Archive for July, 2013

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, July 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

“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Rom.8:16).

Reflection: The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, enables us to understand created realities, their value, and their relationship to the Creator and to our own happiness. We can therefore ask the Holy Spirit to give us an understanding of the value of the human person. The Spirit enables us to cry out, “Abba! Father!” Abortion, on the other hand, sees the human person as a disposable object.

Prayer: How wonderful are your works, O Lord. Through your eternal Spirit, you enable me to understand those works as coming from your hand. I praise you forever! Amen!

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Fr. Pavone: Implement the Pope’s Words by Learning Sidewalk Counseling

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

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Staten Island, NY — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, spoke at the third National Sidewalk Counseling Symposium sponsored by Pro-life Action Ministries and held in Minneapolis, MN from July 25-27.

“This is one of the most important gatherings each year in the pro-life movement,” Fr. Frank asserted. “It is a gathering of front-line specialists from cities across America. They come together to sharpen their skills for the critical work of standing in front of killing centers and, in a conversation that is often only seconds long, trying to persuade moms and dads not to have their child killed. Then they return to their respective cities to train hundreds of others doing this work day by day.”

“During these days, the Pope has rallied young people, and the whole Church, through his World Youth Day addresses, to pay active attention to the poor. One of the ways to do this is to rally to the side of the poorest of the poor, the unborn child, through sidewalk counseling,” Fr. Pavone added. “I remember talking about this extensively with Mother Teresa when I visited her in Calcutta in 1994. She told me how she would go regularly to the places in India where abortions are performed, and take the women by the arm to bring them to her community, to find hope and life for them and their children. She exhorted us to do the same.”

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, July 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

“None of us lives for himself, and none of us dies for himself. If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s” (Rom.14:7-8).

Reflection: There are two basic truths that each person has to admit in this life: 1. There is a God. 2. It isn’t me. To understand these lessons is to understand why evils like contraception, abortion, and euthanasia are wrong. Only God has absolute dominion over human life and over its coming and going.

Prayer: In life and death, O Lord, abide with me. I am yours. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, July 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

“A priest happened to be traveling along that same road, but when he saw him he passed by on the other side” (Luke 10:31).

Reflection: Perhaps the priest and Levite walked by the victim on the roadside because they thought the robbers were around the corner waiting to attack them. They asked, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” The Samaritan reversed the question and asked, “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

Prayer: Lord, may I stop calculating the risk to myself, and instead ask what will happen to the vulnerable if I don’t help them.

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New season of “Defending Life” debuts July 31 on EWTN

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, has announced that an exciting new season of “Defending Life” featuring dynamic guests and provocative topics will begin airing July 31 on EWTN.

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, and Father Scott Daniels, O.P., a Priest Associate of the ministry, will  co-host this 23rd Season, which will air at 2:30 a.m.  Wednesdays and 11 p.m. Thursdays. Additional broadcast times and other information is at DefendingLife.TV.

Defending Life  is the longest-running and farthest-reaching series on abortion ever produced by either side of the abortion debate. It airs on the world’s largest religious media outlet. Fr. Frank Pavone began taping it in 1994 at the personal invitation of EWTN Foundress Mother Angelica.

In one episode, Mrs. Morana and Father Daniels will take an unflinching look at D&E abortion, the dismemberment procedure most often performed in the second trimester of pregnancy. This topic is particularly relevant today as more states pass laws to protect children from abortion after 20 weeks of development.

Another episode focuses on Mrs. Morana’s new book, “Recall Abortion,” and the double meaning of the word “recall” as in “remember” and as in removing a harmful product from the market.

And in a third episode, you will hear Naomi Barber King, sister-in-law of Martin Luther King Jr. , make history as she declares in Washington, DC that the “Beloved Community” includes the unborn child!

Other guests in this season include Peggy Hartshorn, president of Heartbeat International; Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life; Jeanneane Maxon, former general counsel for Carenet, and Victoria Hearst, granddaughter of media magnate William Randolph Hearst, who will discuss her transition from pro-choice to pro-life. Monsignor Philip Reilly, founder of the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, will talk about his ministry, and  David Rosa, a post-abortive dad, will discuss a powerful new movement to acknowledge the regret men feel for involvement in abortion.

“We are very excited about this season,” said Mrs. Morana, who is also the co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and co-host of EWTN’s “The Catholic View for Women.”  “Viewers will learn more about topics in the forefront of today’s pro-life movement. They will gain powerful talking points and a clearer understanding that abortion is the real war against women,” she said.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said each season is designed to provide a realistic look at the many dimensions of the tragedy of abortion, and the progress the pro-life movement is making to counteract it.

“Our goal is to energize and empower every viewer to go out and redouble their efforts on behalf of the unborn,” Father Pavone said. “We are winning this fight!”

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, July 24th, 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 Lord sustains the poor, but humbles the wicked in the dust” (Psalm 147:6)

Reflection: German Cardinal Clemens von Galen became famous for sermons he preached in 1941 against the Nazi euthanasia program. He declared,  “These numerous cases of unexpected death in the case of the insane are not natural, but often deliberately caused, and result from the belief that it is lawful to take away life which is unworthy of being lived… Once admit the right to kill unproductive persons . . . then none of us can be sure of his life.”

Prayer: Inspire your preachers, Lord, with the courage we see in Cardinal von Galen. Amen!

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Hispanic Pro-Life Coalition Supports Texas Law to Limit Abortions

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

“For decades, Texas has allowed abortion centers to specialize in late-term abortions targeting our African American and Hispanic communities.  This signature curbs the genocide but there is still much to be done,” stated Fr. Victor Salomon, director of Hispanic Outreach for Priests for Life.

