Archive for January, 2013

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

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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

“Remember, of these parents you were born; what can you give them for all they gave you?” (Sirach 7:28)

Reflection: Some fathers are now beginning to claim the same kind of “right” to walk away from their parental responsibilities as mothers are able to do by abortion. They ask, if we can’t force the mother to be a mother, why should we force the father to be a father? The bitter fruits of Roe v Wade continue to unfold.

Prayer: Lord, instill in all fathers and mothers a deep sense of responsibility for their children, born and unborn. Give them joy in giving of themselves to their children. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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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

“On seeing what had taken place, the centurion praised God and said, ‘Surely, this man was innocent.’” (Luke 23:47)

Reflection: When Jesus died on the cross, the Centurion standing next to him repented of participating in his crucifixion. Many who used to perform abortions have now also repented, and they say, “Surely, these were innocent lives, and we are sorry.” They have formed a group called the Society of Centurions. They seek God’s healing and invite other abortionists to stop the killing.

Prayer: Lord, I pray today for the Centurions. Now that they have stopped killing children, let them find your healing and peace. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

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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

“Dear children, keep away from idols” (1 John 5:21).

Reflection: Ginette Paris wrote a book called “The Sacrament of Abortion.” She claims that abortion is a sacred ritual sacrifice to the goddess Artemis. As patroness of animals and of hunters, Artemis represents the ability to both protect and kill. The so-called right to abortion means that the mother can give either life or death to her child.

Prayer: Lord, free your people from the deception of idolatry, witchcraft, and false worship, which threaten not only our relationship with you, but the lives of others. Preserve us in true worship and effective justice. Amen.

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Priests for Life Leader Stands with Body of Aborted Baby in Mississippi as State’s Last Abortion Mill Comes Near Closing

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

frfrankphoto3JACKSON, MISS. – The following statement was released this morning by Father Frank Pavone, National  Director of Priests for Life:

“Forty years ago today, the most destructive decisions of any government in human history were imposed upon America by the Supreme Court. Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton, decisions which both plaintiffs now reject, legalized abortion throughout pregnancy for any reason or no reason at all, unleashing the destruction of more than 53 million babies since then.

“Today I am observing this day in Jackson, Mississippi, because here is found the last remaining abortion mill in the state. Mississippi is likely to soon become the first state without an abortion mill, and many others will follow.

“Here with me in Jackson, for all to see, will be the intact body of an aborted baby, who has been named Daniel. This child, killed by a form of abortion that induces violent contractions, was entrusted to a pro-life activist anonymously by a pathologist.

“I have been asked to honor the body of this child with appropriate prayers and rituals and a public viewing. We honor in daylight a child who was killed in darkness.

“In so doing, I join my fellow pro-life activists in calling on Churches, public officials, and our fellow citizens to repent of their silence in the face of this bloodshed, and to begin today to make the end of abortion our first priority.

“This week, the pro-life movement mobilizes to remember and to renew our determination to end this American holocaust.

– Join today in an hour of prayer via webcast from 3 to 4 p.m. ET. See RememberingRoe.com.

–Join for prayer in Washington DC on the morning of the March for Life. See NationalPrayerService.com.

– Listen to the testimonies of men and women who have lost children to abortion and, as they recall their pain, we demand a government recall of the procedure. See RecallAbortion.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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“The Spirit God has given us is no cowardly spirit.” (2 Tim. 1:7)

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

People walk past U.S. Capitol during second March for Life in Washington

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

“The Lord is the Judge of the nations’” (Psalm 7:9)

Reflection: On January 22, 1973, the most disastrous decision of the US Supreme Court was handed down — the decision called Roe vs. Wade, that legalized abortion. Today, in Churches and on public streets all over America, people of all ethnic backgrounds and all faiths are praying and protesting that decision, and recommitting themselves to the pro-life movement.

Prayer: Lord, I unite myself today with all my brothers and sisters in this great pro-life cause. I reaffirm my hope that the day will come when protection will be restored to the unborn and we will all rejoice in the gift of life. Amen.

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ExposeAbortion.com to launch on 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

D&EPriests for Life will launch a new pro-life initiative tomorrow, Jan. 22, the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions.

