Archive for October, 2012

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. (Proverbs 30:8).

Reflection: The ministry of Jesus shows a preferential option for the poor and weak, and the Church therefore inherits this as her own priority. The work of peace, justice, and life gives preference to the weakest, those whom society has marginalized, and those who cannot defend themselves. These ministries are, essentially, a voice to the voiceless — whether those voiceless are oppressed nations, the poor, the terminally ill, or the unborn.

Prayer: Thank you for the voice you give me, Lord. May I use it for those who have none. Amen.

 

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

 

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

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matthew 28:18).

Reflection: What if a church said that as part of its worship service it would sacrifice a little child on the altar? Certainly the State would step in to stop that, and few people would regard that as an infringement of the separation of Church and State. Neither is it an infringement when the Church tells the state it cannot authorize the killing of children by abortion.

Prayer: O God, you are Lord of both Church and State. Grant that neither infringe upon the human rights of your people. Amen.

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Feast of St. Gerard Majella

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Today is the Feast of St. Gerard Majella, who is the patron saint of pregnant mothers, of childbirth, and of unborn children.

St.Gerard was a Redemptorist brother who lived in the 18th century. Many miracles have been worked through his intercession, especially in regard to pregnancy and childbirth. In many countries, mothers will devoutly keep a St. Gerard medal with them throughout their pregnancy and delivery.

Many hospitals dedicate their maternity wards to him and give medals and prayer leaflets of St. Gerard to their patients. Thousands of children have been named after St. Gerard by parents who are convinced that it was his intercession that helped them to have healthy children.

Today, let us ask St. Gerard to give light and courage to those who are tempted to abortion, that they may choose life.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“But when her baby is born, she no longer recalls the suffering, because of her joy that she has brought a child into the world” (John 16:21).

Reflection: St. Gerard Majella (18th c.) is the patron saint of pregnant mothers, of childbirth, and of unborn children. In many countries, mothers will devoutly keep a St. Gerard medal with them throughout their pregnancy and delivery. Thousands of children have been named after St. Gerard by parents who are convinced that it was his intercession that helped them to have healthy children.

Prayer: St. Gerard, intercede for mothers who are having difficulties in pregnancy and childbirth, and show us how to help them. Amen.

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Respect Life

Monday, October 15th, 2012

October is observed as Respect Life month in the Catholic Church in America. The parishes are encouraged to give attention to the issue of abortion, and Priests for Life is working as hard as ever to equip the priests with the tools they need to teach, preach, and mobilize people to do something to end the killing of the unborn. If you want your parish praying for the unborn, and if you  want your priest preaching about abortion, then please direct them to our website, priests for life dot org, and specifically to the homily hints and general intercessions that we prepare for each Sunday of the year. Let’s also urge our pastors to start a respect life committee in every parish that does not yet have on. May this Respect Life month save many lives!

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Day of Silent Solidarity

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Walking to class with red tape across her lips last year, college student Betsy Joy was approached by a fellow student who asked what she was doing. She gave him literature describing her participation in the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity. He confided to her that his girlfriend had recently had an abortion.

“I told him where he could go to find healing,” said Ms. Joy, a resident of Lansing, Mich. “It was a very powerful experience.”

Tomorrow, young people across the country, in more than 1,000 schools and ministries, will take part in this year’s Day of Silent Solidarity, which was founded in 2004 by Bryan Kemper, the founder of Stand True Pro-Life Outreach and the Youth Outreach Director for Priests for Life.

“Sometimes silence is the most powerful statement,” said Kemper. “As pro-lifers, we try to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, but once a year, we join our silence to their silent suffering. It’s not too late to join us.”   For more information about the event, or to sign up, go to www.silentday.org. The Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity is a project of Stand True, the youth outreach of Priests for Life, and is co-sponsored by LifeNews.com, Students for Life of America and Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, challenged people of all ages to get involved with the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity: “Are you willing to give up your voice for a day for those who will never have a voice,’” he asked. “Can you do it for the least of our brothers and sisters?”

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

Monday, October 15th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“The failure to protect and defend life in its most vulnerable stages renders suspect any claims to the ‘rightness’ of positions in other matters …” (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, n.23).

Reflection: Why do the bishops say that when public servants disregard the right to life, their stand for other human rights is “suspect?” The reason is that the right to be safe, free, educated, and economically secure, cannot be human rights if life itself isn’t a human right. To make one’s humanity negotiable means that other rights that flow from one’s humanity are negotiable, too.

Prayer: Lord, make the humanity and rights of all your people secure. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflections

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“I looked, and there was a pale green horse. Its rider was named Death” (Revelation 6:8). 

Reflection: Our Lady of Fatima warned that without conversion, Russia would spread its errors throughout the world, leading to the annihilation of nations. That was in 1917. Three years later, Russia first legalized abortion — and that error has indeed spread worldwide and continues to annihilate some 50 million children a year. Will there be a chastisement of the world? It seems clear that there has already been one — and it’s called abortion.

Prayer: Lord, you have warned us of evils, and you have also promised salvation. Protect us, save us, and raise us up. Amen!

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Fr. Pavone to receive Henry Hyde Award from American Catholic Press

Friday, October 12th, 2012

 

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will be honored with the 2012 Henry Hyde Award at the annual benefit dinner of the American Catholic Press (ACP). The dinner will take place Oct. 26 in Flossmoor, Ill.

The award named for the late chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, a longtime advocate for the unborn, grew out of another award, the Gratiam Dei Award, bestowed annually by the ACP and awarded to Illinois Rep. Henry Hyde in 1998. Subsequent honorees included Joe Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League and Norma McCorvey, the “Janet Roe” of the Roe vs. Wade decision. After Rep. Hyde’s death in 2007, the organization decided to dedicate a second award, in his name, to those who work tirelessly in the pro-life movement.

“The prestigious Henry Hyde Award will be presented to Father Frank Pavone, who has advocated the pro-life cause for many years,” said Father Michael Gilligan, executive director. “Father Frank is known nationwide through publications, articles, media, and public speaking. His non-profit organization, Priests for Life, is wholly dedicated to the pro-life cause.”

The Cleary Family of Chicago will be this year’s recipients of the Gratiam Dei Award for their decades of service to area schools and churches and their support of ACP.

American Catholic Press was incorporated in 1972 as a not-for-profit. Its publications include the Leaflet Missal, “Parish Liturgy” magazine, “Diocesan Dialogue” and numerous books, all aimed at promoting liturgical renewal of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church. The annual benefit dinner helps to fund ACP’s ongoing commitment to provide Leaflet Missal prayerbooks to shut-ins.

“I am honored to be receiving this award named for a man whom I was privileged to know personally, and with whom I discussed the cause of life numerous times,” Father Pavone said. “Congressman Hyde inspired me and millions of others. He was not simply a politician, but a statesman, and embodied the kind of people we need to elect to public office.”

For information on the benefit, go to www.americancatholicpress.org

 

 

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One Vote

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Each of us has but one vote. Yet we can all influence thousands of votes. And we should start with the people who need the least amount of urging. If you have friends who already agree with you on the key issues of the day, and who would probably support the candidates you support, please make sure that they do in fact intend to vote for that candidate. Some information from you, a friendly nudge, or perhaps a promise of assistance to get them to the polls can go a long way.

We should reach for the “low-hanging fruit.” If the same amount of energy by which we persuade one who disagrees with us can mobilize ten people who agree with us already, get the ten first; then come back for the rest.

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