Archive for May, 2011

The Visitation of Mary

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011





In the first chapter of Luke, we read, “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!’”

This is a marvelous encounter of two unborn children, one of whom was the Lord and the other the one who would announce Him to the world. Both of them had been specially announced and named by angels who appeared to their parents. Clearly, God gives us a calling before our birth, and is the One who prepares us for that calling. He has a relationship with children in the womb, and became one Himself. Why, then, should we be afraid to defend them and speak up for them?

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 27th, 2011





On Monday we observe Memorial Day, a time to remember the U.S. men and women who lost their lives serving their country. “Greater love than this no one has,” the Lord Jesus said, “than to lay down his life for his friends.” Those we honor today laid down their lives for us, that we may enjoy the freedom we have in this country. That freedom is based on the recognition of the dignity of life and the dominion of God. The practice of abortion denies both. Abortion, in fact, is contrary to everything for which America stands and upon which she was founded.

Let us honor those who died for our country, and let us build on what they left us as we strive for a Culture of Life.

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Steven Tyler’s Former Girlfriend Tells the Story of their Abortion

Thursday, May 26th, 2011





Aerosmith singer and “American Idol” judge Steven Tyler has written and spoken about the son he lost to abortion in the 1970s. The baby’s mother was Julia Holcomb, a young woman who was 16 years old when she became Tyler’s legal ward and went to live with him in Boston.

After Kevin Burke, full-time pastoral associate of Priests for Life and co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, wrote about Tyler’s abortion experience in a piece published May 4th in National Review Online, Julia contacted Burke to say that for years, she has been looking for a way to respond to the many published accounts of their relationship, most recently in Tyler’s autobiography, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? The compassion with which Burke wrote about Tyler as a post-abortive father prompted her to entrust her own story to his care.

On May 24th, in an essay published on LifeSiteNews.com, the former Julia Holcomb gives a behind-the-scenes look at life with a rock legend, including a harrowing account of a near-fatal apartment fire and the abortion.

“My National Review article on post-abortive father Steven Tyler and his high visibility as an Idol judge, with a new autobiography and song just released, provide a providential opportunity for Julia to share her experience of the dramatic events that took place during her three-year, live-in relationship with Tyler,” Burke said. “This is an intense and at times frightening and disturbing journey…but in the end it is an inspirational story of hope and healing. Julia is a woman of great courage and faith and it has truly been a blessing and a privilege to be entrusted with her story.”

Father Frank Pavone said, “Julia’s story of redemption and the incredible turnaround she has seen in her life should serve as a powerful witness to women who are still struggling with their own abortions.”

“Forgiveness and healing are available for all women and men who have had their children aborted, for every abortionist, for every abortion clinic worker,” Father Pavone said. “Julia’s story should serve as an invitation for each one of them to face the truth about abortion, and to seek healing.”

Read Julia’s incredible story at:

http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/the-light-of-the-world-the-steve-tyler-and-julia-holcomb-story

Burke’s original story on Steven Tyler can be found at:

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/266316/post-abortion-trauma-kevin-burke

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Let Us Be Their Spokesmen

Thursday, May 26th, 2011





Eight months before the Roe v Wade decision of the Supreme Court legalizing abortion, Justice Douglas wrote in another decision, called Sierra Club v. Morton:

“The ordinary corporation is a ‘person’ for purposes of the adjudicatory process. So it should be as respects valleys, alpine meadows, rivers, lakes, estuaries, beaches, ridges, groves of trees, swampland, or even air that feels the destructive pressures of modern technology and modern life…With all respect, the problem is to make certain that the inanimate objects, which are the very core of America’s beauty, have spokesmen before they are destroyed.”

Then, in Roe, this same Justice signed on to the majority opinion, saying, “the word person does not include the unborn.”
The unborn are persons. Let us be their spokesmen and keep them from being destroyed.

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Breach of the Seventh Commandment

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011





The Seventh Commandment declares, “You shall not steal.” Whenever we violate the right to life, we steal. We rob the person of what is his – the recognition of his rights, the protection of his life.

Actions like abortion also rob God Himself of what is His. Once when I was praying at an abortion facility with a group of people, and one man had his toes over the property line, a clinic worker shouted, “Get your feet off our property.” I responded, “And when are you going to get your hands off God’s property?”

God alone has dominion over human life. When an abortionist reaches into the sacred space of the womb to rip the child apart, he is stealing from the Almighty, and is also robbing society of the respect it owes to life.

