Archive for May, 2013

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, May 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

“Mary set out and journeyed in haste into the hill country…Mary remained with Elizabeth for about three months” (Luke 1:39, 56).

Reflection: After Mary was told she would be the mother of God, the truth of her new status did not distract her from Elizabeth’s needs. Real encounters with God do not turn us into ourselves, but rather make us more responsive to the needs of others. Religion does not keep us within the walls of our churches; rather, we serve the needs of those whose lives and rights are in danger.

Prayer: Lord, may we learn from what Mary did. Send us to help mothers and children in need. Amen!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, May 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

“To hinder a birth is merely a speedier man-killing; nor does it matter whether you take away a life that is born, or destroy one that is coming to the birth. That is a man which is going to be one; you have the fruit already in the seed” (Tertullian, 3rd century).

Reflection: The Lord’s dominion over life, and over the whole process of its coming and going, is the basis for our pro-life convictions. To say “No” to life at any stage of its development is to say “No” to God himself.

Prayer: Lord, may we rejoice in your faithful care for life from its earliest stages. Amen!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, May 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

“I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life …” (Deuteronomy 30:19).

Reflection: The early First Century document called the “Teaching of the Twelve Apostles” begins by saying, “There are two ways, one of life and the other of death, and great is the difference between the two.” It states, “Do not murder a child by abortion or kill a newborn infant.” Throughout the centuries, this teaching has been consistent.

Prayer: Lord, you have revealed the road of happiness to us and to our world. Keep us, in our laws and in our culture, on the path of life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Father Lifting Young Son

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

“Before the foundation of the world he chose us…” (Ephesians 1:4)

Reflection: God’s choice always comes before ours. We could not choose to be created, because we were not there to do the choosing. From all eternity, he took the initiative to make us and to save us. Our choices are secondary, and are carried out in the context of his choice to give life and love.

Prayer: Father, thank you for choosing us, freely and without any merit of our own. Thank you also for the gift of our own free will. Protect it from corruption; may we always choose in you and for you. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, May 22nd, 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

“The human being is to be respected and treated as a person from the moment of conception” – Donum Vitae, 1

Reflection: Adult stem-cell research has been going on for decades, and has proven helpful in treating various diseases. This research does not kill anyone. Embryonic stem cell research, on the other hand, only began in 1998, and does involve killing a new human life in order to obtain the cells. The number of diseases that have been successfully treated with embryonic stem cells is zero.

Prayer: Lord, you love those who are unseen. I pray for the tiniest human beings. Free them from exploitation, and free us all from moral blindness. Amen.

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Priests for Life: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act “Most Significant Legislative Step Forward”

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Washington, DC — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today:

“This week, Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08) will hold a press conference on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, announcing that its provisions, to protect children in the womb from 20 weeks of development forward, will apply nationwide. Moreover, a hearing regarding the bill will be held on Thursday.

“Priests for Life believes this is the most significant legislative effort to date in bringing protection to unborn children. We have therefore already alerted every parish in America to inform and mobilize its congregation in support of this bill. We are also calling upon pro-life organizations large and small to give it their full support.

“The team of Priests for Life has been instrumental in bringing attention to the case of Kermit Gosnell and in exposing other abortionists like him, and has been developing educational strategies related to late term abortion, such as our StopDandE.com campaign. We will redouble these efforts as a way of supporting passage of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

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, May 21st, 2013

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

“The requirements of the Law are inscribed in their hearts; and their own conscience will also bear witness for them” Romans 2:15

Reflection: Since the early ’90′s, over half of the freestanding abortion facilities in the United States have closed. Abortionists admit that one of the key reasons is that fewer doctors are willing to do abortions. Despite all their money and influence, the abortion advocates have not succeeded in removing the stigma from abortion. And they never will.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for writing your law on our hearts. Though it is often obscured by many things, it persists. May it strengthen us all in right conduct. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, May 20th, 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 they shall name him Emmanuel, a name that means ‘God is with us’” Matthew 1:23.

Reflection: In the midst of the abortion tragedy, the Church does not point fingers of condemnation. Rather, the Church extends hands of compassion and help, to lift up out of despair those who are tempted to abort their children. The Church informs her people of the many alternatives to abortion, and says “I am with you, and will enable you to say yes to life.”

Prayer: Lord, so many are tempted to abort because they feel alone. May we reach out to them, that they may know that we and you are with them. Amen.

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Fr. Frank Applauds Bill to Protect Pain-Capable Children

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Washington, DC – Fr. Frank Pavone and Priests for Life, the organization he leads, applauded today the announcement of Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08) of a bill that would outlaw abortions nationwide after 20 weeks of development, when the scientific evidence is strongest that babies have the ability to feel pain.

“For the last few years, Priests for Life has strongly supported this type of legislation in the states, and has conducted an educational campaign called ‘Stop D and E’ (see StopDandE.com). ‘D and E’ refers to the Dilation and Evacuation procedure, that is, dismemberment abortion, which would be the most commonly used second trimester method of killing babies. With the introduction of this legislation, and building on the momentum of the state laws, the educational campaign, and the revelations of the Gosnell tragedy, we have more reason than ever to focus on this strategic goal, and more hope than ever that it will succeed,” Fr. Frank said.

“Make no mistake: the abortion industry and their cheerleaders do not want us talking about D and E abortions. They would much prefer we talk about abortions in the earliest stages of pregnancy. With these new developments, they should feel more uncomfortable than ever. The focus now is going to be late-term abortion, until it is ended in this country,” Fr. Frank concluded.

For more information, see StopDandE.com and PriestsForLife.org.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, May 17th, 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

“Preach the message; be persistent in doing so, whether in season or out of season; convince, reprove, and encourage, but with great patience and instruction” – 2 Timothy 4:2

Reflection: Do you want to hear your parish priest talk more about abortion and the pro-life movement? The first place to start is to listen to your priest and learn how he thinks. What is he most interested in and passionate about? Then, when you find out, link that issue with the abortion issue.

Prayer: Lord, bless our priests and all who preach and teach Your Word. Free their hearts and open their lips, that they may speak up for the defenseless. Amen.

 

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