Archive for October, 2012

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“Every voice matters in the public forum. Every vote counts. Every act of responsible citizenship is an exercise of significant individual power. We must exercise that power in ways that defend human life, especially those of God’s children who are unborn, disabled or otherwise vulnerable” (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, 34).

Reflection: The Presidential race of 2000 was decided by fewer votes than are present in most parishes on a Sunday morning. Many other races are decided by literally a handful of votes, and sometimes by a single vote. Citizens easily underestimate the power of their vote.

Prayer: Lord, may I never fail to exercise my vote! Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, October 29th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“We urge our fellow citizens to see beyond party politics, to analyze campaign rhetoric critically, and to choose their political leaders according to principle, not party affiliation or mere self-interest” (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, 34).

Reflection: Politics, though messy, is an opportunity to shape society according to moral principles. The first requirement of a public servant is to be able to tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public. The inability to discern that attacks on life like abortion and euthanasia are evil should disqualify a candidate.

Prayer: Lord, shine through the eclipse of conscience that afflicts many public officials, and give them wisdom. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Let us never grow weary in doing what is right” (Galatians 6:9).

Reflection: Sometimes the moral obligation to vote is stronger than at other times. This is especially true when pro-life people can elect, in a close race, someone who will protect the unborn, and remove from office someone who won’t. The tighter the race, the more each person’s vote matters. Among candidates who have a strong enough base to win, we have a moral obligation to vote in such a way that will do the most to advance the culture of life.

Prayer: Lord, let me not miss the opportunity to advance what is good and right. Amen.

 

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ELECTION VIDEO: Cardinal stresses that Right to Life is issue number one!

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Without the protection of the right to life, no other discussion of human rights can continue.

So declared Cardinal Renato Martino in an interview I conducted with him about politics and elections.

As we approach Election Day, some – even within the Church – will distort and hide the fact that the Church (and commonsense, by the way) make it crystal clear that the right to life is the most foundational good to preserve in any election.

Without life, we don’t have anything.

Can you imagine a candidate saying, “I support terrorism” and a voter replying, “I disagree with you on terrorism, but what’s your health care plan?’

No. The supporter of terrorism would be dismissed as unworthy of public office.

So should the supporter of abortion.

Now, it’s not just you saying that. By using this video at www.FrFranksBlog.com, it will be the Cardinal saying it!

So I ask you to do the following:

1) Click here to watch the video on Youtube.
2) Post this message on your Facebook account.
3) Tweet this message to your Twitter followers.
4) Place this message on your blog and/or website.
5) Bring this message to the attention of your pastor and invite him to quote the Cardinal as he preaches to the people in these days before the Election!

Thank you for all you are doing to advance the protection of life. Nothing is more important.

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“Every man has the obligation to vote, because by voting he can determine … who will make tomorrow’s laws either to be unjust and perverse, or to promote human values. . . God Himself asks that every Christian, make his contribution by voting”. (Bishop Karl Romer, Secretary, Pontifical Council for the Family, The Vatican).

Reflection: Everything we can say about the tremendous moral responsibility of those who craft legislation and put it into effect really reflects the moral responsibility of those who put them in those positions in the first place – the voters.

Prayer: Lord, may we use wisely the freedom to elect our lawmakers. Amen.

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Exercise Your Right To Vote

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

In order to properly exercise our Christian duty to vote, we need to know something about the candidates for whom we are voting. What do they intend to do with the power we give them? What kind of public policies will they implement? How do their views correspond with ours? Priests for Life is informing people about candidates through our voter guides, which can be ordered at priestsforlife.org. Along with a voter guide about candidates, we provide a guide to the positions of the political parties. When we put candidates into office, we also put parties into power, and need to know what they stand for. Tens of thousands of these guides are now being distributed, and they are legally approved for distribution in Churches.

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Avoid the Election Day Traps! – Part One

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

When Election Day arrives, so do the traps that come with it. Be sure you avoid these pitfalls, and help others avoid them, too!

1. I’m a nobody — I only have one vote, and my vote doesn’t count!

This trap overlooks the lessons of history that show how elections can be decided by a single vote or a handful of votes. Remember the 2000 Presidential election! Less well known, perhaps, are these facts:

A shift of less than one vote per precinct in a handful of states would have defeated Woodrow Wilson in his bid for re-election in 1916. A few votes per precinct in Illinois and a couple of other states and then Vice President Richard Nixon would have defeated John F. Kennedy in 1960. In 1974, Congressman Louis Wyman was declared the victor in the U.S. senate race in New Hampshire, after a recount, by just two votes.

Election history provides many similar examples.

Yes, your one vote counts, and you can also influence many other votes!

2. They’re all bums! — No candidate is worthwhile!

This is the trap of looking for the non-existent perfect candidate. But your vote is not to canonize the candidate; it is to give him or her temporary power to do some limited good. If both choices look evil, try to see how one may be better than the other. This is not “choosing the lesser evil.” Rather, it is choosing to limit evil, and that is a good.

3. I can’t be a single-issue voter!

First of all, most people are. It is usually a “single issue” that motivates a person to rally around a candidate.

But if you don’t want to be a “single-issue” voter, at least you can be an intelligent one, and realize how the many issues are related. At the foundation of them all is the right to life, without which no others are possible. If a politician can’t respect the life of a little baby, how is she supposed to respect yours?

4. The election doesn’t matter. — We can’t put our trust in worldly power. Those we elect whom we think are on our side disappoint us anyway.

We don’t put our trust in earthly power and government, but in the Lord. Political involvement is not our salvation, but it is our duty. It is God Himself who gives us the opportunity and wisdom to shape our society according to His laws. Surely, any human leader can disappoint us, and many do. But we are not responsible for predicting or controlling the future, nor are we capable to do so. We are responsible for analyzing the positions of the candidates and choosing those whose positions correspond to the moral law and the common good.

I will discuss several more Election Day traps in my next column. In the meantime, please

a) Pass this column along to others.
b) Say the daily prayer at ElectionPrayer.com.
c) Distribute our voter guides, available at PoliticalResponsibility.com

Thank you!

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The Duty of Catholics to Vote

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Dear Friends,

As we approach Election Day and as voting is already underway in many states, we have to cut through the fog and confusion that some try to perpetuate regarding Catholic teaching on voting.

In the video below, Cardinal Renato Martino gives us clarity and courage to say what has to be said: No Catholic can vote for a candidate or party that contradicts basic moral principles.

The Cardinal was commenting on a 2002 document from the Vatican, signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI).

Please watch and spread this video!

Sincerely,

Fr. Frank

 

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool’” (Isaiah 1:18).

Reflection: A woman wrote, “After the abortion, I felt dirty, ashamed, like a low ant below all else. I felt betrayed, like a betrayer. Something which took such little time left a permanent scar. I sat in the rain the rest of the day, occasionally walking, crying, and not knowing why I really had the abortion.”

Prayer: Come, God of hope; lift up all burdened by their abortion. Make them whole again. Amen.

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Election Prayer Card

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

As our nation prepares to elect new leaders on the federal, state, and local level, Priests for Life is conducting a prayer campaign which we invite you to join. Our daily prayer for the nation asks that the Lord will inspire voters to be informed, active, and consistent with their own beliefs. We have designed simple but attractive prayer cards that are now being distributed by the tens of thousands in Churches nationwide. You can order yours today, while supplies last, for your parish, school, organization, or family. The prayer is interdenominational and non-partisan. Go to priestsforlife.org to order as many Election prayer cards as you need, and help us call down God’s grace on our nation as we elect our leaders.

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