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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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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, September 12th, 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 will be my treasured possession” (Exodus 19:5). 

Reflection: Dr. James McMahon was an abortionist in Southern California and performed partial-birth abortions. When asked by the American Medical Association news how he justified doing it, he admitted that the baby was a child, but then said there was a more important question, “Who owns the child? It’s got to be the mother,” he explained.

Prayer: Lord, nobody but you is the owner of human life – no doctor, no state, not even a mom or dad. Keep us humble; keep us mindful that we are servants, and that you alone are our Master. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, September 11th, 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

“Deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13). 

Reflection: The evil of September 11, 2001 was not simply that lives were lost, but that some human beings had a blatant contempt for the right of other human beings to live. The same contempt for human life is found in every abortion clinic. What moral difference does it make if a victim is five feet tall or five inches tall, or if the instrument of death is an airplane or surgical forceps? The evil we fight is a reflection of the evil we do.

Prayer: Lord, on this sad anniversary, I resolve to defend all life, whatever threatens it. Amen.

 

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, September 10th, 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

“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, then the one who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit that dwells in you” (Rom.8:11). 

Reflection: The Holy Spirit gives life, bringing forth creation at the beginning of time, descending upon Mary to bring about the Incarnation, bringing about the Eucharist from mere bread and wine, and descending upon the graves of God’s people to raise them from the dead.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, come and work through your people to build the Culture of Life. Keep us close to you; fill us with yourself. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, September 9th, 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

“She and her whole household had been baptized” (Acts 16:15).

Reflection: When we baptize a baby, it proves that God chooses us before we choose him. Moreover, 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 “prochoice” message is that we choose whom we will care for. Baptism teaches us that we are responsible for those whom God has chosen first.

Prayer: Lord, I welcome each and every person you have chosen to create. May they share your life abundantly. Amen.

 

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Preaching Pro-Life on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross Cycle A

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life (http://www.PriestsForLife.org), shares thoughts on preaching pro-life on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross Cycle A.

 

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, September 8th, 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

“She was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:18). 

Reflection: Today we celebrate the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, chosen by God to be his own mother. In our day, we need Mary’s presence and example more than ever, because so many mothers are afraid to be mothers, and so many opinion-makers in our society have forgotten what motherhood really means.

Prayer: Mary, pray for all who are pregnant and afraid, especially those tempted to abort their child. Pray that they find new hope and strength to say “Yes” to God’s plan as you did. Amen.

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Preparing for Philadelphia 2015: A Liberty Bell for the Family

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

A year from now, believers from around the world will gather with the Pope in Philadelphia to celebrate God’s gift of the family. Marked by the theme Love is our Mission: The Family Fully Alive, this will be the Eighth World Meeting  of Families.

Established by Saint John Paul II, these regular world gatherings began twenty years ago, in 1994. They are coordinated by the Vatican agency also established by St. John Paul II, the Pontifical Council for the Family. I had the privilege of working there myself in the late 1990′s and I helped coordinate the Second World Meeting of Families in 1997 in Rio de Janeiro.

I just got back from a visit with Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, and we discussed the upcoming celebration in Philadelphia. He gave me the book that essentially serves as a “study guide” for the theme of the meeting. In the days of this gathering, various presentations are given to help participants understand the Church’s teaching about the family, and we will explore these themes along with you in the coming months at www.priestsforlife.org/Family.

In my conversation with the Archbishop, I presented to him a letter from 70 national pro-life organizations in the United States — groups representing many denominations — and we discussed the eagerness of these leaders to promote and participate in the World Meeting of Families. Their promotion of this event highlight, of course, one of the key dimensions of its theme: the call to choose life. As we always said when I worked at the Pontifical Council for the Family, “There can be no family without life,” and, consistent with the theme of the 2015 gathering, the family cannot be “fully alive” if its youngest and most defenseless members, the children still in the womb, do not have their lives protected. Indeed, as veteran abortion researcher and psychiatrist Dr. Philip Ney asserts, there is nothing in human experience that is more destructive of the family than abortion.

Indeed, love is our mission, and love is exactly the opposite of abortion. Love says, “I sacrifice myself for the good of the other person;” abortion says, “I sacrifice the other person for the good of myself.” This dynamic is seen powerfully in the life and death of the saint who is one of the patrons of this upcoming World Meeting of Families, that is, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, who sacrificed her life for her unborn child. The other patron saint of the gathering is Saint John Paul II, who, along with being named the “Pope of the Family,” can rightly also be called the “Pope of Life.”

Last year, our Executive Director, Janet Morana, interviewed Archbishop Paglia about the World Meeting of Families, and he referred to his recent visit to Philadelphia, where he was very inspired by seeing the Liberty Bell. In the interview, he expressed the hope that the 2015 gathering would be a moment for a new “liberty bell” for the family. Let this event, and the commitment of those who attend it, signal a new freedom to understand what the family is, and a new freedom for all its members, starting with the youngest, to live out their calling as a sign and instrument of God’s love and life in the world!

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Calling All Former Abortionists and Abortion Workers

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today that another Centurions Rehabilitation Program has been scheduled for August 7 – 15, 2015 in Victoria, Canada. This is a healing program for those who have worked in the abortion industry and have come out.

“Having met extensively a few weeks ago with my long-time friends Dr. Philip and Marie Ney, who established in 1996 the Society of Centurions, we laid out plans for 2015 and beyond to reach more people with the intensive healing that is needed after one has worked in the abortion industry. I have been privileged over the last two decades to be involved in offering this rehabilitation program for former clinic workers, both in the United States and abroad. Dr. Ney, a psychiatrist, has done the pioneer research in this area and established this program, based on his medical research. There are no quick fixes; the healing is hard work and lasts a lifetime.”

The rehabilitation program for next August involves a week of intense psychological and spiritual self-examination and healing exercises in a small, confidential group setting. Those who want to explore taking advantage of this unique model of healing can go to www.SocietyofCenturions.com to request more information through the online form. Individual consultation with Fr. Frank and others who are familiar with this process is available as preparations are made for the August gathering.

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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