Archive for April, 2009

Easter: A Celebration of Life

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009





The Easter Season is a celebration of life, and a time to renew our confidence in the ultimate victory of the forces of life against the culture of death. Therefore, Priests for Life has composed a special Easter prayer for life that we invite you to say each day of this holy season. Just go to priestsforlife.org and download the Easter Prayer for Life. The prayer reminds us that the victory of Christ, the Author of Life, is the source from which we draw strength to fight evils like abortion.

So visit priestsforlife.org, print out the Easter prayer for life, and invite your family, pro-life group, school and parish to join us in praying it. Let us rejoice throughout this resurrection season that death can never have the last word in the human story.

Fr. Frank

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Holy Thursday

Thursday, April 9th, 2009





Holy Thursday, a day sacred to all Christians, is the day on which Jesus gave us the Eucharist, the Priesthood, and the commandment of charity. All are symbolized by his washing the feet of his disciples. He told us on this sacred night that we are to wash each other’s feet. We are to do what is unpleasant in order to serve one another; we are to get ourselves dirty in order to love one another.

Tonight, as we all join in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, let us recommit ourselves to loving and serving the least among us, the smallest and most vulnerable, namely, the unborn children. Let us wash their feet by speaking up for them and working to restore the protection of their lives.

–Fr. Frank

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Divine Mercy

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009





Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life

The Sunday after Easter is Divine Mercy Sunday.

You have likely seen the picture of Jesus standing with his hand pointed to his heart, from which red and pale rays emanate. The words “Jesus, I trust in you” are at the bottom. This image represents the devotion to Divine Mercy, based on revelations given to St. Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938). The image itself was revealed to her, as was the “Chaplet of Divine Mercy,” in which we pray the following words:

“Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”

Many of the faithful, especially in the pro-life movement, practice this devotion. Indeed, the link between this devotion and abortion is established by St. Faustina herself and recorded in her “Diary.” Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, who was a principal translator of St. Faustina’s diary, and the postulator of her cause of canonization, writes the following:

“On at least three occasions, from 8:00-11:00 in the evening, she felt like her insides were being torn apart. She suffered so much that she thought she was going to die. The doctors couldn’t figure out what was ailing her, and no medication was able to alleviate her sufferings. Later, she was given to understand that she was undergoing those pains for mothers who were aborting their children (Diary, 1276).
“On another occasion, she had a vision of an angel coming with thunderbolts to destroy one of the most beautiful cities of her country. And she felt powerless to do anything about it (Diary, 474). What antidote did the Lord give her? The Chaplet of Divine Mercy. [She explained] that the city was to be chastised for its sins, primarily the sin of abortion.” (“Wombs of Mercy,” Marian Helpers Bulletin, Summer 1995, p.13).

Pope John Paul II personally emphasized this connection in 2003 when he signed a special Papal Blessing for those who pray the Chaplet for an end to abortion. The blessing, signed on the Feast of the Annunciation, is addressed to the Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy and to “all the faithful worldwide who join them in offering the Divine Mercy Chaplet…for mothers, that they not abort their offspring; for infants in danger of being put to death in the womb; for a change of heart of providers of abortions and of their collaborators; for human victims of stem cell research, genetic manipulation, cloning and euthanasia; and for all entrusted with the government of peoples, that they may promote the Culture of Life, so as to put an end to the culture of death.”

The world needs mercy. As Chairman of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries, I see that mercy being poured out each day on thousands of men and women worldwide who have lost children to abortion. Let’s pray in these days especially for them.

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Holy Week Has Begun

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009





We have begun Holy Week, when the Church enters more deeply into meditation on the suffering, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

He endured this in order to redeem human life. Life was sacred because he made it, and by His Passion and resurrection it is even more sacred because it is now raised to the heights of heaven with Him. In the book of Revelation, the Risen Christ declares, “To the victor I will give the right to sit with me on my throne.” St. Paul likewise declares, “If we hold out until the end, we shall reign with Him.” The destiny of the human person, therefore, is the heights of heaven — and that is yet another reason why Christians oppose abortion, which throws that life in the garbage.

–Fr. Frank

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John Paul II: The Pope of Life

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009





On April 2, 2005, Pope John Paul II was called from this world to the next.

John Paul II was the Pope of life. He provided the Church and the world with profound reflections about the origins of human life in the loving mystery of the unity of man and woman. He wrote about love and responsibility, and he called the Church to understand that God’s choice comes before our choices.

He provided the pro-life movement with the encyclical Evangelium Vitae, the Gospel of Life. In it, he declared that the attack on children in the womb is an attack on God himself, and that when the state no longer protects these children, the disintegration of the state itself has begun.

May the example and teaching of John Paul II hasten the culture of life.

–Fr. Frank

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