Each January, three observances converge that reinforce each other and summon the Christian world to work together against injustice. January 15 is the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and on or around that day we observe a national holiday in his honor. A week later, on January 22, we recall the tragic decision made that day in 1973 by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade, unleashing a policy of abortion on demand. On or around January 22, large rallies and marches for life are held from coast to coast. And from January 18 to 25 each year, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed.
These three great movements are deeply intertwined.
Jesus Christ prayed that his followers would be one, as he and the Father are one. Authentic Christian unity does not mean pretending there are no serious doctrinal disagreements between denominations. It does mean working to come to a deeper understanding of what those differences are and are not, as well as recognizing and building on the real unity that does exist in our common affirmation of Christ and his Lordship in our lives and in the world.
That affirmation of Christ requires that we work to fight injustice. In his encyclical letter on Christian Unity, issued in 1995, Pope 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” (n. 43).
… The fact that will come as a surprise to many is that neither one of these women was interested in making abortion legal. Though plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case that did exactly that, they both thought that the attorneys who got them involved in these cases were going to help them personally with their own children. Norma didn’t even know what the word “abortion” meant, and only got together with the attorneys initially because she was hungry, and they were going to meet at a pizza shop. Sandra, meanwhile, upon hearing that an abortion had been scheduled for her in Atlanta, was so opposed to it that she fled to Oklahoma! …
Read the entire Op-Ed: http://pewsitter.com/view_news_id_227056.php
Almost a year ago, I had the honor of meeting a young woman named Andrea. Months earlier, on learning she was pregnant, she had taken the first drug in the RU-486 abortion regimen, and immediately regretted her decision. Racing against the clock, she found a doctor about an hour away from her home in New Jersey who would immediately begin a reversal protocol that stops the starvation of the baby. Her son Gabriel was born healthy on Dec. 31, 2014.
Andrea and her boyfriend are not married. Andrea was in nursing school when their unexpected pregnancy propelled her to Planned Parenthood. She worried that the baby’s birth would spell the end of her dreams.
How does she feel now? You only have to look at her Facebook posts to find out. …
In speaking up for the babies, they are speaking up for themselves! This is an awareness and motivation that abortion advocates can do nothing to stop. And as a result, our pro-life movement receives a new strength and motivation each day from survivors.
Psychiatrists have studied this phenomenon, and have actually identified ten different types of “abortion survivors,” and the symptoms that they carry, known as “abortion survivor syndrome.” Being an abortion survivor is a motivation to fight abortion and is also a deep wound. These dynamics are critically important for parents, educators, youth ministers and clergy to understand.
Read the entire Op-Ed: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/21/the-march-for-life-and-youth/
Those of us who were part of the diverse and large congregation that filled the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on the Martin Luther King holiday Monday for the King Center’s 48th annual Commemorative Service were not weary at the end of a service that lasted more than four and a half hours. On the contrary, we were energized, as I have been after each of these services that I’ve attended for over a decade.
We were energized by some of the most soaring oratory in America — consistent with the King tradition — regarding justice, peace and nonviolence. The message each year is as consistent as it is persuasive: the dream of the Rev. Martin Luther King places obligations on us to preserve the progress we’ve already made and to complete the unfinished business of that dream. Equality and nonviolence are fragile goods in our society, and promoting these goods requires an attentiveness to the signs of the times and the ability to adapt one’s efforts to fight on new battlefronts for the same age-old principles.
Although the March for Life itself is not a political event, a keen awareness and a strong motivation of the marchers themselves this year is the fact that we have before us in 2016 the most important election we have ever faced.
The March for Life is on January 22 precisely because the Supreme Court ruled on that day in 1973, through the twin decisions Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton, that abortions can be performed throughout pregnancy. Marchers this year are keenly aware that the next President and Senate will have the opportunity to substantially shape the court in one direction or the other. And on the issue that these marchers care most about — abortion — the Republican and Democratic parties are diametrically opposed.
Read the entire Op-Ed: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/01/21/march-for-life-and-2016-election.html
“Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord?” – Ex.4:11
Reflection: God does not make mistakes. When a human being is alive, it is because God wants him or her to be alive. People do not have to measure up to our standards or expectations in order to have dignity and deserve protection.
Prayer: Lord, I pray for all those who are disabled, frail, and ill. Give them your strength and peace, and give us the eyes to see their dignity and value.
“I do ask you to protect them from the evil one” (John 17:15).
Reflection: If you are wrong on abortion, you can’t be right on other issues.
To permit abortion, but then to cry out for the right to work, housing, education, health care, and so forth, is to say that these other rights belong to some people but not to all. They obviously do not belong to those who were snuffed out by abortion.
