Archive for September, 2010

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Thursday, September 30th, 2010

The October Freedom Ride will call for freedom from the oppression of unjust laws and policies. Taking place just a few weeks before our national elections, the Freedom Ride will call in a non-partisan way for citizens to take an active and informed part in the elections and advance the culture of life in the voting booth. On these upcoming webcasts, you will receive ideas and inspiration to do that.

Click here to hear the replay of our first webcast that took place on September 7 with our special guests, Deal Hudson, Dr. Alveda King and David Bereit.

Priests for Life has formed a “Vote Pro-life” Coalition of national ministries. These groups work together to advance non-partisan activities to help the People of Life to engage the electoral process in an informed and responsible way.

The Coalition sponsors these webcasts that can be followed online or by phone, and that offer training for effective political action. Click here to listen to past webcasts and sign up to receive information on the upcoming webcasts listed below:

Vote Pro-Life Coalition-Freedom Ride Webcast, Pt 2: Wednesday, October 6, 9-10pm ET

(Topics include voter education, candidate fliers, announcing healing, preparations for Knoxville/Chattanooga Freedom Ride events)

Vote Pro-Life Coalition/Final Election Push Webcast: Wednesday, October 27, 9-10pm ET

(Theme is Get Out the Vote Activities)

I hope you will plan to join me and my expert panelists.

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St. Raphael the Healer

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

On September 29, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Raphael means “God Heals.” This is the angel of whom we read in the book of Tobit, whose father was healed of blindness through the angel’s help.

Today, let’s pray to Raphael to heal the many wounds caused by abortion in our world, and to bring those who have committed abortion to the peace and forgiveness of Christ.

Let’s also ask Raphael’s intercession to heal the blindness of all who think it is OK to let children in the womb be ripped apart by abortion, or who are not motivated to do something to save these vulnerable lives.

Raphael the Archangel, bring God’s healing to our nation, that we may become a culture of life.

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Do Not Be Afraid

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

On September 29, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Gabriel was the angel who told Mary she would carry the Son of God in her womb. Mary was confused and frightened by this, but Gabriel’s message was, “Do not be afraid.”

Such is Gabriel’s message today to every pregnant mother. “Do not be afraid” to welcome new life, even when it upsets your plans, changes the direction of your life, and requires you to mature in unexpected ways. Do not be afraid if you feel unprepared, or others tell you that you are not ready. If God creates a life in the womb, it’s because He is making you ready, and has plans from all eternity for that child and for you.

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Will to Live

Monday, September 27th, 2010

One of the best things we can do in reference to protecting our own lives from the culture of death is to fill out the “Will to Live” document.

These documents have been prepared by our friends at National Right to Life, in conjunction with legal experts, to conform to the laws in each of the 50 states. I would like to send one to you, and you can order it at www.priestsforlife.org/store/p-250-will-to-live.aspx. There is no charge.

This document is meant to protect you. The danger in our day is not that we will have treatments we don’t want; the danger, instead, is that we will not have treatments that we do want.

The “Will to Live” lets you indicate in advance that you want the care that is morally obligatory, that you do not want your life to be taken, and that if you cannot speak for yourself, a person you appoint and who shares your values and understands your desires will speak for you.

This arrangement can not only spare your life, but can preserve your loved ones from the confusion and anguish that can happen if they don’t know your wishes. The case of Terri Schiavo, in which I was deeply involved, is an example. Click here for an eyewitness account of that case.

Because illness or tragedy can strike at any time, the “Will to Live” is for adults of all ages.

The Will to Live is important, because we cannot predict the future, or know in advance what form of sickness or disease we may be afflicted with in the years ahead. We do not know what treatments we will need or what will be available.

We do not ever want to pretend, therefore, that we know what kind of medical treatments we will want to use or avoid in the future. It makes no sense to decide on treatments before we even know the disease.

Not every medical treatment is always obligatory. But to figure out which treatments are obligatory, morally speaking, and which are only optional, one must know the medical facts of the case. These facts are then examined in the light of the moral principles involved. But to try to make that decision in advance is to act without all the necessary information.

People already have the right to make informed consent decisions telling their family and physicians how they want to be treated if and when they can no longer make decisions for themselves. Doctors are already free to withhold or withdraw useless procedures in terminal cases that provide no benefit to the patient. Some people fear that medical technology will be used to torture them in their final days. But it is more likely that the ‘medical heroics’ people fear are the very treatments that will make possible a more comfortable, less painful death.

