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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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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Give us the love that overcomes division

Wednesday, August 26th, 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

“Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our abode with him” (John 14:23).

Reflection: The Spirit is the bond of love between the Father and the Son. When the Father and Son come and abide with us, it is through this Holy Spirit. The Spirit unites the human family in bonds of self-giving love. Abortion, and other manifestations of the culture of death, however, divides the human family, because they are the opposite of self-giving.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, we need you and we long for the unity you bring. Give us the love that overcomes division. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Children are a gift from the Lord.

Tuesday, August 25th, 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

“Behold, children are a gift from the Lord, a reward of the fruit of the womb” (Psalm 127:3).

Reflection: Because children are a “gift,” they can neither be demanded nor discarded. That is why it is wrong not only to abort them, but also to “create” them through artificial means that replace normal human procreation. We do not have a “right” to children, but rather an awesome privilege to receive them, if God so chooses to give the gift.

Prayer: Lord, deepen our understanding of children as a gift. Give generosity to all parents, and patience to all those who await that gift. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: God…set me apart even before my birth

Monday, August 24th, 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

“God…set me apart even before my birth” (Galatians 1:15).

Reflection: Many pro-abortion public officials will say they believe that life begins at conception. But then they say they cannot legislate that belief on those who think it begins later. But suppose someone said, “I believe that life begins at birth, but I cannot legislate my beliefs on those who think it begins later.” Then the newborn would lose their legal protection. Such protection is needed precisely when some believe others shouldn’t have it.

Prayer: Lord, give our legislators, and all your people, wisdom to know the difference between legislating beliefs and protecting lives. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: He will have pity on the lowly and the poor…

Sunday, August 23rd, 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

“He will have pity on the lowly and the poor; the lives of the needy he will save” (Psalm 72:13).

Reflection: Biblically speaking, the “poor” are not simply those who are materially deprived, but rather those who have no help but God. God has mercy especially on those who realize he is their only hope and only help. Those who are like God also have a “preferential option for the poor.” In other words, we go first to those who need our help the most.

Prayer: Lord, I pray for the “poor,” for those most abandoned and forgotten. Let their voices be heard and their lives spared. Amen.

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Priests for Life and Silent No More team help organize and speak at dozens of protests against Planned Parenthood

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

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NEW YORK — Priests for Life is one of the national co-sponsoring groups organizing and promoting rallies against Planned Parenthood across the country on Saturday, August 22, and on the same day, will launch a national week of prayer and fasting to end abortion and the evils of Planned Parenthood.

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign, a project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life, will have representatives speaking at multiple rallies to share their abortion testimony, and various members of the Priests for Life pastoral team will also give talks at various locations.

The teams will have a presence in at least 26 of the Protest Planned Parenthood rallies, and have fostered participation in hundreds more, particularly through activating the nation’s Churches.

• Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of the newly released book “Abolishing Abortion,” will speak at the Manhattan protest, outside the Margaret Sanger Center, at 26 Bleecker Street.
• Father Denis Wilde, OSA, associate director of Priests for Life, will be at the rally in Augusta, GA
• Father Stephen Imbarrato, pastoral associate for Priests for Life, will lead the protest at the Planned Parenthood in Albuquerque.
• Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, is an organizer and speaker for the rally in Marietta, GA.
• Bryan Kemper, Priests for Life’s youth outreach director, will speak at the event in Dayton, Ohio.
In addition, 22 regional coordinators of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign have helped to organize and will speak at rallies from coast to coast, including:
Los Angeles and Vista, CA; Meridian and Silver Spring, MD; St. Louis, MO; Plattsburgh, NY; Eugene, OR; Quakertown, PA; Providence, RI; San Antonio and Austin, TX; Charlottesville, Richmond and Falls Church, VA;  Hackensack, NJ; Wisconsin Rapids and Waukesha, WI; Dayton, OH; Everett and Sequim, WA; Louisville, KY, and Birmingham, AL.

Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, said
“So many women from the campaign are involved because they bought their abortion at Planned Parenthood but they received substandard medical care that left them with physical or psychological damage,” said Janet Morana, executive . “Their experience trumps the political rhetoric surrounding abortion.”

News outlets planning to cover any of these events are invited to call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at media@priestsforlife.org to arrange interviews with anyone on the Priests for Life and Silent No More teams. Any outlets that would like to be provided with photos from the rallies should contact Ms. Palma on Friday morning. Video may be available from select locations.

“At various key moments in our struggle against abortion, something happens that gives the American public a chance to see abortion — and the abortion industry — for what they are. The veil is lifted off of the corruption and horror of these atrocities, which continue not because the American people support them but because abortion industry hides them,” said Father Pavone.

“Now, with the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood, many realize for the first time that abortion is not the serene and innocuous thing that slogans made them think it was, and that Planned Parenthood is not the caring, service-oriented organization that its marketing masters make the public think it is. We are in a brief window of opportunity now to rouse ourselves and our fellow citizens to action.”
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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: The Virtue of Chastity in Marriage

Thursday, August 20th, 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

“Certainly, from the moral point of view contraception and abortion are specifically different evils: …the former is opposed to the virtue of chastity in marriage, the latter is opposed to the virtue of justice and directly violates the divine commandment “You shall not kill”. But despite their differences of nature and moral gravity, contraception and abortion are often closely connected…”  (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n. 13) .

Reflection: Abortion and contraception are both grave sins, but the Pope points out that they are different in nature and that abortion is worse. Neither should be tolerated.

Prayer: Free us, Lord, from the contraceptive mentality that closes the door to generosity. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Give me righteous anger, Lord

Wednesday, August 19th, 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

“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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Father Pavone’s Abolishing Abortion hits bookshelves today: Pro-life manifesto calls upon the Church and State to protect unborn children

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and a long-time pro-life activist, has long said he’s not just fighting abortion, he’s working to end it.

 

His new book,  Abolishing Abortion: How You Can Play a Part in Ending the Greatest Evil of Our Day (Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins Christian Publishing), released today, outlines a strategy to end abortion in the United States.

 

In the book, Father Pavone explores biblical, moral, historical, and legal reasons Christians belong in the public square and challenges both churches and individual Christians to full engagement.

 

Abolishing Abortion calls upon both the Church and the State to step up and fulfill their duties to protect the unborn child.  It provides readers with legal facts, political strategies, and theological rationales for getting engaged and being effective.

 

Endorsed by a who’s who of political and pro-life leaders, Abolishing Abortion details how 1973’s Roe v. Wade ruling actually changed the kind of government we have in the United States and guides  readers through practical steps they can take to restore the democracy the Founding Fathers had in mind.

 

Those who have endorsed the book include Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, who said Abolishing Abortion is a “stirring call to both church and state to protect the unborn.”

Presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum have likewise endorsed the book.

Abolishing Abortion hits bookshelves at a time when Americans are being presented with a series of undercover videos recorded at Planned Parenthood facilities, revealing the horror of their activities. Father Pavone’s book actually outlines the strategy that leads to these undercover projects, explains their power, and outlines the practical follow-up action that needs to be taken.

 

Father Pavone said that through Abolishing Abortion, he has tried to express and spread the passion that he and so many others have for ending child killing.

 

“This book goes to the core of what we have to do to end abortion,” he said. “It openly and honestly discusses the failure of both the state and the church in this regard, and offers practical solutions, strategies and steps forward in which we can all take part.”

Abolishing Abortion can be ordered at www.AbolishingAbortion.com

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: All Things Were Created Through Him and For Him

Tuesday, August 18th, 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

“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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