Archive for February, 2009

Say No to Ourselves and Yes to God and Others

Friday, February 27th, 2009

We have begun the Holy Season of Lent. The traditional practice of “giving something up for Lent” is a practice of self-denial; our Lord said that to follow him, we must deny our very selves. It means we say No to ourselves and Yes to God and others. This reverses the pattern of sin, which says Yes to ourselves and No to God and others.
In our culture, the most violent No to God and others is abortion. Four thousand times every day in our nation, people say No to a little child so that they may say Yes to their fears or their plans.
This Lent, as we practice self-denial, let’s think of these children. Let’s offer our sacrifices for them. May all say Yes to God and Yes to the unborn.

–Fr. Frank

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Lenten Prayer For Life

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

As we make our Lenten journey, I invite you to join with me and thousands of others in a Lenten Prayer for Life. You will find it at www.priestsforlife.org.

Lent is a season in which we prepare to celebrate Christ’s total victory over death, and our share in his life by baptism. Death was not part of God’s original plan for us. Scripture says that God created all things that they may have life, and that he does not rejoice in the destruction of the living.

Standing with Christ in his new life means standing against whatever destroys life.

The Lenten prayer for life renews us in our commitment to be the People of Life. It can be prayed each day by families, school classes, parishes, and individuals.

Download the Lenten prayer for life at www.priestsforlife.org .

–Fr. Frank

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Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Today, Ash Wednesday, we receive the ashes that remind us of the power of sin and death, which return us to the dust from which we came. Yet we wear the ashes in the form of a cross, professing that Christ has conquered death and restored life. We repent of all sin, and prepare to renew the vows of our baptism at Easter, when many will be baptized for the first time.

In other words, Lent prepares us to share the victory of Life and to live as the People of Life. Lent is the time when we learn more deeply why we are pro-life. Turning away from sin means we put God above our “freedom of choice.” Believing in the Gospel means we believe in life, and reject the forces of death, including abortion.

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40 Days for Life

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

For nearly two decades, Priests for Life has been among the leading groups in promoting peaceful, prayerful presence in front of abortion mills, and we continue to call the People of God to come to the places where the killing is taking place, so that their presence and their prayers can awaken the consciences of those who go there. Tomorrow, another 40 Days for Life campaign will begin in many cities, where people will gather at abortion mills during the entire Lenten season. When we show up, moms and dads change their minds about killing their children and the conscience of the community is awakened. Indeed, our biggest problem is not that President Obama is sitting in the White House, but that we are sitting in our own houses. Let’s rise up and end abortion.

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Red Envelopes For Life

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Many pro-life people around the nation have gotten involved in the “Red Envelopes for Life” campaign. They send red envelopes to the President, to call his attention to the issue of abortion and to call him to conversion of heart. This is a simple action, but when repeated by countless people, can have an impact.

Politicians are people, too. We have to work and pray for their conversion. We also have to keep before their eyes the issues on which they need conversion. Those who do not want to face the truth about abortion simply ignore the issue, using the excuse that they have to pay attention to many other things. A campaign like the Red Envelope campaign makes it harder for them to ignore what is the most basic issue of all – the right to life.

–Fr. Frank

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Primary Physicians Are Hardly Ever Involved

Friday, February 20th, 2009

A bill was recently introduced in South Dakota that would require an abortionist to be available on the day before the procedure to speak with the mother who is scheduled to have her child aborted. This bill was not approved, but the need for it is great, because although the rhetoric of the abortion industry is that abortion is a decision between a woman and her physician, the fact is that her physician is practically never involved! The abortion and the woman are strangers! Moreover, they usually don’t even talk to one another at any time before or after the procedure. Roe vs. Wade said abortion is inherently a medical decision. In practice, it has become completely subject to the choice of the mother, without regard for any medical considerations at all.