ExposeAbortion.com  is based on a basic principle of social reform as well as a basic Biblical exhortation.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, explained:
“The project is simple: At ExposeAbortion.com, I will share with you one quote a day that exposes the horror of abortion. It may be a quote from a past or current abortion provider, or a court case, or someone who has had an abortion, or some other source. These short quotes will open people’s eyes, often make them gasp in horror, and enable them to awaken the consciences of their neighbors to what abortion really is.
“The project is based on my conviction that a real debate on abortion hasn’t even begun in our nation, because the two sides often talk past each other. Before discussing whether abortion is right or wrong or should be legal or illegal, we have to focus on what it is and what it does. Then we can be sure the opposing sides are discussing the same thing, and then the rest of the discussion can get started.

“In social reform movements that uproot deeply embedded societal evils, the victim is always visualized. If we don’t see the victim, we don’t see the violence, and we are not moved to stop the violence.
“And in Scripture, we are told by St. Paul, “Have nothing to do with the fruitless works of darkness; rather, expose them!

Beginning tomorrow, visit ExposeAbortion.com every day.”
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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Pro-life Concerns Mentioned at King Memorial

Monday, January 21st, 2013

mlkAtlanta, GA.  Having just returned from the 45th Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement:

“I was pleased to join with the King family once again today in honoring the memory and recommitting ourselves to the Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In particular, Elder Bernice King, Martin’s daughter, made reference to the fact that Dr. King was not just speaking for the Negro, but “for all marginalized people,” and she referred to the need to affirm the “personhood” of all.

“The keynote speaker, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, made this even more explicit when he said that living out the dream of Dr. King, and seeking justice, require that we end violence “in and outside the womb” and that part of the cry of justice today is to “defend life.”

“On this holiday in honor of Dr. King, I want to again bring attention to the statement, The Beloved Community and the Unborn, signed by several members of the King family. (See www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/beloved-community-and-the-unborn.htm) And on this eve of the completion of 40 years since Roe vs. Wade, may we all recommit ourselves to the dream that one day our unborn brothers and sisters will be able to say, Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

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An Open Letter to President Obama

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Mr. President:

Many Americans are praying for you as you are inaugurated today. I am among them, as I participate today in the national commemorative service for the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and join his family at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Yet when wild applause erupts today for you here today, I will not be applauding. When standing ovations occur, I will stand to honor my country and the office of its President, but I will not be applauding, because, I do not believe that you should be the current occupant of the White House.

When you were first elected, many rejoiced that yet another barrier had been broken for racial equality in our nation. I rejoiced with them. Yet so many African-Americans could have been — and can still be — elected to the Presidency who better represent and advance the principles on which our country was founded.

Instead, you so often violate them. Therefore along with the chorus of praise, I want to write this letter today representing so many of our fellow Americans who raise a chorus of concern, particularly regarding your stand on life, religious freedom, and marriage.

As I stated, I am here today with the King Family in Atlanta. That is because Dr. Alveda King, Martin’s niece, is a full-time member of my team at Priests for Life. She travels this nation bearing witness to the fact that the civil rights movement of today is the pro-life movement. We proclaim the principle behind the civil rights movement — namely, equality for every human life — and apply it to the children yet in their mothers’ womb.

And we protest your apparent unwillingness to recognize their equal dignity. You represent the blind spot that advocates of abortion across America demonstrate, as they cry out about the right to life of children slain in Newtown, Connecticut, but never acknowledge the right to life those same children had when in the womb.

We protest your unrelenting attack on religious freedom and on the institution of marriage. My ministry of Priests for Life was among the first to launch a federal lawsuit against the HHS mandate, and we recently won an initial victory in federal court in New York. We will continue to advance this lawsuit and will settle for nothing less than the complete withdrawal of the mandate across the board and across the nation.

Mr. President, I write today on behalf of countless Americans who love their country, but whose very love of that country causes them distress at so many of your actions and positions. There is a lot of room in our country for legitimate political debate. But our objections go beyond that. This is not just about your policies, but about your principles, so many of which completely contradict those on which our nation was founded.   Indeed, many will be praying for you today, and part of that fervent prayer is for an authentic change of mind and heart on the part of the President of the United States.