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A Gift Too Precious to Abuse

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011





The Sixth Commandment says, “You shall not commit adultery.” In keeping with the understanding that commandments are like chapter headings, and that there are many other actions included under each one of them, this commandment prohibits us from abusing the gift of human sexuality and marriage. And with good reason. These gifts are given to us for our good as a human family. When we use them as God intends, they serve life, but when we abuse them, they lead to death, not just spiritually, but physically. When we speak to our nation about the tens of millions of children ripped apart by abortion, let’s challenge them to realize that one of the ways we arrived at that holocaust is that we ripped apart the very meaning and purpose of human sexuality.

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Priests for Life plans for 40th Roe vs. Wade observance

Monday, May 23rd, 2011





Father Pavone today announced that plans are underway for a special prayer gathering in 2013 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision.

“In January of 2013, in observance of the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, Priests for Life, its family of Gospel of Life Ministries, and the National Pro-life Religious Council, along with many other groups, will convene a large interdenominational prayer gathering in Washington, D.C.,” Father Pavone said.

“Each year, of course, we have a prayer service on Capitol Hill, as do many other groups. This special occasion will be marked by the effort to bring these various separate initiatives together into a common expression of our Christian commitment to end the killing.

“Stay tuned for more information at prayercampaign.org as the plans progress.”

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Priests for Life announces Vote Pro-life Coalition

Monday, May 23rd, 2011





Father Pavone made the following announcement today regarding the 2012 Elections:

“As you well know, the 2012 Election cycle is already underway, and rightly so,” Father Pavone said. “It is never too early to prepare and mobilize to elect pro-life candidates. Therefore, Priests for Life is once again announcing the ‘Vote Pro-life Coalition,’ which will unite organizations, Churches, and activists across the country to make a difference at the voting booth for the cause of life.

“You can sign up at www.PoliticalResponsibility.com, and you will hear about various resources, activities, webcasts, and ways you can help in the months to come.”

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Baby Joseph Back Home

Monday, May 23rd, 2011





In the early hours of Holy Thursday, 2011, as Churches were preparing – and in some parts of the world already celebrating – the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and the washing of the feet, “Baby Joseph” was flown from St. Louis, where he had been treated since I brought him there in mid-March, to his home in Windsor, Canada. As the Church prepared to celebrate the day when the Lord gave us the command to “love one another,” Baby Joseph’s parents and older brother were enjoying the fruit of the hard fight that their love inspired. They fought to help their baby breathe and bring him home. Canadian medical and government authorities had resisted, trying to impose their own value judgment on his life.

Now, however, he is home, and the Priests for Life Family, including tens of thousands of people who sent emails to the Canadian authorities, is delighted to have helped.

Our mission to save Baby Joseph and help his family was never based on any prediction of the future, but rather on the value of his life here and now. Our critics, on the other hand, looking into the crystal ball that ‘right to die’ advocates seem to always think they have, claimed our intervention was futile because Joseph would only end up having a machine do his breathing for him.

We don’t have to answer their criticism; Joseph is doing that for us, with every breath he takes. He has gained benefit from his tracheotomy, is breathing on his own, and is free from the need to use any tubes or machines.

Doctors have not given a time estimate as to how long they think he will live. Nobody knows. What we do know is that there are several key lessons to draw from this story:

a) Doctors do not always know best. Day by day, situations turn out better than many doctors predict. The desires of the patient and the family who seek care need to be honored.

b) Families need to fight to care for their loved ones. Moe Maraachli and his wife Sana did just that. They did not let the death of a previous child bring them to despair about this one. Rather, they fought hard for Joseph to get the care that has now helped him. Their love reminded me of the love that Terri Schiavo’s parents and siblings showed for her, a love willing to persevere despite the public spotlight and pressure that they never sought.

c) The meaning and value of life does not come from medical tribunals or courts, and it is not measured in years, months, or days. It is measured by giving and receiving love, first from God and then from each other.

d) When people band together for the cause of life, victories can be won. So many people sent emails, prayed, and are helping pay for Baby Joseph’s care (see BabyJosephCentral.com). We need to stay engaged in the pro-life cause, because there are many more victories to win.

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We Do Not Have Authority to Murder the Innocent

Monday, May 23rd, 2011





The Fifth Commandment states, “You shall not kill.” The literal translation of this commandment forbids murder. This is not about a prohibition on killing cattle for food or on killing bugs for our safety, nor is it an absolute prohibition on repelling an aggressor. The commandment means that we do not have authority to murder the innocent. Babies are always in that category. The commandment against directly, deliberately killing a baby or any other innocent person is absolute.

From this commandment comes the prohibition on abortion, at any stage of pregnancy and for any reason whatsoever. The commandment is based on God’s absolute dominion over human life. He alone gives and takes the lives of human beings; He alone governs who comes into the world and who goes out, and when, and how.

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