A safe route is to appoint a health care proxy who can speak for you in those cases where you may not be able to speak for yourself. This should be a person who knows your beliefs and values, and with whom you discuss these matters in detail. In case you cannot speak for yourself, your proxy can ask all the necessary questions of your doctors and clergy, and make an assessment when all the details of your condition and medical needs are actually known. That’s much safer than predicting the future. Appointing a health care proxy in a way that safeguards your right to life is easy.

Order your “Will to Live” today at www.priestsforlife.org/store/p-250-will-to-live.aspx. Please be sure to indicate what state you want it for, especially if you are getting one for someone who lives in a different state than you. Please also let others know of this offer.

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The Battle is Real

Monday, September 27th, 2010

On September 29, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.

Michael led the faithful angels in the battle that broke out in heaven when Lucifer rebelled.

The devil and his followers thought they could be like God by their own choice.

But Michael, whose name means “Who is like God?”, represents the fact that it is only by God’s sovereign choice that we can be exalted to His throne.

The battle between pro-life and pro-choice is the same battle. They are wrong who think that the only thing that matters in the end is their own choice, or that such a choice determines right and wrong.

Rather, it is God’s choice that matters, and when He chooses to create a little child, it is our duty to welcome and protect that precious gift.

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Aim to Win!

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Paul writes to the Corinthians, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run so as to win. … I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing.” The term shadowboxing means that the participant punches at nobody in particular. But when the Church swings, she is supposed to hit something. We have to set specific goals in our fight to overcome evil and extend God’s Kingdom. There are specific enemies of the Church and the Gospel of Life. Our work, therefore, cannot be one of platitudes and generalities.

It needs to begin with research and concrete knowledge of the obstacles in our way. Let’s not shadowbox. Let’s aim to win.

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Whatsoever You Do…

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

The prophets of old gave stern warning against those who robbed from the needy and oppressed the poor. God, who lifts up the lowly, expects His people to do the same, and to ensure that they have enough.

That is why it is so easy to understand why we defend the unborn. If God wants us to make sure our brothers and sisters have enough of this world’s goods, then He certainly wants us to make sure they have this world’s most basic good, life itself.

The whole Biblical teaching about care for the poor would make no sense if we did not have an obligation to preserve the lives of those in danger. And we do this for the very same reason: God has entrusted us to the care of one another.

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Malpractice is Rampant…

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

A Florida abortionist has lost his medical license, in part because of a botched abortion in which he inadequately dilated a patient’s cervix, then ruptured her uterus and shoved the unborn child’s body into the abdominal cavity. This was all done in a so-called “safe and legal” abortion clinic.

Many people wonder why someone who goes through the rigors and expense of medical school and ends up with the prestigious title “doctor” would want to use their skills doing abortions. Part of the reason is that these people have no respect for themselves, and are truly the bottom rung of the ladder in the medical profession. Malpractice is rampant in their secret, shame-covered world, and only rarely results in suspended licenses. Let’s pray they will all be stopped from killing babies and hurting women.

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Not So Safe After All

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

It has happened again. A woman walked into a so-called “safe and legal” abortion clinic, and ended up dying along with her baby. This tragedy occurred in Jackson Heights, New York City. Complications from the abortion required the thirty-seven year old woman to be transferred to a hospital, where she later died after bleeding heavily.

Actually, the fact that she was even transferred to the hospital is more than what happens in some of these cases, where women are neglected in the abortion clinic and left to die there without any emergency medical equipment on hand.

We are talking here about legal clinics, not back-alleys.

Making abortion legal did not make it safe, and the sooner the public understands that, the closer we will be to ending this horror.

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Deliver Us from Evil

Monday, September 20th, 2010

The Lord’s Prayer concludes with the words, “Deliver us from evil.” In asking this, we are not asking to be delivered from some vague force or bad luck. Rather, we are asking to be delivered from the influence and power of a real person, the devil, also known as the evil one. His kingdom of death has been defeated, and so his power is limited, but he still seeks to lead us astray. When we pray to be delivered from the evil one, we are praying to be delivered from the culture of death, and to stay faithful to Christ’s Kingdom of Life. We are praying that we will not be deceived by the false promises of the evil one, who presents abortion as a solution to a problem, though it is no such thing.

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