“Hispanics for Life applauds the decision by Texan legislators to limit abortions. We hope it is a step toward the day when all unborn human beings are protected and women are spared the exploitation by the abortion industry,” affirmed Astrid Bennett Gutierrez, President of Hispanics for Life.

Kristina Garza, director of Campus Outreach for Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, issued the following statement: “The 20-week abortion ban is common sense legislation.  Not only have women, especially minority women, been preyed upon by unscrupulous abortionists who have operated with no oversight whatsoever, but their babies have been mercilessly tortured to death for far too long.  Finally, Texas has taken the first step in protecting women and babies.  I hope that Texas becomes the example for the rest of the nation and that we will all encourage our pro-life legislators to act with the same courage that Governor Perry and the Texas legislature has.”

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, July 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

“Right from fertilization is begun the adventure of a human life” (Donum Vitae, n.1).

Reflection: Never has there been a more unscientific debate than the one about embryonic stem cell research. There is no disease that embryonic stem cells have been able to treat. Science is based on evidence. If there is no evidence that embryonic stem cells can help, why do people continue to call for the killing of embryos in order to harvest those cells?

Prayer: Lord, I pray for all researchers and scientists, that their moral character may grow as strong as their technical knowledge. Amen.

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Phil. Medical Examiner Locks Out Pro-Life Activists Demanding Bodies of Gosnell Victims for Burial

Friday, July 19th, 2013
medicalPHILADELPHIA, July 19, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A group of pro-life activists who were prevented from delivering a letter to the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office this morning demanding the release of the bodies of Kermit Gosnell’s victims for burial, say they are now prepared to engage in civil disobedience to ensure that the babies killed by Gosnell are treated with dignity.

Despite warning the Medical Examiner ahead of time that they were planning on delivering the letter, when the pro-life activists approached the door, staff in the building locked the door, and called the police.

Now Bryan Kemper of Stand True Ministries and Priests for Life tells LifeSiteNews.com that he and several other pro-life leaders are planning a rally and prayer vigil, called The Cry for Dignity, on Sunday, August 25, followed by peaceful civil disobedience the following morning.

According to Kemper, at least 25 activists will kneel down in front of the doors of the Medical Examiner’s building on the Monday morning, each holding a sign with the name of one of Gosnell’s victims.

“We will not leave, until they release them, or arrest us,” he said.

When investigators raided Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” clinic in 2010, they were shocked to find the mangled bodies of babies frozen and stored in a variety of containers, including milk jugs, cat food cans, and even a cherry lime-ade container.

Gosnell kept the bodies of his victims in the clinic after falling behind in his payments to the medical waste company that normally collected them for disposal at a landfill.

In addition to Priests for Life, the Philadelphia Catholic diocese has also put in a request to obtain the remains of the babies. However, so far the Medical Examiner has refused, saying that at some undetermined date the bodies will be cremated and buried.

But pro-life activists say that’s not good enough.

Fr. Pavone, who held a ceremony in May during which the babies were given names, told LifeSiteNews.com that his group is planning on holding a national funeral service for the babies, with or without the bodies. However, he added, it “should be happening with the bodies, and not some kind of secret, private burial of cremated remains, as if we’re somehow ashamed of these babies.”

About 50 pro-life activists participated in a prayer vigil outside the Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday morning. Afterwards, five of them attempted to hand-deliver the letter.

Kemper said the decision to lock the door took them by surprise, since previously staff had given the go-ahead for them to deliver the letter. The Medical Examiner also called the police, who asked to meet with the pro-life group’s attorney. However, the Medical Examiner staff rebuffed even that level of dialogue, said Kemper. “The attorney tried to go in, but they told her flat-out no, they will not talk to us, they already have a plan in place.”

“Gosnell was convicted of murdering human beings, not medical waste,” Kemper said. “These human beings, just like any human being, deserve the dignity of a proper funeral and burial.”

“The medical examiner’s office says that anyone can claim those bodies for a funeral,” he added. “We have papers, we had the legal paper we issued. And they are refusing to even talk to us.”

The letter, penned by an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, said, “[T]he public must be told where the bodies currently are. This is particularly relevant where the unclaimed victims are related to such a public, notorious criminal prosecution, followed closely by the media in all respects.”

“Proper burial is the right thing to do, for the human dignity of the babies themselves, for the healing of post-abortive women,” the letter said, “and for the future and conscience of Philadelphia and the nation…This is what a civilized society does with its dead.”

“We have made our request very public over the last few months; now we want public answers,” said Fr. Pavone this week.

Also present at this morning’s rally were Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life, Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Rev. Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, and others.

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FR. PAVONE LAUDS TEXAS GOV. PERRY’S SIGNING OF PRO-LIFE LAW

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today in support of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s signing of a bill to prohibit almost all abortions after five months of pregnancy, regulate abortion clinics as ambulatory surgical centers, and require abortionists to have local hospital admitting privileges.

“Governor Rick Perry and the Texas legislature have done what they were elected to do, that is, safeguard the well-being of Texans. The new law Governor Perry signs today will advance the protection of women from the unscrupulous practices of abortionists, and the protection of children from the deadly weapons of those same abortionists. Those who were so vociferous in their opposition to this law are on the wrong side of morality and of history.”

“We at Priests for Life will continue to expose the horrors committed by Texas abortionists like Douglas Karpen. This law will make that task much easier.”

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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