Respectfully,
Fr. Frank Pavone National Director,
Priests for Life

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

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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 praise your name, O Lord … for you have rescued me” (Psalm 54:8-9).

Reflection: Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff in the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion throughout pregnancy, agreed to let her name be used in a case she hardly understood. She agreed to lie about how she became pregnant so that the case would have a better chance. She never did have the abortion. Eventually, she spoke out publicly at pro-abortion events, and even worked in an abortion mill. Now, she is completely pro-life and works to end abortion.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for Norma’s conversion, a sign of hope for our culture. Amen.

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National Prayer Service to Welcome Key Religious Leaders

Friday, January 18th, 2013

nprcWashington, DC. — Fr. Frank Pavone, in his role as President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, announced today that at the National Memorial for the Preborn and their Mothers and Fathers, the premier national prayer event marking 40 years since Roe vs. Wade, the Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church will be in attendance.

“Archbishop Craig Bates has been a strong advocate for the unborn for many years,” said Fr. Pavone. “The priests who serve in the Charismatic Episcopal Church, moreover, have consistently spoken up with clarity and courage against the scourge of abortion. We are grateful for their witness and honored by their commitment to join us in the National Prayer Service.”

Also attending will be Dr. Robert H. Turrill, President and CEO of the Evangelical Church Alliance, which is one of America’s oldest associations of independent evangelical pastors, chaplains, missionaries, and ministry leaders.

“As the sanctity of life is a paramount issue for all Americans including the pre-born, if a citizen does not have a right to life, all other rights are meaningless,” Dr Turrill explained.

Speaking of the service, Dr. Turrill added, “I will be attending the pro-life prayer service Friday morning, January 25, sponsored by the organizers of the National Memorial for the Pre-born and Their Mothers and Fathers, and encourage my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to do the same.”

Of the role of evangelicals in the pro-life struggle, Fr. Pavone stated, “The pro-life cause would be far behind where it is now if it were not for the tireless commitment of our evangelical brothers and sisters. We are all honored by Dr. Turrill’s participation in this momentous service on January 25.”

Also attending will be a dozen bishops of the Anglican Church from across America, and many other religious leaders from denominations large and small.

The organizing committee of the service includes Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, Church of Christ, Conservative Congregational Christian Conference, Charismatic Episcopal Church, Anglicans, and Catholics.

“All in all, we expect clergy and attendees from denominations of every letter of the alphabet,” Fr. Pavone said.

The motivation behind all that is happening on this day was summarized by the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, President of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, who stated, “The right to life is at the foundation of human existence. Life and death belong to God, not government. Christians must come together in defense of life, speaking out as our consciences and religious principles dictate. This is our duty before God and our right as citizens of this land. This freedom must be preserved. ‘We must obey God, rather than men.’ (Acts 5:29)”

“The freedom of religion — in not only constitutional theory but also political practice — is absolutely essential to the flourishing of our American experiment in ordered liberty.  Without religious freedom, our experiment is deprived of desperately needed religious and moral resources.  With religious freedom, our experiment is blessed with religious and moral resources that government and politics, on their own, cannot provide.” –Rev. Paul T. Stallsworth Lifewatch/Taskforce of United Methodists on Abortion and Sexuality, President Whiteville (NC) United Methodist Church, Pastor

The right to life is at the foundation of human existence. Life and death belong to God, not government. Christians must come together in defense of life, speaking out as our consciences and religious principles dictate. This is our duty before God and our right as citizens of this land. This freedom must be preserved. “We must obey God, rather than men.” Acts 5:29 –The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison President, The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

“Anglicans for Life will work with all Christians to help people see that the right to abortion is wrong and has harmed women, men and society. Protecting fundamental rights while standing against false ‘rights’ that are destructive is the responsibility of every Church-going person in America.” — Georgette Forney, President, Anglicans for Life

The service will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 am at DAR Constitution Hall 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St), Washington DC. For Catholics who wish to attend mass first, there will be a mass at the same location at 7:30am.

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