Archive for September, 2009

Remembering September 11

Friday, September 11th, 2009





On this day in 2001, terrorists attacked our land in an event that we should never forget.

We lament the loss of thousands of lives, and the destruction of our buildings.

Yet earthquakes or tsunamis can also cause the same damage.
What makes terrorism different? The evil of September 11 was that some human beings had a blatant contempt for the right of other human beings to live.

In our war against terrorism, the evil we fight is a reflection of the evil we do. The same contempt for human life is found in every abortion clinic. What moral difference does it make if a victim is five feet tall or five inches tall, or if the instrument of death is an airplane or surgical forceps?

On this sad anniversary, let’s resolve to defend all life.

–Fr. Frank

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“Misunderstandings” and “Bogus Claims” on Abortion Funding in Health Care Legislation Come from the White House, Not Pro-Lifers, Says Fr. Pavone

Thursday, September 10th, 2009





Washington, DC – In response to President Obama’s speech to Congress last night, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, stated, “If there are ‘misunderstandings’ or ‘bogus claims’ about abortion funding in pending health reform legislation, as the President claimed in his speech, they are coming from the White House, not pro-lifers.”

Priests for Life is calling on all believers to join a prayer campaign on Facebook regarding health care reform. Every church in the country has been asked to promote this cause at www.prolifeprayers.com.

Likewise, the voices of women who have had abortions are joining the debate via a video which pro-life groups are distributing at www.silentnomoreawareness.org/healthcare. Individuals and groups have been asked by the women themselves to spread this video so that the voice of experience and not just political debate can be heard.

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Largest Network of Priests against Abortion Weighs in on Health Care Debate

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009





Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, the largest network of clergy and lay people dedicated to ending abortion, announced today two special initiatives regarding the Church’s call for authentic health care. First, Priests for Life has created a special website at www.PrayerCampaign.org which features a daily Prayer to End Abortion as well as a Prayer for Our Nation’s Health Care Reform. A second site, ProLifePrayers.org, serves as a special Facebook cause that is quickly becoming the largest pro-life prayer group in history. Fr. Pavone asks all priests to encourage their parishioners to join Facebook and sign up on this urgent cause.

The second initiative features the participants of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the largest network of women and men speaking out about their own loss of children to abortion. The Campaign has joined the health care debate by producing a special video stressing that health care reform must not include an expansion of abortion, arguing that health care should serve women, not hurt them. Fr. Pavone urges all priests and pastors and pro-life organizations to share this video with the people they serve. See the video at: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org/healthcare.

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Largest Pro-Life TV Show Starts 15th Consecutive Year with Brand New Series

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009





Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, the largest network of clergy and lay people dedicated to ending abortion, announced today the new season of Defending Life, the largest and longest running pro-life TV show in the world. The show began in 1995 after Mother Angelica personally asked Fr. Pavone to do a series on abortion. EWTN recently doubled the production of the series to 26 new episodes per year.

The new season features 13 brand new episodes. It will run on the EWTN Global Catholic Network on Fridays at 10pm and Saturdays at 2 am as well as on EWTN Global Catholic Radio on Fridays at 1am, Saturdays at 6:30pm and Sundays at 5am (All times Eastern).

Interested viewers should consult www.PriestsforLife.org/defendinglife for more information and to view show topics.

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Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009





Today we celebrate the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We rejoice that this woman was chosen by God to be His own mother.

In our day, we need Mary’s presence and example more than ever, because so many mothers are afraid to be mothers, and so many opinion-makers in our society have forgotten what motherhood really means.

Let’s honor Mary today by offering special prayers for all who are pregnant and afraid, especially those tempted to abort their child. Pray that they find new hope and strength in the one who said “Yes” to God’s plan.

Pray also for those who have aborted their children. Pray that on this day, Mary herself will comfort them, and point them to her Son, in whom there is forgiveness and life.

