On Good Friday, we sing, “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” We imagine standing along with Mary, St. John, and the others on the first Good Friday. And the answer to the question is “Yes.” We were there, because He died for us, and our sins were on His shoulders. What about Christmas? What if we sang, “Were you there when the King of Kings was born?” Nativity scenes, and the meditations which spiritual writers provide us about that first Christmas, help us enter in to the drama and meaning of that event.
There is a way to be there, and it is to open ourselves to the joy and meaning of the birth of every child – to see in each child, even the unwanted and unexpected, a reflection of the Christ who comes even today.
STATEN ISLAND, NY — As our nation marks the completion of 40 years since Roe vs. Wade, Priests for Life will release a new, powerful project next month in conjunction with Life Dynamics and Operation Rescue.
“The abortion industry and its advocates are not very good at playing defense,” stated Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “Once we release this project, the public will see how true that is. This is going to make them look pretty bad.”
“Moreover, this project will provide pro-life people new tools to keep the abortion industry on the defensive for a long time to come.”
Details of the project are confidential until it is fully deployed. Fr. Frank will be available for interviews on this project once it is announced.
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.
“She was greatly troubled by his words…” (Luke 1:29)
Reflection: Mary was afraid and uncertain in the face of her unexpected pregnancy. In Advent, believers throughout the world spiritually rush to her side to eagerly await with her the birth of the Savior. The best way for us to celebrate Christmas is to rush physically to the side of those in the community who, like Mary, are uncertain and afraid about their pregnancy. Let us strengthen them to choose life.
Prayer: Father, I pray for those who are pregnant but afraid to be mothers. Through the prayers of Mary, give them strength, and enable me to reach out to them. Amen!
“Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days….They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain.” (Isaiah 65: 20, 25)
Reflection: Christ’s coming heralds a new harmony in all of nature, including between mother and child. Advent leads us to the Silent Night when the whole world finds joy in his birth, a joy no longer threatened by violence.
Prayer: Lord, may your birth shed protection on all about to be born, and as we work to end abortion, may we “wait in joyful hope for the coming of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.” Amen.
“Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and he was obedient to them” (Luke 2:51).
Reflection: Though he was conceived of a virgin, Jesus nevertheless lived as a son in a human family. The family is the sanctuary of life. The family, above all, is where life is to be welcomed, no matter how fragile or inconvenient it may be. One of the many reasons why the Church sees abortion and euthanasia as pre-eminent issues is because these crimes are committed by one family member upon another.
Prayer: O Holy Family, bless our families, and lead us to a Culture of Life. Amen.
So did you see the letter that Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, wrote to President Obama yesterday asking him not to nominate her for Secretary of State? In the first paragraph, she praises the “vision and leadership” of the President, and the Administration’s “successes,” including, in her words, “our bold defense of the equal rights of all human beings regardless of their race, religion, economic status or whom they love.”
This made me wonder if Susan Rice has her countries confused.
The Obama Administration, whether at the U.N. or anywhere else, does not defend the “equal rights of all human beings.” First of all, the reference to equal rights “regardless of…religion” is laughable in the light of the Administration’s ongoing attack on religious freedom. “Regardless of…religion” should mean even religions that would prohibit employers to offer coverage of abortion-inducing drugs in the health insurance plans they offer to employees. Yet instead, the Administration is attempting to force such people to violate their religion – including us at Priests for Life, which is why we launched one of the first lawsuits against the HHS and its unjust mandate.
But even more fundamental than the right to religious freedom is the right to life.
And the Obama Administration fails miserably here as well. The defense of legal abortion is, by definition, a defense of the proposition that Roe vs. Wade made that “the word ‘person’…does not include the unborn.” The first of the “equal rights of all human beings” is the right to life. Every other right depends on it. Equality is not equality if some human beings – those living in the womb – are not recognized and protected as equal.
Susan Rice has been criticized for a lot of things. Unfortunately, she just added to the list. She is apparently unable to tell the difference between a “bold defense of the equal rights of all human beings” and a bold denial of them.
Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will be a keynote speaker and will lead a funeral service for an aborted baby on Jan. 22, 2013, outside the last free-standing abortion clinic in Mississippi.
The memorial outside the Jackson Women’s Health Organization will take place on the very day that marks the completion of 40 years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that declared murder of the unborn a constitutional right.
The January 22 service will be part of the States of Refuge campaign, a nationwide movement spearheaded by Operation Save America, and focused on closing the abortion mills in the five states that have only one remaining abortion mill.
The mill in Jackson could close as early as February thanks to a new law that requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. Hospitals in Jackson have refused to grant these privileges to the abortionists.
In preparation for the World Day of the Sick, which is observed by the Catholic Church on February 11 each year, Priests for Life has announced today a prayer campaign by which those who are ill offer their sufferings for the unborn.
Priests for Life has composed a new prayer in English and Spanish that gives those suffering from physical illness an opportunity to pray that the unborn will be valued and protected, and that the violence of abortion will come to an end. A Prayer of Offering by the Sick for the Unborn, written by Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, can be found at www.PriestsForLife.org/offering.
“We invite priests and those who minister to the sick to share this powerful prayer with those they care for,” said Father Pavone. “Although the sick and those who are homebound are carrying the burden of their own illnesses, they are still active and necessary members of the Body of Christ and their prayers for their vulnerable brothers and sisters in the womb will have a special resonance.”
“We are asking our Priests for Life family, and especially the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, to spread this initiative starting today, among their relatives, friends, and parishioners, and also to those with whom they are connected online. Those who commit to say this prayer are asked to indicate that commitment on the prayer form at http://www.PriestsForLife.org/offering. It is especially appropriate that we launch this campaign so close to Christmas, the Feast of the Incarnation, when we remember that God has immersed himself in our humanity and joined himself to our joys as well as our sufferings,” Fr. Pavone stated.
“The point has been reached where the most basic care, even nourishment, is denied” (The Gospel of Life, 14).
Reflection: Some do not believe that artificial means, like feeding tubes, need to be used to provide nutrition. But every meal we have is also artificially provided. Straws and cups are artificial. So are the numerous processes by which our food comes from the fields, through the food companies and supermarkets, through chemical preservation and processing, through the ovens and microwaves, and onto our tables. Food and water are always normal, obligatory care, even when administered in artificial ways.
Prayer: Lord, protect all who need assistance for the most basic provisions of life. Amen.