Archive for October, 2012

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55).

Reflection: A woman who saw the photos of aborted babies on the Priests for Life website wrote to us, “I had once strongly believed in pro-choice, but after reviewing this website, I am all for Pro-Life. I just recently found out that I am 5wks pregnant…. I can not imagine me doing this to my baby.”

Prayer: You continue to dispel the myths, O Lord, that allow violence to continue. You take away victory from death. Make us courageous vehicles of your truth. Amen.

 

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New Evangelization Leads To New Hope

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

From now until the end of October, we pray for the success of the Synod of Bishops taking place in Rome and discussing the new evangelization. The worldwide culture of death, visible at its worst in the abortion holocaust, is a sign that new evangelization is needed. when people forget God, they also forget the meaning of creation, including the gift of human life. Basic realities, such as birth and death, lose their Christian meaning and lead people to despair. New evangelization, instead, proclaims that Christ will raise us up to sit on his throne. To proclaim this hope effectively, the Church has to give renewed effort to stopping the killing of children in the womb. Despair leads to abortion. New evangelization leads to new hope. And hope leads us to say “Yes” to life!

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Find Pre-Election Day Commentary Here at FrFranksBlog.com

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Critics of Father Frank Pavone sometimes describe the National Director of Priests for Life as being “too political.” So let this be a warning: He’s at it again.

From now until Election Day, Father Pavone will offer special commentary — including video clips from an online TV show he is developing — on his blog at www.FatherFranksBlog.com.

Posts in these days will focus on the elections in a way that will both inform and mobilize voters, and cut through a lot of the fog that accompanies political rhetoric.

“What we do on November 6, 2012, in large part will determine how much more bloodshed abortion will cause in this nation and in this world,” Father Pavone said. “I am not going to hesitate between now and the elections to be far more vocal than I have been in the past. If the Church can’t speak at a moment like this, the Church becomes completely irrelevant for this society.”

Priests for Life will also announce other opportunities for pre-election interaction with Fr. Frank and his team, and will hold a national webcast at 9 p.m. ET Nov. 7, the night after Election Day, to discuss the election results and formulate strategy appropriate for working with the incoming administration and Congress. More information will become available in the next few days.

“Ultimately there are only two forms of government,” Father Pavone said. “The first type acknowledges that our rights come from God and that government exists to secure those rights. The other type says that government is the source of those rights and therefore can alter, add to them, subtract from them or deny them completely.

“Let’s make no mistake about it. One of the things we are going to be deciding on November 6 is which of those two types of government America will be.”

 

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Keep Your Eyes On The Prize!

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

We’re in the home stretch to Election Day, and our job now is to keep our eyes on the prize. There’s only one thing counted on election night, and it’s the number of votes actually cast for each candidate. The job between now and then is to increase those numbers. Get people to utilize early voting. Remind people to vote. Drive them to the polls. And for those who can’t get there, make sure they fill out their absentee ballots.

There will be many things that will arise to distract us from this simple numbers game. Don’t get caught by them.

  • There will be abstruse arguments about the interpretation of Church documents. Now I have the highest respect for Church documents; in fact, I’ve helped to write some of them. And I think we all need to read and study them more, which is why Priests for Life prepares study guides for many of them. But this is not the time to get caught up in arguments about what a document means or doesn’t mean. This is the time to spend our energy getting people to the voting booth.
    One of the avenues, by the way, where some people will spread confusion about these documents is through various seminars on “faithful citizenship.” Despite the fact that Church documents place clear priority on the right to life, some try to muddy the waters and say all issues are equal. Don’t get distracted. Answer them with your feet and get people to the voting booth.
  • You will hear about silly fears and arguments about crossing tax-exempt lines, or all kinds of assertions that “we can’t distribute this or that voters’ guide in our diocese.” Thank the priest for letting you know, but don’t waste time arguing with him. Go pick up the slack, educate voters, and get them to the voting booth.
  • There will be psychological warfare about who is ahead or where the polls are leaning or how hard it is for one or another to win. The fact is that the presidential race is too close to call and for all practical purposes it’s going to stay that way. So just focus on getting votes.
  • You may be tempted to have arguments with the hard of heart, to persuade those who always vote the wrong way to vote the right way. We’ll work on their conversion later. For now, focus on getting people to the polls.
  • Finally, some will criticize candidates who call themselves pro-life, saying that they are not pro-life enough. They may have a point, but now’s not the time to make it. Go out and get as many votes as possible for the best candidates who are actually within reach of winning.

