Archive for November, 2012

A Post-Election Devotion

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

Scripture:

From Lamentations 3

19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,

the bitterness and the gall.

20 I well remember them,

and my soul is downcast within me.

21 Yet this I will call to mind

As my reason to have hope:

22 The favors of the Lord are not exhausted,

his mercies are not spent.

23 They are renewed each morning;

So great is his faithfulness.

24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;

therefore I will wait for him.”

25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,

to the one who seeks him;

26 it is good to wait quietly

for the saving help of the LORD.

 

Reflection:

In the 6th century before Christ, the Babylonians invaded and devastated the Holy City Jerusalem and the temple of the Lord. Jeremiah the prophet had foretold that this would happen, because of the sins of the people. The Book of Lamentations contains some of the most exquisite expressions of human grief, as the writer behold the destruction God allowed his people to experience.

 

But they were still his people, and his covenant was still valid. Hence the expression of hope stated above. And it is also a prophecy. God’s mercies are renewed “each morning,” for “Early in the morning, on the first day of the week, while it was still dark,” the women went to the tomb and found it empty! (cf. John 20:1).

 

Prayer:

Father of faithful mercies,

God of the Covenant and Lord of all hope,

Come, and save us!

 

Save us from the darkness that envelops us,

The shadow of death and falsehood across this land.

 

Enable us, O Lord, like your remnant from of old,

To grieve, but to grieve with hope;

To lament because of the darkness,

Yet to look forward with firm conviction to the light.

 

Lord, we again profess our faith

That your favors to your People are not exhausted

Your mercies to America are not spent.

They are indeed renewed each morning,

As we declare the mighty Resurrection of Jesus Christ your Son.

 

In him, all darkness gives way to light

All sin gives way to grace,

All falsehood gives way to truth,

And death itself is swallowed up in victory.

 

To him our hearts bow once again in humble adoration,

And before him all the kings of the earth must kneel,

All the powers of the earth must acknowledge his kingdom.

 

Hasten, O Lord, the full coming of your Kingdom,

A kingdom of truth and life,

A kingdom of holiness and grace,

A kingdom of justice, love, and peace.

 

Fill us today with that peace,

Which the world cannot give,

And which no setback or election can ever take away.

 

In the strength of that peace,

Grant that we may redouble our efforts

To announce and prepare for your Kingdom,

To defend the values and principles on which our nation was founded,

To build the culture of life,

And to invite all people to life eternal.

 

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more” (Jeremiah 31:15).

Reflection: A woman wrote of her abortion, “I had a severe emotional collapse. I was thinking of killing myself. I cried every day for a year or more. I did not get along with anyone too well. I felt like I hated the world. I suffered nightmares. Every time the vacuum was used I thought about how my baby died.”

Prayer: Lord, receive the tears of so many who cry for their aborted children; may we cry with them. Amen.

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Hope & Healing

Monday, November 12th, 2012

One of the keys to ending abortion is to make it clear that abortion helps nobody and hurts everyone it touches. Then, we extend the hope and healing of Christ. The Silent No More Awareness Campaign does both, and has produced a line of products that convey this powerful message.

For instance, our bookmarks say, “Women Do Regret Abortion” and “Men Regret Lost Fatherhood.” These are great for students and for distribution in schools and parishes.

Our T-shirts and coffee mugs also convey the message that we care about women and men who have had abortions, we know their pain, and we offer them healing.

Order these products at priestsforlife.org/store, and spread the pro woman message of healing!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, November 12th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“The Lord said to me: ‘Son of man … confront them with their detestable practices, for …blood is on their hands …they even sacrificed their children, whom they bore” (Ezekiel 23:36-37).

Reflection: The pro-life movement did not begin with Roe vs. Wade. It began the first time a human being extended his hand to help another. It continued as Old Testament prophets preached against child sacrifice, and as Christians in the Roman Empire rescued abandoned infants. It continues today in the lives of so many. And it will be victorious, just as surely as Christ is Risen!
Prayer: Keep us standing, Lord, in the great tradition of life! Amen.
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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil, who put darkness for light, and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

Reflection: The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, shows us the truth about our sins (see Jn.16:8). In Him we come to understand the difference between good and evil. This works directly against the dynamics of the abortion movement, which identifies a moral evil as a “right.” Devotion to the Holy Spirit is a key element in a Culture of Life.

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, convert the minds and hearts of all those who defend abortion. Amen.

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Lawsuits against HHS mandate continue with Obama re-election

Friday, November 9th, 2012

 

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, welcomed news that the first lawsuit filed against the Obama administration’s HHS mandate will be heard by a federal appeals court.

The suit, brought by Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, will be heard Dec. 14 by the U.S. Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia.

Priests for Life’s lawsuit, filed in February, was the fourth of some 30 actions that challenge the constitutionality of the mandate.

“A different outcome on Election Day, followed by the elimination of this mandate, would have resolved the problems these lawsuits seek to correct. Now, however, they are more important than ever,” said Father Pavone. “This administration is on a collision course with the Catholic Church, and with anyone who treasures the religious liberty guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. It’s encouraging that the Court of Appeals has decided to hear the Belmont Abbey suit, and I’m confident Priests for Life’s suit also will have its day in court and that we will prevail.

“Meanwhile, we invite all citizens to express their solidarity with us 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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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, November 9th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“He will free them from oppression and violence, for their blood is precious in his sight” (Psalm 72:14).

Reflection: This psalm foretells the Messiah and describes the effects of his coming. The Messiah holds the blood of human lives as precious, and therefore he brings an end to oppression and violence. He is on the side of the helpless.

Prayer: Lord, as the blood of all my brothers and sisters, especially the oppressed, is precious to you, so let it be precious to me. May we praise you, the God who sets us free from violence, and cooperate with your grace to free the oppressed. Amen.

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Words of Encouragement After the 2012 Elections

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, gives words of encouragement after the 2012 Elections. If you missed the live webcast that was held on November 7, 2012, it is available to listen at www.ProLifeCentral.com

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

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

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and undefiled is this: to come to the aid of orphans and widows in their hardships…”(James 1:27).

Reflection: When Roe vs. Wade permitted abortion, it said, “The word person as used in the 14th Amendment does not include the unborn.” It was a statement of exclusion and intolerance, of prejudice and marginalization. We, in contrast, have our arms open wider, to expand the circle of welcome into the human family. Pro-life people are the more tolerant ones.

Prayer: Lord, break down the walls of prejudice that would exclude anyone from our protection and love. Amen.

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November

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The month of November is dedicated in a particular way to praying for the dead. This includes children who died before birth. These children did not have the opportunity to be baptized; the Church teaches, however, that we can hope for their salvation, and that we can entrust them with confidence to the mercy of God.

The Lord loves these children even more than we do, and provides in mysterious ways for them to take hold of the eternal life we have in Christ.

Praying for these children is an important way in which we recognize them as real persons, and in which we make reparation for the brutal way in which some of them were treated by abortion.

If you want Masses offered for unborn children, simply send me their names at priestsforlife.org.

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