Prayer: Lord, protect your people in all of their rights. Preserve the goods you have given us, and help us to protect one another, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Dear fellow Pro-Lifer,
The past few days have been such an exciting time in the pro-life movement! In spite of the weather on the East Coast, the March for Life was a great success. Those that were able to attend were a powerful witness to life as were all of the events surrounding the March. After the March in DC, I flew out West to the Walk for Life in San Francisco for more great events commemorating the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Please keep an eye out at PriestsForLife.org where we have some photos posted and will continue to post photos and video throughout the week.
Recently, I had the following op-eds published for the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. I invite you to read and comment on them and also share them on your own social media accounts, email lists etc. This is a simple action you can take to help spread the pro-life message and counter any anti-life comments that others may have submitted. Below the op-eds I have provided links to some good news articles about the March.
Finally, please see our media schedule for the week here.
Two different crowds, one dream (WashingtonTimes.com, January 21, 2016)
Those of us who were part of the diverse and large congregation that filled the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on the Martin Luther King holiday Monday for the King Center’s 48th annual Commemorative Service were not weary at the end of a service that lasted more than four and a half hours. On the contrary, we were energized, as I have been after each of these services that I’ve attended for over a decade…MORE
The March for Life and the 2016 election (FoxNews.com, January 21, 2016)
This week, hundreds of thousands of Americans will participate in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. as well as in other marches on the West Coast and in cities, town and villages everywhere in between. This flood of concerned citizens represents a deeply unsettled issue in our country: the lives of children in their first nine months are not protected by law…MORE
Uncanny Convergence: MLK Jr., the March for Life and Christian Unity (Aleteia.org, January 22, 2016)
Each January, three observances converge that reinforce each other and summon the Christian world to work together against injustice. January 15 is the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and on or around that day we observe a national holiday in his honor. A week later, on January 22, we recall the tragic decision made that day in 1973 by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade, unleashing a policy of abortion on demand. On or around January 22, large rallies and marches for life are held from coast to coast. And from January 18 to 25 each year, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed….MORE
The March for Life and Jane Roe (PewSitter.com, January 22, 2016)
The reason the national March for Life in Washington DC is on January 22, this Friday, is because that is the date of the Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton Supreme Court decisions in 1973 permitting abortion throughout pregnancy. Much will be said and debated about these decisions, their legal ramifications, how the Court has weakened them over the years, and what the prospects are for the future…MORE
Pro-Woman is Pro-Life, and Pro-Life is Pro-Woman (National Catholic Register, January 22, 2016)
Almost a year ago, I had the honor of meeting a young woman named Andrea. Months earlier, on learning she was pregnant, she had taken the first drug in the RU-486 abortion regimen, and immediately regretted her decision. Racing against the clock, she found a doctor about an hour away from her home in New Jersey who would immediately begin a reversal protocol that stops the starvation of the baby. Her son Gabriel was born healthy on Dec. 31, 2014…MORE
The March for Life and Youth (Breitbart.com, January 21, 2016)
One of the most frequently heard observations about the annual March for Life, to take place again this Friday in Washington, D.C., is that it consists mostly of young people. And this gives hope to those who are part of this movement. But the cause for that hope is deeper than it first seems. The involvement of so many young people is encouraging not just because they are the future and will carry forth the cause into the culture, into their families, into the voting booth, and into the legislatures and courts…MORE
Planned Parenthood Tries To Abort The First Amendment (The Daily Caller, January 19, 2016)
Last year a federal judge in Idaho ruled that a so-called “ag-gag law” – which prohibited undercover recordings from being filmed inside agricultural and food-processing plants – is unconstitutional. That good news for cows, chickens and pigs could spell bad news for Planned Parenthood…MORE
Below are news clippings. Please comment on and share these as well.
March for Life president: Snow won’t stop march to end abortion(The Washington Times, January 21, 2016)
Newman Society, Pro-Life Groups Call on Media to Fairly Cover March for Life (Cardinal Newman Society, January 21, 2016)
The Fascinating Story Of The Woman At The Center Of Roe v. Wade (HuffingtonPost.com, January 22, 2016)
Meet the priest who regrets his role in an abortion(LifeSiteNews.com, January 21, 2016)
Majority of Pro-Choicers Would Restrict Abortion in America(CBNNews.com, January 20, 2016)
March for Life organizers say march will go on despite blizzard forecast (Our Sunday Visitor, January 20, 2016)
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
|“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 9:4)|
|Reflection: January 25, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, concludes the week of prayer for Christian Unity. The Church prays that the whole world may convert to Christ, upon seeing strong unity among his followers. Christian Unity is not about pretending that there are no differences between denominations, but rather it is about recognizing and building on what we hold in common. The pro-life movement continues to be one of the most powerful practical ways that Christians are coming together.|
|Prayer: Lord, we praise you for the conversions taking place each day. Bring the world to unity in you. Amen.|