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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

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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

“You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons” (1 Corinthians 10:21).

Reflection: Some public officials who refuse to oppose child-killing continue to receive Holy Communion. But communion means union. To desire union with Jesus is to desire union with life, and to be in communion with his teachings means to accept them. When we come to Jesus, we are the ones who have to change to be like him.

Prayer: Lord, give us the strength to be in union with You, and therefore to reject evil practices. As You come to us, change us to be like You. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, September 19th, 2014

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

“The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion” – Mother Teresa (Nobel Peace Prize Lecture). 

Reflection: You have heard people say that being wrong on abortion outweighs being right on other issues, and that is correct. The full truth is, if you are wrong on abortion, you can’t be right on other issues. To permit abortion, but then to cry out for the right to work, housing, education, health care, and peace, is to say that these other rights belong to some people but not to all.

Prayer: Lord, forgive our nation for allowing all the rights of the unborn to be taken away. Amen.

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Priests for Life Case Against HHS Mandate Moves Forward

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

To listen: http://www.priestsforlife.org/audio/audio.aspx?audio=604087-mandate-lawsuit

The lawsuit of Priests for Life against the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate continues to move forward in the nation’s second highest court. On Tuesday, we filed a supplemental brief with the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals addressing two key developments that have occurred since oral arguments were heard by that court in May. The brief declares that the religious freedom violations inflicted by the HHS mandate are not eliminated by the government’s new regulations, but rather perpetuated.  It also states that rather than help the government’s case, the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision strengthens the arguments contained in Priests for Life’s lawsuit.

 

The filing in Priests for Life v. HHS argues that the latest government “accommodation” to Obamacare’s HHS mandate offers no actual change in policy and, therefore, does nothing to alleviate the mandate’s harm to Priests for Life and other religious groups.

 

At issue in Priests for Life’s lawsuit is whether the federal government can compel a religious non-profit organization to violate the faith upon which it exists and operates.  Even more to the point is the question of whether the government can force such a violation of faith when its purported policy goal can be achieved easily in other ways.

 

Before its latest regulations were issued, the Department of Health and Human Services had required religious non-profit groups to file a form with their insurance companies authorizing that their employees be provided with coverage for sterilization and birth control drugs and devices, including those which can cause abortions.  The authorization of such drugs and devices would directly violate the teaching of the Catholic Church.

 

After two recent Supreme Court actions related to the HHS mandate went against the government, the Obama administration apparently realized that its so-called “accommodation” for non-profit religious groups would not withstand legal scrutiny.  It issued yet another version of this accommodation.  As stated in Priests for Life’s latest brief, though, “The new regulations… continue the Government’s pattern of attempting to create the illusion of accommodation while coercing religious organizations to act contrary to their beliefs.”

 

Call it a smokescreen, call it a ruse, the government’s latest scheme still would require Priests for Life and other religious organizations to violate their faith.   Under the new regulations, Priests for Life would be mandated to send authorization for abortifacient, contraceptive, and sterilization coverage for its employees to the government instead of to an insurance carrier.  In the words of Priests for Life’s latest brief, “the new regulations do nothing more than provide Plaintiffs with another avenue for violating their religion.”

 

Referring to the Hobby Lobby decision, the brief also pointed out that the Supreme Court, in effect, reaffirms the arguments that Priests for Life is making. Hobby Lobby made it clear that the government cannot force a believer to act against his or her faith, and that when a believer identifies an action as contrary to his or her faith, it is not up to the government to judge whether that is unreasonable. Mr. David Green, CEO of Hobby Lobby, has stated, “The religious freedom of believers of all denominations is under attack. Our family therefore joins in prayerful support of the Priests for Life case against the HHS mandate. As our Hobby Lobby case represents the concerns of businesses, so the Priests for Life case represents the concerns of the religious non-profit groups. Together, we stand against this injustice, and for the law of God.”

– Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

here is a link to President Reagan’s eulogy for the funeral back in the 80’s…  Where it mentions His eulogy on this column on the blog: http://www.priestsforlife.org/columns/rreulogy.pdf

 

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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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

“It is precisely in the “flesh” of every person that Christ continues to reveal himself and to enter into fellowship with us, so that rejection of human life, in whatever form that rejection takes, is really a rejection of Christ” (The Gospel of Life, 104). 
Reflection: For some people, religion is too “religious.” They think they encounter or reject Christ only when speaking or thinking about him explicitly, or only when doing or failing to do specifically religious activities. But the Church teaches clearly that we meet Jesus in each human life.
Prayer: Jesus, you are all around us. Open our eyes to your presence in every human life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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

“On this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld will not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). 

Reflection: In a battle, gates do not run out onto the battlefield to attack the enemy. Rather, they protect the city from the enemy attacking it. When Jesus says these gates will not prevail against the Church, it is the Church doing the attacking; the Church is storming the gates, advancing the Kingdom of Life!

