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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: The Human Person is the Measure of the Dignity of Work

Friday, September 4th, 2015

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“The human person is the measure of the dignity of work” — Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church 

Reflection: The Church teaches that work has its final goal in the human person. In other words, people are not to be considered as just cogs in a wheel of productivity. Work exists for people, not the other way around. It is an expression of the person and builds up his or her dignity. This is a key conviction in a Culture of Life.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Teaching them to Observe

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:20).

Reflection: Pro-abortion politicians will often say to us, “Abortion is the law of the land.” But the “law of the land” can be changed, just as it was changed regarding slavery and segregation. The law of the land is meant to protect the good of the people. Because imperfect people make the law of the land, they sometimes make mistakes, and allow things which experience later proves are not good for the people. That’s why the law can be changed.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, come and renew the face of the earth, and make us agents of change. Amen.

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Fox News to focus on Planned Parenthood’s “Hidden Harvest” of baby body parts

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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NEW YORK — Undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood trafficking in the organs and limbs of aborted children have exposed an underbelly of the abortion industry that horrifies anyone with a functioning conscience.

 

On Friday, Sept. 4, at 10 p.m. ET, Fox News will further expose this ghoulish but profitable practice in “Planned Parenthood: Hidden Harvest,” anchored by veteran TV journalist Shannon Bream.

 

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of the just-released pro-life manifesto Abolishing Abortion, is among the national pro-life leaders who was interviewed for the special report.

 

“Various polls have shown that many Americans still remain unaware of the profitable after-market in baby parts that line the pockets of abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood,” Father Pavone said.

 

“This special should be required viewing for every voter and taxpayer in America. The videos recorded by the Center for Medical Progress clearly show that Planned Parenthood illegally alters the abortion procedures it uses to get intact organs, is illegally paid for these organs, and is fully aware that every abortion kills a human being. If these were just ‘the products of conception’ being eliminated, they would not be so profitable.”

 

Fr. Pavone also noted that this undercover video project “is part of a wider strategy of exposing abortion, which includes exposing not only the procedure itself, but the corruption within the abortion industry.”

 

Noting that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate lacks the votes to defund Planned Parenthood, Father Pavone said “every Senator who lacks the courage to cut off more than $500 million in taxpayer funding needs to be held accountable. That’s why it is so important for people to watch this Fox special, so they are armed with the information they need to urge their elected representatives to stop funding Planned Parenthood.”

“Planned Parenthood: Hidden Harvest” will be rebroadcast at 1 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 5.

 

 

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

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House Judiciary Committee to convene hearing on Planned Parenthood

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding the upcoming hearing on Planned Parenthood to be convened by the House Judiciary Committee:

“Priests for Life welcomes the news today that the Judiciary Committee will hold its first hearing on the Planned Parenthood investigation next week, on Wednesday, September 9 at 10:30 a.m. ET. The hearing is titled “Planned Parenthood Exposed: Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nation’s Largest Abortion Provider.”

“The hearing will be publicly available via webcast.

“Our team will continue to work with our allies in Congress to make sure that this and other hearings proceed with the speed and thoroughness the issue deserves, and at the same time, that the public becomes more informed of the horror of abortion and of the corruption of the abortion industry itself.”

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

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Conversion to all about Abortion

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Among all the crimes which can be committed against life, procured abortion has characteristics making it particularly serious and deplorable …But today, in many people’s consciences, the perception of its gravity has become progressively obscured” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.58). 

Reflection: A woman who saw the photos of aborted babies wrote,  “OH MY GOSH. I just read your entire web page. OH MY GOSH is all I can really say out loud. I have seen articles and read about abortions before-but I still felt like it was the woman’s decision. My mind was changed TODAY.”

Prayer: Lord, grant light and conversion to all about abortion . Amen.

 

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Fr. Pavone welcomes Church’s “eagerness to reconcile those who have had abortions”

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and also Pastoral Director of the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard, and also of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the largest mobilization of those who have had abortions, issued the following statement this morning:

“All of us at Priests for Life, Rachel’s Vineyard, and Silent No More welcome the letter our Holy Father issued today, indicating his compassionate concern for those who have had abortions, and making it easier for them to obtain the absolution of a priest. This step does not mean that forgiveness wasn’t available before. However, it simplifies the process outlined in Church law whereby, in certain circumstances, the priest needs to get authorization before giving absolution. In the Jubilee Year, priests will not need to delay that absolution, provided there is repentance.

