The Year of the Priest has begun, and Priests for Life is preparing a massive spiritual bouquet for the priests of the nation. Please visit priestsforlife.org to offer your prayers, rosaries, holy hours, chaplets, masses and sacrifices for priests. We will put this spiritual bouquet together and present it to all the priests in the Fall. We also invite you to tell us about some of your favorite priest stories, and how priests have blessed your life. Visit priests for life dot org and join our spiritual bouquet for priests. In particular, let’s pray that they may have courage to teach and preach about abortion with clarity, compassion, and effectiveness. When a priest does this, thousands of people will be mobilized for the cause of life.
On June 29 the Church honors the apostles Peter and Paul. We pray that we will be faithful to the teaching and grace handed down from the apostles. At the heart of that faith “that comes to us from the apostles” is the teaching on the sanctity of life. The fact that God cares for human life is the basis of all he does for us; the fact that he has entrusted us to the care of each other is the basis for all we do for each other.
Peter and Paul had relied on the Lord to sustain them in many battles. That true of the Church throughout the ages. Yet “the gates of hell will not prevail.” These words apply well to the battles to defend a culture of life against a culture of death.
The celebration of our nation’s independence is an important moment to reflect on the blessings of God, the meaning of freedom, and the task to expand the blessings of freedom to our unborn brothers and sisters who are still enslaved by our nation’s abortion policies.
That’s why Priests for Life begins today a special novena of prayer for our nation, in preparation for Independence Day. You can download the prayer at priestsforlife.org.
The prayer reminds us that our Founding Fathers took inspiration from the Gospel in founding this nation, and that our task is to secure liberty and justice not just for some, but for all, including the unborn.
Please visit priestsforlife.org, download the Independence Day Novena, and invite your family, pro-life groups, schools and parishes to take part in it.
Numerous polls continue to give good news to the pro-life cause and headaches to the pro-abortion movement. The Polling Company found in May that of Americans who know someone who has had an abortion, 55 percent described her abortion as a negative experience while just 33 percent described it as a positive one. Also, only 13 per cent of people said abortion is almost always a good thing for women. A May Gallup poll found that among women, 49 per cent said they are pro-life while only 44 per cent said they are pro-choice. And a May Rasmussen poll showed 64 per cent of women saying that most abortions are morally wrong. This poll showed women to be more pro-life than men. Let’s spread this good news and continue to work that all may respect life.
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Date: June 25, 2009
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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today reacted to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs’ statement that President Obama and Pope Benedict have a “shared belief in the dignity of all people.”
Fr. Pavone stated, “They do not. President Obama believes in the dignity of most people, but not all. We call on the President to clearly state that children should be protected by law before birth, not just after.”
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Date: June 24, 2009
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Atlanta , GA – Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., responded today to the news that White House tapes of President Nixon reveal him saying that he thought abortion was ‘necessary’ when one parent was white and one was black.
“Since its inception, the abortion movement has been eliminating people that it considers undesirable – people of color or those with low income,” said Dr. King. “President Nixon’s comment is just one more reminder that abortion and racism are inextricably linked.
The Nixon tapes coincide with the release of a new DVD expose on slavery, racism and eugenics, available at MAAFA21.com , wherein a White House recorded conversation between then President Nixon and staffers shows that the President was in agreement with population control under certain circumstances.
Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptizer, who leaped for joy in the womb of Elizabeth because of the coming of Christ. John told the people to prepare for Jesus’ coming by repenting of their sins, and continued to preach that message of repentance to those in power, such as when he told King Herod that it was wrong for him to have his brother’s wife.
John is an example for us to speak the truth boldly. Being a prophet is not primarily about telling the future, but about telling the present – pointing out what God thinks of what is happening now and what he wants us to do about it.
As we honor John the Baptizer, then, let us resolve to boldly proclaim the right to life for all, including the unborn.
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Date: June 22, 2009
New York – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today that Priests for Life is inviting the laity to prepare a massive spiritual bouquet which will be presented this Fall to all the priests of the country.
The faithful are invited to pledge prayers, rosaries, chaplets, holy hours, and sacrifices for priests, that they may be protected in body and spirit, and may grow in holiness and in the fruitfulness of their ministry.
This can be done at www.YearofPriests.org.
“Priests are heralds of the Gospel of Life, and are called to stir up the gifts of God’s people to build the culture of life. In our day, when restoring protection for the right to life is the top moral imperative, the Catholic faithful thirst in a particular way for the leadership of priests in this arena, and eagerly pray for it,” Fr. Pavone added.
Along with pledging a spiritual bouquet, people are invited to share their stories about their favorite priests.
Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.
The Church has begun the Year of the Priest. At Priests for Life, we focus on how priests are, by definition, heralds of the Gospel of Life. By saying mass, the priest brings us the victory of life over death. He carries out his ministry in the person of Christ, who is the Resurrection and the Life. The priest teaches the way of life that gives priority to the poor and vulnerable – and none are more vulnerable than the unborn. The priest is called to mobilize and lead the faithful to work to build the Culture of Life. In the sacrament of Penance, the priest heals the wounds of the culture of death. Priests need our prayers and encouragement each day. Assure them that they have yours, so they can be strong and faithful.
Today is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We give special honor and worship to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in reparation for the sins of the world. This Heart is the core of the pro-life movement, which is a movement of self-sacrificing love. Nothing can stop the love of the Heart of Jesus, which is the meaning of the flame we see. This love is met by rejection and hatred, symbolized by the wound in the heart.
Pro-life activists experience the same thing. Our love for the unborn is met with misunderstanding, ridicule, shunning, and persecution of all kinds. Yet nothing can extinguish the flame. We continue to love those who cannot love us back, and cannot even know we are loving them. And that is a gift of the Sacred Heart.