Archive for November, 2012

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, November 30th, 2012

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

“God greatly increased the number of his people and made them too strong for their foes” (Psalm 105:24).

Reflection: Dr. Joseph Chamie, Director of the Population Division at the United Nations, has said, “A growing number of countries view their low birth rates with the resulting population decline and ageing to be a serious crisis, jeopardizing the basic foundations of the nation and threatening its survival.” Keep this in mind the next time someone talks to you about over-population.

Prayer: Lord, continue to make your people fruitful. Bless all nations with the gift of life and the joy of welcoming it. Amen.

 

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

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

“To anyone who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne” (Revelation 3:21).

Reflection: Milwaukee police found children were throwing things off a bridge one day. When the police asked the children what they were throwing, they answered, “Little people.” The police then saw the small containers of tiny babies that had been aborted in a nearby abortion clinic and left in the garbage bin. The destiny of the human person is the heights of heaven. That’s why we can’t ignore it when people are thrown in the garbage.

Prayer: Lord, may your awesome promise to humanity inspire our pro-life efforts. Amen.

 

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

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

“Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963).

Reflection: The injustice of abortion is hidden. We must expose it through pictures and descriptions of the procedure and testimonies of those wounded by it.

Prayer: Lord, you are the light that exposes darkness. May we expose and overcome evil. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

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

“When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood” (Isaiah 1:15).

Reflection: Some abortion advocates call themselves “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 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.

Prayer: Lord, may we never use our religion to justify sin. Amen.

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40 Years Since Roe V Wade

Monday, November 26th, 2012

January marks the completion of 40 years since Roe v Wade legalized abortion in America. It is time for an outpouring of prayer as never before. That is why Priests for Life is organizing, along with other groups, the official interdenominational pro-life prayer service for this occasion. It will be held in Washington DC on Friday, January 25, the day of the March for Life. Please come. It will take place in DAR Constitution Hall from 8:30 to 10:30 AM. Clergy and pro-life leaders from across the country will lead it, along with a combined choir. Those organizing busses to Washington can bring their entire group; there will be plenty of room! Media coverage is expected, and it is a great chance to witness to the world! Visit priestsforlife.org

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, November 26th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“A kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love, and peace…” (Preface, Liturgy of Christ the King)

Reflection: Jesus is Lord, not only of individuals, but of nations and the entire universe. All history finds its fulfillment in him. The Dominion of Christ over all creation is shown in the fact that he has conquered death. That is why his followers are pro-life. They bear witness to his kingdom, and look forward to his Second Coming.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are King of all creation. Continue to extend your victory over death through the faithful work of your disciples. Amen.
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Happy Thanksgiving: A Message from Fr. Frank Pavone

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Dear Friends of Priests for Life,

I take this occasion to wish you and your family all the blessings of a Happy Thanksgiving. By my travels throughout the nation, I have visited so many of you in your homes and communities, and there are many more that I will visit as my travels continue. I wish I could visit with each of you personally again today, as we all thank the Lord for so many blessings. My Mass of Thanksgiving Day will be offered for you.

In a particular way, we should thank the Lord today for the call to be part of the pro-life movement. Not everyone hears this call, and as we all know, many oppose it. What’s worse, however, is that so many trivialize it, and fail to see the need to respond to abortion for what it really is.

The way we thank the Lord for calling us to the pro-life movement is to increase our involvement in it, to increase the amount of time, energy, and resources we give to saving our unborn brothers and sisters.

I thank the Lord for you. Continue to be a fearless voice for the unborn! I rejoice as I look forward to continuing in this work on a full-time basis, side by side with all of you.

Sincerely,

Fr. Frank Pavone

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Host Committee Announced for National Prayer Service

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today the formation of a Host Committee for the National Memorial for the Preborn and their Mothers and Fathers, to be held on Friday, January 25, 2013 in Washington, D.C. in observance of the 40th year since Roe vs. Wade.

“I am grateful to these friends and colleagues of mine who are joining our organizers and sponsoring organizations in inviting activists, pastors and their congregations from around the country to come together in prayer and worship on this momentous occasion,” Fr. Pavone stated. “We want to have one of the largest expressions ever of communal repentance and fervent intercession for an end to abortion in our nation.”

 

Serving on the committee are

Tony Perkins
President, Family Research Council

Dick and Shirley Bott
Bott Radio Network

Rich Bott
President and CEO, Bott Radio Network

Bishop Harry Jackson
Founder and Chairman, High Impact Leadership Coalition

Alveda King
Director of African-American Outreach, Priests for Life

Brad Mattes
Executive Director, Life Issues Institute

The prayer service is sponsored by The National Pro-Life Religious Council, The National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action and Priests for Life.

It will be held at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St) on the morning of Friday, January 25, 2013 (the day of the Annual March for Life), from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

For more details, a publicity flier, and a newsletter/pulpit announcement, see www.NationalPrayerService.com

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

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“I will fear no evil” (Psalm 23:4).

Reflection: Some think Congress should never have intervened in the Terri Schiavo case. Either they are unaware of the details of the case, or of the purpose of government. Terri, although brain injured, did not have any terminal illness, was not on any form of life support, and did not require any medications or treatments to stay alive. Some wanted to kill her because they did not believe her life was worth living. So what is the government supposed to do when some citizens try to kill another citizen?

Prayer: Bless our leaders, Lord, with the courage to protect our lives. Amen.

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One court rules in favor of religious freedom, another rules against it

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, commented today about divergent court rulings in suits challenging the HHS mandate.

On Friday, Nov. 16, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., granted a temporary injunction in a suit brought by Tyndale House Publishers. The judge ruled that the mandate “substantially burdens” the Bible publisher’s right to exercise its religious freedom by imposing financial penalties for failing to offer birth control and emergency contraception coverage to its employees.

“We are, of course, gratified by this injunction, and in our own lawsuit, maintain that we at Priests for Life are similarly burdened by the unjust HHS mandate,” Fr. Pavone noted.

In regard to yesterday’s ruling by a federal judge in Oklahoma City who said that Hobby Lobby Stores must provide insurance coverage for morning-after and week-after abortifacients, Fr. Pavone said.

“These Christian owners of the arts and crafts business have said they will not pay for abortifacient drugs. We stand with them in defiance of this violation of their rights.”

“Actually, with so many lawsuits filed against the HHS mandate, we expect divergent rulings in different courts. Ultimately, this will raise the likelihood that the Supreme Court will take up the issue, which it should,” Fr. Pavone explained.

Father Pavone said he remains confident that Priests for Life will prevail with its lawsuit, which was filed in February and was the fourth one to be launched.

“As I’ve said, this administration is on a collision course with those who treasure religious liberty. Now that the lawsuits can no longer be seen as campaign issues, they will be judged on their merit. And merit is on our side.”

Father Pavone issued an invitation for all American citizens to express their solidarity with Priests for Life by signing the “Citizens’ Amicus Brief” at www.priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate/amicus-brief.aspx.”

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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