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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, October 5th, 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

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).

Reflection: Today is the Feast of St. Faustina, to whom Jesus revealed the wonders of divine mercy. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy was given to her especially because of the sin of abortion. God revealed to her that because of this evil, the world needs His mercy more than ever. He even permitted St. Faustina to suffer special pains, representing the pain of abortion.

Prayer: For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world! Amen!

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Fr Benedict would say: Don’t Stop Praying for Me!

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

I have known and been profoundly influenced by three priests in my life, all of whom, I am convinced, could and should be canonized. One of them is my long time friend, professor, and mentor, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR. Last night, Friday, October 3, 2014, the Lord called him home to heaven at 11 PM. This was the same date on which St. Francis of Assisi, whose spirit and religious charism Father Benedict lived and taught, died in 1226.

In the coming days I will share many memories about my teacher and friend, but at this point I know what he would most want to say to all of us. It is the echo of something I heard him say in talks many times. He said, “When I die, don’t say, ‘He does not need our prayers!’” Instead, he wants us to pray for him and have masses offered for him for the rest of our lives. I remember him saying that when we are called from this world, we may well enter purgatory and find our great-great-grandparents still there, scolding us and asking us why we stopped having masses offered for them!

The other thought that comes to my mind is that now that the Lord has called him home, we have an even greater obligation to promulgate his teachings far and wide. He had profound insights into the spiritual life, and more importantly, how to translate those insights into practical action and apply them to the needs of our times. In that context, my entire ministry of Priests for Life benefited from his wise counsel, guidance, encouragement, and at times, navigation through the mine fields of opposition, even from within the church.

During these coming days, let all of us who knew Father Benedict bring together the memories and the stories and commit ourselves to passing them on to a generation so in need of his teachings and example!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, October 4th, 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

“My brothers, birds, you should praise your Creator very much and always love him; he gave you feathers to clothe you, wings so that you can fly, and whatever else was necessary for you; though you neither sow nor reap, he nevertheless protects and governs you without any solicitude on your part” – St. Francis of Assisi.

Reflection: St. Francis was inspired to preach even to the birds about God’s care. He understood that if such a message is true for birds, it’s true for the tiniest human beings, those yet unborn. God loves them, and so must we.

Prayer: St. Francis, pray for us, that we may have reverence for all creation. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, October 3rd, 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 are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).

Reflection: In elections, each of us has but one vote. Yet we can all influence thousands of votes. And we should start with the people who need the least amount of urging – those who already agree with us on the key issues of the day, and who would probably support the candidates we support. Let’s reach for the “low-hanging fruit,” thereby getting more results for the energy we expend.

Prayer: Lord, let me not miss the opportunities You give me to mobilize Your people to do good! Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

Thursday, October 2nd, 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

“It must be his angel” (Acts 12:15). 

 
Reflection: God assigns an angel to watch over us at every moment of our lives. Each unborn child has a guardian angel, too. If God cares enough about each unborn child to create that child and then assign him or her an angel, then certainly he expects us also to exercise some care and vigilance to speak up for and protect the lives of those children.

 
Prayer: Send your angels, O Lord, to the assistance of all who are tempted to abort, and to all who work to persuade them to choose life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

Wednesday, October 1st, 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

​”I hold the keys to death” (Revelation 1:18). 

 
Reflection: The alternative to accepting death is to try to control it by giving ourselves the authority to take life before life will make too many demands on us. Hence we have abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. Just take control. Eliminate suffering by eliminating the person. “Euthanasia” is killing. As such, it contradicts the fact that God is God. In his “how-to” manual of suicide, Derek Humphrey, a key euthanasia advocate, writes, “If you consider God the master of your fate, then read no further” (Final Exit, p. 21).

 Prayer: Lord, you are in control of my life, my suffering, and my death. Amen.

