Your Reward is Great in Heaven

Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.
So many pro-life leaders I know, including myself, have been falsely accused in public of advocating or even doing violence. Pregnancy centers, which compassionately serve parents and their babies every day, have been falsely accused of deceiving the public. Activists who try to change the laws have been falsely accused of opposing democracy.
The litany goes on and on, and proves that pro-life people are living this beatitude. They should rejoice, for their reward in heaven indeed is great. The children, who cannot know how much pro-life people love them, cannot repay them. They will be repaid in the resurrection of the just.

Blessed Are the Meek

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. The person who lives the Beatitudes knows that God is the source of all he needs. Although he develops his human skills and asserts himself as necessary, the Lord’s servant never believes he has to hurt another to get what he needs. The meek are strong and secure in their dependence on God. They will have a healthy ability to fight for their rights, but will not do so with an anxious need to dominate. In the Lord, they know they will inherit the earth.

The Culture of Death, on the contrary, is built on the idea that sometimes you have to do violence to advance your rights, your career, or your freedom. The violence of abortion is seen as a path to fulfillment.

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.

Saint Gianna’s Daughter to visit Priests for Life office

STATEN ISLAND, NY — An image and relic of St. Gianna Molla will be enshrined permanently in the offices of Priests for Life when the saint’s daughter visits the United States next month.

Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla’s July 11th visit to Staten Island will be part of a tour that will culminate July 23 in a daylong conference in Kansas City hosted by the St. Gianna Physician’s Guild.

St. Gianna Beretta Molla was canonized a saint in May 2004, the last saint to be canonized by Blessed Pope John Paul II. She was a dedicated wife, mother and physician who sacrificed her life when, pregnant with her fourth child, doctors discovered a tumor in her uterus. She opted for a risky operation to remove the tumor that preserved the life of her child rather than undergo a hysterectomy. Six days after giving birth to Gianna Emanuela, she died from complications.

“It is a blessing for any nation to be visited by the daughter of a saint and to be reminded of a life of heroic virtue,” said Father Pavone. “In this case in particular, however, the visit of Gianna Emanuela is a call to America to recapture its own heart, to rekindle its commitment to the right to life, which it was founded to protect. St. Gianna Molla can teach America what true freedom is meant to be – a gift in the service of life!”

On July 12th at 7 p.m., Father Pavone will be the celebrant of a special Mass at the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA. Following Mass Dr. Molla will speak about her mother and several relics will be exposed for public veneration.

To view Dr. Molla’s schedule of events, please visit

Read more about her visit from the St. Gianna Physician’s Guild

Who Will Roll Away the Stone?

As the women went to Jesus’ tomb to anoint His body, they asked one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us?”

The stone was huge, and it sealed the body of Jesus in the grave – or so they thought. Not only had the stone already been rolled away, but Jesus was not there; He was alive.

The women’s question persists today: Who will roll away the stone for us? Who will free humanity from death, from violence, and from despair? How do we find freedom from evil and sin? How are we to roll away the culture of death and nurture a culture of life? The stone can seem too large for us.

Yet like the question, the answer also persists: Jesus Christ is Risen! In Him we advance the victory of life.

Join Us in Praying for Life this Lent

As we make our Lenten journey, I invite you to join with me and thousands of others in a Lenten Prayer for Life. You will find it at Lent is a season in which we prepare to celebrate Christ’s total victory over death, and our share in His life by baptism. Death was not part of God’s original plan for us. Scripture says that God created all things that they may have life, and that He does not rejoice in the destruction of the living.

Standing with Christ in His new life means standing against whatever destroys life.

The Lenten prayer for life renews us in our commitment to be the People of Life. It can be prayed each day by families, school classes, parishes, and individuals.

Download the Lenten prayer for life at

New Series The Catholic View for Women to Premiere

Staten Island, NY – A new era in women’s programming begins Friday, March 11th with the debut episode of The Catholic View for Women. Designed as an authentic Catholic alternative to secular discussion shows, the show is aiming for today’s active, involved women.

“As hard as it apparently is for most television shows to realize, the view of millions of women goes beyond the mirror – it even goes beyond Manhattan,” says Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and co-host of The Catholic View for Women. “We will be talking about the real world where real women face real issues.”

In addition to Janet, co-hosts of the six-episode miniseries are Teresa Tomeo, host of the Catholic Connection show on EWTN Global Catholic Radio, and Astrid Bennett Gutierrez, Executive Director of Los Angeles Pregnancy Services.

