Archive for November, 2013

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, November 27th, 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

“When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood” (Isaiah 1:15). 

Reflection: Some abortion advocates call themselves “Prayerfully pro-choice.” The implication here is that they have consulted God about a procedure that dismembers little babies, and have found it to be OK. This is using faith against reason. The God who gives us faith also gives us common sense. Nothing that truly comes from God is ever going to tolerate the killing of innocent human beings.

Prayer: Lord, may we never use our religion to justify sin. Amen.

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Fr. Pavone: A good day for religious liberty!

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013





NEW YORK, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement about the Supreme Court’s decision to hear challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s HHS mandate.

“It’s a good day for religious liberty. The U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear lawsuits brought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties against the HHS mandate means this unjust requirement will get a full airing.

“We are watching this case with great interest at Priests for Life, since we also have filed suit against the mandate. Its so-called accommodation for religious employers was, in reality, no accommodation at all.”

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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A Pro-life Prayer for Thanksgiving Day

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013





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“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises toYour name, O Most High…”  Psalm 92:1-2

 

A special gift of THANKSGIVING … for YOU!

Use the form below to make your Thanksgiving offering and to send us the blessings you wish to thank God for. I will include them with all the others I receive and remember all of them during our special Thanksgiving Day Mass.

- Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director

 

I have also written this special prayer for our Priests for Life family to pray on Thanksgiving and the days before and after.

 

A Pro-life Prayer for Thanksgiving Day

 

Father of mercies,  God of all creation,  Source of life and of every blessing,  We thank you today, and every day of our lives,  For all that you give us!

Our thanksgiving is not only a duty,  But a joy and a source of strength,  Because it reminds us of your faithful love,  And inspires us with the hope of a future filled with blessings!

Lord, we thank you for guiding our fathers,  Who, inspired by the prophets  And by the saving work of your Son,  Founded a nation where all might live as one,  Acknowledging their dependence on you  As the source of their right to life.

We thank you for your blessings in the past,  And for all that, with your help, we must yet achieve.

We ask you to bless us as we thank you,  That our giving thanks may be accompanied by our firm resolve  To proclaim, celebrate, and serve  The gift of human life, born and unborn.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Fr. Pavone: ‘We are called to love them both’

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013





NEW YORK, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today welcomed “The Joy of the Gospel,” the first apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis.

“The Pope reaffirmed the Church’s never-ending defense of the unborn, and urged a greater effort to help women facing difficult pregnancies,” Father Pavone said. “This is the heart of the Gospel teaching and it is always relevant.”

“The pro-life movement has long said that we are called to love them both, mother and unborn child. In fact, we are called to love them all, fathers included. We will continue to spread this message and make sure the Pope’s words are heard by all the faithful.”

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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Prayer for the Philippines

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013





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Priests for Life stand in solidarity with the Philippines. In the light of the recent, tragic typhoon in the Philippines, the international association Priests for Life has called upon all its members around the world to join in daily prayer for the victims, for the survivors — especially those who have lost family and friends — and for the healing and protection of the whole nation. Fr. Frank Pavone has recommended to all the priests in Priests for Life to offer a novena of masses for these intentions, and to offer individual masses for specific intentions requested by the faithful. The following prayer has been composed by Priests for Life to be used on this sad occasion.

 

Prayer for the Philippines

Almighty God, Creator of the Universe

and God of Providence,

From the dawn of history you have sustained your people

And given them cause to hope in you.

When earth was destroyed in the Flood,

You set the rainbow in the sky

To speak to future generations

Of your fidelity and of your covenant.

When the Holy City Jerusalem

Was destroyed by its enemies,

And your people sent into exile,

You raised up prophets to comfort them

And to point the way to their return.

And when your Son Jesus Christ

Was sent to the cross

And his disciples were immersed in grief

You showed the power of your Hand

To defeat their enemies

And bring about the triumph of life and salvation.

Shine on your people again with the rays of hope and healing.

Bless the nation and the people of the Philippines

In this hour of need.

Receive the souls of those who have died in this tragedy

And comfort the hearts of those who live.

Strengthen the efforts of relief and recovery

And stir your people throughout the world

To come to the aid of those who are in need.

As our hearts are broken with grief,

May they also be broken enough to receive the grace you pour

Upon those who mourn

And who know that their hope and salvation are only in you.

May this hour of pain

Become an hour of glory

In which your people, in the Philippines and throughout the world

Refuse to be cast down by the gloom and despair of suffering,

But rather stand up in the strength of the Faith

And in the light of the Risen Christ

And show to the world that there is One who has conquered death

And who has promised to come again.

