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Do Not Be Afraid

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010





On September 29, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Gabriel was the angel who told Mary she would carry the Son of God in her womb. Mary was confused and frightened by this, but Gabriel’s message was, “Do not be afraid.”

Such is Gabriel’s message today to every pregnant mother. “Do not be afraid” to welcome new life, even when it upsets your plans, changes the direction of your life, and requires you to mature in unexpected ways. Do not be afraid if you feel unprepared, or others tell you that you are not ready. If God creates a life in the womb, it’s because He is making you ready, and has plans from all eternity for that child and for you.

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Deliver Us from Evil

Monday, September 20th, 2010





The Lord’s Prayer concludes with the words, “Deliver us from evil.” In asking this, we are not asking to be delivered from some vague force or bad luck. Rather, we are asking to be delivered from the influence and power of a real person, the devil, also known as the evil one. His kingdom of death has been defeated, and so his power is limited, but he still seeks to lead us astray. When we pray to be delivered from the evil one, we are praying to be delivered from the culture of death, and to stay faithful to Christ’s Kingdom of Life. We are praying that we will not be deceived by the false promises of the evil one, who presents abortion as a solution to a problem, though it is no such thing.

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Our Lady of Sorrows

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010





In John, chapter 19, we read that the mother of Jesus stood faithfully at the cross as He suffered and died for our salvation. All but one of the apostles had run away in fear. But perhaps Mary remembered the words that had been spoken to her thirty-three years earlier, as related in Luke 2: “This child is appointed…as a sign that is opposed…and a sword will pierce through your own soul also.” She knew that the plan of God was unfolding before her eyes, and so she bore the suffering bravely.

So many abortions happen because mothers are afraid to bear the suffering that comes with fulfilling God’s plan for their child. Let’s point them to the example of Mary, and the strength of Christ, that they may choose life.

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Life-Affirming Faith

Monday, September 13th, 2010





Abraham is our father in faith. His name was originally “Abram,” which means “exalted father.” But God changed his name to Abraham, meaning “father of many.”

God tells him when he is ninety nine years old that he will bear a son and be the father of many nations! The stars in the sky don’t measure up to the number of descendants he will have. And it came to pass. His descendants include us, who inherit the same life of faith as he lived.

This is a faith that affirms life despite being confronted with the power of death. In Christ we have seen the victory of life over death, and this faith enables us to declare that the power of abortion will come to an end and the culture of life will prevail.

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Give Us Our Daily Bread

Thursday, September 9th, 2010





The Lord taught us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” We ask Him for the provisions we need each day to live and to serve Him. We ask Him for the spiritual strength to resist the temptations that will certainly come our way, and for the grace to advance His Kingdom.

This also means we are praying for the graces we need to advance the protection of human life. We may be tempted to compromise with the culture of death. We ask for the daily bread of strength to defend life, to speak up for the helpless, to intervene to save the weak. We pray also that those tempted to abort their children because of economic reasons may experience the help of God’s people, the daily bread of their generosity.

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Thy Will Be Done

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010





One of the shortest and most powerful prayers we say, taught and used by Jesus himself, is “Thy Will be done.” Union with the will of God is the heart of salvation and the essence of holiness. It is also the soul of the Culture of Life, where we do not pretend that human life is subject to our will. Rather, we welcome human life because it is God’s will to create and to entrust the lives of others to our care.

Not only accepting, but eagerly yearning for the will of God, causes us to serve the weak, and to work to see that human law reflects God’s will by protecting the vulnerable. Saying “thy will be done” also helps us avoid the temptation to throw life away when it is afflicted with illness.

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Funding the Pro-life Movement (Part 2 of 3)

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010





Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

More money is being spent on killing babies by abortion than on saving them, and it’s up to the pro-life movement to turn that around. Yet all of us struggle with how to do that. This is the second part of a series to offer some recommendations about pro-life fundraising which we have found helpful at Priests for Life.

You don’t own your donors – Some approach the acquisition of donors like the acquisition of a spouse, thinking that if the donor is “mine,” he or she cannot also be someone else’s. But we neither marry nor own our donors. Instead, a donor should be thought of as a friend. It is both normal and expected that your friends will have other friends. It is also understood that you can’t take friendship for granted. You have to nurture the relationship, and you need to have a give and take, paying attention to the donors’ needs just as you want them to pay attention to yours.

People respond to service – There are many techniques about how to write a fundraising letter, how often to mail it, how to get people to open it, and what to do when people do and do not respond. These techniques should be studied and practiced, because they work. Yet there is one thing we need to do that will multiply powerfully any results from these special techniques. In a sense, it is the foundational fundraising technique: Provide a quality product.

A product may be a physical item, or information, or a service. Whatever it is, make it of the highest professional quality. Pay attention to the needs, desires, and patterns of response of the people you serve. Be available to them, and they will be generous to you and your organization.

Communicate a vision, not just a need – While we should state our needs honestly, the core of asking for money is not simply saying that we need it, but rather presenting a vision that you want the donor to grasp and be part of bringing to fulfillment. The excitement and promise of that vision will elicit generosity.

Remind people of the God of Generosity – Scripture is clear that those who do God’s work should be supported not only spiritually but materially. Scripture is also clear that one of God’s clearest traits is generosity, and that the people who strive to be like God should likewise be generous. Leaders, therefore, should call them to generosity, not simply so that the work can be supported, but so that the donors can fulfill a key aspect of their call to spiritual growth.

Trust mightily in Providence – When I invited Mother Teresa to an event I planned, I was speaking to her about the financial needs connected with it. She urged me to trust God’s Providence, and said, “God has lots of money.” Foster that confidence within your heart, and then ask God to share some of that money with you through your donors!

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