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Praying at Abortion Mills

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the fire alarm rings, firemen do not sit around a table and have a prayer service. They go to the fire! They get on their feet, gather their equipment, and travel as fast as they can to the place where human lives are threatened. Certainly, they should pray before, during, and after they fight the fire and carry people to safety, and certainly their success comes from the Lord. But it would be unthinkable for them to substitute their rescue activity with prayer at the firehouse.

Why, then, do so many Christians excuse themselves from going to abortion mills, where babies are killed each day, and seeking to rescue them? The peaceful presence of Christians at these killing centers does in fact save lives and causes women to change their minds.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012





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

“Gaze upon the birds…Are you not of far greater value than they?” (Matthew 6:26).

Reflection: Jesus makes it clear that human life is worth more than other creatures. In Florida you can see signs on the beach that say, “Do not touch the sea turtles or their eggs. They are protected by local, state, and federal law.” If we do not have the right to choose to smash the egg of a sea turtle, why do we have the right to choose to smash a baby?

Prayer: Lord, we worship you as the source of everything that is. Teach us to value creation, and to value humanity even more. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, June 18th, 2012





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

“If only my anguish could be weighed…It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas” (Job 6:2-3).

Reflection: Those who have had abortions are more likely to be tempted to suicide. The mother may see death as the only way of being reunited with her child, and escaping the daily pain that the abortion brings. “I deprived my child of life,” she thinks, “and therefore I don’t deserve my own.”

Prayer: Lord, you are the God who overcomes despair, and whose mighty hand keeps us on the right path. Send your Spirit upon all who are tempted to suicide, and refresh them with new hope. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, June 17th, 2012





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

“For You created all things; by Your will they were created” (Revelation 4:11).

Reflection: Cloning advocates make a misleading distinction between “reproductive” cloning — that is, actually bringing clones to birth — and “therapeutic cloning” — that is, using the clone’s cells, but killing the clone before he or she is born. In reality, all cloning is reproductive, because the unborn clone is human, and no cloning is therapeutic, because no medical benefit has been demonstrated.

Prayer: Father, you alone can create human life, and you have created it for yourself. Preserve us from the temptation of trying to do what you alone can do. Amen.

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Daily pro-life reflections from Priests for Life

Thursday, June 14th, 2012





STATEN ISLAND, NY — Priests for Life has announced a new tool to help those involved in pro-life work stay focused and energized.

At ProLifeReflections.com, a daily reflection will offer a verse from Scripture or Church documents, a pro-life reflection and a prayer for every day of the year.

“Reading these daily will keep you grounded in the pro-life spirituality taught by Priests for Life around the world,” said Father Frank, who drew from his book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day to create the daily devotions.

“You will see how our faith strengthens us to be pro-life and you will gain new vigor to stand up for the unborn!”

The daily reflections also will be available on Father Pavone’s Twitter feed @frfrankpavone, and his Facebook page, Facebook.com/ProLifePage.

To order the book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, go to prolifereflectionsforeveryday.com or call 1-888-735-3448 x237.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, June 14th, 2012





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

“They maintain the appearance of godliness but deny its power…” (2 Timothy 3:5).

Reflection: Abortion supporters used to call it a decision between a woman and her doctor. Now they say it’s a decision between a woman and her God. They have run out of arguments to defend abortion, so they simply appeal to God as a way to shut down all argument. Meanwhile, pro-lifers have both the arguments and the God who is their foundation.

Prayer: Lord, preserve us from the misfortune of turning to you without seeking you, and from the deception of invoking you without listening to you. Amen.

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Join Us This Week in Prayer

Monday, May 21st, 2012





Pro-life people around the world are invited to join us this week in saying a special Novena to the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life. You can view the prayer and sign up to participate on our web site.

The period of time between the Ascension and Pentecost was the original novena, when the disciples prayed at Jesus’ instruction that they would be clothed with power from on high.

That Holy Spirit, the Advocate, made them bold advocates for the Gospel. The same boldness is needed by us as we announce the sanctity of life and denounce the many attacks on life, beginning with abortion and euthanasia.

Let us pray in this novena that He will make us bold advocates for the unborn and all the vulnerable.

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Join Us in Saying an Easter Prayer for Life

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012





The Easter Season is a celebration of Life, and a time to renew our confidence in the ultimate victory of the forces of life against the culture of death.

