(Before you read this special letter, may I urge you to join our Prayer Campaign – www.prayercampaign.org - in which between now and May 17, we are joining forces with the pro-life students at Notre Dame to have a million rosaries offered in reparation for the scandal that the University has created by honoring the most pro-abortion President in history.)
(Thank you for your support of Priests for Life. If you already responded to the following appeal online, I appreciate your support. This email is intended for those who did not respond when we sent it last week.)
There is only one reason why I sent you this email.
I need you to rush Priests for Life a contribution … TODAY!
To do so, simply click here and follow the instructions.
In fact, the size of your gift isn’t as important as is the fact that you send something.
Here’s why it is so critically urgent that you do this now … before you move on to your next email.
This past February a tiny baby girl was born alive during a botched abortion. You may have read about her or heard her tragic story talked about on the news. It happened in Miami, Florida.
Rather than be protected and nurtured, this living, breathing little girl was mercilessly stuffed in a plastic biohazard bag and callously thrown out with the trash.
As I read that heartrending story and thought of that helpless, innocent tiny baby, I became enraged.
More to the point, and borrowing a famous phrase from the movie Network, I said to myself:
“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!!!”
In fact, the story line of Network fits our pro-life situation today. Do you remember the movie? Made in the 70s, it was the story of a TV anchor who went into a rant on live TV about all that had gone wrong with the world. The character’s name was Ed Beale.
During his on-air tirade, he captured the thinking and fears of his viewers when he said:
We know things are bad – worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.’
Doesn’t that “just leave me alone” attitude remind you of a lot of our fellow pro-life Americans? I’m afraid a lot of them are simply overwhelmed by the enormity of our fight to end abortion.
Which fits in perfectly with what the character Ed Beale said next. Getting really angry, his voice begins to rise as he looks into the camera and says:
Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! … I don’t know what to do about [all the problems in the world]. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad.
Then Beale begins to yell at his viewers:
You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a HUMAN BEING! My life has VALUE!’
So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell:
‘I’M MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!’
Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!
Now I’m no fan of Hollywood. But I’ll be the first to admit that this time Hollywood got it right.
In order for us to bring an end to abortion and change our culture …
… we’ve got to get mad!!!
And believe me, there’s plenty for you and me to be angry about.
Abortion-on-demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy is still the law of the land!
In spite of our Declaration of Independence which proclaims every person’s unalienable RIGHT TO LIFE, the United States still has the most extreme abortion laws of any country in the industrialized world!
Over a million innocent tiny boys and girls are still being slaughtered every year in the USA alone … 3,300 of them every day!
Human babies are still being used like laboratory rats and guinea pigs for cruel human experimentation!
The body parts of babies killed in abortions are still being sold!
Women are still being lied to about the terrible consequences of abortion!
For almost forty years, in spite of tremendous effort and much prayer …
… the killing continues!
And it’s not going to change until you and every other pro-life American gets mad!
Again, though, as I’ve told you before, I’m not talking about the sin of anger. I’m talking about righteous anger … the kind Our Lord had when He cleared the temple of the moneychangers and the profiteers.
When God created us, He instilled in us lots of passions. One of those is anger. And, for those who have a right conscience, that anger gets triggered whenever we encounter injustice.
Well there is no greater injustice in today’s world than the evil of abortion where the youngest members of our human family are butchered and slaughtered!
So get mad! Get angry! That’s the only way you’re going to change anything.
Then channel the energy of your anger into productive pro-life activity.
And here’s a specific project I’m counting on you to get behind and support.
Do you remember the Freedom Riders who helped create the civil rights movement of the 1960s?
They were ordinary everyday people – blacks and whites – who were determined to end the injustice of racial segregation in the South … in a non-violent manner!
In May of 1961 a group of them boarded Greyhound and Trailways buses in Washington, D.C. Their destination was New Orleans.
And at cities all along the way they intended to defy the Jim Crow laws that prohibited blacks from using the same restrooms as whites … drinking from the same water fountains as whites … eating in the same restaurants as whites … and even sitting in the same areas of bus terminals as whites.
As their buses entered the Deep South, violent, unruly mobs greeted them. The Freedom Riders were beaten with baseball bats and metal pipes. They were refused medical treatment at area hospitals. One bus was set on fire. They were arrested for disturbing the peace.
And yet, in spite of the beatings and jailings, more people came forward and volunteered to take the place of those who were too injured to continue.
In the weeks that followed, more Freedom Rides took place.
And by November 1961 – just six months after the first bus left Washington – the injustice of segregation at bus terminals throughout the South was ended.
From that success sprang the civil rights movement that ended segregation.
Inspired by the bravery and conviction of those Freedom Riders, one man stepped up and became the face and voice of justice and equality for all Americans. That man was Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
From 1961 to his assassination in 1968, Martin Luther King traveled from city to city across America speaking to the people and imploring them to rise up and cast off the chains of racism and bigotry. His mission was justice for all.
And justice is what prompts our pro-life movement. Justice and love. That’s why our bishops have called abortion:
“[T]he fundamental human rights issue for all men and women.”
Unfortunately, tens of millions of Catholics and other Christians have turned a blind eye to that truth! That reality can lead to only one conclusion:
If we’re ever going to end abortion, we’ve got to do what the Freedom Riders of the sixties did and challenge the status quo.
