connected to our human family.

With the passage of time America has joined the rest of the world in rubber stamping the killing of our babies in the womb, as well as the sick, the elderly and in alarmingly increasing numbers, the poor.

With this acceptance of devaluation of humanity, the consciences of men, women and children have been numbed. The answer to one’s problem becomes the dehumanization and elimination of those who would interfere with what someone wants.

Is there any wonder that mass killings are occurring on a regular, almost daily, basis?

Let’s connect some dots.

Have an unplanned pregnancy? Illness? Getting too old? Other problems? Eliminate your problems with abortion or euthanasia.

Killing is fast becoming the choice many people are “choosing” in order to fix their problems. Killing of another or of self both devalue and destroy life.

We must wake up and recognize that the taking of any life, born, unborn, sick, handicapped, elderly, those of faith outside of ours — is wrong.

“The people who know their God shall [must] stand firm and take action.” Daniel 11:32 ESV

Contrary to what others are saying, that “God will not fix this,” it should be obvious that only God can change hearts and fix broken lives. Pray for America, and the world.

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