“We welcome this concrete expression of the Church’s eagerness to reconcile those who have had abortions. We who oppose abortion do not oppose those who have had abortions; rather, we welcome them with mercy and compassion.  A very large part of our work at Priests for Life is to extend the urgent invitation to healing. We oversee the work of Rachel’s Vineyard (www.RachelsVineyard.org), a retreat program which constitutes the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion and which enjoys the personal and enthusiastic support of Pope Francis.

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“Moreover, through our Silent No More Awareness Campaign, through which mothers, fathers, and entire families witness to the pain of being involved in abortion and the joy of God’s healing, we echo that invitation to healing through the testimonies of those who have found it. They share these testimonies in churches, at rallies, and in the media (see www.SilentNoMore.com).

“I have spoken with Pope Francis on five occasions specifically about our work of healing those who have had abortions, and healing even abortionists who have killed tens of thousands of children. We at Priests for Life will continue to train and encourage our brother priests to be the heralds of mercy and compassion in the face of abortion. Truth and compassion are not in tension; they are both aspects of the same God. To treat someone with compassion includes sharing with them honestly the truth they need to hear, and to be fully truthful includes revealing the reality of compassion and mercy,” stated Fr. Pavone.

The relevant portion of the Pope’s letter today is as follows:

“One of the serious problems of our time is clearly the changed relationship with respect to life. A widespread and insensitive mentality has led to the loss of the proper personal and social sensitivity to welcome new life. The tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness, as if not realizing the extreme harm that such an act entails. Many others, on the other hand, although experiencing this moment as a defeat, believe that they have no other option. I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion. I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision. I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision. What has happened is profoundly unjust; yet only understanding the truth of it can enable one not to lose hope. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. For this reason too, I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it. May priests fulfill this great task by expressing words of genuine welcome combined with a reflection that explains the gravity of the sin committed, besides indicating a path of authentic conversion by which to obtain the true and generous forgiveness of the Father who renews all with his presence.”

The full letter is at http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2015/09/01/0637/01386.html#ing

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Fr. Pavone: Latest video highlights tight relationship between Planned Parenthood and procurement companies

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

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NEW YORK –  Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of Abolishing Abortion, released the following statement today regarding the latest undercover video focusing on the sale of baby body parts:

“The ninth undercover video of Planned Parenthood released by our colleagues at the Center for Medical Progress shows the tight financial relationship between abortion clinics and companies that buy the body parts of the babies killed there. This video focuses on the oldest such company, Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR) and its relationship with Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest. The interviews clearly attest to how the procurement companies pay the clinics, and how the sharing of personnel cements the relationship between the clinics and the procurement companies.

“The bottom line is simple. To deny the fact that Planned Parenthood sells body parts, alters the abortion procedure to do so, and is involved in this illegal activity at the highest corporate level, is now tantamount to asserting that the Earth is flat. The facts are not only in these videos, but also in the letter that Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, wrote to Congress on August 27

“As Congress convenes again next week, Priests for Life, and numerous other national and local pro-life organizations, will press our elected officials to do their job and investigate Planned Parenthood and hold the organization accountable for its actions.”

To see the latest video, and all the previous undercover releases, go to www.babybodyparts.com

 

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

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Context Matters

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Such attacks strike human life at the time of its greatest frailty, when it lacks any means of self-defense. Even more serious is the fact that, most often, those attacks are carried out in the very heart of and with the complicity of the family—the family which by its nature is called to be the ‘sanctuary of life’ “(John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.11). 

Reflection: Not all sins against life are the same. Context matters. Greater dependence calls for greater protection. The family setting implies greater compassion.

Prayer: God of the family, Lord of the frail, may compassion and protection overflow from your heart to ours! Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Be Mindful

Monday, August 31st, 2015

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Be mindful, O Lord, that mercy and kindness have been yours from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth” (Psalm 25:6-7).

Reflection: A woman wrote of her abortion, “It was very painful, physically and mentally. It affected me in the worst way. I felt very guilty. I couldn’t look at any kids. I know I won’t ever do it again.” Those getting an abortion think it will solve their problems, and they find out it only creates more of them.

Prayer: Lord, show us how to reach out to those who have had abortions, and how to understand their pain. Bring us all to healing. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: We can see … in the unborn child, the image of God

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“I have gazed upon you in the sanctuary so that I may behold your power and your glory” (Psalm 63:3).

Reflection: The baby in the manger and the man on the cross do not look like God; yet by faith we know Jesus is no mere man. The Eucharist does not look like Jesus, but we worship him. Christians are used to looking beyond appearances. Hence we can also see in the annoying or ugly person or the person who is unconscious in a hospital bed, or in the unborn child, the image of God.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, grant us to see beyond appearances to the dignity of every life! Amen!

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