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)

Fr. Frank

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

January 5th, 2015

Light of the World

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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A Quiet, Productive Christmas Weekend

January 5th, 2015

Characteristically, during the Christmas-New Year season, I spend more time in my office than the rest of the year, when I am traveling constantly. The travels actually resume again for me this Thursday, when I go to Washington, DC.
So this past weekend provided a solid, two-day time of quiet work at my desk from morning to night. Some of the things I was able to catch up on included the following:
 Writing some special articles on the death of NY Governor Mario Cuomo, and the conflicts he had over abortion with people like me and Cardinal John O’Connor, who was Archbishop of New York at the time (and who ordained me and authorized me to lead Priests for Life);

 Writing an action alert that will go out today to hundreds of thousands of prolifers urging them to join me in warning pro-abortion Catholic politicians to change their ways;

 Writing radio spots and other resources for the “Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion” initiative that our Silent No More Awareness Campaign will launch at a press conference in DC this Thursday;

 Working on my new book, Preaching on Abortion, the manuscript for which is due on February 1;

 Preparing tasks for my staff for this week;

 Making preparations for the National Prayer Service which we help organize; this is an interdenominational service that takes place each year on the morning of the March for Life;

 And work on a few dozen other projects that Priests for Life is doing.
I love these quiet weekends, especially while we are still celebrating Christmas. The Church’s “Christmas Season” actually lasts still yet another week, culminating in the Feast of the Lord’s Baptism next Sunday, January 11. So I spent some time sitting by the tree in our Priests for Life lobby this weekend as well, praying, listening to Christmas music, and rejoicing in the prospect of another year of defending life and winning victories for the unborn!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

January 4th, 2015

Baby 6

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“We need now more than ever to have the courage to look the truth in the eye and to call things by their proper name, without yielding to convenient compromises or to the temptation of self-deception.” (Evangelium Vitae, 58)

Reflection: Some call abortion “termination of pregnancy.”

But so is birth.

The fact is that every pregnancy terminates. The issue is how. Abortion supporters are simply masking an act of violence with their language.

It’s like a man killing his wife and saying, “I terminated our marriage.”

Prayer: Spirit of truth, keep us free from the power of deception. Give us clear minds to know truth, and courageous tongues to speak it. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

January 3rd, 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

“Anyone who does not take up his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” – Lk. 14:27

Reflection: To stand up for what is right means we stand against what is wrong, and that means that those who love what is wrong will oppose us, just as they opposed Christ. Taking up the cross means we continue speaking and standing for the right even when that opposition comes.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the grace of being pro-life, and of standing strong when others may ridicule or oppose me. May Your peace fill my soul, and may I become more like Your crucified and risen Son.

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Happy New Year! – And Why Were These Words of the Pope Omitted?

January 2nd, 2015

Happy New Year, everybody! I remembered you all at Mass on New Year’s Day, praying for your intentions, your families, and for the victory of Life!

One of the resolutions I made for 2015 is to share more with you directly on this blog, to which I will also link from my main Facebook page (Facebook.com/FatherFrankPavone) which I invite you to like if you haven’t already, and from the other social media platforms I use. I want to share with you by means of this blog more of what I do each day, to give those who follow our work more of an inside view to what it is like, and also to share with you more frequently than my regular columns allow my thoughts on various issues, developments, and so forth as they impact the battle to protect children in the womb.

I hope you all had a good celebration of the holidays. Of course, the Christmas – New Year’s celebration continues all the way through January 11, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which marks the conclusion of the liturgical Christmas season.

Yesterday, for New Year’s Day, I was here in my New York office and spent a full day of quiet work at my desk in my room, organizing many tasks for the month ahead, doing a lot of scheduling, organizing files for upcoming projects, doing some writing, and preparing for meetings I’m having this week with staff and other pro-life leaders.

Today, the staff are here, and I am engaged in various meetings with them regarding projects we are carrying out, for instance, Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion, about which we have a press conference next week in Washington DC.