–Fr. Frank

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Remembering Mother Teresa

Friday, September 4th, 2009





Mother Teresa of Calcutta was called home to heaven on September 5, 1997. She put into concrete practice the Church’s message about the sanctity of life, seeing in each person – no matter how sick or how depraved – a reflection of the image of God, and treating them as brothers and sisters.

She spoke boldly to those in power about the evil of abortion. At her Nobel Peace Prize lecture, as well as at her speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, she said that the greatest destroyer of peace is abortion. She asked, “If we allow a mother to kill her own child, how can we tell people not to kill each other?” In Mother Teresa’s memory, let’s echo that question.

To find a special prayer in her honor, visit www.priestsforlife.org
–Fr. Frank

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Mother Teresa & The Pro-Life Movement

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009





Mother Teresa of Calcutta was called from this world on September 5, 1997. In my many conversations with her about the pro-life movement, it was very clear that she expected us not simply to pray but to intervene. She told me about how she went to the places where abortions were performed and took the women by the arm, away from that place of death and to her communities where they would find hope and life for themselves and their children.

Help us to honor Mother Teresa by joining the special novena we have posted at priestsforlife.org. You will find a prayer to say, and will be able to share with us how Mother Teresa has influenced your own life – that’s at priestsforlife.org.

Above all, honor her by imitating her.

–Fr. Frank

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Assisted Suicide Violates Human Dignity Says National Priest Leader

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009





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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, commented today on the pending Montana Supreme Court case that could establish a so called state constitutional right to assisted suicide.

“Assisted suicide is an act that violates the victim’s dignity,” said Fr. Pavone. “It is a declaration that a person’s life is worthless and devoid of respect. If the Montana constitution states that the dignity of every human is inviolable, then there can be no room in that constitution for the protection of a fabricated ‘right’ that threatens the very existence of the disabled and medically vulnerable.”

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Women Proclaim Freedom from Shame

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009





Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us” (1 Jn. 1:3). With these words, John spells out the basis on which the Gospel was announced to the world: personal testimony. Peter proclaimed, “We are witnesses of everything he did …God raised him from the dead …and caused him to be seen … by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed …” (Acts 10:39-42).

God takes personal testimony seriously. It’s the way he has spread his word from the beginning. He intervenes in the lives of his people, and then he commands that those who have experienced his intervention tell others about it.

The Old Testament Patriarchs encountered God in a variety of surprising ways, and the advancement of salvation history depended upon their sharing that witness, starting with Abraham’s sharing of the encounter by which God told him to relocate his family and trust in a promise of fruitfulness that seemed impossible. The prophets likewise, through words and symbolic actions, told the people what God spoke to them. And the central event of the Old Testament, the Exodus, comes to us through generations of personal testimony to the mighty intervention of God.

Jesus Christ himself is the testimony of the Father. “I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence,” Jesus explained (John 8:38). “For this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth” (John 18:37).

Paul’s conversion experience on the road to Damascus is one of the most famous testimonies in Christianity. And it does not stop with the Bible. Whether it’s through the Confessions of St. Augustine, or the writings of Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, or Ignatius of Loyola, this much is clear: personal testimony is an essential tool of evangelization.

It’s not surprising, therefore, that one of today’s most powerful pro-life developments is the movement by which women and men who have lost children to abortion are speaking out about their pain and healing. The Silent No More Awareness Campaign, a project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life, gives these individuals opportunities to witness in churches, in the media, and in public rallies around the world. They reveal the hidden horror of abortion, and they proclaim that for those alienated by sin – whether abortion or not — there is a Savior.

It’s time for the Church and for each of us to hear and spread the testimonies of these men and women. Let’s match their courage with ours, by confronting the world with the word of their testimony, which can be found at www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org and on You Tube at www.youtube.com/silentnomorecampaign. Even the Supreme Court in 2007 acknowledged the significance of such testimony. And that’s only the beginning.

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