Archive for December, 2012

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, December 31st, 2012

 

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

“With the Lord …a thousand years are like one day” (2 Peter 3:8).

Reflection: At the year’s end, we reflect upon what we have done and what we have failed to do. God gives us the gift of time and we use it in loving service to others.

What have we done this year for the defense of life? Let us resolve tonight that we will increase the amount of time and energy we devote to the number one moral issue: restoring the right to life!

Prayer: Father, thank you for this past year and for all my past years; may my future be filled with the joy of life, and of defending life, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, December 28th, 2012

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

“Herod…issued an order to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and the surrounding area who were two years old or less…” (Matthew 2:16).

Reflection: This Feast of the Holy Innocents leads Christians to reflect on the tragedy of abortion. Each day, our hearts should be broken as the bodies of these babies are broken, and the souls of those who kill them are weighed down with the burden of guilt and despair.

Prayer: Lord, as the People of Life, enable us to bring into this world the hope that comes from the birth of Christ and from the birth of every baby. Amen.

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Federal judge rules in favor of Staten Island group on contraception

Friday, December 28th, 2012

lady_justiceAmerican Freedom Law Center filed a lawsuit in February on behalf of Priests for Life against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A rally, above, was held against the agency in March.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Staten Island-based Priests for Life will not be legally obligated to offer contraceptive services to its roughly 50 employees at the beginning of January, after a judge Thursday ruled in a civil case brought by the anti-abortion organization.

The American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) filed a lawsuit in February against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the organization’s behalf — challenging the constitutionality of what the suit deems the “contraception mandate” in the federal health care law.

The suit is one of at least 44 similar actions filed by religious and secular organizations nationwide, among them various Roman Catholic dioceses and Domino’s Pizza.

While the government devised a stipulation that — at least temporarily — excludes religious institutions from offering contraception to employees, Priests for Life was not included among the religious groups receiving this temporary so-called “safe harbor.”

Thursday’s decision issued in Brooklyn by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York gave the group that describes itself as “an international, Catholic pro-life” organization at least until March to avoid the government insurance mandate.

“What is good is come 2013 they’re not going to have to provide these objectionable services as part of their health care plan,” said Robert J. Muise, co-founder and senior counsel for American Freedom Law Center (AFLC), who argued the case in Court.

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Fr. Pavone calls new film “Crescendo” a powerful pro-life tool

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Crescendo_2011_still2“Crescendo,” a short film with a powerful pro-life message, will be released nationwide on Feb. 28, 2013, for a special one-night event to raise money for pregnancy centers around the country.

“We are urging everyone to join together and celebrate the incredible potential of every single human life,” said Jason Jones, founder and president of Movie to Movement, which produced “Crescendo.” Jones hopes to raise $1 million for pregnancy centers, which offer real choices to women facing unplanned pregnancies.

“Crescendo” is based on a true story of an 18th century woman whose life was changed by a series of extraordinary events in the course of a day. It was the winner of the Crystal Heart award at the 2011 Heartland Film Festival and took top honors for short film at the Hollywood Film Festival.

“This is absolutely one of the most powerful pro-life tools our movement has produced,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. His organization was heavily involved in the film project and its promotion.

Movie to Movement produces and promotes films that advance a culture of life, love and beauty. For information, go to www.movietomovement.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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Year of Faith

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Regensburg-Cathedr_2349326bFrom October 2012 to November 2013, the Catholic Church observes the Year of Faith, a special celebration meant to renew our relationship with Jesus Christ. One of the worldwide events of this year will be a gathering with the Pope in Rome to celebrate the pro-life dimensions for the faith. Priests for Life will be leading a pilgrimage to the event, which occurs on June 16. Jesus, in whom we place our faith, called himself “Life” many times. To say yes to Christ is to say yes to life. And to say yes to life is to say no to whatever destroys it. People of faith work to end abortion. As we celebrate the Year of Faith, let’s renew our pro-life commitment and increase our pro-life activities. Visit priestsforlife.org for more details.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

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

“The Lord … has manifested his righteousness for all the nations to see.” (Psalm 98:2)  

Reflection: Thanks to Christmas, all the earth has seen the saving hand of God! A new and radiant vision of his glory has shone upon us, because human life has been joined to him. He has raised human life to a greater dignity than it had before. Life was always sacred, because it is God’s creation. But thanks to Christmas, human life is forever united to Divine Life in and through the Infant King of Bethlehem.

Prayer: Lord, may all your people continue to marvel at your love for human life, and reverence this gift as you do. Amen!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, December 21st, 2012

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

“I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, you may also be.” (John 14:3)

Reflection: Christmas means more than kindness, goodness, family, joy, and giving. It’s about what kind of destiny awaits us beyond the grave. Christmas is about the Gospel of Life, the hope of eternal life offered through the birth of a child whom we accept by faith. In the light of the manger, we see every human person as one who is called to be where Christ is in glory!

Prayer: Lord, you want every human person to be where you are. Fill me with that kind of love for every life. Amen!

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Grown up Christmas List

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

christmas-carolersOne of the Christmas songs playing on the radio in these days is called “Grown up Christmas list.” The singer says that the list is not for herself, but for a world in need. This list includes, “no more lives torn apart, that wars may never start…that right would always win.”

Christmas is a time for wishing for good things, because we know that God has given us His Son — and if he has gone that far, as St. Paul declares, how will he not give us everything else besides?

Let us increase our longing, then, that every life may be secure, safe from the violence of abortion and euthanasia, and from the ravages of poverty, crime, and war. Let us write our Christmas list with confidence

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

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

“Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9)

Reflection: Christmas is God in human language. It is not simply about the birth of a child, but rather the coming of the one who will preach the Sermon on the Mount, instruct us by parables, and establish his Church. This is why it makes no sense to welcome the child but reject his teachings. That Gospel has taught from the beginning that life must be protected, including life in the womb. There can be no such thing as a “Pro-choice Christian.”

Prayer: Jesus, in welcoming you, I welcome the Father, and all the truth and grace he gives us through you! Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

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

“See what love the Father has bestowed on us, enabling us to be called the children of God…” (1 John 3:1)

Reflection: St. Augustine said of Christmas, “God became man so that man might become God.” Christmas is about a wondrous exchange of natures: God shares our frail humanity, and we share his divinity. The joy of Christmas is not just that a child is born, but that a whole new humanity is born. We share the Divine Nature, starting right now.

Prayer: Lord, as you have given us a share in your nature, so give us all a more profound reverence for the life of every human being! Amen!

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