When the Lord gave the command to take away the stone so that He could call Lazarus to walk out of his own grave, Lazarus’ sister Martha expressed a concern: “Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days.” Notice how we worry about small things when God is about to do great things. He works through us to end abortion, but we worry that we will lose friends; pastors worry that they will anger parishioners; politicians worry that they will lose votes; we all worry that there will be a stench. It’s time to stop limiting the power of God. As Mother Teresa said, let’s give God permission, so that He can work mightily through us to end abortion and bring about a Culture of Life.
The Passion of Christ was far more horrible than most of our crucifixes portray. As we reflect on how much He suffered, we also reflect on why.
He suffered for the sake of human life. Christ Jesus came to rescue the human life He had created, to snatch it from the kingdom of death and bring it into His kingdom of life.
And He includes every human being of every age.
I ask you to remember this Lent that Jesus endured His Passion for every unborn child in the womb. He endured every pain that the unborn might be saved as well as the born.
When you pray the Stations of the Cross or the sorrowful mysteries, or watch the movie of His Passion, ask for the grace to inconvenience yourself a little more for the unborn.
Jesus said, ‘Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-burdened, and I will give you rest.’ The burden Jesus is talking about is not just that you have bills to pay, tasks to accomplish, relationships to maintain, or a busy schedule to keep.
He is speaking about the burden we feel when we see injustice all around us; the burden we experience when the rights of our brothers and sisters are trampled down and innocent blood is shed. He is speaking of the labor we engage in to correct these injustices and build a Culture of Life.
Blessed are those who mourn — who mourn over evils like abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia.
Indeed, we shall all be comforted, for the Lord will bring justice to the earth.
A pregnant mother is often asked if she has “picked out a name yet.” In the Culture of Life, every person has a name. Delaying the practice of naming until birth only reinforces the idea that we don’t have a person there until birth. A name should be chosen and used as soon as one discovers she is pregnant. Until the child’s gender is known, two names can be chosen — one for a boy and one for a girl. The key is the timing of the decision. The names should be chosen as soon as the pregnancy is discovered, or even before that. As soon as the gender is known, one of the two becomes definitive. Every person has a name, and that includes the unborn.
Please take a moment to check out my Birthday Wish on behalf of the cause Pray to End Abortion.
Bryan Kemper, Youth Outreach Director for Priests for Life and founder of Stand True Ministry, will be the host and keynote speaker for the first-ever Youth Rally organized by the March for Life.
The rally will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 in the Regency Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, D.C. Visit marchforlife.org/content/view/84 for more information.
“As a father, youth leader and national pro-life leader, I believe we must give young people the tools to stand up for their faith and convictions,” said Kemper. “We understand the importance of raising up a generation of pro-life youth; to educate, activate and equip them in this battle to build a culture of life. We are excited to partner with the March for Life on the first annual March for Life Youth Rally as we engage and empower young people to fight to end child killing in America.”
Father Pavone commented, “It was the March for Life that ignited my commitment to the pro-life cause. I know this rally will plant the same seeds in the hearts of many new activists.”
Kemper, 44, the father of six children with a seventh on the way, noted that an impromptu rally last year drew more than 300 young people. He expects attendance to triple for Saturday’s rally.
Also speaking from Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries will be: Julia Holcomb, a spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign who in 1975 had a relationship with the rock star Steven Tyler that ended after they aborted their son; Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More and executive director of Priests for Life; Matt and Kelly Clinger, spokespersons for Silent No More, and Father Denis Wilde, associate director of Priests for Life.
Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit priestsforlife.org.
This Feast of the Holy Innocents leads Christians to reflect on the tragedy of abortion, and today leads many to pray in front of abortion facilities, where innocent blood is shed. Just as Christmas should be celebrated every day in our hearts, so the Feast of the Holy Innocents should be celebrated every day. Our hearts should be broken as the bodies of these babies are broken, and the souls of those who kill them are weighed down with the burden of guilt and despair. Yet we are the people of Life, and we bring into this world the hope that comes from the birth of Christ and from the birth of every baby. We bring the hope of forgiveness and the determination to work daily for an end to the modern-day slaughter of the innocents.
Please take a moment to check out my Holiday Wish on behalf of the cause Pray to End Abortion.
The Christmas song “O Holy Night” includes the following words: “Truly he taught us to love one another. His law is love, and his gospel is peace. Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother, and in his name all oppression shall cease.” This is a reminder that as we celebrate Christmas, we renew our commitment to ending all oppression, particularly of those who are most oppressed, the children living before birth within their mothers; children who have been deprived of legal protection, and are oppressed by the mythology of choice. In the name of the newborn Christ, the oppression of our unborn children will cease. May Christmas give us the strength to be silent no more, and more active than ever in the pro-life cause.
Please take a moment to check out my Holiday Wish on behalf of the cause Pray to End Abortion.
One of the Christmas songs playing on the radio this time of year is called “Grown Up Christmas List.” The singer says that the list is not for herself, but for a world in need. This list includes, “no more lives torn apart, that wars may never start…that right would always win.”
Christmas is a time for wishing for good things, because we know that God has given us His Son — and if He has gone that far, as St. Paul declares, how will He not give us everything else besides?
Let us increase our longing, then, that every life may be secure, safe from the violence of abortion and euthanasia, and from the ravages of poverty, crime, and war. Let us write our Christmas list with confidence.
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As we enter the Advent season, Priests for Life invites all believers to pray a special Advent prayer for life, which you can find on our web site. The prayer reminds us that the Savior came to end all oppression, and therefore asks God to give us new strength to build a culture of life, in which the unborn will be freed from the oppression of abortion.