For years now too many of our fellow pro-lifers have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for others to end the evil of abortion.
Well, the days of hand-wringing and fence-sitting are over!
Like the Freedom Riders of the 60s, we’ve got to challenge the status quo, take to the streets and demand an end to the injustice of abortion.
And that is exactly why Priests for Life is reviving the Freedom Rides and why I’m counting on you to click here and help fund this important project!
We’re going to go on a months-long, cross-country Pro-Life Freedom Ride! We’re going to invite America to join us. And in city after city we’re going to rouse the people from their slumber and get them to shout out with us:
We’re mad as can be and we’re not going to take it anymore!
The wanton killing of the youngest and most defenseless members of our human family has got to stop! Now!
In every city we visit we’ll …
… fire up local pro-life activists!
… activate the clergy – Catholic, Protestant, Jewish … all of them!
… recruit and train new leaders for our movement!
… defy local ordinances and protest outside abortion clinics!
… establish “Abortion Free” zones in minority neighborhoods where abortionists at Planned Parenthood clinics commit their deadly crimes!
… organize prayer vigils!
… expose local abortionists for all to see!
… enlist young people to join our fight against abortion!
… SHOW people the grisly consequences of abortion!
… provide a forum where the victims of abortion can give their testimony!
Our goal is threefold:
1. To re-ignite the fire of righteous anger within the people of life!
2. To create SOLIDARITY within the ranks of the pro-life movement!
3. To put down solid pro-life roots in every city that we visit!
As I hope you can see, the Pro-Life Freedom Ride will rouse from their slumber those of our fellow pro-life workers who have become jaded and lost their passion.
Equally important, it will bring more of our fellow Americans into our movement.
That’s because our Priests for Life team is made up of dynamic speakers. Each one of them is literally on fire to preach the Gospel of Life. To a person they speak with the power and authority of the Holy Spirit.
One member of our team is especially compelling. She is Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Following in the footsteps of her uncle, Alveda is having a tremendous impact on everyone who hears her, and most especially within the African-American community.
Her unflinching defiance before those who are waging genocide on Black Americans is inspirational. Quoting the words of her uncle, she reminds all Americans everywhere of the truth that:
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
That’s the message our Pro-Life Freedom Ride will drive home to all we meet!
I think you can tell how excited I am about this project. I’d love nothing more than to gas up our bus and get on the road tomorrow. But I can’t. Too many details have to be worked out.
One of them – and without question the most important one – is to come up with the money needed to fund this historic Pro-life Freedom Ride project.
Which is why I’m counting on you to click here and follow the instructions to send Priests for Life the largest contribution you can make today.
It’s going to cost Priests for Life literally hundreds of thousands of dollars to pull this off. That money is needed to:
Charter the “Pro-Life Freedom Ride” bus for a year.
Print all the materials we will be giving away during our travels. These will include:
Our brochures on how to encourage priests and pastors to become active members of the pro-life movement … especially our pamphlets “Addressing Abortion with Confidence – A Message for Clergy” and “How To Encourage Your Priest To Be Actively Pro-Life”.
Copies of my “Ending Abortion” book.
Statements by our U.S. bishops, including their powerful 1998 “Faithful Citizenship” document.
Teachings of the Church, most especially the late Pope John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae.
Photographs of the mangled bodies of babies killed in abortions.
And much, much more.
Buy advertising space on radio stations, local newspapers, and on the Internet to promote “Pro-Life Freedom Ride” appearances and events.
Rent whatever equipment we’ll need at our various events (for example, microphones, sound systems, speakers, overhead projectors and the like).
Pay for food and lodging as our “Pro-Life Freedom Ride” makes its way across the country.
Right now initial plans place our Freedom Ride early in 2010 … just in time to activate, mobilize and educate voters so that they can advance the Culture of Life in the voting booth.
But don’t think the Pro-Life Freedom Ride project is all about politics.
Nothing could be further from the truth. If there’s one thing we’ve learned over these past forty years, it’s this:
Political progress advances only to the extent that we write the Gospel of Life on the hearts of all Americans!
So rather than having a specific political purpose, our Pro-Life Freedom Ride will aim to rouse our fellow Americans from their slumber and get them to join us as we shout out for all to hear …
… we’re mad as can be and we’re not going away until we end the injustice of abortion!
And so today I am asking you to be ready to make whatever sacrifice is necessary so you can send Priests for Life the largest gift you can to support our Pro-Life Freedom Ride and all our work to end abortion.
Of this much I am absolutely certain:
Without your help, we are powerless to act.
But with it, we can win the fight against abortion.
So please click here and follow the instructions. Be as generous as you possibly can. Do it for the sake of that little baby girl in Florida … and all the victims of abortion.
And if I may ask you one more favor. Each year I survey our supporters to learn how we can serve their needs more effectively. After giving your donation, would you take a moment and fill out the short survey I’ve placed at www.priestsforlife.org/survey. It is very important to me to know what you’re thinking about our ministry!
Thank you. And know that in thanksgiving for your support, I will remember you at each Mass that I offer; as will the other priests here at Priests for Life. God bless.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries
NOTE: If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to Priests for Life and send it to us at PO Box 141172, Staten Island, NY 10314. If you have any questions, call us toll-free at 888-735-3448.