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I just filmed an interview with pro-life hero Fr. Frank Pavone from Priests for Life for our January 22nd episode of Life Report. After we were finished, Fr. Pavone agreed to answer one more question geared toward pastors and priests as they prepare for Sanctity of Life Sunday. (January 20th.) Specifically I asked besides the obvious messages on Imago Dei and the sanctity of human life, what is the most important message for pastors to preach that Sunday morning. What should the congregation walk away with?
Father Pavone: The people should walk away with this simple concept: We can end abortion. We can do it. We can succeed. We are succeeding. And they have something to contribute to that. And what our message is to the world — that they can start communicating to their families and friends and co-workers — is the same message God gives to us: I am with you.
In other words, that the pro-life movement is all about being with the people who are — along with us, enmeshed in this culture of death — and saying, you know what? We’re in this together. Let’s help each other. Let’s help each other through a surprise pregnancy. Let’s help each other raise children and welcome life.
And this is how we do it: If the people can come away from the sermon feeling empowered, realizing that, hey, this is not a hopeless, big situation. This is about my friend down the street or my neighbor that needs a good word from me so that I can change their despair into hope.
I would say, too, for the pastors: There’s a special website we have called ProLifePreaching.com. And if they go to ProLifePreaching, they’ll be able to see what they can use on January 20th, and in fact, throughout the year.