We Are Called to Be Watchmen

The prophet Ezekiel tells us that we are to be watchmen for each other, warning the sinner to turn away from his wicked ways, that he may live. Ezekiel says that if the sinner converts, we share the reward, but that even if he does not convert, we will save ourselves by warning him. This is especially true when it comes to dissuading people from abortion. Abortion supporters tell us we should mind our own business, but the Word of God tells us that warning the sinner is our business. This is also called fraternal correction, and is one of the spiritual works of mercy, admonishing the sinner. John Paul the Second wrote in The Gospel of Life, “God has entrusted the life of every individual to his or her fellow human beings.”

Where Two or Three Are Gathered

Our Lord has promised us, “Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.” Why did the Lord say “two or three?” He is there when just one person is present, but it is when the “other” or “others” show up that we are then able to give ourselves away in love, and that bond of active love between human beings manifests Jesus’ presence. The very meaning of life is to give and receive love. This is where we find our fulfillment, and that is the basis of the Culture of Life. We do not find happiness by pushing the other person out of the way, as in abortion, but by giving ourselves to the other person, that they may live.

Like St. John the Baptist, We Must Also Speak Up

Today we observe the martyrdom of St. John the Baptizer. He was killed because he spoke truth to the powerful but sinful king. The Church points to him and tells us we need to do the same: to challenge our government leaders to do what is right, starting with the protection of every human life, born and unborn.

This responsibility takes the form of lobbying and communicating with elected representatives. It also takes the form of voting, so that those who fail in their basic responsibilities to the community may not get into public office in the first place.

We count the cost of this activity too carefully. Today, let’s learn a lesson from the one who lost his head rather than keep silent. St. John the Baptizer, pray for us and for our leaders.

“Redeem the Dream” Conference Postponed

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, has announced that the conference “Redeem the Dream: The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century,” set for Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Family Research Council has been postponed.

The Aug. 28 dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the National Mall has been postponed due to the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Irene. No new date has been announced. “Redeem the Dream” will be rescheduled to coincide with the new dedication date.

The Anniversary of Mother Teresa’s Death

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.

“Redeem the Dream” conference Saturday in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In conjunction with Sunday’s dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, will host a panel discussion and video presentation Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Family Research Council, 801 G Street.

“Redeem the Dream: The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century,” will present a frank assessment of how far African-Americans have come since Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963, and how the dream has been imperiled by the abortion industry.

“The murder of millions of African-American babies by abortion was not something my Uncle Martin envisioned or would ever have supported,” said Dr. King. “He was unequivocally pro-life, and it would break his heart to know that so many African-American leaders endorse freedom of choice over the right to life.”

Co-hosting “Redeem the Dream” will be King for America, Priests for Life, Care-Net, Heartbeat INTL, Center for Urban Renewal and Education, Network of Politically Active Christians, Congress on Racial Equality, Students for Life, National Black Pro-Life Union and Protecting Black Life.

Reservations are not required for the event. To arrange an interview with Dr. King, please call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit priestsforlife.org.

Be Transformed by the Renewal of Your Mind

St. Paul tells us that we must not conform ourselves to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of our minds, so that we may discern “what is good, pleasing, and perfect.” This means that in the midst of the Culture of Death, we learn, as John Paul II wrote in The Gospel of Life, that “life is always a good,” even when it is beset by weakness and suffering. We do not conform ourselves to the “pro-choice” way of thinking, that would sacrifice the life of a baby in order to escape suffering. When Peter objected to the idea that Jesus should go to the Cross, the Lord told Peter that this was not the right way to think. Let us embrace life, even at the price of the Cross.

International Network of Catholic Legislators

Each year at the end of August, the International Network of Catholic Legislators meets in Rome. This gathering, which I will address again this year, seeks to network and encourage practicing Catholics in elected office, and give them ongoing formation, spiritual guidance, and strategic ideas that they can implement. At a time when so many moral and religious values are under attack from dangerous forms of legislation, and in a climate where faith is so often divorced from public life, this network is very valuable and necessary.

All of us can participate in two ways. First, as Scripture says, we should pray for those in authority. Second, we have to be active citizens, carefully evaluating those for whom we vote, and then communicating with them once they are in office.

The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today we observe the Queenship of Mary, acknowledging that the highest place that any creature holds in heaven is occupied by a woman and a mother. To be pro-life is to be pro-woman, and Mary the Mother of God is an example and inspiration for all women about how to embrace the vocation of motherhood, facing the unexpected and the unplanned with faith, courage, and joy.

Mary sums up her life in one word, “Fiat,” which means “Let it be done.” That’s what she said to the angel who told her she would be the Mother of God.

The pro-life movement is about helping mothers to say “Fiat,” helping them to love the child within them and to make the sacrifices that child deserves from us all. Mary, our Queen, pray for all mothers today.

Dr. Alveda King available for interviews on dedication of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, founder of King for America and the niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be doing interviews this week regarding the dedication of the long-overdue memorial for her uncle in Washington, D.C.

“As people gather in the nation’s capital to remember and celebrate the life of my Uncle Martin, it is an opportune moment to declare that were he here today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be standing with those working to stop the violence of abortion against children in the womb and restore them to equal protection under the law,” Dr. King said.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Aug. 28 on the National Mall.

In conjunction with the dedication, Dr. King, Priests for Life, and a host of other pro-life organizations will host “Redeem the Dream: The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Family Research Council at 801 G Street. The event will include a panel discussion, video presentations and a call to action.

Dr. King is available for interviews Monday, Aug. 22; Thursday, Aug. 25 and Friday, Aug. 26. To arrange an interview, please call Andre Kim at 347-286-7277.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit priestsforlife.org.