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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“They lead my people astray, saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash” (Ezekiel 13:10).

Reflection: Late-term abortionist George Tiller tells couples who come to him to abort, “The hard part is saying goodbye to the hopes, dreams and relationships that you have with your baby.” He explains that patients may speak directly to their baby, and even has a chaplain who conducts spiritual services and baptisms for the children who are killed.

Prayer: Lord, have mercy. Move to repentance those who misuse the faith of others to justify wrong doing, and heal all those who turn to you. Amen.

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Healing the pain of abortion

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Rachel’s Vineyard is a retreat program for women and men who have lost a child by abortion. The retreat provides an opportunity to face the wounds of abortion in a safe, affirming environment of prayer and the support of others who have been through the same experience. Through the use of “Living Scriptures,” participants are invited to place themselves into the parables and other Scriptural events, and encounter Jesus who heals them. These retreats, of course, are not meant to substitute for the individual, ongoing counseling that comprises the journey of post-abortion healing. But they are a stepping stone towards making those sessions even more fruitful. Rachel’s Vineyard is the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion, and is a ministry of Priests for Life. Find out more about it at priestsforlife.org.

Must-have pro-life book: Ending Abortion; Not Just Fighting It is a collection of lifesaving and informative pro-life essays from Fr. Pavone. Click here to order your signed copy today.

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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

Must-have pro-life book: Ending Abortion; Not Just Fighting It is a collection of lifesaving and informative pro-life essays from Fr. Pavone. Click here to order your copy today.

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We must protect life at every stage

Friday, October 28th, 2011

The service that the Church carries out to humanity embraces life at every stage and in every circumstance. Our “ethic of life” is indeed consistent, because love is indivisible. To fail to respect a human life at any stage of its development is to break the principle that holds it sacred at every stage of its development.

That is why one may never use our duty to life at one stage as a justification for destroying it at another. Some have tried to do this in the health care debate, by their willingness to expand child killing in the process of helping adults get medical treatment. This approach is self defeating, because as soon as we tolerate the killing of children, we undercut every rationale to provide health care to both children and adults.

Must-have pro-life book: Ending Abortion; Not Just Fighting It is a collection of lifesaving and informative pro-life essays from Fr. Pavone. Click here to order your copy today.

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Today is the Feast of St. Faustina

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Today is the Feast of St. Faustina, to whom Jesus revealed the wonders of Divine Mercy. Many of you pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Did you know that this prayer was given to St. Faustina especially because of the sin of abortion? God revealed to her that because of this evil, the world needs His mercy more than ever. He even permitted St. Faustina to suffer special pains, representing the pain of abortion. In 2003, Pope John Paul II, who had a deep personal devotion to the Divine Mercy, issued a special papal blessing to all who pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for an end to abortion, for mothers who abort, and for the conversion of abortionists. You can obtain the full text of the blessing at priestsforlife.org.

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The Transfiguration

Thursday, August 4th, 2011


One day, the Lord Jesus took Peter, James, and John up on a mountain, and was transfigured before their eyes. His clothes became as bright as the sun, Moses and Elijah were seen speaking with him about his upcoming passion, and the Father’s voice was heard declaring that he was his Son.
All this was a sign to those apostles that they should not be troubled by the events that would unfold. The betrayal and crucifixion of Jesus were to fulfill the Father’s plan for our salvation.
The Transfiguration is also a sign to us. Circumstances can make us forget that every human life is part of the Father’s plan, and that the glory of God is to be seen in every person, no matter how burdensome, unplanned, or ill that person may be.

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What is Rachel’s Vineyard?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Rachel’s Vineyard is a retreat program for women and men who have lost a child by abortion. The retreat provides an opportunity to face the wounds of abortion in a safe, affirming environment of prayer and the support of others who have been through the same experience. Through the use of “Living Scriptures,” participants are invited to place themselves into the parables and other Scriptural events, and encounter Jesus Who heals them.

These retreats, of course, are not meant to substitute for the individual, ongoing counseling that comprises the journey of post-abortion healing, but they are a stepping stone towards making those sessions even more fruitful.

Rachel’s Vineyard is the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion, and is a ministry of Priests for Life. Find out more about it at rachelsvineyard.org.

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Largest ever Rachel’s Vineyard conference opened yesterday in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

MALVERN, PA – “The Biblical Concept of Healing” was the topic of the keynote speech yesterday morning as the 2011 Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Retreat got underway at the Malvern Retreat Center. This year’s full-to-capacity retreat, with more than 250 participants attending from all over the world, is the largest ever.

