Archive for April, 2013

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

jesus-resurrection

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

“Why do you look among the dead for one who is alive? He is not here. He has been raised.” (Luke 24:5-6)

Reflection: How easy it is for people to seek the living one among the dead. Despair causes them to look to death as a solution. But death is never a solution. When we look to Jesus, we find the Living One, and he strengthens us to choose life.

Prayer: Lord, we do not seek you, among the dead. Grant that your people may never turn to death for comfort or hope, but only to you, the Living Lord. Amen!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, April 29th, 2013

resurrection

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

“They ran from the tomb to inform his disciples…” (Matthew 28:8)

Reflection: On the morning of Jesus’ resurrection, there was a lot of running taking place. The women, having seen the empty tomb, ran back to the disciples. Peter and John, having heard the women’s story, ran toward the tomb. And in the end, of course, all the apostles ran into the world to announce this greatest news of history. We, too, must run to announce the Gospel of Life with vigor, and to intervene to save the unborn with urgency.

Prayer: Lord, your Gospel of Life is cause for urgent activity! Fill me with the vigor of Easter each day, that I may announce the victory of Life! Amen!

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Prayer in Response to the Gosnell Tragedy

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Lord of Life and Mercy,
You love all you have created,
And call us to protect The lives and rights of our brothers and sisters.

You care for the unborn
And you forgive the repentant sinner.

Lord, we turn to you
With astonishment and sorrow
As our nation learns the tragic story
Of abortionist Kermit Gosnell and those he killed.

Have mercy on him
And have mercy on all of us.
Pour out the spirit of repentance on all people,
That we may face the evil that has been done
And cry out against it.

Bless all involved in our legal system,
That they may secure justice under your guidance.
Convert all in the abortion industry
That they may cease their violence against women and children.
Embolden all in public office
That they may take the steps necessary
To protect the public they have promised to serve.

And give us all the grace to proclaim, celebrate and serve
The Gospel of Life,
Which is your Son, Jesus Christ,
Who is Lord forever and ever. Amen

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, April 26th, 2013

angel

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

“An angel of the Lord descended from heaven, came and rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.” (Matthew 28:2)

Reflection: The stone is what sealed human beings in the grave. By sitting on it, the angel says that death is conquered – not only Jesus’ death, but all death. The stone is not going to roll back; it cannot any longer hold humanity captive to the grave. Our destiny is now the heights of heaven.

Prayer: Alleluia! The Kingdom of death has been overturned! The power of abortion, euthanasia, and other evils has already been defeated! Lord, your power is greater than death. May Easter give me confidence to be a witness to Life!

 

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

dawn

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

“At dawn on the first day of the week…there was a violent earthquake.” (Matthew 28:1-2)

Reflection: In the Old Testament, earthquakes are a sign of the coming of God, the breaking in of the new age in which God’s kingdom will flourish. That is what happens, of course, at the Resurrection. A new chapter of history now begins, in which the risen life of Christ is accepted by believers and overcomes humanity’s slavery to death.

Prayer: Father, you have shaken up the world with the Risen life of Christ, and you have shaken us loose from the stranglehold of death. In the light of the resurrection, may we continue to extend your victory over death!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflections

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

cross

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

“You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3)

Reflection: On Easter, many throughout the world are baptized into the Church, and those already baptized renew the vows of their baptism.By baptism, we are immersed in the new life of Christ. Thanks to baptism, God looks at us through the eyes of His Son, and says, ‘You are my child; you died on the cross, therefore you will rise from the dead.’

Prayer: Father, thank you for immersing me into the death and resurrection of your Son! Thank you for making me part of the People of Life!

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Pro-Life Leaders Release an Open Letter to all Americans

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

More than three dozen leaders of national  pro-life organizations from across the country have signed a letter calling on all Americans to take note of the ongoing murder trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, because the horrors described daily in the courtroom “represent the precise reality of the state of the abortion industry today in our country.”

The letter was released just before news broke that the judge presiding over the Gosnell trial had dismissed three of the murder charges against him, as well as several lesser charges. Gosnell still faces four counts of first-degree murder of babies born alive, third-degree murder of a patient who died of a drug overdose following a botched 2009 abortion, and multiple counts of performing late-term abortions past the legal limit in Pennsylvania.

“Despite the graphic nature of the testimony that could only come from the darkest depths of human depravity, we the undersigned have further evidence that abortionist Gosnell’s practices are reflective of abuses that characterize the entire abortion industry,” the signatories wrote. “These abuses have been documented for decades through law enforcement activities, news reports, court documents, lawsuits, undercover investigations, and testimonies of former abortionists and their clients.

Forty years of abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy has not brought women more dignity, made them freer, or advanced their equality. Instead, as the trial of abortionist Gosnell cruelly testifies, abortion has made women the subject of predatory practices, ugly disfigurement, gruesome deaths, and conditions not even fitting for animals.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, spearheaded the campaign and is among the leaders who signed the open letter.

“We have an opportunity to show people the true nature of abortion, the true meaning of ‘choice,’“ Father Pavone said. “We must seize this moment to make sure everyone understands that what happened in Gosnell’s clinic has been happening all over the country for the last 40 years.”

To read the full text of the letter, go to priestsforlife.org/gosnell/gosnell-open-letter.pdf

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, April 23rd, 2013

baptism

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

“You did not choose me. Rather, I chose you” (John 15:16)

Reflection: Baptism is a sacrament of welcome. God chooses us long before we choose, and all the chosen welcome each other. This is the exact opposite of the mindset of abortion, which ignores God’s choice, and says that we can choose not to welcome children into the community. Let’s thank God for baptism, and for life!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for choosing us. As a people made one by baptism, may we grow in the spirit of welcome, and rejoice in all those you continue to add to your chosen people and to the human family. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

cain

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 while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.” (Genesis 4:8)

Reflection: The first murder in history was within the immediate family, brother killing brother. One of the reasons abortion and euthanasia are preeminent issues today is that those forms of killing likewise take place by one family member upon another. The family is the sanctuary of life. It should be the safest place. Without life, there cannot be family; without family, there cannot be life.

Prayer: Lord, have mercy on the families of our world. Fill them with the spirit of welcome and love, of nurture and protection. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

carehearts

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

“What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” – Psalm 8:5

Reflection: A television movie had a scene in which two women were arguing. One said, “But you don’t get it, you don’t get it — you just killed someone.” And the other responded, “No, you don’t get it — I don’t care!” Many abortion supporters know abortion kills children; they just no longer care.

Prayer: Lord, we ask for more than education and knowledge. We ask that you fill our world with hearts that care. May those who have forgotten how to care learn from our example. Amen.

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