Something I wanted to bring to your attention is the address that Pope Francis gave on Christmas day at noon during his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and to the world) blessing. He mentioned the babies in the womb, and his exact words in that section of his address were as follows:

“The Child Jesus. My thoughts turn to all those children today who are killed and ill-treated, be they infants killed in the womb, deprived of that generous love of their parents and then buried in the egoism of a culture that does not love life; be they children displaced due to war and persecution, abused and taken advantage of before our very eyes and our complicit silence. I think also of those infants massacred in bomb attacks, also those where the Son of God was born. Even today, their impotent silence cries out under the sword of so many Herods. On their blood stands the shadow of contemporary Herods. Truly there are so many tears this Christmas, together with the tears of the Infant Jesus.”

Now the broadcast of this involves a feed that comes from the Vatican, whereby you hear the Pope speaking in Italian, and then you hear a translator, who has the text in front of him, saying it in English. Interestingly, when it came to this particular paragraph, the translators skipped the words about the babies in the womb and about the modern day Herods and about the generous love of parents and the culture that does not love life. I could tell the translator was skipping something. Later, when I obtained the text of the talk from the Vatican website, I went back to the audio recording that I myself was making at that very moment that I was listening to it, and noticed in fact, the glaring omission. The rest of the entire talk was perfectly conveyed and nothing was missing.

Just amazing.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

January 2nd, 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

“When you have a reception, invite beggars and the crippled, the lame and the blind. You should be pleased that they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid in the resurrection of the just.” – Lk. 14:13-14

Reflection: Jesus calls us to the purest form of love, that is, love of those who cannot repay us. The unborn children, whose lives we seek to protect, cannot repay us and do not even know we are fighting for them. Pro-life work is motivated by pure love.

Prayer: Lord, increase my love for the children in the womb, who cannot acknowledge or repay me. May you be my only reward.

 

 

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

December 31st, 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

“With the Lord …a thousand years are like one day” (2 Peter 3:8).

Reflection: At the year’s end, we reflect upon what we have done and what we have failed to do. God gives us the gift of time and we use it in loving service to others.
What have we done this year for the defense of life? Let us resolve tonight that we will increase the amount of time and energy we devote to the number one moral issue: restoring the right to life!

Prayer: Father, thank you for this past year and for all my past years; may my future be filled with the joy of life, and of defending life, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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Priests for Life’s Alveda King to speak at National Press Club Newsmaker press conference Jan. 7

December 30th, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, daughter of civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and niece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., will discuss how her uncle and father would have viewed this generation’s struggle for civil rights during a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. in the Zenger Room.

Dr. King will address gun violence, abortion and the war on poverty at the event, which comes one week before what would have been slain civil rights leader MLK’s 86th birthday,

 

The author of numerous books, Dr. King’s most recent, “King Rules” addresses what she sees as the nation’s need for “genuine servant leaders” to counter “the forces of moral drift and empty relativism.”

She previously served as a senior fellow at the conservative think-tank The Alexis de Tocqueville Institution and is a former member of Georgia’s House of Representatives.

Dr. King became a member of the Priests for Life pastoral team and director of its African-American Outreach after she met Father Frank Pavone, National Director, and the two of them shared their belief that the pro-life movement is the civil rights movement of the 21st century.

 

“The civil rights movement and the pro-life movement have the same heart and soul – the dignity and equality of every human life,” Father Pavone said. “Martin Luther King Jr. and his colleagues applied that truth to the evil of segregation. Today, pro-life activists apply that very same truth to the evil of abortion.”

Dr. King said she is honored and grateful to be asked to address Press Club members and D.C. journalists.

 

“My Uncle ML received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his non-violent campaign for human justice,” she said. “He resisted injustice and sought solutions through prayer and non-violent protest. I know if he could be with us, he would suggest those same paths to a peaceful solution to all the problems plaguing our society right now.”

 

The Newsmakers event is open to credentialed press and National Press Club members and is free of charge. No advance registration is required.

The National Press Club is at 529 14th St., NW. The Zenger Room is on the 13th floor.

 

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