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Happy Feast of the Ascension!

Thursday, May 17th, 2012





Forty days after His resurrection, the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven. What was different on that day than when He was in heaven before coming to earth? The difference was that now He was in heaven in a human body and soul — the same human nature that you and I share. Jesus took our humanity to the heights of heaven, making it possible for us to go there, too. The Ascension teaches the world the meaning and destiny of human life: we are called to be in the heights of heaven.

That is why we can never permit human life to be thrown in the garbage by abortion and other atrocities. Jesus has taken human nature to the heights of heaven — the same human nature shared by every unborn child.

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A Call to Serve

Thursday, April 5th, 2012





Holy Thursday, a day sacred to all Christians, is the day on which Jesus gave us the Eucharist, the Priesthood, and the commandment of charity. All are symbolized by His washing the feet of His disciples. He told us on this sacred night that we are to wash each other’s feet. We are to do what is unpleasant in order to serve one another; we are to get ourselves dirty in order to love one another.

Tonight, as we all join in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, let us recommit ourselves to loving and serving the least among us, the smallest and most vulnerable, namely, the unborn children. Let us wash their feet by speaking up for them and working to restore the protection of their lives.

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Jesus Is Life

Thursday, March 29th, 2012





In chapter four of John’s Gospel, Jesus tells the Samaritan woman at the well that He will give her water which will become an eternal spring of life within her. He urges her, in fact, to ask for it, and then shows her that the gift of life also requires a way of life marked by repenting of all that is evil.

This passage again affirms that Jesus is Life, and that all the efforts of His ministry and the ministry of the Church are about giving life. It also affirms that proclaiming life and proclaiming repentance go hand in hand. As we invite the world to the eternal life of Jesus, let’s not be afraid to challenge the world to repent of all those actions that destroy life, starting with abortion.

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The Seven Last Words of Christ

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012





In the season of Lent, meditation on the Seven Last Words of Jesus can give us profound insight into His mission and teaching, and about the intersection of the Passion of Christ and the pro-life efforts of the Church. These words from the Cross enlighten us about the power of forgiveness, the promise of Paradise, and the victory over death which Christ obtains for us by dying and rising again. The words from the Cross teach us of the thirst we should have for the new heavens and the new earth where justice will reside and life will be respected. Reflections I’ve given on the Seven Last Words of Christ can be obtained by visiting our online store.

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Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012





The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord recalls the fact that Jesus Himself was presented in the Temple to the Father. Jesus was sent by the Father, who is the origin of all, and the culmination of Jesus’ mission is to present everything back to the Father, after having destroyed every enemy. This Feast reminds us that we all belong to God, and to God alone. Therefore, nobody can own another human being, or have a veto power over another’s rights, or decide whether another lives or dies. Nobody’s choice takes precedence over anybody’s life. That is why no individual or nation can permit the act of abortion. On the Feast of the Presentation, may we rededicate ourselves to God and to a respect for every human life, which belongs only to Him.

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The Model of All Prayer

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011





The Lord gave us the Our Father as the model of all prayer. The first two words of that prayer tell us why we are pro-life. There is one Father of us all, the one who gives both divine life and the natural human life which is its prerequisite. The Father is the Creator, and if he is “our” Father, then what does that make us? We are all brothers and sisters in one human family. One Father entrusts us to the care of each other. We are to seek the good of one another. This is why Paul exhorts us to rejoice with those who rejoice and to weep with those who weep, and to bear one another’s burdens.

The first way we do that is to safeguard the most basic good each person has – life itself.

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Christmas for the Unborn

Monday, December 5th, 2011





Christmas is universal.

“Behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people…A Savior has been born for you” (Luke 1:10-11).

Christ the Savior becomes man precisely for all who share human nature. He excludes nobody. The good news of Christmas is for all people of all times and places. “Joy to the world.”

In fact, so universal is this joy, that even nature shares in it: “Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them” (Isaiah 11:6).

All of this leads to an inescapable conclusion: Christmas is also for the unborn. The Savior has come also for the children yet living in their mothers’ wombs. The Gospel message is addressed also to our youngest brothers and sisters.

In fact, we can say it is addressed especially to them, because they are the most helpless.

That good news was announced first precisely to the lowly, not to the great and powerful. The ministry of the One who was born for us continued to follow that pattern: He consistently sought out those who were on the outskirts of society.

His Church does the same today, taking a preferential option for the poor. The “poor” are not simply those deprived of material goods. “This preferential option for the poor and vulnerable includes all who are marginalized in our nation and beyond – unborn children, persons with disabilities, the elderly and terminally ill, and victims of injustice and oppression” (US Bishops, Faithful Citizenship, 2007).

To welcome the Savior means to welcome the obligations which His mission places on us. He is, in the words of the Prophets, one who will establish “justice” on the earth. In Biblical terms, this indicates He will intervene for the helpless, bringing deliverance to those held in bondage.

That’s all of us, of course, subject to the bondage of sin and death, unable to save ourselves.

But it’s especially our brothers and sisters in the womb, subject to the additional bondage of a Court decision that said, “The word person…does not include the unborn” (Roe vs. Wade, 1973).

In the beautiful Christmas hymn, “O Holy Night,” we sing these 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.”

Pope Benedict XVI has taught that “love for widows and orphans, prisoners, and the sick and needy of every kind, is as essential to [the Church] as the ministry of the sacraments and preaching of the Gospel” (Deus Caritas Est, no. 22). Our Christmas cannot be complete until we join in the great effort to end the oppression of the unborn once and for all, and let them hear that for them, too, a Savior has been born.

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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Abortion: the ultimate form of child abuse

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011






Often those who defend abortion, knowing that they do not have any valid arguments, resort to blanket criticism of priests for abusing children. What these abortion supporters don’t seem to realize is that by supporting the killing of children, they weaken their argument against the abuse of children. After all, it’s the same victim. The Church, and so many people of good will, oppose both the abuse and killing of children – and of anyone else as well. The argument of pro-life people is one of consistency and inclusion. The tragedy of Roe v Wade is summarized in its line that “the word person does not include the unborn.” Let’s oppose the killing of every and any innocent human life, and call on our opponents to  stop being selective in their opposition to evil.

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Following the Lord to Freedom

Friday, November 4th, 2011





Advocates of abortion have always tried to hijack the language and concept of freedom. The reality of killing a child has been camouflaged in the words “freedom of choice.” Yet Scripture makes clear the real meaning of freedom. In Exodus seven sixteen, God has Moses tell Pharaoh, “Let my people go.” But here, and in the following chapters, this command in its fullness is, “Let my people go, that they may serve me.” Freedom has a content. It is not a cloak for whatever we want to do; it is a road to serve the Lord. And the service of the Lord means there are some things we always choose and some things that we always reject. The service of the Lord is a way of life – indeed a narrow way. Yet to follow it is freedom.

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Offering Our Prayers for the Unborn

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011





The month of November is dedicated in a particular way to praying for the dead. This includes children who died before birth. These children did not have the opportunity to be baptized; the Church teaches, however, that we can hope for their salvation, and that we can entrust them with confidence to the mercy of God. The Lord loves these children even more than we do, and provides in mysterious ways for them to take hold of the eternal life we have in Christ. Praying for these children is an important way in which we recognize them as real persons, and in which we make reparation for the brutal way in which some of them were treated by abortion. If you want Masses offered for unborn children, simply send me their names at www.priestsforlife.org

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