Prayer: Lord, give us confidence that the gates of falsehood will fall in the presence of truth, and the gates of death will flee in the presence of the People of Life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

feature-main-us-law-policyThis reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“The winds blew and buffeted that house. And it collapsed with a great crash” (Matthew 7:27).


Reflection:
Pro-abortion politicians will say to us, “Abortion is just one of many issues; I embrace a consistent ethic of life.” The foundation of a house is only one of many parts of the house, but it is essential in order to build the other parts. That is why the bishops teach that the right to life is the foundation of all human rights, and that our priority must be fighting abortion.

Prayer: Lord, you warned against building our house on sand. May the right to life itself shape all our efforts for justice. Amen.

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16433 Children in One Grave

Monday, September 15th, 2014

I had a quick visit to the West Coast this weekend that included praying at a gravesite that contains the bodies of 16,433 children killed by abortion.

The prayer service was part of the National Day of Remembrance, a project organized by Priests for Life, Pro-life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-life Society. On this day, simultaneous memorial services are held at the graves of aborted babies around the nation.

The gravesite at which I prayed, located in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in East Los Angeles, is the largest of the mass graves of children killed by abortion.

In the early 1980′s, a man by the name of Malvin Weisburg was operating an outfit called Medical Analytic Laboratories, and he was receiving from abortion clinics around the country the bodies of aborted babies for pathological analysis. When he was done with his work, the bodies of these babies, many of them decapitated by the abortion, and some of them weighing a couple of pounds, were put in plastic containers and ultimately stored in a large waste container that he was renting. In 1982, Weisburg failed to make proper payments on the container, and therefore it was repossessed by the company.

That’s when workers discovered what was in it — the bodies of aborted babies, totaling 16,433. The bodies were taken into the custody of Los Angeles County.

This made news and touched off a firestorm about what should be done with the babies. Pro-life people and public officials got together to call from the release of the bodies for proper burial. Meanwhile, pro-abortion groups, including the ACLU, went to court to block any religious service, or even burial, for these babies. They claimed that the ‘separation of church and state’ prohibited the state from facilitating a religious service. The court agreed. However, the pro-abortion groups wanted more, namely, to not allow a burial at all. They wanted the bodies cremated and thrown away as medical waste. And forgotten. With this, however, the court did not agree. Even the Supreme Court was petitioned in the matter, and in the end, after a three year battle, the babies were buried on October 6, 1985. Even President Ronald Reagan got involved, and wrote a eulogy that was read at the service, calling for an end to abortion.

For many years, this mass grave had no marker or headstone, just as the children have no names. But now there is a stone, and we are going to name the babies. Supporters of abortion do not want people to see mass graves in our midst. It’s too disturbing a reminder of the humanity of the victims of abortion. When people forget, the abortion supporters win; when people remember, we win. That is why we need to keep telling the stories of these graves, and visiting them. And that is why we continue to demand that the bodies of the babies killed by abortionist Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia be released so that we can bury them.

Ironically, the 16,433 aborted children in Los Angeles could not be buried at the nearby Catholic cemetery; but who is buried there? The late term abortionist James McMahon. God help us.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, September 15th, 2014

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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

“And you yourself a sword will pierce” (Luke 2:35).

Reflection: Today we honor Mary under the title of Our Lady of Sorrows. Mary’s heart was pierced with a sword many times, as she took part in her Son’s sufferings, most notably at the foot of the cross. The Sorrowful Mother is also a symbol of the many sorrowful mothers who feel they cannot continue their pregnancies, as well as the many who suffer so deeply because they have aborted a child. Mary intercedes for them today, and so must we all.

Prayer: Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us and for all mothers who bear pains of body and soul. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

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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

“We also glory in our sufferings” (Romans 5:3).

Reflection: Today is the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross, by which Christ redeemed the world. Because His death destroyed our own, the cross is a symbol of ultimate triumph over evil, and a symbol of the cross we must embrace in everyday life. Persecution and opposition have been promised by Christ. Especially if we work to save the unborn, we are subject to ridicule and rejection. Our plans for pro-life activity should not be geared towards avoiding rejection, but rather should count on it.

Prayer: Lord, may we see the cross as our triumph, today and forever. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

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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

“In this way democracy, contradicting its own principles effectively moves towards a form of totalitarianism. The State is no longer the “common home” where all can live together on the basis of principles of fundamental equality, but is transformed into a tyrant State, which arrogates to itself the right to dispose of the life of the weakest and most defenseless members” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.20).

Reflection: Some see laws permitting abortion as a minor flaw; the Pope is saying here that they change the very nature of the State.

Prayer: Lord, free us from the tyranny of governments that think they can dispose of human life. Amen.

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