Archive for March, 2013

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, March 31st, 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

There is reason for you to rejoice, even if now for a little while you must suffer trials of many kinds. – 1 Pet 1:6
Reflection: Today is “Terri’s Day,” the anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo who was killed by deliberate dehydration.

Some say, “I wouldn’t want to live like that.” We would not want to live like the homeless, or those with various forms of addiction or severe financial crises. But like all God’s children, we respect their right to life.

Prayer: Give continued consolation, Lord, to Terri’s family, and protection to the vulnerable.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, March 30th, 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

Love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord. – Lev 19:18

Reflection: The command “Love your neighbor” does not have distinctions, limitations, or exclusions. It includes our unborn neighbor.

And to love them “as yourself” does not simply mean to love them “to the degree” that you love yourself; it means first to recognize them as a person like yourself.

Prayer: Let Your command of love, O Lord, free us all from the prejudices that distract us. Open our eyes to see every human person as our neighbor and act accordingly.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, March 29th, 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

Come to me, all you who are weary and overburdened, and I will give you rest – Mt 11:28

Reflection: The burden Jesus is talking about is not just that you have bills to pay, tasks to accomplish, or busy schedule to keep. He is speaking about the burden we feel when we see the rights of our brothers and sisters ignored and innocent blood shed. He is speaking of the work we do to correct these injustices and build a culture of life.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for refreshing me each day in the battle for life!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, March 28th, 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

In everything, deal with others as you would like them to deal with you. – Mt 7:12

Reflection: The “Golden Rule” applies also when the “others” are unborn children scheduled for abortions. We are to do what we would want others to do if we were in danger.

We can stop wondering how many people we should risk offending or how many positions we should risk losing. “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.”

Prayer: Father, in this simple rule, You have shown us how far we need to go in defending human lives. Give us the courage to carry it out.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, March 27th, 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

When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself. – Jn 12:32

Reflection: Jesus fulfills this promise in the Eucharist, which builds up the Church. All those receiving Communion today receive the very same Jesus.

God, enthroned in heaven, is drawing all these people to Himself and also to one another. We become one body and are responsible to foster the unity of the entire human family.

Prayer: Lord, continue to fulfill Your promise of unity. Free us from the divisions that result from aborting children and killing the sick. May we build a culture of life!

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Priests for Life applauds N.D. governor for his courage

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

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Friends, great news! Very recently I emailed our Priests for Life family to ask them to encourage the Governor of North Dakota, Jack Dalrymple, to sign the strongest pro-life legislation in the country. Many of you responded, and today the Governor did what we encouraged him to do!

When the People of God speak up, results happen! Please see the good news about North Dakota below, and please help us gain similar victories with our other action alerts at www.priestsforlife.org/alert.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 26, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Priests for Life has strongly supported the three measures that Governor Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota signed into law today. Abortionists should be required to have hospital admitting privileges, just as they should be required to observe other measures that they routinely resist, but that fulfill what Roe vs. Wade itself said, namely, that “The State has a legitimate interest in seeing to it that abortion, like any other medical procedure, is performed under circumstances that insure maximum safety for the patient.” [410 U.S. 113, 150]

Furthermore, abortions carried out for sex-selection and genetic defects embody and advance deep and destructive prejudices, and should be prohibited, as this new law does.

Finally, as for the heartbeat legislation, the Governor should be applauded for his courage in signing a bill that so dramatically challenges the Supreme Court’s ignorant prejudice against the unborn that continues to deny them equal protection under law. This legislation can begin to reverse that prejudice. I’ve never heard a good reason why the law should permit a baby’s beating heart to be stopped.

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

Tuesday, March 26th, 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

The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. – Gen 2:7

Reflection: The act of creation described in Genesis 2:7 is a sovereign act. God did not have to do it.

Yet without our asking for it or eraning it, God brought us out of nothingness and into life, and sustains our existence at every moment.

Prayer: Lord, teach us the lesson that there is no God but You and that no human being has dominion over life. Fill us with awe in Your presence.

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Pope Francis’ Message to Pro-lifers on Palm Sunday

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

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Pope Francis preaches on pro-life in a very integral way. He gives strong and clear messages that derive from the very substance of the Faith and a very broad vision of the demands that Faith places upon us. The conclusions and applications for the pro-life movement are undeniable, even if he does not use the specific words “pro-life movement” and “unborn.”

