Archive for January, 2013

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, January 18th, 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

“Many Christians from all Communities … are jointly involved in bold projects aimed at changing the world by inculcating respect for the rights and needs of everyone, especially … the defenseless ” (John Paul II, “Ut Unum Sint).

Reflection: From January 18 to the 25th, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed by many denominations. All Christians, by definition, acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior of the world. That affirmation of Christ requires that we work to fight injustice. The pro-life movement continues to be the arena where these efforts are most visible and valuable.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we be one, as you and your Father are one. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, January 17th, 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

“Stand firm and immovable, devoting yourselves completely to the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Reflection: An 11-year old girl wrote recently: “My mother and I are taking a bus and will be coming to the March for Life. My teacher said that I will receive 0′s on any work that I miss and it can’t be made up. I told her missing a day at school in order to stand up for life is more important and I’m willing to suffer the consequences.”

Prayer: Lord, may we imitate this young girl’s willingness to sacrifice for the cause of life! Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, January 16th, 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

“They have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11).

Reflection: At the March for Life in Washington, women who have had abortions lead the way. They are the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. They march at the very beginning of the immense crowd, and carry signs that say “I Regret My Abortion.” Then, in the late afternoon, they gather at the steps of the Supreme Court, and share their testimonies one by one. Fathers of aborted babies are also there, with signs saying, “I Regret Lost Fatherhood.”

Prayer: Lord, bless these courageous men and women, and thank you for their powerful witness. Amen

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, January 15th, 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

“In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

Reflection: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., fought for the equal dignity of every human life. “If we are to have peace on earth,” he wrote, “we must be concerned about…the sacredness of all human life. Man is a child of God, made in his image, and must be respected as such.” When we truly believe this, he continued, “we won’t kill anybody.” Many who knew Dr. King assert that he would be with us in the pro-life movement today.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the privilege of being part of the civil rights movement of today, the pro-life movement. Amen.

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National Prayer Service, in the Shadow of the White House, to Pray for President and call him to Repentance on Abortion

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

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The National Memorial for the Preborn and their Mothers and Fathers (NationalPrayerService.com), the premier prayer event this year marking 40 years since Roe vs. Wade, will occur this year much closer to the White House than in the past.   Organizers have announced that the proximity to the White House is particularly appropriate this year, given the re-election of the President and the threats this poses to the right to life and religious liberty.   The prayer service, with leaders representing denominations across the full Christian spectrum, will include prayer specifically for President Obama and his administration, and focused specifically on begging God for the grace of repentance and the gift of wisdom to come upon them.   The service will be held on Friday, January 25 from 8:30 to 10:30am at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St). There will be a Catholic Mass available there at 7:30am.   “We need public servants who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public,” said Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-life Religious Council. “When Scripture commands us to pray for those in authority, it says we should do this in order that we can live tranquil lives. In other words, we pray that those in authority will know how to protect life, not destroy it.”   Participants in the prayer service will be asked to commit themselves to including this intention in their daily prayers throughout the year. Moreover, religious leaders will be called to incorporate into their pastoral practice a regular call to pray for the President by name, that he will begin making efforts to protect the unborn rather than to protect the abortion industry.   Fr. Paul CB Schenck, founding director and chairman of the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., stated, “Abortion is a matter of public welfare and most of all of respect for human life and dignity. We will pray and work to end the disrespect of human life represented by the billion dollar abortion trade and to reinstate laws that protect the preborn, their mothers and families.”

For more information and promotional materials on the service, please visit NationalPrayerService.com.

 

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Novena of Reparation for Roe vs. Wade

Monday, January 14th, 2013

prayer-of-reparationStarting today, Priests for Life is conducting a prayer novena in preparation for January 22, the sad observance of the Roe vs. Wade decision which legalized child-killing in the United States throughout pregnancy. This prayer, which you can find at priestsforlife.org, asks the grace of mercy and conversion upon our nation, that the killing may cease, and that those who have been involved in abortion may find healing.  We need to be spiritually prepared for January 22. Many preparations are being made for marches, parish activities, and other events to commemorate this day. Let us prepare spiritually as well. Go to priestsforlife.org to sign up for the novena and download the prayer.  The bishops have designated January 22 as a day of penance. Let us prepare well for it by this novena.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, January 14th, 2013

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These reflections are taken from the book “Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day” by Fr. Frank Pavone which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Two blind men…shouted, ‘Lord, Son of David, take pity on us.’ The crowd rebuked them and told them to be silent…Jesus stopped and called them, saying, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’” (Matthew 20:30-32).

Reflection: Jesus always broke through the false levels of privilege that people around him set up. Somehow the crowd thought the blind men weren’t worth Jesus’ attention. They were just a nuisance, and so the crowd told them to keep quiet. But Jesus gave them his attention and care.

Prayer: Lord, in our day, too, you teach us to see beyond appearances, prejudices, and false distinctions. Help us care for every life, born and unborn. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

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These reflections are taken from the book “Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day” by Fr. Frank Pavone which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)

Reflection: Life is victorious over death. This is one of Scripture’s most basic themes. The victory of life is foretold in the promise that the head of the serpent, through whom death entered the world, would be crushed. The promise is fulfilled when a mother, Mary, gives birth to a child, Christ, who destroys death.

Prayer: Lord, I renew my confidence today that your promise to us will continue to be fulfilled as your Kingdom of Life grows in the world. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, January 12th, 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

“God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:26)

Reflection: It is only of God that the word “create” is used, because only he is the one who can bring life out of nothing. The sanctity of life has its root in the unique relationship that human beings have with their Creator. Life is sacred because it comes from God, belongs to God, and returns to God.

Prayer: Thank you, Father of Life, for creating me. Thank you for creating every human being, born and unborn, healthy and sick. Thank you for life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, January 11th, 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

“Give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace” (John Paul II, to those who have had abortions…Evangelium Vitae, 99).

Reflection: Every day, around the world, men and women who have lost children to abortion gather for Rachel’s Vineyard retreats, which provide an opportunity to face the wounds of abortion in a safe, affirming environment of prayer and the support of others who have been through the same experience.

Prayer: Lord, be with all those who are going through healing after abortion, and bring them quickly to your peace. Amen.

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