Today’s Pro-life Reflection

January 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

“I will praise your name, O Lord … for you have rescued me” (Psalm 54:8-9).

Reflection: Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff in the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion throughout pregnancy, agreed to let her name be used in a case she hardly understood. She agreed to lie about how she became pregnant so that the case would have a better chance. She never did have the abortion. Eventually, she spoke out publicly at pro-abortion events, and even worked in an abortion mill. Now, she is completely pro-life and works to end abortion.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for Norma’s conversion, a sign of hope for our culture. Amen.

 

 

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

January 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

“Many Christians … are jointly involved in bold projects aimed at changing the world by inculcating respect for the rights and needs of everyone, especially … the defenseless “ (John Paul II, “Ut Unum Sint).

Reflection: From January 18 to the 25th, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed by many denominations. All Christians, by definition, acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior of the world. That affirmation of Christ requires that we work to fight injustice.
The pro-life movement continues to be the arena where these efforts are most visible and valuable.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we be one, as You and Your Father are one. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

January 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

“Stand firm and immovable, devoting yourselves completely to the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Reflection: An 11-year old girl wrote recently: “My mother and I are taking a bus and will be coming to the March for Life. My teacher said that I will receive 0′s on any work that I miss and it can’t be made up. I told her missing a day at school in order to stand up for life is more important and I’m willing to suffer the consequences.”

Prayer: Lord, may we imitate this young girl’s willingness to sacrifice for the cause of life! Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

January 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

“They have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11). 

Reflection: At the March for Life in Washington, women who have had abortions lead the way. They are the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. They march at the very beginning of the immense crowd, and carry signs that say “I Regret My Abortion.” Then, in the late afternoon, they gather at the steps of the Supreme Court, and share their testimonies one by one. Fathers of aborted babies are also there, with signs saying, “I Regret Lost Fatherhood.”

Prayer: Lord, bless these courageous men and women, and thank you for their powerful witness. Amen

 

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A Great Week Ahead

January 16th, 2015

 

Friends,

I just had a quick trip to Baltimore where I spoke Wednesday night for the local chapter of Legatus, which, as you may know, is an organization of Catholic business professionals seeking to live their Faith in their personal and professional lives. Since 1994, I have been speaking at their local and national meetings, helping them to understand how our faith impels us to protect the unborn, and how they can help the cause of life in their own communities. The annual Legatus Summit is coming up at the end of this month, and I will be there as well.

But in the meantime, of course, we have an eventful week coming up with the March for Life and Walk for Life. Not only will I be there with my team, but we organize a number of the events that take place during these days. You can get a fuller idea by going to www.PriestsForLife.org/MarchForLife, and if you are coming to Washington or San Francisco, I certainly hope I can meet up with you.

Prior to the events in Washington, I’ll be making a couple of trips in these next few days, including to Atlanta for the National Commemorative Service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. I always have a role in that service because of the fact that Alveda King is a fulltime member of our Priests for Life pastoral team. From Atlanta, I will go to Denton, TX to do another taping with Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics for LifeTalk, the monthly prolife internet program.

Today, though, I will be in my New York office getting ready for all of this, doing some interviews, and sending out some communications urging people to communicate with their Representative in Congress and urging him or her to co-sponsor the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), which would protect children in the womb from 20 weeks forward and which will be voted on in the House of Representatives on the very day of the March for Life, January 22. See www.PriestsForLife.org/legislation for more details.

And I will also be alerting the pastors of America about our prayer novena currently in progress, marking the occasion of this 42nd year since Roe vs. Wade. Pray it with us at www.PrayerCampaign.org and see if your parish will promote it as well!

Blessings,

Fr. Frank

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#WhyWePray before the March for Life- Dozens of denominations to gather at National Memorial for the Pre-born

January 15th, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Why is it important for Christians to come together in prayer at the National Memorial for the Pre-born and Their Mothers and Fathers on the morning of the March for Life?

 

Father Denis Wilde, Associate Director of Priests for Life, explains:

 

“Jesus prayed ‘May they all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you.’  He did this during the most intimate sharing of his Body and Blood, having begun with a sacred meal, and ending with his total pouring out of Himself on the Cross. The blood shed by the slaughter of the millions upon millions of pre-born babies is a tragic mockery of the Blood of the Lord poured out for our – and their – salvation. The Lord wants us to come together ‘as one,’ committed in the same faith and love for the unborn.”

The National Memorial will take place at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St) from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 22. For the convenience of Catholics planning to attend, Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are not required and large groups are welcome.

Dove Award winner Matthew Ward, who helped define the sound of Christian Contemporary Music, will perform during the service. The National Pro-Life Recognition Award will be given to Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, Joel Brind, Ph.D., and Karen Malec for their tireless and successful efforts to make the public aware that abortion is indisputably linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.

