Archive for January, 2009

The Passing of Three Great Priests

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Three extraordinary priests were called home to the Lord recently: Cardinal Avery Dulles, Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, and Msgr. William Smith. These were men who articulated in a brilliant way the teachings of the Gospel as they apply to our modern world, and especially as they relate to the right to life. I was privileged to know each of them personally, to learn from their wisdom and to compare notes with them in the battle for the sanctity of life. Their absence from the earthly battle is a reminder to all of us that we have to redouble our own efforts, and raise up new leadership for the cause of life. Let us pray for our priests and pastors; let us equip and encourage them to be bold and effective witnesses for life.
–Fr. Frank

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Our Catholic Schools

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Catholic schools, of every educational level, face many challenges to maintain their Catholic identity. Ironically, sometimes those challenges come from the members of their own faculty. Sometimes these individuals simply do not believe what the Church teaches or refuse to accept the demands of the moral law.
There’s an old saying, “Nobody can give what he does not have.” Catholic schools exist to impart the Catholic faith and to form strong disciples of Christ. If a faculty member objects to some particular demand of the faith, it makes no sense for them to be in a position in which they are expected to pass it on to our children. For the good of the Church and of the students, they should find another job.
Let us pray for strong Catholic schools and faculties.

–Fr. Frank

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On The Inauguration

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Today, the United States inaugurates a new President. It is a time to reflect on the purpose of government, which is the protection of the rights of the citizens, rights which – as the Declaration of Independence states – come from God rather than from government. Senator Hubert Humphrey once said, (quote) “The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and handicapped.” (end quote). Let’s pray for our new President, that he may understand that to push for more abortion rights would be the most harmful thing he could do, and would turn the purpose of government on its head.

Fr. Frank

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Today our nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who fought for the equal dignity of every human life against the evil of segregation. “If we are to have peace on earth,” he wrote, “we must be concerned about…the sacredness of all human life. Man is a child of God, made in his image, and must be respected as such.” When we truly believe this, he continued, “we won’t kill anybody.”
Many who knew Dr. King assert that if he were alive today, he would be with us in the pro-life movement.
We should note that in Dr. King we honor a man who broke the law and was thrown in jail, because he was opposing a law that was unjust. It’s a good reminder, especially for those who think that no law should ever be broken.

–Fr. Frank

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Week of Prayer For Christian Unity

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Every year, from January 18 to the 25th, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed by many denominations.

All Christians, by definition, acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior of the world. That affirmation of Christ requires that we work to fight injustice. In his encyclical letter on Christian Unity, issued in 1995, Pope John Paul II wrote, “Many Christians from all Communities, by reason of their faith, are jointly involved in bold projects aimed at changing the world by inculcating respect for the rights and needs of everyone, especially the poor, the lowly, and the defenseless…Christians who once acted independently are now engaged together in the service of this cause, so that God’s mercy may triumph”.
The pro-life movement continues to be the arena where these efforts are most visible and valuable.
–Fr. Frank

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New Young Leaders To Come Forward!

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Thanks to the annual March for Life in Washington DC, many new young leaders for the pro-life movement will come forward. The march not only challenges society to recognize and protect the unborn, but it also renews and inspires those who do the marching. It was the march for Life in 1976, in which I participated as a high school senior, that sparked my interest in the pro-life movement, to which I have now devoted my life and ministry.

Of course, many of the marchers are motivated by the fact that they could have been aborted. As they speak up for the unborn, they are really speaking up for themselves. And we reaffirm that they are persons not because they are wanted, but because of the dignity they receive from their Creator.

–Fr. Frank

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Novena for January 22

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Starting today, Priests for Life is conducting a prayer novena in preparation for January 22, the sad observance of the Roe vs. Wade decision which legalized child-killing in the United States throughout pregnancy. This prayer, which you can find at priestsforlife.org, asks the grace of mercy and conversion upon our nation, that the killing may cease, and that those who have been involved in abortion may find healing.

