Blessed Are the Pure of Heart

Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. This beatitude impels us to ask ourselves what our deepest longings and desires are, what motivates our choices, and how consistently we want to do what is right. The pure of heart seek to please God before they please themselves, even at the cost of great sacrifice.
Having a pure heart protects us from the temptations of the culture of death. Meeting the needs of a vulnerable child in the womb requires a new and selfless center of gravity. We put the child first and our own plans and conveniences last.

And when we speak up for that child, we stop worrying about the criticism we might receive. The pure of heart don’t care about that. They only care about doing what’s right.

Clergy Luncheon on July 7th in Montrose, CO

Dr. Alveda King and I will be guest speakers at the 2011 Night Vision Music Festival taking place July 8th and 9th in Montrose, Colorado.

Prior to the Festival Dr. King and I will be speaking at a pastor’s luncheon in Montrose. If you are a pastor or priest and would like to attend the luncheon on July 7th, please RSVP with your name, church name, and position to by Friday, July 1st.

Night Vision is a two-day free festival that features activities for all ages including: a comedy tent, worship, kid’s corner, workshops, carnival riders, and as the event finale, fireworks! Admission is free, but parking, food, beverages are not included.

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Honor the Lord’s Day

The Third Commandment requires us to keep holy the Lord’s Day. Scripture tells us the Lord rested on the seventh day. This was not because He was tired, but rather because He was foretelling the Sabbath Day that Jesus would rest in the tomb after His work of offering the sacrifice of His Passion and death. On that day the Lord preached to the dead and bid them to leave the place of death and to come with Him into life eternal.

Keeping holy the Lord ’s Day, then, reminds us that God is on the side of human life. It also reminds us that He is Lord of life. All our activities and choices are under Him, which is why we pause on the Lord’s Day to worship Him in Church.

The Fullness of Redemption

In Psalm 1:30 we read, “For with the Lord is kindness, and fullness of redemption.” He does not give us only the redemption of some or most aspects of our existence; He gives us the fullness of redemption. He does not only destroy our sins, He destroys our death. He does not only raise up our souls, He raises up our bodies. He does not only restore our relationship with Him, He restores our relationships with everyone else. The Lord gives us fullness of redemption, which means He frees us from all that oppresses the human family, and that is precisely the connection between our faith and our pro-life work. When we labor to end the oppression of children in the womb, we are bearing witness to what the fullness of redemption means.

Christ Suffered for the Sake of Human Life

The Passion of Christ was far more horrible than most of our crucifixes portray. As we reflect on how much He suffered, we also reflect on why.

He suffered for the sake of human life. Christ Jesus came to rescue the human life He had created, to snatch it from the kingdom of death and bring it into His kingdom of life. And He includes every human being of every age. I ask you to remember this Lent that Jesus endured his Passion for every unborn child in the womb. He endured every pain that the unborn might be saved as well as the born.

When you pray the Stations of the Cross or the Sorrowful Mysteries, or watch the movie of His Passion, ask for the grace to inconvenience yourself a little more for the unborn.

Priests for Life Looks Forward to a “Lent for Life”

New York, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced yesterday at the beginning of Lent that the Priests for Life family of ministries is looking forward to a very fruitful season for Life.

“We are beginning this week by sharing with every priest in the nation our resources for preaching, including those found at, which show them how to tie in the powerful Lenten themes with the urgent need to defend the unborn. We also have a coordinated prayer campaign taking place in thousands of parishes and schools nationwide, using prayers found at

“Our Pastoral Team, including our priests as well as people like Dr. Alveda King and Dr. Theresa Burke, will speak in dozens of cities and conduct numerous media interviews.

“Our Silent No More Awareness Campaign, co-founded by Janet Morana, our Executive Director, will have gatherings across the nation, including at the office buildings of the US Senate where we are coordinating particular efforts to impact the vote on defunding Planned Parenthood by using the voices of women who were harmed at Planned Parenthood.

“Our priests will speak at many events for 40 Days for Life, a campaign that credits Priests for Life with a large reason for its growth.

“Our media outreach marks this Lent with a new set of episodes on our EWTN program Defending Life, the world’s largest, longest-running TV and radio program on abortion, now in its 18th season. We also mark this week the start of a brand new show, The Catholic View for Women, co-hosted by Janet Morana, Teresa Tomeo, and Astrid Bennett Gutierrez.

“We recommend as Lenten spiritual reading my book Pro-life Reflections for Every Day, as well as the regular You Tube, Facebook, and Twitter updates that I will provide during Lent for pro-life activists. Our clergy webcast on March 21 will help priests to lead their people into a pro-life Lent, and later in the month we will convene a Summit meeting of national pro-life leaders to chart a course of greater collaboration to hasten the day of victory.

“In short, this Lent will be a major boost to the pro-life movement in our country,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

To Dust We Shall Return

Today, Ash Wednesday, we receive the ashes that remind us of the power of sin and death, which return us to the dust from which we came. Yet we wear the ashes in the form of a cross, professing that Christ has conquered death and restored life. We repent of all sin, and prepare to renew the vows of our baptism at Easter, when many will be baptized for the first time.

In other words, Lent prepares us to share the victory of Life and to live as the People of Life. Lent is the time when we learn more deeply why we are pro-life. Turning away from sin means we put God above our “freedom of choice.” Believing in the Gospel means we believe in life, and reject the forces of death, including abortion.

Hallowed be Thy Name

In the Our Father, we pray “Hallowed be thy name.” When the People of God live in a way that reflects the holiness, justice, truth and love of God Himself, then God’s name is honored. In other words, God’s people give God a good reputation, and the word “Christian” is something people want to identify with. But when God’s people are unfaithful, God’s name is dishonored.

This is what happens when God’s people turn the other way and ignore the abortions that kill thousands of babies every day – or even participate in them. This dishonors both the rights of that child and the honor of God. Hallowed be thy name, through our commitment to life. Hallowed be thy name, through the sacrifice we make to defend life, and the care we give to mother and child alike.

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

On January 25, the Church observes the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. This day concludes the week of prayer for Christian Unity. St. Paul, who once persecuted Christians, was converted to Jesus Christ. When the Church prays for Christian Unity, she prays that the whole world may convert to Christ, as Paul did, and that this conversion may come about because the world sees strong unity among the followers of Christ. Christian Unity is not about pretending that there are no differences between denominations, but rather it is about recognizing and building on what we hold in common. The pro-life movement continues to be one of the most powerful practical ways that Christians are coming together. The National Pro-life Religious Council, which consists of many denominations, is a symbol of that fact.

A Deeper Understanding of the Incarnation

St. Augustine said of Christmas, “God became man so that man might become God.”

Christmas is about a wondrous exchange of natures: God shares our frail humanity, and we share His divinity.

The joy of Christmas is not just that a child is born, but that a whole new humanity is born. This new humanity is not disconnected from the old, but is radically renewed and redeemed. Just as in Adam, all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Christmas, then, is about the destiny of the human person. Christ promises: “I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne”.

Christmas goes far beyond the natural blessings of kindness, goodness, family, and giving. It is about sharing the Divine Nature, starting right now. “He who believes has eternal life.”