Priests for Life reminds administration that no cooperation with mandate is possible

July 23rd, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding a new accommodation to the HHS mandate to be announced by the Obama administration.

“The Priests for Life lawsuit against the HHS mandate is the next to be decided, having already had oral arguments in the nation’s second most influential Court, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. At the crux of the issue is that our completion of the form required under the “accommodation” given to religious non-profit groups constitutes cooperation in the very evil that the form says we are objecting to.

“If the government just kept us out of the process altogether of either triggering, authorizing, or in any fashion being the gateway for employees to receive coverage for objectionable practices, that would satisfy our concerns. Of course, we would have to carefully examine any changes the Administration makes to its current policy, in order to verify that what our faith considers immoral cooperation is completely excluded.”

For information on the Priests for Life lawsuit, go to Priestforlife.org/HHSmandate

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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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

July 21st, 2014

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Have no fear. The outcome of the battle for life is already decided” (John Paul II, World Youth Day, Denver, 1993).

Reflection: Despite how powerful the culture of death seems, we foster, in ourselves and others, a supreme and uninterrupted confidence that the tools of grace with which God has equipped the People of Life are far more powerful and eternally victorious. We do, at the same time, have to work anxiously to be faithful to our own role in proclaiming, celebrating and serving that victory.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for conquering death, and for giving us what we need to counteract its destructive power in our day. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

July 19th, 2014

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“For here we have no lasting city, but we are seeking the one that is to come” (Hebrews 13:14).

Reflection: The Church has always held that the State does not contain the fullness of human hope or embrace the totality of human existence. The State rather, exists for the human person, not the other way around. That is why governments either have to protect human rights, or have to be reformed. Human law is always subject to Divine law; only the latter can claim our absolute obedience.

Prayer: Lord, as I strive for my heavenly home, I thank You for my earthly home; may I work to improve it. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

July 18th, 2014

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“They do more harm to those who practice them than to those who suffer from the injury” (Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, 27).

Reflection: This quote from Vatican II is speaking about abortion, euthanasia, genocide, and various other forms of violence against human life and dignity. It obviously calls for a deep concern for the welfare of those who carry out these activities. Such people distort their own humanity and jeopardize their salvation. The Church seeks both the protection of the victims and the salvation of the perpetrators.

Prayer: Lord, have mercy on those who carry out practices against human life and dignity. Convert, heal and save them. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

July 17th, 2014

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“As for Mary, she treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).

Reflection: The Rosary has conquered many enemies, and many pray it in front of abortion mills. As we acknowledge Jesus as the fruit of Mary’s womb, we stand to pray for our brothers and sisters who are being torn from the wombs of their mothers. As we honor the greatest mother, we pray for the frightened mothers. As we worship God who was an unborn child, we proclaim the image of God in every unborn child.

Prayer: Mary, our Mother, bring us Jesus yet again; lead us to his victory over all forms of death. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

July 16th, 2014

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28).

Reflection: The single largest destroyer of human life in our nation and in the world is not poverty or AIDS; it is not heart disease or cancer; it is not terrorism or war. It is abortion. Some 50 million children around the world are killed each year by this procedure.

Prayer: Save us, O Lord, from the forces of destruction, especially those that we unleash upon ourselves. Enable us to pursue those things that will preserve our species and continue to fulfill Your original command to multiply. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

July 15th, 2014

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“There is a time for everything … a time to be born and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2).

Reflection: Advocates of euthanasia use terms like “help in dying.” But this blurs the distinction between giving assistance to a dying person and causing their death. Mother Teresa “helped” many people “in dying.” She was present to them, assuring them that they were not alone, helping them find courage to face death, reminding them of their dignity, preparing them to meet the Lord. This is the legitimate meaning of death with dignity and of helping people to die.

Prayer: Lord, may we show the dying their dignity and Your compassion. Amen.

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Today’s ProLife Reflection

July 14th, 2014

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“After sending them all outside, he …entered the room where the child was…and said to her…’Little girl, I say to you, arise!’” (Mark 5:40-41).

Reflection: When a fire is reported, the firemen do not sit around the fire house and have a prayer service. They go to where the fire is. When a priest gets a sick call, he goes to the bedside of the sick person. The same is true with abortion. We are called to show up at the places where the killing occurs. This expresses solidarity with them in their hour of greatest need.

Prayer: Enable Your people, O Lord, to give each other the gift of presence. Amen

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

July 11th, 2014

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“I shall accept whatever they will do to me provided they save the child” (St. Gianna Molla).

Reflection: In 1962, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla died after giving birth to her fourth child. She was a physician herself, and understood the risks of her own complications in pregnancy, but steadfastly refused abortion. Some would question her decision, given that she already had three born children. However, nothing would have harmed those children more than if she had aborted their sister, and nothing blessed them more than the example of a mother who gave her life for her child.

Prayer: Saint Gianna, pray for us, that we may imitate your selfless love. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

July 10th, 2014

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“He consoles us in all our afflictions and thereby enables us to console others in their tribulations” (2 Corinthians 1:4).

Reflection: Terri Schiavo’s family now assists other families who face tragedies similar to their own, and is calling for laws in various states to protect the disabled from being dehydrated to death as Terri was. Rather than being absorbed in bitterness or despair, this family has accepted from the Lord their mission to be a voice for the voiceless. Their book, “A Life that Matters,” is their personal account of what happened to Terri.

Prayer: As I battle the culture of death, Lord, may I receive and share your consolation. Amen.

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