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Fear of Hurting Those Who Have Had Abortions

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012





Many ask why pastors do not preach more about abortion.  One reason that some give is that they do not want to hurt the people in the congregation who have had abortions.

Now it is certainly true that there are people in the congregation who have had abortions, and it is also true that they have pain.

But if they are in pain from their abortion, and the pastor is silent about the topic, what are they to think?  They could conclude that the pastor doesn’t know about their pain, or doesn’t care about it, or that though he knows and cares, there is no hope.

But none of these is true.  He does know, he does care, and there is hope – and that is precisely why he needs to speak up.

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Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Saturday, April 21st, 2012





Blessed are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs.  When the Lord speaks about the poor in spirit, He is speaking about those for whom there is no help or hope but God Himself.  God is the only hope for any of us, but when we have a lot of possessions, friends, and earthly protection, we are tempted to think that those are the things on which our spirits can ultimately rely.  But that is an illusion.  “Only in God be at rest, my soul; from Him comes my help and salvation.”  Today, nobody is more unsafe and unprotected than the child in the womb.  Though father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.  The unborn are the poorest of the poor, and God calls us to acknowledge and bless them.

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Fr. Pavone to LCWR: Priests for Life will work “side by side” with women religious to proclaim a pro-life message

Thursday, April 19th, 2012





STATEN ISLAND, NY — Father Frank issued the following comment today on the Vatican’s assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR):

“As a pro-life ministry dedicated to fully activating the Church to end abortion and euthanasia, Priests for Life is grateful to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for the assessment it has issued of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and in particular for pointing out the problem of silence regarding abortion and the right to life.”

Following a two-year investigation into the LCWR, the Vatican concluded, in part, that, “while there has been a great deal of work on the part of LCWR promoting issues of social justice in harmony with the church’s social doctrine, it is silent on the right to life from conception to natural death.”

Responding to that finding, Father Pavone said, “Priests for Life has the highest regard for the women religious in the Church and the consecration they have made to God of their lives.  We want to work side by side with them and support them in the pro-life dimensions of their life and ministry.  We therefore encourage the LCWR and all its members to make the right to life a clear and constant aspect of the message they proclaim to the world.”

Father Frank concluded: “As we have often pointed out, the very act of consecrating one’s life to God strikes at the heart of the culture of death.  While the culture of death proclaims, ‘I have the right to choose,’ the religious life proclaims, ‘My life and choices belong to God, and there is where I find true freedom.’ ”

You can read the statement from the Vatican here.

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Five Years Ago Today

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012





 

On April 18, 2007, the United States Supreme Court upheld the ban on partial-birth abortion.  In that decision, Gonzales v Carhart, the court described another abortion procedure that remains legal throughout America.  It is called the D and E procedure.

Here are the exact words of the Supreme Court:

“The doctor grips a fetal part with the forceps and pulls it back through the cervix…, continuing to pull even after meeting resistance from the cervix.  The friction causes the fetus to tear apart.  For example, a leg might be ripped off the fetus as it is pulled through the cervix and out of the woman.  The process of evacuating the fetus piece by piece continues until it has been completely removed.”

Let us continue to work to raise awareness about this gruesome procedure.

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It is Time to Run

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012





 On the morning of Jesus’ resurrection, there was a lot of running taking place.  The women, having seen the empty tomb, ran back to the disciples. Peter and John, having heard the women’s story, ran toward the tomb.

And in the end, of course, all the Apostles ran into the world to announce this greatest news of history.

We, too, must run.  The victory of life over death is definitive, and yet it is still unfolding.  We fight the power of death as we defend human life, especially the unborn.  It is time to run, to announce the Gospel of Life with vigor, and to intervene to save the unborn with urgency.

Fear paralyzes and slows people down, but confidence in the victory of the Risen Christ causes us to run and fulfill our mission.

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Baptism Is a Sacrament of Welcome

Monday, April 16th, 2012





On Easter, many throughout the world are baptized into the Church, and those already baptized renew the vows of their baptism.

By baptism, we are immersed in the new life of Christ, and welcomed into the community of those who believe in the Catholic Faith.  Thanks to baptism, God looks at us through the eyes of His Son, and says, ‘You are my child; you died on the cross, therefore you will rise from the dead.’

Baptism is a sacrament of welcome.  God chooses us long before we choose, and all the chosen welcome each other.  This is the exact opposite of the mindset of abortion, which ignores God’s choice, and says that we can choose not to welcome children into the community.

Let’s thank God for baptism, and for life!

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Divine Mercy and Abortion

Sunday, April 15th, 2012





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 keeping with today’s feast of Divine Mercy Sunday, please pray for the many people who seek forgiveness from abortion by coming to Rachel’s Vineyard, which operates under the umbrella of Priests for Life and is the largest ministry in the world for healing after abortion.  Not only do we provide retreats, but we also enable people to make the long journey of healing through various forms of individual counseling.  May God’s mercy come to all.

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More Than Wishful Thinking

Friday, April 13th, 2012





When the women who had gone to anoint Jesus’ body on the first Easter morning returned to the Apostles with the news that they had seen the risen Lord, the Apostles refused to believe it.  The story seemed like nonsense to them.  That night, when Jesus appeared to them, He chided them for their stubborn refusal to believe.

The Apostles clearly were not engaged in wishful thinking, or a desire to make up the Resurrection story.  If they were, then they would readily have used the women’s story as a starting point.

In reality, they came to believe because they saw and touched the risen Lord.  This gives us confidence.  Death has been conquered, and therefore we can fight the culture of death, knowing that the victory of life is more than wishful thinking.

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Death Has Been Conquered

Thursday, April 12th, 2012





When Jesus rose from the dead, an angel descended from heaven, rolled the stone away, and sat on it.  This was not so that Jesus could get out, but so that His followers could see that the tomb was empty.

The angel’s actions also mean that we will walk out of our graves.  The stone sealed human beings in the grave, but after rolling it away, the angel sat on the stone, symbolizing that death is conquered and cannot any longer hold humanity captive to the grave.  Our destiny is now the heights of heaven.

That’s what God thinks of human life, and that’s why we work to end abortion, euthanasia, and every other form of violence.  Ultimately, abortion is a denial of Christ’s Resurrection, but our Easter faith impels us to extend the victory of life.

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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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