Archive for July, 2012

100 Days until Election Day: A To-Do List

Friday, July 27th, 2012

 

STATEN ISLAND, NY — For people who believe in the sanctity of all human life, Nov. 6, Election Day, will be the most important day of the year.

“With just 100 days to go, we all need to make sure we’re doing everything we can to encourage friends, family members, co-workers – everyone we know –  to make plans to get out and vote,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.

Here’s a checklist of things everyone can do to ensure a high voter turnout.

*Organize a voter registration drive at your church on Sept. 9,. Voter Registration Sunday (www.priestsforlife.org/vote).

*Encourage youth who will turn 18 by Election Day to register.

*Begin making plans for transporting senior citizens and those without transportation to the polls.

*Remind those who will be away on Election Day to obtain absentee ballots.

*Look into early voting rules in your state (www.priestsforlife.org/states).

*Print out the Priests for Life Voter Guides and distribute them (www.priestsforlife.org/candidates).

*Become familiar with candidates running at every different level of government, and find out specifically where they stand on abortion, euthanasia and embryonic stem-cell research.

For concrete help and resources for these and many other election-related activities, visit www.politicalresponsibility.com

“One of the most important things we do as Americans is to elect public servants who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public,” Fr. Pavone said.

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.

 

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“The Spirit God has given us is no cowardly spirit.” (2 Tim. 1:7)

 

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Conceived in Rape

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listen to these words by Kahtleen DeZeeuw: “I, having lived through rape, and also having raised a child conceived in rape, feel personally assaulted and insulted every time I hear that abortion should be legal because of rape and incest. I feel that we’re being used to further the abortion issue, even though we’ve not been asked to tell our side of the story.”

The story of Kathleen and of many other mothers who are rape survivors can be found in the book “Victims and Victors.” None of those who bring these children to birth ever say that they regret having their child. Yet those who abort after conceiving in rape usually suffer more from the abortion than from the rape. Find out more at priestsforlife.org.

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National Funeral Service Friday Morning

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement about a funeral service planned for tomorrow for an aborted baby.

“On Friday morning, July 27, I will stand proudly with my brothers and sisters of Operation Save America to honor the body of an aborted child for whom we will offer a memorial service in which the public will have an opportunity to participate. We have also arranged for the burial of the child.

“It is not often that we have the bodies of aborted babies. Unfortunately, the act by which their lives are dishonored and their bodies dismembered takes those bodies and discards them with the medical waste.

“But once in a while, we are able to retrieve these bodies. When we do so, we give them the honor that others have denied them. The act of violence that killed them is done in secret; we believe that the act of reparation that honors them should be done in public. The cold-hearted killing was done in darkness; the broken-hearted mourning should be done in the bright light of day.

“We will have an open casket at this memorial service so that people can see the bruised body of this baby. The body is intact, having been killed by prostaglandin abortion, which induces violent contractions that bruise and ultimately kill the child. Seeing the child awakens the conscience to the fact that abortion kills real people, and must be put to an end without further delay.”

This service will occur Friday, July 27, in Charlotte, NC at the intersection of Trade and Tryon at 10 a.m. ET.

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.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering” (Exodus 3:7).

Reflection: Some abortion supporters say to us, “Let’s agree to disagree.” We have the greatest respect for those who disagree with us. But when victims are oppressed, we don’t just “agree to disagree” with the oppressor. Rather, we intervene to stop the oppressor and save the victims. Abortion is not about beliefs; it’s about bloodshed. It’s not about viewpoints, it’s about victims.

Prayer: Lord, you hear the cry of the oppressed; may we hear it also, and respond. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“That which came to be found life in him” (John 1:2-3).

Reflection: On this day in 1968, Pope VI issued Humanae Vitae, which means, “Of Human Life.” That encyclical outlines the Church’s vision of human life, marriage, and the connection between human love and the creative action of God. Love and Life represent two gifts that go together. Love leads to life; it does not close it off. Love welcomes life, it is not afraid of it. Love and life go together because they are two aspects of the one God.

