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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, August 22nd, 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

“He said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother” (John 19:26-27). 

Reflection: Today we observe the Queenship of Mary, acknowledging that the highest place that any creature holds in heaven is occupied by a woman and a mother. To be pro-life is to be pro-woman, and Mary the Mother of God is an example and inspiration for all women about how to embrace the vocation of motherhood, facing the unexpected and the unplanned with faith, courage, and joy.

Prayer: Queen of heaven, grant all your people a deep appreciation of the dignity of women, of motherhood, and of life. Amen.

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Priests for Life Applauds End of Killing in Ohio Abortion Mill

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today celebrated the announcement that the Lebanon Road Surgery Center in Sharonville, Ohio will no longer perform abortions because it is unable to obtain a patient transfer agreement with a local hospital.

“It’s never surprising when a rule designed to protect patient safety causes an abortion clinic to stop performing abortions,” said Fr. Pavone.  “That’s because abortions are never safe, and the abortion industry has no care either for the mom or the baby, and does not want to reform its unscrupulous and dangerous practices.”

An attorney for abortion clinic owner Martin Haskell has announced that Haskell will not appeal a judge’s decision upholding the Ohio health department’s enforcement of state law.  Abortions will no longer be performed in Sharonville as of Friday and women will be referred to another of Haskell’s clinics near Dayton.

“The man who made partial-birth abortion infamous is now down to one clinic,” added Bryan Kemper, Director of Priests for Life’s Youth Outreach and President of Stand True Ministries.  “Priests for Life Youth Outreach has a presence at Haskell’s one remaining abortion mill in Kettering, OH and will be ramping up our ministry there.  We have invited local priests and clergy to join us and will be there up to three times a week.”

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

Thursday, August 21st, 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

“Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet!” (Isaiah 58:1). 

Reflection: In order to give voice to the voiceless and to reach the numbers of people we need to reach in the short time we have to reverse the culture of death, we sometimes have to be in the public spotlight. “Let your light shine before others,” the Lord said, always reminding us that the glory goes to the Father (see Mt.5:16).

Prayer: Lord, teach me that humility does not mean I am always hidden, but rather, that I am always exactly where you need me to be. Amen.

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Election Prayer and Voter Registration Announced by Priests for Life

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Staten Island, NY – Priests for Life today announces a special nine-week Election Novena, starting September 2, that  coincides with its other election-related efforts, including Voter Registration Sunday on September 7th, and Fr. Frank Pavone’s hard-hitting series of articles, “Politics and the Pulpit.”

“Priests for Life is asking believers across the country to participate in our Election Novena by praying during the nine weeks from September 2nd to Election Day,” said Fr. Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.  “The Novena prayer asks God to awaken His people so that we are faithful citizens of His Kingdom who exercise our solemn responsibility to seek justice for all, including the unborn, when we enter the voting booth.  As the prayer states, we ‘are not called to be a sect fleeing the world, [b]ut rather a community of faith renewing the world.’”

The Novena begins just five days before National Christian Voter Registration Sunday on September 7th when Christians of every denomination are encouraged to conduct non-partisan efforts to register as many voters as possible.  “Not only is voter registration an entirely legal activity in which churches and non-profit groups can engage, but it’s also part of our moral responsibility,” stated Fr. Pavone.

Already online at Priests for Life’s Political Responsibility website is Fr. Pavone’s series of articles, “Politics and the Pulpit,” which addresses questions relating to the rights of clergy and churches at election time.  In his series, Fr. Pavone shows why fears by some Church leaders that the Church will lose its tax-exempt status for speaking out at election time are absurd. He calls on Church leaders to stop stifling their own religious freedom.

For more information on Priests for Life’s Election Novena, please go to www.PrayerCampaign.org.

For more information on Voter Registration Sunday and to read Fr. Pavone’s “Politics and the Pulpit” articles, please go to www.PoliticalResponsibility.com

 

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, August 19th, 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

“For see what earnestness this godly sorrow has produced for you…what indignation…what desire to see justice done” (2 Corinthians 7:11). 

Reflection: Only when we have a deep passion for justice can we make the sacrifices needed to build a Culture of Life. Christians believe in righteous anger, which the Lord and his saints exhibited in the face of evil. We are angry at what the culture of death does each day. We ask the Holy Spirit not to extinguish our anger but rather to channel it into a wholesome, energized passion which sustains us in the task at hand.

Prayer: Give me righteous anger, Lord, purified by your Spirit. Amen.

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A Prayer for our Nation as we Prepare to Elect our Leaders

Monday, August 18th, 2014

For nine weeks before Election Day, Priests for Life calls upon believers to participate in the “Election Novena” by saying the following prayer each day:

 
We thank you for your law,
Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged
And recognized as higher than any human law.

We thank you for the opportunity that this election
year puts before us,
To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote,
But to influence countless others to vote,
And to vote correctly.

Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened.
Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation,
Their response to you requires that they be politically active.

Awaken your people to know that they are
not called to be a sect fleeing the world
But rather a community of faith renewing the world.

Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer
Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth;
That the same eyes that read your Word
Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot,
And that they do not cease to be Christians
When they enter the voting booth.

Awaken your people to a commitment to justice
To the sanctity of marriage and the family,
To the dignity of each individual human life,
And to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin,
And not one moment later.

Lord, we rejoice today
That we are citizens of your kingdom.

May that make us all the more committed
To being faithful citizens on earth.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, August 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

“All things were created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:16). 

Reflection: Cloning is an assault on human dignity and a denial of God’s purpose for human life. Cloning is not about having carbon copies of people walking around. It’s about starting new lives in order to harvest cells for the purported benefit of the person who is genetically identical. In the process, of course, the embryo would be killed.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we were not created to be killed, harvested, or manipulated for some other purpose. We were created through you and for you. May we rejoice in that truth and oppose whatever contradicts it. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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

​“You will be doing well if you truly observe the sovereign law…’You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (James 2:8).

Reflection: Some prominent politicians claim that it is not their business to impose their religious beliefs on the rest of America. That’s true. But none object to enforcing laws against stealing. Why isn’t that an imposition or religion, given the fact that the Bible and the Catechism tell us not to steal? The reason, of course, is that you have a right to your possessions, not because you are Catholic, but because you are human.

Prayer: Lord, help us distinguish between religious beliefs and moral laws rooted in our nature. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

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

“You may well ask: ‘Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches and so forth? Isn’t negotiation a better path?’ … Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. … It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963).

Reflection: There are strong parallels between the Civil Rights Movement and the Pro-life Movement. One of them is that the powers with whom we must negotiate are often unwilling to even begin negotiating, or do not see the need. Peaceful protest is therefore required.

Prayer: Lord, may Your people faithfully protest injustice and awaken those in power. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, August 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

“God did not give us a spirit of timidity but rather a spirit of power and of love and of wisdom” (2 Timothy 1:7). 

Reflection: Our pro-life work requires constant courage, which is nurtured through Scripture, incessant prayer, and the example of saints and other historical figures who fought against the injustices of their times. When we feel we don’t have courage, we should simply do what we would do if we did.

Prayer: Lord, at times I ask what I should do next, but I already know. I simply need the courage to do it. Grant it to me today. Amen.

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