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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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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Religious Beliefs and Moral Laws Rooted in our Nature

Monday, August 17th, 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

“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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Supreme Court considering Priests for Life case against HHS mandate

Monday, August 17th, 2015

 

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NEW YORK — The Supreme Court will meet on September 28 to consider whether or not it will hear Priests for Life’s challenge to the HHS mandate.

In the lead case for the Churches and religious non-profits objecting to the HHS mandate, “Priests for Life, et al. v. Department of Health and Human Services,” the Court consolidated the Priests for Life petition with that of the Archdiocese of Washington. Petitioners in the Priests for Life case include not only the organization, but also, in their personal capacities, Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr. and full-time Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, as well as Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More, and Fr. Frank Pavone.

The Obama administration’s response to the joint petitions contends that the new “accommodation” for faith-based ministries does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Robert Muise, co-founder and senior co-counsel of the American Freedom Law Center, said that, “In arguing, contrary to Priests for Life’s contentions, that it would be consistent with Catholic Church teaching for Priests for Life to comply with the challenged regulations, the government is taking on the impermissible role of deciding what does or does not violate Church teaching and then asking the Court to exceed both its judicial function and its judicial competence by confirming the government’s position. If the Court accepts this argument, it will destroy religious freedom as we know it.”

Priests for Life will submit its reply to the government’s objections on August 26.
Father Pavone said the government’s arguments are unpersuasive and dangerous:

“They are saying, in effect, that they know better than we do what violates our faith. It’s ridiculous, and it undermines all that American was founded on. It is the believer who believes, and the government is supposed to respect his right to believe, not control it.”

A Friend of the Court Brief supporting the petition of Priests for Life in this case has been filed, with the assistance of Americans United for Life, by the following groups: Association of American Physicians & Surgeons; American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Christian Medical Association; National Catholic Bioethics Center; Alabama Physicians for Life; National Association of Pro-life Nurses, and the National Association of Catholic Nurses.

Attorneys at the American Freedom Law Center have indicated that because Priests for Life, in addition to being a religious non-profit entity, is particularly well-suited to challenge the HHS mandate, because the very mission of the organization is to protect human life from precisely the activities that the mandate wants to expand.

To read the government’s response to Priests for Life’s petition, go to http://www.priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate/15-08-supreme-court.pdf To see all the documentation and commentary on this case, visit www.IStandWithPFL.com.

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: Why sit-ins, marches and so forth?

Sunday, August 16th, 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

“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: On this day of joy we honor you.

Saturday, August 15th, 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.

“The Mighty One has done great things for me” (Luke 1:49).

Reflection: Because of her unique role as his mother, Mary received from Jesus a full share, body and soul, in his victory over death. In the human family, which God decided to join, there can be no closer bond than mother and child. They belong together; their destinies are intertwined. That is one of the central messages of the pro-life movement. To love and care for a mother necessarily means protecting, loving, and caring for her child.

Prayer: Blessed Virgin Mother, on this day of joy we honor you. Pray for us, and for the victory of life! Amen!

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: All Generations Will Call Me Blessed

Friday, August 14th, 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 generations will call me blessed” (Luke 1:48). 

Reflection: Mary’s Assumption, which we celebrate tomorrow, is a sign that God ultimately saves us — and will raise us — in body and in soul. Some who justify abortion say they don’t know if the child has a soul. But that’s beside the point. What matters is that the child has a body, and when we know that abortion destroys the body, we have all the information we need to know it’s wrong.

Prayer: Mary, Mother of Life, I rejoice in your Assumption, and in the hope to which it points, that we will all enjoy eternal freedom from death. Amen!

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Pro-life Work Requires Constant Courage

Thursday, August 13th, 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 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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Campaign of Fasting and Prayer Announced Churches urged to join interdenominational campaign Aug. 22-29 to End the Evils of Abortion and Planned Parenthood

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

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NEW YORK — On Aug. 22, pro-lifers will begin eight days of fasting and prayer to end abortion and the evils of Planned Parenthood. Prayers for the interdenominational effort can be found at PrayerCampaign.org.

The campaign begins on a day that will be marked by a coordinated nationwide protest outside Planned Parenthood facilities.

At PrayerCampaign.org, all people of faith will find five unique prayers to be used on that day and each day through August 29. The prayers, available in English and Spanish, include a prayer for repentance, for those wounded by abortion, for pro-life advocates and public officials and for the conversion of Planned Parenthood.

“Prayer is the foundation of the pro-life effort,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of Abolishing Abortion. “And prayer, well-prayed, leads to action.”

A number of national groups are co-sponsoring the prayer effort, including the National Pro-Life Religious Council; National Clergy Council; Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life; Presbyterians Pro-Life; Evangelical Church Alliance; Conservative Congregational Christian Conference; LifeNews.com; Americans United for Life; Tubman Truth; Faith and Action; Gospel of Life Ministries; National Pro-Life Center; National Institute of Family and Life Advocates; Catholics Called to Witness; Jill Stanek; Pro-Life Action Ministries; Life Issues Institute; Day Gardner, National Black Pro-Life Union, and Hispanics for Life.

“Often believers say their first response to abortion should be prayer,” Father Pavone said. “Not so. It should be repentance, because when innocent blood is shed on the land, all in the land must answer for it. This leads us to intense and sustained prayer and fasting.”

Churches are asked to announce PrayerCampaign.org in their bulletins and on their websites from August 22-29. Suggested wording can also be found at PrayerCampaign.org.

 

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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Fr. Pavone: New video proof of how abortion dehumanizes clinic workers “Abortion damages everyone and everything it touches”

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

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NEW YORK – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of Abolishing Abortion, issued the following statement today regarding the newest undercover video from the Center for Medical Progress:

“Holly O’Donnell, ex-procurement technician for StemExpress, speaks in today’s video about the morbid environment in which she worked, and the cold people for whom she worked, as she helped to harvest body parts of babies aborted at Planned Parenthood facilities.

“Along with exposing the reality of abortion and the immoral and illegal practices of Planned Parenthood, Holly’s interview also is an opportunity for us to realize the damage done to the workers in abortion clinics nationwide. When children are dehumanized, so are those who have any role at all in the abortion industry. Abortion damages everyone and everything it touches.

“At Priests for Life, we know this through our Silent No More Awareness Campaign (co-sponsored by Anglicans for Life) and through its initiative Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion, which shows the damage abortion does to multiple groups of people. In this month of August, the focus is on the abortionists and clinic workers.

“Over the years, Priests for Life has had a partnership with the Society of Centurions, a worldwide network of ex-abortionists and clinic workers who have sought healing and some of whom speak publicly about their experiences. Find out more about what happens to these individuals and how they can find healing at AbortionShockwaves.com and SocietyOfCenturions.com.

“The Prayer Campaign we are launching from August 22-29 to end the evils of Planned Parenthood will include prayers for the abortionists and clinic workers. See PrayerCampaign.org for more details.”

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: Disciples of Every Century

Wednesday, August 12th, 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

“Such is the complete confidence in God that we have through Christ…Our competence comes from God who has empowered us…” (2 Corinthians 3:4-6). 

Reflection: The same Holy Spirit who created the universe, descended upon the womb of Mary, came as tongues of fire at Pentecost, and leads the Church on her mission, is the one who calls and equips us for our pro-life work. Let us not lack for a moment the confidence and joy which come from Him, and which impel us to build a Culture of Life.

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, and equip us, just as you equipped disciples of every century, to advance the Gospel of Life. Amen!

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