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Spy Wednesday

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Wednesday of Holy Week has traditionally been known as “Spy Wednesday,” because the Gospel passage of today says that Judas “kept looking for an opportunity to betray” Jesus.

What a sad commentary this is about how we can abuse our freedom of choice. The door of opportunity opens both ways. Every moment provides opportunities for growing closer to God or for betraying Him. Some are always spying for the chance to do the cowardly thing.

We are called, however, to spy for the opportunity to do heroic things. We are called to be on the lookout at all times for opportunities to proclaim the Gospel of Life, and to defend the sanctity of life.

May the sin of Judas keep us mindful of our weakness and determined to be faithful.

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Holy Week: When Life Conquers Death

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

We are now in Holy Week, the high point of the Church’s year. On Holy Thursday, we will receive, as if for the first time, the gift of Jesus’ Body and Blood, given at the Last Supper. On Good Friday, we will kiss the Cross, the instrument of our salvation. On Holy Saturday, we will meditate by His tomb, when He descended among the dead. We will keep vigil for His resurrection. And on Easter, we will celebrate with triumphant joy the victory of life that came with His Resurrection.

Holy Week is also the center of our commitment to defend the sanctity of life. Holy Week is all about how life conquers death, and how human beings are raised to the heights of heaven. May it deepen our pro-life commitment.

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“Terri Schiavo Priest” Issues Anniversary Statement

Monday, March 26th, 2012

New York, NY — Fr. Frank, who became known as the “Terri Schiavo Priest” because of his involvement in the case back in 2005, issued the following statement in preparation for the seventh anniversary of her death on March 31:

“None of us who were in Terri’s room during her final weeks and hours will ever forget the intense spiritual and emotional impact of that experience. Terri’s death was not a dignified, peaceful, beautiful event, like the proponents of euthanasia want to paint it. Instead, it was violent, ugly, and offensive to the dignity that Terri and every human person, whether disabled or not, possesses.

“During Terri’s fight, some asked, ‘Why so much commotion over one person?’ Our answer is twofold. First, every single person is worth every effort it takes to stand up for them. And second, Terri’s fight is our fight. If she is not safe, neither are we. If she can be discarded, so can millions of others.

“That’s why I’m so grateful to see how God’s grace sustains Terri’s family to fight for all the other Terris of our world. That’s why our Priests for Life team is honored to have co-founded with them this annual International Day of Remembrance for Terri Schindler Schiavo and All of our Vulnerable Brothers and Sisters.

“As I said when I preached at Terri’s funeral Mass, let us take hold of the mission that is given to us now, to move forward with resolve, creativity, and boldness to protect human life and build a culture of life.”

For information on observing Terri’s Day on March 31, see TerrisDay.org.

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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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Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord recalls the fact that Jesus Himself was presented in the Temple to the Father. Jesus was sent by the Father, who is the origin of all, and the culmination of Jesus’ mission is to present everything back to the Father, after having destroyed every enemy. This Feast reminds us that we all belong to God, and to God alone. Therefore, nobody can own another human being, or have a veto power over another’s rights, or decide whether another lives or dies. Nobody’s choice takes precedence over anybody’s life. That is why no individual or nation can permit the act of abortion. On the Feast of the Presentation, may we rededicate ourselves to God and to a respect for every human life, which belongs only to Him.

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Honoring the Memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 16th, 2012

This month our nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who fought for the equal dignity of every human life against the evil of segregation. “If we are to have peace on earth,” he wrote, “we must be concerned about the sacredness of all human life. Man is a child of God, made in His image, and must be respected as such.” When we truly believe this, he continued, “we won’t kill anybody.”

Many who knew Dr. King assert that if he were alive today, he would be with us in the pro-life movement.

We should note that in Dr. King we honor a man who broke the law and was thrown in jail, because he was opposing a law that was unjust. It’s a good reminder, especially for those who think that no law should ever be broken.

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A Flawed Logic

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Some people argue against outlawing abortion, saying women will have abortions anyway, but by this logic, nothing would be illegal. After all, outlawing rape, armed robbery, murder and car theft has not stopped those crimes either. If we’re only going to pass laws that are 100% effective, then those activities should be legal, too.

The point is that laws are enacted because society has determined that certain behavior is abhorrent, not because society believes the law can completely eradicate it. In fact, however, making abortion illegal would eliminate most of it.

Moreover, the law sets a standard and clarifies people’s rights. If the law doesn’t draw a clear line against a mother having her own child killed, then the lines drawn to keep other people from killing one another have become meaningless.

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Today is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Today we celebrate the Lord’s Baptism, and reflect on the meaning of baptism itself. This sacrament gives us many pro-life lessons.

When we baptize a baby, it proves that God chooses us before we choose Him, for every life belongs to Him. And baptism is not just about that baby, but about the whole Church welcoming him or her. All the members of the Church extend their hearts and arms in welcome of that new life. Baptism shows that we are always called to give a welcoming “YES” to life, and never the harsh “no” of abortion.

The so-called “pro-choice” message is that we choose whom we will care for. Baptism teaches us that we are responsible even for those whom we do not choose.

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“The time is now” to stop abortionists like Brigham, Riley

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Responding to the news that abortionists Steven Brigham and Nicola Riley are being held in custody for the murders of viable babies, Father Pavone stated:

“These two individuals are now where they belong and should be in jail for the rest of their lives. This case, as it progresses, is key for the American people to pay attention to, because it exposes the abortion industry for what it is. Abortionists have no respect for human life, much less for human laws. Even those who believe abortion should be legal can join with us to stop the out of control practices of people like Brigham and Riley, and the time is now.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit priestsforlife.org.

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The Coming of the Messiah and Lord

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

At midnight Mass of Christmas, we hear the glorious announcement that a Savior has been born for us. From the beginning of time, prophets announced that the Messiah of the Lord would come. “Messiah,” or “Christ” means “Anointed one.” God anointed many people to carry out special missions for him. On Christmas, this prophecy was fulfilled in a surprising way, because the angels did not simply announce that Jesus was the Messiah of the Lord. They said the newborn child was Messiah AND Lord. God did not just send a Messiah. He came himself. This Child is the God who made us all. And by coming in this way, he joined every human life, born and unborn, to Himself. Christmas is, indeed, the feast of the dignity of every human life.

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