 

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, noted that the National Memorial takes place every year during the International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

“All Christians, by definition, acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior of the world. That affirmation of Christ requires that we work to fight injustice,” Father Pavone said. “In his encyclical letter on Christian Unity, issued in 1995, St. John Paul II wrote, ‘Many Christians from all communities, by reason of their faith, are jointly involved in bold projects aimed at changing the world by inculcating respect for the rights and needs of everyone, especially the poor, the lowly, and the defenseless… Christians who once acted independently are now engaged together in the service of this cause, so that God’s mercy may triumph.’

Said Father Pavone: “The pro-life movement continues to be the arena where these efforts are most visible and valuable.”

The prayer service is organized by The National Pro-Life Religious Council, The National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action and Priests for Life. Co-sponsoring organizations include: American Values; Jubilee Campaign Law of Life Project; Life Issues Institute; Americans United for Life; National Institute of Family and Life Advocates; Alliance Defending Freedom; Catholics Called to Witness, and Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

The March for Life and the National Memorial for the Pre-born are great opportunities to join with people from across our great country and collectively say, ‘Life is sacred.’ “ said the Most Rev. Foley Beach, Anglican Church of North America. “Anglicans believe life is a gift from our Creator and I encourage parishioners and clergy to join their bishops in Washington, D.C. on January 22, 2015.”

For more information about the National Memorial, go to www.NationalPrayerService.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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“The Spirit God has given us is no cowardly spirit.” (2 Tim. 1:7)

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

January 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

“In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

Reflection: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., fought for the equal dignity of every human life. “If we are to have peace on earth,” he wrote, “we must be concerned about…the sacredness of all human life. Man is a child of God, made in his image, and must be respected as such.” When we truly believe this, he continued, “we won’t kill anybody.” Many who knew Dr. King assert that he would be with us in the pro-life movement today.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the privilege of being part of the civil rights movement of today, the pro-life movement. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

January 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

“Two blind men…shouted, ‘Lord, Son of David, take pity on us.’ The crowd rebuked them and told them to be silent…Jesus stopped and called them, saying, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’” (Matthew 20:30-32). 

Reflection: Jesus always broke through the false levels of privilege that people around him set up. Somehow the crowd thought the blind men weren’t worth Jesus’ attention. They were just a nuisance, and so the crowd told them to keep quiet. But Jesus gave them his attention and care.

Prayer: Lord, in our day, too, you teach us to see beyond appearances, prejudices, and false distinctions. Help us care for every life, born and unborn. Amen.

 

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How Am I Doing?

January 14th, 2015

 

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Well, first of all, this is our mascot “Gianni,” a Shi-Tzu who, as in this photo, regularly spends some time relaxing by my desk, and keeps everyone in the office in line. His brother “Georgio” is also a regular part of our office team.

Now in this post I want to address a common question, namely, “How are you doing?” People will often ask me that, especially when they know that I am dealing with some kind of opposition to me or some attack on our work (par for the course).

Without sounding preachy, let me give you the most honest answer that I can. There is one thing above and beyond everything else that profoundly disturbs me each day, and that is the fact that abortion continues. I have a very intense and sharp awareness that I am living in the midst of a holocaust of my youngest brothers and sisters. Every day, not very far from where I live and work, babies are being dismembered and thrown in the garbage, and the laws of this nation do not protect them, but rather protect those who kill them.

So how am I supposed to be doing? And what is supposed to be bothering me more than this? The fact that somebody misunderstands me? The fact that somebody criticizes me?

There is something else I am profoundly aware of every day, namely, that Christ is risen and is with all of us who believe in him and to defend the unborn. He has conquered the kingdom of death, and that is why we can and will have victory over abortion.

So, for all who ask, “How am I doing?”, I am doing great, and in most cases, the things people think might be bothering me are really not the problem.

It is time, my friends, for us to band together as never before and put all our focus on ending the holocaust of abortion. The events of this coming week, with the March for Life and related activities we are organizing (www.PriestsForLife.org/MarchForLife), will give us a renewed opportunity to do that. Some oppose the work of the prolife movement. To them I say today as I have said before: either lead, follow, or get out of the way! We have a job to do, and we are going to get it done!

Blessings!

Fr. Frank

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

January 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
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:15) 

Reflection: Life is victorious over death. This is one of Scripture’s most basic themes. The victory of life is foretold in the promise that the head of the serpent, through whom death entered the world, would be crushed. The promise is fulfilled when a mother, Mary, gives birth to a child, Christ, who destroys death.

Prayer: Lord, I renew my confidence today that your promise to us will continue to be fulfilled as your Kingdom of Life grows in the world. Amen.

 

 

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