Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

January 11th, 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

“Give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace” (John Paul II, to those who have had abortions…Evangelium Vitae, 99).

Reflection: Every day, around the world, men and women who have lost children to abortion gather for Rachel’s Vineyard retreats, which provide an opportunity to face the wounds of abortion in a safe, affirming environment of prayer and the support of others who have been through the same experience.

Prayer: Lord, be with all those who are going through healing after abortion, and bring them quickly to Your peace. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

January 10th, 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 mingled with the nations and adopted their practices… They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, polluting the land with their blood” (Psalm 106:35, 37-38).

Reflection: The killing of children is especially condemned by God through the prophets. In the land God gave His people to occupy, foreign nations had the custom of sacrificing some of their children in fire. God told His people that they were not to share in this sin. Sadly, however, they did so.

Prayer: Have mercy on us, Lord, and save us from the idolatry of death. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

January 9th, 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

“People brought children to him so that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them. For it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs’” (Matthew 19:14).

Reflection: The apostles mistakenly thought that Jesus didn’t have time for the children, that they were not important enough for his attention, that they were a distraction from his mission. Instead, Jesus indicates they are at the heart of his mission.

Prayer: Lord, the kingdom belongs to children. Grant that we may treat them accordingly. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

January 8th, 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

“A consistent ethic of life…far from …equating all issues touching on the dignity of human life—recognizes instead the distinctive character of each issue while giving each its proper place within a coherent moral vision ” – US Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro-life Activities, 2001

Reflection: There is a big difference between abortion on the one hand, and war and capital punishment on the other. The fundamental pro-life principle is that we never target the innocent. War and capital punishment are never justified if they do, whereas abortion is never successful if it doesn’t.

Prayer: Lord, give us a consistent respect for every life and a proper understanding of every life issue. Amen.

 

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

January 7th, 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 would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion… Do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope.” — John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.99. 

Reflection: The God of Life is a God of Mercy. The pro-life movement rejects abortion, but does not reject those who have abortions. Rather, it embraces them with love and mercy, and invites them to the forgiveness and peace of Christ.

Prayer: Lord, I pray for all those who have had abortions. Through the compassion of those around them, make them confident that they can turn to you for forgiveness, and grant them your peace.

 

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Texas in Court, a 30-week abortion, and Cuomo

January 7th, 2015

 

As the Dallas Morning News reports today, “A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments at 9 a.m. Wednesday over Texas’ 2013 law requiring all abortion facilities to meet the same building and staffing standards as outpatient surgery centers. All but eight clinics will be shuttered if the law is allowed to go into effect in full.” Let’s pray for a good outcome to this, and use it as another opportunity to educate people that the abortion industry is the most unregulated surgical industry in the nation, and that this case is another example of how the abortion industry cares more about making money on killing babies than on protecting the safety of the mothers. Their arguments are really so ludicrous, saying that safety regulations should not be required if it means the woman cannot get an abortion. Even if one thought that abortion should be legal, doesn’t the responsibility for meeting safety standards rest with those doing the abortions? In other words, if you think you are providing legitimate health care, step up to the plate and act like it, taking responsibility to protect your patients instead of whining and complaining about the standards that would protect them.

Speaking of unregulated, our team here at Priests for Life has been intervening in the last few days with the family returned to us for help because one of their family members sought yesterday an abortion in New Mexico. She is 30 weeks pregnant. She ended up going to the abortion facility yesterday; we expect to hear more updates today. Since these late-term procedures take several days, there could still be an opportunity to save this life. And still we have fellow citizens totally unaware that abortions are taking place legally in these late stages of pregnancy. Janet Morana will be blogging more about this situation; visit her blog at www.TheCatholicViewForWomen.com/blog.

Finally, Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York, and a supporter of legal abortion, was laid to rest yesterday. I did an interview with the Associated Press about the sad legacy he left in giving such a bad example to other Catholics in public office regarding how to support child-killing and still claim to love the Church and treasure one’s Catholic Faith. Please read and comment on my article that was carried by National Review. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/395739/cuomo-church-and-abortion-fr-frank-pavone

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Former abortionist joins effort to heal the Shockwaves of Abortion

January 6th, 2015

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new initiative of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will be announced at a press conference Thursday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. in the Murrow Room at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW.