 

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Rest in Peace, Pro-Life Warrior

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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NEW YORK – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Janet Morana, Executive Director, issued the following statements today after learning of the death of their friend and fellow pro-life activist Sandra Cano.
“My heart is broken that Sandra will never witness an end to abortion,” Mrs. Morana said. “She never wanted to have an abortion, she never had an abortion and she certainly never wanted to be a part of the Supreme Court decision, Doe V. Bolton, that opened the gates for legal abortion at any time during pregnancy and for any reason. I will work harder now, in Sandra’s memory, to make sure this harmful and deadly product is taken off the market.”

Father Pavone recalled that during a 1997 event at the National Memorial for the Unborn in Chattanooga, TN., Sandra said: “I pledge that as long as I have breath, I will strive to see abortion ended in America.”

Calling her statement “a lasting hope for our nation,” Father Pavone said: “Sandra’s work to overturn that devastating decision that was based on lies will not end with her death. When life ultimately triumphs over death, Sandra will share in that victory.”

When Sandra Cano approached attorneys for help, she understood her case as an effort to obtain a divorce and regain custody of her children. She was pregnant, and her attorney, in partnership with her mother, arranged an abortion for Sandra at Georgia Baptist Hospital. When she found out about the plan, she fled to Oklahoma and never had the abortion.

Read more about Sandra

An Interview with Sandra Cano

An Interview with Norma McCorvey and Sandra Cano

Roe’s Companion

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Justice Ginsburg Has Prejudged Texas’s Abortion Law and Must Recuse Herself when It Comes before the Supreme Court

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today called on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse herself from deciding any case related to Texas’s abortion law passed in 2013.

“Supreme Court justices are not supposed to announce how they will rule on a case before they even hear oral arguments.  It’s a question of basic integrity and common sense.” said Fr. Pavone.  “Justice Ginsburg has already announced to the world how she would vote on a key question regarding Texas’s abortion law that’s now in federal court.  That’s wrong and she should remove herself from any decision on that law.”

At issue in legal challenges to Texas’s abortion law is whether it is intended to protect women’s health or just a way to close abortion clinics.  Justice Ginsburg strongly implied to an interviewer that she has already made up her mind on this question.  When asked if legislatures can be trusted to protect “access to reproductive choice,” she answered, “How could you trust legislatures in view of the restrictions states are imposing?  Think of the Texas legislation that would put most clinics out of business.”

“This really boils down to what Justice Ginsburg values more, protecting the integrity of the Supreme Court, or protecting the abortion industry,” added Fr. Pavone.  “This is not an abstract, theoretical matter – Justice Ginsburg has already decided a specific case she hasn’t even heard yet.  By any logical standard, she should recuse herself from any Supreme Court decision on any part of Texas’s abortion laws.”

Legal challenges to various sections of Texas’s 2013 abortion law are currently before federal courts and are widely expected to reach the Supreme Court in the next year or two.  In question are provisions stating that abortion clinics must meet the health and safety standards of ambulatory surgical centers and that abortionists should have admitting privileges at a local hospital so that they can continue to provide care to women experiencing emergency complications.

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

Tuesday, September 30th, 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

“The Gospel of God’s love for man, the Gospel of the dignity of the person and the Gospel of life are a single and indivisible Gospel” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.2). 

Reflection: Some who preach the Gospel think that pro-life activity is a “hobby,” added onto the Gospel. It is not. It is as integral to the Gospel as any cause or activity could be. The Gospel is all about the redemption and exaltation of the human person, and the marriage of humanity and divinity, in and through Christ.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we never lose our awe at the destiny your Gospel announces for humanity. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, September 29th, 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

“The angel said to her, do not be afraid, Mary” (Luke 1:30).

Reflection: Such is Gabriel’s message today to every pregnant mother. “Do not be afraid” to welcome new life, even when it upsets your plans, changes the direction of your life, and requires you to mature in unexpected ways. Do not be afraid if you feel unprepared, or others tell you that you are not ready. If God creates a life in the womb, he is making you ready, and has plans for that child and for you.

Prayer: Lord, remove all fear from the hearts of those who are pregnant, and fill them with your peace and joy. Amen.

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