Priests for Life launches “SupremeCourtVictory.com” – Prayer Campaign Continues Against HHS Mandate

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“We are asking the other plaintiffs in the six cases that will be heard with ours, as well as all those who have filed friend-of-the-court briefs in our favor to help us promote this prayer campaign, so that all citizens can unite with us in prayer for religious freedom,” Father Pavone said. “The Supreme Court’s decision in this case will be one of the major events in 2016 and it will greatly impact the pro-life movement. A major response of prayer is essential.”

Read the entire Press Release: http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/5578-priests-for-life-launches-supremecourtvictorycom

​​Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Obedient to Authority

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“Whatever authorities exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1) 

Reflection: Some people say that the solution to the abortion problem is to change people’s hearts. In fact, changing people’s hearts is the solution to every problem that the world faces.
But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have laws. The fact is that while there are people around whose hearts are not in the right place, there have to be laws to restrain their heartless activities.

Prayer: Father, I thank you today for law and for lawmakers. As you guide and convert our hearts, make them also obedient to authority, and make authority obedient to your law. Amen.

​Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Brother’s Keeper

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“Yes, every man is his ‘brother’s keeper’, because God entrusts us to one another.” (Evangelium Vitae, 19)

Reflection: Some people think that because men cannot get pregnant, they have no right to say anything about abortion.
But any human being, male or female, has the right and duty to speak up when someone’s life is in danger. Real men don’t stand around with their hands at their side when innocent babies are being ripped apart. They do something to defend these children.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for entrusting me to my brothers and sisters in the human family, and for entrusting them to me. Keep us all faithful to this call. Amen.

​Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Already Quite Alive

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“From my mother’s womb, you have been my God.” (Psalm 22:11) 

Reflection: Abortion supporters sometimes ask, “Why don’t you focus on caring for people who are already alive?”
But if children in the womb are not already alive, why does it take an abortion procedure to kill them? When we speak about unborn children, we are not speaking about “possible” children; we are speaking about real children who are already quite alive.

Prayer: Father, open our eyes to recognize our brothers and sisters in every place where they live, including in their mothers’ womb. Open our hearts to love them as you do. Amen.

Media advisory: Reporting on Zubik vs. Burwell Supreme Court Case Against HHS Mandate

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As a service to reporters and media outlets covering the Supreme Court case of Zubik vs. Burwell, we have listed here again the seven cases that have been consolidated. On November 6, 2015, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to the following cases challenging the HHS mandate, and consolidated them. The Court listed them here in the order in which they reached the Supreme Court:

(ORDER LIST: 577 U. S.)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2015

CERTIORARI GRANTED

14-1418 ZUBIK, DAVID A. ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

14-1453 PRIESTS FOR LIFE, ET AL. V. DEPT. OF H&HS, ET AL.

14-1505 ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

15-35 E. TX BAPTIST UNIV., ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS

15-105 LITTLE SISTERS, ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

15-119 SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIV., ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

15-191 GENEVA COLLEGE V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

Read the entire Press Release: http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/5576-media-advisory-reporting-on-zubik-vs-burwell-supreme-court-case-against-hhs-mandate

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …abortion doesn’t fix society’s ills…

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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

“They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.” (Hosea 8:7)

Reflection: There is not a single social problem that abortion has solved; in fact, every problem its advocates once promised it would solve is worse today than on the day abortion became legal.

Tens of millions of children have been aborted in America since 1973. How many more have to be killed before we realize that abortion doesn’t fix society’s ills?

Prayer: Lord, be our salvation. Save us from false hopes, misleading solutions, and deceptive remedies. Only in the paths you point out for us can we find wholeness and salvation. Keep us wise and faithful. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Lord, open my lips…

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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

“Lord, open my lips…” (Psalm 51:17)

Reflection: If you were stranded on a desert island, and had, pen, paper, and a bottle, the note you write and put in that bottle could save your life. Before sealing it and throwing it in the sea, you would make sure that you put your very best effort behind what you say. So it is with conversations you have about abortion. Some day they may save a life. Conduct them well.

Prayer: Give me confidence, O Lord, at every moment in which I will need to speak on this topic. Open my lips, that I may save lives by what I say. Amen.

Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Intrinsic Value

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“We are all his children.” (Acts 17:28) 

Reflection: Abortion has killed children who may have been great scientists, doctors, inventors, and Presidents. Yet every life taken by abortion is equally valuable. People do no derive their value from how productive or famous they are or may become. The most hidden, obscure, and humble life has as much intrinsic value, and as many human rights, as the most notable personalities in history.

Prayer: Lord, I cannot begin to imagine the plans you had for each aborted child. May we realize more deeply the value of each one of them, even the most humble and forgotten. Amen.

Get to know the presidential candidates by watching debates!

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As we continue in this election year, we are going to point out to our Priests for Life family the various ways we can become better informed about the candidates, and urge others to do the same.

As one of those ways, I urge you to watch the upcoming presidential debates tonight, February 4 and Saturday, February 6 to get to know more about the candidates so when it’s time to vote in the primaries you will be prepared.  The information is as follows:

Democratic Presidential Primary Debate TV: MSNBC, 9:00 PM Eastern on Thursday, February 04 Live Stream: MSNBC.com

Republican Presidential Primary Debate TV: ABC, 8:00 PM Eastern on Saturday, February 6 Live Stream: ABCNews.com

And please invite others to watch.  Much is at stake in the elections of 2016, including the makeup of the Supreme Court, and we need active and informed voters.

On our Priests for Life website, we have a calendar of events for Elections 2016 that we are constantly updating and that you can refer to for more information as the year progresses.

I would be interested to know what you think of the candidates and their messages after the debate.  You can send me a message right on the form at the top of PoliticalResponsibility.com. On that form you can also let me know what kind of elections activities you are involved in or how we may help you become more involved.

As we know, prayer is key!  So I urge you to join us for a Prayer for our Nation as we Prepare to Elect our Leaders and order prayer cards for your friends, family and parish.

Finally, Lent is around the corner so I invite you to also pray with us a Lenten Prayer for Life from February 10- March 24.

Blessings,

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Fr. Frank Pavone National Director, Priests for Life