Prayer: Lord God, you are love and you are life. Open all people to your love, that they may give life. Amen.

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The Final Goal

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No law can legitimize an act of violence like abortion. At the same time, lawmakers who want to restore protection to the unborn are usually limited in how much of that protection they can restore right away. Certain laws can restore some protection now, but leave many babies unprotected. Most people understand that it is morally acceptable to pass such laws, even though they are still short of the final goal. However, certain conditions must be fulfilled in order to support such laws morally. For one thing, the law has to accomplish the maximum amount of protection that is possible at the moment. We must never aim lower than what we have the legislative support to achieve now. Furthermore, legislators must make it known that in the end, no law can permit even a single abortion, and that the final goal is to protect every child.

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Saving Lives

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Myself with Sister Paula and Msgr. O’Connell

Supporting Priests for Life is synonymous with saving lives. I think, for example, of three of the recent trips I made, all within a week of each other, and how they are connected with saving lives.

The first was to address a conference of pregnancy center directors and staff. Denise Cocciolone of National Life Center, and Sister Paula Vandegaer of International Life Services had a joint conference, and I gave a talk to strengthen the participants in their work. I have known these two women of God for many years – in fact, since I started with Priests for Life – and it’s a joy to work with them.

From there, I went to North Carolina and spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the nation’s first on-campus pregnancy center and maternity home at Belmont Abbey College. I have been involved in this project from the beginning, and Priests for Life is helping replicate it elsewhere. This is a project of “Room at the Inn,” and I have had Jeannie Wray, its Executive Director, as a guest on our EWTN series Defending Life.

A few days after that I spoke at the second annual national Sidewalk Counseling Training Seminar sponsored by Brian Gibson and Pro-life Action Ministries in the Twin Cities. I helped to encourage and strengthen the effectiveness of those who organize people in their communities to be at the abortion mills to intervene and help those whom the pregnancy centers and Churches have not reached.

Myself with Denise Cocciolone

Three events, on both coasts and in the middle, with the nation’s leaders in saving lives. It is a joy to work so closely with these leaders and activists so that every day, their efforts and ours bear more fruit. And this is what Priests for Life seeks to be: a leaven to make the whole pro-life movement more effective. Thanks for saving lives right along with us!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“The Lord sustains the poor, but humbles the wicked in the dust” (Psalm 147:6)

Reflection: German Cardinal Clemens von Galen became famous for sermons he preached in 1941 against the Nazi euthanasia program. He declared, “These numerous cases of unexpected death in the case of the insane are not natural, but often deliberately caused, and result from the belief that it is lawful to take away life which is unworthy of being lived… Once admit the right to kill unproductive persons… then none of us can be sure of his life.”

Prayer: Inspire your preachers, Lord, with the courage we see in Cardinal von Galen. Amen!

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Rid Your Heart of Hatred

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Lord tells us that if we are bringing our gift to the altar and recall that our brother has something against us, we should first be reconciled with our brother, and then come and offer our gift. If, then, we bear hatred in our hearts for any person, we must first rid our hearts of that hatred before we can receive Communion. This also means that if we consider it all right to kill our unborn brothers and sisters by abortion, we are not reconciled with them. We need to reconcile first, to have the right attitude toward our smallest brothers and sisters, and welcome them in our hearts before we welcome their Lord. All who receive Communion must be reconciled first with the unborn, recognizing them as brothers and sisters and defending their rights.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Where life is involved, the service of charity must be profoundly consistent… for human life is sacred and inviolable at every stage and in every situation; it is an indivisible good. We need then to show care for all life and for the life of everyone.” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.87)

Reflection: The consistency of our care for life flows from the fact that God’s care is constant. Every life at every stage of existence belongs to him. God’s rights over human life are never interrupted or diminished.

Prayer: God of uninterrupted love, keep us constant and consistent in our care for one

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