Fr. Pavone on Obama Administration’s Opposition Brief in Supreme Court Case

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“This is a clash of worldviews,” Father Pavone said. “The Obama administration and other powerful forces on the other side of this battle see abortion, contraception and sterilization as goods to which all must have access. For them, it is the most natural conclusion in the world that these ‘services’ should be mandated and to accomplish this, they are willing to bulldoze over the religious liberty on which this country was founded.”

Read the entire Press Release including Obama’s Document:  http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/5582-fr-pavone-on-obama-administrations-opposition-brief–in-supreme-court-case

​​Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Surely, There will be a Stench

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“Lord, by now there will be a stench, for he has been dead for four days” (John 11:39). 

Reflection: Jesus was about to raise Lazarus, but Martha was worried about the stench. We too fear the stench. We fear who will object, who will get angry. Politicians fear who will vote against them; businesses fear who will stop supporting them. “Surely, there will be a stench.” And that becomes the excuse not to act – even when we know that Jesus has authority over death.

Prayer: Lord, free us from our fears and calculations, and give us boldness as we battle the culture of death. Amen.

Priests for Life launches “SupremeCourtVictory.com” – Prayer Campaign Continues Against HHS Mandate

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“We are asking the other plaintiffs in the six cases that will be heard with ours, as well as all those who have filed friend-of-the-court briefs in our favor to help us promote this prayer campaign, so that all citizens can unite with us in prayer for religious freedom,” Father Pavone said. “The Supreme Court’s decision in this case will be one of the major events in 2016 and it will greatly impact the pro-life movement. A major response of prayer is essential.”

Read the entire Press Release: http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/5578-priests-for-life-launches-supremecourtvictorycom

​​Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Obedient to Authority

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“Whatever authorities exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1) 

Reflection: Some people say that the solution to the abortion problem is to change people’s hearts. In fact, changing people’s hearts is the solution to every problem that the world faces.
But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have laws. The fact is that while there are people around whose hearts are not in the right place, there have to be laws to restrain their heartless activities.

Prayer: Father, I thank you today for law and for lawmakers. As you guide and convert our hearts, make them also obedient to authority, and make authority obedient to your law. Amen.

​Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Brother’s Keeper

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“Yes, every man is his ‘brother’s keeper’, because God entrusts us to one another.” (Evangelium Vitae, 19)

Reflection: Some people think that because men cannot get pregnant, they have no right to say anything about abortion.
But any human being, male or female, has the right and duty to speak up when someone’s life is in danger. Real men don’t stand around with their hands at their side when innocent babies are being ripped apart. They do something to defend these children.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for entrusting me to my brothers and sisters in the human family, and for entrusting them to me. Keep us all faithful to this call. Amen.

​Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Already Quite Alive

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“From my mother’s womb, you have been my God.” (Psalm 22:11) 

Reflection: Abortion supporters sometimes ask, “Why don’t you focus on caring for people who are already alive?”
But if children in the womb are not already alive, why does it take an abortion procedure to kill them? When we speak about unborn children, we are not speaking about “possible” children; we are speaking about real children who are already quite alive.

Prayer: Father, open our eyes to recognize our brothers and sisters in every place where they live, including in their mothers’ womb. Open our hearts to love them as you do. Amen.

Media advisory: Reporting on Zubik vs. Burwell Supreme Court Case Against HHS Mandate

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As a service to reporters and media outlets covering the Supreme Court case of Zubik vs. Burwell, we have listed here again the seven cases that have been consolidated. On November 6, 2015, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to the following cases challenging the HHS mandate, and consolidated them. The Court listed them here in the order in which they reached the Supreme Court:

(ORDER LIST: 577 U. S.)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2015

CERTIORARI GRANTED

14-1418 ZUBIK, DAVID A. ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

14-1453 PRIESTS FOR LIFE, ET AL. V. DEPT. OF H&HS, ET AL.

14-1505 ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

15-35 E. TX BAPTIST UNIV., ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS

15-105 LITTLE SISTERS, ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

15-119 SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIV., ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

15-191 GENEVA COLLEGE V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

Read the entire Press Release: http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/5576-media-advisory-reporting-on-zubik-vs-burwell-supreme-court-case-against-hhs-mandate

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …abortion doesn’t fix society’s ills…

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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

“They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.” (Hosea 8:7)

Reflection: There is not a single social problem that abortion has solved; in fact, every problem its advocates once promised it would solve is worse today than on the day abortion became legal.

Tens of millions of children have been aborted in America since 1973. How many more have to be killed before we realize that abortion doesn’t fix society’s ills?

Prayer: Lord, be our salvation. Save us from false hopes, misleading solutions, and deceptive remedies. Only in the paths you point out for us can we find wholeness and salvation. Keep us wise and faithful. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Lord, open my lips…

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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

“Lord, open my lips…” (Psalm 51:17)

Reflection: If you were stranded on a desert island, and had, pen, paper, and a bottle, the note you write and put in that bottle could save your life. Before sealing it and throwing it in the sea, you would make sure that you put your very best effort behind what you say. So it is with conversations you have about abortion. Some day they may save a life. Conduct them well.

Prayer: Give me confidence, O Lord, at every moment in which I will need to speak on this topic. Open my lips, that I may save lives by what I say. Amen.