Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

September 8th, 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

“She was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:18). 

Reflection: Today we celebrate the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, chosen by God to be his own mother. In our day, we need Mary’s presence and example more than ever, because so many mothers are afraid to be mothers, and so many opinion-makers in our society have forgotten what motherhood really means.

Prayer: Mary, pray for all who are pregnant and afraid, especially those tempted to abort their child. Pray that they find new hope and strength to say “Yes” to God’s plan as you did. Amen.

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Preparing for Philadelphia 2015: A Liberty Bell for the Family

September 8th, 2014

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

A year from now, believers from around the world will gather with the Pope in Philadelphia to celebrate God’s gift of the family. Marked by the theme Love is our Mission: The Family Fully Alive, this will be the Eighth World Meeting  of Families.

Established by Saint John Paul II, these regular world gatherings began twenty years ago, in 1994. They are coordinated by the Vatican agency also established by St. John Paul II, the Pontifical Council for the Family. I had the privilege of working there myself in the late 1990′s and I helped coordinate the Second World Meeting of Families in 1997 in Rio de Janeiro.

I just got back from a visit with Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, and we discussed the upcoming celebration in Philadelphia. He gave me the book that essentially serves as a “study guide” for the theme of the meeting. In the days of this gathering, various presentations are given to help participants understand the Church’s teaching about the family, and we will explore these themes along with you in the coming months at www.priestsforlife.org/Family.

In my conversation with the Archbishop, I presented to him a letter from 70 national pro-life organizations in the United States — groups representing many denominations — and we discussed the eagerness of these leaders to promote and participate in the World Meeting of Families. Their promotion of this event highlight, of course, one of the key dimensions of its theme: the call to choose life. As we always said when I worked at the Pontifical Council for the Family, “There can be no family without life,” and, consistent with the theme of the 2015 gathering, the family cannot be “fully alive” if its youngest and most defenseless members, the children still in the womb, do not have their lives protected. Indeed, as veteran abortion researcher and psychiatrist Dr. Philip Ney asserts, there is nothing in human experience that is more destructive of the family than abortion.

Indeed, love is our mission, and love is exactly the opposite of abortion. Love says, “I sacrifice myself for the good of the other person;” abortion says, “I sacrifice the other person for the good of myself.” This dynamic is seen powerfully in the life and death of the saint who is one of the patrons of this upcoming World Meeting of Families, that is, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, who sacrificed her life for her unborn child. The other patron saint of the gathering is Saint John Paul II, who, along with being named the “Pope of the Family,” can rightly also be called the “Pope of Life.”

Last year, our Executive Director, Janet Morana, interviewed Archbishop Paglia about the World Meeting of Families, and he referred to his recent visit to Philadelphia, where he was very inspired by seeing the Liberty Bell. In the interview, he expressed the hope that the 2015 gathering would be a moment for a new “liberty bell” for the family. Let this event, and the commitment of those who attend it, signal a new freedom to understand what the family is, and a new freedom for all its members, starting with the youngest, to live out their calling as a sign and instrument of God’s love and life in the world!

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Calling All Former Abortionists and Abortion Workers

September 8th, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today that another Centurions Rehabilitation Program has been scheduled for August 7 – 15, 2015 in Victoria, Canada. This is a healing program for those who have worked in the abortion industry and have come out.

“Having met extensively a few weeks ago with my long-time friends Dr. Philip and Marie Ney, who established in 1996 the Society of Centurions, we laid out plans for 2015 and beyond to reach more people with the intensive healing that is needed after one has worked in the abortion industry. I have been privileged over the last two decades to be involved in offering this rehabilitation program for former clinic workers, both in the United States and abroad. Dr. Ney, a psychiatrist, has done the pioneer research in this area and established this program, based on his medical research. There are no quick fixes; the healing is hard work and lasts a lifetime.”

The rehabilitation program for next August involves a week of intense psychological and spiritual self-examination and healing exercises in a small, confidential group setting. Those who want to explore taking advantage of this unique model of healing can go to www.SocietyofCenturions.com to request more information through the online form. Individual consultation with Fr. Frank and others who are familiar with this process is available as preparations are made for the August gathering.

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

September 7th, 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 of them look to you to give them their food at the appropriate time” (Psalm 104:27).

Reflection: One of the myths that was used to kill Terri Schiavo was the idea that food and water are medical treatments. But when we come back from a meal, we don’t say, “I just had my latest medical treatment.” Rather, we say, “I had breakfast, lunch, or dinner.” Food and water are ordinary means of care which may not be taken away from the sick.

Prayer: Lord, I pray today for all who need assistance to receive nourishment. Protect them and surround them with people who will treat them with care. Amen

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

September 6th, 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 will show me the path to life; you will fill me with joy in your presence” (Psalm 16:11).

Reflection: Many men and women who have lost children to abortion are speaking publicly about their sin and forgiveness through the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (a project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life). This campaign shows the harm abortion does, leads people to healing, and reveals the power and mercy of Christ. There is no reason to be locked in sin, shame, and silence.

Prayer: Lord, bless all the men and women who are speaking out about their abortion experiences. Thank You for their courage. Amen.

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Priests for Life promotes National Voter Registration Sunday

September 5th, 2014

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NEW YORK, NY — The final National Voter Registration Sunday will take place this Sunday, Sept. 7.

