Dear friends, Please join us in prayer: Healing the ill

September 22nd, 2014

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Sandra Cano, a dear friend and the Doe of the Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decision, is critically ill in a hospital outside of Atlanta. Her voice has been attacked by throat cancer, she has sepsis in her blood, and is in congestive heart failure. The doctors are saying she could die any time; well, so could we all. Please pray against the spirit of death and infirmity. Ask the Lord to bind the spirit of death and to give her life, abundant life, and complete and total healing. Sandra is 100 percent pro-life.

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Assembly on ICPD Beyond 2014 and pro-abortion activists:2015 Women’s Coalition reveal the views of this alliance

September 22nd, 2014

Monday is the Special Session of the General Assembly on ICPD Beyond 2014 and pro-abortion activists are planning a tweet fest.  I know it is last minute to rally support for a counter effort but the last one was so successful and this one could build on that.  Pro aborts want abortion to be part of the post 2015 agenda, part of the goals that the world will mobilize around from Jan 1, 2016 until 2031. The goals will not be final until Sept 2015 and we have a long fight ahead of us. Part of that fight is being waged on twitter.

As you will read abortion is being promoted as “safe, legal, accessible and youth friendly”.  I have also been seeing use of “stigma free abortion” for youth. “Youth friendly” includes no parental notification or consent and no statements questioning the teen’s activity or promoting abstinence. You know their arguments.

Issue briefs from Post 2015 Women’s Coalition also reveal the views of this alliance if you want to dig deeper and can be found here: http://ow.ly/BM2RU

Issue Briefs

Climate Change
Finance
ICPD Beyond 2014: Opportunities & Challenges
Religious Fundamentalism especially distorted!
Sexuality

Regional Briefs
Asia-Pacific
Central and Eastern Europe
Latin America & the Caribbean
Sub-Saharan Africa

Do you think pro-lifers can be mobilized for this?

Please send any questions you might have.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

September 22nd, 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

“Through him all things came into existence” (John 1:3).

Reflection: Humanae Vitae is much more than a “birth control” encyclical. It declares and reaffirms the very meaning of human life as a sacred gift from God. We find our fulfillment precisely in welcoming, nurturing, and giving ourselves away for that gift of life. By capturing this vision of what life means, prohibitions on abortion and contraception make sense as pieces of a greater picture, and corollaries of one simple truth: God is love and life, and we are called to be like him.

Prayer: Jesus, you fill the world with life. Take away our fear, and make us fruitful. Amen!

 

 

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

September 21st, 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

“You restored me to health and let me live” (Isaiah 38:16).

Reflection: Pro-abortion politicians will say, “I support women’s rights and health.” Yet that is precisely why they should examine the evidence that abortion is destructive of women’s health, and listen to the growing voices of those who have been harmed by abortion. That is also why they should examine how the abortion industry, through unregulated and dangerous clinics, continues to deceive and exploit women.

Prayer: Lord, I pray today for all those women who have been injured, physically and emotionally, by abortion. Bring them healing, and awaken our public officials to the harm abortion does. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

September 20th, 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

“You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons” (1 Corinthians 10:21).

Reflection: Some public officials who refuse to oppose child-killing continue to receive Holy Communion. But communion means union. To desire union with Jesus is to desire union with life, and to be in communion with his teachings means to accept them. When we come to Jesus, we are the ones who have to change to be like him.

Prayer: Lord, give us the strength to be in union with You, and therefore to reject evil practices. As You come to us, change us to be like You. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

September 19th, 2014

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

“The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion” – Mother Teresa (Nobel Peace Prize Lecture). 

Reflection: You have heard people say that being wrong on abortion outweighs being right on other issues, and that is correct. The full truth is, if you are wrong on abortion, you can’t be right on other issues. To permit abortion, but then to cry out for the right to work, housing, education, health care, and peace, is to say that these other rights belong to some people but not to all.

Prayer: Lord, forgive our nation for allowing all the rights of the unborn to be taken away. Amen.

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Priests for Life Case Against HHS Mandate Moves Forward

September 18th, 2014

To listen: http://www.priestsforlife.org/audio/audio.aspx?audio=604087-mandate-lawsuit

The lawsuit of Priests for Life against the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate continues to move forward in the nation’s second highest court. On Tuesday, we filed a supplemental brief with the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals addressing two key developments that have occurred since oral arguments were heard by that court in May. The brief declares that the religious freedom violations inflicted by the HHS mandate are not eliminated by the government’s new regulations, but rather perpetuated.  It also states that rather than help the government’s case, the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision strengthens the arguments contained in Priests for Life’s lawsuit.