“On The Catholic View for Women our feminism will fully embrace life, not self, and our makeovers will start at the foot of the cross, not 5th Avenue,” said Teresa Tomeo.

“Anyone tired of the same old view should tune in and give us a look. You’re going to like what you see,” added Astrid Bennett Gutierrez.

Shows will air Fridays at 3:00 am and 6:30 pm Eastern on EWTN starting March 11th. To learn more about the show, link to it on Facebook, and send viewer feedback and ideas, visit

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

In the Lord’s Prayer, we ask, “lead us not into temptation.”

Every temptation is a lie, that makes something evil look good. Among the most masterful temptations of the evil one is to make the killing of a child seem better than the birth of that child. This is the lie that leads each day to thousands of abortions. As we pray, “Lead us not into temptation,” let’s keep in mind the need to protect all pregnant mothers from the deception of abortion. Let’s also pray against the temptation to be silent and passive in the midst of this holocaust. Sins of omission are the most frequent sins, especially in regard to the culture of death. Let’s say more, do more, and sacrifice more for life! Lead us not into temptation!

ProLife Recognition Awards were Bestowed Monday Morning on Capitol Hill

Two champions in the fight for life were awarded the National Pro-Life Recognition Award by the National Pro-Life Religious Council this past Monday. Naomi Barber King of Atlanta and the Rev. Stephen Broden of Dallas received the awards Monday morning at the 17th annual Prayer Service for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers, which took place in the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C.

Mrs. King is the widow of the Rev. A.D. King, a civil rights leader and the brother of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Pastor Broden is the founder and senior pastor of Fair Park Bible Fellowship Church. Both are crusaders in the fight against the murder of unborn African-American babies.

Mrs. King’s commitment to life began when she changed her mind about aborting her daughter, Dr. Alveda King, who is now the full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life.

“My father-in-law, Martin Luther King Sr., told me he had a vision of my child and he wanted to meet the baby girl in his vision,” Mrs. King said.

At the age of 37, Mrs. King was left a widow with five children following the untimely death of her husband, who was a prominent civil rights leader in his own right.

“God gave me the strength to do all I had to after that,” said the soft-spoken Atlanta resident.

For last week’s observance of Martin Luther King Day, Mrs. King joined her daughter, her son, the Rev. Derek King, and Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, in signing a letter calling for equal rights and human dignity for children in the womb:

“We declare today that these children too are members of the Beloved Community, that our destiny is linked with theirs, and that therefore they deserve justice, equality and protection,” the signatories wrote.

Pastor Broden is an integral member of a coalition of African-American leaders who travel from coast to coast to spread the message that the black community is a target of the abortion industry.

“The threat to our nation’s liberties is perhaps greater now than at any other time in history, with the exception of those faced by our Founding Fathers,” Pastor Broden said. “The systematic stripping away of babies’ constitutional rights in the 21st century is unconscionable and inconsistent with the laws of nature and of nature’s God..”

Pastor Broden has been actively involved in the pro-life movement since 1983 and is the chief spokesman for the African-American pro-life movement in Dallas. He is a founder of Ebony Berean, an organization whose mission includes informing African-American pastors on issues related to life, family, and political liberty. He also serves as president of the Fair Park Friendship Center, a community resource center offering assistance to area families.

An outspoken advocate in Dallas for economic opportunity, quality education and respect for life, Pastor Broden was a Republican political candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 30th congressional district of Texas in November.

He is married to Donna W. Broden, with whom he has three grown children: Jamaal, Maia and Stephenie.

“This award recognizes individuals who have given steadfast witness to the Biblical Christian teaching on the sanctity of life,” said Father Frank Pavone, president of the National Pro-Life Religious Council. “Mrs. King and Pastor Broden are more than deserving of this award.”

Sunday is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

When Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego, the Aztec people among whom he lived were practicing human sacrifice, because their beliefs were based on despair. They thought God was against them.

Mary’s image brought the message that God was with them — so much, in fact, that He became a child, carried in Mary’s womb. This gave them hope, and they stopped their human sacrifice and became Christian.

Today, the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes to abortion clinics, where human sacrifice is practiced, and turns the despair of those mothers and fathers into the hope that brings new life. That is why Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patroness of the Unborn. As we honor her, let us pray for an end to the human sacrifice that is abortion.