Archive for September, 2012

Who is like God?

Friday, September 28th, 2012

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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Prayer Rosary in Front of the White House

Friday, September 28th, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will lead the praying of the Rosary at noon on Sunday, Sept. 30, at Lafayette Park in front of the White House.

The prayer event is part of ActsFive29, a 72-hour program of prayer and civil disobedience to kick off at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

“The Rosary is a devotion strongly embraced by the pro-life movement,” said Father Pavone.

“This is so for good reasons, because in the Hail Mary we praise a mother, and we worship the fruit of her womb. Our salvation began because a mother said yes to the life within her!

“In the rosary we also say, ‘Pray for US sinners.’ We don’t point the finger at others, but rather at ourselves. We know that sin is in the world, but we start by repenting of the sin within us. The pro-life movement is in fact a movement of repentance, of admitting we haven’t done enough. That is the best way to rebuild the Culture of Life,” Fr. Pavone explained.

Immediately after the Rosary, Fr. Pavone will lead off the speeches in the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to protest the unjust mandate requiring every employer, including faith-based ministries like Priests for Life, to provide free contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs to their employees.

Priests for Life was among the first to sue the Obama administration back in February. The mandate went into effect for Priests for Life on August 1, and on that morning Fr. Pavone announced the organization would disobey it.

Bryan Kemper, director of Youth Outreach for Priests for Life, will participate in the rally and wrote about his willingness to be arrested: http://bit.ly/Q0x2dR to read his testimony.

For more information, visit www.ActsFive29.com and www.priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate.

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

Friday, September 28th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“War broke out in heaven, with Michael and his angels in combat against the dragon” (Revelation 12:7).

Reflection: The Archangel 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’s name means “Who is like God?” Only God’s choice can exalt us to his throne. The battle between pro-life and pro-choice is the same battle. Some think their own choice, rather than God, that determines right and wrong.

Prayer: Sovereign Lord, may all acknowledge that you alone are God, and that your choice, not our own, exalts us. Amen.

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God Heals

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

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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Today’s Pro-Life Reflections

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“Adopting a consistent ethic of life, the Catholic Church promotes a broad spectrum of issues …Opposition to abortion and euthanasia does not excuse indifference to those who suffer from poverty, violence and injustice. …But being ‘right’ in such matters can never excuse a wrong choice regarding direct attacks on innocent human life” (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, n. 23).

Reflection: Consistency cuts both ways, and challenges those with blind spots to human rights. The most common mistake is to tolerate child-killing while advocating for adults.

Prayer: Lord, free us from every trying to use justice as an excuse for injustice, or right as a justification for wrong. Amen.

 

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Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

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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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“Take warning, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear…” (Psalm 2:10-11).

Reflection: Pro-abortion politicians say, “The government should not be involved in a personal decision like abortion.” But the government got “too involved” in abortion when it claimed to have the authority to authorize it. The Declaration of Independence says government exists to secure the rights already bestowed by the Creator. Some say it is none of the government’s business to prohibit abortion. Actually, it is none of the government’s business to permit abortion.

Prayer: Instill in our civic leaders, O God, the proper fear of your kingship. May they realize the limits of their authority. Amen.

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Catholic Faith

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

If you want to know why the Catholic faith teaches that killing the unborn is wrong, just ask why it teaches that killing the born is wrong. It’s the same reason. We are not talking here about some complicated, lofty religious truth discerned only with the most exquisite ability to pierce the mysteries of revelation, and subject to varying and abstruse theological interpretations. Rather, we are talking about the same reason why the Faith tells us that it is wrong to shoot someone in the street. And the Faith tells us this is wrong simply because human reason tells us it’s wrong. Violence against the innocent is always to be rejected. The age of the victims and the method of killing may vary, but the teaching does not.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“I must confess that I am not afraid of the word “tension.” I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963).

Reflection: Pro-life people likewise must not be afraid of “tension.” When there is the false peace of a society that has accommodated child-killing and the killing of the disabled and terminally ill, then the solution requires constructive tension.

Prayer: Lord, you brought about the tension of the cross and the tension of salvation. May your followers reject false peace and work for true justice. Amen.

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“Prayerfully pro-choice” ?

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Abortion supporters sometimes have bumperstickers that say, “Prayerfully pro-choice.” The implication here is that they have consulted God about a procedure that dismembers little babies, and have found it to be OK.

This is a classic example of using faith against reason.

The God who gives us faith also gives us common sense. Nothing that truly comes from God is ever going to tolerate the killing of innocent human beings. Faith should never be used to contradict reason.

The “Prayerfully pro-choice” slogan is also an example of using God’s name in vain. That commandment doesn’t just forbid cursing. It forbids invoking God to justify actions that offend him. The God whom we approach in prayer does not send us forth to prayerfully butcher little children in abortion mills. Nor does he allow us to tolerate it.

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