 

The filing in Priests for Life v. HHS argues that the latest government “accommodation” to Obamacare’s HHS mandate offers no actual change in policy and, therefore, does nothing to alleviate the mandate’s harm to Priests for Life and other religious groups.

 

At issue in Priests for Life’s lawsuit is whether the federal government can compel a religious non-profit organization to violate the faith upon which it exists and operates.  Even more to the point is the question of whether the government can force such a violation of faith when its purported policy goal can be achieved easily in other ways.

 

Before its latest regulations were issued, the Department of Health and Human Services had required religious non-profit groups to file a form with their insurance companies authorizing that their employees be provided with coverage for sterilization and birth control drugs and devices, including those which can cause abortions.  The authorization of such drugs and devices would directly violate the teaching of the Catholic Church.

 

After two recent Supreme Court actions related to the HHS mandate went against the government, the Obama administration apparently realized that its so-called “accommodation” for non-profit religious groups would not withstand legal scrutiny.  It issued yet another version of this accommodation.  As stated in Priests for Life’s latest brief, though, “The new regulations… continue the Government’s pattern of attempting to create the illusion of accommodation while coercing religious organizations to act contrary to their beliefs.”

 

Call it a smokescreen, call it a ruse, the government’s latest scheme still would require Priests for Life and other religious organizations to violate their faith.   Under the new regulations, Priests for Life would be mandated to send authorization for abortifacient, contraceptive, and sterilization coverage for its employees to the government instead of to an insurance carrier.  In the words of Priests for Life’s latest brief, “the new regulations do nothing more than provide Plaintiffs with another avenue for violating their religion.”

 

Referring to the Hobby Lobby decision, the brief also pointed out that the Supreme Court, in effect, reaffirms the arguments that Priests for Life is making. Hobby Lobby made it clear that the government cannot force a believer to act against his or her faith, and that when a believer identifies an action as contrary to his or her faith, it is not up to the government to judge whether that is unreasonable. Mr. David Green, CEO of Hobby Lobby, has stated, “The religious freedom of believers of all denominations is under attack. Our family therefore joins in prayerful support of the Priests for Life case against the HHS mandate. As our Hobby Lobby case represents the concerns of businesses, so the Priests for Life case represents the concerns of the religious non-profit groups. Together, we stand against this injustice, and for the law of God.”

– Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

here is a link to President Reagan’s eulogy for the funeral back in the 80’s…  Where it mentions His eulogy on this column on the blog: http://www.priestsforlife.org/columns/rreulogy.pdf

 

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

September 18th, 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

“It is precisely in the “flesh” of every person that Christ continues to reveal himself and to enter into fellowship with us, so that rejection of human life, in whatever form that rejection takes, is really a rejection of Christ” (The Gospel of Life, 104). 
Reflection: For some people, religion is too “religious.” They think they encounter or reject Christ only when speaking or thinking about him explicitly, or only when doing or failing to do specifically religious activities. But the Church teaches clearly that we meet Jesus in each human life.
Prayer: Jesus, you are all around us. Open our eyes to your presence in every human life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

September 17th, 2014

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

“On this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld will not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). 

Reflection: In a battle, gates do not run out onto the battlefield to attack the enemy. Rather, they protect the city from the enemy attacking it. When Jesus says these gates will not prevail against the Church, it is the Church doing the attacking; the Church is storming the gates, advancing the Kingdom of Life!

Prayer: Lord, give us confidence that the gates of falsehood will fall in the presence of truth, and the gates of death will flee in the presence of the People of Life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

September 16th, 2014

feature-main-us-law-policyThis reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“The winds blew and buffeted that house. And it collapsed with a great crash” (Matthew 7:27).


Reflection:
Pro-abortion politicians will say to us, “Abortion is just one of many issues; I embrace a consistent ethic of life.” The foundation of a house is only one of many parts of the house, but it is essential in order to build the other parts. That is why the bishops teach that the right to life is the foundation of all human rights, and that our priority must be fighting abortion.

Prayer: Lord, you warned against building our house on sand. May the right to life itself shape all our efforts for justice. Amen.

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