This was very clear in his homily at his installation on March 19, when he spoke of the need to protect every person, especially children, from the “Herods” of our day who plot death.

And it was clear again in his Palm Sunday homily, which contained the very strong message to have confidence in the victory of life over death.

He said it this way:

“Jesus takes upon himself the evil, the filth, the sin of the world, including our own sin, and he cleanses it, he cleanses it with his blood, with the mercy and the love of God.

Let us look around: how many wounds are inflicted upon humanity by evil! Wars, violence, economic conflicts that hit the weakest, greed for money, power, corruption, divisions, crimes against human life and against creation!

And our personal sins: our failures in love and respect towards God, towards our neighbour and towards the whole of creation.

Jesus on the Cross feels the whole weight of the evil, and with the force of God’s love he conquers it, he defeats it with his resurrection.

Dear friends, we can all conquer the evil that is in us and in the world: with Christ, with the force of good!

Do we feel weak, inadequate, powerless? But God is not looking for powerful means: it is through the Cross that he has conquered evil!

We must not believe the Evil One when he tells us: you can do nothing to counter violence, corruption, injustice, your sins! We must never grow accustomed to evil! With Christ we can transform ourselves and the world. We must bear the victory of Christ’s Cross to everyone everywhere, we must bear this great love of God.

And this requires all of us not to be afraid to step outside ourselves, to reach out to others. In the Second Reading, Saint Paul tells us that Jesus emptied himself, assuming our condition, and he came to meet us (cf. Phil 2:7).

Let us learn to look up towards God, but also down towards others, towards the least of all! And we must not be afraid of sacrifice.

Think of a mother or a father: what sacrifices they make! But why? For love! And how do they bear those sacrifices? With joy, because they are made for their loved ones.

Christ’s Cross embraced with love does not lead to sadness, but to joy!”

He mentions “crimes against human life,” using the same word the Second Vatican Council used in Gaudium et Spes to describe abortion (an “unspeakable crime”). He urges us to see evil for what it is, and then never to lose confidence in the victory we have over evil, thanks to the death and Resurrection of Christ.

What this means is that this Holy Week celebration is to increase our confidence as pro-life warriors.

What he also says is that “We must never grow accustomed to evil.” That’s a key thought for pro-lifers. Because abortion continues and continues, and its legality continues and continues, some get accustomed to it. Some think we have to bend to make room for abortion, whether in our laws, in the medical profession, in our health insurance policies or taxes, or in our habits of speaking and acting. But no — evil is not to be accommodated. No room is to be allowed for it, and every day its presence must awaken new outrage and new determination to end it.

When we talk about abortion, some say it’s “the same old thing” and they don’t want to listen. But the babies who are dying today never died before. Today, it is a new tragedy in each and every life that is torn apart. So yes, we will stand up again, we will speak up again, we will act up again! We must never grow accustomed to evil!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, March 25th, 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

“Let it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). 

Reflection: Facing an unplanned pregnancy, Mary freely chooses to accept the Child, and in doing so, acknowledges the primacy of the word. The truth of God’s Word exists before her own choosing. She submits to a word, a truth, she did not create. At the heart of the “pro-choice” mentality, instead, is the idea that we create our own truth. This mentality holds that the value of the unborn child, and that child’s right to exist, depend upon the choice of the mother.

Prayer: Lord, let it be done to me also according to your word, now and always! Amen!

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March 25: A Special Day

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Normally, March 25 is the Feast of the Annunciation, when God became an unborn child within the body of the Virgin Mary. This year, because this date falls in Holy Week, the Feast is transferred to Monday, April 8. 

But in whatever way it is being observed, we offer these links to assist you to reflect on the meaning of the Annunciation and to renew your commitment to defend the unborn. 

That fact that Jesus took on a human nature on the Annunciation, thereby joining all human life to himself, gives rise to two other aspects of this special day. 

First, in several nations, March 25 is observed as the Day of the Unborn Child. In some cases this is a designation from the Church and in other cases the government itself declared this observance. Pope Francis, when Archbishop of Buenos Aires, observed the Day of the Unborn Child in Argentina

Second, because of the meaning of this day, it was on March 25, 1995 that Pope John Paul II issued his encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), a Magna Charta for the pro-life movement. He considered this one of the most important documents of his long and fruitful pontificate. So do we. We invite you to read and re-read this marvelous teaching and to utilize the study guide our pastoral team has put together for it.

 

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