May He, the Alpha and the Omega,

The Beginning and the End,

The Resurrection and the Life

Be always the One Savior and Hope and Joy

Of the Filipino people

And of their brothers and sisters of faith around the world,

Until the day we see Him face to face

Where there will be no more tears,

No more crying out or pain,

And no more death,

But only joy and life eternal.

We pray through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, November 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

“A kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love, and peace…” (Preface, Liturgy of Christ the King)

Reflection: Jesus is Lord, not only of individuals, but of nations and the entire universe. All history finds its fulfillment in him. The Dominion of Christ over all creation is shown in the fact that he has conquered death. That is why his followers are pro-life. They bear witness to his kingdom, and look forward to his Second Coming.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are King of all creation. Continue to extend your victory over death through the faithful work of your disciples. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, November 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

“Any politics of human life must work to resist the violence of war and the scandal of capital punishment. Any politics of human dignity must seriously address issues of racism, poverty, hunger, employment, education, housing, and health care” (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, n. 23).

Reflection: Care for human life is multi-faceted. That doesn’t mean anyone has to try to do everything. It means that we have concern for all people, and that we realize that progress in any area of human dignity facilitates progress in every other area.

Prayer: Lord, as progress is made for human rights, may all people, born and unborn, reap the benefit. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, November 19th, 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 what the Lord says: ‘For three sins of Ammon, even for four, I will not turn back my wrath. Because he ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead in order to extend his borders” (Amos 1:13).

Reflection: As the University of Detroit Law Review pointed out in a 1990 article, “The Supreme Court’s decisions…allowed abortion on demand throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy.” An abortionist may kill a healthy baby of a healthy mother right up to and including her delivery date. Indeed, Roe vs. Wade is extreme.

Prayer: Lord, bless our efforts to educate people about what “legal abortion” really means. Amen.

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Priests for Life Supporting Albuquerque Efforts and Beyond to Protect Pain-Capable Children

Monday, November 18th, 2013





NEW YORK, NY — As Priests for Life urges voters in Albuquerque to support on Tuesday a measure protecting children in the womb from painful dismemberment, the organization also announced its intentions to extend this protection nationwide.

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, stated, “In regard to Albuquerque, there is only one correct way to vote in the election of November 19 and that is to vote to protect children in the womb. An up and down vote like this admits of no ambiguity. Those who fail to vote to protect these children have innocent blood on their hands. Whatever else they use their hands for in the future, the fact that they still have those hands is more than we can say about the children who will lose theirs if this measure does not pass.”

Fr. Pavone also announced that Priests for Life, which has been working for years to pass measures on the state and federal level to protect children from late-term abortion and to educate people about fetal pain, will redouble those efforts, including the following initiatives in 2014:

a)      The distribution to every Church and, indeed, to every American, of the diagrams depicting dismemberment abortion (See www.priestsforlife.org/resources/medical/de.jpg);

b)      Prayer campaigns to raise initiatives and pass laws to protect children from late-term abortion;

c)      Working with states and cities nationwide to pass measures to protect pain-capable children;

d)     Working with the US House and Senate to pass federal legislation to protect pain-capable children;

e)      Educational initiatives about fetal pain and late-term abortion, including radio ads and television programs;

f)       The distribution to activists of full-size posters showing the reality of dismemberment abortion;

g)      Sharing the testimonies, through the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, of those who have had late-term abortions.

More information on these and related initiatives will be announced in coming weeks at www.StopDandE.com.

Janet Morana and Georgette Forney, co-founders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (www.silentnomore.com) joined Father Pavone in urging support of the Albuquerque. In a joint statement, they said:

“Women who have late-term abortions typically have bonded with their babies, especially in cases where the health of the child or mother is at issue. Early termination to simplify a complicated pregnancy only serves to protect the doctor. The mother and family are left trying to grieve for their loss, while struggling with the stigma of abortion. We must offer better health care to women in these circumstances. Perinatal Hospice and serving both patients are better ways to approach this need.”

Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, spoke of the increased risks women face when undergoing late-term abortions.

“While all abortions pose physical and psychological risks for the woman, medical risks from these brutal late abortions are markedly increased – and even include risk of death. I stand with the people of Albuquerque who are seeking to ensure that the law reflects our society’s desire to protect the innocent out of compassion both for the mother and the child.”

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, November 18th, 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

“By his Incarnation the Son of God has united himself in some fashion with every person” (Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, n.22).

Reflection: God has joined all humanity to himself in Christ. There is only one human nature, shared by all human beings born and unborn, healthy and sick, rich and poor, wanted and unwanted. Every one of these human beings is joined to God through the Incarnation, which means our humanity has a sacred value even greater than it received just by being created.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for taking upon yourself our human nature, and for uniting our human family in yourself. Amen.

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