Archive for February, 2013

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, February 14th, 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

“Greet one another with a holy kiss” (Romans 16:16).

Reflection: On Valentine’s Day, many messages of affection are exchanged. A culture of life is a culture that avoids two extremes – one, which looks down on all affection and thinks that the only good things are the things of the spirit; and the other, which allows the emotions to run out of control, with no discipline.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, font of love both human and divine, bless us today with understanding, balance, and grace. Enable us to devote ourselves, body and soul, to the service of God and neighbor. Teach us how to love in a holy way. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, February 13th, 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

“This is how we know what love is: he laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16).

Reflection: The word “love” is the most misused, abused, and confused word in the English language. We say: I love ice cream, I love my mother, I love my wife, I love God. And some use “love” to justify abortion. The real meaning of love is found at the Cross. Love says, “I sacrifice myself for the good of the other person.” Abortion says, “I sacrifice the other person for the good of myself.”

Prayer: Lord I commit myself today to the love of others, especially those most in need. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, February 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

“You have come to Jesus … and to the sprinkled blood that speaks more powerfully than even the blood of Abel” (Hebrews 12:24)

Reflection: In the culture of death, the blood of tens of millions of unborn children is shed together with that of Jesus. Scripture teaches that the blood of the innocent cries out to God. Fortunately, it also teaches that the blood of Jesus cries out louder, calling for mercy, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

Prayer: Lord, in Communion, we receive your Body and Blood. May we weep for the blood of the babies; may we be consoled as we receive the blood of Christ. Amen.

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Fr. Pavone calls for swift action against Md. abortionist

Monday, February 11th, 2013





clip_image002GERMANTOWN, MD — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, is helping to lead a prayer vigil and press conference this morning at the site of abortionist LeRoy Carhart’s late-term killing center here.

Carhart performed a 33-week abortion this past week on Jennifer Leigh Morbelli, 29, who died after the procedure, along with her daughter, Madison Leigh. Her death is being investigated. A witness says she developed complications, and Carhart could not be contacted to take care of her.

Fr. Frank will call this morning for swift action on the part of the state of Maryland to not only investigate this death but also to stop Carhart from killing children and their mothers. Fr. Frank will also ask every priest across the nation to offer two Masses: one for the repose of the soul of Jennifer and her baby Madison, and another for the conversion of abortionist LeRoy Carhart.

Press Release: Fr. Pavone: The Silence Ends Today

Fr. Frank’s Column: The Silence Ends Today

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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Fr. Pavone: Pope’s action an “expression of love”

Monday, February 11th, 2013





PopeBenedictXVI_3STATEN ISLAND, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement today regarding the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI:

“We are, of course, all surprised today by the announcement of the Pope that he will resign at the end of the month. Popes have the authority to do this, of course, though it has rarely been exercised.

“We view the Pope’s action here in a positive light, as an expression of his concern and love for the Church. He wants the Church to have a Pope who can fulfill his role with the strength and vigor that the office requires.

“My own interactions with Pope Benedict have been in the arena of his defense of human life, and we at Priests for Life thank him in particular for the ways in which he has continued to announce and implement the Church’s pro-life teachings. Those who wish to send the Holy Father a message of appreciation and promise of prayers can do so on a special form we will post at www.priestsforlife.org.”

To read the full text of the Pope’s announcement, go to http://www.priestsforlife.org/articles/4498-pope-benedict-resignation

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

Monday, February 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

“Lord, by now there will be a stench, for he has been dead for four days” (John 11:39).

Reflection: Jesus was about to raise Lazarus, but Martha was worried about the stench. We too fear the stench. We fear who will object, who will get angry. Politicians fear who will vote against them; businesses fear who will stop supporting them. “Surely, there will be a stench.” And that becomes the excuse not to act – even when we know that Jesus has authority over death.

Prayer: Lord, free us from our fears and calculations, and give us boldness as we battle the culture of death. Amen.

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Fr. Frank Pavone: The Silence Ends Today

Friday, February 8th, 2013





late-term-double-image-fetusSTATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding the death of a young woman during a late-term abortion at the Germantown, Md., clinic of LeRoy Carhart.

“It has happened again. Another mother has been killed by so-called ‘safe and legal’ abortion. It happens constantly, in fact, but the abortion industry usually succeeds in covering it up. And even when they don’t, the rest of us succeed in keeping it relatively quiet. That has to change today.

“Late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart began an abortion procedure a few days ago on a woman who was about 33 weeks pregnant. These abortions are legal, and he performs them at his killing center in Germantown, MD. Yesterday, she developed complications. The abortionist could not be reached. She was taken to the emergency room by private vehicle, and she died.

“Three things need to happen here. First, the state of Maryland has to shut down Carhart’s killing business. Second, every person who cares about this needs to spread the word immediately about this tragedy, to awaken the consciences of our neighbors. This includes pastors speaking out about the harm abortion does, and it includes all of us telling the stories of those harmed and killed by abortion.

“Third, we need to redouble our efforts to mobilize people in the pro-life cause. If this latest tragedy isn’t enough evidence that the time to end abortion is now, then what is?”

“No longer will we allow these women to remain unknown to the American public,” Father Pavone said. “The silence ends today.”

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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, February 8th, 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

“From my mother’s womb, you have been my God.” (Psalm 22:11)

Reflection: Abortion supporters sometimes ask, “Why don’t you focus on caring for people who are already alive?” But if children in the womb are not already alive, why does it take an abortion procedure to kill them? When we speak about unborn children, we are not speaking about “possible” children; we are speaking about real children who are already quite alive.

Prayer: Father, open our eyes to recognize our brothers and sisters in every place where they live, including in their mothers’ womb. Open our hearts to love them as you do. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, February 7th, 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 sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.” (Hosea 8:7)

Reflection: There is not a single social problem that abortion has solved; in fact, every problem its advocates once promised it would solve is worse today than on the day abortion became legal. Tens of millions of children have been aborted in America since 1973. How many more have to be killed before we realize that abortion doesn’t fix society’s ills?

Prayer: Lord, be our salvation. Save us from false hopes, misleading solutions, and deceptive remedies. Only in the paths you point out for us can we find wholeness and salvation. Keep us wise and faithful. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, February 6th, 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

“Lord, open my lips…” (Psalm 51:17)

Reflection: If you were stranded on a desert island, and had, pen, paper, and a bottle, the note you write and put in that bottle could save your life. Before sealing it and throwing it in the sea, you would make sure that you put your very best effort behind what you say. So it is with conversations you have about abortion. Some day they may save a life. Conduct them well.

Prayer: Give me confidence, O Lord, at every moment in which I will need to speak on this topic. Open my lips, that I may save lives by what I say. Amen.

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