“The Rachel’s Vineyard model for healing after abortion is highly regarded everywhere, including the Vatican,” said Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life and the morning’s keynote speaker. Rachel’s Vineyard is a ministry of Priests for Life. Father Pavone noted that Dr. Theresa Burke and Kevin Burke, co-founders of Rachel’s Vineyard, were invited to address the Pontifical Academy for Life this past February.

The Priests for Life pastoral team is attending the weeklong conference, which this year also offers special resources and workshops for regional coordinators of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. Campaign co-founders Janet Morana and Georgette Forney will offer classes on public speaking, media and healing workshops. The campaign is for those who have been through post-abortion healing programs and have decided to speak out about their abortion experiences.

Among the highlights of the day’s gathering was a talk by Dr. Burke on “Understanding Repeat Abortions,” and a workshop led by Father Pavone and Mrs. Morana titled “Do Post-Abortion Healing and Pro-Life Activism Mix?”

Rachel’s Vineyard began in 1994 as a unique support group model for counselors treating women who were grieving the loss of their aborted children. Rachel’s Vineyard quickly became a grassroots national outreach. From 18 retreats in 1999, the ministry now offers 700 retreats annually, in 47 states and 25 countries, with many new sites in development.

Several Bishops have attended weekend retreats themselves. Attending this week’s leadership conference is Bishop David Choby of the Diocese of Nashville.

“With this year’s theme, Disciples of Love, Witnesses of Hope, we are sure all conference attendees will be inspired with new ideas, information, and strategies to assist and rejuvenate them in their vocation to do God’s work of healing in post-abortive women and men and building a culture of life,” Dr. Burke said.

Father Benedict Groeschel, founder of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, has had high praise for Rachel’s Vineyard. “I cannot think of another work of this kind so well done. A most difficult and painful human problem is engaged with faith, psychological insight and trust.”

Visit www.rachelsvineyard.org to learn more about the ministry and to view the conference schedule.

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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Your Reward is Great in Heaven

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.
So many pro-life leaders I know, including myself, have been falsely accused in public of advocating or even doing violence. Pregnancy centers, which compassionately serve parents and their babies every day, have been falsely accused of deceiving the public. Activists who try to change the laws have been falsely accused of opposing democracy.
The litany goes on and on, and proves that pro-life people are living this beatitude. They should rejoice, for their reward in heaven indeed is great. The children, who cannot know how much pro-life people love them, cannot repay them. They will be repaid in the resurrection of the just.

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Rachel’s Vineyard 2011 Leadership Conference Draws Record Attendance

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

The 2011 International Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Training Conference at the Malvern Retreat Center in Pennsylvania is slated for July 17-21. Rachel’s Vineyard has been offering such Leadership Conferences throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England and Ireland since 1999. This year’s world conference will be the largest to date with several hundred participants coming from throughout the world. Rachel’s Vineyard is currently growing or germinating in 35 countries and in 15 languages. It’s quite obvious that Rachel’s Vineyard is a dramatic movement of the Holy Spirit, which has inspired over 8,000 volunteers throughout the world.

Every year, the Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Conference presents speakers who provide a wide range of interesting and helpful topics to assist Rachel’s Vineyard leaders from across the globe with new skills and strategies to engage in successful post-abortion ministry. This year, the speakers include the founders of Rachel’s Vineyard Dr. Theresa Burke and Kevin Burke, MSS/LSW. We are honored to host the Most Reverend David Choby, Bishop of Nashville, TN and the Pastoral Director and chair of Rachel’s Vineyard, Fr. Frank Pavone. Other speakers include Monsignor Michael Magee, Msgr. Mike Mannion, Dr. Cynthia Dillard, Dr. Karen Stevenson, Eugenia Hadley among many other talented and experienced professionals and pastors.

The theme of this year’s conference is Disciples of Love, Witnesses of Hope. We are pleased to offer a special track for the regional coordinators of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign featuring co-founders Janet Morana and Georgette Forney. Teresa Tomeo will provide media training on the media influence on the culture of death. They will offer specific training for regional coordinators that will include classes on public speaking, media, healing workshops, and more! Another unique addition to the conference this year is an optional day trip to the Amish Country for a tour of a Jewish temple replica and a magnificent Theatre Production of “The Story of Joseph” at the Site and Sound Theater in Lancaster.

This year’s conference participants are coming from far and wide, representing many states and countries, including Australia, Canada, Uganda, Jamaica, and Singapore. This is the first year that RV has had to, regrettably, turn attendees away. With such a large and diverse group joining together next week, speakers and attendees will be sure to inspire each other with new ideas, information, and strategies to assist and rejuvenate them in their vocation to do God’s work of healing in post-abortive women and men and building a Culture of Life.

For more information on this topic, please contact Kathleen Corrigan or Amanda Miner at
(610)354-0555.

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