In my next columns, I will discuss the “Election Day Traps” and how to avoid them. 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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Tools To Mobilize & Educate Voters

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“The common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights — for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture — is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition of all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination (John Paul II, Christifideles Laici, 1988).

Reflection: It is an illusion to support human rights and also support abortion. When the state fails to protect the right to life, it has destroyed its reason to protect any rights.

Prayer: Make us consistent, Lord, in advocating for all the rights of your people. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, and grant us peace in our day…” (Order of the Mass)

Reflection: Peace is a fragile gift, and a key characteristic of the culture of life. We pray for peace in the midst of every Eucharist, and we work to remove the obstacles to receiving peace. The Lord declared that the peacemakers are blessed. Reverence for life opens the way to peace; truth and justice provide its foundation; relationships of mutual love preserve it.

Prayer: Grant us peace, Lord, as well as the courage to defend life. May government leaders and their citizens rejoice in your peace.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, October 19th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brethren of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).

Reflection: Christ is the one in prison and on the sickbed, who either gets a visit from us or is ignored; Christ is the one who is hungry and thirsty, who is the immigrant and the one on death row. And Christ is the child who is in the womb, in danger of the abortionist’s knife.

Prayer: Lord, sharpen our vision. Let us truly see you and feel your presence in each and every human person. May that presence spur us on to generous service. Amen.

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Father Scott Daniels makes TV debut tonight on “Defending Life”

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Father Scott Daniels, O.P., a pastoral associate for Priests for Life, will have his television debut tonight as the new season of “Defending Life” kicks off on EWTN.

Father Daniels has been passionate about pro-life issues since his seminary days in the 1980s. Since 2009, when he was granted permission to work full-time as a priest associate with Priests for Life, he has been traveling across the country, leading pro-life parish weekends, teaching school children and speaking at pro-life events.

Tonight’s show will focus on ways to evaluate candidates for political office.

“I am thrilled to have an opportunity to co-host ‘Defending Life’ on EWTN,” Father Daniels said. “Television gives us a unique opportunity to go into people’s homes to tell the truth about the issues that really matter. With Election Day less than three weeks away, what matters now is choosing the right candidate.”

Mrs. Morana agreed. “Voters must make sure they know how every candidate for every office feels about abortion,” she said. “The life issue is the most important at every level of government, because without the right to life, the rest of our rights are meaningless.”

The show can be seen on EWTN every Thursday at 11 p.m. and every Saturday at 2:30 a.m. It can be heard on EWTN Radio every Friday at 1 a.m., Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 a.m. (All times Eastern). The series also will feature Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, as co-host, along with Fr. Denis Wilde, OSA, associate director.

For more information about “Defending Life, go to www.priestsforlife.org/defendinglife.

 

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Rallies for Religious Freedom

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

On October 20th, citizens will gather once again in over a hundred cities nationwide for the Rallies for Religious Freedom. These rallies are meant to reaffirm our commitment to fundamental human rights given to us by God, including the right to worship him freely, not only in Church on Sundays, but in every decision we make throughout the week. The rallies will call attention to the unjust mandate of the Department of Health and Human Services, requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for certain immoral practices. The rallies will urge people to exercise their citizenship, and to vote in an informed manner. Make your presence known and let your voice be heard on October 20. Visit priestsforlife.org for more details on the rallies for religious freedom!

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