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion is a year-long effort to reach all the different groups of people who are impacted when a child dies from abortion. Those groups include grandparents, siblings, survivors, spouses, abortionists and their staff, and pro-life advocates.

The official launch for Shockwaves will be at the annual Silent No More gathering in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building during the March for Life on Jan. 22. This year, for the first time, a former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino, will march with the women and men of the campaign and will give his testimony.

“I’m happy to endorse and to join Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion. As an abortionist, I was at the epicenter of the earthquake but since I stopped doing abortions and became involved with pro-life efforts, I can clearly see how abortion affects everyone connected with the child who dies,” Dr. Levatino said. “I regret performing abortions and will never perform another one again.”

At the press conference, mother and daughter Andrea and Maddie Pearson will share how Andrea’s abortion impacted their family. Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, will talk about abortion’s devastating impact on the black community. Kevin Burke, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and an authority on men and abortion, will talk about the surprising results of a survey of men now serving time in a maximum security prison in Florida.

Silent No More co-founders Janet Morana and Georgette Forney will give a brief overview of the project and discuss their abortion losses:  Mrs. Forney had an abortion as a teenager and Mrs. Morana lost two grandchildren to abortion.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will talk about his work with former abortionists and how help and healing is available through the Church.

“In 2014 alone, thousands of women and men went through Rachel’s Vineyard retreats looking for help with their abortion regret,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More. “That’s one post-abortion healing program among many that are available. It’s time to face the fact that abortion has created a huge shockwave of damage.”

For information on Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion, visit www.silentnomore.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 Reflections

January 6th, 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

“Take this and eat; this is my body” (Matthew 26:26).

Reflection: Supporters of abortion say, “This is my body, I can do what I want.” Jesus says, “This is my body, given up for you.” The same words are spoken from opposite ends of the universe, with totally opposite results. Let us resolve to live those words as Jesus did, giving ourselves away for the good of others, born and unborn.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for my body, my life and my freedom. May all of us understand the purpose of these gifts: to freely give ourselves away in love just as you did. Amen.

 

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Taping Far and Wide

January 6th, 2015

 

Good morning, everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a chance to tune in to our weekly “Gospel of Life” radio program. See www.PriestsForLife.org/RadioMaria for details. Our Executive Director Janet Morana hosts this program each week with a wide variety of guests from every facet of the pro-life movement. Janet, of course, has worked with Priests For Life from the very beginning, and is the cofounder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

Yesterday was a day here at the office, and was filled with a lot of taping, for example, the Gospel of Life radio program that will air tonight and which will announce our new initiative for healing called Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion, whose premise is that abortion hurts everybody and therefore everybody needs healing. A lot of yesterday was also involved with various meetings with various members of our team around the country to get ready for the launch of this initiative, for which there will be a webcast tonight for our regional leaders and a press conference on Thursday for the public at the National Press Club in Washington DC. I was involved yesterday in various preparations for that press conference as well.

Yesterday also involved taping another homily for our online homily series. If you have not seen this yet, go to www.PriestsForLife.org/SundayHomilies, and you will find there a way to watch me preach each week on the Sunday readings. This is especially helpful as we all await the permission I need to broadcast again on EWTN, a permission which has to come from my bishop in Texas. Although he allows me to do all my other work for Priests for Life, he still has not given the green light for EWTN. We wait patiently.

Meanwhile, please help us spread these homilies far and wide, as there are many people who want to hear the message I have.

Yesterday, as today, will also involve preparation for various activities we are organizing surrounding the March for Life, as well as the final preparation for my new book Preaching on Abortion.

You are all in my prayers today as always! – Oh, and by the way, when I have office days, I also have breaks with our mascots, Georgio and Gianni. I just posted on my Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/FatherFrankPavone, a new photo of Gianni. Check out the whole photo album on my page of the doggies! (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152065583120670.1073741829.89762555669&type=3)

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

January 5th, 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 height of arbitrariness and injustice is reached when certain people… arrogate to themselves the power to decide who ought to live and who ought to die” – Evangelium Vitae, 66.

Reflection: When people ask me about the right to die, I say, Don’t worry — you won’t miss out on it. A right is a moral claim. We do not have a claim on death; it has a claim on us! It is our duty to surround our dying brothers and sisters with all the love and care we can.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you conquered the power of death. May we seek freedom from its power only in you! Amen!

 

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