The Advent prayer for life also reminds us that welcoming Jesus as He comes enables us to welcome the children He sends into our world. It likewise reminds us of Jesus’ second coming, and asks that we may be ready for it. Please join the Advent prayer for life found at priestsforlife.org and invite your family, pro-life group, school and parish to take part in it.
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Ending Abortion, Not Just Fighting It is a collection of stirring and informative pro-life essays by Fr. Frank Pavone in which he shows that with proper instruction, steadfast prayer and unrelenting determination, people of good will can end the scourge of abortion in our land. Today’s Cyber Monday price for this book is $5.00 and the first 100 orders get a copy signed by Fr. Frank.
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Read some praise from Bishops for Ending Abortion, Not Just Fighting It.
…I look forward to reading this collection of essays of which I am certain will be very informative and a source of encouragement to all those seeking to protect human life. I am especially grateful to you for your dedication and service on behalf of the pro-life movement. Please be assured of a special remembrance in my thoughts and prayers for you and those dear to you. May Almighty God bless you with an abundance of happiness and peace, and may Mary our Mother watch over and protect you always. With prayerful best wishes, I remain Sincerely yours in Christ, Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia
[Bishop Fabian Wendelin Bruskewitz] is happy to endorse the book, which has something to inspire anyone who reads it. All aspects of the abortion issue are addressed in these powerful and precise essays. This book is to provide a boost of vitality to those who love and defend innocent life. — Rev. Andrew Menke, Vice Chancellor
Your book “Ending Abortion” is like dew on the parched landscape in America. It will educate and encourage all who read it to continue the battle for life with renewed vigor. With kindest personal regards, I am Most Rev. James C. Timlin, Bishop Emeritus of Scranton
Fr. Pavone’s new book helps us to strengthen our convictions with clear teaching and compelling motivation. — Most Reverend Anthony M. Pilla, Bishop Emeritus of Cleveland
Your Book will be a special blessing for all those committed to the pro-life movement, giving us much food for thought, insights from experiences over the recent decades, and an agenda with concrete ideas and suggestions for the future. — Adam Cardinal Maida, Archbishop of Detroit
I am happy to endorse your work and, in particular, this new book…A critical challenge for us today is transforming a culture of death into a culture of life. In his thoughtful book, Fr. Frank Pavone offers us a very helpful and wide-ranging set of essays on promoting life in our contemporary society. The book: Ending Abortion, Not Just Fighting It, is both encouraging and challenging for all of us who are concerned about respect for human life in American society. — Most Reverend Francis Kane, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
Father Pavone’s book, Ending Abortion, Not Just Fighting It, gives a very informative pro-life summary of the prayerful and pastoral ways of dealing with all the critical issues that are connected to the evil of abortion. — Bishop Michael Pfeifer, O.M.I. of San Angelo, TX
The book is indeed an important resource in promoting a deeper understanding of the need for all people to work for the protection of all human life, especially at its earliest and most vulnerable stage. This book also comes at an important time in our history, when the value of life is denigrated at all levels of society. As people who recognize the image and likeness of God in every human life, we must as the Church work to protect those whose voice is ignored and whose identity is disregarded. I am confident that your words and your books will help support that work, and through your efforts and your leadership, we will indeed come closer to the goal of a nation that protects all people and all life from the moment of conception to natural death. I commend you for the fine work you are doing in prompting the pro-life movement, both at a local and at a national level, and I hope that through this book and our shared ministry of preaching the Gospel of Life, more people will actively join the cause and become activists in the pro-life struggle. Thank you again for the gift of this book, and I wish you continued success in contributing to a world where the protection of all life remains our goal. — Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L., D.D., Bishop of Paterson, NJ
I commend you for your courageous efforts for the cause of life. And I am happy to provide a few words of commendation for your book and your continuous, persistent labors of love for the unborn: “The Right-to Life of the Innocent Unborn is the premiere civil rights issue of our time, and Father Pavone stands as one of the principal heralds of this important movement. His book Ending Abortion, Not Just Fighting it, is a clarion call for coordinated and consistent efforts to end abortion. I recommend this book highly for those who want to learn more about the why’s and how’s of supporting pro-life efforts and desire to help reverse the lamentable Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision of 1973.” Thank you, Father Pavone, for this very helpful and very readable book! — Most Reverend Robert J. Baker, S.T.D., Bishop of Birmingham, AL
Thank you for addressing this critical issue and for all that you do to promote a respect for all human life from the moment of conception to the point of natural death. — Most Reverend David A. Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh, PA
Father Frank Pavone has been a consistent and strong leader in the pro-life movement for many years, even in the face of the many obstacles which we face, he has remained steadfast and clear of vision. This new book reminds us that abortion is not simply about a social problem, it is about relationships. People are involved. The person of the unborn. The persons of the mother and father. The persons of those who run abortion mills and perform or participate in abortions, as well as those of us who demonstrate and teach against this tremendous evil which is being permitted by our government at various levels. This thoughtful book will help many to recognize the various aspects of the evil which is encroaching upon us, and, it does this from a very positive vantage point, i.e. that we are not just fighting abortion: we plan, with God’s help, to eliminate it. — Archbishop John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark
Congratulations to you on your accomplishments. I pray that your insights will motivate all people to save the lives of millions of unborn infants. You are remembered in all of my prayers every day.
— Bishops Joseph Howze, Bishop Emeritus of Biloxi, MS