Voter Registration Sundays are promoted by Priests for Life and other national pro-life and pro-family organizations to encourage pastors and church attendees to do what they are legally entitled to do – conduct non-partisan voter registration drives.

While this Sunday will be the final official day of these registration efforts this year, churches, prayer groups, and Bible studies can register voters on any day of their choosing.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, commented on the importance of registering voters in time for the November elections.

“It’s mid-term election season, and the importance of an active and informed electorate is greater than it has ever been. The moral direction of America is largely in our hands. Our duty is not only to convert minds and hearts; it is to change laws and policies. And we do that by electing those who share our convictions about what those laws and policies should be.

“The first thing to do, practically, is to register to vote, and to call upon our pastors to have non-partisan voter registration drives in our parishes. Then we have to look closely at the races in our states, and find out who can, in our judgment, best advance the Culture of Life.”

For a list of Vote Pro-Life Coalition partners and to find practical suggestions on helping to get out the vote, go to www.VoteProLifeCoalition.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

September 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

“If we allow a mother to kill her own child, how can we tell people not to kill each other?” – Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Reflection: Mother Teresa died on this day in 1997. She saw in each person – no matter how sick or depraved –the image of God. She spoke boldly to those in power about the evil of abortion. In her Nobel Peace Prize lecture, she said that the greatest destroyer of peace is abortion. She led women by the arm away from abortion clinics and toward alternatives. Let us honor her by imitating her.

Prayer: Mother Teresa, pray for us, that we may defend life as you did. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

September 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

“The human person is the measure of the dignity of work” — Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church 

Reflection: The Church teaches that work has its final goal in the human person. In other words, people are not to be considered as just cogs in a wheel of productivity. Work exists for people, not the other way around. It is an expression of the person and builds up his or her dignity. This is a key conviction in a Culture of Life.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

September 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

“Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:20). 

Reflection: Pro-abortion politicians will often say to us, “Abortion is the law of the land.” But the “law of the land” can be changed, just as it was changed regarding slavery and segregation. The law of the land is meant to protect the good of the people. Because imperfect people make the law of the land, they sometimes make mistakes, and allow things which experience later proves are not good for the people. That’s why the law can be changed.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, come and renew the face of the earth, and make us agents of change. Amen.

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New episodes this week on “Defending Life” and “The Catholic View for Women”

September 3rd, 2014

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NEW YORK, NY — “Defending Life,” the longest-running and farthest-reaching television series on abortion, and “The Catholic View for Women,” a thought-provoking alternative to secular talk shows, will air new episodes on EWTN beginning this week.

“Defending Life,” which has been a part of the network lineup since 1995, will air at 2:30 a.m. ET on Wednesdays and 11 p.m. ET on Thursdays. “The Catholic View for Women” will return for a fourth season with shows airing at 11 p.m. Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. Fridays.

DLCo-hosts Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, and Father Denis Wilde, O.S.A., Associate Director, will kick off the 25th season of “Defending Life” with an episode about the importance of the November mid-term elections.

“Pope Francis urged us not to be afraid of ‘making trouble’ in order to advance the Gospel,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “What does that say about our approach to elections?”

Future episodes will cover topics including reversing chemical abortions, pro-life successes in closing abortion mills and what it’s like to work for Planned Parenthood. High-profile guests will include Bishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., Bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta, Australia, and Robert Muise, co-founder and senior counsel of the American Freedom Law Center. Muise will discuss the Priests for Life lawsuit against the HHS mandate, which is the lead case of the religious non-profit groups, and the first to have had oral arguments heard on the appellate level. A decision is expected soon.

Muise said this lawsuit “goes to the very core of Priests for Life’s reason for existing as an organization. The ministry is well situated – and perhaps best suited – to challenge the mandate and its application to non-exempt, nonprofit religious organizations.’ ”

The fourth season of the highly rated “The Catholic View for Women” promises controversy, conversion and plenty of Catholic conversation.

EWTN Rome Bureau Chief Joan Lewis will join hosts Astrid Bennett-Gutierrez, Janet Morana and Teresa Tomeo on the first episode for a discussion of two of the Church’s newest saints: Saint John Paul II and Saint John XXIII.

Future episodes will cover topics including care of the elderly and the wisdom we can gain from people in their later years;  Pope Francis and the theology of women, and becoming a “24/7 Catholic.”cvfw

Other shows in this new season are sure to ignite controversy. A four-part series will take an in-depth look at the Church’s stance on homosexuality and what Pope Francis really meant when he made his now-famous “Who am I to judge” comment.

“As we have in previous seasons, we try in each of these episodes to emphasize everything you can do as a Catholic, rather than everything you can’t do,” said Mrs. Morana, the executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “The Catholic Church has so much to offer women, and that’s what we hope to show all of our viewers.”

For more on the show, visit www.thecatholicviewforwomen.com

Referring to “Defending Life,” Father Wilde said: “We know our shows have an impact because people often write to tell us so. One letter, written by a graduate student at Purdue University, said the show ‘has inspired me to become more proactive in my pro-life efforts’ and the young woman thanked Priests for Life for ‘informing me about the awful truth of abortion, and for encouraging me to speak out against this injustice.’ “

Priests for Life urges viewers to promote the show to parishes and pro-life organizations.

For information about episodes, guests and air times, go to www.DefendingLife.tv

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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