Archive for January, 2008

January Pro-Life Events

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Dear Friends, 

What a great January it has been, in particular with the various Walks and Marches around the country.

On the 17th I flew to California, and that evening Alveda King and I hosted some African-American leaders for a discussion on abortion. The next day, after praying at an abortion mill, we had an African-American rally and march in Oakland.

That evening I preached at the interdenominational service in the San Francisco Cathedral.

The next day was the Mass and Walk for Life, the concluding rally of which I addressed. That night I had dinner with local leaders, and took a redeye flight to DC where the day was filled with networking with pro-life people arriving for the March, speaking to the Chicago group, giving the opening address at the March for Life Convention, and then taking a night flight to Atlanta.

The next morning I spoke at the national Martin Luther King Jr. memorial service, then flew back to DC after the service in order to get to the Mass for Life at the Basilica.

The next day was the March for Life. I preached at the interdenominational pro-life service at the US Senate in the morning, marched in the afternoon, led the Silent No More Awareness Gathering at the Supreme Court in the late afternoon, and the Rose Dinner at night.

The next three days were meetings with pro-life leaders in DC and with key pastors from around the country in Baton Rouge. 

I am grateful for the opportunity to have seen so many of you at these various events.

For all this and more, Praise the Lord!

Fr. Frank

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What the “Church” is

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Friends,

Since 1993, I’ve been working full-time to advance the pro-life cause, particularly through the mission of Priests for Life which is “to fully activate the Church to restore protection to the unborn.”

This mission, of course, leads me to reflect each day on what, exactly, is “the Church.” That question, of course, is a whole branch of theology.

But it’s more than that. It’s our day to day experience in living as disciples. It’s the arena in which we relate to each other, and from which we relate to all that is not “the Church.”

If we want to “activate the Church” on behalf of the unborn – or on behalf of anything – we are, of course, talking about activating people.

But a very specific type of people – people who have already responded to the person of Christ, and who already have his Spirit living within them. 

And who gives these people their mission?

Reflecting every single day since 1993 on the problem of why “the Church” doesn’t do more about the abortion issue, I’ve become convinced that this last question is the most critical one. Who, indeed, gives you your mission to announce the Gospel and to defend the gift of life?

After all, you cannot respond to the mission without knowing to whom you are responding. And here we encounter a perpetual problem: people often wait around for their priest to tell them to do something for pro-life, and meanwhile, priests wait around for their people to come forward to do something for pro-life.

Catholic teaching tell us that it is the Lord himself who, through baptism and Confirmation, gives us the mission to evangelize.

No more waiting is necessary, and no fear is justified – except, that is, the fear of hearing God say on Judgment Day, “What were you waiting for?”

Fr. Frank

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New Year and New Unity

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Friends,

Happy New Year!

I am having a good and reflective day at the start of this 2008, reviewing prayerfully a massive and detailed calendar of plans, travels, writings, media productions, and other activities for the coming twelve months.

One of the comments posted on my blog from one of the visitors asked me whether it was possible to bring us all together for united action on the elections, just like so many are coming together for prayer and action in front of abortion mills for the 40 Days for Life.

Yes, it is possible. And it will depend on precisely what that action is.

2008 is a key election year, and what happens in the election will affect the pro-life movement in many ways. There are several key action steps around which we can unite: massive efforts to register pro-life voters, to distribute the clear teaching of the Church (and of common sense) about the absolute priority of the right to life as the issue in any and every election, and a massive “get out the vote” drive when voting time starts.

Stay tuned to our www.PoliticalResponsibility.org website for action items in this regard throughout this year, and please be sure you’re signed up for my emails (see the sign up box at www.priestsforlife.org) so that you won’t miss out on any of the plans!

I am thinking about you and praying for you on this hope-filled New Year’s Day. I am begging the Lord that this year that has just begun will be one of tremendous progress for the unborn. Will you beg the Lord along with me in these days?

God bless you!

Fr. Frank

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