Archive for November, 2012

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“From the beginning you have heard the message that we should love one another, unlike Cain who was from the evil one and slew his brother” (1 John 3:11-12).

Reflection: When an unborn child is diagnosed with a terminal illness, some feel justified in aborting the child. The excuse they use is that he or she “will die anyway.” But we will all die anyway. Since when does our mortality make us disposable? Since when is the inevitability of death a justification to kill?

Prayer: Lord, teach us that the beauty of life is not measured in days or years, but in the love we give and receive. Amen.

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Winners of National Pro-Life Award Announced

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At the national interdenominational pro-life prayer service to be held on the 40th memorial of Roe vs. Wade, the National Pro-Life Religious Council (NPRC) will present its Pro-life Recognition Award to two outstanding pro-life warriors, Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers,  and Michael Schwartz, longtime pro-life leader and strategist.

They will receive the awards on Friday morning, January 25 during the 19th annual National Memorial for the Pre-born and Their Mothers and Fathers, to be held in DAR Constitution Hall from 8:30 to 10:30am.

Father Frank Pavone, President of NPRC and National Director of Priests for Life, said the awards honor individuals who give steadfast witness to the Biblical Christian teaching on the sanctity of life.

“Michael Schwartz has been fighting for the unborn since the beginning of this battle, holding various positions both with pro-life organizations, such as the Catholic League and Concerned Women for America, and on the staff of key pro-life advocates in the federal government. He is a valued strategic thinker in our movement,” Father Pavone said.

“Reggie leads an international coalition that fights human trafficking and sexual slavery around the world,” Father Pavone said. “She works to end to China’s forced abortion policy and to expose violations of women’s rights everywhere. She was the one who first brought to the attention of many pro-life leaders and other Americans the plight of Chen Guancheng, who was imprisoned and tortured in China for his opposition to forced abortion.”

The National Memorial for the Pre-Born will occur on the morning of the March for Life, and is open to the public. DAR Constitution Hall is at 1776 D Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. The 2013 service will commemorate 40 years since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, and will include a memorial for Nellie Gray, who founded the March for Life in 1974 and remained its leader until her death in August of 2012.

Visit www.NationalPrayerService.com for more information about the prayer service.

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Be Thankful

Monday, November 19th, 2012

This week we observe Thanksgiving Day. We rejoice in the God who has given us life and freedom. The Founding Fathers of the ….United States of America…. were godly men, who understood their dependence on God and the fact that He was the source of all their blessings. The single most frequently used source for their ideas and writings was the Bible, and they taught that the nation they were founding could never survive without the worship of God and adherence to His law.

They did not believe in the kind of separation of Church and state that some espouse today — in fact, the phrase is found nowhere in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence. Rather, the Declaration declares our dependence upon God four separate times. Let us give thanks for our nation and for our faith.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, November 19th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“This is what the Lord says: ‘For three sins of Ammon, even for four, I will not turn back my wrath. Because he ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead in order to extend his borders” (Amos 1:13).

Reflection: As the University of Detroit Law Review pointed out in a 1990 article, “The Supreme Court’s decisions…allowed abortion on demand throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy.” An abortionist may kill a healthy baby of a healthy mother right up to and including her delivery date. Indeed, Roe vs. Wade is extreme.

Prayer: Lord, bless our efforts to educate people about what “legal abortion” really means. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, November 16th, 2012

“Life is always a good. …Why is life a good?… The life which God gives man is …a manifestation of God in the world, a sign of his presence, a trace of his glory” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.34).

Reflection: Abortion advocates say that the embryo or fetus is “just a collection of cells.” But this is no argument at all. The same can be said of you and me. If someone does not see the dignity of the human person, their view of people is just reduced to cells.

Prayer: Fill us with wonder, Lord, at your glory shining through every human life. Amen.

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New Evangelization

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

The Synod of Bishops which met in October about the New Evangelization stated in its concluding message, quote, “A field in which the light of the Gospel can and must shine in order to illuminate humanity’s footsteps is politics. Politics requires a commitment of selfless and sincere care for the common good by fully respecting the dignity of the human person from conception to natural end, honoring the family founded by the marriage of a man and a woman and protecting academic freedom; by removing the causes of injustice, inequality, discrimination, violence, racism, hunger and war. Christians are asked to give a clear witness to the precept of charity in the exercise of politics.” End of quote. Let’s pray that the People of God will evangelize the world of politics for the sake of human life.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“Wicked people and imposters will grow ever worse, deceiving others and being themselves deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13).

Reflection: Euthanasia advocates try to paint Terri Schiavo’s death as peaceful, gentle and dignified. They are selling death as a product, as a better alternative than a life of suffering. But Terri, when dying, had a look of terror and sadness on her face. She was panting and her eyes were rapidly moving from side to side. In no way was this death gentle, peaceful, or dignified. Rather, it was cruel murder by dehydration — an action we would not carry out on an animal.

Prayer: Forgive your people, Lord, and free us from deception. Amen.

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Ministers of the Gospel

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Each month the Pope recommends a special prayer intention to the whole Church. For the month of November, that intention is for Ministers of the Gospel, that bishops, priests, and all ministers of the Gospel may bear the courageous witness of fidelity to the crucified and risen Lord. We can apply this intention to the cause of life, because fidelity to Christ means faithful witness to the sanctity of life, and courage to defend it. The People of God want their priests to lead them in the fight against abortion, and the late Dr Bernard Nathanson, who started the abortion industry, said he was able to do so because priests were asleep. Let us pray this month that they discover new vigilance in the cause of defending human life, and that the Priests for Life mission flourish.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“Service of the Gospel of life is … a valuable and fruitful area for … practical ecumenism … and joint efforts with the followers of other religions and with all people of good will” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.91).

Reflection: If your child needed emergency medical attention, you would cooperate with the medical technicians, no matter what their religion, to save the life of your child. Isn’t it only right, then, to cooperate with people of a different religion in order to save the life of someone else’s child?

Prayer: Lord, give us the wisdom to cooperate with everyone in the fundamental task of saving lives. Amen.

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National Adoption Month

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

The month of November is National Adoption Month. Often, pregnant mothers who feel they cannot care for their child are afraid to make an adoption plan, and may even feel guilty in doing so. But in fact, sometimes the very best act of motherhood is to make an adoption plan, whereby that child will be cared for by a family who is ready to welcome and love him or her. Adoption is not about failing a child, but providing for a child. Adoption is not about parents wanting a child, but rather about a child needing a family. And countless children who are adopted are eternally grateful to their birth mother for having the love and consideration to do what was best for that child. During this National Adoption Month, let’s celebrate the loving choice of adoption.

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