We need to be spiritually prepared for January 22. Many preparations are being made for marches, parish activities, and other events to commemorate this day. Let us prepare spiritually as well. Go to priestsforlife.org to sign up for the novena and download the prayer.

The bishops have designated January 22 as a day of penance. Let us prepare well for it by this novena.

–Fr. Frank

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Up & Coming Pro-Life Events!!

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

This month, in remembrance of the tragic Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton decisions, that legalized abortion in America throughout all nine months of pregnancy, numerous pro-life events take place in Washington and throughout the nation. I hope you will be participating in some of them.

Even some people who support abortion are against Roe v Wade, because it took away from the people in the states the right to vote on abortion policy in their own state. Even the most pro-life states, with legislatures and governors eager to protect the unborn children of that state, are deprived of the ability to pass such laws, because of Roe v Wade.

I have no doubt that we will see the day when these decisions are reversed. Let’s continue to work and pray for that goal!

–Fr. Frank

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Silent No More

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Fr Frank Pavone/Priests for Life

Abuse victims often use the phrase “Silent No More” to indicate their response to being victimized. It may be surprising to some in our society that as our nation reaches another anniversary of the abortion decisions Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton, that women from coast to coast are uniting under the banner of “Silent No More” because they have had abortions.

Not illegal “back alley” abortions, but abortions in legal “clinics.”

These women do not consider themselves freed, empowered, or ennobled because of their abortion. Rather, they testify that they were enslaved, weakened, and wounded. They were, in short, given a false promise, which is the essence of all temptation. They were told that this “procedure” would solve their problems. Instead, it brought more problems than they care to think about, namely, the whole range of physical and psychological wounds often described by the term “post-abortion syndrome.”

What are these women doing to express their message? In Washington and in cities across the country, they will gather publicly at rallies and prayer events and hold signs that say, “I Regret My Abortion.” The Washington gathering will, in fact, be at the steps of the Supreme Court, on the very date, January 22, that abortion was legalized.

This campaign is organized worldwide by Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life, and is the largest mobilization ever of women and men who have lost children to abortion. Along with public gatherings, they speak in legislative assemblies, in the media, and in Churches.

But why do this? If abortion is so painful, some will ask, why make a public display out of one’s experience?

The answer is understood only if one knows how shameful and painful the silence of abortion is. The grief that follows abortion is, in the words of Dr. Theresa Burke, a “forbidden grief.” The grief is not acknowledged; it is not validated. People don’t send sympathy cards or talk about it openly. In fact, those who grieve their child killed by abortion are often made to feel silly for feeling sad. After all, they are told by society that they exercised a choice that solved a problem. Why grieve over that?

Such questions, of course, reveal a complete blindness to the fact that killing one’s child hurts, and leaves a wound that Mom or Dad does not ever forget.

These men and women are tired of having pro-choice advocates pretend to speak for them. They want to tell the world, in their own words, that what is too easily celebrated as a “choice” and a “right” is in fact a painful burden.

Not every post-abortive person has found enough healing to be able to participate in these public rallies or hold these signs. But the participants in the Silent No More Awareness Campaign pray that their presence will assist their sisters on the road to healing, and give them some measure of comfort to know that their grief is no longer forbidden.

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Pro-Life Lessons in Baptism

Friday, January 9th, 2009

This weekend, we celebrate the Lord’s Baptism, and reflect on the meaning of baptism itself. This sacrament gives us many pro-life lessons.

When we baptize a baby, it proves that God chooses us before we choose him, for every life belongs to him.

And baptism is not just about that baby, but about the whole church welcoming her. All the members of the Church extend their hearts and arms in welcome of that new life. Baptism shows that we are always called to give a welcoming “YES” to life, and never the harsh “no” of abortion.

The so-called “prochoice” message is that we choose whom we will care for. Baptism teaches us that we are responsible even for those that we do not choose.

–Fr. Frank

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