Therefore, Priests for Life has composed a special Easter Prayer for Life that we invite you to say each day of this holy season. The prayer reminds us that the victory of Christ, the Author of Life, is the source from which we draw strength to fight evils like abortion.

So visit priestsforlife.org, print out the Easter Prayer for Life, and invite your family, pro-life group, school and parish to join us in praying it. Let us rejoice throughout this Resurrection season that death can never have the last word in the human story.

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The Mandate will be Defeated

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012





Priests for Life is proud to have helped organize the Rallies for Religious Freedom which occurred in some 140 different cities across America on Friday, March 23. I thank my friends and colleagues Eric Scheidler (Pro-life Action League) and Monica Miller (Citizens for a Pro-life Society) for spearheading this effort, and my Priests for Life team for coordinating the New York City rally. The word we are hearing from around the country is that the rallies were well-attended, determined, and inspiring.

I am grateful also for the support we received from the Vatican. For instance, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, wrote to me, “[T]he HHS mandates is a serious threat to the rights of Catholics and to religious liberty in the United States. As the United States often sets a precedent for the rest of the world, the potentially devastating impact of this mandate is felt worldwide. The universal Church remains in prayerful solidarity with the Church in the United States during this critical time” (Letter of February 29, 2012).

Where do we go from here? May I recommend three things:

a) The prayer campaign that accompanied these nationwide rallies must continue. The bishops have designated March 30 as a special day of prayer for religious freedom, and we urge you to join the ongoing novena we have prepared at PrayerCampaign.org. On March 30 and beyond, let’s offer these prayers in every parish, school, and family!

b) Nine lawsuits, including the one launched by Priests for Life, have been filed against this unconstitutional mandate. Inform yourself of the arguments in these cases, follow and publicize their progress, and support them. Learn about these lawsuits here and sign our “Citizens’ Amicus Brief” at RepealTheAbortionMandate.com.

c) Join upcoming educational efforts, webcasts, lobbying efforts, and rallies. This week, for instance, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments against Obamacare, and Priests for Life is helping to organize prayer vigils and press conferences at the Court through the Capitol Hill effort we co-sponsor called the National Pro-life Center (NationalProLifeCenter.org)!

Of this much I am confident: the unjust and unconstitutional mandate imposed on Americans by President Obama and his HHS will not stand!

It will be defeated, because people of conscience are standing up, taking to the streets, uniting with each other, and breaking the silence!

It will be defeated, because the Constitution of the United States is stronger than any Presidential administration!

It will be defeated, because people of faith know how to oppose injustice and to suffer any sacrifice rather than to let evil triumph!

It will be defeated, because on November 6 of this year, the people of America will go to the voting booths, and those elections will bring about real change!

The right to religious freedom, like the right to life, is rooted in the dignity of the human person. The right to life is more fundamental, of course, because one must be alive in order to be free. Together, let’s defend life and liberty!

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Father Pavone invites all to join Novena in memory of Terri Schiavo

Saturday, March 24th, 2012





Seventh Anniversary of her death will be March 31

March 31 will mark seven years since Terri Schindler Schiavo died after being deliberately dehydrated, with the consent of a Florida court. The International Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Terri Schindler Schiavo, and All of Our Vulnerable Brothers and Sisters (“Terri’s Day”) was established in 2007 by the Schindler family and Priests for Life, and is observed each year.

As in previous years, Father Frank asks those who celebrate the sanctity of life to join him in a Novena currently underway that will conclude on Terri’s Day. The “Prayer in Remembrance of Terri Schiavo” can be found in English and Spanish at PrayerCampaign.org.

“As I said when I preached at Terri’s funeral Mass, the tragedy of what happened to her is meant to bring us all together, galvanized to help all the other Terris of the world,” Father Pavone said. “Let us not miss this opportunity to educate and inspire one another, and let’s all continue to support Terri’s family and the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.”

Father Pavone noted that there is a new urgency for prayer and pro-life activism this year.

“As certain aspects of health care law pose more and more of a threat to human life, we have to be more vigilant than ever to protect the Terris of today and tomorrow,” he said.

The annual National Mass for Terri’s Day at the Ave Maria Oratory at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida, will take place at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 30. This year, Fr. Denis Wilde, OSA, Associate Director of Priests for Life, will deliver the homily.

“Terri’s Day” was established to foster education, prayer, and activism to counter discrimination against the disabled. We urge Churches, schools, organizations, families, and individuals to observe this day. Suggested prayers and activities are at TerrisDay.org.

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