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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, September 10th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org.

“In this way democracy, contradicting its own principles effectively moves towards a form of totalitarianism. The State is no longer the “common home” where all can live together on the basis of principles of fundamental equality, but is transformed into a tyrant State, which arrogates to itself the right to dispose of the life of the weakest and most defenseless members” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.20).

Reflection: Some see laws permitting abortion as a minor flaw; the Pope is saying here that they change the very nature of the state.

Prayer: Lord, free us from the tyranny of governments that think they can dispose of human life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“The human person, unlike animals and things, cannot be subjected to domination by others” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, 19).

Reflection: If representatives of the Church abuse children, the State steps in. The Church likewise has a duty to intervene when state allows children to be killed by abortion. America is proud of its freedom of religion, and equally proud of its protection of human rights. The two can go together, as long as “separation of Church and state” never means that either one looks the other way when human rights is violated.

Prayer: Lord, may both Church and State be faithful in their duty to protect human rights. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“They do more harm to those who practice them than to those who suffer from the injury” (Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, 27).

Reflection: This quote from Vatican II is speaking about abortion, euthanasia, genocide, and various other forms of violence against human life and dignity. It obviously calls for a deep concern for the welfare of those who carry out these activities. Such people distort their own humanity and jeopardize their salvation. The Church seeks both the protection of the victims and the salvation of the perpetrators.

Prayer: Lord, have mercy on those who carry out practices against human life and dignity. Convert, heal and save them. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, June 25th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8)

Reflection:Here is the reaction of a ‘pro-choice’ person upon seeing what abortion is: “I have looked at the pictures on this site
on
aborted babies and I started to cry. I have always believed in freedom of choice but after seeing this, I have to say this is just murder.”

Prayer: Lord, as you promised, your Holy Spirit teaches us about you, and helps us to see the full truth about what is right and wrong. May that Spirit reveal to our world its sin and its salvation. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Bloodshed follows bloodshed” (Hosea 4:2)

Reflection: If a mother has the right to choose to kill her innocent, unwanted child, why doesn’t the child have the right to kill her innocent, unwanted mother? The deadly “logic” of putting choice above life endangers everyone. The “right to die” movement has nothing to do with people wanting to die. It has everything to do with people wanting to kill others whom they believe would be better off dead.

Prayer: Lord, I affirm today the primacy of life over choice. May every choice be guided and guarded by the immeasurable value of life. Amen.

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Declaration on the Rights of the Child

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

In 1959, the United Nations issued the Declaration on the Rights of the Child. This document states that: “…the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth.” This was incorporated into a treaty, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states in Article 6: “States Parties recognize that every child has the inherent right to life.” To us in the pro-life movement, the next steps are obvious. The language of these declarations and treaties needs to be brought to its consistent and logical conclusion. The violence of abortion, which denies the child’s right to life and kills the child, is in fact prohibited by the language of these documents.

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Priests for Life calls for Chinese dissident to be brought to safety

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Priests for Life has joined calls for the U.S. State Department to immediately take steps to bring to safety Chinese forced-abortion dissident Chen Guangcheng, his family and anyone who helped him escape house arrest two weeks ago.

“There is no way to ensure their safety if they remain in China,” said Father Frank. “The whole world is watching this situation, and we must act now.

“Chen has been courageous enough to speak out against forced abortion and sterilization in China.  But for too long, the United States has been silent about the brutality with which these policies are enforced, and the way those who oppose them are silenced.  We cannot be silent about the very real danger facing Chen, his wife, Yuan Weijing, and those who helped him.”

Father Pavone urged everyone to contact their U.S. Senators and Representatives about this matter.

The Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues, a ministry of Gospel of Life, has urged Parliamentarians to voice concern for Chen to Chinese officials and embassies in their respective countries; to call, fax and e-mail national embassies in China to create global concern for Chen’s well-being, and to use social media to keep the international spotlight on Chen and his family.  For information, go to PNCIUS.org

The Christian Defense Coalition has organized a prayer vigil for Friday at Noon in front of the White House.  The location is 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, on the Lafayette Park side.  Priests for Life will be one of the groups represented.

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Let Us Renew Our Commitment

Friday, January 6th, 2012

This month many of you will march for life, in Washington, D.C. and in your own towns and cities. The day will come when Roe v Wade will be overturned. The Court could say that the people can decide whether abortion should be legal in their own states, but the Court could also rule that the unborn child must be protected as a person under the 14th Amendment, just like the born must be protected. The Roe v Wade decision itself admits that if the unborn child can be shown to be a person, abortion cannot be legal at all. Reversal of this disastrous decision remains a key goal for which the Church and the pro-life movement continue to work and pray. As pro-life people march this month in various events, let’s renew our commitment to that goal.

Please take a moment to check out my Birthday Wish on behalf of the cause Pray to End Abortion.

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Abortion: An International Human Right?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Abortion advocates want more than to keep Roe vs. Wade intact.  They want to establish an international right to abortion, overriding the decisions of individual nations to protect preborn children, but, as usual, these people have it completely wrong.  The international right that has to be proclaimed and protected is the right to life.

After the horrors of the Second World War, people around the world realized that there was a need for an international body to acknowledge and protect basic human rights, in case individual nations fail to do so.  This led to the development of the United Nations. The UN Charter states that its purpose is, “to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person.”  Let’s apply this principle to the unborn.

Great tool for planning your pro-life activities: The 2012 Priests for Life calendar is a great way to keep pro-life front and center in your home throughout the year. Click here to order yours today.

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The gruesome truth about D and E abortions

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The debate in America about partial-birth abortion did a lot to shift public opinion in a pro-life direction, because it focused attention on what actually happens to the baby during an abortion – and what happens is not pleasant. That procedure was banned. But the D and E procedure is one among those that remain legal. In a D and E, the baby, while alive, is dismembered limb from limb. Medical textbooks and sworn court testimony describe how the abortionist pulls off the arms and legs and crushes the head. Above and beyond any thoughts they have about abortion in the abstract, it’s time to ask our fellow citizens what they think about D and E. Many who call themselves pro choice nevertheless oppose this procedure. Find out more at www.priestsforlife.org

 

Great tool for planning your pro-life activities: The 2012 Priests for Life calendar is a great way to keep pro-life front and center in your home throughout the year. Click here to order yours today.

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