–Fr. Frank

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Anyone Who Holds Public Office is Obliged to Defend Citizens’ Rights, Beginning with The Right to Life

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Some pro-abortion groups are trying to move the Republican Party in pro-abortion direction, while other groups are trying to move the Democratic Party in a pro-life direction. The plank of the National Democratic Party affirms that abortion should be allowed. The plank of the National Republican Party states the following, “Faithful to the first guarantee of the Declaration of Independence, we assert the inherent dignity and sanctity of all human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.” End of quote. May every political party will do what government itself is made for – the protection of life.

–Fr. Frank

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Learn More About The Silent No More Awareness Campaign

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Do you know someone who has been hurt by abortion, and who wants to do something to keep others from experiencing the same hurt?

If so, please tell them about the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. Coordinated by Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life, this campaign gives women and men an opportunity to share with others the fact that abortion hurt them. We hold healing services and public educational events. Participants hold signs saying “I regret my abortion” or “I regret lost fatherhood.”

The campaign gives them a loving and confidential network of others who have been through the same pain, and have found healing in Jesus Christ. The effort is interdenominational. Find out more information on our website, www.priestsforlife.org

Parents deserve better choices than abortion.

Fr. Frank

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Extreme Compromise

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director of Priests for Life

Newly-elected abortion advocates often try to paint their support for Roe vs. Wade and its companion case Doe vs. Bolton as mainstream. Some even think that the decisions constitute a “compromise” position on the divisive issue of abortion. After all, they say, our current national policy on abortion allows a woman to have a child if she wants, and to abort the child if she wants.

But Roe and Doe are about as far away from a “compromise” as you can find. The decisions allow for abortion throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy, and do not recognize any right of the unborn child to be spared death by abortion. With a nation divided about abortion, one might think that under a “compromise” solution one could find some reason to protect at least some unborn children. But in Roe and Doe, one searches in vain for any situation in which an unborn child is protected. As the University of Detroit Law Review pointed out, “The Supreme Court’s decisions…allowed abortion on demand throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy” (Paul B. Linton, Enforcement of State Abortion Statutes after Roe: A State-by-State Analysis, Vol. 67, Issue 2, Winter 1990).

In this framework, every unborn baby is disposable. Every. That’s hardly a “compromise” position.
“Leave it up to the woman to decide” sounds to many like a fair compromise. But this position completely destroys equality before the law, because it constitutes a complete removal of protection from the child. The lives of unborn children who are wanted and carried to term do not have any more protection from the law than the lives of unborn children who are unwanted and carried to the abortionist. The lives of the wanted are protected only by their “wantedness,” which, of course, can be subject to change at any time. As far as the law is concerned, they are all non-persons, regardless of circumstance. That’s hardly a “compromise.”

A “compromise” usually, and by definition, allows some accommodation to both sides in the dispute. But current abortion policy allows no accommodation to the claims that innocent human life makes upon us.
The more you know about the Roe and Doe decisions, the clearer this becomes. In fact, the Gallup polling company, in an extensive analysis of the opinions of Americans on abortion, admits that the level of support in surveys for Roe vs. Wade is lower if more information about the decision itself is offered in the question, and higher if less information is offered.

These are important points to bring up in communicating with pro-abortion elected officials.
In Judgment at Nuremberg, one of those responsible for the Holocaust says that he “never thought it would go that far,” and was told that it “went that far” as soon as a single innocent life was taken. There is no room for “compromising” about human life. Permitting one life to be destroyed is already extreme. Unless we’re all protected, we’re all in danger.

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Valentine’s Day With Reason & Grace

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, when many messages of affection are exchanged. It is therefore a good day to reflect on how holy human affection is. The emotions and attractions God has given us are not bad. But they are given to us to be governed by reason and grace. If we do not govern them, or if we always let them have the last word in our decisions, we will end up going against reason and grace alike.
A culture of life is a culture that avoids two extremes – one, which looks down on all affection and thinks that the only good things are the things of the spirit; and the other, which allows the emotions to run out of control, with no discipline.
On this Valentine’s Day, may God give us understanding, balance, and grace.

–Fr. Frank

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